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+ 546 Stars can not shine without darkness


+ 724 And all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
And one man in his time plays many parts.
Jaques, Act II, scene vii.
Hamlet (1600–1) William Shakespeare


+ 594 I know of nothing more despicable and pathetic than a man who devotes all the hours of the waking day to the making of money for money's sake. John Davison Rockefeller


+ 565 Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius


+ 698 Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Swami Vivekananda


+ 594 May we live in a world at peace and with the awareness of greatness in every sunrise, every sunset, every smile, every kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart.


+ 513 Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King


+ 488 Stop thinking so much. It is alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.


+ 641 Happiness is fisherman in lake with fish


+ 507 The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. Eminem


+ 673 After the game. King and pawn put in one box


+ 511 Books need to remind the man that his original idea is not so new.


+ 439 Drink Tea and Read Books...


+ 544 My pride fell with my fortunes. William Shakespeare


+ 436 In every beginning think of the end


+ 492 We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan


+ 491 If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde


+ 598 If you have a harem of 40 women, you never get to know any of them very well. Warren Buffett


+ 376 Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.


+ 424 Ego is just like a dust in the eyes... without clearing the dust you can not see anything clearly... so clear the ego and see the world.


+ 462 I was early taught to work as well as play, My life has been one long, happy holiday; Full of work and full of play — I dropped the worry on the way — And God was good to me every day.


+ 619 Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time.


+ 537 All we need is the truth in our hand. Someone to call a friend. Never fear the darkness. All we need is just the sun in the sky. And the hope of a summer to come with the meaning of love.


+ 443 Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. Oscar Wilde


+ 399 With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Oscar Wilde


+ 456 All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


+ 341 If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh...


+ 409 To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.


+ 276 I am feeling lucky


+ 559 Life is short and we have never too much time for gladdening the hearts of those who are traveling the dark journey with us. Oh be swift to love, make haste to be kind. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 402 Lives of great men all remind us greatness takes no easy way. All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today. Yip Harburg


+ 388 Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan


+ 429 Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband


+ 369 I am too fond of reading books to care to write them. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


+ 385 I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. Oscar Wilde


+ 429 Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


+ 365 To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. Oscar Wilde


+ 452 There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde


+ 436 I know of a cure for everything: salt water...in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea. Karen Blixen


+ 398 Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde


+ 412 The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man Under Socialism, and Selected Critical Prose


+ 510 Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about these things. What (women) like is to be a man’s last romance. Oscar Wilde


+ 329 I am what I am and, you know, I'm a very lucky guy. Michael Bloomberg


+ 422 Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin


+ 375 Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.


+ 357 Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.


+ 326 To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.


+ 344 Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.


+ 295 The 27th lucky number is 127.


+ 286 If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. Henry Ford


+ 374 Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford


+ 353 People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 325 Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. Henry Ford


+ 348 The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Confucius


+ 386 The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi


+ 470 Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare


+ 387 My philosophy of life is that if we make up our mind what we are going to make of our lives, then work hard toward that goal, we never lose - somehow we win out. Ronald Reagan


+ 326 Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. Benjamin Franklin


+ 396 There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it. Napoleon Hill


+ 381 Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde


+ 324 Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw


+ 356 Two percent of the people think; three percent of the people think they think; and ninety-five percent of the people would rather die than think. George Bernard Shaw


+ 376 Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. George Bernard Shaw


+ 373 In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference.


+ 391 Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.


+ 366 If you can not get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance. George Bernard Shaw


+ 358 You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. George Bernard Shaw


+ 392 The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business. George Bernard Shaw


+ 340 Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. Irving Berlin


+ 380 People always need someone who will look after them. 95 percent of people in the world need anyone to tell them what to do and how to behave.


+ 385 We do not know a millionth of one percent about anything. Thomas A. Edison


+ 405 A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out. George Bernard Shaw


+ 377 Anyone who has lost track of time when using a computer knows the propensity to dream, the urge to make dreams come true and the tendency to miss lunch. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 306 Jerusalem is united, will never be divided again. Yitzhak Rabin


+ 350 There are two sides to every question


+ 397 When it comes to professionalism, it makes sense to talk about being professional in IT. Standards are vital so that IT professionals can provide systems that last. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 459 I think IT projects are about supporting social systems - about communications between people and machines. They tend to fail due to cultural issues. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 379 Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 373 Customers need to be given control of their own data-not being tied into a certain manufacturer so that when there are problems they are always obliged to go back to them. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 400 I don't know whether machine translation will eventually get good enough to allow us to browse people's websites in different languages so you can see how they live in different countries. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 369 Compared even to the development of the phone or TV, the Web developed very quickly. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 326 Everybody who runs a Web site knows we're not assured of compatibility, and we could end up with a split. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 337 I basically wrote the code and the specs and documentation for how the client and server talked to each other. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 335 I have built a moat around myself, along with ways over that moat so that people can ask questions. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 356 I suppose it's amazing when you think how many things people get involved in that don't work. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 330 I think when you have a lot of jumbled up ideas they come together slowly over a period of several years. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 396 In many ways, people growing up with the Web and now the Semantic Web take the power at their fingertips for granted. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 381 We are the sum of all people we have ever met; you change the tribe and the tribe changes you. Dirk Wittenborn


+ 417 It was really hard explaining the Web before people just got used to it because they didn't even have words like click and jump and page. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 348 It's amazing how quickly people on the internet can pick something up, but it's also amazing how quickly they can drop it. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 356 Most larger companies now see that for the market to grow, Web infrastructure must be royalty-free. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 342 One of the issues of social networking silos is that they have the data and I don't. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 330 The people who designed the tools that make the Net run had their own ideas for the future. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 348 We can't blame the technology when we make mistakes. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 321 Web pages are designed for people. For the Semantic Web, we need to look at existing databases. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 301 What I do has to be a function of what I can do, not a function of what people ask me to do. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 481 The Semantic Web is not a separate Web but an extension of the current one, in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 442 We could say we want the Web to reflect a vision of the world where everything is done democratically. To do that, we get computers to talk with each other in such a way as to promote that ideal. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 412 Any enterprise CEO really ought to be able to ask a question that involves connecting data across the organization, be able to run a company effectively, and especially to be able to respond to unexpected events. Most organizations are missing this ability to connect all the data together. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 426 I don't mind being, in the public context, referred to as the inventor of the World Wide Web. What I like is that image to be separate from private life, because celebrity damages private life. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 387 I myself feel that it is very important that my ISP supplies internet to my house like the water company supplies water to my house. It supplies connectivity with no strings attached. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 402 I should be able to pick which applications I use for managing my life, I should be able to pick which content I look at, and I should be able to pick which device I use, which company I use for supplying my internet, and I'd like those to be independent choices. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 461 I want to know if I look up a whole lot of books about some form of cancer that that's not going to get to my insurance company and I'm going to find my insurance premium is going to go up by 5% because they've figured I'm looking at those books. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 403 I'm not a fan of giving a website a simple number like an IQ rating because like people they can vary in all kinds of different ways. So I'd be interested in different organisations labelling websites in different ways. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 386 I'm very aware there are lots of other people who are just bright and working just as hard, with just the same dedication to make the world a good place. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 471 IT professionals have a responsibility to understand the use of standards and the importance of making Web applications that work with any kind of device. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 430 On the web the thinking of cults can spread very rapidly and suddenly a cult which was 12 people who had some deep personal issues suddenly find a formula which is very believable. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 462 One of the things I like about the computer that I use is that I can write a program on it or I can download a program on to it and run it. That's kind of important to me, and that's also kind of important to the whole future of the internet... obviously a closed platform is a serious brake on innovation. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 457 One way to think about the magnitude of the changes to come is to think about how you went about your business before powerful Web search engines. You probably wouldn't have imagined that a world of answers would be available to you in under a second. The next set of advances will have an different effect, but similar in magnitude. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 422 The Google algorithm was a significant development. I've had thank-you emails from people whose lives have been saved by information on a medical website or who have found the love of their life on a dating website. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 411 What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and super-easy to use. This is what iPhone is. OK? So, we're going to reinvent the phone. Steve Jobs


+ 321 Mobile is a lot closer to TV than it is to desktop. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 627 Harvard student's motivation:
1. If you fall asleep now, you will dream. If you study now, you will live your dream.
2. When you think it's too late, the truth is, it's still early.
3. The pain of studying is only temporary. But the pain of not knowing—ignorance—is forever.
4. Studying is not about time. It's about effort.
5. Life is not all about studying. But if you can't even conquer this little part of life, then what else can you possibly do?
6. Enjoy the inexorable pain.
7. It's those who are earlier than the others, those who put in more effort, who can enjoy the feelings of success.
8. Not everyone can truely succeed in everything. But success only comes with self-management and determination.
9. Time is flying.
10. The saliva that flow now will become the tears of tomorrow.
11. Dogs are learning, ambassadors are playing.
12. If you don't walk today, you'll have to run tomorrow.
13. People who invest in the future are realists.
14. The level of education is in direct correlation with your salary.
15. When today is over, it will never come back.
16. Even now, your enemies are eagerly flipping through books.
17. No pain, no gain.


+ 453 My real fantasy if I was to drop out would be to live in a mobile home and be a hippie and drive around festivals and have millions of children - children with dreadlocks and nose rings - and play the flute. Rachel Weisz


+ 395 On engagement, we're already seeing that mobile users are more likely to be daily active users than desktop users. They're more likely to use Facebook six or seven days of the week. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 292 Because of technology, we don't develop telepathy. We don't use telepathy, but use, you know, the mobile phones. Why? Marina Abramovic


+ 321 I'm not a consumer. I hate buying clothes. I don't have a mobile. I just don't need things. I don't like things. Yann Martel


+ 398 A broad trend I'm completely obsessed with is mobile commerce. Like completely. I'm completely convinced that everybody's going to be buying from their mobile devices. Whoever can claim that space or be in that space, I'm very interested in. Gary Vaynerchuk


+ 356 Socially smart people have always mocked the threateningly mobile, and anti-branding is a central strand of high-end status conflict now. Peter York


+ 410 I originally welcomed the mobile phone, as it seemed to me that it would enable you to work from anywhere. On the mobile, who was to know if you were sitting on the branch of a tree or sitting in an office? But it instead had the opposite effect: instead of freeing us from the office, it allowed the office to take away our freedom. Tom Hodgkinson


+ 428 Eisenhower had about the most expressive face I ever painted, I guess. Just like an actor's. Very mobile. When he talked, he used all the facial muscles. And he had a great, wide mouth that I liked. When he smiled, it was just like the sun came out. Norman Rockwell


+ 435 Do I really want to do a mobile game that's one of 300,000, where discoverability is everything? You really have to have a little more sizzle on the steak. I would rather be one of 100 apps for Google Glass than one of 300,000 for iOS and Android. Nolan Bushnell


+ 406 Britain, however, has ended up specializing in the ones you don't see as much of: defense aerospace, making drive shafts for cars, pills and drugs, designing chips that go into 94 percent of the world's mobile phones. Evan Davis


+ 360 Mobile is an incredibly fast-growing market and will continue to be. Susan Wojcicki


+ 467 The 'Work Hard, Play Hard' video shows how much a part of music the fans can really be. With the help of SanDisk, we were able to create the first-ever music video to be made using fan videos shot only from their mobile phones. Tiesto


+ 478 Look for when the environment is changing - the big shift now is mobile Internet. It's really happening big-time. The way you interact with services on a smart phone compared to the Web is quite different, so there's a huge opportunity. Niklas Zennstrom


+ 480 Today, most young women are exposed to technology at a very young age, with mobile phones, tablets, the Web or social media. They are much more proficient with technology than prior generations since they use it for all their school work, communication and entertainment. Susan Wojcicki


+ 427 I'm excited about the opportunities with mobile phones and being able to receive information on the go and relevant to what I'm doing at that moment in time. Susan Wojcicki


+ 327 In the film, I'm not very mobile, like in the space suit. Verne Troyer


+ 327 I'm fascinated by the emergence of a global class. They're highly mobile; they reject the idea of place. Hari Kunzru


+ 389 Sending a message on a mobile phone is not the most natural of ways to communicate. The keypad isn't linguistically sensible. David Crystal


+ 380 Instagram was created because there was no single place dedicated to giving your mobile photos a place to live and to be seen. Kevin Systrom


+ 308 I like to keep mobile. It keeps my mind awake. Isabel Lucas


+ 333 I do two things. I design mobile computers and I study brains. Jeff Hawkins


+ 392 The world is being re-shaped by the convergence of social, mobile, cloud, big data, community and other powerful forces. The combination of these technologies unlocks an incredible opportunity to connect everything together in a new way and is dramatically transforming the way we live and work. Marc Benioff


+ 418 People interact with their phones very differently than they do with their PCs, and I think that when you design from the ground up with mobile in mind, you create a very different product than going the other way. Kevin Systrom


+ 401 Last year, when we were in Mobile, Al., covering Hurricane Ivan, we heard the stories of poor people, many of them black stranded downtown because they had no way out. Al Roker


+ 372 The iPod made music mobile, but today, how many devices do you need to walk around with? You want it on just one. And inevitably that's going to be the phone. Edgar Bronfman, Jr.


+ 419 I think we live in a unique time - the verbs that make up our online and mobile lives haven't been completely invented or imagined for us. That was kind of a life path I was on. Mark Pincus


+ 419 The important thing about mobile is, everybody has a computer in their pocket. The implications of so many people connected to the Internet all the time from the standpoint of education is incredible. Ben Horowitz


+ 365 Common sense steps in here and says: Separate the parts you want to be mobile from the parts you want to be inert. You have seen the result, and I know many have the skill to apply it. Lawrence Hargrave


+ 391 Because I'm so hands on here at work and always looking at fabrics you have to be mobile and as comfortable as possible. Narciso Rodriguez


+ 396 The mobile market is exploding and it makes perfect sense for a media company like ours to create a real content destination for the billions of cell-phone users around the world. Peter Chernin


+ 390 Today there are hundreds of millions of mobile devices, but you do have to know a bit about what each device is capable of doing in order to approach it as a developer. John Fowler


+ 435 By giving people the power to share, we're making the world more transparent. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 394 The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 523 I just think people have a lot of fiction. But, you know, I mean, the real story of Facebook is just that we've worked so hard for all this time. I mean, the real story is actually probably pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 372 The thing that we are trying to do at facebook, is just help people connect and communicate more efficiently. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 392 I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 445 Think about what people are doing on Facebook today. They're keeping up with their friends and family, but they're also building an image and identity for themselves, which in a sense is their brand. They're connecting with the audience that they want to connect to. It's almost a disadvantage if you're not on it now. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 544 I mean, we've built a lot of products that we think are good, and will help people share photos and share videos and write messages to each other. But it's really all about how people are spreading Facebook around the world in all these different countries. And that's what's so amazing about the scale that it's at today. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 367 All of my friends who have younger siblings who are going to college or high school - my number one piece of advice is: You should learn how to program. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 493 Facebook is really about communicating and telling stories... We think that people can really help spread awareness of organ donation and that they want to participate in this to their friends. And that can be a big part of helping solve the crisis that's out there. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 454 One good habit can change your whole life. Begin to keep promises. Especially promises given for yourself.


+ 369 The question isn't, What do we want to know about people?, It's, What do people want to tell about themselves? Mark Zuckerberg


+ 373 I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that's always existed. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 474 For the first time we're allowing developers who don't work at Facebook to develop applications just as if they were. That's a big deal because it means that all developers have a new way of doing business if they choose to take advantage of it. There are whole companies that are forming whose only product is a Facebook Platform application. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 486 The real question for me is, do people have the tools that they need in order to make those decisions well? And I think that it's actually really important that Facebook continually makes it easier and easier to make those decisions... If people feel like they don't have control over how they're sharing things, then we're failing them. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 429 At Facebook, we build tools to help people connect with the people they want and share what they want, and by doing this we are extending people's capacity to build and maintain relationships. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 398 There are people who are really good managers, people who can manage a big organization, and then there are people who are very analytic or focused on strategy. Those two types don't usually tend to be in the same person. I would put myself much more in the latter camp. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 427 I updated my grilling app, iGrill, today and it now has Facebook integration that lets you see what other people are grilling right now around the world. Awesome. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 418 This is our commitment to users and the people who use our service, is that Facebook's a free service. It's free now. It will always be free. We make money through having advertisements and things like that. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 396 I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 355 Our goal is not to build a platform; it's to be cross all of them. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 360 Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission - to make the world more open and connected. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 357 Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 412 The basis of our partnership strategy and our partnership approach: We build the social technology. They provide the music. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 366 What really motivates people at Facebook is building stuff that they're proud of. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 442 We want Facebook to be one of the best places people can go to learn how to build stuff. If you want to build a company, nothing better than jumping in and trying to build one. But Facebook is also great for entrepreneurs/hackers. If people want to come for a few years and move on and build something great, that's something we're proud of. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 346 I do everything on my phone as a lot of people do. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 339 People at Facebook are fairly used to the press being nice to us or not nice to us. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 353 The companies that work are the ones that people really care about and have a vision for the world so do something you like. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 371 We're running the company to serve more people. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 416 My goal was never to just create a company. A lot of people misinterpret that, as if I don't care about revenue or profit or any of those things. But what not being just a company means to me is not being just that - building something that actually makes a really big change in the world. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 470 There are a few other things that I built when I was at Harvard that were kind of smaller versions of Facebook. One such program was this program called Match. People could enter the different courses that they were taking, and see what other courses would be correlated with the courses they are taking. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 413 When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 467 Advertising works most effectively when it's in line with what people are already trying to do. And people are trying to communicate in a certain way on Facebook - they share information with their friends, they learn about what their friends are doing - so there's really a whole new opportunity for a new type of advertising model within that. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 469 I actually do think you're seeing this trend towards organizations just caring more about their brand and engaging. And so I think Home Depot will want to humanize itself. I think that's a lot of why companies are starting blogs, are just giving more insight into what's going on with them. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 394 I got my first computer in the 6th grade or so. As soon as I got it, I was interested in finding out how it worked and how the programs worked and then figuring out how to write programs at just deeper and deeper levels within the system. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 483 I hope that Facebook and other Internet technologies were able to help people, just like we hope that we help them communicate and organize and do whatever they want to every single day, but I don't pretend that if Facebook didn't exist, that this wouldn't even be possible. Of course, it would have. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 407 I literally coded Facebook in my dorm room and launched it from my dorm room. I rented a server for $85 a month, and I funded it by putting an ad on the side, and we've funded ever since by putting ads on the side. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 422 I think that more flow of information, the ability to stay connected to more people makes people more effective as people. And I mean, that's true socially. It makes you have more fun, right. It feels better to be more connected to all these people. You have a richer life. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 494 In addition to building better products, a more open world will also encourage businesses to engage with their customers directly and authentically. More than four million businesses have Pages on Facebook that they use to have a dialogue with their customers. We expect this trend to grow as well. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 437 In terms of doing work and in terms of learning and evolving as a person, you just grow more when you get more people's perspectives... I really try and live the mission of the company and... keep everything else in my life extremely simple. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 461 It used to be the case, like you'd switch jobs, and then maybe you wouldn't keep in touch with all the people that you knew from that old job, just because it was too hard. But one of the things that Facebook does is it makes it really easy to just stay in touch with all these people. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 483 Look at the way celebrities and politicians are using Facebook already. When Ashton Kutcher posts a video, he gets hundreds of pieces of feedback. Maybe he doesn't have time to read them all or respond to them all, but he's getting good feedback and getting a good sense of how people are thinking about that and maybe can respond to some of it. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 437 My friends are people who like building cool stuff. We always have this joke about people who want to just start companies without making something valuable. There's a lot of that in Silicon Valley. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 483 No one has done a study on this, as far as I can tell, but I think Facebook might be the first place where a large number of people have come out. We didn't create that - society was generally ready for that. I think this is just part of the general trend that we talked about, about society being more open, and I think that's good. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 432 When I was in college I did a lot of stupid things and I don't want to make an excuse for that. Some of the things that people accuse me of are true, some of them aren't. There are pranks, IMs. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 367 Ads get a bad reputation sometimes because they're not useful. They're not relevant, or slow. Susan Wojcicki


+ 413 Advertising is very simple in a lot of ways. Advertisers go where the users go, and users are choosing to spend a lot more time online. Susan Wojcicki


+ 338 Engineering is a jeans and hoodie culture, and sales is more formal. Susan Wojcicki


+ 318 Google has been doing well. As much as possible we're trying to share back with the employees. They will continue to create a lot of value. Susan Wojcicki


+ 362 Google is fascinating, and the book isn't finished. I'm creating, living, building, and writing those chapters. Susan Wojcicki


+ 370 I am responsible for creating and overseeing the future products that make up Google Advertising. Susan Wojcicki


+ 315 I have had a lot of setbacks that I have learned from. Susan Wojcicki


+ 433 I love taking an idea... to a prototype and then to a product that millions of people use. Susan Wojcicki


+ 263 I think video advertising is a hugely compelling medium. Susan Wojcicki


+ 329 Mobile is an incredibly fast-growing market and will continue to be. Susan Wojcicki


+ 302 My kids know I'm home every night for dinner. Susan Wojcicki


+ 356 My most radical shift was leaving Intel and joining Google, a small startup at the time, even though I was pregnant. Susan Wojcicki


+ 358 People at different stages of their lives are doing different things, and they're all using Google. Susan Wojcicki


+ 320 People don't understand the logistics of advertising. Susan Wojcicki


+ 394 People don't understand the logistics of advertising. To have the ads purchased and run, you need to have a series of products that work together. Susan Wojcicki


+ 439 Right now, offline and online are coming together because of smartphones. Susan Wojcicki


+ 339 The great thing about the Internet is you can launch a product, and within just a few hours, people will tell you what they think about it. Susan Wojcicki


+ 279 Work smart. Get things done. Susan Wojcicki


+ 390 At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria - the growth and success of the business. Susan Wojcicki


+ 429 First there's my role just as an executive being responsible for advertising, regardless of gender. I think that's a position that I take seriously. That's the first role. But I think for my role as a woman at Google, you try to set a good example and be a role model for the other women in the organization. Susan Wojcicki


+ 369 Generally, our approach with products at Google is to first develop the right user base and then to figure out what's the right experience for the ads. Susan Wojcicki


+ 349 Google is a business that gets paid when users want to see - want to click on - the ad. If we show ads that no one wants to see, we don't generate revenue. Susan Wojcicki


+ 404 Google is a consumer brand and people need to be comfortable. If we were just an advertising brand we wouldn't have the same concerns. We've always tried to promote transparency and choice among our users. Susan Wojcicki


+ 392 I have this desire to create things and build things, and Google has enabled me to build and create things and to build products that are used by people all over the globe. Susan Wojcicki


+ 389 I think the phone is a really personal device in a lot of ways. If you drop your phone or lose it there's a moment of panic. On the other hand there's a lot of control that users have. Susan Wojcicki


+ 412 I think we have to recognize as an industry that users have a lot more choices and can click away to a lot more media. As a result, the advertising we create really needs to be something users want to see. Susan Wojcicki


+ 427 I'm excited about the opportunities with mobile phones and being able to receive information on the go and relevant to what I'm doing at that moment in time. Susan Wojcicki


+ 470 It's important for me to show my children the richness of life and be a role model. I find that my organizational and management skills are tested more at home than at work! Susan Wojcicki


+ 377 Let's face it: Engineering companies in general have more men than women. Google has tried really hard to recruit women. On the other hand, we have a standard. Google tries to recruit the best engineers. Susan Wojcicki


+ 460 My first job after college was at Magic Quest, an educational software startup company where I was responsible for writing the content. I found that job somewhat accidentally but after working there a few weeks and loving my job, I decided to pursue a career in technology. Susan Wojcicki


+ 355 My smartest move was joining Google. It wasn't obvious at the time that it would be a good decision. A lot of people, many of my friends, advised me against it. Susan Wojcicki


+ 388 The reason I like my job is that I have this desire to create. I have this desire to create things and build things, and Google has enabled me to build and create things and to build products that are used by people all over the globe. Susan Wojcicki


+ 359 There are lots of people in the Silicon Valley who are interested in working at a fast-moving, dynamic company like Google. Not just my family members. Susan Wojcicki


+ 384 Though we do need more women to graduate with technical degrees, I always like to remind women that you don't need to have science or technology degrees to build a career in tech. Susan Wojcicki


+ 430 Today, most young women are exposed to technology at a very young age, with mobile phones, tablets, the Web or social media. They are much more proficient with technology than prior generations since they use it for all their school work, communication and entertainment. Susan Wojcicki


+ 423 We are a consumer company and our success is directly linked to our users trusting us. Therefore we have the same incentive as the user: they want to see relevant advertising so their experience of Google is positive and we want to deliver it. Susan Wojcicki


+ 456 What's important is that I do my job really well, that I build great products and that I'm a great leader. All those things matter independent of gender. But I do think there's a responsibility for me to support other women at Google. Susan Wojcicki


+ 430 Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. Napoleon Hill


+ 355 Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford


+ 361 The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. Vince Lombardi


+ 266 Think and grow rich. Napoleon Hill


+ 344 Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill


+ 284 Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn


+ 381 The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi


+ 324 Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. Bill Gates


+ 363 Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. Napoleon Hill


+ 326 Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso


+ 408 I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate. George Burns


+ 339 A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. Mark Twain


+ 376 When I was growing up, I always knew I'd be in the top of my class in math, and that gave me a lot of self-confidence. Sergey Brin


+ 406 But the vast majority of books ever written are not accessible to anyone except the most tenacious researchers at premier academic libraries. Books written after 1923 quickly disappear into a literary black hole. Sergey Brin


+ 465 Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world. Sergey Brin


+ 377 I would like to see anyone be able to achieve their dreams, and that's what this organization does. Sergey Brin


+ 311 If Google Books is successful, others will follow. Sergey Brin


+ 334 We just want to have great people working for us. Sergey Brin


+ 426 Google actually relies on our users to help with our marketing. We have a very high percentage of our users who often tell others about our search engine. Sergey Brin


+ 467 I wish there were a hundred services with which I could easily look at such a book; it would have saved me a lot of time, and it would have spared Google a tremendous amount of effort. Sergey Brin


+ 413 Once you go from 10 people to 100, you already don't know who everyone is. So at that stage you might as well keep growing, to get the advantages of scale. Sergey Brin


+ 498 The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation. Sergey Brin


+ 366 Today, if you want to access a typical out-of-print book, you have only one choice - fly to one of a handful of leading libraries in the country and hope to find it in the stacks. Sergey Brin


+ 413 We've seen a massive attack on the freedom of the web. Governments are realizing the power of this medium to organize people and they are trying to clamp down across the world, not just in places like China and North Korea; we're seeing bills in the United States, in Italy, all across the world. Sergey Brin


+ 354 If you're changing the world, you're working on important things. You're excited to get up in the morning. Larry Page


+ 391 If you ask an economist what's driven economic growth, it's been major advances in things that mattered - the mechanization of farming, mass manufacturing, things like that. The problem is, our society is not organized around doing that. Larry Page


+ 387 Basically, our goal is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful. Larry Page


+ 408 Many leaders of big organizations, I think, don't believe that change is possible. But if you look at history, things do change, and if your business is static, you're likely to have issues. Larry Page


+ 464 My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they're having a meaningful impact and are contributing to the good of society. As a world, we're doing a better job of that. My goal is for Google to lead, not follow that. Larry Page


+ 390 It really matters whether people are working on generating clean energy or improving transportation or making the Internet work better and all those things. And small groups of people can have a really huge impact. Larry Page


+ 351 We must always think about things, and we must think about things as they are, not as they are said to be. George Bernard Shaw


+ 391 There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage. George Bernard Shaw


+ 284 Actions speak louder than words


+ 262 After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile


+ 293 All are not friends that speak us fair


+ 309 Be slow to promise and quick to perform


+ 264 Better be born lucky than rich


+ 269 Birds of a feather flock together


+ 275 Keep cool, anger is not an argument


+ 258 Care killed the cat


+ 217 Cheek brings success


+ 267 Every bird likes its own nest


+ 255 Fine feathers make fine birds


+ 268 Fools and madmen speak the truth


+ 301 Fools never know when they are well


+ 280 Fox is not taken twice in the same snare


+ 243 Good beginning makes a good ending


+ 276 Good marksman may miss


+ 276 Good name keeps its lustre in the dark


+ 224 Great ship asks deep waters


+ 235 Great talkers are great liars


+ 393 Great talkers are little doers


+ 301 Happiness takes no account of time


+ 269 He is happy that thinks himself so


+ 222 He knows much who knows how to hold his tongue


+ 260 He that talks much errs much


+ 262 He that talks much lies much


+ 257 He works best who knows his trade


+ 262 Heavy purse makes a light heart


+ 265 It takes all sorts to make a world


+ 316 Keep your mouth shut and your ears open


+ 315 Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open


+ 222 Like begets like


+ 218 Like draws to like


+ 235 Like master, like man


+ 357 Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith. Muhammad


+ 267 Rats desert a sinking ship


+ 287 The tailor makes the man


+ 317 The work shows the workman


+ 252 Time works wonders


+ 251 To know everything is to know nothing


+ 254 Two wrongs don't make a right.


+ 366 Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. Margaret Thatcher


+ 374 The Torah is like honey for bees.


+ 345 A man who is eating or lying with his wife or preparing to go to sleep in humility, thankfulness and temperance, is, by Christian standards, in an infinitely higher state than one who is listening to Bach or reading Plato in a state of pride. C. S. Lewis


+ 455 Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Steve Jobs


+ 354 Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Khalil Gibran


+ 344 All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words 'Ich bin ein Berliner!' John F. Kennedy


+ 302 It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Saint Augustine


+ 292 Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton


+ 399 He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride. John Lennon


+ 387 Pride slays thanksgiving, but a humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves. Henry Ward Beecher


+ 344 Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle. Billy Graham


+ 451 Vanity and pride are different things, though the words are often used synonymously. A person may be proud without being vain. Pride relates more to our opinion of ourselves; vanity, to what we would have others think of us. Jane Austen


+ 405 There is probably a perverse pride in my administration... that we were going to do the right thing, even if short-term it was unpopular. And I think anybody who's occupied this office has to remember that success is determined by an intersection in policy and politics and that you can't be neglecting of marketing and P.R. and public opinion. Barack Obama


+ 381 A person searching for God is like fish searching for water.


+ 338 In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.


+ 385 Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago. Barack Obama


+ 330 I'm a black American, I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity. Michael Jackson


+ 338 More enduringly than any other sport, wrestling teaches self-control and pride. Some have wrestled without great skill - none have wrestled without pride. Dan Gable


+ 249 If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride. Gilbert K. Chesterton


+ 291 In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes. John Ruskin


+ 286 Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire. William Penn


+ 402 They did it to try and belittle me, to try and to take away my pride. But I went through the whole system with them. And at the end, I - I wanted the public to know that I was okay, even though I was hurting. Michael Jackson


+ 400 Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools. J. K. Rowling


+ 329 Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks. Joe Paterno


+ 367 What is a wife and what is a harlot? What is a church and what is a theatre? are they two and not one? Can they exist separate? Are not religion and politics the same thing? Brotherhood is religion. O demonstrations of reason dividing families in cruelty and pride! William Blake


+ 419 The Bible and several other self help or enlightenment books cite the Seven Deadly Sins. They are: pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that we do, that is sinful... or fun for that matter. Dave Mustaine


+ 316 I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession. John Steinbeck


+ 365 There is a secret pride in every human heart that revolts at tyranny. You may order and drive an individual, but you cannot make him respect you. William Hazlitt


+ 384 Books are but waste paper unless we spend in action the wisdom we get from thought - asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation. William Butler Yeats


+ 371 A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong. Horace


+ 262 Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride. John Ruskin


+ 355 There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 310 Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men. Dante Alighieri


+ 343 Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image. Charles Dickens


+ 333 We pride ourselves as being top, really, on the African ladder... We feel that we have actually been advancing rather than going backwards. Robert Mugabe


+ 316 It is not the broken heart that kills, but broken pride, monseigneur. Gilbert Parker


+ 318 I hate pride, but if I were going to be proud of anything it would have to be something I'd done myself. Race pride is kind of stupid. Carroll O'Connor


+ 468 If we have built on the fragile cornerstones of human wisdom, pride, and conditional love, things may look good for a while, but a weak foundation causes collapse when storms hit. Charles Stanley


+ 303 Be kind to yourself


+ 375 A competitor will find a way to win. Competitors take bad breaks and use them to drive themselves just that much harder. Quitters take bad breaks and use them as reasons to give up. It's all a matter of pride. Nancy Lopez


+ 277 Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak. Thomas Fuller


+ 294 Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride. Jonathan Swift


+ 367 So in our pride we ordered for breakfast an omelet, toast and coffee and what has just arrived is a tomato salad with onions, a dish of pickles, a big slice of watermelon and two bottles of cream soda. John Steinbeck


+ 410 The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I've got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer. Johnny Cash


+ 325 One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness; a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs. Josh Billings


+ 365 Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. Fulton J. Sheen


+ 317 What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars. William Wordsworth


+ 329 Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity. William Hazlitt


+ 319 Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Paul Bryant


+ 408 I love what I do. I take great pride in what I do. And I can't do something halfway, three-quarters, nine-tenths. If I'm going to do something, I go all the way. Tom Cruise


+ 356 To know a man, observe how he wins his object, rather than how he loses it; for when we fail, our pride supports us - when we succeed, it betrays us. Charles Caleb Colton


+ 402 I don't look to a man to get pride in myself. It's not about having a black president, it's about having a good president, and I think that's the most important thing. Allen West


+ 308 Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect. Eric Hoffer


+ 355 That's what Rocky is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood. Sylvester Stallone


+ 280 Pride in the case of a rich man is bad, but pride in the case of a poor man is worse. Abu Bakr


+ 315 All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride. W. Edwards Deming


+ 328 There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation. Walter Lippmann


+ 374 I take some pride in... representing myself exactly how I would like to have my son remember me to his kids. Robert Downey, Jr.


+ 398 My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. William Tecumseh Sherman


+ 295 When I was a kid, it was a huge insult to be a geek. Now it's a point of pride in a weird way. J. J. Abrams


+ 340 Every man of action has a strong dose of egoism, pride, hardness, and cunning. But all those things will be regarded as high qualities if he can make them the means to achieve great ends. Giorgos Seferis


+ 363 My aim then was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. William Tecumseh Sherman


+ 370 Grace is God as heart surgeon, cracking open your chest, removing your heart - poisoned as it is with pride and pain - and replacing it with his own. Max Lucado


+ 412 Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person. Naveen Jain


+ 535 We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal. Vladimir Putin


+ 368 By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier. Susan Lieberman


+ 331 So much of how we act and what we do is based on humility or pride - that's everything. And when you can humble yourself, you know, we are more like Christ when we can humble ourselves. Tim Tebow


+ 391 Being a Barrymore didn't help me, other than giving me a great sense of pride and a strange spiritual sense that I felt OK about having the passion to act. It made sense because my whole family had done it and it helped rationalise it for me. Drew Barrymore


+ 309 I take a lot of pride in being myself. I'm comfortable with who I am. James McAvoy


+ 474 It will make a weak man mighty. it will make a mighty man fall. It will fill your heart and hands or leave you with nothing at all. It's the eyes for the blind and legs for the lame. It is the love for hate and pride for shame. That's the power of the gospel. Ben Harper


+ 298 I think national pride leads to nothing but wars and hate. Johnny Rotten


+ 333 Let's stand up. Let's speak with pride about our morals and our values and redouble our effort to elect more conservative Republicans. Rick Perry


+ 449 There is a pride, a self-love, in human minds that will seldom be kept so low as to make men and women humbler than they ought to be. Samuel Richardson


+ 375 I obviously take a lot of pride in what I do on the football field, because that has the ability to influence a lot of people. That puts smiles on people's faces. That gives people a pep in their step on Monday morning when they go back to work. Drew Brees


+ 333 We have indeed at the moment little cause for pride: as a profession we have made a mess of things. Friedrich August von Hayek


+ 342 These days cry out, as never before, for us to pay attention, so we can move through them and get our joy and pride back. Anne Lamott


+ 353 I don't mind being cast as some kind of a pantomime baddie, but I am very fair in business. I always have been. I pride myself on being fair. Simon Cowell


+ 381 Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic. Alexis Carrel


+ 315 A military man can scarcely pride himself on having smitten a sleeping enemy; it is more a matter of shame, simply, for the one smitten. Isoroku Yamamoto


+ 316 Everyone I know has attention deficit, and they say it with great pride. It's a bad time to be right. Joni Mitchell


+ 463 I think that the idea that I'm writing for many more people than I ever imagined has created a certain general responsibility that is literary and political. There's even pride involved, in not wanting to fall short of what I did before. Gabriel Garcia Marquez


+ 291 I can't re-examine work I did in the past with pride. Daniel Day-Lewis


+ 392 Must we be put to shame by much smaller and poorer countries, by Ireland, France, Austria or Sweden, who have understood that a nation's support of its arts is a matter of both national pride and cultural survival? Theodore Bikel


+ 456 I want to make it clear that the black race did not come to the United States culturally empty-handed. The role and importance of ethnic history is in how well it teaches a people to use their own talents, take pride in their own history and love their own memories. John Henrik Clarke


+ 305 I pride myself on being kind. Katherine Heigl


+ 309 I do take a lot of pride in my look and I work out - do work out a lot. Rod Stewart


+ 305 If you take a loud pride in anything, people will rightly shoot you down. Danny Boyle


+ 383 I have no love for myself as a human being, but I have immense pride in the music I make. Steven Patrick Morrissey


+ 280 No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work. Hosea Ballou


+ 340 I think Charley Pride has been one of the best things to happen to country music, to prove it belongs to everybody. Loretta Lynn


+ 320 I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride. Salma Hayek


+ 320 I don't say it in a cocky way, but I take pride in being one of the best at doing what I do. Puff Daddy


+ 330 Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S. blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride. David Foster Wallace


+ 448 The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity. Nicolas Chamfort


+ 371 If I'd have went on the ice when this thing happened, someone would have speared me or something. It's a great feeling of accomplishment and pride. They had to do it; it was their moment. Herb Brooks


+ 301 I grew up reading 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Pride and Prejudice' - girly kind of books. Leighton Meester


+ 361 Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister. Thorstein Veblen


+ 422 My sign is Leo. A Leo has to walk with pride. When he takes a step, he has to put his foot down. You walk into a room and you want people to know your presence, without you doing anything. Wesley Snipes


+ 327 If one takes pride in one's craft, you won't let a good thing die. Risking it through not pushing hard enough is not a humility. Paul Keating


+ 360 Most of us think of pride as self-centeredness, conceit, boastfulness, arrogance, or haughtiness. All of these are elements of the sin, but the heart, or core, is still missing. The central feature of pride is enmity - enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 457 770 Eastern Parkway is the street address of the central headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic movement, located on Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, in the United States. The building is the center of the Chabad Lubavitch world movement. In 1940 it was purchased by Agudas Chasidei Chabad and adapted for the needs of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn.


+ 445 Bad food is made without pride, by cooks who have no pride, and no love. Bad food is made by chefs who are indifferent, or who are trying to be everything to everybody, who are trying to please everyone... Bad food is fake food... food that shows fear and lack of confidence in people's ability to discern or to make decisions about their lives. Anthony Bourdain


+ 371 After all these years I had the privilege of naming my private part, cause we have nicknames. So I named my private part pride... it's not much but at least I have my pride. Jay London


+ 345 I pride myself on breaking any box that anyone wants to put me in. Ryan Kwanten


+ 360 Look, I've got incredible pride for my family. I've absolutely fallen into that cliche of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly. Christian Bale


+ 329 There is no shame in taking pride in achievements or position. But nobody gets to the top alone. Harvey Mackay


+ 338 If you are a housewife, take pride in that. Anthea Turner


+ 459 The paradox is that I have no love for myself as a human being, but I have immense pride in the music I make, and I believe it has an important place. Others do, too, and the thousands of people with Morrissey tattoos certainly proves something. Steven Morrissey


+ 387 For too long, we have focused on our differences - in our politics and backgrounds, in our race and beliefs - rather than cherishing the unity and pride that binds us together. Bob Riley


+ 364 I believe that we must maintain pride in the knowledge that the actions we take, based on our own decisions and choices as individuals, link directly to the magnificent challenge of transforming human history. Daisaku Ikeda


+ 339 I think that every Saturday, we ought to say, 'My father's a Jew, my mother was a Jew, and I'm a Jew,' with great pride. Ed Koch


+ 278 All money means to me is a pride in accomplishment. Ray Kroc


+ 405 Plus-sized women shouldn't think of themselves as a size. They should think of themselves as women with rich goals in life. Size doesn't mean, really, anything. You can carry your size with pride and dress in a way that you like. Donatella Versace


+ 332 Anyone who has read my books will know that I don't tend to use guides when I am travelling. It's not a pride thing, but it is certainly a fact. Bill Bryson


+ 294 I take pride in being one of the most successful producers in hip-hop history, having the most successful record in hip-hop history, I have the most number ones. Puff Daddy


+ 397 But sports photography isn't something you just pick up overnight. You can't do it once a year for fun and expect to do a good job. And I take pride in what I do. Drew Carey


+ 301 I pride myself in taking care of my mind, body and soul, and not just through exercise. Stacy Keibler


+ 337 I shot my first lion at the age of 14 when a pride threatened my father's livestock while he was away on holiday. Wilbur Smith


+ 422 In teaching man, experimental science results in lessening his pride more and more by proving to him every day that primary causes, like the objective reality of things, will be hidden from him forever and that he can only know relations. Claude Bernard


+ 313 Lyrics are so important, I hate every second of writing them, but it's something I take great pride in when it's finished. Nate Ruess


+ 345 There isn't a book that has changed me, but I have favourites such as 'Pride and Prejudice' which I often re-read. Carolina Herrera


+ 288 I look upon pride as a sin. Tommy Lee Jones


+ 326 What moves me is neither ethnocentric pride nor sectarian arrogance. I make no claim that Jewish culture is superior to other cultures. But it is mine. Theodore Bikel


+ 377 My grandfather was smart and had a whole lot of pride. He didn't speak a terrible amount, but you could tell there was a ton on his mind - like a quiet acceptance of how life had turned out. Frank Ocean


+ 363 'Being green' is commendable, but I hope that people don't take too much pride and self-adoration because they shut off the water when they brushed their teeth. The truth of the matter is, conservation alone will do little to save our planet. Naveen Jain


+ 367 Virtually everywhere in the world, people still wake up and want their country to be more like the United States than any other nation. We are the envy of the world because of what we stand for and how our democratic process, flawed as it may often seem to be, operates. We should take pride in that. Eliot Spitzer


+ 398 It's just nice to work hard and be rewarded, which is having lots of people watch. And the icing on the cake is for me is to be able to walk around with pride, feeling that the product you put out is worthy of being watched. But honestly, it's not a big deal. I don't put too much stock in fame or celebrity anyway. I don't put it in the 'important' box. Christopher Meloni


+ 417 I never took a grant or borrowed a penny from anybody. It was partially because I didn't really know how to do that, but secondly, my pride never would have allowed me to. In the beginning it was about doing it the right way, on the merits of the music. Bryan Adams


+ 314 Take pride in exactly what it is you do and remember it's okay to fail as long as you don't give up. Dan O'Brien


+ 389 If we remind ourselves of the fact that every fifth American today rightly points and perhaps also with a certain degree of pride to his German ancestry or her German ancestry, we can safely say that we, indeed, share common roots. Angela Merkel


+ 345 I take pride in the creation of my wealth, in its existence and in the uses to which it has been and is being put. Paul Getty


+ 456 Every time I'm in Canada I feel more Swedish, and every time I'm in Sweden I feel more Canadian. I belong in both places and I love them both equally. It's funny because the Swedes claim me as their Swedish pride and the Canadians call me their Canadian girl. I'll take it all. Malin Akerman


+ 432 Oh I love gadgets and I pride myself on keeping at the cutting edge of technology. Alexander McCall Smith


+ 373 And I don't consider Broadway the acropolis of theatrical art. I mean Broadway is commercial - that's what it is. It's expensive seats and a lot of them that have to be filled every night. Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, as far as I'm concerned, is in New York the pride of New York theater. Tony Kushner


+ 344 I want to do something that people can really say, 'Hey, man, that was good, I'm proud of you, I'm proud of that.' 'Pride' and 'Transformers' and things like that. Bernie Mac


+ 481 Have you got a Beemer, an Audi, a Saab or a Volvo that replaced a Ford, Vauxhall, Rover or Nissan? Many Brits have. Your first Beemer. A particularly nice smell of leather. Something rather plain but satisfactory about the interior. And that lovely enamel wotsit in the middle of the steering wheel. A moment of quiet 'because I'm worth it' pride. Peter York


+ 336 I really take pride in the relationship that I have with my husband. Julie Benz


+ 376 I'm really proud of 'Moneyball.' To me, it's about feeling pride in a movie I made. I think when I'm an old man I'll be able to show it to my grandkids with pride. That's all I can really go for: making movies to please me. Jonah Hill


+ 381 It gave me a lot of pleasure and pride that 90 percent of the crew for 'Monsoon Wedding,' and most of my film, are women. We get the work done, you know, much lesser play of ego... And I really believe in harmony, I believe in working in a spirit of egolessness and that the film is bigger than all of us. Mira Nair


+ 333 One thing that I pride myself on is, everything that I do is completely legit. We go through every channel, and do it the proper way. Nik Wallenda


+ 391 There is a slam-dunk case for extending foreign language teaching to children aged five. Just as some people have taken a perverse pride in not understanding mathematics, so we have taken a perverse pride in the fact that we do not speak foreign languages, and we just need to speak louder in English. Michael Gove


+ 330 Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility. Adam Clarke


+ 373 There is nothing so skillful in its own defense as imperious pride. Helen Hunt Jackson


+ 316 When I was 8, I was reading 'Gone with the Wind' and 'Pride and Prejudice' and all that, not knowing it wasn't my reading level. Stephenie Meyer


+ 330 Most of my albums have a concept. They all have some kind of theme, some kind of feeling. I really take pride in that. Yelawolf


+ 363 So we take a lot of pride in that. It's really on us to turn this thing around. I think this last month we've done just that. We've pointed ourself in the direction that we want to be, and I think we're starting to head towards that. Right now we're in a nice rhythm. Kevin Garnett


+ 335 I don't know whether it is fortunate or unfortunate, but I have no such thing as national pride. I don't feel proud that I am Iranian. I happen to be who I am. Abbas Kiarostami


+ 295 I always took a great deal of pride in being original. Roger Miller


+ 416 Playing football and rugby is the Samoan sport. It's part of the conversation at church. It's part of the conversation in their barbershops, in the grocery stores. It's what everyone is aware of and familiar with. They take a lot of pride in the beating you can take in the course of that sport. Junior Seau


+ 443 Throughout the centuries, man has considered himself beautiful. I rather suppose that man only believes in his own beauty out of pride; that he is not really beautiful and he suspects this himself; for why does he look on the face of his fellow-man with such scorn? Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont


+ 387 Before Barack Obama took office, it looked like that pride could have vanished forever, but today, from the staggering depths of the Great Recession, the nation has had 29 straight months of job growth. Workers across my state and across the country are getting back the dignity of a good job and a good salary. Ted Strickland


+ 350 Brown v. Board helped unite us all, and gave us all great pride knowing we all are truly E Pluribus Unum - one people out of many. Mike Rogers


+ 381 Who you are as a performer is one thing, but when you're making records, you're dealing with musicians' tastes, their goals, their wants, their needs, everyone's individual pride. Scott Weiland


+ 391 At this point in my life I am just about enjoying my free time and my downtime and that's what is about for us. My job is about making your job easier. I take a lot of pride in the quality of what I present, especially in 'Money Saving Meals.' Sandra Lee


+ 388 It just doesn't occur to an American that someone else will solve their problems. Americans take pride in solving problems for themselves. And if we fail, we get back up and try again. It's what we do. It's who we are. Mitch McConnell


+ 503 I think being gay and gay people are the most wonderful things in the world. I wish all of us could have the power and pride to benefit from what is rightfully ours. Why isn't there an enormous building in Washington called the 'National Association of Lesbian and Gay Concerns' to lobby for us? Larry Kramer


+ 277 What qualifies me to tell people how to act or what to think? I'm Charley Pride, country singer. Period. Charley Pride


+ 336 Even if you have a bad game, you have to swallow your pride and sign. It takes a little time, but it makes the kids happy. And it makes you feel good, too. Lorrie Fair


+ 302 I simply think things through, and I look at problems. One thing I pride myself on is the ability to connect unconnected thoughts and come up with new, unique thoughts. Bode Miller


+ 310 From what I can see, too many kids don't learn pride in their country anymore. John Ratzenberger


+ 306 Melodies are important. I always kind of pride myself on my melodies. Lee DeWyze


+ 371 I believe in the nobility of entertaining people and I take great, great pride that people are willing to give me two or three hours of their busy lives. John Lasseter


+ 282 We rise in glory as we sink in pride. Andrew Young


+ 351 Sometimes people who are Jewish are held to a higher standard which sometimes we take great pride in. Gary Ackerman


+ 382 So instead of beating myself up for being fat, I think it's a miracle that I laugh every day and walk through my life with pride, because our culture is unrelenting when it comes to large people. Camryn Manheim


+ 387 The fact that I'm very close with my past relationships is something I pride myself on. My mom is still close to her first husband. It's nice to be able to enjoy someone in a different form. Kate Bosworth


+ 345 I take great pride in the fact that I have lived in a Spanish-speaking country. Christopher Dodd


+ 346 You'll find that no pride is greater than the pride that comes with being thick. Britain is filled with people who are really proud of their stupidity. Andrew O'Hagan


+ 357 Let's say black, the whole black religious experience, here, is very impressive to me, because when I first arrived I realized that people carry their faith with so much pride. Boris Kodjoe


+ 350 I suppose that Heartland, Unknown Soldier and Pride and Joy represent not a quieter side but more of a serious side to my work, something I've been getting into recently. Garth Ennis


+ 337 I suppose that Heartland, Unknown Soldier and Pride and Joy represent not a quieter side but more of a serious side to my work, something I've been getting into recently. Garth Ennis


+ 264 As far as I know, I have no pride of opinion. Albert J. Nock


+ 389 The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history. Mike Fitzpatrick


+ 388 Take pride in your work at all times. Remember, respect for an umpire is created off the field as well as on. Ford Frick


+ 414 All novelists must form their personal pacts in some way with the slowness of their craft. There are some who demand of themselves a 'rate of production,' for whom it's a matter of pride to complete, say, a book every year. Graham Swift


+ 264 I think you always take pride in how you play. Curtis Joseph


+ 375 I remember in 'Pride and Prejudice' I had to do a scene where I broke down. And before we filmed I spent like three hours imagining my mum's funeral. Actually, she's very much alive, happy and healthy. It was really horrible. Carey Mulligan


+ 339 I've always taken pride to be the white guy that can talk to the black people, that can refer to them truly as a brother from a different mother. Duane Chapman


+ 433 I've been acting for a long time now, but as narcissistic as this sounds - and I don't mean it to sound - every time I see my name up there, there is real sense of pride. Ryan Kwanten


+ 361 I think that the poorest of the poor... look up to wealthy and successful Indians with some degree of respect and pride. Vijay Mallya


+ 396 Manchester has it's own pride and London has it's sort of pride and sometimes we can be a bit mean to each other, but I think if we dig the music we can get on really well. Graham Coxon


+ 402 We are fans because the game also appeals to our local pride, our pleasure in thinking of ourselves as, yes, Americans but nonetheless different from residents of other towns, other states, other regions. John Thorn


+ 1297 You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jesus


+ 343 In wickedness of pride is lost the light to understand how little grace is earned and how much given. Robert Hunter


+ 418 The records in the house I really remember were, well, Glen Campbell's 'Wichita Lineman' and 'Galveston.' Even as a kid, I knew these songs were glorious. My dad also had records by Merle Haggard, Charley Pride, Waylon Jennings, and then there was also the Eagles and Don Henley. Anything Texas, which includes Don Henley, was big. Keith Urban


+ 546 The most moving scene for me in 'Pride and Prejudice' is the Pemberley music room scene: Elizabeth has just saved Darcy's sister from embarrassment and confusion, and as the music plays on, Darcy's look of gratitude becomes a look of love, which we see reciprocated in Elizabeth's eyes. Andrew Davies


+ 369 I don't want to be a part of the demographics. I want to be an individual. I wear each of my films as a badge of pride. That's why I cherish all my bad reviews. If the critics start liking my movies, then I'm in deep trouble. John Carpenter


+ 330 I hear the singing of the lives of women. They clear mystery, the offering, and pride. Muriel Rukeyser


+ 357 And I like the look on people's faces when I say I'm doing this movie called Pride and Prejudice and they kind of smile, and then I say I'm in a movie called Doom and they kind of do a double take and try and put the two things together. And they never quite manage to. Rosamund Pike


+ 339 I want people to take pride in Spanish Harlem. These are people that everyone in the community could relate to... people who mean something special to us. James De La Vega


+ 354 I'm dead serious about my craft and just really serious about making music in itself. I take pride in making songs and albums where no two songs sound alike. That's the challenge and that's what it's all about, to keep it original and fresh and funky. Big Boi


+ 293 I think in life, if you continue to challenge yourself, you can pride yourself in what you continuously accomplish. J. R. Martinez


+ 392 Storytelling is the only studio movie where the censorship is perfectly clear, the only studio movie with a big red box covering up a shot. I take pride in that - and, of course, in having avoided the fate of Eyes Wide Shut. Todd Solondz


+ 362 A discontented young fellow, filled with self pride; he certainly should have considered it an honor to be sent on so respectable an embassy as he was. Zebulon Pike


+ 322 I've never been one to just do what I'm told. I don't say that necessarily with pride, it's just something that has gotten me in trouble before. Jemima Kirke


+ 348 There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride in German technical and business skills. Douglas Hurd


+ 335 'Pride and Prejudice' - perhaps more than any other Jane Austen book - is engrained in our literary consciousness. Seth Grahame-Smith


+ 391 To suggest that Quebecers willingly give up the chance to exercise fully their influence within the federal government would be to betray the historical role Quebec has always played in Confederation, and to undermine the legitimacy of their pride and ambitions. Kim Campbell


+ 363 I'm pretty proud of having completed a marathon myself, so I can only imagine the pride that real athletes feel when they are picked for the Olympic or the Paralympic Games. Johann Lamont


+ 439 In society, we have these unspoken rules of conduct, these 'shoulds.' Even though we pride ourselves on being a democracy, there are all these ways we say you 'should' behave. But what if you're living your life by the 'shoulds' and you're not really living your life? Chris Noth


+ 352 They take pride in their schools. They begin to participate, where, when they are renters, they don't do that. So what we're doing by this program is strengthening America. Alphonso Jackson


+ 359 The pride people take in their work transcends to their homes, their education, families and communities. Leonard Boswell


+ 388 There are some lawyers who think of themselves as basically instruments of whoever their clients are, and they pride themselves on their professional craft. Cass Sunstein


+ 385 The very women who object to the morals of a notoriously beautiful actress, grow big with pride when an admirer suggests their marked resemblance to this stage beauty in physique. Minna Antrim


+ 270 We take pride in what we do. Coolio


+ 360 My birth neither shook the German Empire nor caused much of an upheaval in the home. It pleased mother, caused father a certain amount of pride and my elder brother the usual fraternal jealousy of a hitherto only son. Conrad Veidt


+ 345 Films are wonderful but they do fix an identity. I can't read 'Pride and Prejudice' anymore, for instance, without imaging Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Deborah Harkness


+ 316 The Russians have a lot at stake, and the power of Moscow pride should never be underestimated. Bob Schaffer


+ 382 Our officials want nothing more than to be at the top of their professional game and make the correct call. That's what they do; that's their living, that's their pride, that's their joy. They don't achieve that because they happen to be human. David Stern


+ 405 Gay life in 1970 was very bleak, compartmentalized. You didn't take it to work. You had to really lead a double life. There were bars, but you sort of snuck in and snuck out. Activism and gay pride simply didn't exist. I don't even think the word 'gay' was in existence. Larry Kramer


+ 345 As a people, we know what we can do, we know how to do it, and we just want to get on with it. How? By ensuring that Canada's place in the world is one of influence and pride. Paul Martin


+ 399 Nothing gives us greater pride than the importance of India's scientific and engineering colleges, or the army of Indian scientists at organizations such as Microsoft and NASA. Our temples are not the god-encrusted shrines of Varanasi, but Western scientific institutions like Caltech and MIT, and magazines like 'Nature' and 'Scientific American.' Aravind Adiga


+ 325 Despite what people think of cowboys, they take pride in how they look, and that look is important to them. Steve Kanaly


+ 357 I just believe that young people need to be able to learn how to write in their own voice. Just like a musician, you pride yourself on having your own distinct sound. Terry McMillan


+ 350 I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution. Alan Paton


+ 323 I take great pride in all the tremendous success we've enjoyed at CBS. And the good news is that I feel even more enthusiastic about what my terrific team and I will accomplish going forward. Leslie Moonves


+ 336 I've always been proud of the fact that I can hold it together and I rarely break. It's a point of pride for me. Justin Long


+ 350 Kiwis must not fall behind the standards of other countries. We pride ourselves on our quality of life. Thus we must pave the road in the right way for the future generations. Kylie Bax


+ 394 It's absurd to think of 'Pride and Prejudice,' this classic, beloved book, beset with a zombie uprising. The goal is to make you suspend your disbelief enough to allow you to get lost in the story and believe what you're reading for a while. Seth Grahame-Smith


+ 418 A lot of work and thinking goes into my DJing. I want the entire night to progress seamlessly and when I have to adapt the energy on the fly for the crowd on any given night, I can do so with harmonic mixes that I've practiced over and over again. I am far from the only DJ that does this and it's something I take pride in being able to do. Avicii


+ 392 There's a lot of pride that business owners have. It's actually really critical that pride and ownership extends to everyone in the organization. I think of everyone is in the same boat in driving the company forward. Aaron Levie


+ 433 I think any time you lose an Ashes series, especially with the hype and build-up surrounding it and the pride we have as Australians playing against England, that's always hard to take. Ricky Ponting


+ 338 Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in. Robert Jay Lifton


+ 333 I pride myself on being the type of artist who can work half in the R&B world and half in the pop world. Ne-Yo


+ 345 To be the key player in creating and scoring goals, that's what I take pride in, and the thing I know how to do best. Tiffeny Milbrett


+ 274 I take pride in everything I do. I don't want to be handed anything. I want to earn it. Evelyn Ashford


+ 347 So without that Canadian invention we were grounded. And so that was a really important and key part of the mission and Canadians should take real pride in it. Chris Hadfield


+ 403 Whether it has been supporting Corby's new free school, or fighting for the truth on the Cube overspend and land development deals, or striving to protect the East Northamptonshire countryside, in my work as the local MP I have always been struck, as I said in my maiden speech, by the pride people have in our area. Louise Mensch


+ 394 When you live in Paris, and fashion is such a point of pride for the French, it's always around and you're very much exposed to it from an early age. It was always something I knew about and really liked. Joseph Altuzarra


+ 302 Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive. Lou Brock


+ 363 I spent money, and I kept thinking, 'I get one more movie and I'll wipe these bills out,' but that movie never came. That black pride, I said, 'Man, I'm going to hang in there, I'm going to pay these bills.' So you owe a million dollars. 'I can pay that.' OK, fines, fees, now you owe two and a half million. 'But I didn't do nothin'!' Sinbad


+ 378 Some of today's athletes do not have that kind of pride. They left school at 16, have never had a job in their life and are getting Lottery funding, earning money as an athlete. Linford Christie


+ 418 I think it's great that they are getting funding, but it's just too easy. They don't have to work for it. We did it because we had pride, because we loved it. Linford Christie


+ 268 Pride in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit. John Zimmerman


+ 324 Workers must participate in progress to enjoy their work and take pride in its product. George W. Romney


+ 387 Well we have a good working relationship with Microsoft at the development level. But let's not kid ourselves, this is a company with enormous resources and talented people, and there is a certain pride that comes along with that for them and for us. John W. Thompson


+ 348 I had to produce a complete page - or two or three - in one day. I took a lot of pride in my work, and I hated to do a mediocre job. Evidently, some of the writers enjoyed my work best of all for that very reason. Joe Shuster


+ 363 I knew many Marines had done brave deeds that no one saw and for which they got no medals at all. I was having a very hard time carrying those medals and didn't have the insight or maturity to know what to do with my combination of guilt and pride. Karl Marlantes


+ 336 I have a screened in porch, and it's nice to curl up with a book outside when it's raining, especially an old battered classic like 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies.' Amanda Hocking


+ 415 I've actually performed at Gay Pride in Atlanta three times in my career. I've always had a large gay following, particularly in the lesbian community. I am grateful for that. To me, it means my music transcends categories. It also means that I'm a cute girl singing a rock song in an alto voice! Jennifer Nettles


+ 442 I had a friend write me that our music was being played at Gay Pride in New York, which is a big compliment. In the biggest city in the country with the most culture and the most grit - I love it. Jennifer Nettles


+ 280 I pride myself on having a journalistic remove. Erik Larson


+ 346 When hired three years ago, I willingly accepted the challenge of leading the Bulls back to the type of team this city richly deserves. I'm proud of the fact that each year the team has taken another step toward an NBA championship, and played with intense pride and determination. Doug Collins


+ 365 So finally, I can feel a sort of pride in all my family - Mum, Lynn, Corin, Tasha, my cousin Gemma - because, I think how wonderful that this troop of gypsies can carry on telling stories. Joely Richardson


+ 324 The old sergeant from headquarters treats me like a son and takes the greatest pride in whatever I do or write. He regularly assigns me now to certain doors, and I always obey orders like the little gentleman that I am. Richard H. Davis


+ 414 While I pride myself on trying to be creative in all areas of my life, I have occasionally gone overboard, like the time I decided to bring to a party a salad that I constructed, on a huge rattan platter, to look like a miniature scale model of the Gardens of Babylon. Gregory Maguire


+ 315 There is a pride in speaking this language. Bernard Pivot


+ 270 I take pride in having something to say, which people actually want to hear. Bibhu Mohapatra


+ 294 But all over Ohio - all over America - men and women are going back to work with the pride of building something stamped 'Made in America.' Ted Strickland


+ 399 The response to Pride has been so overwhelming. I mean, people have really loved it. And it's so rewarding because we had such a fun time making that film, and it was made with so much heart, that it's lovely that people seem to be responding in kind to that. Rosamund Pike


+ 352 I've been doing Pride and Prejudice all summer, so suddenly the chance to be holed up with a bunch of marines is quite attractive, and probably a necessary dose of male energy. Rosamund Pike


+ 347 Before seeing 'The Pride of the Yankees,' you may or may not know that the Yankees referred to are the ones who win the World Series each year. After seeing it you will find that the reference is indirect. Manny Farber


+ 362 It wasn't a class system where I was the better guy and he was the second-rate guy. That was his role and my role was to play the solos. But he took great pride in his technique as a rhythm guitarist. Wayne Kramer


+ 323 I take great pride in having been able to overcome the Asian financial crisis and seeking the opportunities available to bring about an unprecedented growth in the economy. Zhu Rongji


+ 338 Yes, free markets tend to produce unequal incomes. We should not be ashamed of that. On the contrary, our system is the envy of the world and should be a source of pride. Arthur C. Brooks


+ 351 Take a stand against intolerance and for our American values. Say it with pride: I support democracy in America. I support working people in America. I support opportunity in America. And I support Barack Obama for another four years as president of the United States of America! Richard Trumka


+ 370 But more than anything I kind of pride myself in continuing the process that we're trying to accomplish, and that's just to get better and work on my fundamentals. So that's been kind of in the theme now for a couple years and we stuck with it and that's kind of what I want to keep doing. Webb Simpson


+ 316 I've seen 'Pride and Prejudice' about 4,000 times. I'm not joking: I know every single line. Claire Foy


+ 379 I'm certainly proud to be Cuban American, and it's a fantastic opportunity for anybody - regardless of their ethnicity or nationality. It does carry a measure or pride to know where you're from and to know what your roots are. Danny Pino


+ 383 I collaborated with fellow cat lover and designer Geren Ford to create a sweater that we hope any cat parent would wear to show their kitty pride and that all animal lovers can wear in support of the ASPCA. Kellie Pickler


+ 382 We continue to fight for good jobs that pay well and jobs that last. Helping to get folks back to work is about helping them to regain their dignity and pride. That's what families care about. Jodi Rell


+ 337 This is going to sound completely absurd, but I do sometimes feel like the enjoyment of an awards ceremony or the pride in the finished article hasn't ever surpassed the joy of doing the work, of making it. The doing it is really the bit I'm there for. Chiwetel Ejiofor


+ 418 In an ideal world, nobody's work would be just about the money. People could pursue excellence in what they do, take pride in achievement, and derive meaning from knowing that their work improved the lives of others. Barry Schwartz


+ 346 A person is known by the company he keeps


+ 366 Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt. Henry Bolingbroke


+ 303 The news is the one thing the networks can point to with pride. Everything else they do is crap, and they know it. Fred W. Friendly


+ 364 The false pride of perennial celebration, of wearing flag lapel pins while betraying the values that the flag stands for, is like the self-esteem curriculum for toddlers, where everything is praised and no achievement ultimately has meaning. Anne-Marie Slaughter


+ 332 I get a wave of pride in America when I look back at what we've accomplished in the field of music. Johnny Otis


+ 312 Mavericks are nonconformists. They pride themselves on going it alone. Jacqueline Leo


+ 429 The Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord thy god, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
2. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
5. Honor thy father and thy mother.
6. Thou shalt not murder.
7. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
8. Thou shalt not steal.
9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against they neighbor.
10. Thou shalt not covet anything that belongs to thy neighbor.


