Farid's Collection of Quotes

Farid Hajji

Quotes of Wisdom

And however dark the skies may appear,
And however souls may blunder,
I tell you it all will work out clear,
For good lies over and under.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Insight.

The loneliest people are the kindest
The saddest people smile the brightest
The most damaged people are the kindest
All because they do not wish to see
Anyone else suffer the way they do.
-- Unknown.

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.
-- Unknown.

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott, My Kingdom.

Love that we cannot have is the one that
Lasts the longest,
Hurts the deepest,
And feels the strongest.
-- Unknown.

If your lips would keep from slips,
Five things observe with care:
Of whom you speak, to whom you speak,
And how and when and where.
-- Unknown.

It's easier to see the mistakes on someone else's paper.
-- Unknown.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Who watches the watchers?
-- Decimus Junius Juvenal, The Satires, Book VI.

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
-- Ayn Rand.

Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.
-- Sign hanging in Albert Einstein's office at Princeton.

Shit happens!
-- Unknown.

Maxime peccantes, quia nihil peccare conantur.
(He who doesn't sin, is the greatest sinner of all)
-- Erasmus of Rotterdam.

If you have it and you know you have it, then you have it.
If you have it and don't know you have it, you don't have it.
If you don't have it but you think you have it, then you have it.
-- Jackie Gleason.

The mind unlearns with difficulty what it has long learned.
-- Seneca.

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
-- George Bernard Shaw.

Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches to conceive how others can be in want.
-- Jonathan Swift.

It is the path of least resistance that makes rivers and men crooked.
-- B. J. Palmer.

The more you know, the less you need to show.
-- Unknown.

An ounce of emotion is equal to a ton of facts.
-- John Junor.

Don't think you're on the right road, just because it's a well-beaten path.
-- Unknown.

If you don't like the road you're walking, pave another one.
-- Dolly Parton.

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
-- Mahatma Gandhi.

Isolation is always a good breeding ground for prejudice.
-- Malcolm Hedding.

When the tide of life turns against you,
and the current upsets your boat.
Don't waste time on what might have been,
just lie on your back and float.
-- Unknown.

If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.
-- William Butler Yeats.

Aye, but isn't the man who chooses the bad in some way better than the man who has the good forced upon him?
-- Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (Alex).

Where is the man who has the power and skill
To stem the torrent of a woman's will?
For if she will, she will, you may depend on't;
And if she won't, she won't; so there's an end on't.
-- Unknown.

During a carnival, people put masks over their masks.
-- Xavier Forneret.

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.
-- George Bancroft.

A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
-- Oscar Wilde.

If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving is not for you.
-- Unknown.

Our character is shaped as much by our failures as it is by our successes.
-- John Gray.

I may not agree with what you say, but I shall defend to the death your right to say it.
-- Voltaire.

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains seemingly unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air, however slight, lest be become unwitting victims of the darkness.
-- Justice William O. Douglas.

4:16 ergo inimicus vobis factus sum verum dicens vobis?
-- Galatians, 4:16.

4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
-- Galatians, 4:16.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment.
-- Unknown.

It is assumed that the woman must wait, motionless, until she is wooed. That is how the spider waits for the fly.
-- George Bernard Shaw.

A truth spoken before its time is dangerous.
-- Unknown.

A dwarf standing on the shoulders of a giant may see farther than a giant himself.
-- Robert Burton.

When the Hymalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside.
But the she-bear thus accosted, rends the peasant tooth and nail,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When Nag, the wayside cobra, hears the careless foot of man,
He will sometimes wriggle sideways and avoid it if he can;
But his mate makes no such motion where she camps beside the trail,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
They prayed to be delivered from the vengeance of the squaws.
'Twas the women, not the warriors, turned those stark enthusiasts pale,
For the female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
For the Woman that God gave him isn't his to give away;
But when hunter meets with husband, each confirms the other's tale -
The female of the species is more deadly than the male.

Man, a bear in most relations, worm and savage otherwise, -
Man propounds negotiations, Man accepts the compromise.
Very rarely will he squarely push the logic of a fact
To its ultimate conclusion in unmitigated act.

Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
To concede some form of trial even to his fiercest foe.
Mirth obscene diverts his anger, Doubt and Pity oft perplex
Him in dealing with an issue to the scandal of The Sex!

