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Author's Favorite Quotes

      Listed below are my favorite quotes relating to culture and spirituality - please enjoy!
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· By Author – Alphabetical

· Anonymous

· Biblical

· Proverbs



Fear is not of the present, but only of past and future – which do not exist.

 ~ A Course in Miracles


The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.

 ~ Lord John Acton


And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.

 ~ Lord Acton


Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

 ~ Lord Acton


Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.

 ~ Joseph Addison, The Spectator, September 26, 1712


Men of genius are admired, men of wealth are envied, men of power are feared, but only men of character are trusted.

 ~ Alfred Adler (1870-1937)


This only is denied even to God: the power to undo the past.

 ~ Agathon


Each new generation is a fresh invasion of savages.

 ~ Harvey Allen


A man only understands what is akin to something already existing in himself.

 ~ Henri Frederic Amiel (1821 - 1881) Swiss philosopher, poet and critic


The man who has no inner life is the slave of his surroundings.

 ~ Henri Frederic Amiel


Until the day of his death, no man can be sure of his courage.

 ~ Jean Anouilh


The investigation of the meaning of words is the beginning of education.

 ~ Antisthenes


A life of wealth and many belongings is only a means to happiness. Honor, power, and success cannot be happiness because they depend on the whims of others, and happiness should be self-contained, complete in itself.

 ~ Aristotle


We make war that we may live in peace.

 ~ Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics


It is the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it.

 ~ Aristotle, Politics


Law is order, and good law is good order.

 ~ Aristotle, Politics


Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It's the transition that's troublesome.

 ~ Isaac Asimov


One reason I don't drink is that I want to know when I am having a good time.

 ~ Nancy Astor


Complete abstinence is easier than perfect moderation.

~ Saint Augustine


Patience is the companion of wisdom.

~ Saint Augustine (354-430)


The purpose of all wars, is peace.

~ Saint Augustine


The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.

~ Saint Augustine


People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.

~ Saint Augustine


The finding of God is the coming to one’s own self.

 ~ Meher Baba (1894 –1969), Iranian-Indian guru


In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior.

 ~ Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626) English philosopher, statesman and essayist


Reading makes a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.

 ~ Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626) English philosopher, statesman and essayist


He that gives good advice, builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example, builds with both; but he that gives good admonition and bad example, builds with one hand and pulls down with the other.

 ~ Francis Bacon


To a great experience one thing is essential – an experiencing nature.

 ~ Walter Bagehot


Art is man’s nature; nature is God’s art.

 ~ P. J. Bailey


Experience, which destroys innocence, also leads one back to it.

 ~ James Baldwin


The greatest blessing of our democracy is freedom. But in the last analysis, our only freedom is the freedom to discipline ourselves.

 ~ Bernard Baruch


What, then is law [government]? It is the collective organization of the individual right to lawful defense.

 ~ Frederic Bastiat, "The Law"


Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim -- when he defends himself -- as a criminal.

 ~ Frederic Bastiat, "The Law"


The philosophy of one century is the common sense of the next.

 ~ Henry Ward Beecher


Fear is the foundation of all human limitations.

 ~ Benny “the Jet” Urquidez, American kickboxer, martial arts choreographer and actor


The truly innocent are those who not only are guiltless themselves, but who think others are.

 ~ Josh Billings


As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

 ~ Josh Billings, 'Affurisms from Josh Billings: His Sayings, 1865


The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes from within the souls of men when they realize their relationship, their oneness, with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells Wakan-Tanka, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us. This is the real peace, and the others are but reflections of this. The second peace is that which is made between two individuals, and the third is that which is made between two nations. But above all you should understand that there can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which is within the souls of men.

 ~ Black Elk


You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves.

 ~ John Henry Boetcker


Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance.

 ~ H. G. Bohn


A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.

 ~ Robert Bolton


We have grasped the mystery of the atom, and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.

 ~ Omar Bradley


Behind every argument is someone's ignorance.

 ~ Louis D. Brandeis


Truth exists. Only lies are invented.

 ~ George Braque


The wealth of a nation consists not in its mass of material things, but in its system. The natural resources of South America are not inferior to those of the United States , but the wealth of the two regions is vastly different. The land of India is far richer than that of Japan , but the comparative wealth of the two nations is reversed.

 ~ George Brockway


The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.

 ~ Thomas Browne


Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
 ~ Buddha (536 B.C.-483 B.C.)


The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

 ~ Edmund Burke (1729-1797)


The effect of liberty on individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.

 ~ Edmund Burke


By gnawing through a dyke, even a rat may drown a nation.

 ~ Edmund Burke


Adversity is the first path to truth.

 ~ Lord Byron


We are not governed by armies and police but by ideas.

 ~ Mona Caird


The point to remember is that what the Government gives it must first take away.

 ~ John S. Caldwell


Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach; and those who can do neither, administer.

 ~ Collet Calverley


Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.

 ~ Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) French author and philosopher


Integrity has no need of rules.
 ~ Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) French author and philosopher


None of the evils which totalitarianism … claims to remedy is worse than totalitarianism itself.

 ~ Albert Camus (1913 – 1960) French author and philosopher


In judging others, folks will work overtime (and) for no pay.

 ~ Charles Edwin Carruthers


An angry man opens his mouth and shuts up his eyes.

 ~ Cato


Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.

 ~ Edwin Hubbel Chapin


We are not human beings having a spiritual experience.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

 ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955)


Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most, like it the least.

 ~ Lord Chesterfield


You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.

 ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936) English writer


There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect.

 ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936) English writer


I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

 ~ Chinese proverb


Failure is the foundation of truth. It teaches us what isn't true, and that is a great beginning. To fear failure is to fear the possibility of truth.
 ~ Joan Chittister


Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.

 ~ Winston Churchill


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

 ~ Winston Churchill


Courage is the first of the human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all the others.

 ~ Winston Churchill


Courage is the greatest virtue because it guarantees all the rest.

 ~ Winston Churchill


A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.

 ~ Winston Churchill


A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

 ~ Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.

