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Any words of wisdom out there? Old sayings? Quotable quotes?
130 answers on 2 pages...

 Answer by snapper on 12.15.99 5:05 AM
The more incompetent people think you are, the more surprised they'll be when you kill them.

 Answer by hedges on 12.15.99 5:25 AM
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

Calvin Coolidge

 Answer by djryan on 12.15.99 6:46 AM
"You are not alone. We are all the same, all in this fragile skin, suffering the ugliness of simply being human, all prey to the same mortal dreads." - Harlan Ellison

 Answer by waterlin on 12.15.99 8:03 AM
Appearances to the mind are of four kinds. Things either are what they appear to be; or they neither are, nor appear to be; or they are, and do not appear to be; or they are not, and yet appear to be. Rightly to aim in all these cases is the wise man's task. - Epictetus

 Answer by mamie on 12.15.99 8:44 AM
Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain

 Answer by auburn23 on 12.15.99 9:23 AM
if mama aint happy, aint nobody happy.- unknown

 Answer by hismel on 12.15.99 9:30 AM
Be true to thine heart. (don't know who said this)

 Answer by Lilagurl on 12.15.99 2:39 PM
*In politics an absurdity is not an obstacle.*
-Napoléon Bonaparte-

*It is of real love, like apparitions of phantoms, everyone speacks of it but few have experienced it.*
-François de La Rochefoucauld-

*Boredom is born on the day of uniformity*
-Antoine Houdar de La Motte-

*A classic is a book that everyone wants to have read and that no one wants to read*
-Mark Twain-

*We cannot rule on men when we do not rule their hearts*
-Henri Lacordaire-

*Success was always a child of audacity*
- Crébillon Père-

*Love's measure is to love without measure*
-Saint Augustin-

*Miserable is the love who would let itself be measured*
-William Shakespear-

*Time is the only capital of people only have their intelligence for a fortune*
-Honoré de Balzac-

*We often meet our destiny by the paths we chose to avoid her*
-Jean de La Fontaine-

* what we call "bad consciousness" is in fact the good consciousness. It is virtue that puts up with u to accuse u.*
-Theodor Fontane-

I'll stop there but plze bear in mind that i have translated these from French to English so don't sue me for getting some words wrong, the meaning stays the same.

 Answer by taragl on 12.15.99 3:16 PM
This quote always makes me smile:

"Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside."
--Mark Twain

 Answer by heyteach on 12.15.99 6:20 PM
When you hear from an old friend you can bet they have a network marketing opportunity just for you.

The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going.

The one who makes no mistakes does none of the work.

 Answer by sham24 on 12.16.99 3:28 AM
"Go not where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail". George Bernard Shaw

 Answer by JOKER on 12.17.99 9:00 PM
"Do not worry about growing old....lot's of people never have that priviledge.."

"as Oliver Copperfield remarked to David Twist in 'A tale of Two Nicklebys' by Monica Dickens: "If things dont alter.They'll stay as they are"...." (me)

 Answer by brigit on 12.18.99 2:38 AM
"Beware of the man whose God is in the skies." - George Bernard Shaw

"One should always be in love. That is why one should never marry." - Oscar Wilde

"Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo." - H.G. Wells

 Answer by Chase on 12.21.99 2:32 PM
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed."

Theodore Roosevelt

 Answer by P.James on 1.1.00 7:12 AM
"The Old Lie:Dulce Et Decorum Est, Pro Patria Mori" Wilfred Owen
I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet.
Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
"If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done ask a woman" Margaret Thatcher
Curses like crows fly home to roost.
"Don't learn the tricks of the trade - learn the trade." James Charlton
"Develop your eccentricities while you are young. That way when you grow old people won't think you are going gaga." David Ogilvy

 Answer by cyndy10 on 1.19.00 2:14 AM
My favorite:
The slowness of genius is hard to bear, but the slowness of incompetence is unbearable!

 Answer by LANA9 on 1.25.00 7:14 AM
"Never let the sun set on an arguement" in relation to mates, SO's or even friends from my Great Grandmother.

 Answer by Minga on 1.25.00 10:38 AM
If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it was meant to be. If not, hunt it down and kill it. (OKAY.. Tongue in Cheek)

 Answer by 3moons on 1.26.00 7:20 AM
My great-grandmother used to say,"when you look for a man you look for the same traits you would want in a good dog- you want one that can stay in his own yard without being tied to the porch." Now that I'm a lot older, I understand and agree.

 Answer by Dewey on 1.26.00 12:45 PM
My mother always told me: "You can't build happiness on someone else's tears." So true.

