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Meaningful Quotes (Part 8)

“Tt is always important to ask fundamental questions, but when we do ask a fundamental question, most of us are seeking an answer, and then the answer is invariably superficial because there is no yes or no answer to life.” – J. Krishnamurti

“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

“The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

“Progress doesn’t come from early risers – progress is made by lazy men looking for easier ways to do things.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.” – Pythagoras (582 BC – 507 BC)

“Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.”

“Well behaved women rarely make history.” – Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

“Everything is plastic, we’re all gonna die.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel

“I don’t have low self-esteem. I have low esteem for everyone else.” – Daria

“I can’t help it if I know what I like. And I know what I like.” – Harriet the Spy

“You know what? You’re an individual, and that makes people nervous. And it’s gonna keep making people nervous for the rest of your life.” – Golly (Harriet the Spy)

“I thought I knew who I was when I woke up this morning but I have changed many times since then.” – Alice from Lewis Carrol’s Through the Looking Glass

“You can safely assume that you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.” – Anne Lamott

“Never compromise. Not even in the face of Armageddon.” – Rorschach

“The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.” – John Maynard Keynes

“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” – Chinua Achebe

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy.” – Robert Anthony

“Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.” – P. J. O’Rourke

“We are all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.” – Mignon McLaughlin

“Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion.” – Charlotte Bronte

“The trouble with Communism is the Communists, just as the trouble with Christianity is the Christians.” – Mencken

“Sunday: A day given over by Americans to wishing that they themselves were dead and in Heaven, and that their neighbors were dead and in Hell.” – Mencken

“Sunday School: A prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.” – Mencken

“Congress consists of one third, more or less, scoundrels; two thirds, more or less, idiots; and three thirds, more or less, poltroons.” – Mencken

“Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good.” – Menken

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it, misdiagnosing it and then misapplying the wrong remedies.” — Groucho Marx

“Under democracy one party always devotes its chief energies to trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule – and both commonly succeed, and are right.” – Mencken

“Strange as it seems, no amount of learning can cure stupidity, and formal education positively fortifies it.” – Stephen Vizinczey

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” – Mencken

“Look down at me and you see a fool; look up at me and you see a god; look straight at me and you see yourself.” – Charles Manson

“Whoever battles with monsters had better see that it does not turn him into a monster.” – Nietzsche

“I don’t think there’s anything dumber than thinking it is dumb to criticize how the government treats its people.” – Amir Dailami

The irony is that the people who think the government is doing such a fine job are more than willing to tell you “you don’t like it, leave”. If you ever encountered one these nut jobs, tell them, “it’s a democracy, and that’s what I’m meant to do in a democracy. You don’t like it, leave. Go live in a dictatorship”. – Amir Dailami

“I would like it if men had to partake in the same hormonal cycles to which women are subjected monthly. Maybe that’s why men declare war – because they have a need to bleed on a regular basis.” – Brett Butler

“Sometimes the thoughts in my head get bored and go for a stroll out through my mouth. This is rarely a good thing.” – Amanda Brandt

“What makes people weak? Their need for validation and recognition, their need to feel important. Don’t get caught in this trap.” – Paulo Coelo

“For what it’s worth, it’s never too late, or in my case too early, to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. you can change or stay the same. There are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. I hope you see things that stop you. I hope you feel things that you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.” – Benjamin Button

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you will help them become what they are capable of becoming.

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“The best weapon against an enemy is another enemy.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Don’t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can’t cross a chasm in two small jumps.” – David Lloyd George

“What most mental health professionals, teachers, social workers and doctors label as mental illness, behavioral problems or learning problems in children are simply children reacting in a NATURAL manner to UNNATURAL, intolerable or traumatic circumstances.” – Laurie A Couture

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

“To the soul, there is hardly anything more healing than friendship.” – Thomas Moore

“The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.” – Aung San Suu Kyi

Irony:
Person 1: MAN I HATE SCHOOL ESPECIALLY CALCULUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Person 2: *inoh everybody do..buhdd yhu havee 2 qoh to school &nd be moresuccesful &nd follow yur dreams..

