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Miscellaneous Quotations (unsorted)
It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious. ~Kin Hubbard
I suppose that everyone of us hopes secretly for immortality; to leave, I mean, a name behind him which will live forever in this world, whatever he may be doing, himself, in the next. ~A.A. Milne
The least of man's original emanation is better than the best of a borrowed thought. ~Albert Pinkham Ryder
The mark of highest originality lies in the ability to develop a familiar idea so fruitfully that it would seem no one else would ever have discovered so much to be hidden in it. ~Goethe
An impossibility does not disturb us until its accomplishment shows what fools we were. ~Henry S. Haskins
We talk much more about individualism and liberty than our ancestors. But as so often happens, when anything becomes conscious, the consciousness is compensatory for absence in practice. ~John Dewey
There is a kind way of assisting our fellow-creatures which is enough to break their hearts while it saves their outer envelope. ~Joseph Conrad
Our strength is often composed of the weakness we're damned if we're going to show. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
A curse on every wish that blurs the sight, paralyzes the tongue, cramps the hand, and prevents the truth being seen, said, and written. ~Theodor Haecker
Light comes to us unexpectedly and obliquely. Perhaps it amuses the gods to try us. They want to see whether we are asleep. ~H.M. Tomlinson
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. ~Upton Sinclair
Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him. ~Erich Fromm
The only time you realize you have a reputation is when you're not living up to it. ~José Iturbi
The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread of pain. We do not disturb ourselves with the detection of fallacies which do us no harm. ~Samuel Johnson
The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist. ~Thomas Carlyle, Sir Walter Scott, in London and Westminster Review, 12 November 1838
Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again. ~Hermann Hesse
The conflict of forces and the struggle of opposing wills are of the essence of our universe and alone hold it together. ~Havelock Ellis
Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things. ~George Eliot, Felix Holt, The Radical
I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could. ~Orson Welles
'Tis known by the name of perseverance in a good cause, and obstinacy in a bad one. ~Laurence Sterne
Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. ~Howard W. Newton
Many people's tombstones should read, "Died at 30. Buried at 60." ~Nicholas Murray Butler
No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. ~James M. Barrie
Most people like hard work. Particularly when they are paying for it. ~Franklin P. Jones
There's a mighty big difference between good, sound reasons and reasons that sound good. ~Burton Hillis
We are wide-eyed in contemplating the possibility that life may exist elsewhere in the universe, but we wear blinders when contemplating the possibilities of life on earth. ~Norman Cousins
Originality is the art of concealing your source. ~Franklin P. Jones
I would rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one. ~Marcus Porcius Cato
It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive. ~C.W. Leadbeater
Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. ~Arthur Schopenhauer
We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it. ~Peter Drucker
We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault
Fame — the aggregate of all the misunderstandings that collect around a new name. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. ~Henry David Thoreau
He gave her a look you could have poured on a waffle. ~Ring Lardner
Hate the sin and love the sinner. ~Mohandas Gandhi
He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop. ~Sydney Smith
The brighter you are, the more you have to learn. ~Don Herold
We see then how far the monuments of wit and learning are more durable than the monuments of power, or of the hands. For have not the verses of Homer continued twenty-five hundred years or more, without the loss of a syllable or letter; during which time infinite palaces, temples, castles, cities have been decayed and demolished? ~Francis Bacon
Resting is the sort of thing you've got to work up to gradually. It's very dangerous to rest all of a sudden. ~From the movie Topper, 1937
A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who does not mistake it for a great deal. ~William Allen White
A society that gives to one class all the opportunities for leisure, and to another all the burdens of work, dooms both classes to spiritual sterility. ~Lewis Mumford
Liberalism... is the noblest cry that has ever resounded in this planet. ~José Ortega y Gasset
The first requisite for immortality is death. ~Stanislaw J. Lec
The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man while he lives. ~Albert Schweitzer
The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn't being said. ~Author Unknown
A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones. ~Lord Chesterfield
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps, millions, think. ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819
In my room, the world is beyond my understanding;
But when I walk I see that it consists of three or four hills and a cloud.
