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The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.    Mark Twain

 

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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.    Voltaire

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

Education will not (take the place of persistence); the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.   Calvin Coolidge

 

 

 

 

 

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.   Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

In the field of observation, chance favors the prepared mind.    Louis Pasteur

 

 

 

 

 

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 

 

 

 

 

The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.    Mark Twain

 

 

 

 

 

Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows.    David T. Wolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

A moment's thinking is an hour in words.   Thomas Hood

 

 

 

 

 

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.    Voltaire

 

 

 

 

 

Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.   Thomas Jefferson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.    Richard Bach

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neither a borrower nor a lender be, William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

And since you know you cannot see yourself, so well as by reflection, I, your glass, will modestly discover to yourself, that of yourself which you yet know not of.   William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

 

The biggest human temptation is. . . to settle for too little.   Thomas Merton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Death is an endless night so awful to contemplate that it can make us love life and value it with such passion that it may be the ultimate cause of all joy and all art.   Paul Theroux


 

 

 

 
 

Extensive traveling induces a feeling of encapsulation, and travel, so broadening at first, contracts the mind.   Paul Theroux


 

 

 

 

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us.   Paul Theroux




 

 

The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity.   Paul Theroux

 

 

 

 

 

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army.   Edward Everett

 

 



Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.  
Edward Everett



 

 

Make it your habit not to be critical about small things.   Edward Everett

 

 

  

 

 

 

In all the affairs of life, social as well as political, courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest to the grateful and appreciating heart.   Henry Clay




 

 

An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise and break their fetters.   Henry Clay



 

 

Government is a trust, and the officers of the government are trustees. And both the trust and the trustees are created for the benefit of the people.   Henry Clay



 

 

I had rather be right than be President.   Henry Clay



 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.   Thomas Jefferson



 

 

Determine never to be idle...It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.   Thomas Jefferson


 

 

 

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.   Thomas Jefferson



 

 

 

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


 

 

 

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



 

 

 

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.   Thomas Jefferson


 

 

 

 

Never fear the want of business. A man who qualifies himself well for his calling, never fails of employment.   Thomas Jefferson



 

 

Never spend your money before you have it.   Thomas Jefferson

 

 

  

 

 

I cannot live without books.   Thomas Jefferson

 

 

 

 
 

It is a great thing to start life with a small number of really good books which are your very own.   Sir Arthur Conan Doyle



 

  

 

Go on failing. Go on. Only next time, try to fail better.   Samuel Beckett

 

 



Habit is a great deadener.  
Samuel Beckett

 

 

  

 

"If one cannot catch the bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.   Nikita Khrushchev



 

 

Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury you.   Nikita Khrushchev



 

 

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


 

 

 

The more bombers, the less room for doves of peace.   Nikita Khrushchev

 

 

  

 

There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

 

 

 

 

A day without laughter is a day wasted.   Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin





 

Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.   Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin



 

 

All my pictures are built around the idea of getting in trouble and so giving me the chance to be desperately serious in my attempt to appear as a normal little gentleman.   Charlie Chapman



 

 

Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.   Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin



 

 

I do not have much patience with a thing of beauty that must be explained to be understood. If it does need additional interpretation by someone other than the creator, then I question whether it has fulfilled its purpose.   Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin


 

 

 

I don't believe that the public knows what it wants; this is the conclusion that I have drawn from my career.   Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin


 

 

I had no idea of the character. But the moment I was dressed, the clothes and the make-up made me feel the person he was. I began to know him, and by the time I walked onto the stage he was fully born.   Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin

 

  

 

 

I've always been interested in people, but I've never liked them.   Henry James



 

 

Cats and monkeys; monkeys and cats; all human life is there.   Henry James



 

 

Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.   Henry James


 

 

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 of the earth are in a conspiracy to under value them.   Henry James
 



 

 

Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.   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

 

 

 

 

Assume a virtue, if you have it not.   William Shakespeare
 

 