+ 411 It's a matter of pride to me to get the film done fast, to get it done well. I understand the need for compromise. There is no such thing as a perfect shot, a perfect film. The purpose of film is not to make a monument to oneself. Irvin Kershner


+ 310 I feel so much pride to represent my community and be Latino. No doubt about it, above my career and sales being a Latino comes first. Daddy Yankee


+ 327 When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it. Hugh Newell Jacobsen


+ 441 There's pride on Bourbon Street for the musicians that work there. They take it very seriously. I've never worked there or played in band there, but it's a part of the city. They play for the tourists and represent a whole different side of the culture of our city. Trombone Shorty


+ 395 As a scouting department, with the confidence we have in our player development, if a guy has the potential that we think they have and the makeup and they stay healthy, we think they will be a productive Major Leaguer. We take a lot of pride in that. Roy Clark


+ 383 I've learned there's nothing wrong with being a little fussy. I used to pride myself on being low-maintenance - I wore it like a badge of honor. Becki Newton


+ 308 He took pride in belonging to the world's most exclusive club: the United States Senate. Margaret Truman


+ 347 I hate those men who would send into war youth to fight and die for them; the pride and cowardice of those old men, making their wars that boys must die. Mary Roberts Rinehart


+ 330 Attacks of divine transports are of pride and I accept the part assigned. Elizabeth Barton


+ 341 Misquotation is, in fact, the pride and privilege of the learned. A widely- read man never quotes accurately, for the rather obvious reason that he has read too widely. Hesketh Pearson


+ 401 Now the master paid a number of visits to England and, as a Cambridge man, it is a source of pride that he taught there for a longer period than elsewhere in my country. John G. D. Clark


+ 328 When I severe my connections with the A.I.A. I do so with my own self respect, as a matter of pride and I am sure within your knowledge of my character. Ralph Thomas Walker


+ 382 I really pride myself in being able to combine soft and hard characteristics. If I do a leather jacket, then it will be with a really pretty feminine blouse underneath. Bridget Kelly


+ 315 The Democratic Party is like a mule. It has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity. Ignatius Donnelly


+ 458 It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home - it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love. Margaret Truman


+ 392 Now in India, a village boy who has worked his way up to work at a call center, or if he gets a job working even as a busboy in a Taj or an Oberoi hotel, he'll put on his wedding announcement with pride, 'Busboy at the Taj' or 'Call center, Office Tiger.' Marie Brenner


+ 416 Symbolically, what the rabbis say is that at Passover, what we have to do is try to get rid of our hot air - our pride, our feeling that we are the most important people in the whole entire world and that everything should revolve round us. Jackie Tabick


+ 406 One thing I've learned, in the face of all kinds of indignities, domestic workers take so much pride in their work and love the children they care for. Ai-jen Poo


+ 451 Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbors into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being. In short, they make cities better places to live. David Binder


+ 337 This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama


+ 419 Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine. Nikola Tesla


+ 432 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane. Nikola Tesla


+ 346 Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. Nikola Tesla


+ 451 I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success... such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything. Nikola Tesla


+ 382 Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality. Nikola Tesla


+ 379 The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power. Nikola Tesla


+ 317 I don't have an alarm clock. If someone needs to wake me up, then I have my BlackBerry next to me. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 316 I like men who have a future and women who have a past. Oscar Wilde


+ 463 Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. Bruce Lee


+ 361 Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Bruce Lee


+ 327 Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee


+ 355 I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. Bruce Lee


+ 385 If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. Bruce Lee


+ 315 Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee


+ 362 Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. Bruce Lee


+ 302 If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Bruce Lee


+ 323 The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. Bruce Lee


+ 290 A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough. Bruce Lee


+ 251 As you think, so shall you become. Bruce Lee


+ 316 Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. Bruce Lee


+ 323 To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Bruce Lee


+ 306 It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. Bruce Lee


+ 300 Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against. Bruce Lee


+ 282 You don't take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams


+ 333 A good photograph is knowing where to stand. Ansel Adams


+ 332 Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. Ansel Adams


+ 315 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. Ansel Adams


+ 330 I tried to keep both arts alive, but the camera won. I found that while the camera does not express the soul, perhaps a photograph can! Ansel Adams


+ 314 A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. Ansel Adams


+ 403 Some photographers take reality... and impose the domination of their own thought and spirit. Others come before reality more tenderly and a photograph to them is an instrument of love and revelation. Ansel Adams


+ 406 The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit. Ansel Adams


+ 420 In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular... sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice. Ansel Adams


+ 381 When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without. Ansel Adams


+ 419 These people live again in print as intensely as when their images were captured on old dry plates of sixty years ago... I am walking in their alleys, standing in their rooms and sheds and workshops, looking in and out of their windows. Any they in turn seem to be aware of me. Ansel Adams


+ 270 A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne


+ 287 The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon. Jean Ingelow


+ 277 Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle


+ 341 It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle


+ 384 My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. Aristotle


+ 303 The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle


+ 338 Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Aristotle


+ 391 Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. Aristotle


+ 305 Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Aristotle


+ 299 Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. Aristotle


+ 282 Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle


+ 351 The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. Aristotle


+ 336 The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle


+ 337 The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle


+ 297 Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. Aristotle


+ 273 Hope is the dream of a waking man. Aristotle


+ 290 All men by nature desire knowledge. Aristotle


+ 368 In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds. Aristotle


+ 345 For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy. Aristotle


+ 319 It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle


+ 283 We make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle


+ 347 The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. Aristotle


+ 331 It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. Aristotle


+ 283 The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life. Aristotle


+ 341 The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life. Aristotle


+ 361 No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. Aristotle


+ 382 So heedless have we become of our own image that second-hand mobile phones now invariably come with a SIM card chock-full of discarded intimacies. Will Self


+ 332 Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle


+ 300 It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle


+ 307 We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one. Aristotle


+ 278 The gods too are fond of a joke. Aristotle


+ 368 The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life - knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live. Aristotle


+ 384 If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost. Aristotle


+ 348 In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech. Aristotle


+ 323 A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold. Aristotle


+ 335 Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves. Aristotle


+ 330 Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. Aristotle


+ 355 Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted. Aristotle


+ 360 Remember that time slurs over everything, let all deeds fade, blurs all writings and kills all memories. Except are only those which dig into the hearts of men by love. Aristotle


+ 302 If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another. Epicurus


+ 301 Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus


+ 318 I have never wished to cater to the crowd; for what I know they do not approve, and what they approve I do not know. Epicurus


+ 295 I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding. Epicurus


+ 328 Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest. Epicurus


+ 277 If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. Epicurus


+ 273 Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed. Epicurus


+ 297 The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. Epictetus


+ 310 We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus


+ 307 It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it. Epictetus


+ 270 First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. Epictetus


+ 325 If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. Epictetus


+ 275 People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. Epictetus


+ 331 Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus


+ 325 Do not seek to bring things to pass in accordance with your wishes, but wish for them as they are, and you will find them. Epictetus


+ 309 If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. Epictetus


+ 321 Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. Epictetus


+ 283 It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. Epictetus


+ 255 It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. Epictetus


+ 307 Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly. Epictetus


+ 295 The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. Epictetus


+ 247 If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. Epictetus


+ 307 Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. Epictetus


+ 267 The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going. Epictetus


+ 264 Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. Epictetus


+ 272 He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk. Epictetus


+ 270 Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character. Heraclitus


+ 286 Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses. Heraclitus


+ 261 The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it - and sometimes three. Heraclitus


+ 272 Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe. Heraclitus


+ 255 Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Heraclitus


+ 317 To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just. Heraclitus


+ 275 The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle. Heraclitus


+ 286 I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets. Heraclitus


+ 324 Lifetime is a child at play, moving pieces in a game. Kingship belongs to the child. Heraclitus


+ 264 A witticism in an airport security line is like a Swiss tap - turn it on, and you instantly find yourself in hot water. Shashi Tharoor


+ 305 Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe.


+ 288 Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks amend.


+ 317 We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. Diogenes


+ 258 As a matter of self-preservation, a man needs good friends or ardent enemies, for the former instruct him and the latter take him to task. Diogenes


+ 281 I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance. Diogenes


+ 275 What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. Diogenes


+ 283 I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Diogenes


+ 322 I have nothing to ask but that you would remove to the other side, that you may not, by intercepting the sunshine, take from me what you cannot give. Diogenes


+ 334 Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music. Diogenes


+ 304 When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man. Diogenes


+ 288 It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little. Diogenes


+ 317 Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes


+ 285 I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough. Diogenes


+ 253 I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be. Diogenes


+ 273 The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust. Diogenes


+ 296 Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. Diogenes


+ 305 Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato


+ 300 We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. Plato


+ 325 People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. Plato


+ 259 A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato


+ 428 Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. Plato


+ 294 Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato


+ 286 Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. Plato


+ 389 There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands. Plato


+ 341 Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato


+ 326 Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato


+ 352 And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato


+ 383 The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. Plato


+ 377 All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince. Plato


+ 286 Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato


+ 271 Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato


+ 302 The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato


+ 279 It takes a wise man to discover a wise man. Diogenes


+ 280 The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. Plato


+ 282 If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. Plato


+ 330 How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state? Plato


+ 270 The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato


+ 304 Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato


+ 269 Courage is a kind of salvation. Plato


+ 236 Looks like math. Feels like math.


+ 298 When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. Plato


+ 315 When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. Plato


+ 324 The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. Plato


+ 331 I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Plato


+ 271 Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato


+ 336 The curse of me and my nation is that we always think things can be bettered by immediate action of some sort, any sort rather than no sort. Plato


+ 236 Knowledge is true opinion. Plato


+ 314 Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato


+ 365 I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict. Plato


+ 298 A state arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants. Plato


+ 325 To go to the world below, having a soul which is like a vessel full of injustice, is the last and worst of all the evils. Plato


+ 254 I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. Plato


+ 282 It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other. Plato


+ 342 Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child. Plato


+ 324 Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Plato


+ 279 Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. Plato


+ 331 All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else. Plato


+ 304 We ought to fly away from earth to heaven as quickly as we can; and to fly away is to become like God, as far as this is possible; and to become like him is to become holy, just, and wise. Plato


+ 381 For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions. Plato


+ 370 If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. Socrates


+ 353 The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates


+ 329 Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind. Socrates


+ 290 As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent. Socrates


+ 307 If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. Socrates


+ 391 I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. Socrates


+ 273 To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Socrates


+ 259 I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. Socrates


+ 287 As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. Socrates


+ 275 Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates


+ 261 True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates


+ 288 I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. Socrates


+ 284 I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates


+ 399 Taj Mahal
Should guilty seek asylum here,
Like one pardoned, he becomes free from sin.
Should a sinner make his way to this mansion,
All his past sins are to be washed away.
The sight of this mansion creates sorrowing sighs;
And the sun and the moon shed tears from their eyes.
In this world this edifice has been made;
To display thereby the creator's glory.


+ 298 The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates


+ 395 By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful. For this appears to me the safest answer to give both to myself and others; and adhering to this, I think that I shall never fall, but that it is a safe answer both for me and any one else to give — that by means of beauty beautiful things become beautiful. Socrates


+ 337 Has a philosopher like you failed to discover that our country is more to be valued and higher and holier far than mother or father or any ancestor, and more to be regarded in the eyes of the gods and of men of understanding? Socrates


+ 288 As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don't know what justice is, I'll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.


+ 323 When I left him, I reasoned thus with myself: I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know.


+ 325 I realized that it was not by wisdom that poets write their poetry, but by a kind of nature or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets; for these also say many beautiful things, but do not know anything of what they say.


+ 380 I went to the artisans, for I was conscious that I knew nothing at all, as I may say, and I was sure that they knew many fine things of which I was ignorant, and in this they certainly were wiser than I was. But I observed that even the good artisans fell into the same error as the poets; because they were good workmen they thought they knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom — therefore I asked myself on behalf of the oracle, whether I would like to be as I was, neither having their knowledge nor their ignorance, or like them in both; and I made answer to myself and the oracle that I was better off as I was.


+ 447 I am called wise, for my hearers always imagine that I myself possess wisdom which I find wanting in others: but the truth is, O men of Athens, that God only is wise; and in this oracle he means to say that the wisdom of men is little or nothing... as if he said, He, O men, is the wisest, who like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing. And so I go on my way, obedient to the god, and make inquisition into anyone, whether citizen or stranger, who appears to be wise; and if he is not wise, then in vindication of the oracle I show him that he is not wise; and this occupation quite absorbs me, and I have no time to give either to any public matter of interest or to any concern of my own, but I am in utter poverty by reason of my devotion to the god.


+ 374 If somebody asks them, Why, what evil does he practice or teach? they do not know, and cannot tell; but in order that they do not appear to be at a loss, they repeat the ready-made charges which are used against all philosophers about teaching things up in the clouds and under the earth, and having no gods, and making the worse appear the better cause; for they do not like to confess that their pretense of knowledge has been detected — which is the truth...


+ 445 Now answer me this. Do you think that the same holds of horses? Do people in general improve them, whereas one particular person corrupts them or makes them worse? Or is it wholly the opposite: one particular person - or the very few who are horse trainers - is able to improve them, whereas the majority of people, if they have to do with horses and make use of them, make them worse? Isn't that true, Meletus, both of horses and of all other animals? Of course it is, whether you and Anytus say so or not. Indeed, our young people are surely in a very happy situation if only one person corrupts them, whereas all the rest benefit them.


+ 377 Either I do not corrupt them, or I corrupt them unintentionally, so that on either view of the case you lie. If my offense is unintentional, the law has no cognizance of unintentional offenses; you ought to have taken me privately, and warned and admonished me; for if I had been better advised, I should have left off doing what I only did unintentionally — no doubt I should; whereas you hated to converse with me or teach me, but you indicted me in this court, which is the place not of instruction, but of punishment.


+ 448 Someone will say: And are you not ashamed, Socrates, of a course of life which is likely to bring you to an untimely end? To him I may fairly answer: There you are mistaken: a man who is good for anything ought not to calculate the chance of living or dying; he ought only to consider whether in doing anything he is doing right or wrong — acting the part of a good man or a bad. ...For wherever a man's place is, whether the place he has chosen or that where he has been placed by a commander. there he ought to remain in the hour of danger; he should not think of death or of anything, but of disgrace.


+ 439 ...if, I say now, when, as I conceive and imagine, God orders me to fulfill the philosopher's mission of searching into myself and other men, I were to desert my post through fear of death, or any other fear; that would indeed be strange, and I might justly be arraigned in court for denying the existence of the gods... then I would be fancying that I was wise when I was not wise. For this fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being the appearance of knowing the unknown; since no one knows whether death, which they in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. ...this is the point in which, as I think, I am superior to men in general, and in which I might perhaps fancy myself wiser than other men — that whereas I know but little of the world below, I do not suppose that I know: but I do know that injustice and disobedience to a better, whether God or man, is evil and dishonorable, and I will never fear or avoid a possible good rather than a certain evil.


+ 372 And how is not this the most reprehensible ignorance, to think that one knows what one does not know? But I, O Athenians! in this, perhaps, differ from most men; and if I should say that I am in any thing wiser than another, it would be in this, that not having a competent knowledge of the things in Hades, I also think that I have not such knowledge.


+ 481 I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy, exhorting anyone whom I meet after my manner, and convincing him, saying: O my friend, why do you who are a citizen of the great and mighty and wise city of Athens, care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul, which you never regard or heed at all? Are you not ashamed of this? And if the person with whom I an arguing says: Yes, but I do care: I do not depart or let him go at once; I interrogate and examine and cross-examine him, and if I think that he has no virtue, but only says that he has, I reproach him with overvaluing the greater, and undervaluing the less. ...For this is the command of God, as I would have you know...


+ 401 I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.


+ 401 If you kill such a one as I am, you will injure yourselves more than you will injure me. Meletus and Anytus will not injure me: they cannot; for it is not in the nature of things that a bad man should injure one better than himself. I do not deny that he may, perhaps, kill him, or drive him into exile, or deprive him of civil rights; and he may imagine, and others may imagine, that he is doing him a great injury: but in that I do not agree with him; for the evil of doing what Anytus is doing — of unjustly taking away another man's life — is greater far.


+ 437 So now, Athenian men, more than on my own behalf must I defend myself, as some may think, but on your behalf, so that you may not make a mistake concerning the gift of god by condemning me. For if you kill me, you will not easily find another such person at all, even if to say in a ludicrous way, attached on the city by the god, like on a large and well-bred horse, by its size and laziness both needing arousing by some gadfly; in this way the god seems to have fastened me on the city, some such one who arousing and persuading and reproaching each one of you I do not stop the whole day settling down all over. Thus such another will not easily come to you, men, but if you believe me, you will spare me; but perhaps you might possibly be offended, like the sleeping who are awakened, striking me, believing Anytus, you might easily kill, then the rest of your lives you might continue sleeping, unless the god caring for you should send you another.


+ 403 I have had no regular disciples: but if anyone likes to come and hear me while I am pursuing my mission, whether he be young or old, he may freely come. Nor do I converse with those who pay only, and not with those who do not pay; but anyone, whether he be rich or poor, may ask and answer me and listen to my words; and whether he turns out to be a bad man or a good one, that cannot be justly laid to my charge, as I never taught him anything. And if anyone says that he has ever learned or heard anything from me in private which all the world has not heard, I should like you to know that he is speaking an untruth.


+ 387 I did not go where I could do no good to you or to myself; but where I could do the greatest good privately to everyone of you, thither I went, and sought to persuade every man among you that he must look to himself, and seek virtue and wisdom before he looks to his private interests, and look to the State before he looks to the interests of the State; and that this should be the order which he observes in all his actions. What shall be done to such a one? Doubtless some good thing.


+ 460 Someone will say: Yes, Socrates, but cannot you hold your tongue, and then you may go into a foreign city, and no one will interfere with you? Now I have great difficulty in making you understand my answer to this. For if I tell you that this would be a disobedience to a divine command, and therefore that I cannot hold my tongue, you will not believe that I am serious; and if I say that the greatest good of a man is daily to converse about virtue, and all that concerning which you hear me examining myself and others, and that the life which is unexamined is not worth living — that you are still less likely to believe.


+ 394 I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. For neither in war nor yet in law ought any man use every way of escaping death. For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death, if a man is willing to say or do anything. The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs deeper than death.


+ 398 And I prophesy to you who are my murderers, that immediately after my death punishment far heavier than you have inflicted on me will surely await you. Me you have killed because you wanted to escape the accuser, and not to give an account of your lives. But that will not be as you suppose: far otherwise. For I say that there will be more accusers of you than there are now; accusers whom hitherto I have restrained: and as they are younger they will be more severe with you, and you will be more offended at them. For if you think that by killing men you can avoid the accuser censoring your lives, you are mistaken; that is not a way of escape which is either possible or honorable; the easiest and the noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.


+ 385 Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it. Richard P. Feynman


+ 355 Wherefore, O judges, be of good cheer about death, and know that this is of a truth — that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. For which reason also, I am not angry with my accusers, or my condemners; they have done me no harm, although neither of them meant to do me any good; and for this I may gently blame them.


+ 401 When my sons are grown up, I would ask you, O my friends, to punish them; and I would have you to trouble them, as I have troubled you, if they seem to care about riches, or anything, more than about virtue; or if they pretend to be something when they are really nothing — then reprove them, as I have reproved you, for not caring about that for which they ought to care, and thinking that they are something when they are really nothing. And if you do this, I and my sons will have received justice at your hands.


+ 326 The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways — I to die and you to live. Which is the better, only God knows.


+ 374 How singular is the thing called pleasure, and how curiously related to pain, which might be thought to be the opposite of it; for they never come to a man together, and yet he who pursues either of them is generally compelled to take the other. They are two, and yet they grow together out of one head or stem...


+ 437 In the course of my life I have often had intimations in dreams "that I should make music." The same dream came to me sometimes in one form, and sometimes in another, but always saying the same or nearly the same words: Make and cultivate music, said the dream. And hitherto I imagined that this was only intended to exhort and encourage me in the study of philosophy, which has always been the pursuit of my life, and is the noblest and best of music.


+ 386 There is a doctrine uttered in secret that a man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door to his prison and run away; this is a great mystery which I do not understand. Yet I too, believe that the gods are our guardians, and that we are a possession of theirs. ...And if one of your possessions, an ox or an ass, for example took the liberty of putting himself out of the way when you had given no intimation of your wish that he should die, would you not be angry with him, and would you not punish him if you could? ...Then there may be reason in saying that a man should wait, and not take his own life until God summons him, as he is now summoning me.


+ 399 The true disciple of philosophy is likely to be misunderstood by other men; they do not perceive that he is ever pursuing death and dying; and if this is true, why, having had the desire of death all his life long, should he repine at that which he has always been pursuing and desiring?


+ 421 In this present life, I reckon that we make the nearest approach to knowledge when we have the least possible concern or interest in the body, and are not saturated with the bodily nature, but remain pure until the hour when God himself is pleased to release us. And then the foolishness of the body will be cleared away and we shall be pure and hold converse with othe pure souls, and know of ourselves the clear light everywhere; and this is surely the light of truth. For no impure thing is allowed to approach the pure. These are the sort of words, Simmias, which the true lovers of wisdom cannot help saying to one another, and thinking.


+ 388 The exchange of one fear or pleasure or pain for another fear or pleasure or pain, which are measured like coins, the greater with the less, is not the exchange of virtue. O, my dear Simmias, is there not one true coin, for which all things ought to exchange?--and that is wisdom; and only in exchange for this, and in company with this, is anything truly bought or sold, whether courage or temperance or justice. ...in the true exchange, there is a purging away of all these things, and temperance, and justice, and courage, and wisdom herself are a purgation of them.


+ 344 If generation were in a straight line only, and there were no compensation or circle in nature, no turn or return into one another, then you know that all things would at last have the same form and pass into the same state, and there would be no more generation of them.


+ 426 Now the compound or composite may be supposed to be naturally capable of being dissolved in like manner as being compounded; but that which is uncompounded, and that only, must be, if anything is, indissoluble. ...And the uncompounded may be assumed to be the same and unchanging, where the compound is always changing and never the same? ...Is that idea or essence, which in the dialectical process we define as essence of true existence--whether essence of equality, beauty, or anything else: are these essences, I say, liable at times to some degree of change? or are they each of them always what they are, having the same simple, self-existent and unchanging forms, and not admitting of variation at all, or in any way, or at any time?


+ 389 When the feeling of pleasure or pain in the soul is most intense, all of us naturally suppose that the object of this intense feeling is then plainest and truest; but this is not the case. ...because each pleasure and pain is a sort of nail which nails and rivets the soul to the body, and engrosses her and makes her believe that to be true which the body affirms to be true; and from agreeing with the body and having the same delights she is obliged to have the same habits and ways, and is not likely ever to be pure at her departure to the world below, but is always saturated with the body; so that she soon [after death] sinks into another body and there germinates and grows, and has therefore no part in the communion of the divine and pure and simple.


+ 469 And this, Cebes, is the reason why the true lovers of knowledge are temperate and brave; and not for the reason that the world gives. For not in that way does the soul of a philosopher reason. ...Never fear, Simmias and Cebes, that a soul which has been thus nurtured and has had these pursuits, will at her departure from the body be scattered and blown away by the winds and be nowhere and nothing.


+ 374 Let us... be careful of admitting into our souls the notion that there is no truth or health or soundness in any arguments at all; but let us rather say that there is as yet no health in us, and that we must quit ourselves like men and do our best to gain health--you and all other men with a view to the whole of your future life, and I myself with a view to death.


+ 460 When I was young, Cebes, I had a prodigious desire to know the department of philosophy which is called Natural Science; this appeared to me to have lofty aims, as being the science which has to do with the causes of things, and which teaches why a thing is, and is created and destroyed; and I always agitated myself with the consideration of such questions as these... I went on to examine the decay of them, and then to the study of the heaven and earth, and at last I concluded that I was wholly incapable of these inquiries... There was a time when I thought that I understood the meaning of greater and less pretty well... that ten is more than eight, and that two cubits are more than one, because two is twice one. I should be far from imagining... that I knew the cause of any of them, indeed I should, for I cannot satisfy myself that when one is added to one, the one to which the addition is made becomes two... nor can I understand how the division of one is the way to make two; for then a different cause would produce the same effect.


+ 342 Then I heard someone who had a book of Anaxagoras, as he said, out of which he read that the mind was the disposer and cause of all... and I said to myself: If mind is the disposer, mind will dispose all for the best, and put each particular in the best place; and I argued that if anyone desired to find out the cause of the generation or destruction of anything, he must find out what state of being or suffering or doing was best for that thing, and therefore a man had only consider the best for himself and others, and then he would also know the worse, for that the same science comprised both.


+ 420 And I rejoiced to think that I has found in Anaxagoras a teacher of the causes of existence such as I desired, and I imagined that he would tell me first whether the earth is flat or round; and then he would further explain that this position was the best, and I should be satisfied... and not want any other sort of cause. And I thought that I would then go and ask him about the sun and moon and stars, and he would explain to me their comparative swiftness, and their returnings and various states, and how their several affections, active and passive, were all for the best. For I could not imagine that when he spoke of mind as the disposer of them, he would give any other account of their being as they are, except that this was best; and I thought when he had explained to me in detail the cause of each and the cause of all, he would go on to explain to me what was best for me and what was best for all. ...I seized the books and read them as fast as I could in my eagerness to know the better and the worse.


+ 408 It may be said, indeed, that without bones and muscles and the other parts of the body I cannot execute my purposes. But to say that I do as I do because of them, and that this is the way in which the mind acts, and not from the choice of the best, is a very careless and idle mode of speaking. I wonder that they cannot distinguish the cause from the condition, which the many, feeling about in the dark, are always mistaking and misnaming.


+ 424 And thus one man makes a vortex all round and steadies the earth by the heaven; another gives the air as support for the earth, which is sort of a broad trough. Any power which in disposing them as they are disposes them for the best never enters into their minds, not do they imagine that there is any superhuman strength in that; they rather expect to find another Atlas of the world who is stronger and more everlasting and more containing than the good is, and are clearly of the opinion that the obligatory and containing power of the good is as nothing; and yet this is the principle which I would fain learn if anyone would teach me. But as I have failed either to discover myself or to learn of anyone else, the nature of the best, I will exhibit to you, if you like, what I have found to be the second best mode of inquiring into the cause.


+ 471 I thought that as I had failed in the contemplation of true existence, I ought to be careful that I did not lose the eye of my soul; as people may injure their bodily eye by observing and gazing on the sun during an eclipse, unless they take the precaution of looking at the image reflected in the water, or in some similar medium. ...I was afraid that my soul might be blinded altogether if I looked at things with my eyes or tried by the help of my senses to apprehend them. And I thought that I had better had recourse to ideas, and seek in them truth in existence. I dare to say that the simile is not perfect--for I am far from admitting that he who contemplates existence through the medium of ideas, sees them only "through a glass darkly," any more than he who sees them in their working and effects.


+ 394 If death had only been the end of all, the wicked would have had a good bargain in dying, for they would have been happily quit not only of their body, but of their own evil together with their souls. But now, as the soul plainly appears to be immortal, there is no release or salvation from evil except the attainment of the highest virtue and wisdom. For the soul when on her progress to the world below takes nothing with her but nurture and education...


+ 398 For after death, as they say, the genius of each individual, to whom he belonged in life, leads him to a certain place in which the dead are gathered together for judgment, whence they go into the world below, following the guide who is appointed to conduct them from this world to the other; and when they have there received their due and remained their time, another guide brings them back again after many revolutions of ages.


+ 463 [In the world below...] those who appear to have lived neither well not ill, go to the river Acheron, and mount such conveyances as they can get, and are carried in them to the lake, and there they dwell and are purified of their evil deeds, and suffer the penalty of the wrongs which they have done to others, and are absolved, and receive the rewards of their good deeds according to their deserts. But those who appear to be incurable by reason of the greatness of their crimes--who have committed many and terrible deeds of sacrilege, murders foul and violent, or the like--such are hurled into Tartarus, which is their suitable destiny, and they never come out. Those again who have committed crimes, which, although great, are not unpardonable--who in moment of anger, for example, have done violence to a father or a mother, and have repented for the remainder of their lives, or who have taken the life of another under like extenuating circumstances--these are plunged into Tartarus, the pains of which they are compelled to undergo for a year, but at the end of the year the wave casts them forth--mere homicides by way of Cocytus, patricides and matricides by Pyriphlegethon--and they are borne to the Acherusian Lake, and here they lift up their voices and call upon the victims whom they have slain or wronged, to have pity on them, and to receive them, and to let them come out of the river into the lake. And if they prevail, then they come forth and cease from their troubles; but if not, they are carried back again into Tartarus and from thence into the rivers unceasingly, until they obtain mercy from those whom they have wronged: for this is the sentence inflicted upon them by their judges.


+ 360 Those also who are remarkable for having led holy lives are released from this earthly prison, and go to their pure home which is above, and dwell in the purer earth; and those who have duly purified themselves with philosophy live henceforth altogether without the body, in mansions fairer far than these...


+ 355 I would not have him sorrow at my hard lot, or say at the burial, Thus we lay out Socrates, or, Thus we follow him to the grave or bury him; for false words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Be of good cheer then, my good Crito, and say that you are burying my body only, and do with that as is usual, and as you think best.


+ 481 What do you say about making a libation out of this cup to any god? ...I may and I must pray to the gods to prosper my journey from this to that other world--may this, then, which is my prayer, be granted to me. [Then holding the cup to his lips, quite readily and cheerfully he drank off the poison. And hitherto most of us had been able to control their sorrow; but now, when we saw him drinking, and saw too, that he had finished the draft, we could no longer forbear, and in spite of myself my own tears were flowing fast; so that I covered my face and wept over myself, for certainly I was not weeping over him, but at my own calamity at having lost such a companion. Nor was I the first, for Crito, when he found himself unable to restrain his tears, had got up, and moved away, and I followed; and at that moment, Apollodorus, who had been weeping all the time, broke out in a loud cry which made cowards of us all. Socrates alone retained his calmness:] What is this strange outcry? ...I sent away the women mainly in order that they might not offend in this way, for I have heard that a man should die in peace. Be quiet then, and have patience.


+ 270 Crito, Crito, we owe a cock to Aesculapius. Pay it and do not neglect it.


+ 303 You will know that the divine is so great and of such a nature that it sees and hears everything at once, is present everywhere, and is concerned with everything.


+ 357 Really, Ischomachus, I am disposed to ask: "Does teaching consist in putting questions?" Indeed, the secret of your system has just this instant dawned upon me. I seem to see the principle in which you put your questions. You lead me through the field of my own knowledge, and then by pointing out analogies to what I know, persuade me that I really know some things which hitherto, as I believed, I had no knowledge of.


+ 238 I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.


+ 288 Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.


+ 268 I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.


+ 267 There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.


+ 228 Know thyself.


+ 294 Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.


+ 410 This man here is so bizarre, his ways so unusual, that, search as you might, you'll never find anyone else, alive or dead, who's even remotely like him. The best you do is not to compare him to anything human, but liken him, as I do, to Silenus and the satyrs, and the same goes for his ideas and arguments.


+ 472 And so, from this day forth, we want all the more to let our thoughts revolve around and hover over Socrates and Christ at all times, openly taking pride that they are more alive for us than all those living today and that we listen to and love them as we do none of the living.


+ 355 Socrates and Christ speak to us everlastingly of mankind. ... It belongs to the great, to the greatest men to say how things are with mankind, how they stand in its innerness and which way it is going; it belongs to Socrates and Christ. These absolutely extraordinary, eternally alive people penetrate to the groundless depth of human nature and understand the speech of ordinary people, of those who are scarcely alive from one day to the next.


+ 299 It was the first and most striking characteristic of Socrates never to become heated in discourse, never to utter an injurious or insulting word—on the contrary, he persistently bore insult from others and thus put an end to the fray.


+ 351 Seemeth it nothing to you, never to accuse, never to blame either God or Man? to wear ever the same countenance in going forth as in coming in? This was the secret of Socrates: yet he never said that he knew or taught anything... Who amongst you makes this his aim? Were it indeed so, you would gladly endure sickness, hunger, aye, death itself.


+ 314 May all your cherished dreams come true and your life be always as bright as the brightest star in the sky!


+ 314 It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied; better to be Socrates dissatisfied than a fool satisfied. And if the fool, or the pig, are of a different opinion, it is because they only know their own side of the question. The other party to the comparison knows both sides.


+ 341 Political leaders are never leaders. For leaders we have to look to the Awakeners! Lao Tse, Buddha, Socrates, Jesus, Milarepa, Gurdjiev, Krishnamurti. Henry Miller


+ 390 There is nothing more remarkable in the life of Socrates than that he found time in his old age to learn to dance and play on instruments, and thought it was time well spent.


+ 337 Socrates ... is the first philosopher of life [Lebensphilosoph], … Thinking serves life, while among all previous philosophers life had served thought and knowledge. ... Thus Socratic philosophy is absolutely practical: it is hostile to all knowledge unconnected to ethical implications.


+ 380 The wisest of you men is he who has realized, like Socrates, that in respect of wisdom he is really worthless.


+ 380 Not all who wander are lost. Tolkien


+ 461 We are told that Socrates, though indifferent to wine, could, on occasion, drink more than anybody else, without ever becoming intoxicated. It was not drinking that he condemned, but pleasure in drinking. In like manner, the philosopher must not care for the pleasures of love, or for costly raiment, or sandals, or other adornments of the person. He must be entirely concerned with the soul, and not with the body: "He would like, as far as he can, to get away from the body and to turn to the soul."


+ 468 The Platonic Socrates was a pattern to subsequent philosophers for many ages... His merits are obvious. He is indifferent to worldly success, so devoid of fear that he remains calm and urbane and humorous to the last moment, caring more for what he believes to be the truth than for anything else whatever. He has, however, some very grave defects. He is dishonest and sophistical in argument, and in his private thinking he uses intellect to prove conclusions that are to him agreeable, rather than in a disinterested search for knowledge. There is something smug and unctuous about him, which reminds one of a bad type of cleric. His courage in the face of death would have been more remarkable if he had not believed that he was going to enjoy eternal bliss in the company of the gods. Unlike some of his predecessors, he was not scientific in his thinking, but was determined to prove the universe agreeable to his ethical standards. This is treachery to truth, and the worst of philosophic sins. As a man, we may believe him admitted to the communion of saints; but as a philosopher he needs a long residence in a scientific purgatory.


+ 356 Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet is given free access to the sum of all human knowledge. That's what we're doing. Jimmy Wales


+ 320 Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama


+ 288 This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama


+ 292 Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day. Dalai Lama


+ 332 There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama


+ 319 I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. Dalai Lama


+ 239 My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama


+ 295 We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama


+ 268 A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. Dalai Lama


+ 333 The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk. Dalai Lama


+ 315 Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion. Dalai Lama


+ 271 Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain. Dalai Lama


+ 310 Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open. Dalai Lama


+ 244 World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity. Dalai Lama


+ 346 Out of 7 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful. Dalai Lama


+ 265 I think governments can't do much. Dalai Lama


+ 226 Computers make me totally blank out. Dalai Lama


+ 385 Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. George Washington


+ 342 Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude. George Washington


+ 326 If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington


+ 267 Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington


+ 340 Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington


+ 360 True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity, before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington


+ 312 If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War. George Washington


+ 321 The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it. George Washington


+ 244 The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. George Washington


+ 289 We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. George Washington


+ 313 Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. George Washington


+ 329 Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. George Washington


+ 312 My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. George Washington


+ 202 Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington


+ 359 I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. George Washington


+ 366 Bad seed is a robbery of the worst kind: for your pocket-book not only suffers by it, but your preparations are lost and a season passes away unimproved. George Washington


+ 357 There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. George Washington


+ 353 Religion is as necessary to reason as reason is to religion. The one cannot exist without the other. A reasoning being would lose his reason, in attempting to account for the great phenomena of nature, had he not a Supreme Being to refer to; and well has it been said, that if there had been no God, mankind would have been obliged to imagine one. George Washington


+ 328 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


+ 355 Now to what higher object, to what greater Character, can any Mortal aspire, than to be possessed of all this Knowledge, well digested, and ready at Command, to assist the feeble and Friendless, to discountenance the haughty and lawless, to procure Redress of Wrongs, the Advancement of Right, to assert and maintain Liberty and Virtue, to discourage and abolish Tyranny and Vice? John Adams


+ 383 Now to what higher object, to what greater Character, can any Mortal aspire, than to be possessed of all this Knowledge, well digested, and ready at Command, to assist the feeble and Friendless, to discountenance the haughty and lawless, to procure Redress of Wrongs, the Advancement of Right, to assert and maintain Liberty and Virtue, to discourage and abolish Tyranny and Vice? John Adams


+ 291 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


+ 332 An intimate Knowledge therefore of the intellectual and moral World is the sole foundation on which a stable structure of Knowledge can be erected. John Adams


+ 329 Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws. John Adams


+ 331 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


+ 318 Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams


+ 291 Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak. John Adams


+ 304 The right of a nation to kill a tyrant in case of necessity can no more be doubted than to hang a robber, or kill a flea. John Adams


+ 345 Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. John Adams


+ 407 I always consider the settlement of America with reverence and wonder, as the opening of a grand scene and design in providence, for the illumination of the ignorant and the emancipation of the slavish part of mankind all over the earth. John Adams


+ 307 Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. John Adams


+ 355 When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more. John Adams


+ 272 Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty. John Adams


+ 383 A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man. John Adams


+ 347 Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell. John Adams


+ 294 If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy. Thomas Jefferson


+ 333 Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. Thomas Jefferson


+ 308 Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson


+ 326 A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities. Thomas Jefferson


+ 273 I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson


+ 358 A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks. Thomas Jefferson


+ 408 But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine. Thomas Jefferson


+ 260 In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson


+ 332 Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor. Thomas Jefferson


+ 287 He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. Thomas Jefferson


+ 305 I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson


+ 248 When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. Thomas Jefferson


+ 261 Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 323 Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state. Thomas Jefferson


+ 314 None but an armed nation can dispense with a standing army. To keep ours armed and disciplined is therefore at all times important. Thomas Jefferson


+ 268 The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind. Thomas Jefferson


+ 321 If the present Congress errs in too much talking, how can it be otherwise in a body to which the people send one hundred and fifty lawyers, whose trade it is to question everything, yield nothing, and talk by the hour? Thomas Jefferson


+ 278 The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. Thomas Jefferson


+ 286 Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Thomas Jefferson


+ 306 As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also. Thomas Jefferson


+ 217 He who knows best knows how little he knows. Thomas Jefferson


+ 349 Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence. Thomas Jefferson


+ 339 Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. Thomas Jefferson


+ 317 Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 246 I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson


+ 314 I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. Thomas Jefferson


+ 261 I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. Thomas Jefferson


+ 251 Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. Thomas Jefferson


+ 284 I am mortified to be told that, in the United States of America, the sale of a book can become a subject of inquiry, and of criminal inquiry too. Thomas Jefferson


+ 310 There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world. Thomas Jefferson


+ 295 To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education. Thomas Jefferson


+ 325 Mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. Thomas Jefferson


+ 305 The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them. Thomas Jefferson


+ 304 Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. Thomas Jefferson


+ 294 I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 369 It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good. Thomas Jefferson


+ 300 Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival. Thomas Jefferson


+ 312 Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. Thomas Jefferson


+ 311 I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary. Thomas Jefferson


+ 333 By 2020, most home computers will have the computing power of a human brain. That doesn't mean that they are brains, but it means that in terms of raw processing, they can process bits as fast as a brain can. So the question is, how far behind that is the development of a machine that's as smart as we are? Seth Shostak


+ 291 The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism. Thomas Jefferson


+ 292 The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world. Thomas Jefferson


+ 330 I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way. Thomas Jefferson


+ 344 Sometimes it is said that man cannot be trusted with the government of himself. Can he, then be trusted with the government of others? Or have we found angels in the form of kings to govern him? Let history answer this question. Thomas Jefferson


+ 336 I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion. Thomas Jefferson


+ 374 It is our duty still to endeavor to avoid war; but if it shall actually take place, no matter by whom brought on, we must defend ourselves. If our house be on fire, without inquiring whether it was fired from within or without, we must try to extinguish it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 341 A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. Thomas Jefferson


+ 418 Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital. Thomas Jefferson


+ 360 In defense of our persons and properties under actual violation, we took up arms. When that violence shall be removed, when hostilities shall cease on the part of the aggressors, hostilities shall cease on our part also. Thomas Jefferson


+ 307 I am an Epicurean. I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus as containing everything rational in moral philosophy which Greek and Roman leave to us. Thomas Jefferson


+ 344 The Creator has not thought proper to mark those in the forehead who are of stuff to make good generals. We are first, therefore, to seek them blindfold, and then let them learn the trade at the expense of great losses. Thomas Jefferson


+ 266 A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. Benjamin Franklin


+ 273 A good conscience is a continual Christmas. Benjamin Franklin


+ 342 If we are to take for the criterion of truth the majority of suffrages, they ought to be gotten from those philosophic and patriotic citizens who cultivate their reason. James Madison


+ 367 Despotism can only exist in darkness, and there are too many lights now in the political firmament to permit it to remain anywhere, as it has heretofore done, almost everywhere. James Madison


+ 343 What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in any new branch of commerce when he knows not that his plans may be rendered unlawful before they can be executed? James Madison


+ 349 War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason. James Madison


+ 369 The life of the child Jesus, with fanciful, and sometimes malevolent, supernatural events, comparable to the trickster nature of the god-child in many a Greek myth. One of the episodes involves Jesus making clay birds, which he then proceeds to bring to life, an act also attributed to Jesus in Quran 5:110, although Jesus's age at the time of the event is not specified in the Quran. In another episode, a child disperses water that Jesus has collected. Jesus, aged one, then curses him, which causes the child's body to wither into a corpse. Another child dies when Jesus curses him when he apparently accidentally bumps into Jesus, throws a stone at Jesus, or punches Jesus. When Joseph and Mary's neighbors complain, they are miraculously struck blind by Jesus. Jesus then starts receiving lessons, but arrogantly tries to teach the teacher instead, upsetting the teacher who suspects supernatural origins. Jesus is amused by this suspicion, which he confirms, and revokes all his earlier apparent cruelty. Subsequently he resurrects a friend who is killed when he falls from a roof, and heals another who cuts his foot with an axe. After various other demonstrations of supernatural ability, new teachers try to teach Jesus, but he proceeds to explain the law to them instead. There is another set of miracles in which Jesus heals his brother who is bitten by a snake, and two others who have died from different causes. Finally, the text recounts the episode in Luke in which Jesus, aged twelve, teaches in the temple.


+ 308 War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason. James Madison


+ 264 Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.


+ 341 The capacity of the female mind for studies of the highest order cannot be doubted, having been sufficiently illustrated by its works of genius, of erudition, and of science. James Madison


+ 341 The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James Madison


+ 300 Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect. James Madison


+ 346 We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. James Madison


+ 303 Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic. James Madison


+ 330 The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries. James Madison


+ 356 Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government. James Madison


+ 322 Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. James Madison


+ 303 Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives. James Madison


+ 255 In the wars of the European powers in matters relating to themselves we have never taken any part, nor does it comport with our policy so to do. James Monroe


+ 429 We owe it, therefore, to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety. With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European power we have not interfered and shall not interfere. But with the Governments who have declared their independence and maintain it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States. James Monroe


+ 294 Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. Andrew Jackson


+ 295 Be good children, and we shall all meet in Heaven... I want to meet you all, white and black, in Heaven. Andrew Jackson


+ 363 There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. Andrew Jackson


+ 301 The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Andrew Jackson


+ 361 I am constrained to decline the designation of any period or mode as proper for the public manifestation of this reliance. I could not do otherwise without transcending the limits prescribed by the Constitution for the President and without feeling that I might in some degree disturb the security which religion nowadays enjoys in this country in its complete separation from the political concerns of the General Government. Andrew Jackson


+ 368 Hemans gallows ought to be the fate of all such ambitious men who would involve their country in civil wars, and all the evils in its train that they might reign & ride on its whirlwinds & direct the Storm — The free people of these United States have spoken, and consigned these wicked demagogues to their proper doom. Andrew Jackson


+ 280 Our Federal Union! It must be preserved! Andrew Jackson


+ 345 Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there. Andrew Jackson


+ 348 Oh, do not cry. Be good children, and we shall all meet in Heaven … I want to meet you all, white and black, in Heaven. Andrew Jackson


+ 328 It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word. Andrew Jackson


+ 306 Eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty. Andrew Jackson


+ 282 You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out and, by the Eternal, I will rout you out! Andrew Jackson


+ 365 There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. Andrew Jackson


+ 298 Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. Andrew Jackson


+ 345 As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending. Andrew Jackson


+ 324 I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way, but I am not fit to be President. Andrew Jackson


+ 272 The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger. Andrew Jackson


+ 298 Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. Andrew Jackson


+ 433 It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes. Distinctions in society will always exist under every just government. Equality of talents, of education, or of wealth can not be produced by human institutions. In the full enjoyment of the gifts of Heaven and the fruits of superior industry, economy, and virtue, every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add to these natural and just advantages artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society — the farmers, mechanics, and laborers — who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government. There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and the low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing. Andrew Jackson


+ 413 It is maintained by some that the bank is a means of executing the constitutional power “to coin money and regulate the value thereof.” Congress have established a mint to coin money and passed laws to regulate the value thereof. The money so coined, with its value so regulated, and such foreign coins as Congress may adopt are the only currency known to the Constitution. But if they have other power to regulate the currency, it was conferred to be exercised by themselves, and not to be transferred to a corporation. If the bank be established for that purpose, with a charter unalterable without its consent, Congress have parted with their power for a term of years, during which the Constitution is a dead letter. It is neither necessary nor proper to transfer its legislative power to such a bank, and therefore unconstitutional. Andrew Jackson


+ 259 The bank, Mr. Van Buren, is trying to kill me, but I will kill it. Andrew Jackson


+ 359 As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience, and of the press, it will be worth defending. Andrew Jackson


+ 285 Desperate courage makes One a majority. Andrew Jackson


+ 291 The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger. Andrew Jackson


+ 399 Do they think that I am such a damned fool as to think myself fit for President of the United States? No, sir; I know what I am fit for. I can command a body of men in a rough way, but I am not fit to be President. Andrew Jackson


+ 335 The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. Andrew Jackson


+ 294 Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more. William Henry Harrison


+ 382 I can never consent to being dictated to as to what I shall or shall not do. I, as President, shall be responsible for my administration. I hope to have your hearty co-operation in carrying out its measures. So long as you see fit to do this, I shall be glad to have you with me. When you think otherwise, your resignations will be accepted. John Tyler


+ 373 In 1840 I was called from my farm to undertake the administration of public affairs and I foresaw that I was called to a bed of thorns. I now leave that bed which has afforded me little rest, and eagerly seek repose in the quiet enjoyments of rural life. John Tyler


+ 327 Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family. James K. Polk


+ 367 By the theory of our Government majorities rule, but this right is not an arbitrary or unlimited one. It is a right to be exercised in subordination to the Constitution and in conformity to it. One great object of the Constitution was to restrain majorities from oppressing minorities or encroaching upon their just rights. Minorities have a right to appeal to the Constitution as a shield against such oppression. James K. Polk


+ 309 Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our Government. James K. Polk


+ 237 The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government. James K. Polk


+ 411 Although in our country the Chief Magistrate must almost of necessity be chosen by a party and stand pledged to its principles and measures, yet in his official action he should not be the President of a part only, but of the whole people of the United States. While he executes the laws with an impartial hand, shrinks from no proper responsibility, and faithfully carries out in the executive department of the Government the principles and policy of those who have chosen him, he should not be unmindful that our fellow-citizens who have differed with him in opinion are entitled to the full and free exercise of their opinions and judgments, and that the rights of all are entitled to respect and regard. James K. Polk


+ 341 It becomes us, in humility, to make our devout acknowledgments to the Supreme Ruler of the Universe, for the inestimable civil and religious blessings with which we are favored. James K. Polk


+ 345 The passion for office among members of Congress is very great, if not absolutely disreputable, and greatly embarrasses the operations of the government. They create offices by their own votes and then seek to fill them themselves. James K. Polk


+ 316 Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state. James K. Polk


+ 308 There is more selfishness and less principle among members of Congress, as well as others, than I had any conception [of], before I became President of the U.S. James K. Polk


+ 282 With me it is emphatically true that the presidency is "no bed of roses." James K. Polk


+ 433 Under the benignant providence of Almighty God the representatives of the States and of the people are again brought together to deliberate for the public good. The gratitude of the nation to the sovereign arbiter of all human events should be commensurate with the boundless blessings which we enjoy. Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders, and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world. James K. Polk


+ 343 No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure. If he entrusts the details and smaller matters to subordinates constant errors will occur. I prefer to supervise the whole operations of the government myself rather than entrust the public business to subordinates, and this makes my duties very great. James K. Polk


+ 312 I am heartily rejoiced that my term is so near its close. I will soon cease to be a servant and will become a sovereign. James K. Polk


+ 324 I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you. James K. Polk


+ 331 In conclusion I congratulate you, my fellow-citizens, upon the high state of prosperity to which the goodness of Divine Providence has conducted our common country. Let us invoke a continuance of the same protecting care which has led us from small beginnings to the eminence we this day occupy. Zachary Taylor


+ 381 It is not strange, however much it may be regretted, that such an exuberance of enterprise should cause some individuals to mistake change for progress and the invasion of the rights of others for national prowess and glory. Millard Fillmore


+ 543 I do not believe that our friends at the South have any just idea of the state of feeling, hurrying at this moment to a pitch of intense exasperation, between those who respect their political obligations, and those who apparently have no impelling power but that which a fanatical position on the subject of domestic Slavery imparts. Without discussing the question of right — of abstract power to secede — I have never believed that actual disruption of the Union can occur without blood; and if, through the madness of Northern Abolitionists, that dire calamity must come, the fighting will not be along Mason's and Dixon's line merely. It will be within our own borders, in our own streets, between the two classes of citizens to whom I have referred. Franklin Pierce


+ 281 I never justify, sustain, or in any way or to any extent uphold this cruel, heartless, aimless unnecessary war. Franklin Pierce


+ 417 Do we not all know that the cause of our casualties is the vicious intermeddling of too many of the citizens of the Northern States with the constitutional rights of the Southern States, cooperating with the discontents of the people of those states? Do we not know that the disregard of the Constitution, and of the security that it affords to the rights of States and of individuals, has been the cause of the calamity which our country is called to undergo? And now, war! war, in its direst shape — war, such as it makes the blood run cold to read of in the history of other nations and of other times — war, on a scale of a million of men in arms — war, horrid as that of barbaric ages, rages in several of the States of the Union, as its more immediate field, and casts the lurid shadow of its death and lamentation athwart the whole expanse, and into every nook and corner of our vast domain. Franklin Pierce


+ 324 I speak of the war as fruitless; for it is clear that, prosecuted upon the basis of the proclamations of September 22d and September 24th, 1862, prosecuted, as I must understand these proclamations, to say nothing of the kindred blood which has followed, upon the theory of emancipation, devastation, subjugation, it cannot fail to be fruitless in every thing except the harvest of woe which it is ripening for what was once the peerless republic. Franklin Pierce


+ 260 You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me by your strength. Franklin Pierce


+ 281 A Republic without parties is a complete anomaly. The history of all popular govemments shows how absurd is the idea of their attempting to exist without parties. Franklin Pierce


+ 256 Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion. Franklin Pierce


+ 324 I believe that involuntary servitude, as it exists in different States of this Confederacy, is recognized by the Constitution. I believe that it stands like any other admitted right, and that the States where it exists are entitled to efficient remedies to enforce the constitutional provisions. Franklin Pierce


+ 285 I wish I could indulge higher hope for the future of our country, but the aspect of any vision is fearfully dark and I cannot make it otherwise. Franklin Pierce


+ 261 Remember that time is money. Franklin Pierce


+ 344 The stars upon your banner have become nearly threefold their original number; your densely populated possessions skirt the shores of the two great oceans. Franklin Pierce


+ 309 The dangers of a concentration of all power in the general government of a confederacy so vast as ours are too obvious to be disregarded. Franklin Pierce


+ 268 The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution. Franklin Pierce


+ 332 We have nothing in our history or position to invite aggression; we have everything to beckon us to the cultivation of relations of peace and amity with all nations. Franklin Pierce


+ 308 With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined. Franklin Pierce


+ 298 Liberty must be allowed to work out its natural results; and these will, ere long, astonish the world. James Buchanan


+ 341 I have now come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason; I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me. Abraham Lincoln


+ 330 Broken by it, I, too, may be; bow to it I never will. The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me. Abraham Lincoln


+ 554 We find ourselves under the government of a system of political institutions, conducing more essentially to the ends of civil and religious liberty, than any of which the history of former times tells us. We, when mounting the stage of existence, found ourselves the legal inheritors of these fundamental blessings. We toiled not in the acquirement or establishment of them; they are a legacy bequeathed us by a once hardy, brave, and patriotic, but now lamented and departed, race of ancestors. Theirs was the task and nobly they performed it to possess themselves, and through themselves us, of this goodly land, and to uprear upon its hills and its valleys a political edifice of liberty and equal rights; 'tis ours only to transmit these—the former unprofaned by the foot of an invader, the latter undecayed by the lapse of time and untorn by usurpation—to the latest generation that fate shall permit the world to know. This task gratitude to our fathers, justice to ourselves, duty to posterity, and love for our species in general, all imperatively require us faithfully to perform. Abraham Lincoln


+ 548 Accounts of outrages committed by mobs form the every-day news of the times. They have pervaded the country from New England to Louisiana, they are neither peculiar to the eternal snows of the former nor the burning suns of the latter; they are not the creature of climate, neither are they confined to the slaveholding or the non-slaveholding States. Alike they spring up among the pleasure-hunting masters of Southern slaves, and the order-loving citizens of the land of steady habits. Whatever then their cause may be, it is common to the whole country. [...] Such are the effects of mob law, and such are the scenes becoming more and more frequent in this land so lately famed for love of law and order, and the stories of which have even now grown too familiar to attract anything more than an idle remark. But you are perhaps ready to ask, "What has this to do with the perpetuation of our political institutions?" I answer, "It has much to do with it." Its direct consequences are, comparatively speaking, but a small evil, and much of its danger consists in the proneness of our minds to regard its direct as its only consequences. Abraham Lincoln


+ 460 When men take it in their heads to-day, to hang gamblers, or burn murderers, they should recollect, that, in the confusion usually attending such transactions, they will be as likely to hang or burn some one who is neither a gambler nor a murderer as one who is; and that, acting upon the example they set, the mob of to-morrow, may, and probably will, hang or burn some of them by the very same mistake. And not only so; the innocent, those who have ever set their faces against violations of law in every shape, alike with the guilty, fall victims to the ravages of mob law; and thus it goes on, step by step, till all the walls erected for the defense of the persons and property of individuals, are trodden down, and disregarded. Abraham Lincoln


