Why is there so much month left at the end of the money?
Most of the successful people I've known are the ones who do more listening than talking.
Logic! Good gracious! What rubbish! How can I tell what I think till I see what I say?
Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before.
I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one, but I do not share the crusading spirit of the professional atheist whose fervor is mostly due to a painful act of liberation from the fetters of religious indoctrination received in youth. I prefer an attitude of humility corresponding to the weakness of our intellectual understanding of nature and of our own being.
Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.
If it were not for hopes, the heart would break.
Neither should a ship rely on one small anchor, nor should life rest on a single hope.
The heart will break, but broken live on.
Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!
Your friend is that man who knows all about you, and still likes you.
Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.
We have no problems, only situations. Not all problems have solutions, but all situations have outcomes.
Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn't have it and thought of other things if you did.
A person hears only what they understand.
Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.
We are all alike, on the inside.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
The essential part of creativity is not being afraid to fail.
I don't know, I don't care, and it doesn't make any difference!
A hard beginning maketh a good ending.
To change and change for the better are two different things
Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you. When you dare to reveal yourself fully. When you dare to be vulnerable.
It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
The obvious is that which is never seen until someone expresses it simply.
Oh, love is real enough; you will find it someday, but it has one archenemy -- and that is life.
To be social is to be forgiving.
Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.
If confusion is the first step to knowledge, I must be a genius.
Seek always for the answer within. Be not influenced by those around you, by their thoughts or their words
If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile.
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
People who honestly mean to be true really contradict themselves much more rarely than those who try to be consistent.
Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.
Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.
Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need of hell.
To believe a thing is impossible is to make it so.
Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
Sometimes life is like painting in the rain.
There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.
You are only what you are when no one is looking.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
Somehow the people who do as they please seem to get along just about as well as those who are always trying to please others.
Some folks won't look up until they are flat on their backs
Verbosity is a necessity to those who have a problem translating what they think.....
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he lives his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.
A considerable percentage of the people we meet on the street are people who are empty inside, that is, they are actually already dead. It is fortunate for us that we do not see and do not know it. If we knew what a number of people are actually dead and what a number of these dead people govern our lives, we should go mad with horror.
It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour.
Go to the effort. Invest the time. Write the letter. Make the apology. Take the trip. Purchase the gift. Do it. The seized opportunity renders joy. The neglected brings regret.
Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.
I wept not, so to stone within I grew.
You don't make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.
Inside every man there is a poet who died young.
I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.
What's so remarkable about Love at first sight? It's when people have been looking at each other for years that it becomes remarkable.
I have great faith in fools; My friends call it self-confidence.
It does not require a decision to go to hell.
I hold it to be the inalienable right of anybody to go to hell in his own way.
The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.
Don't tell your problems to people: eighty percent don't care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.
The trouble with the world is not that people know too little, but that they know so many things that ain't so.
The truth of the matter is that there's nothing you can't accomplish if: (1) You clearly decide what it is that you're absolutely committed to achieving, (2) You're willing to take massive action, (3) You notice what's working or not, and (4) You continue to change your approach until you achieve what you want, using whatever life gives you along the way.
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.
I want to be all used up when I die.
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.
There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants -- more than anything else -- to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are -- and have always been.
We don't laugh because we're happy -- we're happy because we laugh.
The only place you find success before work is in the dictionary.
If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
There are three kinds of people; those that make things happen, those that watch things happen and those who don't know what's happening.
There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.
He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others.
Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
Once I make up my mind, I'm full of indecision.
The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.
We love because it's the only true adventure.
Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
She learned to say things with her eyes that others waste time putting into words
Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.
Absence of proof is not proof of absence.
The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
The best work never was and never will be done for money.
It's what you do, unthinking, that makes the quick tear start; The tear may be forgotten -- but the hurt stays in the heart.
A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.
Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays.
Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.
The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
Let your children go if you want to keep them.
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul -- and sings the tunes without the words -- and never stops at all.
Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.
People can cry much easier than they can change.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead.
Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.
As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say. I just watch what they do.
People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.
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.
Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.
