COLLECTION OF QUOTES 17 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- An alcoholic is someone you don't like who drinks as much as you do. -Dylan Thomas There is no such thing as a 'self-made' man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success. -George Matthew Adams A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Age does not make us childish, as some say; it only finds us true children still. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond. -Clive Staples Lewis Music and silence combine strongly because music is done with silence, and silence is full of music. -Marcel Marceau Music can name the unnamable and communicate the unknowable. -Leonard Bernstein An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one. -Charles Horton Cooley When one buys some of my artwork I hope it is because they will wish to learn from it and not because they think it will match their drapes! -Christian Cardell Corbet In art, all who have done something other than their predecessors have merited the epithet of revolutionary; and it is they alone who are masters. -Paul Gauguin The arts are an even better barometer of what is happening in our world than the stock market or the debates in congress. -Hendrik Willem Van Loon Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are forgotten, and the more a picture has to give, the greater it is. -Henri Matisse Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail. -Luciano Pavarotti Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. -Berthold Auerbach Music is love in search of a word. -Sidney Lanier Music is enough for a lifetime - but a lifetime is not enough for music. -Sergei Rachmaninoff Music is the universal language of mankind. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Mathematics is music for the mind; music is mathematics for the soul. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the fuck happened. Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. -Aristotle Kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. -Joseph Joubert They say the grass is greener on the other side, but have you ever flipped it over? If you want your dreams to come true, don't sleep. -Yiddish proverb You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. -Chinese Proverb May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead. -Irish proverb A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. All I've ever wanted was an honest week's pay for an honest day's work. -Steve Martin History is principally the inaccurate narration of events which ought not to have happened. -Ernest Albert Hooten In raising my children, I have lost my mind but found my soul. -Lisa T. Shepherd No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back. -Turkish proverb I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had. -Margaret Mead A man is not honest simply because he never had a chance to steal. -Yiddish proverb Intelligence is like underwear, everyone should have it, but we shouldn't show it off. - Gene Petret Nothing makes your clothes go out of fashion faster than getting a raise. Even the boldest zebra fears the hungry lion. --- How is it possible to have a civil war? Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things. Atheism is a non-prophet organization. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes? The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live. -George Carlin --- Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one. -Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes If you do the job badly enough, sometimes you don't get asked to do it again. -Calvin Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us. -Calvin Children need models rather than critics. -Joseph Joubert A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -Carl Sandburg Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family. -George Bernard Shaw Invest in the future; have a child and teach her well. What the majority of American children needs is to stop being pampered, stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured, stop being catered to. In the final analysis, it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings. -Ann Landers Your experience is merely a hodgepodge of statistics, consisting of those cases that you happen to remember. -Robert Hooke Heaven never helps the men who will not act. -Sophocles The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well. -H. T. Leslie Smith & Wesson: The original point and click interface. Better to be occasionally cheated than perpetually suspicious. -B. C. Forbes "Veni, Vidi, Velcro" (I came; I saw; I stuck around.) -Larry Adams A visionary is one who can find his way by moonlight, and see the dawn before the rest of the world. -Oscar Wilde There is no top for me. As soon as I get to a certain point, I want to see what is at the next plateau. -Ted "the Greek" You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it within himself. -Galileo Galilei The time is always right to do the right thing. -Martin Luther King jr An expert is a fellow who is afraid to learn anything new because then he wouldn't be an expert anymore. -Harry S Truman If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent Van Gogh I've never understood why women love cats. Cats are independent, they don't listen, they don't come in when you call, they like to stay out all night, and when they're home they like to be left alone and sleep. In other words, every quality that women hate in a man, they love in a cat. All in favor of losing their rights, please do nothing. Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye opener. The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. -Keanu Reeves Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own. -John Mason Brown If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe. -Abraham Lincoln The hands that help are better than the lips that pray. -Robert G. Ingersoll The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. -George Bernard Shaw All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusion, is a philosopher. -H. L. Mencken You don't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been. Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living, the other helps you make a life. -Sandra Carey The best prayer: "Lord, please make me the kind of person my dog thinks I am." If you don't have a vision, then your reality will always be determined by other's perceptions. -Melanée Addison A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. -Francis Bacon The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of my employer, not necessarily mine, and probably not necessary. In dog years, I'm dead. Missing dog and wife. Reward for dog. I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it. -Harry Emerson Fosdick Civilization exists by geologic consent subject to change without notice. -Will Durant You know you're a MAC addict when..... you build your house without Windows or Gates. Live your life so that your children can tell their grandchildren that you not only stood for something wonderful - you acted on it. -Dan Zadra The race is not won at the starting line. Though it can help having advantages going in, what really matters is not the going in but the going through. -Ralph Marston The word `genius' isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein. -Joe Theisman They call television a medium. That's because it is neither rare nor well done. The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. -Thomas Carlyle Honk if you love peace and quiet. It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial charges and blamed it on the cost of living. I don't exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, He would have put diamonds on the floor. -Joan Rivers Never knock on Death's door. Ring the doorbell and run (he hates that) Old Celts never die. They just have harp failure. The kids drive me crazy. I drive them everywhere. When you fall in a river, you're no longer a fisherman, you're a swimmer. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Compiled 2001 by Jiri Matejicek, Instant Wisdom. 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