The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make Heaven of Hell, and a Hell of Heaven. -John Milton

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit.  The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are. -Marcus Aurelius

Man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe. -Euripides

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you'll be criticized anyway.  You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't. -Eleanor Roosevelt

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. -Marcus Aurelius

I am just a poor boy though my story's seldom told
I have squandered my resistance for a pocketfull of mumbles
Such are promises. All lies in jest
'till a man hears what he wants to and disregards the rest -Paul Simon

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth -- teaching others. -Ibn Gabirol

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.  Willing is not enough; we must do. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own.  You may both be wrong.  -Dandemis

Patience has its limits.  Take it too far, and it's cowardice.  -George Jackson

I would hope that you would know when to let go of those things that do not serve you, but force you to serve them.

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire - then you got a problem.  Everything else is inconvenience.  -Robert Fulghum

Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it.  If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.  -Kurt Vonnegut, Jr

Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it.  -Samuel Johnson

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.  -Buddha

I know of no other single thing so conducive to misery as this uncultivated, untrained mind.  -Buddha

I know of no other single thing so conducive to well-being as this cultivated and well-trained mind.  -Buddha

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.-J. Robert Oppenheimer

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

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information? -T. S. Eliot

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

I care not for a man's religion whose dog or cat are not the better for it. -Abraham Lincoln

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher regard those who think alike than those who think differently.  -Nietzche

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.  -Shakespeare

Always hold your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.  -Max L. Forman

The world is a comedy for those that think, a tragedy for those that feel. -Horace Walpole

If words are to enter men's minds and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds.  -J.B. Phillips

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.-Dorothy Nevill

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -Helen Keller

In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.  -Bertrand Russell

It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations.  They presented him with the words, 'And this, too, shall pass away.' How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! -Abraham Lincoln

Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right or wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.  - Oscar Wilde - Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young

The only limits are, as always, those of vision.  -James Broughton

All successful people men and women are big dreamers.  They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.  -Brian Tracy

Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.  They don't mean to do harm, but the harm does not interest them.  -T.S. Eliot

The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.  -Eden Phillpotts

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

Flatter me, and I may not believe you.  Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you.  Encourage me, and I will not forget you. -William Arthur Ward, American newspaper editor, writer

The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.  -J. Michael Straczynski

If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again.  -Mary Beth Danielson

There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.  -Cyrus Curtis

Political language--and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists--is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.  -George Orwell

Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.  -Henry Van Dyke

It's easy to get buried in the past/When you try to make a good thing last. -Neil Young Ambulance Blues

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime;
Therefore we must be saved by hope.
Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense
in any immediate context of history
Therefore we must be saved by faith
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
Therefore we are saved by love

-Reinhold Niebuhr

Yesterday is a canceled check; tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash you have.  Spend it wisely.

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

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.  I rejoice in life for its own sake.  -George Bernard Shaw

Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all of your energies on a limited set of targets.-Nido Qubein

You must be single minded.  Drive for the one thing on which you have decided.-George S. Patton

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.  -Leo Tolstoy

The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.  -Samuel Butler

The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.  -Robert Frost

Mothers all want their sons to grow up to be president, but they don't want them to become politicians in the process.  -John F. Kennedy

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.  -Abraham Lincoln

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.  -Alvin Toffler

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know.  It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.  -Anatole France

When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.  -Marquis de la Grange

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. -Bernard Berenson

The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes. -Sir.  Winston Churchill

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C,' the idea must be feasible.  -A Yale University management professor in response to Fred Smith's paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service. (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.

Among my most prized possessions are the words that I have never spoken. -Orson Rega Card

Remember, life is not what happens to you but what you make of what happens to you.  Everyone dies, but not everyone fully lives.  Too many people are having "near-life" experiences.

It takes only one person to change your life --you.  -Ruth Casey

The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.  -Dostoyevsky

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. -Seneca

Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.  -Dale Carnegie

The best way to inspire people to superior performance is to convince them by everything you do and by your everyday attitude that you are wholeheartedly supporting them.  -Harold S. Geneen

Our plans miscarry because they have no aim.  When a man does not know what harbor he is making for, no wind is the right wind.  -Seneca

Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.  -Confucius

It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.  -C.W. Leadbeater

Dream as if you'll live forever.  Live as if you'll die today.  -James Dean

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit.  -Gaius Plinius

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.  -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule.  Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.  -Samuel Butler

Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners: so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up thyme, supply it with one gender of herbs, or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry, why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.  -William Shakespeare, from Othello: Act I, Scene III

Eyes are vocal, tears have tongues, and there are words not made with lungs. -Crashaw

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.  -Heraclitus

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson

There is nothing with which every man is so afraid as getting to know how enormously much he is capable of doing and becoming.  -Soren Kierkegaard

A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.  -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.  -George Orwell

There are only two enterprises that refer to their customers as users, and one is illegal.  -Michael Hammer

The world belongs to the enthusiast who keeps cool.  -William McFee

One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels.  The thing to do is to supply light and not heat.  -Woodrow Wilson

As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand. -Josh Billings

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

To see things in the seed, that is genius.  -Lao-tzu

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe. -Abraham Lincoln

Nothing overshadows truth so completely as authority.  -Alberti

The first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.  -Cato the Younger

He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster.  And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you. -Friedrich Nietzsche

There are no facts, only interpretations.  -Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. -Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.  -Aristotle

One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace.  Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train. -Morihei Ueshiba

He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature...is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.  -Henri Frederic Amiel

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. -Pablo Picasso

May the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again, may God hold you in the hollow of his hand.  - Irish Toast

When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to resemble a nail.-Abraham Maslow

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.  -Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

