Quotations Galore! -- Life and Success

"There is no accounting for tastes, as the woman said when someone told her her son was wanted by the police."
-Franklin Pierce Adams (F.P.A.), american journalist (1881-1960)

"Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air."
-John Quincy Adams, U.S. President (1767-1848)

"I cannot afford to waste my time making money."
-Louis Agassiz, Swiss-born American naturalist (1807-1873)

"A man can do all things if he but wills them."
-Leon Battista Alberti, Italian architect (1404-1472)

"He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life."
-General Henri Frédérid Amiel, Swiss educator and philosopher (1821-1881)

"Death was afraid of him because he had the heart of a lion."
-Arab proverb

"Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions."
-Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

"Habit, if not resisted, soon becomes necessity."
-Saint Augustine, North African-bron church father (354-430)

"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of."
-Jane Austen, British author (1775-1817)

"I was prettily devised of Aesop, "The fly sat on the axle tree of the chariot wheel and said, 'What dust do I raise!'"
-Francis Bacon, English statesman, philosopher, and essayist (1561-1626)

"Inspiration comes of working every day."
-Charles Pierre Baudelaire, French poet (1821-1867)

"What is work and what is not work are questions that perplex the wisest of men."
-The Bhagavad-Gita, Hindu holy book

"I have discovered that we may be in some degree whatever character we choose. Besides, practice forms a man to anything."
-James Boswell, Scottish biographer (1740-1795)

"Nobody speaks the truth when there's something they must have."
-Elizabeth Bowen, Irish-born British author (1899-1973)

"I am ready any time. Do not keep me waiting."
-John Brown, American abolitionist (1800-1859), on the scaffold

"Every action we take, everything we do, is either a victory or defeat in the struggle to become what we want to be."
-Anne Byrhhe, Norwegian family counselor (1906-1981)

"On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined; No sleep till morn when youth and Pleasure meet To chase the glowing Hours with flying feet."
-Lord Byron (George Gordon), British poet (1788-1824)

"Ready money is Aladdin's lamp."
-Lord Byron (George Gordon), British poet (1788-1824)

"Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish."
-Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian artist (1475-1564)

"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
-Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian artist (1475-1564)

"It is the first of all problems for a man to find out what kind of work he is to do in this universe."
-Thomas Carlyle, Scottish author (1795-1881)

"Our works are the mirror wherein the spirit first sees its natural lineaments. Hence, too, the folly of that impossible precept, Know theyself; till it be translated into this partially possible one, know what thou canst work at."
-Thomas Carlyle, Scottish author (1795-1881)

"Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle."
-Lewis Carroll (Charles L. Dodgson), British mathematician and author (1832-1898)

"It is necessary to try to surpass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life."
-Christina, Swedish queen (1626-1689)

"Never give in,
never give in
never, never, never, never
in nothing great or small,
large or petty--
never give in."
-Winston Churchill, British statesman (1874-1965)

"A man is a worker. If he is not, then he is nothing."
-Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British author (1857-1924)

"Facing it, always facing it, that's the way to get through. Face it."
-Joseph Conrad, Polish-born British author (1857-1924)

"Know thyself."
-Delphi temple inscription

"You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit."
-Demosthenes, Greek Orator (385?-322 B.C.)

"The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action."
-John Dewey, American educator and philosopher (1859-1952)

"Anything for the quiet life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse."
-Charles Dickens, British author (1812-1870)

"We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise.
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies."
-Emily Dickinson, American poet (1830-1886)

"All heiresses are beautiful."
-John Cryden, English author (1631-1700)

"Infatuated, half through conceit, half through love of my art, I achieve the impossible working as no one else ever works."
-Alexandre Dumas, French Author (1824-1895)

"Courage is the price life exacts for granting peace."
-Amelia Earhart, American aviator (1897-1937?)

"Whatsoever they hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, or device, not knowledge, nor wisdowm, in the grave whither thou goest."

