Quotes

"Grammar is the logic of speech, even as logic is the grammar of reason." - Richard C. Trench

"The flesh of prose gets its shape and strength from the bones of grammar." - Constance Hale

"A single leaf working alone provides no shade." - Chuck Page

"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher

"We are here and now.  Further than that, all knowledge is moonshine." -H.L. Mencken

"A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend." -Emily Dickinson

"Sometimes you believe a thing that isn't true because in the world you wish to live in, it would be true." -Robert Brault

"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away." -Raymond Hull

"Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds." -Albert Einstein

"Supposing you have tried and failed again and again.  You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call "failure" is not the falling down, but the staying down." -Mary Pickford

"My dreams were at once more fantastic and agreeable than my writings." - Mary Shelley


"Metaphysics is a dark ocean without shores or lighthouse, strewn with many a philosophic wreck." -Immanuel Kant

"The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them.  Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate." -William Shenstone

"A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky -
I've thought of all by turns, and still I lie
Sleepless..." -William Wordsworth

"One day our descendants will think it incredible that we paid so much attention to things like the amount of melanin in our skin or the shape of our eyes or our gender instead of the unique identities of each of us as complex human beings." -Franklin Thomas

"Make somebody happy today.  Mind your own business." -Ann Landers

"If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang." -Charley Reese

"A religion without the element of mystery would not be a religion at all." -Edwin Lewis

"The repose of sleep refreshes only the body.  It rarely sets the soul at rest.  The repose of the night does not belong to us.  It is not the possession of our being.  Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms.  In the morning we must sweep out the shadows." -Gaston Bachelard

"When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break." -William Hale White

"It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by.  How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?  For the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone.  That is where the writer scores over his fellows:  he catches the changes of his mind on the hop." -Vita Sackville

"Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water." -Antoine Rivarol

"Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?  A terrible thing:  no one to blame." -Erica Jong

"Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it." -Author Unknown

"We make a vessel from a lump of clay; It is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful We make doors and windows for a room; But it is the empty spaces that make the room habitable Thus while the tangible has advantages; It is the intangible that makes it useful." - Lao Tzu

"There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more."
- George Gordon, Lord Byron


"May you live to be a hundred years, With one extra year to repent." -Author Unknown

"We tell lies when we are afraid... afraid of what we don't know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us.  But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger." -Tad Williams

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." -T.S. Eliot

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it." -Thomas Paine

"Light travels faster than sound.  That's why most people seem bright until you hear them speak." -Author Unknown


"Judgements prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances." -Wayne W. Dyer

"Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face." -Nelson DeMille

"If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure." -H. Jackson Brown

"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." -Jonathan Swift

"A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep." -W.H. Auden

"The future lies before you
Like a field of driven snow,
Be careful how you tread it,
For every step will show." -Author Unknown

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." -From a headstone in Ireland


"Let your tears come.  Let them water your soul." -Eileen Mayhew

"You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh, but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry." -Author Unknown

"We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves." -Lynn Hall

"When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home." -Betty Bender

"Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered." -Graham Greene

"Some people dream of success... while others wake up and work hard at it." -Author Unknown

"When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion." -Voltaire

"The time will come when winter will ask you what you were doing all summer." -Henry Clay

"Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." -James Baldwin

"All men should strive
to learn before they die
what they are running from, and to, and why." -James Thurber


"Oaths are but words, and words but wind." -Samuel Butler

"Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgement." -Seneca

"As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let you down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it's harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you'll eventually lose someone you love." -Author Unknown


"Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves." -Henri Frédéric Amiel

"Morality comes with the sad wisdom of age, when the sense of curiosity has withered." -Graham Greene

"The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.  No apologies or excuses.  No one to lean on, rely on, or blame.  The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it.  This is the day your life really begins." -Bob Moawad

"The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another.  It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness." -Henry David Thoreau

"All the so-called "secrets of success" will not work unless you do." -Author Unknown

"Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar." -Bradley Millar

"When I believe in nothing I do not want to meet you when you believe in nothing." -Antonio Porchia

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today." -Stacia Tauscher

"I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.... People think pleasing God is all God care about.  But any fool living in the world can see it always trying to please us back." -Alice Walker

"When we pray to God we must be seeking nothing - nothing. -Saint Francis of Assisi

"We hate some persons because we do not know them; and will not know them because we hate them." -Charles Caleb Colton


"Nothing seems to please a fly so much as to be taken for a currant; and if it can be baked in a cake and palmed off on the unwary, it dies happy." -Mark Twain

"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts." -Martin Buxbaum

"Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible." -Frank Moore Colby

"God and angels don't get paid even though theirs is some of the most important work around. Ditto for volunteers." ~Cherishe Archer

