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  • "Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone"

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~  "On Technology" (Category #1)

"The information superhighway is a dirt road that won't be paved over until 2025." -- Sumner Redstone, CEO of Viacom/Blockbuster.

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"  --H.M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927

"This telephone has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."  -- An internal Western Union memo, 1876

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."  -- IBM chairman Thomas Watson, 1943

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, founder, chairman & president of DEC, 1977

"640k ought to be enough for anybody."  -- Bill Gates, 1981 (Did he mean $640K?)

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
--Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"Everything that can be invented has already been invented."
-- Charles H. Duell, director of the U.S. Patent Office, 1899

"Computer games don't affect kids; I mean if Pac-Man affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills and listening to repetitive electronic music." 
- Kristin Wilson, Nintendo, Inc., 1989. 

"A rocket will never be able to leave the earth's atmosphere."  --The New York Times, 1936

"The only thing I'd rather own than Windows is English. Then I'd be able to charge you an upgrade fee every time I add new letters like N and T."  --Scott McNealy, chairman of Sun Microsystems, Inc.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year." 
--The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"But what ... is it good for?"
--Engineer at the Advanced Computing Systems Division of IBM, 1968, commenting on the microchip.

"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?"  --David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.

"The world is coming to an end in 1950." --Historian Henry Adams, 1903

"There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom." 
--Nobel Prize-winning physicist Robert Milliken, 1923

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this."  --Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'"
--Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.


"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools."   --1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"You want to have consistent and uniform muscle development across all of your muscles? It can't be done. It's just a fact of life. You just have to accept inconsistent muscle development as an unalterable condition of weight training."
--Response to Arthur Jones, who solved the "unsolvable" problem by inventing Nautilus.

"Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." --Producer Darryl Zanuck, 20th Century Fox, 1946

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy!"  --Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859

"Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value."
--Boston Post, 1865

"Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
--Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." --Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction." --Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung cancer, it seems to be a minor one."
--W.C. Heuper, National Cancer Institute, 1954

"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon."
--Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

"By 2000, politics will simply fade away. We will not see any political parties." --Visionary and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, 1966

"You ain't going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck." --The Grand Ole Opry's Jim Denny to Elvis Presley, 1954

"Good morning, doctors. I have taken the liberty of removing Windows 95 from my hard drive."
--The winning entry in a "What were HAL's first words" contest judged by 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY creator Arthur C. Clarke

"[Andy] Grove giveth and [Bill] Gates taketh away."
--Bob Metcalfe (inventor of Ethernet) on the trend of hardware speedups not being able to keep up with software demands

"The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible."        --A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

"That rainbow song's no good. Take it out."  - MGM memo after first showing of The Wizard Of Oz

"You'd better learn secretarial skills or else get married."  - Modeling agency, rejecting Marilyn Monroe in 1944

"Radio has no future." "X-rays are clearly a hoax". "The aeroplane is scientifically impossible." 
- Royal Society president Lord Kelvin, 1897-99

"Forget it. No Civil War picture ever made a nickel." 
- MGM executive, advising against investing in Gone With The Wind

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"Can't act. Can't sing. Slightly bald. Can dance a little." - A film company's verdict on Fred Astaire's 1928 screen test

"The atom bomb will never go off - and I speak as an expert in explosives." - U.S. Admiral William Leahy in 1945

"Television won't matter in your lifetime or mine."  - Radio Times editor Rex Lambert, 1936

"And for the tourist who really wants to get away from it all, safaris in Vietnam."  - Newsweek magazine, predicting popular holidays for the late 1960s

~ "Something to Chew On" (Category #2)

"Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice." -- H.L. Mencken

"Life is hard. It’s even harder if you’re stupid." -- Anonymous

"By and large, language is a tool for concealing the truth." --George Carlin

"It is not the size of the dog in the fight, it is the size of the fight in the dog!" -- Anonymous

"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered." --G.K. Chesterton

"The person who is not hungry says that the coconut has a hard shell." -- African Tribal Saying

"If you’re looking for friends when you need them…it’s too late." -- Mark Twain

"If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you." -- Francis Roberts

"Speak in anger and you'll give the greatest speech you'll ever regret." -- Anonymous

"It is useless for sheep to pass a resolution in favor of vegetarianism while wolves remain of a different opinion." -- William Randolph Inge

Vegetarian is an old Indian word meaning "bad hunter." -- Anonymous

"Opinions are like armpits: Everybody has two of them and they stink most of the time." -- Anonymous

"Patience is the companion of wisdom." --Anonymous

"Critics are like eunuchs in a harem. They're there every night, they see it done every night, they see how it should be done every night, but they can't do it themselves."  -- Brendan Behan--Quoted by Gyles Brandreth in *Theatrical Disasters*

"So long as you rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll have Paul's support." -- Anonymous

"Life is an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep." -- Carl Sandburg

"Do first what you dread the most." -- Anonymous

"Wherever you are -- be there." -- Anonymous

"Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them - a desire, a dream, a vision. They have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill, and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill."   -- Muhammad Ali

"If you think nobody cares if you are alive, try missing a couple of car payments." -- Earl Wilson

"The degree of one's emotion varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts - the less you know the hotter you get."  -- Bertrand Russell

"If you aren't living on the edge, then you are taking up too much space." -- Anonymous

"Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows of the world, lighthouses erect in the sea of time. They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print."    -- Barbara Tuchman

"The cynic is his own worst enemy. It requires far less skill to run a wrecking company than it does to be an architect."  -- U.S. Andersen 

"Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies."  -- St. Augustine 

"Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time."   -- Goethe

"If we find a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads."  -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The company's most urgent task is to learn to welcome, beg for, demand - innovation from everyone." -- Tom Peters

"Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity."  -- Dr. E. Land

"It takes a steady hand to carry a full cup." -- Anonymous

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"Progress depends on people knowing they'll be able to profit from their ideas."  -- Deborah Neville

"To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." -- Theodore Roosevelt

"Encouragement is like a premium gasoline - it helps to take knocks out of living."  -- Anonymous

"The easiest thing to find is fault."  -- Anonymous

"Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."  -- Anonymous

"If you want to be miserable, think about yourself, about what you want, what you like, what respect people ought to pay you and what people think of you."  -- Charles Kingsley

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream."  -- Mark Twain. American humorist, writer and lecturer, 1835-1910 

"Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure."  -- Thomas Edison 

"A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices." William James 

"Forgiveness is not an occasional act: it is a permanent attitude." -- Dr. Martin Luther King 

"Act as if it were impossible to fail."  -- Dorothea Brande

"You cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do."  -- Liz Smith

"To create you must quiet your mind. You need a quiet mind so that ideas will have a chance of connecting." 
-- Eric Maisil 

"Smooth seas do not make for a skillful sailor." -- African Proverb

The most terrifying words in the English language are: "I'm from the government and I'm here to help." -- Ronald Reagan 

“Why sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” – the Queen in Through The Looking Glass


“To me faith means not worrying.” – John Dewey


“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.  


"I don’t dream at night – I dream all day – I dream for a living." – Steven Spielberg


"Are we willing to give up some things we like to do to move onto those things we must do?" – Satenig St. Marie


“It's never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot


“Whatever you are, be a good one.”  – Abraham Lincoln


“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


“It's never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot


“Adversity causes some people to break; others to break records.” – William Arthur Ward


“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter Drucker


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


"I've never met a couple yet who, when they were walking down the aisle, said, 'What we want is three years of happiness, two years of [torment], a messy divorce and 15 years of fighting over custody of the kids.' " - Wade F. Horn, assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services

"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything." --Anonymous

"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse." --Anonymous

"The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a good discussion."  -- G.K. Chesterton 

“It is impossible to love and to be wise.” – Sir Francis Bacon


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


“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Gandhi


“It's nearly impossible to carry a grudge and a big dream at the same time”…Unknown


"If a man cannot forget, he will never amount to much." – Soren Kierkegaard


"If you could only love enough, you could be the most powerful person in the world." -- Emmett Fox


"If you miss love, you miss life." -- Leo Buscaglia


"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough." – Rabindranath Tagore


"Money can’t buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemies." – Spike Miligan


“People gather bundles of sticks to build bridges they never cross.” – Unknown


“Everybody is somewhere.” – Steve Allen


“It's never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot


Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon. - Alexander Pope


“Every man must do two thing alone: he must do his own believing and his own dying.” – Martin Luther


"Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad." – Diogenes the Cynic

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants." -- Epicurus, ancient Greek philosopher

"I get so tired of listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there. It's so petty."
-- Imelda Marcos, Filipino First Lady (married to Ferdinand Marcos)

"When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion."
-- Francois Marie Arouet de Voltaire, 18th-century French author, wit and philosopher

"Virtue has never been as respectable as money." --Mark Twain, 19th-century American humorist, author and journalist

"God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones." --Publilius Syrus

"You are not what you own." --Fugazi, American rock band

“Sharing money is what gives it its value.”  --Elvis Presley, singer

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“It's not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it's who you are.'' --Elvis Presley, celebrity singer

“The quest for riches darkens the sense of right and wrong.” -- Antiphanes, ancient Greek dramatist

“Don't forget until too late that the business of life is not business but living.”  -- B.C. Forbes, founder of Forbes magazine

"He is poor who does not feel content." -- Japanese proverb

"For greed, all nature is too little." -- Seneca, Roman statesman and author

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails." -- Henry David Thoreau, 19th-century American essayist and nature writer

"Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold." -- Maurice Setter

"The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything." -- Anonymous

"If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If you don't, you will find an excuse." -- Anonymous

"The thing I hate about an argument is that it always interrupts a good discussion."  -- G.K. Chesterton 

"The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true." -- James Clabell in 1926

"I do not agree with a word that you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it." -- Voltaire 

"No one can be free who does not work for the freedom of others." -- Anonymous

"You have freedom of choice, but not freedom from choice." -- Wendell Jones 

"False freedom leaves a man free to do what he likes; true freedom, to do what he ought." -- Anonymous 

"If your number one goal is to make sure that everyone likes and approves of you, then you risk sacrificing your uniqueness and, therefore, your excellence."   --Anonymous

"I detest the man who hides on thing in the depths of his heart and speaks forth another."  -- Homer 

"It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust."  -- Samuel Johnson 

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest."  -- Mark Twain 

"The reason that worry kills more people than work is because there are more people who worry than work."  -- Robert Frost

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"I am in shape. Round is a shape." -- Anonymous

"The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us." -- Anonymous

"A lie sprints. but truth has endurance."  -- Anonymous

"When you do not listen to your conscience it's because you do not want advice from a stranger." -- Anonymous

"Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either." --  Helen Keller

"Until the great mass of the people shall be filled with the sense of responsibility for each others welfare, social justice can never be attained."  --  Helen Keller

"Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness."  -- Chinese Proverb

"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy is when men are afraid of the light." -- Plato

"The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth." --  Pierre Abelard

"When in doubt, tell the truth." --  Mark Twain

"Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory." --  Leonardo Da Vinci

"There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth, the persistent refusal to analyze the causes of happenings." --  Dorothy Thompson

"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth." --  Benjamin Disraeli

"When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion."  --Ethiopian Proverb

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you."  -- Spanish Proverb

"As a matter of cosmic history, it has always been easier to destroy than to create." -- Mr. Spock, Star Trek 2

"The wise speak only of what they know." -- Gandalf, Lord of the Rings

"There seems to be no sign of intelligent life anywhere." -- Buzz Lightyear, Toy Story

"You can observe a lot by just watching." -- -- Yogi Berra's Law

"Resentment is like taking poison and hoping the other person dies." -- -- St. Augustine

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician." -- Anonymous

"Do first what you dread the most." -- Joel Freeman

"Be kind. There is a drama of pain behind every pair of eyes." -- Anonymous

"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." -- Scottie Pippen

"Start projects worth finishing and then finish what was started." -- Joel Freeman

"What we do in life, echoes in eternity." -- Maximus Decimus Meridius, Gladiator

"Work hard. Work smart. Enjoy the journey." -- Joel Freeman

"The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity." -- Dorothy Parker,
"A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika." -- Dorothy Parker,
"Brevity is the soul of lingerie." -- Dorothy Parker,
"I don't care what is written about me so long as it isn't true. -- Dorothy Parker,
"I might repeat to myself slowly and soothingly, a list of quotations beautiful from minds profound - if I can remember any of the damn things."
-- Dorothy Parker,
"She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B." -- Dorothy Parker, speaking of Katharine Hepburn

"I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day." -- Abraham Lincoln

"Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic."
-- Anonymous

"There will always be death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year." -- Anonymous

"In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday." -- Anonymous

"Do the details with dignity." -- Joel Freeman

"I've never been a millionaire but I just know I'd be darling at it." -- Dorothy Parker,
"If all the girls who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn't be a bit surprised." -- Dorothy Parker,
"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to." -- Dorothy Parker,
"Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves." -- Dorothy Parker,
"The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant – and let the air out of the tires." -- Dorothy Parker,
"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force." -- Dorothy Parker,

"God is my audience." -- Joel Freeman

"I plan on living forever. So far, so good." -- Anonymous

"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
-- Anonymous

"Brain cells come and brain cells go, but fat cells live forever." -- Anonymous

 "That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment." -- Dorothy Parker,
"They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm." -- Dorothy Parker,

"If there is a rumor in the air about you, you'd better treat it as you would a wasp: either ignore it or kill it with the first blow. Anything else will just stir it up." -- James Thom

"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." -- Albert Einstein

"Truth is stranger than fiction, because fiction has to make sense." --Anonymous

"I am not young enough to know everything." --Oscar Wilde

"Courage is found in action. It has to be learned - and earned."  -- Doug Hall

"Courage is more exhilarating than fear, and in the long run, it is easier."  -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Wise people talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something." -- Plato

"The definition of a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth." -- Mike Kinsley

"Find a niche and scratch it." -- Anonymous

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"He who praises himself has a congregation of one". -- Jewish proverb.

"A critic is someone who knows the way, but can't drive the car." --Anonymous

"You are where you are today because you stand on somebody's shoulders. And wherever you are heading, you cannot get there by yourself. If you stand on the shoulders of others, you have a reciprocal responsibility to live your life so that others may stand on your shoulders. It's the quid pro quo of life. We exist temporarily through what we take, but we live forever through what we give"  -- Vernon Jordan, in a speech at Howard University, 2002.