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. ~Thomas Paine
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. ~Benjamin Franklin
You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. ~Booker T. Washington
Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. ~George S. Patton
A writer who wishes to be read by posterity must not be averse to putting hints which might give rise to whole books, or ideas for learned discussions, in some corner of a chapter so that one should think he can afford to throw them away by the thousand. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
We understand nature by resisting it. ~Gaston Bachelard, La Formation de l'esprit scientifique, 1938
I don't think necessity is the mother of invention — invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble. ~Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977
Novelties please less than they impress. ~Byron, Don Juan, 1824
Order marches with weighty and measured strides; disorder is always in a hurry. ~Napoleon I, Maxims, 1815
Nature has placed man under the government of two sovereign masters, pain and pleasure. ~Jeremy Bentham, Principles of Morals and Legislation, 1789
The good die young — because they see it's no use living if you've got to be good. ~John Barrymore
It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law. Nature has no principles. She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected. Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil. ~Anatole France
Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good. ~Mohandas Gandhi
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~Various wordings of this quotation are attributed to Charles F. Aked and Edmund Burke, among others but no author has yet been confirmed as the originator (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)
Probably the most honest "self-made man" ever was the one we heard say: "I got to the top the hard way — fighting my own laziness and ignorance every step of the way." ~James Thom
I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. ~Isaac Newton (1642–1727), spoken the evening before his death
I have never for one instant seen clearly within myself. How then would you have me judge the deeds of others? ~Maurice Maeterlinck
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth. ~Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions
More good things in life are lost by indifference than ever were lost by active hostility. ~Robert Gordon Menzies
An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. ~James A. Michener, Space
Sometimes the best helping hand you can get is a good, firm push. ~Joann Thomas
Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. ~James Baldwin
There are times when forgetting can be just as important as remembering — and even more difficult. ~Harry and Joan Mier, Happiness Begins Before Breakfast
If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. ~Albert Camus
It is an incredible con job when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death. Even corporations with all their reward systems don't try to make it posthumous. ~Gloria Steinem
Oh, one world at a time! ~Henry David Thoreau, when asked about afterlife
I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders. ~Robert G. Ingersoll
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. ~Aldous Huxley
If you could eavesdrop on everything said about you, you'd spend most of your time waiting for the subject to come up. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." ~Dave Barry, Dave Barry Turns Fifty, 1998
To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no. ~Jean Anouilh
Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions. ~Mark Twain
Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves. ~Lord Chesterfield
Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit. ~Bern Williams
Not to go back is somewhat to advance
And men must walk, at least, before they dance.
A problem well stated is a problem half solved. ~Charles F. Kettering
No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step towards solution. Do something. Then try again. At the worst, so long as you don't do it the same way twice, you will eventually use up all the wrong ways of doing it and thus the next try will be the right one. ~George F. Nordenhold
I didn't know I'd have to be torn down before I could be built up. ~Author Unknown
Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution. ~Edward Somers
Little things console us because little things afflict us. ~Blaise Pascal
People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to a solution that is not. ~Neil Postman
There are three modes of bearing the ills of life: by indifference, by philosophy, and by religion. ~Charles Caleb Colton
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well. ~H.T. Leslie
Sympathy is never wasted except when you give it to yourself. ~John W. Raper
Self-pity is... a sinkhole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink. ~Elizabeth Elliot
Even the cry from the depths is an affirmation: Why cry if there is no hint of hope of hearing? ~Martin Marty
My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you'll be a general, if you become a monk you'll end up as the pope." Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. ~Pablo Picasso
To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus puerisque, 1881
We should scarcely desire things ardently if we were perfectly acquainted with what we desire. ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Granting our wish is one of Fate's saddest jokes. ~James Russell Lowell
Beginnings are apt to be shadowy. ~Rachel Carson
A whirl of torrid dust veils the picture. ~Vladimir Nabokov, The Gift, 1963, translated from Russian by Michael Scammell
If a man would move the world, he must first move himself. ~Socrates
Many persons wonder why they don't amount to more than they do, have good stuff in them, energetic, persevering, and have ample opportunities. It is all a case of trimming the useless branches and throwing the whole force of power into the development of something that counts. ~Walter J. Johnston
The guts carry the feet not the feet the guts. ~Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote, 1605
Every difficulty slurred over will be a ghost to disturb your repose later on. ~Frederic Chopin
But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. ~Thomas Jefferson
The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. ~Marcus Aurelius Antonius
Today we have a temporary aberration called "industrial capitalism" which is inadvertently liquidating its two most important sources of capital... the natural world and properly functioning societies. No sensible capitalist would do that. ~Amory Lovins
There I am in my younger days, stargazing,
painting picture perfect maps
of how my life and love would be
not counting the unmarked paths of misdirection,
my compass faith in love's perfection
I missed a million miles of road I should have seen.