"I never did anmything worth doing by accident; nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."
-Thomas Alva Edison, American inventor (1847-1931)

"Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living."
-Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist (1879-1955)

"The ideals that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me nw courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth."
-Albert Einstein, German-born American physicist (1879-1955)

"People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson,Amrican author (1803-1882)

"What a new face courage puts on everything!"
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author (1803-1882)

"The never-ending task of self improvement..."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author (1803-1882)

"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author (1803-1882)

"As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author (1803-1882)

"There is one thing alone that stands the brunt of life throughout its length: a quiet conscience."
-Euripides, Greek dramatist (480?-406 B.C.)

"The undertaking of a new action brings new strength."
-Evenius, Roman writher (42 B.C.-A.C. 13)

"How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become--to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being."
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, French aviator and author (1900-1944)

"Others have done it before me. I can, too."
-Corporal John Faunce, letter to his family, World War II

"There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objefction, namely, that it is not true."
-Henry Fielding, British author (1707-1754)

"We read on the foreheads of those who are surrounded by a foolish luxury, that Fortune sells what she is thought to give."
-Jean de La Fontaine, French poet and fabulist (1621-1695)

"There is a form of eminence which does not depend on fate; it is an air which sets us apart and seems to prtend great things; it is the value which we unconsciously attach to ourselves; it is the quality which wins us deference of others; more than birth, position, or ability, it gives us ascendance."
-François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, French author (1613-1680)

"We distinguish the excellent man from the common man by saying that the former is the one who makes great demands on himself, and the latter who makes no demands on himself."
-José Ortega y Gasset, Spanish philosopher, author, and politician (1883-1955)

"We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. There must be contests, and we must win."
-Edward Gibbon, British historian (1737-1794)

"Know theyself. A maxim as pernicious as it is ugly. Whoever studies himself arrests his own development. A caterpillar who seeks to know himself would never become a butterfly."
-André Gide, French author (1869-1951)

"Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German Author (1749-1832)

"The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German author (1749-1832)

"Deny yourself! You must deny yourself! That is the song that never ends."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German author (1749-1832)

"We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German author (1749-1832)

"When work is a pleasure, life is a joy! When work is duty, life is slavery."
-Maxim Gorky, Russian Author (1868-1936)

"It is enough that we set out to mold the motley stuff of life into some form of our own choosing; when we do, the performance is itself the wage."
-Learned Hand, American jurist (1872-1961)

"To will is to select a goal, to determine a course of action that will bring one to that goal, and then hold to that action till the goal is reached. The key is action."
-Michael Hanson, American mathematician (1863-1908)

"The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly."
-Corra Harris, American writher (1869-1935)

"Labor is the curse of the world, and nobody can meddle with it without becomeing proportionately brutified."
-Nathaniel Hawthorne, Amerian author (1804-1864)

"Grace is the absence of everything that indicates pain or difficulty, hesitation or incongruity."
-William Hazlitt, British essayist (1778-1830)

"The world judge of men by their ability in their professions, and we judge of ourselves by the same test; for it is on that on which our success in life depends."
-William Hazlitt, British essayist (1778-1830)

"With all humility, I think, 'Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might' infinitely more important than the vain attempt to love one's neighbor as one's self. If you want to hit a bird on the wing, you must have all your will in focus, you must not be thinking about yourself, and equally, you must not be living in your eye on that bird. Every achievement is a bird on the wing."
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., American jurist (1841-1935)

"I detest the man who hides one thing in the depth of his heart and speaks forth another."
-Homer, Greek poet (c. 850? B.C.)

"Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this."
-Homer, Greek poet (c. 850? B.C.)

"Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself."
-Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Roman poet (65-8 B.C.)

"Does he counsel you better who bids you, 'Money, by right means, if you can; but by any means, make money'?"
-Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Roman poet (65-8 B.C.)