 Answer by vamp on 1.26.00 3:36 PM
just because a man carries a bible, it doesn't mean he's honest.
and one that my aunt told me (at first i thought she was nuts when she said this but she was right) " never let a man come between you and your friends or you and family because your friends and family were there before him and they will be there after him."

 Answer by LLDY on 1.26.00 5:14 PM
When the snow is up to your knees, about the only thing to be thankful for is that you're not eight feet tall.
-Doug Larson, United Features Syndicate
(Very appropriate for some of our east coast friends.)

History is the memory of a nation.
-Thomas Sowell

 Answer by khr on 1.27.00 12:14 PM
Keep smiling, it makes people wonder what you're up to.

 Answer by pmace on 1.30.00 10:52 AM
You have found my weakness. I am a quote-aholic. They get me through the day and motivate me to go into work with a belly full of fire every day. Hope you find some of them helpful.

"In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a
lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad

- Douglas Adams, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'

"Carpe diem, quam minimum credula a postero. Sieze the day, and
put the least possible trust in tomorrow."

- Horace

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you
could; some blunders and absurdities have 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

"When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait
until he has struck before you crush him."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

"...if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not
too costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to
fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance
for survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to
fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to
perish than to live as slaves."

- Winston Churchill

"The important thing is not to stop questioning."

-Albert Einstein

"Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when
you come back to your work your judgement will be surer since to
remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of
judgement. Go some distance away because then the work appears
smaller, and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack
of harmony or portion is more readily seen."

- Leonardo da Vinci

"Necessity is not an established fact but an interpretation."

- Nietzsche

"Intelligence makes clear to us the interrelation of means and ends. But mere thinking cannot give us a sense of the ultimate and fundamental ends. Objective knowledge provides us with powerful instruments for the achievements of certain ends, but
the ultimate goal itself and the longing to reach it must come
from another source."

- Albert Einstein

"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure."

- Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious
triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank
with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer
much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows
not victory nor defeat."

- Theodore Roosevelt

"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

"Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain."
- William Jennings Bryan

"Quantum mechanics is very impressive. But an inner voice tells me that it is not yet the real thing. The theory yields a lot, but it hardly brings us any closer to the secret of the Old
One. In any case I am convinced that He doesn't play dice."

- Albert Einstein

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though
nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."

- Albert Einstein

"Most people never run far enough on their first wind, to find out if they've got a second. Give your dreams all you've got, and you'll be amazed at the energy that comes out of you."

- William James

"Now the trumpet summons us again - not as a call to bear arms,
though arms we need - not as a call to battle, though embattled
we are - but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight
struggle year in and year out, 'rejoicing in hope, patient in
tribulation' - a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself."

- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"The first requisite for success is the ability to apply your
physical and mental energies to one problem incessantly without
growing weary."

- Thomas A. Edison

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying."

- Woody Allen

"If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope
will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen."

- Joe DiMaggio

 Answer by benmax on 1.30.00 1:46 PM

Two things that I have lived by my whole life:

"If I could be anybody I wanted to be, I would still be me. That way I wouldn't have to buy new clothes." ---Jim on "Taxi"

"If wicked tongues insult and hate you all because of me, blessed are you." --The Last Beattitude

 Answer by lizcl on 2.1.00 1:33 PM
In swahili, there is a proverb that says,
"Vunja mifupa bado meno iko" which directly translated means, break bones while you still have your teeth. It means you have to do what you need to do, while you still have the ability to. The English equivalent in meaning of this, is "Make hay while the sun shines."

 Answer by Boobie on 2.1.00 5:08 PM
Don't let too much of yesterday take up your time today.

 Answer by Bethie20 on 2.2.00 11:58 PM
"If you love something, set if free. If it comes back to you, it is yours. If it doesn't, it never was."

 Answer by Ingrid on 2.6.00 11:31 AM
He who desires but acts not breeds pestilence.
If the fool would persist in his folly, he would become wise.

A man who never alters his opinion is like standing water, & breeds reptiles of the mind.

 Answer by swmpktty on 2.9.00 6:22 PM
You people have stood in my way long enough. I'm going to clown school.


 Answer by hippie on 2.12.00 12:34 AM
Many people will walk in and out of you life, but only true friends will
leave footprints in you heart."

Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be amused.

"Those are my principles. If you don't like them I have others."

