Our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything.
The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.
Zeno (335 BC - 263 BC), from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers
It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Whoever is out of patience is out of possession of his soul. Men must not turn into bees, and kill themselves in stinging others.
We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968), Speech at St. Louis, March 22, 1964
First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
It is when we all play safe that we create a world of the utmost insecurity.
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
There is a noble manner of being poor and who does not know it will never be rich.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.
Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.
He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it--and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit on a hot stove lid again--and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
The people who oppose your ideas the most are those who represent the establishment that your ideas will upset.
Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)
It takes two to speak the truth--one to speak and the other to hear.
Henry David Thoreau
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention.
Politicians are the same the world over: they promise to build a bridge even when there is no river.
Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971)
You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.
He was a wise man who invented God.
Plato (427?-348? BC)
The first and most important step toward success is the feeling that we can succeed.
True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
Life's most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?
Martin Luther King
It is with a word as with an arrow - once let it loose and it does not return.
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...
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I disapprove of what you say, but will defend to the death your right to say it.
Never confuse motion with action.
The man who is swimming against the stream knows the strength of it.
It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.
Thomas Henry Huxley
It is easier to stay out than get out.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw
The soul of man is immortal and imperishable.
Plato (428 BC - 348 BC), The Republic
When I was one-and-twenty,
I heard a wise man say,
Give pounds and crowns and guineas,
But not your heart away."
Give pearls away and rubies,
But keep your fancy free."
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.
One of the weaknesses of our age is our apparent inability to distinguish our need from our greed.
I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts.
Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of dreams.
Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.
A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can do, nothing else.
Eh! Je suis leur chef, il fallait bien les suivre.
(Ah well! I am their leader, I really ought to follow them.)
Alexandre Auguste Ledru-Rollin (1807-1874)
A thing is not necessarily true because a man dies for it.
Freedom also includes the right to mismanage your own affairs.
Don't fear change, embrace it.
Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
There's no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you.
Will Rogers (1879-1935)
Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.
No man ever listened himself out of a job.
If you have a job without aggravations, you don't have a job.
Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition,it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive
measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country
where everyone lives in fear.
President Harry S Truman, August 8, 1950
What was once thought can never be unthought.
There is only one success - to be able to spend your life in your own way.
Never has a man who has bent himself been able to make others straight.
Mencius (372 BC - 289 BC)
Religions change; beer and wine remain.
Hervey Allen (1889-1949)
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.
Frank Lloyd Wright
Religion is a monumental chapter in the history of human egotism.
William James (1842-1910)
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change.
To get the attention of a large animal, be it an elephant or a bureaucracy, it helps to know what part of it feels pain. Be very sure, though, that you want its full attention.
I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of
things. Niccolo Machiavelli "The Prince" 1532