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A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.

A lively, disinterested, persistent looking for truth is extraordinarily rare. Action and faith enslave thought, both of them in order not to be troubled or inconvenienced by reflection, criticism or doubt.

I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade.  It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Heaven is blessed with perfect rest but the blessing of earth is toil.  ~Henry van Dyke

If you want to kill time, try working it to death.  ~Sam Levonson

To labor is to pray.  ~Motto of the Benedictines

A lot of what passes for depression these days is nothing more than a body saying that it needs work.  ~Geoffrey Norman

The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears, or the sea.  ~Isak Dinesen

Sweat cleanses from the inside.  It comes from places a shower will never reach.  ~George Sheehan

No man is born into the world whose work

Is not born with him; there is always work


Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.

Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.

The telephone is the greatest nuisance among conveniences, the greatest convenience among nuisances.

The art of acceptance is the art of making someone who has just done you a small favor wish that he might have done you a greater one.

The finest gift you can give anyone is encoragement. Yet, almost no one gets the encouragement they need to grow to their full potential. If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond the wildest dreams. We would have more than one Einstein, Edison, Schweitzer, Mother Theresa, Dr. Salk and other great minds in a century.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

And tools to work withal, for those who will ~James Russell Lowell

Yes, I am positive that one of the great curatives of our evils, our maladies, social, moral, and intellectual, would be a return to the soil, a rehabilitation of the work of the fields.  ~Charles Wagner

God sells us all things at the price of labor.  ~Leonardo da Vinci

Nothing got without pains but an ill name and long nails.  ~Scottish Proverb

"I have no more than twenty acres of ground," he replied, "the whole of which I cultivate myself with the help of my children; and our labor keeps off from us the three great evils - boredom, vice, and want."  ~Voltaire

Boredom is a sickness the cure for which is work; pleasure is only a palliative.  ~Le Duc de Lévis, Mémoires

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.  ~Arnold Glasow

Work isn't to make money; you work to justify life.  ~Marc Chagall

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair.  Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.  ~Charles Baudelaire

When I work I relax; doing nothing or entertaining visitors makes me tired.  ~Pablo Picasso

There are moments when art attains almost to the dignity of manual labor.  ~Author Unknown

We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies.  Very few people can endure much leisure.  ~Gerald Brenan, Thoughts in a Dry Season

Without labor nothing prospers.  ~Sophocles

To a bee, honey is work

To us, it is leisure, luxury, pleasure.

If only the eating thereof

would fill us with the spirit of hard work.

Idleness begets ennui, ennui the hypochondriac, and that a diseased body.  No laborious person was ever yet hysterical.  ~Thomas Jefferson, 1787

It is only the constant exertion and working of our sensitive, intellectual, moral, and physical machinery that keep us from rusting, and so becoming useless.  ~Charles Simmons

Is the blue sky happy?

It is doing its daily duty,

Of course it is happy.

Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things.  It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.  ~Adam Smith

Take a man out of the trenches, make him a straw boss, and he develops a belly.  ~Martin H. Fischer

Employment is nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.  ~Galen

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.  ~Anatole France, The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

For me the diamond dawns are set

In rings of beauty,

And all my ways are dewy wet

With pleasant duty.

~John Townsend Trowbridge

People love chopping wood.  In this activity one immediately sees results.  ~Albert Einstein

A mind always employed is always happy.  This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.  ~Thomas Jefferson

God give me work, till my life shall end

And life, till my work is done.

~Epitaph of Winifred Holtby

A man who has no office to go to - I don't care who he is - is a trial of which you can have no conception.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.  ~Henry Ford

Temperance and labor are the two true physicians of man.  ~Jean Jacques Rousseau

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.  ~Thomas A. Edison

Sweat silently.  Let's have no squawking about a little expenditure of energy.  ~Martin H. Fischer

It is better to wear out than to rust out.  ~Richard Cumberland

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.  ~Lord Acton

We seem as a nation to be suffering from a mania for play.  The huge development of pleasure-chasing automobiles merely symbolizes our universal restless eagerness to be running after something, anything, that we can classify as diversion.  Under pressure from tormenting constituents our legislatures are piling up holidays.  And the cry of labor everywhere is "Cut down hours; cut down hours," until it seems as if brief, tired minutes were all that would be left for work.  The obvious deduction is that work is always something to be got rid of, as if it were a curse.  Yet life is work.  ~Author unknown, editorial from Labor Digest, June 1922, quoted in Quotations for Special Occasions by Maud van Buren

When everything is finished, the mornings are sad.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Maybe a person's time would be as well spent raising food as raising money to buy food.  ~Frank A. Clark

Thank God every morning when you get up, that you have something to do that day which must be done, whether you like it or not.  Being forced to work and forced to do your best will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle never know.  ~Charles Kingsley

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places.  ~Author Unknown

When the world says, "Give up,"

Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs.  Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger.  If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.  ~Dale Carnegie

Nobody trips over mountains.  It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble.  Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain.  ~Author Unknown

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Consider the postage stamp:  its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.  ~Josh Billings

The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.  ~Author Unknown

Fall seven times, stand up eight.  ~Japanese Proverb

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.  ~Newt Gingrich

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again.  ~Flavia Weedn, Flavia and the Dream Maker, © Flavia.com

He conquers who endures.  ~Persius

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

You can't go through life quitting everything.  If you're going to achieve anything, you've got to stick with something.  ~From the television show Family Matters

I frequently-regularly-often trip while reaching for my high ideals.  Then I giggle, or cry, and get back up.  ~Erika Harris, lifeblazing.com

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.  ~Author unknown, in reference to Ecclesiastes 9:11, "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer.  ~Albert Einstein

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.  ~Walter Elliott, The Spiritual Life

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.  I don't believe in circumstances.  The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them.  ~G.B. Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession, 1893

There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream.  ~Author Unknown

Perseverance... keeps honor bright:  to have done, is to hang quite out of fashion, like a rusty nail in monumental mockery.  ~William Shakespeare

The drops of rain make a hole in the stone not by violence but by oft falling.  ~Lucretius

But the moment you turn a corner you see another straight stretch ahead and there comes some further challenge to your ambition.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Don't be discouraged.  It's often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.  ~Author Unknown

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saints are sinners who kept on going.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.  ~Buddhist Saying

I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday.  ~Author Unknown

Keep on going, and the chances are that you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it.  I never heard of anyone ever stumbling on something sitting down.  ~Charles F. Kettering

One may go a long way after one is tired.  ~French Proverb

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.  ~Robert Schuller

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.  ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.  ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

As a means to success, determination has this advantage over talent - that it does not have to be recognized by others.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum.  ~Author Unknown

Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they've got a second.  ~William James

...I want to know if you can live with failure

yours and mine

and still stand at the edge of the lake

and shout to the silver of the full moon,

~© Oriah Mountain Dreamer, The Invitation, www.oriahmountaindreamer.com

Difficult things take a long time, impossible things a little longer.  ~Author Unknown

Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it.  The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.  ~Earl Nightingale

A door opens to me.  I go in and am faced with a hundred closed doors.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go.  ~William Feather

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.  ~Christopher Morley

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.  ~Jacob A. Riis

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.  ~Henry Ford

Shoot for the moon.  Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.  ~Les Brown

The important thing is to strive towards a goal which is not immediately visible.  That goal is not the concern of the mind, but of the spirit.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras, 1942, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.  ~Sidney Howard

If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.  ~Lawrence J. Peter

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.  ~Samuel Johnson, in Boswell's Life of Johnson, 1770

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.  ~Doug Larson

Goals are dreams with deadlines.  ~Diana Scharf Hunt

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.  ~T.S. Eliot

The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.  ~Charles DeLint

Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  ~Arnold H. Glasow

A deadline is negative inspiration.  Still, it's better than no inspiration at all.  ~Rita Mae Brown

I love deadlines.  I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.  ~Douglas Adams

The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold a man's foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher.  ~Thomas Henry Huxley, An Address to the Students of the Faculty of Medicine in University College, London, May 18, 1870, On the Occasion of the Distribution of Prizes for the Session  (Thanks, Paul)

If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.  ~J.M. Power

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.  ~C.D. Jackson

Life's problems wouldn't be called "hurdles" if there wasn't a way to get over them.  ~Author Unknown

Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.  ~Author Unknown

God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them.  ~Author Unknown

Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.  ~Adolph Monod

The question isn't who is going to let me; it's who is going to stop me.  ~Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Don't say you don't have enough time.  You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresea, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.  ~Life's Little Instruction Book, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Life is full of obstacle illusions.  ~Grant Frazier

It is never too late to be who you might have been.  ~George Eliot

Success is 10% inspiration, 90% last-minute changes.  ~From a billboard advertisement

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up.  ~Woody Allen

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.  ~Eva Young

I don't care how much power, brilliance or energy you have, if you don't harness it and focus it on a specific target, and hold it there you're never going to accomplish as much as your ability warrants.  ~Zig Ziglar

The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.  ~Author Unknown

How am I going to live today in order to create the tomorrow I'm committed to?  ~Anthony Robbins

Sometimes the path you're on is not as important as the direction you're heading.  ~Kevin Smith

The impossible is often the untried.  ~Jim Goodwin

The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner

It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is best from the top.  ~Arnold Bennett

I am looking for a lot of men who have an infinite capacity to not know what can't be done.  ~Henry Ford

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.  ~Author Unknown

We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop.  We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver.  The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began.  But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs.  I think life is like this game.  Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds.  We're afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman - whatever it is that we would really like to do but don't because of personal obstacles.  Don't avoid any chairs until you run smack into one.  And if you do, at least you'll have a place to sit down.  ~Pierce Vincent Eckhart

Try not.  Do or do not.  There is no try.  ~Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back

Don't waste time learning the "tricks of the trade."  Instead, learn the trade.  ~Attributed to both James Charlton and H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.  ~Jack Penn

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.  ~Beverly Sills

If it came true, it wasn't much of a dream.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Of course I'm ambitious.  What's wrong with that?  Otherwise you sleep all day.  ~Ringo Starr

Providence seldom vouchsafes to mortals any more than just that degree of encouragement which suffices to keep them at a reasonably full exertion of their powers.  ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hell!  There ain't no rules around here!  We're trying to accomplish somep'n.  ~Thomas Alva Edison

A straight path never leads anywhere except to the objective.  ~Andre Gide

Nothing interferes with my concentration.  You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn't look up.  Well, maybe once.  ~Isaac Asimov

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.  ~Marie de Vichy-Chamrond, Marquise du Deffand, letter to Jean Le Rond d'Alembert, 7 July 1763

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.  ~Bruce Feirstein, Tomorrow Never Dies (screenplay)

If you don't have time to do it right you must have time to do it over.  ~Author Unknown

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be.  Now put the foundations under them.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it.  ~George Bernard Shaw

There is one quality more important than "know-how" and we cannot accuse the United States of any undue amount of it.  This is "know-what" by which we determine not only how to accomplish our purposes, but what our purposes are to be.  ~Norbert Wiener, The Human Use of Human Beings, 1954

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated; you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.  ~David Lloyd George

In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance.  In Switzerland they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? - the cuckoo clock.  ~Graham Greene & Orson Wells, The Third Man, movie

Know your limits, but never stop trying to exceed them.  ~Author Unknown

It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.  ~Harry S. Truman

Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that's one of the hardest things to do because you don't always know exactly where you're going, and you shouldn't.  ~George Lucas

The greatest dreams are always unrealistic.  ~Will Smith

Out of the strain of the doing,

Into the peace of the done.

~Julia Woodruff, Gone

The only thing that has to be finished by next Tuesday is next Monday.  ~Jennifer Yane

All men dream:  but not equally.  Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity:  but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.  ~T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, 1926

Map out your future, but do it in pencil.  ~Jon Bon Jovi, quoted in Reader's Digest, "Quotable Quotes," September 2002

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Drift-Wood

None of our men are "experts."  We have most unfortunately found it necessary to get rid of a man as soon as he thinks himself an expert because no one ever considers himself expert if he really knows his job.  A man who knows a job sees so much more to be done than he has done, that he is always pressing forward and never gives up an instant of thought to how good and how efficient he is.  Thinking always ahead, thinking always of trying to do more, brings a state of mind in which nothing is impossible.  The moment one gets into the "expert" state of mind a great number of things become impossible.  ~Henry Ford, Sr.

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.  ~Peter Drucker

We are too busy mopping the floor to turn off the faucet.  ~Author Unknown

In the measurement world, we set a goal and strive to achieve it.  In the universe of possibility, we set the context and let life unfold.  ~B. Zander, The Art of Possibility

When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.  ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book

You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.  ~Charles C. Noble

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal.  ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The world is moving so fast these days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.  ~Elbert Hubbard

We're still not where we're going, but we're not where we were.  ~Natash Jasefowitz

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.  ~John Dewey

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.  ~Pearl S. Buck

As long as I have a want, I have a reason for living.  Satisfaction is death.  ~George Bernard Shaw

If you aim at nothing, you'll hit it every time.  ~Author Unknown

Vision without action is a daydream.  Action with without vision is a nightmare.  ~Japanese Proverb

When the horse is dead, get off.  ~Author Unknown

This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.  There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn't do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anyone could have.  ~Author Unknown

If you would hit the mark, you must aim a little above it; every arrow that flies feels the attraction of earth.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low.  ~Thomas Fuller

When people say to me:  "How do you do so many things?"  I often answer them, without meaning to be cruel:  "How do you do so little?"  It seems to me that people have vast potential.  Most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks.  Yet most people don't.  They sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever.  ~Philip Adams

Establishing goals is all right if you don't let them deprive you of interesting detours.  ~Doug Larson

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.  ~John Locke

Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out.  ~Italian Proverb

After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.  ~Author Unknown

The shortest answer is doing.  ~Lord Herbert

Trust only movement.  Life happens at the level of events, not of words.  Trust movement.  ~Alfred Adler

We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing.  Action always generates inspiration.  Inspiration seldom generates action.  ~Frank Tibolt

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.  ~Arabian Proverb

An idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.  ~Arnold Glasow

Inspirations never go in for long engagements; they demand immediate marriage to action.  ~Brendan Francis

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.  ~Peter Marshall

Never mistake motion for action.  ~Ernest Hemingway

Action is eloquence.  ~William Shakespeare

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion.  ~Washington Irving, adapted from a verse in the Bible

Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.  ~Oscar Wilde

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.  ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.  You may have a heart of gold - but so does a hard-boiled egg.  ~Author Unknown

Never act until you have clearly answered the question: "What happens if I do nothing?"  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas.  ~Charles Barkley

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.  ~Edmund Burke

Talk doesn't cook rice.  ~Chinese Proverb

Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.  ~Baltasar Gracian

All know the way; few actually walk it.  ~Bodhidharma

Contemplation often makes life miserable.  We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.  ~Nicolas de Chamfort

The first step binds one to the second.  ~French Proverb

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act.  ~G.K. Chesterton

If your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.  ~Henry J. Kaiser

There is no moment like the present.  The man who will not execute his resolutions when they are fresh upon him can have no hope from them afterwards:  they will be dissipated, lost, and perish in the hurry and scurry of the world, or sunk in the slough of indolence.  ~Maria Edgeworth

Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one.  ~Charles de Gaulle, War Memoirs, 1960

Action is the antidote to despair.  ~Joan Baez

Ironically, making a statement with words is the least effective method.  ~Grey Livingston

The trick to getting things done is to list things to do in doable order.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between.  ~John McPhee

Action worships the deed.  ~Nathaniel LeTonnerre, translated

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.  Beethoven, Wagner, Bach and Mozart settled down day after day to the job in hand with as much regularity as an accountant settles down each day to his figures.  They didn't waste time waiting for inspiration.  ~Ernest Newman

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts.  ~Harold Nicolson

and a tip of the lid

to the person

~Robert Brault, "A Poem Missing the Word Woulda," www.robertbrault.com

The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner

He who has made a thousand things and he who has made none, both feel the same desire:  to make something.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Don't find fault.  Find a remedy.  ~Henry Ford

What ought to have been done, and what shall be done, often stifle doing between them.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now.  ~Jonatan Mårtensson

Nature takes away any faculty that is not used.  ~William R. Inge

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner.  ~Benjamin Franklin

If I set for myself a task, be it so trifling, I shall see it through.  How else shall I have confidence in myself to do important things?  ~George Clason

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One's action ought to come out of an achieved stillness:  not to be a mere rushing on.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.  ~James Baldwin

Action will remove the doubts that theory cannot solve.  ~Tehyi Hsieh

Men expect too much, do too little.  ~Allen Tate

When deeds speak, words are nothing.  ~African Proverb

As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say.  I just watch what they do.  ~Andrew Carnegie

All problems become smaller if you don't dodge them but confront them.  ~William F. Halsey

The best way out of a problem is through it.  ~Author Unknown

I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.  ~William J. Lock

People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.  ~Lewis Cass

We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once.  ~Calvin Coolidge

All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do.  ~Author Unknown

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.  ~Author Unknown

Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.  ~Edward H. Harriman

God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.  ~J.G. Holland

The one thing that matters is the effort.  It continues, whereas the end to be attained is but an illusion of the climber, as he fares on and on from crest to crest; and once the goal is reached it has no meaning.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.  ~Thomas Jefferson

Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

I've got a theory that if you give 100 percent all of the time, somehow things will work out in the end.  ~Larry Bird

The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.  ~Author Unknown

Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.  ~Author Unknown

No one understands that you have given everything.  You must give more.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.  ~Thomas Edison

Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm.  ~Sidney J. Phillips

The person who is waiting for something to turn up might start with their shirt sleeves.  ~Garth Henrichs

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.  ~Attributed to both Vidal Sassoon and Donald Kendall

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.  ~Ann Landers

When I was young, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures.  So I did ten times more work.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts.  This is the secret of success.  ~Swami Sivananda

Now I know, a refuge never grows

from a chin in the hand and a thoughtful pose

Gotta tend the earth if you want a rose.

There's nothing like biting off more than you can chew, and then chewing anyway.  ~Mark Burnett

Hard work spotlights the character of people:  some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don't turn up at all.  ~Sam Ewing

Though the barriers of life seem formidable, we find when we challenge them that they have no will.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

One saves oneself much pain, by taking pains; much trouble, by taking trouble.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it.  ~Author Unknown

The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.  ~Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.  ~Abraham Lincoln

The footprint of the owner is the best manure.  ~English Proverb

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.  ~Will Rogers

Most of us can easily do two things at once; what's all but impossible is to do one thing at once.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

The only thing that ever sat its way to success was a hen.  ~Sarah Brown

Sweat is the cologne of accomplishment.  ~Heywood Hale Broun

If a man is called a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.  He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and Earth will pause to say, Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.  ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Gift, like genius, I often think only means an infinite capacity for taking pains.  ~Jane Ellice Hopkins

If you feel you are down on your luck, check the level of your effort.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.  ~Emile Zola

We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Effort is only effort when it begins to hurt.  ~José Ortega y Gassett

People know you for what you've done, not for what you plan to do.  ~Author Unknown

Plough deep while sluggards sleep.  ~Benjamin Franklin

Man stands for long time with mouth open before roast duck flies in.  ~Chinese Saying

For us, there is only the trying.  The rest is not our business.  ~T.S. Eliot

There are no easy methods of learning difficult things; the method is to close your door, give out that you are not at home, and work.  ~Joseph de Maistre

Yes, to be a good parent, you have to sacrifice, but this is not a requirement of parenting, it is a requirement of being good at something.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Labor disgraces no man; unfortunately, you occasionally find men who disgrace labor.  ~Ulysses S. Grant

He was a self-made man who owed his lack of success to nobody.  ~Joseph Heller, Catch-22, 1961

Success is a ladder you cannot climb with your hands in your pockets.  ~American Proverb

God gave us two ends - one to sit on and one to think with.  Success depends on which one you use.  Head you win, tail you lose.  ~Author Unknown

Doors don't slam open.  ~John M. Shanahan, The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less)

About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age.  ~Gloria Pitzer

Many people think they want things, but they don't really have the strength, the discipline.  They are weak.  I believe that you get what you want if you want it badly enough.  ~Sophia Loren

Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.  ~Chinese Proverb

If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you're a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind.  ~Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

No man ever wetted clay and then left it, as if there would be bricks by chance and fortune.  ~Plutarch

He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.  ~Dutch Proverb

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.  ~Confucius, Analects

What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations … is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.

All historians, even the most scientific, have bias, if in no other sense than the determination not to have any.

Habits...the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction...You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They're willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to perservere in the face of many difficult odds. There's a very positive relationship between people's ability to accomplish any task and the time they're willing to spend on it.

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.

The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy - invincible determination--a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.

Where the determination is, the way can be found.

Perhaps the only misplaced curiosity is that which persists in trying to find out here, on this side of death, what lies beyond the grave.

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 derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.  No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a 'transformer' in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.

Never let your persistence and passion turn into stubbornness and ignorance.

If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, "Here comes number seventy-one!

I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time...

Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.

The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it. Only if every single citizen feels duty bound to do his share in this defense are the constitutional rights secure.

Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.

It seems to me we can never give up longing And wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, And we must hunger after them.

Our determination to imitiate Christ should be such that we have no time for other matters.

I'm hard-nosed about luck. I think it sucks. Yeah, if you spend seven years looking for a job as a copywriter, and then one day somebody gives you a job, you can say, Gee, I was lucky I happened to go up there today. But, dammit, I was going to go up there sooner or later in the next seventy years. If you're persistent in trying and doing and working, you almost make your own fortune.

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

Energy and persistence conquer all thing.

To err is human, to repent divine, to persist devilish.

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

Never give up on anybody.

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Although rumors persist to the contrary, there were no deaths while making the movie Ben Hur.

Failure is only postponed success as long as courage coaches ambition. The habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistant, persuasive and unrealistic.

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination.

A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.

The pride of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.

Never give up. If you want to be something, be conceited about it, give yourself a chance. Never say you are not good, that will never get you anywhere. Set goals, That's what life is made of.

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence.  One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.

What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations … is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.

...what thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most.

Our lives don't really belong to us, you see -- they belong to the world, and in spite of our efforts to make sense of it, the world is a place beyond our understanding.

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.

Continuous effort--not strength or intelligence--is the key to unlocking our potential.

It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.

Men judge us by the success of our efforts. God looks at the efforts themselves.

The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke.

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out...

Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.

Love is the extra effort we make in our dealings with those whom we do not like and once you understand that, you understand all. This idea that love overtakes you is nonsense. This is but a polite manifestation of sex. To love another you have to undertake some fragment of their destiny.

Of what significance is one's one existence, one is basically unaware. What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life? The bitter and the sweet come from outside. The hard from within, from one's own efforts. For the most part I do what my own nature drives me to do. It is embarrassing to earn such respect and love for it.

For with slight efforts how should we obtain great results?  It is foolish even to desire it.

The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different-to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses.

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is. The most important product of his effort is his own personality.

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love, or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies?

Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.

Satisfaction lies in the effort not the attainment. Full effort is full victory.

Men give me credit for some genius. All the genius I have lies in this; when I have a subject in hand, I study it profoundly. Day and night it is before me. My mind becomes pervaded with it. Then the effort that I have made is what people are pleased to call the fruit of genius. It is the fruit of labor and thought.

Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

You must not for one instant give up the effort to build new lives for yourselves.  Creativity means to push open the heavy, groaning doorway to life.  This is not an easy struggle.  Indeed, it may be the most difficult task in the world, for opening the door to your own life is, in the end, more difficult than opening the doors to the mysteries of the universe.

[Book dedication:]  To myself, without whose inspired and tireless efforts this book would not have been possible.

The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove.

Toleration is the greatest gift of mind, it requires that same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.

To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required, not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

Beyond every effort put first, lies an undiscovered opportunity.

Individual commitment to a group effort, that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.

Because I am a woman, I must make unusual efforts to succeed. If I fail, no one will say, 'She doesn't have what it takes.' They will say, 'Women don't have what it takes.'

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say amen to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts, - this is happiness, this is success.

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.

A man of good will with a little effort and belief in his own powers can enjoy a deep, tranquil, rich life -- provided he go his own way. He need not and should not think of making a good living, but rather of creating a good life for himself.  To live one's own life is still the best way of life, always was, and always will be.

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do.

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.

Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it.

People know you for what you've done, not for what you plan to do.

God gave us two ends - one to sit on and one to think with.  Success depends on which one you use.  Head you win, tail you lose.

He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.

I've had enough success for two lifetimes,  My success is talent put together with hard work and luck.

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.

Just because the solutions of problems are not visible at any particular time does not mean that those problems will never be alleviated -- or confined to tolerable dimensions. History has a way of changing the very terms in which problems operate and of leaving them, in the end, unsolved, to be sure, yet strangely deflated of their original meaning and importance.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.  There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

You say that love is nonsense....I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day; a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.

That the said Constitution shall never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United states who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms...

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.

Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

In all thy undertakings, let a reasonable assurance animate thy endeavors; if thou despairest of success, thou shalt not succeed.

Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.

The true recipe for a miserable existence is to quarrel with Providence.

People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to.

Certainly it is a world of scarcity. But the scarcity is not confined to iron ore and available land. The most constricting scarcities are those of character and personality.

Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.

The truly skillful politician is one who, when he comes to a fork in the road, goes both ways.

Gratitude, like love, is never a dependable international emotion.

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit -- enable them to see visions and dream dreams.

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

We really are 15 countries, and it's really remarkable that each of us thinks we represent the real America. The Midwesterner in Kansas, the black American in Durham -- both are certain they are the real American.

Talent is like a faucet; while it is open, you have to write. Inspiration? - a hoax fabricated by poets for their self-importance.

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.

What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations … is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.

