-Liberty, equality – bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
-Hope is only the love of life.
-The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he … Read the rest
-We are none of us infallible–not even the youngest of us.
W.H. Thompson… Read the rest
-Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box.
-If you scatter thorns, don’t go barefoot.
-It is not enough to aim; you must hit.
-The best armor is to keep out of … Read the rest
-The Gods only laugh when we pray to them for money.
-He who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.
-He is poor who does not feel content.
-Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a … Read the rest
Commitment is the daily triumph of integrity over skepticism.
Dr. Joseph M. Juran… Read the rest
If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness.
Julie-Jeanne-Eleonore de Lespinasse… Read the rest
-I’m not going to die because I failed as someone else. I’m going to succeed as myself.
-Maybe I wanted to hear it so badly that my ears betrayed my mind in order to secure my heart.
-Success is meaningless … Read the rest
-Anybody who thinks we’re going to be using cars twenty-five years from now the way we’ve been accustomed to using them in the recent past ought to have his head examined. That phase of our national history is over….
-The … Read the rest
-Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.
Max Frisch… Read the rest
A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
Colette… Read the rest
-The 8 elements that make up an enjoyable experience (this fits for activities all the way from reading to Ultimate Frisbee!):
- The task is challenging and requires skill
- We concentrate
- There are clear goals
- We get immediate feedback
- We have
… 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
-Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.
William Wirt… Read the rest
It’s not the implicit moral superiority that has made busyness so universal. After all, you could claim instant moral superiority simply by reusing a plastic bag, and we’re still being apathetic about that. No. Busyness is so popular because it’s … Read the rest
-When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.
William Wrigley Jr.… Read the rest
It flows thru
the death of me
like a river
Gregory Corso… Read the rest
-Ghost stories appeal to our craving for immortality. If you can be afraid of a ghost, then you have to believe that a ghost may exist. And if a ghost exists then oblivion might not be the end.
Stanley Kubrick… Read the rest
-Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive… then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
-Follow the grain in your own wood.
Howard Thurman… Read the rest
We feel and know that we are eternal.
Edmund Spenser… Read the rest
-I know war as few other men now living know it, and nothing to me is more revolting. I have long advocated its complete abolition as its very destructiveness on both friend and foe has rendered it useless as a … Read the rest
-Humor is everywhere, in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does.
Bill Nye… Read the rest
The narrow notion of every person for himself does not belong in today’s world.
Michaelle Jean… 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
-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 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
-Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.
-A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.
-A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get … Read the rest
-Search then the ruling Passion:…
This clue once found, unravels all the rest….
-Whoever thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne’er was, nor is, nor e’er shall be
Alexander Pope… Read the rest
Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.
Clement Atlee… Read the rest
-The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done–men who are creative, inventive and discoverers.
Jean Piaget… Read the rest
-The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.
-All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has … 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
-When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
-To mistrust science and deny the validity of the scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You’d better go … Read the rest
-If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait … Read the rest
-Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
Eddie Cantor… Read the rest
-This is a world of action, and not for moping and groaning in.
-No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
-“At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,” said the gentleman, taking up … Read the rest
-I would be true, for there are those who trust me; I would be pure, for there are those who care; I would be strong, for there is much to suffer; I would be brave, for there is much to … Read the rest
Long experience has taught me that to be criticized is not always to be wrong.
Anthony Eden… Read the rest
-If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.
Frank Wilczek… Read the rest
They kill good trees to put out bad newspapers.
James G. Watt… Read the rest
-Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them – every day begin the task anew.
-Do not wish to be anything
but … Read the rest
-Overweight is one of America’s major health problems; I think that is because we love our food too little, not too much. If it tastes fabulous, if every bite delights, if we really pay attention, we will end up eating … Read the rest
The possession of unlimited power will make a despot of almost any man. There is a possible Nero in the gentlest human creature that walks.
Thomas Bailey… Read the rest
-Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
-When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be … Read the rest
-Hunger, love, vanity, and fear. There are four great motives of human action.
Graham Sumner… Read the rest
-I have principles and if you don’t like them I have others.
