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+ 266 Where there is love there is life. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 701 Love your neighbor as yourself


+ 364 Stars can not shine without darkness


+ 516 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


+ 486 Freedom is the oxygen of the soul. Moshe Dayan


+ 419 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


+ 473 You attract what you expect in life, so expect wisely.


+ 521 The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde


+ 565 The real secret of success is enthusiasm. Walter Chrysler


+ 473 Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius


+ 385 After God, Our Teachers


+ 506 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


+ 458 One should always be in love; that is the reason one should never be married. Oscar Wilde


+ 421 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.


+ 347 Stop thinking so much. It is alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect it.


+ 346 Courage is the power of the mind to overcome fear. Martin Luther King


+ 329 Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill


+ 456 Who, being loved, is poor? Oscar Wilde


+ 336 The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. Eminem


+ 296 Happiness is fisherman in lake with fish


+ 473 After the game. King and pawn put in one box


+ 341 Books need to remind the man that his original idea is not so new.


+ 332 The greatest give you can give to someone is your time.


+ 287 Drink Tea and Read Books...


+ 393 My pride fell with my fortunes. William Shakespeare


+ 1026 You should be gentle with people and your views should be wider. Sergey Letchenya


+ 385 Everything start up from mercy and finish with mercy. We do not have idle people, we have people without love in their hearts. Give them love. You can give love, but you can not do it... It's really idle. it is evil.


+ 470 Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.


+ 340 Questions are never indiscreet; answers sometimes are. Oscar Wilde


+ 357 All charming people are spoiled; it is the secret of their attraction.


+ 369 God and my right


+ 291 Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. Oscar Wilde


+ 338 The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods. Socrates


+ 358 I am so clever that sometimes I do not understand a single word of what I am saying. Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories


+ 364 Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid


+ 339 We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan


+ 306 If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. Oscar Wilde


+ 435 If you have a harem of 40 women, you never get to know any of them very well. Warren Buffett


+ 316 The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


+ 254 Please speak slowly


+ 235 You can never be overdressed or overeducated. Oscar Wilde


+ 440 Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood. Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories


+ 292 Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation. Oscar Wilde


+ 256 A good friend will always stab you in the front. Oscar Wilde


+ 281 Yes: I am a dreamer. For a dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world. Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist


+ 274 Quality versus quantity. David Ben-Gurion


+ 227 Half of a person beauty comes from the tongue


+ 350 Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves


+ 253 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.


+ 260 I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.


+ 200 Man becomes man only by his intelligence, but he is man only by his heart. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 277 Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.


+ 285 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.


+ 374 True love is that which ennobles the personality, fortifies the heart, and sanctifies the existence. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 410 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.


+ 356 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.


+ 253 You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


+ 269 For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 251 Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. Oscar Wilde


+ 287 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


+ 241 With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy? Oscar Wilde


+ 283 All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his. Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest


+ 265 Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit. Oscar Wilde


+ 227 If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh...


+ 328 There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. Thomas Aquinas


+ 240 I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best. Oscar Wilde


+ 251 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.


+ 292 Jesus is the God whom we can approach without pride and before whom we can humble ourselves without despair. Blaise Pascal


+ 173 I am feeling lucky


+ 366 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


+ 301 Democracy is the name we give to the people each time we need them. Frederic Beigbeder


+ 249 Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for others is genius.


+ 182 Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven.


+ 257 In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.


+ 215 Action is coarsened thought; thought becomes concrete, obscure, and unconscious.


+ 222 Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.


+ 222 Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.


+ 257 I do not want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


+ 195 Cleverness is serviceable for everything, sufficient for nothing.


+ 263 Lives of great men all remind us greatness takes no easy way. All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today. Yip Harburg


+ 242 Love is a better teacher than duty. Albert Einstein


+ 204 No good deed goes unpunished. Oscar Wilde


+ 271 Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan


+ 195 Every woman is a rebel. Oscar Wilde


+ 236 The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others, and the moment you're unafraid of the crowd, you're no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom. Osho


+ 246 Strong people do not put other down. They lift them up. Michael P.Watson


+ 265 Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people we personally dislike. Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband


+ 238 I am too fond of reading books to care to write them. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


+ 197 How did you wait for the Mashiach?


+ 242 I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects. Oscar Wilde


+ 260 Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray


+ 243 Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. Oscar Wilde


+ 222 To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable. Oscar Wilde


+ 271 There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing. Oscar Wilde


+ 197 The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Oscar Wilde


+ 253 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are Abrahamic religions. What's happen in this World? Sergey Letchenya


+ 438 Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball


+ 279 I know of a cure for everything: salt water...in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea. Karen Blixen


+ 196 Youth is wasted on the young...


+ 227 There is no sin except stupidity. Oscar Wilde


+ 242 Indeed I have always been of the opinion that hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do. Oscar Wilde


+ 237 Genius is always accompanied by enthusiasm. Bryant H. McGill


+ 239 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


+ 326 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


+ 192 I am what I am and, you know, I'm a very lucky guy. Michael Bloomberg


+ 192 If nationality is consent, the state is compulsion.


+ 279 Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin


+ 218 Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults, a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.


+ 215 Sacrifice, which is the passion of great souls, has never been the law of societies.


+ 250 Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.


+ 249 So long as a person is capable of self-renewal they are a living being.


+ 172 Society lives by faith, and develops by science.


+ 233 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.


+ 213 Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.


+ 231 The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes.


+ 208 The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings.


+ 183 The test of every religious, political, or educational system is the man that it forms.


+ 207 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.


+ 213 Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.


+ 266 Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.


+ 189 We only understand that which already within us.


+ 222 Everyone wants to live at the expense of the state. They forget that the state wants to live at the expense of everyone.


+ 165 If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right. Henry Ford


+ 203 Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them. Oscar Wilde


+ 241 Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford


+ 226 People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 237 Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out. Stephen Covey


+ 199 Don't find fault, find a remedy. Henry Ford


+ 205 Quality means doing it right when no one is looking. Henry Ford


+ 230 Before everything else, getting ready is the secret of success. Henry Ford


+ 205 As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities. Henry Ford


+ 201 There are no big problems, there are just a lot of little problems. Henry Ford


+ 231 Love & Traveling. Sergey Letchenya


+ 320 Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. Henry Ford


+ 219 Whatever you have, you must either use or lose. Henry Ford


+ 211 The only good thing to do with good advice is pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself. Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband


+ 206 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


+ 198 First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 203 Winners never quit and quitters never win. Vince Lombardi


+ 232 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


+ 285 Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt. William Shakespeare


+ 245 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


+ 184 Do good to your friends to keep them, to your enemies to win them. Benjamin Franklin


+ 188 If you can accept losing, you can't win. Vince Lombardi


+ 284 You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. Margaret Thatcher


+ 217 Winning isn't everything, but the will to win is everything. Vince Lombardi


+ 233 Sometimes by losing a battle you find a new way to win the war. Donald Trump


+ 253 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


+ 246 Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. Oscar Wilde


+ 236 All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln


+ 220 Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance. George Bernard Shaw


+ 206 We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw


+ 216 Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. George Bernard Shaw


+ 305 First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. George Bernard Shaw


+ 232 Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything. George Bernard Shaw


+ 295 Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw


+ 186 Youth is wasted on the young. George Bernard Shaw


+ 182 A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw


+ 206 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


+ 239 The so-called lessons of history are for the most part the rationalizations of the victors. History is written by the survivors. Max Lerner


+ 230 Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.


+ 202 You see things; and you say, Why? But I dream things that never were; and I say, Why not?


+ 233 Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.


+ 194 Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.


+ 259 Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get. George Bernard Shaw


+ 231 The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention. Richard Moss


+ 225 What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.


+ 211 One of the hardest things to teach a child is that the truth is more important than the consequences.


+ 240 In golf as in life it is the follow through that makes the difference.


+ 248 Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.


+ 169 My reputation grows with every failure.


+ 226 If there was nothing wrong in the world there would not be anything for us to do. George Bernard Shaw


+ 232 If you can not get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance. George Bernard Shaw


+ 209 Better never than late. George Bernard Shaw


+ 235 You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul. George Bernard Shaw


+ 188 We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw


+ 241 The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business. George Bernard Shaw


+ 230 Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own. George Bernard Shaw


+ 218 We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience. George Bernard Shaw


+ 239 Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength. Arnold Schwarzenegger


+ 202 Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it. Irving Berlin


+ 232 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.


+ 260 We do not know a millionth of one percent about anything. Thomas A. Edison


+ 194 Eighty percent of success is showing up. Woody Allen


+ 260 A gentleman is one who puts more into the world than he takes out. George Bernard Shaw


+ 238 The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. George Bernard Shaw


+ 233 The Mobile Web Initiative is important - information must be made seamlessly available on any device. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 225 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


+ 221 You affect the world by what you browse. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 257 An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator... these are not three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is. Steve Jobs


+ 211 Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 199 Jerusalem is united, will never be divided again. Yitzhak Rabin


+ 172 Celebrity damages private life. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 230 Act now! Best Practice Management


+ 203 Data is a precious thing and will last longer than the systems themselves. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 218 There are two sides to every question


+ 255 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


+ 254 Any good software engineer will tell you that a compiler and an interpreter are interchangeable. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 288 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


+ 209 Physicists analyze systems. Web scientists, however, can create the systems. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 233 We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 239 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


+ 225 Whatever the device you use for getting your information out, it should be the same information. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 238 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


+ 261 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


+ 227 Compared even to the development of the phone or TV, the Web developed very quickly. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 196 Everybody who runs a Web site knows we're not assured of compatibility, and we could end up with a split. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 204 I basically wrote the code and the specs and documentation for how the client and server talked to each other. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 204 I have built a moat around myself, along with ways over that moat so that people can ask questions. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 271 I hope we will use the Net to cross barriers and connect cultures. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 222 I suppose it's amazing when you think how many things people get involved in that don't work. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 205 I think when you have a lot of jumbled up ideas they come together slowly over a period of several years. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 217 I'm an optimist about humanity in general, I suppose. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 216 If you are not on the web, you will have problems accessing services. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 214 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


+ 245 Innovation is serendipity, so you don't know what people will make. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 250 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


+ 219 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


+ 216 It's difficult to imagine the power that you're going to have when so many different sorts of data are available. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 242 It's interesting that people throughout the existence of the web have been concerned about monopolies. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 226 Most larger companies now see that for the market to grow, Web infrastructure must be royalty-free. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 190 One of the issues of social networking silos is that they have the data and I don't. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 196 Sites need to be able to interact in one single, universal space. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 206 That idea of URL was the basic clue to the universality of the Web. That was the only thing I insisted upon. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 218 The amount of control you have over somebody if you can monitor internet activity is amazing. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 263 The Domain Name Server (DNS) is the Achilles heel of the Web. The important thing is that it's managed responsibly. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 201 The important thing is the diversity available on the Web. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 223 The original idea of the web was that it should be a collaborative space where you can communicate through sharing information. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 204 The people who designed the tools that make the Net run had their own ideas for the future. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 201 The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet. The future is still so much bigger than the past. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 187 The Web is now philosophical engineering. Physics and the Web are both about the relationship between the small and the large. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 226 There was a time when people felt the internet was another world, but now people realise it's a tool that we use in this world. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 174 Things can change so fast on the internet. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 236 We can't blame the technology when we make mistakes. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 191 Web pages are designed for people. For the Semantic Web, we need to look at existing databases. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 198 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


+ 224 When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 241 When you go onto the internet, if you really rummage around randomly then how do you hope to find something of any of value? Tim Berners-Lee


+ 291 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


+ 256 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


+ 247 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


+ 269 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


+ 246 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


+ 251 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


+ 284 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


+ 251 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


+ 232 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


+ 289 Imagine that everything you are typing is being read by the person you are applying to for your first job. Imagine that it's all going to be seen by your parents and your grandparents and your grandchildren as well. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 247 Intellectual property is an important legal and cultural issue. Society as a whole has complex issues to face here: private ownership vs. open source, and so on. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 284 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


+ 245 My own personal preference is that the consumer, the individual person should be protected because individual people and the difference between individual people and the diversity we have between people on the planet is so important. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 250 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


+ 278 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


+ 264 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


+ 241 The challenge is to manage the Web in an open way-not too much bureaucracy, not subject to political or commercial pressures. The U.S. should demonstrate that it is prepared to share control with the world. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 264 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


+ 255 The most important thing that was new was the idea of URI-or URL, that any piece of information anywhere should have an identifier, which will allow you to get hold of it. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 221 The Semantic Web isn't inherently complex. The Semantic Web language, at its heart, is very, very simple. It's just about the relationships between things. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 255 What is a Web year now, about three months? And when people can browse around, discover new things, and download them fast, when we all have agents - then Web years could slip by before human beings can notice. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 248 Every man is a creative cause of what happens, a primum mobile with an original movement. Friedrich Nietzsche


+ 262 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


+ 240 Class is not a fixed designation in this country. We are an upwardly mobile society with a lot of movement between income groups. Paul Ryan


+ 199 Mobile is a lot closer to TV than it is to desktop. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 218 I want to be buried with a mobile phone, just in case I'm not dead. Amanda Holden


+ 435 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.


+ 261 The Mobile Web Initiative is important - information must be made seamlessly available on any device. Tim Berners-Lee


+ 274 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


+ 255 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


+ 227 Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future. Susan Sontag


+ 213 So actually I only got a mobile phone the day after I left being Prime Minister. Tony Blair


+ 190 Leopard is Winner


+ 182 Because of technology, we don't develop telepathy. We don't use telepathy, but use, you know, the mobile phones. Why? Marina Abramovic


+ 213 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


+ 266 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


+ 253 My mobile phone battery runs out all the time because all the messages come straight to me. Ed Balls


+ 208 Socially smart people have always mocked the threateningly mobile, and anti-branding is a central strand of high-end status conflict now. Peter York


+ 252 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


+ 231 Theatricals can be irritating, but will provide a better night out than mobile phone salespeople. Arthur Smith


+ 248 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


+ 253 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


+ 228 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


+ 247 Local commerce, without question, will be one of the fundamental use cases enabled by mobile devices over the next several years. Andrew Mason


+ 216 Mobile is an incredibly fast-growing market and will continue to be. Susan Wojcicki


+ 292 Before mobile phones, I used to call my parents from a phone box and reverse the charges. Tamara Ecclestone


+ 276 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


+ 228 I don't really recognise success. I don't see myself as on an upwardly mobile trajectory. I see myself as on the edge of a cliff about to fall off. Jonathan Ames


+ 306 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


+ 215 Success in business today requires real-time, mobile access to business opportunities. Bob McDonnell


+ 301 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


+ 271 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


+ 216 We will have more Internet, larger numbers of users, more mobile access, more speed, more things online and more appliances we can control over the Internet. Vinton Cerf


+ 283 Many actors have protested about mobile phones going off in theatres, but the real menace now is people texting during a show. It may only disturb a few people around them, but for me, as an actor, when I spot them answering their emails, I am outraged. Simon Callow


+ 214 In the film, I'm not very mobile, like in the space suit. Verne Troyer


+ 219 I'm fascinated by the emergence of a global class. They're highly mobile; they reject the idea of place. Hari Kunzru


+ 175 I've been developing mobile for years before anybody else really thought it was that important. Max Levchin


+ 222 Mobile is the perfect example of what is enabling economic growth in the technology sector. Max Levchin


+ 215 The single most important top-level trend is the shift to mobile. Max Levchin


+ 240 Sending a message on a mobile phone is not the most natural of ways to communicate. The keypad isn't linguistically sensible. David Crystal


+ 176 Model. Two mobile eyes in a mobile head, itself on a mobile body. Robert Bresson


+ 269 Now that mobile phones and the internet have altered the epistemic selective landscape in a revolutionary way, every religious organisation must scramble to evolve defences or become extinct. Daniel Dennett


+ 229 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


+ 194 I like to keep mobile. It keeps my mind awake. Isabel Lucas


+ 219 I do two things. I design mobile computers and I study brains. Jeff Hawkins


+ 237 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


+ 264 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


+ 234 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


+ 226 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.


+ 238 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


+ 257 Each organism, no matter how simple or complex, has around it a sacred bubble of space, a bit of mobile territoriality which only a few other organisms are allowed to penetrate and then only for short periods of time. Edward Hall


+ 249 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


+ 216 Future is mobile computing - smartphones and tablets are just elements of it. The industry is on the verge of a whole new paradigm. Thorstein Heins


+ 219 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


+ 247 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


+ 203 Mobile entertainment is a huge opportunity. We are committed to mobile just as much as we are to PCs. Rob Glaser


+ 245 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


+ 254 The collision of mobile and social platforms and the need to build these companies from the ground up - whether it's a game, a healthcare application, an education application - building these from the ground up is what allows entrepreneurial activity to be unleashed. Jim Breyer


+ 247 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


+ 291 By giving people the power to share, we're making the world more transparent. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 243 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


+ 276 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


+ 210 The thing that we are trying to do at facebook, is just help people connect and communicate more efficiently. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 244 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


+ 246 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


+ 307 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


+ 236 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


+ 284 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


+ 293 One good habit can change your whole life. Begin to keep promises. Especially promises given for yourself.


+ 234 The question isn't, 'What do we want to know about people?', It's, 'What do people want to tell about themselves?' Mark Zuckerberg


+ 232 I think that people just have this core desire to express who they are. And I think that's always existed. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 283 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


+ 299 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


+ 258 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


+ 228 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


+ 264 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


+ 258 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


+ 257 I look at Google and think they have a strong academic culture. Elegant solutions to complex problems. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 217 Our goal is not to build a platform; it's to be cross all of them. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 197 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


+ 218 Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 251 The basis of our partnership strategy and our partnership approach: We build the social technology. They provide the music. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 225 What really motivates people at Facebook is building stuff that they're proud of. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 266 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


+ 205 I do everything on my phone as a lot of people do. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 196 People at Facebook are fairly used to the press being nice to us or not nice to us. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 180 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


+ 239 We're running the company to serve more people. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 246 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


+ 285 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


+ 260 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


+ 284 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


+ 291 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


+ 256 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


+ 302 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


+ 255 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


+ 256 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


+ 304 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


+ 258 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


+ 278 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


+ 301 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


+ 285 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


+ 304 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


+ 262 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


+ 240 Ads get a bad reputation sometimes because they're not useful. They're not relevant, or slow. Susan Wojcicki


+ 262 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


+ 204 Engineering is a jeans and hoodie culture, and sales is more formal. Susan Wojcicki


+ 194 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


+ 235 Google is fascinating, and the book isn't finished. I'm creating, living, building, and writing those chapters. Susan Wojcicki


+ 217 I am responsible for creating and overseeing the future products that make up Google Advertising. Susan Wojcicki


+ 202 I have had a lot of setbacks that I have learned from. Susan Wojcicki


+ 282 I love taking an idea... to a prototype and then to a product that millions of people use. Susan Wojcicki


+ 149 I think video advertising is a hugely compelling medium. Susan Wojcicki


+ 200 Mobile is an incredibly fast-growing market and will continue to be. Susan Wojcicki


+ 204 My kids know I'm home every night for dinner. Susan Wojcicki


+ 207 My most radical shift was leaving Intel and joining Google, a small startup at the time, even though I was pregnant. Susan Wojcicki


+ 220 People at different stages of their lives are doing different things, and they're all using Google. Susan Wojcicki


+ 181 People don't understand the logistics of advertising. Susan Wojcicki


+ 235 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


+ 301 Right now, offline and online are coming together because of smartphones. Susan Wojcicki


+ 202 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


+ 176 Work smart. Get things done. Susan Wojcicki


+ 253 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


+ 264 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


+ 231 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


+ 218 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


+ 250 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


+ 237 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


+ 224 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


+ 263 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


+ 279 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


+ 297 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


+ 229 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


+ 285 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


+ 207 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


+ 297 Children smile 400 times a day on average... adults 15 times. Children laugh 150 times a day... adult 6 times per day. Children play between 4-6 hours a day... adults only 20 minutes a day. What's happened? Robert Holden, Living Wonderfully


+ 236 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


+ 219 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


+ 257 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


+ 268 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


+ 261 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


+ 278 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


+ 218 In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. Bill Cosby


+ 240 Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein


+ 270 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


+ 235 Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln


+ 238 Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford


+ 226 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


+ 338 Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. David Frost


+ 263 Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements. Napoleon Hill


+ 207 Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. Napoleon Hill


+ 209 Any idea, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought. Napoleon Hill


+ 190 Action is the real measure of intelligence. Napoleon Hill


+ 198 Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. Napoleon Hill


+ 169 Think and grow rich. Napoleon Hill


+ 271 Edison failed 10,000 times before he made the electric light. Do not be discouraged if you fail a few times. Napoleon Hill


+ 218 Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. Napoleon Hill


+ 185 Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn


+ 235 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


+ 197 Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. Bill Gates


+ 177 A goal is a dream with a deadline. Napoleon Hill


+ 220 Wise men, when in doubt whether to speak or to keep quiet, give themselves the benefit of the doubt, and remain silent. Napoleon Hill


+ 203 Don't wait. The time will never be just right. Napoleon Hill


+ 209 Action is the foundational key to all success. Pablo Picasso


+ 225 It is no use saying, We are doing our best. You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. Winston Churchill


+ 275 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


+ 211 A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. Mark Twain


+ 196 Solving big problems is easier than solving little problems. Sergey Brin


+ 207 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


+ 233 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


+ 286 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


+ 266 I feel there's an existential angst among young people. I didn't have that. They see enormous mountains, where I only saw one little hill to climb. Sergey Brin


+ 220 I would like to see anyone be able to achieve their dreams, and that's what this organization does. Sergey Brin


+ 203 We just want to have great people working for us. Sergey Brin


+ 226 We want Google to be the third half of your brain. Sergey Brin


+ 251 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


+ 287 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


+ 253 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


+ 290 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


+ 215 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


+ 245 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


+ 214 If you're changing the world, you're working on important things. You're excited to get up in the morning. Larry Page


+ 238 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


+ 268 If we were motivated by money, we would have sold the company a long time ago and ended up on a beach. Larry Page


+ 218 Basically, our goal is to organize the world's information and to make it universally accessible and useful. Larry Page


+ 247 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


+ 262 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


+ 255 The ultimate search engine would basically understand everything in the world, and it would always give you the right thing. And we're a long, long ways from that. Larry Page


+ 216 Big companies have always needed and cooperated in areas where it made sense. Larry Page


+ 172 I can't really comment on rumors. Larry Page


+ 237 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


+ 194 You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live. George Bernard Shaw


+ 231 Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me. George Bernard Shaw


+ 213 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


+ 184 We are the only real aristocracy in the world: the aristocracy of money. George Bernard Shaw


+ 250 There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage. George Bernard Shaw


+ 190 The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor. George Bernard Shaw


+ 234 People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.


+ 161 Syllables govern the world.


+ 194 The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.


+ 215 People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.


+ 218 Hegel was right when he said that we learn from history that man can never learn anything from history.


+ 196 Actions speak louder than words


+ 161 Adversity is a great schoolmaster


+ 168 After a storm comes a calm


+ 167 After dinner sit a while, after supper walk a mile


+ 201 After rain comes fair weather


+ 198 All are not friends that speak us fair


+ 163 All doors open to courtesy


+ 194 All is well that ends well


+ 206 All men can't be first


+ 166 All men can't be masters


+ 190 All that glitters is not gold


+ 162 All truths are not to be told


+ 197 Be slow to promise and quick to perform


+ 204 Believe not all that you see nor half what you hear


+ 179 Better be born lucky than rich


+ 170 Better be envied than pitied


+ 191 Better go to bed supperless than rise in debt


+ 179 Birds of a feather flock together


+ 152 Business before pleasure


+ 190 Keep cool, anger is not an argument


+ 166 By doing nothing we learn to do ill


+ 168 Care killed the cat


+ 177 Caution is the parent of safety


+ 153 Charity begins at home


+ 200 Cheapest is the dearest


+ 188 Choose an author as you choose a friend


+ 187 City that parleys is half gotten


+ 187 Civil denial is better than a rude grant


+ 170 Clean hand wants no washing


+ 195 Cleanliness is next to godliness


+ 164 Clear conscience laughs at false accusations


+ 169 Delays are dangerous


+ 172 Divide and rule


+ 170 Doing is better than saying


+ 196 Every man is the architect of his own fortunes


+ 189 Every man to his taste


+ 166 Every miller draws water to his own mill


+ 188 Everything comes to him who waits


+ 152 Evil chance seldom comes alone


+ 151 Evil communications corrupt good manners


+ 166 Fine feathers make fine birds


+ 245 First deserve and then desire


+ 161 Fools and madmen speak the truth


+ 205 Fools never know when they are well


+ 323 For the love of the game


+ 184 Fortune favours the brave


+ 159 Fortune favours the bold


+ 184 Fox is not taken twice in the same snare


+ 145 Friends are thieves of time


+ 205 Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it. Tony Robbins


+ 187 Good beginning is half the battle


+ 159 Good beginning makes a good ending


+ 181 Good clothes open all doors


+ 163 Good example is the best sermon


+ 157 Good health is above wealth


+ 188 Good marksman may miss


+ 184 Good name keeps its lustre in the dark


+ 225 Good name is better than riches


+ 167 Good words and no deeds


+ 127 Grasp all, lose all


+ 154 Great ship asks deep waters


+ 151 Great talkers are great liars


+ 283 Great talkers are little doers


+ 147 Habit cures habit


+ 209 Handsome is that handsome does


+ 212 Happiness takes no account of time


+ 177 He is happy that thinks himself so


+ 175 He laughs best who laughs last


+ 191 He lives long that lives well


+ 182 He that respects not is not respected


+ 178 He that talks much errs much


+ 177 He that talks much lies much


+ 173 He who hesitates is lost


+ 185 He works best who knows his trade


+ 181 Heavy purse makes a light heart


+ 166 Honours change manners


+ 174 Idleness is the mother of all evil


+ 185 In the evening one may praise the day


+ 440 Iron hand in a velvet glove


+ 177 It takes all sorts to make a world


+ 213 Keep your mouth shut and your ears open


+ 214 Keep your mouth shut and your eyes open


+ 166 Learn to say before you sing


+ 144 Least said, soonest mended


+ 150 Like draws to like


+ 150 Like master, like man


+ 125 Live and let live


+ 174 Long absent, soon forgotten


+ 214 Never do things by halves


+ 147 No flying from fate


+ 173 No joy without alloy


+ 235 Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever has not kindness has not faith. Muhammad


+ 179 Nothing venture, nothing have


+ 197 Old friends and old wine are best


+ 182 Ounce of discretion is worth a pound of learning


+ 194 Poverty is not a shame, but the being ashamed of it is


+ 148 Practice what you preach


+ 188 Rats desert a sinking ship


+ 194 Repentance is good, but innocence is better


+ 170 Slow and steady wins the race


+ 155 Soon learnt, soon forgotten


+ 169 Sound mind in a sound body


+ 172 Still waters run deep


+ 141 Success is never blamed


+ 166 The best fish swim near the bottom


+ 171 The busiest man finds the most leisure


+ 213 The face is the index of the mind


+ 196 The leopard cannot change its spots


+ 185 The more haste, the less speed


+ 174 The morning sun never lasts a day


+ 204 The tailor makes the man


+ 183 The way to hell is paved with good intentions


+ 198 Hell is full of good meaning and wishings


+ 208 The work shows the workman


+ 158 True blue will never stain


+ 120 Walls have ears


+ 180 What is done by night appears by day


+ 153 What must be, must be


+ 189 Where there's a will, there's a way


+ 167 Two wrongs don't make a right.


+ 169 The pen is mightier than the sword


+ 300 I am the last person who would divide Jerusalem. I have said this many times. I don't plan to discuss any division of Jerusalem. Ariel Sharon


+ 239 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


+ 234 Even as the fingers of the two hands are equal, so are human beings equal to one another. No one has any right, nor any preference to claim over another. You are brothers. Muhammad


+ 238 The Torah is like honey for bees.


+ 211 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


+ 291 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


+ 236 Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need. Khalil Gibran


+ 207 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


+ 196 It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. Saint Augustine


+ 185 Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. Thomas Merton


+ 224 Nothing has been purchased more dearly than the little bit of reason and sense of freedom which now constitutes our pride. Friedrich Nietzsche


+ 193 Our vanity is hardest to wound precisely when our pride has just been wounded. Friedrich Nietzsche


+ 247 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


+ 246 If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride - and never quit, you'll be a winner. The price of victory is high but so are the rewards. Paul Bryant


+ 239 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


+ 259 There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard. George Washington


+ 209 Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life


+ 194 The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great. Voltaire


+ 205 Self-centered indulgence, pride and a lack of shame over sin are now emblems of the American lifestyle. Billy Graham


+ 280 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


+ 199 The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance. Samuel Butler


+ 235 Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small voice says to us, something is out of tune. Carl Jung


+ 196 The God of this world is riches, pleasure and pride. Martin Luther


+ 242 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


+ 234 All those who listen to me shall pass on my words to others and those to others again; and may the last ones understand my words better than those who listen to me directly. Muhammad


+ 181 Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 246 A person searching for God is like fish searching for water.


+ 223 In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.