Whatsoever that be within us that feels, thinks, desires, and animates, is something celestial, divine, and, consequently, imperishable.

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

The echo began in some indescribable way to undermine her hold on life.  Coming at a moment when she chanced to be fatigued, it had managed to murmur, 'Pathos, piety, courage -- they exist, but are identical, and so is filth.   Everything exists, nothing has value.'

Don't condescend to unskilled labor. Try it for half a day first.

The humorous man recognizes that absolute purity, absolute justice, absolute logic and perfection are beyond human achievement and that men have been able to live happily for thousands of years in a state of genial frailty.

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

It takes little talent to see what lies under one's nose, a good deal to know in what direction to point that organ.

The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

The fact that people have religious experiences is interesting from the psychological point of view, but it does not in any way imply that there is such a thing as religious knowledge...Unless he can formulate this 'knowledge' in propositions that are empirically verifiable, we may be sure that he is deceiving himself.

Pray that success will not come any faster than you are able to endure it.

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

If any human being earnestly desire to push on to new discoveries instead of just retaining and using the old; to win victories over Nature as a worker rather than over hostile critics as a disputant; to attain , in fact, clear and demonstrative knowlegde instead of attractive and probable theory; we invite him as a true son of Science to join our ranks.

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage ground of Truth.

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

There are two kinds of talents, man-made talent and God-given talent. With man-made talent you have to work very hard. With God-given talent, you just touch it up once in a while.

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.

Beyond talent lie all the usual words:  discipline, love, luck -- but, most of all, endurance.

You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can't, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world... The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way ... people look at reality, then you can change it.

Europe has what we do not have yet, a sense of the mysterious and inexorable limits of life, a sense, in a word, of tragedy.  And we have what they sorely need:  a sense of life's possibilities.

Television is the first truly democratic culture - the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. the most terrifying thing is what people do want.

During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.

In producers, loafing is productive; and no creator, of whatever magnitude, has ever been able to skip that stage, any more than a mother can skip gestation.

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.

It is regrettable that, among the Rights of Man, the right of contradicting oneself has been forgotten.

The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert, and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them: the mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night.

The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think--rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men.

To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice.

People who insist on telling their dreams are among the terrors of the breakfast table.

Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves.

What this power is, I cannot say. All I know is that it exists...and it becomes available only when you are in that state of mind in which you know EXACTLY what you want...and are fully determined not to quit until you get it.

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion... It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation - persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.

To love is not a passive thing. To love is active voice. When I love I do something, I function, I give. I do not love in order that I may be loved back again, but for the creative joy of loving. And every time I do so love I am freed, at least a little, by the outgoing of love, from enslavement to that most intolerable of master, myself.

Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family!

Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.

What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.

The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.  Talent is only a starting point in this business.  You've got to keep on working that talent.  Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.

All power in human hands is liable to be abused.

Music can name the unnameable and communicate the unknowable.

I have made a great discovery. What I love belongs to me. Not the chairs and tables in my house, but the masterpieces of the world. It is only a question of loving them enough.

Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.

Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies.

There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.

My friend, if I could give you one thing, I would wish for you the ability to see yourself as others see you. Then you would realize what a truly special person you are.

When you read about a car crash in which two or three youngsters are killed, do you pause to dwell on the amount of love and treasure and patience parents poured into bodies no longer suitable for open caskets?

Desire nothing, Chafe not at fate, nor at Nature's changeless laws. But struggle only with the personal, the transitory, the evanescent and the perishable.

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.

An adventure differs from a mere feat in that it is tied to the externally unattainable. Only one end of the rope is in the hand, the other is not visible, and neither prayers, nor daring, nor reason can shake it free.

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me.

What is history but a fable agreed upon.

The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.

The next best thing to being witty one's self, is to be able to quote another's wit.

'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.

The best computer is a man, and it's the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.

Judgment is more than skill. It sets forth on intellectual seas beyond the shores of hard indisputable factual information.

A passion for politics stems usually from an insatiable need, either for power, or for friendship and adulation, or a combination of both.

Studies indicate that the one quality all successful people have is persistence. They're willing to spend more time accomplishing a task and to perservere in the face of many difficult odds. There's a very positive relationship between people's ability to accomplish any task and the time they're willing to spend on it.

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.

Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.

The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion-these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.

Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed.

To keep the body in good health is a duty. . . otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Everything is changeable, everything appears and disappears; there is no blissful peace until one passes beyond the agony of life and death.

There is something precious in our being mysteries to ourselves, in our being unable ever to see through even the person who is closest to our heart and to reckon with him as though he were a logical proposition or a problem in accounting.

When her last child is off to school, we don't want the talented woman wasting her time in work far below her capacity. We want her to come out running.

I suppose it is much more comfortable to be mad and not know it than to be sane and have one's doubts.

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist in our helper.

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.

No cord or cable can draw so forcibly, or bind so fast, as love can do with a single thread.

One thing I can say about George...he may not be able to keep a job, but he's not boring.

Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror." [referring to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon]

It is only Christianity, the great bond of love and duty to God, that makes any existence valuable or even tolerable.

And yet a little tumult, now and then, is an agreeable quickener of sensation; such as a revolution, a battle, or an adventure of any lively description.

It was one of the deadliest and heaviest feelings of my life to feel that I was no longer a boy. From that moment I began to grow old in my own esteem-and in my esteem age is not estimable.

For Scripture is the school of the Holy Spirit, in which, as nothing is omitted that is both necessary and useful to know, so nothing is taught but what is expedient to know. Therefore we must guard against depriving believers of anything disclosed about predestination in Scripture, lest we seem either wickedly to defraud them of the blessing of their God or to accuse and scoff at the Holy Spirit for having published what it is in any way profitable to suppress.

The absurd is born of the confrontation between the human call and the unreasonable silence of the world.

Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.

Science has to be understood in its broadest sense, as a method for comprehending all observable reality, and not merely as an instrument for acquiring specialized knowledge.

In man, the things which are not measurable are more important than those which are measurable.

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity.

I personally think that he did violate the law, that he committed impeachable offenses. But I don't think that he thinks he did.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

It is important to do what you don't know how to do. It is important to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.

Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand -- a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods -- or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values.

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.

Love and war are the same thing, and stratagems and policy are as allowable in the one as in the others

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.

Liberty is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

'Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.

The remarkable thing about fearing God is that when you fear God you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear God you fear everything else.

To live content with small means, to seek elegance rather than  luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich, to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never, in a word to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common, this is to be my symphony.

The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practised, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. . . . God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.

The deep joy we take in the company of people with whom we have just recently fallen in love is undisguisable.

The pleasure is momentary, the position rediculous, and the expense damnable.

Vicious minds abound with anger and revenge are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.

Of all the inventions that have helped to unify China perhaps the airplane is the most outstanding. Its ability to annihilate distance has been in direct proportion to its achievements in assisting to annihilate suspicion and misunderstanding among provincial officials far removed from one another or from the officials at the seat of government.

The quiet and solitary man apprehends the inscrutable. He seeks nothing, holds to the mean, and remains free from entanglements.

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable ... but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.

Early to bed and early to rise probably indicates unskilled labor.

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

For if that last day does not occasion an entire extinction, but a change of abode only, what can be more desirable?  And if it, on the other hand, destroys and absolutely puts an end to us, what can be preferable to having a deep sleep fall on us in the midst of the fatigues of life and, being thus overtaken, to sleep to eternity?

We're all generous, but with different things, like time, money, talent -- criticism.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.

Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.

I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.

If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself.

He saw a lawyer killing a viper On a dunghill hard, by his own stable And the devil smiled, for it put him in mind Of Cain and his brother, Abel.

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making others happy.

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

The probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing shop.

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

The mind of man is capable of anything--because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.

The way of even the most jusitifiable revolution is prepared by personal impulses disguised into creeds.

If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.

We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.

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 derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.  No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

Father, we thank you, especially for letting me fly this flight ... for the privilege of being able to be in this position, to be in this wondrous place, seeing all these many startling, wonderful things that you have created." (Prayer while orbiting the earth in a space capsule)

The power of one is above all things The power to believe in yourself Often well beyond any latent ability previously demonstrated.  The mind is the athlete, The body is simply the means it uses.

An empowered organization is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organizational success.

Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.

Life is a game in which the rules are constantly changing; nothing spoils a game more than those who take it seriously. Adultery? Phooey! You should never subjugate yourself to another nor seek the subjugation of someone else to yourself. If you follow that Crispian principle you will be able to say 'Phooey,' too, instead of reaching for your gun when you fancy yourself betrayed.

Love is not enough. It must be the foundation, the cornerstone- but not the complete structure. It is much too pliable, too yielding.

Making a wrong decision is understandable.  Refusing to search continually for learning is not.

I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.

It is hard to have patience with people who say 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't matter.' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.

He had so many irons in the fire that he was never able to forge any single one into a weapon with which to conquer his world.

One man scorned and covered with scars still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable stars; and the world will be better for this.

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one that is most adaptable to change.

Authors like cats because they are such quiet, lovable, wise creatures, and cats like authors for the same reasons.

It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music, and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the possibilities that lie within the human spirit -- enable them to see visions and dream dreams.

My life has been one great big joke A dance that's walked A song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke When I think about myself.

I have heard it said that the first ingredient of success - the earliest spark in the dreaming youth - is this; dream a great dream.

All the world wondered as they witnessed ... a people lift themselves from humiliation to the greatest pride.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.  With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 2 or 8.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

Nothing, it appears to me is of greater value in a man than the power of judgement; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest fulled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.

We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence is therefore not an act but a habit.

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.

The best date movies give you something to talk about. A movie that's a downer is a great way to find out about someone.

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

If I had to choose between putting a saloon or a liberal church on a corner, I'd choose the saloon every time. People who drink up the pay check in the saloon are less likely to become Pharisees, thinking that they don't need the Great Physician, than those who weekly swill the soporific doctrine of man's goodness.

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.

If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you and may posterity forget that ye were once our countrymen.

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.

The greatest sweetener of human life is Friendship.  To raise this to the highest pitch of enjoyment, is a secret which but few discover.

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.

Little friends may prove great friends.

Don't let your special character and values, the secret that you know and no one else does, the truth -- don't let that get swallowed up by the great chewing complacency.

You may share the labours of the great, but you may not share the spoil.

Love is a great beautifier.

A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you've been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to have the illusion of doing so, and often the illusion will suffice.

The great roe is a mythological beast with the head of a lion and the body of a lion, though not the same lion.

Distinction is the consequence, never the object of a great mind.

Trying to be normal is the greatest abnormality in the world.A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.

...what thwarts us and demands of us the greatest effort is also what can teach us most.

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one.

In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes.

A subtle thought that is in error may yet give rise to fruitful inquiry that can establish truths of great value.

Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

When one has great gifts, what answer to the meaning of existence should one require beyond the right to exercise them?

The weaker the data available upon which to base one's conclusion, the greater the precision which should be quoted in order to give the data authenticity.

The conformation of his mind was such that whatever was little seemed to him great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.

Men in Great Place are thrice Servants:  Servants of the Sovereign or State; Servants of Fame; and Servants of Business … It is strange desire to seek Power and to lose Liberty.

The subtlety of nature is greater many times over than the subtlety of the senses and understanding.

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils for time is the greatest innovator.

Perhaps each life has one sensational thought, if acted upon will bring great meaning.

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

When you're young, the silliest notions seem the greatest achievements.

He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.

He has great tranquillity of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.

Memory is the greatest of artists, and effaces from your mind what is unnecessary.

It does not require great learning to be a Christian and be convinced of the truth of the Bible. It requires only an honest heart and a willingness to obey God.

Money is in some respects life's fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.

The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.

The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're alive.

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 is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.

You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the great struggle for independence.

Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies.

Greatness lies not in being strong, but in the right use of strength.

The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion... It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation - persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

A great many people have come up to me and asked me how I manage to get so much work done and still keep looking so dissipated.  My answer is 'Don't you wish you knew?'

'And yet,' demanded Councilor Barlow, 'what's he done? Has he ever done a day's work in his life? What great cause is he identified with?' 'He's identified,' said the first speaker, 'with the great cause of cheering us all up.'

The great advantage of being in a rut is that when one is in a rut, one knows exactly where one is.

Most certification today is pure 'credentialism.' [It] must begin to reflect our demand for excellence, not our appreciation of parchment.

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.

I may climb perhaps to no great heights, but I will climb alone.

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.

The key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another . . . and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.

Any great work of art revives and readapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world -- the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.

The abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power.

A man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.

I won't say there aren't any Harvard graduates who have never asserted a superior attitude. But they have done so to our great embarrassment and in no way represent the Harvard I know.

I have made a great discovery. What I love belongs to me. Not the chairs and tables in my house, but the masterpieces of the world. It is only a question of loving them enough.

But he that is the greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abused; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

Callous, adj. Gifted with great fortitude to bear the evils afflicting another.

A great many open minds should be closed for repairs.

The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.

Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.  (A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.)

There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, 'Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams.' Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, 'How good or how bad am I?' That's where courage comes in.

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping the common people quiet.

Men, in general, are but great children.

It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.

What makes the difference between a Nation that is truly great and one that is merely rich and powerful? It is the simple things that make the difference. Honesty, knowing right from wrong, openness, self-respect, and the courage of conviction.

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.

The great thought, the great concern, the great anxiety of men is to restrict, as much as possible, the limits of their own responsibility.

The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake...

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government's purposes are beneficent.  Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers.  The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.

We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.

The finest kind of friendship is between people who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.

All of life's great lessons present themselves again and again until mastered.

There is no greater challenge than to have someone relying upon you; no greater satisfaction than to vindicate his expectation.

Strong minded, resolutely willed, you can create out of nothing a great business, a huge empire, a new world. Others have and they have no monopoly.

The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.

Character may be manifested in the great moments, but it is made in the small ones.

The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still.  Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing -- where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.

Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room.

That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.

This great misfortune - to be incapable of solitude.

Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness-a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.

On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property.

Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience.

One of the surest evidences of friendship that one individual can display to another is telling him gently of a fault. If any other can excel it, it is listening to such a disclosure with gratitude, and amending the error.

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.

The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love.  As a child wanders and strays, finding his bearings, he needs a sense of absolute love from a parent.  There's nothing wrong with tough love, as long as the love is unconditional.

Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.

It is only Christianity, the great bond of love and duty to God, that makes any existence valuable or even tolerable.

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.

To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.

There are two great rules in life, the one general and the other particular. The first is that every one can in the end get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is more or less of an exception to the general rule.

But the greatest menace to our civilization today is the conflict between giant organized systems of self-righteousness -- each system only too delighted to find that the other is wicked -- each only too glad that the sins give it the pretext for still deeper hatred and animosity.

The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy - invincible determination--a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.

Greatness consists in trying to be great. There is no other way.

This American system of ours . . . call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you like, gives to each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.

To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.

No great man lives in vain.  The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.

The history of the world is but the biography of great men.

The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it.

Beginnings are apt to be shadowy and so it is the beginnings of the great mother life, the sea.

A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go but ought to be.

You have given me a great responsibility: to stay close to you, to be worthy of you and to exemplify what you are.

Where there is great love, there are always miracles.

That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.

A great NOW will be a great WAS! A bad NOW will always be a bad WAS, and all you can hope for is a Great GONNA BE!

Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.

Every man is as Heaven made him, and sometimes a great deal worse.

There is a time for some things, and a time for all things; a time for great things, and a time for small things.

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aidthem to judge for themselves.

Man as an individual is a genius. But men in the mass form the Headless Monster, a great, brutish idiot that goes where prodded.

The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practised, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. . . . God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.

The heart never grows better by age; I fear rather worse; always harder. A young liar will be an old one, and a young knave will only be a greater knave as he grows older.

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.

Hell is God's great compliment to the reality of human freedom and the dignity of human choice.

The greatest lesson we can learn from the past. . . is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world.

The Creative knows the great beginnings. The Receptive completes the finished things.

He who possesses the source of Enthusiasm Will achieve great things. Doubt not. You will gather friends around you As a hair clasp gathers the hair.

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech is cantankerous.

Never give in!  Never give in!  Never, never, never.  Never -- in anything great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

Never give in, never, never, never, never; in nothing, great or small--never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never -- in nothing, great or small, large or petty -- never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.

The heights of great men reached and kept, Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upwards in the night.

The price of greatness is responsibility.

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Democritus maintains that there can be no great poet without a spite of madness.

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.

There is no calamity which a great nation can invite which equals that which follows a supine submission to wrong and injustice and the consequent loss of national self-respect and honor, beneath which are shielded and defended a people's safety and greatness.

Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continunace.

If you would stand well with a great mind, leave him with a favorable impression of yourself; if with a little mind, leave him with a favorable impression of himself.

He prayeth best who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.

Exclusively of the abstract sciences, the largest and worthiest portion of our knowledge consists of aphorisms: and the greatest and best of men is but an aphorism.

Only the wise possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.

The wise only possess ideas; the greater part of mankind are possessed by them.

The great successful men of the world have used their imagination...they think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building--steadily building.

The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.

The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making others happy.

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.

Experience is a great advantage. The problem is that when you get the experience, you're too damned old to do anything about it.

Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality.

Loneliness seems to have become the great American disease.

The greatest power is often simple patience.

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.

Let's drink to the spirit of gallantry and courage that made a strange Heaven out of unbelievable Hell, and let's drink to the hope that one day this country of ours, which we love so much, will find dignity and greatness and peace again.

A great many college graduates come here thinking of lawyers as social engineers arguing the great Constitutional issues.

I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work the more of it I seem to have.

A mighty pain to love it is, and 'tis a pain that pain to miss; but of all the pains, the greatest pain is to love, but love in vain.

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will be powerless to vex your mind.

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.

The first and great commandment is:  Don't let them scare you.

Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.

Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the Greatness of a road leading towards the unknown.

A great country worthy of the name does not have any friends.

The great leaders have always stage-managed their effects.

Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.

What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story, And the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.

Consider the problem from the point of view of evil, evil being almost always pleasure's true and major charm; considered thus, the crime must appear greater when perpetrated upon a being of your identical sort than when inflicted upon one which is not, and this once established, the delight automatically doubles.

One must do violence to the object of one's desire; when it surrenders, the pleasure is greater.

It used to take courage--indeed, it was the act of courage par excellence--to leave the comforts of home and family and go out into the world seeking adventure. Today there are fewer places to discover, and the real adventure is to stay at home.

Life's two Great Questions:  Why me? and What do I do now?

When great changes occur in history, when great principles are involved, as a rule the majority are wrong. The minority are right.

More men have become great through practice than by nature.

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of the imagination.

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.

Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.

He used to say that it was better to have one friend of great value than many friends who were good for nothing.

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Every great decision creates ripples--like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, For you will never go any higher that you think...

Nurture your minds with great thoughts, to believe in the heroic makes heroes.

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.

As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.

The greatest wealth consisteth in being charitable, And the greatest happiness in having tranquility of mind.  Experience is the most beautiful adornment; And the best comrade is one that hath no desire.

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.

Great wits are sure to madness near allied And thin partitions do their bounds divide.

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.

The greatest gift we can give one another is rapt attention to one another's existence.

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

Nature is God's greatest evangelist.

A man of a right spirit is not a man of narrow and private views, but is greatly interested and concerned for the good of the community to which he belongs, and particularly of the city or village in which he resides, and for the true welfare of the society of which he is a member.

The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

There was this huge world out there, independent of us human beings and standing before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partly accessible to our inspection and thought. The contemplation of that world beckoned like a liberation.

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thoughts in clear form.

The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.

Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors, concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labor and the distribution of goods--in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.

I am absolutely convinced that no wealth in the world can help humanity forward, even in the hands of the most devoted worker. The example of great and pure individuals is the only thing that can lead us to noble thoughts and deeds. Money only appeals to selfishness and irresistibly invites abuse. Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus or Ghandi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.

Since I do not foresee that atomic energy is to be a great boon for a long time, I have to say that for the present it is a menace. Perhaps it is well that it should be. It may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs, which, without the pressure of fear, it would not do.

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from weak minds.

Do not worry about your problems in mathematics. I assure you, my problems with mathematics are much greater than yours.

That was and still is the great disaster of my life-that lovely, lovely little boy.

There is a great deal of unmapped country within us which would have to be taken into account in an explanation of our gusts and storms.

I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

What I must do is all that concerns me. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.

What greater pain could mortals have than this: To see their children dead before their eyes?

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of you first.

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching.

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

Practise yourself, for heaven's sake, in little things; and thence proceed to greater.

No great thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen.

Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.

The greater difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.  Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

I used to think that the Civil War was our country's greatest tragedy, but I do remember that there were some redeeming features in the Civil War in that there was some spirit of sacrifice and heroism displayed on both sides. I see no redeeming features in Watergate.

Divine right went out with the American Revolution and doesn't belong to the White House aides. What meat do they eat that makes them grow so great?

The greatest discoveries have come from people who have looked at a standard situation and seen it differently.

The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us.  If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man.

A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.

For with slight efforts how should we obtain great results?  It is foolish even to desire it.

My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be a pal, I want to be a father.

I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. They told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, I was deprived. Then they told me underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.

It's a great advantage not to drink among hard-drinking people. You can hold your tongue and, moreover, you can time any little irregularity of your own so that everybody else is so blind that they don't see or care.

A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.

Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.

It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.

I have long considered it one of God's greatest mercies that the future is hidden from us. If it were not, life would surely be unbearable.

I have long considered it one of God's greatest mercies that the future is hidden from us. If it were not, life would surely be unbearable.

No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

No steam or gas drives anything until it is confined. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream. Not only plan but also believe.

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!

Everyone has inside himself a piece of good news! The good news is that you really don't know how great you can be, how much you can love, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is!

There are three great friends: an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

The great question … which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want?

The history of man is a graveyard of great cultures that came to catastrophic ends because of their incapacity for planned, rational, voluntary reaction to challenge.

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee and I'll forgive Thy great big one on me.

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint isn't intended.

It is easy to forget that the most important aspect of comedy, after all, its great saving grace, is its ambiguity.  You can simultaneously laugh at a situation, and take it seriously.

Beware of over-great pleasure in being popular or even beloved.

Rigid justice is the greatest injustice.

An invincible determination can accomplish almost anything and in this lies the great distinction between great men and little men.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

One of the greatest pieces of economic wisdom is to know what you do not know.

In any great organization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.

What's been great about the human race gives you a sense of how great you might get, how far you can reach.

When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied, 'Only stand out of my light.' Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

The most radical division that it is possible to make of humanity is that which splits it into two classes of creatures: Those who make great demands on themselves, piling up difficulties and duties; and those who demand nothing special of themselves, b

Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do.

On a good day, I view the job [of president] as directing an orchestra. On the dark days, it is more like that of a clutch-engaging the engine to effect forward motion, while taking greater friction.

The light of the stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So is it with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personality.

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

Keep me away from the wisdom that does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reaches us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiations of their personalities.

During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk. When once the risk has really been taken, then the greatest danger is to risk too much.

I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don't encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics.

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him he must regard himself as greater than he is.

I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.

To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him, their own selves, their version of him.

I find the great thing in this world is, not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.

Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.

The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity; the least divergence from it is the greatest crime.

Surely, God on high has not refused to give us enough wisdom to find ways to bring us an improvement ... in relations between the two great nations on earth.

I believe that all of us have the capacity for one adventure inside us, but great adventure is facing responsibility day after day.

If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a-coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the road side until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.

There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and there is none so excellent but he is excelled.

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.

You live and learn. At any rate, you live.

You can learn many things from children.  How much patience you have, for instance.

What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn.

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.

Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.

I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.

We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.

More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind.

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything.

Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life.

The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something outside ourselves.

Love the little trade which thou hast learned, and be content therewith.

I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 2 or 8.  Anyone who keeps learning stays young.  The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.

The wise learn many things from their enemies.

What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.

Learning is finding out what you already know, Doing is demonstrating that you know it, Teaching is reminding others that they know it as well as you do. We are all learners, doers, and teachers.

Sometimes when learning comes before experience It doesn't make sense right away.

You teach best what you most need to learn.

Many secrets of art and nature are thought by the unlearned to be magical.

One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.

It does not require great learning to be a Christian and be convinced of the truth of the Bible. It requires only an honest heart and a willingness to obey God.

Advertising is like learning -- a little is a dangerous thing.

You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball.

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedence, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.

Our common language is ... English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.

Habits...the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction...You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

[It was] an initiation into the love of learning, of learning how to learn, that was revealed to me by my BLS masters as a matter of interdisciplinary cognition-that is, learning to know something by its relation to something else.

Bill Dickey is learning me his experience.

Genius - To know without having learned; to draw just conclusions from unknown premises; to discern the soul of things.

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something, learns it, and finds himself no wiser than before. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.

I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.

The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.

It's only when the tide goes out that you learn who's been swimming naked.

[We must have] a program to "learn the way out of prison.

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.

I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned.

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.

Change is the end result of all true learning. Change involves three things: First, a dissatisfaction with self-a felt void or need; second, a decision to change-to fill the void or need; and third, a conscious dedication to the process of growth and change-the willful act of making the change; Doing Something.

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

More important than learning how to recall things is finding ways to forget things that are cluttering the mind.

Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life.

He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.

Without Christ, sciences in every department are vain....The man who knows not God is vain, though he should be conversant with every branch of learning. Nay more, we may affirm this too with truth, that these choice gifts of God -- expertness of mind, acuteness of judgment, liberal sciences, and acquaintance with languages, are in a manner profaned in every instance in which they fall to the lot of wicked men.

We presuppose two things: that there is yet to be learned infinitely more than is now known, and that man can learn it.

