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You can’t be truly rude until you understand good manners. –Rita Mae Brown


“Brands were built as a substitute for relationships. Today, they are the antithesis of relationships because they can’t — and shouldn’t — change based on information about me, the customer.”
— Martha Rogers, partner, Peppers and Rogers Group


Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary, yet no one agrees on just what it is. — Diane Ackerman

Love is the answer, but while you’re waiting for the answer, sex raises some pretty good questions. –Woody Allen

Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction. — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

In a great romance, each person plays a part the other really likes. — Elizabeth Ashley

Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all. — St. Augustine

Accept the things to which fate binds you, and love the people with whom fate brings you together, but do so with all your heart. — Marcus Aurelius

It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. –Jane Austen

Many a man owes his success to his first wife and his second wife to his success. — Jim Backus

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin. — Honore de Balzac

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman. — Honore de Balzac

Honeymoon: A short period of doting between dating and debting. — Ray Bandy

If it is your time, love will track you down like a cruise missile. — Lynda Barry

I feel like Zsa Zsa Gabor’s sixth husband. I know what I’m supposed to do, but I don’t know how to make it interesting. — Milton Berle, when called to the microphone at the 2nd Annual Comedians Hall of Fame Inductions

Patience with others is Love,
Patience with self is Hope,
Patience with God is Faith.
— Adel Bestavros

Love: a temporary insanity often curable by marriage. — Ambrose Bierce

The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity. — Ambrose Bierce

I recently read that love is entirely a matter of chemistry. That must be why my wife treats me like toxic waste. — David Bissonette

Ah Mozart! He was happily married – but his wife wasn’t. — Borge

Husbands are awkward things to deal with; even keeping them in hot water will not make them tender. — Mary Buckley

Insurance is like marriage. You pay, pay, pay, and you never get anything back. — Al Bundy, character on “Married with Children,” U.S. television show

Nothing says lovin’ like marrying your cousin! — Al Bundy, character on “Married with Children,” U.S. television show

Once a boy becomes a man, he’s a man all his life, but a woman is only sexy until she becomes your wife. — Al Bundy, character on “Married with Children,” U.S. television show

The only thing that holds a marriage together is the husband bein’ big enough to keep his mouth shut, to step back and see where his wife is wrong. — Archie Bunker, character on “All in the Family,” U.S. television show

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children they just about throw up. — Barbara Bush, first lady, 1989

In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved. — Butler

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip. — Jonathan Carroll, Outside the Dog Museum

If variety is the spice of life, marriage is the big can of leftover Spam. –Johnny Carson

If you are afraid of loneliness, don’t marry. — Chekhov

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war. — G. K. Chesterton

The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost. — G. K. Chesterton

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have; the older she gets the more interested he is in her. — Agatha Christie

The most happy marriage I can imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. — S. T. Coleridge

Love matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar. — Countess of Blessington

I’ve sometimes thought of marrying, and then I’ve thought again. — Noel Coward

A friend is one who knows us, but loves us anyway. — Fr. Jerome Cummings

Love is shown in your deeds, not in your words. — Fr. Jerome Cummings

Marriage is a matter of give and take, but so far I haven’t been able to find anybody who’ll take what I have to give. — Cass Daley

I’d marry again if I found a man who had 15 million and would sign over half of it to me before the marriage and guarantee he’d be dead within a year. — Bette Davis

Love is an ocean of emotions entirely surrounded by expenses. — Lord Dewar

I’ve been asked to say a couple of words about my husband, Fang. How about “short” and “cheap”? — Phyllis Diller

Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight. — Phyllis Diller

It destroys one’s nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being. — Benjamin Disraeli

Honolulu, it’s got everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife’s mother. — Ken Dodd

Any intelligent woman who reads the marriage contract, and then goes into it, deserves all the consequences. — Isadora Duncan

Epperson’s law: When a man says it’s a silly, childish game, it’s probably something his wife can beat him at.

