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Haake, Alfred P.
  • Do the thing that is right even when the boss isn't looking, because the boss isn't a criterion the real boss is standing alongside you every moment of your life.

Haaren, John H.

  • If you own a horse and a lance, every now and then you ought to go find a windmill.

Haas, John

  • Tough times expose shared values.

Hagan, Uta

  • The continuing job of learning to find out who you really are, of learning to pinpoint your responses — and even more important, the myriad, consequent behaviorisms which result... (Respect for Acting)

  • We must overcome the notion that we must be regular ... it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary and leads you to the mediocre.

Hagen, Walter

  • You're only here for a short visit. Don't hurry, don't worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.

Haggard, H. Rider

  • There is no journey upon earth that man may not make if he sets his heart to it. There is nothing that he cannot do, there are no mountains he may not climb, there are no deserts he cannot cross … if love leads him and he holds his life in his hand counting it as nothing, ready to keep it or lose it as Providence may order. (King Solomon's Mines)

Hahn, Don

  • Art comes after an incredible load of work and only one thing will see you through that work--passion. (Dancing Corn Dogs in the Night: Reawakening Your creative Spirit)

  • Most of what you will create is for your enrichment or is a stepping stone to other better, more insightful work. Maybe once or twice in a lifetime you will be recognized with the kudos of the public, so in the meantime, create for yourself. (Dancing Corn Dogs in the Night: Reawakening Your creative Spirit)

  • We are meant to express how we feel about life. It's like breathing: Inhale the experiences of life, exhale how you feel about them. We are at our best when we can turn our impressions into expressions. The equation goes like this: Impression without expression equals depression. (Dancing Corn Dogs in the Night: Reawakening Your creative Spirit)

Hahn, Kimberly

  • The past has passed; the time for grace is now! Let's respond to the grace of this moment with the gifts of the Spirit active in our lives... (Graced and Gifted: Biblical Wisdom for the Homemaker's Heart)

  • Whether we are poor or rich or somewhere in between, we honor the Lord with all he has placed in our care. We open our hands to the poor and share the joy of generous Christian giving. (Legacy of Love: Biblical Wisdom for Parenting Teens and Young Adults)

Hahn, Thich Nhat see, Nhat Hanh, Thich

Haig, Alexander

  • Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level. (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)

Haig, Matt

  • How to stop time: kiss.
    How to travel in time: read.
    How to escape time: music.
    How to feel time: write.
    How to waste time: social media. (on Twitter, 10/18/2016)

  • There is this idea that you either read to escape or you read to find yourself. (Reasons to Stay Alive)

Hale, Edward Everett

  • I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do. And by the grace of God, I will.

  • If you have accomplished all that you have planned for yourself, you have not planned enough.

  • The making of friends, who are real friends, is the best token we have of a man's success in life.

Hale, Mandy

  • "Single" is an opportunity to live life on your own terms and not apologize. (The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass)

  • You’ll learn, as you get older, that rules are made to be broken. Be bold enough to live life on your terms, and never, ever apologize for it. Go against the grain, refuse to conform, take the road less traveled instead of the well-beaten path. Laugh in the face of adversity, and leap before you look. Dance as though EVERYBODY is watching. March to the beat of your own drummer. And stubbornly refuse to fit in. (The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass)

Half, Robert

  • Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.

  • There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.

Haliburton, Thomas Chandler

  • Hope is a pleasant acquaintance, but an unsafe friend.

  • Self-possession is the backbone of authority.

Halifax, Joan

  • May I see my own limits with compassion, just as I view the limits of others.

  • We in the "developed" world seem to have many auditory strategies that insulate us from the presence of silence, simplicity, and solitude. When I return to Western culture after time in desert, mountain or forest, I discover how we have filled our world with a multiplicity of noises, a symphony of forgetfulness that keeps our won thoughts and realizations, feelings and intuitions out of audible range. (The Fruitful Darkness)

Hall, Calvin S.

  • Effective thinking consists of being able to arrive at the truth; truth being defined as that which exists.

Hall, Doug

  • Don't make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history. (The Maverick Mindset)

  • Fun is fundamental, there is no way around it. You absolutely must have fun. Without fun, there is no enthusiasm. Without enthusiasm, there is no energy. Without energy, there are only shades of gray. (Jump Start Your Brain)

Hall, E. B.

  • Conscience is nothing but the echo of God's voice within the soul.

Hall, Florence Howe

  • It is not the correct thing to scold children for asking questions: this is about as reasonable as to scold them for breathing or thinking. (The Correct Thing)

Hall, Joseph

  • He is great enough that is his own master.

  • Recreation is intended to the mind as whetting is to the scythe, to sharpen the edge of it, which otherwise would grow dull and blunt.

Hall, Manly

  • A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.

  • Words are potent weapons for all causes, good or bad.

Halsey, Margaret

  • Money does not corrupt people. What corrupts people is lack of affection ... Money is simply the bandage which wounded people put over their wounds.

  • The people who say you are not facing reality actually mean that you are not facing their idea of reality. Reality is above all else a variable. With a firm enough commitment, you can sometimes create a reality which did not exist before. (No Laughing Matter)

  • Reality is above all else a variable, and nobody is qualified to say that he or she knows exactly what it is. As a matter of fact, with a firm enough commitment, you cn sometimes create a reality which did not exist before.

Halsey, William Frederick "Bull" (Jr., Admiral)

  • There are no extraordinary men ... just extraordinary circumstances that ordinary men are forced to deal with.

  • There are no great people in this world, only great challenges which ordinary people rise to meet.

Hamblin, Henry T.

  • Working as a service, instead of for a living, or to make money, or in order to hoard up wealth, brings blessings into the life.

Hamer, Fannie Lou

  • Nobody's free until everybody's free. (in This Little Light of Mine by Mills)

Hamerton, Philip Gilbert

  • Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted, than when we read it in the original author? (The Intellectual Life)

  • We need society, and we need solitude also, as we need summer and winter, day and night, exercise and rest. (The Intellectual Life)

Hamilton, Alexander

  • The desire of reward is one of the strongest incentives of human conduct; ... the best security for the fidelity of mankind is to make their interest coincide with their duty. (The Federalist Papers)

  • Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Hamilton, Diane Musho

  • Sometimes we have a confused notion that listening means agreement. It doesn’t. Whether we agree or don’t is a separate matter; we need to hear what someone has to say without confusing it with whether we see things the same way. (Everything Is Workable: A Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution)

Hamilton, Edith

  • Faith is not belief. Belief is passive. Faith is active. (Witness to the Truth)

  • When the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was never free again.

Hamilton, Gail

  • Every person is responsible for all the good within the scope of his abilities, and for no more.

Hamilton, James

  • Goodness is love in action, love with its hand to the plow, love with the burden on its back, love following his footsteps who went about continually doing good.

Hamilton, John (2nd Lord Belhaven and Stenton)

  • There is a remedy for most all that ails us which is as simple as "love thy neighbor... " as uncomplicated as "do unto others..."

Hamm, Mia

  • So celebrate what you've accomplished, but raise the bar a little higher each time you succeed.

Hammarskjold, Dag

  • Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is borken is made whole again, what is soiled is again made clean.

  • Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible--not to have run away.

  • Never look down to test the ground before taking your next step; only he who keeps his eye fixed on the far horizon will find the right road.

  • Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top. Then you will see how low it was.

  • We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence.

  • We cannot afford to forget any experience, not even the most painful. (Markings)

Hammerstein, Oscar (II)

  • I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn't write anything without hope in it.

  • You gotta have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true? (South Pacific)

  • You've got to be taught to be afraid
    Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
    Of people whose skin is a different shade.
    You've got to be carefully taught. ("You've Got to be Carefully Taught" South Pacific)

Hammond, Linda Darling

  • Students learn as much for a teacher as from a teacher.

Hammond, Pixie Koestline

  • Forgiveness is giving up the right to retaliate. Forgiveness is the willingness to have something happen the way it happened. It's not true that you can't forgive something; it's a matter of the will, and you always have the choice. Forgiveness is never dependent on what the other person does or does not do; it is always under our control. Forgiveness is giving up the insistence on being understood.... (For Everything There Is a Season)

Hamono, Chris

  • They say that the more a person learns, the more they find there is to learn. Therefore the smarter you think you are, the dumber you really are.

Hamsum, Knut

  • The writer must be able to revel and roll in the abundance of words; he must know not only the direct but also the secret power of a word. There are overtones and undertones to a word, and lateral echoes, too.

Hanagarne Josh

  • Test everything that can be tested. As soon as you think you know something, that's when you stop questioning it. Understanding kills curiosity. Understanding kills progress. (The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family)

Hanauer, Nicholas J.

  • "I told him [Jeff Bezos] that Seattle was - and I continue to believe is - the center of the universe. I told him he would have a wonder life here, that it was a place attracting fabulous, talented people..." (in amazon.com: Getting Big Fast by Spector)

Hand, Learned

  • I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, these are false hopes. Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it...

  • Words are chameleons, which reflect the color of their environment.

Hansberry, Lorraine

  • Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.

Hansen, Grace

  • Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.

Hanson, Virginia

  • We must determine whether we really want freedom--whether we are willing to dare the perils of...rebirth... For we never take a step forward without surrendering something that we may have held dear, without dying to that which has been.

Haq, Mhuub Ul

  • Abolishing poverty in the 21st century must become a collective responsibility since human life is not safe in the rich nations if human despair travels in poor nations. (quoted in The Impossible Will Take a While ed. by Loeb)

Haralambous, Nic

  • Plan in decades. Think in years. Work in months. Live in days. ("Advice from 30-Year-Old Me to 20-Year-Old Me")

Hardwick, Elizabeth

  • The greatest gift is a passion for reading. It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind. It is a moral illumination.

Hardy, G. H.

  • It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.

Hardy, Thomas

  • Books are a world in themselves, it is true; but they are not the only world. The world itself is a volume larger than all the libraries in it. (Tess of the D'Urbervilles)

  • A resolution to avoid an evil is seldom framed till the evil is so far advanced as to make avoidance impossible.

  • The sudden disappointment of a hope leaves a scar which the ultimate fulfillment of that hope never entirely removes.

Hare, Augustus W. & Julius C.

  • Be what you are. This is the first step towards becoming better than you are. (Guesses at Truth: Second Series)

  • Half the failures in life arise from pulling in one's horse as he is leaping.

  • He who does evil that good may come, pays a toll to the devil to let him into heaven.

  • The intellect of the wise is like glass; it admits the light of heaven and reflects it.

  • The mind is like a sheet of white paper in this, that the impressions it receives the oftenest, and retains the longest, are black ones.

  • Never put much confidence in such as put no confidence in others.

  • Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch. (this quote just Augustus)

Hare, Charles

  • Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.

Harjo, Joy

  • It is memory that provides the heart with impetus, fuels the brain, and propels the corn plant from seed to fruit. (Conference)

Harling, Robert

  • Smile... It increases your face value! (Steel Magnolias)

Harper, Frances Watkins

  • Apparent failure may hold in its rough shell the germs of a success that will blossom in time, and bear fruit throughout eternity.

Harper, Gary

  • Though the journey through conflict may seem perilous, we each have available to us a power to ease our way. This power quells anger, builds bridges of understanding, and wins us a hearing with even the most stubborn person. It is freely accessible to us and requires only that we let go of the need to be right (although some might find this a steep price). This greatly underused power is that of listening. (The Joy of Conflict Resolution)

Harriman, Edward H.

  • Every man should make up his own mind that if he expects to succeed, he must give an honest return for the other man's dollar.

  • Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more.

Harris, Jose

  • When you find your path, you must ignore fear. You need to have the courage to risk mistakes. But once you are on that road... run, run, run, and don't stop til you've reached its end. (Mi Vida: A Story of Faith, Hope and Love)

Harris, Marilyn

  • The excitement, the true excitement, was always in starting again. Nothing's worse than an accomplished task, a realized dream.

Harris, Sam

  • Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime? ()The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason)

  • Most of us are wiser than we may appear to be. … On one level, wisdom is nothing more profound than an ability to follow one’s own advice. (Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion)

  • Unfortunately, failure enjoys a natural advantage. Wrong answers to any problem outnumber right ones by a wide margin, and it seems that it will always be easier to break things than to fix them. (Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion)

Harris, Sydney J.

  • Just about the only interruption we don't object to is applause.

  • Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.

  • The more you have to live for, the less you need to live on. Those who make acquisition their goal never have enough.

  • Most people are mirrors, reflecting the moods and emotions of the times; few are windows, bringing light to bear on the dark corners where troubles fester. The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

  • Ninety percent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves.

  • There's no point in burying the hatchet if you're going to put up a marker on the site.

  • The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, "I was wrong."

  • When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard," I am always tempted to ask, "Compared to what?"

  • The world has always been betrayed by decent men with bad ideals.

Harrison, Barbara Grizzuli

  • All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

  • Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

  • Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships. ("Secrets Women Tell Each Other" McCall's, Aug 1975)

  • The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil, but between the good and the lesser good. ("Moral Ambiguity" Off Center)

  • There are no original ideas. There are only original people. (Foreign Bodies)

Harrison, Elizabeth

  • Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.

Harrison, George

  • Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.

Harrison, Jane

  • A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will... It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone. (Alpha and Omega)

Hart, B. H. Liddell

  • A complacent satisfaction with present knowledge is the chief bar to the pursuit of knowledge. (The Ghost of Napoleon)

Hart, Louise

  • The best thing to spend on your children is your time.

Hart, Maud

  • It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. (Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib)

Hart, Mirana

  • There are some wonderful aspects to Christmas. It's magical. And each year, from at least November, well, September, well, if I'm honest, May, I look forward to it hugely. (Is It Just Me?)

Hart, Moss

  • A sharp sense of the ironic can be the equivalent of the faith that moves mountains. Far more quickly than reason or logic, irony can penetrate rage and puncture self-pity. (Act One)

Harte, Bret

  • A bird in the hand is a certainty, but a bird in the bush may sing.

