Motivational Quotes

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My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.        Oprah Winfrey …. Motivational Quotes

A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way.        John Tudor

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.          Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind.                William James

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.      Daniel J. Boorstin …. Motivational Quotes

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

I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.          William Lloyd Garrison

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.           Christopher Morley

He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.             Koran

A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.             Joseph Stalin

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.               W. H. Auden

Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.    Lawrence Bixby

To love what you do and feel that it matters – how could anything be more fun?              Katharine Graham

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.             Mark Twain

A stitch in time would have confused Einstein. Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.    Peter Drucker

You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.             Norman Douglas, South Wind, 1917

To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am.            Bernard M. Baruch, 1940

It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one.    George Washington, letter to his niece Harriet Washington, October 30, 1791

Hitch your wagon to a star.         Ralph Waldo Emerson, “American Civilization”, The Atlantic Monthly, 1862

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.     Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Driftwood; Table Talk, 1857

America is a mistake, a giant mistake.   Sigmund Freud …. Motivational Quotes

A vacuum is a hell of a lot better than some of the stuff that nature replaces it with.     Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)

Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.                Jonathan Swift, Miscellanies, 1711

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.                Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures. Henry Ward Beecher, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit, 1887

Every artist was first an amateur.             Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: Progress of Culture, 1876

Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.       Joseph Addison, The Spectator, July 12, 1711

Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them.    Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1820

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.        Charles W. Eliot, The Happy Life, 1896 …. Motivational Quotes

In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.           Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: Quotation and Originality, 1876

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.      Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Reading, 1854

Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.       Sir Francis Bacon, Essays: Of Building, 1623

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.         Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude: Works and Days, 1870

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls.          Elizabeth Cady Stanton, 1890 …. Motivational Quotes

Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.   Harry S Truman, August 8, 1950

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.           Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler, 1653

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.                Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Physiologie du Gout, 1825

A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top .         Unknown

We need men who can dream of things that never were.            John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Bacchus hath drowned more men than Neptune.            Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.              Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849

Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained.           James A. Garfield, July 12, 1880

A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.               Dwight D. Eisenhower, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953 …. Motivational Quotes

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.           Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Higher Laws, 1854

Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.          James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1791

A witty saying proves nothing.  Voltaire …. Motivational Quotes

The knowledge of the world is only to be acquired in the world, and not in a closet.      Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son, 1746, published 1774

Be not the first by whom the new are tried,<br> Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.    Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism, 1711

Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.  Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste, 1825

Man seeketh in society comfort, use and protection.     Sir Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, 1605

Friendship make prosperity more shining and lessens adversity by dividing and sharing it.         Cicero, On Friendship, 44 B.C. …. Motivational Quotes

The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure.         Jean Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.           Henry David Thoreau, Journal, January 21, 1838

Health is not valued till sickness comes.              Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.            Ronald Reagan

Health is worth more than learning.       Thomas Jefferson, letter to his cousin John Garland Jefferson, June 11, 1790

We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.      Lyndon B. Johnson, December 13, 1963

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.       George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905

He who has never envied the vegetable has missed the human drama.                E.M. Cioran

For certain people after 50, litigation takes the place of sex.      Gore Vidal …. Motivational Quotes

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.              G.K. Chesterton

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.   George Bernard Shaw

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid; you must also be well-mannered.             Voltaire …. Motivational Quotes

Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.       William James

Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.               Seneca, Moral Letters to Lucilius, 64 A.D.

Parades should be classed as a nuisance and participants should be subject to a term in prison.               Will Rogers

If I had my way, any man guilty of golf would be ineligible for any office of trust in the United States.  H. L. Mencken

I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book.  Groucho Marx

In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.      Lenny Bruce …. Motivational Quotes

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.                Oscar Wilde

The amount of noise which anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity. Arthur Schopenhauer

Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space. Rebecca West

An ounce of hypocrisy is worth a pound of ambition.     Michael Korda

It does not matter much what a man hates provided he hates something.           Samuel Butler

If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.   Voltaire

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.         Honore de Balzac …. Motivational Quotes

When an opera star sings her head off, she usually improves her appearance.  Victor Borge

Even paranoids have real enemies.        Delmore Schwartz

My only aversion to vice, is the price.    Victor Buono

If you are an author and give one of your books to a member of the upper class, you must never expect him to read it.                Paul Fussell

I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement.        Oscar Wilde

Principles have no real force except when one is well fed.         Mark Twain

Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them.       Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Economy, 1854 …. Motivational Quotes

Know thyself? A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever observes himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who wanted to know itself well would never become a butterfly.          Andre Gide

Brigands demand your money or your life; women require both.             Nicholas Murray Butler

The way to fight a woman is with your hat. Grab it and run.        John Barrymore

The world began when I was born and the world is mine to win               Badger Clark

Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.   Albert Schweitzer

Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.         Horace Mann, address at Antioch College, 1859

An optimist is a man who has never had much experience.         Don Marquis

My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.           Peter De Vries

My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated, but not signed.                Christopher Morley

The pure and simple truth is rarely pure and never simple.         Oscar Wilde

I would like to take you seriously but to do so would affront your intelligence.                William F. Buckley Jr.

Understand that legal and illegal are political, and often arbitrary, categorizations; use and abuse are medical, or clinical, distinctions.       Abbie Hoffman, Steal This Urine Test

Abstract art: a product of the untalented sold by the unprincipled to the utterly bewildered.    Al Capp …. Motivational Quotes

It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.       Anatole France

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.                H. L. Mencken

A government is the only known vessel that leaks from the top.              James Reston

Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.              Joseph Addison, The Spectator, September 26, 1712

Virtue is insufficient temptation.            George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard. H. L. Mencken

Philosophy teaches us to bear with equanimity the misfortunes of others.         Oscar Wilde

I have given up reading books; I find it takes my mind off myself.            Oscar Levant

Golf is a good walk spoiled.        Mark Twain …. Motivational Quotes

You can fool too many of the people too much of the time.        James Thurber

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.          Oscar Wilde

Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves.       Lord Chesterfield, letter to his godson, December 18, 1765

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.    H. L. Mencken

It may not be that the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong – but that is the way to bet.    Damon Runyon

California is the only state in the union where you can fall asleep under a rose bush in full bloom and freeze to death.                William Claude Dunkenfield (W. C. Fields)

Start every day with a smile and get it over with.             William Claude Dunkenfield (W. C. Fields)

Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same    Oscar Wilde

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open.           Groucho Marx …. Motivational Quotes

No good deed goes unpunished.             Clare Booth Luce

It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.            Jerome K. Jerome

A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.               H. L. Mencken

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.             Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: The Comic, 1876

The more one is hated, I find, the happier one is.            Louis Ferdinand Celine

Brevity is the soul of lingerie.    Dorothy Parker

…Then anyone who leaves behind him a written manual, and likewise anyone who receives it, in the belief that such writing will be clear and certain, must be exceedingly simple-minded…              Plato, _Phaedrus_

I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.       Oscar Wilde

You never realize how short a month is until you pay alimony. John Barrymore

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.              Don Marquis …. Motivational Quotes

Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.                Jonathan Swift

Dinner theater is anti-culture.   John Simon

Virtue has never been as respectable as money.              Mark Twain

Sex: the thing that takes up the least amount of time and causes the most amount of trouble. John Barrymore

Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.           Friedrich Nietzsche

Humanity is not a gift of nature, it is a spiritual achievement to be earned.        Richard Bach

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.     John Ciardi

Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anybody else.           Heywood Broun

The history of ideas is the history of the grudges of solitary men.            E.M. Cioran

Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.                Elsa Maxwell, September 28, 1958

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.          H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

One of the serious obstacles to the improvement of our race is indiscriminate charity. Andrew Carnegie

Children should neither be seen nor heard from – ever again.   W.C. Fields

Television is for appearing on – not for looking at.           Noel Coward

The country has charms only for those not obliged to stay there.             Edouard Manet

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.    Oscar Wilde

The Irish are a fair people – they never speak well of one another.          Samuel Johnson

I envy people who drink – at least they know what to blame everything on.       Oscar Levant

If your sexual fantasies were truly of interest to others, they would no longer be fantasies.      Fran Lebowitz

I do not care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.           Groucho Marx

The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone.               Henrik Ibsen, An Enemy of the People, 1882

The average trade book has a shelf life of between milk and yogurt, except for books by any member of the Irving Wallace family – they have preservatives.           Calvin Trillin

Chastity: the most unnatural of the sexual perversions.               Aldous Huxley

A man must properly pay the fiddler. In my case it so happened that a whole symphony orchestra had to be subsidized.                John Barrymore

Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.             George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

New York: where everyone mutinies but no one deserts.           Harry Hershfield

England has forty-two religions and only two sauces.    Voltaire

My heart is pure as the driven slush.      Tallulah Bankhead

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Conclusion, 1854

God heals, and the doctor takes the fee.              Benjamin Franklin

Humility is no substitute for a good personality.              Fran Lebowitz

I find that when I do not think of myself I do not think at all.      Jules Renard

Sex: the pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.   Lord Chesterfield

Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities.       Mark Twain

Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.     Martin Mull

I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.   Woody Allen …. Motivational Quotes

A chic type, a rough type, an odd type – but never a stereotype                Jean-Michel Jarre

When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.                Peter De Vries

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.      George Bernard Shaw

What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?      Evelyn Waugh

That all men should be brothers is the dream of people who have no brothers.                Charles Chincholles

There is one difference between a tax collector and a taxidermist- the taxidermist leaves the hide.      Mortimer Caplin

Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness.             Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, 1843

The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it.       James Agate

Hollywood is a place where people from Iowa mistake each other for movie stars.        Fred Allen

One of these days, the people are going to demand peace of the government, and the government is going to have to give it to them. Dwight Eisenhower

God must hate common people, because he made them so common.   Philip Wylie

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water.  W.C. Fields

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.   Mark Twain …. Motivational Quotes

The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.              Oscar Wilde

A critic is a gong at a railroad crossing clanging loudly and vainly as the train goes by.    Christopher Morley

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.       Theodore Roosevelt, Speech in New York, September 7, 1903

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of other pessimists.           Jean Rostand

Beware of programmers who carry screwdrivers.             Leonard Brandwein

If you speak the truth, have a foot in the stirrup.              Turkish proverb

Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion.  Mark Twain

The most common of all follies is to believe passionately in the palpably not true. It is the chief occupation of mankind.                H. L. Mencken

Sexual enlightenment is justified insofar as girls cannot learn too soon how children do not come into the world.         Karl Kraus

Nothing spoils a confession like repentance.     Anatole France

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.        John Ruskin, Pre-Raphaelitism, 1850

Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.         I.F. Stone

Communism is like one big phone company.     Lenny Bruce

Destiny…is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved                William Jennings Bryan

Men have no right to put the well-being of the present generation wholly out of the question. Perhaps the only moral trust with any certainty in our hands is the care of our own time.             Edmund Burke …. Motivational Quotes

Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.          Oscar Wilde

The bonds that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each others life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.            Richard Bach

Health food makes me sick.       Calvin Trillin

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.             H. L. Mencken

Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need.               Voltaire, Candide, 1759

Grub first, then ethics.  Bertolt Brecht

I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away. Nancy Mitford

The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we hold of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.     Quentin Crisp

Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.         William F. Buckley Jr.

We are totally opposed to abortion under any circumstances. We are also opposed to abortifacient drugs and chemicals like the Pill and the IUD, and we are also opposed to all forms of birth control with the exception of natural family planning.             Judie Brown, President, American Life Lobby

Sex education classes in our public schools are promoting incest.            Jimmy Swaggart

I think contraception is disgusting – people using each other for pleasure.          Joseph Schiedler, Director, Pro-Life Action League …. Motivational Quotes

Wife: one who is sorry she did it, but would undoubtedly do it again.   H. L. Mencken

History is a set of lies agreed upon.        Napoleon Bonaparte

It has always been my rule never to smoke when asleep, and never to refrain when awake.      Mark Twain

Accident, n.: A condition in which presence of mind is good, but absence of body is better.       Unknown

Knowledge is power.     Sir Francis Bacon, Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597

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

Obviously something slipped through here.       Reverend John Vaughan, Financial administrator for the Archdiocese of Miami (when asked why they held stock in companies that ma

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.               Groucho Marx

Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence, so why bother shaving?    Woody Allen, “Without Feathers”

The wicked at heart probably know something.                Woody Allen, “Without Feathers” …. Motivational Quotes

Whosover loveth wisdom is righteous, but he that keepeth company with fowl is weird.            Woody Allen, “Without Feathers”

My Lord, my Lord! What hast Thou done, lately?              Woody Allen, “Without Feathers”

I do not believe in God. I believe in cashmere. Fran Lebowitz

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.        Benjamin Disraeli, Sybil, 1845

All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.   Samuel Butler

Grief is a species of idleness.    Samuel Johnson

It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage, than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institutions and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones.             Machiavelli

Early to rise and early to bed Makes a male healthy, wealthy and dead James Thurber

Democracy: The worship of jackals by jackasses.              H. L. Mencken

Perhaps God is not dead; perhaps God is himself mad. R. D. Laing …. Motivational Quotes

War is like love; it always finds a way.   Bertolt Brecht

There are three terrible ages of childhood – 1 to 10, 10 to 20, and 20 to 30.           Cleveland Amory

There is no great concurrence between learning and wisdom    Sir Francis Bacon

Finance is the art of passing currency from hand to hand until it finally disappears.        Robert W. Sarnoff

Anybody caught selling macrame in public should be dyed a natural color and hung out to dry.                Calvin Trillin

Wife: a former sweetheart.        H. L. Mencken

Californians invented the concept of life-style. This alone warrants their doom.              Don DeLillo

God seems to have left the receiver off the hook and time is running out.          Arthur Koestler

Oh God, how do the world and heavens confine themselves, when our hearts tremble in their own barriers!   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not enough to succeed; others must fail.     Gore Vidal

The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right. William Safire

Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.   Oscar Wilde

What the world needs today is a definite, spiritual mobilization of the nations who belive in God against this tide of Red agnosticism. …And in rejecting an atheistic other world, I am confident that the Almighty God will be with us.                President Herbert Hoover, in proposing the abolition of the United Nations, in favor of a “cooperation of God-fearing free nation …. Motivational Quotes

Democracy is, first and foremost, a spiritual force, it is built upon a spiritual basis – and on a belief in God and an observance of moral principle. And in the long run only the church can provide that basis. Our founder knew this truth – and we will neglect it at our peril.           President Harry Truman, Public Papers of the President of the United States: Harry S. Truman – 1951 U.S. Gov. 1966  p1063

Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism… I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose.                President Harry Truman, Public Papers of the President of the United States: Harry S. Truman – 1951 U.S. Gov. 1966  pp548-549

It sure does, Ben, it definitely does…this is definite…it specifically clearly, unequivocally says that Russia and other countries will enter into war and God will destroy Russia through earthquakes, volcanoes…     Pat Robertson, when asked the question “Does the Bible specifically tell us what is going to happen in the future”, “700 Club” D

America has begun a spiritual reawakening. Faith and hope are being restored. Americans are turning back to God. Church attendance is up. Audiences for religious books and broadcasts are growing. And I do believe that he has begun to heal our blessed land.   President Ronald Reagan,  to the National Association of Evangelicals, Columbus, Ohio

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can.          Danny Kaye …. Motivational Quotes

Husbands never become good; they merely become proficient.              H. L. Mencken

Curiosity killed the cat, but for awhile I was a suspect.  Steven Wright

The only difference between genius and stupidity is that genius is limited.       unknown

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.               Elbert Hubbard

A plan is just a tangent vector on the manifold of reality.             “Scratch” Garrison

Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties, and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul.             Joseph Addison

What are politicians going to tell people when the Constitution is gone and we still have a drug problem?        William Simpson, A.C.L.U.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.        Anatole France

At Group L, Stoffel oversees six first-rate programmers, a managerial challenge roughly comparable to herding cats.   The Washington Post Magazine, June 9, 1985

Life is a zoo in a jungle. Peter De Vries

Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable.      H. L. Mencken

DISCLAIMER: A society where such disclaimers are needed is saddening.            Unknown

In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upward mobile. Hunter S. Thompson

There is no remedy for love but to love more.   Henry David Thoreau, Journal, July 25, 1839 …. Motivational Quotes

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.               Mark Twain

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.        Samuel Johnson

The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.           Heinrich Heine

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.       Harold S. Kushner

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.  Bill Vaughan

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.           Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, First Series: Prudence, 1841

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

The only possible form of exercise is to talk, not to walk.            Oscar Wilde

Every time a friend succeeds, I die a little.          Gore Vidal

We all learn by experience but some of us have to go to summer school.            Peter De Vries

Men are born ignorant, not stupid; they are made stupid by education.               Bertrand Russell

Liberal: a power worshipper without power.     George Orwell

I cannot believe in a God who wants to be praised all the time.                Friedrich Nietzsche …. Motivational Quotes

You can convince anyone of anything if you just push it at them 100% of the time. They may not believe it completely, but they will still use it to form opinions, especially if they have nothing else to draw on.  Charles Manson

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.          J. K. Galbraith

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.     Logan Pearsall Smith

For certain people after fifty, litigation takes the place of sex.  Gore Vidal

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired.               Jules Renard

The long habit of living indisposeth us for dying.             Sir Thomas Browne

Sex is the biggest nothing of all time.    Andy Warhol

Canada: A few acres of snow.    Voltaire

It strkes me as singularly inappropriate for a school to use its students for fund-raising. It reminded me of the first time I saw a gypsy mother send her baby out to beg.  William Hamilton

We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.         Dwight D. Eisenhower, speech, April 2, 1957 …. Motivational Quotes

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.     Samuel Butler

Every revolution evaporates and leaves behind only the slime of a new bureaucracy    Franz Kafka

When I came back to Dublin I was courtmartialed in my absence and sentenced to death in my absence, so I said they could shoot me in my absence. Brendan Behan

Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.       Heinrich Heine

Creator: a comedian whose audience is afraid to laugh.                H. L. Mencken

I was never ruined but twice: once when I lost a lawsuit, and once when I won one.      Voltaire

To err is human; to forgive is simply not our policy          MIT Assasination Club slogan

The best years are the forties; after fifty a man begins to deteriorate, but in the forties he is at the maximum of his villainy.                H. L. Mencken

Paying alimony is like feeding hay to a dead horse.        Groucho Marx

America is the only nation in history which miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.      Georges Clemenceau …. Motivational Quotes

Insanity: a perfectly rational adjustment to the insane world.   R. D. Laing

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. I sat at a table where were rich food and wine in abundance, and obsequious attendance, but sincerity and truth were not; and I went away hungry from the inhospitable board.                Henry David Thoreau, “Walden,” the Conclusion

People who go broke in a big way never miss any meals. It is the poor jerk who is shy a half slug who must tighten his belt.      Robert Heinlein, Excerpt from the notebooks of Lazarus Long, “Time Enough for Love”

My object all sublime I shall achieve in time…  W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado, 1885

Revolution is a trivial shift in the emphasis of suffering.              Tom Stoppard

Television: chewing gum for the eyes.  Frank Lloyd Wright

Morality is the weakness of the mind.  Arthur Rimbaud

New York: A third-rate Babylon.               H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.                Oscar Wilde

Advertising is legalized lying.    H.G. Wells

If the world were a logical place, men would ride sidesaddle.   Rita Mae Brown

Kill one man and you are a murderer. Kill millions and you are a conqueror. Kill all and you are a God.  Jean Rostand

Miami Beach is where neon goes to die.              Lenny Bruce

The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.           Peter De Vries

The world is populated in the main by people who should not exist.     George Bernard Shaw

We have not lost faith, but we have transferred it from God to the medical profession.               George Bernard Shaw

Whoever does not love his work cannot hope that it will please others.              Unknown

Red is grey and yellow white<br> We decide which is right<br> and which is an illusion.            Moody Blues, “Tuesday Afternoon” …. Motivational Quotes

Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother.                Germaine Greer

Sleep is an eight-hour peep show of infantile erotica.   J.G. Ballard

Getting out of bed in the morning is an act of false confidence.                Jules Feiffer

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.       Oscar Wilde

Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.  Oscar Wilde

I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave.      Sydney Smith

Once in a while you have to take a break and visit yourself.        Audrey Giorgi

Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.      Sam Levenson …. Motivational Quotes

The history of saints is mainly the history of insane people.       Benito Mussolini

Perhaps I know best why it is man alone who laughs; he alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter.                Friedrich Nietzsche

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.           Fred Allen

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.            George Bernard Shaw

Conscience is a mother-in-law whose visit never ends  H. L. Mencken

Did blind chance know that there was light and what was its refraction, and fit the eyes of all creatures after the most curious manner to make use of it? These and other suchlike considerations, always have, and always will prevail with mankind, to believe that there is a Being who made all things, who has all things in his power, and who is therefore to be feared. Isaac Newton …. Motivational Quotes

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

It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.               Oscar Wilde

We are all born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.                Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without asking a clear question.          Albert Camus

What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets.             Andre Malraux …. Motivational Quotes

Man is more ape than many of the apes.              Friedrich Nietzsche

I have found little that is good about human beings. In my experience most of them are trash.                Sigmund Freud

Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.     Albert Einstein

What we call progress is the exchange of one nuisance for another nuisance.   Havelock Ellis

Progress might have been all right once but it has gone on too long.      Ogden Nash

As repressed sadists are supposed to become policemen or butchers so those with irrational fear of life become publishers.         Cyril Connolly

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.               Rebecca West …. Motivational Quotes

Golf may be played on Sunday, not being a game within the view of the law, but being a form of moral effort.                Stephen Leacock

How can one conceive of a one party system in a country that has over 200 varieties of cheese.               Charles de Gaulle

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.        G.K. Chesterton

Vegetables are interesting but lack a sense of purpose when unaccompanied by a good cut of meat.    Fran Lebowitz

The function of socialism is to raise suffering to a higher level. Norman Mailer

God is dead, but fifty thousand social workers have risen to take his place.        J.D. McCoughey

Men have become fools with their tools.            Thomas Elisha Stewart …. Motivational Quotes

Men have become the tools of their tools           Henry David Thoreau

Is not the whole world a vast house of assignation to which the filing system has been lost?     Quentin Crisp

For flavor, instant sex will never supercede the stuff you have to peel and cook.             Quentin Crisp

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level.             Quentin Crisp

In Marseilles they make half the toilet soap we consume in America, but the Marseillaise only have a vague theoretical idea of its use, which they have obtained from books of travel.                Mark Twain

France was a long despotism tempered by epigrams.    Thomas Carlyle

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

Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about.      Oscar Wilde

We all have the extraordinary coded within us, waiting to be released.               Jean Houston

What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.    Oscar Wilde

Generally speaking, the Way of the warrior is resolute acceptance of death.     Miyamoto Musashi, 1645

Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished.    Jeremy Bentham

A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats.      Benjamin Franklin

Whatever their other contributions to our society, lawyers could be an important source of protein.    Guindon cartoon caption …. Motivational Quotes

If you laid all of the lawyers in the world, end to end, on the equator —- It would be a good idea to just leave them there.                Unknown

Advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket.             George Orwell

Addresses are given to us to conceal our whereabouts.                Saki

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.     Truman Capote

One of the delights known to age, and beyond the grasp of youth, is that of Not Going.               J.B. Priestley

When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going.           J.B. Priestley

I am not young enough to know everything.       Oscar Wilde

The closing years of life are like the end of a masquerade party when the masks are dropped. Arthur Schopenhauer

Always forgive your enemies – nothing annoys them so much.  Oscar Wilde

Fishing is a delusion entirely surrounded by liars in old clothes.               Don Marquis

Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.           H.G. Wells …. Motivational Quotes

Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.        Alfred Hitchcock

I hate careless flattery, the kind that exhausts you in your effort to believe it.  Wilson Mizner

Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery.     Jack Paar

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand. Woodrow Wilson

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.      George Bernard Shaw

One murder makes a villain, millions a hero.     Beilby Porteus, Death, A Poem

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.           Thomas De Quincey, Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts – 1827 …. Motivational Quotes

Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.            Groucho Marx, A Day at the Races – 1936

Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.                Voltaire

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.                Samuel Butler

It is impossible to enjoy idling unless there is plenty of work to do.       Jerome K. Jerome

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?            Charlie McCarthy (Edgar Bergen)

A cult is a religion with no political power           Tom Wolfe

There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.               Samuel Johnson

I find women with well developed flesh very attractive. The scrawny little things doing commercials on my television set are slightly repulsive — like famine victims.       Dana Hatch

My schoolmates would make love to anything that moved, but I never saw any reason to limit myself.                Emo Philips …. Motivational Quotes

A promiscuous person is someone who is getting more sex than you are.            Victor Lownes

There are more tears shed over answered prayers than over unanswered prayers.         Saint Theresa of Jesus

Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.      Woody Allen

Jesus was a crackpot.     Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh – San Francisco Chronicle 12/17/85

Jesus died too soon. If he had lived to my age he would have repudiated his doctrine. Friedrich Nietzsche

Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.      Leo Tolstoy

Life is anything that dies when you stomp on it.               Dave Barry

Culture is an instrument wielded by professors to manufacture professors who when their turn comes, will manufacture professors.         Simone Weil

When I hear the word “culture” I reach for my gun.        Hans Johst (c. 1939)

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.          Lillian Hellman

College football would be more interesting if the faculty played instead of the students – there would be a great increase in broken arms, legs and necks.                H. L. Mencken

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.              Rita Mae Brown

Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart.     John Updike

Nothing fails like success.           Gerald Nachman …. Motivational Quotes

Success and failure are equally disastrous.          Tennessee Williams

Everyone who is incapable of learning has taken to teaching.    Oscar Wilde

So little time, so little to do.      Oscar Levant

Hell hath no fury like a liberal scorned.                Dick Gregory

A pessimist is a person who has to listen to too many optimists.              Don Marquis

We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.     George F. Will

It could probably be show by facts and figures that there is no distinctively native American criminal class except Congress.            Mark Twain

Courage is the fear of being thought a coward. Horace Smith

What is virtue but the trades unionism of the married. George Bernard Shaw

If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell.           Philip Sheridan

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.                Oscar Wilde …. Motivational Quotes

Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable.         Woody Allen

Theology is the effort to explain the unknowable in terms of the not worth knowing.   H. L. Mencken

The need of exercise is a modern superstition, invented by people who ate too much and had nothing to think about.                George Santayana

I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you and education.         Wilson Mizner

When in doubt, duck.    Malcolm Forbes

Our best work is done when it needs to be.        F. Phelps

There is no free lunch.  Milton Friedman

Mahatma Gandi was what wives wish their husbands were: thin, tan and moral.             Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

There is so little difference between husbands you might as well keep the first.             Adela Rogers St. Johns

Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.        Sir Winston Churchill

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.   Voltaire

If you want to read about love and marriage, you have to buy two separate books.         Alan King

Marriage is based on the theory that when man discovers a brand of beer exactly to his taste he should at once throw up his job and go work in the brewery.        George Jean Nathan

The cowards never start and the weak die along the way.            Kit Carson

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.  Voltaire

Immorality: the morality of those who are having a better time.              H. L. Mencken

Sin is geographical.         Bertrand Russell …. Motivational Quotes

Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.  J.B. Priestley

Philanthropy is the refuge of rich people who wish to annoy their fellow creatures.      Oscar Wilde

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news.               Bertolt Brecht

Man is a hating rather than a loving animal.        Rebecca West

The people are that part of the state that does now know what it wants.             Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel

The discovery of America was the occasion of the greatest outburst of cruelty and reckless greed known in history.                Joseph Conrad

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature, do not forget that actions speak louder than words.            Fran Lebowitz

My work is done, why wait?       Kodak founder George Eastman, in his suicide note

Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.                Unknown

Dying is easy. Comedy is difficult.           Actor Edmund Gwenn …. Motivational Quotes

Psychiatry is the care of the id by the odd.          Unknown

Psychoanalysis is that mental illnes for which it regards itself a therapy.              Karl Kraus

No statue has ever been put up to a critic.           Jean Sibelius

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.                Christopher Hampton

Change your thoughts and you change your world.         Norman Vincent Peale

My tears stuck in their little ducts, refusing to be jerked.             Peter Stack, in a movie review in the San Francisco Chronicle, Jan 2, 1983

Television is democracy at its ugliest.    Paddy Chayefsky

Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms.                Alan Corenk

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.               A.J. Liebling …. Motivational Quotes

Martyrdom is the only way in which a man can become famous without ability.               George Bernard Shaw

Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of being sooner ended.   George Bernard Shaw

It took me twenty years of studied self-restraint, aided by the natural decay of my faculties, to make myself dull enough to be accepted as a serious person by the British public.              George Bernard Shaw

The longer I live the more I see that I am never wrong about anything, and that all the pains I have so humbly taken to verify my notions have only wasted my time.    George Bernard Shaw

Every big problem was at one time a wee disturbance. Unknown

Few people can be happy unless they hate some other person, nation, or creed.            Bertrand Russell

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.       Bertrand Russell

Most people would sooner die than think; in fact they do so.    Bertrand Russell

All movements go too far.           Bertrand Russell

Optimism is the content of small men in high places.    F. Scott Fitzgerald

Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy. F. Scott Fitzgerald …. Motivational Quotes

The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman.               Samuel Taylor Coleridge

How could I lose to such an idiot?           A shout from chess grandmaster Aaron Nimzovich

I believe that people would be alive today if there were a death penalty.           Nancy Reagan

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines.               Frank Lloyd Wright

A doctor can bury his mistakes but a supplier based engineer can only advise the product designer to specify a heavier texture.               Mick Lloyd Kerman

I would have made a good Pope.             Richard M. Nixon

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.   Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner

Studying literature at Harvard is like learning about women at the Mayo Clinic.               Roy Blount Jr.

Sometimes when reading Goethe I have a paralyzing suspicion that he is trying to be funny.     Guy Davenport

Puritanism…helps us enjoy our misery while we are inflicting it on others.        Marcel Ophuls

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.     Robert Frost

Gerry Ford is a nice guy, but he played too much football with his helmet off.  Lyndon Baines Johnson …. Motivational Quotes

Sometimes when I look at my children I say to myself, “Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.”            Lillian Carter, mother of Jimmy and Billy

The thought of being President frightens me and I do not think I want the job. Ronald Reagan in 1973

Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan – a Mount Rushmore of incompetence.       David Steinberg

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.   George Eliot

Things have never been more like the way they are today in history.     Dwight David Eisenhower

Almost all reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.          Logan Pearsall Smith

Romance should never begin with sentiment. It should begin with science and end with a settlement.               Oscar Wilde

How wonderful opera would be if there were no singers.           Gioacchino Rosini

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.         Socrates

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. Plato …. Motivational Quotes

It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.            Aristotle

Children are guilty of unpardonable rudeness when they spit in the face of a companion; neither are they excusable who spit from windows or on walls or furniture.        St. John Baptist de La Salle, The Rules of Christian Manners and Civility (c. 1695)

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.               Ralph Waldo Emerson

Until a child is one year old it is incapable of sin.             The Talmud

A statesman is a successful politician who is dead.          Thomas B. Reed

All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.            Stendhal

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.                Stephen Leacock

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.            George Bernard Shaw

There are times when you have to choose between being a human and having good taste.        Bertolt Brecht

Bibo, ergo sum. – I drink, therefore I am               Fredirect Toyou

Cogito ergo spud. – I think, therefore I yam         Graffito, reported by Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle, April 24, 1980

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.               George Bernard Shaw

Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.  Judy Garland, to her daughter, Liza Minelli …. Motivational Quotes

Most religions do not make men better, only warier.    Elias Canetti

A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.  H. L. Mencken

What a beautiful fix we are in now; peace has been declared.  Napoleon Bonaparte, 1802

Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever.            Napoleon Bonaparte

There is nothing more exhilarating than to be shot at without result.    Sir Winston Churchill

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.     Sir Winston Churchill

I never vote for anyone; I always vote against.  W.C. Fields …. Motivational Quotes

Vote early and vote often.          Al Capone

An honest election, under democracy, is an act of innocence which does not take place more than once in the history of a given nation.     Jose Marie Gil Robles, speech in Madrid, 1933

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.       George Bernard Shaw

Voting for the right is doing nothing for it.          Henry David Thoreau, “An Essay on Civil Disobedience,” 1849.

#1597. Everything is deemed possible except that which is impossible in the nature of things. California Civil Code, “Object of a Contract”

#3528. The law respects form less than substance.          California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence”

#3529. That which ought to have been done is to be regarded as done. California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence” …. Motivational Quotes

#3530. That which does not appear to exist is to be regarded as if it did not exist.            California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence”

#3532. The law neither does nor requires idle acts.         California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence”

#3533. The law disregards trifles.             California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence”

#3535. Contemporaneous exposition is in general the best.       California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence”

#3537. Superfluity does not vitiate.        California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence”

Most people rust out due to lack of challenge. Few people rust out due to overuse.      Unknown

#3546. Things happen according to the ordinary course of nature and the ordinary habits of life.             California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence” …. Motivational Quotes

#3547. A thing continues to exist as long as is usual with things of that nature.  California Civil Code, “Maxims of Jurisprudence”

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.         Plato

Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.                Mark Twain

Radio is a bag of mediocrity where little men with carbon minds wallow in sluice of their own making.               Fred Allen

Television is a medium because anything well done is rare.       Fred Allen

Do we really deserve top billing?            Fred Allen

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security.      Thomas Paine, in his “The Rights of Man” (1791)

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it. Robert Heinlein …. Motivational Quotes

The less government we have the better.           Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends [life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness] it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government…              Thomas Jefferson (The Declaration of Independence)

…a revolution of government is the strongest proof that can be given by a people of their virtue and good sense.                John Adams, (Diary, 1786)

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.            Thomas Jefferson (Motto on his seal)

A little rebellion now and then…is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.                Thomas Jefferson, Letter to James Madison, 1787

I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death.         Patrick Henry, (Virginia Convention, March 23, 1775)

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.        Charles De Gaulle

Look for the ridiculous in everything and you find it.      Jules Renard

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end, it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.  Doug Larson …. Motivational Quotes

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.                Unknown

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.                Marian Evans

Religion is the fashionable substitute for belief.              Oscar Wilde

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.   Evelyn Waugh

Doctors are the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too.        Anton Chekhov

I have seen the hippopotamus, both asleep and awake; and I can assure you that, awake or asleep, he is the ugliest of the works of God.   Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1850

Bad spellers of the world, untie!              Grafitto

Fix this sentence: He put the horse before the cart.       Stephen Price …. Motivational Quotes

A language is a dialect with an army and a navy.               Max Weinreich

In America sex is an obsession, in other parts of the world it is a fact.    Marlene Dietrich

Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.          Susan Ertz

This life is a test. It is only a test. Had this been an actual life, you would have received further instructions as to what to do and where to go.       Unknown

Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews.                John Updike …. Motivational Quotes

The only thing worse than a knee-jerk liberal is a knee-pad conservative.           Edward Abbey (Vox Clamans in Deserto)

To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.         Quentin Crisp

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.      Oscar Wilde

On the whole human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time.        George Orwell

There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have to be patient and wait for them to self destruct. It never fails.     Richard Rybolt …. Motivational Quotes

What a time! What a civilization!            Cicero

Oh, this age! How tasteless and ill-bred it is!     Catullus

How little you know about the age you live in if you think that honey is sweeter than cash in hand.       Ovid

It is sometimes expedient to forget who we are.             Publilius Syrus (c. 42 BC)

There is no glory in otustripping donkeys.           Marcus Valerius Martialis

The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum.                Menander

There is nothing so absurd but some philosopher has said it.     Cicero

A man with his belly full of the classics is an enemy of the human race.                Henery Miller, Tropic of Cancer  1934

(Of Jesus): “A parish demogogue.”         Shelley (Queen Mab) …. Motivational Quotes

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.  Albert Camus

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.                Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi, in Irving Good, The Scientist Speculates (1962) …. Motivational Quotes

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

Let a short Act of Parliament be passed, placing all street musicians outside the protection of the law, so that any citizen may assail them with stones, sticks, knives, pistols, or bombs without incurring any penalties.                George Bernard Shaw

A bachelor is a selfish, undeserving guy who has cheated some woman out of a divorce.             Don Quinn

When it is a question of money, everyone is of the same religion.          Voltaire

On Thanksgiving Day all over America, families sit down to dinner at the same moment – halftime.       Unknown

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.   La Rochefoucauld

The Pilgrim Fathers landed on the shores of America and fell upon their knees. Then they fell upon the aborigines.                (Anon.) …. Motivational Quotes

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.             Elie Wiesel

A ship in harbor is safe— but that is not what ships are for.        John A. Shedd

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.                P. G. Wodehouse

Love is a dirty trick played on us to achieve the continuation of the species.      W. Somerset Maugham

We have long passed the Victorian era, when asterisks were followed after a certain interval by a baby.            W. Somerset Maugham

Somewhere on this globe, every ten seconds, there is a woman giving birth to a child. She must be found and stopped.                Sam Levenson …. Motivational Quotes

It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics or chemistry.  H. L. Mencken

Contraceptives should be used on every conceivable occasion.                From The Last Goon Show of All

Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.         Bertrand Russell …. Motivational Quotes

Life is a God-damned, stinking, treacherous game and nine hundred and ninety-nine men out of a thousand are bastards.                Theodore Dreiser, quoting an unnamed newspaper editor

It is not true that life is one damn thing after another- it is one damn thing over and over.          Edna St. Vincent Millay

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.     Paul Gauguin

Men and women, women and men. It will never work.                Erica Jong

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.              Gloria Steinem

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.                Timothy Leary …. Motivational Quotes

Man is the only animal that blushes — or needs to.         Mark Twain

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.         Thomas Szasz

I know that poetry is indispensable, but to what I could not say.              Jean Cocteau

The Holy Roman Empire was neither holy, nor Roman nor an Empire.    Voltaire

What we choose to call sanity is a big house where the mad have no mothers. The Clown Prince of Darkness, (correspondence, 1988)

It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.    Sir Winston Churchill

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.               Robert Byrne

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation.  Henry Kissinger …. Motivational Quotes

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it. George Bernard Shaw

J.P Morgan, when asked what the stock market will do, replied,              It will fluctuate.

As long as war is regarded as wicked, it will always have its fascination. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular.        Oscar Wilde

Walking women want to see the southern cross at night And so they set aside a sock, and tie their laces tight Yes mournful is the melody that echoes in their heads Without a beat they march along, believing Bach is dead.    The Residents “Duck Stab”:Bach is Dead

Old age is the most unexpected of things that can happen to a man.      Trotsky

Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.                Joseph Heller, “Catch-22”

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage.           H. L. Mencken

Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate you dislike least.               Robert Byrne

If law school is so hard to get through… how come there are so many lawyers?                Calvin Trillin

Missionaries are going to reform the world whether it wants to or not.                Oscar Wilde

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure. John D. Rockefeller …. Motivational Quotes

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.    George Bernard Shaw

To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.        Aldous Huxley

Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union.      Joseph Stalin

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.    Aristotle

The gods too are fond of a joke Aristotle

He was a wise man who invented God.                Plato

Wit is educated insolence.         Aristotle

Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these    Ovid

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.     Mark Twain

God is the tangential point between zero and infinity. Alfred Jarry …. Motivational Quotes

The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us.              Abraham Lincoln

We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.              C. S. Lewis

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.       Arnold H. Glasgow

Freedom is just Chaos, with better lighting.       Alan Dean Foster “To the Vanishing Point”

After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.      Unknown

People forget how fast you did a job – but they remember how well you did it.  Howard Newton

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.                Sigmund Freud

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.                Joseph Heller

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.           Dave Barry

The genius of you Americans is that you never make clear-cut stupid moves, only complicated stupid moves which make us wonder at the possibility that there may be something to them we are missing.                Gamel Abdel Nasser

I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.         Sir Winston Churchill

What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive?              Irv Kupcinet …. Motivational Quotes

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

A man said to the Universe: “Sir, I exist!”<br> “However,” replied the Universe,<br> “the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.”      Stephen Crane

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.          Bill Watterson, cartoonist

I do not know myself, and God forbid that I should.         Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.    Sigmund Freud

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.     John Stuart Mill

Duty then is the sublimest word in the English language. You should do your duty in all things. You can never do more, you should never wish to do less.     General Robert E. Lee

I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.              Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal” …. Motivational Quotes

We will occasionally use this arrow notation unless there is danger of no confusion.         Ronald Graham, “Rudiments of Ramsey Theory”

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. Saint Jerome

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.              T. E. Lawrence, “The Seven Pillars of Wisdom”

Democracy gives every man the right to be his own oppressor.  James Russell Lowell

We are born princes and the civilizing process makes us frogs.    Eric Berne

Read my lips–NO NEW TAXES!  George Herbert Walker Bush, Nov. 1988

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.          Mark Twain

The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.         Voltaire

A witty saying proves nothing.   Voltaire

There are three side effects of acid. Enchanced long term memory, decreased short term memory, and I forget the third.                Timothy Leary …. Motivational Quotes

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance.   Robert Quillen

Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S Truman

Santa Claus had the right idea. Visit everyone once a year.           Victor Borges

Every government is run by liars. Nothing they say should be believed.  I.F. Stone 1907-1989

Blessed be the meek, for they shall inherit six feet of the earth.                The Clown Prince of Darkness, corresponsdence

We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. John F. Kennedy, October 26, 1963

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

Come quickly, I am tasting stars!               Dom Perignon, at the moment of his discovery of champagne

Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.         Benny Hill

People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them.              Anton Chekhov

Holidays are an expensive trial of strength. The only satisfaction comes from survival.    Jonathan Miller

Gifts are like hooks.        Marcus Valerius Martialis …. Motivational Quotes

In the fight between you and the world, back the world.              Frank Zappa

Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.         H. L. Mencken

It is better to be quotable than to be honest.     Tom Stoppard

Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account.         Oscar Wilde

In California everyone goes to a therapist, is a therapist, or is a therapist going to a therapist.      Truman Capote

Bore: a man who is never unintentionally rude. Oscar Wilde

New York is the only city in the world where you can get deliberately run down on the sidewalk by a pedestrian.                Russell Baker

Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff – it is a palliative rather than a remedy.               Peter De Vries

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.        Franklin P. Jones …. Motivational Quotes

Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.            Oscar Wilde

I knew her before she was a virgin.         Oscar Levant

We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.   Alex Comfort

Celibacy is not hereditary.            Guy Goden

Virginity is in the lies of the beholder.     The Clown Prince of Darkness

Aliter catuli longe olent, aliter sues.<br> (“Puppies and pigs have a very different smell.”)            Plautus

When she was a small girl, Amanda hid a ticking clock in an old, rotten tree trunk. It drove woodpeckers crazy. Ignoring tasty bugs all around them, they just about beat their brains out trying to get at the clock. Years later, Amanda used the woodpecker experiment as a model for understanding capitalism, Communism, Christianity, and all other systems that traffic in future rewards rather than in present realities.                Tom Robbins

What torture, this life in society! Often someone is obliging enough to offer me a light, and in order to oblige him I have to fish a cigarette out of my pocket.             Karl Kraus

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

Justice is incedental to law and order.    J. Edgar Hoover

Reading musses up my mind.     Henry Ford …. Motivational Quotes

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.    Dwight Eisenhower, April 16, 1953

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy?         Ursula K. LeGuin

If you are ruled by mind you are a king; if by body, a slave.           Cato, Roman statesman and historian

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot. Clarence Thomas

What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.        George Bernard Shaw

A clergyman is one who feels himself called upon to live without working at the expense of the rascals who work to live.                Voltaire

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

In America, through pressure of conformity, there is freedom of choice, but nothing to choose from.     Peter Ustinov

America is a large friendly dog in a small room. Every time it wags its tail it knocks over a chair.    Arnold Toynbee

The United States is like the guy at the party who gives cocaine to everybody and still nobody likes him.                Jim Samuels …. Motivational Quotes

When I get smitten, I stay smut.               Charlie McCarthy

The English think incompetence is the same thing as sincerity.    Quentin Crisp

War is the biggest ego trip of all time.     Molly Wiest

Men are like steel. When they lose their temper, they lose their worth.                Chuck Norris

Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.               Lord Byron

The main thing is you and I should exist, and that we should be you and I. Apart from that let everything go as it likes. The best order of things to my way thinking, is the one I was meant to be part of, and to hell with the most perfect of worlds if I am not in it. I would rather exist, even as an impudent argufier, than not exist at all.        Jean-Francois Rameau

…all life is only a set of pictures in the brain, among which there is no difference betwixt those born of real things and those born of inward dreamings, and (there is) no cause to value one above the other.”               H.P. Lovecraft …. Motivational Quotes

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.               Oscar Wilde

Egotism is the anesthetic given by a kindly nature to relieve the pain of being a damned fool.     Bellamy Brooks

On Monday mornings I am dedicated to the proposition that all men are created jerks.  H. Allen Smith, “Let the Crabgrass Grow”

Chastity always takes its toll. In some it produces pimples; in others, sex laws.    Karl Kraus

If there were a verb meaning “to believe falsely,” it would not have any significant first person, present indicative.                Ludwig Wittgenstein

If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.         Florynce Kennedy

Responsiblity is a unique concept. It can only reside and inhere in a single individual. You may share it with others, but your portion is not diminished. You may delegate it, but it is still with you. You may disclaim it, but you cannot divest yourself of it.            Admiral Hyman Rickover …. Motivational Quotes

Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.   Maurice Chevalier

A casual stroll through the lunatic asylum shows that faith does not prove anything.        Friedrich Nietzsche

A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.        G. Gordon Liddy

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.             Voltaire

My wife and I tried to breakfast together, but we had to stop or our marriage would have been wrecked.            Sir Winston Churchill

All children are essentially criminal.          Denis Diderot …. Motivational Quotes

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.              Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank God kids never mean well              Lily Tomlin

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

Lactomangulation, n.:<br> Manhandling the “open here” spout on a milk carton so badly that one has to resort to using the “illegal” side.      Rich Hall, “Sniglets”

No one is completely unhappy at the failure of his best friend.   Groucho Marx

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.             Vladimir Nabokov

Shut up he explained.    Ring Lardner, The Young Immigrants, 1920

Being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of tranquility that religion is powerless to bestow.   Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoting a friend

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. Teach a man to create an artificial shortage of fish and he will eat steak.    Jay Leno

It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.        Oscar Wilde …. Motivational Quotes

The family is a court of justice which never shuts down for night or day.                Malcolm De Chazal

Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. And my advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.             W. Somerset Maugham

The graveyards are full of indispensable men.    Charles de Gaulle

Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you find the real tinsel underneath.           Oscar Levant

Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract instead of under observation.              Walter Winchell

The Hollywood tradition I like best is called “sucking up to the stars.”       Johnny Carson

“Hello,” he lied.                Don Carpenter quoting a Hollywood agent

However, never daunted, I will cope with adversity in my traditional manner … sulking and nausea.        Tom K. Ryan …. Motivational Quotes

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.         Don Marquis

MacDonald has the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thoughts.         Sir Winston Churchill

Alas, I am dying beyond my means.         Oscar Wilde, as he sipped champagne on his deathbed

If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.   Thomas Carlyle

Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.        Beckett

I was once thrown out of a mental hospital for depressing the other patients.    Oscar Levant

One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness.     Josh Billings

Once the people begin to reason, all is lost.         Voltaire

If Christ were here now there is one thing he would not be – a Christian.               Mark Twain …. Motivational Quotes

It is well to write love letters. There are certain things for which it is not easy to ask your mistress face to face, like money for instance.       Henri De Regnier

He who despises himself esteems himself as a self-despiser.      Friedrich Nietzsche

Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.    George Bernard Shaw

George Washington as a boy was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth – he could not even lie.                Mark Twain

Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.                Savielly Grigorievitcyh Tartakower

In San Francisco, Haloween is redundant.             Will Durst

There are two million interesting people in New York and only seventy-eight in Los Angles.         Neil Simon, in Playboy, Feb. 1979

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.            Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.         Oscar Wilde

We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys.      William Arthur Ward

A man never reaches that dizzy height of wisdom that he can no longer be led by the nose.        Mark Twain …. Motivational Quotes

The only man, woman, or child who ever wrote a simple declarative sentence with seven grammatical errors is dead.    e. e. cummings, on the death of Warren G. Harding, 1923

Harding was not a bad man, he was just a slob.  Alice Roosevelt Longworth, from Mrs. L. Conversations with Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Ronald Reagan is the most ignorant president since Warren Harding.      Ralph Nader, The Pacific Sun, March 21, 1981

A bore is a fellow talking who can change the subject back to his topic of conversation faster than you can change it back to yours.   Laurence J. Peter …. Motivational Quotes

Cleaning anything involves making something else dirty, but anything can get dirty without something else getting clean.                Laurence J. Peter

The civilization of one epoch becomes the manure of the next. Cyril Connolly

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.                Plato

Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.           Will Durant

The first human being who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.     Sigmund Freud, (Attributed)

I think it would be a good idea.  Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

Jury: a group of twelve men who, having lied to the judge about their hearing, health and business engagements, have failed to fool him.            H. L. Mencken

He who does not desire power is fit to hold it.    Plato

There is no law against composing music when one has no ideas whatsoever. The music of Wagner, therefore, is perfectly legal       The National, Paris, 1850

The prelude to Tristan and Isolde sounded as if a bomb had fallen into a large music factory and had thrown all the notes into confusion.  The Tribune, Berlin, 1871

The prelude to Tristan and Isolde reminds me of the Italian painting of the martyr whose intestines are slowly being unwound from his body on a reel.           Eduard Hanslick

Wagner drives the nail into your head with swinging hammer blows.       P.A. Fiorentino …. Motivational Quotes

“9W”<br>Answer to the question: Do you spell your name with a V, Mr. Vagner?             Steve Allen, from the Question Man segment on the Steve Allen Show

Children are never too tender to be whipped. Like tough beefsteaks, the more you beat them, the more tender they become.              Edgar Allan Poe

Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.     Evelyn Waugh …. Motivational Quotes

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.               H.H. Munro (Saki)

It is time I stepped aside for a less experienced and less able man.           Professor Scott Elledge on his retirement from Cornell

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.                Anatole France

We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.         Francois De La Rochefoucauld

LOVE: A word properly applied to our delight in particular kinds of food; sometimes metaphorically spoken of the favorite objects of all our appetites.         Henry Fielding

A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart who looks at her watch.    James Beard

Obscenity is what happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.          Bertrand Russell …. Motivational Quotes

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln

Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.  Wilson Mizner

Marriage is popular because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.             George Bernard Shaw

Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know He is.  Jean Anouilh

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.              Georg Friedrich Wilhelm Hegel

Very few things happen at the right time and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.               Herodotus

We should all be obliged to appear before a board every five years and justify our existence…on pain of liquidation.                George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern.  Lord Acton

I showed my appreciation of my native land in the usual Irish way by getting out of it as soon as I possibly could.                George Bernard Shaw

The Irish are a fair people – they never speak well of one another.           Samuel Johnson

Conscience and cowardice are really the same thing. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. Oscar Wilde …. Motivational Quotes

We must use time as a tool, not as a crutch.        John F. Kennedy

Spring makes everything look filthy.        Katherine Whitehorn

Screenwriters? Schmucks with Underwoods.     Jack Warner

The scenery in the play was beautiful, but the actors got in front of it.    Alexander Woollcott

Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God.        Lenny Bruce

The worshiper is the father of the gods.                H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

Archbishop: a Christian ecclesiastic of a rank superior to that attained by Christ. H. L. Mencken

Self-respect: the secure feeling that no one, as yet, is suspicious.             H. L. Mencken

Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love.   David McCullough

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant – and let the air out of the tires.                Dorothy Parker

If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name.              A.A. Milne

The people are to be taken in very small doses. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.          Eric Hoffer

Nothing would disgust me more, morally, than receiving an Oscar.           Luis Bunuel

Actresses will happen in the best regulated families.       Oliver Herford …. Motivational Quotes

It was like passing the scene of a highway accident and being relieved to learn that nobody had been seriously injured.                Martin Cruz Smith on being asked how he liked the movie version of his novel Gorky Park.

