Caball, James Branch
- The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.
- Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.
- A soul without a high aim is like a ship without a rudder.
Caesar, Julius, see Julius Caesar
- Civilisation requires a modicum of material prosperity—enough to provide a little leisure. But, far more, it requires confidence—confidence in the society in which one lives, belief in its philosophy, belief in its laws, and confidence in one’s own mental powers. (How The Irish Saved Civilization)
- We normally think of history as one catastrophe after another, war followed by war, outrage by outrage - almost as if history were nothing more than all the narratives of human pain, assembled in sequence. And surely this is, often enough, an adequate description. But history is also the narratives of grace, the recountings of those blessed and inexplicable moments when someone did something for someone else, saved a life, bestowed a gift, gave something beyond what was required by circumstance.
- Sometimes when you're in a dark place you think you've been buried, but you've actually been planted. (on Twitter, Feb. 28, 2016)
- The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.
- There are those who travel and those who are going somewhere. They are different and yet they are the same. The success has this over his rivals: He knows where he is going.
- I think you must remember that a writer is a simple-minded person to begin with and go on that basis. He's not a great mind, he's not a great thinker, he's not a great philosopher, he's a story-teller.
- Many Southern writers must have learned the art of storytelling from listening to oral tales. I did. It gave me the knowledge that the simplest incident can make a story.
- The only truly happy people are children and the creative minority.
- I am not alone at all, I thought. I was never alone at all. And that, of course, is the message of Christmas. We are never alone. Not when the night is darkest, the wind coldest, the world seemingly most indifferent. For this is still the time God chooses.
- This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone.
Calhoun, John C.
- Beware the wrath of a patient adversary.
- The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.
- Dreams, ideas, and plans not only are an escape, they give me purpose, a reason to hang on.
- When music fails to agree to the ear, to soothe the ear and the heart and the senses, then it has missed its point.
- You are born an artist or you are not. And you stay an artist, dear, even if your voice is less of a fireworks. The artist is always there.
- It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.
- I learned, when hit by loss, to ask the right question: "What next?" instead of "Why me?" . . . Whenever I am willing to ask "What is necessary next?" I have moved ahead. Whenever I have taken no for a final answer I have stalled and gotten stuck.
- Whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity.
- You do not need to work to become spiritual. You are spiritual; you need only to remember that fact. Spirit is within you. God is within you. (God is No Laughing Matter)
Cameron, W. J. (William John)
- Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year - and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority
- Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.
- Christian justice means consistently and actively working to see that individuals and groups—especially vulnerable population on the margins—are given what they are owed. It will be especially skeptical of practices which promote violence, consumerism, and autonomy. (For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action)
- In order to be fully human we are asked to be open irrespective of the past cost. If we imprison people into what they might be or have become, then we also imprison ourselves and deny the possibility of grace in their life and ours. ("Thought for the Day," Jamuary 24, 2017)
- Rash judgments or loud voices rarely capture the complexity of the challenge, bring healing or solve the problem. ("Thought for the Day," June 27, 2016)
- Computers are like Old Testament gods; lots of rules and no mercy.
- A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. A goal is what specifically you intend to make happen. Dreams and goals should be just out of your present reach but not out of sight. Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life.
- I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.
- If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.
- Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.
- People say that what we're all seeking in life is a meaning for life. I don't think that's what we're really seeking. I think that what we're seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experience on the purely physical plane will have resonances within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually fee the rapture of being alive.
- We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned, so as to have the life that is awaiting us.... The old skin has to be shed before the new one is to come.
- When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- The smaller your reality, the more convinced you are that you know everything. (My Big Toe: The Complete Trilogy)
- To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.
- Jesus never says to the poor "come find the church," but he says to those of us in the church "go into the world and find the poor, hungry, homeless, imprisoned."
- We need passion in our faith! Instead of praying, "If I should die before I wake," we should pray, "Lord wake me up before I die!"
- You’re as young as your dreams, and as old as your cynicism.
- All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door.
- Art advances between two chasms, which are frivolity and propaganda. On the ridge where the great artist moves forward, every step is an adventure, an extreme risk. In that risk, however, and only there, lies the freedom of art. ("Create Dangerously" Resistance, Rebellion, and Death)
- Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
- But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
- Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me, I may not lead.
Just walk beside me and be my friend.
- The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding. (The Plague)
- I would rather live my life as if there is a God and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't and die to find out there is.
- In the depths of winter, I finally learnt in me there was an invincible summer.
- Integrity has no need or rules.
- It is normal to give away a little of one's life in order not to lose it all.
- Men must live and create. Live to the point of tears.
- The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
- Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
- Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators.
- To know oneself, one should assert oneself.
- Without freedom, no art; art lives only on the restraints it imposes on itself, and dies of all others. (Resistance, Rebellion, and Death)
- Without work all life goes rotten.
- You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
- It's as if we think liberation a fixed quantity, that there is only so much to go around. That an individual or community is liberated at the expense of another: When we view liberation as a scarce resource, something only a precious few of us can have, we stifle our potential, our creativity, our genius for living, learning and growing.
- If you don't realize there is always somebody who knows how to do something better than you, then you don't give proper respect for others' talents.
Canby, Henry Seidel
- Live deep instead of fast.
- And what if you were told: one more hour? (The Secret Heart of the Clock)
- The great writers of aphorisms read as if they had all known each other very well. (The Human Province)
- Justice requires that everyone should have enough to eat. But it also requires that everyone should contribute to the production of food. ("The Crowd in History: Distribution and Increase" Crowds and Power)
- Through the law of cause and effect we choose our destiny. Moreover, we are our own prophets for we constantly project our future state by the seeds we plant in the present.
- A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary. (Her Son's Wife)
Canfield, Jack & Mark Hansen
- People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
- The biggest sin against the poor and the hungry is perhaps indifference, making believe we do not see, passing by on the other side of the street. (Beatitudes: Eight Steps to Happiness)
- Play has been man's most useful preoccupation.
- Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn't taste good.
- A conversation is a dialogue, not a monologue. That's why there are so few good conversations: due to scarcity, two intelligent talkers seldom meet. (Music for Chameleons)
- Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.
- To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it's about, but the music the words make.
Cappon, Rene J.
- It's always a bit of a struggle to get the words right, whether we're a Hemingway or a few fathoms below his level. (Associated Press Guide to News Writing)
- Writing is the art of second thought. (Associated Press Guide to News Writing)
- Words are the most powerful thing in the universe... Words are containers. They contain faith, or fear, and they produce after their kind.
Card, Orson Scott
- A library is the first step of a thousand journeys, portal to a thousand worlds.
Cardinal Newman, see Newman, John Henry (Cardinal)
- The most effective teacher will always be biased, for the chief force in teaching is confidence and enthusiasm.
- You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, "I'm proud of what I am and who I am, and I'm just going to be myself."
- Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.
- The paradox of our time in history is that:
we have taller buildings, cut shorter tempers
wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
we spend more, but have less
we buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families
more conveniences, but less time
wee have more degrees, but less sense
more knowledge, but less judgement
more experts, but more problems
more medicine, but less wellness.
We have multiplied our possessions,
but reduces our values.
We talk too much, love too seldom, hate too often.
We learned how to make a living, but not a life.
We've added years to life, but not life to years.
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
We've conquered outer space, but not inner space
we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul
we've split the atom, but not our prejudice
we have higher incomes, but lower morals
we've become long on quantity, but short on quality.
These are the times of tall men, and short character
steep profits, and shallow relationships.
These are the times of world peace
but domestic warfare
more leisure, but less fun
more kinds of food, but less nutrition.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce
of fancier houses, but broken homes.
It is a time when there is much in the show window
and nothing in the stockroom
a time when technology can bring this letter to you,
and a time when you can choose
either to make a difference--
or just hit delete. ("The Paradox of Our Time")
- Writing is a tool of transformation and can shine the light on the inside, dispelling darkness, taking us through external layers, bringing us closer to our souls.