Hartley, Leslie Poles

  • The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

Harvey, Andrew

  • If you’re really listening, if you’re awake to the poignant beauty of the world, your heart breaks regularly. In fact, your heart is made to break; its purpose is to burst open again and again so that it can hold ever-more wonders.

Harvey, Paul

  • In times like these it helps to recall that there have always been times like these.

  • I've never seen a monument erected to a pessimist.

  • Stay in your seat come times of trouble. Its only people who jump off the roller coaster who get hurt.

Haskins, Minnie

  • And I said to the one who stood at the gate of the year, "Give me a light that I may tread safely into the Unknown." And he replied, "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."

Hasselbein, Frances

  • We all do everything, share the work--there's no room around here for a star, for someone to think she's above the others. You're expected to pitch in on whatever needs doing. Nothing is beneath your dignity. But on the other hand, nothing is beyond your reach.

Hastie, William

  • History informs us of past mistakes from which we can learn without repeating them. It also inspires us and gives confidence and hope bred of victories already won.

Hastings, Robert

  • Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. ("The Station")

Hathaway, Katharine Butler

  • Don't be obsessed with the idea that there is only one possibility. If you think so, there is only one. (The Journals and Letters of the Little Locksmith)

  • I invented this rule for myself. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. (The Little Locksmith)

  • There is nothing better than the encouragement of a good friend.

Hattersley, Roy

  • Familiarity with evil breeds not contempt but acceptance.

Havel, Vaclav

  • Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not.

  • I am not an optimist, because I am not sure that everything ends well. Nor am I a pessimist, because I am not sure that everything ends badly. I just carry hope in my heart.
    Hope is the feeling that life and work have a meaning. You either have it or you don't, regardless of the state of the world that surrounds you.
    Life without hope is an empty, boring, and useless life. I cannot imagine that I could strive for something if I did not carry hope in me.
    I am thankful to God for this gift. It is as big as life itself.

  • Isn't it the moment of most profound doubt that gives birth to new certainties? Perhaps hopelessness is the very soil that nourishes human hope; perhaps one could never find sense in life without first experiencing its absurdity...

  • The tragedy of modern man is not that he knows less and less about the meaning of his own life, but that it bothers him less and less. (Letters to Olga)

  • Without commonly shared and widely entrenched moral values and obligations, neither the law, nor democratic government, nor even the market economy will function properly. ("Politics, morality, and Civility" Summer Meditations)

Hawkes, Dean

  • Half the worry in the world is caused by people trying to make decisions before they have sufficient knowledge on which to base a decision.

Hawkes, J.

  • Aim at the sun and you may not reach it; but your arrow will fly far higher than if aimed at an object on a level with yourself.

Hawking, Paul G.

  • We lead by being human. We do not lead by being corporate, professional, or institutional.

Hawking, Stephen W.

  • The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

  • My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all. (Washington Post 4/15/88)

  • ...there is no prescribed route to follow to arrive at a new idea. You have to make the intuitive leap. But the difference is that once you've made the intuitive leap you have to justify it by filling in the intermediate steps. N my case, it often happens that I have an idea, but then I try to fill in the intermediate steps and find that they don't work, so I have to give it up.

  • The whole history of science has been the gradual realization that events do not happen in an arbitrary manner, but that they reflect a certain underlying order, which may or may not be divinely inspired. (A Brief History of Time)

Hawkins, Norma

  • Faith is not something to be sought after. Faith is something to be discovered within ourselves.

Hawn, Goldie

  • Once you can laugh at your own weaknesses, you can move forward. Comedy breaks down walls. It opens up people. If you're good, you can fill up those openings with something positive. Maybe you can combat some of the ugliness in the world.

Hawthorne, Nathaniel

  • Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.

  • Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is just out of grasp... But if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

  • No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one is true.

  • There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October. (American Note-Books)

  • Words--so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become, in the hands of one who knows how to combine them! (The American Notebooks)

  • The world owes all its onward impulses to men ill at ease. The happy man inevitably confines himself within ancient limits.

Hayakawa, S. I.

  • It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.

Hayden, B. R.

  • Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Hayes, Edward

  • As children we had a sense of wonder. Our eyes were wide open and drinking in the gifts we beheld. Our thirsty souls could not get enough of the wonders of creation. Then, somehow, we grew too old to dream. We tired of the abundance of the world, and stepped away from the banquet of life. The gift of wonder God gave us as children was meant to be kept alive. Instead, we have let wonder go to sleep.

Hayes, Helen

  • Everybody starts at the top, and then has the problem of staying there. Lasting accomplishment, however, is still achieved through a long, slow climb and self-discipline.

  • From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings. ("On Reflection")

  • If you rest, you rust. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • Yes, I have doubted. I have wandered off the path. I have been lost. But I always returned. ... My faith has wavered but has saved me.

Hayes, James L.

  • A basic rule for managers is "Pass the pride down." People like to create when they can earn recognition for their ideas. When a good idea surfaces, the creator's immediate superiors should show prompt appreciation.

  • Effective managers live in the present - but concentrate on the future.

Hays, Helen

  • My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success. She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you. Success is being praised by others, and that's nice, too, but not as important or satisfying. Always aim for achievement and forget about success.

Hazlitt, Henry

  • Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grows together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing. (Thinking as a Science)

Hazlitt, William

  • A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.

  • In exploring new and doubtful tracts of speculation, the mind strikes out true and original views; as a drop of water hesitates at first what direction it will take, but afterwards follows its own course. ("On Novelty and Familiarity" Table Talk)

  • Learning is its own exceedingly great reward. (The Plain Speaker)

  • Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are, and what they might have been.

  • Men of genius do not excel in any profession because they labor in ti, but they labor in it because they excel. (Characteristics in the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims)

  • Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity a greater.

  • Those are ever the most ready to do justice to others, who feel that the world has done them justice. (Characteristics in the Manner of Rochefoucault's Maxims)

  • We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understanding and our hearts.

  • We learn to curb our will and keep our overt actions within the bounds of humanity, long before we can subdue our sentiments and imaginations to the same mild tone. ("On the Pleasure of Hating" The Plain Speaker)

  • We uniformly applaud what is right and condemn what is wrong, when it costs us nothing but the sentiment. (Characteristics)

  • Zeal will do more than knowledge.

Head, Bessie

  • A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people.

Heaney, Seamus

  • History says, don’t hope
    On this side of the grave.
    But then, once in a lifetime
    The longed-for tidal wave
    Of justice can rise up,
    And hope and history rhyme. (" The Cure at Troy")

Heath, Emily C. (Rev.)

  • If December is a journey toward Christmas, you can decide which roads to take and who your traveling companions will be on that trip. … [M]aybe your journey will be with others who only want to take the road that leads to a barn behind an inn in Bethlehem and who want more than anything to find a child who taught us a better way ("Another Road to Bethlehem")

Heath, Jinger

  • You are in the driver's seat of your life and can point your life down any road you want to travel. You can go as fast or as slow as you want to go ... and you can change the road you're on at any time.

Hegarty, Christopher

  • You can no longer look to the past in an attempt to predict your future. A large part of the present is obsolete and, for most people, much of the future is beyond comprehension.

