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Babauta, Leo
  • Doing a huge number of things doesnít mean youíre getting anything meaningful done. (The Power Of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential)

  • Simplifying isn't meant to leave your life empty, itís meant to leave space in your life for what you really want to do. Know what those things are before you start. (The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential)

Babbitt, Natalie

  • Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don't have to live forever, you just have to live. (Tuck Everlasting)

  • The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. (Tuck Everlasting)

Babson, Roger

  • Experience has taught me that there is one chief reason why some people succeed and others fail. The difference is not one of knowing, but of doing. The successful man is not so superior in ability as in action. So far as success can be reduced to a formula, it consists of this: doing what you know you should do.

  • It is wise to keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.

Bacall, Lauren

  • Generally women are better than men - they have more character. I prefer men for some things, obviously, but women have a greater sense of honor and are more willing to take a chance with their lives.

  • Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  • The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.

  • Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence.

Bach, Richard

  • Don't be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes is certain for those who are friends. (Illusions)

  • Donít believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding, find out what you already know, and youíll see the way to fly.

  • Here is the test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

  • I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?

  • In order to live free and happily you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.

  • The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.

  • The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.

  • Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can.

  • There are no mistakes. The events we bring upon ourselves, no matter how unpleasant, are necessary in order to learn what we need to learn; whatever steps we take, they're necessary to reach the places we've chosen to go.

  • There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.

  • We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly! (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

  • When we come to the last moment of this lifetime, and we look back across it, the only thing that's going to matter is "What was the quality of our love?"

  • You don't want a million answers as much as you want a few forever questions. The questions are diamonds you hold in the light. Study a lifetime and you see different colors from the same jewel.

Bacon, Francis

  • He that gives good advice builds with one hand; he that gives good counsel and example builds with both...

  • A man would do well to carry a pencil in his pocket and write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable, and should be secured, because they seldom return.

  • Natural abilities are like natural plants, that need pruning by study; and studies themselves do give forth directions too much at large, except they be bounded in by experience.

  • Nothing destroyeth authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power pressed too far, and relaxed too much. ("Of Empire", Essays)

  • Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.

  • A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.

  • Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

  • A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

Bacon, Josephine Dodge Daskam

  • Remember this December,
    That love weighs more than gold!

Bader, Douglas (Sir)

  • Donít listen to anyone who tells you that you canít do this or that. Thatís nonsense. Make up your mind, youíll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.

  • Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men.

Baeck, Leo

  • Service of God consists in what we do to our neighbor.

Baer, Arthur (Bugs)

  • It was as helpful as throwing a drowning man both ends of the rope.

Baez, Joan

  • I have been true to the principles of nonviolence, developing a stronger and stronger aversion to the ideologies of both the far right and the far left and a deeper sense of rage and sorrow over the suffering they continue to produce all over the world.

  • It seems to me that those songs that have been any good, I have nothing much to do with the writing of them. The words have just crawled down my sleeve and come out on the page.

  • You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now.

Bagehot, Walter

  • The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

Baggott, W. (Mrs.)

  • When Christmas bells are ringing
    The carols old and true
    Of you, dear friend, I'm thinking,
    And I send my wish to you. ("When Christmas Bells Are Ringing")

Baha Allah

  • Work done in the true spirit of service is considered as worship.

Bailey, David

  • We live in deeds, not years: In thoughts not breaths; In feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Bailey, Henry Christopher

  • Faith is a higher faculty than reason.

Bailey, Pearl

  • Everybody wants to do something to help, but nobody wants to be the first.

  • There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you-if you don't repeat it.

  • There's a period of life when we swallow a knowledge of ourselves and it becomes either good or sour inside.

  • What the world really needs is more love and less paperwork.

Bailey, Margaret

  • God, give me sympathy and sense
    And help me keep my courage high.
    God, give me calm and confidence--
    And, please Ė a twinkle in my eye.

Bailey, Philip James

  • We should count time by heart-throbs. He most lives, Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.

Baille, Joanna

  • Busy work brings after ease;
    Ease brings sport and sport brings rest;
    For young and old, of all degrees,
    The mingled lot is best.

  • A willing heart adds feather to the heel. (De Montfort)

Bakare, Muhtar

  • Respect comes from understanding each otherís stories. But we shout over each other and forget to listen. If we listened, we would find that what the other person was saying is an echo of what we are saying ourselves.

Baker, Howard

  • If you don't like the question that's asked, answer some other question.

Baker, Newton D.

  • The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after.

Baker, Russell

  • What sweeter words can fall on the human ear? It's going to be May all week long. (Poor Russell's Almanac)

Bakula, Jessica C.

  • There are three types of people who major in art: those so full of passion they find inspiration in a falling leaf; those who yearn to feel anything at the sight of a falling leaf; and those who cannot do math.

Bakunin, Mikhail

  • Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it. (God and the State)

Baldwin, Christina

  • Wonder and despair are two sides of a spinning coin. When you open yourself to one, you open yourself to the other. You discover a capacity for joy that wasn't in your before. Wonder is the promise of restoration: as deeply as you dive, so may you rise. (Life's Companion)

Baldwin, Faith

  • Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees. (American Family)

  • Character builds slowly, but it can be torn down within incredible swiftness. ("July" Harvest of Hope)

  • There's a promise that what September starts, October will carry on, catching the torch flung into her hand. (Evening Star)

Baldwin, James

  • A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises them. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

  • He loved this street [42nd Street], not for the people or the shops but for the stone lions that guarded the great main building of the Public Library, a building filled with books and unimaginably vast, and which he had never yet dared to enter.

  • Know from whence you came. If you know whence you came, there are absolutely no limitations to where you can go.

  • One can give nothing whatever without giving oneself--that is to say, risking oneself. If one cannot risk oneself, then one is simply incapable of giving.

  • The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others.

  • To act is to be committed, and to be committed is to be in danger. ("My Dungeon Shook" The Fire Next Time)

Baldwin, Monica

  • The Sussex lanes were very lovely in the autumn ... spendthrift gold and glory of the year-end ... earth scents and the sky winds and all the magic of the countryside which is ordained for the healing of the soul. (I Leap over the Wall)

Balfour, Frances

  • The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent tolerance; to a friend your heart; to your child a good example; to a father deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself respect; and to all men charity. (Maitland)

Ball, Ivern

  • A hug is the perfect gift - one size fits all, and nobody minds if you exchange it.

Ball, James R.

  • We cannot achieve more in life than what we believe in our heart of hearts we deserve to have.

Ball, Lucille

  • I think knowing what you can not do is more important than knowing what you can do. (The Real Story of Lucille Ball by Harris)

  • I would rather regret the things that I have done than the things that I have not.

  • Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work - and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.

  • One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.

Ballou, Hosea

  • Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul and the heart of man knoweth none more fragrant.

Ballou, Maturin

  • No reproof or denunciation is so perfect as the silent influence of a good example.

Ballantyne, Sheila

  • You have to ask the questions and attempt to find answers, because you're right in the middle of it; they've put you in charge - and during a hurricane too.

Ballard, Glen

  • Believe in what you feel inside,
    Give your dreams the wings to fly.
    You have everything you need,
    if you just believe ("Believe") New! as of 04/01/17

Balsekar, Ramesh S.

  • The only way that worry will stop is through the proper understanding that change is the very basis of life, that we cannot continuously have something we like.

Balthasar, Hans Urs von

  • What you are is God's gift to you, what you become is your gift to God. (Prayer)

Balzac, Honore de

  • The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.

  • Someday you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own. It is something I cannot explain, something within that sends a glow of warmth all through you.

Bambera, Toni Cade

  • The dream is real, my friends. The failure to realize it is the only unreality.

  • The most effective way to do it, is to do it.

  • Not all speed is movement.

Bamberen, Sergio

  • Decisions are a way of defining ourselves. There comes a time in life when there is nothing else to do but go your own way. Where you are headed there are no trails, no paths, just your own instincts. (The Dolphin)

Ban Breathnach, Sarah

  • Authentic choices require that we push past our comfort zone. (Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self)

  • The authentic self is soul made visible.

  • Be kind to strangers. Let strangers be kind to you. Think of it as a positive exchange of ... compassion in the circle of life.

  • Both abundance and lack exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities. It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend...when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present - love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure - the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience Heaven on earth.

  • Everyday epiphanies encourage us to cherish everything. Today a new sun has risen. Everything lives. Everything can speak to your soul passionately if you will be still enough to listen. "You have to count on living every single day in a way YOU believe will make YOU feel good about YOUR life," actress Jane Seymour suggests, "so that if it were over tomorrow, you'd be content."

  • Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.

  • Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. (Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy)

  • Life needs women who will claim their power, own their power, and use it well for all of us. That is Every-womanís destiny. (Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self)

  • There is nothing so soothing, nothing that gets you into the rhythm of life more readily than working in a garden, whatever its size and pruning. (Something More: Excavating Your Authentic Self)

  • ...when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that's present - love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us pleasure - the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.

  • You simply will not be the same person two months from now after consciously giving thanks each day for the abundance that exists in your life. And you will have set in motion an ancient spiritual law: the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given you.

Banana, Lana

  • What are the three words a man can say to a woman to make her happy? "I was wrong!"

Bannister, Roger

  • The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.

Barad, Jill E.

  • My mother gave me a bumblebee pin when I started work. She said: "Aerodynamically, bees shouldn't be able to fly. But they do. Remember that."

Barbara, Joseph

  • Happiness is the real sense of fulfillment that comes from hard work. (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)

Barber, Benjamin R.

  • Injuries too well remembered cannot heal. (Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism's Challenge to Democracy)

Barclay, William

  • I thank you for my friends, for those who understand me better than I understand myself. For those who know me at my worst, and still like me. For those who have forgiven me when I had no right to expect to be forgiven. Help me to be as true to my friends as I would wish them to be to me.

Barcott, Bruce

  • The thing that I still come back away with is how close so many people feel to the mountain [Mt. Rainier] emotionally and psychically, and yet how far away the world is when you're on the mountain.

Bardot, Brigitte

  • It's sad to grow old, but nice to ripen.

Bardwick, Judith M.

  • Real confidence comes from knowing and accepting yourself - your strengths and your limitations - in contrast to depending on affirmation from others.

Barfield, Jesse

  • I've always tried to do my best on the ball field. I can't do any more than that. I always try to give one hundred percent; and if my team loses, I come back and give one hundred percent the next day.

Barker, Joel

  • Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with Vision is making a positive difference.

Barlow, John Perry

  • But groundless hope, like unconditional love, is the only kind worth having.