I shall not let a sorrow die
Until I find the heart of it,
Nor let a wordless joy go by
Until it talks to me a bit.
A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. ~Chinese Proverb
It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to. ~George Santayana
The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else. ~Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyper Reality, 1986
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity — romantic love and gunpowder. ~André Maurois, BBC-TV, January 1958
To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows. It is easy to say no, even if saying no means death. ~Jean Anouilh, Antigone, 1942
Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: "It might have been!"
~John Greenleaf Whittier, "Maud Muller," 1854
The chief characteristics of the [liberal] attitude are human sympathy, a receptivity to change, and a scientific willingness to follow reason rather than faith. ~Chester Bowles, New Republic, 22 July 1946
Liberal institutions straightway cease from being liberal the moment they are soundly established. ~Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, 1888
The thing I am most aware of is my limits. And this is natural; for I never, or almost never, occupy the middle of my cage; my whole being surges toward the bars. ~André Gide, Journals, 4 August 1930
Loyalty in a free society depends upon the toleration of disloyalty. ~Alan Barth, The Loyalty of Free Man, 1951
His designs were strictly honorable, as the phrase is: that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage. ~Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, 1749
The absurd is clear reason recognizing its limits. ~Albert Camus, Le Suicide philosophique
When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
I summon up remembrance of things past,
I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought
And with old woes new wail my dear times' waste.
~William Shakespeare, Sonnet No. 30
The world more often rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself. ~La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1665
It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle. ~André Gide, Journals, 26 October 1924
The professional military mind is by necessity an inferior and unimaginative mind; no man of high intellectual quality would willingly imprison his gifts in such a calling. ~H.G. Wells, The Outline of History, 1920
It is not reason that gives us our moral orientation, it is sensitivity. ~Maurice Barreès, La Grande Pitié des églises de France, 1914
Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1834
Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd. ~Voltaire, 1767
Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. ~Herbert Hoover, attributed
To fight aloud, is very brave—
But gallanter, I know
Who charge within the bosom
The Cavalry of Wo—
Who win, and nations do not see—
Who fall — and none observe —
Whose dying eyes, no Country
Regards with patriot love—
We trust, in plumed procession
For such, the Angels go—
Rank after Rank, with even feet—
And Uniforms of Snow.
~Emily Dickinson, c.1859
I identify more with people who ask each day for divine guidance than people equipped with a divine guidance system. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
Modern man lives under the illusion that he knows what he wants, while he actually wants what he is supposed to want. ~Erich Fromm, Escape from Freedom, 1941
For Junior, nerd is the new black. Sorry, orange. ~Kenya Barris, Ian Edwards, and Njeri Brown, `black·ish, "The Nod" (season 1, episode 3, original airdate 2014 October 8th, spoken by Dre)
[A] morning-land full of immeasurable hopes encircled him; he stripped his breast, threw himself all aglow into the dripping grass, washed (but not with any higher purpose than girls have) his firm face with liquid June-snow... ~Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Hesperus, or Forty-Five Dog-Post-Days: A Biography, translated from German by Charles T. Brooks, 1865
Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back,
Wherein he puts alms for oblivion,
A great-sized monster of ingratitudes:
Those scraps are good deeds past; which are devour'd
As fast as they are made, forgot as soon
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida [III, 3, Ulysses]
...For beauty, wit,
High birth, vigour of bone, desert in service,
Love, friendship, charity, are subjects all
To envious and calumniating time.
