Uplifting Quotes


The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves.       Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Art and Letters”

Socialism is nothing but the capitalism of the lower classes.          Oswald Spengler, The Hour of Decision, 1933………… Uplifting Quotes

Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.               John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

I know this–a man got to do what he got to do. John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939)

The history of the Victorian Age will never be written: we know too much about it. For ignorance is the first requisite of the historian – ignorance, which simplifies and clarifies, which selects and omits, with a placid perfection unattainable by the highest art.         Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians (1918)

My music is best understood by children and animals.    Igor Stravinsky, In Observer 8 Oct. 1961

People who want to understand democracy should spend less time in the library with Aristotle and more time on the buses and in the subway.          Simeon Strunsky, No Mean City (1944)……… Uplifting Quotes

Do not go gentle into that good night,<br> Old age should burn and rave at close of day;<br> Rage, rage against the dying of the light.         Dylan Thomas, Collected poems (1952)

Be wise with speed . A fool at forty is a fool indeed.        Edward Young

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.            Edward Thomas, Poems (1917) “Early One Morning”

Contrary to general belief, I do not believe that friends are necessarily the people you like best, they are merely the people who got there first.         Peter Ustinov, Dear Me (1977) …………… Uplifting Quotes

Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern.           Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)

Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.    Alfred North Whitehead, Introduction to Mathematics (1911)

The nice thing about quotes is that they give us a nodding acquaintance with the originator which is often socially impressive.         Kenneth Williams, Acid Drops (1980)

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.   Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) ………… Uplifting Quotes

The constitution does not provide for first and second class citizens.       Wendell Willkie, An American Programme (1944)

No nation is fit to sit in judgement upon any other nation.            Woodrow Wilson, Speech in New York, Apr. 20, 1915

There is such a thing as a man being too proud to fight; there is such a thing as a nation being so right that it does not need to convince others by force that it is right.            Woodrow Wilson, Speech in Philadelphia, May 10, 1915

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others.          Tryon Edwards

The world must be made safe for democracy.  Its peace must be planted upon the tested foundations of political liberty.                Woodrow Wilson, Speech to Congress, Apr. 2, 1917

The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.  Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922) ………. Uplifting Quotes

The world of the happy is quite different from that of the unhappy.       Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1922)

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.     Isaac Newton, From Brewster, Memoirs of Newton (1855)

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.         J. D. Salinger ………… Uplifting Quotes

Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary.                Julius Rosenwald

A woman can forgive a man for the harm he does her…but she can never forgive him for the sacrifices he makes on her account.               W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

Sometimes people carry to such perfection the mask they have assumed that in due course they actually become the person they seem.          W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.               Mahatma Gandhi, (attributed)

Convinced myself, I seek not to convince.            Edgar Allan Poe, Berenice ………… Uplifting Quotes

Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind.               Lord Essex

I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.    Helen Keller

Love goes toward love as schoolboys from their books; but love from look, toward school with heavy looks.       William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet ………… Uplifting Quotes

Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.           Walt Disney, On the inside wall of the American Adventure in Epcot Center

There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.                James Lovell, speech to Girl Scouts in DuPage County, Illinois, 1997 – quoted in the Chicago Tribune 2-3-03

Today my spirit is going to school while my body stays in bed.     Bill Watterson, “Calvin”, Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.      William James

Nudists have no fashion sense. Peter Kunkel…………. Uplifting Quotes

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?     Abraham Lincoln

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.          Booker T. Washington

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

True greatness consists in the use of a powerful understanding to enlighten oneself and others.              Voltaire

The joy of discovery is certainly the liveliest that the mind of man can ever feel.                Claude Bernard (1813-78)

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.   Galileo Galilei………… Uplifting Quotes

Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own. Aesop

To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today. Isaac Asimov

If a man cannot choose, he ceases to be a man.                Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange ………….. Uplifting Quotes

He who fights monsters should look into it that he himself does not become a monster. When you gaze long into the Abyss, the Abyss also gazes into you.     Friedrich Neitzsche

Four things come not back — the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.     Arabian Proverb

Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.           Serbian Proverb

I cannot conceive otherwise than that He, the Infinite Father, expects or requires no worship or praise from us, but that He is even infinitely above it.            Benjamin Franklin

Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.       Chapman Cohen,  (1868-1954)

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.              Napoleon ………… Uplifting Quotes

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance…logic can be happily tossed out the window.              Stephen King

This only is certain, that there is nothing certain; and nothing more miserable and yet more arrogant than man. Gaius Plinius Secundus,  (“The Elder”) (23-79)

In these days, a man who says a thing cannot be done is quite apt to be interrupted by some idiot doing it.          Elbert Hubbard

There is hardly anything<br> in the world<br> that some man<br> cannot make a little worse<br> cannot make a little cheaper<br> and the people<br> who consider price only<br> are this man?s lawful prey.          John Ruskin (1819-1900), British poet, artist,

It is a sad fact that 50 percent of marriages in this country end in divorce. But hey, the other half end in death. You could be one of the lucky ones!   Richard Jeni …………. Uplifting Quotes

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.            Winston Churchill

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.     Les Brown

Black holes are where God divided by zero.         Stephen Wright

Nothing in this world is to be feared… only understood.                Marie Curie

An elephant is a mouse, built to government specifications.        John Herro

Every living thing is a sort of imperialist, seeking to transform as much as possible of its environment into itself. Bertrand Russell

Whenever you look at a piece of work and you think the fellow was crazy, then you want to pay some attention to that. One of you is likely to be, and you had better find out which one it is. It makes an awful lot of difference.             Charles Franklin Kettering, (1876-1958) ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Europe is spreading its wings. In freedom. In prosperity. And in peace. It is a truly proud moment for the European Union. It is a triumph for liberty and democracy. To our new members I say: ?Warmly welcome to our family?. Our new Europe is born.     Anders Fogh Rasmussen, (Prime Minister of Denmark) Family photo after the European Council meeting in Copenhagen, 13 December 20

It is a brave act of valor to condemn death, but where life is more terrible than death it is then the truest valor to dare to live.        Sir Thomas Brown

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.      John F. Kennedy

Life is beautiful. Life is sad.          Vladimir Nabakov, Lolita

A man should never put on his best trousers when he goes out to battle for freedom and truth.               Henrik Ibsen …………… Uplifting Quotes

In the begining there was nothing, and it exploded.        Terry Pratchet, (on the big bang theory)

No physical quantity can continue to change exponentially forever. Your job is delaying forever.               Gordon Moore, in a keynote address at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco in 2003

We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails. Dolly Parton

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

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.              Dolly Parton ………… Uplifting Quotes

Do not be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.                Kenny Rogers

In the long run, you hit only what you aim at: Therefore aim high.             Henry David Thoreau

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.      Jim Morrison

We dance in a circle and suppose, while the secret sits in the middle and knows.               Robert Frost

The sin which makes you sad and repentant is more liked by Allah than the good deed which turns you arrogant.                Imam Ali, Peak of Eloquence (Nahjul Balagha)

  1. A greedy man will always find himself in the shackles of humility. Imam Ali, Peak of Eloquence (Nahjul Balagha)
  2. One who does not realize his own value is condemned to utter failure. (Every kind of complex, superiority or inferiority is harmful to man). Imam Ali, Peak of Eloquence (Nahjul Balagha) ………… Uplifting Quotes

Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them. John Ruskin

Wise sayings often fall on barren ground; but a kind word is never thrown away.              Sir Arthur Helps

Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without an accordion. You just leave a lot of useless, noisy baggage behind.                Jed Babbin,  former Deputy Undersecretary of Defense

I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.           Albert Einstein

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.       Carl Sagan

Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.            Albert Einstein ……… Uplifting Quotes

Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how passionately I hate them!            Albert Einstein

He who cherishes the values of culture cannot fail to be a pacifist.            Albert Einstein

The aim (of education) must be the training of independently acting and thinking individuals who, however, can see in the service to the community their highest life achievement.             Albert Einstein ………. Uplifting Quotes

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.    Sir Winston Churchill

The conscientious objector is a revoultionary. On deciding to disobey the law he sacrifices his personal interests to the most important cause of working for the betterment of society.               Albert Einstein ……….. Uplifting Quotes

To my mind, to kill in war is not a whit better than to commit ordinary murder.   Albert Einstein

It is characteristic of the military mentality that nonhuman factors (atom bombs, strategic bases, weapons of all sorts, the possession of raw materials, etc) are held essential, while the human being, his desires, and thoughts – in short, the psychological factors – are considered as unimportant and secondary…The individual is degraded…to “human materiel”.                Albert Einstein

There are two ways of resisting war: the legal way and the revolutionary way. The legal way involves the offer of alternatinve service not as a privilege for a few but as a right for all. The revolutionary view involves an uncompromising resistance, with a view to breaking the power of militarism in time of peace or the resources of the state in time of war.                Albert Einstein …………. Uplifting Quotes

After a certain high level of technical skill is achieved, science and art tend to coalesce in esthetics, plasticity, and form. The greatest sceintists are always artists as well.        Albert Einstein

Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. It is an open secret that the dangerous increase of crime in this counrty is closely related with this.     Albert Einstein

Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.               Albert Einstein

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.                Buddha

Beware of the fury of the patient man. John Dryden

Great anger is more destructive than the sword                Tamil Proverb ………… Uplifting Quotes

Do not accustom yourself to use big words for little matters.       Samuel Johnson

Every time you get angry, you poison your own system.                Alfred Montapert

Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.         Benjamin Franklin

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.                Plato …………. Uplifting Quotes

It is essential to know that to be a happy person, a happy family, a happy society, it is very crucial to have a good heart, that is very crucial. World peach must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just the absence of violence but the manifestation of human compassion.     Dalai Lama, (in exile) Associated Press, 5/14/01

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.           Jawaharlal Nehru

High fashion has the shelf life of potato salad.    Barbara Kingsolver, “Life Without Go-Go Boots” (personal essay)

I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.           W. C. Fields

Grasp the subject, the words will follow.              Cato the Elder

Long experience has taught me this about the status of mankind with regard to matters requiring thought: the less people know and understand about them, the more positively they attempt to argue concerning them, while on the other hand to know and understand a multitude of things renders men cautious in passing judgement upon anything new.     Galileo Galilei, The Assayer …………….. Uplifting Quotes

Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed: for every one thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not usually desire a larger measure of this quality than they already possess.   Rene Descartes, Discourse on Method

You can always chase a dream but it will not count if you never catch it. Malcolm X, Autobiography of  Malcolm X chap 4

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 which has opened for us.            Helen Keller

To know one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.              Ralph Waldo Emerson …………… Uplifting Quotes

There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys: they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked the sum out for themselves.          S?ren Kierkegaard

  1. During civil disturbance adopt such an attitude that people do not attach any importance to you – they neither burden you with complicated affairs, nor try to derive any advantage out of you. Imam Ali-Ibn-Abi-Talib, Nahjul-Balgha (Peak of Eloquence), saying no1
  2. He who is greedy is disgraced; he who discloses his hardship will always be humiliated; he who has no control over his tongue will often have to face discomfort. Imam Ali-Ibn-Abi-Talib, Nahjul Balgha (Peak of Eloquence), saying no. 2 ………….. Uplifting Quotes

Experience becomes possible because of language.        Noam Chomsky, Ruth Anshen, Biography of an Idea (Mt. Kisco, NY: Moyer Bell Limited, 1986), pg. 196

Do pleasant things yourself, but unpleasant things through others.          Baltasar Gracian

The structure of language determines not only thought, but reality itself.             Noam Chomsky, Ruth Anshen, Biography of an Idea (Mt. Kisco, NY: Moyer Bell Limited, 1986), pg. 196

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true.           Robert J. Ringer

Are you going out after the truth, or are you going out after something you believe?      Richard D. Rosen

Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief, or ignorance.   W. Clement Stone

If a rich man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.              Socrates

Life is like a ten-speed bike; most of us have gears we never use.             Charles M. Schulz

It is well enough that the people of this nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.               Henry Ford …………. Uplifting Quotes

Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form.    Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

To study the phenomenon of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea, while to study books without patients is not to go to sea at all.     Sir William Osler

Never let your inferiors do you a favor – it will be extremely costly.          H. L. Mencken

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.            Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan …………. Uplifting Quotes

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set it free.            Michaelangelo

Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear.    Marcus Aureluis

She is not perfect. You are not perfect. The question is whether or not you are perfect for each other.  Robin Williams, Good Will Hunting

Never make a defense or an apology until you are accused.        King Charles I, of England …………. Uplifting Quotes

We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy – but because they are hard! Because that challenge is one we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone and one we intend to win!                John F. Kennedy, Rice University speech on September 12, 1962

I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.                Mark Twain

Cleave to no faith when faith brings blood.          Arthur Miller, The Crucible, act II

The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being happy except that they are so. William Inge

Digressions, objections, delight in mockery, carefree mistrust are signs of health; everything unconditional belongs in pathology.          Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil ……………. Uplifting Quotes

The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.   Orson Scott Card, Xenocide

Since the dawn of time there have been those among us who have been willing to go to extraordinary lengths to gain access to that domain normally reserved for birds, angels, and madmen.              Steven B. Beach, Paraglider magazine, Vol. 1 No. 2

Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig, and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.   Matt Groening

The more you sweat during peace, The less you bleed during war.           Brian Wilson

In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest.          Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

By heritage and by choice, the United States of America will make that stand.    George W. Bush, Speech to the United Nations, September 12, 2002 ………… Uplifting Quotes

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. Henry Miller

Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.      Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart ………….. Uplifting Quotes

I pay very little regard…to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person.   Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.     Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Address on The Method of Nature, 1841

Poor Mexico – so far from God and so close to the United States.              Porfirio Diaz, Biography of Porfirio Diaz ……… Uplifting Quotes

The only thing sadder than a battle won is a battle lost.  Robert Jordan

For all its flaws, I would feel safer to have my children grow up in a world dominated by the United States than by any other country.               Kobsak Chutikul, (deputy leader in Thailand), AP news release 3/7/03

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.             Henry Ford

The only thing that comes from a sleeping man are dreams.        Tupac Amaru Shakur

Arrogant and right is surely better than humble and wrong.         Geoff Arbuthnot

Love is substance; Lust, illusion. Only in the surge of passion do the two mingle in confusion.      Calvin Miller, The Singer Trilogy

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptable. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.              Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, Missionaria Protectiva ………. Uplifting Quotes

Ready comprehension is often a knee-jerk response and the most dangerous form of understanding. It blinks an opaque screen over your ablility to learn. The judgemental precedents of law function that way, littering your path with dead ends. Be warned. Understand nothing. All comprehension is temporary.          Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, Mentat Fixe

I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!            Patrick Henry, Meeting of the First Continental Congress in 1774

God can be addressed, but not expressed.          Martin Buber ………. Uplifting Quotes

Better to rely on one powerful king than on many little princes. Jean de La Fontaine

Rap music… sounds like somebody feeding a rhyming dictionary to a popcorn popper.   Tom Robbins

I would rather discover one scientific fact than become King of Persia.   Democritus

Maybe most people were fundamentally contradictory. The real people at any rate.       Tom Robbins

There exists a false aristocracy based on family name, property, and inherited wealth. But there likewise exists a true aristocracy based on intelligence, talent and virtue.         Tom Robbins

Meditation… disolves the mind. It erases itself. Throws the ego out on its big brittle ass.               Tom Robbins ………… Uplifting Quotes

Nothing exists except atoms and empty space;everything else is opinion.            Democritus

History is a vision of God?s creation on the move.            Arnold Toynbee

Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.           Jesse Stuart

The more laws, the less justice. Cicero

Wit is educated insolence.           Aristotle

To Thales the primary question was not what do we know, but how do we know it.         Aristotle ………….. Uplifting Quotes

The whole is more than the sum of its parts.       Aristotle, Metaphysica

He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle to steady his fellow countrymen and hearten those Europeans upon whom the long dark night of tyranny had descended.         Edward R. Murrow, On Winston Churchill, 1954

Somewhere between the Angels and the French lies the rest of humanity.         Mark Twain

Now we are all sons of bitches. Robert J. Oppenheimer, After viewing 1st full test of manhattan project at trinity, NM.  Invention and Technology magazine, 2001 ……… Uplifting Quotes

War is a way of shattering to pieces, or pouring into the stratosphere, or sinking in the depths of the sea, materials which might otherwise be used to make the masses too comfortable, and hence, in the long run, too intelligent.          George Orwell, 1984

Horse, you are truly a creature without equal, for you fly without wings and conquer without sword.      The Koran

Praise youth and it will prosper.                Irish Proverb

To err is human; to forgive, divine.           Alexander Pope

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.           Mahatma Gandhi ………. Uplifting Quotes

No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat and no amount of masking tape can ever totally remove his fur from your couch.             Leo Buscaglia

All is ephemeral–fame and the famous as well. Marcus Aurelius

Everybody likes to go their own way–to choose their own time and manner of devotion.             Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

It will, I believe, be everywhere found, that as the clergy are, or are not what they ought to be, so are the rest of the nation.  Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Oh! do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow. I cannot be dictated to by a watch.              Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Where any one body of educated men, of whatever denomination, are condemned indiscriminately, there must be a deficiency of information, or…of something else.             Jane Austen, Mansfield Park …………. Uplifting Quotes

For there is no question but a just fear of an imminent danger, though there be no blow given, is a lawful cause of war.                Sir Francis Bacon, Of Empire

We make war that we may live in peace.              Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, bk. 10, ch. 7, sct. 1177b

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.                Eleanor Roosevelt …………… Uplifting Quotes

Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand ? and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late.     Marie Beyon Ray

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.       Ralph Waldo Emerson …………… Uplifting Quotes

The man who stops making new friends eventually will have none.         James Boswell

Religions change; beer and wine remain.              Harvey Allen

In England there are sixty different religions and only one sauce.              Francesco Caracciolo, on alcohol

Stupidity has a certain charm – ignorance does not.          Frank Zappa

I am not sincere, even when I say I am not.         Jules Renard

Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.      #NAME?

