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  • Lord Acton
  • Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
    (topic: power)

  • Henry Adams
  • Friends are born, not made.
    (topic: friendship)

    You say that love is nonsense....I tell you it is no such thing. For weeks and months it is a steady physical pain, an ache about the heart, never leaving one, by night or by day; a long strain on one's nerves like toothache or rheumatism, not intolerable at any one instant, but exhausting by its steady drain on the strength.
    (topic: love)

    The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
    (topic: men and women)

  • Joseph Addison
  • The utmost extent of man's knowledge, is to know that he knows nothing.
    (topic: knowledge)

    Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
    (topic: reading)

    Sunday clears away the rust of the whole week.
    (topic: weekend)

    Content thyself to be obscurely good.
    When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
    The post of honour is a private station.
    (topic: honor)

    Man is subject to innumerable pains and sorrows by the very condition of humanity, and yet, as if nature had not sown evils enough in life, we are continually adding grief to grief and aggravating the common calamity by our cruel treatment of one another.
    (topic: cruelty)

  • Theodor Adorno
  • The lie has long since lost its honest function of misrepresenting reality. Nobody believes anybody, everyone is in the know. Lies are told only to convey to someone that one has no need either of him or his good opinion.
    (topic: doubt)

  • Aeschylus
  • It is an easy thing for one whose foot
    is on the outside of calamity
    to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.
    (topic: advice)

    There are times when fear is good
    It must keep its watchful place
    at the heart's controls. There is
    advantage in the wisdom won from pain.
    (topic: fear)

    In few men is it part of nature to respect
    a friend's prosperity without begrudging him.
    (topic: jealousy)

    Married love between
    man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature.
    (topic: marriage)

  • Aesop
  • A doubtful friend is worse than a certain enemy. Let a man be one thing or the other, and we then know how to meet him.
    (topic: friends and enemies)

    A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth.
    (topic: lying)

    It is in vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.
    (topic: prayer)

    Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own.
    (topic: misfortune)

  • James Agee
  • I'm very anxious not to fall into archaism or "literary" diction. I want my vocabulary to have a very large range, but the words must be alive.
    (topic: words)

  • Al-Razi
  • Truth in medicine is an unattainable goal, and the art as described in books is far beneath the knowledge of an experienced and thoughtful physician.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • She had a womanly instinct that clothes possess an influence more powerful over many than the worth of character or the magic of manners.
    (topic: dress)

    It takes two flints to make a fire.
    (topic: anger)

  • Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent--that is to triumph over old age.
    (topic: age)

  • Saul Alinsky
  • Change means movement. Movement means friction. Only in the frictionless vacuum of a nonexistent abstract world can movement or change occur without that abrasive friction of conflict.
    (topic: change)

    Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.
    (topic: power)

  • Woody Allen
  • Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
    (topic: money)

    A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
    (topic: fame)

    More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.
    (topic: pessimism)

  • Henri-Frédéric Amiel
  • To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. To do what is impossible for talent is the mark of genius.
    (topic: genius)

  • Eric Anderson
  • The most insidious influence on the young is not violence, drugs, tobacco, drink or sexual perversion, but our pursuit of the trivial and our tolerance of the third rate.
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • Maya Angelou
  • I answer the heroic question "Death, where is they sting?" with "It is here in my heart and mind and memories."
    (topic: death)

    If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning "Good morning" at total strangers.
    (topic: laughter)

    Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."
    (topic: nature)

    Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence--neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish--it is an imponderably valuable gift.
    (topic: time)

    Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
    (topic: travel)

  • Anonymous
  • Words convey the mental treasures of one period to the generations that follow; and laden with this, their precious freight, they sail safely across gulfs of time in which empires have suffered shipwreck and the languages of common life have sunk into oblivion.
    (topic: words)

  • Jean Anouilh
  • Beauty is one of the rare things that do not lead to doubt of God.
    (topic: beauty)

    Listen, my friend, there are two races of beings. The masses teeming and happy--common clay, if you like--eating, breeding, working, counting their pennies; people who just live; ordinary people; people you can't imagine dead. And then there are the others--the noble ones, the heroes. The ones you can quite well imagine lying shot, pale and tragic; one minute triumphant with a guard of honor, and the next being marched away between two gendarmes.
    (topic: heroes)

  • Susan B. Anthony
  • Suffrage is the pivotal right.
    (topic: voting)

  • Antisthenes
  • As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.
    (topic: jealousy)

  • Minna Antrim
  • To be loved is to be fortunate, but to be hated is to achieve distinction.
    (topic: hatred)

  • Apocrypha
  • A man's heart changes his countenance, either for good or for evil.
    -- Ecclesiasticus 13:25 (topic: heart)

    Forsake not an old friend, for a new one does not compare with him.
    -- Ecclesiasticus 9:10 (topic: friendship)

  • Jeffrey Archer
  • I was allowed to ring the bell for five minutes until everyone was in assembly. It was the beginning of power.
    (topic: school)

  • Hannah Arendt
  • It is quite gratifying to feel guilty if you haven't done anything wrong: how noble! Whereas it is rather hard and certainly depressing to admit guilt and to repent.
    (topic: guilt)

    Where all are guilty, no one is; confessions of collective guilt are the best possible safeguard against the discovery of culprits, and the very magnitude of the crime the best excuse for doing nothing.
    (topic: guilt)

  • Aristotle
  • The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
    (topic: education)

    My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
    (topic: friendship)

    Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
    (topic: friendship)

    Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
    (topic: happiness)

    Happiness depends upon ourselves.
    (topic: happiness)

    Hope is a waking dream.
    (topic: hope)

    No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
    (topic: anger)

  • Michael Armstrong
  • The ancient Romans had a tradition: whenever one of their engineers constructed an arch, as the capstone was hoisted into place, the engineer assumed accountability for his work in the most profound way possible: he stood under the arch.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Matthew Arnold
  • The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.
    (topic: religion)

  • Jean Arp
  • Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation...Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego.
    (topic: silence)

  • Sholem Asch
  • Writing comes more easily if you have something to say.
    (topic: writing)

  • Mary Kay Ash
  • Those who are blessed with the most talent don't necessarily outperform everyone else. It's the people with follow-through who excel.
    (topic: excellence)

  • Isaac Asimov
  • It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be...This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
    (topic: change)

  • Brooks Atkinson
  • Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go.
    (topic: new year)

  • W. H. Auden
  • And none will hear the postman's knock
    Without a quickening of the heart.
    For who can bear to feel himself forgotten?
    (topic: letters)

    Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make laugh.
    (topic: love)

    A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.
    (topic: music)

    Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we were driven out of Paradise, because of impatience we cannot return.
    (topic: patience)

    To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention--on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God--that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying...The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.
    (topic: prayer)

    In relation to a writer, most readers believe in the Double Standard: they may be unfaithful to him as often as they like, but he must never, never be unfaithful to them.
    (topic: writing)

    A tremendous number of people in America work very hard at something that bores them. Even a rich man thinks he has to go down to the office everyday. Not because he likes it but because he can't think of anything else to do.
    (topic: business)

    Geniuses are the luckiest of mortals because what they must do is the same as what they most want to do.
    (topic: genius)

    It is already possible to imagine a society in which the majority of the population, that is to say, its laborers, will have almost as much leisure as in earlier times was enjoyed by the aristocracy. When one recalls how aristocracies in the past actually behaved, the prospect is not cheerful.
    (topic: leisure)

  • St. Augustine
  • Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
    (topic: happiness)

  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Anything in any way beautiful derives its beauty from itself and asks nothing beyond itself. Praise is no part of it, for nothing is made worse or better by praise.
    (topic: beauty)

    Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
    (topic: future)

  • Jane Austen
  • It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made--when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt--it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.
    (topic: dance)

    It was, perhaps, one of those cases in which advice is good or bad only as the event decides.
    (topic: advice)

    Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced, and the inconvenience is often considerable.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

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

  • Nnamdi Azikiwe
  • Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Lauren Bacall
  • I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
    (topic: faces)

  • Richard Bach
  • The meaning I picked, the one that changed my life: Overcome fear, behold wonder.
    (topic: fear)

  • Gaston Bachelard
  • One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.
    (topic: past)

    To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
    (topic: reading)

    The repose of sleep refreshes only the body. It rarely sets the soul at rest. The repose of the night does not belong to us. It is not the possession of our being. Sleep opens within us an inn for phantoms. In the morning we must sweep out the shadows.
    (topic: sleep)

    I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.
    (topic: words)

    A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.
    (topic: writing)

  • Francis Bacon
  • Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
    (topic: books)

    Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
    (topic: death)

    This communicating of a man's self to his friend works two contrary effects; for it redoubleth joys, and cutteth griefs in half.
    (topic: friendship)

    Knowledge is power.
    (topic: knowledge)

    Wives are young men's mistresses, companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.
    (topic: marriage)

    If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties.
    (topic: doubt)

    The remedy is worse than the disease.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Russell Baker
  • The worst thing about being a tourist is having other tourists recognize you as a tourist.
    (topic: travel)

    Situation comedy on television has thrived for years on "canned" laughter grafted by gaglines by technicians using records of guffawing audiences that have been dead for years.
    (topic: television)

  • Mikhail Bakunin
  • Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.
    (topic: kindness)

  • James Baldwin
  • American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it.
    (topic: America)

    The young think that failure is the Siberian end of the line, banishment from all the living, and tend to do what I then did--which was to hide.
    (topic: failure)

  • J. G. Ballard
  • I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again...the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.
    (topic: future)

  • Djuna Barnes
  • We are adhering to life now with our last muscle--the heart.
    (topic: heart)

  • Natalie Clifford Barney
  • Time engraves our faces with all the tears we have not shed.
    (topic: faces)

  • J. M. Barrie
  • A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.
    (topic: past)

    We are all failures--at least, all the best of us are.
    (topic: failure)

  • Frank Barron
  • The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
    (topic: creativity)

  • John D. Barrow
  • There was no "before" the beginning of our universe, because once upon a time there was no time.
    (topic: time)

  • John Barrymore
  • A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.
    (topic: regret)

  • Stan Barstow
  • The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
    (topic: reading)

  • Bernard Baruch
  • To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am.
    (topic: age)

    There are no such things as incurable, there are only things for which man has not found a cure.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Jacques Barzun
  • Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea keeps them whole.
    (topic: idealism)

  • Charles Baudelaire
  • The man who says his evening prayer is a captain posting his sentinels. He can sleep.
    (topic: prayer)

    We are weighed down, every moment, by the conception and the sensation of Time. And there are but two means of escaping and forgetting this nightmare: pleasure and work. Pleasure consumes us. Work strengthens us. Let us choose.
    (topic: time)

  • Jean Baudrillard
  • You need an infinite stretch of time ahead of you to start to think, infinite energy to make the smallest decision. The world is getting denser. The immense number of useless projects is bewildering. Too many things have to be put in to balance up an uncertain scale. You can't disappear anymore. You die in a state of total indecision.
    (topic: indecision)

    Television knows no night. It is perpetual day. TV embodies our fear of the dark, of night, of the other side of things.
    (topic: television)

    Sadder than destitution, sadder than a beggar is the man who eats alone in public. Nothing more contradicts the laws of man or beast, for animals always do each other the honor of sharing or disputing each other's food.
    (topic: food)

    Executives are like joggers. If you stop a jogger, he goes on running on the spot. If you drag an executive away from his business, he goes on running on the spot, pawing the ground, talking business. He never stops hurtling onwards, making decisions and executing them.
    (topic: business)

  • Jessie Tarbox Beals
  • Too many photographers try too hard. They try to lift photography into the realm of Art, because they have an inferiority complex about their Craft. You and I would see more interesting photography if they would stop worrying, and instead, apply horse-sense to the problem of recording the look and feel of their own era.
    (topic: photography)

  • Simone De Beauvoir
  • Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen.
    (topic: romance)

  • Samuel Beckett
  • What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
    (topic: destiny)

    Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
    (topic: failure)

  • Sir Thomas Beecham
  • Great music is that which penetrates the ear with facility and leaves the memory with difficulty. Magical music never leaves the memory.
    (topic: music)

  • Henry Ward Beecher
  • A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never.
    (topic: books)

    To know that one has a secret is to know half the secret itself.
    (topic: secrets)

    Rain! whose soft architectural hands have power to cut stones, and chisel to shapes of grandeur the very mountains.
    (topic: weather)

    Clothes and manners do not make the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance.
    (topic: dress)

    The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.
    (topic: success)

  • Ruth Benedict
  • The life history of the individual is first and foremost an accommodation to the patterns and standards traditionally handed down in his community.
    (topic: community)

    No man ever looks at the world with pristine eyes. He sees it edited by a definite set of customs and institutions and ways of thinking.
    (topic: perception)

  • Stephen Vincent Benét
  • We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
    (topic: power)

  • Walter Benjamin
  • Each morning the day lies like a fresh shirt on our bed; this incomparably fine, incomparably tightly woven tissue of pure prediction fits us perfectly. The happiness of the next twenty-four hours depends on our ability, on waking, to pick it up.
    (topic: morning)

  • Alan Bennett
  • Those who have known the famous are publicly debriefed of their memories, knowing as their own dusk falls that they will only be remembered for remembering someone else.
    (topic: fame)

    Pessimism, when you get used to it, is just as agreeable as optimism.
    (topic: pessimism)

    A cause may be inconvenient, but it's magnificent. It's like champagne or high heels, and one must be prepared to suffer for it.
    (topic: idealism)

  • Stella Benson
  • Family jokes, though rightly cursed by strangers, are the bond that keeps most families alive.
    (topic: family)

  • John Berger
  • The envied are like bureaucrats; the more impersonal they are, the greater the illusion (for themselves and for others) of their power.
    (topic: jealousy)

    The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied...but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.
    (topic: poverty)

    When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
    (topic: reading)

  • Ingmar Bergman
  • Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.
    (topic: movies)

  • Irving Berlin
  • The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in this business. You've got to keep on working that talent. Someday I'll reach for it and it won't be there.
    (topic: success)

  • Georges Bernanos
  • What does the truth matter? Haven't we mothers all given our sons a taste for lies, lies which from the cradle upwards lull them, reassure them, send them to sleep: lies as soft and warm as a breast!
    (topic: lying)

    A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
    (topic: poverty)

  • Wendell Berry
  • The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.
    (topic: past)

  • Henry Beston
  • Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
    (topic: night)

  • Ugo Betti
  • I think the family is the place where the most ridiculous and least respectable things in the world go on.
    (topic: family)

  • Aneurin Bevan
  • We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
    (topic: indecision)

  • Bible
  • For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
    -- Ecclesiastes 1:18 (topic: knowledge)

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
    -- Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (topic: time)

    Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
    -- Ecclesiastes 7:9 (topic: anger)

    The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
    -- Ecclesiastes 9:11 (topic: luck)

    Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
    -- Ephesians 4:26 (topic: anger)

    And if any mischief follow, then though shalt give life for life,
    Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
    Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
    -- Exodus 21:23-25 (topic: revenge)

    Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
    -- Genesis 3:19 (topic: death)

    When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
    -- I Corinthians 13:11 (topic: maturity)

    The price of wisdom is above rubies.
    -- Job 28:18 (topic: wisdom)

    The truth shall make you free.
    -- John 8:32 (topic: truth)

    What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
    -- Mark 8:36 (topic: ambition)

    What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
    -- Matthew 19:6 (topic: divorce)

    No man can serve two masters.
    -- Matthew 6:24 (topic: loyalty)

    Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
    -- Proverbs 27:6 (topic: friends and enemies)

    Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all they getting get understanding.
    -- Proverbs 4:7 (topic: wisdom)

    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
    -- Psalms 14:1 (topic: atheism)

    Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
    -- Psalms 30:5 (topic: joy and sorrow)

    Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.
    -- Ruth 1:16 (topic: loyalty)

    Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies. Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. Thy neck is like a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus. Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries. How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!
    -- Song of Solomon 7:2-6 (topic: body)

    Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.
    -- Song of Solomon 8:7 (topic: love)

    Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
    --Proverbs 22:6 (topic: education)

  • Ambrose Bierce
  • Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.
    (topic: secrets)

  • Elizabeth Bishop
  • What childishness is it that while there's breath of life
    in our bodies, we are determined to rush
    to see the sun the other way around?
    (topic: travel)

  • Shirley Temple Black
  • Good luck needs no explanation.
    (topic: luck)

  • Tony Blair
  • We know if they could, they would go further.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

    It will be determined, it will take time, and it will continue over time until this menace is properly dealt with and its machinery of terror destroyed.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • William Blake
  • He who binds to himself a joy
    Does the winged life destroy;
    But he who kisses the joy as it files
    Lives in eternity's sun rise.
    (topic: happiness)

    The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity...and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
    (topic: nature)

    To see a World in a Grain of Sand
    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
    And Eternity in an hour.
    (topic: nature)

    A truth that's told with bad intent
    Beats all the lies you can invent.
    (topic: truth)

  • Christie Blatchford
  • The people who did this have underestimated them.

