Quotes Page FourTwoThere is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call the Twilight Zone. - Rod Serling
I have only one superstition. I touch all the bases when I hit a home run.
- Babe Ruth (1895-1948)
If you came and you found a strange man... teaching your kids to punch each other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you'd kick him right out of the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV is on, and you don't think twice about it.
- Jerome Singer
Television is an invention whereby you can be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your house.
- David Frost
What about self-awareness, the mysterious ability of the brain to reflect upon itself? Self-awareness can be tampered with by brainwashing, psychoactive drugs, electrical stimulation, political or religious propaganda, even advertising. A lifetime in front of a TV set may be the equivalent of a self transplant.
- Chet Raymo, "Facing new questions about transplants," The Boston Globe, April 8, 2003. p B8.
Television is a medium because it is neither rare nor well done.
- Ernie Kovacs
Time has convinced me of one thing: Television is for appearing on--not for looking at.
- Noel Coward
Don't call people names you dirty name caller you.
- Roseanne Barr
I ate this, I hate that, I did this, I took the dog for a long walk, I chatted with my neighbor. This is all the stuff that tethers them to the earth and to other people, all the stuff that makes each character think that life sort of makes sense.
- Anne Lamott, "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life"; New York: Anchor Books, 1994. p 48.
I hate it when people say they hate stuff.
- Reverend R Clark
I think...I think it's in my basement. Let me go upstairs and check.
- M.C. Escher (1898-1972)
I waited and waited and when no message came I knew it must be from you.
You can't trample infidels when you're a tortoise.
I mean, all you could do is give them a meaningful look.
- Terry Pratchett "Small Gods)
It is not my interest to pay the principal nor is it my principle to pay the interest.
- Richard Brinsely Sheridan, to a lender.
Well, it's not the men in your life that counts, it's the life in your men.
- Mae West as TIRA in "I'm No Angel" Paramount, 1933
Singin' the Blues on Reds.
- Patto, English rock group, song title from their "Roll ‘Em, Smoke ‘Em, Put Another Line Out" album (Island)
Can a blue sing the whites?
- Algis Juodikis
The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.
- Henry Kissinger
- Pat Morita as Mr. Miyagi in "The Karate Kid" Columbia, 1984
People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them on the wrong end.
- Malcolm Kushner
I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.
- Abraham Lincoln
He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.
- George P. Schultz
Slaying sacred cows makes great steaks.
- Dick Nicolosi
- Bruce Willis as John McClane in "Die Hard" Twentieth Century Fox, 1988
[Humans] invented language to satisfy their deep need to complain.
- Lily Tomlin
I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up . . . they have no holidays.
- Henny Youngman
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by the dozens.
I went on a diet, swore off drinking and heavy eating, and in fourteen days I had lost exactly two weeks.
- Joe E. Lewis
Never eat more than you can lift.
- Miss Piggy (Ms. Pigathius Lee)
Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors.
- Sam Goldwyn
Everybody likes a kidder but nobody loans him money.
- Arthur Miller
I have enough money to last me the rest of my life unless I buy something.
- Jackie Mason
Whoever called it necking was a poor judge of anatomy
- Groucho Marx
Use the fork Luke, it's right beside your plate
- Garth Evader or I B ONE can U B?, one.
Otis B. Driftwood (Groucho Marx): It's alright, that's in every contract. That's what they call a sanity clause.
Fiorello (Chico Marx) Sanity Clause? ... you can't fool me... there ain't no Sanity Clause.
- "A Night at the Opera" MGM, 1935
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
- J.D. Salinger
Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)
We're here because we're not all there.
- A. T. Shirt
When there's more sick ones than well ones, by golly the sick ones will lock the well ones up.
- Eric F. Goldman [Crucial Decade]
Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people they don't like.
- Will Rogers
Please forgive the long letter. I don't have time to write a short one.
- Winston Churchill
An engineering student is walking on campus one day when another engineering student rides up on a shiny new bicycle. Where did you get such a rockin' bike? asked the first. The second engineer replied Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, "Take what you want."
The second engineer nodded approvingly, Good choice! The clothes probably wouldn't have fit.
- Charles Kuttner, MD Sysop of ECMUG, the Electronic Corvallis [OR] Mac User Group BBS
The content or message of any particular medium has about as much importance as the stenciling on the casing of an atomic bomb.
- Marshall Mcluhan as quoted by Anna Melnikoff
I am amazed at radio DJ's today. I am firmly convinced that AM on my radio stands for Absolute Moron. I will not begin to tell you what FM stands for.
- Jasper Carrott
Old story: People who speak three languages are trilingual. People who speak two languages are bilingual. People who speak one language are American [or French].
- Bob Miller
The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.