The world is divided into two kinds of people, those who spend a great deal of time saving money, and those who spend a great deal of money saving time.              Peter Cochrane, Head of BT Labs UK taling about the internet – November 2000

And I can fight only for something that I love, love only what I respect, and respect only what I at least know.     Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf ………… Uplifting Quotes

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

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.             Dolly Parton

The shah always falls in the end, Saddam always turns on you, and the Saudis always betray you. If we support evil, the long-term price is almost always too high.            Lt. Col. (Ret.) Ralph Peters, Interview in American Heritage

I can take any amount of criticism as long as I can consider it unqualified praise. Noel Coward

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.   Friedrich von Schiller

A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.                Greek proverb

If you are ever in doubt as to whether or not you should kiss a pretty girl, give her the benefit of the doubt.       Thomas Carlyle ………… Uplifting Quotes

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.            Samuel P. Huntington

I was not looking for my dreams to interpret my life, but rather for my life to interpret my dreams.          Susan Sontag …………. Uplifting Quotes

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.    Martha Washington

Be gentle with the young.            Juvenal

That which we fear to touch is often the fabric of our salvation. Don DeLillo, White Noise

He that plants trees loves others beside himself.              Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Money is the sinew of love as well as war.           Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

With foxes we must play the fox.             Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them, get them right, or they will get you wrong.         Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732 …………. Uplifting Quotes

Education begins a gentleman, conversation completes him.      Dr. Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.              Edwin Schlossberg

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.          Martin Luther King Jr.

Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.              Sigmund Freud

If any one faculty of our nature may be called more wonderful than the rest, I do think it is memory. There seems something more speakingly incomprehensible in the powers, the failures, the inequalities of memory, than in any other of our intelligences. The memory is sometimes so retentive, so serviceable, so obedient; at others, so bewildered and so weak; and at others again, so tyrannic, so beyond control! We are, to be sure, a miracle every way; but our powers of recollecting and of forgetting do seem peculiarly past finding out.            Jane Austen, Mansfield Park ………… Uplifting Quotes

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.          Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

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

Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.                Sydney J. Harris, Strictly Personal

It is men who wait to be selected, and not those who seek, from whom we may expect the most efficient service.                Ulysses S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U.S. Grant, Chapter 46 …………. Uplifting Quotes

What is more mortifying than to feel that you have missed the plum for want of courage to shake the tree?       Logan Pearsall Smith

From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents.<br> From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks.<br> From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality.<br> From fifty-five on, she needs good cash.        Sophie Tucker

I believe in the possibility of miracles but more to the point, I believe in our need for them.         Dean Koontz, Fear Nothing, Page 4 , final paragraph

Beat a man with the strength of you argument, not with the strength of your arm.          Oliver Wendell Holmes

Love is not a crime, denying it is. Having dreams is not a crime, not chasing them is. Making mistakes is not a crime, not learning from them is. Life is not a crime, not living it is.  Alexander Senturia ………… Uplifting Quotes

If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.           Carl Sagan

A child only educated at school is an uneducated child.  George Santayana

Life is short. Forgive quickly. Kiss slowly.                Robert Doisneau

Thou shall not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, thou shall steal and thou must.      Branch Rickey/ Dogers GM (1943-50)

Life cannot find reasons to sustain it, cannot be a source of decent natural regard, unless each of us resolves to breathe such qualities into it.       Frank Herbert, Chenoeh: “Coversations with Leto II”

Have not all races had their first unity from a mythology that marries them to rock and hill?          William Butler Yeats, The Celtic Twilight, Introduction …………. Uplifting Quotes

Let them have their ways, but let us never loose ours.   Rossella Camerlingo

We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason outselves into it.              William Butler Yeats

Our own acts are isolated and one act does not buy absolution for another.        William Butler Yeats, Autobiography

The best audience is intelligent, well-educated, and a little drunk.            Alben W. Barkley, (vice president under Harry Truman)

It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.                J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets …………. Uplifting Quotes

What other people think about me is not my business.  Michael J. Fox, Lucky Man – a memoir

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is god, just, and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but never less, dazzaling, passionate, and eternal form.     Plato

Never be bored, and you will never be boring.   Eleanor Roosevelt

The pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, an almost fanatical love of justice, and the desire for personal independence – these are the features of Jewish tradition that make me thank my stars that I belong to it.           Albert Einstein, The World As I See It (autobio, 1934) ……… Uplifting Quotes

Here is a great body of our Jewish citizens from whom have sprung men of genius in every walk of our varied life; men who have conceived of its ideals with singular clearness; and led enterprises with sprit & sagacity… They are not Jews in America, they are American citizens.      Woodrow Wilson

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our own particular path than we have yet got ourselves.               E. M. Forster, Two Cheers for Democracy, 1951

I am eternally grateful.. for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on.      Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake, 1997

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.          George Carlin ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well worth remembering from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.           Oscar Wilde

Men are so stupid and concerned with their present needs, they will always let themselves be deceived.            Machiavelli, The Prince

A nation that draws too broad a difference between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards, and its fighting done by fools.             Thucydides

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park ……….. Uplifting Quotes

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. <br> [In regione caecorum rex est luscus.]     Desiderius Erasmus, Adagia (III, IV, 96)

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.    Dante Alighieri

Marriage: the state or condition of a community consisting of a master, a mistress, and two slaves, making in all, two.                Ambrose Bierce

Evolution crawls to imperfection. It ends in extinction.   J. Gregory Keyes, “Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps” ………… Uplifting Quotes

The mirror never sees itself. The reflection never is itself.            J. Gregory Keyes, “Babylon 5: Dark Genesis: The Birth of the Psi Corps”

Consult your dragon before you wager his hide.                Melaine Rawn, Dragon Star 1: Stronghold

In that instant he learned what jealousy was. He wanted to know the name of every other man she had ever looked at, whether they had touched her- and most especially where to find these men so that he could kill them.              Melaine Rawn, “Dragon Prince 1: Dragon Prince”

And yesterday he would have killed me to get to his foe. But now we serve each other. Only a fool walks into the future backward.           Terry Goodkind, “Stone of Tears”

But if used for retribution, magic is vengeance incarnate.              Terry Goodkind, “Blood of the Fold” …….. Uplifting Quotes

There are now two great nations in the world, which starting from different points, seem to be advancing toward the same goal: the Russians and the Anglo-Americans…Each seems called by some secret design of Providence one day to hold in its hands the destinies of half the world.    Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America 1835

Fear less, hope more;<br> Whine less, breathe more;<br> Talk less, say more;<br> Hate less, love more;<br> And all good things are yours.              “Swedish Proverb”

I am not young enough to know everything.       Oscar Wilde

Never in the course of history, have so many owed so much to so few. Winston Churchill, Speech about World War II ………… Uplifting Quotes

All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be. Roger Waters, Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon

Why, you may take the most gallant sailor, the most intrepid airman or the most audacious soldier, put them at a table together- what do you get? The sum of all fears.              Winston Churchill, The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

Times of general calamity and confusion create great minds. The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storms.             Charles Caleb Colton …………. Uplifting Quotes

Their element is to attack, to track, to hunt, and to destroy the enemy. Only in this way can the eager and skillful fighter pilot display his ability. Tie him to a narrow and confined task, rob him of his initiative, and you take away from him the best and most valuable qualities he posses: aggressive spirit, joy of action, and the passion of the hunter.      LtGen Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe

Only in the spirit of attack, born in a brave heart, will bring success to any fighter aircraft, no matter how highly developed it may be.                LtGen Adolf Galland, Luftwaffe

There are only two types of aircraft ? fighters and targets.           Doyle ?Wahoo? Nicholson, USMC

The aggressive spirit, the offensive, is the chief thing everywhere in war, and the air is no exception.     Baron Manfred von Richthofen (“Red Baron”) ….. Uplifting Quotes

I have plentyof common sense! I just choose to ignore it.             Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.           Victor Hugo

In simplest terms, a leader is one who knows where he wants to go, and gets up, and goes.        John Erksine, The Complete Life

All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.  James Russell Lowell

Nobody ever died of laughter.   Max Beerbohm

I was born old and get younger every day. At present I am sixty years young.     Herbert Beerbohm Tree ……………. Uplifting Quotes

Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.   George Orwell

Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it.     Andrew Young

At sixteen I was stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. At twenty-five I was wise, self- confident, prepossessing and assertive. At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure and indecisive. Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence?       Jules Feiffer ………………. Uplifting Quotes

It is sobering to consider that when Mozart was my age he had already been dead for a year.     Tom Lehrer

Those who will not reason are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves.                George Gordon Noel Byron

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.  Dick Cavett

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you”?     William Arthur Ward

Any society that needs disclaimers has too many lawyers.            Erik Pepke

Two men look out through the same bars; one sees the mud and one the stars.                Frederick Langbridge ……….. Uplifting Quotes

A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.          Thomas Carlyle

About the time we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.   Herbert Hoover

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, <br> Old Time is still a-flying;<br> And this same flower that smiles today,<br> Tomorrow will be dying.               Robert Herrick, To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.            Benjamin Disraeli

The jungle is dark but full of diamonds…               Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman

The road to hell is paved with adverbs.  Stephen King ……….. Uplifting Quotes

The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed.     Sebastian R. N. Chamfort

He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help.    Abraham Lincoln

A child is not likely to find a father in God unless he finds something of God in his father.              Austin L. Sorensen ……… Uplifting Quotes

Big shots are only little shots who kept on shooting.        Dale Carnegie

Middle age is when your age starts to show around the middle.                Bob Hope

The Christian does not consider death to be the end of his life, but the end of his troubles.          A. Mark Wells

Music is well said to be the speech of angels.      Thomas Carlyle

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.          Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.        Sir Winston Churchill ………….. Uplifting Quotes

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.             Sir Philip Sidney

Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, and to work, and to play and to look up at the stars.          Henry Van Dyke

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams.     Mary Ellen Kelly

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.           Napoleon Bonaparte …………… Uplifting Quotes

Never does the human soul appear so strong and noble as when it foregoes revenge and dares to forgive an injury.       E. H. Chapin

All great truths begin as blasphemies.    George Bernard Shaw

If you lose money you lose much,<br> If you lose friends you lose more,<br> If you lose faith you lose all.           Eleanor Roosevelt

When one loses the deep intimate relationship with nature, then temples, mosques and churches become important. J. Krishnamurti, Beginnings of Learning

Love and hate are not opposites. The opposite of love is indifference.   A. S. Neill, Summerhill ……………. Uplifting Quotes

In obedience there is always fear, and fear darkens the mind.    J. Krishnamurti, Beginnings of Learning

Free children are not easily influenced; the absence of fear accounts for this phenomenon. Indeed, the absence of fear is the finest thing that can happen to a child.           A. S. Neill, Summerhill …………. Uplifting Quotes

The difficult child is the child who is unhappy. He is at war with himself; and in consequence, he is at war with the world.                A. S. Neill, Summerhill

Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens. Edward de Bono, Textbook of Wisdom

Whoever finds love<br> beneath hurt and grief<br> disappears into emptiness<br> with a thousand new disguises.                Jelaluddin Rumi …………. Uplifting Quotes

The neurotic and the artist – since both live out the unconscious of the race – reveal to us what is going to emerge endemically in the society later on.          Rollo May

Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.           Jelaluddin Rumi

No leader sets out to become a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely?all your skills, gifts, and energies?in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be and enjoy the process of becoming.           Warren Bennis, From an article in a meeting industry magazine. ……….. Uplifting Quotes

The men who create power make an indispensable contribution to the Nation?s greatness, but the men who question power make a contribution just as indispensable, especially when that questioning is disinterested, for they determine whether we use power or power uses us.           John F. Kennedy, Amherst College, Oct 26, 1963 – Source JFK Library, Boston, Mass.

Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.   Kurt Cobain

I believe in God, Mozart, and Beethoven.            Richard Wagner

We mortals with immortal minds are only born for sufferings and joys, and one could almost say that the most excellent receive joy through sufferings.  Ludwig van Beethoven ………….. Uplifting Quotes

Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.      Ludwig van Beethoven

Music, verily, is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life… the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend.    Ludwig van Beethoven

I have never thought of writing for reputation and honor. What I have in my heart must come out; that is the reason why I compose.            Ludwig van Beethoven

I wish you music to help with the burdens of life ,and to help you release your happiness to others.        Ludwig van Beethoven ………. Uplifting Quotes

(Kenneth) Star…(has) done what I could not do in a quarter century: make pornography more widely available.                Larry Flint, on the evidence against Pres Bill Clinton

Only the curious will learn and only the resolute overcome the obstacles to learning. The quest quotient has always excited me more than the intelligence quotient.               Eugene S. Wilson

Dick, frankly you do not have the war plan… which makes me quite happy.         Donald Rumsfeld, 1st briefing after “shock and awe” started ……… Uplifting Quotes

Give us this day our daily Faith, but deliver, dear God, from Belief.           A. Huxley, Island

…simple fact that any land looks like Eden after months at sea.  Robert Hughes, Fatal Shore

A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week. George S. Patton

Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality. Bertrand Russell, “Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?”, 1947

When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others. Bertrand Russell, “Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?”, 1947 …….. Uplifting Quotes

When one admits that nothing is certain one must, I think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others. It is much more nearly certain that we are assembled here tonight than it is that this or that political party is in the right. Certainly there are degrees of certainty, and one should be very careful to emphasize that fact, because otherwise one is landed in an utter skepticism, and complete skepticism would, of course, be totally barren and completely useless.                Bertrand Russell, “Am I An Atheist Or An Agnostic?”, 1947

We are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies and competitive values. For a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.     John F. Kennedy ……… Uplifting Quotes

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

Just turn left at Greenland…       John Lennon, When asked how the Beatles found America on their first U.S. visit ………… Uplifting Quotes

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters.              Alice Thomas Ellis

Never go out to meet trouble. If you will just sit still, nine cases out of ten someone will intercept it before it reaches you.                Calvin Coolidge

The price of freedom of religion, or of speech, or of the press, is that we must put up with a good deal of rubbish.                Robert Jackson

Reading made Don Quixote a gentleman. Believing what he read made him mad.             George Bernard Shaw

Books have the same enemies as people: fire, humidity, animals, weather, and their own content.         Paul Valery ………….. Uplifting Quotes

When you are eight years old, nothing is any of your business.   Lenny Bruce

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

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

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

The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.              E. B. White

Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age. William Feather

There is no such thing as “fun for the whole family.”       Jerry Seinfeld …………. Uplifting Quotes

Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.   Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 3

If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in; first, you get accused of things you never did, and later, credited for virtues you never had.           I. F. Stone

Scorching my seared heart with a pain, not hell shall make me fear again.             Edgar Allan Poe, Tamerlane, Part II

My wife Mary and I have been married for forty-seven years and not once have we had an argument serious enough to consider divorce; murder, yes, but divorce, never.           Jack Benny

All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.             Friedrich Nietzsche

Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to. Joe Gores

A man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.    Oscar Wilde

Love is the delightful interval between meeting a beautiful girl and discovering that she looks like a haddock.     John Barrymore

The way to write American music is simple. All you have to do is be an American and then write any kind of music you wish.                Virgil Thompson

Hell is full of musical amateurs.  George Bernard Shaw ………………. Uplifting Quotes

Es tan corto el amor, y tan largo el olvido. <br> (Love is so short, and forgetting is so long.)           Pablo Neruda

The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it. Woodrow Wilson

We would never learn to be patient if there were only joy in the world.                Helen Keller

Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.          Lao-Tzu

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.        Abigail Adams, 1780

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it.        Helen Keller

Conquering others takes force, conquering yourself is true strength.      Lao-Tzu

The true test of a civilization is not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops?no, but the kind of man the country turns out.            Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude

Free men cannot start a war, but once it is started, they can fight on in defeat. Herd men, followers of a leader, cannot do that, and so it is always the herd men who win battles and the free men who win wars.                John Steinbeck, The Moon is Down

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.                Aldous Huxley, Vendeta for the Western World, 1945

The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering.  Bruce Lee, Film: (Dragon The Bruce Lee Story. Quotation posted at end of film just before credits)

It is foolish to wish for beauty. Sensible people never either desire it for themselves or care about it in others. If the mind be but well cultivated, and the heart well disposed, no one ever cares for the exterior. Anne Bronte, Agnes Grey …………. Uplifting Quotes

Drop out of school before your mind rots from our mediocre educational system.            Frank Zappa, Liner notes from the album, “Freak Out,” 1965

Seek not, my soul, the life of the immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach.             Pindar, 518-438 B.C.

The function of government ought to be: make sure you have good water to drink, somebody picking up the garbage, good roads to drive on, enough electricity to turn your light bulbs and your record player on, and whatever smaller amounts of regulatory assistance is necessary to make this society work.              Frank Zappa, Interview with this submitter, New York City, 5/08/1980 ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Your purpose in relationships is simply to be your best self, regardless of the circumstances.       Rosalene Glickman, Ph.D., Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self

Have you ever noticed that there are people who do things which are most indelicate, and yet at the same time – beautiful?           E. M. Forster, “A Room with a View”

Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.   V?clav Havel, Disturbing the Peace, ch. 5 (1986; tr. 1990).

…obstacles do not exist to be surrendered to, but only to be broken.     Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf ……….. Uplifting Quotes

My soldiers ask of me, why surrender a military advantage in the field … I could not answer.       General Douglas MacArthur, His final address to the joint session of the congress

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.               Tallulah Bankhead

The Pythagorean … having been brought up in the study of mathematics, thought that things are numbers … and that the whole cosmos is a scale and a number.  Aristotle, quoted in http://www-gap.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians/Pythagoras.html

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.              Confucius

The journey in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.                Barbara De Angelis

Never forget the days I spent with you. Continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.        Ludwig van Beethoven

God gives us memory so that we may have roses in December. J. M. Barrie

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, 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.                Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Sufis advise us to speak only after our words have managed to pass through three gates. At the first gate we ask ourselves, Are these words true? If so, we let them pass on; if not, back they go. At the second gate we ask, Are they necessary? At the last gate we ask, Are they kind?           Eknath Easwaran

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 ……… Uplifting Quotes

In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.          Albert Camus

Men go abroad to wonder the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.             St. Augustine

Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.            Pablo Picasso

He waited for the mask to drop off, but at the same time he did not question her right to wear it.            F. Scott Fitzgerald

Good instincts usually tell you what to do long before your head has figured it out.          Michael Burke ………. Uplifting Quotes

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.  Albert Schweitzer

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.         Edmund Burke

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.            Lady Bird Johnson

A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus.  Herbert Hoover

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

The Price Of Freedom Is Eternal Vigilance.            Thomas Jefferson

The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no one else is watching.            Anson Dorrance, Go for the Goal by Mia Hamm

Sir, it is not God who will assemble us on the battlefield, nor position our troops, nor place the cannon, and it is not God who will aim the musket.             Winfield Hancock, Gods and Generals, pg 128, paragraph 3 ………… Uplifting Quotes

Love as Thought is Truth.<br> Love as Action is Right Conduct.<br> Love as Understanding is Peace.<br> Love as Feeling is Non-violence.   Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.    Michel de Montaigne

He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.               Michel de Montaigne

You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.          Harry Firestone

The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.                Kin Hubbard …………. Uplifting Quotes

Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven.   Yiddish Proverb

He is able who thinks he is able.                Buddha

Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.              American Indian Proverb

Duty without love is deplorable.<br> Duty with love is desirable.<br> Love without duty is Divine.            Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.       e.e. cummings

But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.             Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey …………… Uplifting Quotes

Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.             Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

One of the things that has helped me as much as any other, is not how long I am going to live, but how much I can do while living.    George Washington Carver

It is the greatest art of the devil to convince us he does not exist.             Charles Baudelaire …………… Uplifting Quotes

We do not first get all the answers and then live in the light of our understanding. We must rather plunge into life meeting what we have to meet and experiencing what we have to experience and in the light of living try to understand. if insight comes at all, it will not before, but only through and after experience.   John Claypool

My mother had morning sickness after I was born.          Rodney Dangerfield, monologue

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.             Horace Walpole

When you helped somebody, right away you were responsible for that person. And things always followed for which you were never prepared.   Martha Brooks, True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others.  Niccolo Machiavelli

Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit. Abbie Hoffman

The foolish man lies awake all night<br> Thinking of his many problems;<br> When the morning comes he is worn out<br> And his trouble is just as it was. Norse Proverb, Myth and Meaning page 72 ………….. Uplifting Quotes

I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.               Groucho Marx

I have nothing but confidence in you. And very little of that.       Groucho Marx

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.           Socrates

Women are like teabags. You dont know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.  Eleanor Roosevelt

What the great ones do, the less will prattle of  William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night , Act I scene ii

I installed a skylight in my apartment. The people who live above me are furious!             Steven Wright, Standup Comedy Routine

I went to a restaurant that serves “breakfast at any time”. So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance.     Steven Wright, Standup Comedy Routine

I just bought a microwave fireplace. You can spend an evening in front of it in only eight minutes.            Steven Wright, Standup Comedy Routine

Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishfull thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and freedoms.        Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers chapter 4

The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.               Edward M. Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, 1980

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.                Thomas Mann

When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about.               Albert Einstein, The World as I See It. ………….. Uplifting Quotes

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 D. Eisenhower

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.    Mae West, Klondike Annie (1936 film)

We never regret having eaten too little.                Thomas Jefferson

Depend upon it, after all, Thomas, Literature is the most noble of professions. In fact, it is about the only one fit for a man. For my own part, there is no seducing me from the path.             Edgar Allan Poe, From a letter to Frederick W. Thomas (February 14, 1849).

Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.                Sylvia Plath

Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us rise to our best.                Joseph B. Wirthlin ………. Uplifting Quotes

Love is this divine ingredient. It alone describes what can be our perfect relationship to our Heavenly Father and our family and neighbors, and the means by which we accomplish His work.             David B. Haight

I fear not, I see not reason for fear. In the end we will be the victors. For though at times the flame of liberty may cease to shine, the ember will never expire.         Thomas Paine

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper. Robert Frost

A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator the smaller the fraction.    Leo Tolstoy

Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers.              W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

It is the mind that makes the man.           Ovid ………. Uplifting Quotes

Nowhere can a man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.        Marcus Aurelius

After the greatest clouds, the sun.          Alan of Lille

Meet the sunrise with confidence.          Alonzo Newton Benn

For the uncontrolled there is no wisdom. For the uncontrolled there is no concentration, and for him without concentration, there is no peace. And for the unpeaceful how can there ever be happiness?      Unknown, The Bhagavad Gita

The downside to being better than everyone is that people seem to think you are pretentious.                Despair.com

To find yourself, think for yourself.          Socrates, The Apology

…for advice is a dangerous gift, even from the wise to the wise, and all courses may run ill.          J. R. R. Tolkien ………… Uplifting Quotes

Which way I fly is Hell; myself am Hell.    John Milton, Paradise Lost

When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.                Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.    Epictetus

Let the coming hour overflow with joy, and let pleasure drown the brim.              William Shakespeare

Land and Freedom!        Emiliano Zapata

I am Cuban, Argentine, Bolivian, Peruvian, Ecuadorian, etc… You understand.    Che Guevara, when asked his nationality ………….. Uplifting Quotes

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.                Voltaire

The revolution is not a tea party.              Mao Tse-tung

Ask not what you can do for your country, ask what your country did to you.      KMFDM, from “Dogma”

The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.         Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Chapter 1: Economy

Its embarrassing, you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on a Best Sellers List.  Abbie Hoffman, In response to the success of his book; Steal this Book

What we have to do is to be forever curiously testing new opinions and courting new impressions.          Walter Pater, 1873

I am more afriad of an army of 100 sheep lead by a lion than an army of 100 lions lead by a sheep.            Tallyrand

An aim of an argument should be progress, but progress ultimately means little without victory.               Gary L. Francione,  (American Legal Philosopher), Reaction to quote by Joseph Joubert

Dreams are but interludes that fancy makes…<br> Sometimes forgotten things, long cast behind<br> Rush forward in the brain, and come to mind.             John Dryden ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.         Anatole France

In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.                Henry David Thoreau

Sleep is often the only occasion in which man cannot silence his conscience; we forget what we knew in our dream.                Erich Fromm

To me dreams are part of nature, which harbors no intention to deceive but expresses something as best it can.              Carl Jung

Look before you leap.    Aesop

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. Robert Frost

Dictionaries are like watches; the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true. Samuel Johnson

Virtue can only flourish among equals.   Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

What is a kiss? Why this, as some approve:<br> The sure, sweet cement, glue, and lime of love.               Robert Herrick

I believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them.           Michel de Montaigne

Men have conceived a twofold use of sleep; it is a refreshing of the body in this life, and a preparing of the soul for the next.     John Donne ………. Uplifting Quotes

Dreams take us to levels we would otherwise be afraid to strive for.       Bill Beham

If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.          William Blake

And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams<br> Call to the soul when man doth sleep,<br> So some strange thoughts transcend our wonted themes,<br> And into glory peep.             Henry Vaughn

I belong to an ancient, idle, wild, and useless tribe… I am a storyteller.   Isak Dinesen, (Karen Blixen)

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose- a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.       Mary Shelley

And dreams in their development have breath, <br> And tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy;<br> They leave a weight upon our waking thoughts,<br> They take a weight from off our waking toils,<br> They do divide our being.       Lord Byron

[Poetry] is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.               Lord Byron ……. Uplifting Quotes

But words are things; and a small drop of ink,<br> Falling, like dew, upon a thought, produces<br> That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.         Lord Byron

A man, to be greatly good, must magine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and in many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.         Percy Bysshe Shelley

Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine.             Lord Byron

…For the unquiet heart and brain,<br> A use in measured language lies.              Alfred, Lord Tennyson

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

I bid him look into the lives of men as though into a mirror, and from others to take an example for himself.        Terence

By the work one knows the workmen.  Jean De La Fontaine

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.           John Stuart Mill ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Learn from me, if not by my precepts, then by my example, how dangerous is the pursuit of knowledge and how much happier is that man who believes his native town to be the world than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.    Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein

Ever notice that anyone going slower than you is an idiot, but anyone going faster is a maniac?  George Carlin

The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other going in opposite directions.                George Carlin, Napalm and Silly Putty

The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books – a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects.                Albert Einstein

Nature has a great simplicity and therefore a great beauty.          Richard Feynman ……… Uplifting Quotes

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.        Confucius

To love another person is to see the face of God.             Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

Acts of injustice done<br> Between the setting and the rising sun<br> In history lie like bones, each one.            W. H. Auden ………… Uplifting Quotes

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.  Leonardo da Vinci

What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value.       Thomas Paine, “The American Crisis”

The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eyes and the heart of the child.               Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature” …………. Uplifting Quotes

Petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of reality.   Henry David Thoreau, Walden

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.         Jimi Hendrix

It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.             Nikolai Gogol, 1836

If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The Rhodora”

The reason I dont play ballads? Because I love to play them.        Miles Davis, Film: The Miles Davis Story

When lip service to some mysterious deity permits bestiality on Wednesday and absolution on Sunday, cash me out.                Frank Sinatra

Without cultural sanction, most or all our religious beliefs and rituals would fall into the domain of mental disturbance.                John Schumaker

No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says: He is always convinced that it says what he means.       George Bernard Shaw ………. Uplifting Quotes

I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.             Stephen Roberts

Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt.  Friedrich Nietzsche

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

All credibility, all good conscience, all evidence of truth come only from the senses.         Friedrich Nietzsche

I could prove God statistically.    George Gallup ………. Uplifting Quotes

The best mirror is an old friend. George Herbert, 1651

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

The Christian resolution to find the world ugly and bad has made the world ugly and bad.             Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Where it is a duty to worship the sun it is pretty sure to be a crime to examine the laws of heat.                John Morley

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance… logic can be happily tossed out the window.              Stephen King

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.            Dalai Llama ……….. Uplifting Quotes

If a man would follow, today, the teachings of the Old Testament, he would be a criminal. If he would follow strictly the teachings of the New, he would be insane.         Robert Green Ingersoll

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.              Napoleon Bonaparte

I believe that producing pictures, as I do, is almost solely a question of wanting so very much to do it well.            M.C. Escher

I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.  Isoroku Yamamoto, After Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral

One half of the world can not understand the pleasures of the other.    Jane Austen

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.            Albert Pike ……… Uplifting Quotes

Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh. Robert Bolt

In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known — no wonder, then, that I return the love.             Soren Kierkegaard

Creativity is a drug I cannot live without.               Cecil B. DeMille

The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than about what others are saying, and we never listen when we are eager to speak.    Francois La Rochefoucauld

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.            Leo Buscaglia ……….. Uplifting Quotes

To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.                Buddha

Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.  Rabindranath Tagore

Not many can admit their fears, but those who can lead a fulfilling life of happiness knowing they hide nothing and need not to.  Cyrus Corteise

Trying is the first step towards failure.    Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

…and that this country shall have a new birth of freedom, and that this government, of the people, for the people, by the people, shall not perish from the Earth. Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address ……… Uplifting Quotes

Becuase I could not stop for Death<br> He kindly stopped for me<br> The carriage held but just ourselves<br> And Immortality        Emily Dickinson

Heroes are often the most ordinary of men.       Henry David Thoreau

I hold before you my hand with each finger standing erect and alone, and as long as they are held thus, not one of the tasks that the hand may preform can be accomplished. I cannot lift. I cannot grasp. I cannot hold. I cannot even make an intelligible sign until my fingers organize and work together. In this we should also learn a lesson.             George Washington Carver

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.      Judy Garland

Talent does what it can, Genius does what it must.          Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

