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Farid's Collection of Quotes

Farid Hajji

Quotes of Inspiration

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.
-- Alexander Graham Bell.

Doors seldom close forever. A door is only closed as long as the person within feels threatened by what may be outside.
-- FH.

More doors are opened with "please" than with keys.
-- Unknown.

Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of trouble and attempts what is above its strength.
-- Thomas A Kempis.

You are your own devil, you are your own God,
You fashioned the paths that your footsteps have trod,
And no one can save you from error or sin,
Until you shall hark to the Spirit within.
-- Ella Wilcox Wheeler, The Law.

Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It's all about timing.
-- Stacey Charter.

Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.
-- Lao Tzu.

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
-- Unknown.

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
-- Raymond Hull.

If you get up one more time than you fall, you will make it through.
-- Chinese Proverb.

To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
-- Bernadette Devlin.

There are nights when the wolves are silent, and only the moon howls.
-- George Carlin.

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You have got to set your self on fire for it.
-- Unknown.

When everything seems to be going against you, remember the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
-- Henry Ford.

There are two kinds of light:
the glow that illumines,
and the glare that obscures.
-- James Thurber.

To know the value of generosity, it is necessary to have suffered from the cold indifference of others.
-- Eugene Cloutier.

Let no man pray that he know not sorrow,
Let no soul ask to be free from pain,
For the gall of to-day is the sweet of to-morrow,
And the moment's loss is the lifetime's gain...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Life's Harmonies.

Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove.
-- William Shakespeare, Sonnet #116.

We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
-- Oscar Wilde.

Why can't we just get together all the people in the world that we really like, and then stay together? I guess that wouldn't work though. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. And then we'd have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need; I need more hellos.
-- Snoopy.

How happy they are, in all seeming,
How gay, or how smilingly proud,
How brightly their faces are beaming,
These people who make up the crowd! ...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, In the crowd.

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.
-- Mother Teresa.

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
-- Norman Vincent Peale.

There are too many people praying for mountains of difficulty to be removed, when what they really need is courage to climb them.
-- Unknown.

It is wonderful how much time good people spend fighting the devil. If they would only expend the same amount of energy loving their fellow men, the devil would die in his own tracks of ennui.
-- Helen Keller.

Hide in your heart a bitter thought,
Still it has power to blight;
Think Love, although you speak it not
It gives the world more light.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Thoughts.

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.
-- Henry Ward Beecher.

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

You can chase a butterfly all over the field and never catch it. But if you sit quietly in the grass it will come and sit on your shoulder.
-- Unknown.

The United States remains the last best hope for a mankind plagued by tyranny and deprivation. America is no stronger than its people - and that means you and me. Well, I believe in you, and I believe that if we work together then one day we will say, "We fought the good fight. We finished the race We kept the faith." And to our children and our children's children we can say, "We did all that could be done in the brief time that was given to us here on earth."
-- Ronald Reagan.

Love is like an hourglass, with the heart filling up as the brain empties.
-- Jule Renard.

Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
-- Unknown.

Live every day as if it were your last, because one of these days, it will be.
-- Jeremy Schwartz.

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

To cross the river of boredom, one must first, hop onto the stone of imagination.
-- Unknown.

He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.
-- Samuel Johnson.

Optimist: The glass is half full. Pessimist: The glass is half empty. Re-engineering Consultant: That glass is twice as large as it needs to be.
-- The Economics Press.

Teach love to those who hate, and let that love embrace you as you go out into the world. May the teachings of those you admire become part of you, so that you may call upon them. Remember, those whose lives you have touched and whose have touched yours are always a part of you, even if the encounters were less than you would have wished. It is the content of the encounter that is more important than the form.
-- Unknown.

Next to a lost battle, nothing is so sad as a battle that has been won.
-- Duke of Wellington Arthur Wellesley.

When the solution is simple, God is answering.
-- Albert Einstein.

You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
-- Sheila Graham.

You can get anywhere in ten minutes if you go fast enough.
-- Unknown.

Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.
-- Jonas Salk.

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don't risk everything, you risk even more.
-- Erica Jong.

Not every one of our desires can be immediately gratified. We've got to learn to wait patiently for our dreams to come true, especially on the path we've chosen. But while we wait, we need to prepare symbolically a place for our hopes and dreams.
-- Sarah Ban Breathnach.

I have a mind like a steel trap. Stuff gets in there and WHAM! It never gets back out again.
-- Bill Austin.

The strength of the genie comes from being in a bottle.
-- Richard Wilbur.

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach -- waiting for a gift from the sea.
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Clouds don't burn.
-- Unknown.

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.
-- Bruce Barton.

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?
-- Dr. Robert Schuller.

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot.
-- Walter Bagehut.

Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.
-- James Thurber.

As punishment for my contempt for authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.
-- Albert Einstein.

We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.
-- Loretta Scott.

Don't be afraid to take one large step because you can't cross a chasm in two small leaps.
-- Unknown.

When you think the world has turned its back on you, take another look; you most likely turned your back on the world.
-- Jenn Hilton.

