It’s not so much that we’re afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it’s that place in between that we fear. It’s like being between trapezes. It’s Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There’s nothing to hold on to.
– Marilyn Ferguson
I will prepare and some day my chance will come.
– Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
The hardest of all is learning to be a well of affection, and not a fountain. To show them that we love them, not when we feel like it, but when they do.
– Nan Fairbrother
He suffered from paralysis by analysis.
Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
- Brian Tracy
The only reason a great many American families don't own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.
- Mad magazine
Imitate until you emulate. Match and surpass those who launched you. It's the highest form of thankfulness.
- Mark Victor Hansen
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
- Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
I just don't know why they're shooting at us. All we want to do is bring them democracy and white bread. Transplant the American Dream. Freedom. Achievement. Hyperacidity. Affluence. Flatulence. Technology. Tension. The inalienable right to an early coronary sitting at your desk while plotting to stab your boss in the back.
- Hawkeye, "M*A*S*H"
The need time to dream, to remember, to reach the infinite. Time to be.
- Gladys Taber
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever, is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.
- Phillipians 4:7-9
Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius (551 BC-479 BC)
A plan I have is World Peace through Formal Introductions. The idea is that everyone in the world would be required to meet everyone else in the world, formally, at least once. You'd have to look the person in the eye, shake hands, repeat their name, and try to remember one outstanding physical characteristic. My theory is, if you knew everyone in the world personally, you'd be less inclined to fight them in a war: "Who? The Malaysians? Are you kidding? I know those people!"
- George Carlin
If we would only give, just once, the same amount of thought to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two-week vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher
We are not humans on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
- Stephen R. Covey
I have noticed that as soon as you have soldiers, the story is called history. Before their arrival, it is called myth, folktale, legend, fairy tale, oral poetry, ethnography. After the soldiers arrive, it is called history.
- Judy Grahn
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.
- H. T. Leslie
There are no moments that stand out in our long hours of glorious experience like those in which we came to some high point, and, as we looked out over what was before us, we knew certainty, and doubt was impossible. Those moments are as great rocks to which the frail tabernacle of our mind is held fast, when the mists of doubt and the winds of fear come about it. We cannot help being shaken or having our vision darkened, but we know that we have had moments of clearer vision, and that in them we had certainty. A certainty of what? It is hard to put it into words. It was a certainty that beauty and truth and generosity were real things, and that there was something embracing all of these that gave direction to life, and an assurance that their reality need not be doubted when we saw them as we generally do, as in a glass, darkly.
- R.L.G. Irving, "Solvitur in Excelsis"
You never find yourself until you face the truth.
- Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)
False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.
- Joseph De Maistre
Motivation alone is not enough. If you have an idiot and you motivate him, now you have a motivated idiot.
- Jim Rohn
Teach your child to hold his tongue; he'll learn fast enough to speak.
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
If common sense has not the brilliancy of the sun, it has the fixity of the stars.