+ 393 But all this even, is not the full extent of the evil. — By such examples, by instances of the perpetrators of such acts going unpunished, the lawless in spirit, are encouraged to become lawless in practice; and having been used to no restraint, but dread of punishment, they thus become, absolutely unrestrained. — Having ever regarded Government as their deadliest bane, they make a jubilee of the suspension of its operations; and pray for nothing so much, as its total annihilation. While, on the other hand, good men, men who love tranquillity, who desire to abide by the laws and enjoy their benefits, who would gladly spill their blood in the defense of their country, seeing their property destroyed, their families insulted, and their lives endangered, their persons injured, and seeing nothing in prospect that forebodes a change for the better, become tired of and disgusted with a government that offers them no protection, and are not much averse to a change in which they imagine they have nothing to lose. Thus, then, by the operation of this mobocratic spirit which all must admit is now abroad in the land, the strongest bulwark of any government, and particularly of those constituted like ours, may effectually be broken down and destroyed—I mean the attachment of the people. Abraham Lincoln


+ 445 Whenever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of [our] population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing-presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure and with impunity, depend upon it, this government cannot last. By such things the feelings of the best citizens will become more or less alienated from it, and thus it will be left without friends, or with too few, and those few too weak to make their friendship effectual. At such a time, and under such circumstances, men of sufficient talent and ambition will not be wanting to seize the opportunity, strike the blow, and overturn that fair fabric which for the last half century has been the fondest hope of the lovers of freedom throughout the world. Abraham Lincoln


+ 496 Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well-wisher to his posterity swear by the blood of the Revolution never to violate in the least particular the laws of the country, and never to tolerate their violation by others. As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and laws let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor—let every man remember that to violate the law is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own and his children's liberty. Let reverence for the laws be breathed by every American mother to the lisping babe that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in primers, spelling-books, and in almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay of all sexes and tongues and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars. While ever a state of feeling such as this shall universally or even very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom. Abraham Lincoln


+ 395 When I so pressingly urge a strict observance of all the laws, let me not be understood as saying there are no bad laws, or that grievances may not arise for the redress of which no legal provisions have been made. I mean to say no such thing. But I do mean to say that although bad laws, if they exist, should be repealed as soon as possible, still, while they continue in force, for the sake of example they should be religiously observed. So also in unprovided cases. If such arise, let proper legal provisions be made for them with the least possible delay, but till then let them, if not too intolerable, be borne with. Abraham Lincoln


+ 495 It is to deny, what the history of the world tells us is true, to suppose that men of ambition and talents will not continue to spring up amongst us. And, when they do, they will as naturally seek the gratification of their ruling passion, as others have so done before them. The question then, is, can that gratification be found in supporting and maintaining an edifice that has been erected by others? Most certainly it cannot. Many great and good men sufficiently qualified for any task they should undertake, may ever be found, whose ambition would inspire to nothing beyond a seat in Congress, a gubernatorial or a presidential chair; but such belong not to the family of the lion, or the tribe of the eagle. What! think you these places would satisfy an Alexander, a Caesar, or a Napoleon? — Never! Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. — It sees no distinction in adding story to story, upon the monuments of fame, erected to the memory of others. It denies that it is glory enough to serve under any chief. It scorns to tread in the footsteps of any predecessor, however illustrious. It thirsts and burns for distinction; and, if possible, it will have it, whether at the expense of emancipating slaves, or enslaving freemen. Is it unreasonable then to expect, that some man possessed of the loftiest genius, coupled with ambition sufficient to push it to its utmost stretch, will at some time, spring up among us? And when such a one does, it will require the people to be united with each other, attached to the government and laws, and generally intelligent, to successfully frustrate his designs. Abraham Lincoln


+ 373 Often the portion of this passage on "Towering genius..." is quoted without any mention or acknowledgment that Lincoln was speaking of the need to sometimes hold the ambitions of such genius in check, when individuals aim at their own personal aggrandizement rather than the common good. Abraham Lincoln


+ 461 I mean the powerful influence which the interesting scenes of the Revolution had upon the passions of the people as distinguished from their judgment. By this influence, the jealousy, envy, and avarice incident to our nature and so common to a state of peace, prosperity, and conscious strength, were for the time in a great measure smothered and rendered inactive, while the deep-rooted principles of hate, and the powerful motive of revenge, instead of being turned against each other, were directed exclusively against the British nation. And thus, from the force of circumstances, the basest principles of our nature, were either made to lie dormant, or to become the active agents in the advancement of the noblest cause — that of establishing and maintaining civil and religious liberty. But this state of feeling must fade, is fading, has faded, with the circumstances that produced it. I do not mean to say that the scenes of the Revolution are now or ever will be entirely forgotten, but that, like everything else, they must fade upon the memory of the world, and grow more and more dim by the lapse of time. In history, we hope, they will be read of, and recounted, so long as the Bible shall be read; but even granting that they will, their influence cannot be what it heretofore has been. Even then they cannot be so universally known nor so vividly felt as they were by the generation just gone to rest. At the close of that struggle, nearly every adult male had been a participator in some of its scenes. The consequence was that of those scenes, in the form of a husband, a father, a son, or a brother, a living history was to be found in every family—a history bearing the indubitable testimonies of its own authenticity, in the limbs mangled, in the scars of wounds received, in the midst of the very scenes related—a history, too, that could be read and understood alike by all, the wise and the ignorant, the learned and the unlearned. But those histories are gone. They can be read no more forever. They were a fortress of strength; but what invading foeman could never do, the silent artillery of time has done—the leveling of its walls. They are gone. They were a forest of giant oaks; but the all-restless hurricane has swept over them, and left only here and there a lonely trunk, despoiled of its verdure, shorn of its foliage, unshading and unshaded, to murmur in a few more gentle breezes, and to combat with its mutilated limbs a few more ruder storms, then to sink and be no more. They were pillars of the temple of liberty; and now that they have crumbled away that temple must fall unless we, their descendants, supply their places with other pillars, hewn from the solid quarry of sober reason. Abraham Lincoln


+ 452 Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defence. — Let those materials be moulded into general intelligence, sound morality, and in particular, a reverence for the constitution and laws: and, that we improved to the last; that we remained free to the last; that we revered his name to the last; that, during his long sleep, we permitted no hostile foot to pass over or desecrate his resting place; shall be that which to learn the last trump shall awaken our WASHINGTON. Upon these let the proud fabric of freedom rest, as the rock of its basis; and as truly as has been said of the only greater institution, "the gates of hell shall not prevail against it". Abraham Lincoln


+ 398 I believe, if we take habitual drunkards as a class, their heads and their hearts will bear an advantageous comparison with those of any other class. There seems ever to have been a proneness in the brilliant and warm-blooded to fall into this vice. Abraham Lincoln


+ 402 For several years past the revenues of the government have been unequal to its expenditures, and consequently loan after loan, sometimes direct and sometimes indirect in form, has been resorted to. By this means a new national debt has been created, and is still growing on us with a rapidity fearful to contemplate—a rapidity only reasonably to be expected in a time of war. This state of things has been produced by a prevailing unwillingness either to increase the tariff or resort to direct taxation. But the one or the other must come. Coming expenditures must be met, and the present debt must be paid; and money cannot always be borrowed for these objects. The system of loans is but temporary in its nature, and must soon explode. It is a system not only ruinous while it lasts, but one that must soon fail and leave us destitute. As an individual who undertakes to live by borrowing soon finds his original means devoured by interest, and, next, no one left to borrow from, so must it be with a government. We repeat, then, that a tariff sufficient for revenue, or a direct tax, must soon be resorted to; and, indeed, we believe this alternative is now denied by no one. Abraham Lincoln


+ 376 I believe it is an established maxim in morals that he who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him. Abraham Lincoln


+ 447 Any people anywhere being inclined and having the power have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable, a most sacred right — a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world. Nor is this right confined to cases in which the whole people of an existing government may choose to exercise it. Any portion of such people that can may revolutionize and make their own of so much of the territory as they inhabit. Abraham Lincoln


+ 373 Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose, and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after having given him so much as you propose. If, to-day, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, "I see no probability of the British invading us" but he will say to you, "Be silent; I see it, if you don't." The provision of the Constitution giving the war making power to Congress was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. But your view destroys the whole matter, and places our President where kings have always stood. Abraham Lincoln


+ 412 Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser — in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. Abraham Lincoln


+ 445 There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief — resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave. Abraham Lincoln


+ 431 If A. can prove, however conclusively, that he may, of right, enslave B. Why may not B. snatch the same argument, and prove equally, that he may enslave A? You say A. is white, and B. is black. It is color, then; the lighter, having the right to enslave the darker? Take care. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with a fairer skin than your own. You do not mean color exactly? You mean the whites are intellectually the superiors of the blacks, and, therefore have the right to enslave them? Take care again. By this rule, you are to be slave to the first man you meet, with an intellect superior to your own. But, say you, it is a question of interest; and, if you can make it your interest, you have the right to enslave another. Very well. And if he can make it his interest, he has the right to enslave you. Abraham Lincoln


+ 407 You enquire where I now stand. That is a disputed point. I think I am a whig; but others say there are no whigs, and that I am an abolitionist. When I was at Washington I voted for the Wilmot Proviso as good as forty times, and I never heard of any one attempting to unwhig me for that. I now do more than oppose the extension of slavery. I am not a Know-Nothing. That is certain. How could I be? How can any one who abhors the oppression of negroes, be in favor of degrading classes of white people? Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we began by declaring that "all men are created equal." We now practically read it "all men are created equal, except negroes." When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read "all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics." When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be take pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy. Abraham Lincoln


+ 483 Don't interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. And not to Democrats alone do I make this appeal, but to all who love these great and true principles. Abraham Lincoln


+ 327 What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? Abraham Lincoln


+ 460 The foregoing history may not be precisely accurate in every particular; but I am sure it is sufficiently so, for all the uses I shall attempt to make of it, and in it, we have before us, the chief material enabling us to correctly judge whether the repeal of the Missouri Compromise is right or wrong. I think, and shall try to show, that it is wrong; wrong in its direct effect, letting slavery into Kansas and Nebraska—and wrong in its prospective principle, allowing it to spread to every other part of the wide world, where men can be found inclined to take it. This declared indifference, but as I must think, covert real zeal for the spread of slavery, I can not but hate. I hate it because of the monstrous injustice of slavery itself. I hate it because it deprives our republican example of its just influence in the world—enables the enemies of free institutions, with plausibility, to taunt us as hypocrites—causes the real friends of freedom to doubt our sincerity, and especially because it forces so many really good men amongst ourselves into an open war with the very fundamental principles of civil liberty—criticising the Declaration of Independence, and insisting that there is no right principle of action but self-interest. Abraham Lincoln


+ 496 When Southern people tell us they are no more responsible for the origin of slavery than we are, I acknowledge the fact. When it is said that the institution exists, and that it is very difficult to get rid of it in any satisfactory way, I can understand and appreciate the saying. I surely will not blame them for not doing what I should not know how to do myself. If all earthly power were given me, I should not know what to do as to the existing institution. My first impulse would be to free all the slaves, and send them to Liberia, to their own native land. But a moment's reflection would convince me that whatever of high hope (as I think there is) there may be in this in the long run, its sudden execution is impossible. If they were all landed there in a day, they would all perish in the next ten days; and there are not surplus shipping and surplus money enough to carry them there in many times ten days. What then? Free them all, and keep them among us as underlings? Is it quite certain that this betters their condition? I think I would not hold one in slavery at any rate, yet the point is not clear enough for me to denounce people upon. What next? Free them, and make them politically and socially our equals. My own feelings will not admit of this, and if mine would, we well know that those of the great mass of whites will not. Whether this feeling accords with justice and sound judgment is not the sole question, if indeed it is any part of it. A universal feeling, whether well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded. We cannot then make them equals. It does seem to me that systems of gradual emancipation might be adopted, but for their tardiness in this I will not undertake to judge our brethren of the South. Abraham Lincoln


+ 300 The negative principle that no law is free law, is not much known except among lawyers. Abraham Lincoln


+ 485 "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." At the hazard of being thought one of the fools of this quotation, I meet that argument — I rush in — I take that bull by the horns. I trust I understand and truly estimate the right of self-government. My faith in the proposition that each man should do precisely as he pleases with all which is exclusively his own lies at the foundation of the sense of justice there is in me. I extend the principle to communities of men as well as to individuals. I so extend it because it is politically wise, as well as naturally just: politically wise in saving us from broils about matters which do not concern us. Here, or at Washington, I would not trouble myself with the oyster laws of Virginia, or the cranberry laws of Indiana. The doctrine of self-government is right, — absolutely and eternally right, — but it has no just application as here attempted. Or perhaps I should rather say that whether it has such application depends upon whether a negro is not or is a man. If he is not a man, in that case he who is a man may as a matter of self-government do just what he pleases with him. But if the negro is a man, is it not to that extent a total destruction of self-government to say that he too shall not govern himself. When the white man governs himself, that is self-government; but when he governs himself and also governs another man, that is more than self-government — that is despotism. If the negro is a man, why then my ancient faith teaches me that "all men are created equal," and that there can be no moral right in connection with one man's making a slave of another. Abraham Lincoln


+ 426 Judge Douglas frequently, with bitter irony and sarcasm, paraphrases our argument by saying: "The white people of Nebraska are good enough to govern themselves, but they are not good enough to govern a few miserable negroes!" Well! I doubt not that the people of Nebraska are and will continue to be as good as the average of people elsewhere. I do not say the contrary. What I do say is that no man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent. I say this is the leading principle, the sheet-anchor of American republicanism. Our Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." I have quoted so much at this time merely to show that, according to our ancient faith, the just powers of governments are derived from the consent of the governed. Now the relation of master and slave is pro tanto a total violation of this principle. The master not only governs the slave without his consent, but he governs him by a set of rules altogether different from those which he prescribes for himself. Allow ALL the governed an equal voice in the government, and that, and that only, is self-government. Abraham Lincoln


+ 446 Slavery is founded in the selfishness of man's nature — opposition to it, in his love of justice. These principles are an eternal antagonism; and when brought into collision so fiercely, as slavery extension brings them, shocks, and throes, and convulsions must ceaselessly follow. Repeal the Missouri Compromise — repeal all compromises — repeal the Declaration of Independence — repeal all past history, you still can not repeal human nature. It still will be the abundance of man's heart, that slavery extension is wrong; and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak. Abraham Lincoln


+ 382 Little by little, but steadily as man's march to the grave, we have been giving up the OLD for the NEW faith. Near eighty years ago we began by declaring that all men are created equal; but now from that beginning we have run down to the other declaration, that for SOME men to enslave OTHERS is a “sacred right of self-government.” These principles can not stand together. They are as opposite as God and mammon; and whoever holds to the one, must despise the other. Let no one be deceived. The spirit of seventy-six and the spirit of Nebraska, are utter antagonisms; and the former is being rapidly displaced by the latter. Abraham Lincoln


+ 435 Already the liberal party throughout the world, express the apprehension “that the one retrograde institution in America, is undermining the principles of progress, and fatally violating the noblest political system the world ever saw.” This is not the taunt of enemies, but the warning of friends. Is it quite safe to disregard it—to despise it? Is there no danger to liberty itself, in discarding the earliest practice, and first precept of our ancient faith? In our greedy chase to make profit of the negro, let us beware, lest we “cancel and tear to pieces” even the white man's charter of freedom. Abraham Lincoln


+ 453 Our republican robe is soiled, and trailed in the dust. Let us repurify it. Let us turn and wash it white, in the spirit, if not the blood, of the Revolution. Let us turn slavery from its claims of “moral right,” back upon its existing legal rights, and its arguments of 'necessity'. Let us return it to the position our fathers gave it; and there let it rest in peace. Let us re-adopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it, the practices, and policy, which harmonize with it. Let north and south—let all Americans—let all lovers of liberty everywhere—join in the great and good work. If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving. We shall have so saved it, that the succeeding millions of free happy people, the world over, shall rise up, and call us blessed, to the latest generations. Abraham Lincoln


+ 485 In the course of my main argument, Judge Douglas interrupted me to say, that the principle the Nebraska bill was very old; that it originated when God made man and placed good and evil before him, allowing him to choose for himself, being responsible for the choice he should make. At the time I thought this was merely playful; and I answered it accordingly. But in his reply to me he renewed it, as a serious argument. In seriousness then, the facts of this proposition are not true as stated. God did not place good and evil before man, telling him to make his choice. On the contrary, he did tell him there was one tree, of the fruit of which, he should not eat, upon pain of certain death. Abraham Lincoln


+ 377 We believe … in obedience to, and respect for the judicial department of government. We think its decisions on Constitutional questions, when fully settled, should control, not only the particular cases decided, but the general policy of the country, subject to be disturbed only by amendments of the Constitution as provided in that instrument itself. More than this would be revolution. But we think the Dred Scott decision is erroneous. … If this important decision had been made by the unanimous concurrence of the judges, and without any apparent partisan bias, and in accordance with legal public expectation, and with the steady practice of the departments throughout our history, and had been in no part, based on assumed historical facts which are not really true; or, if wanting in some of these, it had been before the court more than once, and had there been affirmed and re-affirmed through a course of years, it then might be, perhaps would be, factious, nay, even revolutionary, to not acquiesce in it as a precedent. Abraham Lincoln


+ 499 Chief Justice does not directly assert, but plainly assumes, as a fact, that the public estimate of the black man is more favorable now than it was in the days of the Revolution. … In those days, as I understand, masters could, at their own pleasure, emancipate their slaves; but since then, such legal restraints have been made upon emancipation, as to amount almost to prohibition. In those days, Legislatures held the unquestioned power to abolish slavery in their respective States; but now it is becoming quite fashionable for State Constitutions to withhold that power from the Legislatures. In those days, by common consent, the spread of the black man's bondage to new countries was prohibited; but now, Congress decides that it will not continue the prohibition, and the Supreme Court decides that it could not if it would. In those days, our Declaration of Independence was held sacred by all, and thought to include all; but now, to aid in making the bondage of the negro universal and eternal, it is assailed, and sneered at, and construed, and hawked at, and torn, till, if its framers could rise from their graves, they could not at all recognize it. All the powers of earth seem rapidly combining against him. Mammon is after him; ambition follows, and philosophy follows, and the Theology of the day is fast joining the cry. They have him in his prison house; they have searched his person, and left no prying instrument with him. One after another they have closed the heavy iron doors upon him, and now they have him, as it were, bolted in with a lock of a hundred keys, which can never be unlocked without the concurrence of every key; the keys in the hands of a hundred different men, and they scattered to a hundred different and distant places; and they stand musing as to what invention, in all the dominions of mind and matter, can be produced to make the impossibility of his escape more complete than it is. It is grossly incorrect to say or assume, that the public estimate of the negro is more favorable now than it was at the origin of the government. Abraham Lincoln


+ 486 There is a natural disgust in the minds of nearly all white people, to the idea of an indiscriminate amalgamation of the white and black races; and Judge Douglas evidently is basing his chief hope, upon the chances of being able to appropriate the benefit of this disgust to himself. If he can, by much drumming and repeating, fasten the odium of that idea upon his adversaries, he thinks he can struggle through the storm. He therefore clings to this hope, as a drowning man to the last plank. He makes an occasion for lugging it in from the opposition to the Dred Scott decision. He finds the Republicans insisting that the Declaration of Independence includes ALL men, black as well as white; and forth-with he boldly denies that it includes negroes at all, and proceeds to argue gravely that all who contend it does, do so only because they want to vote, and eat, and sleep, and marry with negroes! He will have it that they cannot be consistent else. Now I protest against that counterfeit logic which concludes that, because I do not want a black woman for a slave I must necessarily want her for a wife. I need not have her for either, I can just leave her alone. In some respects she certainly is not my equal; but in her natural right to eat the bread she earns with her own hands without asking leave of any one else, she is my equal, and the equal of all others. Abraham Lincoln


+ 512 I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral developments, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness, in what respects they did consider all men created equal-equal in "certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This they said, and this meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth, that all were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet, that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact they had no power to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit. They meant to set up a standard maxim for free society, which should be familiar to all, and revered by all; constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence, and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all people of all colors everywhere. The assertion that "all men are created equal" was of no practical use in effecting our separation from Great Britain; and it was placed in the Declaration, nor for that, but for future use. Its authors meant it to be, thank God, it is now proving itself, a stumbling block to those who in after times might seek to turn a free people back into the hateful paths of despotism. They knew the proneness of prosperity to breed tyrants, and they meant when such should re-appear in this fair land and commence their vocation they should find left for them at least one hard nut to crack. I have now briefly expressed my view of the meaning and objects of that part of the Declaration of Independence which declares that "all men are created equal". Abraham Lincoln


+ 412 If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. We are now far into the fifth year, since a policy was initiated, with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only, not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached, and passed. Abraham Lincoln


+ 369 We shall lie down pleasantly dreaming that the people of Missouri are on the verge of making their State free, and we shall awake to the reality instead, that the Supreme Court has made Illinois a slave State. Abraham Lincoln


+ 393 They remind us that he is a great man, and that the largest of us are very small ones. Let this be granted. But "a living dog is better than a dead lion." Judge Douglas, if not a dead lion, for this work, is at least a caged and toothless one. Abraham Lincoln


+ 407 Whenever, if ever, he and we can come together on principle so that our cause may have assistance from his great ability, I hope to have interposed no adventitious obstacle. But clearly, he is not now with us — he does not pretend to be — he does not promise ever to be. Our cause, then, must be intrusted to, and conducted by, its own undoubted friends — those whose hands are free, whose hearts are in the work — who do care for the result. Abraham Lincoln


+ 378 Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud, and pampered enemy. Did we brave all them to falter now? — now, when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered, and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail — if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come. Abraham Lincoln


+ 446 That is the electric cord in that Declaration that links the hearts of patriotic and liberty-loving men together, that will link those patriotic hearts as long as the love of freedom exists in the minds of men throughout the world. Abraham Lincoln


+ 463 Those arguments that are made, that the inferior race are to be treated with as much allowance as they are capable of enjoying; that as much is to be done for them as their condition will allow. What are these arguments? They are the arguments that kings have made for enslaving the people in all ages of the world. You will find that all the arguments in favor of king-craft were of this class; they always bestrode the necks of the people, not that they wanted to do it, but because the people were better off for being ridden. That is their argument, and this argument of the Judge is the same old serpent that says you work and I eat, you toil and I will enjoy the fruits of it. Turn in whatever way you will, whether it come from the mouth of a King, an excuse for enslaving the people of this country, or from the mouth of men of one race as a reason for enslaving the men of another race, it is all the same old serpent, and I hold if that course of argumentation that is made for the purpose of convincing the public mind that we should not care about this, should be granted, it does not stop with the negro. I should like to know if, taking this old Declaration of Independence, which declares that all men are equal upon principle, and making exceptions to it, where will it stop? If one man says it does not mean a negro, why not another say it does not mean some other man? If that declaration is not the truth, let us get the Statute book, in which we find it, and tear it out! Who is so bold as to do it? If it is not true let us tear it out! Abraham Lincoln


+ 478 My friend has said to me that I am a poor hand to quote Scripture. I will try it again, however. It is said in one of the admonitions of our Lord, As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect. The Saviour, I suppose, did not expect that any human creature could be perfect as the Father in Heaven; but He said, As your Father in Heaven is perfect, be ye also perfect. He set that up as a standard; and he who did most toward reaching that standard, attained the highest degree of moral perfection. So I say in relation to the principle that all men are created equal, let it be as nearly reached as we can. If we cannot give freedom to every creature, let us do nothing that will impose slavery upon any other creature. Let us then turn this Government back into the channel in which the framers of the Constitution originally placed it. Let us stand firmly by each other. If we do not do so we are turning in the contrary direction, that our friend Judge Douglas proposes — not intentionally — as working in the traces tend to make this one universal slave nation. He is one that runs in that direction, and as such I resist him. My friends, I have detained you about as long as I desired to do, and I have only to say, let us discard all this quibbling about this man and the other man; this race and that race and the other race being inferior, and therefore they must be placed in an inferior position; discarding our standard that we have left us. Let us discard all these things, and unite as one people throughout this land, until we shall once more stand up declaring that all men are created equal. My friends, I could not, without launching off upon some new topic, which would detain you too long, continue to-night. I thank you for this most extensive audience that you have furnished me to-night. I leave you, hoping that the lamp of liberty will burn in your bosoms until there shall no longer be a doubt that all men are created free and equal. Abraham Lincoln


+ 384 With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently he who moulds public sentiment, goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. He makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to be executed. Abraham Lincoln


+ 434 While I was at the hotel to-day, an elderly gentleman called upon me to know whether I was really in favor of producing perfect equality between the negroes and white people. While I had not proposed to myself on this occasion to say much on that subject, yet as the question was asked me, I thought I would occupy perhaps five minutes in saying something in regard to it. I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political equality of the white and black races, that I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything. I do not understand that because I do not want a negro woman for a slave I must necessarily want her for a wife. My understanding is that I can just let her alone. I am now in my fiftieth year, and I certainly never had a black woman for either a slave or a wife. So it seems to me quite possible for us to get along without making either slaves or wives of negroes. I will add to this that I have never seen, to my knowledge, a man, woman, or child who was in favor of producing a perfect equality, social and political, between negroes and white men. Abraham Lincoln


+ 388 I have never had the least apprehension that I or my friends would marry negroes if there was no law to keep them from it, but as Judge Douglas and his friends seem to be in great apprehension that they might, if there were no law to keep them from it, I give him the most solemn pledge that I will to the very last stand by the law of this State, which forbids the marrying of white people with negroes. Abraham Lincoln


+ 442 Now, I have upon all occasions declared as strongly as Judge Douglas against the disposition to interfere with the existing institution of slavery. You hear me read it from the same speech from which he takes garbled extracts for the purpose of proving upon me a disposition to interfere with the institution of slavery, and establish a perfect social and political equality between negroes and white people. Allow me while upon this subject briefly to present one other extract from a speech of mine, more than a year ago, at Springfield, in discussing this very same question, soon after Judge Douglas took his ground that negroes were not included in the Declaration of Independence: I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not mean to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all men were equal in color, size, intellect, moral development, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness in what they did consider all men created equal — equal in "certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This they said, and this they meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth that all were then actually enjoying that equality, or yet that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact, they had no power to confer such a boon. They meant simply to declare the right, so that the enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit. They meant to set up a standard maxim for free society which should be familiar to all, constantly looked to, constantly labored for, and even, though never perfectly attained, constantly approximated, and thereby constantly spreading and deepening its influence, and augmenting the happiness and value of life to all people, of all colors, everywhere. Abraham Lincoln


+ 437 That is the real issue. That is the issue that will continue in this country when these poor tongues of Judge Douglas and myself shall be silent. It is the eternal struggle between these two principles — right and wrong — throughout the world. They are the two principles that have stood face to face from the beginning of time; and will ever continue to struggle. The one is the common right of humanity, and the other the divine right of kings. It is the same principle in whatever shape it develops itself. It is the same spirit that says, "You toil and work and earn bread, and I'll eat it." No matter in what shape it comes, whether from the mouth of a king who seeks to bestride the people of his own nation and live by the fruit of their labor, or from one race of men as an apology for enslaving another race, it is the same tyrannical principle. Abraham Lincoln


+ 444 From the first appearance of man upon the earth, down to very recent times, the words "stranger" and "enemy" were quite or almost, synonymous. Long after civilized nations had defined robbery and murder as high crimes, and had affixed severe punishments to them, when practiced among and upon their own people respectively, it was deemed no offence, but even meritorious, to rob, and murder, and enslave strangers, whether as nations or as individuals. Even yet, this has not totally disappeared. The man of the highest moral cultivation, in spite of all which abstract principle can do, likes him whom he does know, much better than him whom he does not know. To correct the evils, great and small, which spring from want of sympathy, and from positive enmity, among strangers, as nations, or as individuals, is one of the highest functions of civilization. Abraham Lincoln


+ 372 Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing. Abraham Lincoln


+ 397 The ambition for broad acres leads to poor farming, even with men of energy. I scarcely ever knew a mammoth farm to sustain itself; much less to return a profit upon the outlay. I have more than once known a man to spend a respectable fortune upon one; fail and leave it; and then some man of more modest aims, get a small fraction of the ground, and make a good living upon it. Mammoth farms are like tools or weapons, which are too heavy to be handled. Ere long they are thrown aside, at a great loss. Abraham Lincoln


+ 439 The world is agreed that labor is the source from which human wants are mainly supplied. There is no dispute upon this point. From this point, however, men immediately diverge. Much disputation is maintained as to the best way of applying and controlling the labor element. By some it is assumed that labor is available only in connection with capital -- that nobody labors, unless somebody else, owning capital, somehow, by the use of that capital, induces him to do it. Having assumed this, they proceed to consider whether it is best that capital shall hire laborers, and thus induce them to work by their own consent; or buy them, and drive them to it without their consent. Having proceeded so far they naturally conclude that all laborers are necessarily either hired laborers, or slaves. They further assume that whoever is once a hired laborer, is fatally fixed in that condition for life; and thence again that his condition is as bad as, or worse than that of a slave. This is the "mud-sill" theory. ... By the "mud-sill" theory it is assumed that labor and education are incompatible; and any practical combination of them impossible. According to that theory, a blind horse upon a tread-mill, is a perfect illustration of what a laborer should be -- all the better for being blind, that he could not tread out of place, or kick understandingly. According to that theory, the education of laborers, is not only useless, but pernicious, and dangerous. In fact, it is, in some sort, deemed a misfortune that laborers should have heads at all. Abraham Lincoln


+ 460 The old general rule was that educated people did not perform manual labor. They managed to eat their bread, leaving the toil of producing it to the uneducated. This was not an insupportable evil to the working bees, so long as the class of drones remained very small. But now, especially in these free States, nearly all are educated -- quite too nearly all, to leave the labor of the uneducated, in any wise adequate to the support of the whole. It follows from this that henceforth educated people must labor. Otherwise, education itself would become a positive and intolerable evil. No country can sustain, in idleness, more than a small percentage of its numbers. The great majority must labor at something productive. Abraham Lincoln


+ 403 I suppose, however, I shall not be mistaken, in assuming as a fact, that the people of Wisconsin prefer free labor, with its natural companion, education. This leads to the further reflection, that no other human occupation opens so wide a field for the profitable and agreeable combination of labor with cultivated thought, as agriculture. I know of nothing so pleasant to the mind, as the discovery of anything which is at once new and valuable -- nothing which so lightens and sweetens toil, as the hopeful pursuit of such discovery. And how vast, and how varied a field is agriculture, for such discovery. The mind, already trained to thought, in the country school, or higher school, cannot fail to find there an exhaustless source of profitable enjoyment. Abraham Lincoln


+ 349 A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones. Abraham Lincoln


+ 486 I think very much of the people, as an old friend said he thought of woman. He said when he lost his first wife, who had been a great help to him in his business, he thought he was ruined—that he could never find another to fill her place. At length, however, he married another, who he found did quite as well as the first, and that his opinion now was that any woman would do well who was well done by. So I think of the whole people of this nation—they will ever do well if well done by. We will try to do well by them in all parts of the country, North and South, with entire confidence that all will be well with all of us. Abraham Lincoln


+ 384 All this is not the result of accident. It has a philosophical cause. Without the Constitution and the Union, we could not have attained the result; but even these, are not the primary cause of our great prosperity. There is something back of these, entwining itself more closely about the human heart. That something, is the principle of "Liberty to all"--the principle that clears the path for all--gives hope to all--and, by consequence, enterprize, and industry to all. The expression of that principle, in our Declaration of Independence, was most happy, and fortunate. Without this, as well as with it, we could have declared our independence of Great Britain; but without it, we could not, I think, have secured our free government, and consequent prosperity. No oppressed, people will fight, and endure, as our fathers did, without the promise of something better, than a mere change of masters. The assertion of that principle, at that time, was the word, "fitly spoken" which has proved an "apple of gold" to us. The Union, and the Constitution, are the picture of silver, subsequently framed around it. The picture was made, not to conceal, or destroy the apple; but to adorn, and preserve it. The picture was made for the apple--not the apple for the picture. So let us act, that neither picture, or apple shall ever be blurred, or bruised or broken. That we may so act, we must study, and understand the points of danger. Abraham Lincoln


+ 450 I agree with you, Mr. Chairman, that the working men are the basis of all governments, for the plain reason that they are the most numerous, and as you added that those were the sentiments of the gentlemen present, representing not only the working class, but citizens of other callings than those of the mechanic, I am happy to concur with you in these sentiments, not only of the native born citizens, but also of the Germans and foreigners from other countries. Mr. Chairman, I hold that while man exists, it is his duty to improve not only his own condition, but to assist in ameliorating mankind; and therefore, without entering upon the details of the question, I will simply say, that I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number. Abraham Lincoln


+ 455 I have never had a feeling politically that did not spring from the sentiments embodied in the Declaration of Independence. I have often pondered over the dangers which were incurred by the men who assembled here and adopted that Declaration of Independence---I have pondered over the toils that were endured by the officers and soldiers of the army, who achieved that Independence. I have often inquired of myself, what great principle or idea it was that kept this Confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the colonies from the mother land; but something in that Declaration giving liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but hope to the world for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance. This is the sentiment embodied in that Declaration of Independence. Abraham Lincoln


+ 376 They have seen in his round, jolly fruitful face, post-offices, land-offices, marshalships and cabinet-appointments, charge-ships and foreign missions, bursting out in wonderful exuberance, ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands. Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting. Abraham Lincoln


+ 388 I have scarcely felt greater pain in my life than on learning yesterday from Bob's letter, that you had failed to enter Harvard University. And yet there is very little in it, if you will allow no feeling of discouragement to seize, and prey upon you. It is a certain truth, that you can enter, and graduate in, Harvard University; and having made the attempt, you must succeed in it. Must? is the word. I know not how to aid you, save in the assurance of one of mature age, and much severe experience, that you can not fail, if you resolutely determine, that you will not. Abraham Lincoln


+ 342 They have seen in his round, jolly fruitful face, post-offices, land-offices, marshalships and cabinet-appointments, charge-ships and foreign missions, bursting out in wonderful exuberance, ready to be laid hold of by their greedy hands. Nobody has ever expected me to be president. In my poor, lean lank face nobody has ever seen that any cabbages were sprouting. Abraham Lincoln


+ 256 A mind is like a parachute. It's doesn't work if it is not open. Frank Zappa


+ 473 I thank you, in common with all others, who have thought fit, by their votes, to indorse the Republican cause. I rejoice with you in the success which has, so far, attended that cause. Yet in all our rejoicing let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling. Abraham Lincoln


+ 407 And whereas it is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission to his chastisements; to confess and deplore their sins and transgressions in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; and to pray, with all fervency and contrition, for the pardon of their past offences, and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action. Abraham Lincoln


+ 470 Long experience has shown that armies can not be maintained unless desertion shall be punished by the severe penalty of death. The case requires, and the law and the constitution, sanction this punishment. Must I shoot a simple-minded soldier boy who deserts, while I must not touch a hair of a wiley agitator who induces him to desert? This is none the less injurious when effected by getting a father, or brother, or friend, into a public meeting, and there working upon his feeling, till he is persuaded to write the soldier boy, that he is fighting in a bad cause, for a wicked administration of a contemptable government, too weak to arrest and punish him if he shall desert. I think that in such a case, to silence the agitator, and save the boy, is not only constitutional, but, withal, a great mercy. Abraham Lincoln


+ 380 In a great national crisis like ours unanimity of action among those seeking a common end is very desirable--almost indispensable. And yet no approach to such unanimity is attainable unless some deference shall be paid to the will of the majority simply because it is the will of the majority. Abraham Lincoln


+ 256 I do not like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln


+ 427 Human action can be modified to some extent, but human nature cannot be changed. There is a judgment and a feeling against slavery in this nation, which cast at least a million and a half of votes. You cannot destroy that judgment and feeling — that sentiment — by breaking up the political organization which rallies around it. You can scarcely scatter and disperse an army which has been formed into order in the face of your heaviest fire; but if you could, how much would you gain by forcing the sentiment which created it out of the peaceful channel of the ballot-box, into some other channel? Abraham Lincoln


+ 501 Wrong as we think slavery is, we can yet afford to let it alone where it is, because that much is due to the necessity arising from its actual presence in the nation; but can we, while our votes will prevent it, allow it to spread into the National Territories, and to overrun us here in these Free States? If our sense of duty forbids this, then let us stand by our duty, fearlessly and effectively. Let us be diverted by none of those sophistical contrivances wherewith we are so industriously plied and belabored — contrivances such as groping for some middle ground between the right and the wrong, vain as the search for a man who should be neither a living man nor a dead man — such as a policy of "don't care" on a question about which all true men do care — such as Union appeals beseeching true Union men to yield to Disunionists, reversing the divine rule, and calling, not the sinners, but the righteous to repentance — such as invocations to Washington, imploring men to unsay what Washington said, and undo what Washington did. Abraham Lincoln


+ 364 Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 397 The truth is, that this question is one of national importance, and we cannot help dealing with it: we must do something about it, whether we will or not. We cannot avoid it; the subject is one we cannot avoid considering; we can no more avoid it than a man can live without eating. It is upon us; it attaches to the body politic as much and as closely as the natural wants attach to our natural bodies. Now I think it important that this matter should be taken up in earnest, and really settled. And one way to bring about a true settlement of the question is to understand its true magnitude. Abraham Lincoln


+ 432 Look at the magnitude of this subject! One sixth of our population, in round numbers -- not quite one sixth, and yet more than a seventh, -- about one sixth of the whole population of the United States are slaves! The owners of these slaves consider them property. The effect upon the minds of the owners is that of property, and nothing else -- it induces them to insist upon all that will favorably affect its value as property, to demand laws and institutions and a public policy that shall increase and secure its value, and make it durable, lasting and universal. The effect on the minds of the owners is to persuade them that there is no wrong in it. The slaveholder does not like to be considered a mean fellow, for holding that species of property, and hence he has to struggle within himself and sets about arguing himself into the belief that Slavery is right. The property influences his mind. [...] Certain it is, that this two thousand million of dollars, invested in this species of property, all so concentrated that the mind can grasp it at once -- this immense pecuniary interest, has its influence upon their minds. Abraham Lincoln


+ 446 To us it appears natural to think that slaves are human beings; men, not property; that some of the things, at least, stated about men in the Declaration of Independence apply to them as well as to us. I say, we think, most of us, that this Charter of Freedom applies to the slave as well as to ourselves, that the class of arguments put forward to batter down that idea, are also calculated to break down the very idea of a free government, even for white men, and to undermine the very foundations of free society. We think Slavery a great moral wrong, and while we do not claim the right to touch it where it exists, we wish to treat it as a wrong in the Territories, where our votes will reach it. We think that a respect for ourselves, a regard for future generations and for the God that made us, require that we put down this wrong where our votes will properly reach it. We think that species of labor an injury to free white men -- in short, we think Slavery a great moral, social and political evil, tolerable only because, and so far as its actual existence makes it necessary to tolerate it, and that beyond that, it ought to be treated as a wrong. Abraham Lincoln


+ 468 No policy that does not rest upon some philosophical public opinion can be permanently maintained. And hence, there are but two policies in regard to Slavery that can be at all maintained. The first, based on the property view that Slavery is right, conforms to that idea throughout, and demands that we shall do everything for it that we ought to do if it were right. We must sweep away all opposition, for opposition to the right is wrong; we must agree that Slavery is right, and we must adopt the idea that property has persuaded the owner to believe -- that Slavery is morally right and socially elevating. This gives a philosophical basis for a permanent policy of encouragement. The other policy is one that squares with the idea that Slavery is wrong, and it consists in doing everything that we ought to do if it is wrong. [...] I don't mean that we ought to attack it where it exists. To me it seems that if we were to form a government anew, in view of the actual presence of Slavery we should find it necessary to frame just such a government as our fathers did; giving to the slaveholder the entire control where the system was established, while we possessed the power to restrain it from going outside those limits. From the necessities of the case we should be compelled to form just such a government as our blessed fathers gave us; and, surely, if they have so made it, that adds another reason why we should let Slavery alone where it exists. Abraham Lincoln


+ 426 If I saw a venomous snake crawling in the road, any man would say I might seize the nearest stick and kill it; but if I found that snake in bed with my children, that would be another question. I might hurt the children more than the snake, and it might bite them. Much more if I found it in bed with my neighbor's children, and I had bound myself by a solemn compact not to meddle with his children under any circumstances, it would become me to let that particular mode of getting rid of the gentleman alone. But if there was a bed newly made up, to which the children were to be taken, and it was proposed to take a batch of young snakes and put them there with them, I take it no man would say there was any question how I ought to decide! That is just the case! The new Territories are the newly made bed to which our children are to go, and it lies with the nation to say whether they shall have snakes mixed up with them or not. It does not seem as if there could be much hesitation what our policy should be! Abraham Lincoln


+ 385 There is a falsehood wrapped up in that statement. "In the struggle between the white man and the negro" assumes that there is a struggle, in which either the white man must enslave the negro or the negro must enslave the white. There is no such struggle! It is merely an ingenious falsehood, to degrade and brutalize the negro. Let each let the other alone, and there is no struggle about it. If it was like two wrecked seamen on a narrow plank, when each must push the other off or drown himself, I would push the negro off or a white man either, but it is not; the plank is large enough for both. This good earth is plenty broad enough for white man and negro both, and there is no need of either pushing the other off. Abraham Lincoln


+ 395 You have done nothing, and have protested that you have done nothing, to injure the South. And yet, to get back the shoe trade, you must leave off doing something that you are now doing. What is it? You must stop thinking slavery wrong! Let your institutions be wholly changed; let your State Constitutions be subverted, glorify slavery, and so you will get back the shoe trade -- for what? You have brought owned labor with it to compete with your own labor, to underwork you, and to degrade you! Are you ready to get back the trade on those terms? Abraham Lincoln


+ 384 Neither let us be slandered from our duty by false accusations against us, nor frightened from it by menaces of destruction to the Government, nor of dungeons to ourselves. Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith, let us, to the end, dare to do our duty, as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 355 Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln


+ 296 Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln


+ 322 Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. Abraham Lincoln


+ 271 Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln


+ 418 Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable - a most sacred right - a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world. Abraham Lincoln


+ 257 The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read. Abraham Lincoln


+ 271 I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end. Abraham Lincoln


+ 305 A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. Abraham Lincoln


+ 412 How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. Abraham Lincoln


+ 283 I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back. Abraham Lincoln


+ 324 The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. Abraham Lincoln


+ 288 It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln


+ 249 I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln


+ 263 Everybody likes a compliment. Abraham Lincoln


+ 293 Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. Abraham Lincoln


+ 292 I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. Abraham Lincoln


+ 362 With Malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds. Abraham Lincoln


+ 297 No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. Abraham Lincoln


+ 383 The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. Abraham Lincoln


+ 340 I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Abraham Lincoln


+ 366 All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind. Abraham Lincoln


+ 308 I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. Abraham Lincoln


+ 308 Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. Abraham Lincoln


+ 257 I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. Abraham Lincoln


+ 354 Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe from violence when built. Abraham Lincoln


+ 320 Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 341 These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have. Abraham Lincoln


+ 330 When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. Abraham Lincoln


+ 287 I hope to stand firm enough to not go backward, and yet not go forward fast enough to wreck the country's cause. Abraham Lincoln


+ 327 I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Abraham Lincoln


+ 288 What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. Abraham Lincoln


+ 371 I want it said of me by those who knew me best, that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow. Abraham Lincoln


+ 278 We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 376 Allow the president to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such a purpose - and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Abraham Lincoln


+ 355 If you call a tail a leg, how many legs has a dog? Five? No, calling a tail a leg don't make it a leg. Abraham Lincoln


+ 289 If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. Abraham Lincoln


+ 392 If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 249 The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. Abraham Lincoln


+ 288 As our case is new, we must think and act anew. Abraham Lincoln


+ 299 He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make. Abraham Lincoln


+ 263 I can make more generals, but horses cost money. Abraham Lincoln


+ 325 Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. Abraham Lincoln


+ 331 I was losing interest in politics, when the repeal of the Missouri Compromise aroused me again. What I have done since then is pretty well known. Abraham Lincoln


+ 330 Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. Abraham Lincoln


+ 298 Knavery and flattery are blood relations. Abraham Lincoln


+ 353 The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of liberty. Abraham Lincoln


+ 384 Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough. Abraham Lincoln


+ 349 When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say. Abraham Lincoln


+ 361 In giving freedom to the slave, we assure freedom to the free - honorable alike in what we give and what we preserve. We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln


+ 356 It is rather for us here dedicated to the great task remaining before us, that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion. Abraham Lincoln


+ 312 All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Buonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. Abraham Lincoln


+ 350 There are some who lack confidence in the integrity and capacity of the people to govern themselves. To all who entertain such fears I will most respectfully say that I entertain none... If a man is not capable, and is not to be trusted with the government of himself, is he to be trusted with the government of others... Who, then, will govern? The answer must be, Man — for we have no angels in the shape of men, as yet, who are willing to take charge of our political affairs. Andrew Johnson


+ 386 I have lived among negroes, all my life, and I am for this Government with slavery under the Constitution as it is. I am for the Government of my fathers with negroes, I am for it without negroes. Before I would see this Government destroyed, I would send every negro back to Africa, disintegrated and blotted out of space. Andrew Johnson


+ 363 If you could extend the elective franchise to all persons of color who can read the Constitution of the United States in English and write their names and to all persons of color who own real estate valued at not less than two hundred and fifty dollars and pay taxes thereon, and would completely disarm the adversary. This you can do with perfect safety. And as a consequence, the radicals, who are wild upon negro franchise, will be completely foiled in their attempts to keep the Southern States from renewing their relations to the Union. Andrew Johnson


+ 311 Those damned sons of bitches thought they had me in a trap! I know that damned Douglass; he's just like any nigger, and he would sooner cut a white man's throat than not. Andrew Johnson


+ 331 I have had a son killed, a son-in-law die during the last battle of Nashville, another son has thrown himself away, a second son-in-law is in no better condition, I think I have had sorrow enough without having my bank account examined by a Committee of Congress. Andrew Johnson


+ 333 Legislation can neither be wise nor just which seeks the welfare of a single interest at the expense and to the injury of many and varied interests at least equally important and equally deserving the considerations of Congress. Andrew Johnson


+ 363 Your President is now the Tribune of the people, and, thank God, I am, and intend to assert the power which the people have placed in me... Tyranny and despotism can be exercised by many, more rigorously, more vigorously, and more severely, than by one. Andrew Johnson


+ 417 The only assurance that I can now give of the future is reference to the past. The course which I have taken in the past in connection with this rebellion must be regarded as a guaranty of the future. My past public life, which has been long and laborious, has been founded, as I in good conscience believe, upon a great principle of right, which lies at the basis of all things. The best energies of my life have been spent in endeavoring to establish and perpetuate the principles of free government, and I believe that the Government in passing through its present perils will settle down upon principles consonant with popular rights more permanent and enduring than heretofore. I must be permitted to say, if I understand the feelings of my own heart, that I have long labored to ameliorate and elevate the condition of the great mass of the American people. Toil and an honest advocacy of the great principles of free government have been my lot. Duties have been mine; consequences are God's. This has been the foundation of my political creed, and I feel that in the end the Government will triumph and that these great principles will be permanently established. Andrew Johnson


+ 374 The attempt to place the white population under the domination of persons of color in the South has impaired, if not destroyed, the kindly relations that had previously existed between them: and mutual distrust has engendered a feeling of animosity which leading in some instances to collision and bloodshed, has prevented that cooperation between the two races so essential to the success of industrial enterprise in the Southern States. Andrew Johnson


+ 393 Andrew Johnson had been suspected by many people of being concerned in the plans of Booth against the life of Lincoln or at least cognizant of them. A committee of which I was the head, felt it their duty to make a secret investigation of that matter, and we did our duty in that regard most thoroughly. Speaking for myself I think I ought to say that there was no reliable evidence at all to convince a prudent and responsible man that there was any ground for the suspicions entertained against Johnson.


+ 356 The inauguration went off very well except that the Vice President Elect was too drunk to perform his duties and disgraced himself and the Senate by making a drunken foolish speech. I was never so mortified in my life, had I been able to find a hole I would have dropped through it out of sight.


+ 455 On this inauguration day, while waiting for the opening of the ceremonies, I made a discovery in regard to the vice president — Andrew Johnson. There are moments in the lives of most men, when the doors of their souls are open, and unconsciously to themselves, their true characters may be read by the observant eye. It was at such an instant I caught a glimpse of the real nature of this man, which all subsequent developments proved true. I was standing in the crowd by the side of Mrs. Thomas J. Dorsey, when Mr. Lincoln touched Mr. Johnson, and pointed me out to him. The first expression which came to his face, and which I think was the true index of his heart, was one of bitter contempt and aversion. Seeing that I observed him, he tried to assume a more friendly appearance; but it was too late; it was useless to close the door when all within had been seen. His first glance was the frown of the man, the second was the bland and sickly smile of the demagogue. I turned to Mrs. Dorsey and said, 'Whatever Andrew Johnson may be, he certainly is no friend of our race.' Frederick Douglass


+ 275 I have known Andy for many years... he made a bad slip the other day, but you need not be scared. Andy ain't a drunkard. Abraham Lincoln


+ 341 It has been a severe lesson for Andy, but I do not think he will do it again. Abraham Lincoln


+ 380 It was pretended at the time and it has since been asserted by historians and publicists that Mr. Johnson's Reconstruction policy was only a continuation of that of Mr. Lincoln. This is true only in a superficial sense, but not in reality. Mr. Lincoln had indeed put forth reconstruction plans which contemplated an early restoration of some of the rebel states. But he had done this while the Civil War was still going on, and for the evident purpose of encouraging loyal movements in those States and of weakening the Confederate State government there. Had he lived, he would have as ardently wished to stop bloodshed and to reunite as he ever did. But is it to be supposed for a moment that, seeing the late master class in the South intent upon subjecting the freedmen again to a system very much akin to slavery, Lincoln would have consented to abandon those freemen to the mercies of that master class? Carl Schurz


+ 419 This is one of the last great battles with slavery. Driven from the legislative chambers, driven from the field of war, this monstrous power has found a refuge in the executive mansion, where, in utter disregard of the Constitution and laws, it seeks to exercise its ancient, far-reaching sway. All this is very plain. Nobody can question it. Andrew Johnson is the impersonation of the tyrannical slave power. In him it lives again. Charles Sumner


+ 277 I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 316 As soon as slavery fired upon the flag it was felt, we all felt, even those who did not object to slaves, that slavery must be destroyed. We felt that it was a stain to the Union that men should be bought and sold like cattle. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 282 I don't underrate the value of military knowledge, but if men make war in slavish obedience to rules, they will fail. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 289 I felt like anything rather than rejoicing at the downfall of a foe who had fought so long and valiantly, and had suffered so much for a cause, though that cause was, I believe, one of the worst for which a people ever fought, and one for which there was the least excuse. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 275 Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 367 The effects of the late civil strife have been to free the slave and make him a citizen. Yet he is not possessed of the civil rights which citizenship should carry with it. This is wrong, and should be corrected. To this correction I stand committed, so far as Executive influence can avail. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 258 I know only two tunes: one of them is 'Yankee Doodle', and the other one isn't. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 309 For honest merit to succeed amid the tricks and intrigues which are now so lamentably common, I know is difficult; but the honor of success is increased by the obstacles which are to be surmounted. Let me triumph as a man or not at all. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 309 Fighting battles is like courting girls: those who make the most pretensions and are boldest usually win. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 323 Perhaps the happiest moment of my life was then, when I saw that our line didn’t break and that the enemy’s did. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 329 His success in his great office, his hold upon the confidence and affections of his countrymen, we shall all say are only second to Washington’s; we shall probably feel and think that they are not second even to his. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 310 I have a talent for silence and brevity. I can keep silent when it seems best to do so, and when I speak I can, and do usually, quit when I am done. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 285 As knowledge spreads, wealth spreads. To diffuse knowledge is to diffuse wealth. To give all an equal chance to acquire knowledge is the best and surest way to give all an equal chance to acquire property. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 318 We are both physically very healthy.... Our tempers are cheerful. We are social and popular. But it is one of our greatest comforts that the pledge not to take a second term relieves us from considering it. That was a lucky thing. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 380 Constitutional statutes ... which embody the settled public opinion of the people who enacted them and whom they are to govern — can always be enforced. But, if they embody only the sentiments of a bare majority…they are likely to injure the cause they are framed to advance. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 341 Personally I do not resort to force — not even the force of law — to advance moral reforms. I prefer education, argument, persuasion, and above all the influence of example... Until these resources are exhausted I would not think of force. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 312 The progress of society is mainly ... the improvement in the condition of the workingmen of the world. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 317 Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. James A. Garfield


+ 355 Poverty is uncomfortable, as I can testify; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim for himself. James A. Garfield


+ 357 It would convert the Treasury of the United States into a manufactory of paper money. It makes the House of Representatives and the Senate, or the caucus of the party which happens to be in the majority, the absolute dictator of the financial and business affairs of this country. This scheme surpasses all the centralism and all the Caesarism that were ever charged upon the Republican party in the wildest days of the war or in the events growing out of the war. James A. Garfield


+ 324 The worst days of darkness through which I have ever passed have been greatly alleviated by throwing myself with all my energy into some work relating to others. James A. Garfield


+ 244 I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. James A. Garfield


+ 279 The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think. James A. Garfield


+ 341 The world's history is a divine poem, of which the history of every nation is a canto, and every man a word. Its strains have been pealing along down the centuries, and though there have been mingled the discords of warring cannon and dying men, yet to the Christian philosopher and historian — the humble listener — there has been a Divine melody running through the song which speaks of hope and halcyon days to come. James A. Garfield


+ 296 For mere vengeance I would do nothing. This nation is too great to look for mere revenge. But for security of the future I would do every thing. James A. Garfield


+ 248 If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old. James A. Garfield


+ 294 If hard work is not another name for talent, it is the best possible substitute for it. James A. Garfield


+ 380 I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here, beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept, plighted faith may be broken, and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke: but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue. James A. Garfield


+ 226 A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. James A. Garfield


+ 288 The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people. James A. Garfield


+ 276 The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other. James A. Garfield


+ 353 It is not part of the functions of the national government to find employment for people — and if we were to appropriate a hundred millions for this purpose, we should be taxing forty millions of people to keep a few thousand employed. James A. Garfield


+ 292 The return to solid values is always hard... Distress, panic, and hard times have marked our pathway in returning to solid values. James A. Garfield


+ 233 I thank you doctor, but I am a dead man. James A. Garfield


+ 408 I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike. James A. Garfield


+ 376 Nothing touches my heart more quickly than a tribute of honor to a great and noble character; but as I sat in my seat and witnessed this demonstration, this assemblage seemed to me a human ocean in tempest. I have seen the sea lashed into fury and tossed into spray, and its grandeur moves the soul of the dullest man; but I remember that it is not the billows, but the calm level of the sea, from which all heights and depths are measured. When the storm has passed and the hour of calm settles on the ocean, when the sunlight bathes its peaceful surface, then the astronomer and surveyor take the level from which they measure all terrestrial heights and depths. James A. Garfield


+ 361 Gentlemen of the Convention, your present temper may not mark the healthful pulse of our people. When your enthusiasm has passed, when the emotions of this hour have subsided, we shall find below the storm and passion that calm level of public opinion from which the thoughts of a mighty people are to be measured, and by which final action will be determined. James A. Garfield


+ 439 Twenty-five years ago this Republic was bearing and wearing a triple chain of bondage. Long familiarity with traffic in the bodies and souls of men had paralyzed the consciences of a majority of our people; the narrowing and disintegrating doctrine of State sovereignty had shackled and weakened the noblest and most beneficent powers of the national government; and the grasping power of slavery was seizing upon the virgin territories of the West, and dragging them into the den of eternal bondage. At that crisis the Republican party was born. It drew its first inspiration from that fire of liberty which God has lighted in every human heart, and which all the powers of ignorance and tyranny can never wholly extinguish. The Republican party came to deliver and to save. James A. Garfield


+ 359 Then, after the storms of battle, were heard the calm words of peace spoken by the conquering nation, saying to the foe that lay prostrate at its feet: "This is our only revenge — that you join us in lifting into the serene firmament of the Constitution, to shine like stars for ever and ever, the immortal principles of truth and justice: that all men, white or black, shall be free, and shall stand equal before the law." James A. Garfield


+ 389 In order to win victory now, we want the vote of every Republican — of every Grant Republican, and every anti-Grant Republican, in America — of every Blaine man and every anti-Blaine man. The vote of every follower of every candidate is needed to make success certain. Therefore I say, gentlemen and brethren, we are here to take calm counsel together, and inquire what we shall do. James A. Garfield


+ 351 We want a man whose life and opinions embody all the achievements of which I have spoken. We want a man who, standing on a mountain height, traces the victorious footsteps of our party in the past, and, carrying in his heart the memory of its glorious deeds, looks forward prepared to meet the dangers to come. We want one who will act in no spirit of unkindness toward those we lately met in battle. James A. Garfield


+ 437 Fellow-Citizens: We stand to-day upon an eminence which overlooks a hundred years of national life — a century crowded with perils, but crowned with the triumphs of liberty and law. Before continuing the onward march let us pause on this height for a moment to strengthen our faith and renew our hope by a glance at the pathway along which our people have traveled. James A. Garfield


+ 439 The colonists were struggling not only against the armies of a great nation, but against the settled opinions of mankind; for the world did not then believe that the supreme authority of government could be safely intrusted to the guardianship of the people themselves. We can not overestimate the fervent love of liberty, the intelligent courage, and the sum of common sense with which our fathers made the great experiment of self-government. When they found, after a short trial, that the confederacy of States, was too weak to meet the necessities of a vigorous and expanding republic, they boldly set it aside, and in its stead established a National Union, founded directly upon the will of the people, endowed with full power of self-preservation and ample authority for the accomplishment of its great object. James A. Garfield


+ 383 The will of the nation, speaking with the voice of battle and through the amended Constitution, has fulfilled the great promise of 1776 by proclaiming 'liberty throughout the land to all the inhabitants thereof.' The elevation of the negro race from slavery to the full rights of citizenship is the most important political change we have known since the adoption of the Constitution of 1787. NO thoughtful man can fail to appreciate its beneficent effect upon our institutions and people. It has freed us from the perpetual danger of war and dissolution. It has added immensely to the moral and industrial forces of our people. It has liberated the master as well as the slave from a relation which wronged and enfeebled both. It has surrendered to their own guardianship the manhood of more than 5,000,000 people, and has opened to each one of them a career of freedom and usefulness. James A. Garfield


+ 381 The emancipated race has already made remarkable progress. With unquestioning devotion to the Union, with a patience and gentleness not born of fear, they have "followed the light as God gave them to see the light." They are rapidly laying the material foundations of self-support, widening their circle of intelligence, and beginning to enjoy the blessings that gather around the homes of the industrious poor. They deserve the generous encouragement of all good men. So far as my authority can lawfully extend they shall enjoy the full and equal protection of the Constitution and the laws. James A. Garfield


+ 366 It has been said that unsettled questions have no pity for the repose of nations. It should be said with the utmost emphasis that this question of the suffrage will never give repose or safety to the States or to the nation until each, within its own jurisdiction, makes and keeps the ballot free and pure by the strong sanctions of the law. James A. Garfield


+ 359 It is the high privilege and sacred duty of those now living to educate their successors and fit them, by intelligence and virtue, for the inheritance which awaits them. In this beneficent work, sections and races should be forgotten and partisanship should be unknown. Let our people find a new meaning in the divine oracle which declares that "a little child shall lead them," for our own little children will soon control the destinies of the Republic. James A. Garfield


+ 365 The civil service can never be placed on a satisfactory basis until it is regulated by law. For the good of the service itself, for the protection of those who are intrusted with the appointing power against the waste of time and obstruction to the public business caused by the inordinate pressure for place, and for the protection of incumbents against intrigue and wrong, I shall at the proper time ask Congress to fix the tenure of the minor offices of the several Executive Departments and prescribe the grounds upon which removals shall be made during the terms for which incumbents have been appointed. James A. Garfield


+ 351 I am about to assume the great trust which you have committed to my hands. I appeal to you for that earnest and thoughtful support which makes this Government in fact, as it is in law, a government of the people. I shall greatly rely upon the wisdom and patriotism of Congress and of those who may share with me the responsibilities and duties of administration, and, above all, upon our efforts to promote the welfare of this great people and their Government I reverently invoke the support and blessings of Almighty God. James A. Garfield


+ 431 If there be one thing upon this earth that mankind love and admire better than another, it is a brave man — it is a man who dares to look the devil in the face and tell him he is a devil. James A. Garfield


+ 301 I am glad to have the opportunity of standing up against a rabble of men who hasten to make weathercocks of themselves. James A. Garfield


+ 287 I would rather be defeated than make capital out of my religion. James A. Garfield


+ 330 I must do something to keep my thoughts fresh and growing. I dread nothing so much as falling into a rut and feeling myself becoming a fossil. James A. Garfield


+ 266 I am glad to have the opportunity of standing up against a rabble of men who hasten to make weathercocks of themselves. James A. Garfield


+ 328 Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken. Chester A. Arthur


+ 311 There are very many characteristics which go into making a model civil servant. Prominent among them are probity, industry, good sense, good habits, good temper, patience, order, courtesy, tact, self-reliance, many deference to superior officers, and many consideration for inferiors. Chester A. Arthur


+ 373 Indiana was really, I suppose, a Democratic State. It has always been put down in the book as a state that might be carried by a close and careful and perfect organization and a great deal of— [from audience: “soap,” in reference to purchased votes, the word being followed by laughter]. I see reporters here, and therefore I will simply say that everybody showed a great deal of interest in the occasion, and distributed tracts and political documents all through the country. Chester A. Arthur


+ 284 Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence. Chester A. Arthur


+ 250 Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken. Chester A. Arthur


+ 378 The laboring classes constitute the main part of our population. They should be protected in their efforts peaceably to assert their rights when endangered by aggregated capital, and all statutes on this subject should recognize the care of the State for honest toil, and be framed with a view of improving the condition of the workingman. Grover Cleveland


+ 380 A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil. Contented labor is an element of national prosperity. Ability to work constitutes the capital and the wage of labor the income of a vast number of our population, and this interest should be jealously protected. Our workingmen are not asking unreasonable indulgence, but as intelligent and manly citizens they seek the same consideration which those demand who have other interests at stake. They should receive their full share of the care and attention of those who make and execute the laws, to the end that the wants and needs of the employers and the employed shall alike be subserved and the prosperity of the country, the common heritage of both, be advanced.