+ 254 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


+ 211 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


+ 201 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


+ 158 If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride. Gilbert K. Chesterton


+ 189 In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes. John Ruskin


+ 173 Humility and knowledge in poor clothes excel pride and ignorance in costly attire. William Penn


+ 258 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


+ 247 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


+ 198 That which is given with pride and ostentation is rather an ambition than a bounty. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 203 Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks. Joe Paterno


+ 216 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


+ 269 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


+ 206 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


+ 234 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


+ 283 Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride. Charles Caleb Colton


+ 249 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


+ 209 Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 242 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


+ 163 Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride. John Ruskin


+ 240 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


+ 212 Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men. Dante Alighieri


+ 227 Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating of it too. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 212 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


+ 208 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


+ 220 It is not the broken heart that kills, but broken pride, monseigneur. Gilbert Parker


+ 172 One may be humble out of pride. Michel de Montaigne


+ 196 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


+ 230 By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt. James Madison


+ 198 The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age. George Santayana


+ 301 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


+ 230 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


+ 181 Pride perceiving humility honorable, often borrows her cloak. Thomas Fuller


+ 182 Pride will spit in pride's face. Thomas Fuller


+ 195 Vanity is a mark of humility rather than of pride. Jonathan Swift


+ 196 The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity. Jean-Jacques Rousseau


+ 247 It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society. Murray Rothbard


+ 181 The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger. Sholom Aleichem


+ 233 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


+ 229 There is no cure for the pride of a virtuous nation but pure religion. Reinhold Niebuhr


+ 259 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


+ 213 Pride is still aiming at the best houses: Men would be angels, angels would be gods. Aspiring to be gods, if angels fell; aspiring to be angels men rebel. Alexander Pope


+ 197 One of the best temporary cures for pride and affectation is seasickness; a man who wants to vomit never puts on airs. Josh Billings


+ 233 Pride is an admission of weakness; it secretly fears all competition and dreads all rivals. Fulton J. Sheen


+ 220 What is pride? A rocket that emulates the stars. William Wordsworth


+ 206 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


+ 226 Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance. Jonathan Swift


+ 207 Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself. Paul Bryant


+ 259 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


+ 241 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


+ 233 Search well and be wise, nor believe that self-willed pride will ever be better than good counsel. Aeschylus


+ 253 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


+ 204 Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect. Eric Hoffer


+ 219 If across the Atlantic the ideology was pride, here it is delivering the goods. Theodor Adorno


+ 239 That's what Rocky is all about: pride, reputation, and not being another bum in the neighborhood. Sylvester Stallone


+ 167 Pride in the case of a rich man is bad, but pride in the case of a poor man is worse. Abu Bakr


+ 213 The cult of art gives pride; one never has too much of it. Gustave Flaubert


+ 215 All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride. W. Edwards Deming


+ 211 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


+ 210 What pride to discover that nothing belongs to you - what a revelation. Emile M. Cioran


+ 251 I take some pride in... representing myself exactly how I would like to have my son remember me to his kids. Robert Downey, Jr.


+ 246 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


+ 182 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


+ 277 Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure. Gary Ryan Blair


+ 262 Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage. Laura Schlessinger


+ 237 A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. Walter Bagehot


+ 310 If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you. Lord Chesterfield


+ 251 Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express. George A. Smith


+ 208 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


+ 224 A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life. Walter Bagehot


+ 254 Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express. George A. Smith


+ 234 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


+ 230 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


+ 258 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


+ 374 We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord's blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal. Vladimir Putin


+ 239 Generosity during life is a very different thing from generosity in the hour of death; one proceeds from genuine liberality and benevolence, the other from pride or fear. Horace Mann


+ 230 By building relations we create a source of love and personal pride and belonging that makes living in a chaotic world easier. Susan Lieberman


+ 211 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


+ 240 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


+ 215 I take a lot of pride in being myself. I'm comfortable with who I am. James McAvoy


+ 304 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


+ 172 Pride is the first step in people unraveling and companies unraveling and relationships unraveling. Jeff Foxworthy


+ 228 Accidents on big mountains happen when people's ambitions cloud their good judgment. Good climbing is about climbing with heart and with instinct, not ambition and pride. Bear Grylls


+ 231 All the world wondered as they witnessed... a people lift themselves from humiliation to the greatest pride. Corazon Aquino


+ 181 I think national pride leads to nothing but wars and hate. Johnny Rotten


+ 218 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


+ 203 It's a fine thing to rise above pride, but you must have pride in order to do so. Georges Bernanos


+ 286 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


+ 249 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


+ 214 I can say with pride verging on smugness that I've got two very successful shows that assume their audience is very smart. Steven Moffat


+ 230 We have indeed at the moment little cause for pride: as a profession we have made a mess of things. Friedrich August von Hayek


+ 174 Pride and excess bring disaster for man. Xun Zi


+ 219 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


+ 230 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


+ 228 Nothing so obstinately stands in the way of all sorts of progress as pride of opinion. While nothing is so foolish and baseless. J. G. Holland


+ 201 Pride, avarice, and envy are in every home. Thornton Wilder


+ 247 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


+ 203 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


+ 193 Everyone I know has attention deficit, and they say it with great pride. It's a bad time to be right. Joni Mitchell


+ 307 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


+ 192 I can't re-examine work I did in the past with pride. Daniel Day-Lewis


+ 201 There is but one pride pardonable; that of being above doing a base or dishonorable action. Samuel Richardson


+ 252 Music is made one of Satan's most attractive agencies to ensnare souls; but, when turned to a good account, it is a blessing. When abused, it leads the unconsecrated to pride, vanity, and folly. Ellen G. White


+ 208 A man's pride can be his downfall, and he needs to learn when to turn to others for support and guidance. Bear Grylls


+ 252 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


+ 261 Pride is a sin that can readily be seen in others but is rarely admitted in ourselves. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 223 Pride is essentially competitive in nature. We pit our will against God's. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 158 Pride is ugly. It says, 'If you succeed, I am a failure.' Ezra Taft Benson


+ 238 In the scriptures there is no such thing as righteous pride. It is always considered as a sin. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 243 Essentially, pride is a 'my will' rather than 'thy will' approach to life. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 195 Was it not through pride that the devil became the devil? Christ wanted to serve. The devil wanted to rule. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 231 With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 286 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


+ 210 I pride myself on being kind. Katherine Heigl


+ 187 It's no one's fault to be born ugly, but, honestly, must it be worn as a symbol of pride? Joan Collins


+ 198 I do take a lot of pride in my look and I work out - do work out a lot. Rod Stewart


+ 202 If you take a loud pride in anything, people will rightly shoot you down. Danny Boyle


+ 231 Judaism will be enmeshed in pride and shame for as long as it endures. But to endure as a country, Israel must shun both these tendencies. Elizabeth Wurtzel


+ 253 I have no love for myself as a human being, but I have immense pride in the music I make. Steven Patrick Morrissey


+ 180 No one has a greater asset for his business than a man's pride in his work. Hosea Ballou


+ 227 I think Charley Pride has been one of the best things to happen to country music, to prove it belongs to everybody. Loretta Lynn


+ 211 I have tried my whole life to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride. Salma Hayek


+ 208 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


+ 201 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


+ 283 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


+ 243 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


+ 183 I used to suffer from excessive pride. Well, I got over that one. Francesca Annis


+ 182 I grew up reading 'Sense and Sensibility' and 'Pride and Prejudice' - girly kind of books. Leighton Meester


+ 239 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


+ 282 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


+ 220 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


+ 247 With the pride of the artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists the small trumpet of your defiance. Norman Mailer


+ 223 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


+ 258 Some prideful people are not so concerned as to whether their wages meet their needs as they are that their wages are more than someone else's. Their reward is being a cut above the rest. This is the enmity of pride. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 301 770 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.


+ 276 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


+ 246 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


+ 255 I pride myself on breaking any box that anyone wants to put me in. Ryan Kwanten


+ 1938 We have so much pride in welcoming these passengers onto the plane, and they have so much pride in travel. It's something that I definitely always remember, when I'm playing a scene on the plane, just to imbue everything with that sense of excitement. Christina Ricci


+ 237 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


+ 218 There is no shame in taking pride in achievements or position. But nobody gets to the top alone. Harvey Mackay


+ 395 In the beginning Elohim saw that Israel would accept the law.


+ 190 Pride and conceit were the original sins of man. Alain Rene Le Sage


+ 228 If you are a housewife, take pride in that. Anthea Turner


+ 293 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


+ 237 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


+ 230 One disco, one soft ball game, one lost love, one gay pride rally at a time. Jasmine Guy


+ 213 The fighter loses more than his pride in the fight; he loses part of his future. He's a step closer to the slum he came from. Floyd Patterson


+ 165 Pride the first peer and president of hell. Daniel Defoe


+ 242 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


+ 212 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


+ 228 Have healthy lungs is better than buy Boeing Dreamliner. Sergey Letchenya


+ 183 All money means to me is a pride in accomplishment. Ray Kroc


+ 253 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


+ 247 Israel no longer has allies in Egypt and in Tunisia, we are saying to the Zionist enemies that times have changed and that the time of the Arab Spring, the time of the revolution, of dignity and of pride has arrived. Ismail Haniyeh


+ 234 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


+ 178 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


+ 253 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


+ 221 I grew up in one of the most socially conservative neighborhoods in Ohio, and my parents were traditional Catholics. But in her old age, my mother got her home health care from a guy who was gay, who was wonderful to her. Before she died, she rode a float in the Cincinnati Gay Pride Parade. Gail Collins


+ 192 I pride myself in taking care of my mind, body and soul, and not just through exercise. Stacy Keibler


+ 230 This truth is a remedy against spiritual pride, namely, that none should account himself better before God than others, though perhaps adorned with greater gifts, and endowments. Johann Arndt


+ 229 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


+ 261 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


+ 258 At some point, the pride has to be a part of the whole day-to-day oeuvre. It's part of who you are and doesn't need to be discussed anymore. Sandra Bernhard


+ 181 You can't embarrass Joss Whedon, he's got no pride! He fully admits it. 'Oh, it's me. I'm little and goofy.' You can't wound his pride. He's too self-deprecating. Nathan Fillion


+ 198 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


+ 217 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


+ 206 I look upon pride as a sin. Tommy Lee Jones


+ 214 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


+ 230 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


+ 217 '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


+ 305 All my life, I have loved and been inspired by French cinema, and as a studio head it has been my pride and joy to have the ability to bring movies to audiences around the world. Harvey Weinstein


+ 225 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


+ 232 I have a Damien Hirst spot painting which I love. It has pride of place over my dining-room table. Cat Deeley


+ 246 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


+ 266 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


+ 197 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


+ 247 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


+ 205 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


+ 214 Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies. Edwin Hubbel Chapin


+ 293 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


+ 242 Oh I love gadgets and I pride myself on keeping at the cutting edge of technology. Alexander McCall Smith


+ 225 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


+ 213 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


+ 259 I struggle with pride every day, but the one thing that I try to remind myself everyday is that I'm still a sinner no matter how many points/assists/win I get on the court. Jeremy Lin


+ 305 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


+ 203 Nature, reason, and Christianity recognize no other. Pride may say Nay; but Pride was always a liar, and a great hater of the truth. Susanna Moodie


+ 218 I really take pride in the relationship that I have with my husband. Julie Benz


+ 227 There has been a cultural shift. It is difficult to measure all that right now, but Chilean women have seen my presidency as a source of pride. Women are performing in jobs in Chile now that 20 or 30 years ago nobody would have dared to imagine. Michelle Bachelet


+ 241 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


+ 218 Great champions have an enormous sense of pride. The people who excel are those who are driven to show the world and prove to themselves just how good they are. Nancy Lopez


+ 245 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


+ 211 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


+ 218 There's no pride in having been a child soldier. Emmanuel Jal


+ 255 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


+ 203 Pride works frequently under a dense mask, and will often assume the garb of humility. Adam Clarke


+ 250 There is nothing so skillful in its own defense as imperious pride. Helen Hunt Jackson


+ 217 I owe my life and hope to the gospel. Without it I would still be strutting with racist pride, or I would be suffering the moral paralysis of 'white guilt.' But the gospel has an answer to both pride and guilt. John Piper


+ 215 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


+ 183 Chicago is incredibly gracious. People here have so much pride. Giuliana Rancic


+ 222 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


+ 220 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


+ 237 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


+ 199 I always took a great deal of pride in being original. Roger Miller


+ 227 I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing - that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day. Paul Thomas Anderson


+ 242 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


+ 280 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


+ 253 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


+ 175 The pride of the hipster food movement is sort of annoying, but it fascinates me. Matt Stone


+ 219 As costly as it was in the lives of our men and women in uniform, in military assets, and in esteem and pride, Pearl Harbor was a watershed moment for America. Joe Baca


+ 232 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


+ 213 This solution may not appeal to our human pride, but the problem is that our human pride in itself is sinful. Walter Lang


+ 244 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


+ 215 My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering. William Gilbert


+ 247 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


+ 243 We can today open wide the history of their administrations and point with pride to every act, and challenge the world to point out a single act stained with injustice to the North, or with partiality to their own section. Robert Toombs


+ 250 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


+ 315 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


+ 192 What qualifies me to tell people how to act or what to think? I'm Charley Pride, country singer. Period. Charley Pride


+ 199 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


+ 189 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


+ 207 From what I can see, too many kids don't learn pride in their country anymore. John Ratzenberger


+ 210 Melodies are important. I always kind of pride myself on my melodies. Lee DeWyze


+ 213 I pride myself on being courteous to people, and trying to fashion good relations. John Bercow


+ 247 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


+ 185 We rise in glory as we sink in pride. Andrew Young


+ 235 Sometimes people who are Jewish are held to a higher standard which sometimes we take great pride in. Gary Ackerman


+ 198 So it's a source of fun and a source of pride to have been a part of this little movie that could. Blair Underwood


+ 248 I have a wide spectrum, a wide demographic. I have the young girls, I have the gay community, I have many regular theatergoers. I do feel a tremendous responsibility and pride to be a role model for some of these young people. Idina Menzel


+ 253 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


+ 229 Robin had always wanted to go solo, so when it happened I wasn't angry at all. I understood the situation. But Barry is so full of pride and couldn't understand why Robin had done it. Maurice Gibb


+ 237 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


+ 214 I take great pride in the fact that I have lived in a Spanish-speaking country. Christopher Dodd


+ 205 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


+ 243 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


+ 243 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


+ 231 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


+ 191 As far as I know, I have no pride of opinion. Albert J. Nock


+ 270 The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history. Mike Fitzpatrick


+ 261 Take pride in your work at all times. Remember, respect for an umpire is created off the field as well as on. Ford Frick


+ 198 Really, it's only been since the '70s that Canadians have had any pride in their country. Dave Foley


+ 251 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


+ 201 Stress is a designer ailment that many of the so-called afflicted suffer from with pride. Janet Street-Porter


+ 178 I think you always take pride in how you play. Curtis Joseph


+ 235 We're not opposed to Catholics having pride in their church, but that doesn't mean that every church that doesn't join them isn't a church. Pope Shenouda III


+ 236 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


+ 220 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


+ 276 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


+ 239 I think that the poorest of the poor... look up to wealthy and successful Indians with some degree of respect and pride. Vijay Mallya


+ 255 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


+ 194 In response to the challenge of strangers, sport arose as a sublimated representation of a community's armed might as well as its pride of place and clan. John Thorn


+ 256 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


+ 1082 You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. Jesus


+ 229 American history contains much matter for pride and congratulation, and much matter for regret and humiliation. Herbert Croly


+ 232 The thing I love about off-road racing is the pride in how abusive it is. Jimmie Johnson


+ 197 I continue to have a special pride and passion for AOL, and I strongly believe that AOL - once the leading Internet company in the world - can return to its past greatness. Steve Case


+ 209 In wickedness of pride is lost the light to understand how little grace is earned and how much given. Robert Hunter


+ 253 Well, I am producing a show that's going to be on NBC this fall. It's called 'School Pride,' and it's a reality show where we're going around the country and renovating schools. It's really great. Cheryl Hines


+ 263 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


+ 336 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


+ 245 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


+ 196 The pride of life hath corrupted the judgment of others, and perverted them in the way of religion. George Gillespie


+ 225 I hear the singing of the lives of women. They clear mystery, the offering, and pride. Muriel Rukeyser


+ 223 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


+ 238 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


+ 232 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


+ 194 I think in life, if you continue to challenge yourself, you can pride yourself in what you continuously accomplish. J. R. Martinez


+ 265 It's not about doing over the living room of someone who has bad taste in color. This is about restoring historic buildings and instilling pride in a community, which can be done through designing new public spaces and social gathering spots. Genevieve Gorder


+ 258 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


+ 252 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


+ 213 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


+ 238 There is nothing false or arrogant about German pride in German technical and business skills. Douglas Hurd


+ 209 'Pride and Prejudice' - perhaps more than any other Jane Austen book - is engrained in our literary consciousness. Seth Grahame-Smith


+ 233 I'm fully aware that 'Doctor Who' will always, always be part of my life, and that's not something I would run away from in the slightest. I wear it with pride, definitely. Freema Agyeman


+ 241 It was under a solemn consciousness of the dangers from ecclesiastical ambition, the bigotry of spiritual pride, and the intolerance of sects... that is was deemed advisable to exclude from the national government all power to act upon the subject. Joseph Story


+ 224 Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is. John Chrysostom


+ 260 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


+ 255 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


+ 274 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


+ 226 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


+ 215 The pride people take in their work transcends to their homes, their education, families and communities. Leonard Boswell


+ 255 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


+ 227 I suppose if you've never bitten your nails, there isn't any way to explain the habit. It's not enjoyable, really, but there is a certain satisfaction - pride in a job well done. Anderson Cooper


+ 247 The possession of land seems to be a greater gratification to the pride and independence of men. George Richards Minot


+ 216 Pride is about the ugliest trait somebody can have. Paul Henderson


+ 256 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


+ 293 I used to pride myself on being the first in the office in the morning and one of the last to leave at night. Now, that's so dated: It's not about effort, it's about outcomes. Maynard Webb


+ 188 We take pride in what we do. Coolio


+ 222 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


+ 215 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


+ 192 The Russians have a lot at stake, and the power of Moscow pride should never be underestimated. Bob Schaffer


+ 244 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


+ 249 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


+ 231 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


+ 257 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


+ 199 Despite what people think of cowboys, they take pride in how they look, and that look is important to them. Steve Kanaly


+ 237 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


+ 223 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


+ 213 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


+ 212 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


+ 232 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


+ 235 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


+ 253 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


+ 241 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


+ 273 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


+ 202 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


+ 198 To the Muslim woman, the hijab provides a sense of empowerment. It is a personal decision to dress modestly according to the command of a genderless Creator; to assert pride in self, and embrace one's faith openly, with independence and courageous conviction. Randa Abdel-Fattah


+ 221 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


+ 244 He's a family man and a businessman. He spent his career building successful companies. Then, he saved the 2002 Olympics and brought pride to our nation. As governor, he balanced the budget, cut taxes, and created jobs. The president America needs is Mitt Romney! Reince Priebus


+ 214 I guess what I'm really saying is something obvious - that there's a unique pride in watching a home team from rival turf, especially when we're not supposed to be any good. Serge Schmemann


+ 235 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


+ 168 I take pride in everything I do. I don't want to be handed anything. I want to earn it. Evelyn Ashford


+ 216 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


+ 262 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


+ 224 The apex of my civic pride and personal contentment was reached on the bright September morning when I entered the public school. Mary Antin


+ 245 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


+ 197 Jim Crow was king... and I heard a game in which Jackie Robinson was playing, and I felt pride in being alive. Lou Brock


+ 245 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


+ 241 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


+ 283 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


+ 177 Pride in boasting of family antiquity, makes duration stand for merit. John Zimmerman


+ 215 Workers must participate in progress to enjoy their work and take pride in its product. George W. Romney


+ 243 Free nations with different histories, economies and a vast amount of stubborn pride will never achieve complete agreement, even when they desire the same objectives. Arthur Hays Sulzberger


+ 243 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


+ 200 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


+ 245 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


+ 193 The pride and presence of a professional football team is far more important than 30 libraries. Art Modell


+ 217 I grew up in a socialist country. And I have seen what that does to people. There is no hope, no freedom. No pride in achievement. Thomas Peterffy


+ 207 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


+ 275 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


+ 293 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


+ 194 I pride myself on having a journalistic remove. Erik Larson


+ 213 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


+ 239 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


+ 195 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


+ 295 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


+ 248 'Pride' is my first film with a happy ending. Before, I naively thought they were a cop-out, but now I've come to believe that happy endings and wish fulfilment are an incredibly important part of our cultural life. Joe Wright


+ 154 It is with tremendous excitement and pride that EMILY's List endorses Senator Hillary Clinton for president. Ellen Malcolm


+ 189 Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride. Joanna Baillie


+ 217 There is a pride in speaking this language. Bernard Pivot


+ 230 Change is a process: future is a destination. People want a sense of hope, possibility and pride about Britain. Douglas Alexander


+ 176 I take pride in having something to say, which people actually want to hear. Bibhu Mohapatra


+ 183 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


+ 250 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


+ 224 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


+ 243 We live in a time of conflict - external and internal - when we sometimes concentrate too much on what divides us. Today, fly the Stars and Stripes with pride and confidence that what unites is far stronger. Charlie Dent


+ 159 Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride. Anne-Marie Slaughter


+ 240 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


+ 237 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


+ 199 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


+ 228 What I miss when I'm away is the pride in baseball. Especially the pride of being on a team that wins. Billy Martin


+ 206 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


+ 228 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


+ 240 When my dad first started out in the police force, wearing the uniform was a sense of pride, and it was respected in the community for what the police force was all about. Unfortunately today, the uniform is a target. Jerry Doyle


+ 243 I have always maintained a high level of fitness, and that is why I am still able to handle the demands of playing in the Premiership. People have always commented on my fitness, and it's something I pride myself on. Richard Gough


+ 240 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


+ 223 I've seen 'Pride and Prejudice' about 4,000 times. I'm not joking: I know every single line. Claire Foy


+ 248 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


+ 227 Men secretly respect a woman who is strong, has confidence and has dreams of her own. There's nothing more attractive to a man than a woman who has dignity and pride in who she is. Sherry Argov


+ 169 I am continuing to prepare very well because I have my responsibility and my pride as a man and an athlete. Dayron Robles


+ 244 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


+ 244 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


+ 230 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


+ 289 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


+ 262 A person is known by the company he keeps


+ 289 The pride of dying rich raises the loudest laugh in hell. John W. Foster


+ 256 Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt. Henry Bolingbroke


+ 206 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


+ 217 The first and most fundamental issue of sin is pride. Harold Warner


+ 262 We should be proud of our country when we have done something to be proud of, when we have lived up to our own standards. But the flip side of genuine pride is being able to recognize when we have fallen short, and to hold ourselves to account. Anne-Marie Slaughter


+ 243 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


+ 237 I get a wave of pride in America when I look back at what we've accomplished in the field of music. Johnny Otis


+ 258 I hate shows, personally, where people stand around tossing stuff at each other, and any character can say any line, because you don't believe any of these characters care for each other. I used to fight with my friends who wrote on 'Seinfeld,' because they had such great pride in saying it was a show about nothing. Bill Lawrence


+ 216 Mavericks are nonconformists. They pride themselves on going it alone. Jacqueline Leo


+ 284 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.


+ 259 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


+ 179 I feel pride in being a Greenlander. Aleqa Hammond


+ 208 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


+ 200 When you look at a city, it's like reading the hopes, aspirations and pride of everyone who built it. Hugh Newell Jacobsen


+ 292 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


+ 269 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


+ 266 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


+ 204 He took pride in belonging to the world's most exclusive club: the United States Senate. Margaret Truman


+ 218 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


+ 217 Attacks of divine transports are of pride and I accept the part assigned. Elizabeth Barton


+ 221 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


+ 256 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


+ 280 In dread fear of sentimentality, another thing true is not said-that for its staff the paper is a source of pride and, I do believe, an object of affection and-yes, love. Arthur Ochs Sulzberger


+ 223 My husband is a former Air Force pilot and my son is an active duty Army surgeon, recently returned from Iraq, so my pride in our military is passionate... and personal. Robyn Carr


+ 222 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


+ 243 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


+ 210 The Democratic Party is like a mule. It has neither pride of ancestry nor hope of posterity. Ignatius Donnelly


+ 296 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


+ 250 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


+ 263 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


+ 248 London 'Harry Potter' premieres are very special events: There is this sense of love and ownership and pride, and it's just palpable. It's a very different feel from an L.A. premiere. It's nice to be a part of something that's so positive. Michael Goldenberg


+ 263 No man made great by death offers more hope to lowly pride than does Abraham Lincoln; for while living he was himself so simple as often to be dubbed a fool. Thomas Vernor Smith


+ 275 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


+ 310 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


+ 244 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


+ 276 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


+ 292 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


+ 225 Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. Nikola Tesla


+ 316 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


+ 253 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


+ 262 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


+ 209 I don't have an alarm clock. If someone needs to wake me up, then I have my BlackBerry next to me. Mark Zuckerberg


+ 211 I like men who have a future and women who have a past. Oscar Wilde


+ 314 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


+ 238 Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Bruce Lee


+ 208 Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. Bruce Lee


+ 242 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


+ 286 If you love life, do not waste time, for time is what life is made up of. Bruce Lee


+ 178 A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer. Bruce Lee


+ 239 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


+ 235 I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine. Bruce Lee


+ 196 A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at. Bruce Lee


+ 227 Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee


+ 253 Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. Bruce Lee


+ 202 If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done. Bruce Lee


+ 216 The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering. Bruce Lee


+ 182 A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough. Bruce Lee


+ 156 As you think, so shall you become. Bruce Lee


+ 180 Showing off is the fool's idea of glory. Bruce Lee


+ 193 To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities. Bruce Lee


+ 254 Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential. Bruce Lee


+ 211 Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick. Bruce Lee


+ 244 Real living is living for others. Bruce Lee


+ 231 To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person. Bruce Lee


+ 208 It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. Bruce Lee


+ 209 Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against. Bruce Lee


+ 219 All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns. Bruce Lee


+ 216 Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system. Bruce Lee


+ 207 The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be. Bruce Lee


+ 210 The possession of anything begins in the mind. Bruce Lee


+ 241 To me, the extraordinary aspect of martial arts lies in its simplicity. The easy way is also the right way, and martial arts is nothing at all special; the closer to the true way of martial arts, the less wastage of expression there is. Bruce Lee


+ 182 You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world. Bruce Lee


+ 182 You don't take a photograph, you make it. Ansel Adams


+ 212 When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. Ansel Adams


+ 215 There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer. Ansel Adams


+ 206 It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment. Ansel Adams


+ 201 Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. Ansel Adams


+ 215 No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit. Ansel Adams


+ 216 A good photograph is knowing where to stand. Ansel Adams


+ 197 There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs. Ansel Adams


+ 216 There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. Ansel Adams


+ 217 Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution. Ansel Adams


+ 216 A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. Ansel Adams


+ 186 Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop. Ansel Adams


+ 230 Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter. Ansel Adams


+ 207 Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer - and often the supreme disappointment. Ansel Adams


+ 210 A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words. Ansel Adams


+ 238 In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams


+ 200 Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs. Ansel Adams


+ 195 Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. Ansel Adams


+ 220 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


+ 202 The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways. Ansel Adams


+ 221 A photograph is usually looked at - seldom looked into. Ansel Adams


+ 260 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


+ 231 The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. Ansel Adams


+ 220 Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. Ansel Adams


+ 245 Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. Ansel Adams


+ 224 We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium. Ansel Adams


+ 220 The Talmud: "Whoever saves one life, saves the whole world."


+ 224 To photograph truthfully and effectively is to see beneath the surfaces and record the qualities of nature and humanity which live or are latent in all things. Ansel Adams


+ 256 The only things in my life that compatibly exists with this grand universe are the creative works of the human spirit. Ansel Adams


+ 274 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


+ 244 It is my intention to present - through the medium of photography - intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators. Ansel Adams


+ 240 There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit. Ansel Adams


+ 261 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


+ 266 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


+ 291 A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. Max Muller


+ 189 A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. Paul Cezanne


+ 198 The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon. Jean Ingelow


+ 358 Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle


+ 193 Hope is a waking dream. Aristotle


+ 286 Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy. Aristotle


+ 279 Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle


+ 182 A friend to all is a friend to none. Aristotle


+ 223 It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle


+ 220 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. Aristotle


+ 232 The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle


+ 255 My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. Aristotle


+ 264 Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference. Aristotle


+ 188 The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes. Aristotle


+ 264 Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well. Aristotle


+ 229 You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. Aristotle


+ 222 Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle


+ 214 In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. Aristotle


+ 251 I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. Aristotle


+ 198 The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. Aristotle


+ 236 Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. Aristotle


+ 292 Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind. Aristotle


+ 187 A true friend is one soul in two bodies. Aristotle


+ 223 Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle


+ 248 All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire. Aristotle


+ 211 Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. Aristotle


+ 197 The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. Aristotle


+ 221 At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst. Aristotle


+ 226 Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit. Aristotle


+ 230 The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. Aristotle


+ 216 There is no great genius without a mixture of madness. Aristotle


+ 182 The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle


+ 258 Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. Aristotle


+ 172 The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain. Aristotle


+ 213 In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme. Aristotle


+ 244 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


+ 180 What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies. Aristotle


+ 192 No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness. Aristotle


+ 187 Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god. Aristotle


+ 192 Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Aristotle


+ 198 Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. Aristotle


+ 203 He who hath many friends hath none. Aristotle


+ 196 What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. Aristotle


+ 185 Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil. Aristotle


+ 180 Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work. Aristotle


+ 215 The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances. Aristotle


+ 192 The law is reason, free from passion. Aristotle


+ 199 Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity. Aristotle


+ 228 Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms. Aristotle


+ 242 A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side. Aristotle


+ 232 The soul never thinks without a picture. Aristotle


+ 183 Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. Aristotle


+ 238 The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching. Aristotle


+ 221 Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. Aristotle


+ 216 Change in all things is sweet. Aristotle


+ 218 All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind. Aristotle


+ 201 Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. Aristotle


+ 193 Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms. Aristotle


+ 180 Wit is educated insolence. Aristotle


+ 190 Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular. Aristotle


+ 194 Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. Aristotle


+ 178 Hope is the dream of a waking man. Aristotle


+ 181 Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. Aristotle


+ 199 The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead. Aristotle


+ 199 I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law. Aristotle


+ 207 All men by nature desire knowledge. Aristotle


+ 184 Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth. Aristotle


+ 225 Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit. Aristotle


+ 211 Man is by nature a political animal. Aristotle


+ 198 The secret to humor is surprise. Aristotle


+ 223 He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god. Aristotle


+ 206 Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion. Aristotle


+ 194 Well begun is half done. Aristotle


+ 222 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


+ 226 There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. Aristotle


+ 237 For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first. Aristotle


+ 175 Bad men are full of repentance. Aristotle


+ 228 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


+ 213 It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken. Aristotle


+ 238 Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. Aristotle


+ 187 We make war that we may live in peace. Aristotle


+ 174 The end of labor is to gain leisure. Aristotle


+ 253 A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end. Aristotle


+ 219 Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Aristotle


+ 193 The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom. Aristotle


+ 208 Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so. Aristotle


+ 196 If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature's way. Aristotle


+ 170 A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state. Aristotle


+ 205 Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life. Aristotle


+ 232 The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Aristotle


+ 223 Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics. Aristotle


+ 196 Friendship is essentially a partnership. Aristotle


+ 165 No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world. Aristotle


+ 186 Education is the best provision for old age. Aristotle


+ 234 The best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake. Aristotle


+ 180 The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Aristotle


+ 167 Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities. Aristotle


+ 240 No one loves the man whom he fears. Aristotle


+ 167 He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled. Aristotle


+ 181 The whole is more than the sum of its parts. Aristotle


+ 194 Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last. Aristotle


+ 211 Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence. Aristotle


+ 232 Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. Aristotle


+ 218 Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way. Aristotle


+ 210 We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action. Aristotle


+ 172 A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one. Aristotle


+ 220 It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world. Aristotle


+ 191 Nature does nothing in vain. Aristotle


+ 190 The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold. Aristotle


+ 212 Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods. Aristotle


+ 191 Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions. Aristotle


+ 163 The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life. Aristotle


+ 217 The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life. Aristotle


+ 174 All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle


+ 173 Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age. Aristotle


+ 187 For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all. Aristotle


+ 169 Most people would rather give than get affection. Aristotle


+ 226 No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye. Aristotle


+ 250 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


+ 234 The first Rebbe of Chabad wrote: The tongue is the pen of the heart, but the melody is the pen of the soul.