Barnard, Christina

  • How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality. (One to One)

Barnard, Charles N.

  • The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!

Barnett, Lincoln

  • The quick harvest of applied science is the usable process, the medicine, the machine. The shy fruit of pure science is Understanding. (Life, January 9, 1950)

Barnfield, Richard

  • Every one that flatters thee
    Is no friend in misery.
    Words are easy, like the wind,
    Faithful friends are hard to find. (Poems)

Barnum, P. T.

  • Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.

Barr, Amelia

  • Forethought spares afterthought. (Jen Vedder's Wife)

  • ...solitude is such a potential thing. We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts, we get under no other condition...

Barr, Shari R.

  • Expecting life to treat you well because you are a good person is like expecting an angry bull not to charge because you are a vegetarian.

Barrett, Colleen C.

  • Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. I like fun.

Barrie, James Matthew

  • Dreams do come true, if we only wish hard enough, You can have anything in life if you will sacrifice everything else for it.

  • Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

  • Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always to try to be a little kinder than is necessary?

  • Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

  • We are all failures - at least, the best of us are.

  • When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies. (Peter Pan)

  • You have been warned against letting the golden hours slip by. Yes, but some of them are golden only because we let them slip by.

Barrow, John D.

  • We can predict the present without having to know everything about the past. (The Origin of the Universe)

Barry, Dave

  • In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to church; the Jews called it "Hanukka" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukka!" or (to the atheists) "Look out for the wall!" ("Christmas Shopping: A Survivor's Guide")

  • The problem with winter sports is that - follow me closely here - they generally take place in winter.

Barry, Frank R.

  • Our age is being forcibly reminded that knowledge is no substitute for wisdom. Far and away the most important thing in human life is living it.

Barrymore, Drew

  • Life is very interesting. In the end, some of your greatest pains become your greatest strengths.

Barrymore, Ethel

  • You must learn day by day, year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.

Barsoux, J.

  • Humor is that which most efficiently recognizes that we are living in an imperfect world, with imperfect arguments and things that are insane, illogical, and irrational. And the only way we can live with that fact is to laugh.

Barth, John

  • Nothing is intrinsically valuable; the value of everything is attributed to it, assigned to it from outside the things itself, by people. (The Floating Opera)

Barton, Bruce

  • Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.

Baruch, Bernard

  • During my eighty-seven years I have witnessed a whole succession of technological revolutions. But none of them has done away with the need for character in the individual or the ability to think.

  • Every man has the right to be wrong in his opinions, but no man has the right to wrong in his facts. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • Get to know yourself. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see. Know also when you actually have thought through to the nature of the thing with which you are dealing and when you are not thinking at all... Knowing yourself and knowing the facts, you can judge whether you can change the situation so it is more to your liking. If you cannot - or if you do not know how to improve on things - then discipline yourself to the adjustments that will be necessary.

  • Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.

  • One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything every night before you go to bed.

  • Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life have been the consequence of action without thought.

  • You don't have to blow out the other fellow's light to let your own shine.

Barzine, Luigi

  • I myself spent hours in the Columbia library as intimidated and embarrassed as a famished gourmet invited to a dream restaurant where every dish from all the world's cuisines, past and present, was available on request. (O America)

Barzun, Jacques

  • Idealism springs from deep feelings, but feelings are nothing without the formulated idea that keeps them whole. - Jacques Barzun

  • In producers, loafing is productive; and no creator, of whatever magnitude, has ever been able to skip that stage, any more than a mother can skip gestation.

  • Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition. (Teacher in America)

Bash 'N the Code

  • Who do you want to barbecue today? Someone who doesn't see things quite our way?

Bateman, W. L.

  • If you keep on doing what you've always done, you'll keep on getting what you've always got.

Bates, Charlotte Fiske

  • As dyed in blood the streaming vines appear,
    While long and low the wind about them grieves:
    The heart of Autumn must have broken here,
    And poured its treasure upon the leaves. ("Woodbines in October")

Bates, Daisy

  • No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her won way is without enemies.

Bateson, Gregory

  • Whenever we pride ourselves upon finding a newer, stricter way of thought or exposition ... we lose something of the ability to think new thoughts. And equally, of course, whenever we rebel against the sterile rigidity of formal thought and exposition and let our ideas run wild, we likewise lose. As I see it, the advances in scientific thought come from a combination of lose and strict thinking, and this combination is the most precious tool of science. ("Culture Contact and Schismogenesis" in Steps to an Ecology of Mind: Collected Essays in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology)

Bateson, Mary Catherine

  • The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy.

  • Fear is not a good teacher. The lessons of fear are quickly forgotten.

  • Goals too clearly defined can become blinkers. (Composing a Life)

  • Of any stopping place in life, it is good to ask whether it will be a good place from which to go on as well as a good place to remain.

  • Worlds can be found by a child and an adult bending down and looking together under the grass stems or at the skittering crabs in a tidal pool. (With a Daughter's Eye)

Batt, Al

  • Good advice usually works best when preceded by a bad scare,

Battista, Orlando A.

  • An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

  • The greatest weakness of most humans is their hesitancy to tell others how much they love them while they're alive.

Baudelaire, Charles

  • Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.-óCharles Baudelaire (The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays)

Baughan, R. J.

  • Nature does not give to those who will not spend.

  • We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are...Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.

Baum, L. Frank

  • Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams - daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing - are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization.

Baxter, Sidlow

  • What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity.

Bay, John

  • All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

Bayda, Ezra

  • At bottom, the heart that seeks to awaken, to live genuinely, is more real than anything. It is the nameless drive that calls us to be who we most truly are. (The Authentic Life)

Bays, Jan Chozen

  • Several times a day, stop and just listen. Open your hearing 360 degrees, as if your ears were giant radar dishes. Listen to the obvious sounds, and the subtle soundsóin your body, in the room, in the building, and outside. Listen as if you had just landed from a foreign planet and didnít know what was making these sounds. See if you can hear all sounds as music being played just for you. Even in what is called silence there is sound. To hear such subtle sound, the mind must be very quiet. (How to Train a Wild Elephant and Other Adventures in Mindfulness)

Beaman, Glen

  • Stubborness does have its helpful features. You always know what you are going to be thinking tomorrow.

Beard, Miriam

  • Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. (Realism in Romantic Japan)

Beaton, Cecil (Sir)

  • Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.

Beaton, M. C.

  • A library is a palace of dreams.

Beattie, Melody

  • Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

  • Live today fully, expressing gratitude for all you have been, all you are right now, and all you are becoming.

Beatty, Parkenham

  • By your own soul, learn to live
    And if men thwart you take no heed.
    If men hate you have no care.
    Sing your song, dream your dream,
    Hope your hope and pray your prayer.

Beatty, Warren

  • There are some people whom you have in life who have the capacity for real, passionate commitment to something, and sometimes you may be passionately committed to the same thing.

  • You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you are doing is work or play.

Beauvoir, Simone de

  • The fact that we are human beings is infinitely more important than all the peculiarities that distinguish human beings from one another. (The Second Sex)

  • I tore myself away from the safe comfort of certainties through my love for truth - and truth rewarded me.

  • The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.

Beck, Martha

  • Whoever said love is blind is dead wrong. Love is the only thing that lets us see each other with the remotest accuracy. (Expecting Adam)

Beckett, Samuel

  • Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.

Beckwith, Harry

  • Take ... the path that runs along the cliff - that one, the one without any guardrails. Take that path, and know the exhilaration of the ride and the pride you feel when you reach the end will inspire you to take that path again and again. And that experience ... every day, will make you more fulfilled, more complete, and more alive. (What Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business)

Beecher, Henry Ward

  • The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

  • A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never. (Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit)

  • The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.

  • Don't look back on happiness, or dream of it in the future. You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated out of it.

  • A door that seems to stand open must be of a man's size or it is not the door that Providence means for him. (Proverbs from New Plymouth Pulpit)

  • Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.

  • Faith is spiritualized imagination.

  • God's grace is the oil that fills the lamp of love.

  • Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory. He is the greatest whose strength carries up the most hearts by the attraction of his own. (Life Thoughts, Gathered from the Extemporaneous Discourses of Henry Ward Beecher)

  • Happiness is not the end of life: character is. (Life Thoughts)

  • Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.

  • "I can forgive, but I cannot forget" is only another way of saying, "I will not forgive." Forgiveness ought to be like a canceled note - torn in two and burned up so that it never can be shown against one.

  • I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.

  • In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions. (Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit)

  • It is not the going out of port, but the coming in, that determines the success of a voyage.

  • It is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich.

  • It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich according to what he is, not according to what he has.

  • Laughter is day, and sobriety is night: a smile is the twilight that hovers gently between both, more bewitching than either.

  • The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

  • Music cleanses the understanding; inspires it, and lifts it into a realm which it would not reach if it were left to itself.

  • No matter what looms ahead, if you can eat today, enjoy today, mix good cheer with friends today; enjoy it and bless God for it.

  • Nothing dies so hard, or rallies so often as intolerance.

  • A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road.

  • Pride slays thanksgiving, but an humble mind is the soil out of which thanks naturally grow. A proud man is seldom a grateful man, for he never thinks he gets as much as he deserves.

  • The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.

  • The unthankful heart ... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and. As the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!

  • We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.

Beerbohm, Max

  • There is much to be said for failure. It is much more interesting than success.

Beesley, Robert

  • We can do more work in the silence than we can by moving the lips and letting the mouth make a continuous noise. That interferes with our own thinking as well as with other people's. There is a stillness in a thinker's mind; there is a quietness in a thinker's presence, where even words are entirely unnecessary.

Beethoven, Ludwig van

  • Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.

  • No one should drive a hard bargain with an artist.

Beeton (Mrs.)

  • A place for everything and everything in its place. (The Book of Household Management, 1861)

Beh, Siew Hwa

  • To realize our goals, we must first imagine them fully.

Bejar, Heda

  • The fragrance always remains in the hand that gives the rose.

Belfie, Mary Jane

  • Something special happens when people laugh together over something genuinely funny, and not hurtful to anyone. It's like a magic rain that showers down feelings of comfort, safety and belonging to a group.

Belhaves, Ins

  • Spirituality does not "separate" you from the world; it allows you to connect with All There Is, and that includes your life here.

Bell, Alexander Graham

  • The most successful men in the end are those whose success is the result of steady accretion... It is the man who carefully advances step by step, with his mind becoming wider and wider - and progressively better able to grasp any theme or situation - persevering in what he knows to be practical, and concentrating his thought upon it, who is bound to succeed in the greatest degree.

