-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 real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.
Jan Patocka… Read the rest
We are friends and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter. I wouldn’t mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. … Read the rest
-The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell.
-Smooth seas do not make for a skillful sailor.
-A wise man who knows proverbs, reconciles difficulties.
Ashanti of Ghana
-Rain beats a leopard’s skin, but … Read the rest
-Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
-The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up … Read the rest
The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self.
Whitney Young… Read the rest
-The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
Okakura Kakuzo… Read the rest
There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.
Sivananda… Read the rest
This world is the land of the dying; the next is the land of the living.
Tyron Edwards… Read the rest
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for … Read the rest
If you would learn the secret of right relations,
look only for the divine in people and things,
and leave all the rest to God.
J. Allen Boone… Read the rest
Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
Dorothy Sarnoff… Read the rest
A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.
Sir Barnett Cocks… Read the rest
Every time Nelson Mandela walks into a room we all feel a little bigger, we all want to stand up, we all want to cheer, because we would like to be him on our best day.
Bill Clinton… Read the rest
There’s only so much you can do, but if somebody doesn’t give you a chance there is nothing you can do.
Charlize Theron… Read the rest
-I was thrown out of college for cheating on a metaphysical exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.
-Eighty percent of success is showing up.
-My education was dismal. I went to a series of … Read the rest
-Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Coco Chanel… 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
-A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina… Read the rest
Never let the fear of failure be an excuse for not trying. Society tells us that to fail is the most terrible thing in the world, but I know it isn’t. Failure is part of what makes us human.
Amber … Read the rest
The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.
Antiphanes… Read the rest
-When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.
-For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get … Read the rest
-Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible.
Frank Gaines… Read the rest
-Having access to that formless realm is truly liberating. It frees you from bondage to form and identification with form. It is life in its undifferentiated state prior to its fragmentation into multiplicity. We may call it the Unmanifested, the … Read the rest
-Too many people think only of their own profit. But business opportunity seldom knocks on the door of self-centered people. No customer ever goes to a store merely to please the storekeeper.
Kazuo Inamori… Read the rest
To want to be what one can be is purpose in life.
Cynthia Ozick… Read the rest
-Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.
Chester Bowles… Read the rest
-I detest the man who hides one thing in the depths of his heart and speaks forth another.
-A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning … 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
-This is our purpose: to make as meaningful as possible this life that has been bestowed upon us; to live in such a way that we may be proud of ourselves; to act in such a way that some part … Read the rest
You are not what you own.
Fugazi, American rock band… Read the rest
Even in the darkest phase be it thick or thin, always someone marches brave here beneath my skin.
K. D. Lang… Read the rest
-There is nothing more innately human than the tendency to transmute what has become customary into what has been divinely ordained.
-Laws are felt only when the individual comes into conflict with them.
Suzanne LaFollette… Read the rest
You don’t have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
John Ciardi… Read the rest
-If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that is a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life.
Chris Evert… Read the rest
-There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.
-Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. … Read the rest
Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.
Henri Poincare… Read the rest
-It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
-The pleasures which we most rarely experience give us the greatest delight.
-War is delightful to those who have had no experience of … Read the rest
Find an aim in life before you run out of ammunition
Arnold Glasgow… Read the rest
You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity.
Dr. O. A. Battista… Read the rest
-Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.
Charles Mackay… Read the rest
-A poignant metaphor of “stewardship” has emerged. Especially recently -the idea that humans are the caretakers of the earth, put here for the purpose, accountable, now and into the indefinite future, to the landlord.
-The universe is not required to … Read the rest
Alan M. Eddison… Read the rest
And now for something completely different.
Monty Python… Read the rest
-Have an earnestness for death and you will have life.
Abu Bakr… Read the rest
-No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.
-To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
-The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one.
-If … Read the rest
-Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
David Sedaris… 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
Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means.
Frances Hutcheson… Read the rest
-Man is unhappy because he doesn’t know he’s happy…if anyone finds out he’ll become happy at once.
-For the secret of man’s being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
-A new philosophy, a new … Read the rest
-Hunger, love, vanity, and fear. There are four great motives of human action.
Graham Sumner… 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
-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
-Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction – the things that constitute real success – is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.
William … Read the rest
-Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place … Read the rest
-A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
Fred Allen… 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
-Some people think she was weakish … but I don’t. She was the love in that family. She set a good example for what a wife could be.
-Ward, I think you were a little hard on the Beaver last … Read the rest
-You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, “My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!”
-You can only be young once. But you can always be … Read the rest
-Treat your friends as you do your pictures, and place them in their best light.
Jennie Jerome Churchill … 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
From then on, when anything went wrong with a computer, we said it had bugs in it.
ATTRIBUTION: On the removal of a 2-inch-long moth from an experimental computer at Harvard in 1945, quoted in Time 16 Apr 84
Grace … Read the rest
-Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together.
John A. Morrison… Read the rest
Don’t blow it – good planets are hard to find.
Quoted in Time… Read the rest
-The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels.
Hazrat Inayat Khan… 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
-In the end, we decide if we’re remembered for what happened to us or for what we did with it.
Randy K. Milholland… Read the rest
-To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.
-Friendship is a plant of slow growth and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
George Washington… Read the rest
The cynic is his own worst enemy. It requires far less skill to run a wrecking company than it does to be an architect.
U.S. Andersen… Read the rest
-I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.
William Allen White… 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
-I think there is choice possible to us at any moment, as long as we live. But there is no sacrifice. There is a choice, and the rest falls away. Second choice does not exist. Beware of those who talk … Read the rest
-I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty…This is my highest and best use as a human.
Ben Stein… 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
-Vision looks inward and becomes duty. Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upward and becomes faith.
Stephen S. Wise… 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
-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
-After my years in Hollywood, I got tired of apologizing for work that really wasn’t mine to begin with.
-As a writer, I sit all day, working at a word processor, reading books on auto theft, or doing telephone research.… Read the rest
The highest wisdom is loving kindness.
Talmud… 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
When I transfer my knowledge I teach, when I transfer my beliefs I indoctrinate.
Arthur Danto… Read the rest
-Like an ability or a muscle, hearing your inner wisdom is strengthened by doing it.
Robbie Gass… Read the rest
-The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of features. It reflects neither character nor soul, nor what we call the self. The face is only the serial number of a specimen.
Milan … Read the rest
-It is as hard to see one’s self as to look backwards without turning around.
-Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
-Things do not change; we change.
-It is never too late to give … 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
-Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
Robert W. Sarnoff… Read the rest
The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.
Kilgore Trout… Read the rest
-Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
Gail Godwin… Read the rest
-Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
-Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
-One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests.
-If mankind minus … 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
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