"Adversity has the same effect on a man that severe training has on a pugilist -- it reduces him to his fighting weight." -- Josh Billings

"People will do better, when they know better".  -- Anonymous

"Everyone is ignorant, only on different subjects" --Will Rogers

"Age is not important unless you're a cheese." -- Helen Hayes

"Heads that are filled with wisdom have little space left for conceit." -- Anonymous

"By the time your face clears up, your brain starts going fuzzy." --Anonymous

"Every man has his disciples, and it's always Judas who writes the biography." --Chicago Tribune

"Let us so live life that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." -- Mark Twain

"When were the good and the brave ever in a majority?" -- Henry David Thoreau

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"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, support any friend, oppose any for to assure the survival and the success of liberty." -- John F. Kennedy

"Nothing is more desirable than to be released from an affliction, but nothing is more frightening than to be divested of a crutch." -- James Baldwin

"Experience is the worst teacher; it gives the test before presenting the lesson." -- Vernon Law

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

"What does not destroy me, makes me strong." -- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." -- Anais Nin

"I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once." -- Ashleigh Brilliant

"Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines." -- Satchel Paige

"Tis the mind that makes the body rich."  -- William Shakespeare

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WARNING! Driver only carries $20.00 in ammunition
If you can read this, I can slam on my brakes and sue you! 
Your gene pool needs a little chlorine.
You're just jealous because the voices are talking to me not you! 
You are depriving some poor village of its IDIOT
Grow your own dope, plant a man

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"My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy." -- Holly Ketchel

"Fame always brings loneliness. Success is as ice cold and lonely as the North Pole."  -- Vicky Baum

"Age doesn't always bring wisdom. Sometimes age comes alone -- all by itself." --Anonymous

"Misers aren't much fun to live with. But they make wonderful ancestors." -- Terry Glaspey

"You can get everything you want if you help enough others get what they want." - Zig Ziglar

"You can do anything if you have enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars. Enthusiasm is the spark in your eye, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of your will and your energy to execute your ideas. Enthusiasts are fighters, they have fortitude, they have strong qualities. Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it there is accomplishment. Without it there are only alibis." 
- Henry Ford - 

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by pressing the limits do you ever find them."

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"I have come to the conclusion that there is nothing good that doesn't have bad consequences and nothing bad that doesn't have good consequences." --Pete Seeger

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

"Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential." - Winston Churchill

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies; for the hardest victory is victory over self." -- Aristotle

"The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to close it again on something solid."
--G.K. Chesterton

"The rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to support your weight long enough so you can reach for something higher." --Anonymous

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time to plant a tree is today." --African Proverb

"Patience is not so much about waiting, as it is about how one behaves while waiting." -- Anonymous

"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."  --Thomas Edison during the light bulb invention process.

"A leaky head never swells up." --Anonymous

"Much of moral indignation is jealousy with a halo." --H.G. Wells

"Gossip is when you must hurry and tell someone before you find out it isn't true." -- Anonymous

"The character of a person is what he or she is when no one is looking." -- Anonymous

"Lies circle the earth while Truth is still trying to put on its shoes." -- Attributed to Napoleon Bonaparte

"I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow."  --Woodrow Wilson

"Things are only impossible until they're not." -- Jean-Luc Picard

"It is not necessary to advertise food to hungry people, fuel to cold people, or houses to the homeless."  -- John Kenneth Galbraith - 

"Don't Bunt! Aim out of the ballpark. Aim for the company of the immortals."  -- David Ogilvy - 

"Being aggressive is a lot less risky in the end. Are you going to eat your lunch, or have your lunch eaten for you."  -- William T. Esrey - 

"Go out and preach the gospel and if you must, use words." -- St. Francis of Assisi

"If you must borrow, always borrow from a pessimist. They don't expect to be paid anyway."
-- Anonymous

"The beginning is the most important part of the work." -- Plato, The Republic. Book II.

"The greatest problem with communication is the illusion that it has been accomplished once and for all."  -- George Bernard Shaw

"The lust for power is not rooted in strength but in weakness." -- Erich Fromm

Humor break -- Ineffective Daily Affirmations

-I have the power to channel my imagination into ever-soaring levels of suspicion and paranoia. - I am willing to make the mistakes if someone else is willing to learn from them.
- To have a successful relationship I must learn to make it look like I'm giving as much as I'm getting. - I assume full responsibility for my actions, except the ones that are someone else's fault.
- I no longer need to punish, deceive or compromise myself. Unless, of course, I want to stay employed. - Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day watching TV. Instead I will move my TV into the bedroom.
- Today I will gladly share my experience and advice, for there are no sweeter words than "I told you so." - The first step is to say nice things about myself. The second, to do nice things for myself. The third, to find someone to buy me nice things.
- All of me is beautiful and valuable, even the ugly, stupid, and disgusting parts. - Only a lack of imagination saves me from immobilizing myself with imaginary fears.
- I need not suffer in silence while I can still moan, whimper and complain. - I am grateful that I am not as judgmental as all those censorious, self-righteous people around me.
- I honor my personality flaws, for without them I would have no personality at all. - I can change any thought that hurts, into a reality that hurts even more.
- My intuition nearly makes up for my lack of good judgment. - A good scapegoat is nearly as welcome as a solution to the problem.

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"Ninety-nine percent of all surprises in business are negative." -- Harold Geneen

"You can't win if nobody catches the ball in the outfield. You are only as good as the team you have behind you." 
-- Jim Palmer - 

"The secret to winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals. I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.  -- Knute Rockne -

"The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."  -- Publius Cornelius Tacitus

"Mental fight means thinking against the current, not with it... It is our business to puncture gas bags and discover the seeds of truth."  -- Virginia Woolf 

"To find the exact answer, one must first ask the exact question."  -- S. Tobin Webster 

"You can't turn back the clock, but you can wind it up again." -- Bonnie Prudden

"All that is not eternal is out of date." -- C.S. Lewis

"As a general rule, prosperity is what keeps us in debt." -- Anonymous

"If you are living on the edge, then you are taking up too much space." -- Anonymous

"We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge and wisdom." -- John Naisbitt

"Their is a fine line between courage and craziness, and one between wisdom and cowardice. The people who drew those lines never knew the difference." -- Anonymous

"I want nothing to do with natural foods. At my age I need all the preservatives I can get." -- George Burns

"American men are obsessed with money. American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring." -- Marya Mannes

"There’s no limit to what a person can do or where he or she can go, if he or she doesn’t mind who gets the credit."  -- Anonymous

"A man travels all over the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it." George Moore

"It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do." --Jerome K. Jerome

"I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He wouldn't trust me so much." -- Mother Teresa

"Pain is inevitable. Misery is a choice." -- Quoted by Christopher Reeves

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people." -- W.C. Fields

"The more you have to live for, the less you need to live on. Those who make acquisition their goal never have enough." -- Sydney Harris

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

"Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open." -- Corrie Ten Boom

"If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old." -- Ed Howe

"Here's to our town -- a place where people spend money they haven't earned to buy things they don't need to impress friends they don't like." -- Lewis C. Henry

"In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." -- Napoleon Bonaparte

"Contentment is destroyed by comparison." --Anonymous

"Eulogize the mundane." -- William Kissinger

"A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he or she gets to know something."  -- Wilson Mizner

"Success = Those who are the nearest to me love and respect me the most." -- Anonymous

"Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it." -- Gordon R. Dickson

Adversity does not make us frail; it only shows us how frail we are." -- Abraham Lincoln

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

"Doubts are the ants in the pants that keep faith moving." -- Fredrick Beuchner

"You can observe a lot by just watching." -- Berra's Law

A Short, Pointed Sentence That Expresses a Wise or Clever Observation or a General Truth. 

 1. The nicest thing about the future is...that it always starts tomorrow. 

 2. Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail. 

 3. If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all. 

 4. Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs. 

 5. A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water. 

 6. How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night? 

 7 Business conventions are important...because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without. 

 8. Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks? 

 9. Scratch a cat...and you will have a permanent job. 

 10. No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car. 

 11. There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity. 

 12. There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m. - like, it could be the right number. 

 13. No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning. 

 14. I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.

 15. Be careful about reading the fine print...There's no way you're going to like it. 

 16. The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket. 

 17. Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos in strange places? (And rap music will be the Golden Oldies!)

 18 Money can't buy happiness -- but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.

 19 After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.

 20. Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind … and the ones that mind don't matter.

 21. Life isn't tied with a bow...but it's still a gift.

"God whispers in our pleasures but shouts in our pain. Pain is His megaphone to rouse a dulled world."  -- C.S. Lewis

"Success in marriage is more than finding the right person: it is being the right person." -- Robert Browning

"Time is that quality of nature which keeps events from happening all at once. Lately it doesn't always seem to be working." -- Anonymous

"To solve big problems you have to be willing to do unpopular things." -- Lee Iacocca

"We are always one generation away from total anarchy." --Anonymous

"Be kind. Remember everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -- John Watson

"Always remember that you're unique, just like everybody else." --Anonymous

"Truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it; ignorance may deride it; malice may distort it; but there it is."   -- Winston Churchill

"God's love elevates us without inflating us, and humbles us without degrading us." -- B.M. Nottage

"The most difficult part of golf is learning not to talk about it." -- Anonymous

"It is not what is poured into a student, but what is planted, that counts." -- Eugene P. Bertin

"The person who has no inner life is the slave to his or her surroundings." -- Henri Frederic Amiel

"Little people with little minds and little imagination jog through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds." -- Marie Fraser

"The two quickest ways to disaster are to take nobody's advice and to take everybody's advice." -- Dublin Opinion

"Anyone who does not believe in miracles is not a realist." -- David Ben-Gurion

"Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind." -- Marston Bates

"Some people will pay their tuition, and then defy you to give them an education." -- Robert A. Cook

"People defend nothing more violently than the pretenses they live by." -- Allen Drury

"Of all the lessons history teaches, this one is the plainest: the person who tries to achieve ends through force is always unscrupulous and is always cruel. We should remember this in an age where morality seems to be disappearing and is being replaced by politics." -- Eustace Percy

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of earth all one's lifetime." -- Mark Twain

"Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity."   -- Gen. George S. Patton

"Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom."  -- Marilyn Ferguson

"A heavy purse makes for a light heart."  -- Irish Proverb

"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."  -- Winston Churchill

"The worst team in baseball's history won only 55 games. The best team ever won 110 out of 160, so you're virtually guaranteed to win 1/3 of the time and lose 1/3 of the time. The difference is the 1/3 in the middle. You don't know what bucket the game you're playing falls into, so if you're smart, you'll fight like everything for all of them."  --Tommy La Sorda (addressing Little Leaguers)

"What we believe about God is the most important thing about us." -- A.W. Tozer

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"The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit. Try, if you can, to belong to the first class. There's far less competition." --Dwight Morrow

We're not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through. --Peter De Vries

Time is really the only capital that any human being has, and the one thing that he can't afford to lose.  --Thomas A. Edison

I am so deaf I am debarred from hearing all the time articulation and have to depend on the judgment of others.
--Thomas A. Edison (In 1876 letter to a friend.)

Violence can only be concealed by a lie, and the lie can only be maintained by violence. -- Solzhenitsyn

Want to make God laugh? Tell Him you've got plans. -- Anonymous

...compassionate action is the only valid test of true spirituality; and people in post-Christian Europe are keenly aware of this insight. Many have left the conventional church because they are repelled by the uncharitable behavior of the devout; crusades, inquisitions and persecutions, past and present, have discredited faith....The deification of Diana, Princess of Wales, in the extraordinary days after her death was a religious event, due, at least in part, to the fact that Diana had become an icon of compassion in a depersonalized world.  -- Karen Armstrong, author of "A History of God"

God made the Idiot for practice, and then He made the School Board. -- Mark Twain

The level of civilization in a society may be determined by entering its prisons.  -- Fydor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

There's a way to do it better -- find it! --Thomas A. Edison

Everything comes to him that hustles while he waits. --Thomas A. Edison

Some people come into our lives and quickly go.
Some people move our souls to dance.
They awaken us to understanding with the passing whisper of their wisdom.
Some people make the sky more beautiful to gaze upon.
They stay in our lives for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts.

A leader is best
When people hardly know that he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worst when they despise him....
But of a good leader, who talks little
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say, "We did this ourselves."
--Martin Buber, 1957, as quoted by Brynner in 1962

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep a smile on your face till 10 o'clock and it will stay there all day. --Douglas Fairbanks

Some people are making such thorough preparation for rainy days that they aren't enjoying today's sunshine.  --William Feather

The wise man is he who constantly wonders afresh. --Andre Gide

I like my way of doing things better than your way of not doing them. --D. L. Moody.

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. Encouragement after censure is as the sun after a shower.  --Goethe

I'm just glad it'll be Clark Gable who's falling on his face and not Gary Cooper.
--Gary Cooper on his decision not to take the leading role in "Gone With The Wind."

A cookie store is a bad idea. Besides, the market research reports say America likes crispy cookies, not soft and chewy cookies like you make.   --Response to Debbi Fields' idea of starting Mrs. Fields' Cookies.

