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A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.
Ibsen (1828-1906) Norwegian poet and playwright

"Fear less, hope more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less,
say more; Hate less, love more; And all good things are yours."

"People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that
which what they are not." 
Giacomo Leopardi

"If it's a good idea . . . go ahead and do it. It is much
easier to apologize than it is to get permission."
Grace M. Hopper

"Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short."
Adam Hochschild

"Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." 
Muhammid Ali

"Don't confuse being stimulating with being blunt."
Barbara Walters

Justice is incidental to law and order.
J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) American lawyer and FBI director

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we
are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite
of ourselves.  
Victor Hugo (1802-1885) French writer

"Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of men of old; seek
what they sought." 
Matsuo Basho

"He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser."
Susan Sontag

"Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue
what they are."
Malcolm Forbes

"The difference between failure and success is doing a thing
nearly right and doing a thing exactly right." 
Edward Simmons

"Look twice before you leap." 
Charlotte Bronte

"The man who has ceased to learn ought not to be allowed to
wander around loose in these dangerous days." 
M.M. Coady

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man
perfected without trials. 
Chinese Proverb

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
David Starr Jordan (1851-1931) American biologist/educator

The possession of facts is knowledge, the use of them is wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

"Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you
help them become what they are capable of becoming."
Johannn von Goethe

"Life is about enjoying yourself and having a good time." 

"Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness
destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!"
Jane Austen

"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what
remains to be done."
Marie Curie

"The best preparation for a better life next year is a full,
complete, harmonious, joyous life this year."
Thomas Dreier

"Trust you own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your
own, instead of someone else's."
Billy Wilder

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living,
and your belief will help create that fact.
William James (1842-1910) Psychologist and philosopher

"Concern should drive us into action and not into depression."
Karen Horney

"True modesty and true pride are much the same thing: both
consist in setting a just value on ourselves - neither more
nor less." 
William Hazlitt

"Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be
content with what you have." 
Doris Mortman

"So live that you can look any man in the eye and tell him to
go to hell." 

"One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say."

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are
free to do than in what we are free not to do.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) writer, philosopher, longshoreman

"Audacity, more audacity, always audacity."
Georges Jacques Danton

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet
must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.
What a man can be, he must be." 
Abraham Maslow

"I say if it's going to be done, let's do it. Let's not put
it in the hands of fate. Let's not put it in the hands of
someone who doesn't know me. I know me best. Then take a
breath and go ahead."
Anita Baker

"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus
one day, so I never have to live without you."
Winnie the Pooh

"True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known
until it be lost."
Charles Caleb Colton

"A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out."

"Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may
not lead. Walk beside me and be my friend." 
Albert Camus.

"Strangers are just friends waiting to happen."

"Friends are the Bacon Bits in the Salad Bowl of Life."

"Friendship is one mind in two bodies." 

"Friends are God's way of taking care of us."

"If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend."
Stone Temple Pilots

"I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay."
DaveMatthews Band

"If all my friends were to jump off a bridge, I wouldn't jump with
them, I'd be at the bottom to catch them"

"Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best
friends listen to what you don't say."

"We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we
take a little of each other everywhere" 
Tim McGraw

"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five
real friends, then you've had a great life."
Lee Iacocca

"Hold a true friend with both your hands." 
Nigerian Proverb

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back
to you when you have forgotten the words."

"False modesty is better than none."  Vilhjalmur Steffanson

"Goodwill is the one and only asset that competition cannot undersell or destroy. "
Marshall Field

"Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died." 
Erma Bombeck

"Money is like an arm or a leg - use it or lose it." Henry Ford

"We are new every day."
Irene Claremont de Castillego

"A man can be short and dumpy and getting bald but if he has fire, women will like him."
Mae West

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.
Mahatma Gandhi, (1869-1948) Indian nationalist

"The trouble with being punctual is that there's nobody there to appreciate it. "
Franklin P. Jones

"Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire." 
Patti Smith

"When trouble comes, wise men take to their work; weak men take to the woods."
Elbert Hubbard

Live as you will wish to have lived when you are dying.
Christian Gellert, (1715-1769) German poet

There's a statistical theory that if you gave a million
monkeys typewriters and set them to work, they'd eventually
come up with the complete works of Shakespeare. Thanks to
the Internet, we now know this isn't true.
Ian Hart, British actor

"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small
people always do that, but the really great make you feel
that you, too, can become great."
Mark Twain

"Decide what you think is right and stick to it." 
George Eliot

"If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?"
Basil S. Walsh

I play to win even when common sense should tell me that I
no longer have a chance. Even when I have been playing at
my worst, or when all the breaks have been going against me,
I approach each new day, each new hole, as a glorious
opportunity to get going again.
Arnold Palmer - Professional golfer

"One thing is certain. We cannot achieve without ambition. Action -
ambition in motion  -  is what produces achievement."
Sarah Ban Breathnach

"Worry is a funky luxury when a lot has to be done."  Melvin Peebles

"Life is a risk."
Diane Von Furstenberg

"Never try to tell everything you know. It may take too short a time."
Norman Ford

"My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed
shall be no man's doing but my own." 
Elaine Maxwell

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice.
It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be
William Jennings Bryan

"I am the master of my fate; /I am the captain of my soul."
William E. Henley

"Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it."
Col. Michael Friedsman

"It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive." 
Federico Fellini

"I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who *have* to dance."
George Balanchine

"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others."
Robert Louis Stevenson

"Trouble brings experience, and experience brings wisdom."

"Money isn't everything, but lack of money isn't anything." 
Franklin P. Adams

"I've always tried to go a step past wherever other people expected me to end up."
Beverly Sills

"When you're through changing, you're through." 
Bruce Barton

"True eloquence consists of saying all that should be said, and that only."
Francois de La Rochefoucald

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist and poet

The true test of character we behave when we don't know what to do.  John Holt

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.  
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. 
Abraham Lincoln

What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books.
Sigmund Freud, (1856-1939) Psychoanalyst

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything. Lee Iacocca

Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid.
Lady Bird Johnson

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

It is the ability to take a joke, not make one, that proves you have a sense of humor.
Max Forrester Eastman (1883-1969) American writer & editor

Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.   Thomas Carlyle

No explanation ever explains the necessity of making one.
Elbert Hubbard

There's much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it.
Diana Trilling

Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real
satisfaction, that day is a loss.
Dwight David Eisenhower

Today is yesterday's effect and tomorrow's cause.  Phillip Gribble

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Eleanor Roosevelt

A man is literally what he thinks.  
James Lane Allen

Fools look to tomorrow; wise men use tonight.   Scottish Proverb

We only do well the things we like doing. 