It's as if we think liberation a fixed quantity, that there is only so much to go around. That an individual or community is liberated at the expense of another: When we view liberation as a scarce resource, something only a precious few of us can have, we stifle our potential, our creativity, our genius for living, learning and growing.

The self-explorer, whether he wants to or not, becomes the explorer of everything else. He learns to see himself, but suddenly, provided he was honest, all the rest appears, and it is as rich as he was, and, as a final crowning, richer.

Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.

Your work is first, learning is first, winning is everything because without it there is nothing.

The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.

It is important to do what you don't know how to do. It is important to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.

It is good to live and learn.

Learn and think imperially.

All that I've learned, I've forgotten.  The little I still know, I've guessed.

The most excellent and divine counsel, the best and most profitable advertisement of all others, but the least practised, is to study and learn how to know ourselves. This is the foundation of wisdom and the highway to whatever is good. . . . God, Nature, the wise, the world, preach man, exhort him both by word and deed to the study of himself.

Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them.

We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.

We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.

I've learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up.

What I've learned. . . . I've learned that just when I get my room the way I like it, Mom makes me clean it up.

I've learned that although it's hard to admit it, I'm secretly glad my parents are strict.

I've learned that you can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.

I've learned that I like my teacher because she cries when we sing Silent Night.

I've learned that when I wave to people in the country, they stop what they are doing and wave back.

Will your child learn to multiply before she learns to subtract?

The greatest lesson we can learn from the past. . . is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world.

I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.

When you wish to instruct, be brief; that men's minds take in quickly what you say, learn its lesson, and retain it faithfully.  Every word that is unnecessary only pours over the side of a brimming mind.

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life.

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own parenthood, but it didn't because parenting can be learned only by people who have no children.

Making a wrong decision is understandable.  Refusing to search continually for learning is not.

Odd, the years it took to learn one simple fact:  that the prize just ahead, the next job, publication, love affair, marriage always seemed to hold the key to satisfaction but never, in the longer run, sufficed.

I'd rather learn from one bird how to sing than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.

Learn not only to find what you like, learn to like what you find.

Never stop learning; knowledge doubles every fourteen months.

Develop a passion for learning.  If you do, you will never cease to grow.

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.

We must learn to tailor our concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into our concepts.

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?

The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people.

Nature is not cruel, pitilessly, indifferent.  This is one of the hardest lessons for humans to learn.  We cannot admit that things might be neither good nor evil, neither cruel nor kind, but simply callous -- indifferent to all suffering, lacking all purpose.

What we need to do is learn to work in the system, by which I mean that everybody, every team, every platform, every division, every component is there not for individual competitive profit or recognition, but for contribution to the system as a whole on a win-win basis.

Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.

Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves.

Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

In youth we learn; in age we understand.

Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.

Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.

Why does this magnificent applied science, which saves work and makes life easier, bring us little happiness? The simple answer runs: because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.

The difference between what the most and the least learned people know is inexpressibly trivial in relation to that which is unknown.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything one learned in school.

The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.

Some years ago I became president of Columbia University and learned within 24 hours to be ready to speak at the drop of a hat, and I learned something more, the trustees were expected to be ready to speak at the passing of the hat.

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam that flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a sort of alienated majesty.

They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson in life who does not every day surmount a fear.

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.

We must expect to fail...but fail in a learning posture, determined no to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

In a philosophical dispute, he gains most who is defeated, since he learns most.

If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.

The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain, to show them that we love them, not when we feel like it, but when they do.

Leave well -- even 'pretty well' -- alone: that is what I learn as I get old.

Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.

The one important thing I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous.

Failure is success if we learn from it.

All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.

Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.

The biggest lesson I learned from Vietnam is not to trust [our own] government statements. I had no idea until then that you could not rely on [them].

We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.  We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.

We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten.  Remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned--the biggest word of all--look.

Be aware of wonder. Live a balanced life--learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

You can never learn less, you can only learn more.

By and large, I seem to have made more mistakes than any others of whom I know, but have learned thereby to make ever swifter acknowledgment of the errors and thereafter immediately set about to deal more effectively with the truths disclosed by the acknowledgment of erroneous assumptions.

We learn simply by the exposure of living, and what we learn most natively is the tradition in which we live.

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.

The process of learning requires not only hearing and applying but also forgetting and then remembering again.

It meant that New York philanthropists, New York society, would now rediscover the library. ... that learning, books, education have glamour, that self-improvement has glamour, that hope has glamour.

Everything can be learned, including, to a very large extent, to be what you are not. You can learn to be pretty if you are plain, charming if you are dull, thin if you are fat, youthful if you are aging, how to write though you are inarticulate, how to make money though you are not good with figures.

Everything in life changes you in some way. Even the smallest things. If you do not accept these changes you do not accept yourself. For through these changes brings new and greater things to you, making you wiser, as time progresses. To avoid these changes is a loss. You only live your life once. Do not waste a minute of it avoiding things. Let them come to you, and learn from them. There is always tomorrow.

Instead of putting a quarter under a kid's pillow, how about a pinecone? That way, he learns that 'wishing' isn't going to save our national forests.

If you go through a lot of hammers each month, I don't think it necessarily means you're a hard worker. It may just mean that you have a lot to learn about proper hammer maintenance.

When you die, if you go somewhere where they ask you a bunch of questions about your life and what you learned and all, I think a good way to get out of it is just to say, 'No speaka English.'

The first thing was, I learned to forgive myself. Then, I told myself, 'Go ahead and do whatever you want, it's okay by me.'

The beauty of 'spacing' children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones-which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones.

Have you not learned that not stocks or bonds or stately homes or products of mill or field are our country?  It is the splendid thought that is in our minds.

I must say the biggest lesson you can learn in life, or teach your children, is that life is not castles in the skies, happily ever after.  The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth.

I must say the biggest lesson you can learn in life, or teach your children, is that life is not castles in the skies, happily ever after. The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth.

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other.  But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.

If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see the insignificance of human learning we may study his commentators.

What experience and history teach is this - that nations and governments have never learned anything from history, or acted upon any lessons they might have drawn from it.

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Learning to suspend your imagination and live completely in the very second of the present with no before and no after is the greatest gift a soldier can acquire.

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly in the only heritage he has to leave.

The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.

I can think of no better way of redeeming this tragic world today than love and laughter. Too many of the young have forgotten how to laugh, and too many of the elders have forgotten how to love. Would not our lives be lightened if only we could all learn to laugh more easily at ourselves and to love one another?

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.

If a society is to preserve stability and a degree of continuity, it must learn how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, values, and fantasies on everyday life.

Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.

In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned find themselves equipped to live in a world which no longer exists.

The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.

...since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.

I've learned that we cannot forget or throw away our past, But we must not allow our past to control us either. We must learn and grow from our past failures, Disappointments, pains and experiences. Reset our goals and priorities... and move forward. Start TODAY, by Un-Ty-ing the knots that LIMIT you!

If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.

It's what we learn after we think we know it all that counts.

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself to do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person's training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learn thoroughly.

Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.

Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.

Acting is not about dressing up. Acting is about stripping bare. The whole essence of learning lines is to forget them so you can make them sound like you thought of them that instant.

The man whose acquisitions stick is the man who is always achieving and advancing whilst his neighbors, spending most of their time in relearning what they once knew but have forgotten, simply hold their own.

I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you're a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you'll win -- if you don't you won't.

Get rid of imagined guilt. You did the best you could at the time, all things considered. If you made mistakes, learn to accept that we are all imperfect. Only hindsight is 20-20. If you are convinced that you have real guilt, consider professional or spiritual counseling (with a competent and trustworthy counselor). If you believe in God a pastor can help you believe also in God's forgiveness.

When you are in a state of nonacceptance, it's difficult to learn. A clenched fist cannot receive a gift, and a clenched psyche--grasped tightly against the reality of what must not be accepted--cannot easily receive a lesson.

In order that all men may be taught to speak the truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.

Learn that the present hour alone is man's.

What we hope ever to do with ease, we must learn first to do with diligence.

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.

Tell me, and I'll forget. Show me, and I'll remember. Involve me, and I'll learn.

To teach is to learn twice.

To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do to another.

Don't be afraid to fail. Don't waste energy trying to cover up failure. Learn from your failures and go on to the next challenge. It's OK to fail. If you're not failing, you're not growing.

All wish to be learned, but no one is willing to pay the price.

We must learn not to disassociate the airy flower from the earthy root, for the flower that is cut off from its root fades, and its seeds are barren, whereas the root, secure in mother earth, can produce flower after flower and bring their fruit to maturity.

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

Leadership and learning are indispensible to each other.

High office teaches decision making, not substance. [It] consumes intellectual capital; it does not create it. Most high officials leave office with the perceptions and insights with which they entered; they learn how to make decisions but not what decisions to make.

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Real learning comes about when the competitive spirit has ceased.

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, And know that everything in this life has purpose. There are no mistakes, No coincidences, All events are blessings given to us to learn from.

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.

Learn from the past, Hope for the future, Live in the present.

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest--never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principle of equal partnership.

While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, He who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course. By letting each thing act in accordance with its own nature, everything that needs to be done gets done.

There is no need to run outside for better seeing... Rather abide at the center of your being; For the more you leave it the less you learn. Search your heart and see... The way to do is to be.

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.

In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.

Human beings are full of emotion, and the teacher who knows how to use it will have dedicated learners. It means sending dominant signals instead of submissive ones with your eyes, body and voice.

God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them.

The love of learning, the sequestered nooks, And all the sweet serenity of books.

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.

Let us then, be up and doing.  With a heart for any fate;  Still achieving, still pursuing,  Learn to labor and to wait.

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.

Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.

Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.

The maxim that people should not have a right till they are ready to exercise it properly, is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.

Inside each and every one of us is a person that no one knows. A person, should you take the time to look,is waiting to be discovered, Wanting you to take notice.  Take a few minutes every day and sit down to chat to this person.  Who knows what you may learn?

What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their natural and surest support.

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.

A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on a cold iron.

As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.

It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile.

I had learned to respect the intelligence, integrity, creativity and capacity for deep thought and hard work latent somewhere in every child; they had learned that I differed from them only in years and experience, and that as I, an ordinary human being, loved and respected them, I expected payment in kind.

By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.

Learn to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.

Always question. Always analyze. But in the end, suspend judgment until you've been there. Live it to learn it.

The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose.

On reflection, one of the things I needed to learn was to allow myself to be loved.

Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.

BesideCother art to be learned -- not to see what is not.

A simple fact that is hard to learn is that the time to save money is when you have some.

You live, you learn You love, you learn You cry, you learn You lose, you learn You bleed, you learn You scream, you learn

They are the guiding oracles which man has found out for himself in that great business of ours, of learning how to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.

As death, when we come to consider it closely, is the true goal of our existence, I have formed during the last few years such close relations with this best and truest friend of mankind, that his image is not only no longer terrifying to me, but is indeed very soothing and consoling! And I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity...of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.

An occasional lucky guess as to what makes a wife tick is the best a man can hope for, Even then, no sooner has he learned how to cope with the tick than she tocks.

I answered that one learns to live, not by hearing of other lives, but by living; for words are infinitely less important than acts.

When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Saviour. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons.

Learn the fundamentals of the game and stick to them.  Band-Aid remedies never last.

We all walk in the dark and each of us must learn to turn on his or her own light.

Success is not a harbor but a voyage with its own perils to the spirit … The lesson that most of us on this voyage never learn, but can never quite forget, is that to win is sometimes to lose.

What starts the process, really, are laughs and slights and snubs when you are a kid. ... If your anger is deep enough and strong enough, you learn that you can change those attitudes by excellence, personal gut performance.

If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself.

His studies were pursued but never effectually overtaken.

You have learned something.  That always feels at first as if you had lost something.

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.

There are many things which we can afford to forget which it is yet well to learn.

The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.

No one ever achieved greatness by playing it safe.

What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge?

No matter how one approaches the figures, one is forced to the rather startling conclusion that the use of firearms in crime was very much less when there were no controls of any sort and when anyone, convicted criminal or lunatic, could buy any type of firearm without restriction.  Half a century of strict controls on pistols has ended, perversely, with a far greater use of this weapon in crime than ever before.

There is a difference between Moses and Paul. Moses was the great Law-giver to the nation of Israel, while Paul is the great dispenser of Grace to the Church, the Body of Christ.

Everything in life changes you in some way. Even the smallest things. If you do not accept these changes you do not accept yourself. For through these changes brings new and greater things to you, making you wiser, as time progresses. To avoid these changes is a loss. You only live your life once. Do not waste a minute of it avoiding things. Let them come to you, and learn from them. There is always tomorrow.

He is great enough that is his own master.

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

Power may be justly compared to a great river; while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it goes.

I remember how my Great Uncle Jerry would sit on the porch and whittle all day long. Once he whittled me a toy boat out of a larger toy boat I had. It was almost as good as the first one, except now it had bumpy whittle marks all over it. And no paint, because he had whittled off the paint.

Many people do not realize that the snowshoe can be used for a great many things besides walking on snow. For instance, it can be used to carry pancakes from the stove to the breakfast table. Also, it can be used to carry uneaten pancakes from the table to the garbage. Finally, it can be used as a kind of stainer, where you force pancakes through the strings to see if a piece of gold got in a pancake somehow.

The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.

The greatest truths are the simplest.

Away back in that time-in 1492-there was a man by the name of Columbus came from across the great ocean, and he discovered the country for the white man. . . What did he find when he first arrived here? Did he find a white man standing on the continent then? . . . I stood here first, and Columbus first discovered me.

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.

A human action becomes genuinely important when it springs from the soil of a clear-sighted awareness of the temporality and the ephemerality of everything human. It is only this awareness that can breathe any greatness into an action.

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one's self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.

Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives.

We often choose a friend as we do a mistress -- for no particular excellence in themselves, but merely from some circumstance that flatters our self-love.

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

No really great man ever thought himself so.

Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

The Universe may be as great as they say. But it wouldn't be missed if it didn't exist.

Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.

I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Learning to suspend your imagination and live completely in the very second of the present with no before and no after is the greatest gift a soldier can acquire.

The great object is, that every man be armed. [...] Every one who is able may have a gun.

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risk.

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair.

If thou shouldst lay up even a little upon a little, and shouldst do this often, soon would even this become great.

The invention of IQ did a great disservice to creativity in education. ... Individuality, personality, originality, are too precious to be meddled with by amateur psychiatrists whose patterns for a 'wholesome personality' are inevitably their own.

Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or a greater Benefit.

Failure is nature's plan to prepare you for great responsibilities.

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.

We are at that very point in time when a 400-year-old age is dying and another is struggling to be born - a shifting of culture, science, society and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of regeneration of individuality, liberty, community and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another and with the divine intelligence such as the world has always dreamed.

Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.

Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

Our credulity is greatest concerning the things we know least about. And since we know least about ourselves, we are ready to believe all that is said about us. Hence the mysterious power of both flattery and calumny.

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving -- we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

Every calling is great when greatly pursued.

The great act of faith is when a man decides he is not God.

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving--we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

No stranger can get a great many notes of torture out of a human soul; it takes one that knows it well -- parent, child, brother, sister, intimate.

The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for.

No greater nor more affectionate honor can be conferred on an American than to have a public school named after him.

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, you've had a great life.

If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.

The greatest mistake you can make is to be continually fearing you will make one.

If we were to be asked suddenly to give a definition of humility we would doubtless be greatly embarrassed.

There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.  God is awake.

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

Silence is as full of potential wisdom and wit as the unhewn marble of a great sculpture.

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.

A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.

The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings.

We must not measure greatness from the mansion down, but from the manger up.

Physical pain however great ends in itself and falls away like dry husks from the mind, whilst moral discords and nervous horrors sear the soul.

I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capil

The greatest use of a life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.

Most people live, whether physically, intellectually or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness, and of their soul's resources in general, much like a man who, out of his whole bodily organism, should get into a habit of using and moving only his lttle finger. Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed.

The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.

The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude.

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.

Angels may be very excellent sort of folk in their own way, but we, poor mortals in our present state, would probably find them precious slow company.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

I believe that one of the great problems for us as individuals is the depression and the tension resulting from existence in a world which is increasingly less pleasing to the eye.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill - Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverence.

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverence.

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

The true, strong, and sound mind is the mind that can embrace equally great things and small.

I believe the destiny of your generation-and your nation-is a rendezvous with excellence.

The noblest search is the search for excellence.

We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society.

I knew from the start if I left a woman I really loved -- the Great Society -- in order to fight that bitch of a war [in Vietnam] … then I would lose everything at home.  My hopes … my dreams.

Democracy is a constant tension between truth and half-truth and, in the arsenal of truth, there is no greater weapon than fact.

Whoever has the greatest command of the language, holds the power.

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.

There is no real excellence in all this world Which can be separated from right living.

To teach a man how he may learn to grow independently, and for himself, is perhaps the greatest service that one man can do to another.

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.

I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.

It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.

Toleration is the greatest gift of mind, it requires that same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.

Instead of comparing our lot with that of those who are more fortunate than we are, we should compare it with the lot of the great majority of our fellow men. It then appears that we are among the privileged.

I want to emphasize in the great concentration which we now place upon scientists and engineers how much we still need the men and women educated in the liberal tradition, willing to take the long look, undisturbed by prejudices and slogans of the moment, who attempt to make an honest judgment on difficult events.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at best, if he wins, knows the thrills of high achievement, and, if he fails, at least fails daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory. It can no longer serve to settle disputes. It can no longer be of concern to great powers alone. For a nuclear disaster, spread by winds and waters and fear, could well engulf the great and the small, the rich and the poor, the committed and the uncommitted alike. Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived and dishonest--but the myth--persistant, persuasive and unrealistic.

The full use of your powers along lines of excellence. - definition of happiness by John F. Kennedy.

There are many people in the world who really don't understand-or say they don't-what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world. ... Let them come to Berlin!

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.

The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce anything but more longing.

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.

Academia forcibly tells you about all the great men and revolutionaries, and rebels, especially the rebels, who have changed the world for the better. But they wouldn't notice him were he standing right in front of them.

The Islamic Republic is proud to be the target of the rage of the world's greatest Satan." [in response to George W. Bush's assertion of Iran as part of an "axis of evil"]

Myself when young did eagerly frequent Doctor and Saint, and heard great Argument About it and about: but evermore Came out by the same Door as in I went.

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.

If you will protest courageously, and yet with dignity and Christian love, when the history books are written in future generations, the historians will have to pause and say, "There lived a great people-a black people-who injected new meaning and dignity into the veins of civilization.

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well.

Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. you only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

It is only the great hearted who can be true friends. The mean and cowardly, Can never know what true friendship means.

The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong but when two rights confront each other.

Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.

The greatest power that a person possesses is the power to choose.

Like all of us in this storm between birth and death, I can wreak no great changes on the world, only small changes for the better, I hope, in the lives of those I love.

We are an arrogant species, full of terrible potential, but we also have a great capacity for love, friendship, generosity, kindness, faith, hope, and joy.

There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.

The great thing about getting older is that You don't lose all the other ages you've been.

Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that.

There is a woman at the begining of all great things.

If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough.

Govern a great nation as you would cook a small fish. Do not overdo it.

The men who are great live with that which is substantial, they do not stay with that which is superficial; they abide with realities, they remain not with what is showy. The one they discard, the other they hold.

Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enought to know they were impossible.

The art of drawing conclusions from experiments and observations consists in evaluating probabilities and in estimating whether they are sufficiently great or numerous enough to constitute proofs. This kind of calculation is more complicated and more difficult than it is commonly thought to be. . .

We and the cosmos are one. The cosmos is a vast body, of which we are still parts. The sun is a great heart whose tremors run through our smallest veins. The moon is a great gleaming nerve-centre from which we quiver forever. Who knows the power that Saturn has over us or Venus? But it is a vital power, rippling exquisitely through us all the time... Now all this is literally true, as men knew in the great past and as they will know again.

The great virtue in life is real courage that knows how to face facts and live beyond them.

I am a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.

One great cause of failure is lack of concentration.

As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.

My defenses were so great.  The cocky rock and roll hero who knows all the answers was actually a terrified guy who didn't know how to cry.  Simple.

In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.

Remember, the greatest gift is not found in a store nor under a tree, but in the hearts of true friends.

The perfect church service would be the one we were almost unaware of; our attention would have been on God. But every novelty prevents this. It fixes our attention on the service itself; and thinking about worship is a different thing than worshipping ... 'Tis mad idolatry that makes the service greater than the god.

The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.

In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.

The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor.

Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It's something we call heart power. Once a man has made his commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel, are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.

A man can be as great as he wants to be. If you believe in yourself and have the courage, the determination, the dedication, the competitive drive and if you are willing to sacrifice the little things in life and pay the price for the things that are worthwhile, it can be done.

Our greatest glory was not in never falling, but in rising when we fell.

After the cheers have died down and the stadium is empty, after the headlines have been written and after you are back in the quiet of your room and the championship ring has been placed on the dresser and all the pomp and fanfare has faded, the enduring things that are left are: the dedication to excellence, the dedication to victory, and the dedication to doing with our lives the very best we can to make the world a better place in which to live.

I firmly believe that any man's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.

Good sense travels on the well-worn paths; genius, never. And that is why the crowd, not altogether without reason, is so ready to treat great men as lunatics.

The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.

Great is the art of beginning, but greater is the art of ending.

Wealth may be an excellent thing, for it means power, and it means leisure, it means liberty.

The great omission in American life is solitude. . . that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit.

Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.

The great tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love.

Americans who had traveled in Europe knew the 'free' European peasants suffered considerably greater oppression and misery than did American bondsman. Modern scholarship has shown that the exploitation rate -- the percentage of the worker's production that was taken from him by his owners -- was lower among the slaves than among European peasants, that work loads were light, and that slaves actually experienced a considerable measure of personal freedom.

To those who charge that liberalism has been tried and found wanting, I answer that the failure is not in the idea, but in the course of recent history. The New Deal was ended by World War II. The New Frontier was closed by Berlin and Cuba almost before it was opened. And the Great Society lost its greatness in the jungles of Indochina.

There is no greater excitement than to support an intellectual wife and have her support you. Marriage is a partnership in which each inspires the other, and brings fruition to both of you.

We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city, or a new love affair.

No illusion is more crucial than the illusion that great success and huge money buy you immunity from the common ills of mankind, such as cars that won't start.

Cliques are groups, groups are great, great are cliques of people.

Don't be so humble - you are not that great.

Your friends praise your abilities to the skies, submit to you in argument, and seem to have the greatest deference for you; but, though they may ask it, you never find them following your advice upon their own affairs; nor allowing you to manage your own, without thinking that you should follow theirs. Thus, in fact, they all think themselves wiser than you, whatever they may say.

The great man is he who does not loose his child's heart.

Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals.

Knowing that I am not the one in control gives great encouragement. Knowing the One who is in control is everything.

If we can not trust a freeman with his right to keep and bear arms, then how can we trust him with the right to vote.  Surely the right of a freeman to vote has a much greater effect on our collective lives than does any individual's firearm. If one argues that the effect of any one freeman's vote is minimal, then why allow it in the first place?  To be armed is to secure one's right to representation.

Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.

I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'tis only to them that they are blessings.

The greatist thing in the world is for a man to know how to be himself.

We are born to inquire into truth; it belongs to a greater to possess it.

The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen.

Exhilaration is that feeling you get just after a great idea hits you, and just before you realize what's wrong with it.

Money is a strange thing. It ranks with love as our greatest source of joy, and with death as our greatest source of anxiety.

Persistence is the twin sister of excellence.  One is a matter of quality; the other, a matter of time.

They are the guiding oracles which man has found out for himself in that great business of ours, of learning how to be, to do, to do without, and to depart.

We never stop investigating.  We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by.  Every question we answer leads on to another question.  This has become the greatest survival trick of our species.

Great men of action ... never mind on occasion being ridiculous; in a sense it is part of their job, and at times they all are.  A prophet or an achiever must never mind an occasional absurdity, it is an occupational risk.

The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.

Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great.

The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.

The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.

This body, full of faults, Has yet one great quality: Whatever it encounters in this temporal life Depends upon one's actions.

The Great Spirit, who made all things, made every thing for some use, and whatever use he designed anything for, that use it should always be put to. Now, when he made rum, he said 'Let this be for the Indians to get drunk with,' and it must be so.

The Great Spirit, when He made earth, never intended that it should be made merchandise.

I never have a realistic sense of self.  I either think everything I do is terrible and I'm the worst guy on the planet, or from time to time I'll think I'm the greatest gift to music and the coolest guy who ever lived, but that happens maybe an hour out of the week.  Some days I'm more concerned with how my hair looks than what my guitar sounds like.

The bigger the real-life problems, the greater the tendency for the discipline to retreat into a reassuring fantasy-land of abstract theory and technical manipulation.

The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.

If I ever reach heaven I expect to find three wonders there: first, to meet some I had not thought to see there; second, to miss some I had expected to see there; and third, the greatest wonder of all, to find myself there.

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

I seem to have been like a child playing on the sea shore, finding now and then a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.

The great secret of successful marriage is to treat all disasters as incidents and none of the incidents as disasters.

Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!

Greetings, I am pleased to see that we are different. May we together become greater than the sum of both of us.

If my heart can become pure and simple like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.

What starts the process, really, are laughs and slights and snubs when you are a kid. ... If your anger is deep enough and strong enough, you learn that you can change those attitudes by excellence, personal gut performance.

The greatness comes not when things go always good for you.  But the greatness comes when you're really tested, when you take some knocks, some disappointments, when sadness comes.  Because only if you've been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.

The student who invades an administration building, roughs up a dean, rifles the files and issues 'non-negotiable demands' may have some of his demands met by a permissive university administration. But the greater his 'victory' the more he will have undermined the security of his own rights.

