-He who promises more than he is able to perform, is false to himself; and he who does not perform what he has promised, is a traitor to his friend.
George Shelley… Read the rest
Literature is news that stays news.
Ezra Pound… Read the rest
It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.
Vida D. Scudder… Read the rest
‘A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drownded,’ he said, ‘for he will be going out on a day he shouldn’t. But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drownded … Read the rest
-I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
J.D. Salinger… Read the rest
A man’s silence is wonderful to listen to.
Thomas Hardy… Read the rest
Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
Heinrich Heine… Read the rest
-If you understand, things are just as they are… If you do not understand, things are just as they are….
-To get rid of your passions is not Nirvana; to look upon them as no matter of yours, that is … Read the rest
Reality is not only stranger than we suppose but stranger than we can suppose.
J. B. S. Haldane… Read the rest
-Common sense is just another name for the prejudices we’ve been taught all our lives.
-Not only does God play dice with the Universe – he sometimes casts them where they can’t be seen. (see Albert Einstein)
-What … Read the rest
-Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.
Princess Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco… Read the rest
-No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
-You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop … Read the rest
To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … Read the rest
Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.
Gene Fowler… Read the rest
Make your own recovery the first priority in your life.
Robin Norwood… Read the rest
Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.
Josh Billings… Read the rest
-You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.
Cecil Baxter… Read the rest
It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.
Emiliano Zapata… Read the rest
The artist should be a seeing-eye dog for a myopic civilization.
Jacob Getlar Smith… Read the rest
-Adversity gives birth to greatness. The greater the challenges and difficulties we face, the greater opportunity we have to grow and develop as people. A life without adversity, a life of ease and comfort, produces nothing and leaves us with … 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
Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.
Sarah Bernhardt… Read the rest
-Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
-Other people do not have to change for us to experience peace of mind.
Gerald Jampolsky… 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
-Travel the path of the heart instead of the path of convenience.
-The higher you climb,
The more that you see.
The more that you see,
The less that you know.
The less that you know,
The more that you … Read the rest
People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
David H. Comins… Read the rest
I’m very pleased with each advancing year. It stems back to when I was forty. I was a bit upset about reaching that milestone, but an older friend consoled me. ‘Don’t complain about growing old – many, many people do … 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
-Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
Howard Aiken… 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
-How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?
-Adversity attracts the man of character. He seeks out the bitter joy of responsibility.
-The graveyards are full of indispensable men.
Charles De Gaulle… Read the rest
-A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.
-Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies.
-People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of … Read the rest
-Complain to one who can help you.
-If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.
Yugoslav Proverb… Read the rest
-I really don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive, you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, you’ve got to make a lot of noise, because life … 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
-Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
-A society cultivates what is honoured there. It is important to know what we honour.
-Life must be lived as play.
-There are three classes of men: lovers … Read the rest
-He that labors with any great or laudable undertaking has his fatigues first supported by hope, and afterward rewarded by joy.
-Life is a progress from want to want; not from enjoyment to enjoyment.
-Wine makes a man more pleased … Read the rest
What Romantic terminology called genius
or talent or inspiration
is nothing other than finding the right road empirically,
following one’s nose,
Italo Calvino… Read the rest
-We should reserve a storehouse for ourselves, altogether ours, and wholly free, wherein we may hoard up and establish our true liberty, and principal retreat and solitude.
-Let us a little permit Nature to take her own way; she better … Read the rest
I have found that people are usually much more moved by economics than by morals.
Norah Phillips (1910-92)… Read the rest
-The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured.
Konrad Adenauer … 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
-Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
Baruch Spinoza… Read the rest
The visible world is the invisible organization of energy.
Heinz Pagels… Read the rest
-Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
-All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
-More unhappiness comes from this source than from any other – … 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
-Reality is something you rise above.
Liza Minnelli… Read the rest
-Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space.
-He attacked everything in life … Read the rest
-Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
H. H. Williams… Read the rest
-Perseverance does not equal worthiness.
Lawrence Kaplow… Read the rest
-This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the … Read the rest
-The big thieves hang the little ones.
-When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears.
Czech Proverbs… Read the rest
-Play is the beginning of knowledge.
George Dorsey… Read the rest
-To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
Bruce Lee… Read the rest
-Some days you’re a bug, some days you’re a windshield.
Price Cobb… Read the rest
-The acquisition of one sort of ability often makes that of another unlikely, if not impossible … To take the gifts one does have, to concentrate one’s strength upon their development, to disallow distractions – none of these is an … Read the rest
Reading snow is like listening to music. To describe what you’ve read is to describe what you’ve read isn to try to explain music in writing.
Peter Hoeg… Read the rest
-Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.
Solon… Read the rest
-Profound joy of heart is like a magnet that indicates the path of life. One has to follow it even though one enters into a way full of difficulties.
-Death is not a problem if you have lived first.
-The … Read the rest
-If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city.
-We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them … 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
-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
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
Aung San Suu Kyi… Read the rest
-Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Frank Gaines… Read the rest
Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible – or even sinful – that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!
Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr.… Read the rest
-The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be … Read the rest
I don’t think success is harmful, as so many people say. Rather, I believe it indispensable to talent, if for nothing else than to increase the talent.
Jeanne Moreau… 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
-Human nature is a hodgepodge of special genetic adaptations to an environment largely vanished, the world of the Ice-Age hunter gatherer.
-A very Faustian choice is upon us: whether to accept our corrosive and risky behavior as the unavoidable price … Read the rest
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid Of people whose eyes are oddly made, Of people whose skin is a different shade. You’ve got to be carefully taught.
Oscar Hammerstein… Read the rest
The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
Nicholas Butler… Read the rest
-We’re a sentimental people. We like a few kind words better than millions of dollars given in a humiliating way.
Gamal Abdel Nasser… Read the rest
Respect a man, he will do the more.
James Howell… Read the rest
-The intelligence is proved not by ease of learning but by understanding what we learn.
Joseph Whitney… Read the rest
-Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.
Berthold Auerbach… Read the rest
-In the winter the beauty is even stronger. The Prairies eliminate the obviousness of a horizon and leave the traveller with the magnificence of an infinite blank page, land blending with sky. I have never understood ‘snow’ to be a … Read the rest
-He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.
Saki… 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
I wish you sunshine on your path and storms to season your journey. I wish you peace in the world in which you live… More I cannot wish you except perhaps love to make all the rest worthwhile.
Robert A. … Read the rest
-First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
-It is not my place in society that makes me well off, but my judgments, and these I carry with me……These alone are my … Read the rest
-The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.
-Justice … Read the rest
-Do you call yourself free? I want to hear your ruling idea, and not that you have escaped from a yoke.
-Is not life a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?
-One must still have chaos in … 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
-The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease.
-Four thousand volumes of metaphysics will not teach us what the soul is.
-La Nature a … Read the rest
-My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
Winston Groom… 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
-No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen.
Minor White… Read the rest
The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.
Russell Green… Read the rest
-Perhaps better we not obscure the idea that happiness and misery, kindness and greed, and good works and bad deeds are within the capacities of us all, not merely a select few.
-The power of illustrative anecdotes often lies not … 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
-Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies.
Dalton Camp… 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
-When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
-If you want to be free, learn to live simply. Use what you have and be content where you are.
John Heider… 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
-Man: An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be.
-Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
-There is nothing new under the sun … Read the rest