The difficulty in life is the choice.
        --George Moore, The Bending of the Bough, [1900], act IV

War is one of the scourges with which it has pleased God to afflict men.
        --Cardinal Richelieu

Sometimes you gotta create what you want to be a part of.
        --Geri Weitzman

Ethics is not definable, is not implementable, because it is not conscious; it involves not only our thinking, but also our feeling.
        --Valdemar W. Setzer

If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
        --Isaac Newton

Everything you do or say is public relations.

Live to learn... forget... and learn again.

Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.
        --Calvin & Hobbes

Knowing is half the battle.
        --GI Joe

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes... but no plans.
        --Peter Drucker

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
        --Slovenian Proverb

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
        --Albert Einstein

We can do no great things; only small things with great love.
        --Mother Teresa

Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.
        --Elias Schwartz

Everything you can imagine is real.

It's life, Jim... but not as we know it.

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.
        --W. Edwards Deming

We are what we pretend to be, but we better be very careful what we pretend.
        --Kurt Vonnegut

A healthy family is sacred territory.

Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting.

Good taste is always an asset.
        --Rudy Bakalov

No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
        --Abraham Lincoln

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
        --Malcolm S. Forbes

Trust in Allah, but tie your camel.
        --Old Muslim Proverb

If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than parents, for these only gave life, those the art of living well.

What does not kill me makes me stronger.

In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no
more of it than we had earned.
        -- Jane Haddam

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.
        --Ann Landers

Liberty is the right to choose. Freedom is the result of the right choice.

[He was] a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg who looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity.
        --Mark Twain

If one has not given everything, one has given nothing.
        --Georges Guynemer

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
        --Henry Kissinger

Maybe he's only a little bit crazy, like painters, or composers, or some of those men in Washington.
        --Mr. Shellhammer

It is not the horse that draws the cart, but the oats.
        --Russian proverb

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.
        --Cindy Lew

All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
        --Samuel Butler

Self-respect permeates every aspect of your life.
        --Joe Clark

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.
        --Mary Ellen Kelly

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
        --Bernadette Devlin

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.
        --Bob Wells

A little learning is a dangerous thing, but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.
        --Bob Edwards

If you think education is expensive, Try Ignorance!!!
        --Andy McIntyre

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
        --Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
        --William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5

The more you know, the less you need to show.

Bullwinkle:    You just leave that to my pal.
            He's the brains of the outfit.
General:        What does that make you?
Bullwinkle:    What else? An executive...
        --Jay Ward

It is by will alone that I set my mind in motion.
        --Mentat Prayer

Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love.

When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
        --Ralph Ellison

There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.
        --Lou Reed, Magic and Loss

It is easier to get forgiveness than permission.
        --Stewart's Law of Retroaction, Murphy's Law, Book Two

We come and go just like ripples in a stream.
        --John V. Politis

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.
        --Salvor Hardin

Life is made up of marble and mud.
        --Nathaniel Hawthorne

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.
        --Bob Wells

To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have.

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
        --Henry Ford

In all things that involve social pressures, if we want to see change we have to force the envelope outwards.
        --Gary Lee Phillips

The worst prison would be a closed heart.

It's easy to identify people who can't count to ten.
They're in front of you in the supermarket express lane.
        --M. Grundler

"How long does getting thin take?" Pooh asked anxiously.
        --A. A. Milne

That which is static and repetitive is boring.
That which is dynamic and random is confusing.
In between lies art.
        --John A. Locke

It is easy to take liberty for granted when you have never had it taken from you.
        --M. Grundler

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
        --James Branch Cabell (1879-1958)

Simply the thing that I am shall make me live.
        --William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others.

Blessed is the person who is too busy to worry in the daytime and too sleepy to worry at night.

Confidence in nonsense is a requirement for the creative process.

The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.
        --M. Grundler

If everything is coming your way then you're in the wrong lane.

Use soft words and hard arguments.

If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.
        --Larry Leissner

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits

The quality of an organization can never exceed the quality of the minds that make it up.
        --Harold R. McAlindon

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
        --Will Durant

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.
        --William Saroyan

Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference.

It is good for a man to eat thistles and to remember that he is an ass.
        --E. S. Dallas

With love and patience, nothing is impossible.
        --Daisaku Ikeda

With stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain.
        --Friedrich von Schiller

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.
        --W. C. Fields (1880-1946)

No man's knowledge here can go beyond his experience.
        --John Locke

Hell, there are no rules here--we're trying to accomplish something.
        --Thomas A. Edison

The first rule to tinkering is to save all the parts.
        --Paul Erlich

Usability is like oxygen -- you never notice it until it is missing...

OK, so you've got a Ph.D. Now, don't touch anything.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It's not.
        --Dr. Seuss, The Lorax

Wine is bottled poetry.
        --Robert Louis Stevenson

Hatred is toxic waste in the river of life.

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.
        --Chinese proverb

"Reality" is the only word in the English language that should always be used in quotes.

I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.
        --Mahatma Gandhi

My curiosity is my creativity on the way to discovery.
        --"Why" on Quartz

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.
        --Isaac Asimov

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance.

Never give advice...
    A wise man won't need it
    A fool won't heed it.

The secret to life is that there is no secret.
        --"Swampman" on Quartz

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground....

Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.

Any fool can make a rule,
and any fool will mind it.

Never tell the truth to those unworthy of it....
        --Mark Twain

If you choose not to decide -- you still have made a choice!
        --Neil Peart

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?
        --Kelvin Throop, III

These days, the wages of sin depend on what kind of deal you make with the devil.
        --Kara Vichko

I haven't a clue as to how my story will end. But that's all right. When you set out on a journey and night covers the road, you don't conclude that the road has vanished.
    And how else could we discover the stars?

The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.

When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.
        --Peter O'Toole, The Ruling Class

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.
        --H. L. Mencken

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
        --Oscar Wilde

The perfect man uses his mind as a mirror.
It grasps nothing. It regrets nothing.
It receives but does not keep.
        --Chuang Tzu

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.
        --Woody Allen

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when?
        --Rabbi Hillel, 12th Century

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
        --Harry S Truman

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
        --Casey Stengal

Mi taku oyasin. (We are all related.)
        --Lakota belief

It matters not what goal you seek
Its secret here reposes:
You've got to dig from week to week
To get Results or Roses.
        --Edgar Guest

Practice Random Acts of Kindness and Senseless Beauty.

Art can't hurt you.
        --Fred Babb

God put me on Earth to accomplish a certain number of things.
Right now I'm so far behind I will never die!

I'm out of the loop, and that's the way I like it.

Many of us are more capable than some of us...
but none of us is as capable as all of us!!
        --Ziggy (by Tom Wilson)

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
    In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
    In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
    In family life, be completely present.
        --Tao Te Ching

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery,
None but ourselves can free our minds.
        --Bob Marley

We must become the change we want to see.
        --Mahatma Gandhi

Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
        --George Patton

Where there is no law, but every man does what is right in his own eyes, there is the least of real liberty.
        --Henry M. Robert

Let's just say I was testing the bounds of society. I was just curious.
        --Jim Morrison

Reputations are created every day and every minute.
        --Christopher Ruel

Wine gives courage and makes men more apt for passion.

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.
        --Vincent T. Lombardi

We don't work for each other,
We work with each other.
        --Stanley C. Gault

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.
        --James Klass

Not all those who wonder are lost.

I'm not intending to imply insult or judgment here but I am curious to know in order to be able to respond to your posts in an appropriate manner, so please forgive what appears to be, but in fact is not intended as, an insulting question:
    Are you stupid?
        --Melinda Shore

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
        --Lao-Tsu, The Way of Lao-Tsu

No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.
        --Minor White, Photographer

To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy -- and dull fantasy at that, as the real world is strange and wonderful.
        --Robert A. Heinlein

Everything may happen. (Omnio fieri possent.)
    --Seneca, Epistuloe ad Lucilium, Epis. LXX, 9

These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.
        --Gilbert Highet

...desire cracks open the gates. If you're ready it will take you through. But nothing lasts forever, time is the destroyer, the wheel turns again and again, watch out it will take you through.

There is only one blasphemy, and that is the refusal to experience joy.
        --Paul Rudnick

They have exiled me now from their society and I am pleased, because humanity does not exile except the one whose noble spirit rebels against despotism and oppression. He who does not prefer exile to slavery is not free by any measure of freedom, truth and duty.
        --Kahil Gibran, Spirits Rebellious

But my dear man, reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.
        --Alan Watts

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
        --Albert Einstein

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
        --E. F. Schumacher

Satire's my weapon, but I'm too discreet
To run amuck, and tilt at all I meet.
        --Alexander Pope

I'll publish right or wrong. Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
        --Lord Byron

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.
        --John Maynard Keynes

If a person feels he can't communicate, the least he can do is shut up about it.
        --Tom Lehrer

Art is a deliberate recreation of a new and special reality that grows from your response to life. It cannot be copied; it must be created.

I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.
        --A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

All that is solid melts into air, all that is holy is profaned, and man is at last compelled to face with sober senses his real conditions of life, and his relations with his kind.
        --Communist Manifesto

That's the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn't good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

No pressure, no diamonds.
        --Mary Case

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness. Think of your three best friends. If they're okay, then it's you.
        --Rita Mae Brown

You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
        --Rita Mae Brown

Good judgment comes from experience, and often experience comes from bad judgment.
        --Rita Mae Brown

Comedy is tragedy plus time.
        --Carol Burnett

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.
        --Kerry Thornley, Principia Discordia, 5th edition

Not only are you anal, but you are anal about things most people have never even heard of.

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?
        --Ursula LeGuin

The Depth of your Mythology is the Extent of your Effectiveness.
        --John Maxwell

Ever notice that what the hell is always the right decision?
        --Marilyn Monroe

Occasionally, I have to think like myself to remember where I put something.
        --Sue S. Taylor

Don't be afraid to take one large step because you can't cross a chasm in two small leaps.

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

If everybody's thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking.

It usually takes a long time to find a shorter way.

There is no They, Only Us.

Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson (1845)

Some day my boat will come in, and with my luck I'll be at the airport.

Beware the man of one book.
        --St. Thomas Aquinas

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
        --George Santayana (1863-1952)

The wise learn many things from their enemies.
        --Aristophanes, 450-385 BC, Birds, 414 BC

Sleep... Oh! how I loathe those little slices of death....

'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.
        --Alfred Lord Tennyson, (1809-1892)
        In Memoriam, 1850, line 27, stanza 4

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
        --Samuel Johnson

Dolendi modus, timendi non item.
(To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.)
        --Bacon, Of Seditions and Troubles

It's better to be quotable than to be honest.
        --Tom Stoppard

Truth fears no questions.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.

All jobs are easy to the person who doesn't have to do them.
        --Holt's Law

Is demum miser est, cuius nobilitas miserias nobilitat.
(Indeed, wretched the man whose fame makes his misfortunes famous.)
        --Accius (Lucius Accius), Telephus

To save your world you asked this man to die;
    Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?
        --W. H. Auden (1907-1973), Epitaph for an Unknown Soldier

There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why...
I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
        --Robert Francis Kennedy, 1968 presidential campaign

This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
        --General Omar Bradley

You shouldn't say it is not good. You should say, you do not like it; and then, you know, you're perfectly safe.
        --James Whistler (1834-1903)

'Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than open one's mouth and remove all doubt.
        --Samuel Johnson

No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding.
        --Plato, Laws

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
        --Anonymous (Greek Proverb)

It is the province of knowledge to speak
    And it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
        --Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is not blind, it sees more not less;
But because it sees more it chooses to see less.

True friendship is seen through the heart not through the eyes.

Life's truest happiness is found in friendships we make along the way.

People only see what they are prepared to see.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
        --Knights of Pythagoras

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.
        --Appius Claudius

Nothing endures but change.

To err is human, to forgive divine.
        --Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

From the persistence of noise comes the insistence of rage.
From the emergence of tone comes the divergence of thought.
From the enlightenment of music comes the wisdom of... silence.
        --Visions of Gregorian Chants

I think; therefore I am.
        --Rene Descartes

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
        --Chinese Proverb

Beyond a critical point within a finite space, freedom diminishes as numbers increase. ...The human question is not how many can possibly survive within the system, but what kind of existence is possible for those who do survive.
    --Frank Herbert, Dune

The enemy is anybody who's going to get you killed, no matter which side he's on.
        --Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Insisting on perfect safety is for people who don't have the balls to live in the real world.
        --Mary Shafer, NASA Ames Dryden

What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do -- especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
        --William Least Heat Moon, Blue Highways

In a mad world, only the mad are sane.
        --Akiro Kurosawa

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
        --Plato (427-347 B. C.), The Republic

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
        --Plato (427-347 B. C.), The Republic

Necessity, who is the mother of invention.
        --Plato (427-347 B. C.), The Republic

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
        --Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
        --Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

In wildness is the preservation of the world.
        --Henry David Thoreau, Walking (1862)

Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.
        --Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), inscription beneath
            his bust in the Hall of Fame

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.
        -- Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), What Is Man? (1906)

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
        --Albert Einstein

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
        --Bertrand Russell, Autobiography

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.
        --Justice Anthony Kennedy, in 91-155

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
        --Benjamin Franklin

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
        --Justice Louis D. Brandeis, dissenting,
        Olmstead v. United States, 277 US 479 (1928)

He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
        --Thomas Paine

You can choose a ready guide
    In some celestial voice
If you choose not to decide
    You still have made a choice
You can choose from phantom fears
    and kindness that can kill
I will choose a path that's clear
    I will choose free will.
        --RUSH, Free Will

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -- I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
        --Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.
        --Adlai Stevenson

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
        --John Steinbeck

In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.
        --P. L. Berger

It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
        --James Thurber (1894-1961)

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.
        --Robert Orben

There is no security on this earth; there is only opportunity.
        --General Douglas MacArthur

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
        --David Friedman

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
        --Mother Theresa

Once you've accumulated sufficient knowledge to get by, you're too old to remember it.

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
        --Harry S Truman

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
        --Winston Churchill

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.
        --Jerry Chin

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.
        --Carl Zwanzig

It is the mark of an educated mind to rest satisfied with the degree of precision which the nature of the subject admits and not to seek exactness where only an approximation is possible.

What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story,
And the greatest good is little enough:
for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.
        --Pedro Calderon de la Barca, Life is a Dream

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.
        --Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-78)

Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have.

People forget how fast you did a job -- but they remember how well you did it.
        --Howard W. Newton

A life spent making mistakes is not only most honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.
        --George Washington

If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
        --Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

The world is governed more by appearance than realities so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
        --Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
        --Albert Einstein

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.

The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named is not the eternal Name.
        --Lao-Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
        --Bokonon, Cat's Cradle

Technology is dominated by two types of people: those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.
        --Putt's Law

Hope is nature's veil for hiding truth's nakedness.
        --Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-1896)

Discovery consists in seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought.
        --Albert Szent-Gyorgi

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
        --Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Life is a tale told by an idiot -- full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
        --William Shakespeare

The future belongs to those who dare.

So, rather than appear foolish afterward, I renounce seeming clever now.
        --William of Baskerville, The Name of the Rose

One only needs two tools in life: WD-40 to make things go, and duct tape to make them stop.
        --G. Weilacher

Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
        --Mark Twain

He is one of those people who would be enormously improved by death.
        --H. H. Munro

To deny we need and want power is to deny that we hope to be effective.
        --Liz Smith

That which is not just is not law.
        --William Lloyd Garrison, Boston abolitionist

The journey of a thousand leagues begins from beneath your feet.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
        --Ghandi, 1931

When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.
        --African proverb

Be polite to all, but intimate with few.
        --Thomas Jefferson

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
        --Albert Schweitzer

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.
        --Abbie Hoffman

I hate quotations.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
        --Oscar Wilde

This is the true nature of home -- it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division.
        --John Ruskin

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
        --Eleanor Roosevelt

Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats.
        --Howard Aiken

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
        --Isaac Newton

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.
        --Thomas Jefferson

The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards.
        --Alexander Jablokov, The Place of No Shadows

It is seldom that liberty of any kind is lost all at once.
        --David Hume

Whatever thy hand findest to do, do it with all thy heart.
        --Jesus Christ

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
        --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
        --W. Somerset Maugham

Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.
        --Will Rogers

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
        --La Rochefoucald

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.
        --Comte DeBussy-Rabutin

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.
        --Abraham Lincoln

Freedom hath a thousand charms to show,
That slaves however contented never know.

No nation ancient or modern ever lost the liberty of freely speaking, writing, or publishing their sentiments, but forthwith lost their liberty in general and became slaves.
        --John Peter Zenger

Free people, remember this maxim: We may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.

All we have of freedom -- all we use or know --
This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
        --Mark Twain

The Earth is the Cradle of the Mind -- but one cannot eternally live in a cradle.
        --Konstantin E. Tsiolkovsky

Doroga k Zvjozdam Otkrita.
(The way to the stars is open.)
        --Sergei Koroljov

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.
        --Theodor W. Adorno

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.
        --Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.
        --Socrates (BC 469-399)

Shall ignorance of good and ill
Dare to direct the eternal will?
Seek virtue, and of that possest,
To Providence resign the rest.
        --Gay (1688-1732)

Eh! Je suis leur chef, il fallait bien les suivre.
(Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them.)
        --Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin (1807-1874)

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
        --Marcel Proust

Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.
        --Delmore Schwartz

I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.
        --Thomas Jefferson

When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
        --Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A friend should bear his friend's infirmities.

A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

No distance of place or lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each other's worth.
        --Robert Southey

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.
        --F. Scott Fitzgerald

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better.
        --Albert Camus

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
        --G. B. Stern

Life is like a sewer... what you get out of it depends on what you put into it.
        --Tom Lehrer

If a pessimist is always right, is he a realist?

No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern; no idea is so modern
that it will not someday be antiquated.
        --Ellen Glasgow

There are people who make things happen,
those who watch what happens,
and those who wonder what happened.