If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won t, you most assuredly won t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.
sometimes you have to just take a chance. and if your scared of the past, just remember it's the past for a reason and it's not worth missing out on great things that could come in the future. take a chance, have no regrets.
The best kind of friend is the one you could sit on a porch with, never saying a word, and walk away feeling like that was the best conversation you've had.
People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
The most essential factor is persistence -- the determination never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the discouragement that must inevitably come.
Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
How like a winter hath my absence been. From thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year! What freezings have I felt, what dark days seen, What old December's bareness everywhere!
Anyone can hate. It costs to love.
We may not always get what we want, but surely we will get what we deserve.
Happiness is a sort of action.
I will tell you the truth as soon as I figure it out.
Kings are not born: they are made by artificial hallucination.
All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.
Talent borrows, genius steals
Only the shallow know themselves.
There can be nothing more frequent than an occasional drink.
Crying is the refuge of plain women but the ruin of pretty ones.
Talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you, and at the end of your first season you will have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact.
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Who is that man over there? I don't know him. What is he doing? Is he a conspirator? Have you searched him? Give him till tomorrow to confess, then hang him! -- hang him!
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.
The truth is rarely pure, and never simple
If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
Action is the last resource of those who know not how to dream.
Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile.
This morning I took out a comma and this afternoon I put it back in again.
There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.
As a wicked man I am a complete failure. Why, there are lots of people who say I have never really done anything wrong in the whole course of my life. Of course they only say it behind my back.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others.
Pray don't talk to me about the weather, Mr. Worthing. Whenever people talk to me about the weather, I always feel quite certain that they mean something else.
Vulgarity is simply the conduct of other people.
Vulgarity is the conduct of other people, just as falsehoods are the truths of other people.
The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
Biological possibility and desire are not the same as biological need. Women have childbearing equipment. For them to choose not to use the equipment is no more blocking what is instinctive than it is for a man who, muscles or no, chooses not to be a weightlifter.
If we discovered we only had five minutes left to say all we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people telling other people that they loved them.
There is no such thing as perpetual tranquillity of mind while we live here; because life itself is but motion, and can never be without desire, nor without fear, no more than without sense.
I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance.
As no roads are so rough as those that have just been mended, so no sinners are so intolerant as those that have just turned saints.
sometimes it's hard to be inlove because your afraid to be hurt but you need to try because to be hurt is part of being inlove and being inlove is part of being alive..
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
He that would live in peace and at ease must not speak all he knows or all he sees.
He that never changes his opinion never corrects mistakes and will never be wiser on the morrow than he is today.
i'm searching for the love that will make it okay for me to remember you.
Whoever thinks of going to bed before twelve o clock is a scoundrel.
To gain that which is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.
I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
People who are out to find fault seldom find anything else. It is a waste of time, no matter how much you find fault, it is not going to change anything. It's better to find a remedy.
While there's life, there's hope.
A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak.
To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.
We must question the story logic of having an all-knowing all-powerful God, who creates faulty Humans, and then blames them for his own mistakes.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you'll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.
Listening is one of the deepest, most profound signs of loving -- listening to yourself and listening to others. Your heart goes out and wraps around them and God's spirit of loving embraces you both.
We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.
If your time ain't come not even a doctor can kill you.
If you treat every situation as a life and death matter, you'll die a lot of times.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Be like the bird who, halting in his flight on a limb too slight, yet sings, knowing he has wings.
If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.
We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; The wise grows it under his feet.
Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.
Much reading is an oppression of the mind, and extinguishes the natural candle, which is the reason of so many senseless scholars in the world.
Opportunity dances with those who are ready on the dance floor.
We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.
Today, you have 100% of your life left.
We will either find a way, or make one.
A lie can run around the world before the truth can get its boots on.
Politeness is the art of choosing among one's real thoughts.
If I remember right there are five excuses for drinking: the visit of a guest, present thirst, future thirst, the goodness of the wine, and any other excuse you choose!
I love everything that's old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines; and, I believe, Dorothy, you'll own I have been pretty fond of an old wife.