"I must tell you I take terrible risks. Because my playing is very clear, when I make a mistake you hear it. If you want me to play only the ntoes without any specific dynamics, I will never make one mistake. Never be afraid to dare."
-Vladimir Horowitz, Russion-born American pianist (1904-1989)

"There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life."
-Thomas Henry Huxley, British zoologist (1825-1895)

"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson he learns thoroughly."
-Thomas Henry Huxley, British zoologist (1825-1895)

"The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying."
-Thomas Henry Huxley, British zoologist (1825-1895)

"The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioning our characters in the wrong way."
-William James, American psychologist and philospher (1842-1910)

"We must make automatic and habitual, as early as possible, as many useful actions as we can... in the acquisition of a new habit, we must take care to launch ourselves with as strong and decided initiative as possible... Nevr suffer an eception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life."
-William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)

"Do every day or two something for no other reason than you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test."
-William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)

"I am often confronted by the necessity of standing by one of my empirical selves and relinquishing the rest. Not that I would not, if I could, be... a grat athlete and make amillion a year, be a wit, a bon-vivant and a lady killer, as well as a philosopher, a philanthropist... and saint. But the thing is simply impossible. The millionaire's work would run counter to the sain'ts; the bon-vivant and the philanthropist would trip each other up; the philosopher and the lady killer could not well keep house in the same tenement of clay. Such different characters may conceivably, at the outset of life, be alike possible for a man. But to make any one of them actual, the rest must more or less be suppressed. So the seeker of his truest, strongest, deepest self must review the list carefully and pick out one on which to stake his salvation. All other selves thereupon become unreal, but the fortunes of this self are real. Its failures are real failures, its triumphs real triumphs carrying shame and gladness with them."
-William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)

"I have often thought the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: 'This is the real me!'"
-William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)

"Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."
-William James, American psychologist and philosopher (1842-1910)

"Don't spend your money till you have it."
-Thomas Jefferson, U.S. president (1743-1826)

"For who is pleased with himself?"
-Samuel Johnson, British Author and lexicographer (1709-1784)

"Prudence operates on life in the same manner as rules of compositon; it produces vigilance rather than elevation ; rather prevents loss than procures advantage; and often miscarriages, but seldom reaches either power or honor."
-Samuel Johnson, British author and lexicographer (1709-1784)

"The supreme end of education is expert discernment in all things-- the power to tell the good from the bad, the genuine from the counterfeit, and to prefer the good and the genuine to the bad and the counterfeit."
-Samuel Johnson, British author and lexicographer (1709-1784)

"The love of money grows as the money itself grows."
-Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis), Roman satirist (60?-140?)

"By a lie, a man... annihilates his dignity as a man."
-Immanuel Kant, German philosopher (1724-1804)

"Life is unfair."
-John F. Kennedy, U.S. President (1917-1963)

"During the first period of a man's life, the danger is not to take risk."
-Soren Kierkegaard, Danish Philosopher (1813-1855)

"In my last two years in high school, my face was pocked with pimples, I stammered when I spoke; if I made a mistake, I blushed furiously, and when nervous, as I was in the company of girls, I perspired freely."
-Joseph L-----, successful trial lawyer

"Riches are chiefly good because they give us time."
-Charles Lamb, British essayist (1775-1832)

"Only two kids enjoy high school. One is captain of the football team, and the other is his girl friend."
-Letter to Ann Landers

"Play the man, Mastre Ridley; we shall this day light such a cndle, by God's grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out."
-Hugh Latimer, English prelate and religious reformer (1485-1555) to his colleague, Nicholas Ridley, while being burned at the stake for heresy, Oxford, October 16, 1555

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion."
-Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president (1809-1865)

"After spending some money in his sleep, Hermon the Miser was so infuriated that he hanged himself."
-Gaius Lucilius, Roman satirist (180-103? B.C.)