What Every Computer Consultant Needs to Know:
    1) In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
    2) Do not believe in miracles. Rely on them.
        --Murphy's Computer Laws (Finagle's Rules)

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.
        --Stephen R. Covey, Principle-centered Leadership

You are only as wise as other's perceive you to be.
        --M. Shawn Cole

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave.
        --Baron Henry Peter Brougham

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes.
        --Lewis Grizzard

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
        --Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince (1532)

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.
        --Harry S Truman (1884-1972)

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
        --Socrates (470-399 BC)

Virtue is insufficient temptation.
        --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
        --Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
        --Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
        --Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.
        --Dwight David Eisenhower (1890-1969)

When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.
        --Henry Miller (1891-1980)

Truth springs from argument amongst friends.
        --David Hume (1711-1776)

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.
        --Arnold H. Glasgow

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.
        --John Donne (1571? - 1631), Meditation XVII

Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.
        --Hubert Humphrey

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
        --Confucius, Analects

'Tis hard if all is false that I advance
A fool must now and then be right, by chance.
        --William Cowper, Conversation

We can never tell what is in store for us.
        --Harry S Truman

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
        --e. e. cummings

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
        --Charles Caleb Colton

Logic is like the sword--those who appeal to it shall perish by it.
        --Samuel Butler

That's the secret to life... replace one worry with another....
        --Charlie Brown (by Charles Schulz)

If you suffer, thank God! -- it is a sure sign that you are alive.
        --Elbert Hubbard

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.
        --Albert Camus

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.
        --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.
        --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

I am prepared to meet anyone, but whether anyone is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
        --Mark Twain

Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile!
        --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.
        --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

What the public wants is the image of passion, not passion itself.
        --Roland Barthes, Esprit

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.
        --Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

How far that little candle throws his beams!
So shines a good deed in a weary world.

Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
        --John F. Kennedy

The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.
        --Eric Hoffer

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
        --Walter J. Lippmann

Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it.
        --Marian Anderson

People are more easily led than driven.
        --David Harold Fink

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.
        --Jesse Jackson

Jingshen is the Mandarin word for spirit and vivacity. It is an important word for those who would lead, because above all things, spirit and vivacity set effective organizations apart from those that will decline and die.
        --James L. Hayes, Memos for Management: Leadership, 1983

Uncertainty will always be part of the taking charge process.
        --Harold Geneen

In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.
        --John Henry Cardinal Newman

Remember that it is far better to follow well than to lead indifferently.
        --John G. Vance

The only real training for leadership is leadership.
        --Anthony Jay

The art of leading, in operations large or small, is the art of dealing with humanity, of working diligently on behalf of men, of being sympathetic with them, but equally, of insisting that they make a square facing toward their own problems.
        --S. L. A. Marshall, Men Against Fire, 1947

If you cry "Forward!" you must without fail make plain in what direction to go. Don't you see that if, without doing so, you call out the word to both a mond and revolutionary, they will go in directions precisely opposite?
        --Anton Chekhov

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
        --Ralph Nader

Whether a man is burdened by power or enjoys power; whether he is trapped by responsibility or made free by it; whether he is moved by other people and outer forces or moves them -- this is of the essence of leadership.
        --Theodore H. White, The Making of the President, 1960

Learn to obey before you command.

It is the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not to skin it.
        --Latin proverb

The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time.
        --Abraham Lincoln

If there is no struggle, there is no progress.
        --Frederick Douglass

The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves if we are underlings.

The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.
        --Frederick Douglass.

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who decided to stand their ground.

Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
        --Chief Seattle

The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another's little lapses.
        --David Storey

Vacation used to be a luxury, however, in today's world, it has become a necessity.

It does no harm just once in a while to acknowledge that the whole country isn't in flames, that there are people in the country besides politicians, entertainers, and criminals.
        --Charles Kuralt

The human brain is like a railroad freight car -- guaranteed to have a certain capacity but often running empty.

They copied all they could follow
    but they couldn't copy my mind
so I left them sweating and stealing
    a year and a half behind.
        --Rudyard Kipling

Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt... Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.
        --Robert Anton Wilson

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.
        --Anais Nin

Before the beginning of great brilliance, there must be chaos. Before a brilliant person begins something great, they must look foolish in the crowd.
        --From the I Ching

If ignorance is bliss, why aren't more people happy?

If you can read this, thank a teacher.
        --Anonymous teacher

If it weren't for caffeine I'd have no personality whatsoever!

Only Robinson Crusoe had everything done by Friday.

Cycology -- The science of propelling one's self through the environment to enhance well-being.

My wife says I never listen to her. At least I think that's what she said.

Change is good, but dollars are better.

I live for books.
        --Thomas Jefferson

Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
        --P. J. O'Rourke

Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them.

Life is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get.
        --Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump

All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
        --George Santiano

The Net interprets censorship as damage... and routes around it.
        --John Gilmore

As long as I have you there is just one other thing I'll always need -- tremendous self control.
        --Ashleigh Brilliant

I have decided that suicide is completely out of the question. I refuse to end the suffering of others... No, I must contemplate homicide and end the suffering of one... ME!!!

Giving what you don't have to give.
Giving when you don't need to give.
Giving because you want to give.
        --Damien Hess

To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow.
        --Erik Nupponen

We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.
        --Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
        --John Dryden, Imitation of Horace

For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
    And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
        --William Congreve, The Mourning Bride

Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.
        --Joseph Addison, Cato

Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps;
And pyramids are pyramids in vales.
Each man makes his own stature, builds himself.
Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids;
Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall.
        --Edward Young, Night Thoughts

All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.
        --Edmund Burke, Speech on the Conciliation of America

One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.
        --Diogenes Laertius, Zeno

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
        --David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair

Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself.
        --Sir John Vanbrugh, The Relapse

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
        --Aristotle, Rhetoric

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.
        --Bessie Stanley

Technology: No Place for Wimps!
        --Scott Adams, Dilbert

Sing Ho! For the life of a Bear!
        --Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

...You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.
        --Bob Dylan, from "Subterranean Homesick Blues" 1967

To err is human, to blame the next guy even more so.

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
        --Oliver W. Holmes

The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.
        --Havelock Ellis

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
        --Bertrand Russell

Expect everything, and anything seems nothing.
Expect nothing, and anything seems everything.
        --Samuel Hazo

Politicians are the same all over. they promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
        --Nikita Khrushchev

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
        --James Joyce

The best argument against democracy is a five minute conversation with the average voter.
        --Winston Churchill

Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.
        --Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,
Or close the wall up with our English dead!
In peace there's nothing so becomes a man
As modest stillness and humility;
But when the blast of war blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
        --Shakespeare, King Henry V, Act III, Scene 1

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.
        --Doug Larson

Stupid is a boundless concept.

Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.

A library is an arsenal of liberty.

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.

A single fact can spoil a good argument.

By all means, let's not confuse ourselves with the facts!

Courage atrophies from lack of use.

Drawing on my fine command of language, I said nothing.

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.
        --Sam Brown, "Washington Post," 1977

Step with care and great tact
And remember that Life's a Great Balancing Act
Just never forget to be dexterous and deft
And never mix up your right foot with your left.
        --Dr. Suess, Oh, the Places You'll Go

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
        --Samuel Johnson

If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are rotten,
either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.
        --Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.

Life is short; live it up.

Technology is ruled by two types of people: those who manage what they do not understand, and those who understand what they do not manage.
        --Mike Trout

The tallest blade of grass is the first to be cut by the scythe.
        --Old Russian saying

Live simply that others might simply live.
        --Elizabeth Seaton

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought -- particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things.
        --Woody Allen

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
        --Steven Wright

Truly great madness cannot be achieved without significant intelligence.
        --Henrik Tikkanen

The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas [and] the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market.
        --Oliver W. Holmes (dissent, Abrams v. United States, 1919)

When a man wants to murder a tiger, it's called sport; when the tiger wants to murder him it's called ferocity.
        --George Bernard Shaw

There will be no justice as long as man will stand with a knife or with a gun and destroy those who are weaker than he is.
        --Isaac Bashevis Singer

A thorn defends the rose, harming only those who would steal the blossom.
        --Chinese proverb

Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.

A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.
        --H. L. Mencken

My work is a game, a very serious game.
        --M. C. Escher

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
        --Colin Powell

The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas.
        --Judge John Kane, US District Court

The fewer clear facts you have in support of an opinion, the stronger your emotional attachment to that opinion.

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
        --Alfred Adler

He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
        --Chinese proverb

The sum of intelligence on the planet is a constant; the population is growing.
        --Cole's axiom

In war there is no substitute for victory.
        --General Douglas MacArthur

It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours.
        --Harry S Truman

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
        --Hubert H. Humphrey

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.
        --Laurence Peter

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.
        --Will Rogers

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
        --William Dement

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
        --Wilson Mizner

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.
        --Art Spander

Honor isn't about making the right choices. It's about dealing with the consequences.
        --Midori Koto

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence, a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.
        --Herbert Simon, economist

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.
        --Harry S Truman

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it.... While it lies there, it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.
        --Learned Hand, jurist

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
        --Thomas Edison

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
        --Stephen Wright

I don't want any "yes-men" around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.
        --Samuel Goldwyn

A man with a watch knows what time it is. A man with two watches is never sure.
        --Segal's Law

The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.
        --Robert Frost

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents.
        --Nathaniel Borenstein

Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.
        --Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Irrigation of the land with seawater desalinated by fusion power is ancient. It's called rain.
        --Michael McClary

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.
        --Joseph Stalin

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
        --Bertrand Russell

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them. These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly killed every last inhabitant of Persia.
        --Hans A. Bethe

We believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
        --Albert Einstein on atomic energy, Jan. 22, 1947

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence -- and then success is sure.
        --Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do it right.
        --Kurt Herbert Alder

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis.
        --Ashleigh Brilliant

Oh, I don't blame Congress. If I had $600 billion at my disposal, I'd be irresponsible, too.
        --Lichty & Wagner

Imagination is more important than knowledge....
        --Albert Einstein

I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.
        --Fritz Perls

A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions.
        --Wilson Mizner

When a thing has been said, and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
        --Anatole France

The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.
        --Paul Fix

That is a good book which is opened with expectation and closed with profit.
        --Amos Bronson Alcott, Table Talk

We must never assume that which is incapable of proof.
        --G. H. Lewes, Physiology of Common Life

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
        --Charles Dickens, Bleak House

When angry, count ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred.
        --Thomas Jefferson, Writings

If you don't find it in the index, look very carefully through the entire catalogue.
        --Sears, Roebuck, and Co., Consumer's Guide, 1897

What more felicity can fall to creature,
Than to enjoy delight with liberty.
        --Spenser, Fate of the Butterfly

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.
        --John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961

The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered... deeply, ...finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
        --George Washington, First Inaugural Address, Apr. 30, 1789

We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion and mistrust or with fear. We can gain it only if we proceed with the understanding, the confidence, and the courage which flow from conviction.
        --Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fourth Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1945

With malice toward none, with charity for all, ...let us strive on to finish the work we are in, do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
        --Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1865

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
        --Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1933

If you don't believe in something, you'll fall for anything.

The forces of good and evil are working within and around me, I must choose, and in a free will universe I do have a choice.

I must stand up in search of the truth, if I don't I only roll with the flow of the lie and make it stronger.

In all things there are three choices: Yes, No & no choice, except in this -- I either choose the truth or I am deceit.

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs it is the rule.
        --Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil

Never mistake motion for action.
        --Ernest Hemingway

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
        --Soren Kierkegaard

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.
        --Robert Orben

A myth is a religion in which no one any longer believes.
        --James Feibleman

In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.
        --Robert Byrne

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.
        --Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.
        --Eric Ambler

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.
        --H. L. Mencken

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.
        --Bertrand Russell

Whenever I'm caught between two evils, I take the one I've never tried.
        --Mae West

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.
        --H. L. Mencken

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.
        --Lord Byron

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.
        --Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead (1943)

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.
        --Oscar Wilde

Anybody who wants the presidency so much that he'll spend two years organizing and campaigning for it is not to be trusted with the office.
        --David Broder

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

Nothing happens unless first a dream.
        --Carl Sandburg

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
        --Old Indian saying

I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.
        --Blaise Pascal

It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

They're funny things, Accidents. You never have them till you're having them.
        --Eeyore, Pooh's Little Instruction Book,
            inspired by A. A. Milne

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

To the uneducated, an A is just three sticks.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

When having a smackerel of something with a friend, don't eat so much that you get stuck in the doorway trying to get out.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

When late morning rolls around and you're feeling a bit out of sorts, don't worry; you're probably just a little eleven o'clockish.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

It's always useful to know where a friend-and-relation is, whether you want him or whether you don't.
        --Rabbit, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Just because an animal is large, it doesn't mean he doesn't want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things,
        --Joe Namath

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.
        --Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

People who don't Think probably don't have Brains; rather, they have grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Brains first and then Hard Work.
        --Eeyore, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

If the person you are talking to doesn't appear to be listening, be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

If you want to make a song more hummy, add a few tiddely poms.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

It is hard to be brave, when you're only a Very Small Animal.
        --Piglet, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

It gets you nowhere if the other person's tail is only just in sight for the second half of the conversation.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Those who are clever, who have a Brain, never understand anything.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is go where they can find you.
        --Winnie-the-Pooh, Pooh's Little Instruction Book,
            inspired by A. A. Milne

It's so much more friendly with two.
        --Piglet, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
        --Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne

All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr.

I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.
        --Adolph Hitler

By means of shrewd lies, unremittingly repeated, it is possible to make people believe that heaven is hell -- and hell heaven. The greater the lie, the more readily it will be believed.
        --Adolph Hitler, Mein Kampf

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

Journalists cover words and delude themselves into thinking they have committed journalism.
        --Hedrick Smith

Most people believe that if you go in and try to micromanage a forest, it is possible to destroy the very thing that makes it a unique and special place. That's just as true of the Net.
        --Glen Raphael

I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any.

Cynics are made, not born.

There is nothing so asinine that governments will not proclaim it as official doctrine.
        --Nolan's Observation

Delay is preferable to error.
        --Thomas Jefferson

My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake.

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.
        --Ronald Reagan

Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.
        --Andy Rooney

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
        --Mark Twain

I'm going to speak my mind because I have nothing to loose.
        --S. I. Hayakawa

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
        --Alvin Toffler

Crude classifications and false generalizations are the curse of organized life.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Still round the corner there may wait,
A new road or a secret gate.
        --J. R. R. Tolkien

Today the real test of power is not capacity to make war but the capacity to prevent it.
        --Anne O'Hare McCormick

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
        --Elbert Hubbard

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever.
        --Nancy Kerrigan

Trouble is part of your life -- if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
        --Dinah Shore

Let your heart guide you. It whispers, so listen closely.
        --The Land Before Time

You are the lens in the beam. You can only receive, give, and possess the light as the lens does.
    If you seek yourself, you rob the lens of its transparency. You will know life and be acknowledged by it according to your degree of transparency, your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end, and remain purely as a means.
        --Dag Hammarskjold

A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.
        --Burt Bacharach

Focus 90% of your time on solutions and only 10% of your time on problems.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Learn not only to find what you like, learn to like what you find.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain about something then you have the time to do something about it.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Experience is not what happens to us, rather it is what we do with what happens to us.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Transcend political correctness and strive for human righteousness.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Know people for who they are rather than for what they are.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Set high standards and few limitations for yourself.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Always be nice to secretaries. They are the real gatekeepers in the world.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If you believe that discrimination exists, it will.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If life doesn't offer a game worth playing, then invent a new one.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Give more than take.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Continually strive to improve yourself.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Reality doesn't bite, rather our perception of reality bites.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Not only are you what you think you are, more so; what you think, you are.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Don't fear change, embrace it.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Have a strong mind and a soft heart.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Become a student of change. It is the only thing that will remain constant.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution and not just a process of evolution.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Become addicted to constant and never-ending self improvement.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.
        --Richard Feynman

Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
        --Arthur C. Clarke, Technology and the Future

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.
        --James Thurber

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
        --Jules de Gaultier

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction.
        --Mark Twain

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.
        --Frank Zappa

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
        --Woody Allen

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.
        --M. C. Escher

I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.
        --Marshall McLuhan

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.
        --Lily Tomlin

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
        --Abraham Lincoln

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
        --Ellen Parr

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
        --Mark Twain

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
        --Albert Einstein

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
        --Timothy Leary

Only the mediocre are always at their best.
        --Jean Giraudoux

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is its inefficiency.
        --Eugene McCarthy

I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said, "I don't know."
        --Mark Twain

I wish people who have trouble communicating would just shut up.
        --Tom Lehrer

I never know how much of what I say is true.
        --Bette Midler

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.
        --Rainer Maria Rilke

The only normal people are the ones you don't know very well.
        --Joe Ancis

Though I am not naturally honest, I am so sometimes by chance.
        --William Shakespeare

I improve on misquotation.
        --Cary Grant

I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
        --Will Rogers

If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
        --Albert Einstein

An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out.
        --Will Rogers

Reality is nothing but a collective hunch.
        --Lily Tomlin

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
        --Douglas Adams

Your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true.
        --Bertold Brecht

All I want is a warm bed and a kind word and unlimited power.
        --Ashleigh Brilliant

I either want less corruption, or more chance to participate in it.
        --Ashleigh Brilliant

Sometimes I need what only you can provide -- your absence.
        --Ashleigh Brilliant

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
        --Dale Carnegie

The problem with political jokes is they get elected.
        --Henry Cate, VII

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.
        --Quentin Crisp

If at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style.
        --Quentin Crisp

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
        --Philip K. Dick

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
        --Walt Disney

Efficiency is intelligent laziness.
        --David Dunham

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.
        --Alan Dean Foster, To the Vanishing Point

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.
        --Charles Brower

If you believe everything you read, better not read.
        --Japanese proverb

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
        --Garrison Keillor

Nothing succeeds like the appearance of success.
        --Christopher Lasch

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
        --Oscar Levant

Part of being sane, is being a little bit crazy.
        --Janet Long

I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.
        --Groucho Marx

Talking much about oneself can also be a means to conceal oneself.
        --Friedrich Nietzsche

Any man whose errors take ten years to correct is quite a man.
        --J. Robert Oppenheimer, speaking of Albert Einstein

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
        --John Russell

No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it.
        --Charles Schulz

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
        --Solomon Short

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.
        --Werner von Braun

I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.
        --Joe Walsh

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
        --Oscar Wilde

Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
        --H. H. Williams

Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
        --Werner von Braun

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
        --Albert Einstein

I'm just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious.
        --David Letterman

Getting caught is the mother of invention.
        --Robert Byrne

Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle.
        --James Russell Lowell

Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
        --Mark Twain

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
        --Mark Twain

Honesty is the best image.
        --Ziggy (Tom Wilson)

Ninety percent of everything is crap.
        --Theodore Sturgeon

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
        --Mark Twain

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
        --William Blake

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
        --Aldous Huxley

It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything.