Love teaches even asses to dance. 
French Proverb

Be glad for life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to look up at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.  Erma Bombeck

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. 

Learn to use ten minutes intelligently. It will pay you huge dividends.  William A. Irwin

Dullness is a misdemeanor.
Ethel Wilson

Pain is never permanent.
Saint Theresa of Avila

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter F. Drucker, German-American business consultant

If you're considered a beauty, it's hard to be accepted doing anything but standing around.  Cybil Shepard

I seek the utmost pleasure and the least pain. 

If you do not find peace in yourself, you will never find it anywhere else. 
Paula A. Bendry

Taking risks gives me energy.   Jay Chiat

Fortune and love befriend the bold.

Nothing is interesting if you're not interested. 
Helen MacInness

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the
spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist and poet

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. 
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) Scientist and mathematician

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."  Colette

"I don't meet competition. I crush it." 
Charles Revson

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." 
Janis Joplin

"When in doubt wear red."  Bill Blass

"We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people." 
Arthur Schopenhauer

"The most popular labor-saving device is still money."  Phyllis George

Rest not! Life is sweeping by;
Go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime
Leave behind to conquer time.
Goethe, 1749-1832) German poet

"To be successful, the first thing to do is fall in love with your work."  Sister Mary Lauretta

"There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power." 

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try."  
Beverly Sills

"No one is liable to make more mistakes than the man who acts only on reflection."  Vauvenargues

"Superior people never make long visits." 
Marianne Moore

"You have to endure what you can't change." 
Marie de France

" . . . if you don't risk anything, you risk even more."  Erica Jong

"Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing." 
Benjamin Franklin

"Faith in oneself is the best . . . and safest course." Michelangelo

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down
quietly, may alight upon you. 
Nathaniel Hawthorne, (1804-1864) American writer

Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Albert Einstein

"Enthusiasm moves the world." J. Balfour

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly."
Lauren Bacall

"Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge." 
Abraham Joshua Heschel

They copied all they could follow, but they couldn't copy my mind, I left 'em sweating and stealing, a year and a half behind.
Rudyard Kipling from "The Mary Gloster"

This I know -- if all men should take their troubles to market to barter with their neighbors, not one when he had
seen the troubles of other men but would be glad to carry his own home again.
Herodotus, (c.484-c.420 BC) Greek historian

"The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well. "  H. T. Leslie

"My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty - she's ninety-seven today and we don't know where the
hell she is." 
Ellen Degeneris

"Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work."  Carl Sandburg

If you see a snake, kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes.  H. Ross Perot

Lord, when I am wrong, make me willing to change; when I am right, make me easy to live with. So strengthen me that the
power if my example will far exceed the authority of my rank.
Pauline H. Peters

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.  
John Maxwell

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.  Corita Kent

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. 
Francis Bacon

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. 
Khalil Gibran

Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want rain without thunder and
Frederick Douglass, (1817-1895) American writer

Fear breeds fear.  Byron Janis

The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. 
Henry L. Stimson

Some folks never exaggerate--they just remember big. Audrey Snead

I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift
would be curiosity. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

People who never get carried away should be.  Malcolm Forbes

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Winning isn't everything. Wanting to win is. 
Catfish Hunter

It takes a minute to have a crush on someone, an hour to like someone and a day to love someone- but it takes a lifetime to forget

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own
heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. 
The Dalai Lama (b. 1935) Tibetan spiritual leader

Faith that the thing can be done is essential to any great achievement.  Thomas N. Carruther

Elbow grease is the best polish.
English Proverb

A good garden may have some weeds.
Thomas Fuller

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free
if I am. 
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938) American lawyer

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

You don't promote the cause of peace by talking only to people with whom you agree.
Dwight David Eisenhower

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. Hosea Ballou

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time. 
Edith Wharton

To make a man happy, fill his hands with work.
Frederick E. Crane

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as
possible, all things. 
Rene Descartes (1596-1650) French philosopher

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank

Live so that your friends can defend you, but never have to. 
Arnold Glasow

Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests.
George Matthew Adams

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist and poet

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.  Menclus

Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. 
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. 
Josh Billings

Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it. Ovid

Winners are men who have dedicated their whole lives to winning. 
Woody Hayes

No one can build her security on the nobleness of another person.
Willa Cather

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the
evil that they set out to destroy. 
Christopher Dawson (1889-1970) English historian

You can't expect to win unless you know why you lose.   Benjamin Lipson

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. 
Raymond Lindquist

No one knows what he can do until he tries.  Publilius Syrus

Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball. Mitzi Chandler

Rule No. 1 is, don't sweat the small stuff.

Rule No. 2 is, it's all small stuff.
Robert Eliot

You are all you will ever have for certain.  
June Havoc

If you want to be listened to, you should put time in listening.   Marge Piercy

Life without a friend is death without a witness.  
Spanish Proverb

It is enough that I am of value to somebody today.  
Hugh Prather

Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so.   Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist and historian

Forget the times of your distress, but never forget what they taught you.   Herbert Gasser

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. 
Eleanor Roosevelt

Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest.   Thomas Fuller

All that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable.
Kathleen Norris

Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can't practice any other virtue with consistency.
Maya Angelou

God gave burdens, also shoulders. 
Yiddish proverb

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

He who limps still walks.  
Stanislaw Lec

The mere sense of living is joy enough.  
Emily Dickinson

Dare to dream your dreams, dare to believe you can achieve your dreams, dare to have faith in yourself, and dare to
love. What have you got to loose? Just a dare. 
Heather Knowles

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough. Frank Crane (1873-1948)

The future is not in the hands of fate, but in ours.    Jules Jusserano

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.    Golda Meir

Never let yesterday use up today. 
Richard H. Nelson

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.
Mahfouz Naguib (author)

Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Philosopher

The future comes one day at a time.   Dean Acheson

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. 
William James

As long as one keeps searching, the answers come. 
Joan Baez

He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils, for time is the greatest innovator.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English philosopher

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

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.  Ralph Vaull Starr

Hope is a waking dream.  Aristotle

Wise men learn by other men's mistakes, fools by their own.  
H.G. Bohn

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.  