But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
Proves her launched for one sole issue, armed and engined for the same;
And to serve that single issue, lest the generations fail,
The female of the species must be deadlier than the male.

She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
May not deal in doubt or pity, must not swerve for fact or jest.
These be purely male diversions, not in these her honor dwells.
She, the Other Law we live by, is that Law and nothing else.

She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
As the Mother of the Infant and the Mistress of the Mate;
And when Babe and Man are lacking and she strides unclaimed to claim
Her right as femme (and baron), her equipment is the same.

She is wedded to convictions, in default of grosser ties;
Her contentions are her children, Heaven help him who denies! -
He will meet no cool discussion, but the instant, white-hot, wild,
Wakened female of the species warring as for spouse and child.

Unprovoked and awful charges even so the she-bear fights;
Speech that drips, corrodes, and poisons, even so the cobra bites;
Scientific vivisection of one nerve till it is raw
And the victim writhes in anguish like the Jesuit with the squaw!

So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
With his fellow-braves in council, dare not leave a place for her
Where, at war with Life and Conscience, he uplifts his erring hands
To some God of Abstract Justice which no woman understands.

And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
Must command but may not govern, shall enthral but not enslave him.
And She knows, because She warns him, and Her instincts never fail,
That the Female of Her Species is more deadly than the Male.
-- Rudyard Kipling, The Female of the Species.

To make a long story short, don't tell it.
-- Unknown.

If it takes a lot of words to say what you have in mind, give it more thought.
-- Dennis Roch.

Many attempts to communicate are nullified by saying too much.
-- Robert Greenleaf.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle.

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.
-- William Hazlitt.

Love is fire. But whether it's gonna warm your heart or burn your house down you can never tell.
-- Jason Jordan.

A young person knows the rules, but the old person knows the exceptions.
-- Unknown.

People do not care how much you know, till they know how much you care!
-- Brett Watson.

It hurts to be on the cutting edge.
-- Unknown.

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sometimes it costs more to do nothing than to do something.
-- Unknown.

The best bridge between hope and despair is often a good night's sleep.
-- Unknown.

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Prudence.

That which is acquired without difficulty is dispersed with equal facility.
-- Unknown.

Drive no faster than your guardian angel can fly!
-- Unknown.

Everything is but a dream within a dream.
-- Edgar Allan Poe, A Dream within a Dream.

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
-- Phil Donahue.

High in the heavens I saw the moon this morning,
Albeit the sun shone bright;
Unto my soul it spoke, in voice of warning,
"Remember Night!"
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Warning.

O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand.
-- William Penn.

In God We Trust...
...all others pay cash.
-- Unknown.

If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, like Shakespeare wrote poetry, like Beethoven composed music; sweep streets so well that all the host of Heaven and Earth will have to pause and say,"Here lived a great sweeper, who swept his job well."
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.
-- Unknown.

Prejudice is not so much dependent upon natural antipathy as upon education.
-- David Ruggles.

Anyone without a sense of humor is at the mercy of everyone else.
-- William E. Rothschild.

Every civilization must contend with an unconscious force which can block, betray, or countermand almost any conscious intention of the collectivity.
-- Frank Herbert, Tleilaxu Theorem.

The cold absolute truth is much more preferred than a kind and uncertain lie.
-- Gabe Suico.

He who, having lost one ideal, refuses to give his heart and soul to another and nobler, is like a man who declines to build a house on rock because the wind and rain ruined his house on the sand.
-- Constance Naden.

Incoming fire has the right of way.
-- Murphy's Laws of Combat.

The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.
-- Murphy's Laws of Combat.

Pay close attention to your feet. After all, before you shoot, it's important to be familiar with your primary target.
-- Unknown.

I no longer want to walk on worn soles.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

Get them by the balls. Their hearts and minds will follow...
-- Unknown.

We must be the change we wish to see.
-- Mahatma Gandhi.

Day by day nothing seems to change, but pretty soon everything's different.
-- Calvin & Hobbes.

Statistics are human beings with the tears wiped off.
-- Paul Brodeur.

A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
-- Alexander Smith.

If you can't control the wind, adjust your sail.
-- Unknown.

Didn't you know that people hide love like a flower too precious to be picked?
-- Wu Ti.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
-- Unknown.

