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Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.   Robert Frost


Quotes  & Misquotes

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.   Booker T. Washington





That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.   William Wordsworth





All we know is still infinitely less than all that remains unknown.   William Harvey





It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.    James Thurber





My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.   Charles Kettering





It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.    Eugene Ionesco





It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.   Rene Descartes






Never do anything that bores you. My experience in science is that someone is always telling you to do things that leave you flat. Bad idea. I'm not good enough to do well something I dislike. In fact, I find it hard enough to do well something that I like.   James D. Watson






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




I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.   Maya Angelou






I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.   Booker T. Washington



I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. Out of the hard and unusual struggle through which he is compelled to pass, he gets a strength, a confidence, that one misses whose pathway is comparatively smooth by reason of birth and race.   Booker T. Washington



The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.   Booker T. Washington



We don't just borrow words; on occasion, English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets for new vocabulary.   Booker T. Washington




No man, who continues to add something to the material, intellectual and moral well-being of the place in which he lives, is left long without proper reward.   Booker T. Washington





Cogito ergo sum. (I think; therefore I am.)   Rene Descartes



Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems
.   Rene Descartes



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



In order to improve the mind, we ought less to learn, than to contemplate.   Rene Descartes




The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.   Rene Descartes



One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.   Rene Descartes






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



A liberal is a man too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel.   Robert Frost



Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence.   Robert Frost



I'm against a homogenized society, because I want the cream to rise.   Robert Frost




The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.   Robert Frost






The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.   Bertrand Russell






A ship in harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.    John A. Shedd






Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.   Desiderata






I have done that, says my memory. I cannot have done that - says my pride, and remains adamant. At last - memory yields.   Friedrich Nietzsche






Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.   Saint Teresa of Avila



To reach something good it is very useful to have gone astray, and thus acquire experience.   Saint Teresa of Avila




The feeling remains that God is on the journey, too.   Saint Teresa of Avila



For prayer is nothing else than being on terms of friendship with God.   Saint Teresa of Avila


 I do not fear Satan half so much as I fear those who fear him.   Saint Teresa of Avila



It is here, my daughters, that love is to be found - not hidden away in corners but in the midst of occasions of sin. And believe me, although we may more often fail and commit small lapses, our gain will be incomparably the greater.   Saint Teresa of Avila


Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.   Saint Teresa of Avila



Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes; Patience attains all that it strives for. He who has God finds he lacks nothing: God alone suffices.   Saint Teresa of Avila





The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.    Robertson Davies






The only sure thing about luck is that it will change.    Bret Harte





Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.   Dale Carnegie





I feel like a fugitive from the law of averages.    William H. Mauldin





Life is something that everyone should try at least once.   Henry J. Tillman





Don't hit at all if it is honourably possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!     Theodore Roosevelt





We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.   Samuel Johnson






Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your permission.    Ralph Waldo Emerson




Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though chequered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.    Theodore Roosevelt



When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.    Theodore Roosevelt



Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.    Theodore Roosevelt






The fear of becoming a 'has-been' keeps some people from becoming anything.   Eric Hoffer






The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.  

Bertrand Russell




Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive. And don't ever apologize for anything.   Harry S Truman



I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do.   Harry S Truman


I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.   Harry S Truman



If you cannot convince them, confuse them.   Harry S Truman



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




Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear   Harry S Truman





Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.   F. M. Hubbard





Success means never letting the competition define you. Instead you have to define yourself based on a point of view you care deeply about.   Tom Chappell





Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.   Rabindranath Tagore



God has two dwellings: one in heaven, and the other in a meek and thankful heart.  Izaak Walton



Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can't buy.   Izaak Walton




So long as thou are ignorant be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.   Izaak Walton



Those little nimble musicians of the air, that warble forth their curious ditties, with which nature hath furnished them to the shame of art.   Izaak Walton



Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.   Izaak Walton





Never fight an inanimate object.    P. J. O'Rourke





Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself.    Chinese proverb



Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.   Lao-tzu


A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.   Lao-tzu



He who knows does not speak.   He who speaks does not know.   Lao-tzu



He who knows others is wise;   He who know himself is enlightened.   Lao-tzu



He who loves the world as his body may be entrusted with the empire.   Lao-tzu





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






The only time people dislike gossip is when you gossip about them.    Will Rogers






Talent does what it can; genius does what it must.   Edward George Bulwer-Lytton





Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your widest ambition.   Sir William Osler





Do you value life? Then waste not time, for that is the stuff of which life is made.   Benjamin Franklin





In doing personal strategic planning, the first thing you want to think about is increasing your personal "return on energy," rather than return on equity.   Brian Tracy






The great use of life is to spend it doing something that will outlast it.  William James







Never measure the height of a mountain until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was. Dag Hammarskjold    




Control thy passions, lest they take vengeance on thee.   Epictetus



First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.      Epictetus




First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.  Epictetus




If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.   Epictetus




If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: 'I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.' When you
reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods.   Epictetus






A man, as a general rule, owes very little to what he is born with -- a man is what he makes himself.   Alexander Graham Bell






Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man.   Bertrand Russell






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




It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self- conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations are in a conspiracy to under-value them.   Henry James



She had an unequalled gift... of squeezing big mistakes into small opportunities.   Henry James




Live all you can - it's a mistake not to. It doesn't so much matter what you do in particular, so long as you have your life. If you haven't had that, what have you had?   Henry James



Summer afternoon - Summer afternoon... the two most beautiful words in the English language.   Henry James



The only obligation to which in advance we may hold a novel, without incurring the accusation of being arbitrary, is that it be interesting.   Henry James





Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.   Helen Keller




Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.   Helen Keller





College isn't the place to go for ideas.   Helen Keller




Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.  Helen Keller




Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.   Helen Keller





Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.   Kahlil Gibran



I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.   Kahlil Gibran



If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.   Kahlil Gibran



If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.   Kahlil Gibran



It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.   Kahlil Gibran





The secret of success is to go from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm.   Winston Churchill





It's not your failures that can cause you the problems. It's how you react to them that makes all the difference.   Ted Nicholas






Risk failing more often in every meaningful aspect of your life. Surviving and prospering the setbacks interspersed with success gives you strength.    Ted Nicholas






If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.    Rudyard Kipling




Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.   Alfred Hitchcock



In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.   Alfred Hitchcock




Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.   Alfred Hitchcock




Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.   Alfred Hitchcock





This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop.   Alfred Hitchcock



The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.   Alfred Hitchcock




The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it..   General H. Norman Schwarzkopf




Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets.    Nido Qubein





In fact, no matter what business anyone is in, they are really not in that business! They are always in the marketing of that business!    Jeff Paul






I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." -- Martha Washington




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





Be wiser than other people, if you can, but do not tell them so.    Lord Chesterfield




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



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




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






Accidents will occur in the best regulated families.   Charles Dickens


I had always loved beautiful and artistic things, though before leaving America I had had a very little chance of seeing any.  
Charles Dickens



A man who could build a church, as one may say, by squinting at a sheet of paper.  
Charles Dickens


I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.  
Charles Dickens




Above our life we love a steadfast friend.   
Christopher Marlowe    



Goodness is beauty in the best estate.   
Christopher Marlowe   




Money can't buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.   
Christopher Marlowe   



Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.   
Christopher Marlowe   



Who ever loved that loved not at first sight?    Christopher Marlowe   





The first rule of investment is don't lose. And the second rule of investment is don't forget the first
rule. And that's all the rules there are. 
Benjamin Graham





You should give a lot of thought to the future because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life. Charles Kettering





If you are not committed to getting better at what you are doing, you are bound to get worse.    Pat Riley





Anything less than a commitment to excellent performance on your part is an unconscious acceptance of mediocrity.    Brian Tracy





Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.     Babe Ruth





The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.     William McFee





A functioning police state needs no police.   William S. Burroughs



America is not so much a nightmare as a non-dream. The American non-dream is precisely a move to wipe the dream out of existence. The dream is a spontaneous happening and therefore dangerous to a control system set up by the non-dreamers.   William S. Burroughs



Anything that can be done chemically can be done by other means.   William S. Burroughs



Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact.   William S. Burroughs



Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.   William S. Burroughs


Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.   William S. Burroughs



Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use any other drug with special horror.   William S. Burroughs






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






We must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage, and determination to succeed.    Rosalyn Yalow





Liberty is worth paying for.     Jules Verne


We may brave human laws, but we cannot resist natural ones.  
Jules Verne



The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.  
Jules Verne


Science, my lad, is made up of mistakes, but they are mistakes which it is useful to make, because they lead little by little to the truth.   
Jules Verne long as the heart beats, as long as body and soul keep together, I cannot admit that any creature endowed with a will has need to despair of life.  
Jules Verne





I have learned not to worry about love; but to honor its coming with all my heart.   Alice Walker




Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.  
Alice Walker



The animals of the planet are in desperate peril... Without free animal life I believe we will lose the spiritual equivalent of oxygen.  
Alice Walker



Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.  
Alice Walker



For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.  
Alice Walker






A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.     Herman Melville





Men are more apt to be much more influenced by words than by the actual facts of the surrounding reality.   Ivan Pavlov






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





Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.   Thomas Alva Edison



Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.   .  
Thomas Alva Edison



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


Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won't work.   .  
Thomas Alva Edison


There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labour of thinking.   Thomas Alva Edison






The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.   Robert Frost






The kind of people I look for to fill top management spots are the eager beavers, the mavericks. These are the guys who try to do more than they're expected to do -- they always reach.    Lee Iacocca






Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.     Abraham Lincoln



Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.   
Abraham Lincoln



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





Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.    Abraham Lincoln




"I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.    Abraham Lincoln






Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage - to move in the opposite direction.   Albert Einstein






Freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.   Robert H. Jackson



In our country are evangelists and zealots of many different political, economic and religious persuasions whose fanatical conviction is that all thought is divinely classified into two kinds-that which is their own and that which is false and dangerous.  
Robert H. Jackson


The validity of a doctrine does not depend on whose ox it gores.   
Robert H. Jackson


Men are more often bribed by their loyalties and ambitions than by money.   
Robert H. Jackson


The day that this country ceases to be free for irreligion, it will cease to be free for religion.  
Robert H. Jackson





When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take -- choose the bolder.   W..J. Slim





All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.   Galileo Galilei

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


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



In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.   Galileo Galilei



We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.   Galileo Galilei






Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.   G.M. Trevelyan



Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.  
G.M. Trevelyan



Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.  
G.M. Trevelyan





Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.   G.M. Trevelyan





Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.   G.M. Trevelyan






I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.    Abraham Lincoln





Consider the postage stamp, my son. It secures success through its ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."- Josh Billings





As athletes, we're used to reacting quickly. Here, it's 'come, stop, come, stop.' There's a lot of downtime. That's the toughest part of the day.   Michael Jordan



I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying.   Michael Jordan



I never looked at the consequences of missing a big shot... when you think about the consequences you always think of a negative result.   Michael Jordan




I've always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come. I don't do things half-heartedly. Because I know if I do, then I can expect half-hearted results.   Michael Jordan




I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.   Michael Jordan




If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.   Michael Jordan






What's right is what's left when everything is wrong.  - Robin Williams





The definition of insanity is to do the same things you've always done and expect to get different results.     Tony Robbins





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





People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway.    Robert Schuller





Very often a change of self is needed more than a change of scene."- A.C. Benson






Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.   Helen Gurley Brown




I care. I care a lot. I think of Cosmopolitan all day, and I run scared. So it's a combination of fright, caring and anxiety.   Helen Gurley Brown



Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.   Helen Gurley Brown




No office anywhere on earth is so puritanical, impeccable, elegant, sterile or incorruptible as not to contain the yeast for at least one affair, probably more. You can say it couldn't happen here, but just let a yeast raiser into the place and first thing you know-bread! .   Helen Gurley Brown






Let no one expect anything of certainty from astronomy, lest if anyone take as true that which has been constructed for another use, he go away . . . a bigger fool than when he came to it.   Nicholas Copernicus



To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.   Nicholas Copernicus




Mathematics is written for mathematicians.   Nicholas Copernicus




Finally we shall place the Sun himself at the center of the Universe. All this is suggested by the systematic procession of events and the harmony of the whole Universe, if only we face the facts, as they say, 'with both eyes open.   Nicholas Copernicus






Don't be afraid of missing opportunities. Behind every failure is an opportunity somebody wishes they had missed.    Lily Tomlin






We must believe in ourselves or no one else will believe in us; we must match our aspirations with the competence, courage, and determination to succeed.    Rosalyn Yalow




If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.   Clint Eastwood





Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.   George Washington



Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.  
George Washington



Be courteous to all, but intimate with few; and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.  
George Washington



Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.   
George Washington



Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.   George Washington



It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.   George Washington






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




I want to put a ding in the universe.    Steve Jobs




It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we'd given customers what they said they wanted, we'd have built a computer they'd have been happy with a year after we spoke to them - not something they'd want now.    Steve Jobs



Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.    Steve Jobs




You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.    Steve Jobs






A classic is a book that doesn't have to be written again.    W. E. B. du Bois



The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.    W. E. B. du Bois



When you have mastered numbers, you will in fact no longer be reading numbers, any more than you read words when reading books You will be reading meanings.    W. E. B. du Bois



Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader and fuller life.    W. E. B. du Bois



Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.    W. E. B. du Bois





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





The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.    Ed Parker






Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.     Samuel Johnson






One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.   Anthony Burgess



A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labour and there is invisible labour.   Victor Hugo


Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.   Victor Hugo



He who every morning plans the transaction of the day and follows out that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through the maze of the most busy life. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incidence, chaos will soon reign.   Victor Hugo



I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.   Victor Hugo



Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.   Victor Hugo






If you wouldn't write it and sign it, don't say it.   Earl Wilson






In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.   John Steinbeck




This I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any idea, religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual.   John Steinbeck



I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.   John Steinbeck



No one wants advice, only collaboration.   John Steinbeck




It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after a committee of sleep has worked on it.   John Steinbeck



You see sir; death is an intellectual matter, but dying is pure pain.   John Steinbeck





Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal - a commitment to excellence - that will enable you to attain the success you seek.   Mario Andretti



If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.   Mario Andretti



If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.   Mario Andretti



Circumstances may cause interruptions and delays, but never lose sight of your goal. Prepare yourself in every way you can by increasing your knowledge and adding to your experience, so that you can make the most of opportunity when it occurs.   Mario Andretti






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






America is woven of many strands. I would recognise them and let it so remain. Our fate is to become one, and yet many. This is not prophecy, but description.   Ralph Ellison



Commercial rock 'n' roll music is a brutalization of the stream of contemporary Negro church music an obscene looting of a cultural expression.   Ralph Ellison



I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed.   Ralph Ellison




Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.   Ralph Ellison




Some people are your relatives but others are your ancestors, and you choose the ones you want to have as ancestors. You create yourself out of those values.   Ralph Ellison





Adults are obsolete children.   Theodore Seuss Geisel



Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.   Theodore Seuss Geisel



Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.   Theodore Seuss Geisel



How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?    Theodore Seuss Geisel



I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.   Theodore Seuss Geisel






Growth is not steady, forward, upward progression. It is instead a switchback trail; three steps forward, two back, one around the bushes, and a few simply standing, before another forward leap.   Dorothy Corkville Briggs






Donít succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.Ē --Vince Lombardi




Resolve to pay any price or make any sacrifice to get into the top 10 percent in your field. The payoff is incredible!" --Brian Tracy






When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.   Alexander Graham Bell