"He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth."
-John Lundberg, American political writer (1885-1962)

"So our Lord God commonly gave riches to those gross asses to whom he vouchsafed nothing else."
-Martin Luther, German Protestant religious reformer (1483-1546)

"Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinion of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth."
-Katherine Mansfield, New Zealand-born British Author (1888-1923)

"I want, by understanding myself, to understand others. I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.... This all sounds very strenuous and serious. But now that I have wrestled with it, it's no longer so. I feel happy-- deep down. All is well."
-Katherine Mansfield, New-Zealand-born British Author (1888-1923)

"They talk of the dignity of work. The dignity is in leisure."
-Herman Melville, American author (1819-1891)

"I go on working for the same reason that a hen goes on laying eggs. There is in every living creature an obscure but powerful impulse to active functioning. Life demands to be lived. Inaction, save as a measure of recuperation between bursts of activity, is painful and dangerous to the healthy organism-- in fact, it is almost impossible. Only the dying can be really idle."
-Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken, American author (1880-1956)

"Lying is not only excusable; it is not only innocent; it is, above all, necessary and unavoidable. Without the ameliorations that it offers, life would become a mere syllogism and hence too metallic to be borne."
-Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken, American author (1880-1956)

"The precise form of an individual's activity is determined, of course, by the equipment with which he came into the world. In other words, it is determined by his heredity."
-Henry Louis (H.L.) Mencken, American author (1880-1956)

"The most valuable of all human possessions, next to a superior and disdainful air, is the reputation of being well-to-do."
-Henry Louis (H.L.) Menchen, American author (1880-1956)

"Shun security."
-Thales of Miletos, Greek philospher and mathematician (640?-546 B.C.)

"The duty of man is the same in respect to his own nature as in respect to the nature of all other things, namely not to follow it but to amend it."
-John Stuart Mill, British economist and philosopher (1806-1873)

"My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night; But, ah, my foes, and, oh, my friends-- It gives a lovely light."
-Edna St. Vincent Millay, American poet (1892-1950)

"Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will."
-Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

"I speak truth, not as much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little the more as I grow older."
-Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

"In plain truth, lying is an accursed vice. We are not men, nor have any other tie upon another, but byour word."
-Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

"I do myself a greater injury in lying that I do him of whom I tell a lie."
-Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

"On his mounting the scaffold to be beheaded: 'I pray you, Master Lieutenant, see me safely up, and for my coming down, let me shift for myself.' To the executioner: 'Pick up thy spirits, Man, and be not afraid to do thyne office; my neck is very short; take heed, therefore thou strike not awry, for saving of thyne honesty.'"
-Saint (Sir) Thomas More,English statesman and author (1478-1535)

"The only thing I like about rich people is their money."
-Nancy, Lady Astor, American-born British politician (1879-1964)

"It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
-Jesus of Nazareth

"What doth it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?"
-Jesus of Nazareth

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
-Jesus of Nazareth

"It is always the definition of a gentleman to say that he is one who never inflicts pain."
-Cardinal John Henry Newman, British prelate and theologian (1801-1890)

"To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often."
-Cardinal John Henry Newman, British prelate and theologian (1801-1890)

"At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no etraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time."
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

"What doesn't kill me only makes me stronger."
-Friendrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, German philospher (1844-1900)

"One may sometimes tell a lie, but the grimace that accompanies it tells the truth."
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

"And if your friend does evil to you, say to him, 'I forgive you for what you did to me, but how can I forgive you for what you did for yourself?'"
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

"Believe me! The secret of reaping the gratest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!"
-Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, German philosopher (1844-1900)

"I am a writer because writing is the thing I do best."
-Flannery O'Connor, American Author (1925-1964)

"Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships, the poor man everywhere lies low."
-Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Roman poet (43 B.C.-A.D. 18)

"Who is not satisfied with himself will grow; who is not so sure of his own correctness will learn many things."
-Palestinian maxim

"Let us do our duty in our shop or in our kitchen, in the market, the street, the office, the school, the home, just as faithfully as if we stood in the front rank of some great battle, and knew that victory for mankind depends on our bravery, strength, and skill. When we do that, the humblest of us will be serving in that great army which achieves the welfare of the world."
-Theodore Parker, American clergyman (1810-1860)