If I were asked to enumerate ten educational stupidities, the giving of grades would head the list... If I can't give a child a better reason for studying than a grade on a report card, I ought to lock my desk and go home and stay there.
-- Dorothy De Zouche.

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
-- Henry Ward Beecher.

It isn't the mountains ahead that wear you out, it's the grain of sand in your shoe.
-- Unknown.

Being right is highly overrated. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
-- Unknown.

Left to themselves, things tend to go from bad to worse.
-- Murphy's Law of Worsening.

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
-- Aldous Huxley.

Lord, give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.
-- Reinhold Niebuhr.

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and deeper it sinks into the mind.
-- Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
-- Lin Yutang.

You can't control who you like and you can't control the people who like you.
-- Unknown.

The quickest way to receive love is to give love; The fastest way to lose love is too hold it too tightly; In addition, the best way to keep love is to give it wings.
-- Unknown.

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way we treat each other as human beings, not because of laws, but out of sincerity and generosity.
-- FH.

If we don't know our own history, we are deemed to live it.
-- Hannah Arendt.

Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
-- Khalil Gibran.

Children have never been very good at listening to adults but they have never failed to imitate them.
-- James Baldwyn.

The degree of one's emotions varies inversely with one's knowledge of the facts.
-- Bertrand Russell.

Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.
-- Henry Rollins.

If you never tell someone something, don't expect them to know.
-- Unknown.

Before the beginning of great brilliance and beauty there first must be a period of complete chaos.
-- Unknown.

If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was, and always will be yours. If it never returns, it was never yours to begin with.
-- Unknown.

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
-- Henry David Thoreau, Walden.

For every problem, there exists a simple and elegant solution which is absolutely wrong.
-- J. Wagoner, U.C.B. Mathematics

Wer mit Ungeheuern kämpft, mag zusehn, dass er nicht dabei zum Ungeheuer wird.
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.
-- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil.

First, then, a woman will, or won't,--depend on't;
If she will do't, she will; and there's an end on't.
But, if she won't, since safe and sound your trust is,
Fear is affront: and jealousy injustice.
-- Aaron Hill. Epilogue to Zara.

Always without desire we must be found,
If its deep mystery we would sound;
But if desire always within us be,
Its outer fringe is all that we shall see.
-- Lao Tzu, Tao. (Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations).

When you are content to be simply yourself and don't compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
-- Lao Tzu, Tao.

The greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy is prejudice, and her constant companion humility.
-- Charles Colton.

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
-- Franklin P. Adams.

Your attitude is the librarian of your past, the speaker of your present, and the prophet of your future!
-- Unknown.

If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.
-- Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass.

If it is to be, it is up to me!
(10 most important 2-letter words)
-- Unknown.

Children seldom misquote you. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
-- Unknown.

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
-- Jim Elliot.

The significant problems we face can not be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.
-- Albert Einstein.

It is not only necessary to love, it is necessary to say so.
-- French proverb.

Blessed are they who expect nothing for they shall not be dissapointed!
-- Unknown.

If you pray for rain, be prepared to deal with some mud.
-- Unknown.

When in doubt, mumble.
When in trouble, delegate.
When in charge, ponder.
-- Murphy's Law of Responsibility.

If the brain were so simple we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn't.
-- Lyall Watson.

How may I ignore you today?
-- Unknown.

Life is like a mirror, if you frown at it, it frowns back; if you smile, it returns the greeting.
-- Unknown.

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker is sorry.
-- Mark Twain.

Sopra la campa, la capra canta,
Sotto la campa, la capra crepa.
-- Unknown. [Thanks, Ben N.]

The cat lives alone, has no need of society, obeys only when she pleases, pretends to sleep that she may see the more clearly, and scratches everything on which she can lay her paw.
-- Francois Rene.

Nearly all men can withstand adversity; If you want to test a man's character, give him power.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

I still say a church steeple with a lightening rod on top shows a lack of confidence.
-- Doug McLeod.

He who breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom.
-- J.R.R. Tolkien.

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those that wander are lost.
-- J.R.R. Tolkien.

It is an inexorable Law of Nature that bad must follow good, that decline must follow a rise. To feel that we can rest on our achievements is a dangerous fallacy. Inner strength can overcome anything that occurs outside.
-- I Ching.