    They have looked upon the most affluent and overweight people in the world, seen softness and not understood that underneath, there is iron and resolve and unfathomable will. They have seen the startling diversity of race and religion and ethnicity and heard the cacophony of voices in that remarkable country, and failed to grasp that beneath the heart of every hyphenated American, there rages the heart of an American, period.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • Allan Bloom
  • Education is the movement from darkness to light.
    (topic: education)

    Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.
    (topic: music)

    The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency--the belief that the here and now is all there is.
    (topic: reading)

  • Léon Blum
  • When a woman is twenty, a child deforms her; when she is thirty, he preserves her; and when forty, he makes her young again.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Dirk Bogarde
  • The camera can photograph thought. It's better than a paragraph of sweet polemic.
    (topic: photography)

  • Robert Bolt
  • Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh.
    (topic: death)

  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.
    (topic: optimism)

  • Daniel J. Boorstin
  • The traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes "sight-seeing."
    (topic: travel)

    Celebrity-worship and hero-worship should not be confused. Yet we confuse them every day, and by doing so we come dangerously close to depriving ourselves of all real models. We lose sight of the men and women who do not simply seem great because they are famous but are famous because they are great. We come closer and closer to degrading all fame into notoriety.
    (topic: fame)

  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire.
    (topic: time)

    I cannot walk through the suburbs in the solitude of the night without thinking that the night pleases us because it suppresses idle details, just as our memory does.
    (topic: night)

  • Nicholas Bouleau
  • Honor is like a steep island without a shore: one cannot return once one is outside.
    (topic: honor)

  • Edouard Bourdet
  • One must choose, in life, between making money and spending it. There's no time to do both.
    (topic: money)

  • Elizabeth Bowen
  • When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.
    (topic: love)

    No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.
    (topic: perception)

  • F. H. Bradley
  • We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Janice Bradshaw
  • Poverty is taking your children to the hospital and spending the whole day waiting with no one even taking your name--and then coming back the next day, and the next, until they finally get around to you.
    (topic: poverty)

  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Mixing one's wines may be a mistake, but old and new wisdom mix admirably.
    (topic: wisdom)

  • Gerald Brenan
  • We are closer to the ants than to the butterflies. Very few people can endure much leisure.
    (topic: leisure)

  • Robert Bresson
  • Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Benjamin Britten
  • It is cruel, you know, that music should be so beautiful. It has the beauty of loneliness & of pain: of strength & freedom. The beauty of disappointment & never-satisfied love. The cruel beauty of nature, & everlasting beauty of monotony.
    (topic: music)

  • Jacob Bronowski
  • Every animal leaves traces of what it was; man alone leaves traces of what he created.
    (topic: creativity)

    Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
    (topic: nature)

    The world is made of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
    (topic: failure)

  • Charlotte Brontë
  • Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavour, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.
    (topic: revenge)

  • Anita Brookner
  • The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
    (topic: books)

    The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
    (topic: romance)

    A man of such obvious and exemplary charm must be a liar.
    (topic: charm)

  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • we are each other's business:
    we are each other's magnitude and bond.
    (topic: family)

  • Heywood Broun
  • The most casual examination will reveal the fact that all the jokes about the horrible results of masculine cooking and sewing are written by men. It is all part of a great scheme of sex propaganda.
    (topic: men and women)

    The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.
    (topic: failure)

    I doubt whether the world holds for any one a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice-cream.
    (topic: food)

  • John Mason Brown
  • Charm is a glow within a woman that casts a most becoming light on others.
    (topic: charm)

  • Sir Thomas Browne
  • There are mystically in our faces certain characters which carry in them the motto of our souls, wherin he that cannot read A, B, C may read our natures.
    (topic: faces)

    A man may be in as just possession of truth as of a city, and yet be forced to surrender.
    (topic: truth)

  • Robert Browning
  • What of soul was left, I wonder, when the kissing had to stop?
    (topic: kissing)

    Women know
    The way to rear up children (to be just),
    They know a simple, merry, tender knack
    Of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes,
    And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
    And kissing full sense into empty words.
    (topic: mothers)

    Who hears music, feels his solitude
    Peopled at once.
    (topic: music)

    Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
    Or what's a heaven for?
    (topic: ambition)

    Faultless to a fault.
    (topic: perfection)

    Since when was genius found respectable?
    (topic: genius)

  • Jean de La Bruyère
  • We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
    (topic: power)

  • William Cullen Bryant
  • Weep not that the world changes--did it keep
    A stable, changeless state, 'twere cause indeed to weep.
    (topic: change)

    These struggling tides of life that seem
    In wayward, aimless course to tend,
    Are eddies of the mighty stream
    That rolls to its appointed end.
    (topic: destiny)

  • Pearl S. Buck
  • The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
    (topic: mothers)

    Praise out of season, or tactlessly bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame.
    (topic: praise)

    It may be that religion is dead, and if it is, we had better know it and set ourselves to try to discover other sources of moral strength before it is too late.
    (topic: religion)

  • Eustace Budgell
  • Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.
    (topic: friendship)

  • Bulwer-Lytton
  • The pen is mightier than the sword.
    (topic: writing)

  • Julie Burchill
  • Tears are sometimes an inappropriate response to death. When a life has been lived completely honestly, completely successfully, or just completely, the correct response to death's perfect punctuation mark is a smile.
    (topic: death)

  • Edmund Burke
  • Manners are of more importance than laws... Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.
    (topic: manners)

    Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.
    (topic: power)

    No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
    (topic: fear)

    He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
    (topic: fame)

  • Thomas E. Burnett Jr.
  • A group of us are going to do something.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • George W. Bush
  • The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake, we will show the world that we will pass the test.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

    I can hear you, the rest of the world can hear you and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

    Great tragedy has come to us, and we are meeting it with the best that is in our country, with courage and concern for others because this is America. This is who we are.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • Samuel Butler
  • The oldest books are still only just out to those who have not read them.
    (topic: books)

    God was satisfied with his own work, and that is fatal.
    (topic: creativity)

    We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.
    (topic: forgiveness)

    Neither have they hearts to stay,
    Nor wit enough to run away.
    (topic: indecision)

    Logic is like the sword--those who appeal to it, shall perish by it.
    (topic: logic)

    The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.
    (topic: lying)

    Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to tell a lie well.
    (topic: lying)

    Money has a power above
    The stars and fate, to manage love:
    Whose arrows, learned poets hold,
    That never miss, are tipped with gold.
    (topic: money)

    Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbours, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.
    (topic: words)

    Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
    (topic: moderation)

    I believe that more unhappiness comes from this source than from any other--I mean from the attempt to prolong family connections unduly and to make people hang together artificially who would never naturally do so.
    (topic: family)

    Don't learn to do, but learn in doing. Let your falls not be on a prepared ground, but let them be bona fide falls in the rough and tumble of the world.
    (topic: experience)

    Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Lord Byron
  • Nothing can confound
    A wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
    (topic: laughter)

    The lapse of ages changes all things--time, language, the earth, the bounds of the sea, the stars of the sky, and every thing "about, around, and underneath" man, except man himself.
    (topic: change)

    On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
    No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
    To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
    (topic: dance)

    Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
    Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.
    (topic: hatred)

    Better to sink beneath the shock
    Than moulder piecemeal on the rock!
    (topic: adventure)

    In solitude, where we are least alone.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    One certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to be enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine. I only know if once mine gets out, I'll have a bit of a tussle before I let it get in again to that of any other.
    (topic: soul)

    I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us.
    (topic: travel)

    But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
    Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
    That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
    (topic: words)

    If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. As to that regular, uninterrupted love of writing...I do not understand it. I feel it as a torture, which I must get rid of, but never as a pleasure. On the contrary, I think composition a great pain.
    (topic: writing)

    A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine & becoming viands.
    (topic: food)

  • James Branch Cabell
  • People marry through a variety of other reasons, and with varying results; but to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy.
    (topic: marriage)

    The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
    (topic: pessimism)

  • John C. Calhoun
  • In looking back, I see nothing to regret and little to correct.
    (topic: regret)

  • Joseph Campbell
  • A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.
    (topic: heroes)

    When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you're sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.
    (topic: marriage)

    When people get married because they think it's a long-time love affair, they'll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.
    (topic: marriage)

    Every religion is true one way or another. It is true when understood metaphorically. But when it gets stuck in its own metaphors, interpreting them as facts, then you are in trouble.
    (topic: religion)

  • Albert Camus
  • Don't believe your friends when they ask you to be honest with them. All they really want is to be maintained in the good opinion they have of themselves.
    (topic: friendship)

    Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
    (topic: future)

    You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
    (topic: happiness)

    Truly fertile Music, the only kind that will move us, that we shall truly appreciate, will be a Music conducive to Dream, which banishes all reason and analysis. One must not wish first to understand and then to feel. Art does not tolerate Reason.
    (topic: music)

    How can sincerity be a condition of friendship? A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
    (topic: truth)

  • Elias Canetti
  • The process of writing has something infinite about it. Even though it is interrupted each night, it is one single notation.
    (topic: writing)

  • Truman Capote
  • I was eleven, then I was sixteen. Though no honors came my way, those were the lovely years.
    (topic: age)

  • Thomas Carlyle
  • No man who has once heartily and wholly laughed can be altogether irreclaimably bad.
    (topic: laughter)

    In books lies the soul of the whole past time.
    (topic: books)

    Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite.
    (topic: music)

    The illimitable, silent, never-resting thing called Time, rolling, rushing on, swift, silent, like an all-embracing ocean-tide, on which we and all the universe swim like exhalations, like apparitions which are, and then are not: this is forever very literally a miracle; a thing to strike us dumb, for we have no word to speak about it.
    (topic: time)

    I don't pretend to understand the Universe--it's a great deal bigger than I am.
    (topic: universe)

  • J. L. Carr
  • A school is not a factory. Its raison d'être is to provide opportunity for experience.
    (topic: school)

  • Lewis Carroll
  • While the laughter of joy is in full harmony with our deeper life, the laughter of amusement should be kept apart from it. The danger is too great of thus learning to look at solemn things in a spirit of mockery, and to seek in them opportunities for exercising wit.
    (topic: laughter)

    I have had prayers answered--most strangely so sometimes--but I think our heavenly Father's loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.
    (topic: prayer)

    "When I use a word," Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, "it means just what I choose it to mean--neither more nor less."
    (topic: words)

    'What is the use of a book', thought Alice, 'without pictures or conversations?'
    (topic: books)

  • Willa Cather
  • I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.
    (topic: death)

    When kindness has left people, even for a few moments, we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them. When it has left a place where we have always found it, it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something malevolent and bottomless.
    (topic: kindness)

    The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy; only the artist, the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
    (topic: truth)

  • Miguel de Cervantes
  • It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.
    (topic: joy and sorrow)

    Now blessings light on him that first invented this same sleep: it covers a man all over, thoughts and all, like a cloak; 'tis meat for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, heat for the cold, and cold for the hot. 'Tis the current coin that purchases all the pleasures of the world cheap; and the balance that sets the king and the shepherd, the fool and the wise-man even. There is only one thing...that I dislike in sleep; 'tis that it resembles death; there's very little difference between a man in his first sleep, and a man in his last sleep.
    (topic: sleep)

    Truth indeed rather alleviates than hurts, and will always bear up against falsehood, as oil does above water.
    (topic: truth)

    Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be!
    (topic: idealism)

  • Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort
  • People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
    (topic: heart)

    Of all days, the day on which one has not laughed is the one most surely wasted.
    (topic: laughter)

    It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyse before we can live happily in this world.
    (topic: soul)

  • Raymond Chandler
  • The motion picture is like a picture of a lady in a half-piece bathing suit. If she wore a few more clothes, you might be intrigued. If she wore no clothes at all, you might be shocked. But the way it is, you are occupied with noticing that her knees are too bony and that her toenails are too large. The modern film tries too hard to be real. Its techniques of illusion are so perfect that it requires no contribution from the audience but a mouthful of popcorn.
    (topic: movies)

    Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set.
    (topic: television)

    Common sense always speaks too late. Common sense is the guy who tells you you ought to have had your brakes relined last week before you smashed a front end this week. Common sense is the Monday morning quarterback who could have won the ball game if he had been on the team. But he never is. He's high up in the stands with a flask on his hip. Common sense is the little man in a grey suit who never makes a mistake in addition. But it's always somebody else's money he's adding up.
    (topic: common sense)

  • George Chapman
  • Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
    (topic: age)

  • Alexander Chase
  • To remain young one must change. The perpetual campus hero is not a young man but an old boy.
    (topic: change)

  • Chaucer
  • The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
    (topic: guilt)

  • John Cheever
  • It was a splendid summer morning and it seemed as if nothing could go wrong.
    (topic: morning)

  • Lord Chesterfield
  • I recommend to you to take care of the minutes; for hours will take care of themselves.
    (topic: time)

    Never seem wiser, nor more learned, than the people you are with. Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not merely pull it out and strike it; merely to show that you have one.
    (topic: education)

    Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings.
    (topic: heart)

    I am convinced that a light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning, have sometimes made a hero of the same man, who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and rainy morning, would have proved a coward.
    (topic: heroes)

    Whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing well.
    (topic: excellence)

  • G. K. Chesterton
  • White...is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black...God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white.
    (topic: colors)

    I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
    (topic: destiny)

    The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
    (topic: travel)

    The average man votes below himself; he votes with half a mind or a hundredth part of one. A man ought to vote with the whole of himself, as he worships or gets married. A man ought to vote with his head and heart, his soul and stomach, his eye for faces and his ear for music; also (when sufficiently provoked) with his hands and feet. If he has ever seen a fine sunset, the crimson colour of it should creep into his vote...The question is not so much whether only a minority of the electorate votes. The point is that only a minority of the voter votes.
    (topic: voting)

    An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.
    (topic: adventure)

    A stiff apology is a second insult... The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.
    (topic: apologies)

    Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
    (topic: cruelty)

  • Lydia M. Child
  • Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words. They are the hieroglyphics of angels, loved by all men for the beauty of the character, though few can decypher even fragments of their meaning.
    (topic: flowers)

    Misfortune is never mournful to the soul that accepts it; for such do always see that every cloud is an angel's face.
    (topic: misfortune)

  • Shirley Chisholm
  • There is little place in the political scheme of things for an independent, creative personality, for a fighter. Anyone who takes that role must pay a price.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Noam Chomsky
  • If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

  • Sir Winston Churchill
  • It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link of the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
    (topic: destiny)

    Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.
    (topic: heroes)

    These are not dark days: these are great days--the greatest days our country has ever lived.
    (topic: optimism)

    Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer. You have only to persevere to save yourselves.
    (topic: perseverance)

    There is no such thing as a moral dress... It's people who are moral or immoral.
    (topic: dress)

    Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right, than to be responsible and wrong.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Madonna Louise Ciccione
  • I have the same goal I've had ever since I was a girl. I want to rule the world.
    (topic: ambition)

  • Cicero
  • The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
    (topic: wisdom)

    A mental stain can neither be blotted out by the passage of time nor washed away by any waters.
    (topic: mind)

  • E. M. Cioran
  • You are done for--a living dead man--not when you stop loving but stop hating. Hatred preserves: in it, in its chemistry, resides the "mystery" of life.
    (topic: hatred)

    Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.
    (topic: silence)

  • Eric Clapton
  • You were at school and you were pimply and no one wanted to know you. You get into a group and you've got thousands of chicks there.
    (topic: fame)

  • Septima Poinsette Clark
  • I have great belief in the fact that whenever there is chaos, it creates wonderful thinking. I consider chaos a gift.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Eldridge Cleaver
  • The Twist was a guided missile, launched from the ghetto into the very heart of suburbia. The Twist succeeded, as politics, religion, and law could never do, in writing in the heart and soul what the Supreme Court could only write on the books.
    (topic: dance)

  • William Jefferson Clinton
  • You are the most powerful cultural force in the world.
    (topic: television)

  • Leonard Cohen
  • I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.
    (topic: pessimism)

  • Frank Moore Colby
  • I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
    (topic: anger)

    Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.
    (topic: anger)

  • Johnetta Betsch Cole
  • While it is true that without a vision the people perish, it is doubly true that without action the people and their vision perish as well.
    (topic: idealism)

  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
    (topic: love)

    No mind is thoroughly well organized that is deficient in a sense of humour.
    (topic: mind)

    If a man could pass through Paradise in a dream, and have a flower presented to him as a pledge that his soul had really been there, and if he found that flower in his hand when he awake--Aye, what then?
    (topic: doubt)

  • Charles Caleb Colton
  • Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
    (topic: happiness)

    Knowledge is two-fold, and consists not only in an affirmation of what is true, but in the negation of that which is false.
    (topic: knowledge)

    To dare to live alone is the rarest courage; since there are many who had rather meet their bitterest enemy in the field, than their own hearts in their closet.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship--never.
    (topic: love)

    There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.
    (topic: wisdom)

    Our admiration of fine writing will always be in proportion to its real difficulty and its apparent ease.
    (topic: writing)

    Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.
    (topic: education)

    Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of trick and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another.
    (topic: honor)

  • Confucius
  • Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
    (topic: perception)

  • William Congreve
  • Heav'n has no Rage like Love to Hatred turn'd,
    Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd.
    (topic: anger)

  • Cyril Connolly
  • Hate is the consequence of fear; we fear something before we hate it; a child who fears noises becomes a man who hates noise.
    (topic: hatred)

    When young we are faithful to individuals, when older we grow loyal to situations and to types.
    (topic: loyalty)

    All charming people have something to conceal, usually their total dependence on the appreciation of others.
    (topic: charm)

  • Joseph Conrad
  • For all that has been said of the love that certain natures (on shore) have professed for it, for all the celebrations it has been the object of in prose and song, the sea has never been friendly to man. At most it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.
    (topic: ocean)

    The sea--this truth must be confessed--has no generosity. No display of manly qualities--courage, hardihood, endurance, faithfulness--has ever been known to touch its irresponsible consciousness of power.
    (topic: ocean)

    Words, as is well known, are the great foes of reality.
    (topic: words)

  • John Constable
  • I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, -- light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.
    (topic: beauty)

  • Eliza Cook
  • Who would not rather trust and be deceived?
    (topic: trust)

  • Charles Horton Cooley
  • To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self.
    (topic: heroes)

    Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.
    (topic: money)

    Travellers never think that THEY are the foreigners.
    (topic: travel)

  • Calvin Coolidge
  • The business of America is business.
    (topic: America)

  • Pierre Corneille
  • Love lives on hope, and dies when hope is dead;
    It is a flame which sinks for lack of fuel.
    (topic: love)

    The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

  • Bill Cosby
  • If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.
    (topic: fathers)

    Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.
    (topic: music)

  • Margaret Courtney
  • Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young,
    Who loved thee so fondly as he?
    He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue,
    And joined in thy innocent glee.
    (topic: fathers)

  • William Cowper
  • Variety's the very spice of life,
    That gives it all its flavour.
    (topic: change)

  • Quentin Crisp
  • The young always have the same problem-- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
    (topic: age)

    Of course I lie to people. But I lie altruistically--for our mutual good. The lie is the basic building block of good manners. That may seem mildly shocking to a moralist--but then what isn't?
    (topic: lying)

  • Aleister Crowley
  • I was asked to memorise what I did not understand; and, my memory being so good, it refused to be insulted in that manner.
    (topic: school)

  • e. e. cummings
  • America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still.
    (topic: America)

    kisses are a better fate
    than wisdom.
    (topic: kissing)

    for whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
    it's always ourselves we find in the sea
    (topic: ocean)

  • Mario Cuomo
  • I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.
    (topic: fathers)

  • Edward Dahlberg
  • There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.
    (topic: advice)

  • Dalai Lama
  • Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Salvador Dali
  • At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.
    (topic: ambition)

    What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust.
    (topic: television)

  • Clemence Dane
  • It's the things I might have said that fester.
    (topic: regret)

  • Serge Daney
  • If you can't believe a little in what you see on the screen, it's not worth wasting your time on cinema.
    (topic: movies)