+ 215 Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends. Aristotle


+ 219 Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle


+ 187 It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully. Aristotle


+ 197 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


+ 184 Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence. Aristotle


+ 179 The gods too are fond of a joke. Aristotle


+ 207 Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures. Aristotle


+ 219 He who can be, and therefore is, another's, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature. Aristotle


+ 147 It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims. Aristotle


+ 244 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


+ 254 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


+ 243 It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought. Aristotle


+ 214 To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill. Aristotle


+ 229 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


+ 231 Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal. Aristotle


+ 207 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


+ 218 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


+ 214 We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time. Aristotle


+ 211 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


+ 241 Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim. Aristotle


+ 234 Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Aristotle


+ 264 But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul. Aristotle


+ 228 The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. Aristotle


+ 213 What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions. Aristotle


+ 226 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


+ 251 The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more. Aristotle


+ 213 It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition. Aristotle


+ 235 The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness. Aristotle


+ 196 Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars. Aristotle


+ 188 He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. Aristotle


+ 216 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


+ 227 You don't develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. Epicurus


+ 165 Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. Epicurus


+ 171 It is not so much our friends' help that helps us, as the confidence of their help. Epicurus


+ 194 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


+ 251 Death does not concern us, because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist. Epicurus


+ 202 Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship. Epicurus


+ 203 Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. Epicurus


+ 200 It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself. Epicurus


+ 213 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


+ 169 It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble. Epicurus


+ 189 Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little. Epicurus


+ 246 A free life cannot acquire many possessions, because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs. Epicurus


+ 201 The art of living well and the art of dying well are one. Epicurus


+ 189 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


+ 224 Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest. Epicurus


+ 153 The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it. Epicurus


+ 182 If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires. Epicurus


+ 206 It is possible to provide security against other ills, but as far as death is concerned, we men live in a city without walls. Epicurus


+ 171 The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool. Epicurus


+ 196 Justice... is a kind of compact not to harm or be harmed. Epicurus


+ 206 Misfortune seldom intrudes upon the wise man; his greatest and highest interests are directed by reason throughout the course of life. Epicurus


+ 199 It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life. Epicurus


+ 219 The time when most of you should withdraw into yourself is when you are forced to be in a crowd. Epicurus


+ 215 Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss. Epicurus


+ 162 I would rather be first in a little Iberian village than second in Rome. Epicurus


+ 152 We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need. Epicurus


+ 170 There is no such thing as justice in the abstract; it is merely a compact between men. Epicurus


+ 176 The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. Epictetus


+ 230 There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. Epictetus


+ 187 When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. Epictetus


+ 224 Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. Epictetus


+ 227 First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. Epictetus


+ 212 We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. Epictetus


+ 197 Is freedom anything else than the right to live as we wish? Nothing else. Epictetus


+ 162 It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus


+ 201 It takes more than just a good looking body. You've got to have the heart and soul to go with it. Epictetus


+ 168 First learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. Epictetus


+ 199 Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants. Epictetus


+ 186 If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid. Epictetus


+ 216 If evil be spoken of you and it be true, correct yourself, if it be a lie, laugh at it. Epictetus


+ 165 Only the educated are free. Epictetus


+ 165 He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has. Epictetus


+ 184 All religions must be tolerated... for every man must get to heaven in his own way. Epictetus


+ 175 It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus


+ 174 If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother. Epictetus


+ 170 The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. Epictetus


+ 175 People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them. Epictetus


+ 227 Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus


+ 190 To accuse others for one's own misfortunes is a sign of want of education. To accuse oneself shows that one's education has begun. To accuse neither oneself nor others shows that one's education is complete. Epictetus


+ 208 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


+ 172 Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. Epictetus


+ 203 Difficulties are things that show a person what they are. Epictetus


+ 205 If you seek truth you will not seek victory by dishonorable means, and if you find truth you will become invincible. Epictetus


+ 221 Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly. Epictetus


+ 162 If you want to be a writer, write. Epictetus


+ 189 It is not he who reviles or strikes you who insults you, but your opinion that these things are insulting. Epictetus


+ 180 It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows. Epictetus


+ 179 Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope. Epictetus


+ 198 Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly. Epictetus


+ 191 If one oversteps the bounds of moderation, the greatest pleasures cease to please. Epictetus


+ 178 The greater the difficulty the more glory in surmounting it. Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempests. Epictetus


+ 169 All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. Epictetus


+ 194 Freedom is not procured by a full enjoyment of what is desired, but by controlling the desire. Epictetus


+ 196 You are a little soul carrying around a corpse. Epictetus


+ 155 No man is free who is not master of himself. Epictetus


+ 173 No great thing is created suddenly. Epictetus


+ 217 God has entrusted me with myself. Epictetus


+ 197 Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world. Epictetus


+ 164 If you desire to be good, begin by believing that you are wicked. Epictetus


+ 172 Not every difficult and dangerous thing is suitable for training, but only that which is conducive to success in achieving the object of our effort. Epictetus


+ 200 Practice yourself, for heaven's sake in little things, and then proceed to greater. Epictetus


+ 189 The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going. Epictetus


+ 221 We tell lies, yet it is easy to show that lying is immoral. Epictetus


+ 196 Freedom is the right to live as we wish. Epictetus


+ 160 Silence is safer than speech. Epictetus


+ 170 It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death. Epictetus


+ 172 Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them. Epictetus


+ 205 Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit. Epictetus


+ 178 One that desires to excel should endeavor in those things that are in themselves most excellent. Epictetus


+ 206 The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing. Epictetus


+ 210 We should not moor a ship with one anchor, or our life with one hope. Epictetus


+ 182 Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed. Epictetus


+ 176 He is a drunkard who takes more than three glasses though he be not drunk. Epictetus


+ 187 Do not laugh much or often or unrestrainedly. Epictetus


+ 230 You may be always victorious if you will never enter into any contest where the issue does not wholly depend upon yourself. Epictetus


+ 225 There is nothing good or evil save in the will. Epictetus


+ 279 No greater thing is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig, I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. Epictetus


+ 238 If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it. Epictetus


+ 235 Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig. If you tell me that you desire a fig. I answer you that there must be time. Let it first blossom, then bear fruit, then ripen. Epictetus


+ 214 Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it. Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return. Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return? Epictetus


+ 250 We are not to give credit to the many, who say that none ought to be educated but the free; but rather to the philosophers, who say that the well-educated alone are free. Epictetus


+ 156 The sun is new each day. Heraclitus


+ 167 Big results require big ambitions. Heraclitus


+ 164 No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. Heraclitus


+ 178 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


+ 199 There is nothing permanent except change. Heraclitus


+ 206 Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. Heraclitus


+ 191 Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses. Heraclitus


+ 186 If you do not expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail. Heraclitus


+ 218 To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do. Heraclitus


+ 157 You cannot step into the same river twice. Heraclitus


+ 176 Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it. Heraclitus


+ 148 A man's character is his fate. Heraclitus


+ 206 Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls. Heraclitus


+ 169 Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. Heraclitus


+ 157 Much learning does not teach understanding. Heraclitus


+ 185 It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul. Heraclitus


+ 150 The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it - and sometimes three. Heraclitus


+ 151 Character is destiny. Heraclitus


+ 181 Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe. Heraclitus


+ 157 Change alone is unchanging. Heraclitus


+ 215 Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things. Heraclitus


+ 222 You could not step twice into the same rivers; for other waters are ever flowing on to you. Heraclitus


+ 240 The way up and the way down are one and the same. Heraclitus


+ 171 Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. Heraclitus


+ 172 Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire. Heraclitus


+ 129 Bigotry is the sacred disease. Heraclitus


+ 178 Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony. Heraclitus


+ 199 To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just. Heraclitus


+ 201 A man's character is his guardian divinity. Heraclitus


+ 176 God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger. Heraclitus


+ 174 The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears. Heraclitus


+ 178 The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle. Heraclitus


+ 179 Nature is wont to hide herself. Heraclitus


+ 165 Nothing endures but change. Heraclitus


+ 184 I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets. Heraclitus


+ 160 No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger. Heraclitus


+ 172 Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung. Heraclitus


+ 174 Everything flows, nothing stands still. Heraclitus


+ 225 Everything flows and nothing stays. Everything flows and nothing abides. Everything gives way and nothing stays fixed. Everything flows; nothing remains. All is flux, nothing is stationary. All is flux, nothing stays still. All flows, nothing stays.


+ 220 There is nothing permanent except change. Nothing is permanent except change. The only constant is change. Change is the only constant. Change alone is unchanging.


+ 173 Nothing endures but change. Heraclitus


+ 168 Time is a game played beautifully by children. Heraclitus


+ 212 Lifetime is a child at play, moving pieces in a game. Kingship belongs to the child. Heraclitus


+ 173 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


+ 170 It is harder to fight pleasure than to fight emotion. Heraclitus


+ 213 Men that love wisdom must be acquainted with very many things indeed. Heraclitus


+ 213 Even sleepers are workers and collaborators on what goes on in the universe.


+ 188 Nature flies from the infinite, for the infinite is unending or imperfect, and Nature ever seeks amend.


+ 178 Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.


+ 205 It is wise to listen, not to me but to the Word, and to confess that all things are one.


+ 187 He who hears not me but the logos will say: All is one.


+ 168 The way up and the way down are one and the same.


+ 181 He has the most who is most content with the least. Diogenes


+ 214 We have two ears and one tongue so that we would listen more and talk less. Diogenes


+ 164 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


+ 162 Man is the most intelligent of the animals - and the most silly. Diogenes


+ 215 Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards. Diogenes


+ 198 I know nothing, except the fact of my ignorance. Diogenes


+ 184 The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes


+ 184 What I like to drink most is wine that belongs to others. Diogenes


+ 190 I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Diogenes


+ 156 A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies. Diogenes


+ 202 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


+ 210 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


+ 175 Life must be lived as play. Plato


+ 172 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


+ 189 It is the privilege of the gods to want nothing, and of godlike men to want little. Diogenes


+ 172 Stand a little less between me and the sun. Diogenes


+ 181 Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad. Diogenes


+ 196 Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one. Diogenes


+ 190 I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals. Diogenes


+ 171 I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough. Diogenes


+ 177 I do not know whether there are gods, but there ought to be. Diogenes


+ 211 The great thieves lead away the little thief. Diogenes


+ 214 It was a favorite expression of Theophrastus that time was the most valuable thing that a man could spend. Diogenes


+ 189 The vine bears three kinds of grapes: the first of pleasure, the second of intoxication, the third of disgust. Diogenes


+ 178 The sun, too, shines into cesspools and is not polluted. Diogenes


+ 135 The mob is the mother of tyrants. Diogenes


+ 188 The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them. Diogenes


+ 178 Calumny is only the noise of madmen. Diogenes


+ 197 In a rich man's house there is no place to spit but his face. Diogenes


+ 132 No man is hurt but by himself. Diogenes


+ 196 Of what use is a philosopher who doesn't hurt anybody's feelings? Diogenes


+ 207 The art of being a slave is to rule one's master. Diogenes


+ 197 There is only a finger's difference between a wise man and a fool. Diogenes


+ 180 Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves? Diogenes


+ 201 Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. Diogenes


+ 204 Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. Plato


+ 172 One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. Plato


+ 232 Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. Plato


+ 212 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato


+ 198 Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. Plato


+ 186 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


+ 189 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


+ 221 You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato


+ 306 Love is a serious mental disease. Plato


+ 175 Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. Plato


+ 199 A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men. Plato


+ 167 He was a wise man who invented beer. Plato


+ 159 A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers. Plato


+ 270 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


+ 232 Ignorance, the root and stem of all evil. Plato


+ 195 Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. Plato


+ 187 Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself. Plato


+ 210 Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue. Plato


+ 202 All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue. Plato


+ 172 Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others. Plato


+ 243 For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. Plato


+ 262 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


+ 254 Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato


+ 248 We are twice armed if we fight with faith. Plato


+ 174 The greatest wealth is to live content with little. Plato


+ 211 Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato


+ 238 Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. Plato


+ 215 Democracy... is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder; and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike. Plato


+ 213 There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. Plato


+ 181 Justice means minding one's own business and not meddling with other men's concerns. Plato


+ 212 He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it. Plato


+ 234 And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely, I said, knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato


+ 219 The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile. Plato


+ 238 No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. Plato


+ 234 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


+ 195 No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. Plato


+ 210 Any man may easily do harm, but not every man can do good to another. Plato


+ 253 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


+ 237 The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life. Plato


+ 193 Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. Plato


+ 196 The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless. Plato


+ 215 The measure of a man is what he does with power. Plato


+ 198 The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery. Plato


+ 194 Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato


+ 194 The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant. Plato


+ 212 Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty. Plato


+ 240 When there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income. Plato


+ 202 There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain. Plato


+ 215 To love rightly is to love what is orderly and beautiful in an educated and disciplined way. Plato


+ 223 Philosophy is the highest music. Plato


+ 205 It takes a wise man to discover a wise man. Diogenes


+ 174 As the builders say, the larger stones do not lie well without the lesser. Plato


+ 185 Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance. Plato


+ 176 The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men. Plato


+ 225 Entire ignorance is not so terrible or extreme an evil, and is far from being the greatest of all; too much cleverness and too much learning, accompanied with ill bringing-up, are far more fatal. Plato


+ 170 If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life. Plato


+ 177 Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens. Plato


+ 202 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


+ 227 Death is not the worst that can happen to men. Plato


+ 268 The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles. Plato


+ 178 The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato


+ 165 He who is not a good servant will not be a good master. Plato


+ 200 Only the dead have seen the end of war. Plato


+ 181 Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another. Plato


+ 218 Tyranny naturally arises out of democracy. Plato


+ 207 There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good. Plato


+ 209 Man - a being in search of meaning. Plato


+ 196 Necessity... the mother of invention. Plato


+ 218 Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. Plato


+ 159 Wonder is the feeling of the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. Plato


+ 174 Democracy passes into despotism. Plato


+ 207 Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety. Plato


+ 151 Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. Plato


+ 226 No one is a friend to his friend who does not love in return. Plato


+ 172 Courage is a kind of salvation. Plato


+ 158 Your silence gives consent. Plato


+ 171 Looks like math. Feels like math.


+ 160 The highest reach of injustice is to be deemed just when you are not. Plato


+ 190 Cunning... is but the low mimic of wisdom. Plato


+ 226 I shall assume that your silence gives consent. Plato


+ 201 Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class. Plato


+ 197 When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them. Plato


+ 149 There is no harm in repeating a good thing. Plato


+ 208 When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself. Plato


+ 202 The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. Plato


+ 198 No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man. No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory. Plato


+ 222 Wisdom alone is the science of other sciences. Plato


+ 213 Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand. Plato


+ 200 Excess of liberty, whether it lies in state or individuals, seems only to pass into excess of slavery. Plato


+ 225 I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Plato


+ 220 This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector. Plato


+ 175 Knowledge becomes evil if the aim be not virtuous. Plato


+ 148 Philosophy begins in wonder. Plato


+ 163 Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men. Plato


+ 185 The excessive increase of anything causes a reaction in the opposite direction. Plato


+ 204 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


+ 212 This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are. Plato


+ 206 We do not learn; and what we call learning is only a process of recollection. Plato


+ 148 Knowledge is true opinion. Plato


+ 221 Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind. Plato


+ 155 Science is nothing but perception. Plato


+ 187 He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power. Plato


+ 231 There is no such thing as a lovers' oath. Plato


+ 215 It is a common saying, and in everybody's mouth, that life is but a sojourn. Plato


+ 248 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


+ 156 Man is a wingless animal with two feet and flat nails. Plato


+ 218 No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. Plato


+ 185 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


+ 200 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


+ 168 I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. Plato


+ 157 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


+ 153 It is right to give every man his due. Plato


+ 172 Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways. Plato


+ 141 The good is the beautiful. Plato


+ 201 Injustice is censured because the censures are afraid of suffering, and not from any fear which they have of doing injustice. Plato


+ 161 The eyes of the soul of the multitudes are unable to endure the vision of the divine. Plato


+ 174 Truth is the beginning of every good to the gods, and of every good to man. Plato


+ 187 Hardly any human being is capable of pursuing two professions or two arts rightly. Plato


+ 178 One man cannot practice many arts with success. Plato


+ 234 Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child. Plato


+ 157 No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern. Plato


+ 200 The wisest have the most authority. Plato


+ 204 They certainly give very strange names to diseases. Plato


+ 142 For good nurture and education implant good constitutions. Plato


+ 195 They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases. Plato


+ 217 Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do. Plato


+ 228 If particulars are to have meaning, there must be universals. Plato


+ 233 Know one knows whether death, which people fear to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Plato


+ 192 The God's service is tolerable, Man's intolerable. Plato


+ 212 Then not only custom, but also nature affirms that to do is more disgraceful than to suffer injustice, and that justice is equality. Plato


+ 193 Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment. Plato


+ 193 When a Benefit is wrongly conferred, the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure. Plato


+ 163 States are as the men, they grow out of human characters. Plato


+ 208 I would fain grow old learning many things. Plato


+ 186 Twice and thrice over, as they say, good is it to repeat and review what is good. Plato


+ 183 Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death? Plato


+ 199 Wealth is well known to be a great comforter. Plato


+ 146 Not to help justice in her need would be an impiety. Plato


+ 169 To suffer the penalty of too much haste, which is too little speed. Plato


+ 217 He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden. Plato


+ 226 When the tyrant has disposed of foreign enemies by conquest or treaty, and there is nothing more to fear from them, then he is always stirring up some war or other, in order that the people may require a leader. Plato


+ 210 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


+ 198 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


+ 220 Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments. Plato


+ 214 There's a victory, and defeat; the first and best of victories, the lowest and worst of defeats which each man gains or sustains at the hands not of another, but of himself. Plato


+ 226 Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune. Plato


+ 249 Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. Plato


+ 238 The rulers of the state are the only persons who ought to have the privilege of lying, either at home or abroad; they may be allowed to lie for the good of the state. Plato


+ 232 We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue. Plato


+ 249 Nothing can be more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, for thus, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half. Plato


+ 255 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


+ 215 To prefer evil to good is not in human nature; and when a man is compelled to choose one of two evils, no one will choose the greater when he might have the less. Plato


+ 208 Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence. Socrates


+ 240 Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death. Socrates


+ 237 Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Life is a song - sing it. Life is a game - play it. Life is a challenge - meet it. Life is a dream - realize it. Life is a sacrifice - offer it. Life is love - enjoy it.


+ 212 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


+ 204 One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. Socrates


+ 232 The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates


+ 211 Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind. Socrates


+ 197 I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. Socrates


+ 182 The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. Socrates


+ 202 Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. Socrates


+ 177 As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent. Socrates


+ 204 If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. Socrates


+ 216 I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates


+ 155 It is not living that matters, but living rightly. Socrates


+ 263 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


+ 190 Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. Socrates


+ 172 The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates


+ 177 Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates


+ 203 He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. Socrates


+ 177 To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Socrates


+ 177 Be as you wish to seem. Socrates


+ 177 I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. Socrates


+ 196 Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates


+ 203 As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. Socrates


+ 236 A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true. Socrates


+ 208 The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates


+ 206 From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates


+ 184 Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates


+ 188 Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates


+ 155 Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates


+ 164 True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates


+ 195 Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates


+ 196 An honest man is always a child. Socrates


+ 225 Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. Socrates


+ 204 He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Socrates


+ 216 False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates


+ 214 My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates


+ 177 All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine. Socrates


+ 203 I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. Socrates


+ 186 True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates


+ 184 I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates


+ 240 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.


+ 169 Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates


+ 225 By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. Socrates


+ 179 The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates


+ 248 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


+ 241 He who has lived as a true philosopher has reason to be of good cheer when he is about to die, and that after death he may hope to receive the greatest good in the other world. Socrates


+ 230 False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates


+ 224 In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence. Socrates


+ 222 Oh dear Pan and all the other gods of this place, grant that I may be beautiful inside. Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within. May I consider the wise man rich. As for gold, let me have as much as a moderate man could bear and carry with him. Socrates


+ 200 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


+ 155 Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder. Socrates


+ 195 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.


+ 209 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.


+ 202 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.


+ 238 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.


+ 292 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.


+ 242 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...


+ 264 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.


+ 240 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.


+ 245 I have said enough in answer to the charge of Meletus: any elaborate defense is unnecessary; but as I was saying before, I certainly have many enemies, and this is what will be my destruction if I am destroyed; of that I am certain; not Meletus, nor yet Anytus, but the envy and detraction of the world, which has been the death of many a good men, and will probably be the death of many more; there is no danger of my being the last of them.


+ 280 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.


+ 250 ...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.


+ 233 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.


+ 318 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...


+ 265 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.


+ 255 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.


+ 290 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.


+ 235 If I had engaged in politics, I should have perished long ago and done no good to either you or to myself. ...for the truth is that no man who goes to war with you or any other multitude, honestly struggling against the commission of unrighteouosness and wrong in the State, will save his life; he who will really fight for right, if he would live even for a little while, must have a private station and not a public one.


+ 256 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.


+ 240 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.


+ 278 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.


+ 199 The unexamined life is not worth living for a human being. Socrates


+ 187 Life without enquiry is not worth living for a man.


+ 241 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.


+ 257 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.


+ 255 Science is like sex: sometimes something useful comes out, but that is not the reason we are doing it. Richard P. Feynman


+ 234 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.


+ 262 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.


+ 224 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.


+ 232 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...


+ 287 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.


+ 236 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.


+ 275 I am quite ready, Simmias and Cebes, that I ought to be grieved at death, if I were not persuaded that I am going to other gods who are wise and good and to men departed who are better than those whom I leave behind; and therefore I do not grieve as I might have done, for I have good hope that there is yet something remaining for the dead, and, as has been said of old, some far better thing for the good than for the evil.


+ 259 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?


+ 238 The soul runs away from the body and desires to be alone and by herself? Why?


+ 262 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.


+ 243 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.


+ 231 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.


+ 209 I am confident in the belief that there truly is such a thing as living again, and that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence, and that the good souls have a better portion than the evil.


+ 270 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?


+ 234 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.


+ 310 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.


+ 233 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.


+ 271 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.


+ 229 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.


+ 277 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.


+ 257 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.


+ 284 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.


+ 288 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.


+ 251 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...


+ 267 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.


+ 306 [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.


+ 230 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...


+ 235 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.


+ 304 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.


+ 170 Crito, Crito, we owe a cock to Aesculapius. Pay it and do not neglect it.


+ 188 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.


+ 254 If I am to live longer, perhaps I must live out my old age, seeing and hearing less, understanding worse, coming to learn with more difficulty and to be more forgetful, and growing worse than those to whom I was once superior. Indeed, life would be unliveable, even if I did not notice the change. And if I see the change, how could life not be even more wretched and unpleasant?


+ 241 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.


+ 152 I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.


+ 190 Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.


+ 182 I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.


+ 174 There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.


+ 235 Socrates having heard Plato read the Lysis, said, "O Hercules! what a number of lies the young man has told about me." For he had set down a great many things as sayings of Socrates which he never said.


+ 304 The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.


+ 195 Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.


+ 222 The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates


+ 241 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.


+ 300 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.


+ 214 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.


+ 231 What then is the chastisement of those who accept it not? To be as they are. Is any discontented with being alone? let him be in solitude. Is any discontented with his parents? let him be a bad son, and lament. Is any discontented with his children? let him be a bad father.—"Throw him into prison!"—What prison?—Where he is already: for he is there against his will; and wherever a man is against his will, that to him is a prison. Thus Socrates was not in prison since he was there with his own consent.


+ 178 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.


+ 226 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.


+ 152 Nothing is impossible to a willing heart


+ 198 May all your cherished dreams come true and your life be always as bright as the brightest star in the sky!


+ 187 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.


+ 223 Political leaders are never leaders. For leaders we have to look to the Awakeners! Lao Tse, Buddha, Socrates, Jesus, Milarepa, Gurdjiev, Krishnamurti. Henry Miller


+ 259 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.


+ 223 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.


+ 221 We cannot help but see Socrates as the turning-point, the vortex of world history.


+ 212 The more I read about him, the less I wonder that they poisoned him. If he had treated me as he is said to have treated Protagoras, Hippias, and Gorgias, I could never have forgiven him.


+ 242 The wisest of you men is he who has realized, like Socrates, that in respect of wisdom he is really worthless.


+ 269 Not all who wander are lost. Tolkien


+ 293 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."


+ 289 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.


+ 229 Socrates was the chief saint of the Stoics throughout their history; his attitude at the time of his trial, his refusal to escape, his calmness in the face of death, and his contention that the perpetrator of injustice injures himself more than his victim, all fitted in perfectly with Stoic teaching. So did his indifference to heat and cold, his plainness in matters of food and dress, and his complete independence of all bodily comforts.


+ 224 It's important to remember that Thomas Huxley recognized Socrates as the first agnostic. Socrates very much believed in a God, although his deity was somewhat vague and outside of his people's polytheistic religion. Philosophically Socrates was the very essence of agnosticism.