This is the greatest week in the history of the world since the Creation."  (Saluting crew of the Apollo 11)

Tonight-to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans-I ask for your support."  (On his Vietnam War policy)

Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody expects of you. Never excuse yourself.

The people of the States now confederated.....believed that to remain longer in the Union would subject them to continuance of a disparaging discrimination, submission to which would be inconsistent with their welfare, and intolerable to a proud people. They therefore determined to sever its bounds and established a new Confederacy for themselves.

That was my gift -- having the ability to put certain guys together that would create a chemistry and then letting them go; letting them play what they knew, and above it.

Sometimes you have to play for a long time to be able to play like yourself.

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.

Certain souls seem hard because they are capable of strong feelings, and they sometimes go to rather extreme lengths; their apparent unconcern and cruelty are but ways, known only to themselves, of feeling more strongly than others.

If the objects who serve us feel ecstacy, they are much more often concerned with themselves than with us, and our own enjoyment is consequently impaired. The idea of seeing another person experience the same pleasure reduces one to a kind of equality which spoils the unutterable charms that come from despotism.

No kind of sensation is keener and more active than that of pain; its impressions are unmistakable.

If it is the dirty element that gives pleasure to the act of lust, then the dirtier it is, the more pleasurable it is bound to be.

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.

People want you to be a crazy, out-of-control teen brat. They want you miserable, just like them. They don't want heroes; what they want is to see you fall.

But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely.

'At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge,' said the gentleman, taking up a pen, 'it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices.'

There is no more vulnerable human combination than an undergraduate.

In a progressive country change is constant, change is inevitable.

Every great decision creates ripples--like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.

It destroys one's nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.

The greatest wealth consisteth in being charitable, And the greatest happiness in having tranquility of mind.  Experience is the most beautiful adornment; And the best comrade is one that hath no desire.

Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on Earth.

When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

Mediocrity does not see higher than itself. But talent instantly recognizes the genius.

When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. It is stupidity rather than courage to refuse to recognize danger when it is close upon you.

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.

Number is the Word but is not utterance; it is wave and light, though no one sees it; it is rhythm and music, though no one hears it. Its variations are limitless and yet it is immutable. Each form of life is a particular reverberation of Number.

Look around the habitable world, how few Know their own good, or knowing it, pursue.

Those who don't know the mistakes of the past won't be able to enjoy it when they make them again in the future.

The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.

The ability to get to the verge without getting into the war is the necessary art…. If you try to run away from it, if you are scared to go to the brink, you are lost.

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.

If we did all the things we were capable of doing, We would literally astound ourselves.

People are always ready to admit a man's ability after he gets there.

There is no leveler like Christianity, but it levels by lifting all who receive it to the lofty table-land of a true character and of undying hope both for this world and the next.

What is inconceivable about the universe is that it is at all conceivable.

To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull facilities can comprehend only in the most primitive forms--this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of true religiousness. In this sense, and in this sense only, I belong to the ranks of the devoutly religious men.

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the Earth might be killed, but enough men capable of thinking, and enough books, would be left to start again, and civilization could be restored.

Never regard study as a duty but as an enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later works belong.

The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.

Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual.

As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the unlimitable superior who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are not even capable of forming such opinions.

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.

Of all the communities available to us there is not one I would want to devote myself to, except for the society of the true searchers, which has very few living members at any time.

The only real valuable thing is intuition.

Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can complel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.

Animals are such agreeable friends, they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.

We do not quite say that the new is more valuable because it fits in; but its fitting in is a test of its value -- a test, it is true, which can only be slowly and cautiously applied, for we are none of us infallible judges of conformity.

It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man.

Life is eating us up. We shall be fables presently. Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence.

Skill to do comes of doing.

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.

All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession... Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.

To a reasonable creature, that alone is insupportable which is unreasonable; but everything reasonable may be supported.

The greater difficulty, the more glory in surmounting it.  Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests.

Love must not touch the marrow of the soul. Our affections must be breakable chains that we can cast them off or tighten them.

I can't keep from fooling around with our irrefutable certainties. It is, for example, a pleasure knowingly to mix up two and three dimensionalities, flat and spatial, and to make fun of gravity.

Man's most valuable trait Is a judicious sense of what not to believe.

Working hard overcomes a who lot of other obstacles. You can have unbelievable intelligence, you can have connections, you can have opportunities fall out of the sky. But in the end, hard work is the true, enduring characteristic of successful people.

A sense of humor … is the ability to understand a joke and that the joke is oneself.

Setting an example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age Conditions are never just right. People who delay action until all factors are favorable do nothing.

Vitality shows not only in the ability to persist, but in the ability to start over.

Genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind.

Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.

Most people hew the battlements of life from compromise, erecting their impregnable keeps from judicious submissions, fabricating their philosophical drawbridges from emotional retractions and scalding marauders in the boiling oil of sour grapes.

If you sit down and don't see a fish at the table, the fish is you.

Unable are the Loved to die For Love is Immortality.

Nothing more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

I have long considered it one of God's greatest mercies that the future is hidden from us. If it were not, life would surely be unbearable.

I have long considered it one of God's greatest mercies that the future is hidden from us. If it were not, life would surely be unbearable.

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

If you would be loved, love and be lovable.

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?

The great question … which I have not been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want?

American housewives have not had their brains shot away, nor are they schizophrenic in the clinical sense. But if ... the fundamental human drive is not the urge for pleasure or the satisfaction of biological needs, but the need to grow and to realize one's full potential, their comfortable, empty, purposeless days are indeed cause for a nameless terror.

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.

Love is often nothing but a favorable exchange between two people who get the most of what they can expect, considering their value on the personality market.

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

We must dare to think unthinkable thoughts.  We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.

The junior senator from Wisconsin, by his reckless charges, has so preyed upon the fears and hatreds and prejudices of the American people that he has started a prairie fire which neither he nor anyone else may be able to control.

We must dare to think 'unthinkable' thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.

It is not because the touch of genius has roused genius to production, but because the admiration of genius has made talent ambitious, that the harvest is still so abundant.

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.

Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.'

It has always seemed to me extreme presumptuousness on the part of those who want to make human ability the measure of what nature can and knows how to do, since, when one comes down to it, there is not one effect in nature, no matter how small, that eve

The whole of the Bill [of Rights] is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals... It establishes some rights of the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of.

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

I was looking for an American symbol. A Coca-Cola bottle or a Mickey Mouse would have been ridiculous, doing anything with the American flag would have been insulting, and Cadillac hub caps were just too uncomfortable." (speaking about the dress she wore made of American Express Cards)

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.

Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents.

The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.

Sometimes we want to get away from the busy and hectic city life to find solace in the raging waves of the ocean pounding on the rocks or the turbulent splashing of a bubbling waterfall. At other times we are amazed by the immovable silence of a mountain or the gentle caress of a river overjoyed tat its union with the sea. The topography of a region speaks to each one of us--a secret language that people from all facets of life understand and relate to.

With reasonable men, I will reason; with humane men I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.

Our firmest convictions are apt to be the most suspect, they mark our limitations and our bounds. Life is a petty thing unless it is moved by the indomitable urge to extend its boundaries.

The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife's spirits.

Champions know that success is inevitable; that there is no such thing as failure, only feedback. They know that the best way to forecast the future is to create it.

True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.

It is not enough to offer a smorgasbord of courses. We must insure that students are not just eating at one end of the table.

The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.

The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.

To be able to look back upon ones life in satisfaction, is to live twice.

Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.

The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community-these are the most vital things education must try to produce.

Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.

Because systems of mass communication can communicate only officially acceptable levels of reality, no one can know the extent of the secret unconscious life.   No one in America can know what will happen.  No one is in real control.

Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.

For every romantic possiblity, no matter how robust, there exists at least one equal and opposite sentence, phrase, or word capable of extinguishing it.

One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.

God could cause us considerable embarrassment by revealing all the secrets of nature to us: we should not know what to do for sheer apathy and boredom.

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.

A man's errors are what make him amiable.

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture and, if it were possible, speak a few reasonable words.

The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.

The man of understanding finds everything laughable.

Character, in great and little things, means carrying through what you feel able to do.

Talents are best nurtured in solitude; character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it... The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.

Critics are by no means the end of the law. Do not think all is over with you because you articles are rejected. It may be that the editor has his drawer full, or that he does not know enough to appreciate you, or you have not gained a reputation, or he is not in a mood to be pleased. A critic's judgment is like that of any intelligent person. If he has experience, he is capable of judging whether a book will sell. That is all.

Just because you're miserable doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life.

Aesthetic emotion puts man in a state favorable to the reception of erotic emotion…. Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art.

More important than talent, strength, or knowledge is the ability to laugh at yourself and enjoy the pursuit of your dreams.

The chimerical pursuit of perfection is always linked to some important deficiency, frequently the inability to love.

Something unpredictable but in the end it's right, I hope you have the time of your life.

What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge?

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth which it prevents you from achieving.

Dignity is not negotiable. Dignity is the honor of the family.

It is one thing to decry the rat race...that is the good and honorable work of moralists. It is quite another thing to quit the rat race, to drop out, to refuse to run any further--that is the work of the individualist. It is offensive because it is impolite; it makes the rebuke personal; the individualist calls not his or her behavior into question, but mine.

Nagging questions remain: Where is the line between making the most of one's potential and reaching for the unattainable? Where is the line between education as a tool and education as a kind of magic? The line is blurred and that is why when education fails, disillusionment is so bitter.

Home is the wallpaper above the bed, the family dinner table, the church bells in the morning, the bruised shins of the playground, the small fears that come with dusk, the streets and squares and monuments and shops that constitute one's first universe.

Inflation continues till common man is completely sucked out of money, then recession sets in and continues till he becomes suckable again.

There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.

Effective thinking consists of being able to arrive at the truth; truth being defined as that which exists.

Some people talk because they think sound is more manageable than silence.

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself.

To be able to be caught up into the world of thought -- that is being educated.

If I ever do a book on the Amazon, I hope I am able to bring a certain lightheartedness to the subject, in a way that will tell the reader we are going to have fun with this thing.

I hope that someday we will be able to put away our fears and prejudices and just laugh at people.

Despair is like a cable that is buried just under the surface of the ground. You pull it up and pull it up, but that cable just keeps right on going, clear across a field, until you come to a bunch of guys who are burying the cable. Then just walk up to them and go, 'Hey, have you seen Fred?' And they'll say, 'Fred who?' And you say, 'Fred of snakes?' Then cover your ears, because big laughs are coming.

If someone told me it wasn't 'fashionable' to talk about freedom, I think I'd just have to look him square in the eye and say, 'Okay, YOU TELL ME what's `fashionable'.' But he won't. And you know why? Because you can't ask someone what's fashionable in a smart-alecky way like that. You have to be friendly and say, 'By the way, what's fashionable?'

People just naturally assume that dogs would be incapable of working together on some sort of construction project. But what about just a big field full of holes?

As I bit into the nectarine, it had a crisp juiciness about it that was very pleasurable---until I realized it wasn't a nectarine at all, but A HUMAN HEAD!!

Many people do not realize that the snowshoe can be used for a great many things besides walking on snow. For instance, it can be used to carry pancakes from the stove to the breakfast table. Also, it can be used to carry uneaten pancakes from the table to the garbage. Finally, it can be used as a kind of stainer, where you force pancakes through the strings to see if a piece of gold got in a pancake somehow.

It's surprising how many persons go through life without ever recognizing that their feelings toward other people are largely determined by their feelings toward themselves, and if you're not comfortable within yourself, you can't be comfortable with others.

The reason that truth is stranger than fiction is that fiction has to have a rational thread running through it in order to be believable, whereas reality may be totally irrational.

As long as there are human beings, there will be the idea of brotherhood -- and an almost total inability to practice it.

Human beings are compelled to live within a lie, but they can be compelled to do so only because they are in fact capable of living in this way. Therefore not only does the system alienate humanity, but at the same time alienated humanity supports this system as its own involuntary masterplan, as a degenerate image of its own degeneration, as a record of people's own failure as individuals.

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world.  Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for .success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.

The story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.

To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.

There is nothing more likely to drive a person mad than...an obstinate, constitutional preference of the true to the agreeable.

The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions.

Sometimes I have a terrible feeling that I am dying not from the virus, but from being untouchable.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity.

Misery is when grown-ups don't realize how miserable kids can feel.

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination. Learning to suspend your imagination and live completely in the very second of the present with no before and no after is the greatest gift a soldier can acquire.

Real seriousness in regard to writing is one of two absolute necessities. The other, unfortunately, is talent.

The great object is, that every man be armed. [...] Every one who is able may have a gun.

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.

Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of living.

Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way and never again.

Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.

Never hire or promote in your own image.  It is foolish to replicate your strength and idiotic to replicate your weakness.  It is essential to employ, trust, and reward those whose perspective, ability, and judgment are radically different from yours.  It is also rare, for it requires uncommon humility, tolerance, and wisdom.

If a society is to preserve stability and a degree of continuity, it must learn how to keep its adolescents from imposing their tastes, values, and fantasies on everyday life.

Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for the lost faith in ourselves.

Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play.

Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

Scientists are the easiest to fool. They think in straight, predictable, directable, and therefore misdirectable, lines. The only world they know is the one where everything has a logical explanation and things are what they appear to be. Children and conjurors - they terrify me. Scientists are no problem; against them I feel quite confident.

You can do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish, attain any reasonable objective you may have in mind--not all of a sudden, perhaps not in one swift and sweeping act of achievement--but you can do it gradually, day by day and play by play, if you want to do it, if you work to do it, over a sufficiently long period of time.

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

The mode by which the inevitable comes to pass is effort.

...since we can't know what knowledge will be most needed in the future, it is senseless to try to teach it in advance. Instead, we should try to turn out people who love learning so much and learn so well that they will be able to learn whatever needs to be learned.

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.

Children are our most valuable natural resource.

Multa ferunt anni venientes commoda secum, Multa recedentes adimiunt.  (The years, as they come, bring many agreeable things with them; as they go, they take many away.)

In the midst of hopes and cares, of apprehensions and of disquietude, regard every day that dawns upon you as if it was to be your last; then super-added hours, to the enjoyment of which you had not looked forward, will prove an acceptable boon.

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.

There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.

I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold, lost as it is in the depths, small, isolated, a pin-point, brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it; nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds. (Les Miserables)

At the shrine of friendship never say die, let the wine of friendship never run dry." (Les Miserables)

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.

Experience teaches only the teachable.

One of the great attractions of patriotism -- it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what's more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

A man's worst difficulties begin when he is able to do as he likes.

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not.

Such prosperity as we have known up to the present is the consequence of rapidly spending the planet's irreplaceable capital.

Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself to do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person's training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learn thoroughly.

Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.

The white, the Hispanic, the black, the Arab, the Jew, the woman, the Native American, the small farmer, the businessperson, the environmentalist, the peace activist, the young, the old, the lesbian, the gay and the disabled make up the American quilt.

The only success worth one's powder was success in the line of one's idiosyncrasy . what was talent but the art of being completely whatever one happened to be?

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.

Delay is preferable to error.

The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter.

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.

Man is fed with fables through life, and leaves it in the belief he knows something of what has been passing, when in truth he has known nothing but what has passed under his own eye.

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

This institution will be based upon the illimitable freedom of the human mind. For here we are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments ar

We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill - Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverence.

If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill ... Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverence.

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.

I report to you that our country is challenged at home and abroad: that it is our will that is being tried and not our strength; our sense of purpose and not our ability to achieve a better America.

Men do not invent Myths. They only invent fables, and tell lies. True Myths create themselves, and find their expression in the men who serve their purpose.

No one ever promised that the fastest horse in the race was the easiest one to ride." [on managing talented people]

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.

It seems to be a law of nature, inflexible and inexorable, That those who will not risk cannot win.

The man who gets the most satisfactory results is not always the man with the most brilliant single mind, but rather the man who can best coordinate the brains and talents of his associates.

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.

Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.

It is not enough to limit your love to your own nation, to your own group.  You must respond with love even to those outside of it. . . .  This concept enables people to live together not as nations, but as the human race.

As the eagle was killed by the arrow winged with his own feather, so the hand of the world is wounded by its own skill.

We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.

The best [an American] can look forward to is the lonely pleasure of one who stands at long last on a chilly and inhospitable mountaintop where few have been before, where few can follow and where few will consent to believe he has been.

I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House-with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone.

Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

The freedom of the city is not negotiable. We cannot negotiate with those who say, "What's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable.

I hear it said that West Berlin is militarily untenable-and so was Bastogne, and so, in fact, was Stalingrad. Any danger spot is tenable if men-brave men-will make it so.

What is objectionable, what is dangerous, about extremists is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant.  The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents.

I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it.

A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table.

I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. ... What do you want-an adorable pancreas?

... the inability to view the validations of unpopular views, because the focus of their casuistry has been reduced to mindless invalidation.

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend.

The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it.

Because I'm technologically able to find a like-minded person on the other side of the globe, I'm also more interested in making friends with my next-door neighbor.

Concentration is the ability to think about absolutely nothing When it is absolutely necessary.

Yes, we are all different. Different customs, different foods, different mannerisms, different languages, but not so different that we cannot get along with one another. If we will disagree without being disagreeable.

I do not want to die. . . until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.

Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable.

[A] book ... unlike a television program, moving picture or any other 'modern means of communication' ... can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed.

Today's family is built like a pyramid; with all the intrafamilial rivalries, tensions, jealousies, angers, hatreds, loves and needs focused on the untrained, vulnerable, insecure, young, inexperienced and incompetent parental apex ... about whose incompetence our vaunted educational system does nothing.

If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, "I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.

Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.

We must not indulge in unfavorable views of mankind, since by doing it we make bad men believe they are no worse than others, and we teach the good that they are good in vain.

The Way of Heaven does not compete, And yet it skillfully achieves victory.  It does not speak, and yet it skillfully responds to things.  It comes to you without your invitation.

All God's children are not beautiful.  Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.

When action grows unprofitable, gather information; when information grows unprofitable, sleep.

Motivation is an external, temporary high that PUSHES you forward. Inspiration is a sustainable internal glow which PULLS you forward.

A thing is right if it tends to preserve the stability, integrity, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong if it tends otherwise.

What's terrible is to pretend that the second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.

It is hard to have patience with people who say 'There is no death' or 'Death doesn't matter.' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.

We may not be able to get certainty, but we can get probability, and half a loaf is better than no bread.

I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies, for the world needs such men more than heaven does.

I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies, for the world needs such men more than heaven does.

The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals.

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches.  If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers.  To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable.

I think it every man's indispensable duty to do all the service he can to his country; and I see not what difference he puts between himself and his cattle who lives without that thought.

Once you agree upon the price you and your family must pay for success, it enables you to ignore the minor hurts, the opponent's pressure, and the temporary failures.

The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after.

Getting ahead in a difficult profession -- singing, acting, writing, whatever -- requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows and unfair reversals. When I think back to those first couple of years in Rome, those endless rejections, without a glimmer of encouragement from anyone, all those failed screen tests, and yet I never let my desire slide away from me, my belief in myself and what I felt I could achieve.

The most merciful thing in the world ... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

The most merciful thing in the world ... is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.

We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder 'censorship,' we call it 'concern for commercial viability.'

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.

Success is that old ABC -- ability, breaks, and courage.

Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation; not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive you are free of them yourself is pleasant.

Men make the mistake of thinking that because women can't see the sense in violence, they must be passive creatures.  It's just not true.  In one important way, at least, men are the passive sex.  Given a choice, they will always opt for the status quo.  They hate change of any kind, and they fight against it constantly.  On the other hand, what women want is stability, which when you stop to think about it is a very different animal.

No man ought to lay a cross upon himself, or to adopt tribulation, as is done in popedom; but if a cross or tribulation come upon him, then let him suffer it patiently, and know that it is good and profitable for him.

A preacher must be both soldier and shepherd. He must nourish, defend, and teach; he must have teeth in his mouth, and be able to bite and fight.

Friendships, like marriages, are dependent on avoiding the unforgivable.

It isn't the people you fire who make your life miserable, it's the people you don't.

What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their natural and surest support.

Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you to miserable in comfort.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

The victory of success is half won when one gains the habit of setting goals and achieving them. Even the most tedious chore will become endurable as you parade through each day convinced that every task, no matter how menial or boring, brings you closer to fulfilling your dreams.

Most of us would like to be smarter than we are, stronger than we are, richer than we are, but we don't feel all that comfortable with people who are.

The only religious way to think of death is as a part and parcel of life; to regard it, with the understanding and the emotions, as the inviolable condition of life.

I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.

It is impossible for ideas to compete in the marketplace if no forum for their presentation is provided or available.

The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.

There's no pressure in baseball. Pressure is when the doctor is getting ready to cut you, take your heart out, and put it on a table.

Some persons are likeable in spite of their unswerving integrity.

It's [the Brady Act] taking manpower and crime-fighting capability off the streets.

We are not in a position in which we have nothing to work with. We already have capacities, talents, direction, missions, callings.

Genius is a bend in the creek where bright water has gathered, and which mirrors the trees, the sky and the banks.  It just does that because it is there and the scenery is there.  Talent is a fine mirror with a silver frame, with the name of the owner engraved on the back.

Naturally, we cannot say much about the spiritual body, because we cannot imagine what it would be like to have a spiritual body different from that which we now inhabit; but it seems to me reasonable to believe that we are weaving our spiritual bodies as we go along.

The value of money is that with it we can tell any man to go to the devil.  It is the sixth sense which enables you to enjoy the other five.

The nature of men and women - their essential nature - is so vile and despicable that if you were to portray a person as he really is, no one would believe you.

I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.

Americans who had traveled in Europe knew the 'free' European peasants suffered considerably greater oppression and misery than did American bondsman. Modern scholarship has shown that the exploitation rate -- the percentage of the worker's production that was taken from him by his owners -- was lower among the slaves than among European peasants, that work loads were light, and that slaves actually experienced a considerable measure of personal freedom.

We are living beyond our means.  As a people we have developed a lifestyle that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.

What do you gain, Soviet Union, from this miserable policy? Where is your decency? Would it be a disgrace for you to give up this battle?"  (On suppression of freedom for Jews in the USSR)

One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.

The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who Is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost invariably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And if he is not romantic personally, he is apt to spread discontent among those who are.

A sound American is simply one who has put out of his mind all doubts and questionings, and who accepts instantly, and as incontrovertible gospel, the whole body of official doctrine of his day, whatever it may be and no matter how often it may change. The instant he challenges it, no matter how timorously and academically, he ceases by that much to be a loyal and creditable citizen of the republic.

What should move us to action is human dignity:  the inalienable dignity of the oppressed, but also the dignity of each of us.  We lose dignity if we tolerate the intolerable.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.

I don't like the idea that the police department seems bent on keeping a pool of unarmed victims available for the predations of the criminal class.

The deepest human defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.

I hate the noise and hurry inseparable from great Estates and Titles, and look upon both as blessings that ought only to be given to fools, for 'tis only to them that they are blessings.

We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

How many things which served us yesterday as articles of faith, are fables for us today.

We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.

The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to.

What you have in your mind, your talents, your native abilities, no one can take from you. When you die you take them with you. Use them diligently while you are here.

The incomparable stupidity of life teaches us to love our parents; divine philosophy teaches us to forgive them.

We create an environment where it is alright to hate, to steal, to cheat, and to lie if we dress it up with symbols of respectability, dignity and love.

There is only one success ... to be able to spend your life in your own way, and not to give others absurd maddening claims upon it.

Somehow liberals have been unable to acquire from birth what conservatives seem to be endowed with at birth: namely, a healthy skepticism of the powers of government to do good.

Freedom is being able to live with the consequences of your decisions.

I am years gone from my family and miles away ... but they raid by telephone with jarring suddenness; they have the cyclic constancy of a mortgage; and they are inevitable and relentless, like the erosion of my remaining youth. Like certain frightening dreams, my family returns.

The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order. ... With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved.

The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them.

Lack of will power has caused more failure than lack of intelligence or ability.

In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable, you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong, and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.

When I was young, I was sure of many things; now there are only two things of which I am sure: one is, that I am a miserable sinner; and the other, that Christ is an all-sufficient Saviour. He is well-taught who learns these two lessons.

If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.

The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them.

The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.

The miserable have no other medicine But only hope.

When marrying, ask yourself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this person into your old age? Everything else in marriage is transitory.

Certainly in the next 50 years we shall see a woman president, perhaps sooner than you think. A woman can and should be able to do any political job that a man can do.

The student who invades an administration building, roughs up a dean, rifles the files and issues 'non-negotiable demands' may have some of his demands met by a permissive university administration. But the greater his 'victory' the more he will have undermined the security of his own rights.

Your mind must always go, even while you're shaking hands and going through all the maneuvers.  I developed the ability long ago to do one thing while thinking about another.

Risk is essential. There is not growth of inspiration in staying within what is safe and comfortable. Once you find out what you do best, why not try something else?

In any free society, the conflict between social conformity and individual liberty is permanent, unresolvable, and necessary.

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

The Army has carried the American ... ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability.