"The sorrow which has no vent in tears may make other organs weep." -Henry Maudsley

"We all grow up with the weight of history on us.  Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies." -Shirley Abbott

"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." -E.F. Schumacher

"There they stand, the innumerable stars, shining in order like a living hymn, written in light." -N.P. Willis

"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 Geisel

"If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it." -Mary Engelbreit

"No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils." -Henry Ward Beecher

"There are two kinds of egotists:  Those who admit it, and the rest of us." -Laurence J. Peter

"Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday." -Author Unknown

"Those who do not know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either." -Golda Meir

"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book." -Irish Proverb

"All men should strive to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why." -James Thurber

"No coffee can be good in the mouth that does not first send a sweet offering of odor to the nostrils." -Henry Ward Beecher

"Night and morning are making promises to each other which neither will be able to keep." -Richard Shelton

"Happiness is always a by-product.  It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular.  But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness." -Robertson Davies

"You know that saying, that when God closes a door he opens a window, well, sometimes out of nowhere he'll do you one better and he'll kick a whole wall down." -Ryan Murphy

"Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness." -Edward Stanley

"The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.: -Lily Tomlin

"The reaction to any word may be, in an individual, either a mob-reaction or an individual reaction.  It is up to the individual to ask himself:  Is my reaction individual, or am I merely reacting from my mob-self?  When it comes to the so-called obscene words, I should say that hardly one person in a million escapes mob-reaction." -D.H. Lawrence

"Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage." -Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

"The years teach much which the days never knew." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No one is perfect... that's why pencils have erasers." -Author Unknown

"Does college pay?  They do if you are a good open-field runner." -Will Rogers

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." -Attributed to Howard Thurman

"Some people are so boring that they make you waste an entire day in five minutes." -Jules Renard

"When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight." -Kahlil Gibran

"Depressed people think they know themselves, but maybe they only know depression." -Mark Epstein

"Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect.  The wisest know nothing." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." -Lesley P. Hartley

"Let every man and woman count himself immortal.  Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection.  Let him say not merely, "Christ is risen," but "I shall rise." -Phillips Brooks

"The joyful news that He is risen does not change the contemporary world.  Still before us lie work, discipline, sacrifice.  But the fact of Easter gives us the spiritual power to do the work, accept the discipline, and make the sacrifice." -Henry Knox Sherrill

"A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad." -Theodore Roosevelt

"We have to learn to be our own best friends because we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. -Roderick Thorp

"A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than he was yesterday." -Alexander Pope

"The best time to frame an answer to the letters of a friend, is the moment you receive them.  Then the warmth of friendship, and the intelligence received, most forcibly cooperate." -William Shenstone

"Beauty is power; a smile is its sword." -Charles Reade

"A man who gives a good account of himself is probably lying, since any life when viewed from the inside is simply a series of defeats." -George Orwell 

"It's hard to make up your bed while you're still sleeping in it.  Hard to make up your mind for the same reason. -Robert Brault

"The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears." -John Vance Cheney

"The average pencil is seven inches long, with just a half-inch eraser - in case you thought optimism was dead." -Robert Brault

"Before we work on artificial intelligence why don't we do something about natural stupidity?" -Steve Polyak

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal." -From a headstone in Ireland
"A fish in the ocean forgets the ocean. Throw the fish on the shore, in the sands, hot sands, and then the fish knows, then the fish remembers. But there is no way to throw you out of God; there is no shore to Him — God is a shoreless ocean. And you are not like a fish, you are like a wave. You are exactly like God; your nature and God’s nature are the same." -Osho


"Faith is not without worry or care, but faith is fear that has said a prayer." -Author Unknown

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." -Confucius

"Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes." -Henry David Thoreau

"I've met a few people in my time who were enthusiastic about hard work.  And it was just my luck that all of them happened to be men I was working for at the time." -Bill Gold

"If... the machine of government... is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law." -Henry David Thoreau

"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting." -E.E. Cummings

"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there are men on base." -Dave Barry

"All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was.  I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory.  I was naïve.  I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer.  It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with:  that I am nobody but myself." -Ralph Ellison

"Night and morning are making promises to each other which neither will be able to keep." -Richard Shelton

"The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.  You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.  Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." -George Moore

"The most wasted of all days is that in which we have not laughed." -Nicolas Chamfort

"Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught." -Sydney J. Harris

"As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold."~Author Unknown

"All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field." -Albert Einstein

"What is success?  It is a toy balloon among children armed with pins." -Gene Fowler

"Love and business and family and religion and art and patriotism are nothing but shadows of words when a man's starving." -O. Henry