 ~ Winston Churchill


Any man who is under 30, and is not a liberal, has not heart; and any man who is over 30, and is not a conservative, has no brains.

 ~ Winston Churchill (1874-1965)


Winston (Churchill) has devoted the best years of his life to preparing his impromptu speeches.

 ~ F. E. Smith


We are in bondage to the law in order that we may be free.

~ Cicero


The authority of those who profess to teach is often a positive hindrance to those who desire to learn.

~ Cicero


Hatred is settled anger.

~ Cicero


I never admired another’s fortune so much that I became dissatisfied with my own.

~ Cicero


Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.

 ~ Confucius


The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

 ~ Confucius


The man who is master of his passions is Reason’s slave.

 ~ Cyril Connolly


The real significance of crime is in its being a breach of faith with the community of mankind.

 ~ Joseph Conrad


The manner in which it is given is worth more than the gift.

 ~ Pierre Corneille


When you buy, use your eyes and your mind, not your ears.

 ~ Czechoslovakian proverb


If a man wants to be of the greatest possible value to his fellow-creatures, let him begin the long, solitary task of perfecting himself.

 ~ Robertson Davies


The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

 ~ Robertson Davies


The nice thing about meditation is that it makes doing nothing quite respectable.

 ~ Paul Dean


We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.

 ~ Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962


When asked by an anthropologist what the Indians called America before the white man came, an Indian said simply ‘Ours.’

 ~ Vine Deloria, Jr.


It is better to correct your own faults than those of another.

 ~ Democritus


Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.

 ~ Democritus


There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom.

 ~ Democritus


You can tell the man who rings true from the man who rings false, not by his deeds alone, but also his desires.

 ~ Democritus


My enemy is not the man who wrongs me, but the man who means to wrong me.

 ~ Democritus


Each problem that I solved became a rule which served afterwards to solve other problems.

 ~ Rene Descartes (1596-1650), "Discours de la Methode"


The difference between the reason of man and the instinct of the beast is this, that the beast does but know, but the man knows that he knows.

 ~ John Donne


It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.

 ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky


What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.

 ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky


Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

 ~ Peter Drucker


When liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.

 ~ Will Durant


Civilization begins with order, grows with liberty, and dies with chaos.

 ~ Will Durant


Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

 ~ Will Durant


Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives.

 ~ Abba Eban (1915-2003) Israeli diplomat and politician


To rule one's anger is well; to prevent it is still better.

 ~ Tryon Edwards


The absolute fundamental aim is to make money out of satisfying customers.

 ~ Sir john Egan


It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

 ~ Albert Einstein


It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

 ~ Albert Einstein


Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

 ~ Albert Einstein


The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

 ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.

 ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.

 ~ Albert Einstein


Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

 ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
 ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

 ~ Albert Einstein


There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

 ~ Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


You might as well not be alive if you're not in awe of God.

 ~ Albert Einstein


Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

 ~ Albert Einstein


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 without religion is lame; religion without science is blind.

 ~ Albert Einstein


The most important human endeavor is striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance and even our very existence depends on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives.

 ~ Albert Einstein


Small are the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.

 ~ Albert Einstein


Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

 ~ Albert Einstein


A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

 ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969), Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953


One could get a first-class education from a shelf of books five feet long.

 ~ Charles William Eliot (when Pres. Of Harvard Univ. )


All business proceeds on beliefs, on judgments of probabilities, and not on certainties.

 ~ Charles W. Eliot


To believe in your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men – that is genius.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


There are some men above grief and some men below it.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


People see only what they are prepared to see.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


God enters by a private door into every individual.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


The peace of the man who has foresworn the use of the bullet seems to me not quite peace, but a canting impotence.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


What you are thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


The greatest man in history was the poorest.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


For every minute you are angry you lose 60 seconds of happiness.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. It is the storm within that endangers him, not the storm without.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Do that which you fear and death of fear is certain.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.

 ~ Erik Erikson


Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit.

 ~ Erik Erikson


A man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe.

 ~ Euripides (480-406) Greek (Athenian) tragic playwright


The government deficit is the difference between the amount of money the government spends and the amount it has the nerve to collect.

 ~ Sam Ewing


It is not the employer who pays wages – he only handles the money. It is the product that pays wages.

 ~ Henry Ford


I do not know if we each have a destiny … or, we’re all just floating around accidental like a breeze … I think maybe both are happening at the same time.

 ~ Forrest Gump


It is by acts and not by ideas that people live.

 ~ Anatole France


Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.

 ~ Benjamin Franklin


We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.

 ~ Benjamin Franklin


Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.

 ~ Benjamin Franklin


I haven't failed, I've found 10,000 ways that don't work.

 ~ Benjamin Franklin


They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.

 ~ Benjamin Franklin


Well done is better than well said.

 ~ Benjamin Franklin


Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.

 ~ Milton Friedman


Only the person who has faith in himself is able to be faithful to others.

 ~ Erich Fromm


Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

 ~ Robert Frost


To be social is to be forgiving.

 ~ Robert Frost


Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.

 ~ Robert Frost


Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.

 ~ Robert Frost


Fear is the parent of cruelty.

 ~ James A. Froude


The simplest questions are the hardest to answer.

 ~ Northrop Frye


The most technologically efficient machine that man has ever invented is the book.

 ~ Northrop Frye


I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.

 ~ Galileo Galilei


The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)


In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Truth never damages a cause that is just.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


It has often occurred to me that a seeker after truth has to be silent.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Gandhi's seven sins:
- Wealth without work
- Pleasure without conscience
- Knowledge without character
- Commerce without morality
- Science without humanity
- Worship without sacrifice
- Politics without principles.


The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


My life is my message.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


The various religions are like different roads converging on the same point. What difference does it make if we follow different routes, provided we arrive at the same destination?

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


We must be the change we wish to see in the world.

 ~ Mahatma Gandhi


In order to become master, the politician poses as the servant.

 ~ Charles de Gaulle


The meek shall inherit the earth but not its mineral rights.

 ~ J. Paul Getty


No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

 ~ Kahlil Gibran


I have learnt silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am ungrateful to these teachers.

 ~ Kahlil Gibran


To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult.