  • René Daumal
  • Each time dawn appears, the mystery is there in its entirety.
    (topic: morning)

  • Robertson Davies
  • A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
    (topic: books)

    What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.
    (topic: luck)

    A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will disappear into nothing at the big crunch. Its glorious few zillion years of existence not even a memory.
    (topic: universe)

    If we seek the pleasures of love, passion should be occasional, and common sense continual.
    (topic: common sense)

    Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.
    (topic: genius)

  • Miles Davis
  • A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do. I'm still doing it.
    (topic: fame)

  • Clarence Day
  • A moderate addiction to money may not always be hurtful; but when taken in excess it is nearly always bad for the health.
    (topic: money)

  • Jean Pierre Claris De Florian
  • Pleasure of love lasts but a moment,
    Pain of love lasts a lifetime.
    (topic: love)

  • Cecil B. De Mille
  • The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.
    (topic: perseverance)

  • Thomas De Quincey
  • It was a Sunday afternoon, wet and cheerless; and a duller spectacle this earth of ours has not to show than a rainy Sunday in London.
    (topic: weekend)

  • Peter De Vries
  • We turned on one another deep, drowned gazes, and exchanged a kiss that reduced my bones to rubber and my brain to gruel.
    (topic: kissing)

    Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask, "What's in it for me?"
    (topic: universe)

    Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
    (topic: food)

  • Eugene V. Debs
  • Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most--that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least.
    (topic: poverty)

  • United States Declaration of Independence
  • We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.
    (topic: America)

  • Don DeLillo
  • Film is more than the twentieth-century art. It's another part of the twentieth-century mind. It's the world seen from inside. We've come to a certain point in the history of film. If a thing can be filmed, the film is implied in the thing itself. This is where we are. The twentieth century is on film...You have to ask yourself if there's anything about us more important than the fact that we're constantly on film, constantly watching ourselves.
    (topic: movies)

    Men with secrets tend to be drawn to each other, not because they want to share what they know but because they need the company of the like-minded, the fellow afflicted.
    (topic: secrets)

    There's always a period of curious fear between the first sweet-smelling breeze and the time when the rain comes cracking down.
    (topic: weather)

    People stress the violence. That's the smallest part of it. Football is brutal only from a distance. In the middle of it there's a calm, a tranquility. The players accept pain. There's a sense of order even at the end of a running play with bodies stewn everywhere. When the systems interlock, there's a satisfaction to the game that can't be duplicated. There's a harmony.
    (topic: sports)

  • René Descartes
  • Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.
    (topic: joy and sorrow)

    Common sense is the most fairly distributed thing in the world, for each one thinks he is so well-endowed with it that even those who are hardest to satisfy in all other matters are not in the habit of desiring more of it than they already have.
    (topic: common sense)

  • Philip K. Dick
  • This, to me, is the ultimately heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance.
    (topic: heroes)

  • Charles Dickens
  • Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life.
    (topic: age)

    Change begets change. Nothing propagates so fast. If a man habituated to a narrow circle of cares and pleasures, out of which he seldom travels, step beyond it, though for never so brief a space, his departure from the monotonous scene on which he has been an actor of importance would seem to be the signal for instant confusion...The mine which Time has slowly dug beneath familiar objects is sprung in an instant; and what was rock before, becomes but sand and dust.
    (topic: change)

    Regrets are the natural property of grey hairs.
    (topic: regret)

    Minerva House...was "a finishing establishment for young ladies," where some twenty girls of the ages from thirteen to nineteen inclusive, acquired a smattering of everything and a knowledge of nothing.
    (topic: school)

    Any man may be in good spirits and good temper when he's well dressed. There ain't much credit in that.
    (topic: dress)

  • Emily Dickinson
  • Hope is a strange invention--
    A Patent of the Heart--
    In unremitting action
    Yet never wearing out.
    (topic: hope)

    The Possible's slow fuse is lit
    By the Imagination.
    (topic: imagination)

    Unable are the Loved to die
    For Love is Immortality.
    (topic: love)

    Luck is not chance---
    It's Toil---
    Fortune's expensive smile
    Is earned---
    (topic: luck)

    Nature, like us is sometimes caught
    Without her diadem.
    (topic: nature)

    The words the happy say
    Are paltry melody
    But those the silent feel
    Are beautiful--
    (topic: silence)

    Anger as soon as fed is dead--
    'Tis starving that makes it fat--.
    (topic: anger)

    Fame is a bee.
    It has a song--
    It has a sting--
    Ah, too, it has a wing.
    (topic: fame)

  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Once a woman has forgiven her man, she must not reheat his sins for breakfast.
    (topic: forgiveness)

  • Annie Dillard
  • There is a muscular energy in sunlight corresponding to the spiritual energy of wind.
    (topic: weather)

  • Isak Dinesen
  • Love, with very young people, is a heartless business. We drink at that age from thirst, or to get drunk; it is only later in life that we occupy ourselves with the individuality of our wine.
    (topic: love)

  • Benjamin Disraeli
  • Never complain and never explain.
    (topic: apologies)

  • Austin Dobson
  • Time goes, you say? Ah, no!
    Alas, Time stays, we go.
    (topic: time)

  • E. L. Doctorow
  • Writers are not just people who sit down and write. They hazard themselves. Every time you compose a book your composition of yourself is at stake.
    (topic: writing)

    Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
    (topic: writing)

  • Robert Doisneau
  • A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there--even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity.
    (topic: photography)

  • J. P. Donleavy
  • Writing is turning one's worst moments into money.
    (topic: writing)

  • John Donne
  • Sir, more than kisses, letters mingle souls.
    For, thus friends absent speak.
    (topic: letters)

    As states subsist in part by keeping their weaknesses from being known, so is it the quiet of families to have their chancery and their parliament within doors, and to compose and determine all emergent differences there.
    (topic: family)

  • Terence Donovan
  • The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organised visual lying.
    (topic: photography)

  • John Doonne
  • I throw myself down in my chamber, and I call in, and invite God, and his Angels thither, and when they are there, I neglect God and his Angels, for the noise of a fly, for the rattling of a coach, for the whining of a door.
    (topic: prayer)

  • Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky
  • There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
    (topic: knowledge)

    One can know a man from his laugh, and if you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may confidently say that he is a good man.
    (topic: laughter)

    Man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
    (topic: logic)

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library, where he can get it if he wants it.
    (topic: knowledge)

    From a drop of water a logician could infer the possibility of an Atlantic or a Niagara without having seen or heard of one or the other.
    (topic: logic)

    When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
    (topic: truth)

    A client is to me a mere unit, a factor in a problem.
    (topic: business)

  • Margaret Drabble
  • And there isn't any way that one can get rid of the guilt of having a nice body by saying that one can serve society with it, because that would end up with oneself as what? There simply doesn't seem to be any moral place for flesh.
    (topic: body)

  • Slavenka Drakulic
  • To have a son in wartime is the worst curse that can befall a mother, no matter what anyone says.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Marie Dressler
  • By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves.
    (topic: age)

  • John Dryden
  • Beware the fury of a patient man.
    (topic: anger)

  • Finley Peter Dunne
  • Trust everybody, but cut the cards.
    (topic: trust)

  • Marguerite Duras
  • I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Lawrence Durrell
  • Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.
    (topic: creativity)

    I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.
    (topic: imagination)

    It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.
    (topic: jealousy)

  • Andrea Dworkin
  • A man can be a hero if he is a scientist, or a soldier, or a drug addict, or a disc jockey, or a crummy mediocre politician. A man can be a hero because he suffers and despairs; or because he thinks logically and analytically; or because he is "sensitive"; or because he is cruel. Wealth establishes a man as a hero, and so does poverty. Virtually any circumstance in a man's life will make him a hero to some group of people and has a mythic rendering in the culture--in literature, art, theater, or the daily newspapers.
    (topic: heroes)

    For a mother the project of raising a boy is the most fulfilling project she can hope for. She can watch him, as a child, play the games she was not allowed to play; she can invest in him her ideas, aspirations, ambitions, and values- or whatever she has left of them; she can watch her son, who came from her flesh and whose life was sustained by her work and devotion, embody her in the world. So while the project of raising a boy is fraught with ambivalence and leads inevitably to bitterness, it is the only project that allows a woman to be--to be through her son, to live through her son.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Roger Ebert
  • Me, me, me -- and thousands dead. But that is what happened today. Now it is about us, and not just about them.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • Esteban Echeverría
  • Morality regulates the acts of man as a private individual; honor, his acts as a public man.
    (topic: honor)

  • Gertrude Ederle
  • To me, the sea is like a person--like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there.
    (topic: ocean)

  • Ilya Ehrenburg
  • Knowledge has outstripped character development, and the young today are given an education rather than an upbringing.
    (topic: education)

  • Barbara Ehrenreich
  • No culture on earth outside of mid-century suburban America has ever deployed one woman per child without simultaneously assigning her such major productive activities as weaving, farming, gathering, temple maintenance, and tent-building. The reason is that full-time, one-on-one child-raising is not good for women or children.
    (topic: mothers)

    Upscale people are fixated with food simply because they are now able to eat so much of it without getting fat, and the reason they don't get fat is that they maintain a profligate level of calorie expenditure. The very same people whose evenings begin with melted goats cheese... get up at dawn to run, break for a mid-morning aerobics class, and watch the evening news while racing on a stationary bicycle.
    (topic: food)

    A free-enterprise economy depends only on markets, and according to the most advanced mathematical macroeconomic theory, markets depend only on moods: specifically, the mood of the men in the pinstripes, also known as the Boys on the Street. When the Boys are in a good mood, the market thrives; when they get scared or sullen, it is time for each one of us to look into the retail apple business.
    (topic: business)

  • Albert Einstein
  • I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
    (topic: future)

    If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.
    (topic: success)

    A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.
    (topic: atheism)

  • Loren Eiseley
  • Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.
    (topic: ocean)

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Whatever America hopes to bring to pass in the world must first come to pass in the heart of America.
    (topic: America)

  • T. S. Eliot
  • I don't believe one grows older. I think that what happens early on in life is that at a certain age one stands still and stagnates.
    (topic: age)

    What a wretched lot of old shrivelled creatures we shall be by-and-by. Never mind--the uglier we get in the eyes of others, the lovelier we shall be to each other; that has always been my firm faith about friendship.
    (topic: age)

    In the small circle of pain within the skull
    You still shall tramp and tread one endless round
    Of thought, to justify your action to yourselves,
    Weaving a fiction which unravels as you weave,
    Pacing forever in the hell of make-believe
    Which never is belief: this is your fate on earth
    And we must think no further of you.
    (topic: guilt)

    Ignorant kindness may have the effect of cruelty; but to be angry with it as if it were direct cruelty would be an ignorant unkindness.
    (topic: kindness)

    But the mother's yearning, that completest type of the life in another life which is the essence of real human love, feels the presence of the cherished child even in the debased, degraded man.
    (topic: mothers)

    With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is not a repented error shaken loose from the life: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavours and the tinglings of a merited shame.
    (topic: past)

    Footfalls echo in the memory
    Down the passage which we did not take
    Towards the door we never opened
    Into the rose-garden.
    (topic: regret)

    It's strange that words are so inadequate.
    Yet, like the asthmatic struggling for breath,
    So the lover must struggle for words.
    (topic: words)

    There's no vocabulary
    For love within a family, love that's lived in
    But not looked at, love within the light of which
    All else is seen, the love within which
    All other love finds speech.
    This love is silent.
    (topic: family)

    One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!
    (topic: gifts and giving)

  • Havelock Ellis
  • Dancing is the loftiest, the most moving, the most beautiful of the arts, because it is no mere translation or abstraction from life; it is life itself.
    (topic: dance)

    Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive.
    (topic: jealousy)

  • Ralph Ellison
  • Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.
    (topic: power)

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.
    (topic: beauty)

    Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
    (topic: beauty)

    Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.
    (topic: courage)

    Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.
    (topic: death)

    A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
    (topic: faces)

    Flowers...are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
    (topic: flowers)

    A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
    (topic: friendship)

    It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
    (topic: friendship)

    The only way to have a friend is to be one.
    (topic: friendship)

    There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
    (topic: imagination)

    There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
    (topic: kindness)

    Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
    (topic: lying)

    Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love--now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such depth to the morning meadows.
    (topic: manners)

    The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.
    (topic: money)

    Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
    (topic: money)

    [Music] takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.
    (topic: music)

    How cunningly nature hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew!
    (topic: nature)

    'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss: in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakeably meant for his ear.
    (topic: reading)

    The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
    (topic: time)

    Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
    (topic: trust)

    God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have both.
    (topic: truth)

    Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.
    (topic: voting)

    Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
    (topic: wisdom)

    The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.
    (topic: writing)

    Hitch your wagon to a star.
    (topic: ambition)

    Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.
    (topic: food)

    We boil at different degrees.
    (topic: anger)

    Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
    (topic: experience)

    When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
    (topic: arguing)

    The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
    (topic: honor)

    Genius always finds itself a century too early.
    (topic: genius)

    In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
    (topic: genius)

    Let every man shovel out his own snow and the whole city will be passable.
    (topic: responsibility)

    People only see what they are prepared to see.
    (topic: perception)

  • English Proverb
  • Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
    (topic: experience)

  • Nora Ephron
  • It struck me that the movies had spent more than half a century saying, "They lived happily ever after" and the following quarter-century warning that they'll be lucky to make it through the weekend. Possibly now we are now entering a third era in which the movies will be sounding a note of cautious optimism: You know it just might work.
    (topic: movies)

  • Epictetus
  • Remember that you are an actor in a drama, of such a part as it may please the master to assign you, for a long time or for a little as he may choose. And if he will you to take the part of a poor man, or a cripple, or a ruler, or a private citizen, then may you act that part with grace! For to act well the part that is allotted to us, that indeed is ours to do, but to choose it is another's.
    (topic: destiny)

    Only the educated are free.
    (topic: education)

    It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
    (topic: fear)

  • Louise Erdrich
  • Love won't be tampered with, love won't go away. Push it to one side and it creeps to the other.
    (topic: love)

  • Henri Estienne
  • If youth but knew; if age but could.
    (topic: age)

  • Euripedes
  • There is something in the pang of change
    More than the heart can bear,
    Unhappiness remembering happiness.
    (topic: change)

    This is courage in a man:
    to bear unflinchingly what heaven sends.
    (topic: courage)

    What greater pain could mortals have than this:
    To see their children dead before their eyes?
    (topic: death)

    Lucky that man
    whose children make his happiness in life
    and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.
    (topic: fathers)

    Real friendship is shown in times of trouble;
    prosperity is full of friends.
    (topic: friendship)

    Of mortals there is no one who is happy.
    If wealth flows in upon one, one may be perhaps
    Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy.
    (topic: happiness)

    Let my heart be wise.
    It is the gods' best gift.
    (topic: heart)

    Love must not touch the marrow of the soul.
    Our affections must be breakable chains that we
    can cast them off or tighten them.
    (topic: love)

    Fortune always will confer an aura
    Of worth, unworthily; and in this world
    The lucky person passes for a genius
    (topic: luck)

    In misfortune, which friend remains a friend?
    (topic: misfortune)

  • James T. Farrell
  • America is so vast that almost everything said about it is likely to be true, and the opposite is probably equally true.
    (topic: America)

  • Jules Feiffer
  • I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy, I was deprived. Then they told me deprived was a bad image, I was underprivileged. Then they told me underprivileged was overused, I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I sure have a great vocabulary.
    (topic: poverty)

  • Fanny Fern
  • The way to a man's heart is through his stomach.
    (topic: food)

  • Henry Fielding
  • Sir, money, money, the most charming of all things; money, which will say more in one moment than the most elegant lover can in years. Perhaps you will say a man is not young; I answer he is rich. He is not genteel, handsome, witty, brave, good-humoured, but he is rich, rich, rich, rich, rich--that one word contradicts everything you can say against him.
    (topic: money)

    Some folks rail against other folks, because other folks have what some folks would be glad of.
    (topic: jealousy)

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Forgotten is forgiven.
    (topic: forgiveness)

    It is in the thirties that we want friends. In the forties we know they won't save us any more than love did.
    (topic: friendship)

    Young people do not perceive at once that the giver of wounds is the enemy and the quoted tattle merely the arrow.
    (topic: gossip)

    By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future.
    (topic: maturity)

    Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
    (topic: perseverance)

    The rhythm of the weekend, with its birth, its planned gaieties, and its announced end, followed the rhythm of life and was a substitute for it.
    (topic: weekend)

    An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the school-masters of ever afterward.
    (topic: writing)

    Family quarrels are bitter things. They don't go according to any rules. They're not like aches or wounds; they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal because there's not enough material.
    (topic: family)

    A big man has no time really to do anything but just sit and be big.
    (topic: fame)

    Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
    (topic: genius)

    However, no two people see the external world in exactly the same way. To every separate person a thing is what he thinks it is--in other words, not a thing, but a think.
    (topic: perception)

  • Flaubert
  • Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.
    (topic: success)

    The deplorable mania of doubt exhausts me. I doubt about everything, even my doubts.
    (topic: doubt)

  • Fontenelle
  • A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.
    (topic: happiness)

  • B. C. Forbes
  • There is more credit and satisfaction in being a first-rate truck driver than a tenth-rate executive.
    (topic: excellence)

  • John Ford
  • Revenge proves its own executioner.
    (topic: revenge)

  • E. M. Forster
  • I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet got ourselves.
    (topic: books)

    We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.
    (topic: poverty)

  • Muriel Fox
  • Total commitment to family and total commitment to career is possible, but fatiguing.
    (topic: business)

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
    (topic: marriage)

    You can bear your own faults, and why not a fault in your wife?
    (topic: marriage)

    Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
    (topic: time)

    Remember that time is money.
    (topic: business)

    Many a long dispute among divines may be thus abridged: It is so. It is not so. It is so. It is not so.
    (topic: arguing)

    I scarce ever heard or saw the introductory words, "Without vanity I may say," etc., but some vain thing immediately followed.
    (topic: vanity)

  • French Proverb
  • Men count up the faults of those who keep them waiting.
    (topic: punctuality)

  • Sigmund Freud
  • America is the most grandiose experiment the world has seen, but, I am afraid, it is not going to be a success.
    (topic: America)

    I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
    (topic: fathers)

    What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.
    (topic: happiness)

    He that has eyes to see and ears to hear may convince himself that no mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.
    (topic: secrets)

    Religion is an illusion and it derives its strength from the fact that it falls in with our instinctual desires.
    (topic: religion)