- A good teacher is never done … always trying to reinvent, improve and inspire. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- Gently remind yourself that life is okay the way it is, right now. In the absence of your judgment, everything would be fine. As you begin to eliminate your need for perfection in all areas of your life, you'll begin to discover the perfection in life itself. (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
- Moment to moment, there are aspects of life that we like, and other we don't. There are always going to be people who disagree with you, people who do things differently, and things that don't work out. If you fight against this principle of life, you'll spend most of your life fighting battles.
- When you acknowledge the less than perfect parts of yourself, something magical begins to happen. Along with the negative, you'll also begin to notice the positive, the wonderful aspects of yourself that you may not have given yourself credit for, or perhaps even been aware of. (Don't Sweat the Small Stuff)
- All that mankind has done, thought or been: it is lying as in magic preservation in the pages of books. (On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History)
- Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.
- Genius is an immense capacity for taking trouble.
- It is meritorious to insist on forms; religions and all else naturally clothes itself in forms. Everywhere the formed world is our only habitable one. (On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History)
- A laugh to be joyous must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness there can be no true joy.
- A man with a half volition goes backwards and forwards, and makes no way on the smoothest road; a man with a whole volition advances on the roughest, and will reach his purpose, if there be even a little worthiness in it. The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder - a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.
- Music is well said to be the speech of angels; in fact, nothing among the utterances allowed to man is felt to be so divine. It brings us near to the Infinite. ("The Opera")
- No man sees far; the most see no farther than their noses. ("Count Cagliostro")
- Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.
- Our grand business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
- Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.
- Reform, like charity, must begin at home.
- Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together.
- This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it. (In Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History)
- What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.
Carnegie, Andrew S.
- Do your duty and a little more and the future will take care of itself.
- No amount of ability is of the slightest avail without honour.
- People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.
- The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship.
- Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
- Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.
- Do you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
- Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.
- Flaming enthusiasm backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
- The ideas I stand for are not mine. I borrowed them from Socrates. I swiped them from Chesterfield. I stole them from Jesus. And I put them in a book. If you don't like their rules whose would you use?
- If you believe in what you are doing, then let nothing hold you up in your work. Much of the best work of the world has been done against seeming impossibilities. The thing is to get the work done.
- The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure thing boat never get far from the shore.
- Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.
- One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.
- Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes the furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. (Dale Carnegie's Scrapbook)
- Today is life - the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto.
- When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at al, but our hate is turning our days and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- You can make more friends in two months by becoming really interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.
- You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime.
- Little deeds of kindness,
little words of love,
make our earth an Eden,
like the heaven above.
- I think it's the end of progress if you stand still and think of what you've done in the past. I keep on.
- Remember, if Christmas isn't found in your heart, you won't find it under a tree.
Carpenter, George E.
- Step by step is the law of growth. God does not expect the acorn to be a mighty oak before it has become a sapling.
- A major advantage of age is learning to accept people without passing judgment.
- You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover's arms can only come later when you're sure they won't laugh if you trip. (Outside the Dog Museum)
Carroll, Kathleen M.
- This Christmas, celebrate the season as though it were your last. One day, you'll be right. (A Catholic Christmas)
- Alice laughed. "There's no use trying," she said. "One can't believe impossible things." "I daresay you haven't had much practice," said the Queen. "When I was your age, I always did it half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."
- "Begin at the beginning," the King said gravely, "and go till you come to the end; then stop." (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
- Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves. (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)
- My success just evolved from working hard at the business at hand each day.
- If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
- If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I would ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.
- It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
- There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature - the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter. (Silent Spring)
- Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.
- It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
- Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries.--Jimmy Carter (An Outdoor Journal)
- A strong nation, like a strong person, can afford to be gentle, firm, thoughtful, and restrained. It can afford to extend a helping hand to others. It's a weak nation, like a weak person, that must behave with bluster and boasting and rashness and other signs of insecurity.
- The test of a government is not how popular it is with the powerful and privileged few but how honestly and fairly it deals with the many who must depend on it. (Inaugural Address as Governor of Georgia, Jan. 12. 1977)
- To me faith is not just a noun but also a verb.
- We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.
- When the laws are written and administered by the most powerful leaders in a society, it is human nature for them to understand, justify, and protect the interests of themselves and people like them. Many injustices arise from this natural human failing. (Living Faith)
- Wherever life takes us, there are always moments of wonder.
Carter, John Mack
- Always remember the distinction between contribution and commitment. Take the matter of bacon and eggs. The chicken makes a contribution. The pig makes a commitment.
- If we are going to be part of the solution, we have to engage the problems. (Speaking of Faith interview 1/17/08)
- Do what you can to show you care about other people, and you will make our world a better place.
- A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go, but ought to be.
- You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.
- You must accept that you might fail; then, if you do your best and still don't win, at least you can be satisfied that you've tried. If you don't accept failure as a possibility, you don't set high goals, and you don't branch out, you don't try-you don't take the risk.
Carver, George Washington
- How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.
- Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
- Authority as he knows it, is always dangerous, selfish, inexplicable. It looks after its own mysterious affairs in a dark privacy. It never explains. (Mister Johnson)
- No one can estimate the power of authority among the poor and uneducated people in a world whose problems confuse even the wisest. (Except the Lord)
- The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.
- The man who broods over the past can never master the difficulties of today. Every wise man learn to forget.
- It is important to do what you don't know how to do. It is important to see your skills as keeping you from learning what is deepest and most mysterious. If you know how to focus, unfocus. If your tendency is to make sense out of chaos, start chaos.
- We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
- Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business.
Cather, Willa Sibert
- Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.
- That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
- There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.
- When there is great love there are always miracles.
- Writing ought either to be the manufacture of stories for which there is a market demand--a business as safe and commendable as making soap or breakfast foods--or it should be an art, which is always a search for something for which there is no market demand, something new and untried, where the values are intrinsic and have nothing to do with standardized values. (On the Art of Fiction)
Catherine II of Russia
- I praise loudly. I blame softly.
- I shall be an autocrat; that's my trade. And the good Lord will forgive me; that's his.
- The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
- One does not always do the best there is. One does the best one can.
Catt, Carrie Chapman
- To the wrongs that need resistance,
To the right that needs assistance,
To the future in the distance,
Cavanaugh, James, see Redmond, John
- Three billion people on the face of the earth go to bed hungry at night, but four billion people go to bed every night hungry for a simple word of encouragement and recognition.
- Learn to live with self and you will learn to live with others.
- Try in thine own experience, each; that he speak not for one whole day unkindly of any ... and see what such a day would bring to you.
- When there is a start to be made, don't step over! Start where you are.
Cecil, George W.
- On the Plains of Hesitation bleach the bones of countless millions, who, at the Dawn of Victory, sat down to wait, and waiting--died!
- All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth but error still. Truth lies between these extremes.
Cerami, Charles A.
- Most great men and women are not perfectly rounded in their personalities, but are instead people whose one driving enthusiasm is so great it makes their faults seem insignificant.
- A person who can bring the spirit of laughter into a room is indeed blessed.
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
- Among the attributes of God, although they are all equal, mercy shines with even more brilliancy than justice.
- He preaches well that lives well. (Don Quixote)
- He that gives quickly gives twice. (Don Quixote)
- A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience.
- They who lose today may win tomorrow. (Don Quixote)
- Too much sanity may be madness and the maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be.
- Truth may be stretched, but cannot be broken, and always gets above falsehood, as does oil above water.
- The awareness of our own strength makes us modest.
- Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: You won't be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you. (Reflections)
- April Fools Day is the one day of the year that people critically evaluate news articles before accepting them as true. ("20 Most Profound Things People Thought Of In The Shower")
- The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
- Write your name in kindness, love and mercy on the hearts of the thousands you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten.
