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da Vinci, Leonardo
  • Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence he is just using his memory.

  • Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses not his understanding but rather his memory.

  • Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.

  • For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.

  • Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation...even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.

  • Just as iron rusts from disuse, even so does inaction spoil the intellect.

  • Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen. (Treatise on Painting)

  • Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

  • Who sows virtue reaps honor. (Note-books)

Dahl, Roald

  • I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.

  • So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray,
    Go throw your TV set away,
    And in its place you can install,
    A lovely bookshelf on the wall. (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Dalai Lama

  • All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness ... the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.

  • I feel that a genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives. How one creates that smile largely depends on one's own attitude. It is illogical to expect smiles from others if one does not smile oneself. Therefore, one can see that many things depend on one's own behaviour.

  • I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.

  • In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision. New! as of 04/01/17

  • In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.

  • Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

  • The more we take the welfare of others to heart and work for their benefit, the more benefit we derive for ourselves. This is a fact that we can see.

  • There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.

  • Try to remain truthful. The power of truth never declines. Force and violence may be effective in the short term, but in the long run it’s truth that prevails.

  • Unfortunate events, though potentially a source for anger and despair, have equal potential to be a source of spiritual growth. Whether or not this is the outcome depends on our response.

  • When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know; but when you listen, you may learn something new.

  • You can’t help someone just by making a wish to do so, you have to take action.--Dalai Lama (on Twitter 1/17/14)

Dale, Arbie M.

  • To decide to be at the level of choice, is to take responsibility for your life and to be in control of your life.

Dalton, Margot

  • I make it a policy to try never to make a complete idiot of myself twice in the same way. After all, there's always all kinds of new ways to make a complete idiot of myslef. Why repeat the old ones?

Damon, Bertha

  • Autumn is the best season in which to sniff, and to sniff for pleasure, for this is the season of universal pungency. (A Sense of Humus)

  • Beauty that dies the soonest has the longest life. Because it cannot keep itself for a day, we keep it forever. Because it can hove existence only in memory, we give it immortality there. (A Sense of Humus)

  • Getting what you go after is success; but liking it while you are getting it is happiness.

  • Humor was for her a kind of social salt; and salt not only adds savor, it reserves.

Dana, William Starr, Mrs., see, Parsons, Frances Theodora

D'Angelo, Anthony J.

  • The people who oppose your ideas the most are those who represent the establishment that your ideas will upset.

  • Set high standards and few limitations for yourself.

Daniels, Jonathan

  • The man who reads only for improvement is beyond the hope of much improvement before he begins.

  • Take every failure as an experience, cause to be successful you need experience.

Daniels, Victor

  • We must learn to tailor our concepts to fit reality, instead of trying to stuff reality into our concepts.

Dano, Giorgio A.

  • Fear ends where faith begins.

Danton, Georges Jacques

  • After bread, education is the first need of the people.

  • We must dare, and dare again, and go on daring.

DaPassano, Andrew

  • Empowerment gives birth to responsibility; this responsibility is to serve. We need to serve where we find ourselves; wherever we are. You don't need to identify with service, or speak of it. Better just to guide, love and care. Silence is a great aid in service; the more you are able to listen, the greater help you can be--energy escapes when you talk.

    And when you have achieved serenity, you will benefit others by your presence. When your inner noise is silenced, you will have a quick, clear perspective on all human situations; you will be able to reach out effectively in generosity and compassion.

Darrow, Clarence

  • Common experience shows how much rarer is moral courage than physical bravery. A thousand men will march to the mouth of the cannon where won man will dare espouse an unpopular cause.

  • If a man is happy in America, it is considered he is doing something wrong.

  • If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.

  • To think is to differ.

Das, Surya Lamia

  • Forgiveness means letting go of the hope for a better past.

Dauber, Esther Lloyd

  • Blend equal parts of Faith and Hope mixed well with Charity;
    Stir in Good Will and Sweet Content and Precious Memory.
    Add Kindness, Helpfulness and Joy; of Gratitude don't spare;
    Then drop by drop Love's Essence sweet, and Praises freely share.
    And don't forget such spices rare as Laughter, Smiles and Fun,
    Taste often for the best results, ('Tis sweet to mince upon).
    Now add a Thankful Heart and then, the recipe's complete,
    Your "Merry Christmas" all will like ... so try the season's treat. ("Special Treat")

Dauten, Dale

  • Nine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find someone's hand and squeeze it, while there's still time.

Davenport, Ian J.

  • It's counter to common sense, but common sense is only based on a very small subset of the universe.

Davenport, Russell W.

  • Progress in every age results only from the fact that there are some people who refuse to believe that what they know to be right cannot be done.