  • When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

Bell, John

  • I hope that someone tells the offensive story of the Good Samaritan. For Jesus meant it to be offensive. It's not about a philanthropist with a troubled conscience who offers a handout. It's about a man who crosses the [social] line not to photograph the victim, but to tend him, accompany him and, having heard his experience, to redistribute his own wealth. It has always challenged me, that story, because it exalts personal contact over platitudinous theory. It says; if you're not prepared to be touched by the poor, don't bother to talk about poverty. ("Thought for the Day," Jan. 15, 2015)

  • Photographs may illustrate what we have seen, but it is the stories we share which enable us to connect with others. When told well they may amuse, enlighten or even annoy us. But they won't leave us detached or neutral, neither when we listen nor when we tell. (Thought for the Day, September 20, 2016)

Bell, Rob

  • The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. (Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith)

  • There's nothing wrong with possessions; it's just that they have value to us only when we use them, engage them, and enjoy them. They're nouns that mean something only in conjunction with verbs. That's why wealth is so dangerous: if you're not careful you can easily end up with a garage full of nouns. (Love Wins)

  • What you believe about the future shapes, informs, and determines how you live now. (Love Wins)

Bellamy, Carol

  • You need to get up in the morning and say, "Boy, I'm going to - in my own stupid way - save the world today.".

Bellamy, Edward

  • If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second. (Looking Backward)

Belloc, Hilaire

  • From quiet homes and first beginning,
    Out to the undiscovered ends,
    There's nothing worth the winning,
    But laughter and the love of friends. ("Dedicatory Ode" Verses)

Belsky, Scott

  • An idea can only become a reality once it is broken down into organized, actionable elements. (Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality)

Ben-Gurion, David

  • Courage is a special kind of knowledge: the knowledge of how to fear what ought to be feared and how not to fear what ought no to be feared.

Benchley, Robert

  • Anyone can do any amount of work, provided it isn't the work he is supposed be doing at that moment.

Bender, Bix

  • If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Bender, Dorothy

  • Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death.

Benedict, Agnes E. and Adele Franklin

  • Trips do not end when you return home - usually this is the time when in a sense they really begin. (The Happy Home)

Benet, Stephen Vincent

  • Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways.

Benge, Eugene

  • Getters don't get - givers get.

Bengis, Ingrid

  • For me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.

Bennett, Arnold

  • Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.

  • In search of ideas I spent yesterday morning in walking about, and went to the stores and bought things in four departments. A wonderful and delightful way of spending time. I think this sort of activity does stimulate creative ideas. (Journals)

  • We shall never have any more time. We have, and we have always had, all the time there is.

Bennett, Bo

  • Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.

Bennett, Jesse Lee

  • Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.

Bennett, Margot

  • As time passes we all get better at blazing a trail through the thicket of advice.

Bennett, Robert F.

  • A desire to be in charge of our own lives, a need for control, is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control.

  • Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.

Bennett, William J.

  • A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward.

  • Responsible persons are mature people who have taken charge of themselves and their conduct, who own their actions and own up to them - who answer for them. (The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories 3)

  • We are here to help one another along lifeís journey.

Bennis, Warren G.

  • Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

  • Failing organizations are usually over-managed and under-led.

  • Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.

  • Great things are accomplished by talented people who believe they will accomplish them.

  • I used to think that running an organization was equivalent to conducting a symphony orchestra. But I don't think that's quite it; it's more like jazz. There is more improvisation. Someone once wrote that the sound of surprise is jazz, and if there's any one thing that we must try to get used to in this world, it's surprise and the unexpected. Truly, we are living in world where the only thing that's constant is change.

  • The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom - as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul; that moment created the resilience that leaders need.

  • Leaders keep their eyes on the horizon, not just on the bottom line.

  • Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard.

  • Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

  • The manager has his eye always on the bottom line; the leader has his eye on the horizon.

  • The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That's nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.

  • Our tendency to create heroes rarely jibes with the reality that most nontrivial problems require collective solutions.

  • People who cannot invent and reinvent themselves must be content with borrowed postures, secondhand ideas, fitting in instead of standing out.

  • There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment in which singers and dancers flourish.

  • There is a profound difference between information and meaning.

  • Vision animates, inspires, transforms purpose into action.

  • What makes a good follower? The single most important characteristic may well be a willingness to tell the truth. In a world of growing complexity leaders are increasingly dependent on their subordinates for good information, whether the leaders want to hear it or not. Followers who tell the truth and leaders who listen to it are an unbeatable combination.

  • You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.

Benson, A. C.

  • I expect that all of us get pretty much what we deserve of appreciation.

  • The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.

Benson, Edward White

  • How desperately difficult it is to be honest with oneself. It is much easier to be honest with other people.

Benson, Margaret

  • All progress in knowledge takes place through the correction of that which has been received on authority. (The Venture of Rational Faith)

Benson, Robert

  • Forgiveness is not much of a concept without something for which to forgive and be forgiven. Healing has no meaning in the absence of illness. Peace is no treasure at all to those who have known no war and no strife. Saying hello had no joy in it without the saying of good-bye. (Between the Dreaming and the Coming True)

Benson, Stella

  • Curiosity needs food as much as any of us, and dies soon if denied it. (I Pose)

Bentham, Jeremy

  • We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happinessÖ

Berdyeav, Nicholas

  • Conscience is the spiritual, supernatural principle in man, and it is not of social origin at all. It is rather the perversion and confusion of conscience that is of social origin. (The Destiny of Man)

  • The will to originality is not the will to be peculiar and unlike anybody else; it means the desire to derive one's consciousness from its primary source. (The Destiny of Man)

Berenboim, Daniel

  • Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. (International Herald Tribune, Jan. 20. 1989)

Berenson, Bernard

  • Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

  • I would I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours.

  • Miracles happen to those who believe in them.

Berg, Barbara

  • The library is perceived as a safe place, but it is not a safe place in terms of ideas. It's a marketplace of ideas. (Juneau Empire, 9/24/09)

Bergen, Heinz V.

  • Information is the seed for an idea, and only grows when it's watered.

Berger, Sally

  • Don't turn a small problem into a big problem - say yes to your mother.

Bergman, Ingrid

  • I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success.

  • Old age is like climbing a mountain. You climb from ledge to ledge. The higher you get, the more tired and restless you become, but your view becomes more extensive.

Bergson, Henri L.

  • The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.

  • Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

Berk, Juliene

  • Habits...the only reason they persist is that they are offering some satisfaction...You allow them to persist by not seeking any other, better form of satisfying the same needs. Every habit, good or bad, is acquired and learned in the same way - by finding that it is a means of satisfaction.

  • The real trick is to make the moves in your head first, as a way of testing them out.

Berlin, Irving

  • I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
    Just like the ones I used to know.
    Where the treetops glisten,
    And children listen
    To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

    I'm dreaming of a white Christmas
    With every Christmas card I write.
    May your days be merry and bright.
    And may all your Christmases be white. ("White Christmas")

Bernanos, Georges

Berne, Eric

Bernhardt, Sarah

  • Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.

Bernstein, Al

  • Beauty is in the heart of the beholder.

  • Sometimes the fool who rushes in gets the job done.

Berra, Yogi

  • You gotta be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there.

Berry, Halle

  • I take care of myself, because I learned early on that I am the only person in life who's responsible for me.

Berry, Wendell

  • It would take me years of reading, thought, and experience to learn again that in this world limits are not only inescapable but indispensable. (Bringing it to the Table: Writings on Farming and Food)

  • The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it. (Standing by Words)

  • Rats and roaches live by competition under the laws of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.

  • Sabbath observance invites us to stop. It invites us to rest. It asks us to notice that while we rest, the world continues without our help. It invites us to delight in the worldís beauty and abundance.

  • Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.l

Besant, Annie

  • Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly, as a splendid adventure in which you are setting out into an unknown country, to meet many a joy, to find many a comrade, to win and lose many a battle.

Bethune, Mary McLeod

  • Faith is the first factor in a life devoted to service. Without it, nothing is possible. With it, nothing is impossible.

  • I leave you love. I leave you hope. I leave you the challenge of developing confidence in one another. I leave you respect for the use of power. I leave you faith.

  • If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything ... that smacks of discrimination or slander.

Bevan, Oliver

  • Playing seems to be both disinterested and passionate at the same time; disinterested in that it is not for real, and passionate in the absorption it requires.


  • If you want to see the brave, look at those who can forgive.

  • The ignorant work for their own profit; the wise work for the welfare of the world.

Bhagavati, Ma Jaya Sali

  • Quiet the mind, and the soul will speak. (The 11 Karmic Spaces: Choosing Freedom from the Patterns That Bind You) New! as of 04/01/17

Bianco, Frank

  • If you begin to live life looking for the God that is all around you, every moment becomes a prayer.

Bibesco, Elizabeth

  • Blessed are those who give without remembering and take without forgetting.

Bierce, Ambrose

  • All are lunatics, but he who can analyze his delusions is called a philosopher.

  • Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slave-driver. (The Devil's Dictionary)

  • Quotation, n. The act of repeating erroneously the words of another. The words erroneously repeated.

  • The small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify we give the name of knowledge.

  • We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.

Bigelow, Hilda

  • My heart is happy, my mind is free
    I had a father who talked with me.

Bill, J. Brent

  • This gathered worship, as Quakers call it, is not only absence of noise. Gathered worship springs from the reverent, silent expectation that God will come among the people. The silence deepens as we feel ourselves drawn beautifully to God and each other. Our hearts and souls burst with thanksgiving-a thanksgiving best expressed by silence. Silence growing from awe is the natural human response to hints of the Divine. (Holy Silence: the Gift of Quaker Spirituality)

Billings, Josh, see, Shaw, Henry Wheeler

Bing, Jon

  • To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.

Birch, John (of FaithAndWorship.com)

  • This world is yours, planned in eternity
    created in a moment of sheer exuberance
    permeated with love
    well made,

    This day is yours, pure generosity
    given for moments of gentle reflection
    in the bustle of a day
    well made.

Bird, John

  • If everyone woke up tomorrow morning and said, "It's possible; whatever it is, it's possible," and spent a whole day having an "it's possible" day, then we would be going down the kind of road I'm interested in--because I do believe it is possible. (in Voices From the Heart, ed. by Eddie and Debbie Shapiro)

Bird, Rose Elizabeth

  • It is easy to be popular. It is not easy to be just.