Heidbreder, Jo Ann

  • Mender of toys, leader of boys
    Changer of fuses, kisser of bruises,
    Bless him, dear Lord.
    Mover of couches, soother of ouches,
    Pounder of nails, teller of tales,
    Reward him, O Lord.
    Hanger of screens, counselor of teens,
    Fixer of bikes, chastiser of tykes,
    Help him, O Lord.
    Raker of leaves, cleaner of eaves,
    Dryer of dishes, fulfiller of wishes ...
    Bless him, O Lord.

Heidrich, Grand

  • If you spend too much time warming up, you'll miss the race. If you don't warm up at all, you may not finish the race.

Heilbrun, Carolyn

  • Ideas move rapidly when their time comes. (Toward a Recognition of Androgyny)

Heimel, Cynthia

  • Reading is an escape, an education, a delving into the brain of another human being on such an intimate level that every nuance of thought, every snapping of synapse, every slippery desire of the author is laid open before you like, well, a book.

Heimlich, H.

  • If all your peers understand what you've done, it's not creative.

Hein, Malcolm

  • There is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment.

Heinlein, Robert A.

  • Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what can't be done and why. Then do it.

  • Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done. One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

  • I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. (Stranger in a Strange Land)

  • May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.

  • Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

  • Some people insist that 'mediocre' is better than 'best.' They delight in clipping wings because they themselves can't fly. They despise brains because they have none. (Have Space Suit—Will Travel)

  • Teaching causes people to go into situations from which they cannot escape, except by thinking. Do not handicap children by making their lives easy. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • To be matter of fact about the world is to blunder into fantasy--and dull fantasy at that--as the real world is strange and wonderful.

Heisenberg, Werner

  • We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.

Heller, Joseph

  • Success and failure are both difficult to endure. Along with success come drugs, divorce, fornication, bullying, travel, meditation, medication, depression, neurosis and suicide. With failure comes failure.

Heller, Robert

  • Most people don't manage to the utmost of their ability because they don't want to.

  • No talent in management is worth more than the ability to master fact--not just any facts, but the ones that provide the best answers.

Hellman, Lillian

  • I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.

  • If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don't listen to writers talking about writing or themselves.

  • Mama seemed to do only what my father wanted, and yet we lived the way my mother wanted us to live.

  • Nothing you write, if you hope to be good, will ever come out as you first hoped.

  • Things start as hopes and end up as habits. (Days to Come)

Hello, Ernest

  • The man who gives up accomplishes nothing and is only a hindrance. The man who does not give up can move mountains.

Helps, Arthur

  • It takes a great man to make a good listener.

  • Tolerance is the only real test of civilization.

  • Routine is not organization, any more than paralysis is order.

Hemphill, Barbara

  • Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.

Hemingway, Ernest

  • All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened. ("Old Newsmen Writes: A Letter from Cuba" in Esquire December 1934)

  • The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.

  • For a long time now I have tried simply to write the best I can. Sometimes I have good luck and write better than I can. (interview with George Plimpton in Writers at Work: Second Series)

  • I like to listen. I have learned a great deal from listening carefully. Most people never listen.

  • Never mistake motion for action.

  • There are some things which cannot be learned quickly, and time, which is all we have, must be paid heavily for their acquiring. They are simple things, and because it takes a man's life to know them, the little new that each man gets from life is very costly and the only heritage he has to leave. (Death in the Afternoon)

  • When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.

Hemingway, Mary

  • Worry a little every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything.

Henderson, Hazel

  • If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.

Hendricks, Jimi

  • Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.

Henri, Robert

  • Don't worry about your originality. You couldn't get rid of it even if you wanted to. It will stick with you and show up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.

Henry, Brad

  • Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.

Henry, O.

  • You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife till she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town.

Henry, Patrick

  • I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past.

  • We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power.. the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.

Henson, Jim

  • If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to. (It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider)

Hepburn, Audrey

  • I have to be alone very often. I'd be quite happy if I spent from Saturday night until Monday morning alone in my apartment. That's how I refuel. ("Audrey Hepburn: Many-Sided Charmer," Life Magazine, December 7, 1953)

Hepburn, Katherine

  • Life can be wildly tragic at times, and I've had my share. But whatever happens to you, you have to keep a slightly comic attitude. In the final analysis, you have got not to forget to laugh.

  • Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get--only with what you are expecting to give--which is everything.

  • What in the world would we do without our libraries?

  • Without discipline, there's no life at all.


  • Applicants for wisdom, do what I have done: Inquire within.

  • The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think, and what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny -- it is the light that guides your way.

  • Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

  • Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony.

Herbert, Anne

  • Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

Herbert, Frank

  • It is shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad'Dib" knew that every experience carries its lesson. (Dune)

  • Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.

Herbert, George

  • Good words are worth much, and cost little.

  • He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven, for everyone has need to be forgiven.

  • He that lives in hope danceth without musick.

  • None is a fool always, everyone sometimes. (Outlandish Proverbs)

  • Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

  • Take the gentle path.

  • Thou has given me so much... Give me one thing more, a grateful heart.

Herbert, Herold

  • Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

Herbert, Marie

  • Unlike children in other countries, the Eskimos played no game of war. They played with imaginary rifles and harpoons, but these were never directed against people but against the formidable beasts that haunted the vast wastes of their land.

Herbstreith, Ann

  • Give thanks for all things. All things great and small, good, bad, for all things are for a purpose.

Herman, Jerry

  • For we need a little Christmas right this very minute
    Candles in the window, carols at the spinet
    Yes we need a little Christmas right this very minute. ("We Need a Little Christmas")

Herndon, Mark

  • It's a mistake to think we listen only with our ears. It's much more important to listen with the mind, the eyes, the body, and the heart. Unless you truly want to understand the other person, you'll never be able to listen.


  • A real friend ... exults in his friend’s happiness, rejoices in all his joys, and is ready to afford him the best advice.

  • Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; While others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before.


  • When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.

Herrick, Robert

  • Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.
    Old Time is still a-flying:
    And this same flower that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be dying. ("To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time" Herperides: or Works both Humane and Divine)

  • Thus times do shift,
    Each thing his turn does hold;
    New things succeed,
    As former things grow old. (Hesperides: or Works both Humane and Divine)

Hesburgh, Theodore

  • My basic principle is that you don't make decisions because they are easy; you don't make them because they are cheap; you don't make them because they're popular; you make them because they're right.

  • The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.

Heschel, Abraham Joshua

  • God is everywhere or nowhere, the father of all people or of none, concerned about everything or nothing. Only in His presence shall we learn that the glory of humankind is not in its will to power but in its power of compassion.

  • In the darkest night to be certain of the dawn ... to go through Hell and to continue to trust in the goodness of God--this is the challenge and the way. (A Passion for Truth)

  • Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.

  • Mankind will not perish for want of information, but only for want of appreciation. The beginning of our happiness lies in the understanding that life without wonder is not worth living.

  • Proximity to the crowd, to the majority view, spells the death of creativity. For a soul can create only when alone, and some are chosen for the flowering that takes place in the dark avenues of night.

  • Self-respect is the root of discipline. The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to one's self.

  • Solitude is a necessary protest to the incursions and the false alarms of society's hysteria, a period of cure and recovery.

  • A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.