 ~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


If you treat men the way they are you never improve them. If you treat them the way you want them to be, you do.

 ~ Goethe


Unlike grownups, children have little need to deceive themselves.

 ~ Goethe


There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.

 ~ Goethe


Genius develops in quiet places, character out in the full current of human life.

 ~ Goethe


A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.

 ~ Barry Goldwater


Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

 ~ Barry Goldwater (actually written by Karl Hess)


Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.

 ~ Samuel Goldwyn


Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.

 ~ Roy M. Goodman


I have never yet met a healthy person who worries very much about his health or a really good person who worries much about his own soul.

 ~ J. B. S. Haldane


When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.

 ~ Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865)


Anger is seldom without argument but seldom with a good one.

 ~ Lord Halifax

Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.

 ~ Alexander Hamilton


Power over a man’s subsistence amounts to a power over his will.

 ~ Alexander Hamilton


The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.

 ~ David Hare

Give us the fortitude to endure the things which cannot be changed, and the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other.

 ~ Oliver J. Hart (see also Reinhold Niebuhr)



Fortunately for serious minds, a bias recognized is a bias sterilized.

 ~ A. Eustace Haydon


Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck by the difference between what things are and what they might have been.

 ~ William Hazlitt


It can not be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!

 ~ Patrick Henry


Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

 ~ Patrick Henry


Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is impossible that a nation of infidels or idolaters should be a nation of free men. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, are incompatible with freedom.

 ~ Patrick Henry


The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government -- lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.

 ~ Patrick Henry


To do what others cannot do is talent. To do what talent cannot do is genius.

 ~ Will Henry


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

 ~ Heraclitas


Knowledge can be communicated but not wisdom.

 ~ Hermann Hesse


There is nothing noble about being superior to some other men. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

 ~ Hindu proverb


How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don’t think.

 ~ Adolf Hitler


The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason: terror and force.

 ~ Adolph Hitler, 1924


Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

 ~ Eric Hoffer


When people are free to do what they please, they usually imitate each other.

 ~ Eric Hoffer


Many of the insights of the saint stem from his experience as a sinner.

 ~ Eric Hoffer


Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.

 ~ Eric Hoffer


Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many.

 ~ Eric Hoffer


Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

 ~ Eric Hoffer


Not actual suffering but the hope of better things incites people to revolt.

 ~ Eric Hoffer


A moment’s insight is sometimes worth a life’s experience.

 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


The only prize much cared for by the powerful is power.

 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1913


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.

 ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


Anger is a momentary madness, so control your passion or it will control you.

 ~ Horace


Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.

 ~ Elbert Hubbard


Beauty in things exist in the mind which contemplates them.

 ~ David Hume (1711-1776)


Of moral purpose I see no trace in Nature. That is an article of exclusively human manufacture – and very much to our credit.

 ~ Thomas Huxley


I don't know whether the world is run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.

 ~ Hypatia (Twain?)


As the acceptance of immorality has increased, our individual liberties have decreased, proving that the founding fathers belief that freedom and religion can not exist exclusive of the other.

 ~ IB Thinkin


Freedom and immorality can not co-exist because freedom requires personal responsibility.

 ~ IB Thinkin


Don't just tell me what you think, tell me why you think it.

 ~ IB Thinkin


People cannot be angry and think clearly at the same time

 ~ IB Thinkin


One man with courage makes a majority.

 ~ Andrew Jackson


People would rather be wrong than different.

 ~ Henry Jacobsen


The goal of tyrants is tyranny, and the goal of tyranny is tyranny.

~ Dresden James


Genius, in truth, means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.

 ~ William James


The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

 ~ William James


We are all ready to be savage in some cause. The difference between a good man and a bad one is the choice of the cause.

 ~ William James


I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.

 ~ Thomas Jefferson


He is richest who is content with the least.

 ~ Thomas Jefferson


He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

 ~ Thomas Jefferson


On matters of style, swim with the current, on matters of principle, stand like a rock.
 ~ Thomas Jefferson


No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will.

 ~ Thomas Jefferson


The doctrines of Jesus are simple and tend all to the happiness of man, that there is only one God and God is perfect. That God and man are one. That to love God with all your heart, and your neighbor as yourself, is the sum of religion. These are the great points on which I endeavor to reform and live my life.

 ~ Thomas Jefferson


You censure this with difficulty because you have allowed it to become customary.

~ St. Jerome


We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.

 ~ Lyndon Baines Johnson


If there is one word that describes our form of society in America , it may be the word - voluntary.

 ~ Lyndon Baines Johnson


The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

 ~ Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)


Being in a ship is being in jail, with the chance of being drowned.

 ~ Samuel Johnson


Shame arises from the fear of man; conscience from the fear of God.

 ~ Samuel Johnson


The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

 ~ Samuel Johnson


Respect for the rights of others is peace.

~ Juarez ?


Neurosis is always a substitute for legitimate suffering.

 ~ Carl Jung


Where love rules, there is no will to power and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

 ~ Carl Jung


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

 ~ Carl Jung


Every man has three characters - that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

 ~ Alphonse Karr ( Kan ?)


The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

 ~ Alan Kay


A proverb is no proverb to you till life has illustrated it.

 ~ John Keats


I thank God for my handicaps, for through them, I have found myself, my work and my God.

 ~ Helen Keller


The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen, nor touched...but are felt in the heart.

 ~ Helen Keller (1880-1968)


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

 ~ Helen Keller


Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

 ~ Helen Keller


I believe that life is given us so that we may grow in love,

     And I believe that God is in me

     As the sun is in the color and fragrance of the flower

     The Light in my darkness,

     The Voice in my silence.

 ~ Helen Keller


A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

 ~ Father James Keller


Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

 ~ John F. Kennedy


If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

 ~ John F. Kennedy, inaugural address, January 20, 1961


Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

 ~ Soren Kierkegaard


I am more afraid of my own heart than of the Pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great Pope, Self.

 ~ Martin Luther


Nothing in the world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

 ~ Martin Luther King


Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

 ~ Martin Luther King


When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong you cannot be too conservative.

