Those that know me knows what a quote junkie I am. I know that it might bugs you guys off too, sometimes… but hey, I like it… and now I would like to share it with you all. Plus, it would be sort of like a repository for me. Hope that you would enjoy it as much as I do…
what I like about the quotes is how the writer play with the words and how they explain the complexities of the world in a few words. and oh how true they sometimes get. and some are funny too!
One movie in mind about quotation is how the teacher in the movie Dead Poet Society asked his students to memorize the quotation even while they were playing football. I like that scene!
well, here it is. with no particular order or grouping. I tried doing the grouping before but it’s too much work. I’ll add from time to time.
There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self. Benjamin Franklin
Lawyers spends a great deal of their time shoveling smoke. Oliver wendell holmes jr.
You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun. Al Capone.
If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal Emma Goldman
An eye for an eye, and the whole world would be blind. Kahlil Gibran
last words in a poem by Wislawa Szymborska.
“Let the people who never find true love believe that there is no such thing. Their faith will make it easier for them to live and die.
How beautiful it is to do nothing, and then rest afterward. Spanish proverb.
One way to prevent conversation from being boring is to say the wrong thing.
— Frank Sheed
It is wise to remember that you are one of those who can be fooled some of the time.
— Laurence J. Peter
A fool judges people by the presents they give him.
— Chinese Proverb
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you.
Editor: Many of you may be too young to remember U.S. comedian Sam Levenson, he was popular from the 1940s through the mid-1960s. But Levenson said things that made sense and it would be a shame if they faded into oblivion, so here are a few of his “nuggets” worth assaying.
1. The first screw to get loose in your head is the one that holds your tongue in place.
2. You’re only young once. After that it takes some other excuse for behaving like an idiot.
3. Even if the majority agrees on an idiotic idea, it is still an idiotic idea.
4. There are more important things in life than money. The trouble is they all cost money.
5. On sex education in schools: Let them teach it! If the schools teach sex the way they teach everything else, the kids will lose interest anyhow.
6. Somewhere on this globe a woman is giving birth to a child every ten seconds. She must be found and stopped.
7. You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.
8. I admit that my wife is outspoken, but by whom?
9. Insanity is hereditary. You can get it from your children.
10. Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.
When a man says money can do anything, that settles it; he hasn’t any.
— Ed Howe
If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire–then you got a problem. Everything else is inconvenience.
There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
— French Proverb
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
— Benjamin Franklin
The trouble with resisting temptation is it may never come your way again.
Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.
Claud Cockburn (1904-1981 ) Journalist
Never answer an angry word with an angry word. It’s the second one that makes the quarrel.
W. A. Nance
Cease to struggle and you cease to live.
— Chinese Proverb
A gentle word opens an iron gate.
— Bulgarian Proverb
God visits us often, but most of the time we are not home.
— French Proverb
Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.
— Japanese Proverb
Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.
— Charles de Gaulle
What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
— Alfred Mercier
Love and eggs are best when they are fresh.
Do not let trifles disturb your tranquility of mind. …Life is too precious to be sacrificed for the nonessential and transient. ..Ignore the inconsequential.
Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953)
When eating fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.
— Vietnamese Proverb
Rita Rudner – “In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk.”
Anger is the only thing to put off till tomorrow.
— Slovakian Proverb
Beware the fury of a patient man.
— John Dryden
He who builds according to every man’s advice will have a crooked house.
— Danish Proverb
We are never so generous as when giving advice.
— Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Jim Rohn – “The more you know the less you need to say.”
Bob Hope – “Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.”
Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult.
Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)
Conductor and musician
If it is desirable that our children be kind, responsible, pleasant and honest, then those qualities must be taught–not hoped for.
“Khoirul jaalisi fizzamanil kitab”
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead. Not sick. Not wounded. Dead.
I am not afraid of death, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.
I don’t like food that’s too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I’d buy a painting.
Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
— American Proverb
Laws are the spider’s webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape.
Rising early makes the road short.
— Senegalese Proverb
In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone’s letter.
— Chinese Proverb
Let us be a little humble; let us think that the truth may not perhaps be entirely with us.
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)
For what cannot be cured, patience is best.
— Irish Proverb
The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection.
— George Orwell
Those who don’t get their feet wet don’t catch fish.
— Chinese Proverb
Trust in God and do something.
— Mary Lyon
Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg.
