INSTANT WISDOM

                        COLLECTION OF QUOTES 9
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Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the
statue. 

Politicians and diapers have one thing in common. They should both be
changed regularly and for the same reason. 

People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them that
Benjamin Franklin said it first. 

I don't mind going nowhere as long as it's an interesting path. 

Indecision is the key to flexibility. 

Humor looked in the mirror... and saw Love. -Joseph Almond

Experience is not what happens to a man, it is what a man does with
what happens to him. -Aldous Huxley

Problems do not go away. They must be worked through or else they
remain, forever a barrier to the growth and development of the spirit.
-M. Scott Peck

Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage
unless you're scared. -Eddie Rickenbacker

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did
not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
-Anne Bradstreet

Great minds must be ready not only to take opportunities, but to make
them. -C. C. Colton

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the
world tells you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. 
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Make yourself indispensable, and you will move up. Act as though you
are indispensable, and you will move out. -Jules Ormont

To him that waits all things reveal themselves, provided that he has
the courage not to deny, in the darkness, what he has seen in the
light. -Coventry Patmore

The recipe for perpetual ignorance is a very simple and effective one:
be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge. 
-Elbert Hubbard

Moral indignation is, in most cases, 2% moral, 48% indignation and 50%
envy. —Vittorio de Sica.

Love blinds us to faults, hatred to virtues. -Moses Ibn Exra

Courage, it would seem, is nothing less than the power to overcome
danger, misfortune, fear, injustice, while continuing to affirm
inwardly that life with all its sorrows is good; that everything is
meaningful even if in a sense beyond our understanding; and that there
is always tomorrow. -Dorothy Thompson

Mosquitos remind us that we are not as high up on the food chain as we
think. -Tom Wilson

When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old
man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his
life, most of which had never happened. -Winston Churchill 

Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without
liberty is always in vain. -John F. Kennedy

I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love,
and abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me,
they will keep getting a busy signal and soon they'll forget my
number. -Edith Armstrong

Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese. -Billie Burke

My books are water; those of great geniuses are wine - everybody
drinks water. -Mark Twain

I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard
enough to find your way around Chinatown. -Woody Allen

The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with triumph and
joy - and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern for all that is to
come! But learn from the bewildered baby. Lurch to your feet again.
You'll make the sofa in the end. -Pam Brown

There are very few personal problems that cannot be solved through a
suitable application of high explosives. -Dilbert (by Scott Adams)

Needing someone is like needing a parachute. If he isn't there the
first time you need him, chances are you won't be needing him again.
-Dilbert

Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level.
-Dilbert

We attract hearts by the qualities we display; we retain them by the
qualities we possess. -Jean Baptiste Antoine Suard

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
-Eva Young

There are two ways to write error-free programs; only the third one
works.

Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person 
is a little like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a
vegetarian. -Dennis Wholey 

To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.

I know the world isn't fair, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?
-Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes

We don't devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for
jerks. -Calvin & Hobbes

I loathe people who keep dogs. They are cowards who haven't got the 
guts to bite people themselves.

Success is always temporary. When all is said and done, the only thing
you'll have left is your character. -Vince Gill

If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
-Erich Fromm

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you.
-Joubert

The seagull sees farthest who flies highest.

There are no maps to where no one has gone before. -Kodak ad

Believe in magnetism, not needles. -Emerson

In his lifetime van Gogh painted 486 paintings. Oddly enough, 8975 of
them are to be found in the United States. -Werner Lansburgh

It's more fun writing bad books than reading good ones.
-Werner Lansburgh

Make peace with the knowledge that you can't have everything you want.
Why? Because it's more important for us to get everything we need.
-Sarah Ban Breathnach

The finest kind of friendship is between people who expect a great
deal of each other but never ask it. -Sylvia Bremer

Having knowledge but lacking the power to express it clearly is no
better than never having any ideas at all. -Pericles

Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your
position falls, your ego goes with it. -Colin Powell

Be careful what you choose. You may get it. -Colin Powell

Don't let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
-Colin Powell

You can't make someone else's choices. You shouldn't let someone else
make yours. -Colin Powell

You will soon break the bow if you keep it always stretched.
-Phaedrus

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can
describe it only from the vantage point of distance.
-Charles A. Lindbergh

Words are like diamonds. Polish them too much, and all you get are
pebbles. -Bryce Courtenay

After a quarrel, a wife said to her husband, "You know, I was a fool
when I married you." The husband replied, "Yes, dear, but I was in
love and didn't notice."

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let
him keep her.

My girlfriend told me I should be more affectionate. So I got two
girlfriends.

Never go to bed mad. Stay up and fight. -Phyllis Diller

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. -Thomas A. Edison

Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it
you can. -Danny Kaye

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want
to; all they need is one reason why they can. -Willis Whitney

Wise men talk because they have something to say. Fools talk because
they have to say something. -Plato

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be
changed until it is faced. -James Baldwin

A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent. -William Blake

Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not
realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it. -Chuang-Tse

The Largest Room in the World is the Room for Improvement.

One thing is certain, an individual seems to "just know" when they
feel love for a person.  When [one person] was asked, "When is it
love?" she answered, "It's love when you don't have to ask yourself
that question. -Mary Pat Michalek

From caring comes courage. -Lao Tse 

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it
is old enough to know better.

There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there
are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence,
transform a yellow spot into the sun. -Pablo Picasso

The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.
-Henry S. Haskins

To make an apple pie from scratch, we must first invent the universe.
-Carl Sagan

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the
people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please
them by doing what you know is wrong. -William J. H. Boetcker

If we found out that we all had five minutes to live, every phone line in
the world would be tied up with people calling other people to stumble
about how much they love them. So don't wait until we only have five
minutes to live - do it now.
-Trisha Wright

While fathers are pleasant figureheads, there is a special bond
between children and their mothers. 'Do you help your mother clean up
the house?' I asked one girl of seven.
'No,' she sweetly replied, 'I help make the mess.' It's a dirty job,
but somebody's got to do it. -Bill Cosby

Make your life a mission - not an intermission. -Arnold Glasgow

The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none. Recognizing our
limitations and imperfections is the first requisite of progress.
Those who believe they have arrived believe they have nowhere to go.
-Dale E. Turner

If you are never scared, embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take
chances. -Julia Soul

In a restaurant choose a table near a waiter. -Jewish proverb

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