Bishop, Anne

  • When honor and the Law no longer stand on the same side of the line, how do we choose? (Heir to the Shadows)

Bishop, Claire Huchet

  • Authentic Christianity never destroys what is good. It makes it grow, transfigures it, and enriches itself from it.

Bishop, Jim

  • It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.

Bishop, Nancy

  • What the world needs now is for each of us to be who we truly are, and to bring our gifts into the world. Don't hold back any longer. Be Present, Be You. That is enough. Really it is. ("Getting To Know YOU")

Bismarck, Otto von

  • Politics is the art of the possible.

Bissell, Emily P.

  • Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.

Bissett, Jacqueline

  • Character contributes to beauty. It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman beautiful.

Bissett, Josie

  • Dreams come in a size too big so that we may grow into them.

  • I grew up outside of Seattle and personally find it to be the most beautiful place in the world.

Bissonette, Susan J.

  • An optimist is the human personification of spring. (Reader's Digest)

Black, Betty

  • This time of year means being kind
    to everyone we meet,
    To share a smile with strangers
    we may pass along the street. ("This Time of Year")

Black, Don

  • As long as there's Christmas, I truly believe
    That hope is the greatest of the gifts we'll receive. ("As Long as There's Christmas")

Black Elk

  • There can never be peace between nations until there is first known that true peace which ... is within the souls of men.

Black, Shirley Temple

  • Intentions often melt in the face of unexpected opportunity.

  • Our whole way of life today is dedicated to the removal of risk. Cradle to grave we are supported, insulated, and isolated from the risks of life - and if we fall, our government stands ready with Bandaids of every size.

Blackwell, Elizabeth

  • For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.

  • It is not easy to be a pioneer - but oh, it is fascinating! I would not trade one moment; even the worst moment, for all the riches in the world.

Blades, Reuben

  • I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance.

Blair, Gary Ryan

  • Creative risk taking is essential to success in any goal where the stakes are high. Thoughtless risks are destructive, of course, but perhaps even more wasteful is thoughtless caution which prompts inaction and promotes failure to seize opportunity. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Do more than is required. What is the distance between someone who achieves their goals consistently and those who spend their lives and careers merely following? The extra mile. Advancement only comes with habitually doing more than you are asked. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Every choice carries a consequence. For better or worse, each choice is the unavoidable consequence of its predecessor. There are not exceptions. If you can accept that a bad choice carries the seed of its own punishment, why not accept the fact that a good choice yields desirable fruit? (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Everyone fails. But that doesn't mean you must identify yourself as a failure. Failure applies to a situation, a particular time and place. If you don't let it devastate you, failure can be an opportunity: for learning, for recovery, for the creation and demonstration of character. No one wins all the time. Learn to take your losses, learn from them if possible, and move on. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Everyone has the right to believe and accept what he or she wants, but reality doesn't discriminate. Reality is not different for different people. Not once has reality excused anyone for good intentions ignorance or stubbornness. Reality shows no mercy, accepts no excuses, and issues no pardons. Reality does not "turn the other cheek." This does not mean that reality is cruel, it just means that reality is. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • A goal is created three times. First as a mental picture. Second, when written down to add clarity and dimension. And third, when you take action towards its achievement.

  • Innovation is a lot like excellence in any endeavor. Difficult but manageable to do once, infinitely harder to produce consistently. Think about all those one-hit wonders that had a single record or very possibly a single song. They disappear without a trace. What distinguishes a true star from his or her contemporaries is an ability to pull off feats of brilliance repeatedly. And it's no accident! (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Know the limits of what you can expect from yourself and those around you. Be willing to push those limits, but understand that pushing beyond them is subject to one of the few absolute laws that govern human nature: the law of diminishing returns. Pushed beyond limits, people work inefficiently, poorly, and even counterproductively. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Learning is about more than simply acquiring new knowledge and insights; it is also crucial to unlearn old knowledge that has outlive its relevance. Thus, forgetting is probably at least as important as learning. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Let there be no doubt: as long as you continue to blame others instead of assuming your responsibilities, you will make no meaningful and enduring change for the better. What kind of people are we, if we don't have the character to own up to our own shortcomings and responsibilities? To have and enjoy certain liberties requires us to hold each other and ourselves accountable for our actions. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Long-term planning is not about making long-term decisions, it is about understanding the future consequences of today's decisions.

  • Money is always on its way somewhere. What you do with it while it is in your keeping and the direction you send it in say much about you. Your treatment of and respect for money, how you make it, and how you spend it, reflect your character. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Self-discipline is an act of cultivation. It require you to connect today's actions to tomorrow's results. There's a season for sowing a season for reaping. Self-discipline helps you know which is which. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Success demands focus. It is the hallmark of all truly great people. Your ability to get and remain focused or lack thereof is perhaps the key determinant of your success. - ary Ryan Blair (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • We only live once, but once is enough if we do it right. Live your life with class, dignity, and style so that an exclamation, rather than a question mark signifies it! (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • When it comes to practicing good ethics, saying no to a vice is not good enough. A quality life is never achieved by focusing on the elimination of what is wrong. True success requires you to focus your mental, emotional, and spiritual energies on pursuing that which is right and good. Trying to become virtuous merely by excluding vice is as unrealistic as trying to cultivate roses simply by eliminating weeds. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • When one begins to purposefully perform acts of kindness, the spirit changes and soon doing good deeds becomes a focal point for our life; doing good begins to be the same as feeling good. The periods of emptiness when we search for the "meaning of it all" begin to fill with acts of kindness. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • You cannot afford to wait for perfect conditions. Goal setting is often a matter of balancing timing against available resources. Opportunities are easily lost while waiting for perfect conditions. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

  • Your mind, while blessed with permanent memory, is cursed with lousy recall. Written goals provide clarity. By documenting your dreams, you must think about the process of achieving them. (Mind Munchies : A Delicious Assortment of Brain Snacks!)

Blake, William

  • Execution is the chariot of genius.

  • The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.

  • He who binds to himself a joy
    Does the winged life destroy;
    But he who kisses the joy as it flies
    Lives in eternity's sun rise.

  • If the sun and the moon should doubt,
    They'd immediately go out.

  • The man who does not believe in miracles surely makes it certain that he will never take part in one.

  • Mercy is the golden chain by which society is bound together.

  • The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity ... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

  • Where Mercy, Love, and Pity dwell
    There God is dwelling too.

Blakeley, Mary Kay

  • A mother is never cocky or proud, because she knows the school principal may call at any minute to report that her child has just driven a motorcycle through the gymnasium. ("The Pros and Cons of Motherhood" in Pulling Our Own Strings ed. by Blakeley and Kaufman)

Blakeslee, Edward

  • Your most brilliant ideas come in a flash, but the flash comes only after a lot of hard work. Nobody gets a big idea when he is not relaxed and nobody gets a big idea when he is relaxed all the time.

Blanchard, Kenneth H.

  • Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less.

  • The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.

Blane, Ralph, see, Martin, Hugh

Blanton, Smiley

  • A sense of curiosity is nature's original school of education.

  • To be happy, drop the words if only and substitute instead the words next time.

  • The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.

Blavatsky, Helena Petrova (Madame)

  • To act and act wisely when the time for action comes, to wait and wait patiently when it is time for repose, will put man in accord with the rising and falling tides (of affairs), so that with nature and law at his back, and truth and beneficence as his beacon light, he may accomplish wonders.

Blessington, Marguerite (Lady)

  • Genuis is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it out.

  • People are always willing to follow advice when it accords with their own wishes. (The Confessions of an Elderly Lady)

Bliss, Edwin

  • Perfection, fortunately, is not the only alternative to mediocrity. A more sensible alternative is excellence. Striving for excellence is stimulating and rewarding; striving for perfection - in practically anything - is both neurotic and futile.

  • The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy. The pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time.

Bloch, Alice

  • We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves.

Block, Rudolph

  • A grateful thought toward Heaven is itself a prayer.

Blofeld, John

  • If being wealthy is taken to mean having the means to satisfy one's every want, all but the very poor can become rich as thou at a single stroke of a magician's wand, simply by ceasing to want more than is really necessary for sustaining life. By being content with little and not giving a rap for what the neighbours think, one can attain a very large measure of freedom, shedding care and worry in a trice.

Bloom, Allan

  • Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts. ("Values" The Closing of the American Mind)

  • The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency -- the belief that the here and now is all there is. (The Closing of the American Mind)

Blos, Joan W.

  • So one thing I want to say about life is don't be scared and don't hang back, and most of all, don't waste it.

Blotnick, Srully

  • The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing... The long term study of people who eventually become wealthy clearly reveals that their "Luck" arouse from the accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed.

Blum, Lionel (Rabbi)

  • I once asked God what I could give him. "Your problems," he said. "I've got everything else." ("Thought for the Day," 2/21/11)

Blum, Leon

  • The free man is he who does not fear to go to the end of his thought.

  • You cannot seek for the ideal outside the realm of reality. (New Conversation)

Blume, Judy

  • A library is where you meet fascinating characters you never forget.

Boardman, George D.

  • The law of the harvest is to reap more than you sow. Sow an act...reap a habit; Sow a habit...reap a character; Sow a character...reap a destiny.

Bode, Richard

  • For the truth is that I already know as much about my fate as I need to know. The day will come when I will die. So the only matter of consequence before me is what I will do with my allotted time. I can remain on shore, paralyzed with fear, or I can raise my sails and dip and soar in the breeze. (First You Have to Row a Little Boat)

Bodo, Murray

  • To deprive ourselves of beauty is to deprive ourselves of an important reminder of God, who is Beauty itself. (The Simple Way: Meditations on the Words of Saint Francis)

Boetcker, William J. H.

  • That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.


  • Music is part of us, and either ennobles or degrades our behavior. (De Institutione Music)

Bohr, Niels

  • An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made, in a narrow field.

  • How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress. (in The Quantum Dice by Ponomarev)

  • The opposite of a fact is falsehood, but the opposite of one profound truth may very well be another profound truth.

  • There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.

  • There are two kinds of truth, small truth and great truth. You can recognize a small truth, because its opposite is falsehood. The opposite of a great truth is another great truth.

Boileau, Nicolas

  • The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.

Bolt, Robert

  • If we lived in a State where virtue was profitable, common sense would make us good, and greed would make us saintly. And we'd live like animals or angels in the happy land that needs no heroes. But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human al all Ö why then, perhaps we must stand fast a little - even at the risk of being heroes. (A Man for All Seasons)

Bolton, Martha

  • I'd go to the end of the world for my husband. Of course, if he'd just stop and ask directions, I wouldn't have to. (I Love You Still)

Bolz-Weber, Nadia

  • Most of God is unknowable, and we should probably be grateful for that. ("On Seeing the Underside and Seeing God: Tattoos, Tradition, and Grace", On Being, September 5, 2013)

Bombeck, Erma

  • Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.