— Yugoslav Proverb
142. Knowing others is wisdom. Knowing the self is enlightenment. Lao-Tzu (c. 6th century B.C.) Philosopher
141. A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle. Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) Novelist and poet
140. The friend is the man who knows all about you, and still likes you. — Elbert Hubbard
139. Ani DiFranco – “Art may imitate life, but life imitates TV.”
138. Love many, hate few, learn to paddle your own canoe. — American Proverb
137. Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers, pray for powers equal to your tasks. Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) Cleric
136. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. Publilius Syrus (c. 42 B.C.) Writer
135. When you judge someone, you don’t define them, you define yourself. Wayne Dyer Psychologist and writer
134. The biggest cause of trouble in the world today is that the stupid people are so sure about things and the intelligent folks are so full of doubts. — Bertrand Russell
133. When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
132. To him that watches, everything is revealed. — Italian Proverb
131. The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. — Robertson Davies
130. We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge. — Rutherford D. Rogers
129. “Sex and golf are the two things you can enjoy even if you’re not good at them.” – Kevin Costner in Tin Cup
128. If you look back, you’ll soon be going that way. — American Proverb
127. A person who doesn’t know but knows he doesn’t know is a student; teach him.
A person who knows but who doesn’t know that he knows is asleep; awaken him.
But a person who knows and knows that he knows is wise; follow him.
— Asian Proverb
126. I am not young enough to know everything. — Oscar Wilde
125. Money is a good servant but a bad master. — French Proverb
124. They say marriages are made in heaven, but so are thunder and lightning. — Clint Eastwood
123. If you want the truth, ask a child. — French Proverb
122. Hear the other side. — Roman Proverb
121. One filled with joy preaches without preaching. — Mother Teresa of Calcutta
120. Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble. — French Proverb
119. Nodding the head does not row the boat. —Irish Proverb
118. A friend to all is a friend to none. —Polish Proverb
117. Patience is a flower that grows not in everyone’s garden. —Italian Proverb
116. To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice. —Confucius
115. There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience. —French Proverb
114. Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way. —American Proverb
113. When you clench your fist, no one can put anything in your hand. —Alex Haley
112. If you don’t want anyone to know, don’t do it. —Chinese Proverb
111. Always put off until tomorrow what you shouldn’t do at all. —Morris Mandel
110. What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
109. You don’t understand anything until you learn it more than one way. Marvin Minsky Scientist and educator
108. An old broom knows the dirty corners best. Irish Proverb
107. I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate. Arthur Wing Pinero
106. The cure for anything is salt water–sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen (1885-1962) Writer
105. Don’t ask me who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life. Charles de Gaulle
104. The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. Charles de Gaulle
103. It’s easy to halve the potato where there’s love. Irish Proverb
102. A hospital bed is a parked taxi with the meter running. Groucho Marx
101. I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx
100. I have had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it. Groucho Marx
99. I never forget a face, but in your case I’ll be glad to make an exception. Groucho Marx
98. I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.
97. Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who wants to live in an institution? Groucho Marx
96. Next time I see you, remind me not to talk to you. Groucho Marx
95. Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. Groucho Marx
94. The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. Groucho Marx
93. There’s one way to find out if a man is honest – ask him. If he says, “Yes,” you know he is a crook. Groucho Marx
92. Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others. Groucho Marx
91. Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty. —Sicilian Proverb
90. The richest man, whatever his lot, is he who is content with what he has got. —Dutch Proverb
89. Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have. —Doris Mortman
88. He that would live in peace and at ease, must not speak all he knows nor judge all he sees. —Benjamin Franklin
87. We judge others by their acts, but ourselves by our intentions. —American Proverb
86. This is where you will win the battle — in the playhouse of your mind. —Maxwell Maltz
85. These things are good in little measure and evil in large: yeast, salt and hesitation. —The Talmud
84. Compassion is difficult to give away because it keeps coming back. Author unknown
83. I don’t believe in just ordering people to do things. You have to sort of grab an oar and row with them. Harold Geneen Telecommunications executive
