-I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said, but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.
Robert McCloskey… Read the rest
In a dark time, the eye begins to see.
Theodore Roethke… Read the rest
-What I was saying is that in modern civilisation there does not seem to be a place for those people I call outsiders. That is people too clever to fit into everyday society and accept the jobs that most people … Read the rest
-You don’t need to win every medal to be successful.
Jason Fried… Read the rest
-You can’t jump down the stairs in one leap, however much you might wish to, and you even more surely can’t jump up it, but one step and then the next and there you are, at the top or the … Read the rest
-Decisions are a way of defining ourselves. There comes a time in life when there is nothing else to do but go your own way. Where you are headed there are no trails, no paths, just your own instincts.
Sergio … Read the rest
It is lack of confidence more than anything else that kills civilization.
Sir Kenneth Clark … Read the rest
-One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.
-The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the … Read the rest
Stories are equipment for living.
Kenneth Burke… Read the rest
Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.
The Dhammapada… Read the rest
-If a man has talent and can’t use it, he’s failed. If he uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he uses the whole of it, he has succeeded, and won a satisfaction and triumph few men … Read the rest
-This is the nature of genius, to be able to grasp the knowable even when no one else recognizes that it is present.
-The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.
-When you live your … 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
-The conception of two people living together for 25 years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.
Alan Patrick Herbert… Read the rest
-Money can’t buy happiness, but neither can poverty.
Leo Rosten… Read the rest
Selling to people who actually want to hear from you is more effective than interrupting strangers who don’t.
Seth Godin… Read the rest
The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
Antiphanes… Read the rest
-We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are…Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It … 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
-Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys.
Gail Pool… Read the rest
That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
William J. H. Boetcker… Read the rest
Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
John Barton … 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
You don’t have to specialize – do everything that you love and then, at some time, the future will come together for you in some form.
Francis Ford Coppola… Read the rest
There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.
Sivananda… Read the rest
-The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood.
-It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
-What … Read the rest
-To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
Bruce Lee… Read the rest
-The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.
-The secret to happiness lies in knowing this: that we live by the law of expenditure. We find the greatest joy not in getting, but in expressing what … Read the rest
You don’t assault Everest. You sneak up on it, and then get the hell outta there.
Ed Viesturs… Read the rest
The question of bread for myself is a material question, but the question of bread for my neighbour is a spiritual question.
Nicolai Berdyaev … Read the rest
-Education is an admirable thing, but it’s well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
-When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
-Every saint has a past and … Read the rest
-In me the tiger sniffs the rose.
-Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin they think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives.
-You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray … Read the rest
In the greatest confusion there is still an open channel to the soul. It may be difficult to find because by midlife it is overgrown, and some of the wildest thickets that surround it grow out of what we describe … Read the rest
I’ve been trying for some time to develop a lifestyle that doesn’t require my presence.
Garry Trudeau… Read the rest
-There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.
Alfred Korzybski… 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
-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
-There is only one journey. Going inside yourself.
-He who does not at some time, with definite determination consent to the terribleness of life, or even exalt in it, never takes possession of the inexpressible fullness of the power of … Read the rest
-Even when the experts all agree, they may well be mistaken.
-Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
-Most men would rather die, than think. Many do.
-Our great democracies still … Read the rest
-The things we know best are the things we haven’t been taught.
-Generosity gives assistance rather than advice.
Marquis de Vauvenargues… Read the rest
-Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It’s unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don’t have to try.
Peggy Noonan… 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
As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.
John L. Mason… Read the rest
-I’m as pure as the driven slush.
-Here’s a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.
Tallulah Bankhead… Read the rest
Where is the temple of God? In our heart. Therefore that’s where we have to go and meet Him.
Swami Chidvilasananda… 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
-A finished person is a boring person.
-Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.
-The world is full of women blindsided by … 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
-F. Scott Fitzgerald: “The rich are different from you and me.”
Ernest Hemingway: “Yes, they have more money.”
-Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
-All good books are alike in that they are truer than if … Read the rest
I don’t own a cell phone or a pager. I just hang around everyone I know, all the time. If someone wants to get a hold of me, they just say ‘Mitch,’ and I say ‘what?’ and turn my head … 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
-A great city is one that handles art and garbage equally well.
Bob Talbert… Read the rest
Technology adds nothing to art. Two thousand years ago, I could tell you a story, and at any point during the story I could stop, and ask, Now do you want the hero to be kidnapped, or not? But that … Read the rest
And now for something completely different.
Monty Python… Read the rest
-But if something is not done, and done soon, we shall be the murderers of our own children.
-The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it always to be kept alive.
-I … Read the rest
Inspiration may be a form of superconsciousness, or perhaps subconsciousness – I wouldn’t know. But I am sure it is the antithesis of self-consciousness.
Aaron Copland… Read the rest
Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away.
Robert Orben… Read the rest
-If a thing isn’t worth saying, you sing it.
-It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
Pierre Beaumarchais… Read the rest
-The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
Horace Walpole… Read the rest
-A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
-Very strange is this quality of our human nature which decrees that unless we feel a future before us we … Read the rest
-Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today
Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And … Read the rest
-Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
-It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.
-I am an old … Read the rest
-You’ve lost your horse and you’re looking for the rope.
Abdulrahman Zeitoun… Read the rest
-The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
Edwin Schlossberg… 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
Let us be resolute in prosecuting our ends, and mild in our methods of so doing.
Aquaviva… 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
Appreciation can make a day–even change a life, Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
Margaret Cousins… Read the rest
How we treasure (and admire) the people who acknowledge us!
Julie Morgenstern… Read the rest
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my … Read the rest
-In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
Warren Buffett… Read the rest
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, … Read the rest
-A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
Arthur Golden… 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
-We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.
-Have something to bring to the table, because that will make you more welcome.
-I probably got more from that dream and not accomplishing it than … 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
-Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
David Sedaris… Read the rest
-We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action.
Frank Tibolt… 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
Better one word too few than one too many.
Maltese saying… Read the rest
There’s time enough, but none to spare.
Charles W. Chesnutt… Read the rest
Inaugural Address January 20, 1961
-Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens:
We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom — symbolizing an … 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
The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.
Florence Shinn… Read the rest
-If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read “President Can’t Swim”.
Lyndon B. Johnson… Read the rest
I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There’s a vanity to candor that isn’t really worth it. Be kind.… Read the rest
-Surely there comes a time when counting the cost and paying the price aren’t things to think about any more. All that matters is value – the ultimate value of what one does.
James Hilton… Read the rest
-…in an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of … Read the rest
Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.
Hugh B. Brown… Read the rest
Women, as well as men, in all ages and in all places, have danced on the earth, danced the life dance, danced joy, danced grief, danced despair, and danced hope. Literally danced all these and more, and danced them figuratively … Read the rest
-I have had dreams and I have had nightmares, but I have conquered my nightmares because of my dreams.
-It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, … Read the rest
For three days after death hair and fingernails continue to grow but phone calls taper off.
Johnny Carson… Read the rest
If we don’t change direction soon, we’ll end up where we’re going.
Irwin Corey… Read the rest
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
Josh Billings… Read the rest
-I detest the man who hides one thing in the depths of his heart and speaks forth another.
-A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning … Read the rest
-Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
-Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
-First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man … Read the rest
The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
Eldridge Cleaver… Read the rest
-Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.
Brendan Gill… Read the rest
-I once complained to my father that I didn’t seem able to do things the same way other people did. Dad’s advice? ‘Margo, don’t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.’
Margo Kaufman … Read the rest