  • Edgar Z. Friedenberg
  • Human life is a continuous thread which each of us spins to his own pattern, rich and complex in meaning. There are no natural knots in it. Yet knots form, nearly always in adolescence.
    (topic: age)

  • Erich Fromm
  • To hope means to be ready at every moment for that which is not yet born, and yet not become desperate if there is no birth in our lifetime.
    (topic: hope)

    Love is union with somebody, or something, outside oneself, under the condition of retaining the separateness and integrity of one's own self.
    (topic: love)

    There is hardly any activity, any enterprise, which is started out with such tremendous hopes and expectations, and yet which fails so regularly, as love.
    (topic: love)

    The mother-child relationship is paradoxical and, in a sense, tragic. It requires the most intense love on the mother's side, yet this very love must help the child grow away from the mother, and to become fully independent.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Robert Frost
  • You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.
    (topic: fathers)

    Never ask of money spent
    Where the spender thinks it went.
    Nobody was ever meant
    To remember or invent
    What he did with every cent.
    (topic: money)

  • J. A. Froude
  • Fear is the parent of cruelty.
    (topic: cruelty)

  • Carlos Fuentes
  • What the United States does best is to understand itself. What it does worst is understand others.
    (topic: America)

  • Margaret Fuller
  • Only the dreamer shall understand realities, though in truth his dreaming must be not out of proportion to his waking.
    (topic: dreams)

    No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
    (topic: happiness)

    If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
    (topic: hope)

    Unseasonable kindness gets no thanks.
    (topic: kindness)

    Better be alone than in bad company.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    Choose a wife rather by your ear than your eye.
    (topic: marriage)

    More belongs to marriage than four legs in a bed.
    (topic: marriage)

    Abused patience turns to fury.
    (topic: patience)

    All commend patience, but none can endure to suffer.
    (topic: patience)

    Scalded cats fear even cold water.
    (topic: experience)

    Better a tooth out than always aching.
    (topic: divorce)

    He that hopes no good fears no ill.
    (topic: pessimism)

    Men are more prone to revenge injuries than to requite kindness.
    (topic: revenge)

  • John Kenneth Galbraith
  • There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
    (topic: beauty)

    Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear.
    (topic: power)

  • Willard Gaylin
  • English is such a deliciously complex and undisciplined language, we can bend, fuse, distort words to all our purposes. We give old words new meanings, and we borrow new words from any language that intrudes into our intellectual environment.
    (topic: words)

  • Mahatma Ghandi
  • Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
    (topic: prayer)

    Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness... It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
    (topic: prayer)

  • Edward Gibbon
  • It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
    (topic: writing)

  • Kahlil Gibran
  • Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
    And the self-same well from which your laughter rises was often-times filled with your tears.
    (topic: joy and sorrow)

    Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
    (topic: nature)

  • Wilfred Wilson Gibson
  • We who are left how shall we look again
    Happily on the sun or feel the rain
    Without remembering how they who went
    Ungrudgingly and spent
    Their lives for us loved, too, the sun and rain?
    (topic: death)

  • André Gide
  • Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one.
    (topic: future)

    The want of logic annoys. Too much logic bores. Life eludes logic, and everything that logic alone constructs remains artificial and forced.
    (topic: logic)

    To what a degree the same past can leave different marks-and especially admit of different interpretations.
    (topic: past)

    To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him and travel in his company.
    (topic: reading)

    Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.
    (topic: writing)

    The most beautiful things are those that madness prompts and reason writes.
    (topic: writing)

    It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves--in finding themselves.
    (topic: adventure)

  • Frank Gifford
  • Pro Football is like nuclear warfare. There are no winners, only survivors.
    (topic: sports)

  • Jean Giraudoux
  • When you see a woman who can go nowhere without a staff of admirers, it is not so much because they think she is beautiful, it is because she has told them they are handsome.
    (topic: flirtation)

    The flower is the poetry of reproduction. It is an example of the eternal seductiveness of life.
    (topic: flowers)

  • George Gissing
  • Money is time. With money I buy for cheerful use the hours which otherwise would not in any sense be mine; nay, which would make me their miserable bondsman.
    (topic: money)

    For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather, every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.
    (topic: weather)

    It is the mind which creates the world about us, and even though we stand side by side in the same meadow, my eyes will never see what is beheld by yours, my heart will never stir to the emotions with which yours is touched.
    (topic: mind)

  • Pamela Glenconner
  • Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well. Unless a character possesses this talent there is no moment more annihilating to ease than that in which a present is received and given.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

  • Goethe
  • Whoever, in middle age, attempts to realize the wishes and hopes of his early youth, invariably deceives himself. Each ten years of a man's life has its own fortunes, its own hopes, its own desires.
    (topic: age)

    It's not that age brings childhood back again,
    Age merely shows what children we remain.
    (topic: age)

    Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.
    (topic: destiny)

    All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
    (topic: heart)

    There is nothing in which people more betray their character than in what they laugh at.
    (topic: laughter)

    We lay aside letters never to read them again, and at last we destroy them out of discretion, and so disappears the most beautiful, the most immediate breath of life, irrecoverable for ourselves and for others.
    (topic: letters)

  • William Golding
  • What a man does defiles him, not what is done by others.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • James Goldsmith
  • If you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
    (topic: business)

  • Samuel Goldwyn
  • Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.
    (topic: movies)

  • Goncourt
  • Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.
    (topic: love)

  • Nadine Gordimer
  • Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    A child understands fear, and the hurt and hate it brings.
    (topic: fear)

    The truth isn't always beauty, but the hunger for it is.
    (topic: truth)

  • Maxim Gorky
  • Only mothers can think of the future-because they give birth to it in their children.
    (topic: future)

  • Baltasar Gracián
  • Fortune pays you sometimes for the intensity of her favors by the shortness of their duration. She soon tires of carrying any one long on her shoulders.
    (topic: luck)

  • Baltasar Graciàn
  • A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a No, sweetens a truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.
    (topic: manners)

  • Baltasar Gracián
  • Let him that hath no power of patience retire within himself, though even there he will have to put up with himself.
    (topic: patience)

    He that communicates his secret to another makes himself that other's slave.
    (topic: secrets)

    It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.
    (topic: sleep)

    A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
    (topic: enemies)

  • Martha Graham
  • We look at the dance to impart the sensation of living in an affirmation of life, to energize the spectator into keener awareness of the vigor, the mystery, the humor, the variety, and the wonder of life. This is the function of the American dance.
    (topic: dance)

  • Antonio Gramsci
  • I'm a pessimist because of intelligence, but an optimist because of will.
    (topic: optimism)

  • Thomas Gray
  • The paths of glory lead but to the grave.
    (topic: honor)

  • Graham Greene
  • They are always saying God loves us. If that's love I'd rather have a bit of kindness.
    (topic: love)

    The truth has never been of any real value to any human being--it is a symbol for mathematicians and philosophers to pursue. In human relations kindness and lies are worth a thousand truths.
    (topic: truth)

  • George Gurdjieff
  • A man can only attain knowledge with the help of those who possess it. This must be understood from the very beginning. One must learn from him who knows.
    (topic: knowledge)

  • J. B. S. Haldane
  • Now my own suspicion is that the Universe is not only queerer than we suppose, but queerer than we can suppose.
    (topic: universe)

  • Thomas C. Haliburton
  • Punctuality is the soul of business.
    (topic: business)

  • Joseph Hall
  • Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.
    (topic: moderation)

    Perfection is the child of time.
    (topic: perfection)

  • Dag Hammarskjöld
  • Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is again made clean.
    (topic: forgiveness)

  • Armand Hammer
  • Regrets and recriminations only hurt your soul.
    (topic: regret)

  • Thomas Hardy
  • Some folk want their luck buttered.
    (topic: luck)

    Pessimism...is, in brief, playing the sure game. You cannot lose at it; you may gain. It is the only view of life in which you can never be disappointed. Having reckoned what to do in the worst possible circumstances, when better arise, as they may, life becomes child's play.
    (topic: pessimism)

  • Augustus William Hare
  • The most mischievous liars are those who keep sliding on the verge of truth.
    (topic: lying)

  • Michael Harrington
  • People who are much too sensitive to demand of cripples that they run races ask of the poor that they get up and act just like everyone else in the society.
    (topic: poverty)

  • George Harris
  • I intended to give you some advice but now I remember how much is left over from last year unused.
    (topic: advice)

    We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice--that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it."
    (topic: maturity)

    Many a secret that cannot be pried out by curiosity can be drawn out by indifference.
    (topic: secrets)

  • Jane Harrison
  • Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
    (topic: age)

    Women's propensity to share confidences is universal. We confirm our reality by sharing.
    (topic: secrets)

  • Moss Hart
  • So far as I know, anything worth hearing is not usually uttered at seven o'clock in the morning; and if it is, it will generally be repeated at a more reasonable hour for a larger and more wakeful audience.
    (topic: morning)

  • L. P. Hartley
  • The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
    (topic: past)

  • Jacquetta Hawkes
  • The only inequalities that matter begin in the mind. It is not income levels but differences in mental equipment that keep people apart, breed feelings of inferiority.
    (topic: mind)

  • William Hazlitt
  • Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
    (topic: jealousy)

    I hate to be near the sea, and to hear it roaring and raging like a wild beast in its den. It puts me in mind of the everlasting efforts of the human mind, struggling to be free, and ending just where it began.
    (topic: ocean)

    Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves, will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.
    (topic: dress)

    The love of fame is almost another name for the love of excellence; or it is the ambition to attain the highest excellence, sanctioned by the highest authority, that of time.
    (topic: fame)

    One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect.
    (topic: excellence)

    The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours.
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • Ben Hecht
  • Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century. Of their many sins, I offer as the worst their effect on the intellectual side of the nation. It is chiefly from that viewpoint I write of them--as an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming a cultured people.
    (topic: movies)

  • Jim Hedtke
  • The World Trade Center is a symbol of American capitalism, and from the point of view of probable terrorists, a symbol of American decadence.
    ...
    The victims in the planes and the buildings were not the real targets of the attack. The intended victims were you and me.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • Heinrich Heine
  • Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
    (topic: forgiveness)

  • Lillian Hellman
  • The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.
    (topic: past)

  • Ernest Hemingway
  • All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you; the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse, and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was.
    (topic: books)

    From things that have happened and from things as they exist and from all things that you know and all those you cannot know, you make something through your invention that is not a representation but a whole new thing truer than anything true and alive, and you make it alive, and if you make it well enough, you give it immortality. That is why you write and for no other reason that you know of. But what about all the reasons that no one knows?
    (topic: creativity)

    I kissed her hard and held her tight and tried to open her lips; they were closed tight.
    (topic: kissing)

    Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words? He thinks I don't know the ten-dollar words. I know them all right. But there are older and simpler and better words, and those are the ones I use.
    (topic: words)

    It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings.
    (topic: excellence)

  • Heraclitus
  • You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are continually flowing in.
    (topic: change)

  • Hesiod
  • If you add a little to a little, and then do it again, soon that little shall be much.
    (topic: perseverance)

  • Jim Hightower
  • There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road but Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • Hippocrates
  • Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity.
    (topic: medicine)

    Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients, which often make them lie about the taking of things prescribed.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Adolf Hitler
  • The great mass of people...will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.
    (topic: lying)

  • Edward Hoagland
  • City people try to buy time as a rule, when they can, whereas country people are prepared to kill time, although both try to cherish in their mind's eye the notion of a better life ahead.
    (topic: time)

    Silence is exhilarating at first--as noise is--but there is a sweetness to silence outlasting exhilaration, akin to the sweetness of listening and the velvet of sleep.
    (topic: silence)

    Many divorces are not really the result of irreparable injury but involve, instead, a desire on the part of the man or woman to shatter the setup, start out from scratch alone, and make life work for them all over again. They want the risk of disaster, want to touch bottom, see where bottom is, and, coming up, to breathe the air with relief and relish again.
    (topic: divorce)

  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves.
    (topic: wisdom)

  • Eric Hoffer
  • Old age equalizes--we are aware that what is happening to us has happened to untold numbers from the beginning of time. When we are young we act as if we were the first young people in the world.
    (topic: age)

    With some people solitariness is an escape not from others but from themselves. For they see in the eyes of others only a reflection of themselves.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    It is the stretched soul that makes music, and souls are stretched by the pull of opposites--opposite bents, tastes, yearnings, loyalties. Where there is no polarity--where energies flow smoothly in one direction--there will be much doing but no music.
    (topic: music)

    Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man's spirit than when we win his heart.
    (topic: power)

    Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
    (topic: power)

    Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
    (topic: ambition)

    Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end result of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.
    (topic: failure)

    There is sublime thieving in all giving. Someone gives us all he has and we are his.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

    We have rudiments of reverence for the human body, but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind.
    (topic: body)

  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Our brains are seventy-year clocks. The Angel of Life winds them up once for all, then closes the case, and gives the key into the hand of the Angel of the Resurrection.
    (topic: death)

    The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.
    (topic: education)

    The very aim and end of our institutions is just this: that we may think what we like and say what we think.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    And Silence, like a poultice, comes
    To heal the blows of sound.
    (topic: silence)

    A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
    (topic: experience)

    The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.
    (topic: mind)

    The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms. Very often it does not know what to do with genius.
    (topic: genius)

  • Homer
  • There is nothing nobler or more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.
    (topic: marriage)

    Even were sleep is concerned, too much is a bad thing.
    (topic: sleep)

  • Richard Hooker
  • Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.
    (topic: change)

  • Horace
  • Your own safety is at stake when your neighbor's wall is ablaze.
    (topic: community)

    Why do you hasten to remove anything which hurts your eye, while if something affects your soul you postpone the cure until next year?
    (topic: soul)

    When things are steep, remember to stay level-headed.
    (topic: mind)

  • Richard Henry Horne
  • 'Tis always morning somewhere in the world.
    (topic: morning)

  • A. E. Housman
  • The troubles of our proud and angry dust
    Are from eternity, and shall not fail.
    Bear them we can, and if we can we must.
    Shoulder the sky, my lad, and drink your ale.
    (topic: perseverance)

  • Libby Houston
  • When your dreams tire, they go underground
    and out of kindness that's where they stay.
    (topic: dreams)

  • Edgar Watson Howe
  • A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.
    (topic: fear)

    For every quarrel a man and wife have before others, they have a hundred when alone.
    (topic: marriage)

    If a man has money, it is usually a sign, too, that he knows how to take care of it; don't imagine his money is easy to get simply because he has plenty of it.
    (topic: money)

  • Kin Hubbard
  • Nobody ever forgets where he buried a hatchet.
    (topic: forgiveness)

    Your friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
    (topic: friendship)

    The love we give away is the only love we keep.
    (topic: love)

    The line between failure and success is so fine that we scarcely know when we pass it: so fine that we are often on the line and do not know it.
    (topic: failure)

    Never explain--your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe it anyhow.
    (topic: apologies)

    Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace.
    (topic: mind)

    Responsibility is the price of freedom.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Langston Hughes
  • When peoples care for you and cry for you, they can straighten out your soul.
    (topic: love)

  • Victor Hugo
  • The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.
    (topic: age)

    When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
    (topic: age)

    There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
    (topic: prayer)

  • Hubert H. Humphrey
  • The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

  • Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight of cleverness.
    (topic: perseverance)

    That we are not much sicker and much madder than we are is due exclusively to that most blessed and blessing of all natural graces, sleep.
    (topic: sleep)

    Your true traveller finds boredom rather agreeable than painful. It is the symbol of his liberty-- his excessive freedom. He accepts his boredom, when it comes, not merely philosophically, but almost with pleasure.
    (topic: travel)

    There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.
    (topic: failure)

    Several excuses are always less convincing than one.
    (topic: apologies)

    What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera.
    (topic: body)

  • Häfiz
  • Come, for the House of Hope is built on sand: bring wine, for the fabric of life is as weak as the wind.
    (topic: death)

  • Lee Iacocca
  • My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, you've had a great life.
    (topic: friendship)

    No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?
    (topic: love)

    The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family.
    (topic: family)

    In times of great stress or adversity, it's always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.
    (topic: anger)

    In the end, all business operations can be reduced to three words: people, product, and profits.
    (topic: business)

  • William Ralph Inge
  • Many people believe that they are attracted by God, or by Nature, when they are only repelled by man.
    (topic: religion)

  • Robert G. Ingersoll
  • An honest God is the noblest work of man.
    (topic: atheism)

  • Washington Irving
  • There is a certain relief in change, even though it be from bad to worse; as I have found in travelling in a stage-coach, that it is often a comfort to shift one's position and be bruised in a new place.
    (topic: change)

    It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man--the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse--the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end.
    (topic: poverty)

  • Jesse Jackson
  • We've removed the ceiling above our dreams. There are no more impossible dreams.
    (topic: dreams)

  • Harriet Ann Jacobs
  • Cruelty is contagious in uncivilized communities.
    (topic: cruelty)

  • Jacques Jacques Maritain
  • We don't love qualities, we love persons; sometimes by reason of their defects as well as of their qualities.
    (topic: love)

  • William James
  • There is no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision, and for whom the lighting of every cigar, the drinking of every cup, the time of rising and going to bed every day, and the beginning of every bit of work, are subjects of express volitional deliberation.
    (topic: indecision)

    Human kindness is like a defective tap, the first gush may be impressive but the stream soon dries up.
    (topic: kindness)

    All television ever did was shrink the demand for ordinary movies. The demand for extraordinary movies increased. If any one thing is wrong with the movie industry today, it is the unrelenting effort to astonish.
    (topic: movies)

    We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.
    (topic: poverty)

    Experience is never limited, and it is never complete; it is an immense sensibility, a kind of huge spider-web of the finest silken threads suspended in the chamber of consciousness, and catching every air-borne particle in its tissue.
    (topic: experience)

  • Storm Jameson
  • Think of all the really successful men and women you know. Do you know a single one who didn't learn very young the trick of calling attention to himself in the right quarters?
    (topic: success)

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
    (topic: manners)

    I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.
    (topic: power)

    Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.
    (topic: business)

    Bodily decay is gloomy in prospect, but of all human contemplations the most abhorrent is body without mind.
    (topic: mind)

    Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, then that of blindfolded fear.
    (topic: religion)

    Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.
    (topic: leisure)

  • Jerome K. Jerome
  • It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar.
    (topic: truth)

  • Samuel Johnson
  • So different are the colours of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.
    (topic: age)

    Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
    (topic: future)

    We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.
    (topic: happiness)