A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.               Michael Winner, British film director …. Motivational Quotes

You have to have a talent for having talent.         Ruth Gordon

Yer beautiful in yer wrath! I shall keep you, and in responding to my passions, yer hatred will kindle into love.    John Wayne, (as Genghis Kahn to Susan Hayward in the move The Conqueror) 1956

Sentimentality is the emotional promiscuity of those who have no sentiment.   Norman Mailer

The advantage of the emotions is that they lead us astray.           Oscar Wilde

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy next to me.                Woody Allen, Annie Hall

Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace.  Amelia Earhart

How could I lose to such an idiot?             Aaron Nimzovich, A shout from the chess grandmaster

One is not superior merely because one sees the world as odious.           Chateaubriand

Minds are like parachutes – they only function when open.          Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.        Herb Caen

Nothing in our culture, not even home computers, is more overrated than the epidermal felicity of two featherless bipeds in desperate congress.  Quentin Crisp

The art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of the citizens to give to the other.                Voltaire

I admire the serene assurance of those who have religious faith. It is wonderful to observe the calm confidence of a Christian with four aces.               Mark Twain

Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.       George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.      Cyril Connolly

A liberal is a man who leaves the room when the fight begins.    Heywood Broun

Memory feeds imagination.        Amy Tan

The only “ism” Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.           Dorothy Parker

There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you.             Peter De Vries

I saw that all things I feared, and which feared me, had nothing good or bad in them save insofar as the mind was affected by them.              Spinoza, Dutch Philosopher

People and things do not upset us, rather we upset ourselves by believing that they can upset us.           Albert Ellis, founder of Rational Emotive Therapy

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.   Victor Hugo

We become what we think about all day long.    Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.     William Shakespeare …. Motivational Quotes

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.   Abraham Lincoln

Change your thoughts and you change your world.          Norman Vincent Peale

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.        Eykis

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.        Henry David Thoreau

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.              Albert Einstein

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.       Henry David Thoreau

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.                (St. Luke 2:1) …. Motivational Quotes

Noah must have taken into the Ark two taxes, one male and one female. And did they multiply bountifully! Next to guinea pigs, taxes must have been the most prolific animals.     Will Rogers

Man is not like other animals in the ways that are really significant: Animals have instincts, we have taxes.            Erving Goffman

Why does a small tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and s substantial tax cut save you thirty cents?         Peg Bracken

The point to remember is what the government gives it must first take away.    John S. Coleman

The avoidance of taxes is the only pursuit that carries any reward.           John Maynard Keynes

An income tax form is like a laundry list — either way you lose your shirt.               Fred Allen

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program: your dollar will go further.       Wernher Von Braun

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest amount of hissing.           Jean Baptiste Colbert

Fashions are the only induced epidemics, proving that epidemics can be induced by tradesmen.               George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

Advertising is the modern substitute for argument; its function is to make the worse appear the better.               George Santayana

At age 50, every man has the face he deserves.                George Orwell

I wonder how so insupportable a thing as a bookseller was ever permitted to grow up in the Commonwealth. Many of our modern booksellers are but needless excrements, or rather vermin.      George Wither

It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.    Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.         Dame Edith Sitwell

I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool.      Katharine Whitehorn

There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.         Muhammad Ali on the occasion of one of his retirements

Hurting people is my business.  Sugar Ray Robinson

My toughest fight was with my first wife.             Muhammad Ali

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.       Benjamin Disraeli …. Motivational Quotes

A novel is a piece of prose of a certain length with something wrong with it.        Unknown

In every fat book there is a thin book trying to get out.  Unknown

A big book is a big bore.                Callimachus (c. 260 B.C.)

This book fills a much needed gap.           Moses Hadas

I have read your book and much like it.  Moses Hadas

Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end. Igor Stravinsky

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.                Kin Hubbard

Even Bach comes down to the basic suck, blow, suck, suck, blow.             Mouth organist Larry Adler …. Motivational Quotes

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.                Thomas Jefferson

I tried to resist his overtures, but he plied me with symphonies, quartettes, chamber music, and cantatas.           S.J. Perelman

Cogito ergo dim sum. (Therefore I think these are pork buns.)   Robert Byrne

A family is but too often a commonwealth of malignants.             Alexander Pope

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.        Christopher Isherwood

I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.            Benjamin Disraeli

Solitude would be ideal if you could pick the people to avoid.     Karl Kraus

The fickleness of the women whom I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.                George Bernard Shaw

Marriage is like paying an endless visit in your worst clothes.       J.B. Priestley

God is love, but get it in writing.                Gypsy Rose Lee

I believe that the power to make money is a gift from God.         John D. Rockefeller

Behind every great fortune there is a crime.       Honore de Balzac …. Motivational Quotes

A billion here, a billion there – pretty soon it adds up to real money.         Senator Everett Dirksen

Money is good for bribing yourself through the inconveniences of life.  Gottfried Reinhardt

A man ought to be able to be fond of his wife without making a fool of himself about her.            George Bernard Shaw

It takes a woman twenty years to make a man of her son, and another woman twenty minutes to make a fool of him.                Helen Rowland

A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.              H. L. Mencken

Every law is an infraction of liberty.          Jeremy Bentham

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.                Benjamin Disraeli

No doubt Jack the Ripper excused himself on the grounds that it was human nature.      A.A. Milne

I propose getting rid of conventional armaments and replacing them with reasonably priced hydrogen bombs that would be distributed equally throughout the world.     Idi Amin

What luck for rulers that men do not think.          Adolf Hitler

It is a mistake to speak of a bad choice in love, since as soon as a choice exists, it can only be bad.             Marcel Proust

The only paradise is paradise lost.            Marcel Proust

Saints should always be judged guilty until they are proved innocent.     George Orwell

Sigmund Freud was a half baked Viennese quack. Our literature, culture, and the the films of Woody Allen would be better today if Freud had never written a word.              Ian Shoales

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.        Rodin …. Motivational Quotes

It is most unwise for people in love to marry       George Bernard Shaw

Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage. Dr. Karl Bowman

Marriage is like a bank account. You put it in, you take it out, you lose interest.   Professor Irwin Corey

I have taken more out of alcohol than alcohol has taken out of me.          Sir Winston Churchill

Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.         George Bernard Shaw

I have to think hard to name an interesting man who does not drink.      Richard Burton

Decency…must be an even more exhausting state to maintain than its opposite. Those who succeed seem to need a stupefying amount of sleep.       Quentin Crisp

Sleep is an eight-hour peep show of infantile erotica.     J.G. Ballard

Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.         Evan Davis

Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.         Lyman Beecher

I married beneath me – all women do.   Nancy Astor …. Motivational Quotes

The human race is faced with a cruel choice: work or daytime television.               Unknown

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.       Eric Hoffer

Imitation is the sincerest form of television.        Fred Allen

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.               Redd Foxx

I get my exercise acting as a pallbearer to my friends who exercise.         Chauncey Depew

Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.               Voltaire

This poem will never reach its destination.           Voltaire …. Motivational Quotes

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.    William Ellery Channing

May God defend me from my friends; I can defend myself from my enemies.   Voltaire

My mother loved children – she would have given anything if I had been one.    Groucho Marx

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.     Groucho Marx

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.           Georges Clemenceau

War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.   Georges Clemenceau

Being in the army is like being in the Boy Scouts, except that the Boy Scouts have adult supervision.        Blake Clark

The final delusion is the belief that one has lost all delusions.      Maurice Chapelain

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.           H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

The reward of one duty is the power to fulfill another.   George Eliot

Philosophy is to the real world as masturbation is to sex.               Karl Marx

If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.              Diogenes the Cynic (412 to 323 B.C.)

I was going to buy a copy of “The Power of Positive Thinking”, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?                Ronnie Shakes

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.         J. D. Salinger

A pessimist thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.            George Bernard Shaw

When there are two conflicting versions of a story, the wise course is to believe the one in which people appear at their worst.   H. Allen Smith …. Motivational Quotes

Every man is thoroughly happy twice in his life: just after he has met his first love, and just after he has left his last one.                H. L. Mencken

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible.     Margaret Mead

A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.                Oscar Wilde

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.           Benjamin Franklin

Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.            Gustave Flaubert …. Motivational Quotes

Very few things happen at the right time and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.               Herodotus

History is bunk. Henry Ford

Socrates seems to be the philosophical napkin with which the ensuing cultural thinkers of history wipe their mouths of pedantic ooze.  Unknown

Being a woman is of special interest to aspiring male transexuals. To actual women it is simply a good excuse not to play football.               Fran Lebowitz

Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.                Hasidic Saying

A married man with a family will do anything for money.               Charles De Talleyrand …. Motivational Quotes

The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.  George Bernard Shaw

Few great men could pass Personnel.    Paul Goodman

Great men are not always idiots                Karen Elizabeth Gordon

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore.         H. L. Mencken

There is more to life than increasing its speed    Mahatma Gandhi

There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval    George Santayana

Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves.               Joseph P. Thompson

I have an existential map. It has “You are here” written all over it.             Steven Wright

Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.             Arthur Balfour …. Motivational Quotes

For the preservation of chastity, an empty and rumbling stomach and fevered lungs are indispensable. St. Jerome

Nothing is so much to be shunned as sex relations.          Saint Augustine

The orgasm has replaced the Cross as the focus of longing and the image of fulfillment. Malcolm Muggeridge

I hate women because they always know where things are.        James Thurber …. Motivational Quotes

Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.  P. G. Wodehouse

The only charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception necessary for both parties.            Oscar Wilde

The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.     G.K. Chesterton

Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.  Walter Winchell

A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.    Dean Acheson

Truth is shorter than fiction.        Irving Cohen …. Motivational Quotes

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question? Lily Tomlin

In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries.            Saul Bellow

Love will find a lay.          Robert Byrne

The affair between Margot Asquith and Margot Asquith will live as one of the prettiest love stories in all literature.                Dorothy Parker

The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. Chinese Proverb

Favorite animal: steak.  Fran Lebowitz

In Mexico we have a word for sushi: bait.             Jose Simon

I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead- not sick, not wounded – dead.            Woody Allen …. Motivational Quotes

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.             Bertrand Russell

We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – gunpowder and romantic love.        Andre Maurois

We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.             H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.               Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the long run we are all dead. John Maynard Keynes

People who have no faults are terrible; there is no way to take advantage of them          Anatole France

We would have broken up except for the children. Who were the children? Well, she and I were.            Mort Sahl

I refuse to consign the whole male sex to the nursery. I insist on believing that some men are my equals.             Brigid Brophy

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.    Paul Valery

Most of our future lies ahead.   Denny Crum, Louisville basketball coach

The future is much like the present, only longer.               Don Quisenberry

Do it big or stay in bed.  Opera producer Larry Kelly …. Motivational Quotes

Opera in English is, in the main, just about as sensible as baseball in Italian.          H. L. Mencken

Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes.    Jawaharlal Nehru

If you talk to God, you are praying; if God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. Thomas Szasz

Even holligans marry, though they know that marriage is but for a little while. It is alimony that is forever.             Quentin Crisp

What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness.                Leo Tolstoy

In the mirrorlike relationship between wine and human beings, Zinfandel owned more reflective properties than any other grape; in its infinite mutability, it was capable of expressing almost any philosophical position or psychological function. As a result, its own “true” nature might never be known.       David Darlington, from his novel Angels Visits: An Inquiry into the Mystery of Zinfandel …. Motivational Quotes

Lie Down and Roll Over and 159 Other Ways To Say I Love You    Book title by Erskine & Moran – 1981

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution.               H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

Man is only miserable so far as he thinks himself so.        Jacopo Sannazaro

The Art of Love: knowing how to combine the temperment of a vampire with the discretion of an anemone.     E.M. Cioran

Golf is a game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood.    Samuel Johnson

As long as I am an American citizen and American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, and to publish whatever I please on any subject.              Elija Lovejoy

Newspapers should have no friends.      Joseph Pulitzer

When vultures watching your civilization begin dropping dead, it is time to pause and wonder.   David Brower

The greatest mystery is not that we have been flung at random between the profusion of matter and of the stars, but that within this prison we can draw from ourselves images powerful enough to deny our nothingness.           Andre Malraux …. Motivational Quotes

One watches them on the seashore, all the people, and there is something pathetic, almost wistful in them, as if they wished their lives did not add up to this scaly nullity of possession, but as if they could not escape. It is a dragon that has devoured us all: these obscene, scaly houses, this insatiable struggle and desire to possess, to possess always and in spite of everything, this need to be an owner, lest one be owned. It is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away.          D. H. Lawrence

Class is material consumed.         John Trudell

What grape to keep its place in the sun, taught our ancestors to make wine?      Cyril Connolly …. Motivational Quotes

A country which proposes to make use of modern war as an instrument of policy must possess a highly centralized, all-powerful executive, hence the absurdity of talking about the defense of democracy by force of arms. A democracy which makes or effectively prepares for modern scientific war must necessarily cease to be democratic.            Aldous Huxley

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.              Mark Twain

In the modern world, in which thousands of people are dying every hour as a consequence of politics, no writing anywhere can begin to be credible unless it is informed by political awareness and principles. Writers who have neither product utopian trash.    John Berger …. Motivational Quotes

Not everybody has to sing the melody. Pete Seeger

The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he really is very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good.                Robert Graves

Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless.   Leo Tolstoy

I know not, sir whether Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare, but if he did not it seems to me that he missed the opportunity of his life.   J.M. Barrie

Our land is more valuable than your money. As long as the sun shines and the waters flow, this land will be here to give life to men and animals; therefore, we cannot sell this land. It was put here for us by the Great Spirit and we cannot sell it because it does not belong to us.             Blackfoot chief, (c. 1880)

The best hope is that one of these days the ground will get disgusted enough just to walk away – leaving people with nothing more to stand on than what they have so bloody well stood for up to now.         Kenneth Patchen

A misery is not to be measured from the nature of the evil, but from the temper of the sufferer.             Joseph Addison …. Motivational Quotes

By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.     Albert Camus

What once were vices are manners now.             Seneca

Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to become as mediocre as possible.     Margaret Mead

Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.          Aldo Leopold

Canada is a country so square that even the female impersonators are women.                Richard Benner

I do not believe the expenditure of $2.50 for a book entitles the purchaser to the personal friendship of the author.                Evelyn Waugh …. Motivational Quotes

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.     George Bernard Shaw

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.              Josh Billings

Fishing, with me, has always been an excuse to drink in the daytime.      Jimmy Cannon

Truth, in the matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.                Oscar Wilde

Hollywood is a sewer with service from the Ritz Carlton.                Wilson Mizner

Method acting? There are quite a few methods. Mine involves a lot of talent, a glass and some cracked ice.        John Barrymore

I enjoy being a highly overpaid actor.      Roger Moore

England produces the best fat actors.     Jimmy Cannon …. Motivational Quotes

The only way to succeed is to make people hate you.     Josef von Sternberg

Any new venture goes through the following stages: enthusiasm, complication, disillusionment, search for the guilty, punishment of the innocent, and decoration of those who did nothing. Unknown

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.                Cicero

California: The west coast of Iowa.           Joan Didion

The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.        Mell Lazzarus

The only man who is really free is the one who can turn down an invitation to dinner without giving any excuse.                Jules Renard

Since the whole affair had become one of religion, the vanquished were of course exterminated.           Voltaire

Adultery is the application of democracy to love.              H. L. Mencken

Adolescence is the stage between infancy and adultery.               Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

Television is a medium of entertainment which permits millions of people to listen to the same joke at the same time, and yet remain lonesome.   T.S. Eliot

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.      T.S. Eliot

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.               T.S. Eliot …. Motivational Quotes

I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.       Oscar Wilde, upon being told the cost of an operation

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.    Ralph Waldo Emerson

A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.               H.H. Munro (Saki)

The only way to reform some people is to chloroform them.       Thomas C. Haliburton

The holy passion of Friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.      Mark Twain …. Motivational Quotes

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.               Mark Twain

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards   Mark Twain

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.                John Viscount Morley

One should always be in love. That is the reason one should never marry.            Oscar Wilde

Indolence is a delightful but distressing state; we must be doing something to be happy.              Mahatma Gandhi

Life would be tolerable but for its amusements.                George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

Finishing a book is just like you took a child out in the back yard and shot it.          Truman Capote

When in doubt, have two guys come through the door with guns.            Raymond Chandler

Henry James writes fiction as if it were a painful duty.    Oscar Wilde

Henry James chews more than he bites off.        Mrs Henry Adams (c. 1880)

Henry James was one of the nicest old ladies I ever met.              William Faulkner …. Motivational Quotes

Henry James would have been vastly improved as a novelist by a few whiffs of the Chicago stockyard.   H. L. Mencken

Henry James created more convincing women than Iris Murdoch put together. Wilfred Sheed …. Motivational Quotes

Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.       Vernon Sanders Law

How to win a case in court: If the law is on your side, pound on the law; if the facts are on your side, pound on the facts; if neither is on your side, pound on the table.        Unknown

There are women whose infidelities are the only link they still have with their husbands.              Sacha Guitry

Love: two minds without a single thought.           Philip Barry

The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.                Kin Hubbard

Religion consists in a set of things which the average man thinks he believes and wishes he was certain of.          Mark Twain

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her.          Sacha Guitry …. Motivational Quotes

In Biblical times, a man could have as many wives as he could afford. Just like today.       Abigail Van Buren

A duty dodged is like a debt unpaid; it is only deferred, and we must come back and settle the account at last.   Joseph F. Newton

A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.              Granville Hicks

A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.        Sir Barnett Cocks (ca. 1907)

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.           Josh Billings

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you: the one to slander you, and the other to bring the news to you.      Mark Twain

Often it does seem a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat.                Mark Twain…. Motivational Quotes

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.             Garrison Keillor

Two people kissing always look like fish.                Andy Warhol

Life is good, if you like that sort of thing.               overheard in Palo Alto… …. Motivational Quotes

Without an adequate theory, reality is irrelevant.             Kent “Sparky” Gregory

There are times when one would like to end the whole human race, and finish the farce.             Mark Twain

I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.          Fran Lebowitz

Being in a ship is like being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned.   Samuel Johnson

The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds, and the pessimist knows it.             J. Robert Oppenheimer …. Motivational Quotes

Be as radical as reality.   Lenin

…it is as hard to do your duty when men are sneering at you as when they are shooting at you. Woodrow Wilson

No president in history has been more vilified or was more vilivied during the time he was President than Lincoln. Those who knew him, his secretaries, have written that he was deeply hurt by what was said about him and drawn about him, but on the other hand, Lincoln had the great strength of character never to display it, always able to stand tall and strong and firm no matter how harsh or unfair the criticism might be. These elements of greatness, of course, inspire us all today.                Richard Nixon

Nothing is illegal if a hundred businessmen decide to do it.          Andrew Young

We had parties that Nero would have been ashamed to attend Ronnie Hawkins …. Motivational Quotes

More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to utter hopelessness and despair, the other to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to choose correctly.   Woody Allen

If you take a dog which is starving and feed him and make him prosperous, that dog will not bite you. This is the primary difference between a dog and a man.    Mark Twain

Genius is of no country.                Charles Churchill …. Motivational Quotes

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.   George Bernard Shaw

Life is either always a tight-rope or a featherbed. Give me a tight-rope. Edith Wharton

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animals.    H. L. Mencken

Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived.        Oscar Wilde

No normal man ever fell in love after thirty when the kidneys begin to disintegrate.        H. L. Mencken

The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.        Mel Lazarus

Was all this bloodshed and deceit – from Columbus to Cortes, Pizarro the Puritans – a necessity for the human race to progress from savagery to civilization? Was Morison right in burying the story of genocide inside a more important story of human progress? Perhaps a persuasive argument can be made – as it was made by Stalin when he killed pesants for industrial progress in the Soviet Union, as it was made by Churchill explaining the bombings of Dresden and Hamburg, and Truman explaining Hiroshima. But how can the judgement be made if the benefits and losses cannot be balanced because the losses are either unmentioned or mentioned quickly?           Howard Zinn

Son, in war times it is not safe to think unless one travels with the mob.                Charles Lindberg Sr. to Charles Lindberg Jr. in 1917

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight.               Phyllis Diller

The vice-president of an advertising agency is a bit of executive fungus that forms on a desk that has been exposed to conference.       Fred Allen

Divorces are made in heaven.    Oscar Wilde …. Motivational Quotes

The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.                Thomas Babington Macaulay

I have never hated a man enough to give his diamonds back.      Zsa Zsa Gabor

First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time. Honore de Balzac

Of children as of procreation – the pleasure momentary, the posture ridiculous, the expense damnable.               Evelyn Waugh

For the first year of marriage I had basically a bad attitude. I tended to place my wife underneath a pedestal       Woody Allen …. Motivational Quotes

A fishing rod is a stick with a hook at one end and a fool at the other.      Samuel Johnson

The major sin is the sin of being born.    Samuel Beckett

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.  Gloria Steinem

The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.          William Hazlitt

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.       Oscar Wilde

I did not attend his funeral, but I wrote a nice letter saying I approved it.               Mark Twain

I regard golf as an expensive way of playing marbles.      G.K. Chesterton

The 100% American is 99% an idiot.          George Bernard Shaw

Speculations and loans in foreign fields are likely to bring us into war… The war-for-profit group has counterfeited patriotism.          Charles Lindberg Sr., 1915

America is the greatest of opportunities and the worst of influences.     George Santayana …. Motivational Quotes

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.              Michel de Montaigne

Americans are a race of convicts and ought to be thankful for anything we allow them short of hanging.                Samuel Johnson

Marriage is not merely sharing the fettucini, but sharing the burden of finding the fettucini restaurant in the first place.                Calvin Trillin

Everything you see I owe to spaghetti.  Sophia Loren

Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.       Honore de Balzac

My father and he had one of those English friendships which begin by avoiding intimacies and eventually eliminate speech altogether.         Jorge Luis Borges

When a book and a head collide and there is a hollow sound, is it always from the book?               Georg Christoph Lichtenberg …. Motivational Quotes

All general statements are false.               Unknown, The Ultimate Law

Favorite color: I hate colors.        Ian Shoales

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life.     Christopher Morley

The days just prior to marriage are like a snappy introduction to a tedious book.                 Wilson Mizner…. Motivational Quotes

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.          Laurence J. Peter

Lawer: one who protects us against robbery by taking away the temptation.       H. L. Mencken

Do thou restrain the haughty spirit in thy breast, for better far is gentle courtesy.             Homer

Nobody wants justice.   Alan Dershowitz

Lawers, I suppose, were children once. Charles Lamb

A dramatic critic is a man who leaves no turn unstoned. George Bernard Shaw

Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock.     John Barrymore …. Motivational Quotes

Make no mistake about it: Operation Desert Storm truly was a victory of good over evil, of freedom over tyranny, of peace over war.             Dan Quayle, remarks at Arlington National Cemetery

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

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.            Lillian Hellman

The cynics are right nine times out of ten.            H. L. Mencken

The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly.                Corra Harris

No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.          Lily Tomlin

I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.          Samuel Johnson …. Motivational Quotes

…a man may be a patriot without risking his own life or sacrificing his health. There are plenty of lives less valuable.                James Mellon, who paid $300 for a civil war Union army deferment

As if there were safety in stupidity alone.             Henry David Thoreau

The modern age has been characterized by a Promethean spirit, a restless energy that preys on speed records and shortcuts, unmindful of the past, uncaring of the future, existing only for the moment and the quick fix. The earthly rhythms that characterize a more pastoral way of life have been shunted aside to make room for the fast track of an urbanized existence. Lost in a sea of perpetual technological transition, modern man and woman find themselves increasingly alienated from the ecological choreography of the planet.   Jeremy Rifkin

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.               Henrik Ibsen

I epitomize America.      John Denver …. Motivational Quotes

I think every woman is entitled to a middle husband she can forget.        Adela Rogers St.John

Sometimes I get bored riding down the beautiful streets of L.A. I know it sounds crazy, but I just want to go to New York and see people suffer.  Donna Summer

For manipulation to be most effective, evidence of its presence should be nonexistent… It is essential, therefore, that people who are manipulated believe in the neutrality of their key social institutions.       Herbert Schiller

Metric is definitely communist. One monetary system, one language, one weight and measurement system, one world – all communist! We know the West was won by the inch, foot, yard, and mile.          Dean Krakel, Director of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame

What people call insincerity is simply a method by which we can multiply our personalities.          Oscar Wilde …. Motivational Quotes

American women expect to find in their husbands a perfection that English women only hope to find in their butlers.    W. Somerset Maugham

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.                Bertrand Russell

The [Interstate Commerce] commission, as its functions have now been limited by the courts is, or can be made, of great use to the railroads. It satisfies the public clamor for a government supervision of railroads, at the same time that that supervision is almost entirely nominal.   Richard Olney, a lawyer for the Boston & Maine and Attorney General under Grover Cleveland, advising a railroad president …. Motivational Quotes

Be modest! It is the kind of pride least likely to offend.  Jules Renard

It is inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office.             H. L. Mencken

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

Education: the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.      John Maynard Keynes …. Motivational Quotes

For all the gold and silver stolen and shipped to Spain did not make the Spanish people richer. It gave their kings an edge in the balance of power for a time, a chance to hire more mercenary soldiers for their wars. They ended up losing those wars anyway, and all that was left was a deadly inflation, a starving population, the rich richer, the poor poorer, and a ruined peasant class.    Hans Konig

The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.          Nicholas Chamfort

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives.               A. Sachs

The world is proof that God is a committee.        Bob Stokes

How should they answer?           Abigail Van Buren in reply to the question: “Why do Jews always answer a question with a question?” …. Motivational Quotes

We were married by a reformed rabbi in Long Island. A very reformed rabbi. A Nazi.       Woody Allen

If I had been the Virgin Mary, I would have said “No.”    Margaret “Stevie” Smith

Man is certainly stark mad. He cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.                Michel de Montaigne

A pious man is one who would be an athiest if the king were.     Jean de La Bruyere

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.          Paul Valery

To be clever enough to get a great deal of money, one must be stupid enough to want it.            George Bernard Shaw

Many books today suggest that the mass of women lead lives of noisy desperation.       Peter S. Prescott

Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.                Millicent Fenwick …. Motivational Quotes

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.   Jules Renard

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. P.D. James

We trained hard, but it seemed every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganised. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising, and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.         From Petronii Arbitri Satyricon AD 66 (Attributed to Gaius Petronus, a Roman General who later committed suicide)

In all honesty, Johnny, we are often at the mercy of the White House for the news we report. Frequently, we simply repeat verbatim what the White House tells us.                Connie Chung to Johnny Carson

Be wary of the man who urges an action in which he himself incurs no risk.          Joaquin Setanti

I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.               Kurt Vonnegut Jr. …. Motivational Quotes

In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not D.N.A.                Gregory Bateson, “Mind and Matter”

California, the department store state.  Raymond Chandler

Historian: an unsuccessful novelist.         H. L. Mencken

The mistakes are all there waiting to be made.   Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitcyh Tartakower

Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake.                Savielly Grigorievitcyh Tartakower…. Motivational Quotes

Only I can change my life. No one can do it for me.           Carol Burnett

I only drink to make other people seem interesting.        George Jean Nathan

Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable.    H. L. Mencken

Old age is always fifteen years older than I am.  Bernard M. Baruch …. Motivational Quotes

The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.   Oscar Wilde

When women kiss, it always reminds me of prizefighters shaking hands.               H. L. Mencken

The world is divided into people who do things and people who get the credit   Dwight Morrow

You have to work years in hit shows to make people sick and tired of you, but you can accomplish this in a few weeks on television.           Walter Slezak

To be in love is merely to be in a state of perceptual anesthesia.               H. L. Mencken

When you hire people that are smarter than you are, you prove you are smarter than they are.                R. H. Grant …. Motivational Quotes

“The Good Book” – one of the most remarkable euphemisms ever coined.          Ashley Montague

Art is I; science is we.     Claude Bernard

Nothing is more intolerable than a wealthy woman.        Juvenal

A man must marry only a very pretty woman in case he should ever want some other man to take her off his hands.                Sacha Guitry

All generalizations are dangerous, even this one.              Alexandre Dumas

What we hope ever to do with ease we may learn first to do with diligence.        Samuel Johnson, Lives of the Poets

Both the cockroach and the bird could get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most.                Joseph Wood Krutch …. Motivational Quotes

A bachelor never quite gets ove the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.                Helen Rowland

Home life as we understand it is no more natural to us than a cage is natural to a cockatoo.          George Bernard Shaw

The discovery of America was the occasion of the greatest outburst of cruelty and reckless greed known in history.                Joseph Conrad …. Motivational Quotes

America has been discovered before, but it has always been hushed up.              Oscar Wilde

What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.            Margot Asquith

Illegal aliens have always been a problem in the United States. Ask any Indian.  Robert Orben

A thing worth having is a thing worth cheating for.           W.C. Fields

Living with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on.   Budd Schulberg

In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.            Robert Byrne …. Motivational Quotes

Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself…True happiness is born of self-reliance.     The laws of Manu

He without benefit of scruples His fun and money soon quadruples.       Ogden Nash

(Clemenceau) once said that war is too important to be left to the generals. When he said that, 50 years ago, he may have been right…but now, war is too important to be left to the politicians. They have neither the time, the training, nor the inclination for strategic thought…And I can no longer, sit around and allow Communist subversion, Communist corruption, and Communist infiltration of our precious bodily fluids.                Col. Jack Ripper, commander of Burpleson AFB to Group Capt. Mandrake (Peter Sellers) in Dr. Strangelove

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.               C.G. Jung

Half of analysis is anal.   Marty Indik …. Motivational Quotes

Why should I tolerate a perfect stranger at the bedside of my mind?      Vladimir Nabokov

What we say is important for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.   Jim Beggs

Marriage is a triumph of habit over hate.              Oscar Levant …. Motivational Quotes

A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to go out and kill something.              Stephen Leacock

Friendship is a very taxing and arduous form of leisure activity.  Mortimer Adler

Name me and emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.    Charles V

The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.             General George Patton

You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake.      Jeannette Rankin

Name me an emperor who was ever struck by a cannonball.       Charles V …. Motivational Quotes

Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.       Voltaire

If I ever marry, it will be on a sudden impulse – as a man shoots himself.                H. L. Mencken

Man is what he believes.              Anton Chekhov

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.      Evelyn Waugh

Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.        Henry David Thoreau, Jan. 3, 1861

It is now possible for a flight attendant to get a pilot pregnant.   Richard J. Ferris, president, United Airlines

The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.             Benny Hill …. Motivational Quotes

Traditionalists often study what is taught, not what there is to create.    Ed Parker, Grandmaster, American Kenpo.

I know a mother-in-law who sleeps with her glasses on, the better to see her son-in-law suffer in her dreams.  Ernest Coquelin

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.        Charles F. Kettering

Good taste is the enemy of creativity     Pablo Picasso …. Motivational Quotes

Reviewing has one advantage over suicide: in suicide you take it out on yourself; in reviewing you take it out on other people.                George Bernard Shaw

Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects.  Stephen Leacock, 1912

Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.    Robert Byrne

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar.    Miguel Cervantes …. Motivational Quotes

I hate quotations.            Ralph Waldo Emerson

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.        Andrew A. Rooney

Amusement is the happiness of those who cannot think.             Alexander Pope

Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people we personally dislike.    Oscar Wilde

Monogamy is the Western custom of one wife and hardly any mistresses.           H.H. Munro (Saki)

I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning.   Proverbs 7:17-18

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.              Laurence J. Peter …. Motivational Quotes

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.             Frank Dane

Too bad the only people who know how to run the country are busy driving cabs and cutting hair.            George Burns

The best way to convince a fool that he is wrong is to let him have his own way.                Josh Billings

I detest converts almost as much as I do missionaries.    H. L. Mencken

What if there had been room at the inn?              Linda Festa on the origins of Christianity

Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?      Jules Feiffer …. Motivational Quotes

Religions change; beer and wine remain.              Hervey Allen

When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite.           William Blake

There is no money in poetry, but then there is no poetry in money either.           Robert Graves

I hope that one or two immortal lyrics will come out of all this tumbling around. Poet Louise Bogan …. Motivational Quotes

They devoted the city to the lord and destroyed with the sword every living thing in it – men and women, young and old, cattle, sheep and donkeys.         The Book of Joshua 6:21

Reason should direct and appetite obey.              Cicero

Remarriage is an excellent test of just how amicable your divorce was.  Margo Kaufman

A man likes his wife to be just clever enough to comprehend his cleverness, and just stupid enough to admire it.                Israel Zangwill

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.   Franz Kafka

The world is a prison in which solitary confinement is preferable.              Karl Kraus

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.       Albert Camus …. Motivational Quotes

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.               Friedrich Nietzsche

The fixity of a habit is generally in direct proportion to its absurdity.         Marcel Proust

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.  Mahatma Gandhi

Love: The delusion that one woman differs from another.           H. L. Mencken

A man in love is incomplete until he is married. Then he is finished.          Zsa Zsa Gabor

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together…             Carl Zwanzig

Alimony: the ransom the happy pay to the devil.              H. L. Mencken

If you go on with this nuclear arms race, all you are going to do is make the rubble bounce.          Sir Winston Churchill …. Motivational Quotes

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

The warning message we sent the Russians was a calculated ambiguity that would be clearly understood.            Alexander Haig

Whenever the literary German dives into a sentence, that is the last you are going to see of him until he emerges on the other side of his atlantic with his verb in his mouth.         Mark Twain …. Motivational Quotes

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.         W. Somerset Maugham

The charms of a passing woman are usually in direct relation to the speed of her passing.             Marcel Proust

In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true.             John Lilly

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else.              George Bernard Shaw

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.                G.K. Chesterton

Chess is a foolish expedient for making idle people believe they are doing something very clever when they are only wasting their time.          George Bernard Shaw

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.              Jules de Gaultier …. Motivational Quotes

But in our enthusiasm, we could not resist a radical overhaul of the system, in which all of its major weaknesses have been exposed, analyzed, and replaced with new weaknesses.              Bruce Leverett – “Register Allocation in Optimizing Compilers”

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

There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact.         Mark Twain

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.  Albert Einstein …. Motivational Quotes

This world is a comedy for those who think and a tragedy for those who feel.     Horace Walpole

All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things.  Bobby Knight

Our lives improve only when we take chances – and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.           Walter Anderson …. Motivational Quotes

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.          John Ciardi

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason. Oscar Wilde

Now is the time for all good men to come to.      Walt Kelly

I am not an Economist. I am an honest man!       Paul McCracken

The cosmos is a gigantic flywheel making 10,000 revolutions per minute. Man is a sick fly taking a dizzy ride on it.               H. L. Mencken

One reason the human race has such a low opinion of itself is that it gets so much of its wisdom from writers.    Wilfrid Sheed …. Motivational Quotes

The Puritans gave thanks for being preserved from the Indians, and we give thanks for being preserved from the Puritans.                Finley Peter Dunne

The young always have the same problem – how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.                Quentin Crisp

Victory belongs to the most persevering.             Napoleon Bonaparte

In Hollywood a starlet is the name for any woman under thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.             Ben Hecht

Candy<br>Is dandy<br>But liquor<br>Is quicker.             Ogden Nash, “Reflections on Ice-Breaking” …. Motivational Quotes

The Pig, if I am not mistaken,<br> Supplies us sausage, ham, and Bacon.<br> Let others say his heart is big,<br> I think it stupid of the Pig.              Ogden Nash, “The Pig”

Getting kicked out of the American Bar Association is like getting kicked out of the Book-of-the-Month-Club.     Melvin Belli on the occasion of his getting kicked out of the American Bar Association

It matters not whether you win or lose; what matters is whether I win or lose.   Darin Weinberg

Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.       Charles Caleb Colton …. Motivational Quotes

If you stay in Beverly Hills too long you become a Mercedes.       Robert Redford

Americans are the only people in the world known to me whose status anxiety prompts them to advertise their college and university affiliations in the rear window of their automobiles.          Paul Fussell

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small. Henry Kissinger

Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre but they are more deadly in the long run.  Mark Twain

Education is the process of casting false pearls before real swine.             Irwin Edman

Teach children to be polite and courteous in the home, and, when he grows up, he will never be able to edge his car onto a freeway.              Unknown

How is the world ruled and how do wars start? Diplomats tell lies to journalists and then believe what they read.              Karl Kraus …. Motivational Quotes

Human war has been the most successful of our cultural traditions.         Robert Ardrey

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

If God were suddenly condemned to live the life which He has inflicted upon men, He would kill Himself.             Alexandre Dumas, fils

When you leave New York, you are astonished at how clean the rest of the world is. Clean is not enough.            Fran Lebowitz

Awards are merely the badges of mediocrity.     Charles Ives

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.               Mark Twain

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.   John Kenneth Galbraith …. Motivational Quotes

There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.              Oscar Wilde

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.  Charlotte Whitton

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior imapartiality.                Arnold Bennett

The chief contribution of Protestantism to human thought is its massive proof that God is a bore.             H. L. Mencken

A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. James A. Garfield

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.       H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.                Sir Winston Churchill

I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth, and they never believe me. Conte Camillo Benso di Cavour

Lie: A very poor substitute for the truth, but the only one discovered to date.    Unknown

It is twice as hard to crush a half-truth as a whole lie.       Unknown

Any clod can have the facts, but having opinions is an Art.            Charles McCabe, San Francisco Chronicle

Psychoanalysis is confession without absolution.              G.K. Chesterton

A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.                Sidney J. Harris …. Motivational Quotes

Vegetarianism is harmless enough, although it is apt to fill a man with wind and self-righteousness.         Sir Robert Hutchison

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.   Elbert Hubbard

It is inexcusable for scientists to torture animals; let them make their experiments on journalists and politicians.                Henrik Ibsen

The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of “Ten Best”. H. Allen Smith

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence.            H. L. Mencken

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.            George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

I went to a convent in New York and was fired finally for my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was spontaneous combustion.       Dorothy Parker

Contemporary American children, if they are old enough to grasp the concept of Santa Claus by Thanksgiving, are able to see through it by December 15th.            Roy Blount Jr.

Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.                Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

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

… and thereof do I repent: I only plucked an occasional flower when I might have gathered an ample harvest of fruit — such are the just grounds for the regrets I have …      D. A. F. Sade, “Dialogue between a Priest and a Dying Man”

Avarice is the sphincter of the heart.      Matthew Green (c. 1737)

The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.        Albert Einstein

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.       E.M. Cioran

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.                H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.              Oscar Wilde

The more violent the body contact of the sports you watch, the lower your class.             Paul Fussell

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.       Oscar Wilde

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.           James Oppenheim

Most men do not mature, they simply grow taller.           Leo Rosten …. Motivational Quotes

I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.                Fred Allen

Social confusion has now reached a point at which the pursuit of immorality turns out to be more exhausting than compliance with the old moral codes.     Denis de Rougemont

Behind almost every woman you ever heard of stands a man who let her down.               Naomi Bliven

He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.         Menander

He grounds the warship he walks on.     John Bracken on Captain Barney Kelly, who ran the USS Enterprise into the mud of San Francisco Bay in May 1983

You must believe in God in spite of what the clergy say.                Benjamin Jowett

Changing a college curriculum is like moving a graveyard–you never know how many friends the dead have until you try to move them!       Calvin Coolidge or Woodrow Wilson

Be careful in revising those immigration laws of yours.<br> We got careless with ours.   advice given to Herbert Humphrey by an American Indian from New Mexico

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.           Raymond Chandler

When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.           Pierre Corneille

Actions lie louder than words.    Carolyn Wells …. Motivational Quotes

Enzymes are things invented by biologists that explain things which otherwise require harder thinking. Jerome Lettvin

American husbands are the best in the world; no other husbands are so generous to their wives, or can be so easily divorced.             Elinor Glyn

The great masses of the people… will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.   Adolf Hitler

Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.    Robert Frost

God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.                Paul Valery

God made man, and then said I can do better than that and made woman.          Adela Rogers St. Johns …. Motivational Quotes

Art is making something out of nothing and selling it.      Frank Zappa

All power corrupts, but we need the electricity.                Unknown

The police…..always wanting to play games.       Maude (Ruth Gordon), from the movie “Harold & Maude” …. Motivational Quotes

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.         George Bernard Shaw

Action: the last resource of those who know not how to dream.               Oscar Wilde

If a child shows himself to be incorrigible, he should be decently and quietly beheaded at the age of twelve, lest he grow to maturity marry, and perpetuate his kind.              Don Marquis

Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing they were dead and in heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in hell.   H. L. Mencken

Deeds, not words shall speak me.            John Fletcher

Death: To stop sinning suddenly.              Elbert Hubbard …. Motivational Quotes

I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.       Giovanni Jacopo Casanova

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.      Brendan Gill

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.             Bernard Berenson

If I ask a woman if she has suffered sexual harassment, could this be considered sexual harassment?     Sally Forth, Jan. 28, 1991

Our Constitution protects aliens, drunks, and U.S. senators.        Will Rogers

The classes that wash most are those that work least.    G.K. Chesterton

As it is more blessed to give than receive, so it must be more blessed to receive than to give back.           Robert Frost …. Motivational Quotes

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

Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.                Gene Fowler

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.             H. L. Mencken

If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?            Abraham Lincoln

Marriage: a long conversation chequered by disputes.   Robert Louis Stevenson

An appeal is when you ask one court to show its contempt for another court.     Finley Peter Dunne

If the desire to kill and the opportunity to kill always came together, who would escape hanging?             Mark Twain

It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.       Thomas Babington Macaulay …. Motivational Quotes

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.  Soren Aabye Kierkegaard

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.              Dame Edith Sitwell

We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.  H. G. Wells

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense.     Thomas H. Huxley

That orgy of wishful thinking that has passed for logic in the present century.     F.W.  Lawvere

Democracy is the bludgeoning of the people, by the people, for the people.       Oscar Wilde …. Motivational Quotes

You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves.       Michael Wilding

Working in the theater has a lot in common with unemployment.             Arthur Gingold

One should always be wary of anyone who promises that their love will last longer than a weekend.       Quentin Crisp

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the last half by our children.            Clarence Darrow

Virtue is its own punishment.     Aneurin Bevan

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.          Latin Proverb

Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.             Claud Cockburn …. Motivational Quotes

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.     Gertrude Stein

Most people enjoy the inferiority of their friends.            Lord Chesterfield

I am a deeply superficial person.               Andy Warhol

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.             William Feather …. Motivational Quotes

Do Not Disturb signs should be written in the language of the hotel maids.           Tim Bedore

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.  Max L. Forman

Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.        Nelson Rockefeller

No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive.            Thorstein Veblen

Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy. It is an art like any other. Its virtuosi are called altruists.       H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

A loving wife will do anything for her husband except stop criticizing him and trying to improve him.        J.B. Priestley

The woman who cannot tell a lie in defense of her husband is unworthy of the name of wife.    Elbert Hubbard

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Ignorance is the mother of admiration.  George Chapman

Giving a man space is like giving a dog a computer: the chances are he will not use it wisely.         Bette-Jane Raphael

Outer space is no place for a person of breeding.              Lady Violet Bonham Carter …. Motivational Quotes

Men should not try to overstrain their goodness more than any other faculty.    Samuel Butler

Life is like playing the violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.              Samuel Butler

Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.     Samuel Butler

To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.     Nancy Mitford

Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another           H. L. Mencken

Better to have loved and lost a short person than never to have loved a tall.       David Chambless

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.               Thomas Jefferson

I derive no pleasure from talking with a young woman simply because she has regular features.                Henry David Thoreau

The love of money is the root of all virtue.           George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

To some lawyers all facts are created equal.        Felix Frankfurter

Any pitcher who throws at a batter and deliberately tries to hit him is a communist.         Alvin Dark, former baseball coach

I was not successful as a ballplayer, as it was a game of skill.         Casey Stengel

I like a friend better for having faults that one can talk about.     William Hazlitt

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.                Jane Austen

It is better to die on your feet than live on your knees.  Dolores Ibarruri, September 3, 1936

Tell us your phobias, and we will tell you what you are afraid of.                Robert Benchley …. Motivational Quotes

A child of my own! Oh, no, no, no! Let my flesh perish with me, and let me not transmit to anyone the boredom and ignominiousness of life.                Gustave Flaubert

In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.                H. L. Mencken

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.     Don Marquis

God invented whiskey to keep the Irish from ruling the world.   Ed McMahon

The Irish are a fair people – they never speak well of one another             Samuel Johnson

The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.           T.H. Buxley …. Motivational Quotes

We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.     W. R. Inge

It takes a wonderful brain and exquisite senses to produce a few stupid ideas.  George Santayana

The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever.                Anatole France

Everyone would like to behave like a pagan, with everyone else behaving like a Christian.            Albert Camus

There are few sorrows in which a good income is of no avail.       Logan Pearsall Smith

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.       Unknown

If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.  Benjamin Franklin

It is no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.           Jim Grue

Business is a good game – lots of competition and a minimum of rules. You keep score with money.         Atari founder Nolan Bushnell …. Motivational Quotes

Advertising is 85% confusion and 15% commission.          Fred Allen

Contrary to popular belief, English women do not wear tweed nightgowns.         Hermione Gingold

Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.    Mark Twain

Money is always there, but the pockets change.               Gertrude Stein

Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.           Henry Fielding

I am not sincere, not even when I say I am not. Jules Renard

This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.               Mark Twain

Sometimes a fool makes a good suggestion.       Nicolas Boileau …. Motivational Quotes

All my life, affection has been showered upon me, and every forward step I have made has been taken in spite of it.                George Bernard Shaw

It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.    Oscar Wilde

I make a fortune from criticizing the policy of the government, and then hand it over to the government in taxes to keep it going.    George Bernard Shaw

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.           John Ciardi

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.               Jonathan Swift

A large section of the intelligentsia seems wholly devoid of intelligence.                G.K. Chesterton

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.           Biologist P. B. Medawar …. Motivational Quotes

The intelligent man finds almost everything ridiculous, the sensible man hardly anything.             Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The Green Party is like a watermelon – green on the outside and red on the inside.          Rep. Bill Dannemeyer, R-Fullerton

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.         Henry Adams

The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.      Oscar Levant

Promote yourself, but do not demote another. Israel Salanter

He marries best who puts it off until it is too late.              H. L. Mencken

It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.         Oscar Wilde

Delores breezed along the surface of her life like a flat stone forever skipping along smooth water, rippling reality sporadically but oblivious to it consistently, until she finally lost momentum, sank, and due to an over- dose of flouride as a child which caused her to suffer from chronic apathy, doomed herself to lie forever on the floor of her life as useless as an appendix and as lonely as a five-hundred pound barbell in a steroid-free fitness center.                Winning sentence, 1990 Bulwer-Lytton bad fiction contest.