82. Life is a candle before the wind.–Japanese Proverb
81. The very thing one likes, one does well.–Japanese Proverb
80. Man proposes, God disposes.–Chinese Proverb
79. How to make God laugh. Tell him your future plans.–Woody Allen
78. Soft words are hard arguments.–Thomas Fuller
77. If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he, and I was I.–Montaigne
76. Life is full of miracles, but they’re not always the ones we pray for. Eve Arden (1909-1990)Actor
75. Bury can’t and you’ll find will. —American Proverb
74. Reputation is what you are in the light; character is what you are in the dark. —American Proverb
73. A closed mouth gathers no feet.
72. The best way to get praise is to die. —Italian Proverb
71. Tell the truth and run. —Yugoslavian Proverb
70. There are only two ways of telling the complete truth – anonymously and posthumously.–Thomas Sowell
69. Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing. —Evelyn Nown
68. Instruction in youth is like engraving in stone. —Columbian Proverb
67. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others; a fool by his own.–Latin Proverb
66. Aging is guaranteed, but gaining wisdom is not.–Contributed by subscriber John Summers
65. God gave man a brain and a penis. But not enough blood to work booth of them at the same time. Robbin Williams
64. Success is not counted by how high you have climbed but by how many you brought with you. Wil Rose
63. A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase.— French Proverb
62. The child that’s left to himself will put his mother to shame.— Gaelic Proverb
61. May the Lord grant me a sword and no need to use it. —Czech Proverb
60. One sword keeps another in the sheath. —George Herbert
59. Shame arises from the fear of man; conscience from the fear of God. –Samuel Johnson
58. Experience is a hard teacher. She gives the test first, the lessons afterward. Author unknown
57. Who gossips to you will gossip of you. —Puerto Rican Proverb
56. Adversity is the stuff that shows whether you are what you thought you were. —American Proverb
55. “The nice thing about meditation is that it makes doing nothing quite respectable.” – Paul Dean
54. Whose bread I eat, his song I sing. —German Proverb
53. It isn’t the whistle that pulls the train.– Vermont Proverb
52. Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.– George Burns
51. No revenge is more honorable than one not taken. — Spanish Proverb
50. Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst. — Walter Weckler
49. If you kick a stone in anger, you’ll hurt your own foot. — Korean Proverb
48. Newspaper: dead trees with information smeared on them.
47. He who buys what he does not need steals from himself.
46. The use of solar energy has not been open up because the oil industry does not own the sun. Ralph Nader
45. The butterfly often forgets it was a caterpillar.– Swedish Proverb
44. The hardest thing is to take less when you can get more. Kin Hubbard
43. Eat and drink with your relatives; do business with strangers. — Greek Proverb
42. Money lent to a friend must be recovered from an enemy. — German Proverb
41. It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.” – Arthur Calwell
40. “Too many folks go through life running from something that isn’t after them.” -Anonymous
39. Words are like bullets; if they escape, you can’t catch them again. — African Proverb
38. After the game, the king and pawn go into the same box. — Italian Proverb
37. The less you talk, the more you’re listened to. — Abigail Van Buren
36. More grievous than tears is the sight of them.
35. Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
34. The bond of matrimony is like any other bonds – they mature slowly.
33. The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears.
32. We do not remember days; we remember moments.
31. And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
30. No where can man find a quieter or more untroubled retreat than in his own soul.
29. A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.
28. The best remedy for a short temper is a long walk
27. You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.
26. They kill good trees to put out bad newspaper.
25. The world need dreamers and the world need doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.
24. Friendship isn’t a big thing – it’s a million little things.
23. The luck of an ignoramus is this: He doesn’t know that he doesn’t know. — Yiddish Proverb
22. The art of pleasing is the art of deceiving. — French Proverb
21. Forbear to judge, for we are all sinners
20. Democracy is being allowed to vote for the candidate that you dislike least.
19. People are more incline to set moral standard for others
18. The injury we do and the one we suffer are not weighed in the same scale
17. Many of us believe that wrongs aren’t wrong if it’s done by nice people like ourselves
16. Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn. Greek proverb
15. A little help is better than a lot of pity. — Celtic Proverb
14. Help yourself and heaven will help you. — Jean de La Fontaine
13. Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter. Dan Reeves Football coach and motivational speaker
12. He who has once burnt his mouth always blows his soup.– German Proverb
11. It’s discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. — Noel Coward
10. Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
9. Rumi says, ‘Trouble not about others, for there is much for you to think of in yourself.’
8. Christ has taught: ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged.’
7. For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary. For those who doubt, no miracle is sufficient.
6. A diamond with a flaw is worth more than a pebble without imperfections. — Chinese Proverb
5. The only nice thing about being imperfect is the joy it brings to others. — Doug Larson
4. Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.– Elbert Hubbard
3. Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.
2. Do you have the patience to wait till your mud settles and the water is clear? Can you remain unmoving till the right action arises by itself? Lao-Tzu (c. 6th century B.C.) Philosopher and founder of Taoism
1. The whole is the sum of the parts, so be a good part. Nate McConnell