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People are not remembered by how few times they fail, but how often they succeed. Thomas Edison


Quotes  & Misquotes

It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.   John Ronald Reuel Tolkien






If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.   Anna Quindlen





I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.  Warren Buffett






Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious  stupidity.   Martin Luther King Jr






The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success.   James Bond   ( Ian Flemming )






Folks that blurt out just what they think wouldn't be so bad if they thought.    Kin Hubbard






Bad news: There is no key to the universe. Good news: It was never locked.    Swami Beyondananda






If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.   Maya Angelou






If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.  Julia Sorel





Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.     Kenny Rogers





Learn to see in another's calamity the ills that you should avoid.   Thomas Jefferson





Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.     Ralph Waldo Emerson







This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.   Ralph Waldo Emerson





If it's to be, it's up to me.   Anon





I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.   Frank Lloyd Wright





Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the people doing it.   –Chinese Proverb





In business, the competition will bite you if you keep running; if you stand still, they will swallow you.    William Knudsen Jr





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





An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.  Frdrich Engels





If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable.   Seneca


All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.   Arthur Schopenhauer


Compassion is the basis of all morality.   Arthur Schopenhauer


Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.   Arthur Schopenhauer


If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.   Arthur Schopenhauer



Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but is also a disruption of thought.   Arthur Schopenhauer





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





Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe something inside them was superior to circumstances.    Bruce Barton





A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further then a great idea that inspires no one.    Mary Kay Ash





Don't limit investing to the financial world. Invest something of yourself, and you will be richly rewarded.     Charles Schwab





It is strange... that the years teach us patience; that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting."- Elizabeth Taylor





Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.   W. Somerset Maugham




The weak are more likely to make the strong weak than the strong are likely to make the weak strong.    Marlene Dietrich





That some have succeeded greatly is proof that others can as well.   Abraham Lincoln





There is nothing like the prospect of a lot of money to fog otherwise intelligent minds.   George Bernard Shaw





They sicken of the calm that know the storm.    Dorothy Parker





The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.  John Fowles





The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem; it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.  David Friedman





Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them    William Shakespeare





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





The secret of success is constancy of purpose.  Benjamin Disraeli





When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him: Whose?    Don Marquis





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





There is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it.   William James





I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.    John Cage





One of the most powerful things you can pass on to your children is a sense of building a life based on a mission.    Stephen R. Covey





Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.   Groucho Marx





It takes a great deal of history to produce a little literature.   Henry James



Philosophy is a battle against the bewitchment of our intelligence by means of language.   Ludwig Wittgenstein





I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.      Isaac Asimov





Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind. -- Mary Ellen Chase




Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.    John Ronald Reuel Tolkien



Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.   Heywood Broun





I like life. It's something to do.   Ronnie Shakes



I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.   John Ronald Reuel Tolkien



Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soul-mate is the one you are actually married to.   John Ronald Reuel Tolkien  Letter to Michael Tolkien, March 1941



It's a dangerous business going out your front door.   John Ronald Reuel Tolkien





If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.   -- Brendan Francis





It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.   Charles Darwin





The more you read and observe about this Politics thing, you got to admit that each party is worse than the other. The one that's out always looks the best.   Will Rogers





Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.   George Santayana




Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.   Confucius


I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand..   Confucius


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



Respect yourself and others will respect you. .   Confucius

Study the past if you would define the future. .   Confucius




People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it.    Ogden Nash





The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary.   Thomas Edison





To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.   Anatole France


Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil. 


Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.   Plato



If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.  Plato a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.  Plato



Death is not the worst that can happen to men.   Plato





Courage is a special kind of knowledge; the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought not to be feared.    David Ben





A Throw of the Dice Will Never Abolish Chance.  Stephane Mallarme



As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.   Benjamin Disraeli



Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.   Benjamin Disraeli



I repeat...that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people, and for the people all springs, and all must exist.   Benjamin Disraeli



It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal.   Benjamin Disraeli



My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.    Benjamin Disraeli





There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.   George Bernard Shaw



Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.   Benjamin Franklin

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.   Benjamin Franklin


Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.    Benjamin Franklin



Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.   Benjamin Franklin

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.   Benjamin Franklin




I know the price of success: dedication, hard work and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.      Frank Lloyd Wright





Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.  Henry Kaiser




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



Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.   R. Buckminster Fuller



Sometimes I think we're alone. Sometimes I think we're not. In either case, the thought is staggering.   R. Buckminster Fuller



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




Either war is obsolete or men are.   R. Buckminster Fuller





To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.   Bertrand Russell




Age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was twenty-one and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young. When I'm in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.   George Burns

There are two modes of establishing our reputation: to be praised by honest men, and to be abused by rogues. It is best, however, to secure the former, because it will invariably be accompanied by the latter.   Charles Caleb Colton

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.   Henry Ford

Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour  to be what you desire to appear.   Socrates

Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,  Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name  Robs me of that which not enriches him
And makes me poor indeed.   William Shakespeare

A good reputation is more valuable than money.   Publilius Syrus

 Continually view yourself as a 'do it to yourself' project.   Denis Waitley





Make no useless acquaintances.   Baron Rothschild




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





Only the truly competent person can rise above politics.   Peter Drucker





Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.   Sir James Dewar


A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe



Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe





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






At Christmas play and make good cheer,
For Christmas comes but once a year.    Thomas Tusser



We shall find peace. We shall hear the angels; we shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.   Anton Chekhov