I was astonished at the effect my successful landing in France had on the nations of the world. To me, it was like a match lighting a bonfire.             Charles A. Lindbergh

Adversity does teach who your real friends are.                Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999

Man is his own star and the soul that can render an honest and perfect man commands all light, all influence, all fate.                John Fletcher, 1647

You have to be careful who you let define your good.    Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999 ………. Uplifting Quotes

When you give each other everything, it becomes an even trade. Each wins all. Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999

Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.         Lois McMaster Bujold, “A Civil Campaign”, 1999

Guard your honor. Let your reputation fall where it will. And outlive the bastards.            Lois McMaster Bujold, “A Civil Campaign”, 1999

A tactical retreat is not a bad response to a surprise assault, you know. First you survive. Then you choose your own ground. Then you counterattack.             Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999

The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes. Henry Kissinger

You only live once – but if you work it right, once is enough.         Joe E. Lewis

Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.            Jim Bishop

Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.           Wally Lamb

As we look deeply within, we understand our perfect balance. There is no fear of the cycle of birth, life and death. For when you stand in the present moment, you are timeless.          Rodney Yee ………. Uplifting Quotes

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness.      George MacDonald

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have.     Eckhart Tolle

Life is consciousness.     Emmet Fox

If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?                Shantideva

If one speaks or acts with a cruel mind, misery follows, as the cart follows the horse… If one speaks or acts with a pure mind, happiness follows, as a shadow follows its source.               the Dhammapada

Dedicate some of your life to others. Your dedication will not be a sacrifice. It will be an exhilarating experience because it is an intense effort applied toward a meaningful end.        Dr. Thomas Dooley ……… Uplifting Quotes

Underlying the whole scheme of civilization is the confidence men have in each other, confidence in their integrity, confidence in their honesty, confidence in their future. Bourke Cockran

He that lives upon hope will die fasting. Benjamin Franklin

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is: be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.              Elbert Hubbard ………….. Uplifting Quotes

Why has government been instituted at all? Because the passions of men will not conform to the dictates of reason and justice, without constraint.          Alexander Hamilton

When you are obliged to make a statement that you know will cause displeasure, you must say it with every appearance of sincerity; this is the only way to make it palatable.            Paul De Gondi

A cheerful mind is a vigorous mind.         Jean De la Fontaine

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what it loves.    Blaise Pascal

The same refinement which brings us new pleasures, exposes us to new pains.                Edward Bulwer-Lytton

The worst derangement of the spirit is to believe things because we want them to be so, not because we have seen them for what they are.           Jacques Bossuet

A thing is not proved just because no one has ever questioned it. What has never been gone into impartially has never been properly gone into. Hence scepticism is the first step toward truth. It must be applied generally, because it is the touchstone.       Denis Diderot

Sow good services; sweet remembrances will grow them.           Madame de Stael

In silence man can most readily preserve his integrity.    Meister Eckhart

They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.             Sir Philip Sidney

Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions; for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.          John Milton

The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.           Sir Francis Bacon ………. Uplifting Quotes

Read not to contradict and confute, not to believe and take for granted, not to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider.             Sir Francis Bacon

He only employs his passion who can make no use of his reason.              Cicero

Man without religion is the creature of circumstances.   Augustus Hare

There is a measure in everything. There are fixed limits beyond which and short of which right cannot find a resting place.                Horace

Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.        Sir John Powell

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.           Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Your ignorance, cramps my conversation.             Sir Anthony Hawkins

Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.    Quida

We should often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood our motives.               Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely re-arranging their prejudices.             William James ………. Uplifting Quotes

Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation. Sydney Smith

Study the past if you would define the future.   Confucius

Eat before shopping. If you go to the store hungry, you are likely to make unnecessary purchases.          American Heart Association Cookbook

The law of liberty tends to abolish the reign of race over race, of faith over faith, of class over class. It is not the realization of a political ideal; it is the discharge of a moral obligation.            John Dalberg

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.                Walter Bagehot

Weary the path that does not challenge. Doubt is an incentive to truth and patient inquiry leadeth the way.        Hosea Ballou

There can be no real individual freedom in the presence of economic insecurity.               Chester Bowles ………. Uplifting Quotes

Irresponsible power is inconsistent with liberty, and must corrupt those who exercise it.              John Calhoun

All legislation, all government, all society is founded upon the principle of mutual concession, politeness, comity, courtesy; upon these everything is based…Let him who elevates himself above humanity, above its weaknesses, its infirmities, its wants, its necessities, say, if he pleases, I will never compromise; but let no one who is not above the frailties of our common nature disdain compromises.  Henry Clay

If our democracy is to flourish, it must have criticism; if our government is to function it must have dissent.          Henry Commager ……… Uplifting Quotes

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.         Diogenes Laertius

A good word is an easy obligation; but not to speak ill, requires only our silence, which costs nothing.     John Tillotson

Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.         Francis Jeffrey

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not one bit simpler.            Albert Einstein, (attributed)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified and new prejudices to be opposed.  Samuel Johnson

A person may cause evil to others not only by his actions but by his inaction, and in either case he is justly accountable to them for the injury.        John Stuart Mill

How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. William Shakespeare ………… Uplifting Quotes

Let me not be understood as saying that there are no bad laws, nor that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed.      Abraham Lincoln

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.            Herbert Spencer

When men are brought face to face with their opponents, forced to listen and learn and mend their ideas, they cease to be children and savages and begin to live like civilized men. Then only is freedom a reality, when men may voice their opinions because they must examine their opinions.        Walter Lippmann ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Who can protest and does not, is an accomplice in the act.           The Talmud

Ignorance and inconsideration are the two great causes of the ruin of mankind.                John Tillotson

Long ago we stated the reason for labour organizations. We said that union was essential to give labourers opportunity to deal on an equality with their employers.             US Supreme Court …………. Uplifting Quotes

When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, simply drop it.        Marquis de Vauvenargues

It is the spirit and not the form of law that keeps justice alive.    Earl Warren

Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also.              Seneca

Man…is a tame or civilized animal; never the less, he requires proper instruction and a fortunate nature, and then of all animals he becomes the most divine and most civilized; but if he be insufficiently or ill- educated he is the most savage of earthly creatures.            Plato

No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his rage.               Plutarch

As soon as any man says of the affairs of the State “What does it matter to me?” the State may be given up for lost.       Jean Jacques Rousseau

To be feared is to fear: no one has been able to strike terror into others and at the same time enjoy peace of mind.                Seneca ……….. Uplifting Quotes

If one has no vanity in this life of ours, there is no sufficient reason for living.      Leo Tolstoy

In so far as the mind is stronger than the body, so are the ills contracted by the mind more severe than those contracted by the body.            Cicero

Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.             William Shakespeare

Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.               Arthur Brisbane

Your face is a book, where men may read strange matters.          William Shakespeare……… Uplifting Quotes

The stream of thought flows on; but most of its segments fall into the bottomless abyss of oblivion. Of some, no memory survives the instant of their passage. Of others, it is confined to a few moments, hours or days. Others, again, leave vestiges which are indestructible, and by means of which they may be recalled as long as life endures.  William James

So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.          Michel de Montaigne……….. Uplifting Quotes

Knowledge, if it does not determine action, is dead to us.            Plotinus

There is no discipline in the world so severe as the discipline of experience subjected to the tests of intelligent development and direction.       John Dewey

To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.                Aristotle

He who tells a lie is not sensible of how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain that one.           Alexander Pope

That there should one Man die ignorant who had capacity for Knowledge, this I call a tragedy.    Thomas Carlyle

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

You may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time.                Abraham Lincoln

He who wonders discovers that this in itself is wonder.  M. C. Escher ……… Uplifting Quotes

Call no man foe, but never love a stranger.          Stella Benson

Ignorance is not innocence but sin.          Robert Browning

Ignorance gives one a large range of probabilities.            George Eliot

When men exercise their reason coolly and freely on a variety of distinct questions, they inevitably fall into different opinions on some of them. When they are governed by a common passion, their opinions, if they are to be called, will be the same.            Alexander Hamilton

There is no greater mistake than the hasty conclusion that opinions are worthless because they are badly argued.                Thomas H. Huxley

Neither can embellishments of language be found without arrangement and expression of thoughts, nor can thoughts be made to shine without the light of language.      Cicero

The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised; as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten.         Arthur Schopenhauer ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Only one absolute certainty is possible to man, namely that at any given moment the feeling which he has exists.                Thomas H. Huxley

Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly. William Shakespeare

Let us have a care not to disclose our hearts to those who shut up theirs against us.        Francis Beaumont

We are obliged to respect, defend and maintain the common bonds of union and fellowship that exist among all members of the human race.         Cicero

In the state of nature…all men are born equal, but they cannot continue in this equality. Society makes them lose it, and they recover it only by the protection of the law.              Charles de Montesquieu …………. Uplifting Quotes

Laws are partly formed for the sake of good men, in order to instruct them how they may live on friendly terms with one another, and partly for the sake of those who refuse to be instructed, whose spirit cannot be subdued, or softened, or hindered from plunging into evil.              Plato

Justice is a contract of expediency, entered upon to prevent men harming or being harmed.      Epicurus

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.       Henry David Thoreau

There are some duties we owe even to those who have wronged us. There is, after all, a limit to retribution and punishment.      Cicero

Falsehood often lurks upon the tongue of him, who, by self-praise, seeks to enhance his value in the eyes of others.                Arnold Bennett

Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.       George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists” ………………. Uplifting Quotes

Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.   Johann K. Lavater

Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.    John Milton

Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit. In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature, where the weaker individual is not secured against the violence of the stronger; and as, in the latter state, even the individuals are prompted, by the uncertainty of their condition, to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves; so, in the former state, will the more powerful factions or parties be gradually induced, by a like motive to wish for a government which will protect all parties, the weaker as well as the more powerful. Alexander Hamilton

Experience teaches only the teachable.                Aldous Huxley ………… Uplifting Quotes

Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.                Saint Thomas Aquinas

Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.      Michel de Montaigne

The soul of this man is in his clothes.       William Shakespeare

The history of the human race, viewed as a whole may be regarded as the realization of a hidden plan of nature to bring about a political constitution, internally, and for this purpose, also externally perfect, as the only state in which all the capacities implanted by her in mankind can be fully developed. Immanuel Kant

The reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.          Rene Descartes ………… Uplifting Quotes

In human life, art may arise from almost any activity, and once it does so, it is launched on a long road of exploration, invention, freedom to the limits of extravagance, interference to the point of frustration, finally discipline, controlling constant change and growth.     Susanne Langer

It is an error to imagine that evolution signifies a constant tendency to increased perfection. That process undoubtedly involves a constant remodelling of the organism in adaptation to new conditions; but it depends on the nature of those conditions whether the directions of the modifications effected shall be upward or downward.                Thomas H. Huxley

It is not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after.                William Shakespeare

Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man….such a man is a true gentleman.            Ralph Waldo Emerson ………. Uplifting Quotes

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

A weak man has doubts before a decision, a strong man has them afterwards.  Karl Kraus

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.          Ansel Adams

If we say a little it is easy to add, but having said too much it is hard to withdraw and never can it be done so quickly as to hinder the harm of our success.                Francis Saint De Sales

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.                Carl Jung ………… Uplifting Quotes

The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.         Plato

Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.                Hermann Hesse

Tis the good reader that makes the good book. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to him who made us and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.  Hugh Blair

You despise books; you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.          Voltaire …………. Uplifting Quotes

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.               Martin Fraquhar Tupper

Books are hindrances to persisting stupidity.       Spanish Proverb

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.        Sir Richard Steele

The best effect of any book is that it excites the reader to self-activity.  Thomas Carlyle

The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.       Lord Acton

If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.            Yugoslav Proverb …………….. Uplifting Quotes

Have patience awhile; slanders are not long-lived. Truth is the child of time; erelong she shall appear to vindicate thee.                Immanuel Kant

A lost battle is a battle one thinks one has lost.  Ferdinand Foch

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. The trite subjects of human efforts, possessions, outward success, luxury have always seemed to me contemptible.     Albert Einstein

It is forbidden to decry other sects; the true believer gives honour to whatever in them is worthy of honour.     Asoka

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word.                William Shakespeare

Toward no crime have men shown themselves so cold-bloodedly cruel as in punishing differences of belief.       James R. Lowell

There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.  Voltaire ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Consistency is the quality of a stagnant mind.     John Sloan

All men have an equal right to the free development of their faculties; they have an equal right to the impartial protection of the state; but it is not true, it is against all the laws of reason and equity, it is against the eternal nature of things, that the indolent man and the laborious man, the spendthrift and the economist, the imprudent and the wise, should obtain and enjoy an equal amount of goods.             Victor Cousin

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point is to bring them the real facts.        Abraham Lincoln

The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.            William O. Douglas ………. Uplifting Quotes

Believe nothing against another but on good authority; and never report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it.        William Penn

A happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.          Cicero

The deepest sin against the human mind is to believe things without evidence. Thomas H. Huxley

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.                Baruch Spinoza………. Uplifting Quotes

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.         Seneca

Nearly all legislation involves a weighing of public needs as against private desires; and likewise a weighing of relative social values.  Louis D. Brandeis

Leisure is the mother of philosophy.       Thomas Hobbes

The proposition that the people are the best keepers of their own liberties is not true. They are the worst conceivable, they are no keepers at all; they can neither judge, act, think, or will, as a political body.  John Adams

The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life, or say and do things that make people think.    William O. Douglas

It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason.          Lord Acton……… Uplifting Quotes

The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret – that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.  Cicero

A really great man is known by three signs… generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success.                Otto von Bismarck

The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance.         Benjamin Disraeli

True glory consists in doing what deserves to be written; in writing what deserves to be read; and in so living as to make the world happier for our living in it.        Pliny The Elder

Reading is sometimes an ingenious device for avoiding thought.               Sir Arthur Helps………… Uplifting Quotes

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.   Abraham Lincoln

The important thing is to know when to laugh, or since laughing is somewhat undignified to smile. But the smile must be of the right kind must have understanding in it, and friendliness, and a good deal of patience.         Roderic Owen……….. Uplifting Quotes

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.     William Blake

I show you doubt, to prove that faith exists.       Robert Browning

To see a world in a Grain of Sand,<br> And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,<br> Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,<br> And eternity in an hour.         William Blake

An orator is a man who says what he thinks and feels what he says.        William Jennings Bryan

The angry man always thinks he can do more than he can.           Albertano of Brescia

A precedent embalms a principle.            Benjamin Disraeli………. Uplifting Quotes

Boredom is a sign of satisfied ignorance, blunted apprehension, crass sympathies, dull understanding, feeble powers of attention, and irreclaimable weakness of character.        James Bridie

The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.          Gelett Burgess

Let them hate so long as they fear.<br> (Oderint Dum Metuant)              Lucius Accius, Fragment

The voice of the people is the voice of God.<br> (Vox Populi, Vox Dei)  Alcuin

A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.          Aristophanes…………… Uplifting Quotes

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.             Walter Bagehot

Better to get up late and be wide awake than to get up early and be asleep all day.          Anonymous

So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.               Isodore Duncan

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.      Walter Bagehot

Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer.          Barnard Elliot Bee

Hence it is clear how much more cruel the pen is than the sword.<br> (Hinc Gham Sit Calmus Saevior Ense Patet)                Robert Burton

How use doth breed a habit in a man.    William Shakespeare……… Uplifting Quotes

Mistake not. Those pleasures are not pleasures that trouble the quiet and tranquillity of thy life.              Jeremy Taylor

The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.<br> (Salus Populi Suprema Est Lex)           Cicero

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.             Confucius

Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.         Confucius

Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.             George Bernard Shaw……….. Uplifting Quotes

Put duties aside at least an hour before bed and perform soothing, quiet activities that will help you relax.          Dianne Hales


All ambitions are lawful except those which climb upward on the miseries or credulities of mankind.       William Congreve

