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"Crisis creates opportunity."
"Boast not of what thou
would'st have done, but do."
"Somebody's boring me; I
think it's me."
"The value of life lies,
not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them: a man may live long, yet live
very little. Satisfaction in life depends not on the number of your years, but on your
--Michel de Montaigne
"He is well paid that is
--Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
"Don't let's ask for the
moon. We have the stars."
--Bette Davis, in the film, "Now, Voyager"
"When your life is
filled with the desire to see the holiness in everyday life, something magical happens:
ordinary life becomes extraordinary, and the very process of life begins to nourish your
--Rabbi Harold Kushner
"He who laughs,
--Mary Pettibone Poole
"Research is to see what
everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought."
"What one has to do
usually can be done."
"How to succeed: try hard enough. How to fail: Try
"What cannot be altered must be borne, not
"If we want things to stay as they are, things will
have to change."
--Guiseppi di Lampedusa
"It's the most unhappy people who most fear
"What we need is a flexible plan for an everchanging
"By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will
become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a
"To me good health is more than just exercise and
diet. It's really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself."
"Real generosity toward the future consists in giving
all to what is present."
"The first step is the hardest."
--Madame De Vichy-Deffand
"Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein."
"Debt is a trap which man sets and baits himself, and
then deliberately gets into."
"We only do well the things we like doing."
"In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong
--Dr. Bernie Siegel
"Success based on anything but internal fulfillment
is bound to be empty."
--Dr. Martha Friedman
"Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as
it is founded on borrowing and debt."
"Be not made a beggar by
banqueting on borrowing."
--Bible, Apocrypha, Ecclesiasticus 18:13
"Who goeth a borrowing
Goeth a sorrowing."
"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can
happen to it."
--George C. Scott
"It's never too late -in fiction or in life - to
"Discontent is the first step in the progress of a
man or a nation."
"The one important thing I have learned over the
years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self
seriously. The first is imperative, and the second is disastrous."
"Everything you see I owe to spaghetti."
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
"Enthusiasm for one's goal lessens the
disagreeableness of working toward it."
"Fear nothing, for every renewed effort raises all
former failures into lessons, all sins into experience."
"Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in
your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs."
"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."
"Lost time is never found again."
"The first and final thing you have to do in this
world is to last in it, and not be smashed by it."
"I bend, but I do not break."
--Jean de La Fontaine
"To be somebody you must last."
"The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy
meditations on the past."
"Act so as to elicit the best in others and thereby in thyself."
"It's going to be a long hard drag, but we'll make
"The key to everything is patience. You get the
chicken by hatching the egg - not by smashing it."
"Patience and perseverance at length
Accomplish more than anger or brute strength."
--Jean de La Fontaine
"Attempt the impossible in order to improve you
"If a sense of duty tortures a man, it also enables
him to achieve prodigies."
--H. L. Mencken
"Courage calls to courage everywhere, and its voice
cannot be denied."
--Millicent G. Fawcett
"It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to
look farther than you can see."
"You cannot plan the future by the past."
"Oh! that a man might know
The end of this day's business ere it come."
--Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)
"I don't believe in failure. It's not failure if you
enjoyed the process."
"I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease,
but the doctrine of the strenuous life."
"You take people as far as they will go, not as far
as you would like them to go."
"Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the
most always like it the least."
--Earl of Chesterfield
"Who cannot give good counsel? 'Tis cheap, it costs them nothing."
"Everybody who tells you how to act has whiskey on
"It is not the clear-sighted
who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog."
"We never do anything well till
we cease to think about the manner of doing it."
"I really do believe I
can accomplish a great deal with a big grin. I know some people find that disconcerting,
but that doesn't matter."
"People can bear anything."
"A mistake is simply another
way of doing things."
"When you see a snake, never
mind where he came from."
--W. G. Benham
"The great end of life is not
knowledge but action."
--Henry David Thoreau
". . . in this theatre of man's
life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on."
"It is only possible to live
happily ever after on a day to day basis."
"Statistics are no substitute
"Don't be humble. You're not
"A meeting is an occasion when
people gather together, some to say what they do not think, and others not to say what
they really do."
"To get something done a
committee should consist of no more than three men, two of whom are absent."
"You'll find in no park or
city/A monument to a committee."
"The ability to concentrate and
use your time well is everything."
so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid."
--Lady Bird Johnson
"Success is a journey, not a destination."
"Nothing is interesting if you're not interested."
"Express a mean opinion of yourself occasionally; it will
show your friends that you know how to tell the truth."
"Your real security is yourself. You know you can do it, and
they can't ever take that away from you."
"There is no security on this earth. Only opportunity."
--General Douglas MacArthur
"The way to be safe is never to be secure."
"You can't expect to win unless you know why you lose."
"He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise;
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
"If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's
recreation. If you work at it, it's golf."
"If you see a tennis player who looks as if he's working
very hard, then that means he isn't very good."
--Helen Wills Moody
"If all the year were
playing holidays, to sport would be as tedious as to
“What is a friend? A single soul in two
"There is no failure except in
no longer trying."
"The impossible is often the untried."
"I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose
opinions I have no respect."
"There is no point at which you can say, `Well, I'm
successful now. I might as well take a nap.’”
"If ambition doesn't hurt you, you haven't got it."
"The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep
on being a success."
"If you keep saying things are going
to be bad, you have a good chance of being a prophet."
--Isaac Bashevis Singer
"On the human chessboard, all moves are possible."
"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
"The key to wisdom is knowing all the
--John A. Simone Jr.
"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."
"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom."
--Michel de Montaigne
"No matter how old you get, if you can
keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the man-child alive."