+ 240 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


+ 235 Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. Dalai Lama


+ 206 Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama


+ 181 Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. Dalai Lama


+ 195 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


+ 189 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


+ 255 Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama


+ 273 When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need.' Dalai Lama


+ 202 If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama


+ 228 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


+ 150 The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama


+ 222 It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. Dalai Lama


+ 203 I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. Dalai Lama


+ 296 All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives. Dalai Lama


+ 153 Sleep is the best meditation. Dalai Lama


+ 168 My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama


+ 192 Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent. Dalai Lama


+ 163 In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher. Dalai Lama


+ 173 In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. Dalai Lama


+ 243 If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them. Dalai Lama


+ 207 We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves. Dalai Lama


+ 184 Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace. Dalai Lama


+ 200 We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection. Dalai Lama


+ 168 A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. Dalai Lama


+ 199 When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others. Dalai Lama


+ 245 It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them. Dalai Lama


+ 215 The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk. Dalai Lama


+ 207 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


+ 256 Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life. Dalai Lama


+ 169 Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain. Dalai Lama


+ 187 If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it. Dalai Lama


+ 178 With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world. Dalai Lama


+ 207 Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open. Dalai Lama


+ 161 World belongs to humanity, not this leader, that leader or that king or prince or religious leader. World belongs to humanity. Dalai Lama


+ 226 Out of 7 billion humans, the troublemakers are just a handful. Dalai Lama


+ 216 The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. Dalai Lama


+ 207 Home is where you feel at home and are treated well. Dalai Lama


+ 258 Whether you call it Buddhism or another religion, self-discipline, that's important. Self-discipline with awareness of consequences. Dalai Lama


+ 157 The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. Dalai Lama


+ 204 My faith helps me overcome such negative emotions and find my equilibrium. Dalai Lama


+ 188 I think governments can't do much. Dalai Lama


+ 173 We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily. Dalai Lama


+ 184 The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good. Dalai Lama


+ 211 Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way - everything is interdependent, not absolute. Dalai Lama


+ 204 Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy. Dalai Lama


+ 162 Computers make me totally blank out. Dalai Lama


+ 225 Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington


+ 256 Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. George Washington


+ 193 There is a Destiny which has the control of our actions, not to be resisted by the strongest efforts of Human Nature. George Washington


+ 214 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


+ 264 Unhappy it is though to reflect, that a Brother's Sword has been sheathed in a Brother's breast, and that, the once happy and peaceful plains of America are either to be drenched with Blood, or Inhabited by Slaves. Sad alternative! But can a virtuous Man hesitate in his choice? George Washington


+ 184 Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country. George Washington


+ 227 Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence. George Washington


+ 226 My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. George Washington


+ 211 If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington


+ 170 Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. George Washington


+ 226 The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good. George Washington


+ 196 Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington


+ 249 The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves. George Washington


+ 228 The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments. George Washington


+ 155 It is better to be alone than in bad company. George Washington


+ 222 Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle. George Washington


+ 207 The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon. George Washington


+ 232 Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience. George Washington


+ 229 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


+ 176 It will be found an unjust and unwise jealousy to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon the supposition he may abuse it. George Washington


+ 176 Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light. George Washington


+ 224 Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession. George Washington


+ 176 Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair; the rest is in the hands of God. George Washington


+ 191 Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected. George Washington


+ 209 To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace. George Washington


+ 226 I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man. George Washington


+ 205 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


+ 183 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


+ 212 Observe good faith and justice toward all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all. George Washington


+ 185 Over grown military establishments are under any form of government inauspicious to liberty, and are to be regarded as particularly hostile to republican liberty. George Washington


+ 144 The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. George Washington


+ 176 Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse. George Washington


+ 217 When we assumed the Soldier, we did not lay aside the Citizen. George Washington


+ 188 A slender acquaintance with the world must convince every man that actions, not words, are the true criterion of the attachment of friends. George Washington


+ 183 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


+ 229 Mankind, when left to themselves, are unfit for their own government. George Washington


+ 166 Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble. George Washington


+ 202 We are persuaded that good Christians will always be good citizens, and that where righteousness prevails among individuals the Nation will be great and happy. Thus while just government protects all in their religious rights, true religion affords to government it's surest support. George Washington


+ 190 Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. George Washington


+ 150 Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals. George Washington


+ 197 Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all. George Washington


+ 178 It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one. George Washington


+ 167 Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder. George Washington


+ 185 Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe. George Washington


+ 212 My first wish is to see this plague of mankind, war, banished from the earth. George Washington


+ 127 Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George Washington


+ 181 The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government. George Washington


+ 224 I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery. George Washington


+ 242 I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent. George Washington


+ 188 It is impossible to reason without arriving at a Supreme Being. George Washington


+ 158 Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive. George Washington


+ 199 I have no other view than to promote the public good, and am unambitious of honors not founded in the approbation of my Country. George Washington


+ 236 Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it. George Washington


+ 253 It may be laid down as a primary position, and the basis of our system, that every Citizen who enjoys the protection of a Free Government, owes not only a proportion of his property, but even of his personal services to the defense of it. George Washington


+ 233 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


+ 230 I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. George Washington


+ 207 Nothing can be more hurtful to the service, than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army the superiority over another. George Washington


+ 199 There can be no greater error than to expect, or calculate, upon real favors from nation to nation. It is an illusion which experience must cure, which a just pride ought to discard. George Washington


+ 240 My observation is that whenever one person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty... it is worse executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are employed therein. George Washington


+ 262 The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism. But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism. George Washington


+ 240 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


+ 231 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


+ 200 Being no bigot myself, I am disposed to indulge the professors of Christianity in the church that road to heaven which to them shall seem the most direct, plainest, easiest and least liable to exception. George Washington


+ 219 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


+ 236 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


+ 188 I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams


+ 255 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


+ 195 I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams


+ 175 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


+ 198 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


+ 197 Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. John Adams


+ 266 Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. John Adams


+ 264 Democracy... while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. John Adams


+ 213 Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws. John Adams


+ 191 I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. John Adams


+ 224 Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people. John Adams


+ 233 All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation. John Adams


+ 212 There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty. John Adams


+ 199 Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write. John Adams


+ 219 Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. John Adams


+ 204 Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society. John Adams


+ 181 Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. John Adams


+ 149 The happiness of society is the end of government. John Adams


+ 165 Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak. John Adams


+ 210 The Hebrews have done more to civilize men than any other nation. If I were an atheist, and believed blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations. John Adams


+ 172 Fear is the foundation of most governments. John Adams


+ 179 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


+ 167 In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams


+ 157 A government of laws, and not of men. John Adams


+ 225 Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. John Adams


+ 198 My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. John Adams


+ 139 Great is the guilt of an unnecessary war. John Adams


+ 199 The fundamental law of the militia is, that it be created, directed and commanded by the laws, and ever for the support of the laws. John Adams


+ 253 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


+ 187 Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power. John Adams


+ 192 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


+ 222 I must not write a word to you about politics, because you are a woman. John Adams


+ 165 The essence of a free government consists in an effectual control of rivalries. John Adams


+ 212 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


+ 234 I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate. John Adams


+ 166 Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty. John Adams


+ 204 While all other sciences have advanced, that of government is at a standstill - little better understood, little better practiced now than three or four thousand years ago. John Adams


+ 149 Genius is sorrow's child. John Adams


+ 256 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


+ 244 The Declaration of Independence I always considered as a theatrical show. Jefferson ran away with all the stage effect of that... and all the glory of it. John Adams


+ 252 As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children. John Adams


+ 214 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


+ 184 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


+ 174 I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend. Thomas Jefferson


+ 146 The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money. Thomas Jefferson


+ 221 The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson


+ 236 Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you. Thomas Jefferson


+ 211 Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom. Thomas Jefferson


+ 208 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


+ 204 Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson


+ 174 I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. Thomas Jefferson


+ 221 I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever. Thomas Jefferson


+ 210 I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country. Thomas Jefferson


+ 230 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


+ 236 Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. Thomas Jefferson


+ 232 Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny. Thomas Jefferson


+ 260 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


+ 241 No freeman shall be debarred the use of arms. Thomas Jefferson


+ 232 A Bill of Rights is what the people are entitled to against every government, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inference. Thomas Jefferson


+ 233 The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that... it is their right and duty to be at all times armed. Thomas Jefferson


+ 179 To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical. Thomas Jefferson


+ 218 It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. Thomas Jefferson


+ 173 Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty. Thomas Jefferson


+ 240 When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. Thomas Jefferson


+ 176 In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson


+ 232 For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security. Thomas Jefferson


+ 232 Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear. Thomas Jefferson


+ 242 We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Thomas Jefferson


+ 244 Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual. Thomas Jefferson


+ 216 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


+ 188 He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors. Thomas Jefferson


+ 224 Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. Thomas Jefferson


+ 178 I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man. Thomas Jefferson


+ 153 Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves are its only safe depositories. Thomas Jefferson


+ 208 I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson


+ 167 When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred. Thomas Jefferson


+ 154 Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 151 Never spend your money before you have earned it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 200 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


+ 193 Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. Thomas Jefferson


+ 181 If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. Thomas Jefferson


+ 143 One man with courage is a majority. Thomas Jefferson


+ 180 Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. Thomas Jefferson


+ 197 Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. Thomas Jefferson


+ 192 The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. Thomas Jefferson


+ 197 Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto. Thomas Jefferson


+ 182 The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. Thomas Jefferson


+ 164 It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself. Thomas Jefferson


+ 190 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


+ 196 If God is just, I tremble for my country. Thomas Jefferson


+ 175 The republican is the only form of government which is not eternally at open or secret war with the rights of mankind. Thomas Jefferson


+ 187 Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. Thomas Jefferson


+ 199 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


+ 209 I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson


+ 181 The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions that I wish it to be always kept alive. Thomas Jefferson


+ 203 When a man assumes a public trust he should consider himself a public property. Thomas Jefferson


+ 248 All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Thomas Jefferson


+ 227 One loves to possess arms, though they hope never to have occasion for them. Thomas Jefferson


+ 217 The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. Thomas Jefferson


+ 195 Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government. Thomas Jefferson


+ 189 Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. Thomas Jefferson


+ 214 As our enemies have found we can reason like men, so now let us show them we can fight like men also. Thomas Jefferson


+ 135 He who knows best knows how little he knows. Thomas Jefferson


+ 208 Give them quality. That is the best advertisement. Founder of Hershey Chocolate, Milton Hershey, 1945


+ 253 It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods or no God. Thomas Jefferson


+ 179 A coward is much more exposed to quarrels than a man of spirit. Thomas Jefferson


+ 206 Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains. Thomas Jefferson


+ 201 I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 228 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


+ 226 Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. Thomas Jefferson


+ 194 I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another. Thomas Jefferson


+ 170 Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people. Thomas Jefferson


+ 196 Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. Thomas Jefferson


+ 192 It is in our lives and not our words that our religion must be read. Thomas Jefferson


+ 220 Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 227 It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong. Thomas Jefferson


+ 145 Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper. Thomas Jefferson


+ 179 History, in general, only informs us of what bad government is. Thomas Jefferson


+ 210 Be polite to all, but intimate with few. Thomas Jefferson


+ 182 One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more. Thomas Jefferson


+ 179 The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson


+ 223 I never will, by any word or act, bow to the shrine of intolerance or admit a right of inquiry into the religious opinions of others. Thomas Jefferson


+ 215 An enemy generally says and believes what he wishes. Thomas Jefferson


+ 192 Ignorance is preferable to error, and he is less remote from the truth who believes nothing than he who believes what is wrong. Thomas Jefferson


+ 215 How much pain they have cost us, the evils which have never happened. Thomas Jefferson


+ 170 I cannot live without books. Thomas Jefferson


+ 232 Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching. Thomas Jefferson


+ 188 I have no fear that the result of our experiment will be that men may be trusted to govern themselves without a master. Thomas Jefferson


+ 193 No man will ever carry out of the Presidency the reputation which carried him into it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 152 Delay is preferable to error. Thomas Jefferson


+ 211 I abhor war and view it as the greatest scourge of mankind. Thomas Jefferson


+ 180 Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 187 The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory. Thomas Jefferson


+ 172 I have no ambition to govern men; it is a painful and thankless office. Thomas Jefferson


+ 195 Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe. Thomas Jefferson


+ 153 The advertisement is the most truthful part of a newspaper. Thomas Jefferson


+ 228 Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations. Thomas Jefferson


+ 169 I own that I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. Thomas Jefferson


+ 220 Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism. Thomas Jefferson


+ 172 Don't talk about what you have done or what you are going to do. Thomas Jefferson


+ 164 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


+ 220 There is not a truth existing which I fear... or would wish unknown to the whole world. Thomas Jefferson


+ 203 In every country and every age, the priest had been hostile to Liberty. Thomas Jefferson


+ 229 Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. Thomas Jefferson


+ 197 No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free no one ever will. Thomas Jefferson


+ 172 To penetrate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education. Thomas Jefferson


+ 224 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


+ 182 The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them. Thomas Jefferson


+ 195 Always take hold of things by the smooth handle. Thomas Jefferson


+ 190 I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 252 It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good. Thomas Jefferson


+ 166 Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none. Thomas Jefferson


+ 200 Conquest is not in our principles. It is inconsistent with our government. Thomas Jefferson


+ 183 Power is not alluring to pure minds. Thomas Jefferson


+ 236 We are not to expect to be translated from despotism to liberty in a featherbed. Thomas Jefferson


+ 198 The spirit of this country is totally adverse to a large military force. Thomas Jefferson


+ 209 Nothing is unchangeable but the inherent and unalienable rights of man. Thomas Jefferson


+ 183 Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning. Thomas Jefferson


+ 183 No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. Thomas Jefferson


+ 185 Wisdom I know is social. She seeks her fellows. But Beauty is jealous, and illy bears the presence of a rival. Thomas Jefferson


+ 200 The most successful war seldom pays for its losses. Thomas Jefferson


+ 230 It is more dangerous that even a guilty person should be punished without the forms of law than that he should escape. Thomas Jefferson


+ 165 Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society. Thomas Jefferson


+ 200 War is an instrument entirely inefficient toward redressing wrong; and multiplies, instead of indemnifying losses. Thomas Jefferson


+ 185 The boisterous sea of liberty is never without a wave. Thomas Jefferson


+ 227 The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. Thomas Jefferson


+ 186 I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another. Thomas Jefferson


+ 151 Taste cannot be controlled by law. Thomas Jefferson


+ 238 Politics is such a torment that I advise everyone I love not to mix with it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 224 Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind. Thomas Jefferson


+ 178 If there is one principle more deeply rooted in the mind of every American, it is that we should have nothing to do with conquest. Thomas Jefferson


+ 232 My theory has always been, that if we are to dream, the flatteries of hope are as cheap, and pleasanter, than the gloom of despair. Thomas Jefferson


+ 186 Difference of opinion is advantageous in religion. The several sects perform the office of a Censor - over each other. Thomas Jefferson


+ 202 Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. Thomas Jefferson


+ 147 An injured friend is the bitterest of foes. Thomas Jefferson


+ 208 My only fear is that I may live too long. This would be a subject of dread to me. Thomas Jefferson


+ 219 I think with the Romans, that the general of today should be a soldier tomorrow if necessary. Thomas Jefferson


+ 201 We did not raise armies for glory or for conquest. Thomas Jefferson


+ 207 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


+ 197 That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part. Thomas Jefferson


+ 148 I find that he is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad. Thomas Jefferson


+ 169 We never repent of having eaten too little. Thomas Jefferson


+ 174 The earth belongs to the living, not to the dead. Thomas Jefferson


+ 156 No duty the Executive had to perform was so trying as to put the right man in the right place. Thomas Jefferson


+ 187 Resort is had to ridicule only when reason is against us. Thomas Jefferson


+ 185 There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents. Thomas Jefferson


+ 198 The second office in the government is honorable and easy; the first is but a splendid misery. Thomas Jefferson


+ 194 The natural cause of the human mind is certainly from credulity to skepticism. Thomas Jefferson


+ 172 There is not a sprig of grass that shoots uninteresting to me. Thomas Jefferson


+ 207 The good opinion of mankind, like the lever of Archimedes, with the given fulcrum, moves the world. Thomas Jefferson


+ 215 Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. Thomas Jefferson


+ 225 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


+ 239 Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. Thomas Jefferson


+ 234 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


+ 219 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


+ 198 It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasions of it in the case of others: or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own. Thomas Jefferson


+ 244 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


+ 221 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


+ 277 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


+ 230 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


+ 224 An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry. Thomas Jefferson


+ 221 We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country. Thomas Jefferson


+ 240 Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another? Thomas Jefferson


+ 220 So confident am I in the intentions, as well as wisdom, of the government, that I shall always be satisfied that what is not done, either cannot, or ought not to be done. Thomas Jefferson


+ 186 In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue. Thomas Jefferson


+ 207 The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it. Thomas Jefferson


+ 119 Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted. Thomas Jefferson


+ 196 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


+ 224 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


+ 160 A countryman between two lawyers is like a fish between two cats. Benjamin Franklin


+ 170 A good conscience is a continual Christmas. Benjamin Franklin


+ 222 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


+ 198 What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual and surest support? James Madison


+ 232 A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States. James Madison


+ 217 Learned Institutions ought to be favorite objects with every free people. They throw that light over the public mind which is the best security against crafty and dangerous encroachments on the public liberty. James Madison


+ 214 To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. James Madison


+ 223 In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. James Madison


+ 215 Every nation whose affairs betray a want of wisdom and stability may calculate on every loss which can be sustained from the more systematic policy of its wiser neighbors. James Madison


+ 185 The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. James Madison


+ 232 What is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. James Madison


+ 240 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


+ 222 I have no doubt but that the misery of the lower classes will be found to abate whenever the Government assumes a freer aspect and the laws favor a subdivision of Property. James Madison


+ 228 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


+ 247 There is no maxim, in my opinion, which is more liable to be misapplied, and which, therefore, more needs elucidation, than the current one, that the interest of the majority is the political standard of right and wrong. James Madison


+ 261 All that seems indispensible in stating the account between the dead and the living, is to see that the debts against the latter do not exceed the advances made by the former. James Madison


+ 219 By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other, they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side; on the other, vice and servility, or hatred and revolt. James Madison


+ 168 The number, the industry, and the morality of the priesthood, and the devotion of the people have been manifestly increased by the total separation of the church from the state. James Madison


+ 202 Union of religious sentiments begets a surprising confidence. James Madison


+ 204 I should not regret a fair and full trial of the entire abolition of capital punishment. James Madison


+ 161 Ambition must be made to counteract ambition. James Madison


+ 163 The internal effects of a mutable policy poisons the blessings of liberty itself. James Madison


+ 228 War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason. James Madison


+ 224 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.


+ 223 Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes. James Madison


+ 258 Religion flourishes in greater purity, without than with the aid of Government. James Madison


+ 172 War contains so much folly, as well as wickedness, that much is to be hoped from the progress of reason. James Madison


+ 170 Talking about our problems is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your joys.


+ 184 Any reading not of a vicious species must be a good substitute for the amusements too apt to fill up the leisure of the labouring classes. James Madison


+ 206 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


+ 229 The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty. James Madison


+ 186 To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. James Madison


+ 181 Religious bondage shackles and debilitates the mind and unfits it for every noble enterprise, every expanded prospect. James Madison


+ 162 As long as the reason of man continues fallible, and he is at liberty to exercise it, different opinions will be formed. James Madison


+ 196 As a man is said to have a right to his property, he may be equally said to have a property in his rights. James Madison


+ 219 A pure democracy is a society consisting of a small number of citizens, who assemble and administer the government in person. James Madison


+ 224 Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense. James Madison


+ 185 The personal right to acquire property, which is a natural right, gives to property, when acquired, a right to protection, as a social right. James Madison


+ 235 We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties. James Madison


+ 191 The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war. James Madison


+ 207 Perhaps it is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. James Madison


+ 194 Commercial shackles are generally unjust, oppressive, and impolitic. James Madison


+ 225 Of all the enemies of public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. James Madison


+ 239 War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits. James Madison


+ 206 The rights of persons, and the rights of property, are the objects, for the protection of which Government was instituted. James Madison


+ 240 America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts. James Madison


+ 230 And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in showing that religion and Government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together. James Madison


+ 179 In no instance have... the churches been guardians of the liberties of the people. James Madison


+ 232 A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people. James Madison


+ 183 Each generation should be made to bear the burden of its own wars, instead of carrying them on, at the expense of other generations. James Madison


+ 213 The loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or imagined, from abroad. James Madison


+ 197 The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. James Madison


+ 212 The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. James Madison


+ 166 A man has a property in his opinions and the free communication of them. James Madison


+ 190 Let me recommend the best medicine in the world: a long journey, at a mild season, through a pleasant country, in easy stages. James Madison


+ 170 The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world. James Madison


+ 225 The people are the only legitimate fountain of power, and it is from them that the constitutional charter, under which the several branches of government hold their power, is derived. James Madison


+ 176 The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy. James Madison


+ 214 Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done. James Madison


+ 146 All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. James Madison


+ 184 It is a universal truth that the loss of liberty at home is to be charged to the provisions against danger, real or pretended, from abroad. James Madison


+ 171 In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority. James Madison


+ 170 Philosophy is common sense with big words. James Madison


+ 198 A popular government without popular information or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce, or a tragedy, or perhaps both. James Madison


+ 186 Liberty may be endangered by the abuse of liberty, but also by the abuse of power. James Madison


+ 202 Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions. James Madison


+ 212 A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country. James Madison


+ 489 If men were angels, no government would be necessary. James Madison


+ 239 No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. James Madison


+ 200 The means of defense against foreign danger historically have become the instruments of tyranny at home. James Madison


+ 232 The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms. James Madison


+ 192 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


+ 145 The circulation of confidence is better than the circulation of money. James Madison


+ 230 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


+ 208 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


+ 208 I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. James Madison


+ 185 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


+ 227 It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood. James Madison


+ 187 If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. James Madison


+ 141 National honor is the national property of the highest value. James Monroe


+ 193 The mention of Greece fills the mind with the most exalted sentiments and arouses in our bosoms the best feelings of which our nature is capable. James Monroe


+ 225 The American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European power. James Monroe


+ 166 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


+ 281 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


+ 192 Every good citizen makes his country's honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. Andrew Jackson


+ 181 Be good children, and we shall all meet in Heaven... I want to meet you all, white and black, in Heaven. Andrew Jackson


+ 239 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


+ 187 The wisdom of man never yet contrived a system of taxation that would operate with perfect equality. Andrew Jackson


+ 232 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


+ 230 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


+ 192 Our Federal Union! It must be preserved! Andrew Jackson


+ 237 Heaven will be no heaven to me if I do not meet my wife there. Andrew Jackson


+ 207 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


+ 217 It is a damn poor mind indeed which can't think of at least two ways to spell any word. Andrew Jackson


+ 215 Eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty. Andrew Jackson


+ 185 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


+ 232 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


+ 183 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


+ 230 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


+ 228 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


+ 157 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


+ 193 Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in. Andrew Jackson


+ 278 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


+ 267 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


+ 170 The bank, Mr. Van Buren, is trying to kill me, but I will kill it. Andrew Jackson


+ 226 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


+ 204 Desperate courage makes One a majority. Andrew Jackson


+ 186 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


+ 257 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


+ 209 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


+ 198 I tread in the footsteps of illustrious men... in receiving from the people the sacred trust confided to my illustrious predecessor. Martin Van Buren


+ 233 All the lessons of history and experience must be lost upon us if we are content to trust alone to the peculiar advantages we happen to possess. Martin Van Buren


+ 197 The strongest of all governments is that which is most free. William Henry Harrison


+ 184 The only legitimate right to govern is an express grant of power from the governed. William Henry Harrison


+ 185 Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out. I ask nothing more. William Henry Harrison


+ 150 Popularity, I have always thought, may aptly be compared to a coquette—the more you woo her, the more apt is she to elude your embrace. John Tyler


+ 227 Let it, then, be henceforth proclaimed to the world, that man's conscience was created free; that he is no longer accountable to his fellow man for his religious opinions, being responsible therefore only to his God. John Tyler


+ 148 Patronage is the sword and cannon by which war may be made on the liberty of the human race. John Tyler


+ 252 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


+ 204 So far as it depends on the course of this government, our relations of good will and friendship will be sedulously cultivated with all nations. John Tyler


+ 196 Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality. John Tyler


+ 229 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


+ 228 If the tide of defamation and abuse shall turn, and my administration come to be praised, future Vice-Presidents who may succeed to the Presidency may feel some slight encouragement to pursue an independent course. John Tyler


+ 212 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


+ 237 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


+ 197 Foreign powers do not seem to appreciate the true character of our Government. James K. Polk


+ 158 The world has nothing to fear from military ambition in our Government. James K. Polk


+ 256 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


+ 228 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


+ 222 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


+ 210 Thank God, under our Constitution there was no connection between church and state. James K. Polk


+ 183 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


+ 187 With me it is emphatically true that the presidency is "no bed of roses." James K. Polk


+ 286 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


+ 217 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


+ 209 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


+ 238 I love you Sarah. For all eternity, I love you. James K. Polk


+ 213 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


+ 166 An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory. Millard Fillmore


+ 210 The whole country is full of enterprise. Our common schools are diffusing intelligence among the people and our industry is fast accumulating the comforts and luxuries of life. Millard Fillmore


+ 248 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


+ 245 Let us learn wisdom from her example. Let us remember that revolutions do not always establish freedom. Our own free institutions were not the offspring of our Revolution. They existed before. Millard Fillmore


+ 318 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


+ 182 I never justify, sustain, or in any way or to any extent uphold this cruel, heartless, aimless unnecessary war. Franklin Pierce


+ 281 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


+ 200 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


+ 181 You have summoned me in my weakness. You must sustain me by your strength. Franklin Pierce


+ 178 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


+ 141 Frequently the more trifling the subject, the more animated and protracted the discussion. Franklin Pierce


+ 210 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


+ 163 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


+ 188 Remember that time is money. Franklin Pierce


+ 231 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


+ 198 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


+ 159 The storm of frenzy and faction must inevitably dash itself in vain against the unshaken rock of the Constitution. Franklin Pierce


+ 220 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


+ 209 With the Union my best and dearest earthly hopes are entwined. Franklin Pierce


+ 239 The course of events is so rapidly hastening forward that the emergency may soon arise when you may be called upon to decide the momentous question whether you possess the power by force of arms to compel a State to remain in the Union. James Buchanan


+ 248 The question fairly stated is, Has the Constitution delegated to Congress the power to coerce a State into submission which is attempting to withdraw or has actually withdrawn from the Confederacy? James Buchanan


+ 222 I feel that my duty has been faithfully, though it may be imperfectly, performed, and, whatever the result may be, I shall carry to my grave the consciousness that I at least meant well for my country. James Buchanan


+ 208 Sir, if you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland, you are a happy man indeed. James Buchanan


+ 180 If my successor should be as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland he will indeed be a happy man. James Buchanan


+ 183 Liberty must be allowed to work out its natural results; and these will, ere long, astonish the world. James Buchanan


+ 184 What is right and what is practicable are two different things. James Buchanan


+ 226 Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in. Abraham Lincoln


+ 242 Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say, for one, that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow-men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. Abraham Lincoln


+ 237 These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert to fleece the people, and now that they have got into a quarrel with themselves, we are called upon to appropriate the people's money to settle the quarrel. Abraham Lincoln


+ 210 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


+ 204 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


+ 374 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


+ 254 At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. Abraham Lincoln


+ 301 I hope I am over wary; but if I am not, there is, even now, something of ill-omen, amongst us. I mean the increasing disregard for law which pervades the country; the growing disposition to substitute the wild and furious passions, in lieu of the sober judgment of Courts; and the worse than savage mobs, for the executive ministers of justice. This disposition is awfully fearful in any and that it now exists in ours, though grating to our feelings to admit, it would be a violation of truth and an insult to our intelligence to deny. Abraham Lincoln


+ 374 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


+ 296 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


+ 244 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


+ 297 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


+ 335 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


+ 250 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


+ 275 There is no grievance that is a fit object of redress by mob law. In any case that arises, as for instance, the promulgation of abolitionism, one of two positions is necessarily true; that is, the thing is right within itself, and therefore deserves the protection of all law and all good citizens; or, it is wrong, and therefore proper to be prohibited by legal enactments; and in neither case, is the interposition of mob law, either necessary, justifiable, or excusable. Abraham Lincoln


+ 257 We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous. Abraham Lincoln


+ 255 That our government should have been maintained in its original form from its establishment until now, is not much to be wondered at. It had many props to support it through that period, which now are decayed, and crumbled away. Through that period, it was felt by all, to be an undecided experiment; now, it is understood to be a successful one. Abraham Lincoln


+ 329 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


+ 239 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


+ 317 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


+ 267 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


+ 229 I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth. Whether I shall ever be better I can not tell; I awfully forebode I shall not. To remain as I am is impossible; I must die or be better, it appears to me. Abraham Lincoln


+ 257 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


+ 257 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


+ 217 It has so happened in all ages of the world, that some have laboured, and others have, without labour, enjoyed a large proportion of the fruits. This is wrong, and should not continue. To each labourer the whole product of his labour, or as nearly as possible, is a most worthy object of any good government. Abraham Lincoln


+ 253 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


+ 297 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


+ 206 Military glory,—that attractive rainbow that rises in showers of blood. Abraham Lincoln


+ 235 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


+ 203 In law it is a good policy never to plead what you need not, lest you oblige yourself to prove what you cannot. Abraham Lincoln


+ 221 The true rule, in determining to embrace, or reject any thing, is not whether it have any evil in it; but whether it have more of evil, than of good. There are few things wholly evil, or wholly good. Almost every thing, especially of governmental policy, is an inseparable compound of the two; so that our best judgment of the preponderance between them is continually demanded. Abraham Lincoln


+ 195 Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way. Abraham Lincoln


+ 192 The way for a young man to rise, is to improve himself every way he can, never suspecting that any body wishes to hinder him. Abraham Lincoln


+ 194 The better part of one's life consists of his friendships. Abraham Lincoln


+ 274 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


+ 286 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


+ 265 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


+ 280 The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves - in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere. The desirable things which the individuals of a people can not do, or can not well do, for themselves, fall into two classes: those which have relation to wrongs, and those which have not. Each of these branch off into an infinite variety of subdivisions. The first - that in relation to wrongs - embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and nonperformance of contracts. The other embraces all which, in its nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of the deceased, and the machinery of government itself. From this it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need for government. Abraham Lincoln


+ 217 The Autocrat of all the Russias will resign his crown, and proclaim his subjects free republicans sooner than will our American masters voluntarily give up their slaves. Abraham Lincoln


+ 250 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


+ 253 When We Raise Our Vibrational Frequencies To Love, New Doorways To Healing Appear Before Us.


