-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… Read the rest
-I have made this a rather long letter because I haven’t had time to make it shorter.
-The power of man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doings.
-Earthly things must be known … Read the rest
-Something unknown is doing we don’t know what.
-We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.
-Life would be stunted and narrow if we could feel no significance in the world … Read the rest
-The man with a heart cannot think about or see creatures without his eyes filling up with tears because of the immense compassion which seizes his heart.
Isaac of Syria… Read the rest
-Never answer a critic, unless he’s right.
-Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.… Read the rest
Judge thyself with the judgment of sincerity, and thou will judge others with the judgment of charity.
John Mitchell Mason… Read the rest
-It might make one in love with death, to be buried in so sweet a place.
-The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
Percy Bysshe Shelley… Read the rest
Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.
Doris Mortman… Read the rest
-The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Views, Right Thoughts, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration….
-Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
-Without health … Read the rest
An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy.
Benjamin Stolberg… Read the rest
The cynic is his own worst enemy. It requires far less skill to run a wrecking company than it does to be an architect.
U.S. Andersen… Read the rest
-A great many people mistake opinions for thoughts.
Herbert Victor Prochnow… Read the rest
There’s only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn’t give you a chance there is nothing you can do.
Charlize Theron… Read the rest
-Bosses are no longer customers, they are suppliers.
-No one should be able to make a living simply planning, watching, controlling, or evaluating the actions of others.
-A supervisor in the regulatory unit of a drug company named these principals … Read the rest
-I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
-It’s a dangerous business going out your front door.
-Little by little, one … Read the rest
-To succeed is nothing, it’s an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Marie Leneru… Read the rest
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
C. Archie Danielson… Read the rest
If you want to get the best out of a man, you must look for the best that is in him.
Bernard Haldane… Read the rest
-Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.
Matt Groening… Read the rest
-Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.
Charles Peters… Read the rest
-The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself.
Garth Brooks… Read the rest
-What you hold in your mind, manifests itself. Nothing happens unless first a dream.
-I’m an idealist. I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m on my way.
-Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and … Read the rest
-The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.
-In science, ‘fact’ can only mean ‘confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.’ I suppose … Read the rest
I had the feeling of hunting in a pack of wolves, being the eyes of the pack, and sending signals back to the rest. Now if you see something serious, and the pack doesn’t notice it, you’d better find out … Read the rest
-Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.
Chester Bowles… Read the rest
I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.
Herbert Rappaport… Read the rest
-The only way most people recognize their limits is by trespassing on them.
Tom Morris… Read the rest
-There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Freya Madeline Stark… Read the rest
-No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.
Donald Foster… Read the rest
-In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
-I must study politics and war that my sons may have … Read the rest
Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
Edward Teller… Read the rest
What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.… Read the rest
-O wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as ithers see us!
-But pleasures are like poppies spread,
You seize the flow’r, its bloom is shed;
Or like the snow falls in the river,
A moment white—then … Read the rest
It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.
Vida D. Scudder… Read the rest
-Every one of us gets through the tough times because somebody is there, standing in the gap to close it for us.
-Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.… Read the rest
-A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
-There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what … Read the rest
I think we as a species have run our course. … We’ve had our time and, yes, look around, we’ve done amazing things. But it’s all over but the shouting.
Farley Mowat… Read the rest
-In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a … Read the rest
There is no great religious leader—from the Buddha to Moses to Jesus to Mohammed to Luther—who offered people what they want. Only what they need. But television is not well-suited to offering people what they need. It is “user friendly.” … Read the rest
-No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
-To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
-The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one.
-If … Read the rest
-No man is crushed by hostile Fortune who is not first deceived by her smiles.
-Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Seneca the Younger … Read the rest
One doesn’t have a sense of humor. It has you.
Larry Gelbart… Read the rest
-Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labour, exchange information ceaselessly. … Read the rest
-Moments of kindness and reconciliation are worth having, even if the parting has to come sooner or later.
Alice Munro… Read the rest
Time is no law of nature. It is a plan. When you look at it with awareness, or start to touch it, then it starts to disintegrate.
Peter Hoeg… Read the rest
-You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
-When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness’ sake. But don’t make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot … Read the rest
Make your own recovery the first priority in your life.
Robin Norwood… Read the rest
You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.
Frank Crane… Read the rest
-Success is like reaching an important birthday and finding you’re exactly the same.