If you are going through hell, keep going. by Winston Churchill

I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter. by Winston Churchill

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. by Winston Churchill

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. by Winston Churchill

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. by Winston Churchill

Never give in--never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. by Winston Churchill

My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me. by Winston Churchill

I want to know God's thoughts...the rest are details. by Albert Einstein

The more I study science, the more I believe in God. by Albert Einstein

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them. by Albert Einstein

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. by Albert Einstein

How on earth are you ever going to explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? by Albert Einstein

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity. by Albert Einstein

Love, while always forgiving of imperfections and mistakes, can never cease to will their removal. by C.S. Lewis

Surely what a man does when he is caught off his guard is the best evidence as to what sort of man he is. by C.S. Lewis

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. by C.S. Lewis

Our passions are not too strong, they are too weak. We are far too easily pleased. by C.S. Lewis

Who will take medicine unless he knows he is in the grip of disease? by C.S. Lewis

When a man is getting worse, he understands his own badness less and less. A moderately bad man knows he is not very good: a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right. by C.S. Lewis

You find out more about God from the Moral Law than from the univerise in general just as you find out more about a man by listening to his conversation than by looking at a house he has built. by C.S. Lewis

Try to exclude the possibility of suffering which the order of nature and the existence of free-wills involve, and you find that you have excluded life itself. by C.S. Lewis

The Moral Law tells us the tune we have to play: our instincts are merely the keys. by C.S. Lewis

Whenever you find a man who says he doesn't believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. by C.S. Lewis

Badness is only spoiled goodness. by C.S. Lewis

Who can endure a doctrine which would allow only dentists to say whether our teeth were aching, only cobblers to say whether our shoes hurt us, and only governments to tell us whether we were being well governed? by C.S. Lewis

It is in their 'good' characters that novelists make, unawares, the most shocking self-revelations. by C.S. Lewis

To hell with circumstances. I create opportunities. by Bruce Lee

All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. by Edmund Burke

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. by Samuel Johnson

I know not what course others make take, but as for me: give me Liberty, or give me death. by Patrick Henry

I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. by Douglas Adams

My son first wanted to go to Stanford, which I thought was O.K. The weather is pretty good, and it's a fairly short drive to the beach. But it wouldn't be as good as let's say, Pepperdine, which is in Malibu. And he said, 'Dad, what about the education?' I said, 'Clearly, I failed as a parent.' by Larry Ellison

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

You know, there's a million fine looking women in the world, dude. But they don't all bring you lasagna at work. Most of 'em just cheat on you. by Kevin Smith

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. by Andrew Carnegie

You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want. by Zig Ziglar

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo. by H.G. Wells

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet. by Saint Augustine

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. by Galileo Galilei

Do, or do not. There is no 'try.' by Jedi Master Yoda

Talent does what it can; genius does what it must. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

No, no, no, Lisa. If adults don't like their jobs, they don't go on strike. They just go in every day and do it really half-assed. by Homer Simpson

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work. by Emile Zola

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. by Martin Luther King Jr.

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. by Martin Luther King Jr.

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for, he isn't fit to live. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Violence as a way of achieving racial justice is both impractical and immoral. It is impractical because it is a descending spiral ending in destruction for all. It is immoral because it seeks to humiliate the opponent rather than win his understanding; it seeks to annihilate rather than to convert. Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. by Martin Luther King Jr.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Our nettlesome task is to discover how to organize our strength into compelling power. by Martin Luther King Jr.

The Negro needs the white man to free him from his fears. The white man needs the Negro to free him from his guilt. by Martin Luther King Jr.

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. by Martin Luther King Jr.

A lie cannot live. by Martin Luther King Jr.

A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan. by Martin Luther King Jr.

A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom. by Martin Luther King Jr.

A right delayed is a right denied. by Martin Luther King Jr.

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before the pen of Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. by Martin Luther King Jr.

I am not interested in power for power's sake, but I'm interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. by Martin Luther King Jr.

I want to be the white man's brother, not his brother-in-law. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. by Martin Luther King Jr.

I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. by Ian Fleming

I've had a wonderful time, but this wasn't it. by Groucho Marx

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it. by GK Chesterton

Many a man's reputation would not know his character if they met on the street. by Elbert Hubbard

A leader is a dealer in hope. by Napoleon Bonaparte

I went into a restaurant and the sign said 'Breakfast anytime," so I ordered french toast during the Renaissance. by Steven Wright

Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song? by Steven Wright

Some people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths. by Steven Wright

I almost had a pyschic girlfriend, but she left me before we met. by Steven Wright

I hate it when my leg falls sleep in the middle of the day, because that means it'll be up all night. by Steven Wright

I have a microwave fireplace. I can lay down in front of the fire for the evening in eight minutes. by Steven Wright

I installed a skylight in my apartment yesterday. The people who live above me are furious. by Steven Wright

I used to work in a fire hydrant factory. You couldn't part anywhere near the place. by Steven Wright

I bought some batteries but they weren't included, so I had to buy them again. by Steven Wright

I planted some bird seed. A bird came up. Now I don't know what to feed it. by Steven Wright

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought, which they avoid. by Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

I'm all in favor of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. by Frank Lloyd Wright

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. by Oscar Wilde

Men always want to be a woman's first love; women have a more subtle instinct: what they like is to be a man's last romance. by Oscar Wilde

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. by Oscar Wilde

No man should have a secret from his wife; she invariably finds out. by Oscar Wilde

A man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing. by Oscar Wilde

Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it. by Oscar Wilde

The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. by Oscar Wilde

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself. by Oscar Wilde

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. by Oscar Wilde

More than half modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. by Oscar Wilde

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people. by Oscar Wilde

Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes. by Oscar Wilde

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. by Oscar Wilde

Duty is what one expects from others. by Oscar Wilde

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance. by Will Durant

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough. by Mario Andretti

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. by Henry Ford

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. by Henry Thoreau

Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you walk into an open sewer and die. by Mel Brooks

Wit is educated insolence. by Aristotle

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. by Buckminster Fuller

Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know on Earth, and all ye need to know. by John Keats

In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. by Paul Dirac

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. by Aristotle Onassis

I am not young enough to know everything. by Oscar Wilde

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his. by George Patton

The covers of this book are too far apart. by Ambrose Bierce

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung. by Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

No sane man will dance. by Marcus Tullius Cicero

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? by Abraham Lincoln

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. by Mark Twain

I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying. by Woody Allen

To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me. by Charles William Stubbs

Always do right - this will gratify some and astonish the rest. by Mark Twain

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers. by T.S. Eliot

Heav'n hath no rage like love to hatred turn'd, Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn'd. by William Congreve

I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat! by Will Rogers

He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know. by Abraham Lincoln

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. by Tom Clancy

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame. by Benjamin Franklin

Love is friendship set on fire. by Jeremy Taylor

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them. by Mark Twain

Age does not protect you from love, but love to some extent protects you from age. by Jeanne Moreau

Love is a sign from the heavens that you are here for a reason. by J. Ghetto

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. by Henry Van Dyke

Love is, above all, the gift of oneself. by Bertrand Russell

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love makes the ride worthwhile. by Franklin Jones

Absence is to love as wind is to fire; It extinguishes the small and kindles the great. by Roger de Bussy-Rabutin

To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love. by Oscar Wilde

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves. by James Matthew Barrie

Plough deep while sluggards sleep. by Benjamin Franklin

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great. by Mark Twain

I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it short. by Blaise Pascal

All the people throughout my life who were naysayers pissed me off. But they've all given me a fervor; an angry ambition that cannot be stopped - and I look forward to finding a therapist and working on that. by Tobey Maguire

Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. by Abraham Lincoln

Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. by Abraham Lincoln

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. by Aristotle

If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself, the thing is more than half done already. by Abraham Lincoln

Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. by Abraham Lincoln

Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people. by Eleanor Roosevelt

There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come. by Victor Hugo

The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice -- their choice. by Dwight Eisenhower

If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. And if they don't, they never were. by Kahlil Gibran

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. by Wayne Dyer

He loves but little who can say and count in words how much he loves. by Dante Alighieri

Real loss is only possible when you love something more than you love yourself. by Robin Williams

She is not perfect. You are not perfect. The question is whether or not you are perfect for each other. by Robin Williams

I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend. by Morgan Freeman

Ernest Hemingway once wrote, 'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' I agree with the second part. by Morgan Freeman

How can those who scorn God revere men? by Sun Tzu

If you cannot inspire a woman with love of you, fill her above the brim with love of herself; all that runs over will be yours. by Charles Caleb Colton

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. by Mother Teresa

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes -- and the stars through his soul. by Victor Hugo

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up. by Barbara Bush

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone. by Bill Cosby

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person. by Germaine Greer

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination. by Roy Goodman

Real love stories never have endings. by Richard Bach

...I hope that we will hear no more of all ways of life and all cultures being equally valid, which none of us truly believes but which many people mouth in order to appear broad-minded and generous of spirit. by Armand Nicholi Jr.

Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says: 'I need you because I love you.' by Erich Fromm

Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists. When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence. by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

I'm not normally a religious man, but if you're up there, save me, Superman! by Homer Simpson

Old people don't need companionship. They need to be isolated and studied so it can be determined what nutrients they have that might be extracted for our personal use. by Homer Simpson

Let us celebrate our agreement with the adding of chocolate to milk. by Homer Simpson

Christmas is the one time of year when people of all religions come together to worship Santa Claus. by Bart Simpson

The only monster here is the gambling monster that has enslaved your mother! I call him Gamblor, and it's time to snatch your mother from his neon claws! by Homer Simpson

Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It's what separates us from the animals... except the weasel. by Homer Simpson

I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to SPEED around a city, keeping its SPEED over fifty, and if its SPEED dropped, it would explode! I think it was called, 'The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down.' by Homer Simpson

Oh, man, what a day. It's no cakewalk being a single parent, juggling a career and family like so many juggling balls... two, I suppose. by Chief Wiggum

What IS your fascination with my forbidden closet of mysteries? by Chief Wiggum

Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? by Abraham Lincoln

When I first heard that Marge was joining the police academy, I thought it would be fun and zany, like that movie Spaceballs. But instead it was dark and disturbing. Like that movie -- Police Academy. by Homer Simpson

Look, all I'm saying is, if these big stars didn't want people going through their garbage and saying they're gay, then they shouldn't have tried to express themselves creatively. by Homer Simpson

When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. by Edgar Watson Howe

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. by Mahatma Gandhi

English? Who needs that? I'm never going to England. by Homer Simpson

If he's so smart, how come he's dead? by Homer Simpson

Put out an APB for a male suspect, driving a... car of some sort, heading in the direction of, uh, you know, that place that sells chili. Suspect is hatless. Repeat, hatless. by Chief Wiggum

Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime. by Adlai Stevenson

She didn't reckon with the awesome power of the Chief of Police! Now where did I put my badge?...Hey, that duck's got it! by Chief Wiggum

Haven't you learned anything from that guy that gives those sermons in church? Captain What's-his-name. We live in a society of laws, why do you think I took you to see all those Police Academy movies? For fun? Well I didn't hear anybody laughing! Did you? Except at that guy who made sound effects. Vroom! Beep! Honk! Honk! Ha-ha. Where was I? Oh yeah, stay out of my booze! by Homer Simpson

I've got more trophies than Wayne Gretzky & The Pope combined! by Homer Simpson

I'm like that guy who single-handedly built the rocket & flew to the moon! What was his name? Apollo Creed? by Homer Simpson

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived. by George Patton

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him. by Booker T. Washington

You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. by Henny Youngman

To cease smoking is the easiest thing I ever did. I ought to know because I've done it a thousand times. by Mark Twain

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. by Mark Twain

To assert that the earth revolves around the sun is as erroneous as to claim that Jesus was not born of a virgin. by Cardinal Bellarmine

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't. by Lyall Watson

Our hope of immortality does not come from any religions, but nearly all religions come from that hope. by Robert G. Ingersoll

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense. by Chapman Cohen

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. by Napoleon Bonaparte

We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes. by Gene Roddenberry

Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense. by Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and, above all, love of the truth. by Henry Mencken

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. by Albert Einstein

Take from the church the miraculous, the supernatural, the incomprehensible, the unreasonable, the impossible, the unknowable, the absurd, and nothing but a vacuum remains. by Robert G. Ingersoll

To explain the unknown by the known is a logical procedure; to explain the known by the unknown is a form of theological lunacy. by David Brooks

Religion to me has always been the wound, not the bandage. by Dennis Potter

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. by Benjamin Disraeli

We make war that we may live in peace. by Aristotle

I was in love with loving. by Saint Augustine

A book of quotations...can never be complete. by Robert M. Hamilton

Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked. by Saint Augustine

Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. by Saint Augustine

The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. by Saint Augustine

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe. by Saint Augustine

Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others. by Saint Augustine

God loves each of us as if there were only one of us. by Saint Augustine

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. by Saint Augustine

Patience is the companion of wisdom. by Saint Augustine

The purpose of all wars, is peace. by Saint Augustine

The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences. by Saint Augustine

Sin is its own punishment. by Saint Augustine

He listens well who takes notes. by Dante Alighieri

The customs and fashions of men change like leaves on the bough, some of which go and others come. by Dante Alighieri

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis. by Dante Alighieri

The secret of getting things done is to act! by Dante Alighieri

A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it. by Alexandre Dumas

All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher. by Ambrose Bierce

Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly. by Ambrose Bierce

Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate. by Ambrose Bierce

I think that a young state, like a young virgin, should modestly stay at home, and wait the application of suitors for an alliance with her; and not run about offering her amity to all the world; and hazarding their refusal. Our virgin is a jolly one; and tho at present not very rich, will in time be a great fortune, and where she has a favorable predisposition, it seems to me well worth cultivating. by Ambrose Bierce

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office. by Ambrose Bierce

Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret. by Ambrose Bierce

The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling. by Ambrose Bierce

The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge. by Ambrose Bierce

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. by Ambrose Bierce

I'm a great housekeeper: I get divorced, I keep the house. by Zsa Zsa Gabor

Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. by Victor Hugo

A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing. by Victor Hugo

Love built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies. by John Donne

Art is the most passionate orgy within man's grasp. by John Donne

More than kisses, letters mingle souls. by John Donne

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent. by John Donne

Reason is our soul's left hand, Faith her right. by John Donne

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said. by Victor Hugo

Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls. by Victor Hugo

Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly. by Victor Hugo

Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees. by Victor Hugo

Civil war? What does that mean? Is there any foreign war? Isn't every war fought between men, between brothers? by Victor Hugo

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. by Victor Hugo

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. by Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. by Victor Hugo

One can resist the invasion of an army but one cannot resist the invasion of ideas. by Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. by Victor Hugo

There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson. by Victor Hugo

To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. by Victor Hugo

To love beauty is to see light. by Victor Hugo

Toleration is the best religion. by Victor Hugo

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love. by Victor Hugo

When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind. by Victor Hugo

When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right. by Victor Hugo

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. by Victor Hugo

You punch me, I punch back. I do not believe it's good for ones self-respect to be a punching bag. by Victor Hugo

A man of genius has been seldom ruined but by himself. by Samuel Johnson

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it. by Samuel Johnson

No man but a blockhead ever wrote, except for money. by Samuel Johnson

A second marriage is the triumph of hope over experience. by Samuel Johnson

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization. by Samuel Johnson

No people can be great who have ceased to be virtuous. by Samuel Johnson

A man, Sir, should keep his friendship in constant repair. by Samuel Johnson

Life is a pill which none of us can bear to swallow without gilding. by Samuel Johnson

You put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can crash, drip, flow...be water my friend. by Bruce Lee

They say love is around every corner. I must be walking in circles. by Author Unknown

Willing is not enough; we must do. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. by Bruce Lee

Art calls for complete mastery of techniques, developed by reflection within the soul. by Bruce Lee

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in. by Napoleon Bonaparte

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Victory belongs to the most persevering. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. by Napoleon Bonaparte

A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Ability is nothing without opportunity. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets. by Napoleon Bonaparte

He who knows how to flatter also knows how to slander. by Napoleon Bonaparte

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. by Napoleon Bonaparte

If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools. by Napoleon Bonaparte

In politics stupidity is not a handicap. by Napoleon Bonaparte

It is the cause, not the death, that makes the martyr. by Napoleon Bonaparte

It requires more courage to suffer than to die. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. by Napoleon Bonaparte

The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely. by Napoleon Bonaparte

There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit. by Napoleon Bonaparte

Women are nothing but machines for producing children. by Napoleon Bonaparte

You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war. by Napoleon Bonaparte

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. by Mother Teresa

I do not pray for success, I ask for faithfulness. by Mother Teresa

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. by Mother Teresa

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. by Mother Teresa

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one. by Mother Teresa

Intense love does not measure, it just gives. by Mother Teresa

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. by Mother Teresa

It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. by Mother Teresa

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. by Mother Teresa

Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand. by Mother Teresa

Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus. by Mother Teresa

Peace begins with a smile. by Mother Teresa

People are unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people may accuse you of selfish motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you may win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People who really want help may attack you if you help them. Help them anyway. Give the world the best you have and you may get hurt. Give the world your best anyway. by Mother Teresa

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. by Mother Teresa

The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it. by Mother Teresa

There is more hunger in the world for love and appreciation than for bread. by Mother Teresa

We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature -- trees, flowers, grass -- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls. by Mother Teresa

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. by Mother Teresa

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do. by Mother Teresa

Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness. by Mother Teresa

As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can. by Julius Caesar

I came, I saw, I conquered. by Julius Caesar

It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience. by Julius Caesar

It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens; nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union... Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less. by Susan B. Anthony

The women of this nation in 1876, have greater cause for discontent, rebellion and revolution than the men of 1776. by Susan B. Anthony

I never cared but for one thing, and that is simply to know that I am right before my Father in Heaven. If I am this moment, this day, doing the things God requires of my hands, and precisely where my Father in Heaven wants me to be, I care no more about tomorrow than though it would never come. by Brigham Young

America is not like a blanket: one piece of unbroken cloth, the same color, the same texture, the same size. America is more like a quilt: many patches, many pieces, many colors, many sizes, all woven and held together by a common thread. by Jesse Jackson

Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer, but imprisonment turns the state into a gay dungeon-master. by Jesse Jackson

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. by Jesse Jackson

In politics, an organized minority is a political majority. by Jesse Jackson

Keep hope alive! by Jesse Jackson

Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together. by Jesse Jackson

Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up. by Jesse Jackson

Our flag is red, white and blue, but our nation is a rainbow -- red, yellow, brown, black and white -- and we're all precious in God's sight. by Jesse Jackson

Today's students can put dope in their veins or hope in their brains. If they can conceive it and believe it, they can achieve it. They must know it is not their aptitude, but their attitude, that will determine their altitude. by Jesse Jackson

When we're unemployed, we're called lazy; when the whites are unemployed it's called a depression. by Jesse Jackson

Your children need your presence more than your presents. by Jesse Jackson

Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is. by Jedi Master Yoda

You do what you are...You’re born with a gift. If not that, then you get good at something along the way. And what you’re good at. you don’t take for granted. by Morgan Freeman

Wars are caused by undefended wealth. by Ernest Hemingway

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. by Edmund Burke

Feminism was established to allow unattractive women easier access to the mainstream. by Rush Limbaugh

The difference between Los Angeles and yogurt is that yogurt comes with less fruit. by Rush Limbaugh

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell. by C.S. Lewis

A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. by C.S. Lewis

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is... A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. by C.S. Lewis

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. by C.S. Lewis

Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth thrown in. Aim at Earth and you get neither. by C.S. Lewis

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important. by C.S. Lewis

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. by C.S. Lewis

Don't say it was 'delightful'; make us say 'delightful' when we've read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers 'Please, will you do the job for me?' by C.S. Lewis

Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. by C.S. Lewis

Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. by C.S. Lewis

Eros will have naked bodies; Friendship naked personalities. by C.S. Lewis

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. by C.S. Lewis

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn. My God do you learn. by C.S. Lewis

Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement. by C.S. Lewis

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, 'What! You too? I thought I was the only one!' by C.S. Lewis

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival. by C.S. Lewis

If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning. by C.S. Lewis

If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. by C.S. Lewis

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. by C.S. Lewis

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. by C.S. Lewis

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable. by C.S. Lewis

Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. by C.S. Lewis

Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours. by C.S. Lewis

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. by C.S. Lewis

The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his own creation. by C.S. Lewis

Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. by C.S. Lewis

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. by C.S. Lewis

What seem our worst prayers may really be, in God's eyes, our best. Those, I mean, which are least supported by devotional feeling. For these may come from a deeper level than feeling. God sometimes seems to speak to us most intimately when He catches us, as it were, off our guard. by C.S. Lewis

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. by C.S. Lewis

You don't have a Soul. You are a Soul. You have a body. by C.S. Lewis

You play the hand you're dealt. I think the game's worthwhile. by C.S. Lewis

Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God. by Heywood Broun

To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny. by Joseph Addison

Atheism is rather in the life than in the heart of man. by Francis Bacon

The atheist has no hope. by J.F. Clarke

I don't believe in God because I don't believe in Mother Goose. by Clarence Darrow

An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. by Fulton J. Sheen

An atheist is one who hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief. by Franklin Jones

Men marry to make an end; women to make a beginning. by Alexis Dupuy

I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man. by Benjamin Disraeli

God help the man who won't marry until he finds a perfect woman, and God help him still more if he finds her. by Benjamin Tillet

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. by André Maurois

Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. by Joseph Barth

I guess the only way to stop divorce is to stop marriage. by Will Rogers

It takes two to make a marriage a success and only one to make it a failure. by Herbert Samuel

Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing any one who comes between them. by Sydney Smith

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, whose shade you do not expect to sit. by Nelson Henderson



 



 



A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done. by Dwight Eisenhower

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. by Dwight Eisenhower

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens. by Dwight Eisenhower

I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have persuaded him he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long as he is scared, and then he is gone. by Dwight Eisenhower

Things are more like they are today than they have ever been before. by Dwight Eisenhower

When you appeal to force, there's one thing you must never do - lose. by Dwight Eisenhower

When you are in any contest you should work as if there were, to the very last minute, a chance to lose it. by Dwight Eisenhower

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. by Dwight Eisenhower

Don't join the book burners. Do not think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed. by Dwight Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. by Dwight Eisenhower

Do not needlessly endanger your lives until I give you the signal. by Dwight Eisenhower

Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy. by Dwight Eisenhower

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. by Dwight Eisenhower

Few women, I fear, have had such reason as I have to think the long sad years of youth were worth living for the sake of middle age. by Dwight Eisenhower

From this day forward, the millions of our schoolchildren will daily proclaim in every city and town, every village and rural schoolhouse, the dedication of our nation and our people to the Almighty. by Dwight Eisenhower

History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. by Dwight Eisenhower

I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center. by Dwight Eisenhower

I feel impelled to speak today in a language that in a sense is new-one which I, who have spent so much of my life in the military profession, would have preferred never to use. That new language is the language of atomic warfare. by Dwight Eisenhower

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. by Dwight Eisenhower

I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem-and that yardstick is: Is it good for America? by Dwight Eisenhower

I thought it completely absurd to mention my name in the same breath as the Presidency. by Dwight Eisenhower

If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution. by Dwight Eisenhower

If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. by Dwight Eisenhower

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. by Dwight Eisenhower

Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. by Dwight Eisenhower

Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. by Dwight Eisenhower

Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one. by Dwight Eisenhower

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionable integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. by Dwight Eisenhower

Half of maturity consists of knowing when and how to be immature. by Chris Bowyer

The last temptation is the greatest treason: to do the right deed for the wrong reason. by T.S. Eliot

When I see a play and understand it the first time, then I know it can't be much good. by T.S. Eliot

An election is coming. Universal peace is declared and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry. by T.S. Eliot

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. by T.S. Eliot

As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing. by T.S. Eliot

Business today consists in persuading crowds. by T.S. Eliot

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. by T.S. Eliot

For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business. by T.S. Eliot

If you aren't in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? by T.S. Eliot

If you desire to drain to the dregs the fullest cup of scorn and hatred that a fellow human being can pour out for you, let a young mother hear you call dear baby "it." by T.S. Eliot

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. by T.S. Eliot

It's strange that words are so inadequate. Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath, so the lover must struggle for words. by T.S. Eliot

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. by T.S. Eliot

Our high respect for a well read person is praise enough for literature. by T.S. Eliot

We're not all alike but we can all like each other. by Jason Mechalek

Playwriting gets into your blood and you can't stop it. At least, not until the producers or the public tell you to. by T.S. Eliot

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. by T.S. Eliot

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves. by T.S. Eliot

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome. by T.S. Eliot

We know too much, and are convinced of too little. Our literature is a substitute for religion, and so is our religion. by T.S. Eliot

Men want a woman whom they can turn on and off like a light switch. by Ian Fleming

My mental hands were empty, and I felt I must do something as a counterirritant or antibody to my hysterical alarm at getting married at the age of 43. by Ian Fleming

Being a leader is like being a lady, if you have to go around telling people you are one, you aren't. by Margaret Thatcher

The sleeping fox catches no poultry. by Benjamin Franklin

A little neglect may breed great mischief. by Benjamin Franklin

Genius without education is like silver in the mine. by Benjamin Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. by Benjamin Franklin

Never confuse motion with action. by Benjamin Franklin

I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it. by Benjamin Franklin

I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did. by Benjamin Franklin

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. by Benjamin Franklin

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of. by Benjamin Franklin

To be thrown upon one's own resources, is to be cast into the very lap of fortune; for our faculties then undergo a development and display an energy of which they were previously unsusceptible. by Benjamin Franklin

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade. by Benjamin Franklin

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way. That was a true proverb of the wise man, rely upon it; "Better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and trouble therewith. by Benjamin Franklin

For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for the want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for the want of a horse the rider was lost, being overtaken and slain by the enemy, all for the want of care about a horseshoe nail. by Benjamin Franklin

Well done is better than well said. by Benjamin Franklin

To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girl friends. by Benjamin Franklin

If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty. by Benjamin Franklin

It's a phonetic language. Anything can make sense. How do you think Dr. Seuss wrote any of that sh*t? by Matthew Clayfield