+ 215 We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read. Abraham Lincoln


+ 321 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


+ 175 Our government rests in public opinion. Whoever can change public opinion, can change the government, practically just so much. Abraham Lincoln


+ 240 As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy. Abraham Lincoln


+ 220 What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? Abraham Lincoln


+ 253 Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit, and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you are preparing your own limbs to wear them. Accustomed to trample on the rights of those around you, you have lost the genius of your own independence, and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises. Abraham Lincoln


+ 216 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. 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. Abraham Lincoln


+ 242 The principles of Jefferson are the definitions and axioms of free society. And yet they are denied and evaded, with no small show of success. One dashingly calls them ”glittering generalities.” Another bluntly calls them “self-evident lies.” And others insidiously argue that they apply to “superior races.” These expressions, different in form, are identical in object and effect – the supplanting the principles of free government, and restoring those of classification, caste and legitimacy. They would delight a convocation of crowned heads plotting against the people. They are the vanguard, the miner and sappers, of returning despotism. We must repulse them, or they will subjugate us. Abraham Lincoln


+ 225 This is a world of compensation; and he would be no slave must consent to have no slaves. Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 213 Understanding the spirit of our institutions to aim at the elevation of men, I am opposed to whatever tends to degrade them. Abraham Lincoln


+ 219 Free labor has the inspiration of hope; pure slavery has no hope. The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful. Abraham Lincoln


+ 218 The people of these United States are the rightful masters of both Congresses and courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln


+ 309 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


+ 345 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


+ 242 Wherever slavery is, it has been first introduced without law. The oldest laws we find concerning it, are not laws introducing it; but regulating it, as an already existing thing. Abraham Lincoln


+ 203 The negative principle that no law is free law, is not much known except among lawyers. Abraham Lincoln


+ 342 "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


+ 289 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


+ 241 I insist, that if there is ANY THING which it is the duty of the WHOLE PEOPLE to never entrust to any hands but their own, that thing is the preservation and perpetuity, of their own liberties, and institutions. Abraham Lincoln


+ 296 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


+ 171 Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong. Abraham Lincoln


+ 252 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


+ 293 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


+ 297 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


+ 321 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


+ 227 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


+ 319 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


+ 319 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


+ 347 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


+ 194 Will springs from the two elements of moral sense and self-interest. Abraham Lincoln


+ 255 The Republicans inculcate, with whatever of ability they can, that the negro is a man; that his bondage is cruelly wrong, and that the field of his oppression ought not to be enlarged. The Democrats deny his manhood; deny, or dwarf to insignificance, the wrong of his bondage; so far as possible, crush all sympathy for him, and cultivate and excite hatred and disgust against him; compliment themselves as Union-savers for doing so; and call the indefinite outspreading of his bondage "a sacred right of self-government". Abraham Lincoln


+ 266 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


+ 226 "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. Abraham Lincoln


+ 205 That if any one man, choose to enslave another, no third man shall be allowed to object. Abraham Lincoln


+ 234 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


+ 259 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


+ 259 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


+ 238 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


+ 225 We find a race of men living in that day whom we claim as our fathers and grandfathers; they were iron men; they fought for the principle that they were contending for; and we understood that by what they then did it has followed that the degree of prosperity which we now enjoy has come to us. Abraham Lincoln


+ 291 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


+ 302 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


+ 308 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


+ 178 I have no purpose, directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists. I believe I have no lawful right to do so, and I have no inclination to do so. Abraham Lincoln


+ 255 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


+ 289 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


+ 232 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


+ 202 Has it not got down as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had starved to death? Abraham Lincoln


+ 275 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


+ 292 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


+ 291 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


+ 245 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


+ 256 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


+ 301 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


+ 307 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


+ 255 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


+ 203 Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure. Abraham Lincoln


+ 220 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


+ 251 It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away." How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! Abraham Lincoln


+ 320 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


+ 253 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


+ 222 During my whole political life, I have loved and revered (Henry Clay) as a teacher and leader. Abraham Lincoln


+ 219 I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number. Abraham Lincoln


+ 279 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


+ 304 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


+ 228 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


+ 251 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


+ 205 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


+ 173 A mind is like a parachute. It's doesn't work if it is not open. Frank Zappa


+ 317 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


+ 223 I appeal to all loyal citizens to favor, facilitate and aid this effort to maintain the honor, the integrity, and the existence of our National Union, and the perpetuity of popular government; and to redress wrongs already long enough endured. Abraham Lincoln


+ 270 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


+ 179 The severest justice may not always be the best policy. Abraham Lincoln


+ 206 Beware of rashness, but with energy and sleepless vigilance go forward and give us victories. Abraham Lincoln


+ 317 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


+ 271 The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others, the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name — liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names — liberty and tyranny. Abraham Lincoln


+ 210 Truth is generally the best vindication against slander. Abraham Lincoln


+ 250 I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end, when I come to lay down the reins of power, I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. Abraham Lincoln


+ 247 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


+ 258 I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. Abraham Lincoln


+ 167 I do not like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln


+ 270 I do not mean to say we are bound to follow implicitly in whatever our fathers did. To do so, would be to discard all the lights of current experience — to reject all progress — all improvement. What I do say is, that if we would supplant the opinions and policy of our fathers in any case, we should do so upon evidence so conclusive, and argument so clear, that even their great authority, fairly considered and weighed, cannot stand; and most surely not in a case whereof we ourselves declare they understood the question better than we. Abraham Lincoln


+ 271 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


+ 176 If slavery is right, all words, acts, laws, and constitutions against it, are themselves wrong, and should be silenced, and swept away. Abraham Lincoln


+ 299 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


+ 240 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


+ 239 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


+ 288 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


+ 288 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


+ 312 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


+ 286 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


+ 258 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


+ 263 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


+ 247 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


+ 212 America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln


+ 221 Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. Abraham Lincoln


+ 222 Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right. Abraham Lincoln


+ 227 You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time. Abraham Lincoln


+ 279 Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln


+ 197 Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln


+ 152 In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln


+ 233 We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln


+ 161 Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln


+ 152 All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. Abraham Lincoln


+ 266 This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 188 Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln


+ 198 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


+ 177 Do not interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties. Abraham Lincoln


+ 224 Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration. Abraham Lincoln


+ 230 I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong. Abraham Lincoln


+ 189 The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln


+ 200 A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have. Abraham Lincoln


+ 186 Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth. Abraham Lincoln


+ 203 I remember my mother's prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. Abraham Lincoln


+ 164 Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? Abraham Lincoln


+ 231 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


+ 178 Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm. Abraham Lincoln


+ 169 I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts. Abraham Lincoln


+ 165 No man is good enough to govern another man without the other's consent. Abraham Lincoln


+ 220 Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. Abraham Lincoln


+ 201 A house divided against itself cannot stand. Abraham Lincoln


+ 188 When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion. Abraham Lincoln


+ 192 You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln


+ 208 No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar. Abraham Lincoln


+ 163 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


+ 162 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


+ 189 My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. Abraham Lincoln


+ 179 The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next. Abraham Lincoln


+ 199 Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. Abraham Lincoln


+ 213 A woman is the only thing I am afraid of that I know will not hurt me. Abraham Lincoln


+ 209 My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure. Abraham Lincoln


+ 164 Whatever you are, be a good one. Abraham Lincoln


+ 202 If once you forfeit the confidence of your fellow-citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. Abraham Lincoln


+ 276 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


+ 180 Do not worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition. Abraham Lincoln


+ 179 I'm a slow walker, but I never walk back. Abraham Lincoln


+ 154 Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory. Abraham Lincoln


+ 219 The best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. Abraham Lincoln


+ 179 The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just. Abraham Lincoln


+ 190 It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. Abraham Lincoln


+ 153 I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. Abraham Lincoln


+ 164 Everybody likes a compliment. Abraham Lincoln


+ 180 Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them. Abraham Lincoln


+ 195 I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends. Abraham Lincoln


+ 196 The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln


+ 199 I will prepare and some day my chance will come. Abraham Lincoln


+ 203 I never had a policy; I have just tried to do my very best each and every day. Abraham Lincoln


+ 234 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


+ 148 As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Abraham Lincoln


+ 189 No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. Abraham Lincoln


+ 234 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


+ 235 I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday. Abraham Lincoln


+ 223 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


+ 161 That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well. Abraham Lincoln


+ 198 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


+ 183 Stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right and part with him when he goes wrong. Abraham Lincoln


+ 179 The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person. Abraham Lincoln


+ 160 If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance. Abraham Lincoln


+ 183 I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice. Abraham Lincoln


+ 226 Republicans are for both the man and the dollar, but in case of conflict the man before the dollar. Abraham Lincoln


+ 192 I care not much for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 263 Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally. Abraham Lincoln


+ 149 He has a right to criticize, who has a heart to help. Abraham Lincoln


+ 202 Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. Abraham Lincoln


+ 203 Avoid popularity if you would have peace. Abraham Lincoln


+ 187 If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee. Abraham Lincoln


+ 188 The people will save their government, if the government itself will allow them. Abraham Lincoln


+ 200 These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people. Abraham Lincoln


+ 179 If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one? Abraham Lincoln


+ 174 I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. Abraham Lincoln


+ 236 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


+ 209 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


+ 154 Important principles may, and must, be inflexible. Abraham Lincoln


+ 235 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


+ 227 When I hear a man preach, I like to see him act as if he were fighting bees. Abraham Lincoln


+ 171 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


+ 216 I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Abraham Lincoln


+ 194 You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was. Abraham Lincoln


+ 190 What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself. Abraham Lincoln


+ 232 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


+ 166 We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it. Abraham Lincoln


+ 161 The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him. Abraham Lincoln


+ 218 Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets. Abraham Lincoln


+ 236 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


+ 231 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


+ 167 With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. Abraham Lincoln


+ 195 There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, 'Truth is the daughter of Time.' Abraham Lincoln


+ 223 When you have got an elephant by the hind legs and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run. Abraham Lincoln


+ 148 Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. Abraham Lincoln


+ 181 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


+ 222 In great contests each party claims to act in accordance with the will of God. Both may be, and one must be wrong. Abraham Lincoln


+ 211 Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. Abraham Lincoln


+ 257 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


+ 200 Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Abraham Lincoln


+ 199 To give victory to the right, not bloody bullets, but peaceful ballots only, are necessary. Abraham Lincoln


+ 156 Every one desires to live long, but no one would be old. Abraham Lincoln


+ 181 The ballot is stronger than the bullet. Abraham Lincoln


+ 155 The time comes upon every public man when it is best for him to keep his lips closed. Abraham Lincoln


+ 175 As our case is new, we must think and act anew. Abraham Lincoln


+ 183 He who molds the public sentiment... makes statutes and decisions possible or impossible to make. Abraham Lincoln


+ 177 I can make more generals, but horses cost money. Abraham Lincoln


+ 258 Public opinion in this country is everything. Abraham Lincoln


+ 155 Some day I shall be President. Abraham Lincoln


+ 198 Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Abraham Lincoln


+ 191 Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored. Abraham Lincoln


+ 191 With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed. Abraham Lincoln


+ 190 The people themselves, and not their servants, can safely reverse their own deliberate decisions. Abraham Lincoln


+ 209 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


+ 186 Some single mind must be master, else there will be no agreement in anything. Abraham Lincoln


+ 224 Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. Abraham Lincoln


+ 190 Knavery and flattery are blood relations. Abraham Lincoln


+ 216 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


+ 237 Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. Abraham Lincoln


+ 255 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


+ 277 At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide. Abraham Lincoln


+ 237 Our defense is in the preservation of the spirit which prizes liberty as a heritage of all men, in all lands, everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism around your own doors. Abraham Lincoln


+ 211 Surely God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality. Abraham Lincoln


+ 258 I desire so to conduct the affairs of this administration that if at the end... I have lost every other friend on earth, I shall at least have one friend left, and that friend shall be down inside of me. Abraham Lincoln


+ 221 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


+ 236 That we we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. Abraham Lincoln


+ 198 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 not for that, but for future use. Abraham Lincoln


+ 233 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


+ 233 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


+ 197 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


+ 174 Whenever you hear a man prating about the Constitution, spot him as a traitor. Andrew Johnson


+ 172 There are no good laws but such as repeal other laws. Andrew Johnson


+ 220 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


+ 181 No, gentlemen, if I am to be shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet. Andrew Johnson


+ 164 Mr. Jefferson meant the white race. Andrew Johnson


+ 255 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


+ 238 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


+ 229 Notwithstanding a mendacious press; notwithstanding a subsidized gang of hirelings who have not ceased to traduce me, I have discharged all my official duties and fulfilled my pledges. And I say here tonight that if my predecessor had lived, the vials of wrath would have poured out upon him. Andrew Johnson


+ 223 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


+ 200 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


+ 218 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


+ 234 The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people. Andrew Johnson


+ 249 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


+ 257 I must be permitted to say that I have been almost overwhelmed by the announcement of the sad event which has so recently occurred. I feel incompetent to perform duties so important and responsible as those which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me. Andrew Johnson


+ 281 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


+ 238 "The sovereignty of the States" is the language of the Confederacy, and not the language of the Constitution. The latter contains the emphatic words — This Constitution and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof, and all treaties made or which shall be made under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land, and the judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. Andrew Johnson


+ 253 Certainly the Government of the United States is a limited government, and so is every State government a limited government. With us this idea of limitation spreads through every form of administration — general, State, and municipal — and rests on the great distinguishing principle of the recognition of the rights of man. The ancient republics absorbed the individual in the state — prescribed his religion and controlled his activity. The American system rests on the assertion of the equal right of every man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, to freedom of conscience, to the culture and exercise of all his faculties. As a consequence the State government is limited — as to the General Government in the interest of union, as to the individual citizen in the interest of freedom. Andrew Johnson


+ 250 Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom. But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people, from whom it derives its existence, it should, from the very consideration of its origin, be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities. Monopolies, perpetuities, and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government, and ought not to be allowed. Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies; the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry. Wherever monopoly attains a foothold, it is sure to be a source of danger, discord, and trouble. We shall but fulfill our duties as legislators by according "equal and exact justice to all men," special privileges to none. Andrew Johnson


+ 274 The life of a republic lies certainly in the energy, virtue, and intelligence of its citizens; but it is equally true that a good revenue system is the life of an organized government. I meet you at a time when the nation has voluntarily burdened itself with a debt unprecedented in our annals. Vast as is its amount, it fades away into nothing when compared with the countless blessings that will be conferred upon our country and upon man by the preservation of the nation's life. Now, on the first occasion of the meeting of Congress since the return of peace, it is of the utmost importance to inaugurate a just policy, which shall at once be put in motion, and which shall commend itself to those who come after us for its continuance. We must aim at nothing less than the complete effacement of the financial evils that necessarily followed a state of civil war. Andrew Johnson


+ 233 I hold it the duty of the Executive to insist upon frugality in the expenditures, and a sparing economy is itself a great national resource. Andrew Johnson


+ 299 It may be safely assumed as an axiom in the government of states that the greatest wrongs inflicted upon a people are caused by unjust and arbitrary legislation, or by the unrelenting decrees of despotic rulers, and that the timely revocation of injurious and oppressive measures is the greatest good that can be conferred upon a nation. The legislator or ruler who has the wisdom and magnanimity to retrace his steps when convinced of error will sooner or later be rewarded with the respect and gratitude of an intelligent and patriotic people. Our own history, although embracing a period less than a century, affords abundant proof that most, if not all, of our domestic troubles are directly traceable to violations of the organic law and excessive legislation. Andrew Johnson


+ 248 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


+ 249 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.


+ 230 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.


+ 298 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


+ 162 This Johnson is a queer man. Abraham Lincoln


+ 175 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


+ 203 It has been a severe lesson for Andy, but I do not think he will do it again. Abraham Lincoln


+ 235 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


+ 280 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


+ 211 Whatever may have been the opinion of the President at one time as to "good faith requiring the security of the freemen in their liberty and their property," it is now manifest from the character of his objections to this bill that he will approve no measures that will accomplish the object. Lyman Trumbull


+ 180 My lord, I have heard that your father was a military man. Was that the case? Ulysses S. Grant


+ 221 Though I have been trained as a soldier, and participated in many battles, there never was a time when, in my opinion, some way could not be found to prevent the drawing of the sword. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 184 I propose to fight it out on this line, if it takes all summer. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 202 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


+ 192 The cause of the great War of the Rebellion against the United Status will have to be attributed to slavery. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 196 I never forgot that he had as much reason to fear my forces as I had his. The lesson was valuable. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 199 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


+ 202 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


+ 188 The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at him as soon as you can. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 153 God gave us Lincoln and Liberty, let us fight for both. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 147 No terms except an unconditional surrender can be accepted. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 185 Nations, like individuals, are punished for their transgressions. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 204 Treat the negro as a citizen and a voter, as he is and must remain, and soon parties will be divided, not on the color line, but on principle. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 245 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


+ 182 I know only two tunes: one of them is 'Yankee Doodle', and the other one isn't. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 198 Wars produce many stories of fiction, some of which are told until they are believed to be true. Ulysses S. Grant


+ 199 The melancholy thing in our public life is the insane desire to get higher. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 211 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


+ 196 The melancholy thing in our public life is the insane desire to get higher. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 190 He serves his party best who serves the country best. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 188 Fighting battles is like courting girls: those who make the most pretensions and are boldest usually win. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 230 Is there anything in which the people of this age and country differ more from those of other lands and former times than in this — their ability to preserve order and protect rights without the aid of government? Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 176 Disunion and civil war are at hand; and yet I fear disunion and war less than compromise. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 206 War is a cruel business and there is brutality in it on all sides... Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 227 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


+ 205 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


+ 205 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


+ 182 My policy is trust, peace, and to put aside the bayonet. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 195 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


+ 191 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


+ 211 Coming in, I was denounced as a fraud by all the extreme men of the opposing party, and as an ingrate and a traitor by the same class of men in my own party. Going out, I have the good will, blessings, and approval of the best people of all parties and sections. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 255 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


+ 210 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


+ 219 We can travel longer, night and day, without losing our spirits than almost any persons we ever met. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 202 Torpedoes in His Path: Can he, with that load, get through without exploding them? Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 222 The progress of society is mainly ... the improvement in the condition of the workingmen of the world. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 226 My policy is trust, peace, and to put aside the bayonet. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 191 I am a freeman and jolly as a beggar. Rutherford B. Hayes


+ 209 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


+ 227 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


+ 237 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


+ 229 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


+ 193 I believe in God, and I trust myself in His hands. James A. Garfield


+ 153 I mean to make myself a man, and if I succeed in that, I shall succeed in everything else. James A. Garfield


+ 195 The President is the last person in the world to know what the people really want and think. James A. Garfield


+ 197 I am receiving what I suppose to be the usual number of threatening letters on the subject. Assassination can be no more guarded against than death by lightning; it is best not to worry about either. James A. Garfield


+ 184 I have had many troubles, but the worst of them never came. James A. Garfield


+ 226 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


+ 207 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


+ 160 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


+ 211 I am trying to do two things: dare to be a radical and not be a fool, which, if I may judge by the exhibitions around me, is a matter of no small difficulty. James A. Garfield


+ 199 If hard work is not another name for talent, it is the best possible substitute for it. James A. Garfield


+ 243 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


+ 157 A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck. James A. Garfield


+ 185 The chief duty of government is to keep the peace and stand out of the sunshine of the people. James A. Garfield


+ 208 The lesson of History is rarely learned by the actors themselves. James A. Garfield


+ 178 The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other. James A. Garfield


+ 242 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


+ 189 I will not vote against the truths of the multiplication table. James A. Garfield


+ 169 Things don't turn up in this world until somebody turns them up. James A. Garfield


+ 201 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


+ 179 I am a poor hater. James A. Garfield


+ 174 The possession of great powers, no doubt, carries with it a contempt for mere external show. James A. Garfield


+ 231 Nobody but radicals have ever accomplished anything in a great crisis. Conservatives have their place in the piping times of peace; but in emergencies only rugged issue men amount to much. James A. Garfield


+ 189 Few men in our history have ever obtained the Presidency by planning to obtain it. James A. Garfield


+ 191 All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people. James A. Garfield


+ 183 Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. James A. Garfield


+ 148 I thank you doctor, but I am a dead man. James A. Garfield


+ 269 I love to deal with doctrines and events. The contests of men about men I greatly dislike. James A. Garfield


+ 182 My God! What is there in this place that a man should ever want to get into it? James A. Garfield


+ 188 The sin of slavery is one of which it may be said that without the shedding of blood there is no remission. James A. Garfield


+ 232 Tell her I am seriously hurt; how seriously I cannot yet say. I am myself, and hope she will come to me soon. I send my love to her. James A. Garfield


+ 240 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


+ 245 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


+ 201 Not in Chicago, in the heat of June, but at the ballot-boxes of the Republic, in the quiet of November, after the silence of deliberate judgment, will this question be settled. And now, gentlemen of the Convention, what do we want? James A. Garfield


+ 289 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


+ 233 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


+ 259 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


+ 220 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


+ 251 He has shown himself able to meet with calmness the great emergencies of the government. For twenty-five years he has trodden the perilous heights of public duty, and against all the shafts of malice has borne his breast unharmed. He has stood in the blaze of "that fierce light that beats against the throne"; but its fiercest ray has found no flaw in his armor, no stain upon his shield. I do not present him as a better Republican or a better man than thousands of others that we honor; but I present him for your deliberate and favorable consideration. I nominate John Sherman, of Ohio. James A. Garfield


+ 282 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


+ 297 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


+ 220 Under this Constitution the boundaries of freedom have been enlarged, the foundations of order and peace have been strengthened, and the growth of our people in all the better elements of national life has indicated the wisdom of the founders and given new hope to their descendants. James A. Garfield


+ 221 The supreme trial of the Constitution came at last under the tremendous pressure of civil war. We ourselves are witnesses that the Union emerged from the blood and fire of that conflict purified and made stronger for all the beneficent purposes of good government. James A. Garfield


+ 250 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


+ 238 No doubt this great change has caused serious disturbance to our Southern communities. This is to be deplored, though it was perhaps unavoidable. But those who resisted the change should remember that under our institutions there was no middle ground for the negro race between slavery and equal citizenship. There can be no permanent disfranchised peasantry in the United States. Freedom can never yield its fullness of blessings so long as the law or its administration places the smallest obstacle in the pathway of any virtuous citizen. James A. Garfield


+ 244 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


+ 237 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


+ 248 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


+ 244 My countrymen, we do not now differ in our judgment concerning the controversies of past generations, and fifty years hence our children will not be divided in their opinions concerning our controversies. They will surely bless their fathers and their fathers' God that the Union was preserved, that slavery was overthrown, and that both races were made equal before the law. We may hasten or we may retard, but we can not prevent, the final reconciliation. James A. Garfield


+ 228 Enterprises of the highest importance to our moral and material well-being unite us and offer ample employment of our best powers. Let all our people, leaving behind them the battlefields of dead issues, move forward and in their strength of liberty and the restored Union win the grander victories of peace. James A. Garfield


+ 247 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


+ 230 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


+ 278 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


+ 189 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


+ 238 I have always said that my whole public life was an experiment to determine whether an intelligent people would sustain a man in acting sensibly on each proposition that arose, and in doing nothing for mere show or demagogical effect. James A. Garfield


+ 180 It is not manly to lie even about Satan. James A. Garfield


+ 203 I would rather be defeated than make capital out of my religion. James A. Garfield


+ 190 The great Carlyle has said that the best gift God ever gave to man was an eye that could really see; I venture to add that an equally rare and not less important gift is the courage to tell what one sees. James A. Garfield


+ 204 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


+ 159 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


+ 233 Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken. Chester A. Arthur


+ 197 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


+ 245 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


+ 196 The extravagant expenditure of public money is an evil not to be measured by the value of that money to the people who are taxed for it. Chester A. Arthur


+ 228 I trust the time is nigh when, with the universal assent of civilized people, all international differences shall be determined without resort to arms by the benignant processes of civilization. Chester A. Arthur


+ 194 Experience has shown that the trade of the East is the key to national wealth and influence. Chester A. Arthur


+ 166 Men may die, but the fabric of our free institutions remains unshaken. Chester A. Arthur


+ 223 What a pleasant lot of fellows they are. What a pity they have so little sense about politics. If they lived North the last one of them would be Republicans. Chester A. Arthur


+ 212 The office of the Vice-President is a greater honor than I ever dreamed of attaining. Chester A. Arthur


+ 216 Honors to me now are not what they once were. Chester A. Arthur


+ 178 Madam, I may be President of the United States, but my private life is nobody’s damn business. Chester A. Arthur


+ 173 I am only waiting for my wife to grow up. Grover Cleveland


+ 207 Public officers are the servants and agents of the people, to execute the laws which the people have made. Grover Cleveland


+ 213 I feel as if it were time for me to write to someone who will believe what I write. Grover Cleveland


+ 257 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


+ 242 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.


+ 259 Amid the din of party strife the people's choice was made, but its attendant circumstances have demonstrated anew the strength and safety of a government by the people. In each succeeding year it more clearly appears that our democratic principle needs no apology, and that in its fearless and faithful application is to be found the surest guaranty of good government. But the best results in the operation of a government wherein every citizen has a share largely depend upon a proper limitation of purely partisan zeal and effort and a correct appreciation of the time when the heat of the partisan should be merged in the patriotism of the citizen.


+ 248 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.


+ 201 After an existence of nearly twenty years of almost innocuous desuetude, these laws are brought forth. Grover Cleveland


+ 229 Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Not only is their time and labor due to the Government, but they should scrupulously avoid in their political action, as well as in the discharge of their official duty, offending by a display of obtrusive partisanship their neighbors who have relations with them as public officials. Grover Cleveland


+ 292 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


+ 233 When more of the people's sustenance is exacted through the form of taxation than is necessary to meet the just obligations of government and expenses of its economical administration, such exaction becomes ruthless extortion and a violation of the fundamental principles of free government. Grover Cleveland


+ 244 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


+ 247 Both of the great political parties now represented in the Government have by repeated and authoritative declarations condemned the condition of our laws which permit the collection from the people of unnecessary revenue, and have in the most solemn manner promised its correction; and neither as citizens nor partisans are our countrymen in a mood to condone the deliberate violation of these pledges. Our progress toward a wise conclusion will not be improved by dwelling upon the theories of protection and free trade. This savors too much of bandying epithets. It is a condition which confronts us — not a theory. Relief from this condition may involve a slight reduction of the advantages which we award our home productions, but the entire withdrawal of such advantages should not be contemplated. The question of free trade is absolutely irrelevant, and the persistent claim made in certain quarters that all the efforts to relieve the people from unjust and unnecessary taxation are schemes of so-called free traders is mischievous and far removed from any consideration for the public good. Grover Cleveland


+ 190 I have considered the pension list of the republic a roll of honor. Grover Cleveland


+ 272 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


+ 142 Party honesty is party expediency. Grover Cleveland


+ 269 The lessons of paternalism ought to be unlearned and the better lesson taught that while the people should patriotically and cheerfully support their government, its functions do not include the support of the people. Grover Cleveland


+ 342 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


+ 210 The trusts and combinations—the communism of pelf—whose machinations have prevented us from reaching the success we deserved, should not be forgotten nor forgiven. Grover Cleveland


+ 291 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


+ 211 What is the use of being elected or re-elected unless you stand for something? Grover Cleveland


+ 185 I have tried so hard to do the right. Grover Cleveland


+ 224 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. Grover Cleveland


+ 206 A stream of light shall pierce the darkness of ignorance and man's oppression, until Liberty enlightens the world. Grover Cleveland


+ 162 Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters. Grover Cleveland


+ 222 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


+ 170 I'm only waiting for my wife to grow up. Grover Cleveland


+ 190 I have tried so hard to do the right. Grover Cleveland


+ 210 We Americans have no commission from God to police the world. Benjamin Harrison


+ 199 I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process. Benjamin Harrison


+ 214 God forbid that the day should ever come when, in the American mind, the thought of man as a "consumer" shall submerge the old American thought of man as a creature of God, endowed with "unalienable rights. Benjamin Harrison


+ 278 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


+ 259 The virtues of courage and patriotism have given recent proof of their continued presence and increasing power in the hearts and over the lives of our people. The influences of religion have been multiplied and strengthened. The sweet offices of charity have greatly increased. The virtue of temperance is held in higher estimation. We have not attained an ideal condition. Not all of our people are happy and prosperous; not all of them are virtuous and law-abiding. But on the whole the opportunities offered to the individual to secure the comforts of life are better than are found elsewhere and largely better than they were here one hundred years ago. Benjamin Harrison


+ 216 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


+ 202 War should never be entered upon until every agency of peace has failed. William McKinley


+ 193 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


+ 173 We need Hawaii just as much and a good deal more than we did California. It is manifest destiny. William McKinley


+ 190 The mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation. William McKinley


+ 171 Our differences are policies; our agreements, principles. William McKinley


+ 217 The American flag has not been planted on foreign soil to acquire more territory but for humanity's sake. William McKinley


+ 221 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


+ 202 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


+ 215 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


+ 185 Expositions are the timekeepers of progress. William McKinley


+ 200 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


+ 184 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


+ 195 I could not have told where those damned islands were within 2,000 miles. William McKinley


+ 186 I have always been fond of the West African proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." Theodore Roosevelt


+ 139 I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 230 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


+ 162 I'm as strong as a bull moose and you can use me to the limit. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 189 Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 211 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


+ 217 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


+ 223 It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 212 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


+ 156 Discrimination against the holder of one faith means retaliatory discrimination against men of other faiths. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 144 I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 232 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


+ 171 We cannot avoid meeting great issues. All that we can determine for ourselves is whether we shall meet them well or ill. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 242 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


+ 219 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


+ 183 Success comes only to those who lead the life of endeavor. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 213 The chief factor in any man’s success or failure must be his own character—that is, the sum of his common sense, his courage, his virile energy and capacity. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 176 No prosperity and no glory can save a nation that is rotten at heart. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 248 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


+ 189 The first essential of civilization is law. Anarchy is simply the handmaiden and forerunner of tyranny and despotism. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 202 No hard and fast rule can be laid down as to where our legislation shall stop in interfering between man and man, between interest and interest. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 227 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


+ 234 The fundamental rule in our national life —the rule which underlies all others—is that, on the whole, and in the long run, we shall go up or down together. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 218 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


+ 202 Artificial bodies, such as corporations ... should be subject to proper governmental supervision, and full and accurate information as to their operations should be made public regularly at reasonable intervals. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 201 A healthy republican government must rest upon individuals, not upon classes or sections. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 243 The good citizen is the man who, whatever his wealth or his poverty, strives manfully to do his duty to himself, to his family, to his neighbor, to the States; who is incapable of the baseness which manifests itself either in arrogance or in envy, but who while demanding justice for himself is no less scrupulous to do justice to others. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 149 Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 164 Life can mean nothing worth meaning, unless its prime aim is the doing of duty, the achievement of results worth achieving. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 196 The joy of life is won in its deepest and truest sense only by those who have not shirked life's burdens. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 189 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


+ 178 A sound body is good; a sound mind is better; but a strong and clean character is better than either. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 151 The life that is worth living, and the only life that is worth living, is the life of effort, the life of effort to attain what is worth striving for. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 213 Happiness can not come to any man capable of enjoying true happiness unless it comes as the sequel to duty well and honestly done. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 224 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


+ 212 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


+ 238 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


+ 227 There is no good reason why we should fear the future, but there is every reason why we should face it seriously, neither hiding from ourselves the gravity of the problems before us nor fearing to approach these problems with the unbending, unflinching purpose to solve them aright. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 237 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


+ 176 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


+ 257 In every civilized society property rights must be carefully safeguarded; ordinarily, and in the great majority of cases, human rights and property rights are fundamentally and in the long run identical; but when it clearly appears that there is a real conflict between them, human rights must have the upper hand, for property belongs to man and not man to property. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 163 The greatest doer must also be a great dreamer. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 174 If a man does not have an ideal and try to live up to it, then he becomes a mean, base, and sordid creature, no matter how successful. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 178 We stand equally against government by a plutocracy and government by a mob. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 237 To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 180 All really civilized communities should have effective arbitration treaties among themselves. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 235 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


+ 223 For weal or for woe, the peoples of mankind are knit together far closer than ever before. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 243 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


+ 208 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


+ 274 This world movement of civilization, this movement which is now felt throbbing in every corner of the globe, should bind the nations of the world together while yet leaving unimpaired that love of country in the individual citizen which in the present stage of the world's progress is essential to the world's well-being. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 204 Each people can do justice to itself only if it does justice to others. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 148 It is of little use for us to pay lip-loyalty to the mighty men of the past unless ... Theodore Roosevelt


+ 177 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


+ 202 Our government, National and State, must be freed from the sinister influence or control of special interests. [...] now the great special business interests too often control and corrupt the men and methods of government for their own profit. We must drive the special interests out of politics. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 219 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


+ 223 It is necessary that laws should be passed to prohibit the use of corporate funds directly or indirectly for political purposes; it is still more necessary that such laws should be thoroughly enforced. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 149 The representative body shall represent all the people rather than any one class or section of the people. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 229 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