  • We are closer to God when we are asking questions than when we think we have the answers.

  • When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people.

  • Wonder rather than doubt is the root of knowledge.

Hershey, Lemore

  • Do give books - religious or otherwise - for Christmas. They're never fattening, seldom sinful, and permanently personal.


  • Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning.

  • I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.

  • It is best to do things systematically, since we are only human, and disorder is our worst enemy. (Works and Days)

  • The man who does evil to another does evil to himself,
    and the evil counsel is most evil for him who counsels it.

Hess, Moses

  • All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

  • The eternity of the spirit does not begin after death ... but is, like God, always present.

Hesse, Hermann

  • All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

  • I have always believed, and I still believe, that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value. (Siddhartha)

  • It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is.

  • Without words, without writing and without books there would be no history, there could be no concept of humanity.

Hetcher, Barbara

  • The real winners in life are the people who look at every situation with an expectation that they can make it work or make it better.

Hewitt, G. T.

  • The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons.

Heywood, John

  • A hard beginning maketh a good ending.

Hickerson, Max R.

  • A man is not what he thinks he is, but what he thinks, he is.

Hiddleston, Tom

  • Stay hungry, stay young, stay foolish, stay curious, and above all, stay humble because just when you think you got all the answers, is the moment when some bitter twist of fate in the universe will remind you that you very much don't.

Hifler, Jane Sequichie

  • We can get over being poor, but it takes longer to get over being ignorant. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth

  • An easy thing, O Power Divine,
    To thank thee for these gifts of Thine,
    For summer's sunshine, winter's snow,
    For hearts that kindle thoughts that glow…

  • Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.

Higgs, Liz Curtis

  • The head thinks, the hands labor, but it's the heart that laughs.

Highberger, Mark

  • Before the Cascade Mountains give way to the high desert along the south-central edge of the state, they leave parts of their green, wet selves scattered across the borderlands. Forests and dunes, lakes and playas, grasslands and sagebrush stand almost near enough to nuzzle each other. The result is a mingling of open spaces and timbered slopes, of freshwater lakes and alkali flats in a world straddling such vastly different geological and historical eras that only a strong imagination can reconcile the contrasts. ("South Central Oregon" in An Explorer's Guide to Oregon)

Highet, Gilbert

  • These are not books, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.

Hightower, Cullen

  • The true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your success.

Hildebrand, Kenneth

  • Freedom is the opportunity to make decisions...

Hill, Aaron

  • There is no merit where there is no trial; and till experience stamps the mark of strength, cowards may pass for heroes, and faith for falsehood.

Hill, Anita

  • You can't always expect a certain result, but you can expect to do your best.

Hill, David C.

  • Debating theological niceties is fine, and even useful, but if it distracts us from the Greatest Commandments, then we're doing something wrong. (Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog))

Hill, Fairest (Dr.)

  • Determination is the key to victory.

Hill, Napoleon

  • Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate accomplishments.

  • Do not wait; the time will never be "just right." Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.

  • Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.

  • Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit.

  • Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to cut all sources of retreat. Only by doing so can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a burning desire to win--essential to success.

  • First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. New! as of 04/01/17

  • If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.

  • Nature yields her most profound secrets to the person who is determined to uncover them.

  • Set your target and keep trying until you reach it.

  • Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.

  • Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.

  • When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.

Hillary, Edmund

  • I think it all comes down to motivation. If you really want to do something, you will work hard for it.--Edmund Hillary

Hillel (Rabbi)

  • Watch your thoughts, they become your words
    Watch your words, they become your actions
    Watch your actions, they become your habits
    Watch your habits, they become your character
    Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

  • You have a solemn obligation to take care of yourself because you never know when the world will need you.

Hillesum, Etty

  • I think what weakens people most is fear of wasting their strength. (An Interrupted Life)

  • Life cannot be captured in a few axioms. And that is just what I keep trying to do. But it won't work, for life is full of endless nuances and cannot be captured in just a few formulae.

  • Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world.

Hillis, Burton

  • The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. (Better Homes and Gardens)

  • I'm not convinced that the world is in any worse shape than it ever was. It is just in this age of almost instantaneous communication, we bear the weight of problems our forefathers only read about after they were solved.

  • The shortest night of the year is Christmas Eve - from sundown to son up.

Hillsmen, Jane

  • Christmas will always be in the hearts of God's children everywhere as they extend a helping hand to a friend in need ... as they go about reflecting God's goodness in the little quiet and unheralded expressions of a loving heart ... as they share the light of the world with those who live in darkness . ("Christmas")

Hilton, Conrad

  • Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.

Himes, Chester

  • Growth is the surviving influence in all our lives. The tree will send up its trunk in thick profusion from land burned black by atom bombs. Children will grow from poverty and filth and oppression and develop honor, integrity, contribute to all mankind.

Hinckley, Gordon B.

  • Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed. The fact is that most putts don't drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time journey...delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas, and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride.

Hines, Edna Greene

  • There is a Christmas song upon the air,
    There is a joy innate within the heart;
    An inner sense of peace, a holy light
    Illumines life and sets these days apart. ("A Song Upon the Air")

Hines-Brigger, Susan

  • We worry about finding just the right gift, hanging just the right decorations, sending the right card. So many times I say I wish I could slow down, scale back, and reclaim the true meaning of Advent. The reality, though, is that I am the only one preventing that from happening. (A Catholic Family Advent)

Hinkle, Beatrice

  • The artist always has been and still is a being somewhat apart from the rest of humanity.

  • There is one great and universal wish of mankind expressed in all religions, in all art and philosophy, and in all human life: the wish to pass beyond himself as he now is.

Hinkley, Grace B.

  • Better to strive and climb,
    And never reach your goal,
    Than to drift along with time--
    An aimless, worthless soul,
    Aye better to climb and fall
    Or sow, though the yield be small,
    Than to throw away day after day
    And never strive at all.

Hipps, Carol Bishop

  • Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.

Hirsch, E. D. (Jr.)

  • Cafeteria-style education, combined with the unwillingness of our schools to place demands on students, has resulted in a steady diminishment of commonly shared information between generations and between young people themselves.

Hirshfield, Jane

  • So few the grains of happiness
    measured against all the dark
    and still the scales balance.

Hirshfield, Tom

  • If you don't ask "why this?" often enough, somebody will ask "why you?"

Hitchcock, Jane Stanton

  • The key to life is imagination. If you don't have that, no mater what you have, it's meaningless. If you do have imagination...you can make feast of straw.

Hitler, Adolph (Note: These are here to act as a warning, not because the Quote Lady agrees with them!)

  • This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and the world will follow our lead into the future.

  • What luck for the rulers that men do not think.

Ho, Kyong

  • Don't hope for a life without problems. An easy life results in a judgemental and lazy mind.

Ho, Tao

  • Good architecture is like apiece of beautifully composed music crystallized as space that elevates our spirits beyond the limitation of time.

Hoagland, Edward

  • Summer is when we believe, all of a sudden, that if we just walked out the back door and kept going long enough and far enough we would reach the Rocky Mountains. ("A Year As It Turns" The Tugman's Passage)

Hoagland, Mahlon

  • As children we all possess a natural uninhabited curiosity, a hunger for explanations, which seems to die slowly as we age--suppressed, I suppose by the need not to appear ignorant. (Toward a Habit of Truth)

  • Simplicity is indeed often the sign of truth and a criterion of beauty. (Toward the Habit of Truth)

Hobsbawm, E. J.