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly. — Rose Franken

Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness. — Sigmund Freud

A Code of Honor: Never approach a friend’s girlfriend or wife with mischief as your goal. There are just too many women in the world to justify that sort of dishonorable behavior. Unless she’s _really_ attractive. — Bruce Friedman

Choose a wife by your ear than your eye. — Thomas Fuller, 1732

Husbands are like fires. They go out if unattended. — Zsa Zsa Gabor

A man is incomplete until he is married. After that, he is finished. — Zsa Zsa Gabor

I’m an excellent housekeeper. Every time I get a divorce, I keep the house. — Zsa Zsa Gabor

I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back. — Zsa Zsa Gabor

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations. — Khalil Gibran

We love because it’s the only true adventure. — Nikki Giovanni

We look forward to the time when the power to love of will replace the love of power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace. — William Gladstone

Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing; a confusion of the real with the ideal never goes unpunished. — Goethe

Thank heaven. A bachelor’s life is no life for a single man. — Samuel Goldwyn, immigrant-turned-famous-movie-producer, when told his son was getting married

Love is blind and marriage is the institution for the blind. — James Graham.

If I were a girl, I’d despair. The supply of good women far exceeds that of the men who deserve them. — Robert Graves

When a man steals your wife, there is no better revenge than to let him keep her. — Sacha Guitry

An ideal wife is one who remains faithful to you but tries to be just as charming as if she weren’t. — Sacha Guitry

Love is the great miracle cure. Loving ourselves works miracles in our lives. — Louise Hay

The story of a love is not important – what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity. — Helen Hayes

If you want to sacrifice the admiration of many men for the criticism of one, go ahead, get married. — Katharine Hepburn

Sometimes I wonder if men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then. — Katharine Hepburn

Love is only the game that is not called on account of darkness. — M. Hirschfield

I would rather live and love where death is king than have eternal life where love is not. — Robert G. Ingersoll

It is amazing at how small a price may the wedding ring be placed upon a worthless hand; but, by the beauty of our law, what heaps of gold are indispensable to take it off! — Douglas Jerold, 1858

Well, I think that it’s a- it’s had some difficult times but I think we have- we, I think, have been able to make some very good progress and it’s- I would say that it’s- it’s- it’s delightful that we’re able to- to share the time and the relationship that we- that we do share. — Senator Edward Kennedy, during a 4 November 1979 interview with Roger Mudd trying to answer the question “What is the present state of your marriage?”

Marrying a man is like buying something you’ve been admiring for a long time in a shop window. You may love it when you get it home, but it doesn’t always go with everything in the house. — Jean Kerr

To love another person is to help them love God. — Soren Kierkegaard

Everybody can be great . . . because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illumines it.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. the foundation of such a method is love. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

We shall match your capacity to inflict suffering with our capacity to endure suffering. Do to us what you will and we shall continue to love you. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

A coward is a hero with a wife, kids, and a mortgage. — Marvin Kitman

Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl. –Stephen Leacock

To love another person is to see the face of God. –Les Miserables (the musical)

Love one another and you will be happy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. — Michael Leunig

Harpo, she’s a lovely person. She deserves a good husband. Marry her before she finds one. — Oscar Levant to Harpo Marx upon meeting Harpo’s fiancee

I have come to the conclusion never again to think of marrying, and for this reason, I can never be satisfied with anyone who would be blockhead enough to have me. — Abraham Lincoln in a letter to Mrs. O.H. Browning, April 1, 1838

Jimmy Carter as President is like Truman Capote marrying Dolly Parton. The job is just too big for him. — Rich Little

An act of love that fails is just as much a part of the divine life as an act of love that succeeds, for love is measured by fullness, not by reception. — Harold Loukes

It’s true that I did get the girl, but then my grandfather always said, “Even a blind chicken finds a few grains of corn now and then.” — Lyle Lovett, musician, upon marrying actress Julia Roberts, 1994