+ 356 The laws and the entire scheme of our civil rule, from the town meeting to the State capitals and the national capital, is yours. Your every voter, as surely as your Chief Magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust. Nor is this all. Every citizen owes to the country a vigilant watch and close scrutiny of its public servants and a fair and reasonable estimate of their fidelity and usefulness. Thus is the people's will impressed upon the whole framework of our civil polity — municipal, State, and Federal; and this is the price of our liberty and the inspiration of our faith in the Republic.


+ 431 We are not here today to bow before the representation of a fierce warlike god, filled with wrath and vengeance, but we joyously contemplate instead our own deity keeping watch and ward before the open gates of America and greater than all that have been celebrated in ancient song. Instead of grasping in her hand thunderbolts of terror and of death, she holds aloft the light which illumines the way to man's enfranchisement. We will not forget that Liberty has here made her home, nor shall her chosen altar be neglected. Willing votaries will constantly keep alive its fires and these shall gleam upon the shores of our sister Republic thence, and joined with answering rays a stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression, until Liberty enlightens the world. Grover Cleveland


+ 360 I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan, as proposed by this bill, to indulge a benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds for that purpose. I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government the Government should not support the people. Grover Cleveland


+ 396 Communism is a hateful thing and a menace to peace and organized government; but the communism of combined wealth and capital, the outgrowth of overweening cupidity and selfishness, which insidiously undermines the justice and integrity of free institutions, is not less dangerous than the communism of oppressed poverty and toil, which, exasperated by injustice and discontent, attacks with wild disorder the citadel of rule. He mocks the people who proposes that the Government shall protect the rich and that they in turn will care for the laboring poor. Any intermediary between the people and their Government or the least delegation of the care and protection the Government owes to the humblest citizen in the land makes the boast of free institutions a glittering delusion and the pretended boon of American citizenship a shameless imposition. Grover Cleveland


+ 478 It has been the boast of our government that it seeks to do justice in all things without regard to the strength or weakness of those with whom it deals. I mistake the American people if they favor the odious doctrine that there is no such thing as international morality; that there is one law for a strong nation and another for a weak one, and that even by indirection a strong power may with impunity despoil a weak one of its territory. By an act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States and without authority of Congress, the government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown. A substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair. The Provisional Government has not assumed a republican or other constitutional form, but has remained a mere executive council or oligarchy, set up without the assent of the people. It has not sought to find a permanent basis of popular support and has given no evidence of an intention to do so. Indeed, the representatives of that government assert that the people of Hawaii are unfit for popular government and frankly avow that they can be best ruled by arbitrary or despotic power. The law of nations is founded upon reason and justice, and the rules of conduct governing individual relations between citizens or subjects of a civilized state are equally applicable as between enlightened nations. The considerations that international law is without a court for its enforcement and that obedience to its commands practically depends upon good faith instead of upon the mandate of a superior tribunal only give additional sanction to the law itself and brand any deliberate infraction of it not merely as a wrong but as a disgrace. A man of true honor protects the unwritten word which binds his conscience more scrupulously, if possible, than he does the bond a breach of which subjects him to legal liabilities, and the United States, in aiming to maintain itself as one of the most enlightened nations, would do its citizens gross injustice if it applied to its international relations any other than a high standard of honor and morality. On that ground the United States cannot properly be put in the position of countenancing a wrong after its commission any more than in that of consenting to it in advance. On that ground it cannot allow itself to refuse to redress an injury inflicted through an abuse of power by officers clothed with its authority and wearing its uniform; and on the same ground, if a feeble but friendly state is in danger of being robbed of its independence and its sovereignty by a misuse of the name and power of the United States, the United States cannot fail to vindicate its honor and its sense of justice by an earnest effort to make all possible reparation. Grover Cleveland


+ 431 A sensitive man is not happy as President. It is fight, fight, fight all the time. I looked forward to the close of my term as a happy release from care. But I am not sure I wasn't more unhappy out of office than in. A term in the presidency accustoms a man to great duties. He gets used to handling tremendous enterprises, to organizing forces that may affect at once and directly the welfare of the world. After the long exercise of power, the ordinary affairs of life seem petty and commonplace. An ex-President practicing law or going into business is like a locomotive hauling a delivery wagon. He has lost his sense of proportion. The concerns of other people and even his own affairs seem to small to be worth bothering about. Grover Cleveland


+ 315 A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression, until Liberty enlightens the world. Grover Cleveland


+ 333 The wants and needs of the employers and the employed shall alike be subserved and the prosperity of the country, the common heritage of both, be advanced. Grover Cleveland


+ 399 There is no constitutional or legal requirement that the President shall take the oath of office in the presence of the people, but there is so manifest an appropriateness in the public induction to office of the chief executive officer of the nation that from the beginning of the Government the people, to whose service the official oath consecrates the officer, have been called to witness the solemn ceremonial. The oath taken in the presence of the people becomes a mutual covenant. The officer covenants to serve the whole body of the people by a faithful execution of the laws, so that they may be the unfailing defense and security of those who respect and observe them, and that neither wealth, station, nor the power of combinations shall be able to evade their just penalties or to wrest them from a beneficent public purpose to serve the ends of cruelty or selfishness. Benjamin Harrison


+ 332 Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth. William McKinley


+ 277 War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed. William McKinley


+ 315 Illiteracy must be banished from the land if we shall attain that high destiny as the foremost of the enlightened nations of the world which, under Providence, we ought to achieve. William McKinley


+ 273 We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny. William McKinley


+ 269 The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation. William McKinley


+ 247 Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles. William McKinley


+ 306 The American flag has not been planted on foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake. William McKinley


+ 335 Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century. William McKinley


+ 315 Without competition we would be clinging to the clumsy antiquated processes of farming and manufacture and the methods of business of long ago, and the twentieth would be no further advanced than the eighteenth century. William McKinley


+ 326 Our earnest prayer is that God will graciously vouchsafe prosperity, happiness, and peace to all our neighbors, and like blessings to all the peoples and powers of earth. William McKinley


+ 269 Expositions are the timekeepers of progress. William McKinley


+ 300 Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war. William McKinley


+ 283 Let us ever remember that our interest is in concord, not in conflict; and that our real eminence rests in the victories of peace, not those of war. William McKinley


+ 290 I could not have told where those damned islands were within 2,000 miles. William McKinley


+ 300 I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." Theodore Roosevelt


+ 382 We need to make our political representatives more quickly and sensitively responsive to the people whose servants they are. ... One of the fundamental necessities in a representative government such as ours is to make certain that the men to whom the people delegate their power shall serve the people by whom they are elected, and not the special interests. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 281 Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 348 I cannot consent to take the position that the door of hope — the door of opportunity — is to be shut upon any man, no matter how worthy, purely upon the grounds of race or color. Such an attitude would, according to my convictions, be fundamentally wrong. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 326 We face the future with our past and our present as guarantors of our promises; and we are content to stand or to fall by the record which we have made and are making. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 320 To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by right to hand down to them amplified and developed. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 331 Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in that grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 374 If we stand idly by, if we seek merely swollen, slothful ease and ignoble peace, if we shrink from the hard contests where men must win at hazard of their lives and at the risk of all they hold dear, then the bolder and stronger peoples will pass us by, and will win for themselves the domination of the world. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 341 A good many of you are probably acquainted with the old proverb: "Speak softly and carry a big stick—you will go far." If a man continually blusters, if he lacks civility, a big stick will not save him from trouble; and neither will speaking softly avail, if back of the softness there does not lie strength, power. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 366 In private life there are few beings more obnoxious than the man who is always loudly boasting; and if the boaster is not prepared to back up his words his position becomes absolutely contemptible. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 359 The personal equation is the most important factor in a business operation; ...the business ability of the man at the head of any business concern, big or little, is usually the factor which fixes the gulf between striking success and hopeless failure. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 350 Great corporations exist only because they are created and safeguarded by our institutions; and it is therefore our right and our duty to see that they work in harmony with these institutions. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 242 Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 314 The joy of life is won in its deepest and truest sense only by those who have not shirked life's burdens. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 309 If a boy has not got pluck and honesty and common-sense he is a pretty poor creature; and he is a worse creature if he is a man and lacks any one of those three traits. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 351 Life is as if you were traveling a ridge crest. You have the gulf of inefficiency on one side and the gulf of wickedness on the other, and it helps not to have avoided one gulf if you fall into the other. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 315 Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 338 Our public life depends upon men who take an active interest in that public life; who are bound to see public affairs honestly and competently managed; but who have the good sense to know what honesty and competency actually mean. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 368 My own feeling in the matter is due to my very firm conviction that to put such a motto on coins, or to use it in any kindred manner, not only does not good but does positive harm, and is in effect irreverence which comes dangerously close to sacrilege. A beautiful and solemn sentence such as the one in question should be treated and uttered only with that fine reverence which necessarily implies a certain exaltation of spirit. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 290 A heavy progressive tax upon a very large fortune is in no way such a tax upon thrift or industry as a like would be on a small fortune. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 348 Our words must be judged by our deeds; and in striving for a lofty ideal we must use practical methods; and if we cannot attain all at one leap, we must advance towards it step by step, reasonably content so long as we do actually make some progress in the right direction. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 318 For weal or for woe, the peoples of mankind are knit together far closer than ever before. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 350 The dreams of golden glory in the future will not come true unless, high of heart and strong of hand, by our own mighty deeds we make them come true. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 298 Unjust war is to be abhorred; but woe to the nation that does not make ready to hold its own in time of need against all who would harm it! Theodore Roosevelt


+ 283 We cannot afford weakly to blind ourselves to the actual conflict which faces us today. The issue is joined, and we must fight or fail. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 314 The Constitution guarantees protection to property, and we must make that promise good. But it does not give the right of suffrage to any corporation. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 341 Whenever the alternative must be faced, I am for men and not for property ... . I am far from underestimating the importance of dividends; but I rank dividends below human character. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 315 No matter how honest and decent we are in our private lives, if we do not have the right kind of law and the right kind of administration of the law, we cannot go forward as a nation. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 306 If we approach the work of reform in a spirit of vindictiveness -- in a spirit of reckless disregard for the right of others or of hatred for men because they are better off than ourselves -- we are sure in the end to do not good but damage to all mankind. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 350 To refuse to take, or to permit others to take, wise and practical action for the remedying of abuses is to invite unwise action under the lead of violent extremists. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 293 The true friend of property, the true conservative, is he who insists that property shall be the servant and not the master of the commonwealth; who insists that the creature of man’s making shall be the servant and not the master of the man who made it. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 264 Full knowledge of the past helps us in dealing with the future. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 432 I believe that material wealth is an exceedingly valuable servant, and a particularly abhorrent master, in our National life. I think one end of government should be to achieve prosperity; but it should follow this end chiefly to serve an even higher and more important end - that of promoting the character and welfare of the average man. In the long run, and inevitably, the actual control of the government will be determined by the chief end which the government subserves. If the end and aim of government action is merely to accumulate general material prosperity, treating such prosperity as an end in itself and not as a means, then it is inevitable that material wealth and the masters of that wealth will dominate and control the course of national action. If, on the other hand, the achievement of material wealth is treated, not as an end of government, but as a thing of great value, it is true — so valuable as to be indispensable — but of value only in connection with the achievement of other ends, then we are free to seek throughour government, and through the supervision of our individual activities, the realization of a true democracy. Then we are free to seek not only the heaping up of material wealth, but a wise and generous distribution of such wealth so as to diminish grinding poverty, and, so far as may be, to equalize social and economic no less than political opportunity. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 337 Inefficiency is a curse; and no good intention atones for weakness of will and flabbiness of moral, mental, and physical fiber; yet it is also true that no intellectual cleverness, no ability to achieve material prosperity, can atone for the lack of the great moral qualities which are the surest foundation of national might. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 257 I don't know whether you fully understand that I have just been shot; but it takes more than that to kill a Bull Moose. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 265 The performance of duty, and not an indulgence in vapid ease and vapid pleasure, is all that makes life worth while. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 447 It is impossible to win the great prizes of life without running risks, and the greatest of all prizes are those connected with the home. No father and mother can hope to escape sorrow and anxiety, and there are dreadful moments when death comes very near those we love, even if for the time being it passes by. But life is a great adventure, and the worst of all fears is the fear of living. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 417 We demand that big business give the people a square deal; in return we must insist that when any one engaged in big business honestly endeavors to do right he shall himself be given a square deal; and the first, and most elementary, kind of square deal is to give him in advance full information as to just what he can, and what he cannot, legally and properly do. It is absurd, and much worse than absurd, to treat the deliberate lawbreaker as on an exact par with the man eager to obey the law, whose only desire is to find out from some competent Governmental authority what the law is, and then to live up to it. Moreover, it is absurd to treat the size of a corporation as in itself a crime. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 311 No man can be a good citizen if he is not at least in process of learning to speak the language of his fellow-citizens. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 357 We cannot afford to continue to use hundreds of thousands of immigrants merely as industrial assets while they remain social outcasts and menaces any more than fifty years ago we could afford to keep the black man merely as an industrial asset and not as a human being. We cannot afford to build a big industrial plant and herd men and women about it without care for their welfare. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 423 As a people we must be united. If we are not united we shall slip into the gulf of measureless disaster. We must be strong in purpose for our own defense and bent on securing justice within our borders. If as a nation we are split into warring camps, if we teach our citizens not to look upon one another as brothers but as enemies divided by the hatred of creed for creed or of those of one race against those of another race, surely we shall fail and our great democratic experiment on this continent will go down in crushing overthrow. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 321 I have come to the conclusion that the major part of the work of a President is to increase the gate receipts of expositions and fairs and bring tourists to town. William Howard Taft


+ 323 One of the marvelous things about him is that he is strong enough to force the men who dislike him the most to stand by him. By far he is the strongest man before the people to-day except Roosevelt. I think his greatest fault is his failure to accord credit to anyone for what he may have done. This is a great weakness in any man. I think it was one of the strongest things about Roosevelt. He never tried to minimize what other people did and often exaggerated it. William Howard Taft


+ 364 The intoxication of power rapidly sobers off in the knowledge of its restrictions and under the prompt reminder of an ever-present and not always considerate press, as well as the kindly suggestions that not infrequently come from Congress. William Howard Taft


+ 330 The diplomacy of the present administration has sought to respond to modern ideas of commercial intercourse. This policy has been characterized as substituting dollars for bullets. It is one that appeals alike to idealistic humanitarian sentiments, to the dictates of sound policy and strategy, and to legitimate commercial aims. William Howard Taft


+ 253 Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. Woodrow Wilson


+ 299 Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation. Woodrow Wilson


+ 266 The supreme test of the nation has come. We must all speak, act, and serve together! Woodrow Wilson


+ 235 Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. Calvin Coolidge


+ 338 I was amazed to receive such a letter. During the war 500,000 colored men and boys were called up under the draft, not one of whom sought to evade it. They took their places wherever assigned in defense of the nation of which they are just as truly citizens as are any others. Calvin Coolidge


+ 369 Our Constitution guarantees equal rights to all our citizens, without discrimination on account of race or color. I have taken my oath to support that Constitution. It is the source of your rights and my rights. I propose to regard it, and administer it, as the source of the rights of all the people, whatever their belief or race. Calvin Coolidge


+ 342 Nor are liberal ideals alone sufficient: Ours is a practical people, to whom ideals furnish the theory of political action, upon which they want not only firm assurance, but also effective practice. They want programmes, but they want action to flow from them. They want constructive common sense. They want the development of the common will, not the views of a single individual. They are beginning to realize that words without action are the assassins of idealism. On the other side, they are equally disgusted with seeking for power by destructive criticism, demagoguery, specious promises and sham. Herbert Hoover


+ 446 You convey too great a compliment when you say that I have earned the right to the presidential nomination. No man can establish such an obligation upon any part of the American people. My country owes me no debt. It gave me, as it gives every boy and girl, a chance. It gave me schooling, independence of action, opportunity for service and honor. In no other land could a boy from a country village, without inheritance or influential friends, look forward with unbounded hope. My whole life has taught me what America means. I am indebted to my country beyond any human power to repay. Herbert Hoover


+ 381 I have... instituted systematic, voluntary measures of cooperation with the business institutions and with State and municipal authorities to make certain that fundamental businesses of the country shall continue as usual, that wages and therefore consuming power shall not be reduced, and that a special effort shall be made to expand construction work in order to assist in equalizing other deficits in employment... I am convinced that through these measures we have reestablished confidence. Wages should remain stable. A very large degree of industrial unemployment and suffering which would otherwise have occurred has been prevented. Agricultural prices have reflected the returning confidence. The measures taken must be vigorously pursued until normal conditions are restored. Herbert Hoover


+ 352 While the crash only took place six months ago, I am convinced we have now passed the worst and with continued unity of effort we shall rapidly recover. There is one certainty of the future of a people of the resources, intelligence and character of the people of the United States—that is, prosperity. Herbert Hoover


+ 338 The American people are doing their job today. They should be given a chance to show whether they wish to preserve the principles of individual and local responsibility and mutual self-help before they embark on what I believe to be a disastrous system. I feel sure they will succeed if given the opportunity. Herbert Hoover


+ 346 You cannot extend the mastery of government over the daily life of a people without somewhere making it master of people's souls and thoughts.… Every step in that direction poisons the very roots of liberalism. It poisons political equality, free speech, free press, and equality of opportunity. It is the road not to more liberty but to less liberty. Herbert Hoover


+ 259 A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus. Herbert Hoover


+ 334 What this country needs is a great poem. John Brown’s Body was a step in the right direction. I’ve read it once, and I’m reading it again. But it’s too long to do what I mean. You can’t thrill people in 300 pages... The limit is about 300 words. Kipling’s “Recessional” really did something to England when it was published. It helped them through a bad time. Let me know if you find any great poems lying around. Herbert Hoover


+ 339 When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned. Herbert Hoover


+ 300 About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends. Herbert Hoover


+ 285 Our country has deliberately undertaken a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose. Herbert Hoover


+ 353 The swimming hole is still in use. It has the same mudbank. It is still impossible to dress without carrying mud home in one’s inner garments. As an engineer I could devise improvements for that swimming hole. But I doubt if the decrease in mother’s grief at the homecoming of muddy boys would compensate the inherent joys of getting muddy. Herbert Hoover


+ 367 Liberalism should be found not striving to spread bureaucracy but striving to set bounds to it. True liberalism seeks all legitimate freedom first in the confident belief that without such freedom the pursuit of all other blessings and benefits is vain. That belief is the foundation of all American progress, political as well as economic. Herbert Hoover


+ 332 There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 379 Dear Sallie: I am very sorry you have a cold and you are in bed. I played with Mary today for a little while. I hope by tomorrow you will be able to be up. I am glad today [sic] that my cold is better. Your loving, Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 436 The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. The millions who are in want will not stand by silently forever while the things to satisfy their needs are within easy reach. We need enthusiasm, imagination and the ability to face facts, even unpleasant ones, bravely. We need to correct, by drastic means if necessary, the faults in our economic system from which we now suffer. We need the courage of the young. Yours is not the task of making your way in the world, but the task of remaking the world which you will find before you. May every one of us be granted the courage, the faith and the vision to give the best that is in us to that remaking! Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 285 I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 378 I accuse the present Administration of being the greatest spending Administration in peacetime in all American history - one which piled bureau on bureau, commission on commission, and has failed to anticipate the dire needs or reduced earning power of the people. Bureaus and bureaucrats have been retained at the expense of the taxpayer. We are spending altogether too much money for government services which are neither practical nor necessary. In addition to this, we are attempting too many functions and we need a simplification of what the Federal government is giving the people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 305 I regard reduction in Federal spending as one of the most important issues in this campaign. In my opinion it is the most direct and effective contribution that Government can make to business. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 356 Let me make it clear that I do not assert that a President and the Congress must on all points agree with each other at all times. Many times in history there has been complete disagreement between the two branches of the Government, and in these disagreements sometimes the Congress has won and sometimes the President has won. But during the Administration of the present President we have had neither agreement nor a clear-cut battle. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 321 I'm just afraid that I may not have the strength to do this job. After you leave me tonight, Jimmy, I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God will help me, that he will give me the strength and the guidance to do this job and to do it right. I hope that you will pray for me, too, Jimmy. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 367 This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the whole truth, frankly and boldly. Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 314 Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 353 The money changers have fled from their high seats in the temple of our civilization. We may now restore that temple to the ancient truths. The measure of the restoration lies in the extent to which we apply social values more noble than mere monetary profit. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 286 Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 298 These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 301 There seems to be no question that Mussolini is really interested in what we are doing and I am much interested and deeply impressed by what he has accomplished and by his evidenced honest purpose of restoring Italy. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 311 If the country is to flourish, capital must be invested in enterprise. But those who seek to draw upon other people's money must be wholly candid regarding the facts on which the investor's judgment is asked. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 374 In my Inaugural I laid down the simple proposition that nobody is going to starve in this country. It seems to me to be equally plain that no business which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers has any right to continue in this country. By "business" I mean the whole of commerce as well as the whole of industry; by workers I mean all workers, the white collar class as well as the men in overalls; and by living wages I mean more than a bare subsistence level-I mean the wages of decent living. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 331 The real truth of the matter is, as you and I know, that a financial element in the larger centers has owned the Government ever since the days of Andrew Jackson — and I am not wholly excepting the Administration of W. W. The country is going through a repetition of Jackson's fight with the Bank of the United States — only on a far bigger and broader basis. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 277 I don't mind telling you in confidence that I am keeping in fairly close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 306 I hope your committee will not permit doubts as to constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the suggested legislation. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 332 Yes, we are on the way back — not by mere chance, not by a turn of the cycle. We are coming back more soundly than ever before because we planned it that way, and don't let anybody tell you differently. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 291 Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 371 Let me warn you, and let me warn the nation, against the smooth evasion that says: Of course we believe these things. We believe in social security. We believe in work for the unemployed. We believe in saving homes. Cross our hearts and hope to die! We believe in all these things. But we do not like the way that the present administration is doing them. Just turn them over to us. We will do all of them, we will do more of them, we will do them better and, most important of all, the doing of them will not cost anybody anything! Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 490 We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace—business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob. Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me—and I welcome their hatred. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 346 The very employers and politicians and publishers who talk most loudly of class antagonism and the destruction of the American system now undermine that system by this attempt to coerce the votes of the wage earners of this country. It is the 1936 version of the old threat to close down the factory or the office if a particular candidate does not win. It is an old strategy of tyrants to delude their victims into fighting their battles for them. Every message in a pay envelope, even if it is the truth, is a command to vote according to the will of the employer. But this propaganda is worse—it is deceit. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 228 No man can occupy the office of President without realizing that he is President of all the people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 253 The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 220 The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 402 Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group or by any other controlling private power. The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if its business system does not provide employment and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Both lessons hit home. Among us today a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 295 A serf-supporting and self-respecting democracy can plead no justification for the existence of child labor, no economic reason for chiseling workers' wages or stretching workers' hours. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 369 Enlightened business is learning that competition ought not to cause bad social consequences which inevitably react upon the profits of business itself. All but the hopelessly reactionary will agree that to conserve our primary resources of man power, government must have some control over maximum hours, minimum wages, the evil of child labor and the exploitation of unorganized labor. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 416 Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free. Such things did not need as much emphasis a generation ago, but when the clock of civilization can be turned back by burning libraries, by exiling scientists, artists, musicians, writers and teachers; by disbursing universities, and by censoring news and literature and art; an added burden, an added burden is placed on those countries where the courts of free thought and free learning still burn bright. If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 331 Let us not be afraid to help each other—let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 317 A radical is a man with both feet firmly planted — in the air. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward. A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. A liberal is a man who uses his legs and his hands at the behest — at the command — of his head. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 277 We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 268 Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 279 In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 252 The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 334 Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 314 A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 334 True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 297 Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 328 Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 226 When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 323 If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships - the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 298 If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 288 The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the goverment. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 290 Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 252 Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 308 Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 224 Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 281 A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 270 The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 257 I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 259 I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 287 It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 276 Don't forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 247 I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 287 Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 333 Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 259 If I went to work in a factory the first thing I'd do is join a union. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 216 I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 281 We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 315 In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 197 The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 210 I am a Christian and a Democrat, that's all. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 278 There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 202 I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 261 It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 323 Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan. We will gain the inevitable triumph, so help us God. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 245 When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 229 Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 223 It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 282 Prosperous farmers mean more employment, more prosperity for the workers and the business men of every industrial area in the whole country. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 275 No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 282 The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 257 There are as many opinions as there are experts. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 224 Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 313 But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 229 The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 268 Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 231 The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 256 We are trying to construct a more inclusive society. We are going to make a country in which no one is left out. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 267 Not only our future economic soundness but the very soundness of our democratic institutions depends on the determination of our government to give employment to idle men. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 267 Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 252 Be sincere; be brief; be seated. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 261 Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 265 Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 247 In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 295 One thing is sure. We have to do something. We have to do the best we know how at the moment... If it doesn't turn out right, we can modify it as we go along. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 251 No group and no government can properly prescribe precisely what should constitute the body of knowledge with which true education is concerned. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 234 The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 283 We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 230 To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 239 It is fun to be in the same decade with you. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 282 I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 276 If we can boondoggle ourselves out of this depression, that word is going to be enshrined in the hearts of the American people for years to come. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 310 There is nothing I love as much as a good fight. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 247 It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 264 It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 285 The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 193 Think about good always.


+ 190 War is a contagion. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 307 More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars - yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 209 A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 294 The point in history at which we stand is full of promise and danger. The world will either move forward toward unity and widely shared prosperity - or it will move apart. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 314 Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 269 I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 278 This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 308 Our national determination to keep free of foreign wars and foreign entanglements cannot prevent us from feeling deep concern when ideals and principles that we have cherished are challenged. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 340 We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 306 There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 317 Those newspapers of the nation which most loudly cried dictatorship against me would have been the first to justify the beginnings of dictatorship by somebody else. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 313 Favor comes because for a brief moment in the great space of human change and progress some general human purpose finds in him a satisfactory embodiment. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 243 A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry S. Truman


+ 336 Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Harry S. Truman


+ 277 If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Harry S. Truman


+ 299 Those who want the Government to regulate matters of the mind and spirit are like men who are so afraid of being murdered that they commit suicide to avoid assassination. Harry S. Truman


+ 306 It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow's viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences. Harry S. Truman


+ 304 You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break. Harry S. Truman


+ 276 Richard Nixon is a no good, lying bastard. He can lie out of both sides of his mouth at the same time, and if he ever caught himself telling the truth, he'd lie just to keep his hand in. Harry S. Truman


+ 298 All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. Harry S. Truman


+ 318 You can never get all the facts from just one newspaper, and unless you have all the facts, you cannot make proper judgements about what is going on. Harry S. Truman


+ 285 All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it. Harry S. Truman


+ 197 The buck stops here! Harry S. Truman


+ 300 Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought. Harry S. Truman


+ 312 It's plain hokum. If you can't convince 'em, confuse 'em. It's an old political trick. But this time it won't work. Harry S. Truman


+ 259 There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know. Harry S. Truman


+ 284 The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all. Harry S. Truman


+ 262 Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me. Harry S. Truman


+ 277 I've said many a time that I think the Un-American Activities Committee in the House of Representatives was the most un-American thing in America! Harry S. Truman


+ 306 The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members. Harry S. Truman


+ 233 If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again. Harry S. Truman


+ 300 Nixon is one of the few in the history of this country to run for high office talking out of both sides of his mouth at the same time and lying out of both sides. Harry S. Truman


+ 320 I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases. Harry S. Truman


+ 313 You and I are stuck with the necessity of taking the worst of two evils or none at all. So-I'm taking the immature Democrat as the best of the two. Nixon is impossible. Harry S. Truman


+ 316 If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 338 Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 265 There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 303 I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 275 I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 339 We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 254 An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 318 Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 277 Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 251 I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America? Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 230 History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 335 If men can develop weapons that are so terrifying as to make the thought of global war include almost a sentence for suicide, you would think that man's intelligence and his comprehension... would include also his ability to find a peaceful solution. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 274 When people speak to you about a preventive war, you tell them to go and fight it. After my experience, I have come to hate war. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 231 In the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 346 Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 285 Things are more like they are now than they ever were before. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 281 Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 282 Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 238 Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 239 We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 274 Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy


+ 255 Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy


+ 228 Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. John F. Kennedy


+ 223 Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy


+ 227 The best road to progress is freedom's road. John F. Kennedy


+ 259 If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy


+ 215 Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. John F. Kennedy


+ 281 Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. John F. Kennedy


+ 270 When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. John F. Kennedy


+ 335 Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal. John F. Kennedy


+ 400 When you start falling for somebody and you can't stop thinking about when you're going to see them again, I love that. Women are beautiful. They deserve to be cherished and respected. Orlando Bloom


+ 276 Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy


+ 256 Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy


+ 279 Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder. John F. Kennedy


+ 278 The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. John F. Kennedy


+ 328 The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. John F. Kennedy


+ 347 Israel was not created in order to disappear - Israel will endure and flourish. It is the child of hope and the home of the brave. It can neither be broken by adversity nor demoralized by success. It carries the shield of democracy and it honors the sword of freedom. John F. Kennedy


+ 220 Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life. John F. Kennedy


+ 217 Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. John F. Kennedy


+ 274 There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. John F. Kennedy


+ 261 Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. John F. Kennedy


+ 225 Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. John F. Kennedy


+ 154 A child miseducated is a child lost. John F. Kennedy


+ 254 Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. John F. Kennedy


+ 241 It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. John F. Kennedy


+ 225 The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. John F. Kennedy


+ 223 I'm an idealist without illusions. John F. Kennedy


+ 267 The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. John F. Kennedy


+ 308 There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair. John F. Kennedy


+ 219 Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. John F. Kennedy


+ 221 Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can. John F. Kennedy


+ 236 We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. John F. Kennedy


+ 251 The pay is good and I can walk to work. John F. Kennedy


+ 207 The human mind is our fundamental resource. John F. Kennedy


+ 284 I don't think the intelligence reports are all that hot. Some days I get more out of the New York Times. John F. Kennedy


+ 278 It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree. John F. Kennedy


+ 268 The United States has to move very fast to even stand still. John F. Kennedy


+ 347 This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep, personal tragedy. I know the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best; that is all I can do. I ask for your help and God's. Lyndon B. Johnson


+ 288 If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. Richard M. Nixon


+ 365 You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry, about losing. But the mark of the good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or on his teammates. Richard M. Nixon


+ 351 Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain. Richard M. Nixon


+ 271 If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories. Richard M. Nixon


+ 314 Americans admire a people who can scratch a desert and produce a garden. The Israelis have shown qualities that Americans identify with: guts, patriotism, idealism, a passion for freedom. I have seen it. I know. I believe that. Richard M. Nixon


+ 307 Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top - or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things... Life is one crisis after another. Richard M. Nixon


+ 258 I don't know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports. Richard M. Nixon


+ 272 The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker. Richard M. Nixon


+ 223 Voters quickly forget what a man says. Richard M. Nixon


+ 376 Too often critics seem more intent on seeking new ways to alter Congress than to truly learn how it functions. They might well profit from the advice of Thomas Huxley, who said a century ago: "Sit down before facts as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion — or you shall learn nothing." Gerald Ford


+ 425 America now is stumbling through the darkness of hatred and divisiveness. Our values, our principles, and our determination to succeed as a free and democratic people will give us a torch to light the way. And we will survive and become the stronger — not only because of a patriotism that stands for love of country, but a patriotism that stands for love of people. Gerald Ford


+ 300 I believe in friendly compromise. I said over in the Senate hearings that truth is the glue that holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go. Gerald Ford


+ 392 I've looked on many women with lust. I've committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me. Jimmy Carter


+ 269 We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness. Jimmy Carter


+ 394 Except during my childhood, when I was probably influenced by Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel depiction of God with a flowing white beard, I have never tried to project the Creator in any kind of human likeness. The vociferous debates about whether God is male or female seem ridiculous to me. I think of God as an omnipotent and omniscient presence, a spirit that permeates the universe, the essence of truth, nature, being, and life. To me, these are profound and indescribable concepts that seem to be trivialized when expressed in words. Jimmy Carter


+ 334 Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Ronald Reagan


+ 343 Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction. It is not ours by inheritance; it must be fought for and defended constantly by each generation, for it comes only once to a people. Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again. Ronald Reagan


+ 420 I'm convinced that today the majority of Americans want what those first Americans wanted: A better life for themselves and their children; a minimum of government authority. Very simply, they want to be left alone in peace and safety to take care of the family by earning an honest dollar and putting away some savings. This may not sound too exciting, but there is something magnificent about it. On the farm, on the street corner, in the factory and in the kitchen, millions of us ask nothing more, but certainly nothing less than to live our own lives according to our values — at peace with ourselves, our neighbors and the world. Ronald Reagan


+ 342 You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down... Ronald Reagan


+ 316 It is possible to tell things by a handshake. I like the "looking in the eye" syndrome. It conveys interest. I like the firm, though not bone crushing shake. The bone crusher is trying too hard to "macho it.: The clammy or diffident handshake — fairly or unfairly — get me off to a bad start with a person. Ronald Reagan


+ 334 It is possible to tell things by a handshake. I like the "looking in the eye" syndrome. It conveys interest. I like the firm, though not bone crushing shake. The bone crusher is trying too hard to "macho it.: The clammy or diffident handshake — fairly or unfairly — get me off to a bad start with a person. George Herbert Walker Bush


+ 308 We must act on what we know. I take as my guide the hope of a saint: In crucial things, unity; in important things, diversity; in all things, generosity. George Herbert Walker Bush


+ 465 To all who mourn a son, a brother, a husband, a father, a friend — I can only offer you the gratitude of a nation, for your loved one served his country with distinction and honor. George Herbert Walker Bush


+ 318 Are millions of men and women and children condemned by history or culture to live in despotism? Are they alone never to know freedom, and never even to have a choice in the matter? I, for one, do not believe it. I believe every person has the ability and the right to be free. George W.Bush


+ 237 I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. George W.Bush


+ 298 I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy.


+ 302 Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama


+ 401 Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. Barack Obama


+ 289 America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings. Barack Obama


+ 302 It was the labor movement that helped secure so much of what we take for granted today. The 40-hour work week, the minimum wage, family leave, health insurance, Social Security, Medicare, retirement plans. The cornerstones of the middle-class security all bear the union label. Barack Obama


+ 272 If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. Barack Obama


+ 305 When we have faced down impossible odds; when we've been told that we're not ready, or that we shouldn't try, or that we can't, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes, we can. Barack Obama


+ 272 A good compromise, a good piece of legislation, is like a good sentence; or a good piece of music. Everybody can recognize it. They say, "Huh. It works. It makes sense." Barack Obama


+ 1692 My powers of empathy, my ability to reach into another's heart, cannot penetrate the blank stares of those who would murder innocents with abstract, serene satisfaction. Barack Obama


+ 306 That is the true genius of America—a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles. Barack Obama


+ 253 There is not a liberal America and a conservative America — there is the United States of America. There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America — there's the United States of America. Barack Obama


+ 357 Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. ... Because it’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential. Barack Obama


+ 409 You don't love someone for their looks, or their closes, or for their fancy car, but because they sign a song only you can hear. Oscar Wilde


+ 228 Don't Believe Everything You Think


+ 267 One day someone is going to hug you so tight. That all of your broken pieces will stick back together.


+ 195 No Shortcuts. Work For It


+ 177 Think different


+ 226 If you look closely, you can see it all.


+ 237 The best meal of the day. Breakfast.


+ 258 Surround yourself with people who push you, who challenge you, who make you laugh, who make you better, who make you happy.


+ 272 Keep your head, heels and standards high.


+ 288 Walking every day where you can breathe history.


+ 204 Sometimes a books company is just better


+ 215 I have been think about you


+ 271 This was Lugano, where I grew up. Ksenia


+ 205 Let me think about it.


+ 287 Always walk like you deserve to be right where you are.


+ 359 Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.


+ 304 When I Thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck. Estee Lauder


+ 262 Think Big, Dream Big, Believe Big and Results Will Be Big.


+ 247 Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn


+ 270 Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Samuel Ullman


+ 302 Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Samuel Ullman


+ 311 Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. Dale Carnegie


+ 319 Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes shine to the stars. Enthusiasm is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait. The grip of your hand, the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas. Henry Ford


+ 293 Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie


+ 263 If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind. Norman Vincent Peale


+ 281 How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it. Jim Valvano


+ 291 Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur. Henry Miller


+ 302 A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease. John Muir


+ 253 Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks. James A. Baldwin


+ 318 When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it. W. Clement Stone


+ 260 There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism. Alexander Hamilton


+ 334 I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me. H. P. Lovecraft


+ 372 To fail is a natural consequence of trying, To succeed takes time and prolonged effort in the face of unfriendly odds. To think it will be any other way, no matter what you do, is to invite yourself to be hurt and to limit your enthusiasm for trying again. David Viscott


+ 319 You can't climb up to the second floor without a ladder. When you set your aim too high and don't fulfill it, then your enthusiasm turns to bitterness. Try for a goal that's reasonable, and then gradually raise it. Emil Zatopek


+ 269 A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. Mary Kay Ash


+ 278 Faked enthusiasm is worse than bad acting - it is bad acting with the intent to deceive. Bo Bennett


+ 228 Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel


+ 232 There are very few good examples of effective, nurturing leadership that unlocks people's potential or even enthusiasm. Deepak Chopra


+ 295 Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. Arnold J. Toynbee


+ 286 It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


+ 320 It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth. Arthur Balfour


+ 327 Then there is a still higher type of courage - the courage to brave pain, to live with it, to never let others know of it and to still find joy in life; to wake up in the morning with an enthusiasm for the day ahead. Howard Cosell


+ 320 I'm not really looking for theater work. But if somebody approaches me with enthusiasm, I might respond. David Hockney


+ 360 I know of no single formula for success. But over the years I have observed that some attributes of leadership are universal and are often about finding ways of encouraging people to combine their efforts, their talents, their insights, their enthusiasm and their inspiration to work together. Queen Elizabeth II


+ 310 I learned a good deal about economics, and about America, from the author of the Reagan tax reforms - the great Jack Kemp. What gave Jack that incredible enthusiasm was his belief in the possibilities of free people, in the power of free enterprise and strong communities to overcome poverty and despair. We need that same optimism right now. Paul Ryan


+ 332 Religion must completely encircle the spirit of ethical man like his element, and this luminous chaos of divine thoughts and feelings is called enthusiasm. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel


+ 334 If you are not bored by life, and your primary motto is enthusiasm and if you like your friends, family around you, it all translates into your designs. That's what keeps the creativity alive. Christian Louboutin


+ 291 It is not easy to find something that will intrigue and bind your interest and enthusiasm. This you must seek for yourself. Walter Annenberg


+ 298 I'd like to learn to meditate with more enthusiasm. I can sit down and get quiet for 20 minutes, but it just has not been a part of my Christianity at all. Anne Lamott


+ 288 I can't tell you how many people say they were turned off from science because of a science teacher that completely sucked out all the inspiration and enthusiasm they had for the course. Neil deGrasse Tyson


+ 276 Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone. E. W. Howe


+ 298 The professional world was much more unpleasant than I thought. I was always wishing I could get back that enthusiasm I had when I was doing shows at college. Francis Ford Coppola


+ 261 I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy. Patricia Ireland


+ 314 The problem is, of course, that these interest groups are all asking for changes, but their enthusiasm for change rapidly disappears when it affects the core of their own interests. Angela Merkel


+ 312 But I find the best things I do, I do when I'm trying to avoid doing something else I'm supposed to be doing. You know, you're working on something. You get bugged, or you lose your enthusiasm or something. So you turn to something else with an absolute vengeance. Norton Juster


+ 410 And because of the reunion I think we've got more energy and enthusiasm than we've ever had. And it's genuine. I think the fans can detect when you're genuine, when you love what you do, and we love to be there on stage. That's what we thrive on. Glenn Tipton


+ 327 He was so excited. He cut out pictures of these landscapes and neighborhoods and kind of really tried to give you a feel of the movie. It was kind of cute but at the same time it really showed his enthusiasm for it. Macaulay Culkin


+ 290 I have always looked upon alchemy in natural philosophy to be like enthusiasm in divinity, and to have troubled the world much to the same purpose. William Temple


+ 239 One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days, but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success of his life. Edward B. Butler


+ 277 The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us. Madame de Stael


+ 232 Winning to often is as disastrous as losing too often. Both get the same results, the falling off of the public's enthusiasm. Knute Rockne


+ 330 I was studying to be an architect, I wasn't plotting to join the movies. Films were just another career option. I took acting up with the same schoolgirl enthusiasm I had for examinations. Acting is a job and I take it very seriously. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan


+ 268 My style of playing is more enthusiasm and instinct than skill. Florence Welch


+ 298 I do have a childlike enthusiasm at times. I certainly enjoy life and get pleasure sometimes in childish things. Brian Baumgartner


+ 328 The crucial question one comes back to is the examination; without that experience is meaningless. And I think it's true that society is becoming more and more passive, less and less fired up with enthusiasm, in many spheres. Peter Hammill


+ 330 'Dog Days' was recorded with pens and the wall, and half a stolen drum kit that was out of tune, in what was basically a cupboard. The only instrument I could really play was my voice, so we just layered everything a hundred times. It was enthusiasm over skill. Florence Welch


+ 340 I think we may be seeing the beginnings of a resurgence of civic-mindedness in this country. Hopefully the younger generations, which came out in record numbers during the last presidential election, will pass their enthusiasm on to their children. Sandra Day O'Connor


+ 277 My attitude is always one of sensuality, aggressive enthusiasm and a kind of outrageousness in my expression. Sally Kirkland


+ 269 I'll keep on acting 'til they wipe the drool. I like the business. I like to do different parts and diverse characters. I haven't lost my enthusiasm yet! Robert Duvall


+ 323 For me, it's the unexpected and surprising combinations of produce that are the most exciting and lure me into the kitchen for a little bit of experimenting. Apples and sweet potatoes together? Who knew? Carrots with grapes? Okay. I may not be Julia Child, but I can do pretty well with a simple recipe and a lot of enthusiasm. Marlo Thomas


+ 267 One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm. Ella Maillart


+ 265 We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill. Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people will like it more. Chris Martin


+ 299 What I worry about is that people are losing confidence, losing energy, losing enthusiasm, and there's a real opportunity to get them into work. Boris Johnson


+ 298 Labor, in itself, is neither elevating or otherwise. It is the laborer's privilege to ennoble his work by the aim with which he undertakes it, and by the enthusiasm and faithfulness he puts into it. Lucy Larcom


+ 323 L.A. runs on optimism, enthusiasm and flattery. I think you can go a little bit crazy. I've heard people say there's a limit to the number of years you can stay in this city without going slightly mad. It's just too damn sunny in every dimension - weather-wise, socially and professionally. Hugh Laurie


+ 312 Hope is the motivation that empowers the unemployed, enabling them to get out of bed every single morning with unbounded enthusiasm as they look for work. Emanuel Cleaver


+ 313 To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully. Tryon Edwards


+ 319 Jeff Smith was the Julia Child of my generation. When his television show, 'The Frugal Gourmet,' made its debut on PBS in the 1980s, it conveyed such genuine enthusiasm for cooking that I was moved for the first time to slap down cold cash for a collection of recipes. Alton Brown


+ 299 Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string. Pele


+ 298 Curb Your Enthusiasm, is not so much about Hollywood. It's more about Larry's weaknesses. Kevin Nealon


+ 293 I don't regard myself as a cracking good climber. I'm just strong in the back. I have a lot of enthusiasm, and I'm good on ice. Edmund Hillary


+ 220 Enthusiasm is the greatest asset you can possess, for it can take you further than money, power or influence. Dada Vaswani


+ 283 The thing that I really look for in people is enthusiasm and excitement and, not to sound really sappy, that fire in their eyes. Rachel Zoe


+ 251 As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later. Alistair Cooke


+ 275 A lot of bands have the enthusiasm kicked out of them by playing really dreary pub venues that just churn bands through. Alex Kapranos


+ 294 One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity. Ivan Turgenev


+ 422 One of the things that make Liars so fascinating after five albums, each one so completely different from the others, is that even though they play around with all the classic tropes of art-damaged angst-noise perv-rock, they exude a totally cheery and boyish enthusiasm onstage, goofing around with their keyboards and beatboxes. Rob Sheffield


+ 329 What's great about the geek spirit is that life never seems to stop us, and they never seem to kill our enthusiasm, our optimism and our hunger to experience the world. We keep our sense of humor, we protect our dignity, we talk to our friends about the experience and then we start again fresh the very next day. Paul Feig


+ 255 Enthusiasm just creates bubbles; it doesn't keep them from popping. Adora Svitak


+ 231 You know the day destroys the night,
Night divides the day,
Tried to run —
Tried to hide —
Break on through to the other side!


+ 287 Don't worry, the operation won't take long and you'll feel much better in the morning.


+ 309 Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven's claws


+ 240 Enthusiasm just creates bubbles; it doesn't keep them from popping. Adora Svitak


+ 318 The people in East Germany have lived through so many changes in the last 15 years like never before in the country, and they did this often with great enthusiasm. But in the West we also have a high degree of transformations. Angela Merkel


+ 288 I think the really good mountaineer is the man with the technical ability of the professional and with the enthusiasm and freshness of approach of the amateur. Edmund Hillary


+ 419 I just think to be a manager you've got to live and breathe and have this incredible enthusiasm for football, the whole thing. And while I love the game, and it's been a large part of my life, it's not the only thing in my life. Gary Lineker


+ 290 I didn't only have a perceptual problem, I was also so nervous and so upset. The process just didn't work. I lost enthusiasm for school and I flunked second grade. The teachers said I was lazy. Bruce Jenner


+ 215 I think enthusiasm is the answer to passionate writing. Jerome Lawrence


+ 321 Muslim delegates concerned about rights in Palestine could have brought their enthusiasm closer to home by addressing the fate of black Christians being slaughtered and enslaved in the Sudan. Jack Schwartz


+ 236 I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill. Edward Appleton


+ 280 To act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait patiently when it is time for repose, put man in accord with the tides. Ignorance of this law results in periods of unreasoning enthusiasm on the one hand, and depression on the other. Helena Petrova Blavatsky


+ 358 China approaches fashion with strong enthusiasm. And I believe that this enthusiasm can be translated into something interesting, economically speaking. Not only for my brand, but also for other brands. Giorgio Armani


+ 320 Music is at once the product of feeling and knowledge, for it requires from its disciples, composers and performers alike, not only talent and enthusiasm, but also that knowledge and perception which are the result of protracted study and reflection. Alban Berg


+ 467 I love the romance of what I do, although because of Isabella, Lady Gaga and Grace Jones, people think I have crazy customers. Sometimes I get more enthusiasm from the housewife who wants a hat and believes in it. Philip Treacy


+ 418 I noticed recently, in the last few shows I did, that I'm starting to get people - not a large group, but quite a few people - who come to see me because they love Curb Your Enthusiasm. Wanda Sykes


+ 311 When I was younger I always thought, 'If I were ever a comedian I'd make it like a rock concert.' I wanted to generate that type of enthusiasm and excitement. Carrot Top


+ 307 None of my friends don't have Facebook accounts. Op-eds and studies can highlight our decreased enthusiasm for Facebook 'til the cows come home, but it doesn't change the fact that we are chained to the beast. Voluntarily, of course. Adora Svitak


+ 284 The best thanks we could offer those who went before and raised the Irish working class from their knees was to press forward with determination and enthusiasm towards the ultimate goal of their efforts, a Co-operative Commonwealth for Ireland. James Larkin


+ 351 I set very high standards for myself and worked every game with the same energy and enthusiasm as if it were the seventh game of a World Series. Jim Evans


+ 333 People are patronizing the theatres with renewed enthusiasm - there is an entire picnic-like attitude when families go out to see movies, which is a very good sign. They want to see larger-than-life characters on the big screen and not just watch movies on television or on DVDs. Salman Khan


+ 281 I can only guess that, for guys in their 30s and 40s who watched me play, they understood that the score never mattered and my paycheck never mattered (in relation) to how I played. I played with Little League enthusiasm and professional flair. That's what fans are really looking for. Andy Van Slyke


+ 292 I cannot explain why they made that sequel to Secret of NIMH. Because they claim that it the original didn't make money, so what was the enthusiasm to make a sequel? Don Bluth


+ 358 Let there be great enthusiasm for the plan throughout the entire republic that will overcome all obstacles. Let us join together to realize the Five Year Plan and bring our economy and our own living standards to previously unknown heights. Walter Ulbricht


+ 311 I was really glad to meet Jane Clark because it did give me an insight. I couldn't imagine what kind of woman she was. I was hugely impressed by her energy, straightforward nature and enthusiasm for life. Jenny Agutter


+ 306 Authors change publishers because it's like being married for a long time and suddenly you want to go out and have a wild affair! No, not seriously, sometimes the deal is more interesting with a new publisher, and other times they have more enthusiasm for your books. Jackie Collins


+ 330 After my episode of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' ran, Larry David and JJ Abrams were like, 'I discovered her,' but I was like 'Hold up. Please. I'm from 'Next Friday.' Everybody knows me!' Kym Whitley


+ 367 In my stand up, I think I try to be less energetic because I feel embarrassed about how much enthusiasm I have. There's something about acting like I don't care, or if I act like I haven't spent enough time on it, it seems to go better. If I act like I'm really trying to sell it, it doesn't go as well. Maria Bamford


+ 295 I've experienced a private doubt, something that I've kept deeply inside, and then eventually delivered a piece of work that people responded to with huge enthusiasm. Trevor Nunn


+ 304 Here's the rule that I set for myself, and I believe it - even on a show like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm': the more personal you are, the wider your audience. David Steinberg


+ 280 I think it is more a cautiousness that protects me from enthusiasm about things. I tend not to get excited. People perceive it as a scowl, which is fair enough. Jack Dee


+ 341 On 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' it takes almost a year to get 10 shows written. It always reminds me of my old yeshiva days, where you used to sit over a piece of Talmud and analyze everything that was going on. David Steinberg


+ 272 I wouldn't want the pressure of a Six Feet Under or the pressure of improvising like Curb Your Enthusiasm. Robert Englund


+ 368 I am thoroughly enjoying spending the majority of my time with entrepreneurs. I find that their enthusiasm, dedication, willingness to take huge risks and desire to make a dramatic impact quite inspiring. Maynard Webb


+ 356 Public enthusiasm for new advances is a key ingredient in influencing policy-makers to stimulate follow-up work with suitable funding, and it can be achieved far faster now that interested non-specialists can explore new research autonomously and can also be appealed to directly by scientists. Aubrey de Grey


+ 290 One nice thing that I have discovered about Los Angeles is the enthusiasm with which people dress. Ellie Kemper


+ 303 There's just kind of a sweetness about Canadians. Americans are a little more pushy, I mean, in a way that I enjoy - they're basically pushy because of their enthusiasm - we're a lot clumsier than other people. Neko Case


+ 295 But I think the - what the tea party movement demonstrates, and I think the, the, the enthusiasm that we're seeing from independents and Republicans, is that if Washington isn't going to change itself, then we're going to change Washington. And I think that's what we're seeing. John Cornyn


+ 280 People tell me I'm dancing better than ever. I don't know what happened, but I have new enthusiasm and more endurance. Natalia Makarova


+ 293 Life that only a few hours before had glowed with enthusiasm and exultation, suddenly paled and sickened. Fritz Kreisler


+ 336 I know no subject more elevating, more amazing, more ready to the poetical enthusiasm, the philosophical reflection, and the moral sentiment than the works of nature. Where can we meet such variety, such beauty, such magnificence? James Thomson


+ 346 When I was a child I used to read books by Gerald Durrell, who founded Jersey Zoo. He had a job collecting animals for zoos and for a long time that is what I wanted to do. Later when I was a teenager I had a fantastic English teacher called Mrs. Stafford. Her enthusiasm made me decide to be a writer. Melvin Burgess


+ 259 It cannot take decades to resurrect, we must act immediately with purpose and enthusiasm to rebuild. Alan Autry


+ 243 I like the enthusiasm but not the insincerity of Los Angeles. Brenda Blethyn


+ 347 You look at shows like The Simpsons or Larry Sanders or Curb Your Enthusiasm or Seinfeld, they're really sophisticated shows that we all love back home. Simon Pegg


+ 432 I would love to be on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' I'd love to be on that. A lot of my favorite shows get canceled really early on. I liked 'Twin Peaks.' If I had a time machine I'd be in that. Matthew Gray Gubler


+ 239 It is not uncommon in modern times to see governments straining every nerve to keep the peace, and the people whom they represent, with patriotic enthusiasm and resentment over real or fancied wrongs, urging them forward to war. Elihu Root


+ 308 It's been the most creatively liberating thing I've ever done and so I'm bringing some of that mad enthusiasm to Marvel for the next couple of years as they let me loose on some Marvel Universe titles you'll be hearing about soon. Mark Millar


+ 362 My father was an inspiration to me; I made a few movies with him and I loved working with him. Everything about him - his whole approach to work, as well as his love, enthusiasm and respect for it and other people in the business - was inspiring. I was very lucky to have him as a role model. Hayley Mills


+ 288 The Department of Cell Biology at Johns Hopkins was founded and directed by Tom Pollard, an engaging young scientist with remarkable energy and enthusiasm. Peter Agre


+ 290 Go into something because you really like it, and then do it with a drive and enthusiasm so that it isn't work. John Kluge


+ 293 My schedule has slowed a little. I've cut back on some of my assignments. But I still have the enthusiasm for the sports world that I had 38 years ago. Lesley Visser


+ 261 I thought in terms of the enthusiasm of doing it. I didn't think about whether I was ready. Elmer Bernstein


+ 271 Sometimes you don't know what you've got until you put it in front of an audience - and the enthusiasm for the show from the audience has been just incredible. Matthew Bourne


+ 285 I don't see politics as one or two people just making or delivering announcements - it's also about winning public support and the public enthusiasm. You've got to win public support. Gordon Brown


+ 221 Everything I've done I've done with enthusiasm and passion. Kevin Keegan


+ 336 Until he announced his immigration policy last week, Obama had the support of most Hispanic voters - but not the enthusiasm they had shown for him in 2008. That may be changing in part because of the decision not to deport young immigrants whose undocumented parents brought them here as children. Mara Liasson


+ 281 I think the American people have been surprised by the enthusiasm with which the Iraqis have taken to elections and politics. Duncan Hunter


+ 459 A sure sign of a soul-based workplace is excitement, enthusiasm, real passion; not manufactured passion, but real involvement. And there's very little fear. David Whyte


+ 366 It is difficult to describe in short the enthusiasm and devotion provoked by and given to my research. We lived almost in poverty. I used pencils, two for a nickel, and could not buy a fountain pen, when I lost mine. Immanuel Velikovsky


+ 317 I am hoping the four new players can bring in some energy and fresh enthusiasm because they do not have the baggage that comes from being part of a losing side. Andy Pick


+ 401 I think the biggest difficulty is that when I'm here in America, there's a necessity of using English, so I really have a great sense of really wanting to learn, but unfortunately when I head back to Japan, the necessity vanishes and so does my enthusiasm about learning. Chiaki Kuriyama


+ 320 However, I had a chance encounter with an admissions officer of Stevens Institute of Technology, who so impressed me by his erudition and enthusiasm for the school that I changed course and entered Stevens Institute. Frederick Reines


+ 257 You hear a lot of drivers say they'll quit when they're not enjoying it. That's pretty much what happened to me. It was a combination of things, but mostly it was losing that enthusiasm I always felt before. Rick Mears


+ 313 There's a fascinating school of thought that some women are relationship addicts. You get really strung out on a guy who's not returning your enthusiasm and tell yourself you're going to fix him and make him better, and of course it's impossible. Phoebe Snow


+ 311 It came as a surprise to find that a professional society and journal (Econometrica) were flourishing, and I entered this area of study with great enthusiasm. Lawrence R. Klein


+ 361 I did about 10-12 national commercials and then got one line parts in things like 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and the show 'The Unit.' Got a little part in the movie 'Redbelt' by David Mamet and kept slowly grinding up and then started getting bigger parts in independents and getting noticed by Liz Meriwether. Jake Johnson


+ 271 Walking is the best time for king. Sergey Letchenya


+ 275 I do what I want to do. I see where my enthusiasm is. Over the years, my techniques expanded. That's how the writing came out. Nick Bantock


+ 265 I guess my enthusiasm kind of rubs off on people. Margaret Murray


+ 329 I printed a list of Irish names from the Internet and my husband, Dave, saw Finley on the list. I really liked it but didn't want to scare Dave off with my enthusiasm. So I used a little reverse psychology and let him think it was his idea. Holly Marie Combs


+ 278 No, I can't write treatments, I think there's a danger with treatments. That you... you write out your first excitement and enthusiasm in a prose treatment. Ronald Harwood


+ 230 Enthusiasm and misplaced belief can take you a long way. John Otway


+ 415 I drove 3,500 miles this summer on our family holiday, we drove across 10 countries. I have driven across the United States four times. I love cars, I love being in cars, I think so do most people. I want to help and support those people who have that same kind of enthusiasm for driving that I have. Geoff Hoon


+ 308 You could take the Internet enthusiasm that was happening in 1999 and 2000 here in the U.S., and in China it was three-to-five times more ebullient. Mary Meeker


+ 316 Useful as a war against France, undertaken by the Government against the will of the people would be for our revolutionary development, just so dangerous must be the effect upon our democratic development of a war supported by blind popular enthusiasm. Ferdinand Lassalle


+ 324 I really love 'Dexter.' I'd like to be on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' or 'Breaking Bad.' Melinda McGraw


+ 329 You life is a result of the choices you make... If you don't like your life it is time to start making better choices.


+ 215 Wake up and Live


+ 210 Make Today Amazing


+ 317 You must think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. David Viscott


+ 230 What you think, You become.


+ 247 What you think, You attract.