Other countries drink to get drunk, and this is accepted by everyone; in France, drunkenness is a consequence, never an intention. A drink is felt as the spinning out of a pleasure, not as the necessary cause of an effect which is sought: wine is not only a philter, it is also the leisurely act of drinking.
The history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!
All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.
All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you. The only thing blame does is to keep the focus off you when you are looking for external reasons to explain your unhappiness or frustration. You may succeed in making another feel guilty about something by blaming him, but you won't succeed in changing whatever it is about you that is making you unhappy.
Being taken for granted can be a compliment. It means you've become a comfortable, trusted element in another person's life.
Stop worrying -- nobody gets out of this world alive.
And nothing to look backward to with pride, and nothing to look forward to with hope.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
I am never upset for the reason I think.
No one can drive us crazy unless we give them the keys.
How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn't make it a leg.
Absence and death are the same -- only that in death there is no suffering.
The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the buts you use today.
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
When all is said and done, more is said than done.
Dreams are real as long as they last. Can we say more of life?
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
Dost thou love life? Then waste not time; for time is the stuff that life is made of.
Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game.
Recession is when a neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours.
Status quo, you know, that is Latin for the mess we're in.
It's true hard work never killed anybody, but I figure, why take the chance?
The difference between earning a good living & living a good life, is enjoying what you do.
Some people are electrifying, they light up a room when they leave.
He that lives upon hope will die fasting.
Hope is a waking dream.
The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something.
In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.
Darkness can not drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away.
Life has its own hidden forces which you can only discover by living.
One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
My son, observe the postage stamp! Its usefulness depends upon its ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.
Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.
Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man.
Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.
Lots of people know a good thing the minute the other fellow sees it first.
We must risk going too far to discover just how far we can go.
The more you know the less you need to say.
A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world.
Thus much for thy assurance know; a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.
When you are right no one remembers; when you are wrong no one forgets.
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
The simple lack of her is more to me than others presence.
Every human being is trying to say something to others. Trying to cry out I am alive, notice me! Speak to me! Confirm that I am important, that I matter!!
The things which are most important don't always scream the loudest.
Rabbit vs. Turtle Race: If you feel yourself moving way TOO Fast through life (making a buck); remember, the Turtle is stress free in his race against the speedy rabbit.
I may be the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next to me.
From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents, from 18 to 35 she needs good looks, from 35 to 55 she needs a good personality, and from 55 on she needs cash.
To do anything truly worth doing, I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.
When a person has no need to borrow they find multitudes willing to lend.
Its easy to be an angel when you are in heaven.
She knew how to trust people... a rare quality, revealing a character far above average.
The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it's very difficult to build and very easy to destroy. The essence of trust building is to emphasize the similarities between you and the customer.
My father used to say: Never suspect people, It's better to be deceived or mistaken, which is only human, after all, than to be suspicious, which is common.
Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
Don't argue for other people's weaknesses. Don't argue for your own. When you make a mistake, admit it, correct it, and learn from it -- immediately.
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.
Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.
The more you learn to live without, the more you'll have to live with.
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them.
Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that.
Nothing makes one so vain as being told that one is a sinner.
It is easy -- terribly easy -- to shake a man's faith in himself. To take advantage of that to break a man's spirit is devil's work.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Common sense is not so common.
Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.
i don't miss you.. i miss who i thought you were.
i miss you a little, i guess you could say..
a little too much, a little too often,
and a little more each day.
i wish i had the guts to walk away
and forget about what we had.
but, i can[[#146]]t because i know you won't come after me.. and i guess that's what hurts the most.
True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.
We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.
Begin somewhere: you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.
Gossip is news running ahead of itself in a red satin dress.
We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.
If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write things worth reading or do things worth writing.
What a life! True life is elsewhere. We are not in the world.
Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.
I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Things don't change, but by and by our wishes change.
Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
True friendship comes when silence between two people is comfortable.
We have a presidential election coming up. And I think the big problem, of course, is that someone will win.
Saying what we think gives a wider range of conversation than saying what we know.
To have another language is to possess a second soul.
If you want to make good use of your time, you've got to know what's most important and then give it all you've got.
Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments; but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
The life of every person is like a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another.