People are not going to love you unless you love them.
Pat Carroll

He who has choice has trouble.  
Dutch Proverb

There are no rules. Just follow your heart.  
Robin Williams

To dream of the person you would like to be is to waste the person you are.   Anonymous

The purpose of life is life.  
Karl Lagerfeld

All forms of fear produce fatigue. 
Bertrand Russell

The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
Sebastien-Roch Nicholas Chamfort (1741-1794) French writer

I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.  A.Whitney Brown (American Humorist)

Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.
Dick Brandon , American computer scientist and writer

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. 
Thomas Jefferson

Trouble shared is trouble halved.   Dorothy Sayers

Be like a postage stamp--stick to one thing until you get there. 
Josh Billings

Fear is the prison of the heart.  

In the frank expression of conflicting opinions lies the greatest promise of wisdom in governmental action.
Justice Louis Brandeis, (1856-1941) US Supreme Court (1916-39)

Above all, try something.   Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Life is worth being lived, but not worth being discussed all the time. 
Isabelle Adfani

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each
honest worker.  
Helen Keller

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard
or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and
nurture it.
John Lennon

A man wrapped up in himself is a very small bundle.  Benjamin Franklin

Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts. 
Jean Vanier

He that is overcautious will accomplish little. 
J.C.F. von Schiller

The one function that TV news performs very well is that, when there is no news, we give it to you with the same
emphasis as if there were. 
David Brinkley (b. 1920) American TV journalist

One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way.  Isabelle Eberhardt

Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes.  
Henry J. Kaiser

If I were given a change of life, I'd like to see how it would be to live as a mere six-footer. 
Wilt Chamberlain

"...beware of all enterprises that require new clothes."  Henry David Thoreau

Life is just a series of trying to make up your mind.    Timothy Fuller

Fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.   Shirley MacLaine

Dare to be naive.  
Buckminster Fuller

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.   Henri-Louis Bergson (1859-1941) French philosopher

If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.    Dolly Parton

The future is no more uncertain than the present. 
Walt Whitman

Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.  
Dion Boucicalt

There are four chief obstacles in grasping truth ... namely, submission to faulty and unworthy authority, influence of
custom, popular prejudice, and the concealment of our own ignorance accompanied by an ostentatious display of our
Roger Bacon (c.1220-1292) English philosopher and scientist

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.  Lady Bird Johnson

I'm not overweight, I'm just nine inches too short.  
Shelley Winters

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.  
Henri Bergson

Nobody makes a greater mistake then he who does nothing because he could only do a little.
Edmund Burke (1729-1797) British statesman and orator

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are
beneficial. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The
greater dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.
Justice Louis Brandeis , - Olmstead v US 277 US 479 (1928)

Believe nothing because it is written in books. Believe nothing because wise men say it is so. Believe nothing
because it is religious doctrine. Believe it only because you yourself know it to be true.
Buddha (c.563-483 BC) [Siddharta Gautama]

Who begins too much accomplished little.  German proverb

We must act in spite of fear... not because of it. 

There are three ingredients in the good life: learning, earning and yearning.  
Christopher Morley

Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.
Mary Lou Retton (American Olympic Gymnast)

Know thyself as the pride of His creation, the link uniting divinity and matter; behold a part of God Himself within
thee; remember thine own dignity nor dare descend to evil or meanness.
Akhenaton (d. 1362 BC) King of Egypt (1379-62 BC) [Amenhotep IV]

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of mind,
for the moment realizes itself.
  Anna Jameson, Author

You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when.
You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.
Joan Baez (b. 1941) American singer

People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters
comes floating back to them, poisoned.
James Mark Baldwin (1861-1934) American psychologist

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion and knowledge.  Plato, Philosopher

What we truly and earnestly aspire to be, that in some sense we are. The mere aspiration, by changing the frame of mind,
for the moment realizes itself.
Anna Jameson, Author

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.  Confucius

If something doesn't come up the way you want, you have to forge ahead. 
Clint Eastwood

To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it. 
Mother Teresa

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.   Ruth Ann Schabaker

Only with a new ruler do you realize the value of the old. 
Burmese Proverb

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. 
Frank Tyger

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.  Rita Mae Brown

Always aim for achievement, and forget about success. Helen Hayes

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that lost by not trying.
Francis Bacon (1561-1626) English philosopher

The best bet is to bet on yourself.  Arnold Glasow

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. 
Louisa May Alcott

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

Long-term planning is not about making long-term decisions, it is about understanding the future consequences of today's
Gary Ryan Blair, Goals Coach

There are people who want to be everywhere at once, and they get nowhere.  Carl Sandburg

Aim at nothing and you'll succeed. 

I never liked the middle ground - the most boring place in the world. 
Louise Nevelson

Take a chance! All of life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The "sure thing" boat never gets far from shore.  Dale Carnegie

Why should we just take what we get, when we can choose exactly what we want?  John Renesch

Shallow men believe in luck; strong men believe in cause and effect.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Failures mean nothing at all if success comes eventually.  Frank Bettger

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel like you, too, can become great.   Mark Twain

Argue for your limitations and, sure enough, they're yours.   Richard Bach - Illusions

We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough.  Helen Keller

There are some people in this world who think they can make a difference; and there are some people in this world who think they can not make a difference. Both are correct.  Henry Ford

1st Law of Dreams: Wishing can make it happen.  Walt Disney

My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.  Abraham Lincoln

Formerly we used to canonize our great men: now we vulgarize them. Oscar Wilde

There's lots of people who spend so much time watching their health, they haven't got time to enjoy it.  Josh Billings

What they do in heaven we are ignorant of: what they do not do we are told expressly.

Jonathan Swift

If you want to study the social and political history of modern nations, study hell.  Thomas Merton

We can't all be heroes because someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.  Will Rogers

He who hesitates is last.  Mae West

In war the heroes always outnumber the soldiers ten to one.   H. L. Rogers

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull. 
Anatole France

History: An account mostly false, of events unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools. 
Ambrose Pierce

God cannot alter the past, but historians can.  Samuel Butler

There are people who observe the rules of honor as we observe the stars: from a distance.
Victor Hugo

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. 
Oscar Wilde

The more humble a man is before God the more he will be exalted; the more humble he is before man, the more he will get rode roughshod.  Josh Billings

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him. 