The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice. by GK Chesterton

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. by GK Chesterton

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance. by GK Chesterton

The simplification of anything is always sensational. by GK Chesterton

Exaggeration follows desperation. by Chris Bowyer

To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it. by GK Chesterton

The free man owns himself. He can damage himself with either eating or drinking; he can ruin himself with gambling. If he does he is certainly a damn fool, and he might possibly be a damned soul; but if he may not, he is not a free man any more than a dog. by GK Chesterton

The reformer is always right about what is wrong. He is generally wrong about what is right. by GK Chesterton

The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him. by GK Chesterton

The only defensible war is a war of defense. by GK Chesterton

Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God. by GK Chesterton

America is the only country ever founded on a creed. by GK Chesterton

The <i>Declaration of Independence</i> dogmatically bases all rights on the fact that God created all men equal; and it is right; for if they were not created equal, they were certainly evolved unequal. There is no basis for democracy except in a dogma about the divine origin of man. by GK Chesterton

When you break the big laws, you do not get freedom; you do not even get anarchy. You get the small laws. by GK Chesterton

When a politician is in opposition he is an expert on the means to some end; and when he is in office he is an expert on the obstacles to it. by GK Chesterton

Love means loving the unlovable - or it is no virtue at all. by GK Chesterton

Marriage is a duel to the death which no man of honour should decline. by GK Chesterton

Women are the only realists; their whole object in life is to pit their realism against the extravagant, excessive, and occasionally drunken idealism of men. by GK Chesterton

Women have a thirst for order and beauty as for something physical; there is a strange female power of hating ugliness and waste as good men can only hate sin and bad men virtue. by GK Chesterton



If there were no God, there would be no Atheists. by GK Chesterton

There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions. by GK Chesterton

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people. by GK Chesterton

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried. by GK Chesterton

The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man. by GK Chesterton

It has been often said, very truly, that religion is the thing that makes the ordinary man feel extraordinary; it is an equally important truth that religion is the thing that makes the extraordinary man feel ordinary. by GK Chesterton

Theology is only thought applied to religion. by GK Chesterton

The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden. by GK Chesterton

These are the days when the Christian is expected to praise every creed except his own. by GK Chesterton

Men do not differ much about what things they will call evils; they differ enormously about what evils they will call excusable. by GK Chesterton

How else can you fight God but to pretend He doesn't exist? by Chris Bowyer

It's not that we don't have enough scoundrels to curse; it's that we don't have enough good men to curse them. by GK Chesterton

Truth is sacred; and if you tell the truth too often nobody will believe it. by GK Chesterton

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong. by GK Chesterton

I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it. by GK Chesterton

Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified. by GK Chesterton

All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story. Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he is alive. by GK Chesterton

Most modern freedom is at root fear. It is not so much that we are too bold to endure rules; it is rather that we are too timid to endure responsibilities. by GK Chesterton

Too much capitalism does not mean too many capitalists, but too few capitalists. by GK Chesterton

When people stop believing in God, they don't believe in nothing -- they believe in anything. by GK Chesterton

Philosophy is written in this grand book - I mean the Universe - which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and interpret the characters in which it is written.  It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles and other geometrical figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it. by Galileo Galilei

All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it. by GK Chesterton

The real argument against aristocracy is that it always means the rule of the ignorant. For the most dangerous of all forms of ignorance is ignorance of work. by GK Chesterton

The aim of good prose words is to mean what they say. The aim of good poetical words is to mean what they do not say. by GK Chesterton

By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece. by GK ChestertonIt is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it. by Jeseph Joubert

I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me. by Dave Barry

I do not think that the real reason why people accept religion is anything to do with argumentation. They accept religion on emotional grounds. One is often told that it is a very wrong thing to attack religion, because religion makes men virtuous. So I am told; I have not noticed it. by Bertrand Russell

I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. by Dudley Malone

Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute. by Josh Billings

The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it. by Edgar Watson Howe

Trust the man who hesitates in his speech and is quick and steady in action, but beware of long arguments and long beards. by George Santayana

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny...' by Isaac Asimov

I wish TV had a knob so you could turn up the intelligence. The one marked Brightness doesn't work. by Leo Gallagher

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better. by André Gide

There is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and the tired man who wants a book to read. by GK Chesterton

The proper rewards are not simply tacked on to the activity for which they are given, but are the activity itself in consummation. by C.S. Lewis

Perfect humility dispenses with modesty. by C.S. Lewis

Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won't last forever. We must take it or leave it. by C.S. Lewis

I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation. by C.S. Lewis

Every poem can be considered in two ways--as what the poet has to say, and as a thing which he makes. by C.S. Lewis

The Psalmists in telling everyone to praise God are doing what all men do when they speak of what they care about. by C.S. Lewis

The only good thing about books is that they can be adapted into films. by Michael Votto

A great many of those who 'debunk' traditional...values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from the debunking process. by C.S. Lewis

If we did not bring to the examinations of our instincts a knowledge of their comparative dignity we could never learn it from them. by C.S. Lewis

Wherever any precept of traditional morality is simply challenged to produce its credentials, as though the burden of proof lay on it, we have taken the wrong position. by C.S. Lewis

No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power. by C.S. Lewis

Art can teach without at all ceasing to be art. by C.S. Lewis

If the universe is so bad...how on earth did human beings ever come to attribute it to the activity of a wise and good Creator? by C.S. Lewis

If we will not learn to eat the only food that the universe grows...then we must starve eternally. by C.S. Lewis

Everyone feels benevolent if nothing happens to be annoying him at the moment. by C.S. Lewis

Admit it, sport-utility-vehicle owners! It's shaped a little differently, but it's a station wagon! And you do not drive it across rivers! You drive it across the Wal-Mart parking lot! by Dave Barry

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing. by Dave Barry

American business long ago gave up on demanding that prospective employees be honest and hardworking. It has even stopped hoping for employees who are educated enough that they can tell the difference between the men's room and the women's room without having little pictures on the doors. by Dave Barry

As a child, I was more afraid of tetanus shots than, for example, Dracula. by Dave Barry

Because of the level of my chess game, I was able - even against a weak opponent, such as my younger brothers or the dog - to get myself checkmated in under three minutes. I challenge any computer to do it faster. by Dave Barry

Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes. by Dave Barry

Buying the right computer and getting it to work properly is no more complicated than building a nuclear reactor from wristwatch parts in a darkened room using only your teeth. by Dave Barry

Camping is nature's way of promoting the motel business. by Dave Barry

Congress, after years of stalling, finally got around to clearing the way for informal discussions that might lead to possible formal talks that could potentially produce some kind of tentative agreements... by Dave Barry

Don't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don't even have to be true! by Dave Barry

Experts tell us that if the Millennium Bug is not fixed, when the year 2000 arrives, our financial records will be inaccurate, our telephone system will be unreliable, our government will be paralyzed and airline flights will be canceled without warning. In other words, things will be pretty much the same as they are now. by Dave Barry

Have you noticed that whatever sport you're trying to learn, some earnest person is always telling you to keep your knees bent? by Dave Barry

I recently had my annual physical examination, which I get once every seven years, and when the nurse weighed me, I was shocked to discover how much stronger the Earth's gravitational pull has become since 1990. by Dave Barry

I would not know how I am supposed to feel about many stories if not for the fact that the TV news personalities make sad faces for sad stories and happy faces for happy stories. by Dave Barry

If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base. by Dave Barry

If God had wanted us to be concerned for the plight of the toads, he would have made them cute and furry. by Dave Barry

If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from The Beverly Hillbillies. by Dave Barry

If you were to open up a baby's head -- and I am not for a moment suggesting that you should -- you would find nothing but an enormous drool gland. by Dave Barry

In fact, just about all the major natural attractions you find in the West -- the Grand Canyon, the Badlands, the Goodlands, the Mediocrelands, the Rocky Mountains and Robert Redford -- were caused by erosion. by Dave Barry

In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!' by Dave Barry

It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent. by Dave Barry

It is a good idea to "shop around" before you settle on a doctor. Ask about the condition of his Mercedes. Ask about the competence of his mechanic. Don't be shy! After all, you're paying for it. by Dave Barry

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate. by Dave Barry

Karate is a form of marital arts in which people who have had years and years of training can, using only their hands and feet, make some of the worst movies in the history of the world. by Dave Barry

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it. by Dave Barry

Like many members of the uncultured, Cheez-It consuming public, I am not good at grasping modern art. by Dave Barry

Magnetism, as you recall from physics class, is a powerful force that causes certain items to be attracted to refrigerators. by Dave Barry

Magnetism is one of the Six Fundamental Forces of the Universe, with the other five being Gravity, Duct Tape, Whining, Remote Control, and The Force That Pulls Dogs Toward The Groins Of Strangers. by Dave Barry

Males have a lot of trouble not looking at breasts. What is worse, males cannot look at breasts and think at the same time. In fact, scientists now believe that the primary biological function of breasts is to make males stupid. This was proved in a famous 1978 laboratory experiment wherein a team of leading male psychological researchers at Yale deliberately looked at photographs of breasts every day for two years, at the end of which they concluded that they had failed to take any notes. "We forgot," they said. "We'll have to do it over." by Dave Barry

MEGAHERTZ: This is a really, really big hertz. by Dave Barry

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M's and a chocolate cake. I feel better already. by Dave Barry

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. by Dave Barry

Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer. by Dave Barry

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. by Dave Barry

Puns are little plays on words that a certain breed of person loves to spring on you and then look at you in a certain self-satisfied way to indicate that he thinks that you must think that he is by far the cleverest person on Earth now that Benjamin Franklin is dead. by Dave Barry

People who want to share their religious views with you almost never want you to share yours with them. by Dave Barry

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face. by Dave Barry

Snowboarding is an activity that is very popular with people who do not feel that regular skiing is lethal enough. by Dave Barry

Talking about golf is always boring. (Playing golf can be interesting, but not the part where you try to hit the little ball; only the part where you drive the cart.) by Dave Barry

The Democrats seem to be basically nicer people, but they have demonstrated time and again that they have the management skills of celery. by Dave Barry

The four building blocks of the universe are fire, water, gravel and vinyl. by Dave Barry

The function of RAM is to give us guys a way of deciding whose computer has the biggest, studliest, most tumescent MEMORY. This is important, because with today's complex software, the more memory a computer has, the faster it can produce error messages. So the bottom line is, if you're a guy, you cannot have enough RAM. by Dave Barry



The Internet is a giant international network of intelligent, informed computer enthusiasts, by which I mean, "people without lives." We don't care. We have each other... by Dave Barry

The Internet: Transforming Society and Shaping the Future Through Chat. by Dave Barry

The leading cause of death among fashion models is falling through street grates. by Dave Barry

The major parties could conduct live human sacrifices on their podiums during prime time, and I doubt that anybody would notice. by Dave Barry

The only kind of seafood I trust is the fish stick, a totally featureless fish that doesn't have eyeballs or fins. by Dave Barry

Thus the metric system did not really catch on in the States, unless you count the increasing popularity of the nine-millimeter bullet. by Dave Barry

We'll try to cooperate fully with the IRS, because, as citizens, we feel a strong patriotic duty not to go to jail. by Dave Barry

Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. by Dave Barry

All men desire to know. by Aristotle

God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. by C.S. Lewis

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. by C.S. Lewis

We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it's there for emergencies but he hopes he'll never have to use it. by C.S. Lewis

God is not proud...He will have us even though we have shown that we prefer everything else to Him. by C.S. Lewis

Those who would most scornfully repudiate Christianity as a mere 'opiate of the people' have a contempt for the rich, that is, for all mankind except the poor. by C.S. Lewis

Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it. by C.S. Lewis

Be sure that the ins and outs of your individuality are no mystery to Him; and one day they will no longer be a mystery to you. by C.S. Lewis

'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.' by C.S. Lewis

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. by C.S. Lewis

If you are really a product of a materialistic universe, how is it that you don't feel at home there? by C.S. Lewis

It was when I was happiest that I longed most...The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing...to find the place where all the beauty came from. by C.S. Lewis

There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes. by C.S. Lewis

A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere--'Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,' as Herbert says, 'fine nets and stratagems.' God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous. by C.S. Lewis

We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way. by Author Unknown

Who does not thank for little will not thank for much. by Author Unknown

What we're really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? by Erna Bombeck

The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! by Henry Ward Beecher

Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song. by Konrad von Gesner

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. by Irv Kupcinet

On Thanksgiving Day we acknowledge our dependence. by William Jennings Bryan

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. by WT Purkiser

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. by Winston Churchill

Famous remarks are very seldom quoted correctly. by Simeon Strunsky

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. by Oscar Wilde

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said. by Author Unknown

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit. by W. Somerset Maugham

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations. by Isaac Disraeli

Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted. by Groucho Marx

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author? by Philip Hamerton

A witty saying proves nothing. by Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

An orator is a man who says what he thinks and feels what he says. by William Jennings Bryan

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. by William Jennings Bryan

No one can earn a million dollars honestly. by William Jennings Bryan

Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed. by William Jennings Bryan

Scientists make a guess and call it a hypothesis. 'Guess' is too short a word for a professor. by William Jennings Bryan

A University of Chicago professor said the greatest day in the world was when a water puppy crawled out on land and decided to stay.  The water puppy, he said, went on to become a man.  If he proves that, I am willing to give up Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day, and to celebrate Water Puppy Day. by William Jennings Bryan

The Rock of Ages is more important than the age of rocks. by William Jennings Bryan

I believe one of the reasons so many do not get a higher education is the fear of their parents that they will lose more morally than they will receive mentally. by William Jennings Bryan

The humblest citizen of all the land; when clad in the armour of a righteous cause; is stronger than all the hosts of Error. by William Jennings Bryan

Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy. by GK Chesterton

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another. by Jonathan Swift



For those who believe, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible. by Author Unknown

Never judge a philosophy by its abuse. by Saint Augustine

The worst moment for the athieist is when he feels thankful and has no one to thank. by Dante Gabriel Rossetti

If my children wake up on Christmas morning and have someone to thank for putting candy in their stocking, have I no one to thank for putting two feet in mine? by GK Chesterton

Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning... by C.S. Lewis

I believe we are born with our minds open to wonderful experiences, and only slowly learn to limit ourselves to narrow tastes. We are taught to lose our curiosity by the bludgeon-blows of mass marketing, which brainwash us to see 'hits,' and discourage exploration. by Roger Ebert

No matter what they're charging to get in, it's worth more to get out. by Roger Ebert

'It will obliterate your senses!' reports David Gillin, who obviously writes autobiographically. by Roger Ebert

No good film is too long and no bad film is short enough. by Roger Ebert

When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all. by C.S. Lewis

You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house. by C.S. Lewis

Consciousness is either inexplicable illusion, or else revelation. by C.S. Lewis

Of all bad men religious bad men are the worst. by C.S. Lewis

Don't look back; they may be gaining on you. by Satchel Paige

Don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. by Satchel Paige

It ain't braggin' if you can back it up. by Dizzy Dean

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. by George Patton

The biggest risk is not taking one. by Author Unknown

Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light. by Joseph Pulitzer

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. by Jack London

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness. by Christopher Morley

Advice to young writers who want to get ahead without annoying delays: don’t write about Man, write about 'a' man. by E.B. White

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. by Marianne Moore

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book. by Marcus Tullius Cicero

The one man who should never attempt an explanation on poetry is its author. If the poem can be improved by its author’s explanations, it never should have been published. by Archibald MacLeish

Too many poets delude themselves by thinking that the mind is dangerous and must be left out. Well, the mind is dangerous and must be left in. by Robert Frost



Someone doing it often interrupts the person saying it cannot be done. by Author Unknown

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. by Mark Twain

Fantasy is a necessary ingrediant in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life's realities. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

...adults are just obsolete children, and the hell with them. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon? by Theodor Seuss Geisel

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so?  It came without ribbons.  It came without tags.  It came without packages, boxes or bags.  And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore.  Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before.  What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store?  What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more? by Theodor Seuss Geisel

No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try! by Theodor Seuss Geisel

Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite. Or waiting around for Friday night or waiting perhaps for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil or a better break or a string of pearls or a pair of pants or a wig with curls or another chance. Everyone is just waiting. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

You make 'em, I amuse 'em. by Theodor Seuss Geisel

Everything you want also wants you. by Jack Canfield

Courage is the most beautiful kind of madness. by Author Unknown

When I read about the evils of drinking I gave up reading. by Author Unknown

Certain things, if not seen as lovely or detestable, are not being correctly seen at all. by C.S. Lewis

The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction. by C.S. Lewis

This moment contains all moments. by C.S. Lewis

There are no variations except for those who know a norm, and no subtleties for those who have not grasped the obvious. by C.S. Lewis

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age. by Christopher Morley

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. by Christopher Morley

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed. by Christopher Morley

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life. by Christopher Morley

Act like you expect to get into the end zone. by Christopher Morley

Beauty is ever to the lonely mind a shadow fleeting; she is never plain. She is a visitor who leaves behind the gift of grief, the souvenir of pain. by Christopher Morley

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. by Christopher Morley

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. by Christopher Morley

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs. by Christopher Morley

If we discovered that we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them. by Christopher Morley

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty. by Christopher Morley

Only the sinner has the right to preach. by Christopher Morley

People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too. by Christopher Morley

Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. by Christopher Morley

There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning. by Christopher Morley

There is only one rule for being a good talker - learn to listen. by Christopher Morley

We've had bad luck with our kids - they've all grown up. by Christopher Morley

When you sell a man a book you don't sell him just 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. by Christopher Morley

Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it. by E.B. White

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. by E.B. White

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. by Robert Frost

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. by Robert Frost

A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. by Robert Frost

A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel. by Robert Frost

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. by Robert Frost

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. by Robert Frost

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair. by Robert Frost

Education doesn't change life much. It just lifts trouble to a higher plane of regard. by Robert Frost

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. by Robert Frost

Forgive, O Lord, my little jokes on Thee, and I'll forgive Thy great big joke on me. by Robert Frost

Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. by Robert Frost

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. by Robert Frost

Humor is the most engaging cowardice. by Robert Frost

I am a writer of books in retrospect. I talk in order to understand; I teach in order to learn. by Robert Frost

I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering. by Robert Frost

I'd just as soon play tennis with the net down. by Robert Frost

If society fits you comfortably enough, you call it freedom. by Robert Frost

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. by Robert Frost

It's a funny thing that when a man hasn't anything on earth to worry about, he goes off and gets married. by Robert Frost

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. by Robert Frost

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor. by Robert Frost

No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader. by Robert Frost

Poetry is what gets lost in translation. by Robert Frost

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. by Robert Frost

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. by Robert Frost

The ear is the only true writer and the only true reader. by Robert Frost

The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat. by Robert Frost

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work. by Robert Frost

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession. by Robert Frost

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. by Robert Frost

Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. by John Donne

Love is agrowing, to full constant light; and his first minute, after noon, is night. by John Donne

It is very easy to tell the difference between man-made and God-made objects. The more you magnify man-made objects, the cruder they look, but the more you magnify God-made objects, the more precise and intricate they appear. by Luther Sutherland

Cliches are made because they're true. by Miriam M. Wynn

It doesn't matter how many people I've killed. What matters is how I get along with the people who are still alive. by Bruce Willis

Other than heaven, the only place where one's heart is completely safe from the dangers of love is hell. by C.S. Lewis

You cannot go on 'explaining away' for ever: you will find that you have explained explanation itself away. You cannot go on 'seeing through' things for ever. The whole point of seeing through something is to see something through it. by C.S. Lewis

I can't think of a better way to spread the message of world peace than by working with the NFL and being part of Super Bowl XXVII. by Michael Jackson

I'm just like anyone. I cut and I bleed. And I embarass easily. by Michael Jackson

I'm totally at home on the stage. That's where I live. That's where I was born. That's where I'm safe. by Michael Jackson

Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals. by Siddhartha Buddha

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. by Siddhartha Buddha

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace. by Siddhartha Buddha

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. by Siddhartha Buddha

He is able who thinks he is able. by Siddhartha Buddha

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes. by Siddhartha Buddha

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. by Siddhartha Buddha

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? by Siddhartha Buddha

I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act. by Siddhartha Buddha

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done. by Siddhartha Buddha

In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. by Siddhartha Buddha

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. by Siddhartha Buddha

It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. by Siddhartha Buddha

Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life. by Siddhartha Buddha

I can live with death. by Evan Spigelman

Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 ft/sec, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter. by Dave Barry

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!" by Dave Barry

I figured out why I'm not getting seriously rich. I write newspaper columns. Nobody ever makes newspaper columns into Major Motion Pictures starring Tom Cruise. The best you can hope for, with a newspaper column, is that people will like it enough to attach it to their refrigerators with magnets shaped like fruit. by Dave Barry

'You scratch my back, and I'll suck blood out of yours' - that is the insect motto. by Dave Barry

There are no seeing eye cats, of course, because the sole function of cats, in the Great Chain of Life, is to cause harm to human beings. by Dave Barry

If God had wanted us to spend our time fretting about the problems of home ownership, He would never have invented beer. by Dave Barry

Drug testing is very big in football. This is because football players are Role Models for young people. All you young people out there want to grow up and have enormous necks and get knee operations as often as haircuts. That's why the people in charge of football don't want you to associate it with drugs. They want you to associate it with alcohol. by Dave Barry

To defend Western Europe we have to let the Pentagon buy all these tanks and guns and things, and the Pentagon is unable to buy any object that that costs less than a condominium in Vail. If the Pentagon needs, say, fruit, it will argue that it must have fruit that can withstand the rigors of combat conditions, and it will wind up purchasing the FX-700 Seedless Tactical Grape, which will cost $160,000 per bunch, and will have an 83 percent failure rate. by Dave Barry

The reason gas stations sell food, of course, is that the supermarkets are busy cashing checks. The supermarkets have to cash checks because the banks are busy mailing unsolicited credit cards to everybody in the Western Hemisphere. The result is that very few people fix cars. by Dave Barry

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other large organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate. by Dave Barry

Back in the old days, most families were close-knit. Grown children and their parents continued to live together, under the same roof, sometimes in the same small, crowded room, year in and year out, until they died, frequently by strangulation. by Dave Barry

I realise that I'm making gender-based generalizations here, but my feeling is that if God did not want us to make gender-based generalizations, She would not have given us genders. by Dave Barry

It is never okay to throw away veteran underwear. A real guy checks the garbage regularly in case somebody - and we are not naming names but this would be his wife - is quietly trying to discard his underwear, which she is frankly jealous of, because the guy seems to have a more intimate relationship with it than with her. by Dave Barry

It is a well-documented fact that guys will not ask for directions. This is a biological thing. This is why it takes several million guy sperm cells, each one wriggling in its own direction, totally confident it knows where it is going, to locate a female egg, despite the fact that the egg is, relative to them, the size of Wisconsin. by Dave Barry

Childbirth, as a strictly physical phenomenon, is comparable to driving a United Parcel truck through an inner tube. by Dave Barry

A guy could have one major limb lying on the ground a full ten feet from the rest of his body, and he'd claim it was 'just a sprain'. by Dave Barry

We humans do not need to leave Earth to get to a hostile, deadly, alien environment; we already have Miami. by Dave Barry

My mother used to say to me: "Son, it's better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick." I think that still makes a heck of a lot of sense, even in these troubles times. by Dave Barry

You should do your own car repairs. It's an easy way to save money and possibly maim yourself for life. by Dave Barry

"Look closely at Central America, and try to imagine what would happen if this vital region were to fall into Communist hands. What would happen is a lot of Communists would be stung repeatedly by vivious tropical insects the size of mature hamsters. by Dave Barry

The ACLU is always yakking about the Constitution, and most of us are getting mighty tired of it. I mean, if the Constitution is so great, how come it was amended so many times? Huh? by Dave Barry

The only flaw in the Hinckley trial is that it left a lot of people with the impression that psychiatrists are just a bunch of bearded voodoo doctors who espouse confusing and wildly contradictory theories that have nothing to do with common sense. This is totally unfair. Many psychiatrists are clean-shaven. by Dave Barry

Classical music gradually lost popularity because it is too complicated: you need twenty-five or thirty skilled musicians just to hum it properly. So people began to develop regular music. by Dave Barry

There are many silly superstitions about lightning, and as a result many people - maybe even you - are terrified of it. You shouldn't worry. Thanks to modern science we now know that lightning is nothing more than huge chunks of electricity that can come out of the sky, anytime, anywhere, and kill you. by Dave Barry

Over the next hundred years or so football saw a great many major innovations and refinements that are too boring to even think about. Along the way professional football came into being so that the largest and most violent college players would have a way to earn money other than simply demanding it from innocent civilians. by Dave Barry

When you get right down to it, the Safety Lecture is a silly idea. I mean, if the passengers really thought the plane was going to crash, they wouldn't get on it in the first place, let alone learn how to get an adequate oxygen supply on the way down. by Dave Barry

Tokyo is huge. Something like 15 million people live there, and my estimate is that at any given moment, 14.7 million of them are lost. This is because the Tokyo street system holds the world outdoor record for randomness. A map of Tokyo looks like a tub of hyperactive bait. There is virtually no street that goes directly from anywhere to anywhere. by Dave Barry

I hate rap music, which to me sounds like a bunch of angry men shouting, possibly because the person who was supposed to provide them with a melody never showed up. by Dave Barry

On the Japanese news, if the announcers had happy faces and perky voices, I knew that meant good news, such as that Japanese scientists had discovered a way to make VCR's even more difficult for Americans to program; whereas if the announcers had serious voices and frowny faces, it meant bad news, such as the worsening eel shortage. by Dave Barry

