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Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction - the things that constitute real success - is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile. -- William Raspberry

The wisest men follow their own direction. -- Euripides

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. -- Franklin P. Jones

The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.  -- Victor Hugo

Never seem more learned than the people you are with. Wear your learning like a pocket watch and keep it hidden. Do not pull it out to count the hours, but give the time when you are asked. -- Lord Chesterfield

Do not fall prey to the false belief that mastery and domination are synonymous with manliness.   -- Kent Nerburn

I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it. -- Lord Brabazon

The only thing that sustains one through life is the consciousness of the immense inferiority of everybody else, and this is a feeling that I have always cultivated. -- Oscar Wilde, "The Remarkable Rocket"

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting. -- John Russell

I'd rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate. -- George Burns

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. -- Rabbinical Saying

If we discover a desire within us that nothing in this world can satisfy, also we should begin to wonder if perhaps we were created for another world. -- C. S. Lewis

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. -- Bob Newhart

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live. -- Mark Twain

A person is always startled when he hears himself seriously called an old man for the first time. -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Man has to suffer. When he has no real afflictions, he invents some. -- Jose Marti

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.   -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I am the cat, who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me. - Kipling

Our first view of others is as reflections of ourselves. An untrusting man is often untrustworthy.

Honest people seldom tell you how honest they are--it simply doesn't occur to them that you would believe, or indeed, be, otherwise.

Question everything. In particular, question your assumptions. Sometimes the obvious is only obvious to you.

Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. – Thomas Alva Edison

Budget: a mathematical confirmation of your suspicions.  ~A.A. Latimer

If you lend someone $20, and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.  ~Author Unknown

Beauty... is the shadow of God on the universe.  ~Gabriela Mistral

Business is the art of extracting money from another man's pocket without resorting to violence.  ~Max Amsterdam

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.  ~Bob Hope

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.  ~Saint Augustine

Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.  ~Sam Ewing

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty is the promise of happiness.  ~Stendhal

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.  ~John Ruskin

Inflation is taxation without legislation.  ~Milton Friedman

A man is usually more careful of his money than of his principles.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

[T]hose who live by numbers can also perish by them and it is a terrifying thing to have an adding machine write an epitaph, either way.  ~George J.W. Goodman

In the old days a man who saved money was a miser; nowadays he's a wonder.  ~ Author Unknown

Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic.  ~ Rosalind Russell

It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Don't reserve your best behavior for special occasions. You can't have two sets of manners, two social codes - one for those you admire and want to impress, another for those whom you consider unimportant. You must be the same to all people. -- Lillian Eichler Watson

Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men. -- Marcus Valerius Martialis

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions. -- G. K. Chesterton

When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. -- R. Buckminster Fuller

The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it. -- Terry Pratchett

Complete nudity in itself is not erotic. It becomes so only when preceded by or contrasted to a state of dress. In this limited context then, all clothes become somewhat immoral, if we define immorality as inciting sexual interest. Habitual nakedness may indeed be capable of elevating man to a higher mental plane - Lucy Irvine

The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear. - Aung San Suu Kyi

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income. -- Errol Flynn

Absurdity, n.: A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. - Bertrand Russell

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. - Shelley Winters

There's something therapeutic about nudity. Clothing is one of the external things about a character. Take away the Gucci or Levi's and we're all the same - Kevin Bacon

The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself. -- Alan Alda

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. -- Albert Camus

If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you. --- Billy Wilder

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. - George Iles

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. -- Abraham Lincoln

Finding God's most glorious work to be Woman, that all human beauty had been concentrated in her, I resolved to dedicate myself to painting . . . God's most glorious work, more finely than ever had been done. - William Etty

There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets? -- Dick Cavett

The men the American public admire most extravagantly are the most daring liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth. -- H. L. Mencken

Woman's nudity is wiser than the philosopher's teachings. - Max Ernst

The creative person basically has two kinds of jobs: One is the sexy, creative kind. Second is the kind that pays the bills. Sometimes the task in hand covers both bases, but not often. This tense duality will always play center stage. It will never be transcended. -- Hugh Macleod, How To Be Creative

