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I find quotes to be intriguing and enlightening.  A good quote provides refreshment for the soul.  Positive quotes offer a glimmer of motivation that can feed our inner being.  A quote doesn't have to be earth shattering in content to be effective - some quotes are little more than humorous tokens that produce a smile.  - Mogs

 
Selected QuotesDECIDE WHO YOU ARE
 - originator of the quote is indicated when known

The brain can be developed just the same as the muscles can be developed, if one will only take the pains to train the mind to think. Why do so many men never amount to anything?  Because they don't think.  -- [Thomas Edison (1921)]

I'll keep my guns, freedom, and money... you can keep the "CHANGE"  -- (unknown)

At the very least, experience furnishes the houses of our lives -- but we choose whether to live in them.  -- (Marc Carlson)

Make yourself an honest man, and then you may be sure that there is one less scoundrel in the world.  -- [Thomas Carlysle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist and historian]

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with inherent and inalienable rights; that among these, are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.  -- Declaration of Independence (or by Thomas Jefferson, 1776)

Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.  -- (Thomas A. Kempis)

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.  -- (Marie Beyon Ray)

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.  -- (Frederick Faber)

"My heart pounds to the rhythm of a different drummer...
I approach life's mysteries accordingly"  -- (Mogs)

Just this: What is above knows what is below, but what is below does not know what is above. One climbs, one sees. One descends, one sees no longer, but one has seen. There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by the memory of what one saw higher up. When one can no longer see, one can at least still know.  -- (Rene Daumal)

There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.  -- (Norman Vincent Peale)

The tree of life knows that, whatever happens, the warm music spinning around it will never stop. However much death may come, however much blood may flow, the music will dance with men and women as long as the air breaths them and the land plows and loves them.  -- (Eduardo Galeano, Author of Open Veins of Latin America)

I always turn to the sports pages first, which records people's accomplishments. The front page has nothing but man's failures.  -- (Chief Justice Earl Warren)

Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but look what happens when they stick together.

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair.  -- (Chinese Proverb)

By placing our emphasis on the speed at which our world spins, and focusing less on the spin itself, it allows us to become more than simply enablers of spin.  -- (Mogs)

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that is your own self.  -- (Aldous Huxley)

Few of us will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of these acts will be written the history of this generation.  -- (Robert Kennedy)

If I lose the light of the sun, I will write by candlelight, moonlight, no light.  If I lose paper and ink, I will write in blood on forgotten wall.  I will write always, I will capture nights all over the world and bring them to you.  -- (Dino Corvino, Italian Poet)

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.  -- (Alexander Graham Bell)

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.  -- (Albert Einstein)

There is no top for me. As soon as I get to a certain point, I want to see what is at the next plateau.  -- (Ted "the Greek")

The weak can never forgive.  Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.  -- (Mahatma Gandhi)

"So let us then try to climb the mountain, not by stepping on what is below us, but to pull us up at what is above us, for my part at the stars; amen"  -- (M.C.Escher)

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  -- (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest, that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.  -- (Jan Glidewell)

"The things I want to express are so beautiful and pure"  -- (M.C.Escher)

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.  -- [Mark Twain (1835-1910)]

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth it's spark.  -- (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

We go to bed each night aware of problems in our lives and in the world - we awake to new possibilities each day.   -- (Mogs)

The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light.  -- (Felix Adler)

"Yes there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run, there's still time to change the road you're on"

No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.  -- (Thomas Carlyle)

Science has brought forth this danger, but the real problem is in the minds and hearts of men. We will change hearts of other men [only] by changing our own hearts and speaking bravely.  -- (Albert Einstein)

Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.  -- (Leo Buscaglia)

Nurture your mind with great thoughts.  -- (Benjamin Disraeli)

The way you treat other people is a direct reflection of how you feel about yourself. Good cannot come to you until it comes from you.

To give real service you must add something which cannot be bought or measured with money, and that is sincerity and integrity.  -- (Donald A. Adams)

Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.  -- (Albert Einstein)

"I venture to suggest that patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."  -- [Adlai E. Stevenson, American statesman (1900-1965)]

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  -- (1 Corinthians 13:7)

We must not allow other people's limited perceptions to define us.  -- (Virginia Satir)

"All the while thou studiest revenge, thou art tearing thine own wound open."  -- (Thomas Fuller)

"I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things."  -- (William J. Locke)

"Live as if you like yourself, and it may happen."  -- (Marge Piercy)

If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag.  -- (Anonymous)

It's not so much the load you carry as how you carry it.

If you can't get people to listen, tell them it's confidential.

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

People forget how fast you did a job, but they remember how well you did it.

 
Selected QuotesFRIENDS
 - originator of the quote is indicated when known

If my friends were to jump off a building, I would not jump with them - I would be at the bottom to catch them.

About Internet friendships:  Remember the sense of wonder the FIRST few times you signed on ... The first time you "talked" to a stranger ... Gasp!!!  Who would have known that all of these pixels would realign themselves into the images of friends???  -- (Bridge)

A faithful friend is a strong defense: and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.  -- (Ecclesiasticus, 6:14)

Here's to a friend. He knows you well and likes you just the same. May we have more and more friends, and need them less and less. Pour deep the rosy wine and drink a toast with me; Here's to three: Thee, Wine, and Camaraderie!  -- (Thomas Moore)

Relationships are like a garden, if you never nurture or water the seeds, nothing will grow!

