COLLECTION OF QUOTES 4 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. -Miguel de Cervantes You become successful the moment you start moving toward a worthwhile goal. Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. Many times the difference between failure and success is doing something nearly right... or doing it exactly right. You'll always miss 100% of the shots you don't take. There is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty. There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart... pursue those. Countless, unseen details are often the only difference between mediocre and magnificent. Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. In raising your children spend half as much money and twice as much time. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. -Successories ----- At the end of reasons comes persuasion. -Ludwig Wittgenstein Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -Publilius Syrus Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused. It isn't procrastination if you put it off right away. "I can explain it for you, but I can't understand it for you." Dear Sir, thank you so much for lending me the vacuum cleaner. It really sucks. In my house there's this light switch that doesn't do anything. Every so often I would flick it on and off just to check. Yesterday, I got a call from a woman in Germany. She said, "Cut it out." -Steven Wright Last year I went fishing with Salvador Dali. He was using a dotted line. He caught every other fish. -dto You can't have everything. Where would you put it? -dto On a gas station in the desert: Fill up here! Next gas station is only fata morgana. Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died. -Erma Bombeck I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education. -Wilson Mizner When money talks, nobody notices what grammar it uses. If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old. -Ed Howe Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it. -Andre Gide ----- Never try to teach a pig to sing; you'll frustrate yourself and annoy the pig. When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum. My ambition is to live forever - so far so good! If you keep your feet firmly on the ground, you'll have trouble putting on your pants. "What if this weren't a hypothetical question?" He who knows little quickly tells it. -Italian proverb In just two days, tomorrow will be yesterday. Why is there an expiration date on a sour cream container? Life is cheap. It's the accessories that kill you. Assumption is the mother of all screw-ups. -Wethern's law You're never too old to learn something stupid. A Smith&Wesson *always* beats 4 aces. If you cannot get what you like, why not try to like what you get? I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers. Give some people an inch and they think they are rulers. -Fontaddict ----- The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. -Winston Churchill It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt. -Socrates, Lincoln, Twain Men marry women hoping they won't change; women marry men hoping they will. Little boy's prayer; "God bless Mother and Daddy, my brother and sister, and God, do take care of yourself because if anything happens to you, we're all sunk." Dogs have so many friends because they wag their tails, not their tongues. Sitting still and wishing Made no person great; The good Lord sends the fishing, but you must dig the bait. Opportunity knocks only once, but temptation bangs on your door for years. Some minds are like concrete: thoroughly mixed up and permanently set. - Denny J. Brake Trouble knocked on the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away. -Benjamin Franklin Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. -Francis Bacon The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power. -Francis Bacon Joy comes not to him who seeks it for himself, but to him whoo seeks it for other people. -H. W. Sylvester Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern but impossible to enslave. -Henry Peter Brougham Don't argue with someone whose neck is bigger than your head. At our local restaurant, you can eat dirt cheap - but who wants to eat dirt? I married Miss Right. I just didn't know her first name was Always. Don't take the wrong side in an argument just because your opponent has taken the right side. -Baltasar Gracian An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought. -Simon Cameron Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't. -Mark Twain Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. -Charles Schultz Random number generation is too important to be left to chance. Two atoms are walking down the street and run into each other. "Are you all right?" "No, I've lost an electron!" "Are you sure?" "Yeah, I'm positive!" Everybody will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said that first. What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence. If you tell a man there are 300 billion stars in the universe, he'll believe you. But if you tell him a bench has just been painted, he'll have to touch it to be sure. and besides, it is not difficult, in dreams, to carry a piano with you on the bicycle -Jorge Rueda Keep your words sweet! You never know when you will have to eat them! The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -Eleanor Roosevelt Chicken is an egg's way of producing more eggs. Enough research will tend to support your theory. Someone who thinks logically is a nice contrast to the real world. I've gotta be me - everyone else is already taken. If you don't know where you're going, any road will take you there. I think therefore I am... I think. The future ain't what it used to be. -Yogi Berra In a country of free speech, why are there phone bills? There cannot be a crisis today. My schedule is already full. How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn't have that dangerous beak. -Jack Handey Do not judge your friend until you stand in his place. He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. To love is virtually to know; to know is not virtually to love. Real friends are those who, when you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel that you've done a permanent job. Only those who have to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. -Johann Schiller The more you use your brain, the more brain you will have to use. -George A. Dorsey A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. -Dorothy Fisher In prosperity, prepare for a change. In adversity, hope for one. -James Burgh The hardest work in the world is that which should have been done yesterday. Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they are or people might think we're stupid. -Jules Feiffer Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small steps. -David Lloyd George There is this paradox in pride - it makes some men ridiculous, but prevents others from becoming so. -C. C. Colton Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes. -Thomas Wentworth Higginson There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by unfolding his powers. -Erich Fromm Prayer doesn't change things. It changes people and they change things. There are many men whose tongues might govern multitudes if they could govern their tongues. -George D. Prentice Mankind's worst enemy is fear of work. He is the richest who is content with the least. -Socrates Beware of the man who knows the answer before he understands the question. I quote others only to better express myself. -Michel de Montaigne Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. -Seneca You get the best out of others when you get the best out of yourself. Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve. -Erich Fromm Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday. Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information. -John Erskine The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it. -Gilbert Keith Chesterton If someone offers to furnish a sure test, ask what the test was which made the sure test sure. Criticizing another's garden doesn't keep the weeds out of your own. There are two kinds of men who never amount to very much: Those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else. -Cyrus H.K. Curtis You don't drown by falling in the water; you drown by staying there. -Edwin Louis Cole A conceited person never gets anywhere because he thinks he is already there. Never cut what can be untied. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Compiled 1998 by Jiri Matejicek, Instant Wisdom. Feel free to copy anything you like. If you decide to redistribute the whole file, please leave this note within - including the URL.