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Quotations General



A lot of growing up takes place between "It fell" and "I dropped it.


Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.


Midlife when you decide not to kill yourself because you realize you are going to die anyway.


Sometimes God's greatest gifts are prayers unanswered.


All truth goes through three steps: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.


The most difficult thing for people to say in 25 words or less is good-bye.


The unique personality which is the real life in me, I can not gain unless I search for the real life, the spiritual quality, in others. I am myself spiritually dead unless I reach out to the fine quality dormant in others. For it is only with the god enthroned in the innermost shrine of the other, that the god hidden in me, will consent to appear.
         Felix Adler (1851-1933) American educator


I am dying with the help of too many physicians.  
         Alexander the Great (356 BC 323 BC),
                   A self-diagnosis on his deathbed: 13 June 323 BC.


The greatest achievements were at first and for a time dreams.
The oak sleeps in the acorn.
         James Allen (1864 1912), writer


Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.  
         Woody Allen (1935 ), actor


. . . how could [time] exist in reality, if its past is no longer, its future is not yet, and its now is partless and indivisible?
          Archytus, explaining why time cannot logically exist


The body is at its best between the ages of thirty and thirty-five; the mind is at its best about the age of forty-nine.
          Aristotle, Rhetoric


everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don't keep it a secret.
         Mary Kay Ash (1915 2001), founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics


Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise.
         Mary Kay Ash (1915 2001), founder, Mary Kay Cosmetics


What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know what it is. If I wish to explain it to him who asks, I do not know. 
          St. Augustine


Music is mediator between spiritual and sensual life.
          Ludwig Van Beethoven


He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.
          William Blake


You can't fly a kite unless you go against the wind and have a weight to keep it from turning somersaults. The same with man. No man will succeed unless he is ready to face and overcome difficulties and is prepared to assume responsibilities.
         William J. H. Boetcker


If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business because we'd be cynical. Well that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.
         Ray Bradbury


Architecture is inhabited sculpture.
          Constantin Brancusi


A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip, and worried to death by a frown on the right man's brow.
          Charlie Brower


Having more money does not ensure happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.
         Hobart Brown


I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to earth.
          Pearl S. Buck


A hen is just an egg's way of making another egg.
          Samuel Butler, paraphrased


Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question." 
         Albert Camus, The Fall


Kilometers are shorter than miles. Save gas, take your next trip in kilometers.
         George Carlin


Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
          Paul Cezanne


He who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount.
          Chinese proverb


The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.
         Tom Clancy (1947 ), author


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
         Winston Churchill


The first law of ecology is that everything is related to everything else.
         Barry Commoner (1917-) US biologist, environmentalist


Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. 
         Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC),
                Chinese philosopher, administrator, and moralist,
                from Analects (5th century BC)


I love criticism just so long as it's unqualified praise.
         Noel Coward (1899 1973), actor and playwright


The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
         e e cummings


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


Good artists borrow; great artists steal.
         Salvador Dali


Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
         John Cotton Dana (1856 1929), librarian and writer


Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
         James Dean


I am forty now, and forty years is a lifetime;  it is extremely old age. To go on living after forty is unseemly, disgusting, immoral! Who goes on living after forty! Give me a sincere and honest answer! I'll tell you rogues and fools.
          Fedor Dostoyevski


Relationships are like a dance, with visible energy racing back and forth between partners. Some relationships are the slow, dark dance of death.
          Colette Dowling


Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment.
         Rene Dubos


All human wisdom is summed up in two words: wait and hope.
         Alexandre Dumas (1802 1870), writer


But I was so much older then,
I'm younger than that now.
          Bob Dylan, "My Back Pages"


Restlessness is discontent, and discontent is the first necessity of progress.
         Thomas edison


I think and think for months and years.
Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false.
The hundredth time I am right.
         Albert Einstein (1879 1955), physicist


Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence.  
         Albert Einstein (1879 1955), physicist