- A. N. Whitehead as quoted by Robert Feuer
We are proud of our museums where we display a way of living that we have made impossible.
- A. K. Coomaraswami as quoted by Robert Feuer
If you and I always agree, then one of us is redundant.
- Larry Wall as quoted by Larry Wall
I don't owe no one no obligation, and no one owe me none so every 'ting is fine.
- Peter Tosh as quoted by Paul Ford
I am not young enough
to know everything.
- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
It's a small world after all.
- Walt Disney
You can pretend to be serious;
You can't pretend to be witty.
- Sacha Guitry
Plato was a bore.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900)
Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal.
- Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
I'm not going to climb in the ring with Tolstoy.
- Ernest Hemingway (1889-1961)
Hemingway, remarks are not literature.
- Gertrude Stein
Hemingway was a jerk.
- Harold Robbins
The palest ink is better than the best memory.
- Chinese proverb
[Librarians] They are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them...
- Michael Moore
Man was made for Joy & Woe
And when this we rightly know
Thro the World we safely go
Joy & Woe are woven fine
A Clothing for the soul divine
- William Blake, "Auguries of Innocence"
Get busy livin', or get busy dyin'.
- Tim Robbins as Andy in "The Shawshank Redemption" Columbia, 1994
Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy.
- Clint Eastwood as Josey Wales in "The Outlaw Josey Wales" Warner Bros., 1976
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light!
- Dylan Thomas
O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.
- William Shakespeare, "Othello"
Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.
- Maya Angelou, poet (1928- )
Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another:
What! You, too? Thought I was the only one.
-Clive Staples Lewis, novelist and essayist (1898-1963)
Adults are obsolete children.
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
- Dr. Seuss, humorist, illustrator, and author (1904-1991)
They say that God is everywhere, and yet we always think of Him as somewhat of a recluse.
- Emily Dickinson, poet (1830-1886)
I don't know if God exists, but it would be better for His reputation if he didn't.
- Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)
There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
It is always brave to say what everyone thinks.
- Georges Duhamel
If you can't get rid of the skeleton in your closet, you'd best teach it to dance.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)
If you can control your tongue, the strongest muscle in the body,
then you've got it licked.
- Reverend R Clark© 2K5
Just like a catsup bottle,
None will come and then a lottle.
- Richard Armour
And God said:"Let there be Satan, so people don't blame everything on me. And let there be lawyers, so people don't blame everything on Satan."
- George Burns
The minute you read something that you can't understand, you can almost be sure it was drawn up by a lawyer.
- Will Rogers
If it weren't for lawyers, we wouldn't need them.
- A. K. Griffin
99% of the lawyers give the rest a bad name.
Luge strategy? Lie flat and try not to die.
- Carmen Boyle (Olympic Luge Gold Medal winner - 1996)
There are only two reasons to sit in the back row of an airplane: Either you have diarrhea, or you're eager to meet people who do.
- Henry Kissenger (former US Secretary of State)
My cousin just died. He was only 19. He got stung by a bee - the natural enemy of a tightrope walker.
- Dan Rather (News anchorman)
I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with "Guess" on it. I said, "Thyroid problem?"
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.
- Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)
I discovered I scream the same way whether I'm about to be devoured by a Great White or if a piece of seaweed touches my foot.
- Axel Rose (Guns'n'Roses)
Capital punishment turns the state into a murderer. But imprisonment turns the state into a gay dungeon-master.
- Rev. Jesse Jackson
My son has taken up meditation - at least it's better than sitting doing nothing.
- Max Kauffmann
You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din.
- Cary Grant as Cutter in "Gunga Din" RKO, 1939
gauche \GOHSH\ (adjective)
1: lacking social experience or grace; also : not tactful
2: crudely made or done
I can't believe she'd be so gauche as to ask you how much
money you earn, Courtney huffed.
Did you know?
"Gauche" is one of several words that come from old
suspicions or negative associations surrounding the left side
and use of the left hand. In French, "gauche" literally means
"left," and it has the extended meanings "awkward" and "clumsy"
Presumably these meanings came about because left-handed people
could appear awkward trying to manage in a right-handed world --
or perhaps because right-handed people appear awkward when they
try to use their left hand. In fact, "awkward" itself comes from
the Middle English "awke," meaning "turned the wrong way" or
"left-handed." On the other hand, "adroit" and "dexterity" have
their roots in words meaning "right" or "on the right side."
43.3% of statistics are meaningless!
The mind is but a barren soil; a soil which is soon exhausted, and will produce no crop, or only one, unless it be continually fertilized and enriched with foreign matter.
- Joshua Reynolds, painter (1723-1792)
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
- Robert Louis Stevenson
Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.
