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The Little Retreat Quotes: Unsorted


There's no harm in asking.
Chinese fortune cookie

Others cannot figure out what you want - speak up.
Chinese fortune cookie

Even God can not change the past
A popular misconception

The past is never dead. It's not even past.
William Faulkner

A diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
Chinese proverb

A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
English proverb

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.
Horace
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
Walter Bagehot

Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics.
Charles Peguy

If it is to be, it is up to me.
Unknown

Refuse to be a sidekick.
Unknown

Never complain, never explain.
Unknown

Millions long for immortality who don't know what to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Unknown

Time exists solely to prevent all things from happening at once.
Chinese fortune cookie

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
Abraham Lincoln

It is far better to be silent than merely to increase the quantity of bad books.
Voltaire

We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
Voltaire

The best is the enemy of the good.
Voltaire

He who provides for this life but takes no care for eternity, is wise for a moment but a fool forever.
Unknown

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I cannot accept, and the wisdom to hide the bodies of those people I had to kill today because they pissed me off. And also, help me to be careful of the toes I step on today as they may be connected to the ass that I may have to kiss tomorrow. Help me to always give 100% at work - 12% on Monday, 23% on Tuesday, 40% on Wednesday, 20% on Thursday, 5% on Friday. And help me to remember - When I'm having a really bad day, and it seems that people are trying to piss me off, that it takes 42 muscles to frown and only 4 to extend my middle finger and tell them to bite me! Amen.
A Prayer for the Stressed, Author Unknown

We all suffer from the disease of immortality. Those who do not make it to a monument on a square, want to have at least a street named after them - and similar guarantees of eternal memory. We want, if not an entire obituary column in a newspaper, then at least a mentioning as one who "lived life to the fullest and who always gave his all." But a child is not a lottery ticked with a chance to win a bust in a theater foyer or a portrait in the townhall. Wines and cigarettes, but not human beings, need to be popular.
Janusz Korczak, How to Love a Child

Life is a succession of moments. To live each is to succeed.
Corita Kent

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t be so humble—you are not that great.
Golda Meir

It's not the most talented people who survive, but the ones with the most drive.
Norma Kamali

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.
Martina Navratilova

Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against--not with--the wind.
Hamilton Mabie

How do you tell a communist? Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
Ronald Reagan

Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.
Winston Churchill

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Winston Churchill

Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.
Erich Fromm

You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
Wayne Gretzky

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Oscar Wilde

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

Lying makes a problem part of the future; truth makes a problem part of the past.
Rick Pitino

The squeaky wheel may get the most oil, but it is also the first to be replaced.
Marilyn Vos Savant

There are two ways to study butterflies: chase them with nets then inspect their dead bodies, or sit quietly in the garden and watch them dance among the flowers.
Nongnuch Bassham

It's great to be great, but its greater to be human.
Will Rogers

Never chase a lie. Let it alone, and it will run itself to death.
Lyman Beecher

Nothing is a snap.
Marc C. Hochberg

Living well is the best revenge.
George Herbert

Modern man thinks he loses something - time - when he does not do things quickly. Yet he does not know what to do with the time he gains - except kill it.
Erich Fromm

It is a sin to believe evil of others, but it is seldom a mistake.
H.L. Mencken

Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
H.L. Mencken

The strictest justice is sometimes the greatest injustice.
Terrence

Tyranny is always better organized than freedom.
Charles Peguy

The honest man must be a perpetual renegade, the life of an honest man a perpetual infidelity. For the man who wishes to remain faithful must take himself perpetually unfaithful to all the continual, successive, indefatigable, renascent errors.
Charles Peguy

If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.
John Galsworthy

What's the use of running when you are not on the right road?
Unknown

Strategic planning is worthless - unless there is first a strategic vision.
John Naisbitt

Blessed are the people whose leaders can look destiny in the eye without flinching, but also without attempting to play God.
Henry Kissinger

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Judy Garland

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. ... The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Theodore Roosevelt

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who desire to give up Freedom in order to gain Security, will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Thomas Jefferson

If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
Logan Pearsall Smith

If the only prayer you say in your life is "thank you," that would suffice.
Meister Eckhart

A problem is something you have hopes of changing. Anything else is a fact of life.
S.R. Smith

Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long.
Ogden Nash

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.
Howard W. Newton

It is much safer to obey than to rule.
Thomas Kempis

So long as authority inspires awe, confusion and absurdity enhance conservative tendencies in society. Firstly, because clear and logical thinking leads to a cumulation of knowledge (of which the progress of the natural sciences provides the best example) and the advance of knowledge sooner or later undermines the traditional order. Confused thinking, on the other hand, leads nowhere in particular and can be indulged indefinitely without producing any impact upon the world.
Stanislav Andreski

Above all, try something.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dare to be naive.
R. Buckminster Fuller

As soon as you bend over, people think you like to work in a bent-over position.
Peter Block

Easy to criticize. More difficult to be correct.
Charlie Chan

To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.
T.S. Eliot

Fight! Be somebody! If you have lost confidence in yourself, make believe you are somebody else, somebody that’s got brains, and act like him.
Sol Hess

When a man sits down to think, he is immediately asked if he has a headache.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We become that which we tolerate.
Nan DeMars

Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.
H. Jackson Brown

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway.
Mother Teresa

Rest not! Life is sweeping by; go and do before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
Johann Goethe

Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
Buddha

One should act in consonance with the way of Heaven and Earth, enduring and eternal, the superior man perseveres long in his course, adapts to the times, but remains firm in his direction and correct in his goals.
I Ching

Pain and suffering are inevitable, but misery is optional.
Unknown

Change is inevitable. Struggle is an option.
Unknown

You will either step forward into growth or you will step back into safety.
Abraham Maslow