Storms make oaks take deeper root. -- George Herbert

Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are. -- Laurence J. Peter

As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life - so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls. -- M. Cartmill

Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood. -- Mary Hirsch

What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence. -- Samuel Johnson, Lives of the Poets

Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from. -- Jodie Foster

Nihilism is best done by professionals. -- Iggy Pop

Sure I'm for helping the elderly. I'm going to be old myself some day. -- Lillian Carter, in her 80s

Man's naked form... belongs to no particular moment in history; it is eternal, and can be looked upon with joy by the people of all ages. -- Auguste Rodin

The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy. -- Florence Shinn

If you must love your neighbor as yourself, it is at least as fair to love yourself as your neighbor. -- Sebastien-Roch Nicolas

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom. -- Soren Kierkegaard

"Absolute cuteness corrupts absolutely" - From Phineas And Ferb

To live is to dance, to dance is to live. - Peanuts, Snoopy

The safe way to double your money is to fold it over once and put it in your pocket.  ~Frank Hubbard

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament.  Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everything made you stronger. It was possible to survive, yet still be crippled for your trouble. Sometimes it was okay to run away, to skip the test, to chicken out. Or at least to get some help. - Scott Westerfeld

We are always the same age inside. - Gertrude Stein

Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it "the first law of personal growth." - Peter McWilliams

There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Women always worry about the things that men forget; men always worry about the things women remember.  ~Author Unknown

Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for being.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things. - Henry Miller

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. - Sir Wilfred Grenfell

If you want to be respected, you must respect yourself. - Spanish Proverb

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over. - Aneurin Bevan

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe. - Lord Salisbury

Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so. - Douglas Adams

Choose your pleasures for yourself, and do not let them be imposed upon you. - Lord Chesterfield

"It's better to be looked over than overlooked" - Mae West

The essence of life is the smile of round female bottoms, under the shadow of cosmic boredom.  ~Guy de Maupassant

"All I want is what everybody wants: preferential treatment!"  - Homer Simpson

I like work: it fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours. - Jerome K. Jerome

Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. - W. C. Fields

It upsets women to be, or not to be, stared at hungrily.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers. - John J. Plomp

Mustard's no good without roast beef. - Chico Marx

In every man's heart there is a secret nerve that answers to the vibrations of beauty.  ~Christopher Morley

Men who don't like girls with brains don't like girls.  ~Mignon McLaughlin

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say. - Charles Caleb Colton

I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him. - Galileo Galilei

I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don't want to do them. - Nancy Astor

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful.  ~Author Unknown

The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.  ~ Mad Magazine

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. - Sir Francis Bacon

The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust. - Henry L. Stimson

A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people. - Peter McArthur

Everything you've learned in school as "obvious" becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There's not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines. - R. Buckminster Fuller

Curve:  The loveliest distance between two points.  ~ Mae West

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jill a rich widow. - Evan Esar

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One never knows what each day is going to bring. The important thing is to be open and ready for it. - Henry Moore

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself. - Anna Quindlen

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. - Eddie Cantor

We turn not older with years, but newer every day. - Emily Dickinson

Seeing ourselves as others see us would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them. - Franklin P. Adams

I have yet to see any problem, however complicated, which, when you looked at it in the right way, did not become still more complicated. - Poul Anderson

"Be yourself, everyone else is already taken."     - Oscar Wilde

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.   -Khalil Gibran

Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away.  ~ Laurence J. Peter

What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living. - Doug Larson

It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. - Alec Bourne

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. - Unknown

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. - Andre Gide

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. - Don Herold

Exercise relieves stress. Nothing relieves exercise. - Takayuki Ikkaku

If it's true that our species is alone in the universe, then I'd have to say that the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little. - George Carlin

The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it. - Bill Nye

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. - James Lane Allen

The problem with theft is that it's an affirmation of lack. -- Stuart Wilde

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

A single day is enough to make us a little larger. - Paul Klee

Careful. We don't want to learn from this. - Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"