Etymology, n.:<br> Some early etymological scholars come up with derivations that were hard for the public to believe. The term “etymology” was formed from the Latin “etus” (“eaten”), the root “mal” (“bad”), and “logy” (“study of”). It meant “the study of things that are hard to swallow.”   Mike Kellen …. Motivational Quotes

In our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.          Mark Twain

I know what love is: Tracy and Hepburn, Bogart and Bacall, Romeo and Juliet, Jackie and John and Marilyn….       Ian Shoales

Nowadays a citizen can hardly distinguish between a tax and a fine, except that the fine is generally much lighter.            G.K. Chesterton

The income tax has made liars out of more Americans than golf.               Will Rogers

The wages of sin are unreported.             Unknown

To a woman the first kiss is just the end of the beginning but to a man it is the beginning of the end.       Helen Rowland

Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.     Sir Francis Bacon

Oh, what lies there are in kisses!              Heinrich Heine …. Motivational Quotes

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.  W. R. Inge

Dubito ergo sum – I doubt therefore I am             Kayvan Sylvan

Forgive me my nonsense as I also forgive the nonsense of those who think they talk sense.        Robert Frost

The continued propinquity of another human being cramps the style after a time unless that person is somebody you think you love. Then the burden becomes intolerable at once.              Quentin Crisp

I shall be breakfasted before you are afield. In short, I shall astonish you all.        Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense.     Thomas H. Huxley

Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible – not to have run away.                Dag Hammarskjold …. Motivational Quotes

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.   Leo Tolstoy

Man is a natural polygamist: he always has one woman leading him by the nose, and another hanging on to his coattails.                H. L. Mencken

I am not young enough to know everything.       J.M. Barrie …. Motivational Quotes

The impotence of God is infinite.              Anatole France

One of the simple but genuine pleasures in life is getting up in the morning and hurrying to a mousetrap you set the night before. Kin Hubbard

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.                George Bernard Shaw

There are more bad musicians than there is bad music.  Isaac Stern

Only sick music makes money today.      Friedrich Nietzsche

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.    Sallust

Music is essentially useless, as life is.      George Santayana …. Motivational Quotes

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.         Clement Richard Atlee, British prime minister (1945-1951)

An ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie for his country.         Sir Henry Wotton

A communist is a person who publicly airs his dirty Lenin.              Jack Pomeroy

I honestly believe that in my lifetime we will see a country once again governed by Christians…and Christian values. What Christians have got to do is take back this country, one precinct at a time, one neighborhood at a time, and one state at a time.     Ralph Reed, Executive Director, the Christian Coalition

Judge: a law student who marks his own papers.              H. L. Mencken

Flattery is like cologne water, to be smelt of, not swallowed.      Josh Billings …. Motivational Quotes

I used to be a lawyer, but now I am a reformed character.            Woodrow Wilson

I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell.   Harry S Truman

I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.    Dwight David Eisenhower

Alimony is a system by which, when two people make a mistake, one of them keeps paying for it.           Peggy Joyce …. Motivational Quotes

Women dress alike all over the world: they dress to be annoying to other women.          Elsa Schiaparelli

What you have when everyone wears the same playclothes for all occasions, is addressad by nickname, expected to participate in Show And Tell, and bullied out of any desire form privacy, is not democracy; it is kindergarten.       Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

No place affords a more striking conviction of the vanity of human hopes than a public library.   Samuel Johnson

Any ordinary man can…surround himself with two thousand books…and thenceforward have at least one place in the world in which it is possible to be happy.               Augustine Birrell

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.      Jorge Luis Borges …. Motivational Quotes

Carlyle said, “A lie cannot live”; it shows he did not know how to tell them.          Mark Twain

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.               Kin Hubbard

My main reason for adopting literature as a profession was that, as the author is never seen by his clients, he need not dress respectably.           George Bernard Shaw

America: the only country in the world where failing to promote yourself is regarded as being arrogant.                Garry Trudeau

Something ignoble, loathsome, undignified attends all associations between people and has been transferred to all objects, dwelling, tools, even the landscape itself.           Bertolt Brecht

I love America. You always hurt the one you love.            David Frye impersonating Nixon

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

I passionately hate the idea of being with it. I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.   Orson Welles, 1966 …. Motivational Quotes

Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.        W.H. Auden

Logic is like the sword: those who appeal to it shall perish by it.  Samuel Butler

The pencil sharpener is about as far as I have ever got in operating a complicated piece of machinery with any success.                Robert Benchley

The proof that man is the noblest of all creatures is that no other creature has ever denied it.    Georg Christoph Lichtenberg …. Motivational Quotes

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.              Michel de Montaigne

Autobiography is an unrivalled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.  Philip Guedalla

Muscles come and go; flab lasts.               Bill Vaughan

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.           Patricia Neal

You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.         Robert Frost

Only the winners decide what were war crimes.               Garry Wills

Wars teach us not to love our enemies but to hate our allies.      W.L. George …. Motivational Quotes

The individual choice of garnishment of a burger can be an important point to the consumer in this day when individualism is an increasingly important thing to people.        Donald N. Smith, president of Burger King

When anyone asks me how I can best describe my experience in nearly forty years at sea, I merely say, uneventful. Of course there have been winter gales, and storms and fog and the like. But in all my experience, I have never been in any accident… or any sort worth speaking about. I have seen but one vessel in distress in all my years at sea. I never saw a wreck and never have been wrecked nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort. E. J. Smith, 1907, Captain, RMS Titanic

To get the attention of a large animal, be it an elephant or a bureaucracy, it helps to know what part of it feels pain. Be very sure, though, that you want its full attention.     Kelvin Throop

The wisest mind has something yet to learn.       George Santayana

Of all the unbearable nuisances, the ignoramus that has travelled is the worst.  Kin Hubbard

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.        William James

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.     Samuel Goldwyn …. Motivational Quotes

He, in a few minutes ravished this fair creature, or at least would have ravished her, if she had not, by a timely compliance, prevented him.                Henry Fielding, “Jonathan Wild”

No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have – and I think he is a dirty little beast.              W.S. Gilbert

The enemy came. He was beaten. I am tired. Goodnight.             Vicomte Turenne, Message sent  after the battle of Dunen, 658

I hate the pollyanna pest who says that all is for the best.             Franklin P. Adams

Good habits result from resisting temptation.    Ancient Proverb

There are plenty of good five-cent cigars in the country. The trouble is they cost a quarter. What this country really needs is a good five-cent nickel. Franklin P. Adams

The best part of the fiction in many novels is the notice that the characters are purely imaginary.              Franklin P. Adams

The only thing I like about rich people is their money.     Lady Astor

The richer your friends, the more they will cost you.       Elisabeth Marbury

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.            Logan Pearsall Smith

Our national flower is the concrete cloverleaf.   Lewis Mumford

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.  Ralph Waldo Emerson …. Motivational Quotes

I regret to say that we of the F.B.I. are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.             J. Edgar Hoover

In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer. Mark Twain

If more than ten percent of the population likes a painting it should be burned, for it must be bad.          George Bernard Shaw

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.                Mark Twain

In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians, and the politicians can go on the air and kid the people. Groucho Marx …. Motivational Quotes

If Jerry Brown is the answer, it must be a very peculiar question.              Sen Lloyd Bentsen, D-Texas

Charity sees the need not the cause.      German Proverb

Making music should not be left to the professionals.     Michelle Shocked

A husband should not insult his wife publicly, at parties. He should insult her in the privacy of the home.               James Thurber

Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.   George Bernard Shaw

There ought to be one day – just one – where there is open season on senators.               Will Rogers …. Motivational Quotes

Nobody said it was going to be easy, and nobody was right.         President George Bush, quoted in Asiaweek magazine

Get this (economic plan) passed. Later on, we can all debate it. President George Bush, to New Hampshire legislators

The world makes up for all its follies and injustices by being damnably sentimental.         Thomas H. Huxley

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.                Kin Hubbard

No nation was ever drunk when wine was cheap.            Thomas Jefferson

The wine seems to be very closed-in and seems to have entered a dumb stage. Sort of a Marcel Meursault.       Paul S. Winalski …. Motivational Quotes

What profits a man if he keeps his eternal soul when he could have lived life to the full and been forgiven at the end of it all anyway?              David Merritt, a.k.a. THE RED SHARK

The best reason I can think of for not running for President of the United States is that you have to shave twice a day.                Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

Calvin Coolidge was the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth Corner, Vermont.             Clarence Darrow

Each snowflake in an avalanche pleads not guilty.             Stanislaw J. Lec …. Motivational Quotes

You must have taken great pains, sir; you could not naturally been so very stupid.            Samuel Johnson

A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.            Jack London

My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.          Fred Allen

I fell asleep reading a dull book and dreamed I kept on reading, so I awoke from sheer boredom.             Heinrich Heine

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.     Edward Gibbon …. Motivational Quotes

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,<br> A medley of extemporanea;<br> And love is thing that can never go wrong;<br> And I am Marie of Romania.        Dorothy Parker

The Preacher, the Politicain, the Teacher,<br> Were each of them once a kiddie.<br> A child, indeed, is a wonderful creature.<br> Do I want one? God Forbiddie!    Ogden Nash

Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.       Beverly Nichols

One should never know too precisely whom one has married.   Friedrich Nietzsche

Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing they die earlier.          H. L. Mencken

The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.      Ralph Waldo Emerson

Psychoanalysts are father confessors who like to listen to the sins of the father as well. Karl Kraus …. Motivational Quotes

My motto is: Contented with little, yet wishing for more.              Charles Lamb

Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain.       Pierre Trudeau

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.              Mark Twain

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.   Don Marquis

Statistics show that we lose more fools on this day than on all other days of the year put together. This proves, by the numbers left in stock, that one Fourth of July per year is now inadequate, the country has grown so.      Mark Twain

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished.            Johann Wolfgang von Goethe …. Motivational Quotes

For a while we pondered whether to take a vacation or get a divorce. We decided that a trip to Bermuda is over in two weeks, but a divorce is something you always have.        Woody Allen

She cried, and the judge wiped her tears with my checkbook.    Tommy Manville

Alimony is like buying oats for a dead horse.       Arthur Baer

Where desire writhed there stands a stone; the change was sudden and complete.        Maggie Roche

Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.             Nathaniel Branden

The first kiss is stolen by the man; the last is begged by the woman.        H. L. Mencken

Platitude: an idea (a) that is admitted to be true by everyone, and (b) that is not true.    H. L. Mencken

I have never found in a long experience of politics that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.   Harold Macmillan, British prime minister (1957-1963) …. Motivational Quotes

If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name in a Swiss bank.         Woody Allen

A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services.              Daniel J. Boorstin

Fame lost its appeal for me when I went into a public restroom and an autograph seeker handed me a pen and paper under the stall door.       Marlo Thomas

All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence; then success is sure.             Mark Twain, Letter to Mrs Foote, Dec. 2, 1887

Who begins too much accomplishes little.            German Proverb

As an anti-American, I thank you for your rotten article devoted to my person.  Prince Sihanouk in a letter to Time magazine

A painter should not paint what he sees but what should be seen.           Paul Valery …. Motivational Quotes

When my love swears that she is made of truth, I do believe her, though I know she lies.             William Shakespeare

Man is only man at the surface. Remove the skin, dissect, and immediately you come to machinery.       Paul Valery

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.             Sir Francis Bacon

Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.       Henry Van Dyke …. Motivational Quotes

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.             William Shakespeare

All professions are conspiracies against the laity.               George Bernard Shaw

Nothing to me is more distasteful than that entire complacency and satisfaction which beam in the countenances of a newly married couple.   Charles Lamb

Foolish writers and readers are created for each other. Horace Walpole

The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket.               Kin Hubbard

Every author, however modest, keeps a most outrageous vanity chained like a madman in the padded cell of his breast.                Logan Pearsall Smith

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.               Mahatma Gandhi …. Motivational Quotes

Politicians are the same the world over: they promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.        Nikita Khrushchev

If the Prince of Peace should come to earth, one of the first things he would do would be to put psychiatrists in their place.                Aldous Huxley

Progress might have been all right once, but it went on too long.              Ogden Nash

He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.           Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The trouble with my wife is that she is a whore in the kitchen and a cook in the bed.       Geoffrey Gorer …. Motivational Quotes

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.             Florida Scott-Maxwell

There ought to be a room in every house to swear in.    Mark Twain …. Motivational Quotes

It is after you have lost your teeth that you can afford to buy steaks.      Pierre Auguste Renoir

Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad.          Aldous Huxley

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.                Orson Welles

Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.         Ed Howe

It is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how much we admire him.         John Barth

I think, therefore Descartes exists.          Saul Steinberg

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.                Abraham Lincoln …. Motivational Quotes

The trouble with this country is that there are too many people going about saying, “The trouble with this country is….”                Sinclair Lewis

Most vegetarians look so much like the food they eat that they can be classified as cannibals.     Finley Peter Dunne

Make money and the whole nation will conspire to call you a gentleman.              George Bernard Shaw

There are three intolerable things in life – cold coffee, lukewarm champagne, and overexcited women. Orson Welles

If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee.            Abraham Lincoln …. Motivational Quotes

The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.          George Bernard Shaw

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and a dark side, and it holds the universe together.                Carl Zwanzig

Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.  H. L. Mencken

Reason and Justice tell me that there is more love of man in electricity and steam, than in chastity and refusal to eat meat.                Chekov of Tolstoy …. Motivational Quotes

The strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone.     Thomas H. Huxley

There is no passion like that of a functionary for his function.      Georges Clemenceau

Courtly love-poetry may first have been written during long periods of abstinence on the Crusades, but it would not have flourished in the cold of northern Europe without some help from the chimney.               James Burke

Anybody can win, unless there happens to be a second entry.   George Ade

National Health Insurance:<br> The compassion of the IRS<br> The efficiency of the Postal Service<br> All at Pentagon prices!!!!             Seen on a bumper sticker

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.                Gustave Flaubert …. Motivational Quotes

Popularity is the one insult I have never suffered.            Oscar Wilde

Never lie when the truth is more profitable.       Stanislaw J. Lec

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.               John F. Kennedy

You should not live one way in private, another in public.              Publilius Syrus

Never make anything simple and efficient when a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.              Unknown

Melpomene was a substantial girl, thick of bosom, ankle, and forearm, rosy of cheek, and clear of eye. She seemed somehow incomplete without her hockey stick.                Trevanian from the novel “Shibumi” …. Motivational Quotes

It was not their irritating assumption of equality that annoyed Nicholai so much as their cultural confusions. The Americans seemed to confuse standard of living with quality of life, equal opportunity with institutionalized mediocrity, bravery with courage, machismo with manhood, liberty with freedom, wordiness with articulation, fun with pleasure – in short, all of the misconceptions common to those who assume that justice implies equality for all, rather than equality for equals.                Trevanian from the novel “Shibumi”

Mr. Gates is up to his eyeballs in his knowledge of this stuff.       US District Judge Royce Lambeth, ordering CIA Director Robert Gates to testify at the Clair George trial.

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.         Milton Friedman

I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle – so all is peace.           Edward Lear …. Motivational Quotes

When solving a “panic” you must first ask yourself what you were doing that could possibly frighten an operating system.                Peter van der Linden

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.           Sir Winston Churchill

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.          Michel de Montaigne

The infliction of cruelty with a good conscience is a delight to moralists – that is why they invented hell.  Bertrand Russell

I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy. W.C. Fields …. Motivational Quotes

Higher emotions are what separate us from the lower orders of life… <br> Higher emotions, and table manners.                Deanna Troi, _Imzadi_, Star Trek – The Next Generation

Success is a great deodorant.     Elizabeth Taylor

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.       Jane Austen

Everyone realized that Computervision stock was the golden goose. But one grabbed the leg, another grabbed a wing, another got the neck, all pulling hard, and they realize now they could kill the goose if they keep this up.              Charles Foundyller of Daratech, from 8/14/92 Wall St Journal

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.        Brian Aldiss …. Motivational Quotes

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.           Frank Tyger

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.     H. L. Mencken

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.              John Ciardi

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.           William Jennings Bryan …. Motivational Quotes

An Irishman is the only man in the world who will step over the bodies of a dozen naked women to get to a bottle of stout.                Unknown

Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person.                Mark Twain

The higher the buildings, the lower the morals. Noel Coward

Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. English Proverb

Coincidences are spiritual puns.                G.K. Chesterton …. Motivational Quotes

The perfect host requires the perfect parasite.  Adopted from Lance Fusco.

The chief objection of playing wind instruments is that it prolongs the life of the player.                George Bernard Shaw

Even in civilized mankind faint traces of monogamous instincts can be perceived.             Bertrand Russell

People that are really weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.  Dan Quayle, 09/88

And thou shalt smite thine enemy even unto the wall, gnashing thy teeth, and he shall grow small in thy mirrors.             Jeff Zurschmeide …. Motivational Quotes

There are situations in which torture is not merely permissible but morally mandatory.  Michael Levin

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.         Japanese Proverb

Close your mouth, Michael; we are not a codfish.             Mary Poppins

While I am not a fan of corporal punishment, I am not a fan of his friends Major Nuisance or General Disturbance.                Elaine Richards

A woman will buy anything she thinks the store is losing money on.         Kin Hubbard

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.         George Bernard Shaw

The place where optimism flourishes the most is the lunatic asylum.       Havelock Ellis

I am a gentleman: I live by robbing the poor.       George Bernard Shaw …. Motivational Quotes

Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.     Cyril Connolly

Be aware that a halo has to fall only a few inches to be a noose.                Dan McKinnon …. Motivational Quotes

No man should marry before he has studied anatomy and dissected the body of a woman.         Honore de Balzac

I pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value.               John Waters

The only people who seem to have nothing to do with the education of the children are the parents.     G.K. Chesterton

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of the blood.   Logan Pearsall Smith

…they no longer felt like newlyweds, and even less like belated lovers. It was as if they had lept over the arduous calvary of conjugal life and gone straight to the heart of love. They were together in silence like an old married couple wary of life, beyond the pitfalls of passion, beyond the brutal mockery of hope and the phantoms of disillusion: beyond love. For they had lived together long enough to know that love was always love, anytime and anyplace, but it was more solid the closer it came to death. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, from “Love in the Time of Cholera” …. Motivational Quotes

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.     Oscar Wilde

The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth.              Charles Luckman

Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.                William Shakespeare

By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may eventually get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.           Robert Frost

I really do plan to get out of show business within five years or so.           Bill Cosby, Playboy Interview – May 1969

I believe that all of us ought to retire relatively young.    Fidel Castro, Playboy Interview – January 1967 …. Motivational Quotes

Who could follow Carson? Well, believe me, somebody can – and will.    Johnny Carson, Playboy Interview – December 1967

Our patience will achieve more than our force.  Edmund Burke

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.     Unknown, Often attributed to Abraham Lincoln …. Motivational Quotes

The human race may well become extinct before the end of the century.            Bertrand Russell, Playboy Interview – March 1963

Racism, pollution and the rest of it are themselves very close to extinction.         R. Buckminster Fuller, Playboy Interview – February 1972

No national political party is going to nominate another right-wing candidate for a long time.       Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Playboy Interview – May 1966 …. Motivational Quotes

Big nations are like chickens. They like to make big noises, but very often it is no more than squabbling. Dr. Albert Schweitzer, Playboy Interview – December 1963

We always have been, we are, and I hope that we always shall be detested in France.   Duke of Wellington

Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, especially if the goods are worthless.           Sinclair Lewis

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.        Frank Zappa

Make your bargain before beginning to plow.    Arab Proverb

Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.       Andre Gide …. Motivational Quotes

If sex is such a natural phenomenon, how come there are so many books on how to?    Bette Midler

In order to fully realize how bad a popular play can be, it is necessary to see it twice.       George Bernard Shaw

Whatever else an American believes or disbelieves about himself, he is absolutely sure he has a sense of humor.            E.B. White

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

Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is blissfully ignorant.        John Simon …. Motivational Quotes

Society produces rogues, and education makes one rogue cleverer than another.            Oscar Wilde

No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.    Wystan Hugh Auden

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.                George Eliot …. Motivational Quotes

A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants.        Alben W. Barkley, U.S Vice President (1949-1953)

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.        Fred Allen

A critic is a legless man who teaches running.      Channing Pollock

It is a curious thing … that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.    Evelyn Waugh

George Bush taking credit for the Berlin Wall coming down is like the rooster taking credit for the sunrise.            Al Gore – during 1992 Vice Presidential debate

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

I came from a disadvantaged home. They were Republicans.      Paul Tsongas, campaigning in New Hampshire …. Motivational Quotes

There is no accountability in the public school system – except for coaches. You know what happens to a losing coach. You fire him. A losing teacher can go on losing for 30 years and then go to glory.         Ross Perot, The Dallas Morning News, March 11, 1984

You want a wife who is intelligent, but not too intelligent.            President Nixon, on the best wife for a president

Darling: the popular form of address used in speaking to a person of the opposite sex whose name you cannot at the moment recall   Oliver Herford

Marriage is a bargain, and somebody has to get the worst of the bargain.             Helen Rowland

Husbands are like fires – they go out when unattended.                Zsa Zsa Gabor …. Motivational Quotes

Love is so much better when you are not married.           Maria Callas

What men call good fellowship is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm.   Henry David Thoreau …. Motivational Quotes

The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.                Hasidic Saying

  1. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them. Kurt Vonnegut: Breakfast of Champions

Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it, and that a very severe one.                Hannah Moore

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.       E.M. Cioran

Of all noises, I think music is the least disagreeable.         Samuel Johnson …. Motivational Quotes

The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.  Victor Borge

At least when I was govenor, cocaine was expensive.     Jerry Brown

The whole dream of democracy is to raise the proletarian to the level of stupidity attained by the bourgeois.      Gustave Flaubert

Government expands to absorb revenue – and then some.         Tom Wicker

Congress consists of one third, more or less, scoundrels; two thirds, more or less, idiots; and three thirds, more or less, poltroons.           H. L. Mencken …. Motivational Quotes

In rivers and bad governments, the lightest things swim at the top.         Benjamin Franklin

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.           Carl Jung

Now and then an innocent man is sent to the legislature.             Kin Hubbard

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.               Frank Leahy

Irony is the hygiene of the mind.              Elizabeth Bibesco

Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.   Oscar Wilde

If there were no husbands, who would look after our mistresses?           George Moore …. Motivational Quotes

More people out of work leads to higher unemployment.`          Calvin Coolidge

Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great.            John L. Motley

If you were in a room with Kadaffi, Saddam Hussien, and John Sununu, and you only had two bullets, what would you do. Shoot John Sununu twice.           Paul Tsongas

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.        George Bernard Shaw

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.        Honore de Balzac

The Godless would deny and destroy human rights …. the liberties of a nation cannot be secure when belief in God is abandoned.       U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson …. Motivational Quotes

Atheism has no room for human rights. U.S. Senate Chaplain Richard Halverson, addressing 600 people at a prayer breakfast, March 1992 in Wisconsin

An economist is a surgeon with an excellent scalpel and a rough-edged lancet, who operates beautifully on the dead and tortures the living.           Nicholas Chamfort

Mathematics has given economics rigor, but alas, also mortis.     Robert Heilbroner

All American cars are basically Chevrolets.            Herb Caen

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.   Erma Bombeck

Television has raised writing to a new low.           Samuel Goldwyn …. Motivational Quotes

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

When you have no basis of argument, abuse the plaintiff.            Cicero

I have no idea what White House statement was was issued, but I stand by it 100 percent.           Richard Darman

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.               Laurence J. Peter …. Motivational Quotes

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

For visions come not to polluted eyes.   Mary Howitt

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.  Thomas Pickering …. Motivational Quotes

A venturesome minority will always be eager to get off on their own… let them take risks, for Godsake, let them get lost, sunburnt, stranded, drowned, eaten by bears, buried alive under avalanches- that is the right and privilege of any free American.           16 Idaho Law Review 407, 420 – 1980.

Thanksgiving Day is a day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia.     H. L. Mencken

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.  Samuel Butler

Over in Hollywood they almost made a great picture, but they caught it in time.                Wilson Mizner

Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.               Eric Sevareid …. Motivational Quotes

I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.           George Burns

I can understand companionship. I can understand bought sex in the afternoon. I cannot understand the love affair.                Gore Vidal

Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of carelessness, incapacity, or neglect.        Anonymous

Editor: a person employed on a newspaper whose business it is to seperate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.                Elbert Hubbard

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.            Henry Fielding

The making of a journalist: no ideas and the ability to express them.       Karl Kraus …. Motivational Quotes

What God hath joined together no man shall put asunder: God will take care of that.      George Bernard Shaw

Say what you will about the Ten Commandments, you must always come back to the pleasant fact that there are only ten of them.              H. L. Mencken

People would never fall in love if they had not heard love talked about.                La Rochefoucauld …. Motivational Quotes

The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves.     La Rochefoucauld

In prosperity our friends know us; in adversity we know our friends.       John Churton Collins

Love is what we call the situation which occurs when two people who are sexually comptatible discover that they can also tolerate one another in various other circumstances.      Marc Maihueird

To be honest, as this world goes, is to be one man picked out of ten thousand.  Hamlet II:ii

Honesty is the best policy; but he who is governed by that maxim is not an honest man.               Richard Whately, Archbishop of Dublin …. Motivational Quotes

Like the ski resort full of girls hunting for husbands and husbands hunting for girls, the situation is not as symmetrical as it might seem.       Alan Mackay

A scout troop consists of twelve little kids dressed like schmucks following a big schmuck dressed like a kid.         Jack Benny

Life is an effort that deserves a better cause.     Karl Kraus

Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.   Oscar Wilde

The world belongs to the energetic.        Ralph Waldo Emerson …. Motivational Quotes

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it.         George Bernard Shaw

I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.           Lily Tomlin

We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.                Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

An intelligence service is, in fact, a stupidity service.        E.B. White …. Motivational Quotes

A pessimist is a man who has been compelled to live with an optimist.   Elbert Hubbard

The world is so dreadfully managed, one hardly knows to whom to complain.     Ronald Firbank

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.               Mahatma Gandhi

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.                James Thurber …. Motivational Quotes

O why was I born with a different face?<br> Why was I not born like rest of my race?     William Blake 1803

During the Samuel Johnson days they had big men enjoying small talk; today we have small men enjoying big talk.          Fred Allen

An institution which is populare because it combines the maximum of temptation with the maximum of opportunity.                George Bernard Shaw

A legal or religious ceremony by which two persons of the opposite sex solemnly agree to harass and spy on each other… until death do them join.              Elbert Hubbard

Neither Heaven nor Hell. It is simply Purgatory. Abraham Lincoln

A ceremony in which rings are put on the finger of the lady and through the nose of the gentleman.       Herbert Spencer

He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little.    Horace

Vox populi, vox humbug.             William Tecumseh Sherman

Christmas is a holiday that persecutes the lonely, the frayed, and the rejected. Jimmy Cannon

I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.               Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

Most affections are habits or duties we lack the courage to end.               Henri de Montherlant

Everybody winds up kissing the wrong person good night.           Andy Warhol …. Motivational Quotes

Why is it that we entertain the belief that for every purpose odd numbers are the most effectual?          Pliny the Elder

I am into parallel monogamy.     Seen on a button

The only cure for grief is action. George Henry Lewes

Take only pictures, steal only time, leave only footprints.              Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices — to be found in the minds of men. For the record, prejudices can kill and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own — for the children and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.  Rod Serling

All dogmas perish the thinking mind, especially ones you agree with.      Adam Richardson

Women remember the first kiss, men remember the last.           Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry.               Gloria Steinem

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!    Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), “Through the Looking Glass”

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place.          Mahatma Gandhi

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.     John Stuart Mill, “On Liberty”, 1859

Hold a true friend with both hands.         Nigerian Proverb

Usenet is like Tetris for people who still remember how to read.               Button from the Computer Museum, Boston, MA

Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.       Andrew Brown

Never judge a book by its movie.             J.W. Eagan

Where do I find the time for not reading so many books?             Karl Kraus

The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.       Walter Bagehot

Would I had phrases that are not known, utterances that are strange, in new language that has not been used, free from repetition, not an utterance which has grown stale, which men of old have spoken.        Egyptian Inscription Recorded at the Time of the Invention of Writing …. Motivational Quotes

A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.                Robert Benchley

If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of the fun out of owning one.           Andrew A. Rooney

My empty waterdish mocks me.               Bob the Dog …. Motivational Quotes

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.               Mark Twain

A consistent pursuit of classical physics forces a transformation in the very heart of that physics.               Werner Heisenberg, Philosophical Problems of Nuclear Science, New York: Fawcett 1966, p.13

Order, unity and continuity are human inventions just as truly as catalogues and encyclopedias.                Bertrand Russell

There is nothing like good food, good wine, and a bad girl.           Fortune cookie

This is quite a three-pipe problem.          Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) …. Motivational Quotes

There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.              Ayn Rand

Self-development is a higher duty than self-sacrifice.     Elizabeth Cady Stanton

There was a young man of Dundoo,<br> Whose limericks stopped at line 2.        Anonymous

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebums and smaller adrenal glands.              H. L. Mencken

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.              E.B. White

The world of the commodity is a world updside-down, which bases itself not upon life but upon the transformation of life into work.           Raoul Vaneigem …. Motivational Quotes

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.     Arthur Wing Pinero

An effective way to deal with predators is to taste terrible.          Unknown

Genius hath electric power which earth can never tame.              Lydia M. Child

A chinese philosopher once had a dream that he was a butterfly. From that day on, he was never quite certain that he was not a butterfly, dreaming that he was a man.      Unknown …. Motivational Quotes

Great minds think alike, and fools seldom differ.               Anonymous

All great truths begin as blasphemies.    George Bernard Shaw

All professions are conspiracies against the laity.               George Bernard Shaw

Do not do unto others as you would they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.             George Bernard Shaw

He who can, does. He who cannot teaches.         George Bernard Shaw…. Motivational Quotes

He who has never hoped can never despair.       George Bernard Shaw

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.       George Bernard Shaw

Nothing ever is done in this world until men are prepared to kill one another if it is not done.      George Bernard Shaw

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.   H. L. Hunt

The more things a man is ashamed of, the more respectable he is.           George Bernard Shaw

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.            Alan Watts …. Motivational Quotes

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink, I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away, but eternity remains. I would drink deeper; fish fill the sky, whose bottom is pebbly with stars. I cannot count one. I know not the first letter of the alphabet. I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born. Henry David Thoreau

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.              Henry David Thoreau

As if you could TELL time without injuring eternity.           Matthew Ryan

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now.       Charlotte P Gilman

There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.  Michel de Montaigne

In a world where there is so much to be done. I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.                Dorothea Dix

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.      Will Rogers

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.        Lin Yutang…. Motivational Quotes

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you recognize a mistake when you make it again.            Franklin P. Jones

Life is but a walking Shadow, a poor Player That struts and frets his Hour upon the Stage, And then is heard no more; It is a tall Tale, Told by an Idiot, full of Sound and Fury, Signifying nothing.”       William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act V, Scene V (MacBeth)

Knee-jerk liberals and all the certified saints of sanctified humanism are quick to condemn this great and much-maligned Transylvanian statesman.             William F. Buckley, Jr., “The Wit and Wisdom of Vlad the Impaler”

This became a credo of mine…attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.   Bette Davis

But, my dearest Agathon, it is truth which you cannot contradict; you can without any difficulty contradict Socrates.                Plato, in Symposium

…for no man lives in the external truth among salts and acids, but in the warm, phantasmagoric chamber of his brain, with the painted windows and the storied wall.           Robert Louis Stevenson

There is no “royal road” to geometry.     Euclid, to king Ptolemy I

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. Virginia Woolf

Equation (1.2-9) is a second order, nonlinear, vector, differential equation which has defied solution in its present form. It is here therefore we depart from the realities of nature to make some simplifying assumptions…                Bate, Mueller & White, 1971, “Fundamentals of Astrodynamics”

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.                William Jennings Bryan

All dimensions are critical dimensions, otherwise why are they there?    Russ Zandbergen

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.         Muriel Rukeyser

I love deadlines. I love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.  Douglas Adams

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.     Thomas Paine…. Motivational Quotes

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.             Friedrich Nietzsche

It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.      Anatole France

[W]e shall continue to have a worsening ecologic crisis until we reject the Christian axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.     Lynn White, Jr., “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis”, Science V. 155 No. 3767 (10 March 1967), pp. 1203-1207.

There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.              Niccolo Machiavelli “The Prince” 1532

Learning builds daily accumulation, but the practice of Tao builds daily simplification. Simplify and simplify, until all contamination from relative, contridictory thinking is eliminated. Then one does nothing, yet nothing is left undone. One who wins the world does so by not meddling with it. One who meddles with the world loses it. Tao te Ching, 48. Lao-Tzu

Worry does not empty tomorrow of sorrow – it empties today of strength.          Corrie ten Boom

Hell must be isothermal; for otherwise the resident engineers and physical chemists (of which there must be some) could set up a heat engine to run a refrigerator to cool off a portion of their surroundings to any desired temperature.                Henry Albert Ben, _The Second Law_

The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.      Oscar Wilde

Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke.     Lynda Barry

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

Have you ever dated someone because you were too lazy to commit suicide?   Judy Tenuta

Never date a woman you can hear ticking.           Mark Patinkin…. Motivational Quotes

I require three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid.        Dorothy Parker

Women are cursed, and men are the proof.        Rosanne Barr

SURE-FIRE SINGLES AD:<br> Famous Writer needs woman to organize his life and spend his money. Loves to turn off Sunday football and go to the Botanical Gardens with that special someone. Will obtain plastic surgery if necessary.        Joe Bob Briggs

Women with pasts interest men… they hope history will repeat itself.   Mae West

The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.         William Hutton

Warning signs that lover is bored:<br> 1. Passionless kisses<br> 2. Frequent sighing<br> 3. Moved, left no forwarding address.               Matt Groening

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that, they just about throw up.        Barbara Bush

The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.       Ann Landers

Fear is the tax that conscience pays to guilt.        George Sewell…. Motivational Quotes

A self-balancing, 28-jointed adaptor-based biped; an electro-chemical reduction plant, integral with segregated stowages of special energy extracts in storage batteries, for subsequent actuation of thousands of hydraulic and pneumatic pumps, with motors attached; 62,000 miles of capillaries….          R. Buckminster Fuller

A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson, glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue; one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar, and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition.              Earl of Kent, _The_Tragedy_of_King_Lear_

…in the lexicon of the political class, the word “sacrifice” means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.       George Will – Newsweek, 2/22/93

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exaulted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy…neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.                John W. Gardner

…the fog is rising.            Last words of Emily Dickinson

Now comes the mystery.             Henry Ward Beecher, last words

Friends applaud, the comedy is over.     Ludwig von Beethoven, last words

Drink to me.       Pablo Picasso, last words

Why yes – a bulletproof vest.      James Rodges, a murderer, on his final request before the firing squad

They can conquer who believe they can.              Virgil…. Motivational Quotes

This is no time to make new enemies.    Voltaire, when asked on his deathbed to forswear Satan.

Goodnight          Lord Byron, last words

Jefferson still survivies. John Adams, last words after a lifetime competing with Thomas Jefferson

Is it the Fourth?                Thomas Jefferson

More light! Give me more light!                Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.                H. L. Mencken…. Motivational Quotes

Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.                Harriet Martineau

Show my head to the people, it is worth seeing.               Georges Jacques Danton, to his executioner

It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go.      George Washington, last words, 14 December 1799.

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.         Nathan Hale, last words, 22 September 1776

Thank God, I have done my duty. Kiss me, Hardy.             Adm. Horatio Nelson, last words, 21 Oct 1805.

This is the last of earth! I am content.     John Quincy Adams, last words, 21 February 1848.

Chief of the Army.           Napoleon Bonaparte, last words, 1821…. Motivational Quotes

I still live.              Daniel Webster, last words, 24 October 1852.

I now have no time to be tired. Wilhelm I, last words, 8 March 1888.

Strike the tent. Robert E. Lee, last words, 12 October 1870.

The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion.      Thomas Paine

Now comes the mystery.             Henry Ward Beecher, last words, 8 March 1887.

Let us cross the river, and rest under the trees. Thomas Jonathan [Stonewall] Jackson, last words, 10 May 1863.

I have tried so hard to do the right.          Grover Cleveland, last words, 1908. …. Motivational Quotes

So little done–so much to do.    Cecil John Rhodes (Founder of the Rhodes Scholarships), last words, 1902.

Put out the light.              Theodore Roosevelt, last words, 6 January 1919

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.       Edith Cavell, last words, before her execution by the Germans, 12 October 1915.

How is the Empire?         George V, last words, 21 January 1936.

The secret of being boring is to say everything.  Voltaire…. Motivational Quotes

There is no need to sally forth, for it remains true that those things which make us human are, curiously enough, always close at hand. Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tiny blasts of tiny trumpets, we have met the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us.               Walt Kelly

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.     Steven Weinberg

Five senses; an incurably abstract intellect; a haphazardly selective memory; a set of preconceptions and assumptions so numerous that I can never examine more than minority of them – never become conscious of them all. How much of total reality can such an apparatus let through?            C. S. Lewis

… it is important to realize that any lock can be picked with a big enough hammer.           Sun System & Network Admin manual

The use of COBOL cripples the mind; its teaching should, therefore, be reguarded as a criminal offense.                E.W. Dijkstra…. Motivational Quotes

This document describes the usage and input syntax of the Unix Vax-11 assembler As. As is designed for assembling code produced by the “C” compiler; certain concessions have been made to handle code written directly by people, but in general little sympathy has been extended.        Berkeley Vax/Unix Assembler Reference Manual (1983)

Do not expose your LaserWriter to fire or intense heat. Apple LaserWriter manual

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.       Erich Segal

Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.       Dick Brandon

The anatomical juxtaposition of 2 orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contraction.            Dr. Henry Gibbons

I bet the human brain is a kludge.             Marvin Minsky

If little else, the brain is an educational toy.         Tom Robbins

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

A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimension.           Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!             Othello…. Motivational Quotes

Secret thoughts and open countenance will go safely over the whole world.       Scipione Alberti

Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!                Friedrich Nietzsche

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.           Bertolt Brecht

We all live in the protection of certain cowardices which we call our principles.   Mark Twain

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.       John Stuart Mill

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

Experience teaches slowly and at the cost of mistakes.  James A. Froude

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. Albert Einstein

Nobel prize money is a lifebelt thrown to a swimmer who has already reached the shore in safety.          George Bernard Shaw

For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.  Blaise Pascal

Through and through the world is infested with quantity. To talk sense is to talk quantities, It is no use saying the nation is large- how large? It is no use s aying that radium is scarce- how scarce? You can not evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves.       Alfred North Whitehead…. Motivational Quotes

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.                Agnes de Mille

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

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.        Ralph Waldo Emerson

Los Angeles, it should be understood, is not a mere city. On the contrary, it is, and has been since 1888, a commodity; something to be advertised and sold to the people of the United States like automobiles, cigarettes and mouth wash.                Morrow Mayo…. Motivational Quotes

Here is an artificial city which has been pumped up under forced draught, inflated like a balloon, stuffed with rural humanity like a goose with corn…endeavoring to eat up this too rapid avalanche of anthropoids, the sunshine metropolis heaves and strains, sweats and becomes pop-eyed, like a young boa constrictor trying to swallow a goat. It has never imparted an urban character to its incoming population for the simple reason that it has never had any character to impart. On the other hand, the place has the manners, culture and general outlook of a huge country village.    Morrow Mayo

You can rot here without feeling it.          John Rechy…. Motivational Quotes

From Mount Hollywood, Los Angeles looks rather nice, enveloped in a haze of changing colors. Actually, and in spite of all the healthful sunshine and ocean breezes, it is a bad place – full of old, dying people, who were born old of tired pioneer parents, victims of America – full of curious wild and poisonous growths, decadent religious cults and fake science, and wildcat enterprises, which, with their aim for quick profit, are doomed to collapse and drag down multitudes of people.                Louis Adamic…. Motivational Quotes

On thinking about Hell, I gather <br> My brother Shelley found it was a place <br> Much like the city of London. I <br> Who live in Los Angeles and not in London <br> Find, on thinking about Hell, that it must be <br> Still more like Los Angeles.                Bertolt Brecht

In the South of California has gathered the larges and most miscellaneous assortment of Messiahs, Sorcerers, Saints and Seers known to the history of aberrations.          Farnsworth Crowder

LA needs the cleansing of a great disaster or founding of a barricaded commune.             Peter Plagens

Los Angeles seems endlessly held between these extremes: of light and dark – of surface and depth. Of the promise, in brief, of a meaning always hovering on the edge of significance.               Graham Clarke

Time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.   William Faulkner…. Motivational Quotes

I would rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.                Samuel Johnson

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.                Sir Francis Bacon

The affections are like lightning; You cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen             Jean Baptiste Lacoraire

It was mentioned on CNN that the new prime number discovered recently is four times bigger then the previous record.                John Blasik…. Motivational Quotes

Water generally flows downhill in this area.         Bob Bennett, WDIV News 4, Detroit, reporting on a flood that destroyed some suburban basement apartments.

Everything that can be invented has been invented.       Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. patent office, 1899 (attributed)

Strategy is buying a bottle of fine wine when you take a lady out for dinner. Tactics is getting her to drink it.        Frank Muir

This coffee plunges into the stomach…the mind is aroused, and ideas pour forth like the battalions of the Grand Army on the field of battle…. Memories charge at full gallop…the light cavalry of comparisons deploys itself magnificently; the artillery of logic hurry in with their train of ammunition; flashes of wit pop up like sharp-shooters.             Honore de Balzac

The only unnatural sexual act is that which you cannot perform.                Alfred Kinsey

Morality is the herd-instinct in the individual.      Friedrich Nietzsche…. Motivational Quotes

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.            Chinese Proverb

Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.              Dr. Seuss a.k.a. Theodore Giesel

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.     Mark Twain, A Curious Dream (1872)

Whenever you fall, pick up something   Oswald Theodore Avery

Anyone who is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.  Niels Bohr

Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem<br> (Entities must not be multiplied beyond necessity.)        William Occam…. Motivational Quotes

Theories should be as simple as possible, but not simpler.            Albert Einstein

Tongue – a variety of meat, rarely served because it clearly crosses the line between a cut of beef and a piece of dead cow.                Bob Ekstrom, Pitt, MN

An undefined problem has an infinite number of solutions.         Robert A. Humphrey

Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying or meditating or endeavoring something for the public good.    Thomas a Kempis

We gladly feast on those who would subdue us … not just pretty words, Fester.               Morticia Addams – from the Addams Family movie

If you were to destroy in mankind the belief in immortality, not only love but every living force maintaining the life of the world would at once be dried up. Moreover, nothing then would be immoral, everything would be permissible, even cannibalism.       Brothers Karamazov, Pt 1, Bk i, Ch 6…. Motivational Quotes

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. Oscar Wilde

God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December.   J.M. Barrie…. Motivational Quotes

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.   Lord Peter Wimsey, “Gaudy Night”

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.    W. Somerset Maugham

Confound those who have said our remarks before us. Aelius Donatus

With just enough of learning to misquote.           Lord Byron

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.          Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.             Robert Chapman…. Motivational Quotes

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.       Ralph Waldo Emerson

Quotations (such as have point and lack triteness) from the great old authors are an act of reverence on the part of the quoter, and a blessing to a public grown superficial and external.              Louise Guiney

The test of an author is not to be found merely in the number of his phrases that pass current in the corner of newspapers…but in the number of passages that have really taken root in younger minds.         Thomas Higginson…. Motivational Quotes

Whoever in discussion adduces authority uses not intellect but memory.              Leonardo da Vinci

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.         Christopher Fry

Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul.               Henrik Ibsen, Norweigen Playwright

It is with words as with sunbeams. The more they are condenced, the deeper they burn.             Robert Southey

Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few.              John Masefield

Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry.    R.Z. Sheppard, book critic…. Motivational Quotes

Do not commit your poems to pages alone, sing them I pray you.             Virgil

The most merciful thing in the world . . . is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.   H.P. Lovecraft…. Motivational Quotes

That all our knowledge begins with experience, there is indeed no doubt….but although our knowledge originates WITH experience, it does not all arise OUT OF experience.       Immanuel Kant

Thus, be it understood, to demonstrate a theorem, it is neither necessary nor even advantageous to know what it means….[A] machine might be imagined where the assumptions were put in at one end, while the theorems came out at the other, like the legendary Chicago machine where the pigs go in alive and come out transformed into hams and sausages. No more than these machines need the mathematician know what he does. Henri Poincare

The fathers of the field had been pretty confusing: John von Neumann speculated about computers and the human brain in analogies sufficiently wild to be worthy of a medieval thinker, and Alan Turing thought about criteria to settle the question of whether machines can think, a question of which we now know that it is about as relevant as the question of whether submarines can swim. Professor Edsger Dijkstra, at the ACN South Central Regional Conference, Austin, Texas, 16 to 18 Novemver 1984…. Motivational Quotes

He who will not economize will have to agonize.               Confucius

For every living creature that succeeds in getting a footing in life there are thousands or millions that perish. There is an enormous random scattering for every seed that comes to life. This does not remind us of intelligent human design. “If a man in order to shoot a hare, were to discharge thousands of guns on a great moor in all possible directions; if in order to get into a locked room, he were to buy ten thousand casual keys, and try them all; if, in order to have a house, he were to build a town, and leave all the other houses to wind and weather – assuredly no one would call such proceedings purposeful and still less would anyone conjecture behind these proceedings a higher wisdom, unrevealed reasons, and superior prudence.”       J.W.N. Sullivan

A reasonable probability is the only certainty.     E.W. Howe…. Motivational Quotes

We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.                Werner Heisenberg

What happens depends on our way of observing it or on the fact that we observe it.      Werner Heisenberg

My own suspicion is that the universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we *can* suppose.                J.B.S. Haldane, “On Being the Right Size” in the (1928) book “Possible Worlds”…. Motivational Quotes

Nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent, the nightingale for its song; and the sun for its radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves and should turn them into odes of self congratulation on the excellence of the human mind.       Alfred North Whitehead…. Motivational Quotes

Although the whole of this life were said to be nothing but a dream and the physical world nothing but a phantasm, I should call this dream or phatasm real enough, if, using reason well, we were never deceived by it.         Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.      Ralph Waldo Emerson

[F]or academic men to be happy, the universe would have to take shape. All of philosophy has no other goal: it is a matter of giving a frock coat to what is, a mathematical frock coat. On the other hand, affirming that the universe resembles nothing and is only formless amounts to saying that the universe is something like a spider or spit.           Battaille

The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.              Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe…. Motivational Quotes

What a glorious garden of wonders the lights of Broadway would be to anyone lucky enough to be unable to read.         G.K. Chesterton

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.            Friedrich Nietzsche

Stay away from needle drugs. Richard Nixon is the only dope worth shooting.    Abbie Hoffman

There are, however, people in this world who seldom pick up a newspaper, people who, when watching television, sneer in displeasure and change channels at the first glimpse of an anchorperson. While such willfully uninformed citizens are rare, emerging from seclusion only to serve on juries in trials of great national significance, they do exist.             Joe Keenan…. Motivational Quotes

The whole problem with news on television comes down to this: all the words uttered in an hour of news coverage could be printed on page of a newspaper. And the world cannot be understood in one page. Neil Postman

Knowledge is not a series of self-consistent theories that converges toward an ideal view; it is rather an ever increasing ocean of mutually incompatible (and perhaps even incommensurable) alternatives, each single theory, each fairy tale, each myth that is part of the collection forcing the others into greater articulation and all of them contributing, via this process of competition, to the development of our consciousness.               Paul Feyerabend…. Motivational Quotes

Earthly minds, like mud walls, resist the strongest batteries; and though, perhaps, somethimes the force of a clear argument may make some impression, yet they nevertheless stand firm, keep out the enemy, truth, that would captivate or disturbe them.            John Locke

This place makes Mayberry look like a think tank.             Dennis Miller (told to me by a CV employee)

Usenet is like a herd of performing elephants with diarrhea — massive, difficult to redirect, awe-inspiring, entertaining, and a source of mind- boggling amounts of excrement when you least expect it.       Gene Spafford, 1992

I have the distinction of speaking to you from one of the few countries that still has a communist party.                Dennis Miller, MCing the 1991 Emmies…. Motivational Quotes

The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato – the best part under ground.                Thomas Overbury

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.       Eric Ambler

If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, “Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number?” No. “Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence?” No. Commit it then to the flames: for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.           David Hume…. Motivational Quotes

The idea of an incarnation of God is absurd: why should the human race think itself so superior to bees, ants, and elephants as to be put in this unique relation to its maker? . . Christians are like a council of frogs in a marsh or a synod of worms on a dung-hill croaking and squeaking “for our sakes was the world created.”      Julian the Apostate

Women and cats do as they damned well please, and men and dogs had best learn to live with it.            Alan Holbrook

You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.              Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio

If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happen if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it? Steven Wright…. Motivational Quotes

Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.              Seneca

The only mystery about the cat is why it ever decided to become a domesticated animal              Sir Compton MacKenzie…. Motivational Quotes

Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!         Theophile Gautier

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. Joseph Wood Krutch

All [zoos] actually offer to the public in return for the taxes spent upon them is a form of idle and witless amusement, compared to which a visit to a penitentiary, or even to a State legislature in session, is informing, stimulating and ennobling.                H. L. Mencken

All the big corporations depreciate their possessions, and you can, too, provided you use them for business purposes. For example, if you subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, a business-related newspaper, you can deduct the cost of your house, because, in the words of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger in a landmark 1979 tax decision: “Where else are you going to read the paper? Outside? What if it rains?”                Dave Barry, “Sweating Out Taxes”…. Motivational Quotes

All the taxes paid over a lifetime by the average American are spent by the government in less than a second.   Jim Fiebig

Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors and miss.             Lazarus Long, “Time Enough for Love”

Look, we play the Star Spangled Banner before every game. You want us to pay income taxes, too?        Bill Veeck, Chicago White Sox

Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is really quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.   F. J. Raymond

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

Unquestionably, there is progress. The average American now pays out twice as much in taxes as he formerly got in wages.                H. L. Mencken

Mathematicians are like Frenchmen: whatever you say to them they translate into their own language, and forthwith it is something entirely different.     Johann Wolfgang von Goethe…. Motivational Quotes

Any impatient student of mathematics or science or engineering who is irked by having algebraic symbolism thrust upon him should try to get along without it for a week.             Eric Temple Bell

Man is never honestly the fatalist, nor even the stoic. He fights his fate, often desperately. He is forever entering bold exceptions to the rulings of the bench of gods. This fighting, no doubt, makes for human progress, for it favors the strong and the brave. It also makes for beauty, for lesser men try to escape from a hopeless and intolerable world by creating a more lovely one of their own.    H. L. Mencken…. Motivational Quotes

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.               Tallulah Bankhead

There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.          Michel de Montaigne

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?    Henry Ward Beecher

Because he did not have time to read every new book in his field, the great Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski used a simple and efficient method of deciding which ones were worth his attention: Upon receiving a new book, he immediately checked the index to see if his name was cited, and how often. The more “Malinowski” the more compelling the book. No “Malinowski,” and he doubted the subject of the book was anthropology at all.     Neil Postman…. Motivational Quotes

A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.             Robert M. Hamilton

Few things in life are more embarrassing than the necessity of having to inform an old friend that you have just got engaged to his fiancee. W.C. Fields

Only enemies speak the truth; friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty.            Stephen King, Roland from “The Last Gunslinger”

Truth, springs from agrument amongst friends. David Hume…. Motivational Quotes

Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.     Anais Nin

When one is trying to do something beyond his known powers it is useless to seek the approval of friends. Friends are at their best in moments of defeat.              Henry Miller

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but hold hands.               Alexander Penney

The friendly cow all red and white,<br> I love with all my heart:<br> She gives me cream with all her might;<br> to eat with apple tart.           Robert Louis Stevenson

After several minutes of utterly dull conversation I began to think of her not as a woman but as a human, then not as a human but as an animal, then not as an animal but as a source of high-grade protein.     Mark Gooley

It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in 5 years.      John Von Neumann (ca. 1949)

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.                Robert H. Goddard

There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home. Ken Olsen, CEO DEC 1977

No flying machine will ever fly from New York to Paris … [because] no known motor can run at the requisite speed for four days without stopping.  Orville Wright…. Motivational Quotes

Inventions reached their limit long ago, and I see no hope for further development.       Julius Frontinus, 1st century A.D.

