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The planet’s tyrant, dotard Death, had held his gray mirror before them for a moment and shown them the image of things to come.

One always dies too soon—or too late.
life’s not a paragraph / And death i think is no parenthesis
Dawn comes slowly but dusk is rapid.
I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his pay-roll.
Pardon me for not getting up.
So few people achieve the final end. Most are caught napping.
It is the unknown we fear when we look upon death and darkness, nothing more.
To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.
Nothing is more difficult than to understand the dead, I’ve found; but nothing is more dangerous than to ignore them.
Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.
I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind—and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.
Self-trust is the first secret of success.
“Medicine seems to be all cycles,” continued Mrs. Hartshorn. “That’s the bone I pick with Sloan. Like what’s his name’s new theory of history. First we nursed our babies; then science told us not to. Now it tells us we were right in the first place. Or were we wrong then but would be right now? Reminds me of relativity, if I understand Mr. Einstein.”
My health is so often impaired that I begin to be as weary of it as mending old lace; when it is patched in one place, it breaks out in another.
“And how are you?” said Winnie-the-Pooh …. // “Not very how,” he said. “I don’t seem to have felt at all how for a long time.”
My sore throats are always worse than everyone’s.
Next to gold and jewelry, health is the most important thing you can have.
We currently have a system for taking care of sickness. We do not have a system for enhancing and promoting health.
My HMO is so expensive, they charge me for a self-breast exam. It’s a flat fee.
Human beings are divided into mind and body. The mind embraces all the nobler aspirations, like poetry and philosophy, but the body has all the fun.
Men’s bodies are the most dangerous things on earth.
If God made the body and the body is dirty, the fault lies with the manufacturer.
Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.
I think of my illness as a school, and finally I’ve graduated.
Illness sets the mind free sometimes to roam and surmise.
Back in my rummy days, I would tremble and shake for hours upon arising. It was the only exercise I got.
The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.
The mind and the heart sometimes get another chance, but if anything happens to the poor old human frame, why, it’s just out of luck, that’s all.
As in a theater and circus the statues of the king must be kept clean by him to whom they have been entrusted, so the bathing of the body is a duty of man, who was created in the image of the almighty King of the world.
I am for lifting everyone off the social bottom. In fact, I am for doing away with the social bottom altogether.
Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.
If you don’t want to work, you have to work to earn enough money so that you won’t have to work.
And blessed are the horny hands of toil.
When you’re poor, you grow up fast.
The growth of entrepreneurial classes throughout the world is an asset in the promotion of human rights and individual liberty, and it should be understood and used as such.
You don’t seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.
Work is life, you know, and without it, there’s nothing but fear and insecurity.
Could we have the vision of doing away in this great country with poverty? … That would be one of the very best arguments against Communism that we could possibly have.
A career is born in public—talent in privacy.
You can’t eat eight hours a day nor drink for eight hours a day nor make love for eight hours—all you can do for eight hours is work. Which is the reason why man makes himself and everybody else so miserable and unhappy.
There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it, and when he can.
Money doesn’t bring courage, I learned. It’s the other way around.
Success in investing doesn’t correlate with I.Q. once you’re above the level of 25. Once you have ordinary intelligence, what you need is the temperament to control the urges that get other people into trouble in investing.
The way to become rich is to make money, my dear Edna, not to save it ….
You see those charts that say if you put away $500 a year starting at age 20, by the time you’re 50, you’d have a gazillion dollars? It just makes you ill that you didn’t do it.
… money … is really the difference between men and animals, most of the things men feel animals feel and vice versa, but animals do not know about money, money is a purely human conception and that is very important to know very very important.
Dogs have no money. Isn’t that amazing? They’re broke their entire lives. But they get through. You know why dogs have no money? No pockets.
Our economic dependence depended on individual initiative. It depended on a belief in the free market; but it has also depended on our sense of mutual regard for each other, the idea that everybody has a stake in the country, that we’re all in it together and everybody’s got a shot at opportunity.
The stock market is a no-called-strike game. You don’t have to swing at everything—you can wait for your pitch. The problem when you’re a money manager is that your fans keep yelling, “Swing, you bum!”
Let’s kill two birds with one loan!