  • He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures ... but he was never in them. (Family - the Ties that Bind ... And Gag)

  • Humor is a spontaneous, wonderful bit of an outburst that just comes. It's unbridled, it's unplanned, it's full of surprises. (in "She Said What? Interviews With Newspaper Columnists")

  • If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.

  • If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it.

  • It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of supersophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners. (If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?)

  • Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.

  • There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say, "Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams." Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say, "How good or how bad am I?" That's where courage comes in.

  • There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. (I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression)

  • When humor goes, there goes civilization.

  • When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me.

Bon, Gustav le

  • The greater part of our daily actions are the result of hidden motives which escape our observation. (The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind)

Bon Jovi

  • Friends and relations;
    Send salutations;
    Just as sure as the stars shine above;
    This is Christmas, Christmas my dear;
    The time of year to be with the one that you love.("Bells Will Be Ringing")

Bonder, Rabino Nilton

  • Many people believe that humility is the opposite of pride, when, in fact, it is a point of equilibrium. The opposite of pride is actual a lack of self-esteem. A humble person is totally different from a person who cannot recognize and appreciate himself as part of this worlds marvels.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich

  • Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear ... Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now.

  • The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.

  • Folly is a more dangerous enemy to the good than evil. One can protest against evil; it can be unmasked and, if need be, prevented by force. Evil always carries the seeds of its own destruction... Against folly we have no such defense. Neither protests nor force can touch it; reasoning is no use. So the fool, as distinct from the scoundrel, is completely self-satisfied; in fact, he can easily become dangerous, as it does not take much to make him aggressive. A fool must therefore be treated more cautiously than a scoundrel.

  • Humanly speaking, it is possible to understand the Sermon on the Mount in a thousand different ways. But Jesus knows only one possibility: simple surrender and obedience - not interpreting or applying it, but doing and obeying it. That is the only way to hear his words. He does not mean for us to discuss it as an ideal. He really means for us to get on with it.

  • It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them. The weak are always forced to decide between alternatives they have not chosen themselves.

  • Telling the truth ... is not solely a matter of moral character; it is also a matter of correct appreciation of real situations and of serious reflection upon them.

Bonnano, Margaret

  • It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.

Bonnell, John Sutherland

  • So much sadness exists in the world that we are all under obligation to contribute as much joy as lies within our powers.

Bonner, Marita

  • You wonder and you wonder until you wander out into Infinity, where - if it is to be found anywhere - Truth really exists. ("On Being Young - A Woman - and Colored")

Bono, Edward de, see de Bono, Edward

Booker, Cory

  • No matter what, we always have the power to choose hope over despair, engagement over apathy, kindness over indifference, enthusiasm over lethargy, love over hate. This is our true freedom. Whatever life may throw at us, we have the freedom and ability to choose our attitude. And I believe it is in those moments of choice that we manifest our destiny.

Boone, Pat

  • The Christmas spirit - love - changes hearts and lives.

Boone, Shirley

  • Freedom comes in individual packages. (One Woman's Liberation)

Boorstin, Daniel

  • The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.

  • Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. ("A Case of Hypochondria" Newsweek, July 6, 1970)

  • Freedom means the opportunity to be what we never thought we would be.

  • The hero is known for achievements; the celebrity for well-knowns. The hero reveals the possibilities of human nature. The celebrity reveals the possibilities of the press and media. Celebrities are people who make news, but heroes are people who make history. Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.

  • Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands. (The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America)

  • I have observed that the world has suffered far less from ignorance than from pretensions to knowledge. It is not skeptics or explorers but fanatics and ideologues who menace decency and progress. No agnostic ever burned anyone at the stake or tortured a pagan, a heretic, or an unbeliever.

  • The image is made to order, tailored to us. An ideal, on the hand, has a claim on us. It does not serve us, we serve it. If we have trouble striding toward it, we assume the matter is with us, and not the ideal. (The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America)

  • Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.

Borden, Win

  • As you attempt to make big differences, remember to appreciate the small differences. And remember that you don't always have to reach the goal you set in order to make a difference.

  • Demand the best from yourself, because others will demand the best from you... Successful people don't simply give a project hard work. They give it their best work.

Borenstein, David

  • One cannot subdue a man by holding back his hands. Lasting peace comes not from force.

Borg, Marcus

  • But being Christian isn't primarily about having a correct theology by getting our beliefs right. It is about a deepening relationship with God as known especially in Jesus. (Convictions: How I Learned What Matters Most)

  • The Christian life is not about pleasing God the finger-shaker and judge. It is not about believing now or being good now for the sake of heaven later. It is about entering a relationship in the present that begins to change everything now. Spirituality is about this process: the opening of the heart to the God who is already here. (The God We Never Knew)

  • God loves us already and has from our very beginning. The Christian life is not about believing or doing what we need to believe or do so that we can be saved. Rather, it's about seeing what is already true Ė that God loves us already Ė and then beginning to live in this relationship. It is about becoming conscious of and intentional about a deepening relationship with God.

  • The story of Holy Week as Mark and the other gospels tell it enables us to hear the passion of Jesus-what he was passionate about-that led to his execution. His passion was the kingdom of God, what life would be like on earth if God were king, and the rulers, domination systems, and empires of this world were not. It is the world that the prophets dreamed of-a world of distributive justice in which everybody has enough and systems are fair. And it is not simply a political dream. It is God's dream, a dream that can only be realized by being grounded ever more deeply in the reality of god, whose heart is justice. Jesus's passion got him killed. But God has vindicated Jesus. This is the political meaning of Good Friday and Easter. (and Dominic Crossen The Last Week)

Borge, Victor

  • Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people only once a year.

Borges, Jorge Luis

  • Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment - the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.

  • I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Borland, Hal

  • [The Christmas story] is as simple as was the Man himself and His teaching. SA simple as the Sermon on the Mount which still remains as the ultimate basis ... of the belief of free men of good will everywhere. ("The Wonder")

  • If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.

  • No Winter lasts forever, no Spring skips its turn. April is a promise that May is bound to keep, and we know it. (Sundial of the Seasons)

  • October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again. ("Autumn is for Understanding" Sundial of the Seasons)

  • Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night. ("Autumn on the Doorstep" Sundial of the Seasons)

  • Summer is a promissory note signed in June, its long days spent and gone before you know it, and due to be repaid next January.

  • There are no limits to either time or distance, except as man himself may make them. I have but to touch the wind to know these things.

  • The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason.

Born, Max

  • The human race has today the means for annihilating itself - either in a fit of complete lunacy, i.e., in a big war ... or by the careless handling of atomic technology, through a slow process of poisoning and of deterioration in its genetic structure.

Bosone, Reva Beck

  • The biggest need in politics and government today is for people of integrity and courage, who will do what they believe is right and not worry about the political consequences to themselves.

Boswell, James

  • But what can a man see of a library being one day in it? (Boswell on the Grand Tour)

Boswell, Nelson

  • The difference between greatness and mediocrity is often how an individual views a mistake...

  • Here is a simple but powerful rule: always give people more than they expect to get.

Bottome, Phyllis

  • It's a good thing to learn early that other people's opinions do not matter, unless they happen to be true.

  • Neither situations nor people can be altered by the interference of an outsider. If they are to be altered, that alteration must come from within. (Survival)

  • There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.

  • To be in the right is often an expensive business. (Danger Signals)

  • Truth, though it has many disadvantages, is at least changeless. You can always find it where you left it. (Under the Skin)

Bouhours, Dominique

  • Money is a good servant, but a poor master.

Bougeant, Alfred

  • The more an idea is developed the more concise becomes its expression; the more a tree is pruned, the better is the fruit.

Boulard, Henri

  • Never say that you have no time. On the whole it is those who are busiest who can make time for yet more, and those who love more leisure time who refused to do something when asked. What we lack is not time, but heart.

Boulding, Elise

  • Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things.

Bourne, Randolph

  • We may by our excessive prudence squeeze out of the life we are guarding so anxiously all the adventurous quality that makes it worth living.

Bouvier, Nicolas

  • Traveling provides occasions for shaking oneself up but not, as people believe, freedom. Indeed it involves a kind of reduction: deprived of oneís usual setting, the customary routine stripped away like to much wrapping paper, the traveler finds himself reduced to more modest proportion Ė but also more open to curiosity, to intuition, to love at first sight. (The Way of the World)

Bovee, Christian Nestell

  • Example has more followers than reason. We unconsciously imitate what pleases us, and approximate to the characters we most admire.

  • Kindness is a language the dumb can speak and the deaf can hear.

  • A mother's love is indeed the golden link that binds youth to age; and he is still but a child, however time may have furrowed his cheek, or silvered his brow, who can yet recall, with a softened heart, the fond devotion, or the gentle chidings, of the best friend that God gives us.

  • Next to being witty, the best thing is being able to quote another's wit. (in Peter's Quotations by Peter)

Bovee, John Christian

  • A failure establishes only this, that our determination to succeed was not strong enough.

  • False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.

  • Music is the fourth great material want of our natures,ófirst food, then raiment, then shelter, then music.

Bowden, Charles

  • Summertime is always the best of what might be.

Bowen, Catherine Drinker

  • All the others arts are lonely. We paint alone - my picture, my interpretation of the sky. My poem, my novel. But in music - ensemble music, not soloism - we share. No altruism this, for we receive tenfold what we give. (Friends and Fiddlers)

  • For your born writer, nothing is so healing as the realization that he has come upon the right word.

  • Writing, I think, is not apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in the mirror which waits always before or behind.

Bowen, Elizabeth

  • The charm, one might say the genius of memory, is that it is choosy, chancy, and temperamental: it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust.

  • Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself - in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.

  • Grown-up people seem to be busy by clockwork... They run their unswerving course from object to object, directed by some mysterious inner needle that points all the time to what they must do next. You can only marvel at such misuse of time.

  • Often when I write I am trying to make words do the work of line and color. I have the painter's sensitivity to light. Much ... of my writing is verbal painting. (in Elizabeth Bowen by Glendinning)

  • One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.

  • Who ever is adequate? We all create situations each other can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't. (The Death of the Heart)

Bowman, Dee

  • All of us are, to some extent, victims of what we are. We are not limited by our imaginations, but by our ability to do what we imagine. We are not too often limited by our abilities as much as by circumstances. And we are not as often limited by our circumstances as much as by the lack of the will to respond. (That's Life!)