    Heroes are created by popular demand, sometimes out of the scantiest materials.
    (topic: heroes)

    It is so far from being natural for a man and woman to live in a state of marriage, that we find all the motives which they have for remaining in that connection, and the restraints which civilised society imposes to prevent separation, are hardly sufficient to keep them together.
    (topic: marriage)

    Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.
    (topic: poverty)

    When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.
    (topic: poverty)

    He who praises everybody, praises nobody.
    (topic: praise)

    Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value only to its scarcity.
    (topic: praise)

    A man ought to read just as inclination leads him, for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
    (topic: reading)

    The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it.
    (topic: secrets)

    The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
    (topic: travel)

    It is dangerous for mortal beauty, or terrestrial virtue, to be examined by too strong a light. The torch of Truth shows much that we cannot, and all that we would not, see.
    (topic: truth)

    The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.
    (topic: voting)

    What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure.
    (topic: writing)

    Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o'clock is a scoundrel.
    (topic: night)

    A man seldom thinks with more earnestness of anything than he does of his dinner.
    (topic: food)

    Bounty always receives part of its value from the manner in which it is bestowed.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

    Depend upon it that if a man talks of his misfortunes there is something in them that is not disagreeable to him; for where there is nothing but pure misery there never is any recourse to the mention of it.
    (topic: misfortune)

    Leisure and curiosity might soon make great advances in useful knowledge, were they not diverted by minute emulation and laborious trifles.
    (topic: leisure)

  • James Earl Jones
  • There is not enough magic in a bloodline to forge an instant, irrevocable bond.
    (topic: family)

  • Erica Jong
  • Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
    (topic: advice)

    Men have always detested women's gossip because they suspect the truth: their measurements are being taken and compared.
    (topic: gossip)

    Men and women, women and men. It will never work.
    (topic: men and women)

  • Ben Jonson
  • Blueness doth express trueness.
    (topic: colors)

    Ill fortune never crushed that man whom good fortune deceived not.
    (topic: luck)

    O, for an engine, to keep back all clocks,
    Or make the sun forget his motion!
    (topic: time)

    I have been at my book, and am now past the craggy paths of study, and come to the flowery plains of honour and reputation.
    (topic: education)

  • June Jordan
  • The purpose of polite behavior is never virtuous. Deceit, surrender, and concealment: these are not virtues. The goal of the mannerly is comfort, per se.
    (topic: manners)

  • Conrad Joseph
  • Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
    (topic: vanity)

  • Joseph Joubert
  • Imagination is the eye of the soul.
    (topic: imagination)

    Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision.
    (topic: words)

  • Carl Jung
  • Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.
    (topic: misfortune)

  • Juvenal
  • This is his first punishment, that by the verdict of his own heart no guilty man is acquitted.
    (topic: guilt)

    Seldom do people discern
    Eloquence under a threadbare cloak.
    (topic: poverty)

  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter
  • Ambivalence about family responsibilities has a long history in the corporate world.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • John Keats
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
    Its loveliness increases; it will never
    Pass into nothingness.
    (topic: beauty)

    I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination.
    (topic: imagination)

    The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness, and the thousand bitters which those men I speak of must necessarily taste in going over the following pages.
    (topic: indecision)

  • Helen Keller
  • No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.
    (topic: happiness)

    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.
    (topic: happiness)

    Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
    (topic: adventure)

    Many people know so little about what is beyond their short range of experience. They look within themselves--and find nothing! Therefore they conclude that there is nothing outside themselves either.
    (topic: experience)

  • Yoshida Kenko
  • Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch.
    (topic: heart)

  • John F. Kennedy
  • I look forward to a great future for America--a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
    (topic: America)

    Progress is a nice word. But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies.
    (topic: change)

    A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today--and in fact we have forgotten.
    (topic: courage)

    The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
    (topic: imagination)

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
    (topic: poverty)

    Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
    (topic: prayer)

    I just received the following wire from my generous Daddy--"Dear Jack, Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide."
    (topic: voting)

    The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.
    (topic: voting)

    I was the seventh of nine children. When you come from that far down you have to struggle to survive.
    (topic: family)

    Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Elizabeth Kenny
  • Panic plays no part in the training of a nurse.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Jean Kerr
  • I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That's deep enough. What do you want--an adorable pancreas?
    (topic: beauty)

    Marrying a man is like buying something you've been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn't always go with everything else in the house.
    (topic: marriage)

    Women speak because they wish to speak, whereas a man speaks only when driven to speech by something outside himself--like, for instance, he can't find any clean socks.
    (topic: men and women)

    You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.
    (topic: poverty)

    The average, healthy, well-adjusted adult gets up at seven-thirty in the morning feeling just plain terrible.
    (topic: morning)

  • Ellen Key
  • When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination.
    (topic: idealism)

  • Søren Kierkegaard
  • I see it all perfectly; there are two possible situations--one can either do this or that. My honest opinion and my friendly advice is this: do it or do not do it--you will regret both.
    (topic: regret)

    At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.
    (topic: enemies)

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
    (topic: America)

    Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
    (topic: hatred)

    A religion true to its natures must also be concerned about man's social conditions. Religion deals with both earth and heaven, both time and eternity. Religion operates not only on the vertical plane but also on the horizontal. It seeks not only to integrate men with God but to integrate men with men and each man with himself.
    (topic: religion)

  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
    (topic: words)

  • Henry Kissinger
  • Power is the great aphrodisiac.
    (topic: power)

    Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
    (topic: moderation)

    The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault.
    (topic: fame)

  • Paul Klee
  • Color possesses me. I don't have to pursue it. It will possess me always, I know it. That is the meaning of this happy hour: Color and I are one. I am a painter.
    (topic: colors)

    Everything vanishes around me, and works are born as if out of the void. Ripe, graphic fruits fall off. My hand has become the obedient instrument of a remote will.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Charles Krauthammer
  • Every two years the American politics industry fills the airwaves with the most virulent, scurrilous, wall-to-wall character assassination of nearly every political practitioner in the country--and then declares itself puzzled that America has lost trust in its politicians.
    (topic: trust)

    This is a formidable enemy. To dismiss it as a bunch of 'cowards' perpetuating 'senseless acts of violence' is complacent nonsense. People willing to kill thousands of innocents while they kill themselves are not cowards. They are deadly vicious warriors and need to be treated as such.
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • Louis Kronenberger
  • There seems to be a terrible misunderstanding on the part of a great many people to the effect that when you cease to believe you may cease to behave.
    (topic: atheism)

    Nothing so soothes our vanity as a display of greater vanity in others; it makes us vain, in fact, of our modesty.
    (topic: vanity)

  • Joseph Wood Krutch
  • The snow itself is lonely or, if you prefer, self-sufficient. There is no other time when the whole world seems composed of one thing and one thing only.
    (topic: weather)

  • Maggie Kuhn
  • Old age is not a disease--it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.
    (topic: age)

  • Milan Kundera
  • The serial number of a human specimen is the face, that accidental and unrepeatable combination of features. It reflects neither character nor soul, nor what we call the self. The face is only the serial number of a specimen.
    (topic: faces)

  • Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
  • We have to ask ourselves whether medicine is to remain a humanitarian and respected profession or a new but depersonalized science in the service of prolonging life rather than diminishing human suffering.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Louis L'Amour
  • Knowledge is like money: to be of value it must circulate, and in circulating it can increase in quantity and, hopefully, in value.
    (topic: knowledge)

    To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
    (topic: voting)

  • Jean de La Bruyère
  • A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
    (topic: ambition)

    There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
  • Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.
    (topic: courage)

    A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
    (topic: friendship)

    However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
    (topic: friendship)

    Hope, deceitful as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route.
    (topic: hope)

    True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
    (topic: love)

    How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?
    (topic: secrets)

    Quarrels would not last long if the fault were on only one side.
    (topic: arguing)

    What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

  • Charles Lamb
  • Nothing puzzles me more than the time and space; and yet nothing troubles me less.
    (topic: universe)

    Some people have a knack of putting upon you gifts of no real value, to engage you to substantial gratitude. We thank them for nothing.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

  • George Lamming
  • The architecture of our future is not only unfinished; the scaffolding has hardly gone up.
    (topic: future)

  • Walter Savage Landor
  • What is reading but silent conversation?
    (topic: reading)

    Truth is a point, the subtlest and finest; harder than adamant; never to be broken, worn away or blunted. Its only bad quality is, that it is sure to hurt those who touch it; and likely to draw blood, perhaps the life blood of those who press earnestly upon it.
    (topic: truth)

  • Kenneth Jay Lane
  • I think there's a danger in overexposure. Just think what happened to Lady Godiva--she became a chocolate.
    (topic: fame)

  • Frances Moore Lappé
  • The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.
    (topic: food)

  • Yves Saint Laurent
  • I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity--all I hope for in my clothes.
    (topic: dress)

  • D. H. Lawrence
  • I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter.
    (topic: letters)

    The source of all life and knowledge is in man and woman, and the source of all living is in the interchange and the meeting and mingling of these two: man-life and woman-life, man-knowledge and woman-knowledge, man-being and woman-being.
    (topic: men and women)

    After all, the world is not a stage--not to me: nor a theatre: nor a show-house of any sort. And art, especially novels, are not little theatres where the reader sits aloft and watches...and sighs, commiserates, condones and smiles. That's what you want a book to be: because it leaves you so safe and superior, with your two-dollar ticket to the show. And that's what my books are not and never will be...Whoever reads me will be in the thick of the scrimmage, and if he doesn't like it if he wants a safe seat in the audience--let him read someone else.
    (topic: reading)

    And what's romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose and it's always daisy-time.
    (topic: romance)

    And if tonight my soul may find her peace
    in sleep, and sink in good oblivion,
    and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower
    then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.
    (topic: sleep)

  • Emma Lazarus
  • Give me your tired, your poor,
    Your huddled masses yearning to be free.
    (topic: America)

  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
    (topic: future)

    My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.
    (topic: imagination)

  • Fran Lebowitz
  • The most common error made in matters of appearance is the belief that one should disdain the superficial and let the true beauty of one's soul shine through. If there are places on your body where this is a possibility, you are not attractive--you are leaking.
    (topic: beauty)

    Do not, on a rainy day, ask your child what he feels like doing, because I assure you that what he feels like doing, you won't feel like watching.
    (topic: television)

    If you're going to America, bring your own food.
    (topic: food)

  • Harper Lee
  • Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
    (topic: reading)

  • Michel Leiris
  • If a dream affords the dreamer some light on himself, it is not the person with closed eyes who makes the discovery but the person with open eyes lucid enough to fit thoughts together. Dream--a scintillating mirage surrounded by shadows--is essentially poetry.
    (topic: dreams)

  • Jack Lemmon
  • It's hard enough to write a good drama, it's much harder to write a good comedy, and it's hardest of all to write a drama with comedy. Which is what life is.
    (topic: writing)

  • Max Lerner
  • The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.
    (topic: maturity)

    Somehow life doesn't always pay off to those who are most insistent.
    (topic: perseverance)

  • Doris Lessing
  • The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
    (topic: age)

    The most deadly fruit is borne by the hatred which one grafts on an extinguished friendship.
    (topic: hatred)

  • G. C. Lichtenberg
  • We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
    (topic: nature)

    We have no words for speaking of wisdom to the stupid. He who understands the wise is wise already.
    (topic: wisdom)

    What is the good of drawing conclusions from experience? I don't deny we sometimes draw the right conclusions, but don't we just as often draw the wrong ones?
    (topic: experience)

    Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
    (topic: genius)

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds.
    (topic: community)

    Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets.
    (topic: voting)

    Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.
    (topic: genius)

  • Charles A. Lindbergh
  • To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.
    (topic: love)

    Only with winter-patience can we bring
    The deep-desired, long-awaited spring.
    (topic: patience)

    For sleep, one needs endless depths of blackness to sink into; daylight is too shallow, it will not cover one.
    (topic: sleep)

  • Walter Lippmann
  • It requires wisdom to understand wisdom; the music is nothing if the audience is deaf.
    (topic: wisdom)

  • John Locke
  • Where all is but dream, reasoning and arguments are of no use, truth and knowledge nothing.
    (topic: dreams)

    The only fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
    (topic: knowledge)

    We should have a great fewer disputes in the world if words were taken for what they are, the signs of our ideas only, and not for things themselves.
    (topic: words)

  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Age is opportunity no less
    Than youth itself, though in another dress,
    And as the evening twilight fades away
    The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
    (topic: age)

    I feel a kind of reverence for the first books of young authors. There is so much aspiration in them, so much audacious hope and trembling fear, so much of the heart's history, that all errors and shortcomings are for a while lost sight of in the amiable self assertion of youth.
    (topic: books)

    A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books.
    (topic: education)

    Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing,
    Only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness;
    So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another,
    Only a look and a voice, then darkness again and a silence.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    The Laws of Nature are just, but terrible. There is no weak mercy in them. Cause and consequence are inseparable and inevitable. The elements have no forbearance. The fire burns, the water drowns, the air consumes, the earth buries. And perhaps it would be well for our race if the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Man were as inevitable as the punishment of crimes against the Laws of Nature--were Man as unerring in his judgments as Nature.
    (topic: nature)

    The day is done, and the darkness
    Falls from the wings of Night,
    As a feather is wafted downward
    From an eagle in his flight.
    (topic: night)

    You would attain to the divine perfection,
    And yet not turn your back upon the world.
    (topic: perfection)

    Thy fate is the common fate of all;
    Into each life some rain must fall.
    (topic: misfortune)

  • James Russell Lowell
  • Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.
    (topic: books)

    Men in earnest have no time to waste
    In patching fig-leaves for the naked truth.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    There is nothing so desperately monotonous as the sea, and I no longer wonder at the cruelty of pirates.
    (topic: ocean)

    Let us be of good cheer, however, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never come.
    (topic: optimism)

    Who knows whither the clouds have fled?
    In the unscarred heaven they leave no wake;
    And the eyes forget the tears they have shed,
    The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
    (topic: joy and sorrow)

    One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
    (topic: experience)

    If we see light at the end of the tunnel,
    It's the light of the oncoming train.
    (topic: pessimism)

  • Martin Luther
  • The human heart is like a ship on a stormy sea driven about by winds blowing from all four corners of heaven.
    (topic: heart)

    There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
    (topic: marriage)

  • John Lyly
  • As the best wine doth make the sharpest vinegar, so the deepest love turneth to the deadliest hate.
    (topic: hatred)

  • Russell Lynes
  • Camouflage is a game we all like to play, but our secrets are as surely revealed by what we want to seem to be as by what we want to conceal.
    (topic: dress)

  • Rose Macaulay
  • As to the family, I have never understood how that fits in with the other ideals--or, indeed, why it should be an ideal at all. A group of closely related persons living under one roof; it is a convenience, often a necessity, sometimes a pleasure, sometimes the reverse; but who first exalted it as admirable, an almost religious ideal?
    (topic: family)

  • Archibald MacLeish
  • Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
    (topic: sports)

  • Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass?
    (topic: future)

  • Norman Mailer
  • He got a corporation mind. He don't believe in nature; he puts his trust and distrust in man.
    (topic: trust)

  • Bernard Malamud
  • Without heroes we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go.
    (topic: heroes)

  • Robert Mallet
  • How many pessimists end up by desiring the things they fear, in order to prove that they are right.
    (topic: pessimism)

  • David Mamet
  • We live in oppressive times. We have, as a nation, become our own thought police; but instead of calling the process by which we limit our expression of dissent and wonder "censorship," we call it "concern for commercial viability."
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

  • Nelson Mandela
  • Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
    (topic: idealism)

  • Thomas Mann
  • A man's dying is more the survivors' affair than his own.
    (topic: death)

    This was love at first sight, love everlasting: a feeling unknown, unhoped for, unexpected--in so far as it could be a matter of conscious awareness; it took entire possession of him, and he understood, with joyous amazement, that this was for life.
    (topic: love)

    Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols.
    (topic: new year)

    All interest in disease and death is only another expression of interest in life.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Marya Mannes
  • Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow,
    The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.
    (topic: leisure)

  • Marcel Marceau
  • Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?
    (topic: silence)

  • Edwin Markham
  • Oft when the white, still dawn
    Lifted the skies and pushed the hills apart,
    I have felt it like a glory in my heart.
    (topic: morning)

  • Christopher Marlowe
  • Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.
    (topic: honor)

  • John P. Marquand
  • If you have one strong idea, you can't help repeating it and embroidering it. Sometimes I think that authors should write one novel and then be put in a gas chamber.
    (topic: writing)

  • Don Marquis
  • it is better to be happy
    for a moment
    and be burned up with beauty
    than to live a long time
    and be bored all the while
    (topic: happiness)

  • Harriet Martineau
  • Readers are plentiful: thinkers are rare.
    (topic: reading)

  • Andrew Marvell
  • But at my back I always hear
    Time's winged chariot hurrying near.
    (topic: time)

  • Groucho Marx
  • I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book.
    (topic: television)

  • W. Somerset Maugham
  • It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.
    (topic: age)

    Beauty is an ecstasy; it is as simple as hunger. There is really nothing to be said about it. It is like the perfume of a rose: you can smell it and that is all.
    (topic: beauty)

    The artist produces for the liberation of his soul. It is his nature to create as it is the nature of water to run down the hill.
    (topic: creativity)

    It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
    (topic: friendship)

    We know our friends by their defects rather than by their merits.
    (topic: friendship)

    Imagination grows by exercise and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
    (topic: imagination)

    When you are young you take the kindness people show you as your right.
    (topic: kindness)

    We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person.
    (topic: love)

    In the country the darkness of night is friendly and familiar, but in a city, with its blaze of lights, it is unnatural, hostile and menacing. It is like a monstrous vulture that hovers, biding its time.
    (topic: night)

    The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.
    (topic: success)

    Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life's ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.
    (topic: perfection)

  • François Mauriac
  • By the time a man notices that he is no longer young, his youth has long since left him.
    (topic: age)

  • André Maurois
  • The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.
    (topic: arguing)

  • Rollo May
  • Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Giuseppe Mazzini
  • The Family is the Country of the heart. There is an angel in the Family who, by the mysterious influence of grace, of sweetness, and of love, renders the fulfilment of duties less wearisome, sorrows less bitter. The only pure joys unmixed with sadness which it is given to man to taste upon earth are, thanks to this angel, the joys of the Family.
    (topic: family)

  • Mary McCarthy
  • Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret.
    (topic: regret)

  • William McFee
  • People don't seem to realize that doing what's right's no guarantee against misfortune.
    (topic: misfortune)

