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Inspiring Quotes & Quotations


"Morality doesn't come at the end of an equation." -Sid A. Hall, Ph.D.

"Mortality doesn't come at the end of an equation." -me

"Oklahoma: The RURAL State. Bring your water." -Sid A. Hall, Ph.D., in reference to The Robbers Cave Experiment (aka. Boys Camp Study)

"Slowly erode the options of people in a free society and they will have the illusion of freedom while becoming slaves to the machine." -Kenneth Lynn Carter, Ph.D.

"A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the perfect phrase can make a thousand pictures obsolete." -me

"You cannot change that which you are--only that which you may become." -me

"Effectiveness is the key to happiness." -me

"If I reveal my soul to you, will you only try to stop me in the end?" -me

“We do not have to visit a madhouse to find disordered minds; our planet is the mental institution of the universe.” -Johan von Goethe

“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

"The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of airline luggage.” -Mark Russel

"To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” -Stephen Hawking

"Feelings are not supposed to be logical. Dangerous is the man who has rationalized his emotions.” -David Borenstein, 28 January 2000

"Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"War does not determine who is right—only who is left.” -Bertrand Russell

"In the book of life, the answers aren’t in the back.” -Charlie Brown

"The military don’t start wars. Politicians start wars.” -William Westmoreland

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.” -Douglas Adams

"That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” -Friederich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathursa

"Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.” -anonymous

"Opportunity may knock only once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.” -anonymous

"Many an opportunity is lost because a man is out looking for four-leaf clovers.” -anonymous

"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.” -Ann Landers

"Fortune knocks once, but misfortune has much more patience.” -Laurence J. Peter

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.” -Flora Whittemore

"If you’re not living on the edge, then you’re taking up too much space.” -anonymous

"To avoid criticism, to nothing, say nothing, and be nothing." -Elbert Hubbard

"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.” -Margaret Mead

"All of us, at certain moments of our lives, need to take advice and receive help from other people.” -Alexis Carrel, Reflections on Life

"For a nation which has an almost evil reputation for bustle, bustle, bustle, and rush, rush, rush, we spend an enormous amount of time standing around in line in front of windows, just waiting.” -Robert Benchly, Benchly – or Else!

"Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America—that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.” -Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again

"He that always gives way to others will end in having no principles of his own.” -Aesop

"I argue very well. Ask any of my remaining friends. I can win an argument on any topic, against any opponent. People know this, and steer clear of me at parties. Often, as a sign of their great respect, they don't even invite me.” -Dave Barry

"Silence is one of the hardest arguments to refute.” -Josh Billings

"The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it.” -Edward W. Howe

"The fellow that agrees with everything you say is either a fool or he is getting ready to skin you.” -Kin Hubbard

"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” -Joseph Joubert

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.” -Dudley Field Malone

"He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.” -Michel de Montaigne

"There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.” -Michel de Montaigne

"You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.” -John Morley

"A man never tells you anything until you contradict him." -George Bernard Shaw

"Gods are fragile things; they may be killed by a whiff of science or a dose of common sense.” -Chapman Cohen

"Theology is never any help; it is searching in a dark cellar at midnight for a black cat that isn't there. Theologians can persuade themselves of anything.” -Robert A. Heinlein

"The beauty of religious mania is that it has the power to explain everything. Once God (or Satan) is accepted as the first cause of everything which happens in the mortal world, nothing is left to chance...logic can be happily tossed out the window.” -Stephen King

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.” -Helen Keller

"Remember how in that communion only, beholding beauty with the eye of the mind, he will be enabled to bring forth, not images of beauty, but realities (for he has hold not of an image but of a reality), and bringing forth and nourishing true virtue to become the friend of God and be immortal, if mortal man may.” Napolean Bonaparte: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." -Plato, Symposium

"By working faithfully eight hours a day, you may get to be a boss and work twelve hours a day.” -Robert Frost

"Our character is what we do when we think no one is looking.” -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"To measure the man, measure his heart.” -Malcom Stevenson Forbes

"The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do.” -John Holt

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln

"Bluntness is a virtue.” -Allison Ling

"The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” -Thomas B. Macaulay

"It’s good to shut up sometimes.” -Marcel Marceau

"When you choose your friends, don't be short-changed by choosing personality over character.” -W. Somerset Maugham

"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.” -Christopher Morley

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” -Mark Twain

"A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Experience is one thing you can’t get for nothing.” -Oscar Wilde

"You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” -Eric Hoffer

"The basis of optimism is sheer terror.” -Oscar Wilde

Hanlon's Razor
“Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” -anonymous

"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.” -Albert Einstein

"Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education.” -Bertrand Russell

"Hope is the denial of reality.” -Margaret Weis, Dragons of Winter Night

"Most people give up just when they're about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” -H. Ross Perot

"Do not go gentle into that good night.” -Dylan Thomas, "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night"

"Illegitimis non carborundum.”
Lat., “Don’t let the bastards grind you down.” -Gen. Joseph Stilwell

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers.” -anonymous

"Beware the fury of a patient man.” -John Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel, 1681

"Bush Sr. was a jerk, Quayle an idiot, Clinton was atrocious and disgusting, most of those who persecuted him were hypocritical, Gore is shallow and weak, Bradley is an idealist, Bush Jr. a fool, and all of the independent candidates act like they're on drugs.” -David Borenstein, on the politics of the 1990’s

"Fall seven times, stand up eight.” -Japanese proverb

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” -anonymous

"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.” -Richard Bach

"It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.” -Claude M. Bristol

"It is no use saying, 'We are doing our best.' You have got to succeed in doing what is necessary.” -Sir Winston Churchill

"To do two things at once is to do neither.” -Publilius Syrus

"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt

"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.” -Will Rogers

"One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.” -Thomas Fuller

"You get the best out of others when you give the best of yourself.” -Harry Firestone

"Practice is the best of all instructors.” -Publilius Syrus

"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” -Theodore Roosevelt, 1901

"He who lives in solitude may make his own laws.” -Publilius Syrus, Moral Sayings

"Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.” -anonymous

"Eighty percent of success is showing up.” -Woody Allen

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” -Maya Angelou

"They never fail who die in a great cause.” -George Gordon Byron

"The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses. Successes have many fathers, failures have none.” -Philip Caldwell

"I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.” -Bill Cosby

"The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.” -Salvador Dali

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” -Albert Einstein

"Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” -Robert Francis Kennedy

"No man succeeds without a good woman behind him. Wife or mother, if it is both, he is twice blessed indeed.” -Harold MacMillan, 1963

"It’s not enough that I should succeed—others should fail.” -David Merrick

"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” -Beverly Sills

"Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” -George E. Woodberry