- It is better to wear out than to rust out.
Chamfort, Sebastien Roch Nicholas
- Most people who put together collections of verse or epigrams resemble those who eat cherries of oysters: they begin by choosing eh best and end by eating everything. (Maxims)
- The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
- Worry is as useless as a handle on a snowball.
- Motivation comes from thought. Every act we take is preceded by a thought that inspires that act. When we quit thinking, we lose the motivation to act. (100 Ways to Motivate Yourself)
- Nobody cares how old you are but you. People only care about what you can do, and you can do anything you want, at any age. (100 Ways to Motivate Yourself)
- Problems are simply tough games for the athletes of the mind, and true athletes always long to get a game going. (100 Ways to Motivate Yourself)
- To me, the best case to make for honesty is how beautiful it is. How clean and clear it makes the journey from current reality to the dream. (100 Ways to Motivate Yourself)
- A market is the combined behavior of thousands of people responding to information, misinformation and whim.
Channing, William Ellery
- The cry has been that when war is declared, all opposition should therefore be hushed. A sentiment more unworthy of a free country could hardly be propagated. If the doctrine be admitted, rulers have only to declare war and they are screened at once from scrutiny. (Life, 1848)
- Every mind was made for growth, for knowledge, and its nature is sinned against when it is doomed to ignorance.
- Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aidthem to judge for themselves.
- It is chiefly through books that we enjoy the communion with superior minds... In the best books, authors talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours. God be thanked for books.
- To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth out not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth.
Channing, William Henry
- Nothing can supply the place of books. They are cheering or soothing companions in solitude, illness, affliction. The wealth of both continents would not compensate for the good they impart.
- Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward things we are. To be good is the great thing.
- Originality is not doing something no one else has ever done, but doing what has been done countless times with new life, new breath.
Chapin, Edwin Hubbell
- Goodness consists not in the outward things we do, but in the inward things we are. To be good is the great thing.
- Mercy among the virtues is like the moon among the stars--not so sparkling and vivid as many, but dispensing a calm radiance that hallows the whole.
- Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury.
Chapin, Roy D. (Jr.)
- Be ready when opportunity comes...Luck is the time when preparation and opportunity meet.
- Seems like I've been here before, can't remember when
I get this funny feeling, we'll be together again;
No straight lines make up my life, all my roads have bends;
No clearcut beginnings; so far, no dead ends.
- The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live everyday with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while being grateful. All of this because the world belongs to those who dare to go after what they want. And because life is really too short to be insignificant.
- You only need Power, when you want to do something Harmful, Otherwise, Love is Enough to get everything done...
- You'll never find a rainbow if you're looking down.
Chapman, Francis M.
- Spring would not be spring without bird songs.
Chapman, John Jay
- Inspired teachers ... cannot be ordered by the gross from the factory. They must be discovered one by one, and brought home from the woods and swamps like orchids. They must be placed in a conservatory, not in a carpenter shop; and they must be honored and trusted.
- Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations.
- Happiness is not found by searching for it, because you find it only when you realize you already have it.
Charles, Prince of Wales
- The less people know about what is really going on, the easier it is to wield power and authority.
Charles the Bold
- It is not necessary to hope in order to understand, nor to succeed in order to persevere.
The cowards think of what they can lose, the heroes of what they can win.
Charlier, J. M.
- He who receives a good turn, should never forget it: he who does one, should never remember it.
- Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out It's all about timing.
- Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.
- Pessimism comes from the temperament, optimism from the will. (Propos sur le bonheur)
- To understand is to forgive, even oneself.
Chase, Harold C.
- The wise person possesses humility. He knows that his small island of knowledge is surrounded by a vast sea of the unknown.
Chase, Mary Ellen
- Christmas is not a date. It is a state of mind. (New York Times)
- When a man does a piece of work which is admired by all we say that it is wonderful; but when we see the changes of day and night, the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky, and the changing seasons upon the earth, with their ripening fruits, anyone must realize that it is the work of someone more powerful than man. (Santee-Yanktonai Sioux Nature)
- One shouldn't be too inquisitive in life
Either about God's secrets or one's wife. (Canterbury Tales)
- Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot uneducate the person who as learned to read, humiliate the person who feels pride, and you cannot oppress people who are not afraid anymore.
- We accept the love we think we deserve. (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)
- Any idiot can handle a crisis--it's this day-to-day living that wears you out.
- Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.
- My holy of holies is the human body, health, intelligence, talent, inspiration, love, and absolute freedom.
- I can trust my friends... These people force me to examine myself, encourage me to grow.
- If grass can grow through cement, love can find you anywhere.
- If you really want something you can figure out how to make it happen.
- Until you're ready to look foolish, you'll never have the possibility of being great.
Cherbuliez, Charles Victor
- What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one's ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.
Chernoff, Seth David
- Welcome to reality! Our time is limited. We might as well get on with it; so why not choose now to live the life of our dreams?
Chesnutt, Charles W.
- There's time enough, but none to spare.
- Those that set in motion the forces of evil cannot always control them afterwards.
- Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. It beats money and power and influence.
- Faith and initiative rightly combined remove mountainous barriers and achieve the unheard and miraculous. An enthusiastic attitude is nothing more than faith in action.
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope (Earl of)
- Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose despondency and laziness make them give it up as unattainable.
- Few people do business well who do nothing else.
- I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.
- If you have wit, use it to please and not to hurt: you may shine like the sun in the temperate zones without scorching.
- Know the true value of time! Snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no procrastination. Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
- Little vicious minds abound with anger and revenge, and are incapable of feeling the pleasure of forgiving their enemies.
- Many a man would rather you heard his story than granted his request.
- The more one works, the more willing one is to work.
- There is enough time for everything in the course of a day if you do but one thing at once; but there is not time enough in the year if you will do two things at a time. (Letters to His Son, April 14, 1747)
- There is hardly any place or any company where you may not gain knowledge, if you please; almost everybody know some one thing, and is glad to talk about that one thing.
- There is hardly anybody good for everything, and there is scarcely anybody who is absolutely good for nothing. (Letters to His Son)
- There never were, since the creation of the world, two cases exactly parallel. (Letters to His Son)
- We are in truth, more than half what we are by imitation. The great point is to choose good models and to study them with care.
- Wear your learning, like your watch, in a private pocket: and do not pull it out and strike it, merely to show that you have one.
Chesterton, G. K. (Gilbert Keith)
- The aim of life is appreciation; there is no sense in not appreciating things; and there is no sense in having more of them if you have less appreciation of them. (Autobiography)
- Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away... To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it. (A Miscellany of Men)
- Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.
- The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried.
- Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home. (Brave New Family: G. K. Chesterton on Men and Women, Children, Sex, Divorce, Marriage and the Family)
- The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. ("On Maltreating Words," Generally Speaking)
- Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
- Everything received with gratitude; everything passed on with grace.
- Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.
- The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself. ("Dramatic Unities", Fancies versus Fads)
- A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author. (Heretics)
- I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.
- I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
- I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
- If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
- An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.
- It isn't that they can't see the solution. It's that they can't see the problem.
- Large organization is loose organization. Nay, it would be almost as true to say that organization is always disorganization.
- Life is serious all the time, but living cannot be. You may have all the solemnity you wish in your neckties, but in anything important (such as sex, death, and religion), you must have mirth or you will have madness.
- Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades.
- The most extraordinary thing in the world is an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.
- The noble temptation to see too much in everything.
- The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it. (All Things Considered)
- The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- The really great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
- Spring never is Spring unless it comes too soon. ("The Gardner and the Guinea" A Miscellany of Men)
- There is one thing which gives radiance to everything. It is the idea of something around the corner.