  • Phyllis McGinley
  • The thing to remember about fathers is, they're men.
    A girl has to keep it in mind:
    They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues.
    Scratch any father, you find
    Someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors,
    Believing change is a threat-
    Like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle
    It took such months to get.
    (topic: fathers)

    Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shop-talk of the scientist, and the consolation of the housewife, wit, tycoon and intellectual. It begins in the nursery and ends when speech is past.
    (topic: gossip)

    I do not know who first invented the myth of sexual equality. But it is a myth willfully fostered and nourished by certain semi-scientists and other fiction writers. And it has done more, I suspect, to unsettle marital happiness than any other false doctrine of this myth-ridden age.
    (topic: men and women)

    Sticks and stones are hard on bones.
    Aimed with angry art,
    Words can sting like anything.
    But silence breaks the heart.
    (topic: silence)

  • William Mcilvanney
  • Good lies need a leavening of truth to make them palatable.
    (topic: lying)

  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Television brought the brutality of war into the comfort of the living room. Vietnam was lost in the living rooms of America--not on the battlefields of Vietnam.
    (topic: television)

    When producers want to know what the public wants, they graph it as curves. When they want to tell the public what to get, they say it in curves.
    (topic: business)

  • Margaret Mead
  • I had no reason to doubt that brains were suitable for a woman. And as I had my father's kind of mind-which was also his mother's-I learned that the mind is not sex-typed.
    (topic: mind)

    Women want mediocre men, and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • Sir Peter Medawar
  • Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in...Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.
    (topic: change)

  • H. L. Mencken
  • No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not.
    (topic: flirtation)

    Men have a much better time of it than women. For one thing, they marry later, for another thing, they die earlier.
    (topic: men and women)

    School-days, I believe, are the unhappiest in the whole span of human existence. They are full of dull, unintelligible tasks, new and unpleasant ordinances, brutal violations of common sense amd common decency. It doesn't take a reasonably bright boy long to discover that most of what is rammed into him is nonsense, and that no one really cares very much whether he learns it or not.
    (topic: school)

    No man ever quite believes in any other man. One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man.
    (topic: trust)

    It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
    (topic: idealism)

  • Owen Meredith
  • Genius does what it must, and Talent does what it can.
    (topic: genius)

  • Thomas Merton
  • The logic of worldly success rests on a fallacy: the strange error that our perfection depends on the thoughts and opinions and applause of other men! A weird life it is, indeed, to be living always in somebody else's imagination, as if that were the only place in which one could at last become real!
    (topic: success)

  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • The most I ever did for you was to outlive you.
    But that is much.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    To be grown up is to sit at the table with people who have died, who neither listen nor speak;
    Who do not drink their tea, though they always said
    Tea was such a comfort.
    (topic: maturity)

    I have loved badly, loved the great
    Too soon, withdrawn my words too late;
    And eaten in an echoing hall
    Alone and from a chipped plate
    The words that I withdrew too late.
    (topic: regret)

  • Emily Miller
  • Then sing, young hearts that are full of cheer,
    With never a thought of sorrow;
    The old goes out, but the glad young year
    Comes merrily in tomorrow.
    (topic: new year)

    Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
    (topic: regret)

    If we are always arriving and departing, it is also true that we are eternally anchored. One's destination is never a place but rather a new way of looking at things.
    (topic: travel)

    Success, instead of giving freedom of choice, becomes a way of life. There's no country I've been to where people, when you come into a room and sit down with them, so often ask you, "What do you do?" And, being American, many's the time I've almost asked that question, then realized it's good for my soul not to know. For a while! Just to let the evening wear on and see what I think of this person without knowing what he does and how successful he is, or what a failure. We're ranking everybody every minute of the day.
    (topic: success)

    If men cease to believe that they will one day become gods then they will surely become worms.
    (topic: ambition)

    Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense.
    (topic: body)

  • Kate Millett
  • Because of our social circumstances, male and female are really two cultures and their life experiences are utterly different.
    (topic: men and women)

  • C. Wright Mills
  • The professional celebrity, male and female, is the crowning result of the star system of a society that makes a fetish of competition. In America, this system is carried to the point where a man who can knock a small white ball into a series of holes in the ground with more efficiency than anyone else thereby gains social access to the President of the United States.
    (topic: fame)

  • A. A. Milne
  • My spelling is Wobbly. It's good spelling but it Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places.
    (topic: education)

    What I say is that, if a fellow really likes potatoes, he must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.
    (topic: food)

  • Octave Mirbeau
  • When one tears away the veils and shows them naked, people's souls give off such a pungent smell of decay.
    (topic: soul)

  • Mistinguett
  • A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point.
    (topic: kissing)

  • Langdon Mitchell
  • Marriage is three parts love and seven parts forgiveness of sins.
    (topic: marriage)

  • Nancy Mitford
  • "Twenty-three and a quarter minutes past," Uncle Matthew was saying furiously, "in precisely six and three-quarter minutes the damned fella will be late."
    (topic: punctuality)

  • Wilson Mizner
  • I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you an education.
    (topic: doubt)

  • Molière
  • There is no praise to bear the sort that you put in your pocket.
    (topic: praise)

    One should eat to live, not live to eat.
    (topic: food)

  • Jacques Lucien Monod
  • Man knows in the end that he is alone in the indifferent immensity of the Universe from which he has emerged by chance. Neither his destiny nor his duty is written down anywhere.
    (topic: atheism)

  • Marilyn Monroe
  • I've been on a calendar, but never on time.
    (topic: punctuality)

  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
  • The pretty fellows you speak of, I own entertain me sometimes, but is it impossible to be diverted with what one despises? I can laugh at a puppet show, at the same time I know there is nothing in it worth my attention or regard.
    (topic: flirtation)

    Nobody can deny but religion is a comfort to the distressed, a cordial to the sick, and sometimes a restraint on the wicked; therefore whoever would argue or laugh it out of the world without giving some equivalent for it ought to be treated as a common enemy.
    (topic: religion)

  • Michel de Montaigne
  • If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I.
    (topic: friendship)

    No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
    (topic: indecision)

    Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.
    (topic: fame)

  • Montesquieu
  • I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.
    (topic: reading)

  • Maria Montessori
  • If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man's future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual's total development lags behind?
    (topic: education)

  • Gerald Moor
  • The most vigilant self-criticism of course is necessary, but the time comes when the artist must tell himself he is good or he will go under.
    (topic: perfection)

  • Thomas Moore
  • Romantic love is an illusion. Most of us discover this truth at the end of a love affair or else when the sweet emotions of love lead us into marriage and then turn down their flames.
    (topic: love)

    Marriage is an Athenic weaving together of families, of two souls with their individual fates and destinies, of time and eternity--everyday life married to the timeless mysteries of the soul.
    (topic: marriage)

    The world's made up of individuals who don't want to be heroes.
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • Paul Morand
  • Mirrors are ice which do not melt: what melts are those who admire themselves in them.
    (topic: vanity)

  • John Morley
  • You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    Dancing is a wonderful training for girls, it's the first way you learn to guess what a man is going to do before he does it.
    (topic: dance)

  • Sir Claus Moser
  • Education costs money, but then so does ignorance.
    (topic: education)

  • Iris Murdoch
  • Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.
    (topic: death)

    Only lies and evil come from letting people off.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Vladimir Nabokov
  • Style and Structure are the essence of a book; great ideas are hogwash.
    (topic: books)

  • Napoleon I
  • Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
    (topic: courage)

    There is one kind of robber whom the law does not strike at, and who steals what is most precious to men: time.
    (topic: time)

    When small men attempt great enterprises, they always end by reducing them to the level of their mediocrity.
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • George Jean Nathan
  • Love demands infinitely less than friendship.
    (topic: friendship)

    A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.
    (topic: love)

  • John Henry Newman
  • We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Women can form a friendship with a man very well; but to preserve it--to that end a slight physical antipathy must probably help.
    (topic: friendship)

    We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh.
    (topic: happiness)

    The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.
    (topic: hatred)

    Hope in reality is the worst of all evils, because it prolongs the torments of man.
    (topic: hope)

    There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.
    (topic: love)

    When marrying, one should ask oneself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this woman into your old age?
    (topic: marriage)

    When one has finished building one's house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way--before one began.
    (topic: experience)

    One often contradicts an opinion when what is uncongenial is really the tone in which it was conveyed.
    (topic: arguing)

    This is what is hardest: to close the open hand because one loves.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

  • Richard Nixon
  • We must always remember that America is a great nation today not because of what government did for people but because of what people did for themselves and for one another.
    (topic: America)

    Life isn't meant to be easy. It's hard to take being on the top--or on the bottom. I guess I'm something of a fatalist. You have to have a sense of history, I think, to survive some of these things... Life is one crisis after another.
    (topic: misfortune)

    In the long term we can hope that religion will change the nature of man and reduce conflict. But history is not encouraging in this respect. The bloodiest wars in history have been religious wars.
    (topic: religion)

  • Sharon O'Brien
  • Writing became such a process of discovery that I couldn't wait to get to work in the morning: I wanted to know what I was going to say.
    (topic: writing)

    A woman doesn't care if she hasn't a stomach, provided she looks as if she hasn't.
    (topic: vanity)

    I got to kiss her and say 'I love you' and 'Have a nice trip.'
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • Georgia O'Keeffe
  • When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
    (topic: flowers)

  • John Boyle O'Reilly
  • A dreamer lives forever,
    And a toiler dies in a day.
    (topic: dreams)

  • P. J. O'Rourke
  • Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.
    (topic: love)

    A very quiet and tasteful way to be famous is to have a famous relative. Then you can not only be nothing, you can do nothing too.
    (topic: fame)

  • Barbara Olsen
  • What do I tell the pilot to do?
    (topic: september 2001 attacks)

  • Baroness Orczy
  • It is only when we are very happy that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.
    (topic: ocean)

  • José Ortega y Gasset
  • Better beware of notions like genius and inspiration; they are a sort of magic wand and should be used sparingly by anybody who wants to see things clearly.
    (topic: genius)

  • George Orwell
  • Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
    (topic: past)

    No one can look back on his schooldays and say with truth that they were altogether unhappy.
    (topic: school)

    The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
    (topic: perfection)

    He was an embittered atheist, the sort of atheist who does not so much disbelieve in God as personally dislike Him.
    (topic: atheism)

  • John Osborne
  • Here we are, we're alone in the universe, there's no God, it just seems that it all began by something as simple as sunlight striking on a piece of rock. And here we are. We've only got ourselves. Somehow, we've just got to make a go of it. We've only ourselves.
    (topic: atheism)

  • William Osler
  • Soap and water and common sense are the best disinfectants.
    (topic: common sense)

  • Ovid
  • Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.
    (topic: destiny)

    Venus favors the bold.
    (topic: flirtation)

    Love is a driver, bitter and fierce if you fight and resist him,
    Easy-going enough once you acknowledge his power.
    (topic: love)

    What makes men indifferent to their wives is that they can see them when they please.
    (topic: marriage)

    It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe that there are.
    (topic: religion)

    Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Panchatantra
  • Though it be disfigured by many defects, to whom is his own body not dear?
    (topic: body)

  • Paracelsus
  • Medicine is not only a science; it is also an art. It does not consist of compounding pills and plasters; it deals with the very processes of life, which must be understood before they may be guided.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Charlie Parker
  • Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
    (topic: music)

  • Blaise Pascal
  • The heart has its reason which reason does not know.
    (topic: heart)

    We sail within a vast sphere, ever drifting in uncertainty, driven from end to end.
    (topic: indecision)

    We conceal it from ourselves in vain--we must always love something. In those matters seemingly removed from love, the feeling is secretly to be found, and man cannot possibly live for a moment without it.
    (topic: love)

    We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
    (topic: truth)

  • Mervyn Peake
  • There is a kind of laughter that sickens the soul. Laughter when it is out of control: when it screams and stamps its feet, and sets the bells jangling in the next town. Laughter in all its ignorance and cruelty. Laughter with the seed of Satan in it. It tramples upon shrines; the belly-roarer. It roars, it yells, it is delirious: and yet it is as cold as ice. It has no humour. It is naked noise and naked malice.
    (topic: laughter)

  • Charles Peguy
  • A word is not the same with one writer as with another. One tears it from his guts. The other pulls it out of his overcoat pocket.
    (topic: words)

  • William Penn
  • Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness.
    (topic: marriage)

    Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
    (topic: reading)

    To be a man's own fool is bad enough, but the vain man is everybody's.
    (topic: vanity)

  • Laurence J. Peter
  • Speak when you are angry--and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.
    (topic: anger)

  • Francis Picabia
  • Nature is unfair? So much the better, inequality is the only bearable thing, the monotony of equality can only lead us to boredom.
    (topic: nature)

  • Pablo Picasso
  • Youth has no age.
    (topic: age)

    Colors, like features, follow the changes of the emotions.
    (topic: colors)

    What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn't everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist.
    (topic: faces)

    Every positive value has its price in negative terms...The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima.
    (topic: genius)

  • Sir Arthur Wing Pinero
  • I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.
    (topic: future)

  • Luigi Pirandello
  • In bed my real love has always been the sleep that rescued me by allowing me to dream.
    (topic: dreams)

    Logic is one thing, the human animal another. You can quite easily propose a logical solution to something and at the same time hope in your heart of hearts it won't work out.
    (topic: logic)

  • Robert T. Pirsig
  • That's the classical mind at work, runs fine inside but looks dingy on the surface.
    (topic: mind)

  • Erin Pizzey
  • Men are gentle, honest and straightforward. Women are convoluted, deceptive and dangerous.
    (topic: men and women)

  • Sylvia Plath
  • This seemed a dreary and wasted life for a girl with fifteen years of straight A's, but I knew that's what marriage was like, because cook and clean and wash was just what Buddy Willard's mother did from morning till night, and she was the wife of a university professor and had been a private school teacher herself.
    (topic: marriage)

  • Plautus
  • The day, water, sun, moon, night--I do not have to purchase these things with money.
    (topic: nature)

  • Henry Pleasants
  • Jazz may be thought of as a current that bubbled forth from a spring in the slums of New Orleans to become the main spring of the twentieth century.
    (topic: music)

  • Plutarch
  • Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.
    (topic: perseverance)

    All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of them, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.
    (topic: sleep)

    A Roman divorced from his wife, being highly blamed by his friends, who demanded, "Was she not chaste? Was she not fair? Was she not fruitful?" holding out his shoe, asked them whether it was not new and well made. "Yet," added he, "none of you can tell where it pinches me.
    (topic: divorce)

  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.
    (topic: beauty)

    Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
    (topic: optimism)

    I have no faith in human perfectability. I think that human exertion will have no appreciable effect upon humanity. Man is now only more active--not more happy--nor more wise, than he was 6000 years ago.
    (topic: perfection)

  • Alexander Pope
  • To err is human, to forgive divine.
    (topic: forgiveness)

    Love, free as air at sight of human ties,
    Spreads his light wings, and in a moment flies.
    (topic: love)

    Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
    (topic: loyalty)

    Honour and shame from no condition rise;
    Act well your part, there all the honour lies.
    (topic: honor)

    One science only will one genius fit:
    So vast is art, so narrow human wit.
    (topic: genius)

  • Pope John Paul II
  • As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
    (topic: family)

  • Antonio Porchia
  • In a full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing.
    (topic: heart)

  • Katherine Anne Porter
  • The real sin against life is to abuse and destroy beauty, even one's own--even more, one's own, for that has been put in our care and we are responsible for its well-being.
    (topic: beauty)

    The first and most important point to remember is that eating should be a pleasure--do not eat purely for health, you won't live much longer, but it will feel like an eternity.
    (topic: food)

  • Ezra Pound
  • There is no reason why the same man should like the same books at eighteen and forty-eight.
    (topic: books)

  • Jacques Prévert
  • Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
    (topic: happiness)

  • Leontyne Price
  • Once you get on stage, everything is right. I feel the most beautiful, complete, fulfilled. I think that's why, in the case of noncompromising career women, parts of our personal lives don't work out. One person can't give you the feeling that thousands of people give you.
    (topic: fame)

  • J.B. Priestley
  • We should like to have some towering geniuses, to reveal us to ourselves in colour and fire, but of course they would have to fit into the pattern of our society and be able to take orders from sound administrative types.
    (topic: genius)

  • V. S. Pritchett
  • Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.
    (topic: age)

  • Marcel Proust
  • There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
    (topic: regret)

    In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one's life.
    (topic: time)

    It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.
    (topic: body)

  • German Proverb
  • An old man loved is winter with flowers.
    (topic: age)

    Rain does not fall on one roof alone.
    (topic: community)

    To believe in one's dreams is to spend all of one's life asleep.
    (topic: dreams)

    A father is a banker provided by nature.
    (topic: fathers)

    One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
    (topic: fathers)

    One has fear in front of a goat, in back of a mule, and on every side of a fool.
    (topic: fear)

    It is only at the tree loaded with fruit that the people throw stones.
    (topic: jealousy)

    Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.
    (topic: love)

    Woe to the house where the hen crows and the rooster keeps still.
    (topic: marriage)

    When the apple is ripe it will fall.When the apple is ripe it will fall.
    (topic: maturity)

    With money in your pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well too.
    (topic: money)

    God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.
    (topic: mothers)

    It is an equal failing to trust everybody, and to trust nobody.
    (topic: trust)

    A wise man hears one word and understands two.
    (topic: words)

    There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.
    (topic: success)

    Hold a true friend with both your hands.
    (topic: friendship)

  • Publilius Syrus
  • An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
    (topic: fathers)

    How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.
    (topic: guilt)

    The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
    (topic: happiness)

    Let a fool hold his tongue and he will pass for a sage.
    (topic: silence)

    The bare recollection of anger kindles anger.
    (topic: anger)

    A gift in season is a double favor to the needy.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

    It is folly to punish your neighbor by fire when you live next door.
    (topic: revenge)

  • Quintilian
  • A liar should have a good memory.
    (topic: lying)

  • Ann Radcliffe
  • At first a small line of inconceivable splendour emerged on the horizon, which, quickly expanding, the sun appeared in all of his glory, unveiling the whole face of nature, vivifying every colour of the landscape, and sprinkling the dewy earth with glittering light.
    (topic: morning)

  • Santiago Ramón y Cajal
  • As long as our brain is a mystery, the universe, the reflection of the structure of the brain, will also be a mystery.
    (topic: mind)

  • Ronald Reagan
  • Going to college offered me the chance to play football for four more years.
    (topic: sports)

