Farid's Collection of Quotes

Farid Hajji

Quotes of Appreciation

Time sped. And the poet through sorrow
Became like his suffering kind.
Again he toiled over his poems
To lighten the grief of his mind...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Through Tears.

I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
-- Buddha.

You were born an original. Don't die a copy.
-- John Mason.

Treat people like angels; you will meet some and help make some.
-- Unknown.

There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread.
-- Mother Teresa.

O woman! lovely woman! Nature made thee
To temper man: we had been brutes without you;
Angels are painted fair, to look like you:
There's in you all that we believe of Heaven,
Amazing brightness, purity, and truth,
Eternal joy, and everlasting love.
-- Thomas Otway. Venice Preserved I:1.

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you'll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you'll find that you have more of it.
-- Ralph Marston.

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there.
-- Philipps Brooks.

The cheapest gift I have to give is kindness, and it is the best.
-- Bob Kerry.

Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build their philosophy of life.
-- A. J. Cronin.

God in his harmony has equal ends
For cedar that resists and reed that bends;
For good it is a woman sometimes rules,
Holds in her hand the power, and manners, schools,
And laws, and mind; succeeding master proud,
With gentle voice and smiles she leads the crowd,
The somber human troop.
-- Victor Hugo, Eviradnus (V).

The most effective way to achieve right relations with any living thing is to look for the best in it, and then help that best into the fullest expression.
-- Allen J. Boone.

We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world.
-- Helen Keller.

Even though the thought of being with you is forever lost, the effects of your presence will forever be kept inside where the boundaries of the mind can not reach: my heart.
-- Unknown.

It has always seemed strange to me...The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.
-- John Steinbeck, Cannery Row.

I love you for the man you are, I love you for the things you do, I love you for the things you say. But most of all I love you because you love me for the woman I am for the things I do and for the things I say. I love you.
-- Magnolias.

Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his mother cooked.
-- Kimberley Broyles.

Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.
-- Leo Buscaglia.

As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream. When the work stops, the dream disappears.
-- Jim Deitz.

Ein edler Mann wird durch ein gutes Wort der Frauen weit geführt.
A noble man is led far by woman's gentle words.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Iphigenia auf Tauris I:2.

The act of giving is more important than the merit of the receiver.
-- Glenn Kittler.

Who has a kind and humble heart
Has greater gift bestown
Than wealth obtained at honor's mart
Or power upon the throne...
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. Kindness.

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it.
-- Robin Williams.

But what's so blessed-fair that fears no blot?
Thou mayst be false, and yet I know it not.
-- William Shakespeare, Sonnet #092.

Be humble for you are made of earth. Be noble for you are made of stars.
-- Serbian Proverb.

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

If not controlled, work will flow to the competent employee until she submerges.
-- Murphy's Law of Workflow-Management.

Whistleblowers, just like bad news messengers of Old, would be killed by the mighty, if it were not for the free press and her (always threatened) right to protect the anonymity of her sources.
-- FH.

I worry about my child and the Internet all the time, even though she's too young to have logged on yet. Here's what I worry about. I worry that 10 or 15 years from now, she will come to me and say "Daddy, where were you when they took freedom of the press away from the Internet?"
-- Mike Godwin.

It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese.
-- Carl Sagan.

A man who is attracted by your mental apprearance loves you more than a man who is attracted by your physical apprearance.
-- Unknown.

Lord, may others treat me tomorrow as I have treated them today.
-- Unknown.

God gave women intuition and femininity. Used properly, the combination easily jumbles the brain of any man I've ever met.
-- Farrah Fawcett.

Charm is getting the answer "yes" without asking a clear question.
-- Albert Camus.

Love sought is good, but given unsought better.
-- William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
-- Khalil Gibran.

If you want to be a leader with a large following, just obey the speed limit on a winding, two-lane road.
-- Charles Farr.