The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.  -- (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

People are more important than things...  -- (Bridge)

Make new friends ... but keep the old ... One is silver and the other GOLD.

Friends are the ones who sing the song of your heart after you've forgotten how it goes.

Love those who love you while they are alive.  -- (Rael)

Tell someone how much you care about them today even if they are only a friend, because you may never get the chance tomorrow, and if you were them you would want to know, wouldn't you?

It's the hearts we touch in others that pave our paths in gold.  -- (Mogs)

Friendship is a union of spirits, a marriage of hearts, and the bond there of virtue.  -- (Samuel Johnson)

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare.  -- (Ai Ibn-Abu-Talib)

Friendship, like credit, is highest when it is not used.  -- (Elbert Hubbard)

"You don't just luck into things... You build step by step, whether it's friendships or opportunities."  -- (Barbara Bush)

Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow-ripening fruit.  -- (Aristotle)

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or ablities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.  -- (William Penn)

"Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path."  -- (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Friends, though absent, are still present.

Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.

Friendships multiply joys, and divide griefs.

A really good friend is one who lets you be yourself ... And likes you in spite of it.

If you have one true friend you have more than your share.

Chances make our parents, but choice makes our friends.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear.

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

Friends are those rare people who ask how you are, then wait to hear the answer.

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

 
Selected QuotesGENERAL WISDOM
 - originator of the quote is indicated when known

Listen with total focus and interest to each response.  It's impossible to blunder while you are listening.

"Millions of Americans LOVE their country.  Try it Mr. President... you might LIKE IT!"

"Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life."     -- (Herbert Henry Asquith)

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts."     -- (Bertrand Russell)

"Mr. Obama, millions of Americans embrace Christian values and religious freedom.

"Above all do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts and know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it."     -- (Kierkegaard)

I'll keep my guns, freedom, and money... you can keep the "CHANGE"  -- (unknown)

Man's greatest discovery is not fire, nor the wheel, nor the combustion engine, nor atomic energy, nor anything in the material world. It is in the world of ideas. Man's greatest discovery is teamwork by agreement  -- (B. Brewster Jennings)

We used to survive as Americans by manufacturing goods and providing services that people were proud of.  Americans took pride in their work.  Whether we were producing mass goods or hammering out yet another iron shoe for someone's horse ... we took pride in our work.     -- (Mogs)

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.  -- (Albert Einstein)

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.

Daring ideas are like chess men moved forward.  They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.  -- (Goethe)

Every species is vague, every term goes cloudy at its edges, and so in my way of thinking, relentless logic is only another name for stupidity -- for a sort of intellectual pigheadedness. If you push a philosophical or metaphysical enquiry through a series of valid syllogisms -- never committing any generally recognized fallacy -- you nevertheless leave behind you at each step a certain rubbing and marginal loss of objective truth and you get deflections that are difficult to trace, at each phase in the process. Every species waggles about in its definition, every tool is a little loose in its handle, every scale has its individual.  -- [H. G. Wells First and Last Things (1908)]

It is only when the People become ignorant and corrupt, when they degenerate into a populace that they are incapable of exercising their sovereignty. Let us, by all wise and constitutional measures, promote intelligence among the People, as the best means of preserving our liberties.  -- (James Monroe)

I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.  -- [Thomas Carlysle (1795-1881) Scottish essayist and historian]

Our leaders must remember that education doesn't begin with some isolated bureaucrat in Washington. It doesn't even begin with State or local officials. Education begins in the home, where it's a parental right and responsibility. Both our public and our private schools exist to aid our families in the instruction of our children, and it's time some people back in Washington stopped acting as if family wishes were only getting in the way.     -- {Ronald Reagan)

To talk much and arrive nowhere is the same as climbing a tree to catch a fish.  -- (Ancient Chinese Proverb)

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect.  -- (Mark Twain)

The way I sees it ... God gave us one mouth and two ears for a reason.

Creativity is allowing oneself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.  -- (Scott Adams)

It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts.  -- (Millard Fuller)

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.  -- (General Omar Bradley)

These are the times that try men's souls...Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered: yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.  -- (Thomas Paine)

It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important.  You have to do the right thing.  It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit.  But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing.  You may never know what results come from your action.  But if you do nothing, there will be no result.  -- (Gandhi)

"Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! Thine own has reached the shore."  -- (proverb)

By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, [journalism] keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.  -- (Oscar Wilde)

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.  -- (Robert Louis Stevenson)

The two words "information" and "communication" are often used interchangeably, but they signify quite different things.  Information is giving out; communication is getting through.  -- (Sydney J. Harris, pollster)

To measure up to all that is demanded of him, a man must overestimate his capacities.  -- (Johann von Wolfgang Goethe)

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.  -- (Khalil Gibran)

When you worry and hurry through your day,  it is like an unopened gift ... Thrown away ... Life is not a race ... Take it slower... Hear the music before the song is over.

You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.  -- (Naguib Mahfouz, Egyptian author)

True wisdom is less presuming than folly. The wise man doubteth often, and changeth his mind; the fool is obstinate, and doubteth not; he knoweth all things but his own ignorance.  -- (Akhenaton)

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.  -- (Charles Mingus)

I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often.  -- (Brian Tracy)

When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all, we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man.  -- [Santee-Yanktonai Sioux,  AKA Chased-by-Bears (1843-1915)]

Those who suppress freedom always do so in the name of law and order.  -- (John V. Lindsay)

A collective tyrant, spread over the length and breadth of the land,  is no more acceptable than a single tyrant ensconced on his throne.  -- (Georges Clemenceau, French Diplomat)

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.