We should enact an 'e' tax. Government agents would roam the country looking for stores whose names contained any word that ended in an unnecessary 'e,' such as 'shoppe' or 'olde,' and the owners of these stores would be taxed at a flat rate of $50,000 per year per 'e.' We should also consider an additional $50,000 'ye' tax, so that the owner of a store called 'Ye Olde Shoppe' would have to fork over $150,000 a year. In extreme cases, such as 'Ye Olde Barne Shoppe,' the owner would simply be taken outside and shot. by Dave Barry

I'm a middle age white guy, which means I'm constantly reminded that my particular group is responsible for the oppression of every known minority PLUS most wars PLUS government corruption PLUS pollution of the environment, not to mention that it was middle-age white guys who killed Bambi's mom. by Dave Barry

You should never pick up a newspaper when you're feeling good, because every newspaper has a special department, called the Bummer Desk, which is responsible for digging up depressing front-page stories with headlines like DOORBELL USE LINKED TO LEUKEMIA and OZONE LAYER COMPLETELY GONE DIRECTLY OVER YOUR HOUSE. by Dave Barry

The books all say that barracuda rarely eat people, but very few barracuda can read, and they have far more teeth than would be necessary for a strictly seafood diet. Their mouths look like the entire $39.95 set of Ginsu knives, including the handy Arm Slicer. by Dave Barry

I don't know what the new Ford will be called. Probably something like the 'Ford Untamed Wilderness Adventure.' In the TV commercials, it will be shown splashing through rivers, charging up rocky mountainsides, swinging on vines, diving off cliffs, racing through the surf, and fighting giant sharks hundreds of feet beneath the ocean surface -- all the daredevil things that cars do in Sport Utility Vehicle Commercial World, where nobody ever drives on an actual world. In fact, the interstate highways in Sport Utility Vehicle Commercial World, having been abandoned by humans, are teeming with deer, squirrels, birds, and other wildlife species that have fled from the forests to avoid being run over by nature-seekers in multi-ton vehicles barreling through the underbrush at 50 miles per hour. by Dave Barry

Cooking was invented in prehistoric times, when a primitive tribe had a lucky accident. The tribe had killed an animal and was going to eat it raw, when a tribe member named Woog tripped and dropped it into the fire. At first the other tribe members were angry at Woog, but then, as the aroma of burning meat filled the air, they had an idea. So they ate Woog raw. by Dave Barry

I assume you are on the Internet. If you are not, then pardon my French, but vous êtes un big loser. Today EVERYBODY is on the Internet, including the primitive Mud People of the Amazon rain forest. In the old days, when the Mud People needed food, they had to manually throw spears at wild boars; whereas today they simply get on the Internet, go to www.spear-a-boar.com and click their mouse a few times (the Mud People use actual mice). Within three business days, a large box is delivered to them by a UPS driver, whom they eat. by Dave Barry

I have not felt remotely cool for a long time, thanks largely to the relentless efforts of my teenage son, whose goal in life is to make me feel 3,500 years old. We'll be in the car, and he'll say, 'You wanna hear my new CD?' And I, flattered that he thinks his old man might like the same music he does, will say 'Sure!' So he increases the sound-system volume setting from '4' to 'Meteor Impact,' and he puts in a CD by a band with a name like 'Pustule,' and the next thing I know gigantic nuclear bass notes have blown out all the car windows and activated both the driver- and passenger-side air bags, and I'm writhing on the floor, screaming for mercy with jets of blood spurting three feet from my ears. My son then ejects the CD, smiling contentedly, knowing he as purchased a winner. On those extremely rare occasions when I like one of his CDs, I imagine he destroys it with a blowtorch. by Dave Barry

I probably should never have been there anyway, and it served me right when the two alert police officers fired up their siren, pulled me over, and pointed out that my car's registration had expired. I had not realized this, and as you can imagine I felt like quite the renegade outlaw as one of the officers painstakingly wrote out my ticket, standing well to the side of the road so as to avoid getting hit by the steady stream of passing unlicensed and uninsured motorists driving their stolen cars with their left hands so that their right hands would be free to keep their pit bulls from spilling their cocaine all over their machine guns. Not that I am bitter. by Dave Barry

In some versions of my original contest column I had proposed, in a lighthearted manner, that we reduce the deficit by 'selling unnecessary states such as Oklahoma to the Japanese.' This caused a number of Oklahomans to send in letters containing many correctly spelled words and making the central lighthearted point that I am a jerk. They also sent me official literature stating that Oklahoma has enormous quantities of culture in the form of ballet, Oral Roberts, etc., and that the Official State Reptile -- I am not making this up -- is something called the 'Mountain Boomer.' So I apologize to Oklahoma, and as a token of my sincerity I'm willing to sell my state, Florida, to the Japanese, assuming nobody objects to the fact that Japan would suddenly become the most heavily armed nation on Earth. by Dave Barry

Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. by Louis Hector Berlioz

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness. by Charles Caleb Colton

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer. by Charles Caleb Colton

If you would be known, and not know, vegetate in a village; If you would know, and not be known, live in a city. by Charles Caleb Colton

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say. by Charles Caleb Colton

The greatest friend of Truth is time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion Humility. by Charles Caleb Colton

We hate some persons because we do not know them; and we will not know them because we hate them. by Charles Caleb Colton

Imitation is the sincerest of flattery. by Charles Caleb Colton

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. by Charles Caleb Colton

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. by Charles Caleb Colton

It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward. by Baltasar Gracian

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. by Leo Burke

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting. by Mark Twain

When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, 'Did you sleep well?' I said 'No, I made a few mistakes.' by Steven Wright

Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep. by Fran Lebowitz

All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable. by Fran Lebowitz

I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota. by Fran Lebowitz

I've done the calculation and your chances of winning the lottery are identical whether you play or or not. by Fran Lebowitz

In real life, I assure you, there is no such thing as algebra. by Fran Lebowitz

Information is not knowledge. by Albert Einstein

My favorite animal is steak. by Fran Lebowitz

Special-interest publications should realize that if they are attracting enough advertising and readers to make a profit, the interest is not so special. by Fran Lebowitz

The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. by Fran Lebowitz

Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you. by Fran Lebowitz

We are indeed much more than what we eat, but what we eat can nevertheless help us to be much more than what we are. by Adelle Davis

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. by Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

What some call health, if purchased by perpetual anxiety about diet, isn't much better than tedious disease. by George Dennison Prentice

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. by Mark Twain

There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry. by Mark Twain

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans. by Ronald Reagan

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. by Socrates

I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two weeks. by Totie Fields

It is in vain to hope to please all alike. Let a man stand with his face in what direction he will, he must necessarily turn his back on one half of the world. by George Dennison Prentice

Some people seem as if they can never have been children, and others seem as if they could never be anything else. by George Dennison Prentice

A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth. by George Dennison Prentice

Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame. by GK Chesterton

Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. by GK Chesterton

The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure. by Dale Carnegie

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. by Dale Carnegie

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. by Dale Carnegie

Have you ever heard people say 'don't sweat the details'? Well, they're wrong: sweat the details. They have a name for people who sweat the details: millionaires. by Jerry Bowyer

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it... that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear. by Dale Carnegie

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge. by Dale Carnegie

If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep. by Dale Carnegie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. by Dale Carnegie

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. by Dale Carnegie

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. by Dale Carnegie

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it. by Dale Carnegie

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at al, but our hate is turning our days and nights into a hellish turmoil. by Dale Carnegie

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. by Dale Carnegie

You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime. by Dale Carnegie

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist. by Edmund Burke

An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. by Edmund Burke

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. by Edmund Burke

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. by Edmund Burke

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. by Edmund Burke

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. by Edmund Burke

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. by Edmund Burke

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. by Edmund Burke

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. by Edmund Burke

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference. by Edmund Burke

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. by Edmund Burke

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation. by Edmund Burke

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. by Edmund Burke

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. by Edmund Burke

They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance. by Edmund Burke

Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none. by Edmund Burke

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. by Edmund Burke

Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? by Stephen Hawking

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. by Stephen Hawking

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. by Stephen Hawking

Not only does God play dice, but he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen. by Stephen Hawking

The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? by Stephen Hawking

The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. by Stephen Hawking

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special. by Stephen Hawking

God does not play dice with the universe. by Albert Einstein

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. by Aristotle

All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. by Aristotle

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. by Aristotle

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. by Aristotle

Bad men are full of repentance. by Aristotle

Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. by Aristotle

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. by Aristotle

Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit. by Aristotle

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. by Aristotle

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. by Aristotle

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. by Aristotle

Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. by Aristotle

Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. by Aristotle

Happiness depends upon ourselves. by Aristotle

Hope is a waking dream. by Aristotle

I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. by Aristotle

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost. by Aristotle

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels. by Aristotle

It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. by Aristotle

It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. by Aristotle

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. by Aristotle

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. by Aristotle

Man is by nature a political animal. by Aristotle

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. by Aristotle

Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. by Aristotle

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. by Aristotle

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. by Aristotle

My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. by Aristotle

Nature does nothing uselessly. by Aristotle

No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness. by Aristotle

No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world. by Aristotle

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. by Aristotle

Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. by Aristotle

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty -- excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable -- should persist after the beauty was gone. by Aristotle

The appropriate age for marriage is around eighteen for girls and thirty-seven for men. by Aristotle

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. by Aristotle

The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. by Aristotle

The gods too are fond of a joke. by Aristotle

The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. by Aristotle

The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. by Aristotle

The secret to humor is surprise. by Aristotle

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so. by Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit. by Aristotle

We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. by Aristotle

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. by Aristotle

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. by Aristotle

A drama critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned. by George Bernard Shaw

A man never tells you anything until you contradict him. by George Bernard Shaw

A mind of the calibre of mine cannot derive its nutriment from cows. by George Bernard Shaw

A true artist will let his wife starve, his children go barefoot, his mother drudge for his living at seventy, sooner than work at anything but his art. by George Bernard Shaw

All great truths begin as blasphemies. by George Bernard Shaw

Animals are my friends... and I don't eat my friends. by George Bernard Shaw

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended. by George Bernard Shaw

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. by George Bernard Shaw

Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. by George Bernard Shaw

If all the economists were laid end to end, they'd never reach a conclusion. by George Bernard Shaw

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas. by George Bernard Shaw

In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it. by George Bernard Shaw

It is most unwise for people in love to marry. by George Bernard Shaw

Lack of money is the root of all evil. by George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it. by George Bernard Shaw

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. by George Bernard Shaw

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it. by George Bernard Shaw

Dancing is a perpendicular expression of a horizontal desire. by George Bernard Shaw

First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. by George Bernard Shaw

Science never solves a problem without creating ten more. by George Bernard Shaw

A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to. by Laurence Peter

A pessimist is a man who looks both ways when he crosses the street. by Laurence Peter

A man doesn't know what he knows until he knows what he doesn't know. by Laurence Peter

America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. by Laurence Peter

America is a land of taxation that was founded to avoid taxation. by Laurence Peter

An economist is an expert who will know tomorrow why the things he predicted yesterday didn't happen today. by Laurence Peter

Democracy is a process by which people are free to choose the man who will get the blame. by Laurence Peter

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices. by Laurence Peter

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away. by Laurence Peter

Everyone is in awe of the lion tamer in a cage with half a dozen lions -- everyone but a school bus driver. by Laurence Peter

Fortune knocks but once, but misfortune has much more patience. by Laurence Peter

Going to church doesn't make you any more a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car. by Laurence Peter

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk? by Laurence Peter

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. by Laurence Peter

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance. by Laurence Peter

There are two kinds of egotists: Those who admit it, and the rest of us. by Laurence Peter

There are two kinds of failures: those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. by Laurence Peter

The odds of not meeting in this life are so great that every meeting is like a miracle. It's a wonder that we don't make love to every single person we meet. by Yoko Ono

A woman isn't complete without a man. But where do you find a man - a real man - these days? by Lauren Bacall

Find me a man who's interesting enough to have dinner with and I'll be happy. by Lauren Bacall

I am not a has-been. I am a will be. by Lauren Bacall

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that. by Lauren Bacall

Did you ever notice how difficult it is to argue with someone who is not obsessed with being right? by Wayne Dyer

Arguing is really saying, "If you were really more like me, then I could like you better." by Wayne Dyer

The measure of your life will not be in what you accumulate, but in what you give away. by Wayne Dyer

One of the most responsible things you can do as an adult is to become more of a child. by Wayne Dyer

We become what we think about all day long. The question is, 'What do you think about?' by Wayne Dyer

Don't try to be a perfectionist. That's God's job. by Jason Mechalek

My coat and I live comfortably togther. It has assumed all my wrinkles, does not hurt me anywhere, has moulded itself on my deformities, and is complacent to all my movements, and I only feel its presence because it keeps me warm. Old coats and old friends are the same thing. by Victor Hugo

A good conscience is a continual Christmas. by Benjamin Franklin

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle. by Benjamin Franklin

A penny saved is a penny earned. by Benjamin Franklin

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it. by Benjamin Franklin

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move. by Benjamin Franklin

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. by Benjamin Franklin

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul; he that wants it hath a maimed mind. by Benjamin Franklin

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both. by Benjamin Franklin

As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence. by Benjamin Franklin

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. by Jimi Hendrix

Beauty and folly are old companions. by Benjamin Franklin

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. by Benjamin Franklin

Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. by Benjamin Franklin

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. by Benjamin Franklin

Creditors have better memories than debtors. by Benjamin Franklin

Diligence is the mother of good luck. by Benjamin Franklin

Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. by Benjamin Franklin

Even peace may be purchased at too high a price. by Benjamin Franklin

Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other. by Benjamin Franklin

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise. by Benjamin Franklin

Games lubricate the body and the mind. by Benjamin Franklin

Half a truth is often a great lie. by Benjamin Franklin

He does not possess wealth; it possesses him. by Benjamin Franklin

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. by Benjamin Franklin

He that lives upon hope will die fasting. by Benjamin Franklin

He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees. by Benjamin Franklin

How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep holidays than commandments. by Benjamin Franklin

I guess I don't so much mind being old, as I mind being fat and old. by Benjamin Franklin

I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand. by Benjamin Franklin

I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up. by Benjamin Franklin

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it from him. by Benjamin Franklin

If you would be loved, love and be lovable. by Benjamin Franklin

In this world nothing is certain but death and taxes. by Benjamin Franklin

It is a grand mistake to think of being great without goodness and I pronounce it as certain that there was never a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. by Benjamin Franklin

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them. by Benjamin Franklin

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. by Benjamin Franklin

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed. by Benjamin Franklin

Life's Tragedy is that we get old to soon and wise too late. by Benjamin Franklin

Lost time is never found again. by Benjamin Franklin

Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so. by Benjamin Franklin

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness. by Benjamin Franklin

Money can help you to get medicines but not health. Money can help you to get soft pillows, but not sound sleep. Money can help you to get material comforts, but not eternal bliss. Money can help you to get ornaments, but not beauty. Money will help you to get an electric earphone, but not natural hearing. Attain the supreme wealth, wisdom, and you will have everything. by Benjamin Franklin

Rebellion against tyrants is obedience to God. by Benjamin Franklin

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. by Benjamin Franklin

The art of acting consists in keeping people from coughing. by Benjamin Franklin

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. by Benjamin Franklin

The doors of wisdom are never shut. by Benjamin Franklin

The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is a knowledge of our own ignorance. by Benjamin Franklin

The first mistake in public business is the going into it. by Benjamin Franklin

The greatest monarch on the proudest throne is obliged to sit upon his own arse. by Benjamin Franklin

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. by Benjamin Franklin

Time is money. by Benjamin Franklin

Wealth is not his that has it, but his that enjoys it. by Benjamin Franklin

Words may show a man's wit but actions his meaning. by Benjamin Franklin

You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife? by Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not. by Benjamin Franklin

So convienent a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do. by Benjamin Franklin

Suicide is man's way of telling God, 'You can't fire me - I quit.' by Bill Maher

Everything that used to be a sin is now a disease. by Bill Maher

Jim Bakker spells his name with two k's because three would be too obvious. by Bill Maher

The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs. by Bill Maher



Women cannot complain about men anymore until they start getting better taste in them. by Bill Maher

Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility. by Michael Korda

The price of greatness is responsibility. by Winston Churchill

Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off. by Colin Powell

Bad news isn't wine. It doesn't improve with age. by Colin Powell

Experts often possess more data than judgment. by Colin Powell

Get mad, then get over it. by Colin Powell

Giving back involves a certain amount of giving up. by Colin Powell

Have a vision. Be demanding. by Colin Powell

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. by Colin Powell

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. by Colin Powell

Many interviewers when they come to talk to me, think they're being progressive by not mentioning in their stories any longer that I'm black. I tell them, 'Don't stop now. If I shot somebody you'd mention it.' by Colin Powell

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. by Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. by Colin Powell

When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own. by Colin Powell

You don't know what you can get away with until you try. by Colin Powell

When we die, our bodies are buried.  When we live, our souls are buried. by Jason Mechalek

Guns aren't lawful; nooses give; gas smells awful. So you might as well live. by Dorothy Parker

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to. by Dorothy Parker

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. by Dorothy Parker

I'm never going to be famous. My name will never be writ large on the roster of Those Who Do Things. I don't do any thing. Not one single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that any more. by Dorothy Parker

The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue. by Dorothy Parker

They sicken of the calm who know the storm. by Dorothy Parker

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. by Dorothy Parker

This wasn't just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it. by Dorothy Parker

You can't teach an old dogma new tricks. by Dorothy Parker

A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar. by Mark Twain

A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. by Mark Twain

Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often. by Mark Twain

Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand. by Mark Twain

Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. by Mark Twain

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured. by Mark Twain

The movies that are the easiest to make are the hardest to watch. by Bruce Campbell

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. by Mark Twain

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. by Mark Twain

Duties are not performed for duty's sake, but because their neglect would make the man uncomfortable. A man performs but one duty - the duty of contenting his spirit, the duty of making himself agreeable to himself. by Mark Twain

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let me label you as they may. by Mark Twain

Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned. by Mark Twain

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. by Mark Twain

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example. by Mark Twain

The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it. by Mark Twain

Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heal that has crushed it. by Mark Twain

George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie. by Mark Twain

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please. by Mark Twain

Golf is a good walk spoiled. by Mark Twain

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing. by Mark Twain

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place. by Mark Twain

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position. by Mark Twain

I can live for two months on a good compliment. by Mark Twain

I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. by Mark Twain

I don't give a damn for a man that can only spell a word one way. by Mark Twain

I don't like to commit myself about heaven and hell -- you see, I have friends in both places. by Mark Twain

I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week sometimes to make it up. by Mark Twain

I once sent a dozen of my friends a telegram saying 'flee at once - all is discovered.' They all left town immediately. by Mark Twain

Ideally a book would have no order to it, and the reader would have to discover his own. by Mark Twain

If you hold a cat by the tail you learn things you cannot learn any other way. by Mark Twain

I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened. by Mark Twain

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything. by Mark Twain

India has 2,000,000 gods, and worships them all. In religion, other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire. by Mark Twain

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. by Mark Twain

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt. by Mark Twain

It is by the goodness of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either. by Mark Twain

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare. by Mark Twain

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. by Mark Twain

Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. by Mark Twain

Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages. by Mark Twain

Love seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. by Mark Twain

Man is the only animal that blushes - or needs to. by Mark Twain

The first of April is the day we remember what we are the other 364 days of the year. by Mark Twain

The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money. by Mark Twain

The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That's the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead. by George Patton

Sundance is weird. The movies are weird. You actually have to think about them when you watch them. by Britney Spears



The cool thing about being famous is traveling. I have always wanted to travel across seas, like to Canada and stuff. by Britney Spears

When you're comfortable with someone you love, the silence is the best. by Britney Spears

Life is not a support system for art. It's the other way around. by Stephen King

If I cannot horrify, I'll go for the gross-out. I'm not proud. by Stephen King

It's better to be good than evil, but one achieves goodness at a terrific cost. by Stephen King

I am the literary equivalent of a Big Mac and Fries. by Stephen King

Fiction is the truth inside the lie. by Stephen King

Get busy living, or get busy dying. by Stephen King

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. by Stephen King

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance... logic can be happily tossed out the window. by Stephen King

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out. by Stephen King

The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. by Stephen King

When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.' by Stephen King

You can't deny laughter; when it comes, it plops down in your favorite chair and stays as long as it wants. by Stephen King

Time takes it all, whether you want it to or not. Time takes it all, time bears it away, and in the end there is only darkness. Sometimes we find others in that darkness, and sometimes we lose them there again. by Stephen King

People want to know why I do this, why I write such gross stuff. I like to tell them that I have the heart of a small boy...and I keep it in a jar on my desk. by Stephen King

We're all on the same roller coaster, just in different seats. by Jason Mechalek

The argument is at an end. by Saint Augustine

Unless you believe, you will not understand. by Saint Augustine

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. by Saint Augustine

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering. by Saint Augustine

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. by Saint Augustine

This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. by Saint Augustine

What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know. by Saint Augustine

Hearing nuns' confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn. by Fulton J. Sheen

Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius. by Fulton J. Sheen

Show me your hands. Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet. Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart. Have you left a place for divine love? by Fulton J. Sheen

The only way to win audiences is to tell people about the life and death of Christ. Every other approach is a waste. by Fulton J. Sheen

Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. by Fulton J. Sheen

Swallow your pride occasionally, it's not fattening. by Frank Tyger

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. by Frank Tyger

If you cannot lift the load off another's back, do not walk away. Try to lighten it. by Frank Tyger

The biggest bore is the person who is bored by everyone and everything. by Frank Tyger

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear. by Frank Tyger

To laugh with others is one of life's great pleasures. To be laughed at by others is one of life's great hurts. by Frank Tyger

Wise men argue causes, and fools decide them. by Frank Tyger

Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. by Aristotle

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few girls are as well shaped as a good horse. by Christopher Morley

Beauty is all very well at first sight; but whoever looks at it when it has been in the house three days? by George Bernard Shaw

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. by Socrates

Strange that the vanity which accompanies beauty -- excusable, perhaps, when there is such great beauty, or at any rate understandable -- should persist after the beauty was gone. by Mary Arnim

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose. by Hada Bejar

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. by Marguerite Gardiner Blessington

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful? by Annie Dillard

The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. There is therefore, something in true beauty that corresponds with right reason, and is not the mere creation of fancy. by Fulke Greville

Ignore death up to the last moment; then, when it can't be ignored any longer, have yourself squirted full of morphia and shuffle off in a coma. Thoroughly sensible, humane and scientific, eh? by Aldous Huxley

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him. by Aldous Huxley

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. by Aldous Huxley

I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself. by Aldous Huxley

To us, the moment 8:17 A.M. means something - something very important, if it happens to be the starting time of our daily train. To our ancestors, such an odd eccentric instant was without significance - did not even exist. In inventing the locomotive, Watt and Stevenson were part inventors of time. by Aldous Huxley

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is Music. by Aldous Huxley

That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons of history. by Aldous Huxley

An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling lie. by Aldous Huxley

Maybe this world is another planet's hell. by Aldous Huxley



Experience teaches only the teachable. by Aldous Huxley

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted. by Aldous Huxley



You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later, when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. by Jonathan Carroll

If you think there are no new frontiers, watch a boy ring the front doorbell on his first date. by Olin Miller

For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked. by Bill Cosby

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. by Oscar Wilde

Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home. by Bill Cosby

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries. by Bill Cosby

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap on-a-rope. by Bill Cosby

A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the advice. by Bill Cosby

When you become senile, you won't know it. by Bill Cosby

All splendid things are rare. by Marcus Tullius Cicero

Advertising is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. by Bill Cosby

Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry. by Bill Cosby

Anyone can dabble, but once you've made that commitment, your blood has that particular thing in it, and it's very hard for people to stop you. by Bill Cosby



I am certainly not an authority on love because there are no authorities on love, just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't. by Bill Cosby

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. by Bill Cosby

In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. by Bill Cosby

Let us now set forth one of the fundamental truths about marriage: the wife is in charge. by Bill Cosby

Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes. by Bill Cosby

Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet. by Bill Cosby

The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic. by Bill Cosby

The heart of marriage is memories; and if the two of you happen to have the same ones and can savor your reruns, then your marriage is a gift from the gods. by Bill Cosby

The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now. by Bill Cosby

There is hope for the future because God has a sense of humor and we are funny to God. by Bill Cosby

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it. by Bill Cosby

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. by Henry Kissinger

You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that's assault, not leadership. by Dwight Eisenhower

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand. by Colin Powell

To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. by Oscar Wilde

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. by Abraham Lincoln

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice. by Thomas Paine

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right. by Thomas Paine

But such is the irresistible nature of truth, that all it asks, and all it wants is the liberty of appearing. by Thomas Paine

Character is much easier kept than recovered. by Thomas Paine

From such beginnings of governments, what could be expected, but a continual system of war and extortion? by Thomas Paine

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. by Thomas Paine

He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself. by Thomas Paine

It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime. by Thomas Paine

My mind is my own church. by Thomas Paine

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us. by Thomas Paine

That government is best which governs least. by Thomas Paine

The greatest remedy for anger is delay. by Thomas Paine

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. by Thomas Paine

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. by Thomas Paine

The Vatican is a dagger in the heart of Italy. by Thomas Paine

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum. by Thomas Paine

There are two distinct classes of what are called thoughts: those that we produce in ourselves by reflection and the act of thinking and those that bolt into the mind of their own accord. by Thomas Paine

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. by Thomas Paine

Time makes more converts than reason. by Thomas Paine

Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one's own efforts. by Thomas Paine