"He who excuses himself accuses himself." -Gabriel Meurier

"Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once." -Norman Vincent Peale

"The past is our definition.  We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it." -Wendell Berry

"Of course there's a lot of knowledge in universities:  the freshmen bring a little in; the seniors don't take much away, so knowledge sort of accumulates." -Abbott Lawrence Lowell

"A stiff apology is a second insult.... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt." -G.K. Chesterton

"Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts.  It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all." -William Temple

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

"Lord! when you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life.  Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book." -Christopher Morley

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

"The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.  You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.  Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough." -George Moore

"Who is wise?  He that learns from everyone.  Who is powerful?  He that governs his passions.  Who is rich?  He that is content.  Who is that?  Nobody." -Benjamin Franklin

"Now all my teachers are dead except silence." -W.S. Merwin

"Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters.  This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Hunger makes a thief of any man." -Pearl S. Buck

"There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values.  " -David G. Myers

"Do not waste your time on Social Questions.  What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness." -George Bernard Shaw

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas.  If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -Howard Aiken

"All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another." -Anatole France

"God loved the birds and invented trees.  Man loved the birds and invented cages." -Jacques Deval

"To speak and to speak well are two things.  A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks." -Ben Jonson

"I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart." -Terri Guillemets

"Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume." -Jean de Boufflers

"When we make mistakes they call it evil.  When God makes mistakes they call it Nature!" -Jack Nicholson

"I say, if your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life." -Bill Watterson

"Promises are like babies:  easy to make, hard to deliver." -Author Unknown

"Never mind.  The self is the least of it.  Let our scars fall in love." -Galway Kinnell

"We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood."-William James

“Give the world the best you have, and the best will come to
you.” -Madeline Bridge

“Not in time, place, or circumstance, but in the man lies success.” -Charles B. Rouss

“It's a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.” -W.Somerset Maugham

“The man who has done his level best, and who is conscious that he has done his best, is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.” -B. C. Forbes

"God punishes us mildly by ignoring our prayers and severely by answering them." -Richard J. Needham

"May you live as long as you want, And never want as long as you live." -Irish Blessing


"If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it."-Albert Einstein

"Real education must ultimately be limited to men who insist on knowing, the rest is mere sheep-herding."-Ezra Pound

"A committee is a group that keeps minutes and loses hours."-Milton Berle

"I think God's going to come down and pull civilization over for speeding."-Steven Wright

"Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered - either by themselves or by others."-Mark Twain

"Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not."-Nathaniel Hawthorne

"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile." - Plato

"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone." - Harriet Beecher Stowe

"The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers."-Terri Guillemets

"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort." -Herm Albright

"A good book should leave you... slightly exhausted at the end.  You live several lives while reading it." - William Styron

"I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate."- Arthur Wing Pinero

“If you have a good name, if you are more often right than you are wrong, if your children respect you, if your grandchildren are glad to see you, if your friends can count on you and you can count on them in time of trouble, if you can face God and say “I have done my best,” then you are a success.” - Ann Landers

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure – which is, try to please everybody.” -Herbert Swope

“Success is the result of good judgment, good judgment is a result of experience, experience is often the result of bad judgment.”- Anthony Robbins

“Be ready when opportunity comes... Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.” - Roy D. Chapin Jr.

“The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going” -Napoleon Hill

“Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself”-James Allen

“The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”- Michelangelo

“Your life is in your hands, to make of it what you choose” - John Kehoe

“Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.”- Jim Rohn

“I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk.”-Anthony Robbins

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny; inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” - Foster C. McClellen

“Winning isn’t everything. Wanting to win is.”-Catfish Hunter

“Accept the challenges, so you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”-George S. Patton Jr.

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”- Frank Zappa

“The ambitious climbs high and perilous stairs and never cares how long to come down; the desire of rising hath swallowed up his fear of a fall.”- Thomas Adams

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

“No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and prepared to assume responsibilities.”- William J. H. Boetcker

“There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.” - Buck Rodgers

“There are no secrets to success. Don’t waste time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty to those for whom you work, and persistence.”-Colin Powell

“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success.” - Henry Ford

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle

"Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools."- Napoleon Bonaparte

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."- Mark Twain

"The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible." -Arthur C. Clarke

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."- Theodore Roosevelt

"Fortune favours the brave."- Publius Terence

"What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team."- Benjamin F. Fairless

"Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. That is the secret to success." - Swami Sivananda

"The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given him. This is
success, and there is no other."- Orison Swett Marden

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

"Success is that old ABC – ability, breaks, and courage." - Charles Luckman


"Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them."-Logan Pearsall Smith

"Dreams say what they mean, but they don't say it in daytime language."- Gail Godwin










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