Life marches by, I suggest you get on with it.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
Live one day at a time"; because the future will come your way no matter what anyway!
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
the world doesn't end with a bang, but a whimper
in my end is my beginning.
i want to be remembered as the girl who always smiles even when her heart is broken. the one that could always brighten up your day even if she couldnt brighten her own.
Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.
Habit is a form of exercise
Lord, let me live until I die.
The same fence that shuts others out shuts you in.
Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.
Do not assume that she who seeks to comfort you now, lives untroubled among the simple and quiet words that sometimes do you good. Her life may also have much sadness and difficulty, that remains far beyond yours. Were it otherwise, she would never have been able to find these words.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.
The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Laughter is the greatest weapon we have and we, as humans, use it the least.
Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered -- either by themselves or by others.
To truly follow your dreams, you must be tenacious; and have fun along the way as much as possible.
There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.
The darkest day, If you live till tomorrow will have past away.
Self-acceptance comes from meeting life's challenges vigorously. Don't numb yourself to your trials and difficulties, nor build mental walls to exclude pain from your life. You will find peace not by trying to escape your problems, but by confronting them courageously. You will find peace not in denial, but in victory.
You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see.
What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive?
Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.
It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution.
It is my ambition to say in ten sentences; what others say in a whole book.
Perfection has one grave defect. It is apt to be dull.
The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.
Have no fear of perfection-you'll never reach it.
It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
Never forget what a person says to you when they are angry.
Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought --a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
Words so vascular and alive they would bleed if you cut them, words that walked and ran.
One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.
A man is never completely alone in this world. At the worst, he has the company of a boy, a youth, and by and by a grown man --the one he used to be.
Literature is a defense against the attacks of life. It says to life: You can't deceive me. I know your habits, foresee and enjoy watching all your reactions, and steal your secret by involving you in cunning obstructions that halt your normal flow.
My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
Change is inevitable-except from a vending machine.
It takes far less courage to kill yourself than it takes to make yourself wake up one more time. It is harder to stay where you are than to get out.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
Honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better defense.
Self-worth comes from one thing -- thinking that you are worthy.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself can spare time for personal contention. Still less can he afford to take all the consequences, including the vitiating of his temper and loss of self control. Yield larger things to which you can show no more than equal right; and yield lesser ones, though clearly your own. Better give your path to a dog than be bitten by him in contesting for the right. Even killing the dog would not cure the bite.
Whenever two people meet there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is.
I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
Usually, terrible things that are done with the excuse that progress requires them are not really progress at all, but just terrible things.
Happiness is a small and unworthy goal for something as big and fancy as a whole lifetime, and should be taken in small doses.
Life is always walking up to us and saying, 'Come on in, the living's fine,' and what do we do? Back off and take its picture.
In America nothing dies easier than tradition.
A heroic figure... not wholly to blame for the religion that's been foisted on him.
Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.
The minute you start talking about what your going to do if you lose, you have lost.
Only passions, great passions can elevate the soul to great things.
Charm is a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.
Charm is the quality in others that makes us more satisfied with ourselves.
Young love is a flame; very pretty, often very hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. The love of the older and disciplined heart is as coals, deep-burning, unquenchable.
Love seeketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care, but for another gives its ease, and builds a Heaven in Hell's despair.
The injuries we do and the injuries we suffer are seldom weighed on the same scales.
The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible
We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.
They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.
a happy childhood needs a parent's unhappy childhood to make it so.
Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.
Every guest hates the others, and the host hates them all.
May it not be that, just as we have to have faith in Him, God has to have faith in us and, considering the history of the human race so far, may it not be that faith is even more difficult for Him than it is for us?
The only job where you start at the top, is digging a hole.
The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you're still a rat.
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
The best time to make friends is before you need them.
Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator and change has enemies.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter into another!
Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
A friend hears the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.
One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
Your friends will know you better in the first minute they meet you than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.
I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
Remember that a government big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you have.
Get away from the crowd when you can. Keep yourself to yourself, if only for a few hours daily.
The higher we rise, the more isolated we become; all elevations are cold.
