COLLECTION OF QUOTES 9 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Compiled 1999 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.