We can talk frankly about our defects only to those who recognise our qualities.
-- André Maurois.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.
-- Charles Dickens.

Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.
-- Peter F. Drucker.

Conviction is worthless unless it is converted into conduct.
-- Thomas Carlyle.

When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in 0 gravity. To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, under water, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300C. The Russians used a pencil.
-- Unknown.

Don't shoot the piano-player; he's doing the best he can.
-- Unknown.

Welcome those big, sticky, complicated problems. In them are your most powerful opportunities.
-- Ralph Marston.

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Divination seems heightened and raised to its highest power in woman.
-- Amos Bronson Alcott. (Concord Days, August)

Instead of getting hard ourselves and trying to compete, women should try to give their best qualities to men -- bring them softness, teach them how to cry.
-- Joan Baez.

Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed
Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend;
Nor would I pass, unseeing, worthy need,
Or sin by silence when I should defend...
"The world is better that I lived to-day."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Morning Prayer.

A drop of ink may make a million think.
-- Unknown.

There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle.
-- Robert Alden.

Tell me and I'll forget.
Show me and I'll remember.
Get me involved and I'll learn.
-- Unknown.

The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It's still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them.
-- David Joseph Schwartz.

Give her not greatness. For great souls must stand
Alone and lonely in this little world:
Cleft rocks that show the great Creator's hand,
Thither by earthquakes hurled...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Wishes for a little girl.

I had the blues because I had no shoes
until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.
-- Denis Waitely.

The greatest truth must be recognition that in every man, in every child is the potential for greatness.
-- Robert Kennedy.

If the heart of a man is depressed with cares,
The mist is dispell'd when a woman appears.
-- John Gay. The Beggar's Opera (Act II).

He who wants to do good knocks at the gate: he who loves finds the door open.
-- Rabrindranath Tagore. [Really? --FH.]

With a heart full of love and gratitude, I now take leave of you. I most devoutly wish that your later days may be as prosperous and happy as your former ones have been glorious and honorable. I cannot... I cannot come to each of you but shall feel obliged if each of you will come and take me by the hand.
-- General George Washington, Farewell to his officers, 1783.

She was not made out of his head, Sir,
To rule and to govern the man;
Nor was she made out of his feet, Sir,
By man to be trampled upon.
. . . .
But she did come forth from his side, Sir,
His equal and partner to be;
And now they are coupled together,
She oft proves the top of the tree.
-- James Henry Dixon. Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England.

One does not have to be an angel in order to be saint.
-- Albert Schweitzer.

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
-- Robert Frost.

Even a mosquito doesn't get a slap on the back until he starts to work.
-- Unknown.

Exegi monumentum aere perennius.
[I have erected a monument more lasting than bronze.]
-- Horace.

If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap, than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

I always prefer to believe the best of everybody - it saves so much trouble.
-- Rudyard Kipling.

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Nobility is not a birthright. It is defined by one's actions.
-- Robin Hood.

I'm a lawyer.
No, the usual kind.
-- Unknown.

I love being alive and will be the best man I possibly can. I will take love wherever I find it and offer it to everyone who will take it. I will seek knowledge from those wiser and teach those who wish to learn from me.
-- Duane Allman.

In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul.
-- Lisa T. Shepherd.

I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.
-- Benjamin Franklin.

Play fair. Don't hit people. Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
-- Robert Fulghum.

A little humility is arrogance.
-- Unknown.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was "oops."
-- Unknown.

The future was midnight before me
No star and no sign of relief;
But my season of sorrow was brief;
For a balm came to soothe and restore me...
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. The Singer.

A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes.

In most things success depends on knowing how long it takes to succeed.
-- Charles de Montesquieu.

Integrity has no need of rules.
-- Albert Camus.

The only correct actions are those that demand no explanation and no apology.
-- Red Auerbach.

If my survival caused another to perish, then death would be sweeter and more beloved.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Santa Claus wears a Red Suit,
He must be a communist.
And a beard and long hair,
Must be a pacifist.
What's in that pipe that he's smoking?
-- Arlo Guthrie.