Humility is always proof of intelligence.  -- (Rael)

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

"Do I contradict myself?  Very well then... I contradict myself; I am large... I contain multitudes."  -- (Mark Twain)

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world."  -- (Albert Einstein)

One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.  -- (Michael Cibenko)

Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip.  -- (Robert J. Hastings, "The Station")

The insult hurts, but it is not the issue: let my destiny befall me, it is the destiny of mankind I am worried about.  -- (Anonymous Russian poet returning to Russia from the Civil war in Spain)

Life is the acceptance of responsibilities or their evasion, it is a business of meeting obligations or avoiding them. To every man the choice is continually being offered, and by the manner of his choosing you may fairly measure him.  -- (Ben Ames Williams)

We encounter the grinding wheels that sharpen our mental blades many places in life. Adversity, school, parents, spiritual guides, books, experience are all sharpening teachers. As we grow older, to stay sharp we must find new grindstones to whet and sharpen our potential and keep us at our brightest, most penetrating best.  -- (Robert Kall)

He who angers you conquers you.  -- (Elizabeth Kenny)

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.  -- (John Stuart Mill)

There is just enough room in the world for all the people in it, but there is no room for the fences which separate them.  -- (Father Taylor)

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)

Wisdom has two parts:  1) Having a lot to say.   2) Not saying it.

Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.  -- (John Maxwell)

A clean conscience makes a soft pillow.

Kindness is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back.

Anybody can become angry - that is easy; but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.  -- (Aristotle)

You're never as cool as you think other people think you are.

The willow knows what the storm does not:  That the power to endure harm outlives the power to inflict it.  -- (Blood of the Martyr)

Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character.  -- (Henry Clay)

"Each child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man."  -- [Sir Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Nobel Prize-winning poet (1861-1941)]

And Jesus said: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you ...  -- (Luke 6:27-38)

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.

If you don't understand my silence, you will never understand my words.  -- (Irish proverb)

Remember... whether you think you can or you think you can't...YOUR RIGHT!

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.  -- (Albert Einstein)

If you want to climb mountains, don't pratice on mole hills.

Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.  -- (Jean Paul Richter)

The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.  -- (Benjamin Franklin)

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.  -- (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.  -- [Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) American clergyman and writer]

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.  -- (Langston Hughes)

"Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent."  -- (Sydeny Smith)

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."  -- (William James)

"Enjoy yourself.  These are the 'good old days' you're going to miss in the years ahead."

BOTTOM LINE: If you want to be one of the greats, then surround yourself with great people.

"Today is the blocks with which we build."  -- (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

"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."  -- (Diane Ackerman)

He who conquers his anger has conquered an enemy.  -- (German proverb)

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."  -- (Franklin Delano Roosevelt)

"Always take a job that is too big for you."  -- (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?  -- (Henry David Thoreau)

Don't wait for a funeral to pay a compliment. You may not make it in time.  -- (Harvey Mackay)

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  -- (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.  -- (Victor Borge)

Seek first to understand, then to be understood.  -- (Stephen Covey)

"The test of good manners is to be patient with bad ones."  -- (Solomon Ibn Gabirol)

"The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it."  -- (Jean-Paul Sartre)

"Everyone needs a strong sense of self. It is our base of operations for everything that we do in life."  -- (Julia T. Alvarez)

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. "  -- (Sophia Loren)

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."  -- (Eric Hoffer)

"Treat people as if they were what they should be, and you help them become what they are capable of becoming."  -- (Johannn von Goethe)

"One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say."  -- (Voltaire)

"I don't measure a man's success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom."  -- (General George Patton)

"Never try to tell everything you know.  It may take too short a time."  -- (Norman Ford)

"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself."  -- (Ethel Barrymore)

"The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right."

"Adversity is the trial of principle.  Without it a man hardly knows whether he is honest or not."  -- (Henry Fielding)

"If you are losing a tug-of-war with a tiger, give him the rope before he gets to your arm. You can always buy a new rope."  -- (Max Gunther)

"Breaks balance out.  The sun don't shine on the same old dog's rear end every day."

"There are people who have money and people who are rich."

Definition of courage: "Grace under pressure."  -- (Ernest Hemingway)

"Life begets life.  Energy creates energy.  It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."  -- (Sarah Bernhardt)

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles by it.

Well done is better than well said.

Three groups spend other people's money: children, thieves, politicians. All three need supervision.  -- (Dick Armey)

Experience is the hardest kind of teacher.  It gives you the test first and the lesson later.

You start cutting your wisdom teeth the first time you bite off more than you can chew.

"Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution."  -- (Raymond E. Feist)

"When in doubt wear red."  -- (Bill Blass)

It's the "unity" in "community" that gets the job done.

A laugh at your own expense costs you nothing.

Many receive advice, only the wise profits by it.

"All men are afraid in battle.  The coward is the one who lets his fear overcome his sense of duty."  -- (General George S. Patton)

In most cases, all an argument proves is that two people are present.

Conscience is a small inner voice that doesn't speak your language.

Praise does wonders for the sense of hearing.

