-Since it is not granted to us to live long, let us transmit to posterity some memorial that we have at least lived.
Pliny the Younger… Read the rest
When you helped somebody, right away you were responsible for that person. And things always followed for which you were never prepared.
Martha Brooks… Read the rest
-You can’t help someone get up a hill without getting closer to the top yourself.
H. Norman Schwarzkopf… Read the rest
-With the voice of conscience as your centre, all the elements of your being are in harmony. When you lose the centre the parts scatter and begin to war with one another.
-To go through life without ever knowing or … 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
-When I’m not doing something that comes deeply from me, I get bored. When I get bored I get distracted and when I get distracted, I become depressed. It’s a natural resistance, and it insures your integrity.
Maria Irene Fornes… Read the rest
I used to think that anyone doing anything weird was weird. I suddenly realized that anyone doing anything weird wasn’t weird at all and that it was the people saying they were weird that were weird.
Paul McCartney… Read the rest
I have begun,
when I’m weary and can’t decide an answer to a bewildering question
to ask my dead friends for their opinion
and the answer is often immediate and clear.
Should I take the job? Move to the city? … Read the rest
There are no original ideas. There are only original people.
Barbara Grizzuli Harrison… Read the rest
-Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
Sholem Asch… Read the rest
-Flying may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.
-The more one does and sees and feels, the more one is able to do, and the more genuine may be one’s appreciation of … 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 secret of all success is to know how to deny yourself. Prove that you can control yourself, and you are an educated man; and without this all other education is good for nothing.
R. D. Hitchcock… 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
How we treasure (and admire) the people who acknowledge us!
Julie Morgenstern… Read the rest
-He who laughs last has not yet heard the bad news.
-Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are.
Bertolt Brecht… Read the rest
The more precisely the position is determined, the less precisely the momentum is known in this instant, and vice versa.
Werner Heisenberg … 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
-There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
-If we are to learn to improve the quality of the decisions we make, we need to accept the mysterious nature of … Read the rest
-Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.”
Simone Weil… 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
We all love to win but how many people love to train?
Mark Spitz… Read the rest
-the cradle of the best and the worst.
(speaking of the United States)… Read the rest
My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.
I thank President Bush for his service to our nation as well … Read the rest
That’s the key to having it all: stop expecting it to look like what you thought it was going to look like.… Read the rest
That which is most personal, is most universal.
Carl Rogers… Read the rest
You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.
Vicomte de Chateaubriand… 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 nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it’s their fault.
-The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
-University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Henry Kissinger… Read the rest
This sounds an extraordinary statement to make, but in fact all truth is very ordinary. It is peoples’ fantasies of what is true that is so extraordinary. That that we were born and that we face eternal extinction after death … 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
-Help others get ahead. You will always stand taller with someone else on your shoulders.
Bob Moawad… Read the rest
As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This … Read the rest
-Humor is everywhere, in that there’s irony in just about anything a human does.
Bill Nye… Read the rest
-Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker.
-Dogs display reluctance and wrath
If you try to give them a bath
They bury bones in hideaways
And half the time they trot sideaways
-If you don’t want to work you have … Read the rest
-To get thine ends, lay bashfulness aside; Who fears to ask, doth teach to be deny’d.
Robert Herrick… 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
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
-God is the mysterium tremendum that appears and overthrows, but he is also the mystery of the self-evident, nearer to me than my I.
-The history of mankind on its road to redemption (is) a process involving two kinds of … Read the rest
-There are worse things than looking stupid. Sleeping through life is one of them.
Laura Preble… Read the rest
If the human mind was simple enough to understand, we’d be too simple to understand it.
Emerson Pugh… 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
-Hysteria is only possible with an audience.
-All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring.
-It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.
-The things … Read the rest
-A cult is a religion with no political power.
-The question that intrigues me: After you’ve met all the great threats and found that the great catastrophes of world history are not bearing down on you, what do you do … 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
-Never answer a critic, unless he’s right.
-Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see.… Read the rest
If an idea is important enough it is worth laughing at.
Alan Plater … Read the rest
A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.
Robert M. Hamilton… Read the rest
-The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.