The only point in making money is, you can tell some big shot where to go. 
Humphrey Bogart

When I was a boy I used to do what my father wanted. Now I have to do what my boy wants. My problem is: When am I going to do what I want?  Sam Levenson

If you want to really know what your friends and family think of you, die broke, and then see who shows up for the funeral. 
Gregory Nunn

A writer is rarely so well inspired as when he talks about himself. 
Anatole France

At a certain age some people's minds close up. They live on their intellectual fat.  William Lyon Phelps

She was short on intellect but long on shape. 
George Ade

A man who has not been to Italy is always conscious of his inferiority.  Samuel Johnson

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.  Lloyd James

Show me a throughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure.  Thomas Edison

You need to create a passion strong enough to reach those goals. The desire must be stronger than your fear of failure of humilitation.  Kathleen A. Bishop

(Too often)... the dreams of youth become the regrets of maturity.  Unknown

If you settle for less than you can be, you will be unhappy for the rest of your life.  Abraham Maslov

There are periods dare, is the highest wisdom.   W.E. Channing

It is our duty as men andwomen to proceed as though limits to our abilities do not exist. We are collaborators in creation.  Pierre Teilbard de Chardin

It is not enough to be busy... the question is: what are we busy about?  Thoureau

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.  Theodore Roosevelt

I don't know jokes; I just watch the government and report the facts.  Will Rogers

My way of joking is telling the truth; that is the funniest joke in the world. 
George Bernard Shaw

A Jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer. 
Robert Frost

Kindness begets kindness.  Greek Proverb

When women kiss it always reminds me of prize fighters shaking hands. 

To the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name knowledge.

Ambrose Bierce

Universities are full of knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in and the seniors take none away, and knowledge accumulates.  Lawrence Lowell

Mistakes are their own instructors. 

The chief knowledge that man gets from reading books is the knowledge that very few of them are worth reading. 
H.L. Mencken

When you come into the presence of a leader of men, you know that you have come into the presence of fire- that it is best not uncautiously to touch that man- that there is something that makes it dangerous to cross him.  Woodrow Wilson

Obstacles are necessary for success … victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, measuring your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better… or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward; turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.  Og Mandino ( Motivational Author & Speaker)

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.  John F. Kennedy (1961 Inaugural Speech)

These are the times that try men's souls...Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered: yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. 
Thomas Paine

The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.
Benjamin Franklin

When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff. 

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue. 
Oliver Goldsmith

If you laid all our laws end to end, there would be no end.  Arthur "Bugs" Baer

The law is fair to all. In its fairness for equality it forbids the rich as well as the poor to beg in the streets and to steal bread. 
Anatole France

Ignorance of the law excuses no man. 
John Selden

He who despairs of the human condition is a coward, but he who has hope for it is a fool.
Albert Camus

Life is action and passion; therefore it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of the time, at peril of being judged not to have lived.  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Ignorance of the law excuses no man from practicing it.  Addison Mizner

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.  William Hazlitt

I can remember way back when a liberal was one who was generous with his own money.
Will Rogers

What is a thousand years? Time is short for one who thinks, endless for one who yearns.
Alain (1818-1951) French essayist, philosopher

A Liberal is a man who will give away everything he doesn't own.  Frank Dane

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. 
Edmund Burke

The most effective way to achieve right relations with any living thing is to look for the best in it, and then help that best into the fullest expression.  Allen J. Boone

Before I knew the best part of my life had come, it had gone.  Epitaph by Ashleigh Brilliant

Life has taught us that love does not consist of gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.  French aviator and writer Antoine-Marie, Roger de Saint-Exupery

When you have robbed a man of everything, he is no longer in your power. He is free again.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.   W.C. Fields

Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough. 
Mark Twain

Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business.  Benjamin Franklin - at the Constitutional Convention

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. 

People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with bad.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

The heated mind resents the chill touch and relentless scrutiny of logic. 
William Gladstone

Be good and you will be lonely. 
Mark Twain

It is very lonely sometime, trying to play God.  Oliver Wendell Holmes

In Genesis it says that it is not good for a man to be alone, but sometimes it is a great relief.
John Barrymore

It's the good loser who finally loses out.  Kin Hubbard

A good plan violently executed today is better than a perfect plan executed tomorrow.
George S. Patton

To be in love is merely to be in a perpetual state of anesthesia.  H.L. Mencken

Love is said to be blind but I know some fellows in love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I do. 
Josh Billings

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry. 
Oscar Wilde

I don't want yes-men around me. I want everybody to tell me the truth even if it costs them their jobs.  Samuel Goldwyn

The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.  Traditional Proverb

The way to a woman's heart is through your wallet. 
Frank Dane

Subdue your passion or it will subdue you. 

The magic of the tongue is the most dangerous of all spells.  E.R. Bulwer-Lytton

I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.
Henry David Thoreau

The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right. 
Henrik Ibsen

To change one's life: start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions!  William James

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.  Albert Einstein

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.
Ann Landers

Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly.

If fifty million people say a foolish thing it is still a foolish thing.  Anatole France

Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational.
Anatole France

Every man has a sane spot somewhere. 
Robert Louis Stevenson

It is time for all of us to cheer for the doer, the achiever- the one who recognizes the challenge and does something about it.   Vince Lombardi

Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
Richard Whately

By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher. 

Choose well. Your choice is brief, and yet endless.  Goethe

Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined.  Josh Billings

I've read the last page of the Bible. It's going to turn out alright. 
Billy Graham

The first hundred years are the hardest. 
Wilson Mizner

Thus there are these two streams, one from the past and one from the future, which come together in the soul-will anyone who observes himself deny that?  Rudolph Steiner (Anthropologist 1861-1925)

Knowledge may give weight, but accomplishments give luster, and many more people see than weigh.
Lord Chesterfield

Skill and confidence are an unconquered army. 
George Herbert

It is easier to appear worthy of positions we have not got, than of those that we have.
La Rouchefoucauld

Whenever conscience commands anything, there is only one thing to fear, and that is fear.
St. Theresa (Spanish nun, mystic and reformer)

Lives of great men all remind us,
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.
H.W. Longfellow

All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents.  John F. Kennedy

Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. 
Bertolt Brecht

A broken friendship may be soldered, but will never be sound. 
Thomas Fuller

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.  Galileo

When we are in love, we often doubt that which we most believe.  La Rochefoucauld

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier. 
Charles F. Kettering

One must judge men not by their opinions, but by what their opinions have made of them.