I believe we are on an irreversible trend toward more freedom and democracy - but that could change. - Dan Quayle, 5/22/89

When you go to buy, use your eyes, not your ears. -- Czech Proverb

"There are ways of treating others in which only consistent courtesy, even in very little things, is offered. This is a very healing habit to acquire."
-- ACIM, urtext

If man does find the solution for world peace it will be the most revolutionary reversal of his record we have ever known.             -- George C. Marshall

Nobody can tell you if what you're doing is good, meaningful or worthwhile. The more compelling the path, the more lonely it is.             -- Hugh Macleod

The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that it is difficult to determine whether or not they are genuine. - Abraham Lincoln

The love of truth lies at the root of much humor. -- Robertson Davies

I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened. - Mark Twain

It's hard to take over the world when you sleep 20 hours a day. - Darby Conley, Get Fuzzy

For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news. - Gloria Borger

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned. - Milton Friedman

The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. - Herbert Agar

Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats. -- Howard Aiken

When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. - Abraham Lincoln

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed. - Josh Billings

Nothing I did where the reason for doing it was only the money was ever worth doing it, except as bitter experience. - Neil Gaiman

The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. -- Flannery O'Connor

The truth is that there is nothing noble in being superior to somebody else. The only real nobility is in being superior to your former self. - Whitney Young

I never thought I was doing anything wrong by posing nude, because after all, I don't believe God disapproves of nudity, he put Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, naked as jaybirds... -- Bettie Page

It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others. - John Andrew Holmes

"People said it was my smile. That I looked very happy, that I enjoyed my work, and I did." -- Bettie Page

The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren't any space aliens. We can't be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we're not all there is. If so, we're in big trouble. - Ellen DeGeneres

Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new. -- Og Mandino

I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch. - Gilda Radner

I'm kind of jealous of the life I'm supposedly leading. - Zach Braff

  It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. -- Mahatma Gandhi

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is stoned to death. - Joan D. Vinge, Catspaw

It is always the best policy to speak the truth--unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar. - Jerome K. Jerome

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. - Carl Sandburg

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. - Dave Barry

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts. - Colette

Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle.

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. - Thomas Jefferson

When you drink the water, remember the spring. -- Chinese Proverb

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it. - Jane Wagner

I think it would be a good idea. -- Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. - H. L. Mencken

Too many people think only of their own profit. But business opportunity seldom knocks on the door of self-centered people. No customer ever goes to a store merely to please the storekeeper. - Kazuo Inamori

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things. - Jilly Cooper

Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps. - Emo Phillips

Throughout the world, so-called holy men have maintained that to look at a woman is something totally wrong: they say you cannot come near to God if you indulge in sex, therefore they push it aside although they are eaten up with it. But by denying sexuality they put out their eyes and cut out their tongues for they deny the whole beauty of the earth. They have starved their hearts and minds; they are dehydrated human beings; they have banished beauty because beauty is associated with woman. -- Jiddu Krishnamurti

One wouldn’t want to meet the ghost of a dog even if one didn’t believe in him. — LM Montgomery, The Golden Road

We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it. - Mark Twain

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. - Henry David Thoreau

Shared laughter creates a bond of friendships. When people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, teacher and pupils, worker and boss. They become a single group of human beings. - W. Lee Grant

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. - William Faulkner

Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.  - Oliver Wendell Holmes

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact. - Edmund Burke

Whoever ceases to be a student has never been a student. - George Iles

Never answer a critic, unless he's right. -- Bernard M. Baruch

Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. - Lord Chesterfield

A man who doesn't trust himself can never truly trust anyone else. - Cardinal de Retz, Memoires

A man who doesn't trust himself can never truly trust anyone else. - Cardinal de Retz, Memoires

It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars. - Garrison Keillor

Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That's what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first. - Anna Quindlen

Nothing. It means nothing." -- Charles Chaplin to Albert Einstein when the latter asked him "what does it mean!?" about the throngs of cheering people surrounding them in New York City

"You're real lucky if you manage to have success in a profession that's fun." - Clint Eastwood