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


When you cease to dream you cease to live.  
         Malcolm S. Forbes


We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing! 
         Benjamin Franklin


You do what you have to do, to do what you want to do. 
         Patricia Fripp, professional speaker


Life is a series of sales situations, and the answer is no if you don't ask.
         Patricia Fripp, professional speaker


Spaceship earth: The problem for the passengers is that there is no manual to identify all the parts, and no instructions on how to operate the spaceship.
         Richard Buckminster Fuller (1895 1983), inventor


I was part of that strange race of people aptly described as spending their lives doing things they detest to make money they don't want to buy things they don't need to impress people they dislike.
          emile Henry Gauvreau


I was warmed by the sun, rocked by the winds and sheltered by the trees as other Indian babes. I can go everywhere with a good feeling.
         Geronimo (1829 1909 ), Apache


Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune. But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth's furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born, and in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life...  
         Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931), Poet


Complex problems have simple, easy to understand, wrong answers.  
         Grossman's Misquote of H. L. Mencken.


Walt Disney and Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller had 50 year plans - do you?
         Mark Victor Hansen


The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get old ones out.
          Dee Hock, Founder of Visa


You are your greatest asset. Put your time, effort and money into training, grooming, and encouraging your greatest asset. 
         Tom Hopkins


Life was simple before World War II. After that, we had systems.
          Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


I seem to do a lot of retiring.
          Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


In pioneer days they used oxen for heavy pulling, and when one ox couldn't budge a log, they didn't try to grow a larger ox. We shouldn't be trying for bigger computers, but for more systems of computers.
          Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, 'We've always done it this way.' I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.
          Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


A business' accounts receivable file is much more important than its accounts payable file.
          Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


We're flooding people with information. We need to feed it through a processor. A human must turn information into intelligence or knowledge. We've tended to forget that no computer will ever ask a new question.
          Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


You manage things, you lead people. We went overboard on management and forgot about leadership. It might help if we ran the MBAs out of Washington.
          Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper


The man on the top of the mountain didn't fall there.
         Joe Hosanovic's Dad,
               attributed in a story by Karl K. Warner, U. S. A. Today


Take time to laugh. It is the music of the soul.
          from an old Irish prayer


If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
          Jesus, according to the Gospel of Thomas


Thoroughly unprepared, we take the step into the afternoon of life; worse still, we take this step with the false presupposition that our truths and ideals will serve us as hitherto. But we cannot live the afternoon of life according to the programme of life's morning for what was great in the morning will be little at evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening have become a lie.
          Carl Jung, Modern Man in Search of a Soul


There is no must in art because art is free. 
          Wassily Kandinsky


I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do. 
         Helen Keller (1880 1968)


Never ignore a gut feeling, but never believe that it's enough.
          Kermit the Frog


You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
         Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 1968)


All of the significant battles are waged within the self.  
         Sheldon Kopp, psychotherapist


Life is not a stress rehearsal. 
         Loretta Laroche, professional speaker


Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. 
         Art Linkletter (1912 ), television and radio personality


The speed of the leader determines the rate of the pack.
          Wayne Lukas


I have made it a rule of my life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy . . . you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in. 
         Katherine Mansfield (1888 1923), author


Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible.
          Cadet maxim, US Marine Academy, West Point, NY


Why should I care about posterity? What's posterity ever done for me?
          Groucho Marx


When we put things off until some future probably mythical Laterland, we drag the past into the future. The burden of yesterday's incompletions is a heavy load to carry. Don't carry it.
         Peter McWilliams


We won't have a society if we destroy the environment.
         Margaret Mead


A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. 