If Thomas Edison invented electric light today, Dan Rather would report it on CBS News as, Candle making industry threatened.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.
Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness...
Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.
Call or text a friend today and tell them you need them in your life.
People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the end, it is between you and HIM not you and them.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can't, you're right!
But then they danced down the street like dingledodies, and I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes "Awww!
Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.
Keep cool; anger is not an argument.
I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.
The only way around is through.
Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.
How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!
I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.
Glory is only temporary, The way you choose to live your life, lives on in eternity
If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?
I always say, as you know, that if my fellow citizens want to go to Hell I will help them. Its my job.
We must travel in the direction of our fear.
The penalty for success is to be bored by people who used to snub you.
Hurt's a reason to change, but all the hurt in the world don't change facts.
On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points.
The pain of the mind is worse than the pain of the body.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.
Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
The journey is the reward.
My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others. That is nice but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.
Learn from the mistakes of others, you can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to homeso close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.
It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.
Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized anyway.
A man isn't poor if he can still laugh.
Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps; for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they might of been.
Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.
If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man.
Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.
I believe life is constantly testing us for our level of commitment, and life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they achieve. This level of resolve can move mountains, but it must be constant and consistent. As simplistic as this may sound, it is still the common denominator separating those who live their dreams from those who live in regret.
The greater the feeling of inferiority that has been experienced, the more powerful is the urge to conquest and the more violent the emotional agitation.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself.
One-half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it.
Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality.
Your outlook upon life, your estimate of yourself, your estimate of your value are largely colored by your environment. Your whole career will be modified, shaped, molded by your surroundings, by the character of the people with whom you come in contact every day...
Most of us are about as eager to be changed as we were to be born, and go through our changes in a similar state of shock.
When you're through changing, you're through.
It seemed that each time we would become proficient at a given task there would be a change made for no apparent reason. It sometimes appeared that changes were made simply because sufficient time had elapsed since the last change. And then our efforts would begin again from the beginning.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!
The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.
one ring to show our love, one ring to bind us, one ring to seal our love, and forever entwine us
Education is not preparation for life, life is education
Action is the antidote to despair.
I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
In the game of life it's a good idea to have a few early losses, which relieves you of the pressure of trying to maintain an undefeated season.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Life is raw material. We are artisans. We can sculpt our existence into something beautiful, or debase it into ugliness. It's in our hands.
You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when. You can decide how you're going to live now.
We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.
I'm not ugly, but my beauty is a total creation.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.
I am not young enough to know everything.
It's not what your are, it's what you don't become that hurts.
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
Never say goodbye, say farewell.
The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.
Death is as sure for that which is born, as birth is for that which is dead. Therefore grieve not for what is inevitable.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Character, not circumstances, makes the man.
Music is the effort we make to explain to ourselves how our brains work. We listen to Bach transfixed because this is listening to a human mind.
The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.
Where misunderstanding serves others as an advantage, one is helpless to make oneself understood.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank.
What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists? In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.
You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.
Stumbling is not falling.
Am I willing to give up what I have in order to be what I am not yet? Am I able to follow the spirit of love into the desert? It is a frightening and sacred moment. There is no return. One's life is charged forever. It is the fire that gives us our shape.
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, it's just possible you haven't grasped the situation.
We have lost even this twilight.
No one saw us this evening hand in hand
while the blue night dropped on the world.
I have seen from my window
the fiesta of sunset in the distant mountain tops.
Sometimes a piece of sun
burned like a coin in my hand.
I remembered you with my soul clenched
in that sadness of mine that you know.
Where were you then?
Who else was there?
Why will the whole of love come on me suddenly
when I am sad and feel you are far away?
The book fell that always closed at twilight
and my blue sweater rolled like a hurt dog at my feet.
Always, always you recede through the evenings
toward the twilight erasing statues.
Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
That which causes us trials shall yield us triumph: and that which make our hearts ache shall fill us with gladness. The only true happiness is to learn, to advance, and to improve: which could not happen unless we had commence with error, ignorance, and imperfection. We must pass through the darkness, to reach the light.
Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don't pray when it rains if you don't pray when the sun shines.