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.
-- Pearl S. Buck.

All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest.
-- Arthur C. Clarke.

God created women only to tame men.
-- Voltaire.

College is that brief interlude of freedom a young man has between subjection to his mother and submission to his wife.
-- Unknown.

Children are natural mimics. The act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.
-- Unknown.

Only a mediocre person is always at his best.
-- W. Somerset Maugham.

The beauty of a woman
Is not in the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries,
Or the way she combs her hair.

The beauty of a woman
Must be seen within her yes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart,
The place where love resides.

The beauty of a woman
Is not in a facial mole.
But true beauty in a woman
Is reflected in her soul.

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
With passing years - only grows!
-- Unknown.

If you are willing to admit you are wrong when you are wrong, you are all right.
-- Unknown.

Life does not consist mainly, or even largely, of facts and happenings. It consists mainly of the storm of thought that is forever flowing through one's head.
-- Mark Twain.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
-- The Pledge of Allegiance.

Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
-- Winston Churchill.

In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him.
-- Dereke Bruce.

Let mine not be that saddest fate of all
To live beyond my greater self; to see
My faculties decaying, as the tree
Stands stark and helpless while its green leaves fall...
"She lives, but all her usefulness is past."
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Uselessness.

Safeguarding the rights of others is the most noble and beautiful end of a human being.
-- Khalil Gibran.

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The most important thing in an argument, next to being right, is to leave an escape hatch for your opponent, so that he can gracefully swing over to your side without too much apparent loss of face.
-- Sydney J. Harris.

Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting;
The soul that rises with us, our life's star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar;
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory
Do we come from God, who is our home.
-- William Wordsworth.

People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.
-- George Orwell.

No Man is Indispensable,
But Some are Irreplaceable.
-- Wallace Beery.

Life is not measured by the breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
-- Unknown.

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

Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
-- Kahlil Gibran.

Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.
-- Thomas Bray.

A room without a book is like a body without a soul.
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero.

A woman has two smiles that an angel might envy, the smile that accepts a lover before words are uttered, and the smile that lights on the first born babe, and assures it of a mother's love.
-- Thomas C. Haliburton.

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
-- Timothy Leary.

We are enriched by our reciprocate differences.
-- Paul Valéry.

Ever consider what dogs must think of us? I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul... chicken, pork, half a cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!
-- Anne Tyler.

The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive -- you are leaking.
-- Fran Lebowitz.

All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
-- Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

Rest thou in peace, O thou immortal mind!
A century hast thou spread a flow of light,
In beauteous effulgence, pure and bright,
To illume the darkness brooding o'er mankind! ...
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. To Whittier.

I think Nature hath lost the mould
Where she her shape did take;
Or else I doubt if Nature could
So fair a creature make.
-- Unknown.

A fact is like a sack -- it won't stand up if it's empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place.
-- Luigi Pirandello.

Winners don't blame fate for their failures, nor luck for their successes.
-- Unknown.

There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are the very simplest things, and because it takes a man's life to know them the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave.
-- Ernest Hemingway.

He who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
-- Richard Henry Dann.

There's one thing a quote does that no one else can do...it can become a part of you. You may never meet the person who said it, but that person is now a companion. Quotes help you get over pain, feel love, make you smile and laugh, and help you through those tough days when you think that no one else knows what you are going through.
-- Unknown.

It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming of themselves like grass.
-- Eudora Welty.

Ah, wasteful woman! she who may
On her sweet self set her own price,
Knowing man cannot choose but pay,
How has she cheapen'd Paradise!
How given for nought her priceless gift,
How spoil'd the bread and spill'd the wine,
Which, spent with due respective thrift,
Had made brutes men and men divine.
-- Coventry Patmore, The Angel in the House I:III:3.