- Henry Ford
Never, ever, take a "no" from someone who's not empowered to give you a "yes" in the first place.
- Peter Greenberg, "The Travel Detective"
You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
- Norman Douglas
The physician can bury his mistakes,
but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines.
-Frank Lloyd Wright
It's going to be a long hard drag, but we'll make it.
- Janis Joplin
A metaphysician is a [wo]man who goes into a dark cellar at midnight without a light looking for a black cat that is not there.
- Baron Bowen
Please Don't Anthropomorphize Computers, They Hate That!
All rising to a great place is by a winding stair.
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.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau
Psychotics build castles in the air, neurotics live in them and psychologists collect the rent.
All that is gold does not glitter.
Not all those who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
- J.R.R. Tolkein.
Be more than food for the moon Be what you came here for.
- Kathi Lawder
Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
- Job 38:31
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come. You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being. Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen! Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
- Angels, "Revelations," "The Bible"
If you want to do a certain thing, you first have to be a certain person. Once you become that certain person, you will not care anymore about doing that certain thing.
In great trials a man generally tries to act as he ought,
while in little affairs he shows himself as he really is.
I'm walking though the desert and I am not frightened although it's hot I have all that I requested and I do not want what I haven't got I have.
See how happy she has made me I will take this road much further though I know not where it takes me I have water for my Journey I have bread & I have wine no longer will I be hungry for the bread of life is mine I saw a navy blue bird flying way above the sea I walked on & I learned later that this navy blue bird was me I returned a paler blue bird and this is the advice they gave me "you must not try to be too pure you must fly closer to the sea"
- Sinead O'Connor, "I do not want what I haven't got"
I know that astrology isn't a science, said Gail. Of course it isn't. It's just an arbitrary set of rules like chess or tennis or, what's the strange thing you British play? Er, cricket? Self-loathing? Parliamentary democracy. The rules just kind of got there. They don't make any kind of sense except in terms of themselves. But when you start to exercise those rules, all sorts of processes start to happen and you start to find out all sorts of stuff about people. In astrology the rules happen to be about stars and planets, but they could be about ducks and drakes for all difference it would make. It's just a way thinking about a problem which lets the shape of that problem begin emerge. The more rules, the tinier the rules, the more arbitrary they are, the better. It's like throwing a handful of fine graphite dust on a piece of paper to see where the hidden indentations are. It lets you see the words that were written on the piece of the paper above it that's now been taken away and hidden. The graphite's not important. It's just the means of revealing their indentations. So you see, astrology's nothing to do with astronomy. It's just to do with people thinking about people...
- Douglas Adams, British comic/satirist writer (1952-2001) , "Mostly Harmless"
Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much...the wheel, New York, wars and so on...while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man...for precisely the same reason.
- Douglas Adams, British comic/satirist writer (1952-2001)
So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.
- Douglas Adams, British comic/satirist writer (1952-2001) , "So Long And Thanks For All The Fish" (1984, ISBN 0345391837) is the fourth book in the "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series. Its title is the message left by the dolphins when they departed Planet Earth just before it was demolished by the Vogons to make way for a hyperspatial express route. It has since been adopted by some science fiction fans as a humorous way to say "good-bye." In 2K5, in the major motion picture version of the series there is now a song with this title.
Many people come; looking, looking, taking picture. Too many people. No good... Some people come, see. Good!
- Dawa Tenzing (at Thyangboche Monastery in Nepal, 1973)
Never wrestle with a pig - you both get covered in shit, but the pig likes it.
- From alt.astrology
On a clear day, rise and look around you and you'll see who you are on a clear day, how it will astound you that the glow of your being outshines every star! You feel part of every mountain, sea and shore. You can hear from far and near a world you've never heard before And on that clear day you can see forever more.
- Mark Carlson's .sig file.
There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if only you begin to incubate it before the age of five by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
We turn to Spirit for help when our foundations are shaking,
only to find out that it is Spirit who is shaking them.
- Dan Millman, "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior"
We're space aliens because Earth is in Space!
- Gary Murphy's 3 year old son
With a stroke of love on the canvas of my soul I'm painting a perfect world with shades of Michaelangelo With each promise made in every heart that knows we can live in a perfect world in shades of Michaelangelo I hear songs of children echo in the sky I hear songs of children a tomorrow so bright!
- Belinda Carlisle, "Runaway Horses"
You were there. All you have to do is to remember.
- Colin Low on talk.religion.newage
Who am I, What am I? As I am, I am not. But as we are, I AM. And to you my creation, My Perfect Love is your Perfect Freedom. And I will be with you forever and ever, until the End, and then forever more.
- GOD as quoted, "Pyramid Energy: The Philosophy of God, The Science of Man."
