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The most poignant quotes
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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.


I came to the conclusion that the optimist thought everything good except the pessimist, and that the pessimist thought everything bad, except himself.
G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy
A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are.
Senator Chauncey Depew
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
Henry Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life
An optimist is a guy that has never had much experience.
Donald R. Perry Marquis

Life at any time can become difficult: life at any time can become easy. It all depends upon how one adjusts oneself to life. -Morarji Desai

Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states. Carol Welch

A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time - pills or stairs. Joan Welsh

To err is human, to forgive, divine. Alexander Pope

There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. Josh Billings

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. Victor Borge

You don't stop laughing because grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing. Michael Pritchard

If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it. Erma Bombeck

The head thinks, the hands labor, but it's the heart that laughs. Liz Curtis Higgs

Laughter is the best way to make somebody's heart beat. Robert Holden

You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. Heraclitus

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. Joseph Chilton Pearce

Play is not always an activity. It is a state of mind! Anonymous

Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. Roger von Oech

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them. John Updike

You are never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however. Richard Bach

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt

If you ever get a second chance in life for something, you've got to go all the way. Lance Armstrong

May the most you wish for be the least you get. Irish toast

May you get all your wishes but one; So you will always have something to strive for! Irish toast

If you always do what you always did - you'll always get what you always got! Unknown.

The bird of joy that “perches in the soul” never stops singing – we just stop listening. Charlotte Davis Kasl

When you betray somebody else, you also betray yourself. Isaac Bashevis Singer

Never lose a chance to say a kind word. William Makepeace Thackeray

Look to be treated by others as you have treated others. Publilius Syrus

Never have a companion who casts you in the shade. Baltasar Gracian

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. Mark Twain

Power is the ability to do good things for others. Brooke Astor

A friend is a present you give yourself. Robert Louis Stevenson

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

The fragrance always remains on the hand that gives the rose. Gandhi

Value friendship for what there is in it, not for what can be gotten out of it. H.Clay Trumbull

Some pursue happiness, others create it. Anonymous

A well-spent day brings happy sleep. Leonardo da Vinci

Happiness is not a state to arrive at – but a manner of traveling. Margaret Lee Runbeck

All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin. Lord Byron

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. Anne Frank

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and fourty three to frown. Saying

Infinite patience produces immediate results. Wayne W. Dyer

Let us go singing as far as we go; the road will be less tedious. Virgil

If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude. Amy Tan

A pessimist's blood type is always b-negative. Unknown

The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier. Unknown

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. Ziggy

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford

Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success. Denis Waitley

A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day. Anonymous

Your day goes the way the corners of your mouth turn. Anonymous

Never too old to learn. Latin proverb

It is never too late to become what you might have been. George Elio

You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost. Martha Graham

Be a friend to yourself and others will. Scottish Proverb

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

The delights of self-discovery are always available. Gail Sheehy

Until you make peace with who you are, you will never be content with what you have. Doris Mortman

Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical. Sophia Loren

A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there. H. Stanley Judd

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do. Helen Keller}

Don’t be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin. Grace Hansen

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favour. Robert Frost (1874-1963)

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas Alva Edison

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. Henry David Thoreau

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

May you live all the days of your life. Jonathon Swift

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined! Henry David Thoreau

Life is full of things you don't think you can do until you do them! Unknown

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. Carl W. Buechner

The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn. Anon

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner. English Proverb

Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Continuity gives us roots; change gives us branches, letting us stretch and grow and reach new heights. Pauline Kezer

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

Man is not born to solve the problems of the universe, but to find out what he has to do. Goethe

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

Too often we jump to the conclusion that something is impossible simply because we cannot see the solution…..No one knows enough to be a pessimist. Wayne W Dyer

Learn to cultivate your own garden. Voltaire

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. Arabian Proverb

Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst. Willaim Penn

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo DaVinci

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