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. --Albert Einstein

My own suspicion is that the universe is not only stranger than we suppose, but stranger than we can suppose.  --John Haldane

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. --Albert Einstein

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

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong. --Voltaire

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.   --Winston Churchill

Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.  --George Bernard Shaw
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.   --Mark Twain

We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.  - Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.  --Albert Einstein

One ought, everyday, to hear a song, read a fine poem, and, if possible, to speak a few reasonable words.  --Goethe

Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell where they already have it. --Ronald Reagan 

Here's my strategy on
the Cold War: We win, they lose. -- Ronald Reagan

Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the  U.S.  was too strong. -- Ronald Reagan 

I have wondered at times about what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the  U.S.  Congress. --
Ronald Reagan 

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

'Government is like a baby:
An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other. -- Ronald Reagan 

The nearest thing to eternal life we will ever see on this earth is a government program. -- Ronald Reagan 

Let me be a little kinder, Let me be a little blinder to the faults of those around me. --Edgar A. Guest

He started to sing as he tackled the thing that couldn't be done, and he did it. --Edgar A. Guest

Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck by the difference between what things are and what they ought to be. --William Hazlitt

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens. --Douglas Jerrold

Constantly choose rather to want less, than to have more. --Thomas a'Kempis

Thou wilt always rejoice in the evening if thou has spent the day profitably. --Thomas a'Kempis

Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort 'soever they be; for that thyself also has many failings which must be borned with by others. --Thomas a'Kempis

There are two ways to slide easily through life: To believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking. --Alfred Korzybski

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? --Dr. Robert Schuller

It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. --La Rouchefoucauld

It is a great misfortune neither to have enough wit to talk well nor enough judgment to be silent. --LaBruyere

No mariner ever enters upon a more uncharted sea than does the average human being born in the 20th century. Our ancestors know their way from birth through eternity; we are puzzled about the day after
tomorrow.  --Walter Lippman

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we already have done.  --Longfellow

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers, and clouds, and stars. --Luther

Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change. And when we are right, make us easy to live with.  --Peter Marshall

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves. --Victor Hugo

If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends, you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue. --Alice Duer Miller

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish. --Michelangelo

The less men think, the more they talk. --Montesquieu

If you treat a man as he is, he will stay as he is, but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be, and could be, he will become that bigger and better man. --Goethe

There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved. It is the finger of God on a man's shoulder.
--Charles Morgan

This day I will become part of the life of someone who needs help. --D.H. Mundt

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. --Chinese proverb

When a man has quietly made up his mind that there is nothing he cannot endure, his fears leave him.  --Grove Patterson

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.  --Norman Vincent Peale

We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give. --J. Petit-Senn

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. --Edward J. Phelps

You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. --Booker T. Washington

I do not love him because he is good, but because he is my child. --Tagore

Those who create beauty are also they who possess it. --Elbert Hubbard

The entire sum of existence is the magic of being needed by just one person. --V. Putnam

He who is the most slow in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it. --Rousseau

You understand people better if you look at them--no matter how old or impressive or important they may be--as if they were children. For most men never mature; they simply grow taller. --Leo Rosten

Mankind is divisible into two great classes, hosts and guests. --Sir Max Beerbohm

Disappointments are to the soul what a thunderstorm is to the air. --Schiller

"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."  - Right-wing extremist John Adams (an ironic designation)

"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in  peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"
- Right-wing extremist Samuel Adams (an ironic designation)

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
- Right-wing extremist Thomas Jefferson (an ironic designation)

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Right-wing extremist Benjamin Franklin (an ironic designation)

Begin at once to live, and count each day as a separate life. --Seneca

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out--it's the grain of sand in your shoe. --Service

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.  --George Bernard Shaw

Have more than thou showest; Speak less than thou knowest. --Shakespeare

It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first. -- Ronald Reagan 

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:
If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. -- Ronald Reagan

Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed, there are many rewards; if you disgrace yourself, you can always write a book. -- Ronald Reagan 

No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. -
- Ronald Reagan 

If we ever forget that we're one nation under GOD, then we will be a nation gone under.
-- Ronald Reagan

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we appear to be. --Socrates

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others. --Robert Louis Stevenson

It is no use saying, "We are doing our best." You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.  --Winston Churchill

The greatest gift of sight is to see as Christ sees. --E. Clayton Calhou

Gandhi had a sign reading: When you are in the right you can afford to keep your temper; and when you are in the wrong, you cannot afford to lose it. --Chester Bowles

Little deeds of kindness, little words of love, Help to make earth happy like the heaven above. --Julia F. Carney

Man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. --Buffalo News

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come to you by the grace of God. Not in doing what you like but in liking what you do is the secret of happiness.  --James M. Barrie

Blessed are those who can give without remembering, and take without forgetting.
--Elizabeth, Princess Bibesco

The reason why the Ten Commandments are short and clear is that they were handed down direct, not through several committees. --Dan Bennett

A man without mirth is like a wagon without springs, in which one is caused disagreeably to jolt by every pebble over which it runs. --Henry W. Beecher

God pardons like a mother, who kisses the offense into everlasting forgetfulness. -Henry W. Beecher

Life is a long lesson in humility. --James M. Barrie

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating. --Balzac


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1. Free
2. New
3. You
4. Now
5. Win

6. Easy
7. Introducing 
8. Today 
9. Save 
10. Guarantee 

11. Yes 
12. Revolutionary 
13. Breakthrough
14. Prize
15. Contest

Parents who wish to train up their children in the way they should go must go in the way in which they would have their children go. --Bacon

Fear knocked at my door. Faith opened that door and no one was there. --Author Unknown

The willow which bends to the tempest often escapes better than the oak which resists it. --Sir Walter Scott

It isn't the thing you do, It's the thing you leave undone which gives you a bit of a heartache at the setting of the sun. --Author Unknown

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. What I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by God's grace, I will do. --Author Unknown

The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days. --Leighton

Do not worry about what people are thinking about you--for they are not thinking about you. They are wondering what you are thinking about them. --Anonymous

The saints are the sinners who keep on trying. --Robert Louis Stevenson

Although men are accused of not knowing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few know their own strength. It is in men as in soils, where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not of.  --Jonathan Swift

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.  --Rabindranath Tagore

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.  --Mark Twain

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang the best.  --Henry Van Dyke

Until a man has found God, he begins at no beginning and works to no end.  --H.G. Wells

Do all the good you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.
--John Wesley

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong, without comment.  --T. H. White

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We search the world for truth; we cull
The good, the pure, the beautiful,
From all old flower fields of the soul;
And weary seekers of the best,
We come back laden from our quest,
To find that all the sages said
Is in the Book our Mothers read
God knows our strength; he calls us to perform that he knows we can do.  --H. L. Wolfe

Oh, to have the gift to think for ourselves as we can think for others!  --Author Unknown

If you are content with the best you have done, you will never do the best you can do.  --Martin Vanbee

If you see good in everybody,
Nearly everybody will see good in you.
--Author Unknown

Your friend is the man who knows all about you and still likes you.  --Author Unknown

Learning is like rowing upstream: Not to advance is to drop back. --Chinese Proverb

We are not here to play, to dream and drift. We have work to do and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle, face it, 'tis God's gift.   --Author Unknown

No man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.  --George MacDonald

Dare I? Of course I don't. But I'm going to anyhow because I have no choice.  --Madeleine L'Engle

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.  -Galatians 5:22,23

God must be very great to have created a world that leaves a mystery as to whether he created it.  --Richard Wurmbrand

Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from  religious conviction.  --Blaise Pascal

Recently a small black leader from an African nation went to speak in Texas. After the speech, someone came up to him and asked, "Don't you feel intimidated in front of all these big Texans?" "No," he said, "I feel like a dime amongst many nickels." --(furnished by R. Pudaite)

If you have never been hurt by a word from God, it is probably that you have never heard God speak.  --Amy Carmichael

The most human thing we can do is comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.  --Clarence Darrow

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

People expect too much of one year and too little of ten.  --George Bernard Shaw

Inspiration is a guest who does not like to visit lazy people.  --Tchaikowsky

"Lord, give me the strength to accomplish what You've given me to do and the faith to trust You that what I haven't been able to accomplish You've already assigned to someone else." -- Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The lie is so vile, that even if it were in speaking well of godly things, it would take off something from God's grace; and Truth is so  excellent, that if it praises but small things they become noble.   ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Avoid studies of which the result dies with the worker. ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.   ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

As a day well spent procures a happy sleep, so a life well employed procures a happy death.
---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Life if well spent, is long.  ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Just as eating against one's will is injurious to health, so study without a liking for it spoils the memory, and it retains nothing it takes in.  ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

You grow in reputation like bread in the hands of a child.  ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Ask counsel of him who rules himself well. He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.
---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

He who thinks little, errs much.  ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Patience serves us against insults precisely as clothes do against the cold. For if you multiply your garments as the cold increases, that cold cannot hurt you; in the same way increase your patience under great offences, and they cannot hurt your feelings.  ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

Abbreviators do harm to knowledge and to love.  ---from the Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

"When a faith-healer commands God to perform a miracle, in the absence of a prayer that says, 'Thy will be done,' it is, as far as I am concerned, the most rank form of arrogance . . . The faith-healer Bosworth once said that faith makes God act. If you follow that line of reasoning God is in His heaven, but Bosworth rules the world!"  --C. Everett Koop, retired U.S Surgeon General

Fellow citizens, why do you burn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children to whom you must one day relinquish all?  --Socrates, about 390 B.C.

So, my fellow Christians, protest this film if you like, but then how about devoting some energy to fill the vacuum created by your retreat from popular culture.  --Cal Thomas, L.A. Times Syndicate, August 14th, 1989.

In chess you have the general rules. To find the best position for a piece, to fight for the open line, to have a strong center, to attack the opponent's king. The real art in chess is to evaluate the factors because they are so different. What is more important, one pawn or the open line? What's more important, the weak position of your king or some initiative on the queenside? Material must be compared against time [how long it will take for one's attack to crystallize relative to an opponent's]. Material and time must be evaluated against quality [whether pieces are located on squares that are tactically strong]. It takes imagination. At the highest level, chess is a talent to control unrelated things. It is like controlling chaos.  --Gary Kasparov, world chess champion.

A friend is one to whom you may pour out all the contents of your heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that the gentlest of hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away.
--Arabian Proverb

If I could not earn a penny from my writing, I would earn my livelihood at something else and continue to write at night.  --Irving Wallace

A flower, if you bruise it under your feet, rewards you by giving you its perfume.  --Richard Wurmbrand

I have learned more about the Gospels from the handicapped people, those on the margins of our society, those who have been crushed and hurt, than I have from the wise and the prudent. They have reminded me that we are all weak and all called to death and that these are the realities of which we are most afraid. In the so-called normal world, we look at the titles and function more than at the person. We look, then we measure efficiency of action and amount of possessions rather than quality of being. People are called "Doctor", "Director", "Chairman" and so on, and often their relationships with others remain superficial and exterior, even functional. These aren't relationships between people: they are relationships between titles or functions. As long as we are going out to people of other cultures, we must go not to do good, but to listen, to touch, to admire, to watch them grow in the beauty of their being, to see them flower in their own language, to discover the diversity of mankind. (p.99)   --Jean Vanier, from the book, "Be Not Afraid"

A man's reach should exceed his grasp or what's a heaven for.  --Rudyard Kipling

I would seek out one or two people who seemed amiable and would make myself useful to them . . . . I would raise animals and plants and find joy in their thriving. I would surround myself with beauty--no matter how primitive and artless objects, colors, sounds. I would eat and drink well. When the darkness grows denser, I would penetrate to its very core and ground, and would not rest until amid the pain a light appeared to me, for in excessu affectus Nature reverses herself. I would turn in rage against myself and with the heat of my rage I would melt my lead. I would renounce everything and engage in the lowest activities should depression drive me to violence. I would wrestle with the dark angel until he dislocated my hip. For he is also the light and the blue sky which he withholds from me. Anyway that is what I would do. What others would do is another question, which I cannot answer. But for you too there is an instinct either to back out of it or to go down to the depths. But no half-measures or half-heartedness. . .With cordial wishes, As ever,  ---C. G. Yung

To learn a new language is, therefore, always a sort of spiritual adventure; it is like a journey of discovery in which we find a new world.  --Ernst CaSirer, 1942

"What yells out at the US public . . . is the incandescent hypocrisy of so many people who, in the name of free speech, persecute its practitioners if their opinions are conservative." --William F. Buckley.

What's free in this country is free enterprise and the more enterprising you are, the freer you're going to be.  --Errol Smith, black entrepreneur

Forget your experiences, grab the lessons, and keep on swinging! --Errol Smith, black entrepreneur

He who has the plan wins. Without a plan of your own, you run the risk of waking up one day, and finding out that you've ended up where somebody else wanted you to go! Make a list of five things that you least want to do that would change your life if you did them. Pick the first one and start doing it.  --Errol Smith, black entrepreneur

Never, Never, Never Give Up.  --Winston Churchill

The ability to speak well is the shortcut to distinction. --Dale Carnegie

Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing. There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finished second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win. Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads.  That's O.K. You've to be smart to be number one in any business. But  more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head  and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second. . . . And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart, didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat. I don't say  these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men   must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he's exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.  --Vincent Lombardi.

Success is a journey, not a destination.   --Vince Lombardi

The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there. --Vince Lombardi

We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. --Vince Lombardi

It takes months to find a customer . . . seconds to lose one. Do not follow where the path may lead. . . go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  --Vince Lombardi

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.  --Vince Lombardi

Your attitude determines your altitude.  --Vince Lombardi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.  --Vince Lombardi

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.  --Vince Lombardi

Excellence can be obtained if you . . .
Care more than others think is wise.
Risk more than others think is safe.
Dream more than others think is practical.
Expect more than others think is possible.
--Vince Lombardi

The Winner is always part of the answer.
The Loser is always part of the problem.
The Winner always has a program.
The Loser always has an excuse.
The Winner says, "Let me do it for you."
The Loser says, "That's not my job."
The Winner sees an answer for every problem.
The Loser sees a problem for every answer.
The Winner sees a green near every sand trap
The Loser sees two or three sand traps near every green.
The Winner says, "It may be difficult but it's possible."
The Loser says, "It might be possible but it's too difficult."
Be a Winner.
--Vince Lombardi

Leaders are like eagles. They don't flock. You find them one at a time.  --Vince Lombardi

"When I was a young man, I observed that nine out of ten things I did were failures. I didn't want to be a failure, so I did ten times more work."  --George Bernard Shaw

If you would not be forgotten, either write things worth reading or do things worth the writing.  --Benjamin Franklin

I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must. If a man has good corn, or woods, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house. though it be through the woods."  --Ralph Walso Emerson's Journal, February 1855.

David Ogilvy made his copywriters come up 100 different headlines for every ad they wrote. --David Ogilvy

Ten rules for writing a good headline from Murray Raphel's excellent book, "Mind Your Own Business," 
1. Self-interest. What's in it for the reader.
2. Arouse curiosity. Make them STOP and ask, "How can that be?" or "What do they mean by that?"   
    Then answer the question well.
3. Does your ad SINGLE OUT your intended audience?
4. Is it EASY to understand?
5. Is it newsworthy?
6. Is it believable? David Oglivy: "The customer is not a moron. She's your wife."
7. Quick results.
8. Be specific.
9. Something of value.
10. Make it well known. Brand names and testimonials make people feel comfortable.
--Murray Raphel, 1989:

When turned a year old (and some before), they were taught to fear the rod and to cry softly; by which means they escaped abundance of correction they might otherwise have had; and that most odious noise of the crying of children was rarely heard in the house; but the family usually lived in as much quietness as if there had not been a child among them. In order to form the minds of children, the first thing to be done is to conquer the will, and bring them to an obedient temper. To inform the understanding is a work of time, and must with children proceed by slow degrees as they are able to bear it; but subjecting the will is a thing which must be done at once; and the sooner the better. For by neglecting timely correction they will contract a stubbornness and obstinacy which is hardly ever conquered. Whenever a child is corrected, it must be conquered; and this will be no hard matter to do, if it be not grown headstrong by too much indulgence . . . I cannot yet dismiss this subject. Self-will is the root of all sin and misery, so whatever cherishes this in children insures their after-wretchedness; whatever checks and mortifies it promotes their future happiness.   --Susanna Wesley as quoted in John Wesley's journal, quoting their mother.