The person who rows the boat generally doesn't have time to rock it.

All wise men share one thing in common: The ability to listen.  -- (Frank Tyger)

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

Advice is more acceptable if it doesn't interfere with our plans.

Lost time is never found again.

I disaprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

Tell me what company thou keepest, and I'll tell thee what thou art.

If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.

Memory is the treasure-house of the mind.

The true art of memory is the art of attention.

 
Selected QuotesHUMOR THINK TANK
 - originator of the quote is indicated when known

I was lucky, you know.  I always had a beautiful girl and the money was good.  Although I would have done the whole thing over for, oh, perhaps half.    -- (Bob Hope)

A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.    -- (Mark Twain)

I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn't find any.

Once, during Prohibition, I was forced to live on nothing but food and water.   -- (W. C. Fields)

Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps.   -- (Emo Phillips)

I'm no actor, and I have sixty-four pictures to prove it.   -- (Victor Mature)

A woman's perception of one minute when applied to shopping in a crafts store, etc., converts into one minute times the total number of minutes she spends inside the store.  That same minute clocks in at the rate of 1.74 hours in real time when calculated by a man's onboard mental clock conversion mechanism.    -- (Mogs)

President Grover Cleveland could write in Latin one hand while writing in Greek with the other. I would give my right arm to be ambidextrous.  -- (Jay Leno)

"It's not me who can't keep a secret it's the people I tell that can't."  -- (Abraham Lincoln)

"If A equals success, then the formula is: A = X + Y + Z, X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut."   -- (Albert Einstein)

"Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next."  -- (Franklin P. Jones)

I wish I had as much in bed as I get in the newspaper   -- (Linda Ronstadt)

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking at girls and persuade themselves they have a better idea."  -- (John Ciardi)

"I used to be a heavy gambler. But now I just make mental bets. That's how I lost my mind."  -- (Steve Allen)

I have bursts of being a lady, but it doesn't last long.   -- (Shelley Winters)

"What would men be without women? Scarce, sir, mighty scarce."   -- (Mark Twain)

"They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days."  -- (Garrison Keilor)

"I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met."  -- (Steven Wright)

"The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns."

"In America any boy may become President and I suppose it's just one of the risks he takes."  -- (Adlai Stevenson)

To me, it's a good idea to always carry two sacks of something when you walk around. That way, if anybody says, "Hey, can you give me a hand?" You can say, "Sorry, got these sacks."  -- (Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy)

"I just bought a microwave fireplace...
 You can spend a whole evening in front of it in only eight minutes."  -- (Steven Wright)

"My dog is worried about the economy because Alpo is up to $3.00 a can. That's almost $21.00 in dog money."  -- (Joe Weinstein)

How come we choose from just two people to run for president and 50 for Miss America?

Mason-Dixon: The line that separates youse from y'all.

"In England, if you commit a crime, the police don't have a gun and you don't have a gun. If you commit a crime, the police will say 'Stop, or I'll say stop again."  -- (Robin Williams)

"Why is it, 'A penny for your thoughts,' but, 'you have to put your two cents in?' Somebody's making a penny."  -- (George Carlin)

"Like a midget in a urinal I knew I had to be on my toes."  -- [Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), from NAKED GUN]

"Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain."   -- (Lily Tomlin)

"The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face."   -- (Jack Handey)

"After hearing two eyewitness accounts of an auto accident it makes you wonder about history."

"I don't understand why people keep saying marriage is doomed. All of mine worked out."  -- (Peter DeVries)

When I was crossing the border into Canada, they asked if I had any firearms with me. I said, "Well, what do you need?"  -- (Steven Wright)

"I bought my brother some gift-wrap for Christmas. I took it to the Gift Wrap Department and told them to wrap it, but in a different print so he would know when to stop unwrapping."  -- (Steven Wright)

"Canada is the essence of not being. Not English, not American, it is the mathematic of not being. And a subtle flavor - we're more like celery as a flavor."   -- (Mike Myers on the secret of his Mojo)

When a guy says, "I need more space, it confuses me.
What's the matter with all that space between his ears? -- (Linda Rollins From Ruminations Top Five)

"People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it's safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs."   -- (Rodney Lee)

"This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly.
It should be thrown with much force."    -- (Dorothy Parker)

"Names are not always what they seem. The common Welsh name 'Bzjxxllwcp' is pronounced Jackson."  -- (Mark Twain)

"I like to pick up hitchhikers. When they get in the car I say, 'Put on your seat belt. I want to try something. I saw it once in a cartoon, but I think I can do it.'"   -- (Steven Wright)

"There's very little advice in men's magazines, because men don't think there's a lot they don't know. Women want to learn. Men think, 'I know what I'm doing, just show me somebody naked.'"  -- (Jerry Seinfeld)

"There are two different kinds of people in this world:
Those who finish what they start, and"  -- (Brad Ramsey)

"Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla."  -- (Jim Bishop)

"What's on your mind, if you'll forgive the overstatement?"  -- (Fred Allen)

"A man may be a fool and not know it...but not if he is married."  -- (H.L. Mencken)

Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.  -- (Steven Wright)

"Thanks to the invention of the telescope, planets that are 100 billion miles away look to be only 50 billion miles away."  -- (John Wagner)

"If you're playing a poker game and you look around the table and can't tell who the sucker is, it's you."  -- (Paul Newman)

"There are people so addicted to exaggeration that they can't even tell the truth without lying."  -- (Josh Billings)

"I had a stick of CareFree gum, but it didn't work. I felt pretty good while I was blowing that bubble, but as soon as the gum lost its flavor, I was back to pondering my mortality."  -- (Mitch Hedberg)

"Here at First National, you're not just a number - you're two numbers, a dash, three more numbers, another dash, and another number."