What can be more palpably absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives travelling twice as fast as stagecoaches?  The Quarterly Review (England), March 1825

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.   Hunter S. Thompson, “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”…. Motivational Quotes

Why think? Why not try the experiment?             John Hunter

The true worth of an experimenter consists in his pursuing not only what he seeks in his experiment, but also what he did not seek.             Claude Bernard

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

Our view. . . is that it is an essential characteristic of experimentation that it is carried out with limited resources, and an essential part of the subject of experimental design to ascertain how these should be best applied; or, in particular, to which causes of disturbance care should be given, and which ought to be deliberately ignored. Sir Ronald A. Fisher

It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle…. Motivational Quotes

A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.   Edward Teller

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please. (Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.)                Mark Twain

To the biologist the problem of socialism appears largely as a problem of size. The extreme socialists desire to run every nation as a single business concern. I do not suppose that Henry Ford would find much difficulty in running Andorra or Luxembourg on a socialistic basis. He has already more men on his pay-roll than their population. It is conceivable that a syndicate of Fords, if we could find them, would make Belgium Ltd. or Denmark Inc. pay their way. But while nationalization of certain industries is an obvious possibility in the largest of states, I find it no easier to picture a completely socialized British Empire or United States than an elephant turning somersaults or a hippopotamus jumping a hedge.         J.B.S. Haldane, “On Being the Right Size” in the (1928) book “Possible Worlds”

We should have had socialism already, but for the socialists.       George Bernard Shaw

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.    Dwight David Eisenhower, 1953

A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by a common hatred of its neighbors.     Dean Inge…. Motivational Quotes

No poor bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making other bastards die for their country.                General George Patton

Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.     Will Rogers

To conquer the enemy without resorting to war is the most desirable. The highest form of generalship is to conquer the enemy by strategy.         Ancient Chinese Warlord

Vietnam is a jungle. You had jungle warfare. Kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, you have sand. [There is no need to worry about a protracted war because] from a historical basis, Middle East conflicts do not last a long time.       Dan Quayle, 10/2/90 (reported in Esquire, 8/92)

[The U.S. victory in Gulf war was] a stirring victory for the forces of aggression.  Dan Quayle, 4/11/91 (reported in Esquire, 8/92) …. Motivational Quotes

Very little is known about the War of 1812 because the Americans lost it.              Eric Nicol

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.          Voltaire…. Motivational Quotes

…. You ask, What is our policy? I will say; “It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us: to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy.” You ask, What is our aim? I can answer with one word: Victory – victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be; for without victory there is no survival.       Sir Winston Churchill, 1940, in his first address as the newly appointed Prime Minister.

After all, he thought he was God.             FBI agent on why it was difficult to negotiate with David Koresh

God created sex. Priests created marriage.          Voltaire…. Motivational Quotes

An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.                Samuel Butler

In the beginning Man created God; and in the image of Man created he him.      “Aqualung” – Jethro Tull

I think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.      Oscar Wilde

…no man of genuinely superior intelligence has ever been an actor. Even supposing a young man of appreciable mental powers to be lured upon the stage, as philosophers are occasionally lured into bordellos, his mind would be inevitably and almost immediately destroyed by the gaudy nonsense issuing from his mouth every night.         H. L. Mencken…. Motivational Quotes

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.          Aristotle

Let us overthrow the totems, break the taboos. Or better, let us consider them cancelled. Coldly, let us be intelligent.                Pierre Trudeau

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult.    Sigmund Freud

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.                Bertrand Russell

Man has made use of his intelligence, he invented stupidity.      Remy de Gourmont…. Motivational Quotes

The intelligent man is one who has successfully fulfilled many accomplishments, and is yet willing to learn more.               Ed Parker, Grandmaster, American Kenpo. …. Motivational Quotes

Over the past ten years, for the first time, intelligence had become socially correct for girls.         Tom Wolfe, “Bonfire of the Vanities”

That young girl is one of the least benightedly unintelligent organic life forms it has been my profound lack of pleasure not to be able to avoid meeting.       Marvin, _Life, the Universe, and Everything_ by Douglas Adams

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward.            John Maynard Keynes

It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.           Eleanor Roosevelt…. Motivational Quotes

…a science is said to be useful if its development tends to accentuate the existing inequalities in the destribution of wealth, or more directly promotes the destruction of human life.             G.H. Hardy

Science would be ruined if (like sports) it were to put competition above everything else, and if it were to clarify the rules of competition by withdrawing entirely into narrowly defined specialties. The rare scholars who are nomads-by-choice are essential to the intellectual welfare of the settled disciplines.     Benoit Mandelbrot

Books must follow sciences, and not sciences books.      Sir Francis Bacon…. Motivational Quotes

The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construct which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work. John Von Neumann

What can I wish to the youth of my country who devote themselves to science? …Thirdly, passion. Remember that science demands from a man all his life. If you had two lives that would not be enough for you. Be passionate in your work and in your searching. Ivan Pavlov…. Motivational Quotes

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.    H.P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”…. Motivational Quotes

I almost think it is the ultimate destiny of science to exterminate the human race.            Thomas Love Peacock

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.               Edmund Burke…. Motivational Quotes

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. Children and conjurors–they terrify me. Scientists are no problem; against them I feel quite confident.           Zambendorf, _Code of the Lifemaker_ by James P. Hogan

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.              Paul Valery

What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.           Vilhjalmur Stefanss

I never could tell a lie that anybody would doubt, nor a truth that anybody would believe.           Mark Twain…. Motivational Quotes

A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.  Mark Twain

I want to know the truth, however perverted that may sound.  Stephen Wolfram

There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else.      Cyrus H. Curtis

The road to truth is long, and lined the entire way with annoying bastards            Alexander Jablokov “The Place of No Shadows”

I can be expected to look for truth but not to find it.       Denis Diderot

Your motivation? Your motivation is your pay packet on Friday. Now get on with it.          Noel Coward…. Motivational Quotes

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.                Dom Helder Camara

I never write Metropolis for seven cents because I can get the same price for city. I never write policeman because I can get the same money for cop.     Mark Twain

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.   Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.          Friedrich Nietzsche

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.   Carl Sagan, “Contact”

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music… and of aviation.                Tom Stoppard…. Motivational Quotes

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

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love, one another.   Jonathan Swift

…to emphasize the afterlife is to deny life. To concentrate on Heaven is to create hell. In their desperate longing to transcend the disorderliness, friction, and unpredictability that pesters life; in their desire for a fresh start in a tidy habitat, germ-free and secured by angels, religious multitudes are gambling the only life they may ever have on a dark horse in a race that has no finish line.”        Tom Robbins, _Skinny Legs and All_, 1990, p. 305.

If there is, in fact, a Heaven and a Hell, all we know for sure is that Hell will be a viciously overcrowded version of Phoenix…                Hunter S. Thompson, Generation of Swine…. Motivational Quotes

A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.         Lord Jeffery

If debugging is the art of removing bugs, then programming must be the art of inserting them.  Unknown

The primary purpose of the Data statement is to give names to constants; instead of referring to pi as 3.141592653589793 at every appearance, the variable Pi can be given that value with a Data statement and used instead of the longer form of the constant. This also simplifies modifying the program, should the value of pi change.        Fortran manual for Xerox Computers

The process of preparing programs for a digital computer is especially attractive, not only because it can be economically and scientifically rewarding, but also because it can be an aesthetic experience much like composing poetry or music.                Donald E. Knuth…. Motivational Quotes

We have come through a strange cycle in programming, starting with the creation of programming itself as a human activity. Executives with the tiniest smattering of knowledge assume that anyone can write a program, and only now are programmers beginning to win their battle for recognition as true professionals. Not just anyone, with any background, or any training, can do a fine job of programming. Programmers know this, but then why is it that they think that anyone picked off the street can do documentation? One has only to spend an hour looking at papers written by graduate students to realize the extent to which the ability to communicate is not universally held. And so, when we speak about computer program documentation, we are not speaking about the psychology of computer programming at all – except insofar as programmers have the illusion that anyone can do a good job of documentation, provided he is not smart enough to be a programmer.     Gerald Weinberg, “The Psychology of Computer Programming”

[George Bush] has raised taxes on the people driving pickup trucks and lowered taxes on the people riding in limousines. We can do better.           Bill Clinton, Democratic National Convention, July 16, 1992…. Motivational Quotes

Fools admire, but men of sense approve.             Alexander Pope

Be humble for you are made of dung. Be noble for you are made of stars.            Serbian proverb

Human consciousness arose but a minute before midnight on the geological clock. Yet we mayflies try to bend an ancient world to our purposes, ignorant perhaps of the messages buried in its long history. Let us hope that we are still in the early morning of our April day.              Stephen Jay Gould

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.     Steven Weinberg…. Motivational Quotes

Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapour, a drop of water, suffices to kill him. But if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this.                Blaise Pascal, quoted by Rebecca West in BLACK LAMB AND GREY FALCON: A JOURNEY THROUGH YUGOSLAVIA, 1940

Man is to himself the most wonderful object in nature; for he cannot conceive what the body is, still less what the mind is, and least of all how a body should be united to a mind. This is the consummation of his difficulties, and yet it is his very being.   Blaise Pascal, Pensees(II,72)

How would it be if we discovered that aliens only stopped by earth to let their kids take a leak? Jay Leno

Equal Rights were created for everyone.              contesant in 1990 Mr. New Jersey Male pageant…. Motivational Quotes

I was not lying. I said things that later on seemed to be untrue.  Richard Nixon, discussing Watergate…. Motivational Quotes

  1. At the rise of the hand of the policeman, stop rapidly. Do not pass him or otherwise disrespect him.<br> 2. If pedestrian obstacle your path, tootle horn melodiously. If he continue to obstacle, tootle horn vigorously and utter vocal warning such as “Hi, Hi.”<br> […]<br> 5. Beware of greasy corner where lurk skid demon. Cease step on, approach slowly, round cautiously, resume step on gradually. from an official Japanese guide for English-speaking drivers, 1936

The demonstration that no possible combination of known substances, known forms of machinery and known forms of force, can be united in a practical machine by which man shall fly long distances through the air, seems to the writer as complete as it is possible for the demonstration of any physical fact to be.           Simon Newcomb (declared in 1901)

Wherever I have gone in this country, I have found Americans. Alf Landon, during his speech in his presidential campaign against FDR…. Motivational Quotes

My fellow astronauts… Dan Quayle, beginning a speech at an Apollo 11 anniversary celebration

Half this game is 90% mental.     Danny Ozark, manager of the Phillies

I first saw President Reagan as a foot, highly polished brown cordovan wagging merrily on a hassock. I spied it through the door. It was a beautiful foot, sleek. Such casual elegance and clean lines! But not a big foot, not formidable, maybe a little …frail. I imagined cradling it in my arms, protecting it from unsmooth roads.        Peggy Noonan, speechwriter for the Reagan administration

While you are away, movie stars are taking your women. Robert Redford is dating your girlfriend, Tom Selleck is kissing your lady, Bart Simpson is making love to your wife.        Baghdad Betty, Iraqi radio announcer, to gulf war troops

I want to gain 1,500 or 2,000 yards, whichever comes first.            George Rogers, Saints running back…. Motivational Quotes

If crime went down 100%, it would still be 50 times higher than it shoud be.         Councilman John Bowman commenting on the high crime in Washington

[He] looks at foreign affairs through the wrong end of a municipal drainpipe.      Sir Winston Churchill

Who will relieve me of this Wuthering Height     Sir Winston Churchill

If heaven is going to be full of people like Hardie, well, the Almighty can have them to himself.  Sir Winston Churchill…. Motivational Quotes

There but for the grace of God goes God.            Sir Winston Churchill

It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.   Sir Winston Churchill

[On recognizing China] But if you recognize anyone it does not mean you like them. For instance, we all recognize the right honourable gentleman the member for Ebbw Vale.        Sir Winston Churchill…. Motivational Quotes

Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.                Henry Miller

Confusion is a word we have invented for an order which is not understood.      Henry Miller

There is no salvation in becoming adapted to a world which is crazy.        Henry Miller, “The Colossus of Maroussi” (1941)

I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.       Alfred Hitchcock

My teen angst has a body count.              Veronica – “Heathers”

Philosophy is the highest music.                Plato…. Motivational Quotes

No Voice; but oh! the silence sank like music on my heart.           Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I see music as the augmentation of a split second of time.            Erin Cleary

Without music, life would be a mistake.                Friedrich Nietzsche

Sure there is music even in the beauty, and the silent note which Cupid strikes, far sweeter than the sound of an instrument. For there is music wherever there is harmony, order and proportion; and thus far we may maintain the music of the spheres; for those well ordered motions, and regular paces, though they give no sound unto the ear, yet to the understanding they strike a note most full of harmony. Sir Thomas Browne

How good bad music and bad reasons sound when we march against an enemy.              Friedrich Nietzsche…. Motivational Quotes

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.          David Brinkley

Political language – and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists – is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.    George Orwell, 1946

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.           Arthur C. Clarke

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward.               Margaret Fairless Barber…. Motivational Quotes

I gather, young man, that you wish to be a Member of Parliament. The first lesson that you must learn is, when I call for statistics about the rate of infant mortality, what I want is proof that fewer babies died when I was Prime Minister than when anyone else was Prime Minister. That is a political statistic.              Sir Winston Churchill

Politics is made up largely of irrelevancies.           Dalton Camp

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.                James Madison, (attributed)

Meetings are an addictive, highly self-indulgent activity that corporations and other organizations habitually engage in only because they cannot actually masturbate.           Alain van der Heide…. Motivational Quotes

A sympathetic Scot summed it all up very neatly in the remark, “You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.”          Sir Arnold Bax

Of the delights of this world, man cares most for sexual intercourse, yet he has left it out of his heaven.               Mark Twain

Be on the alert to recognize your prime at whatever time of your life it may occur.           Muriel Spark

Language exists only on the surface of our consciousness. The great human struggles are played out in silence and in the ability to express oneself.            Franz Xavier Kroetz…. Motivational Quotes

There is a certain age at which a child looks at you in all earnestness and delivers a long, pleased speech in all the true inflections of spoken English, but with not one recognizable syllable. There is no way you can tell the child that if language had been a melody, he had mastered it and done well, but that since it was in fact a sense, he had botched it utterly.                Annie Dillard, _Pilgrim at Tinker Creek_

…exaggerated turns of speech conceal mediocre affections: as if the fulness of the soul might not sometimes overflow in the emptiest of metaphors, since no one, ever, can give the exact measurements of his needs, nor of his conceptions, nor of his sufferings, and the human word is like a cracked cauldron upon which we beat out melodies fit for making bears dance when we are trying to move the stars to pity.       Gustave Flaubert, “Madame Bovary”, ch. 12

Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts…              Robert Fulghum

For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and big words Bother me.     Winnie the Pooh

“Where did you put it?”<br> “Put what?”<br> “You know?”<br> “Where do you think?”<br> “Oh.”        Nicholas Negroponte, Director of the MIT Media Lab, stating his ideal model of human-computer interaction…. Motivational Quotes

Aim at the sun, and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.              Joel Hawes

I have found you an argument: but I am not obliged to find you an understanding.           Samuel Johnson

Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that he sometimes has to eat them.                Adlai E. Stevenson Jr.

I think I am a verb.           R. Buckminster Fuller

What you are shouts so loud in my ears I cannot hear what you say.        Ralph Waldo Emerson…. Motivational Quotes

All last year we tried to teach him English, and the only word he learned was million.       Tommy Lasorda, on pitcher Fernando Valenzuela

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own neccessities but of their advantages.            Adam Smith

The market is not an invention of capitalism. It has existed for centuries. It is an invention of civilization.                Mikhail Gorbachev, June 8, 1990

One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar.       Helen Keller…. Motivational Quotes

The worst crime against working people is a company which fails to operate at a profit.  Samuel Gompers, said in 1908

Fine art and pizza delivery, what we do falls neatly in between! David Letterman

I like less the story that a frog if put in cold water will not bestir itself if that water is heated up slowly and gradually and will in the end let itself be boiled alive, too comfortable with continuity to realize that continuous change at some point may become intolerable and demand a change in behavior.  Charles Handy – The Age of Unreason…. Motivational Quotes

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone            John Maynard Keynes

I live in the Managerial Age, in a world of “Admin.” The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid “dens of crime” that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern.            C. S. Lewis

I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.          Shirley Temple…. Motivational Quotes

The least deviation from truth will be multiplied later.    Aristotle

Everything has got a moral if you can only find it.               Lewis Carroll

Truth never comes into the world but like a bastard, to the ignominy of him that brought her birth.         John Milton

I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.        Leo Tolstoy

A technique succeeds in mathematical physics, not by a clever trick, or a happy accident, but because it expresses some aspect of a physical truth.            O.G. Sutton…. Motivational Quotes

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.                Niels Bohr

The basic notion underlying USENET is the flame.             Chuq Von Rospach

It can be shown that for any nutty theory, beyond-the-fringe political view, or strange religion there exists a proponent on the Net. The proof is left as an exercise for your kill-file.                unattributed truth from r.g.frp…. Motivational Quotes

Where so many hours have been spent in convincing myself that I am right, is there not some reason to fear I may be wrong? Jane Austen

Live TV died in the late 1950s, electronic bulletin boards came along in the mid-1980s, meaning there was about a 25-year gap when it was difficult to put your foot in your mouth and have people all across the country know about it.   Mark Leeper…. Motivational Quotes

network: anything reticulated or decussated, with interstices between the intersections              from the Dictionary of Samuel Johnson

There is nothing more practical than a good theory.         Leonid Ilich Brezhnev, quoted in V Rich, Nature, 1977, 270, pp470-1

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.  M. C. Escher

Nature is earlier than man, but man is earlier than natural science.           von Weizsacker

Pardon him, Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.                George Bernard Shaw, “Ceasar and Cleopatra”…. Motivational Quotes

It is fatal to be right when the rest of the world is wrong.              Brother Theodore

A thing can be true and still be desperate folly.  Richard Adams, _Watership Down_

Beware of too much laughter, for it deadens the mind and produces oblivion.    The Talmud

Every culture has its distinctive and normal system of government. Yours is democracy, moderated by corruption. Ours is totalitarianism, moderated by assassination.       Unknown Russian

The real question of government versus private enterprise is argued on too philosophical and abstract a basis. Theoretically, planning may be good. But nobody has ever figured out the cause of government stupidity and until they do (and find the cure) all ideal plans will fall into quicksand.                Richard Feynman…. Motivational Quotes

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive.   Thomas Jefferson

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.         William H. Borah

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.          Dave Barry…. Motivational Quotes

He is one of those peple who would be enormously improved by death                H.H. Munro (Saki)

The only completely consistent people are the dead.     Aldous Huxley…. Motivational Quotes

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.     Willa Cather

Nothing in the entire universe ever perishes, believe me, but things vary, and adopt a new form. The phrase “being born” is used for beginning to be something different from what one was before, while “dying” means ceasing to be the same. Though this thing may pass into that, and that into this, yet the sums of things remains unchanged.         Ovid, Metamorphoses

We owe a deep debt of gratitude to Adam, the first great benefactor of the human race: he brought death into the world.                Mark Twain…. Motivational Quotes

We are here to add to the sum of human goodness. To prove the thing exists. And however futile each individual act of courage or generosity, self-sacrifice or grace-it still proves the thing exists. Each act adds to the fund. It needs replenishment. Not only because evil flourishes, and is, most indefensibly, defended. But because goodness is no longer a respectable aim in life. The hound of hell, envy, has driven it from the house.    Josephine Hart, “Sin”

Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize the infinite extent of our relations. Henry David Thoreau

My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can.        Cary Grant…. Motivational Quotes

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.              Socrates

You know, my Friends, with what a brave Carouse<br>I made a Second Marriage in my house;<br> Divorced old barren Reason from my Bed,<br>And took the Daughter of the Vine to Spouse.<br><br>For “Is” and “Is-not” though with Rule and Line<br>And “Up-and-down” by Logic I define,<br> Of all that one should care to fathom, I<br>Was never deep in anything but – Wine.       from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam (Translation by Edward Fitzgerald)

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.                Maria Montessori…. Motivational Quotes

My specific goal is to revolutionize the future of the species. Mathematics is just another way of predicting the future.                Ralph Abraham

Mathematics transfigures the fortuitous concourse of atoms into the tracery of the finger of God.           Herbert Westren Turnbull

Philosophy is a game with objectives and no rules. Mathematics is a game with rules and no objectives.                Anonymous

God does not care about our mathematical difficulties. He integrates empirically.             Albert Einstein

You can not apply mathematics as long as words still becloud reality.       Hermann Weyl

There is an astonishing imagination, even in the science of mathematics… We repeat, there was far more imagination in the head of Archimedes than in that of Homer. Voltaire…. Motivational Quotes

The most extensive computation known has been conducted over the last billion years on a planet-wide scale: it is the evolution of life. The power of this computation is illustrated by the complexity and beauty of its crowning achievement, the human brain.             David Rogers, Weather Prediction Using a Genetic Memory

I will not go so far as to say that to construct a history of thought without profound study of the mathematical ideas of successive epochs is like omitting Hamlet from the play which is named after him. . . But it is certainly analogous to cutting out the part of Ophelia. This simile is singularly exact. For Ophelia is quite essential to the play, she is very charming– and a little mad.            Alfred North Whitehead

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm. Bruce Barton

…it is certain that the real function of art is to increase our self-consciousness; to make us more aware of what we are, and therefore of what the universe in which we live really is. And since mathematics, in its own way, also performs this function, it is not only aesthetically charming but profoundly significant. It is an art, and a great art.          John W.N. Sullivan…. Motivational Quotes

The mathematician lives long and lives young; the wings of his soul do not early drop off, nor do its pores become clogged with the earthy particles blown from the dusty highways of vulgar life.  James Joseph Sylvester

How did Biot arrive at the partial differential equation? [the heat conduction equation] . . . Perhaps Laplace gave Biot the equation and left him to sink or swim for a few years in trying to derive it. That would have been merely an instance of the way great mathematicians since the very beginnings of mathematical research have effortlessly maintained their superiority over ordinary mortals.            Clifford Truesdell…. Motivational Quotes

There was a blithe certainty that came from first comprehending the full Einstein field equations, arabesques of Greek letters clinging tenuously to the page, a gossamer web. They seemed insubstantial when you first saw them, a string of squiggles. Yet to follow the delicate tensors as they contracted, as the superscripts paired with subscripts, collapsing mathematically into concrete classical entities– potential; mass; forces vectoring in a curved geometry– that was a sublime experience. The iron fist of the real, inside the velvet glove of airy mathematics.              Gregory Benford – Timescape…. Motivational Quotes

What a price we pay for experience, when we must sell our youth to buy it.        Javan

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.                George Bernard Shaw

We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it–and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again–and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.          Mark Twain…. Motivational Quotes

Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones. anonymous

Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first and the lessons afterwards.              anonymous

Experience consists of experiencing that which one does not wish to experience              quoted by Freud in “Jokes and Their Relation To The Unconscience?”

For example, in Year 1 that useless letter “c” would be dropped to be replased either by “k” or “s”, and likewise “x” would no longer be part of the alphabet. The only kase in which “c” would be retained would be the “ch” formation, which will be dealt with later. Year 2 might reform “w” spelling, so that “which” and “one” would take the same konsonant, wile Year 3 might well abolish “y” replasing it with “i” and Iear 4 might fiks the “g<br>j” anomali wonse and for all.<br> <br> Jenerally, then, the improvement would kontinue iear bai iear with Iear 5 doing awai with useless double konsonants, and Iears 6-12 or so modifaiing vowlz and the rimeining voist and unvoist konsonants. Bai Iear 15 or sou, it wud fainali bi posibl tu meik ius ov thi ridandant letez “c”, “y” and “x” — bai now jast a memori in the maindz ov ould doderez — tu riplais “ch”, “sh”, and “th” rispektivli.<br> <br> Fainali, xen, aafte sam 20 iers ov orxogrefkl riform, wi wud<br> hev a lojikl, kohirnt speling in ius xrewawt xe Ingliy-spiking werld.               Mark Twain, “A Plan for the Improvement of English Spelling”

A cap of good acid costs five dollars and for that you can hear the Universal Symphony with God singing solo and the Holy Ghost on drums.              Hunter S. Thompson

A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left him.      H. Mathews

If God dropped acid, would he see people?        Steven Wright…. Motivational Quotes

Knowledge is expensive.              Hanna Gray, current president of the University of Chicago

Education is the best provision for old age.          Aristotle…. Motivational Quotes

Education makes a people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave. Baron Henry Peter Brougham

The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.          Harlan Ellison.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.             Aristotle

Our American professors like their literature clear, cold, pure and very dead.      Sinclair Lewis

Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly.                Arnold Edinborough…. Motivational Quotes

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.                Samuel Butler

A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.                Bob Edwards

If you sincerely desire a _truly_ well-rounded education, you must study the extremists, the obscure and “nutty”. You need the balance! Your poor brain is already being impregnated with middle-of-the-road crap, twenty-four hours a day, _no matter what_. Network TV, newspapers, radio, magazines at the supermarket… even if you never watch, read, listen, or leave your house, even if you are deaf and blind, the _telepathic pressure alone_ of the uncountable normals surrounding you will insure that you are automatically well- grounded in consensus reality.          Rev. Ivan Stang – High Weirdness By Mail…. Motivational Quotes

Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.     H.G. Wells

And what is a good citizen? Simply one who never says, does or thinks anything that is unusual. Schools are maintained in order to bring this uniformity up to the highest possible point. A school is a hopper into which children are heaved while they are still young and tender; therein they are pressed into certain standard shapes and covered from head to heels with official rubber-stamps.  H. L. Mencken

One must have a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.             Oscar Wilde…. Motivational Quotes

“A penny for your thoughts?”<br> “A dollar for your death.”      Felix and Oscar, from the Odd Couple

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.        James F. Byrnes…. Motivational Quotes

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic.                Joseph Stalin

Feminism is the radical concept that women are people.               Cheris Kramarae & Paula Treichler

If men menstruated, they would brag about how much and for how long.            Gloria Steinem

Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.            Mark Twain

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.  Amelia Burr

The purpose of a liberal arts education is to learn that a person can like both cats *and* dogs!    Sonjay Anand…. Motivational Quotes

When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.         Charles Anderson Dana

Every man is wise when attacked by a mad dog; fewer when pursued by a mad woman; only the wisest survive when attacked by a mad notion.           Robertson Davies

Political history is largely an account of mass violence and of the expenditure of vast resources to cope with mythical fears and hopes.         Murray Edelman, _Politics as Symbolic Action_, p. 1

No one who has read official documents needs to be told how easy it is to conceal the essential truth under the apparently candid and all- disclosing phrases of a voluminous and particularizing report….   Woodrow Wilson, _Congressional Government_, p. 109…. Motivational Quotes

Today, a successful Congressman has the fundraising ability of a hooker trying to raise cab fare home….               John L. Jackley, New York Times, 10/29/90, p. A15.

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.     Ralph Waldo Emerson

A politician will always tip off his true belief by stating the opposite at the beginning of the sentence. For maximum comprehension, do not start listening until the first clause is concluded. Begin instead at the word “but” which begins the second, or active, clause. This is the way to tell a liberal from a conservative — before they tell you.<br> Thus: “I have always believed in a strong national defense, second to none, but … ” (a liberal, about to propose a $20 billion defense cut).       Frank Mankiewicz…. Motivational Quotes

The danger from computers is not that they will eventually get as smart as men, but that we will meanwhile agree to meet them halfway.” Bernard Avishai

And, of course, you have the commercials where savvy businesspeople Get Ahead by using their MacIntosh computers to create the ultimate American business product: a really sharp-looking report.    Dave Barry

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.        John Herschel…. Motivational Quotes

If the automobile had followed the same development cyclee as the computer, a Rolls-Royce would today cost $100, get a million miles per gallon, and explode once a year, killing everyone inside.”           Robert X. Cringely, InfoWorld

It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC; as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.            Professor Edsger Dijkstra

PL<br>1, “the fatal disease”, belongs more to the problem set than to the solution set. Professor Edsger Dijkstra

Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.      Professor Edsger Dijkstra

Artificial Intelligence: the art of making computers that behave like the ones in movies  Bill Bulko…. Motivational Quotes

All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.       Unknown

An apprentice carpenter may want only a hammer and saw, but a master craftsman employs many precision tools. Computer programming likewise requires sophisticated tools to cope with the complexity of real applications, and only practice with these tools will build skill in their use.          Robert L. Kruse, Data Structures and Program Design

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. Jonathan Kozol

It is against the grain of modern education to teach children to program. What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail, and learning to be self-critical?      Alan Perlis

Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature.            Kulawiec…. Motivational Quotes

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equpped with 18,000 vaccuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1 1<br>2 tons.           Popular Mechanics, March 1949…. Motivational Quotes

Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.             G. Hopper

I have a cat named Trash. In the current political climate it would seem that if I were trying to sell him (at least to a Computer Scientist), I would not stress that he is gentle to humans and is self-sufficient, living mostly on field mice. Rather, I would argue that he is object-oriented.              Roger King

If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.                Oriental Proverb…. Motivational Quotes

pixel, n.: A mischievous, magical spirit associated with screen displays. The computer industry has frequently borrowed from mythology: Witness the sprites in computer graphics, the demons in artificial intelligence, and the trolls in the marketing department.                Jeff Meyer

If we had less statemanship we could get along with fewer battleships. Mark Twain

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.                Rebecca West…. Motivational Quotes

War is just to those to whom war is necessary.  Titus Livius

Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends.    Dwight David Eisenhower, address at Guildhall, London, 7/12/45

Setting loose on the battlefield weapons that are able to learn may be one of the biggest mistakes mankind has ever made. It could also be one of the last.    Richard Forsyth – Machine Learning for Expert Systems

Some people imagine that nuclear war will mean instant and painless death. But for millions this will not be the case. The accounts of the injured at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and of the doctors who tried to tend them, witness to the horrors and torments which would be magnified thousands of times over in the kinds of attack we analyse here. . . Stan Openshaw – Doomsday…. Motivational Quotes

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.                Seneca

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

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.               Kurt Vonnegut…. Motivational Quotes

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. Andre Gide

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.           Helen Keller

To find a fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.         Plutarch…. Motivational Quotes

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.             Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.           Arnold Bennett…. Motivational Quotes

Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.                Thomas H. Huxley

Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.           Unknown

We must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.           Indira Gandhi

If you refuse to be made straight when you are green, you will not be made straight when you are dry.                African Proverb…. Motivational Quotes

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

It is not enough to aim; you must hit.      Italian Proverb

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.              Mark Twain

He who would leap high must take a long run.    Danish Proverb

Anybody can win unless there happens to be a second entry.    George Ade

Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry. Henry Ward Beecher

To err is human; to forgive, infrequent. Franklin P. Adams

The chief obstacle to the progress of the human race is the human race.               Don Marquis

When anger rises, think of the consequences.   Confucius…. Motivational Quotes

We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.  Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.            Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

I was so naive as a kid I used to sneak behind the barn and do nothing.  Johnny Carson

The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood.        Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Age and Death”…. Motivational Quotes

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.          Robert Orben

My parents only had one argument in forty-five years. It lasted forty-three years.           Cathy Ladman

Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.                Baltasar Gracian

You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.      John J. Plomp

The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant–and let the air out of the tires.                Dorothy Parker

Never have children, only grandchildren.              Gore Vidal…. Motivational Quotes

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.    Oscar Wilde

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.         Noel Coward

I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.           Herbert Rappaport…. Motivational Quotes

Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage.    Babylonian Talmud, tractate Gittin

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.  Samuel Butler

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.      Paul Gauguin…. Motivational Quotes

Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.             Barry Switzer

I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision.          Eleanor Roosevelt

Your first appearance, he said to me, is the gauge by which you will be measured; try to manage that you may go beyond yourself in after times, but beware of ever doing less.   Jean Jacques Rousseau

We are continually faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.                John W. Gardner

We think in generalities, but we live in detail.     Alfred North Whitehead…. Motivational Quotes

Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.             Thornton Wilder

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.    William James

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

The man who says he is willing to meet you halfway is usually a poor judge of distance. Laurence J. Peter

We seem to believe it is possible to ward off death by following rules of good grooming.              Don Delillo…. Motivational Quotes

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.              Michael Pritchard

Beware so long as you live, of judging people by appearances.   La Fontaine

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.  G. K. Chesterton

I no longer prepare food or drink with more than one ingredient.             Cyra McFadden

Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside.        Mark Twain…. Motivational Quotes

Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.              Herb Caen

Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard pressed.       Coleman Cox…. Motivational Quotes

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

There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.   Bertrand Russell

Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.             Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband, 1893, Act I

Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.                Blaise Pascal

The incompetent with nothing to do can still make a mess of it. Laurence J. Peter…. Motivational Quotes

It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument. William G. McAdoo

An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.         Dwight D. Eisenhower

An intelligence test sometimes shows a man how smart he would have been not to have taken it.           Laurence J. Peter

Never try to tell everything you know. It may take too short a time.        Norman Ford

Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. E. H. Chapin

Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.    H. Mumford Jones…. Motivational Quotes

He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.     Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.             Friedrich Nietzsche

Confusion is always the most honest response. Marty Indik

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.             Henry Kissinger

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.         Oscar Wilde…. Motivational Quotes

If a cluttered desk is the sign of a cluttered mind, what is the significance of a clean desk?            Laurence J. Peter

If you go in for argument, take care of your temper. Your logic, if you have any, will take care of itself.    Joseph Farrell

Only exceptionally rational men can afford to be absurd.              Allan Goldfein…. Motivational Quotes

It is a far, far better thing to have a firm anchor in nonsense than to put out on the troubled sea of thought.       John Kenneth Galbraith

He who builds a better mousetrap these days runs into material shortages, patent-infringement suits, work stoppages, collusive bidding, discount discrimination–and taxes.”   H. E. Martz

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

The days of the digital watch are numbered.       Tom Stoppard…. Motivational Quotes

The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.  Albert Einstein, (attributed)

The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.               Peter De Vries

Before you contradict an old man, my fair friend, you should endeavor to understand him.          George Santayana

A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world. Edmond de Goncourt

It is only an auctioneer who can equally and impartially admire all schools of art.                Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.   Andre Maurois

Autobiography is an unrivaled vehicle for telling the truth about other people.   Philip Guedalla

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. Alfred Hitchcock, In Simon Rose, Classic Film Guide (1995) …. Motivational Quotes

Television is more interesting than people. If it were not, we would have people standing in the corners of our rooms.  Alan Corenk…. Motivational Quotes

Imitation is the sincerest form of television.        Fred Allen

Imagine what it would be like if TV actually were good. It would be the end of everything we know.        Marvin Minsky

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.     Samuel Goldwyn

Ask, and it shall be given you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be opened unto you.    Bible, New Testament, Matthew 7:7

My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.             Peter De Vries

Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone.      Hodding Carter…. Motivational Quotes

The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking.  Louis Vermeil

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses.       Margaret Millar

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest.                Isaac Asimov

To err is human–and to blame it on a computer is even more so.              Robert Orben

Skiing combines outdoor fun with knocking down trees with your face. Dave Barry

It is fun to be in the same decade with you.         Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a letter to Winston Churchill…. Motivational Quotes

Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.             Baltasar Gracian

She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.     Dorothy Parker, speaking of Katharine Hepburn

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel Prize.     George Bernard Shaw

Never give a party if you will be the most interesting person there.         Mickey Friedman

I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.                Beryl Pfizer

If you aspire to the highest place, it is no disgrace to stop at the second, or even the third, place.              Cicero…. Motivational Quotes

We have really everything in common with America nowadays except, of course, language.        Oscar Wilde, The Canterville Ghost, 1882

The town where I grew up has a zip code of E-I-E-I-O.    Martin Mull

I have just returned from Boston. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there.      Fred Allen, in a letter to Groucho Marx, 1953

Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel.              Oscar Levant

Turn the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.      Frank Lloyd Wright

To disagree with three-fourths of the British public is one of the first requisites of sanity.              Oscar Wilde

The Romans would never have found time to conquer the world if they had been obliged first to learn Latin.      Heinrich Heine…. Motivational Quotes

Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to believe.     Laurence J. Peter, paraphrasing Sir Walter Scott

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.       Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, part 2, 1891

There are only two ways of telling the complete truth–anonymously and posthumously.             Thomas Sowell

A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.                Mark Twain, (attributed)

Reminds me of my safari in Africa. Somebody forgot the corkscrew and for several days we had to live on nothing but food and water.          W. C. Fields…. Motivational Quotes

I never took hallucinogenic drugs because I never wanted my consciousness expanded one unnecessary iota.   Fran Lebowitz

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.              Will Rogers

Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.         Oscar Wilde…. Motivational Quotes

Vigorous let us be in attaining our ends, and mild in our method of attainment. Lord Newborough, Motto

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.               H. L. Mencken

Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.     Laurence J. Peter

What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living.         Doug Larson

Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.                Groucho Marx

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them.                Jane Austen…. Motivational Quotes

A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.            Carl Reiner

If the English language made any sense, a catastrophe would be an apostrophe with fur.              Doug Larson

Bite off more than you can chew, then chew it. Plan more than you can do, then do it.   Anonymous

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under.             H. L. Mencken

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.       John Ciardi

I never vote for anyone; I always vote against.   W. C. Fields…. Motivational Quotes

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself, tell yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches.   Rainer Maria Rilke

Get all the fools on your side and you can be elected to anything.             Frank Dane

Communism is like one big phone company.       Lenny Bruce

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.                Benjamin Disraeli…. Motivational Quotes

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

I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.             Richard Lewis

Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears.               Robert W. Sarnoff

Every man serves a useful purpose: A miser, for example, makes a wonderful ancestor.               Laurence J. Peter…. Motivational Quotes

When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.            Chinese Proverb

I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.               Wilson Mizner

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.          Mark Twain

So much of what we call management consists in making it difficult for people to work. Peter Drucker

No man ever listened himself out of a job.           Calvin Coolidge…. Motivational Quotes

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving America a new sense of purpose. Andy Rooney

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there.  Clare Booth Luce

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good.                Samuel Johnson, (attributed)

He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.                Horace

Reading this book is like waiting for the first shoe to drop.            Ralph Novak

If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion.            George Bernard Shaw

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.   Benjamin Disraeli…. Motivational Quotes

Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.               T. S. Eliot

A magician pulls rabbits out of hats. An experimental psychologist pulls habits out of rats.             Anonymous

A lawyer starts life giving $500 worth of law for $5 and ends giving $5 worth for $500.      Benjamin H. Brewster

You have to know how to accept rejection and reject acceptance.            Ray Bradbury, advice to writers

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.            Pablo Picasso

Treat all disasters as if they were trivialities but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.       Quentin Crisp…. Motivational Quotes

It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull.            H. L. Mencken

Criticism is prejudice made plausible.      H. L. Mencken

Washington is the only place where sound travels faster than light.         C. V. R. Thompson

Life is a zoo in a jungle.  Peter De Vries

Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.            George Jean Nathan

In all recorded history there has not been one economist who has had to worry about where the next meal would come from.     Peter Drucker…. Motivational Quotes

It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.           Queen Christina, of Sweden, 1629-1689

To knock a thing down, especially if it is cocked at an arrogant angle, is a deep delight of the blood.          George Santayana

Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.  Norman Douglas

Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.      H. L. Mencken

If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one – if he had the power – would be justified in silencing mankind.       John Stuart Mill…. Motivational Quotes

The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness, can be trained to do most things.                Jilly Cooper

If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.                Arthur Schopenhauer

Nothing can so alienate a voter from the political system as backing a winning candidate.              Mark B. Cohen…. Motivational Quotes

Women should be obscene and not heard.         Groucho Marx

There ought to be one day– just one– when there is open season on senators.               Will Rogers

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. P. G. Wodehouse

Be bold and mighty powers will come to your aid.             Basil King

To know all is not to forgive all. It is to despise everybody.            Quentin Crisp

The multitude of books is making us ignorant.    Voltaire

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life. P. D. James…. Motivational Quotes

It is dangerous for a national candidate to say things that people might remember.          Eugene McCarthy

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.    Albert Camus

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.            Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “In the World”

To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble. But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!      H. L. Mencken

America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room. Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.        Arnold Toynbee

Never read a book through merely because you have begun it. John Witherspoon

I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.          Michel de Montaigne…. Motivational Quotes

Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four. Katharine Hepburn

Be as careful of the books you read, as of the company you keep; for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as by the latter.   Paxton Hood…. Motivational Quotes

A quotation, like a pun, should come unsought, and then be welcomed only for some propriety of felicity justifying the intrusion.             Robert Chapman

You keep changin? the rules and I can?t play the game. I can?t take it much longer. I think I might go insane.       Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, Scream

If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, then make that change.      Michael Jackson, Man In The Mirror

Imagine there?s no countries, it isn?t hard to do; nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace.      John Lennon, Imagine

Wear the old coat and buy the new book.            Austin Phelps…. Motivational Quotes

Don?t go chasin? waterfalls. Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you?re used to.               TLC, Waterfalls

We can always take but never give.         Jamiroquai, Virtual Insanity

It?s a wonder man can eat at all, when things are big that should be small.           Jamiroquai, Virtual Insanity

Look who?s standing if you please, ?though you tried to bring me to my knees. Michael Jackson, 2Bad

Prejudice is ignorance.  Michael Jackson

The world is moved not only by the mighty shoves of the heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker. Helen Keller

Ain?t no mountain that I can?t climb, baby           Michael Jackson, Leave Me Alone…. Motivational Quotes

Above all, try something.             Franklin Delano Roosevelt

If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.               Dolly Parton

Fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.                Shirley MacLaine

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

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.            Confucius…. Motivational Quotes

Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons.               Ruth Ann Schabaker

Always aim for achievement, and forget about success.                Helen Hayes

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.           Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you should die before me, ask if you could bring a friend.         Stone Temple Pilots

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.          Charles Caleb Colton…. Motivational Quotes

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.    Winnie the Pooh

Success has made failures of many men.              Cindy Adams

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.              Henry J. Kaiser

Keep cool and you command everybody.             Louis de Saint-Just

A critic is a legless man who teaches running.      Channing Pollock

Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.      Douglas Pagels, A Wonderful Resolution For The New Year!

The man who has no imagination has no wings. Muhammad Ali…. Motivational Quotes

We are behaving like people without compassion and love for the most vulnerable section of society. The children of the universe are without a spokesperson, they are voiceless?We are all touched by the atrocities committed against children: sexual, physical abuse, child slave labor, educational neglect. We feel ashamed. Angry. Appalled. But there is no action?No action.  Michael Jackson

Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence and a belief in our right and our responsibility to be equal members of society.           Janet Jackson

to be yourself in a world that is doing its best, day and night to make you like everybody else–is to fight the hardest battle any human being can fight.         e.e. cummings

I always knew i would look back on my tears and laugh but i never tought i would look back on the laughter and cry                Unknown…. Motivational Quotes

For what are posessions but things we guard for fear we might need them tomorrow?  Kahlil Gibron, (book) The Profit…. Motivational Quotes

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

Patience is often merely the guise of Cowardice.              C. Lee Hopkin

He who limps still walks.               Stanislaw Lec

The mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson

A good garden may have some weeds. Thomas Fuller

Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.                Jacob A. Riis

To make a man happy, fill his hands with work.  Frederick E. Crane

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.    Raymond Lindquist…. Motivational Quotes

No one knows what he can do until he tries.       Publilius Syrus

Imagination is more important than knowledge.               Albert Einstein

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.               Benjamin Franklin

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.          H.T. Leslie

People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which what they are not.    Giacomo Leopardi

Free your mind, and the rest will follow. Be colorblind, don?t be so shallow.        En Vogue, Free Your Mind

Concern should drive us into action and not into depression.      Karen Horney…. Motivational Quotes

Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.                Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Always be ready to speak your mind and a base man will avoid you.        William Blake

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.    Henry David Thoreau…. Motivational Quotes

The person who knows “how” will always have a job. The person who knows “why” will always be his boss.        Diane Ravitch

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone?s shadow. If I fail, if I succeed, at least I?ll live as I believe.    Whitney Houston, The Greatest Love Of All

As each child looks at the world through innocent eyes all they can see, Is the worlds way of life and the way they think their lives should be.      Kandice Hehner, Innocent Eyes

The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.          Confucius

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it.               William James

You can do anything that you wanna do. All you gotta do is to put your brain into it. Take your time and educate your mind.                Coolio, The Winner…. Motivational Quotes

Life…..is a series of dogs.             George Carlin

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

In the hearts and minds of the people, the grapes of wrath were growing heavy for the vintage.              John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.        Frank Herbert

Do not let the body be dragged along by mind nor the mind be dragged along by the body           Miyamoto Musashi

If women understood and exercised their power they could remake the world.                Emily Taft Douglas

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.    Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.                Maya Angelou…. Motivational Quotes

We are the hero of our own story.           Mary McCarthy

Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases think for yourself.    Doris Lessing

I told you I was sick.        Erma Bombeck, on her tombstone

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.                Edmund Burke, Speech to the electors of Bristol. 3 Nov. 1774…. Motivational Quotes

I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.              Henry Ward Beecher

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.                William Pitt

Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.                George Washington

…in order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work.    John Ruskin

Politics is the pursuit of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.                George Jean Nathan…. Motivational Quotes

We think so because other people all think so; or because after all, we do think so; or because we were told so, and think we must think so; or because we once thought so, and think we still think so; or because, having thought so, we think we will think so.       Henry Sedgwick

To me there is something thrilling and exalting in the thought that we are drifting forward into a splendid mystery-into something that no mortal eye hath yet seen, and no intelligence has yet declared.          E. H. Chapin

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human…Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.           John Comenius…. Motivational Quotes

Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use.        Charles M. Schulz

Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong. Love is the only thing that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy?                Martha Beck

Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.           Philip Gulley

If you have no confidence in self you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence you have won even before you started.                Marcus Garvey

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others with out getting a few drops on yourself.      Ralph Waldo Emerson…. Motivational Quotes

What we do is less than a drop in the ocean. But if it were missing, the ocean would lack something.       Mother Teresa

Do what you can with what you have, where you are.    Theodore Roosevelt

Great dancers are not great because of their technique, they are great because of their passion.              Martha Graham

If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.           Dolly Parton

Imagination is the reality of the dreamer.             Scott Ringenbach…. Motivational Quotes

The first casualty when war comes is truth.          Hiram Warren Johnson, (1917)

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.  Arthur Ashe

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.        Muhammad Ali

We judge ourselves by what we are capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

My kittens look at me like little angels, and always after doing something especially devilish.       Jamie Ann Hunt…. Motivational Quotes

When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies? Perhaps to be too practical may be madness. To surrender dreams, this may be madness. To seek treasures where there is only trash…Too much sanity may be madness, and maddest of all is to see life as it is and not as it should be.             Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote de la Mancha

Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money.          William Lyon Phelps

To be proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote.       Benjamin Franklin, ?