Neither a borrower nor a lender be: / For loan oft loses both itself and friend.
The banks have a new image. Now you have “a friend,” your friendly bank. If the banks are so friendly, how come they chain down the pens?
The state of the union is that money talks and public policy is sold to the highest bidder.
Money only appeals to selfishness and always tempts its owners irresistibly to abuse it. // Can anyone imagine Moses, Jesus, or Gandhi armed with the money-bags of Carnegie?
The average family exists only on paper and its average budget is a fiction, invented by statisticians for the convenience of statisticians.
The IRS sent back my tax return saying I owed $800. I said, “If you’ll notice, I sent a paper clip with my return. Given what you’ve been paying for things lately, that should more than make up the difference.”
… that’s nothing but a tax dodge! … This is what the Internal Revenue Service expects. It’s all part of the game. They play their part, we have to play ours. It’s our duty as American citizens!
I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers: Go ahead, make my day!
Keeping accounts, Sir, is of no use when a man is spending his own money, and has nobody to whom he is to account. You won’t eat less beef today, because you have written down what it cost yesterday.
I’m a middle-bracket person with a middle-bracket spouse / And we live together gaily in a middle-bracket house. / We’ve a fair-to-middlin’ family; we take the middle view; / So we’re manna sent from heaven to internal revenue.
President Bush says he now wants to simplify the tax code. Only those in the blue states will pay.
New rule: If churches don’t have to pay taxes, they also can’t call the fire department when they catch fire. Sorry reverend, that’s one of those services that goes along with paying in. I’ll use the fire department I pay for. You can pray for rain.
It’s my absolute opinion that in our complex industrial society, no business enterprise can succeed without sharing the burden of the problems of other enterprises.
I’ve made it my business to make business my business.
What most people don’t seem to realize is that there is just as much money to be made out of the wreckage of a civilization as from the upbuilding of one.
Most of the rich people I’ve known have been fairly miserable.
Choosing wealth as a goal requires facing everything about your money bravely, honestly, with courage—which is a very, very hard thing for most of us to do.
… the impassable gulf that lies between riches and poverty.
It is very difficult for the prosperous to be humble.
… a Man that wants Money thinks none can be unhappy that has it ….
I do not value wealth or riches, / Wherefore I shall be ever more content / To bring more richness to my mind / And not to keep my mind on riches.
Money is like manure; it’s not worth a thing unless it’s spread around encouraging young things to grow.
Until we end the masculinization of wealth, we will not end the feminization of poverty.
Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.
Come away! Poverty’s catching.
The only value of stock forecasters is to make fortune tellers look good.
Rich people plan for four generations. Poor people plan for Saturday night.
Life is a game. Money is how we keep score.
Now he disliked talking business with her as much as he had enjoyed it before they were married.
Maybe wealth begins the day you are finally able to want what you have.
Hollywood money isn’t money. It’s congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.
I knew so little about money I used to sign my check, “Love, Rita.”
Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find—nothing.
There is perhaps one human being in a thousand who is passionately interested in his job for the job’s sake. The difference is that if that one person in a thousand is a man, we say, simply, that he is passionately keen on his job; if she is a woman, we say she is a freak.
Once lay down the rule that the job comes first, and you throw that job open to every individual … who is able to do that job better than the rest of the world.
“People don’t look for kinds of work anymore, ma’am,” he answered impassively. “They just look for work.”
My work is the only ground I’ve ever had to stand on. I seem to have a whole superstructure with no foundation—but I’m working on the foundation.
I think crime pays. The hours are good, you meet a lot of interesting people, you travel a lot.
Committee—a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.
You have to look at leadership through the eyes of the followers and you have to live the message. What I have learned is that people become motivated when you guide them to the source of their own power and when you make heroes out of employees who personify what you want to see in the organization.
Busy work brings after ease; / Ease brings sport and sport brings rest; / For young and old, of all degrees, / The mingled lot is best.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, / All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.
The definition of women’s work is shitwork.
For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life. He don’t put a bolt to a nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine …. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.
I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ’Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?
I didn’t want to work. It was as simple as that. I distrusted work, disliked it. I thought it was a very bad thing that the human race had unfortunately invented for itself.