Be great in act, as you have been in thought.  
William Shakespeare


 

 

 

 

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.   Clarence Darrow


 


 

 

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coat tails.   Clarence Darrow




 

 

Even if you do learn to speak correct English, whom are you going to speak it to?    Clarence Darrow


 

 

 

History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history.   Clarence Darrow


 

 

 

I am a friend of the working man, and I would rather be his friend, than be one.   Clarence Darrow



 

 

I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.   Clarence Darrow

 

 

 

 

 

The art of living is more like that of wrestling than of dancing; the main thing is to stand firm and be ready for an unseen attack.   Marcus Aurelius


 

 

 

Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man's ingratitude.   William Shakespeare

 

 



Live not as though there were a thousand years ahead of you. Fate is at your elbow; make yourself good while life and power are still yours.  
Marcus Aurelius



 

 

Our life is what our thoughts make it.   Marcus Aurelius


 

 

The creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act.   Marcus Aurelius


 

 

Life is a stranger's sojourn, a night at an inn.   Marcus Aurelius

 

 

 

 

Farce is tragedy played at a thousand revolutions per minute.   John Mortimer


 

 

 

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.   John Mortimer


 

 

 

I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.   John Mortimer




 

 

No brilliance is required in law, just common sense and relatively clean fingernails.   John Mortimer



 

 

The freedom to make a fortune on the stock exchange has been made to sound more alluring than freedom of speech.   John Mortimer



 

 

And thus I clothe my naked villainy With old odd ends, stol'n forth of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.   William Shakespeare


 

 

 

Blow, blow, thou winter wind Thou art not so unkind, As man's ingratitude.   William Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography.   Robert Penn Warren

 

 

  

 

I've been to a lot of places and done a lot of things, but writing was always first. It's a kind of pain I can't do without.   Robert Penn Warren



 



Most writers are trying to find what they think or feel. Not simply working from the given, but toward the given, saying the unsayable and steadily asking, 'What do I really feel about this.  
Robert Penn Warren

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

  

 

A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices."
 
Edward Roscoe Murrow


 



 

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.   Edward Roscoe Murrow

 

 

 

When the politicians complain that TV turns the proceedings into a circus, it should be made clear that the circus was already there, and that TV has merely demonstrated that not all the performers are well trained.  
Edward Roscoe Murrow



 

 

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices - just recognize them.   Edward Roscoe Murrow



 

 

 

I have always been on the side of the heretics against those who burned them because the heretics so often turned out to be right. . Dead, but right.   Edward Roscoe Murrow

 

 

  

 

Life is a tragedy full of joy.   Bernard Malamud

 

 



Once you've got some words looking back at you, you can take two or three-or throw them away and look for others.  
Bernard Malamud
 

 

 

 


The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.  
Bernard Malamud



 

 

There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go - if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.   Bernard Malamud

 

 

 

 

I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.   Ulysses S. Grant


 

 


If men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail.  
Ulysses S. Grant



 

 

There never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword.   Ulysses S. Grant


  


Wherever the enemy goes, let our troops go also.  
Ulysses S. Grant

 

 

 

 

 

It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.    Baltasar Gracin

 

 

 

 

The best form of government is that which is most likely to prevent the greatest sum of evil.   James Monroe

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

A politician will do anything to keep his job-even become a patriot.   William  Randolph Hearst

 

  



There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.    John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

 

In suggesting gifts: Money is appropriate, and one size fits all.   William Randolph Hearst


 



Try to be conspicuously accurate in everything, pictures as well as text. Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting.  
William Randolph Hearst


 

 

Whatever begins to be tranquil is gobbled up by something not tranquil.  
William Randolph Hearst


 



When free discussion is denied, hardening of the arteries of democracy has set in, free institutions are but a lifeless form, and the death of the republic is at hand.  
William Randolph Hearst

 

 

 

 

A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.   Sir John Lubbock


 

 

 

A wise system of education will at last teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn.   Sir John Lubbock