"I went to a general store. They wouldn't let me buy anything specifically."  -- (Steven Wright)

"She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech."  -- (George Barnard Shaw)

"I went to a restaurant that serves "breakfast at any time." So I ordered French Toast during the Renaissance."  -- (Steven Wright)

"All I ask is the chance to prove that money can't make me happy."  -- (Spike Milligan)

A normal person is just one you don't know real well.

"Quote me as saying I was mis-quoted."  -- (Groucho Marx)

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing...
If you can fake that, you've got it made.  -- (Groucho Marx)

NEWSFLASH!!!!  Federal agents raid gun shop, find weapons.

"The 50-50-90 rule:
Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right,
there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong."  -- (Andy Rooney)

"They have an amazing proliferation of TV channels now: The all-cartoon channel, the 24-hour-science fiction channel. Of course, to make room for these they got rid of the Literacy Channel and the What's Left of Civilization Channel."  -- (Dennis Miller)

"Love is never angry. Love is always patient. How many friggin' times do I have to remind you of that before you get it?!?... How many times?... Well??"  -- (Jim Rosenberg)

No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.

The trouble with hitting the jackpot on a slot machine is that it takes so long to put the money back.

Those are my principles...
If you don't like them I have others.   -- (Groucho Marx)

Now there's a man with an open mind...
You can feel the breeze from here!   -- (Groucho Marx)

The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing...
If you can fake that, you've got it made!  -- (Groucho Marx)

The nice thing about standards is there are so many to choose from.

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous,
he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.  -- (Mark Twain)

If genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration,
I wind up sharing elevators with a lot of bright people.

Humor is to life what shock absorbers are to an automobile.

My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it is gone.

"I want to know what good is a web search engine that returns 324,909,188 'matches' to my key word. That's like saying, "Good news, we've located the product you're looking for. It's on Earth."  -- (Bruce Cameron)

"According to a recent survey, men say the first thing they notice about women are their eyes. And women say the first thing they notice about men are: they're a bunch of liars."  -- (Jay Leno)

"Critics say that Andy Warhol's famous portraits of Campbell's soup cans were a brilliant satire of culture, in much the same way that Campbell's soup is a brilliant satire of food.  -- (Craig Kilborn)

"No matter how much money you make, you always need an extra $40 a week. I'm sure it was Einstein who first stated: Expense equals salary plus forty bucks."   -- (Jeffrey Jena)

"The child had his mother's eyes, his mother's nose and his mother's mouth. Which left his mother with a pretty blank expression." -- (Robert Benchley)

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

I know that there are people in this world who do not love their fellow man, and I hate people like that.  -- (Tom Lehrer)

"My father would say things that made no sense at all, like, 'If I were the last person on earth, some moron would turn left in front of me.'"  -- (Louie Anderson)

Inside every large problem is a small problem struggling to get out.

The length of a minute depends on what side of the bathroom door you're on.

Oh are you from Wales ?? Do you know a fella named Jonah ??
He used to live in whales for a while.  -- (Groucho Marx)

Bacon and eggs: A day's work for the chicken...a life-time investment for the pig.

If things get any better, I may have to hire someone to help me enjoy it.

My school colors were clear. We used to say, "I'm not naked, I'm in the band."  -- (Steven Wright)

"There's nothing to match curling up with a good book when there's a repair job to be done around the house."  -- (Joe Ryan)

What I need is a list of specific unknown problems we will encounter.  -- (Lykes Lines Shipping)

As of tomorrow, employees will only be able to access the building using individual security cards. Pictures will be  taken next Wednesday and employees will receive their cards in two weeks.  --(Fred Dales at Microsoft Corp in Redmond, WA.)

"Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?"

"There are 47 pubs in this town and he has not been in one of them" ... "Which one?"  -- (Benny Hill)

Anyone who says he can see through women ... Is missing a lot!  -- (Groucho Marx)

"I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that I'd just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway."  -- (Jack Handey)

The factory of the future will have two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog and the dog is there to keep the man from touching the computers.

This project is so important, we can't let things that are more important interfere with it.  -- (Advertising/Marketing manager, United Parcel Service)

A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs. A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need.

The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.  -- [Helen Hayes (at 73)]

Behind every successful man stands a surprised mother-in-law.  -- (Hubert Humphrey)

Never test the depth of the water with both feet.

The sole purpose of a child's middle name is so he can tell when he's really in trouble.

A woman has the last word  in any argument. Anything a man says after that is the  beginning of a new argument.

I can buy the talking scarecrow and flying monkeys, but I can't believe there is no paperwork involved when your house lands on a witch.

Why, when you blow in a dog's face he gets mad at you, but when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window?

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first"  -- (Ronald Reagan)

"You can always get the truth from an American statesman after he has turned 70 or given up all hope of the presidency"  -- (Wendell Phillips)

"Fleas can be taught nearly anything that a congressman can"  -- (Mark Twain)

My second favorite household chore is ironing.  My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.  -- (Erma Bombeck)

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

I don't think I'm ever more "aware" than I am right after I hit my thumb with a hammer.  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

A recent survey discovered that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the population.