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

“Being realisitic is the most commonly travelled road to mediocrity”

“…if you have to take just one thing from schools to emulate, don’t take their schedule, or methodologies, or teacher-student relationships, or curricula, or textbooks. Take their brochures.” – Clark Aldrich

I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side — I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts. – Bethania McKenstry

“Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.” – C.S. Lewis

It’s not procrastinating if you never intend to do it.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. – Dave Barry

Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits. – Dan Barker

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

Noah Garrett you can walk into a pitch black room full of evil full of darkness and light a candle and instantly that darkness flees but you can’t do the opposite you can’t go into a well lit room full of truth and wisdom and righteousness and joy and health and harmony with the universal power you can’t take up any amount of darkness and go into that well lit room and have any effect whatsoever

Make crime pay. Become a Lawyer

“We may go to the moon, but that’s not very far. The greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us.”

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. ~ Elwyn Brooks White

“Truth is, everybody is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones worth suffering for.” -Bob Marley

Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they’ve stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.

The ultimate understanding is that there is no ultimate understanding. – Nisargadatta Maharaj

“Do not seek the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.” – Seng-ts’an

None but a coward dares to boast that he has never known fear. – Ferdinand Foch

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” – J. K. Rowling

It’s much more right to take punishment you don’t deserve rather than do something wrong to avoid it. – Ceiling Cat

Memorable Quotes (Part 3)

“It is a great ability to be able to conceal one’s ability.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.” – Mark Twain

“We have too many high sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” – Abigail Adams

“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” – Erica Jong

“I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite.” – G. K. Chesterton

“When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision.” – Lord Falkland

“The one thing you can’t trade for your heart’s desire is your heart.” – Lois McMaster Bujold

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” – Anne Lamott

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” – Epicurus

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller

“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Turbulence is life force. It is opportunity. Let’s love turbulence and use it for change.” – Ramsay Clark

“Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them.” – Agatha Christie

“I no doubt deserved my enemies, but I don’t believe I deserved my friends.” – Walt Whitman

“Compassion is the basis of all morality.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

Taking drugs for depression is kind of like putting a bandage on cancer. It may hide the symptoms but it doesn’t solve the problem.

“To be great is to be misunderstood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We all have private ails. The troublemakers are they who need public cures for their private ails.” – Eric Hoffer

The less you try to control things, the less you need to.

“One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?” – Abraham Lincoln

“Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” – E.F. Schumacher

“If you give what you do not need, it isn’t giving.” – Mother Teresa

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa

“Silent” and “listen” are spelled with the same letters.

A friend is someone who is there for you when he’d rather be somewhere else.

Knowledge is a treasure, but practice is the key to it.

“It is impossible for anyone to learn that which he thinks he already knows.” – Plutarch

“I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.” – Aristotle

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

“We think we do so much for the poor, but it is they who make us rich.” – Mother Teresa

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion” – H.H. XIV Dalai Lama

“Fearlessness is the first requisite of spirituality. Cowards can never be moral.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“If you wind up with a boring, miserable life because you listened to your mom, your dad, your teacher, your priest or some guy on TV telling you what to do, then YOU DESERVE IT.” – Frank Zappa

“Isn’t it strange? The same people who laugh at gypsy fortune tellers take economists seriously.” – Cincinnati Enquirer

“It is no measure of good health to be well-adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” -Krishnamurti

Unquestioned answers are more dangerous than unanswered questions.

I would much rather give my time for a friend than for someone who will punish me if I don’t.

“If you have an apple and I have an apple, and we exchange apples, we both still only have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea, and we exchange ideas, we each now have two ideas.” – George Bernard Shaw

“It is difficult to give away kindness. It keeps coming back to you.” – Cort Flint

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” – John F. Kennedy

“It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.” – Voltaire

“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only way to have friends is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives.” – Euripides

Intelligence is like a river. The deeper it is, the less noise it makes.

You might regret what you do – but you’ll you regret what you don’t do SO much more.

You never lose by loving, you always lose by holding back.

If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything.