-I probably hold the distinction of being one movie star who, by all laws of logic, should never have made it. At each stage of my career, … Read the rest
-I remember promising myself that should I live I would prove myself deserving of life.
-I’m not doing this run to become rich or famous. One of the problems with our world is that people are getting greedy and selfish.… Read the rest
-The Pilgrims came to America not to accumulate riches but to worship God, and the greatest wealth they left unborn generations was their heroic example of sacrifice that their souls might be free.
Harry Moyle Tippett… Read the rest
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Atlee… Read the rest
-A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
-Pay no attention to the critics. Don’t even ignore them.
-I never put on a pair of shoes until I’ve worn them at least five years.
-Let’s have some new … Read the rest
-My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
Mike Myers… Read the rest
Most of what I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there, in the sand … Read the rest
-Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.
-Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls.
-Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real Sufis just laugh: … Read the rest
-There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.
Celia Thaxter… Read the rest
-Language is like a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
-To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements … Read the rest
There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it’s up to you to draw it.
B. Quilliam … Read the rest
-Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together.
John A. Morrison… Read the rest
When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence.
Brendan Behan… Read the rest
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.
John Gaule… Read the rest
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Aung San Suu Kyi… Read the rest
Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be.
Jim Horning… Read the rest
-The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath.
Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart… Read the rest
-I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
-I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something … Read the rest
-The great man is one who does not lose his childlike nature.
-Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
Mencius… Read the rest
It is not easy, but you have to be willing to make mistakes. And the earlier you make those mistakes, the better.
Jane Cahill Pfeiffer… Read the rest
Stories are equipment for living.
Kenneth Burke… Read the rest
-New and stirring ideas are belittled, because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises: ‘Why then are you not taking part in them?’
-The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in … Read the rest
The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You don’t blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the President. You realize that you control your own destiny.
Albert Ellis… Read the rest
I have met thousands and thousands of pro-choice men and women. I have never met anyone who is pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is not being pro-abortion. Being pro-choice is trusting the individual to make the right decision for herself and her … Read the rest
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Willie Shoemaker… Read the rest
-Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.
-We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live life fully in its total … Read the rest
-Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.
Robert Service… Read the rest
-When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
William Wrigley Jr.… Read the rest
The more characteristic American hero in the earlier day, and the more beloved type of all times, was not the hustler but the whittler.
Mark Sullivan… Read the rest
-Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.… Read the rest
A mother never realizes that her children are no longer children.
Holbrook Jackson… Read the rest
-A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.
-A book should serve as the ax for the frozen sea within us.
-A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die.… Read the rest
You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.
Olin Miller… Read the rest
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
Pablo Neruda… Read the rest
Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton… Read the rest
-What is art? It is the response of man’s creative soul to the call of the Real.
-I slept and dreamed that life was joy.
I awoke and saw that life was service.
I acted, and behold, service was joy.… Read the rest
-For above all else, beyond imagination and skill, what the world asks of (the writer) is courage, courage to risk rejection, ridicule and failure.
-A fine work of art – music, dance, painting, story – has the power to silence … Read the rest
-The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles Du Bos… Read the rest
What we are looking for is what is looking.
St. Francis of Assisi… Read the rest
There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.
Mary Wortley (Lady) Montagu… Read the rest
Maps encourage boldness. They’re like cryptic love letters. They make anything seem possible.
Mark Jenkins… Read the rest
If animals play, this is because play is useful in the struggle for survival; because play practices and so perfects the skills needed in adult life.
Susanne Millar… Read the rest
I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone.
Ali Javan… Read the rest
F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The rich are different from you and me.”
Ernest Hemingway: “Yes, they have more money.”… Read the rest
-God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.
-An ignorance of means may minister
but an ignorance of aims
Make it impossible to be great at all.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning… Read the rest
The depth and the willingness with which we serve is a direct reflection of our gratitude.
Gordon T. Watts… Read the rest
-Everyone asks if a man is rich, no one if he is good.
-Authority is never without hate.
-The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children.
-The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth … Read the rest
-Vision looks inward and becomes duty. Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upward and becomes faith.
Stephen S. Wise… Read the rest
-There ain’t no free lunches in this country. And don’t go spending your whole life commiserating that you got raw deals. You’ve got to say, ‘I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I … Read the rest
-Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.
John Andrew Holmes… Read the rest
Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.
Ralph Charell… Read the rest