I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state-appointed psychiatrist is our "friend."  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

I remember one day I was at Grandpa's farm and I asked him about sex. He sort of smiled and said, "Maybe instead of telling you what sex is, why don't we go out to the horse pasture and I'll show you."  So we did, and there on the ground were my parents having sex.  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

"Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution, yet."  -- (Mae West, 1892-1980)

I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.  -- (Jennifer Unlimited)

Why do the caterpillar and the ant have to be enemies?  One eats leaves, and
the other eats caterpillars.  Oh, I see now.  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

"If you watch a game, it's fun.  If you play it, it's recreation.  If you work at it, it's golf."  -- (Bob Hope)

"The computer is a moron."  -- (Peter Drucker)

If you happen across an endangered animal, eating an endangered plant ... What do you do?

"When angry, count four ... When very angry, swear."  -- (Mark Twain)

If an athlete gets athlete’s foot, what does an astronaut get?  Missile toe?

If you saw two guys named Hambone and Flippy, which one would you think liked dolphins the most? I'd say Flippy, wouldn't you? You'd be wrong though. It's Hambone.  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

Nobody is totally useless.  They can always be used as a bad example.

I can live for two months on one good compliment.  -- (Mark Twain)

"The trouble with being punctual is that there's nobody there to appreciate it."   --(Franklin P. Jones)

 One thing about my Aunt Nadie: She was gruff on the outside, but if you ever needed something, like a spanking or a scolding, she'd give it to you.  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

The amount of sleep required by the average person is about five minutes more.  -- (Max Kauffmann)

The underdeveloped bit of property with the greatest Potential is still between the ears.

"Money is like an arm or a leg - use it or lose it."  -- (Henry Ford)

A racehorse is an animal that can take several thousand people for a ride at the same time.  -- (Marjorie Johnson)

Clearly spoken, Mr. Fogg; you explain English by Greek.

A smattering of everything and a knowledge of nothing.

I hope they never find out that lightning has a lot of vitamins in it, because do you hide from it or not?  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

"The most popular labor-saving device is still money."  -- (Phyllis George)

Things aren't always what they seem: Never kick a dried dog turd.

Women and elephants never forget.

There are two kinds of people who don't say much - Those who are quiet and those who talk a lot.

Of all the warning sounds that animals make, I think the one that's the least effective on me is a kind of clicking noise.  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

Children wouldn't be a problem if they had to chop wood to keep the TV going.

The simplest toy a young child can operate is called a grandparent.

A dime isn't worthless. In an emergency, it makes a good screwdriver.

Most trees take five years to produce nuts … but not the family tree.

A pickle is a cucumber soured by a jarring experience.

The modern definition of coffee: Break Fluid.

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires.

A wise man never argues with a skunk, a mule, or the cook!

Who is Cyber? And what am I doing in their Space?

April's the month when the green returns to the lawn, the lilac, and the IRS.

A quiz: If I am my brother's keeper, who am I?   (Answer: me)  -- (Deep Thoughts, by Jack Handey)

 
Selected QuotesLOVE & MARRIAGE
 - originator of the quote is indicated when known

Marrying for love may be a bit risky, but it's so honest that God can't help but smile on it.

Passivity is the number one killer of relationships.

Love doesn't make the world go round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.   -- (Franklin P. Jones)

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.  -- (G. K. Chesterton)

Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear.

If you want to know how much I love and care for you, count the waves.   -- (Kenneth Koh)

"I have no idea what the rules are anymore. I really don't. Someday, if I get enough courage, I'll work up to maybe just getting a plant."  -- (Meg Ryan, on life in the dating world)

If couples would simply eliminate the bull, speak what they feel, and listen to one another, many marriages could be a cut above what they've (chosen) to be.  -- (Mogs)

Maturity is the stage of life when you don't have to see eye-to-eye, but can still walk arm-in-arm.

All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own fashion.

When people honor each other, there is a trust established that leads to synergy, interdependence, and deep respect. Both parties make decisions and choices based on what is right, what is best, what is valued most highly.  -- (Blaine Lee)

Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.  -- (Mary Manin Morrissey)

Sex ignites a loving spark in the marriage bed. Keep the flame lit, and the marriage can age like a fine wine. Never play with the flame, it's warm glow provides shelter from the cold.  -- (Mogs)

A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.

"Love is like an hourglass with the heart filling up as the brain empties."  --(Jules Renard)

My wife has two complaints: One that she has nothing to wear. And two, that she's run out of wardrobe space to keep it in.

 
Selected QuotesPOSITIVE MOTIVATION
 - originator of the quote is indicated when known

If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it.

Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.  -- (James R. Cook)

Pay no attention to what the critics say; no statue has ever been erected to a critic.  -- (Jean Sibelius)

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.  -- (Martha Graham)

Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.  -- (Charles Mingus)

Notice life's many lessons ... Aspire to be MORE than you think capable ... And seek wise council ... Often.  -- (Mogs)

There is no such thing as can't, only won't. If you're qualified, all it takes is a burning desire to accomplish, to make a change. Go forward, go backward. Whatever it takes.  -- (Jan Ashford)

"If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest."  -- (Daniel Webster)

The winners in life think constantly in terms of I can, I will, and I am ... Losers, on the other hand, concentrate their waking thoughts on what they should have or would have done, or what they can't do.  -- (Dennis Waitley)

The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.