 

  

 

 

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



 

 

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.   Sir John Lubbock


 



I can but think that the world would be better and brighter if our teachers would dwell on the duty of happiness as well as the happiness of duty; for we ought to be as bright and genial as we can, if only because to be cheerful ourselves is a most effectual contribution to the happiness of others.  
Sir John Lubbock


 



If we are ever in doubt about what to do, it is a good rule to ask ourselves what we shall wish on the morrow that we had done.  
Sir John Lubbock

 

 

 

 

 

Slowly those who create the wealth of the world are permitted to share it. The future is in labour's strong, rough hands.   Mary Harris (Mother) Jones



 

 

I learned in the early part of my career that labour must bear the cross for others' sins, must be the vicarious sufferer for the wrongs that others do.   Mary Harris (Mother) Jones

 
 

 

 

I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please.   Mary Harris (Mother) Jones

 

 

 

 

All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood.   Benjamin McLane Spock



 

I really learned it all from mothers.   Benjamin McLane Spock



 

 

In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.   Benjamin McLane Spock


 


 

There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother's age. Benjamin McLane Spock



 

 

Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.   Benjamin McLane Spock



 

 

What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all,   Benjamin McLane Spock




 

 

What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble.   Benjamin McLane Spock

 

 

 

  

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


 

 

 

God creates men, but they choose each other.   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

 

 

 
 

Sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence.   George Will




 

 

Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.   George Will


 

 

 

Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.   Soren Kierkegaard


 

 


At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.  
Soren Kierkegaard


 



Boredom is the root of all evil - the despairing refusal to be oneself."


 

 

Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.  
Soren Kierkegaard

 

 



Don't forget to love yourself.  
Soren Kierkegaard


 



During the first period of a man's life the greatest danger is not to take the risk.  
Soren Kierkegaard

 

 



God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.  
Soren Kierkegaard

 

 

 

 

Learn how to separate the majors and the minors. A lot of people don't do well simply because they major in minor things.   Jim Rohn

  

 

 

 

A certain degree of neurosis is of inestimable value as a drive, especially to a psychologist.   Sigmund Freud


 

 

 

A man should not strive to eliminate his complexes but to get into accord with them: they are legitimately what directs his conduct in the world.   Sigmund Freud

 





Analogies, it is true, decide nothing, but they can make one feel more at home.  
Sigmund Freud


 


 

Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.   Sigmund Freud

 

 



Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.  
Sigmund Freud

 

  

 

 

A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.   Harry S Truman


 

 

A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader.  


 

 

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.   
Harry S Truman

 

 

 


A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years.  
Harry S Truman


 



A President cannot always be popular.  
Harry S Truman

 

 



A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.  
Harry S Truman





 

A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it.   Harry S Truman

 

 

 

  

A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world." -- John le Carre

 

 

 

 

Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.   David Hume




 


Custom, then, is the great guide of human life.  
David Hume



 

 
Eloquence, at its highest pitch, leaves little room for reason or reflection, but addresses itself entirely to the desires and affections, captivating the willing hearers, and subduing their understanding.  
David Hume



 

 

 He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.   David Hume



 

 


It is a just political maxim, that every man must be supposed a knave.  
David Hume


 



Nothing is more surprising than the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.  
David Hume


 

 


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

 

  

 

 

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.   Richard P. Feynman




 

I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy.   Richard P. Feynman


 

 

I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.   Richard P. Feynman


 

 
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool.  
Richard P. Feynman

 

 

 

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.   Richard P. Feynman

 

 

 

 

Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. Georges Braque 

 

 


Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas.
Georges Braque 

 

 



Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.
Georges Braque 

 

 



To explain away the mystery of a great painting-- if such a feat were possible-- would be irreparable harm. . . . If there is no mystery then there is no 'poetry'.
Georges Braque 

 

 

 

To define a thing is to substitute the definition for the thing itself. Georges Braque 

 

 

 

 