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida [III, 3, Ulysses]
One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,
That all with one consent praise new-born gawds,
Though they are made and moulded of things past,
And give to dust that is a little gilt
More laud than gilt o'er-dusted.
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida [III, 3, Ulysses]
Pleads he in earnest? look upon his face;
His eyes do drop no tears, his prayers are in jest;
His words come from his mouth, ours from our breast:
He prays but faintly and would be denied;
We pray with heart and soul and all beside:
His weary joints would gladly rise, I know;
Our knees shall kneel till to the ground they grow:
His prayers are full of false hypocrisy;
Ours of true zeal and deep integrity.
Our prayers do out-pray his; then let them have
That mercy which true prayer ought to have.
~William Shakespeare, Richard II [V, 3, Duchess of York]
Hold, hold, my heart!
And you, my sinews, grow not instant old,
But bear me stiffly up. Remember thee?
Ay, thou poor ghost, while memory holds a seat
In this distracted globe. Remember thee?
Yea, from the table of my memory
I'll wipe away all trivial fond records,
All saws of books, all forms, all pressures past
That youth and observation copied there,
And thy commandment all alone shall live
Within the book and volume of my brain,
Unmix'd with baser matter. Yes, by heaven!
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet [I, 5, Hamlet]
So, underneath the belly of their steeds,
That stain'd their fetlocks in his smoking blood,
The noble gentleman gave up the ghost.
~William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III [III, 2, Richard III (Duke of Gloucester)]
'Hard-favour'd tyrant, ugly, meagre, lean,
Hateful divorce of love,'—thus chides she Death,—
'Grim-grinning ghost, earth's worm, what dost thou mean
To stifle beauty and to steal his breath,
Who when he lived, his breath and beauty set
Gloss on the rose, smell to the violet?
~William Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
We kill because we are afraid of our own shadow, afraid that if we used a little common sense we'd have to admit that our glorious principles were wrong. ~Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart, 1941
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man. ~Albert Camus
Chaos is the pulse of the universe. ~Terri Guillemets
Rather perish than hate and fear, and twice rather perish than make oneself hated and feared — this must some day become the highest maxim for every single commonwealth. ~Friedrich Nietzsche
What a pity that the only way to heaven is in a hearse. ~Stanislaw J. Lec
The wicked often work harder to go to hell than the righteous do to enter heaven. ~Josh Billings
The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever. ~Anatole France
The People, though we think of a great entity when we use the word, means nothing more than so many millions of individual men. ~James Bryce
When we lose our individual independence in the corporateness of a mass movement, we find a new freedom — freedom to hate, bully, lie, torture, murder and betray without shame and remorse. ~Eric Hoffer
The new frontier lies not beyond the planets but within each one of us. ~Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Biodynamics
It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in. ~Arthur Christopher Benson
However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. ~Henry David Thoreau
None are so blind as those who will not see. ~Author Unknown
"But" is a fence over which few leap. ~German Proverb
For people who live on expectations, to face up to their realization is something of an ordeal. ~Elizabeth Bowen
The goal of all civilization, all religious thought, and all that sort of thing is simply to have a good time. But man gets so solemn over the process that he forgets the end. ~Don Marquis
As Hegel put it, only when it is dark does the owl of Minerva begin its flight. Only in extinction is the collector comprehended. ~Walter Benjamin
Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent. ~Epictetus
Undoubtedly the desire for food has been and still is one of the main causes of political events. ~Bertrand Russell
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument. ~Richard Whately
There is more simplicity in the man who eats caviar on impulse than in the man who eats grapenuts on principle. ~G.K. Chesterton
Wine is sure proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. ~Benjamin Franklin
With what a leaden and retarding weight
Does expectation load the wing of time!