Georg Lichtenberg

Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.  Napoleon Hill

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.  Helen Keller

Refusing to have an opinion is a way of having one, isn't it?  Luigi Pirandello

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. 
John Stuart Mill

The mark of the man of the world is the absence of pretension. 

To teach is to understand. To learn is wisdom. To learn together is understanding wisdom.
Sid Mendenhall

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.  Mark Twain

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for the insect, as well as for the star. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper. 
Albert Einstein

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.  Henry Adams

Everything comes if a man will only wait. 
Benjamin Disraeli

If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 
The Bible (Mark 3:25)

Just as war is waged with the blood of others, fortunes are made with other people's money.
Andre Suares

Nothing is impossible to a willing heart. 
Joan Heywood

Wisdom has its root in goodness, and not goodness its root in wisdom. 

Oh, keep not captive my soul. Oh, keep not ward over my shadow, but let a way be opened for my soul and for my shadow keep ward over the spirits who hold captive the shadows of the dead who would work evil against me.   Egyptian Book of the Dead

An honest man's word is as good as his bonds.   Cervantes

We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes. 
John F. Kennedy

Time is the greatest innovator. 
Francis Bacon

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

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage. 
Mark Russell

Once freedom lights its beacon in a man's heart, the gods are powerless against him.
Jean-Paul Sartre

The longer we live, the more we find we are like other persons.  Oliver Wendell Holmes

Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have it pinned on them. 
George Ade

God looks at clean hands, not full ones. 
Publilius Syrus

Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment - the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.  Jorge Luis Borges

Falsehood is never so successful as when she baits her hook with truth, and no opinions so fastly misled us as those that are not wholly wrong, as no timepieces so effectually deceive the wearer as those that are sometimes right.    Colton (1780-1832)

In difficult situations when hope seems feeble, the boldest plans are the safest.  Livy

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.  John Ruskin

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. 

For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation? 
Thornton Wilder

Nobody likes the bringer of bad news.  Sophocles

The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.   Descartes

It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. 
Charles Dudley Warner

If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45)

To win without risk is to triumph without glory. Pierre Corneille (French playwright)

Nothing on earth consumes a man more quickly than the passion of resentment.  Nietzsche

Noble and common blood is of the same color. 
German proverb

We are more inclined to hate one another for points on which we differ, than to love one another for points on which we agree. 
Charles Caleb Colton

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.   Thomas Jefferson

In my soul rages a battle without victor. Between faith without proof and reason without charm.
Rene Sully-Prudhomme from La Justice

In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend.   Solon

An administration, like a machine, does not create. It carries on.  Saint-Exupery

How casually and unobservedly we make all our most valuable acquaintances. Emerson

The world of imagination is the world of eternity. It is the divine bosom into which we shall all go after death of the vegetative body.  William Blake

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, 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 street sweeper who did his job well. Martin Luther King Jr.

Don't let yourself be paralyzed by fear, which prevents so many people from living out their dreams. Mark Fisher

In the race for money some men may come first, but man comes last.  Marya Mannes

Action should culminate in wisdom.  Bhagavadgita

Confidence is the only bond of friendship.  Publius Syrus

In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.  Theodore Roosevelt

In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it.  Samuel Johnson

You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say. F. Scott Fitzgerald

The youth of a nation are the trustees of posterity.   Benjamin Disraeli

Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake that, you're in.  Rich Jeni

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian. 
Dennis Wholey

All scientific discoveries are first recorded on napkins or tablecloths. Engineering advances are drawn inside matchbookcovers. Keep supplies of them handy at all times.  Anonymous

Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. 

All men dream, but unequally. Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake the next day to find that their dreams were just vanity. But those who dream during the day with their eyes wide open are dangerous men;they act out their dreams to make them reality.
Thomas Edward Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)

For better or worse, our future will be determined in large part by our dreams and by the struggle to make them real.  Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.  George Chapman

Brevity is the soul of wit. 

A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.  Aristotle

Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.  Mark Twain

Humanity needs to listen, until such a time as the voice of the soul is heard throughout the universe as the only voice of compassion and reason that has ever existed. When this occurs, all of humanity will be truly free and the voice of the Soul will sing the end of time.  Fred Wolf, Physicist/author

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight but no vision.  Helen Keller

Bad is never good until worse happens.  Danish Proverb

Wherever any one is against his will, that is to him a prison. 

What concerns everyone can only be resolved by everyone. 
Friedrich Durren-Matt

I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.  Helen Keller

The point to remember is that what the government gives it must first take away.
John S. Coleman

What destroys one man preserves another. 

It's a pity to shoot the pianist when the piano is out of tune.  Rene Coty

How much better to know that we have dared to live our dreams than to live our lives in a lethargy of regret.  Gilbert Caplin

Always do more than is required of you.  George Patton

As we grow old, our sense of the value of time becomes vivid. Nothing else, indeed, seems of any consequence.  William Hazlitt

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. 
Victor Hugo

Etiquette is what you are doing and saying when people are looking and listening. What you are thinking is your business. 
Virginia Cary Hudson

Our memories are card-indexes consulted, and then put back in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.  Cyril Connolly

Patience is the best medicine. 
John Florio

The mind covers more ground than the heart but goes less far. 
Chinese Proverb

I make the most of all that comes, and the least of all that goes.  Sara Teasdale

Alternatives, and particularly desirable alternatives, grow only on imaginary trees. Saul Bellow

In great matters, men behave as they are expected to; in little ones, as they would naturally.

The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.  Paul E. Gray

If to talk to oneself when alone is folly, it must be doubly unwise to listen to oneself in the presence of others.  Baltasar Gracian

A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. 