There will never be greater returns on your financial investments than
- education  - knowledge  - personal skills.  -- (Oscar Bruce)

Fall seven times, stand up eight.  -- (Japanese proverb)

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.  -- (Confucius)

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)

Allow yourself to be inspired. Allow yourself to succeed.  Dare to excel.  -- (Vince Dente)

Each waking day is a clean canvas to paint a new picture of your life.

If the eyes are looked upon as the windows to the soul ...then a smile must be the doorway to the heart.

Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.

One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts.  -- (Albert Einstein, 1915 letter to a student)

Spend your life lifting people up, not putting them down.

No one can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.

He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determine the end.  -- (Harry Emerson Fosdick)

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  -- (Theodore Roosevelt)

"One can never consent to creep when one has the impulse to soar."  -- (Helen Keller)

"Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible."  -- (Saint Francis of Assisi)

"Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."  -- (Winston Churchill)

"Don't waste today regretting yesterday instead of making a memory for tomorrow."  -- (Laura Palmer)

"The deepest principle of Human Nature is the craving to be appreciated."  -- (William James)

Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.  -- (Norman Vincent Peale)

"Imagination is the highest kite one can fly."  -- (Lauren Bacall)

"Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge."  -- (Abraham Joshua Heschel)

Your expression is the most important thing you can wear.

Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.

"Can anything be sadder than work unfinished?  Yes; work never begun."  -- (Christina Rossetti)

"Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it."  -- (Col. Michael Friedsman)

The ability to concentrate and to use your time well is everything.  --(Lee Iacocca)

It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded.  --(Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for."  --(Maureen Dowd)

There's plenty of room at the top. There's just no place to sit down.

"Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands."  -- (Seneca)

The way to be nothing is to do nothing.

 
Selected QuotesALL IS SAID AND DONE
 - originator of the quote is indicated when known

No artist is ahead of his time.  He is his time.
It is just that others are behind the time.   -- (Martha Graham)

Not what man knows but what man feels, concerns art.  All else is science.  -- (Bernard Berenson)

You never find yourself until you face the truth.  -- (Pearl Bailey)

I'll keep my guns, freedom, and money... you can keep the "CHANGE"  -- (unknown)

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.  --(Alfred Hitchcock)

From what we get, we can make a living;
what we give, however, makes a life.  -- (Arthur Ashe)

Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, Holy s---, what a ride!!!

When you go fishin', never keep the little fish.
You won't eat them, and the big fish will.   -- (GUMPisms)

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

Ahhh, the written language is abritrary anyhow, language itself is spoken and the letters are just a representation of the sounds of the words.  -- (Steve Spitler)

The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine. -- (Nikola Tesla)

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Chainsaw Consultant: An outside expert brought in to reduce the employee headcount, leaving the top brass with clean hands.

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

"Why is it that all of the instruments seeking intelligent life in the universe are pointed away from Earth?"

"Some can trace their family back 300 years, but can't tell you where their children are tonight."  -- (Lawrence Brotherton)

Human nature seems to endow people with the ability to size up everybody but themselves.

You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.  -- (Frank Crane, Biblical scholar and author)

A teenage boy to his father... "Here's my report card and a list I've compiled of entrepreneurs who never finished high school."  -- (Charles Almon in The Wall Street Journal)

The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to. As an artist, I feel that we must try many things -- but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad -- to be willing to risk everything to really express it all.  -- (John Cassavetes)

"It's a strange world of language in which skating on thin ice can get you into hot water."  -- (Franklin P. Jones)

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out."  -- (Ray Bradbury)

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feeling, and not by the intellect.  -- (Hebert Spencer)

If every day a man takes orders in silence from an incompetent superior, if every day he solemnly performs ritual acts which he privately finds ridiculous, if he unhesitatingly gives answers to questionnaires which are contrary to his real opinions and is prepared to deny his own self in public, if he sees no difficulty in feigning sympathy or even affection where, in fact, he feels only indifference or aversion, it still does not mean that he has entirely lost the use of one of the basic human senses, namely, the sense of humiliation.  -- (Vaclav Havel)

Rare is the person who can weigh the faults of others without putting his thumb on the scales.  -- (Bryon J. Langenfeld)

We're born into this world with a clean slate, representative of the smoothness of the brain at birth.  Life's experiences begin the etching process that continually carves our wrinkles of knowledge that will transform that smoothness into a wonder of possibilities.  -- (Mogs)

Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality. Should we all reveal our virtues we would also laugh for the same cause.  -- (Khalil Gibran)

He who cannot forgive others destroys the bridge over which he himself must pass.  -- (George Herbert)

The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.  -- [John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)]

You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.  -- (Joan Baez, Folk singer)

Nobody cares if you can't dance well... Just get up and dance.