+ 249 Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.


+ 245 Don't wait for perfect moments, take the moment and make it perfect.


+ 259 Be with the person that makes you happy.


+ 398 10 Things Emotionally Strong People Don’t Do:
1. They don’t beg for attention.
2. They don’t allow others to bring them down.
3. They don’t stop believing in themselves.
4. They’re not afraid to love.
5. They’re not afraid of slowing down.
6. They refuse to be a victim of circumstance.
7. They don’t have a problem saying no.
8. They don’t back down from challenges.
9. They don’t do things they don’t want to do.
10. They don’t forget that happiness is a decision.


+ 213 Stupid - knowing the truth, seeing the truth but still believing in lies.


+ 324 The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. Alexandra K.Trenfor


+ 215 Have a wonderful week


+ 205 You can if you think you can


+ 269 Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Jack Canfield


+ 279 Keep Calm and Stay Forever Young


+ 315 Keep Calm and Love Life


+ 312 My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. Peter Golkin


+ 222 One kind word can change someone's entire day.


+ 288 Keep Calm and Love Theatre


+ 233 Speak up. Believe in Yourself. Take risks.


+ 261 Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless and don't be sorry. Jack Kerouac


+ 273 Take time to do what makes your soul happy.


+ 211 Shut up. Word Hark. Be patient.


+ 174 Just a joke


+ 195 He know most who speaks least


+ 205 They that think they know everything, know nothing


+ 287 You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs


+ 254 You can’t judge a man’s character by his looks


+ 199 Think positive and positive things will happen


+ 229 Please speak slowly


+ 214 Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness


+ 366 Take time to do what makes your soul happy.


+ 292 It's important to make someone happy, and it's important to start with yourself.


+ 281 One of the most difficult task in life is removing someone from your heart.


+ 289 Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran


+ 312 Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing.


+ 183 Two wrongs don't make a right.


+ 230 There's no time like the present.


+ 174 A little knowledge is a dangerous thing


+ 234 Attack is the best form of defence


+ 232 Barking dogs seldom bite


+ 261 Only fools and horses work


+ 191 Practice makes perfect


+ 228 There's no fool like an old fool


+ 220 Third time lucky


+ 206 Two blacks do not make a white


+ 255 You pays your money and you takes your choice


+ 312 I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself. Jack London


+ 293 Life? Bah! It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest. Jack London


+ 340 I love the flesh. I'm a pagan. “Who are they who speak evil of the clay? The very stars are made of clay like mine!” Jack London


+ 306 Life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do. Jack London


+ 358 The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances. Jack London


+ 351 I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time. Jack London


+ 442 Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London


+ 288 Age is never so old as youth would measure it. Jack London


+ 309 There are things greater than our wisdom, beyond our justice. The right and wrong of this we cannot say, and it is not for us to judge. Jack London


+ 347 He lacked the wisdom, and the only way for him to get it was to buy it with his youth; and when wisdom was his, youth would have been spent buying it. Jack London


+ 439 Fiction pays best of all and when it is of fair quality is more easily sold. A good joke will sell quicker than a good poem, and, measured in sweat and blood, will bring better remuneration. Avoid the unhappy ending, the harsh, the brutal, the tragic, the horrible - if you care to see in print things you write. In this connection don't do as I do, but do as I say. Humour is the hardest to write, easiest to sell, and best rewarded. Do not write too much. Concentrate your sweat on one story, rather than dissipate it over a dozen. Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club, and if you don't get it you will nonetheless get something that looks remarkably like it. Jack London


+ 331 He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself in movement, flying exultantly under the stars. Jack London


+ 403 But especially he loved to run in the dim twilight of the summer midnights, listening to the subdued and sleepy murmurs of the forest, reading signs and sounds as a man may read a book, and seeking for the mysterious something that called -- called, waking or sleeping, at all times, for him to come. Jack London


+ 371 He was a killer, a thing that preyed, living on the things that lived, unaided, alone, by virtue of his own strength and prowess, surviving triumphantly in a hostile environment where only the strong survive. Jack London


+ 451 It was just such uniqueness of points of view that startled Ruth. Not only were they new to her, and contrary to her own beliefs, but she always felt in them germs of truth that threatened to unseat or modify her own convictions. Had she been fourteen instead of twenty-four, she might have been changed by them; but she was twenty-four, conservative by nature and upbringing, and already crystallized into the cranny of life where she had been born and formed. It was true, his bizarre judgments troubled her in the moments they were uttered, but she ascribed them to his novelty of type and strangeness of living, and they were soon forgotten. Nevertheless, while she disapproved of them, the strength of their utterance, and the flashing of eyes and earnestness of face that accompanied them, always thrilled her and drew her toward him. She would never have guessed that this man who had come from beyond her horizon, was, in such moments, flashing on beyond her horizon with wider and deeper concepts. Her own limits were the limits of her horizon; but limited minds can recognize limitations only in others. And so she felt that her outlook was very wide indeed, and that where his conflicted with hers marked his limitations; and she dreamed of helping him to see as she saw, of widening his horizon until it was identified with hers. Jack London


+ 422 Much of this he strove to express to Ruth, and shocked her and made it clear that more remodelling was necessary. Hers was that common insularity of mind that makes human creatures believe that their color, creed, and politics are best and right and that other human creatures scattered over the world are less fortunately placed than they. It was the same insularity of mind that made the ancient Jew thank God he was not born a woman, and sent the modern missionary god-substituting to the ends of the earth; and it made Ruth desire to shape this man from other crannies of life into the likeness of the men who lived in her particular cranny of life. Jack London


+ 299 Too much is written by the men who can't write about the men who do write. Jack London


+ 317 I am. I was. I am not. I never am. Jack London


+ 352 There are, broadly speaking, two types of drinkers. There is the man whom we all know, stupid, unimaginative, whose brain is bitten numbly by numb maggots; who walks generously with wide-spread, tentative legs, falls frequently in the gutter, and who sees, in the extremity of his ecstasy, blue mice and pink elephants.... The other type of drinker has imagination, vision. Even when most pleasantly jingled he walks straight and naturally, never staggers nor falls, and knows just where he is and what he is doing. It is not his body but his brain that is drunken. Jack London


+ 300 I was five years old the first time I got drunk. Jack London


+ 324 Men do not knowingly drink for the effect alcohol produces on the body. What they drink for is the brain-effect; and if it must come through the body, so much the worse for the body. Jack London


+ 373 The fortunate man is the one who cannot take more than a couple of drinks without becoming intoxicated. The unfortunate wight is the one who can take many glasses without betraying a sign; who must take numerous glasses in order to get the kick. Jack London


+ 303 All dese governments and dis this and that, these people that say they're here to help, why them say you cannot smoke the herb? Herb... herb is a plant, you know? And when me check it, me can't find no reason. All them say is, 'it make you rebel'. Against what? Bob Marley


+ 261 Alcohol make you drunk, man. It don't make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness. Bob Marley


+ 289 Who are you to judge the life I live? I am not perfect and I don't have to be! before you start pointing fingures, make sure your hands are clean. Bob Marley


+ 318 Some people say great God come from the sky take away everything and make everybody feel high, but if you know what life is worth, you will look for yours on earth. Bob Marley


+ 220 Every day the bucket a-go a well, one day the bottom a-go drop out. Bob Marley


+ 312 Excuse me while I light my spliff, good God I gotta take a lift. Bob Marley


+ 317 Some people walk into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts. Others walk into our lives and we want to leave footprints on their face!


+ 303 I know the voices in my head aren't real..... but sometimes their ideas are just absolutely awesome!


+ 272 Two mice are eating a movie film roll at a cinema when one says to the other: this movie is good, but the book was better!


+ 268 When we go to seafood restaurants I tell them 'Just water for me, thanks.' - Fish


+ 276 Relationships these days start by pressing LIKE on her photo. Facebook


+ 276 The first 5 days after the weekend are always the hardest.


+ 211 I think my guardian angel drinks.


+ 283 Feeling good about yourself? Ask a kid to draw a picture of you.


+ 164 We have cookies.


+ 333 I was early taught to work as well as play,
My life has been one long, happy holiday;
Full of work and full of play —
I dropped the worry on the way —
And God was good to me every day.


+ 388 Truth alone will endure, all the rest will be swept away before the tide of time. I must continue to bear testimony to truth even if I am forsaken by all. Mine may today be a voice in the wilderness, but it will be heard when all other voices are silenced, if it is the voice of Truth. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 239 The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 401 Religions are different roads converging to the same point. What does it matter that we take different road, so long as we reach the same goal. Wherein is the cause for quarrelling? Mahatma Gandhi


+ 319 The heart was made to be broken. Oscar Wilde


+ 460 The Message

For centuries, scholars have been debating the two main possibilities for the origin and meaning of life. Some aspire to a higher philosophical dimension, which they can't find in the theory of evolution, while others dismiss as irrational any reference to an almighty god.

But what if another theory, one both rational and with philosophical depth, were to be available?

This is what the “Message” proposes: Thousands of years ago, scientists from another planet came to Earth and created all forms of life, including human beings, whom they created in their own image. References to these scientists and their work can be found in the ancient texts of many cultures. Due to their highly advanced technology, they were considered as gods by our primitive ancestors and often referred to as 'Elohim' which in ancient Hebrew meant 'Those who came from the sky'.

Despite being a plural word, Elohim was mistranslated over time to the singular 'God' reference that appears in modern-day Bibles.

Nevertheless, these people who came from the sky (the Elohim) educated humanity through the ages with the help of various messengers (also called prophets) with whom they had made contact. Each messenger was given a message suitable for the level of understanding prevailing at the time, with the primary purpose of instilling basic principles of non-violence and respect. Once humanity reached a sufficient level of scientific understanding, the Elohim decided to make themselves more visible in UFO sightings and to conceive their final message. Rael was given two missions: spreading that last message on Earth and preparing an embassy to welcome the return of our creators.

The atheist 'Intelligent Design Theory' offers a rational solution to the age-old debate between God-believers and evolutionists. It’s compatible not only with today's scientific discoveries but also with the ancient historical accounts of all cultures.

International Headquarters:
Raelian Movement
P.O. Box 225
CH-1211 Geneva 8
Switzerland
www.rael.org


+ 323 A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw


+ 360 When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'. Erma Bombeck


+ 427 Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde


+ 255 Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


+ 316 Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes. Sigmund Freud


+ 332 I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.


+ 350 Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. Bruce Lee


+ 256 A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle


+ 378 Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. James A. Baldwin


+ 342 A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman


+ 411 A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy. George Jean Nathan


+ 336 A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore de Balzac


+ 338 Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. Henry Van Dyke


+ 299 Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. H. L. Mencken


+ 330 Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken


+ 328 What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Helen Keller


+ 309 Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. Zora Neale Hurston


+ 444 Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


+ 335 Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy. Dwight L. Moody


+ 391 As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. William Shakespeare


+ 325 Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Khalil Gibran


+ 312 Once the realization is accepted that even between the closest human beings infinite distances continue, a wonderful living side by side can grow, if they succeed in loving the distance between them which makes it possible for each to see the other whole against the sky. Rainer Maria Rilke


+ 324 True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 358 I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved. George Eliot


+ 269 A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Joseph Joubert


+ 349 We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. Tom Robbins


+ 355 Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. William Shakespeare


+ 338 Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery


+ 356 Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. Lao Tzu


+ 344 The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. Gilbert K. Chesterton


+ 244 A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens


+ 358 Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken


+ 242 You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. Barbara de Angelis


+ 321 All mankind love a lover. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 348 The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. George Edward Moore


+ 301 Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. Khalil Gibran


+ 368 Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be. Khalil Gibran


+ 418 If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. Benjamin Franklin


+ 392 The moment you have in your heart this extraordinary thing called love and feel the depth, the delight, the ecstasy of it, you will discover that for you the world is transformed. Jiddu Krishnamurti


+ 367 All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time. Julie Andrews


+ 368 You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. Henry Drummond


+ 426 I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty... you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. J. D. Salinger


+ 429 I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. Robert Fulghum


+ 438 I love that feeling of being in love, the effect of having butterflies when you wake up in the morning. That is special. Jennifer Aniston


+ 353 Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars. Gilbert Parker


+ 354 The love we give away is the only love we keep. Elbert Hubbard


+ 389 It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office. Shirley MacLaine


+ 373 Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. James A. Baldwin


+ 403 Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Harry Emerson Fosdick


+ 318 It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


+ 386 People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense. Ken Kesey


+ 446 Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. Peter Ustinov


+ 382 Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. Rainer Maria Rilke


+ 407 Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited. Duke Ellington


+ 360 Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi


+ 358 Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P. Jones


+ 237 A kiss is a rosy dot over the 'i' of loving. Cyrano de Bergerac


+ 426 If you can learn to love yourself and all the flaws, you can love other people so much better. And that makes you so happy. Kristin Chenoweth


+ 423 Sometimes it's a form of love just to talk to somebody that you have nothing in common with and still be fascinated by their presence. David Byrne


+ 361 Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. Karl A. Menninger


+ 390 True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked. Erich Segal


+ 366 Love is my religion - I could die for it. John Keats


+ 341 Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy. Drew Barrymore


+ 385 There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 308 Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another. H. L. Mencken


+ 404 The way to know life is to love many things. Vincent Van Gogh


+ 434 Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. Thomas Aquinas


+ 348 Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all. Gilbert K. Chesterton


+ 395 Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense. Helen Rowland


+ 368 Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. W. Somerset Maugham


+ 341 Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing. Torquato Tasso


+ 377 Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. Louise L. Hay


+ 398 Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


+ 357 I can direct breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I take pride in my kitchen, but I'm not going to direct a movie. Julia Roberts


+ 285 Stolen kisses are always sweetest. Leigh Hunt


+ 427 Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. Josh Billings


+ 347 If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love's sake only. Elizabeth Barrett Browning


+ 372 Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. David Wilkerson


+ 296 I don't know that love changes. People change. Circumstances change. Nicholas Sparks


+ 405 You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving. Anatole France


+ 333 For love is immortality. Emily Dickinson


+ 397 Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. Saint Teresa of Avila


+ 344 Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred. Barbara de Angelis


+ 405 The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other. Honore de Balzac


+ 394 If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love. Samuel Beckett


+ 319 Take away love and our earth is a tomb. Robert Browning


+ 281 People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy. Bob Hope


+ 324 Take away love and our earth is a tomb. Robert Browning


+ 380 When you love a man, he becomes more than a body. His physical limbs expand, and his outline recedes, vanishes. He is rich and sweet and right. He is part of the world, the atmosphere, the blue sky and the blue water. Gwendolyn Brooks


+ 365 We love because it's the only true adventure. Nikki Giovanni


+ 380 He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back. Henri Matisse


+ 360 I look at Jerusalem as being a beacon for the three monotheistic religions. Abdallah II of Jordan


+ 418 Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole. Samuel Taylor Coleridge


+ 348 I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me. Woody Allen


+ 346 Love is metaphysical gravity. R. Buckminster Fuller


+ 438 What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. Pearl Bailey


+ 366 Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength. Theodor Adorno


+ 295 Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. Carl Sandburg


+ 289 You don't have to go looking for love when it's where you come from. Werner Erhard


+ 356 If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile. Lynda Barry


+ 260 A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted. Billie Holiday


+ 343 Being free, being truly free consists of not being bound by the opinions that others choose to display in regards to the decisions that one chooses to make on a daily weekly, or lifetime basis.


+ 380 Being free, being truly free consists of not being bound by the opinions that others choose to display in regards to the decisions that one chooses to make on a daily weekly, or lifetime basis.


+ 346 Being free is when you are able to go against the grain, when you are able to make a left when everyone else is going right, and not worry about why everyone is talking about you, or looking at you in a manner that is unfavorable, and with faces that blatantly say that they don't approve of your choices.


+ 325 One of the greatest challenges is being yourself in a world that's trying to make you like everyone else.


+ 355 To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic. Alphonse de Lamartine


+ 315 More and more people see the web through the screen of a mobile device. In 2014, mobile web users are set to outnumber desktop web users. Are you ready?


+ 193 Keep calm because you are perfect


+ 289 Conversion for one of our newest products increased 400% after Google Analytics showed us where we could make improvements. Mariam Naficy, CEO Minted


+ 360 Google Analytics Premium helps us reinvent our marketing strategy every day. Search, display, social — we really see how they all fit together. Nicole Remington, Digital Marketing Manager TechSmith


+ 332 Google Analytics gives us key insights that help drive the evolution of our product on our mobile app and desktop. It shows us exactly how people are using our product on each platform. Jeffrey Fluhr, CEO Spreecast


+ 280 If I didn't have my films as an outlet for all the different sides of me, I would probably be locked up. Angelina Jolie


+ 347 I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed my way that are strong women. It's like people see Hackers and they send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear no bra and a little tank top. I'd like to play strong women who are also very feminine. Angelina Jolie


+ 303 If you ask people what they've always wanted to do, most people haven't done it. That breaks my heart. Angelina Jolie


+ 303 Sometimes I think my husband is so amazing that I don't know why he's with me. I don't know whether I'm good enough. But if I make him happy, then I'm everything I want to be. Angelina Jolie


+ 219 I'm odd looking. Sometimes I think I look like a funny muppet. Angelina Jolie


+ 333 Unlike the physicist, the psychologist ... investigates processes that belong to the same order — perception, learning, thinking — as those by which he conducts his investigation. Morris R. Cohen, Reason and Nature


+ 436 One can ask two different kinds of questions with regard to the topics of study in psychology as well as in other sciences. One can ask for the phenomenal characteristics of psychological units or events, for example, how many kinds of feelings can be qualitatively differentiated from one another or which characteristics describe an experience of a voluntary act. Aside from this are the questions asking for the why, for the cause and the effect, for the conditional-genetic interrelations. For example, one can ask: Under which conditions has been a decision made and which are the specific psychological effects which follow this decision? The depiction of phenomenal characteristics is usually characterized as “description”, the depiction of causal relationships as “explanation.” Kurt Lewin 1927


+ 279 Despite the burgeoning technologies in the field of "helping", on many levels psychotherapy is still a crapshoot. Some of the goal of training, I think, is to help students accept that fact. The work is part science, part art, and part luck. Learning to tolerate the anxiety inherent in that recipe is critical for any clinician. Martha Manning, in Undercurrents


+ 377 The old distinctions among emotion, reason, and aesthetics are like the earth, air, and fire of an ancient alchemy. We will need much better concepts than these for a working psychic chemistry. Marvin Minsky, "Music, Mind, and Meaning"


+ 457 We cannot describe how the mind is made without having good ways to describe complicated processes. Before computers, no languages were good for that. Piaget tried algebra and Freud tried diagrams; other psychologists used Markov Chains and matrices, but none came to much. Behaviorists, quite properly, had ceased to speak at all. Linguists flocked to formal syntax, and made progress for a time but reached a limit: transformational grammar shows the contents of the registers (so to speak), but has no way to describe what controls them. This makes it hard to say how surface speech relates to underlying designation and intent–a baby-and-bath-water situation. I prefer ideas from AI research because there we tend to seek procedural description first, which seems more appropriate for mental matters. Marvin Minsky, in "Music, Mind, and Meaning"


+ 430 The popular medical formulation of morality that goes back to Ariston of Chios, "virtue is the health of the soul," would have to be changed to become useful, at least to read: "your virtue is the health of your soul." For there is no health as such, and all attempts to define a thing that way have been wretched failures. Even the determination of what is healthy for your body depends on your goal, your horizon, your energies, your impulses, your errors, and above all on the ideals and phantasms of your soul. Thus there are innumerable healths of the body; and the more we allow the unique and incomparable to raise its head again, and the more we abjure the dogma of the "equality of men," the more must the concept of a normal health, along with a normal diet and the normal course of an illness, be abandoned by medical men. Only then would the time have come to reflect on the health and illness of the soul, and to find the peculiar virtue of each man in the health of his soul. Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science, § 120 “Health of the Soul”


+ 329 A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. Benjamin Franklin


+ 361 All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse. Benjamin Franklin


+ 255 A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 286 Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 362 It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we'd given customers what they said they wanted, we'd have built a computer they'd have been happy with a year after we spoke to them - not something they'd want now. Steve Jobs


+ 337 We're going to be able to ask our computers to monitor things for us, and when certain conditions happen, are triggered, the computers will take certain actions and inform us after the fact. Steve Jobs


+ 346 What we want to do is make a leapfrog product that is way smarter than any mobile device has ever been, and super-easy to use. This is what iPhone is. OK? So, we're going to reinvent the phone. Steve Jobs


+ 317 I met Woz when I was 13, at a friend's garage. He was about 18. He was, like, the first person I met who knew more electronics than I did at that point. We became good friends, because we shared an interest in computer and we had a sense of humor. We pulled all kinds of pranks together. Steve Jobs


+ 313 You know, my main reaction to this money thing is that it's humorous, all the attention to it, because it's hardly the most insightful or valuable thing that's happened to me. Steve Jobs


+ 367 And it comes from saying no to 1,000 things to make sure we don't get on the wrong track or try to do too much. We're always thinking about new markets we could enter, but it's only by saying no that you can concentrate on the things that are really important. Steve Jobs


+ 381 The over-all point is that new technology will not necessarily replace old technology, but it will date it. By definition. Eventually, it will replace it. But it's like people who had black-and-white TVs when color came out. They eventually decided whether or not the new technology was worth the investment. Steve Jobs


+ 356 A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets. Steve Jobs


+ 331 But innovation comes from people meeting up in the hallways or calling each other at 10:30 at night with a new idea, or because they realized something that shoots holes in how we've been thinking about a problem. Steve Jobs


+ 357 As individuals, people are inherently good. I have a somewhat more pessimistic view of people in groups. And I remain extremely concerned when I see what's happening in our country, which is in many ways the luckiest place in the world. We don't seem to be excited about making our country a better place for our kids. Steve Jobs


+ 357 That's been one of my mantras - focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it's worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs


+ 283 Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. Steve Jobs


+ 343 Bottom line is, I didn't return to Apple to make a fortune. I've been very lucky in my life and already have one. When I was 25, my net worth was $100 million or so. I decided then that I wasn't going to let it ruin my life. There's no way you could ever spend it all, and I don't view wealth as something that validates my intelligence. Steve Jobs


+ 323 Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. Steve Jobs


+ 304 Design is a funny word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it's really how it works. Steve Jobs


+ 329 Older people sit down and ask, 'What is it?' but the boy asks, 'What can I do with it?'. Steve Jobs


+ 316 You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new. Steve Jobs


+ 346 We're gambling on our vision, and we would rather do that than make "me too" products. Let some other companies do that. For us, it's always the next dream. Steve Jobs


+ 319 We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on. Steve Jobs


+ 346 We think basically you watch television to turn your brain off, and you work on your computer when you want to turn your brain on. Steve Jobs


+ 334 I think if you do something and it turns out pretty good, then you should go do something else wonderful, not dwell on it for too long. Just figure out what's next. Steve Jobs


+ 317 The art of those commercials is not to be mean, but it is actually for the guys to like each other. Steve Jobs


+ 335 Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Steve Jobs


+ 429 The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking. Don’t settle. Steve Jobs


+ 266 I never really get to see, except second hand, how abrupt he is with people. Steve Wozniak


+ 344 Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare


+ 240 A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare


+ 303 Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare


+ 260 It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare


+ 351 All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. William Shakespeare


+ 328 If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge? William Shakespeare


+ 350 This life, which had been the tomb of his virtue and of his honour, is but a walking shadow; a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. William Shakespeare


+ 380 If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare


+ 304 Hell is empty and all the devils are here. William Shakespeare


+ 299 Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. William Shakespeare


+ 290 The wheel is come full circle. William Shakespeare


+ 303 Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. William Shakespeare


+ 271 Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare


+ 269 One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare


+ 369 The course of true love never did run smooth. William Shakespeare


+ 281 When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. William Shakespeare


+ 316 Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. William Shakespeare


+ 282 No legacy is so rich as honesty. William Shakespeare


+ 299 What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare


+ 282 This above all; to thine own self be true. William Shakespeare


+ 260 God already knows everything. Come as you are.


+ 256 I talk to God, but the sky is empty. Sylvia Plath


+ 212 If you never try it, you'll never know it.


+ 216 People are quick to judge, but slow to correct themselves


+ 311 Remember, being happy doesn't mean you have it all. It simply means you're thankful for all you have.


+ 224 You have to train your brain to be positive just like you work out your body. Shawn Achor


+ 238 The less you talk, the more you're listened to. Pauline Phillips


+ 230 I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life. Jean-Michel Basquiat


+ 235 The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. Tennessee Williams


+ 200 To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Albert Camus


+ 245 No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. William Blake


+ 258 When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. William Arthur Ward


+ 301 Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together. John Webster


+ 265 There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep. E. W. Howe


+ 302 Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank


+ 251 If you must have motivation, think of your paycheck on Friday. Noel Coward


+ 255 Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford


+ 249 Flowers grow out of dark moments. Corita Kent


+ 361 Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. Peter Ustinov


+ 281 We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare


+ 358 Don't forget to love yourself. Soren Kierkegaard


+ 236 The main thing is to know something and to say it. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel


+ 250 I do not seek. I find. Pablo Picasso


+ 250 Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings. William C. Bryant


+ 287 Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with. Robert Staughton Lynd


+ 265 We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut


+ 353 A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman


+ 228 Smartphones. Who cares? Smartphones. I only have dummy phones. Don Rickles


+ 247 There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. Andrew Jackson


+ 229 Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. Henry A. Kissinger


+ 283 A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. Groucho Marx


+ 279 The biggest mistake by most human beings: Listening half, Understanding quarter, Telling double.


+ 239 I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.


+ 235 I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein


+ 303 I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 233 Think about good everything and everywhere.


+ 357 Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 208 Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon


+ 300 The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have. Woody Allen


+ 343 The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have. Woody Allen


+ 278 I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen


+ 263 Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she'd come in and sink my boats. Woody Allen


+ 285 In California, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into TV shows. Woody Allen


+ 311 When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back. Woody Allen


+ 254 I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick. Not wounded. Dead. Woody Allen


+ 316 When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room. Woody Allen


+ 277 My luck is getting worse and worse. Last night, for instance, I was mugged by a quaker. Woody Allen


+ 293 Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. Woody Allen


+ 325 Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies. Woody Allen


+ 239 If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right. Woody Allen


+ 298 Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage. Woody Allen


+ 311 I don't have to 'freedom-kiss' my wife when what I really want to do is French-kiss her. Woody Allen


+ 305 I'm very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch. Woody Allen


+ 329 I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. Woody Allen


+ 285 Harvard makes mistakes too, you know. Kissinger taught there. Woody Allen


+ 302 I think being funny is not anyone's first choice. Woody Allen


+ 282 I don't think my parents liked me. They put a live teddy bear in my crib. Woody Allen


+ 303 In Beverly Hills... they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows. Woody Allen


+ 243 His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy. Woody Allen


+ 281 Right now it's only a notion, but I think I can get the money to make it into a concept, and later turn it into an idea. Woody Allen


+ 236 I've never been an intellectual but I have this look. Woody Allen


+ 299 Who bothers to cook TV dinners? I suck them frozen. Woody Allen


+ 278 When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity. Albert Einstein


+ 288 A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein


+ 298 Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein


+ 278 The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein


+ 340 Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. Albert Einstein


+ 266 Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein


+ 284 Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. Albert Einstein


+ 289 We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. Albert Einstein


+ 299 I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed. Albert Einstein


+ 300 I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein


+ 239 Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Albert Einstein


+ 284 Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein


+ 297 Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal. Albert Einstein


+ 298 I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Albert Einstein


+ 233 In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself. Albert Einstein


+ 262 The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. Albert Einstein


+ 298 To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground. Albert Einstein


+ 171 A Person's Actions Will Tell You Everything You Need To Know.


+ 269 All birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference!


+ 269 Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein


+ 308 Therefore it is by no means an idle game if we become practiced in analysing long-held commonplace concepts and showing the circumstances on which their justification and usefulness depend, and how they have grown up, individually, out of the givens of experience. Thus their excessive authority will be broken. Albert Einstein


+ 334 I am by heritage a Jew, by citizenship a Swiss, and by makeup a human being, and only a human being, without any special attachment to any state or national entity whatsoever. Albert Einstein


+ 285 Make a lot of walks to get healthy and don’t read that much but save yourself some until you’re grown up. Albert Einstein


+ 309 If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank. Woody Allen


+ 305 I think Google should be like a Swiss Army knife: clean, simple, the tool you want to take everywhere. Marissa Mayer


+ 342 We may assume the existence of an aether; only we must give up ascribing a definite state of motion to it, i.e. we must by abstraction take from it the last mechanical characteristic which Lorentz had still left it. … But this ether may not be thought of as endowed with the quality characteristic of ponderable inedia, as consisting of parts which may be tracked through time. The idea of motion may not be applied to it. Albert Einstein


+ 199 Spooky action at distance. Quantum physics


+ 263 During the deepest darkest night, act as if morning has already come. The Talmud


+ 310 In science, moreover, the work of the individual is so bound up with that of his scientific predecessors and contemporaries that it appears almost as an impersonal product of his generation. Albert Einstein


+ 311 [I do not] carry such information in my mind since it is readily available in books. ...The value of a college education is not the learning of many facts but the training of the mind to think. Albert Einstein


+ 349 May they not forget to keep pure the great heritage that puts them ahead of the West: the artistic configuration of life, the simplicity and modesty of personal needs, and the purity and serenity of the Japanese soul. Albert Einstein


+ 292 I believe in Spinoza's God, Who reveals Himself in the lawful harmony of the world, not in a God Who concerns Himself with the fate and the doings of mankind. Albert Einstein


+ 285 If A is success in life, then A = x + y + z. Work is x, play is y and z is keeping your mouth shut. Albert Einstein


+ 298 Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein


+ 268 Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein


+ 250 I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein


+ 332 Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding. You cannot subjugate a nation forcibly unless you wipe out every man, woman, and child. Unless you wish to use such drastic measures, you must find a way of settling your disputes without resort to arms. Albert Einstein


+ 281 It is my view that a vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind. Albert Einstein


+ 376 The scientific organization and comprehensive exposition in accessible form of the Talmud has a twofold importance for us Jews. It is important in the first place that the high cultural values of the Talmud should not be lost to modern minds among the Jewish people nor to science, but should operate further as a living force. In the second place, The Talmud must be made an open book to the world, in order to cut the ground from under certain malevolent attacks, of anti-Semitic origin, which borrow countenance from the obscurity and inaccessibility of certain passages in the Talmud. Albert Einstein


+ 423 Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it. In war it serves that we may poison and mutilate each other. In peace it has made our lives hurried and uncertain. Instead of freeing us in great measure from spiritually exhausting labor, it has made men into slaves of machinery, who for the most part complete their monotonous long day's work with disgust and must continually tremble for their poor rations. ... It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man's blessings. Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours; concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labor and the distribution of goods in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations. Albert Einstein


+ 372 I believe in intuition and inspiration. … At times I feel certain I am right while not knowing the reason. When the eclipse of 1919 confirmed my intuition, I was not in the least surprised. In fact I would have been astonished had it turned out otherwise. Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. Albert Einstein


+ 336 I see a clock, but I cannot envision the clockmaker. The human mind is unable to conceive of the four dimensions, so how can it conceive of a God, before whom a thousand years and a thousand dimensions are as one? Albert Einstein


+ 282 As an eminent pioneer in the realm of high frequency currents... I congratulate you on the great successes of your life's work. Albert Einstein


+ 350 Our experience hitherto justifies us in trusting that nature is the realization of the simplest that is mathematically conceivable. I am convinced that purely mathematical construction enables us to find those concepts and those lawlike connections between them that provide the key to the understanding of natural phenomena. Useful mathematical concepts may well be suggested by experience, but in no way can they be derived from it. Experience naturally remains the sole criterion of the usefulness of a mathematical construction for physics. But the actual creative principle lies in mathematics. Thus, in a certain sense, I take it to be true that pure thought can grasp the real, as the ancients had dreamed. Albert Einstein


+ 330 It can scarcely be denied that the supreme goal of all theory is to make the irreducible basic elements as simple and as few as possible without having to surrender the adequate representation of a single datum of experience. Albert Einstein


+ 438 Nobody can deny that to-day this foundation of a worthy existence is in considerable danger. Forces are at work which are attempting to destroy the European inheritance of freedom, tolerance, and human dignity. The danger is characterised as Hitlerism, Militarism, and Communism which, while indicating different conditions, all lead to the subjugation and enslavement of the individual by the State, and bring tolerance and personal liberty to an end ... If we want to resist the powers which threaten to suppress intellectual and individual freedom, we must keep clearly before us what is at stake. Without such freedom there would have been no Shakespeare, no Goethe, no Faraday, no Pasteur, no Lister. There would be no comfortable houses for the people, no railways, no wireless, no protection against epidemics, no cheap books, no culture, no enjoyment of art for all. Only men who are free can create the works which make life worth living. Albert Einstein


+ 297 All of science is nothing more than the refinement of everyday thinking. Albert Einstein


+ 442 It has often been said, and certainly not without justification, that the man of science is a poor philosopher. Why then should it not be the right thing for the physicist to let the philosopher do the philosophizing? Such might indeed be the right thing to do at a time when the physicist believes he has at his disposal a rigid system of fundamental laws which are so well established that waves of doubt can't reach them; but it cannot be right at a time when the very foundations of physics itself have become problematic as they are now. At a time like the present, when experience forces us to seek a newer and more solid foundation, the physicist cannot simply surrender to the philosopher the critical contemplation of theoretical foundations; for he himself knows best and feels more surely where the shoe pinches. In looking for an new foundation, he must try to make clear in his own mind just how far the concepts which he uses are justified, and are necessities. Albert Einstein


+ 371 All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom. It is no mere chance that our older universities developed from clerical schools. Both churches and universities — insofar as they live up to their true function — serve the ennoblement of the individual. They seek to fulfill this great task by spreading moral and cultural understanding, renouncing the use of brute force. Albert Einstein


+ 344 I consider it important, indeed urgently necessary, for intellectual workers to get together, both to protect their own economic status and, also, generally speaking, to secure their influence in the political field. Albert Einstein


+ 378 Physical concepts are free creations of the human mind, and are not, however it may seem, uniquely determined by the external world. In our endeavor to understand reality we are somewhat like a man trying to understand the mechanism of a closed watch. He sees the face and the moving hands, even hears its ticking, but he has no way of opening the case. If he is ingenious he may form some picture of a mechanism which could be responsible for all the things he observes, but he may never be quite sure his picture is the only one which could explain his observations. He will never be able to compare his picture with the real mechanism and he cannot even imagine the possibility or the meaning of such a comparison. But he certainly believes that, as his knowledge increases, his picture of reality will become simpler and simpler and will explain a wider and wider range of his sensuous impressions. He may also believe in the existence of the ideal limit of knowledge and that it is approached by the human mind. He may call this ideal limit the objective truth. Albert Einstein


+ 359 Fundamental ideas play the most essential role in forming a physical theory. Books on physics are full of complicated mathematical formulae. But thought and ideas, not formulae, are the beginning of every physical theory. The ideas must later take the mathematical form of a quantitative theory, to make possible the comparison with experiment. Albert Einstein


+ 385 The moral decline we are compelled to witness and the suffering it engenders are so oppressive that one cannot ignore them even for a moment. No matter how deeply one immerses oneself in work, a haunting feeling of inescapable tragedy persists. Still, there are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments, one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable: life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being. Albert Einstein


+ 338 The standard bearers have grown weak in the defense of their priceless heritage, and the powers of darkness have been strengthened thereby. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character; it becomes lack of power to act with courage proportionate to danger. All this must lead to the destruction of our intellectual life unless the danger summons up strong personalities able to fill the lukewarm and discouraged with new strength and resolution. Albert Einstein


+ 279 Generations to come, it may well be, will scarce believe that such a man as this one ever in flesh and blood walked upon this Earth. Albert Einstein


+ 265 Why is it nobody understands me and everybody likes me? Albert Einstein


+ 404 I fully agree with you about the significance and educational value of methodology as well as history and philosophy of science. So many people today — and even professional scientists — seem to me like someone who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest. A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is — in my opinion — the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth. Albert Einstein


+ 386 The words or the language, as they are written or spoken, do not seem to play any role in my mechanism of thought. The psychical entities which seem to serve as elements in thoughts are certain signs and more or less clear images which can be "voluntarily" reproduced and combined. There is, of course, a certain connection between those elements and relevant logical concepts. It is also clear that the desire to arrive finally at logically connected concepts is the emotional basis of this rather vague play with the above-mentioned elements. . . . The above-mentioned elements are, in my case, of visual and some muscular type. Conventional words or other signs have to be sought for laboriously only in a secondary stage, when the mentioned associative play is sufficiently established and can be reproduced at will. Albert Eistein


+ 297 Our world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing power to make great decisions for good or evil. The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. Albert Einstein


+ 276 A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels. Albert Einstein


+ 415 The position in which we are now is a very strange one which in general political life never happened. Namely, the thing that I refer to is this: To have security against atomic bombs and against the other biological weapons, we have to prevent war, for if we cannot prevent war every nation will use every means that is at their disposal; and in spite of all promises they make, they will do it. At the same time, so long as war is not prevented, all the governments of the nations have to prepare for war, and if you have to prepare for war, then you are in a state where you cannot abolish war. This is really the cornerstone of our situation. Now, I believe what we should try to bring about is the general conviction that the first thing you have to abolish is war at all costs, and every other point of view must be of secondary importance. Albert Einstein


+ 342 You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war. The very prevention of war requires more faith, courage and resolution than are needed to prepare for war. We must all do our share, that we may be equal to the task of peace. Albert Einstein


+ 303 It is a scale of proportions which makes the bad difficult and the good easy. Albert Einstein


+ 285 Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would not have lifted a finger. Albert Einstein


+ 296 When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Albert Einstein


+ 266 Had I known that the Germans would not succeed in producing an atomic bomb, I would not have lifted a finger. Albert Einstein


+ 285 I agree with your remark about loving your enemy as far as actions are concerned. But for me the cognitive basis is the trust in an unrestricted causality. Albert Einstein


+ 284 I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I can tell you what they will use in the Fourth — rocks! Albert Einstein


+ 337 I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one. You may call me an agnostic, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being. Albert Einstein


+ 479 The reciprocal relationship of epistemology and science is of noteworthy kind. They are dependent on each other. Epistemology without contact with science becomes an empty scheme. Science without epistemology is — insofar as it is thinkable at all — primitive and muddled. However, no sooner has the epistemologist, who is seeking a clear system, fought his way through to such a system, than he is inclined to interpret the thought-content of science in the sense of his system and to reject whatever does not fit into his system. The scientist, however, cannot afford to carry his striving for epistemological systematic that far. He accepts gratefully the epistemological conceptual analysis; but the external conditions, which are set for him by the facts of experience, do not permit him to let himself be too much restricted in the construction of his conceptual world by the adherence to an epistemological system. He therefore must appear to the systematic epistemologist as a type of unscrupulous opportunist: he appears as realist insofar as he seeks to describe a world independent of the acts of perception; as idealist insofar as he looks upon the concepts and theories as free inventions of the human spirit (not logically derivable from what is empirically given); as positivist insofar as he considers his concepts and theories justified only to the extent to which they furnish a logical representation of relations among sensory experiences. He may even appear as Platonist or Pythagorean insofar as he considers the viewpoint of logical simplicity as an indispensible and effective tool of his research. Albert Einstein


+ 355 Taken on the whole, I would believe that Gandhi's views were the most enlightened of all the political men in our time. We should strive to do things in his spirit... not to use violence in fighting for our cause, but by non-participation in what we believe is evil. Albert Einstein


+ 426 A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. Albert Einstein


+ 359 A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe," a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. The striving to free oneself from this delusion is the one issue of true religion. Not to nourish it but to try to overcome it is the way to reach the attainable measure of peace of mind. Albert Einstein


+ 276 I believe that pipe smoking contributes to a somewhat calm and objective judgment in all human affairs. Albert Einstein


+ 340 I believe, indeed, that overemphasis on the purely intellectual attitude, often directed solely to the practical and factual, in our education, has led directly to the impairment of ethical values. I am not thinking so much of the dangers with which technical progress has directly confronted mankind, as of the stifling of mutual human considerations by a "matter-of-fact" habit of thought which has come to lie like a killing frost upon human relations. ... The frightful dilemma of the political world situation has much to do with this sin of omission on the part of our civilization. Without "ethical culture," there is no salvation for humanity. Albert Einstein


+ 295 One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike—and yet it is the most precious thing we have. Albert Einstein


+ 404 It is not enough to teach a man a specialty. Through it he may become a kind of useful machine but not a harmoniously developed personality. It is essential that the student acquire an understanding of and a lively feeling for values. He must acquire a vivid sense of the beautiful and of the morally good. Otherwise he—with his specialized knowledge—more closely resembles a well-trained dog than a harmoniously developed person. He must learn to understand the motives of human beings, their illusions, and their sufferings in order to acquire a proper relationship to individual fellow-men and to the community. These precious things are conveyed to the younger generation through personal contact with those who teach, not—or at least not in the main—through textbooks. It is this that primarily constitutes and preserves culture. This is what I have in mind when I recommend the "humanities" as important, not just dry specialized knowledge in the fields of history and philosophy. Albert Einstein


+ 280 I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts. Albert Einstein


+ 353 What I particularly admire in him is the firm stand he has taken, not only against the oppressors of his countrymen, but also against those opportunists who are always ready to compromise with the Devil. He perceives very clearly that the world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it. Albert Einstein


+ 336 To think with fear of the end of one's life is pretty general with human beings. It is one of the means nature uses to conserve the life of the species. Approached rationally that fear is the most unjustified of all fears, for there is no risk of any accidents to one who is dead or not yet born. In short, the fear is stupid but it cannot be helped. Albert Einstein


+ 460 The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. … For me the Jewish religion like all others is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions. And the Jewish people to whom I gladly belong and with whose mentality I have a deep affinity have no different quality for me than all other people. As far as my experience goes, they are no better than other human groups, although they are protected from the worst cancers by a lack of power. Otherwise I cannot see anything 'chosen' about them. Albert Einstein


+ 346 It is my belief that there is only one way to eliminate these evils, namely, the establishment of a planned economy coupled with an education geared toward social goals. Alongside the development of individual abilities, the education of the individual aspires to revive an ideal that is geared toward the service of our fellow man, and that needs to take the place of the glorification of power and outer success. Albert Einstein


+ 311 If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in the hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances. Albert Einstein


+ 469 The theory of relativity is a beautiful example of the basic character of the modern development of theory. That is to say, the hypotheses from which one starts become ever more abstract and more remote from experience. But in return one comes closer to the preeminent goal of science, that of encompassing a maximum of empirical contents through logical deduction with a minimum of hypotheses or axioms. The intellectual path from the axioms to the empirical contents or to the testable consequences becomes, thereby, ever longer and more subtle. The theoretician is forced, ever more, to allow himself to be directed by purely mathematical, formal points of view in the search for theories, because the physical experience of the experimenter is not capable of leading us up to the regions of the highest abstraction. Tentative deduction takes the place of the predominantly inductive methods appropriate to the youthful state of science. Such a theoretical structure must be quite thoroughly elaborated in order for it to lead to consequences that can be compared with experience. It is certainly the case that here, as well, the empirical fact is the all-powerful judge. But its judgment can be handed down only on the basis of great and difficult intellectual effort that first bridges the wide space between the axioms and the testable consequences. The theorist must accomplish this Herculean task with the clear understanding that this effort may only be destined to prepare the way for a death sentence for his theory. One should not reproach the theorist who undertakes such a task by calling him a fantast; instead, one must allow him his fantasizing, since for him there is no other way to his goal whatsoever. Indeed, it is no planless fantasizing, but rather a search for the logically simplest possibilities and their consequences. Albert Einstein


+ 405 Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. Albert Einstein


+ 344 During that year in Aarau the question came to me: If one runs after a light wave with [a velocity equal to the] light velocity, then one would encounter a time-independent wavefield. However, something like that does not seem to exist! This was the first juvenile thought experiment which has to do with the special theory of relativity. Invention is not the product of logical thought, even though the final product is tied to a logical structure. Albert Einstein


+ 414 The work on satisfactory formulation of technical patents was a true blessing for me. It compelled me to be many-sided in thought, and also offered important stimulation for thought about physics. Following a practical profession is a blessing for people of my type. Because the academic career puts a young person in a sort of compulsory situation to produce scientific papers in impressive quantity, a temptation to superficiality arises that only strong characters are able to resist. Albert Einstein


+ 336 I made one great mistake in my life—when I signed that letter to President Roosevelt recommending that atom bombs be made; but there was some justification—the danger that the Germans would make them! Albert Einstein


+ 263 When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. Albert Einstein


+ 298 Yes, we now have to divide up our time like that, between politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever. Albert Einstein


+ 308 I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. Albert Einstein


+ 312 Yes, we now have to divide up our time like that, between politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever. Albert Einstein


+ 336 You see, when a blind beetle crawls over the surface of a globe he doesn't notice that the track he has covered is curved. I was lucky enough to have spotted it. Albert Einstein


+ 298 When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity. Albert Einstein


+ 310 If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I cannot tell if I would have done any creative work of importance in music, but I do know that I get most joy in life out of my violin. Albert Einstein


+ 356 Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theater is tempted to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life. Albert Einstein


+ 306 Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves. Albert Einstein


+ 274 I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein


+ 262 Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Albert Einstein


+ 308 We Jews have been too adaptable. We have been too eager to sacrifice our idiosyncrasies for the sake of social conformity. ... Even in modern civilization, the Jew is most happy if he remains a Jew. Albert Einstein


+ 347 I do not think that religion is the most important element. We are held together rather by a body of tradition, handed down from father to son, which the child imbibes with his mother's milk. The atmosphere of our infancy predetermines our idiosyncrasies and predilections. Albert Einstein


+ 366 I am happy because I want nothing from anyone. I do not care for money. Decorations, titles or distinctions mean nothing to me. I do not crave praise. The only thing that gives me pleasure, apart from my work, my violin and my sailboat, is the appreciation of my fellow workers. Albert Einstein


+ 368 I am not an Atheist. I do not know if I can define myself as a Pantheist. The problem involved is too vast for our limited minds. May I not reply with a parable? The human mind, no matter how highly trained, cannot grasp the universe. We are in the position of a little child, entering a huge library whose walls are covered to the ceiling with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written those books. It does not know who or how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books, a mysterious order, which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of the human mind, even the greatest and most cultured, toward God. We see a universe marvelously arranged, obeying certain laws, but we understand the laws only dimly. Our limited minds cannot grasp the mysterious force that sways the constellations. I am fascinated by Spinoza's Pantheism. I admire even more his contributions to modern thought. Spinoza is the greatest of modern philosophers, because he is the first philosopher who deals with the soul and the body as one, not as two separate things. Albert Einstein


+ 248 I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein


+ 333 Every man knows that in his work he does best and accomplishes most when he has attained a proficiency that enables him to work intuitively. That is, there are things which we come to know so well that we do not know how we know them. So it seems to me in matters of principle. Perhaps we live best and do things best when we are not too conscious of how and why we do them. Albert Einstein


+ 361 I do not believe in a God who maliciously or arbitrarily interferes in the personal affairs of mankind. My religion consists of an humble admiration for the vast power which manifests itself in that small part of the universe which our poor, weak minds can grasp! Albert Einstein


+ 320 Much reading after a certain age diverts the mind from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking, just as the man who spends too much time in the theaters is apt to be content with living vicariously instead of living his own life. Albert Einstein


+ 374 Everything that men do or think concerns the satisfaction of the needs they feel or the escape from pain. This must be kept in mind when we seek to understand spiritual or intellectual movements and the way in which they develop. For feelings and longings are the motive forces of all human striving and productivity—however nobly these latter may display themselves to us. Albert Einstein


+ 362 The longing for guidance, for love and succor, provides the stimulus for the growth of a social or moral conception of God. This is the God of Providence, who protects, decides, rewards and punishes. This is the God who, according to man's widening horizon, loves and provides for the life of the race, or of mankind, or who even loves life itself. He is the comforter in unhappiness and in unsatisfied longing, the protector of the souls of the dead. This is the social or moral idea of God. Albert Einstein


+ 375 This is hard to make clear to those who do not experience it, since it does not involve an anthropomorphic idea of God; the individual feels the vanity of human desires and aims, and the nobility and marvelous order which are revealed in nature and in the world of thought. Albert Einstein


+ 363 The religious geniuses of all times have been distinguished by this cosmic religious sense, which recognizes neither dogmas nor God made in man's image. Consequently there cannot be a church whose chief doctrines are based on the cosmic religious experience. It comes about, therefore, that we find precisely among the heretics of all ages men who were inspired by this highest religious experience; often they appeared to their contemporaries as atheists, but sometimes also as saints. Viewed from this angle, men like Democritus, Francis of Assisi, and Spinoza are near to one another. Albert Einstein


+ 353 The religious geniuses of all ages have been distinguished by this kind of religious feeling, which knows no dogma and no God conceived in man's image; so that there can be no church whose central teachings are based on it. Hence it is precisely among the heretics of every age that we find men who were filled with this highest kind of religious feeling and were in many cases regarded by their contemporaries as atheists, sometimes also as saints. Looked at in this light, men like Democritus, Francis of Assisi, and Spinoza are closely akin to one another. Albert Einstein


+ 341 How can this cosmic religious experience be communicated from man to man, if it cannot lead to a definite conception of God or to a theology? It seems to me that the most important function of art and of science is to arouse and keep alive this feeling in those who are receptive. Albert Einstein


+ 333 How can cosmic religious feeling be communicated from one person to another, if it can give rise to no definite notion of a God and no theology? In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it. Albert Einstein


+ 343 Science, in consequence, has been accused of undermining morals—but wrongly. The ethical behavior of man is better based on sympathy, education and social relationships, and requires no support from religion. Man's plight would, indeed, be sad if he had to be kept in order through fear of punishment and hope of rewards after death. Albert Einstein


+ 474 It is, therefore, quite natural that the churches have always fought against science and have persecuted its supporters. But, on the other hand, I assert that the cosmic religious experience is the strongest and noblest driving force behind scientific research. No one who does not appreciate the terrific exertions, and, above all, the devotion without which pioneer creations in scientific thought cannot come into being, can judge the strength of the feeling out of which alone such work, turned away as it is from immediate practical life, can grow. What a deep faith in the rationality of the structure of the world and what a longing to understand even a small glimpse of the reason revealed in the world there must have been in Kepler and Newton to enable them to unravel the mechanism of the heavens in long years of lonely work! Any one who only knows scientific research in its practical applications may easily come to a wrong interpretation of the state of mind of the men who, surrounded by skeptical contemporaries, have shown the way to kindred spirits scattered over all countries in all centuries. Only those who have dedicated their lives to similar ends can have a living conception of the inspiration which gave these men the power to remain loyal to their purpose in spite of countless failures. It is the cosmic religious sense which grants this power. A contemporary has rightly said that the only deeply religious people of our largely materialistic age are the earnest men of research. Albert Einstein


+ 466 It is therefore easy to see why the churches have always fought science and persecuted its devotees. On the other hand, I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research. Only those who realize the immense efforts and, above all, the devotion without which pioneer work in theoretical science cannot be achieved are able to grasp the strength of the emotion out of which alone such work, remote as it is from the immediate realities of life, can issue. What a deep conviction of the rationality of the universe and what a yearning to understand, were it but a feeble reflection of the mind revealed in this world, Kepler and Newton must have had to enable them to spend years of solitary labor in disentangling the principles of celestial mechanics! Those whose acquaintance with scientific research is derived chiefly from its practical results easily develop a completely false notion of the mentality of the men who, surrounded by a skeptical world, have shown the way to kindred spirits scattered wide through the world and through the centuries. Only one who has devoted his life to similar ends can have a vivid realization of what has inspired these men and given them the strength to remain true to their purpose in spite of countless failures. It is cosmic religious feeling that gives a man such strength. A contemporary has said, not unjustly, that in this materialistic age of ours the serious scientific workers are the only profoundly religious people. Albert Einstein


+ 439 How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people — first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving... Albert Einstein


+ 416 In human freedom in the philosophical sense I am definitely a disbeliever. Everybody acts not only under external compulsion but also in accordance with inner necessity. Schopenhauer's saying, that "a man can do as he will, but not will as he will," has been an inspiration to me since my youth up, and a continual consolation and unfailing well-spring of patience in the face of the hardships of life, my own and others'. This feeling mercifully mitigates the sense of responsibility which so easily becomes paralyzing, and it prevents us from taking ourselves and other people too seriously; it conduces to a view of life in which humor, above all, has its due place. Albert Einstein


+ 324 My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. Albert Einstein


+ 388 I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts — possessions, outward success, luxury — have always seemed to me contemptible. Albert Einstein


+ 321 My passionate sense of social justice and social responsibility has always contrasted oddly with my pronounced lack of need for direct contact with other human beings and human communities. Albert Einstein


+ 403 My political ideal is democracy. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized. It is an irony of fate that I myself have been the recipient of excessive admiration and reverence from my fellow-beings, through no fault, and no merit, of my own. The cause of this may well be the desire, unattainable for many, to understand the few ideas to which I have with my feeble powers attained through ceaseless struggle. I am quite aware that for any organization to reach its goals, one man must do the thinking and directing and generally bear the responsibility. But the led must not be coerced, they must be able to choose their leader. Albert Einstein


+ 316 This topic brings me to that worst outcrop of the herd nature, the military system, which I abhor. That a man can take pleasure in marching in formation to the strains of a band is enough to make me despise him. Albert Einstein


+ 302 Heroism by order, senseless violence, and all the pestilent nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism — how I hate them! War seems to me a mean, contemptible thing: I would rather be hacked in pieces than take part in such an abominable business. Albert Einstein


+ 387 Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable and ignoble war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder. Albert Einstein


+ 365 The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, our perceptions of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which only in their most primitive forms are accessible to our minds: it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute true religiosity. In this sense, and only this sense, I am a deeply religious man. Albert Einstein


+ 298 I am satisfied with the mystery of life's eternity and with a knowledge, a sense, of the marvelous structure of existence — as well as the humble attempt to understand even a tiny portion of the Reason that manifests itself in nature. Albert Einstein


+ 472 Our situation on this earth seems strange. Every one of us appears here involuntarily and uninvited for a short stay, without knowing the whys and the wherefore. In our daily lives we only feel that man is here for the sake of others, for those whom we love and for many other beings whose fate is connected with our own. I am often worried at the thought that my life is based to such a large extent on the work of my fellow human beings and I am aware of my great indebtedness to them. Albert Einstein


+ 440 I do not believe in freedom of the will. Schopenhauer's words: “Man can do what he wants, but he cannot will what he wills” accompany me in all situations throughout my life and reconcile me with the actions of others even if they are rather painful to me. This awareness of the lack of freedom of will preserves me from taking too seriously myself and my fellow men as acting and deciding individuals and from losing my temper. Albert Einstein


+ 371 I am an adherent of the ideal of democracy, although I well know the weaknesses of the democratic form of government. Social equality and economic protection of the individual appeared to me always as the important communal aims of the state. Although I am a typical loner in daily life, my consciousness of belonging to the invisible community of those who strive for truth, beauty, and justice has preserved me from feeling isolated. Albert Einstein


+ 428 The efforts of most human-beings are consumed in the struggle for their daily bread, but most of those who are, either through fortune or some special gift, relieved of this struggle are largely absorbed in further improving their worldly lot. Beneath the effort directed toward the accumulation of worldly goods lies all too frequently the illusion that this is the most substantial and desirable end to be achieved; but there is, fortunately, a minority composed of those who recognize early in their lives that the most beautiful and satisfying experiences open to humankind are not derived from the outside, but are bound up with the development of the individual's own feeling, thinking and acting. The genuine artists, investigators and thinkers have always been persons of this kind. However inconspicuously the life of these individuals runs its course, none the less the fruits of their endeavors are the most valuable contributions which one generation can make to its successors. Albert Einstein


+ 343 In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians, Fraulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began. In the realm of algebra, in which the most gifted mathematicians have been busy for centuries, she discovered methods which have proved of enormous importance in the development of the present-day younger generation of mathematicians. Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Albert Einstein, New York Times, May 1, 1935


+ 376 Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest possible circle of formal relationships. In this effort toward logical beauty spiritual formulas are discovered necessary for the deeper penetration into the laws of nature. Albert Einstein


+ 362 Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest possible circle of formal relationships. In this effort toward logical beauty spiritual formulas are discovered necessary for the deeper penetration into the laws of nature. Albert Einstein


+ 421 It would not be difficult to come to an agreement as to what we understand by science. Science is the century-old endeavor to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thoroughgoing an association as possible. To put it boldly, it is the attempt at the posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization. But when asking myself what religion is I cannot think of the answer so easily. And even after finding an answer which may satisfy me at this particular moment, I still remain convinced that I can never under any circumstances bring together, even to a slight extent, the thoughts of all those who have given this question serious consideration. Albert Einstein


+ 426 A person who is religiously enlightened appears to me to be one who has, to the best of his ability, liberated himself from the fetters of his selfish desires and is preoccupied with thoughts, feelings, and aspirations to which he clings because of their superpersonal value. It seems to me that what is important is the force of this superpersonal content and the depth of the conviction concerning its overpowering meaningfulness, regardless of whether any attempt is made to unite this content with a divine Being, for otherwise it would not be possible to count Buddha and Spinoza as religious personalities. Accordingly, a religious person is devout in the sense that he has no doubt of the significance and loftiness of those superpersonal objects and goals which neither require nor are capable of rational foundation. They exist with the same necessity and matter-of-factness as he himself. In this sense religion is the age-old endeavor of mankind to become clearly and completely conscious of these values and goals and constantly to strengthen and extend their effect. If one conceives of religion and science according to these definitions then a conflict between them appears impossible. For science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary. Albert Einstein


+ 328 Even though the realms of religion and science in themselves are clearly marked off from each other, nevertheless there exist between the two strong reciprocal relationships and dependencies. Albert Einstein


+ 367 Nobody, certainly, will deny that the idea of the existence of an omnipotent, just, and omnibeneficent personal God is able to accord man solace, help, and guidance; also, by virtue of its simplicity it is accessible to the most undeveloped mind. But, on the other hand, there are decisive weaknesses attached to this idea in itself, which have been painfully felt since the beginning of history. Albert Einstein


+ 277 A doctrine which is able to maintain itself not in clear light but only in the dark, will of necessity lose its effect on mankind, with incalculable harm to human progress. Albert Einstein


+ 320 The stakes are immense, the task colossal, the time is short. But we may hope — we must hope — that man’s own creation, man’s own genius, will not destroy him. Scholars, indeed all men, must move forward in the faith of that philosopher who held that there is no problem the human reason can propound which the human reason cannot reason out. Albert Einstein


+ 325 Science, in the immediate, produces knowledge and, indirectly, means of action. It leads to methodical action if definite goals are set up in advance. For the function of setting up goals and passing statements of value transcends its domain. Albert Einstein


+ 393 What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether? To answer this question at all implies a religion. Is there any sense then, you ask, in putting it? I answer, the man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unfortunate but almost disqualified for life. Albert Einstein


+ 381 The individual, if left alone from birth would remain primitive and beast-like in his thoughts and feelings to a degree that we can hardly conceive. The individual is what he is and has the significance that he has not so much in virtue of his individuality, but rather as a member of a great human society, which directs his material and spiritual existence from the cradle to the grave. Albert Einstein


+ 416 Only the individual can think, and thereby create new values for society — nay, even set up new moral standards to which the life of the community conforms. Without creative, independently thinking and judging personalities the upward development of society is as unthinkable as the development of the individual personality without the nourishing soil of the community. The health of society thus depends quite as much on the independence of the individuals composing it as on their close political cohesion. Albert Einstein


+ 464 You will hardly find one among the profounder sort of scientific minds without a peculiar religious feeling of his own. But it is different from the religion of the naive man. For the latter God is a being from whose care one hopes to benefit and whose punishment one fears; a sublimation of a feeling similar to that of a child for its father, a being to whom one stands to some extent in a personal relation, however deeply it may be tinged with awe. But the scientist is possessed by the sense of universal causation. The future, to him, is every whit as necessary and determined as the past. There is nothing divine about morality, it is a purely human affair. His religious feeling takes the form of a rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural law, which reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection. This feeling is the guiding principle of his life and work, in so far as he succeeds in keeping himself from the shackles of selfish desire. It is beyond question closely akin to that which has possessed the religious geniuses of all ages. Albert Einstein