The difference between God and the historians consists above all in the fact that God cannot alter the past.       Samuel Butler, 1835-1902

While my interest in natural history has added very little to my sum of achievement, it has added immeasurably to my sum of enjoyment in life.       Theodore Roosevelt…. Motivational Quotes

If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.  Thomas Jefferson…. Motivational Quotes

First make yourself unpopular, then people will take you seriously.         Konrad Adenauer, 1876-1967

In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.     John C. Sawhill

I foresee the time when industry shall no longer denude the forests which require generations to mature, nor use up the mines which were ages in the making, but shall draw its materials largely from the annual produce of the fields.                Henry Ford, 1934

I believe that the great Creator has put ores and oil on this earth to give us a breathing spell. As we exhaust them, we must be prepared to fall back on our farms, which is God?s true storehouse and can never be exhausted. We can learn to synthesize material for every human need from things that grow.            George Washington Carver…. Motivational Quotes

Create like a god. Command like a king. Work like a slave!             Constantin Brancusi

A threat is basically a means for establishing a bargaining position by inducing fear in the subject. When a threat is used, it should always be implied that the subject himself is to blame by using words such as “You leave me no other choice but to…”      CIA Manual

Nothing in the world makes people so afraid as the influence of independent-minded people.  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

There are seven sins in the world: Wealth without work, Pleasure without conscience, Knowledge without character, Commerce without morality, Science without humanity, Worship without sacrifice and politics without principle.                Mahatma Gandhi

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. James A. Froude…. Motivational Quotes

Courage means going against majority opinion in the name of the truth.               V?lcav Havel, parade, Times Picayune

States should have the right to enact… laws…particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life that otherwise could live.            George W. Bush, Gov. of Texas, state leading in executions

If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he next comes to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.    Thomas De Quincey…. Motivational Quotes

Without a dream to light your way, the world is a very dark place.             Marrion Zimmer Bradley

Once in a while you get shown the light in the stangest of places if you look at it right.    Jerry Garcia, Scarlet Bergonias

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

There is nothing more contagious on this planet than enthusiasm.           Carlos Santana, Television program–aired on VH1, september 2000…. Motivational Quotes

In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.           Francis Thompson

For a true writer each book should be a new beginning where he tries again for something that is beyond attainment. He should always try for something that has never been done or that others have tried and failed. Then sometimes, with great luck, he will succeed.      Ernest Hemingway, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech

When one is grateful for something too good for common thanks, writing is less unsatisfactory than speech-one does not, at least, hear how inadequate the words are.     George Eliot

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.              Chinese Proverb, The Graduates Book of Wisdom

Nothing we human beings do is without emotion.            Pete Townshend…. Motivational Quotes

I believe that what woman resents is not so much giving herself in pieces as giving herself purposelessly.             Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One golfer a year is hit by lightning. This may be the only evidence we have of God?s existence.               Steve Aylett, Atom (a novel, 2000)

The truth is easiest to disprove – its defenses are down.                Steve Aylett, Toxicology (a book, 1999)

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.         Arthur Ashe

Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.     Unknown

Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath.    Solon…. Motivational Quotes

To really enjoy the better things in life, one must have first experienced the things they are better than.              Oscar Homolka

Some people get angry because God put thorns on roses, while others praise him for putting roses among thorns.                Anonymous…. Motivational Quotes

It is never too late to become what we might have been.             George Eliot, 1819-1880

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.          Thomas A. Edison, 1847-1931

Farmers are the only indispensable people on the face of the earth.       Ambassador Li Zhaoxing, PRC, Idaho Grain, Fall 2000, p.8

Grown ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

When the reviews are bad, I tell myself that they can join me as I cry all the way to the bank.      Liberace

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.      T.S. Eliot

I…have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is. I only know that people call me a feminist when I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat, or a prostitute.           Rebecca West…. Motivational Quotes

To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive.            Robert Louis Stevenson

The first prerogative of an artist in any medium is to make a fool of himself.        Pauline Kael

It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.             Emiliano Zapata

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.  M. Kathleen Casey

Only the educated are free.        Epictetus

Never give a child a sword.          Latin Proverb…. Motivational Quotes

If you have a fallback plan, you will fall back.        Nedra Carroll

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.         John Galsworthy

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.              Russell Baker

Education is life itself.    John Dewey

Words are the pen of the heart, but music is the pen of the soul.              Shneur Zalman

People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy.     Bob Hope…. Motivational Quotes

He knew the things that were and the things that would be and the things that had been before.            Homer, The Iliad

If you are very valiant, it is a god, I think, who gave you this gift.                Homer, The Iliad

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.          Clarence Darrow

Whoever obeys the gods, to him they particularly listen.               Homer, The Iliad…. Motivational Quotes

A councilor ought not to sleep the whole night through, a man to whom the populace is entrusted, and who has many responsibilities.                Homer, The Iliad

A multitude of rulers is not a good thing. Let there be one ruler, one king.            Homer, The Iliad

The glorious gifts of the gods are not to be cast aside.    Homer, The Iliad

He lives not long who battles with the immortals, nor do his children prattle about his knees when he has come back from battle and the dread fray.            Homer, The Iliad…. Motivational Quotes

A generation of men is like a generation of leaves; the wind scatters some leaves upon the ground, while others the burgeoning wood brings forth – and the season of spring comes on. So of men one generation springs forth and another ceases. Homer, The Iliad

Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.    Homer, The Iliad

Even when someone battles hard, there is an equal portion for one who lingers behind, and in the same honor are held both the coward and the brave man; the idle man and he who has done much meet death alike.              Homer, The Iliad

Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.            Mary MacCracken

It was built against the will of the immortal gods, and so it did not last for long.   Homer, The Iliad…. Motivational Quotes

There is a strength in the union even of very sorry men.               Homer, The Iliad

There is a fullness of all things, even of sleep and love.  Homer, The Iliad

You will certainly not be able to take the lead in all things yourself, for to one man a god has given deeds of war, and to another the dance, to another lyre and song, and in another wide-sounding Zeus puts a good mind.       Homer, The Iliad

It is not possible to fight beyond your strength, even if you strive.            Homer, The Iliad…. Motivational Quotes

It is not unseemly for a man to die fighting in defense of his country.      Homer, The Iliad

Of men who have a sense of honor, more come through alive than are slain, but from those who flee comes neither glory nor any help.     Homer, The Iliad

The outcome of the war is in our hands; the outcome of words is in the council.                Homer, The Iliad

Once harm has been done, even a fool understands it.  Homer, The Iliad…. Motivational Quotes

Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.            Benjamin Disraeli

I too shall lie in the dust when I am dead, but now let me win noble renown.      Homer, The Iliad

Miserable mortals who, like leaves, at one moment flame with life, eating the produce of the land, and at another moment weakly perish.   Homer, The Iliad

It is entirely seemly for a young man killed in battle to lie mangled by the bronze spear. In his death all things appear fair. But when dogs shame the gray head and gray chin and nakedness of an old man killed, it is the most piteous thing that happens among wretched mortals.         Homer, The Iliad…. Motivational Quotes

The fates have given mankind a patient soul.      Homer, The Iliad

Thus have the gods spun the thread for wretched mortals: that they live in grief while they themselves are without cares; for two jars stand on the floor of Zeus of the gifts which he gives, one of evils and another of blessings.                Homer, The Iliad

By their own follies they perished, the fools.      Homer, The Odyssey

Look now how mortals are blaming the gods, for they say that evils come from us, but in fact they themselves have woes beyond their share because of their own follies.               Homer, The Odyssey

You ought not to practice childish ways, since you are no longer that age.             Homer, The Odyssey…. Motivational Quotes

For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.         Homer, The Odyssey

Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.   William Butler Yeats

A young man is embarrassed to question an older one. Homer, The Odyssey…. Motivational Quotes

All men have need of the gods. Homer, The Odyssey

The minds of the everlasting gods are not changed suddenly.     Homer, The Odyssey

A small rock holds back a great wave.     Homer, The Odyssey

May the gods grant you all things which your heart desires, and may they give you a husband and a home and gracious concord, for there is nothing greater and better than this -when a husband and wife keep a household in oneness of mind, a great woe to their enemies and joy to their friends, and win high renown.        Homer, The Odyssey

All strangers and beggars are from Zeus, and a gift, though small, is precious.      Homer, The Odyssey

We are quick to flare up, we races of men on the earth.                Homer, The Odyssey

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So it is that the gods do not give all men gifts of grace – neither good looks nor intelligence nor eloquence.           Homer, The Odyssey…. Motivational Quotes

Evil deeds do not prosper; the slow man catches up with the swift.          Homer, The Odyssey

Among all men on the earth bards have a share of honor and reverence, because the muse has taught them songs and loves the race of bards. Homer, The Odyssey

There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.            Homer, The Odyssey

It is tedious to tell again tales already plainly told.             Homer, The Odyssey

The wine urges me on, the bewitching wine, which sets even a wise man to singing and to laughing gently and rouses him up to dance and brings forth words which were better unspoken.            Homer, The Odyssey

It is equally wrong to speed a guest who does not want to go, and to keep one back who is eager. You ought to make welcome the present guest, and send forth the one who wishes to go. Homer, The Odyssey…. Motivational Quotes

Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.       Homer, The Odyssey

The gods, likening themselves to all kinds of strangers, go in various disguises from city to city, observing the wrongdoing and the righteousness of men.  Homer, The Odyssey…. Motivational Quotes

Nothing feebler than a man does the earth raise up, of all the things which breathe and move on the earth, for he believes that he will never suffer evil in the future, as long as the gods give him success and he flourishes in his strength; but when the blessed gods bring sorrows too to pass, even these he bears, against his will, with steadfast spirit, for the thoughts of earthly men are like the day which the father of gods and men brings upon them.           Homer, The Odyssey

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company. In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thy superiors thou shalt find more profit. To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse.     Francis Quarles

Dreams surely are difficult, confusing, and not everything in them is brought to pass for mankind. For fleeting dreams have two gates: one is fashioned of horn and one of ivory. Those which pass through the one of sawn ivory are deceptive, bringing tidings which come to nought, but those which issue from the one of polished horn bring true results when a mortal sees them.           Homer, The Odyssey…. Motivational Quotes

Often an entire city has suffered because of an evil man.             Hesiod

He harms himself who does harm to another, and the evil plan is most harmful to the planner.  Hesiod

A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing.            Hesiod

Do not seek evil gains; evil gains are the equivalent of disaster.  Hesiod

The dawn speeds a man on his journey, and speeds him too in his work.               Hesiod

Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.                Hesiod

Know thyself.    Thales, (The Seven Sages) from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers…. Motivational Quotes

Do not speak ill of the dead.       The Seven Sages, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Not even the gods fight against necessity.           Simonides, from Plato, Dialogues, Protagoras

Forsake not an old friend; for the new is not comparable to him: a new friend is as new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure.               Bible, Old Testament

Know the right moment.              Pittacus, (The Seven Sages) from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

When the people of the world all know beauty as beauty,<br>There arises the recognition of ugliness.<br>When they all know the good as good,<br>There arises the recognition of evil.              Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu…. Motivational Quotes

The best [man] is like water.<br>Water is good; it benefits all things and does not compete with them.<br>It dwells in [lowly] places that all disdain.<br>This is why it is so near to Tao.               Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

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

Manifest plainness,<br>Embrace simplicity,<br>Reduce selfishness,<br>Have few desires.        Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

To have little is to possess.<br>To have plenty is to be perplexed.            Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

To be worn out is to be renewed.            Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

He who knows others is wise;<br>He who know himself is enlightened.               Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu…. Motivational Quotes

When the highest type of men hear Tao,<br>They diligently practice it.<br>When the average type of men hear Tao,<br>They half believe in it.<br>When the lowest type of men hear Tao,<br>They laugh heartily at it.<br>Without the laugh, there is no Tao.   Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

My Karma ran over your dogma.               Unknown

As for me, except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did.      Robert Benchley

Better fare hard with good men than feast it with bad.  Thomas Paine

The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.<br>Through this I know the advantage of taking no action.            Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.<br>There is no greater guilt than discontentment.<br>And there is not greater disaster than greed.       Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu…. Motivational Quotes

He who knows does not speak.<br>He who speaks does not know.        Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

The more laws and order are made prominent,<br>The more thieves and robbers there will be.              Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu…. Motivational Quotes

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.                Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.                Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

I have three treasures. Guard and keep them:<br>The first is deep love,<br>The second is frugality,<br>And the third is not to dare to be ahead of the world.<br>Because of deep love, one is courageous.<br>Because of frugality, one is generous.<br>Because of not daring to be ahead of the world, one becomes the leader of the world.   Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

When armies are mobilized and issues are joined,<br>The man who is sorry over the fact will win.           Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu…. Motivational Quotes

To know that you do not know is the best.<br>To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.                Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

The Way of Heaven is to benefit others and not to injure.<br>The Way of the sage is to act but not to compete.               Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu

Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.         Anonymous

Reason is immortal, all else mortal.          Pythagoras, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.     Aesop, The Milkmaid and Her Pail

I am sure the grapes are sour.    Aesop, The Fox and the Grapes…. Motivational Quotes

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.              Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse

Slow and steady wins the race.  Aesop, The Hare and the Tortoise

Familiarity breed contempt.        Aesop, The Fox and the Lion

A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.        Aesop, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds. Aesop, The Jay and the Peacock

Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.             Aesop, The Frog and the Ox…. Motivational Quotes

Complain to one who can help you.         Yugoslav Proverb

People often grudge others what they cannot enjoy themselves.            Aesop, The Dog in the Manger

It is thrifty to prepare today for the wants of tomorrow.               Aesop, The Ant and the Grasshopper

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything.         Aesop, Juno and the Peacock…. Motivational Quotes

Any excuse will serve a tyrant.   Aesop, The Wolf and the Lamb

Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow. Aesop, The Dog and the Shadow

I will have nought to do with a man who can blow hot and cold with the same breath.    Aesop, The Man and the Satyr

Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find – nothing.               Aesop, The Goose with the Golden Eggs…. Motivational Quotes

Put your shoulder to the wheel.               Aesop, Hercules and the Wagoner

The gods help them that help themselves.          Aesop, Hercules and the Wagoner

We would often be sorry if our wishes were gratified.    Aesop, The Old Man and Death

Obtain from yourself all that makes complaining useless. No longer implore from others what you yourself can obtain.                Andre Gide

Union gives strength.     Aesop, The Bundle of Sticks

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.           Confucius, The Confucian Analects…. Motivational Quotes

If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere – although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.              Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.               Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Have no friends not equal to yourself.   Confucius, The Confucian Analects…. Motivational Quotes

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.     Confucius, The Confucian Analects

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.         Confucius, The Confucian Analects

[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.          Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.           Edmund Burke

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.         Confucius, The Confucian Analects…. Motivational Quotes

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.    Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.               Confucius, The Confucian Analects

I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.              Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man…does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.     Confucius, The Confucian Analects…. Motivational Quotes

When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.               Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The cautious seldom err.              Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.               Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.                Confucius, The Confucian Analects

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow – I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.    Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.          Mary Hemingway—– Motivational Powerful Quotes

I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.   Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand. Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.      Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.              Confucius, The Confucian Analects

While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?…While you do not know life, how can you know about death?        Confucius, The Confucian Analects

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.              Confucius, The Confucian Analects

He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.         Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.  Confucius, The Confucian Analects —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.               Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends – such a man may be reckoned a complete man.                Confucius, The Confucian Analects

When you cannot get a compliment any other way pay yourself one.     Mark Twain

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.      Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.     Confucius, The Confucian Analects —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.          Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.     Confucius, The Confucian Analects —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.             Confucius, The Confucian Analects

What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.           Confucius, The Confucian Analects

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.     Confucius, The Confucian Analects

The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.             Confucius, The Confucian Analects —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.     Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.  Confucius, The Confucian Analects

To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue…[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.           Confucius, The Confucian Analects —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth…lust. When he is strong…quarrelsomeness. When he is old…covetousness.              Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.               Confucius, The Confucian Analects

All is flux, nothing stays still.        Heraclitus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Nothing endures but change.     Heraclitus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Nature is wont to hide herself.  Heraclitus, On the Universe —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

Much learning does not teach understanding.    Heraclitus, On the Universe

You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.            Heraclitus, On the Universe —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

The road up and the road down is one and the same.     Heraclitus, On the Universe

If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams – the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.     Robert Southey

It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine.  Heraclitus, On the Universe

I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.                Themistocles, from Plutarch, Lives —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.   Themistocles, from Plutarch, Lives

Words are the physicians of the mind diseased.                Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

Time as he grows old teaches all things. Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.             Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.         Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Vigorous writing is concise.          William Strunk Jr., “The Elements of Style”, 1919

I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope.           Aeschylus, Agamemnon —– Motivational Powerful Quotes

His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best.   Aeschylus, The Seven Against Thebes

Words have a longer life than deeds.      Pindar, Nemean Odes

The descent to Hades is the same from every place.       Anaxagoras, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time.         Pericles, from Plutarch, Lives  …. motivational team quotes

Trees, though they are cut and lopped, grow up again quickly, but if men are destroyed, it is not easy to get them again.                Pericles, from Plutarch, Lives

Men of ill judgment oft ignore the good<br>That lies within their hands, till they have lost it.      Sophocles, Ajax …. motivational team quotes

 

It is not righteousness to outrage<br>A brave man dead, not even though you hate him.             Sophocles, Ajax

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.  Dick Cavett

Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.    Ralph Waldo Emerson …. Motivational team quotes

The greatest griefs are those we cause ourselves.            Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

Time eases all things.     Sophocles, Oedipus Rex

For God hates utterly<br>The bray of bragging tongues.               Sophocles, Antigone

I have nothing but contempt for the kind of governor who is afraid, for whatever reason, to follow the course that he knows is best for the State; and as for the man who sets private friendship above the public welfare – I have no use for him either.  Sophocles, Antigone

Nobody likes the man who brings bad news.      Sophocles, Antigone

How dreadful it is when the right judge judges wrong!   Sophocles, Antigone

Grief teaches the steadiest minds to waver.       Sophocles, Antigone

Be neither too remote nor too familiar. Prince Charles, of Wales …. Motivational team quotes

The ideal condition<br>Would be, I admit, that men should be right by instinct;<br>But since we are all likely to go astray,<br>The reasonable thing is to learn from those who can teach.  Sophocles, Antigone

Wisdom outweighs any wealth.                Sophocles, Antigone

There is no happiness where there is no wisdom;<br>No wisdom but in submission to the gods.<br>Big words are always punished,<br>And proud men in old age learn to be wise.           Sophocles, Antigone …. Motivational team quotes

Death is not the worst; rather, in vain<br>To wish for death, and not to compass it.         Sophocles, Electra …. Motivational team quotes

A prudent mind can see room for misgiving, lest he who prospers would one day suffer reverse.              Sophocles, Trachiniae

Knowledge must come through action; you can have no test which is not fanciful, save by trial.  Sophocles, Trachiniae

Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.                Sophocles, Trachiniae

Stranger in a strange country.    Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.               Benjamin Franklin …. Motivational team quotes

The good befriend themselves.                Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

One word<br>Frees us of all the weight and pain of life:<br>That word is love.  Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

It made our hair stand up in panic fear.  Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus

Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;<br>but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,<br>To speak dishonorably is pardonable.       Sophocles, Creusa

To him who is in fear everything rustles.               Sophocles, Acrisius …. Motivational team quotes

Never say that marriage has more of joy than pain.         Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.

A second wife<br>is hateful to the children of the first;<br>a viper is not more hateful.                Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C. …. Motivational team quotes

A sweet thing, for whatever time,<br>to revisit in dreams the dear dad we have lost.    Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.

Light be the earth upon you, lightly rest.               Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.

Dishonor will not trouble me, once I am dead.    Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C. …. Motivational team quotes ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

You were a stranger to sorrow: therefore Fate has cursed you.  Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.

I have found power in the mysteries of thought,<br>exaltation in the changing of the Muses;<br>I have been versed in the reasonings of men;<br>but Fate is stronger than anything I have known.     Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.

Time cancels young pain.              Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.

There is no benefit in the gifts of a bad man.       Euripides, Medea, 431 B.C.

When love is in excess it brings a man nor honor nor any worthiness.      Euripides, Medea, 431 B.C.

I know indeed what evil I intend to do,<br>but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury,<br>fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils.           Euripides, Medea, 431 B.C.

There is one thing alone<br>that stands the brunt of life throughout its course:<br>a quiet conscience.                Euripides, Hippolytus, 428 B.C. ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

In this world second thoughts, it seems, are best.            Euripides, Hippolytus, 428 B.C.

My tongue swore, but my mind was still unpledged.       Euripides, Hippolytus, 428 B.C.

Leave no stone unturned.           Euripides, Heraclidae, circa 428 B.C.

I care for riches, to make gifts<br>To friends, or lead a sick man back to health<br>With ease and plenty. Else small aid is wealth<br>For daily gladness; once a man be done<br>With hunger, rich and poor are all as one.            Euripides, Electra, 413 B.C.

The day is for honest men, the night for thieves.              Euripides, Iphigenia in Tauris, circa 412 B.C.

Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.        Euripides, The Bacchae, circa 407 B.C.

Slow but sure moves the might of the gods.        Euripides, The Bacchae, circa 407 B.C.

The company of just and righteous men is better than wealth and a rich estate.                Euripides, Aegeus ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.           Rosalynn Carter

A bad beginning makes a bad ending.     Euripides, Aegeus

Time will explain it all. He is a talker, and needs no questioning before he speaks.             Euripides, Aeolus

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.     Euripides, Alexander ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

When good men die their goodness does not perish,<br>But lives though they are gone. As for the bad,<br>All that was theirs dies and is buried with them.         Euripides, Temenidae

Every man is like the company he is wont to keep.           Euripides, Phoenix

Whoso neglects learning in his youth,<br>Loses the past and is dead for the future.        Euripides, Phrixus

The gods visit the sins of the fathers upon the children. Euripides, Phrixus

Men trust their ears less than their eyes.              Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.                Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

If a man insisted always on being serious, and never allowed himself a bit of fun and relaxation, he would go mad or become unstable without knowing it.    Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

It is better to be envied than pitied.        Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

Force has no place where there is need of skill. Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

Haste in every business brings failures.  Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.  Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.                Herodotus, Inscription, New York City Post Office, adapted from Herodotus

Not snow, no, nor rain, nor heat, nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses with all speed.                Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power.   Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

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

In soft regions are born soft men.            Herodotus, The Histories of Herodotus

Man is the measure of all things.              Protagoras, Fragment 1 ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

There are two sides to every question.  Protagoras, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.         Socrates, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.      Socrates, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.               Socrates, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. Socrates, from Plutarch, How a Young Man Ought to Hear Poems

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.         Socrates, from Plutarch, Of Banishment

Word is a shadow of a deed.       Democritus, Fragment 145

As to diseases make a habit of two things – to help, or at least, to do no harm.    Hippocrates, Epidemics ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.       Hippocrates, Precepts

There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.   Hippocrates, Law

Things that are holy are revealed only to men who are holy.        Hippocrates, Law

Idleness and lack of occupation tend – nay are dragged – towards evil.    Hippocrates, Decorum

A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.            Hippocrates, Regimen in Health

Many admire, few know.             Hippocrates, Regimen ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.  Hippocrates, Regimen

We secure our friends not by accepting favors but by doing them.           Thucydides, Peloponnesian War……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

You have all the characteristics of a popular politician: a horrible voice, bad breeding, and a vulgar manner.                Aristophanes, Knights, 424 B.C.

This is what extremely grieves us, that a man who never fought<br>Should contrive our fees to pilfer, on who for his native land<br>Never to this day had oar, or lance, or blister in his hand.              Aristophanes, Wasps, 422 B.C.

Let each man exercise the art he knows.              Aristophanes, Wasps, 422 B.C.

Under every stone lurks a politician.       Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae, 410 B.C.

Shall I crack any of those old jokes, master,<br>At which the audience never fail to laugh?           Aristophanes, Frogs, 405 B.C.

High thoughts must have high language.               Aristophanes, Frogs, 405 B.C. ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past.                Agathon, from Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.          Zeuxis

Friends have all things in common.          Plato, Dialogues, Phaedrus

The unexamined life is not worth living for man.               Socrates, in Plato, Dialogues, Apology

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.  Plato, Dialogues, Apology

Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles.    Pat Paulsen ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

If you treat people right they will treat you right – ninety percent of the time.     Franklin D. Roosevelt ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways – I to die, and you to live. Which is better God only knows.                Socrates, in Plato, Dialogues, Apology

Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?              Plato, Dialogues, Phaedo

The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.          Plato, Dialogues, Phaedo ……. Motivational Quotes and Sayings

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.    Plato, Dialogues, Phaedo

He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.    Plato, The Republic

When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.     Plato, The Republic

Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.                Plato, The Republic …..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

The beginning is the most important part of the work.   Plato, The Republic

Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.             Plato, The Republic

Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.                Plato, The Republic

The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life.         Plato, The Republic

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.  Plato, The Republic

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.           Plato, The Republic

Bodily exercise, when compulsory, does no harm to the body; but knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.      Plato, The Republic

The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness…This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.       Plato, The Republic ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

There are three arts which are concerned with all things: one which uses, another which makes, and a third which imitates them.    Plato, The Republic

The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.   Plato, The Republic

You cannot conceive the many without the one.               Plato, Dialogues, Parmenides

The greatest penalty of evildoing – namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.             Plato, Dialogues, Theatetus

You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.       Plato, Dialogues, Theatetus

Have I inadvertently said some evil thing?            Phocion, from Plutarch, Apothegms

[When asked what was the proper time for supper] If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.         Diogenes the Cynic, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

Liars when they speak the truth are not believed.            Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Hope is a waking dream.               Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.    Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

I have gained this by philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.                Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Education is the best provision for old age.          Aristotle, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of Time and is forgotten through the lapse of Time.                Aristotle, Physics

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.         Aristotle, Parts of Animals

All men by nature desire knowledge.     Aristotle, Metaphysics

The best armor is to keep out of range. Italian Proverb ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.          Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

One swallow does not make a summer.                Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.             Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way. Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

We must as second best…take the least of the evils.      Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.      Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

To be conscious that we are perceiving or thinking is to be conscious of our own existence.         Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

To enjoy the things we ought and to hate the things we ought has the greatest bearing on excellence of character.                Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

We make war that we may live in peace.              Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

With regard to excellence, it is not enough to know, but we must try to have and use it.                Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics

Above all things, never be afraid. The enemy who forces you to retreat is himself afraid of you at that very moment.                Andre Maurois

Man is by nature a political animal.           Aristotle, Politics

Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle, Politics

He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.                Aristotle, Politics

It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.      Aristotle, Politics ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.  Aristotle, Politics

Again, men in general desire the good, and not merely what their fathers had.  Aristotle, Politics

They should rule who are able to rule best.         Aristotle, Politics

A state is not a mere society, having a common place, established for the prevention of mutual crime and for the sake of exchange…Political society exists for the sake of noble actions, and not of mere companionship.              Aristotle, Politics ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

If liberty and equality, as is thought by some are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in the government to the utmost.    Aristotle, Politics

Well begun is half done.               Aristotle, Politics (quoting a proverb)

The basis of a democratic state is liberty.              Aristotle, Politics ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

Law is order, and good law is good order.             Aristotle, Politics

Evil draws men together.             Aristotle, Rhetoric

It is simplicity that makes the uneducated more effective than the educated when addressing popular audiences.                Aristotle, Rhetoric

A whole is that which has beginning, middle and end.     Aristotle, Rhetoric

A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. Aristotle, Rhetoric ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.        Aristotle, Eudemian Ethics

Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.           Demosthenes, First Olynthiac

Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.   Demosthenes, Third Olynthiac

Never has a man who has bent himself been able to make others straight.          Mencius, Works

Sincerity is the way of Heaven.  Mencius, Works

Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do.                Mencius, Works ……..Inspirational or Motivational Quotes

Great wisdom is generous; petty wisdom is contentious. Great speech is impassioned, small speech cantankerous.                Chuang-tzu, On Leveling All Things

He who pursues fame at the risk of losing his self is not a scholar.             Chuang-tzu, The Great Supreme

Cherish that which is within you, and shut off that which is without.        Chuang-tzu, On Tolerance

A military operation involves deception. Even though you are competent, appear to be incompetent. Though effective, appear to be ineffective.              Sun-tzu

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.    Sun-tzu

The best victory is when the opponent surrenders of its own accord before there are any actual hostilities…It is best to win without fighting.              Sun-tzu ………quotes motivational and inspirational

When you meet your antagonist, do everything in a mild and agreeable manner. Let your courage be as keen, but at the same time as polished, as your sword.   Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Riches cover a multitude of woes.            Menander, Lady of Andros

Whom the gods love dies young.              Menander, The Double Deceiver

Deus ex machina [A god from the machine]        Menander, The Woman Possessed with a Divinity

I call a fig a fig, a spade a spade. Menander, Unidentified fragment

It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.         Menander, Unidentified fragment

The man who runs may fight again.         Menander, Monostikoi (Single Lines)

Death is nothing to us, since when we are, death has not come, and when death has come, we are not.               Epicurus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Pleasure is the beginning and the end of living happily.  Epicurus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.             Theophrastus, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.             Zeno, from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers ………quotes motivational and inspirational

Keep your broken arm inside your sleeve.           Chinese Proverb

Though boys throw stones at frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, but in earnest.               Bion

Another such victory over the Romans, and we are undone.       Pyrrhus, from Plutarch, Lives

Give me where to stand, and I will move the earth.         Archimedes, from Pappus of Alexandria, Collectio

What is yours is mine, and all mine is yours.         Titus Maccius Plautus, Trinummus

Not by age but by capacity is wisdom acquired.  Titus Maccius Plautus, Trinummus

There are occasions when it is undoubtedly better to incur loss than to make gain.           Titus Maccius Plautus, Captivi

Patience is the best remedy for every trouble.  Titus Maccius Plautus, Rudens

Do not throw the arrow which will return against you.    Kurdish Proverb ………quotes motivational and inspirational

No man is wise enough by himself.          Titus Maccius Plautus, Miles Gloriosus

Nothing is there more friendly to a man than a friend in need.   Titus Maccius Plautus, Epidicus

Practice yourself what you preach.          Titus Maccius Plautus, Asinaria

For certain is death for the born<br>And certain is birth for the dead;<br>Therefore over the inevitable<br>Thou shouldst not grieve.          Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2

On action alone be thy interest,<br>Never on its fruits.<br>Let not the fruits of action be thy motive,<br>Nor be thy attachment to inaction. Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2

Even though work stops, expenses run on.         Cato the Elder, On Agriculture

Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.            Cato the Elder, from Plutarch, Lives

I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one.  Cato the Elder, from Plutarch, Lives ………quotes motivational and inspirational

An orator is a good man who is skilled in speaking.           Cato the Elder, from Seneca the Elder, Controversiae

He plants trees to benefit another generation.  Caecilius Statius, Synephebi

Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.   Marquis de Condorcet

Those who know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.                Polybius, History ………quotes motivational and inspirational

There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man. Polybius, History

Moderation in all things.               Terence, Andria

Charity begins at home.                Terence, Andria

In fact, nothing is said that has not been said before.      Terence, Eunuchus

I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.             Terence, Eunuchus

Fortune helps the brave.              Terence, Phormio ………quotes motivational and inspirational

I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.        Terence, Adelphoe

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for.   Epicurus

The longest part of the journey is said to be the passing of the gate.       Marcus Terentius Varro, On Agriculture

Law stands mute in the midst of arms.   Cicero, Pro Milone

History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life and brings us tidings of antiquity.      Cicero, Pro Publio Sestio

The freedom of poetic license.  Cicero, Pro Publio Sestio ………quotes motivational and inspirational

If a man aspires to the highest place, it is no dishonor to him to halt at the second, or even at the third. Cicero, Orator

Let the punishment match the offense.                Cicero, De Legibus

The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.           Cicero, De Amicitia

Be contented when you have got all you want.  Holbrook Jackson

A friend is, as it were, a second self.        Cicero, De Amicitia ………quotes motivational and inspirational

Endless money forms the sinews of war.              Cicero, Philippics

Men willingly believe what they wish.    Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico

Veni, vidi, vici.<br>[I came, I saw, I conquered] Julius Caesar, from Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars

Et tu, Brute.<br>[You also, Brutus.]         Julius Caesar, from Suetonius, Lives of the Caesars

It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.              Julius Caesar, from Plutarch, Lives ………quotes motivational and inspirational

Such evil deeds could religion prompt.   Lucretius, De Rerum Natura

Nothing can be created from nothing.    Lucretius, De Rerum Natura

What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.   Lucretius, De Rerum Natura

The renown which riches or beauty confer is fleeting and frail; mental excellence is a splendid and lasting possession.                Sallust, The War with Catiline

Ambition drove many men to become false; to have one thought locked in the breast, another ready on the tongue.                Sallust, The War with Catiline

To like and dislike the same things, that is indeed true friendship.             Sallust, The War with Catiline ………quotes motivational and inspirational

A snake lurks in the grass.            Virgil, Eclogues

Let us go singing as far as we go: the road will be less tedious.    Virgil, Eclogues

Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to Love.    Virgil, Eclogues

I have known sorrow and learned to aid the wretched.  Virgil, Aeneid

Whatever it is, I fear Greeks even when they bring gifts.               Virgil, Aeneid

Yield not to evils, but attack all the more boldly.                Virgil, Aeneid

One of the best rules in conversation is, never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid. Jonathan Swift

Each of us bears his own Hell.     Virgil, Aeneid

Fortune favors the brave.            Virgil, Aeneid ………quotes motivational and inspirational

Believe one who has proved it. Believe an expert.           Virgil, Aeneid

There is measure in all things.    Horace, Satires

We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest. Horace, Satires

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.       Horace, Satires

Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grants.          Horace, Odes

Seize the day, put no trust in the morrow!<br>[Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.]  Horace, Odes

In adversity remember to keep an even mind.   Horace, Odes

Trumpet in a herd of elephants; crow in the company of cocks; bleat in a flock of goats. Malayan Proverb ………motivational and positive quotes

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.           Horace, Odes

Force without wisdom falls of its own weight.    Horace, Odes

With you I should love to live, with you be ready to die. Horace, Odes

Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but all are overwhelmed in eternal night, unwept, unknown, because they lack a sacred poet.           Horace, Odes

It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonor worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland.         Horace, Odes

To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.      Horace, Epistles ………motivational and positive quotes

Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, but any means money.      Horace, Epistles

He who has begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin!             Horace, Epistles

The covetous man is ever in want.           Horace, Epistles

Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.                Horace, Epistles

Once a word has been allowed to escape, it cannot be recalled.                Horace, Epistles

The years as they pass plunder us of one thing after another.     Horace, Epistles

It is when I struggle to be brief that I become obscure.  Horace, Epistles ………motivational and positive quotes

He wins every hand who mingles profit with pleasure.   Horace, Epistles

I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble. Caesar Augustus, from Suetonius, Augustus

Young men, hear an old man to whom old men hearkened when he was young.               Caesar Augustus, from Plutarch, Apothegms

Better late than never.  Titus Livius, History

As men, we are all equal in the presence of death.          Publilius Syrus

It is better to learn late than never.         Publilius Syrus

He doubly benefits the needy who gives quickly.              Publilius Syrus

The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing. Henry S. Haskins

To do two things at once is to do neither.             Publilius Syrus

The loss which is unknown is no loss at all.            Publilius Syrus ………motivational and positive quotes

A good reputation is more valuable than money.              Publilius Syrus

Many receive advice, few profit by it.     Publilius Syrus

While we stop to think, we often miss our opportunity. Publilius Syrus

For a good cause, wrongdoing is virtuous.            Publilius Syrus

What is left when honor is lost?                Publilius Syrus

A fair exterior is a silent recommendation.           Publilius Syrus

There are some remedies worse than the disease.          Publilius Syrus

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.              Publilius Syrus ………motivational and positive quotes

Remember that what you believe will depend very much on what you are.         Noah Porter

Treat your friend as if he might become an enemy.         Publilius Syrus ………motivational and positive quotes

The judge is condemned when the criminal is absolved.                Publilius Syrus

It is a bad plan that admits of no modification.    Publilius Syrus

The fear of death is more to be dreaded than death itself.           Publilius Syrus

A rolling stone gathers no moss.               Publilius Syrus

Never promise more than you can perform.       Publilius Syrus

No one should be judge in his own case.               Publilius Syrus

Nothing can be done at once hastily and prudently.         Publilius Syrus

We desire nothing so much as what we ought not to have.          Publilius Syrus

One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds.                Mahatma Gandhi

It is only the ignorant who despise education.    Publilius Syrus ………motivational and positive quotes

Do not turn back when you are just at the goal. Publilius Syrus

It is not every question that deserves an answer.             Publilius Syrus

No man is happy who does not think himself so.               Publilius Syrus

Every day should be passed as if it were to be our last.   Publilius Syrus

Money alone sets all the world in motion.            Publilius Syrus

You should go to a pear tree for pears, not to an elm.     Publilius Syrus

It is a very hard undertaking to seek to please everybody.            Publilius Syrus ………motivational and positive quotes

Pardon one offense, and you encourage the commission of many.          Publilius Syrus

It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.         Publilius Syrus

At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.                Emo Phillips

No one knows what he can do till he tries.           Publilius Syrus

Better be ignorant of a matter than half know it.               Publilius Syrus ………motivational and positive quotes

Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. Publilius Syrus

Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.      Publilius Syrus

It is a consolation to the wretched to have companions in misery.             Publilius Syrus

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.      Publilius Syrus ………motivational and positive quotes

Speech is a mirror of the soul: as a man speaks, so is he.                Publilius Syrus

Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.    Sextus Propertius, Elegies

Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent.  Sextus Propertius, Elegies

Absence makes the heart grow fonder.                Sextus Propertius, Elegies

To be loved, be lovable.                Ovid, Ars Amatoria

Nothing is stronger than habit.  Ovid, Ars Amatoria

We can learn even from our enemies.   Ovid, Metamorphoses

Time the devourer of all things. Ovid, Metamorphoses

To add insult to injury.   Phaedrus, Fables ……… daily motivational quotes for work

It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor. Seneca, Epistles

The best ideas are common property.    Seneca, Epistles

In giving advice, seek to help, not please, your friend.    Solon

It is quality rather than quantity that matters.     Seneca, Epistles

You can tell the character of every man when you see how he receives praise.  Seneca, Epistles

It is better, of cours, to know useless things than to know nothing.          Seneca, Epistles

Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.               Seneca, Epistles

There is no great genius without some touch of madness.            Seneca, Epistles

Would that the Roman people had a single neck [to cut off their head]. Caligula (Gaius Caesar), From Suetonius

In comparing various authors with one another, I have discovered that some of the gravest and latest writers have transcribed, word for word, from former works, without making acknowledgment.         Pliny the Elder, Natural History ……… daily motivational quotes for work

Indeed, what is there that does not appear marvelous when it comes to our knowledge for the first time? How many things, too, are looked upon as quite impossible until they have been actually effected?               Pliny the Elder, Natural History

There is always something new out of Africa.     Pliny the Elder, Natural History

The advice of friends must be received with a judicious reserve; we must not give ourselves up to it and follow it blindly, whether right or wrong.               Pierre Charron

The best plan is to profit by the folly of others.  Pliny the Elder, Natural History

One good turn deserves another.            Gaius Petronius ……… daily motivational quotes for work

A liar should have a good memory.          Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria

Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.       Quintilian, De Institutione Oratoria

Everyone ought to worship God according to his own inclinations, and not to be constrained by force.    Flavius Josephus, Life

Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.      Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams

A man who lives everywhere lives nowhere.      Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams ……… daily motivational quotes for work

Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.      Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.             Plutarch, Lives

Never take the advice of someone who has not had your kind of trouble.            Sidney J. Harris

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.      Plutarch, Morals

An old doting fool, with one foot already in the grave.    Plutarch, Morals ……… daily motivational quotes for work

When the candles are out all women are fair.     Plutarch, Morals

For to err in opinion, though it be not the part of wise men, is at least human.    Plutarch, Morals

When you close your doors, and make darkness within, remember never to say that you are alone, for you are not alone; nay, God is within, and your genius is within. And what need have they of light to see what you are doing?          Epictetus, Discourses

Only the educated are free.        Epictetus, Discourses

What is the first business of one who practices philosophy? To get rid of self-conceit. For it is impossible for anyone to begin to learn that which he thinks he already knows.    Epictetus, Discourses ……… daily motivational quotes for work

It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty.   Juvenal, Satires

Who will guard the guards themselves?<br>(quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)      Juvenal, Satires

Count it the greatest sin to prefer life to honor, and for the sake of living to lose what makes life worth having. Juvenal, Satires

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.    Aesop

The people that once bestowed commands, consulships, legions, and all else, now concerns itself no more, and longs eagerly for just two things – bread and circuses!                Juvenal, Satires

You should pray for a sound mind in a sound body.          Juvenal, Satires ……… daily motivational quotes for work

It is the rare fortuene of these days that one may think what one likes and say what one thinks.               Cornelius Tacitus, Histories

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.     Pliny the Younger, Letters

That indolent but agreeable condition of doing nothing.                Pliny the Younger, Letters

His only fault is that he has no fault.        Pliny the Younger, Letters

You will find rest from vain fancies if you perform every act in life as though it were your last.     Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.     Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

By a tranquil mind I mean nothing else than a mind well ordered.             Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

People who ask our advice almost never take it. Yet we should never refuse to give it, upon request, for it often helps us to see our own way more clearly.  Brendan Francis ……… daily motivational quotes for work

The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.     Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.              Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.         Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

Nothing happens to anybody which he is not fitted by nature to bear.    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

Very little is needed to make a happy life.            Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

Think not disdainfully of death, but look on it with favor; for even death is one of the things that Nature wills.    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations ……… daily motivational quotes for work

Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading.               Quintus Septimius Tertullianus, Adversus Valentinianos

Out of the frying pan into the fire.           Quintus Septimius Tertullianus, De Carne Christi ……… daily motivational quotes for work

When you are at Rome live in the Roman style; when you are elsewhere live as they live elsewhere.      Saint Ambrose, Taylor

Never advise anyone to go to war or to marry.   Spanish Proverb

The friendship that can cease has never been real.          Saint Jerome, Letter

An unstable pilot steers a leaking ship, and the blind is leading the blind straight to the pit. The ruler is like the ruled.                Saint Jerome, Letter

No athlete is crowned but in the sweat of his brow.        Saint Jerome, Letter

A fat paunch never breeds fine thoughts.            Saint Jerome, Letter

The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart. Saint Jerome, Letter

The scars of others should teach us caution.        Saint Jerome, Letter ……… daily motivational quotes for work…….. good motivational quotes for life

When the stomach is full, it is easy to talk of fasting.        Saint Jerome, Letter

Never give advice unless asked.                German Proverb

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.     Saint Jerome, On the Epistle to the Ephesians

No one can harm the man who does himself no wrong. Saint John Chrysostom, Letter to Olympia

Let him who desires peace prepare for war.        Flavius Vegetius Renatus

I was in love with loving.               Saint Augustine, Confessions

Whoever destroys a single life is as guilty as though he had destroyed the entire world; and whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world.              The Talmud, Mishna. Sanhedrin ………….good motivational quotes for life

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare,<br>And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.   Ali ibn-Abi-Talib, A Hundred Sayings

You will find something more in woods than in books. Trees and stones will teach you that which you can never learn from masters.              Saint Bernard, Epistle

Do not hold as gold all that shines as gold.            Alain de Lille

He who comes first, eats first. [Familiar as: First come first served.]          Eike von Repkow

Ask advice only of your equals.  Danish Proverb

Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.           Saint Thomas Aquinas, Two Precepts of Charity

In the middle of the journey of our life I came to myself within a dark wood where the straight way was lost.     Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

All hope abandon, ye who enter here!  Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

There is no greater sorrow<br>Than to be mindful of the happy time<br>In misery.       Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy ………….good motivational quotes for life

He listens well who takes notes.               Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

A fair request should be followed by the deed in silence.              Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.                Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.          Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

A great flame follows a little spark.          Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.                Petrarch, De Remedies

Manners maketh man.  William of Wykeham, Motto of Winchester College and New College, Oxford

Who will bell the cat?     William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.                Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ

And when he is out of sight, quickly also is he out of mind.           Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ

First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.    Thomas a Kempis, Imitation of Christ, 1420 ………….good motivational quotes for life

I know all except myself.              Francois Villon, Ballade des Menus Propres

Talk of nothing but business, and dispatch that business quickly.               Aldus Manutius, Placard on the door of the Aldine Press

You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?           Robert Louis Stevenson………….good motivational quotes for life

Intellectual passion dries out sensuality.               Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.      Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks

Iron rusts from disue; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.            Leonardo da Vinci, The Notebooks

The world wants to be deceived.              Sebastian Brant, The Ship of Fools

I say, thou mad March hare.       John Skelton, Replication Against Certain Young Scholars ………….good motivational quotes for life

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved.                Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

A prince should therefore have no other aim or thought, nor take up any other thing for his study but war and it organization and discipline, for that is the only art that is necessary to one who commands.         Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the marjority of men live content.         Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

There are three classes of intellects: one which comprehends by itself; another which appreciates what others comprehend; and a third which neither comprehends by itself nor by the showing of others; the first is the most excellent, the second is good, and the third is useless.        Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince ………….good motivational quotes for life

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

There is no other way of guarding oneself against flattery than by letting men understand that they will not offend you by speaking the truth; but when everyone can tell you the truth, you lose their respect.     Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

Whoever desires to found a state and give it laws, must start with assuming that all men are bad and ever ready to display their vicious nature, whenever they may find occasion for it.      Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourse upon the First Ten Books of Livy ………….good motivational quotes for life

Nature made him, and then broke the mold.      Ludovico Ariosto, Orlando Furioso

They wonder much to hear that gold, which in itself is so useless a thing, should be everywhere so much esteemed, that even men for whom it was made, and by whom it has its value, should yet be thought of less value than it is.     Sir Thomas More, Utopia

A little wonton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.          Sir Thomas More, Works

This hath not offended the king.               Sir Thomas More, As he drew his beard aside upon placing his head on the block, From Bacon

Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.   Cicero

Fall seven times, stand up eight.               Japanese Proverb ………….good motivational quotes for life

He that climbs the tall tree has won right to the fruit.      Sir Walter Scott

If you bow at all, bow low.           Chinese Proverb

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman. David M. Ogilvy

There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel.               Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.      Solon ………….good motivational quotes for life

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.      Pythagoras

Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.            William Wirt

Never be a cynic, even a gentle one. Never help out a sneer, even at the devil. Vachel Lindsay

Never expose yourself unnecessarily to danger; a miracle may not save you…and if it does, it will be deducted from your share of luck or merit.    The Talmud …….. uplifting motivational quotes

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining it.           Brendan Francis

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.            Mark Twain

Wait until it is night before saying that it has been a fine day.      French Proverb

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.          Bertolt Brecht, The Mother, 1932

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.           Napoleon Bonaparte

The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become.  Harold Taylor

Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.              Edmund Burke

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.                Samuel Johnson

Act as if it were impossible to fail.             Dorothea Brande …….. uplifting motivational quotes

When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.                Saint Francis de Sales

Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.               Albert Einstein

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.               Socrates

At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.             W. Somerset Maugham

The number of guests at dinner should not be less than the number of the Graces nor exceed that of the Muses, i.e., it should begin with three and stop at nine.             Marcus Terentius Varro

You might as well fall flat on your face as lean over too far backward.      James Thurber

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.         Benjamin Franklin

Do not consider painful what is good for you.     Euripides

Be discreet in all things, and so render it unnecessary to be mysterious about any.           Arthur Wellesley, (first Duke of Wellington) …….. uplifting motivational quotes

Open your mouth and purse cautiously, and your stock of wealth and reputation shall, at least in repute, be great.                Johann Georg von Zimmermann

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.      Muhammad Ali, Catch phrase

I know why the caged bird sings.              Maya Angelou, Quoting a lyric by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Under conditions of tyranny it is far easier to act than to think.   Hannah Arendt

One, a robot may not injure a human being, or through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm;<br>Two, a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; Three, a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.            Isaac Asimov, Laws of Robotics from I. Robot, 1950

Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.              W. H. Auden

One cannot review a bad book without showing off.       W. H. Auden

No moral system can rest solely on authority.     A. J. Ayer, Humanist Outlook

A platitude is simply a truth repeated until people get tired of hearing it.               Stanley Baldwin

Vladimir: That passed the time.<br>Estragon: It would have passed in any case.<br>Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly.                Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1955)

We are all born mad. Some remain so.   Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1955) …….. uplifting motivational quotes

He was born an Englishman and remained one for years.              Brendan Behan, Hostage (1958)

When a dog bites a man, that is not news, because it happens so often. But if a man bites a dog, that is news.    John B. Bogart

The way to win an atomic war is to make certain it never starts. Omar Bradley, Speech to Boston Chamber of Commerce, 1948

I think we might be going a bridge too far.            Sir Frederick Browning …….. uplifting motivational quotes

Politics is the art of the possible.               Otto Von Bismarck, remark, Aug. 11, 1867

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.        Samuel Butler, Erewhon (1872)

The postman always rings twice.               James M. Cain, Book title

You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.         Albert Camus, La Chute (The Fall),1956

We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.    Jimmy Carter, Spech in March 1976

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

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.               Willa Cather, O Pioneers! (1913)

Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it.    Coco Chanel

All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.         Charlie Chaplin, in My Autobiography (1964)

Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.           G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)

All slang is a metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.          G. K. Chesterton, Defendant (1901)

The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.        G. K. Chesterton, Flying Inn (1914)

As soon as questions of will or decision or reason or choice of action arise, human science is at a loss.      Noam Chomsky, in a television interview …….. uplifting motivational quotes