-The political problem of mankind is to combine three things: economic efficiency, social justice and individual liberty.
-I do not know which makes a man more conservative—to … 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
-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
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-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
-The truth is more important than the facts.
-Youth is a quality, and if you have it, you never lose it.
-The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
-Tip … Read the rest
-Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.
-The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.
-Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some hire public relations officers.… 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
-There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Freya Madeline Stark… Read the rest
-It’s when a leader has to move from ‘Yes we can’ to ‘No you can’t’ that he is tested.
Matthew Parris… 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
No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Mary Worley Montagu… Read the rest
-The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
-You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience by which you stop to look fear in … Read the rest
Nothing is too high for a man to reach, but he must climb with care and confidence.
Hans Christian Andersen… 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
The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
Kilgore Trout… Read the rest
Literature is news that stays news.
Ezra Pound… Read the rest
Time is no law of nature. It is a plan. When you look at it with awareness, or start to touch it, then it starts to disintegrate.
Peter Hoeg… 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 hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.
Herbert Rappaport… Read the rest
-The possibility of divorce renders both marriage partners stricter in their observance of the duties they owe to each other. Divorces help to improve morals and to increase the population.
-Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great … Read the rest
The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.
Frances Willard… Read the rest
Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory.
Andrew Carnegie… Read the rest
-We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
-Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.
Anne-Sophie Swetchine… Read the rest
What we are looking for is what is looking.
St. Francis of Assisi… Read the rest
-Acquire inner peace and a multitude will find their salvation near you.
Catherine de Hueck Doherty… Read the rest
-Abnormal is so common, it’s practically normal.
Cory Doctorow… Read the rest
-The customer doesn’t expect everything will go right all the time; the big test is what you do when things go wrong.
Sir Colin Marshall… Read the rest
-No matter how much you disagree with your kin, if you are a thoroughbred you will not discuss their shortcomings with the neighbors.
Tom Thompson… Read the rest
-Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self-esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot … Read the rest
The more characteristic American hero in the earlier day, and the more beloved type of all times, was not the hustler but the whittler.
Mark Sullivan… Read the rest
-We excel at making a living but often fail at making a life.
We celebrate our prosperity but yearn for purpose.
We cherish our freedoms but long for connection.
In an age of plenty, we feel spiritual hunger
David G. … Read the rest
Politics, as it turned out, lent itself admirably to storytelling. Where else can you find such a mix of greed, power, lust, conspiracy, sacrifice and secrecy?
Val Sears… Read the rest
-It’s amazing what you can get done when you don’t care who gets the credit.
-It’s what you learn after you know everything that counts.
-Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you … Read the rest
-When you walk across the fields with your mind pure and holy, then from all the stones, and all growing things, and all animals, the sparks of their soul come out and cling to you, and then they are purified … Read the rest
-There is only one wisdom: to recognize the intelligence that steers all things.
-Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.
Heraclitus… 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
-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
She likes herself, yet others hates
For that which in herself she prizes;
And, while she laughs at them, forgets
She is the thing that she despises.
William Congreve… Read the rest
-When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find more hideous crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
-The pursuit of happiness is … Read the rest
-I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.
Jack Handey… Read the rest
-What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
-Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or great evil without bringing about more of the same on the … Read the rest
-I enjoy talking to you more than anybody else because I never feel I am giving myself away and so can admit to shady, dishonest, crawling, cowardly, unjust, arrogant, snobbish, lecherous, perverted and generally shameful feelings that I don’t want … Read the rest
You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.
Frank Crane… Read the rest
-Those who don’t know how to weep with their whole heart, don’t know how to laugh either.
Golda Meir… 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
-An unemployed existence is a negation worse than death itself because to live means to have something definite to do … a mission to fulfill … and in the measure in which we avoid setting our life to something, we … Read the rest
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Graham Greene… Read the rest
-Self-confidence is so relaxing. There is no strain or stress when one is self-confident. Our lack of self-confidence comes from trying to be someone we aren’t.
Anne Wilson Schaef… Read the rest
As one lamp serves to dispel a thousand years of darkness, so one flash of wisdom destroys ten thousand years of ignorance.
Hui-Neng … Read the rest
-Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
Chief Seattle… 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