Every era has a currency that buys souls. In some the currency is pride, in others it is hope, in still others it is a holy cause. There are of course times when hard cash will buy souls, and the remarkable thing is that such times are marked by civility, tolerance, and the smooth working of everyday life.
-- Eric Hoffer.

All that glitters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told:
Many a man his life hath sold
But my outside to behold:
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
-- William Shakespeare. The Merchant of Venice, II:7.

Love is not blind; it sees more, not less. But because it sees more, it is willing to see less.
-- Rabbi Julius Gordon.

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.
-- Winston Churchill.

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
-- Jean Paul.

In every war, there are always elements of blindness.
-- Shimon Peres.

Lose no time to contradict her,
Nor endeavor to convict her;
Only take this rule along,
Always to advise her wrong,
And reprove her when she's right;
She may then grow wise for spite.
-- Jonathan Swift, Daphne.

Give a man food, and he can eat for a day. Give a man a job, and he can only eat for 30 minutes on break.
-- Lev L. Spiro.

If a bird is flying for pleasure, it flies with the wind; but if it meets danger, it turns and faces the wind, in order that it may rise higher.
-- Corrie Ten Boom.

Change is certain. Peace is followed by disturbances; departure of evil men by their return. Such recurrences should not constitute occasions for sadness but realities for awareness, so that one may be happy in the interim.
-- I Ching. Chinese Book of Changes.

Reason and love are sworn enemies.
-- Corneille.

Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get.
-- Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks).

Power corrupts, but we need electricity.
-- Unknown.

Then I turned to him commanding
That he go the way he came, whence he came.
But he answered me in sorrow,
"May the Past not seek to borrow
From the Present without blame -
Just one memory from its store,
Ere it goes to come no more,
Back the pathway that it came, whence it came?"
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Ghost.

What people earn and what they deserve is seldom identical.
(Was jemand [an Gehalt] bekommt und was er verdient stimmt selten überein).
-- Cordula Philipps. [Note to non-german speakers: In german, "to earn" and "to deserve" are both called "verdienen."]

We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobile rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
-- Benjamin Franklin.

A tree never hits an automobile except in self-defense.
-- Unknown.

Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
-- Khalil Gibran.

We must all learn to live together as brothers, or we are all going to perish together as fools.
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The grass is always greener on the other side.
-- Unknown.

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfful to seek other than itself.
-- Khalil Gibran.

There's driftwood on the lightest waves that blow,
And worthless mud in deepest depths below.
Yet purest pearls upon the surface ride,
And priceless gems lie far beneath the tide.
Rich treasures with the worthless sands do toss.
We everywhere find mingled gold and dross.
So whether we sail high or sink below,
We find some joy, some sorrow, where we go.
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. Joy and Sorrow.

The need to be right is the sign of a vulgar mind.
-- Albert Camus.

You may be deceived if you trust too much,
But you live in torment if you don't trust enough.
-- Unknown.

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
-- Maya Angelou.

Don't look for the flaws as you go through life;
And even when you find them,
It is wise and kind to be somewhat blind,
And look for the virtue behind them; ...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, As you go through Life.

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they never use.
-- Soren Kierkegaard.

As long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools.
-- Unknown.

Love and a cough cannot be hid.
-- George Herbert.

To love means not to impose your own powers on your fellow man but offer him your help. And if he refuses it, to be proud that he can do it on his own strength.
-- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

If a thing loves, it is infinite.
-- William Blake.

When people are free to do what they want, they usually imitate one another.
-- Hoffer's Law.

Men should be taught as if you taught them not,
And things unknown proposed as things forgot.
-- Alexander Pope.

Disguise our bondage as we will,
'Tis woman, woman rules us still.
-- Thomas Moore. Sovereign Woman.

We often despise what is most useful to us.
-- Aesop.

Don't speak unless you can improve upon the silence.
-- Spanish Proverb.

How like our lives, the rose's life and death.
How like our fate, the cruel fate that falls
Upon its happy lot and gruffy calls
It from its bloom to sudden certain death!
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. A Ruined Rose.

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.

Novi ingenium mulierum;
Nolunt ubi velis, ubi nolis cupiunt ultro.
[I know the nature of women. When you will, they will not; when you will not, they come of their own accord.
-- Terence. Eunuchus IV.

We are what we repeatedly do.
-- Aristotle.