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.
        --Bertrand Russell

Someone's boring me. I think it's me.
        --Dylan Thomas

We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.
        --Jeff Marder

Every nation ridicules other nations -- and all are right.
        --Arthur Schopenhauer

What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

Why are we surprised when politicians play politics? It's not like they are supposed to be real adults... they are, after all, politicians and don't have real jobs and aren't playing around with their money.

It may be that those who do most, dream most.
        --Stephen Leacock

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm but the harm does not interest them.
        --T. S. Eliot

It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
        --Mark Twain

There is nothing so annoying as to have two people talking when you're busy interrupting.
        --Mark Twain

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on.
        --Robert Frost

Our way is not soft grass, it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upward, forward, toward the sun.
        --Ruth Westheimer

The first mistake in public business is the going into it.
        --Ben Franklin

Without trust, words become the hollow sound of a wooden gong. With trust, words become life itself.
        --John Harold

Vacation is what you take when you can't take what you've been taking any longer.
        --The Lion

Slight not what's near through aiming at what's far.

My eyes are an ocean in which my dreams are reflected.
        --Anna M. Uhlich

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
        --Vince Lombardi

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

Most of us would like to be smarter than we are, stronger than we are, richer than we are, but we don't feel all that comfortable with people who are.
        --Mickey Manfield

Popularity comes from allowing yourself to be bored by people while pretending to enjoy it.
        --Karol Newlin

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

We are, each of us angels with only one wing; and we can only fly by embracing one another.
        --Luciano de Crescenzo

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
        --Dean Acheson

A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
        --Caskie Stinnett

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
        --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.
        --H. G. Wells

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

The public is a ferocious beast -- one must either chain it up or flee from it.

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
        --Bill Vaughn

One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny.
        --Bertrand Russell

Victory is a political fiction.

To be free it is not enough to beat the system, one must beat the system every day.

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
        --George Bernard Shaw

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
        --Francious de la Rochefoucauld

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

Truth -- An ingenious compound of desirability and appearance.

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy.
        --Franz Kafka

Sentimentality is a superstructure covering brutality.
        --C. J. Jung

A cult is a religion with no political power.
        --Tom Wolfe

People who have given us their complete confidence believe that they have a right to ours. The inference is false, a gift confers no rights.

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
        --Wilson Mizner

An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country.
        --Sir Henry Wotton (1568-1639)

One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it.
        --Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
        --Marcus Garvey

Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.
        --James Baldwin

No one feels another's grief, no one understands another's joy. People imagine they can reach one another. In reality they only pass each other by.
        --Franz Schubert

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past.

The outward freedom that we shall attain will only be in exact proportion to the inward freedom to which we may have grown at a given moment. And if this is a correct view of freedom, our chief energy must be concentrated on achieving reform from within.

Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.
        --Robert M. Pirsig

When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.
        --Joseph Campbell

You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough.
        --Adam Marshall

A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous.
        --Alfred Alder

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
        --Orson Welles, The Third Man, 1949

I have seen soldiers panic at the first sight of battle, and a wounded squire pulling arrows out from his wound to fight and save his dying horse. Nobility is not a birth right but is defined by one's action.
        --Kevin Costner, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, 1994

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
        --Paul Dirac (1902-1984)

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.
        --Jawaharlal Nehru

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.
        --Harry S Truman (1884-1972)

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.
        --General G. C. Patton (1885-1945)

While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.
        --President Lyndon Johnson (1908-1973)

There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.
        --Douglas MacArthur

War is based on deception.
        --Sun Tzu (ca. 500 BC)

To secure peace is to prepare for war.
        --Carl von Clausewitz

When the effective leader is finished with his work, the people say it happened naturally.
        --Lao Tse

Hardly a competent workman can be found who does not devote a considerable amount of time to studying just how slowly he can work and still convince his employer that he is going at a good pace.
        --Frederick W. Taylor

Gray hair is God's graffiti.
        --Bill Cosby

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
        --Martin Fraquhar Tupper

In the end, everything is a gag.
        --Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
        --Gail Godwin

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list of the richest people in America. If I'm not there, I go to work.
        --Robert Orben

Nothing is wrong with California that a rise in the ocean level wouldn't cure.
        --Ross MacDonald (1915-1983)

Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.
        --Abba Eban

To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me.
        --Charles William Stubbs

Sanity is a madness put to good use.
        --George Santayana

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
        --Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
        --Wilson Mizner (1876-1933)

A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
        --Lao Tze

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
        --Alan Kay

Silence is argument carried out by other means.
        --Ernesto "Che" Guevara (1928-1967)

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
        --Edmond Burke

If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool.
        --Carl Jung (1875-1961)

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
        --Abraham Lincoln

We haven't got the power to destroy the planet -- or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.
        --Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

It is wise to direct your anger towards problems -- not people; to focus your energies on answers -- not excuses.
        --William Arthur Ward

A soft answer turneth away wrath.
        --Proverbs 15:1

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it.
If you can dream it, you can become it.
        --William Arthur Ward

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Do what you can with what you have where you are.
        --Theodore Roosevelt

Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can.
        --John Wesley

Go Confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.

A friend is one to whom you can pour out the contents of your heart, chaff and grain alike. Knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

Happiness is as a butterfly which when pursued is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly may alight upon you.
        --Nathaniel Hawthorne

If you begin the day with love in your heart, peace in your nerves, and truth in your mind, you not only benefit by their presence but also bring them to others, to your family and friends, and to all those whose destiny draws across your path that day.

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
        --Irish Blessing

Ideals are like stars. You will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But, like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides and following them you will reach your destiny.

It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.
        --General Colin Powell

Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.
        --Gordon R. Dickson

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
        --Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.
        --Ted Morgan

No one worth possessing
Can be quite possessed.
        --Sara Teasdale

Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
        --Jean de La Fontaine

Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
        --Michel de Montaigne

All a man can betray is his conscience.
        --Joseph Conrad

It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
        --Confucius Analects

Trust each other again and again. When the trust level gets high enough, people transcend apparent limits, discovering new and awesome abilities for which they were previously unaware.
        --David Armistead

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
        --Elizabeth I

It's amazing how nice people are to you when they know you're going away.
        --Michael Arlen

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Somebody who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world
        --The Law of Thumb

Words -- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
        --Nathaniel Hawthorne

A diplomat is a man who says you have an open mind, instead of telling you that you have a hole in the head.

Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings.
        --Alice Miller

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
        --A. A. Milne

On the mountains of truth you can never climb in vain: either you will reach a point higher up today, or you will be training your powers so that you will be able to climb higher tomorrow.
        --Friedrich Nietzsche

Think not forever of yourselves, O Chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.
        --Peacemaker, founder of the Iroquois Confederacy, (ca. 1000 AD)

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
        --John G. Riefenbaker

We always admire the other person more after we've tried to do his job.
        --William Feather

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Promise a lot and give even more.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The individual must not merely wait and criticize, he must defend the cause the best he can. The fate of the world will be such as the world deserves.
        --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
        --Mark Twain

The great danger... in believing yourself especially chosen is that it becomes easy to view those who are not your people as God's especially unchosen.
        --Bishop John Shelby Spong

Thoughts come through people, not from them.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

In life, it is not what you know or who you know that counts -- it is both!
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Become a fixer, not just a fixture.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The only real failure in life is one not learned from.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

You don't have to hold a position in order to be a leader.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The rules have changed. True power is held by the person who possesses the largest bookshelf, not gun cabinet or wallet.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If you have a vision, do something with it.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Fortunately [psychoanalysis] is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
        --Karen Horney

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.
        --Albert Camus

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
        --Graham Greene

The strongest principle of growth lies in the human choice.
        --George Eliot

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
        --Erica Jong

Tell me what company you keep and I'll tell you what you are.
        --Miguel de Cervantes

To stay ahead, you must have your next idea waiting in the wings.
        --Rosabeth Moss Kanter

It's not true that nice guys finish last. Nice guys are winners before the game even starts.
        --Addison Walker

One who walks in another's tracks leaves no footprints.

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
        --Josh Billings

Don't reinvent the wheel, just realign it.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Life is meant to be enjoyed, not endured.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.
        --Paul Gauguin

If you have a job without aggravations, you don't have a job.
        --Malcolm Forbes

The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.
        --Foster's Law

The only one who can tell you "you can't" is you. And you don't have to listen.
        --Nike advertisement

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.
        --Art Linkletter

Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own.
        --John Mason Brown

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
        --Albert Einstein

You're not the only one who's made mistakes, but they're the only things that you can truly call your own.
        --Billy Joel, You're Only Human (Second Wind)

We barely have time to react in this world, let alone rehearse.
        --Ani Difranco, Letter to a John

Life is like a piano... what you get out of it depends on how you play it.

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
        --Justice William O. Douglas

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
        --Albert Schweitzer

The service you do for others is the rent you pay for the time you spend on earth.
        --Mohammed Ali

If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country.

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.
        --Herman Melville

Automatic simply means that you can't repair it yourself.
        --Mary H. Waldrip

Listen to your intuition. It will tell you everything you need to know.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Your mind is like a parachute. It only works if it is open.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The people who oppose your ideas the most are those who represent the establishment that your ideas will upset.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Build your reputation by helping other people build theirs.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Run to meet the future or it's going to run you down.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Just because something is tradition doesn't make it right.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

I'm not sure I want popular opinion on my side -- I've noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.
        --Bethania McKenstry

All the knowledge in the world is found within you.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?
        --Robert Fulghum

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
        --Will Rogers

To philosophize is to doubt.

Use the talents you possess -- for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best.

To generalize is to be an idiot.
        --William Blake

Wit is the only wall between us and the dark.
        --Mark van Doren

What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.

To pull together is to avoid being pulled apart.
        --Bob Allisat

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
        --Kahlil Gibran

Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
        --Scott Adams

Those who stare at the past have their backs turned to the future.

Politics [is] the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.
        --Barry Goldwater

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.
        --Leo Tolstoy

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.

Be nice to people on your way up because you'll need them on your way down.
        --W. Migner

Get your facts first and then you can distort them as much as you wish.
        --Mark Twain

The one whose judgment counts most in your life is the one staring back in the glass.

O what fine thought we had because we thought that the worst rogues and rascals had died out.
        --W. B. Yeats, Nineteen Hundred And Nineteen

If you obey all of the rules, you miss all of the fun.
        --Katherine Hepburn

What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.

In youth we learn; in age we understand.

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
        --Henry Adams

There are three ingredients to the good life; learning, earning, and yearning.
        --Christopher Morley

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.
        --Abraham Maslow

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
        --Arthur Koestler

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

Immature love says, "I love you because I need you." Mature love says, "I need you because I love you."
        --Erich Fromm

The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.
        --Theodore Roosevelt

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
        --Albert Einstein

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
        --W. B. Yeats

Threats don't work with the person who's got nothing to lose.
        --Maduro Ash

An idea is salvation by imagination.
        --Frank Lloyd Wright

Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.
        --Eugene Ionesco

To know when to be generous and when to be firm -- this is wisdom.
        --Elbert Hubbard

There are no facts, only interpretations.
        --Friedrich Nietzsche

All of us could take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.
        --North DeKalb Kiwanis Club Beacon

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage -- it can be delightful.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
        --Hans Margolius

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
        --Stephen Leacock

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase -- that's what wild geese are for.

It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.

At Christmas I no more desire a rose
Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled mirth;
But like of each thing that in season grows.
        --William Shakespeare, Love's Labour Lost

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it.
        --Immanuel Hermass von Fichte

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.
        --Ed Howe

To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
        --Bertrand Russell

Friendship with oneself is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
        --Eleanor Roosevelt

Weather is a great bluffer. I guess the same is true of our human society -- things can look dark, then a break shows in the clouds, and all is changed.
        --E. B. White

Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
        --John Dryden

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.
        --Bergen Evans

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.
        --Mark Twain

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.
        --Tom Robbins

Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.
        --Rainer Maria Rilke

Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.
        --The Midrash

The question is not, can they reason? Nor, can they talk? But, can they suffer?
        --Jeremy Bentham, philosopher and animal rights activist

We are the living links in a life force that moves and plays around and through us, binding the deepest soils with the farthest stars.
        --Alan Chadwick

When our eyes see our hands doing the work of our hearts, the circle of Creation is completed inside us, the doors of our souls fly open, and love steps forth to heal everything in sight.
        --Michael Bridge

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
        --Margaret Young

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.
        --George Herbert

They can because they think they can.

Conform and be dull.
        --James Frank Dobie

A good conscience is a continual feast.
        --Robert Burton

Without a sense of caring, there can be no sense of community.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Don't knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn't start a conversation if it didn't change once in a while.
        --Kin Hubbard

Never ascribe to an opponent motives meaner than your own.
        --John M. Barrie

What difference does it make how much you have? What you do not have amounts to much more.

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
        --Eden Phillpotts

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
        --Mark Twain

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
        --Don Herold

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr.

In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects.
        --J. W. Fulbright

It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
        --Mohandas K. Gandhi

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.

Life has no rehearsals, only performances.

People only see what they are prepared to see.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
        --Albert Einstein

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.
        --Harold Taylor

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
        --Rudyard Kipling
Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.
        --Elbert Hubbard

A thing derided is a thing dead; a laughing man is stronger than a suffering man.
        --Gustave Flaubert

If you can't return a favor, pass it on.
        --Louise Brown

Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.

If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old.
        --Ed Howe

You may delay, but time will not.
        --Benjamin Franklin

Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.
        --Eugene Ionesco

Abstinence is as easy to me, as temperance would be difficult.
        --Samuel Johnson

Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.

For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
the saddest are these, "It might have been!"
        --John Greenleaf Whittier

Advice is like snow -- the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper in sinks into the mind.
        --Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Indecision is like a stepchild: if he does not wash his hands, he is called dirty, if he does, he is wasting water.
        --African Proverb

A man does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.
        --Albert Schweitzer

The only time you don't fail is the last time you try anything -- and it works.
        --William Strong

That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves.
        --Thomas Jefferson

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
        --Charles Austin Beard, historian

When they took the fourth amendment, I was silent because I don't deal drugs. When they took the sixth amendment, I kept quiet because I know I'm innocent. When they took the second amendment, I said nothing because I don't own a gun. Now they've come for the first amendment, and I can't say anything at all.
        --Tim Freeman

Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

The politicians don't just want your money. They want your soul. They want you to be worn down by taxes until you are dependent and helpless. When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.
        --James Dale Davidson, National Taxpayers Union

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
        --P. J. O'Rourke

If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.
        --Frank Herbert, The Dosadi Experiment

Since when is public safety the root password to the Constitution?
        --C. D. Tavares

Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.
        --George Washington

Manufacturing and commercial monopolies owe their origin not to a tendency imminent in a capitalist economy but to governmental interventionist policy directed against free trade and laissez faire.
        --Ludwig Mises

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.
        --Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, 1928

The legacy of Democrats and Republicans approaches: Libertarianism by bankruptcy.
        --Nick Nuessle, 1992

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
        --H. L. Mencken

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.
        --Richard L. Evans

The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
        --John Burrough

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.
        --Ernest Hemingway

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
        --Wendell Berry

Your paradigm is so intrinsic to your mental process that you are hardly aware of its existence, until you try to communicate with someone with a different paradigm.
        --Donella Meadows, The Global Citizen

Man's mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.
        --Oliver Wendell Holmes

Man is the only creature that refuses to be what he is.
        --Albert Camus

There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew.
        --Marshall McLuhan

Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
        --David Lloyd George

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

A rumor is one thing that gets thicker instead of thinner as it is spread.
        --Richard Armour

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
        --Gail Sheehy

With time and patience the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
        --Chinese proverb

The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.
        --Carl W. Buechner

If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.

The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses. Successes have many fathers, failures have none.
        --Philip Caldwell

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.

From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it.
        --Herman Melville

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
        --William James

Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
        --William Blake

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin.
        --Herman Hesse

The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.
        --James Bryce

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
        --Jonathan Kozol

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt.

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
        --Josh Billings

The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going.

Experience is one thing you can't get for nothing.
        --Oscar Wilde

Success is that old ABC -- ability, breaks, and courage.
        --Charles Luckman

What breaks in a moment may take years to mend.
        --Swedish proverb

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.
        --Yiddish proverb

The road to a friend's house is never long.
        --Danish proverb

Who begins too much accomplishes little.
        --German proverb

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
        --W. Somerset Maugham

Good questions outrank easy answers.
        --Paul A. Samuelson

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.
        --Ayn Rand

Bad habits are like a comfortable bed, easy to get into, but hard to get out of.

My goal in life is to survive. Everything else is just a bonus.
        --The Lockhorns

The afternoon knows what the morning never suspected.
        --Cousin Woodman

There is hardly anybody good for everything, and there is scarcely anybody who is absolutely good for nothing.
        --Lord Chesterfield

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold -- but so does a hard-boiled egg.