Davidson, Jeff

  • 1. Have a life for the rest of the day. Handling too many pieces of paper is hazardous to your Breathing Space. (Breathing Space: Living & Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society)

  • A keen sense of history is more enlightening than the evening news. (Breathing Space: Living & Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society)

  • Too much information may be harmful to your health. (Breathing Space: Living & Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society)

  • When everyone is too busy, don't expect a more productive society. Expect a frantic society. (Breathing Space: Living & Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society)

  • Your life is finite, your death is guaranteed. Rather than wait 'til old age before regarding each day as precious, choose to regard each day as precious right now. (Breathing Space: Living & Working at a Comfortable Pace in a Sped-Up Society)

Davidson, Laura Lee

  • If I have learned nothing else in all these months in the woods, I have thoroughly learned to keep hands off the processes of nature. (A Winter of Content)

Davidson, Robyn

  • The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.

  • The two important things I did learn were that you are as powerful and strong as you allow yourself to be, and that the most difficult part of any endeavor is taking the first step, making the first decision.

Davies, Mary Carolyn

  • We are made whole by books, as by great space and the stars.

Davies, Paul

  • The universe contains vastly more order than Earth-life could ever demand. All those distant galaxies, irrelevant for our existence, seem as squally well ordered as our own. (in The Quickening Universe by Mallove)

Davies, Peter

  • Motivation is like food for the brain. You cannot get enough in one sitting. It needs continual and regular top up's.

Davies, Robertson

  • A man must be obedient to the promptings of his innermost heart. (Your Achievement Ezine - Issue No. 153)

  • Only a fool expects to be happy all the time.

Davies, Russell T.

  • You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!--Russell T. Davies (Tooth and Claw)

Davies, Valentine

  • Christmas isn't just a day, it's a frame of mind. (Miracle on 34th Street)

Davies, W. H.

  • Come lovely Morning, rich in frost
    On iron, wood and glass...
    Come, rich and lovely Winter's Eve,
    That seldom handles gold;
    And spread your silver sunsets out,
    In glittering fold on fold. ("Silver Hours")

Davis, Belva

  • Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.

Davis, Bette

  • The key to life is accepting challenges. Once someone stops doing this, he's dead.

  • No set goal achieved satisfies. Success only breeds a new goal. The golden apple devoured has seeds. It is endless.

  • This has always been a motto of mine: Attempt the impossible in order to improve your work.

  • Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

Davis, Elmer

  • One of the things that is wrong with America is that everybody who has done anything at all in his own field is expected to be an authority on every subject under the sun.

Davis, Ossie

  • Any form of art is a form of power, it has impact, it can affect change--it can not only move us, it makes us move.

Davis, Wade

  • The measure of a society is not only what it does but the quality of its aspirations.

Davis, William Hershey

  • Reputation is what you have when you come to a new community; character is what you have when you go away.

Davy, Humphrey

  • The most important of my discoveries have been suggested to me by my failures.

Dawn, Marva J.

  • Instead of scrambling for security in national victory and domination, in preparation for war and military aggression, we must relearn the values of cooperation and sharing, of nonviolence and support. (Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting)

Dawson, Gerritt Scott

  • Though it hardly seems possible now, we cling to the hope that God's City will be established in the gift of the new heavens and the new earth. Our work is to live by the customs of the new City before it has fully come to be. In this way, the church draws the world to God. We hold forth not a condemning, but a welcoming word. All nations are invited to come to this City. And the quality of our interactions as a community will be a stronger witness than our words. The vibrancy of our worship will be a beacon of light that draws people home from the long darkness they have endured. (Called by a New Name)

Day, Clarence

  • Creatures whose mainspring is curiosity enjoy the accumulating of facts far more than the pausing at times to reflect on those facts.

Day, Dorothy

  • The older I get, the more I meet people, the more convinced I am that we must only work on ourselves, to grow in grace. The only thing we can do about other people is to love them.

  • We cannot love God unless we love each other. We know him in the breaking of bread, and we know each other in the breaking of bread, and we are not alone anymore. Heaven is a banquet, and life is a banquet too - even with a crust - where there is companionship. We have all known loneliness, and we have learned that the only solution is love, and that love comes with community.

  • We have all probably noted those sudden moments of quiet - those strange and almost miraculous moments in the life of a big city when there is a cessation of traffic noise - just an instant when there is only the sound of footsteps which serves to emphasize a sudden peace. During those seconds it is possible to notice the sunlight, to notice our fellow humans, to take breath.

  • We plant seeds that will flower as results in our lives, so best to remove the weeds of anger, avarice, envy, and doubt, that peace and abundance may manifest for all.

Day Lewis, Cecil

  • The slow movement of clouds in benediction,
    Clear areas of light thrilling over her uplands,
    Over the chords of summer sustained peacefully. (Magnetic Mountain)

Dayan, Moshe

  • If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.

De Angelis, Barbara

  • If you aren't good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you'll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren't even giving to yourself.

  • Love is a choice you make from moment to moment.

  • The moment in between what you once were, and who you are now becoming, is where the dance of life really takes place.

  • The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.

  • Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.

de Bono, Edward

  • Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.

  • Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and more interesting. (Serious Creativity)

  • An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. (Serious Creativity)

  • If you wait for opportunities to occur, you will be one of the crowd. (Serious Creativity)

  • In a sense, words are encyclopedias of ignorance because they freeze perceptions at one moment in history and then insist we continue to use these frozen perceptions when we should be doing better. (Serious Creativity)

  • In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures. (Serious Creativity)

  • It is well known that "problem avoidance" is an important part of problem solving. Instead of solving the problem you go upstream and alter the system so that the problem does not occur in the first place. (Serious Creativity)

  • Most executives, many scientists, and almost all business school graduates believe that if you analyze data, this will give you new ideas. Unfortunately, this belief is totally wrong. The mind can only see what it is prepared to see. (Serious Creativity)

  • Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic. (Serious Creativity)

  • The need to be right all the time is the biggest bar to new ideas. It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong than to be always right by having no ideas at all.

  • One very important aspect of motivation is the willingness to stop and to look at things that no one else has bothered to look at. This simple process of focusing on things that are normally taken for granted is a powerful source of creativity... (Serious Creativity)

  • Opportunity ideas do not lie around waiting to be discovered. Such ideas need to be produced. (Serious Creativity)

  • Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another way, the right course of action may be so obvious that the problem no longer exists.

  • There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.

  • We need creativity in order to break free from the temporary structures that have been set up by a particular sequence of experience. (Serious Creativity)

de Burgh, Hubert, see, Burgh, Hubert de

de Bury, Richard

  • A library of wisdom, is more precious than all wealth, and all things that are desirable cannot be compared to it. Whoever therefore claims to be zealous of truth, of happiness, of wisdom or knowledge, must become a lover of books.

de France, Marie, see, Marie de France

de Gaulle, Charles

  • Deliberation is a function of the many; action is the function of one. (War Memoirs)

  • I respect only those who resist me, but I cannot tolerate them.

  • Nothing more enhances authority than silence. It is the crowning virtue of the strong, the refuge of the weak, the modesty of the proud, the pride of the humble, the prudence of the wise, and the sense of fools.

de Gaultier, Jules

  • Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

De La Grange, Charles Varlet

  • When we ask advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

De La Ramee, Marie Louise (Ouida)

  • Could we see when and where we are to meet again, we would be more tender when we bid our friends goodbye.

De Levis, Pierre-Marc-Gaston, duc

  • It is easier to judge a person's mental capacity by his questions than by his answers. (Maxims)

De Ley, Gerd

  • The frontiers of our dreams always converge with reality.

  • The only way to live a long life is in a state of constant boredom.

De Mello, Anthony, see, Mello, Anthony de

de Mendoza, Antonio

  • Liberty means responsibility. That's why most men dread it.

de Mille, Agnes

  • No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently.

  • The truest expression of a people is in its dances and its music. Bodies never lie.

De Pree, Max

  • The greatest thing is, at any moment, to be willing to give up who we are in order to become all that we can be.

  • In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.

  • The signs of outstanding leadership appear primarily among the followers. Are the followers reaching their potential? Are they learning? Serving? Do they achieve the required results? Do they change with grace? Manage conflict? (Leadership is an Art)

  • We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

  • We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion. (Leadership is an Art)

de Quincey, Thomas

  • Solitude, though it may be silent as light, is like light, the mightiest of agencies; for solitude is essential to man. All men come into this world alone; all leave it alone.

de Solva, Alvaro

  • It used to take courage--indeed, it was the act of courage par excellence--to leave the comforts of home and family and go out into the world seeking adventure. Today there are fewer places to discover, and the real adventure is to stay at home.

de Tencin (Madame)

  • Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out to ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you.

De Unamuno, Miguel

  • Life is doubt, and faith without doubt is nothing but death. (Poesias)

De Waal, Esther

  • The journey by which we discover God is also the journey by which we discover, or uncover, our true self hidden in God. It is a journey that we all have to make. (Living with Contradiction)

  • "Listen!" ... I could spend the rest of my life pondering on the implications of that one word. It plunges me at once into a personal relationship. (A Life-Giving Way)

DeBakey, Michael (M.D.)

  • Real success requires respect for and faithfulness to the highest human values--honesty, integrity, self-discipline, dignity, compassion, humility, courage, personal responsibility, courtesy, and human service. (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)

  • Success is achievable without public recognition, and the world has many unsung heroes. The teacher who inspires you to pursue your education to your ultimate ability is a success. The parents who taught you the noblest human principles are a success. The coach who shows you the importance of teamwork is a success. The spiritual leader who instills in you spiritual values and faith is a success. The relatives, friends, and neighbors with whom you develop a reciprocal relationship of respect and support--they, too, are successes. The most menial workers can properly consider themselves successful if they perform their best and if the product of their work is of service to humanity.. (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)

Debray, Regis

  • The prime role of a leader is to offer an example of courage and sacrifice. (Revolution in the Revolution)

Dee, Ruby

  • The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within--strength, courage, dignity.

  • Revolutionaries don't get job security.

Deems, Charles F.

  • That man is blest who does his best and leaves the rest.

