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  • When you get to the top of the mountain, your first inclination is not to jump for joy, but to look around. — James Carville
  • The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. — Walter Bagehot
  • I didn’t bite off more than I could chew — it just grew in my mouth. — Dr. Robert Ballard


  • Everyone needs a bottom line of some sort; everyone needs to be responsible, accountable to whomever it is they are serving. — Bob Buford


  • A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation. — H.H. Munro, 1924


  • The best things and best people rise out of their separateness. I’m against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise.” — Robert Frost


  • A thought which does not result in an action is nothing much, and an action which does not proceed from a thought is nothing at all. — Georges Bernanos
  • I do not believe in fate that falls on men however they act;but I do believe in fate that falls on them unless they act.—G K Chesterton,
  • Generally Speaking_An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. — Friedrich Engels
  • The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering! — Ashleigh Brilliant
  • The great end of life is not knowledge but action. — Thomas Henry Huxley, “Technical Education,” 1887
  • Deliberation is the action of the many; action is the function of one. — Charles de Gaulle, War Memoirs, 1960
  • Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. — Thomas Jefferson to Martha Jefferson, May 5, 1787
  • Truth divorced from experience will always dwell in the realms of doubt.” — Henry Drause
  • Don’t do nothing just because you can’t do everything. — Bob Pierce
  • Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. — Theodore Roosevelt
  • “Do-so” is more important than “say-so” — Pete Seeger
  • No man can tame a tiger into a kitten by stroking it. There can be no appeasement with ruthlessness. There can be no reasoning with an incendiary bomb. — Franklin D. Roosevelt, Fireside Chat, December 29, 1940


  • As he grew older my dad’s pants kept creeping up on him. By 65 he was just a pair of pants and a head. — Jeff Altman
  • A great many people think they are thinking when they are really rearranging their prejudices and superstitions. — Edward R. Murrow


I ain’t got to. But I can’t help it. — William Faulkner

Adversity/ Suffering

  • What does not destroy me, makes me strong. –Friedrich Nietzsche 
  • Integrity is keeping my commitments even if the circumstances when I made those commitments have changed. — David Jeremiah
  • If I have learned anything, I owe it neither to precepts nor to books, but to a few opportune misfortunes. Perhaps the school of misfortune is the very best. — Louise Honorine de Choiseul (1734-1801)
  • The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation. When everything is lost, and all seems darkness, then comes the new life and all that is needed. — Joseph Campbell
  • When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?” — Sydney J. Harris
  • You don’t have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone. — John Ciardi
  • Those whom God loveth he allows to have the snot kicked out of. — Plaque over the desk of Jamie Buckingham
  • People build most nobly when limitations are at their greatest. — Frank Lloyd Wright
  • There is no inherent problem in our desire to escalate our goals, as long as we enjoy the struggle along the way. — Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  •  “The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it’s the opposition.” – Nick Seitz
  • Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.  – William Hazlitt
  • Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man  who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity. – Thomas Carlyle
  • Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant. – Horace
  • All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and  obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you. – Walt Disney
  • Adversity is the first path to truth. – Lord Byron
  • Adversity is the trial of principle.  Without it man  hardly knows whether he is honest or not. – Henry Fielding (1707-1754)
  • Prosperity doth best discover vice; but adversity doth best discover virtue.   Fancis Bacon (1561-1626)
  • However, never daunted, I will cope with adversity in my traditional manner… sulking and nausea.  – Tom K. Ryan


  • Advice what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn’t. — Unknown
  • Never give advice… A wise man won’t need it. A fool won’t heed it. –Unknown


  • Adults are always asking children what they want to be when they grow up — they’re looking for ideas. — Paula Poundstone


The firstest gets the mostest. — Nathan Bedford Forrest, Civil War General

The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided. – Theodore Roosevelt, 1913