Be sincere; be brief; be seated.
        --Franklin D. Roosevelt

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for .success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
        --Vaclav Havel

Time goes by so fast, people go in and out of your life. You must never miss the opportunity to tell these people how much they mean to you.
        --From the last episode of "Cheers"

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. Nothing can ever separate us. It's for you I created the universe. I love you.
There's only one catch.
Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.
        --Frederick Buechner

We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.
        --The Metro Para pledge

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.
        --William Feather

One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.
        --Thomas Fuller

When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.
        --Edward Bulwer-Lytton

A proverb is the wisdom of many and the wit of one.
        --Lord John Russell

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
        --Jonathan Swift

There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
        --William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
        --Seneca (the Younger)

Dost thou not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?
        --Count Oxenstierna

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
        --Douglas Adams

Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live.
        --Margaret Fuller

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience.
        --Dr. Laurence J. Peter

It's all very well in practice, but it will never work in theory.
        --French management saying

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
        --T. S. Eliot, The Rock

Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.
        --H. Jackson Browne, P. S. I Love You

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
        --H. Jackson Browne, P. S. I Love You

Good manners sometimes means simply putting up with other people's bad manners.
        --H. Jackson Browne, P. S. I Love You

We shall never cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
        --T. S. Eliot

Noble life demands a noble architecture for noble uses of noble men. Lack of culture means what it has always meant: ignoble civilization and therefore imminent downfall.
        --Frank Lloyd Wright

The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
        --Victor Hugo

To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But it is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.
        --Anna Louise Strong

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.
        --Arthur Calwell

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts.
        --Millard Fuller

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.
        --William Hazlitt

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.

The great masses of the people... will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.
        --Adolph Hitler

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.
        --Eric Hoffer

You do not destroy an idea by killing people; you replace it with a better one.
        --Edward Keating

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
        --Robert F. Kennedy

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
        --Rudyard Kipling

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
        --Abraham Lincoln

Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much.
        --Walter Lippmann

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
        --John Locke

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
        --Hannah More

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights.

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.
        --George Jean Nathan

Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.
        --Flower A. Newhouse

To give up the task of reforming society is to give up one's responsibility as a free man.
        --Alan Paton

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
        --William Proxmire

Practice is the best of all instructors.
        --Publilius Syrus

A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
        --George Santayana

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
        --Harry S Truman

Words divide us, actions unite us.
        --Slogan of the Tupamaros

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!
        --Emiliano Zapata

Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.
        --Ludwig Wittgenstein

To do two things at once is to do neither.
        --Publilius Syrus

To live for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.

The only thing you take with you when you're gone is what you leave behind
        --John Allston

How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
        --Marcus Aurelius

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
        --Baruch Spinoza

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
        --Helen Keller

This is the true joy in life -- being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one...
        --George Bernard Shaw

And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.

You can never plan the future by the past.
        --Edmund Burke

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.

The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.
        --Flora Whittemore

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.
        --Winston Churchill

The art of progress is to preserve order amid change.
        --A. N. Whitehead

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
        --Roger Babson

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.
        --Paul Valery

There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still.
        --Franklin D. Roosevelt

Conservation is humanity caring for the future.
        --Nancy Newhall

Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
        --G. C. Lichtenberg

Chance fights ever on the side of the prudent.

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
        --Winston Churchill

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
        --Abraham Lincoln

It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
        --W. R. Inge

Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.

A penny will hide the biggest star in the Universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.
        --Samuel Grafton

Civilization is a slow process of adopting the ideas of minorities.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.
        --Albert Pine

To change and to change for the better are two different things.
        --German proverb

He helps others most, who shows them how to help themselves.
        --A. P. Gouthey

The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.
        --Thomas Kempis

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.
        --Thomas Paine

I've developed a new philosophy... I only dread one day at a time.
        --Charlie Brown

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
        --Kahlil Gibran

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Every man has his follies -- and often they are the most interesting thing he had got.
        --Josh Billings

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak.
        --James Russell Lowell

Insanity -- a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.
        --R. D. Lang

Who so loves believes the impossible.
        --Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.
        --John F. Kennedy

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
        --John Kenneth Galbraith

Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment.
        --La Rochefoucauld

One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas. That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony in one's life.
        --Etty Hilsum

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
        --Albert Einstein

Half the world is composed of idiots, the other half of people clever enough to take indecent advantage of them.
        --Walter Kerr

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
        --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.

"He means well" is useless unless he does well.

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow grow, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
        --George Washington

I don't know who my grandfather was; I'm much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
        --Abraham Lincoln

Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get, it's what you are expected to give -- which is everything

Telling us to obey instinct is like telling us to obey "people." People say different things: so do instincts. Our instincts are at war.... Each instinct, if you listen to it, will claim to be gratified at the expense of the rest....
        --C. S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

Think you can, think you can't, you are Right!!!
        --Rodolfo Tellez (Rudy)

Grace under Pressure.
        --Ernest Hemingway

Live life to the fullest.
        --Ernest Hemingway

In order to write about life, first you must live it!
        --Ernest Hemingway

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.
        --Winston Churchill

The price of greatness is responsibility.
        --Winston Churchill

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.
        --Dale Carnegie

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
        --Winston Churchill

If you fear nothing, you love nothing. If you love nothing, what joy can there be in life?

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.
        --Winston Churchill

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
        --Calvin Coolidge

Efficiency is intelligent laziness.
        --David Dunham

Learning is finding out what you already know
        --Richard Bach

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
        --Anatole France

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
        --Richard Buckminster Fuller

The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
        --Alan Saporta

It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.
        --Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.
        --Max Eastman

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.
        --Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.
        --Theodore Rubin

We must remember that a right lost to one is lost to all.
        --William Reece Smith, Jr.

So long as we have enough people in this country willing to fight for their rights, we'll be called a democracy.
        --Roger Baldwin, founder ACLU

When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity.
        --Albert Einstein

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.
        --Spanish proverb

Where observation is concerned, chance favors only the prepared mind.
        --Louis Pasteur, 1822-1895

Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them.
        --Ogden Nash

A statesman is a politician who places himself at the service of the nation. A politician is a statesman who places the nation at his service.
        --Georges Pomidou

Sometimes you have to get to know someone really well to realize you're really strangers.
        --Mary Richards, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"

God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.
        --J. M. Barrie, British Playwright

The mark of a good action is that it appears inevitable in retrospect.
        --Robert Louis Stevenson

I prefer tongue-tied knowledge to ignorant loquacity.

A criminal is a person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.
        --Howard Scott, Economist

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
        --Oscar Wilde

What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.
        --Boris Pasternak

I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy.
        --Ursula K. LeGuin

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.
        --Francis Bacon

We've gotten to the point where everybody's got a right and nobody's got a responsibility.
        --Newton Minow, chairman of the FCC

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
                --Henry David Thoreau

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.
        --E. J. Phelps

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
        --H. G. Wells

If you have made a mistake, cut your losses as quickly as possible.
        --Bernard M. Baruch

Performance is your reality. Forget everything else.
        --Harold Geneen

If you want to succeed, you'd better look as if you mean business.
        --Jeanne Holm

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.
        --H. L. Mencken

No one can possibly achieve any real and lasting success or "get rich" in business by being a conformist.
        --J. Paul Getty

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
        --Roger Babson

Define your business goals clearly so that others can see them as you do.
        --George F. Burns

Don't take the wrong side of an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side.
        --Baltasar Gracian

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.
        --Norman Vincent Peale

Common sense is not so common.

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
        --Robert Greenleaf

The best way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas.
        --Dr. Linus Pauling

Be not afraid of going slowly; be only afraid of standing still.
        --Chinese Proverb

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
        --Clare Booth Luce

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
        --Vidal Sassoon

Success is more a function of consistent common sense than it is of genius.
        --An Wang

You do not lead by hitting people over the head-that's assault, not leadership.
        --Dwight D. Eisenhower

Proportion your expenses to what you have, not what you expect.
        --English Proverb

Don't abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
        --Edgar W. Howe

When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Be everywhere, do everything, and never fail to astonish the customer.
        --Macy's Motto

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
        --Chinese Proverb

One day at a time- this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.
        --Ida Scott Taylor.

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
        --Langston Hughes

Whatever the struggle continue the climb it may be only one step to the summit.
        --Diane Westlake

This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.
        --Susan Polis Schutz

There is only one success-to be able to spend your life in your own way.
        --Christopher Morley

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
        --Sir James Barrie

All things are possible to him that believeth.
        --Mark 9:23

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.
        --Helen Keller

A dreamer lives for eternity.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.
        --Helen Keller

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.
        --Soren Kierkegaard

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives to his life by the unfolding of his powers.
        --Erich Fromm

The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and , if they can't find them, make them.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
        --Louisa May Alcott

You can always find the sun within yourself if you will only search.
        --Maxwell Maltz

To save a Life in defeat, is to receive Victory and Honor.
        --The Best of the Best (motion picture)

The most wonderful of all things in life, I believe, is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a glowing depth, beauty, and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing, it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of Divine accident.
        --Sir Hugh Walpoe

But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions.
        --D. H. Lawrence

The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.
        --Israel Zangwill

He who thinks by the inch and talks by the yard deserves to be kicked by the foot.

The effect of one upright individual is incalculable.
        --Oscar Arias

To safeguard one's health at the cost of too strict a diet is a tiresome illness indeed.
        --Francios de La Rochefoucauld

Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.
        --Patrick Henry

What's really important in life? Sitting on a beach? Looking at television eight hours a day? I think we have to appreciate that we're alive for only a limited period of time, and we'll spend most of our lives working. That being the case, I believe one of the most important priorities is to do whatever we do as well as we can. We should take pride in that.
        --Victor Kiam

A man who is 'of sound mind' is one who keeps the inner madman under lock and key.
        --Paul Valery

Some people will never learn anything, for this reason, because they understand everything too soon.
        --Alexander Pope

Perhaps one day this too will be pleasant to remember.

The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.
        --Arnold Bennett

My illness is due to my doctor's insistence that I drink milk, a whitish fluid they force down helpless babies.
        --W. C. Fields

Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
        --George William Curtis

Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.
        --Dietrich Bonhoffer

The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.

Smile -- It's the second best thing you can do with your lips.

A great many open minds should be closed for repairs.
        --Toledo Blade

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.
        --Oscar Wilde

It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the grain of sand in your shoe.

Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can do is take a complete rest.

A professional is a person who can do his best at a time when he doesn't particularly feel like it.
        --Alistair Cooke

A friend is someone who sees through you and still enjoys the view.
        --Wilma Askinas

Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
        --John F. Kennedy

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
        --L. P. Hartley

The time has come for all good men to rise above principle.
        --Huey Long

Howard Hughes was able to afford the luxury of madness, like a man who not only thinks he is Napoleon but hires an army to prove it.
        --Ted Morgan

An Irishman is the only man in the world who will step over the bodies of a dozen naked women to get to a bottle of stout.

Many a man's tongue broke his nose.
        --Seamus MacManus

May all who love the Lord, love you and those who don't love you, may the Lord give them a limp so you can see them coming.
        --Irish Blessing

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
        --Margaret Thatcher

Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is hardly anyone whose sexual life, if it were broadcast, would not fill the world at large with surprise and horror.
        --W. Somerset Maugham

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.
        --Oscar Wilde

To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
        --Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I, Scene 3

Human kind cannot bear much reality.
        --T. S. Eliot

Since we cannot match it let us take our revenge by abusing it.
        --Michel De Montaigne

You know you're getting old when it takes to much effort to procrastinate.

Technology... the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it.
        --Max Frisch

Change is scientific, progress is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
        --Bertrand Russell

We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
        --Oscar Wilde

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
        --J. D. Salinger

Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.
        --Kenny Ausubel

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang the best.

Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot
        --Charlie Chaplin

It is better to be prepared for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.
        --Whitney Young, Jr.

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
        --Publilius Syrus

Dreams never hurt anybody if you keep working right behind the dreams to make as much of them become real as you can.
        --Frank W. Woolworth

Stupid people always think they are right. Wise people listen to advice.
        --Proverbs 12:15

We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
        --Rudyard Kipling

There is only one success- to be able to spend your life in your own way.

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die.
        --Daniel Burnham

In America, anyone can become president. That's one of the risks you take.
        --Adlai E. Stevenson

How ridiculous and unrealistic is the man who is astonished at anything that happens in life.
        --Marcus Aurelius

If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
        --Henry David Thoreau

Modesty is the only sure bait when you angle for praise.
        --Lord Chesterfield

Why is it when we talk to God we're praying -- but when God talks to us, we're schizophrenic?
        --Lily Tomlin

The real questions are the ones that obtrude upon your consciousness whether you like it or not, the ones that make your mind start vibrating like a jackhammer, the ones that you "come to terms with" only to discover that they are still there. The real questions refuse to be placated. They barge into your life at the times when it seems most important for them to stay away. They are the questions asked most frequently and answered most inadequately, the ones that reveal their true natures slowly, reluctantly, most often against your will.
        --Ingrid Bengis

It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.
        --St. Francis of Assisi

I used to be Snow White -- but I drifted.
        --Mae West

Never complain. Never explain.
        --Katherine Hepburn

If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around you own.

If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.
        --Keith Richards

Accustomed to the veneer of noise, to the shibboleths of promotion, public relations, and market research, society is suspicious of those who value silence.
        --John Lahr

People, like nails, lose their effectiveness when they lose direction and begin to bend.
        --Walter Savage Landor

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.
        --Oscar Wilde

Ability is of little account without opportunity.
        --Napoleon Bonaparte

Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say that there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe.
        --Frank Zappa

Someday is not a day of the week.

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.
        --William McFee

One of rarest things that a man ever does is to do the best he can.
        --Josh Billings

People will listen a great deal more patiently while you explain your mistakes than when you explain your successes.
        --Wilbur N. Nesbit

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.

Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view.

The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
        --Franklin P. Jones

It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past. . .
        --Mikhail Gorbachev (1988)

If man does his best what else is there?
        --George S. Patton

Nothing average ever stood as a monument to progress. When progress is looking for a partner it doesn't turn to those who believe they are only average. It turns instead to those who are forever searching and striving to become the best they possibly can. If we seek the average level we cannot hope to achieve a high level of success. Our only hope is to avoid being a failure.
        --A. Lou Vickery

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.
        --Albert Schweitzer

Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you.
        --Nicholai Velimirovic

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.
        --George Bernard Shaw

It's easy to stop making mistakes. Just stop having ideas.

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.
        --Thomas Szasz

If we don't change our direction we're likely to end up where we're headed.
        --Chinese Proverb

The difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
        --Gerald Burrill

Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.
        --Ouida (Marie Louise de la Ramee)

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh -- at yourself.
        --Ethel Barrymoore

Since when was genius found respectable?
        --Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Don't fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.
        --Louis E. Boone

If you rest, you rust.
        --Helen Hayes

The really frightening thing about middle age is the knowledge that you'll grow out of it.
        --Doris Day

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
        --Erica Jong

Truth has not special time of its own. Its hour is now -- always and indeed then most truly when it seems unsuitable to actual circumstances.
        --Albert Schweitzer

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.

There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

I will study and get ready, and perhaps my chance will come.
        --Abraham Lincoln

In the world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
        --Oscar Wilde

It is the person who is blind to what goes on around him that is most surprised when the same things happen to him.
        --M. Thompson

Nothing's ever really changed. What difference does it make whether it's the Corporate state or the Nation state? In our struggle for freedom we still find ourselves fighting the state.
        --Jay Terpstra

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes American what it is.
        --Gertrude Stein

It is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.
        --Old Chinese Proverb

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so.
        --Proverbs 3:27

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.
        --Mother Teresa

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
        --Nelson Mandela

It shouldn't be too much of a surprise that the Internet has evolved into a force strong enough to reflect the greatest hopes and fears of those who use it. After all, it was designed to withstand nuclear war, not just the puny huffs and puffs of politicians and religious fanatics.
        --Denise Caruso (digital commerce columnist, New York Times)

I am a part of all that I have met.
        --John Milton

No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
        --Abraham Lincoln

I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.
        --Frederick Douglass

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he does not wish to sign his work.
        --Anatole France

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
        --Alan Kay

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
        --Hodding Carter, Jr.

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.

Brevity is the soul of wit.
        --William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.

Women prefer men who have something tender about them -- especially the legal kind.
        --Kay Ingram

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
        --William James

If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
        --Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.
        --Oscar Wilde, "An Ideal Husband"

Simply pushing harder within the old boundaries will not do.
        --Karl Weick

We teach them proper principles and let them govern themselves.
        --Prophet Joseph Smith

The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
        --Marilyn Ferguson

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better.
        --Abraham Lincoln

Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.
        --Arthur Schopenhauer

Only the shallow know themselves.
        --Oscar Wilde

Don't compromise yourself. You're all you've got.
        --Janis Joplin

Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
        --Will Durant

The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.
        --Sigmund Freud

Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available.
        --Jim Beggs

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
        --Samuel Ullman

Folks that blurt out just what they think wouldn't be so bad if they thought.
        --Kin Hubbard

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
        --Horace Walpole

There are no accidents. God's just trying to remain anonymous.
        --Brett Butler's unnamed friend

There are two rules for success. . .
1) Never tell everything you know.
        --Roger H. Lincoln

When in doubt, predict that the present trend will continue.
        --Merkin's Maxim

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
        --Walt Disney

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
        --George Washington

Feelings are real and legitimate; children behave and misbehave for a reason, even if adults cannot figure it out.

The essence of intelligence is skill in extracting meaning from everyday experience.

The words you speak today should be soft and tender. . . for tomorrow you may have to eat them.

Life's real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
        --Victor Marie Hugo

I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand.
        --Confucius (551-479 BC)

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
        --Redd Foxx

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
        --Mother Teresa

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in life.
        --John Paul Richter

I expect nothing. I fear no one. I am free.
        --Nikos Kazantzakis

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed.
        --Lloyd Jones

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.
        --John Schaar, futurist

I have learned, in whatever state I am ,therewith to be content.
        --Epistle of Paul

Courage conquers all things.