"One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better."
-Blaise Pascal, French philosopher and mathematician (1623-1662)

"If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened."
-General George S. Patton, American general (1885-1945)

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."
-General George S. Patton, American general (1885-1945)

"I went out to Charing Cross to see Major General Harrison hanged, drawn, and quartered; which was done there, he looking as cheerful as any man could in that condition."
-Samuel Pepys, English diarist (1633-1703)

"But it is a pretty thing to see what money will do!"
-Samuel Pepys, English diarist (1633-1703)

"I realized the problem was me and nobody could change me except myself."
-John Petworth, British essayist (1835-1904)

"Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty."
-Plato, Greek philosopher (427?-347 B.C.)

"The day, water, sun, moon, and night-- I do not have to purchase these things with money."
-Titus Maccius Plautus, Roman playwright (254?-184 B.C.)

"Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not find yourself beautiful yet, at as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown upon his work. So do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labor to make all one glow of beauty and never cease chiseling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendor of virtue, until you see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine."
-Plotinus, Egyptian-born Roman philosopher (205?-270)

"Courage stands halfway between cowardice and rashness, one of which is a lack, the other an excess of courage."
-Plutarch, Greek biographer and philosopher (46?-120?)

"Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuite of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit."
-Marcel Proust, French author (1871-1922)

"I have know many who could not when they would, for they had not done it when they could."
-François Rabelais, French author (1494?-1553)

"She knw how to trust people... a rare quality revealing a character far above average."
-Cardinal Jean François de Retz, French Politician and man of letters (1614-1679)

"A man never describes his own character so clearly as when he describes another."
-Jean Paul Richter, German satirist (1763-1825)

"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared."
-Edward Vernon (Eddie) Rickenbackr, American aviator and businessman (1890-1945)

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'"
-Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat, author, First Lady (1884-1962)

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
-Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat, author, First Lady (1884-1962)

"I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him."
-Eleanor Roosevelt, American diplomat, author, First Lady (1884-1962)

"Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness."
-John Ruskin, British author and critic (1819-1900)

"Anything you're good at contributes to happiness."
-Bertrand Russell, British philosopher (1872-1970)


"Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliance than justice."
-Miguel de Cervantes Saavadra, Spanish author (1547-1616)

"The will of a man is his happiness."
-Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, playwright, and historian (1759-1805)

"Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax."
-Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)

"It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character."
-Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860)

"Danger and delight grow on one stalk."
-Scottish proverb

"If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail."
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman Author (4 B.C.-A.D 65)

"Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power."
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman author (4 B.C.-A.D. 65)

"Many a man has found the acquisition of wealth only a chane, not an end, of miseries."
-Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Roman author (4 B.C.-A.D. 65)

" Folks may say you're different, that you have gone and lost your senses, but the world is your to walk-in, go ahead and leap the fences."
- Sesame Street

"How use doth breed a habit in man!"
-William Shakespeare, English dramatist (1564-1616)

"Leisure may be defined as free activity, labor as compulsory activity. Leisure does what it likes, labor does what it must, the complulsion being that of Nature, which in these latitudes leaves men no choice between labor and starvation."
-George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born British playwright (1856-1950)

"Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honor, generosity, and beauty as conspicuously as the want of it represents illness, weakness, disgrace, meanness, and ugliness."
-George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born British playwright (1856-1950)

"I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it into existence or clearing the way for it."
-George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born British playwright (1856-1950)

"There is nothing that can be changed more completely than human nature when the job is taken in hand early enough."
-George Bernard Shaw, Irish-born British playwright (1856-1950)

"A man generally has the good or ill qualities he attributes to mankind."
-William Shenstone, British poet (1714-1763)

"I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of dangr, and a mental willingness to endure it."
-General William Tecumseh Serman, American Union general (1820-1891)

"I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year."
-Becky Sharp, character in the novel Vanity Fair, by William Makepace Thackeray, British author (1811-1863)