We seek the comfort of another. Someone to share and share the life we choose. Someone to help us through the never-ending attempt to understand ourselves. And in the end, someone to comfort us along the way. — Marlin Finch Lupus

The best way to get husbands to do something is to suggest that perhaps they are too old to do it. — Shirley MacLaine

I belong to Bridegrooms Anonymous. Whenever I feel like getting married, they send over a lady in a housecoat and hair curlers to burn my toast for me. — Dick Martin

The husband who wants a happy marriage should learn to keep his mouth shut and his checkbook open. — Groucho Marx

We in the industry know that behind every successful screenwriter stands a woman. And behind her stands his wife. — Groucho Marx

I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. — Groucho Marx

In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.РAndr̩ Maurois

There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage. — James Holt McGavran

Men have a better time than women; for one thing, they marry later; for another thing, they die earlier. — H. L. Mencken

Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn’t, they’d be married too. — H. L. Mencken

We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart. — H. L. Mencken

Love cures people, both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. — Dr. Karl Menninger

Marriage is like a cage; one sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out. — Montaigne

A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. — Montaigne

Age does not protect you from love but love to some extent protects you from age. — Jeanne Moreau

A man who has never made a woman angry is a failure in life. — Christopher Morley

If a relationship is to evolve, it must go through a series of endings. — Lisa Moriyama

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

To keep your marriage brimming, with love in the wedding cup, whenever you’re wrong, admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up. — Ogden Nash

Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few. — George Jean Nathan

Love is like the measles. The older you get it, the worse the attack. — Mary Roberts Rhinehart

It doesn’t much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find out next morning it was someone else. — Rogers

Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blows up the bonfire. — François de La Rouchefoucauld

There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations. — François de La Rouchefoucauld

To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written. — Jean Jacques Rousseau

A husband is what’s left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted. — Helen Rowland

When a girl marries, she exchanges the attentions of many men for the inattention of one. — Helen Rowland

When you see what some girls marry, you realize how they must hate to work for a living. — Helen Rowland

In olden times, sacrifices were made at the altar, a practice which is still very much practiced. — Helen Rowland

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain and bought jewelry. — Rita Rudner

Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with? — Rita Rudner

I think every woman is entitled to a middle husband she can forget. — Adela Rogers St. John

Love is a gross exaggeration of the difference between one person and everybody else. — George Bernard Shaw

The fickleness of the women I love is only equalled by the infernal consistency of the women who love me. — George Bernard Shaw

To love and be loved is the great happiness of existence. — Sydney Smith

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love. — Sophocles

Some of us are becoming the men we wanted to marry. — Gloria Steinem

Love is stronger than justice. — Sting

I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love. — Mother Teresa

If love is the answer, could you rephrase the question? — Lily Tomlin

Love is the same as like except you feel sexier. — Judith Viorst

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. — Oscar Wilde

Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love. The real miracle is the love that inspires them. In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle. — Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

We had a lot in common. I loved him and he loved him. — Shelley Winters

I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
— William Butler Yeats, from “He wishes for the cloths of heaven”

I take my wife everywhere I go. She always finds her way back. — Henny Youngman

You can’t buy love, but you can pay heavily for it. — Henny Youngman

American marriages are begging to resemble the American job: short-term, contingent, and subject to abrupt termination. — Barbara Whitehead, American Enterprise, May/June 1996,

I think men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage. They’ve experienced pain, and bought jewelry. — Rita Rudner

“What’s the point of me being on speaking terms when you’re not on listening terms!”– Andy Capp’s wife

Marriage is like a cage: One sees the birds outside desperate to get in, and those inside desperate to get out. — Montaigne

Before marriage a man yearns for the woman he loves. After marriage, the “Y” becomes silent. — Unknown

Hardly anything can be of greater value to a man of theory and speculation who employs himself, not in collecting materials of knowledge by observation, but in working them up by processes of thought into comprehensive truths of science and laws of conduct than to carry on his speculations in the companionship and under the criticism of a really superior woman. — John Stuart Mill

My wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met. — Rodney Dangerfield

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. — Socrates

In Hollywood all marriages are happy. It’s trying to live together afterwards that causes the problems.” — Shelley Winters

To keep your marriage brimming with love in the loving cup. When you’re wrong, admit it, when you’re right, shut up — Ogden Nash

When two people are under the influence of the most violent, most insane, most delusive, and most transient of passions, they are required to swear that they will remain in that excited, abnormal, and exhausting condition continuously until death do them part.” — George Bernard Shaw

It’s easy to leave your spouse. It’s not so easy to leave your best friend. — Mary Alda, wife of actor Alan Alda

Let the wife make her husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. — Martin Luther

“All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.” – Red Skelton 


To be upset over what you don’t have is to waste what you do have. –Unknown 

When you live in a shopping mall culture, where everything bears a human imprint, whom do you worship? — Bill McKibben, essayist


The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. — Thomas Jefferson to William Stevens Smith, 1787

Although prepared for martyrdom, I preferred that it be postponed.  -Sir Winston Churchill


There must be more to life than having everything.” — Maurice Sendak

Advertising has altered humankind. We’ve gone from caveman and cavewoman to craveman and cravewoman. — Frank Tyger

How can we embrace poverty as a way to God when everyone around us wants to become rich? Poverty has many forms. We have to ask ourselves, “What is my poverty?” Is it lack of money, lack of emotional security, lack of a loving partner, lack of security, lack of safety, lack of self-confidence? Each human being has a place of pverty. That’s the place where God wants to dwell! “How blessed are the poor,” Jesus says (Matthew 5:3). This means that our blessing is hidden in our poverty.  We are so inclined to cover up our poverty and ignore it that we often miss the opportunity to discover God, who dwells in it. Let’s dare to see our poverty as the land in which our treasure is hidden.  – Henri Nouwen.


A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and about two years after he thinks he does.” — Lewis B. Hershey

When I grow up I want to become the person my dog thinks I am.

One cannot get through life without pain. What we can do is choose how to use the pain life presents to us. — Bernie Siegel

One often learns more from ten days of agony than from ten years of contentment. — Merle Shain

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on. — Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Is life so wretched?

Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddled? You are the one who must grow up! — Dag Hammarskjold

One of the reason mature people stop growing and learning is they become less and less willing to risk failure.” — John Gardner


From his cradle to his grave a man never does a single thing which has any first and foremost object but one — to secure peace of mind, spiritual comfort, for himself.” — Mark Twain


Only a mediocre person is always at his or her best. — Lawrence Peter

I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific. — Lilly Tomlin

Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. –Albert Einstein


Think often on God, by day, by night, in your business, and even in your diversions. He is always near you and with you; leave him not alone. You would think it rude to leave a friend alone who came to visit you; why, then, must God be neglected: Do not, then, forget him, but think on him often, adore him continually, live and die with him; this is the glorious employment of a Christian. In a word, this is our profession; if we do not know it, we must learn it. — Brother Lawrence

Any the smallest alteration of my silent daily habits produces anarchy in me.” — Thomas Carlyle

“Learn how to meditate on paper. Drawing and writing are forms of meditation. Learn how to contemplate works of art. Learn how to pray in the streets or in the country.”  Thomas Merton.


The meek will inherit the earth – but not the mineral rights. – J. Paul Getty


We are going to continue having these meetings, everyday, until I find out why no work is getting done.

Meeting, n.: An assembly of people coming together to decide what person or department not represented in the room must solve a problem.

“The modern business meeting … might be better compared with a funeral, in the sense that you have a gathering of people who are wearing uncomfortable clothing and would rather be elsewhere.” – Dave Barry


Men are like fish. They both get in trouble when they open their mouth.