The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think -- rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men.
Could Hamlet have been written by a committee, or the Mona Lisa painted by a club? Could the New Testament have been composed as a conference report? Creative ideas do not spring from groups. They spring from individuals. The divine spark leaps from the finger of God to the finger of Adam, whether it takes ultimate shape in a law of physics or a law of the land, a poem or a policy, a sonata or a mechanical computer.
How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.
You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in on the experience.
The multitude is always wrong.
Words are alive; cut them and they bleed.
The books that the world calls immoral are the books that show the world its own shame.
We learn from failure much more than from success; we often discover what we will do by finding our what we will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.
Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.
The pain we feel When someone leaves our life is in direct proportion to the joy they bring while a part of our life for a few moments. In my life you made me feel as if I truly meant something to someone
I didn't ask for it to be over. But then again I didn't ask for it to begin. For that's the way it is with life, as some of the most beautiful days come completely by chance. But even the most beautiful days eventually have their sunset
Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.
The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
There is as much difference between the counsel that a friend giveth, and that a man giveth himself, as there is between the counsel of a friend and of a flatterer. For there is no such flatterer as is a man's self.
The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.
The man who fails because he aims astray or because he does not aim at all is to be found everywhere.
What is defeat? Nothing but education. Nothing but the first step to something better.
Your failures won't hurt you until you start blaming them on others.
In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.
He's no failure. He's not dead yet.
Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it.
Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.
Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, age don't matter.
He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
To love someone deeply gives you strength. Being loved by someone deeply gives you courage.
The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.
Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it.
Socrates thought and so do I that the wisest theory about the gods is no theory at all.
In the absence of love, there is nothing worth fighting for.
Nunc scio quit sit amor.
Lat., Now I know what love is.
He drew a circle that shut me out--
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in.
Paradoxically, we fail to disclose ourselves to other people because we want so much to be loved. Because we feel that way we present ourselves as someone we think can be loved and accepted, and we conceal whatever would mar that image. Another reason we hide is to protect ourselves from change. . . Still another reason we don't disclose ourselves is that we were never taught how. . . Personal ambitions and economic pressures also give us powerful reasons for concealing what we really are. . . All of us hide behind the iron curtain of our public selves. . . Men hide what prevents them from seeming strong and masculine. . . Disclosure is so important (because) without it we really cannot know ourselves. Or to put it another way, we learn to deceive ourselves while we are trying to deceive others. For example, if I never express my sorrow, my love, my joy, I'll smother those feelings in myself until I almost forget they were once part of me.
Procrastination is the bad habit of putting of until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come.
In order to shake a hypothesis, it is sometimes not necessary to do anything more than push it as far as it will go.
A theory is no more like a fact than a photograph is like a person.
Delight at having understood a very abstract and obscure system leads most people to believe in the truth of what it demonstrates.
Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
One of these days, is none of these days.
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.
The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
Waiting is a trap. There will always be reasons to wait. The truth is, there are only two things in life, reasons and results, and reasons simply don't count.
It's the job that's never started takes longest to finish.
In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved.
How soon not now, becomes never.
Your life is what your thoughts make it.
Life is divided up into the horrible and the miserable.
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
Death is the last enemy: once we've got past that I think everything will be alright.
The wretchedness of being rich is that you live with rich people. To suppose, as we all suppose, that we could be rich and not behave as the rich behave, is like supposing that we could drink all day and stay sober.
Memory is the mother of all wisdom.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
Every man thinks God is on his side. The rich and powerful know he is.
Among the very rich you will never find a really generous man, even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egoistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.
He rides in the row at ten o clock in the morning, goes to the Opera three times a week, changes his clothes at least five times a day, and dines out every night of the season. You don't call that leading an idle life, do you?
Of all the riches that we hug, of all the pleasures we enjoy, we can carry no more out of this world than out of a dream.
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.
What is the matter with the poor is poverty; what is the matter with the rich is uselessness.
There are two things needed in these days; first, for rich men to find out how poor men live; and second, for poor men to know how rich men work.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
You can't put a price tag on love, but you can on all its accessories.
