In love the ordinary is made sacred.
– Arthur Dobrin (1943-)
We must not believe the many, who say that only free people ought to be educated, but we should rather believe the philosophers who say that only the educated are free.
– Epictetus, “Discourses”
Silence is foolish if we are wise, but wise if we are foolish.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough. Good enough. Successful enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Socially responsible enough. When you have self-respect, you have enough, and
when you have enough, you have self-respect.
– Gail Sheehy
Even if the doctor does not give you a year, even if the doctor hesitates about a month, make one brave push and see what can be accomplished in a week.
– Robert Louis Stevenson, “Virginibus Puerisque”
The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided.
– Casey Stengal
Skill to do comes of doing.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Welcome every problem as an opportunity. Each moment is the greatest challenge, the best thing that ever happened to you. The more difficult the problem, the greater the challenge in working it out.
– Grace Speare
Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticise others.
– H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Life has no smooth road for any of us; and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps till the legend, “over steep ways to the stars”, fulfills itself.
– W.C. Doane
George Eastman, who invented the Kodak camera in 1888 and founded Eastman Kodak Co., liked to travel, and once while in Africa, was manning a camera as a rhinoceros charged him. The rhino was only 5 feet away but Eastman kept photographing it until the man with him shot the beast dead. Eastman’s guide said, “What a risk you took!” Eastman replied, “Well, you’ve got to trust your organization.”
We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation.
– Jim Rohn
Each particle of matter is an immensity; each leaf a world; each insect an inexplicable compendium.
– John Lavater
Everything we do seeds the future. No action is an empty one.
– Joan Chittister
Love doesn’t sit there, like a stone it has to be made, like bread; re-made all the time, made new.
– Ursula K. LeGuin
Helped are those who create anything at all, for they shall relive the thrill of their own conception, and realize a partnership in the creation of the universe that keeps them responsible and cheerful.
– Alice Walker
That best portion of a good man’s life: His little nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
– William Wordsworth
If you make a mistake, make a new one each time.
I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: “The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.” In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
– Bertrand Russell, “Education and the Social Order”
Half the confusion in the world comes from not knowing how little we need. I live more simply now, and with more peace.
– Admiral Richard E. Byrd
Perfection of means and confusion of ends seems to characterize our age.
– Albert Einstein (1875-1955)
Much of the value of mistakes comes from the fact that they exact a cost which must be paid. The person who learns the most from a mistake is the person who pays the price for it.
– Ralph Marston
Because you’re so intimately familiar with your own past, it may seem that you have no choice but to continue moving in the same direction as before. But that is not true.
– Ralph Marston
The greatest homage we can pay to truth is to use it.
– James Russell Lowell
We must try to keep the mind in tranquility. For just as the eye which constantly shifts its gaze, now turning to the right or to the left, now incessantly peering up or down, cannot see distinctly what lies before it, but the sight must be fixed firmly on the object in view if one would make his vision of it clear; so too man’s mind when distracted by his countless
worldly cares cannot focus itself distinctly on the truth.
– St. Basil the Great (330?-379)
No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
– Alice Walker
At the core of the heart, you have the power to move beyond the old issues that are still hindering your freedom. The hardest things - the ones that push you up against your limits - are the very things you need to address to make a quantum leap into a fresh inner and outer life.
– Doc Childre and Howard Martin, “The HeartMath Solution”
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are who already possess it.
– Francois de la Rochefoucauld
There is no such thing as a great talent without great willpower.
We all know a fool when we see one, but not when we are one.
– Arnold H. Glasow
It is the denial of death that is partially responsible for people living empty, purposeless lives; for when you live as if you’ll live forever, it becomes too easy to postpone the things you know that you must do.
– Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, “Death: The Final Stage of Growth”
The more tranquil a person becomes, the greater is their success, their influence and their power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
– James Allen
Everybody, sooner or later, sits down to a banquet of consequences.
– Robert Louis Stevenson
The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things — ancient history, 19th century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that
it will happen.
– Carl Ally
Do not die of another’s misery. Beware of him who is stuck in the mud, and note that he calls to you, to be comforted by your mutual unhappiness. These men are on the hunt for those who will help them carry their misfortune; and of those to whom in their prosperity they gave the cold shoulder, they today ask the hand. Great coolness is necessary with the drowning, if you would bring them help
without peril to yourself.
– Baltasar Gracian, “The Art of Worldly Wisdom”
The least questioned assumptions are often the most questionable.
– Paul Broca