Deffand, Mdame du, see, Du Deffand, Marie de Vichy Chamrond (marquise)

Defoe, Daniel

  • Justice is always violent to the party offending, for every man is innocent in his own eyes.

Degas, Edgar Hilaire Germain

  • A lofty idea must be had, not of what one is doing, but of what one may some day do. Otherwise there is no point in working on. (at age 70)

Deida, David

  • Right now, and in every now-moment, you are either closing or opening. You are either stressfully waiting for something - more money, security, affection - or you are living from your deep heart, opening as the entire moment, and giving what you most deeply desire to give, without waiting.

Del Dotto, Dave

  • No one ever excused his way to success.

Del Papa, Frankie Sue

  • This country wasn't built on cynicism. It was built on a can-do attitude. One shouldn't complain about the way things are unless one is willing to try to make a difference.

Del Vasto, Lanza

  • You want a better, more fraternal, more just world? Well then, start building it: Who is stopping you? Build it inside yourself and around you, build it with those who want it. Build it small, and it will grow.

Deland, Margaret

  • As soon as you feel too old to do a thing, do it!

  • Conscience that isn't hitched up to common sense is a mighty dangerous thing. (The Promises of Alice)

Delille, Jacques

  • Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends.

Delio, Ilia

  • Compassion needs space because love needs a place of unimpeded encounter between grace and nature. In a world crowded by information, we need to find space for the soul to grow. (Compassion: Living in the Spirit of St. Francis)

DeLong, Brad

  • We increasingly live in a complicated world in which those things that can be done in one click get done, and those that can't, don't. ("One-Click Rules." Brad DeLong's Semi-Daily Journal, October 18, 2006)

Deloria, Vine

  • Western civilization, unfortunately, does not link knowledge and morality but rather, it connects knowledge and power and makes them equivalent.

Deluzy, Dorothe

  • Perseverance and audacity generally win.

  • We believe at once in evil, we only believe in good upon reflection. Is this not sad?

Deming, W. Edwards

  • It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.

  • It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.

  • Learning is not compulsory... neither is survival.

Democritus of Abdera

  • Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.


  • Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

Denham, John (Sir)

  • When any great design thou dost intend,
    Think on the means, the manner, and the end.

Dent, James

  • A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

Depasquale, John

  • Be as upbeat as you can be. The basic success orientation is having an optimistic attitude.

Depew, Chauncey

  • The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something.

DePrau, Jeanne

  • What you need to learn, children, is the difference between right and wrong in every area of life. And once you learn the difference, you must always choose the right. (The City of Ember)

Deramus, Betty

  • A hero is simply someone who rises above his own human weaknesses, for an hour, a day, a year, to do something stirring.

Dershowitz, Alan

  • A library is a place where you learn what teachers were afraid to teach you.

Descartes, Rene

  • It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.

  • An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?

  • The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries. (Discourses on Method)


  • We cannot do evil to others without doing it to ourselves.

Dessen, Sarah

  • Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong.

  • In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible. (Along for the Ride)

Devi, Indra

  • Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.

Devlin, Bernadette

  • To gain what is worth having, it may be necessary to lose everything else.

DeVos, Richard M.

  • If I had to select one quality, one personal characteristic that I regard as being most highly correlated with success, whatever the field, I would pick the trait of persistence. Determination. The will to endure to the end, to get knocked down seventy times and get up off the floor saying, "Here comes number seventy-one!"

  • This is an exciting world. It is cram packed with opportunity. Great moments await around every corner.

Dewar, Thomas

  • Minds are like parachutes--they only function when open.

Dewey, John

  • Confidence is directness and courage in meeting the facts of life.

  • Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination

  • Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.

Diamos, Nick

  • Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.

Diana, Princess of Wales

  • The biggest disease this day and age is that of people feeling unloved.

DiCamillo, Kate

  • Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.

Dick, Philip K.

  • Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. (in I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon ed. by Hurst and Williams)

  • This to me, is the ultimate heroic trait of ordinary people; they say no to the tyrant and they calmly take the consequences of this resistance. (I Hope I Shall Arrive Soon)

Dickens, Charles

  • "At this festive season of the year, Mr Scrooge," said the gentleman, taking up a pen, "it is more than usually desirable that we should make some slight provision for the poor and destitute, who suffer greatly at the present time. ... We choose this time, because it is a time, of all others, when Want is keenly felt, and Abundance rejoices."

  • "But I am sure that I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round...as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely."

  • Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days, that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the sailor and the traveler, thousands of miles away, back to his own fireside and his quiet home! (Pickwick Papers)

  • Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.

  • I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday - the longer, the better - from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.

  • I never could have done what I have done without the habits of punctuality, order, and diligence, without the determination to concentrate myself on one subject at a time...

  • I think it must somewhere be written that the virtues of mothers shall be visited on their children, as well as the sins of their fathers.

  • "I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."

  • ...it was always said of him [Scrooge] that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us!

  • It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. (Great Expectations) New! as of 04/01/17

  • A loving heart is the truest wisdom.

  • "A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!"

  • "A merry Christmas, uncle! God save you!" cried a cheerful voice. "Bah!" said Scrooge. "Humbug!"