- To be clever enough to get all that money, one must be stupid enough to want it. ("The Paradise of Thieves" The Wisdom of Father Brown)
- To be simple is the best thing in the world; to be modest is the next best thing. I am not sure about being quiet. (All Things Considered)
- To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
- Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
- The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see.
- The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden; heaven is a playground. (All Things Considered)
- The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.
- Old age isn't so bad when you consider the alternative. (New York Times, October 9, 1960)
- Success is creating something original and lasting--whether it is a company, a work of art, an idea or analysis that influences others, or a happy and productive family.
Chiang, May-lin Soong (Madame Chaing Kai-Shek)
- This we know, all things are connected like the blood which unites one family. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the earth, befalls the sons of the earth. Man did not weave the web of life; he is merely a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself.
- Cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music. And cooking draws upon your every talent--science, mathematics, energy, history, experience--and the more experience you have, the less likely are your experiments to end in drivel and disaster. The more you know, the more you can create.
Child, Lydia M.
- But men never violate the laws of God without suffering the consequences sooner or later.
- The cure for all the ills and wrongs, the cares, the sorrows, and crimes of humanity, all lie in that one word "love." It is the divine vitality that produces and restores life. To each and every one of us it gives the power of working miracles, if we will.
- Every man deems that he has precisely the trials and temptations which are the hardest of all others for him to bear; but they are so, simply because they are the very ones he most needs. (Letters from New York v. 1)
- I was gravely warned by some of my female acquaintances that no woman could expect to be regarded as a lady after she had written a book.
- You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others? Half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
- Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment based on what you are feeling and thinking. That is what's real.
- When strong, be merciful, if you would have the respect, not the fear of your neighbors.
- Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up on rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.
- Anger is not bad. Anger can be a very positive thing, the thing that moves us beyond the acceptance of evil.
- But we are here to depart from this world as finished as we can possibly become. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Compassion is the ability to understand how difficult it is for people to be the best of what they want to be at all times.
- Every dimension of life, its gains and its losses, are reason for celebration because each of them brings us closer to wisdom and fullness of understanding. (The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer)
- Freedom, in childhood, may be the right to be totally self-centered. … But freedom in old age is the ability to be the best of the self I have developed during all those years. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Goodness is a process of becoming, not of being. What we do over and over again is what we become in the end.
- Humor and laughter are not necessarily the same thing. Humor permits us to see into life from a fresh and gracious perspective. We learn to take ourselves more lightly in the presence of good humor. Humor gives us the strength to bear what cannot be changed, and the sight to see the human under the pompous.
- I begin to understand as never before that holiness is made of dailiness, of living life as it comes to me, not as I insist it be. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- I have come to understand that it is not protesting what we do not like that counts. It is choosing what we do which, ultimately, changes things. (40 Soul-Stretching Conversations)
- If life is really for the living, then the trick to living well is to learn to live it fully, to soak it up, to revel in it. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- In our dreams lies our unfinished work for the world. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- In the East, at least, November is a sear month, beautiful for its bleakness. ... It is a time of great life learning: We learn that we cannot control the passage of time in life. We learn to accept each of the stages of life with serenity. We learn to look to new moments in life with hope rather than despair. (A Monastery Almanac)
- It is a pathetic moment in the history of the human condition when the outside world tells us who and what we are - and we start to believe it ourselves. Then, bent over from the weight of the negativity, we start to wither on the outside… (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- It is in community that we come to see God in the other. It is in community that we see our own emptiness filled up. It is community that calls me beyond the pinched horizons of my own life, my own country, my own race, and gives me the gifts I do not have within me.
- It's possible to have too much in life. Too many clothes jade our appreciation of new ones; too much money can out us out of touch with life; too much free time and dull the edge of the soul. We need sometimes to come very near the bone so tha we can taste the marrow of life, rather than its superfluities.
- Learning to celebrate joy is one of the great practices of the spiritual life. (The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer)
- Life always comes out of death. The present rises from the ashes of the past. The future is always possible for those who are willing to re-create it. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Life is not meant to be a burden. Life is not a problem to be solved. It is a blessing to be celebrated. (The Breath of the Soul: Reflections on Prayer)
- Living well has something to do with the spirituality of wholeheartedness, of seeing life more as a grace than as a penance, as time to be lived with eager expectation of its goodness, not in dread of its challenges. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Memory is not about what went on in the past, it is about what is going on inside us right this moment. … It is made up of the stuff of life in the process of becoming the grist of the soul. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- The message we have internalized is clear - we are what we do and what we own, not what we are inside ourselves. Where it counts! (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Mystery is what happens to us when we allow life to evolve rather than having to make it happen all the time. It is the strange knock at the door, the sudden sight of an unceremoniously blooming flower, an afternoon in the yard, a day of riding the midtown bus. Just to see. Just to notice. Just to be there. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Nothing weighs more heavily on age than time. Nothing has more meaning … Now time becomes, with a kind of ruthless honesty, what it has always been: life's most precious commodity. The only difference is that, finally, we know it. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Old age tells us that we ourselves have failed often, have never really done anything completely right, have never truly been perfect - anad that is completely all right. We are who we are - and so is everyone else. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Only forgiveness can stem such pain in us. This kind of pain … can be healed only by the wounded, not the offender, because it is the wounded who is maintaining it. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Only ideas keep ideas flowing. When we close our minds to what is new, simply because we decide not to bother with it, we close our minds to our responsibility to ourselves - and to others - to keep on growing. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Persistence may not solve everything - at least in our lifetime - but it is truer to the meaning of life for us to wait for another plowing, another seeding, another harvest, then not. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Solitude is not a way of running away from life ... from our feelings. On the contrary. This is the time we sort them out, air them, get over them, and go on without the burden of yesterday. (The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully)
- There is a built-in danger in old age which, if we give in to it, makes aging one of the most difficult periods of life, rather than one of the most satisfying - which it should be. Tye danger of old age is that we may start acting old. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- There is always new life trying to emerge in each of us. Too often we ignore the signs of resurrection and cling to part of life that have died for us.
- To insist on living until we die may be one of life's greatest virtues. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Today we live in a world that judges its achievements by speed and busyness. … We are so busy making things happen that we have little time left to think about the value of what is happening. We urgently need people who concentrate on the meaning of life rather than simply the speed. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- The vision of a culture lies in what becomes its major institutions, in what it remembers as its most impacting events, in who it sees as its heroes.
- We have learned that the things we amassed to prove to ourselves how valuable, how important, how successful we were, didn't prove it at all. In fact, they have very little to do with it. It's what's inside of us, not what's outside of us that counts. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- Work is not slavery, then. Work is creativity. It is the expression of ourselves that no one else can duplicate. (The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully)
- If you look back at history or you look at any place in the world where religious groups or ethnic groups or racial groups or political groups are killing each other, or families have been feuding for years and years, you can see - because you're not particularly invested in that particular argument - that there will never be peace until somebody softens what is rigid in their heart. (Practicing Peace in Times of War)
- Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future.
- Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened. ("Peaceful in the Face of Chaos")
- There is a teaching that says that behind all hardening and tightening and rigidity of the heart, there’s always fear. But if you touch fear, behind fear there is a soft spot. And if you touch that soft spot, you find the vast blue sky. You find that which is ineffable, ungraspable, and unbiased, that which can support and awaken us at any time. (Practicing Peace)
- We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have the choice.
- Every year I live I am more convinced that the waste of life lies in the love we have not given, the powers we have not used, the selfish prudence that will risk nothing, and which shirking pain, misses happiness as well. No one ever yet was the poorer in the long run for having once in a lifetime "let out all the length of all the reins."
- I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. (Language and Politics)
- Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.
- We shouldn't be looking for heroes, we should be looking for good ideas.