Any single thing I have written can be paralleled or even surpassed by something someone else has done. However, my total corpus for quantity, quality and variety can be duplicated by no one else. That is what I want to be remembered for.
A person’s work is her only signature; we forget this at our peril. It is to the work and the life we must turn.
You have much more power when you are working for the right thing than when you are working against the wrong thing.
If it’s a good script I’ll do it. And if it’s a bad script, and they pay me enough, I’ll do it.
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
If you don’t work, what the hell do you do? Sit around and rot! The retirement age of 65 has killed millions. Luckily, I’m in an industry with no retirement. They only retire you if you don’t make money for them.
Mandatory retirement ought to be illegal.
Retirement is the most loathsome word in the English language.
The happiest people I know are the ones that are still working. The saddest are the ones who are retired.
I don’t deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don’t deserve that either.
Sooner or later I’m going to die, but I’m not going to retire.
Asked if she worshiped regularly: Honey, at my age, I don’t do anything regularly.
Prayer is a concentration of positive thought.
Re: the Bible: It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.
Scriptures, n. The sacred books of our holy religion, as distinguished from the false and profane writings on which all other faiths are based.
What is faith worth if it is not translated into action?
The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or a Mohammedan nation.
The true Islam has shown me that a blanket indictment of all white people is as wrong as when whites make blanket indictments against blacks.
The face of terror is not the true faith of Islam; that’s not what Islam is all about. Islam is peace.
It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community, a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. And the practice can be carried out as a group, as a city, as a nation.
If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way …. Yet he has made a marvelous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him.
There is no waste with God. He cancels nothing but redeems all.
The kind of people claiming to be in communication with God today … they are enough to drive a real Christian crazy!
They always throw around this term “liberal elite.” And I kept thinking to myself about the Christian right: what’s more elite than believing that only you will go to heaven?
Jewishness cropped up and has never successfully been put down since.
When I was a kid, I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord, in his wisdom, doesn’t work that way. So I just stole one and asked him to forgive me!
The Soul unto itself / Is an imperial friend— / Or the most agonizing Spy— / An Enemy—could send
What soul is without flaws?
Go out and be born among gypsies or thieves or among happy workaday people who live with the sun and do not think about their souls.
Spirituality can be—indeed, must be—deeply rational.
He said that knowledge was of little use without wisdom, and that there was no wisdom without spirituality, and that true spirituality always included service to others.
A single Screw of Flesh / Is all that pins the Soul
Of the enemies of the soul— / the world, the devil, the flesh— / the world is the most serious and most dangerous.
His soul is about the size of a toenail.
We will try to be holy, / We will try to repair the world given to us to hand on. / Precious is this treasure of words and knowledge and deeds / that moves inside us.
In essence, the search of so many people today for the mystical wisdom of an earlier time is the search for the kind of spirituality characteristic of a partnership rather than a dominator society.
The secret of seeing is to sail on solar wind. Hone and spread your spirit till you yourself are a sail, whetted, translucent, broadside to the merest puff.
The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge.
The difference between science and religion is the difference between a willingness to dispassionately consider new evidence and new arguments, and a passionate unwillingness to do so.
The soul can split the sky in two, / And let the face of God shine through.
Everyone’s conscience in religion is between God and themselves, and it belongs to none other.
To you I’m an atheist; to God, I’m the Loyal Opposition.
If God existed, and if He cared for humankind, He would never have given us religion.
Religion has become so pallid recently, it is hardly worthwhile being an atheist.
Anybody can observe the Sabbath, but making it holy surely takes the rest of the week.
A belief is a lever that, once pulled, moves almost everything else in a person’s life.
Why is it more ridiculous to arraign ecclesiastics for their false teaching and acts of injustice to women, than members of Congress and the House of Commons?
Spiritual leadership should remain spiritual leadership and the temporal power should not become too important in any Church.
Nothing succeeds like address.
Home wasn’t built in a day.
I’m not going to vacuum ’til Sears makes one you can ride on.
Maybe it will take a woman to clean up the House.
… the whole process of home-making, housekeeping and cooking, which ever has been woman’s special province, should be looked on as an art and a profession.

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