Sayings for all occasions


Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves 
great. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the 
happiest man really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the 
greatest fool. -Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)


We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by 
what we have already done. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe.
-Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live. -Johann Wolfgang von 
Goethe (1749-1832)

A + B + C = Success if, A = Hard Work, B = Hard Play, C = Keeping your mouth shut. -
Albert Einstein

Mistakes live in the neighbourhood of truth and therefore delude us. 
-Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet (1861-1941)

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you
plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Men will wrangle for religion, write for it, fight for it, die for it, 
anything but live for it. -Charles Caleb Cotton

Is not every man a student, and do not all things exist for the
student's behoof ? -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who give you a serpent when you ask for a fish, may have nothing 
but serpents to give. It is then generosity on their part. -Kahlil Gibran
(1883-1931) [Sand and Foam]

Life is either a daring adventure or it is nothing. -Helen Adams Keller
(1880-1968)   

If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The
literature was full of examples that said you can't do this. -Spencer
Silver, the originator of Post-it Notepads 

It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear. -Henry
David Thoreau (1817-1862)   

Our sincerest laughter \ With some pain is fraught; \ Our sweetest songs
are those that tell of saddest thought. -Shelley  

In matters of conscience, the law of majority has no place. -Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)                                                

The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the
right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
-Dorothy Nevill  

When Life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a
philosopher to speak her mind. -Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) [Sand and Foam]   

It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others. -Michel De
Montaigne

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. -Oliver
Goldsmith

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought. -Henri Bergson

First the man takes a drink. Then the drink takes a drink. Then the drink
takes the man. -Japanese proverb

Tact is the art of convincing people that they know more than you do.
-Raymond Mortimer

Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win. -Jonathan Kozol

If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from
him. An investment of knowledge always pays the best interest. -Benjamin Franklin
 
It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change. -Confucius
Analects

Resentment is one burden that is incompatible with your success. Always be the 
first to forgive; and forgive yourself first always. -Dan Zadra

Have more than thou showest, / Speak less than thou knowest. -William
Shakespeare

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice.

A critic is one who leaves no turn unstoned. -George Bernard Shaw  

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it, and happier to be sometimes
cheated than not to trust. -Samuel Johnson.

Humour is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humour, for a subject
which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear
serious examination is false wit. -Aristotle 

The most dangerous of all falsehoods is a slightly distorted truth. -G.C.
Lichtenberg (1742-1799) 

Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be. -Abraham 
Lincoln (1809-1865)

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even
touched. They must be felt with the heart. -Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.
-Arthur Koestler

A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly
vanquished. -Johann Christoph Schiller, German Writer (1759-1805)

The way I see it, if you want rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.
-Dolly Parton

Be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're
right. -Henry Ford

If words are to enter men's minds and bear fruit, they must be the right
words shaped cunningly to pass men's defenses and explode silently and
effectually within their minds. -J.B. Phillips

Do not praise yourself / not slander others: / There are still many days
to go / and any thing could happen. -Kabir

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak
which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that
light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind
sooner than those of a loftier character. -Walter Scott (1771-1832)

The lie that exalts us is dearer than a thousand sober truths. -Alexander
Pushkin.

Punctuality is the politeness of kings. -Louis XVIII  

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet tired of the man.
-Rabindranath Tagore, Indian Poet (1861-1941)

To appreciate nonsense requires a serious interest in life. -Gelett
Burgess (1866-1951)

Let advertisers spend the same amount of money improving their product
that they do on advertising and they wouldn't have to advertise it. -Will
Rogers

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people
always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can
become great. -Mark Twain, U.S. Author (1835-1910)

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that
prevents us from living freely and nobly. -Bertrand Russell

"Everybody wants to go to heaven,
but nobody wants to die."

If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and 
don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless 
immensity of the sea. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

ADMIRATION - Our polite recognition of another's resemblance to ourselves. -
Ambrose Bierce [Devil's Dictionary]

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim
above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. -Harold S.
Hulbert

We'd all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it
cheap. -Mignon McLaughlin

Drop the question what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day 
that fate allows you. -Horace

A raindrop, dripping from a cloud, / Was ashamed when it saw the sea. /
`Who am I where there is a sea?' it said. / When it saw itself with the
eye of humility, / A shell nurtured it in its embrace. -Saadi of Shiraz
(c. 1200 AD)

"Once the game is over, the king and the pawn go back in the same box"

We've heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the 
Complete Works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is 
not true. -Robert Wilensky

The funny thing about regret is that it's better to regret something you
have done than to regret something you haven't. -Gibby Hayes

To see things in the seed, that is genius. -Lao-tzu      

One should count each day a separate life. -Marcus Arelius      

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so
long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened
for us. -Helen Adams Keller (1880-1968)

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with
the song still in them. -Henry David Thoreau

Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the
fragile blossom that opens in the snow. -Alice M. Swaim

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much of life. So aim
above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. -Henry David Thoreau

The flower that follows the sun does so even on cloudy days. -Robert
Leighton (1611-1684)

It is impossible to live pleasurably without living prudently, honorably,
and justly; or to live prudently, honorably, and justly, without living
pleasurably. -Epicurus (B.C. 341-270)