Witty Quotes (Part 3)

“I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty… But I am too busy thinking about myself.” – Edith Sitwell

“Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.” – Mark Twain

“If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect.” – Ted Turner

“There are few nudities so objectionable as the naked truth.” – Agnes Repplier

“There are people I know who won’t hurt me. I call them corpses.” – Randy K. Milholland

“Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

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

“A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such a good friend after telling.” – Arthur Brisbane

“There’s a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.” – Oscar Levant

“We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” – Will Rogers

Q: What do you call a person who keeps on talking when people are no longer interested? – A: A teacher

“If I had a dollar for every time someone made fun of me in high school-oh wait, I do!” – Bill Gates

“We are here on earth to do good for others. What the others are here for, I don’t know.” – W. H. Auden

“Even on the most exalted throne in the world we are only sitting on our own bottom.” – Michel de Montagne

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.” – William G. McAdoo

“I assure you, an educated fool is more foolish than an uneducated one.” – Jean Baptiste Molière

How can you love God whom you have never seen, and hate your brother you see every day? Or is that why?

Join the army, meet people, make new friends… and kill them.

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

Health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.

Contradiction in terms: civil war.

“Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away.” – Philip K. Dick

I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

“Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.” – Carl Gustav Jung

“Anyone who isn’t confused, really doesn’t understand the situation.” – Edward R. Murrow

If nobody is perfect, I must be nobody.

If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?

“Trouble defies the law of gravity. It’s easier to pick up than to drop.” – Johathan Raban

“My initial response was to sue her for defamation of character, but then I realized that I had no character.” – Charles Barkley

“All my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have been more specific.” – Jane Wagner

I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can avoid all together.

People who think they’re superior are exceedingly annoying to those of us who really are.

“People used to explore the dimensions of reality by taking LSD to make the world look weird. Now the world is weird and they take Prozac to make it look normal.” – Bangstrom

“By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher… and that is a good thing for any man.” – Socrates

“Enlightenment comes when your third eye is at one with your turd eye and you can see your own shit.” – Christopher Wynter

“The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” – Winston Churchill

“Opinions are like feet. Everybody’s got a couple, and they usually stink.” – Jim Slattery

Money will not buy happiness, but it will let you be unhappy in nice places.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

Life is a sexually transmitted disease.

Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

A censor is someone who views pornography all day, but does not get corrupted even though he is certain you would be.

I got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.

Politicians & diapers both need to be changed, and for the same reason.

“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.” – Otto Von Bismark

A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

I’d love to have a battle of wits with you… but I hate to fight the unarmed.

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

“Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.” – Bertrand Russell

“Reality I can handle in small doses, but as a lifestyle, I find it a bit too confining.”  -Tony Prentiss

Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you’re a mile away and you have their shoes.

“An ounce of pretension is worth a pound of manure.” – Shelda Parsnip

“Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.” – H. L. Mencken

“You can’t be truly rude until you understand good manners.” – Rita Mae Brown

Life Sayings (Part 7)

“The voice of reason is rarely the loudest one.” – Unknown

The irony of life is that, by the time you’re old enough to know your way around, you’re not going anywhere.

“It’s good to nitpick because if we don’t find questions we certainly won’t find answers.” – youvebeenthunderstruck

“None will improve your lot if you yourself do not.” – Bertolt Brecht

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” – Confucius

“When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.” – Confucius

“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.” – Confucius

“Self-pity gets you nowhere. One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world — making the most of one’s best.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” – Indira Gandhi

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.” – Indira Gandhi

“He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out.” – Art Linkletter

“It’s not what happens to you; it’s what you do about it that makes the difference.” – W. Mitchell

“One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine with only interests.” – John Stuart Mill

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Oppenheim

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always had!” – Lesley P.

“If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton

“When men speak ill of thee, so live that nobody believe them.” – Plato

“I discovered a long time ago that if I helped people get what they wanted, I would always get what I wanted and I would never have to worry.” – Anthony Robbins

“Every man dies. Not every man lives.” – Tim Robbins

“Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.” – Jim Rohn

“The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” – Bertrand Russell

“Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” – Robert Schuller

“What you keep to yourself, you lose. What you give away, you keep forever.” – Mother Teresa

Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.