My own mind is my own church. 
Thomas Paine

Getting ahead in a difficult profession requires avid faith in yourself. You must be able to sustain yourself against staggering blows. That is why some people with mediocre talent, but with great inner drive, go much further than people with vastly superior talent.  Sophia Loren

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.  Henry Van Dyke

In the long run, we only hit what we aim at.  Henry David Thoreau

A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission.
Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.  Henry Ford

I am a part of all I have read.
John Kieran

When you look back... on your love affairs... what you really find out is that the only person you really go to bed with is yourself. 
Shirley Maclaine

Life is a great surprise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one.  Vladimir Nabokov

Progress might have been all right once, but it's gone on too long. 
Ogden Nash

You only lie to two people; your girlfriend and the police. Everyone else you tell the truth to.
Jack Nicholson

Seek not outside yourself, Success is within.  Mary Lou Cook

A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred and we must come back and settle the account at last.  Joseph Newton

A great many open minds should be closed for repairs.   Toledo Blade

Women in politics are more honest and forthright. We are not in it for the ego gratification.
Hanan Ashrawi

All glory comes from daring to begin.  Anonymous

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. Work is not a curse; it is the prerogative of intelligence, the only means to manhood, and the measure of civilization.  Calvin Coolidge

Our lifetime may be the last that will be lived out in a technological society.  Isaac Asimov

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him. 
Orson Welles

Don't fall before you're pushed. 
English Proverb

Only actions give to life its strength, as only moderation gives it its charm.  Jean Paul Richter

No art has a shorter life than political art.  Brian De Palma

Suit the action to the word, word to action.

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear a hundred battles. 

Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed.  Charles M. Schulz

Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.  Pierre Pachet

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world: everyone you meet is your mirror. 
Ken Keyes, Jr.

At any given moment life is completely senseless. But viewed over a period, it seems to reveal itself as an organism existing in time, having a purpose, tending in a certain direction.  Aldous Huxley

Madness is part of all of us, all the time, and it comes and goes, waxes and wanes.  Otto Friedrich

Luck is being ready for the chance. 
Frank J. Dobie

Ability will never catch up for the demand for it. 
Malcolm S. Forbes

[Be] at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.   Max Ehrmann

Good is not good, when better is expected.  Thomas Fuller

The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. 
Fred Astaire

The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education. 

One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum.  Walter Scott

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

I do not mind what language an opera is sung in so long as it's a language I don't understand.
Sir Edward Appleton

Trouble is a part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough. 
Dinah Shore

Be glad for life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to look up at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees & the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Max Ehrmann, from Desiderata

You've got to be brave and you've got to be bold. Brave enough to take your chance on your discrimination-what's right and what's wrong, what's good and what's bad.  Robert Frost

We never live, but are always in the expectation of living.  Voltaire

Life begins on the other side of despair.  Jean Paul Sartre

Whatever you would have your own children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation.  Lydia Sigourney

And from the discontent of man the world's best progress springs.  Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Greatness is a zig-zag streak of lightning in the brain. 
Herbert H. Asquith

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.  Barbara De Angelis

Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published everyday, like those of a baseball player.  Anonymous

Beauty will save the world. 
Fedor Dostoevsky

We only part to meet again. 
John Gay

I like only two kinds of men; domestic and foreign.  Mae West

When women go wrong, men go right after them. 
Mae West

The greatest success is successful self-acceptance.  Ben Sweet

Show me a good and gracious loser, and I'll show you a failure. 
Knute Rockne

Why inflict pain on oneself, when so many others are ready to save us the trouble?
George W. Pachaud

Sometimes 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, but still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone... I guess I just miss my friend.  Ellis Redding (Morgan Freeman) ,The Shawshank Redemption"

I came, I saw, I concurred.  Irvine H. Page

The greatest right in the world is the right to be wrong. 
Harry Weinberger

Success is a science. If you have the conditions, you get the results.
Oscar Wilde

One of the misfortunes of our time is that in getting rid of false shame, we have killed off so much real shame as well. Louis Kronenberger

Don't be so humble. You're not that great.  Golda Meir

I am he
As you are me
And we are all together.
J. Lennon & P. McCartney

It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them. 
Johann von Goethe

When you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't in us doesn't disturb us.  Hermann Hesse

I never hated an man enough to give him his diamonds back.  Zsa Zsa Gabor

He is not only dull in himself, but the cause of dullness in others.
  Samuel Foote

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.
Carl Sagan

The desire of a man for a woman is not directed at her because she is a human being, but because she is a woman. That she is a human being is of no concern to him. Immanuel Kant

Don't fight forces; use them.  Buckminster Fuller

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. 
Reggie Leach

Winning isn't everything. It is the only thing. 
Vince Lombardi

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.  Bruce Lee

Honor is the one thing no one can take from you; it can only be given away. 
Adam Scalettar

From an endless beach of reality, we take a grain of sand and call it the world.  Robert Pirsig

A camel is a horse designed by a committee.  Anonymous

Showing up is eighty percent of life. 
Woody Allen

Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
Jaques Barzun

...crisis simultaneously loosens the stereotypes and provides incremental data necessary for a fundamental paradigm shift. 
Thomas Kuhn, The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Today is the last day of the past.  Boris Yeltsin

Hell is not other people. Hell is no other people. 
Fay Weldon

Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it. 
James Baldwin

Make voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.  Tennessee Williams

As a parent you just hang on for the ride. 
Robert Wagner

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle. 
Gloria Steinem

To have the approval of your conscience when you are alone with your thoughts is like being in the company of true and loving friends. To merit our own self-respect gives strength of character. Conscience is the link that binds your soul to the spirit of God.   David O. McKay

For those who understand no explanation is needed, for those who don't none will do.
Jerry Lewis

"How come when you mix water and flour together you get glue ... and then you add eggs and sugar and you get cake? Where does the glue go?" 
Rita Rudner

The trouble with some women is they get all excited over nothing - and then they marry him!

No good deed ever goes unpunished. 
Thomas Brooks

If I am not myself, who will I be? 
Pirke Avot

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist has.  Michelangelo

No, life has not disappointed me. On the contrary, I find it truer, more desirable and mysterious every year -- ever since the day when the great liberator came to me: the   idea that life could be an experiment of the seeker for knowledge -- and not a duty, not a calamity, not trickery. 
Friedrich Nietzsche

We do not inherit this land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.  Haida saying

Stardom isn't a profession; it's an accident.  Lauren Bacall

I'm so happy to be rich, I'm willing to take all the consequences.  Howard Ahmanson

I wanted to say something about the universe. There's God, angels, plants, and horsesh*t.  Zero Mostel

What's done cannot be undone.  Shakespeare (Macbeth)

A jury consists of twelve people chosen to decide who has a better lawyer. 
Robert Frost

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. 
Dick Cheney

Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't. Earl Wilson

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not. 
Mark Twain

Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one. 
Sam Rayburn

You can tell a lot about a fellow's character by his way of eating jellybeans.  Ronald Reagan

Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love. 
Ellen Key

In Hollywood, if you don't have happiness, you send out for it.  Rex Reed

You got a harem of seventy girls, you don't get to know any of them very well.  Billy Rose

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.  Nikita Khrushchev

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in
life is to keep your mind young.
  Henry Ford

Behind every successful man there's a lot of unsuccessful years.
Bob Brown

We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.  May Lamberton Becker

A smile is a curve that can set things straight. 