Man is an animal which, alone among the animals, refuses to be satisfied by the fulfilment of animal desires.   Alexander Graham Bell



Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.   Alexander Graham Bell



What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.   Alexander Graham Bell





A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.    Ralph Waldo Emerson





Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points.   Knute Rockne



Drink the first. Sip the second slowly. Skip the third.   Knute Rockne




Let's win one for the Gipper.   Knute Rockne



No star playing, just football.   Knute Rockne


One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than fifty preaching it.   Knute Rockne



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



Win or lose, do it fairly.   Knute Rockne





There's no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn't tell you about it?   Kin Hubbard






Scratch a pessimist and you find often a defender of privilege. William Henry Beveridge



The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
William Henry Beveridge



Want is one only of five giants on the road of reconstruction; the others are Disease, Ignorance, Squalor, and Idleness. William Henry Beveridge


The trouble in modern democracy is that men do not approach to leadership until they have lost the desire to lead anyone. William Henry Beveridge





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





Life is a traveling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken." -- D.H. Lawrence





A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.    Michelangelo Buonarotti



Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.    Michelangelo Buonarotti


I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.    Michelangelo Buonarotti




I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.    Michelangelo Buonarotti



The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.    Michelangelo Buonarotti





A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanging, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in colour and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.




Lawyers spend a great deal of their time shoveling smoke.   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.



Our test of truth is a reference to either a present or imagined future majority in favour of our view.   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.



The character of every act depends upon the circumstances in which it is done.   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.   Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.




If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.   Mickey Spillane



Nobody reads a mystery to get to the middle. They read it to get to the end. If it's a letdown, they won't buy anymore. The first page sells that book. The last page sells your next book.  
Mickey Spillane



Nobody ever walked across the bridge, not on a night like this. The rain was misty enough to be almost fog-like, a cold gray curtain separated me from the pale ovals of white that were faces locked behind the steamed-up windows of the cars that hissed by. Even the brilliance that was Manhattan by night was reduced to a few sleepy, yellow lights off in the distance.   Mickey Spillane



Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar.   Mickey Spillane



It's not hard to say 'no' to them. I've gotten offers for this book, but I have said thanks, but no thanks. I don't believe in that stuff. And I don't need the money, I have what I need. I don't spend a lot of money. You're most rich when you don't want anything more. What would I do with $10 million in my pocket? I've already got a Carolina Cadillac (a Ford pickup). Nah, you don't want to go down that Hollywood road.   Mickey Spillane





The most effective way to do it is to do it.   Toni Cade Bambara




Ava Gardner was the most beautiful woman in the world, and it's wonderful that she didn't cut up her face. She addressed aging by picking up her chin and receiving the light in a better way. And she looked like a woman. She never tried to look like a girl.   Sharon Stone



If you act like you know what you're doing, you can do anything you want-except neurosurgery.   Sharon Stone



It's my experience that you really can't lose when you try the truth.   Sharon Stone



People don't change their behavior unless it makes a difference for them to do so.   Sharon Stone



There is a condition worse than blindness, and that is, seeing something that isn't there.   L. Ron Hubbard




The differences between a competent person and an incompetent person are demonstrated in his environment.   L. Ron Hubbard





He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake; since for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable an ignorable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.   Albert Einstein



When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours that's relativity.   Albert Einstein



It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.   Albert Einstein



I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.   Albert Einstein



The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.   Albert Einstein





Any man worth his salt will stick up for what he believes right, but it takes a slightly better man to acknowledge instantly and without reservation that he is in error.   Andrew Jackson



As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.   Andrew Jackson



Every good citizen makes his country's honour his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defence and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.   Andrew Jackson



There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.   Andrew Jackson



It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.   Andrew Jackson





A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person.   James Madison



A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country.   James Madison



Democracy is the most vile form of government... democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention: have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property: and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.   James Madison




Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.   James Madison




I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.   James Madison





Knowledge is an unending adventure at the edge of uncertainty."- Jacob Bronowski





To be afraid is to behave as if the truth were not true.    Bayard Rustin




[Bigotry's] birthplace is the sinister back room of the mind where plots and schemes are hatched for the persecution and oppression of other human beings.    Bayard Rustin




When I say I love Eastland, it sounds preposterous, a man who brutalizes people. But you love him or you wouldn't be here. You're going to Mississippi to create social change, and you love Eastland in your desire to create conditions which will redeem his children. Loving your enemy is manifest in putting your arms not around the man but around the social situation, to take power from those who misuse it, at which point they can become human too.    Bayard Rustin




When an individual is protesting society's refusal to acknowledge his dignity as a human being, his very act of protest confers dignity on him.    Bayard Rustin






Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.    Saint Basil





Sensible and responsible women do not want to vote. The relative positions to be assumed by man and woman in the working out of our civilization were assigned long ago by a higher intelligence than ours.   Grover Cleveland



The ship of Democracy, which has weathered all storms, may sink through the mutiny of those aboard.   Grover Cleveland



The United States is not a nation to which peace is a necessity.   Grover Cleveland


Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.  
Grover Cleveland



When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of free government.   Grover Cleveland





For every act of violence or deception that appears on the nightly news, there are 10,000 acts of kindness that go publicly unnoticed. In fact, violence and deception make the news precisely because they are out of the ordinary.   Michael  Shermer





If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?   Alexander Solzhenitsyn






Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another's appetite as to thine own.   Sir Richard Francis Burton



Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws.   Sir Richard Francis Burton



The more I study religions the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself.   Sir Richard Francis Burton



Indeed he knows not how to know who knows not also how to un-know.   Sir Richard Francis Burton



Support a compatriot against a native, however the former may blunder or plunder.   Sir Richard Francis Burton





A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.   Henrik Ibsen



A forest bird never wants a cage.   Henrik Ibsen



A marriage based on full confidence, based on complete and unqualified frankness on both sides; they are not keeping anything back; there's no deception underneath it all. If I might so put it, it's an agreement for the mutual forgiveness of sin.   Henrik Ibsen



A minority may be right, and a majority is always wrong.   Henrik Ibsen



A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.   Henrik Ibsen



Castles in the air - -they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build as well.   Henrik Ibsen





A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away.   Phyllis McGinley



A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can't fold a paper in a crowded train.   Phyllis McGinley



Frigidity is largely nonsense. It is this generation's catchword, one only vaguely understood and constantly misused. Frigid women are few. There is a host of diffident and slow-ripening ones.   Phyllis McGinley



Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with one man.   Phyllis McGinley





Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shoptalk of the scientist and the consolation of the housewife, wit, tycoon and intellectual. It begins in the nursery and ends when speech is past.   Phyllis McGinley





If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long?    Gloria Steinem



Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described -- and will be, after our deaths -- by each of the family members who believe they know us.   Gloria Steinem



Someone asked me why women don't gamble as much as men do, and I gave the commonsensical reply that we don't have as much money. That was a true and incomplete answer. In fact, women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage.   Gloria Steinem


Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.   Gloria Steinem



Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else.   Gloria Steinem



From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns violence -- and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified.   Gloria Steinem





Happiness is the meaning and purpose in life, the whole aim of human existence.   Aristotle





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





A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works.   William Morris




I pondered all these things, and how men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name.  
William Morris



If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.   William Morris



Of rich men it telleth, and strange is the story how they have, and they hanker, and grip far and wide; And they live and they die, and the earth and its glory has been but a burden they scarce might abide.   William Morris





Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.   Wernher von Braun



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



Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... and the only one that can be mass-produced with unskilled labor.   Wernher von Braun



Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.   Wernher von Braun



We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.   Wernher von Braun





Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy.    Spike Milligan





In this world, nothing is certain but death & taxes.   Benjamin Framklin





A fine is a tax for breaking the law; a tax is a fine for obeying the law.  J. H. Goldfuss