The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.
         John Milton


It's practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.
         Joe Moore


Busy, busy, busy we pass the days of our lives gone all too soon. Gone before we get to our dreams of creative expression, self-fulfillment, nurturing.
          Carol Osborn, enough is enough


Cyberspace has no seasons and no night and day. Internet Time is absolute time for everybody. Internet Time is not geopolitical. It is global. In the future, for many people, real time will be Internet Time.
          Nicholas Negroponte


Being listened to spells the difference between feeling accepted and feeling isolated.
          Michael P. Nichols, The Lost Art of Listening


Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated.
         Alex F. Osborn, Advertising executive


Set up the listening. Prepare who you are talking to for what you want them to hear. Get people to listen as a possibility rather than a problem.  
         Mal Pancoast


You lose with potential. You win with performance.
         Bill Parcells, pro football coach


Wisdom lies neither in fixity nor in change, but in the dialectic between the two.
          Octavio Paz


Have faith and the way will open. 
         Quaker saying


Wherever you are, whatever your circumstances may be, whatever misfortune you may have suffered, the music of your life has not gone. It's inside you if you listen to it, you can play it.
         Nido Qubein, professional speaker


Change brings opportunity.
         Nido Qubein, professional speaker


What if you could be anything, or anybody, you chose to be? Think about it. What would you choose to be?
         Nido Qubein, professional speaker


It took me better than a quarter century to learn, the hard way, that hard work at something you want to be doing is the most fun that you can have out of bed . . . to learn that the smart man finds ways to make everything he does be work; to learn that "leisure" time is truly pleasurable (indeed tolerable) only to the extent that is its subconscious grazing for information with which to infuse newer, better work.
          Spider Robinson, science fiction writer
                    quoted by Barbara Sher in
                    it's only too late If You Don't Start Now


When two people love each other,
they don't look at each other,
they look in the same direction.   
         Ginger Rogers (1911 1995), actress and dancer


It is not what happens that determines the major part of your future. What happens, happens to us all. It is what you do about what happens that counts.          Jim Rohn


We need a variety of input and influence and voices. You cannot get all the answers to life and business from one person or from one source.  
         Jim Rohn


One difference between man and beast is that in the jungle there is no group called Predators for the ethical Treatment of Prey.
         Jim Rosenberg


Don't you think my narcissism is the most interesting thing there is?
          Norman Rush, Mating


The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
          John Ruskin, Art Critic/Writer (1819-1900)


Politicians never accuse you of 'greed' for wanting other people's money, only for wanting to keep your own money.
         Joseph Sobran


there's no there there
          Gertrude Stein,
                    explaining why she didn't/wouldn't
                    go to Oakland, California


Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.
          James Stephen


When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hold on a moment longer, never give up then--for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. 
         Harriet Beecher Stowe


Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.
         Albert Szent-Gyoergi


Beauty is that which excites the soul. 
          Gage Taylor


To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.
         William M. Thackeray


I think I'll work all my life. When you're having fun, why stop having fun? 
         Helen Thomas, Journalist


everything I understand, I understand only because I love. 
         Leo Tolstoy (1828 1910), writer


Trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat.
          Lily Tomlin


Your company's most valuable asset is how it is known to its customers.
         Brian Tracy


The difficult is done at once, the impossible takes a little longer.
           Slogan of the US Armed Forces


It is easier to do a job right than to explain why you didn't.
         Martin Van Buren (17821862) 8th U.S. President


Basic research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
          Wernher Von Braun


Discovery consist of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different
          Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi


Time is an equal opportunity employer. Each human being has exactly the same number of hours and minutes every day. Rich people can't buy more hours. Scientists can't invent new minutes. And you can't save time to spend it on another day. Even so, time is amazingly fair and forgiving. No matter how much time you've wasted in the past, you still have an entire tomorrow.  
         Denis Waitley, author


Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.  
         Denis Waitley


If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.
Lyall Watson, biologist


The memories of tomorrow depend on your attitude today. 
         Dave Weinbaum


An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
          James McNeill Whistler


We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them, nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which always comes to those who sincerely hope their dreams will come true.
          Woodrow Wilson


every so often, I like to go to the window, look up, and smile for a satellite picture.
         Steven Wright


If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.
          Lin Yutang


When you respond to life, that's positive; when you react to life, that's negative.
         Zig Ziglar, professional speaker


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