Why should I let the toad work
Squat on my life? … Ah, were I courageous enough
To shout, Stuff your pension!
But I know, all too well, that’s the stuff
That dreams are made on …
Philip Larkin… Read the rest
-An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
Washington Irving… Read the rest
-It is easy enough to be pleasant,
When life flows by like a song,
But the man worth while is the one who can smile,
When everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is troubled,
And it … Read the rest
-In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal … Read the rest
It is through creating, not possessing, that life is revealed.
Vida D. Scudder… Read the rest
It’s very hard to live up to an image.
Elvis Presley… Read the rest
-Beware the pull on your heartstrings — it’s often the pursestrings that are actually being reached for.
Barbara Mikkelson… 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
It’s very good for an idea to be commonplace. The important thing is that a new idea should develop out of what is already there so that it soon becomes an old acquaintance. Old acquaintances aren’t by any means always … Read the rest
-I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
Arthur Rubinstein… Read the rest
-Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.
James F. Byrnes… Read the rest
-Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.
-In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
Andre Maurois… Read the rest
-You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.
Robin Williams… 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
-The Noble Eightfold Path: Right Views, Right Thoughts, Right Speech, Right Conduct, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness, Right Concentration….
-Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.
-Without health … Read the rest
Most of us are content to pass over the surface of life. It is only by submitting to trial than an individual can learn to know what is in him.
Francis Chichester… Read the rest
-Every burden is a blessing.
-What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
Robert H. Schuller (Dr.)… 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
-Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some.
Jose Marti… Read the rest
-We should always look back on our own past with a sort of tender contempt.
Dennis Potter… Read the rest
Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible – or even sinful – that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes!
Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr.… Read the rest
-To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is, a dissatisfaction with self.
-Character – the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life – is the source from which self respect springs.
-I write entirely to find … Read the rest
-There are people whom one loves immediately and forever. Even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough.
Nancy Spain… Read the rest
When everyone is somebody, then no one’s anybody.
W.S. Gilbert… Read the rest
-Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always make you less than you are.
-Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
-If you have a job without aggravation, you don’t have … Read the rest
-There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly
-Their silence is sufficient praise.
Terence… Read the rest
Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.
Lee Simonson… Read the rest
-Innovation! One cannot be forever innovating. I want to create classics.
Coco Chanel… Read the rest
-Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.
-I have known sorrow and learned to aid the wretched.
Virgil… Read the rest
-Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.
Ajahn Chah… Read the rest
The art of life lies in a constant readjustment to our surroundings.
Okakura Kakuzo… Read the rest
To comprehend and to understand God above all similitudes, as He is in Himself, is to be God with God, without intermediary, and without any otherness that can become a hindrance or an intermediary. Whosoever wishes to understand this must … Read the rest
I’m not an environmentalist. I’m an Earth warrior.
Darryl Cherney… Read the rest
-Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
-The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr … Read the rest
-A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth.
Michael Kinsley… Read the rest
-A person is happy so long as s/he chooses to be happy, and nothing can stop her/him.
-Our envy of others devours us most of all.
-Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. … Read the rest
-The world tolerates conceit from those who are successful, but not from anybody else.
John Blake… Read the rest
-Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always … 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
-Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.
Jerry Gillies… Read the rest
After three days, fish and guests stink.
John Lyly… Read the rest
Appreciation can make a day–even change a life, Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
Margaret Cousins… Read the rest
-Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.
-How much harm does a company have to do before we question its right … Read the rest
-Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
Newt Gingrich… Read the rest
-A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company.
Gian Vincenzo Gravina… Read the rest
-Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.
Robert Service… Read the rest
One man practicing sportsmanship is better than a hundred teaching it.
Knute Rockne… Read the rest
-The cliché is the handrail of the crippled mind.
Spike Milligan… Read the rest
Zen is the game of insight, the game of discovering who you are beneath the social masks.
Reginald Blyth… Read the rest
-Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated … Read the rest
-No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory … Read the rest
-We’re a sentimental people. We like a few kind words better than millions of dollars given in a humiliating way.