He who allows himself to be insulted, deserves to be.    Pierre Corneille

I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.    Oliver Cromwell

We must, however, acknowledge as it seems to me, that a man with all his noble qualities…still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.    Charles Darwin …………… Uplifting Quotes

No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.         Benjamin Disraeli

In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.             Lydia Sigourney

Happy the man, and happy he alone,<br> He, who can call to-day his own:<br> He who, secure within, can say,<br> To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.       John Dryden ……….. Uplifting Quotes

So many men so many questions.<br> (Quot Homines Tot Sententiae)  Terence

I wish you well and so I take my leave,<br> I Pray you know me when we meet again.   William Shakespeare

Lady you bereft me of all words,<br> Only my blood speaks to you in my veins,<br> And there is such confusion in my powers.               William Shakespeare

Grow old along with me the best is yet to be.     Robert Browning………… Uplifting Quotes

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.      Wilhelm von Humboldt

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.       Plutarch

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.   George Washington

Hear the other side.<br> (Audi Partem Alteram)               Saint Augustine

In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.             Richard Baxter

In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.        Henry David Thoreau

No man is demolished but by himself.    Richard Bently ………… Uplifting Quotes

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.                Lord William Beveridge

For the sword outwears its sheath,<br> And the soul wears out the breast,<br> And the heart must pause for breath,<br> And love itself have rest.              Lord Byron

History is philosophy teaching by example, and also warning; its two eyes are geography and chronology.            James A. Garfield

Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; take honour from me and my life is done.       William Shakespeare

With affection beaming out of one eye, and calculation shining out of the other.               Charles Dickens…………. Uplifting Quotes

Property has its duties as well as its rights.           Thomas Brummond

But far more numerous was the herd of such,<br> Who think too little and who talk too much. John Dryden

We must beat the iron while it is hot, but we may polish it at leisure.       John Dryden

My mind to me a kingdom is,<br> Such present joys therein I find,<br> That it excels all other bliss.         Sir Edward Dyer

He is not only dull himself, but the cause of dullness in others.   Samuel Foote

Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative.      W. S. Gilbert

If you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.        Samuel Johnson………… Uplifting Quotes

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.         William Shakespeare

History is a voice forever sounding across the centuries the laws of right and wrong. Opinions alter, manners change, creeds rise and fall, but the moral law is written on the tablets of eternity.           James A. Forude

Taxation without representation is tyranny.        James Otis

Comments are free but facts are sacred.              Charles Prestwich Scott

You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.                Franz Kafka

Readiness of speech is often inability to hold the tongue.             Jean Baptiste Rousseau

The character of a man is known from his conversations.              Menander……… Uplifting Quotes

Music like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy.         Jean Baptiste Montegut

Dare to be wise.<br> (Sapere Aude)       Anonymous

It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so.      Friedrich von Schiller

Unity in things necessary, liberty in things doubtful, charity in everything.             Anonymous………… Uplifting Quotes

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.        Cicero

Rest assured that there is nothing which wounds the heart of a noble man more deeply than the thought his honour is assailed.               Moliere

To harken to evil conversation is the road to wickedness.. (Pravis Assuescere Sermonibus Est Via Ad Rem Ipsam)                Anonymous

First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak.             Epictetus

He who blinded by ambition, raises himself to a position whence he cannot mount higher, must thereafter fall with the greatest loss.     Niccolo Machiavelli

The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return the better to thinking.        Phaedrus………… Uplifting Quotes

The sufferings that fate inflicts on us should be borne with patience, what enemies inflict with manly courage.  Thucydides

The man who has received a benefit ought always to remember it, but he who has granted it ought to forget the fact at once.     Demosthenes

May no portent of evil be attached to the words I say.   Anonymous

By courage I repel adversity.<br> (Adversa Virtute Repello)        Anonymous

Let your desires be ruled by reason.<br> (Appetitus Rationi Pareat)        Cicero

Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honourable.        Seneca

I am a man, and whatever concerns humanity is of interest to me.           Terence

They envy the distinction I have won; let them therefore, envy my toils, my honesty, and the methods by which I gained it.                Sallust

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. Oliver Wendell Holmes

There are no thanks for a kindness, which has been delayed.     Anonymous

You add insult to injury.<br> (Injuriae Addis Contumeliam)          Anonymous

Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak.               Francois de La Rochefoucauld……….. Uplifting Quotes

It is light grief that can take counsel.        Anonymous

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation.        James Clarke

Education is like a double-edged sword. It may be turned to dangerous uses if it is not properly handled.              Wu Ting-Fang ………… Uplifting Quotes

Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.       Herbert Hoover

Buy on the rumor; sell on the news.        Wall Street Proverb

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.   Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling,<br> Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal,<br> Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling;<br> The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.                George Du Maurier

It is not growing like a tree<br> in bulk doth make man better be;<br> Or standing long an oak, three hundred year,<br> To fall a log at last, dry, bald, and sere,<br> A lily of a day<br> is fairer in May<br> Although it fall and die that night,<br> It was the plant of flower and light,<br> In small proportions we just beauties see;<br> And in short measures, life may perfect be.         Benjamin Johnson ………… Uplifting Quotes

What though the radiance which was once so bright<br> Be not forever taken from my sight,<br> Though nothing can bring back the hour<br> Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;<br>Grief not, rather find,<br> Strength in what remains behind,<br> In the primal sympathy<br> Which having been must ever be,<br> In the soothing thoughts that spring<br> Out of Human suffering,<br> In the faith that looks through death<br> In years that bring philophic mind.                William Wordsworth

Nay, tempt me not to love again:<br> There was a time when love was sweet;<br> Dear Nea! had I known thee then,<br> Our souls had not been slow to meet!<br> But oh! this weary heart hath run<br> So many a time the rounds of pain,<br> Not even for thee, thou lovely one!<br> Would I endure such pangs again.         Sir Thomas More

Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several–from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.      Jean de la Bruyere

Knowledge is essential to conquest; only according to our ignorance are we helpless. Thought creates character. Character can dominate conditions. Will creates circumstances and environment. Anne Besant ……………. Uplifting Quotes

Nothing is so dangerous as an ignorant friend;<br> A wise enemy is worth more.             Jean De la Fontaine

Thy words, I grant are bigger, for I wear not, my dagger in my mouth.     William Shakespeare

You must lose a fly to catch a trout.         George Herbert

Talk not of wasted affection, affection never was wasted,<br> If it enrich not the heart of another, its waters returning<br> Back to their springs, like the rain shall fill them full of refreshment;<br> That which the fountain sends forth returns again to the fountain.    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

People vote their resentment, not their appreciation. The average man does not vote for anything, but against something.                William Bennet Munro

Let arms give place to the robe, and the laurel of the warriors yield to the tongue of the orator.                Cicero

For they are yet ear-kissing arguments. William Shakespeare

I must be cruel only to be kind;<br> Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind.             William Shakespeare

Thou art all the comfort,<br> The Gods will diet me with.             William Shakespeare ………….. Uplifting Quotes

Remember this-that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.                Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

I have found you an argument; I am not obliged to find you an understanding.   James Boswell

Art may make a suit of clothes: but nature must produce a man.               David Hume

I pray thee cease thy counsel,<br> Which falls into mine ears as profitless<br> as water in a sieve.           William Shakespeare

There is a demand in these days for men who can make wrong appear right.      Terence

The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.         Socrates

Let us, then be up and doing,<br> With a heart for any fate;<br> Still achieving, still pursuing,<br> Learn to labour and to wait.      Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ……….. Uplifting Quotes

She is not fair to outward view<br> As many maidens be;<br> Her loveliness I never knew<br> Until she smiled on me;<br> Oh! then I saw her eye was bright,<br> A well of love, a spring of light.<br>      Hartley Coleridge

Tis the witching hour of night,<br> Orbed is the moon and bright,<br> And the stars they glisten, glisten,<br> Seeming with bright eyes to listen<br> For what listen they?   John Keats

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

Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything.                Sydney Smith

So long as thou are ignorant be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.       Izaak Walton

Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.             Ralph Charell

So may he rest, his faults lie gently on him!          William Shakespeare

His life was gentle; and the elements<br> So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up,<br> And say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!     William Shakespeare

When we are born, we cry, that we are come<br> To this great stage of fools.   William Shakespeare ….. Uplifting Quotes

Cowards are cruel, but the brave<br> Love mercy, and delight to save.  John Gay

Glory built on selfish principles is shame and guilt.            William Cowper

Cease, every joy, to glimmer on my mind,<br> But leave—oh! leave the light of Hope behind.  Thomas Campbell

Overlook our deeds, since you know that crime was absent from our inclination.              Ovid

Forming characters! Whose? Our own or others? Both. And in that momentous fact lies the peril and responsibility of our existence.           Elihu Burritt

If you can react the same way to winning and losing, that is a big accomplishment. That quality is important because it stays with you the rest of your life.     Chris Evert

Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.    Cicero ……. Uplifting Quotes

Men keep agreements when it is to the advantage of neither to break them.     Solon

I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.        Martin Luther King Jr.

Conscience and reputation are two things. Conscience is due to yourself, reputation to your neighbour.               Saint Augustine

To all, to each, a fair good night,<br> And pleasing dreams, and slumbers light.  Sir Walter Scott

He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself.                William Shakespeare

I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.     Edmund Burke

One man may hit the mark, another blunder; but heed not these distinctions. Only from the alliance of the one, working with and through the other, are great things born.           Antoine de Saint-Exupery ………….. Uplifting Quotes

There was never anything by the wit of man so well devised, or so sure established, which in continuance of time hath not been corrupted.               Book of Common Prayer

Be mild with the mild, shrewd with the crafty, confiding to the honest, rough to the ruffian, and a thunderbolt to the liar. But in all this, never be unmindful of your own dignity.  John Brown

Human nature constitutes a part of the evidence in every case. Elisha Potter

He is not deemed to give consent who is under a mistake.           Unknown, Latin Legal Phrase

The wise are instructed by reason; ordinary minds by experience; the stupid, by necessity; and brutes by instinct.                Cicero

Nothing is more wretched than the mind of a man conscious of guilt.      Titus Maccius Plautus

An act against my will is not my act.         Unknown, Legal Maxim

The conscience of a people is their power.           John Dryden …….. Uplifting Quotes

Presumption means nothing more than as stated by Lord Mansfield, the weighing of probabilities, and deciding, by the powers of common sense, on which side the truth is.     Sir William Draper

But O the truth, the truth. The<br> many eyes<br> That look on it! The diverse things<br> they see.     George Meredith

Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe.            John Milton

The good devout man first makes inner preparation for the actions he has later to perform. His outward actions do not draw him into lust and vice; rather it is he who bends them into the shape of reason and right judgement. Who has a stiffer battle to fight than the man who is striving to conquer himself.  Thomas a Kempis ……….. Uplifting Quotes

It violates right order whenever capital so employees the working or wage-earning classes as to divert business and economic activity entirely to its own arbitrary will and advantage without, the social character of economic life, social justice, and the common good. Pope Pius XI

Modern Man is the victim of the very instruments he values most. Every gain in power, every mastery of natural forces, every scientific addition to knowledge, has proved potentially dangerous, because it has not been accompanied by equal gains in self-understanding and self-discipline.   Lewis Mumford

How sweet and soothing is this hour of calm! I thank thee, night! for thou has chased away these horrid bodements which, amidst the throng, I could not dissipate; and with the blessing of thy benign and quiet influence now will I to my couch, although to rest is almost wronging such a night as this. Lord Byron

What a mistake to suppose that the passions are strongest in youth! The passions are not stronger, but the control over them is weaker! They are more easily excited, they are more violent and apparent; but they have less energy, less durability, less intense and concentrated power than in the maturer life.              Edward Bulwer-Lytton ………… Uplifting Quotes

The principles now planted in thy bosom will grow, and one day reach maturity; and in that maturity thou wilt find thy heaven or thy hell.          David Thomas

Property left to a child may soon be lost; but the inheritance of virtue–a good name an unblemished reputation–will abide forever. If those who are toiling for wealth to leave their children, would but take half the pains to secure for them virtuous habits, how much more serviceable would they be. The largest property may be wrested from a child, but virtue will stand by him to the last.        William Graham Sumner

I conceive the essential task of religion to be “to develop the consciences, the ideals, and the aspirations of mankind”.                 Robert Millikan

I pray you bear me henceforth from the noise and rumour of the field, where I may think the remnant of my thoughts in peace, and part of this body and my soul with contemplation and devout desires.            William Shakespeare

When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.           Benjamin Disraeli

There is an art of which every man should be a master the art of reflection. If you are not a thinking man, to what purpose are you a man at all?       William Hart Coleridge

Repentance may begin instantly, but reformation often requires a sphere of years.        Henry Ward Beecher ………….. Uplifting Quotes

To have respect for ourselves guides our morals; and to have a deference for others governs our manners.        Lawrence Sterne

A man whose life has been dishonourable is not entitled to escape disgrace in death.     Lucius Accius

The name of peace is sweet, and the thing itself is beneficial, but there is a great difference between peace and servitude. Peace is freedom in tranquillity, servitude is the worst of all evils, to be resisted not only by war, but even by death.                Cicero

Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.         Cicero

To someone seeking power, the poorest man is the most useful.             Sallust

Ready tears are a sign of treachery, not of grief.                Publilius Syrus

Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking.      Horace

Without an adversary prowess shrivels. We see how great and efficient it really is only when it shows by endurance what it is capable of.      Seneca

Do not fight verbosity with words: speech is given to all, intelligence to few.       Moralia

Think it the greatest impiety to prefer life to disgrace, and for the sake of life to lose the reason for living.            Juvenal

Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.         Sir Francis Bacon

The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation.                Hilton Kramer……… Uplifting Quotes

Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.    Will Durant

Say not, when I have leisure I will study; you may not have leisure.          The Mishnah

Conversation should be pleasant without scurrility, witty without affectation, free without indecency, learned without conceitedness, novel without falsehood.             William Shakespeare ………… Uplifting Quotes

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.         Friedrich Nietzsche, The Dawn, Sec. 297

A wretched soul, bruised with adversity,<br> We bid be quiet when we hear it cry; <br> But were we burdened with like weight of pain,<br> As much or more we should ourselves complain.     William Shakespeare

Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.       Benjamin Disraeli

Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy; and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.               Adlai E. Stevenson Jr…………. Uplifting Quotes

It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.            Hubert H. Humphrey

I am not bound to please thee with my answers.              William Shakespeare

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

The peace of heaven is theirs that lift their swords, in such a just and charitable war.       William Shakespeare

I hate ingratitude more in a man<br> than lying, vainness, babbling, drunkenness,<br> or any taint of vice whose strong corruption<br> inhabits our frail blood. William Shakespeare

If any man wish to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts; and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul.            Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge of thine own cause.           William Shakespeare………….. Uplifting Quotes

The trust I have is in mine innocence,<br> and therefore am I bold and resolute.              William Shakespeare

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

God bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind, love, charity, obedience, and true duty!               William Shakespeare

No amount of artificial reinforcement can offset the natural inequalities of human individuals.   Henry P. Fairchild

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.             Eleanor Roosevelt

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

If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.          Niccolo Machiavelli

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders, than from the arguments of its opposers.              William Penn …………. Uplifting Quotes

I am a man: I hold that nothing human is alien to me.      Terence

True philosophy invents nothing; it merely establishes and describes what is.     Victor Cousin

When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad, and that is my religion.   Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.    George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903), Maxims for Revolutionists

When a true genius appears in this world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.       Jonathan Swift, Thoughts on Various Subjects ………….. Uplifting Quotes

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

If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer.                Alfred North Whitehead

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.           Albert Einstein

Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.         Oscar Wilde

It is a far, 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………. Uplifting Quotes

To err is human, to forgive divine.            Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

His house was perfect, whether you liked food, or sleep, or work, or story-telling, or singing, or just sitting and thinking, best, or a pleasant mixture of them all.  J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all doing direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.                Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