 ~ Martin Luther King


Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.

 ~ Martin Luther King


In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

 ~ Martin Luther King


We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

 ~ Martin Luther King


Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love.

 ~ Martin Luther King, Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967


I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.

 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.

 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Only in the darkness can you see the stars.

 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Do to us what you will, and we will still love you. Bomb our homes and threaten our children, and as difficult as it is, we will still love you. But be assured that we'll wear you down by our capacity to suffer, and one day we will win our freedom. We will not only win freedom for ourselves, we will so appeal to your heart and conscience that we will win you in the process, and our victory will be a double victory.

 ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

 ~ Arthur Koestler


There are two ways to slide easily through life; to believe everything or doubt everything. Both ways save us from thinking.

 ~ Alfred Korzybski


Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.

 ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986)


Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions - it only guarantees equality of opportunity.

 ~ Irving Kristol


Arbitrary behavior by one person encouraged and permitted arbitrariness in others.

 ~ Krushchev


Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in life has a purpose.

 ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926 - 2004)


It is my conviction that it is the intuitive, spiritual aspects of us humans - the inner voice - that gives us the 'knowing,' the peace, and the direction to go through the windstorms of life, not shattered but whole, joining in love and understanding.

 ~ Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926 - 2004)


You think wisdom is a flower for you to pluck. It is a mountain and it must be climbed.

 ~ Kung Fu


Evil cannot be conquered in the world, it can only be resisted within oneself.

 ~ Kung Fu


If the jury cannot see innocence in my eyes will they find it in a lawyer’s mouth?

 ~ Kung Fu


Accept the ways of others, respect first your own.

 ~ Kung Fu


Three Treasures:

First is mercy, for from mercy comes courage.

The second is frugality from which comes generosity to others.

The third is humility from it comes leadership.

 ~ Kung Fu


To feel shame for no cause is a waste. To feel shame for cause is also a waste, for you must rather spend time correcting that for which you are ashamed.

 ~ Kung Fu


Peace shall not be purchased by the sacrifice of truth.

 ~ Kung Fu


The undiscerning mind is like the roots of a tree. It absorbs equally all that it touches even the poison that would kill it.

 ~ Kung Fu


The flame in the mirror does not harm the mirror. Be like the mirror. Allow no evil to pass through you, reflect it to its source.

 ~ Kung Fu


A man’s vanity tells him what is honor; a man’s conscience what is justice.

 ~ Walter Savage Landor


The first condition of immortality is death.

 ~ Stanislaw Lec


In a war of ideas it is people who get killed.

 ~ Stanislaw J. Lec


A man’s greatest strength develops at the point where he overcomes his greatest weakness.

 ~ Elmer G. Letterman


It is the duty of righteous men to make war on all undeserved privilege, but one must not forget that this is a war without end.
 ~ Primo Levi


If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.

 ~ Kurt Lewis


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


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 me.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln

As Abraham Lincoln once said, when it comes time for me to give up on the reins of this administration, if I have but one friend left, and that friend resides deep within me, then I’ll be satisfied.

 ~ (Abraham Lincoln?) Bobby Knight on ESPN Up Close Primetime, 1997

I am for those means which will give the greatest good to the greatest number.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln


He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


Sin, by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards out of men.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln


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." Soon 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 pretense of loving liberty - to Russia , for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln, August 1, 1858

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 not democracy.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln


Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln


Without the assistance of the Divine Being - I cannot succeed. With that assistance, I cannot fail.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln


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


It’s better to trust and be disappointed occasionally than to distrust and be miserable all the time.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln


Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

 ~ Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)


The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.

 ~ John Locke


I would rather see the United States respected than loved by other nations.

 ~ Henry Cabot Lodge


Nature is a revelation of God; Art a revelation of man.

 ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


I believe I’ve found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.

 ~ Konrad Lorenz


Tradition does not mean that the living are dead, it means that the dead are living.

 ~ Harold Macmillan


The sign of an intelligent people is their ability to control emotions by the application of reason.

 ~ Marya Mannes


Give to us clear vision that we may know where to stand and what to stand for - because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything.

 ~ Peter Marshall


It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.

~ W. Somerset Maugham


Consider that people are like tea bags. They don't know their own strength until they get into hot water.

 ~ Dan McKinnon


Government is always religion applied to economics.    
 ~ R. E. McMaster


While I cannot be regarded as a pillar, I must be regarded as a buttress of the church, because I support it from outside.

 ~ Lord Melbourne


Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.

 ~ H. L. Mencken


Those who can - do. Those who can't - teach.

 ~ H. L. Mencken


He who does anything because it is the custom, makes no choice.

 ~ John Stuart Mill


Those fighting for free enterprise and free competition do not defend the interests of those rich today. They want a free hand left to unknown men who will be the entrepreneurs of tomorrow...
 ~ Ludwig von Mises


Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.

 ~ Montaigne


Republics are brought to their ends by luxury; monarchies by poverty.

 ~ Montesquieu


A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

 ~ George Moore


In Maine we have a saying that there’s no point in speaking unless you can improve on silence.

 ~ Edmund Muskie


O God, give us serenity to accept what cannot be changed; courage to change what should be changed; and wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.

 ~ Reinhold Niebuhr (see also Oliver J. Hart)


In Germany , the Nazis first came for the Communists, and I did not speak up, for I was not a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak up, for I was not a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak up, for I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak up, for I was a Protestant. And then they came for me, and by that time, no one was left to speak up.

 ~ Martin Niemoller


Insanity in individuals is rare – but in groups, parties, nations, and epochs, it is the rule.

 ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


When one has not had a good father, one must create one.

 ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


For what is Mysticism? Is it not the attempt to draw near to God,
not by rites or ceremonies, but by inward disposition?
Is it not merely a hard word for 'The Kingdom of Heaven is within'?
Heaven is neither a place nor a time.

~ Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)


True religion is the life we lead not the creed we profess.

 ~ Louis Nizer


Character is perfectly educated will.

 ~ Novalis


Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.

 ~ Eugene O’Neill


When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.