When a man blames others for his failures, it's a good idea to credit others with his successes.
-- Howard Newton.

All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.
-- William Wordsworth.

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.
-- John Burroughs.

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
-- Eric Hoffer.

Creativity means believing you have greatness.
-- Wayne W. Dyer.

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
-- Edgar Allen Poe.

The real measure of your wealth is how much you'd be worth if you lost all your money.
-- Unknown.

And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free,
and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
and I'll proudly stand up, next to her, to defend her still today,
cuz there ain't no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA.
-- Lee Greenwood.

Charity never humiliated him who profited from it, nor ever bound him by the chains of gratitude, since it was not to him but to God that the gift was made.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.
-- Unknown.

Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.
-- Clarence Thomas.

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
-- Albert Einstein.

Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
-- Plutarch.

Behind every successful woman...is a substantial amount of coffee.
-- Stephanie Piro.

Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.
-- Franklin P. Jones.

When greater perils men inviron,
Then women show a front of iron;
And, gentle in their manner, they
Do bold things in a quiet way.
-- Thomas Dunn English. Betty Zane

A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Time can but make her beauty over again.
-- William Butler Yeats, The Folly Of Being Comforted.

Man was made when Nature was but an apprentice, but woman when she was a skilful mistress of her art.
-- Unknown.

Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.
-- Gil Stern.

To me, fair friend, you never can be old
For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
Such seems your beauty still.
--William Shakespeare.

There was need of candles, so He set them everywhere:
Flickering ones and faint ones, brave ones and fair.
Each to banish darkness in its tiny, circled space:
A little candle, shining In a darkened valley, Hath its place.

Steadily and brightly, or fitfully and dim,
Timidly or boldly, they all are known to Him.
In a great world's darkness that they lighten by His grace,
A little candle, shining In a darkened valley, Hath its place.

Far lights and high lights, stately lights and tall;
Hesitant and half-lights, yet His hand holds them all.
And there, among the gallantest that burn before His face,
A little candle, shining In a darkened valley, Hath its place.

-- Esther M. (Clark) Hill. The Candles.

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

Cats are possessed of a shy, retiring nature, cajoling, haughty, and capricious, difficult to fathom. They reveal themselves only to certain favored individuals, and are repelled by the faintest suggestion of insult or even by the most trifling deception.
-- Pierre Loti.

The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.
-- Khalil Gibran.

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them.
-- George Eliot.

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
-- John Wooden.

Nobody ever committed suicide while reading a good book, but many have while trying to write one.
-- Robert Byrne.

Failure and well-disguised cowardice are more human and more beloved.
-- Ernest Hemingway.

The way we respond to criticism pretty much depends on the way we respond to praise. If praise humbles us, then criticism will build us up. But if praise inflates us, then criticism will crush us; and both responses lead to our defeat.
-- Warren W. Wiersbe.

Even so
We find the sea of sorrow. Black as night
The sullen surface meets our frightened gaze,
As down we sink to darkness and despair...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Depths.

O! blessed with temper, whose unclouded ray
Can make to-morrow cheerful as to-day;
She who can own a sister's charms, or hear
Sighs for a daughter with unwounded ear;
She who ne'er answers till a husband cools,
Or, if she rules him, never shows she rules.
Charms by accepting, by submitting sways,
Yet has her humour most when she obeys.
-- Alexander Pope, Moral Essays II:1.

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
-- Bertrand Russell.

It's not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let's face it, far more reliable than a man.
-- Miranda Ingram.

Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.
-- Susan B. Anthony.

Comedy is an escape, not from truth but from despair; a narrow escape into faith.
-- Christopher Fry.

Oh! not for the great departed,
Who formed our country's laws,
And not for the bravest-hearted,
Who died in freedom's cause,
And not for some living hero
To whom all bend the knee,
My muse would raise her song of praise -
But for the man to be...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Coming Man.

Dr. Livingston I. Presume (Dr. Presume's full name)
-- Unknown.

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