  • To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am. — Bernard Baruch
  • We don’t stop having fun when we’re old; we’re old when we stop having fun. — unknown
  • No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you’re keeping the man-child alive. — John Cassavetes Source: Harper Book of Quotations, Harper 1993
  • Hope I die before I get old. — Pete Townsend
  • “There’s no peer pressure.” — Unknown, Woman’s response to being asked about the benefits of turning 102.
  • The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything. — Oscar Wilde, “Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young,” 1894
  • The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool. — George Santayana, Dialogues in Limbo, 1925
  • Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. | Mark Twain
  • There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age. | Sophia Loren
  • Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. | Henry Ford
  • Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. | Francis Bacon
  • As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do. | Andrew Carnegie
  • True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country. | Kurt Vonnegut
  • You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old. | George Burns
  • Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at
  • morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday. | Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art. | Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
  • Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. | Samuel Ullman
  • Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age. | Pope John XXIII
  • Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength. | Betty Friedan
  • A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age. | Robert Frost
  • Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries. | Bill Cosby
  • Old age is no place for sissies. | Bette Davis
  • Old age is like everything else. To make a success of it, you’ve got to start young. | Theodore Roosevelt
  • Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. | Mark Twain
  • I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything till noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap. | Bob Hope
  • You don’t stop laughing because you grow older. You grow older because you stop laughing. | Maurice Chevalier
  • Old minds are like old horses; you must exercise them if you wish to keep them in working order. | John Adams
  • The trick is growing up without growing old. | Casey Stengel
  • I will never be an old man. To me, old age is always 15 years older than I am. | Francis Bacon
  • An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her. | Agatha Christie
  • Preparation for old age should begin not later than one’s teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement. | Dwight L. Moody
  • Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age. | Victor Hugo
  • Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar. | John Glenn
  • How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was*? | Satchel Paige
  • Nature gives you the face you have at twenty; it is up to you to merit the face you have at fifty. | Coco Chanel
  • Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. | Edward Stanley
  • I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to. | Albert Einstein
  • Do not try to live forever, you will not succeed. | George Bernard Shaw
  • By the time you’re eighty years old you’ve learned everything. You only have to remember it. | George Burns
  • At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all. | Ann Landers


  • “I’m still going to go there. I’m going to represent a broad movement. We will be back next year and you’ll be hearing from me. You’ll be hearing from the sleeping giant that is the church. I mean, what is going on with the churches? It is incredible. I tell these evangelicals in the United States there are 2,300 verses of scripture about the poor. It’s the central message outside of personal redemption, the idea of dealing with the poor. And I’m asking them, where are they? Where are they on this? On a recent poll of evangelical churches, only six per cent said they wanted to do something about AIDS. It is unbelievable, the leprosy of our time if you like. But it’s starting to turn; the Church is starting to wake up.” — Bono


  • He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. — Confucius


  • Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, or what’s a heaven for? — Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto, 1855
  • Early to rise and early to bed makes a man healthy, wealthy and dead. — James Thurber, Fables for our Times, 1940
  • One often passes from love to ambition but rarely returns from ambition to love. — La Rochefoucauld, Reflections, 1665


  • America may be unique in being a country which has leapt from barbarism to decadence without touching civilization. — John O’Hara
  • In America one sees a good deal of Christianity, but it does not address the spiritual needs of the people. Just as salty seawater cannot quench thirst, much of American religion cannot satisfy a spiritually thirsty person because it is saturated with materialism. Although America is a “Christian” nation and there are many sincere Christians in America, the majority of the people there have no faith. There, where it is so easy to have religion, where religion is offered on every side and no one is persecuted for their beliefs, life should be peaceful. Instead, there is a mad rush and hustle and bustle after money and comfort and pleasure. In India, many Christians suffer bitter persecution but continue to find happiness in their new faith. Because it is so easy to have faith in America, people do not appreciate what a comfort there is in faith. — Excerpted from Wisdom of the Sadhu by Sadhu Sundar Singh