+ 180 If our political institutions were perfect, they would absolutely prevent the political domination of money in any part of our affairs. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 204 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


+ 206 The object of government is the welfare of the people. The material progress and prosperity of a nation are desirable chiefly so long as they lead to the moral and material welfare of all good citizens. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 202 We must apply new political methods to meet the new political needs, or else we shall stiffer, and our children also. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 215 The greatest evils in our industrial system to-day are those which rise from the abuses of aggregated wealth; and our great problem is to overcome these evils and cut out these abuses. No one man can deal with this matter. It is the affair of the people as a whole. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 201 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


+ 192 The man of great wealth who accumulates and uses his wealth without regard to ethical standards, who profits by and breeds corruption, and robs and swindles others, is the very worst enemy of property. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 227 The collective power of the State can help; but it is the individual’s own power of self-help which is most important. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 209 The fact that there are dangers in following a given course merely means that we should follow it with a cautious realization of these dangers, and not that we should abandon it, if on the whole it is the right course. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 194 Our democracy depends on individual improvement just as much as upon collective effort to achieve our common social improvement. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 234 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


+ 198 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


+ 188 Full knowledge of the past helps us in dealing with the future. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 207 The destinies of this country should be shaped primarily by moral forces, and by material forces only as they are subordinated to these moral forces. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 286 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


+ 200 In the last analysis, with the nation as with the individual, it is private character that counts for most. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 211 In the last analysis, with the nation as with the individual, it is private character that counts for most. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 214 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


+ 163 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


+ 197 Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 163 The country is the place for children, and if not the country, a city small enough so that one can get out into the country. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 153 The performance of duty, and not an indulgence in vapid ease and vapid pleasure, is all that makes life worth while. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 268 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


+ 181 The country is the place for children, and if not the country, a city small enough so that one can get out into the country. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 279 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


+ 276 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


+ 232 Our nation was founded to perpetuate democratic principles. These principles are that each man is to be treated on his worth as a man without regard to the land from which his forefathers came and without regard to the creed which he professes. If the United States proves false to these principles of civil and religious liberty, it will have inflicted the greatest blow on the system of free popular government that has ever been inflicted. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 181 Our duty is to secure each man against any injustice by his fellows. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 220 There is nothing that a man of loose principles and of evil practices in public life so desires as the chance to distract attention from his own shortcomings and misdeeds by exciting and inflaming theological and sectarian prejudice. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 221 Americanism is a matter of the spirit and of the soul. Our allegiance must be purely to the United States. We must unsparingly condemn any man who holds any other allegiance. But if he is heartily and singly loyal to this Republic, then no matter where he was born, he is just as good an American as anyone else. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 158 The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 169 No justice in legislation or success in business will be of the slightest avail if the nation has not prepared in advance the strength to protect its rights. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 143 Efficiency is as essential as patriotism; one is useless without the other. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 229 Any discrimination against aliens is a wrong, for it tends to put the immigrant at a disadvantage and to cause him to feel bitterness and resentment during the very years when he should be preparing himself for American citizenship. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 201 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


+ 228 If we leave the immigrant to be helped by representatives of foreign governments, by foreign societies, by a press and institutions conducted in a foreign language and in the interest of foreign governments, and if we permit the immigrants to exist as alien groups, each group sundered from the rest of the citizens of the country, we shall store up for ourselves bitter trouble in the future. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 171 The immigrant must not be allowed to drift or to be put at the mercy of the exploiter. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 233 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


+ 276 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


+ 201 All of us, no matter from what land our parents came, no matter in what way we may severally worship our Creator, must stand shoulder to shoulder in a united America for the elimination of race and religious prejudice. We must stand for a reign of equal justice to both big and small. Theodore Roosevelt


+ 213 By sheer force of moral purpose, by clarity of perception, by mastery of detail and benign manipulation of men, he had become, as Henry Adams admiringly wrote him, "the best herder of Emperors since Napoleon. ~ Edmund Morris


+ 197 I am a Unitarian. I believe in God. I do not believe in the divinity of Christ, and there are many postulates of the orthodox creed to which I cannot subscribe. William Howard Taft


+ 169 The welfare of the farmer is vital to that of the whole country. William Howard Taft


+ 180 If humor be the safety of our race, then it is due largely to the infusion into the American people of the Irish brain. William Howard Taft


+ 154 We are all imperfect. We can not expect perfect government. William Howard Taft


+ 202 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


+ 188 I am in favor of helping the prosperity of all countries because, when we are all prosperous, the trade of each becomes more valuable to the other. William Howard Taft


+ 194 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


+ 259 I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God. William Howard Taft


+ 235 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


+ 224 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


+ 237 Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. William Howard Taft


+ 169 The truth is that in my present life I don’t remember that I ever was president. William Howard Taft


+ 230 Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race. William Howard Taft


+ 175 Sometimes people call me an idealist. Well, that is the way I know I am an American. Woodrow Wilson


+ 204 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


+ 170 The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it. Woodrow Wilson


+ 178 No nation is fit to sit in judgment upon any other nation. Woodrow Wilson


+ 184 The success of a party means little except when the Nation is using that party for a large and definite purpose. Woodrow Wilson


+ 211 There is a price which is too great to pay for peace, and that price can be put in one word. One cannot pay the price of self-respect. Woodrow Wilson


+ 196 If my convictions have any validity, opinion ultimately governs the world. Woodrow Wilson


+ 199 The flag is the embodiment, not of sentiment, but of history... Woodrow Wilson


+ 171 The supreme test of the nation has come. We must all speak, act, and serve together! Woodrow Wilson


+ 196 No country can afford to have its prosperity originated by a small controlling class. Woodrow Wilson


+ 178 We have, not one or two, but many, fields of endeavor into which it is difficult, if not impossible, for the independent man to enter. Woodrow Wilson


+ 146 America's present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy... Warren G. Harding


+ 211 I sometimes wish that people would put a little more emphasis upon the observance of the law than they do upon its enforcement. Calvin Coolidge


+ 174 Governments do not make ideals, but ideals make governments. Calvin Coolidge


+ 201 It is not the enactment, but the observance of laws, that creates the character of a nation. Calvin Coolidge


+ 168 To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race. Calvin Coolidge


+ 215 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


+ 242 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


+ 206 A colored man is precisely as much entitled to submit his candidacy in a party primary, as is any other citizen. The decision must be made by the constituents to whom he offers himself, and by nobody else. Calvin Coolidge


+ 209 If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. Calvin Coolidge


+ 158 Food will win the war. Herbert Hoover


+ 213 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


+ 315 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


+ 247 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


+ 227 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


+ 230 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


+ 248 If, by the grace of God, we have passed the worst of this storm, the future months will be easy. If we shall be called upon to endure more of this period, we must gird ourselves for even greater effort, for today we are writing the introduction to the future history of civilization in America. The question is whether that history shall be written in terms of individual responsibility, and the capacity of the Nation for voluntary cooperative action, or whether it shall be written in terms of futile attempt to cure poverty by the enactment of law, instead of the maintained and protected initiative of our people. Herbert Hoover


+ 174 Let me remind you that credit is the lifeblood of business, the lifeblood of prices and jobs. Herbert Hoover


+ 171 Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. Herbert Hoover


+ 227 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


+ 170 A good many things go around in the dark besides Santa Claus. Herbert Hoover


+ 249 Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. Herbert Hoover


+ 184 Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war. Herbert Hoover


+ 230 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


+ 195 The thing I enjoyed most were visits from children. They did not want public office. Herbert Hoover


+ 148 Being a politician is a poor profession. Being a public servant is a noble one. Herbert Hoover


+ 155 Honor is not the exclusive property of any political party. Herbert Hoover


+ 238 When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned. Herbert Hoover


+ 204 Many years ago, I concluded that a few hair shirts were part of the mental wardrobe of every man. The president differs from other men in that he has a more extensive wardrobe. Herbert Hoover


+ 214 About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends. Herbert Hoover


+ 178 I outlived the bastards. Herbert Hoover


+ 180 I’m the only person of distinction who’s ever had a depression named for him. Herbert Hoover


+ 197 Our country has deliberately undertaken a great social and economic experiment, noble in motive and far-reaching in purpose. Herbert Hoover


+ 222 With impressive proof on all sides of magnificent progress, no one can rightly deny the fundamental correctness of our economic system. Herbert Hoover


+ 248 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


+ 241 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


+ 215 In its broad aspects, the proper feeding of children revolves around a public recognition of the interdependence of the human animal upon his cattle. The white race cannot survive without dairy products. Herbert Hoover


+ 240 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


+ 259 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


+ 290 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


+ 200 I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 259 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


+ 205 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


+ 244 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


+ 220 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


+ 236 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


+ 205 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


+ 247 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


+ 208 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


+ 193 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


+ 195 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


+ 204 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


+ 249 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


+ 226 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


+ 181 I don't mind telling you in confidence that I am keeping in fairly close touch with that admirable Italian gentleman. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 207 I hope your committee will not permit doubts as to constitutionality, however reasonable, to block the suggested legislation. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 213 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


+ 186 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


+ 246 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


+ 356 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


+ 235 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


+ 138 No man can occupy the office of President without realizing that he is President of all the people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 168 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


+ 151 The Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 272 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


+ 185 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


+ 238 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


+ 275 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


+ 230 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


+ 199 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


+ 178 We defend and we build a way of life, not for America alone, but for all mankind. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 171 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


+ 192 In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 181 The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 220 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


+ 234 A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 219 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


+ 202 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


+ 201 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


+ 154 When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 228 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


+ 213 If you treat people right they will treat you right... ninety percent of the time. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 197 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


+ 209 Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 171 Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 217 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


+ 132 Here is my principle: Taxes shall be levied according to ability to pay. That is the only American principle. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 187 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


+ 199 The school is the last expenditure upon which America should be willing to economize. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 183 I am neither bitter nor cynical but I do wish there was less immaturity in political thinking. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 172 I'm not the smartest fellow in the world, but I can sure pick smart colleagues. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 191 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


+ 177 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


+ 183 I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 188 Physical strength can never permanently withstand the impact of spiritual force. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 212 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


+ 186 If I went to work in a factory the first thing I'd do is join a union. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 136 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


+ 190 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


+ 214 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


+ 119 The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 141 I am a Christian and a Democrat, that's all. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 177 There are many ways of going forward, but only one way of standing still. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 125 I do not look upon these United States as a finished product. We are still in the making. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 177 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


+ 207 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


+ 163 When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 148 Self-interest is the enemy of all true affection. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 143 It is an unfortunate human failing that a full pocketbook often groans more loudly than an empty stomach. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 185 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


+ 182 No government can help the destinies of people who insist in putting sectional and class consciousness ahead of general weal. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 208 The United States Constitution has proved itself the most marvelously elastic compilation of rules of government ever written. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 188 There are as many opinions as there are experts. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 164 Rules are not necessarily sacred, principles are. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 217 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


+ 155 The truth is found when men are free to pursue it. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 202 Whoever seeks to set one religion against another seeks to destroy all religion. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 155 The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 181 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


+ 173 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


+ 163 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


+ 185 Be sincere; be brief; be seated. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 187 Remember you are just an extra in everyone else's play. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 178 Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 168 In our seeking for economic and political progress, we all go up - or else we all go down. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 205 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


+ 172 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


+ 164 The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 196 We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 168 To reach a port, we must sail - sail, not tie at anchor - sail, not drift. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 166 It is fun to be in the same decade with you. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 192 I believe that in every country the people themselves are more peaceably and liberally inclined than their governments. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 183 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


+ 223 There is nothing I love as much as a good fight. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 168 It is the duty of the President to propose and it is the privilege of the Congress to dispose. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 186 It takes a long time to bring the past up to the present. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 197 The overwhelming majority of Americans are possessed of two great qualities a sense of humor and a sense of proportion. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 126 Think about good always.


+ 124 War is a contagion. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 200 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


+ 137 A reactionary is a somnambulist walking backwards. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 194 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


+ 219 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


+ 199 I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 207 This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 201 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


+ 222 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


+ 208 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


+ 223 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


+ 212 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


+ 164 It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. Harry S. Truman


+ 207 When even one American - who has done nothing wrong - is forced by fear to shut his mind and close his mouth - then all Americans are in peril. Harry S. Truman


+ 210 I never did give anybody hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. Harry S. Truman


+ 165 A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry S. Truman


+ 178 America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. Harry S. Truman


+ 227 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


+ 159 If you can't convince them, confuse them. Harry S. Truman


+ 161 A leader in the Democratic Party is a boss, in the Republican Party he is a leader. Harry S. Truman


+ 227 I do not believe there is a problem in this country or the world today which could not be settled if approached through the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount. Harry S. Truman


+ 161 In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first. Harry S. Truman


+ 180 You want a friend in Washington? Get a dog. Harry S. Truman


+ 191 If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Harry S. Truman


+ 206 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


+ 206 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


+ 258 Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything. Harry S. Truman


+ 200 I never gave anybody hell! I just told the truth and they thought it was hell. Harry S. Truman


+ 204 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


+ 194 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


+ 157 It's a recession when your neighbor loses his job; it's a depression when you lose yours. Harry S. Truman


+ 188 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


+ 168 The reward of suffering is experience. Harry S. Truman


+ 131 A bureaucrat is a Democrat who holds some office that a Republican wants. Harry S. Truman


+ 197 Experience has shown how deeply the seeds of war are planted by economic rivalry and social injustice. Harry S. Truman


+ 179 The atom bomb was no great decision. It was merely another powerful weapon in the arsenal of righteousness. Harry S. Truman


+ 199 The Marine Corps is the Navy's police force and as long as I am President that is what it will remain. They have a propaganda machine that is almost equal to Stalin's. Harry S. Truman


+ 212 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


+ 179 Actions are the seed of fate deeds grow into destiny. Harry S. Truman


+ 187 All my life, whenever it comes time to make a decision, I make it and forget about it. Harry S. Truman


+ 125 The buck stops here! Harry S. Truman


+ 205 I had faith in Israel before it was established, I have in it now. I believe it has a glorious future before it - not just another sovereign nation, but as an embodiment of the great ideals of our civilization. Harry S. Truman


+ 198 Upon books the collective education of the race depends; they are the sole instruments of registering, perpetuating and transmitting thought. Harry S. Truman


+ 227 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


+ 204 The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry S. Truman


+ 166 The President is always abused. If he isn't, he isn't doing anything. Harry S. Truman


+ 202 A President needs political understanding to run the government, but he may be elected without it. Harry S. Truman


+ 194 There is nothing new in the world except the history you do not know. Harry S. Truman


+ 176 When you have an efficient government, you have a dictatorship. Harry S. Truman


+ 177 Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past. Harry S. Truman


+ 182 A President cannot always be popular. Harry S. Truman


+ 207 I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry S. Truman


+ 191 If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house. Harry S. Truman


+ 205 The only things worth learning are the things you learn after you know it all. Harry S. Truman


+ 156 The White House is the finest prison in the world. Harry S. Truman


+ 143 Study men, not historians. Harry S. Truman


+ 184 Whenever a fellow tells me he's bipartisan, I know he's going to vote against me. Harry S. Truman


+ 224 Any man who has had the job I've had and didn't have a sense of humor wouldn't still be here. Harry S. Truman


+ 206 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


+ 184 I would rather have peace in the world than be President. Harry S. Truman


+ 214 Washington is a very easy city for you to forget where you came from and why you got there in the first place. Harry S. Truman


+ 226 You can always amend a big plan, but you can never expand a little one. I don't believe in little plans. I believe in plans big enough to meet a situation which we can't possibly foresee now. Harry S. Truman


+ 155 Art is parasitic on life, just as criticism is parasitic on art. Harry S. Truman


+ 205 In my opinion eight years as president is enough and sometimes too much for any man to serve in that capacity. Harry S. Truman


+ 175 Intense feeling too often obscures the truth. Harry S. Truman


+ 214 The United Nations is designed to make possible lasting freedom and independence for all its members. Harry S. Truman


+ 191 Being too good is apt to be uninteresting. Harry S. Truman


+ 175 If I'd known how much packing I'd have to do, I'd have run again. Harry S. Truman


+ 185 Always be sincere, even if you don't mean it. Harry S. Truman


+ 210 We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries. Harry S. Truman


+ 196 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


+ 171 A politician is a man who understands government. A statesman is a politician who's been dead for 15 years. Harry S. Truman


+ 194 My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States. Harry S. Truman


+ 225 This administration is going to be cussed and discussed for years to come. Harry S. Truman


+ 161 Whenever you put a man on the Supreme Court he ceases to be your friend. Harry S. Truman


+ 128 It sure is hell to be president. Harry S. Truman


+ 174 Well, I wouldn't say that I was in the great class, but I had a great time while I was trying to be great. Harry S. Truman


+ 220 When you get to be President, there are all those things, the honors, the twenty-one gun salutes, all those things. You have to remember it isn't for you. It's for the Presidency. Harry S. Truman


+ 212 I remember when I first came to Washington. For the first six months you wonder how the hell you ever got here. For the next six months you wonder how the hell the rest of them ever got here. Harry S. Truman


+ 171 A president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment. Harry S. Truman


+ 212 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


+ 255 The human animal cannot be trusted for anything good except en masse. The combined thought and action of the whole people of any race, creed or nationality, will always point in the right direction. Harry S. Truman


+ 204 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


+ 214 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


+ 223 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


+ 182 There's no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 174 A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 209 The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 222 In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 193 Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 218 This world of ours... must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 199 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


+ 192 I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 174 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


+ 166 Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 227 Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels - men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 179 You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 200 The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 236 We will bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 176 Plans are nothing; planning is everything. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 187 An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 221 Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you're a thousand miles from the corn field. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 188 Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 192 Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 205 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


+ 173 I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem - and that yardstick is: Is it good for America? Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 192 Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in the blood of his followers and the sacrifices of his friends. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 163 History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 217 Pull the string, and it will follow wherever you wish. Push it, and it will go nowhere at all. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 177 Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 199 In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 252 Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 253 In most communities it is illegal to cry 'fire' in a crowded assembly. Should it not be considered serious international misconduct to manufacture a general war scare in an effort to achieve local political aims? Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 214 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


+ 180 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


+ 202 Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 156 Only Americans can hurt America. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 199 The clearest way to show what the rule of law means to us in everyday life is to recall what has happened when there is no rule of law. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 152 In the final choice a soldier's pack is not so heavy as a prisoner's chains. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 180 An atheist is a man who watches a Notre Dame - Southern Methodist University game and doesn't care who wins. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 187 How far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without? Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 180 We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 170 What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight - it's the size of the fight in the dog. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 181 Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 227 Our real problem, then, is not our strength today; it is rather the vital necessity of action today to ensure our strength tomorrow. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 182 May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 206 There are a number of things wrong with Washington. One of them is that everyone is too far from home. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 178 The spirit of man is more important than mere physical strength, and the spiritual fiber of a nation than its wealth. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 197 We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 145 Peace and justice are two sides of the same coin. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 200 Pessimism never won any battle. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 255 Don't think you are going to conceal thoughts by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 197 From behind the Iron Curtain, there are signs that tyranny is in trouble and reminders that its structure is as brittle as its surface is hard. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 219 The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give, it to them. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 150 There is no glory in battle worth the blood it costs. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 173 There is no victory at bargain basement prices. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 204 Things are more like they are now than they ever were before. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 198 We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 190 Ankles are nearly always neat and good-looking, but knees are nearly always not. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 206 Only strength can cooperate. Weakness can only beg. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 154 War settles nothing. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 179 If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 162 The purpose is clear. It is safety with solvency. The country is entitled to both. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 180 The world moves, and ideas that were once good are not always good. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 193 When you put on a uniform, there are certain inhibitions that you accept. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 145 Politics is a profession; a serious, complicated and, in its true sense, a noble one. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 292 Oh, that lovely title, ex-president. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 160 Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 166 Our pleasures were simple - they included survival. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 177 We seek peace, knowing that peace is the climate of freedom. Dwight D. Eisenhower


+ 186 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


+ 182 Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. John F. Kennedy


+ 159 Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. John F. Kennedy


+ 162 Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. John F. Kennedy


+ 148 The best road to progress is freedom's road. John F. Kennedy


+ 157 If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy


+ 143 Things do not happen. Things are made to happen. John F. Kennedy


+ 165 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


+ 177 When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. John F. Kennedy


+ 199 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


+ 255 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


+ 177 Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth. John F. Kennedy


+ 175 Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. John F. Kennedy


+ 171 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


+ 216 The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. John F. Kennedy


+ 223 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


+ 220 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


+ 142 Once you say you're going to settle for second, that's what happens to you in life. John F. Kennedy


+ 151 Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly. John F. Kennedy


+ 183 There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction. John F. Kennedy


+ 182 Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan. John F. Kennedy


+ 146 Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. John F. Kennedy


+ 97 A child miseducated is a child lost. John F. Kennedy


+ 176 Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. John F. Kennedy


+ 181 It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war. John F. Kennedy


+ 159 The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. John F. Kennedy


+ 158 I'm an idealist without illusions. John F. Kennedy


+ 176 The basic problems facing the world today are not susceptible to a military solution. John F. Kennedy


+ 206 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


+ 146 Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all. John F. Kennedy


+ 154 Sure it's a big job; but I don't know anyone who can do it better than I can. John F. Kennedy


+ 166 We must use time as a tool, not as a couch. John F. Kennedy


+ 177 The pay is good and I can walk to work. John F. Kennedy


+ 145 The human mind is our fundamental resource. John F. Kennedy


+ 197 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


+ 188 It might be said now that I have the best of both worlds. A Harvard education and a Yale degree. John F. Kennedy


+ 191 The United States has to move very fast to even stand still. John F. Kennedy


+ 204 There is no issue of States' rights or National rights. There is only the struggle for human rights. Lyndon B. Johnson


+ 240 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


+ 205 Freedom of information is so vital that only the national security, not the desire of public officials or private citizens, should determine when it must be restricted. Lyndon Baines Johnson


+ 198 Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines. Richard M. Nixon


+ 226 Don't get the impression that you arouse my anger. You see, one can only be angry with those he respects. Richard M. Nixon


+ 247 Remember, always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty. Always remember, others may hate you. But those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. Richard M. Nixon


+ 209 If you want to make beautiful music, you must play the black and the white notes together. Richard M. Nixon


+ 250 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


+ 206 Always remember that others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself. Richard M. Nixon


+ 254 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


+ 158 A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits. Richard M. Nixon


+ 151 The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire. Richard M. Nixon


+ 182 Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. Richard M. Nixon


+ 220 We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another. Richard M. Nixon


+ 187 If you take no risks, you will suffer no defeats. But if you take no risks, you win no victories. Richard M. Nixon


+ 210 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


+ 200 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


+ 228 A public man must never forget that he loses his usefulness when he as an individual, rather than his policy, becomes the issue. Richard M. Nixon


+ 265 People react to fear, not love; they don't teach that in Sunday School, but it's true. Richard M. Nixon


+ 189 I don't know anything that builds the will to win better than competitive sports. Richard M. Nixon


+ 215 I can see clearly now... that I was wrong in not acting more decisively and more forthrightly in dealing with Watergate. Richard M. Nixon


+ 184 Politics would be a helluva good business if it weren't for the goddamned people. Richard M. Nixon


+ 229 It is necessary for me to establish a winner image. Therefore, I have to beat somebody. Richard M. Nixon


+ 157 Solutions are not the answer. Richard M. Nixon


+ 195 The greatest honor history can bestow is that of peacemaker. Richard M. Nixon


+ 159 The press is the enemy. Richard M. Nixon


+ 153 You've got to learn to survive a defeat. That's when you develop character. Richard M. Nixon


+ 191 I believe in the battle-whether it's the battle of a campaign or the battle of this office, which is a continuing battle. Richard M. Nixon


+ 188 I played by the rules of politics as I found them. Richard M. Nixon


+ 163 Voters quickly forget what a man says. Richard M. Nixon


+ 166 Tell them to send everything that can fly. Richard M. Nixon


+ 167 There will be no whitewash in the White House. Richard M. Nixon


+ 244 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


+ 281 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


+ 206 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


+ 203 The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election. Gerald Ford


+ 206 Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood. Jimmy Carter


+ 257 We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon. Jimmy Carter


+ 279 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


+ 179 We are a purely idealistic Nation, but let no one confuse our idealism with weakness. Jimmy Carter


+ 132 Aggression unopposed becomes a contagious disease. Jimmy Carter


+ 265 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


+ 179 I never felt that my dedication to military service was a violation of my faith in Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Jimmy Carter


+ 238 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


+ 243 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


+ 208 Every morning Nancy and I turn to see what he has to say about people of our respective birth signs. Ronald Reagan


+ 283 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


+ 228 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


+ 167 You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. Ronald Reagan


+ 224 Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. Ronald Reagan


+ 222 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


+ 165 Freedom is the right to question and change the established way of doing things. Ronald Reagan


+ 227 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


+ 218 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


+ 329 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


+ 133 I feel your pain. Bill Clinton


+ 185 I end tonight where it all began for me: I still believe in a place called Hope. Bill Clinton


+ 168 Yesterday is yesterday. If we try to recapture it, we will only lose tomorrow. Bill Clinton


+ 142 Strength and wisdom are not opposing values. Bill Clinton


+ 169 I have met all the most gifted people in our generation and you're the best. Bill Clinton


+ 191 America felt safe behind two great oceans. But with the spread of technology, distance no longer means security. George W.Bush


+ 224 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


+ 167 I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy. George W.Bush


+ 219 I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy.


+ 214 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


+ 275 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


+ 191 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


+ 207 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


+ 177 If you're walking down the right path and you're willing to keep walking, eventually you'll make progress. Barack Obama


+ 205 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


+ 191 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


+ 1557 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


+ 214 That is the true genius of America—a faith in simple dreams, an insistence on small miracles. Barack Obama


+ 161 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


+ 252 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


+ 271 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


+ 170 Old ways won't open new doors.


+ 159 It's all up to you.


+ 192 The grandeur of Jerusalem is also... its problem. Umberto Eco


+ 177 Whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant. - Honore de Balzac


+ 143 Ferrari private drive today.


+ 141 Hello amazing world.


+ 196 If you can lose it all and still believe in yourself - its's when you become invincible.


+ 179 One day someone is going to hug you so tight. That all of your broken pieces will stick back together.


+ 177 People say Time is Money, I say Time is Life


+ 125 Sunday? GYM.


+ 184 I guess the moment when everything changed was when i realized i deserved so much better.


+ 157 If you look closely, you can see it all.


+ 176 There's no point in saying anything but the truth


+ 140 If you mind isn't constantly expanding, you are baby.


+ 252 If any person wish to be idle, Let them fall in love


+ 172 If it's important to you, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.


+ 124 I came to win, to thrive


+ 156 The best meal of the day. Breakfast.


+ 141 Smile To Life. Always!


+ 167 Be curious, not judgemental. Walt Whitman


+ 177 Surround yourself with people who push you, who challenge you, who make you laugh, who make you better, who make you happy.


+ 195 Keep your head, heels and standards high.


+ 117 Stay real. Stay humble. Smile.


+ 171 If you wish to move mountains tomorrow, you must start by lifting stones today.


+ 137 Smile dance and smile again


+ 215 Walking every day where you can breathe history.


+ 149 Sometimes a books company is just better


+ 159 I have been think about you


+ 161 Don't confuse my personality and my attitude. My personality is me and my attitude depends on you.


+ 203 I'm a Lion. And you're gonna hear me roar.


+ 167 Watch yourself.


+ 197 This was Lugano, where I grew up. Ksenia


+ 182 Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein


+ 142 Let me think about it.


+ 215 Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.


+ 148 Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.


+ 192 Whatever is good for your soul... Do That.


+ 210 Always walk like you deserve to be right where you are.


+ 168 I'm change your life, I'm change it.


+ 172 Swiss chocolate? The Best.


+ 153 It's a good day to have a good day


+ 259 Your naked body should only belong to those who fall in love with your naked soul.


+ 144 Attention is powerful.


+ 137 Ready, steady, go!


+ 174 If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.


+ 141 Dream Big.


+ 192 You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.


+ 118 I'm watching you.


+ 156 Time to sleep already.


+ 207 Will you still love me when I'm no longer young and beautiful?


+ 139 Just Relax


+ 277 All You Need Is Love


+ 157 Be Nice. The World is small town


+ 221 When I Thought I couldn't go on, I forced myself to keep going. My success is based on persistence, not luck. Estee Lauder


+ 175 The best things in life just happen.


+ 193 Forgive everything and go to great


+ 187 Think Big, Dream Big, Believe Big and Results Will Be Big.


+ 162 Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. Jim Rohn


+ 222 Love... What really matters. Anytime, anywhere.


+ 169 Enthusiasm moves the world. Arthur Balfour


+ 213 Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill


+ 195 Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 195 I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win. Michael Jordan


+ 204 Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 171 None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau


+ 173 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


+ 210 Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 203 Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 149 None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm. Henry David Thoreau


+ 206 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


+ 176 The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm. Aldous Huxley


+ 200 If you aren't fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. Vince Lombardi


+ 221 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


+ 213 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


+ 215 Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success. Dale Carnegie


+ 214 There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment. Norman Vincent Peale


+ 200 Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted. Edgar Allan Poe


+ 184 If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind. Norman Vincent Peale


+ 202 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


+ 207 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


+ 233 I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students. Carl Sagan


+ 247 Don't let negativity affect your vision. A lot of people have said harsh things, but I don't let it affect me. If anything it gives me more enthusiasm and pushes me to do better in my career so I can prove them wrong. Nicole Polizzi


+ 222 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


+ 210 I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message. Steve Irwin


+ 173 Enthusiasm is excitement with inspiration, motivation, and a pinch of creativity. Bo Bennett


+ 167 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


+ 236 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


+ 181 Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason. Blaise Pascal


+ 169 Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. Benjamin Disraeli


+ 179 There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism. Alexander Hamilton


+ 187 I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom. Anatole France


+ 242 I fear my enthusiasm flags when real work is demanded of me. H. P. Lovecraft


+ 212 While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love. Bo Bennett


+ 223 Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience. Ambrose Bierce


+ 254 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


+ 224 Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression, and then by renewed enthusiasm. Murray Gell-Mann


+ 176 If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm. Bruce Barton


+ 229 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


+ 177 Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. Adam Smith


+ 162 Creativity is a natural extension of our enthusiasm. Earl Nightingale


+ 200 A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. Mary Kay Ash


+ 134 Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life. Tennessee Williams


+ 216 Faked enthusiasm is worse than bad acting - it is bad acting with the intent to deceive. Bo Bennett


+ 183 Enthusiasm for a cause sometimes warps judgment. William Howard Taft


+ 154 Art and works of art do not make an artist; sense and enthusiasm and instinct do. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel


+ 173 You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


+ 169 There are very few good examples of effective, nurturing leadership that unlocks people's potential or even enthusiasm. Deepak Chopra


+ 209 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


+ 155 Indeed, there is an eloquence in true enthusiasm that is not to be doubted. Washington Irving


+ 207 Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind. Bryant H. McGill


+ 178 I just have an enthusiasm for life. Lou Holtz


+ 210 It's faith in something and enthusiasm for something that makes a life worth living. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.