Each progressive spirit is opposed by a thousand mediocre minds appointed to guard the past.
- Maurice Maeterlinck
A new civilization is emerging in our lives, and blind men everywhere are trying to suppress it.
- Alvin Toffler
I think no innocent species of wit or pleasantry should be suppressed, and that a good pun may be admitted among the smaller excellancies of lively conversation.
- James Boswell, Scottish biographer
And I oft have heard defended,
Little said is soonest mended.
If you don't like my ocean, Don't fish in my sea.
Stay out of my valley, And let my mountain be.
- Ma Rainey, 1926
A consultant is a person who borrows your watch, tells you what time it is, pockets the watch, and sends you a bill for it.
A good sermon should be like a woman's skirt: short enough to arouse interest but long enough to cover the essentials.
- Ronald Knox
Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest.
- Paul Simon, "The Boxer"
If you stand in front of mirror with 11 roses, then you'll see 12 most beautiful things in the world.
The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he's a baby.
- Natalie Wood
"Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus" Argue not with dragons, for thou art crunchy and go well with Brie.
No trees were killed in the sending of this message. However, a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.
Then I will tell you a great secret, Captain. Perhaps the greatest of all time. The molecules of your body are the same molecules that make up this station and the nebula outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are starstuff, we are the universe made manifest, trying to figure itself out. As we have both learned, sometimes the universe requires a change of perspective.
- Babylon 5
Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon.
We have the stars.
- Bette Davis as Charlotte Vale "Now, Voyager" Warner Bros., 1942
There is no place where earth's sorrows are more felt than up in heaven;
There is no place where earth's failings have such kindly judgement given.
There is plentiful redemption in the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members in the sorrows of the Head.
Come, come ye saints, no toil nor labor fear, But with joy, wend your way.
Though hard to you, this journey may appear, Grace shall be as your day!
- Anthem from the Mormon Pioneers
The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.
- Ernest Hemingway
I don't feel hate, because the last words from my husband were not ones of hate.
- a wife of a victim of "9/11"
Extraordinary claims demand extraordinary evidence
- Carl Sagan
The illiterate of the future are not those that cannot read or write...
They are those that can not learn, unlearn, relearn.
- Alvin Toffler
No one ever, ever won a chess game by betting on each move.
Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.
- Amar Gopal Bose, electrical engineer, inventor, founder Bose Corp. (1929- )
Chess, which exists predominantly in two dimensions, is one of the world's most difficult games. Three-dimensional chess is an invitation to insanity. But human relationships, even of the simplest order, are like a kind of four-dimensional chess, a game whose pieces and positions change subtly and inexorably between moves, whose players stare dumbly while their powerful positions deteriorate into hopeless predicaments and while improbable combinations suddenly become inevitable. To make matters worse, some games are open to any number of players, and all sides are expected to win.
- Robert Grudin, "Time and the Art of Living"
People who hate cats will come back as mice during their next life.
- Faith Resnick
Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.
- Jeff Valdez
In a cat's eye, all things belong to cats.
- English proverb
As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat.
- Ellen Perry Berkeley
One cat just leads to another.
- Ernest Hemingway
Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later.
- Mary Bly
Next to the dog, the wastebasket is your best friend.
- B.C. Forbes
Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.
- Ernest Menaul
Time spent with cats is never wasted.
Some people say that cats are sneaky, evil, and cruel. True, and they have many other fine qualities as well.
- Missy Dizick
You will always be lucky if you know how to make friends with strange cats.
- Colonial American proverb
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.
- Joseph Wood Krutch
Cats aren't clean, they're just covered with cat spit.
- John S. Nichols
If you will, imagine with me a world free from hypothetical situations and who needs rhetorical questions, either?
And while we're on the subject... which is worse: ignorance or apathy? Who knows? Who cares?
- Reverend R Clark© 2K6
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and I think, Well, that's not going to happen.
The other night I ate at a real family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.
Have you noticed since everyone has a camcorder these days no one talks about seeing UFOs like they used to.
All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
Have you noticed that a slight tax increase costs you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut saves you thirty cents?
There is one art, no more, no less: to do all things with artlessness.
- Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
- Benjamin Franklin
Your life is not predestined, as in Calvinist thought, where everything is written down in the book of life long before your birth and is inescapable. There are choices, accidents, hints and wrong paths, and the ego you, or whatever you call yourself, is a factor in all this. But there is still this other factor that keeps calling. At some moment, people turn, in despair or when they are unable to go any longer on a certain route, and this inner voice says, "Where have you been? I've been waiting for you to turn to me for a long time."
- James Hillman
Failing to fetch me at first,
Missing me one place,
I stop somewhere, waiting for you.