  • When angry count to ten; when very angry count to one hundred.” — Thomas Jefferson
  • When angry, count to five; when very angry, swear. — Mark Twain
  • You can’t shake hands with a clinched fist. — Indira Gandhi
  • Of the Seven Deadly Sins, anger is possibly the most fun. To lick your wounds, to smack your lips over grievances long past, to roll over your tongue the prospect of bitter confrontations still to come, to savor to the last toothsome morsel both the pain you are given and the pain you are giving back — in many ways it is a feast fit for a king. The chief drawback is that what you are wolfing down is yourself. The skeleton at the feast is you. — Frederick Buechner
  • Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage.  Babylonian Talmud, tractate Gittin
  • Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were. Cherie Carter-Scott, “If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules”
  • When anger rises, think of the consequences.  Confucius (551 BC – 479 BC)
  • Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor. Elizabeth I (1533 – 1603), in Francis Bacon, Apophthegms, 1625
  • Anger as soon as fed is dead-  ‘Tis starving makes it fat. Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886), Poems, Second Series, 1891
  • If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.  Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)
  • If you would cure anger, do not feed it. Say to yourself: ‘I used to be angry every day; then every other day; now only every third or fourth day.’ When you reach thirty days offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the gods. Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD)
  • Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to. Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Anger, 1985
  • Never forget what a man says to you when he is angry. Henry Ward Beecher (1813 – 1887)
  • Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life. Joan Lunden, in Healthy Living Magazine


  • I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it. — Abraham Lincoln
  • The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • It is just like man’s vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions. — Mark Twain
  • Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function. — Garison Keillor
  • A veterinarian can learn a lot about a dog owner he has never met by just observing the dog. – Stephen Brown


  • Anxiety is unbelief in disguise. — Don Hawkins
  • Anxiety is like sand in an oyster; a few grains produce a pearl, too many, kill. — saying
  • There is not such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it. — Ovid (d. A.D. 1), Metamorphasis


  • We know the worth of a thing when we have lost it. — French Proverb


  • The aim of argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. — Joseph Joubert, Pensees, 1842
  • “Arguments with furniture are rarely productive.” — Kehlog Albran, “The Profit”
  • The time for action is past! Now is the time for senseless bickering! — Ashleigh Brilliant
  • Never argue with a fool. Someone watching may not be able to tell the difference. –Anonymous 


  • The Army has carried the American … ideal to its logical conclusion. Not only do they prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, creed and color, but also on ability. — T. Lehrer
  • The Army needs leaders the way a foot needs a big toe. — Bill Murray

Art / Artists

  • Artist: Someone who produces things that people don’t need to have but that he — for some good reason — thinks it would be a good idea to give them. — Andy Warhol

Asking for Help

  • If there is something to gain and nothing to lose by asking, by all means ask! — W. Clement Stone
  • Tell everyone what you want to do and someone will want to help you do it. — W. Clement Stone
  • Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. — C. H. Spurgeon
  • You don’t always get what you ask for, but you never get what you don’t ask for… unless it’s contagious! — Franklyn Broude
  • Basically most people want to give. They almost encourage you to ask. — Brad Winch
  • You’ve got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world’s most powerful — and neglected — secret to success and happiness. — Percy Ross
  • We find what we expect to find, and we receive what we ask for. — Elbert Hubbard
  • Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. — C. H. Spurgeon
  • Many things are lost for want of asking. — English Proverb
  • Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people. Nor for others, easier. — Baltasar Gracian
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get. — Ghandi


  • Productivity is a function of attitude, and cost is a function of productivity. So it all comes down to attitude. — John Charvat, Zebco
  • Develop a healthy disrespect for the impossible. — Gene Hoffman, Super Valu
  • We’re lost, but we’re making good time! – Yogi Berra


  • Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth. –Benjamin Disraeli
  • We are what we pretend to be, but we better be very careful what we pretend.  –Kurt Vonnegut


  • No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority. – Joseph Addison
  • To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction. Sir Alfred Jules Ayer
  • Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker. Mikhail Bakunin
  • Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory. –Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. — Charles De Gaulle
  • Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt. — Robert Lindner
  • No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority. — Hans Reichenbach

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