Tempt not a desperate man.
        --Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Love is my Sword,
Goodness my Armor,
And Humor my Shield.
        --Unknown, epitaph for a loved one

Life is made up of constant calls to action, and we seldom have time for more than hastily contrived answers.
        --Learned Hand

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
        --Errol Flynn

Never cut what you can untie.
        --Joseph Joubert

He is happiest who hath power to gather wisdom from a flower.
        --Mary Howitt

He who finds Fortune on his side should go briskly ahead, for she is wont to favor the bold.
        --Baltasar Gracian

We feel free when we escape -- even if it be but from the frying pan to the fire.
        --Eric Hoffer

Life is easier than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.
        --Kathleen Norris

Love thy neighbor, but pull not down thy hedge.
        --John Ray

A good rest is half the work.
        --Yugoslav Proverb

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
        --Friedrich Engels

I don't believe that life is supposed to make you feel good, or make you feel miserable either. Life is just supposed to make you feel.
        --Gloria Naylor

Why then the worlds mine oyster, Which I with sword shall open.

We are drowning in information and starved for knowledge.

Seeing death as the end of life is like seeing the horizon as the end of the ocean.
        --David Searls

Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.
        --Charlotte Bronte

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.
        --Katherine Hepburn

If you make the world a little better, then you have accomplished a great deal.

It is difficult for sorrow to intrude on a busy life.

In later life, as in earlier, only a few persons influence the formation of our character; the multitude pass us by like a distant army. One friend, one teacher, one beloved, one club, one dining table, one work table are the means by which one's nation and the spirit of one's nation affect the individual.
        --Jean Paul Richter

Data is not information, Information is not knowledge, Knowledge is not understanding, Understanding is not wisdom.
        --Cliff Stoll & Gary Schubert

Talking and eloquence are not the same thing: to speak, and to speak well, are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks.

--Ben Johnson, Timber; or, Discoveries Made Upon Men and Matter

For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people's love and concern for each other.

--Millard Fuller

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

--Robert F. Kennedy, South Africa, 1966

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

--William Plomer

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's car.

--Larry Hagman

Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune is always here.


He who refuses to embrace a unique opportunity loses the prize as surely as if he had failed.

--William James

How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.

--Wilhelm von Humboldt

Immortality lies not in the things you leave behind, but in the people your life has touched.


Man is a gregarious creature, more so in mind than in body. He may like to go alone for a walk but he hates to stand alone in his opinion.


When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.

--Jacob Riis

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.

--Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.

--Benjamin Disreali (1804-1881)

The impersonal hand of government can never replace the helping hand of a neighbor.

--Hubert H. Humphrey

It's far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

--Judith S. Marin

Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

--Pamela Vaull Starr

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely...

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.

--Richard Bach, Illusions [1977]

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.

--Richard Bach, Illusions [1977]

No man is free who is not master of himself.


Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

--Helen Keller, The Open Door (1957)

The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.

--Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

As a man can drink water from any side of a full tank, so the skilled theologian can wrest from any scripture that which will serve his purpose.

--Bhagavad Gita

Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.


Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.

--George Washington

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has!

--Margaret Meade

God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth, so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: "This is my country."

--Benjamin Franklin, letter to David Hartley, December 4, 1789

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight. . . The truly wise person is colorblind.

--Albert Schweitzer

Men are rewarded or punished not for what they do but for how their acts are defined. That is why men are more interested in better justifying themselves than in better behaving themselves.

--Thomas S. Szasz

You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

--Heraclitus of Ephesus

People might not get all they work for in this world, but they must certainly work for all they get.

--Frederick Douglas

I do not want to die. . . until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

--Kathe Kollwitz

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

--Frank Leahy

It is the theory that decides what we can observe.

--Albert Einstein

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

--The Buddha

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator.

--Francis Bacon

Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.

--Herb Brody

Adversity has ever been considered the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

--Samuel Johnson

Of the delights of this world man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.

--Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Reach high, for the stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

--Pamela Vaull Starr

If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.

--Marcel Proust

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines.

--Frank Lloyd Wright

Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.

--Saint Benedict

All truth passes through 3 stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

An autobiography is only to be trusted when it reveals something disgraceful. A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats.

--George Orwell

Security is an illusion. Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing at all.


Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.

--Emerson (1803-1882)

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will.

--Vince Lombardi

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

--Vince Lombardi

The good man is the teacher of the bad,

And the bad is the material from which the good may learn.

He who does not value the teacher,

Or greatly care for the material,

Is greatly deluded although he may be learned.

Such is the essential mystery.

--Lao-Tzu (fl. BC 600)

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.

--William James

A traveler must have the back of an ass to bear all,

a tongue like the tail of a dog to flatter all,

the mouth of a hog to eat what is set before him,

the ear of a merchant to hear all and say nothing.

--Thomas Nashe (1567-1601)

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.

--Samuel Johnson

Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly, with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.

--Isaac Watts

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness.

--Han Suyin, "A Many Splendored Thing"

A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever.

--Jessamyn West

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.

--William Faulkner

Do not expect to arrive at certainty in every subject which you pursue. There are a hundred things wherein we mortals. . . must be content with probability, where our best light and reasoning will reach no farther.

--Isaac Watts

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.

--Lily Tomlin

A wise man's question contains half the answer.

--Solomon Ibn Gabirol

A prudent question is one half of wisdom.

--Francis Bacon

The ritual of marriage is not simply a social event; it is a crossing of threads in the fabric of fate. Many strands bring the couple and their families together and spin their lives into a fabric that is woven on their children.

--Portuguese-Jewish Wedding Ceremony

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson, Conduct of Life

Whether they give or refuse, it delights women just the same to have been asked.

--Ovid (43 BC -18 AD)

Wherever you come near the human race there's layers and layers of nonsense.

--Thornton Wilder, Our Town

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.

--Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.

--Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)

To fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

--Sun Tzu (fl. c. BC 500)

No one would be foolish enough to choose war over peace--in peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons.

--Croesus of Lydia

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.

--Robert Maynard Hutchins (1899-1977)

The trouble with fighting for human freedom is that one spends most of one's time defending scoundrels. For it is against scoundrels that oppressive laws are first aimed, and oppression must be stopped at the beginning if it is to be stopped at all.

--H. L. Mencken

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

--Albert Einstein

Retirement kills more people than hard work ever did.

--Malcolm S. Forbes

I can endure my own despair but not another's hope.

--William Walsh, Song

What is allowed us is disagreeable, what is denied us causes us intense desire.

--Ovid, Amorum, Book 2, 19, 3

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

--Dale Carnegie

If you get up one more time than you fall you will make it through.

--Chinese Proverb

Reconciliation should be accompanied by justice, otherwise it will not last. While we all hope for peace it shouldn't be peace at any cost but peace based on principle, on justice.

--Corazon Aquino

Most managers were trained to be the thing they most despise -- bureaucrats.

--Alvin Toffler

If I had to sum up in one word what makes a good manager, I'd say decisiveness. You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.

--Lee Iacocca

The most successful businessman is the man who holds onto the old just as long as it is good, and grabs the new just as soon as it is better.

--Robert P. Vanderpoel

A good manager is best when people barely know that he exists. Not so good when people obey and acclaim him. Worse when they despise him.


I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself 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

The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.

--Martin Luther

One kernel is felt in a hogshead; one drop of water helps to swell the ocean; a spark of fire helps to give light to the world. None are too small, too feeble, too poor to be of service. Think of this and act.

--Hannah More

No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. . ..

--Isaac Asimov

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

--Isaac Asimov

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.

--Albert Einstein, "Autobiographical Notes"

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.

--Jassamyn West

What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

--Henry David Thoreau in Walden, "Economy"

"Management" means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folklore and superstition, and of cooperation for force. . .

--Peter F. Drucker, People and Performance

Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over the other.


The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

--David Russell

We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilization depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge.

--George F. Will

Oppression can only survive through silence.

--Carmen de Monteflores

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.

--Aldous Huxley

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

--Helen Keller

Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.

--Jane Austen

Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.

--Shunryu Suzuki

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable.

--Henry Ward Beecher

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

--Theodore Roosevelt, "Man in the Arena" Speech given April 23, 1910

A static hero is a public liability. Progress grows out of motion.

--Richard Byrd

Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.

--Richard Byrd

The art of life is to show your hand. There is no diplomacy like candor. You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do. Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.

--E. V. Lucas

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.

--Edmund Hillary

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Accomplishing the impossible means only the boss will add it to your regular duties.

--Doug Larson

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

--Albert Einstein (1897-1955)

All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only on the full use of our creative imagination.

--Ruth Ross

A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.

--Marilyn Vos Savant

Any business arrangement that is not profitable to the other person will in the end prove unprofitable for you. The bargain that yields mutual satisfaction is the only one that is apt to be repeated.

--B. C. Forbes

Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.

--Lillian Dickson

Never underestimate the power of the irate customer.

--Joel E. Ross

The successful man is the one who finds out what is the matter with his business before his competitors do.

--Roy L. Smith

...A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

--John Milton

Quality in a product or service is not what the supplier puts in. It is what the customer gets out and is willing to pay for. A product is not quality because it is hard to make and costs a lot of money, as manufacturers typically believe. This is incompetence. Customers pay only for what is of use to them and gives them value. Nothing else constitutes quality.

--Peter Drucker

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.

--Jean-Paul Sartre

Why, then 'tis none to you; for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so: to me it [Denmark] is a prison.

--Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 2, scene 2

Whatever we well understand we express clearly, and words flow with ease.

--Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711)

He who has an opinion of his own, but depends on the opinion and tastes of others is a slave.


The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.

--Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968)

Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.

--Whitney M. Young, Jr. (1921-1971)

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.


Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.

--George Santayana

There is nobody as enslaved as the fanatic, the person in whom one impulse, one value, has assumed ascendancy over all others.

--Milton R. Sapirstein

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.

--Anais Nin

Whenever a friend succeeds a little something in me dies.

--Gore Vidal

It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious.

--Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

Out of life's school of war: What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.

--Niettzche, The Twilight of the Idols (1888).

It is not really difficult to construct a series of inferences, each dependent upon its predecessor and each simple in itself. If, after doing so, one simply knocks out all the central inferences and presents one's audience with the starting-point and the conclusion, one may produce a startling, though perhaps a meretricious, effect.

--Sherlock Holmes in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Dancing Men"

Absence extinguishes small passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out a candle, and blows in a fire.

--De La Rochefoucauld.

Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

--Richard Bach

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

-- Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.

--Joseph Addison

A thousand cups of wine do not suffice when true friends meet, but half a sentence is too much when there is no meeting of minds.

--Chinese proverb

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!

--Patrick Henry

The man who comes with a tale about others has himself an ax to grind.

--Chinese proverb

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.

-- Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazurus Long

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

--William James

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

--Herman Melville

Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war . . .


A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.

--John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.

--Dean Koontz

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.

--Karl Menninger

You don't just luck into things as much as you'd like to think you do. You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities.

--Barbara Bush

You can make more friends in two months by becoming more interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get people interested in you.

--Dale Carnegie

As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task.


A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

--Balthasar Gracian

Tell me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are.

--Assyrian Proverb

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

--Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.

--Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be Enthusiasm.

--Bruce Barton

Beware the fury of a patient man.

--John Dryden (1631-1700)

In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.

--Antonio Porchia, Voces

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.

--Indira Gandhi

There is nothing in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and he who considers price only is that man's lawful prey.

--John Ruskin

Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.

--Dag Hammarskjold

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

--Henry Kissinger

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

--Maya Angelou

He who endeavors to serve, to benefit, and improve the world, is like a swimmer, who struggles against a rapid current, in a river lashed into angry waves by the winds. Often they roar over his head, often they beat him back and baffle him. Most men yield to the stress of the current... Only here and there the stout, strong heart and vigorous arms struggle on toward ultimate success.

--Albert Pike (1809-1891)

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

--Will Rogers

The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play.

--Arnold Toynbee

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness such as goes along with being a great man, by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves.

--George Eliot

The happiest moments of my life have a been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

--Thomas Jefferson

He who carries out one good deed acquires one advocate in his own behalf, and he who commits one transgression acquires one accuser against himself. Repentance and good works are like a shield against calamity.

--The Talmud

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

--Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

Courage without conscience is a wild beast.

--Robert G. Ingersoll (1833-1899)

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is being educated.

--Edith Hamilton (1867-1963)

When the mind withdraws into itself and dispenses with facts it makes only chaos.

--Edith Hamilton (1867-1963)

Ability is nothing without opportunity.

--Napoleon I (1769-1821)

Imagination rules the world.

--Napoleon I (1769-1821)

There's nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.

--Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

--Napoleon I (1769-1821)

There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others.

--Jean de LaBruyere (1645-1696)

A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice.

--Bill Cosby

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.

--George Eliot (1819-1880)

Fortunate indeed, is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself, and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use.

--Peter Mere Latham

We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

--Stephen Covey

There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.

--Schiller (1759-1805)

Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family!

--Joachim Du Bellay (1522-1560), Sonnet de Regrets

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

--Edgar Allan Poe

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.

--Izaak Walton

The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

--Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better. Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

--Thomas Carlyle

I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.

--Laura Ingalls Wilder

A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

--Richard Feynman

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

--Calvin Coolidge

Age is only a number, a cipher for the records. A man can't retire his experience. He must use it. Experience achieves more with less energy and time.

--Bernard Baruch

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend until he is unhappy.

--Thomas Fuller

When once a man has made celebrity necessary to his happiness, he has put it in the power of the weakest and most timorous malignity, if not to take away his satisfaction, at least to withhold it. His enemies may indulge their pride by airy negligence and gratify their malice by quiet neutrality.

--Samuel Johnson

Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.


You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

--John, Lord Morley (1838-1923)

To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.


Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.

--Queen Victoria in a letter to King Leopold of Belgium, April 4, 1848

Education alone can conduct us to that enjoyment which is, at once, best in quality and infinite in quantity.

--Horace Mann (1796-1859)

Memory is like an orgasm. It's a lot better if you don't have to fake it.

--Seymore Cray, on virtual memory

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

--Scott Adams

Every extension of knowledge arises from making the conscious the unconscious.

--Friedrich Nietzche

The first duty of love is to listen.

--Paul Tillich

The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity.

--Paul Tillich

Don't think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.

--Ray Bradbury

Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.

--Hannah Arendt

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

--George Bernard Shaw

The bottom line is that (a) people are never perfect, but love can be, (b) that is the one and only way that the mediocre and vile can be transformed, and (c) doing that makes it that. We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love.
        --Tom Robbins, Still Life With Woodpecker

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
        --Henri Louis Bergson (1859-1941)

Find expression for a sorrow and it will become dear to you. Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.
        --Author Unknown

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.
        --Woodrow Wilson

The person who knows how will always have a job. The person who knows why will always be his boss.
        --Diane Ravitch, quoted in "Quotable Business," by Louis E. Boone

Programming today is a race between software engineers stirring to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the universe is winning.

For every problem there is a solution which is simple, clean and wrong.
        --Henry Louis Mencken

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.
        --Sir William Bragg

What we must decide is how we are valuable rather than how valuable we are.
        --Edgar Z. Friedenberg

The engineer's first problem in any design situation is to discover what the problem really is.

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned--the biggest word of all--look.
        --Robert Fulghum

Share everything. Don't take things that aren't yours. Put things back where you found them.
        --Robert Fulghum

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.
        --Joe Darion, "The Impossible Dream"

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
        --Paulo Freire

Political language. . . is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.
        --George Orwell

Politics is the art of preventing people from sticking their noses in things that are properly their business.
        --Paul Valéry

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
        --Seneca, 65 AD

Why grab possessions like thieves, or divide them like socialists, when you can ignore them like wise men?
        --Natalie Clifford Barney

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
        --Henry Ford

To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times?
        --Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Orator

All censorships exist to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorships.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Mediocrity does not see higher than itself. But talent instantly recognizes the genius.
        --Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. This is what makes America what it is.
        --Gertrude Stein, The Geographical History of America. . .

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom.
        --Supreme Court Justice William Orville Douglas

If a sufficient number of people who wanted to stop war really did gather together, they would first of all begin by making war upon those who disagreed with them. And it is still more certain that they would make war on people who also want to stop wars but in another way.
        --Gurdjieff (1873-1949)

Convincing yourself doesn't win an argument.
        --Robert Half

Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.

Music . . . can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.
        --Leonard Bernstein

Any great work of art . . . revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world -- the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.
        --Leonard Bernstein

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.

The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.
        --John Locke

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
        --John Locke

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilizing the mind as a steady purpose -- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.
        --Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

The teacher must derive not only the capacity, but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon.
        --Maria Montessori

The task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility and evil with activity.
        --Maria Montessori

Discipline must come through liberty. . . . We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.
        --Maria Montessori

We teachers can only help the work going on, as servants wait upon a master.
        --Maria Montessori

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.
        --William Henry Channing

A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.

Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.