- Walt Whitman
The more we depend on God the more dependable we find He is.
- Cliff Richard
What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.
- Joseph Scriven
If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!
- D.L. Moody
Only God can fully satisfy the hungry heart of man.
- Hugh Black
I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.
- Abraham Lincoln
The universe is centred on neither the earth nor the sun. It is centred on God.
- Alfred Noyes
God knows the secret plan of the things he will do for the world, using my hand.
- Toyohiko Kagawa
Without the Way there is no going; without the Truth there is no knowing; without the Life there is no living.
- Thomas A Kempis
Look without! Behold the beauty of the day, The shout of color to glad color, rocks and trees, and sun and seas, and wind and sky: All these are God's expression, art work of His hand, which men must love ere they can understand.
- Richard Hovey
Is your place a small place? Tend it with care; He set you there.
Is your place a large place? Guard it with care! He set you there.
Whate'er your place, it is not yours alone, but his who set you there.
- John Oxenham
I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.
- George Washington Carver
Most of us wait until we're in trouble, and then we pray like the dickens. Wonder what would happen if, some morning, we'd wake up and say, Anything I can do for You today, Lord?
- Burton Hillis
Our God is at home with the rolling spheres, and at home with broken hearts.
- M. P. Ferguson
All that God requires of us is an opportunity to show what He can do.
- A.B. Simpson
God never uses a person greatly until He has wounded him deeply.
The privilege He offers you is greater than the price you have to pay. The privilege is greater than the price.
- Helen Roosevere, April 13, 1993
We remain such creeping Christians because we look at ourselves instead of Christ.
- George McDonald
Holiness is doing God's will with a smile.
- Mother Teresa
In youth we learn,
in age we understand.
- Marie Ebner-Eschenbach
It's never too late to be who you might have been.
- George Elliot
Never to do anything which
I should be afraid to do if it
were the last hour of my life.
- Jonathan Edwards
I'm not trying to find answers anymore. I'm trying to live what I know.
- Phil Jackson
As one person I cannot change the world,
but I can change the world of one person.
- Paul Shane Spear
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
- George Halas
A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
- Richard Nixon
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do.
The hard part is doing it.
- General Schwarzkpof
And in the end,
it's not the years
in your life that count.
It's the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln
While others may argue about whether the world ends with a bang or a whimper, I just want to make sure mine doesn't end with a whine.
- Barbara Gordon (Television producer)
The rights of conscience we never submitted, we could not submit [to the state]. We are answerable for them to our God.
- Thomas Jefferson
Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.
- Thomas Jefferson
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
- Samuel Johnson, lexicographer
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.
- George Bernard Shaw
The cynics are right 9 times out of 10.
- H. L. Mencken
No matter how cynical you get, it's tough to keep up.
- Lily Tomlin
That damn fly disrespected my coffee!
Some guy hit my fender, and I told him, "Be fruitful and multiply," but not in those words.
- Woody Allen
Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.
- Thomas K Kempis
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
- H.T. Leslie
The things that seem to crush will in the end be seen as rungs, on which I ascend.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self.
The greatest of all miracles is that we need not be tomorrow what we are today, but we can improve if we make use of the potential implanted in us by God.
- Rabbi Samuel M. Silver
You've got to continue to grow, or you're just like last night's cornbread -- stale and dry.
- Loretta Lynn
What we are is God's gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.
- Louis Nizer
No man really becomes a fool until he stops asking questions.
- Charles P. Steinmetz
One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon - instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.
- Dale Carnegie
Ultimately you are doing what you do for one of two reasons: to serve oneself or to serve God.
There is enough time in every day to do God's work...in God's way.
- Dr. Ted W. Engstrom
Dedication is doing the "Best" with your life rather than settling for what is only the "good."
The reality is that criticism and opposition will drive you somewhere. Let it drive you closer to God and you will become better; let it drive you away from God and you will become bitter.
- Dan Southerland
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
- 16th century poet
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
- Francis Bacon, 1561 1626
When we have accepted the worst, we have nothing more to lose. And that automatically means we have everything to gain.
- Dale Carnegie
Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.
- Thomas a' Kempis
I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most profitable explanation is that I was made for another world.
- C.S. Lewis
He is not great who is not greatly good.
If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it.
- George B. Shaw, 1856 1950
It's never too late to be who you might have been.
- George Elliot
It is when the well is dry that we know the price of water.
- Ben Franklin
I am more afraid of an army of 100 sheep led by a lion than an army of 100 lions led by a sheep.
I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who overcomes his enemies, for the hardest victory is victory over self.
If you take too long deciding what to do with your life,
you'll find out you've done it.
