COLLECTION OF QUOTES 2 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Colors fade, temples crumble, empires fall, but wise words endure. -Edward Thorndike A snowflake is a very fragile thing, by itself.... but just look what happens when they stick together! We have not inherited the earth from our ancestors, we have only borrowed it from our children. "They lived and loved and made beautiful things." -Will Durant, The History of Civilization, in one sentence. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. -Oscar Wilde Many a false step is made by standing still. He who fails to plan, plans to fail. A conscience does not prevent sin. It only prevents you from enjoying it. Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and you weep alone. A watched pot never boils. Mechanical Engineers build weapons, Civil Engineers build targets. Don't look before you leap. It'll ruin the surprise. If you're going to panic, panic constructively. Don't plant more garden than your wife can care for. If at first you don't succeed... well, so much for sky diving. Don't pay the ferryman before he gets you to the other side. Never run after buses or women: you'll always get left behind. I'd like to be an optimist, but I doubt that it would work out. Gardeners have the best dirt. In a cat's eyes, all things belong to cats. -English saying God made the cat so that man might have the pleasure of caressing the tiger. -Ferdinand Mery Why does a dog wag its tail? Because the dog is smarter than the tail. If the tail was smarter, the tail would wag the dog. The prudence of the best heads is often defeated by tenderness of the best hearts. -Henry Fielding When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller Choose a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life. -Confucius Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it and it darts away. -Dorothy Parker It's not dying for a faith that's hard. It's living up to it. -W. M. Thackeray We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all. -Jean de La Bruyere If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them. -Isaac Asimov Every exit is an entry somewhere else. -Tom Stoppard They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea. -Francis Bacon The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with. -Eleanor Holmes Norton Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you... -T. G. Barron Creativity demands nothing less than all you have. Talent alone is never enough. -Erica Jong Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough. -Wilhelm Busch Work like you don't need the money, love like you've never been hurt, and dance like there's nobody watching. You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. If you're not a liberal when you're twenty, you have no heart. If you're not a conservative when you're forty, you have no brain. A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams... My books are water, those of the great geniuses are wine - everybody drinks water. -Mark Twain May your trouble be like the old man's teeth...few and far between. The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what we want most for what we want in the moment. Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. -Will Rogers Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -Aldous Huxley The older the fiddle, the sweeter the sound. Do what you will but make sure you will it. Never criticize your wife's judgment - look whom she's married! Forty isn't old, if you're a tree. If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give. The reasonable man adapts himself to the world while the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Hence, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. -G. B. Shaw A drunk man's words are a sober man's thoughts. Ignorance is when you don't know something and someone finds out. Tell me, I'll forget... Show me, I may remember; but involve me, and I'll understand. The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot. Laughter is like changing a baby's diaper. It doesn't permanently solve any problems, but it makes thing more acceptable for awhile. If you don't have confidence, you'll always find a way not to win. Woman was taken out of man; not out of his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot; but out of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be loved. Remember the cat who discovered happiness was in its tail. (He could never catch it, but when he ignored it, it followed him everywhere.) Minds are like parachutes - work best when open. Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today. Babies are such a nice way to start people. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive. Politicians, like underwear, should be changed often, and for the same reasons. If you do not create your destiny, you will have your fate inflicted upon you. -William Irwin Thompson Forgiveness is the scent an orchid leaves on the heel that has crushed it. There's always something to be thankful for. If you can't pay your bills, you can be thankful you are not one of your creditors. -E. C. McKenzie The richest person in the world is not the one who still has the first dollar they ever earned. It's the person who still has their first friend. -Martha Mason Friends are like fiddle strings, they must not be screwed too tight. -English proverb "The other day, I was walking my dog around my building... on the ledge. Some people are afraid of heights. Not me, I'm afraid of widths." -Steven Wright Any sufficiently advanced bug is indistinguishable from a feature. -Rich Kulawiec Real programmers don't comment their code. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand. All computers wait at the same speed. Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. You know it's going to be a bad day when you jump out of bed and miss the floor. Time is what keeps everything from happening at once. You cannot achieve the impossible without attempting the absurd. The light at the end of the tunnel is the headlight of the oncoming train. A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. According to my best recollection, I don't remember. Get forgiveness now - tomorrow you may no longer feel guilty. As I said before, I never repeat myself. I think that I think, therefore I think that I am. If you don't care where you are, then you ain't lost. A good hot dog feeds the hand that bites it. A closed mouth gathers no foot. Quitting smoking is easy - I've done it many times! Mosquitos remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we think. -Tom Wilson A manager does the thing right. A leader does the right thing. A kind word and gun gets you more than a kind word alone. It's not just reality that matters. People who think they know what they're doing are especially annoying to those of us who do. You can't be late until you show up. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not too sure. You will always find something in the last place you look. You can complain because roses have thorns, Or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. -Ziggy Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove. -Ashleigh Brilliant The race is not always to the swift nor the battle to the strong but that's the way to bet. There's never time to do it right, but there's always time to do it over. Anything good in life is either illegal, immoral or fattening. A carelessly planned project takes three times longer to complete than expected; a carefully planned project takes only twice as long. As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. -Josh Billings Meadow's Maxim: You can't push on a rope. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth. -Niels Bohr Murphy's Paradox: Doing it the hard way is always easier. If con is the opposite of pro, is congress the opposite of progress? Never, ever stand near a person having one hand behind their back and a grenade pin in their mouth. Live so the Preacher won't have to lie at your funeral! Two heads are better than one theory. No one person can wear all the hats all the time. A man who burns all of his bridges better be a real good swimmer! From the moment you set your sights on a goal and start to take action, you begin to reap its rewards. The actual attainment is only the final award. There are many more along the way. Solutions are a big business. It sometimes seems that half the people in the world are selling solutions to this problem or that, while the other half are looking for an easy way out of their problems. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Compiled 1998 by Jiri Matejicek, Instant Wisdom. 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