A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.
Abraham Maslow

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
Abraham Maslow

Only the flexibly creative person can really manage the future, only the one who can face novelty with confidence and without fear.
Abraham Maslow

I have learned the novice can often see things that the expert overlooks. All that is necessary is not to be afraid of making mistakes, or of appearing naive.
Abraham Maslow

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.
Abraham Maslow

I'm not a good shot, but I shoot often.
Theodore Roosevelt

Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
Theodore Roosevelt

Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.
Theodore Roosevelt

When you play, play hard; when you work, don't play at all.
Theodore Roosevelt

Don't hit at all if it is honorable possible to avoid hitting; but never hit soft!
Theodore Roosevelt

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Unknown

Do what you can with what you have where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic, is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things.
Theodore Roosevelt

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.
Theodore Roosevelt

Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time.
Theodore Roosevelt

If I must choose between righteousness and peace, I choose righteousness.
Theodore Roosevelt

A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
Winston Churchill

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

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
Winston Churchill

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
Winston Churchill

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
Winston Churchill

Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Winston Churchill

When you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time - a tremendous whack.
Winston Churchill

Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results, it produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, it the only way to accomplish results that last.
Hamilton Holt

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
Leo Tolstoy

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
Maurits Cornelis Escher

Do not ask for what you cannot take.
Unknown

Do not trouble trouble, until trouble troubles you.
Unknown

There is never a raised voice or an argument, there is just a conversation.
Barbara White

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.
Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

He who limps still walks.
Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man. But they don't bite everybody.
Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it.
Madeleine L'Engle

I take no more notice of the wind that comes out of the mouths of critics than of the wind expelled from their backsides.
Leonardo da Vinci

Any subject may be made repulsive by presenting it bristling with difficulties.
Silvanus Thompson

Civilization rests on a set of promises; if the promises are broken too often, the civilization dies, no matter how rich it may be, or how mechanically clever. Hope and faith depend on the promises; if hope and faith go, everything goes.
Herbert Agar

Ignorant people are sure of the causes of everything.
James Thorpe

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
Aldous Huxley

Never stop looking for a better job.
Unknown

Live as if everything you do will eventually be known.
Hugh Prather

Just when I think I have learned the way to live, life changes.
Hugh Prather

Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When I am honest I never feel stupid. And when I am honest I am automatically humble.
Hugh Prather

If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing, then the desire must be not to write.
Hugh Prather

The society based on production is only productive, not creative.
Albert Camus

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Neurosis is the inability to tolerate ambiguity.
Sigmund Freud

Beaten paths are for beaten people and it's not that life is too short it's just that we're dead for such a long time.
Unknown

Keep trying. Stay humble. Trust your instincts. Most importantly, act. When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
Bertrand Russell

One should guard against preaching to young people success in the customary form as the main aim in life. The most important motive for work in school and in life is pleasure in work, pleasure in its result, and the knowledge of the value of the result to the community.
Albert Einstein

Any action of an individual is meaningful only in a social context, either immediate and direct or remote and indirect, but still social context.
Some fat guy

Small choices may have far-going consequences.
Unknown

Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.
Baruch Spinoza

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Galileo Galilei

It is a puzzling thing. The truth knocks on the door and you say, 'Go away, I'm looking for the truth.' and so it goes away. Puzzling.
Robert M. Pirsig

Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public.
Winston Churchill

If you cannot fix the people, fix the situation.
Barbara White

There are two paths to follow in life. One is the path of the Dreamer, and the other is the path of the Dream Stealer. Which path are you following through life? If your life is worth living then it's worth living the life of your DREAMS!
Rod Moore

Where is the fun of religion if you can't disapprove of other people! There are some people, I suspect, who would feel obscurely cheated if, when they finally arrive in heaven, they found everybody else there as well. Heaven would not be heaven unless those who reached it could peer over the celestial parapets and watch other unfortunates roasting below. We need training in compassion because it does not come to us naturally.
Karen Armstrong

Carl Jung once said that a great deal of institutional religion seems designed to prevent the faithful from having a spiritual experience.
Karen Armstrong

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

It takes as much effort to be nice and polite as it does to be rude and vulgar.
Unknown

Underpromise and overdeliver.
Business wisdom

In business, you don't get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.
Chester L. Karrass

Among the many things my late father, God bless his soul, taught me was don't whine, don't complain, don't fall in a trap and say, well, it's bad luck or good luck.
Dan Rather

Never miss a chance to shut up.
Unknown

Many of us live perpetually in fire-fighting mode afraid to stop the assembly line long enough to fix chronic problems.
Roger Erickson

When you find people digging themselves into a hole, and offer to help, they will ask you to jump in and help them dig faster.
Anonymous

A common dilemma in decision-making: rely on evidence or eminence?
Everyone's problem

The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
Oscar Wilde

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Oscar Wilde

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly - that is what each of us is here for.
Oscar Wilde

Failing to plan is planning to fail.
Unknown

The more human beings proceed by plan the more effectively they may be hit by accident.
Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.
Jack London

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
Pearl S. Buck

You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
James A. Froude

If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
Henry Ford

There are only two forces in the world, the sword and the spirit. In the long run the sword will always be conquered by the spirit.
Napoleon Bonaparte

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.
Napoleon Bonaparte

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
Andre Gide

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.
Andre Gide

If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.
Albert Einstein

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.
Bertrand Russell

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Marie Curie

I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
Robert Louis Stevenson

What you do not do is as important, if not more important, as what you do do.
Barbara White

