The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne… Read the rest
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
The purpose of life is a life of purpose.
Robert Byrne… Read the rest
Intuition isn’t the enemy, but the ally, of reason.… Read the rest
-A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.
James Joyce… Read the rest
-An artist has every right – one may even say a duty – to exhibit his productions as prominently as he can.
-Art distills sensation and embodies it with enhanced meaning in a memorable form – or else it is … 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
Lose as if you like it; win as if you were used to it.
Polo player Tommy Hitchcock (1900-44), cited in The New International Dictionary of Quotations.… Read the rest
In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
John Quincy Adams… Read the rest
You can create a good impression on yourself by being right . . . but for creating a good impression on others there is nothing to beat being totally and catastrophically wrong.”
Michael Frayn … Read the rest
-Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.
Barbara Tober… Read the rest
-Art has never been made while thinking of art.
Niko Stumpo… Read the rest
There should be no yelling in the home unless there is a fire.
David Oman McKay… Read the rest
-In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.
Warren Buffett… Read the rest
Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.
Henri Poincare… Read the rest
It’s just as difficult to overcome success as it is to overcome failure.
Sir William Walton… Read the rest
-The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
-She used to drag her mattress beside her low window and lie awake for a long while, vibrating with excitement, as a machine … Read the rest
-The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
Charles Du Bos… Read the rest
-The way we distinguish ourselves is by showing our individuality.
Elisa Camahort… Read the rest
I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience.
Shelley Winters… Read the rest
You never find yourself until you face the truth.
Pearl Bailey… Read the rest
-Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
William Ellery Channing… Read the rest
-Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune.
-Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account … Read the rest
-True happiness… arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self.
-A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.
-Content thyself to be obscurely good. When … Read the rest
The only way to do something interesting is not care if you fail.
Charlie Kaufman… Read the rest
When we are happy, we love Nature. When we are dull and depressed, it says nothing to us. Our feeling for it would therefore seem to be a reflection of our moods.
Gerald Brenan… Read the rest
There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it’s up to you to draw it.
B. Quilliam … Read the rest
-It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.
-America is … Read the rest
-I don’t know why we are here, but I’m pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.
-If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.
-Never stay up on the barren heights of … Read the rest
-It’s absurd to pursue your art, but it’s absurd not to.
-The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
Willem de Kooning… Read the rest
Even as water carves monuments of stone, so do our thoughts shape our character.
Hugh B. Brown… Read the rest
To create you must quiet your mind. You need a quiet mind so that ideas will have a chance of connecting.
Eric Maisil… Read the rest
-Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
-In a world of fugitives the person taking the opposite direction will appear to run away.
-I have measured out my life with … Read the rest
-In your clothes avoid too much gaudiness; do not value yourself upon an embroidered gown; and remember that a reasonable word, or an obliging look, will gain you more respect than all your fine trappings.
Sir George Savile… 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
-What makes our opponents useful is that they allow us to believe that without them we would be able to realize our ideals.
Jean Rostand… Read the rest
-Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
-Every writer hopes or boldly assumes that his life is in some sense exemplary, that the particular will turn out to be universal.… 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
-My theory is that all of Scottish cuisine is based on a dare.
Mike Myers… Read the rest
The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
Eldridge Cleaver… Read the rest
-I walk in the garden, I look at the flowers and shrubs and trees and discover in them an exquisiteness of contour, a vitality of edge or a vigour of spring as well as an infinite variety of colour that … Read the rest
We feel and know that we are eternal.
Edmund Spenser… Read the rest
Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
Frank Outlaw … Read the rest
-Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.
Danny Kaye… Read the rest
-You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can’t be conquered; you conquer yourself–your hopes, your fears.
Jim Whitaker… Read the rest
-Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.
Marva Collins… 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
Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
C. W. Ceran… Read the rest
In mathematics you don’t understand things. You just get used to them.