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious. - Peter Ustinov

Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth *and* fresher breath. - Dave Barry

The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any. - Russell Baker

The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds. -- Tryon Edwards

Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was. - Margaret Mitchell

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury. - Edward Chapin

Do not think of knocking out another person's brains because he differs in opinion from you. It would be as rational to knock yourself on the head because you differ from yourself ten years ago. - Horace Mann

Some days you're a bug, some days you're a windshield. - Price Cobb

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. - Charles M. Schulz

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch. - Robert Orben

I always find it more difficult to say the things I mean than the things I don't. - W. Somerset Maugham

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. - John Wilmot

You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience. - Stanislaw J. Lec

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. - Benjamin Disraeli

We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The entire economy of the Western world is built on things that cause cancer. - From the 1985 movie Bliss

Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old" - Franz Kafka

Confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can have. It's much sexier than any body part. - Aimee Mullins

Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love. - Thomas Fuller

You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. - John Viscount Morley

Anger is the feeling that makes your mouth work faster than your mind. - Evan Esar

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience. - George Bernard Shaw

We need anything politically important rationed out like Pez: small, sweet, and coming out of a funny, plastic head. - Dennis Miller

Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble. - Sidney J. Harris

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery. - Charles Dickens

Art is life in concentrated form. - Unknown

I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. - Gerry Spence

The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket. -- Kin Hubbard

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor. - Victor Hugo

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you. - Oscar Wilde

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye. - Miss Piggy

The only thing worse than a man you can't control is a man you can. - Margo Kaufman

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. - Alexander Humboldt

You've got to make a conscious choice every day to shed the old - whatever 'the old' means for you. - Sarah Ban Breathnach

I began to have an idea of my life, not as the slow shaping of achievement to fit my preconceived purposes, but as the gradual discovery and growth of a purpose which I did not know. - Joanna Field

Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned. -- Gautama Buddha

I am no more humble than my talents require. - Oscar Levant

The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place. -- George Bernard Shaw

Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. - G. K. Chesterton

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. - Harold Taylor

The best way out is always through. -- Robert Frost

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. - Aldous Huxley

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value. - Arthur C. Clarke

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All love that has not friendship for its base, is like a mansion built upon sand. -- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day. - Bertrand Russell

The most important thing is to be whatever you are without shame. - Rod Steiger

The truth is more important than the facts. -- Frank Lloyd Wright

Charm and nothing but charm at last grows a little tiresome. It's a relief then to deal with a man who isn't quite so delightful but a little more sincere. - W. Somerset Maugham

If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you," that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

Laughter is the closest distance between two people. - Victor Borge

What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? - Henry David Thoreau

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. - George Jean Nathan

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail. - Abraham Maslow

Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. - Richard Greenberg

[Sleep is] the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. - Thomas Dekker

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit. - Aesop

If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one - if he had the power - would be justified in silencing mankind. - John Stuart Mill

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. - Mark Twain

People drain me, even the closest of friends, and I find loneliness to be the best state in the union to live in. - Margaret Cho

Every big problem was at one time a wee disturbance. - Unknown

Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on. - Bob Newhart

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy. - Voltaire

A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away. - Phyllis Mcginley

"You know you're old when you notice how young the derelicts are getting." - Jeanne Phillips

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. - Bill Gates

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves. - Ludwig Wittgenstein

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others. - Andre Maurois

We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise why else even be here? - Steve Jobs

On a long enough timeline. The survival rate for everyone drops to zero. - Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club, 1996

I like coincidences. They make me wonder about destiny, and whether free will is an illusion or just a matter of perspective. They let me speculate on the idea of some master plan that, from time to time, we're allowed to see out of the corner of our eye. - Chuck Sigars

A white birch is a beautiful Pagan maiden who has never lost the Eden secret of being naked and unashamed. - LM Montgomery, Rilla Of Ingleside (LMG's books are warmly recommended)

I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards. - Patricia Moyes

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

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it's a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. - Al Franken

If you really do put a small value upon yourself, rest assured that the world will not raise your price. - Anonymous