Boyd, Greg

  • Our fundamental sin is that we place ourselves in the position of God and divide the world between what we judge to be good and what we judge to be evil. And this judgment is the primary thing that keeps us from doing the central thing God created us to do, namely, love like He loves.

Boyle, Sarah Patton

  • To grow is sometimes to hurt; but who would return to smallness?

Boynton, Sandra

  • As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter a, e, or u is the proper time for chocolate. (Chocolate: the Consuming Passion)

Bracken, Peg

  • Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly merry Christmas.

  • Quotations can be valuable, like raisins in the rice pudding, for adding iron as well as eye appeal. (I Didn't Come Here to Argue)

Brackett, Anna

  • Do not seek for information of which you cannot make use. (The Technique of Rest)

Brackin, Ron

  • Writing is like gardening. Planting, watering, and weeding are not enough. You have to prune if you want growth.

Bradbury, Ray

  • Chock them so ... full of "facts" they feel stuffed, but absolutely "brilliant" with information. Then they'll feel they're thinking, they'll get a sense of motion without moving. (Fahrenheit 451)

  • Donít think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. Itís self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You canít try to do things. You simply must do things.

  • Find out what your hero or heroine wants, and when he or she wakes up in the morning, just follow him or her all day.

  • I spent three days a week for 10 years educating myself in the public library, and itís better than college. People should educate themselves Ė you can get a complete education for no money. At the end of 10 years, I had read every book in the library, and Iíd written a thousand stories.

  • If we listened to our intellect, we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go into business, because we'd be cynical. Well, that's nonsense. You've got to jump off cliffs all the time and build your wings on the way down.

  • Looking back over a lifetime, you see love was the answer to everything.

  • Stuff your eyes with wonder ... live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories. (Fahrenheit 451)

  • Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future. ("Mojave Magazine")

  • You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.

Bradley, Amanda

  • Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living.

Bradley, Bill

  • Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.

  • Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, "Just watch!" (Value of the Game)

  • Respect your fellow human being, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger.

Bradley, Omar (General)

  • Bravery is the capacity to perform properly even when scared half to death.

  • We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.

  • The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Our is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. (in a speech in Boston, Mass, 11/10/48)

Bradshaw, John

  • Children are curious and are risk takers. They have lots of courage. They venture out into a world that is immense and dangerous. A child initially trusts life and the processes of life.

Bradstreet, Anne

  • Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. ("Meditations Divine and Moral")

  • If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.

Bragg, William Lawrence (Sir)

  • The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them. (in Beyond Reductionism by Koestler and Smithies)

Braiker, Harriet

  • Striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

Branch, Anna Hempstead

  • God wove a web of loveliness, of clouds and stars and birds, but made not anything at all so beautiful as words.

Brand, Stewart

  • Once a new technology rolls over you, if your're not part of the steamroller, you're part of the road.

Brandeis, Louis Dembitz

  • Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purpose is beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

  • Organization can never be a substitute for initiative and for judgment.

Brandes, Georg

  • The crowd will follow a leader who marches twenty paces ahead of them, but if he is a thousand paces ahead of them, they will neither see nor follow him. (Ferdinand Lasalle)

Braque, Georges

  • Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented. (Pensées sur l'Art)

Brashares, Ann

  • She liked the life she had. She loved habits. She craved a day with nothing in it, a long, quiet stretch of hours in the studio. (Sisterhood Everlasting)

Brault, Robert

  • At the point where hope would otherwise become hopelessness, it becomes faith.

  • Count no day lost in which you waited your turn, took only your share and sought advantage over no one.

  • How often in life we complete a task that was beyond the capability of the person we were when we started it.

  • Iím discovering that everybody is a closet quotesmith. Just give them a chance.

  • We all have our limitations, but when we listen to our critics, we also have theirs.

Braunstein, Richard

  • It is possible to give without loving, but it is impossible to love without giving.

Breathnach, Sarah Ban, see, Ban Breathnach, Sarah

Breedlove, Craig

  • There's only one thing that can guarantee our failure, and that's if we quit.

Brenan, Gerald

  • Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives us what we have earned. ("Life" Thoughts in a Dry Season: a Miscellany)

Brennan, Stephan A.

  • Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

Breo, Dennis L, see Eliot, Robert S.

Bressack, Gordon, and Charles M. Howell IV

  • In Italy under the Borgias they had thirty years of murder, bloodshed, and warfare, and they produced indigestible noodles, boring operas, and the Fiat. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The Swiss bank account, the best cheese in the world, and Heidi. (see also Graham Greene for the original of this quote)

Brice, Fanny

  • Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?

Bridges, Madeline S.

  • Give truth, and your gift will be paid in kind,
    And honor will honor meet;
    And the smile which is sweet will surely find
    A smile that is just as sweet.

Bridges, Robert

  • The lovely seasons in lovely lands, when fled
    Are half the birds, and mists lie low, and the sun
    Is rarely seen, nor strayeth far from his bed;
    The short days pass unwelcomed one by one. ("November" New Poems)

Briggs, Dean

  • Do your work; not just your work and no more, but a little more for the lavishings sake - that little more which is worth all the rest.

Briggs, Patricia

  • Trying is always enough. (Dragon Bones)

Briggs, Shirley

  • Let's dare to be ourselves, for we do that better than anyone else can.

Brightbill, C. K.

  • The future will belong not only to the educated man, but to the man who is educated to use his leisure wisely.

Brilliant, Ashliegh

  • Before I knew the best part of my life had come, it had gone.

Briner, Bob

  • We do not have to be the best to be effective, but we do have to be at our best. (Roaring Lambs)

Brinton, Mark W. B.

  • The measure of a man, sir, is not in money, position, station or possessions. These things mean nothing. The measure of a man is in his character, wisdom, ability, aliveness, intimacy, creativity, courage, fearlessness, perspective, independence and maturity.
    You seem terribly impressed with the former sir, which suggests you are seriously lacking in the latter.

Bristol, Claude M.

  • It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.

Britton, Catherine

  • Courage is reclaiming your life after a devastating event robs you of your confidence and self-esteem. It is facing tomorrow with a firm resolve to reach deep within yourself to find another strength, another talent...It is taking yourself to another level of your own existence where you are once again whole, productive, special...

Britton, Rhonda

  • Excuses excuse us from fulfilling our potential.

Bro, Margueritte Harmon

  • Many people are inventive, sometimes cleverly so. But real creativity begins with the drive to work on and on and on. (Sarah)

Brock, Lou

  • If you're successful in what you do over a period of time, you'll start approaching records, but that's not what you're playing for. You're playing to challenge and be challenged.

Brokaw, Tom

  • Itís easy to make a buck. Itís a lot tougher to make a difference.


  • Go and play. Run around. Build something. Break something. Climb a tree. Get dirty. Get in some trouble. Have some fun. (The Child Thief)

Bronowski, Jacob

  • That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer. (The Ascent of Man)

Bronte, Charlotte

  • A depressing and difficult passage has prefaced every page I have turned in life.

  • If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.

  • Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilized by education; they grow there, firm as weeds among stones. (Jane Eyre)

Bronte, Emily

  • I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.

Brooks, Albert

  • Getting older is a lot of fun. Right up there with chewing glass or putting your hand in a blender. (on Twitter, 7/22/11)

Brooks, David

  • The key factor separating geniuses from the merely accomplished is not a divine spark. It's not I.Q., a generally bad predictor of success, even in realms like chess. Instead, it's deliberate practice. Top performers spend more hours (many more hours) rigorously practicing their craft. (New York Times, 4/30/2009 "Genius: The Modern View")

Brooks, Gwendolyn

  • We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond. ("Bond")

Brooks, Joseph

  • There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants - more than anything else - to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are - and have always been.

Brooks, Mel

  • I really don't want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you're alive, you've got to flap your arms and legs, you've got to jump around a lot, you've got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively. (in The Best of Bits & Pieces)

Brooks, Norman Wesley

  • Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
    for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
    like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
    The good you do for others is good you do yourself. ("Let Every Day Be Christmas")

Brooks, Phillips

  • Bad will be the day for every man when he becomes absolutely contented with the life he is living, when there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger.

  • Be such a man, and live such a life, that if every man were such as you, and every life a life like yours, this earth would be God's Paradise.

  • Character may be manifested in the greatest moments, but it is made in the small ones.

  • Christianity helps us face the music even when we don't like the tune.

  • Christmas day is a day of joy and charity. May God make you very rich in both.

  • Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks.

  • The earth has grown old with its burden of care
    But at Christmas it always is young,
    The heart of the jewel burns lustrous and fair
    And its soul full of music breaks the air,
    When the song of angels is sung.

  • Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.

  • Genius, by its very intensity, decrees a special path of fire for its vivid power. New! as of 04/01/17

  • The ideal life is in our blood and never will be still. Sad will be the day for any man when he becomes contented with the thoughts he is thinking and the deeds he is doing - where there is not forever beating at the doors of his soul some great desire to do something larger, which he knows that he was meant and made to do.

  • The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.

  • Very strange is this quality of our human nature which decrees that unless we feel a future before us we do not live completely in the present.

Brothers, Joyce

  • Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can - and surely will at times - fail. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.

  • Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.

  • Before your dreams can come true, you have to have those dreams.

  • Nothing brings families together faster than forgiveness. That should make it Step No. 1, but most of us find forgiving hard. We associate it with weakness and losing when, actually, the reverse is true. When you forgive, you gain strength and come out a winner. You break free of control by the other person's actions. ("Reconnect With Your Family" Parade Magazine 11/4/2001)

  • The person interested in success has to learn to view failure as a healthy, inevitable part of the process of getting to the top.

  • A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success.

  • Trust your hunches.... Hunches are usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. (How to Get What You Want Out of Life)

  • Women who are confident of their abilities are more likely to succeed than those who lack confidence, even though the latter may be much more competent and talented and industrious.

Brotherton, J.

  • My riches consist not in the extent of my possessions, but in the fewness of my wants.

Broude, Dorothea

  • All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail. That is the talisman, the formula, the command of right about face which turns us from failure to success.

Broughton, James

  • The only limits are, as always, those of vision.

Brow, Handel H.

  • Christmas has lost its meaning for us because we have lost the spirit of expectancy. We cannot prepare for an observance. We must prepare for an experience.

Brower, Charles

  • A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a joke or worried to death by a frown on the right person's brow.

