Friday, March 4, 2011

Quotes to live by:

We should take care not to make the intellect our god; - it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. [Albert Einstein]

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. ~Carl Jung

The greatest truth you'll ever learn,
Is just to love, and be loved in return.
[Eden Ahbez]

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there. [Rumi]

Love doesn't make the world go round.
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. 

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets 
or steal bread. [Anatole France]

Do, or do not. There is no 'try' [Yoda]

It's kind of fun to do the impossible. [Walt Disney]

The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when 
we created them. [Albert Einstein]

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

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. [Jimi Hendrix]

Watch your thoughts, they become words. Words become actions. Actions become habits. Habits become character. Character becomes your destiny.

What you give, you always get back;
What you sow, you reap in kind.
Always be helpful to others
And give what you can spare;
For by being kind to strangers,
We may help angels unaware.

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. 

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source 
of all true art and all science. [Albert Einstein]

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. 
[Samuel Taylor Coleridge]

Always behave like a duck - keep calm and unruffled on the surface but paddle like the devil underneath. 

None is richer than he who simply has peace of mind. 

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence. 

Men must be taught as if you taught them not; And things unknown propos'd as things forgot. 
[Alexander Pope]

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.
[Shakespeare: As you like it]

I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There's a knob 
called brightness, but it doesn't work. 

If a man is called to be a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well. [Dr Martin Luther King, Jr]

You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.

By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher... and that is a good thing for any man. [Socrates]

An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

Justice is indivisible - injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. [Martin Luther King]

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

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

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who can not be persuaded to say it. [James Russell Lowell]

Imagination is more important than knowledge. [Albert Einstein]

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. [Nelson Mandela]

Everything that can be said, can be said clearly. [Wittgenstein: Tract. Illogical Philosop]

Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. [Theodore Vail]

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools talk because they have to say something. [Plato]

One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself. [Leonardo da Vinci]

Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans [John Lennon]

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap. [Napoleon Bonaparte]

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly and for the same reason.

The path of least resistance is what makes rivers and politicians crooked
The trouble with ignorance is that it picks up confidence as it goes along.

(on a lecturer's door): The probability of finding me in this office is inversely proportional to the magnitude of your urgency.

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. [Albert Einstein]

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort. [J R R Tolkien - The Hobbit]

Know Thyself [Anon: Greek]
Common sense is instinct and enough of it is genius.
Sometimes the majority only means that all the fools are on the same side.
By asking for the impossible we obtain the best possible. [Italian Proverb]
You cannot argue with someone who denies the first principles.
It is better to be than not to be.
If the concept of God has any validity or any use, it can only be to make us larger freer, and more loving. If God cannot do this, then it is time we got rid of Him [James Baldwin]
Every 10 seconds, somewhere on this earth, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped...
To die will be an awfully big adventure [Sir JM Barrie: Peter Pan]
Suppose everybody cared enough, everybody shared enough, wouldn't everybody have enough? There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed. [Frank Buchman: Remaking the World]
The first and last thing which is required of genius is the love of truth. [Goethe]

Happiness is not a destination, but a manner of traveling
The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none. [François-Reré Chateaubriand: Le Génie du Christianisme]
Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can acheive!
A little philosophy inclineth a man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion [Francis Bacon: Essays XVI - Of Atheism]
All punishment is mischief: All punishment in itself is evil [Jeremy Bentham: Principles of Morals and Legislation]

If God did not exist it would be necessary for us to invent Him. [Voltaire: Épîtres]
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul [Bible: Matthew 16:26]
Don't believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look within your understanding, find out what you already know, and you'll see the way to fly [Richard Bach: Janathan Livingstone Seagull]
The inability of those in power to still the voices of their own consciences is the great force leading to change. [Kenneth Kaunda: Observer 1965]
Every day, in every way, I am getting better and better [Emil Coué: On suggestion and its application]
Whatever Nature has in store for mankind, unpleasent as it may be, man must accept, for ignorance is never better than knowledge. [Enrico Fermi]

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]

Being alive: Concentrating on goals, not limitations

Beware when God lets loose a thinker on this planet

Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within. [Elizabeth Kubler-Ross]

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children. [Dietrich Bonhoeffer]

If a man doesn't discover something he is willing to die for, he isn't fit to live. [Martin Luther King]

Armies can be resisted, but not an idea who's time has come.
Little-minded people's thoughts move in such small circles that 5 minutes' conversation gives you an arc long enough to determine their whole curve. An arc in the movement of a large intellect does not sensibly differ from a straight line. [Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr]

I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody. [Lily Tomlin]

Die smiling, life is too important to take seriously
Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.
A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark. [Woody Allen] 

"I have done my best." That is about all the philosophy of living one needs. [Lin Yutang]
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. [Henry David Thoreau]

You know that it's love when you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams.
Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. [Emily Kimbrough]
To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed. [Bernard Edmonds]
Strangers are just friends waiting to happen.
Don't marry the person you want to live with, marry the one you cannot live without.

