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Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wing, and only character endures.

Horace Greeley

Great souls are not those which have less passion and more virtue than common souls, but only those which have greater designs.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.

The Talmud

A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway to life.

Celia Luce

Whatever someone told you, you can never be sure of what they said. Whatever someone said, you can never be sure of what you were meant to understand - so if it's really this complicated, what's the point of trying to infer things when you can just ask.

Rebecca Taylor
Angel's Flight

(contributed by Faith Peters)

Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

Alphonse Karr

It is what you read when you donít have to that determines what you will be when you canít help it.

Oscar Wilde

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain't goin' away.

Elvis Presley

Don't worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you.

Robert Fulghum

There is never enough time to do the job right, but there is always time to do it over.

Dr. James R. Cessna

(contributed by ATRspeed)

Lots of people have asked me what Gracie and I did to make our marriage work. It's simple - we don't do anything. I think the trouble with a lot of people is that they work too hard at staying married. They make a business out of it. When you work too hard at a business you get tired; and when you get tired you get grouchy; and when you get grouchy you start fighting; and when you start fighting you're out of business.

George Burns
Living It Up

To wisely live your life, you don't need to know much
Just rememeber two main rules for the beginning:
You better starve, than eat whatever
And better be alone, than with whoever.

Omar Khayam

In pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up.

R.H. Grenville

If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.

Happiness is the delicate balance between what one is and what one has.

F. H. Denison

Truth does not become more true by virtue of the fact that the entire world agrees with it, nor less so even if the whole world disagrees with it.


And what is the most potent myth of all? She went on, in the slightly ringing tones that caused him to make a discreet sign to the waiter for the bill. The tortoise and the hare, she pronounced. People love this one, especially women. Now you will notice, Harold, that in my books it is the mouse-like un-assuming girl who gets the hero, while the scornful temptress with whom he has had a stormy affair retreats baffled from the fray, never to return. The tortoise wins every time. This is a lie, of course, she said, pleasantly, but with authority, the kiwi fruit slipping back unnoticed onto her plate. In real life of course, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Axiomatically, she cried, her voice rising with enthusiasm. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game. The propaganda goes all the other way, but only because it is the tortoise who is in need of consolation.

Anita Brookner
Hotel Du Lac

(contributed by Kevlars)

In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.

Theodore Roosevelt

Don't solve your problems, dissolve your problems - so that they should not recur again.

Yogi Bhajan

Faith and doubt both are needed, not as antagonists, but working side by side to take us around the unknown curve.

Lillian Smith

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

Helen Walton

I have learned that success is to measured not so much by the position one has reached in life, but by the obstacles he has overcome while trying to succeed.

Booker T Washington

When you're skating on thin ice you might as well dance.

You make your own dream. That's the Beatles' story, isn't it? That's Yoko's story. That's what I'm saying now. Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It's quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders and the parking meters. Don't expect Jimmy Carter or Ronald Reagan or John Lennon or Yoko Ono or Bob Dylan or Jesus Christ to come and do it for you. You have to do it yourself. That's what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There's nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. You can wake you up. I can't cure you. You can cure you.

John Lennon

(contributed by Meg)

Thing don't have to be perfect to be flawless.

Katie MacKenzie

(contributed by Katie MacKenzie)

A person cannot do right in one department whilst attempting to do wrong in another department. Life is one indivisible whole.

Mahatma Gandhi

In order to retain a certain respect for sausages and laws, one must not see them being made.

Otto von Bismarck

At the end of your life you will never regret not having passed one more test, winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a child, a friend or a parent.

Barbara Bush

(contributed by Benson Goh)

Women are like bags of tea. You never know how strong they are until they're in hot water.

Nancy Reagan

(contributed by SLR)

You can't waste a life hating people, because all they do is live their life, laughing, doing more evil.

Alpha Robertson

The only thing we learn from history is that we don't.

Lynn Antri

(contributed by Katrina)

Education is more than filling a child with facts. It starts with posing questions.

D. T. Max

If the Creator had a purpose in equipping us with a neck, he surely meant us to stick it out.

Arthur Koestler

A lof of people approach risk as if it's the enemy when it's really fortune's accomplice.

A Man's Journey to Simple Abundance

Memory is often less about truth than about what we want it to be.

David Halberstam

We are all born with a grab bag of gifts and gaps. Identify your true talents, then find out how to use them to make money.

Bill O'Reilly
The O'Reilly Factor

A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement.

Anna Quindlen

Happiness is the best cosmetic.

Karen Duffy
Model Patient

The pursuit of truth is like picking raspberries. You miss a lof if you approach it from only one angle.

Randal Duffy

Haste is good only in catching fleas.

Alla Yaroshinskaya

Nothing is more destined to create deep-seated anxieties in people than the false assumption that life should be free from anxieties.

Fulton J. Sheen

To be a man is to do things instead of finding excuses not to do them.

Juan Pablo Valdes
El Mejer Regalo

A vision without the ability to execute is probably a hallucination.

Stepen Case

If you have no leg to stand on, you can't put your foot down.

Dave Weinbaum

To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you round is another.

Katherine Paterson
Jacob Have I Loved

Philosophy is questions that may never be answered, religion is answers that may never be questioned.

(contributed by Leath Oreth Dofor)

The best way out is always through.

Robert Frost

(contributed by snowblack)

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

Frank Outlaw

(contributed by Ian Cornelius Lai)

Anyone can become angry; that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, To the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way - this is not easy.


(contributed by Ian Cornelius Lai)

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Anna Roosevelt