Noise proves nothing--often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles 
as if she had laid an asteroid. -Mark Twain, U.S. Author (1835-1910)

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have 
to say something. -Platoand I were happy for 20 years - then we met. -Rodney Dangerfield  

The past exists only in our memories, the future only in our plans. The
present is our only reality. -Robert Pirsig

For sleep, riches and health to be truly enjoyed, they must be
interrupted. -Jean Paul Richter

Success is not measured by the position one has reached in life, rather by
the obstacles overcome while trying to succeed. -Booker T. Washington

The opinion of 10,000 men is of no value if none of them know anything 
about the subject. -Marcus Aurelius

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy

What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.
Louis L. Mann

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than 
those who try to do nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward.
Thomas A. Edison

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher 
demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
William Arthur Ward

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
Aldous Huxley

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the 
same direction.
Unknown

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.
African Proverb

If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're getting.
Steven Covey

Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift - which is why 
they call it the present.
Bill Keane

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

You see things and say, 'Why?', but I dream things and say, 'Why not?'
George Bernard Shaw

Truth is not determined by majority vote.
Doug Gwyn

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Bertrand Russel

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and 
remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

It is not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with 
what you have left.
Hubert Humphrey

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb

If there is no wind, row.
Latin Proverb

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.
Booker T. Washington

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds 
sang except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Confucius

We do not inherit the land, we borrow it from our children.
Native American Proverb

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can 
prove me wrong.
Albert Einstein

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
Anne Frank

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things 
in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, 
you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? 
Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get it back.
Unknown

The man who rows the boat generally doesn't have time to rock it.
Unknown

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men 
will do when they don't have to.
Walter Linn

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a 
thousnad things well.
Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford, English author (1717-1797)

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
Martin Luther King Jr.(1929-1968)

Care and diligence bring luck.
Thomas Fuller

If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve, it is 
the thought that is hurting you now. -- James Hillman

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope 
with it is what makes the difference.
Unknown

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate 
with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the 
strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Plato

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.
Zen saying

If you put a small value upon youself, rest assured that the world will not 
raise your price.
Unknown

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune.
Plutarch

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.
John F. Kennedy

What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.
Louis L. Mann

The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who 
try to do nothing and succeed.
Lloyd Jones

The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.
Ralph Nader

Maybe this world is another planet's hell.
Aldous Huxley

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the 
same direction.
Unknown

Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift - which is why 
they call it the present.
Bill Keane

All great truths begin as blasphemies.
George Bernard Shaw

You see things and say, 'Why?', but I dream things and say, 'Why not?'
George Bernard Shaw

Truth is not determined by majority vote.
Doug Gwyn

The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.
Bertrand Russel

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and 
remove all doubt.
Mark Twain

It is not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what 
you have left. - Hubert Humphrey

Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Chinese Proverb

If there is no wind, row.
Latin Proverb

I will permit no man to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him.-  
Booker T. Washington

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang 
except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Confucius

We do not inherit the land, we borrow it from our children.
Native American Proverb

No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can 
prove me wrong.- Albert Einstein

Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.
Anne Frank

To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.
Elbert Hubbard

Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in 
this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, 
you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure? 
Remember, you must use it, as it is given only once. Once wasted you cannot get 
it back.- Unknown.

The man who rows the boat generally doesn't have time to rock it.
Unknown

It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men 
will do when they don't have to.
Walter Linn

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a 
thousand things well.
Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford, English author (1717-1797)

A man can't ride your back unless it's bent.
Martin Luther King Jr.(1929-1968)
Care and diligence bring luck.
Thomas Fuller

Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope 
with it is what makes the difference.
Unknown

How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with 
the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. 
Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver (1864-1943)

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
Plato

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.
Zen saying

If you put a small value upon youself, rest assured that the world will not 
raise your price.
Unknown

When one door closes, another opens. But we often look so regretfully upon the 
closed door that we don't see the one that has opened for us.
 -- Alexander Graham Bell

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent. --- Eleanor Roosevelt

Down in their hearts, wise men know this truth: the only way to help yourself is 
to help others. --- Ebert Hubbard

I am no longer afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my own ship. --- 
Louisa May Alcott 

Don't burn bridges. You'll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same 
river. --- Anonymous

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever. -- Gandhi 

Your current safe boundries were once unknown frontiers. -- Unknown

You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his 
feet. -- James Oppenheim

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial 
and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and 
success achieved. Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them, but do not let them 
master you. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding 
joy if there were no limitations to overcome. -- Helen Keller 

The willow knows what the storm does not: that the power to endure harm outlives the 
power to inflict it. -- Blood of the Martyr

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. -- 
Unknown

Bite off more than you can chew and then chew like hell. -- Peter Brock

The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do. -- 
Thomas Jefferson

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him. --  
Alexander Solzenitsyn

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

Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own mind. -- 
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don't fail overnight. Instead, 
failure is a few errors in judgement, repeated every day. -- Jim Rohn

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. -- 
Jim Rohn

The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune. -- 
Plutarch

The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining. -- John F. Kennedy

