Well-timed silence has more eloquence than speech.

--Martin Fraquhar Tupper

In the end, everything is a gag.

--Charlie Chaplin

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

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

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.

--Wilson Mizner

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

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

--Sir Winston Churchill

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

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.


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. --Crowfoot

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.


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

--Luciano de Crescenzo

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

--Karol Newlin

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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.

--Mahatma Gandhi

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)

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

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

--General G. C. Patton

While you're saving your face, you're losing your ass.

--President Lyndon Johnson

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

--Douglas MacArthur

War is based on deception.

--Sun Tzu

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

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
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 (ca. 1000 AD)

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.

--John G. Diefenbaker

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

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.


Automatic simply means that you can't repair it yourself.

--Mary H. Waldrip

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

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

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

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

All the knowledge in the world is found within you.

--Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

--Mark 8:36

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

Immature love says, "I love you because I need you." Mature love says, "I need you because I love you."

--Erich Fromm

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.


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

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

Live your questions now, and perhaps even without knowing it, you will live along some distant day into your answers.

--Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.

--Phyllis McGinley

They can because they think they can.


Conform and be dull.

--James Frank Dobie

A good conscience is a continual feast.

--Robert Burton

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

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

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

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

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