The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards.. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don’t … Read the rest
Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
Yoda… Read the rest
As I approach the prime of my life
I find I have the time of my life
Learning to enjoy at my leisure
All the simple pleasures
And so I happily concede
That this is all I ask
This is … Read the rest
Perfect freedom is reserved for the man who lives by his own work and in that work does what he wants to do.
R. G. Collingwood… Read the rest
-If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.
-What blockheads are those wise persons, who think it necessary that a child should comprehend … Read the rest
-The great source of both the misery and disorders of human life, seems to arise from over-rating the difference between one permanent situation and another… some of these situations may, no doubt, deserve to be preferred to others, but none … Read the rest
-If you don’t know what to do, call the media and at least give the appearance of doing something.
David Peterson… Read the rest
-Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.
Abigail Adams… 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
Make your own recovery the first priority in your life.
Robin Norwood… 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
Perfect love is rare indeed – for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance … Read the rest
The cure for poverty has a name, in fact: it’s called the empowerment of women. If you give women some control over the rate at which they reproduce, if you give them some say, take them off the animal cycle … Read the rest
One doesn’t have a sense of humor. It has you.
Larry Gelbart… 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 DuBois… Read the rest
Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.
George F. Will… Read the rest
To comprehend and to understand God above all similitudes, as He is in Himself, is to be God with God, without intermediary, and without any otherness that can become a hindrance or an intermediary. Whosoever wishes to understand this must … Read the rest
-Hell is yourself, and the only redemption is when you put yourself aside to feel deeply for another person.
-Success and failure are equally disastrous.
-A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that … 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
-I do not cut my life up into days but my days into lives, each day, each hour, an entire life.
-If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.
Juan Ramon Jimenez … Read the rest
-Tradition is what you resort to when you don’t have the time or the money to do it right.
Kurt Herbert Alder… Read the rest
-the cradle of the best and the worst.
(speaking of the United States)… Read the rest
-Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
-History is a fable often told.
-If I had to choose a religion, the sun as the universal giver of life would be my god.
-In politics, absurdity is not … Read the rest
Never have so many experienced such intensity of emotions; never had comradeship–a sense of needing and being needed–struck so deeply and bound prior strangers so strongly in a blood brotherhood.
Joseph Persico… Read the rest
Have good trust in yourself — not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are.
Maezumi Roshi… Read the rest
-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
-It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.
-Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.… Read the rest
-What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.
P. D. James… 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
-Hope cannot be said to exist, nor can it be said not to exist. It is just like roads across the earth. For actually the earth had no roads to begin with, but when many men pass one way, a … Read the rest
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Atlee… Read the rest
-Ever tried? Ever failed? No Matter, try again, fail again, Fail better.
Samuel Beckett… Read the rest
-In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
Warren Buffett… Read the rest
-We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
-It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
Judith Martin… Read the rest
-The noun of self becomes a verb. This flashpoint of creation in the present moment is where work and play merge.
-The most potent muse of all is our own inner child.
-Creative work is play. It is free speculation … Read the rest
Look at a man in the midst of doubt and danger, and you will learn in his hour of adversity what he really is. It is then that true utterances are wrung from the recesses of his breast. The mask … Read the rest
The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
Antiphanes… 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
-Telling the truth … is not solely a matter of moral character; it is also a matter of correct appreciation of real situations and of serious reflection upon them.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer… Read the rest
-The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
-It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to … Read the rest
I don’t have an English accent because this is what English sounds like when spoken properly.
James Carr… Read the rest
-More men become good through practice than by nature.
-By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.
Democritus… Read the rest
-Sometimes I have believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
-One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree.
“Which road do I take” she asked.
His response was … Read the rest
-The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth… Read the rest
It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a … 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
-A Hebrew phrase that means to help repair the world every day, by mending what you are able to of what is in disrepair within you and near you. To do this to the best of your ability … Read the rest
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
Charles de Montesquieu… Read the rest
-The Internet is like alcohol in some sense. It accentuates what you would do anyway. If you want to be a loner, you can be more alone. If you want to connect, it makes it easier to connect.