We can only reason from what is; we can reason on actualities, but not on possibilities. by Thomas Paine

When men yield up the privilege of thinking, the last shadow of liberty quits the horizon. by Thomas Paine

A brain has to digest its food, too. by Jason Mechalek

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat. by Theodore Roosevelt

Don't hit at all if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft! by Theodore Roosevelt

Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. by Theodore Roosevelt

When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer 'Present' or 'Not guilty.' by Theodore Roosevelt

When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all. by Theodore Roosevelt

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it. by Theodore Roosevelt

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency. by Theodore Roosevelt

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. by Theodore Roosevelt

Courtesy is as much a mark of a gentleman as courage. by Theodore Roosevelt

Speak softly and carry a big stick. by Theodore Roosevelt

The one thing I want to leave my children is an honorable name. by Theodore Roosevelt

I keep my good health by having a very bad temper, kept under good control. by Theodore Roosevelt

A stream cannot rise larger than its source. by Theodore Roosevelt

Envy is as evil a thing as arrogance. by Theodore Roosevelt

It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. by Theodore Roosevelt

The worst of all fears is the fear of living. by Theodore Roosevelt

Americans learn only from catastrophe and not from experience. by Theodore Roosevelt

It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it. by Theodore Roosevelt

The American people are slow to wrath, but when their wrath is once kindled it burns like a consuming flame. by Theodore Roosevelt

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. by Theodore Roosevelt

We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when anyone engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal. by Theodore Roosevelt

There is quite enough sorrow and shame amd suffering and baseness in real life, and there is no need for meeting it unnecessarily in fiction. by Theodore Roosevelt

Our country offers the most wonderful example of democratic government on a giant scale that the world has ever seen; and the peoples of the world are watching to see whether we succeed or fail. by Theodore Roosevelt

Let individuals contribute as they desire; but let us prohibit in effective fashion all corporations from making contributions for any political purpose, directly or indirectly. by Theodore Roosevelt

Avoid the base hypocrisy of condemning in one man what you pass over in silence when committed by another. by Theodore Roosevelt

Success, the real success, does not depend upon the position you hold but upon how you carry yourself in that position. by Theodore Roosevelt

It is both foolish and wicked to teach the average man who is not well off that some wrong or injustice has been done him, and that he should hope for redress elsewhere than in his own industry, honesty, and intelligence. by Theodore Roosevelt

If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs. by Theodore Roosevelt

Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led diffcult lives and led them well. by Theodore Roosevelt

In this country we have no place for hyphenated Americans. by Theodore Roosevelt

If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness. by Theodore Roosevelt

A typical vice of American politics is the avoidance of saying anything real on real issues. by Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. by Theodore Roosevelt

It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things. by Theodore Roosevelt

War with evil; but show no spirit of malignity toward the man who may be responsible for the evil. Put it out of his power to do wrong. by Theodore Roosevelt

Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you've got to start young. by Theodore Roosevelt

Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time. by Theodore Roosevelt

Reputation is character minus what you've been caught doing. by Michael Iapoce

Suffrage is the pivotal right. by Susan B. Anthony

Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never. by Charles Caleb Colton

To love means to commit oneself without guarantee, to give oneself completely in the hope that our love will produce love in the loved person. by Erich Fromm

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted. by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

It is better to be alone than in bad company. by George Washington

Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. by George Washington

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. by George Washington

Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience. by George Washington

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. by George Washington

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. by George Washington

As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality. by George Washington

Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. by George Washington

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. by George Washington

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. by George Washington

I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. by George Washington

If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War. by George Washington

It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. by George Washington

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. by George Washington

My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. by George Washington

My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty. Iit is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein. by George Washington

Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. by George Washington

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. by George Washington

War - an act of violence whose object is to constrain the enemy, to accomplish our will. by George Washington

Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. by Saint Augustine

Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. by Saint Augustine

God does not give heed to the ambitiousness of our prayers, because he is always ready to give to us his light, not a visible light but an intellectual and spiritual one; but we are not always ready to receive it when we turn aside and down to other things out of a desire for temporal things. by Saint Augustine

Why are people's "deepest desires" always so shallow? by Author Unknown



A woman never forgets the men she could have had; a man, the women he couldn't. by Edward A. Murphy

I was gonna rip his heart out. I'm the best ever. I'm the most brutal and vicious, the most ruthless champion there has ever been. No one can stop me. Lennox is a conqueror? No! He's no Alexander! I'm Alexander! I'm the best ever. I'm Sonny Liston. I'm Jack Dempsey. There's never been anyone like me. I'm from their cloth. There is no one who can match me. My style is impetuous, my defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want his heart! I want to eat his children! Praise be to Allah! by Mike Tyson

I haven't been with a woman in nine months. by Mike Tyson

My main objective is to be professional but to kill him. by Mike Tyson

This country was built on rape, slavery, murder, degradation and affiliation with crime. by Mike Tyson

I can sell out Madison Square Garden masturbating. by Mike Tyson

They (Christians) would throw me in jail and write bad articles about me and then go to church on Sunday and say Jesus is a wonderful man and he's coming back to save us. But they don't understand that when he comes back, that these crazy greedy capitalistic men are gonna kill him again. by Mike Tyson

Real freedom is having nothing. I was freer when I didn't have a cent. by Mike Tyson

Fear is your best friend or your worst enemy. It's like fire. If you can control it, it can cook for you; it can heat your house. If you can't control it, it will burn everything around you and destroy you. If you can control your fear, it makes you more alert, like a deer coming across the lawn. by Mike Tyson

Money buys you everything except the chance to do it again. by Matthew Clayfield

You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts. by Author Unknown

It ain't over till it's over. by Yogi Berra

This is like deja vu all over again. by Yogi Berra

I couldn't tell if the streaker was a man or a woman because it had a bag on it's head. by Yogi Berra

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I'm not hungry enough to eat six. by Yogi Berra

You can observe a lot just by watchin'. by Yogi Berra

In baseball, you don't know nothin'. by Yogi Berra

If you can't imitate him, don't copy him. by Yogi Berra

Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical. by Yogi Berra

Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded. by Yogi Berra

I want to thank everyone who made this night necessary. by Yogi Berra

You got to be very careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. by Yogi Berra

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much. by Yogi Berra

When you come to a fork in the road, take it. by Yogi Berra

A nickel isn't worth a dime today. by Yogi Berra

I made a wrong mistake. by Yogi Berra

You give 100 percent in the first half of the game, and if that isn't enough in the second half you give what's left. by Yogi Berra

Why buy good luggage? You only use it when you travel. by Yogi Berra

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase. by Yogi Berra

You should always go to other people's funerals; otherwise, they won't come to yours. by Yogi Berra

I didn't really say everything I said. by Yogi Berra

Slump? I ain't in no slump... I just ain't hitting. by Yogi Berra

I wish I had an answer to that, because I'm tired of answering that question. by Yogi Berra

Little League baseball is a good thing 'cause it keeps the parents off the streets and it keeps the kids out of the house. by Yogi Berra

Decadence is a difficult word to use since it has become little more than a term of abuse applied by critics to anything they do not yet understand or which seems to differ from their moral concepts. by Ernest Hemingway

There is no friend as loyal as a book. by Ernest Hemingway

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave. by Ernest Hemingway

There are events which are so great that if a writer has participated in them his obligation is to write truly rather than assume the presumption of altering them with invention. by Ernest Hemingway

My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way. by Ernest Hemingway

There's no one thing that is true. They're all true. by Ernest Hemingway

Writing, at its best, is a lonely life. Organizations for writers palliate the writer's loneliness, but I doubt if they improve his writing. He grows in public stature as he sheds his loneliness and often his work deteriorates. For he does his work alone and if he is a good enough writer he must face eternity, or the lack of it, each day. by Ernest Hemingway

As a matter of principle, I never attend the first annual anything. by George Carlin

Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof and gets stuck. by George Carlin

Honesty may be the best policy, but it's important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy. by George Carlin

I think it's the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately. by George Carlin

I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death. by George Carlin

I'm not concerned about all hell breaking loose, but that a PART of hell will break loose... it'll be much harder to detect. by George Carlin

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past. by George Carlin

Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong. by George Carlin

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. by George Carlin

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they? by George Carlin

When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.



But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. by Mark Twain

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. by Albert Einstein

Curiousity killed the cat, but for a while I was a suspect. by Steven Wright

Of course the meek will inherit the earth, what, did you think they'd take it by force? by Author Unknown

If a man does his best, what else is there? by George Patton

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. by Albert Einstein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. by Albert Einstein

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. by Winston Churchill

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. by Thomas Edison

Black holes are where God divided by zero. by Steven Wright

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered. by GK Chesterton

It was the experience of mystery -- even if mixed with fear -- that engendered religion. by Albert Einstein

I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means. by Clarence Darrow

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. by Albert Einstein

When you have to kill a man, it costs nothing to be polite. by Winston Churchill

Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has no heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains. by Winston Churchill

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. by Albert Einstein

Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. by Albert Einstein

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines. by Frank Lloyd Wright

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid. by George Bernard Shaw

A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies. by Oscar Wilde

From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it. by Groucho Marx

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. by Oscar Wilde

I have an existential map; it has 'you are here' written all over it. by Steven Wright

The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting. by Gloria Leonard

Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday. by Woody Allen

It is better to be quotable than to be honest. by Tom Stoppard

Never mistake motion for action. by Ernest Hemingway

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out? by Will Rogers

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. by Mark Twain

A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood. by George Patton

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog. by Mark Twain

Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like work. by Thomas Edison

There is time for everything. by Thomas Edison

There is no substitute for hard work. by Thomas Edison

Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless. by Thomas Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. by Thomas Edison

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. by Thomas Edison

Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration. by Thomas Edison

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves. by Thomas Edison

Great ideas originate in the muscles. by Thomas Edison

Hell, there are no rules here - we're trying to accomplish something. by Thomas Edison

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. by Thomas Edison

I have friends in overalls whose friendship I would not swap for the favor of the kings of the world. by Thomas Edison

It is astonishing what an effort it seems to be for many people to put their brains definitely and systematically to work. by Thomas Edison

Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged. by Thomas Edison

Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. by Thomas Edison

I continue to find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success. by Thomas Edison

Religion is all bunk. by Thomas Edison

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure. by Thomas Edison

The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil. by Thomas Edison

The value of an idea lies in the using of it. by Thomas Edison

There will one day spring from the brain of science a machine or force so fearful in its potentialities, so absolutely terrifying, that even man, the fighter, who will dare torture and death in order to inflict torture and death, will be appalled, and so abandon war forever. by Thomas Edison

There's a way to do it better - find it. by Thomas Edison

What a man's mind can create, man's character can control. by Thomas Edison

Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. by John F. Kennedy

Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. by John F. Kennedy

Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain. by John F. Kennedy

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. by John F. Kennedy

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm. by John F. Kennedy

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch. by John F. Kennedy

When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were. by John F. Kennedy

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. by John F. Kennedy

Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. by John F. Kennedy

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. by John F. Kennedy

For in the final analysis, our most basic common link, is that we all inhabit this small planet, we all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's futures, and we are all mortal. by John F. Kennedy

We need men who can dream of things that never were. by John F. Kennedy

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. by John F. Kennedy

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind. by John F. Kennedy

Can't live with 'em. Can't legally torture them to death. by Author Unknown

Socialism: An attempt to curb the destructive power of monopolies by creating the biggest one of all. by Author Unknown

Some regard private enterprise as if it were a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look upon it as a cow that they can milk. Only a handful see it for what it really is--the strong horse that pulls the whole cart. by Winston Churchill

The most ridiculous concept ever perpetrated by Homo Sapiens is that the Lord God of Creation, Shaper and Ruler of the Universes, wants the sacharrine adoration of his creations, that he can be persuaded by their prayers, and becomes petulant if he does not recieve this flattery. Yet this ridiculous notion, without one real shred of evidence to bolster it, has gone on to found one of the oldest, largest and least productive industries in history. by Robert Heinlein

Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact. by George Eliot

Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore. by André Gide

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence. by Xenocrates

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech. by Martin Farquhar Tupper

When you want to fool the world, tell the truth. by Otto von Bismarck



The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end. by Benjamin Disraeli

It is hard, if not impossible, to snub a beautiful woman - they remain beautiful and the rebuke recoils. by Winston Churchill

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without care nor your nights without a want and a grief,



But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound. by Kahlil Gibran

Beware the writer who always encloses the word reality in quotation marks: He's trying to slip something over on you. Or into you. by Edward Abbey

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. by GK Chesterton

Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious. Both are disappointed. by Oscar Wilde

It's not about finding the right man, it's about being the right woman. by Debby Jones

The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have. by Ring Lardner

When the solution is simple, God is answering. by Albert Einstein

A good book is the best of friends, the same to-day and for ever. by Martin Farquhar Tupper

A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. by Margaret Thatcher

Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend. by Margaret Thatcher

I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left. by Margaret Thatcher

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. by Margaret Thatcher

I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near. by Margaret Thatcher

It's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election. by Margaret Thatcher

I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job. by Margaret Thatcher

If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim. by Margaret Thatcher

If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing. by Margaret Thatcher

In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. by Margaret Thatcher

Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus. by Margaret Thatcher

Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story. by Margaret Thatcher

On my way here I passed a local cinema and it turned out you were expecting me after all, for the billboards read: The Mummy Returns. by Margaret Thatcher

Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth. by Margaret Thatcher

Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true. by Margaret Thatcher

Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides. by Margaret Thatcher

Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing. by Margaret Thatcher

There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty. by Margaret Thatcher

To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches. by Margaret Thatcher

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. by Henry Kissinger

Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad. by Henry Kissinger

Deep versed in books and shallow in himself. by Henry Kissinger

Diplomacy...the art of restraining power. by Henry Kissinger

If eighty percent of your sales come from twenty percent of all of your items, just carry those twenty percent. by Henry Kissinger

If the businessman would stop talking like a computer printout or a page from the corporate annual report, other people would stop thinking he had a cash register for a heart. by Henry Kissinger

In crises the most daring course is often safest. by Henry Kissinger

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative. by Henry Kissinger

No country can act wisely simultaneously in every part of the globe at every moment of time. by Henry Kissinger

People are generally amazed that I would take an interest in any form that would require me to stop talking for three hours. by Henry Kissinger

No foreign policy - no matter how ingenious - has any chance of success if it is born in the minds of a few and carried in the hearts of none. by Henry Kissinger

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. by Henry Kissinger

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously. by Henry Kissinger

The American temptation is to believe that foreign policy is a subdivision of psychiatry. by Henry Kissinger

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer. by Henry Kissinger

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that, if you bore people, they think it's their fault. by Henry Kissinger

The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. by Henry Kissinger

The Vietnam War required us to emphasize the national interest rather than abstract principles. by Henry Kissinger

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. by Henry Kissinger

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. by Henry Kissinger

To be absolutely certain about something, one must know everything or nothing about it. by Henry Kissinger

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. by Henry Kissinger

Whatever must happen ultimately should happen immediately. by Henry Kissinger

A prudent question is one-half of wisdom. by Francis Bacon

Wisdom stands at the turn in the road and calls upon us publicly, but we consider it false and despise its adherents. by Kahlil Gibran

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. by Benjamin Disraeli

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. by Confucius

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. by Confucius

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. by Confucius

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. by Confucius

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger. by Confucius

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. by Confucius

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. by Confucius

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. by Confucius

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. by Confucius

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. by Confucius

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. by Confucius

Common-sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom. by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. by Elbert Hubbard

Wisdom is a sacred communion. by Victor Hugo

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. by Bertrand Russell

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. by Socrates

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. by George Bernard Shaw

Wisdom begins in wonder. by Socrates

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Between two groups of people who want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds, I see no remedy but force. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Beware how you take away hope from another human being. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse. One comfort we have: Cincinnati sounds worse. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Death tugs at my ear and says: "Live, I am coming." by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Don't be "consistent" but be simply true. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Eloquence may set fire to reason. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Happiness consists in activity. It is running stream, not a stagnant pool. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I don't generally feel anything until noon, then it's time for my nap. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

If there is any principle of the Constitution that more imperatively calls for attachment than any other it is the principle of free thought, not free thought for those who agree with us but freedom for the thought that we hate. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Life is painting a picture, not doing a sum. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Old age is fifteen years older than I am. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Science is a first-rate piece of furniture for a man's upper chamber, if he has common sense on the ground floor. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The books we read should be chosen with great care, that they may be, as an Egyptian king wrote over his library, "The medicines of the soul." by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The right to swing my fist ends where the other man's nose begins. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

To have doubted one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

When in doubt, do it. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself. by Martin Luther King Jr.

A riot is the language of the unheard. by Martin Luther King Jr.

An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. by Martin Luther King Jr.

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant. by Martin Luther King Jr.

From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only that: Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. by Martin Luther King Jr.

I just want to do God's will. by Martin Luther King Jr.

It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. by Martin Luther King Jr.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?' by Martin Luther King Jr.

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. by Martin Luther King Jr.





If you wanna be free, you've gotta accept everything. by Jason Mechalek



Boy, those French, they have a different word for everything! by Steve Martin

First the doctor told me the good news: I was going to have a disease named after me. by Steve Martin

All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work. by Steve Martin

Hosting the Oscars is like making love to a beautiful woman - it's something I only get to do when Billy Crystal's out of town. by Steve Martin

Chaos in the midst of chaos isn't funny, but chaos in the midst of order is. by Steve Martin



Talking about music is like dancing about architecture. by Steve Martin

There is one thing I would break up over, and that is if she caught me with another woman. I won't stand for that. by Steve Martin

Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke. by Steve Martin

You know what your problem is? It's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies. by Steve Martin

I profoundly believe it takes a lot of practice to become a moral slob. by William F. Buckley

I would like to electrocute everyone who uses the word 'fair' in connection with income tax policies. by William F. Buckley

I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence. by William F. Buckley

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality, the costs become prohibitive. by William F. Buckley

The best defense against usurpatory government is an assertive citizenry. by William F. Buckley

We are so concerned to flatter the majority that we lose sight of how very often it is necessary, in order to preserve freedom for the minority,



let alone for the individual, to face that majority down. by William F. Buckley

An unexamined life is not worth living. by Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself. by Socrates

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. by Socrates

What you cannot enforce, do not command. by Socrates

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. by Socrates

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. by Socrates

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. by Socrates

If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap, whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart. by Socrates

I don't know why I did it, I don't know why I enjoyed it, and I don't know why I'll do it again. by Socrates

My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not you'll become a philosopher. by Socrates

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. by Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself. by Socrates

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. by Socrates

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we



understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. by Socrates

One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. by Socrates

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their



food, and tyrannize their teachers. by Socrates

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will; he will



be sure to repent it. by Socrates

The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought



to be. by Socrates

A husband is what's left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted. by Socrates

He is richest who is content with the least. by Socrates

To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet. by Charles Caleb Colton

A friend is one before whom you may think aloud. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford  to be stupid with them. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride. by Charles Caleb Colton

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. by Josh Billings

The only way to have a friend is to be one. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

True friends stab you in the front. by Oscar Wilde

It is not length of life, but depth of life. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything. by Alexander Hamilton

Men are what their mothers made them. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing. by Alexander Hamilton

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint. by Alexander Hamilton

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men the great difficulty lies in this: You must first enable the government to control the governed, and in the next place, oblige it to control itself. by Alexander Hamilton

Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike. by Alexander Hamilton

Nobody expects to trust his body overmuch after the age of fifty. by Alexander Hamilton

Power over a man's subsistence is power over his will. by Alexander Hamilton

War does not determine who is right - only who is left. by Bertrand Russell

The man who regards life as meaningless is not merely unfortunate, but almost disqualified for life. by Albert Einstein

What makes us men is that we can think logically. What makes us human is that we sometimes choose not to. by Roger Ebert

My goal is to someday be the person my dog thinks I am. by Author Unknown

Pulses and impulses both come from the heart. by Jason Mechalek

There is wishful thinking in Hell as well as on Earth. by C.S. Lewis

God is more truly imagined than expressed, and He exists more truly than He is imagined. by Saint Augustine

God, as some cynic has said, is always on the side which has the best football coach. by Heywood Broun

God is clever, but not dishonest. by Albert Einstein

God enters by a private door into every individual. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion. by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt

I know that the Lord is always on the side of the right. But it is my constant anxiety and prayer that I and this nation should be on the Lords side. by Abraham Lincoln

Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable. by Henry Mencken

Men talk of "finding God," but no wonder it is difficult; He is hidden in that darkest hiding-place, your heart. You yourself are a part of Him. by Christopher Morley

When we know what God is, we shall be gods ourselves. by George Bernard Shaw

If God has created us in His image, we have more than returned the compliment. by Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

When you have nothing to say, say nothing. by Charles Caleb Colton

Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man. by C.S. Lewis

There will be two kinds of people in the end: Those that will say to God 'Thy will be done' and those to whom God will say 'Thy will be done.' by C.S. Lewis

There is a paradox in pride: it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so. by Charles Caleb Colton

The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakeable egoism. by Henry Mencken

Our true nationality is mankind. by H.G. Wells

In the very books in which philosophers bid us scorn fame, they inscribe their names. by Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it. by Marcus Tullius Cicero

To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts; but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates. by Henry Thoreau



 



 





That woman speaks eighteen languages and she can't say 'no' in any one of them. by Dorothy Parker



 





It is impossible to love and to be wise. by Francis Bacon

Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep burning, unquenchable. by Henry Ward Beecher

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues. by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage. by Benjamin Franklin

A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. by Zsa Zsa Gabor

Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. by Zsa Zsa Gabor

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. by Mahatma Gandhi

You are what you love. Not what loves you. by Charlie Kaufman

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. by Henry Mencken

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution? by Henry Mencken

Love is the idler's occupation, the warrior's relaxation, and the soverign's ruination. by Napoleon Bonaparte

The heart has its reasons, of which the mind knows nothing. by Blaise Pascal

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. by Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

Life is one fool thing after another where as love is two fool things after each other. by Oscar Wilde

Never interrupt me when I'm trying to interrupt you. by Winston Churchill

Dogs look up to you. Cats look down on you. Pigs treat you like equals. by Winston Churchill

He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words. by Elbert Hubbard

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. by Abraham Lincoln

I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. by Woody Allen

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. by Douglas Adams

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped. by Elbert Hubbard

The old parties are husks, with no real soul within either, divided on artificial lines, boss-ridden and privilege-controlled, each a jumble of incongruous elements, and neither daring to speak out wisely and fearlessly on what should be said on the vital issues of the day. by Theodore Roosevelt

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. by Francois Marie Arouet (Voltaire)

The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. by Thomas Jefferson

The only thing worse than a man you can't control is a man you can. by Margo Kaufman

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. by Bertrand Russell

The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half. by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I don't care what is written about me, so long as it isn't true. by Dorothy Parker

The mind does not create what it perceives, any more than the eye creates the rose. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

How can you be expected to govern a country that has 246 kinds of cheese? by Charles de Gaulle

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened. by Winston Churchill

If you have a job without aggravation, you don't have a job. by Malcolm Forbes

We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. by Dwight Eisenhower

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us. by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Anyone who invokes authors in discussion is not using his intelligence but his memory. by Leonardo da Vinci

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. by Josh Billings

Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. by Will Rogers

I feel sorry for short people, you know. When it rains, they're the last to know. by Rodney Dangerfield

Opera is when a guy gets stabbed in the back and, instead of bleeding, he sings. by Ed Gardner

We should not criticise those who trip by taking a more difficult than usual step. by Dick Hubbard

I'm a philosophy major. That means I can think deep thoughts about being unemployed. by Bruce Lee

Women should be obscene and not heard. by Groucho Marx

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. by Henry Ford

It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen. by Oliver Wendell Holmes

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood. by Henry Mencken

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. by Albert Einstein

If everybody's thinking alike, somebody isn't thinking. by Author Unknown

Don't let people drive you crazy when you know it's in walking distance. by Author Unknown

When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail. by Abraham Maslow

All war is deception. by Sun Tzu

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh. by George Bernard Shaw

If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide, is that considered a hostage situation? by Steven Wright

I have a hobby...I have the world's largest collection of sea shells. I keep it scattered on beaches all over the world. Maybe you've seen some of it... by Steven Wright

I broke a mirror the other day. I'm supposed to get seven years of bad luck, but my lawyer thinks he can get me five. by Steven Wright

Last night I was playing poker with Tarot cards. I got a full house and four people died. by Steven Wright

What's another word for thesaurus? by Steven Wright

The problem is not that we have too many fools, it's that the lightning isn't distributed right. by Mark Twain

I arrive at the end of this review having done my duty as a critic. I have described the movie accurately and you have a good idea what you are in for if you go to see it. Most of you will not. I cannot argue with you. Some of you will--the brave and the curious. You embody the spirit of the man who first wondered what it would taste like to eat an oyster. by Roger Ebert

Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return. by Colin Powell

It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off. by Woody Allen

The greatest thing you can do is surprise yourself. by Steve Martin

I wrote a novel this year called <b>Shop Girl</b>, and several producers came to me and wanted to turn it into a movie. And I said, "If you think you're going to take this book and change it around, and Hollywoodize it and change the ending...that's going to cost you. by Steve Martin

I could not handle being a woman, I would stay home all day and play with my breasts. by Steve Martin

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. by Abraham Lincoln

Better to die on your feet than live on your knees. by Author Unknown

Where knowledge ends, religion begins. by Benjamin Disraeli

I've got all the money I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock. by Henny Youngman

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed. by Blaise Pascal

Woman are meant to be loved, not to be understood. by Oscar Wilde

There are two kinds of people in this world: Michael J