When you give the reins to reason, then the imagination is repressed.
Iqbal Ahmad

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.  Voltaire

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.  Robert Frost

You must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss,
A sigh is just a sigh;
The fundamental things apply,
As time goes by.
Herman Hupfeld

Longevity conquers scandal every time. 
Shelby Foote

Humility is a good quality, but it can be overdone. 
Conrad Black

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
William Wordsworth

People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a
dozen facts.
  Robert Keith Leavitt

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. Dalai Lama

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning.   Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his
Erich Fromm

This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.   Adolf Hitler, 1935

When two people love each other, they don't look at each other, they look in the same direction.  Ginger Rogers

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repairing.
Billy Rose

Never complain and never explain.  Benjamin Disraeli

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour. Stephen Leacock

Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.   
John D. Rockefeller

Advertising is legalized lying. 
H.G. Wells

A man's rootage is more important than his leafage.  Woodrow Wilson

Fashion can be bought, style one must possess.
Edna Woolman Chase

The older you get, the more you learn to see what you've been taught to see. When you're a kid, you see what's there.
Steven Wright

Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.  Henry Ford

To achieve, you need thought... that's real power. 
Ayn Rand

Any kid'll run an errand for you if you ask at bedtime. 
Red Skelton

Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge. Winston Churchill

Truly in remembering God do hearts find rest. 
The Holy Quran 13:28

You are born with three things: intelligence, endurance and the opportunity to build integrity. You decide how much
intelligence and endurance you are going to use. You build integrity every single day with the choices you make.
Bob Kerrey

Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. John Wooden

To think and to be fully alive are the same thing.  Hannah Arendt

I never think when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well. 
Don Marquis

It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed.  Harvey S. Firestone

Act with courage and dignity; stick to the ideals that give meaning to life.  J. Nehru

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.   Voltaire

Nobody has a better vision of who you are than yourself.
Sheryl Crow

A never failing way to get rid of a fellow is to tell him something for his own good.  Kin Hubbard

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved... the ones who
never yawn and say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders
across the stars. 
Jack Kerouac

My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too. Peter De Vries

It is easier to love humanity than to love one's neighbor.
Eric Hoffer

I am as bad as the worst, but, thank God, I am as good as the best.
Walt Whitman

The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.   Elie Wiesel

Let us not be too particular: it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all. 
Mark Twain

You become courageous by doing courageous acts... Courage is a habit. 
Mary Daly

When one has not had a good father, one must create one.   Frederich Nietzsche

Man "becomes" man only by intelligence, but he "is" man only by the heart.  Henri Frederic Amiel

When you win, nothing hurts. Joe Namath

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! 
Anne Frank

One always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria. 
V. S. Naipaul

When liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.  Will Durant

Believe that you possess a basic goodness, which is the foundation for the greatness you can ultimately achieve. 
Les Brown

Every man's memory is his private literature.  Aldous Huxley

There are a good many fools who call me a friend, and also a good many friends who call me a fool. 

If you always do what interests you, then at least one person is pleased. 
Katharine Hepburn

You cannot cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.  R. Tagore

Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
M. Scott Peck

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. L. P. Hartley

If I see a door comin' my way, I'm knocking it down. And if I can't knock down the door, I'm sliding through the window.
Rosie Perez

The only chain that can bind love is an endless chain of compliments.
Helen Rowland

We are all wanderers on this earth. Our hearts are full of wonder, and our souls are deep with dreams.  Gypsy proverb

Only in growth, reform and change... paradoxically true security to be found.  
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain

Poetry contains almost all you need to know about life. 
Josephine Hart

When I was 40, my doctor advised me that a man in his forties shouldn't play tennis, and I could hardly wait until I was 50
to start again. 
Hugo Black

The course of nature is the art of God.  Edward Young

You are all you will ever have for certain.   June Havoc

Poverty is no shame, but being ashamed of it is.  Franklin

When things go wrong they like to blame the President, and that's one of the things that Presidents are paid for.
John F. Kennedy

Learn to self-conquest, persevere thus for a time, and you will perceive very clearly the advantage which you gain
from it.
St. Teresa of Avila

It is my view that our society can be no more stable than the foundation of individual family units upon which it
rests. Our government, our institutions, our schools...indeed, our way of life are dependent on healthy marriages and
loyalty to the vulnerable little children around our feet. 
James C. Dobson

Middle age: when you're sitting at home on a Saturday night and the telephone rings and you hope it isn't for you.
Ogden Nash

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
Bob Hope

Surely it's better to sleep late in the morning only when it's a rare privilege, not an everyday occurrence. 
Lauren Bacall

Not much happens without a dream. And for something great to happen, there must be a great dream. Behind every great
achievement is a dreamer of great dreams. 
Robert Greenleaf

We are only rich through what we give. Anne-Sophie Swetchine

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

A fool and his money were lucky to get together in the first place. Harry Anderson

Geniuses are like ocean liners: they should never meet. Louis Aragon

You are the same today that you are going to be five years from now except for two things: the people with whom you
associate and the books you read. 
Charles Jones

History is the science of what never happens twice.
Paul Valery

Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull. Rod Serling

The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason. 
Mayra Mannes

Generalizations are generally wrong.
Mary Wortley Montagu

I am willing to put myself through anything: temporary pain or discomfort means nothing to me as long as I can see that
the experience will take me to a new level. I am interested in the unknown, and the only path to the unknown is through
breaking barriers, an often-painful process. 
Diana Nyad

Experience shows that success is due less to ability than to zeal. The winner is he who gives himself to his work, body
and soul.
Charles Buxton

Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.   Robert F. Kennedy

Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.  Jonathan Swift

In love, a man is victorious only when he runs away. 