- George Bernard Shaw
There's nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
- Alfred Hitchcock
Most look up and admire the stars. A champion climbs a mountain and grabs one.
The secret of success is to do the common things uncommonly well.
- John D. Rockefeller
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The middle of every successful project looks like a disaster.
- Rosabeth Moss Cantor
I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
- Helen Keller
You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
- Beverly Sills
Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.
- John Maxwell
If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success; if you don't, you have achieved half your failure.
- David Ambrose
Success is not measured by what a man accomplishes, but by the opposition he has encountered and the courage with which he has maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.
- Charles Lindbergh, Aviation pioneer
Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.
- John Wooden
A competitive world has two possibilities for you: you can lose or, if you want to win, you can change.
- Lester C. Thurow
True success is obeying God.
- John Maxwell
There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, employ someone or forbid your children to do it.
- Monta Crane
Why not go out on a limb? Isn't that where the fruit is?
- Frank Scully
All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
- James Russell Lowell
The secret of success is consistency of purpose.
- Benjamin Disraeli
Doing little things with a strong desire to please God makes them really great.
- St. Francis De Sales
Listing your personal milestones is like storing a pocketful of sunshine for a rainy day.
Sometimes our best is simply not enough.... We have to do what is required.
- Sir Winston Churchill
Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievably gorgeous shrieking into the heart of the night.
- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters of Rainer Maria Rilke 1892-1910
The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
- Galileo Galilei
My soul is
a Mosque for Muslims,
a Temple for Hindus,
a Shrine for Buddhists,
an Altar for Zoroastrians,
a Church for Christians,
a Synagogue for Jews,
and a Pasture for gazelles.
- Ibn Arabi
A person with half volition goes backwards and forwards, but makes no progress on even the smoothest of roads.
- Thomas Carlyle
And last and most important of all, we are realizing the need of Jesus' teaching today to bring to us a spiritual mental hygiene; the need for His example to lead us into the paths of truth and right thinking--to the paths of abundant life, joy, understanding, and that Peace which passeth understanding, so that we can escape and be delivered from the dreadful boredom of self, that ghastly devil which tempts us to despair.
- Dr. Henry Darlington, "Spiritual Hygiene," delivered 1934, in Kleiser, Grenville. "Vital Sermons: Model Addresses for Study"; New York: Funk and Wagnalls Company, 1935. p 197.
What a frightening thing is the human, a mass of gauges and dials and registers, and we can read only a few and those perhaps not accurately. A flare of searing red pain formed in my bowels and moved upward until it speared and tore at the place just under my ribs. A great wind roared in my ears and drove me like a helpless ship, dismasted before it could shorten sail. I tasted bitter salt and I saw a pulsing, heaving room. Every warning signal screamed danger, screamed havoc, screamed shock. It caught me as I passed behind my ladies' chairs and doubled me over in quaking agony, and just as suddenly it was gone. I straightened up and moved on and they didn't even know how it had happened. I understand how people once believed the devil could take possession. I'm not sure I don't believe it. Possession! The seething birth of something foreign with every nerve resisting and losing the fight and settling back beaten to make Peace with the invader. Violation--that's the word, if you can think of the sound of a word edged with blue flame like a blowtorch.
- John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968) from "The Winter of Our Discontent." Penguin, 1983 (originally 1961). p 88.
I had a guardian angel at one time, but my little devil got him drunk, tattooed, and left him penniless at a strip club. I have not had another angel assigned to me yet.
To be a person, then, one needs to have these different components: life, sentience, personal identity. Losing life would make me a corpse, losing sentience would make me a zombie, and losing my body would make me a ghost.
- Pascal Boyer, "Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought"; New York: Basic Books, 2001. p 217.
I do feel that acute self-consciousness has been an ethical problem for my generation, but that's only because I'm attracted to the neo-Platonic idea-one championed by the novelist Iris Murdoch - that we can't access the Good that exists out there in the world unless we first escape from the cocoon of ourselves, through an empathetic act of love, sex, or reading, for example. Novelists like the ones I'm studying right now train us to be empathetic, it seems to me, by requiring readers to experience what it's like to be someone else. So extreme self-consciousness, which often stops me and others my age from exiting our own heads, can actually prevent us from behaving ethically.
- Zadie Smith, author of "The Autograph Man," "Morality Tales" by Joshua Glenn; Boston Globe, April 27, 2003, p E3.
We have become a culture in which "doing" something, anything, is celebrated. In essence, we're no longer human beings, but have become human doings.
- Gregg D. Jacobs, "The Ancestral Mind: Reclaim the Power"; New York: Viking, 2003. p 16.
Existential philosophy is the expression of my personal destiny, but my destiny ought to express also the destiny of the world and of man. This is not a transition from the individual to the common, but an intuitive disclosure of the universal in the individual.