“All men make mistakes, but married men find out about them sooner.” – Red Skelton 

A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study – Duh! – Conan O’Brien


It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backward — Lewis Carroll

Mental Attitude

9% of the game is half mental. – Yogi Berra

Occasionally, I have to think like myself to remember where I put something. –Sue S. Taylor

Mental Health

The greatest discovery of my generation is that men can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind. — William James

Overall there are two classifications of Christians, the “healthy-minded” and the “morbid-minded.” — William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience, 1902

A well adjusted person is one who makes the same mistake twice without getting nervous. — Anonymous

The statistics on sanity are that one out of every four Americans is suffering from some form of mental illness.  Think of your three best friends.  If they’re okay, then it’s you.  –Rita Mae Brown

What sane person could live in this world and not be crazy? –Ursula LeGuin


Mentoring is a brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and a kick in the pants. — John C. Crosby, The Uncommon Individual Foundation

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can. — Emmerson, The Conduct of Life, 1860

A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books. — Chinese Proverb

Mentoring is a brain to pick, a shoulder to cry on, and a kick in the pants. — John C. Crosby, The Uncommon Individual Foundation

The true mentor defends his pupil against his own personal influence. He inspires self-trust. He guides their eyes from himself to the spirit that quickens him. He will have no disciples. — Amos Bronson Alcott, 1799-1888

Leadership is both something you are and something you do. A mentor is not a person who can do the work better than his followers; he is a person who can get his followers to do the work better than he can. — Fred Smith

I think of Dwight D. Eisenhower, who many believe was a mediocre line officer and whose career was going no place. He requested to go to Panama, I think, to work under a certain general. That general had a transforming impact on his life as an officer; he taught Eisenhower how to become a competent leader. — J. Richard Chase, p. 29, Leaders, 1987

To be present to another, to be a true friend, means to be forever on call, forever open, forever willing to be involved in the friend’s troubles. — Douglas V. Steere, On Being Present Where You Are (Wallingford, Pa.: Pendle Hill Publications, 1967), p. 9

Teachers are those who use themselves as bridges, over which they invite their students to cross; then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own. — Nikos Kazantzakis

If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay that way, but if you treat him as if he were what he could be, he will become what he could be. — Goethe

Ten Commandments of Mentoring
1. Thou shalt not play God.
2. Thou shalt not play Teacher.
3. Thou shalt not play Mother or Father.
4. Thou shalt not lie with your body.
5. Active listening is the holy time and thou shalt practice it at every session.
6. Thou shalt be nonjudgmental.
7. Thou shalt not lose heart because of repeated disappointments.
8. Thou shalt practice empathy, not sympathy.
9. Thou shalt not believe that thou can move mountains.
10. Thou shalt not envy thy neighbor’s protege, nor thy neighbor’s success.
— John C. Crosby, The Uncommon Individual Foundation

Modeling may not only be the best way to teach; it may be the only way to teach. — Albert Schweitzer


Cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door. — William Blake

Even a poor man, a recipient of charity, should give charity. — The Talmud

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. — Gretta Brooker Palmer

We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. – Winston Churchill

A Spanish father decides to reconcile with his son who has run away to Madr. Now remorseful, the father takes out this ad in the El Liberal newspaper: “PACO MEET ME AT HOTEL MONTANA NOON TUESDAY. ALL IS FORGIVEN.” Pace is a common name in Spain, and when the father goes to the square he finds eight hundred young men named Paco waiting for their fathers. – Ernest Hemingway, “The Capitol of the World”, in The Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway, Scribner, 1953


Minnesota: The major industries are 1: Cows, and 2: trying to get cars started, which is difficult because the entire state is located inside the Arctic Circle. The largest city is Minneapolis, nicknamed, ‘St. Paul.’ — Dave Berry


“The difference between a misfortune and a calamity? If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, it would be a calamity.” — Benjamin Disraeli


People who smile when things go wrong are either idiots or repairmen. — Ruth Brown

We may make mistakes – but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle. – Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945

I don’t make many mistakes, but when I do, it’s a beaut. — Fiorello LaGuardia

Mistakes are the portals of discovery. — James Joyce

The art of becoming wise is the art of knowing what to overlook. — Wm. James, Psychologist