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out. --  
John Wooden

I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. -- 
Thomas A. Edison

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher 
demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -- William Arthur Ward

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward in the same 
direction. -- Unknown

Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the 
hunter. -- African Proverb

If we keep doing what we're doing, we're going to keep getting what we're 
getting. -- Steven Covey

He has no hope who never had a fear. -William Cowper (1731-1800)   

A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting. -Abraham
Maslow (1908-1970)

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. -Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes
and the failures, those who make it or those who don't. I divide the world
into learners and non-learners. -Benjamin Barber

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the
others. -Cicero

Never rise to speak till you have something to say; and when you have said it, 
cease. -John Witherspoon (1723-1794)

The illusion that we are separate from one another is an optical delusion
of our consciousness. -Albert Einstein

There are two kinds of light--the glow that illuminates, and the glare
that obscures. -James Thurber

Nature, Time and Patience are the three great physicians. -Bulgarian
Proverb

If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh
at when you grow old. -Ed Howe

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered 
today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our 
vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. -
Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made
them feel. -Carl W. Buechner

One is always a long way from solving a problem until one actually has the 
answer. -Stephen Hawking

He who seizes the right moment, is the right man. -Johann Wolfgang von
Goethe (1749-1832)

The community as a whole doesn't listen patiently to critics who adopt
alternative viewpoints. Although the great lesson of history is that
knowledge develops through the conflict of viewpoints. -Walter Gilbert  

Knowing all truth is less than doing a little bit of good. -Albert
Schweitzer [The Thoughts of Albert Schweitzer]

Words are like leaves; and where they most abound / Much fruit of sense
beneath is rarely found. -Alexander Pope

The little I know I owe to my ignorance. -George McGovern

If a man points at the moon, an idiot will look at the finger. -Sufi
wisdom

It is easier to buy books than to read them, and easier to read them than
to absorb them. -William Osler, Canadian-born  British physician
(1849-1919)

Access to power must be confined to those who are not in love with it.
-Plato

I don't want yes men around me. I want everyone to tell the truth, even if
it costs them their jobs. -Samuel Goldwyn

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be 
only the beginning. -George Baker (1877-1965)

Man is certainly stark mad: he cannot make a flea, yet me makes gods by
the dozens. -Montaigne

You can't say civilization isn't advancing, in every war they kill you in
a new way. -Will Rogers, American humorist (1879-1935)

I wanted to change the world.  But I have found that the only thing one
can be sure of changing is oneself. -Aldous Leonard Huxley, British writer (1894-1963)

You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with. -Wayne Dyer

*****
In universities, mathematics is taught mainly to men who
are going to teach mathematics to men who are going to teach
mathematics to....

Sometimes, it is true, there is an escape from this treadmill.
Archimedes used mathematics to kill Romans, Galileo to improve
the Grand Duke of Tuscany's artillery, modern physicists
(grown more ambitious) to exterminate the human race.
It is usually on this account that the study of mathematics
is commended to the general public as worthy of State support.


                        --- Bertrand Russell
******

Difficulties increase the nearer we approach our goal. -Goethe (1749-1832)

Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do 
in our opinion of ourselves. -La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Associate yourself with men of good quality if you esteem your own
reputation; for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company. -George
Washington (1732-1799)

It is less of a problem to be poor, than to be dishonest.
                --- Anishinabe

The rain falls on the just and the unjust.
                --- Hopi

God gives us each a song.
                --- Ute

We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
                --- Dakota

There is no death, only a change of worlds.
                --- Duwamish

Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark.
                --- Cheyenne

A starving man will eat with the wolf.
                --- Oklahoma

There is nothing as eloquent as a rattlesnakes tail.
                --- Navajo

All dreams spin out from the same web.
                --- Hopi

Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.
                --- Blackfoot

Each person is his own judge.
                --- Shawnee

Life is not separate from death. It only looks that way.
                --- Blackfoot

Walk lightly in the spring; Mother Earth is pregnant.
                --- Kiowa

Ask questions from your heart and you will be answered from the heart.
                --- Omaha

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.
                --- Cherokee

on't be afraid to cry.
It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.
                --- Hopi

Force, no matter how concealed, begets resistance.
                --- Lakota

The bird who has eaten cannot fly with the bird that is hungry.
                --- Omaha

Each bird loves to hear himself sing.
                --- Arapaho

When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.
                --- Lakota

he rainbow is a sign from Him who is in all things.
                --- Hopi

Old age is not as honorable as death, but most people want it.
                --- Crow

They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind.
                --- Tuscarora

All who have died are equal.
                --- Comanche

Sing your death song and die like a hero going home.
                --- Shawnee

Make my enemy brave and strong, so that if defeated,
I will not be ashamed.
            --- Plains Indian

Even a small mouse has anger.
            --- Tribe Unknown

A good chief gives, he does not take.
            --- Mohawk

Be humble, if thou would'st attain to wisdom. Be humbler still, when wisdom 
thou hast mastered. -Helena Petrovna Hahn Blavatsky, Russian-born theosophist (1831-1891)

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can
sincerely try to help another without helping himself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, 
American writer and philosopher (1803-1882)






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