The most poignant quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate and learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich and famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Einstein ~ Wright
We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Purity,patience, and preserverance are the three essentials to success, and above all: love.
~ Swami Vivekananda
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.
~ Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
Man is a creation of desire, not a creation of need.
~ Gaston Bachelard 1884-1962, French Scientist, Philosopher, Literary Theorist
Silence is the virtue of fools.
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
~ Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)
An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)
All things may corrupt when minds are prone to evil.
~ Ovid (43 BC - 17 AD)
Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.
~ Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)
A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.
~ H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)
Against logic there is no armor like ignorance.
Equal opportunity means everyone will have a fair chance at being incompetent.
If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.
~ Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example.
~ Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
~ Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.
~ Steven Wright (1955 - )
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.
~ Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
Life is something that happens when you can't get to sleep.
~ Fran Lebowitz (1950 - )
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.
~ Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
It's a job that's never started that takes the longest to finish.
~ J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.
~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)
There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
There is a demand in these days for men who can make wrong appear right.
~ Terence (185 BC - 159 BC)
A woman is like a tea bag- you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are unwilling to do yourself.
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
~ Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)
Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.
~ Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)
There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.
It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.
~ James Thurber (1894 - 1961)
Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
~ Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.
Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
~ Sir Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way.
~ Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
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