Wit the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The real danger is not that machines will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like machines.  Sydney J. Harris

Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them. 
Ogden Nash

Most people would rather die than think: many do. 
Bertrand Russell

Genius, that power that dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise.   Henry Willard Austin

If you can only believe! If you will only believe! Then nothing, nothing, will be impossible for you! That is the
truth and the gospel, and it is wonderful. It's the good news. 
Norman Vincent Peale

We must be true to each other. Lucy Stone

It's no longer a question of staying healthy--it's a question of finding a sickness you like. 
Jackie Mason

In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.  Stanislaw Lec

Drawing is speaking to the eye; talking is painting to the ear.  Joseph Joubert

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

I don't need to be born again. I got it right the first time. 
Dennis Miller

It all comes from the mind. I've seen the most incredible success stories...because a person had a dream and it was
so powerful no one could touch it. He'd feel it, believe it, think about it all day and night. That would inspire him to
do things necessary to get the results he wanted.  
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Do not feel entitled to anything you do not sweat or struggle for.  Marian Wright Edelman

Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. 
Peter Finley Dunne

What was once thought can never be unthought. 
Friedrich Durrenmatt

Your journal is a place where your point of view on the universe matters.  Mary Pipher

To a man with an empty stomach, food is God.

What a terrible time people have trying to have a good time!  Ed Howe

Problems are the price you pay for progress. Branch Rickey

It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant. 
Don Herold

By asking for the impossible we obtain the best possible.
Italian Proverb

The moment you stop learning, you stop leading.  Rick Warren

I'm not into working out. My philosophy: No pain, no pain. 
Carol Leifer

To achieve great things, we must live as though we were never going to die. 

There is no end to the adventures we can have if we seek them with our eyes wide open.  Nehru

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.   Anne Bradstreet

No life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
Ellen Glascow

Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow.   Yiddish Proverb

The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth, or a man or woman left to
say, I will redress that wrong, or spend my life in the attempt. 

The cobra will bite you whether you call it cobra or Mr. Cobra.  Indian Proverb

The most important thing about goals is having one.
Geoffrey Albert

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive. 
Anais Nin

The first and last thing which is required of genius is the love of truth.  Goethe

No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent; work transforms talent into genius. 
Anna Pavlova

Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.   Mike Murdock

Freedom unexercised may become freedom forfeited.
Margaret Chase Smith

I don't care too much for money, for money can't buy me love.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney

The death knell of Western civilization is perhaps being sounded unless we can find a new sense of mission, purpose
and reason for being - in short, new images of the future that speak to us in rich terms of human renewal and are
appropriate to the problems and opportunities of our historical period. 
Robert Bundy

If you can only believe! If you will only believe! Then nothing, nothing, will be impossible for you! That is the
truth and the gospel, and it is wonderful. It's the good news. 
Norman Vincent Peale

Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup
with him, and he with me. 
Revelation 3:20

Love your calling with passion, it is the meaning of your life.   Auguste Rodin

Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. Moorish proverb

You may feel like dwelling on your limits or your fears. Don't do it. A perfect prescription for a squandered,
unfulfilled life is to accommodate self-defeating feelings while undercutting your finest, most productive ones.
Marsha Sinetar

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.  Andre Gide

It often takes a thousand words soft spoken every day, to bury just the three or four that we didn't mean to say.
Jana Poston

There is a destiny that makes us brothers; none goes his way alone. All that we sent into the lives of others comes back
into our own. 
Edward Markham

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at
times of challenge and controversy. 
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The most beautiful adventures are not those we go to seek.   Robert Louis Stevenson

Miracles happen only to those who believe in them. 
French Proverb

You have to have the kind of body that doesn't need a girdle in order to get to pose for one. 
Carolyn Kenmore

How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself. Publilius Syrus

In no order of things is adolescence the time of the simple life. 
Janet Erskine Stuart

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.
Northcote Parkinson

He and I had an office so tiny that an inch smaller and it would have been adultery.  Dorothy Parker

Nothing can be so perfect when we possess it as it will seem when remembered. 
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities. 
Elizabeth Bowen

What can be done at any time is never done at all.  English Proverb

You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you knew how seldom they do.  Olin Miller

A great man is always willing to be little. 
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others. Jonathan Winters

Who forces time is pushed back by time; who yields to time finds time on his side. 
The Talmud

Too often travel, instead of broadening the mind, merely lengthens the conversation.  
Elizabeth Drew

He that is over-cautious will accomplish little.  Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

What makes humility so desirable is the marvelous thing it does to us; it creates in us a capacity for the closest
possible intimacy with God.  
Monica Baldwin

Face what you think you believe and you will be surprised.   William Hale White

We must never try to escape the obligation of living at our best. 
Janet Erskine Stuart

Why do they put the Gideon Bibles only in the bedrooms, where it's usually too late, and not in the barroom downstairs?
Christopher Morley

He who rebukes the world is rebuked by the world.  Rudyard Kipling

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 world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. 
Ivy Baker Priest

To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success.  Anna Pavlova

People have to talk about something just to keep their good voice boxes in working order, so they'll have good voice boxes
in case there's ever anything really meaningful to say. 
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Words are seductive and dangerous material to be used with caution. 
Barbara Tuchman

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. 
B. C. Forbes

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out.   It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another
human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.   
Albert Schweitzer

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.  Albert Einstein

I suppose that leadership at one time meant muscle but today it means getting along with people. 
Indira Ghandi

When some folks agree with my opinions I begin to suspect I'm wrong.  Kin Hubbard

Hit the ball over the fence and you can take your time going around the bases.  John W. Raper

A great many people think that polysyllables are a sign of intelligence. 
Barbara Walters

The minute a man is convinced that he's interesting, he isn't. 
Stephen Leacock

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.  Demosthenes

You manage things; you lead people.  Grace Murray Hopper

You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough. 
Joe E. Lewis

When the reviews are bad I tell my staff they can join me as I cry all the way to the bank.

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.  Henry J. Kaiser

There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em.
Louis Armstrong

I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it.   Mae West

Success has made failures of many men. Cindy Adams

Let us leave pretty women to men without imagination.
Marcel Proust

I invent nothing. I rediscover. 
Auguste Rodin

God gives no linen, but flax to spin. German Proverb

There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend. 
Katharine Butler Hathaway

I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
Bill Cosby

I got a simple rule about everybody. If you don't treat me right, shame on you.  Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

When it comes time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so when their time comes
they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song,
and die like a hero going home.  
Chief Aupumut , Mohican leader (18th Century)

All men's lives are fairy tales written by the fingers of God.  Hans Christian Anderson


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