Where love rules, there is no will to power and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
-- Carl Jung.

Every advance in knowledge brings us face to face with the mystery of our own being.
-- Max Planck.

There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from.
-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross.

Do you wish the world were better?
Let me tell you what to do:
Set a watch upon your actions,
Keep them always straight and true; ...
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Wishing.

There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions.
-- Bill McKibben.

A day without sunshine is, you know, night.
-- Unknown.

A sweater is usually put on a child when the parent feels chilly.
-- Unknown.

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
-- Erma Bombeck.

Love is always open arms. If you close your arms about love, you will find that you are left holding only yourself.
-- Leo Buscaglia.

Plain women are always jealous of their husbands. Beautiful women never are. They are always so occupied with being jealous of other women's husbands.
-- Oscar Wilde.

Blessed are those who can laugh at themselves; they will never cease to be amused.
-- Unknown.

He who is not contented with what he has, will not be contented with what he doesn't have.
-- Socrates.

Man has his will, but woman has her way.
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (Prolog)

Do not meddle in the affairs of cats, for they are subtle and will piss on your computer.
-- Bruce Graham.

A penny will hide the biggest star in the universe if you hold it close enough to your eye.
-- Unknown.

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

I love to travel, but hate to arrive.
-- Albert Einstein.

Ask me not that doleful query
Why apart from joy I tarry,
Why life's path, so dull and dreary,
Lone I plod and do not marry.
-- Colfax Burgoyne Harman. Ask Me Not.

There is no remedy for love but to love more.
-- Henry David Thoreau.

I thought when love for you died, I should die.
It's dead. Alone, most strangely, I live on.
-- Rupert Brooke.

Only after the last tree has been cut down;
Only after the last fish has been caught;
Only after the last river has been poisoned;
Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten.
-- Indian Prophecy.

Dust if you must, but wouldn't it be better
to paint a picture, or write a letter,
bake a cake, or plant a seed.
Ponder the difference between want and need?

Dust if you must, but there is not much time,
with rivers to swim and mountains to climb!
Music to hear, and books to read,
friends to cherish and life to lead.

Dust if you must, but the world's out there
with the sun in your eyes, the wind in your hair,
a flutter of snow, a shower of rain,
this day will not come round again.

Dust if you must, but bear in mind,
old age will come and it's not kind.
And when you go, and go you must,
you, yourself, will make more dust!
-- Unknown. Dust if you must.

To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.
-- Jorge Luis Borges.

First, to be able to love, then to learn that body and spirit are one.
-- Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

Knowledge is a process of piling up facts; wisdom lies in their simplification.
-- Martin Fischer.

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.
-- Kahlil Gibran.

The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.
-- George Santayana.

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
-- G. K. Chesterton.

There is no safety-net to protect against attraction.
-- Algernon Charles Swinburne.

Gather therefore the rose, whilst yet is prime. For soon comes age, that will her pride deflower.
-- Edmund Spenser.

The only thing that saves us from bureaucracy is inefficiency An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.
-- Eugene McCarthy.

If you talk to your children, you can help them to keep their lives together. If you talk to them skillfully, you can help them to build future dreams.
-- Jim Rohn.

The frog does not drink up the pond in which it lives.
-- Indian Proverb.

Count the garden by the flowers,
never by the leaves that fall.
Count your life with smiles
and not the tears that roll.
-- Unknown.

Storms make trees take deeper roots.
-- Claude McDonald.

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
-- Marcus Tullius Cicero.

There is but one genuine love potion: consideration.
-- Menander.

There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.
-- Yamamoto Tsunetomo.

Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily...
-- Thomas Szasz.

If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylum would be filled with mothers.
-- Edgar Watson Howe.

In a boat at sea one of the men began to bore a hole in the bottom of the boat. On being remonstrating with, he answered, "I am only boring under my own seat." "Yes," said his companions, "but when the sea rushes in we shall all be drowned with you."
-- Talmud.

Clearly stated instructions will consistently produce multiple interpretations.
-- Murphy's Law of Clear Instructions.

One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways.
-- Karl Menninger.

Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.
-- Gustave Flaubert.

For many, negative thinking is a habit, which over time, becomes an addiction... A lot of people suffer from this disease because negative thinking is addictive to each of the Big Three -- the mind, the body, and the emotions. If one doesn't get you, the others are waiting in the wings.
-- Peter McWilliams.