+ 379 There are few enough people with sufficient independence to see the weaknesses and follies of their contemporaries and remain themselves untouched by them. And these isolated few usually soon lose their zeal for putting things to rights when they have come face to face with human obduracy. Only to a tiny minority is it given to fascinate their generation by subtle humour and grace and to hold the mirror up to it by the impersonal agency of art. To-day I salute with sincere emotion the supreme master of this method, who has delighted — and educated — us all. Albert Einstein


+ 351 The consciousness of this extraordinary state of affairs would be unbearable but for one great consoling thought: it is a welcome symptom in an age which is commonly denounced as materialistic, that it makes heroes of men whose ambitions lie wholly in the intellectual and moral sphere. This proves that knowledge and justice are ranked above wealth and power by a large section of the human race. Albert Einstein


+ 365 The owner of the means of production is in a position to purchase the labor power of the worker. By using the means of production, the worker produces new goods which become the property of the capitalist. The essential point about this process is the relation between what the worker produces and what he is paid, both measured in terms of real value. In so far as the labor contract is free what the worker receives is determined not by the real value of the goods he produces, but by his minimum needs and by the capitalists' requirements for labor power in relation to the number of workers competing for jobs. It is important to understand that even in theory the payment of the worker is not determined by the value of his product. Albert Einstein


+ 356 All human beings, whatever their position in society, are suffering from this process of deterioration. Unknowingly prisoners of their own egotism, they feel insecure, lonely, and deprived of the naive, simple, and unsophisticated enjoyment of life. Man can find meaning in life, short and perilous as it is, only through devoting himself to society. Albert Einstein


+ 318 Intelligence makes clear to us the interrelation of means and ends. But mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. To make clear these fundamental ends and valuations, and to set them fast in the emotional life of the individual, seems to me precisely the most important function which religion has to perform in the social life of man. Albert Einstein


+ 336 The highest principles for our aspirations and judgments are given to us in the Jewish-Christian religious tradition. It is a very high goal which, with our weak powers, we can reach only very inadequately, but which gives a sure foundation to our aspirations and valuations. Albert Einstein


+ 385 Everyone is aware of the difficult and menacing situation in which human society -- shrunk into one community with a common fate — finds itself, but only a few act accordingly. Most people go on living their every-day life: half frightened, half indifferent, they behold the ghostly tragi-comedy which is being performed on the international stage before the eyes and ears of the world. But on that stage, on which the actors under the floodlights play their ordained parts, our fate of tomorrow, life or death of the nations, is being decided. Albert Einstein


+ 298 Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods. Albert Einstein


+ 244 In order to be a perfect member of a flock of sheep, one has to be, foremost, a sheep. Albert Einstein


+ 310 Hail to the man who went through life always helping others, knowing no fear, and to whom aggressiveness and resentment are alien. Such is the stuff of which the great moral leaders are made. Albert Einstein


+ 358 The majority of the stupid is invincible and guaranteed for all time. The terror of their tyranny, however, is alleviated by their lack of consistency. Albert Einstein


+ 300 The contrasts and contradictions that can permanently live peacefully side by side in a skull make all the systems of political optimists and pessimists illusory. Albert Einstein


+ 279 Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein


+ 301 The mystical trend of our time, which shows itself particularly in the rampant growth of the so-called Theosophy and Spiritualism, is for me no more than a symptom of weakness and confusion. Albert Einstein


+ 332 Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking, observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science. Albert Einstein


+ 341 Body and soul are not two different things, but only two different ways of perceiving the same thing. Similarly, physics and psychology are only different attempts to link our experiences together by way of systematic thought. Albert Einstein


+ 396 In my opinion, condemning the Zionist movement as "nationalistic" is unjustified. Consider the path by which Herzl came to his mission. Initially he had been completely cosmopolitan. But during the Dreyfus trial in Paris he suddenly realized with great clarity how precarious was the situation of the Jews in the western world. And courageously he drew the conclusion that we are discriminated against or murdered not because we are Germans, Frenchmen, Americans, etc. of the "Jewish faith" but simply because we are Jews. Thus already our precarious situation forces us to stand together irrespective of our citizenship. Zionism gave the German Jews no great protection against annihilation. But it did give the survivors the inner strength to endure the debacle with dignity and without losing their healthy self respect. Keep in mind that perhaps a similar fate could be lying in wait for your children. Albert Einstein


+ 362 My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance — but for us, not for God. Albert Einstein


+ 294 It seems hard to sneak a look at God's cards. But that He plays dice and uses "telepathic" methods... is something that I cannot believe for a single moment. Albert Einstein


+ 385 Our time is distinguished by wonderful achievements in the fields of scientific understanding and the technical application of those insights. Who would not be cheered by this? But let us not forget that human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. Albert Einstein


+ 300 What these blessed men have given us we must guard and try to keep alive with all our strength if humanity is not to lose its dignity, the security of its existence, and its joy in living. Albert Einstein


+ 316 Human knowledge and skills alone cannot lead humanity to a happy and dignified life. Humanity has every reason to place the proclaimers of high moral standards and values above the discoverers of objective truth. Albert Einstein


+ 325 When the expected course of everyday life is interrupted, we are like shipwrecked people on a miserable plank in the open sea, having forgotten where they came from and not knowing whither they are drifting... Albert Einstein


+ 360 I am the one to whom you wrote in care of the Belgian Academy... Read no newspapers, try to find a few friends who think as you do, read the wonderful writers of earlier times, Kant, Goethe, Lessing, and the classics of other lands, and enjoy the natural beauties of Munich's surroundings. Make believe all the time that you are living, so to speak, on Mars among alien creatures and blot out any deeper interest in the actions of those creatures. Make friends with a few animals. Then you will become a cheerful man once more and nothing will be able to trouble you. Albert Einstein


+ 252 The most important tool of the theoretical physicist is his wastebasket. Albert Einstein


+ 399 Science is never finished because the human mind only uses a small portion of its capacity, and man's exploration of his world is also limited. If we look at this tree outside whose roots search beneath the pavement for water, or a flower which sends its sweet smell to the pollinating bees, or even our own selves and the inner forces that drive us to act, we can see that we all dance to a mysterious tune, and the piper who plays this melody from an inscrutable distance—whatever name we give him—Creative Force, or God—escapes all book knowledge. Albert Einstein


+ 422 Many people think that the progress of the human race is based on experiences of an empirical, critical nature, but I say that true knowledge is to be had only through a philosophy of deduction. For it is intuition that improves the world, not just following a trodden path of thought. Intuition makes us look at unrelated facts and then think about them until they can all be brought under one law. To look for related facts means holding onto what one has instead of searching for new facts. Intuition is the father of new knowledge, while empiricism is nothing but an accumulation of old knowledge. Intuition, not intellect, is the 'open sesame' of yourself. Albert Einstein


+ 352 What do you think of Spinoza? For me he is the ideal example of the cosmic man. He worked as an obscure diamond cutter, disdaining fame and a place at the table of the great. He tells us the importance of understanding our emotions and suggests what causes them. Man will never be free until he is able to direct his emotions to think clearly. Only then can he control his environment and preserve his energy for creative work. Albert Einstein


+ 426 I believe that I have cosmic religious feelings. I never could grasp how one could satisfy these feelings by praying to limited objects. The tree outside is life, a statue is dead. The whole of nature is life, and life, as I observe it, rejects a God resembling man. I like to experience the universe as one harmonious whole. Every cell has life. Matter, too, has life; it is energy solidified. Our bodies are like prisons, and I look forward to be free, but I don't speculate on what will happen to me. I live here now, and my responsibility is in this world now. . . . I deal with natural laws. This is my work here on earth. Albert Einstein


+ 448 The world needs new moral impulses which, I'm afraid, won't come from the churches, heavily compromised as they have been throughout the centuries. Perhaps those impulses must come from scientists in the tradition of Galileo, Kepler and Newton. In spite of failures and persecutions, these men devoted their lives to proving that the universe is a single entity, in which, I believe, a humanized God has no place. The genuine scientist is not moved by praise or blame, nor does he preach. He unveils the universe and people come eagerly, without being pushed, to behold a new revelation: the order, the harmony, the magnificence of creation! And as man becomes conscious of the stupendous laws that govern the universe in perfect harmony, he begins to realize how small he is. He sees the pettiness of human existence, with its ambitions and intrigues, its 'I am better than thou' creed. This is the beginning of cosmic religion within him; fellowship and human service become his moral code. And without such moral foundations, we are hopelessly doomed. Albert Einstein


+ 366 If we want to improve the world we cannot do it with scientific knowledge but with ideals. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus and Gandhi have done more for humanity than science has done. We must begin with the heart of man—with his conscience—and the values of conscience can only be manifested by selfless service to mankind. In this respect, I feel that the Churches have much guilt. She has always allied herself with those who rule, who have political power, and more often than not, at the expense of peace and humanity as a whole. Albert Einstein


+ 358 And the traditional religions worry me. Their long history proves that they have not understood the meaning of the commandment: Thou shalt not kill. If we want to save this world from unimaginable destruction we should concentrate not on the faraway God, but on the heart of the individual. We live now in an international anarchy in which a Third World War with nuclear weapons lies before our door. We must make the individual man aware of his conscience so that he understands what it means that only a few will survive the next war. Albert Einstein


+ 463 I happened to have nothing to do with the actual research and development of the bomb. My letter to President Roosevelt was nothing but a letter of introduction for Dr. Szilard who wanted to create adequate contact between scientists and Washington regarding the Manhattan project. I had only handled the problem of nuclear defense when it was reported to me that the Germans were working on such an atomic bomb and, in fact, had uranium mines in Czechoslovakia in their control. I felt it was imperative for the United States to proceed in the development of the bomb, before Hitler used it to destroy London. I also felt that we had to show Germany the power of America, for power is the only language barbarians understand. And when I later learned that the bomb had been created and was to be used against Japan, I did all in my power to avert President Truman from this plan, since publicly dropping it on an empty island would have been sufficient to convince Japan or any nation to sue for peace. Albert Einstein


+ 323 I do not need any promise of eternity to be happy. My eternity is now. I have only one interest: to fulfill my purpose here where I am. This purpose is not given me by my parents or my surroundings. It is induced by some unknown factors. These factors make me a part of eternity. Albert Einstein


+ 407 I cannot conceive of anything after my physical death—perhaps it will end it all. The knowledge that I am now on this earth and a mysterious part of eternity is enough for me. My death will be an easy one, too, for since early youth I have always detached myself from family, friends, and surroundings. And should I live on, I have no fear of the next life. Whatever good I did helped to free me from myself. What a miserable creature man would be if he were good not for the sake of being good, but because religion told him that he would get a reward after this life, and that if he weren't good he'd be punished. Albert Einstein


+ 256 My God may not be your idea of God, but one thing I know of my God — he makes me a humanitarian. I am a proud Jew because we gave the world the Bible and the story of Joseph. Albert Einstein


+ 349 America is a democracy and has no Hitler, but I am afraid for her future; there are hard times ahead for the American people, troubles will be coming from within and without. America cannot smile away their Negro problem nor Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There are cosmic laws. Albert Einstein


+ 508 I believe the main task of the spirit is to free man from his ego. Albert Einstein


+ 286 But then, after all, we are all alike, for we are all derived from the monkey. Albert Einstein


+ 344 Wait a minute! I am not a mystic. Trying to find out the laws of nature has nothing to do with mysticism, though in the face of creation I feel very humble. It is as if a spirit is manifest infinitely superior to man's spirit. Through my pursuit in science I have known cosmic religious feelings. But I don't care to be called a mystic. Albert Einstein


+ 374 About God, I cannot accept any concept based on the authority of the Church. As long as I can remember, I have resented mass indoctrination. I do not believe in the fear of life, in the fear of death, in blind faith. I cannot prove to you that there is no personal God, but if I were to speak of him, I would be a liar. I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil. My God created laws that take care of that. His universe is not ruled by wishful thinking, but by immutable laws. Albert Einstein


+ 345 You must warn people not to make the intellect their God. The intellect knows methods but it seldom knows values, and they come from feeling. If one doesn't play a part in the creative whole, he is not worth being called human. He has betrayed his true purpose. Albert Einstein


+ 343 Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for the truth. Have holy curiosity. Make your life worth living. Albert Einstein


+ 358 The fact that man produces a concept "I" besides the totality of his mental and emotional experiences or perceptions does not prove that there must be any specific existence behind such a concept. We are succumbing to illusions produced by our self-created language, without reaching a better understanding of anything. Most of so-called philosophy is due to this kind of fallacy. Albert Einstein


+ 399 One has a feeling that one has a kind of home in this timeless community of human beings that strive for truth. … I have always believed that Jesus meant by the Kingdom of God the small group scattered all through time of intellectually and ethically valuable people. Albert Einstein


+ 265 To take those fools in clerical garb seriously is to show them too much honor. Albert Enstein


+ 284 I want to know how God created this world. I'm not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details. Albert Einstein


+ 344 Don’t control love
It is a trembling deer
It will blow out and light again.
Keep it safe; your happiness is near.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 364 Prophetic dream comes
from the sky.
It happens once in a life time.
It’s a God’s message,
it’s a rare thing
Save this lovely ring.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 296 Life goes away
The brook of life rushes to
have its way.
The number of friends is getting less.
But what has been you will
remember as the best.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 247 Let us serve to our folk
Even if it will think it is a talk.
At any case
Freedom will us both embrace.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 306 Common truth:
Love God,
Grow cereals
And take care of youth.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 260 Work from morning till night.
God will bless your strive.
Never blame anyone in that
And your exploit will never
people forget.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 289 Don’t betray saint belief.
It was sent by God.
Turn your glance to the sky.
Never say to the heavens
“Good bye”.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 301 Life is faster than troika.
It rushes up to the hills.
But near Victory arch
Funeral wineglasses
are waiting still.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 271 Past won’t return.
Only God knows how I’d like
To find myself in my
childhood again.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 255 I need a friend
I don’t want to be alone.
I need a friend
To share a meal, to make
my heart feel.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 265 Don’t think that people are bad.
Even a hint at it makes me sad.
Such thoughts have no right to live
If you think so stop and pleasure
will you achieve
Alexander Alpeev


+ 326 There is glistening a dawn,
Forerunner of a coming day.
The land will send its smiles
all around
And life will take another round.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 303 Who said that I am alone?
God is in my soul.
He is my master on land,
in the sea and in the sky.
He will never tell to me: ”Good bye”.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 306 Every moment is completely yours.
Don’t lose it take your time.
Save your friends from a knife
And sing an ode to life.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 335 Devine light of love
Shouldn’t be expected from the sky.
You have it inside.
Keep it as an apple of your eye.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 297 Wake up, a lovely moment.
Don’t leave me, stay a while.
You, my unearth singing
Will help me to go by.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 259 Devine light is in my soul.
The same light is in God’s room.
Keep it safe
It will make your life bloom.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 328 I want to come back to barefooted land,
Where I wasn’t aware of sorrow and lie.
In my declining years I can’t forget it.
Really, I don’t know why.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 324 A river of life has become dry.
The banks overhang.
The noise of the brook
Is slightly heard.
Let’s drink for life.
It isn’t so sad.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 305 Greatness of spirit is above all fuss.
From the sky we are sent a piece of advice.
“Don’t enjoy sinful pleasure.
Eat and drink with measure”.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 292 The Earth is tender
Firm is the sky.
It gives you its utmost
When you for this saint fortress die.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 281 Stop drinking wine
You ruin your soul.
Give up this habit.
Do as you’ve been told.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 302 When you see a man,
who is as black as a storm-cloud
Carefully look around.
Know! He ruins people’s souls.
He is deaf to anyone’s calls.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 267 A man is a tender plant
Take care of him
And thus one day
All people will be having eternal May.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 277 Don’t expect any revenge.
Poisoned rains won’t do me any harm.
I will see divine light again.
And it will make me calm.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 276 Don’t drink a lot.
Turn over your glass.
And you will live a hundred years
And will be happy under the stars.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 296 I am standing close by soldiers graves.
Remembering those who were killed Near Fermopil.
I drink for those, who here lied.
For freedom they died.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 274 There were only three hundred of them.
Their names mankind will never forget.
Their temples were not grey.
Their lips repeated: “Sparta, ahead!”
Alexander Alpeev


+ 310 Dear native river, you are quiet.
My heart is longing for you
I feel like a child.
Only after drinking your water it
will get mild.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 278 I am walking along
Life’s paths full of thorn.
One day I gallop, the other I creep.
Could you do the same when
the gaps are deep?
Alexander Alpeev


+ 246 A truth is not easy to get.
It makes you feel depressed
and sad A man can’t understand the
universe He can’t get the knack of it.
Better to submit And live on.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 297 A kind man has a kind heart.
An evil man has a cruel one.
A kind man from his start
Pleases many people together and apart.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 285 Reconcile yourself with your fate.
Listen to your inner voce.
Open your soul to God.
Don’t be hauty,
Don’t make much noise.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 304 Joy is descending from the sky.
This present is not for all.
If devil graws you inside
You will get no help
Even from the bell’s toll.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 271 All is in good time.
It is common knowledge.
But your life is unique
It is gift from God.
Only in Him
You happiness seek.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 294 Forgive him, forgive her.
Make it your life style.
God will excuse you
He will never tell
You good bye.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 299 You lead fast life.
You don’t take your time.
Heartless, sick tribe.
All bridges were burnt
Nothing will help you Even a bribe.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 354 Everyone speaks about love.
But who knows what it is like.
Love is a secret for all.
It is an eternal call.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 291 Who can escape from love?
No one I know.
Captivity of love is getting stronger
Wherever you go.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 309 Don’t allow to be cheated.
Deceit is like a fog.
Never listen to falsehood
Otherwise life won’t be good.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 527 Great love comes to me, it is light.
You are wanted and loved, I don’t lie.
Great love touches my feelings at night.
It comes to me through the Earth and the sky.
Alexander Alpeev


+ 334 I consider myself an expert in looking into a particular idea or goal and then going after it without anything else in mind. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 396 I used to feel that women were here for one reason. Sex was simply another kind of exercise, another body function. I was convinced a girl and I couldn't communicate on equal footing because she wouldn't understand what I was doing. I didn't have time to take one girl out regularly and go through a normal high-school romance with all its phone calls and notes and squabbles. That took too much time. I needed to be in the gym. For me it was a simple matter of picking them up at the lake, and then never seeing them again. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 414 Eventually there was a split between my parents about me. My mother obviously knew what was going on with me and the girls my friends lined up. She never came out and said anything directly, but she let me know she was concerned. Things were different between me and my father. He assumed that when I was eighteen, I would just go into the Army and they would straighten me out. He accepted some of the things my mother condemned. He felt it was perfectly all right to make out with all the girls I could. In fact, he was proud I was dating the fast girls. He bragged about them to his friends. "Jesus Christ, you should see some of the women my son's coming up with." He was showing off, of course. But still, our whole relationship had changed because I'd established myself by winning a few trophies and now had some girls. He was particularly excited about the girls. And he liked the idea that I didn't get involved. "That's right, Arnold," he'd say, as though he'd had endless experience, "never be fooled by them." That continued to be an avenue of communication between us for a couple of years. In fact, the few nights I took girls home when I was on leave from the Army, my father was always very pleasant and would bring out a bottle of wine and a couple of glasses. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 346 Just remember, you can't climb the ladder of success with your hands in your pockets. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 395 My hair was pulled. I was hit with belts. So was the kid next door, and so was the kid next door. It was just the way it was. Many of the children I've seen were broken by their parents, which was the German-Austrian mentality. Break the will. They didn't want to create an individual.... It was all about conforming. I was one who did not conform and whose will could not be broken. Therefore I became a rebel. Every time I got hit, and every time someone said, 'You can't do this,' I said, 'This is not going to be for much longer, because I'm going to move out of here... of course, I had no plan how. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 327 In sports, you learn competition means go after it, win it. And not to let anything else interfere. It's something you learn, and it sticks with you. I consider myself an expert in looking into a particular idea or goal and then going after it without anything else in mind... It's always the same kind of thing. You pick a goal, and then you just go after it, accomplish it, and get satisfaction out of that. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 336 I found a new me. When I first came over to America, it was like, 'How can I be rich? How can I build my movie career? How can I become the most muscular man?' It was all about me, and then there was this turn, and I found it was really great to do this. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 297 Why not? With my way of thinking, you always shoot for the top. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 242 People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden.


+ 217 If you wake up at a different time, in a different place, could you wake up as a different person?


+ 312 You wake up at SeaTac, SFO, LAX. You wake up at O'Hare, Dallas-Fort Worth, BWI. Pacific, mountain, central. Lose an hour, gain an hour. This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.


+ 225 I am Jack's... complete lack of surprise.


+ 339 The final truth, as Ramana Maharshi and Nisargadatta Maharaj and all the sages before them have clearly stated, is that there is neither creation nor destruction, neither birth nor death, neither destiny nor free will, neither any path nor any achievement. All there is is Consciousness. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 265 What is generally understood to be prayer is nothing more than one fictitious entity called me begging for something from another fictitious entity called God. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 335 What is the significance of the statement 'No one can get enlightenment'? This is the very root of the teaching. It means that it's stupid for any so-called master to ask anyone to do anything to achieve or get enlightenment. The core of this simple statement means, according to my concept, that enlightenment is the annihilation of the "one" who "wants" enlightenment. If there is enlightenment - which can only happen because it is the will of God - then it means the "one" who had earlier wanted enlightenment has been annihilated. So no "one" can achieve enlightenment and therefore no "one" can enjoy enlightenment. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 324 The joke is even the surrendering is not in your control. Why? Because so long as there is an individual who says "I surrender" there is a surrenderer, an individual ego... What I'm saying is that even the surrendering is not in [your] hands. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 288 Where is the "me"? The "me" is always associated with the body and the body as seen through the microscope is nothing but a play of cells being created and destroyed. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 345 Truth or Reality is itself a concept. When you are in the truth or in deep sleep, which is only a pale reflection of the real, in that state of deep sleep is the Truth. And in that Truth there is no experience. In the waking state, the state of deep sleep is a concept. In deep sleep it is the Truth. But the moment you think of Reality, the moment you think Subject, the moment you think of the Absolute, the moment you think of the Truth, it is a concept. It is only when the thinking totally stops that Truth exists. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 333 When we talk of time and space, we say infinite space and eternal time. It is still a mental concept of total space and total time. But the mind cannot conceive of that state prior to the arising of the space-time. The moment you think of Reality, the reality is a concept. You are the Reality of which the split-mind makes a concept. You are the Reality, but not as the "me". Ramesh Balsekar


+ 294 It's very simple. Don't think about what you have heard here. Just don't think about what you think you've understood. And then that understanding will have a chance to flower. But the more you think about what you have understood, the more it's wasted. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 243 All there is, is Consciousness. And the mind is merely a reflection of that Consciousness. Ramesh Balsekar


+ 333 We know these men are professionals whose services are up for bid and whose bags are packed, and yet we call them our own and take personal, even civic pride in their accomplishments. John Thorn


+ 264 Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Jesus


+ 424 I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. Jesus


+ 271 Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. Jesus


+ 351 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Jesus


+ 321 The glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. Jesus


+ 248 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?


+ 279 Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Jesus


+ 348 The Kingdom is inside of you, and it is outside of you. When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living Father. But if you will not know yourselves, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty. Jesus


+ 276 You read the face of the sky and of the earth, but you have not recognized the one who is before you, and you do not know how to read this moment. Jesus


+ 338 In Jesus, God wills to be true God not only in the height but also in the depth — in the depth of human creatureliness, sinfulness and mortality. ~ Karl Barth


+ 303 If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up. ~ Woody Allen


+ 349 I am far within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life. James Allan Francis


+ 348 Christian anarchism is based upon the answer of Jesus to the Pharisees, when He said that he without sin should be the first to cast the stone, and upon the Sermon on the Mount, which advises the return of good for evil and the turning of the other cheek. Ammon Hennacy


+ 327 In the most deeply significant of the legends concerning Jesus, we are told how the devil took him up into a high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time… ~ Upton Sinclair


+ 333 Jesus, as we know, answered and said "Get thee behind me, Satan!" And he really meant it; he would have nothing to do with worldly glory, with "temporal power;" he chose the career of a revolutionary agitator, and died the death of a disturber of the peace. ~ Upton Sinclair


+ 311 Jesus...is the final priest who makes all priesthood obsolete—not merely the performance of ritual sacrifice, but the office, pomp and circumstance of priestly authority and hierarchy itself. ~ Ronald E. Osborn


+ 262 It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.


+ 410 Mercury has cast aside
The signs of intellectual pride,
Freely offers thee the soul:
Art thou noble to receive?
Canst thou give or take the whole,
Nobly promise and believe?
Then thou wholly human art,
A spotless, radiant, ruby heart,
And the golden chain of love
Has bound thee to the realm above.
Margaret Fuller


+ 278 What Jesus blatantly fails to appreciate is that it's the meek who are the problem.


+ 349 There is a thing inherent and natural, which existed before heaven and earth. Motionless and fathomless, It stands alone and never changes; It pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted. It may be regarded as the Mother of the Universe. I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it as supreme. Laozi


+ 244 The Tao is like a well:

used but never used up.

It is like the eternal void:

filled with infinite possibilities. Laozi


+ 242 A leader is best when people barely know that he exists... Laozi


+ 240 Since before time and space were, the Tao is. It is beyond is and is not. How do I know this is true? I look inside myself and see. Laozi


+ 337 The mark of a moderate man is freedom from his own ideas. Tolerant like the sky, all-pervading like sunlight, firm like a mountain, supple like a tree in the wind, he has no destination in view and makes use of anything life happens to bring his way. Laozi


+ 328 The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be named is not the eternal name. The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth. The named is the mother of ten thousand things. Ever desireless, one can see the mystery. Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations. These two spring from the same source but differ in name; this appears as darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gate to all mystery. Laozi


+ 344 The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao The name that can be named is not the eternal Name. The unnameable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things. Free from desire, you realize the mystery. Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations. Yet mystery and manifestations arise from the same source. This source is called darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gateway to all understanding. Laozi


+ 212 Don't think you are, know you are.


+ 264 The riskiest thing is to take no risks.


+ 285 We believe that a more open world is a better world. The same goes for our company. Informed people make better decisions and have a greater impact, which is why we work hard to make sure everyone at Facebook has access to as much information about the company as possible.


+ 262 Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde


+ 238 No one wants to be alone: there's too much time for reflection. And the more you think, the more you become smarter, hence the sadder. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 330 Making love is much more enjoyable when you are in love. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 323 Love is a ravishing catastrophe; you know you'll crush but yet continue to fly. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 276 Loneliness has become a shameful disease. People avoid it because loneliness makes you think. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 286 Of course your husband has a lot of drawbacks! If he had none, he would never marry you


+ 276 Doing nothing is really heavy work. Oscar Wild


+ 232 The best dress for a woman is the hugs of her man, but for those who have no luck, there's me.


+ 299 Thinks the only chance to lose weight with the help of green tea is to climb into mountains to collect it.


+ 215 I had never failed. I've just found 10,000 ways which do not work.


+ 233 I know that it is a secret, because everybody speaks about it.


+ 293 If you want to be wise, ask the opinion of your wife and do the opposite.


+ 272 Doing good to fools is like pouring water into the sea.


+ 276 If you always do tomorrow's work today, your last day will be free.


+ 211 If you think nobody cares whether you're alive or not, try not to pay a few utilities. Earl Wilson


+ 245 There are two kinds of fools, some say: “It’s old, and therefore good” and others say: It is new, and therefore better. William Inge


+ 177 Wanna feel like a star – get on the tree!


+ 257 A civil marriage is when a woman believes that she is married, and the man knows he is free.


+ 227 Men are really illogical: they keep on saying that all women are the same, but change one for another.


+ 286 Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem more afraid of life than death. Es F. Byrnes


+ 292 A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. Lana Turner


+ 242 Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad. Miles Kington


+ 251 I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness. Emo Philips


+ 249 Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience. Greg King


+ 256 The only mystery in life is why the kamikaze pilots wore helmets. Al McGuire


+ 303 Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car. Billy Sunday


+ 273 Men have only two emotions: hungry and horny. If you see him without an erection, make him a sandwich.


+ 312 Philanthropy is the market for love. It is the market for all those people for whom there is no other market coming. Dan Pallotta


+ 260 It’s okay to applaud the laws of physics. Jared Ficklin


+ 261 It’s just a robot. It doesn’t have feelings … yet. Hearther Knight


+ 275 The greatest story commandment is: Make me care. Andrew Stanton


+ 298 You have got to use every trick in the book to not only overcome the big companies, but also their relation with authority. Richard Branson


+ 323 Love is what makes you smile when you tired. Paulo Coelho


+ 234 If you +1 this, this week will be great


+ 228 Do something today that your future self will thank you for


+ 254 Your mistakes should be your motivation, not your excuses.


+ 408 "The best teachers have showed me that things have to be done bit by bit. Nothing that means anything happens quickly - we only think it does. The motion of drawing back a bow and sending an arrow straight into a target takes only a split second, but it is a skill many years in the making. So it is with a life, anyone's life. ...from the whole cycle of becoming. And if I can tell an old-time story now about a man who is walking about, waudjoset ndatlokugan, a forest lodge man, alesakamigwi udlagwedewugan, it is because I spent many years walking about myself, listening to voices that came not just from the people but from animals and trees and stones." Joseph Bruchac


+ 256 Weak people revenge. Strong people forgive. Intelligent people ignore.


+ 227 Work and Joy.


+ 187 You know you are good


+ 359 Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde


+ 232 Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


+ 356 Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. Bruce Lee


+ 344 I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.


+ 226 Pride is a tricky, glorious, double-edged feeling. Adrienne Rich


+ 298 Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. James A. Baldwin


+ 395 A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman


+ 363 Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


+ 251 To be rich is not what you have in your bank account, but what you have in your heart


+ 249 I just want you that's all. All your flaws, mistakes, smiles, giggles, jokes, sarcasm. Everything. I just want you.


+ 257 You never know which door will lead you towards your dreams, until you have the courage to walk through it.


+ 185 So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa


+ 242 The words you speak become the house you live in. Hafiz


+ 318 A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard


+ 284 Without music, life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols, Or, How to Philosophize With the Hammer


+ 291 To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 372 Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. Apple Inc.


+ 356 Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You


+ 590 Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life. Bob Marley


+ 315 We accept the love we think we deserve. Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower


+ 244 It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it. Maurice Switzer


+ 276 Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans. Allen Saunders


+ 349 All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken
The crownless again shall be king.
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring


+ 229 A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong it is until it's in hot water. Eleanor Roosevelt


+ 278 The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare, As You Like It


+ 284 Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present. Bil Keane


+ 287 Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain


+ 281 Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain


+ 254 The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. Mark Twain


+ 274 It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


+ 275 We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan


+ 279 Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx


+ 279 It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone


+ 265 I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein


+ 246 I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. Thomas Edison


+ 268 Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. Mark Twain


+ 323 It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. Friedrich Nietzsche


+ 266 A day without sunshine is like, you know, night. Steve Martin


+ 442 You may not be her first, her last, or her only. She loved before she may love again. But if she loves you now, what else matters? She's not perfect—you aren't either, and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh, cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes, hold onto her and give her the most you can. She may not be thinking about you every second of the day, but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break—her heart. So don't hurt her, don't change her, don't analyze and don't expect more than she can give. Smile when she makes you happy, let her know when she makes you mad, and miss her when she's not there. Bob Marley


+ 277 Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein


+ 310 Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


+ 271 You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me. C.S. Lewis


+ 319 Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


+ 246 If I had a flower for every time I thought of you...I could walk through my garden forever. Alfred Tennyson


+ 315 Remember, we're madly in love, so it's all right to kiss me anytime you feel like it. Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games


+ 264 If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


+ 239 There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway


+ 302 You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world...but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


+ 254 It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. E.E. Cummings


+ 293 Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. Dale Carnegie


+ 244 Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. Dale Carnegie


+ 290 Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it… that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear. Dale Carnegie


+ 312 Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. Dale Carnegie


+ 282 Everybody in the world is seeking happiness – and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inward conditions. Dale Carnegie


+ 283 First ask yourself: What is the worst that can happen? Then prepare to accept it. Then proceed to improve on the worst. Dale Carnegie


+ 280 Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie


+ 309 Today is life-the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto. Dale Carnegie


+ 337 The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don’t like their rules, whose would you use? Dale Carnegie


+ 314 The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping . Dale Carnegie


+ 254 We all have possibilities we don’t know about. We can do things we don’t even dream we can do. Dale Carnegie


+ 190 The royal road to a man’s heart is to talk to him about the things he treasures most. Dale Carnegie


+ 242 The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way. Dale Carnegie


+ 320 There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it. Dale Carnegie


+ 245 When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade. Dale Carnegie


+ 243 You are merely not feeling equal to the tasks before you. Dale Carnegie


+ 301 You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. Dale Carnegie


+ 284 You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. Dale Carnegie


+ 329 You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world’s happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime. Dale Carnegie


+ 281 You never achieve success unless you like what you are doing. Dale Carnegie


+ 342 Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience. Dale Carnegie


+ 255 Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving. Dale Carnegie Quote


+ 334 Become a Friendlier Person
1. Don’t criticize, condemn or complain.
2. Give honest, sincere appreciation.
3. Arouse in the other person an eager want.
4. Become genuinely interested in other people.
5. Smile.
6. Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest
and most important sound in any language.
7. Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
8. Talk in terms of the other person’s interests.
9. Make the other person feel important - and do it sincerely.
Dale Carnegie


+ 366 Win People to Your Way of Thinking
10. The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
11. Show respect for the other person’s opinion. Never say, “You’re wrong.”
12. If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
13. Begin in a friendly way.
14. Get the other person saying “yes, yes” immediately.
15. Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
16. Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers.
17. Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view.
18. Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires.
19. Appeal to the nobler motives.
20. Dramatize your ideas.
21. Throw down a challenge.
Dale Carnegie


+ 371 Be a Leader
22. Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
23. Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly.
24. Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person.
25. Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
26. Let the other person save face.
27. Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement.
Be “hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.”
28. Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
29. Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
30. Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.
Dale Carnegie


+ 164 Keep busy.


+ 368 The brain is most outstanding organ. It works 24 hours, 365 days, right from your birth until you fall in love.


+ 252 Talking to you makes my day


+ 216 Fear can make you clingto the strangest things.


+ 301 Never forget the God only gives you what he knows you can handle. There is no situation that you are experiencing alone. God walks beside you always.


+ 336 God always has something for you, a key for every problem, a light for every shadow, a relief for every sorrow and a plan for every tomorrow.


+ 333 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. (Isaiah 51:6)


+ 334 Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis lazuli. I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:11-13


+ 333 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail. Isaiah 51:6


+ 237 Over thinking creates problems that were never there.


+ 223 You never know who needs you. Good energy is contagious.


+ 286 Don't mix your bad words with your bad moods. You will have many opportunities to change a mood, but you will never get the oppotunity to replace the words you spoke.


+ 290 Never play with the feelings of other, because you may win the game but the risk is that you surely lose the person for a life time. Shakespeare


+ 253 Success is like your Shadow.


+ 210 Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible. Thich Nhat Hanh


+ 267 Every time, in the night, I’m thinking about your smile, Everything will be alright, If you will ever be mine? Miriam Leiva


+ 205 Counting other people's sins does not make you a saint.


+ 238 Lord, please help me develop the quality 'thinking of others' to become expansive like you.


+ 173 Do not look back


+ 376 Don’t let people walk all over you. Sometimes when your too nice of a person and you always give and give, you might not know if you’re are being taken advantaged of, or if you’re being used. A kind person with a soft heart is always there for people and seldom speak out for themselves. Learn how to say no. Your true friendships will be revealed. When you give because you can’t say no, It will deplete you. When you give from your heart, it will replenish you. Just be the kind person you are but stand up for yourself, and never ever ever let anybody walk all over you. Just live life, smile, and do what is right for you. Brigitte Nicole


+ 417 There is nothing wrong with needing attention. It doesn’t make you selfish. It doesn’t make you desperate, a burden or weak. It makes you human. We all need to feel seen and heard and valued. And we all deserve to have those needs met. You are no exception. You deserve to be acknowledged and loved and cared for. You deserve to shine. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, convince you otherwise.


+ 357 Sometimes we need to stop and say “Thank you for loving me.” It is such a simple thing to say yet it carries so much weight, whether it is with a spouse while you both read your books or it’s with a friend who has been with you through thick and thin or it is to a family member who has loved you from the start. Those words, that thought, the action of saying it to them with purpose and truth can mean the world to them. Because after all, they mean enough for you to say “Thank you for loving me.”


+ 191 Thank you for loving me


+ 317 I think there comes a time when you meet someone and you just want to make them smile for the rest of your life. What you have found with them you couldn’t possibly find with anyone else.


+ 298 One of the most courageous decision you’ll ever make is to finally let go of what is hurting your heart and soul. Brigitte Nicole.


+ 333 True love knows no distance, beauty face and body size, it’s all about what you feel inside your heart and accept someone for who they are.


+ 444 The hardest lesson you will ever learn will be to love yourself. But you can do it. There will always be days when you hate yourself, days when you wish you had never been born. But you are beautiful, and if Shakespeare had met you, you would’ve inspired his 18th sonnet, and if Monet had known you, he would’ve given up painting water lilies and chosen to paint you instead. I know it’s hard to love yourself, but sometimes it’s okay to be a little selfish with your love..Live for the life you always wanted but were too scared to pursue. Live for you. Live for every person who has ever loved you. Live for the fire that burns in your soul, that tells you: keep going, you’re almost there, just a little farther. M.K.


+ 192 To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.


+ 325 It’s very possible and very okay to forgive someone and still not want to spend time with them. Karen Salmonsohn


+ 237 People spend too much time staring into screens and not enough time drinking wine, tongue kissing, and dancing under the moon. Rachel Wolchin


+ 187 Over thinking kills happiness. Insecurities kill self-esteem. Lies kill trust.


+ 241 At a certain point I have to try not to think too much about certain things or else they'll break my heart. Jonathan Franzen


+ 215 Smiles. How many did you fake today?


+ 262 Hearts are breakable and I think even if you heal, you're never what you were before.


+ 247 Don't fear the enemy that attacks you but the fake friend that hugs you.


+ 267 The best feeling is when someone appreciates everything about you that someone else took for granted.


+ 244 You should never have to think twice about who your real friends are.


+ 354 Breathe. At times, I know it’s hard to believe in good days. In love. In healing. In happiness. And so I will not ask you to believe in anything or anyone other than you. Believe in yourself first and the rest will come.


+ 225 Intellect is the main barrier in the knowledge of the spirit.


+ 233 Religion can be of obstacles on the way to know God.


+ 272 In Aberdeen, I hated my best friends with a passion, because they were idiots. Kurt Cobain


+ 301 I'd like to live off the band, but if not, I'll just retire to Mexico or Yugoslavia with a few hundred dollars, grow potatoes, and learn the history of rock through back issues of Creem magazine. Kurt Cobain


+ 281 It's really not hard to keep your dignity and sign to a major label...Most people don't have any dignity in the first place. Kurt Cobain


+ 234 Rap music is the only vital form of music introduced since punk rock. Kurt Cobain


+ 337 I knew I was different. I thought that I might be gay or something because I couldn't identify with any of the guys at all. None of them liked art or music, they just wanted to fight and get laid. It was many years ago but it gave me this real hatred for the average American macho male. Kurt Cobain


+ 253 Rape is one of the most terrible crimes on earth. And it happens every few minutes. Kurt Cobain


+ 239 Hope I die before I turn into Pete Townshend. Kurt Cobain


+ 263 I would like to get rid of the homophobes, sexists, and racists in our audience. I know they're out there and it really bothers me. Kurt Cobain


+ 284 We sound like the Bay City Rollers after an assault by Black Sabbath. And, we vomit onstage better than anyone. Kurt Cobain


+ 213 If I went to jail, at least I wouldn't have to sign autographs. Kurt Cobain


+ 196 If I could get that girl to publish her poetry, the world would change. Kurt Cobain


+ 324 If it was up to me, I'd get more oil tanker drivers drunk. I don’t value music much. I like the Beatles, but I hate Paul McCartney. I like Led Zeppelin, but I hate Robert Plant. I like the Who, but I hate Roger Daltrey. Kurt Cobain


+ 359 Music comes first; lyrics are secondary. Most of my lyrics are contradictions. I'll write a few sincere lines, and then I'll have to make fun of [them]. I don't like to make it too obvious, because if it is too obvious, it gets really stale. You shouldn't be in people's faces 100% all the time. We don't mean to be really cryptic or mysterious, but I just think that lyrics that are different and weird and spacey paint a nice picture. It's just the way I like art. Kurt Cobain


+ 1042 To be positive at all times is to ignore all that is important, sacred or valuable. To be negative at all times is to be threatened by ridiculousness and instant discredibility. Kurt Cobain


+ 210 I am not well read, but when I do read, I read well. Kurt Cobain


+ 207 The sun is gone
But I have a light
Kurt Cobain


+ 194 Good things take time


+ 222 I'm a much happier guy than a lot of people think I am. Kurt Cobain


+ 240 Ego: Spirituality takes the ego beyond its activity-oriented universe, that is, it helps achieve the dissolution of the ego.


+ 245 Intellect: Spirituality takes the intellect beyond contemplation, that is, it helps achieve dissolution of the intellect.


+ 241 Mind: Spirituality takes the mind beyond reactions, that is, it helps achieve the dissolution of the mind.


+ 174 Wake up and live


+ 251 Never speak bad about yourself.


+ 360 Life is too short to argue and fight. Count your blessings, value the people who matter and move on from the drama with your head held high. Not everyone will appreciate what you do for them. You have to figure out who’s worth your attention and who’s just taking advantage of you. Spend more time with those who make you smile and less time with those who you constantly feel pressured to impress. Marc Chernoff


+ 230 I love people who make me laugh.


+ 322 The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi


+ 306 The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi


+ 328 The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Vince Lombardi


+ 333 Great thing - Good thoughts
Silence is better than words
Intellect opens beauty in action
Just this style if you make fashion


+ 431 A beautiful life does not just happen, it is built daily by prayer, humility, sacrifice and hard work.


+ 247 I miss being a little kid with no stress, worries or care of the world.


+ 300 Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let your pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place. Kurt Vonnegut


+ 272 The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Krishnamurti


+ 293 Can you look without the voice in your head commenting, drawing conclusions, comparing, or trying to figure something out? Eckhart Tolle


+ 328 It sucks that we miss people like that. You think you've accepted that someone is out of your life, that you've grieved and it's over, and then bam. One little thing, and you feel like you've lost that person all over again. Rachel Hawkins


+ 271 There are no uninteresting things, only uninterested people. G.K. Chesterton


+ 283 Let yourself be open and life will be easier. A spoon of salt in a glass of water makes the water undrinkable. A spoon of salt in a lake is almost unnoticed. Buddha


+ 245 What made you happy once may not make you happy now. Jodi Picoult


+ 193 If you don't like to read, you haven't found the right book. J.K. Rowling


+ 302 Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. David Healey


+ 216 Change, like healing, takes time. Veronica Roth


+ 228 Man is not what he thinks he is, he is what he hides. Andre Malraux


+ 279 It always helps to think about other people instead of just ourselves. Ellen DeGeneres


+ 282 But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands. Daphne du Maurier


+ 351 People say that time heals all wounds, and maybe they're right. But what if the wounds don't heal correctly, like when cuts leave behind nasty scars, or when broken bones mend together, but aren't as smooth anymore? Does it mean they're really healed? Jessica Sorensen


+ 288 No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire. L. Frank Baum


+ 252 Whatever anybody says, the most important thing in life is to be happy. Orhan Pamuk


+ 234 There are so many things that can break you if there's nothing to hold you together. Katja Millay


+ 336 I hate when people ask what a book is about. People who read for plot, people who suck out the story like the cream filling in an Oreo, should stick to comic strips and soap operas… Every book worth a damn is about emotions and love and death and pain. It's about words. It's about a man dealing with life. Okay? J.R. Moehringer


+ 408 "There are also books full of great writing that don't have very good stories. Read sometimes for the story, Bobby. Don't be like the book-snobs who won't do that. Read sometimes for the words — the language. Don't be like the play-it-safers that won't do that. But when you find a book that has both a good story and good words, treasure that book." S. King "Hearts In Atlantis"


+ 250 We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. Chuck Palahniuk


+ 279 The trouble is, sometimes words are like arrows. Once you shoot them, there's no going back. Jess Rothenberg


+ 278 The trouble is, you think you have time. Gautama Buddha


+ 279 Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. Eleanor Roosevelt


+ 292 So often we only do what we think is expected of us, when we are capable of so much more. Cynthia Hand


+ 216 I don't know why we're all obsessed with the way we look, rather than the way we act. Sad, isn't it?


+ 307 Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion. Simon Sinek


+ 314 The choice you make, between hating and forgiving, can become the story of your life. Gregory David Roberts


+ 283 Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. Dalai Lama


+ 297 Sometimes a wind comes up, blows you off course. You're not ready for it, but if you're lucky, you end up in a more interesting place than you'd planned. Nora Roberts


+ 277 Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. Because we cannot accept, we suffer. Shunryu Suzuki


+ 223 Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. Chinese Proverb


+ 412 It's not that people can't love you if you don't love yourself. It's that you won't feel it because it'll always seem like you don't deserve it.


+ 418 I like drinking coffee alone, and reading alone.
I like riding the bus alone, and walking home alone.
It gives me time to think, and set my mind free.
I like eating alone, and listening to music alone.
But when I see a mother with her child, A girl with her lover,
Or a friend laughing with their best friend,
I realize that even though I like being alone
I don't fancy being lonely.


+ 308 What if I told you 10 years from now your life would be exactly the same. Doubt you'd be happy. So why are you afraid of change? Karen Salmansohn


+ 265 If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal. Paulo Coelho


+ 261 Some steps need to be taken alone. It's the only way to really figure out where you need to go and who you need to be. Mandy Hale


+ 307 Until you get comfortable with being alone, you'll never know if you're choosing someone out of love or loneliness. Mandy Hale


+ 321 Don't think about what can happen in a month. Don't think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be. Eric Thomas


+ 283 If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room. Anita Roddick


+ 268 We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking. Santosh Kalwar


+ 258 We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut


+ 394 There's no need to wait for the bad things and bullshit to be over. Change now. Love now. Live now. Don't wait for people to give you permission to live, because they won't. Kris Carr


+ 359 You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No. Alison McGhee


+ 362 Think faster and make love. Sergey Letchenya


+ 325 I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, "I love you." There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. Maya Angelou


+ 298 Relationships dont always make sense. Especially from the outside. Sarah Dessen


+ 295 I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more. C.S. Lewis


+ 342 You will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realize how seldom they do. David Foster Wallace


+ 391 A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself.


+ 273 Don't force someone to make time for you, if they really want to, they will.


+ 248 I wasn't mad. Then you asked me 10 times if I was mad. Now I'm mad.


+ 238 Friends make the bad times good, and the good times unforgetable.


+ 256 The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood. Voltaire


+ 302 Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do them. Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that - that’s what life is. Amy Poehler


+ 257 The number one reason most people don't get what they want is that they don't know what they want. T. Harv Eker


+ 253 Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you. Wayne Dyer


+ 259 What you hear, you forget; what you see, you remember; what you do, you understand. T. Harv Eker


+ 280 Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy


+ 233 Being weak is a choice, and so is being strong.


+ 267 I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. Charles Dickens


+ 306 Never regret anything that has happened in your life. It cannot be changed, undone or forgotten. So take it as a lesson and move on.


+ 272 Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. Margaret Mead


+ 282 It's always sad when people you know become people you knew.


+ 317 We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year's Day. Edith Lovejoy Pierce


+ 394 Sometimes I want to go back in time and punch myself in the face.


+ 272 Thoughts have power, thoughts are energy. And you can make your world or break it by your own thinking.


+ 268 Sometimes I wish I were a child again because skinned knees are easier to fix than broken hearts.


+ 235 Mental will is a muscle that needs exercise, just like muscles of the body. Lynn Jennings


+ 294 There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you. David Burns


+ 258 Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses. Alphonse Karr


+ 235 Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. Johann Von Goethe


+ 262 Life is meant to be a challenge, because challenges are what make you grow. Manny Pacquiao


+ 273 You'll be surprised to know how far you can go from the point where you thought it was the end.


+ 222 Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.


+ 308 I can't think about that right now. If I do, I'll go crazy. I'll think about that tomorrow. Margaret Mitchell "Gone with the Wind"


+ 315 Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway


+ 289 If no one thinks you can, then you have to.


+ 267 If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great. Tom Hanks


+ 281 Why can't I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which one fits best? Sylvia Plath


+ 228 I know no one's perfect, but you're perfect to me.


+ 297 It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. Henry David Thoreau


+ 254 God gives talent. Work transforms talent into genius. Anna Pavlova


+ 326 Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry. Warren Buffett


+ 251 Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles. Charlie Chaplin


+ 261 How you think dramatically affects how you feel and every decision you make.


+ 301 Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again. James R. Cook


+ 301 My choice; my responsibility; win or lose, only I hold the keys to my destiny. Elain Maxwell


+ 253 Best relationship: talk like best friends, play like children, argue like husband and wife, protect each other like brother and sister.


+ 253 Talking to your best friend is sometimes all the therapy you need.


+ 275 If you don't invest very much, then defeat doesn't hurt very much and winning is not very exciting. Dick Vermeil


+ 262 In a week you will wish you had started today. So go for it.


+ 194 No one wants advice - only corroboration. Steinbeck, John


+ 313 Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Bruce Lee


+ 257 Tell me I can't, then watch me work twice as hard to prove you wrong.


+ 270 No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop


+ 330 You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them. William Blake


+ 254 Fix your eyes forward on what you can do, not back on what you cannot change. Tom Clancy


+ 250 Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. Liane Cardes


+ 335 Whether you think you’re ready or not, just start right now. There is magic in action.


+ 248 Do you wanna see your biggest opponent? Look in the mirror.


+ 305 Whenever you feel like giving up, think of all the people that would love to see you fail.


+ 263 Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by medicine, but lost time is gone forever. Brian Tracy


+ 270 No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking. Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire


+ 234 Unless your name is Google, stop acting like you know everything.


+ 321 Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. Especially when that time will pass you by anyway.


+ 274 True motivation comes from within. No one can hand it to you, but no one can take it away, either.


+ 300 To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking. Johann von Goethe


+ 276 Friendship isn't about who came first and who you've known the longest. It's about who came and never left.


+ 294 People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours.


+ 257 Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like. Will Smith


+ 234 It's not what you do, it's how you do it. It's not what you see, it's how you look at it. It's not how your life is, it's how you live it.


+ 276 I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then. Lewis Carroll


+ 253 Be with someone who can make you laugh when you don't even feel like smiling.


+ 248 Things get worse before they get better. Just keep going.


+ 250 Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can't expect an angel to look out. Arthur Schopenhauer


+ 281 Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford


+ 291 Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others. Jonathan Winters


+ 263 Everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you learn from them and don't repeat them.


+ 301 Think before you judge someone because there is a story behind every person, on why they are the way they are.


+ 241 When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.


+ 279 Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work. Oprah Winfrey


+ 242 Limits like fears are often just an illusion. Michael Jordan


+ 268 Looking at a photograph and wishing you could re-live that moment over and over again.


+ 226 A relationship with no trust is like having a phone with no service, you just play games.


+ 293 A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it. Jean de La Fontaine


+ 312 Love is like water in a sponge. No matter how much you squeeze it there will always be a little left.


+ 267 Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy. Mike Ditka


+ 264 Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. Wendy Wasserstein


+ 261 If you have never made a mistake then it means you have never tried something new.


+ 239 Being in a relationship is like sharing a book, it doesn't work if you're not on the same page.


+ 241 The sooner you realize it's never going to go back to the way it was... the sooner you will move on.


+ 264 If you put in the work, the results will come. Michael Jordan


+ 254 You will never fully believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to everyone else.


+ 262 A lot of problems would disappear if we talked to each other instead of about each other.


+ 227 Worrying doesn't take the pain out of tomorrow, It merely takes the joy out of today.


+ 289 Stop talking about your problems and start thinking about solutions.


+ 270 Be happy. Be who you want to be. If others don't like it, then let them be. Happiness is a choice. Life isn't about pleasing everybody.


+ 258 You will never be truly happy if you continuously hold onto the things that make you sad. Let things go and move on!


+ 304 When yesterday is a disappointment and today isn't better, remember there's always a tomorrow. Make it something to look forward to. Smile.


+ 303 The simple way to make people love you is to make them feel loved.


+ 271 Never mistake activity for achievement. John Wooden


+ 282 Live your life, take chances, be crazy. Don't wait cause right now is the oldest you've ever been and the youngest you'll be ever again.


+ 230 Don't ask what meaning of life is. You define it.


+ 318 Life is short and unpredictable. Don't waste another minute on the people, places and things that don't make you happy.


+ 274 It's not the hours you put in your work that counts, it's the work you put in the hours. Sam Ewing


+ 318 Life has many different chapters for us. One bad chapter doesn't mean it's the end of the book.


+ 265 The reason why people give up so fast is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have gotten.


+ 264 Bitterness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Steve Ostten


+ 242 Just because you're not perfect, doesn't mean you're not beautiful. Zayn Malik


+ 323 It’s funny how when you’re a kid a day can last forever and now all these years seem like a blink. Hearts in Atlantis (2001)


+ 867 When I arrived in England I thought I knew English. After I'd been here an hour I realized that I did not understand one word. In the first week I picked up a tolerable working knowledge of the language and the next seven years convinced me gradually but thoroughly that I would never know it really well, let alone perfectly. This is sad. My only consolation being that nobody speaks English perfectly.

Remember that those five hundred words an average Englishman uses are far from being the whole vocabulary of the language. You may learn another five hundred and another five thousand and yet another fifty thousand and still you may come across a further fifty thousand you have never heard of before, and nobody else either. If you live here long enough you will find out to your greatest amazement that the adjective nice is not the only adjective the language possesses, in spite of the fact that in the first three years you do not need to learn or use any other adjectives. You can say that the weather is nice, a restaurant is nice, Mr Soandso is nice, Mrs Soandso's clothes are nice, you had a nice time, and all this will be very nice. Then you have to decide on your accent. You will have your foreign accent all right, but many people like to mix it with something else. I knew a Polish Jew who had a strong Yiddish-Irish accent. People found it fascinating though slightly exaggerated. The easiest way to give the impression of having a good accent or no foreign accent at all is to hold an unlit pipe in your mouth, to mutter between your teeth and finish all your sentences with the question: 'isn't it?' People will not understand much, but they are accustomed to that and they will get a most excellent impression.

I have known quite a number of foreigners who tried hard to acquire an Oxford accent. The advantage of this is that you give the idea of being permanently in the company of Oxford dons and lecturers on medieval numismatics; the disadvantage is that the permanent singing is rather a strain on your throat and that it is a type of affection that even many English people find it hard to keep up incessantly. You may fall out of it, speak naturally, and then where are you? The Mayfair accent can be highly recommended, too. The advantages of Mayfair English are that it unites the affected air of the Oxford accent with the uncultured flavour of a half-educated professional hotel-dancer.

The most successful attempts, however, to put on a highly cultured air have been made on the polysyllabic lines. Many foreigners who have learnt Latin and Greek in school discover with amazement and satisfaction that the English language has absorbed a huge amount of ancient Latin and Greek expressions, and they realize that
a) it is much easier to learn these expressions than the much simpler English words;
b) that these words as a rule are interminably long and make a simply superb impression when talking to the greengrocer, the porter and the insurance agent. Imagine, for instance, that the porter of the block of flats where you live remarks sharply that you must not put your dustbin out in front of your door before 7.30 a.m. Should you answer 'Please don't bully me,' a loud and tiresome argument may follow, and certainly the porter will be proved right, because you are sure to find a dause in your contract (small print, of last page) that the porter is always right and you owe absolute allegiance and unconditional obedience to him. Should you answer, however, with these words: 1 repudiate your petulant expostulations,' the argument will be closed at once, the porter will be proud of having such a highly cultured man in the block, and from that day onwards you may, if you please, get up at four o'clock in the morning and hang your dustbin out of the window. But even in Curzon Street society, if you say, for instance, that you are a tough guy they will consider you a vulgar, irritating and objectionable person. Should you declare, however, that you are an inquisitorial and peremptory homo sapiens, they will have no idea what you mean, but they will feel in their bones that you must be something wonderful. When you know all the long words it is advisable to start learning some of the short ones, too. You should be careful when using these endless words. An acquaintance of mine once was fortunate enough to discover the most impressive word notalgia for back-ache. Mistakenly, however, he declared in a large company: 'I have such a nostalgia.' 'Oh, you want to go home to Nizhne-Novgorod?' asked his most sympathetic hostess. 'Not at all,' he answered. 'I just cannot sit down.' . Finally, there are two important points to remember:
1. Do not forget that it is much easier to write in English than to speak English, because you can write without a foreign accent.
2. In a bus and in other public places it is more advisable to speak softly in good German than to shout in abominable English.
Anyway, this whole language business is not at all easy. After spending eight years in this country, the other day I was told by a very kind lady: 'But why do you complain? You really speak a most excellent accent without the slightest English.'
The Language by George Mikes


+ 247 You can make progress or you can make excuses, but you can't do both.


+ 270 Technically, I'm single. But my heart is taken by someone I can't call my own. Wiz Khalifa.


+ 248 Everything is possible before you make a decision.


+ 279 We like people not so much for how we feel about them, but for how they make us feel about ourselves.


+ 254 I wish people were more like money, so you could hold them up to the light and see which ones are fake or real.


+ 398 The hard part isn't making of decision. It's living with it.


+ 233 You know my name, not my story. You've heard what I've done, not what I've been through.


+ 212 Everybody deserves second chances, but not for the same mistakes.


+ 360 Don't ask why people keep hurting you. Ask yourself why you are allowing it to happen.


+ 257 We all make mistakes. Don't let that be the reason you give up on somebody.


+ 309 Stay positive, about everything. A positive mind set will determine your happiness.If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. Your passion will lead you right to your purpose. T.D. Jakes


+ 281 Smile more than you cry, give more than you take and love more than you hate.


+ 250 Whatever makes you feel bad, leave it. Whatever makes you smile, keep it.


+ 328 In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to put your anger and your energy into something positive.


+ 237 We've all been hurt by words before. So before you speak, think about how your words might affect someone else.


+ 199 If you still talk about it, you still care about it.


+ 318 If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katharine Hepburn


+ 250 Your attitude is either the lock on, or the key to the door of success. Denis Waitley


+ 275 Feelings that come back are feelings that never went away in the first place.


+ 298 Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time. Goethe


+ 312 There are only two types of honest people in this world: small children and drunk people.


+ 265 That awkward moment when you want to laugh in a serious situation.


+ 259 Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.


+ 286 If you're going through hell, keep going. Winston Churchill


+ 248 Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. Yoda, "Star Wars"


+ 300 A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake. Confucius


+ 374 Success isn't the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you're doing and you work hard you will be successful.


+ 248 It won't come easy, you must work for it. Stop wishing, start doing.


+ 299 Why do you permit a mere word to stand in your way? Forget the word "difficult" and take your next step. Vernon Howard


+ 259 There's nothing bigger in life than the little things. Vanilla Sky 2001


+ 247 The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.


+ 274 True strength is keeping everything together when everyone expects you to fall apart.


+ 280 Concentrate on your strengths instead of your weaknesses, on your powers instead of your problems. Paul J. Meyer


+ 229 Age is no guarantee of maturity. Lawana Blackwell


+ 325 Don't waste your time on someone who doesn't make time for you. If they truly love you, they'll find a way. Not an excuse.


+ 281 When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de la Rochefoucaula


+ 262 You can blame your past for who you are, or take responsibility and become who you want to be.


+ 300 It's sweet when someone knows every single detail about you. Not because you constantly remind them, but because they pay attention.


+ 244 There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.


+ 258 When I work fourteen hours a day, seven days a week, I get lucky. Dr. Armand Hammer


+ 250 Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller


+ 277 The best feeling is when you know that you are also important to the person who’s important to you.


+ 234 Life is like an ice cream, enjoy it before it melts.


+ 253 The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.