  • The only certain thing about the future is that it will surprise even those who have seen furthest into it

Hock, Dee

  • Understanding and wisdom are largely forgotten as we struggle under an avalanche of data and information.

Hockman, Sandra

  • I gave my life to learning how to live. Now that I have organized it all ... it's just about over.

Hodge, A. A.

  • It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.

Hodges, Clarence E.

  • For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.

Hoeg, Peter

  • I feel the same way about solitude as some people feel about the blessing of the church. It's the light of grace for me. I never close my door behind me without the awareness that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself. (said by Smilla Jasperson in Smilla's Sense of Snow)

Hoffer, Eric

  • Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know. (The Passionate State of Mind)

  • The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our blessings.

  • In a time of drastic change it is the learner who inherits the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live a world that no longer exists.

  • It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.

  • It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate. (The Ordeal of Hope)

  • It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.

  • Judgment consists not in seeing through deceptions and evil intentions, but in being able to awaken the decency dormant in every person.

  • Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind. (The Passionate State of Mind: And Other Essays)

  • No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments. We need people to bear witness against our inner judge, who keeps book on our shortcomings and transgressions. We need people to convince us that we are not as bad as we think we are.

  • The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future. (The Passionate State of Mind: And Other Aphorisms)

  • The original insight is most likely to come when elements stored in different compartments of the mind drift into the open, jostle one another, and now and then form new combinations. (The Ordeal of Change)

  • There is a tendency to judge a race, a nation or any distinct group by its leastworthy members. (The True Believer)

  • There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.

  • Unlimited opportunities can be as potent a cause of frustration as a paucity or lack of opportunities. (The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements)

  • When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

  • Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play.

  • Without a sense of proportion there can be neither good taste nor genuine intelligence, nor perhaps moral integrity. (The Passionate State of Mind)

Hoffman, Eva

  • There's nothing like a gleam of humor to reassure you that a fellow human being is ticking inside a strange face. (Exit into History)

Hoffmann, Ernst Theodor Amadeus

  • When I compose I sit down to the piano, shut my eyes, and play what I hear.

Hofmann, Hans

  • The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.

Hogan, Linda

  • There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.

Hogshead, Nancy

  • It's hard to stay committed...to stay in touch with the goal without saying there's something wrong with myself, my goal, the world.

Holdcroft, L. Thomas

  • The past is a guide post, not a hitching post.

  • There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better.

Holdsclaw, Chamique

  • When you struggle, that's when you realize what you're made of, and that's when you realize what the people around you can do. You learn who you'd want to take with you to a war, and who you'd only want to take to lunch.

Holland, Isabelle

  • As long as you don't forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind. (The Long Search)

Holland, Josiah Gilbert

  • The heart is wiser than the intellect.

  • There is no royal road to anything, one thing at a time, all things in succession. That which grows fast, withers as rapidly. That which grows slowly, endures.

Holler, William E.

  • You can do what you want to do, accomplish what you want to accomplish, attain any reasonable objective you may have in mind--not all of a sudden, perhaps not in one swift and sweeping act of achievement--but you can do it gradually, day by day and play by play, if you want to do it, if you work to do it, over a sufficiently long period of time.

Holliwel, Raymond

  • Each experience through which we pass operates ultimately for our good. This is a correct attitude to adopt and we must be able to see it in that light.

  • No matter what we want of life we have to give up something in order to get it.

Holloway, Richard

  • Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.

Holm, Celeste

  • We live by encouragement and die without it--slowly, sadly, angrily.

Holman, Gertrude B.

  • The happiness and love on this one day
    Bring thoughts which warm and cheer.
    May we keep Christmas in our hearts
    Through every day of all the year. ("The Little Things at Christmas")

Holmes, Earnest

  • Great things are done by people who think great thoughts and then go out into the world to make their dreams come true.

  • Life is a mirror and will reflect back to the thinker what he thinks into it.

  • We cannot lead a choiceless life. Every day, every moment, every second, there is a choice. If it were not so, we would not be individuals.

Holmes, John Andrew

  • There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

Holmes, John Hynes

  • No one is wise enough, no nation is important enough, no human interest is precious enough, to justify the wholesale destruction and murder which constitute the science of war.

Holmes, Majorie

  • At Christmas, all roads lead home.

  • It comes every year and will go on forever. And along with Christmas belong the keepsakes and the customs. Those humble, everyday things a mother clings to, and ponders, like Mary in the secret spaces of her heart.

Holmes, Oliver Wendell (Sr.)

  • For him in vain the envious seasons roll
    Who bears eternal summer in his soul. (The Old Player)

  • A friend of Oliver Wendell Holmes asked him why he had taken up the study of Greek at the age of ninety-four. Holmes replied, "Well, my good sir, it's now or never." (Quoted in He Still Moves Stones by Lucado)

  • The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

  • I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving--we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it -- but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.

  • If you wish to keep as well as possible, the less you think about your health the better. (Over the Teacups)

  • It is a good plan to have a book with you in all places and at all times. If you are presently without, hurry without delay to the nearest shop and buy one of mine.

  • A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains it original dimension.

  • A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience. (The Professor at the Breakfast Table)

  • Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is life that; one stitch at a time taken patiently, and the pattern will come out all right, like embroidery.

  • A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. (The Autocrat at the Breakfast Table)

  • We expect more of ourselves than we have any right to, in virtue of our endowments. (Over the Teacups)

Holmes, Robert

  • What's the use of a good quotation if you can't change it? (The Two Doctors)

Holt, John W. (Jr.)

  • If you're not making mistakes, you're not taking risks, and that means you're not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster than the competition, so you have more changes to learn and win. (Celebrate Your Mistakes)

  • We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other way. ... What we can best learn from good teachers is how to teach ourselves better.

Holt, Lynn

  • The four seasons of nature are a helpful way to recognize that there are profound changes that can come with the seasons of our lives. Recognizing the seasons, honors the changes in our lives. Honoring the seasons, honors the truth that some changes are welcome, and some are not. But to live, is to know change. ("A New Season")

Holtby, Winifred

  • The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding. (Testament of Friendship by Brittain)

  • This alone is to be feared - the closed mind, the sleeping imagination, the death of the spirit. The death of the body is to that, I think, a little thing.

Holtz, Lou

  • Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.

  • If you don't make a total commitment to whatever you're doing, then you start looking to bail out the first time the boat starts leaking. It's tough enough getting that boat to shore with everybody rowing, let alone when a guy stands up and starts putting his life jacket on.

Holzer, Jenny

  • Sloppy thinking gets worse over time.

Home, Henry

  • The truly generous is the truly wise, and he who loves not others, lives unblest.


  • Two urns on Jove's high throne have ever stood,
    The source of evil one, and one of good;
    From thence the cup of mortal man he fills,
    Blessings to these, to those distributes ills;
    To most he mingles both.