It was enough to make a body ashamed of the human race.        Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ……….. Uplifting Quotes

Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.  Mark Twain

History is the short trudge from Adam to atom. Leonard Louis Levinson

This world is given as the prize for the men in earnest; and that which is true of this world, is truer still of the world to come.                Frederick William Robertson

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854)

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.  Mark Twain, What Is Man? (1906) …………. Uplifting Quotes

It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them. Mark Twain

There are people who strictly deprive themselves of each and every eatable, drinkable, and smokable which has in any way acquired a shady reputation. They pay this price for health. And health is all they get for it. How strange it is. It is like paying out your whole fortune for a cow that has gone dry.         Mark Twain

Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly.    Albert Einstein, quoted in New York Times, March 13, 1940

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth — more than ruin — more even than death…. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.          Bertrand Russell …………. Uplifting Quotes

The First Amendment is often inconvenient. But that is besides the point. Inconvenience does not absolve the government of its obligation to tolerate speech.               Justice Anthony Kennedy

In heaven all the interesting people are missing.               Friedrich Nietzsche

Say nothing of my religion. It is known to God and myself alone. Its evidence before the world is to be sought in my life: if it has been honest and dutiful to society the religion which has regulated it cannot be a bad one. Thomas Jefferson

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.               Joseph Addison

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–<br> I took the one less traveled by, <br> And that has made all the difference.                Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken

First they came for the Communists but I was not a Communist so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Socialists and the Trade Unionists but I was not one of them, so I did not speak out. Then they came for the Jews but I was not Jewish so I did not speak out. And when they came for me, there was no one left to speak out for me.      Martin Niemoeller

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.   George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) ………. Uplifting Quotes

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

The trouble with leaving your feet on the ground is you never get to take your pants off.             Ringo Starr

Pressure? This is just a football match. When you do not know how to feed your children, that is pressure.          Jose Luis Chilavert, Goal keeper for Paraguay, said during France 98 World Cup (soccer/football)

Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It?s not something you learn in school. But if you haven?t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven?t really learned anything.               Mohammad Ali, Newspaper, Daily Herald ………… Uplifting Quotes

The sum of all human wisdom is contained in these two words: Wait and Hope. Alexander Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

There are three principal ways to lose money: wine, women, and engineers. While the first two are more pleasant, the third is by far the more certain. Baron Rothschild, ca. 1800

They know enough who know how to learn.       Hendry Adams

When you learn how to die, you learn how to live.           Morrie Schwartz, “Tuesdays with Morrie”

Two people do not have to agree on what is right to be together. They just have to want to be together. If this sounds simple, try it sometime.                Paul Williams, Das Energi

Computers are incredibly fast, accurate, and stupid. Human beings are incredibly slow, inaccurate, and brilliant. Together they are powerful beyond imagination. Albert Einstein ……….. Uplifting Quotes

When a man cannot choose he ceases to be a man.        Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange

How exquisite that gaze of yours would be if you were being whipped to death, in the last agony.           Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs

The glory of a good tale is that it is limitless and fluid; a good tale belongs to each reader in its own particular way.                Steven King, The Stand

Oh would some power the giftie gie us, to see ourselves as others see us            Robert Burns, To A Louse

Life is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain.         Robert Jordan, The Great Hunt, Book 2 of The Wheel of Time

Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong?”<br> Then a voice says to me, “This is going to take more than one night.”   Charles M. Schulz, Charlie Brown in “Peanuts”

The supreme irony of life is that hardly anyone gets out of it alive.           Robert Heinlein, “Job”, 1984

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.                Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.         Charles E. Jefferson

The illegal we do immediately. The unconstitutional takes a little longer.               Henry Kissinger, New York Times, Oct. 28, 1973 ………….. Uplifting Quotes

For the villainy of the world is great, and a man has to run his legs off to keep them from being stolen out fom underneath him.       Bertolt Brecht, The Threepenny Opera (1928), Act I Scene 3

I chose and my word was shaken. So what? The choice may have been mistaken ? the choosing was not. Just keep moving on…       Stephen Sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Act 2

Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.                Ayn Rand

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.      Ayn Rand

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. So you have to begin there, not outside, not on other people. That comes afterwards, when you have worked on your own corner.  Aldous Huxley

I can honestly say to you, slaves of the press, that if I had as many love affairs as you have given me credit for, I would now be speaking to you from a jar at the Harvard Medical School.      Frank Sinatra

Between two groups of men that want to make inconsistent kinds of worlds I see no remedy except force… It seems to me that every society rests on the death of men.             Oliver Wendell Holmes ……………. Uplifting Quotes

Either define the moment or the moment will define you.           Walt Whitman

Anyone who clings to the historically untrue – and thoroughly immoral – doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forgot this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and there freedoms.              Robert Heinlein

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish.            Steven Wright

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.      Thomas Sowell, Is Reality Optional?, 1993

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area – crime, education, housing, race relations – the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them. Thomas Sowell, Is Reality Optional?, 1993 …………… Uplifting Quotes

The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.            Herbert Spencer

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then it will gradually yield to him.       Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.                Thomas Merton

Some have been thought brave because they were afraid to run away. Thomas Fuller

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.              George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, Introduction

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

Mistakes, obviously, show us what needs improving. Without mistakes, how would we know what we had to work on?                Peter McWilliams, Life 101

To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.               Peter McWilliams, Life 101

Resentment is anger directed at others–at what they did or did not do.                Peter McWilliams, Life 101 …………. Uplifting Quotes

Guilt is anger directed at ourselves–at what we did or did not do.            Peter McWilliams, Life 101

Many people weigh the guilt they will feel against the pleasure of the forbidden action they want to take.           Peter McWilliams, Life 101

If our early lessons of acceptance were as successful as our early lessons of anger, how much happier we would all be.                Peter McWilliams, Life 101

You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.       Henri-Fr?d?ric Amiel

To use fear as the friend it is, we must retrain and reprogram ourselves…We must persistently and convincingly tell ourselves that the fear is here–with its gift of energy and heightened awareness–so we can do our best and learn the most in the new situation.           Peter McWilliams, Life 101

The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones.                Peter McWilliams, Life 101

The simple solution for disappointment depression: Get up and get moving. Physically move. Do. Act. Get going.                Peter McWilliams, Life 101

Acceptance is such an important commodity, some have called it “the first law of personal growth.”        Peter McWilliams, Life 101

When I think of talking, it is of course with a woman. For talking at its best being an inspiration, it wants a corresponding divine quality of receptiveness, and where will you find this but in a woman?     Oliver Wendell Holmes …………. Uplifting Quotes

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.    John F. Kennedy

Management is nothing more than motivating other people.      Lee Iacocca

If you wish me to weep, you must mourn first yourself.                Horace

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.             Demosthenes

Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot. Josh Billings

The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.         Moliere

No one can be right all of the time, but it helps to be right most of the time.        Robert Half

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

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.  Arthur Ashe

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  Ralph Waldo Emerson

Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity.          Albert Schweitzer ………….. Uplifting Quotes

One of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them: It is a well known fact, that those people who most want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. Anyone who is capable of getting themselves into a position of power should on no account be allowed to do the job. Another problem with governing people is people.            Douglas Adams

A man of genius makes no mistakes; his errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.     James Joyce

All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.             Marya Mannes, The Quotable Woman…on Love & Relationships

You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket.          John Adams, Instructions to his son Johnny in the biography “John Adams” by David McCullough (p. 19)

Many go fishing without knowing it is fish they are after.              Henry David Thoreau, ?

Too often the strong silent man is silent because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.               Winston Churchill

Everyone has his day and some days last longer than others.      Winston Churchill

Reality continues to ruin my life.               Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.                Dorothy Bernard

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.    Napoleon Bonaparte

In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create but by what we refuse to destroy.     John C. Sawhill

War is hell, and I mean to make it so.      William Tecumseh Sherman  ………… Uplifting Quotes

My kids can do whatever they want as long as they are not Republicans or junkies. That is where I draw the line.                Steven Bernstein, Interview

The little reed, bending to the force of the wind, soon stood upright again when the storm had passed over.      Aesop

The saying “Getting there is half the fun” became obsolete with the advent of commercial airlines.         Henry J. Tillman

Never tell a man you can read him through and through; most people prefer to be thought enigmas.     Marchioness Townsend

Most new books are forgotten within a year, especially by those who borrow them.       Evan Esar

America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.      Evan Esar

Channeling is just bad ventriloquism. You use another voice, but people can see your lips moving.           Penn Jillette

All is in the hands of man. Therefore wash them often. Stanislaw J. Lec, “Unkempt Thoughts”

The first condition of immortality is death.           Stanislaw J. Lec, “Unkempt Thoughts”

There are grammatical errors even in his silence.              Stanislaw J. Lec, “Unkempt Thoughts”

Advice to writers: Sometimes you just have to stop writing. Even before you begin.        Stanislaw J. Lec, “Unkempt Thoughts” …….. Uplifting Quotes

Faith is, at one and the same time, absolutely necessary and altogether impossible.        Stanislaw Lem

The great masses of the people… will more easily fall victims to a great lie than to a small one.   Adolf Hitler

You never know till you try to reach them how accessible men are; but you must approach each man by the right door.                Henry Ward Beecher

Electricity is actually made up of extremely tiny particles called electrons, that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.               Dave Barry, “The Taming of the Screw”

The only really good place to buy lumber is at a store where the lumber has already been cut and attached together in the form of furniture, finished, and put inside boxes.             Dave Barry, “The Taming of the Screw”

Procrastination is the thief of time.          Edward Young ………. Uplifting Quotes

You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave.   Sydney Smith

What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.            Oscar Levant

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.               Sir Francis Bacon

It is not enough to do good; one must do it the right way.             John Viscount Morley, of Blackburn

With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.           Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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

There are people who think that everything one does with a serious face is sensible.      Georg Christoph Lichtenberg ……….. Uplifting Quotes

It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish.      Aeschylus

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.         Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) Valley of Fear, 1915

Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.                Blaise Pascal

Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.              Dr. Seuss

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.       Plutarch

Some national parks have long waiting lists for camping reservations. When you have to wait a year to sleep next to a tree, something is wrong.       George Carlin

As a matter of principle, I never attend the first annual anything.              George Carlin …… Uplifting Quotes

Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.       Stanislaw Lem, “Holiday”, 1963

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.         Francis Bacon, Essays (1625)

Toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other.           Seneca

It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.       Alexandre Dumas

Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.       Fran Lebowitz, Social Studies (1981)

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

It was no wonder that people were so horrible when they started life as children.            Kingsley Amis, One Fat Englishman (1963)

The man who leaves money to charity in his will is only giving away what no longer belongs to him.          Voltaire, Letter (1769)

In charity there is no excess.       Sir Francis Bacon, Of Goodness, and Goodness of Nature (1625) ……… Uplifting Quotes

The living need charity more than the dead.        George Arnold, The Jolly Old Pedagogue (1866)

Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed.              Sydney Smith

Every man has three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.        Alphonse Karr

Things do not change; we change.           Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1970)

There is nothing in this world constant, but inconsistancy.            Jonathan Swift, A Critical Essay upon the Faculties of the Mind (1709)

You cannot step twice into the same river.           Heraclitus, In Plato, Cratylus

The more things change the more they remain the same.            Alphonse Karr, Les Gu?pes……… Uplifting Quotes

The issues are the same. We wanted peace on earth, love, and understanding between everyone around the world. We have learned that change comes slowly.               Paul McCartney, The Observer (1987)

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.            Confucius, Analects

Change is inevitable. In a progressive country change is constant.             Benjamin Disraeli, Speech, Edinburgh (1867)……….. Uplifting Quotes

But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.         Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy (1789)

The only certainty is that nothing is certain.         Pliny the Elder

I prefer complexity to certainty, cheerful mysteries to sullen facts.          Claude T. Bissell

There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person.         G. K. Chesterton, Heretics (1905)

I wanted to be bored to death, as good a way to go as any.          Peter De Vries, Comfort me with Apples (1956)

I came upstairs into the world; for I was born in a cellar. William Congreve, Love for Love (1695)

For that which is born death is certain, and for the dead birth is certain. Therefore grieve not over that which is unavoidable.      Bhagavad Gita ………. Uplifting Quotes

The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.                Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion (1927)

Where would this country be without this great land of ours?     Ronald Reagan

The future depends on what we do in the present.         Mahatma Gandhi

Unless you believe, you will not understand.      Saint Augustine, De Libero Arbitrio

Men generally believe what they wish. Gaius Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.      Havelock Ellis, Impressions and Comments (1914)

Beauty is handed out as undemocratically as inherited peerages, and beautiful people have done nothing to deserve their astonishing reward.        John Mortimer, The Observer (1999)

Outside every fat man there was an even fatter man trying to close in.  Kingsley Amis, One Fat Englishman (1963)

Put yourself on view. This brings your talents to light.     Baltasar Gracian

I say that good painters imitated nature; but that bad ones vomited it.   Miguel de Cervantes, Exemplary Novels (1613)

To the accountants, a true work of art is an investment that hangs on the wall.  Hilary Alexander, Sunday Telegraph (1993) ……… Uplifting Quotes

It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion.                William Ralph Inge, Outspoken Essays (1919)

The Lord prefers common-looking people. That is why he makes so many of them.         Abraham Lincoln

Arguments out of a pretty mouth are unanswerable.     Joseph Addison, Women and Liberty

It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.        P. G. Wodehouse, The Man Upstairs (1914)

Beware the fury of a patient man.           John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel (1681)

Animals are always loyal and love you, whereas with children you never know where you are.   Christina Foyle, The Times (1993)

The angry man always thinks he can do more than he can.           Albertano of Brescia, Liber Consolationis…………. Uplifting Quotes

History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.              Abba Eban

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.            Henri-Fr?d?ric Amiel

We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us.        Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (1678)

I hate middle age. Too young for the bowling green, too old for Ecstasy.                Ian Pattison, Rab C. Nesbitt, television series

Adventure must be held in delicate fingers. It should be handled, not embraced. It should be sipped, not swallowed at a gulp.      Ashley Dukes, The Man with a Load of Mischief (1924) ………… Uplifting Quotes

To ask advice is in nine cases out of ten to tout for flattery.          John Churton Collins

Being another character is more interesting than being yourself.               Sir John Gielgud

Better shun the bait, than struggle in the snare.                John Dryden

You know, of course, that the Tasmanians, who never committed adultery, are now extinct.      William Somerset Maugham, The Bread-Winner …….. Uplifting Quotes

To be an adult is to be alone.      Jean Rostand, Thoughts of a biologist (1939)

He who neglects to drink from the spring of experience is likely to die of thirst in the desert of ignorance.            Ling Po, (Chinese,  701-762)

Ten thousand fools proclaim themselves into obscurity, while one wise man forgets himself into immortality.    Martin Luther King Jr.

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.      Mother Teresa

The only thing worse than a battle lost is a battle won.   Arthur Wellesley, Aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, 1815.

Life is simply the pursuit of something worth dying for.  David Van Boom

Faith, Hope, and Love remanined. And the greatest of these is Love.      1 Corinthians 13:13, 1 Corinthians 13:13

Real, constructive mental power lies in the creative thought that shapes your destiny, and your hour-by-hour mental conduct produces power for change in your life. Develop a train of thought on which to ride. The nobility of your life as well as your happiness depends upon the direction in which that train of thought is going.     Laurence J. Peter

Of ten parts a man enjoys one only, but a woman enjoys the full ten parts in her heart. Tiresias, [Apollodorus, Library 3.6.7]

What is a seer? A man who with luck tells the truth sometimes, with frequent falsehoods, but when his luck deserts him, collapses then and there.             Achilles, Euripides, Iphigenia in Aulis 955

We are all Greeks. Our laws, our literature, our religion, our arts, have their root in Greece.         Percy Bysshe Shelley………. Uplifting Quotes

How terrible it is to have wisdom when it does not benefit those who have it.    Sophocles, Tiresias. Oedipus the King 315

All great lovers are articulate, and verbal seduction is the surest road to actual seduction.             Marya Mannes, The Quotable Woman…on Love & Relationships

It is the excitement of becoming – always becoming, trying, probing, falling, resting, and trying again- but always trying and always gaining…               Lyndon B. Johnson, Inaugural Adress, January 20, 1965

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

Curiosity was a form of lust, a wandering cupidity of the eye and the mind.          John Crowley, Of Marvels And Monsters,  Washington Post, October 18, 1998

Funny how the new things are the old things.    Rudyard Kipling, With the Night Mail (1909) .