"It is energy-- the central element of which is will--that produces the miracle that is enthusiasm in all ages. Everywhere it is what is called force of character and the sustaining power of all great action."
-Samuel Smiles, Scottish author (1812-1904)

"With the great part of rich people, the chief employment of riches consists in the parade of riches."
-Adam Smith, Scottish political economist and philospher (1723-1790)

"There are few sorrows, however poignant, in which a good income is to no avail."
-Logan Pearsall Smith, American essayist (1865-1947)

"The test of a vocation is the love of the drudgery it involves."
-Logan Pearsall Smith, American essayist (1865-1946)

"Whome do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day... Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as in humanly possible to be... those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober-minded men."
-Socrates, Greek philosopher (470?-499 B.C.)

"How man are the things I can do without!"
-Socrates, Greek philosopher (470?-399 B.C.)

"A light supper, a good night's sleep, and a fine morning have sometimes made a hero of the same man who, by an indigestion, a restless night, and a rainy morning would have proved a coward."
Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chestrfield, English statesman and author (1694-1773)

"Few men are of one plain, decided color; most are mixed, shaded or blended; and vary as much from different situations, as changeable silks do from different lights."
-Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, English statesman and author (1694-1773)

"Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other... to try the manners of different nations; to hear the chimes at midnight; to see the sunrise in town and country; to be converted at a revival; to circumnavigate the metaphysics, write halting verses, run a mile to see a fire, and wait all day long in the theatre to applaud Hernani."
-Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottis Author (1850-1894)

"The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."
-Pubilus Cornelius Tacitus, Roman historial and orator (55?-120?)

"Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and it will succeed."
-William Makepeace Thackeray, British author (1811-1863)

"The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face."
-William Makepeace Thackery, British author (1811-1863)

"I know myself as a human entity; the scene, so to speak, of thoughts and affections; and am sensible of certain doubleness by which I can stand as remote from myself as from another. However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is not part of me, but spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you."
-Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher (1817-1862)

"As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it doesnot agree with my constitution."
-Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher (1817-1862)

"I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor."
-Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher (1817-1862)

"If one advances confidently in the dirction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life he imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
-Henry David Thoreau, American Philosopher (1817-1862)

"It is a great art to saunter."
-Henry David Thoreau, American Philosopher (1817-1862)

"Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured and far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple tree or an oak."
-Henry David Thoreau, American philosopher (1817-1862)

"And above all things, never think that you're not good enough yourself. A man should never think that. My belief is that in life people will take you at your own reckoning."
-Anthony Troilope, American Philosopher (1817-1862)

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."
-Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), American humorist (1835-1910)

"What do we call love, hate, charity, revenge, humanity, forgiveness? Different results of the master impulse, the necessity of securing one's self-approval."
-Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), American humorist (1835-1910)

"If he [Tom Sawyer] had been a great and wise philosopher, like the writer of this book, he would now have comprehended that Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do."
-Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens), American humorist (1835-1910)

"In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth."
-Thorsten Veblen, American economist (1857-1929)

"You have endured worse things; God will grant an end even to these."
-Virgil (Pubilus Vergilius Maro), Roman poet (70-19 B.C.)

"Go on and increase in valor, O Boy, this is the path to immortality."
-Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman poet (70-19 B.C.)

"They can becaue they think they can."
-Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro), Roman poet (70-19 B.C.)

"What's the point of having money if nobody knows it!"-Well-dressed woman in a Cadillac showroom

"Cheerfulness in most cheerful people is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline."
-Edwin Percy Whipple, American essayist (1819-1886)

"We could hardly wait to get up in the morning!"
-Wilbur Wright and Orville Wright, American inventors (1867-1912; 1871-1948)
"One chops the wood, the other does the grunting."
-Yiddish proverb

"A half truth is a whole lie."
-Yiddish proverb

"He who marries for money earns it."
-Yiddish proverb

"Society can exist only on the basis that there is some amount of polished lying and that no one says exactly as he thinks."
-Lin Yutang, Chinese-born American philologist (1895-1976)

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