The circumstances of the world are so variable that an irrevocable purpose or opinion is almost synonymous with a foolish one.   William Seward



 

The whole hope of human progress is suspended on the ever-growing influence of the Bible.   William Seward

 

 

 

 

Power is dangerous unless you have humility.       Richard Joseph Daley


 



Television and radio do a wonderful job in focusing attention on the problems of our society.  
Richard Joseph Daley

 

 

 

 

Never stand begging for what you have the power to earn. Miguel de Cervantes

 

 

 

I wanted to do in boxing what Bruce Lee was able to do in karate. Lee was an artist, and, like him, I try to get beyond the fundamentals of my sport. I want my fights to be seen as plays.   Sugar Ray Leonard



 

 

My ambition is not to be just a good fighter. I want to be great, something special.   Sugar Ray Leonard



 

 

Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities.   Sugar Ray Leonard

 

 

 

 

A hair divides what is false and true.   Omar Khayyam


 



And that inverted bowl we call The Sky, where under crawling coop't we live and die, lift not thy hands to It for help - for it rolls impotently on as thou or I.  
Omar Khayyam




 

Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.   Omar Khayyam
 

 



Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.  
Omar Khayyam

 

 



Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.  
Omar Khayyam

 

  



The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.  
Omar Khayyam

 

  

 

 

Don’t succumb to excuses. Go back to the job of making the corrections and forming the habits that will make your goal possible.” --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

 

  

 

 

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.   Malcolm X
 

 



You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.  
Malcolm X

 

 



Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.  
Malcolm X

 

 



Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.  
Malcolm X


 

 

Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American.  
Malcolm X

 

  

 

 

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.   Plato


 

 

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

 

 


 

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.   Plato

 

 



Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.  
Plato


 

 

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.  
Plato


 



Man...is 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

 

 

 

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.   Honor de Balzac


 



A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way.  
Honor de Balzac


 

 

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.  
Honor de Balzac

 

 



A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.  
Honor de Balzac

 

 



All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.  
Honor de Balzac

 

  

 



An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.  
Honor de Balzac

 

 

 

 

 


Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.  
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


 

 



After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life.  
Joseph Brodsky


 

 

 
I do not believe in political movements. I believe in personal movement, that movement of the soul when a man who looks at himself is so ashamed that he tries to make some sort of change - within himself, not on the outside.  
Joseph Brodsky
 

 

 

 



It would be enough for me to have the system of a jury of twelve versus the system of one judge as a basis for preferring the U.S. to the Soviet Union. I would prefer the country you can leave to the country you cannot.  
Joseph Brodsky

 

 

 



Life is a game with many rules but no referee. One learns how to play it more by watching it than by consulting any book, including the holy book. Small wonder, then, that so many play dirty, that so few win, that so many lose.  
Joseph Brodsky

 

  

 



The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even, if you will, eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned impostor couldn't be happy with.  
Joseph Brodsky

 

 

  

 

 

A certain portion of the human race has certainly a taste for being diddled.   Thomas Hood

 

 



But evil is wrought by want of thought as well as want of heart.  
Thomas Hood

 

 

  

 

My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.   Thomas Hood

 

 

   

 

Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.   John Wayne

 

  

 

 

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.  
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  

 


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


 



Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.  
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 


Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.  
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

 

 

I've always followed my father's advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.  
John Wayne


 

 

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.  
John Wayne

 

 


Talk low, talk slow, and don't talk too much.  
John Wayne

 

 

 

If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.    Denis Waitley

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Sticking with the program is all about attitude. See challenges, not problems; lessons, not mistakes. Use those lessons to make yourself stronger, and they’ll take you to the next level.   Ian Anderson

  

 

 

 

A good man, is a good man, whether in this church, or out of it.   Brigham Young

 



Any young man who is unmarried at the age of twenty one is a menace to the community.  
Brigham Young

 


 

Don't try to tear down other people's religion about their ears, Build up your own perfect structure of truth, and invite your listeners to enter in and enjoy it's glories.   Brigham Young