 ~ P. J. O'Rourke


Sanity is not statistical.

 ~ George Orwell (1984)


Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.

 ~ Ovid (43 B.C.-17 A.D.)


Of all of the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny of religion is the worst.

 ~ Thomas Paine


A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.

 ~ Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792


All our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.

 ~ Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher


I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.

 ~ Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, and religious philosopher


One must know oneself, if this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.

 ~ Blaise Pascal


Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from mistaken conviction.

 ~ Blaise Pascal


Change your thoughts, and you change your world.

 ~ Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)


Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.

 ~ M. Scott Peck


Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.

 ~ Charles Peguy


Those who will not be governed by God, will be ruled by tyrants.

 ~ William Penn


Law is nothing unless close behind it stands a warm, living public opinion.

 ~ Wendell Phillips


Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.

 ~ Plato (427-347 B.C.)


There are three classes of men – lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, lovers of gain.

 ~ Plato


When the mind is thinking, it is talking to itself.

 ~ Plato


The people have always some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness...This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.

 ~ Plato, The Republic


Is not absence death to those who love?

 ~ Alexander Pope


Literature is news that stays news.

 ~ Ezra Pound


Pugsley's First Law of Government: All government programs accomplish the opposite of what they are designed to achieve.

 ~ John Pugsley


Because we cling to the past we become unavailable to the present.

 ~ Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh


The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights, cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.

 ~ Ayn Rand


Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent.

 ~ Ayn Rand


To discuss evil in a manner implying neutrality, is to sanction it.

 ~ Ayn Rand


The proper and limited use of government is to invoke a common justice and keep the peace - and that is all.

 ~ Leonard Read


Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.

 ~ Ronald Reagan


Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

 ~ Ronald Reagan


It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

 ~ Agnes Repplier


The real character of a man is found out by his amusements.

 ~ Joshua Reynolds


The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality, and Independence .

 ~ Edward Rickenbacker


Sleep, riches, and health, to be truly enjoyed, must be interrupted.

 ~ Jean Paul Richter


The world is a kind of spiritual kindergarten where millions of bewildered infants are trying to spell “God” with the wrong blocks.

 ~ Edwin Arlington Robinson


Weak people cannot be sincere.

 ~ La Rochefoucauld


It is more shameful to distrust one’s friends than to be deceived by them.

 ~ François duc de la Rochefoucauld, 17th-century French memoirist and philosopher


Good management consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.

 ~ John D. Rockefeller


The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.

 ~ Will Rogers


Be thankful we’re not getting all the government we’re paying for.

 ~ Will Rogers


The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.

 ~ Will Rogers


An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out.

 ~ Will Rogers


I'm not a member of any organized political party, I'm a Democrat!

 ~ Will Rogers (1879-1935)


I never met a man I didn't like.

 ~ Will Rogers


If you ever injected truth into politics you have no politics.

 ~ Will Rogers


Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it.

 ~ Will Rogers


Rumor travels faster, but it don't stay put as long as truth.

 ~ Will Rogers


No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

 ~ Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)


The worst moment for the atheist is when he is really thankful, and has nobody to thank.

 ~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti


A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.

 ~ Jean Rostand


Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.

 ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau


Science is for those who learn; poetry for those who know.

 ~ Joseph Roux


Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.

 ~ Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)


One must care about a world one will not see.

 ~ Bertrand Russell


What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.

 ~ Bertrand Russell


A proverb is one man’s wit and all men’s wisdom.

 ~ John Russell


Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.

 ~ Jonas Salk (1914-1995)


Equality of opportunity is an equal opportunity to prove unequal talents.

 ~ Viscount Samuel


If she [ America ] forgets where she came from, if the people lose sight of what brought them along, if she listens to the deniers and mockers, then will begin the rot and dissolution.

 ~ Carl Sandburg


Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

 ~ George Santayana


Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

 ~ Rabbi H. Schachtel


Martyrdom has always been a proof of the intensity, never of the correctness of a belief.

 ~ Arthur Schnitzler


All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.

 ~ Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)


Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It's the only thing.

 ~ Albert Schweitzer


The good things of prosperity are to be wished; but the good things that belong to adversity are to be admired.

 ~ Seneca (4? BC - 65 AD)


Calamity is virtue's opportunity.

 ~ Seneca


As a tale, so is life; not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.

 ~ Seneca


All cruelty springs from weakness.

 ~ Seneca


Be who you are and say what you feel, cause those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

 ~ Dr. Seuss


I need no bodyguard at all, for even the bravest men who approach me get weak at the knees and their hearts turn to water, whilst their heads become giddy and incapable of thinking as the sweat of fear paralyzes them. They know no other will except that of their King, who is something above, and below, this earth.

 ~ Shaka Zulu, after the death of his mother


The Devil hath power To assume a pleasing shape.

 ~ William Shakespeare


Beware of the man whose God is in the skies.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


Martyrdom: The only way a man can become famous without ability.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


The test of a man or woman’s breeding is how they behave in a quarrel.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


We learn from experience that men never learn anything from experience.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


A fool's brain digests philosophy into folly, science into superstition, and art into pedantry. Hence University education.

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


You see things and you say ‘why?’  But I dream things that never were and say ‘why not?’

 ~ George Bernard Shaw


Depend on the rabbit’s foot if you will, but remember it didn’t work for the rabbit!

 ~ R. E. Shay


An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.

~ Fulton Sheen


Bureaucrats are the only people in the world who can say absolutely nothing and mean it.

 ~ Hugh Sidey


The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible.

 ~ A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)


It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves, not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities but of their advantages.

 ~ Adam Smith


Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out.

 ~ Sydney Smith


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 (470-399 B.C.)


If a man does not know something, then how can his inquiry succeed, for he will not recognize whether what he arrives at is what he is looking for.

 ~ Socrates


I can know there is a noise when my hearing of the noise is gone, so I can know this truth though I can no longer hear the noise. Knowing the truth about the noise is not equivalent to hearing it since the truth about it exists long after the noise has gone.

 ~ Socrates


An honest man is always a child.
 ~ Socrates


The unexamined life is not worth living.
 ~ Socrates


...each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

 ~ Thomas Sowell


A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance.