Hooker, Richard

  • Change is not made without inconvenience, even from worse to better.

hooks, bell

  • ... learning is a place where paradise can be created.

  • The moment we choose to love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love, we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others.

  • Sadly, children's passion for thinking often ends when they encounter a world that seeks to educate them for conformity and obedience only.

Hoover, Helen

  • The natural world is dynamic. From the expanding universe to the hair on a baby's head, nothing is the same from now to the next moment. ("The Waiting Hills" in The Long-Shadowed Forest)

Hoover, Herbert

  • Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.

Hope, Anthony

  • In the deep, unwritten wisdom of life there are many things to be learned that cannot be taught. We never know them by hearing them spoken, but we grow into them by experience and recognize them through understanding.

Hope, Bob

  • I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.

  • If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

  • If you watch a game, it's fun. If you play it, it's recreation. If you work at it, it's golf.

  • My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?

  • A sense of humor is good for you. Have you ever heard of a laughing hyena with heart burn?

  • When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.

  • You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.

Hopkins, Debra J.

  • Nobody can tell your story like you can. Nobody can walk in your shoes like you can. So tell your story, let no one else write it for you. You are the only one who can tell it and you are the only one who can tell it right. (quot;We Are the Voices of Change")

Hopkins, Mark

  • Our prayer and God's mercy are like two buckets in a well; while the one ascends the other descends.

Hopkins, Patricia see, Anderson, Sherry Ruth

Hopkins, Tom

  • I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed; and the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.

Hopper, Grace Murray (Rear Admiral)

  • Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, "We've always done it that way." I try to fight that. That's why I have a clock on my wall that runs counterclockwise.

  • If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it. It's much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.

  • A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

  • You manage things; you lead people.


  • He has half the deed done who has made a beginning.

  • Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans: it's lovely to be silly at the right moment.

  • You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.

Horan, Daniel P.

  • Having been created in the image and likeness of God, unlike trees or flowers or fire or the moon, we are most fully human when we love, forgive and work toward peace. To be violent, vengeful or selfish is to be un-human! ("A Franciscan Millenial and the Memory of 9/11" in Franciscan Voices on 9/11)

Horney, Karen

  • Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.

Horowitz, Valdimir

  • False notes [on the piano] are human. Why does everything have to be perfect? You know, perfection itself is imperfection. (in "Return of the Thunderer" Newsweek May 17, 1965)

Horton, Doug

  • Conscience is the window of our spirit, evil is the curtain.

Horton, Peggy Toney

  • Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul... but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October.

Horvath, Polly

  • The library in summer is the most wonderful thing because there you get books on any subject and read them each for only as long as they hold your interest, abandoning any that don't, halfway or a quarter of the way through if you like, and store up all that knowledge in the happy corners of your mind for your own self and not to show off how much you know or spit it back at your teacher on a test paper. (My One Hundred Adventures)

Hoskins, Henry S.

  • The greatest masterpieces were once only pigments on a palette.

Hotchner, A. E.

  • Of course we all have our limits, but how can you possibly find your boundaries unless you explore as far and as wide as you possibly can? I would rather fail in an attempt at something new and uncharted than safely succeed in a repeat of something I have done.

Houch, Colleen

  • Oregon welcomed me like a beloved child, enfolded me in her cool arms, shushed my turbulent thoughts, and promised peace through her whispering pines.

Houdek, Diane M.

  • It's hard not to get caught up in the frenetic activity of the season. We want this kind of boundless energy. We can find it by ... reminding ourselves that life will go on and people will still love us, even if our errands go unfinished. (Advent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections)

Houston, Jean

  • Just as you would not neglect seeds that you planted with the hope that they will bear vegetables and fruits and flowers, so you must attend to and nourish the garden of your becoming.

  • We all have the extraordinary coded within us ... waiting to be released.

Howard, Clara A.

  • You should live that the world may be better by your having lived in it.

Howard, Maureen

  • I like density, not volume. I like to leave something to the imagination. The reader must fit the pieces together, with the author's discreet help.

Howard, Neale E.

  • Astronomers work always with the past; because light takes time to move from one place to another, they see things as they were, not as they are. (The Telescope Handbook and Star Atlas)

Howard, Vernon

  • Quit thinking that you must halt before the barrier of inner negativity. You need not. You can crash through...whatever we see a negative state, that is where we can destroy it.

  • Truth replies only when first hearing sincere questions, and how few it hears.

Howe, Edgar Watson

  • A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. (Country Town Sayings)

  • If you don't learn to laugh at troubles, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old.

  • Man is still a savage to the extent that he has little respect for anything that cannot hurt him. (Ventures in Common Sense)

  • People are always neglecting something they can do in trying to do something they can't do.

  • What people say behind your back is your standing in the community.

  • When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

Howe, Gordie

  • You've got to love what you're doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time.

Howe, Irving

  • Imagination is not something apart and hermetic, not a way of leaving reality behind; it is a way of engaging reality.

Howe, Julia Ward

  • Disarm, disarm. The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence indicate possession. (Peace proclamation, London, 1870)

  • Don't you think that the best things are already in view?

Howe, Randy

  • Oftentimes learning happens in uncomfortable moments. That's what silence is for. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Howell, James

  • He can hardly be a true friend to another, who is an enemy to himself. ("French" Paroimiographia)

Howells, William Dean

  • The book which you read from a sense of duty, or because for any reason you must, does not commonly make friends with you. It may happen that it will yield you an unexpected delight, but this will be in its own uninterrupted way in spite of your good intentions.

Howitt, Mary Botham

  • God sent children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race--to enlarge our hearts; and to make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims; to call out all our facilities to extended enterprise and exertion; and to living round our firesides bright faces, happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts.

Hoyle, Fred

  • I don't see the logic of rejecting data just because they seem incredible. (in Astronomy Transformed by Edge and Mulkay)

Hsieh, Yehyi

  • The schools of the country are its future in miniature. (Chinese Epigrams Inside Out and Proverbs)

Hubbard, Elbert

  • Constant effort and frequent mistakes are the stepping stones of genius. (The Philosophy of Elbert Hubbard)

  • Cultivate only the habits that you are willing should master you.

  • Do unto others as though you were the others.

  • Experience is the name everyone gives to his mistakes.

  • The fool is not the man who merely does foolish things. The fool is the man who does not know enough to cash in on his foolishness. (The Note Book)

  • The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.

  • The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.

  • Habit: The great economizer of energy.

  • I would rather be able to appreciate things I can not have than to have things I am not able to appreciate.

  • The idea that is not dangerous is not worthy of being called an idea at all.

  • Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer to your goal.

  • The man who has no more problems to solve is out of the game.

  • The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is in love, laughter, and work.

  • Never explain--your friends do not need it, and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

  • The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.

  • Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer.

  • One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.

  • The only way to entertain most people is to listen to them.

  • Optimism is a kind of heart stimulant--the digitalis of failure.

  • People who are able to do their own thinking should not allow others to do it for them.

  • The reason men oppose progress is not that they hate progress, but that they love inertia.

  • The recipe of perpetual ignorance is: Be satisfied with your opinions and content with your knowledge.