+ 203 The most essential factor is persistence - the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come. James Whitcomb Riley


+ 196 There's a great enthusiasm for good country music all over the world. Willie Nelson


+ 210 It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be trusted to speak the truth. Arthur Balfour


+ 220 Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument. George Sand


+ 207 Enthusiasm is not the same as just being excited. One gets excited about going on a roller coaster. One becomes enthusiastic about creating and building a roller coaster. Bo Bennett


+ 212 Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised. Christian Nestell Bovee


+ 179 Enthusiasm is the genius of sincerity and truth accomplishes no victories without it. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


+ 201 Everything in moderation, including moderation. Oscar Wilde


+ 233 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


+ 253 A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm; that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions. Augustus Hare


+ 226 I'm not really looking for theater work. But if somebody approaches me with enthusiasm, I might respond. David Hockney


+ 239 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


+ 211 The great accomplishments of man have resulted from the transmission of ideas and enthusiasm. Thomas J. Watson


+ 199 Dogs have boundless enthusiasm but no sense of shame. I should have a dog as a life coach. Moby


+ 158 Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm. Samuel Taylor Coleridge


+ 187 Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm. Robert Schumann


+ 204 If you have enthusiasm, you have a very dynamic, effective companion to travel with you on the road to Somewhere. Loretta Young


+ 242 If God All You Have, You Have All You Need.


+ 175 True enthusiasm is a fine feeling whose flash I admire where-ever I see it. Charlotte Bronte


+ 212 Young people, you need the wisdom of age, just as some of us older ones need your enthusiasm for life. Ezra Taft Benson


+ 164 I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy. George Sand


+ 215 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


+ 212 In life, if you have an enthusiasm for what they call 'good manners,' sometimes people don't quite believe you. I've had that once or twice before, where they assume you can't be for real. Bill Nighy


+ 188 I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement. Charles Schwab


+ 237 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


+ 163 I must have good genes from my parents because I feel no slowdown of energy, enthusiasm or even memory. Nancy Pelosi


+ 182 Enthusiasm glows, radiates, permeates and immediately captures everyone's interest. Paul J. Meyer


+ 234 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


+ 202 It is not easy to find something that will intrigue and bind your interest and enthusiasm. This you must seek for yourself. Walter Annenberg


+ 215 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


+ 203 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


+ 206 Common sense is compelled to make its way without the enthusiasm of anyone. E. W. Howe


+ 157 Enthusiasm is something so positive. Carine Roitfeld


+ 217 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


+ 223 If you don't love what you're doing with unbridled passion and enthusiasm, you're not going to succeed when you hit obstacles. Howard Schultz


+ 227 My belief is that what comes across on the television is a capture of my enthusiasm and my passion for wildlife. Steve Irwin


+ 286 Meditation is to dive all the way within, beyond thought, to the source of thought and pure consciousness. It enlarges the container, every time you transcend. When you come out, you come out refreshed, filled with energy and enthusiasm for life. David Lynch


+ 183 It has been said that people never do evil with more enthusiasm than when they do it in the name of God. Tony Campolo


+ 205 Enthusiasm... the sustaining power of all great action. Samuel Smiles


+ 174 I have always tried to live my life with enthusiasm and pleasure. Joan Collins


+ 114 Enthusiasm is the yeast that raises the dough. Paul J. Meyer


+ 197 Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others. David Seabury


+ 181 I don't think you lead by pessimism and cynicism. I think you lead by optimism and enthusiasm and energy. Patricia Ireland


+ 204 When you give lot of importance to someone in your life, you lose your importance in their life.


+ 220 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


+ 201 Accordingly the Northern races of Europe found their inspiration in the Bible; and the enthusiasm for it has not yet quite faded away. Lafcadio Hearn


+ 194 Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past. Tom Peters


+ 228 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


+ 290 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


+ 215 But by reading them again and again finally I was able to grasp the essential part. What emotion, enthusiasm, enlightenment and confidence they communicated to me! I wept for joy. Ho Chi Minh


+ 225 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


+ 207 Young people can be annoying, let's face it. But they can also be really refreshing to be around and full of enthusiasm. John C. Reilly


+ 183 A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. Charles Schwab


+ 219 Being accused of enthusiasm is something I'll never live down. Sargent Shriver


+ 207 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 When I was in fact a child, six and seven and eight years old, I was utterly baffled by the enthusiasm with which my cousin Brenda, a year and a half younger, accepted her mother's definition of her as someone who needed to go to bed at six-thirty and finish every bite of three vegetables, one of them yellow, with every meal. Joan Didion


+ 247 It is energy - the central element of which is will - that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action. Samuel Smiles


+ 166 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


+ 208 The boredom occasioned by too much restraint is always preferable to that produced by an uncontrolled enthusiasm for a pointless variety. Osbert Lancaster


+ 186 The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies God in us. Madame de Stael


+ 170 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


+ 223 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


+ 199 My style of playing is more enthusiasm and instinct than skill. Florence Welch


+ 217 I do have a childlike enthusiasm at times. I certainly enjoy life and get pleasure sometimes in childish things. Brian Baumgartner


+ 241 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


+ 215 Brazil has rediscovered itself, and this rediscovery is being expressed in its people's enthusiasm and their desire to mobilize to face the huge problems that lie ahead of us. Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva


+ 219 '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


+ 235 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


+ 157 Martyrdom was the price of enthusiasm for acting. Bela Lugosi


+ 196 My attitude is always one of sensuality, aggressive enthusiasm and a kind of outrageousness in my expression. Sally Kirkland


+ 188 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


+ 210 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


+ 188 One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm. Ella Maillart


+ 189 We rely more on enthusiasm than actual skill. Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically and people will like it more. Chris Martin


+ 214 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


+ 146 The Peace Corps is guilty of enthusiasm and a crusading spirit. But we're not apologetic about it. Sargent Shriver


+ 217 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


+ 228 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


+ 196 Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius. Isaac D'Israeli


+ 234 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


+ 226 To waken interest and kindle enthusiasm is the sure way to teach easily and successfully. Tryon Edwards


+ 225 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


+ 204 Enthusiasm is everything. It must be taut and vibrating like a guitar string. Pele


+ 182 I wouldn't call it radical; I would call it enthusiasm for progress. John Templeton


+ 214 Curb Your Enthusiasm, is not so much about Hollywood. It's more about Larry's weaknesses. Kevin Nealon


+ 210 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


+ 218 Even in my stand-up, there's a lot more positivity and enthusiasm rather than negative, I-hate-everything vibes. Aziz Ansari


+ 201 When it comes to casual clothing, my enthusiasm for clothes starts to waver. Bill Nighy


+ 144 Enthusiasm is the greatest asset you can possess, for it can take you further than money, power or influence. Dada Vaswani


+ 203 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


+ 172 As always, the British especially shudder at the latest American vulgarity, and then they embrace it with enthusiasm two years later. Alistair Cooke


+ 186 My feeling was that I simply didn't have the enthusiasm to do reinvention. Roger Daltrey


+ 191 A lot of bands have the enthusiasm kicked out of them by playing really dreary pub venues that just churn bands through. Alex Kapranos


+ 218 One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity. Ivan Turgenev


+ 302 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


+ 234 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


+ 181 Enthusiasm just creates bubbles; it doesn't keep them from popping. Adora Svitak


+ 206 No person is ever good for much, that hasn't been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty. James Anthony Froude


+ 194 One must be convinced to convince, to have enthusiasm to stimulate the others. Stefan Zweig


+ 281 What I bring to the table is a huge enthusiasm and love for this stuff. Ted Allen


+ 161 People are strange when you're a stranger...


+ 164 You know the day destroys the night,
Night divides the day,
Tried to run —
Tried to hide —
Break on through to the other side!


+ 193 Don't worry, the operation won't take long and you'll feel much better in the morning.


+ 182 We live, we die and death not ends it


+ 214 Death makes angels of us all and gives us wings where we had shoulders smooth as raven's claws


+ 214 You've seen your birth, your life and death; you might recall all of the rest — (did you have a good world when you died?) — enough to base a movie on?


+ 182 Do you believe in yourself or fall. Morrison


+ 199 No person is ever good for much, that hasn't been swept off their feet by enthusiasm between ages twenty and thirty. James Anthony Froude


+ 178 Enthusiasm just creates bubbles; it doesn't keep them from popping. Adora Svitak


+ 169 One must be convinced to convince, to have enthusiasm to stimulate the others. Stefan Zweig


+ 286 What I bring to the table is a huge enthusiasm and love for this stuff. Ted Allen


+ 228 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


+ 200 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


+ 287 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


+ 206 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


+ 288 Much that is great in literature is an acquired taste, and you have to acquire it in the first place. Our job as parents is essentially to pass on the enthusiasm we had for the things we loved. That's how we'll get them to fall in love with reading in the first place and, hopefully, to stay in love with it. Michael Morpurgo


+ 199 My strength is my enthusiasm. Placido Domingo


+ 237 On the other hand, I don't understand the enthusiasm for everything in the antique shop that Grandma threw out. There, the sense of quality has declined; otherwise Grandma wouldn't have thrown it out. Arne Jacobsen


+ 151 I think enthusiasm is the answer to passionate writing. Jerome Lawrence


+ 240 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


+ 182 I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill. Edward Appleton


+ 193 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


+ 258 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


+ 219 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


+ 314 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


+ 291 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


+ 223 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


+ 202 Everything's weird on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.' Cheryl Hines


+ 232 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


+ 166 Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment. William Warburton


+ 205 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


+ 183 And I thought my loss my loss was not, certainly, the end of the world, but to lessen the enthusiasm of those young people who were signed up, I thought that was tragic. Birch Bayh


+ 181 Approach every film with the same enthusiasm, regardless of its budget. Lou Diamond Phillips


+ 250 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


+ 248 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


+ 242 We have built a genuine level of enthusiasm and goodwill with people throughout this district. People are really excited about the possibilities this election holds, not just for this district, but because of the message Alabama sent to the rest of the country. Artur Davis


+ 168 Of course, Americans have no monopoly of patriotic enthusiasm and good faith. Herbert Croly


+ 192 Enthusiasm could not supply the place of experience. John Lothrop Motley


+ 188 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


+ 217 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


+ 224 One of the really important things about the Olympics is, to enjoy yourself, you have to accept that it's different and feed off the enthusiasm of everyone and the inspiration and hopefully that will elevate your performance. Bode Miller


+ 215 There is an obvious connection, on the declining Roman empire's bread and circuses model, between political enthusiasm for public spectacles and the periods when we are least able to pay for them. Iain Sinclair


+ 261 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


+ 206 Training was a time where resolutions made in the enthusiasm of an inspired moment were put to personal test. Herb Elliott


+ 228 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


+ 220 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


+ 233 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


+ 204 With Star Wars fans, there's so much enthusiasm, and it's a completely different generation now. Peter Mayhew


+ 264 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


+ 224 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


+ 209 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


+ 217 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


+ 237 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


+ 206 Enthusiasm is the divine particle in our composition: with it we are great, generous, and true; without it, we are little, false, and mean. Letitia Elizabeth Landon


+ 196 I wouldn't want the pressure of a Six Feet Under or the pressure of improvising like Curb Your Enthusiasm. Robert Englund


+ 261 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


+ 231 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


+ 213 I'm a better coach now than when I joined Celtic. The longer you stay in any job, the better you become. If you lose your drive, your enthusiasm, your imagination, that experience is no good. Gordon Strachan


+ 230 The whole mystery of temptation is to have sins suggested to us, and to be swept after them by a sudden enthusiasm, which sometimes feels as strong as the Spirit of God ever made in us the enthusiasm for virtue. George A. Smith


+ 210 Thus, after finishing high school, I started with high expectations and enthusiasm to study chemistry at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. Richard Ernst


+ 210 I'm guided by my enthusiasm. Jonathan Demme


+ 213 One nice thing that I have discovered about Los Angeles is the enthusiasm with which people dress. Ellie Kemper


+ 226 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


+ 215 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


+ 210 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


+ 218 Life that only a few hours before had glowed with enthusiasm and exultation, suddenly paled and sickened. Fritz Kreisler


+ 246 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


+ 232 I have encountered on this long road an enthusiasm for an Irishness which will be built on recognising again those sources from which spring the best of our reason and curiosity. Michael D. Higgins


+ 249 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


+ 173 It cannot take decades to resurrect, we must act immediately with purpose and enthusiasm to rebuild. Alan Autry


+ 173 I like the enthusiasm but not the insincerity of Los Angeles. Brenda Blethyn


+ 245 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


+ 306 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


+ 214 I've been amazed at the degree to which Democrats, in particular, have expressed their enthusiasm for the president's manner with which he handled this budget. Tom Daschle


+ 157 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


+ 213 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


+ 255 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


+ 237 There was nothing in all Douglas's powerful effort that appealed to the higher instincts of human nature, while Lincoln always touched sympathetic cords. Lincoln's speech excited and sustained the enthusiasm of his audience to the end. Henry Villard


+ 200 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


+ 215 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


+ 223 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


+ 195 I thought in terms of the enthusiasm of doing it. I didn't think about whether I was ready. Elmer Bernstein


+ 240 At this period the enthusiasm of the amateur was fast giving way to a more steady commercial instinct, and I let no opportunity slip of improving my position, but I felt that I was still labouring under the disadvantage of not having acquired some technical profession. Henry Bessemer


+ 185 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


+ 207 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


+ 147 Everything I've done I've done with enthusiasm and passion. Kevin Keegan


+ 228 I've never fallen into what I consider to be a trap of trying to figure out something analytically that could be a very popular film. I would hope my enthusiasm could match up with something with that potential. Jonathan Demme


+ 229 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


+ 205 I think the American people have been surprised by the enthusiasm with which the Iraqis have taken to elections and politics. Duncan Hunter


+ 287 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


+ 237 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


+ 212 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


+ 279 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


+ 234 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


+ 178 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


+ 225 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


+ 196 Children are a house's enemy. They don't mean to be - they just can't help it. It's their enthusiasm, their energy, their naturally destructive tendencies. Delia Ephron


+ 229 During my time at Watchung Hills Regional High School, I was fortunate to have a number of teachers who inspired me and filled me with enthusiasm for learning. Adam Riess


+ 228 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


+ 245 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


+ 182 Walking is the best time for king. Sergey Letchenya


+ 195 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


+ 200 I guess my enthusiasm kind of rubs off on people. Margaret Murray


+ 233 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


+ 186 From my point of view what I have to do now is appreciate and enjoy what football gave me, but now do something else with the same energy and enthusiasm I gave to football without expecting the same results. Graeme Le Saux


+ 210 What it all boils down to for me is having the enthusiasm to do something for enjoyment and being stimulated by what's around you. That's what photography does for me. Graeme Le Saux


+ 200 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


+ 270 Yet enthusiasm is no excuse for the historian going off balance. He should remind the reader that outcomes were neither inevitable nor foreordained, but subject to a thousand changes and chances. Samuel E. Morison


+ 233 I extend my greetings and good wishes to all our citizens on the joyous occasion of Deepawali. The festival of lights, celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm all over the country, signifies the victory of good over evil and is an appropriate occasion for us to resolve to follow the high ideals in life. Mohammad Hamid Ansari


+ 156 Enthusiasm and misplaced belief can take you a long way. John Otway


+ 301 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


+ 217 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


+ 183 No nation has embraced Total Quality Management, e-commerce and e-government with greater enthusiasm than Dubai. Such innovations have given Dubai a competitive edge and an accelerated growth rate that few could match. Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair


+ 227 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


+ 237 I really love 'Dexter.' I'd like to be on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' or 'Breaking Bad.' Melinda McGraw


+ 235 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.


+ 146 Wake up and Live


+ 215 Live Simply. Dream Big. Be Grateful. Give Love. Laugh Lots.


+ 185 A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything


+ 151 Make Today Amazing


+ 175 Today is the best day of your life.


+ 200 You must think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. David Viscott


+ 129 I’ll do it for a billion dollars.


+ 161 What you think, You become.


+ 183 What you think, You attract.


+ 208 What you imagine, you create.


+ 169 Good Morning! Have a good day!


+ 175 Sometimes you win, Sometimes you learn


+ 169 Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.


+ 138 A Beautiful life begins with a beautiful mind.


+ 185 Life is about moments: don't wait of them, create them.


+ 176 Don't wait for perfect moments, take the moment and make it perfect.


+ 137 I don't want a perfect life, I want a happy life.


+ 187 You are what you listen too


+ 141 Destroy what destroys you.


+ 193 Good morning and Enjoy the day


+ 183 Be with the person that makes you happy.


+ 273 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.


+ 157 Great things never came from comfort zones.


+ 196 Sometimes silence is a really good answer.


+ 205 Fall in Love


+ 113 You are gorgeous!


+ 130 Eat less sugar... You're sweet enough already.


+ 233 The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. Alexandra K.Trenfor


+ 160 It's Monday don't forget to be awesome.


+ 285 Life is too short to worry about stupid things. Have fun. Fall in love. Regret nothing, and don't let people bring you down.


+ 159 Have a wonderful week


+ 150 You can if you think you can


+ 193 Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Jack Canfield


+ 138 I don't trust words, I trust actions


+ 148 Never Say Never


+ 199 Keep Calm and Stay Forever Young


+ 226 Keep Calm and Love Life


+ 142 You don't need a reason to help people.


+ 208 Are you really happy or just really comfortable?


+ 206 My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. Peter Golkin


+ 161 One kind word can change someone's entire day.


+ 161 Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.


+ 190 Keep Calm and Love Theatre


+ 162 Speak up. Believe in Yourself. Take risks.


+ 192 Live, Travel, Adventure, Bless and don't be sorry. Jack Kerouac


+ 162 Stay positive. Be Happy. Live free.


+ 192 Take time to do what makes your soul happy.


+ 136 Never Stop Dreaming.


+ 141 Shut up. Word Hark. Be patient.


+ 105 Be a voice, Not an echo.


+ 112 Today I choose joy


+ 208 Everything you need will come to you at the perfect time.


+ 167 East or West home is best


+ 149 Better late than never


+ 135 All’s well that ends well


+ 111 As fit as a fiddle


+ 122 No sweet without sweat


+ 147 A penny saved is a penny gained


+ 130 Just a joke


+ 153 Have a heart!


+ 243 The love of money is the root of all evil. 1 Timothy 6:10


+ 261 Money can’t buy you love


+ 141 He know most who speaks least


+ 160 Learning is the eye of the mind


+ 167 Wit once bought is worth twice taught


+ 156 They that think they know everything, know nothing


+ 153 Nothing is impossible to a willing heart


+ 197 Men may meet but mountains never


+ 214 You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs


+ 165 If you can’t beat them, join them


+ 190 You can’t judge a man’s character by his looks


+ 111 No man can serve two masters


+ 143 It’s never too late to learn


+ 158 Well begun is half done


+ 136 Start from scratch


+ 159 The early bird catches the worm


+ 121 Tastes differ


+ 230 When you have a good heart: You help too much. You trust too much. You give too much. You love too much. And it always seems you hurt the most.


+ 194 Do Good. And good will come to you.


+ 127 First deserve and then desire


+ 140 Think positive and positive things will happen


+ 143 Happy girl are the prettiest. Audrey Hepburn


+ 179 Forget finding right woman, Focus on being the right man.


+ 158 Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness


+ 158 Stop competing with others and start competing with yourself.


+ 166 False friends are worse than open enemies


+ 272 Take time to do what makes your soul happy.


+ 249 Life become easier when you delete the negative people from it.


+ 212 It's important to make someone happy, and it's important to start with yourself.


+ 198 One of the most difficult task in life is removing someone from your heart.


+ 215 Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart. Kahlil Gibran


+ 228 Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing.


+ 165 Age is just numbers. Heart is what matters.


+ 130 Two wrongs don't make a right.


+ 139 Fortune favors the bold.


+ 162 Cleanliness is next to godliness.


+ 148 Good things come to those who wait.


+ 210 A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step


+ 125 A little knowledge is a dangerous thing


+ 209 I perceive two things in Scotland of the most fearful omen: ignorance of theological truth, and a readiness to pride themselves in and boast of it. Edward Irving


+ 124 After a storm comes a calm


+ 298 All the world loves a lover


+ 156 Attack is the best form of defence


+ 137 Bad news travels fast


+ 171 Barking dogs seldom bite


+ 170 Better safe than sorry


+ 147 Big fish eat little fish


+ 131 Forgive and forget


+ 153 Fortune favours the brave


+ 143 Man is character


+ 150 Laughter is the best.


+ 198 Only fools and horses work


+ 128 The soul has been given it's own ears to hear things the mind does not understand. Rumi


+ 133 Practice makes perfect


+ 170 Pride goes before a fall


+ 189 The best things in life are free


+ 175 The price of liberty is eternal vigilance


+ 178 The Old City of Jerusalem is in our hands. Moshe Dayan


+ 170 There's no fool like an old fool


+ 144 Time is a great healer


+ 137 Two blacks do not make a white


+ 163 You are never too old to learn


+ 170 You can have too much of a good thing


+ 170 You pays your money and you takes your choice


+ 209 I do not live for what the world thinks of me, but for what I think of myself. Jack London


+ 195 Life? Bah! It has no value. Of cheap things it is the cheapest. Jack London


+ 237 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


+ 196 Life achieves its summit when it does to the uttermost that which it was equipped to do. Jack London


+ 235 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


+ 240 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


+ 316 Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Jack London


+ 189 Age is never so old as youth would measure it. Jack London


+ 192 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


+ 213 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


+ 296 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


+ 206 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


+ 272 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


+ 237 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


+ 303 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


+ 287 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


+ 195 Too much is written by the men who can't write about the men who do write. Jack London


+ 225 I am. I was. I am not. I never am. Jack London


+ 243 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


+ 199 I was five years old the first time I got drunk. Jack London


+ 220 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


+ 249 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


+ 205 We don't have education, we have inspiration; if I was educated I would be a damn fool. Bob Marley


+ 240 Today, people struggle to find what's real. Everything has become so synthetic that a lot of people, all they want is to grasp onto hope. Bob Marley


+ 199 The more you accept herb, the more you accept rastafari. Bob Marley


+ 216 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


+ 193 Alcohol make you drunk, man. It don't make you meditate, it just make you drunk. Herb is more a consciousness. Bob Marley


+ 190 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


+ 186 Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny. Bob Marley


+ 228 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


+ 217 One love, one heart, Let's get together and feel alright. Bob Marley


+ 148 Every day the bucket a-go a well, one day the bottom a-go drop out. Bob Marley


+ 127 A hungry mob is an angry mob. Bob Marley


+ 181 Truth is the light So you never give up the fight. Bob Marley


+ 155 Don't worry about a thing, 'Cos every little thing is gonna be alright. Bob Marley


+ 231 Your life is worth much more than gold. Bob Marley


+ 244 Excuse me while I light my spliff, good God I gotta take a lift. Bob Marley


+ 228 Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don't complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don't bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality.


+ 200 Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind. Have no fear for atomic energy, 'cause none of them can stop the time.


+ 171 When one door is closed, many more is open.


+ 220 I consider myself a crayon, I might not be your favorite color but one day you'll need me to complete your picture. Savannah Highnote


+ 231 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!


+ 235 I know the voices in my head aren't real..... but sometimes their ideas are just absolutely awesome!


+ 184 The face of a penny can hold about thirty drops of water.


+ 190 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!


+ 167 I put my phone in airplane mode, but it's not flying!


+ 192 When we go to seafood restaurants I tell them 'Just water for me, thanks.' - Fish


+ 167 I'm fast, great and unstoppable! You're a train??


+ 204 Relationships these days start by pressing LIKE on her photo. Facebook


+ 194 The first 5 days after the weekend are always the hardest.


+ 163 Don't follow my footsteps, I run into walls.


+ 177 Some days I am the queen of serenity. Other days I'm over the edge.


+ 189 I learn something new every day. And forget five other things forever.


+ 151 I think my guardian angel drinks.


+ 162 Trust me, You can dance.


+ 220 Feeling good about yourself? Ask a kid to draw a picture of you.


+ 118 We have cookies.


+ 228 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.


+ 255 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


+ 176 Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 152 The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 230 If India adopted the doctrine of love as an active part of her religion and introduced it in her politics, Swaraj would descend upon India from heaven. But I am painfully aware that that event is far off as yet. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 196 The ideally non-violent state will be an ordered anarchy. That State is the best governed which is governed the least. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 285 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


+ 197 Positive thought in the morning can change your whole day.


+ 207 Everything is clearer when you are in love. John Lennon


+ 209 The heart was made to be broken. Oscar Wilde


+ 308 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


+ 217 A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw


+ 250 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


+ 189 In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost


+ 289 Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. Oscar Wilde


+ 209 Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. Lao Tzu


+ 255 Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is. Jim Morrison


+ 183 Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


+ 210 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


+ 217 I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear. Martin Luther King, Jr.


+ 223 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


+ 215 Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' Erich Fromm


+ 214 Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. C. S. Lewis


+ 194 A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. Thomas Carlyle


+ 239 We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone. Orson Welles


+ 241 I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love. Mother Teresa


+ 201 Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. Mother Teresa


+ 251 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


+ 239 A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman


+ 319 Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. Albert Einstein


+ 274 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


+ 228 Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action. Mother Teresa


+ 225 A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love. Max Muller


+ 274 Can miles truly separate you from friends... If you want to be with someone you love, aren't you already there? Richard Bach


+ 239 A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him. Brendan Francis


+ 225 A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea. Honore de Balzac


+ 214 Do all things with love. Og Mandino


+ 246 We love life, not because we are used to living but because we are used to loving. Friedrich Nietzsche


+ 228 Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible - it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could. Barbara de Angelis


+ 245 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


+ 226 The first duty of love is to listen. Paul Tillich


+ 174 I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it. Audrey Hepburn


+ 290 Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. Lucille Ball


+ 215 Only a life lived for others is a life worth while. Albert Einstein


+ 210 Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. H. L. Mencken


+ 234 Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken


+ 237 What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us. Helen Keller


+ 233 Love is always bestowed as a gift - freely, willingly and without expectation. We don't love to be loved; we love to love. Leo Buscaglia


+ 217 Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place. Zora Neale Hurston


+ 213 Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 304 Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


+ 228 At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. Plato


+ 179 The best thing to hold onto in life is each other. Audrey Hepburn


+ 212 Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life. Leo Buscaglia


+ 254 Come live in my heart, and pay no rent. Samuel Lover


+ 222 Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you. Loretta Young


+ 241 Faith makes all things possible... love makes all things easy. Dwight L. Moody


+ 271 As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words. William Shakespeare


+ 230 Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit. Khalil Gibran


+ 231 To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. Oscar Wilde


+ 275 Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never. Charles Caleb Colton


+ 263 Love is a game that two can play and both win. Eva Gabor


+ 237 Love can sometimes be magic. But magic can sometimes... just be an illusion. Javan


+ 219 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


+ 196 The art of love is largely the art of persistence. Albert Ellis


+ 281 The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo


+ 229 A pair of powerful spectacles has sometimes sufficed to cure a person in love. Friedrich Nietzsche


+ 218 True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 257 I like not only to be loved, but also to be told I am loved. George Eliot


+ 185 A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve. Joseph Joubert


+ 247 We waste time looking for the perfect lover, instead of creating the perfect love. Tom Robbins


+ 244 Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs. William Shakespeare


+ 228 Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired. Robert Frost


+ 241 Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. Antoine de Saint-Exupery


+ 280 Love is old, Love is new, Love is all, Love is you.