- Nicolas Berdyaev. The Divine and the Human. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1949. Foreword, 1944-45. p vi.
In the fine words of Franz Baader, man wanted to be man without God, but God did not want to be God without man, and therefore became Man.
- Nicolas Berdyaev. The Divine and the Human. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1949. p 21.
The path of human prophetic inspiration is not the way of methodical ascent; it is the way of interior irradiation.
- Nicolas Berdyaev. The Divine and the Human. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1949. p 136.
The way I see it, authentic identity is simply a matter of willingness to admit how contradictory and painful living life really is. To stand up and say that I cannot be summed up neatly through labels, symbols or flags; to assert that my existence as a human being is really just an abstract notion. To enjoy contradiction--perhaps even to invite it--is to identify authentically. It is, to cop a phrase from Rebecca Walker, "to be real."
- Dina Hornreich, "I Was a Cliche," in "Yentl's Revenge: The Next Wave of Jewish Feminism", Danya Ruttenberg, ed.; Seal Press, 2001. p 45.
Whereas other cultures pushed schizoid persons toward being creative, our culture pushes people toward becoming more detached and mechanical.
- Rollo May, "Love and Will," p 17
Cezanne...paints this schizoid world of spaces and stones and trees and faces. ... Only a schizoid man could paint a schizoid world; which is to say, only a man sensitive enough to penetrate to the underlying psychic conflicts could present our world as it is in its deeper forms.
- Rollo May, "Love and Will," p 22-23
The superman is meant to unite in himself Jerusalem and Athens on the highest level.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, philosopher (1844-1900) "Jerusalem and Athens: Some Preliminary Reflections" by Leo Strauss, 1967
The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, "Treasury of Courage and Confidence" by Norman Vincent Peale, ed.; Indiana: Warner Press, 1970, 1974. p 19.
Nurture great thoughts for you will never go higher than your thoughts.
- Benjamin Disraeli, "Treasury of Courage and Confidence" by Norman Vincent Peale, ed.; Indiana: Warner Press, 1970, 1974. p 25
What trouble does to you depends on what is in you.
- Norman Vincent Peale, "Treasury of Courage and Confidence"; Indiana: Warner Press, 1970, 1974. p 33.
Instead of saying that man is the creature of circumstances, say that man is the architect of circumstances.
- Thomas Carlyle, "Treasury of Courage and Confidence" by Norman Vincent Peale, ed.; Indiana: Warner Press, 1970, 1974. p 24.
We are Triune beings. We consist of body, mind, and soul. Sometimes each chooses differently, but we should bring them into harmony.
- Paraphrase of Neale Donald Walsch. "Conversations With God: Book III." Page 23.
I didn't know enough about nature or the world to even consider that nature might communicate with me. If a dog is standing next to the door and barking, you know it's telling you it wants to go out. If a cat is standing next to the food dish and going "meow," you know it's hungry. We accept that something with a mouth can communicate, but we are conditioned into believing that if it doesn't have a mouth, then it can't.
- Julia Butterfly Hill, "Spiritual Activation"; Light of Consciousness, Vol. 15 No. 2, Autumn 2003. p 26.
Angel: Hercules: the strongest man ever to wear a skirt.
Orphan: Are you going to be my mother or my father?
Angel: I'm both. Consider the perfect soul. I search for no one and no one looks for me. Whatever I need, I look within myself to find. I am complete. I am not king nor queen, yet I am both a mother and a father.
Orphan: You pray to be this way?
Angel: Isn't that what Father Arlen says: pray and you shall receive?
- Northfork (movy), 2003
In defense of "separate but equal." Rabbi Berel Wein ("Jewish World Review" Jan. 9, 2003 / 15 Teves, 5764):
The Orderer [mentality] promises that we can gain value if we exert enough control. If we can only become thin enough, work hard enough, jog far enough, if we can only control our craving for sugar, for a drink, for sex, we will be worthy to live.
- Starhawk, "Truth or Dare"; p 232
I saw the patterns of history and thought that a human might be eighty per cent chemicals, eighteen per cent his past, and two per cent feeling, creatures of habit. Which makes psychiatrists really pharmacists who have to listen longer.
- Gerard Donovan, "Schopenhauer's Telescope: A Novel"; New York: Counterpoint, 2003. p 32.
We are farther apart than the distance between the sun and one inch from the end of the circle around the universe that would bring you back to the sun.
So we're not that far apart.
- Gerard Donovan, "Schopenhauer's Telescope: A Novel"; New York: Counterpoint, 2003. p 122.
Now, that golden Person who is within the sun, who looks down upon this earth from his golden palace, is even He who dwells within the lotus of the heart and eats food.
