-Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird–that’s easy. What’s hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple complicated is commonplace–making the complicated simple, awesomely simple–that’s creativity.
Charles Mingus… Read the rest
Love flies, runs, and rejoices; it is free and nothing can hold it back.… Read the rest
-Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
Nikita Khrushchev… Read the rest
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
Gertrude Stein… Read the rest
-The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.
Konrad Adenauer … Read the rest
As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.
John L. Mason… Read the rest
-It seems the misfortune of one can plow a deeper furrow in the heart than the misfortune of millions.
Kirby Larson… Read the rest
-There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
-If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of … Read the rest
Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.
Wendell Johnson… Read the rest
-Abnormal is so common, it’s practically normal.
Cory Doctorow… Read the rest
-When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.
Margaret Wheatley… Read the rest
Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.
W. Edwards Deming … Read the rest
-When you’re on the right path, the universe winks and nods at you from time to time, to let you know.
-Passion is what we are most deeply curious about, most hungry for, will most hate to lose in life. … Read the rest
Life is like getting dropped off in the middle of the woods, and then year by year, gradually walking home.
April Foiles… Read the rest
-We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but … 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
-You must pray that the way be long, full of adventures and experiences.
Constantine Peter Cavafy… Read the rest
-Wear the old coat and buy the new book.
Austin Phelps… Read the rest
-The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.
-Playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We … Read the rest
-Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
-Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.
-If … Read the rest
-Loveliest of trees the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now of my three score years and ten,
Twenty will not come again.
And take from seventy … Read the rest
Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For every one that asketh, receiveth;
and he that seeketh, findeth;
and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.… Read the rest
-Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.
William Bridges… Read the rest
-Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.
-Communism is like one big phone company.
Lenny Bruce… Read the rest
I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that … Read the rest
I’ve never quite believed that one chance is all I get.
Anne Tyler… Read the rest
Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
Edward Teller… Read the rest
Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.
Aaron Burr… 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
-Man’s destiny was to conquer and rule the world, and this is what he’s done–almost. He hasn’t quite made it, and it looks as though this may be his undoing. The problem is that man’s conquest of the world has … 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
I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.
Jack Benny… Read the rest
Actors don’t retire. Only people who don’t like their jobs retire.
Bea Arthur… Read the rest
How much justice can the average Canadian afford? None. For financial reasons, he is denied use of the legal system and courts, key institutions of government and democracy. It is as if the right to vote in a general election … 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
-We’ve always been here and we’ll always be here. We are a specific arrangement of particles and this instant is infinite. Did we luck out, or didn’t we? The odds against this sentence having ever being typed, much less the … Read the rest
I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter.
Steven Pearl… Read the rest
-Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.
-Dogs display reluctance and wrath
If you try to give them a bath
They bury bones in hideaways
And half the time they trot sideaways
-If you don’t want to work you have … Read the rest
-The most powerful enemies of men’s openness are the corporate men. Three or four years ago there were hundreds of posters in New York one spring saying, “You don’t need to beat a drum or hug a tree to be … Read the rest
A leader’s role is to raise people’s aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.
David Gergen… Read the rest
In politics you must always keep running with the pack. The moment that you falter and they sense that you are injured, the rest will turn on you like wolves.
R.A. Butler… Read the rest
If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
Derok Bok… Read the rest
My wife and I went back to the hotel where we spent our wedding night. Only this time, I stayed in the bathroom and cried.
Henny Youngman… Read the rest
-The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
-Seek freedom and become captive of your desires, seek discipline and find your liberty.
Frank Herbert… Read the rest
-Science may be described as the art of systematic oversimplification.
Sir Karl Popper … Read the rest
-The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.
-There comes a time in every man’s life and I’ve had many of them.
Casey Stengel… Read the rest
-If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.
-Knowledge can be communicated but not wisdom.
Hermann Hesse… Read the rest
-If I could take all your words away and give you but a sparse few, they would be: ‘I now know, I am absolute, I am complete, I am God, I am.’ If there were no other words but these, … Read the rest
Suppose in a game of life— and it is but a twopenny game after all— you are equally eager of winning. Shall you be ashamed of your ambition, or glory in it?
William Makepeace Thackeray, “Autour de mon Chapeau,” 1863… Read the rest
-Many people seem to think it foolish, even superstitious, to believe that the world could still change for the better. And it is true that in winter it is sometimes so bitingly cold that one is tempted to say, “What … 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
-The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.
Bret Harte… Read the rest
-Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train – Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you’re just sitting still?
-There are one hundred men … Read the rest
-I looked always outside of myself to see what I could make the world give me instead of looking within myself to see what was there.
Belle Livingstone… Read the rest
-The world is ruled by letting things take their course.
