-We find little in a book but what we put there. But in great books, the mind finds room to put many things.
Jeseph Joubert… Read the rest
-It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
-America is … Read the rest
-The greatest conflicts are not between two people but between one person and himself.
Garth Brooks… 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
-Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.
Elizabeth David… Read the rest
-I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty…This is my highest and best use as a human.
Ben Stein… Read the rest
For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
Johnny Carson… Read the rest
-I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.
Jacqueline Cochran… Read the rest
When a man throws an empty cigarette package from an automobile, he is liable to a fine of $50. When a man throws a billboard across a view, he is richly rewarded.
Pat Brown… Read the rest
-Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
-In a world of fugitives the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.
-I have measured out my life with … Read the rest
If you play it safe in life you’ve decided that you don’t want to grow any more.
Shirley Hufstedler… Read the rest
-The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
-There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
James Branch Cabell… 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
-Character isn’t inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.
Helen Gahagan Douglas… Read the rest
Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.
Ernest Benn… Read the rest
…artists in each of the arts seek after and care for nothing but love
Marsilio Ficino… Read the rest
A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.
Zadok Rabinowitz… Read the rest
-She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.
-Love is a dirty trick played on us to achieve the continuation of the species.
-It’s asking a great deal that things should appeal to your … Read the rest
-The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion… It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider–and progressively better able to grasp any … Read the rest
Don’t accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange.
Robin Morgan… Read the rest
-The refreshing pleasure from the first view of nature, after the pain of illness, and the confinement of a sick-chamber, is above the conceptions, as well as the descriptions, of those in health.
-One act of beneficence, one act of … Read the rest
We need a president who’s fluent in at least one language.
Buck Henry… Read the rest
I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.
Persian Proverbs… Read the rest
-A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting. A boss is interested in himself or … Read the rest
If you build it they will come.
W.P. Kinsella… Read the rest
-The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible.
-At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved – if it … Read the rest
-Don’t think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm.
Malayan Proverbs… Read the rest
-I believe that no man ever threw away life, while it was worth keeping.
-A man acquainted with history may, in some respect, be said to have lived from the beginning of the world, and to have been making continual … Read the rest
-Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Coco Chanel… Read the rest
-Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are … Read the rest
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
Dr. O. A. Battista… Read the rest
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
Alan Kay… Read the rest
-Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.
Muriel Spark… Read the rest
-Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism. Indeed, I think it must be more agreeable, must have a more real savour, than optimism – from the way in which pessimists abandon themselves to it.… Read the rest
-The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods.
Maxine Hong Kingston… 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
-All children are born geniuses; 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently degeniused by grownups. (See Einstein)
-Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
-Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, … Read the rest
Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you’re being had.
Michael Crichton… Read the rest
The finest eloquence is that which gets things done and the worst is that which delays them.
David Lloyd George… Read the rest
If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity. But I mean by “vanity” only that they appreciate their own worth. Without this kind of vanity they would not be great. And with … Read the rest
-I merely took the energy it takes to pout and wrote some blues.
Duke Ellington… Read the rest
It has been my experience that one cannot, in any shape or form, depend on human relations for lasting reward. It is only work that truly satisfies.
Bette Davis… Read the rest
-I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a … Read the rest
Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.
Suzanne Necker… Read the rest
-Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.
John Russell… Read the rest
-The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth… Read the rest
After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
Russell Hoban… Read the rest
-A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us.
-Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
-Being powerful is … Read the rest
-Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.
-Restlessness and discontent are the first necessities of progress.
-I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
-To invent, you need … Read the rest
When you want to believe in something, you also have to believe in everything that’s necessary for believing in it.
Ugo Betti… Read the rest
The purpose of life is to fight maturity.
Dick Werthimer… Read the rest
-Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.
-Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.
-Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely … Read the rest
-Hierarchies ration self-esteem and create obedience to external authority by weakening belief in our own natural and internal wisdom.
-The status quo protects itself by punishing all challengers.
-Perhaps the worst thing about suffering is that it finally hardens the … Read the rest
-Life is full of obstacle illusions.
Grant Frazier… Read the rest
-It’s just a ride and we can change it any time we want. It’s only a choice. No effort, no work, no job, no savings and money, a choice, right now, between fear and love. The eyes of fear want … Read the rest
-Do not think of knocking out another person’s brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago.
-Be ashamed to die until … Read the rest
-Some people think she was weakish … but I don’t. She was the love in that family. She set a good example for what a wife could be.
-Ward, I think you were a little hard on the Beaver last … Read the rest
-Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.
Dr. Martin Henry Fischer… Read the rest
-A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.
-The worst sin – perhaps the only sin – passion can commit, is to be joyless.
-The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.
Dorothy … 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
-Look for your own. Do not do what someone else could do as well as you. Do not say, do not write what someone else could say, could write as well as you. Care for nothing in yourself but what … Read the rest
-The prime role of a leader is to offer an example of courage and sacrifice.
Regis Debray… Read the rest
-Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone.
Hodding Carter… Read the rest
The will to live in civilized man is a combined biological and psychological drive. As long as we have something to live for, the will to live carries us through the moments of crisis which are inevitable in every life.… 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
-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
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
Mark Caine… 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
-In the absences of a decent time machine, fiction remains the most sturdy vehicle for visiting other eras.
Tom Nolan… Read the rest
-Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
Storm Jameson… Read the rest
-Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had … Read the rest
In politics, as soon as you take a trick in diamonds, you find that hearts have become trumps.
Chris Patten… Read the rest
-If there were dreams to sell,
What would you buy?
Some cost a passing bell;
Some a light sigh,
That shakes from Life’s fresh crown
Only a rose-leaf down.
If there were dreams to sell,
Merry and sad to tell,… Read the rest
-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 … 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 purpose of life is to serve other people. To do something of benefit for other people. From that point of view, a difficulty is really a great opportunity.
-If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you … Read the rest
Don’t want you for the weekend.
Don’t want you for a night.
I’m only interested if I can have you for life.
I know I sound serious.
Baby, I am.
You’re a fine piece of real … 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
The squeaking wheel doesn’t always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.
Vic Gold… Read the rest
-People should worry about each other. Because worry is just love in its worst form. But it’s still love.
-In my experience, the worst thing you can do to an important problem is discuss it. You know – I really … Read the rest
-Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.
Max Frisch… Read the rest
-When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone, and of good cheer – say traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep – it is on such occasions … Read the rest
I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
Chuang Tse… Read the rest
The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
Okakura Kakuzo… Read the rest
-Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.
Eddie Rickenbacker… Read the rest
i cried a tear
you wiped it dry
i was confused
you cleared my mind
i sold my soul
you bought it back for me
and held the earth
you gave me dignity
somehow you needed me
you gave me … Read the rest
-If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.
George Aiken… Read the rest
-Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
-It is a fine thing to establish one’s own religion in … Read the rest
True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius.
Felix E. Schelling … Read the rest
-When choosing between two evils I always like to take the one I’ve never tried before.
-When I’m good I’m very good, but when I’m bad I’m better.
-A hard man… is good to find
-It’s not the men in … Read the rest
-One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness — simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience. Happiness … Read the rest
-Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.
-Live always in the best company when you read.
-You must not think me necessarily foolish because … Read the rest