Anything anyone does anywhere affects everything everywhere.

If your aim in life is nothing; you can’t miss. And you can’t win.

Though you cannot return to the past to make a brand new start, you can always make a brand new start now, and a brand new ending.

“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington

“You should think about your own death 3 times per day at the very least.” – Ajahn Chah

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Zig Ziglar

“It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar

“At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.” – Christopher Reeve

“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles

“You must have long-range goals to keep from being frustrated by short-range failure.” – Charles Nobel

“Genius is the ability to act rightly without precedent – the power to do the right thing the first time.” – Elbert Hubbard

“Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.” – Leo Tolstoy

To fear death is to misunderstand life.

Life Sayings (Part 6)

“There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or to doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.” – Alfred Korzybski

“To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.” – Stanislaw Leszczynski

“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.” – Andre Gide

“I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.” – Dorothy Day

“It is very difficult to live among people you love and hold back from offering them advice.” – Anne Tyler

“The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.” – Hannah Whitall Smith

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.” – Robert Fritz

“The surprising thing about young fools is how many survive to become old fools.” – Doug Larson

“There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart’s desire. The other is to get it.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilize the soul.” – Rebecca West

“Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur

“Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some don’t turn up at all.” – Sam Ewing

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” – Jack London

“Be charitable before wealth makes thee covetous.” – Sir Thomas Browne

“Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious.” – Brendan Gill

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

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

“Could you imagine how horrible things would be if we always told others how we felt? Life would be intolerably bearable.” – Randy K. Milholland

“Never explain–your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.” – Elbert Hubbard

“There isn’t much better in this life than finding a way to spend a few hours in conversation with people you respect and love. You have to carve this time out of your life because you aren’t really living without it.” – RealLivePreacher.com

“Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” – Unknown, (often attributed to Albert Camus)

“I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”  – Ettiene De Grellet

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.” – Margaret Cho

“The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.” – C. P. Snow

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

“If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.” – Immanuel Hermann Fichte

“People always call it luck when you’ve acted more sensibly than they have.” – Anne Tyler

“The worst loneliness is not to be comfortable with yourself.” – Mark Twain

“If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.” – Edgar Watson Howe

“Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.” – Elsa Maxwell

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” – Michael Pritchard

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

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Don’t be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin.

“The best compliment to a child or a friend is the feeling you give him that he has been set free to make his own inquiries, to come to conclusions that are right for him, whether or not they coincide with your own.” – Alistair Cooke

A clever person solves a problem — A wise person avoids it.

Nobody listens until you say something wrong.

“Most people have the will to win, few have the will to prepare to win.” – Bobby Knight

Life Sayings (Part 5)

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers

“Even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.” – Lilly Tomlin

“Whatever you think you are, that’s not what you are.” – Ajahn Sumedho

“Man does not see the real world. The real world is hidden from him by the wall of imagination.” – George Gurdjieff

“Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.” – Schopenhauer

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“To be nobody but yourself, in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you like everybody else, means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight . . . and never stop fighting.” – E. E. Cummings

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.” – Bertrand Russell

“Attachment is the great fabricator of illusions; reality can be attained only by someone who is detached.” – Simone Weil

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pine

“Grasping at things can only yield one of two results: Either the thing you are grasping at disappears, or you yourself disappear. It is only a matter of which occurs first.” – Goenka

“If you find a good solution and become attached to it, the solution may become your next problem.” – Robert Anthony

Most people are caught between what they know they should do, and what they think they have to do.

“It is not wise to be wiser than necessary.” – Philippe Quinault

Emotionally beating yourself up is not helping yourself or the world; it does not change the past, nor does it change the future; it only makes the present miserable.

“We spend the first twelve months of our children’s lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve years telling them to sit down and shut up.” – Phyllis Diller

Telling the truth to people who misunderstand you is generally promoting a falsehood, isn’t it?

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers

A closed mind is bolted from the inside.