-Long ago the land was ruled with a wisdom
Too fine, too deep, to be fully understood
And, since it was beyond man’s full understanding,
Only some of it has … Read the rest
To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be onto something.
Walker Percy… Read the rest
-Time cools. Time clarifies. No mood can be maintained quite unaltered through the course of hours.
-Speech is civilization itself. The word, even the most contradictory word, preserves contact — it is silence which isolates.
-There is at bottom only … Read the rest
-Sometimes I think about how much easier life would be for all of us if when we were born we arrived with a book called A Guide to Life, Love and Health. Of course it would be better not to … Read the rest
The wind, one brilliant day, called.
Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamt—marvelous error!—
that a spring was breaking
out in my heart.
I said: Along which secret aqueduct,
Oh water, are you coming to me,
water of a … Read the rest
-Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit.
-If you aren’t … Read the rest
-I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know.
Joanna Field… Read the rest
My greatest challenge is to attempt the impossible.
Albert Michelson… Read the rest
-Patience is power. With time and patience, the mulberry leaf becomes silk.
-If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.
-Talk doesn’t grow rice.
-The marketplace is a battlefield.
-The duck’s legs are short … Read the rest
Live your life as though there is great joy to be experienced… an abundance of goodness in each person you come in contact with, and the knowledge that you have enough inner wisdom to answer the mysteries that challenge you.… Read the rest
-There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.
-Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery. The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the … Read the rest
-A fellow who is always declaring he’s no fool usually has his suspicions.
-A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.
-I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an … Read the rest
-The actual tragedies of life bear no relation to one’s preconceived ideas. In the event, one is always bewildered by their simplicity, their grandeur of design, and by that element of the bizzare which seems inherent in them.
-Art produces … Read the rest
I’d like to offer something to help you but in the zen school we don’t have a single thing!
Ikkyu … Read the rest
-The more passions and desires one has, the more ways one has of being happy.
Charlotte-Catherine… Read the rest
There are children standing here,
Arms outstretched into the sky,
Tears drying on their face.
He has been here.
Brothers lie in shallow graves.
Fathers lost without a trace.
A nation blind to their disgrace,
Since he’s been … Read the rest
-Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.
Clementine Paddleford… Read the rest
-There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them.
Sylvia Plath… Read the rest
One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but cannot be taken away unless it is surrendered.
Michael J. Fox… Read the rest
Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility… in the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have… is the ability to take on responsibility.
Michael Korda… Read the rest
-The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
Okakura Kakuzo… Read the rest
-Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.
-I have known sorrow and learned to aid the wretched.
Virgil… Read the rest
-When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything. The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything.
-Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it … Read the rest
-After all it’s only a movie and we are all grossly overpaid.
-In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
Alfred Hitchcock… Read the rest
You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.
Vicomte de Chateaubriand… Read the rest
-I teach my child to look at life in a thoroughly materialistic fashion. If he escapes and becomes the sort of person I hope he will become, it will be because he sees through the hokum that I hand out.… Read the rest
Lose as if you like it; win as if you were used to it.
Polo player Tommy Hitchcock (1900-44), cited in The New International Dictionary of Quotations.… Read the rest
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay… Read the rest
-There are people whom one loves immediately and forever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.
Nancy Spain… Read the rest
Die? I should say not, dear fellow. No Barrymore would allow such a conventional thing to happen to him.
John Barrymore… Read the rest
-The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
W. M. Lewis… Read the rest
-Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.
Millicent Fenwick… Read the rest
-It’s better to send middle-aged men abroad to bore each other than to send young men abroad to kill each other.
Robin Cook… Read the rest
-I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
Babe Ruth… Read the rest
Don’t accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange.
Robin Morgan… Read the rest
But when I said that nothing had been done I erred in one important matter. We had definitely committed ourselves and were halfway out of our ruts. We had put down our passage money – booked a sailing to Bombay.… Read the rest
-People will buy anything that is one to a customer.
-When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”
Sinclair Lewis… Read the rest
-Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction – the things that constitute real success – is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.
William … Read the rest
I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.
Augusten Burroughs… Read the rest
The only way to last a really long time is to build something useful enough that people will want to keep it going after you die, and to cultivate a sense of ownership in other people. In short: make good … Read the rest
-A dream that we dream alone is just but a dream, but a dream that we dream together becomes reality.
Raul Seixas… 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
-Having access to that formless realm is truly liberating. It frees you from bondage to form and identification with form. It is life in its undifferentiated state prior to its fragmentation into multiplicity. We may call it the Unmanifested, the … Read the rest
If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.
Moshe Dayan… Read the rest
-If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel … Read the rest