  • My meaning simply is, that whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do well; that whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself to completely; that in great aims and in small, I have always been thoroughly in earnest. (David Copperfield) New! as of 04/01/17

  • No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.

  • Once upon a time--of all the good days in the year, on Christmas Eve--old Scrooge sat busy in his counting-house.

  • "Out upon merry Christmas! What's Christmas time to you but a time for paying bills without money; a time for finding yourself a year older, but not an hour richer... If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' upon his lips should be boiled with his won pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"

  • Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues--faith and hope. (Nicholas Nickleby)

  • Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes of which all men have some.

  • "Somehow he [Tim] gets thoughtful sitting by himself so much, and thinks the strangest things you ever heard. He told me, coming home, that he hoped the people saw him in the church, because he was a cripple, and it might be pleasant for them to remember upon Christmas Day, who made lame beggars walk, and blind men see."

  • Then Bob proposed: "A Merry Christmas to us all, my dears. God bless us!" Which all his family re-echoed. "God bless us every one!" said Tiny Tim, the last of all.

  • There’s always something to be thankful for.

  • Whatever I have tried to do in life, I have tried with all my heart to do it well; whatever I have devoted myself to, I have devoted myself completely; in great aims and in small I have always thoroughly been in earnest.

  • The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.

  • A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other. A solemn consideration, when I enter a great city by night, that everyone of those darkly clustered houses encloses it's own secret; that every room in every one of them encloses its own secret; that every beating heart in the hundreds of thousands of breasts there, is, in some of it's imaginings, a secret to the heart nearest it! (A Tale Of Two Citites)

Dickinson, Emily

  • Because I could not stop for Death—
    He kindly stopped for me—
    The Carriage held but just Ourselves—
    And Immortality...

  • Faith - is the Pierless Bridge Supporting what We see Unto the Scene that We do not.

  • The Gleam of an heroic act,
    Such strange illumination--
    The Possible's slow fuse it lit
    By the Imagination. (Poem #1867)

  • "Hope" is the thing with feathers--
    That perches in the soul--
    And sings the tune without the words--
    and never stops – at all.

  • I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.

  • I never saw a moor;
    I never saw the sea;
    Yet know I how the heather looks,
    And what a wave must be.

    I never spoke with God,
    Nor visited in heaven;
    Yet certain am I of the spot
    As if the chart were given.

  • If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain:
    If I can ease one life the aching,
    Or cool one pain,
    Or help one fainting robin
    Unto his nest again,
    I shall not live in vain.

  • If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. (Life and Letters of Emily Dickinson by Bianchi)

  • Opinion is a flitting thing
    But Truth outlasts the Sun.

  • The poet lights the light and fades away. But the light goes on and on.

  • Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
    Success in Circuit lies
    Too bright for our infirm Delight
    The Truth's superb surprise
    As Lightning to the Children eased
    With explanation kind
    The Truth must dazzle gradually
    Or every man be blind.

  • They might not need me, but they might.
    I’ll let my head be just in sight;
    A smile as small as mine might be
    Precisely their necessity.

  • To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

  • A word is dead
    When it is said,
    Some say.
    I say it just
    Begins to live
    That day. ("A Word is Dead")

Dickson, Gordon R.

  • Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.

Dickson, Paul

  • In any decision situation, the amount of relevant information available is inversely proportional to the importance of the decision. (Cooke's Law) (The Official Rules comp. by Paul Dickson)

Diderot, Denis

  • Genius is present in every age, but the men carrying it within them remain benumbed unless extraordinary events occur to heat up and melt the mass so that it flows forth.

  • Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order! Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control.

Didion, Joan

  • Character--the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life--is the source from which self-respect springs.

  • To have the sense of one's own intrinsic worth which constitutes self-respect is potentially to have everything: the ability to discriminate, to love, andto remain indifferent. To lack it is to be locked within oneself, paradoxically incapable of either love or indifference.

Dierdorf, Dan

  • If I've got correct goals, and if I keep pursuing them the best way I know how, everything else falls into line. If I do the right thing right, I'm going to succeed.

Dietrich, Marlene

  • I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.

  • It's the ones you can call up at 4:00 a.m. that really matter.

  • What a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed by someone else.

Dillard, Annie

  • At its best, the sensation of writing is that of any unmerited grace. It is handed to you, but only if you look for it. You search, you break your heart, your back, your brain, and then--and only then--it is handed to you. (The Writing Life)

  • The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.

  • I wake expectant, hoping to see a new thing.

  • It could be that our faithlessness is a cowering cowardice born of our very smallness, a massive failure of imagination... If we were to judge nature by common sense or likelihood, we wouldn't believe the world existed.

  • A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time. A schedule is a mock-up of reason and order--willed, faked, and so brought into being. (The Writing Life)

Diller, Barry

  • You have an idea, and then you just put one dumb foot in front of the other and course-correct as you go.

Diller, Phyllis

  • I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.