The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.
        --George Hyman Rickover

The greater difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.
        --Epicures (BC 341-270)

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.
        --Seneca (BC 3-65 AD)

Difficulties show men what they are. In case of any difficulty remember that God has pitted you against a rough antagonist that you may be a conqueror, and this cannot be without toil.
        --Epictetus (50-138 AD)

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.
        --August Hare (1792-1834)

I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.
        --Igor Stravinsky

Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself.
        --Alfred Sheinwold

There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.
        --Richard Bach, The Bridge Across Forever

Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.
        --Dan Stanford

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.
        --Abraham Lincoln

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
        --Henry Miller

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
        --Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

I used to think it was awful that life was so unfair. Then I thought, wouldn't it be much worse if life were fair, and all the terrible things that happen to us come because we actually deserve them? So, now I take great comfort in the general hostility and unfairness of the universe.
        --Marcus, Babylon 5

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.
        --Oscar Wilde

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.
        --Cervantes, The Impossible Dream

Take Nothing but Pictures.
Leave nothing but footprints.
Kill nothing but time.
        --Motto of the Baltimore Grotto (caving society)

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
        --William J. H. Boetcker

You do not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms it would cause if improperly administered.
        --Lyndon Johnson

If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.
        --Van Gogh

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian, or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.
        --Thomas Paine

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.
        --Albert Einstein

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
        --Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth -- more than ruin -- more even than death.... Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
        --Bertrand Russell

To be nobody-but-yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
        --e. e. cummings

Love is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.
        --Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939

...[I] put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
        --John Gillespie Magee, Jr., High Flight

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.
        --Samuel Johnson, Boswell's Life, 1770

The condition upon which God has given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.
        --John Philpot Curran, in a speech July 10, 1790

You must first get along with yourself before you can get along with others.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
    It is the source of all art and science.
        --Albert Einstein

If you listened hard enough the first time, you might have heard what I meant to say.

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
        --Margaret Lee Runbeck

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
        --Dorothy Nevill

Forget your enemies. It's your friends you frustrate that cause all the problems.
        --Michael J. Tucker

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.
        --Willa Cather

Hear me, my chiefs! I am tired. My heart is sick and sad. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever.
        --Chief Joseph on his surrender to Gen. Howard, October 5, 1877

Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.
        --Robert Byrne

There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.
        --Montesquieu, 1742

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
        --Baltasar Gracian

It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them.
        --Alfred Adler

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
        --Galileo Galilei

I am not young enough to know everything.
        --Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
        --Thomas Jefferson

The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop.
        --P. J. O'Rourke

Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.
        --General George Catlett Marshall

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

A better world shall emerge based on faith and understanding.
        --General Douglas MacArthur

I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.
        --Abraham Lincoln

Temper gets you into trouble. Pride keeps you there.

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.

The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour.

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.

Beware of the half truth. You may have gotten hold of the wrong half.

The only real failure in life is the failure to try.

He who ceases to learn cannot adequately teach.

All good things are wild, and free.
        --Henry David Thoreau

You can learn a lot from people who view the world differently than you do.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

The most important things in life aren't things.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

If you talk the talk, you damn well better walk the walk.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

When you're young, try to be realistic; as you get older, become idealistic. You'll live longer.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.
        --Thomas Neil

The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.
        --Jane Wagner

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.
        --Somerset Maugham

Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.
        --Jane Wagner

Where facts are few, experts are many.
        --Donald R. Gannon

A person who trusts no one can't be trusted.
        --Jerome Blattner

He who laughs last is generally the last to get the joke.
        --Terry Cohen

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
        --George Bernard Shaw

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
        --T. H. Huxley

Isn't it surprising how many things, if not said immediately, seem not worth saying ten minutes from now?
        --Arnot L. Sheppard, Jr.

Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.
        --Eleanor Roosevelt

Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.

Whatever advice you give, be brief.

Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
        --Ken Hakuta

Do what's right. Do it right. Do it right now.
        --Barry Forbes

The world will never have lasting peace so long as men reserve for war the finest human qualities. Peace, no less than war, requires idealism and self-sacrifice and a righteous and dynamic faith.
        --John Foster Dulles

The fruits of all our labors have left us as we started. To grow without is not to grow within.
        --Dave Winer

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
        --Don Marquis

A person travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
        --George Moore

I believe I have no prejudices whatsoever. All I need to know is that a man is a member of the human race. That's bad enough for me.
        --Mark Twain

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
        --Bernard Berenson

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.
        --Anatole France

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer "Present" or "Not Guilty."
        --Theodore Roosevelt

Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.
        --Phyllis McGinley

As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.
        --Zachary Scott

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
        --Charles Buxton

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
        --Jessamyn West

The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.
        --Wilson Mizner

If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you; but if not, you have infinite power against you.
        --Charles Gordon

Words lead to deeds.... They prepare the soul, make it ready, and move it to tenderness.

Tact is, after all, a kind of mind reading.
        --Sarah Orne Jewett

The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught.
        --Henry L. Mencken

Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
        --Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.
        --Thomas Browne

To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.
        --Confucius Analects

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.
        --Anais Nin

Civility costs nothing and buys everything.
        --Lady Mary Wortley Montague

Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.
        --Betty Bender

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
        --Marie Curie

It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went.
        --Henry David Thoreau

Mountains are earth's undecaying monuments.
        --Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time; the need for mankind to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Mankind must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr., December 11, 1964

Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand-in-hand.

I don't wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.

When I say beautiful things, I'm not necessarily living them; when I live them, the beautiful thing is that words aren't necessary.
        --Brock Tully

Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse!
        --Derwood Fincher

In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.
        --Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
        --Henry Brooks Adams

Intellectuals are the most intolerant of all people.
        --Paul Duncun

Only the winners decide what were war crimes.
        --Gary Wills

Clever people master life; the wise illuminate it and create fresh difficulties.
        --Emil Nolde

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
        --H. L. Mencken

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
        --Jim Bishop

You are not angry with people when you laugh at them. Humor teaches them tolerance.
        --W. Somerset Maugham

Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice.
        --Nora Roberts

The heart is wiser than the intellect.

'Tisn't life that matters! 'Tis the courage you bring to it.
        --Sir Hugh Walpole

For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
        --Fr. Alfred D'Souza

You cannot truly listen to anyone and do anything else at the same time.
        --M. Scott Peck

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.
        --John F. Kennedy

No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.

I know [patriotism] exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided by a prospect of interest, or some reward.
        --George Washington

The most common of all antagonisms arises from a man's taking a seat beside you on the train, a seat to which he is completely entitled.
        --Robert Benchley

If you don't control your mind, someone else will.
        --John Allston

When money talks, nobody notices what grammar it uses.

A memory is what is left when something happens and does not completely unhappen.
        --Edward de Bono

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
        --Henry Kissinger

No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.
        --Groucho Marx

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.

Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.
        --Thomas Edison

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.
        --Danny Kaye

Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves -- to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today.
        --Stewart B. Johnson

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
        --William Ellery Channing

Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, everything we deny, denigrate, or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy, and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is a golden one for him who has the vision to recognize it as such.
        --Henry Miller

Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will touch thee.
        --The Dhammapada (c. BC 300)

Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad.
        --Christina Georgina Rossetti

In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, contentedly, even happily wrong.
        --John Kenneth Galbraith, Guardian (London, 28 July 1989)

Let the world go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage, and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today, at home and around the world!
        --John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, 1961

Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much
        --John Wayne

Let us talk sense to the American people. Let us tell them the truth, that there are no gains without pains.
        --Adlai Stevenson

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
        --Eleanor Roosevelt

When we treat man as he is, we make him worse than he is; when we treat him as if he already were what he potentially could be, we make him what he should be.
        --Johann Goethe

I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
        --Jack London, Jack London's Tales of Adventure

We... anticipate what's to come, then ignore what's actually here.
        --Stephan Rechtschaffen, MD, Timeshifting (1996)

Many of us spend our whole lives running from feeling with the mistaken belief that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is feel all you are beyond the pain.

Eternity has nothing to do with the hereafter... This is it... If you don't get it here, you won't get it anywhere. The experience of eternity right here and now is the function of life. Heaven is not the place to have the experience; here's the place to have the experience.
        --Joseph Campbell

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.
        --Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), Lawrence Daily Journal-World

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
        --A. A. Milne

There is no shame in not knowing; the shame lies in not finding out.
        --Russian proverb

The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things.
        --Plato (BC 427?-347?)

The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.
        --H. L. Mencken

Chastity is a monkish and evangelical superstition, a greater foe to natural temperance even than unintellectual sensuality; it strikes at the root of all domestic happiness, and consigns more than half of the human race to misery.

All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.
        --Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

Old friends become bitter enemies on a sudden for toys and small offenses.
        --Robert Burton

Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.
        --Albert Einstein

Honorable retreats are no ways inferior to brave charges, as having less fortune, more of discipline, and as much valor.
        --Major General Sir William Napier, Peninsular War [1810]

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim
Wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame,
Obtained with labor, for mankind employed,
And then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
        --Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

Creative thinking should be viewed as an essential supplement to, though not a replacement for, critical thinking.
        --Lloyd P. Provost & R. M. Sprout, Quality Progress [August 1996]

When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
        --Alexander Graham Bell

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
        --Albert Einstein

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
        --Albert Einstein, Physics and Reality [1936]

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
        --Albert Einstein

It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
        --Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
        --Albert Einstein

Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.
        --Albert Einstein

A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
        --Albert Einstein

The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.
        --Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years

One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
        --Albert Einstein, On Education

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
        --Albert Einstein

The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are goodness, beauty, and truth. To make a goal of comfort or happiness has never appealed to me; a system of ethics built on this basis would be sufficient only for a herd of cattle.
        --Albert Einstein

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.
        --Robert M. Hutchins

The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
        --Wilson Mizner

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think--rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.
        --Bill Beattie

Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
        --John F. Kennedy

The real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.
        --Bishop Creighton

To be good, we must do good; and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power.
        --Tryon Edwards (1809-1894)

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.
        --George Eliot

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
        --Dalai Lama

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
        --Friedrich Nietzsche

Everybody's a self-made man; but only the successful ones are ever willing to admit it.
        --Author Unknown

Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself.
        --Ralph Waldo Trine

As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found--in himself.
        --Erich Frohm

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
        --Pythagoras (BC 582-507)

Fame comes only when deserved, and then is as inevitable as destiny, for it is destiny.
        --Longfellow (1819-1892)

A fellow can't keep people from having a bad opinion of him, but he can keep them from being right about it.

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
        --Mark Twain

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.
        --Mark Twain

You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves. Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life. This is not an easy struggle. Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe.
        --Daisaku Ikeda

Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.
        --Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645)

We'll do all right if we can capitalize on our mistakes.
        --Mickey Rivers

We're supposed to be perfect our first day on the job and then show constant improvement.
        --Ed Vargo, major league baseball umpire

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.
        --Chief Justice Earl Warren

Men make the mistake of thinking that because women can't see the sense in violence, they must be passive creatures. It's just not true. In one important way, at least, men are the passive sex. Given a choice, they will always opt for the status quo. They hate change of any kind, and they fight against it constantly. On the other hand, what women want is stability, which when you stop to think about it is a very different animal.
        --Eric Lustbader, The Kaisho

The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves.
        --Garth Henrichs

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again.
        --Andre Gide, Le traite du Narcisse (1891)

If we slide into one of those rare moments of military honesty, we realize that the technical demands of modern warfare are so complex a considerable percentage of our material is bound to malfunction even before it is deployed against a foe. We no longer waste manpower by carrying the flag into battle. Instead we need battalions of electronic engineers to keep the terrible machinery grinding.
        --Ernest K. Gann, The Black Watch

Beauty is a form of genius--is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.
        --Oscar Wilde (1856-1900)

The Universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
        --Eden Philpotts

Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error.
        --Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia

Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have.
        --Ronald Reagan

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.
        --Vince Lombardi

It is the individual's task to differentiate himself from all the others and stand on his own feet. All collective identities... interfere with the fulfillment of this task. Such collective identities are crutches for the lame, shields for the timid, beds for the lazy, nurseries for the irresponsible....
        --C. G. Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
        --George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Were this world an endless pain, and by sailing eastward we could forever reach new distances, and discover sights more sweet and strange than any Cyclades or Islands of King Solomon, then there were promise in the voyage.
        --Herman Melville, Moby Dick

The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

If you are near the enemy, make him believe you are far from him.
If you are far from the enemy, make him believe you are near.
        --Sun-Tzu, The Art of War

Curiosity is one of the permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous mind.
        --Samuel Johnson

No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
        --H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

Firmness of purpose is one of the most necessary sinews of character, and one of the best instruments of success. Without it genius wastes its efforts in a maze of inconsistencies.
        --Philip Dormer Chesterfield (1694-1773)

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
        --F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.
        --William Faulkner

Success is following the pattern of life one enjoys most.
        --Al Capp (1909-1979)

To obtain a man's opinion of you, make him mad.
        --Oliver Wendell Holmes

In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
        --Louis D. Brandeis

We should be eternally vigilant against attempts to check the expression of opinions that we loathe.
        --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Freedom of opinion can only exist when the government thinks itself secure.
        --Bertrand Russell

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.
        --Benjamin Franklin

If there be any truer measure of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
        --Robert South

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
        --Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.
        --La Rochefoucauld

The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things--the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit.
        --Johnson (1709-1784)

If you disclose your alms, even then it is well done, but if you keep them secret, and give them to the poor, then that is better still for you; and this wipes off from you some of your evil deeds.
        --Koran (c. 651 AD)

Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all--the apathy of human beings.
        --Helen Keller

Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think.
        --Arthur Shopenhauer

Religion is a candle inside a multicolored lantern. Everyone looks through a particular color, but the candle is always there.
        --Mohammed Neguib

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.
        --Samuel Johnson

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
        --Malcolm X

Not to be cheered by praise,
Not to be grieved by blame,
But to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers
Are the characteristics of an excellent man.
        --Saskya Pandita (1182-1251)

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius--and a lot of courage--to move in the opposite direction.
        --Ernst F. Schumacher

The will to do, the soul to dare.
        --Sir Walter Scott

There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning, and yearning.
        --Christopher Morley

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
        --Daniel Boorstin

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
        --Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
        --Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation.
        --Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
        --Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
        --Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

The illiterate of the future will not be the person who cannot read. It will be the person who does not know how to learn.
        --Alvin Toffler

You can use all the quantitative data you can get, but you still have to distrust it and use your own intelligence and judgment.
        --Alvin Toffler

There are three principal means of acquiring knowledge. . . observation of nature, reflection, and experimentation. Observation collects facts; reflection combines them; experimentation verifies the result of that combination.
        --Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Our observation of nature must be diligent, our reflection profound, and our experiments exact. We rarely see these three means combined; and for this reason, creative geniuses are not common.
        --Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.
        --Denis Diderot (1713-1784)

Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what happened, but of what men believe happened.
        --Gerald W. Johnston

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.
        --W. Edwards Deming

The best helping hand that you will ever receive is the one at the end of your own arm.
        --Fred Dehner

Winning is nice if you don't lose your integrity in the process.
        --Arnold Horshak

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
        --Thomas Jefferson

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
        --Anne Swetchine (1782-1857)

There is timing in the whole life of the warrior, in his thriving and declining, in his harmony and discord. Similarly, there is timing in the Way of the merchant, in the rise and fall of capital. All things entail rising and falling timing. You must be able to discern this.
        --Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645)

Necessity never made a good bargain.
        --Benjamin Franklin

Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority--literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political.
        --Ignazio Silone, The God That Failed (1950)

It is impossible to design a system so perfect that no one needs to be good.
        --T. S. Eliot

My views and feelings (are) in favor of the abolition of war--and I hope it is practicable, by improving the mind and morals of society, to lessen the disposition to war; but of its abolition I despair.
        --Thomas Jefferson

For it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. Our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... Marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly that same end.
        --H. L. Mencken (1928)

Virtues are acquired through endeavor,
Which rests wholly upon yourself.
So, to praise others for their virtues
Can but encourage one's own efforts.
        --Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 AD)

A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
        --Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons.
It is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.
        --Walt Whitman, Song of the Open Road

We can have no "50-50" allegiance in this country. Either a man is an American and nothing else, or he is not an American at all.
        --Teddy Roosevelt

Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, but nature does not depend on us. We are not the only experiment.
        --R. Buckminster Fuller

Above all, we are coming to understand that the arts incarnate the creativity of a free people. When the creative impulse cannot flourish, when it cannot freely select its methods and objects, when it is deprived of spontaneity, then society severs the root of art.
        --John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Freedom of speech and freedom of action are meaningless without freedom to think. And there is no freedom of thought without doubt.
        --Bergen Evans, The Natural History of Nonsense (1946)

The mind has a thousand eyes.
And the heart but one;
Yet the life of a whole life dies
When love is done.
        --Francis William Bourdillon

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
        --Herman Cain

Science is the search for truth - it is not a game in which one tries to beat his opponent, to do harm to others. We need to have the spirit of science in international affairs, to make the conduct of international affairs the effort to find t he right solution, the just solution of international problems, not the effort by each nation to get the better of other nations, to do harm to them when it is possible.
        --Linus Pauling, No More War!

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking. There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.
        --J. C. Watts

Hope, like faith, is nothing if it is not courageous; it is nothing if it is not ridiculous.
        --Thornton Wilder

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.
        --Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams

The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.
        --Francois de la Rochefoucauld

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
        --Henri Nouwen, Out of Solitude

What then have I done? What, except yield to a natural feeling, inspired by beauty, sanctioned by virtue and kept at all times within the bounds of respect. It's innocent expression prompted not by hope but by trust.
        --Vicomte de Valmont, Les Liaisons Dangereuses

If we deny love that is given to us, if we refuse to give love because we fear pain or loss, then our lives will be empty, our loss greater.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
        --Buddha, The Dharmapada

Therefore, be ye lamps unto yourselves, be a refuge to yourselves. Hold fast to Truth as a lamp; hold fast to the truth as a refuge. Look not for a refuge in anyone beside yourselves. And those, who shall be a lamp unto themselves, shall betake themselves to no external refuge, but holding fast to the Truth as their lamp, and holding fast to the Truth as their refuge, they shall reach the topmost height.