Only those who attempt the absurd achieve the impossible.
In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. [Dr. Martin Luther King, JR]
Truth never damages a cause that is just. [Mohandas Gandhi]
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages is preserved into perpetuity by a nation's proverbs, fables, folk sayings and quotations. [William Feather]
Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not. [Vaclav Havel]
Within our dreams and aspirations we find our opportunities. [Sue Ebaugh]
A person should not promise to give a child something and then not give it, because in that way the child learns to lie. [Babylonian Talmud]
Being rich is having money; being wealthy is having time. [Stephen Swid]
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. [Confucius]
The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion. [Arnold H Glasow]
Genius is nothing but a great aptitude for patience. [Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon]

This is the true joy in life - being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me, it is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations. [George Bernard Shaw]
A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools. [Thomas Fuller]

The biggest sin of all is sitting on your ass. [Florynce Kennedy]
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well. [Virginia Woolf]
The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. [Harold Taylor]
Love is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important. [Lisa Hoffman]
Falling madly in love, that's the secret of life. [Ray Bradbury]
Love and magic have a great deal in common. They enrich the soul, delight the heart. And they both take practice. [Nora Roberts]
A good man does not spy around for the black spots in others, but presses unswervingly on towards his mark. [Marcus Aurelius]
The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. [Joseph Addison]
The true object of all human life is play. [G K Chesterton]
Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.
The world is not to be put in order, the world is order incarnate. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order. [Henry Miller]
I praise loudly. I blame softly. [Catherine the Great]
Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them. [Washington Irving]
Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound. [Latin Proverb]
All religions are equally sublime to the ignorant, useful to the politician, and ridiculous to the philosopher. [Lucretius]
Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. [Socrates]

We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another. [Luciano de Crescenzo]

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. [Mother Teresa]
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause. [Victor Hugo]
Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is taking action in spite of fear.
History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heart breaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats. [B C Forbes]
Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen. [Peter Marshall]
Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away. [Tom Clancy]
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]

Seek those who find your road agreeable, your personality and mind stimulating, your philosophy acceptable, and your experience helpful. Let those who do not, seek their own kind. [Henri Fabre]
I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself  I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with. [Plato]
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings having a human experience. [Teilhard de Chardin]

Time and space are modes by which we think and not conditions in which we live. [Albert Einstein]

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. [Aristotle]
We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. [CG Jung]
Thoughts have power. Thoughts are energy. You can make your world or break it by your thinking.

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. [Aristotle]

This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. [Shakespeare]

I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do. [Edward Everett Hale]
Accuracy is the twin brother of honesty; inaccuracy, of dishonesty. [Charles Simmons]
Be here now. [Baba Ram Das]
The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next. [Henry Ward Beecher]
You will find, as you look back upon your life, that the moments when you really lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. [Henry Drummond]
We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. [Anaïs Nin]
It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game. [Grantland Rice]
Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. [Theodore Roosevelt]
There are only two ways of telling the complete truth - anonymously and posthumously. [Thomas Sowell]
If you always do what you always did, you'll always get what you always got.

I think that I could turn and live with the animals.. Not one of them is demented with the mania of owning things. [Walt Whitman]
Hurry up please, it's time.
If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? [William Shakespeare]
History is written by the winners.
No problem is so formidable that you can't just walk away from it. [Charles Schulz]
A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in cages [Tennessee Williams]
A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures. [Daniel Webster]
Colourless green ideas sleep furiously. [Noam Chomsky]

Any fool can know. The point is to understand. [Albert Einstein]

The highest form of wisdom is kindness. [Confucius]
Hate something, change something, make something better. [Michael Russoff]
The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. 

There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself. [J.S. Bach]

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has. 