The secret of true greatness is simplicity.
-- Unknown.

Dolendi modus, timendi non item.
(To suffering there is a limit; to fearing, none.)
-- Francis Bacon.

I have deep faith that the principle of the universe will be beautiful and simple.
-- Albert Einstein.

There can be no rainbow without a cloud and a storm.
-- Unknown.

Don't dwell on reality; it will only keep you from greatness.
-- Rev. Randall R. McBride, Jr.

I tried marijuana once. I did not inhale.
-- Bill Clinton.

When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds; your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.
-- Patanjali.

Success if often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction.
-- Al Bernstein.

There is no royal road to anything, one thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.
-- Josiah Gilbert Holland.

The capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest meaning and significance.
-- Pablo Casals.

Everything in life is speaking in spite of it's apparent silence.
-- Hazrat Inayat Khan.

God grant me patience. And I want it NOW!
-- Unknown.

I have died many a death in love, and yet, had I not loved I would never have lived at all.
-- David Lasater.

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
-- William Faulkner.

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.
-- Groucho Marx.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

You can have anything you want in this life, as long as you help enough other people get what they want.
-- Zig Ziglar.

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden where the flowers are dead.
-- Oscar Wilde.

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

My inferiority complex is not as good as yours.
-- Unknown.

Life's lessons contradict each other.
-- Unknown.

We are not powerless specks of dust drifting around in the wind, blown by random destiny. We are, each of us, like beautiful snowflakes - unique, and born for a specific reason and purpose.
-- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to make you happy and enough money to buy gifts.
-- Unknown.

Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
-- Dale Carnegie.

What if you gave someone a gift, and they neglected to thank you for it -- would you be likely to give them another? Life is the same way. In order to attract more of the blessings that life has to offer, you must truly appreciate what you already have.
-- Ralph Marston.

God didn't promise us it would be easy or painless; He just promised us it would be worth it!
-- Unknown.

Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.
-- Albert Einstein.

Everything that deceives also enchants.
-- Plato.

The three P's of success: passion, persistence and patience.
-- Doug Bronson.

There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil.
-- Ayn Rand.

Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honour of sharing or disputing each other's food.
-- Jean Baudrillard.

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Ever time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.
-- Dale Carnegie.

People are like stained glass windows -- the true beauty can be seen only when there is light from within. The darker the night, the brighter the windows.
-- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

Challenges can be stepping stones or stumbling blocks. It's just a matter of how you view them.
-- Unknown.

Dreams do not vanish, so long as people do not abandon them.
-- Phantom F. Harlock.

Well, I guess trees raise their limbs towards Heaven...
except for the Weeping Willows -- they're going to Hell.
-- Pastor Steve Meigs.

It seems our barks have drifted far apart,
Unpiloted on life's uncertain sea.
What is the log-book entry in your heart,
As love and dreamland fade in memory? ...
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. The Log Book.

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumber with your old nonsense.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

There's room at the top, they are telling you still.
But first you must learn to smile as you kill.
-- John Lennon.

Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
-- Albert Camus.

In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
-- Albert Schweitzer.

I had dreams and I've had nightmares. I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
-- Unknown.

When we blindly adopt a religion, a political system, a literary dogma, we become automatons. We cease to grow.
-- Anais Nin.

Don't kill the dream, execute it!
-- Unknown.

It's not enough to have a dream, Unless you're willing to pursue it. It's not enough to know what's right, Unless you're strong enough to do it. It's not enough to learn the truth, Unless you also learn to live it. It's not enough to reach for love, Unless you care enough to give it Men who are resolved to find a way for themselves will always find opportunities enough; and if they do not find them, they will make them.
-- Samuel Smiles.

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
-- Albert Einstein.

May you not become too concerned with material matters, but instead place immeasurable value on the goodness in your heart. Find time each day to see beauty and love in the world around you. Realize that each person has limitless abilities, but each of us is different in our own way. What you feel you lack in the present may become one of your strengths in the future. May you see your future as one filled with promise and possibility. Learn to view everything as a worthwhile experience. May you find enough inner strength to determine your own worth by yourself, and not be dependent on another's judgment of your accomplishments. May you always feel loved.
-- Unknown.

Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let her sleep.
-- Unknown.

If you have an apple, and I have an apple, and we exchange the apples, then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea, and I have an idea, and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.
-- George Bernard Shaw.

All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
-- Buddha.

I have every sympathy with the American who was so horrified by what he has read of the effects of smoking that he gave up reading.
-- Lord Conesford.

My goal is simple. It is complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.
-- Stephen Hawking.

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.
-- Unknown.

Practice random beauty and senseless acts of love.
-- Unknown.

Sacred cows make the best hamburger.
-- Mark Twain.

They say that something as small as a butterfly beating its wings in China can cause a hurricane in America, so maybe we should go to China and kill all the butterflies, just to be safe.
-- Ken Advent.

Starkle, starkle little twink, who da hell you are i think. I'm not as drunk as some thinkle peep I am. Besides I've only had tee martoonies and all day sober to Sunday up in. I fool so feelish, i don't know whos me yet, but the drunker I sit here, the longer I get.
-- Unknown.