- She missed him the days when some pretext served to take him away from her, just as one misses the sun on a cloudy day without having thought much about the sun when it was shining. (The Awakening)
- The more boundless your vision, the more real you are. (Life After Death: The Burden of Proof)
- Achievement brings its own anticlimax. (They Came to Bagdad)
- Evil is not something superhuman, it's something less than human. (The Pale Horse)
- The human mind prefers to be spoon-fed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly begin to think for itself and such thinking, remember is original thinking and may have valuable results. (The Moving Finger)
- I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.
- It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them.
- One does what one can, not what one cannot.
- Too much mercy ... often resulted in further crimes which were fatal to innocent victims who need not have been victims if justice had been put first and mercy second. (The Halloween Party)
- We owe most of our great inventions and most of the achievements of genius to idleness - either enforced or voluntary. The human mind prefers to be spoon-fed with the thoughts of others, but deprived of such nourishment it will, reluctantly, begin to think for itself - and such thinking, remember, is original thinking and may have valuable results.
- Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.
- A large part of the problem in the world today is that the people who start wars do not fight in them. If they did, we would have fewer wars. ("An Effective Response to Terrorism")
Christina, Queen of Sweden
- Fools are more to be feared than the wicked.
- It is necessary to try to pass one's self always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.
Christiansen, James L.
- The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but ot produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life.
Chrysler, Walter P.
Chrysostom, John see, Saint John Chrysostom
- Well, some people create their own opportunities; others go where opportunities are the greatest; others fail to recognize opportunity when they are face to face with it.
Church, Francis Pharcellus
- Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies!
Churchill, Jennie Jerome
- Treat your friends as you do your best pictures, and place them in their best light.
- There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.
Churchill, Winston (Sir)
- All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.
- Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.
- Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.
- Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Do not let spacious plans for a new world divert your energies from saving what is left of the old.
- Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
- I felt I was walking with destiny and all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.
- I like things to happen; and if they don't happen, I like to make them happen.
- If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another.
- If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future. (speech, House of Commons, June 18. 1940)
- It helps to write down half a dozen things which are worrying me. Two of them, say, disappear; about two of them nothing can be done, so it's no use worrying; and two perhaps can be settled. (in Churchill: Taken from the Diaries of Lord Moran)
- It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations. The quotations, when engraved upon the memory, give you good thoughts. They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
- It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time.
- The maxim "Nothing but perfection" may be spelled "Paralysis."
- Men occasionally stumble on the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Never give in, never, never, never, never; in nothing, great or small--never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.
- The oldest habit in the world for resisting change is to complain that unless the remedy to the disease should be universally applied it should not be applied at all. But you must start somewhere.
- A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.
- The price of greatness is responsibility.
- Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.
- Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.
- Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
- There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right.
- This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.
- We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
- We shall go forward together. The road upward is strong. There are upon our journey, dark and dangerous valleys. But it is sure and certain that if we persevere, and we shall persevere, we shall come though dark and dangerous valleys into sunlight broader and more genial and more lasting than mankind has ever known.
- Without courage, all other virtues lose their meaning.
- You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. Yet in their hearts there is unspoken--unspeakable!--fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts! Words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because they are forbidden. These terrify them. A little mouse--a little tiny mouse!--of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.
- Patience is the art of caring slowly.
- A university is what a college becomes when the faculty loses interest in students.
- Ability without honor is useless.
- Advice is judged by results, not by intention.
- The foolishness of old age does not characterize all who are old, but only the foolish.
- A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
- Give me a young man in whom there is something of the old,
and an old man in whom there is something of the young.
Guided so, a man may grow old in body, but never in mind.
- Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
- He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
- If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
- It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment. In these qualities old age is usually not only not poorer, but is even richer.
- Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
- Nobody can give you wiser advice than yourself.
- Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
- Read at every wait; read at all hours; read within leisure; read in times of labor; read as one goes in; read as one goes out. The task of an educated mind is simply put: read to lead.
- A room without books is like a body without a soul.
- A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
- To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.
- What is morally wrong can never be advantageous, even when it enables you to make some gain that you believe to be to your advantage. The mere act of believing that some wrongful course of action constitutes an advantage is pernicious.
- What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth? (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- [Note how the difference in translation makes this sound different from the one above] What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation?
Cioran, E. M.
- Beware of thinkers whose minds function only when they are fueled by a quotation. (Anathemas and Admirations)
- I always tell people that I became a writer not because I went to school but because my mother took me to the library. I wanted to become a writer so I could see my name in the card catalog.
- Christmas is a time to expand our giving encompassing the friendless and needy ... near and far. Christmas is sharing. ("Christmas")
- Christmas is the time to let your heart do the thinking.
- All around you people will be tiptoeing through life, just to arrive at death safely. But dear children, do not tiptoe. Run, hop, skip, or dance, just don't tiptoe.
- Man is a creature of hope and invention, both of which belie the idea that things cannot be changed.
- Nothing is as real as a dream. The world can change around you, but your dream will not. Responsibilities need not erase it. Duties need not obscure it. Because the dream is within you, no one can take it away.
- Summer pleasures they are gone like to visions every one... (Remembrances)
Clark, Frank A.
- A leading authority is anyone who has guessed right more than once.
- We find comfort among those who agree with us--growth among those who don't.
- Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway.
- There's only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes.
Clark, James Freeman
- It may make a difference to all eternity whether we do right or wrong today. (in Elbert Hubbard's Scrap Book)
Clark, Joshua Glenn
- We waste so many days waiting for the weekend. So many nights wanting morning. Our lust for future comfort is the biggest thief of life.
Clark, Karen Kaiser
- Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Clark, Mary Higgins
- A library is a path to the future--find yours there.
- You can't put a price tag on love, but you can on all it accessories.
- Each time we re-read a book we get more out of it because we put more into it; a different person is reading it, and therefore it is a different book.
Clark, Susanna & Richard Leigh
- You got to sing like you don't need the money
Love like you'll never get hurt
You got to dance like nobody's watchin'
It's gotta come from the heart
If you want it to work.
Clarke, Arthur C.
- I don't pretend we have all the answers. But the questions are certainly worth thinking about.
- The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.
- New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!
- People go through four stages before any revolutionary development:
1. It's nonsense, don't waste my time.
2. It's interesting, but not important.
3. I always said it was a good idea.
4. I thought of it first.
- When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. (Time Magazine 2/15/71)
Clarke, James Freeman
- We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.
Clarke, Jean Illsley
- What families have in common the world around is that they are the place where people learn who they are and how to be that way. (Self-Esteem: A Family Affair)
Clarke, Jean Illsley and Connie Dawson
- Every experience of accepting love strengthens the muscles of the personality. (Growing Up Again)
Clarke, William Newton
- Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.
- Patience is bitter, but it's fruit is sweet. ("Brush Studies" Ladies' Home Journal, 1884)
- Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the gratefully and appreciating heart.
Cleaver, [Leroy] Eldridge
- Too much agreement kills a chat. ("A Day in Folsom Prison" Soul on Ice)
- You're either part of the solution or part of the problem.
- If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And, if I can persuade you to laugh at a particular point that I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge it as true.
- A man's life is interesting primarily when he has failed --I well know. For it is a sign that he has tried to surpass himself.
Clement, Mark A.
- Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.
- There are ... two kinds of people: those who are changing and those who are setting themselves up to be victims of change. As the world continues to march on around us, if I am only maintaining the status quo--if I'm not growing--then I'm falling behind. (Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success)
- We were meant to grow. When we don't grow, we seek diversions--some harmless (if unproductive), others destructive--to fill the emptiness. (Growing the Distance: Timeless Principles for Personal, Career, and Family Success)
Clifton, Donald O., see Buckingham, Marcus
- The end of a thing,
is never the end,
something is always being born like
a year of a baby. ("December" Everett Anderson's Year)
- Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans have ever been a relentless, questioning, hopeful people. (Inauguration speech, 20 Jan 1993)
Clinton, Hillary Rodham
- But we also know that to be educated, the goal of it must be human liberation. A liberation enabling each of us to fulfill our capacity so as to be free to create within and around ourselves. To be educated to freedom must be evidenced in action...