Dont teach my boy poetry, an English mother recently wrote the Provost of Harrow. Dont teach my boy poetry; he is going to stand for Parliament. Well, perhaps she was rightbut if more politicians knew poetry, and more poets knew politics, I am convinced the world would be a little better place to live on this Commencement Day of 1956.
The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.
Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome.
By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them.
There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy.
The bastard form of mass culture is humiliated repetition... always new books, new programs, new films, news items, but always the same meaning.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more --the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort --to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires --and expires, too soon, too soon --before life itself.
You have to do what you love to do, not get stuck in that comfort zone of a regular job. Life is not a dress rehearsal. This is it.
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.
When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
When you automate an industry you modernize it; when you automate a life you primitivize it.
The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.
Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
If you can't change your fate, change your attitude.
Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.
No matter how good you get, there's always something further out there.
The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.
If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.
You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call Failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.
The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error.
The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
It's so simple to be wise. Just think of something stupid to say and say the opposite.
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.
To become different from what we are, we must have some awareness of what we are.
I laugh because I must not cry. That is all. That is all.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough
to think they can change the world
Are the ones who do.
The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion.
Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
The first duty of life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one as yet discovered.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
We can have in life but one great experience at best, and the secret of life is to reproduce that experience as often as possible.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
Where there is no extravagance there is no love, and where there is no love there is no understanding.
A man's face is his autobiography. A woman's face is her work of fiction.
I can believe anything provided it is incredible.
Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.
Always forgive your enemies -- nothing annoys them so much.
An acquaintance that begins with a compliment is sure to develop into a real friendship.
I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.
Society often forgives the criminal; it never forgives the dreamer.
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.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist? An optimist laughs to forget, but a pessimist forgets to laugh.
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door -- or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
The optimist thinks that this is the best of all possible worlds; the pessimist knows it.
Art is not to be taught in Academies. It is what one looks at, not what one listens to, that makes the artist. The real schools should be the streets.
The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.
For he who lives more lives than one: More deaths than one must die.
Alas, I am dying beyond my means.
She wore far too much rouge last night and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman.
There are three kinds of despots. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the body. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul. There is the despot who tyrannizes over the soul and body alike. The first is called the Prince. The second is called the Pope. The third is called the People.
Every great man nowadays has his disciples, and it is usually Judas who writes the biography.
Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation.
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one.
It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about nowadays saying things against one, behind one's back, that are absolutely and entirely true.
When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
How else but through a broken heart may Lord Christ enter in?
To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture.
Like two doomed ships that pass in storm we had crossed each other's way: but we made no sign, we said no word, we had no word to say.
I'm sure I don't know half the people who come to my house. Indeed, from all I hear, I shouldn't like to.
Man is made for something better than disturbing dirt.
The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it. The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development. The error of Louis XIV was that he thought human nature would always be the same. The result of his error was the French Revolution. It was an admirable result.
The brotherhood of man is not a mere poet's dream: it is a most depressing and humiliating reality.
I sometimes think that God in creating man somewhat overestimated his ability.
It is because Humanity has never known where it was going that it has been able to find its way.
One knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox -- the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
To be good, according to the vulgar standard of goodness, is obviously quite easy. It merely requires a certain amount of sordid terror, a certain lack of imaginative thought, and a certain low passion for middle-class respectability.
If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn't. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism.
We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.
The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.
In the old times men carried out their rights for themselves as they lived, but nowadays every baby seems born with a social manifesto in its mouth much bigger than itself.
The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.
Genius lasts longer than Beauty. That accounts for the fact that we all take such pains to over-educate ourselves.
I have nothing to declare except my genius.
A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude.
Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London society is full of women of the highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.
The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.
Ambition is the last refuge of failure.
America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between.
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
A new world is not made simply by trying to forget the old. A new world is made with a new spirit, with new values. Our world may have begun that way, but today it is caricature. Our world is a world of things. What we dread most, in the face of the impending debacle, is that we shall be obliged to give up our gewgaws, our gadgets, all the little comforts that have made us so uncomfortable. We are not peaceful souls; we are smug, timid, queasy and quaky.