Brown, Brené

  • Creativity embeds knowledge so that it can become practice. We move what weíre learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. (Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution)

  • Donít let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

  • I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness - it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude. (interview with Gretchen Rubin, July 15, 2011)

  • Iíve come to believe that creativity is the mechanism that allows learning to seep into our being and become practice. (Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution)

  • Our expressions of spirituality are as diverse as we are. When our intentions and actions are guided by spirituality Ė our belief in our interconnectedness and love Ė our everyday experiences can be spiritual practices. (Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution)

  • Perfectionism is a self destructive and addictive belief system that fuels this primary thought: If I look perfect, and do everything perfectly, I can avoid or minimize the painful feelings of shame, judgment, and blame. (The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are)

  • Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives. (The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are)

  • Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis. (The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are)

  • We are born makers. We move what weíre learning from our heads to our hearts through our hands. (Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution)

  • We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we canít have both. Not at the same time. (Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution)

  • We must be what we want our children to become.

  • We need more people who are willing Ö to own their own stories, live their values and keep showing up. (Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution)

  • When our intentions and actions are guided by spirituality Ė our belief in our interconnectedness and love Ė our everyday experiences can be spiritual practice. (Rising Strong: the Reckoning, the Rumble, the Revolution)

  • When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.

Brown, Dan

  • Faith is universal. Our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some of us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth, that which is greater than ourselves. (Angels & Demons)

Brown, Gene

  • Accept good advice gracefully - as long as it doesn't interfere with what you intended to do in the first place.

  • One good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.

Brown, H. Jackson

  • Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

  • Empower your dreams with deadlines.

  • Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece - by thought, choice, courage and determination.

  • If you're doing your best, you won't have any time to worry about failure.

  • In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance.

  • Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness. (Life's Little Instruction Calendar, 1999)

  • Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor. (A Hero in Every Heart)

  • People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Jut because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.

  • Read carefully anything that requires your signature. Remember the big print giveth and the small print taketh away. (Life's Little Instruction Book)

  • Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.

  • Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

  • Remember that the most valuable antiques are dear old friends.

  • Remember that the only time you really lose is when you're not giving it 100 percent. (Life's Little Instruction Calendar, 1999)

  • Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.

Brown, Helen Gurley

  • The only thing that separates successful people from the ones who aren't is the willingness to work very, very hard.

  • People's lives change. To keep all your old friends is like keeping all your old clothes - pretty soon your closet is so jammed and everything so crushed you can't find anything to wear. Help these friends when they need you; bless the years and happy times when you meant a lot to each other, but try not to have the guilts if new people mean more to you now.

Brown, J. A. C.

  • Anxiety leads to a narrowing of the field of attention, the so-called tunnel vision, and when people are anxious, they are unable to attend to the total situation as is necessary to enable them to act rationally, but impulsively do the first thing that comes into their heads which is usually determined by what others are doing at the same time. (Techniques of Persuasion)

Brown, James

  • Don't terrorize. Organize. Don't burn. Give kids a chance to learn . . . The real answer to race problems in this country is education. Not burning and killing. Be ready. Be qualified. Own something. Be somebody. That's Black Power. (Statement on national TV during the riots in Washington, DC, 1968)

Brown, Jeff

  • I often feel that our greatest individual challenge is to close the gap between our unflattering self-concepts and the truth of our magnificence. To see ourselves through the eyes of those who love us. (Ascending with Both Feet on the Ground: Words to Awaken Your Heart)

  • Real change is seldom a giant step. Itís usually a small one. Small but deeply real. We hold the fear and the faith at the same time and we cross the bridge slowly. When we get to the other side, we have been transformed- not by the step itself- but by the willingness to stay open during the crossing. Thatís what changes us- creating a space inside for a new way of being to emerge. (on Facebook, 3/28/14 (from Love it Forward?))

Brown, Joan Winmill

  • Christmas! The very word brings joy to our hearts. No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given - when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.

Brown, Les

  • Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner.

  • Live out of your imagination instead of out of your memory.

  • Perfection does not exist--you can always do better and you can always grow.

  • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars.

  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

Brown, Mark, Fr.

  • Forgiveness is about setting us free for the future. Itís about neutralizing the toxins of shame, itís about liberating us from the paralysis of guilt so we can move on.

Brown, Pam

  • The baby rises to its feet, takes a step, is overcome with triumph and joy - and falls flat on its face. It is a pattern for all that is to come! But learn from the bewildered baby. Lurch to your feet again. You'll make the sofa in the end.

  • For every person that has lived there will come at last, a spring she will never see. Glory then, in the springs that are yours.

  • A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil - but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small silly presents every so often - just to save it from drying out completely.

  • Medicines may be necessary. Flowers lift the heart. But your smile is the best restorative of all.

  • We shared. Parents. Home. Pets. Celebrations. Catastrophes. Secrets. And the threads of our experience became so interwoven that we are linked. I can never be utterly lonely, knowing you share the planet.

Brown, Rita Mae

  • Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work. (Starting From Scratch)

  • I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority. (Starting from Scratch)

  • I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.

  • A life of reaction is a life of slavery, intellectually and spiritually. One must fight for a life of action, not reaction.

  • A peacefulness follows any decision, even the wrong one.

  • The process of writing, any form of creativity, is a power intensifying life. (Starting From Scratch)

Brown, Robert R.

  • Man is always inclined to be intolerant towards the thing, or person, he hasn't taken the time adequately to understand...

Brown, Steven

  • If there is no joy and freedom, it is not a church; it is simply a crowd of melancholy people basking in a religious neurosis.

Browne, Harry

  • The power of choice. You have it. But you forfeit it when you imagine that you can choose for others. You can't. But you can choose for yourself...

Browne, Merry

  • The elegance of honesty needs no adornment.

  • You know you're old when you've lost all your marvels.

Browne, Thomas (Sir)

  • All the wonders you seek are within yourself.

  • Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude, and the society of thyself.

  • By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also. (Religio Medici)

  • Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich.

  • We carry within us the wonders we seek without us. (Religio Medici)

Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

  • Earthís crammed with heaven,
    And every common bush afire with God:
    But only he who sees takes off his shoes. ("Aurora Leigh")

  • Godís gifts put manís best dreams to shame.

  • An ignorance of means may minister
    To greatness, but an ignorance of aims
    Make it impossible to be great at all. (Casa Guidi Windows)

  • Light tomorrow with today!

Browning, Robert

  • Fail I alone, in words and deeds?
    Why, all men strive and who succeeds?

  • I trust in Nature for the stable laws
    Of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant
    And Autumn garner to the end of time.

  • The year's at the spring
    And day's at the morn;
    Morning's at seven;
    The hillside's dew-pearled;
    The lark's on the wing;
    The snail's on the thorn:
    God's in his heaven -
    All's right with the world!

Brownlee, Paula P

  • To do good thing in the world, first you must know who you are and what gives meaning to your life.

Brownowski, Jacob

  • Man is unique not because he does science, and his is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvelous plasticity of mind. (The Ascent of Man)

  • Man masters nature not by force, but by understanding.

Brownstein, Carrie

  • I would live outside of the Northwest. I think the quality of life in Portland is really good. People move from intense, high-powered jobs, and move to Portland, work half as much and live twice as good.

Bruck, Yvonne Brathwaite

  • When I walk into a room I assume I have to prove myself. I know that. I'm accustomed to that. But I also know I can prove myself.

Brueggemann, Walter

  • People notice peacemakers because they dress funny. We know how the people who make war dress - in uniforms and medals, or in computers and clipboards, or in absoluteness, severity, greed, and cynicism. But the peacemaker is dressed in righteousness, justice, and faithfulness - dressed for the work that is to be done.

Brunet, Jerome

  • You're more likely to act yourself into feeling than feel yourself into action. So act! Whatever it is you know you should do, do it.

Brunkhorst, Steve

  • Commitment turns a promise into reality with words that speak boldly of your intentions and actions that speak louder than words.

Brunner, John

  • There are two kinds of fool. One says, "This is old, and therefore good." And one says, "This is new, and therefore better."

Bruno, Giordano

  • It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

Brunton, Paul

  • Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines.

  • Worry is spiritual short sight. Its cure is intelligent faith.

Brussat, Mary Ann

  • Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.

Bryan, William Jennings

  • Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.

  • Do not compute the totality of your poultry population until all the manifestations of incubation have been entirely completed.

  • The humblest citizen of all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error.

  • The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you.

Bryant, William Cullen

  • Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness - a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster children into strength and athletic proportion.

  • Look on this beautiful world, and read the truth in her fair page.

  • The melancholy days are come, the saddest of the year,
    Of wailing winds, and naked woods, meadows brown and sere. ("The Death of the Flowers")

Buber, Martin

  • Play is the exultation of the possible.

  • Solitude is the place of purification. (I and Thou, 3)

Buchwald, Art

  • Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got.

Buchwald, Emile

  • Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

Buck, Pearl S.

  • All things are possible until they are proved impossible-even the impossible may only be so, as of now.

  • Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.

  • Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

  • I don't wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.

  • I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings.

  • Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that's where you renew your springs that never dry up.

  • On this Earth, though far and near, without love, thereís only fear.

  • Order is the shape upon which beauty depends. (To My Daughters, With Love)

  • Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members. (My Several Worlds)

  • People on the whole are very simpleminded in whatever country one finds them. They are so simple as to take literally, more often than not, the things their leaders tell them.

  • The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.

  • The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.

  • There are many ways of breaking a heart. Stories were full of hearts being broken by love, but what really broke a heart was taking away its dream - whatever that dream might be.

  • To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth. (The Joy of Children)

  • The truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.

  • You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings. ("My Neighbor's Son" To My Daughters With Love)

  • The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it.

Buckingham, Gertrude Tooley

  • Out of the darkness, out of the night,
    May I find joy and all that is right:
    Open my eyes, so I'll see the light
    That comes when we have spiritual sight. ("Infinite Spirit, Abide With Me")

Buckingham, Marcus & Donald O. Clifton

  • Talents, like intelligence, are value neutral. If you want to change your life so that others may benefit from your strengths, change your values. Don't waste time trying to change your talents.-Marcus Buckingham & Donald O. Clifton (Now, Discover Your Talents)

Buckley, Gail Lumet

    Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves.

Buckminster Fuller, Richard, see Fuller, R. Buckminster

Budbill, David

  • I want to be
    so I can be
    about being

    What good is my
    when I am
    in this
    obscurity? ("Dilemma")


  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought... If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him... If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.

  • Do not believe what your teacher tells you merely out of respect for the teacher.