-Groucho Marx, 1890-1977

 Answer by Minga on 2.14.00 1:14 PM
I'm hiding in Honduras; I'm a desparate man. Send Lawers, guns and money; the shit has hit the fan. (Warren Zevon)

 Answer by jennb on 2.16.00 11:03 AM
1. I once read a quotation of something Mother Teresa said that went something like this: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

2. When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She replied, "Go home and love your family."

3. "I looked on child rearing not only as work and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it." Rose Kennedy

4. "This too shall pass."

5. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and and with all your soul and and with all your strength; and, Love your neighbor as yourself."

 Answer by jennb on 2.16.00 11:05 AM
1. I once read a quotation of something Mother Teresa said that went something like this: "If you judge people, you have no time to love them."

2. When Mother Teresa received her Nobel Prize, she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She replied, "Go home and love your family."

3. "I looked on child rearing not only as work and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it." Rose Kennedy

4. "This too shall pass."

5. "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and and with all your soul and and with all your strength; and, Love your neighbor as yourself." Luke 10:27

6. "If 'ifs' and 'buts' were candy and nuts, we'd all have a merry Christmas!"

 Answer by JanFla on 2.16.00 1:02 PM
My Grandmother had one and I use it all the time.
"You can catch more flies with honey than you can with vinegar".
In other words, if you are nice to others that chances are better that they will be nice to you also.

 Answer by Corax on 2.16.00 4:52 PM
"In the end we will remember, not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

 Answer by chelsea1 on 2.16.00 5:16 PM
The prez of Harley Davidson said: "If you empower morons, you'll get bad decisions quicker."

 Answer by chelsea1 on 2.16.00 5:18 PM
Elwood P. Dowd in the movie "Harvey" had the most quotable quote ever: "I fought against reality for 35 years, and I finally won."

 Answer by ECU on 2.16.00 9:20 PM
Come grow old along with me, the best of life is yet to be.I don't think so. Not with all my aches and pains.

 Answer by Kilnamar on 2.17.00 12:51 PM
"Fools mock, but they shall mourn."
(somewhere in the Bible)

"To those who have insulted me, forgotten me, hurt me, dismissed me, underestimated me, used me, I say: Remember me when I'm famous."

 Answer by sjscorp9 on 2.17.00 7:45 PM
"Time is the best teacher--unfortunately, it kills all of its students"
"Enchew Obfuscation!"
"i souport publik educashon"
"Laugh alone, and the world thinks you are an idiot"
"I best thing in life is to be involved in something greater than you are"

 Answer by stareyes on 2.17.00 9:49 PM
'Speak clearly, if you speak at all / Carve every word before you let it fall.'

--Oliver Wendell Holmes

 Answer by Squidd on 2.18.00 12:23 AM
I have kept a book of Quotable Quotes for the past three years. These are all things that I heard people say as I went through my day-to-day life. It's your call as to whether they are words of wisdom or words of something else all together.

"At least you're not, like, a penis-licking, butt-smacking parrot. That would really suck."

"Well, that's c'est la vie. Water over the bridge."

"According to Plato, there is an Ideal Desk."

"If I had a goat, I'd eat it."

 Answer by CR612 on 2.18.00 12:28 AM
We always think that our first love is our last and our last love is our first.

 Answer by Poolboy on 2.18.00 12:42 AM
Mind Like A Steel Trap - Rusty And Illegal In 37 States.

When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.

Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm

I intend to live forever - so far, so good.

Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of.

Support bacteria - they're the only culture some people have

 Answer by Reanna74 on 2.18.00 3:02 PM
Trust in love can either break your spirit or set you free, but you don't really live if you never try it.

 Answer by havaclue on 2.20.00 12:40 AM

*Never do your deep fat frying in the nude* my Mama

 Answer by norris on 2.20.00 1:09 AM
"An inventor is a man who asks, 'Why?' of the universe and lets nothing stand between the answer and his mind." -- Ayn Rand

The day we stop asking "why" is the day life loses its meaning.

 Answer by spudman on 2.21.00 8:24 PM
When I was about twelve my grandfather told me something that didn't sink in at the time, but it still rings true today. Believe half of what you see and nothing of what you hear.