Esther Dyson… Read the rest
-It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.
James Fenimore Cooper… Read the rest
-Only the mediocre are always at their best.
Jean Giraudoux… Read the rest
-When you worry, you go over the same ground endlessly and come out the same place you started. Thinking makes progress from one place to another; worry remains static. The problem of life is to change worry into thinking and … Read the rest
-Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.
Jose Marti… Read the rest
-A man knows when he has found his vocation when he stops thinking about how to live and begins to live.
-The least of learning is done in the classrooms.
-The truth that many people never understand, until it is … Read the rest
-Human beings have an inalienable right to invent themselves.
Germaine Greer… Read the rest
If you watch a game, it’s fun. If you play at it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.
Bob Hope… Read the rest
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
C. Archie Danielson… Read the rest
-I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others.
Jennifer Louden… Read the rest
Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Walter Anderson… Read the rest
-Anyone who has obeyed nature by transmitting a piece of gossip experiences the explosive relief that accompanies the satisfying of a primary need.
Primo Levi… Read the rest
-The taxpayer — that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.
-Thomas Jefferson once said, ‘We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.’ And ever since … Read the rest
-Laughter is an instant vacation.
Milton Berle… Read the rest
-Play by the rules, but be ferocious.
Phil Knight… 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
-Beyond talent lies all the usual words: discipline, love, luck – but, most of all, endurance.
-The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one’s key to the experience of others.
-The purpose … Read the rest
-I was brought up to believe that how I saw myself was more important than how others saw me.
Anwar el-Sadat… Read the rest
And now for something completely different.
Monty Python… Read the rest
-I have come to realize that all my trouble with living has come from fear and smallness within me.
Angela L. Wozniak… Read the rest
-The zoo is an excellent place to study the habits of human beings.
-You can’t do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth.
-Character is what you have left when … Read the rest
-When you build bridges you can keep crossing them.
Rick Pitino… Read the rest
Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.
Alan Turing… 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
Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.
Frances Hutcheson… Read the rest
Parents can plant magic in a child’s mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit.
Robert MacNeil … Read the rest
-Basic research is what I am doing when I don’t know what I am doing.
-I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.
Wernher von Braun… Read the rest
-The greatest problem with Christianity is not that it has been tried and found wanting, but that it’s hardly been tried at all.
-The chief object of education is not to learn things but to unlearn things.
-To have a … Read the rest
-Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
Robert W. Sarnoff… Read the rest
-When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.
Alice Hoffman… Read the rest
In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.
Paul Brooks… Read the rest
Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.
Stanislaw Lem… Read the rest
-My object in living is to unite
My avocation and my vocation
As my two eyes make one in sight.
Only where love and need are one
And the work is play for mortal stakes,
Is the deed ever really … 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
-Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.
John Henry Cardinal Newman… Read the rest
Nature provides a free lunch, but only if we control our appetites.
William Ruckelshaus… Read the rest
-It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.
-Let him who would move the world first move himself.
-There is as much greatness of mind … Read the rest
Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
Hosea Ballou… Read the rest
When you expect something, when you aim at something, right there you dilute your energy; you split your energy, you split your attention and it becomes more than the place of yin and yang. You do not only divide, but … Read the rest
-It’s not the situation… It’s your reaction to the situation.
Robert Conklin… 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
When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser… Read the rest
-Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?”/ Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”
Charles M. Schulz… Read the rest
I remember being handed a score composed by Mozart at the age of eleven. What could I say’ I felt like de Kooning, who was asked to comment on a certain abstract painting, and answered in the negative. He was … Read the rest
The artist should be a seeing-eye dog for a myopic civilization.
Jacob Getlar Smith… 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
Unhurt people are not much good in the world.
Enid Starkie … 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
The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.
Shana Alexander… Read the rest
-Giving is a necessity sometimes… more urgent, indeed, than having.
-Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck… Read the rest