When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either. ~Leo Burnett
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is difficult to remember all, and ungracious to omit any. ~Cicero
Lucifer (to Gabriel):
My sorrow crowns me. Get thee back to heaven,
And leave me to the earth, which is mine own
In virtue of her ruin, as I hers
In virtue of my revolt!...
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "A Drama of Exile"
My foot is on the earth, firm as my sin....
My sin is on the earth, to reign thereon....
My woe is on the earth, to curse thereby....
And peradventure in the after years,
When thoughtful men shall bend their spacious brows
Upon the storm and strife seen everywhere
To ruffle their smooth manhood and break up
With lurid lights of intermittent hope
Their human fear and wrong, — they may discern
The heart of a lost angel in the earth.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "A Drama of Exile"
Spirituality is... the awareness that survival is the savage fight between you and yourself. ~Author Unknown
A man needs self-acceptance or he can't live with himself; he needs self-criticism or others can't live with him. ~James A. Pike
Ruin and recovery are both from within. ~Epictetus
Circumstances are the rulers of the weak; they are but the instruments of the wise. ~Samuel Lover
To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
The only man who can change his mind is a man that's got one. ~Edward Noyes Westcott
To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. ~Will and Ariel Durant
He was a "how" thinker, not an "if" thinker. ~Author Unknown
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be always ready a man must be able to cut a knot, for everything cannot be untied. ~Henri-Frédéric Amiel
Passion and prejudice govern the world, only under the name of reason. ~John Wesley
Life is not governed by will or intention. Life is a question of nerves, and fibers, and slowly built-up cells in which thought hides itself and passion has its dreams. ~Oscar Wilde
People "died" all the time.... Parts of them died when they made the wrong kinds of decisions — decisions against life. Sometimes they died bit by bit until finally they were just living corpses walking around. If you were perceptive you could see it in their eyes; the fire had gone out... you always knew when you made a decision against life.... The door clicked and you were safe inside — safe and dead. ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh
If... you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning. ~Catherine Aird
There is only one thing about which I am certain, and that is that there is very little about which one can be certain. ~W. Somerset Maugham
Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Psalm of Life
The best things in life aren't things. ~Art Buchwald
A man dies still if he has done nothing, as one who has done much. ~Homer
I am convinced, the longer I live, that life and its blessings are not so entirely unjustly distributed as when we are suffering greatly we are inclined to suppose. ~Mary Todd Lincoln
Wanting to change, to improve, a person's situation means offering him, for difficulties in which he is practiced and experienced, other difficulties that will find him perhaps even more bewildered. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
The minute a phrase becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Comparison, more than reality, makes men happy or wretched. ~Thomas Fuller
The awful shadow of some unseen Power
Floats tho' unseen among us; visiting
This various world with as inconstant wing
As summer winds that creep from flower to flower;
Like moonbeams that behind some piny mountain shower...
~Percy Bysshe Shelley, "Hymn to Intellectual Beauty," 1816
If a man could have just half of his wishes, he would double his troubles. ~Benjamin Franklin
Every man has three characters — that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. ~Alphonse Karr
Know then thyself, presume not God to scan:
The proper study of mankind is man.
~Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, 1733
Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us. ~W.N. Rieger
If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire. ~Simone Weil
There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat. ~James Russell Lowell, Democracy and Other Addresses, 1887
To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life. ~T.S. Eliot
It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy — the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted. ~Author Unknown
The sunrise never failed us yet. ~Celia Thaxter
Bear shame and glory with an equal peace and an ever tranquil heart. ~Bhagavad Gita
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault
[W]hat counts can't be counted. ~Author unknown, c.1956 quoted in Political science in the United States of America: a trend report, UNESCO, see also "[N]ot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" by William Bruce Cameron, 1963, commonly attributed to Albert Einstein as "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." (Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)
The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick
I dwell in Possibility
A fairer house than Prose
More numerous of Windows
Superior — for Doors.