 ~ Herbert Spencer


A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.

 ~ Joseph Stalin


To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting.

 ~ Stanislaus, King of Poland


Because man and woman are the complement of one another, we need woman's thought in national affairs to make a safe and stable government.

~ Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)


Anxiety is fear of one’s self.

 ~ Wilhelm Stekel


The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.

 ~ Wilhelm Stekel


One can acquire everything in solitude but character.

 ~ Stendhal


All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.

 ~ Stendhal


Everyone lives by selling something.

 ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.

 ~ Adlai Stevenson


It is often easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.

 ~ Adlai Stevenson


Every age needs men who will redeem the time by living with a vision of things that are to be.

 ~ Adlai Stevenson


The human race has improved everything except the human race.

 ~ Adlai Stevenson


Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.

 ~ Igor Stravinsky,1882-1971


To sit alone with my conscience will be judgment enough for me.

 ~ Charles William Stubbs


When the satisfaction or the security of another person becomes as significant to one as one’s own satisfaction or security, then the state of love exists.

 ~ Henry Stack Sullivan


Conscience is God's presence in man.

 ~ Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)


There's none so blind as they that won't see.

 ~ Jonathan Swift


Things forbidden have a secret charm.

 ~ Tacitus


Man is worse than an animal when he is an animal.

 ~ Rabindranath Tagore


The traveler has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and he has to wander through all the outer worlds to reach the innermost shrine at the end.

 ~ Rabindranath Tagore, Bengali poet, philosopher, artist, playwright, composer, and novelist


The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.

 ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson


Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

 ~ Alfred, Lord Tennyson


It is in the silence of the heart that God speaks.

 ~ Mother Teresa


Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God's gift of Himself.

 ~ Mother Teresa


Truth persuades by teaching, but does not teach by persuading.

 ~ Quintus Septimius Tertullianus, Adversus Valentinianos


I have with me two gods, Persuasion and Compulsion.

 ~ Themistocles, from Plutarch, Lives


Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.

 ~ Henry David Thoreau


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

 ~ Henry David Thoreau


To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

 ~ Henry David Thoreau


There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the roots.

 ~ Henry David Thoreau


Humor is emotional chaos remembered in tranquility.

 ~ James Thurber


Depression is rage spread thin.

 ~ Paul Tillich


The American Republic will endure, until politicians realize they can bribe the people with their own money.

 ~ Alexis de Tocqueville


In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.

 ~ Leo Tolstoy


When will justice come?  When those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are.

 ~ Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing themself.

 ~ Leo Tolstoy


If it weren’t for the last minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.

 ~ Michael S. Traylor


Reason over passion.

 ~ Pierre Elliott Trudeau


I don’t give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.

 ~ Harry S. Truman


Politics is war without bloodshed, and war is politics with blood.

 ~ Mao Tse-Tung


Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

 ~ Mark Twain


We’ve got the best government money can buy.

 ~ Mark Twain?


When angry count four; when very angry, swear.

 ~ Mark Twain


Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

 ~ Mark Twain


Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.

 ~ Mark Twain


I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

 ~ Mark Twain


Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea but it won’t work.

 ~ Mark Twain


Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired.

 ~ Mark Twain


Work like you don't need the money.
Dance like no one is watching.
And love like you've never been hurt.

 ~ Mark Twain


Its not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog.

 ~ Mark Twain


The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.

 ~ Mark Twain


Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

 ~ Mark Twain


If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.

 ~ Mark Twain


Nature is not human-hearted.

 ~ Lao-Tzu


Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live.

 ~ Henry Vandyke (1852-1933)


A citizen of America will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won't cross the street to vote in a national election.

 ~ Bill Vaughan


He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.

 ~ Leonardo da Vinci


You can have no dominion greater or less than that over yourself.

 ~ Leonardo da Vinci


Madness is to hold erroneous perceptions and argue perfectly from them.

 ~ Voltaire


 Never having been able to succeed in the world, he took his revenge by speaking ill of it.

 ~ Voltaire


Work banishes those three great evils, boredom, vice, and poverty.

 ~ Voltaire


Fear succeeds (follows) crime – it is its punishment.

 ~ Voltaire


If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.

 ~ Voltaire


It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.

 ~ Voltaire


It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

 ~ Voltaire


I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.

 ~ Voltaire


Most men would kill the truth if truth would kill their religion.

 ~ Lemuel K. Washburn


I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.

 ~ Booker T. Washington


Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.

 ~ George Washington


Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.

 ~ Thomas J. Watson


When women go wrong, men go right after them.

 ~ Mae West


What we can do for another is the test of powers; what we can suffer is the test of love.

 ~ Brooke Foss Westcott


When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it too seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me, but alas they would have none of it. And now as I lay on my deathbed, I suddenly realize: If I had only changed myself first, then by example I might have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country and who knows, I may have even changed the world.

 ~ Written on the tomb of an Anglican Bishop (1100 AD) in the Crypts of Westminster Abbey

A hateful act is the transference to others of the degradation we bear in ourselves.

 ~ Simone Weil


The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.

 ~ Alfred North Whitehead


Not ignorance, but ignorance of ignorance is the death of knowledge.

 ~ Alfred North Whitehead


Not to transmit (share) an experience is to betray it.

 ~ Elie Wiesel


In the face of suffering, one has no right to turn away, not to see.

 ~ Elie Wiesel


Intelligence appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without education. Education appears to be the thing that enables a man to get along without the use of his intelligence.

 ~ A. E. Wiggan


There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

 ~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


World War II was the last government program that really worked.

 ~ George Will


    Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
     We ask ourselves, "Who am I to be brilliant, talented, fabulous?"
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that
other people won't feel insecure around you.
     We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us, it's in ALL of us.
As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

 ~ Marianne Williamson.


If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself.

 ~ Woodrow Wilson


The interesting and inspiring thing about America is that she asks nothing for herself except what she has a right to ask for humanity itself.

 ~ Woodrow Wilson


America lives in the heart of every man everywhere who wishes to find a region where he will be free to work out his destiny as he chooses.