 Answer by SarahJM on 2.21.00 10:09 PM
An ounce of prevention
is worth a pound of cure

Words to live by :)

 Answer by Swords on 2.22.00 11:42 PM
I have collected quotes from various sources for about 18 years or so. I have several hundred of them on my homepage. Please feel free to read through the 3 pages of quotes I have at:

But here are a few for you:

The friends thou hast, and their adoptions tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel.
- William Shakespeare (Hamlet)

A man's own good breeding is his best security against other people's ill manners.
- Lord Chesterfield (Letters to his Son)

The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the optimist fears this is true.
- James Branch Cabell 1879-1958

Good painters imitate nature, bad ones spew it up.
- Miguel De Cervantes 1547-1616

It is the province of knowledge to speak and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes 1809-1894

 Answer by Iwonder on 2.23.00 11:17 AM
"The memories of a man in his old age are the deeds of a man in his prime" Pink Floyd

 Answer by kestral on 2.24.00 6:54 PM
Life's a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death. -- Auntie Mame (Patrick Dennis)

 Answer by solana on 2.25.00 7:26 AM
Keep your nose out of other peoples business.
If you are not asked, directly and expressly for your help and/or input... stay out of it. you do not by any means know what is going on in anothers life. keep your peace, and withold judgement, because you just don't know.

 Answer by ginnyre on 2.26.00 7:09 PM
Some of my favorites:

Wisdom comes from experience, experience comes from mistakes.

From H. L. Mencken, don't remember the exact quote but it goes something like this:
For every problem there is a solution which is immediate and simple, and wrong.

If it's not yours, leave it alone.

Love your enemy, do good to them that persecute you, for in so doing you shall heap coals of fire upon their heads. (The latter half of this bible verse is usually not quoted, but I *like* it.)

One of my favorites, which I use more and more as I get older:
Not my problem!

Someone else above alluded to this:
This above all, to thine own self be true, and shall follow as the night the day that thou canst not then be false to any man. (Polonius, in Hamlet - Shakespear) Not sure it's true, but it sounds good.

If you always tell the truth, you don't have to remember what you said.

 Answer by fly20 on 2.28.00 4:40 PM
I love quotes.

Seek out wisdom and understanding as if searching for hidden treasure, for they are more valuable than gold. --Proverbs

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. --Carl Jung

The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and that alone. --Martina Navratilova

If you truly want to understand something, try to change it. --Kurt Lewin

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing. It's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it. --Margaret Thatcher

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off the goal. --E. Joseph Cossman

You will achieve success in the area you aim for, by identifying the optimum strategies, and repeating them until they become habits. --7 Habits of Highly effective people

Perseverance isn't a long race. It's many short races after another. -- Walter Elliot

Happiness depends more on the way we meet events than on the nature of those events themselves.

Attitude is the only true handicap.

One sure thing that will keep a man forever ignorant and confused, is condemnation before investigation.

The best thinking has been done in solitude. --Thomas Edison

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you're still a rat. --Lily Tomlin

Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. --Charles Dickens

I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. --Henry David Thoreau

Let there be spaces in your togetherness. --Kahlil Gibran

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes. --Frank Lloyd Wright

Use the talents you have: The woods would be silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. --Henry Van Dyke

He who receives a good turn should never forget it, he who does one should never remember it.

An optimist sees opportunity in every calamity. A pessimist sees calamity in every opportunity.

Growing up, you dream of being liked and successful. You want to scale that pinnacle. But nothing outside yourself can make you feel whole. Not fame, not sex, not money, not drugs. Nothing can fill you up. And believe me-- 'cause I've tried them all. --Boy George

Every right implies a responsibility. Every opportunity, an obligation. Every possesion, a duty. --John D. Rockefeller Jr.

Those who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing. --Hindu Proverb

A good friendship is often more important than a passionate romance. --Fortune cookie

Making something of yourself and getting to the top: The more people you try to take along with you, the faster you'll get there and the longer you'll stay there. --James Autry

Opinion is that exercise of human will which helps us to make a decision without information. --John Erskine

Everyone gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. --Gertrude Stein

The best teacher, until one comes to adult pupils, is not the one who knows most, but the one who is the most capable of reducting knowledge to that simple compound of the obvious and the wonderful which slips into the infantile comprehension...The best teacher of children, in brief, is one who is essentially childlike. --H.L. Mencken

Being ignorant is not as bad as being unwilling to learn.

The great majority of everyday opinions and converstation, as well as popular entertainment, shows a miraculous opposition to the wisdom you'll reap in reading and learning from past great minds. --Fly20

 Answer by obbop on 2.28.00 8:35 PM
When in danger or in doubt
Run in circles scream and shout

 Answer by JC99 on 3.1.00 4:50 PM
Life is a comedy to those who think, a tragedy to those who feel

 Answer by gwen on 3.4.00 4:19 PM
"he makes no friend who never made a foe"
Lord Tennyson
"but he who dares not grasp the rose should never crave the rose"
Anne Bronte
"some books are undeservedly forgotten. none are undeservedly remembered"
"my dear one is mine as mirrors are lonly"
"a professor is someone who talks in someone else's sleep"
W.H Auden

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