Dimnet, Ernest

  • Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.- (Art of Thinking)

  • Do not read good books - life is too short for that - read only the best.

  • Whatever we read from intense curiosity gives us the model of how we should always read. Plodding along page after page with an equal attention to each word results in attention to mere words.

Dinesen, Isak

  • All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.

  • Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever...

  • I think these difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way and that so many things that one goes around worry about are of no importance whatsoever.

  • What is it which is bought dearly, offered for nothing, and then most often refused?--Experience, old people's experience. ("The Monkey" Seven Gothic Tales)

  • While we are young the idea of death or failure is intolerable to us; even the possibility of ridicule we cannot bear.


  • A properly kept silence is a beautiful thing; it is nothing less than the father of very wise thoughts.


  • One original thought is worth a thousand mindless quotings. (quoted by William Safire in New York Times Magazine)

Dionysius (the Elder)

  • Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.

Dior, Christian

  • Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.

Dioum, Baba

  • For in the end,
    We will conserve only what we love,
    We will love only what we understand,
    We will understand only what we are taught.

Dirksen, Everett

  • Life is not a static thing. The only people who do not change their minds are incomptetents in asylums, who can't are those in cemeteries.

Disney, Roy

  • It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.

Disney, Walt

  • All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

  • The difference in winning and losing is most often, not quitting.

  • It's kind of fun to do the impossible!

  • Once a man has tasted freedom he will never be content to be a slave. That is why I believe that this frightfulness we see everywhere today is only temporary. Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life. All men will want to be free and share our way of life. There must be so much that I should have said, but haven't. What I will say now is just what most of us are probably thinking every day. I thank God and America for the right to live and raise my family under the flag of tolerance, democracy and freedom. (March 1, 1941)

  • People look at you and me to see what they are supposed to be. And, if we don't disappoint them, maybe, just maybe, they won't disappoint us.

  • There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island.

Disraeli, Benjamin

  • As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

  • Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

  • The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

  • The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

  • If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. Nor one has a right to go croaking about society, or, what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief.

  • The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. New! as of 04/01/17

  • Life is too short to be little. You must enlarge your imagination and then act on it.

  • Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.

  • Nuture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

  • The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

  • Silence is the mother of truth. (Tancred; Or, The New Crusade)

  • Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow, and wise is the counsel of those who love us. New! as of 04/01/17

  • Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Disraeli, Isaac

  • Enthusiasm is that secret and harmonious spirit which hovers over the production of genius.

  • The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.--Isaac Disraeli (Curiosities of Literature)

Ditka, Mike

  • Before you can win, you have to believe you are worthy. (in Sports Illustrated)

Dix, Dorothea

  • I have learned to live each day as it comes and not to borrow trouble by dreading tomorrow.

  • In a world where there is so much to be done, I felt strongly impressed that there must be something for me to do.

Djal ad-Din Rumi

  • Love is the energizing elixir of the universe, the cause and effect of all harmonies.

Doan, Bishop

  • Enthusiasm is the element of success in everything. It is the light that leads and the strength that lifts people on and up in the great struggles of scientific pursuits and of professional labor. It robs endurance of difficulty, and makes pleasure of duty.

Dobens, Lloyd

  • The only lifelong, reliable motivations are those that come from within, and one of the strongest of those is the joy and pride that grow from knowing that you've just done something as well as you can do it.

Dobrin, Arthur

  • Celebrate each season, for you too, are transformed with the turns of the earth.

  • Goodness is a gift from those who went before. Therefore, make things better for those who come after.

  • Wealth justly gained is honorable. Wealth unjustly gained is disgraceful. Wealth kept for one's self is shameful.

Dobson, Henry Austin

  • Time goes, you say? Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go. (The Paradox of Time)

Dobson, Rosemary

  • Wonder is music heard in the heart, is voiceless. ("Wonder")

Dodds, H. W.

  • A thick head can do as much damage as a hard heart.

Doe, Ruby

  • We are miracles. Each of us is an absolute astonishment. So whether you believe in miracles or not, we still are. We still partake of "miracledom."

Doerr, Harriet

  • Memories are like corks left out of bottles. They swell. They no longer fit.

Doherty, Catherine de Hueck

  • With the gift of listening comes the gift of healing. (Poustinia)

Doherty, Henry L.

  • Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.

Dolan, Liz

  • Put yourself in a position where you're making choices about your life, rather than letting other people make those choices for you. That's what balance is all about.

Dolan, Timothy M. (Cardinal)

  • If the church is perceived as crabby, nagging, hung up on a few "pet peeves" or judgmental, as unjust and inaccurate as that perception might be, we can't evangelize very well. ("alleluia!" in A Big Heart Open to God)

Dole, Elizabeth

  • What you always do before you make a decision is consult. The best public policy is made when you are listening to people who are going to be impacted. Then, once policy is determined, you call on them to help you sell it.

Dometz, Maurice

  • Thanksgiving is a sure index of spiritual health.

Donne, John

  • No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of continent, a part of the main.

  • Reason is our soul's left hand,
    Faith her right;
    by these we reach divinity.