Every woman knows all about everything.           Rudyard Kipling, The Eye of Allah (1926)

Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.     Henry George

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

Once there was The People – Terror gave it birth;<br> Once there was The People, and it made a hell of earth!<br> Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, oh, ye slain!<br> Once there was The People – it shall never be again!          Rudyard Kipling, As Easy as A.B.C. (1917) …………… Uplifting Quotes

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.            Samuel Goldwyn

Civilization is a method of living, an attitude of equal respect for all men.               Jane Addams, Speech, Honolulu (1933)

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.       Henri Bergson

Civilization degrades the many to exalt the few.                Amos Bronson Alcott, Table Talk (1877)

The more rapidly a civilization progresses, the sooner it dies for another to rise in its place.          Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life ………… uplifting quotes about life

It is so stupid of modern civilization to have given up believing in the devil when he is the only explanation of it.                Ronald Knox

Disinterested intellectual curiosity is the life blood of real civilization.      G. M. Trevelyan, English Social History (1942)

The best coffee in Europe is Vienna coffee, compared to which all other coffee is fluid poverty.                Mark Twain, Greatly Exaggerated

Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source of both inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.            Dalai Lama, The Times (1999)

Why is it drug addicts and computer afficionados are both called users? Clifford Stoll

Dive into the sea of thought, and find there pearls beyond price.              Moses Ibn Ezra, Shirat Yisrael

Speech is human, silence is divine, yet also brutish and dead: therefore we must learn both arts.              Thomas Carlyle ………. uplifting quotes about life

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies.    Aristotle, In Stobaeus, Florilegium

The important thing when you are going to do something brave is to have someone on hand to witness it.          Michael Howard, The Observer (1980)

Courage mounteth with occasion.            William Shakespeare, King John, II.i

Cowardly dogs bark loudest.       John Webster, The White Devil (1612)

He that first cries out stop thief, is often he that has stolen the treasure.              William Congreve, Love for Love (1695)

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes. Benjamin Disraeli

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.       Elizabeth Fry, Journal entry …………. uplifting quotes about life

Crime is naught but misdirected energy.               Emma Goldman, Anarchism (1910)

Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.        Jean Rostand, Thoughts of a Biologist (1939)

Cruelty is like hope: it springs eternal.    Dr. Anthony Daniels, The Observer (1998)

We need never be ashamed of our tears.            Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Curiosity is the key to creativity.                Akio Morita, Made in Japan (1986)

Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.                Mahatma Gandhi

Experience is a hard teacher becuase she gives the tests first, the lessons afterwards.   Vernon Suanders Law, Chicken Soup for the Teenage soul: Tough Stuff

Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.    Voltaire

Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent.  Isaac Asimov, Salvor Hardin in “Foundation” ……….. uplifting quotes about life

Most people have seen worse things in private than they pretend to be shocked at in public.     Edgar Watson Howe

Devotees of grammatical studies have not been distinguished for any very remarkable felicities of expression.  Amos Bronson Alcott

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.  William Wrigley Jr.

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.             Carl Sandburg

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.                Josh Billings

The price one pays for pursuing any profession or calling is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.            James Baldwin

My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.  Jean Rostand, Journal of a Character, 1931

Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in it, but they labor in it because they excel.    William Hazlitt

Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought.              Sir William Osler

Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business, is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.                Robert Louis Stevenson …………. uplifting quotes about life

At least half the mystery novels published violate the law that the solution, once revealed, must seem to be inevitable.                Raymond Chandler

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.                Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.   Henry David Thoreau

Tact is the knack of making a point without making an enemy.    Isaac Newton

History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.               Sir Winston Churchill

Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.          Henri-Fr?d?ric Amiel

Never grow a wishbone where your backbone ought to be.        Clementine Paddleford

Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.         George Bernard Shaw ……….. uplifting quotes about life

A promise made is a debt unpaid.            Robert W. Service

We still do not know one-thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.              Albert Einstein

It is not enough to be good if you have the ability to be better.  Alberta Lee Cox

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.              Socrates

Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.         George Eliot, Silas Marner (1861)

But I?m not so think as you drunk I am. Sir J.C. Squire, Ballade of Soporific Absorption

An apology for the devil: it must be remembered that we have heard only one side of the case; God has written all the books.  Samuel Butler, The Note-Books of Samuel Butler (1912)………. uplifting quotes about life

The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.                Ralph Waldo Emerson, Natural History of Intellect (1893)

We have to believe in free will. We?ve got no choice.     Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Times (1982)

Nothing happens to any thing which that thing is not made by nature to bear.    Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations

I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;<br> And if I die no soul will pity me:<br> And wherefore should they, since that I myself<br> Find in myself no pity to myself?           William Shakespeare, Richard III, V.iii

Despair is the price one pays for setting oneself an impossible aim.          Graham Greene, Heart of the Matter (1948)

He who despairs over an event is a coward, but he who holds hope for the human condition is a fool.    Albert Camus, The Rebel (1951) ……… uplifting quotes about life

Desire makes everything blossom; possession makes everything wither and fade.           Marcel Proust, Les Plaisirs et les Jours (1896)

Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.              Robert Ingersoll

Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.            William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (c. 1790-1793)

False face must hide what the false heart doth know.    William Shakespeare, Macbeth, I.vii

There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases; it is the easiest thing of all to deceive one?s self.  Demosthenes, Olynthiac

Creditors have better memories than debtors.  Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard?s Almanac (1758) ……. uplifting quotes about life

I cannot forgive my friends for dying; I do not find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.  Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Age and Death”

It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.    Samuel Johnson, Boswell, The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791)

I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with a lot of pleasure.              Clarence Darrow, Medley

Death is not the worst thing; rather, when one who craves death cannot attain even that wish. Sophocles, Electra

And come he slow, or come he fast,<br> It is but death who comes at last.          Sir Walter Scott, Marmion (1808)

Be entirely tolerant or not at all; follow the good path or the evil one. To stand at the crossroads requires more strength than you possess.            Heinrich Heine

One dies only once, and then for such a long time!          Moli?re, Le D?pit Amoureux (1656)

Death is the only grammatically correct full stop?              Brian Patten, Schoolboy (1990)

Death ? It?s the only thing we haven?t succeeded in completely vulgarizing.       Aldous Huxley, Eyeless in Gaza (1936)

Grieve not that I die young. Is it not well To pass away ere life hath lost its brightness?   Lady Flora Hastings, ?Swan Song? ………. uplifting quotes about life

Death hath so many doors to let out life.              John Fletcher, The Custom of the Country (1647)

One does not learn how to die by killing others.                Vicomte de Chateaubriand, Memoirs (1826-1841)

When you have told anyone you have left him a legacy the only decent thing to do is to die at once.       Samuel Butler, In Festing Jones, Samuel Butler : A Memoir

As soon as there is life there is danger.  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude (1870)

Be not so bigoted to any custom as to worship it at the expense of truth.             Johann Georg von Zimmermann ……. uplifting quotes about life

When we conquer without danger our triumph is without glory.               Pierre Corneille, Le Cid (1637)

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.              Emily Dickinson

Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.  Helen Keller

The desire to take medicine is perhaps the greatest feature which distinguishes man from animals.         Sir William Osler, In H. Cushing, Life of Sir William Osler (1925)

Men seldom make passes<br> At girls who wear glasses.             Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep as a Well (1937), “News Item”

The universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.         Carl Sagan

If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?        Carl Sagan

Personally, I would be delighted if there were a life after death, especially if it permitted me to continue to learn about this world and others, if it gave me a chance to discover how history turns out.          Carl Sagan

Lost time is never found again.  Benjamin Franklin ……… uplifting quotes about life

We live in a time of transition, an uneasy era which is likely to endure for the rest of this century. During the period we may be tempted to abandon some of the time-honored principles and commitments which have been proven during the difficult times of past generations. We must never yield to this temptation. Our American values are not luxuries, but necessities – not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself.           Jimmy Carter, in his farewell address

Think of how many religions attempt to validate themselves with prophecy. Think of how many people rely on these prophecies, however vague, however unfulfilled, to support or prop up their beliefs. Yet has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science?    Carl Sagan

He that has done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.                Benjamin Franklin ………… uplifting quotes about life

Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.        Benjamin Franklin

To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.          Benjamin Franklin

It is easier to prevent bad habits than to break them.     Benjamin Franklin

Write injuries in dust, benefits in marble.             Benjamin Franklin

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.            Benjamin Franklin

Distrust and caution are the parents of security.                Benjamin Franklin

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

Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.                Saadi

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.     Benjamin Franklin

The strictest law sometimes becomes the severest injustice.      Benjamin Franklin

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.               Benjamin Franklin

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.           Aristotle

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.     Aristotle

Wit is educated insolence.           Aristotle ……….. uplifting quotes about life

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.        Aristotle

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.             Aristotle

Nature does nothing uselessly. Aristotle

Own only what you can carry with you; know language, know countries, know people. Let your memory be your travel bag.                Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Honesty is for the most part, less profitable than dishonesty.     Plato

When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.            Plato

Courage is knowing what not to fear.     Plato

All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.         Plato

He who would travel happily must travel light.   Antoine de Saint-Exupery ……. uplifting quotes about life

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.         Carl Jung

The word “happiness” would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.             Carl Jung

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.        Carl Jung

Nobody, as long as he moves about among the chaotic currents of life, is without trouble.           Carl Jung

Great talents are the most lovely and often the most dangerous fruits on the tree of humanity. They hang upon the most slender twigs that are easily snapped off.             Carl Jung

The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown.           Carl Jung

Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.               Aristotle

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

Science is nothing but perception.           Plato ……….. uplifting quotes about life

Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.                Plato

When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable.      Clifton Fadiman

Better a cruel truth than a comfortable delusion.              Edward Abbey

Hierarchical institutions are like giant bulldozers– obedient to the whim of any fool who takes the controls.        Edward Abbey

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.                Plato

We often use strong language not to express a powerful emotion but to evoke it in us. Eric Hoffer

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.   Edward Abbey

The Greeks invented logic but were not fooled by it.      Eric Hoffer

We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind.              Eric Hoffer

The most gifted members of the human species are at their creative best when they cannot have their way, and must compensate for what they miss by realizing and cultivating their capacities and talents.  Eric Hoffer ……… uplifting quotes about life

All leaders strive to turn their followers into children.     Eric Hoffer

Propaganda does not deceive people; it merely helps them to deceive themselves.        Eric Hoffer

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

There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.         Robert Byrne

How can I believe in God when just last week I got my tongue caught in the roller of an electric typewriter?        Woody Allen …………… uplifting quotes for men

Travel only with thy equals or thy betters; if there are none, travel alone.             The Dhammapada

The wise learn from the experience of others, and the creative know how to make a crumb of experience go a long way.                Eric Hoffer

People who bite the hand that feeds them usually lick the boot that kicks them.               Eric Hoffer

To most of us nothing is so invisible as an unpleasant truth. Though it is held before our eyes, pushed under our noses, rammed down our throats- we know it not.        Eric Hoffer

No one is truly literate who cannot read his own heart.  Eric Hoffer

The uncompromising attitude is more indicative of an inner uncertainty than a deep conviction. The implacable stand is directed more against the doubt within than the assailant without.          Eric Hoffer ……….. uplifting quotes for men

The remarkable thing is that we really love our neighbors as ourselves: we do unto others as we do unto ourselves. We hate others when we hate ourselves. We are tolerant of others when we tolerate ourselves. We forgive others when we forgive ourselves. We are prone to sacrifice others when we are ready to sacrifice ourselves.     Eric Hoffer

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Thus people haunted by the purposelessness of their lives try to find a new content not only by dedicating themselves to a holy cause but also by nursing a fanatical grievance. A mass movement offers them unlimited opportunities for both. Eric Hoffer

The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.        Eric Hoffer

People unfit for freedom – who cannot do much with it – are hungry for power. The desire for freedom is an attribute of a “have” type of self. It says: leave me alone and I shall grow, learn, and realize my capacities. The desire for power is basically an attribute of a “have not” type of self.             Eric Hoffer

The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do. Eric Hoffer ………… uplifting quotes for men

Safeguard the health both of body and soul.       Cleobulus, {One of the 7 Greek Sages}

Money is a terrible master but an excellent servant.       P. T. Barnum

Old houses mended,<br> Cost little less than new before they ?re ended.          Colley Cibber, The Double Gallant, Prologue

The weak ones are there to justify the strong.   Marilyn Manson

God is really only another artist, he made the elephat, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas.                Pablo Picasso

People can be in general pretty well trusted, of course–with the clock of their freedom ticking as loud as it seems to do here–to keep an eye on the fleeting hour.          Henry James, “The Ambassadors”, Book Fifth, Chapter 2

Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught.                Henry James, “The Ambassadors”, Book Fourth, Chapter 2

Common sense and sense of humor are the same thing moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing. Clive Jones …….. uplifting quotes for men

I have always been impressed by the fact that there are a surprising number of individuals who never use their minds if they can avoid it, and an equal number who do use their minds, but in an amazingly stupid way.               Carl Jung

The chief lesson I have learned in a long life is that the only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him; and the surest way to make him untrustworthy is to distrust him and show your distrust.            Henry L. Stimson

It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep for your whole life.              Elizabeth Henry

Never let a stain from the past put a mark on your future.            Jillian Graham, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul

The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance…logic can be happily tossed out the window.              Stephen King

Everyone dies. Not everyone really lives.             William Wallace, Braveheart

Gravity is a habit that is hard to shake off.            Terry Pratchett, “Small Gods” (1992)

Be not simply good – be good for something.      Henry David Thoreau

We are wise when we learn from one another. We are strong when we contain our impulses. We are honored when we honor others.    Rabbi Mark David Finkel, Gov. Craig Benson Inaugural Speech, January 9, 2003

A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.    O. Henry, “A Ruler of Men.” … uplifting quotes for men

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.          Frank Crane

Life is sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.      O. Henry, “Gift of the Magi,” 1906

I hope I never get so old I get religious.  Ingmar Bergman

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.               Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.             Theodore Rubin

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.               Jerry Seinfeld ……… uplifting quotes for men

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.          Carl Sagan

When I find myself in the company of scientists, I feel like a shabby curate who has strayed by mistake into a room full of dukes.  W. H. Auden

Avarice, envy, pride,<br> Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all<br> On Fire.         Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

Through me you pass into the city of woe:<br> Through me you pass into eternal pain:<br> Through me among the people lost for aye.<br> Justice the founder of my fabric moved:<br> To rear me was the task of power divine,<br> Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.<br> Before me things create were none, save things<br> Eternal, and eternal I shall endure.<br> All hope abandon, ye who enter here.<br>              Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy …….. uplifting quotes for men

No other job in the world could possibly dispossess one so completely as this job of teaching. You could stand all day in a laundry, for instance, still in possession of your mind. But this teaching utterly obliterates you. It cuts right into your being: essentially, it takes over your spirit. It drags it out from where it would hide.       Sylvia Ashton-Warner, Spinster

To me the meanest flower that blows can give Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.     William Wordsworth, “Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood”, 1803

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.        Edmund Burke

When in doubt, tell the truth.    Mark Twain …………. uplifting quotes for men

The world is too much with us; late and soon,<br> Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:<br> Little we see in Nature that is ours;<br> We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!               William Wordsworth, The World is Too Much With Us …….. uplifting quotes for men

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn. Joseph Addison

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage. Joseph Addison

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.    Ansel Adams

The poor complain that they are governed badly. The rich complain that they are governed at all.             G. K. Chesterton

It is one of the great secrets of life that those things which are most worth doing, we do for others.        Lewis Carroll………… uplifting quotes for men

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.     Henry Ford

We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.               Sir Winston Churchill

The gods never let us love and be wise at the same time.             Publilius Syrus

Look at all the sentences which seem true and question them.  David Reisman

You can judge the character of others by how they treat those who can do nothing to them or for them.              Malcolm Forbes

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all.          Oliver  Wendell  Holmes, The autocrat of the breakfast-table

His honour rooted in dishonour stood,<br> And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true.    Lord Alfred Tennyson

It is the simple things in life that make living worthwhile – sweet fundamental things such as love.            Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wear a smile and have friends,<br> wear a scowl and have wrinkles.      George Eliot

Friendships that have stood the test of time and change are surely best.              Joseph Parry

Fight for your opinions, but do not believe that they contain the whole truth, or the only truth. Charles A. Dana

Our critics are our friends; they show us our faults.          Benjamin Franklin

I feel how little she can like being told of her owing me anything. No woman ever enjoys such an obligation to another woman.               Henry James, “The Ambassadors”, Book Seventh, Chapter 2 ………… uplifting quotes for men

It struck him really that he had never so lived with her as during this period of her silence; the silence was a sacred hush, a finer clearer medium, in which her idiosyncrasies showed.           Henry James, “The Ambassadors”, Book Seventh, Chapter 3

A little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring: there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, and drinking largely sobers us again.       Alexander Pope, An essay on Criticism

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.     Martin Luther King Jr.