Two men look out the same prison bars; one sees mud and the other stars. -Frederick Langbridge

Life is 10 percent what you make it and 90 percent how you take it.  -Irving Berlin

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses.  -Tom Wilson

We may take Fancy for a companion, but must follow Reason as our guide. -Samuel Johnson

Reason also is a choice.  -Milton, Paradise Lost

Reason commands us far more imperiously than a master; in disobeying the latter we are made unhappy, in disobeying the former, fools.  -Pascal, Pensees

Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it.  -Seneca

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade.  It makes the hand bleed that uses it.  -Rabindranath Tagore

Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him.  Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.  -Woody Hayes

I'm not concerned with your liking or disliking me.  All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.  -Jackie Robinson "I Never Had It Made," 1972

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by friction.  - Heinrich Heine

Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience.  -George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon

It is criminal to steal a purse, daring to steal a fortune, a mark of greatness to steal a crown.  The blame diminishes as the guilt increases.  -Johan Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth.  -George Prentice

Say not, 'I have found the truth,' but rather, 'I have found a truth. -Kahlil Gibran

I find that principles have no real force except when one is well fed.  -Mark Twain

Perhaps the reward of the spirit who tries is not the goal but the exercise.-Anmar Mirza

Just as white light consists of colored rays, so Reverence for Life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness, power to forgive.  -Albert Schweitzer

Be very circumspect in the choice of thy company.  In the society of thine equals thou shalt enjoy more pleasure; in the society of thine superiors thou shalt find more profit.  To be the best in the company is the way to grow worse; the best means to grow better is to be the worst there.  -Francis Quarles 

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. -Cicero

There are two kinds of light-the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.  -James Thurber

Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, 'Make me feel important.' Never forget this message when working with people.  -Mary Kay

Never bear more than one trouble at a time.  Some people bear three kinds - all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have.  -Edward Everett Hale

A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.-G. C. Lichtenberg

Ask courageous questions.  Do not be satisfied with superficial answers.  Be open to wonder and at the same time subject all claims to knowledge, without exception, to intense skeptical scrutiny.  Be aware of human fallibility.  Cherish your species and your planet.  -Carl Sagan

Let us resolve to be masters, not the victims, of our history, controlling our own destiny without giving way to blind suspicions and emotions.  -John F. Kennedy

No army can withstand the strength of an idea whose time has come.  -Victor Hugo

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you.  So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.  -Leonardo daVinci

Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium.  The opposite of pride is actually a lack of self esteem.  A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels.  -Rabino Nilton Bonder

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.  -Confucius

If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them more than the miracles of technology.  We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.  -President Lyndon B. Johnson

Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.  -Eric Sevareid

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little further down our particular path than we have gone ourselves.  -E. M. Forster

Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind.  -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Times are bad.  Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.  -Marcus Tullius Cicero

Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.  -Haile Selassie 

No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.  -John Donne

You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.  -Leo Aikman

The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity.  No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had you will have lived.  -Gilda Radner

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him. -Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The best vitamin for making friends, B-1.

We can use words, but in the end deeds are what counts.-Australian Prime Minister John Howard

The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of the martyr. -Mohammad

Never in this world can hatred be stilled by hatred; it will be stilled only by non-hatred -- this is the law Eternal.  -Buddha

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.  -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is a long lesson in humility.  -James M. Barrie

Sometimes to remain silent is to lie.  -Miguel de Unamuno

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardour of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.  -Marcus Tullius Cicero

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self.  -Aristotle

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.  -James Matthew Barrie

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.  -Confucius

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big,worthwhile things.  It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe.  -Robert Service

If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair.   We'd never have a friendship.  We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical.  Well, that's nonsense.  You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down. - Ray Bradbury

No one keeps his enthusiasm automaticalty.  Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new vision.  - Papyrus

Ultimately a hero is a man who would argue with the gods, and so awakens devils to contest his vision.  The more a man can achieve, the more he may be certain.  - Norman Mailer

Believe those who seek the truth. Doubt those who find it. - Andre Gide

Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance. - Confuscious

People say life begins at conception. I say life began about a billion years ago and it's a continuous process. - George Carlin

He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future. - George Orwell

If tyranny and oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is perhaps the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few." -- James Madison

The powers in charge keep us in a perpetual state of fear keep us in a continuous stampede of patriotic fervor with the cry of grave national emergency.  Always there has been some terrible evil to gobble us up if we did not blindly rally behind it by furnishing the exorbitant sums demanded.   Yet, in retrospect, these disasters seem never to have happened , seem never to have been quite real.  -General Douglas MacArthur

On quotes and slogans ...

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing"

A quote falsely and widely attributed to Edmund Burke. 

Martin Porter on the above:

... The pseudo-quote is therefore without authenticity or meaning, and is just another of those political slogans which are used not as an assistance to, but as a substitute for real thought.  It is not a deep truth, although it is constantly treated as one.  Burke incidentally hated such things.  He thought that cheap political slogans, or "maxims" as he called them, enabled politicians to invoke principles of expediency, so they could pursue their own selfish interests instead of fulfilling their obligations to country, party and people.  To him they were quite distinct from the deeps truths, or as he calls them here, "first principles",

It is an advantage to all narrow wisdom and narrow morals that their maxims have a plausible air; and, on a cursory view, appear equal to first principles.  They are light and portable.  They are as current as copper coin; and about as valuable.  They serve equally the first capacities and the lowest; and they are, at least, as useful to the worst men as to the best.  Of this stamp is the cant of not man, but measures; a sort of charm by which many people get loose from every honourable engagement.  -Edmund Burke

Beware the short, pithy slogan, think and have principles.  Keep things in perspective.

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