Gamal Abdel Nasser… 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
-Dare to be wise: begin! Those who postpone the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses, yet on it glides, and will glide forever.
-He is almost always … Read the rest
Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.
Willie Shoemaker… Read the rest
-Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand … Read the rest
The squeaking wheel doesn’t always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.
Vic Gold… Read the rest
No science in the world is more elevated, more necessary and more useful than economics.
Carl Linnaeus… Read the rest
-To succeed is nothing, it’s an accident. But to feel no doubts about oneself is something very different: it is character.
Marie Leneru… Read the rest
It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.
Aeschylus… Read the rest
The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.
Joyce Carol Oates… Read the rest
-I really don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive, you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, you’ve got to make a lot of noise, because life … Read the rest
-I think people don’t place a high enough value on how much they are nurtured by doing whatever it is that totally absorbs them.
Jean Shinoda Bolen… Read the rest
Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be.
Jim Horning… Read the rest
One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
their bad advice–
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my … Read the rest
Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.
Mary Tyler Moore… 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
-Man: An animal so lost in rapturous contemplation of what he thinks he is as to overlook what he indubitably ought to be.
-Lottery: A tax on people who are bad at math.
-There is nothing new under the sun … Read the rest
-We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.
-It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.
-The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
-Put your shoulder to the wheel.
Aesop… 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
None of you really has faith unless he desires for his neighbor what he desires for himself.
Prophet Muhammad… Read the rest
Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.
Heinrich Heine… Read the rest
The true value of a man is not determined by his possession, supposed or real, of the truth, but rather by his sincere exertion to get to the truth. It is not possession of truth but rather the pursuit of … Read the rest
To dream … the impossible dream …
To fight … the unbeatable foe …
To bear … with unbearable sorrow …
To run … where the brave dare not go …
To right … the unrightable wrong …
To love … 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
When you see the value of continued growth, the circumstances around you become stepping stones.
Clyde M. Narrimore… Read the rest
-The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
-What in me is dark
Illumine, what is low raise and support,
That to the height of this great argument
I … 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.
-I must study politics and war that my sons may have … Read the rest
-Always expect the unexpected. Right around Thanksgiving, when the new Alex Cross will be out. It’s called Four Blind Mice and it’s a pretty amazing story about several murders inside the military.
-For many years I had heard about an … Read the rest
-The argument from intimidation is a confession of intellectual impotence.
-Learn to value yourself, which means: to fight for your happiness.
Ayn Rand… Read the rest
-Nihilism is best done by professionals.
Iggy Pop… Read the rest
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Steven Weinberg… 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 I had my life to live over… I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
Nadine Stair… Read the rest
-I spent the early part of my life trying hard to be someone else. At school I wanted to be a great athlete, at university an admired socialite, afterwards a businessman and, later, the head of a great institution. It … Read the rest
The whole business of marshaling one’s energies becomes more and more important as one grows older.
Hume Cronyn… Read the rest
-Good leaders make people feel that they’re at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that … Read the rest
-Our brains have evolved to get us out of the rain, find where the berries are, and keep us from getting killed. Our brains did not evolve to help us grasp really large numbers or to look at things in … Read the rest
-A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.
-A man has honor if he holds himself to an ideal of conduct … Read the rest
There is no great religious leader—from the Buddha to Moses to Jesus to Mohammed to Luther—who offered people what they want. Only what they need. But television is not well-suited to offering people what they need. It is “user friendly.” … Read the rest
-Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
Robert W. Sarnoff… 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
-The great civilizer on Earth seems to have been doubt. Doubt, the constantly debated and flexible inner condition of theological uncertainty, seems to have held people in thrall to ethical behaviour, while the true believers, of whatever stamp, religious or … Read the rest
It flows thru
the death of me
like a river
Gregory Corso… 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
I’d like to offer something to help you but in the zen school we don’t have a single thing!
Ikkyu … Read the rest
-When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your … Read the rest
The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process.
Barbara Colorose… Read the rest
Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons ev’rywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way
But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on ev’ryone
So many things I … Read the rest