It is as important to decide what not to do as what to do.
Folk wisdom

Problems are the price we pay for living.
Some fat guy

In business, the only rational thing to do is to make a suggestion.
Some fat guy

Let spirited, chaotic dreams
Rule rational, orderly days

Trusting in fate

Mark V. Dahl

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
Aesop

Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.
Arthur Conan Doyle

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.
John F. Kennedy

The secret of good writing is to say an old thing in a new way or to say a new thing in an old way.
Richard Davis

As nightfall does not come at once, neither does oppression. In both instances, there is a twilight when everything remains unchanged. And it is in such twilight that we all must be most aware of change in the air--however slight--lest we become unwitting victims of the darkness.
Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

Half the truth is often a great lie.
Benjamin Franklin

Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.
John F. Kennedy

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn't mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
Edward R. Murrow

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
Edward R. Murrow

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.
Edward R. Murrow

I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Michel de Montaigne

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
Michel de Montaigne

“It is important that an aim never be defined in terms of activity or methods. It must always relate directly to how life is better for everyone... The aim of the system must be clear to everyone in the system. The aim must include plans for the future. The aim is a value judgment.”
W. Edwards Deming

If you can't describe what you are doing as a process, you don't know what you're doing.
W. Edwards Deming

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.
W. Edwards Deming

It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.
W. Edwards Deming

Innovation comes from the producer -- not from the customer.
W. Edwards Deming

The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
Aristotle

An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage.
Jack Welch

The best people want to interact with other best people. It is always about making a better union.
Roger Erickson

If you can't stand to be with your real peers, get out of science.
James D. Watson

Everything about modeling concerns time scales and length scales.
Jonathan Bell

Do not bite at the bait of pleasure till you know there is no hook beneath it.
Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter of the book of wisdom.
Thomas Jefferson

In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself.
Thomas Jefferson

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
Thomas Jefferson

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Thomas Jefferson

Four-fifths of all our troubles would disappear, if we would only sit down and keep still.
Calvin Coolidge

Trust, but verify.
Ronald Reagan

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.
Agatha Christie

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

People need love most when they deserve it least.
Ernest Eberhard

Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
Oscar Wilde

Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18

Only those who will risk going too far, can possibly find out how far one can go.
T.S. Elliot

An issue that has been controversial for a long time is unlikely to be resolved by repeated exercising of the same approaches that made it controversial in the first place. A new approach, including a new perspective on the issue, is needed for pushing the controversy toward resolution.
SPA

It is a comfort to the miserable to have comrades in misfortune, but it is a poor comfort after all.
Christopher Marlowe

To know how to grow old is the master work of wisdom, and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of living.
Herman Melville

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.
Harry Truman

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.
W. Somerset Maugham

A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.
Miguel de Unamuno

Never underestimate the power of a few committed individuals to change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

Both in thought and in feeling, even though time be real, to realise the unimportance of time is the gate of wisdom.
Bertrand Russell

You see things; and you say "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say "Why not?"
George Bernard Shaw

When applying for a job, show respect, but do not view your potential employer as authority. In most cases they are no more qualified than you are.
SPA

Exuberance is beauty.
H.G. Wells

It is wise to turn circumstances to good account.
Aesop

From now on, you will view human bodies as physico-chemical machines, and yourself as mechanics who maintain and repair them.
Herman V. Troitski - Biochemistry lecture to 2nd-year medical students
From now on, you will view all human endeavors as process-machines, and yourselves as the process mechanics who maintain and repair them.
Roger Erickson - On similarites of economies/cultures and biology

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.
Henry Ford

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing.
Abraham Lincoln

In any complex system, the highest cost, by far, is the cost of coordination.
Walter A. Shewhart

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Data without context is meaningless, so post-docs without markets are useless.
Business view of academics (RGE)

Never underestimate the destructive power of a pretentious fool.
Some fat guy

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
Dale Carnegie

Isolation - and trying to be "happy" - is not a sustainable strategy. Only adventure keeps happiness in equilibrium.
Roger Erickson

Commerce with all nations, alliance with none, should be our motto.
Thomas Jefferson

Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.
Thomas Jefferson

Money, not morality, is the principle commerce of civilized nations.
Thomas Jefferson

In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
John Adams

Exams and interviews only select good performers who know how to mobilize themselves. Exams and interviews do not select those who are smart and knowledgeable, because the smart and knowledgeable are always full of doubt, and therefore do not perform well.
Herman V. Troitski

Speak in benefits, not features.
Salesman's wisdom

There is much more truth in a metaphor than in a fact.
Norman Mailer

The trouble with metaphors is that no matter how true they may be when they are fresh and clever, when the multitudes pick them up, they almost immediately become worn out and false. For the whole truth is always complex to the point of being unknowable, even to the world's greatest geniuses.
Bill Bonner


People of action despise thinking of any sort, and rightly so, because the more they think, the more their actions are beset by doubts and arrière-pensées. The more man thinks, the slower he moves. Thought uncovers the limitations of his plans. Exploring the possibilities, he sees yet more potential outcomes, a greater number of problems... and he increasingly recognizes how little he actually knows. If he keeps thinking long and hard enough, he is practically paralyzed... a person of action no more.
Bill Bonner

There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.
Booker T. Washington

One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.
Booker T. Washington

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

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.
Sir William Drummond

As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.
Dick Cavett

On the human imagination events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has traveled far and seen much is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity.
James Fenimore Cooper

A refined simplicity is the characteristic of all high bred deportment, in every country.
James Fenimore Cooper

If we would have civilization and the exertion indispensable to its success, we must have property; if we have property, we must have its rights; if we have the rights of property, we must take those consequences of the rights of property which are inseparable from the rights themselves.
James Fenimore Cooper

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch somebody else doing it wrong without comment.
T. H. White

Today I had a choice of doing something important that no one would ever realize... or doing something useless that would look like an accomplishment. So I attended meetings until I could no longer appreciate the difference.
Dilbert [Scott Adams]