  • Drink deeply. Love in serenity and joy.

  • A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals a secret of hidden treasure.

  • The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there?

  • Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.

  • However many holy words you read,
    However many you speak,
    What good will they do you
    If you do not act on upon them?

  • If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.

  • An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.

  • It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.

  • Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.

  • Love yourself and watch -
    Today, tomorrow, always.
    To straighten the crooked
    You must first do a harder thing -
    Straighten yourself.

  • O how sweet it is to enjoy life,
    Living in honesty and strength!
    And wisdom is sweet,
    And freedom.

  • On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him.

  • The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.

  • Speak the truth.
    Give whatever you can.
    Never be angry.
    These three steps will lead you
    Into the presence of the gods.

  • Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

  • There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

  • Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.

  • Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

  • We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make our world.

  • You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger... Let a man overcome anger by love.

  • Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

Buechner, Frederick

  • Avarice, greed, concupiscence and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. The remark of Jesus that it is more blessed to give than to receive is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are. It is not just for the sake of other people that Jesus tells us to give rather than get, but for our own sakes too.

  • Faith is better understood as a verb than a noun, as a process than a possession. It is an on-again, off-again rather than once-and-for-all. Faith is not sure where you're going, but going anyway.

  • Grace is something you can never get but only be given.

  • One life on this earth is all that we get,
    whether it is enough or not enough,
    and the obvious conclusion would seem to be
    that at the very least
    we are fools
    if we do not live it as fully and bravely and beautifully as we can. (The Hungering Dark)

  • To forgive somebody is to say one way or another, "You have done something unspeakable, and by all rights I should call it quits between us. Both my pride and my principles demand no less. However, although I make no guarantees that I will be able to forget what you've done, and though we may both carry the scars for life, I refuse to let it stand between us. I still want you for my friend." (Wishful Thinking)

  • To lend each other a hand when we're falling ... perhaps that's the only work that matters in the end. (Brendan)

Buffett, Jimmy

  • I have always looked at life as a voyage, mostly wonderful, sometimes frightening. In my family and friends I have discovered treasure more valuable than gold. (A Pirate Looks At 50)

  • It's my job to be better than the rest, and that's enough reason to go for me. It's my job to be better than the rest, and that makes the day for me.

  • Older and wiser voices can always help you find the right path, if you are only willing to listen. (A Pirate Looks At 50)

  • Searching is half the fun: life is much more manageable when thought of as a scavenger hunt as opposed to a surprise party.

Buffon, George-Louis Leclerc de

  • Genius is only a greater aptitude for patience.

  • Never think that God's delays are God's denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius.

Bukowksi, Charles

  • I don't think I'll travel anymore. Travel is nothing but an inconvenience. There is always enough trouble where you are.

Bulock, Wynn

  • If you stop searching, you stop living, because then you're dwelling in the past. If you're not reaching forward to any growth or future, you might as well be dead.

Bunche, Ralph J.

  • Heads are wisest when they are cool and hearts are strongest when they beat in response to noble ideals. (in Forbes Magazine, 23 Jan 1989)

Bunner, H. C.

  • Shakespeare was a dramatist of note
    who lived by writing things to quote.

Buntain, Alpha L.

  • And so, this Christmas season
    may our hearts with gladness glow,
    As we read the blessed story
    That took place so long ago. ("The First Christmas")

Bunyan, John

  • A sensible thanksgiving for mercies received is a mighty prayer in the Spirit of God. It prevails with Him unspeakably.

  • You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

Burdette, Robert Jones

  • There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry. Two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension. One of these days is Yesterday... And the other ... is Tomorrow.

Burge, Hubert de

  • In prosperity prepare for a change; in adversity hope for one.

Burgess, Joy Bell

  • May the song of Christmas
    Be music to your ears
    A symphony of love
    That resounds throughout the year. ("Contemplations")

Burke, Billie

  • Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese.

Burke, Edmund

  • The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. New! as of 04/01/17

  • Good order is the foundation of all things. (Reflections on the Revolution in France)

  • He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.-Edmund Burke (The Revolution in Freance)

  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

  • Patience will achieve more than force.

  • The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

  • The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.

Burket, Gail Brook

  • I do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load.
    I pray for strength and fortitude to climb the rock strewn road.
    Give me such courage and I can scale the hardest peaks alone,
    And transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone.

  • May joy be yours today,
    And radiantly abide
    Within your heart until
    Another Christmastide. ("May Joy Be Yours Today")

Burkett, Larry

  • Perhaps nothing in our society is more needed for those in positions of authority than accountability. Too often those with authority are able (and willing) to surround themselves with people who support their decisions without question. (Business by the Book)

Burkitt, Janet

  • We in the Seattle area are polite. Famously, indefatigably - some have even gone so far as to say offensively - polite. Our politeness is nationally ranked - No. 8 on a survey last year - and locally treasured. D.C. might have better museums, we tell ourselves, Los Angeles better weather, but do their citizens wait for that flashing "WALK" sign? (The Seattle Times, Jan. 30, 2000)

Burnett, Carol

  • I have always grown from my problems and challenges, from the things that don't work out, that's when I've really learned.

  • When someone who is known for being comedic does something straight, it's always "a big breakthrough" or a "radical departure." Why is is no one ever says that if a straight actor does comedy? Are they presuming comedy is easier?

Burnett, Frances Hobson

  • At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope that it can be done, then they see that it can be done - then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.

Burnett, Leo

  • Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.

  • To swear off making mistakes is very easy. All you have to do is swear off having ideas.

  • When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get them, but you won't come up with a handful of mud, either.

Burney, Fanny

  • To despise riches, may, indeed, be philosophic, but to dispense them worthily, must surely be more beneficial to mankind. (Evelina)

Burnham, Colette

  • Love has the innate ability to look past the human and see the godly.

Burney, George P.

  • "I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything. "I will try" has performed miracles.

Burns, David

  • The moment people see they are being understood, they become more motivated to understand your point of view.

Burns, Dr. David D.

  • Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person.

Burns, George

  • Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can't wait to finish your breakfast. You can't wait to do your exercises. You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't wait to get out - and you can't wait to come home, because the soup is hot.

  • I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.

  • Too bad all the people who know how to run this country are busy running taxicabs or cutting hair.

Burns, Robert

  • The best laid schemes o' mice an' men
    gang aft a-gley. ("To a Mouse") [Popularly misquoted as: The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray, or The best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray.]

Burr, Aaron

  • Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done.

Burroughs, John

  • The longer I live, the more my mind dwells upon the beauty and the wonder of the world.

  • A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

  • The secret of happiness is something to do.

  • To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter ... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - - these are some of the rewards of the simple life.

Burroughs, Nannie

  • Aspire to be, and all that we are not God will give us credit for trying.

Burstyn, Ellen

  • What a lovely surprise to discover how unlonely being alone can be.

Burton, Henry

  • Have you had a kindness shown?
    Pass it on!
    'Twas not given for thee alone,
    Pass it on!
    Let it travel down the years,
    Let it wipe another's tears,
    'Till in Heaven the deed appears -
    Pass it on!

Buscaglia, Leo F.

  • Change is the end result of all true learning.

  • The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be.

  • The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another's, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.

  • Hold on to your dreams for they are, in a sense, the stuff of which reality is made. It is through our dreams that we maintain the possibility of a better, more meaningful life.

  • I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things... I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.

  • It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

  • Life is a great and wondrous mystery, and the only thing we know that we have for sure is what is right here right now. Don't miss it.

  • Love is life. And if you miss love, you miss life.

  • The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. it's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt.

  • The only thing of value we can give kids is what we are, not what we have.

  • Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

Bush, Barbara

  • At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.

  • Believe in something larger than yourself... Get involved in the big ideas of your time.

  • I listen and give input only if somebody asks.

Bush, George Herbert Walker

  • Leadership to me means duty, honor, country. It means character, and it means listening from time to time.

  • Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.

  • We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky. (actually written by Peggy Noonan)

Bush, Kate

  • December will be magic again.
    Take a husky to the ice
    While Bing Crosby sings White Christmas.
    He makes you feel nice.
    December will be magic again.

Bush, Vannevar

  • Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission. (Science is Not Enough)

Bushnell, Candace

  • Thank goodness for the first snow, it was a reminder - no matter how old you became and how much you'd seen, things could still be new if you were willing to believe they still mattered.

Butcher, Jim

  • One can have only as much preparation as he has foresight. (Changes)

Butler, Octavia

  • In order to rise
    From its own ashes
    A phoenix
    Burn. New! as of 04/01/17

  • Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go and allow people to hurl themselves into their own destiny. And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.

Butler, Samuel

  • All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.

  • All the works of Nature are Miracles, and nothing makes them appear otherwise but our familiarity with them

  • Authority intoxicates,
    And makes mere sots of magistrates;
    The fumes of it invade the brain,
    And make men giddy, proud, and vain. (Miscellaneous Thoughts)

  • Friendship is like money, easier made than kept.

  • I reckon being ill is one of the great pleasures of life, provided one is not too ill and is not obliged to work till one is better. (The Way of All Flesh)

  • Life is like playing a violin solo in public, learning the instrument as you go.

  • Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.

  • The oldest books are only just out to those who have not read them.

  • To do great work, a man must be very idle as well as very industrious.

  • Words are not as satisfactory as we should like them to be, but, like our neighbors, we have got to live with them and must make the best and not the worst of them.

Butterfield, Stewart

  • Limitations are the soil from which creativity grow.

Butterworth, Eric

  • Don't go through life, grow through life.

  • Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.

Buxton, Charles

  • In life, as in chess, forethought wins.

  • You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.

Buxton, Thomas Bowell, Sir

  • The longer I live, the more I am certain that the great difference between the great and the insignificant, is energy - invincible determination - a purpose once fixed, and then death or victory.

Bynner, Wittier

  • The biggest problem in the world could have been solved when it was small.

Byrd, Richard E.

  • Few men during their lifetime comes anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used.

  • A man doesn't begin to attain wisdom until he recognizes he is no longer indispensable.

Byrnes, James F.

  • Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity; they seem more afraid of life then of death.

Byron, George Gordon (Lord)

  • Adversity is the first path to truth.

  • But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
    Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces
    That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.

  • The English winter, ending in July
    To recommence in August.

  • He who is only just is cruel. Who on earth could live were all judged justly?

  • There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
    There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
    There is society, where none intrudes,
    By the deep Sea, and music in its roar;
    I love not Man the less, but Nature more. (Childe Harold's Pilgrimage)

  • Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. (adapted)

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