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It's pretty hard to be efficient without being obnoxious. ~Kin Hubbard

Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty's form
Glasses itself in tempests.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage

From the satisfaction of desire there may arise, accompanying joy and as it were sheltering behind it, something not unlike despair. ~André Gide, The Counterfeiters, 1925

To live is in itself a value judgment. To breathe is to judge. ~Albert Camus, The Rebel, 1951

It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, "Crabbed Age and Youth," Virginibus Puerisque, 1881

The sinning is the best part of repentance. ~Arab Proverb

Most men are more capable of great actions than of good ones. ~Montesquieu, Variètès

Some defeats [are] more triumphant than victories. ~Michel de Montaigne, Essays, 1588

The passion to get ahead is sometimes born of the fear lest we be left behind. ~Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. ~Hubert Humphrey, speech, Madison, Wisconsin, 23 August 1965

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same. ~G.B. Shaw, "Maxims for Revolutionists," 1898

I find my joy of living in the fierce and ruthless battles of life, and my pleasure comes from learning something. ~Auguste Strindberg, Miss Julie, 1888

Men are idolaters and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will; and if you don't make it out of wood, you must make it out of words. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 1872

We look for some reward of our endeavours and are disappointed; not success, not happiness, not even peace of conscience, crowns our ineffectual efforts to do well. ~Robert Louis Stevenson, "Pulvis et umbra," 1888

Believe me, for certain men at least, not taking what one doesn't desire is the hardest thing in the world. ~Albert Camus

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself. ~Henry Adams

Eloquence is vehement simplicity. ~Richard Cecil

True eloquence forgoes eloquence. ~André Gide

...for here there is no place that does not see you. You must change your life. ~Rainer Maria Rilke, "Archaic Torso of Apollo," about a sculpture, translated by Stephen Mitchell

Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If fortune smiles, who doesn't? If fortune doesn't, who does? ~Chinese Proverb

Few great men could pass personnel. ~Paul Goodman

I have learned the truth of the observation that the more one approaches great men the more one finds that they are men. ~Bernard M. Baruch

No man was ever great without a touch of divine afflatus. ~Cicero

It is a mistake to imagine that potentially great men are rare. It is the conditions that permit the promise of greatness to be fulfilled that are rare. What is so difficult to achieve is the cultural background that permits potential greatness to be converted into actual greatness. ~Fred Hoyle, Of Man and Galaxies

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

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

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.
~Wallace Stevens

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

A man who settles into misery and calls it philosophy is an optimist standing on his head. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Seek, or others will find. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor

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!)

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

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

The stars can change in their courses, the universe go up in flames, and the world crash around us, but there'll always be Donald Duck. ~Noël Coward's Brief Encounter, 1945

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,

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

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.
~Alexander Pope

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.
~Indigo Girls

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.
~Sara Teasdale

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

There's an old pedagogical rule of thumb saying that once you've identified a problem and given it a sufficiently impressive name, you can safely forget about it. ~Gerald Raftery, "Confer with Sages Here!," in The Wilson Library Bulletin, September 1961

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

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,

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
As done...
~William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, c.1601  [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, c.1601  [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, c.1601  [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, c.1595  [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, c.1600  [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, c.1590  [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

IDLE  Useless.
IDOLIZE  To make useless.
~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

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 Happy Way Bus leaves at 4:42
On the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo
Where they never have troubles. At least, very few...
~Dr. Seuss, I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew, 1965 [It appears that Geisel knew the magical number before D. Adams did. And did you know that ASCII code 42 is for an asterisk, which is a wildcard for everything? –tg]

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

The slipperiest thing in the world is the man who never says no. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1907, George Horace Lorimer, editor

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!
~William Mason

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"

The first great lesson is obedience; the second great lesson is to keep obedience from becoming slavery. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, George Horace Lorimer, editor, 1906

I fear that you will learn the lessons of beauty and injustice
That the poetry your body can create will abandon you
That the gifts of your own strength and passion will be dulled before they are even born
I fear that you will cease to yearn for flight
~Being Erica, "Plenty of Fish," 2009, written by Jana Sinyor  [S1, E3, Alex Berlin, reading his poem to Erica Strange]

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!)

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.
~Emily Dickinson

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.
~Karen Ravn

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!
~Edwin Markham

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

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.
~Author unknown

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

And almost thence my nature is subdued
To what it works in, like the dyer's hand...
~William Shakespeare

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

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

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.
~John Webster

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