One is left with the horrible feeling now that war settles nothing; that to win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.                Agatha Christie, Autobiography (1977)

Here is the answer which I will give to President Roosevelt… We shall not fail or falter; we shall not weaken or tire. Neither the sudden shock of battle nor the long-drawn trials of vigilance and exertion will wear us down. Give us the tools and we will finish the job.            Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1941

If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.          Samuel Butler …….. uplifting motivational quotes

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.   Sir Winston Churchill, Speech in March 1946

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.       Sir Winston Churchill, Speech in November 1942

So they [the Government] go on in strange paradox, decided only to be undecided, resolved to be irresolute, adamant for drift, solid for fluidity, all-powerful to be impotent.          Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 12, 1936 …….. uplifting motivational quotes

The British nation is unique in this respect. They are the only people who like to be told how bad things are, who like to be told the worst.  Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, June 10, 1941

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.       Sir Winston Churchill, Hansard, November 11, 1947

I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma: but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.             Sir Winston Churchill, Radio speech, 1939

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.                Sir Winston Churchill, Speech at Harvard University, September 6, 1943 …….. uplifting motivational quotes

Do definite good; first of all to yourself, then to definite persons.             John Lancaster Spalding

Whose life is it anyway?                Brian Clark, Play title ……….positive quotes motivational

The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.     Jean Cocteau

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be read once.         Cyril Connolly, Enemies of Promise (1938)

There is no right to strike against the public safety by anybody, anywhere, any time.       Calvin Coolidge, in a telegram, 1919

The chief business of the American people is business.  Calvin Coolidge, Speech in Washington, Jan. 17, 1925

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man to whom the idea first occurs.         Sir Francis Darwin, Eugenics Review, April 1914

Since a politician never believes what he says, he is quite surprised to be taken at his word.        Charles De Gaulle ……….positive quotes motivational

Let a good man do good deeds with the same zeal that the evil man does bad ones.       The Belzer Rabbi

You see, but you do not observe.             Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) A Scandal in Bohemia, 1892

It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.               Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) A Case of Identity, 1892

The case has, in some respects, been not entirely devoid of interest.     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) A Case of Identity, 1892

How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?          Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) The Sign of Four, 1890

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.         Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) Valley of Fear, 1915 ……….positive quotes motivational

At any rate, I am convinced that He [God] does not play dice.     Albert Einstein, In a letter to Max Born, 1926

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.            Albert Einstein, Telegram, 24 May 1946

If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut. Albert Einstein, Observer, Jan. 15, 1950

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.              Albert Einstein, “Science, Philosophy and Religion: a Symposium”, 1941

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.                Rene Descartes

Anatomy is destiny.        Sigmund Freud, Collected Writings, 1924 ……….positive quotes motivational

Either war is obsolete or men are.            R. Buckminster Fuller, New Yorker, Jan. 8, 1966

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.     Aldous Huxley, “Proper Studies”, 1927

Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.         Aldous Huxley, “Texts and Pretexts”, 1932

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.            Aldous Huxley, “Themes and Variations”, 1950 ……….positive quotes motivational

Castles in the air – they are so easy to take refuge in. And so easy to build, too.  Henrik Ibsen, “The Master builder”, 1892, act 3

As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.               Carl Jung, “Memories, Dreams, Reflections”, 1962

Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.   Carl Jung, “On the Psychology of the Unconciousness”, 1917

Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.        John F. Kennedy, Speech to UN General Assembly, Sept. 25, 1961

…probably the greatest concentration of talent and genius in this house except for perhaps those times when Thomas Jefferson ate alone.       John F. Kennedy, Describing a dinner for Nobel Prize winners, 1962 ……….positive quotes motivational

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.            John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961

And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.                John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.               John F. Kennedy, In a speech at the White House, 1962

I think that I shall never see<br>A poem lovely as a tree.              Joyce Kilmer, “Trees” (poem), 1914

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.          Martin Luther King Jr., Accepting Nobel Peace Prize, Dec. 10, 1964 ……….positive quotes motivational

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.  Martin Luther King Jr., Strength to Love, 1963

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., Strength to Love, 1963 ……….positive quotes motivational

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.     Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.  Martin Luther King Jr., Speech at St. Louis, March 22, 1964

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible.         Paul Klee, Creative Credo, 1920

The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.            Stanley Kubrick, in Guardian, June 5, 1963

Lord Ronald said nothing; he flung himself from the room, flung himself upon his horse and rode madly off in all directions.                Stephen Leacock, “Nonsense Novels”,1911

To accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act.            Anatole France ……….positive quotes motivational

While the State exists, there can be no freedom. When there is freedom there will be no State.               Lenin, “State and Revolution”, 1919

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.             Marshall McLuhan, “Gutenberg Galaxy”, 1962

The medium is the message.      Marshall McLuhan, “Understanding Media”, 1964

Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.                Norman Mailer, “Esquire”, June 1960

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.    Mao Tse-Tung

In this life he laughs longest who laughs last.       John Masefield, “Window in Bye Street”, 1912

It was such a lovely day I thought it was a pity to get up.                W. Somerset Maugham, “Our Betters”, 1923 ……….positive quotes motivational

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.          W. Somerset Maugham, “Of Human Bondage”, 1915

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.  Clementine Paddleford……….positive quotes motivational

My candle burns at both ends<br>It will not last the night;<br>But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -<br>It gives a lovely light.      Edna St. Vincent Millay, “A Few Figs from Thistles”, 1920

If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer?             Steven Wright

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men. Kin Hubbard

Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.  Epictetus

Put even the plainest woman into a beautiful dress and unconsciously she will try to live up to it.              Lady Duff-Gordon

When you have a number of disagreeable duties to perform, always do the most disagreeable first.       Josiah Quincy

Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you, and be silent.          Epictetus ……….positive quotes motivational

If hunger makes you irritable, better eat and be pleasant.            Sefer Hasidim

Make hunger thy sauce, as a medicine for health.            Thomas Tusser, 1524

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.          Unknown

Learn as much by writing as by reading. Lord Acton

Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.           Plato

Cherish your own emotions and never undervalue them.             Robert Henri

I would fain die a dry death.        William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 1 ……….positive quotes motivational

Now would I give a thousand furlongs of sea for an acre of barren ground.           William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 1

What seest thou else<br>In the dark backward and abysm of time?        William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated <br>To closeness and the bettering of my mind.    William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must.           Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ……….positive quotes motivational

Like one <br>Who having into truth, by telling of it, <br>Made such a sinner of his memory, <br>To credit his own lie.                William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

My library <br>Was dukedom large enough.       William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

From the still-vexed Bermoothes.            William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

I will be correspondent to command, And do my spiriting gently.              William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

Fill all thy bones with aches.        William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2 ……….positive quotes motivational

Full fathom five thy father lies; <br>Of his bones are coral made; <br>Those are pearls that were his eyes: <br>Nothing of him that doth fade <br>But doth suffer a sea-change <br>Into something rich and strange.        William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

The fringed curtains of thine eye advance.           William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 1 scene 2

A very ancient and fish-like smell.            William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 2 scene 2

Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.             William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 2 scene 2

He that dies pays all debts.          William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 3 scene 2

A kind <br>Of excellent dumb discourse.             William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 3 scene 3 ……….positive quotes motivational

Merrily, merrily shall I live now, <br>Under the blossom that hangs on the bough.           William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, Act 5 scene 1

Home-keeping youth have ever homely wits.    William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, Act 1 scene 1

O, how this spring of love resembleth <br>The uncertain glory of an April day!   William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, Act 1 scene 3 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.             Antisthenes

That man that hath a tongue, I say, is no man,<br>If with his tongue he cannot win a woman.    William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, Act 3 scene 1

How use doth breed a habit in a man!    William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, Act 5 scene 4

Come not within the measure of my wrath.        William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, Act 5 scene 4 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

I will make a Star-chamber matter of it. William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 1 scene 1

It is a familiar beast to man, and signifies love.    William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 1 scene 1

If there be no great love in the beginning, yet heaven may decrease it upon better acquaintance, when we are married and have more occasion to know one another: I hope, upon familiarity will grow more contempt.            William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 1 scene 1

Thou art the Mars of malcontents.           William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 1 scene 3

We burn daylight.            William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 1 scene 4

This is the short and the long of it.            William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 2 scene 2

We have some salt of our youth in us.    William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 2 scene 3

I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.            William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 3 scene 2

Your hearts are mighty, your skins are whole.     William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 4 scene 1

This is the third time; I hope good luck lies in odd numbers…. There is divinity in odd numbers, either in nativity, chance, or death.   William Shakespeare, “The Merry Wives of Windsor”, Act 5 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

Our doubts are traitors, <br>And make us lose the good we oft might win <br>By fearing to attempt.    William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act 1 scene 4

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.              William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act 2 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

The law hath not been dead, though it hath slept.            William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act 2 scene 2

The hand that hath made you fair hath made you good.                William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act 3 scene 1

Truth is truth <br>To the end of reckoning.         William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act 5 scene 1

They say, best men are moulded out of faults, <br>And, for the most, become much more the better <br>For being a little bad.       William Shakespeare, “Measure for Measure”, Act 5 scene 1

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.     William Shakespeare, “The Comedy of Errors”, Act 3 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.  William Shakespeare, “Much Ado about Nothing”, Act 1 scene 1

Friendship is constant in all other things <br>Save in the office and affairs of love: <br>Therefore all hearts in love use their own tongues; <br>Let every eye negotiate for itself <br>And trust no agent.     William Shakespeare, “Much Ado about Nothing”, Act 2 scene 1

Silence is the perfectest herald of joy: I were but little happy, if I could say how much.   William Shakespeare, “Much Ado about Nothing”, Act 2 scene 1

I thank God I am as honest as any man living that is an old man and no honester than I.  William Shakespeare, “Much Ado about Nothing”, Act 3 scene 1

When he is best, he is a little worse than a man; and when he is worst, he is little better than a beast.    William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, Act 1 scene 2

I dote on his very absence.          William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, Act 1 scene 2 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

My meaning in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me that he is sufficient.          William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, Act 1 scene 3

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.         William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, Act 1 scene 3

It is a wise father that knows his own child.          William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, Act 2 scene 2

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future one.           Seneca …….motivational quotes for inspiration

The little foolery that wise men have makes a great show.           William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, Act 1 scene 2

Hereafter, in a better world than this, <br>I shall desire more love and knowledge of you.           William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, Act 1 scene 2

True is it that we have seen better days.               William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, Act 1 scene 7

The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.       William Shakespeare, “As You Like It”, Act 5 scene 1

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.      Epictetus …….motivational quotes for inspiration

If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.           William Shakespeare, “Twelfth Night”, Act 3 scene 4

Life is as tedious as a twice-told tale <br>Vexing the dull ear of a drowsy man.   William Shakespeare, “King John”, Act 3 scene 4

This England never did, nor never shall, <br>Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror.            William Shakespeare, “King John”, Act 5 scene 7

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, <br>This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, <br>This other Eden, demi-paradise, <br>This fortress built by Nature for herself <br>Against infection and the hand of war, <br>This happy breed of men, this little world, <br>This precious stone set in the silver sea, <br>Which serves it in the office of a wall <br>Or as a moat defensive to a house, <br>Against the envy of less happier lands,– <br>This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.               William Shakespeare, “King Richard II”, Act 2 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

If all the year were playing holidays, <br>To sport would be as tedious as to work.           William Shakespeare, “King Henry IV Part I”, Act 1 scene 2

He hath eaten me out of house and home.         William Shakespeare, “King Henry IV Part II”, Act 2 scene 1

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.             William Shakespeare, “King Henry IV Part II”, Act 2 scene 1

What people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can.  Henry David Thoreau …….motivational quotes for inspiration

There is occasions and causes why and wherefore in all things.  William Shakespeare, “King Henry V”, Act 5 scene 1

The gaudy, blabbing, and remorseful day <br>Is crept into the bosom of the sea.             William Shakespeare, “King Henry VI Part II”, Act 4 scene 1

And many strokes, though with a little axe, <br>Hew down and fell the hardest-timbered oak.  William Shakespeare, “King Henry VI Part III”, Act 2 scene 1

An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.   William Shakespeare, “King Richard III”, Act 4 scene 3

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!          William Shakespeare, “King Richard III”, Act 5 scene 4 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

The end crowns all, <br>And that old common arbitrator, Time, <br>Will one day end it.               William Shakespeare, “Troilus and Cressida”, Act 4 scene 5

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.             Norman Vincent Peale

But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks? <br>It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.      William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”, Act 2 scene 1

O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?                William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”, Act 2 scene 2

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, <br>That I shall say good night till it be morrow.   William Shakespeare, “Romeo and Juliet”, Act 2 scene 2

Every man has his fault, and honesty is his.          William Shakespeare, “Timon of Athens”, Act 3 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

We have seen better days.         William Shakespeare, “Timon of Athens”, Act 4 scene 2

Beware the ides of March.          William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 1 scene 2

But, for my own part, it was Greek to me.            William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 1 scene 2

Cowards die many times before their deaths; <br>The valiant never taste of death but once. <br>Of all the wonders that I yet have heard, <br>It seems to me most strange that men should fear; <br>Seeing that death, a necessary end, <br>Will come when it will come.               William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 2 scene 2

Et tu, Brute!       William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 3 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

How many ages hence <br>Shall this our lofty scene be acted over <br>In states unborn and accents yet unknown!                William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 3 scene 1

Cry “Havoc,” and let slip the dogs of war.              William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 3 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; <br>I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him. <br>The evil that men do lives after them; <br>The good is oft interred with their bones. William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 3 scene 2

For Brutus is an honourable man; <br>So are they all, all honourable men.           William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 3 scene 2

There is a tide in the affairs of men <br>Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; <br>Omitted, all the voyage of their life <br>Is bound in shallows and in miseries.      William Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar”, Act 4 scene 3

Our envy of others devours us most of all.           Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Is this a dagger which I see before me, <br>The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee. <br>I have thee not, and yet I see thee still. <br>Art thou not, fatal vision, sensible <br>To feeling as to sight? or art thou but <br>A dagger of the mind, a false creation, <br>Proceeding from the heat-oppressed brain?       William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”, Act 2 scene 1 …….motivational quotes for inspiration

The attempt and not the deed <br>Confounds us.          William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”, Act 2 scene 2

Double, double toil and trouble; <br>Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.     William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”, Act 4 scene 1

By the pricking of my thumbs,<br>Something wicked this way comes. <br>Open, locks, <br>Whoever knocks! William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”, Act 4 scene 1

Out, damned spot! out, I say!    William Shakespeare, “Macbeth”, Act 5 scene 1

A little more than kin, and less than kind.              William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 2 ………motivational positive quotes

Frailty, thy name is woman!        William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 2

He was a man, take him for all in all, <br>I shall not look upon his like again.         William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 2

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.        Mark Twain

Love truth, and pardon error.     Voltaire

Neither a borrower nor a lender be; <br>For loan oft loses both itself and friend, <br>And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry. <br>This above all: to thine own self be true, <br>And it must follow, as the night the day, <br>Thou canst not then be false to any man.            William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 3

But to my mind, though I am native here <br>And to the manner born, it is a custom <br>More honoured in the breach than the observance.     William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 4 ………motivational positive quotes

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.      William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 4

Leave her to heaven <br>And to those thorns that in her bosom lodge, <br>To prick and sting her.         William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 5

Every man has business and desire, <br>Such as it is.      William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 5

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,<br>Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.              William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 1 scene 5

Brevity is the soul of wit.              William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 2 scene 2

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.     William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 2 scene 2 ………motivational positive quotes

Prefer loss to the wealth of dishonest gain; the former vexes you for a time; the latter will bring you lasting remorse.                Chilo

What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 2 scene 2

The devil hath power <br>To assume a pleasing shape. William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 2 scene 2

Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny. Get thee to a nunnery, go.     William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 1

I have heard of your paintings too, well enough; God has given you one face, and you make yourselves another.                William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 1 ………motivational positive quotes

O, woe is me,<br>To have seen what I have seen, see what I see!           William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 1

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.         William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 2 ………motivational positive quotes

My words fly up, my thoughts remain below:<br>Words without thoughts never to heaven go.                William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 3

I must be cruel, only to be kind:<br>Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.            William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 4

So full of artless jealousy is guilt,<br>It spills itself in fearing to be spilt.  William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 4 scene 5

We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 3 scene 5

A hit, a very palpable hit.              William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 5 scene 2

The rest is silence.           William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 5 scene 2

Now cracks a noble heart. Good night sweet prince:<br>And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!         William Shakespeare, “Hamlet”, Act 5 scene 2 ………motivational positive quotes

Although the last, not least.        William Shakespeare, “King Lear”, Act 1 scene 1

Every minute you are thinking of evil, you might have been thinking of good instead. Refuse to pander to a morbid interest in your own misdeeds. Pick yourself up, be sorry, shake yourself, and go on again.           Evelyn Underhill

Nothing will come of nothing.    William Shakespeare, “King Lear”, Act 1 scene 1

Oh, that way madness lies; let me shun that.      William Shakespeare, “King Lear”, Act 3 scene 4

The worst is not<br>So long as we can say, “This is the worst.”   William Shakespeare, “King Lear”, Act 4 scene 1 ………motivational positive quotes

Pray you now, forget and forgive.            William Shakespeare, “King Lear”, Act 4 scene 7

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices<br>Make instruments to plague us.               William Shakespeare, “King Lear”, Act 5 scene 3

I will wear my heart upon my sleeve<br>For daws to peck at.     William Shakespeare, “Othello”, Act 1 scene 1

I am not merry; but I do beguile<br>The thing I am, by seeming otherwise.         William Shakespeare, “Othello”, Act 2 scene 1 ………motivational positive quotes

Excellent wretch! Perdition catch my soul,<br>But I do love thee! and when I love thee not, <br>Chaos is come again.                William Shakespeare, “Othello”, Act 3 scene 3

Speak to me as to thy thinkings, <br>As thou dost ruminate, and give thy worst of thoughts <br>The worst of words.                William Shakespeare, “Othello”, Act 3 scene 3

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.   Indian Proverb

O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!<br>It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock<br>The meat it feeds on.  William Shakespeare, “Othello”, Act 3 scene 3 ………motivational positive quotes

I understand a fury in your words,<br>But not the words.            William Shakespeare, “Othello”, Act 4 scene 2

My salad days,<br>When I was green in judgment.         William Shakespeare, “Antony and Cleopatra”, Act 1 scene 5

Small to greater matters must give way.                William Shakespeare, “Antony and Cleopatra”, Act 2 scene 2

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale<br>Her infinite variety.              William Shakespeare, “Antony and Cleopatra”, Act 2 scene 2 ………motivational positive quotes

So act that your principle of action might safely be made a law for the whole world.         Immanuel Kant ………motivational positive quotes

I have <br>Immortal longings in me.       William Shakespeare, “Antony and Cleopatra”, Act 5 scene 2

The game is up.                William Shakespeare, “Cymbeline”, Act 3 scene 3

I have not slept one wink.            William Shakespeare, “Cymbeline”, Act 3 scene 4

Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing.   William Shakespeare, Sonnet lxxxvii

Let me not to the marriage of true minds <br>Admit impediments: love is not love <br>Which alters when it alteration finds.     William Shakespeare, Sonnet cxvi

Cursed be he that moves my bones.       William Shakespeare, Epitaph on his gravestone ………motivational positive quotes

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.       Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”, pp. 323- 324

If you put tomfoolery into a computer, nothing comes out of it but tomfoolery. But this tomfoolery, having passed through a very expensive machine, is somehow enobled and no-one dares criticize it.     Pierre Gallois ………motivational positive quotes

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.         Henry David Thoreau

He drew a circle that shut me out –<br> Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.<br> But Love and I had the wit to win:<br> We drew a circle that took him in.    Edwin Markham

Nothing is more depressing than the conviction that one is not a hero.   George Moore

After the bare requisites of living and reproducing, man wants most to leave some record of himself, a proof, perhaps, that he has really existed. He leaves his proof on wood, on stone, or on the lives of other people. This deep desire exists in everyone, from the boy who scribbles on a wall to the Buddha who etches his image in the race mind. Life is so unreal. I think that we seriously doubt that we exist and go about trying to prove that we do.      John Steinbeck, The Pastures of Heaven, p 56

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.             Confucious

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Critisize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.                William A. Ward motivational quotes for kids

We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started– and know the place for the first time.  T. S Eliot

Paranoia means having all the facts.        William S. Burroughs

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

It has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that you miss 100% of the shots you do not take.           Wayne Gretski

Inhabitants of underdeveloped nations and victims of natural disasters are the only people who have ever been happy to see soybeans.   Fran Leibowitz, Metropolitan Life

Hatred does not cease in this world by hating, but by not hating; this is an eternal truth.                Buddha, The Dhammapada ……………motivational quotes for kids

I believe I shall,in some shape or other,always exist; and, with all the inconveniences human life is liable to, I shall not object to a new edition of mine, hoping, however, that the errata of the last may be corrected.                Benjamin Franklin

They say that the wages of sin is death. But after taxes its just a tired feeling really.         Paula Poundstone, HBO stand-up routine

I would rather be ashes than dust. I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by a dryrot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificient glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.<br> The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.              Jack London, Personal Credo

No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.               Edmund Burke

I am a part of all I have seen.      Alfred Lord Tennyson ……………motivational quotes for kids

To get the best out of a man go to what is best in him.   Daniel Considine

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history, with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.   Mitch Ratcliffe

The battle for the mind of Ronald Reagan was like the trench warfare of World War I: never have so many fought so hard for such barren terrain. Peggy Noonan, special assistant and speech writer to Reagan, 1984-88

Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.              Albert Einstein

I think we agree, the past is over.             George W. Bush, On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000

To the person in the bell jar, blank and stopped as a dead baby, the world itself is a bad dream. Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar ……………motivational quotes for kids

Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.       Voltaire

The men who really believe in themselves are all in lunatic asylums.        G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy; p. 14

The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike.           C. S. Lewis, The Poison of Subjectivism (from Christian Reflections; p. 108)

Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.         T.S. Eliot ……………motivational quotes for kids

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.              Helen Kelller

Instant gratification takes too long.          Carrie Fisher

You can change an outfit, you can outfit change, or both.              Kenneth Cole, fashion show speech

Work is the curse of the drinking class.   Oscar Wilde

Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.               Albert Einstein, (attributed)

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.                Francois de La Rochefoucauld ……………motivational quotes for kids

You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.     James Baldwin

Love is an endless mystery, for it has nothing else to explain it.  Rabindranath Tagore, Whisperings. The Inspirational Writings of Rabindranath Tagore on Nature, Love and Life.

All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.                Aldous Huxley

The silent bear no witness against themselves.  Aldous Huxley

New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.                Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions ……………motivational quotes for kids

So, throughout life, our worst weaknesses and meannesses are usually committed for the sake of the people whom we most despise.    Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.              Benjamin Franklin

We are not separate from spirit, we are in it.      Plontius

Praise will come to those whose kindness leaves you without debt.        Neil Finn, track #12 on his album “Try Whistling This”

Did you exchange a walk-on part in a war, for a leading role in a cage?    Pink Floyd, song “Wish You Were Here”… …..sales motivational quotes

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex … it takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.             Albert Einstein

Do not follow where the path may lead…Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.     Robert Frost

No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.     Helen Keller

Emancipate yourself from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds.           Bob Marley

People judge you not by the size of your feet, but by whether your socks match.             Space Ghost, Space Ghost – Musical Bar-b-cue

Hope is the thing with feathers<br> That perches in the soul.<br> And sings the tune<br> Without the words,<br> and never stops at all.            Emily Dickinson

No machine can replace the human spark: spirit, compassion, love and understanding.  Louis V. Gerstner Jr.

Everyone should free their mind and soul. Some are ready to free them now, and some will be ready to free them in the future. Some will never be ready and that is what makes their lives not worth living.       Emad Hasan

Justice Marshall has made his decision. Let him enforce it.            Andrew Jackson

We live in a world where lemonade is made from aritificial flavoring and furniture polish is made from real lemons                Alfred E. Neuman, The Half-Wit and Wisdom of Alfred E. Neuman (MAD magazine)

You cannot acquire experience by making experiments. You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.     Albert Camus…..sales motivational quotes

It makes no difference if I burn my bridges behind me – I never retreat.                Fiorello LaGuardia, New York City Mayor

A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.              Eleanor Roosevelt

The comfort of having a friend may be taken away, but not that of having had one.         Seneca

She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short.     Brian Andreas

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.   C.S. Lewis, Chicken Soup for the Soul (book) …..sales motivational quotes

There is a schizophrenic nature in modern politics. A leader is expected to have a religious faith but he is not supposed to let it influence him in his duties. Somehow, the truths that determine everything else about his existence are not allowed to influence how he conducts himself in public life. Not only that, his principles are usually considered so personal that the public is not even allowed to know for certain what they are. This passes for noble statecraft in our time. It was once thought cowardice.         Stephen Mansfield

At points of clarity, I realize that my life on earth is meaningless, and that I am merely a pawn in a bigger game. A game I cannot possible understand or have control of. Thankfully, before depression sets in, I drift back into my cloudy, bewildered daily routine.             Joel Patrick Warneke

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.              Chinese Proverb

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.      Albert Einstein…..sales motivational quotes

The pain passes. The beauty remains.    Auguste Renoir

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.        Henry Ford

The proof of a poet is that his country absorbs him as affectionately as he has absorbed it.           Walt Whitman, Preface to Leaves of Grass, 1855

The out-of-work actor wears out more than shoe leather. The very sensibilities that make him an artist are shattered by the disregard he is shown as a human being.      Bette Davis, “The Lonely Life”(1962). Chapter Four.

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.                Franklin D. Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.                Eleanor Roosevelt …..sales motivational quotes

The man who follows a crowd will never be followed by a crowd.             R. S. Donnell

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.       Muriel Strode

Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight, very clean. When it arrives it is perfect. It puts itself in our hands. It hopes we learned something from yesterday.         Unknown, Epitaph on headstone of actor John Wayne (author unknown) …..sales motivational quotes

The most eminent virtue is doing simply what we have to do.     Jose Maria Peman, Spanish writer, El Divino Impaciente

O, I am slain!      William Shakespeare, Hamlet. Polonius says this as Hamlet kills him behind the curtain.

Men judge generally more by the eye than by the hand, for everyone can see and few can feel. Every one sees what you appear to be, few really know what you are.      Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince …..sales motivational quotes

Insignificant events can take on monumental proportions when your head is full of practically nothing. Grace Slick

Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.      Bible, New Testament, I Thessalonians

If there is a sin against life, it consist perhaps not so much in despairing of life as hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. Albert Camus    Albert Camus

Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice.   Gilbert Chesterton

Our generation has an incredible amount of realism, yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change because if it does change then it won?t have anything to complain about.            Tori Amos …..sales motivational quotes

Lots of people are willing to die for the person they love, which is a pity, for it is a much grander thing to live for that person.                Jason Hurst

Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there.                 Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol

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

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.              Edmund Burke

Brilliance is born of desperation.               Jayanth Komarneni …..sales motivational quotes

Everything beautiful has its moment, and then passes away.      Luis Cernada

I like this place, and willingly would waste my time in it. William Shakespeare, As You Like It …..sales motivational quotes

He had a heart that could have held the empire of the world; and, in the end, he had to content himself with a cellar.                Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown; thus unlamented let me die; steal from the world, and not a stone tell where I lie.                Alexander Pope,  “Ode to Solitude”

Luck is what you have left over after you give 100%.        Langston Coleman

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Confucius

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.   Benjamin Franklin

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.          Elizabeth Taylor

Horses lend us the wings we lack.            Pam Brown, 1928

Washington DC is the only place in America where people put bumper stickers on their cars the day *after* the election.                Cokie Roberts, TV interview in either 1992 or 1996

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

Raise your sail one foot and you get ten feet of wind.     Chinese Proverb

Never underestimate your own ignorance.         Albert Einstein, speech

The real voyage of discovery consists, not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.   Marcel Proust ……………motivational uplifting quotes

No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead. Truth gains more even by the errors of one who, with due study, and preparation, thinks for himself, than by the true opinions of those who only hold them because they do not suffer themselves to think.                John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgment to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, and when he has decided, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision.      John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

The only freedom which deserves the name is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental or spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

There is no man living that cannot do more than he thinks he can!            Henry Ford

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt.          Kurt Vonnegut, God Bless You, Dr. Kevorkian ………motivational uplifting quotes

When one door of happiness closes, another one opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened to us.      Helen Keller

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.              Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Economy.

Approach each new problem not with a view of finding what you hope will be there, but to get the truth, the realities that must be grappled with. You may not like what you find. In that case you are entitled to try to change it. But do not deceive yourself as to what you do find to be the facts of the situation.  Bernard M. Baruch

Nobody ever died of laughter.   Max Beerbohm

Unlike those who pretend to be immaculate, fallen angels are usually more intriguing because their earthliness is heavenly.                Carl Polloi ………motivational uplifting quotes

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.              Pablo Picasso

God give me strength to face a fact though it slay me.    Thomas H. Huxley

If you can actually count your money you are not really a rich man.          J. Paul Getty

Failure is defined by our reaction to it.   Oprah Winfrey, O Magazine February 2001 issue

I dwell in possiblities.     Emily Dickinson ………motivational uplifting quotes

Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment – the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.          Jorge Luis Borges

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.           Mark Twain

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

Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.             Rabbi Julius Gordon ………motivational uplifting quotes

A leader must be constantly aware of the power of his words …. and his silences.            Simon MacDonald

Perfect as the wing of a bird may be, it will never enable the bird to fly if unsupported by the air. Facts are the air of science. Without them a man of science can never rise. Ivan Pavlov

Fear Not. What is not real, never was and never will be. What is real, always was and cannot be destroyed.         The Bhagavad Gita, The Bhagavad Gita, The Bhagavad Gita as translated by Eknath Easwaran

Lakes, rivers, streams…all are water and all travel to the same destination. So it is with religion. Muhammed Ali, in a television interview ………motivational uplifting quotes

We are like sculptors, constantly carving out of others the image we long for, need, love or desire, often against reality, against their benefit, and always, in the end, a disappointment, because it does not fit them.     Anais Nin

Love is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.         Iris Murdoch

The price of seeing is silence.     Marge Piercy, Circles in the Water “Intruding”

….it is better to succeed with success than failure.           George W. Bush  Jan. 21, 2001, Inauguration speech

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, how ever measured or far away.             Henry David Thoreau ………motivational uplifting quotes

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.         George Bernard Shaw

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.    Agnes Repplier

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved…the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.               Jack Kerouac, “On the Road”

If I only had an hour to chop down a tree, I would spend the first 45 minutes sharpening my axe.              Abraham Lincoln ………motivational uplifting quotes

A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians.               Frank Zappa

Everything in the world has a spirit which is released by its sound.            Oscar Fischinger  ………motivational uplifting quotes

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

No matter how much you disagree with your kin, if you are a thoroughbred you will not discuss their shortcomings with the neighbors.          Tom Thompson

For none of us can ever express the exact measure of his needs or his thoughts or his sorrows; and human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.                Gustave Flaubert, Charles Bovary

My boy will learn by what I am and what I do far more than what I tell him.          Norman Lewis Smith ………motivational uplifting quotes

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.               John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, 1961

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.       Henry David Thoreau

I walk ahead of myself in perpetual expectancy of miracles.        Anais Nin

I broke something today, and I realized I should break something once a week…to remind me how fragile life is.                Andy Warhol ……….. motivational sales quotes

Love goes out the door when money comes innuendo. Groucho Marx, “Duck Soup” 1934

Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind.                Matthew Prior

Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art…It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.               C. S. Lewis

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who would profit by the old order, only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new.          Machiavelli

We shall not cease from our exploration, and at the end of all our exploring, we shall arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.  T.S. Eliott

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.             Marcel Proust

Keep your eyes to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.           Helen Keller

We thought we were running away from the grown-ups, and now we are the grown-ups.           Margaret Atwod ……….. motivational sales quotes

Of all sad words of tongue and pen the saddest are these, what might have been.           John Greenleaf Whittier

The state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation.             Pierre Trudeau, CBC Archives

It is the responsibility of the sender to make sure the receiver understands the message.            Joseph Batten

Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others for thou has many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou are not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?            Thomas a Kempis

And once again Mr. Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which the complexity of human life so pletifuly presents.  Sir Arther Connan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes ……….. motivational sales quotes

The game is afoot.           Sir Arther Connan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes

The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur.   Vince Lombardi

The future belongs to those who can rise above the confines of the earth.          Alfred North Whitehead, From the viewbook of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Well may we say God save the Queen, because nothing will save the Governor-General.             Gough Whitlam, Prime Minister of Australia, in a speech in 1975.

Is the chemical aftertaste the reason why people eat hot dogs, or is it some kind of bonus?         Neil Gaiman

If you sit by the river long enough, you will see the body of your enemy float by.              Japanese Proverb, Also quoted in the movie Rising Sun ……….. motivational sales quotes

New Jersey needs a hero. Bon Jovi does not count.         Kurt Angle, Gold Medal Olympic Wrestler ……….. motivational sales quotes

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.      Walter Bagehot

Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst.      Marcus Valerius Martialis

The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants.     Bertrand Barere de Vieuzac

Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goal.          Vince Lombardi

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.        Martin Luther King, Jr.

A poet that reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.            Robert A. Heinlein

The greatest productive force is human selfishness.        Robert A. Heinlein ……….. motivational sales quotes

Luck is a tag given by the mediocre to account for the accomplishments of genius.           Robert A. Heinlein

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.       Maya Angelou

Greatness is not in were we stand, but in what direction we are moving. We must sail sometimes with the wind, and somtimes agaisnt it – but sail we must. And not drift, nor lie at anchor.    Oliver Wendell Holmes

He admits there are two sides to every question: his own and the wrong side.   Channing Pollock

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.   Socrates ……….. motivational sales quotes

Ah, what shall I be at fifty,<br> should nature keep me alive,<br> if I find the world so bitter<br> when I am but twenty-five?      Alfred, Lord Tennyson

If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain as he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought and could be.               Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Ambition is so powerful a passion in the human breast, that however high we reach we are never satisfied.        Niccolo Machiavelli

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.          Niccolo Machiavelli ……….. motivational sales quotes

War connot be avoided; it can only be postponed to the others advantage.         Niccolo Machiavelli

My girlfriend sleeps in a queen-sized bed and I sleep in a court jester-sized bed.               Steven Wright, I Have a Pony

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.            Anne Bradstreet ……….. motivational sales quotes

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.       Henri Bergson

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.            Lady Bird Johnson

Even a stopped clock is right two times a day.     Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

The stupid neither forgive or forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.     Thomas Szasz

Humility is the embarrassment you feel when you tell people how wonderful you are.  Laurence Peter

Use what talents you have; the woods would have little music if no birds sang their song except those who sang best.                Reverend Oliver G. Wilson

I recommend that you take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.        Lord Chesterfield ……….. motivational sales quotes

Unless I accept my faults, I will most certainly doubt my virtues.                Hugh Prather

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity.               George Orwell

We only do well the things we like doing.             Colette

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.    Albert Einstein

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.         George Bernard Shaw

There is no substitute for hard work.      Thomas Edison ……….. motivational sales quotes

The question is not what you look at but what you see. Thoreau

Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.       John Stuart Mill ……….. motivational sales quotes

The sad news is, nobody owes you a career. Your career is literally your business. You own it as a sole proprietor. You have one employee: yourself. You need to accept ownership of your career, your skills and the timing of your moves.                Andrew Grove, Co-founder and Chairman of Intel Corporation, Only the Paranoid Survive

I have nothing to declare but my genius.               Oscar Wilde, As he passed through customs

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.          Lao-Tzu

When all think alike, no one thinks very much.   Albert Einstein

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most People are even incapable of forming such opinions.             Albert Einstein ……….. motivational sales quotes

Man is born free, but everywhere he is in chains.             Jean Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract

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

Men seldom make passes<br> At girls who wear glasses.             Dorothy Parker

Let the fear of danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.                Francis Quarles

One thing you will probably remember well is anytime you forgive and forget.   Franklin P. Jones ……….. motivational sales quotes

God gave us memory that we might have roses in December.    James M. Barrie

We must always have old memories and young hopes.  Arsene Houssaye

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.            Fred Allen

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.          G. C. Lichtenberg ……….. motivational sales quotes

The secret of happiness is this: Let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather that hostile.             Bertrand Russell

Talent is what you possess; genius is what possesses you.            Malcolm Cowley

It is slavery to live in the mind unless it has become part of the body.      Kahlil Gibran

The remarkable thing about the human mind is its range of limitations.  Celia Green

The mind can also be an erogenous zone.            Raquel Welch ……….. motivational sales quotes

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

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.                Henry David Thoreau

You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.           Rosalynn Carter, Wife of jimmy Carter, 39th president

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

A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until you put her in hot water.         Mae West ……….. motivational sales quotes

Is there anything worse than being blind? Yes, a man with sight and no vision.    Helen Keller

Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.                Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Nothing important can be taught, only learned. Dale Dauten, from a 1997 column

Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first then seek to win.             Sun Tzu …………motivational quotes for employees

We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganised.? I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganising: and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress, while producing confusion, inefficiency and demoralisation.       Caius Petronius, Roman Consul, 66 A.D.

Ninety percent of all mental errors are in your head.       Yogi Berra, Sports Illustrated

If you are a terror to many, then beware of many.           Ausonius

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.     Yogi Berra, quoted in Sports Illustrated

As long as there are fools and rascals, there will be religions.       Voltaire, Letter to Frederick, 1767…………motivational quotes for employees

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.     Alan Watts

The extreme limit of wisdom– that is what the public calls madness.       Jean Cocteau

The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in time of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.        #NAME?

No one ever understood disaster until it came.  Josephine Herbst

I know no method to secure the repeal of bad, obnoxious, or unjust laws so effective as their strict execution.  Ulysses S. Grant

I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.        John Burrough

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge …………motivational quotes for employees

It is what you learn after you know it all that counts.       John Wooden

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

Passion governs, and she never governs wisely.                Benjamin Franklin, In response to the situation of the colonists

The stage lost a fine actor, just as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.                Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Dr. John H. Watson, referring to Sherlock Holmes, in “A Scandal in Bohemia” …………motivational quotes for employees

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

Give a man a fire and keep him warm for a day. Light a man on fire and he will be warm for rest of his life.            Anonymous

It is a far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.                Charles Dickens, A Tale Of Two Cities

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.                Zig Ziglar …………motivational quotes for employees

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.           Mahatma Gandhi, 1869 – 1948

We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.         C.S. Lewis

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.           Robert Brault

I can accept anthing, except what seems to be the easiest for most people: the half-way, the almost, the just-about, the in-between.       Ayn Rand …………motivational quotes for employees

People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.        Helen Keller

The greatest giver of alms is cowardice. F. Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow

Under conditions of tyranny it is far easer to act than to think.    Hanna Arendt, 1906 – 1975

Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few.               Sir Winston Churchill, Reffering to the RAF

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

I have the worlds largest seashell collection. You may have seen it, I keep it spread out on beaches all over the world.                Steven Wright

Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.   Anne Rice

The job of the artist is to deepen the mystery.   Sir Francis Bacon

If you never did, you should. These things are fun and fun is good!          Dr. Seuss

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear. George Orwell

Despise not any man, and do not spurn anything; for there is no man who has not his hour, nor is there anything that has not its place.      Ben Azai, Mishna …………motivational quotes for employees

Those that respect the law and love sausage should watch neither being made.                Mark Twain

In a friend one should have ones best enemy. You should be closest to him with your heart when you resist him.                Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra …………motivational quotes for employees

It is nobler to declare oneself wrong than to insist on being right – especially when one is right.  Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

One must still have chaos in oneself to give birth to a dancing star.           Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Life without music would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art of all.   Andy Warhol

And the wild regrets, and the bloody sweats,<br> None knew so well as I:<br> For he who lives more lives than one<br> More deaths than one must die.              Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol …………motivational quotes for employees

It is entirely possible to win against the enemy, it is possible, even, to kill the enemy… and still be defeated by the battle.                Walter Wangerin, Jr., Book of the Dun Cow

For I dipped into the future, as far as human eye could see, saw a vision of the world, and all the wonder that would be.                Alfred Lord Tennyson

No one will ever win the battle of the sexes, because there is too much fraternizing with the enemy.     Henry Kissinger

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.           Ausonius

Let no one think of me that I am humble or weak or passive; let them understand I am of a different kind: dangerous to my enemies, loyal to my friends. To such a life glory belongs.             Euripedes, Medea

The tragedy of life is what dies in the hearts and souls of people while they live.               Albert Einstein …………motivational quotes for employees

Ultimately, contentment is more a shift in attitude than a change in circumstances.         Linda Dillow, “Calm My Anxious Heart”

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

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything.   Plato …………motivational quotes for employees

Tyranny cannot defeat the power of ideas.         Helen Keller

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.        Muhammad Ali, Playboy; Nov. 1975

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

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.    Oscar Wilde

In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.    Napoleon Bonaparte …………motivational quotes for employees

Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

I have the simplest of tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.              Oscar Wilde

The best argument against democracy is a five minute talk with the average voter.          Sir Winston Churchill

How can a question be answered that asks a lifetime of questions?         Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.        Helen Keller …………motivational quotes for employees

What omniscience has music! So absolutely impersonal, yet every sufferer feels his secret sorrow soothed.       Ralph Waldo Emerson

I talk to God, but the sky is empty.           Sylvia Plath

A slave begins by demanding justice and ends by wanting to wear a crown.         Albert Camus

What did my hands do before they held you?    Sylvia Plath

Great artists have no country.    Alfred du Masset …………motivational quotes for employees

The only interesting answers are those which destroy the questions.     Susan Sontag

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.     Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality (Harcourt)

If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact- not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.                Shimon Peres …………motivational quotes for employees

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.      Donald H. Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.               H. P. Lovecraft

Sharks are as tough as those football fans who take their shirts off during games in Chicago in January, only more intelligent.          Dave Barry

Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviar. Never spread it about like marmalade.           Noel Coward

Depend not on fortune, but on conduct.              Publilius Syrus …………motivational quotes for employees

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.                Jonathan Swift

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.           Muhammad Ali

For every prohibition you create you also create an underground.            Jello Biafra

Paranoia is a finer scale of reality.             Michael W. Moore

Who is rich? He who is content. Who is that? Nobody.    Benjamin Franklin

Human speech is a cracked cauldron on which we knock out tunes for dancing bears, when we wish to conjure pity from the stars.             Gustave Flaubert, “Madame Bovary”

We have art so that we shall not die of reality.   Nietzsche …………motivational quotes for employees

The first hope of a painter who feels hopeful about painting is the hope that the painting will move, that it will live outside its frame.             Gertrude Stein

The most exhausting thing you can do is to be inauthentic.          Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are and doing things as they ought to be done.        Josh Billings …………motivational quotes for employees

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.  H. L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy (1949)

We should manage our fortunes as we do our health – enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.            Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

The quality will remain when the price is forgotten.         Henry Royce …………motivational quotes for employees

From the age of six, I have known that I was sexy. And let me tell you it has been hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it.               Bette Davis

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing, at last, is sacred; but the integrity of your own mind.    Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.             Ralph Ellison, “The Invisible Man”

Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.              Vaclev Havel

It is only about things that do not interest one that one can give really unbiased opinions, which is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless.               Oscar Wilde

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

If you want to bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the Universe.            Carl Sagan

Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Necessity knows no law.              Publilius Syrus ………….positive motivational quotes

There is nothing easier than lopping off heads and nothing harder than developing ideas.            Fyodor Dostoevsky

If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must man be of learning from experience.                George Bernard Shaw ………….positive motivational quotes

We can forgive a man for making a useful thing, as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely. All art is quite useless.   Oscar Wilde

Whoever it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the brain with a microscope.    George Santayana

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

Give me liberty, or give me death.           Patrick Henry, a speech before the American Revolution

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice that produces beggars needs restructuring.        Martin Luther King ………….positive motivational quotes

Any tool is a weapon if you hold it right.                Ani DiFranco

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.     Dr. Martin Luther King

When I have a kid, I wanna put him in one of those strollers for twins, then run around the mall looking frantic. Steven Wright

The true university of these days is a collection of books.              Thomas Carlyle

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.    John F. Kennedy

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine.    Elvis Presley

A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life.        Oscar Wilde ………….positive motivational quotes

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.     Jimi Hendrix, Quoted in Charles Shaar Murray,Crosstown Traffic, ch. 6 (1989).

To really know is science; to merely believe you know is ignorance.         Hippocrates

I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds; and I very rarely change it.          Margaret Thatcher

A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.      Lana Turner ………….positive motivational quotes

It is better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone else.          Marilyn Monroe

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

I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.           Queen Victoria

The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it.     Carl Jung, “Modern Man in Search of a Soul” ………….positive motivational quotes

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.          Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do, Ohara Publications

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he, by peddling second-rate technology, who led them into it in the first place.                Douglas Adams, The Guardian

Perhaps of all the creations of man, language is the most astonishing.    Gyles Lytton Sitrachy

Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: What! You too? I thought I was the only one.         C. S. Lewis ………….positive motivational quotes

Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.     Natalie Clifford Barney

Men of genius are often dull and inert in society, as a blazing meteor when it descends to earth, is only a stone.                Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.          Will Durant

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

The only time you ever run out of chances is when you stop taking them.             Patty Labelle

The last Christian died on the cross.         Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche ………….positive motivational quotes

I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight.         Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

I have no mercy or compassion for a society that crushes people, and then penalizes them for not being able to stand up under the weight.           Malcom X, My counselor, Mrs. Ross ………….positive motivational quotes

There is no such thing as a natural death: nothing that happens to a man is ever natural, since his presence calls the world into question. All men must die: but for every man his death is an accident and, even if he knows it and consents to it, an unjustifiable violation.   Simone de Beauvoir, “A Very Easy Death”

Sometimes we do a thing in order to find out the reason for it. Sometimes our actions are questions not answers.                John Le Carre, Magnus Pym in “A Perfect Spy”

A teacher affects eternity; He can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams

Be more prompt to go to a friend in adversity than in prosperity.              Chilo

Doctors pour drugs of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, into patients of whom they know nothing.               Moliere ………….positive motivational quotes

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.   C.S. Lewis

I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a good place to live in, but to live in it, be it good or bad.  Henry David Thoreau, “Resistance to Civil Government”

I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion.               Henry David Thoreau, “Resistance to Civil Government”

Practical efficiency is common, and lofty idealism not uncommon; it is the combination which is necessary, and the combination is rare         Theodore Roosevelt, An Autobiography

Far better is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.         Theodore Roosevelt, The Man in the Arena ………….positive motivational quotes

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.         H. G. Wells

She had wit, she had grace, she had beauty; But above all, she had truth.             Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

I believe this nation should commit itself, to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth.    John F. Kennedy, in a speech on May 25, 1961 ………….positive motivational quotes

Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.         Madame de Tencin

The truth may be out there, but the lies are inside your head.    Terry Pratchett, A Discworld Novel

I am loving before I am patriotic: I am human before I am American.       A. F. Shaw

Three people can keep a secret so long as two of them are dead.             Benjamin Franklin

They say the sun never sets over the British Empire, but it rises every morning. The sky must get awfully crowded.                Steven Wright ………….positive motivational quotes

There is so much time and so little to do; strike that, reverse it.  Willy Wonka, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

The fact was I had the vision… I think everyone has… what we lack is the method.           Jack Kerouac

To be great is to be misunderstood.        Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tradition is laziness.        Gustav Mahler

This is an important announcement. This is flight 121 to Los Angeles. If your travel plans today do not include Los Angeles, now would be a perfect time to disembark.        Douglas Adams, “So Long and Thanks For All The Fish” ………….positive motivational quotes

I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world. The Dalai Lama, 1992 Speech

We will not have peace by afterthought.              Norman Cousins ……motivational quotes for women

Justice: To seek it, one must be willing to give up the right to privacy, as nothing more private will become more public.                Brian K. Blackden, 1996

Has anyone supposed it lucky to be born? I hasten to inform him or her that it is just as lucky to die, and I know it.            Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass”

Was it doubted that those who corrupt their own bodies conceal themselves?  Walt Whitman, “Leaves of Grass”

No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good.         C. S. Lewis

Courage is found in unlikely places.         J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.           Buddha

The only way to have a friend is to be one.          Ralph Waldo Emerson ……motivational quotes for women

May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.         Irish Proverb

I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny little spoons and forks so I wondered, what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?             George Carlin

Why is the man (or woman) who invests all your money called a broker?              George Carlin

When someone asks you, A penny for your thoughts, and you put your two cents in, what happens to the other penny?                 George Carlin

If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?   George Carlin

“I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?                 George Carlin ……motivational quotes for women

I have learned that you cannot make someone love you. All you can do is be someone who can be loved, the rest is up to them.    Lauren Edwards

Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path.               Scandinavian Proverb

Chew before you swallow.          George W. Bush, On TV, about his passing out eating a pretzel

A mind stretched by a new idea can never go back to its original dimensions.      Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr.