Things are never so bad they can't be made worse.
Humphrey Bogart

Even the wicked get worse than they deserve.
Willa Cather

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Walter Bagehot

Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
Walter Bagehot

Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.
Unknown

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehot

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him he's always doing both.
James A. Michener

I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.
Kahlil Gibran

Exactitude in small matters is the very soul of discipline.
Joseph Conrad, The Secret Sharer

In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.
Robert Heinlein

Absent selective pressure, random habit becomes fixed policy.
Roger Erickson

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
Oscar Wilde

If Columbus had an advisory committee he would surely still be at the dock.
Marc Faber

I am not young enough to know everything.
Oscar Wilde

You can give a serf freedom, but you can't make him keep it.
Roger Erickson

I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one.
Mark Twain

People support something not because they believe in it; not because they were paid a bribe to support it; but because they think supporting it is a fashion accessory, will increase their own face value.
Chetan Pandit

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Socrates

Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.
attributed to William Shakespeare

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Confucius

There is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.
Arthur Rubinstein

A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.
John Steinbeck

Never mind what others do; do better than yourself, beat your own record each & everyday, and you are a success.
Willim Boetcker

What we must decide is how we are valuable, rather than how valuable we are.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are truly no enemies, only failure to see group options offering orders of magnitude higher stakes.
Roger Erickson

University politics are vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Henry Kissinger

Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything. You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.
Henry Kissinger

If it's going to come out eventually, better have it come out immediately.
Henry Kissinger

The real distinction is between those who adapt their purposes to reality and those who seek to mold reality in the light of their purposes.
Henry Kissinger

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.
Mario Puzo

Never get angry. Never make a threat. Reason with people.
Mario Puzo

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.
Samuel Butler

I don't own the personal hubris to assume that any book I'm writing is going to get published.
Mark Spragg

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

I would sooner eat garbage than feign enthusiasm.
Ran Prieur

Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
Voltaire

To counter the avoidance of intellectual challenge and responsibility, we must reduce the domination of certainty in education.
William Glasser

Opportunity misses those who view the world through the eyes of their profession.
Gerald Celente

All progress is seen to be a frantic struggle towards an objective which you hope and pray will never be reached.
George Orwell

Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.
William M. Kelly

Nature which governs the whole will soon change all things which thou seest, and out of their substance will make other things, and again other things from the substance of them, in order that the world may be ever new.
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor

Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of self-sacrifice. When you choose anything, you reject everything else.
G. K. Chesterton

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.
George Bernard Shaw

Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.
G. M. Trevelyan

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.
Thomas Paine

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
Oscar Wilde

In whatever you're doing, failure is an option, but fear is not.
James Cameron

All truth goes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. Finally, it is accepted as self-evident.
Arthur Schopenhauer

The world is a looking glass. It gives back to every man a true reflection of his own thoughts. Rule your mind or it will rule you.
Buddha

No matter how heroically capable individual wasps are, they have no chance against the group capabilities of honeybees.
Roger Erickson

Bureaucracy expands to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.
Oscar Wilde

Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.
Henri Queuille

I wish I could tolerate the current set-up for the sake of the salary but I don't think I can do this. I am a little scared about change from security but sometimes security is extremely unhealthy.
Lyn Camire

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Thomas Jefferson

When angry count to ten before you speak. If very angry, count to one hundred.
Thomas Jefferson

In matters of style, swim with the current; In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
Thomas Jefferson

A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies.
Aristotle

An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents... What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning.
Max Planck

Never mistake activity for achievement.
John Wooden

Why keep a dog and bark yourself?
A proverb

Teamwork will always trump any amount of individual ability.
Roger Erickson

The plural of anecdote is not data.
Unknown

We have to distrust each other. It is our only defense against betrayal.
Tennessee Williams

The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates.
Tacitus

An honest man is always a child.
Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
Socrates

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Socrates

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.
Socrates

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Socrates

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them
Galileo Galilei

We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.
Winston Churchill

Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.
John Maynard Keynes

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it.
Frederic Bastiat, The Law (1850)

It is easy to mistake true faith for desire for reassurance.
Lyn Camire

Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
Henry Ford

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
Bruce Lee

You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Your big opportunity may be right where you are now.
Napoleon Hill

Most so-called Failures are only temporary defeats.
Napoleon Hill

Education comes from within; you get it by struggle and effort and thought.
Napoleon Hill

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
Will Durant

An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.
Arnold Toynbee

The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.
Samuel P. Huntington

And men go about to wonder at the heights of the mountains, and the mighty waves of the sea, and the wide sweep of rivers, and the circuit of the ocean, and the revolution of the stars, but themselves they consider not.
Saint Augustine

Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure.
Petrarch

Reality is something that does not go away even if it is ignored.
SPA

A frog in a well cannot comprehend the ocean.
Japanese proverb

A long dispute means that both parties are wrong.
Voltaire

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Never letting the competition define you. Instead, you have to define yourself based on a point of view you care deeply about.
Tom Chappel

Some chaos is inevitable; attempts to impose order without removing the underlying causes of chaos simply drive it underground.
W. Edwards Deming

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.
Emile Zola

My willingness to fail gives me the ability to succeed and there is a religious part of me that says you can try and fail, but do not fail to try. Most people fail to try and to me, that is a much bigger failure than trying and failing.
Vinod Khosla

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
Robert Francis Kennedy

One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.
Bertrand Russell

The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by other people's rules, while quietly playing by your own.
Michael Korda

One of Babbage's most serious flaws was his inability to stop tinkering. No sooner would he send a drawing to the machine shop than he would find a better way to perform the task and would order work stopped until he had finished pursuing the new line. By and large this flaw kept Babbage from ever finishing anything.
Joel Shurkin, "Engines of the Mind"