- The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future.
- Women are always being tested ... but ultimately, each of us has to define who we are individually and then do the very best job we can to grow into it.
Clive, Bernard Kelvin
- Virtually everyone needs motivation of some sort, but when you are in love - that is motivation enough, it turns many into poets and painters, it spurs the creativity in you.
- Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.
Clowse, Barbara Barksdale
- Like gaining confidence, finding one's courage is gradual rather than all at once.
- Children have more need of models than of critics.
- Luck is always waiting for something to turn up. Labor, with keen eyes and strong will, always turns up something. Luck lies in bed and wishes the postman will bring news of a legacy. Labor turns out at six o'clock and with busy pen or ringing hammer, lays the foundation of a competence. Luck whines. Labor whistles. Luck relies on chance, labor on character.
- Imagine a school with children that can read or write, but with teachers who cannot, and you have a metaphor of the Information Age in which we live.
Cocks, Barnett (Sir)
- A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled. (in New Scientist, 1973)
Codell, Esme Raji
- A library is a platform upon which we catch trains to Every Where and Any Place, Another Time and Across Space. All aboard!
- Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose - and commit myself to - what is best for me. (The Zahir)
- None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith. (Brida)
- One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.
- The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.
- There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. (The Alchemist)
- When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny. (The Devil and Miss Prym)
- When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.
- As the calendar approaches the year's darkest night, reflect on those who have brought you light. How have you yourself brought a glimmer of light into someone else's darkness? (Advent Day-by-Day)
Coffin, Willian Sloane
- Hope arouses, as nothing else can arouse, a passion for the possible.
- It is one thing to say with the prophet Amos, "Let justice roll down like mighty waters," and quite another to work out the irrigation system. Clearly there is more certainty in the recognition of wrongs than there is in the prescription for their cure.
- It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
- Laughter lifts us over high ridges and lights up dark valleys in a way that makes life so much easier. It is a priceless gem, a gift of release and healing direct from Heaven.
- The people who are successful are those who are grateful for everything they have.
Cohen, Ben and Jerry Greenfield
- Our country--the last remaining superpower on earth--needs to learn to measure its strength not by the number of people it can kill but by the number of people it can feed, clothe, house, and care for. (Ben & Jerry's Double-Dip: Lead With Your Values and Make Money, Too)
- One of the best things about being an adult is the realization that you can share with your sister and still have plenty for yourself.
- Effective listening requires more than hearing the words transmitted. It demands that you find meaning and understanding in what is being said. After all, meanings are not in the words, but in the people.
- You and I do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
- Ring the bells that still can ring,
Forget your perfect offering.
There's a hole in everything,
That's how the light comes thru. ("Ring the Bells That Still Can Ring")
- If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that he commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.
- Not living in fear is a great gift, because certainly these days we do it so much. And do you know what I like about comedy? You can't laugh and be afraid at the same time — of anything. If you're laughing, I defy you to be afraid.
Colby, Frank Moore
- Clever people seem not to feel the natural pleasure of bewilderment, and are always answering questions when the chief relish of a life is to go on asking them.
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
- Advice is like snow; the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into, the mind.
- Common sense in an uncommon degree is what the world calls wisdom.
- The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions--the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
- The light which experience gives is a lantern on the stern, which shines only on the waves behind us.
- Chill December brings the sleet,
Blazing fire, and Christmas treat. ("The Garden Year")
- Alas! How enthusiasm decreases, as our experience increases!
Colette, Gabrielle Colette
- It was on that road and at that hour that I first became aware of my own self, experienced an inexpressible state of grace, and felt one with the first breath of air that stirred, the first bird, and the sun so newly born that it still looked not quite round.
- Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.
- There are days when solitude is a heady wine that intoxicates you with freedom, others when it is a bitter tonic, and still others when it is a poison that makes you beat your head against the wall.
- What a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised!
- Confidence is ignorance. If you're feeling cocky, it's because there's something you don't know. (Artemis Fowl)
Collie, G. Norman
- Every man has one thing he can do better than anyone else--and usually it's reading his own handwriting.
- Hope is a vigorous principle ... it sets the head and heart to work, and animates a man to do his utmost.
- As fast as each opportunity presents itself, use it! No matter how tiny an opportunity it may be, use it!
- Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more.
- The great successful men of the world have used their imagination...they think ahead and create their mental picture in all it details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that a bit, but steadily building--steadily building.
- Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.
- You have to sow before you can reap. You have to give before you can get.
- When people are highly motivated, it's easy to accomplish the impossible. And when they're not, it's impossible to accomplish the easy.
- For me, music brings Christmas to life. ... To me, each one of these special songs is a pretty package that I get to unwrap again every year. (Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas)
- To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it.
Collins, Frederick L.
- There are two types of people--those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are."
- We are not imprisoned by circumstances, setbacks, mistakes or staggering defeats, we are freed by our choices.
Collins, John Churton
- Half our mistakes in life arise from feeling where we ought to think, and thinking where we ought to feel.
- Before I can effectively discipline students, I have to earn their friendship and respect. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do best. ("Marva Collins: Teaching Success in the City" Message)
- The good teacher makes the poor student good and the good student superior. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.
- You can pay people to teach, but you can't pay them to care. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- My after forty face felt far more comfortable than anything I lived with previously. Self-confidence was a powerful beauty-potion; I looked better because I felt better. Failure and grief as well as success and love had served me well. Finally, I was tapping into that most hard-won of your dews: wisdom.
- The beauty of empowering others is that your own power is not diminished in the process.
- If kids come to us [educators/teachers] from strong, healthy functioning families, it makes our job easier. If they do not come to us from strong, healthy, functioning families, it makes our job more important.
- If you can't solve it, it's not a problem--it's reality.
- We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one hundred percent of it.
Colton, Charles Caleb
Columba, Saint see, Saint Columba
- Death is the liberator of him whom freedom cannot release, the physician of him whom medicine cannot cure, and the comforter of him whom time cannot console.
- Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.
- The greatest and most amiable privilege which the rich enjoy over the poor is that which they exercise the least--the privilege of making others happy.
- The greatest friend of truth is Time, her greatest enemy is Prejudice, and her constant companion is Humility.
- Habit will reconcile to us to everything but change. (Lacon)
- Human foresight often leaves its proudest possessor only a choice of evils.
- If you want enemies, excel others; if you want friends, let others excel you.
- No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
- Nothing so completely baffles one who is full of tricks and duplicity himself, than straightforward and simple integrity in another. (Lacon)
- Patience is the support of weakness; impatience is the ruin of strength.
- Physical courage, which despises all danger, will make a man brave in one way; and moral courage, which despises all opinion, will make a man brave in another. The former would seem most necessary for the camp, the latter for council; but to constitute a great man, both are necessary.
- The policy that can strike only while the iron is hot will be overcome by that perseverance, which ... can make that iron hot by striking; and he that can only rule the storm must yield to him who can both raise and rule it. (Lacon: or, Many Things in Few Words)
- Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
- The present time has one advantage over every other--it is our own. (Lacon)
- Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give. (Lacon)
- There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
- True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it be lost. (Lacon)
- There are no strangers on Christmas Eve.
- The mind is like a TV set--when it goes blank, it's a good idea to turn off the sound.
Conant, James B.
- Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.
- Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions; and you will get along even among barbarians, But if you are not sincere and untrustworthy in your speech, frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even among your own neighbors? When stand, see these principles in front of you; in your carriage see them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along. (The Analects)
- The diamond cannot be polished without friction, not man perfected without trials.
- The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
- For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say.
- He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
- If you choose a job that you like you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
- Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
- Plan ahead or find trouble on the doorstep.
- Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
- Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
- To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. (The Analects)
- To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
- Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.
- Dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present.
- It's not the situation... It's your reaction to the situation.
- Silent night. Holy night.
All is Calm. All is bright.
Remember that part? That's how it can be. That's how we can see it, if only we just decide to.
Stop, sit, light a quiet flame. Stare into the glittering green of the tree for a while. Bundle up, breathe, and be together. Let it all come to rest. And just remember how it ought to be. (on Green Blade Bakery Facebook page, 12/16/13)
- Questions focus our thinking. Ask empowering questions like: What's good about this? What's not perfect about it yet? What am I going to do next time? How can I do this and have fun doing it?
- The secret of success is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm... to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.
- The true work of art is the one which the seventh wave of genius throws up the beach where the undertow of time cannot drag it back. (The Unquiet Grave)
- While thought exists, words are alive and literature becomes an escape, not from, but into living. (The Unquiet Grave)
- Learn the past, watch the present, and create the future.
- [The artist] speaks to our capacity for delight and wonder, to the sense of mystery surrounding our lives; to our sense of pity, and beauty, and pain; to the latent feeling of fellowship with all creation--and to the subtle but invincible conviction of solidarity in dreams, in joy, in sorrow, in aspirations, in illusions, in hope, in fear ... which binds together all humanity--the dead to the living and the living to the unborn.
- The belief in a supernatural power of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
- It is not Justice the servant of men, but accident, hazard, Fortune--the ally of patient Time--that holds an even and scrupulous balance. (Lord Jim)
- My task which I am trying to achieve is by the power of the written word, to make you hear, to make you feel--it is, before all, to make you see. That--and no more, and it is everything. (Nigger of the Narcissus)
- There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher. (Prince of Tides)
- You are never so strong as when you forgive.
- If you try to guard yourself against every unlikely danger, you'll never stretch beyond your comfort zone. Don't let the 'what-ifs' run your life. Follow your dreams and have at it. (What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?)
- It doesn't matter if we think we're fearless or if we do things while quaking. The important thing is to be true to our own dreams and live authentic lives. (What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?)
- It's been said that there are two days over which we have no control: yesterday, because it's a cancelled check, and tomorrow, because it's a promissory note. (What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?)
- We don't have to wait for fear to vanish altogether because that moment will never come; all we need is a moment of daring that can change a whole lifetime of waiting. (What Would You Do If You Had No Fear?)
Conwell, Russell H.
- Greatness ... consists in doing great deeds with little means and the accomplishment of vast purposes from the private ranks. (Acres of Diamonds)
- Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.
- Curiosity ... endows the people who have it with a generosity in argument and a serenity in cheerful willingness to let life take the form it will.
- If you're able to be yourself, then you have no competition. All you have to do is get closer and closer to that essence.
Cook, James R.
- Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.
Cook, Mary Lou
- Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.
- A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it.
Cooley, Charles Horton
- To get away from one's working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one's self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.
- Character is the only secure foundation of the state.
- Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
- If I had permitted my failures, or what seemed to me at the time a lack of success, to discourage me I cannot see any way in which I would ever have made progress.
- No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.
- Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan, 'press on' has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race.
- Every day is a fresh beginning;
Listen my soul, to the glad refrain,
And in spite of old sorrow… and possible pain,
Take heart with the day and begin again.
- We are made in the image and likeness of God and God expects us to act accordingly. (Weaving Faith and Experience: A Woman's Perspective)
- Perhaps the most central characteristic of authentic leadership is the relinquishing of the impulse to dominate others. (Psychiatry and Anti-Psychiatry)
- The way I see it, there are two kinds of dreams.
One is a dream that's always going to be just that...
A vision that you can never really hold in your hand.
Then there's a dream that's more than a dream its like....
A map that you live by and follow for the rest of your days
Knowing that someday your going to stand on top of that
Mountain holding everything you thought of
- These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
- I learned that there were two ways I could live my life: following my dreams or doing something else. Dreams aren't a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. When I dream, I believe I am rehearsing my future.
- All too often before truth sets you free it will make you miserable.
- The best lives are like notebooks whose writings are read and reflected upon over and over again. Lessons are extracted and futures are reassessed. (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- Choose to live life on purpose, to love intentionally and to plan accordingly! (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- Commitments to a preferred future do not come randomly. They are intentionally established when you are thinking clearly and are close to God. (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- It was a season that compelled me into a winter wilderness that gave birth to a springtime of new growth that would refill my tank and renew my passion. (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- Living well must become intentional. Don’t stop dreaming what your life can yet be.
- My goal in life is not to get rich, but to BE RICH – in faith, marriage, family and ministry. (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- Problems don’t destroy you. Unresolved problems do. (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- The secret to success has always been a bias for action. Without it nothing changes. The old cowboys used to say, ‘Just get ‘er done!’ (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- Sometimes we get so busy rowing our boat, we don’t take time to stop and see where we are going … or what we are becoming. (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- There must be certain pilings driven so deeply into my soul that in times of crisis they will serve as immovable, unquestionable anchors in my life.
- To finish strong you must learn to rejuvenate your spirit. (Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion)
- You cannot rectify problems if you deny that they exist.
Corey, Benjamin L.
- If one takes a public stand against, say, most any sin you can think of, one is considered "courageous" and a "defender of the faith." Folks will quickly applaud you and tell you how much they admire you for "taking a stand" on biblical truth. Except if you quote Matt. 5:44 and invite people to apply it in any sort of meaningful, literal way. The moment one begins to talk about loving your enemies they all of a sudden become "liberals," "extremists," or are accused of completely taking an otherwise straight forward passage "out of context." ("What’s so complicated about 'love your enemies'?quot; in Mennonite World Review)
- Justice is only achieved in beautiful fullness when the oppressed has been elevated back to their rightful place, and when those who were guilty of the oppressing have experienced repentance, healing, and restoration as well.--justice is only achieved in beautiful fullness when the oppressed has been elevated back to their rightful place, and when those who were guilty of the oppressing have experienced repentance, healing, and restoration as well. ("The 4 Most Important Things To Remember About Seeking Biblical Justice")
- The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
- To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
- Nostalgia is the waiting room for death. (on Twitter, Sept. 27, 2015)
- God within us is communicating with God above us, and we know that this communication is pure and powerful. (Praying the Scriptures)
- Fatherhood is pretending the present you love the most is soap-on-a-rope.
- I don't know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
- A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones who need the advice.
- You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything --even poverty--you can survive it.
- Never judge someone by the way he looks or a book by the way it’s covered; for inside those tattered pages, there’s a lot to be discovered.
Cossman, E. Joseph
- The greatest power is often simple patience.
- If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about one year ago today.
- Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
- Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible. (Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes)
- Through each passage and each season, may you trust the goodness f life.
- May you discover your own special abilities and contribute them toward a better world.
- Real heroes are men who fall and fail and are flawed, but win out in the end because they've stayed true to their ideals and beliefs and commitments.
Cotton, John (Jr.)
- Love carries through many difficulties easily and makes heavy burdens light.
- The more deeply the path is etched, the more it is used, and the more it is used, the more deeply it etched.
- When the imagination and will power are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.
- Winning is a state of mind that embraces everything you do. (The Power of One)
- Appreciation can make a day - even change a life, Your willingness to put it into words is all that is necessary.
- Christmas, in its final essence, is for grown people who have forgotten what children know. Christmas is for whoever is old enough to have denied the unquenchable spirit of man.
- The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
- Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.
- A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.
- [In sickness] your heaviest artillery will be your will to live. Keep that big gun going.
- A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas a place where history comes to life. (American Library Association Bulletin 10/1954)
- Life is an adventure in forgiveness.
- The main trouble with despair is that it is self-fulfilling.
- Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
- How things look on the outside of us depends on how things are on the inside of us.