"One great blemish in the popular mind of America and the prolific parent of an innumerable brood of evils, is Universal Distrust . . . you no sooner set up an idol firmly, than you are sure to pull it down and dash it into fragments: and this because directly you reward a benefactor, or a public servant, you distrust him, merely because he is rewarded . . . . Any man who attains a high place among you, from the President downwards, may date his downfall from that moment."  --Charles Dickens: American Notes (written after visiting the United States)

"Do you think it's possible to change something in humanity, not risking? If someone tries to change something and is not risking, it probably means he's not changing anything."  --Leolupa Orlando. Italian Politician who put his life at great risk by attempting to obliterate the Italian Mafia. 

"All that is needed for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."  --Edmund Burke

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Right-wing extremist Benjamin Franklin (note the irony)

"Contemplate the mangled bodies of your countrymen, and then say, 'What should be the reward of such sacrifices?' Bid us and our posterity bow the knee, supplicate the friendship, and plough, and sow, and reap, to glut the avarice of the men who have let loose on us the dogs of war to riot in our blood and hunt us from the face of the earth? If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animating contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen!"    - Right-wing extremist Samuel Adams (note the irony)

"To have the ability to withdraw into oneself and forget everything around one when one is creating -- What, I think is the only requirement for being able to bring forth something beautiful. The whole thing is -- a mystery."  --Edvard Grieg

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When I am, as it were, completely alone, and of good cheer -- say, traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal, or during the night when I cannot sleep; it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly. Whence and how they come, I know not; nor can I force them.  --Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Why is it that all men who are outstanding in philosophy, poetry or the arts are melancholic?"--Aristotle

Commit thy way unto the Lord. Trust also in Him, and he shall bring it to pass.  --Psalm 37:5

The first step to better times is to imagine them.   --Chinese fortune cookie

Don't keep forever on the public road, going only where others have gone. Leave the beaten track occasionally and dive into the woods. You will be certain to find something you have never seen before. Of course it will be a little thing, but do not ignore it. One discovery will lead to another, and before you know it, you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind, and really big discoveries are the result of thought.
--Alexander Graham Bell

You must have the will to prepare to win. --Bobby Knight

A great test of courage is to bear defeat without losing heart.  --Dave Roberson, former New Trier swim coach

The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right or doing it exactly right.
--Dave Roberson, former New Trier swim coach

Coast and you will go downhill.  --Dave Roberson, former New Trier swim coach

Get off the starting block, then improve your position.  --Dave Roberson, former New Trier swim coach

You never get a second chance to make a first impression.  --Dave Roberson, former New Trier swim coach

Do your best all day and say prayers at bedtime. Then get a good sleep and leave the worrying to God, because he is going to be up all night anyway.  --Dave Roberson, former New Trier swim coach

What I am to be I am now becoming. Try for excellence. (added on later)  --Dave Roberson, former New Trier swim coach

The boss isn't always right, but he is the boss. --Dave Robertson, New Trier swimming coach.

The essential quality of business is dispatch.  --C.K. Chesterton (paraphrased)

The world says of marriage: A short joy and a long displeasure. But he who understands it finds in it delight, love, and joy without ceasing.  --Martin Luther.

Tis by art and not by force of many blows that we achieve.  --Anon

Don't put all your eggs in one basket.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Small leaks sink the ship.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Every tub has to sit on its own bottom.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Do unto others as you would have them do to you.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)
Don't cross a bridge until you come to it. --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Long time no see 'em -- by'n'by see 'em all the time. --"Papa" (My Grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

I've known a penny to break a friendship.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Bold again, got the tin, another poor sucker taken in.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

It's yours: I only want what belongs to me, and I want you to have what belongs to you.
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

One of Dad's theories: If every man were given a fair share of what he produces there would be a better economic system. (in other words, higher wages for the working people)
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Don't take a lazy man's load.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Use your head to save your heels.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Now we will go home and see what the neighbors have brought in.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

A person is known by the company he keeps.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln

Water seeks its own level.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Now we will go home and see what the neighbors have brought in.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

If you can't say anything good about anyone don't say anything at all.
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

It's better to have the good than the ill will of a dog.   --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

We'll be glad to accommodate if we can accumulate. --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

The pot calls the kettle black.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

All you get in this world is what you eat, so eat all you want.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

A place for everything and everything in its place.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

If a hen and a half lays and egg and a half, how many eggs do six hens lay in a week?
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

A penny saved is a penny earned.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Every man has a right to do as he pleases so long as he does not interfere with the rights of others.
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Health comes first. --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

When you start something finish it.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Speaking of strawberries: The Lord might have made a better berry but He never did.
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Just knocked a little fur off (when he cut himself)  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

There's another day coming.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

What's worth doing at all is worth doing well. --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Molasses is hard stuff to pick up.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Mend you clothes upon your back, poverty you'll never lack.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

My family have all fulfilled my wish on marriageable age: 20 for girls and 25 for the boys.
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Wouldn't give a nickel for another child, but wouldn't part with one I have for all the money there is.
--"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.  --"Papa" (My grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

When one of the down Easters boasted of not having any gray hair, but who was bald, Dad told the story of how St. Peter had given his choice of getting bald or getting gray and he chose the latter. Have never smoked, chewed nor used tea coffee or liquor except for medicinal purposes. The want of it is more than the worth of it.
--A. L. Turner (as recorded by one of his daughters)

Victoria had the discipline of being a queen to help her through the biggest trial of her life -- when she lost Albert and faltered. I've had the discipline of the theatre to help me over the ups and downs. A wonderful life . . . Go it old girl. You've done it well."  --Helen Hayes (as quoted in writing by W.T. McDougal, my mom) concerning Victoria Regina

I will place no value on anything except as it pertains to God.  --Livingston as quoted in writing by W.T. McDougal

The scientist has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.
--Robert Jastrow, astronomer, founder of ASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

A young man of pleasure is a man of pains. --Young

The opportunity that God sends does not wake up him who is asleep.  --Sengalese Proverb

Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace.  --Mother Teresa

I can't get no satisfaction,
Cause I've tried and tried and I've tried and tried;
I can't get no satisfaction.
--Rolling Stones

Absence of occupation is not rest. A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed. --William Cowper

Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  --Jesus

Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy. --George Herbert

We do not write because we want to, we write because we must.  --W. Sommerset Maugham

The sins of youth are paid for in old age. --Latin Proverb

The right use of leisure is no doubt a harder problem than the right use of our working hours. The soul is dyed the color of its leisure thoughts.  --Dean Inge

Temptation rarely comes in working hours. It is in their leisure time that men are made or marred.  --W.M. Taylor.

Flattery is alright--if you don't inhale.  --Adlai Stevenson.

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.  --Chinese Proverb

Worry is paying interest on trouble that may never come.  --Robert C. Savage.

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works.  --Augustine of Hippo.

Be awful nice to 'em goin' up, because you're gonna meet 'em all comin' down. --Jimmy Durante

Keep praying but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers.  --William Culbertson

The most pitiful poverty is that of a man who has more than he needs but feels he doesn't have enough.
--Robert C. Savage

A healthy male adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience.
--John Updike

The recognition of the truth that we get in the artist's work comes to us as a revelation of new truth. We did not know it before, but the moment it is shown to us, we know that, somehow or other, we had always
known it.  --Dorothy L Sayers

Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.  --Corrie Ten Boom

The secret to success in any human endeavor is total concentration. --Kurt Vonnegut.

One great cause of failure of young men in business is the lack of concentration. --Andrew Carnegie

A torn jacket is soon mended; but harsh words bruise the heart of a child. --Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Elbow grease is the best polish. --English Proverb

It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.  --Peter Marshall

When you get into a tight place and it seems that you can't hold on for minute longer, never give up; for that's just the place and time that the tide will turn.  --Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.  --Abraham Lincoln

When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.  --Abraham Lincoln

Nothing at all will be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome. --Samuel Johnson

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.  --Booker T. Washington

"What you do with your billable time determines your current income, but what you do with your non-billable time determines your future."  - David Maister

A writer needs three things, experience, observation and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.  --William Faulkner

Whatever you love most, be it sports, pleasure, business, or God, that is your god! --Billy Graham

How do I work? I grope.  --Albert Einstein

Amateurs hope. Professional work.  --Garson Kanin

A professional is one who does his best work when he feels the least like working.  --Frank Lloyd Wright

Words to deeds cold breath gives. --Lady Macbeth (Shakespeare)

He who has no fire in himself cannot warm others. --Anonymous

The difference between Talent and Genius is that Talent says things which he has never heard but once, and Genius things which he has never heard.  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time. --Mark Twain

Habit is overcome by habit. --Thomas A. Kempis

A man grows most tired while standing still. --Chinese Proverb

What I do today is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. --Albert M. Wells, JR.

A bore is a man who deprives you of solitude without providing you with company. --Gian Vincenzo Gravina

Those who limit their own appetites free themselves to follow voices other than the sirens of self-gratification.   --Peter Monkres

Distrust is poison to friendship. --Christian Clippings

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Our chief want in life somebody who will make us do what we can. --Emerson

Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.
--Dale Carneagie

All evil stems from this--that we do. Know how to handle your solitude. --Blaise Pascal

The difference between the right word and the nearly right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.  --Mark Twain

It is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of life.  --Elilsabeth Elliot

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to. --Epictetus
The man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.  --Henry David Thoreau

What is hell?...The suffering that comes from the consciousness that one is no longer able to love.  --Fyodor Dostoevsky

Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! Thine own has reached the shore.  --Hindu Proverb

You can do anything if you have enthusiasm...Enthusiasm is at the bottom of all progress. With it, there is accomplishment. Without it, there are only alibis..  --Henry Ford

If you would know what the Lord God thinks of money, you have only to look at those to whom he gives it.  --Maurice Baring

Don't ask the barber whether you need a haircut.  --Daniel S. Greenberg

Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not; and oftentimes we call a man cold when he is only sad.  --Robert C. Savage

Genius, that power which dazzles mortal eyes, is oft but perseverance in disguise. --Henry W. Austin

To be a success in business, be daring, be first, be different. --Marchant

They are ill discoverers who think there is no land, when they see nothing but sea. --Francis Bacon

The first duty of love is to listen.  --Paul Tillich

One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.  --Carl Sandburg

Work spares us from three great evils: boredom, vice and want.  --Voltaire

An honest heart being the first blessing, a knowing head is the second.  --Thomas Jefferson

The best thing you can do for your fellow, next to rousing his conscience; is--not to give him things
To think about, but to wake things up that are in him; or say, to make him think things for himself.
--George MacDonald

To love a person means to see him as God intended him to be.  --Gyodor Dostoyevsky

It is never too late to be what you might have been.  --George Eliot

If we treat people as they are, they will stay as they are. But if we treat them for what they might be, and might become, they will become those better selves.  --G.T. Smith

You must try to forget all you have learned. You must begin to dream. From this time on you must shut your ears to the roaring of the voices.  --Sherwood Anderson

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write  things worth reading or do things worth writing.  --Benjamin Franklin

If men will not be governed by God, then they must be governed by tyrants.  --William Penn

The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment. --William Aruthur Ward

A willing helper does not wait until he is asked. --Danish Proverb

He gives twice who gives quickly. --Publisus Mimus

There is a time when we must firmly choose the course we will follow, or the relentless drift of events will make the decision. --Herbert V. Prochnow

Love God and do as you please. --Augustine

Nis Dominus frustra (Without the Lord, everything fails). --Motto: Edinburgh Scotland

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches and poor men's cottages princes' palaces.  --Shakespeare

I was sixty-six years old. I still had to make a living. I looked at my social security check of 105 dollars and decided to use that to try to franchise my chicken recipe. Folks had always liked my chicken.  --Colonel Harland Sanders

Life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it. --Albert M Wills, Jr.

The most important attributes a writer must have are faith, hope, and clarity. --Will Conway

Those who make the worse use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness. --Jean De La Bruyere

A wise man listening to a fool will learn more than a fool listening to a wise man. --Nuggets

If you can dream it, you can do it. --Walt Disney

A man Sir, must keep his friendships in constant repair. If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.  --Samuel Johnson

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral. --Saint-Exupery

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
--Bill Graham

There is a God-shaped vacuum in every man that only Christ can fill. --Augustine

Study composure and repose, also reserve. Acquire self-control and the habit of silence. Be at peace with yourself and the rest of the world. Silence is the first refuge of the wise and the last refuge of the foolish. In a sense all of life is business and life is the finest of the fine arts. Many people never learn how to live. They grow up at random, carrying into mature life only the purely animal methods and motives they had as little children. The man who killed all his enemies by transforming them into friends must have been a good leader, a là Lincoln.
--Robert McDougal, Sr. (my grandfather)

You know that the beginning is the most important part of any work, especially in the case of a young and tender thing; for that is the time at which the character is being formed and the desired impression is more readily taken . . . . Shall we just carelessly allow children to hear any casual tales which may be devised by casual persons, and to receive into their minds ideas for the most part the very opposite of those which we should wish them to have when they grow up? We cannot . . . . Anything received into the mind at that age is likely to become indelible and unalterable, and therefore it is most important that the tales which the young first hear should be models of virtuous thoughts. . . .Then will our youth dwell in a land of health, amid fair sights and sounds, and receive the good in everything; and beauty, the effluence of fair works, shall flow into the eye and ear, like a health-giving breeze from a purer region, and insensibly draw the soul from the earliest years into likeness and sympathy with the beauty of reason. There can be no nobler training than that.  -Plato's Republic (preface to William J. Bennett's Book of Virtues)

The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense. --Thomas A. Edison

We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of break. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of his freedoms--to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.  --Victor S. Frankl

1. Never lose your capacity for enthusiasm.
2. Never lose your capacity for indignation.
3. Never judge people, don't type them too quickly, but in a pinch, always assume that a man is good 
    and that at worst he is in the gray area between good and bad.
4. If you can't be generous when it's hard, you won't be when it's easy.
5. The greatest builder of confidence is the ability to do something--almost anything--well. When that 
    confidence comes, then strive for humility; you aren't as good as all that.
6. And the way to become truly useful is to seek the best that other brains have to offer. Use them to 
    supplement your own, and give credit to them when they have helped.
7. The greatest tragedies in world and personal events stem from misunderstanding.
--Gordon Dean, former head of the Atomic Energy Commission scrawled on the back of an envelope 
   found beside him after his death in a plane crash.

Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? . . . If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.  --Blaise Pascal

Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. --Martin Luther

England has two books, one which she has made and one which as made her. Shakespeare and the Bible.
--Victor Hugo

The most terrible thing about materialism, even more terrible than its proneness to violence, is its boredom, from which sex alcohol, drugs, all devices for putting out the accusing light of reason and suppressing the unrealizable aspirations of love, offer a prospect of deliverance.  --Malcolm Muggeridge

Boredom is the root of all evil-- he despairing refusal to be oneself.  --Soren Kierkegaard

America is said to have the highest per capita boredom of any spot on earth! We know that because we have the greatest number of artificial amusements of any country. People have become so empty that they can't even entertain themselves. They have to pay other people to amuse them, to make then laugh, to try to make them feel warm and happy and comfortable for a few minutes, to try to lose that awful, frightening, hollow feeling--that terrible, dreaded feeling of being lost and alone.  --Billy Graham

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful; but I have never read in either of them: "Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden."  --Saint Augustine

Perchance that I might learn what pity is, That I might laugh at erring men no more. --Michelangelo

Character is what you are in the dark.  --D. L. Moody

Learn to say no; it will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.  --Charles Haddon Spurgeon

It is not fitting, when one is in God's service to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.  --Saint Francis of Assisi

Delicate humor is the crowning virtue of the saints.  --Evelyn Underhill

If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weeds. --Luther Burbank

He is no fool, who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose. 
--Jim Elliot (who gave his life for the salvation of the Auca Indians)

Jesus promised His disciples three things: that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble.  --W. Russell Maltby

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.  --Desiderius Erasmus

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but on what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded an empire upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.  --Napoleon Bonaparte

I have lived a long time, sir, and the longer I live the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men.  --Benjamin Franklin

I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man.  --D. L. Moody

Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash. --General George Smith Patton

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time;; for that's the stuff that life is made of.  --Benjamin Franklin

Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves.  --Gene Fowler

He who wishes to fulfill his mission in the world ust be a man of one idea, that is, of one great overmastering purpose, overshadowing al his aims and guiding and controlling his entire life.  --Bate

The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.  --Robert M. McCheyne

Please all and you will please none.  --Aesop

What I have taught with my lips I now seal with my blood.  --John Huss

Abraham Lincoln once walked down the street with his two sons, both of whom were crying. "What's the matter with you boys?" asked a passerby. "Exactly what is wrong with the whole world," said Lincoln. "I have three walnuts, and each boy wants two."  --(told by George Sweeting)

A thick skin is a gift from God.  --Conrad Adenauer

Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.  --Mathew Arnold

Death is not the master of the house, he is only the porter of the king's lodge.  --John Henry Jowett

Death is the great adventure beside which moon landings and space trips pale into insignificance.  --Joseph Bayly (lost three sons to death before age 20)

History teaches us that when a barbarian race confronts a sleeping culture, the barbarian always wins.  --Arnold Toynbee

There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision.  --William James

I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. --Theodore Roosevelt

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Now there are five vows I have in mind which we do well to make and keep.
1. Deal thoroughly with sin.
2. Never own anything--get rid of the sense of possessing.
3. Never defend yourself.
4. Never pass anything on about anybody else that will hurt him.
5. Never accept any glory.
--A. W. Tozier

There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way."  --C. S. Lewis, The Great Divorce

Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice.  --Henry Ford's Fireplace Motto

How rare it is to find a soul quiet enough to hear God speak. --François Fenelon

Storms make oaks take deeper root.  --George Herbert

Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.
--George Washington, letter of instruction to the Virginia Regiments, July 29, 1759

He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.  --Benjamin Franklin

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.  --Benjamin Disraeli

The best way to destroy your enemy is to make him your friend.  --Abraham Lincoln

The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.  --William James

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

The salvation of a single soul is more important than the production or preservation of all the epics and tragedies in the world.  --C. S. Lewis

Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find the bread.  --D. T. Niles

Well done, is better than well said. --Benjamin Franklin

All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother. --Abraham Lincoln

God could not be everywhere, and therefore He made mothers.  --Old Jewish Saying

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. --Saint Francis of Assisi

Fortune favors the prepared mind. -- Louis Pasteur

Any nation that thinks more of its ease and comfort than its freedom will soon lose its freedom; and the ironical thing about it is that it will lose its ease and comfort, too. --W. Somerset Maugham

Liberty is the only thing you cannot have unless you are willing to give it to others. --William Allen White

You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. --Dale Carnegie

Three men are my friends: he that loves me, he that hates me, and he that is indifferent to me. Who loves me teaches me tenderness. Who hates me teaches me caution. Who is indifferent to me teaches me self-reliance.  --These Times

Those who best knew Sir Walter Scott used to say of him, "He spoke to every man he met as if he were a blood relative." --(George Sweeting)

The gospel to me is simply irresistible. --Blaise Pascal

The unexamined life is not worth living. --Socrates

Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you will get neither.  --C. S. Lewis, Living Quotations

History is a story written by the finger of God.  --C. S. Lewis

"Those who disregard the past are bound to repeat it." --George Santayana

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation. For when you come back to your work, your judgment will be surer, since to remain constantly at work, you lose power of judgment. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen."  --Leonardo Da Vinci

"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
--Johann Worlfgang Von Goethe

"There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of one small candle."  --Anonymous

"One thing I know: the only ones among you, who will be really happy, are those who will have sought and found how to serve." --Albert Schweitzer

". . . a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him." --Aleksander Sozhenitsyn

"To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent people and the affection of children . . . to leave the world a better place. . . to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."  --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Whatever you love more than God is your idol." --D. L. Moody

". . . the triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble and true birth." --Plato

"The human race is governed by its imagination." --Napoleon Bonaparte

"The good person increases the value of every other person whom he influences in any way." -Anonymous

"The serene, silent beauty of a holy life is the most powerful influence in the world, next to the night of God."  --Blaise Pascal

"The length and breadth of our influence upon others depends upon the depth of our concern for others."  -Anonymous

"You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time." --John Knox

"The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature..."  -- President Taft

"I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use." --Galileo

"Every powerful movement has had its philosophy which has gripped the mind, fired the imagination and captured the devotion of its adherents." -John Stott

"I know men, and I tell you, Jesus is more than a man. Comparison is impossible between Him and any other human being who ever lived, because He was the Son of God." --Napoleon

"The hand that holds the seven stars is as loving as the hand that was laid in blessing upon the little children; the face that is as the sun shining in its strength beams with as much love as when it drew publicans and harlots to His feet. The breast that is girt with the golden girdle is the same breast upon which John leaned his happy head."  --Alexander MacLaren

"Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks." -Charles Dickens

"The best place to find a good helping hand is at the end of your own arm." --Martin Vanbee

"He who laughs lasts." --Norwegian Proverb

"With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh   I should die." --Abraham Lincoln

"Absorption in ease is one of the most reliable signs of present or impending decay." --Richard Weaver

"Laziness grows on people; it begins in cobwebs and ends in iron chains. The more one has to do, the more he is able to accomplish." --Thomas Buxton

"The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow." --Norwegian Proverb

"A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation." --A. W. Tozier

A leader is best
When people barely know that he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worse when they despise him.
"Fail to honor people,
They fail to honor you.";
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim is fulfilled,
They will all say, "We did this ourselves."

"A great leader never sets himself above his followers except in carrying responsibilities." --Jules Ormont

"As ten millions of circles can never make a square, so the united voice of myriads cannot lend the smallest foundation to falsehood." --Oliver Goldsmith

"So near is falsehood to truth that a wise man would do well not to trust himself on the narrow edge." --Cicero

"When I consider the short duration of my life, swallowed up in the eternity before and after, the little space which I fill, and even can see, engulfed in the infinite immensity of space of which I am ignorant, and which knows me not, I am frightened, and am astonished being here rather than there, why now rather than then." --Blaise Pascel

"Better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness." --Chinese Proverb

"All man's miracles derive from not being able to sit quiet in a room alone." --Blaise Pascal

"There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart." --Blaise Pascal (original idea, Augustine)

"What a vast difference there is between knowing God and loving Him." --Blaise Pascal

"People don't go where the action is, they go where love is." --Jess Moody

"Slightly lower than the angels" is a whole lot better than slightly higher than the apes. Let's get the order straight. God, angelic beings, man, animals, and vegetables." --Stuart Briscoe

"There are few greater treasures to be acquired in youth than great poetry--and prose--stored in the memory. At the time one may resent the labor of storing. But they sleep in the memory and awake in later years, illuminated by life and illuminating it." --Richard W. Livingstone

"Nothing relieves and ventilates the mind like a resolution." --John Burroughs

"Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." --Abraham Lincoln

"Time is the most valuable coin in your life. You and you alone will determine how that coin will be spent. Be careful that you do not let other people spend it for you." --Carl Sandburg.

"The brevity of time." --Billy Graham, when asked what the biggest surprise of life was for him.

"I wish I'd watched less TV." --Billy Graham, when asked if he had any regrets.

All that trouble, and no more enjoyment than from a game of marbles.   --Renoir referring to the "horses, carriages, society people, ridiculous clothes and even a poor fox" that are needed to hunt as opposed to the simplicity of the child's game.

I have four sons whom I love dearly. Suppose our lawn needed to be cut. I could say, "Boys, can you see the need? The grass is high. It's above my knees. Soon I will not be able to get to the garage. Don't you see the desperate need?" But in the final analysis, they get out the mower because their father says, "Mow the grass!" World evangelization is an imperative because Jesus said so. --George Sweeting

Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next. --William R. Inge

To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it. --G.K. Chesterton

A man's treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character. How he makes it and how he spends it.  --James Moffat

In seventeen of His thirty-seven parables, Jesus dealt with property and man's responsibility for using it wisely.
--George Sweeting

Each of us will eventually give away all our earthly possessions. How we choose to do so, however, is a reflection of our commitment to the kingdom of God. --Charles Stanley

I know that the twelve notes in each octave and the varieties of rhythm offer me opportunities that all of human genius will never exhaust. --Igor Stravinsky

There will be no song on our lips if there be no anguish in our hearts. --Karl Barth

Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. --John Erskine

The superior mind does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.  --Confucious

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law  --Aristotle

Perhaps a naturalist, with seventy years of work and observation behind him, can be forgiven if he preaches a little, and it seems to me this is a good time to preach briefly on the theme of Service....I will bet a straw hat to a felt one that, if you are tired of your job and discouraged with life and down in the mouth about the way you are treated, you have got a little mixed up about your importance to the scheme of things, but I will bet an entire new suit of clothes against a poor necktie that, if you are happy, capable, liked and trusted, you are giving the world or your family or your employers or your employees a little more than is expected or than you are paid for or than you get back.  --Luther Burbank

When any action has become overly pleasure-seeking, history has already  begun its epitaph. --Howard Whitman

Doth not all nature around me praise God? If I were silent, I should be an exception to the universe. Doth not the thunder praise Him as it rolls like drums in the march of the God of armies? Do not the mountains praise Him when the woods upon their summits wave in adoration? Doth not the lightning write His name in letters of fire? Hath not the whole earth a voice? And shall I, can I, silent be? --Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable; they go together. --Earl Nightingale

Once learned, the ability to disagree with a smile pays valuable dividends for a lifetime.  --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

A child should have every advantage -- including those taught by disadvantage.  --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Anger is a more noble emotion than indifference. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

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My lousy way of getting it done is better than your great way of not doing it.  --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Mistakes are the byproduct of action -- and thus an accurate gauge of effort.  --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Most will choose to leave someone who can't bear to see them go. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

A fool harvests his opinions in the spring. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Personal happiness is so important, most choose to let someone else take care of it.  --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Talent is truth on display. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Human beings are compelled to adopt a belief system; some paradigm to provide meaning, purpose, and understanding to our lives. A quick survey of the world shows that pretty much any idea will do -- it need not reflect reality or truth, merely function to fascinate, distract, and compel. We are designed for belief, not for truth.  --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

It's easier to be old than young. You make just as many blunders, but you've become much more adept at not recognizing them. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

You are an adult when, faced with important decisions, you choose to  have more faith in yourself than anything else.
--quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

The resolve to diet is most easily summoned on a full stomach. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

It seems quite proper to fear achievement, which, after all, is proof that you've successfully moved an experience from the delightfully anticipated future into the forever and sadly lost past. Avoid as long as you can the ultimate indignity: a lifetime achievement award. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

How do we not rue the many unchosen paths in life? A blessed lack of imagination. There are enough real glories along any path to swamp our meager ability to picture alternatives. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Alas! Man's vices, horrible as they are supposed to be, contain the positive proof of his taste for the infinite. -- Baudelaire

 The doubts of some are more indicative of a love for truth than the belief of others. -- John Ker

When I have found intense pain relieved, a weary brain soothed, and calm refreshing sleep obtained by a cigar, I have felt grateful to God, and have blessed His name. -- Charles Spurgeon

Is it not a great temptation to be so valiant in imagination and so cowardly in execution? -- St. Francis de Sales

Since life itself is uncertain, nothing which has life for its basis can boast much stability. -- Samuel Johnson

What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet. -- Woody Allen

Self-denial is the test and definition of self-government. -- G.K. Chesterton

For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool by making his world a little colder. -- The Beatles

To consider persons and events and situations only in the light of their effect upon myself is to live on the doorstep of hell. -- Thomas Merton

I never expected to see the day when girls would get sunburned in the places they do today. -- Will Rogers

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

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. -- Aristotle

In measuring a circle, one begins anywhere. -- Charles Fort

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. -- William Shakespeare

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must. -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The true nature of anything is what it becomes at its highest. -- Aristotle

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. -- French Proverb

Something always takes the place of missing pieces. -- Beck, Guero

What you look at hard seems to look at you. -- Gerard Manley Hopkins

There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. -- Thomas A. Edison

To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures. -- Flannery O'Connor

True friends stab you in the front. -- Oscar Wilde

Every story of conversion is the story of a blessed defeat." -- C.S. Lewis

The ascetic is often a sensualist who has reached the limit of his capacity. -- Jacques Barzun

Stories are relics, part of an undiscovered pre-existing world. -- Stephen King

All beneficent and creative power gathers itself together in silence, ere it issues out in might. -- James Martineau