“When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” – Mark Twain

“It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not to deserve them.” – Mark Twain

“The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.” – Mark Twain

“Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.” – Mark Twain

“Education is a private matter between the person and the world of knowledge and experience.” – Lillian Smith

“Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life.” – Goethe

“The world is a comedy to those who think; a tragedy to those who feel.” – Horace Walpole

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world. The unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. All progress, therefore, depends upon the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather, try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

“I always knew that I’d look back at my tears and laugh, but I never thought that I’d look back at my laughter and cry.” – Rudy Kazootie

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” – George Bernard Shaw

“The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.” – Dorothy Day

“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.” – Les Brown

“One who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali

Power is never brought to an end by power. The eternal law is that power ends by love.

May all your dreams but one come true, for without that dream there is nothing left to live for.

“The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides…” – Henri Frederic Amiel

Meaningful Quotes (Part 7)

“Doubt everything or believe everything: these are two equally convenient strategies. With either we dispense with the need for reflection.” – Henri Poincare

“Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.” – Jonathan Swift

“Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“Don’t be afraid of showing your feelings, be afraid of regretting it when you don’t.” – Laura Springer

“We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present.” – Adlai E. Stevenson

“Discipline divorced from wisdom is not true discipline, but merely the meaningless following of custom, which is only a disguise for stupidity.” – Rabindranath Tagore

“If only it were all so simple, if only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being, and who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?” – Alexander Solzhenitsyen

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service. Whatever form we are, able or disabled, rich or poor, it is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing; a lifelong sharing of love with others.” – Mother Teresa

The test of tolerance comes when we are in a majority. The test of courage comes when we are in a minority.

Just because someone doesn’t love you the way that you want, doesn’t mean that they don’t love you the best way they know how.

Failure is not the worst thing in the world, the very worst is not to try.

Unanswered questions are far less dangerous than unquestioned answers.

“We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow.” – Oscar Wilde

“In the attitude of silence what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Everything can be taken away from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” – Viktor Frankl

“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.” – Schopenhauer

“The greatest homage to truth is to use it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.” – Einstein

“One definition of insanity is to keep doing what you did before, and expect different results.” – Einstein

“He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens.” – Carl Jung

“The highest mountain of all to overcome is one’s own preconceptions.” – du Gabriel

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.” – Edmund Burke

“Keep away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.” – Kahlil Gibran

“All over the place, from the popular culture to the propaganda system, there is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.” – Noam Chomsky

“Logic is an organized way of going wrong with confidence.” – Robert Heinlein

“One man with courage is a majority.” – Andrew Jackson

“Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves.” – Nathaniel Branden

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge where there is no river.” – Nikita Khrushchev

“It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.” – Hermann Hesse

“The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how to behave when we don’t know what to do.” – John Holt

“I would like to see people refusing to work in any job they felt was wrong. I would like to see work-dodgers: honourable and brave people who refuse to continue to feed this monstrous culture.” – Chris Busby

“I don’t agree with punishing your kid just because they don’t respect you. If they don’t respect you, think about why. It’s most likely because you’re an ass.” – clockworkgirl21

“We are all prisoners at one time or another in our lives, prisoners to ourselves or to the expectations of those around us. It is a burden that all people endure, that all people despise, and that few people ever learn to escape.” – R.A. Salvatore

Meaningful Quotes (Part 6)

“To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail our pride supports us; when we succeed, it betrays us.” – Charles Caleb Colton

“The charity that hastens to proclaim its good deeds, ceases to be charity, and is only pride and ostentation.” – William Hutton

“The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.” – Herbert Agar

“As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.” – Josh Billings

“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” – Confucius

“Dreams that do come true can be as unsettling as those that don’t.” – Brett Butler

“A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.” – Sallust

“In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.” – Edith Wharton

“The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

“Honor does not have to be defended.” – Robert J. Sawyer

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Many a man’s reputation would not know his character if they met on the street.” – Elbert Hubbard

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

“Truly, to tell lies is not honorable; but when the truth entails tremendous ruin, to speak dishonorably is pardonable.” – Sophocles