+ 263 Don't give up and keep trying cause you never know what's gonna happen.


+ 350 If someone truly loves you, they won't make you feel like you need to constantly fight for their attention.


+ 280 Best friends are people who make your problems their problems, just so you don’t have to go through them alone.


+ 252 The greatest human disease is control. If we fear less and allow more, who knows what we could achieve. Charlie Efford


+ 303 Life is too short to spend with someone who makes your days difficult.


+ 252 Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. John Wooden


+ 297 Sometimes silence speaks a thousand words...


+ 295 Today is one of the good old days you'll be talking about someday. Do something that will make you smile when you look back on it.


+ 326 We all have dreams. But in order to make dreams into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication and discipline. Jesse Owens


+ 288 You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.


+ 310 Be with who makes you smile. Love who makes you happy. Never forget the ones who truly love you. And forget the ones who didn't care.


+ 273 Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. The Godfather II


+ 182 Do not let life go! Work to be happy!


+ 270 If you do not enjoy what you are doing, you will never be good at it. Luke Parker


+ 261 Everyone has that one little secret, that no one, not even your best friend, knows about you.


+ 273 Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. Concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never have enough. Oprah Winfrey


+ 384 You know you are in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams. Dr. Seuss


+ 312 When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world. Harold Kushner


+ 275 Don't judge me by the mistakes I've made, but by what I've learned from them.


+ 289 There's never a "right time" to wait for. So whenever you get the chance, take a risk.


+ 264 Remedy your deficiencies, and your merits will take care of themselves.


+ 290 My mirror and my camera have two completely different ideas of what I look like.


+ 266 A true friend will tell you the truth to your face - not behind your back. Sasha Azevedo


+ 274 A relationship with no trust is like a car with no gas, you can stay in it all you want, but it won't go anywhere.


+ 287 Go after your dream, no matter how unattainable others think it is. Linda Mastandrea


+ 300 Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas Edison


+ 276 My greatest fear in my life is that one day we will pass each other on some street like two strangers.


+ 280 If you're sinlge, focus on being a better person instead of looking for someone better than your ex. A better you will attract a better next.


+ 278 The difference between a smart man and a wise man: a smart man knows what to say, a wise man knows whether or not to say it. Garafola


+ 259 How could you reach the pearl by only looking at the sea? If you seek the pearl, be a diver! Rumi


+ 258 You become what you think about. Earl Nightingale


+ 286 I don't care about your past, all I want to know is if there's a place for me in your future. Sweet Home Alabama


+ 275 The most annoying people are the ones who always want you to listen to them but won't take time out of their day to listen to you.


+ 240 Actions speak louder than words, but words spur actions. Janet Todd


+ 235 A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist. Eleanor Roosevelt


+ 256 There are two reasons why people don't talk about something: either it doesn't mean anything to them or it means everything to them.


+ 261 The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Eckhart Tolle


+ 300 In every mistake, there is a message. Some people miss the message because they're too busy berating themselves for the mistake.


+ 271 Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau


+ 305 The fool speaks, the wise man listens. Ethiopian Proverb


+ 246 If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. Maya Angelou


+ 341 There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve - the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho


+ 305 Love is as delicate as glass; once broken it can be fixed, but there will always be cracks.


+ 281 Happiness is never lost if you just know where to look for it. It's always in your heart, where love, hope and trust lives.


+ 244 It's funny how I'm good at giving advice to others, but when it comes to helping myself, I don't know what to do.


+ 310 The fire you kindle for your enemy often burns yourself more than him. Chinese Proverb


+ 223 Before you talk, listen. Before you act, think. Before you criticize, wait. Before you quit, try.


+ 310 Don’t always be super nice to someone. Sometimes you have to show your bad side, so that you will know who can accept you at your worst.


+ 287 Faith and doubt can't live in a heart at the same time. When you feed your faith, you starve your doubt. Pastor Rick


+ 406 For as long as the power of America's diversity is diminished by acts of discrimination and violence against people just because they are black, Hispanic, Asian, Jewish, Muslim or gay, we still must overcome. Ron Kind


+ 321 All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit. Thomas Paine


+ 333 Since Hiroshima and the Holocaust, science no longer holds its pristine place as the highest moral authority. Instead, that role is taken by human rights. It follows that any assault on Jewish life - on Jews or Judaism or the Jewish state - must be cast in the language of human rights. Jonathan Sacks


+ 307 In my office in Jerusalem, there's an ancient seal. It's a signet ring of a Jewish official from the time of the Bible. The seal was found right next to the Western Wall, and it dates back 2,700 years, to the time of King Hezekiah. Now, there's a name of the Jewish official inscribed on the ring in Hebrew. His name was Netanyahu. Benjamin Netanyahu


+ 329 Growing up in a Jewish matriarchal world inside the patriarchal paradise of Salt Lake City, Utah, gave me increased perspective on gender issues, as it also did my gay brother and my lesbian sister. Our younger sister is the perfect Jewish-American wife and mother, and is fiercely proud of that fact. Roseanne Barr


+ 288 Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history. Maya Angelou


+ 291 A Jewish woman had two chickens. One got sick, so the woman made chicken soup out of the other one to help the sick one get well. Henny Youngman


+ 354 When I was in college, my school newspaper accepted an ad from a Holocaust revisionist organization. This would have been offensive on most college campuses across the country, but I went to a school with a very large Jewish population, so the ad, as you might expect, stirred absolute outrage. Simon Sinek


+ 323 The Holocaust committed by the Nazis turned this country, where most of the European Jews used to live and where their culture used to flourish, into a massive grave. This is why initiatives to revive Jewish culture in Poland is so important. Marek Belka


+ 304 The Jewish people asked nothing of its sons except not to be denied. The world is grateful to every great man when he brings it something; only the paternal home thanks the son who brings nothing but himself. Theodor Herzl


+ 312 This is the key to time management - to see the value of every moment. Menachem Mendel Schneerson


+ 313 When you waste a moment, you have killed it in a sense, squandering an irreplaceable opportunity. But when you use the moment properly, filling it with purpose and productivity, it lives on forever. Menachem Mendel Schneerson


+ 333 Not only will this make you treat each moment more preciously, but you will be more patient with yourself and with others, recognizing that there are millions of moments on the path to any worthwhile achievement. Menachem Mendel Schneerson


+ 462 As a convinced atheist, I ought to agree with Voltaire that Judaism is not just one more religion, but in its way the root of religious evil. Without the stern, joyless rabbis and their 613 dour prohibitions, we might have avoided the whole nightmare of the Old Testament, and the brutal, crude wrenching of that into prophecy - derived Christianity, and the later plagiarism and mutation of Judaism and Christianity into the various rival forms of Islam. Much of the time, I do concur with Voltaire, but not without acknowledging that Judaism is dialectical. There is, after all, a specifically Jewish version of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, with a specifically Jewish name — the Haskalah — for itself. The term derives from the word for 'mind' or 'intellect,' and it is naturally associated with ethics rather than rituals, life rather than prohibitions, and assimilation over 'exile' or 'return.' It's everlastingly linked to the name of the great German teacher Moses Mendelssohn, one of those conspicuous Jewish hunchbacks who so upset and embarrassed Isaiah Berlin. The other way to upset or embarrass Berlin, I found, was to mention that he himself was a cousin of Menachem Schneerson, the 'messianic' Lubavitcher rebbe. However, even pre-enlightenment Judaism forces its adherents to study and think, it reluctantly teaches them what others think, and it may even teach them how to think also. Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir


+ 271 Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again. Menachem Mendel Schneerson


+ 282 SIQS assistance allows you to maximize the income of your bank deposits in Switzerland.


+ 251 We have to still develop the Ikea group. We need many billions of Swiss francs to take on China or Russia. Ingvar Kamprad


+ 267 My dad's in banking, my mum manages the American branch of a Swiss vitamin company; they're really busy, but they still come to all my premieres. Danielle de Niese


+ 275 My father's Peruvian! I actually have a lot of family in Cuzco. I'm also Swiss, Alaskan, French, Spanish and Italian. Q'orianka Kilcher


+ 256 The Germans and Austrians are very polite, the Swiss are very reserved and the Spanish usually kiss me. The Brits write me letters. Donna Leon


+ 328 I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don't work on it directly. Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers. Peter Zumthor


+ 346 You may look at yourself in the mirror and see negatives, everyone does, but if you take time to look at all the positive things about yourself, you will realize that there are a lot more positive things than negatives. Grace Davies


+ 309 So many things to think about, so many words to say. So many deeds to be done, so many habits to create. So much character to show, so much love to give. In all of this there is transformation and in all of this I live. Kristiana Evans


+ 336 Cows are my passion. What I have ever sighed for has been to retreat to a Swiss farm, and live entirely surrounded by cows - and china. Charles Dickens


+ 307 I've never had a bank account in Switzerland since 1984. Why would the Swiss do this to me? Maybe the Swiss are trying to divert attention from the Holocaust gold scandal. Benazir Bhutto


+ 334 In the shallow parts of many Swiss lakes, where there is a depth of no more than from 5 to 15 feet of water, ancient wooden piles are observed at the bottom sometimes worn down to the surface of the mud, sometimes projecting slightly above it. Charles Lyell


+ 295 In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin


+ 220 One of my favorite things to cook is fondue. I'm Swiss. It's a great social meal. Ryan Seacrest


+ 324 As a child growing up in a grey-skied Yorkshire village, I would occasionally happen upon a Bollywood movie on the television. After a few minutes watching a bunch of sari-clad dancers cavorting on a Swiss mountain to tuneless music, I would switch over to some proper drama about housing estates and single mothers. Simon Beaufoy


+ 255 Swiss chard is undervalued in Britain. It's a great substitute for spinach and keeps its shape well. Yotam Ottolenghi


+ 296 You know, in 1975 I couldn't get a job in New York City because I was American. The kitchens were predominantly run by French, Swiss, German, and basically I got laughed at. I had education, I had experience, but got laughed at because I was American. Emeril Lagasse


+ 295 It's interesting that Swiss banks also hide their assets from the Swiss by using offshore bank structuring. Julian Assange


+ 223 I live in a Swiss village so small, if you sneeze everyone knows. Geraldine Chaplin


+ 282 Life-writing calls for any number of dubious gifts: A touch of O.C.D., a lack of imagination, a large desk, neutrality of Swiss proportions, tactlessness, a high tolerance for archival dust. Most of all it calls for an act of displacement. 'To find your subject, you must in some sense lose yourself along the way,' is Richard Holmes's version. Stacy Schiff


+ 290 In the city, I wake bolt upright in the small hours, convinced that intruders are marauding through our apartment despite Swiss bank-style security arrangements. Mariella Frostrup


+ 307 I'll splurge on Toblerone. I love Toblerone with the Swiss chocolate and nougat in it. Jordin Sparks


+ 233 A witticism in an airport security line is like a Swiss tap - turn it on, and you instantly find yourself in hot water. Shashi Tharoor


+ 254 The Germans and Austrians are very polite, the Swiss are very reserved and the Spanish usually kiss me. The Brits write me letters. Donna Leon


+ 293 People are starting to know more about it, but I was blown away by Almaty, Kazakhstan. It's like a future Swiss Alps. It has the potential to be an extraordinary ski resort. It is a city with beautiful mountain scapes. Lisa Ling


+ 268 My father's Peruvian! I actually have a lot of family in Cuzco. I'm also Swiss, Alaskan, French, Spanish and Italian. Q'orianka Kilcher


+ 317 I think the chance of finding beauty is higher if you don't work on it directly. Beauty in architecture is driven by practicality. This is what you learn from studying the old townscapes of the Swiss farmers. Peter Zumthor


+ 258 My dad's in banking, my mum manages the American branch of a Swiss vitamin company; they're really busy, but they still come to all my premieres. Danielle de Niese


+ 319 I've learned that when someone does something very kind and refuses payment, giving them an engraved Swiss Army knife is never refused! Christine Lavin


+ 285 And my father, being a good Swiss puritan, always really insisted that if I was going to be an actor, I shouldn't just be an actor, I should know about the whole process. Rene Auberjonois


+ 343 Only that Swiss in the heart want still a king or at least a strong Upper House of Parliament. Swiss long themselves for less democracy and more dictatorship. Peter Bichsel


+ 262 I want to be remembered for Swiss Family Robinson and Old Yeller. I think Swiss is probably my favorite film. Tommy Kirk


+ 292 I don't know what Swiss musicians need to do to be heard beyond the borders of their own country. It was always clear to me that I belong everywhere, that music belongs everywhere. It simply never occurred to me that I had to limit myself to a country. Sophie Hunger


+ 223 Your past shows you the mistakes you're going to commit in the future. Ashutosh Cheulkar


+ 252 Sometimes, the only soul that can mend a broken heart is the one that broke it. For they are the ones holding all the pieces.


+ 273 The best relationship in the world is the one in which a SORRY and a SMILE can make everything back to normal again.


+ 342 If love was meant to come quick and easy then it wouldn't be the hardest thing out there to find, everything takes time and love is the number one thing that takes time.


+ 480 Progressor makes masterpieces
When best ladies give hot kisses
Ocean and models in the world
He takes only best until he is old


+ 324 I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling. T. S. Eliot


+ 246 A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books. Walt Whitman


+ 195 Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare


+ 248 Be great in act, as you have been in thought. William Shakespeare


+ 233 For they are yet ear-kissing arguments. William Shakespeare


+ 331 God bless thee; and put meekness in thy mind, love, charity, obedience, and true duty! William Shakespeare


+ 273 He who has injured thee was either stronger or weaker than thee. If weaker, spare him; if stronger, spare thyself. William Shakespeare


+ 294 How poor are they who have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees. William Shakespeare


+ 254 How use doth breed a habit in a man. William Shakespeare


+ 285 I am not bound to please thee with my answers. William Shakespeare


+ 267 I did never know so full a voice issue from so empty a heart: but the saying is true 'The empty vessel makes the greatest sound'. William Shakespeare


+ 252 I dote on his very absence. William Shakespeare


+ 314 I feel within me a peace above all earthly dignities, a still and quiet conscience. William Shakespeare


+ 232 I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. William Shakespeare


+ 252 If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul. William Shakespeare


+ 231 Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word. William Shakespeare


+ 280 In a false quarrel there is no true valour. William Shakespeare


+ 273 In peace there's nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility. William Shakespeare


+ 300 In time we hate that which we often fear. William Shakespeare


+ 255 It is not enough to help the feeble up, but to support him after. William Shakespeare


+ 307 Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. William Shakespeare


+ 297 Mine honour is my life; both grow in one; take honour from me and my life is done. William Shakespeare


+ 284 Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. William Shakespeare


+ 229 Our bodies are our gardens to which our wills are gardeners. William Shakespeare


+ 224 Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. William Shakespeare


+ 223 I must be cruel only to be kind; Thus bad begins, and worse remains behind. William Shakespeare


+ 278 Nothing emboldens sin so much as mercy. William Shakespeare


+ 259 Who liveth alone longeth for mercy, Maker's mercy. The Wanderer


+ 357 One God for every King, Life is like free Traveling.


+ 277 Let despair be known as my ebb-tide; but let prayer have its springs, too, brimming, disarming him; discovering somewhere among his fissures deposits of mercy where trust may take root and grow. R. S. Thomas


+ 215 Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows. Robert Green Ingersoll


+ 269 Make love everyday.


+ 222 Work Hard. Dream Big.


+ 224 I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts. John Locke


+ 243 Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin


+ 242 We should be taught not to wait for inspiration to start a thing. Action always generates inspiration. Inspiration seldom generates action. Frank Tibolt


+ 260 Never mistake motion for action. Ernest Hemingway


+ 207 Action is eloquence. William Shakespeare


+ 261 There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today. Mignon McLaughlin


+ 403 Well-matured and well-disciplined talent is always sure of a market, provided it exerts itself; but it must not cower at home and expect to be sought for. There is a good deal of cant, too, in the whining about the success of forward and impudent men, while men of retiring worth are passed over with neglect. But it happens often that those forward men have that valuable quality of promptness and activity, without which worth is a mere inoperative property. A barking dog is often more useful than a sleeping lion. Endeavor to make your talents convertible to ready use, prompt for the occasion, and adapted to the ordinary purposes of life; cultivate strength rather than gracefulness; in our country it is the useful, not the ornamental, that is in demand. Washington Irving, letter to Pierre Paris Irving (nephew), 1824 December 7th


+ 230 Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream. Oscar Wilde


+ 244 If ifs were gifts, every day would be Christmas. Charles Barkley


+ 230 Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Edmund Burke


+ 225 Talk doesn’t cook rice. Chinese Proverb


+ 186 All know the way; few actually walk it. Bodhidharma


+ 225 He liked to go from A to B without inventing letters between. John McPhee


+ 209 Each to his grief, each to his loneliness and fidgety revenge. Gwendolyn Brooks


+ 232 Success will never be a big step in the future, success is a small step taken just now. Jonatan Martensson


+ 258 You never know what life is like, until you have lived it. Marilyn Monroe


+ 332 I, who have sent armies into fire and soldiers to their death, say today: We sail onto a war which has no casualties, no wounded, no blood nor suffering. It is the only war which is a pleasure to participate in – the war for peace. Yitzhak Rabin


+ 345 We, like you, are people who want to build a home, to plant a tree, to love, live side by side with you in dignity, in empathy, as human beings, as free men. We are today giving peace a chance and again saying to you in a clear voice: Enough. Yitzhak Rabin


+ 283 Military cemeteries in every corner of the world are silent testimony to the failure of national leaders to sanctify human life. Yitzhak Rabin, 1994 Nobel Peace Prize lecture


+ 318 Hollywood is a place where they'll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul. I know, because I turned down the first offer often enough and held out for the fifty cents. Marilyn Monroe


+ 194 Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened. Anatole France


+ 272 We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha


+ 249 To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha


+ 262 Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. Buddha


+ 253 The mind is everything. What you think you become. Buddha


+ 211 No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. Buddha


+ 293 There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha


+ 282 It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. Buddha


+ 293 Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue. Buddha


+ 211 The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood. Buddha


+ 271 We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world. Buddha


+ 247 However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? Buddha


+ 224 The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows. Buddha


+ 221 Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others. Buddha


+ 206 What we think, we become. Buddha


+ 257 When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear. Buddha


+ 195 Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. Buddha


+ 242 Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good. Buddha


+ 247 The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast. Buddha


+ 287 The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence. Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer. Rachel Bloom


+ 271 One nice thing about putting the thing away for a couple of months before looking at it is that you start appreciate your own wit. Of course, this can be carried too far. But it's kind of cool when you crack up a piece of writing, and then realize you wrote it. I recommend this feeling. Steven Brust


+ 246 For me, writing is exploration; and most of the time, I'm surprised where the journey takes me. Jack Dann


+ 266 Writing is a cop-out. An excuse to live perpetually in fantasy land, where you can create, direct and watch the products of your own head. Very selfish. Monica Dickens


+ 182 Writing counts. Allyson Dickey


+ 275 For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word. Catherine Drinker Bowen


+ 369 Writing wasn’t easy to start. After I finally did it, I realized it was the most direct contact possible with the part of myself I thought I had lost, and which I constantly find new things from. Writing also includes the possibility of living many lives as well as living in any time or world possible. I can satisfy my enthusiasm for research, but jump like a calf outside the strict boundaries of science. I can speak about things that are important to me and somebody listens. It’s wonderful! Virpi Hameen-Anttila


+ 282 Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer. Barbara Kingsolver


+ 365 Are we, who want to create, in some way specially talented people? Or has everybody else simply given up, either by preassures of modesty or laziness, and closed their ears from their inner need to create, until that need has died, forgotten and abandoned? When you look at children, you start to think the latter. I still haven't met a child who doesn't love - or who at least hasn't loved - drawing, writing or some other creative activity. Natalia Laurila


+ 257 Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted. Jules Renard


+ 316 Reading usually precedes writing and the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading. Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer. Susan Sontag


+ 275 Like everyone else, I am going to die. But the words – the words live on for as long as there are readers to see them, audiences to hear them. It is immortality by proxy. It is not really a bad deal, all things considered. J. Michael Straczynski


+ 248 Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it. Jesse Stuart


+ 248 I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. Brenda Ueland


+ 333 I can’t help but to write, I have a inner need for it. If I’m not in the middle of some literary project, I’m utterly lost, unhappy and distressed. As soon as I get started, I calm down. Kaari Utrio


+ 236 If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud. Emile Zola


+ 288 The only thing I was fit for was to be a writer, and this notion rested solely on my suspicion that I would never be fit for real work, and that writing didn't require any. Russell Baker


+ 314 I don't think it is possible to give tips for finding one's voice; it's one of those things for which there aren't really any tricks or shortcuts, or even any advice that necessarily translates from writer to writer. All I can tell you is to write as much as possible. Poppy Z. Brite


+ 262 I get up in the morning, torture a typewriter until it screams, then stop. Clarence Budington Kelland


+ 339 I've always believed in writing without a collaborator, because when two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties. Agatha Christie


+ 259 Life is what happens to a writer between drafts. Damon aka Dennis R. Miller …who spent 25 years completing his novel The Perfect Song.


+ 275 I believe that in a good collaboration, the authors bring their strengths to the story; one author's strength cancels the other author's weakness, and back and forth it goes. Jack Dann


+ 290 Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow


+ 325 People on the outside think there's something magical about writing, that you go up in the attic at midnight and cast the bones and come down in the morning with a story, but it isn't like that. You sit in back of the typewriter and you work, and that's all there is to it. Harlan Ellison


+ 225 When my horse is running good, I don't stop to give him sugar. William Faulkner


+ 226 Writing is a crummy profession, but a good hobby. Paavo Haavikko


+ 259 Writing is physical work. It's sweaty work. You just can't will yourself to become a good writer. You really have to work at it. Will Haygood


+ 292 To be a writer is to sit down at one's desk in the chill portion of every day, and to write; not waiting for the little jet of the blue flame of genius to start from the breastbone – just plain going at it, in pain and delight. To be a writer is to throw away a great deal, not to be satisfied, to type again, and then again, and once more, and over and over.... John Hersey


+ 243 A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing. Eugene Ionesco


+ 220 I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. Thomas Jefferson


+ 249 When we read, we stat at the beginning and continue until we reach the end. When we write, we start in the middle and fight our way out. Vickie Karp


+ 290 Sometimes you have to go on when you don't feel like it, and sometimes you're doing good work when it feels like all you're managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position. Stephen King


+ 269 Writing is a fairly lonely business unless you invite people in to watch you do it, which is often distracting and then have to ask them to leave. Marc Lawrence


+ 195 It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula K. LeGuin


+ 281 Hardly anybody ever writes anything nice about introverts. Extroverts rule. This is rather odd when you realise that about nineteen writers out of twenty are introverts. We are been taught to be ashamed of not being 'outgoing'. But a writer's job is ingoing. Ursula K. LeGuin


+ 255 Writing makes no noise, except groans, and it can be done everywhere, and it is done alone. Ursula K. LeGuin


+ 225 You may be able to take a break from writing, but you won't be able to take a break from being a writer. Stephen Leigh


+ 335 At night, when the objective world has slunk back into its cavern and left dreamers to their own, there come inspirations and capabilities impossible at any less magical and quiet hour. No one knows whether or not he is a writer unless he has tried writing at night. H. P. Lovecraft


+ 217 The secret of becoming a writer is to write, write and keep on writing. Ken MacLeod


+ 223 The author must keep his mouth shut when his work starts to speak. Friederich Nietzsche


+ 252 Only ambitious nonentities and hearty mediocrities exhibit their rough drafts. It's like passing around samples of sputum. Vladimir Nabokov


+ 305 One hasn't become a writer until one has distilled writing into a habit, and that habit has been forced into an obsession. Writing has to be an obsession. It has to be something as organic, physiological and psychological as speaking or sleeping or eating. Niyi Osundare


+ 271 There's no such thing as writer's block. That was invented by people in California who couldn't write. Terry Pratchett


+ 222 Writing energy is like anything else. The more you put in, the more you get out. Richard Reeves


+ 224 The measure of artistic merit is the length to which a writer is willing to go in following his own compulsions. John Updike


+ 295 I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. Peter de Vries


+ 337 Exercise the writing muscle every day, even if it is only a letter, notes, a title list, a character sketch, a journal entry. Writers are like dancers, like athletes. Without that exercise, the muscles seize up. Jane Yolen


+ 291 Either marry your work – take it seriously and do it every day – or date it – write only when you feel like it – but know which you are doing and the repercussions of both.


+ 226 There's a sucker born every minute. Phineas T. Barnum


+ 276 It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. Robert Benchley


+ 348 I got to thinking about the point in every freelancer's life where he has to decide whether he wants to A, have a social life, and do art in his spare time, or B, do art, and have a social life in his spare time. It has always seemed to me that if you have any hope of making a living as an artist – writer, musician, whatever – you absolutely must learn to tell people to leave you alone, and to mean it, and to eject them from your life if they don't respect that. This is necessary not because your job is more important than anyone else's – it isn't – but because a great many people will think of you as not having a job. 'Oh, how wonderful – you can work whenever you want to!' Well, yes, to a point, but generally 'whenever you want to' had better be most of the time, or else you won't have a roof over your head. Poppy Z. Brite


+ 200 Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks. Richard Curtis


+ 270 Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man wanted to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion. L. Ron Hubbard


+ 240 I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write. I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this. Cormac McCarthy


+ 341 Writing isn't generally a lucrative source of income; only a few, exceptional writers reach the income levels associated with the best-sellers. Rather, most of us write because we can make a modest living, or even supplement our day jobs, doing something about which we feel passionately. Even at the worst of times, when nothing goes right, when the prose is clumsy and the ideas feel stale, at least we're doing something that we genuinely love. There's no other reason to work this hard, except that love. Melissa Scott


+ 275 The only two kinds of books could earn an American writer a living are cookbooks and detective novels. Rex Stout


+ 241 All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become. Buddha


+ 269 A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream. Gaston Bachelard


+ 248 I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about. Arthur C. Clarke


+ 212 The spirit of creation is the spirit of contradiction. It is the breakthrough of appearances toward an unknown reality. Joan Cocteau


+ 279 Many books require no thought from those who read them, and for a very simple reason; they made no such demand upon those who wrote them. Charles Caleb Colton


+ 248 I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear. Joan Didion


+ 222 Consciousness will always be one degree above comprehensibility. Gosta Carl Henrik Ehrensvard


+ 248 In my experience, the best creative work is never done when one is unhappy. Albert Einstein


+ 225 Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. T. S. Eliot


+ 205 How do I know what I think until I see what I say? E. M. Forster


+ 240 The human mind is like umbrella. It functions best when open. Max Gropius


+ 236 Writers seldom write the things they think. They simply write the things they think other folks think they think. Elbert Hubbard


+ 293 Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do - not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad. Stephen King


+ 296 Authors who never give you something to disagree with never give you anything to think about. Michael LaRocca


+ 221 Stupidity is no excuse of not thinking. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec


+ 208 A man who is a genius and doesn't know it, probably isn't. Stanislaw Jerzy Lec


+ 245 The only time I know that something is true is the moment I discover it in the act of writing. Jean Malaquais


+ 274 Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world. George Bernard Shaw


+ 192 The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. Edwin Schlossberg


+ 325 If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau


+ 273 You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain


+ 228 Our awareness is all that is alive and maybe sacred in any of us. Everything else about us is dead machinery. Kurt Vonnegut


+ 299 Detail makes the difference between boring and terrific writing. It’s the difference between a pencil sketch and a lush oil painting. As a writer, words are your paint. Use all the colors. Rhys Alexander


+ 264 I take the view, and always have, that if you cannot say what you are going to say in twenty minutes you ought to go away and write a book about it. Lord Brabazon


+ 289 Zest. Gusto. How rarely one hears these words used. How rarely do we see people living, or for that matter, creating by them. Yet if I were asked to name the most important items in a writer’s make-up, the things that shape his material and rush him along the road to where he wants to go, I could only warn him to look to his zest, see to his gusto. Ray Bradbury


+ 299 If you have other things in your life - family, friends, good productive day work - these can interact with your writing and the sum will be all the richer. David Brin


+ 204 Don't explain why it works; explain how you use it. Steven Brust


+ 215 Writing is thinking on paper. William Zinsser


+ 233 Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath. Michael Caine


+ 252 It only takes one person to change your life – you. Ruth Casey


+ 223 Winners Take All.


+ 258 You can take for granted that people know more or less what a street, a shop, a beach, a sky, an oak tree look like. Tell them what makes this one different. Neil Gaiman


+ 270 All fiction is a process of imagining: whatever you write, in whatever genre or medium, your task is to make things up convincingly and interestingly and new. Neil Gaiman


+ 263 Writing a novel is like heading out over the open sea in a small boat. It helps, if you have a plan and a course laid out. John Gardner


+ 276 You must learn to overcome your very natural and appropriate revulsion for your own work. William Gibson


+ 211 If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you. Natalie Goldberg


+ 286 My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success. Helen Hayes


+ 292 They're fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talk about writing or themselves. Lillian Hellman


+ 276 The most essential gift for a good writer is a built-in, shock-proof shit detector. Ernst Hemingway


+ 286 The two most engaging powers of an author are, to make new things familiar, and familiar things new. Samuel Johnson


+ 248 Before you use a fancy word, make room for it. Joseph Joubert


+ 237 Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the face. Helen Keller


+ 229 There will never be another now -
I'll make the most of today.
There will never be another me -
I'll make the most of myself.
Helen Keller


+ 210 Don't take life so serious. It ain't no-hows permanent. Walt Kelly


+ 315 It's hard for me to believe that people who read very little - or not at all in some cases - should presume to write and expect people to like what they have written. Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time - or the tools - to write. Simple as that. Stephen King


+ 243 If you don't have the time to read, you don't have the time or the tools to write. Stephen King


+ 307 One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you're maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. Stephen King


+ 264 My most important piece of advice to all you would-be writers: when you write, try to leave out all the parts readers skip. Elmore Leonard


+ 270 Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say 'infinitely' when you mean 'very'. Otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. C. S. Lewis


+ 249 If you think you're boring your audience, go slower not faster. Gustav Mahler


+ 291 For anyone who is: just keep writing. Keep reading. If you are meant to be a writer, a storyteller, it’ll work itself out. You just keep feeding it your energy, and giving it that crucial chance to work itself out. By reading and writing. Robin McKinley


+ 222 To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. Herman Melville


+ 250 For all my longer works, for example novels, I write chapter outlines so I can have the pleasure of departing from them later on. Garth Nix


+ 144 Make it new. Ezra Pound


+ 265 We writers have this saying 'Kill your darlings'... but I suppose you family men don't agree with it. Mike Pohjola


+ 257 You only pass through this life once, you don't come back for an encore. Elvis Presley


+ 377 Most beginning writers - and I was the same - are like chefs trying to cook great dishes that they've never tasted themselves. How can you make a great - or even an adequate - bouillabaisse if you've never had any? If you don't really understand why people read mysteries - or romances or literary novels or thrillers or whatever - then there's no way in the world you're going to write one that anyone wants to publish. This is the meaning of the well-known expression "Write what you know." Daniel Quinn


+ 239 Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them. John Ruskin


+ 248 Resist the temptation to try to use dazzling style to conceal weakness of substance. Stanley Schmidt


+ 181 If you don't know it, don't write it. Darrell Schweitzer


+ 191 Suit the action to the word, the word to the action. William Shakespeare


+ 253 There are no rules in writing. There are useful principles. Throw them away when they're not useful. But always know what you're throwing away. Will Shetterly


+ 315 Moving around is good for creativity: the next line of dialogue that you desperately need may well be waiting in the back of the refrigerator or half a mile along your favorite walk. Will Shetterly


+ 207 The first chapter sells the book. The last chapter sells the next book. Mickey Spillane


+ 178 When in doubt, blow something up. J. Michael Straczynski


+ 169 You are what you read. Esko Valtaoja


+ 249 If you really want to hurt your parents and you don't have nerve enough to be homosexual, the least you can do is go into the arts. Kurt Vonnegut


+ 260 Books are never finished, They are merely abandoned. Oscar Wilde


+ 252 If you think that something small cannot make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.


+ 283 Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats. Howard Aiken


+ 320 Fitzgerald never got rid of anything; the ghosts of his adolescence, the failures of his youth, the doubts of his maturity plagued him to the end. He was supremely a part of the world he described, so much a part that he made himself its king and then, when he saw it begin to crumble, he crumbled with it and led it to death. John Aldridge


+ 220 Invent your own mythology or be slave to another man’s. William Blake


+ 213 Everything that doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. And later on you can use it in some story. Tapani Bagge


+ 242 Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. Willa Cather


+ 277 When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing knowledge. Albert Einstein


+ 271 The mind can proceed only so far upon what it knows and can prove. There comes a point where the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge, but can never prove how it got there. All great discoveries have involved such a leap. Albert Einstein


+ 284 Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein


+ 283 The writer's only responsibility is to his art. He will be completely ruthless if he is a good one... If a writer has to rob his mother, he will not hesitate; the Ode on a Grecian Urn is worth any number of old ladies. William Faulkner


+ 222 The ideas aren't that important. Really they aren't. Everyone's got an idea for a book, a movie, a story, a TV series. Neil Gaiman


+ 255 You need more than a beginning if you're going to start a book. If all you have is a beginning, then once you've written that beginning, you have nowhere to go. Neil Gaiman


+ 283 Nighttime is really the best time to work. All the ideas are there to be yours because everyone else is asleep. Catherine O'Hara


+ 322 To write fiction, one needs a whole series of inspirations about people in an actual environment, and then a whole lot of work on the basis of those inspirations. Aldous Huxley


+ 293 I hated school. I don't trust anybody who looks back on the years from 14 to 18 with any enjoyment. If you liked being a teenager, there's something really wrong with you. Stephen King


+ 242 I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk. Stephen King


+ 279 It is crazy even to ask what creativity is. It would be just as useful to interview a caraway plant in your garden and ask: How did you decided to be a spice? Eeva Kilpi


+ 268 A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road. Henry Ward Beecher


+ 258 If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing. Kingsley Amis


+ 265 Find the key emotion; this may be all you need know to find your short story. F. Scott Fitzgerald


+ 291 The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action, setting, atmosphere – is unlikely to create a vivid and continuous dream; he gets in his own way too much; in his poetic drunkenness, he can't tell the cart – and its cargo – from the horse. John Gardner


+ 232 It's better to write about things you feel than about things you know about. L P. Hartley


+ 269 Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare. Alfred Hitchcock


+ 219 There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside you. Z.N. Hurston


+ 260 If you would write emotionally, be first unemotional. If you would move your readers to tears, do not let them see you cry. James J. Kilpatrick


+ 257 We are storied folk. Stories are what we are; telling and listening to stories is what we do. Arthur Kleinman


+ 236 Sure, it's simple, writing for kids… Just as simple as bringing them up. Ursula K. LeGuin


+ 283 I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk through the rain. Audre Lorde


+ 262 I write to become understood. After I had published my first novel many people started ethusiaticly commenting it. I had tried to talk about the same things in normal conversation, but my message hadn’t gone through. Now I found a channel for it. Raija Oranen


+ 243 Writing is communication, not self-expression. Nobody in this world wants to read your diary except your mother. Richard Peck


+ 259 Short stories can be rather stark and bare unless you put in the right details. Details make stories human, and the more human a story can be, the better. V. S. Pritchett


+ 320 In a thousand words I can have the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Hippocratic Oath, a sonnet by Shakespeare, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and almost all of the Boy Scout Oath. Now exactly what picture were you planning to trade for all that? Roy H. Williams


+ 325 If the sex scene doesn't make you want to do it - whatever it is they're doing - it hasn't been written right. Sloan Wilson


+ 337 Storytelling is healing. As we reveal ourselves in story, we become aware of the continuing core of our lives under the fragmented surface of our experience. We become aware of the multifaceted, multichaptered ' I ' who is the storyteller. We can trace out the paradoxical and even contradictory versions of ourselves that we create for different occasions, different audiences... Most important, as we become aware of ourselves as storytellers, we realize that what we understand and imagine about ourselves is a story. And when we know all this, we can use our stories to heal and make ourselves whole. Susan Wittig Albert


+ 289 Writing for adults, you have to keep reminding them of what is going on. The poor things have given up using their brains when they read. Children you only need to tell things to once. Diana Wynne Jones


+ 316 Sometimes I think it is a great mistake to have matter that can think and feel. It complains so. By the same token, though, I suppose that boulders and mountains and moons could be accused of being a little too phlegmatic. Kurt Vonnegut


+ 271 I think the first duty of all art, including fiction of any kind, is to entertain. That is to say, to hold interest. No matter how worthy the message of something, if it's dull, you're just not communicating. Poul Anderson


+ 260 The only test of work of literature is that it shall please other ages than its own. Gerald Brenan


+ 315 I have been successful probably because I have always realized that I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly. Edgar Rice Burroughs


+ 226 The virtue of books is to be readable. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 357 I keep six honest serving men
They taught me all I knew;
Their names are What and Why and When
and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling


+ 319 Your stuff starts out being just for you… but then it goes out. Once you know what the story is and get it right - as right as you can, anyway - it belongs to anyone who wants to read it. Or criticize it. Stephen King


+ 205 Many modern novels have a beginning, a muddle and an end. Philip Larkin


+ 260 Readers, after all, are making the world with you. You give them the materials, but it's the readers who build that world in their own minds. Ursula Le Guin


+ 310 Write what you want to read. The person you know best in this world is you. Listen to yourself. If you are excited by what you are writing, you have a much better chance of putting that excitement over to a reader. Robin McKinley


+ 296 There are some people who read too much: The bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as others are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing. H. L. Mencken


+ 295 The reader has certain rights. He bought your story. Think of this as an implicit contract. He's entitled to be entertained, instructed, amused; maybe all three. If he quits in the middle, or puts the book down feeling his time has been wasted, you're in violation. Larry Niven


+ 280 Be anything you want to be, but don't be dull. Frank Robinson


+ 312 Usually, when people get to the end of a chapter, they close the book and go to sleep. I deliberately write my books so when the reader gets to the end of a chapter, he or she must turn one more page. When people tell me I've kept them up all night, I feel like I've succeeded! Sidney Sheldon


+ 284 Editors also know that the people who are really readers want to read. They hunger to read. They will forgive a vast number of clumsinesses and scamped work of every sort if the author will delight them just enough to keep them able to continue. William Sloane


+ 346 The main question to a novel is - did it amuse? Were you surprised at dinner coming so soon? Did you mistake eleven for ten? Were you too late to dress? And did you sit up beyond the usual hour? If a novel produces these effects, it is good; if it does not – story, language, love, scandal itself cannot save it. It is only meant to please; and it must do that or it does nothing. Sydney Smith


+ 276 If you try to please audiences, uncritically accepting their tastes, it can only mean that you have no respect for them: that you simply want to collect their money. Andrei Tarkovsky


+ 253 There is no mistaking the dismay on the face of a writer who has just heard that his brain child is a deformed idiot. L. Sprague de Camp


+ 300 Thank your readers and the critics who praise you, and then ignore them. Write for the most intelligent, wittiest, wisest audience in the universe: Write to please yourself. Harlan Ellison


+ 253 Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure. Benjamin Franklin


+ 460 Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists. Anita Brookner


+ 203 Always kiss me goodnight.


+ 253 Do something today that your future self will thank you for.


+ 269 He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. Douglas Adams


+ 328 I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. Douglas Adams


+ 293 I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. Douglas Adams


+ 280 In those days spirits were brave, the stakes were high, men were real men, women were real women and small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri were real small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri. Douglas Adams


+ 261 It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. Douglas Adams


+ 236 It is no coincidence that in no known language does the phrase 'As pretty as an Airport' appear. Douglas Adams


+ 316 Life... is like a grapefruit. It's orange and squishy, and has a few pips in it, and some folks have half a one for breakfast. Douglas Adams


+ 252 The ships hung in the sky in much the same way that bricks don't. Douglas Adams


+ 337 Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so. Douglas Adams


+ 289 The last time anybody made a list of the top hundred character attributes of New Yorkers, common sense snuck in at number 79. Douglas Adams


+ 367 He felt that his whole life was some kind of dream and he sometimes wondered whose it was and whether they were enjoying it. Douglas Adams


+ 285 Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind - bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space. Douglas Adams


+ 297 Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty- five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things. Douglas Adams


+ 273 Even he, to whom most things that most people would think were pretty smart were pretty dumb, thought it was pretty smart. Douglas Adams


+ 222 I know how men in exile feed on dreams of hope. Aeschylus, Agamemnon


+ 266 Destiny waits alike for the free man as well as for him enslaved by another's might. His resolve is not to seem, but to be, the best. Aeschylus, The Seven Against Thebes


+ 236 All would live long, but none would be old. Benjamin Franklin


+ 249 An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin


+ 274 Anger is never without Reason, but seldom with a good One. Benjamin Franklin


+ 274 At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment. Benjamin Franklin


+ 284 Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none. Benjamin Franklin


+ 253 Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. Benjamin Franklin


+ 250 Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. Benjamin Franklin


+ 231 By my rambling digressions I perceive myself to be growing old. Benjamin Franklin


+ 219 Content makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor. Benjamin Franklin


+ 298 Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. Benjamin Franklin


+ 219 Drive thy business or it will drive thee. Benjamin Franklin


+ 259 Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure. Benjamin Franklin


+ 323 Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society. Benjamin Franklin


+ 279 Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. Benjamin Franklin


+ 267 Genius without education is like silver in the mine. Benjamin Franklin


+ 266 Glass, china, and reputation are easily cracked, and never well mended. Benjamin Franklin


+ 270 God heals, and the doctor takes the fees. Benjamin Franklin


+ 228 Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is. Benjamin Franklin


+ 229 He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue. Benjamin Franklin


+ 288 He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. Benjamin Franklin


+ 234 He that can have patience can have what he will. Benjamin Franklin


+ 323 He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals. Benjamin Franklin


+ 264 He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. Benjamin Franklin


+ 272 He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. Benjamin Franklin


+ 248 He that lives upon hope will die fasting. Benjamin Franklin


+ 269 He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees. Benjamin Franklin


+ 277 Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade? Benjamin Franklin


+ 278 How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments. Benjamin Franklin


+ 220 I am in the prime of senility. Benjamin Franklin


+ 274 If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin


+ 258 If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone. Benjamin Franklin


+ 260 If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting. Benjamin Franklin


+ 288 If you would know the value of money, go try to borrow some; for he that goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing. Benjamin Franklin


+ 268 If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write something worth reading or do things worth the writing. Benjamin Franklin


+ 285 If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. Benjamin Franklin


+ 261 If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life. Benjamin Franklin


+ 246 If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun. Benjamin Franklin


+ 307 Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. Benjamin Franklin


+ 317 Love your enemies; for they shall tell you all your faults. Benjamin Franklin


+ 275 Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. Benjamin Franklin


+ 304 Old boys have their playthings as well as young ones; the difference is only in the price. Benjamin Franklin


+ 250 Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God. Benjamin Franklin


+ 287 Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment. Benjamin Franklin


+ 296 Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. Benjamin Franklin


+ 333 Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry, all things easy. He that rises late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night, while laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him. Benjamin Franklin


+ 292 So convenient a thing it is to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to find or make a reason for everything one has a mind to do. Benjamin Franklin


+ 295 There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government. Benjamin Franklin


+ 264 Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. Benjamin Franklin


+ 262 Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin


+ 333 Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have in a second edition to correct some faults in the first. Benjamin Franklin


+ 230 Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody. Benjamin Franklin


+ 281 Who is wise? He that learns from every One.
Who is powerful? He that governs his Passions.
Who is rich? He that is content.
Who is that? Nobody.
Benjamin Franklin


+ 256 You may delay, but time will not. Benjamin Franklin


+ 302 Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of. Benjamin Franklin


+ 346 Perhaps the history of the errors of mankind, all things considered, is more valuable and interesting than that of their discoveries. Truth is uniform and narrow; it constantly exists, and does not seem to require so much an active energy, as a passive aptitude of the soul in order to encounter it. But error is endlessly diversified; it has no reality, but is the pure and simple creation of the mind that invents it. In this field the soul has room enough to expand herself, to display all her boundless faculties, and all her beautiful and interesting extravagancies and absurdities. Benjamin Franklin, from his report to the King of France on Animal Magnetism, 1784


+ 295 Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759


+ 300 But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy (1789)


+ 295 Take it from Richard, poor and lame, what's begun in anger ends in shame. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac


+ 282 Fish and visitors smell in three days. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736


+ 274 To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1737


+ 289 Wish not so much to live long as to live well. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738


+ 257 Creditors have better memories than debtors. Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac (1758)


+ 239 Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes. Confucius


+ 192 Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius


+ 232 Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart. Confucius


+ 292 To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness. Confucius


+ 252 What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius


+ 220 When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius


+ 236 By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 275 He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 247 He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 293 He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 238 I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 255 If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 206 Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 266 The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 278 The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 299 The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends - such a man may be reckoned a complete man. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 292 The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 226 Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 330 To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 246 What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 250 When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 289 When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 222 When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 363 With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 250 [The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions. Confucius, The Confucian Analects


+ 250 While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?...While you do not know life, how can you know about death? Confucius, The Confucian Analects, bk. 11:11


+ 308 Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 259 The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 280 It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 255 It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 303 Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 263 As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 326 When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 306 What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy? Mahatma Gandhi, "Non-Violence in Peace and War"


+ 242 An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 264 Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job. Victor Hugo


+ 327 Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. Victor Hugo


+ 246 If a writer wrote merely for his time, I would have to break my pen and throw it away. Victor Hugo


+ 280 Nothing discernable to the eye of the spirit is more brilliant or obscure than man; nothing is more formidible, complex, mysterious, and infinite. There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than the sky, and it is the human soul. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables


+ 248 Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables


+ 235 Work, which makes a man free, and thought, which makes him worthy of freedom. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables


+ 261 There is nothing like dream to create the future. Utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow. Victor Hugo, Les Miserables, 1862


+ 272 Love is like a tree, it grows of its own accord, it puts down deep roots into our whole being. Victor Hugo, Notre-Dame de Paris


+ 267 Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand. Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Chapter 13


+ 293 Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills. Voltaire


+ 212 Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. Voltaire


+ 242 History is a pack of lies we play on the dead. Voltaire


+ 245 have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous.' And God granted it. Voltaire


+ 248 It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire


+ 220 Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference. Voltaire


+ 218 The multitude of books is making us ignorant. Voltaire


+ 252 There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable. Voltaire


+ 187 Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. Voltaire


+ 283 You despise books; you whose lives are absorbed in the vanities of ambition, the pursuit of pleasure or indolence; but remember that all the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books. Voltaire


+ 280 Work saves us from three great evils: boredom, vice and need. Voltaire, Candide, 1759


+ 224 Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so too. Voltaire, Essay on Tolerance


+ 258 Monsieur l'abb?, I detest what you write, but I would give my life to make it possible for you to continue to write. Voltaire, letter to M. le Riche, February 6, 1770


+ 228 A man's kiss is his signature. Mae West


+ 240 I don't look to jump over 7-foot bars; I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over. Warren Buffett


+ 256 I violated the Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does. Warren Buffett


+ 300 It's only when the tide goes out that you discover who's been swimming naked. Warren Buffett


+ 284 Most people get interested in stocks when everyone else is. The time to get interested is when no one else is. You can't buy what is popular and do well. Warren Buffett


+ 340 I won't close down a business of subnormal profitability merely to add a fraction of a point to our corporate returns. I also feel it inappropriate for even an exceptionally profitable company to fund an operation once it appears to have unending losses in prospect. Adam Smith would disagree with my first proposition and Karl Marx would disagree with my second; the middle ground is the only position that leaves me comfortable. Warren Buffett, The Warren Buffett Way by Robert Hagstrom+


+ 272 A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 261 Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 252 He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 262 If we had no faults of our own, we would not take so much pleasure in noticing those of others. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 244 Many people despise wealth, but few know how to give it away. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 324 Nothing is less sincere than our mode of asking and giving advice. He who asks seems to have a deference for the opinion of his friend, while he only aims to get approval of his own and make his friend responsible for his action. And he who gives advice repays the confidence supposed to be placed in him by a seemingly disinterested zeal, while he seldom means anything by his advice but his own interest or reputation. Francois De La Rochefoucauld


+ 253 Perfect courage means doing unwitnessed what he would be capable of with the world looking on. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 294 The defects and faults in the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 277 We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 244 We would rather run ourselves down than not speak of ourselves at all. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 310 What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one. Francois De La Rochefoucauld


+ 250 When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 338 When we are unable to find tranquillity within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere. Francois De La Rochefoucauld


+ 250 We rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us. Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Maximes (1678)


+ 283 Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery. Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965


+ 250 Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it. Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965


+ 231 Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power. Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965


+ 294 Sitting at the table doesn't make you a diner, unless you eat some of what's on that plate. Being here in America doesn't make you an American. Being born here in America doesn't make you an American. Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965


+ 258 Time is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. Truth is on the side of the oppressed today, it's against the oppressor. You don't need anything else. Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965


+ 268 Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about a change. Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965


+ 265 You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom. Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965


+ 263 He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses. Horace


+ 250 He will always be a slave who does not know how to live upon a little. Horace


+ 252 Of writing well the source and fountainhead is wise thinking. Horace


+ 242 Remember when life's path is steep to keep your mind even. Horace


+ 241 Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, but any means money. Horace, Epistles


+ 273 Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise. Horace, Epistles


+ 241 Cease to ask what the morrow will bring forth. And set down as gain each day that Fortune grants. Horace, Odes


+ 246 In adversity remember to keep an even mind. Horace, Odes


+ 292 It is not the rich man you should properly call happy, but him who knows how to use with wisdom the blessings of the gods, to endure hard poverty, and who fears dishonor worse than death, and is not afraid to die for cherished friends or fatherland. Horace, Odes


+ 282 Many brave men lived before Agamemnon; but all are overwhelmed in eternal night, unwept, unknown, because they lack a sacred poet. Horace, Odes


+ 265 Pale Death with impartial tread beats at the poor man's cottage door and at the palaces of kings. Horace, Odes


+ 278 Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work. Horace, Satires


+ 281 We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest. Horace, Satires


+ 364 A mother's love for her child is like nothing else in the world. Agatha Christie


+ 271 Curious things, habits. People themselves never knew they had them. Agatha Christie


+ 308 I like life. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie


+ 293 I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. Agatha Christie


+ 315 I have always believed in writing without a collaborator, because where two people are writing the same book, each believes he gets all the worries and only half the royalties. Agatha Christie


+ 248 If one sticks too rigidly to one's principles, one would hardly see anybody. Agatha Christie


+ 263 The best time to plan a book is while you're doing the dishes. Agatha Christie


+ 315 I don't think necessity is the mother of invention - invention, in my opinion, arises directly from idleness, possibly also from laziness. To save oneself trouble. Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977


+ 330 I have enjoyed greatly the second blooming that comes when you finish the life of the emotions and of personal relations; and suddenly find - at the age of fifty, say - that a whole new life has opened before you, filled with things you can think about, study, or read about...It is as if a fresh sap of ideas and thoughts was rising in you. Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977


+ 355 I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then - I go on to the next thing, whatever it is. One does not luckily have to bother about that. Agatha Christie, An Autobiography, 1977


+ 240 If a feeling or concern keeps recurring, then perhaps it’s wise to share it. John Amodeo, PhD, MFT


+ 253 Productive people procrastinate in ways that make them more productive. Alice Boyes, Ph.D.


+ 251 We can recognize a happy expression on someone who is standing half a football field away. Douglas T. Kenrick, Ph.D.


+ 292 Be thankful that you woke up alive each morning. Develop a childlike sense of wonder towards life. Focus on the beauty of every living thing. Make the most of each day. Don't take anything for granted. Don't sweat the small stuff.


+ 337 Accept others for who they are as well as where they are in life. Respect them for who they are. Touch them with a kind and generous spirit. Help when you are able, without trying to change the other person. Try to brighten the day of everyone you come into contact with.


+ 302 Keep up to date with the latest news regarding your career and hobbies. Try new and daring things that has sparked your interest – such as dancing, skiing, surfing or sky-diving.


+ 263 Don't wallow in self-pity. As soon as you face a challenge get busy finding a solution. Don't let the set backs affect your mood, instead see each new obstacle you face as an opportunity to make a positive change. Learn to trust your gut instincts – it's almost always right.


+ 344 Some statistics show that 80% of people dislike their jobs! No wonder there's so many unhappy people running around. We spend a great deal of our life working. Choose a career that you enjoy – the extra money of a job you detest isn't worth it. Make time to enjoy your hobbies and pursue special interests.


+ 344 Take the time to see the beauty around you. There's more to life than work. Take time to smell the roses, watch a sunset or sunrise with a loved one, take a walk along the seashore, hike in the woods etc. Learn to live in the present moment and cherish it. Don't live in the past or the future.


+ 320 Do not take yourself - or life to seriously. You can find humor in just about any situation. Laugh at yourself - no one's perfect. When appropriate laugh and make light of the circumstances. Naturally there are times that you should be serious as it would be improper to laugh.


+ 279 Holding a grudge will hurt no one but you. Forgive others for your own peace of mind. When you make a mistake – own up to it – learn from it – and FORGIVE yourself.


+ 337 Develop an attitude of gratitude. Count your blessings; All of them – even the things that seem trivial. Be grateful for your home, your work and most importantly your family and friends. Take the time to tell them that you are happy they are in your life.


+ 322 Always make sure your loved ones know you love them even in times of conflict. Nurture and grow your relationships with your family and friends by making the time to spend with them. Don't break your promises to them. Be supportive.


+ 293 Honesty is the best policy. Every action and decision you make should be based on honesty. Be honest with yourself and with your loved ones.


+ 414 Meditation gives your very active brain a rest. When it's rested you will have more energy and function at a higher level. Types of meditation include yoga, hypnosis, relaxation tapes, affirmations, visualization or just sitting in complete silence. Find something you enjoy and make the time to practice daily.


+ 316 Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don't get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don't get caught up with gossip or name calling. Don't judge. Everyone has a right to live their own life the way they want to – including you.


+ 287 See the glass as half full. Find the positive side of any given situation. It's there – even though it may be hard to find. Know that everything happens for a reason, even though you may never know what the reason is. Steer clear of negative thoughts. If a negative thought creeps in – replace it with a positive thought.


+ 319 Accept others for who they are. You don't put limitations on your love. Even though you may not always like the actions of your loved ones – you continue to love them.


+ 307 Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.


+ 325 Accept what can not be changed. Happy people don't waste energy on circumstances beyond their control. Accept your limitations as a human being. Determine how you can take control by creating the outcome you desire – rather than waiting to respond.


+ 307 Take care of your mind, body and health. Get regular medical check ups. Eat healthy and work out. Get plenty of rest. Drink lots of water. Exercise your mind by continually energizing it with interesting and exciting challenges.


+ 310 Don't try to be someone that you're not. After all no one likes a phony. Determine who you are in the inside – your own personal likes and dislikes. Be confident in who you are. Do the best you can and don't second guess yourself.


+ 275 Happy people know and understand that they are 100% responsible for their life. They take responsibility for their moods, attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and words. They are the first to admit when they've made a mistake.


+ 297 Participants recalled a previous purchase made for either themselves or someone else and then reported their happiness. Afterward, participants chose whether to spend a monetary windfall on themselves or someone else. Participants assigned to recall a purchase made for someone else reported feeling significantly happier immediately after this recollection; most importantly, the happier participants felt, the more likely they were to choose to spend a windfall on someone else in the near future.


+ 175 Plan a trip – but don't take one


+ 303 If you can't take the time for a vacation right now, or even a night out with friends, put something on the calendar—even if it's a month or a year down the road. Then whenever you need a boost of happiness, remind yourself about it.


+ 331 In one study, a research team from Massachusetts General Hospital looked at the brain scans of 16 people before and after they participated in an eight-week course in mindfulness meditation. The study, published in the January issue of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, concluded that after completing the course, parts of the participants' brains associated with compassion and self-awareness grew, and parts associated with stress shrank.


+ 337 The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. To understand the true nature of the universe, one must think it terms of energy, frequency and vibration. Nikola Tesla


+ 274 Science works better when in harmony with nature. Sergey Letchenya


+ 310 Science works best when in harmony with nature. If we put these two together, we can discover great technologies that can only come about when the consciousness of the planet is ready to embrace them, like free energy.


+ 351 I want to make it clear that my intention of presenting this information is to demonstrate that thoughts, intentions, prayer and other units of consciousness can directly influence our physical material world. Consciousness can be a big factor in creating change on the planet. Sending thoughts of love, healing intent, prayer, good intention, and more can have a powerful influence on what you are directing those feelings towards. Fukushima for example, if a mass amount of people send their thoughts and good intention to our waters, we can help mitigate the situation. These concepts can be used on a mass scale as one human race with one intent in their hearts, for multiple problems, as well as individual situations in our own lives. When our consciousness starts to merge into one as a collective, and we all start to see through the same eyes, we will begin to transform the world around us. I believe we are currently in this process.


+ 291 A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual. (R.C. Henry, “The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29,2005)


+ 299 It became known to myself, along with several colleagues both inside and outside of government, that anomalous teleportation has been scientifically investigated and separately documented by the Department of Defense.


+ 238 Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us.


+ 226 We must take responsibility what is in our life.


+ 241 You can not think of two things at the same time.


+ 267 Looking backward to examine what was, prevents us from being totally in the HERE AND NOW.


+ 299 Take ownership: When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy. Dalai Lama


+ 301 Cancel negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts. This takes practice, dedication and making a decision to see the world through the eyes of “what can go right” instead of “what can go wrong.” You'll have to catch yourself anytime you are acting out or speaking out your negativity, and immediately change your tune.


+ 303 Working with our thoughts consciously allows our awareness and experience of life to unfold its potential. The key is to be open to change and express ourselves from a higher perspective on life.


+ 178 Rise Like Lions


+ 314 When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life. John Lennon


+ 328 “When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, ’cause they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.” -Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson


+ 344 Your thoughts do indeed create your reality. Thoughts are forms of energy that are sent ahead and eventually manifest as physical matter. The thoughts you think determine the outcome of your worldly experiences, from finances to health, relationships to environment. In fact, there is no aspect of your life that is not affected by your thoughts.


+ 328 Most of us were taught to be sloppy thinkers. We remain frozen in worry or defeated by fear. We believe that we have become victims of our circumstances. As our thoughts remain negative or mostly unconscious, we end up attracting by default. We are stunned when we develop a horrible disease, become involved in a tragic car accident or suffer from financial failure. Without realizing it, the thoughts we have been thinking are all responsible for this. The ability to focus a thought becomes the driving force behind The Law of Attraction. Focusing on a single thought purely and clearly for a short duration of time becomes the starting point. Once you become adept at focusing your thoughts it will be easier and more efficient.


+ 388 Words do not matter much but the emotion behind the words does. The Universe works on vibration. Everything is vibration first and matter second. When you feel an affirming emotion when focusing thought you are now creating dynamic change. Pure thought with positive emotion is said to be the equivalent of 2000 action hours. The problem that many people run into is that they "pretend" to be positive on the outside but are really vibrating negativity on the inside. They might not even be aware of what it is that they are doing. The Law of Attraction is so powerful that it trumps all other laws and forces in the Universe. It never takes time off or breaks and it is always working. It supersedes science, viruses, bacteria, pathogens, parasites, natural disasters, bad luck, heredity, genetics, chance, random, poor diet, too much sugar, astrology, numerology, tea leaves and psychology. Under The Law of Attraction, there are no odds and statistics are meaningless.


+ 432 Nothing happens by mistake. The thoughts you think do indeed create your reality. There are two primary forces in the Universe — allowing and resisting. If your manifestation has not yet arrived it is only because you are resisting it. Here is how this works. Imagine driving your car with one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brake at the same time. Your car might be moving forward but there will be quite a bit of resistance along the way, not to mention the damage done to the brakes. Most people become frustrated and stop believing in the power of their own thoughts only because they have unconsciously placed great resistance in front of their dreams. Frustration will pull you even more into the negative thinking mode and create more mistrust in the Law of Attraction. Let's say that you desire to have more money. This is a positive thinking manifestation. You are now in a state of creation and allowing. You then might begin to worry about how complicated it will be to have all of this money. You imagine that you won't know how to manage it. Others will want some of it and you might not know how to say "No" to them. Now you are in a state of resistance. Your foot is "sharply pressing down on the brakes" in your "vibrational" world. This is why your creation has not yet arrived. When you are in a state of judgment you are also in a state of resistance. Imagine wanting an expensive new car but you have judgments about those who are able to afford expensive new cars. You are now in a state of resistance. Imagine that you want an easy life where you did not have to work so hard to get by. You keep yourself in a state of resistance when you judge others who already have an easy life where they do not have to work so hard. You can not belong to a club where you despise the current members. If you want your manifestations to arrive you must already be a vibrational match to them. Festering in a state of judgment is just pushing your desires away.