+ 273 A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love. Stendhal


+ 241 First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity. George Bernard Shaw


+ 252 The giving of love is an education in itself. Eleanor Roosevelt


+ 241 Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. Lao Tzu


+ 245 The way to love anything is to realize that it may be lost. Gilbert K. Chesterton


+ 169 A loving heart is the truest wisdom. Charles Dickens


+ 257 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. Jesus Christ


+ 211 All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name. Andre Breton


+ 255 Everything is clearer when you're in love. John Lennon


+ 255 Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. H. L. Mencken


+ 221 The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread. Mother Teresa


+ 170 You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back. Barbara de Angelis


+ 190 We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth. Virginia Satir


+ 171 Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever. Leo Buscaglia


+ 236 All mankind love a lover. Ralph Waldo Emerson


+ 230 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


+ 308 Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


+ 249 Love is a friendship set to music. Joseph Campbell


+ 216 Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love. Khalil Gibran


+ 231 The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. Henry Miller


+ 265 Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. Vincent Van Gogh


+ 272 The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love. Henry Miller


+ 254 Love... it surrounds every being and extends slowly to embrace all that shall be. Khalil Gibran


+ 257 For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love. Carl Sagan


+ 284 If you would be loved, love, and be loveable. Benjamin Franklin


+ 262 There is no remedy for love but to love more. Henry David Thoreau


+ 243 To say 'I love you' one must first be able to say the 'I.' Ayn Rand


+ 252 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


+ 235 One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. Paulo Coelho


+ 255 All love shifts and changes. I don't know if you can be wholeheartedly in love all the time. Julie Andrews


+ 253 Love is the only reality and it is not a mere sentiment. It is the ultimate truth that lies at the heart of creation. Rabindranath Tagore


+ 254 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


+ 228 Love is the beauty of the soul. Saint Augustine


+ 249 If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues. Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton


+ 277 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


+ 268 Love does not dominate; it cultivates. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


+ 189 Only do what your heart tells you. Princess Diana


+ 236 Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods. Plato


+ 310 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


+ 308 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


+ 261 The more one judges, the less one loves. Honore de Balzac


+ 284 To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead. Bertrand Russell


+ 250 Love knows not distance; it hath no continent; its eyes are for the stars. Gilbert Parker


+ 253 Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love. I'd stepped in it a few times. Rita Rudner


+ 243 The love we give away is the only love we keep. Elbert Hubbard


+ 230 It is sad not to love, but it is much sadder not to be able to love. Miguel de Unamuno


+ 273 Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. George Bernard Shaw


+ 275 What love we've given, we'll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity. Leo Buscaglia


+ 248 Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. Voltaire


+ 248 If you want to be loved, be lovable. Ovid


+ 232 Jerusalem is a time bomb that I fear is just waiting to go off. Abdallah II of Jordan


+ 268 It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office. Shirley MacLaine


+ 256 Love takes off masks that we fear we cannot live without and know we cannot live within. James A. Baldwin


+ 267 You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. Robert Louis Stevenson


+ 254 Love is the only sane and satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. Erich Fromm


+ 257 Love is being stupid together. Paul Valery


+ 287 Bitterness imprisons life; love releases it. Harry Emerson Fosdick


+ 317 Love is when you meet someone who tells you something new about yourself. Andre Breton


+ 198 Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Eliot


+ 259 In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two. Erich Fromm


+ 244 We can only learn to love by loving. Iris Murdoch


+ 284 To love another person is to see the face of God. Victor Hugo


+ 220 It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


+ 275 People think love is an emotion. Love is good sense. Ken Kesey


+ 220 The only abnormality is the incapacity to love. Anais Nin


+ 330 Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. Peter Ustinov


+ 261 Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other. Rainer Maria Rilke


+ 300 Love is supreme and unconditional; like is nice but limited. Duke Ellington


+ 225 Love is the greatest refreshment in life. Pablo Picasso


+ 246 There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 250 Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love. Francis of Assisi


+ 278 Absence - that common cure of love. Lord Byron


+ 252 Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. Franklin P. Jones


+ 281 How absurd and delicious it is to be in love with somebody younger than yourself. Everybody should try it. Barbara Pym


+ 225 Be of love a little more careful than of anything. e. e. cummings


+ 185 There is a woman at the begining of all great things. Alphonse de Lamartine


+ 194 Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same. Emily Bronte


+ 245 The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love. Jean de la Bruyere


+ 187 The degree of loving is measured by the degree of giving. Edwin Louis Cole


+ 255 Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words. Francois Rabelais


+ 163 A kiss is a rosy dot over the 'i' of loving. Cyrano de Bergerac


+ 285 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


+ 255 If you wished to be loved, love. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 239 Tell me who admires and loves you, and I will tell you who you are. Antoine de Saint-Exupery


+ 255 When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before. Blaise Pascal


+ 264 Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition. Alexander Smith


+ 236 Love has no age, no limit; and no death. John Galsworthy


+ 236 Choose your love, Love your choice. Thomas S. Monson


+ 276 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


+ 251 Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. Karl A. Menninger


+ 267 True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked. Erich Segal


+ 258 Love is my religion - I could die for it. John Keats


+ 232 Love is the hardest habit to break, and the most difficult to satisfy. Drew Barrymore


+ 256 I believe in the compelling power of love. I do not understand it. I believe it to be the most fragrant blossom of all this thorny existence. Theodore Dreiser


+ 258 There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 224 The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. Ferdinand Foch


+ 222 Love is the delusion that one woman differs from another. H. L. Mencken


+ 262 Love in its essence is spiritual fire. Lucius Annaeus Seneca


+ 284 The way to know life is to love many things. Vincent Van Gogh


+ 284 To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


+ 259 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Jesus Christ


+ 310 There isn't any formula or method. You learn to love by loving - by paying attention and doing what one thereby discovers has to be done. Aldous Huxley


+ 316 Love takes up where knowledge leaves off. Thomas Aquinas


+ 300 Your words are my food, your breath my wine. You are everything to me. Sarah Bernhardt


+ 254 Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all. Gilbert K. Chesterton


+ 222 Love means to commit yourself without guarantee. Anne Campbell


+ 266 Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense. Helen Rowland


+ 257 Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. Euripides


+ 221 He is not a lover who does not love forever. Euripides


+ 267 Love is only a dirty trick played on us to achieve continuation of the species. W. Somerset Maugham


+ 252 There are never enough I Love You's. Lenny Bruce


+ 241 Love is when he gives you a piece of your soul, that you never knew was missing. Torquato Tasso


+ 265 Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. Louise L. Hay


+ 276 Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


+ 244 Love is suffering. One side always loves more. Catherine Deneuve


+ 224 Love is suffering. One side always loves more. Catherine Deneuve


+ 261 Love is what you've been through with somebody. James Thurber


+ 261 I can direct breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I take pride in my kitchen, but I'm not going to direct a movie. Julia Roberts


+ 171 To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all. Oscar Wilde


+ 200 Stolen kisses are always sweetest. Leigh Hunt


+ 324 Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope. Josh Billings


+ 256 There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved: It is God's finger on man's shoulder. Charles Morgan


+ 245 If thou must love me, let it be for naught except for love's sake only. Elizabeth Barrett Browning


+ 251 Love is not only something you feel, it is something you do. David Wilkerson


+ 275 The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time. Lawrence Durrell


+ 222 To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever. Henry Drummond


+ 230 Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow thee. John Gay


+ 255 We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. Benjamin Disraeli


+ 211 Love is space and time measured by the heart. Marcel Proust


+ 258 Each moment of a happy lover's hour is worth an age of dull and common life. Aphra Behn


+ 229 Love conquers all. Virgil


+ 220 I don't know that love changes. People change. Circumstances change. Nicholas Sparks


+ 241 We may give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. Bernard Meltzer


+ 282 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


+ 280 Love is the poetry of the senses. Honore de Balzac


+ 244 For love is immortality. Emily Dickinson


+ 277 Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul. Saint Teresa of Avila


+ 258 The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end. Benjamin Disraeli


+ 231 Love is the power to see similarity in the dissimilar. Theodor Adorno


+ 237 Love's greatest gift is its ability to make everything it touches sacred. Barbara de Angelis


+ 282 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


+ 247 Sometimes it's hard to be a woman giving all your love to just one man. Tammy Wynette


+ 246 No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved. Mignon McLaughlin


+ 222 The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realised. Henri Nouwen


+ 242 Love is always being given where it is not required. E. M. Forster


+ 301 Come live with me and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove, That valleys, groves, hills, and fields, Woods, or steepy mountain yields. Christopher Marlowe


+ 278 If you do not love me I shall not be loved If I do not love you I shall not love. Samuel Beckett


+ 226 Take away love and our earth is a tomb. Robert Browning


+ 190 People who throw kisses are hopelessly lazy. Bob Hope


+ 225 Take away love and our earth is a tomb. Robert Browning


+ 239 To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. David Viscott


+ 213 Love is that splendid triggering of human vitality the supreme activity which nature affords anyone for going out of himself toward someone else. Jose Ortega y Gasset


+ 238 Our first and last love is self-love. Christian Nestell Bovee


+ 254 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


+ 193 Though lovers be lost love shall not. Dylan Thomas


+ 249 Love means not ever having to say you're sorry. Erich Segal


+ 255 We love because it's the only true adventure. Nikki Giovanni


+ 235 Who loves, raves. Lord Byron


+ 244 Woe to the man whose heart has not learned while young to hope, to love - and to put its trust in life. Joseph Conrad


+ 264 He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back. Henri Matisse


+ 276 Love is a mutual self-giving which ends in self-recovery. Fulton J. Sheen


+ 281 It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor. Eric Hoffer


+ 245 What is love? It is the morning and the evening star. Sinclair Lewis


+ 254 There is more pleasure in loving than in being beloved. Thomas Fuller


+ 178 The Obama administration has consistently refused to recognize Jerusalem as Israeli territory, let alone as the capital of Israel. Ben Shapiro


+ 259 I look at Jerusalem as being a beacon for the three monotheistic religions. Abdallah II of Jordan


+ 192 Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold. Zelda Fitzgerald


+ 283 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


+ 229 In every living thing there is the desire for love. D. H. Lawrence


+ 154 Do you have to have a reason for loving? Brigitte Bardot


+ 252 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


+ 292 Only love interests me, and I am only in contact with things that revolve around love. Marc Chagall


+ 247 Love is metaphysical gravity. R. Buckminster Fuller


+ 179 Do you have to have a reason for loving? Brigitte Bardot


+ 247 In every living thing there is the desire for love. D. H. Lawrence


+ 262 Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old. John Ciardi


+ 311 What the world really needs is more love and less paper work. Pearl Bailey


+ 232 With our love, we could save the world. George Harrison


+ 254 Love you will find only where you may show yourself weak without provoking strength. Theodor Adorno


+ 280 Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames. Thomas Moore


+ 279 The truth is that there is only one terminal dignity - love. And the story of a love is not important - what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity. Helen Hayes


+ 270 Say what you will, 'tis better to be left than never to have been loved. William Congreve


+ 272 Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion. Miguel de Unamuno


+ 265 Love is the only gold. Alfred Lord Tennyson


+ 213 Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. Carl Sandburg


+ 223 The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love. Jean Racine


+ 202 You don't have to go looking for love when it's where you come from. Werner Erhard


+ 216 Loving others always costs us something and requires effort. And you have to decide to do it on purpose. You can't wait for a feeling to motivate you. Joyce Meyer


+ 239 Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. Boethius


+ 245 If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile. Lynda Barry


+ 229 To good and true love fear is forever affixed. Francois Rabelais


+ 250 Pains of love be sweeter far than all other pleasures are. John Dryden


+ 192 A kiss that is never tasted, is forever and ever wasted. Billie Holiday


+ 171 Stand by your man. Give him two arms to cling to and something warm to come to. Tammy Wynette


+ 181 There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair. Friedrich Schiller


+ 249 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.


+ 286 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.


+ 233 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.


+ 224 One of the greatest challenges is being yourself in a world that's trying to make you like everyone else.


+ 214 Who so loves believes the impossible. Elizabeth Barrett Browning


+ 241 To love for the sake of being loved is human, but to love for the sake of loving is angelic. Alphonse de Lamartine


+ 222 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?


+ 136 Keep calm because you are perfect


+ 205 Conversion for one of our newest products increased 400% after Google Analytics showed us where we could make improvements. Mariam Naficy, CEO Minted


+ 240 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


+ 220 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


+ 149 Once you have six children, you're committed. Angelina Jolie


+ 183 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


+ 240 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


+ 166 I always play women I would date. Angelina Jolie


+ 215 If you ask people what they've always wanted to do, most people haven't done it. That breaks my heart. Angelina Jolie


+ 221 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


+ 156 I'm odd looking. Sometimes I think I look like a funny muppet. Angelina Jolie


+ 258 The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 184 First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 238 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


+ 215 War has given applied psychology a tremendous impulse. This will, on the whole, do good, for psychology, which is the largest and last of the sciences, must not try to be too pure. G. Stanley Hall


+ 207 Psychology has a long past, but only a short history. Herman Ebbinghaus


+ 290 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


+ 190 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


+ 255 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"


+ 285 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"


+ 297 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”


+ 223 A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over. Benjamin Franklin


+ 228 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


+ 173 A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 179 Jesus is ideal and wonderful, but you Christians - you are not like him. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 238 I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world. Mahatma Gandhi


+ 227 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


+ 223 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


+ 234 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


+ 200 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


+ 205 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


+ 207 I'm an optimist in the sense that I believe humans are noble and honorable, and some of them are really smart. I have a very optimistic view of individuals. Steve Jobs


+ 255 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


+ 244 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


+ 228 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


+ 240 An iPod, a phone, an internet mobile communicator... these are NOT three separate devices! And we are calling it iPhone! Today Apple is going to reinvent the phone. And here it is. Steve Jobs


+ 229 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


+ 242 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


+ 167 My favorite things in life don't cost any money. It's really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. Steve Jobs


+ 240 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


+ 160 Stay hungry, stay foolish. Steve Jobs


+ 225 Technology is nothing. What's important is that you have a faith in people, that they're basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they'll do wonderful things with them. Steve Jobs


+ 188 Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. Steve Jobs


+ 218 Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future. Steve Jobs


+ 220 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


+ 141 I want to put a ding in the universe. Steve Jobs


+ 222 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


+ 179 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


+ 222 Older people sit down and ask, 'What is it?' but the boy asks, 'What can I do with it?'. Steve Jobs


+ 206 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


+ 235 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


+ 209 It's rare that you see an artist in his 30s or 40s able to really contribute something amazing. Steve Jobs


+ 185 It's more fun to be a pirate than to join the Navy. Steve Jobs


+ 187 We used to dream about this stuff. Now, we get to build it. It's pretty neat. Steve Jobs


+ 212 I would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. Steve Jobs


+ 204 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


+ 224 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


+ 164 The system is that there is no system... Steve Jobs


+ 217 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


+ 198 And one more thing... Steve Jobs


+ 224 The art of those commercials is not to be mean, but it is actually for the guys to like each other. Steve Jobs


+ 161 Mac OS X has been leading a secret double life — for the past five years. Steve Jobs


+ 170 Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Steve Jobs


+ 222 Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Steve Jobs


+ 293 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


+ 190 I never really get to see, except second hand, how abrupt he is with people. Steve Wozniak


+ 243 Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare


+ 159 A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare


+ 205 Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. William Shakespeare


+ 175 It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare


+ 245 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


+ 206 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


+ 227 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


+ 253 If music be the food of love, play on. William Shakespeare


+ 194 Hell is empty and all the devils are here. William Shakespeare


+ 193 Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow. William Shakespeare


+ 199 The wheel is come full circle. William Shakespeare


+ 212 Better a witty fool than a foolish wit. William Shakespeare


+ 176 Cowards die many times before their deaths; the valiant never taste of death but once. William Shakespeare


+ 177 One touch of nature makes the whole world kin. William Shakespeare


+ 249 The course of true love never did run smooth. William Shakespeare


+ 179 When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. William Shakespeare


+ 220 Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind. William Shakespeare


+ 192 No legacy is so rich as honesty. William Shakespeare


+ 199 What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. William Shakespeare


+ 189 This above all; to thine own self be true. William Shakespeare


+ 212 Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. Plato


+ 146 Only God can judge me


+ 202 God already knows everything. Come as you are.


+ 261 Love and Glory


+ 139 Faith in God changes everything


+ 206 Don't tell God you have a big problem, tell your problem you have a God.


+ 187 I talk to God, but the sky is empty. Sylvia Plath


+ 183 Every new day is another chance to change your life.


+ 176 Value not the things you have in life, but rather who you have in Life.


+ 178 Every story have an ending, but in life, every ending is a new begining.


+ 191 There is always a reason to smile. Find it.


+ 154 People are quick to judge, but slow to correct themselves


+ 228 Remember, being happy doesn't mean you have it all. It simply means you're thankful for all you have.


+ 156 You have to train your brain to be positive just like you work out your body. Shawn Achor


+ 147 Only Positive and Enthusiastic


+ 157 You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C. S. Lewis


+ 164 The less you talk, the more you're listened to. Pauline Phillips


+ 221 If you want to be loved, be lovable. Ovid


+ 150 I don't think about art when I'm working. I try to think about life. Jean-Michel Basquiat


+ 165 The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. Tennessee Williams


+ 150 To know oneself, one should assert oneself. Albert Camus


+ 221 Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama


+ 229 One's eyes are what one is, one's mouth is what one becomes. John Galsworthy


+ 248 I long for the raised voice, the howl of rage or love. Leslie Fiedler


+ 216 Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha


+ 184 No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. William Blake


+ 183 A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. Ayn Rand


+ 182 When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves. William Arthur Ward


+ 237 Absence - that common cure of love. Lord Byron


+ 189 There is only one position for an artist anywhere; and that is upright. Dylan Thomas


+ 208 Eagles commonly fly alone. They are crows, daws, and starlings that flock together. John Webster


+ 191 There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night's sleep. E. W. Howe


+ 197 Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank


+ 180 A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day. Andre Maurois


+ 185 There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain. Georges Braque


+ 190 We sit in the mud... and reach for the stars. Ivan Turgenev


+ 164 If you must have motivation, think of your paycheck on Friday. Noel Coward


+ 148 Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. Henry Ford


+ 178 Flowers grow out of dark moments. Corita Kent


+ 113 The uglier a man's legs are, the better he plays golf - it's almost a law. H. G. Wells


+ 207 Change your thoughts and you change your world. Norman Vincent Peale


+ 181 To be free is to have achieved your life. Tennessee Williams


+ 267 Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. Peter Ustinov


+ 171 Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 183 The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground. Buddha


+ 167 Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing. Robert Benchley


+ 200 We know what we are, but know not what we may be. William Shakespeare


+ 203 There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice. Joseph Addison


+ 257 Don't forget to love yourself. Soren Kierkegaard


+ 232 No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde


+ 146 It is easier to go down a hill than up, but the view is from the top. Arnold Bennett


+ 153 Progress might have been alright once, but it has gone on too long. Ogden Nash


+ 145 The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. Aristotle


+ 165 The main thing is to know something and to say it. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel


+ 256 Love is a springtime plant that perfumes everything with its hope, even the ruins to which it clings. Gustave Flaubert


+ 155 I do not seek. I find. Pablo Picasso


+ 177 Go forth under the open sky, and list To Nature's teachings. William C. Bryant


+ 210 Knowledge is power only if man knows what facts not to bother with. Robert Staughton Lynd


+ 188 Let us go forth with fear and courage and rage to save the world. Grace Paley


+ 190 Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always. Albert Schweitzer


+ 248 However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship. Francois de La Rochefoucauld


+ 209 There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept. Ansel Adams


+ 169 Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into. Henry Ward Beecher


+ 168 If you don't go to other men's funerals, they won't go to yours. Clarence Day


+ 201 We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be. Kurt Vonnegut


+ 199 We may be personally defeated, but our principles never! William Lloyd Garrison


+ 256 A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous. Ingrid Bergman


+ 168 Painting is a nail to which I fasten my ideas. Georges Braque


+ 164 The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


+ 149 Smartphones. Who cares? Smartphones. I only have dummy phones. Don Rickles


+ 172 There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it. Andrew Jackson


+ 183 Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. Zhuangzi


+ 258 Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa


+ 172 Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. Henry A. Kissinger


+ 119 Without the oceans there would be no life on Earth. Peter Benchley


+ 212 A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. Groucho Marx


+ 193 The biggest mistake by most human beings: Listening half, Understanding quarter, Telling double.


+ 121 Just smile and play.


+ 191 A well-spent day brings happy sleep. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 203 Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 181 I want to know God's thoughts; the rest are details.


+ 188 Happy to have you in my life.


+ 161 I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein


+ 176 Water is the driving force of all nature. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 167 It's easier to resist at the beginning than at the end. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 125 Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 152 Who sows virtue reaps honor. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 138 Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 199 I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 144 The truth of things is the chief nutriment of superior intellects. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 159 Think about good everything and everywhere.


+ 262 Are you laboring under the impression that I read these memoranda of yours? I can't even lift them. Franklin D. Roosevelt


+ 163 Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon


+ 132 Nothing is impossible to a waiting heart.


+ 150 Everything comes to you in the right moment. Be patient.


+ 201 You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. Leonardo da Vinci


+ 191 The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have. Woody Allen


+ 238 The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have. Woody Allen


+ 192 I am not afraid of death, I just don't want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen


+ 195 If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative. Woody Allen


+ 216 Eighty percent of success is showing up. Woody Allen


+ 288 Sex without love is a meaningless experience, but as far as meaningless experiences go its pretty damn good. Woody Allen


+ 192 I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen


+ 169 My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. Woody Allen


+ 145 I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers. Woody Allen


+ 168 My one regret in life is that I am not someone else. Woody Allen


+ 174 I had a terrible education. I attended a school for emotionally disturbed teachers. Woody Allen


+ 206 Tradition is the illusion of permanance. Woody Allen


+ 181 Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. Woody Allen


+ 170 Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she'd come in and sink my boats. Woody Allen


+ 166 I'd call him a sadistic, hippophilic necrophile, but that would be beating a dead horse. Woody Allen


+ 167 I don't believe in the after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear. Woody Allen


+ 155 What if nothing exists and we're all in somebody's dream? Woody Allen


+ 216 What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet. Woody Allen


+ 213 Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television. Woody Allen


+ 187 In California, they don't throw their garbage away - they make it into TV shows. Woody Allen


+ 199 He was so depressed, he tried to commit suicide by inhaling next to an Armenian. Woody Allen


+ 168 I am two with nature. Woody Allen


+ 188 To you I'm an atheist; to God, I'm the Loyal Opposition. Woody Allen


+ 208 Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. Woody Allen


+ 220 Not only is there no God, but try finding a plumber on Sunday. Woody Allen


+ 194 Children smile 400 times a day on average... adults 15 times. Children laugh 150 times a day... adult 6 times per day. Children play between 4-6 hours a day... adults only 20 minutes a day. What's happened? Robert Holden, Living Wonderfully


+ 225 When we played softball, I'd steal second base, feel guilty and go back. Woody Allen


+ 167 I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick. Not wounded. Dead. Woody Allen


+ 188 Man consists of two parts, his mind and his body, only the body has more fun. Woody Allen


+ 221 When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room. Woody Allen


+ 189 My luck is getting worse and worse. Last night, for instance, I was mugged by a quaker. Woody Allen


+ 225 On the plus side, death is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down. Woody Allen


+ 149 Marriage is the death of hope. Woody Allen


+ 198 Dying is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down. Woody Allen


+ 176 I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen


+ 198 Time is nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once. Woody Allen


+ 219 Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies. Woody Allen


+ 156 If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right. Woody Allen


+ 189 Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage. Woody Allen


+ 182 The food here is terrible, and the portions are too small. Woody Allen


+ 161 Why are our days numbered and not, say, lettered? Woody Allen


+ 220 I have bad reflexes. I was once run over by a car being pushed by two guys. Woody Allen


+ 181 Students achieving Oneness will move on to Twoness. Woody Allen


+ 163 Eternal nothingness is fine if you happen to be dressed for it. Woody Allen


+ 244 I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox. Woody Allen


+ 169 I ran into Isosceles. He had a great idea for a new triangle! Woody Allen


+ 225 I don't have to 'freedom-kiss' my wife when what I really want to do is French-kiss her. Woody Allen


+ 201 I'm very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch. Woody Allen


+ 208 Most of the time I don't have much fun. The rest of the time I don't have any fun at all. Woody Allen


+ 221 It's not that I'm afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens. Woody Allen


+ 238 I'm astounded by people who want to 'know' the universe when it's hard enough to find your way around Chinatown. Woody Allen


+ 207 Harvard makes mistakes too, you know. Kissinger taught there. Woody Allen


+ 219 I think being funny is not anyone's first choice. Woody Allen


+ 189 I don't think my parents liked me. They put a live teddy bear in my crib. Woody Allen


+ 207 In Beverly Hills... they don't throw their garbage away. They make it into television shows. Woody Allen


+ 158 His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy. Woody Allen


+ 172 Life is divided into the horrible and the miserable. Woody Allen


+ 172 I tended to place my wife under a pedestal. Woody Allen


+ 191 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


+ 153 It is impossible to experience one's death objectively and still carry a tune. Woody Allen


+ 154 I've never been an intellectual but I have this look. Woody Allen


+ 216 Who bothers to cook TV dinners? I suck them frozen. Woody Allen


+ 204 Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Albert Einstein


+ 187 Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein


+ 215 The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it. Albert Einstein


+ 212 Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. Albert Einstein


+ 210 You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else. Albert Einstein


+ 176 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


+ 205 A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. Albert Einstein


+ 189 The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits. Albert Einstein


+ 214 Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein


+ 199 The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein


+ 284 Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love. Albert Einstein


+ 247 Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking. Albert Einstein


+ 178 Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein


+ 204 Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people. Albert Einstein


+ 161 The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. Albert Einstein


+ 202 We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. Albert Einstein


+ 172 Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. Albert Einstein


+ 171 As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue. Albert Einstein


+ 219 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


+ 231 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


+ 164 Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind. Albert Einstein


+ 208 Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein


+ 246 Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations. Albert Einstein


+ 165 Morality is of the highest importance - but for us, not for God. Albert Einstein


+ 220 My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind. Albert Einstein


+ 154 The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder. Albert Einstein


+ 167 Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature. Albert Einstein


+ 188 You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. Albert Einstein


+ 192 Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal. Albert Einstein


+ 218 The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms. Albert Einstein


+ 201 The only real valuable thing is intuition. Albert Einstein


+ 190 We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings. Albert Einstein


+ 146 Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen. Albert Einstein


+ 155 The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule. Albert Einstein


+ 188 Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age. Albert Einstein


+ 217 It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed. Albert Einstein


+ 204 True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness. Albert Einstein


+ 214 I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right. Albert Einstein


+ 173 The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while. Albert Einstein


+ 152 The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal. Albert Einstein


+ 203 Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it. Albert Einstein


+ 167 If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. Albert Einstein


+ 154 In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself. Albert Einstein


+ 272 People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results. Albert Einstein


+ 171 The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. Albert Einstein


+ 141 Never lose a holy curiosity. Albert Einstein


+ 146 Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler. Albert Einstein


+ 211 To the Master's honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton's ground. Albert Einstein


+ 115 A Person's Actions Will Tell You Everything You Need To Know.


+ 183 All birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds. Problems are common, but attitude makes the difference!


+ 236 Tomorrow is a mystical land where 99% of all human productivity, motivation and achievement is stored.


+ 217 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


+ 196 A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. Albert Einstein


+ 171 The beauty you see in me, is a reflection of you. Rumi


+ 290 It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind. Furthermore, the equation E = mc?, in which energy is put equal to mass, multiplied by the square of the velocity of light, showed that very small amounts of mass may be converted into a very large amount of energy and vice versa. Albert Einstein


+ 209 There are two levels in the study of Torah, Torah of the mind and Torah of the heart. The mind cogitates, comprehends and understands; the heart feels. I have come to reveal Torah as it extends to the heart as well. Baal Shem Tov


+ 223 It followed from the special theory of relativity that mass and energy are both but different manifestations of the same thing — a somewhat unfamiliar conception for the average mind. Furthermore, the equation E = mc?, in which energy is put equal to mass, multiplied by the square of the velocity of light, showed that very small amounts of mass may be converted into a very large amount of energy and vice versa. Albert Einstein


+ 187 Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein


+ 180 Next is Cosmos. Sergey Letchenya


+ 212 The mass of a body is a measure of its energy content. Albert Einstein


+ 207 We shall therefore assume the complete physical equivalence of a gravitational field and a corresponding acceleration of the reference system. Albert Einstein


+ 236 Nature shows us only the tail of the lion. But there is no doubt in my mind that the lion belongs with it even if he cannot reveal himself to the eye all at once because of his huge dimension. Albert Einstein


+ 212 In living through this "great epoch," it is difficult to reconcile oneself to the fact that one belongs to that mad, degenerate species that boasts of its free will. How I wish that somewhere there existed an island for those who are wise and of good will! In such a place even I should be an ardent patriot! Albert Einstein


+ 211 If my theory of relativity is proven successful, Germany will claim me as a German and France will declare that I am a citizen of the world. Should my theory prove untrue, France will say that I am a German and Germany will declare that I am a Jew. Albert Einstein


+ 221 Concepts that have proven useful in ordering things easily achieve such authority over us that we forget their earthly origins and accept them as unalterable givens. Albert Einstein


+ 214 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


+ 236 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


+ 227 I have also considered many scientific plans during my pushing you around in your pram! Albert Einstein


+ 182 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


+ 212 If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank. Woody Allen


+ 197 How much do I love that noble man
More than I could tell with words
I fear though he'll remain alone
With a holy halo of his own.
Albert Einstein


+ 207 I think Google should be like a Swiss Army knife: clean, simple, the tool you want to take everywhere. Marissa Mayer


+ 215 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


+ 185 Two protons are act as one object. Quantum physics


+ 206 How much do I love that noble man More than I could tell with words… Albert Einstein


+ 142 Spooky action at distance. Quantum physics


+ 204 How much do I love that noble man More than I could tell with words… Albert Einstein


+ 211 By an application of the theory of relativity to the taste of readers, today in Germany I am called a German man of science, and in England I am represented as a Swiss Jew. If I come to be represented as a bete noire, the descriptions will be reversed, and I shall become a Swiss Jew for the Germans and a German man of science for the English. Albert Einstein


+ 203 During the deepest darkest night, act as if morning has already come. The Talmud


+ 204 Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not. Albert Einstein


+ 156 The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the "old one." I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice. Albert Einstein


+ 200 I have second thoughts. Maybe God is malicious. Albert Einstein


+ 202 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


+ 181 Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. Albert Einstein


+ 203 [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


+ 186 I was sitting in a chair in the patent office at Bern when all of sudden a thought occurred to me: If a person falls freely he will not feel his own weight. I was startled. This simple thought made a deep impression on me. It impelled me toward a theory of gravitation. Albert Einstein


+ 224 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


+ 195 Quantum mechanics is certainly imposing. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory says a lot, but does not really bring us any closer to the secret of the "old one." I, at any rate, am convinced that He does not throw dice. Albert Einstein


+ 201 As I have said so many times, God doesn't play dice with the world. Albert Einstein


+ 192 Whether you can observe a thing or not depends on the theory which you use. It is the theory which decides what can be observed. Albert Einstein


+ 222 Try and penetrate with our limited means the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable. Veneration for this force beyond anything that we can comprehend is my religion. To that extent I am, in point of fact, religious. Albert Einstein


+ 203 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


+ 185 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


+ 198 Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein


+ 229 I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it. Albert Einstein


+ 184 Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein


+ 211 I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it. Albert Einstein


+ 190 The really good music, whether of the East or of the West, cannot be analyzed. Albert Einstein


+ 182 To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself. Albert Einstein


+ 179 I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein


+ 201 I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it. Albert Einstein


+ 223 Peace cannot be kept by f