This principle is so perfectly general that no particular application of it is possible.
G. Polya

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.
Charles Swindoll

Reality, as usual, beats fiction out of sight.
Joseph Conrad

A child-like man is not a man whose development has been arrested; on the contrary, he is a man who has given himself a chance of continuing to develop long after most adults have muffled themselves in the cocoon of middle-aged habit and convention.
Aldous Huxley

Premature optimization is the root of all evil.
Donald Ervin Knuth

All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection.
Butler W. Lampson

And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.
Nicolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI

All your anxiety is because of your desire for harmony. Seek disharmony; then you will gain peace.
Rumi

Work is the only thing that gives meaning to life.
MSA

When cheaters prosper, we end up with the worst possible system and to call it a free market system is an obscenity.
William Black

The maintenance of secrets acts like a psychic poison which alienates the possessor from the community.
Carl Jung

Of all the offspring of Time, Error is the most ancient, and is so old and familiar an acquaintance, that Truth, when discovered, comes upon most of us like an intruder, and meets the intruder's welcome.
Charles Mackay

And it ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.
Niccolo Machiavelli

First we prove that we have zero predictive power. Then we invent the word 'implausible' as our greatest oxymoron.
Roger Erickson

Panics do not destroy capital – they merely reveal the extent to which it has previously been destroyed by its betrayal in hopelessly unproductive works.
John Mills, 'Credit Cycles and the Origins of Commercial Panics,' 1867

Anyone can make the simple complicated. Creativity is making the complicated simple.
Charles Mingus

There is no point of stability in the natural world that is not a dynamic equilibrium between conflicting forces.
Roger Erickson

Too few of us are willing to even speak up for what we believe much less stand up for what we believe.
Sandra Coates

The horror of complacency - I wonder what could be worse and what could have worse implications for anyone touched by it or affected by it. It reminds me that we can really take responsibility only for ourselves and that is a positive force and I'm sure shows right perspective.
Lyn Camire

It is so rare to feel pure gratitude. Maybe that's why it's hard to express but maybe it's inherently inexpressible and it's just a wonder to feel the other person receives and returns it.
Lyn Camire

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
John Kenneth Galbraith

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
John Kenneth Galbraith

When the sun rises, I go to work. When the sun goes down, I take my rest. I dig the well from which I drink. I farm the soil that yields my food. I share Creation, Kings can do no more.
Chinese Proverb, circa 2500 B.C.

Most editors edit like a dog pisses - not to improve the fire hydrant but to mark their territory.
Charles M. Young

It is better to create than to learn! Creating is the essence of life.
Julius Caesar

In any situation, there is a next level of relaxation you can go to. Take a breath, go there, and you will see clearly what to do.
Unknown

Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.
John Steinbeck

It is not from nature, but from education and habits, that our wants are chiefly derived.
Henry Fielding

There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Alas, how terrible is wisdom when it brings no profit to the man that's wise!
Sophocles, Oedipus the King 316-9

Many receive advice, only the wise profit from it.
Publilius Syrus

A funeral is not death, any more than baptism is birth or marriage union. All three are the clumsy devices, coming now too late, now too early, by which Society would register the quick motions of man.
E. M. Forster

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
Saint Augustine

Humility is the only true wisdom by which we prepare our minds for all the possible changes of life.
George Arliss

In science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs.
Sir Francis Darwin

Persistence is your greatest weapon. It is in the nature of barriers that they fall. Do not seek to become like your opponents. You have the burden and the great joy of being outsiders. Every day you live as a kind of triumph. This you should cling onto. You should make no effort to try and join society. Stay right where you are. Give your name and serial number and wait for society to form itself around you. Because it most certainly will. Neither look forward where there is doubt nor backward where this is regret. Look inward and ask not if there is anything outside that you want but whether there is anything inside that you have not yet unpacked.
Quentin Crisp (An Englishman in New York)

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
Adolf Hitler

Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.
Plato

The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly - it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.
Joseph Goebbels

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names.
Chinese Proverb

The smart person accepts. The idiot insists.
Greek proverb

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.
John Philpot Curran

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
John Kenneth Galbraith

You can either be a host to God or a hostage to your ego.
Wayne Dyer

The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.
Albert Einstein

On the topic of some individuals living in "another world," I wonder if a case could be made for them having no need for assessment based on human criteria if they are part of a system that makes them famous and delivers a lot of money. For them, there are no gray areas. They are irritated by those who bring up gray areas. I know they will all retire thinking they have answered all important questions anyway. Reality is not the priority.
Lyn Camire

… one day you will come to a fork in the road. You will have to decide which direction you want to go. You can be somebody. You will make compromises and turn your back on your friends. But you will be a member of the club. You will get promoted. You will get good assignments. Or you can do something – for your country, for your Air Force, and for yourself. If you decide to do something you may not get promoted, you may not get the good assignments, and you certainly will not be a favorite of your superiors. But you will not compromise yourself. You will be true to your friends and to yourself. And your work might make a difference. To be somebody or to do something. In life there is often a roll call. That’s when you will have to make a decision. Which way will you go?
John Boyd

The most important thing in life is to be free to do things. There are only two ways to insure that freedom — you can be rich or you can reduce your needs to zero.
John Boyd

Decisions without actions are pointless. Actions without decisions are reckless.
John Boyd

Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.
Andrew Grove

The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the full light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny...it is the light that guides your way.
Heraclitus

Life triumphs over death by means unknown to science. Original quote: Жизнь побеждает смерть неизвестным науке способом.
Daniil Kharms (Даниил Хармс)

Wonderful is the effect of impudent and persevering lying.
Thomas Jefferson

Great is the power of steady misrepresentation.
Charles Darwin

Cultures advance by selecting people who can handle exception-handling.
Roger Erickson

Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.
Lao Tzu

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau

No man can ever feel his own identity aright except his eyes be closed; as if darkness were indeed the proper element of our essences, though light be more congenial to our clayey part.
Herman Melville

When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.
Fredric Bastiat

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
Blaise Pascal

A problem adequately stated is a problem well on its way to being solved.
Buckminster Fuller

I worry that no matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up.
Jane Wagner

Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid.
John Wayne

Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
Albert Camus

Confusion is easy. Selecting certainty requires courage, learning from losses & persistence. Most people shirk all three, most of the time.
RGE

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
Leonardo da Vinci

Bureaucracy and social harmony are inversely proportional to each other.
Leon Trotsky

I'd have written you a shorter letter but I didn't have the time.
Mark Twain

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
Voltaire

My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.
Ashleigh Brilliant

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.
Wilson Mizner

A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed.
Irish wisdom

The vast majority of academics actively do not want to know about money and power. Idiot savants, in a way. Many just obsess about the "beauty" of various data patterns. Just give them an office and tenure, and they are no different than a peasant with a plot of land.
Roger Erickson

Of course there is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.
Arthur Rubinstein

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Plato

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Stephen Grellet (Étienne de Grellet du Mabillier)

The serfs all want to believe they really should work harder ... for the aristocrats.
Roger Erickson

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat.
Oscar Wilde

A mistress should be like a little country retreat near the town, not to dwell in constantly, but only for a night and away.
William Wycherley

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.
Sylvester Stallone

Success is transient, evanescent. The real passion lies in the poignant acquisition of knowledge about all the shading and subtleties of the creative secrets.
Konstantin Stanislavsky

Do not try to push your way through to the front ranks of your profession; do not run after distinctions and rewards; but do your utmost to find an entry into the world of beauty.
Konstantin Stanislavsky

Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.
Konstantin Stanislavsky

Abstraction is real, probably more real than nature.
Josef Albers

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
Adolph Hitler

Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
Adolph Hitler

Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal.
Martin Luther King Jr

We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long, with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
Konstantin Josef Jireček

Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
George Bernard Shaw

Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant.
H.L. Mencken

In individuals, insanity is rare; but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.
Attributed to various authors

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got.
Jim Rohn

Wayne W. Dyer
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

You are not stuck where you are unless you decide to be.
Wayne W. Dyer

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too.
W. Somerset Maugham

Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. I am sure that the power of vested interests is vastly exaggerated compared with the gradual encroachment of ideas. Not, indeed, immediately, but after a certain interval; for in the field of economic and political philosophy there are not many who are influenced by new theories after they are twenty-five or thirty years of age, so that the ideas which civil servants and politicians and even agitators apply to current events are not likely to be the newest. But, soon or late, it is ideas, not vested interests, which are dangerous for good or evil.
John Maynard Keynes

All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
Henry Ellis

If you narrow your focus to being the best, the most, or the first you will never knock the feeling that at some point, someone did or could have or will do it better.
Josie Helen Duffy

There is nothing so degrading as the constant anxiety about one's means of livelihood.
W. Somerset Maugham

The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country.
Hermann Göring

Nothing is keeping us from exploring our options except ourselves.
Roger Erickson

The ambitious man is always fearful, always under tension lest he say or do anything which might make him displeasing in the eyes of men. He pretends humility, feigns honesty, displays affability, shows off his kindness, is accommodating, is compliant, honors everyone and bows to everybody, frequents courts, visits important people, rises and embraces, claps his hands and fawns. A famous quotation describes him well: “If there’s no dust he’ll still brush it off.” He is prompt and eager where he knows he will please, hesitant and lukewarm where he thinks he will not. He condemns evil and detests iniquity, but what he praises and blames varies with the person, so long as he will be thought competent and be deemed welcome by one and all. But see how he must keep up a grave battle in himself, and a very hard conflict it is, with Iniquity hammering at his soul and Ambition leading him by the hand; for what the one suggests he do, the other will not permit. And yet Iniquity and Ambition, mother and daughter, plot for one another: the mother lives in the open and the daughter, kept in hiding, never resists—one claims a public and the other a secret domain.
Lothario de Segni (Pope Innocent III), On the Misery of the Human Condition

A lot of people are smart, but that does not make them a good scientist!
Deb Yarnell

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Benjamin Franklin

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see things as hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise.
F. Scott Fitzgerald

He who knows nothing is closer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
Thomas Jefferson

Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.
Mark Twain

Past some point, predators do not care what part of their strategy their doomed pray catches on to.
Roger Erickson

Trust is earned, respect is given, and loyalty is demonstrated. Betrayal of any one of those is to lose all three.
Ziad K. Abdelnour

All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.
Sophocles

It is all about doing one step at a time and watching your steps.
Jean-Paul Courneya

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.
Aristotle

Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Albert Einstein

Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.
Abraham Lincoln

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Ernest Hemingway

The difficulty lies, not in the new ideas, but in escaping from the old ones, which ramify, for those brought up as most of us have been, into every corner of our minds.
John Maynard Keynes

New scientific ideas never spring from a communal body, however organized, but rather from the head of an individually inspired researcher who struggles with his problems in lonely thought and unites all his thought on one single point which is his whole world for the moment.
Max Planck

Never be deceived that the rich will permit you to vote away their wealth.
Lucy Parsons

Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

Nothing exists but atoms and empty space, all else is but opinions.
Democritus

When you are arguing with an idiot, make sure the other person isn’t doing the same thing.
Unknown

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
Eric Hoffer

A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right & evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by a majority.
Rick Warren

Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign funds from the rich, by promising to protect each from the other.
Oscar Ameringer