 ~ Woodrow Wilson


There are no illegitimate children – only illegitimate parents.

 ~ Leon R. Yankwich


All empty souls tend to extreme opinion.

 ~ William Butler Yeats


A show of envy is an insult to oneself.

 ~ Yevgeny Yevtushenko


A leader may symbolize and express what is best in his people, like Pericles, or what is worst, like Hitler, but he cannot successfully express what is only in his heart and not in theirs.

 ~ Charles Yost





A neurotic is the man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. And a psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent.

 ~ Anonymous


No one is entirely useless. Even the worst of us can serve as horrible examples.

 ~ Anonymous prisoner (State Prison, Salt Lake City )


Wise men learn by other men’s mistakes, fools by their own.

 ~ Unknown


Tact is the intelligence of the heart.

 ~ Anonymous


Hell is truth seen too late.

 ~ Anonymous


Anything which parents have not learned from experience they can now learn from their children.

 ~ Anonymous


Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.

 ~ Unknown


What's right isn't always popular, and what's popular isn't always right.

 ~ Unknown


A good speech should be like a lady’s skirt – long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting.

 ~ Unknown


There are always two choices. Two paths to take, one is easy. And its only reward is that it is easy.

 ~ Unknown




The soul that can speak with its eyes can also kiss with a gaze.

 ~ Unknown


I am not looking for someone I can live with; I am looking for someone I can’t live without.

 ~ Unknown


If you are going to get swept off of your feet then be prepared to land on your ass.

 ~ Unknown




Life is not measured by the breaths one takes but by the breathtaking moments.

 ~ Unknown


Never confuse having a career with having a life.

 ~ Unknown


Life is like a roller coaster – you gotta ride to experience the adventure and you have to adventure to enjoy the ride.

 ~ Unknown


The trouble with trouble is that it always starts out as fun.

 ~ Unknown




Since there is power we know that he is powerful,

Since there is life, we know that he is living,

Since there is personality, we know that he has personality,

Since there is justice, we know that he is just,

Since there is hope, we know that there is salvation.

 ~ Unknown


What we are is God’s gift to us, what we become is our gift to God.

 ~ Unknown


You can’t stumble when you are on your knees.

 ~ Unknown




Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to work with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

 ~ Unknown


Sometimes we just have to jump off of the bridge and grow our wings on the way down.

 ~ Unknown


If you are a conformist everyone will like you but you won’t like yourself.

 ~ Unknown


It is no measure of sanity to be well adjusted to an insane world.

 ~ Unknown


Watch your thoughts they become words, watch your words they become actions, watch your actions they become habits, watch your habits they become character, watch your character it becomes your destiny.

 ~ Unknown


Whatever you devote your conscious mind to, your subconscious mind follows.

 ~ Unknown


Honor dies where interest lies.

 ~ Unknown


We glorify the past when the future dries up.

 ~ Unknown


Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift, that’s why they call it the present.

 ~ Unknown


Be a good listener, your ears will never get you in trouble.

 ~ Unknown


Not to know is bad but not to want to know is even worse!

 ~ Unknown




Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.

 ~ Anonymous





4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8Love never fails.

 ~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NIV)


4 And we have such trust through Christ toward God. 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, 6 who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit;[a] for the letter

kills, but the Spirit gives life. The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

 ~ 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 (NKJV)


But though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

 ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV)


16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 ~ 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)


That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.

 ~ Ephesians 3:16 (??)


Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

 ~ Hebrews 11:1 (??)


You diligently study the scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

 ~ John 5:39-40 (NIV)


Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you.

 ~ Luke 6:26 (??)


Unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.

 ~ Luke 12:48 (??)


 5"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

 ~ Matthew 6:5-8 (NKJV)


Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

 ~ Matthew 7:14 (NKJV)


3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

 5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
 6Who, being in very nature[a] God,

      did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
 7but made himself nothing,

      taking the very nature[b] of a servant,

      being made in human likeness.

 8And being found in appearance as a man,

      he humbled himself

      and became obedient to death—

         even death on a cross!
 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
      and gave him the name that is above every name,
 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even to death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 ~ Philippians 2:3-11 (NIV)


Do not be overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendor of his house increases; for he will take nothing with him when he dies, his splendor will not descend with him. Though while he lived he counted himself blessed— and men praise you when you prosper- he will join the generation of his fathers, who will never see the light of life. A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.

 ~ Psalm 49:16-20 (NIV)


Have mercy on me, O God…Against you, you only have I sinned…Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place…

 ~ Psalm 51:1-19 (NIV)


And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

 ~ Romans 12:2 (KJV)


If a man will not work, he shall not eat.

 ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10


Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

 ~ Psalm 97:10 (NIV)


If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.

 ~ Gospel of Thomas (80)


   And Jesus said, there is a silence where the soul may meet its God and there the fount of wisdom is, and all who enter are immersed in light and filled with wisdom, love, and power.

   The silence is not circumscribed; it is not a place closed in with wall or rocky steeps nor guarded by the sword of man. Men carry with them all the time the secret place where they might meet their God. It matters not where men abide, on mountain top, in deepest vale, in marts of trade, or in the quiet home; they may at once, at any time, fling wide the door, and find the silence, find the house of God; it is within the soul. One may not be so much disturbed by the noise of business, and the words and thoughts of men if he goes all alone into the valley or the mountain pass.

 ~ Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ



PROVERBS – By Region


Reading makes a full man, meditation a profound man, discourse a clear man.

 ~ American Proverb


All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

 ~ Arabian Proverb


If you buy cheap meat, when it boils you smell what you have saved.

 ~ Arabian Proverb


If there is light in the man,

There is Beauty in the person,

If there is beauty in the person,

There is harmony in the home,

If there is harmony in the home,

There is order in the nation,

If there is order in the nation,

There is peace on earth.

 ~ Chinese Proverb?


If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

 ~ Chinese Proverb


I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

 ~ Chinese proverb


Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

 ~ Chinese Proverb


Beat your child once a day. If you don’t know why, he does.