The wise are not wise because they make no mistakes. They are wise because they correct their mistakes as soon as they recognize them. [Orson Scott Card]

Ignorance is curable, stupidity is fatal.
Life is short. Make fun of it.
Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find it. [Andre Gide]
Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.
There is no end to the adventures we can have if we seek them with our eyes wide open. [Nehru]
One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
The customs of your tribe are not laws of nature [Geor

Zen master to hotdog vendor: "Make me one with everything"

While the early bird may get the worm, it's the second mouse that gets the cheese [Dr Ray Sheldrake]

Life is a mystery to be lived, Not a problem to be solved
One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parrallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim. [Henry Brook Adams]

The truth which makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear. [Herbert Agar - A Time for Greatness]
Nothing is more Dangerous than an idea, when you have only one idea. [Emile Alain - Propos sur la religion]

Life is a sexually transmitted disease

We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. [The American Declaration of Independance 4 July 1776]

The ultimate measure of a person is not where one stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where one stands at times of challenge and controversy. [Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr]

Please do not shoot the pianist; He is doing his best

Fortune prefers the prepared mind
Never miss a good chance to shut up.

There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Zen meditation isn't what you think...

Principles for the Development of a Complete Mind : Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses - especially learn how to see. Realise that everything connects to everything else. [Leonardo da Vinci]

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. [F. Scott Fitzgerald]

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics. [Benjamin Disraeli]
Simplicity of character is the result of profound thought.
If at first you DO succeed, try not to look astonished!
Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. [Voltaire]
Big Brother is watching [George Orwell: 1984]
Life is tough, it's tougher when you're stupid. [John Wayne]
Nothing that results from human progress is achieved with unanimous consent. And those who are enlightened before the others are condemned to pursue that light in spite of others. [Christopher Columbus]
Buy one for the price of two and get another one free!

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, con a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyse a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. [R.A Heinlein: Notebook of Lazarus Long]

The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart. [Helen Keller]

What does not kill me makes me stronger. [Friedrich Nietzsche: Twilight of the Idols]
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. [Ralph Waldo Emerson]
Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]
You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?" [George Bernard Shaw: Back to Methuselah]
The difference between solitude and loneliness is the quality of the company we keep.
Many ideas grow better when they are transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up. [Oliver Wendell Holmes]
If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. [Isaac Newton]
The government are very keen on amassing statistics. They collect them, add them, raise them to the n-th power, take the cube root and prepare wonderful diagrams. But you must never forget that every one of these figures comes in the first instance from the village watchman, who just puts down what he damn well pleases. [Comment of an English judge: Quoted by Sir Josiah Stamp in Some Economic Matters in Modern Life]

Cogito Ergo Spud. - I think therefore I yam.

Veritas vos liberabit. - the truth will set you free.

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.
Silence is wise if we are foolish, but foolish if we are wise.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously! [Nietzsche]
May you live in interesting times, attract the attention of important people and may all of your dreams come true.
I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve immortality by not dying. [Woody Allen]
I had a lovely evening. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. [Groucho Marx]
I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. [Anne Frank]
Lady Astor: If you were my husband, I'd poison your tea.
Winston Churchill: Madam, if I were your husband, I'd drink it!
Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. [Napoleon Bonaparte]
Living in fear is the same as fear of living. Either way, you have no life.
The trouble with doing something right the first time, is nobody appreciates how difficult it was.
The reasonable man accomodates himself to the ways of the world. The unreasonable man attempts to get the world to accomodate itself to his ways. Progress depends on unreasonable men. [GB Shaw]
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I am the master of my fate and captain of my soul. [D Hofstadter]
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. [Francis Bacon]
Do you love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of. [Benjamin Franklin]
Its all very well being able to write a book, but can you waggle your ears ? [JM Barrie (author of Peter Pan) to HG Wells]
For this is Wisdom; to love, to live
To take what fate, or the Gods may give.
To ask no question, to make no prayer,
To kiss the lips and caress the hair,
Speed passion's ebb as you greet its flow
To have, - to hold - and - in time, - let go!
[Laurence Hope]

Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time. [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate: Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May, And summer's lease hath all too short a date. [William Shakespeare: Sonnet 18]
This is the way the world ends not with a bang but a whimper. ~TS Eliot: The Hollow Men

Man is what he believes [Anton Chekhov]
A bigot will not reason, a fool cannot, a slave dare not.

Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. [Emerson]
Be the change you want to see in the world. [Mohandas Gandhi]
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming. [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an 
inhabited garden. [Goethe]
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. [Henry Ford]
Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble. [William Shakespeare, Macbeth]
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. [Aristotle]
Anyone who doesn't make mistakes isn't trying hard enough. [Wess Roberts]
It's always helpful to learn from your mistakes because then your mistakes seem worthwhile. [Garry Marshall]
Well done, is better than well said. [Benjamin Franklin]
You train people how to treat you by how you treat yourself. [Martin Rutte]
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. [Jim Valvano]
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. [Elsa Schiapirelli]

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