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. - Mark Twain

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Margaret Lee Runbeck

You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need. - Vernon Howard

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. - Lord Byron

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair. - Samuel Johnson

Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame. - Lydia M. Child

The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own. - Susan Sontag

I have made plenty of enemies in my lifetime, but none has ever done me as much injury as I do myself. - Kathryn L. Nelson

Experience is a good teacher, but she send in terrific bills. - Minna Thomas Antrim

Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?  —  L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

We may go to the moon, but that's not very far. The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us. - Charles de Gaulle

You couldn't be that good and not know it, somewhere in your secret heart, however much you'd been abused into affecting public humility. - Lois McMaster Bujold

Always render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be. - Og Mandino

The best way to get approval is not to need it. - Hugh Macleod

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.  - Steve Jobs

My life wasn’t really going anywhere. I was part of the whole goth/death-metal subculture, but it wasn’t making me happy, it was all a bit gloomy. — Richmond, The I.T. Crowd

The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out. Every mind is a building filled with archaic furniture. Clean out a corner of your mind and creativity will instantly fill it. - Dee Hock

Coming home from very lonely places, all of us go a little mad: whether from great personal success, or just an all-night drive, we are the sole survivors of a world no one else has ever seen. - John le Carre

                                       Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. - Tom Stoppard, "Artist Descending a Staircase"

Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is. - Elbert Hubbard

She used to drag her mattress besider her low window and lie awake for a long while, vibrating with excitement, as a machine vibrates from speed. Life rushed in upon her through that window - or so it seemed. In reality, of course, life rushes from within, not from without. There is no work of art so big or so beautiful that is was not once all contained in some youthful body, like this one which lay on the floor in the moonlight, pulsing with ardor and anticipation. - Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

It takes too much energy to be against something unless it's really important. - Madeleine L'Engle

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

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. - H. L. Mencken

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. - Ovid

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. - Abraham Lincoln

Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had. - Michael Crichton

The human heart is a strange vessel. Love and hatred can exist side by side. - Scott Westerfeld

Holding onto anger is like grasping onto a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned. - Gautama Buddha

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

There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it. - George Bernard Shaw

Truth is the only safe ground to stand on. - Elizabeth Cady Stanton

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. - Japanese Proverb

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." (uncertain, possibly Thomas La Mance)

There comes a point in life when you realize everything you know about yourself, it's all just conditioning. It's the rare man who truly know who he is. - Brian Buckner

Every patient carries her or his own doctor inside. - Albert Schweitzer

Truth has beauty, power and necessity. - Sylvia Ashton-Warner

For myself I am an optimist - it does not seem to be much use being anything else. - Sir Winston Churchill

Humankind cannot stand very much reality. - T. S. Eliot

If an artist has no desire at all to please people, he loses his audience. If he has nothing but desire to please people, he loses himself. - Eolake

The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. - Eddie Cantor

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be. - William Hazlitt

If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back. - Lois McMaster Bujold

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? - Dr. Robert Schuller

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. - Socrates

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak. - Jay Leno

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

Ask not what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive... then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. - Howard Thurman

You may delay, but time will not. - Benjamin Franklin

Study the assumptions behind your actions. Then study the assumptions behind your assumptions. — Idries Shah

An ardent supporter of the hometown team should go to a game prepared to take offense, no matter what happens. - Robert Benchley

Not everything made you stronger. It was possible to survive, yet still be crippled for your trouble. Sometimes it was okay to run away, to skip the test, to chicken out. Or at least to get some help. - Scott Westerfeld

Underpromise; overdeliver. - Tom Peters

In science, 'fact' can only mean 'confirmed to such a degree that it would be perverse to withhold provisional assent.' I suppose that apples might start to rise tomorrow, but the possibility does not merit equal time in physics classrooms. - Stephen Jay Gould

I seek constantly to improve my manners and graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted. - Og Mandino

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.            -- Sir Winston Churchill

This is my first trip on the mail rowte... I sorter like it. O' course it gets rather tejus. Part of the time I sits and thinks, and the rest I jest sits.  -- Mrs. Skinner, Anne of the Island by LM Montgomery
[Note that the last part of this quote has been wrongly attributed to other people.]

