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A collection of Special quotes
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from

Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insights into life.

Inspiational Quotes

Scott Adams:

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Alan Alda:

Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe. You can't take a taxi.

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

Isaac Asimov:

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

Richard Bach:

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

Walter Bagehot:

Go ahead and do the impossible. It's worth the look on the faces of those who said you couldn't.

A. Whitney Brown:

Any good history book is mainly just a long list of mistakes, complete with names and dates. It's very embarrassing.

Charlie Brown:

Winning isn't everything, but losing isn't anything.

Emile Chartier:

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.

Alan Coren:

I sometimes wonder if the manufacturers of foolproof items keep a fool or two on their payroll to test things.

Winston Churchill:

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.

Leonardo da Vinci:

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.

Walt Disney:

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

Albert Einstein:

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

Duke Ellington:

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Ralph Waldo Emerson:

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely...

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.


What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.

Jim Fiebig:

When someone demands blind obedience, you'd be a fool not to peek.

Henry Ford:

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.

Mahatma Gandhi:

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.

John W. Gardner:

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because it is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.

Larry Hagman:

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's car.

Alfred Hitchcock:

There's nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.

Oliver Wendell Holmes:

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

Man's mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.

Herbert Clark Hoover:

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.

Elbert Hubbard:

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

Ibn Gabirol, poet and philosopher (c.1022-1058):

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth--teaching others.

Willard J. Jacobson:

Education can be defined as working with people, young and old, to prepare them to live in the future. The future may be bright. The future may be gray. But, most importantly we must insure that there will be a future.

William James:

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

Thomas Jefferson:

The constitutions of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people.

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Algis Juodikis:

Can a blue man sing the whites?

John F. Kennedy:

The mere absence of war is not peace.

Charles Franklin Kettering:

This problem, too, will look simple after it is solved.

John Maynard Keynes:

I wish I'd drunk more champagne. [last words]

Don King:

Learn to pause...or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Freedom has always been an expensive thing.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace... A soul generated by love.

Henry Kissinger:

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

Malcolm Kushner:

People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them on the wrong end.

Ursula K. Le Guin:

It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.

Frank Leahy:

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

Abraham Lincoln:

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God cannot long retain it.

Art Linkletter:

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Charles Lindbergh:

It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.

Margaret Mead:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Ernest Newman:

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.

Isaac Newton:

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. 

Dick Nicolosi:

Slaying sacred cows makes great steaks.

C. Northcote Parkinson:

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

Expenditure rises to meet income.

Pablo Picasso:

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

William Plomer:

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

Will Rogers:

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

Eleanor Roosevelt:

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

David Russell:

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

Anwar Sadat:

I have realized that my real self is a greater entity than any possible post or title.

Carl Sandburg:

Life is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

Nothing happens unless first a dream.

Marlene Savant:

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.

George P. Schultz:

He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.

Albert Schweitzer:

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight.... The truly wise person is colorblind.

Pete Seeger:

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.

George Bernard Shaw:

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

Henry Wheeler Shaw:

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in awhile.

N.F. Simpson:

We can't leave the haphazard to chance.

Logan Pearsall Smith:

How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?

John Steinbeck:

Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

Andrew S. Tanenbaum

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

Mother Teresa:

Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.

James Thurber:

I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.

Lily Tomlin:

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.

Mao Tse-Tung:

We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.

Mark Twain:

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

A man with a new idea is a crank, until the idea succeeds.

Booker T. Washington:

There is no defense or security for any of us except in the highest intelligence and development of all.

Elie Wiesel:

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Oscar Wilde:

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

Frank Lloyd Wright:

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines.

Henry M. Wriston:

A guidance counselor who has made a fetish of security, or who has unwittingly surrendered his thinking to economic determinism, may steer a youth away from his dream of becoming a poet, an artist, a musician or any other of thousands of things, because it offers no security, it does not pay well, there are no vacancies, it has no "future".


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