The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.   Albert Einstein





The taxpayer -- that's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination.   Ronald Regan






I'm proud of paying taxes. The only thing is --  I could be just as proud for half the money.   Arthur Godfrey





The reward of energy, enterprise & thrift is taxes.   William Feather






The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today.   William Lyon MacKenzie King






Charlie and I follow a buy and hold policy because we think it is the soundest way to invest, goes down the grain of our personalities and most importantly, taxes are due only when gains are realized.   Warren Buffett






The minimization of income taxes is achieved by simply not selling excellent businesses as long as their long-term prospects are good.   Michael Lee-Chin





Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette - the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace.   John Tyler




Patronage is the sword and cannon by which war may be made on the liberty of the human race.   John Tyler



If the tide of defamation and abuse shall turn, and my administration come to be praised, future Vice-Presidents who may succeed to the Presidency may feel some slight encouragement to pursue an independent course.   John Tyler




Let it, then, be henceforth proclaimed to the world, that man's conscience was created free; that he is no longer accountable to his fellow man for his religious opinions, being responsible therefore only to his God.   John Tyler






Give me the luxuries of life and I will willingly do without the necessities.   Frank Lloyd Wright





The heart is the household divinity which, discharging its function, nourishes, cherishes, quickens the whole body, and is indeed the foundation of life, the source of all action.   William Harvey



There is a lust in man no charm can tame: Of loudly publishing his neighbour's shame: On eagles wings immortal scandals fly, while virtuous actions are born and die.   William Harvey




I avow myself the partisan of truth alone.   William Harvey



. . . there is no perfect knowledge which can be entitled ours, that is innate; none but what has been obtained from experience, or derived in some way from our senses.   William Harvey





Why is it so difficult to realize that others are more likely to listen to us if first we listen to them?   John Wooden




Whatever you believe with emotion becomes reality. You always act in a manner consistent with your innermost beliefs and convictions.    Brian Tracy





Every man's life is a fairy-tale written by God's fingers.   Hans Christian Andersen



Where words fail, music speaks.   Hans Christian Andersen


Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps.   Hans Christian Andersen




Enjoy life. There's plenty of time to be dead.   Hans Christian Andersen




Being born in a duck yard does not matter, if only you are hatched from a swan's egg.   Hans Christian Andersen




Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.   Hans Christian Andersen



Just living is not enough... One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.   Hans Christian Andersen





A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all.   Washington Irving


A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.   Washington Irving


A tart temper never mellows with age, and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.   Washington Irving



A woman never forgets her sex. She would rather talk with a man than an angel, any day.   Washington Irving




A woman's whole life is a history of the affections.   Washington Irving



Acting provides the fulfillment of never being fulfilled. You're never as good as you'd like to be. So there's always something to hope for.   Washington Irving





How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!    Maya Angelou



It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.   Maya Angelou



A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.   Maya Angelou



The needs of society determine its ethics.   Maya Angelou




One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.   Maya Angelou




I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition -- about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.   Maya Angelou

Biology has at least 50 more interesting years.  
James D. Watson




One could not be a successful scientist without realizing that, in contrast to the popular conception supported by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just stupid.   James D. Watson



Take young researchers, put them together in virtual seclusion, give them an unprecedented degree of freedom and turn up the pressure by fostering competitiveness.   James D. Watson



Today, evolution is an accepted fact for everyone but a fundamentalist minority, whose objections are not based on reasoning but on doctrinaire adherence to religious principles.   James D. Watson



Business, labour and civil society organizations have skills and resources that are vital in helping to build a more robust global community.   Kofi Annan



Globalization is a fact of life. But I believe we have underestimated its fragility.   Kofi Annan



If the United Nations does not attempt to chart a course for the world's people in the first decades of the new millennium, who will?  Kofi Annan






It is by universal misunderstanding that all agree. For if, by ill luck, people understood each other, they would never agree.   Charles Baudelaire



There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.   Charles Baudelaire



A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.   Charles Baudelaire




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