Johann von Neumann… Read the rest
-I have now reigned about 50 years in victory and peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honours, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing … Read the rest
-The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
W. M. Lewis… 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
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
-My candle burns at both ends;
It will not last the night;
But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends–
It gives a lovely light!
-Love is not all: It is not meat nor drink
Nor slumber nor a roof … Read the rest
-The office of president is a bastardized thing, half royalty and half democracy, that nobody knows whether to genuflect or spit.
-Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.… Read the rest
The spoken discourse may roll on strongly as the great tidal wave; but, like the wave, it dies at last feebly on the sands. It is heard by few, remembered by still fewer, and fades away, like an echo in … Read the rest
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
William Morris… Read the rest
If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens.
Fay Weldon… Read the rest
Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.
Suzanne Necker… Read the rest
-On the whole I’d rather be in Philadelphia. (Epitaph)
-Start every day off with a smile and get it over with.
-Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live … Read the rest
How much justice can the average Canadian afford? None. For financial reasons, he is denied use of the legal system and courts, key institutions of government and democracy. It is as if the right to vote in a general election … Read the rest
-Better be ill spoken of by one before all than by all before one.
Scottish Proverbs… Read the rest
-I know this now. Every man gives his life to what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, so they give their lives to little or nothing.
-The future … Read the rest
-Aldonza: Why do you do these things?
Don Quixote: I hope to add some measure of grace to the world.
-A closed mouth catches no flies.
-A person dishonored is worse than dead.
-A private sin is not so prejudicial … Read the rest
-Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not … Read the rest
Don’t change your light bulbs, change your leaders.
Thomas Friedman… Read the rest
-I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike , and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two , are always dominated by fools, knaves, charlatans and bureaucrats. And that being the case, … Read the rest
Don’t accept rides from strange men, and remember that all men are strange.
Robin Morgan… Read the rest
-A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.
Edmond de Goncourt… Read the rest
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I’m doing.
Phil Jackson… Read the rest
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled … Read the rest
An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.
Charles de Montesquieu… 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
-I grow more intense as I age.
Florida Scott-Maxwell… Read the rest
-He’s simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed.
Saki… Read the rest
You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him up to a heavy load.
Paul “Bear” Bryant… Read the rest
Those with a vested interest in economic growth will probably build a strawman of the steady state revolution, portraying it as an emotionally driven attempt to enforce one set of morals on the rest of society. Such a portrayal will … Read the rest
-Baseball players are smarter than football players. How often do you see a baseball team penalized for too many men on the field?
Jim Bouton… Read the rest
-We don’t always get to choose what we love.
-A little drama wins more friends than boring.
Scott Westerfeld… Read the rest
When you expect good, it’s available constantly, and it makes itself a reality in your life.
Alfre Woodard… Read the rest
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.
Upton Sinclair… Read the rest
Habit and routine have an unbelievable power to waste and destroy.
Henri de Lubac… Read the rest
After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?
Russell Hoban… Read the rest
-Share your M&Ms. There are bags and bags of them all over the place. If you give them one of yours, even one of the green ones, you will not be lacking. Honust Injun. Now apply this to Time, Concern, … 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
Life is like getting dropped off in the middle of the woods, and then year by year, gradually walking home.
April Foiles… Read the rest
-The great man is one who does not lose his childlike nature.
-Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
Mencius… 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
-You’ve lost your horse and you’re looking for the rope.
Abdulrahman Zeitoun… 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
-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
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
-Four Rules for Life. Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results.
Angeles Arrien … Read the rest
-But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having.
John Perry Barlow… Read the rest
When we have done our best we should wait the result in peace.
John Lubbock… Read the rest
Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal.
Mike Ditka… Read the rest
My darling, you have to be standing up in order to be able to fall. I mean, if you keep sitting on your ass, nothing’s gonna happen. “Only brave warriors fall off their horses in battle. How can kneeling cowards … Read the rest