I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.   Dwight D. Eisenhower




Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.   Jawaharlal Nehru



First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.   Thomas a Kempis


The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords, in such a just an charitable war.   William Shakespeare





A man of understanding has lost nothing, if he has himself.  Miche  Eyquem de Montaigne






We must all wage an intense, lifelong battle against the constant downward pull. If we relax, the bugs and weeds of negativity will move into the garden and take away everything of value.   Jim Rohn




Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.   Aesop

In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest.   Aesop


It is easy to be brave from a safe distance.   Aesop


It is with our passions, as it is with fire and water, they are good servants but bad masters.   Aesop


Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.   Aesop





If you don't think about the future, you can't have one.   Anon





The best way to predict the future is to create it.    Anon



Without a struggle, there can be no progress.   Frederick Douglass



If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.   Arthur C. Clarke



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



Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.   Arthur C. Clarke



The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.   Arthur C. Clarke



There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not wave in a vacuum.   Arthur C. Clarke




Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.   Arthur C. Clarke





We are made to persist. That's how we find out who we are.   Tobias Wolff





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



Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.   Thomas Paine



Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.   Thomas Paine




The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.   Thomas Paine




The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.   Thomas Paine




When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.   Thomas Paine






Education is what you have left over after you have forgotten everything you have learned.    Anonymous




"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...Isaac Asimov




Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air.Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise.    Ivan Pavlov




It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.   Konrad Lorenz



All science is either physics or stamp collecting.   Ernest Rutherford



If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong.   Arthur C. Clarke





Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.   Soren Kierkegaard






It is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.   Benjamin Franklin



If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory.     William Hazlitt



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


Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labour in it, but they labour in it because they excel.   William Hazlitt



The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.   William Hazlitt



The way to procure insults is to submit to them: a man meets with no more respect than he exacts.  

William Hazlitt






Mortal lovers must not try to remain at the first step; for lasting passion is the dream of a harlot and from it we wake in despair.   C. S. Lewis





Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.   Otto von Bismark

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.   Paul Valery

Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.   Paul Valery


God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.   Paul Valery



That which has always been accepted by everyone, everywhere, is almost certain to be false.   Paul Valery




The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.   Paul Valery





Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.   Robert Frost




Unhappiness is not knowing what we want out of life and killing ourselves to get it. Don Herold





There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.  William James






Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.  Barry LePatner





Count Hermann Keyserling once said truly that the greatest American superstition was belief in facts.  John Gunther






One's best success comes after his greatest disappointments.    Henry Ward Beecher





A misery is not to be measure from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.   Joseph Addison





An ostentatious man will rather relate a blunder or an absurdity he has committed, than be debarred from talking of his own dear person.   Joseph Addison





If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling.   Joseph Addison





If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counsellor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.   Joseph Addison





Self-discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.   Joseph Addison





Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.   Henry David Thoreau


I do not fear computers. I fear the lack of them.    Isaac Asimov



If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.    Isaac Asimov




It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.   Isaac Asimov




Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.   Isaac Asimov




Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right.   Isaac Asimov






In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.   Sir William Osler



Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.   Sir William Osler


Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.   Sir William Osler

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.   Sir William Osler


The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.   Sir William Osler




What, then, is time? I know well enough what it is, provided that nobody asks me; but if I am asked what it is and try to explain, I am baffled.   St. Augustine

Economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists.    John Kenneth Galbraith




If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.   John Kenneth Galbraith


It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.    John Kenneth Galbraith




Meetings are indispensable when you don't want to do anything.   John Kenneth Galbraith





Nothing is so admirable in politics as a short memory.   John Kenneth Galbraith




In science, the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.   Sir William Osler


 Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.   Sir William Osler


Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.    Sir William Osler





One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.   Sir William Osler



The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.   Sir William Osler




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



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


You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand.   Leonardo da Vinci


Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.   Leonardo da Vinci


Iron rusts from disue; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.   Leonardo da Vinci





 A "wish" is a desire without an attempt.   Farmer's Digest.





Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it.   George Lucas




No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.   Willa Cather



The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.   Willa Cather



Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.   Willa Cather

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.   Willa Cather



All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.   William Shakespeare


Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.   Thomas Carlyle



Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.   Thomas Carlyle


Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.   Thomas Carlyle


That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.   Thomas Carlyle


The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.   Thomas Carlyle




If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.   Henry David Thoreau


He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.   Niccolo Machiavelli



If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.   Niccolo Machiavelli



Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.   Niccolo Machiavelli

A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.   Niccolo Machiavelli


He who has not first laid his foundations may be able with great ability to lay them afterwards, but they will be laid with trouble to the architect and danger to the building.   Niccolo Machiavelli





The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.   Linus Pauling



War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children.   Jimmy Carter





Nothing great has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe something inside them was superior to circumstances.   Bruce Barton





There is a price that you can pay to be free of any problem, and you always know what it is. Anon





Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But it's only kept a secret from the person who fails.     Robert Half





Nothing can resist a human will that will stake even its existence on the extent of its purpose.    Benjamin Disraeli





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





When I tell the truth, it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it, but for the sake of defending those that do.    William Blake 



Be sincere; be brief; be seated.  Franklin D. Roosevelt



If you treat people right they will treat you right - ninety percent of the time.   Franklin D. Roosevelt


It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.   Franklin D. Roosevelt

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
   Franklin D. Roosevelt


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