  • C. Lenox Redmond
  • I opine..."Judicious mothers will always keep in mind, that they are the first book read, and the last put aside, in every child's library."
    (topic: mothers)

  • Ernest Renan
  • Religion is not a popular error; it is a great instinctive truth, sensed by the people, expressed by the people.
    (topic: religion)

  • Jules Renard
  • We are so happy to advise others that occasionally we even do it in their interest.
    (topic: advice)

  • Cardinal De Retz
  • A man who doesn't trust himself can never really trust anyone else.
    (topic: trust)

  • Jean Rhys
  • The feeling of Sunday is the same everywhere, heavy, melancholy, standing still. Like when they say, "As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end."
    (topic: weekend)

  • David Riesman
  • Words not only affect us temporarily; they change us, they socialize or unsocialize us.
    (topic: words)

  • Rainer Maria Rilke
  • There are quantities of human faces, but there are many more faces, for each person has several.
    (topic: faces)

    All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood.
    (topic: mind)

  • Will Roger
  • Everything is funny, as long as it's happening to somebody else.
    (topic: misfortune)

  • Betty Rollin
  • Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.
    (topic: America)

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
    (topic: fear)

    Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.
    (topic: kindness)

    The forgotten man at the bottom of the economic pyramid.
    (topic: poverty)

    Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.
    (topic: voting)

    Men are not prisoners of fate, but prisoners of their own minds.
    (topic: mind)

    The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Marjorie Rosen
  • Does art reflect life? In movies, yes. Because more than any other art form, films have been a mirror held up to society's porous face.
    (topic: movies)

  • Christina Rossetti
  • For there is no friend like a sister
    In calm or stormy weather;
    To cheer one on the tedious way,
    To fetch one if one goes astray,
    To lift one if one totters down,
    To strengthen whilst one stands.
    (topic: family)

  • Jean Rostand
  • A married couple are well suited when both partners usually feel the need for a quarrel at the same time.
    (topic: arguing)

  • Helen Rowland
  • Why does a man take it for granted that a girl who flirts with him wants him to kiss her--when, nine times out of ten, she only wants him to want to kiss her?
    (topic: flirtation)

    When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they "don't understand" one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
    (topic: divorce)

  • Salman Rushdie
  • The real risks for any artist are taken...in pushing the work to the limits of what is possible, in the attempt to increase the sum of what it is possible to think. Books become good when they go to this edge and risk falling over it--when they endanger the artist by reason of what he has, or has not, artistically dared.
    (topic: books)

    Free speech is the whole thing, the whole ball game. Free speech is life itself.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    I hate admitting that my enemies have a point.
    (topic: enemies)

  • John Ruskin
  • Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
    (topic: beauty)

    The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.
    (topic: colors)

    Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself--my disgust at her barbarity--clumsiness--darkness--bitter mockery of herself--is the most desolating.
    (topic: nature)

    All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
    (topic: books)

    Not only is there but one way of doing things rightly, but there is only one way of seeing them, and that is, seeing the whole of them.
    (topic: perception)

  • Bertrand Russell
  • Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.
    (topic: fear)

    Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.
    (topic: happiness)

    Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
    (topic: happiness)

    To teach how to live without certainty and yet without being paralysed by hesitation is perhaps the chief thing that philosophy, in our age, can do for those who study it.
    (topic: indecision)

    Love is something far more than desire for sexual intercourse; it is the principal means of escape from the loneliness which afflicts most men and women throughout the greater part of their lives.
    (topic: love)

    Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostituion.
    (topic: marriage)

    Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
    (topic: time)

    Against my will, in the course of my travels, the belief that everything worth knowing was known at Cambridge gradually wore off. In this respect my travels were very useful to me.
    (topic: travel)

    A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short.
    (topic: adventure)

    Flops are a part of life's menu and I've never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.
    (topic: failure)

    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent full of doubt.
    (topic: doubt)

  • Sa'di
  • Whatever makes an impression on the heart seems lovely in the eye.
    (topic: heart)

  • Oliver Sacks
  • Who cared if there was really any Being to pray to? What mattered was the sense of giving thanks and praise, the feeling of a humble and grateful heart.
    (topic: prayer)

  • Margaret Sackville
  • When all is said and done, monotony may after all be the best condition for creation.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Vita Sackville-West
  • A flowerless room is a soulless room, to my way of thinking; but even on solitary little vase of a living flower may redeem it.
    (topic: flowers)

    Travel is the most private of pleasures. There is no greater bore than the travel bore. We do not in the least want to hear what he has seen in Hong-Kong.
    (topic: travel)

    It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment? for the moment passes, it is forgotten; the mood is gone; life itself is gone. That is where the writer scores over his fellows: he catches the changes of his mind on the hop. Growth is exciting; growth is dynamic and alarming. Growth of the soul, growth of the mind.
    (topic: writing)

  • Anwar el- Sadat
  • Fear is, I believe, a most effective tool in destroying the soul of an individual--and the soul of a people.
    (topic: fear)

  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • On a day of burial there is no perspective--for space itself is annihilated. Your dead friend is still a fragmentary being. The day you bury him is a day of chores and crowds, of hands false or true to be shaken, of the immediate cares of mourning. The dead friend will not really die until tomorrow, when silence is round you again. Then he will show himself complete, as he was--to tear himself away, as he was, from the substantial you. Only then will you cry out because of him who is leaving and whom you cannot detain.
    (topic: death)

    He who has gone, so we but cherish his memory, abides with us, more potent, nay, more present than the living man.
    (topic: death)

    Whoever loves above all the approach of love will never know the joy of attaining it.
    (topic: flirtation)

    It is only with the heart that one can see right; what is essential is invisible to the eye.
    (topic: heart)

    Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.
    (topic: love)

    Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calm of a tree.
    (topic: night)

    Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add but when there is no longer anything to take away, when a body has been stripped down to its nakedness.
    (topic: perfection)

    You are responsible, forever, for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose.
    (topic: responsibility)

  • Saki
  • A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
    (topic: lying)

  • J. D. Salinger
  • What I like best is a book that's at least funny once in a while...What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
    (topic: books)

  • George Sand
  • The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.
    (topic: beauty)

  • Carl Sandburg
  • Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it till the test comes. And those having it in one test never know for sure if they will have it when the next test comes.
    (topic: courage)

    The sea speaks a language polite people never repeat. It is a colossal scavenger slang and has no respect.
    (topic: ocean)

    In these times you have to be an optimist to open your eyes when you wake in the morning.
    (topic: optimism)

  • George Santayana
  • The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
    (topic: age)

    A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.
    (topic: happiness)

    When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions; their reasons are always different.
    (topic: men and women)

    Nothing can so pierce the soul as the uttermost sigh of the body.
    (topic: soul)

    Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
    (topic: religion)

    The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.
    (topic: body)

    It is always pleasant to be urged to do something on the ground that one can do it well.
    (topic: excellence)

  • Milton R. Sapirstein
  • To observe people in conflict is a necessary part of a child's education. It helps him to understand and accept his own occasional hostilities and to realize that differing opinions need not imply an absence of love.
    (topic: education)

    It is impossible for any woman to love her children twenty-four hours a day.
    (topic: mothers)

    The ideal mother, like the ideal marriage, is a fiction.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Elsa Schiaparelli
  • Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.
    (topic: food)

  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value to you than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
    (topic: knowledge)

    Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
    (topic: honor)

  • Olive Schreiner
  • Power! Did you ever hear of men being asked whether other souls should have power or not? It is born in them. You may dam up the fountain of water, and make it a stagnant marsh, or you may let it run free and do its work; but you cannot say whether it shall be there; it is there. And it will act, if not openly for good, then covertly for evil; but it will act.
    (topic: power)

  • E. F. Schumacher
  • It might be said that it is the ideal of the employer to have production without employees and the ideal of the employee is to have income without work.
    (topic: business)

  • Carl Schurz
  • Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
    (topic: idealism)

  • Sir Walter Scott
  • O, what a tangled web we weave,
    When first we practise to deceive!
    (topic: lying)

    Each age has deemed the new-born year
    The fittest time for festal cheer.
    (topic: new year)

  • Harry Secombe
  • My advice if you insist on slimming: Eat as much as you like-just don't swallow it.
    (topic: food)

  • Morton Irving Seiden
  • It is only too easy to compel a sensitive human being to feel guilty about anything.
    (topic: guilt)

  • Seneca
  • Sometimes even to live is an act of courage.
    (topic: courage)

    Even after a bad harvest there must be sowing.
    (topic: perseverance)

    True praise comes often even to the lowly; false praise only to the strong.
    (topic: praise)

    We often want one thing and pray for another, not telling the truth even to the gods.
    (topic: prayer)

    Night brings our troubles to the light, rather than banishes them.
    (topic: night)

    That moderation which nature prescribes, which limits our desires by resources restricted to our needs, has abandoned the field; it has now come to this--that to want only what is enough is a sign both of boorishness and of utter destitution.
    (topic: moderation)

    The heart is great which shows moderation in the midst of prosperity.
    (topic: moderation)

    Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.
    (topic: excellence)

  • William Shakespeare
  • To me, fair friend, you never can be old
    For as you were when first your eye I eyed,
    Such seems your beauty still.
    (topic: beauty)

    The tartness of his face sours ripe grapes.
    (topic: faces)

    It is a wise father that knows his own child.
    (topic: fathers)

    Friendship is constant in all other things
    Save in the office and affairs of love.
    (topic: friendship)

    We know what we are, but know not what we may be.
    (topic: future)

    The miserable have no other medicine
    But only hope.
    (topic: hope)

    Our doubts are traitors
    And make us lose the good we oft might win
    By fearing to attempt.
    (topic: indecision)

    Love is a spirit of all compact of fire.
    (topic: love)

    Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind;
    And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
    (topic: love)

    Love sought is good, but given unsought, is better.
    (topic: love)

    The course of true love never did run smooth.
    (topic: love)

    They do not love that do not show their love.
    (topic: love)

    He wears his faith but as the fashion of his hat.
    (topic: loyalty)

    Fortune brings in some boats that are not steered.
    (topic: luck)

    Men are April when they woo, December when they wed. Maids are May when they are maids, but the sky changes when they are wives.
    (topic: marriage)

    Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, have yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltness of time.
    (topic: maturity)

    The man that hath no music in himself,
    Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
    Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
    The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
    And his affections dark as Erebus.
    Let no such man be trusted.
    (topic: music)

    That which in mean men we entitle patience
    Is pale cold cowardice in noble breasts.
    (topic: patience)

    I will praise any man that will praise me.
    (topic: praise)

    My words fly up, my thoughts remain below.
    Words without thoughts never to heaven go.
    (topic: prayer)

    I do know of these
    That therefore only are reputed wise
    For saying nothing.
    (topic: silence)

    Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care
    The death of each day's life, sore labour's bath
    Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
    Chief nourisher in life's feast.
    (topic: sleep)

    Come what come may,
    Time and the hour run through the roughest day.
    (topic: time)

    The whirligig of time brings in his revenges.
    (topic: time)

    Love all, trust a few.
    (topic: trust)

    So wise so young, they say, do never live long.
    (topic: wisdom)

    To be wise and love
    Exceeds man's might: that dwells with the gods above.
    (topic: wisdom)

    As he was valiant, I honour him. But as he was ambitious, I slew him.
    (topic: ambition)

    I charge thee, fling away ambition:
    By that sin fell the angels.
    (topic: ambition)

    Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
    (topic: beauty)

    O! beware, my lord, of jealousy;
    It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
    The meat it feeds on.
    (topic: jealousy)

    In time we hate that which we often fear.
    (topic: fear)

    The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
    (topic: arguing)

    Honour pricks me on. Yea, but how if honour prick me off when I come on? How then? Can honour set to a leg? No. Or an arm? No. Or take away the grief of a wound? No. Honour hath no skill in surgery then? No. What is honour? A word. What is in that word? Honour. What is that honour? Air. A trim reckoning. Who hath it? He that died o' Wednesday.
    (topic: honor)

    Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
    'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.
    (topic: honor)

    How many things by season seasoned are
    To their right praise and true perfection!
    (topic: perfection)

    Striving to better, oft we mar what's well.
    (topic: perfection)

    When sorrows come, they come not single spies,
    But in battalions!
    (topic: misfortune)

    If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge?
    (topic: revenge)

    Care I for the limb, the thews, the stature, bulk, and big assemblance of a man! Give me the spirit.
    (topic: body)

    I had else been perfect,
    Whole as the marble, founded as the rock,
    As broad and general as the casing air,
    But now I am cabin'd cribb'd, confin'd, bound in
    To saucy doubts and fears.
    (topic: doubt)

    If all the year were playing holidays,
    To sport would be as tedious as to work;
    But when they seldom come, they wished for come.
    (topic: leisure)

    Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.
    (topic: punctuality)

  • George Bernard Shaw
  • I'm not a teacher: only a fellow-traveller of whom you asked the way. I pointed ahead--ahead of myself as well as you.
    (topic: advice)

    Don't order any black things. Rejoice in his memory; and be radiant: leave grief to the children. Wear violet and purple...Be patient with the poor people who will snivel: they don't know; and they think they will live for ever, which makes death a division instead of a bond.
    (topic: death)

    Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.
    (topic: death)

    You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
    (topic: dreams)

    Never waste jealousy on a real man: it is the imaginary man that supplants us all in the long run.
    (topic: jealousy)

    The great secret, Eliza, is not having bad manners or good manners or any other particular sort of manners, but having the same manner for all human souls: in short, behaving as if you were in Heaven, where there are no third-class carriages, and one soul is as good as another.
    (topic: manners)

    The seven deadly sins...Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven millstones from Man's neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the millstones are lifted.
    (topic: poverty)

    Life on board a pleasure steamer violates every moral and physical condition of healthy life except fresh air...It is a guzzling, lounging, gambling, dog's life. The only alternative to excitement is irritability.
    (topic: travel)

    Beauty is all very well at first sight; but who ever looks at it when it has been in the house three days?
    (topic: beauty)

    There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
    (topic: food)

    Men are wise in proportion, not to their experience, but to their capacity for experience.
    (topic: experience)

    The truth is, hardly any of us have ethical energy enough for more than one really inflexible point of honor.
    (topic: honor)

    A man of great common sense and good taste--meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage.
    (topic: common sense)

    Cruelty would be delicious if one could only find some sort of cruelty that didn't really hurt.
    (topic: cruelty)

  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
    Nought may endure but Mutability.
    (topic: change)

    Our sincerest laughter
    With some pain is fraught:
    Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.
    (topic: joy and sorrow)

  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
  • There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy.
    (topic: jealousy)

    He is the very pineapple of politeness!
    (topic: manners)

  • Henry E. Sigerist
  • Prevention of disease must become the goal of every physician.
    (topic: medicine)

  • B. F. Skinner
  • Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
    (topic: education)

  • Sydney Smith
  • Correspondences are like smallclothes before the invention of suspenders; it is impossible to keep them up.
    (topic: letters)

    Marriage resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated; often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.
    (topic: marriage)

    There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is of no avail.
    (topic: money)

    Among the smaller duties of life I hardly know any one more important than that of not praising where praise is not due.
    (topic: praise)

    What I like in a good author isn't what he says, but what he whispers.
    (topic: writing)

    The family, that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor in our innermost hearts never quite wish to.
    (topic: family)

    Food is for eating, and good food is to be enjoyed...I think food is, actually, very beautiful in itself.
    (topic: food)

    People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others, and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves grows bright or dwindles in that mirror.
    (topic: fame)

    A man gazing on the stars is proverbially at the mercy of the puddles in the road.
    (topic: idealism)

    Charming people live up to the very edge of their charm, and behave as outrageously as the world lets them.
    (topic: charm)

  • Socrates
  • False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
    (topic: lying)

    Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
    (topic: wisdom)

  • Solon
  • In giving advice, seek to help, not to please, your friend.
    (topic: advice)

  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  • I am of course confident that I will fulfill my tasks as a writer in all circumstances--from my grave even more successfully and more irrefutably than in my lifetime. No one can bar the road to truth, and to advance its cause I am prepared to accept even death. But may it be that repeated lessons will finally teach us not to stop the writer's pen during his lifetime? At no time has this ennobled our history.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    Woe to that nation whose literature is cut short by the intrusion of force. This is not merely interference with freedom of the press but the sealing up of a nation's heart, the excision of its memory.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power--he's free again.
    (topic: power)

  • Susan Sontag
  • In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it.
    (topic: photography)

  • Sophocles
  • Enemies' gifts are no gifts and do no good.
    (topic: enemies)

  • Edmund Spenser
  • And he that strives to touch the stars,
    Oft stumbles at a straw.
    (topic: ambition)

  • Nancy Sproat
  • How pleasant is Saturday night,
    When I've tried all the week to be good,
    And not spoke a word that was bad,
    And obliged everyone that I could.
    (topic: weekend)

  • Madame De Staël
  • We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
    (topic: love)

  • Betty Anderson Stanley
  • He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has enjoyed the trust of pure women, the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of Earth's beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.
    (topic: success)

  • Arianna Stassinopoulos
  • Our current obsession with creativity is the result of our continued striving for immortality in an era when most people no longer believe in an after-life.
    (topic: creativity)

  • Richard Steele
  • A woman seldom writes her mind but in her postscript.
    (topic: letters)

  • Edward Steichen
  • Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.
    (topic: photography)

  • Gertrude Stein
  • Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.
    (topic: common sense)

  • John Steinbeck
  • I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?
    (topic: guilt)

    I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything.
    (topic: photography)

    A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.
    (topic: travel)

    One can find so many pains when the rain is falling.
    (topic: weather)

    In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.
    (topic: anger)

  • Gloria Steinem
  • I've yet to be on a campus where most women weren't worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I've yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing.
    (topic: marriage)

    Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
    (topic: power)

  • Laurence Sterne
  • The desire of knowledge, like the thirst of riches, increases ever with the acquisition of it.
    (topic: knowledge)

    A large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything.
    (topic: adventure)

  • Wallace Stevens
  • To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
    (topic: imagination)

  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    There was a time when a fool and his money were soon parted, but now it happens to everybody.
    (topic: money)

    For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
    (topic: travel)

    The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal--that you can gather votes like box tops--is, I think, the ultimate indignity to the democratic process.
    (topic: voting)

    Man does not live by words alone, despite the fact that sometimes he has to eat them.
    (topic: words)

    Perpetual devotion to what a man calls his business is only to be sustained by perpetual neglect of many other things.
    (topic: business)