The moment we want to believe something, we suddenly see all the arguments for it, and become blind to the arguments against it.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Our worst enemies here are not the ignorant and simple, however cruel; our worst enemies are the intelligent and corrupt.
        Graham Greene, The Human Factor (1978)

Our deeds follow us, and what we have been makes us what we are.
        --John Dykes

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
        --Hazlitt (1778-1830)

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
        --Eric Hoffer

The only use of a knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future.
        --Alfred North Whitehead

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
        --Winston Churchill

The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.
        --Leonard I. Sweet

The most decisive actions of our life -- I mean those that are most likely to decide the whole course of our future -- are, more often than not, unconsidered.
        --Andre Gide

The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it... did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
        --Heinrich Heine

The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions which have been hidden by the answers.
        --James Baldwin

He only profits from praise who values criticism.
        --Heinrich Heine

I feel that you are justified in looking into the future with true assurance, because you have a mode of living in which we find the joy of life and the joy of work harmoniously combined. Added to this is the spirit of ambition which pervades your very being, and seems to make the day's work like a happy child at play.
        --Albert Einstein (referring to America)

It isn't the incompetent who destroy an organization. It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.
        --Charles Sorenson

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
        --Abraham Lincoln

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.
        --John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.
        --Andrew Carnegie

Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in actions.
        --Harold Geneen, Founder, MCI Communications

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.
        --Henry Kissinger

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
        --Ray Kroc, Founder, McDonald's

This above all: to thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.
        --Shakespeare, Hamlet

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
        --Henry Ford

It is easier to be critical than correct.
        --Benjamin Disraeli

While we are postponing, life speeds by.

Procrastination is the thief of time.
        --Edward Young

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.
        --Italian Proverb

Delay always breeds danger and to protract a great design is often to ruin it.
        --Miguel de Cervantes

What one has not experienced one will never understand in print.
        --Isadora Duncan

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.
        --Henry Ward Beecher

A child's hand in yours -- what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.
        --Marjorie Holmes

The dread of evil is a much more forcible principle of human actions than the prospect of good.
        --John Locke (1632-1704)

We know what a person thinks not when he tells us what he thinks, but by his actions.
        --Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Nov. 26, 1978

We must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the earthy root, for the flower that is cut off from its root fades, and its seeds are barren, whereas the root, secure in mother earth, can produce flower after flower and bring their fruit to maturity.
        --Kabbalah (BC 1200?-700? AD)

What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.
        --Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Nov. 26, 1978

It may well be doubted whether human ingenuity can construct an enigma... which human ingenuity may not, by proper application, resolve.
        --Edgar Allen Poe, The Gold Bug

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.
        --John Ruskin

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual -- when it begins to ignore the passions, the motions -- it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance.
        --Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Nov. 26, 1978

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
        --Robert Burton (1576-1640)

The greatness comes not when things go always good for you. But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes. Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
        --Richard M. Nixon

Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.
        --Richard M. Nixon

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.
        --Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Mar. 12, 1978

Doubt is part of all religion. All the religious thinkers were doubters.
        --Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Mar. 12, 1978

Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
        --Isaac Bashevis Singer, New York Times Magazine, Mar. 12, 1978

I was born not knowing and have only had a little time to change that here and there.
        --Richard Feynman

Life is a warfare and a stranger's sojourn, and after fame is oblivion.
        --Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.

Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which Nature herself is animated.
        --Auguste Rodin

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation.
        --Auguste Rodin

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.
        --Auguste Rodin

To wisdom belongs the intellectual apprehension of things eternal; to knowledge, the rational apprehension of things temporal.
        --Saint Augustine

If you would attain to what you are not yet, you must always be displeased by what you are. For where you are pleased with yourself there you have remained. Keep adding, keep walking, keep advancing.
        --Saint Augustine

Patience is the companion of wisdom.
        --Saint Augustine

A leader or a man of action in a crisis almost always acts subconsciously and then thinks of the reasons for his action.
        --Jawaharlal Nehru

Action to be effective must be directed to clearly conceived ends.
        --Jawaharlal Nehru

A theory must be tempered with reality.
        --Jawaharlal Nehru

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
        --Jawaharlal Nehru

The only reward for love is the experience of loving.
        --John LeCarre, The Secret Pilgrim

A moment's thinking is an hour in words.
        --Thomas Hood

Conscience is the chamber of justice.

By doubting we come at truth.

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field.
        --Albert Einstein

The finest eloquence is that which gets things done; the worst is that which delays them.
        --Lloyd George

Art is never finished, only abandoned.
        --Leonardo DaVinci (maybe)

It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic, is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
        --Theodore Roosevelt

Ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men out of virtue and good sense, by attacking everything praiseworthy in human life.
        --Joseph Addison

We must dare to think "unthinkable" thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about "unthinkable things" because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
        --James W. Fulbright, March 27, 1964

The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy.
        --Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination (1950)

There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.
        --Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination (1950)

As witnesses not of our intentions but of our conduct, we can be true or false, and the hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
        --Hannah Arendt, On Revolution (1963)

There is a way in which the collective knowledge of mankind expresses itself, for the finite individual, through mere daily living... a way in which life itself is sheer knowing.
        --Laurens Van der Post, Venture to the Interior (1951)

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.
        --Laurens Van der Post, The Lost World of the Kalahari (1958)

My past is my wisdom to use today. . . my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides.
        --Gene Oliver, Life and the Artistry of Change

It is not in giving life but in risking life that man is raised above the animal; that is why superiority has been accorded in humanity not to the sex that brings forth but to that which kills.
        --Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1950)

When the student is ready. . . the lesson appears.
        --Gene Oliver

Every path serves a purpose.
        --Gene Oliver

When we abolish the slavery of half of humanity, together with the whole system of hypocrisy it implies, then the "division" of humanity will reveal its genuine significance and the human couple will find its true form.
        --Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex (1950)

Understanding human needs is half the job of meeting them.
        --Adlai Stevenson, speech, October 3, 1952

Everyone who gets sleepy at night should have a simple decent place to lay their heads, on terms they can afford to pay.
        --Millard Fuller, founder and president, Habitat for Humanity International

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
        --Leonardo DaVinci, Notebooks (c. 1500)

The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
        --Marin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love (1963)

Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.
        --Euripides, Orestes (408 BC)

People are the common denominator of progress. So... no improvement is possible with unimproved people, and advance is certain when people are liberated and educated. It would be wrong to dismiss the importance of roads, railroads, power plants, mills, and the other familiar furniture of economic development.... But we are coming to realize... that there is a certain sterility in economic monuments that stand alone in a sea of illiteracy. Conquest of illiteracy comes first.
        --John Kenneth Galbraith, The Affluent Society (1958)

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
        --John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1961

Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood.... Make big plans... aim high in hope and work.
        --Daniel H. Burnham

Where there is no vision, the people perish.
        --Proverbs 29:18

The test of our progress is not whether we add to the abundance of those who have much. It is whether we provide enough to those who have little.
        --Franklin Delano Roosevelt

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
        --Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1865

In the arena of human life the honors and rewards fall to those who show their good qualities in action.
        --Aristotle, Nicomachen Ethics (4th c. BC)

We shall never understand the natural environment until we see it as a living organism. Land can be healthy or sick, fertile or barren, rich or poor, lovingly nurtured or bled white. Our present attitudes and laws governing the ownership and use of land represent an abuse of the concept of private property.... Today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see and nobody calls the cops.
        --Paul Brooks, The Pursuit of Wilderness (1971)

For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.
        --James 2:10

What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is much more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict.
        --Simone Weil, The Need for Roots (1949)

No matter how much spin, effort, lunch or dinner you give the media, they will not fail to notice whether you have won or lost.
        --Robin Renwick, former British ambassador to the United States

The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.
        --John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever (1978)

Homesickness is. . . absolutely nothing. Fifty percent of the people in the world are homesick all the time. . . You don't really long for another country. You long for something in yourself that you don't have, or haven't been able to find.
        --John Cheever, The Stories of John Cheever (1978)

We learn the rope of life by untying its knots.
        --Jean Toomer

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
        --Maya Angelou

The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.
        --Henry David Thoreau

To be a well-flavored man is the gift of fortune, but to write or read comes by nature.
        --William Shakespeare

Relationships of trust depend on our willingness to look not only to our own interests, but also the interests of others.
        --Peter Farquharson

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.
        --Henry Boye

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.
        --Barbara Johnson, The Joy Journal

The attempt to silence a man is the greatest honor you can bestow on him. It means that you recognize his superiority to yourself.
        --Joseph Sobran

It is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own group. You must respond with love even to those outside of it. . . . This concept enables people to live together not as nations, but as the human race.
        --Clarence Jordan

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
        --George Sheehan

Money and success don't change people; they merely amplify what is already there.
        --Will Smith

Treat a person as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat him as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
        --Jimmy Johnson

History, although sometimes made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by the many acts of the small.
        --Mark Yost

Explanation separates us from astonishment, which is the only gateway to the incomprehensible.
        --Eugene Ionesco, Decouvertes (1969)

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong -- because someday you will have been all of these.
        --George Washington Carver

A free press can of course be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom it will never be anything but bad. . . . Freedom is nothing else but a chance to bet better, whereas enslavement is a certainty of the worse.
        --Albert Camus, Resistance, Rebellion and Death (1960)

We are a spectacular, splendid manifestation of life. We have language. . . . We have affection We have genes for usefulness, and usefulness is about as close to a "common goal" of nature as I can guess at. And finally, and perhaps best of all, we have music.
        --Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)

Be what you would seem to be -- or, if you'd like it put more simply -- Never imagine yourself not to be otherwise than what it might appear to others that what you were or might have been was not otherwise than what you had been would have appeared to them to be otherwise.
        --Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
        --Margaret Fuller

Age is opportunity no less than youth itself.
        --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Love is an attempt at penetrating another being, but it can only succeed if the surrender is mutual.
        --Otavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude (1950)

Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
        --Mark Twain

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

Seek not to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek what they sought.
        --Matsuo Basho

If every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.
        --Gail Sheehy

Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God's best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one's self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.
        --Thomas Hughes

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.
        --Mark Twain

We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
        --Lewis Thomas, The Medusa and the Snail (1979)

I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
        --Dwight D. Eisenhower

Feeling good about government is like looking on the bright side of any catastrophe. When you quit looking on the bright side, the catastrophe is still there.
        --P. J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.
        --Oscar Wilde

There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.
        --P. J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

The past is but the past of a beginning.
        --H. G. Wells

Fact of the matter is, there is no hip world, there is no straight world. There's a world, you see, which has people in it who believe in a variety of different things. Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.
        --Frank Zappa

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.
        --Clint Eastwood

It takes tremendous discipline to control the influence, the power you have over other people's lives.
        --Clint Eastwood

Politics are a lousy way for a free man to get things done. Politics are, like God's infinite mercy, a last resort.
        --P. J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores (1991)

When I'm inspired, I get excited because I can't wait to see what I'll come up with next.
        --Dolly Parton

Learn the fundamentals of the game and stick to them. Band-Aid remedies never last.
        --Jack Nicklaus

Focus on remedies, not faults.
        --Jack Nicklaus

We need quiet time to examine our lives openly and honestly. . . spending quiet time alone gives your mind an opportunity to renew itself and create order.
        --Susan Taylor

Seeds of faith are always within us; sometimes it takes a crisis to nourish and encourage their growth.
        --Susan Taylor

Use missteps as stepping stones to deeper understanding and greater achievement.
        --Susan Taylor

We don't have an eternity to realize our dreams, only the time we are here.
        --Susan Taylor

Genius is talent provided with ideals.
        --William Somerset Maugham

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
        --Pablo Picasso

Junk is the ultimate merchandise. The junk merchant does not sell his product to the consumer, he sells the consumer to the product. He does not improve and simplify his merchandise, he degrades and simplifies the client.
        --William S. Burroughs

Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world always yields; or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succumb.
        --William Makepeace Thackeray

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
        --William Osler

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values -- that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr.

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
        --Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love

The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.
        --Edwin Whipple

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
        --Lester R. Bittel, The Nine Master Keys of Management

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds. . . to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves, and with all nations.
        --Abraham Lincoln

If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.
        --Marvin Gaye

Within the problem lies the solution
        --Milton Katselas

It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.
        --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

When you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When you have both, it's health. If everything is simply jake, then you're frightened of death.
        --J. P. Donleavy

The will to believe is perhaps the most powerful, but certainly the most dangerous human attribute.
        --John P. Grier

We must not be hampered by yesterday's myths in concentrating on today's needs.
        --Harold Geneen

Knowledge without know-how is sterile. We use the word "academic" in a pejorative sense to identify this limitation.
        --Myron Tribus

What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.
        --W. Edwards Deming

Even though quality cannot be defined, you know what quality is.
        --Robert Pirsig

He who has never failed somewhere. . . that man can not be great.
        --Herman Melville

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
        --Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Continual improvement is an unending journey.
        --Lloyd Dobens and Clare Crawford-Mason, Thinking About Quality

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
        --Lillian Hellman

It is important that an aim never be defined in terms of activity or methods. It must always relate directly to how life is better for everyone. . . . The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment.
        --W. Edwards Deming

It is not a question of how well each process works, the question is how well they all work together.
        --Lloyd Dobens and Clare Crawford-Mason, Thinking About Quality

To manage a system effectively, you might focus on the interactions of the parts rather than their behavior taken separately.
        --Russell L. Ackoff

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
        --Albert Einstein

Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together.
        --Robert Reich

The race is not [always] to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
        --Ecclesiastes 9:11

It is possible to fly without motors, but not without knowledge and skill.
        --Wilbur Wright

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
        --Hebrews 13:2

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
        --Eleanor Roosevelt

The first casualty when war comes is truth.
        --Hiram Johnson

Nothing in life is static; it either gets better, or it gets worse.
        --Lloyd Dobens and Clare Crawford-Mason, Thinking About Quality

The more opinions you have, the less you see.
        --Wim Wenders

If there is no worker involvement, there is no quality system.
        --Lloyd Dobens and Clare Crawford-Mason, Thinking About Quality

A leader is someone who steps back from the entire system and tries to build a more collaborative, more innovative system that will work over the long term.
        --Robert Reich

More appealing than knowledge itself is the feeling of knowledge.
        --Daniel J. Boorstin

The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as you can do it.
        --Lloyd Dobens and Clare Crawford-Mason, Thinking About Quality

History does not record anywhere at any time a religion that has any rational basis. Religion is a crutch for people not strong enough to stand up to the unknown without help. But, like dandruff, most people do have a religion and spend time and money on it and seem to derive considerable pleasure from fiddling with it.
        --Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1972)

Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations, and thou shalt be called, the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.
        --Isaiah 58:12

The greatest lesson we can learn from the past. . . is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world.
        --Frederick Chiluba

The process of creating new, democratic organs of government power is beginning, and, as never before, the greatest responsibility rests with the broadcast media.
        --Eduard Sagalaev

A new vision of development is emerging. Development is becoming a people-centered process, whose ultimate goal must be the improvement of the human condition.
        --Boutros Boutros-Ghali

What should move us to action is human dignity: the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us. We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.
        --Dominique de Menil

Unless the investment in children is made, all of humanity's most fundamental long-term problems will remain fundamental long-term problems.
        --UNICEF, "The State of the World's Children" (1995)

Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
        --Thomas Edison

Happy is he who can give himself up.
        --Naguib Mahfouz

You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Being convinced one knows the whole story is the surest way to fail.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

I gotta be me.
        --Sammy Davis, Jr.

Words were never invented to fully explain the peaceful aura that surrounds us when we are in communion with minds of the same thoughts.
        --Eddie Myers

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.
        --Edmund Everett Hale

It is a good idea to be ambitious, to have goals, to want to be good at what you do, but it is a terrible mistake to let drive and ambition get in the way of treating people with kindness and decency. The point is no that they will then be nice to you. It is that you will feel better about yourself.
        --Robert Solow

There's always something to suggest that you'll never be who you wanted to be. Your choice is to take it or keep on moving.
        --Phylicia Rashad

If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of potential -- for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility never.
        --Sřren Kierkegaard

Love is an attachment to another self. Humor is a form of self-detachment -- a way of looking at one's existence, one's misfortune, or one's discomfort. If you really love, if you really know how to laugh, the result is the same: you forget yourself.
        --Claude Roy

To fly we have to have resistance.
        --Maya Lin

You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.
        --Stephen W. Comiskey

Whatever you want to do, do it know. There are only so many tomorrows.
        --Michael Landon

Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.
        --Michael Johnson

None of us is as smart as all of us.
        --Phil Condit

The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes.
        --John Ruskin

The world is extremely interesting to a joyful soul.
        --Alexandra Stoddard, Gracious Living in a New World

We can spend our whole lives underachieving.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

The great discoveries are usually obvious.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Very few of the great leaders ever get through their careers without failing, sometimes dramatically.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Selecting the right person for the right job is the largest part of coaching.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Just being honest is not enough. The essential ingredient is executive integrity.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

If fear alters behavior, you're already defeated.
        --Brenda Hammond

Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. When we really listen to people there is an alternating current, and this recharges us so that we never get tired of each other. We are constantly being re-created.
        --Brenda Ueland

A rule to live by: I won't use anything I can't explain in five minutes.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Quality has to be caused, not controlled.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Any necessary work that pays an honest wage carries its own honor and dignity.
        --W. Kelly Griffith

An injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere.
        --Samuel Johnson

Quality has to be caused, not controlled.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience.
        --George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

If anything is certain, it is that change is certain. The world we are planning for today will not exist in this form tomorrow.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Making a wrong decision is understandable. Refusing to search continually for learning is not.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

All human power is a compound of time and patience.
        --Honore de Balzac

Through patience a ruler can be persuaded, and a gentle tongue can break a bone.
        --Proverbs 25:15

Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work.
        --Peter Marshall

Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.
        -- Unknown

If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself.
        --Dorothy Law Nolte

If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand

If you can keep your wits about you while all others are losing theirs, and blaming you. . . . The world will be yours and everything in it, what's more, you'll be a man, my son.
        --Rudyard Kipling, "If"

Few people think more than two or three times a year. I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
        --George Bernard Shaw

The great omission in American life is solitude. . . that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit.
        --Marya Mannes

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.
        --Charles William Dement

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.
        --Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Never hire or promote in your own image. It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness. It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours. It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.
        --Dee W. Hock, Fast Company

The leadership instinct you are born with is the backbone. You develop the funny bone and the wishbone that go with it.
        --Elaine Agather

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence. One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.
        --Marabel Morgan, The Electric Woman

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
        --Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory

There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.
        --David W. Johnson

Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.
        --Dr. Seuss

There are many methods for predicting the future. For example, you can read horoscopes, tea leaves, tarot cards, or crystal balls. Collectively, these methods are known as "nutty methods." Or you can put well-researched facts into sophisticated computer models, more commonly referred to as "a complete waste of time."
        --Scott Adams, The Dilbert Future

If there be any truer message of a man than by what he does, it must be by what he gives.
        --Robert South

I don't have time to distinguish between the unfortunate and the incompetent.
        --General Curtis Le May

I have come to the conclusion that my subjective account of my motivation is largely mythical on almost all occasions. I don't know why I do things.
        --J. B. S. Haldane

When it's all over, it's not who you were. . . it's whether you made a difference.
        --Bob Dole

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
        --Thich Nhat Hanh

When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued.
        --Julia Cameron, The Vein of Gold

The spiritual meaning of love is measured by what it can do. Love is meant to heal. Love is meant to renew. Love is meant to bring us closer to God.
        --Deepak Chopra, The Path to Love

When we are capable of living in the moment free from the tyranny of "shoulds," free from the nagging sensation that this moment isn't right, we will have peaceful hearts.
        --Joan Borysenko, A Woman's Book of Life

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
        --R.W. Emerson, Self-Reliance

War kills men, and men deplore the loss; but war also crushes bad principles and tyrants, and so saves societies.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.
        --Samuel Johnson

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.