+ 315 Who are you really? An amazing lecture given by Alan Watts a British philosopher, writer, and speaker. He wrote more than 25 books and numerous articles on subjects such as personal identity, the true nature of reality, higher consciousness, meaning of life.


+ 304 During the Messianic Era, the Mashiach will serve a dual role. He will be a monarch, ruling over all of humanity with kindness and justice, and upholding the law of the Torah — 613 commandments for the Jews, and seven for the non-Jews. He will also be the ultimate teacher, the conduit for the deepest and most profound dimensions of the Torah which will then be revealed by God.


+ 231 You do not have to believe in the Law of Attraction for it to be working. Just like you do not have to understand or have knowledge of gravity, it is still working.


+ 172 A clear sky. A clear mind.


+ 374 My waking thoughts are all of thee. Your portrait and the remembrance of last night's delirium have robbed my senses of repose. Sweet and incomparable Josephine, what an extraordinary influence you have over my heart. Are you vexed? Do I see you sad? Are you ill at ease? My soul is broken with grief, and there is no rest for your lover. Napoleon


+ 402 All great events hang by a hair. The man of ability takes advantage of everything and neglects nothing that can give him a chance of success; whilst the less able man sometimes loses everything by neglecting a single one of those chances. Napoleon


+ 284 From the heights of these pyramids, forty centuries look down on us. Napoleon


+ 287 What I have done up to this is nothing. I am only at the beginning of the course I must run. Do you imagine that I triumph in Italy in order to aggrandise the pack of lawyers who form the Directory, and men like Carnot and Barras? What an idea! Napoleon


+ 383 I do not care to play the part of Monk; I will not play it myself, and I do not choose that others shall do so. But those Paris lawyers who have got into the Directory understand nothing of government. They are poor creatures. I am going to see what they want to do at Rastadt; but I doubt much that we shall understand each other, or long agree together. They are jealous of me, I know, and notwithstanding all their flattery, I am not their dupe; they fear more than they love me. They were in a great hurry to make me General of the army of England, so that they might get me out of Italy, where I am the master, and am more of a sovereign than commander of an army. They will see how things go on when I am not there. I am leaving Berthier, but he is not fit for the chief command, and, I predict, will only make blunders. As for myself, my dear Miot, I may inform you, I can no longer obey; I have tasted command, and I cannot give it up. I have made up my mind, if I cannot be master I shall leave France; I do not choose to have done so much for her and then hand her over to lawyers. Napoleon


+ 290 The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know. Napoleon


+ 272 A form of government that is not the result of a long sequence of shared experiences, efforts, and endeavors can never take root. Napoleon


+ 273 If the art of war were nothing but the art of avoiding risks, glory would become the prey of mediocre minds.... I have made all the calculations; fate will do the rest. Napoleon


+ 236 Whatever shall we do in that remote spot? Well, we will write our memoirs. Work is the scythe of time. Napoleon


+ 294 I may have had many projects, but I never was free to carry out any of them. It did me little good to be holding the helm; no matter how strong my hands, the sudden and numerous waves were stronger still, and I was wise enough to yield to them rather than resist them obstinately and make the ship founder. Thus I never was truly my own master but was always ruled by circumstances. Napoleon


+ 334 Muhammad was a prince; he rallied his compatriots around him. In a few years, the Muslims conquered half of the world. They plucked more souls from false gods, knocked down more idols, razed more pagan temples in fifteen years than the followers of Moses and Jesus did in fifteen centuries. Muhammad was a great man. He would indeed have been a god, if the revolution that he had performed had not been prepared by the circumstances. Napoleon


+ 270 Our hour is marked, and no one can claim a moment of life beyond what fate has predestined. Napoleon


+ 265 I see that everybody has lost their head since the infamous capitulation of Bail?n. I realise that I must go there myself to get the machine working again. Napoleon


+ 233 Ordinary men died, men of iron were taken prisoner: I only brought back with me men of bronze. Napoleon


+ 296 Among so many conflicting ideas and so many different perspectives, the honest man is confused and distressed and the skeptic becomes wicked ... Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates, loots, and burns. Considering the alternative, it is better to eat than to be eaten. Napoleon


+ 266 A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated.


+ 288 The people must not be counted upon; they cry indifferently : "Long live the King!" and "Long live the Conspirators!" a proper direction must be given to them, and proper instruments employed to effect it. Napoleon


+ 259 Hereditary succession to the magistracy is absurd, as it tends to make a property of it; it is incompatible with the sovereignty of the people. Napoleon


+ 277 A great people may be killed, but they cannot be intimidated. Napoleon


+ 283 RASH MISHLE [10:21]: Rab Huna counted amongst the seven Names of Messiah also: haShem Zidkenu [Referring to Jer. 23:6].


+ 316 R. JOSEPH ALBO OF TOLEDO [SEPHER IKKARIM 28:54]: The Scripture calleth the Names of Messiah also: L-rd Zidkenu, because He is the Mediator through Whom we shall get the righteousness of the L-rd.


+ 257 The L-rd may be explained of the King Messiah. – Mashmiah Jeshua, fol. 76


+ 301 Out of thee Bethlehem shall Messiah go forth before me, to exercise dominion over Israel. Whose Name has been spoken from of old from the day of eternity. – Micah 5:2 Targum Jonathan


+ 282 R. Huni, in the name of R. Ide and R. Joshua, said that this man is the King of Messiah of Whom it is said, Psalm 2:7, “This day have I begotten Thee.” – Talmud Bab


+ 267 You have to do what is right for you. No one walks in your shoes.


+ 268 Before the time of the mashiach, there shall be war and suffering. Ezekiel 38:16


+ 331 The mashiach will bring about the political and spiritual redemption of the Jewish people by bringing us back to Israel and restoring Jerusalem (Isaiah 11:11-12; Jeremiah 23:8; 30:3; Hosea 3:4-5). He will establish a government in Israel that will be the center of all world government, both for Jews and gentiles (Isaiah 2:2-4; 11:10; 42:1). He will rebuild the Temple and re-establish its worship (Jeremiah 33:18). He will restore the religious court system of Israel and establish Jewish law as the law of the land (Jeremiah 33:15).


+ 329 The mashiach will be a great political leader descended from King David (Jeremiah 23:5). The mashiach is often referred to as "mashiach ben David" (mashiach, son of David). He will be well-versed in Jewish law, and observant of its commandments (Isaiah 11:2-5). He will be a charismatic leader, inspiring others to follow his example. He will be a great military leader, who will win battles for Israel. He will be a great judge, who makes righteous decisions (Jeremiah 33:15). But above all, he will be a human being, not a god, demi-god or other supernatural being.


+ 303 R. Johanan said: When you see a generation ever dwindling, hope for him [the Messiah], as it is written, "And the afflicted people thou wilt save."[II Samuel 22:28] R. Johanan said: When thou seest a generation overwhelmed by many troubles as by a river, await him, as it is written, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him;" which is followed by, "And the Redeemer shall come to Zion."


+ 328 R. Johanan also said: The son of David will come only in a generation that is either altogether righteous or altogether wicked. in a generation that is altogether righteous, — as it is written, "Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever." Or altogether wicked, — as it is written, "And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor;" and it is [elsewhere] written, "For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it."


+ 344 R. Joshua b. Levi met Elijah standing by the entrance of R. Simeon b. Yohai's tomb. He asked him: "Have I a portion in the world to come?" He replied, "if this Master desires it." R. Joshua b. Levi said, "I saw two, but heard the voice of a third." He then asked him, "When will the Messiah come?" — "Go and ask him himself," was his reply. "Where is he sitting?" — "At the entrance." "And by what sign may I recognise him?" — "He is sitting among the poor lepers: all of them untie [them] all at once, and rebandage them together, whereas he unties and rebandages each separately, [before treating the next], thinking, should I be wanted, [it being time for my appearance as the Messiah] I must not be delayed [through having to bandage a number of sores]." So he went to him and greeted him, saying, "Peace upon thee, Master and Teacher." "Peace upon thee, O son of Levi," he replied. "When wilt thou come, Master?" asked he. "Today," was his answer. On his returning to Elijah, the latter enquired, "What did he say to thee?" — "peace Upon thee, O son of Levi," he answered. Thereupon he [Elijah] observed, "He thereby assured thee and thy father of [a portion in] the world to come." "He spoke falsely to me," he rejoined, "stating that he would come today, but has not." He [Elijah] answered him, "This is what he said to thee, To-day, if ye will listen to his voice."


+ 247 Once he is King, leaders of other nations will look to him for guidance. (Isaiah 2:4)


+ 263 He will be descended from King David (Isaiah 11:1) via Solomon (1 Chronicles 22:8-10, 2 Chronicles 7:18)


+ 218 Knowledge of God will fill the world. Isaiah 11:9


+ 254 There was a time when men thought it was sexy to have a housewife waiting for him to come home from work in her slippers, but in modern society, I think an independent woman is even more sexy. Kat Graham


+ 252 The ruined cities of Israel will be restored. Ezekiel 16:55


+ 216 Weapons of war will be destroyed. Ezekiel 39:9


+ 265 He will take the barren land and make it abundant and fruitful (Isaiah 51:3, Amos 9:13-15, Ezekiel 36:29-30, Isaiah 11:6-9)


+ 299 (Sanhedrin 98b): Rav said If he [Mashiach] is from the living, [then he is] like Rabbeinu Hakadosh [Rabbi Yehuda hanasi]; if he is from the dead, [then he is] like Daniel, the delightful one. (See also Rashi's commentary and commentary of Maharsha).


+ 348 Anthropologist Simon Dein has noted: "Lubavitchers held that the Rebbe was more powerful in the spiritual realm without the hindrance of a physical body. However some have now claimed that he never died again a concept not unfounded as we see the commentaries includin and as late as the Rebbe himself mention to verse such as the one relating to Jacobs burial. Several even state that the Rebbe is God meaning to say completely nullifife to G-ds existence. This is a significant finding. It is known in the history of Judaism to hold that the religious leader is "God"[liness] and to this extent the group is unique. A more famous quote of reference is "righteous ones are similar to their creator". At first glance it may seem there are certain Christian elements which were apparently apparently inform the messianic ideas of this group. The concept of a leader of the generation as he is called and G-dliness is indeed a more often misunderstood concept"


+ 268 Zoharic statement (III, 71b), "When a tzaddik departs he is to be found in all the worlds more than during his lifetime".


+ 282 The Baal HaTanya explains that the tzaddik's life is "not a physical life, but a spiritual life", and therefore physical death does not affect this state of living.


+ 318 Jerusalem Post in 2001 Berger explained that in the view of some elokists: “The supremely righteous, of whom the Rebbe and Moses are the chief exemplars, annul their own essence to the point where their entire essence is that of God. It is permissible to bow to them with this understanding. For this reason, the Rebbe is omniscient, omnipotent, and entirely without limits. He is ‘indistinguishable’ from God. Because he is a transparent window for pure divinity, a ‘man-God,’ ‘when you speak to him, you speak to God.’"


+ 430 In 28 June 1996, The Jewish Press published a paid advertisement signed by Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik. follows. "Before the passing of the Rebbe, I included myself among those who believe that the Rebbe was worthy of being Mashiach. And I strongly believe that had we, particularly the Orthodox community, been united, we would have merited to see the complete Redemption. Insofar as the belief held by many in Lubavitch - based in part on similar statements made by the Rebbe himself concerning his predecessor, the Previous Rebbe, including prominent rabbanim and roshei yeshiva - that the Rebbe can still be Mashiach in light of the Gemara in Sanhedrin, the Zohar, Abarbanel, Kisvei Arizal, S’dei Chemed, and other sources, it cannot be dismissed as a belief that is outside the pale of Orthodoxy. Any cynical attempt at utilizing a legitimate disagreement of interpretation concerning this matter in order to besmirch and to damage the Lubavitch movement that was, and continues to be, at the forefront of those who are battling the missionaries, assimilation, and indifference, can only contribute to the regrettable discord that already plagues the Jewish community, and particularly the Torah community."


+ 271 Long Live our Master, our Teacher, and our Rabbi, King Messiah, for ever and ever. Chabad Hasidism


+ 249 May my lord King David live forever! (Kings I 1:31)


+ 219 There never has been and never will be another Jew like you!


+ 293 The secret of success as a Jew is taking whatever is naturally easy for you in your character and developing it further.


+ 275 Every Jew feels a certain connection to some aspect of being Jewish – Chesed (kindness), prayer, helping others, visiting the sick, treating guests well, etc.


+ 212 Make that mitzvah shine!


+ 215 God knows what is in the heart of every person.


+ 299 Moses, the greatest leader who ever lived was the most humble man who ever lived. Why? He knew being humble does not mean you should deny that you have any uniqe gifts or talents.


+ 263 Yehuda had the quality of kingship. Why? He admitted the source of his greatness – Gratitude.


+ 226 Do an Act of Loving Kindness Today!


+ 252 Every book of Torah is filled with that idea. Every mitzvah we do is part of creating that world. Every moment of our history, that hope beats in our hearts. Mashiach


+ 227 May God strengthen and guide us to know when to say yes and when to say no.


+ 227 God wants us to make this lowly world holy. God wants us to make this world comfortable for Him.


+ 254 When the heart is broken, the power of the unholy is also broken and removes the obstructions that keep the soul from merging with God through prayer.


+ 234 First is a broken heart, then comes joy.


+ 269 You can’t fake a broken heart and you can’t fake true joy.


+ 226 During the week we stray away from God’s thought of us. On Shabbos we return to God’s mind.


+ 222 On Shabbos, God thinks the world into existence.


+ 206 We need Teshuva to break through the darkness into the light.


+ 248 Godliness shines openly in the Mishneh.
When a Tzaddik learns the Mishneh
he sees God face to face.
In the Germarrah the Godliness is more concealed.
Rae Ekman Shagalov


+ 220 Mitzvahs are action that takes us out of ourselves.


+ 215 Descent is for the sake of ascent.


+ 220 Everything you do - ask yourself: What's in it for God?


+ 187 We don’t see what God sees; we don’t know what God knows.


+ 234 Working in desperation is going too far. God wants us to take reasonable steps and do what we have to. Rae Ekman Shagalov


+ 257 Six days of the week we work to separate the holiness out of the weedays,
doing good, stauing away from evil,
sifting the Holy Sparks that were hidden in the week,
then everything is elevated on Shabbos.


+ 227 Shabbos is unchanging, eternal. The weekdays are constantly changing, up and down, up and down, But on Shabbos, everything is complete.


+ 218 Fire touches wick.
Flame reaches upward.
Another home is bathed in peace
and holiness, in warmth and unity.


+ 258 Would you like to light Shabbos candles?
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+ 222 The Jewish Sabbath is a day when we try to make everything we do holy.


+ 234 Thrive on the goodness, making time and space G-dly.


+ 223 Shabbos is practice for the world-to-come. Weekly practice in living in a world that doesn’t need fixing.


+ 235 When serving G-d will not be a means to an end, we will be free to devote ourselves to the knowledge of G-d.


+ 238 Yaakov Avinu lived all the days of his life. He took all of his days with him.


+ 254 The person who thinks about his death in a healthy way really knows how to live, because he knows his limits.


+ 333 Your existence is a miracle of the Almighty! Anyone who keeps Shabbos and Mitzvahs in this time is a walking miracle. Anyone who tries to bring holiness into his or her life, is a walking miracle!


+ 267 Are you taking it for granted? When millions of our brethren have been spiritually desecrated, we have been preserved miraculously.


+ 265 You are a miracle! Push up your sleeves and get to work!


+ 291 We were created with a physical body and a spiritual soul. The body is a native of this world. It has many desires and needs, and the soul has other desires. We train and force the body to do a few Mitzvahs, to learn everyday. Every day we have to inspire and strengthen ourselves to keep struggling to do what is right.


+ 216 Kindle the eternal light! Have you looked into your heritage since childhood?


+ 316 America's freedom of religion, and freedom from religion, offers every wisdom tradition an opportunity to address our soul-deep needs: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, secular humanism, agnosticism and atheism among others. Parker Palmer


+ 304 I think there ought to be a strict separation or wall built between our religious faith and our practice of political authority in office. I don't think the President of the United States should extoll Christianity if he happens to be a Christian at the expense of Judaism, Islam or other faiths. Jimmy Carter


+ 240 Compassion is the key in Islam and Buddhism and Judaism and Christianity. They are profoundly similar. Karen Armstrong


+ 244 Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. Martin Luther King, Jr.


+ 256 When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance. Joel Osteen


+ 226 God will never give you anything you can't handle, so don't stress. Kelly Clarkson


+ 289 The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen. Ralph Marston


+ 297 God, our Creator, has stored within our minds and personalities, great potential strength and ability. Prayer helps us tap and develop these powers. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


+ 243 Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. Rabindranath Tagore


+ 251 If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 295 Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. Martin Luther


+ 238 Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. Khalil Gibran


+ 220 Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. Saint Augustine


+ 211 Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof. Khalil Gibran


+ 295 Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Martin Luther King, Jr.


+ 248 I can't think that it would be terrible of me to say — and it is occasionally true — that I need physics more than friends. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 341 I believe that through discipline, though not through discipline alone, we can achieve serenity, and a certain small but precious measure of the freedom from the accidents of incarnation, and charity, and that detachment which preserves the world which it renounces. I believe that through discipline we can learn to preserve what is essential to our happiness in more and more adverse circumstances, and to abandon with simplicity what would else have seemed to us indispensable; that we come a little to see the world without the gross distortion of personal desire, and in seeing it so, accept more easily our earthly privation and its earthly horror — But because I believe that the reward of discipline is greater than its immediate objective, I would not have you think that discipline without objective is possible: in its nature discipline involves the subjection of the soul to some perhaps minor end; and that end must be real, if the discipline is not to be factitious. Therefore I think that all things which evoke discipline: study, and our duties to men and to the commonwealth, war, and personal hardship, and even the need for subsistence, ought to be greeted by us with profound gratitude, for only through them can we attain to the least detachment; and only so can we know peace. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 188 It worked! Robert Oppenheimer


+ 368 It is with appreciation and gratefulness that I accept from you this scroll for the Los Alamos Laboratory, and for the men and women whose work and whose hearts have made it. It is our hope that in years to come we may look at the scroll and all that it signifies, with pride. Today that pride must be tempered by a profound concern. If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of the nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and Hiroshima. The people of this world must unite or they will perish. This war that has ravaged so much of the earth, has written these words. The atomic bomb has spelled them out for all men to understand. Other men have spoken them in other times, and of other wars, of other weapons. They have not prevailed. There are some misled by a false sense of human history, who hold that they will not prevail today. It is not for us to believe that. By our minds we are committed, committed to a world united, before the common peril, in law and in humanity. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 330 Despite the vision and farseeing wisdom of our wartime heads of state, the physicists have felt the peculiarly intimate responsibility for suggesting, for supporting, and in the end, in large measure, for achieving the realization of atomic weapons. Nor can we forget that these weapons as they were in fact used dramatized so mercilessly the inhumanity and evil of modern war. In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 349 There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry ... There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors. Our political life is also predicated on openness. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it and that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. And we know that as long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 270 We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to enquire. We know that the wages of secrecy are corruption. We know that in secrecy error, undetected, will flourish and subvert. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 246 We may be likened to two scorpions in a bottle, each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 275 The open society, the unrestricted access to knowledge, the unplanned and uninhibited association of men for its furtherance — these are what may make a vast, complex, ever growing, ever changing, ever more specialized and expert technological world, nevertheless a world of human community. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 312 We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." I suppose we all thought that, one way or another. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 301 But when you come right down to it the reason that we did this job is because it was an organic necessity. If you are a scientist you cannot stop such a thing. If you are a scientist you believe that it is good to find out how the world works; that it is good to find out what the realities are; that it is good to turn over to mankind at large the greatest possible power to control the world and to deal with it according to its lights and its values. Robert Oppenheimer


+ 311 It was evening when we came to the river
With a low moon over the desert
that we had lost in the mountains, forgotten,
what with the cold and the sweating
and the ranges barring the sky.
And when we found it again,
In the dry hills down by the river,
half withered, we had
the hot winds against us.
There were two palms by the landing;
The yuccas were flowering; there was
a light on the far shore, and tamarisks.
We waited a long time, in silence.
Then we heard the oars creaking
and afterwards, I remember,
the boatman called us.
We did not look back at the mountains.
Robert Oppenheimer


+ 336 The Raelian Movement is an atheistic religion that perfectly merges science and spirituality, and it includes many female priests. Men and women must rise above their previous cultural conditioning and look to the future with a new awareness encompassing beauty and femininity. Rael is the leader of Raelism


+ 387 In the book "The Book Which Tells the Truth", Vorilhon stated that he had an alien visitation on 13 December 1973. According to Rael, in a secluded area within a French volcanic crater, an extraterrestrial being came out of a craft that had descended gently from the sky, and told him, in French, that he had come for the sole purpose of meeting with him. Rael said that he was given a message by this alien and told that it was his mission to pass this message on to the people of Earth.

The book states that advanced human scientists from another planet with 25,000 years of scientific advances created all life on Earth through DNA manipulation. These scientists, Rael said, were originally called Elohim or "those who came from the sky". He wrote that some forty prophets in Earth's history were sent by Elohim, but their messages were distorted by humans, largely because of the difference in the level of civilization between the advanced race and Earth's primitive one.

Rael said he was given the mission of informing the world of humanity's origins in anticipation of the return of these extraterrestrials by building a residential embassy in neutral territory. He stated that certain mysteries were explained to him based on new interpretations of sacred texts such as the Bible. He said that, on 7 October 1975, he was contacted by one of the Elohim, who took him to another planet to meet Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. He stated that his second book, "Extraterrestrials Took Me To Their Planet", relates the teaching he received from these people. In this book, Rael describes harmonious and peaceable beings, who were free of money, sickness, and war. History of Raelism


+ 257 Raelism, also known as Raelianism or the Raelian movement, is a UFO religion that was founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon, now known as Rael. It is numerically the world's largest UFO religion. Swiss


+ 402 Elohim Embassy

The Raelian Movement is a non-profit, international organization. It unites those who wish to inform humanity of its true origins and tell people about the very special messages sent by the Elohim, highly advanced extraterrestrial scientists who created life on Earth, including human beings.

But spreading this knowledge is not the only goal of the Raelian Movement. Another primary mission of our organization is to prepare an official embassy to welcome the return of our creators. Through their messenger, Rael, the Elohim have respectfully expressed a desire to come and meet with us. But since they wish to come only if their presence here is welcome, they ask that we first demonstrate our desire to invite them by building an appropriate embassy in advance of their arrival.

That embassy would become the Third Temple as predicted in the ancient scriptures. According to specifications provided by the Elohim, it must be built in a neutral location that has been granted rights of extraterritoriality and guaranteed neutral air space. Providing such an embassy and obtaining the necessary guarantees for the rights of its occupants will prove that humanity is ready for an official meeting with its creators.

Detailed plans and specifications for the requested embassy are available at www.ElohimEmbassy.org

The Raelian Movement recently asked a number of countries to consider hosting the embassy project, and several have indicated an interest in allocating space for such an endeavor. Preliminary discussions are already under way! As shown in the document presented to the various governments approached, the Embassy for Our Fathers from Space will bring substantial financial benefits to the country hosting it. The fortunate nation will also enjoy the special protection of the Elohim and become the spiritual and scientific center of the planet for millennia to come.


+ 312 Now is the time for the return of our creators, the Elohim, who were originally mistaken for gods. Rael


+ 239 Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the wise. Seek what they sought. Matsuo Basho


+ 265 Anyone who knows anything of history knows that great social changes are impossible without feminine upheaval. Social progress can be measured exactly by the social position of the fair sex, the ugly ones included. Karl Marx


+ 220 History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce. Karl Marx


+ 262 Let the ruling classes tremble at a communist revolution. The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workingmen of all countries, unite! Karl Marx


+ 228 The theory of Communism may be summed up in one sentence: Abolish all private property. Karl Marx


+ 214 Workers of the world unite; you have nothing to lose but your chains. Karl Marx


+ 333 The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people. Karl Marx


+ 226 Social progress can be measured by the social position of the female sex. Karl Marx


+ 206 Democracy is the road to socialism. Karl Marx


+ 222 Religion is the opium of the masses. Karl Marx


+ 296 The development of civilization and industry in general has always shown itself so active in the destruction of forests that everything that has been done for their conservation and production is completely insignificant in comparison. Karl Marx


+ 259 In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality. Karl Marx


+ 259 The more the division of labor and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers, the more do their wages shrink together. Karl Marx


+ 218 From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs. Karl Marx


+ 247 Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity. Karl Marx


+ 281 Capital is dead labor, which, vampire-like, lives only by sucking living labor, and lives the more, the more labor it sucks. Karl Marx


+ 230 The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism. Karl Marx


+ 313 Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth - the soil and the labourer. Karl Marx


+ 249 The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain. Karl Marx


+ 235 Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form. Karl Marx


+ 248 Religion is the impotence of the human mind to deal with occurrences it cannot understand. Karl Marx


+ 230 Nothing can have value without being an object of utility. Karl Marx


+ 250 We should not say that one man's hour is worth another man's hour, but rather that one man during an hour is worth just as much as another man during an hour. Time is everything, man is nothing: he is at the most time's carcass. Karl Marx


+ 252 Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. Karl Marx


+ 230 History does nothing; it does not possess immense riches, it does not fight battles. It is men, real, living, who do all this. Karl Marx


+ 334 In a higher phase of communist society... only then can the narrow horizon of bourgeois right be fully left behind and society inscribe on its banners: from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs. Karl Marx


+ 278 Art is always and everywhere the secret confession, and at the same time the immortal movement of its time. Karl Marx


+ 216 For the bureaucrat, the world is a mere object to be manipulated by him. Karl Marx


+ 237 While the miser is merely a capitalist gone mad, the capitalist is a rational miser. Karl Marx


+ 247 The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs. Karl Marx


+ 265 The writer must earn money in order to be able to live and to write, but he must by no means live and write for the purpose of making money. Karl Marx


+ 304 Landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed. Karl Marx


+ 249 The ruling ideas of each age have ever been the ideas of its ruling class. Karl Marx


+ 241 The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society. Karl Marx


+ 251 The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. Karl Marx


+ 248 If anything is certain, it is that I myself am not a Marxist. Karl Marx


+ 216 Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy. Karl Marx


+ 215 Men's ideas are the most direct emanations of their material state. Karl Marx


+ 248 A commodity appears at first sight an extremely obvious, trivial thing. But its analysis brings out that it is a very strange thing, abounding in metaphysical subtleties and theological niceties. Karl Marx


+ 284 On a level plain, simple mounds look like hills; and the insipid flatness of our present bourgeoisie is to be measured by the altitude of its great intellects. Karl Marx


+ 203 Revolutions are the locomotives of history. Karl Marx


+ 273 Society does not consist of individuals but expresses the sum of interrelations, the relations within which these individuals stand. Karl Marx


+ 276 Machines were, it may be said, the weapon employed by the capitalists to quell the revolt of specialized labor. Karl Marx


+ 264 The English have all the material requisites for the revolution. What they lack is the spirit of generalization and revolutionary ardour. Karl Marx


+ 230 Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society. Karl Marx


+ 238 It is not history which uses men as a means of achieving - as if it were an individual person - its own ends. History is nothing but the activity of men in pursuit of their ends. Karl Marx


+ 238 The ideas of the ruling class are in every epoch the ruling ideas, i.e., the class which is the ruling material force of society, is at the same time its ruling intellectual force. Karl Marx


+ 244 The history of all previous societies has been the history of class struggles. Karl Marx


+ 298 It is absolutely impossible to transcend the laws of nature. What can change in historically different circumstances is only the form in which these laws expose themselves. Karl Marx


+ 253 Natural science will in time incorporate into itself the science of man, just as the science of man will incorporate into itself natural science: there will be one science. Karl Marx


+ 260 Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs. Karl Marx


+ 213 The worker of the world has nothing to lose, but their chains, workers of the world unite. Karl Marx


+ 244 Without doubt, machinery has greatly increased the number of well-to-do idlers. Karl Marx


+ 220 There is a specter haunting Europe, the specter of Communism. Karl Marx


+ 320 The product of mental labor - science - always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production. Karl Marx


+ 189 Medicine heals doubts as well as diseases. Karl Marx


+ 246 The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it. Karl Marx


+ 225 The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future. Karl Marx


+ 238 Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet, namely, a dull ending. Karl Marx


+ 221 A specter is haunting Europe - the specter of communism. Karl Marx


+ 307 A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore de Balzac


+ 305 True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart. Honore de Balzac


+ 266 A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning. Honore de Balzac


+ 270 A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over. Honore de Balzac


+ 286 A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. Honore de Balzac


+ 253 It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action. Honore de Balzac


+ 277 Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them. Honore de Balzac


+ 319 A lover always thinks of his mistress first and himself second; with a husband it runs the other way. Honore de Balzac


+ 330 The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other. Honore de Balzac


+ 273 We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. Honore de Balzac


+ 258 Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother! Honore de Balzac


+ 246 There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile. Honore de Balzac


+ 317 Unintelligent persons are like weeds that thrive in good ground; they love to be amused in proportion to the degree in which they weary themselves. Honore de Balzac


+ 266 To know there is a God — Ex. 20:2


+ 276 Not to even think that there are other gods besides Him — Standard->Ex. 20:3 Yemenite->Ex. 20:2


+ 242 To know that He is One — Deut. 6:4


+ 226 To listen to the prophet speaking in His Name — Deut. 18:15


+ 208 To cleave to those who know Him — Deut. 10:20


+ 201 Not to oppress the weak — Ex. 22:21


+ 248 Not to speak derogatorily of others — Lev. 19:16


+ 200 Not to take revenge — Lev. 19:18


+ 225 To honor those who teach and know Torah — Lev. 19:32


+ 244 Not to make an idol for yourself — Standard->Ex. 20:5 Yemenite->Ex. 20:4


+ 220 Not to make an idol for others — Lev. 19:4


+ 242 Not to make human forms even for decorative purposes — Standard->Ex. 20:21 Yemenite->Ex. 20:20


+ 216 Not to make a covenant with idolaters —Deut. 7:2


+ 241 Not to tattoo the skin — Lev. 19:28


+ 267 Not to tear the skin in mourning — Deut. 14:1


+ 184 Not to make a bald spot in mourning — Deut. 14:1


+ 228 The Kohanim must bless the Jewish nation daily — Num. 6:23


+ 258 The king must have a separate Torah scroll for himself — Deut. 17:18


+ 206 Not to walk outside the city boundary on Shabbat — Ex. 16:29


+ 240 To sanctify Shabbat with Kiddush and Havdalah — Standard->Ex. 20:9 Yemenite->Ex. 20:8


+ 255 To rest from prohibited labor on Yom Kippur — Lev. 23:32


+ 210 Not to do prohibited labor on Yom Kippur — Lev. 23:32


+ 219 To afflict oneself on Yom Kippur — Lev. 16:29


+ 212 Not to eat or drink on Yom Kippur — Lev. 23:29


+ 191 To rest on Sukkot — Lev. 23:35


+ 159 Not to do prohibited labor on Sukkot — Lev. 23:35


+ 237 To dwell in a Sukkah for the seven days of Sukkot — Lev. 23:42


+ 240 To take up a Lulav and Etrog all seven days — Lev. 23:40


+ 211 Each man must give a half shekel annually — Ex. 30:13


+ 254 To marry a wife by means of ketubah and kiddushin — Deut. 22:13


+ 262 Not to put frankincense on her meal offering (as usual) — Num. 5:15


+ 187 A Kohen priest must not marry a divorcee — Lev. 21:7


+ 307 A Kohen must not marry a zonah (a woman who has had a forbidden sexual relationship) — Lev. 21:7


+ 233 A Kohen must not marry a chalalah ("a desecrated person") (party to or product of 169-172) — Lev. 21:7


+ 217 Not to make pleasurable sexual contact with any forbidden woman — Lev. 18:6


+ 250 To examine the signs of animals to distinguish between kosher and non-kosher — Lev. 11:2


+ 254 To examine the signs of fowl to distinguish between kosher and non-kosher — Deut. 14:11


+ 251 To examine the signs of fish to distinguish between kosher and non-kosher — Lev. 11:9


+ 221 To examine the signs of locusts to distinguish between kosher and non-kosher — Lev. 11:21


+ 208 Not to eat non-kosher animals — Lev. 11:4


+ 228 Not to eat non-kosher fowl — Lev. 11:13


+ 235 Not to eat non-kosher fish — Lev. 11:11


+ 236 Not to eat non-kosher flying insects — Deut. 14:19


+ 271 Not to eat non-kosher creatures that crawl on land — Lev. 11:41


+ 246 Not to eat non-kosher maggots — Lev. 11:44


+ 233 Not to eat creatures that live in water other than kosher fish — Lev. 11:43


+ 243 Not to eat mixtures of milk and meat cooked together — Ex. 23:19


+ 223 Not to cook meat and milk together — Ex. 34:26


+ 214 Not to drink wine poured in service to idols — Deut. 32:38


+ 244 To send away the mother bird before taking its children — Deut. 22:6


+ 232 To release the mother bird if she was taken from the nest — Deut. 22:7


+ 227 Not to take God's Name in vain — Standard->Ex. 20:7 Yemenite->Ex. 20:6


+ 174 Not to break oaths or vows — Num. 30:3


+ 211 He must not drink wine, wine mixtures, or wine vinegar — Num. 6:3


+ 216 He must not eat grape skins — Num. 6:4


+ 236 Not to work different animals together — Deut. 22:10


+ 206 Not to pick the unformed clusters of grapes — Lev. 19:10


+ 275 To set aside Terumah heave offering Gedolah gift for the Kohen — Deut. 18:4


+ 204 A non-Kohen must not eat Terumah — Lev. 22:10


+ 213 A hired worker or a Jewish bondsman of a Kohen must not eat Terumah — Lev. 22:10


+ 215 An uncircumcised Kohen must not eat Terumah — Ex. 12:48


+ 214 An impure Kohen must not eat Terumah — Lev. 22:4


+ 237 Not to spend its redemption money on anything but food, drink, or ointment — Deut. 26:14


+ 239 The fourth year crops must be totally for holy purposes like Ma'aser Sheni — Lev. 19:24


+ 246 The Kohanim must not eat the first fruits outside Jerusalem — Deut. 12:17


+ 228 To set aside a portion of dough for a Kohen — Num. 15:20


+ 271 To give the foreleg, two cheeks, and abomasum of slaughtered animals to a Kohen — Deut. 18:3


+ 228 To give the first shearing of sheep to a Kohen — Deut. 18:4


+ 258 To redeem firstborn sons and give the money to a Kohen — Num. 18:15


+ 233 To redeem the firstborn donkey by giving a lamb to a Kohen — Ex. 13:13


+ 257 To break the neck of the donkey if the owner does not intend to redeem it — Ex. 13:13


+ 243 To rest the land during the seventh year by not doing any work which enhances growth — Ex. 34:21


+ 229 Not to work the land during the seventh year — Lev. 25:4


+ 228 Not to work with trees to produce fruit during that year — Lev. 25:4


+ 231 Not to work the soil during the fiftieth year (Jubilee) — Lev. 25:11


+ 249 Not to pick grapes which grew wild in the normal manner in the fiftieth year — Lev. 25:11


+ 240 The Levites must not take a share in the spoils of war — Deut. 18:1


+ 234 The Levites must transport the ark on their shoulders — Num. 7:9


+ 186 Not to remove the staves from the ark — Ex. 25:15


+ 233 The Levites must work in the Temple — Num. 18:23


+ 198 No Levite must do another's work of either a Kohen or a Levite — Num. 18:3


+ 217 To dedicate the Kohen for service — Lev. 21:8


+ 252 The work of the Kohanim's shifts must be equal during holidays — Deut. 18:6-8


+ 255 The Kohanim must wear their priestly garments during service — Ex. 28:2


+ 221 The Kohen Gadol 's (High Priest) breastplate must not be loosened from the Efod — Ex. 28:28


+ 192 A Kohen must not enter the Temple intoxicated — Lev. 10:9


+ 221 A Kohen must not enter the Temple with his head uncovered — Lev. 10:6


+ 215 A Kohen must not enter the Temple with torn clothes — Lev. 10:6


+ 209 A Kohen must not enter the Temple indiscriminately — Lev. 16:2


+ 215 A Kohen must not leave the Temple during service — Lev. 10:7


+ 236 Impure Kohanim must not do service in the temple — Lev. 22:2


+ 245 An impure Kohen, following immersion, must wait until after sundown before returning to service — Lev. 22:7


+ 257 A Kohen must wash his hands and feet before service — Ex. 30:19


+ 250 A Kohen with a physical blemish must not enter the sanctuary or approach the altar — Lev. 21:23


+ 222 A Kohen with a physical blemish must not serve — Lev. 21:17


+ 251 A Kohen with a temporary blemish must not serve — Lev. 21:17


+ 207 One who is not a Kohen must not serve — Num. 18:4


+ 214 Not to sprinkle its blood — Lev. 22:24


+ 232 The Kohanim must eat the sacrificial meat in the Temple — Ex. 29:33


+ 263 The Kohanim must not eat the meat outside the Temple courtyard — Deut. 12:17


+ 195 A non-Kohen must not eat sacrificial meat — Ex. 29:33


+ 242 Not to eat the meat of minor sacrifices before sprinkling the blood — Deut. 12:17


+ 203 Not to put frankincense on the meal offerings of wrongdoers — Lev. 3:11


+ 230 Not to bake a meal offering as leavened bread — Lev. 6:10


+ 344 The Kohanim must eat the remains of the meal offerings — Lev. 6:9


+ 230 The Kohen Gadol must bring a meal offering every day — Lev. 6:13


+ 201 To make the show bread — Ex. 25:30


+ 259 Each man must count the Omer - seven weeks from the day the new wheat offering was brought — Lev. 23:15


+ 205 To bring additional offerings on Yom Kippur — Num. 29:8


+ 229 To bring additional offerings on Sukkot — Num. 29:13


+ 234 To follow the procedure of Yom Kippur in the sequence prescribed in Parshah Acharei Mot ("After the death of Aaron's sons...") — Lev. 16:3


+ 229 Not to work consecrated animals — Deut. 15:19


+ 207 Not to take the paschal meat from the confines of the group — Ex. 12:46


+ 212 A permanent or temporary hired worker must not eat from it — Ex. 12:45


+ 261 Not to break any bones from the paschal offering — Ex. 12:46 Ps. 34:20


+ 227 Not to break any bones from the second paschal offering — Num. 9:12


+ 233 To be seen at the Temple on Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot — Deut. 16:16


+ 258 To assemble all the people on the Sukkot following the seventh year — Deut. 31:12


+ 261 The Kohanim must not eat unblemished firstborn animals outside Jerusalem — Deut. 12:17


+ 229 A woman who had a running vaginal issue must bring an offering in the Temple after she goes to the Mikveh — Lev. 15:28-29


+ 258 A woman who gave birth must bring an offering in the Temple after she goes to the Mikveh — Lev. 12:6


+ 275 A man who had a running unnatural urinary issue must bring an offering in the Temple after he goes to the Mikveh — Lev. 15:13-14


+ 245 A metzora (one having a skin disease) must bring an offering (in the Temple) after going to the Mikveh — Lev. 14:10


+ 220 Carry out the laws of the sprinkling water — Num. 19:21


+ 240 Every impure person must immerse himself in a Mikvah to become pure — Lev. 15:16


+ 193 Not to move a boundary marker to steal someone's property — Deut. 19:14


+ 212 Not to kidnap — Standard->Ex. 20:14 Yemenite->Ex. 20:13


+ 204 Not to kill the murderer before he stands trial — Num. 35:12


+ 303 Save someone being pursued even by taking the life of the pursuer — Deut. 25:12


+ 228 Break the neck of a calf by the river valley following an unsolved murder — Deut. 21:4


+ 225 Not to work nor plant that river valley — Deut. 21:4


+ 233 Make a guard rail around flat roofs — Deut. 22:8


+ 242 Not to put a stumbling block before a blind man (nor give harmful advice) — Lev. 19:14


+ 190 Not to work him oppressively — Lev. 25:43


+ 209 Not to allow a non-Jew to work him oppressively — Lev. 25:53


+ 261 Canaanite slaves must work forever unless injured in one of their limbs — Lev. 25:46


+ 243 The courts must carry out the laws of a hired worker and hired guard — Ex. 22:9


+ 232 The hired worker may eat from the unharvested crops where he works — Deut. 23:25


+ 247 The worker must not eat while on hired time — Deut. 23:26


+ 271 The worker must not take more than he can eat — Deut. 23:25


+ 233 Not to press them for payment if you know they don't have it — Ex. 22:24


+ 236 The creditor must not forcibly take collateral — Deut. 24:10


+ 220 Bury the executed on the day they are killed — Deut. 21:23


+ 228 The court must not kill anybody on circumstantial evidence — Ex. 23:7


+ 212 Anybody who knows evidence must testify in court — Lev. 5:1


+ 258 Not to strike your father and mother — Ex. 21:15


+ 222 A Kohen must not defile himself (by going to funerals or cemeteries) for anyone except relatives — Lev. 21:1


+ 251 Appoint a king from Israel — Deut. 17:15


+ 228 The king must not have too many wives — Deut. 17:17


+ 242 The king must not have too many horses — Deut. 17:16


+ 204 The king must not have too much silver and gold — Deut. 17:17


+ 222 Wipe out the descendants of Amalek — Deut. 25:19


+ 244 Remember what Amalek did to the Jewish people — Deut. 25:17


+ 251 Not to forget Amalek's atrocities and ambush on our journey from Egypt in the desert — Deut. 25:19


+ 213 Appoint a priest to speak with the soldiers during the war — Deut. 20:2


+ 232 He who has taken a wife, built a new home, or planted a vineyard is given a year to rejoice with his possessions — Deut. 24:5


+ 252 Keep the laws of the captive woman — Deut. 21:11


+ 345 They [the Men of the Great Assembly] would always say these three things: Be cautious in judgment. Establish many pupils. And make a safety fence around the Torah. Pirkei Avot 1:1


+ 300 Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness. Pirkei Avot 1:2


+ 316 Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah would say: Let your home be a meeting place for the wise; dust yourself in the soil of their feet, and drink thirstily of their words. Pirkei Avot 1:4


+ 308 Joshua the son of Perachia would say: Assume for yourself a master, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every man to the side of merit. Pirkei Avot 1:6


+ 305 He (Hillel) would also say: If I am not for myself, who is for me? And when I am for myself, what am 'I'? And if not now, when? Pirkei Avot 1:14


+ 322 Shammai would say: Make your Torah study a permanent fixture of your life. Say little and do much. And receive every man with a pleasant countenance. Pirkei Avot 1:15


+ 288 Rabbi Shimon the son of Gamliel would say: By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace. Pirkei Avot 1:18


+ 323 Rabbi Judah HaNassi would say: Which is the right path for man to choose for himself? Whatever is harmonious for the one who does it, and harmonious for mankind. Be as careful with a minor mitzvah as with a major one, for you do not know the rewards of the mitzvot. Consider the cost of a mitzvah against its rewards, and the rewards of a transgression against its cost. Contemplate three things, and you will not come to the hands of transgression: Know what is above from you: a seeing eye, a listening ear, and all your deeds being inscribed in a book. Pirkei Avot 2:1


+ 258 In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man. Pirkei Avot 2:5


+ 316 He (Hillel) would also say: One who increases flesh, increases worms; one who increases possessions, increases worry; one who increases wives, increases witchcraft; one who increases maidservants, increases promiscuity; one who increases man-servants, increases thievery; one who increases Torah, increases life; one who increases study, increases wisdom; one who increases counsel, increases understanding; one who increases charity, increases peace. One who acquires a good name, acquired it for himself; one who acquires the words of Torah, has acquired life in the World to Come. Pirkei Avot 2:7


+ 325 Rabban Yochanan the son of Zakkai received the tradition from Hillel and Shammai. He would say: If you have learned much Torah, do not take credit for yourself - it is for this that you have been formed. Pirkei Avot 2:8


+ 343 Rabbi Yochanan said to them: Go and see which is the best trait for a person to acquire. Said Rabbi Eliezer: A good eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: A good friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: A good neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To see what is born out of one's actions. Said Rabbi Elazar: A good heart. Said He to them: I prefer the words of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours. He said to them: Go and see which is the worst trait, the one that a person should most distance himself from. Said Rabbi Eliezer: An evil eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: An evil friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: An evil neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To borrow and not to repay; for one who borrows from man is as one who borrows from the Almighty, as is stated, "The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous one is benevolent and gives" (Psalms 37:21). Said Rabbi Elazar: An evil heart. Said He to them: I prefer the word of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours. Pirkei Avot 2:10


+ 365 Rabbi Eliezer would say: The honor of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own, and do not be easy to anger. Repent one day before your death. Asked his disciples: Does a man know on which day he will die? Said he to them: So being the case, he should repent today, for perhaps tomorrow he will die; hence, all his days are passed in a state of repentance. Indeed, so said Solomon in his wisdom (Ecclesiastes 9:8): 'At all times, your clothes should be white, and oil should not lack from your head'" (Talmud, Shabbat 153a). Pirkei Avot 2:10


+ 301 Rabbi Joshua would say: An evil eye, the evil inclination, and the hatred of one's fellows, drive a person from the world Pirkei Avot 2:11


+ 335 Rabbi Tarfon would say: The day is short, the work is much, the workers are lazy, the reward is great, and the Master is pressing. He would also say: It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to absolve yourself from it. If you have learned much Torah, you will be greatly rewarded, and your employer is trustworthy to pay you the reward of your labors. And know, that the reward of the righteous is in the World to Come. Pirkei Avot 2:15-16


+ 318 Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As is stated (Psalms 119:99): "From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials are my meditation." Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. As is stated (Proverbs 16:32), "Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city." Who is rich? One who is satisfied with his lot. As is stated (Psalms 128:2): "If you eat of toil of your hands, fortunate are you, and good is to you"; "fortunate are you" in this world, "and good is to you" in the World to Come. Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows. As is stated (I Samuel 2:30): "For to those who honor me, I accord honor; those who scorn me shall be demeaned." Pirkei Avot 4:1


+ 291 Be a tail to lions rather than a head to jackals. Pirkei Avot 4:20


+ 365 There are four types of people: One who says, "What is mine is yours, and what is yours is mine" is a boor. One who says "What is mine is mine, and what is yours is yours" - this is a median characteristic; others say that this is the character of Sodom. One who says, "What is mine is yours, and what is yours is yours" is a chassid [pious person]. And one who says "What is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine" is wicked. Pirkei Avot 5:10


+ 331 There are four types of temperaments. One who is easily angered and easily appeased--his virtue cancels his flaw. One whom it is difficult to anger and difficult to appease--his flaw cancels his virtue. One whom it is difficult to anger and is easily appeased, is a chassid. One who is easily angered and is difficult to appease, is wicked. Pirkei Avot 5:11


+ 313 There are four types of student. One who is quick to understand and quick to forget - his flaw cancels his virtue. One who is slow to understand and slow to forget - his virtue cancels his flaw. One who is quick to understand and slow to forget - his is a good portion. One who is slow to understand and quick to forget - his is a bad portion. Pirkei Avot 5:12


+ 302 There are four types of contributors to charity. One who wants to give but does not want others to give--is begrudging of others. One who wants that others should give but does not want to give--begrudges himself. One who wants that he as well as others should give, is a chassid. One who want neither himself nor others to give, is wicked. Pirkei Avot 5:13


+ 357 There are four types among those who attend the study hall. One who goes but does nothing - has gained the rewards of going. One who does study but does not go to the study hall - has gained the rewards of doing. One who goes and does, is a chassid. One who neither goes nor does, is wicked. Pirkei Avot 5:14


+ 354 There are four types among those who sit before the sages: the sponge, the funnel, the strainer and the sieve. The sponge absorbs all. The funnel takes in at one end and lets it out the other. The strainer rejects the wine and retains the sediment. The sieve rejects the coarse flour and retains the fine flour. Pirkei Avot 5:15


+ 346 Moses received the Torah from Sinai and gave it over to Joshua. Joshua gave it over to the Elders, the Elders to the Prophets, and the Prophets gave it over to the Men of the Great Assembly. They [the Men of the Great Assembly] would always say these three things: Be cautious in judgment. Establish many pupils. And make a safety fence around the Torah. Pirkei Avot 1:1


+ 304 Shimon the Righteous was among the last surviving members of the Great assembly. He would say: The world stands on three things: Torah, the service of G-d, and deeds of kindness. Pirkei Avot 1:2


+ 355 Antignos of Socho received the tradition from Shimon the Righteous. He would say: Do not be as slaves, who serve their master for the sake of reward. Rather, be as slaves who serve their master not for the sake of reward. And the fear of Heaven should be upon you. Pirkei Avot 1:3


+ 292 Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah, and Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem, received the tradition from them. Yossei the son of Yoezer of Tzreidah would say: Let your home be a meeting place for the wise; dust yourself in the soil of their feet, and drink thirstily of their words. Pirkei Avot 1:4


+ 365 Yossei the son of Yochanan of Jerusalem would say: Let your home be wide open, and let the poor be members of your household. And do not engage in excessive conversation with a woman. This is said even regarding one's own wife--how much more so regarding the wife of another. Hence, the sages said: One who excessively converses with a woman causes evil to himself, neglects the study of Torah, and, in the end, inherits purgatory. Pirkei Avot 1:5


+ 314 Joshua the son of Perachia and Nitai the Arbelite received from them. Joshua the son of Perachia would say: Assume for yourself a master, acquire for yourself a friend, and judge every man to the side of merit. Pirkei Avot 1:6


+ 324 Nitai the Arbelite would say: Distance yourself from a bad neighbor, do not cleave to a wicked person, and do not abandon belief in retribution. Pirkei Avot 1:7


+ 340 Judah the son of Tabbai and Shimon the son of Shotach received from them. Judah the son of Tabbai would say: When sitting in judgement, do not act as a counselor-at-law. When the litigants stand before you, consider them both guilty; and when they leave your courtroom, having accepted the judgement, regard them as equally righteous. Pirkei Avot 1:8


+ 319 Shimon the son of Shotach would say: Increasingly cross-examine the witnesses. Be careful with your words, lest they learn from them how to lie. Pirkei Avot 1:9


+ 336 Shmaayah and Avtalyon received from them. Shmaayah would say: Love work, loath mastery over others, and avoid intimacy with the government. Pirkei Avot 1:10


+ 309 Avtalyon would say: Scholars, be careful with your words. For you may be exiled to a place inhabited by evil elements who will distort your words to suit their negative purposes. The disciples who come after you will then drink of these evil waters and be destroyed, and the Name of Heaven will be desecrated. Pirkei Avot 1:11


+ 361 Hillel and Shammai received from them. Hillel would say: Be of the disciples of Aaron--a lover of peace, a pursuer of peace, one who loves the creatures and draws them close to Torah. Pirkei Avot 1:12


+ 323 He would also say: One who advances his name, destroys his name. One who does not increase, diminishes. One who does not learn is deserving of death. And one who make personal use of the crown of Torah shall perish. Pirkei Avot 1:13


+ 315 He would also say: If I am not for myself, who is for me? And if I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when? Pirkei Avot 1:14


+ 319 Shammai would say: Make your Torah study a permanent fixture of your life. Say little and do much. And receive every man with a pleasant countenance. Pirkei Avot 1:15


+ 307 Rabban Gamliel would say: Assume for yourself a master; stay away from doubt; and do not accustom yourself to tithe by estimation. Pirkei Avot 1:16


+ 316 His son, Shimon, would say: All my life I have been raised among the wise, and I have found nothing better for the body than silence. The essential thing is not study, but deed. And one who speaks excessively brings on sin. Pirkei Avot 1:17


+ 396 Rabbi Shimon the son of Gamliel would say: By three things is the world sustained: law, truth and peace. As is stated (Zachariah 8:16), "Truth, and a judgement of peace, you should administer at your [city] gates.'' Pirkei Avot 1:18


+ 339 Rabbi Judah HaNassi would say: Which is the right path for man to choose for himself? Whatever is harmonious for the one who does it, and harmonious for mankind. Be as careful with a minor mitzvah as with a major one, for you do not know the rewards of the mitzvot. Consider the cost of a mitzvah against its rewards, and the rewards of a transgression against its cost. Contemplate three things, and you will not come to the hands of transgression: Know what is above from you: a seeing eye, a listening ear, and all your deeds being inscribed in a book. Pirkei Avot 2:1


+ 352 Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Judah HaNassi would say: Beautiful is the study of Torah with the way of the world, for the toil of them both causes sin to be forgotten. Ultimately, all Torah study that is not accompanied with work is destined to cease and to cause sin. Those who work for the community should do so for the sake of Heaven; for then merit of their ancestors shall aid them, and their righteousness shall endure forever. And you, [says G-d,] I shall credit you with great reward as if you have achieved it. Pirkei Avot 2:2


+ 324 Be careful with the government, for they befriend a person only for their own needs. They appear to be friends when it is beneficial to them, but they do not stand by a person at the time of his distress. Pirkei Avot 2:3


+ 326 He would also say: Make that His will should be your will, so that He should make your will to be as His will. Nullify your will before His will, so that He should nullify the will of others before your will. Hillel would say: Do not separate yourself from the community. Do not believe in yourself until the day you die. Do not judge your fellow until you have stood in his place. Do not say something that is not readily understood in the belief that it will ultimately be understood [or: Do not say something that ought not to be heard even in the strictest confidence, for ultimately it will be heard]. And do not say "When I free myself of my concerns, I will study,'' for perhaps you will never free yourself. Pirkei Avot 2:4


+ 305 He would also say: A boor cannot be sin-fearing, an ignoramus cannot be pious, a bashful one cannot learn, a short-tempered person cannot teach, nor does anyone who does much business grow wise. In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man. Pirkei Avot 2:5


+ 296 He also saw a skull floating upon the water. Said he to it: Because you drowned others, you were drowned; and those who drowned you, will themselves be drowned. Pirkei Avot 2:6


+ 330 He would also say: One who increases flesh, increases worms; one who increases possessions, increases worry; one who increases wives, increases witchcraft; one who increases maidservants, increases promiscuity; one who increases man-servants, increases thievery; one who increases Torah, increases life; one who increases study, increases wisdom; one who increases counsel, increases understanding; one who increases charity, increases peace. One who acquires a good name, acquired it for himself; one who acquires the words of Torah, has acquired life in the World to Come. Pirkei Avot 2:7


+ 309 Rabban Yochanan the son of Zakkai received the tradition from Hillel and Shammai. He would say: If you have learned much Torah, do not take credit for yourself - it is for this that you have been formed. Pirkei Avot 2:8


+ 350 Rabban Yochanan the son of Zakkai had five disciples: Rabbi Eliezer the son of Hurkenus, Rabbi Joshua the son of Chananya, Rabbi Yossei the Kohen, Rabbi Shimon the son of Nethanel, and Rabbi Elazar the son of Arach. He would recount their praises: Rabbi Eliezer the son of Hurkenus is a cemented cistern that loses not a drop; Rabbi Joshua the son of Chananya---fortunate is she who gave birth to him; Rabbi Yossei the Kohen---a chassid (pious one); Rabbi Shimon the son of Nethanel fears sin; Rabbi Elazar ben Arach is as an ever-increasing wellspring. Rabbi Yochanan used to say: If all the sages of Israel were to be in one cup of a balance-scale, and Eliezer the son of Hurkenus were in the other, he would outweigh them all. Abba Shaul said in his name: If all the sages of Israel were to be in one cup of a balance-scale, Eliezer the son of Hurkenus included, and Elazar the son of Arach were in the other, he would outweigh them all. Pirkei Avot 2:9


+ 325 Rabbi Yochanan said to them: Go and see which is the best trait for a person to acquire. Said Rabbi Eliezer: A good eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: A good friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: A good neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To see what is born [out of ones actions]. Said Rabbi Elazar: A good heart. Said He to them: I prefer the words of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours. He said to them: Go and see which is the worst trait, the one that a person should most distance himself from. Said Rabbi Eliezer: An evil eye. Said Rabbi Joshua: An evil friend. Said Rabbi Yossei: An evil neighbor. Said Rabbi Shimon: To borrow and not to repay; for one who borrows from man is as one who borrows from the Almighty, as is stated, ``The wicked man borrows and does not repay; but the righteous one is benevolent and gives'' (Psalms 37:21). Said Rabbi Elazar: An evil heart. Said He to them: I prefer the word of Elazar the son of Arach to yours, for his words include all of yours. They would each say three things: Rabbi Eliezer would say: The honor of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own, and do not be easy to anger. Repent one day before your death.** Warm yourself by the fire of the sages, but be beware lest you be burned by its embers; for their bite is the bite of a fox, their sting is the sting of a scorpion, their hiss is the hiss a serpent, and all their words are like fiery coals. Pirkei Avot 2:10


+ 268 Rabbi Joshua would say: An evil eye, the evil inclination, and the hatred of one's fellows, drive a person from the world. Pirkei Avot 2:11


+ 343 Rabbi Yossei would say: The property of your fellow should be as precious to you as your own. Perfect yourself for the study of Torah, for it is not an inheritance to you. And all your deeds should be for the sake of Heaven. Pirkei Avot 2:12


+ 315 Rabbi Shimon would say: Be meticulous with the reading of the Shma and with prayer. When you pray, do not make your prayers routine, but [an entreaty of] mercy and a supplication before the Almighty, as is stated ``For He is benevolent and merciful, slow to anger and abundant in loving kindness, and relenting of the evil decree'' (Joel 2:13). And do not be wicked in your own eyes. Pirkei Avot 2:13


+ 359 Rabbi Elazar would say: Be diligent in the study of Torah. Know what to answer a heretic. And know before whom you toil, and who is your employer who will repay you the reward of your labors. Pirkei Avot 2:14


+ 287 Rabbi Tarfon would say: The day is short, the work is much, the workers are lazy, the reward is great, and the Master is pressing. Pirkei Avot 2:15


+ 324 He would also say: It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, but neither are you free to absolve yourself from it. If you have learned much Torah, you will be greatly rewarded, and your employer is trustworthy to pay you the reward of your labors. And know, that the reward of the righteous is in the World to Come. Pirkei Avot 2:16


+ 281 Akavia the son of Mahalalel would say: Reflect upon three things and you will not come to the hands of transgression. Know from where you came, where you are going, and before whom you are destined to give a judgement and accounting. From where you came - from a putrid drop; where you are going - to a place of dust, maggots and worms; and before whom you are destined to give a judgement and accounting - before the supreme King of Kings, the Holy One, blessed be He. Pirkei Avot 3:1


+ 339 Rabbi Chanina, deputy to the kohanim, would say: Pray for the integrity of the government; for were it not for the fear of its authority, a man would swallow his neighbor alive. Rabbi Chanina son of Tradyon would say: Two who sit and no words of Torah pass between them, this is a session of scorners, as is stated, "And in a session of scorners he did not sit" (Psalms 1:1). But two who sit and exchange words of Torah, the Divine Presence rests amongst them, as is stated, "Then the G-d-fearing conversed with one another, and G-d listened and heard; and it was inscribed before Him in a book of remembrance for those who fear G-d and give thought to His name" (Malachi 3:16). From this, I know only concerning two individuals; how do I know that even a single individual who sits and occupies himself with the Torah, G-d designates reward for him? From the verse, "He sits alone in meditative stillness; indeed, he receives [reward] for it" (Lamentations 3:28). Pirkei Avot 3:2


+ 319 Rabbi Shimon would say: Three who eat at one table and do not speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten of idolatrous sacrifices; as is stated, "Indeed, all tables are filled with vomit and filth, devoid of the Omnipresent" (Isaiah 28:8). But three who eat at one table and speak words of Torah, it is as if they have eaten at G-d'