Monday, May 02, 2005

Wise Words: Quotes to Live By

  ~Elbert Hubbard, A Thousand and One Epigrams, 1911 Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own.  You may both be wrong.  ~Dandemis Whatever you are be a good one.  ~Abraham Lincoln It's better to fight for something than against something.  ~Author Unknown The day will happen whether or not you get up.  ~John Ciardi Nature gave men two ends - one to sit on and one to think with.  Ever since then man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most.  ~George R. Kirkpatrick Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.  ~Chinese Proverb When "Why not do it?" barely outweights "Why do it?" - don't do it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 When you invite trouble, it's usually quick to accept.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak.  Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go.  ~Author Unknown Promise only what you can deliver.  Then deliver more than you promise.  ~Author Unknown All philosophy in two words, - sustain and abstain.  ~Epictetus Always watch where you are going.  Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.  ~Pooh's Little Instruction Book, inspired by A.A. Milne Don't compromise yourself.  You're all you've got.  ~Janis Joplin The biggest problem in the world Could have been solved when it was small. ~Witter Bynner, The Way of Life According to Laotzu What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 Surely a man needs a closed place wherein he may strike root and, like the seed, become.  But also he needs the great Milky Way above him and the vast sea spaces, though neither stars nor ocean serve his daily needs.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Wisdom of the Sands, translated from French by Stuart Gilbert Never believe in mirrors or newspapers.  ~Tom Stoppard Yet some things you miss and some things you lose by keeping your arm outstretched.  ~Author Unknown Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses.  ~Oscar Wilde Just be ordinary and nothing special.  Eat your food, move your bowels, pass water, and when you're tired, go and lie down.  The ignorant will laugh at me, but the wise will understand.  ~Bruce Lee While seeking revenge, dig two graves - one for yourself.  ~Doug Horton To do nothing is sometimes a good remedy.  ~Hippocrates Work out your own salvation.  Do not depend on others.  ~Buddha Things sweet the taste prove in digestion sour.  ~William Shakespeare, King Richard the Second, 1595 Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them?  ~Abraham Lincoln "It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door," he used to say.  "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."  ~J.R.R. Tolkien, "Three Is Company," The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 1954 There are two kinds of light - the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.  ~James Thurber Don't get your knickers in a knot.  Nothing is solved and it just makes you walk funny.  ~Kathryn Carpenter Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.  ~G.C. Lichtenberg We must have passed through life unobservantly, if we have never perceived that a man is very much himself what he thinks of others.  ~Frederick W. Faber Never saw off the branch you are on, unless you are being hanged from it.  ~Stanislaw Lec Don't despise empiric truth.  Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof.  ~Martin H. Fischer The best way to predict your future is to create it.  ~Peter Drucker You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.  ~Irish Proverb Beware of a man of one book.  ~English Proverb Never make your home in a place.  Make a home for yourself inside your own head.  You'll find what you need to furnish it - memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things.  That way it will go with you wherever you journey.  ~Tad Williams It is better to sleep on things beforehand than lie awake about them afterwards.  ~Baltasar Gracian A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.  ~Henry David Thoreau Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.  ~Swedish Proverb Aspire to a lower level of harm.  ~Anonymous I try not to kid myself.  You know, I don't mind romancing someone else, but to fool yourself is pretty devastating and dangerous.  ~Bill Veeck You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966 It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back.  ~Mick Jagger When you lose, don't lose the lesson.  ~Author Unknown There is often less danger in the things we fear than in the things we desire.  ~John C. Collins Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you.  ~Frank Tyger Friends and neighbors complain that taxes are indeed very heavy, and if those laid on by the government were the only ones we had to pay, we might the more easily discharge them; but we have many others, and much more grievous to some of us.  We are taxed twice as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly.  ~Benjamin Franklin Be nice to people on your way up because you'll need them on your way down.  ~W. Migner When you throw dirt, you lose ground.  ~Texan Proverb The great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.  ~Albert Schweitzer Everyone should learn to do one thing supremely well because he likes it, and one thing supremely well because he detests it.  ~Brigham Young Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go.  ~Author Unknown The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow.  Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.  ~Author Unknown Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-tomorrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.  ~Chinese Proverb The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you're the easiest person to fool.  ~Richard Feynman Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.  ~Malcolm S. Forbes I used to believe that anything was better than nothing.  Now I know


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