Football is a game of errors. The team with the fewest errors in a game usually wins.” — Paul Brown

We made too many wrong mistakes.– Yogi Berra


Be what you would have your pupils to be. — Thomas Carlyle


Money can’t buy friends, but you can get a better class of enemies. — Spike Miligan

Lack of money is the root of all evil. – George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, 1902

When a Banker jumps out of a window, jump after him — that’s where the money is. — Robespierre

A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it. — Bob Hope

Our lives have become a hell not because money is too important to us, but because it is not important enough. — Jacob Needleman

Make money and the world will conspire to call you a gentleman. — Mark Twain

A billion here, a couple of billion there — first thing you know it adds up to be real money. — Everett McKinley Dirksen

We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs. — Gloria Steinam

Money doesn’t always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are not happier than people with nine million dollars. – Unknown

We have more will than wallet, but will is what we need. – Geo. Bush, 1989

If you’d know the power of money, go and borrow some. Ben Franklin 

When money speaks, the truth keeps silent.  Russian Proverb 

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. Ben Franklin

Rich or poor, it’s good to have money. Sid Lance 

A penny saved is a penny earned. Ben Frankin

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth. Jeremy Taylor

I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money. Pablo Picasso

When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion. Voltaire

Never invest your money in anything that eats or needs repairing. Billy Rose

With money in you pocket, you are wise and you are handsome and you sing well, too. Yiddish Proverb

You can’t force anyone to love you or lend you money. Jewish Proverb

Money isn’t everything–but it’s a long way ahead of what comes next. – Edmund Stockdale

Getting money is like digging with a needle; spending it is like water soaking into sand. Japanese Proverb

Money is the wise man’s religion. Euripides



If slavery is not wrong, nothing is wrong. – Abraham Lincoln, Apr. 4, 1864

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right. –Isaac Asimov 

The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures; but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot. — Mark Twain, What Is Man?

A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. –Albert Einstein

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had to run them through the US Congress.  — Ronald Reagan

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” — G.K. Chesterton, 19th-century English essayist and poet

“That which is beautiful is moral. That is all, nothing more.” — Gustave  Flaubert, 19th-century French novelist

“Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.” — Friedrich Nietzsche, 19th-century German philosopher

“Morality is simply the attitude we adopt toward people whom we personally dislike.” — Oscar Wilde, 19th-century English wit and author

“The first step in the evolution of ethics is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.” — Albert Schweitzer, early 20th-century German Nobel Peace Prize-winning mission doctor and theologian

“In law a man is guilty when he violates the rights of others. In ethics he is guilty if he only thinks of doing so.” — Immanuel Kant, 18th century Prussian geographer and philosopher

“The foundation of morality is to have done, once and for all, with lying.” — Thomas Henry Huxley

“Morality is stronger than tyrants.” — Saint-Just

“Morality, when formal, devours.” — Albert Camus, Nobel Prize-winning 20th-century French “existentialist” novelist

“A moral being is one who is capable of comparing his past and future actions or motives, and of approving or disapproving of them.” — Charles Darwin

“Morality begins at the point of a gun.” — Mao Tse-Tung, 20th-century revolutionary founder of modern China

“Without civic morality communities perish; without personal morality their survival has no value.” — Bertrand Russell, 20th-century British mathematician and philosopher

“The essence of morality is the subjugation of nature in obedience of social needs.” — John Morley, 19th-century British statesman

“Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives.” — Ayn Rand, 20th-century Russian/American novelist and philosopher

“There’s a hole in the moral ozone and it’s getting bigger.” — Michael Josephson, 20th/21st-century American ethicist


Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. — Lisa Alther

Motivation — Inner

Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. — Reggie Leach

If love doesn’t prompt it, it isn’t worth anything. — Dwight L. Moody



What the word makes clear, music makes alive. — Friedrich Schleiermacher

Music is the art of thinking with sounds. — Jules Combarie Source: Harper Book of Quotations, Harper 1993

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