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The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.

Pearl S. Buck

It is easy to take notice. What is difficult is getting up and taking action.

Al Batt

Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do.

James Harvey Robinson
The Mind in the Making

I have one request: may I never use my reason against the truth.

Elie Wiesel, quoting from a Hasidic rabbi's prayer

Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who cannot be persuaded to say it.

James Russell Lowell

You cannot get ahead while you are getting even.

Rep. Dick Armey

If it's stupid, but it works, it's not stupid.

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Chinese proverb

The secret source of humour itself is not joy, but sorrow. There is no humour in heaven.

Mark Twain

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.

William J.H. Boetcker

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 gone ourselves.

E. M. Forster

It is a most mortifying reflection for a man to consider what he has done, compared to what he might have done.

Samuel Johnson, in Boswell's Life, 1770

The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.

Oscar Wilde

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.

Shunryu Suzuki

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.


I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.

Igor Stravinsky

The opposite of a correct statement is a false statement. The opposite of a profound truth may well be another profound truth.

Niels Bohr

The first draft of anything is shit.

Ernest Hemingway

What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?

Dr. Robert Schuller

Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out, but it is the light by which the world looks for and finds merit.

James Russell Lowell

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.

Marie Curie

Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.

Samuel Butler

One sign of maturity is the ability to be comfortable with people who are not like us.

Virgil A. Kraft

You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.

Olin Miller

Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know, and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.

Sir William Haley

Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have.

Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything.

Norman Lear

There are two perfectly good men, one dead, and the other unborn.

Chinese proverb

Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.

Virgil Thomson (advice given at age 93)

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.

Dr. Robert Anthony

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


An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. "What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor."

St. Augustine
The City of God

And thou wilt give thyself relief, if thou doest every act of thy life as if it were the last.

Marcus Aurelius

Expedients are for the hour; principles for the ages.

Henry Ward Beecher

Music is a higher revelation than philosophy.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Truth never hurts the teller.

Robert Browning

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

Edmund Burke

The greatest of all faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.

Thomas Carlyle

Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Dale Carnegie

To be nobody-but-yourself-in a world which is doing its best night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.

E. E. Cummings

Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.

Clarence Darrow

A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.

Charles Darwin

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

A. Conan Doyle

Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

Finley Peter Dunne

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

Will Durant

If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas Alva Edison

Slight not what's near, when aiming at what's far.


For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

Richard Feynman

The supernatural is the natural not yet understood.

Elbert Hubbard