 

  

 

 

Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the worlds work, and the power to appreciate life.   Brigham Young

 

 


Honest hearts produce honest actions.  
Brigham Young

 



I never cared but for one thing, and that is, simply to know that I am right before my Father in Heaven. If I am this moment, this day doing the things God requires of my hands, and precisely where my Father in Heaven wants me to be, I care no more about tomorrow than though it would never come.  
Brigham Young

 

 

  

 

Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.    Bob Wells

 

  

 

 

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all.   Norman Vincent Peale


 

 

 


Age-based retirement arbitrarily severs productive persons from their livelihood, squanders their talents, scars their health, strains an already overburdened Social Security system, and drives many elderly people into poverty and despair. Ageism is as odious as racism and sexism.  
Norman Vincent Peale




 

 

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure. The way you think about a fact may defeat you before you ever do anything about it. You are overcome by the fact because you think you are.   Norman Vincent Peale



 



Anybody can do just about anything with himself that he really wants to and makes up his mind to do. We are capable of greater things than we realize.  
Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

 

  

Be interesting, be enthusiastic... and don't talk to much.   Norman Vincent Peale

 

 

  

 

One learns in life to keep silent and draw one's own confusions.   Cornelia Otis Skinner


 

 

Women have a special corner of their hearts for sins they have never committed.  
Cornelia Otis Skinner
 

 



Women's virtue is man's greatest invention.  
Cornelia Otis Skinner


 



To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time.  
Cornelia Otis Skinner


 

 


It is disturbing to discover in oneself these curious revelations of the validity of the Darwinian theory. If it is true that we have sprung from the ape, there are occasions when my own spring appears not to have been very far.  
Cornelia Otis Skinner

 

 

  

 

The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, 'In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!   John F. Kennedy



 



There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.  
John F. Kennedy




 

 


When we got into office, the thing that surprised me the most was that things were as bad as we'd been saying they were.  
John F. Kennedy






All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner! .  
John F. Kennedy



 



And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.  
John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

 

Going into business for yourself, becoming an entrepreneur, is the modern-day equivalent of pioneering on the old frontier.   Paula Nelson

 

 

  

 

The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life." The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.   Henry Ford

 

 

 

 

A friendship that like love is warm; A love like friendship, steady.   Thomas Moore

 

 

 



Marriage is an Athenic weaving together of families, of two souls with their individual fates and destinies, of time and eternity - everyday life married to the timeless mysteries of the soul.  
Thomas Moore

 

  



Plants that wake when others sleep. Timid jasmine buds that keep their fragrance to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.  
Thomas Moore

 



Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.  
Thomas Moore

 

 



Every season hath its pleasure; Spring may boast her flowery prime, Yet the vineyard's ruby treasuries Brighten Autumn's sob'rer time.  
Thomas Moore

 

 

  

 

 

It isn't enough for your heart to break because everybody's heart is broken now.   Allen Ginsberg

 

 



Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.  
Allen Ginsberg


 

 

The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.  
Allen Ginsberg

 

 

 

  

Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.   Socrates


 

 


Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.  
Socrates


 



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 endeavor to be what you desire to appear.  
Socrates


 

 

 
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.  
Socrates

 

 

  

 


If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, than you did it. That's all it takes to get people to win football games.   Paul "bear" Bryant

 

 

 

 

A producer is a saboteur who tries to infiltrate the passivity of viewers and to create impressions that are lasting.   Bill Moyers

 

  


America's corporate and political elites now form a regime of their own and they're privatizing democracy. All the benefits - the tax cuts, policies and rewards flow in one direction: up.  
Bill Moyers

 

 


Hyperbole was to Lyndon Johnson what oxygen is to life.  
Bill Moyers


 

 

I own and operate a ferocious ego.  
Bill Moyers

 

 

I work for him despite his faults and he lets me work for him despite my deficiencies.  
Bill Moyers


 