It is much better to know something about everything, than everything about something. -- Pascal

Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort. -- Charles Dickens

I have no fear of drowning, It's the breathing that's taking all this work. -- Jars of Clay, Good Monsters

The world speaks of holy things in the only language it knows, which is worldly language. -- Frederick Buechner

Beer. Now there's a temporary solution. -- Homer Simpson

It is better to think of church in the ale-house than to think of the ale-house in church. -- Martin Luther

When I am king you will be first against the wall. -- Radiohead, OK Computer

The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice. -- G.K. Chesterton

We live in an age lit by lightnin'; after the flash, we're blind again. -- T-Bone Burnett, The Criminal Under My Own Hat

The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault. -- Henry Kissinger

It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected. The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen. -- George MacDonald

Success is less rare than the courage to attempt it. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

Self-esteem is the prize awarded by you to you for playing by your own rules -- in which case, you'd think it would be easier to come by. --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

It is a rare man who can prevail in the face of comfort. Freedom is fragile and elusive, for rarely does the appreciation of it exceed the pleasure of being able to tell others what to do. There is but one tick on the accuracy scale between 'optimism' and 'denial.' --quoted or originated by Terry Rossio

If I keep from meddling with people, they take care of themselves,
If I keep from commanding people, they behave themselves,
If I keep from preaching at people, they improve themselves,
If I keep from imposing on people, they become themselves."
--As related by Friedman in 1972, attributed to Lao-Tse
...it doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are-- if it doesn't agree with experiment it's wrong.
-- R.P. Feynman, Unknown , Unknown

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.
-- Martin Fischer, Unknown , born November 10, 1879


A fool must now and then be right by chance.
-- William Cowper, Conversation. Line 96., Unknown


A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.
-- William Blake, Unknown , Unknown


A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.
-- George Bernard Shaw, Unknown , 1856-1950


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unknown , Unknown


A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
-- William James, Unknown , Unknown


A great oak is only a little nut that held its ground.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


A half truth is a whole lie.
-- Yiddish Proverb, Unknown , Unknown


A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.
-- Dutch proverb, Unknown , Unknown


A little folly now and then is cherished by the wisest men.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.
-- Alexander Pope, Unknown , 1688-1744


A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are portals of discovery.
-- James Joyce, Unknown , Unknown


A mind is a fire to be kindled, not a vessel to be filled.
-- Plutarch, Unknown , Unknown


A mind is a terrible thing to ugg.. I forgot.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


A modest little person with much to be modest about.
-- Winston Churchill, Unknown , Unknown


A PBS mind in an MTV world.
-- Bumper Sticker, Unknown , Unknown


A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
-- Anatole France, Unknown , Unknown


A person who speaks cleverly is witty; one who asks questions is smart.
-- Terry Carr, Unknown , Unknown


A sign of intelligence is an awareness of one's own ignorance.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


A small mind is obstinate. A great mind can lead and be led.
-- Alexander Cannon, Unknown , Unknown


A technician is a man who understands everything about his job except its ultimate purpose and its place in the order of the universe.
-- Sir Richard Livingston, Unknown , Unknown


A wise man knows everything; a shrewd one, everybody.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


Academic disciplines are subject to being overtaken by attacks of "knowingness"-- a state of mind and soul that prevents shudders of awe and makes one immune to enthusiasm.
-- Richard Rorty, Chronicle of Higher Education, pg A48, Feb. 9, 1996


Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
-- Stephen Leacock, Unknown , born December 30,1869


All logic texts are divided into two parts. In the first part, on deductible logic, the fallacies are explained; in the second part, on inductive logic, they are committed.
-- Morris Raphael Cohen, attributed in Meehl, P. E. Appraising and amending theories. Psychological Inquiry, 1, p. 110., 1990


All too often we are stuffing the heads of the young with the products of earlier innovations rather than teaching them to be innovative. We treat their minds as storehouses to be filled rather than as instruments to be used.
-- Robert Finch, Secretary of HEW, Unknown , 1970


Almost all rich veins of original and striking speculation have been opened by systematic half-thinkers.
-- John Stuart Mill, Unknown , born May 20, 1806


Always be smarter than the people who hire you.
-- Lena Horne, in interview, 1985


An artist is a person who has invented an artist.
-- Harold Rosenberg, Unknown , Unknown


An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy.
-- Benjamin Stolberg, Unknown , Unknown


An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.
-- Niels Bohr, Unknown , Unknown


An intellectual is a person whose mind watches itself.
-- Albert Camus, Unknown , Unknown


And if education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?
-- Maria Montessori, Unknown , Unknown


Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
-- Dale Carnegie, Unknown , Unknown


Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a person of some sense to know how to lie well.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


Any fool can write a bad advertisement, but it takes a genius to keep his hands off a good one.
-- David Ogilvy, Unknown , Unknown


Any idiot can face a crisis--it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.
-- Anton Chekhov, Unknown , Unknown


Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
-- Albert Einstein, Unknown , 1879-1955


Any slower and he'd be in reverse.
-- Gignac, Unknown , Unknown


Any teacher can study books, but books do not necessarily bring wisdom, nor that human insight essential to consummate teaching skills.
-- Bliss Perry, Unknown , Unknown


Anything more dull and commonplace it wouldn't be easy to reproduce.
-- The London Times, on Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, Unknown , Unknown


Anything too stupid to be said is sung.
-- Voltaire, Unknown , Unknown


As long as I can remember, I've had amnesia.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


As soon as you understand 2 x 4 you can't believe there was a time when you didn't understand it.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible, but more mysterious.
-- Will Durant, Unknown , Unknown


Be different--if you don't have the facts and knowledge required, simply listen. When word gets around that you can listen when others tend to talk, you will be treated as a sage.
-- Ed Koch, Unknown , 1996


Be prepared.
-- Boy Scout Motto, Unknown , Unknown


Bear in mind that brains and learning, like muscle and physical skill, are articles of commerce. They are bought and sold. You can hire them by the year or by the hour. The only thing in the world not for sale is character.
-- Justice Antonin Scalia, Unknown , Unknown


Beauty is in the details.
-- German proverb, Unknown , Unknown


Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.
-- Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose, Unknown


Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
-- Albert Einstein, Unknown , 1879-1955


Better by far you should forget and smile, Than that you should remember and be sad
-- Christina Rossetti, "Remember," Goblin Market, 1862


Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Brains are an asset, if you hide them.
-- Mae West, Unknown , born August 17, 1892


By ignorance the truth is known.
-- Henry Suso, The Little Book of Truth, 1300-1365


Cato used to assert that wise men profited more by fools than fools by wise men; for that wise men avoided the faults of fools, but that fools would not imitate the good examples of wise men.
-- Plutarch, Life of Marcus Cato, Unknown


Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
-- Garrison Keillor, Unknown , Unknown


Chance favors the prepared mind.
-- Louis Pasteur, Unknown , Unknown


Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.
-- Pablo Picasso, Unknown , Unknown


Confusion not only reigns, it pours.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Consistency is a paste jewel that only cheap men cherish.
-- William Allen White, Unknown , Unknown


Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training.
-- Anna Freud, Unknown , Unknown


Critical thinking is to a liberal education as faith is to religion.
-- Jane Smiley, Moo. New York: Fawcett Columbine. P. 24l, 1995


Cynicism is the intellectual cripple’s substitute for intelligence. It is the dishonest businessman’s substitute for conscience. It is the communicator’s substitute, whether he is advertising man or editor or writer, for self-respect.
-- Russell Lynes, Unknown , Unknown


-- Homer Simpson, Matt Groening cartoon, Unknown


Doctors and scientists said that breaking the four-minute mile was impossible, that one would die in the attempt. Thus, when I got up from the track after collapsing at the finish line, I figured I was dead.
-- Roger Bannister, Unknown , Unknown


Doing the right thing is not the problem. Knowing what the right thing is, that's the challenge.
-- Lyndon Johnson, Unknown , Unknown


Don't be afraid to ask dumb questions. They're easier to handle than dumb mistakes.
-- Carolyn Coats, Things Your Mother Always Told you but You Didn't Want to Hear, 1994


Don't be stupid. We have world leaders for that.
-- bumper sticker, Unknown , Unknown


Don't be too stupid to be lazy.
-- West Indies proverb, Unknown , Unknown


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., Unknown , Unknown


Don’t know much about history. Don’t know much biology. Don’t know science books. Don’t know about the French I took. But I do know I love you And I do know if you love me too, what a wonderful world this would be. Don’t know much about geography. Don’t know much trigonometry. Don’t know much about algebra. Don’t know what a slide ruler is for. But I do know one and one is two And if this one could be with you, what a wonderful world this would be. Now I don’t claim to be an A student. But I’m trying to be. Maybe by being an A student, baby, You’ll give your love to me.
-- Joel Landry, song "What a Wonderful World", Unknown


Education is understanding relationships.
-- George Washington Carver, Unknown , Unknown


Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
-- Albert Einstein, Unknown , Unknown


Education is what remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.
-- Marquis of Halifax, Unknown , Unknown


Education makes a man a more intelligent shoemaker, if that be his occupation, but not by teaching him how to make shoes; it does so by the mental exercise it gives, and the habits it impresses.
-- John Stuart Mill, Unknown , Unknown


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


Education: That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
-- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911


Embedded in every technology there is a powerful idea, sometimes two or three powerful ideas. Like language itself, a technology predisposes us to favor and value certain perspectives and accomplishments and to subordinate others. Every technology has a philosophy, which is given expression in how the technology makes people use their minds, in how it codifies the world, in which of our senses it amplifies, in which of our emotional and intellectual tendencies it disregards.
-- Neil Postman, The End of Education, Unknown


Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.
-- Jeremiah: 28, Unknown , Unknown


Even babies like to grab for things just beyond their reach.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


Even when all the experts agree, they may well be mistaken.
-- Bertrand (Arthur William) Russell), Unknown , born May 18, 1872


Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but going faster is a maniac?
-- George Carlin, Unknown , Unknown


Ever wonder if illiterate people get the full effect of alphabet soup?
-- John Mendoza, Unknown , Unknown


Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
-- Edward Gibbon, Unknown , Unknown


Every piece of the puzzle that doesn't fit gets you closer to the answer.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
-- Gertrude Stein, Unknown , Unknown


Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
-- Erica Jong, Unknown , Unknown


Everyone is brilliant some of the time, and no one is that way all the time.
-- Kathleen Cushmes, Unknown , Unknown


Everyone is gifted. Some open the package sooner.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
-- Irish Proverb, Unknown , Unknown


Everyone[Everybody] is ignorant only on different subjects.
-- Will Rogers, Unknown , Unknown


Experience is a dear teacher, but fools will learn at no other.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Unknown , 1706-1790


Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.
-- F. P. Jones, Unknown , Unknown


Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
-- Henry Ford, Unknown , Unknown


Failures are divided into 2 classes those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.
-- John Charles Salak, Unknown , Unknown


Fear is what prevents the flowering of the mind.
-- J. Krishnamurti, On Education., Unknown


Foolishness is infinitely more fascinating than intelligence…. Intelligence has limits while foolishness has none.
-- Claude Chabrol, Unknown , born June 24, 1930


Fools rush in where fools have been before.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.
-- Ethel Barrymore, in George Jean nathan, (1953) The Theatre in the Fifties, lived 1879-1959


For every student with a spark of brilliance, there are about ten with ignition trouble.
-- Milton Berle, Unknown , Unknown


For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself.
-- Robert Louis Stevenson, Unknown , bron November 13, 1850


For original ideas to come about, you have to let them percolate under the level of consciousness in a place where we have no way to make them obey our own desires or our own direction. Their random combinations are driven by forces we don't know about.
-- Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, Unknown , Unknown


Galinda was slow coming to terms with actual learning. She had considered her admission into Shiz University as a sort of testimony to her brilliance, and believed that she would adorn the halls of learning with her beauty and occasional clever sayings. She supposed, glumly, that she had meant to be a sort of living marble bust: This is Youthful Intelligence; admire Her. Isn't She lovely?
-- Gregory Maguire, Wicked, p. 75, NY: HarperCollins Pub., 1995


Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.
-- Thomas A. Edison, Unknown , Unknown


Genius is only a form of sustained patience.
-- Donald Murray, Unknown , Unknown


Genius is the ability to reduce the complicated to the simple.
-- C.W. Ceran, Unknown , Unknown


Genius without education is like silver in the mine.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Unknown , Unknown


Getting lost teaches you how to read a map.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


God is in the details.
-- Mies Van Der Rohe, Unknown , Unknown


God must love stupid people, he made so many.
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
-- John Updike, Unknown , Unknown


Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
-- William Saroyan, Unknown , Unknown


Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm mental fog.
-- Joseph Conrad, Unknown , born December 3, 1857


Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt, Unknown , Unknown


Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at.
-- David Gerrold, Unknown , Unknown


Have you ever imagined a world with no hypothetical questions?
-- Geroge E. Bradley, print media column, "Ever Wonder?", Unknown


He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.
-- Abraham Lincoln., Unknown , Unknown


He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.
-- Robert Moses, Unknown , Unknown


He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words.
-- Bobby Bowden, Florida State footballer, on player Reggie Herring, Unknown , Unknown


He had just enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.
-- P.G. Wodehouse, Barmy in Wonderland, Unknown


He has the lucidity which is the by-product of a fundamentally sterile mind.
-- Aneurin Bevan, on Neville Chamberlain, Unknown , Unknown


He is a fool who thinks by force or skill To turn the current of a woman's will.
-- Samuel Tuke, Adventures of Five Hours. Act v. Sc. 3., ---- -1673


He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others.
-- Samuel Johnson, Unknown , Unknown


He may look like an idiot and talk like an idiot, but don't let that fool you -- he really is an idiot.
-- Groucho Marx, Unknown , 1895-1977


He must have been an incredibly good shot.
-- Noel Coward, On being told that someone had blown his brains out., Unknown , Unknown


He was not so much brain as earwax
-- William Shakespear's character, Thersites, Troilus and Cressida, Unknown


He who knows nothing, loves nothing. He who can do nothing understands nothing. He who understands nothing is worthless. But he who understands also loves, notices, sees....The more knowledge is inherent in a thing, the greater the love.
-- Paracelsus, Unknown , Unknown


He who laughs last thinks slowest!
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


His ignorance covers the world like a blanket, and ther's scarcely a hole in it anywhere.
-- Mark Twain, Unknown , Unknown