  • There is nothing that God hath established in a constant course of nature, and which therefore is done every day, but would seem a Miracle, and exercise our admiration, if it were done but once.

Dooley, Mike

  • The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.

Dorris, Michael

  • At different stages in our lives, the signs of love may vary: dependence, attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at heart the source is always the same. Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other, against all odds.

Dorsey, George

  • Play is the beginning of knowledge.

Dorsfman, Lou

  • Creativity is essentially a lonely art. An even lonelier struggle. To some a blessing. To others a curse. It is in reality the ability to reach inside yourself and drag forth from your very soul an idea.

Dostoyevsky, Anna

  • From a timid, shy girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could no longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles.

Dostoyevsky, Fyodor M.

  • Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lies comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, around him, and so loses all respect for himself and others. (Brothers Karamazov)

  • At some thoughts one stands perplexed, especially at the sight of men's sin, and wonders whether one should use force or humble love. Always decide to use humble love. (Brothers Karamazov)

  • Compassion is the chief law of human existence.

  • If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man ... just watch him laugh. If he laughs well, he's a good man.

  • Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. ("Critical Articles" Complete Collected Works)

  • We have taken the sword of Caesar, and in taking it, of course, have rejected Thee [Jesus] and followed him {Satan] (Brothers Karamazov)

Douglas, Emily Taft

  • If [women] understood and exercised their power they could remake the world.

Douglas, Helen Gahagan

  • Character isn't inherited. One builds it daily by the way one thinks and acts, thought by thought, action by action. If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.

  • If one lets fear or hate or anger take possession of the mind, they become self-forged chains.

Douglas, Mack R.

  • The achievement of your goal is assured the moment you commit yourself to it.

Douglas, Norman

  • Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. (An Almanac)

  • You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. (South Wind)

Douglas, William L.

  • The great and invigorating influences in American life have been the unorthodox: the people who challenge an existing institution or way of life or say and do things that make people think.

Douglass, Frederick

  • If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning.

  • A little learning, indeed, may be a dangerous thing, but the want of learning is a calamity to any people. (Commencement Address, The Colored High School, Baltimore, MD, June 22, 1894)

  • Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.

Douglass, Keri

  • Books are whispers of the past heard well into the future. (Ode)

Dow, Blanche H.

  • Unless the knowledge gained from experience is reconditioned in each new situation, it is a rigid and a dangerous guide. ("Roads and Vistas" Meditations for Women)

Downs, Hugh

  • A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

  • Something about an old-fashioned Christmas is hard to forget.

Downs, Lawrence

  • A good deal happens in a man's life that he isn't responsible for. Fortunate openings occur; but it is safe to remember that such "breaks" are occurring all the time, and other things being equal, the advantage goes to the man who is ready.

Doyle, Arthur Conan (Sir)

  • When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbably, must be the truth. (The Sign of Four)

Drabble, Margaret

  • When nothing is sure, everything is possible.

Drake, Francis (Sir)

  • There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.

Draper, Brian

  • If we pause to peer into the beauty of natural darkness ... we’re soon reminded of its riches. If the light didn’t fade, how could we appreciate a sunset, or the glimmer of the first evening star? How could we enjoy a deep and restorative sleep? How could a seed ever germinate? ("Thought for the Day," Oct. 24, 2015)

  • Religion, if we’re not careful, can accentuate the opposition at the expense of the mystery so we can end up believing that God’s role is just to side with "us" against "them," and keep the sun shining on us. ("Thought for the Day," Oct. 24, 2015)

Draper, Ruth

  • Life is too wonderful, too full, too short, and strength too limited to contain its wonder.

Drayton, William

  • Change starts when someone sees the next step.

Dreamthorpe, Alexander Smith

  • A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor. ("On Death and the Fear of Dying" Dreamthorp)

Dreier, Thomas

  • The life each of us lives is the life within the limits of our own thinking. To have life more abundant, we must think in limitless terms of abundance.

Dresser, Horatio W.

  • Do your best every day and your life will gradually expand into satisfying fullness.

  • What I am thinking and doing day by day is resistlessly shaping my future--a future in which there is no expiation except through my own better conduct. No one can live my life for me. If I am wise I shall begin today to build my own truer and better world from within.

Dressler, Fritz R. S.

  • Predicting the future is easy. It's trying to figure out what's going on now that's hard.

Dressler, Marie

  • To know that one has never really tried--that is the only death. (My Own Story)

Droke, Steve

  • Knowledge is power and enthusiasm pulls the switch.

Drucker, Peter F.

  • Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.

  • Information is, above all, a principle of economy. The fewer data needed, the better the information. An overload of information leads to information blackout. It does not enrich, but impoverishes. (Management: Tasks, Responsibilities, Practices)

  • Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank.

  • Mentor: Someone whose hindsight can become your foresight.--Peter F. Drucker

  • The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.

  • Objectives are not fate; they are direction. They are not commands; they are commitments. They do not determine the future; they are means to mobilize the resources and energies of the business for the making of the future.