 ~ Chinese proverb


He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

 ~ Chinese Proverb


I was angered, for I had no shoes. Then I met a man who had no feet.

 ~ Chinese Proverb


It is not necessary to light a candle to the sun.

 ~ Chinese Proverb

It is not the knowing that is difficult, but the doing.

 ~ Chinese Proverb

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

 ~ Chinese Proverb


When a finger points at the moon, the imbecile looks at the finger.

 ~ Chinese Proverb


The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.

 ~ Chinese Proverb


If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.

 ~ Chinese proverb


The big thieves hang the little ones.

 ~ Czech Proverb


Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.

 ~ Czech Proverb


Learn a new language and get a new soul.

 ~ Czech proverb


There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.

 ~ English Proverb


God heals, and the physician takes the fee.
 ~ French Proverb


It is only the tree loaded with fruit that the people throw stones.
 ~ French Proverb


Politicians are like weather vanes.
 ~ French Proverb


When God says today, the devil says tomorrow.
 ~ German Proverb


There is nothing noble about being superior to some other men. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.

 ~ Hindu proverb


Comfort is not known if poverty does not come before it.

 ~ Irish Proverb


Girls need beauty a lot more than brains because guys can see a lot better than they can think.

 ~ Irish Proverb


Where the tongue slips, it speaks the truth.

 ~ Irish Proverb


After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box.

 ~ Italian proverb


A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.

 ~ Japanese Proverb


The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.

 ~ Japanese Proverb


Pride is the mask of one’s own faults.

 ~ Jewish proverb


God wanted to chastise mankind, so he sent lawyers.

 ~ Russian Proverb


No one is dragged to heaven by the hair.

 ~ Russian Proverb


Whoever gossips to you will gossip of you.

 ~ Spanish proverb


A friend to everybody and to nobody is the same thing.

 ~ Spanish Proverb


Cow of many, well milked and badly fed.
 ~ Spanish Proverb


If you pay not a servant his wages then he will pay himself.

 ~ Spanish Proverb


In a calm sea every man is a pilot.

 ~ Spanish Proverb


Let your heart guide your head in evil matters.

 ~ Spanish Proverb


If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.

 ~ Yugoslav Proverb




I’m not afraid to die. I just don’t want to be there when it happens.

 ~ Woody Allen


I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve immortality through not dying.

 ~ Woody Allen


Toots Shore ’s restaurant is so crowded nobody goes there anymore.

 ~ Yogi Berra


I do not object to people looking at their watches when I am speaking. But I do strongly object when they start shaking them to make sure they are still going.

 ~ Lord Birkett ~


Dogs come when they are called; cats take a message and get back to you.

 ~ Mary Bly


If thee marries for money, thee surely will earn it.

 ~ Ezra Bowen


I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants.

 ~ A. Whitney Brown


In judging others, folks will work overtime for no pay.

 ~ Charles Edwin Carruthers


I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.

 ~ Cyrus Ching


We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.

 ~ Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962


Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.

 ~ Albert Einstein


When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, you think it’s only a minute. But when you sit on a hot stove for a minute, you think its two hours. That’s relativity.

 ~ Albert Einstein


It was a woman who drove me to drink – and, you know, I never even thanked her.

 ~ W. C. Fields


When caught reading the Bible, W. C. Fields said ‘I’m looking for loopholes.’

 ~ W. C. Fields


The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is that sex for money usually costs a lot less.

 ~ Brendan Francis


I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back.

 ~ Zsa Zsa Gabor


The good news is that Jesus is coming back. The bad news is that he is really pissed off.

 ~ Bob Hope


Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.

 ~ Stephen Leacock


Please accept my resignation. I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member.

 ~ Groucho Marx


I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll make an exception.

 ~ Groucho Marx


We’d all like a reputation for generosity and we’d all like to buy it cheap.

 ~ Mignon McLaughlin


If you laid every economist in the country end to end you would still not reach a conclusion.

 ~ Salvadore Nasello


When the mouse laughs at the cat there’s a hole nearby.

 ~ Nigerian proverb


Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.

 ~ Ronald Reagan


They say hard work never hurt anybody, but I figure why take the chance.

 ~ Ronald Reagan


The more you read about politics, the more you got to admit that each party is worse than the other.

 ~ Will Rogers


The only place where success comes before work is a dictionary.

 ~ Vidal Sassoon


A wise woman will always let her husband have her way.

 ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan


Bureaucrats are the only people in the world who can say absolutely nothing and mean it.

 ~ Hugh Sidey


I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six. Mother took me to see him in a department store and he asked for my autograph.

 ~ Shirley Temple


Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.

 ~ Mark Twain


We’ve got the best government money can buy.

 ~ Mark Twain?


When angry count four; when very angry, swear.

 ~ Mark Twain


Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.

 ~ Mark Twain


I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

 ~ Mark Twain


Communism is like prohibition, it is a good idea but it won’t work.

 ~ Mark Twain


Man was made at the end of the week’s work, when God was tired.

 ~ Mark Twain


Tomorrow night I appear for the first time before a Boston audience – 4000 critics.

 ~ Mark Twain


Ethical man – a Christian holding four aces.

 ~ Mark Twain


Golf is a good walk spoiled.

 ~ Mark Twain


A critic is a man who knows the way but can’t drive the car.

 ~ Kenneth Tynan


When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.

 ~ Voltaire


I am a deeply superficial person.

 ~ Andy Warhol


I used to be Snow White … but I drifted.

 ~ Mae West


When I’m good, I’m very good, but when I’m bad, I’m better.

 ~ Mae West


Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.

 ~ Mae West


When women go wrong, men go right after them.

 ~ Mae West


I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.

 ~ Mae West


The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.

 ~ Alfred North Whitehead


All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal, or fattening.

 ~ Alexander Woollcott


A good speech should be like a lady’s skirt – long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting.

 ~ Unknown





All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


Winston (Churchill) has devoted the best years of his life to preparing his impromptu speeches.

 ~ F. E. Smith





What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.

~ Logan Pearsall Smith


How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

 ~ Henry David Thoreau



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