Ideas are great arrows, but there has to be a bow. And politics is the bow of idealism.  
Bill Moyers

 

 

  

 

A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.   Thomas Mann


 

 

A solitary, unused to speaking of what he sees and feels, has mental experiences which are at once more intense and less articulate than those of a gregarious man.  
Thomas Mann

 

 

 

A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.  
Thomas Mann


 



All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.  
Thomas Mann


 

 

An art whose medium is language will always show a high degree of critical creativeness, for speech is itself a critique of life: it names, it characterizes, it passes judgment, in that it creates.  
Thomas Mann

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Art hurts. Art urges voyages - and it is easier to stay at home.   Gwendolyn Brooks


 

 

 

Be careful what you swallow. Chew! .   Gwendolyn Brooks


 



We are each other's magnitude and bond.  
Gwendolyn Brooks


 

 


Each body has its art... .  
Gwendolyn Brooks

 

 

 


To be in love Is to touch with a lighter hand. In yourself you stretch, you are well.  
Gwendolyn Brooks

 

  

 



I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.   Igor Stravinsky

 

 

 

 

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?    Scott Adams



 



Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.  
Scott Adams






The creator of the universe works in mysterious ways. But he uses a base ten counting system and likes round numbers.  
Scott Adams



 



You can never underestimate the stupidity of the general public.  
Scott Adams




 

 
Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  
Scott Adams

 

 

  

 

 

A computer does not substitute for judgment any more than a pencil substitutes for literacy. But writing without a pencil is no particular advantage.   Robert Strange McNamara

 

 

 

 
Coercion, after all, merely captures man. Freedom captivates him.  
Robert Strange McNamara


 

  


It would be our policy to use nuclear weapons wherever we felt it necessary to protect our forces and achieve our objectives.  
Robert Strange McNamara


 

 

Neither conscience nor sanity itself suggests that the United States is, should or could be the global gendarme.  
Robert Strange McNamara

 

  

 

 

Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.   Denis Waitley

 

 

 

  

As within, so without.    Law of Correspondence

 

 

 

 

Whatever you dwell upon grows in your reality.   Law of Concentration

 

  

 



If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.   Jane Goodall

 

 

  

 



If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.    Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

  

 

 

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

 



A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life. 
Saul Bellow

 

 

All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac. 
Saul Bellow




Any artist should be grateful for a nanve grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately. 
Saul Bellow

 

 

 California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that.  Saul Bellow




Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining. 
Saul Bellow

 

 

Everyone confesses that exertion which brings out all the powers of body and mind is the best thing for us; but most people do all they can to get rid of it, and as a general rule nobody does much more than circumstances drive them to do.   Harriet Beecher Stowe


 



Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind us much debris of cast-off and everyday clothing.  
Harriet Beecher Stowe


 

 

I am speaking now of the highest duty we owe our friends, the noblest, the most sacred - that of keeping their own nobleness, goodness, pure and incorrupt.  
Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

 

I would not attack the faith of a heathen without being sure I had a better one to put in its place.  
Harriet Beecher Stowe

 

  

 

 

The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.   Saul Steinberg


 



I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended, continuing and perfecting childhood drawing-without the traditional interruption of academic training.  
Saul Steinberg

 



Baseball is an allegorical play about America, a poetic, complex, and subtle play of courage, fear, good luck, mistakes, patience about fate, and sober self-esteem.  
Saul Steinberg

 



A beautiful woman can be painted as a totem only; not as a woman, but as a Madonna, a queen, a sphinx.  
Saul Steinberg


 



The artist is an educator of artists of the future . . . who are able to understand and in the process of understanding perform unexpected -- the best -- evolutions.  
Saul Steinberg

 

 

 


If I have any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention than to any other talent.   Isaac Newton

 

 

 

 

A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.   William Butler Yeats


 



An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick.  
William Butler Yeats

 

 



And say my glory was I had such friends.  
William Butler Yeats

 

 



Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.  
William Butler Yeats

 

 



But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.  
William Butler Yeats

 

 

 

I don't measure my 'success' every day. I measure how much we have left to do. In that sense, business success is just a form of persistence.   Daniel Snyder

 

  

 

 

A man becomes what he thinks about, most of the time.    Emerson

 

 

  

 

You become what you think about.    Earl Nightingale

 

 

  

 

 

Whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap.   Bible

 

  

 

 

A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.   Thomas Fuller

 

 


Enquire not what boils in another's pot.  
Thomas Fuller

 

 



If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.  
Thomas Fuller

 

 

 

If we are bound to forgive an enemy, we are not bound to trust him.   Thomas Fuller

 



Learning makes a man fit company for himself.  
Thomas Fuller


 

 


Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.  
Thomas Fuller

 

 

 

 

  

There's time enough, but none to spare.   Charles W. Chesnutt



 

 

Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwards.  
Charles W. Chesnutt


 

 


Impossibilities are merely things of which we have not learned, or which we do not wish to happen.  
Charles W. Chesnutt


 

 

The workings of the human heart are the profoundest mystery of the universe. One moment they make us despair of our kind, and the next we see in them the reflection of the divine image.  
Charles W. Chesnutt


 



As man sows, so shall he reap. In works of fiction, such men are sometimes converted. More often, in real life, they do not change their natures until they are converted into dust.  
Charles W. Chesnutt

 

  

 

To believe is to know you believe, and to know you believe is not to believe.   Jean-Paul Sartre


 

 

We do not know what we want and yet we are responsible for what we are - that is the fact.  
Jean-Paul Sartre


 



Existence precedes and rules essence.  
Jean-Paul Sartre


 

 

Hell is other people.  
Jean-Paul Sartre


 

 

Three o'clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.  
Jean-Paul Sartre

 

 



When the rich wage war it's the poor who die.  
Jean-Paul Sartre

 

 

 

 

Operationally, God is beginning to resemble not a ruler but the last fading smile of a cosmic Cheshire cat Julian Sorell Huxley



I use the word 'Humanist' to mean someone who believes that man is just as much a natural phenomenon as an animal or a plant; that his body, mind or soul were not supernaturally created but are products of evolution.  
Julian Sorell Huxley

 


The sense of spiritual relief which comes from rejecting the idea of God as a supernatural being is enormous
Julian Sorell Huxley

 



I believe the State exists for the development of individual lives, not individuals for the development of the state.
Julian Sorell Huxley


 



We all know how the size of sums of money appears to vary in a remarkable way according as they are being paid in or paid out. .
Julian Sorell Huxley

  

 

 

Only the human mind invents categories and tries to force facts into separated pigeon-holes. The living world is a continuum.   Alfred C. Kinsey




 

Not all things are black nor all things white. It is a fundamental of taxonomy that nature rarely deals with discrete categories.   Alfred C. Kinsey

 

  



The living world is a continuum in each and every one of its aspects. The sooner we learn this concerning sexual behaviour the sooner we shall reach a sound understanding of the realities of sex.   
Alfred C. Kinsey


 

  


We are recorders and reporters of the facts-not judges of the behaviour we describe.  
Alfred C. Kinsey

 

 

 

 

I don't see the logic of rejecting data just because they seem incredible.   Sir Fred Hoyle


 

 
Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.  
Sir Fred Hoyle


 

  

There is a coherent plan in the universe, though I don't know what it's a plan for.   Sir Fred Hoyle


 



Things are the way they are because they were the way they were.  
Sir Fred Hoyle

 

 



It is the true nature of mankind to learn from mistakes, not from example.  
Sir Fred Hoyle

 

 

  

Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life, I find.   John F. Kennedy

 

 

 

 

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.   Hugh White

 

  

 

 

Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honour, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it.   Lord Kelvin

 

  



There cannot be a greater mistake than that of looking superciliously upon practical applications of science. The life and soul of science is its practical application.  
Lord Kelvin

