-I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth.
Umberto Eco… Read the rest
-The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
-The question is, then, do we try to make things easy on ourselves or do we try to make things easy on … Read the rest
-The key to non-anxious sermon-writing is that it’s not about me. It’s about the congregation. I honor the fact that the listeners bring more to the sermon than I do. I remind myself of the hundreds of times someone says, … Read the rest
All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we’ve tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing … Read the rest
Even when I was in an orphanage, when I was roaming the streets trying to find enough to eat to keep alive, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world. I had to feel that … Read the rest
-Summoned or not, the god will come.
(From the inscription carved above the door of Jung’s house. )
-Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
-Nobody, as long as he moves about among … Read the rest
-Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an art.
Charles McCabe… Read the rest
He’s a real nowhere man,
Sitting in his nowhere land,
Making all his nowhere plans
Doesn’t have a point of view,
Knows not where he’s going to,
Isn’t he a bit like you and me?
Nowhere man, please … Read the rest
-The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.
Flannery O’Connor… Read the rest
-Humility is not thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking of yourself less.
-Everything that happens to you has a spiritual significance.
-What happens outwardly in your life is not as important as what happens inside of you.
Rick Warren… Read the rest
-It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.
Elizabeth Taylor… Read the rest
-When we are writing, or painting, or composing, we are, during the time of creativity, freed from normal restrictions, and are opened to a wider world, where colors are brighter, sounds clearer, and people more wondrously complex than we normally … 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
-We are all born with wonderful gifts. We use these gifts to express ourselves, to amuse, to strengthen, and to communicate. We begin as children to explore and develop our talents, often unaware that we are unique, that not everyone … Read the rest
-It is the loving, not the loved, woman who feels lovable.
Jessamyn West… Read the rest
-Most of the basic truths of life sound absurd at first hearing.
Elizabeth Goudge… Read the rest
-Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone.
Hodding Carter… Read the rest
When I look back on my life what strikes me most forcibly about it is that what seemed at the time most significant and seductive, seems now most futile and absurd. For instance, success in all of its various guises; … Read the rest
Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.
Jefferson Davis… 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
-If I had my life to live over… I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
Nadine Stair… Read the rest
-To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
Bruce Lee… Read the rest
Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.
Stephen King … Read the rest
-A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.
-There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what … Read the rest
When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
George Washington Carver… Read the rest
-Furious activity is no substitute for understanding.
H. H. Williams… Read the rest
The two symbols of the Republican Party: an elephant, and a big fat white guy who is threatened by change.
Seth MacFarlane… Read the rest
Time is of no account with great thoughts. They are as fresh today as when they first passed through their author’s minds ages ago.
Samuel Smiles… 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
-Football isn’t a contact sport, it’s a collision sport. Dancing is a contact sport.
Duffy Daugherty… 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
-Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
-Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.
Edgar Allan Poe… Read the rest
you see a city? i call it a graveyard.
that skyline’s mere headstones
our habits are caskets
holding us six feet underground.
Jessica Henderson… Read the rest
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
Dorothy Sarnoff… Read the rest
-What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give.
P. D. James… Read the rest
Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
Gertrude Stein… Read the rest
The purpose of life is to fight maturity.
Dick Werthimer… 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
I believe that freedom is the deepest need of every human soul.
George W. Bush… 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
-If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.
-People who ask our advice almost never take … Read the rest
-Generosity with strings is not generosity; It is a deal.
-The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it … Read the rest
-All children are born geniuses; 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently degeniused by grownups. (See Einstein)
-Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
-Nature is trying very hard to make us succeed, … Read the rest
-When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.
Margaret Wheatley… 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 way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
-You’re not a wave, you’re a … Read the rest
-Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
Frank Leahy… Read the rest
Newspapers: dead trees with information smeared on them.
Horizon, “Electronic Frontier”… Read the rest
-People should worry about each other. Because worry is just love in its worst form. But it’s still love.
-In my experience, the worst thing you can do to an important problem is discuss it. You know – I really … Read the rest
-Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.
Marva Collins… Read the rest
-Look within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if thou wilt ever dig.
-Think not so much of what you have not, as of what you have.
-The art of living is more like … Read the rest
-If art does not enlarge men’s sympathies, it does nothing morally.
-The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men.
-We are all apt to believe what the world believes about us.… Read the rest
-In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
-When you appeal to force, there’s one thing you must never do – lose.
-We succeed only as we identify in life, or in … 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
-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
-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
Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.
Don Marquis… 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
-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
-A liberal is a person whose interests aren’t at stake at the moment.
Willis Player… 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
I never married because there was no need. I have three pets at home which answer the same purpose as a husband. I have a dog which growls every morning, a parrot which swears all afternoon and a cat that … Read the rest
-But seduction isn’t making someone do what they don’t want to do. Seduction is enticing someone into doing what they secretly want to do already.
Waiter Rant… Read the rest
If men were angels, no government would be necessary.
James Madison… Read the rest
There is still a difference between something and nothing, but it is purely geometrical and there is nothing behind the geometry.
Martin Gardner… 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
The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.
Ralph W. Sockman… Read the rest
-Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.
Nikita Khrushchev… 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
-It’s very hard to take yourself too seriously when you look at the world from outer space.
Thomas K. Mattingly II… 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
-Don’t be a shadow of someone; he will leave you alone when it becomes dark.
-Having a will to be, is more important than having two eyes to see.
Arshad Mohammed El-Fky… 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
-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
-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
-What you are is a question only you can answer.
-But pain… seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious … Read the rest
-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
-It is easy to become a father, but very difficult to be a father.
Wilhelm Busch… Read the rest
If there is a single quality that is shared by all great men, it is vanity. But I mean by “vanity” only that they appreciate their own worth. Without this kind of vanity they would not be great. And with … Read the rest
-You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Jack London… 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
-People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.
Douglas Yates… Read the rest
-Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
-The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.
David Starr Jordan… 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
…my dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed–my dearest pleasure when free.
Mary Shelley… Read the rest
-We are often more astonished about what is outside us than inside us. For example, we think that the powers of healing are outside us, but in fact we may reach them inside us. They are already there and the … Read the rest
-It is within the families themselves where peace can begin.
Susan Partnow… 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
-Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
-The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
-The greatest discovery of my generation is that a … 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
-Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
-Optimism doesn’t wait on facts. It deals with prospects.
-Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
Norman Cousins… Read the rest
-In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
Ellen Goodman… Read the rest
-If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel … 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
Quit worrying about your health. It’ll go away.
Robert Orben… Read the rest
-I get a lecture from my therapist every week which boils down to: pull your socks up. Okay, it’s a bit more sophisticated than that … It’s working and I love it. Thoughts, my therapist says, are very untrustworthy things. … 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
Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind.
Matthew Prior… Read the rest
-Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.
-The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection.… Read the rest