Look for strengths in people, not weakness; for good, not evil. Most of us find what we search for.         J. Wilbur Chapman ……motivational quotes for women

Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.       Dave Barry

Now, now my good man, this is no time for making enemies.     Voltaire, on his deathbed in response to a priest asking that he renounce Satan

Nothing in the world is as certain as death.          Jean Froissart, 1359 ……motivational quotes for women

Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time. Goodness, remembrance and love have no end.           George W. Bush

Shame is that intrinstic meter of our own heart to tell us that we have failed to follow our own moral compass. LaDawnna Burnett (1975 – ), Letters on Ethics

The gods do not protect fools. Fools are protected by more capable fools.           Larry Niven, Ringworld

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.        Mark Twain

Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.   Czech Proverb ……motivational quotes for women

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.         Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, chapter 6

All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their own peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their own peril.                Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface

It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors.     Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface

All art is quite useless.   Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the preface

The Stone Age came to an end not for a lack of stone, and the oil age will end, but not for a lack of oil.    Zaki Yamani, (chief architect of OPEC) ……motivational quotes for women

My sense of God is my sense of wonder about the Universe.     Albert Einstein

Shame is that intrinsic meter of our own heart to tell us that we have failed to follow our own moral compass.   LaDawnna Burnett, (1975-), Letters on Ethics

Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils.  General John Stark

When I was young, I used to think that wealth and power would bring me happiness… I was right.           Gahan Wilson

You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.       Harriet Martineau

Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand,the spines of others are often stiffened.             Billy Graham

She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table.          Henry James ……motivational quotes for women

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

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

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.    Ralph Waldo Emerson

If they give you ruled paper, write the other way.            Juan Ramon Jiminez

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.  Abraham Lincoln

The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it.           Al Batt, in National Enquirer ……motivational quotes for women

It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.    Sir Winston Churchill

I see my body as an instrument, rather than an ornament.           Alanis Morissette

What makes something special is not just what you have to gain, but what you feel there is to lose.        Andre Agassi, on “Charlie Rose”

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.     Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.     Anna Quindlen ……motivational quotes for women

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.                Aristotle

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger.   Arnold Palmer

True luck consists not in holding the best of the cards at the table; luckiest is he who knows just when to rise and go home.                John Hay, Distichs, latter 19th century

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.              Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha

I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.         Arthur Hays Sulzberger

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

It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterward.               Baltasar Gracian

Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment.             Baltasar Gracian

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.     Ben Stein ………inspiring and motivational quotes

Well done is better than well said.           Benjamin Franklin

You may delay, but time will not.              Benjamin Franklin

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.            Bern Williams

September tries its best to have us forget summer.        Bern Williams

Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.       Bill Gates, Business @ The Speed of Thought

An unhurried sense of time is in itself a form of wealth. Bonnie Friedman, in New York Times

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.      Brendan Gill

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.          Bruce Lee, Tao of Jeet Kune Do………inspiring and motivational quotes

Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.              Cherie Carter-Scott, “If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules”

Gardens and flowers have a way of bringing people together, drawing them from their homes.                Clare Ansberry, The Women of Troy Hill

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.               Confucius

Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.            Thomas Guthrie

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.    David Starr Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair

Let us hope that we are all preceded in this world by a love story.             Don Snyder, Of Time and Memory ………inspiring and motivational quotes

If you are not criticized, you may not be doing much.      Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.                Donald Trump, “Trump: Art of the Deal”

It is very strange that the years teach us patience – that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.                Elizabeth Taylor, “A Wreath of Roses”

Anonymity is the truest expression of altruism. Eric Gibson, in The Wall Street Journal

Americans are overreachers; overreaching is the most admirable of the many American excesses.           George F. Will, Statecraft as Soulcraft

He who confers a favor should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.       Demosthenes ………inspiring and motivational quotes

To freely bloom – that is my definition of success.             Gerry Spence, How to Argue and Win Every Time

Life is full of obstacle illusions.    Grant Frazier

The most important work you and I will ever do will be within the wall of our own homes.            Harold B. Lee

Assumptions are the termites of relationships.  Henry Winkler

Wonder is what sets us apart from other life forms. No other species wonders about the meaning of existence or the complexity of the universe or themselves.          Herbert W. Boyer, co-founder of Genentech, Inc.

Cats regard people as warmblooded furniture.  Jacquelyn Mitchard, The Deep End of the Ocean ………inspiring and motivational quotes

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.     James Lane Allen

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.                Jane Howard, “Families”

Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.          Sir Thomas Browne ………inspiring and motivational quotes

One kind word can warm three winter months. Japanese proverb

Competition is a painful thing, but it produces great results.        Jerry Flint, in Forbes

It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.        John Gray, “Children Are From Heaven”

I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.            John Locke

Dig where the gold is?unless you just need some exercise.          John M. Capozzi, Why Climb the Corporate Ladder When You Can Take the Elevator?

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.               John Updike, Problems and Other Stories

Life itself is a quotation.                Jorge Luis Borges ………inspiring and motivational quotes

A good home must be made, not bought.            Joyce Maynard, “Domestic Affairs”

When you have given nothing, ask for nothing. Albanian Proverb

Civilization is the art of living in towns of such size the everyone does not know everyone else. Julian Jaynes, “The Origin of Consciousness”

A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.             Ken Keyes Jr., Handbook of Higher Consciousness

No great deed, private or public, had ever been undertaken in a bliss of certainty.           Leon Wieseltier, in The New Republic ………inspiring and motivational quotes

A weapon is a device for making your enemy change his mind.  Lois McMaster Bujold, “The Vor Game”, 1990

Exile, for no other motive than ease, would be the last defeat, with no seed of future victory in it.           Lois McMaster Bujold, “Shards of Honor”, 1986

An honor is not diminished for being shared.      Lois McMaster Bujold, “Shards of Honor”, 1986

The great art of giving consists in this: the gift should cost very little and yet be greatly coveted, so that it may be the more highly appreciated.         Baltasar Gracian ………inspiring and motivational quotes

My home is not a place, it is people.        Lois McMaster Bujold, “Barrayar”, 1991

Our children change us?whether they live or not.             Lois McMaster Bujold, “Barrayar”, 1991 ………inspiring and motivational quotes

But pain… seems to me an insufficient reason not to embrace life. Being dead is quite painless. Pain, like time, is going to come on regardless. Question is, what glorious moments can you win from life in addition to the pain?  Lois McMaster Bujold, “Barrayar”, 1991

Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.                Lois McMaster Bujold, “Barrayar”, 1991

You try to give away what you want yourself.     Lois McMaster Bujold, “Memory”, 1996

Crime does not pay … as well as politics.               Alfred E. Newman

He who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bestow should never remember it.    Pierre Charron… ……inspirational motivational quotes

How could you be a Great Man if history brought you no Great Events, or brought you to them at the wrong time, too young, too old?                Lois McMaster Bujold, “Memory”, 1996

I am who I choose to be. I always have been what I chose?though not always what I pleased.    Lois McMaster Bujold, “Memory”, 1996

His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it.          Lois McMaster Bujold, “Memory”, 1996

Purchase not friends by gifts; when thou ceasest to give, such will cease to love.              Thomas Fuller

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.            Martina Navratilova

Humor is a rubber sword – it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.                Mary Hirsch

May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.    Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey, 1995

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.             Mother Teresa ……inspirational motivational quotes

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.   Nicole Kidman, in The Scotsman

The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all men, charity. Francis Maitland Balfour

When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.     Paul Brown

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

Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.    Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”, 1841

When you build bridges you can keep crossing them.     Rick Pitino, Lead to Success

The reward for conformity was that everyone liked you except yourself.              Rita Mae Brown, Venus Envy

Envy can be a positive motivator. Let it inspire you to work harder for what you want.    Robert Bringle, quoted in Redbook

Not wanting to die was another universal constant, it seemed.  Robert J. Sawyer, “Calculating God”, 2000 ……inspirational motivational quotes

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

Honor does not have to be defended.   Robert J. Sawyer, “Calculating God”, 2000

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.            Robert J. Sawyer, “Calculating God”, 2000

General principles should not be based on exceptional cases.     Robert J. Sawyer, “Calculating God”, 2000

The right things to do are those that keep our violence in abeyance; the wrong things are those that bring it to the fore.                Robert J. Sawyer, “Calculating God”, 2000

How do you define God? Like this. A God I could understand, at least potentially, was infinitely more interesting and relevant than one that defied comprehension.  Robert J. Sawyer, “Calculating God”, 2000 ……inspirational motivational quotes

The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.         Robert J. Shiller, Irrational Exuberance

Brains, like hearts, go where they are appreciated.          Robert S. McNamara, former U.S. Secretary of Defense

A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.               Leon Tec, M.D.

No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut.   Sam Rayburn

It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.        Seneca

If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact – not to be solved, but to be coped with over time.                Shimon Peres

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.         Cecil B. DeMille ……inspirational motivational quotes

In the absences of a decent time machine, fiction remains the most sturdy vehicle for visiting other eras.             Tom Nolan, in The Wall Street Journal

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.     Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyperreality

In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.              Warren Buffett

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.           Wayne Gretzky

You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.     Zig Ziglar, “Secrets of Closing the Sale”, 1984

Man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that great gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.               Fyodor Dostoevsky, “The Brothers Karamazov” ……inspirational motivational quotes

Friendship is one of the sweetest joys of life. Many might have failed beneath the bitterness of their trial had they not found a friend.  Charles Spurgeon

Look twice before you leap.        Charlotte Bronte

Live among men as if God beheld you; speak to God as if men were listening.    Seneca, Epistles ……inspirational motivational quotes

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.         Anne Frank

To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.                Harriet Beecher Stowe

My business is not to remake myself, But make the absolute best of what God made.   Robert Browning

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.                Charlotte Bronte

The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.   Henri Bergson, 1859-1938

Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn.         Lewis Grizzard ……inspirational motivational quotes

We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.                 George Orwell

War is a continuation of politics by other means.               Carl Von Clausewitz, quoted by Gene Hackman in “Crimson Tide”

And now, like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career, and just fade away…an old soldier who tried to do his duty, as God gave him the light to see that duty. Good-bye.           Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Farewell address, quoted on “We Interrupt This Broadcast” CD-ROM

We are all here for a spell; get all the good laughs you can.           Will Rogers ……inspirational motivational quotes

We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.    George W. Bush, Speech after 9/11 attacks

Mystery is underrated, and understanding is overrated.               Larry McMurtry, “Flim Flam – Essays on Hollywood”

Hit hard, hit fast, hit often.          William “Bull” Halsey, Admiral, USN

Thank God I have done my duty.              Horation Nelson, Admiral British Navy, dying words

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast for I intend to go in harm?s way.            John Paul Jones ……inspirational motivational quotes

I have made this letter long because i have not the time to make it shorter.         Blaise Pascal, Lettres Proviciales (1657)

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities, but to know that there is someone who, though distant, thinks and feels with us — this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.         Johan Wolfgang von Goethe ……inspirational motivational quotes

It is better to die standing on your feet, than live the rest of your life on your knees        Emiliano Zapata

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.             Lord Byron

To accomplish great things, we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.                Anatole France

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.               William Allen White

Talents are best nurtured in solitude; but character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.    Johan Wolfgang von Goethe

No matter how smart you are, you spend most of your day being an idiot.           Scott Adams, The Dilbert Future ……inspirational motivational quotes

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.     e.e. cummings

The measuring rod of a civilization is the prosperity of the masses.           Albert & Emily Vail, Transforming Light (pg 254)

Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.     Mother Teresa, in her Nobel lecture

Most people live ninety percent in the past, seven percent in the present, and that only leaves three percent for the future.  John Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent

Money does not change the sickness, only the symptoms.          John Steinbeck, The Winter of our Discontent ……inspirational motivational quotes

I cannot expect to perform the task with equal ability and success.          Martin Van Buren, taking over from Andrew Jackson in 1837

The great can protect themselves, but the poor and humble require the arm and shield of the law.         Andrew Jackson, 1821

No man who ever held the office of president would congratulate a friend on obtaining it.           John Adams

Where religion is trivialized, one is unlikely to find persecution.  Charles Krauthammer

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is wasted.        Aesop ……inspirational motivational quotes

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.      Walter Bagehot

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.                Lisa Grossman

The reward for a thing well done is to have done it.         Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can never learn less, you can only learn more.           Keith Degreen

Fix it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without. Pioneer Motto

Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity, not a threat.        Prince Philip of England

No man has a good enough memory to be a sucessful liar.           Abrahm Lincoln

Cowardice asks the question – is it safe?<br> Expediency asks the question – is it politic?<br> Vanity asks the question – is it popular?<br> But conscience asks the question – is it right?<br> And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.         Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.       David Letterman

We cannot control the evil tongues of others; but a good life enables us to disregard them.         Cato the Elder ……inspirational motivational quotes

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.   Charles Bukowski, From “Betting on the Muse”

I see her not dispirited, not weak, but well, remembering that she has seen dark times before, indeed with a kind of instinct that she sees a little better in a cloudy day.          Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have the wild things no moral or legal rights? What right has man to inflict such long and fearful agony on a fellow creature, simply because that creature does not speak his language?         Ernest Thompson Seton ……inspirational motivational quotes

The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.   Thomas Calyle

What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.      Leszezynski Stanislaus

The love of one?s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?   Pablo Casals

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.              Alexander Pope, (1712?)

Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.   Spanish Proverb ……inspirational motivational quotes

The government (is) extremely fond of amassing great quantities of statistics. These are raised to the nth degree, the cube roots are extracted, and the results are arranged into elaborate and impressive displays. What must be kept ever in mind, however, is that in every case, the figures are first put down by a village watchman, and he puts down anything he damn well pleases.      Josiah Stamp, Attibuted to Sir Josiah Stamp (1849 – 1941)  HM Collector of Inland Revenue.

I think God is as much a basic ingredient in the universe as neutrons and positrons. This is the prime force, when we look around the universe.     Gene Roddenberry

Dreamers can find their way by moonlight and their only punishment is that they see the dawn before the rest of the world.   Oscar Wilde

In spite of everything that has happened, I still believe that people are really good at heart.        Anne Frank, The diary of Anne Frank ……inspirational motivational quotes

Cyberspace is – or can be – a good, friendly and egalitarian place to meet.              Douglas Adams, alt.fan.douglas-adams, 1 Dec 1993

Count not him among your friends who will retail your privacies to the world.     Publilius Syrus

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.               Arthur Schopenhauer

Ask a difficult question, and the marvelous answer appears.       Molana Jalal-e-Din Mohammad Molavi Rumi, the poem Joy at Sudden Disappointment

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.         Albert Einstein, (attributed) ……inspirational motivational quotes

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.          Walter Bagehot, “Biographical Studies”, 1863

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.               Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown in “Peanuts”

The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.              J. Frank Dobie, “A Texan in England”, 1945

Leave it to a girl to take the fun out of sex discrimination.             Bill Watterson, Calvin in “Calvin and Hobbes”

When you drink the water, remember the spring.            Chinese Proverb

Praise the bridge that carried you over. George Colman, The Younger

The secret of greatness is simple: do better work than any other man in your field – and keep on doing it.             Wilfred A. Peterson ………….motivational sports quotes

While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.          Samuel Johnson

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.   Chinese Proverb

Doing a thing well is often a waste of time.          Robert Byrne

Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable.    Sir Francis Bacon

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

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.  Christopher Morley

While the fates permit, live happily; life speeds on with hurried step, and with winged days the wheel of the headlong year is turned.             Seneca ………….motivational sports quotes

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. Albert Einstein

America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.       Oscar Wilde

Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.          Frank Lloyd Wright

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are.                Henry Fielding ………….motivational sports quotes

Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.             Andre Gide

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.      Paul Gauguin

Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.            Kate Reid

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been done before. Edith Wharton ………….motivational sports quotes

Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.                Roy M. Goodman

A conservative is a man who believes that nothing should be done for the first time.      Alfred E. Wiggam

It only takes 20 years for a liberal to become a conservative without changing a single idea.          Robert Anton Wilson

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.            W. Somerset Maugham

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.            Lane Olinghouse

An executive is a person who always decides; sometimes he decides correctly, but he always decides.  John H. Patterson

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.   Immanuel Hermann Fichte

I am opposed to millionaires, but it would be dangerous to offer me the position.            Mark Twain

A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.          John Ciardi

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.          Laurence J. Peter

Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant.               Cary Grant

Silence is the virtue of fools.       Sir Francis Bacon ………….motivational sports quotes

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.                Charles Caleb Colton

The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.              Doug Larson

Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.   Niels Bohr

Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is.        Elbert Hubbard

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.                Benjamin Disraeli ………….motivational sports quotes

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.           George Burns

A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward.     Jean Paul Richter

Heroing is one of the shortest-lived professions there is.              Will Rogers, Newspaper article, Feb. 15, 1925

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.                Dwight D. Eisenhower

In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.            Paul Harvey

Any event, once it has occurred, can be made to appear inevitable by a competent historian.     Lee Simonson

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes.           Voltaire

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.            Fred Allen

Laughter is the closest distance between two people.    Victor Borge ………….motivational sports quotes

A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people.          Peter McArthur

I find that a great part of the information I have was acquired by looking up something and finding something else on the way.      Franklin P. Adams

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.          Frank Herbert

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.       Groucho Marx ………….motivational sports quotes

From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.    Sir Winston Churchill

The English have no respect for their language, and will not teach their children to speak it.         George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1916) preface

Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death.        James F. Byrnes

People find life entirely too time-consuming.     Stanislaw J. Lec, “Unkempt Thoughts”

Hate no one; hate their vices, not themselves.  J. G. C. Brainard ………….motivational sports quotes

One is tempted to define man as a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.        Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, part 2, 1891

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.                W. H. Auden

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.         Albert Einstein

Mathematics, rightly viewed, posses not only truth, but supreme beauty – a beauty cold and austere, like that of sculpture.                Bertrand Russell

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

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.               George Bernard Shaw

Refuse to be ill. Never tell people you are ill; never own it to yourself. Illness is one of those things which a man should resist on principle.           Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.      Sir Winston Churchill

My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.             Vladimir Nabokov ………….motivational sports quotes

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.         Laurence J. Peter

We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.        Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too readily.                George Santayana

The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.              Oscar Wilde

The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.               Havelock Ellis

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments.         William H. Borah

Pleasure is a by-product of doing something that is worth doing. Therefore, do not seek pleasure as such. Pleasure comes of seeking something else, and comes by the way.          A. Lawrence Lowell

Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories.           Arthur C. Clarke ………….motivational sports quotes

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

Politics is not the art of the possible. It consists in choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable.              John Kenneth Galbraith

The first duty of a revolutionary is to get away with it.    Abbie Hoffman

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.               Will Rogers

Take the diplomacy out of war and the thing would fall flat in a week.     Will Rogers

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.                Gore Vidal

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

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. Albert Einstein

Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid.             Heinrich Heine

God runs electromagnetics by wave theory on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and the Devil runs them by quantum theory on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.       Sir William Bragg ………….motivational sports quotes

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.          Sir William Bragg

If scientific reasoning were limited to the logical processes of arithmetic, we should not get very far in our understanding of the physical world. One might as well attempt to grasp the game of poker entirely by the use of the mathematics of probability.         Vannevar Bush

The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.          Thomas H. Huxley

Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.           Immanuel Kant

There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.            Louis Pasteur

All science is either physics or stamp collecting.  Ernest Rutherford, in J. B. Birks “Rutherford at Manchester” (1962) ………….motivational sports quotes

As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.      Mahatma Gandhi

The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.              Paul Valery, 1895

I know nothing about sex because I was always married.              Zsa Zsa Gabor

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman. Virginia Woolf

Time sneaks up on you like a windshield on a bug.            John Lithgow ………….motivational sports quotes

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.     Steven Weinberg

The reserve of modern assertions is sometimes pushed to extremes, in which the fear of being contradicted leads the writer to strip himself of almost all sense and meaning. Sir Winston Churchill

Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.      Christopher Hampton ………positive and motivational quotes

So far as I can remember, there is not one word in the Gospels in praise of intelligence.                Bertrand Russell

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.              Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”, 1854

Be honorable yourself if you wish to associate with honorable people.   Welsh Proverb

There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.                Sir Francis Bacon, “Of Beauty”

If ye break faith with us who die <br> We shall not sleep, though poppies grow <br> In Flanders fields. John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields”

I do not have a psychiatrist and I do not want one, for the simple reason that if he listened to me long enough, he might become disturbed.         James Thurber, “Carpe Noctem, If You Can”, in “Credos and Curios” (1962)

The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand.               Lewis Thomas ………positive and motivational quotes

I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first dawning opens gradually, by little and little, into a full and clear light.        Isaac Newton

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

Americans are benevolently ignorant about Canada, while Canadians are malevolently well informed about the United States.  J. Bartlett Brebner

Fortune can, for her pleasure, fools advance, <br> And toss them on the wheels of Chance.       Juvenal

Society, my dear, is like salt water, good to swim in but hard to swallow.               Arthur Stringer, “The Silver Poppy”

It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.              Homer

Physicists like to think that all you have to do is say, these are the conditions, now what happens next? Richard Feynman

Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?    Henry Ward Beecher

A sympathetic Scot summed it all up very neatly in the remark, “You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.”          Sir Arnold Bax, Farewell my Youth (1943)

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

Everyone is as God has made him, and oftentimes a great deal worse.   Miguel de Cervantes

Take everything you like seriously, except yourselves.   Rudyard Kipling

All things are difficult before they are easy.         Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency.      Alan Turing

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.           Edgar Bergen, (Charlie McCarthy) ………positive and motivational quotes

What can you say about a society that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive?     Irv Kupcinet………positive and motivational quotes

Never explain–your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.          Elbert Hubbard

First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.       Robert Cecil Day Lewis

Because women live creatively, they rarely experience the need to depict or write about that which to them is a primary experience and which men know only at a second remove. Women create naturally, men create artificially.        Ashley Montagu

Thoughts give birth to a creative force that is neither elemental nor sidereal. Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy, from which new arts flow. When a man undertakes to create something, he establishes a new heaven, as it were and from it the work that he desires to create flows into him. For such is the immensity of man that he is greater than heaven and earth.       Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus

Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.               Thomas Troward

It is folly for an eminent person to think of escaping censure, and a weakness to be affected by it. All the illustrious persons of antiquity, and indeed of every age, have passed through this fiery persecution. There is no defense against reproach but obscurity; it is a kind of concomitant to greatness, as satires and invectives were an essential part of a Roman triumph.                Joseph Addison

A good writer is not necessarily a good book critic. No more so than a good drunk is automatically a good bartender.       Jim Bishop

If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.    Dale Carnegie………positive and motivational quotes

Most of our censure of others is only oblique praise of self, uttered to show the wisdom and superiority of the speaker. It has all the insidiousness of self-praise, and all the ill-desert of falsehood.              Tyron Edwards

It is a barren kind of criticism which tells you what a thing is not.                R. W. Griswold

Ours is an age of criticism, to which everything must be subjected. The sacredness of religion, and the authority of legislation, are by many regarded as grounds for exemption from the examination by this tribunal, But, if they are exempted, and cannot lay claim to sincere respect, which reason accords only to that which has stood the test of a free and public examination.        Immanuel Kant

Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects. The passions of men have made it malignant, as a bad heart of Procrustes turned the bed, the symbol of repose, into an instrument of torture.                Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We are suffering from too much sarcasm.            Marianne Moore

Ten censure wrong, for one that writes amiss.   Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism

In my wide association in life, meeting with many and great men in various parts of the world, I have yet to find the man, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism.              Charles M. Schwab………positive and motivational quotes

Neither praise nor blame is the object of true criticism. Justly to discriminate, firmly to establish, wisely to proscribe, and honestly to award – these are the true aims and duties of criticism.          Simms

Half of the secular unrest and dismal, profane sadness of modern society comes from the vain ideas that every man is bound to be a critic for life.          Henry Van Dyke

There is one way to handle the ignorant and malicious critic. Ignore him.               Author Unknown

It is usually best to be generous with praise, but cautious with criticism. Author Unknown

Criticism is the disapproval of people, not for having faults, but having faults different from your own.   Author Unknown

It is strange that we do not temper our resentment of criticism with a thought for our many faults which have escaped us.                Author Unknown

Curiosity in children, is but an appetite for knowledge. One great reason why children abandon themselves wholly to silly pursuits and trifle away their time insipidly is, because they find their curiosity balked, and their inquiries neglected.                John Locke

A man should live if only to satisfy his curiosity.  Yiddish Proverb

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings a happy death.               Leonardo Da Vinci

It is a sign of a creeping inner death when we no longer can praise the living.      Eric Hoffer

Nothing fails like success.             Gerald Nachman………positive and motivational quotes

People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up.            Ogden Nash

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.       Jackie Mason

There must be more to life than having everything.         Maurice Sendak

Life is just one damned thing after another.        Elbert Hubbard

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.         Errol Flynn

The wages of sin are unreported.             Unknown………positive and motivational quotes

War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.   Georges Clemenceau

Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics.             Fletcher Knebel

Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.                Elbert Hubbard

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane.            Hermann Hesse

Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract instead of under observation.              Walter Winchell………positive and motivational quotes

Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.  Ann Landers

Ninety percent of everything is crap.      Theodore Sturgeon

All phone calls are obscene.        Karen Elizabeth Gordon

Last night I dreamed I ate a ten-pound marshmallow, and when I woke up the pillow was gone.                Tommy Cooper

I have a rock garden. Last week three of them died.        Richard Diran

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.      Elbert Hubbard

Nice guys finish last, but we get to sleep in.         Evan Davis

I shot an arrow into the air, and it stuck.                Graffito, in Los Angeles

Nothing ever goes away.              Barry Commoner………positive and motivational quotes

God help those who do not help themselves.    Wilson Mizner

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinions at all.                Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. William Blake

I think it would be a good idea.  Mahatma Gandhi, when asked what he thought of Western civilization

When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.            Anatole France

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.        Hubert H. Humphrey

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.      Emily Dickinson………positive and motivational quotes

Reality is something you rise above.        Liza Minnelli

Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.        Jane Wagner, (and Lily Tomlin)

The purpose of life is to fight maturity.  Dick Werthimer

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act.        Truman Capote

How is it possible to find meaning in a finite world, given my waist and shirt size?              Woody Allen

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

Not only is life a bitch, it has puppies.     Adrienne E. Gusoff………positive and motivational quotes

I have often depended on the blindness of strangers.    Adrienne E. Gusoff

My mother buried three husbands, and two of them were just napping.              Rita Rudner

When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.           Henny Youngman

I envy people who drink. At least they have something to blame everything on.                Oscar Levant

Children are all foreigners.           Ralph Waldo Emerson………positive and motivational quotes

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.    Alice Roosevelt Longworth

It is always the best policy to speak the truth–unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.         Jerome K. Jerome

I was a vegetarian until I started leaning toward the sunlight.      Rita Rudner

Preserving health by too severe a rule is a worrisome malady.    Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The entire economy of the Western world is built on things that cause cancer.   From the 1985 movie “Bliss”

I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.  Henny Youngman

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.        Plato

One has a greater sense of intellectual degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.                Alice James

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do.   Jerome K. Jerome ………..motivational quotes of life

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death.          Dave Barry

I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.         Bertrand Russell

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.   John D. Rockefeller

Living in a vacuum sucks.              Adrienne E. Gusoff

Architecture is the art of how to waste space.    Philip Johnson

It is a common delusion that you make things better by talking about them.        Dame Rose Macaulay

Blame someone else and get on with your life.  Alan Woods

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

I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.             Herb Caen

We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people.  Arthur Schopenhauer

Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.    Unknown

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full. Henry Kissinger

Brass bands are all very well in their place – outdoors and several miles away.     Sir Thomas Beecham

The great thing about television is that if something important happens anywhere in the world, day or night, you can always change the channel.        From “Taxi”

Nobody in the game of football should be called a genius. A genius is somebody like Norman Einstein.   Joe Theismann, Former quarterback

Anybody who watches three games of football in a row should be declared brain dead.                Erma Bombeck

Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.           Raymond Chandler………..motivational quotes of life

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.         Aristotle

We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police.           Jeff Marder

I detest life-insurance agents; they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.           Stephen Leacock ………..motivational quotes of life

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.          Katharine Whitehorn

There is no monument dedicated to the memory of a committee.           Lester J. Pourciau

An expert is a person who has made all the mistakes that can be made in a very narrow field.     Niels Bohr

Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right.      Arthur Schopenhauer

The intermediate stage between socialism and capitalism is alcoholism. Norman Brenner

I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.           H. L. Mencken

The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver.    Jay Leno ………..motivational quotes of life

Food is an important part of a balanced diet.       Fran Lebowitz

The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.    Art Spander

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.             Thomas Neill

Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.            Nick Diamos

War is not nice. Barbara Bush ………..motivational quotes of life

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.      Indira Gandhi, quoted by Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 1982

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.            Charles de Montesquieu

Time is an illusion, lunchtime doubly so.                Douglas Adams

Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.  Douglas Adams ………..motivational quotes of life

Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.     Douglas Adams

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.                Mark Twain ………..motivational quotes of life

In the beginning, the universe was created. This made a lot of people very angry, and has been widely regarded as a bad idea.      Douglas Adams

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.                Douglas Adams

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

Civilization is the distance man has placed between himself and his excreta.        Brian Aldiss

Houston, Tranquility Base here. The eagle has landed.   Buzz Aldrin ………..motivational quotes of life

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.      Muhammad Ali

The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.        Muhammad Ali

It is a good morning exercise for a research scientist to discard a pet hypothesis every day before breakfast. It keeps him young.  Konrad Lorenz

It was a book to kill time for those who like it better dead.           Dame Rose Macaulay

The good people sleep much better at night than the bad people. Of course, the bad people enjoy the waking hours much more.    Woody Allen ………..motivational quotes of life

I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.     Woody Allen

More than any time in history mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness, the other to total extinction. Let us pray that we have the wisdom to choose correctly.           Woody Allen

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought—particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things. Woody Allen ………..motivational quotes of life

Our lives improve only when we take chances — and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.           Walter Anderson

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.  Arthur Ashe

The three fundamental Rules of Robotics…One: a robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm…Two:..a robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law…Three: a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First and Second Laws.          Isaac Asimov

The ability to delude yourself may be an important survival tool.               Jane Wagner

You white people are so strange. We think it is very primitive for a child to have only two parents.            Australian Aboriginal Elder

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.      Walter Bagehot

Television is the first truly democratic culture — the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what people do want.                Clive Barnes ………..motivational quotes of life

Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.     Josh Billings

Never express yourself more clearly than you are able to think.                Niels Bohr

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. But the opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.                Niels Bohr

For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news.      Gloria Borger

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge

Feeding the starving poor only increases their number. Ben Bova

Documentation is like sex: when it is good, it is very, very good; and when it is bad, it is better than nothing.       Dick Brandon ………..motivational quotes of life

War is like love; it always finds a way.     Bertolt Brecht

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?     Bertolt Brecht ………..motivational quotes of life

All technology should be assumed guilty until proven innocent. David Brower

Take away the right to say “fuck” and you take away the right to say “fuck the government.”      Lenny Bruce

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.              Charles Buxton

An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.      Simon Cameron

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.          George Washington Carver

Rest in peace. The mistake shall not be repeated.            Cenotaph in Hiroshima ………..motivational quotes of life

Historians are like deaf people who go on answering questions that no one has asked them.      Leo Tolstoy

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

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God–but to create him.  Arthur C. Clarke

There are two types of people–those who come into a room and say, “Well, here I am!” and those who come in and say, “Ah, there you are.”       Frederick L Collins

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.               Bill Cosby

Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.          Bill Cosby ………..motivational quotes of life

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.          Frank Crane

A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.            Katharine Whitehorn

Exterminate.      The Daleks (Doctor Who)

The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad     Salvador Dali ………..motivational quotes of life

When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.         Charles Anderson Dana

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.   Clarence Darrow

Reality is that which refuses to go away when I stop believing in it.           Phillip K. Dick

Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards. R. A. Dickson

If you can dream it, you can do it.             Walt Disney ………..motivational quotes of life

A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.  Bob Dylan

Never judge a book by its movie.             J.W. Eagan

Go ahead, make my day.              Dean Riesner, Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry in “Sudden Impact”, 1983

People ask for criticism, but they only want praise.          W. Somerset Maugham

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely when they have exhausted all other alternatives.            Abba Eban ………..motivational quotes of life

He who lives by the sword, will eventually be wiped out by some bastard with a sawn off shotgun           Steady Eddy

I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.    Dwight D. Eisenhower

It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great.    Havelock Ellis

The two most abundant things in the universe are Hydrogren and stupidity.        Harlan Ellison

Never give a sucker an even break.         W. C. Fields ………..motivational quotes of life

Sex is hereditary. If your parents never had it, chances are you wont either.       Joseph Fischer

The test of a first-fate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.          F. Scott Fitzgerald

Bond. James Bond.         Ian Fleming ………..motivational quotes of life

Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.            Malcom Forbes

History is more or less bunk.       Henry Ford ………. short motivational quotes

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.              Henry Ford

He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end.                Harry Emerson Fosdick

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.       John Kenneth Galbraith

I could prove God statistically.    George Gallup ………..motivational quotes of life

The good man is the friend of all living things.     Mahatma Gandhi

Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.  Jane Wagner

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.         Mahatma Gandhi

The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.         Mahatma Gandhi ………. short motivational quotes

A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.            Mahatma Gandhi

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.           Mahatma Gandhi

If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it. Stanley Garn

Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.  Christian Furchtegott Gellert

Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.           Andre Gide

Whoever controls the media–the images–controls the culture.                Allen Ginsberg

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.     Samuel Goldwyn

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages.               Horace Greeley

As you journey through life take a minute every now and then to give a thought for the other fellow. He could be plotting something.         Hagar the Horrible

We do not inherit this land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. Haida Indian saying

It is my supposition that the Universe in not only queerer than we imagine, is queerer than we CAN imagine.     J.B.S. Haldane

My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.                Stephen Hawking ………. short motivational quotes

We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.  Stephen Hawking

Catch 22               Joseph Heller

Some people are born mediocre, some people achieve mediocrity, and some people have mediocrity thrust upon them.                Joseph Heller

Courage is grace under pressure.             Ernest Hemingway ………. short motivational quotes

But did thee feel the earth move?           Ernest Hemingway

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.             Ernest Hemingway

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.          Frank Herbert

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.             Sir Edmund Hillary

We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.                Alfred Hitchcock ………. short motivational quotes

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored      Aldous Huxley

From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.                Groucho Marx

To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep.       Joan Klempner

Technological progress has merely provided us with more efficient means for going backwards.                Aldous Huxley

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.         Aldous Huxley

Great ideas need landing gear as well as wings. C. D. Jackson

Sometimes being pushed to the wall gives you the momentum necessary to get over it!               Peter de Jager

We was robbed!              Joe Jacobs ………. short motivational quotes

It is always the best policy to tell the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.                Jerome K Jerome

Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.     Wendell Johnson

The most efficient labor-saving device is still money.       Franklin P Jones

All marriages are mixed marriages.          Chantal Saperstein

Mistakes are the portals of discovery.    James Joyce

Religion is a defense against the experience of God.       Carl Jung

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.   Carl Jung ………. short motivational quotes

The pendulum of the mind alternates between sense and nonsense, not between right and wrong.      Carl Jung

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.             Edward Kennedy

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.            John F Kennedy

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

When the going gets tough, the tough get going.              Joseph P Kennedy

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.       Robert F Kennedy

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

In the long run, we are all dead.                John Maynard Keynes………. short motivational quotes

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.     Martin Luther King

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.                Martin Luther King

Life is too short for traffic.            Dan Bellack

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in determination. Tommy Lasorda

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.              T. E. Lawrence

Human beings are seventy percent water, and with some the rest is collagen.    Martin Mull

Turn on, tune in and drop out.   Timothy Leary

There are three side effects of acid. Enchanced long term memory, decreased short term memory, and I forget the third.                Timothy Leary

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat                John Lehman, Secretary of the US Navy, 1981-1987

All we are saying is give peace a chance.                John Lennon

Life is what happens while you are making other plans. John Lennon

Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket–safe, dark, motionless, airless–it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.     C. S. Lewis

Every generation thinks it has the answers, and every generation is humbled by nature.               Phillip Lubin

Where facts are few, experts are many.               Donald R. Gannon

I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.            E.V. Lucas

The medium is the message.      Marshall McLuhan………. short motivational quotes

The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.             Marshall McLuhan

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.           Charlie McCarthy

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming.        J.P. McEvoy

A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else.   Andre Malraux

In waking a tiger, use a long stick.             Mao Tse-tung

Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.                Mao Tse-tung

Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed.    Mao Tse-tung

You are not superior just because you see the world in an odious light.  Vicomte de Chateaubriand

Get up, stand up Stand up for your rights Get up, stand up Never give up the fight.         Bob Marley

Military intelligence is a contradiction in terms.  Groucho Marx………. short motivational quotes

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.    W. Somerset Maugham

Death is a very dull, dreary affair, and my advice to you is to have nothing whatsoever to do with it.        W. Somerset Maugham

An unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.       W. Somerset Maugham

Excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit.            W. Somerset Maugham

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.       Henry Louis Mencken………. short motivational quotes

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.  Henry Louis Mencken

Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution.               Henry Louis Mencken

No one ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.        Henry Louis Mencken………. short motivational quotes

For every problem, there is one solution which is simple, neat and wrong.           Henry Louis Mencken

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.           Henry Louis Mencken

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore.         Henry Louis Mencken

I expect Woman will be the last thing civilized by Man.   George Meredith………. short motivational quotes

When shit becomes valuable, the poor will be born without assholes.    Henry Miller

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. A. A. Milne

Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. Ashley Montague

The city is not a concrete jungle, it is a human zoo.           Desmond Morris………. short motivational quotes

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.     Reinhold Niebuhr

It is hard to let old beliefs go. They are familiar. We are comfortable with them and have spent years building systems and developing habits that depend on them. Like a man who has worn eyeglasses so long that he forgets he has them on, we forget that the world looks to us the way it does because we have become used to seeing it that way through a particular set of lenses. Today, however, we need new lenses. And we need to throw the old ones away.               Kenich Ohmae

I take a simple view of life: keep your eyes open and get on with it.         Sir Laurence Olivier

Big Brother is watching you.        George Orwell

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.        George Orwell

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

There are no exceptions to the rule that everybody likes to be an exception to the rule.               George Osner

The optimist thinks this is the best of all possible worlds. The pessimist fears it is true.    Robert Oppenheimer

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

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.                Pablo Picasso….motivational quotes for work

The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.                Gifford Pinchot

Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects.            Will Rogers

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.         Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts about reality.     Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Misquotations are the only quotations that are never misquoted.            Hesketh Pearson

If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it.               Leo Rosten

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.   Mark Russell ….motivational quotes for work

I know but one freedom, and that is the freedom of the mind.  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.        George Santayana

Everything has been figured out except how to live.       Jean-Paul Sartre

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now — always.    Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.              Albert Schweitzer

Finally, in conclusion, let me say just this.              Peter Sellers

All great truths begin as blasphemies.    George Bernard Shaw

It is most unwise for people in love to marry.      George Bernard Shaw

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.             George Bernard Shaw

The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.            George Bernard Shaw

We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.        George Bernard Shaw

Whatever is worth doing at all, is worth doing well.          Phillip Stanhope

What is the difference between unethical and ethical advertising? Unethical advertising uses falsehoods to deceive the public; ethical advertising uses truth to deceive the public.           Vilhjalmur Stefansson

No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.    Charles Steinmetz

There is nothing stronger in the world than gentleness. Han Suyin….motivational quotes for work

If you talk to God, you are praying. If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. Thomas Szasz

Science is to see what everyone else has seen but think what no one else has thought. Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.   H.S. Thompson

Like having your own licence to print money.      Lord Thomson of Fleet ….motivational quotes for work

I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.      James Thurber

Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.        James Thurber

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons.                James Thurber

It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.              J. R. R. Tolkein

When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship.           Harry S Truman

Know the masculine, keep to the feminine.        Lao Tzu

Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be.     Kurt Vonnegut

Most people would like to be delivered from temptation but would like it to keep in touch.         Robert Orben

I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.               Kurt Vonnegut

In the future everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.             Andy Warhol

A week is a long time in politics.                Harold Wilson

If people did not sometimes do silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.       Wittgenstein

Resistance is useless.     Doctor Who

Good place to put things–cellars.             Doctor Who….motivational quotes for work

Rest is for the weary, sleep is for the dead.         Doctor Who

I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.  Robert Bloch

First things first, but not necessarily in that order.             Doctor Who

Logic merely enables one to be wrong with authority.    Doctor Who

Anybody remotely interesting is mad, in some way or another. Doctor Who

It may be irrational of me, but human beings are quite my favorite species.         Doctor Who

According to classical aerodynamics, it is impossible for a bumblebee to fly.         Doctor Who

The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. Instead of altering their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views…which can be very uncomfortable if you happen to be one of the facts that needs altering.                Doctor Who

I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.    Frank Lloyd Wright

If a word in the dictionary were mispelled, how would we know?             Steven Wright

If God dropped acid, would he see people?        Steven Wright….motivational quotes for work

If toast always lands butter-side down, and cats always land on their feet, what happen if you strap toast on the back of a cat and drop it? Steven Wright

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.        Lin Yutang

If it is to be, it is up to me.            Unknown

The more you run over a dead cat, the flatter it gets.      Unknown

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

Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.      Unknown

Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.           Unknown

Education is what you get from reading the fine print. Experience is what you get from not reading it.    Unknown

Fishing gives you a sense of where you fit in the sceme of things – Your place in the universe…I, mean, here I am, one small guy with a fishing pole on this vast beach and out there in the blue expanse of ocean are these hundreds of millions of fish…laughing at me.      Unknown

The older I grow, the less important the comma becomes. Let the reader catch his own breath.                Elizabeth Clarkson Zwart

My mother buried three husbands … and two of them were only napping.          Rita Rudner….motivational quotes for work

I was born because my mother needed a fourth for meals.          Beatrice Lillie

He had a big head and a face so ugly it became almost fascinating.            Ayn Rand

The phone company handles 84 billion calls a year — everything from kings, queens, and presidents to the scum of the earth.    Lilly Tomlin, as Ernestine the Operator

Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.  Lily Tomlin

Instant gratification is not soon enough.                Meryl Streep

Fashion is something that goes in one year and out the other.    Denise Klahn

Man forgives woman anything save the wit to outwit him.           Minna Antrim

The natural superiority of women is a biological fact, and a socially acknowledged reality.              Ashely Montagu

The trouble with some women is they get all excited about nothing — and then they marry him.              Cher

Fortune does not change men, it unmasks them.             Suzanne Necker….motivational quotes for work

Not only have women been successful in entering fields in which men are supposed to have a more natural aptitude, but they have created entirely new businesses.        Lucretia P. Hunter, “The Girl Today, The Woman     Tomorrow’, 1932

I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be inferior.   Katherine Hepburn

Canadians are cold so much of the time that many of them leave instructions to be cremated.   Cynthia Nelms

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.        Erma Bombeck

Giving birth is like taking your lower lip and forcing it over your head.      Carole Burnett

In New York City, one suicide in ten is attributed to a lack of storage space.          Judith Stone

I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, “Get the hell off my property.’       Joan Rivers ….motivational quotes for work

Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.       Phyllis Diller

To attract men, I wear a perfume called “New Car Interior.’         Rita Rudner

Give a man a fish and he has food for a day; teach him how to fish and you can get rid of him of the entire weekend.                Zenna Schaffer

We owe something to extravagance, for thrift and adventure seldom go hand in hand. Jenny Jerome Churchill

Her only flair is in her nostrils.     Pauline Kael

To achieve the impossible dream, try going to sleep.       Joan Klempner

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.             Aristotle

Anyone with more than 365 pair of shoes is a pig.             Barbara Melser Lieberman

Brevity is the soul of lingerie.      Dorothy Parker….motivational quotes for work

A hundred years for now? All new people.          Anne Lamott

When the sun comes up, I have morals again.    Elayne Boosler

If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote <br>Romeo and Juliet<br>, he never would have written <br>Macbeth<br>.         Dr. Joyce Brothers

Laziness is nothing more than the habit of resting before you get tired. Jules Renard

I rely on my personality for birth control.              Liz Winston

I tried to commit suicide by sticking my head in the oven, but there was a cake in it.         Lesley Boone. ……… famous motivational quotes

Opportunity knocked. My doorman threw him out.         Adrienne Gusoff

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you.  Agatha Christie

How many husbands have I had? You mean apart from my own?              Zsa Zsa Gabor

Lead me not into temptation; I can find the way myself.                Rita Mae Brown

Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the clothes.             Jackie Onassis

My mother loved children — she would have given anything if I had been one.   Groucho Marx

Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.             Ernestine Ulmer

Travel, instead of broadening the mind, often merely lengthens the conversation.          Elizabeth Drew ……… famous motivational quotes

The only aspect of our travels that is interesting to others is disaster.      Martha Gellman

Life is hard. After all, it kills you. Katherine Hepburn

My mother-in-law had a pain beneath her left breast. Turned out to be a trick knee.       Phyllis Diller

Behind every successful man is a surprised woman.        Maryon Pearson

An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.   Dan Rather ……… famous motivational quotes

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell my children that they just about throw up.         Barbara Bush

The sins of the fathers are often visited upon the sons-in-law.   Joan Kiser

Things are always darkest just before they go pitch black.             Kelly Robinson

Having something to say is overrated.    Adair Lara

A book of quotations . . . can never be complete.             Robert M. Hamilton

His voice was a intimate as the rustle of sheets. Dorothy Parker

Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.     Elizabeth Bowen ……… famous motivational quotes

The worst moment for an atheist is when he feels grateful and has no one to thank.       Wendy Ward

Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.     Helen Rowland

There are no ugly women, only lazy ones.            Helena Rubenstein

God forbid that any book should be banned. The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.            Rebecca West

Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.          Thomas H. Huxley

A food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it.           Katharine Whitehorn ……… famous motivational quotes

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.        Mae West

We want far better reasons for having children than not knowing how to prevent them.               Dora Russell

A good listener is not someone with nothing to say. A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.   Katharine Whitehorn ……… famous motivational quotes

Politeness is one half good nature and the other half good lying.               Mary Wilson Little

Ever notice that Soup For One is eight aisles away from Party Mix?           Elayne Boosler

Cynicism is an unpleasant way of telling the truth.            Lillian Hellman

The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.          H. P. Lovecraft, “The Call of Cthulhu”, first line

One has a greater sense of degradation after an interview with a doctor than from any human experience.         Alice Jones ……… famous motivational quotes

Every year, back come Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.                Dorothy Parker

It is better to be unfaithful than to be faithful without wanting to be.     Brigitte Bardot

People call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.                Rebecca West

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution. Edward Teller

Once a woman has forgiven a man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.   Marlene Dietrich

I thought I told you to wait in the car.     Tallulah Bankhead, on seeing a former lover for the first time in years ……… famous motivational quotes

One of the most difficult things to contend with in a hospital is that assumption on the part of the staff that because you have lost your gall bladder you have also lost your mind.               Jean Kerr

Different taste in jokes is a great strain on the affections.             George Eliot

Humor is the first of the gifts to perish in a foreign tongue.          Virginia Woolf

Doctors and nurses are people who give you medicine until you die.       Deborah Martin

Our ability to delude ourselves may be an important survival tool.            Jane Wagner

Man is the only animal that learns by being hypocritical. He pretends to be polite and then, eventually, he _becomes_ polite.   Jean Kerr

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.           Simone Weil ……… famous motivational quotes

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.       Virginia Woolf

You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.      Indira Gandhi ……… famous motivational quotes

I am ashamed of confessing that I have nothing to confess.         Fanny Burney

There are some people who leave impressions not so lasting as the imprint of an oar upon the water.    Kate Chopin

When mom found my diaphram, I told her it was a bathing cap for my cat.           Liz Winston

Living in a vacuum sucks.              Adrienne Gusoff

A conservative is a man who sits and thinks, mostly sits.                Woodrow Wilson

Most men who are not married by the age of thirty-five are either homosexual or really smart. Becky Rodenbeck

Van Gogh became a painter because he had no ear for music.    Nikki Harris

In Hollywood, an equitable divorce settlement means each party getting fifty percent of publicity.           Lauren Bacall ……… famous motivational quotes

Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.          Iris Murdoch

Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.      Francois Sagan

She tells enough white lies to ice a wedding cake.            Margot Asquith

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.        Elizabeth Bowen

Being an old maid is like death by drowning, a really delightful sensation after you cease to struggle.       Edna Ferber

When you see what some women marry, you realize how they must hate to work for a living.   Helen Rowland ……… famous motivational quotes

It should be a very happy marriage — they are both so much in love with him.   Irene Thomas

The ultimate indignity is to be given a bedpan by a stranger who calls you by your first name.      Maggie Kuhn

Women want mediocre men, and men are working to become as mediocre as possible.               Margaret Mead ……… famous motivational quotes

One cannot be always laughing at a man without now and then stumbling on something witty.  Jane Austen

A man is so in the way in the house.        Elizabeth Gaskell

Probably the only place where a man can feel really secure is in a maximum security prison, except for the imminent threat of release.          Germaine Greer

Interestingly, according to modern astronomers, space is finite. This is a very comforting thought– particularly for people who can never remember where they have left things. Woody Allen

Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.         Agatha Christie

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.          Katharine Whitehorn ……… famous motivational quotes

We met Dr. Hall in such deep mourning that either his mother, his wife, or himself must be dead.            Jane Austen

I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me that trouble of liking them.               Jane Austen

In New York City, everyone is an exile, none more so than the Americans.           Charlotte Perkins Gilman

As I grow older and older, <br> And totter toward the tomb, <br> I find that I care less and less <br> Who goes to bed with whom.  Dorothy Sayers

This is on me.     Dorothy Parker, suggested for her tombstone

Dear Mary: We all knew you had it in you.            Dorothy Parker, telegram to friend who had given birth ……… famous motivational quotes