  • No decision has been made unless carrying it out in specific steps has become someone's work assignment and responsibility. (The Effective Executive)

  • People who don't take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year. People who do take risks generally make about two big mistakes a year.

  • Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.

  • Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.

  • Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.

  • Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes...but no plans.

  • We know nothing about motivation. All we can do is write books about it.

Drummond, Henry

  • You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have really lived are the moments when you have done things in a spirit of love.

Dryden, John

  • Genius must be born, and never can be taught. (Epistle to Congreve)

  • Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of they affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.

  • We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

Du Bois, W. E. B.

  • How shall Integrity face Oppression? What shall Honesty do in the face of Deception, Decency in the face of Insult, Self-Defense before Blows? How shall Desert and Accomplishment meet Despising, Detraction, and Lies? What shall Virtue do to meet Brute Force? There are so many answers and so contradictory; and such differences for those on the one hand who meet questions similar to this once a year or once a decade, and those who face them hourly and daily.--W. E. B. Du Bois New! as of 04/01/17

  • I am especially glad of the divine gift of laughter: it has made the world human and lovable, despite all its pain and wrong. New! as of 04/01/17

  • I believe in liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls; the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.

DuBose, Heyward

  • Summer Time an' the livin' is easy… (Porgy and Bess)

Du Bos, Charles

  • The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. (Approximations)

Du Deffand, Marie de Vichy Chamrond (marquise)

  • Heed the still, small voice that so seldom leads us wrong, and never into folly.

  • The distance is nothing; it's only the first step that is difficult.

Ducavne, Martin

  • Past is past and we must live the present to survive the future. (The 214th Poet)

Dudley-Smith, Timothy

  • A song was heard at Christmas
    To wake the midnight sky:
    A saviour's birth, and peace on earth,
    And praise to God on high.
    The angels sang at Christmas
    With all the hosts above,
    And still we sing the newborn King
    His glory and his love. ("A Song was Heard at Christmas")

  • Stars of heaven, clear and bright,
    Shine upon this Christmas light,
    Vaster far than midnight skies
    Are its timeless mysteries. ("Stars of Heaven, Clear and Bright")

Duff, Howard

  • It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.

Duff, Kat

  • We are not responsible for our illness, we are responsible to them, to what they offer and require of all of us, sick and well alike.

Duff, Warren see, Kandel, Aben

Duffield, S. W.

  • Sundays, quiet islands on the tossing seas of life.

Duffy, William W.

  • You have to understand that as long as there are organizations, there will always be a job for chiefs. But if you're going to be a chief you'll be an Indian for a long time.

Dugdale, Pamela

  • Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring quite often the hard way.

Duhamel, Georges

  • The desire for order is the only order in the world. (The Pasquier Chronicles)

Duncan, Townes

  • Seymour Cray was a friend of my dad's. I asked him what it was like to know the genius who had built the world's first supercomputer company. My dad said, "Well, actually, son, he wasn't so much smarter than me. He just made mistakes a hundred times faster."

Dungy, Tony

  • The secret to success is good leadership, and good leadership is all about making the lives of your team members or workers better.

Dunnavant, Laurie

  • We understand that you can't transform people who don't have internal drive and desire to create. But we also know it doesn't work to urge people to think outside the box without giving them the tools to climb out.

Durant, Will and Ariel

  • Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is what happened on the banks.

  • Cultivate your garden... Do not depend upon teachers to educate you ... follow your own bent, pursue your curiosity bravely, express yourself, make your own harmony... In the end, education, like happiness, is individual, and must come to us from life and from ourselves. There is no way; each pilgrim must make his own path. "Happiness," said Chamfort, "is not easily won; it is hard to find it in ourselves, and impossible to find it elsewhere."

  • One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.

Durban, Pam

  • The ones that give, get back in kind.

Durckheim, Karlfried G.

  • For the true student, everything that happens in daily life is a test.

Dusch, Frank

  • You can't stop people from thinking - but you can start them.

Duse, Eleanora

  • If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things in nature have a message you understand, Rejoice, for your soul is alive.

Duval, Angela

  • Throughout the years of your life you will face many challenges, remember that you can climb the highest mountain, drive through the roughest storm, soar across the bluest sky, or even sail across the roughest waters. It is only destined by your attitude where you will end up in life. The most important thing is don't let yourself get lost in the crowd.

Duvall, Robert

  • If you don't daydream and kind of plan things out in your imagination, you never get there. So you have to start someplace.

Dyer, Wayne

  • Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.

  • Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life. New! as of 04/01/17

  • I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside.

  • It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.

  • Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.

  • The more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling guilty or judgmental about any other time, the better I feel about the quality of my work.

  • Simply put, you believer that things or people make you unhappy, but this is not accurate. You make yourself unhappy.

  • Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.

  • There is no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love; there's only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.

  • You cannot be lonely if you like the person you're alone with.

Dylan, Bob

  • He not busy being born is busy dying.

  • If you want to keep your memories, you first have to live them.

  • A person is a success if they get up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

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