- Maitri Upanishad, VI. 1
The hardest part of being a poet is knowing what to do with the other 23 and 1/2 hours of your day.
- Billy Collins, Poet
...there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
- Booker T. Washington
If you torture data sufficiently, it will confess to almost anything.
- Fred Menger, chemistry professor (1937- ) The Hollow Men:
Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow.
- T.S. Eliot, poet (1888-1965)
Every sin is an attempt to fly from emptiness.
- Simone Weil, philosopher, mystic, activist (1909-1943)
I haven't committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.
- David Dinkins, New York City Mayor, answering accusations that he failed to pay his taxes.
" On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995 as part of the selection process she was asked the following question.
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever.
Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.
- Mariah Carey
Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life.
- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.
I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my body.
- Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball forward
Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
- Marion Barry, as Mayor of Washington, DC.
China is a big country, inhabited by many Chinese.
- Charles De Gaulle, as French President
I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves.
- John Wayne
The private enterprise system indicates that some people have higher incomes than others.
In other countries poverty is a misfortune -- with us it is a crime.
- Edward Bulwer-Lytton, writer (1803-1873)
We are not without accomplishment. We have managed to distribute poverty equally.
-Nguyen Co Thatch, Vietnamese foreign minister
Without censorship, things can get terribly confused in the public mind.
- General William Westmoreland
The books that the world calls immoral are books that show the world its own shame.
- Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)
I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president.
- Hillary Clinton, commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.
If you let that sort of thing go on, your bread and butter will be cut right out from under your feet.
- Ernest Bevin, as British foreign minister
That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it
- A congressional candidate in Texas.
Biologically speaking, if something bites you it's more likely to be female.
- Desmond Morris
When I die I'm going to leave my body to science fiction.
- Steven Wright
Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically into three major categories; those that don't work, those that break down and those that get lost.
- Russell Baker
Losing one gloveThe word "genius" isn't applicable in football. A genius is a guy like Norman Einstein.
is certainly painful,
compared to the pain,
of losing one,
throwing away the other,
the first one again.
- Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)
- Joe Theisman, NFL football quarterback & sports analyst.
Not only is he ambidextrous, but he can throw with either hand.
- Duffy Daugherty, football coach and sports analyst
Half this game is ninety percent mental.
- Danny Ozark, Philadelphia Phillies manager
Men, I want you just thinking of one word all season. One word and one word only: "Super Bowl."
-Bill Peterson, football coach
We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees.
- Jason Kidd, upon his drafting to the Dallas Mavericks
We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?
- Lee Iacocca
We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people.
- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor
Traditionally, most of Australia 's imports come from overseas.
- Keppel Enderbery
Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992, because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances.
- Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina
If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record.
- Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman
How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?
- Satchel Page
Inside every older person is a younger person -- wondering what the hell happened.
- Cora Harvey Armstrong
Inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out.
But I can usually shut the bitch up with cookies.
The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
-Helen Hayes (at 73)
I refuse to think of them as chin hairs.
I think of them as stray eyebrows.
My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first one being -- hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.
- Erma Bombeck
Old age ain't no place for sissies.
- Bette Davis
Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
If you can't be a good example -- then you'll just have to be a horrible warning.
I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on.
- Roseanne Barr
Behind every successful man is a surprised woman. [...with nothing to wear]
- Maryon Pearson
A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.
- Thomas Carlyle, historian and essayist (1795-1881)
So she went into the garden to cut a cabbage-leaf to make an apple-pie; and at the same time a great she-bear, coming up the street, pops its head into the shop. "What! No soap?" So he died, and she very imprudently married the barber: and there were present the Picninnies, and the Joblillies, and the Garyulies, and the grand Panjandrum himself, with the little round button at top, and they all fell to playing the game of catch-as-catch-can till the gunpowder ran out at the heels of their boots.
- Samuel Foote (1720-1777)
Aeolus Leonard Bloomfield 1887-1949Ah, breeze, where sleep'st thou? Come, oh come,
This langour of my frame dispel;
Arise, - thy own loved harp is dumb;
Arise, and bid thy chorus swell.
Stop not, but breathe with fresh'ning power
O'er full-blown roses in your way;
Wave the laburnum's pendant flower;
Yet stop not 'midst their sweets to play.
Sweep o'er the hay-field and the grove;
Thy own harp waits thee, come along;
Whose soft vibrations whisper love,
And fancied choirs of heavenly song.
Thanks, charming zephyr. -Hark! That tone!
Be true, sweet harp; hush all but thee:
Perform thy task untouch'd, alone,
And pour thy tide of harmony.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are!
- Jane Taylor (1806)
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