    Vanity dies hard; in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.
    (topic: vanity)

    A beauty is a woman you notice; a charmer is one who notices you.
    (topic: charm)

  • I. F. Stone
  • When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
    (topic: age)

  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.
    (topic: death)

  • Igor Stravinsky
  • In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?
    (topic: creativity)

    The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.
    (topic: music)

    Silence will save me from being wrong (and foolish), but it will also deprive me of the possibility of being right.
    (topic: silence)

  • Mary Stuart (Mary Queen of Scots)
  • No more tears now; I will think upon revenge.
    (topic: revenge)

  • Anne Sullivan
  • It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty!
    (topic: advice)

    People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
    (topic: success)

  • Jonathan Swift
  • The power of fortune is confessed only by the miserable, for the happy impute all their success to prudence or merit.
    (topic: luck)

    Ambition often puts men upon doing the meanest offices; so climbing is performed in the same posture with creeping.
    (topic: ambition)

    We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
    (topic: religion)

    When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
    (topic: genius)

    Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.
    (topic: perception)

  • Herbert B. Swope
  • I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure--which is: Try to please everybody.
    (topic: failure)

  • Thomas Sydenham
  • A man is as old as his arteries.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Thomas Szasz
  • Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.
    (topic: education)

    The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naïve forgive and forget; the wise forgive but do not forget.
    (topic: forgiveness)

  • Tacitus
  • It is human nature to hate the man whom you have hurt.
    (topic: hatred)

    Love of fame is the last thing even learned men can bear to be parted from.
    (topic: fame)

  • Rabindranath Tagore
  • A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it.
    (topic: logic)

    The butterfly counts not months but moments,
    and has time enough.
    (topic: time)

  • Deborah Tall
  • In choosing where to live or vacation, we may be setting the stage for the play of ourselves, treating nature as a prop.
    (topic: nature)

  • Sara Teasdale
  • Thought I know he loves me,
    Tonight my heart is sad;
    His kiss was not so wonderful
    As all the dreams I had.
    (topic: kissing)

    When I can look Life in the eyes,
    Grown calm and very coldly wise,
    Life will have given me the Truth,
    And taken in exchange---my youth.
    (topic: maturity)

  • Lord Tennyson
  • Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change.
    (topic: change)

    I am a part of all that I have met.
    (topic: community)

    A man had given all other bliss,
    And all his worldly worth for this,
    To waste his whole heart in one kiss
    Upon her perfect lips.
    (topic: kissing)

    'Tis better to have loved and lost
    Than never to have loved at all.
    (topic: love)

    Ring out the old, ring in the new,
    Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
    The year is going, let him go;
    Ring out the false, ring in the true.
    (topic: new year)

    There lives more faith in honest doubt,
    Believe me, than in half the creeds.
    (topic: doubt)

  • Mother Teresa
  • When Christ said: "I was hungry and you fed me," he didn't mean only the hunger for bread and for food; he also meant the hunger to be loved. Jesus himself experienced this loneliness. He came amongst his own and his own received him not, and it hurt him then and it has kept on hurting him. The same hunger, the same loneliness, the same having no one to be accepted by and to be loved and wanted by. Every human being in that case resembles Christ in his loneliness; and that is the hardest part, that's real hunger.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

    We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...We need silence to be able to touch souls.
    (topic: silence)

  • Margaret Thatcher
  • I am extraordinarily patient provided I get my own way in the end.
    (topic: patience)

    I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.
    (topic: arguing)

  • Lewis Thomas
  • Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
    (topic: music)

    Whatever talents I possess may suddenly diminish or suddenly increase. I can with ease become an ordinary fool. I may be one now. But it doesn't do to upset one's own vanity.
    (topic: vanity)

  • Henry David Thoreau
  • The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
    (topic: age)

    Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
    (topic: books)

    Books, not which afford us a cowering enjoyment, but in which each thought is of unusual daring; such as an idle man cannot read, and a timid one would not be entertained by, which even make us dangerous to existing institution--such call I good books.
    (topic: books)

    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.
    (topic: dreams)

    The heart is forever inexperienced.
    (topic: heart)

    There is no remedy for love but to love more.
    (topic: love)

    In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
    (topic: silence)

    A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
    (topic: writing)

    A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.
    (topic: leisure)

  • James Thurber
  • He who hesitates is sometimes saved.
    (topic: indecision)

  • Alexis de Tocqueville
  • In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    Nothing seems at first sight less important than the outward form of human actions, yet there is nothing upon which men set more store: they grow used to everything except to living in a society which has not their own manners.
    (topic: manners)

  • Leo Tolstoy
  • If so many men, so many minds, certainly so many hearts, so many kinds of love.
    (topic: love)

    All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
    (topic: family)

    Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.
    (topic: body)

  • Arnold Toynbee
  • The equation of religion with belief is rather recent.
    (topic: religion)

  • Anthony Trollope
  • I hold that gentleman to be the best-dressed whose dress no one observes.
    (topic: dress)

    No man thinks there is much ado about nothing when the ado is about himself.
    (topic: vanity)

  • Leon Trotsky
  • Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies.
    (topic: education)

  • Donald Trump
  • Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals.
    (topic: business)

  • Marina Tsvetaeva
  • There are books so alive that you're always afraid that while you weren't reading, the book has gone and changed, has shifted like a river; while you went on living, it went on living too, and like a river moved on and moved away. No one has stepped twice into the same river. But did anyone ever step twice into the same book?
    (topic: reading)

  • Martin Farquhar Tupper
  • It is well to lie fallow for a while.
    (topic: leisure)

  • Ed Turner
  • If we had had the right technology back then, you would have seen Eva Braun on the Donahue show and Adolf Hitler on Meet the Press.
    (topic: television)

  • Mark Twain
  • Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.
    (topic: age)

    We (Americans) are the lavishest and showiest and most luxury-loving people on the earth; and at our masthead we fly one true and honest symbol, the gaudiest flag the world has ever seen.
    (topic: America)

    A man's house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential--there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost...It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster.
    (topic: death)

    Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave.
    (topic: courage)

    The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are in the wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
    (topic: friendship)

    There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one--keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.
    (topic: happiness)

    You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.
    (topic: imagination)

    I must have a prodigious quantity of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up.
    (topic: indecision)

    Man will do many things to get himself loved, he will do all things to get himself envied.
    (topic: jealousy)

    We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.
    (topic: knowledge)

    Loyalty to petrified opinions never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul in this world--and never will.
    (topic: loyalty)

    Loves seems the swiftest, but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.
    (topic: marriage)

    I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them.
    (topic: travel)

    Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.
    (topic: truth)

    Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain't so.
    (topic: truth)

    It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practise either of them.
    (topic: America)

    When angry, count four; when very angry, swear.
    (topic: anger)

    October. This is one of the peculiarly dangerous months to speculate in stocks in. The others are July, January, September, April, November, May, March, June, December, August, and February.
    (topic: business)

    There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist, except an old optimist.
    (topic: pessimism)

    The vast majority of the race, whether savage or civilized, are secretly kind-hearted and shrink from inflicting pain, but in the presence of the aggressive and pitiless minority they don't dare to assert themselves.
    (topic: cruelty)

  • Anne Tyler
  • There was no such thing on this earth as real change. You could change husbands, but not the situation. You could change who, but not what. We're all just spinning here, she thought, and she pictured the world as a little blue teacup, revolving like those rides at Kiddie Land where everyone is pinned to his place by centrifugal force.
    (topic: change)

  • Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo
  • Science says: "We must live," and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable, wisdom says: "We must die," and seeks how to make us die well.
    (topic: death)

  • John Updike
  • Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.
    (topic: dreams)

    Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
    (topic: weather)

    Among the repulsions of atheism for me has been its drastic uninterestingness as an intellectual position. Where was the ingenuity, the ambiguity, the humanity (in the Harvard sense) of saying that the universe just happened to happen and that when we're dead we're dead?
    (topic: atheism)

  • Vincent Van Gogh
  • The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.
    (topic: colors)

  • Harriet Van Horne
  • There are days when any electrical appliance in the house, including the vacuum cleaner, seems to offer more entertainment than the TV set.
    (topic: television)

  • Van Morrison
  • Music is spiritual. The music business is not.
    (topic: music)

  • Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • You have undertaken to cheat me. I won't sue you, for the law is too slow. I'll ruin you.
    (topic: revenge)

  • marquis de Luc de Clapiers Vauvenargues
  • The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
    (topic: ambition)

  • Thorstein Veblen
  • In itself and in its consequences the life of leisure is beautiful and ennobling in all civilised men's eyes.
    (topic: leisure)

  • Gore Vidal
  • For half a century photography has been the "art form" of the untalented. Obviously some pictures are more satisfactory than others, but where is credit due? to the designer of the camera? To the finger on the button? tso the law of averages?
    (topic: photography)

  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Our life is made by the death of others.
    (topic: death)

    Just as courage imperils life, fear protects it.
    (topic: fear)

  • Virgil
  • The spirit within nourishes, and mind instilled throughout the living parts activates the whole mass and mingles with the vast frame.
    (topic: mind)

  • Voltaire
  • It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
    (topic: beauty)

    I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    Friendship is the marriage of the soul, and this marriage is liable to divorce.
    (topic: friendship)

    Love has features which pierce all hearts, he wears a bandage which conceals the faults of those beloved. He has wings, he comes quickly and flies away the same.
    (topic: love)

    One day everything will be well, that is our hope.
    Everything's fine today, that is our illusion.
    (topic: optimism)

    If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
    (topic: adventure)

    Divorce is probably of nearly the same date as marriage. I believe, however, that marriage is some weeks the more ancient.
    (topic: divorce)

  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
    (topic: solitude-loneliness)

  • Alice Walker
  • I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it.
    (topic: colors)

    I'm always amazed that people will actually choose to sit in front of the television and just be savaged by stuff that belittles their intelligence.
    (topic: television)

  • Barbara Walters
  • Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.
    (topic: success)

  • Andy Warhol
  • It's the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can't see.
    (topic: America)

    Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.
    (topic: business)

    In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.
    (topic: fame)

  • Charles Dudley Warner
  • There isn't a wife in the world who has not taken the exact measure of her husband, weighed him and settled him in her own mind, and knows him as well as if she had ordered him after designs and specifications of her own.
    (topic: marriage)

  • Booker T. Washington
  • I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.
    (topic: success)

  • Wendy Wasserstein
  • Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and--here's the big curve--for your parents.
    (topic: family)

  • Isaac Watts
  • Let me be dressed fine as I will,
    Flies, worms, and flowers exceed me still.
    (topic: dress)

  • Evelyn Waugh
  • Money is only useful when you get rid of it. It is like the odd card in "Old Maid"; the player who is finally left with it has lost.
    (topic: money)

    One forgets words as one forgets names. One's vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.
    (topic: words)

    Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them.
    (topic: family)

  • John Webster
  • 'Tis better to be fortunate than wise.
    (topic: luck)

  • C. V. Wedgwood
  • We have more to learn today from the spectacle of a great man at a great moment than from any number of monographs on ancient wage levels.
    (topic: heroes)

  • Simone Weil
  • Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.
    (topic: imagination)

  • George Weiss
  • Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money.
    (topic: imagination)

  • William H. Welch
  • Medical education is not completed at the medical school: it is only begun.
    (topic: medicine)

  • Fay Weldon
  • Young women especially have something invested in being nice people, and it's only when you have children that you realise you're not a nice person at all, but generally a selfish bully.
    (topic: mothers)

  • Orson Welles
  • I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts.
    (topic: television)

  • Mae West
  • Right now I think censorship is necessary; the things they're doing and saying in films right now just shouldn't be allowed. There's no dignity anymore and I think that's very important.
    (topic: censorship and free speech)

    Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
    (topic: gossip)

  • E. B. White
  • When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy; today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings, and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.
    (topic: happiness)

    A man who publishes his letters becomes a nudist--nothing shields him from the world's gaze except his bare skin. A writer, writing away, can always fix himself up to make himself more presentable, but a man who has written a letter is stuck with it for all time.
    (topic: letters)

    Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.
    (topic: luck)

    Television hangs on the questionable theory that whatever happens anywhere should be sensed everywhere. If everyone is going to be able to see everything, in the long run all sights may lose whatever rarity value they once possessed, and it may well turn out that people, being able to see and hear practically everything, will be specially interested in almost nothing.
    (topic: television)

    One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.
    (topic: enemies)

  • Walt Whitman
  • Youth, large, lusty, loving--Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
    Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination?
    (topic: age)

    I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars.
    (topic: nature)

    Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.
    (topic: truth)

    Logic and sermons never convince,
    The damp of the night drives deeper into my soul.
    (topic: pessimism)

    Behold, I do not give lectures or a little charity,
    When I give I give myself.
    (topic: gifts and giving)

    If any thing is sacred, the human body is sacred.
    (topic: body)

  • John Greenleaf Whittier
  • Beauty seen is never lost,
    God's colors all are fast.
    (topic: beauty)

    They tell me, Lucy, thou art dead,
    That all of thee we loved and cherished
    Has with thy summer roses perished;
    And left, as its young beauty fled,
    An ashen memory in its stead.
    (topic: death)

    For of all sad words of tongue or pen,
    The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'
    (topic: regret)

  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • So many gods, so many creeds,
    So many paths that wind and wind,
    While just the art of being kind
    Is all the sad world needs.
    (topic: atheism)

  • Oscar Wilde
  • I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
    (topic: advice)

    The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything.
    (topic: age)

    Those whom the gods love grow young.
    (topic: age)

    In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.
    (topic: age)

    Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.
    (topic: colors)

    The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.
    (topic: creativity)

    There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.
    (topic: destiny)

    Children have a natural antipathy to books--handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.
    (topic: education)

    Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
    (topic: education)

    A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
    (topic: faces)

    The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.
    (topic: future)

    There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
    (topic: gossip)

    There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating--people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.
    (topic: knowledge)

    If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
    (topic: loyalty)

    The liar at any rate recognizes that recreation, not instruction, is the aim of conversation, and is a far more civilised being than the blockhead who loudly expresses his disbelief in a story which is told simply for the amusement of the company.
    (topic: lying)

    What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
    (topic: lying)

    Men marry because they are tired;
    women because they are curious. Both are disappointed.
    (topic: marriage)

    When a woman marries again it is because she detested her first husband. When a man marries again, it is because he adored his first wife. Women try their luck; men risk theirs.
    (topic: marriage)

    Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
    (topic: men and women)

    Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What (women) like is to be a man's last romance.
    (topic: men and women)

    It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
    (topic: money)

    Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
    Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.
    (topic: mothers)

    The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
    (topic: optimism)

    One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.
    (topic: past)

    When the gods wish to punish us they answer our prayers.
    (topic: prayer)

    He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
    (topic: romance)

    How strange a thing this is! The Priest telleth me that the Soul is worth all the gold in the world, and the merchants say that it is not worth a clipped piece of silver.
    (topic: soul)

    The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
    (topic: truth)

    Moderation is a fatal thing... Nothing succeeds like excess.
    (topic: moderation)

    Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
    (topic: ambition)

    To regret one's own experiences is to arrest one's own development. To deny one's own experiences is to put a lie into the lips of one's life. It is no less than a denial of the soul.
    (topic: experience)

    I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies.
    (topic: enemies)

    It is through Art, and through Art only, that we can realise our perfection.
    (topic: perfection)

    Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one's mistakes.
    (topic: common sense)

    I put all my genius into my life; I put only my talent into my works.
    (topic: genius)

    It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
    (topic: charm)

    He was always late on principle, his principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.
    (topic: punctuality)

  • Billy Wilder
  • Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
    (topic: regret)

    For what human ill does not dawn seem to be an alleviation?
    (topic: morning)

  • George F. Will
  • Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona. Not all holes, or games, are created equal.
    (topic: sports)

    Football brings out the sociologist that lurks in some otherwise respectable citizens. They say football is a metaphor for America's sinfulness.
    (topic: sports)

  • Tennessee Williams
  • It is almost as if you were frantically constructing another world while the world that you live in dissolves beneath your feet, and that your survival depends on completing this construction at least one second before the old habitation collapses.
    (topic: creativity)

    I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
    (topic: kindness)

  • Marianne Williamson
  • The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
    (topic: forgiveness)

    Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
    (topic: love)

  • Woodrow Wilson
  • America was established not to create wealth but to realize a vision, to realize an ideal--to discover and maintain liberty among men.
    (topic: America)

    The fact that logic cannot satisfy us awakens an almost insatiable hunger for the irrational.
    (topic: logic)

  • Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
    (topic: soul)

  • P. G. Wodehouse
  • It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.
    (topic: apologies)

  • Thomas Wolfe
  • Is not this the true romantic feeling--not to desire to escape life, but to prevent life from escaping you?
    (topic: romance)

    In Sleep we lie all naked and alone, in Sleep we are united at the heart of night and darkness, and we are strange and beautiful asleep; for we are dying the darkness and we know no death.
    (topic: sleep)

    We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.
    (topic: time)

  • William Woodsworth
  • My heart leaps up when I behold
    A rainbow in the sky:
    So was it when my life began;
    So is it now I am a man;
    So be it when I shall grow old,
    Or let me die!
    (topic: weather)

    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
    (topic: flowers)

  • Virginia Woolf
  • These are the soul's changes. I don't believe in ageing. I believe in forever altering one's aspect to the sun. Hence my optimism.
    (topic: age)

    You send a boy to school in order to make friends--the right sort.
    (topic: school)

    If we didn't live venturously, plucking the wild goat by the beard, and trembling over precipices, we should never be depressed, I've no doubt; but already should be faded, fatalistic and aged.
    (topic: adventure)

    One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
    (topic: food)

    Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.
    (topic: genius)

    The middlebrow is the man, or woman, of middlebred intelligence who ambles and saunters now on this side of the hedge, now on that, in pursuit of no single object, neither art itself nor life itself, but both mixed indistinguishably, and rather nastily, with money, fame, power, or prestige.
    (topic: mediocrity)

  • William Wordsworth
  • That best portion of a good man's life,
    His little, nameless, unremembered acts
    Of kindness and of love
    (topic: kindness)

  • Malcolm X
  • Usually when people are sad, they don't do anything. They just cry over their condition. But when they get angry, they bring about change.
    (topic: anger)

  • W. B. Yeats
  • A line will take us hours maybe;
    Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought,
    Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
    (topic: creativity)

    I have spread my dreams under your feet;
    Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
    (topic: dreams)

  • Lin Yutang
  • No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.
    (topic: travel)