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don't know what was in the newspapers that morning... a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. - Joseph Campbell

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. - Lord Chesterfield

There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. - General Douglas MacArthur

Woman's nudity is wiser than the philosopher's teachings. - Max Ernst

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. - G. K. Chesterton

Truth, like surgery, may hurt, but it cures. - Han Suyin

To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. - Bernard M. Baruch

Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for. - Earl Warren

You never can see into someone else's marriage. - Sean Stewart

How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it. - Mark Twain

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable. - Eric Hoffer

Just because you love someone doesn't mean you have to be involved with them. Love is not a bandage to cover wounds. - Hugh Elliott

We are each responsible for our own life - no other person is or even can be. - Oprah Winfrey

You try to give away what you want yourself. - Lois McMaster Bujold

He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying. - Michel de Montaigne

Drive thy business or it will drive thee. - Benjamin Franklin

Health is not valued till sickness comes. - Dr. Thomas Fuller

Critics search for ages for the wrong word, which, to give them credit, they eventually find. - Peter Ustinov

Once the game is over, the King and the pawn go back in the same box. - Italian Proverb

Criticism is prejudice made plausible. - H. L. Mencken

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death. - Leonardo da Vinci

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. - Bertrand Russell

The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps. - Benjamin Disraeli

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man. - Elbert Hubbard

If I have learnt anything, it is that life forms no logical patterns. It is haphazard and full of beauties which I try to catch as they fly by, for who knows whether any of them will ever return? - Margot Fonteyn

When anger rises, think of the consequences. - Confucius

Humor is everywhere, in that there's irony in just about anything a human does. - Bill Nye

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is. - George Bernard Shaw

Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. -- Nelson Mandela

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for. - Oscar Wilde

I believe our longing for an innate harmony runs deeper than our longing for righteousness. - Evelyn Rodriguez

Generosity with strings is not generosity; It is a deal. - Marya Mannes

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. - Henry David Thoreau

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side. - James Baldwin

Nihilism is best done by professionals. - Iggy Pop

You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred. - Woody Allen

In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are. - Nicholas Chamfort

Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters. - Samuel Johnson

Great people make others feel great. Small people make others feel small. -- Rick Warren

There is no stigma attached to recognizing a bad decision in time to install a better one. - Laurence J. Peter

No one has ever had an idea in a dress suit. - Sir Frederick G. Banting

Reality continues to ruin my life. - Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

In the fight between you and the world, back the world. - Frank Zappa

The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary. - Vidal Sassoon

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow. - Norman Vincent Peale

Life is tough, and if you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it. - Salma Hayek

Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. - Rita Mae Brown

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

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die. - Amelia Burr

The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced. - Vic Gold

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help. - Judith Martin

It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear. - Dick Cavett

Abnormal is so common, it's practically normal. - Cory Doctorow

The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels. - Hazrat Inayat Khan

When defeat is inevitable, it is wisest to yield. - Quintilian

It's harder to be kind than clever.

When I step into this library, I cannot understand why I ever step out of it. - Marie de Sevigne

I would not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum. - Frances Willard

"I don't know whether my life has been a success or a failure. But not having any anxiety about becoming one instead of the other, and just taking things as they come along, I've had a lot of extra time to enjoy life." - Harpo Marx

"The problem with success is that by the time you're old enough to sleep late, you tend to wake up early."

"The executive who works twelve hours every day will be successful, and be fondly remembered by his wife's second husband."

"If you're skating on thin ice, skate fast."

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving. - Russell Green

One man alone can be pretty dumb sometimes, but for real bona fide stupidity, there ain't nothin' can beat teamwork. - Edward Abbey

The forceps of our minds are clumsy forceps, and crush the truth a little in taking hold of it. - H. G. Wells

Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that is what you feel. - T. S. Eliot

People often say that 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder,' and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves. - Salma Hayek

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