"Man, surrounded by
facts, permitting himself no surprise, no intuitive flash, no great hypothesis, no risk,
is in a locked cell."
"Discipline and focused
awareness . . . contribute to the act of creation."
"What helps me to go
forward is that I stay receptive. I feel that anything can happen."
"Man never made any
material as resilient as the human spirit."
"No man can think
clearly when his fists are clenched."
--George Jean Nathan
"We are not interested
in the possibilities of defeat."
everything, but losing isn't anything."
--Charlie Brown (Charles Schulz)
"When you win, nothing
"We create our fate
every day . . . most of the ills we suffer from are directly traceable to our own
"Facing it - always facing it - that's the way to get
through. Face it!"
"Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by
the scruff of the neck."
"Tact is the art of making a point without making an
--Howard W. Newton
"Give to the world the best you have and the best
will come back to you."
"There is a very real relationship, both
quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this
--Oscar Hammerstein II
"The love you take
Is equal to the love you make."
--John Lennon & Paul McCartney
"A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is
afraid of winning."
--Billie Jean King
"Decisions determine destiny."
"The keen spirit seizes the prompt occasion."
"Consistency is the last refuge of the
"Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as
you were a year ago."
"The only completely consistent people are the
"Faith and doubt both are needed, not as antagonists,
but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve."
"To know what is right and not do it is the worst
"When anger spreads through the breast, guard thy
tongue from barking idly."
"Thar ain't no sense
In gittin' riled."
"It usually takes two people to make one of them
"Distance doesn't matter; it's only the first step
that is difficult."
--Marquise du Delfand
"The first blow is half the battle."
"He who has begun is half done."
"Under capitalism man exploits man; under socialism
the reverse is true."
"Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow
--The Bible, James I: 19
"The search for a new personality is futile; what is
fruitful is the interest the old personality can take in new activities."
"A man can stand a lot as long as he can stand
"The real tragedy of life is not being limited to one
talent, but in failing to use that one talent."
--Edgar Watson Howe
"Until you've lost your reputation, you never realize
what a burden it was or what freedom really is."
"Being a personality is not the same thing as having
"It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot
part with their brightest hour."
-- Lillian Hellman
"There is a passion for perfection which you rarely
see fully developed but . . . in successful lives it is never wholly lacking."
"If you count all your assets, you always show a
"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily."
"It is not only fine feathers that make fine
"Judge not according to the appearance."
--John 7: 24
"A speech is a solemn
responsibility. The man who makes a bad thirty-minute speech to two hundred people wastes
only a half hour of his own time. But he wastes one hundred hours of the audience's time -
more than four days - which should be a hanging offense."
--Jenkin Lloyd Jones
"If you haven't struck
oil in your first three minutes, stop boring."
"My father gave me these hints on speech-making: Be sincere
. . . be brief . . . be seated."
"No task is a long one but the task on which one dare
not start. It becomes a nightmare."
"We know what happens to people who stay in the
middle of the road. They get run over."
"The ultimate of being successful is the luxury
of giving yourself the time to do what you want to do."
"Learning is discovering that something is possible."
"Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful."
"There is always a multitude of
reasons both in favor of doing a thing and against doing it. The art of debate lies in
presenting them; the art of life lies in neglecting ninety-nine hundredths of them."
I don't know anything about luck.
I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else:
hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
"Let us, then, be up and doing.
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing.
Learn to labor and to wait."
--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"To love what you do and feel that it matters - how
could anything be more fun?
"There is always room at the top."
"I would sooner fail than not be among the
"Every soldier carries a marshall's baton in his
is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
"Make it a rule of life never to regret and never look back.
We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the
hero of our own story."
"No day is so bad it can't be
fixed with a nap."
"It is only when doing my work that I
feel truly alive."
"Act as if it were impossible to
"If you want a quality, act as if you
already had it."
"Act as if you were already happy, and
that will tend to make you happy."
"Conscience is the inner voice which
warns us that someone may be looking."
--H. L. Mencken
"Sweat plus sacrifice equals
--Charles O. Finley
"The superior man is modest in his
speech, but excels in his actions."
"He who would learn to fly one day must
first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into
"Instinct is the nose of the mind."
--Madame de Girardin
"Every time you don't follow your inner
guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness."
"It is only by following your deepest
instinct that you can lead a rich life."
--Katharine Butler Hathaway
"All men dream, but not equally. Those
who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it
was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream
with open eyes, to make it possible."
--T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia)
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I
find the harder I work, the more I have of it."
"Out of the strain of the Doing, into the peace of the Done."
--Julia Louise Woodruff
"Wake up with a smile and go after life....Live it, enjoy it, taste it, smell it, feel it."
"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting."
"When we read too fast or too slowly, we understand nothing."
"Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."
"The poorest man would not part health for money but the richest would gladly part with all their money for health."
"Don't confuse being stimulating with
"If you are afraid of your future, you don't have a
"An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding."
--Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
"Competition can damage self-esteem, create anxiety, and
lead to cheating and hurt feelings. But so can romantic love."
--Mariah Burton Nelson
"Information is just signs and numbers, while knowledge
involves their meaning. What we want is knowledge, but what we get is information."
--Heinz R. Pagels
"Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the
things in the world that just don't add up."
"The computer is a moron."
"The greatest test of courage on earth
is to bear defeat without losing heart."
--Robert G. Ingersoll
"A life of reaction is a life of
slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not
--Rita Mae Brown
"Things don't turn up in this world
unless someone turns them up."
--James A. Garfield
“Do what you can, with what you have,
where you are."
"The great law of culture: Let each
become all that he was created capable of being."
"Me, I'm just a hack. I'm just a
schlepper. I just do what I can do."