 

 



You can understand perfectly, if you give your mind to it.  
Lord Kelvin





When you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.  
Lord Kelvin


 

 


The more you understand what is wrong with a figure, the more valuable that figure becomes.  
Lord Kelvin

 

 

  

 

Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be.   Diana, Princess of Wales


 

  


Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.  
Diana, Princess of Wales

 

 

 

I don't want expensive gifts; I don't want to be bought. I have everything I want. I just want someone to be there for me, to make me feel safe and secure.  
Diana, Princess of Wales

 

  


I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.  
Diana, Princess of Wales

 

 

  

 

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

 

 

 



"You don't have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great    Les Brown

 

  

 



Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject.   Thomas Mann

 

 

  

 

Efficiency is doing something in the best possible way, while effectiveness is doing the best possible thing.   Anon

 

 

 

 
So, I learn from my mistakes. It's a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there's no gain.   Johnny Cash

 

 

 



People make a mistake who think that my art has come easily to me. Nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I. There is not a famous master whose music I have not studied over and over.    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

 

 

 

 

Look, I don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colourfully, or you're not alive.   Mel Brooks

 

 

 

 

 

Action is greater than writing. A good man is a nobler object of contemplation than a great author. There are but two things worth living for: to do what is worthy of being written; and to write what is worthy of being read.   Ross Perot



 



Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to produce a better article.  
Ross Perot



 



Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships.  
Ross Perot






Eagles don't flock, you have to find them one at a time.  
Ross Perot




 


Failures are like skinned knees, painful but superficial.  
Ross Perot

 

  

 

 

From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.   Franz Kafka


 


I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.  
Franz Kafka


 



All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.  
Franz Kafka

 

 



Anyone who cannot come to terms with his life while he is alive needs one hand to ward off a little his despair over his fate... but with his other hand he can note down what he sees among the ruins.  
Franz Kafka

 



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

 

 



By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.  
Franz Kafka

 

 

 

 

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work.   Calvin Coolidge

 

 

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.  
Calvin Coolidge


 

 



I have found it advisable not to give too much heed to what people say when I am trying to accomplish something of consequence. Invariably they proclaim it can't be done. I deem that the very best time to make the effort.  
Calvin Coolidge

 

 

 
If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.  
Calvin Coolidge

 

 

 

Every crowd has a silver lining.    Phineas Taylor Barnum


 

 

 

Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.     Phineas Taylor Barnum

 



There's a sucker born every minute.    
Phineas Taylor Barnum Barnum


 



If I shoot at the sun I may hit a star.  
Phineas Taylor Barnum

 

 


Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.   
Phineas Taylor Barnum

 

  
 
More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing, than by believing too much.  
Phineas Taylor Barnum

 

 

  

 

 

If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.   Gustav Mahler


 



What's best in music is not to be found in the notes.  
Gustav Mahler

 

 



The point is not to take the world's opinion as a guiding star but to go one's way in life and working unerringly, neither depressed by failure nor seduced by applause.  
Gustav Mahler

 

 

 

  

 

A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship.   John D. Rockefeller


 

 


Charity is injurious unless it helps the recipient to become independent of it.  
John D. Rockefeller

 

 

 


Competition is a sin.  
John D. Rockefeller


 

 

Do you know the only thing that gives me pleasure? It's to see my dividends coming in.  
John D. Rockefeller

 

 


Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.  
John D. Rockefeller

 

 

 
Every right implies a responsibility; Every opportunity, an obligation, Every possession, a duty.  
John D. Rockefeller


 

 


It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy.  
John D. Rockefeller

 

 

 

I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... Such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.   Nikola Tesla




 

 
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.  
Nikola Tesla

 

 

  

 

The scientists from Franklin to Morse were clear thinkers and did not produce erroneous theories. The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.   Nikola Tesla

 

 

 

Managers are people who do things right, and leaders are people who do the right thing.   Warren Bennis

 

 

 


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