-She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.
-I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.
Groucho Marx… Read the rest
-The intelligence is proved not by ease of learning but by understanding what we learn.
Joseph Whitney… 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
-It’s also helpful to realize that this very body that we have, that’s sitting right here right now… with its aches and it pleasures… is exactly what we need to be fully human, fully awake, fully alive.… Read the rest
The only force that can overcome an idea and a faith is another and better idea and faith, positively and fearlessly upheld.
Dorothy Thompson … Read the rest
-Pain (any pain–emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific, but it usually falls into one of two categories: “We would be more alive if we did more of this,” and, … Read the rest
-The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth.
-The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives … Read the rest
We need to decide that we will not go to war, whatever reason is conjured up by the politicians or the media, because war in our time is always indiscriminate, a war against innocents, a war against children
Howard Zinn … Read the rest
What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions.
Walter Pater… Read the rest
-Wonder is what sets us apart from other life forms. No other species wonders about the meaning of existence or the complexity of the universe or themselves.
Herbert W. Boyer… 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
-No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.
Donald Foster… 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
-You are here to enjoy an original relationship with the universe.
-This world is so beautiful that I can hardly believe it exists.
-Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or … Read the rest
-Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.
-Though our feelings come and go, God’s love for us does not.
-Failures … Read the rest
Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.
Horizon, “Electronic Frontier”… Read the rest
-Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.
Marva Collins… 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
-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
-To be what you are, and to become what you are capable of becoming, is the only purpose in life.
-Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other … 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
…artists in each of the arts seek after and care for nothing but love
Marsilio Ficino… Read the rest
It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.
Sir Edmund Hillary … Read the rest
Solitude, if rightly used, becomes not only a privilege but a necessity. Only a superficial soul fears to fraternize with itself.
Alice Rice… Read the rest
There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.
Mary Wortley (Lady) Montagu… Read the rest
-The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.
-The human condition is such that pain and effort are not just symptoms which can be removed without changing life itself; they are the modes in which … Read the rest
Better one word too few than one too many.
Maltese saying… Read the rest
OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under … Read the rest
-I think there’s a handful of eye people and billions of ear people. Some people go look at it and think it’s great, so they buy it, and all these other people hear that they’ve bought it so they buy … 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
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
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
Native American Proverbs… 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
Let your thoughts meander towards a sea of ideas.
Leo D. Minnigh… Read the rest
-The only limit to the realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
-We have nothing to fear but fear itself.
-It is fun to be in the same decade with you.
-We cannot always build the future for … Read the rest
-Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.
Ludwig van Beethoven… Read the rest
-Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
Quentin Crisp… Read the rest
-Anecdotal thinking comes naturally; science requires training.
-But because we live in an age of science, we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths.
-But the power of science lies in open publication, which, with the rise of the Internet, … Read the rest
-We cannot destroy kindred: Our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.
Marie de Rabutin-Chantal… Read the rest
-Of all afflictions, the worst is self-contempt.
Berthold Auerbach… Read the rest
As a beauty I’m not a great star.
There are others more handsome, by far,
But my face-I don’t mind it
For I am behind it;
It’s the people in front get the jar.
Anthony Euwer… Read the rest
To dream anything that you want to dream. That is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do. That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits. That … Read the rest
I have always regarded myself as the pillar of my life.
Meryl Streep… Read the rest
-Laws are like sausages. It’s better not to see them being made.
-When a man says he approves of something in principle, it means he hasn’t the slightest intention of putting it into practice.
Otto von Bismarck… Read the rest
-In your 20s, you feel like you’re indestructible, that nothing can kill you and you laugh at death. You go on and stay up for days and do as many things as you can and then, in your 30s, you … 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
-Writers and politicians are natural rivals. Both groups try to make the world in their own images; they fight for the same territory.
Salman Rushdie… Read the rest
The best index to a person’s character is (a) how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can’t fight back.
Abigail Van Buren … Read the rest
A man’s dreams are an index to his greatness.
Zadok Rabinowitz… Read the rest
You don’t have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
John Ciardi… Read the rest