- The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.
- Without ethics, everything happens as if we were all five billion passengers on a big machinery and nobody is driving the machinery. And it's going faster and faster, but we don't know where. (interview, CNN, 2/24/89)
Covey, Stephen R.
- An abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations.
- But until a person can say deeply and honestly, "I am what I am today because of the choices I made yesterday," that person cannot say, "I choose otherwise." (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change)
- Character is what we are. Competence is what we can do. Character and competence drive everything else in an organization. (First Things First)
- I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a "transformer" in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.
- Make small commitments and keep them. Be a light, not a judge. Be a model, not a critic. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. (Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)
- More than skill or technique, individual and organizational quality is a function of aligning both personal character and personal behavior with principles. (First Things First)
- Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.
- Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you, chances are it will burn very briefly.
- Once you have a clear picture of your priorities - that is your values, goals and high leverage activities, organize around them.
- Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition such as lifting weights, we develop our character muscles by over-coming challenges and adversity. (First Things First)
- Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.
- Trying to do well and trying to beat others are two very different things. Excellence and victory are conceptually different and are experienced differently.
- Two of the most deadly roadblocks to peace are discouragement and pride. The best way to develop courage is to set a goal and achieve it, make a promise and keep it. The antidote for the poison of pride is humility. (First Things First)
- We are limited but we can push back the borders of our limitations.
- Whatever your present situation, I assure you that you are not your habits. You can replace old patterns of self-defeating behavior with new patterns, new habits of the effectiveness, happiness and trust-based relationships.
- While we are free to choose our actions, we are not free to choose the consequences of our actions.
- The man who rolls up his sleeves seldom loses his shirt.
- It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.
- Work is much more fun than fun.
- Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
- Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much;
Wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
Coyle, David Cushman
- Democracy needs more free speech, for even the speech of foolish people is valuable if it serves to guarantee the right of the wise to talk.
- It's not what you do once in a while, it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.
Craik, Dinah Mulock
- Autumn to winter, winter to spring,
Spring into summer, summer into fall--
So rolls the changing year, and so we change;
Motion so swift, we know not that we move.
- Good habits are the muscles of the soul. Keep new habits alive and strong by daily exercise.
- Habits are safer than rules; you don't have to watch them. And you don't have to keep them either. They keep you.
- Some people fail because they never begin. More people fail because they never finish. Stick-to-it-ive-ness wins oftener than genius or luck.
- To enjoy a bright and hopeful view, dwell upon your mercies not upon your miseries.
- True wisdom is indicated by a capacity for wonder. The egotist looks back upon knowing much. The wise man stands on the edge of his knowledge and looks ahead in wonder. Most inventions are born of wonder.
- You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don't trust enough.
- Congealed thinking is the forerunner of failure...make sure you are always receptive to new ideas.
- Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.
- If you live your life in the past, you waste the life you have to live.
Crick, Francis Harry Compton
- It is not easy to convey, unless one has experienced it, the dramatic feeling of sudden enlightenment that floods the mind when the right idea finally clinches into place. (What Mad Pursuit)
- I leave this rule for others when I'm dead, Be always sure you're right--then go ahead.
- Make the iron hot by striking it.
- I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got.
- There is no such thing as a little freedom. Either you are all free, or you are not free. ("What Does Walter Cronkite Really Think" by Fallaci Look)
- Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
- The man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
- Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it "white".
Crossan, John Dominic
- The ... challenge of Christmas is this: justice is what happens when all receive a fair share of God's world and only such distributive justice can establish peace on earth.("The Challenge of Christmas", 12/12/2011)
Crossan, John Dominic, see also Borg, Marcus
Crouch, Mark A.
- Is it any coincidence then that the most incredibly successful people have the most confident and positive attitudes? Many people think that positive attitude is a by-product of having achieved wealth and success. In my experience I have found that this attitude was more often the reason for and not the result of success. (Bouncing Off Paper Walls)
- Responsibility is the most powerful internal motivator for problem solving. When you remove it, all that remains is the lesser drive of self-preservation. If necessity is the mother of invention then responsibility is its father. (Bouncing Off Paper Walls)
Crowe, John H.
- An elephant can be tethered by a thread--if he believes he is captive. If we believe we are chained by habit or anxiety, we are in bondage.
- You know, when you grow up in the suburbs of Sydney or Auckland or Newcastle, like Ridley or Jamie Bell, well, the suburbs of anywhere. You know, a dream like this seems kind of vaguely ludicrous and completely unattainable. But this moment is directly connected to those childhood imaginings. And for anybody who's on the down side of advantage and relying purely on courage, it's possible. Thanks very much. (his Oscar acceptance speech, 2001)
Crowell, Grace Noll
- If but one message, I may leave behind,
One single word of courage for my kind,
It would be this – Oh, brother, sister, friend,
Whatever life may bring – what God may send,
No matter whether clouds life soon or late--
Take heart and wait! ("Wait")
- Whatever else be lost among the years,
Let us keep Christmas still a shining thing:
Whatever doubts assail us, or what fears,
Let us hold close one day, remembering
Its poignant meaning for the hearts of men.
Let us get back our childlike faith again.
- You learn how to do good work by being honest with yourself.
- Now thank we all our God,
With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom his world rejoices.. (Nun danket alle Gott tr. by Winkworth)
- March is a month of considerable frustration - it is so near spring and yet across a great deal of the country the weather is still so violent and changeable that outdoor activity in our yards seems light years away.
- Of all the virtues we can learn, no trait is more useful, more essential for survival, and more likely to improve the quality of life than the ability to transform adversity into an enjoyable challenge.
- I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
- It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.
- The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- To be nobody-but-yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else--means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
- Tomorrow is our permanent address.
- We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit
- Do not save your loving speeches for your friends till they are dead, do not write them on their tombstones, speak them rather now instead.
- Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.
- I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
Curcio, Joan L.
- Advances are made by those with at least a touch of irrational confidence in what they can do.
- Courageous risks are life-giving, they help you grow, make you brave, and better than you think you are.
- Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
- I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
- I shall devote only a few lines to the expression of my belief in the importance of science ... it is by this daily striving after knowledge that man has raised himself to the unique position he occupies on earth, and that his power and well-being have continually increased.
- I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy.
- Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
- Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
- You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful.
- Healthy families are our greatest national resource. (Traits of a Healthy Family)
Currier, Alan Alexsi
- Jesus took the command to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, and pushed the definition of who is our neighbor, out, out, and still further out, until it reached to the ends of the earth and included all of humanity-all of God's children.
- It is the personal thoughtfulness, the warm human awareness, the reaching out of the self to one's fellow man that makes giving worthy of the Christmas spirit.
- Be the best version of yourself in anything you do. You don't have to live anybody else's story.
- There are two kinds of men who never amount to much: those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.
- Humility is not weakness; it is the epitome of strength. Humility moves a person away from human, personal weakness and limitation into divine expression, strength and expansion.
- Imagination is our ability to see inwardly and picture there that which has not yet appeared outwardly. Imagination is God's gift to us.
- It is impossible to be negative while we are giving thanks,
- We are what and where we are because we have first imagined it.
Curtis, George W.
- Imagination is as good as many voyages--and how much cheaper.
Curtis, Jamie Lee
- There is a point where you aren't as much mom and daughter as you are adults and friends. It doesn't happen for everyone--but it did for Mom and me.
- It seems to me there's so much more to the world than the average eye is allowed to see. I believe, if you look hard, there are more wonders in this universe than you could ever have dreamt of. ("Vincent and the Doctor")
- Our greatest power is the power of choice; our greatest freedom lies in the exercise of our power of choice.
- Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment--this day--is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day--each moment of this day--a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity.
Cutting, Mary Stewart
- February's the worst month, you get so tired of everything and everybody, you seem to have done everything before. ("On the Ridge" The Suburban Whirl)