“To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.” – Anne-Sophie Swetchine

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“For one human being to love another; that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.” – Bertrand Russell

“Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.” – Dag Hammarskjold

“In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly, that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place” – Alistair Cooke

“Down with a world in which the guarantee that we will not die of starvation has been purchased with the guarantee that we will die of boredom.” – Raoul Vaneigem, The Revolution Of Everyday Life

“To come upon love without seeking it is the only way to find it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Ideas, like beliefs, can never bring people together except in conflicting groups.” – Krishnamurti

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Somewhere between the ages of eleven and fifteen, the average child begins to suffer from an atrophy, the paralysis of curiosity and the suspension of the power to observe. The trouble, I should judge, to lie with the schools.” – Thomas Edison

“It is easier to fight for one’s principles than to live up to them.” – Alfred Adler

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm S. Forbes (“School instead creates closed minds, filled to the brim.” – Rudyh)

“Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.” – Benjamin Franklin

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

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.” – Keshavan Nair

Meaningful Quotes (Part 5)

“As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances there is a twilight where everything remains seemingly unchanged, and it is in such a twilight that we must be aware of the change in the air, however slight, lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.” – Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

“War settles nothing. To win a war is as disastrous as to lose one.” – Agatha Christie

“People criticize idealists because, while their ideas may be good, they won’t work in modern society. I see this as a condemnation of modern society, not idealism.” – Colin Kirby

“If we really want a peaceful and compassionate world, we need to build communities of trust where all children are respected, where home and school are safe places to be and where discipline is taught by example.” – Desmond M. Tutu

“If you dominate a child, compel him to fit into a pattern, however idealistic, will he be free at the end of it? If we want to bring about a true revolution in education, there must obviously be freedom at the very beginning, which means that both the parent and the teacher must be concerned with freedom and not with how to help the child to become this or that.” – Krishnamurti

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” – James Baldwin

What would Europeans of the sixteenth century have said, had Native Americans landed in England, France, Italy, Portugal or Spain and proclaimed to have “discovered” Europe, and proceeded to invade it?

“I swore never to be silent whenever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  We must always take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” – Elie Weisel

“Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because they have to say something.” – Plato

“Many of the things you can count don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count really count.” – Albert Einstein

“Love is not blind – it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.” – Rabbi J. Gordon

“Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.” – Tony the Tiger

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.” – Harry S Truman

“In the choice between changing one’s mind and proving there’s no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.” – John K. Gilbraith

“People will forget what you said, and people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Astraea

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great, make you feel that you too can become great.” – Mark Twain

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then there will be true peace.” – Sri Chin Moi Gosh

“True intimacy with another human being can only be experienced when you have found true peace within yourself.” – Angela L. Wozniak

“It is an irony that the more possessive you are, the more love you demand, the less you receive, while the more freedom you give, the less you demand, the more love you will receive.” – Dr. Harold Bloomfield

“No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.” – Alice Walker

“If you do not find peace within yourself you will never find it anywhere else.” – Paula Bendry

“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” – Doris Mortman

“Some of the world’s greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible.” – Doug Larson

“A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

“Love is giving and it has nothing to do with what you receive.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer

“Talk not of wasted affection. Affection never was wasted.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Aye, fight! But not your neighbor. Fight rather all the things that cause you and your neighbor to fight.” – Mikhail Naim

“Find the person who will love you because of your differences and not in spite of them
and you have found a lover for life.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Make divine choices. This is a matter of refusing to make a choice based upon the expectations of others. Instead, you decide to act in ways consistent with your purpose
and who you really are.” – Dick Sutphen

It disturbs you when you realise you know more than all great men on earth, because you need to know no more.

In a country where from childhood all willows are cut back, no man can form an idea of a willow as it could have been, if it could had turned freely into the tree is was intended to be. In a world where all children are polled and trimmed in their freedom from childhood on because they have to learn to live in this society, no man can imagine a man as he was intended to be. Man has no idea of an independent, free man. At one time, man has been like that, free and only dependent on nature.