How Important Are You? More than you think. A rooster minus a hen equals no baby chicks. Kellogg minus a farmer equals no corn flakes. If the nail factory closes what good is the hammer factory? Paderewski’s genius wouldn’t have amounted to much if the piano tuner hadn’t shown up. A cracker maker will do better if there’s a cheesemaker. The most skillful surgeon needs the ambulance driver who delivers the patient. Just as Rodgers needed Hammerstein you need someone and someone needs you.
-- From Wall Street Journal, Unknown , Unknown


I am never afraid of what I know.
-- Anna Sewell, Black Beauty, 1877


I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.
-- John Cage, Unknown , Unknown


I do not believe that every person, in every walk of life, can succeed in spite of any handicap. That would be perfection. But I do believe that what I was able to attain came to be because we put behind us (no matter how slowly) the dogmas of the past: to discover the truth of today; and perhaps the greatness of tomorrow.
-- Jackie Robinson, "This I believe" National Public Radio series, c1951


I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures, those who make it or those who don't. I divide the world into learners and non-learners.
-- Benjamin Barber, Unknown , Unknown


I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she can bring to bear on the same topic.
-- Lisa Alther, Unknown , Unknown


I have always been amoung those who believe that the greatest freedom of speech was the greatest safety, because if a man is a fool, the best thing to do is to encourage him to advertise the fact by speaking.
-- Woodrow Wilson, Unknown , Unknown


I have always believed the thesis that one's politics and the character of one's intellectual work are inseparable.
-- Whitfield Diffie., Unknown , Unknown


I have great faith in fools--self-confidence my friends call it.
-- Edgar Allan Poe, Unknown , Unknown


I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.
-- Harold Macmillan, Unknown , Unknown


I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


I know a lot of people think I’m dumb. Well, at least I ain’t no educated fool.
-- Leon Spinks, LA Times, 19 78, June 28


I must learn to love the fool in me—the one who feels too much, talks too much, takes too many chances, wins sometimes and loses often, lacks self-control, loves and hates, hurts and gets hurt, promises and breaks promises, laughs and cries. It alone protects me against that utterly self-controlled, masterful tyrant whom I also harbor and who would rob me of human aliveness, humility and dignity but for my fool.
-- Dr Theodore I Rubin, Love Me, Love My Fool, McKay, 1976


I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, --light, shade, perspective will always make it beautiful.
-- John Constable, Unknown , Unknown


I prefer the wicked rather than the foolish. The wicked sometimes rest.
-- Alexandre Dumas, Unknown , Unknown


I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
-- Albert Einstein, Unknown , Unknown


I think the world is run by C students.
-- Al McGuire, Unknown , Unknown


I took an IQ test and the results were negative.
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


I was gratified to be able to answer promptly. I said 'I don't know.'
-- Mark Twain, Unknown , November 30, 1835


I watched "Titanic" when I got back home from the hospital, and cried. I knew then that my IQ had been damaged.
-- Stephen King, Unknown , Unknown


I went to school with a kid who was so smart, the only time he got an answer wrong, they had to go back and change the question.
-- Gene Perret, Unknown , Unknown


I wish I knew as much about anything today as I knew about everything when I was twenty.
-- Bill Ayers, Unknown , Unknown


I wish there was some way to turn down the stupidity on tv. There's a knob called 'brightness,' but that doesn't work.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


I wonder whether if I had had an education I should have been more or less a fool than I am.
-- Alice James, The Diary of Alice James, Unknown


I'm not a complete idiot, some parts are missing!
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


I've always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.
-- Lilly Tomlin, Unknown , Unknown


Ideas without precedent are generally looked upon with disfavor and men are shocked if their conceptions of an orderly world challenged.
-- J. Harlen Bretz., Unknown , Unknown


If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


If at first you don't succeed, you have two choices - try again or read the instructions.
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Unknown , born August 28, 1749


If I could read a book, I'd definitely read one of yours.
-- Paris Hilton, when introduced to author Joan Collins, Unknown


If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.
-- Hal Abelson, Unknown , Unknown


If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.
-- Isaac Newton, Unknown , Unknown


If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all.
-- Michelangelo Buonnarroti, Unknown , Unknown


If the brain were simple enough for us to understand it, we would be too simple to understand it.
-- Ken Hill, Unknown , Unknown


If the horse you're drawing looks more like a dog, make it a dog.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


If the minds of women were enlightened and improved, the domestic work would be more frequently refreshed by intelligent conversation, a means of edification now deplorably neglected, for want of that cultivation which these intellectual advantages would confer.
-- Sarah M. Grimke, Letters on the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman, 1838


If you can talk brilliantly about a problem, it can create the consoling illusion that it has been mastered.
-- Stanley Kubrick, Unknown , born July 26, 1928


If you keep missing, get closer to the basket.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


If you think education is expensive--try ignorance.
-- Derek Bok, Unknown , Unknown


If you want to zoom down the expert slope tomorrow, you have to fall down the bunny slope today.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


Ignorance is salvageable but stupid is forever.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Ignorance never settles a question.
-- Fortune Cookie, Unknown , Unknown


Imagination is more powerful even than knowledge.
-- Albert Einstein, Unknown , Unknown


Immortal gods! how much does one man excel another! What a difference there is between a wise person and a fool!
-- Terence, Act ii. Sc. 2, 1. (232.), Unknown


In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
-- Oscar Wilde, Unknown , Unknown


In California you lose a point off your IQ every year.
-- Truman Capote, 1924-1984, born September 30, 1924


In computer science, we stand on each other's feet.
-- Brian K. Reid, Unknown , Unknown


In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.
-- Napolean Bonaparte, Unknown , Unknown


In reality, serendipity accounts for 1 percent of the blessings we receive in life, work, and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.
-- Peter McWilliams, Unknown , Unknown


In seeking knowledge, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, and the fifth--teaching others
-- Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Unknown , Unknown


In the first place God made idiots; this was for practice; then he made school boards.
-- Mark Twain, Unknown , Unknown


In the sciences, we are now uniquely privileged to sit side-by-side with the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
-- Gerald Holton, Unknown , Unknown


Inside every C+ student is a B- student trying to get out.
-- Art Peterson, Unknown , Unknown


Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do.
-- Jean Piaget, Unknown , 1896-1980


Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art.
-- Susan Sontag, Evergreen Review, December 1964.


It is bad luck to be superstitious.
-- Andrew W. Mathis, Unknown , Unknown


It is better to know nothing than to learn nothing.
-- Hebrew Proverb, Unknown , Unknown


It is better to know some of the questions than all the answers.
-- J. Thurber, Unknown , Unknown


It is better, of course, to know useless things than to know nothing.
-- Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Unknown , Unknown


It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
-- Johann von Goethe, Unknown , Unknown


It is in fact a part of the function of education to help us escape -- not from our own time, for we are bound by that -- but from the intellectual and emotional limitations of our own time.
-- T. S. Eliot, Unknown , 1888-1965


It is not certain that everything is uncertain.
-- Blaise Pascal, Unknown , born June 19, 1623


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


It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.
-- Caron deBeaumarchais, Unknown , Unknown


It is not the IQ but the I Will that is most important in education.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.
-- C.W. Leadbeater, Unknown , Unknown


It is only the intellectually lost who ever argue.
-- Oscar Wilde, Unknown , Unknown


It isn't what you know but the simple things you don't overlook.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


It takes a genius to whine appealingly.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, Unknown , Unknown


It's a fact that if you stay in California you lose one point of IQ for every year.
-- Truman Capote, Unknown , Unknown


It's choice--not chance--that determines your destiny.
-- Jean Nidetch, Unknown , Unknown


It's not enough to be able to spell "magnificence" in your bedroom. You have to be able to spell it at the microphone during the spelling bee.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


Junior was being chided for his low grades. Little Robert, who lived a few doors away, was held up as an example. "Robert doesn't get C's and D's does he?" asked his father. "No," Junior admitted, "but he's different. He has very bright parents."
-- Jacob M. Braude, Unknown , Unknown


Know thyself.
-- Thales, Unknown , Unknown


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
-- Johann Wolfgan von Goethe, Unknown , Unknown


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Unknown , Unknown


Knowledge is power--especially if you know about the right people.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


Knowledge is power.
-- Hobbs or Sir Francis Bacon, Unknown , Unknown


Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
-- C.G. Jung, Unknown , Unknown


Language grows out of life, out of its needs and experiences…Language and knowledge are indissolubly connected; they are interdependent. Good work in language presupposes and depends on a real knowledge of things.
-- Anne Sullivan, Unknown , Unknown


Learning makes the wise wiser and the fool more foolish.
-- John Ray, Unknown , Unknown


Lecturers should remember that the capacity of the mind to absorb is limited to what the seat can endure.
-- Evan Esar, Unknown , Unknown


Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
-- Publius Syrus, Maxim 914, Unknown


Let schoolmasters puzzle the brain, With grammar, and nonsense, and learning, Good Liquor, I stoutly maintain, Gives genius a better discerning.
-- Oliver Goldsmith, She Stoops to Conquer, Unknown


Let such teach others who themselves excel, And censure freely who have written well.
-- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, Unknown


Let us be thankful for the fools. But for them the rest of us could not succeed.
-- Mark Twain, Unknown , 1835-1910


Let us by wise and constitutional measures promote intelligence among the people as the best means of preserving our liberties.
-- James Monroe, First Inaugural Address, 4 March 1817


Light travels faster than sound--isn't that why some people appear bright until you hear them speak?
-- Steven Wright, Unknown , Unknown


Little things affect little minds.
-- Benjamin Disraeli, Unknown , Unknown


Logic is like the sword: those who appeal to it shall perish by it.
-- Samuel Butler, Unknown , Unknown


Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.
-- Joseph Wood Krutch, Unknown , born November 25, 1893


Logic: The art of thinking and reasoning in strict accordance with the limitations and incapacities of the human understanding.
-- Ambrose Bierce, Unknown , born June 24, 1842


Longevity is the revenge of talent upon genius.
-- Cyril Connolly, Unknown , born September 10, 1903


Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
-- H.L. Mencken, Unknown , born September 12, 1880


Man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much... the wheel, New York, wars, and so on, whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely the dolphins believed themselves to be more intelligent than man for precisely the same reasons.
-- Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Unknown


Men seldom make passes At girls who wear glasses.
-- Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, "News Item" (1926) in Not So Deep as a Well (1937), Unknown


Mind like a steel trap - rusty and illegal in most states.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.
-- James Harvey Robinson, Unknown , Unknown


My heart is singing for joy this morning. A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed.
-- Anne Sullivan, Unknown , Unknown


My idea of education is to unsettle the minds of the young and inflame their intellects.
-- Robert Maynard Hutchins, Unknown , Unknown


My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.
-- Helen Gurley Brown, Unknown , b. 1922


Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.
-- Nick Diamos, Unknown , Unknown


No man but a blockhead, ever wrote, except for money.
-- Samuel Johnson, Unknown , Unknown


No matter what side of an argument you're on, you always find some people on your side that you wish were on the other side.
-- Jascha Heifetz., Unknown , Unknown


No one can arrive from being talented alone. God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius.
-- Anna Pavlova, Unknown , Unknown


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt, This is My Story, 1937


Not only is there an art in knowing a thing, but also a certain art in teaching it: "Nam non solum scire aliquid artis est, sed quaedam ars etiam docendi."
-- Cicero, DeLegibus, Unknown


Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is quite common. Education alone will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and Determination alone are the all-powerful elements.
-- Adapted by ? From a quote by Calvin Coolidge, Unknown , Unknown


Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


Nothing is foolproof to a talented fool.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.
-- G. C. Lichtenberg, Unknown , Unknown


Nothing spoils a good party like a genius.
-- Elsa Maxwell, `, 1883-1963


On Artificial Intelligence: The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.
-- B.F. Skinner, Unknown , Unknown


On those who overanalyze his music: When you tear the wings off a butterfly, it is no longer a butterfly
-- Claude Debussy, Unknown , Unknown


One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
-- Blaise Pascal, Unknown , Unknown


One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
-- Rita Mae Brown, Unknown , Unknown


One of the things that Ivar knew about Mrs. Walker was that she would only tell him what she knew if he asked the right question, so he spent a portion of his time meditating over what he might ask Mrs. Walker and how he might phrase the question.
-- Jane Smiley, Moo. New York: Fawcett Columbine. P. 20., 1995


Only the thinking man lives his life, the thoughtless man's life passes him by.
-- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Aphorism, 1905


Only when the heart loves can the intellect do great work.
-- N.D. Hillis, Unknown , Unknown


Ordinary people know little of the time and effort it takes to learn to read. I have been 80 years at it, and have not reached my goal.
-- Johann von Goethe, Unknown , Unknown


Original thinking migrates each day in search of nourishment.
-- Maya Angelou, Unknown , Unknown


Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them.
-- Bertrand Russell, Unknown , born 1872


Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
-- Bumper Sticker, Unknown , Unknown


People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.
-- André Maurois, News summaries, 1950, January 30


People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


People sometimes accuse me of knowing a lot...This is a bit like telling a person who has a few grains of sand clinging to him that he owns much sand. When you consider the vast amount of sand there is in the world such a person is, to all intents and purposes, sandless. We are all sandless. We are all ignorant. There are beaches and deserts and dunes of knowledge whose existence we have never even guessed at, let alone visited.
-- Stephen Fry, Preface for "The Book of General Ignorance" by Lloyd & Mitchinson, 2006


Philosophical habits of mind do not come quicker through fiber optics. Clear thinking is not aided by better dot resolution. Understanding ourselves and feeling for others does not come with a software upgrade.
-- Linda Ray Pratt, Unknown , Unknown


Please provide the date of your death.
-- from an IRS letter, Unknown , Unknown


Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
-- George Bernard Shaw, Unknown , Unknown


Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.
-- John Maynard Keynes, Unknown , born June 5, 1883


Practice random acts of intelligence & senseless acts of self-control.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Remember half the people you know are below average.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Remember, any jackass can kick over the barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one.
-- Tip O'Neil quoting Sam Rayburn, former Speaker of the House, Unknown , Unknown


Rules and models destroy genius and art
-- William Hazlitt, "On Taste", 1778-1830


Said the Wizard of Oz to the scarecrow, "I can't give you brains but I can give you a diploma."
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


Science, engineering, technology. All worthless unless they make you feel something.
-- BMW ad, Brill's Content, p. 16, 1998, November


Scientists are the easiest to fool. They think in straight, predictable, directable, and therefore misdirectable, lines. The only world they know is the one where everything has a logical explanation and things are what they appear to be.
-- James P. Hogan, Code of the Lifemaker, Unknown


Simplicity of character is the natural result of profound thought.
-- Fortune Cookie, Unknown , Unknown


Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.
-- George Washington Carver, Unknown , Unknown


Since we are all likely to go astray the reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.
-- Sophocles, Unknown , Unknown


Sixty years ago I knew everything; now I know nothing; education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
-- Will Durant, Unknown , Unknown


Smartness runs in my family. When I went to school I was so smart my teacher was in my class for five years.
-- Gracie Allen, Unknown , Unknown


Some students drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.
-- E. C. McKenzie, Unknown , Unknown


Sometimes it's smart to be scared.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life.
-- Lord Byron, Unknown , Unknown


Srebrenica's not simply another reminder of man's inhumanity to man, but how intelligent people can always come up with intelligent reasons to do nothing.
-- Scott Simon on the 1990 massacre of 8,000 over the course of 2 days that was watched by world governments via satellite and radio, commentary, National Public Radio Weekend Edition, June 16, 2005


State a moral case to a plowman and a professor. The former will decide it well and often better than the latter, because he has not been led astray by artificial rules.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Unknown , Unknown


Stoop and you'll be stepped on; stand tall and you'll be shot at.
-- Carlos Urbizo, Unknown , Unknown


Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
-- Fortune Cookie, Unknown , Unknown


Stupid, stupider, stupidest, how stupid can it be? But when I really thought about it, the stupid one was me!
-- unknown, Unknown , Unknown


Systems die; instincts remain.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Unknown , Unknown


Teach him to think for himself? Oh, my God, teach him rather to think like other people!
-- Mary Shelley, in Matthew Arnold (1888) Essays in Criticism Second Series, 1797-1851


Teaching is the highest form of understanding.
-- Aristotle, Unknown , Unknown


That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.
-- Doris Lessing, Unknown , Unknown


The admission fee was a viper's tongue and a half-concealed stiletto. It was a sort of intellectual slaughterhouse. [With reference to the Algonquin "Round Table"]
-- Groucho Marx., Unknown , Unknown


The American people are a very generous people and will forgive almost any weakness, with the possible, exception of stupidity.
-- Will Rogers, Unknown , Unknown


The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
-- William James, Unknown , Unknown


The average kindergartner has seen more than 5,000 hours of TV--more time than it takes to earn a bachelor's degree.
-- Shook, M. & Shook, R., The Book of Odds, 1991


The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
-- Chinese Proverb, Unknown , Unknown


The best learners... often make the worst teachers. They are, in a very real sense, perceptually challenged. They cannot imagine what it must be like to struggle to learn something that comes so naturally to them.
-- Stephen Brookfield, Unknown , Unknown


The boy had just learned to plough with the family mule. He was in the field yelling out orders and trying to show his new skill. Finally his father stopped him and said, "How long have you been plowing?" "At least a couple of days," the young boy replied. "And how long has the mule been plowing?" the father asked. "At least fifteen years," the boy replied. "Don't you think you would be wise just to follow the mule."
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
-- Alfred Adler, Unknown , Unknown


The college graduate is presented with a sheepskin to cover his intellectual nakedness.
-- Robert M. Hutchins, Unknown , Unknown


The color of truth is gray.
-- Andre' Gide, Unknown , Unknown


The computer is a moron.
-- Peter Drucker, Unknown , Unknown


The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
-- Ellen Parr, Unknown , Unknown


The difference between intelligence and education is this: intelligence will make you a good living.
-- Charles F. Kettering, Unknown , born August 29, 1876


The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
-- Carl Sagan., Unknown , Unknown


The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.
-- Kin Hubbard, Unknown , Unknown


The fellow who never makes a mistake takes his orders from one who does.
-- Herbert (Victor) Prochnow, Sr., Unknown , born May 18, 1897


The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.
-- William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Unknown


The free school is the promoter of that intelligence which is to preserve us as a nation. If we were to have another contest in the near future, of our national existence, I predict that the dividing line will not be Mason's or Dixon's, but between patriotism and intelligence on one side, and superstition, ambition and ignorance on the other.
-- Ulysses S. Grant, Unknown , Unknown


The function of genius is not to give new answers, but pose new questions which time and mediocrity can resolve.
-- Anonymous, Unknown , Unknown


The function of wisdom is discriminating between good and evil
-- Cicero, Unknown , Unknown


The geek shall inherit the earth.
-- E-mail humor, Proverbs for the Millennium or Axioms for the Internet Age, Unknown


The graduate with a Science degree asks, "Why does it work?" The graduate with an Engineering degree asks, "How does it work?" The graduate with an Accounting degree asks, "How much will it cost?" The graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, "Do you want fries with that?"
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.
-- Winston Churchill, Sir, Unknown , 1874-1965


The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
-- Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Unknown , Unknown


The heart is as important as the head in learning
-- K. Patricia Cross, Motivation: Er...Will That Be on the Test?, The Cross Papers, Number 5,, 2001, February


The heart is wiser than the intellect.
-- Fortune Cookie, Unknown , Unknown


The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
-- Albert Einstein, Unknown , Unknown


The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.
-- Goethe, Unknown , 1749-1832


The man who doesn't read has no advantage over the man who can't read.
-- Mark Twain, Unknown , Unknown


The mind does not take its complexion from the skin….
-- Frederick Douglass, 1849, Unknown


The most powerful factors in the world are clear ideas in the minds of energetic men of good will.
-- J. Arthur Thomson, Unknown , Unknown


The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Unknown , Unknown


The New England Journal of Medicine reports that 9 out of 10 doctors agree that 1 out of 10 doctors is an idiot.
-- Jay Leno, Unknown , Unknown


The one exclusive sign of a thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
-- Aristotle, Unknown , Unknown


The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
-- John Locke, Unknown , 1693


The only genius with an IQ of 60.
-- Gore Vidal, on Andy Warhol, Unknown , Unknown


The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.
-- Fortune Cookie, Unknown , Unknown


The power of generalizing ideas, of drawing comprehensive conclusions from individual observations, is the only acquirement, for an immortal being, that really deserves the name of knowledge.
-- Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792


The principal difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
-- Mark Twain, Unknown , Unknown


The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
-- Oscar Wilde, Unknown , Unknown


The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live.
-- Mortimer Adler, Unknown , Unknown


The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate "apparently ordinary" people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.
-- Pat Cross, Unknown , Unknown


The teacher can always tell when you did your homework on the bus.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely.
-- Lorraine Hansberry, Unknown , Unknown


The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
-- A. A. Milne, Unknown , Unknown


The trouble with a lot of artists today is that they have too much technique and equipment. They don't know what to do with it all. If you cut down on it, you can work more strongly within narrower limits.
-- Alexander Calder, Unknown , Unknown


The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
-- Bertrand Russell, Unknown , Unknown


The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown
The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
-- Linus Pauling, Unknown , Unknown
The whole world of thought lay unexplored before me, -- a world of which I had already caught large and tempting glimpses… -- Lucy Larcom, A New England Girlhood, 1889
The word 'genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
-- Joe Theisman, Unknown , Unknown
The world needs specialists and highly trained people with advanced degrees, no question about it. But the world also needs diversity and versatility. It needs people who know as much about our value system as they do about our solar system. -- Roger B. Smith, Unknown , 1982
The worst kind of poverty is ignorance. -- Unknown

There are 3 kinds of people: those who can count & those who can't. -- Unknown
There are no limits to the power of the human mind to construct new meaning from experience.
-- Novak and Gowin, Unknown , 1984
There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors, who have no aim beyond their facts, are one-story men. Two-story men compare, reason, generalize, using the labors of the fact collectors as well as their own. Three-story men idealize, imagine, predict - their best illumination comes from above, through the skylight.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Unknown , Unknown
There are only two things that are infinite: the universe and stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
-- Albert Einstein, Unknown , Unknown
There is no problem, however trivial, that by strict application of accepted methods of pedagogy cannot be rendered completely incapable of solution.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown
There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child. -- Thomas Bailey
There's an idea going about that the human race basically understands how the universe works. Not you and me, obviously, but scientists perhaps, or experts. Regrettably, this is not the case. In the words of Thomas Edison, the man who didn't invent the lightbulb, "We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything."
-- John Lloyd, Introduction to "The Book of General Ignorance", 2006
They don't tell you this in school, Everybody plays the fool.
-- Smokey Robinson, song, Unknown
They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
-- Thomas Reed, Speaker of the House, on congressmen, Unknown , Unknown
They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
-- Thomas Brackett Reed, Unknown , Unknown
They show you how detergents take out bloodstains... I think if you've got a T-shirt with a bloodstain all over it, maybe your laundry isn't your biggest problem.
-- Jerry Seinfeld, Unknown , Unknown
They'll remember you if you're the best reader in class--or if you throw up at lunch.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994

Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself. -- Fortune Cookie, Unknown , Unknown
This must be an era when the soul catches up with the brain, when soul directs science, when motives master machines, when how men feel becomes as important as what men know.
-- Rev. Louis Hadley Evans, Unknown , 1952


This world belongs to the man who is wise enough to change his mind in the presence of facts.
-- Roy L. Smith, Unknown , Unknown


Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
-- Plato, Unknown , Unknown


Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.
-- Lord Byron, Unknown , Unknown


Those whom the gods would destroy they first call "promising."
-- Jan Carew, Unknown , Unknown


Tis better to be thought a fool, then to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization.
-- Arnold Toynbee, Unknown , Unknown


To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
-- Benjamin Disraeli, Unknown , Unknown


To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
-- Gustave Flaubert, Unknown , Unknown


To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.
-- Theodore Roosevelt, Unknown , Unknown


To generalize is to be an idiot.
-- William Blake, Unknown , Unknown


To know whom to strike is competence; to know how to strike is skill; to know where and when to strike is art; to know why to strike is victory.
-- Roby James, Commencement, p. 172,, Unknown


To see what is in front of one's nose requires constant struggle.
-- George Orwell, Unknown , Unknown


To teachers, students are the end products, -- all else is a means. Hence there is but one interpretation of high standards in teaching: standards are highest where the maximum number of students-- slow learners and fast learners alike-- develop to their maximal capacity.
-- Joseph Seidlin, Unknown , Unknown


True genius can be identified by the fact that its expression changes the world into something it has never been before.
-- David Gerrold, Unknown , Unknown


Truth fears no questions.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


We are all either fools or undiscovered geniuses.
-- Bonnie Lin, Unknown , Unknown


We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands upon himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself.
-- Jose Ortega Y Gasset, Unknown , Unknown


We don't blame the student who can't see the chalkboard; why then do we blame the student who can't see the point?
-- Nicola Simmons, Unknown , Unknown


We have enough Youth, how about a fountain of Smart?
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


We must abandon the prevalent belief in the superior wisdom of the ignorant.
-- Daniel Boorstin, Unknown , Unknown


We ought to hear at least one little song every day, read a good poem, see a first-rate painting, and if possible speak a few sensible words.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Unknown , (1749-1832)


Well, the years start coming and they don't stop coming. ?Bet you the rules and I hit the ground running Didn't make sense not to live for fun. Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb.
-- Greg Camp of the music group Smash Mouth, song, 'All Star', 1999


What a waste it is to lose one's mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.
-- Dan Quayle, Unknown , Unknown


What gets measured, gets managed.
-- Unknown , Unknown , Unknown


What is important to a relationship is a harmony of emotional roles and not too great a disparity in the general level of intelligence.
-- Mirra Komarovsky, Unknown , Unknown


What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us.
-- Henry David Thoreau, Unknown , Unknown


What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.
-- Oscar Levant, Unknown , born December 27, 1906


What we do not call education is more precious than which we call so.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Unknown , Unknown


What we must decide is perhaps how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.
-- F. Scott Fitzgerald, Unknown , Unknown


Whatever we believe about ourselves and our ability comes true for us.
-- Susan L. Taylor, Unknown , Unknown


When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.
-- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Unknown , 1907-1972


When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap.
-- Cynthia Heimel, "Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics" in Village Voice, Unknown


When times are calm, reflect. When times are difficult, be brave.
-- Korean Proverb, Unknown , Unknown


When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.
-- J. Lubbock, Unknown , Unknown


When you go to the mind reader, do you get half price?
-- David Letterman, Unknown , Unknown


When your IQ rises to 28, sell.
-- Professor Irwin Corey to a heckler, Unknown , Unknown


Who are a little wise the best fools be.
-- Dr. John Donne, The Triple Fool., Unknown


Why does Sea World have a seafood restaurant? I'm halfway through my fishburger and I realize, Oh my God….I could be eating a slow learner.
-- Lynda Montgomery, Unknown , Unknown


Why, Sir, Sherry is dull, naturally dull; but it must have taken him a great deal of pains to become what we now see him Such an excess of stupidity, Sir, is not in Nature.
-- Dr. Samuel Johnson, on Thomas Sheridan, English critic and poet., Unknown , Unknown


Wisdom is oft times nearer when we stoop than when we soar.
-- William Wordsworth, Unknown , Unknown


Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it.
-- Benjamin Franklin, Unknown , Unknown


Wit consists in seeing the resemblance between things that differ, and the difference between things which are alike.
-- Madame de Stael, De L'allemagne, 1813


Wit is educated insolence.
-- Aristotle, Rhetoric II, 384-322 B.C.


Worrying about seat time is worrying about the wrong end of the student.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


You can ask a question and look stupid, or not ask a question and be stupid.
-- Unknown, Unknown , Unknown


You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says, "My God, you're right! I never would've thought of that!"
-- Dave Barry, Unknown , Unknown


You'll have a lot more respect for a bird after you try making a nest.
-- Cynthia Copeland Lewis, Really important stuff my kids have taught me, 1994


You're smart when you know the answer. You're wise when you know you do not.
-- Greg Henry Quinn, 365 Meditations for Teachers, November 1, Unknown


You've got to remember that common sense is not factored into the intelligence quotient.
-- Greg Gabriel, Altadena Search & Rescue leader, Newsweek, after saving 24 Caltech students trapped on Mount Wilson in tutus, capes, etc as part of hazing., Feb 13, 2006


Your kid may be an honors student, but you're still an idiot.
-- Bumper Sticker, Unknown , Unknown


…I had been fed, in my youth, a lot of old wives' tales about the way men would instantly forsake a beautiful woman to flock around a brilliant one. It is but fair to say that, after getting out in the world, I had never seen this happen.
-- Dorothy Parker, 1893-1967, Constant Reader, 1970


…Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.
-- 1 Corinthians 8:1-2, Unknown , Unknown


‘Tis education forms the common mind; Just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.
-- Alexander pope, Unknown , 1688-1744




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