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants. ~Isaac Newton, letter to Robert Hooke, 5 February 1675 ("Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size." ~John of Salisbury, Metalogicon, 1159, translated from Latin)
Unless we change direction, we are likely to end up where we are going. ~Author Unknown
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. ~John Wayne
If there's another world, he lives in bliss;
If there is none, he made the best of this.
~Robert Burns, "Epitaph on William Muir"
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. ~J.D. Salinger
All she keeps inside isn't on the label. ~Fuel
Yet the myths will not fit us ready made.
It is the meaning of the poet's trade
To re-create the fables and revive
In men the energies by which they live,
To reap the ancient harvests, plant again
And gather in the visionary grain...
~Alec Derwent Hope, "An Epistle From Holofernes," 1960
The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition. ~Luc de Clapiers marquis de Vauvenargues
The self cannot be escaped, but it can be, with ingenuity and hard work, distracted. ~Donald Barthelme
Myths and creeds are heroic struggles to comprehend the truth in the world. ~Ansel Adams
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less. ~Nicholas Murray Butler
Civilizations have been founded and maintained on theories which refused to obey facts. ~Joe Orton, What the Butler Saw, 1969
Only as high as I reach can I grow
Only as far as I seek can I go
Only as deep as I look can I see
Only as much as I dream can I be.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, and he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving. Make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! ~Amanda Bradley
There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it's up to you to draw it. ~B. Quilliam
He drew a circle that shut me out — heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win — and we drew a circle that took him in!
It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. ~Ursula K. Le Guin
I will not die an unlived life.... I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit. ~Dawna Markova
The day will come when, after harnessing space, the winds, the tides and gravitation, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And on that day, for the second time in the history of the world, we shall have discovered fire. ~Pierre Tielhard de Chardin
Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way. ~Dr. Seuss
It's not enough to have a dream,
unless you're willing to pursue it.
It's not enough to know what's right,
unless you're strong enough to do it.
It's not enough to learn the truth,
unless you also learn to live it.
It's not enough to reach for love,
unless you care enough to give it.
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature. ~Abraham Lincoln
If God doesn't destroy Hollywood Boulevard, he owes Sodom and Gomorrah an apology. ~Jay Leno
A part of you has grown in me. And so you see, it's you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance, but never in heart. ~Author unknown
My nature is subdu'd
To what it works in, like the dyer's hand.
Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence on their lives, and especially on their destinies, as what they do. ~Victor Hugo
Your best work always seems to have been done by someone else. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
If there were dreams to sell,...
Merry and sad to tell,
And the crier rang the bell,
What would you buy?
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Dream-Pedlary
[T]hou art to me a delicious torment. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Friendship"
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important. ~T.S. Eliot
God give me the strength to face a fact though it slay me. ~Thomas Huxley
But who shall parcel out
His intellect by geometric rules,
Split like a province into round and square?
~William Wordsworth, The Prelude
Every man is the son of his own works. ~Miguel de Cervantes
A woman will do anything to keep a pretty figure, but hardly anything to get one. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
Society is doing a great deal for the workingman, for the lower classes; but it seems to me, sometimes, as if it formed associations to obtain for them toys, and then formed other associations to teach them to play with them. ~John B. Gough
When it comes time to do your own life, you either perpetuate your childhood or you stand on it and finally kick it out from under. ~Rosellen Brown
Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer. ~Elbert Hubbard
Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening. ~Mignon McLaughlin
Every man expects some miracle — either from his mind or from his body or from someone else or from events. ~Paul Valéry
The private lives of the ancients are now the public sport of the moderns. ~Ivor Brown
I cannot help it, — in spite of myself, infinity torments me. ~Alfred de Musset, L'Espoir en Dieu
Three passions, simple but overwhelming, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. ~Bertrand Russell, Autobiography, 1967
Vain the ambition of kings
Who seek by trophies and dead things
To leave a living name behind,
And weave but nets to catch the wind.