When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic.
Dresden James

No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.
Bill Joy

You'll never plough a field turning it over in your mind.
Irish proverb

Whosoever desires constant success must change his conduct with the times.
Niccolo Machiavelli

Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience. Our problem is that people all over the world have obeyed the dictates of leaders… and millions have been killed because of this obedience… Our problem is that people are obedient all over the world in the face of poverty and starvation and stupidity, and war, and cruelty. Our problem is that people are obedient while the jails are full of petty thieves… (and) the grand thieves are running the country. That’s our problem.
Howard Zinn

If you torture the data long enough, it will confess to anything.
Ronald Coase

The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.
Noam Chomsky

Without education, we are in horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
G. K. Chesterton

Nature may reach the same result in many ways.
Nikola Tesla

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.
Mark Twain

The dearest ambition of a slave is not liberty but to have a slave of his own.
Sir Richard Francis Burton

One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.
Carl Sagan

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
Earl Nightingale

The Fundamental Laws of Human Stupidity: 1. Always and inevitably everyone underestimates the number of stupid individuals in circulation; 2. The probability that a certain person be stupid is independent of any other characteristic of that person, as he often looks innocuous / naive, and makes you lower the guard; 3. A stupid person is one who causes harm to another person or group of persons while deriving no gain himself and even possibly incurring a loss; 4. Non-stupid people always underestimate the damaging power of stupid people. 5. The stupid person is the most dangerous type of person that exists. The Types of People: 1. Misfortune - damage self, benefit others; 2. Smart - benefit self and others; 3. Bandit - benefit self, damage others; 4. Stupid - damage self and others.
Carlo M. Cipolla

It's really complicated to make something simple, but very simple to make something complicated.
Unknown

Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens' (against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain)
Friedrich Schiller

One has to multiply thoughts to the point where there aren't enough policemen to control them.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

I don't believe in 'truths.' We have had, and still have, too many idiots trading truths and brutally imposing them on others under the cloak of benevolence, desperately trying to hide greed and hunger for power for its own sake. I just believe in what I was trained to do as a scientist: observe and write down in your lab journal.
Horst Ibelgaufts

Men strive especially for three things: riches, pleasures, and honors. Riches lead to immorality, pleasures to shame, and honors to vanity.
Lotario dei Conti di Segni (Pope Innocent III)

Ultra posse nemo obligatur (beyond one's capabilities there is no obligation).
Latin legal maxim

Et kuett wie et kuett, un et is wie et is (it comes as it comes and it is as it is).
German saying

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.
Sayre's law (named after Wallace Stanley Sayre)

Academic politics are so vicious precisely because the stakes are so small.
Attributed to various authors, including Henry Kissinger

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
Albert Einstein

If everyone is thinking alike then someone isn't thinking.
George Patton

Too much cannot be said against the men of wealth who sacrifice everything to getting wealth. There is not in the world a more ignoble character than the mere money-getting American, insensible to every duty, regardless of every principle, bent only on amassing a fortune, and putting his fortune only to the basest uses —whether these uses be to speculate in stocks and wreck railroads himself, or to allow his son to lead a life of foolish and expensive idleness and gross debauchery, or to purchase some scoundrel of high social position, foreign or native, for his daughter. Such a man is only the more dangerous if he occasionally does some deed like founding a college or endowing a church, which makes those good people who are also foolish forget his real iniquity. These men are equally careless of the working men, whom they oppress, and of the State, whose existence they imperil. There are not very many of them, but there is a very great number of men who approach more or less closely to the type, and, just in so far as they do so approach, they are curses to the country.
Theodore Roosevelt

HISTORY, n. An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.
Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary

Always remember that it is impossible to speak in such a way that you cannot be misunderstood: there will always be some who misunderstand you.
Karl Popper

When compensation, prestige and tribal discipline replace results and intellectual debate, we have a reform that cannot be won on scientific terms.
Alan Harvey

A single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
Henry David Thoreau

One often contradicts an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it has been presented that is unsympathetic.
Friedrich Nietzsche

Most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all.
Michael Rivero

Precisely where man most dangerously errs in deluded and autarkical arrogance, in hubris and proud stupidity, dreaming of a master race, and so forth, he also reveals the essential human vocation: he must be more than human, if he wants to become and remain human. Anyone who wants to be merely human and nothing else—and knows nothing more about himself than the human ordinariness—will soon vegetate into something subhuman.
Alfred Delp

This is the bitterest pain among men, to have much knowledge but no power.
Herodotus

Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do.
Bruce Lee

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
Eric Hoffer

What we learn from history is that we don't learn from history.
Attributed to various authors

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
Joseph Campbell

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new.
Unknown

A normal person strikes a psychopath as a naive, smart-alecky believer in barely comprehensible theories; calling him “crazy” is not all that far away.
Mike Sankowski

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
Alan Watts

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
Matthew Jeffers

It always seems impossible until it's done.
Nelson Mandela

The creative adult is the child who survived.
Ursula K. Le Guin

A goal without a plan is only a wish.
Unknown

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Socrates

It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

The wise man says 'Yes, And...' Only the fool says 'No, But...'
Unknown

You have no power over your passions if you avoid them. You have power if you control them like a ship or a horse.
Aristotle

Ascetics take the wrong path by denying rather than surfing reality.
Roger Erickson

The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Bertrand Russell

The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.
Jaggi Vasudev

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Maya Angelou

Night after night ... I would return home exhausted by the pretensions of knowledge I was forced to wear in a daytime masquerade.
Marriner Stoddard Eccles

All problems in computer science can be solved by another level of indirection, except of course for the problem of too many indirections.
David Wheeler

By indirections find directions out.
Polonius, in Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 1

Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.
Walter Anderson

Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.
Mary Lou Retton

What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.
Carlos Castaneda

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Unknown

Everything that irritates us about other can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
Carl Jung

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Suzy Kassem

Our attitude toward life determines life's attitude towards us.
Earl Nightingale

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
Maya Angelou

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't.
Jerry Rice

WHAT IT SAYS & WHAT IT MEANS Must sell: Before it blows up. Runs fine: I was going to say "runs excellent" but I had a last-minute conscience attack. Needs some body work: Was blindsided by a Winnebago. Well maintained: I changed the oil occasionally. Looks like new: Just don't try to drive it anywhere. All original: I never had anything fixed, adjusted or replaced. Loaded with options: Each one more troublesome than the next. Never smoked in: Unfortunately, that's the best thing I can say about it. Project car: This car is trashed. Lots of potential: This car is trashed. Needs minor repair: This car is trashed.
Steve Salerno

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be "cured" against one's will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.
C.S. Lewis

It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in an activity trap, in the business of life, to work harder and harder at climbing the ladder of success only to discover it’s leaning against the wrong wall.
Stephen R. Covey

The only thing standing between you and your goal is the story you keep telling yourself as to why you can't achieve it.
Jordan Belfort

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.
Nelson Mandela

We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
Carlos Castaneda

Most people do not think logically; they adopt a belief system and go with it. They will defend these illogical beliefs to the death, or close to it. There is so much stupid in the conventional wisdom it boggles the mind.
Paul Meli

Hell is other people.
Jean-Paul Sartre

A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
Saul Bellow

Make sure your worst enemy doesn't live between your two ears.
Laird Hamilton Laird Hamilton

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.
Theodore Isaac Rubin

The fear of death follows from the fear of life. One who lives life fully is prepared to die at any time.
Mark Twain

In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice. Then he made school boards.
Mark Twain

I am greatly misunderstood by politically correct idiots.
Brigitte Bardot

One of the most important things, especially when you're leaving school, is to realize you're going to be dealing with a lot of idiots. And a lot of those idiots are in charge of things, so if you're in an interview and you really want to tell the person off, don't do it.
Lewis Black

Three ways to get paid for your words: 1) Lie to people who want to be lied to, and you'll get rich; 2) Tell the truth to those who want the truth, and you'll make a living; 3) Tell the truth to those who want to be lied to, and you'll go broke.
Jason Zweig

Every sentence in order to have definite scientific meaning must be practically or at least theoretically verifiable as either true or false upon the basis of experimental measurements either practically or theoretically obtainable by carrying out a definite and previously specified operation in the future. The meaning of such a sentence is the method of its verification.
Walter A. Shewhart

All chance systems of causes are not alike in the sense that they enable us to predict the future in terms of the past.
Walter A. Shewhart

To escape criticism: do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
George Bernard Shaw

Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed?"
Axel Oxenstierna

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.
Alan Watts

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
Thomas Edison

Die Menschen sind gut, bloß die Leute sind schlecht (Man is good. It is the people who are bad).
Erich Kästner

Argue for your limitations, and surely they’re yours.
Richard Bach

Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
Robert Tew

You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
Marcus Aurelius

People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too.
Christopher Morley

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.
Mark Twain

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

The multitude of books is a great evil. There is no limit to this fever for writing; every one must be an author; some out of vanity, to acquire celebrity and raise up a name, others for the sake of mere gain.
Martin Luther

Some people will follow someone who is confident but wrong rather than someone who is tentative but right.
Bill Clinton

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

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

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

I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
Gandhi

Adaptation seems to be, to a substantial extent, a process of reallocating your attention.
Daniel Kahneman

Simplicity Is Complexity Resolved
Constantin Brancusi

None are so blind as those who refuse to see.
Folk wisdom

It is not the load that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it.
Lou Holtz

People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity no matter how impressive their other talents.
Andrew Carnegie

What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellow men. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.
Carlos Castaneda

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
Isaac Asimov

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

Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.
Robert Holden

In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or back into safety.
Abraham Maslow

Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
Kevin Durant

My only job is to be what I really am even if others try to convince me I shouldn't exist.
Lyn Camire

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
Mary Elizabeth Frye

Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high.
Reed Hastings, CEO Netflix

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Anna Quindlen

You cannot start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.
Michael McMillan

Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.
Simon Sinek

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.
Les Brown

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Abraham Lincoln

Most people will loose more to indecision than they will to a bad decision.
Andrew Carnegie

Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.
George Canning

A wrong decision is better than indecision.
Tony Soprano

To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.
Eva Young

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter Drucker

The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.
Malcolm Forbes

Don't envy what people have, emulate what they did to have it.
Tim Fargo

The penalty for procrastination is the loss of hopes and dreams.
Tai Lopez

Common sense is not a gift, it’s a punishment. Because you have to deal with everyone who doesn’t have it.
Author unknown

An essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
Edwin H. Land

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Socrates

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.
Andrew Carnegie

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Confucius

Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.
Dale Carnegie

The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.
Ernest Hemingway

Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.
Robert H. Schuller

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.
Zig Ziglar

The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.
Sven Goran Eriksson

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.
Eckhart Tolle

The more you think and talk about your goals, the more positive and enthusiastic you become.
Billy Cox

If I quit now, I will soon be back to where I started. And when I started, I was desperately wishing to be where I am now.
Unknown

The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
Voltaire

The first step to accepting yourself is to stop comparing yourself to others.
Joe Duncan

If you keep on doing what you've always done, you will keep getting what you've always gotten.
Unknown

The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.
Nikola Tesla

There can be no doubt that the average man blames much more than he praises. His instinct is to blame. If he is satisfied he says nothing; if he is not, he most illogically kicks up a row.
Golda Meir