If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
-- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The secret to patience is doing something else in the meanwhile.
-- Unknown.

I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.
-- Dan Quayle (did not actually say this although it is frequently attributed to him. This was made up as a joke by Representative Claudine Schneider of Rhode Island.)

Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Don't you get it, Picard? The trial never ends.
-- Q, ST:TNG.

Aspire to inspire before you expire.
-- Unknown.

May your life be long and useful like a roll of toilet paper.
-- Unknown.

The world is moving so fast now-a-days that the man who says it can't be done is generally interrupted by someone doing it.
-- Elbert Hubbard.

If you ever catch on fire, try to avoid seeing yourself in the mirror, because I bet that's what REALLY throws you into a panic.
-- Jack Handy.

Genius is only the power of making continuous efforts. The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it; so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
-- Elbert Hubbard.

All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true.
-- T.E. Lawrence. (Lawrence of Arabia)

Skillful listening is the best remedy for loneliness, loquaciousness, and laryngitis.
-- William Arthur Ward.

The more perfect the artist, the more completely separate in him will be the man who suffers and the mind which creates.
-- T. S. Eliot.

Constructive criticism: I tell you what's wrong with you.
Destructive criticism: You tell me what is wrong with me.
-- Unknown.

Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
-- David Hume.

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.
-- Ramona L. Anderson.

Your brain has more than 100 billion cells, each connected to at least 20,000 other cells. The possible combinations are greater than the number of molecules in the known universe.
-- Brian Tracy.

Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.
-- Henry Doherty.

Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
-- Buddha.

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
-- Ferdinand Foch.

The only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible.
-- Arthur C. Clarke.

It is better to burn out than fade away.
-- Neil Young.

You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.
-- Jack Handy.

Responsibilities gravitate to the person who can shoulder them; power to the man who knows how.
-- Elbert Hubbard.

Living with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on.
-- Budd Schulberg.

Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.
-- Carl Sandburg.

To get action out of management, it is necessary to create the illusion of a crisis in the hope that it will be acted upon.
-- Dennis Principle #1 of Management.

A crisis is when you can't say: "let's forget the whole thing."
-- Unknown.

Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your children!
-- Unknown.

May you find serenity and tranquility in a world you may not always understand. May the pain you have known and the conflict you have experienced give you the strength to walk through life facing each new situation with courage and optimism. Always know that there are those whose love and understanding will always be there, even when you feel most alone. May you discover enough goodness in others to believe in a world of peace. May a kind word, a reassuring touch, and a warm smile be yours every day of your life, and may you give these gifts as well as receive them. Remember the sunshine when the storm seems unending.
-- Unknown.

When the good times come around, they gallup in like wild horses. You just stay on them for as long as you can. And when they throw you off... you just wait in the shade until they come around again.
-- Jimmy Buffett.

If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
-- Khalil Gibran.

People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in the world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
-- George Bernard Shaw.

Cherish your visions; cherish your ideals; cherish the music that stirs in your heart, the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow delightful conditions, all heavenly environment; of these if you but remain true to them, your world will at last be built.
-- James Allen.

Children need your presence more than your presents.
-- Jesse Jackson.

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
-- Samual Ullman.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, History.

When the oak is felled the whole forest echoes with it fall, but a hundred acorns are sown in silence by an unnoticed breeze.
-- Thomas Carlyle.

It may be that our role on this planet is not to worship God, but to create him.
-- Arthur C. Clarke.

If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.
-- Unknown.

Name? Austin Danger Powers. Sex? Yes please!
-- Austin Powers.

Exaggeration is truth that has lost its temper.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Be a great listener. Ask questions and listen intently to the answers.
-- Brian Tracy.

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

All great discoveries are made by mistake.
-- Murphy's Technology Law #???

I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

All your dreams come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.
-- Walt Disney.

Beauty Parlor: A place where women curl up and dye.
-- Aiken Drum.

The woods are always empty if you're a poor hunter.
-- Unknown.

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
-- Douglas Adams.

There was that law of life, so cruel and so just,
that one must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.
-- Norman Mailer.

Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
-- Bell Hooks.

Instead of a trap door, what about a trap window? The guy looks out it, and if he leans too far, he falls out. Wait. I guess that's like a regular window.
-- Jack Handy.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
-- Declaration of Independence.

I love deadlines. I especially love the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
-- Douglas Adams.

You don't get ulcers from what you eat.
You get them from what's eating you.
-- Vicki Baum.

Faith is an oasis in the heart which will never be reached by the caravan of thinking.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Worry does not empty today of its sorrow;
it empties tomorrow of its hope.
-- Corrie Ten Boom.

The Silence in black and white, falling forward as she walka tward the light.
-- Hawthorne Heights.

May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
-- Edward Abbey.

I've run out of sick days, so I'm calling in dead!
-- Unknown.

What is the purpose of the giant sequoia tree? The purpose of the giant sequoia tree is to provide shade for the tiny titmouse.
-- Edward Abbey.

There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.
-- HST.

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