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

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
-- Confucius.

We wait all these years to find someone who understands us, I thought, someone who accepts us as we are, someone with a wizard's power to melt stone to sunlight, who can bring us happiness in spite of trials, who can face our dragons in the night, who can transform us into the soul we choose to be. Just yesterday I found that magical Someone is the face we see in the mirror: It's us and our homemade masks.
-- Richard Bach.

How we feel is how we want to be heard.
-- Hugo von Hofmannsthal.

He is a fool who thinks by force or skill,
To turn the current of a woman's will.
-- Samuel Tuke.

Pure love and suspicion cannot dwell together: at the door where the latter enters, the former makes its exit.
-- Alexandre Dumas.

Your reputation is in the hands of others. That's what a reputation is. You can't control that. The only thing you can control is your character.
-- Wayne W. Dyer.

Love may hurt you, but it will never hurt the one you love.
-- Unknown.

The reason for the sadness of this modern age and the men who live in it is that it looks for the truth in everything and finds it.
-- Edmond and Jules De Goncourt.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
-- Arthur C. Clarke.

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
-- Steven Wright.

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
-- Confucius.

You see, I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order. It is a mistake to think that that little room has elastic walls and can distend to any extent. Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.
-- Watson, describing Sherlock Holmes in "A Study in Scarlet".

Education is the progressive discovery of ignorance.
-- Unknown.

Education is what survives when what has been learnt has been forgotten.
-- B. F. Skinner.

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
-- Voltaire.

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
-- Bertrand Russell.

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
-- Jim Rohn.

Language is our way of communicating what we want and who we are. By using bad language, we diminish the divine spark within us that defines our humanity.
-- Laura Schlessinger.

He will have to learn, I know, that all people are not just- that all men and women are not true. Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero that for every enemy there is a friend. Let him learn early that the bullies are the easiest people to lick.
-- Abraham Lincoln.

Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth." Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path." For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.
-- Khalil Gibran.

There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving -- by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done.
-- Aldous Huxley.

The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
-- Unknown.

Love and concern for all are not things some of us are born with and others are not. Rather, they are results of what we do with our minds: We can choose to transform our minds so that they embody love, or we can allow them to develop habits and false concepts of separation.
-- Sharon Salzberg.

You tend to become like the people and ideas you hang around with.
-- Victory Crayne.

Better to wait and yearn, and still to wait,
And die at last with unappeased desire,
Than live to be the jest of such a fate,
For that is my conception of hell-fire.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, Satiety.

Trouble strikes in series of threes, but after a series of three, the next job is not the fourth job... it's the start of a brand new series of three.
-- Murphy's Law of Threesome Trouble Series.

Every closed eye is not sleeping; and every open eye is not seeing.
-- Unknown.

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
-- Benjamin Franklin.

If you go in search of honey, you must expect to encounter bees.
-- Unknown.

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.
-- Ann Landers.

Ah, lady! it is hardly what you thought it,
This life of luxury and social power;
You gave yourself as principal, and bought it,
But God extracts the interest hour by hour.
-- Ella Wheeler Wilcox, The Watcher.

"I came, I saw, SHE conquered."
(The original Latin seems to have been garbled).
-- Unknown.

A woman's greatest power is her vulnerability.
-- Unknown.

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life.
-- Greg Anderson.

I wear my wife's eyeglasses because she wants me to see things her way.
-- Jayson Feinburg.

Don't wear earmuffs in a land of rattlesnakes.
-- Unknown.

Learn to listen, opportunity often knocks softly.
-- Unknown.

No pain, no gain.
-- Unknown.

Whoever allows himself to be whipped,
deserves to be whipped.
-- Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Venus in Furs.

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
-- Horace Walpole.

Love has its own time, its own season, and its own reasons from coming and going. You cannot bribe it or coerce it or reason it into staying. You can only embrace it when it arrives and give it away when it comes to you.
-- Kent Nerburn.

They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
-- Khalil Gibran.

The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.
-- Isak Dinesen.

In life you need either inspiration or desperation.
-- Anthony Robbins.

One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams.
-- E. V. Lucas.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.
-- Thomas Jefferson.

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.
-- Ronald Reagan.

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