Great wits are sure to madness near allied
And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

There is no great genius free from some tincture of madness.

Education is what most receive, many pass on, and few possess.
        --Karl Kraus

Then he saw also that it matters little what profession, whether of religion or irreligion, a man may make, provided only he follows it out with charitable inconsistency, and without insisting on it to the bitter end. It is in the uncompromisingness with which dogma is held and not in the dogma or want of dogma that the danger lies.
        --Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
        --Herm Albright

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
        --Lou Holtz

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.
        --William Bennett

Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.
        --Nathaniel Emmons

Nature is not cruel, pitilessly, indifferent. This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn. We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous -- indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.
        --Richard Dawkins

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.
        --William James

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
        --Mark Twain

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.
        --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Insanity is often the logic of an accurate mind overtaxed.
        --Oliver Wendell Holmes

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
        --Mark Twain

Insanity destroys reason, but not wit.
        --Nathaniel Emmons

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
        --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Years wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
        --Samuel Ullman

Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.
        --Adolph Monod

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.
        --Hannah Moore

Kindness causes us to learn, and to forget, many things.
        --Madame Swetchine

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf.
        --Rabindranath Tagore

I want to live my life so that my nights are full of regrets.

Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.

I dreamed a thousand new paths. . . I woke and walked my old one.
        --Chinese proverb

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.
        --Willie Nelson

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
        --Benjamin Spock

Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.
        --Golda Meir

I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught.
        --Winston Churchill

For what is liberty but the unhampered translation of will into act?
        --Dante Alighieri

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat-tails.
        --Clarence Darrow

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
        --Clarence Darrow

For glory gives herself only to those who have always dreamed of her.
        --Charles de Gaulle

To govern is always to choose among disadvantages.
        --Charles de Gaulle

I want to live my life so that my nights are not full of regrets.
        --D. H. Lawrence

They (who) seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers. . . call this a new order. It is not new and it is not order.
        --Franklin Delano Roosevelt

You have to believe that the universe will provide.
        --Steve Crosby

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your inspiration with others.
        --Robert Louis Stevenson

Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary.
        --Maurice Baring

Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
        --Alfred Hitchcock

When a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.
        --John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
        --Anatole France

When you say Yes, say it quickly. But always take a half hour to say No, so you can understand the other fellow's side.
        --Francis Cardinal Spellman

You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
        --Margaret Thatcher

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.
        --F. P. Jones

After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.

Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
        --Nick Diamos

Do not speak harshly to any one; those who are spoken to will answer thee in the same way. Angry speech is painful: blows for blows will touch thee.
        --Buddha, The Dharmapada

One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
        --Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
        --Peter Drucker

It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic, is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
        --Theodore Roosevelt

Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.
        --Dale Carnegie

You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
        --Lou Holtz

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.
        --Alexander Hamilton

A witty saying proves nothing.

In general we are least aware of what our minds do best.
        --Marvin Minsky, The Society of Mind

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
        --Robert Hall

The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for.

We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the best property of all -- friends?
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.
        --Henry Ward Beecher

It is not so much our friend's help that helps us as the confidence of their help.

Genius is a bend in the creek where bright water has gathered, and which mirrors the trees, the sky and the banks. It just does that because it is there and the scenery is there. Talent is a fine mirror with a silver frame, with the name of the owner engraved on the back.
        --Edgar Lee Masters

Talk not of genius baffled, Genius is master of man. Genius does what it must, and talent does what it can.
        --E. R. Bulwer-Lytton, Last Words (1860)

Talent finds its models, methods, and ends in society, exists for exhibition, and goes to the soul only for power to work. Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Method of Nature (1841)

There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors with no aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men compare reason and generalize, using labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, and predict. Their best illuminations come from above through the skylight.
        --Oliver Wendell Holmes

Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
        --George Lichtenberg

Man has responsibility, not power.
        --Tuscarora proverb

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
        --Bill Cosby

The surest hindrance of success is to have too high a standard of refinement in our own minds, or too high an opinion of the judgment of the public. He who is determined not to be satisfied with anything short of perfection will never do anything to please himself or others.

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
        --Alexander Graham Bell

Yesterday is but today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream.
        --Kahlil Gibian

Our aspirations are our possibilities.
        --Samuel Johnson

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up -- that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
        --Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Whatever you are, be a good one.
        --Abraham Lincoln

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
        --Ursula K. LeGuin

You only live once -- but if you work it right, once is enough.
        --Joe E. Lewis

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
        --Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
        --Theodore Roosevelt

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?
        --Confucius, Analects

Only the weak are cruel. Gentleness can only be expected from the strong.
        --Leo Buscaglia

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong?
        --Jane Austen

He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most; God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.
        --Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh

America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.
        --Alexis de Tocqueville

The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing -- where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.
        --Phillips Brooks

Your sole contribution to the sum of things is yourself.
        --Frank Crane

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
        --Oscar Wilde

Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance the shimmy, and you've got an audience.

To endure oneself may be the hardest task in the universe. You cannot hire a wise man or any other intellect to solve it for you. There's no writ of inquest or calling of witness to provide answers. No servant or disciple can dress the wound. You dress it yourself or continue bleeding for all to see.
        --Frank Herbert

It's easy to get lost in thought if it's not familiar territory to you.

What I said never changed anyone. What they understood did.

Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.
        --Peter Drucker

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
        --Oscar Wilde

Stranger, if you passing meet me and desire to speak to me, why should you not speak to me? And why should I not speak to you?
        --Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
        --Mahatma Gandhi

Arms are instruments of ill omen. . . . When one is compelled to use them, it is best to do so without relish. There is no glory in victory, and to glorify it despite this is to exult in the killing of men. . . . When great numbers of people are killed, one should weep over them with sorrow. When victorious in war, one should observe mourning rites.

Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales.
        --Byron J. Langenfeld

Rise above principal and do what's right.
        --Joseph Heller

From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.
        --Sigmund Freud

What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.
        --Robert Kennedy

If you can't convince them, confuse them.
        --Harry S Truman

We learn something every day, and lots of times it's that what we learned the day before was wrong.
        --Bill Vaughn

If you do not feel yourself growing in your work and your life broadening and deepening, if your task is not a perpetual tonic to you, you have not found your place.
        --Orison Swett Marden

The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually became wealthy clearly reveals that their "luck" arose from accidental dedication they had to an arena they enjoyed.
        --Srully Blotnick

Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.
        --George Sand

The man who does not work for the love of work but only for money is not likely to make money nor find much fun in life.
        --Charles Schwab

Success in highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to the man who has found the work he likes best.
        --Napoleon Hill

One of the most basic principles for making and keeping peace within and between nations. . . is that in political, military, moral, and spiritual confrontations, there should be an honest attempt at the reconciliation of differences before resorting to combat.
        --Jimmy Carter

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
        --Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
        --James Harvey Robinson

We do our best that we know how at the moment, and if it doesn't turn out, we modify it.
        --Franklin Delano Roosevelt

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.

The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.

There are but few saints amongst scientists, as among other men, but truth itself is a goal comparable with sanctity.
        --George Sarton, History of Science

The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.
        --James Taylor

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.
        --Mark Twain

A witty saying proves nothing.

The dance is a poem of which each movement is a world.
        --Mata Hari

It is common error to infer that things which are consecutive in order of time have necessarily the relation of cause and effect.
        --Jacob Bigelow

Dance is the hidden language of the soul of the body.
        --Martha Graham

There is one certain means by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin -- I will die in the last ditch.
        --William Of Orange

Live all you can; it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that what have you had?
        --Henry James

Nothing is more useful than silence.

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
        --Abraham Lincoln

You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.
        --Scott Adams, The Dilbert Future

Oh God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!
        --William Shakespeare

The impossible is often the untried.
        --Jim Goodwin

Man is the cruelest animal.
        --F. Nietzsche

Home is an invention on which no one has yet improved.
        --Ann Douglas

One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.
        --Michael Cibenko

No day in which you learn something is a complete loss.
        --David Eddings, King of the Murgos

Management by objectives works if you first think through your objectives. Ninety percent of the time you haven't.
        --Peter F. Drucker

While it's important to win, it's imperative to compete.
        --David Weinbaum

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
        --Lillian Hellman, The Little Foxes

Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about.
        --Sam Ewing

The softest things in the world to overcome the hardest things in the world.

Action is the antidote to despair.
        --Joan Baez

There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.
        --Ansel Adams

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
        --Mark Twain

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
        --Elizabeth Harrison

The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing -- where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.
        --Phillips Brooks

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
        --T. S. Eliot

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash.
        --George S. Patton

Don't be afraid to take a big step when one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps.
        --David Lloyd George

To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
        --Pierre Corneille

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.
        --Jawaharlal Nehru

In the long run, we get no more than we have been willing to risk giving.
        --Sheldon Kopp

Fortune favors the bold.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.
        --Ambrose Redmoon

Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared.
        --Eddie Rickenbacher

Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.
        --William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
        --Henri-Frédéric Amiel (1856)

Live dangerously and you live right.
        --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (1806)

Nothing is worth doing unless the consequences may be serious.
        --George Bernard Shaw

Progress always involves risk; you can't steal second base and keep your foot on first base.
        -- Frederick Wilcox

You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
        --Beverly Sills

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.
        --John Ruskin

Saving love doesn't bring any interest.
        --Mae West

The world is now too small for anything but brotherhood.
        --Arthur Powell Davies

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
        --Tom Bodett

Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.
        --Henry James

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.
        --Alexander Penney

Upon those who step into the same rivers different and ever different waters flow down.
        --Heraclitus of Ephesus

I don't know much about history, and I wouldn't give a nickel for all the history in the world. History is more or less bunk. It is tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today.
        --Henry Ford

Quality is the result of a carefully constructed cultural environment. It has to be the fabric of the organization, not part of the fabric.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

You don't have to be noisy to be effective.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Eliminating what is not wanted or needed is profitable in itself.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Successful people breed success.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

There are three things which if one does not know, one cannot live long in the world: what is too much for one, what is too little for one, and what is just right for one.
        --Swahili proverb

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
        --Henry Peter Brougham

Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting.

While one should always study the method of a great artist, one should never imitate his manner. The manner of an artist is essentially individual, the method of an artist is absolutely universal. The first is personality, which no one should copy; the second is perfection, which all should aim at.
        --Oscar Wilde

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
        --James B. Conant

There's a divinity that shapes our ends, Rough-hew them how we will.
        --William Shakespeare, Hamlet

If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living.
        --Seneca, Epistles

The art of being yourself at your best is the art of unfolding your personality into the person you want to be. . . . Be gentle with yourself, learn to love yourself, to forgive yourself, for only as we have the right attitude toward ourselves can we have the right attitude toward others.
        --Wilfred Peterson, This Week (Oct. 1, 1961)

It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear to do wrong.
        --Abraham Lincoln

The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed.
        --Nelson Boswell

All the problems of the world could be settled if people were only willing to think. The trouble is that people very often resort to all sorts of devices in order not to think, because thinking is such hard work.
        --Thomas J. Watson

We adore chaos because we love to produce order.
        --M. C. Escher

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer; into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.
        --Nancy Astor

The main dangers in this life are the people who want to change everything -- or nothing.
        --Nancy Astor

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
        --Honore de Balzac

There is a certain majesty in simplicity which is far above all the quaintness of wit.
        --Alexander Pope

Courage is one step ahead of fear.
        --Coleman Young

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.
        --Mary Kay Ash

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
        --William A. Ward

Egotism is nature's compensation for mediocrity.
        --L. A. Safian

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.

You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.
        --Charles Bukowski

Where there is an open mind there will always be a frontier.
        --Charles F. Kettering

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
        --Arthur Schopenhauer

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
        --Paul Hawken, Growing a Business

Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it.
        --Jess Lair

The harder you fight to hold on to specific assumptions, the more likely there's gold in letting go of them.
        --John Seely Brown, Fast Company

Beyond talent lie all the usual words: discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.
        --James Baldwin

Truth is eternal, knowledge is changeable. It is disastrous to confuse them.
        --Madeleine L'Engle, An Acceptable Time

The trail is the thing, not the end of the trail. Travel too fast and you miss all you are traveling for.
        --Louis L'Amour, Ride the Dark Trail

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.
        --Henry Ward Beecher

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
        --Carl Sandburg

To find something you can enjoy is far better than finding something you can possess.
        --Glenn Holm

Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.
        --Herman Wouk

Do not think of your faults, still less of others' faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.
        --John Ruskin

There is a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.
        --Tennessee Williams

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
        --Dwight D. Eisenhower

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
        --Mark Twain

The thought manifests as the word;
The word manifests as the deed;
The deed develops into habit;
And habit hardens into character.
So watch the thought and its ways with care,
And let it spring from love
Born out of concern for all beings.
        --The Buddha

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.
        --Henri Matisse

There is no substitute for victory.
        --Douglas MacArthur

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.
        --John F. Kennedy

If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.
        --Joseph Addison

An idea is salvation by imagination.
        --Frank Lloyd Wright

I prepared excitedly for my departure, as if this journey had a mysterious significance. I had decided to change my mode of life. "'til now," I told myself, "you have only seen the shadow and been well content with it; now, I am going to lead you into the substance."
        --Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
        --Anne Sullivan

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
        --Aldous Huxley

Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy, and don't be afraid to hit the ball.
        --Billie Jean King

If you don't ask the right questions, you don't get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the ABC of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems.
        --Edward Hodnett

Movements born in hatred very quickly take on the characteristics of the thing they oppose.
        --J. S. Habgood

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; Yet strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
        --Kahlil Gibron

Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
        --John Galsworthy

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
        --John, Lord Morley

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others by their acts.
        --Harold Nicolson

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
        --T. S. Eliot

For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive.
        --David H. Lawrence

Words ought to be a little wild, for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking.
        --John M. Keynes

And now there is merely silence, silence, silence, saying all we did not know.
        --William Rose Benet

An idea isn't responsible for the people who believe in it.
        --Don Marquis

In a war of ideas, it is people who get killed.
        --Stanislaus J. Lec

Great art is as irrational as great music. It is mad with its own loveliness.
        --George Jean Nathan

Are you to pay for all you have with all you are?
        --Edwin A. Robinson

It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
        --Dolores Ibarruri

I dream of wayward gulls and all landless lovers, rare moments of winter sun, peace, privacy, for everyone.
        --William F. Claire

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but unlike charity, it should end there.
        --Clare Boothe Luce

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
        --Omar Bradley

In time of war the first casualty is truth.
        --Boake Carter

When a nation goes down, or a society perishes, one condition may always be found; they forgot where they came from. They lost sight of what had brought them along.
        --Carl Sandburg

If a thing goes without saying -- let it.
        --Jacob Braude, Treasury of Wit & Humor For All Occasions

There is always an easy solution to every human problem -- neat, plausible, and wrong.
        --H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

Successful people are very lucky. Just ask any failure.
        --Michael Levine, Lessons at the Halfway Point

It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can.
        --Jane Hamilton, The Book of Ruth

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
        --Meryl Streep

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
        --C. S. Lewis, The Four Loves

A perfect method for adding drama to life is to wait until the deadline looms large.
        --Alyce P. Cornyn-Selby, Procrastinator's Success Kit

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
        --Garrison Keillor

The process of learning requires not only hearing and applying but also forgetting and then remembering again.
        --John Gray, Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

Where principle is involved, be deaf to expediency.
        --James Webb

The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.
        --Rensis Likert

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming is the only end of life.
        --Robert Louis Stevenson

When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.
        --Dwight D. Eisenhower

Always do what you are afraid to do.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
        --Ralph Waldo Emerson

It isn't what they say about you, it's what they whisper.
        --Errol Flynn

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
        --Henry Ford

I am responsible only to God and history.
        --Francisco Franco

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
        --Robert Frost

Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
        --Benjamin Franklin

The successful revolutionary is a statesman, the unsuccessful one a criminal.
        --Erich Fromm

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
        --Robert Frost

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.
        --Robert Frost

We compound our suffering by victimizing each other.
        --Athol Fugard

It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts.
        --Millard Fuller

You have to lead people gently toward what they already know is right.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Slowness to change usually means fear of the new.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

Change should be a friend. It should happen by plan, not by accident.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

In a true zero-defects approach, there are no unimportant items.
        --Philip Crosby, Reflections on Quality

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