Because the women are watching.          T. E. Lawrence, …when asked, Why do men go to war?

Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth.         Archimedes,  (ca. 235 BC)

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.             Louis Pasteur

Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we do not experience it.                Max Frisch

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it?s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.       David Brin, on power and corruption

It was the most incredible thing that has ever happened to me in my life. It was as if you fired a 15-inch shell at a piece of tissue paper and it came back and hit you.           Ernest Rutheford

Splitting the atom is like trying to shoot a gnat in the Albert Hall at night and using ten million rounds of ammunition on the off chance of getting it. That should convince you that the atom will always be a sink of energy and never a reservoir of energy.                Ernest Rutheford

“There are certainly moments,” said Chad, “when you seem to me too good to be true. Yet if you are true,” he added, “that seems to be all that need concern me.”     Henry James, “The Ambassadors”, Book Eleventh, Chapter 1

Never trust the artist. Trust the tale.       D. H. Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature …….. uplifting quotes for men

She had fortunately always her appetite for news. The pure flame of the disinterested burned in her cave of treasures as a lamp in a Byzantine vault.             Henry James, “The Ambassadors”, Book Ninth, Chapter 2

At the bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique human being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.     Friedrich Nietzsche

How to Raise your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children                Lewis B. Frumkes, Book Title (1983)

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers.              Martina Horner, President of Radcliffe College

A book is a mirror; if an ass peers into it, you can not expect an apostle to peer out.         George Christoph Lichtenberg

Conformity is the ruin of the mind.          Jesse Shelley …………. uplifting quotes for men

He had the entertainment of thinking that if he had for that moment stopped the clock it was to promote the next minute this still livelier motion.  Henry James, “The Ambassadors”, Book Eighth, Chapter 2

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and sudden acquisition of wealth.                Dorothy Sayers

Gold for friends,<br> Lead for foes.        Anastasio Somoza Garc?a, Dictator of Nicaragua 1936-1956

One day the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.          Sigmond Freud

Morality is the greatest of all tools for leading mankind by the nose.        Friedrich Nietzsche

If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.               Albert Einstein

I take my wife everywhere, but she keeps finding her way back.              Henny Youngman

I once wanted to become an atheist, but I gave up – they have no holidays.         Henny Youngman ………… uplifting quotes for men

If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.          George Aiken

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

The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.     Walter Bagehot

It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.             Charles Baudelaire

Use harms and even destroys beauty. The noblest function of an object is to be contemplated.                Miguel de Unamuno

Anyone who can handle a needle convincingly can make us see a thread which is not there.        E. H. Gombrich

As I was walking among the fires of Hell, <br> delighted with the enjoyments of Genius; <br> which to Angels look like torment and insanity. <br> I collected some of their Proverbs.   William Blake, “The Marriage of Heaven and Hell”, 1790

There is no slavery but ignorance.            Robert Ingersoll, The Philosophy of Ingersoll (1906), “Fragments”

There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream – whatever that dream might be. Pearl Buck

To live without killing is a thought which could electrify the world, if men were only capable of staying awake long enough to let the idea soak in.   Henry Miller, The Henry Miller Reader (1959), “Reunion in Brooklyn”

Such is the common process of marriage. A youth and maiden exchange meeting by chance, or brought together by artifice, exchange glances, reciprocate civilities, go home, and dream of one another. Having little to divert attention, or diversify thought, they find themselves uneasy when they are apart, and therefore conclude that they shall be happy together. They marry, and discover what nothing but voluntary blindness had before concealed; they wear out life in altercations, and charge nature with cruelty.       Samuel Johnson, Rasselas

There is no observation more frequently made by such as employ themselves in surveying the conduct of mankind, than that marriage, though the dictate of nature, and the institution of Providence, is yet very often the cause of misery, and that those who enter into that state can seldom forbear to express their repentance, and their envy of those whom either chance or caution hath withheld from it.               Samuel Johnson, Rambler #18 ……….. uplifting quotes for men

We are certainly getting ahead; if I am Moses, then you are Joshua and will take possession of the promised land of psychiatry, which I shall only be able to glimpse from afar.            Sigmund Freud, Letter to Carl Jung, January 17, 1909

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, they finish by loading honors on your head.                Jean Cocteau, Journey to Freedom (1969)

To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart – and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love.         Karl von Bonstetten ……….. uplifting quotes for men

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.               Franklin D. Roosevelt, Speech, September 22, 1936

…it is a base thing to look to others for your defense instead of depending upon yourself. That defense alone is effectual, sure, and durable which depends upon yourself and your own valor.      Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.              Christopher Reeve, From speech at Democratic National Convention, August 1996

Assassins!           Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), To his orchestra

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the worst poverty of all.              Mother Teresa

We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we all take a little of each other everywhere.       Tim McGraw

There is only one thing that can kill the Movies, and that is education.    Will Rogers, Autobiography (1949) chapter 6

Well, all I know is what I read in the papers.         Will Rogers, New York Times, Sept 30 1923

First of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, Mar. 4, 1933 ………. uplifting quotes for men

Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live on in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.       Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address to Congress, Dec. 8, 1941

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

Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.                Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 1

One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.         Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 9

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.           Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 12……….. uplifting quotes for men

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.            Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals (1929) ch. 5

To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. Bertrand Russell, Marriage and Morals (1929) ch. 19

Mathematics may be defined as the subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.    Bertrand Russell, Mysticism and Logic (1917) ch. 4

It is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatsoever for supposing it is true.   Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), “On the Value of Scepticism”

Every man, wherever he goes, is encompassed by a cloud of comforting convictions, which move with him like flies on a summer day.     Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), “Dreams and Facts”

We have, in fact, two kinds of morality side by side: one which we preach but do not practice, and another which we practice but seldom preach.        Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), “Eastern and Western Ideals of Happiness”

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.            Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays (1950), “Outline of Intellectual Rubbish”……….. uplifting quotes for men

I have never found, in a long experience of politics, that criticism is ever inhibited by ignorance.                Harold Macmillan, Wall Street Journal, Aug. 13, 1963

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces fills me with dread.  Blaise Pascal

There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite.        Jorge Luis Borges

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer. Albert Camus

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.               Ludwig van Beethoven

America guarantees equal opportunity, not equal outcome.       Rush Limbaugh

If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead.      Johnny Carson

The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution.                Hannah Arendt

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.                George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 1, ch. 10

Music is essentially useless, as life is: but both have an ideal extension which lends utility to its conditions.           George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 4

All great truths begin as blasphemies.    George Bernard Shaw, Annajanska (1919)

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.        Benjamin Franklin……… uplifting quotes for men

Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.                George Bernard Shaw, Back to Methuselah (1921) pt. 5

He who has never hoped can never despair.       George Bernard Shaw, Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) act 4

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules.             George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.    George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal constancy of the women who love me.          George Bernard Shaw, The Philanderer (1898) act 2

People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.       Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Myself”

Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever.    Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia – denouncing the evils of slavery …….. uplifting quotes for men

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.             Max Lucado

Be not slow to visit the sick.        Ecclesiastes

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.               Martin Tupper, English writer 1810-1889

If you want to see the true measure of a man, watch how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.                J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

In the United States there is more space where nobody is than where anybody is. That is what makes America what it is.                Gertrude Stein, The Geographical History of America (1936)

A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.  Gloria Steinem, (attributed)

Mathematics is the queen of the sciences.          Carl Friedrich Gauss, from Sartorius von Waltershausen, “Gauss zum Gedachtniss” [1856]

There is a homely old adage which runs: “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” If the American nation will speak softly, and yet build and keep at a pitch of the highest training a thoroughly efficient navy, the Monroe Doctrine will go far.                Theodore Roosevelt, Speech in Chicago, 3 Apr. 1903

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.               Helen Keller ………… uplifting quotes for men

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.                Helen Keller

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.            Helen Keller, The Open Door (1957)

People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.        Helen Keller

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.       Confucius

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

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.         Eleanor Roosevelt, My Day ………… uplifting quotes for men

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.               Eleanor Roosevelt

Life was meant to be lived, and curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.                Eleanor Roosevelt

A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.              Eleanor Roosevelt

We do on stage things that are supposed to happen off. Which is a kind of integrity, if you look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.         Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)

Discretion is not the better part of biography.    Lytton Strachey, in Michael Holroyd Lytton, Strachey vol. 1 (1967)

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

The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.  Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) “Personal Conduct”

There are two things that will be believed of any man whatsoever, and one of them is that he has taken to drink.                Booth Tarkington, Penrod (1914)

I am a deeply superficial person.               Andy Warhol

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.             Thomas Jefferson ……….. uplifting quotes for men

I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end.         Margaret Thatcher, in Observer April 4, 1989

Old age is the most unexpected of things that can happen to a man.       Leon Trotsky, Diary in Exile (1959)

All the President is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway.     Harry S Truman, Letter to his sister, Nov. 14, 1947

Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have, the man looked honest enough.     Mark Twain

It takes your enemy and your friend, working together, to hurt you: the one to slander you, and the other to get the news to you.  Mark Twain, Following the Equator (1897)

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before.    Mark Twain, Notebooks (1935)

Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.                Laurens Van der Post, The Lost World of the Kalahari (1958)

Take a two-mile walk every morning before breakfast.  Harry S Truman

Conspicuous consumption of valuable goods is a means of reputability to the gentleman of leisure.         Thorstein Veblen, Theory of the Leisure Class (1899)

In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.          Andy Warhol

Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily this is not difficult.  Charlotte Whitton, Canada Month, June 1963

No one travelling on a business trip would be missed if he failed to arrive.            Thorstein Veblen …………. uplifting quotes for men

Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.           Dame Edna Everage, In a television interview with Joan Rivers

When an idea is wanting, a word can always be found to take its place.  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Of all forms of tyranny the least attractive and the most vulgar is the tyranny of mere wealth, the tyranny of plutocracy.                Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, an autobiography

Take death for example. A great deal of our effort goes into avoiding it. We make extraordinary efforts to delay it, and often consider its intrusion a tragic event. Yet we?d find it hard to live without it. Death gives meaning to our lives. It gives importance and value to time. Time would become meaningless if there were too much of it.    Ray Kurzweil, The Age of Spiritual Machines:  When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.             John Adams

Miss Brooke had that kind of beauty which seems to be thrown into relief by poor dress.             George Eliot, “Middlemarch”, Book I, ch.1 ………… uplifting quotes for men

I have lost friends, some by death… others through sheer inability to cross the street.   Virginia Woolf, The Waves (1931)

The fog comes<br> on little cat feet.<br> It sits looking<br> over harbor and city<br> on silent haunches<br> and then moves on.           Carl Sandburg, Chicago Poems (1916) “Fog”

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.   Carl Sandburg, Cornhuskers (1918) “Prairie”

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. Carl Sandburg, New York Times Feb. 13, 1959

An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.  George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 3

Nothing is really so poor and melancholy as art that is interested in itself and not in its subject.   George Santayana, Life of Reason (1905) vol. 4, ch. 8

When you strike at a king, you must kill him.       Ralph Waldo Emerson

The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.              George Santayana, Little Essays (1920) “Ideal Immortality”

For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old-fashioned.              George Santayana, Winds of Doctrine (1913) ch. 2

Intolerance itself is a form of egoism, and to condemn egoism intolerantly is to share it.                George Santayana, Winds of Doctrine (1913) ch. 4

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.           John Singer Sargent, quoted in Bentley and Esar, Treasury of Humorous Quotations (1951)

A writer must refuse to allow himself to be transformed into an institution.         Jean-Paul Sartre, Upon refusing the Nobel Prize, Oct. 22, 1964 ……….. uplifting quotes for men

Existence precedes and rules essence.  Jean-Paul Sartre, Being and Nothingness (1943)

Hell is other people.       Jean-Paul Sartre, Closed Doors (1944)

The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes–ah, that is where the art resides!                Arthur Schnabel, in Chicago Daily News, June 11 1958

When I am asked, “What do you think of our audience?” I answer, “I know two kinds of audiences only–one coughing, and one not coughing.”         Arthur Schnabel, My Life and Music (1961)

Ah! the clock is always slow;<br> It is later than you think.            Robert Service, Ballads of a Bohemian (1921)

I never resist temptation because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me.             George Bernard Shaw, The Apple Cart (1930)

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.                George Bernard Shaw, Candida (1898) act 1

Do you think that the things people make fools of themselves about are any less real and true than the things they behave sensibly about? They are more true: they are the only things that are true.          George Bernard Shaw, Candida (1898) act 1

I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.      George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1907) act 2

Alcohol is a very necessary article… It makes life bearable to millions of people who could not endure their existence if they were quite sober. It enables Parliament to do things at eleven at night that no sane person would do at eleven in the morning.              George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1907) act 2

He knows nothing; and he thinks he knows everything. That points clearly to a political career.   George Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1907) act 3 ………. uplifting quotes for men

There is no love sincerer than the love of food. George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 1

Hell is full of musical amateurs: music is the brandy of the damned.         George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 3

An Englishman thinks he is moral when he is only uncomfortable.             George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) act 3

Every man over forty is a scoundrel.        George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing:  age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.                George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.               George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman (1903) “Maxims for Revolutionists”

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.      George Bernard Shaw, Plays Pleasant and Unpleasant (1898)

It is impossible for an Englishman to open his mouth without making some other Englishman hate or despise him.                George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion (1916) preface

Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master.    Demosthenes

Assassination is the extreme form of censorship.             George Bernard Shaw, Shewing-Up of Blanco Posnet (1911) “Limits to Toleration”

“Do you know what a pessimist is?” “A man who thinks everybody is as nasty as himself, and hates them for it.”                George Bernard Shaw, An Unsocial Socialist (1887) ch. 5

Goodbye cruel world.    Gloria Shayne, Title of song (1961)

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.       Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Life and Human Nature” ……….. uplifting quotes for men

How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares if there seemed any danger of their coming true!   Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Life and Human Nature”

There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.              Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Life and Human Nature”

Most people sell their souls, and live with a good conscience on the proceeds.   Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Other People”

All Reformers, however strict their social conscience, live in houses just as big as they can pay for.            Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Other People”

When they come downstairs from their Ivory Towers, Idealists are very apt to walk straight into the gutter.        Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “Other People”

The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Strike him as hard as you can, and keep moving.  Ulysses S. Grant

To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and keep absolutely sober.                Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts (1931) “In the World”


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