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.  Sir Francis Bacon

Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.                Virginia Woolf

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying.        Mary Wilson Little

When you were quite a little boy, somebody ought to have said “hush’ just once.            Mrs Patrick Campbell, to George Bernard Shaw ……… famous motivational quotes

Fortunately, psychoanalysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself remains a very effective therapist.                Karen Horney

Daughters go into analysis hating their fathers and come out hating their mothers. They never come out hating themselves.       Laurie Jo Wojcik

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

There exists no politician in India daring enough to attempt to explain to the masses that cows can be eaten.     Indira Gandhi

Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention.              Margaret Mead ……… famous motivational quotes

For the skeptic there remains only one consolation: if there should be such a thing as superhuman law it is administered with subhuman inefficiency.       Eric Ambler

Mothers, food, love, and career, the four major guilt groups.     Cathy Guisewite

Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.       Harriet Braiker

Until you lose your reputation, you never realize what a burden it was or what freedom really is.              Margaret Mitchell

The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment.         Celia Green

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving.     Rosalind Russell, as Aunti Mame ……… famous motivational quotes

My father was often angry when I was most like him.     Lillian Hellman

Whenever I get married I start buying <br>Gourmet Magazine<br>.       Nora Ephron

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.               Harriet Van Horne

What my mother believed about cooking is that if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.                Nora Ephron ……… famous motivational quotes

Family dinners are more often than not an ordeal of nervous indigestion, preceded by hidden resentment and ennui and accompanied by psychosomatic jitters.  M. F. K. Fisher

No more tears now; I will think about revenge.  Mary Queen of Scots

For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors and laugh at them in our turn?               Jane Austen ……… famous motivational quotes

The cry of equality pulls everyone down.              Iris Murdoch

I love children — especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.               Nancy Mitford

I was raised almost entirely on turnips and potatoes, but I think that the turnips had more to do with the effect than the potatoes.            Marlene Dietrich

The average man, who does not know what to do with his life, wants another one which will last forever.            Anatole France

What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.            Margot Asquith …………motivational work quotes

You should always believe what you read in the newspapers, for that makes them more interesting.      Rose Macauley

I feel sure that no girl would go to the altar if she knew all.           Queen Victoria

Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.     Hannah More, 1775

I married a German. Every night I dress up as Poland and he invades me.              Bette Midler

I feel like a million tonight — but one at a time. Mae West

This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.            Dorothy Parker, book review

The best way to keep children at home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant — and let the air out of their tires.                Dorothy Parker

My favorite animal is steak.         Fran Lebowitz

God is love, but get it in writing.                Gypsy Rose Lee

The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.  Rebecca West …………motivational work quotes

The two most beautiful words in the English language are “check enclosed.’       Dorothy Parker

If pregnancy were a book they would cut the last two chapters.                Nora Ephron

Nothing succeeds like address.  Fran Lebowitz

Oregano is the spice of life.         Henry J. Tillman

The prostitute is the only honest woman left in America.              Ty-Grace Atkinson

I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.    Madame Curie

When women go wrong, men go right after them.           Mae West

I never realized until lately that women were supposed to be the inferior sex.   Katharine Hepburn …………motivational work quotes

When a man meets catastrophe on the road, he looks in his purse, but a woman looks in her mirror.       Margaret Turnbull

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.           H. L. Mencken

If someone wants a sheep, then that means that he exists.         Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “The Little Prince”

My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.              Edith Sitwell

By whom?           Dorothy Parker, when told she was outspoken

It is better to be looked over than overlooked.  Mae West

The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you. Nancy Astor

Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.            Helen Gurley Brown …………motivational work quotes

If you educate a man you educate a person, but if you educate a woman you educate a family. Ruby Manikan

This Englishwoman is so refined <br> She has no bosom and no behind.                Stevie Smith

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.     Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891 …………motivational work quotes

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman.       Virginia Woolf

Literature is strewn with the wreckage of those who have minded beyond reason the opinion of others.             Virginia Woolf

Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.        Rosalind Russell

The lovely thing about being forty is that you can appreciate twenty-five- year-old men more.   Collen McCullough

Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.       Missy Dizick …………motivational work quotes

My husband said he wanted to have a relationship with a redhead, so I dyed my hair.    Jane Fonda

Actions lie louder than words.    Carolyn Wells

There is not one female comic who was beautiful as a little girl.  Joan Rivers

All creative people should be required to leave California for three months every year. Gloria Swanson

It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.       Betty Friedan

Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive.       Josephine Tey …………motivational work quotes

Egotism — usually just a case of mistaken nonentity.       Barbara Stanwyck

If it were natural for father to care for their sons, they would not need so many laws commanding them to do so.                Phyllis Chesler

We can lie in the language of dress or try ot tell the truth; but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.                Alison Lurie

Friendship is not possible between two women, one of whom is very well dressed.        Laurie Colwin

If the world were a logical place, men would ride side saddle.     Rita Mae Brown

The world wants to be cheated. So cheat.            Xaviera Hollander …………motivational work quotes

There is nothing like a good dose of another woman to make a man appreciate his wife.               Clare Booth Luce

I have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.  Joan Rivers

A lady is one who never shows her underwear unintentionally. Lillian Day

The woman whose behavior indicates that she will make a scene if she is told the truth asks to be deceived.       Elizabeth Jenkins

Experience: A comb life gives you after you lose your hair.           Judith Stern

Excessive literary production is a social offense.                George Eliot, a.k.a. Mary Ann Evans

To fall in love you have to be in the state of mind for it to take, like a disease.     Nancy Mitford

The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.  Mark Twain, in Christian Science …………motivational work quotes

In love there are things — bodies and words.     Joyce Carol Oates

Loves conquers all things except poverty and toothache.              Mae West

Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.               Iris Murdoch

Never give up and never face the facts.                Ruth Gordon

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.    Mignon McLaughlin

No nice men are good at getting taxis.   Katharine Whitehorn …………motivational work quotes …. latest motivational quotes

The first time Adam had a chance, he laid the blame on woman.               Nancy Astor

Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month, other just go over them.           Sally Poplin

I was born at the age of twelve on an MGM lot.                Judy Garland

I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it.            Mae West

I wish the government would put a tax on pianos for the incompetent. Dame Edith Sitwell

Politician talk themselves red, white, and blue in the face.           Clare Booth Luce

They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.                Clare Booth Luce

The First Lady is an unpaid public servant elected by one person — her husband.             Lady Bird Johnson

I prefer liberty to chains of diamonds.    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

One should only see a psychiatrist out of boredom.         Muriel Spark …. latest motivational quotes

Power is the ability not to have to please.            Elizabeth Janeway

It was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.      Mark Twain

Sanity is a cozy lie.           Susan Sontag

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.             Elinor Glyn

It is a common enough case, that of a man being suddenly captivated by a woman nearly the opposite of his ideal.                George Eliot

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.   Mignon McLaughlin

I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.    Joan Rivers …latest motivational quotes

When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth paw the ground and swish my tail — none of which is easy.     Princess Anne

The trouble with America is that there are far too many wide-open spaces surrounded by teeth.              Charles Luckman

Whatever else can be said about sex, it cannot be called a dignified performance.            Helen Lawrenson

To err is human, but is feels divine.          Mae West

There are men I could spend eternity with. but not this life.        Kathleen Norris

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.   Dr. Joyce Brothers

I fear nothing so much as a man who is witty all day long.              Madame de Sevigne

I am one of those unhappy persons who inspire bores to the greatest flights of art.         Dame Edith Sitwell

The telephone is a good way to talk to people without having to offer them a drink.        Fran Lebowitz …latest motivational quotes

Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of a witness.        Margaret Miller

The United States is a nation of laws: badly written and randomly enforced.        Frank Zappa

It is a common delusion that you can make things better by talking about them.                Dame Rose Macauley

There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, offers more entertainment than the TV set.          Harriet Van Horne.

On a plane you can pick up more and better people than on any other public conveyance since the stagecoach.                Anita Loos

Virtue has its own reward, but no box office.      Mae West …latest motivational quotes

If you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path.  Mary Webb

War has become a luxury that only small nations can afford.        Hannah Arendt

Before a war, military science seems a real science, like astronomy. After a war it seems more like astrology.      Dame Rebecca West

Plain women know more about men than beautiful ones do.      Katharine Hepburn

All really great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction. Marya Mannes

Behind almost every woman you ever heard of stands a man who let her down.               Naomi Bliven …latest motivational quotes

A woman can look book moral and exciting … if she also looks as if it was quite a struggle.             Edna Ferber

The argument of the broken pane of glass is the most valuable argument in modern politics.      Emmeline Pankhurst

Elegance is refusal.          Coco Chanel …latest motivational quotes

Everyone makes a greater effort to hurt other people than to help himself.        Alexis Carrel

Most people ignore most poetry <br> because <br> most poetry ignores most people. Adrian Mitchell

What a pity, when Christopher Colombus discovered America, that he ever mentioned it.            Margot Asquith

Changing husbands is only changing troubles.     Kathleen Norris

It is really asking too much of a woman to expect her to bring up her husband and her children too.         Lillian Bell

To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.           Madame Swetchine …latest motivational quotes

Every man wants a woman to appeal to his better side, his nobler instincts, and his higher nature — and another woman to help him forget them.   Helen Rowland

People with bad consciences always fear the judgement of children.      Mary McCarthy

Baby: an alimentary canal with a loud voice at one end and no responsibility at the other.             Elizabeth Adamson

My passport photo is one of the most remarkable photographs I have ever seen — no retouching, no shadows, no flattery — just stark me.              Anne Morrow Lindbergh

They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.      Emily Dickinson

Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.     Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891 …latest motivational quotes

To be a hero or a heroine, one must give an order to oneself.     Simone Weil

Hope is a thing with feathers <br> That perches in the soul, <br> And sings the tune without words <br> And never stops at all.     Emily Dickinson

Humor distorts nothing, and only false gods are laughed off their pedestals.       Agnes Repplier

My mother is such a lousy cook that Thanksgiving at her house is a time of sorrow.          Rita Rudner

Have you ever taken something out of the clothes hamper because it had become, relatively, the cleanest thing?                Katharine Whitehorn …latest motivational quotes

Eating without conversation is only stoking.         Marcelene Cox ……….motivational quotes in life

I am treating you as my friend asking you share my present minuses in the hope I can ask you to share my future pluses.                Katherine Mansfield

To be a saint does not exclude fine dresses nor a beautiful house.           Katherine Tynan Hinkson

There are three social classes in America: upper middle class, middle class, and lower middle class.           Judith Martin, (Miss Manners)

The quickest way to know a woman is to go shopping with her. Marcelene Cox

All sins are attempts to fill voids.               Simone Weil

Who would ever think that so much went on in the soul of a young girl?                Anne Frank ……….motivational quotes in life

I like people who refuse to speak until they are ready to speak.                Lillian Hellman

It it not good to see people who have been pretending strength all their lives lose it even for a minute. Lillian Hellman

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow talent to the dark place where it leads.              Erica Jong

If you realize too acutely how valuable time it, you are too paralyzed to do anything.      Katharine Butler Hathaway

The tourist may complain of other tourists, but he would be lost without them. Agnes Repplier

Americans detest all lies except lies spoken in public or printed lies.         Edgar Watson Howe

Truth is always exciting. Speak it, then, Life is dull without it.       Pearl Buck ……….motivational quotes in life

Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.                Simone Weil

When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening than to be told that you should be contented with your lot?                Kathleen Norris

A vacation frequently means that the family goes away for a rest, accompanied by mother, who sees that the others get it.                Marcelene Cox ……….motivational quotes in life

Women are at last becoming persons first and wives second, and that is as it should be.                May Sarton

Writers should be read but not seen. Rarely are they a winsome sight.   Edna Ferber

Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.    Dr. Joyce Brothers

I have too many fantasies to be a housewife. I guess I am a fantasy.        Marilyn Monroe

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tunafish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.      Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I stopped believing in Santa Claus at age six when my mother took me to see him in a store and he asked for my autograph.                Shirley Temple Black

The eleventh commandment — Thou shalt not be found out — is the only one that is virtually impossible to keep these days.     Berta Buxton ……….motivational quotes in life

Americans adore me and will go on adoring me until I say something nice about them.   George Bernard Shaw

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.         Voltaire

It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them.   Pierre Beaumarchais

No degree of dullness can safeguard a work against the determination of critics to find it fascinating.      Harold Rosenberg ……….motivational quotes in life

The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.  B. F. Skinner

Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it.          Christopher Morley

Banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies.         Thomas Jefferson

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes! Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Every improvement in communication makes the bore more terrible.    Frank Moore Colby ……….motivational quotes in life

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.               Laurence J. Peter

Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.            Charles Peters ……….motivational quotes in life

The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.                Eugene McCarthy, Time magazine, Feb. 12, 1979

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned.         Milton Friedman

I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.                John Cleese

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

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.               Jane Wagner, (and Lily Tomlin)

Most modern calendars mar the sweet simplicity of our lives by reminding us that each day that passes is the anniversary of some perfectly uninteresting event. Oscar Wilde

The big thieves hang the little ones.        Czech Proverb ……….motivational quotes in life

Is fuel efficiency really what we need most desperatelly? I say that what we really need is a car that can be shot when it breaks down.    Russell Baker

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.        Fred Allen

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious.             William Feather

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.         Colette

I am just going outside and may be some time.  Captain Lawrence Oates, last words

Never raise your hand to your children; it leaves your midsection unprotected. Robert Orben

The advantage of a classical education is that it enables you to despise the wealth that it prevents you from achieving.                Russell Green ……….motivational quotes in life

Not even computers will replace committees, because committees buy computers.       Edward Shepherd Mead

Let us make a special effort to stop communicating with each other, so we can have some conversation.              Judith Martin, (Miss Manners) ……..the best motivational quotes

The computer is a moron.            Peter Drucker

A conference is a gathering of important people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.    Fred Allen

I used to wake up at 4 A.M. and start sneezing, sometimes for five hours. I tried to find out what sort of allergy I had but finally came to the conclusion that it must be an allergy to consciousness.             James Thurber

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.        George Orwell, “Animal Farm”

Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators.          Will Rogers

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.    Benjamin Franklin ……..the best motivational quotes

Criminal: A person with predatory instincts who has not sufficient capital to form a corporation.                Howard Scott

Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.                Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.         W. Somerset Maugham

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking.         Clement Atlee

Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right. H. L. Mencken

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.                Oscar Levant

In archaeology you uncover the unknown. In diplomacy you cover the known.  Thomas Pickering ……..the best motivational quotes

The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.     George Orwell, Polemic, May 1946, “Second Thoughts on James Burnham”

Half of the modern drugs could well be thrown out of the window, except that the birds might eat them.            Dr. Martin Henry Fischer

It had only one fault. It was kind of lousy.             James Thurber ……..the best motivational quotes

An economist is a man who states the obvious in terms of the incomprehensible.            Alfred A. Knopf

Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.             G. M. Trevelyan, English Social History (1942)

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.               Frank Leahy

People seem to enjoy things more when they know a lot of other people have been left out of the pleasure.    Russell Baker

Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.             Laurence J. Peter

I have never taken any exercise except sleeping and resting.      Mark Twain ……..the best motivational quotes

One of the first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.   Sir William Osler, Aphorisms from his Bedside Teachings (1961) p. 105

Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. Alexander Pope, Letter to Gay, October 6, 1727

An expert is a person who avoids small error as he sweeps on to the grand fallacy.           Benjamin Stolberg

If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe.                Lord Salisbury

It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.       Thomas Babington Macaulay ……..the best motivational quotes

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.       Soren Kierkegaard

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.       Eric Hoffer

I agree with everything you say, but I would attack to the death your right to say it.         Tom Stoppard

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.               Kin Hubbard

Government is too big and too important to be left to the politicians.     Chester Bowles ……..the best motivational quotes

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.                Gustave Flaubert

It is a curious thing… that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste.    Evelyn Waugh ……..the best motivational quotes

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.                William Ralph Inge

In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk.    Rita Rudner

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,<br> A medley of extemporanea; <br>And love is a thing that can never go wrong; <br>And I am Marie of Romania.              Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep as a Well (1937), “Comment”

Honesty is a good thing, but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control.     Don Marquis

Honesty is the best policy – when there is money in it.    Mark Twain ……..the best motivational quotes

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.            Aldous Huxley

The capacity of human beings to bore one another seems to be vastly greater than that of any other animal.      H. L. Mencken

Both the cockroach and the bird would get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most.                Joseph Wood Krutch

Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.     Gertrude Stein

You can be a rank insider as well as a rank outsider.         Robert Frost

Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.             Laurence J. Peter, The Peter Principle (1969), chapter 1 ……..the best motivational quotes

Instant gratification takes too long.          Carrie Fisher

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.         Henry Adams

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.               Mahatma Gandhi …….great motivational quotes

An incompetent attorney can delay a trial for months or years. A competent attorney can delay one even longer.                Evelle J. Younger

Anyone nit-picking enough to write a letter of correction to an editor doubtless deserves the error that provoked it.                Alvin Toffler

Liberals are very broadminded: they are always willing to give careful consideration to both sides of the same side.                Anonymous

For most men life is a search for the proper manila envelope in which to get themselves filed.   Clifton Fadiman

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them to see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.        Max Planck

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.           Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Only a life lived for others is a life worth while.   Albert Einstein

The only limits are those of vision.           James Broughton

Maybe the gift of any great person is the power to converse with our own hearts.           Randall Wallace

You may regret your silence once, but you will regret your words often.                Ian Gabirol

We are the total of our longings.               Guy Gavriel Kay …….great motivational quotes

In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.     Henry David Thoreau

Intelligence is nothing without delight.  Paul Claudel

Hatred is the anger of the weak.               Alphonse Daudet

When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.               Mark Twain …….great motivational quotes

What is ten thousand years? Time is short for one who thinks, endless for one who yearns.        Alain

Convictions are the more dangerous enemy of truth than lies.   Friedrich Nietzsche

A slipping gear in your M203 grenade launcher can cause it to fire when you least expect it. This could make you very unpopular with what is left of your unit.                Unknown, Army Magazine of Preventive Maintenance …….great motivational quotes

Dream lofty dreams, as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you one day shall be: your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.  James Allen

Far away in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.         Louisa May Alcott

It is by not always thinking of yourself, if you can manage it, that you might somehow be happy. Until you can make room in your life for someone as important to you as yourself, you will always be searching and lost….              Richard Bach

Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success. Success is the maximumutilization of the ability that you have.   Zig Ziglar …….great motivational quotes

Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.      Brendan Gill

The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than saying a drunken man is happier than a sober man.      George Bernard Shaw

The man who follows the crowd will get no farther than the crowd. A man who walks alone is likely to get places no one has ever been before.           Alan Ashley-Pitt

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.                Confucious

Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.                Moliere …….great motivational quotes

Never judge a book by its movie.             J. W. Eagan

Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.      Oscar Wilde

There is no death. Only a change of worlds.         Chief Seattle

Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.          John Wooden …….great motivational quotes

The worst thing you can do for those you love is the things they could and should do themselves.            Abraham Lincoln

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.           Elbert Hubbard

If the day and the night are such that you greet them with with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, more elastic, more starry, more immortal–that is your success.  Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing for preserving the body like having no heart.” John Petit-Senn

There is a time for departure even when there is no certain place to go.                Tennessee Williams …….great motivational quotes

No one ever told me grief felt so much like fear.               C. S. Lewis

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.          Clare Booth Luce

You cannot stand anywhere in the universe that is outside of yourself.  Deepak Chopra

My friends, your people have both intellect and heart; you use these to consider in what way you can do the best to live.                Spotted Tail (Sioux Indian)

I was born on the prairies where the wind blew free and there was nothing to break the light of the sun. I was born where there were no enclosures…        Geronimo

Do not wrong or hate your neighbor, for it is not he that you wrong: You wrong yourself.              Shawnee Indian Chant

He who fights too long against dragons becomes a dragon himself; and if you gaze too long into the abyss, the abyss will gaze into you.    Friedrich Nietzsche …….great motivational quotes

There are tones of voices that mean more than words. Robert Frost

Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to reform.               Mark Twain

We need to make a decision, no matter what it is.            Dr. Suzanne Botts

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.            W.H. Auden …….great motivational quotes

It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.           H. L. Mencken……….. sports motivational quotes

Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.  Samuel Butler

The conception of two people living together for twenty-five years without having a cross word suggests a lack of spirit only to be admired in sheep.      Alan Patrick Herbert

My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you I just signed legislation which outlaws Russia forever. The bombing begins in five minutes.     Ronald Reagan, Said during a radio microphone test, 1984

We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, we were married for four and a half years.  Nick Faldo

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.   Don Marquis

Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?              Francois de La Rochefoucauld ……….. sports motivational quotes

Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.              Michel de Montaigne

All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.     H. L. Mencken

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

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. Mark Twain

Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.       Ronald Reagan ……….. sports motivational quotes

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.             Tom Stoppard, “Artist Descending a Staircase”

There is no moral precept that does not have something inconvenient about it.                Denis Diderot

The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.          Jean Kerr

The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.       Will Rogers ……….. sports motivational quotes

Classical music is the kind we keep thinking will turn into a tune.                Kin Hubbard

A nation is a society united by delusions about its ancestry and by common hatred of its neighbors.         William Ralph Inge

Dealing with network executives is like being nibbled to death by ducks.               Eric Sevareid

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. Ben Hecht ……….. sports motivational quotes

This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.               James Reston, New York Times, June 12 1968

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.            Henry Fielding

No opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible.    W. H. Auden

I find nothing more depressing than optimism.  Paul Fussell

Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.       Ogden Nash

You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.  Stanislaw J. Lec, “Unkempt Thoughts” ……….. sports motivational quotes

Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all other countries because you were born in it.         George Bernard Shaw

People will buy anything that is one to a customer.          Sinclair Lewis

There are more fools in the world than there are people.             Heinrich Heine

Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing.           Sir Ralph Richardson, quoted in New York Herald Tribune, May 19, 1946

There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers.        William James ……….. sports motivational quotes

Illusion is the first of all pleasures.            Oscar Wilde

I despise the pleasure of pleasing people that I despise.               Lady Mary Wortley Montagu ……….. sports motivational quotes

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy.               Ernest Benn

Politics is the skilled use of blunt objects.              Lester B. Pearson

Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.     Robert Louis Stevenson

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?    Harry Shearer

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.                Gore Vidal

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.                Mark Twain ……….. sports motivational quotes

Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.  Russell Baker

Everything in the world may be endured except continued prosperity.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To err is dysfunctional, to forgive co-dependent.              Berton Averre

The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.                Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist, 1891

The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth.      Edith Sitwell

One can survive everything, nowadays, except death, and live down everything except a good reputation.         Oscar Wilde

Everything is funny as long as it is happening to Somebody Else.                Will Rogers, Illiterate Digest (1924), “Warning to Jokers: lay off the prince” ……….. sports motivational quotes

An ardent supporter of the hometown team should go to a game prepared to take offense, no matter what happens.                Robert Benchley

The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him.       Robert Benchley

The penalty for success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you.       Nancy Astor

The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that carries any reward.    John Maynard Keynes ……….. sports motivational quotes

For a list of all the ways technology has failed to improve the quality of life, please press three. Alice Kahn

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

The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.        David Brinkley

Television has raised writing to a new low.           Samuel Goldwyn

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

He can compress the most words into the smallest ideas of any man I ever met.               Abraham Lincoln

His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy.                Woody Allen…….. motivational quotes for athletes

The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.  Victor Borge

Wars teach us not to love our enemies, but to hate our allies.     W. L. George

Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.      Will Rogers, New York TImes, Apr. 29, 1930

Washington is a city of Southern efficiency and Northern charm.               John F. Kennedy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.   Leo Tolstoy

Talking with you is sort of the conversational equivalent of an out of body experience.  Bill Watterson, Calvin & Hobbes …….. motivational quotes for athletes

Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.    Slovenian Proverb

Anything not worth doing is worth not doing well. Think about it.              Elias Schwartz

Everything you can imagine is real.           Pablo Picasso

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

For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.   Bob Wells…….. motivational quotes for athletes

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.          Will Durant

Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.        Mahatma Gandhi

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.           Henry David Thoreau

The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.                Casey Stengel

Words ought to be a little wild for they are the assaults of thought on the unthinking.    John Maynard Keynes …….. motivational quotes for athletes

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.        Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.        William J. H. Boetcker

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.          Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., Speech in Detroit, 7 Oct. 1952

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.         Dorothy Nevill …….. motivational quotes for athletes

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.                David Friedman

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

In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.   Hubert H. Humphrey

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.              Albert Einstein …….. motivational quotes for athletes

God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.     Voltaire

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them. Antoine de Saint-Exupery, “The Little Prince”, 1943 …….. motivational quotes for athletes

She had a pretty gift for quotation, which is a serviceable substitute for wit.        W. Somerset Maugham

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.       Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.    Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism …….. motivational quotes for athletes

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.    Evelyn Waugh, Diaries of Evelyn Waugh (1976)

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.       e e cummings

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.    Albert Camus

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men.               Roald Dahl, (Willy Wonka) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory …….. motivational quotes for athletes

Cynics regarded everybody as equally corrupt… Idealists regarded everybody as equally corrupt, except themselves.                Robert Anton Wilson

A lot of people mistake a short memory for a clear conscience.  Doug Larson

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.        Steven Wright

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.        Saki

Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.       Sam Brown, Washington Post, 1977

What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.           Samuel Johnson

My work is a game, a very serious game.              M. C. Escher …….. motivational quotes for athletes…….. funny motivational quotes

Democracy is a process by which the people are free to choose the man who will get the blame.              Laurence J. Peter

Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.        William Dement

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.                Alvin Toffler

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

Solutions are not the answer.    Richard Nixon

Make money, money, honestly if you can;<br>if not, by any means at all, make money.               Quintus Horatius Flaccus [Horace] 65BC – 8BC …….. funny motivational quotes

A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about.       Woodrow Wilson

We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind of self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.                James Madison, (attributed)

… Religion … [is] the basis and foundation of government … before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered as a subject of the Governor of the Universe.    James Madison

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.               John Adams …….. funny motivational quotes

Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please       Mark Twain

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.             Rush (the band), “Freewill”

History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.              Churchill

A dog will look up on you; a cat will look down on you; however, a pig will see you eye to eye and know it has found an equal.   Churchill

The unexamined life is not worth living to a human.        Attributed by Plato to Socrates, “Apology” …….. funny motivational quotes

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.              Mark A. Overby

Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.         Ken Hakuta

May the road rise to meet you,<br> May the wind be always at your back,<br> May the sun shine warm upon your face,<br> the rains fall soft upon your fields and,<br> until we meet again may god hold you in the palm of his hand                unknown

May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead       unknown

The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it.    Bertrand Russell, “The Philosophy of Logical Atomism” …….. funny motivational quotes

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.                Bible, James 2:19 (New International Version)

Rem tene, verba sequntur<br> (Keep to the subject, and the words will follow)               Cato the Censor (?)

USA Today has come out with a new survey – apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.                Dave Letterman

But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.                Arthur C. Clarke

Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday. Don Marquis …….. funny motivational quotes

The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else!                Friedrich Nietzsche, “The Will to Power”

It is a mistake to suppose that God is only, or even chiefly, concerned with religion.         Archbishop William Temple, 1955

To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosohpy.        William Ralph Inge, 1920

Without a doubt the greatest injury of all was done by basing morals on myth. For, sooner or later, myth is recognized for what it is, and disappears. Then morality loses the foundation on which it has been built.              Lord Samuel, “Romanes Lecture”, 1947 …….. funny motivational quotes

The Churches must learn humility as well as teach it.       George Bernard Shaw, “St. Joan”

Pluralitas non ponenda est sine necessitate        Occam …….. funny motivational quotes

Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.            Charles M. Schulz, as “Charlie Brown”, Peanuts, cartoon strip

How do you govern a country which has 246 different kinds of cheese? Charles De Gaulle

Too bad all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair.        George Burns

He has a splendid repertoire of 500 words. Why does he insist on using only 150?             Abba Eban

“If you were my husband, i would feed you poison.”<br> “If you were my wife, madam, i would take it!               Lady Astor and William Churchill

I get plenty of exercise carrying the coffins of my friends who exercise. Red Skelton

“Coolidge is dead”<br> “How could they tell?     Dorothy Parker …….. funny motivational quotes

I call that a scumhead.   James Joyce, “Finnegans Wake”

The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because generally they are the same people.                G.K. Chesterton

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.        Theodore Roosevelt

If we abide by the principles taught by the Bible, our country will go on prospering.         Daniel Webster

When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found it the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty.                Woodrow Wilson …….. funny motivational quotes

It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.           Krishnamurti

Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible; life in a palace is possible; therefore even in a palace a right life is possible.                Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, “Meditations”, book 5.

A little flesh, a little breath, and a Reason to rule all – that is myself.          Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, “Meditations”, book 2.

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.     Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, “Meditations”, book 6. ………….motivational quotes on life

To stand up — or be setup?         Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, “Meditations”, book 6.

A man does not sin by commission only, but often by ommission.             Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, “Meditations”, book 9.

To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.                Voltaire

A candour affected is a dagger concealed.            Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, “Meditations”, book 9.

Those who do not understand UNIX are condemned to reinvent it — badly.         Henry Spencer

I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy. Steve Martin

Politics is no exact science.          Otto von Bismark ………….motivational quotes on life

In Christianity neither morality nor religion come into contact with reality at any point.   Friedrich Nietzsche

Faith: not *wanting* to know what is true.          Friedrich Nietzsche

When in doubt, use brute force                Ken Thompson

Maybe I should have screwed up.            Ken Thompson

SCCS is the source-code motel — your code checks in but it never checks out.     Ken Thompson

I know nothing.                Ken Thompson

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.   Bill Vaughan

Just think — IBM and DEC in the same room — and we did it. Makes you feel warm inside.             Ken Thompson ………….motivational quotes on life

If you want to go somewhere, goto is the best way to get there.              Ken Thompson

Oh, the tangled webs we weave When we practice to deceive. Sir Walter Scott, “Marmion”

In this world of sin and sorrow, there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.                H. L. Mencken ………….motivational quotes on life

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.                Confucius

Anyone who has got a book collection and a garden wants for nothing.  Cicero

I think there are innumerable gods. What we here on earth call God is a little tribal God who has made an awful mess. Certainly forces operating trough human conciousness control events.  William S. Buroughs, Paris Review, Fall 1965

God is the immemorial refuge of the incompetent, thehelpless, the miserable. They find not only sanctuary in His arms, but also a kind of superiority, soothing to their macerated egos; He will set them above their betters.            H. L. Mencken

Trapped, like a trap in a trap.      Dorothy Parker ………….motivational quotes on life

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. Churchill

Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.    Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The two most evangelical groups in the world are atheists and vegetarians, especially the least knowledgeable and least intelligent individuals within those groups.           Clark Coleman

Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger.  Tolkien

May you never know hunger<br> May you love with a full heart<br> The light burn in your eyes<br> <br> May the fire be your friend<br> And the sea rock you gently<br> May the moon light your way<br> Till the wind sets you free  Shriekback, “Cradle Song”

The peasants of the Asturias believe that in every litter of wolves there is one pup that is killed by the mother for fear that on growing up it would devour the other little ones.       Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables” ………….motivational quotes on life

Truth is more of a stranger than fiction. Mark Twain

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.              Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, Of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?            Albert Einstein. ………….motivational quotes on life

A mind forever voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone.             William Wordsworth

Ignorance is king, many would not prosper by its abdication.       “A Canticle for Leibowitz”

A cult is a religion with no political power.             Tom Wolfe

All Bibles are man-made.              Thomas A. Edison

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

To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy.           Sir Winston Churchill

Thought: why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only for food: frequently there must be a beverage.         Woody Allen, Without Feathers

On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down.   Woody Allen, Without Feathers

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOE<br> <br> Unbearably lovely music is heard as the curtain rises, and we see the woods on a summer afternoon. A fawn dances on and nibbles slowly at some leaves. He drifts lazily through the soft foliage. Soon he starts coughing and drops dead.               Woody Allen, Without Feathers

Doing abominations is against the law, particularly if the abominations are done while wearing a lobster bib.       Woody Allen, Without Feathers ………….motivational quotes on life

Whosoever shall not fall by the sword or by famine, shall fall by pestilence so why bother shaving?          Woody Allen, Without Feathers

Is it better to be the lover or the loved one? Neither, if your cholesterol is over six hundred. By love, of course, I refer to romantic love — the love between man and woman, rather than between mother and child, or a boy and his dog, or two headwaiters.     Woody Allen, Without Feathers

I never did give them hell. I just told the truth, and they thought it was hell.        Harry S Truman, in Look, Apr. 3, 1956 ………….motivational quotes on life

Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some people it is a complete substitute for life.       Andrew Brown

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.         Muriel Rukeyser……….inspiring motivational quotes

…in the lexicon of the political class, the word “sacrifice” means that the citizens are supposed to mail even more of their income to Washington so that the political class will not have to sacrifice the pleasure of spending it.       George Will, Newsweek, 2/22/93

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy…neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.                John W. Gardner

Many, if not all, of my presidential opponents are certifiable idiots.         Miriam Defensor Santiago, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1993

Half of the American people never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.                Gore Vidal, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1993

Your food stamps will be stopped effective March, 1992, because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.               Greenville County (S.C.) Department of Social Services, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1993 ……….inspiring motivational quotes

We believe he wanted to win in the worst way.                Don Eslinger, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1993

It is about a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.       Pat Robertson, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1993

Would you please shut up and sit down!               George Bush, The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 1993

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

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.              Alan Kay ……….inspiring motivational quotes

When I received the Nobel Prize, the only big lump sum of money I have ever seen, I had to do something with it. The easiest way to drop this hot potato was to invest it, to buy shares. I knew that World War II was coming and I was afraid that if I had shares which rise in case of war, I would wish for war. So I asked my agent to buy shares which go down in the event of war. This he did. I lost my money and saved my soul.    Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, The Crazy Ape

Time is what prevents everything from happening at once.         John Archibald Wheeler, American J. of Physics, 1978, 46, 323

I have lived some thirty years on this planet and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.         Henry David Thoreau

Seek not for fresher founts afar, Just drop you bucket where you are.   Sam Walter Foss, Back Country Poems, 1892 ……….inspiring motivational quotes

The Pope! How many divisions has _he_ got ?   Joseph Stalin, Winston Chuirchill, The Second World War, vol 1

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.          Samuel Johnson, Letter to Lord Chesterfield, 1775

I could not say I believe. I know! I have had the experience of being gripped by something that is stronger than myself, something that people call God.               Carl Jung

That old saw about the early bird just proves that the worm should have stayed in bed.                Robert Heinlein, Time Enough For Love

The modern definition of “racist” is “someone who is winning an argument with a liberal              Peter Brimelow, National Review (2/1/93) ……….inspiring motivational quotes

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. A. A. Milne

Not many people know this … but I happen to be famous.           Sam Malone, Cheers

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.        George Santayana

The history of science is everywhere speculative. It is a marvelous hiatory. It makes you proud to be a human being.      Karl R. Popper

The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.    Somerset Maugham ……….inspiring motivational quotes

When I was one-and-twenty,<br> I heard a wise man say,<br> Give pounds and crowns and guineas,<br> But not your heart away.”<br> <br> Give pearls away and rubies,<br> But keep your fancy free.”<br> But I was one-and-twenty,<br> No use to talk to me.      A.E. Houseman ……….inspiring motivational quotes

You can never get the smell of smoke out. Like the smell of failure in life.             John Updike, Rabbit Redux

“We are survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.                Richard Dawkings:, “The Selfish Gene”

Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity.   Albert Camus

Personally I rather look forward to a computer program winning the world [chess] championship. Humanity needs a lesson in humility.          Richard Dawkings:, “The Selfish Gene”

If Beethoven had been killed in a plane crash at the age of 22, it would have changed the history of music… and of aviation.                Tom Stoppard ……….inspiring motivational quotes

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.         Robert Byrne

I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it.            Lord Brabazon

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.      Cyril Connolly

Do not fear death so much but rather the inadequate life.           Bertolt Brecht

In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.          Andy Warhol ……….inspiring motivational quotes

We must love one another or die.            W.H. Auden, “September 1, 1939”

Because he once wrote, “We must love one another or die,” he can command me to follow him.             E.M. Forster

We must love one another and die.        W.H. Auden, revised “Sept. 1, 1939” ……….inspiring motivational quotes

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.                Shelley, incomplete, poets……….inspiring motivational quotes

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.  Richard Lovelace, To Althea from Prison

Streets full of water; please advise.         Robert Benchley

That ready wit, which you so partially allow me, … may create many admirers; but, take my word for it, it makes few friends. It shines and dazzles like the noonday sun, but, like that, too, it is very apt to scorch, and therefore is always feared. The milder morning and evening light and heat of that planet soothe and calm our minds. Never seek for wit; if it present itself, well and good; but even then, let your judgement interpose, and take care that it be not at the expense of anybody.             Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th earl of Chesterfield, 1749

… Nature, whose sweet rains fall of just and unjust alike, will have clefts in the rocks where I may hide, and secret valleys in whose silence I may weep undetected. She will hang the night with stars so that I may walk abroad in the darkness without stumbling, and send the wind over my footprints so that none may track me to my hurt: she will cleanse me in great waters, and with bitter herbs make me whole.  Oscar Wilde, “De Profundis”

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.              Lord Acton, in a letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, April 3, 1887…………motivational business quotes

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.  Albert Einstein

Our love is God. Lets go grab a slushie.   J.D., “Heathers”

The discovery of this strange society was a curiously refreshing thing; to realize that there were ten new trades in the world was like looking at the first ship or the first plough. It made a man feel what he should feel, that he was still in the childhood of the world. G. K. Chesterton, The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.           Sir Francis Bacon…………motivational quotes success

It has beeen said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.     Samuel Butler

Alexander Hamilton started the U.S. Treasury with nothing — and that was the closest our country has ever been to being even.    Will Rogers

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.    Arthur Koestler

I belong to no organized party. I am a Democrat.               Will Rogers

On account of us being a democracy and run by the people, we are the only nation in the world that has to keep a government four years, no matter what it does.               Will Rogers …………motivational quotes success

People love high ideals, but they got to be about 33-percent plausible.  Will Rogers

Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.          Tom Robbins

I have one of those real old American built cars. The kind that just PUNCHES through accidents.                Kevin Rooney

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.             Eleanor Roosevelt

A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who has never learned to walk.     Franklin D. Roosevelt

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird, and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.     Franklin D. Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.   Theodore Roosevelt …………motivational quotes success

The great virtue of my radicalism lies in the fact that I am perfectly ready, if necessary, to be radical on the conservative side.      Theodore Roosevelt

There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have. Don Herold

The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.          Theodore Roosevelt

I long ago came to the conclusion that all life is six to five against.              Damon Runyon

Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.          Bertrand Russell

In all things it is a good idea to hang a question mark now and then on the things we have taken for granted.      Bertrand Russell …………motivational quotes success

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.                Bertrand Russell

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.             Bertrand Russell

The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Albert Einstein …………motivational quotes success

Sanity calms, but madness is more interesting.  John Russell

You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10-12 to 1.               Ernest Rutherford

All military type firearms are to be handed in immediately… The SS, SA and Stahlhelm give every respectable German man the opportunity of campaigning with them. Therefore anyone who does not belong to one of the above named organisations and who unjustifiably nevertheless keeps his weapon… must be regarded as an enemy of the national government.     SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz, March, 1933.

You say that my way of thinking cannot be tolerated? What of it? The man who alters his way of thinking to suit others is a fool. My way of thinking is the result of my reflections. It is part of my inner being, the way I am made. I do not contradict them, and would not even if I wished to. For my system, which you disapprove of, is also my greatest comfort in life, the source of all my happiness — it means more to me than my life itself.    Marquis de Sade …………motivational quotes success

A poor fool indeed is he who adopts a manner of thinking (meant) for others!   Donatien-Alphonse-Francois de Sade

Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.   William Safire

All of the books in the world contain no more information than is broadcast as video in a single large American city in a single year. Not all bits have equal value.              Carl Sagan

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English — up to fifty words used in correct context — no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.         Carl Sagan

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.                Carl Sagan …………motivational quotes success

The universe is not required to be in perfect harmony with human ambition.      Carl Sagan

Who are we? We find that we live on an insignificant planet of a humdrum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are far more galaxies than people.              Carl Sagan

In order to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.  Carl Sagan, Cosmos

A celibate clergy is an especially good idea, because it tends to suppress any hereditary propensity toward fanaticism.   Carl Sagan, Contact

But 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 …………motivational quotes success

In an optimal world, I would not be necessary.   James Price Salsman

Remember folks. Street lights timed for 35 mph are also timed for 70 mph.          Jim Samuels

This is no time to act like a gentleman. I am a cad and shall react like one.              George Sanders

Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness.    George Santayana …………motivational quotes success

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.               Douglas Adams

Each religion, by the help of more or less myth which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabline it to make its peace with its destiny.            George Santayana

Oh, what tangled webs we weave, When we first practice to deceive.   Sir Walter Scott

If someone tells you that the fully armored man of the Middle Ages was so encumbered by his armor that he could not rise if he fell, you may well ask yourself, first, if it is reasonable to assume that professional soldiers would go on wearing armor that kept them from fighting and second, if this theory is in line with what you know of the heavily armored men of your personal acquaintance. Niccola Sebastiani

Immortality — a fate worse than death. Edgar A. Shoaff …………motivational quotes success

If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.                Arthur Schopenhauer………..motivational running quotes

For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.  J.W. Schopf

You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.                Eric Hoffer

If we are going to stick to this damned quantum-jumping, then I regret that I ever had anything to do with quantum theory. Erwin Schrodinger

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.     E. F. Schumacher

One form to rule them all, one form to find them, one form to bring them all and in the darkness rewrite the hell out of them     sendmail ruleset 3 comment from DEC.

…adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.           Dr. Seuss, (as quoted in his obit in Time) ………..motivational running quotes

To thine own self be true -; And it must follow as the night the day; Thou canst not be false to any man William Shakespeare

One of the advantages of being a captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.      William Shatner as Kirk, in “Dagger of the Mind”

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.  Anonymous

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it           G. B. Shaw

Do you know what a pessimist is? A person who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself and hates them for it.   George Bernard Shaw

Except during the nine months before he draws his first breath, no man manages his affairs as well as a tree does.                George Bernard Shaw ………..motivational running quotes

Life is a disease; and the only diference between one another is the stage of the disease at which he lives.         George Bernard Shaw

Democracy is a device that insures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.     George Bernard Shaw

England and America are two countries seperated by the same language.            George Bernard Shaw

Success covers a multitude of blunders.                George Bernard Shaw

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.   GB Shaw

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.    Paul Valery

Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.              George Bernard Shaw ………..motivational running quotes

Common sense is instinct. Enough of it is genius.              George Bernard Shaw

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky       Solomon Short

Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.              Jean Sibelius

Life is too important to take seriously.    Corky Siegel

Fortunately, the second-to-last bug has just been fixed.               Ray Simard

Goto, n.: A programming tool that exists to allow structured programmers to complain about unstructured programmers.                Ray Simard

In the beginning was the word. But by the time the second word was added to it, there was trouble. For with it came syntax…               John Simon ………..motivational running quotes

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.     H. L. Mencken

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself.        Isaac Bashevis Singer

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten      B.F. Skinner

The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.  John Sladek

I found out that when you get married the man becomes the head of the house. And the woman becomes the neck, and she turns the head any way she wants to.            Yakov Smirnoff ………..motivational running quotes

He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful.      Sydney Smith, referring to Macaulay

I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends… that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them.     Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., ………..motivational running quotes

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.;Dalai Lama; motivational

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.;Norman Vincent Peale;motivational

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.;Ayn Rand;motivational

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.;Jim Rohn;motivational

If you’re going through hell, keep going.;Winston Churchill;motivational ………..motivational running quotes

After a storm comes a calm.;Matthew Henry; motivational

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.;C. S. Lewis; motivational

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.;Eleanor Roosevelt;motivational

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.;Confucius; motivational

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.;Thomas A. Edison; motivational

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.;Wayne Dyer; motivational

Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.;Og Mandino; motivational

I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.;Ken Venturi; motivational

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.;Ella Wheeler Wilcox; motivational

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.;Alfred A. Montapert; motivational

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.;Helen Keller; motivational

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.;Denis Waitley; motivational

If you can dream it, you can do it.;Walt Disney; motivational

Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.;Thomas Jefferson; motivational

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.;Victor Kiam; motivational

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.;Epictetus; motivational

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.;Benjamin Franklin; motivational

You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.;Albert Einstein; motivational

Either you run the day or the day runs you.;Jim Rohn; motivational

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.;William James; motivational

I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.;Muhammad Ali; motivational

Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.;Miguel Angel Ruiz; motivational

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.;Thomas Jefferson;motivational

Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.;John F. Kennedy; motivational

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.;Henry David Thoreau; motivational

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins.;Jim Rohn; motivational

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.;Mark Twain; motivational

Well done is better than well said.;Benjamin Franklin; motivational

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.;John D. Rockefeller; motivational

We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.;Katharine Hepburn; motivational

Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.;Sasha Cohen;motivational

Always desire to learn something useful.;Sophocles; motivational

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.;Dale Carnegie; motivational

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.;Confucius; motivational

Quality is not an act, it is a habit.;Aristotle; motivational

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

Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.;Eileen Caddy; motivational

If you ask me what I came into this life to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud.;Emile Zola; motivational

I’ve worked too hard and too long to let anything stand in the way of my goals. I will not let my teammates down and I will not let myself down.;Mia Hamm; motivational

Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.;Kyle Chandler; motivational

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.;Robert H. Schuller; motivational

In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.;Nikos Kazantzakis; motivational

True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.;John W. Gardner; motivational

The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.;Thomas Paine; motivational

If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.;Jim Rohn; motivational

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.;Leo Buscaglia; motivational

I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.;Robert H. Schuller; motivational

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.;Ralph Marston; motivational

Never complain and never explain.;Benjamin Disraeli; motivational

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.; Tony Robbins; motivational

It’s always too early to quit.;Norman Vincent Peale; motivational

The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.;Mark Caine; motivational

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

Who seeks shall find.;Sophocles; motivational

Do your work with your whole heart, and you will succeed – there’s so little competition.;Elbert Hubbard; motivational

Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.;Bo Jackson; motivational

Know or listen to those who know.;Baltasar Gracian; motivational

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.;Henry David Thoreau;motivational

The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future.; Philip Emeagwali; motivational

When you fail you learn from the mistakes you made and it motivates you to work even harder.;Natalie Gulbis;motivational

Leap, and the net will appear.;John Burroughs; motivational

The most effective way to do it, is to do it.;Amelia Earhart; motivational

Infuse your life with action. Don’t wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen… yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.;Bradley Whitford; motivational

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter.;William James; motivational

To know oneself, one should assert oneself.;Albert Camus; motivational

You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.;George S. Patton; motivational

Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.;Swami Sivananda; motivational

You can never quit. Winners never quit, and quitters never win.;Ted Turner; motivational

In motivating people, you’ve got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example – and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.;Rupert Murdoch; motivational

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.;Wayne Dyer; motivational

Perseverance is not a long race it is many short races one after the other.;Walter Elliot; motivational

Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.;Dwight D. Eisenhower; motivational

Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.;Baruch Spinoza; motivational

Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.;Julie Andrews; motivational

Go big or go home. Because it’s true. What do you have to lose?;Eliza Dushku; motivational

I can, therefore I am.;Simone Weil; motivational

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.;Jack London; motivational

Only the educated are free.;Epictetus; motivational

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.;Woodrow Wilson; motivational

Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.;Peter Marshall;motivational

Wherever you are – be all there.;Jim Elliot;motivational

No matter how many goals you have achieved, you must set your sights on a higher one.;Jessica Savitch; motivational

To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.;Robert Louis Stevenson; motivational

To be a good loser is to learn how to win.;Carl Sandburg; motivational

Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds.;Gordon B. Hinckley; motivational

I learned that we can do anything, but we can’t do everything… at least not at the same time. So think of your priorities not in terms of what activities you do, but when you do them. Timing is everything.;Dan Millman; motivational

The wise does at once what the fool does at last.;Baltasar Gracian;motivational

We make the world we live in and shape our own environment.;Orison Swett Marden; motivational

I’ve found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.;Brian Tracy; motivational

Be thine own palace, or the world’s thy jail.;John Donne; motivational

You can’t expect to hit the jackpot if you don’t put a few nickels in the machine.;Flip Wilson; motivational

The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.;Bobby Knight; motivational

I really believe that everyone has a talent, ability, or skill that he can mine to support himself and to succeed in life.;Dean Koontz; motivational

If you’ve got a talent, protect it.;Jim Carrey; motivational

The weeds keep multiplying in our garden, which is our mind ruled by fear. Rip them out and call them by name.;Sylvia Browne; motivational

Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.;Jimmy Dean; motivational

I was motivated to be different in part because I was different.;Donna Brazile; motivational

One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals.;Michael Korda;motivational

The ultimate aim of the ego is not to see something, but to be something.;Muhammad Iqbal; motivational

The dog that trots about finds a bone.;Golda Meir; motivational

If you think you can do it, you can.;John Burroughs; motivational

One may miss the mark by aiming too high as too low.;Thomas Fuller; motivational

Do not weep do not wax indignant. Understand.;Baruch Spinoza; motivational

There is nothing deep down inside us except what we have put there ourselves.;Richard Rorty; motivational

You never know what motivates you.;Cicely Tyson; motivational

Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.;Christopher Morley; motivational

 

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