The main accomplishment of almost all organized protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

In America you can go on the air and kid the politicians ... And the politicians can go on the air and kid the people.  -- (Groucho Marx)

It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.  -- (Arthur Calwell)

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.  -- (Henry David Thoreau)

You cannot reason a person out of a position he did not reason himself into in the first place.  -- (Jonathan Swift)

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.  -- (Robert M. Pirsig)

"You have to practice for a long time before you can learn to sound like yourself "  -- (Miles Davis)

The world is bursting with people, yet we buffer ourselves in cozy isolation; We expand ourselves when we open ourselves to the people around us.  -- (Mogs)

There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.  -- (George Matthew Adams)

It all comes down to one very simple choice ... Get busy livin' or get busy dyin'.  -- Andy Dufrain (Tim Robbins) in "The Shawshank Redemption"

I am one of those who never knows the direction of my journey until I have almost arrived.  -- (Anna Louise Strong)

The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.  -- (H. T. Leslie)

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living.  -- (Gail Sheehy)

Music washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.  -- (Berthold Auerbach)

And detergent washes from the clothes the dirt of everyday life.  -- Mogs  ...Sorry!   :)

Many risks fail because they were not taken in time. Too many risks are postponed until unnecessarily elaborate preparations are made...Don't sit back waiting for the perfect moment. It almost never comes.  -- (David Viscott)

Truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.  -- (Flannery O'Connor)

Life is tough. We soar highest when helping others be what they can be. In doing so, we forget our own woes.   -- (Mogs)

A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history, when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and when the sound of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance.  -- (Jawaharial Nehru, Indian Prime Minister)

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.  -- (Albert Schweitzer)

It is an inevitable defect, that bureaucrats will care more for routine than for results.  -- [Walter Bagehot (1867)]

The worst things: To be in bed and sleep not; To want for one who comes not; To try to please and please not.  -- (Egyptian Proverb)

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly, and for the same reason.

Love--incomparably the greatest psychotherapeutic agent-is something that professional psychiatry cannot of itself create, focus, nor release.  -- (Gordon Allport)

As long as I have any choice in the matter, I will live only in a country where civil liberty, tolerance and equality of ALL citizens before the law are the rule.  -- (Albert Einstein)

When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

You give little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.  -- (Kahlil Gibran)

There is, however, a somber point in the social outlook of Americans. Their sense of equality and human dignity is mainly limited to people of white skin ...The more I feel like an American, the more the situation pains me.  -- (Albert Einstein, 1946 address at Lincoln University)

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

I am nothing special; of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.  -- (Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook)

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.

It's good to have self-confidence. It's just nice to have a reason for it.

The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.  -- (Sallust)

Each 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 (Eric Blair), British author (1903-1950)]

There is never a wrong time to do the right thing.  -- (Rush Limbaugh)

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life. I was given life, that I might enjoy all things ... I got nothing I asked for -- but everything I hoped for.  Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.  I am, among men, most richly blessed!  -- (Roy Campanella)

You can muffle the drum, and you can loosen the strings of the lyre, but who shall command the skylark not to sing?  -- (Khalil Gibran)

Curiosity is a delicate little plant which, aside from stimulation, stands mainly in need of freedom.  -- (Albert Einstein)

Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must be first overcome.  -- [Jules Lederer (1917?-1999) American businessman]

"We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom."  -- (Michel de Montaigne)

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

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."  -- (Dolly Parton)

"I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act."  -- (Abraham Maslow)

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance."  -- (Bruce Barton)

"The greatest general is he who makes the fewest mistakes."  -- (Napoleon)

The only thing a heated argument ever produced is coolness.   -- (American proverb)

If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man should keep his friendships in constant repair... To let friendship die away by negligence and silence is certainly not wise. It is voluntarily to throw away one of the greatest comforts of this weary pilgrimage.  -- (Samuel Johnson)

Words may show a man's wit, but actions his meaning.  -- (Benjamin Franklin)

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.  -- (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

I would have answered your letter sooner, but you didn't send one.  -- (Goodman Ace)

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.  -- (Abigail Van Buren)

Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.   -- (Mother Teresa)

The Art of Peace begins with you...Foster peace in your own life and then apply the Art to all you encounter.  -- (Morihei Ueshiba)

"Some things...arrive on their own mysterious hour, on their own terms and not yours, to be seized or relinquished forever."  -- (Gail Godwin)

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.  What a man can be, he must be."  -- (Abraham Maslow)

"Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use."  -- (Ruth Gordon)

"The past should be culled like a box of fresh strawberries, rinsed of debris, sweetened judiciously and served in small portions, not very often."  -- (Laura Palmer)

"Don't compromise yourself.  You are all you've got."  --(Janis Joplin)

Decide what your priorities are and how much time you'll spend on them. If you don't, someone else will.  -- (Harvey Mackay)

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

Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over, and showing it principally in one spot.

"Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."  --(Proverbs 16:24)

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

He deserves paradise who makes his companions laugh.

We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government.

"When trouble comes, wise men take to their work; weak men take to the woods."  -- (Elbert Hubbard)

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.  -- (Erma Bombeck)

"We forfeit three-fourths of ourselves in order to be like other people."  -- (Arthur Schopenhauer)

A work of art is a corner of creation seen through a temperament.

When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.

Maybe the biggest problem with loneliness is that we walk around thinking we're the only ones suffering from it.  -- (Jeanne Marie Laskas)

You can always tell the lamplighter … By the glow they leave behind them.

The person who takes responsibility on his shoulder isn't likely to have a chip there.

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum - even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there's free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.  -- (Noam Chomsky, Linguist and Social Critic)

"My heart pounds to the beat of a different drummer ... such is the rhythm that drives Mark's Online Graphics Site"  -- (Mogs)


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