  • A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness. (The Note Book)

  • So long as governments set the example of killing their enemies, private citizens will occasionally kill theirs.

  • Strong men can always afford to be gentle. Only the weak are intent on "giving as good as they get."

  • The teacher is one who makes two ideas grow where only one grew before.

  • To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.

  • We work to become, not to acquire. (A Thousand and One Epigrams)

  • When we really live truth, we will cease to talk about it. (in An American Bible comp. by Alice Hubbard)

  • Where much is expected from an individual, he may rise to the level of events and make the dream come true.

Hubbard, Frank McKinney

  • Lack of pep is often mistaken for patience.

Hubbard, Kin

  • Honesty pays, but it don't seem to pay enough to suit some.

  • If there's anything mean in a feller, a litter authority will bring it out. (Martin's Back Country Sayings)

  • It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

  • Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny.

Hubbard, Ruth Scott

  • There's a candle in my window
    With its halo of bright gold,
    Telling with each tiny flicker
    Of the joy each heart can hold.

    At this joyous Christmas season
    For each passer-by to see,
    Ponder on his way and reason,
    This is just as it should be. ("Just a Symbol")

Hubbert, Elbert

  • There is no failure except in no longer trying.

Hubble, Edwin Powell

  • Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science. (The Nature of Science)

Hudson, D. B.

  • Make no little plans. They have no Magic to stir Men's blood.

Hudson, Helen

  • Some shrugged their shoulders as if to shake off whatever chips of responsibility might have lodged there. (Meyer Meyer)

Huerta, Dolores

  • Giving kids clothes and food is one thing but it's much more important to teach them that other people besides themselves are important, and that the best thing they can do with their lives is to use them in the service of other people.

  • If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?

Hufstedler, Shirley

  • If you play it safe in life you've decided that you don't want to grow any more.

  • The role of the teacher remains the highest calling of a free people. To the teacher, America entrusts her most precious resource, her children; and asks that they be prepared ... to face the rigors of individual participation in a democratic society.

  • Security is not the meaning of my life. Great opportunities are worth the risk.

Hughes, Charles Evans

  • When we lose the right to be different, we lose the privilege to be free.

Hughes, Langston

  • Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die
    Life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
    Hold fast to dreams for if dreams go
    Life is a barren field frozen in snow.

  • Like a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air and you.

  • What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Hughes, Richard

  • Do your bit to save humanity from lapsing back into barbarity by reading all the novels you can.

Hugo, Victor

  • As the purse is emptied, the heart is filled.

  • Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.

  • Great blunders are often made, like large ropes, of a multitude of fibres. (Les Miserables, tr. by Wilbour)

  • He who opens a school door, closes a prison. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • A house is built of logs and stone,
    Of tiles and posts and piers;
    A home is built of loving deeds
    That stand a thousand years.

  • The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.

  • In my old age there is a coming into flower. My body wanes; my mind waxes.--Victor Hugo (letter, January 7, 1869)

  • Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

  • Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes, greater than the illustrious heroes. (Les Miserables)

  • A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is visible labor and there is invisible labor.

  • Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

  • Right is right only when entire. (Les Miserables, tr. By Wilbour)

  • There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.

  • To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. (Les Miserables)

  • Should we continue to look upwards? Is the light we can see in the sky one of those which will presently be extinguished? The ideal is terrifying to behold, lost as it is in the depths, small, isolated, a pin-point, brilliant but threatened on all sides by the dark forces that surround it; nevertheless, no more in danger than a star in the jaws of the clouds. (Les Miserables)

Huizinga, Johann

  • Play is a uniquely adaptive act, not subordinate to some other adaptive act, but with a special function of its own in human experience.

Hume, David

  • Beauty is no quality in things themselves: it exists merely in the mind which contemplates them. ("Of the Standard of Taste" Four Dissertations)

  • [A person’s] utmost art and industry can never equal the meanest of nature's productions, either for beauty or value.

Humphrey, Hubert H.

  • The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.

  • The moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life--the children; those who are in the twilight of life--the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life--the sick, the needy and the handicapped.

  • Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts. It's what you do with what you have left.

Hunt, Diane Scharf

  • Goals are dreams with deadlines.

Hunt, Mary E.

  • A commitment to love and justice demands the transformation of social structures as well as of hearts.

Hurston, Zora Neale

  • It seems to me that trying to live without friends is like milking a bear to get cream for your morning coffee. It is a whole lot of trouble, and then not worth much after you get it.

  • Light came to me when I realized that I did not have to consider any racial group as a whole. God made them duck by duck and that was the only way I could see them.

  • No matter how far a person can go the horizon is still way beyond you.

  • Sometimes I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It's beyond me.

Hutcheson, Francis

  • Wisdom denotes the pursuing of the best ends by the best means. (Inquiry into the Original of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue)

Hutchins, Jan

    When I was a kid, my father told me every day, "You're the most wonderful boy in the world, and you can do anything you want to." (on radio station KGO, San Francisco, 1988)

Hutchins, Robert Maynard

  • The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives.

  • To solve a problem it is necessary to think. It is necessary to think even to decide what facts to collect.

  • A world community can exist only with world communication, which means something more than extensive shortwave facilities scattered about the globe. It means common understanding, a common tradition, common ideas, and common ideals.

Hutchison, Andy

  • There are no such things as excuses. There are reasons that why a particular decision was reached, and why that decision was not a good one. There is a discernible path that can be followed to find the reasons why a failure occurred. There are no excuses, only wrong decisions.

Hutton, Lauren

  • Anything, everything, can be learned if you can just get yourself in a little patch of real ground, real nature, real wood, real anything ... and just sit still and watch.

Huxley, Aldous

  • Every person who knows how to read has it in their power to magnify themselves, to multiply the ways in which they exist, to make life full, significant, and interesting.

  • Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you. (Reader's Digest, March 1956)

  • Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.

  • The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subtly and feel nobly.

  • Grace is always sufficient, provided we are ready to cooperate with it.

  • Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. (New York Herald Tribune, Nov. 28, 1963)

  • Industrialization is the systemic exploitation of wasting assets. In all too many cases, the thing we call progress is merely an acceleration in the rate of that exploitation. ("The Double Crisis" Themes and Variations)

  • The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.

  • People often ask me what is the most effective ve technique for transforming their life. It is a little embarrassing that after years and years of research and experimentation, I have to say that the best answer is - just be a little kinder.

  • Reality cannot be ignored except at a price; and the longer the ignorance is persisted in, the higher and more terrible becomes the price that must be paid. ("Religion and Time" in Vedanta for the Western World ed. by Isherwood)

  • The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which mean never losing your enthusiasm.

Huxley, Thomas Henry

  • Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. (Lay Sermons)

  • The great end of life is not knowledge but action. ("Technical Education")

  • If a little knowledge is dangerous, where is the man who has so much as to be out of danger?

  • It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance.

  • The only freedom I care about is the freedom to do right; the freedom to do wrong I am ready to part with.

  • Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself to do the thing you have to do when it ought to be done whether you like it or not. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned and however early a person's training begins, it is probably the last lesson a person learn thoroughly.

  • Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men. ("Animal Automatism")

  • Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.--Thomas Henry Huxley

  • Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion. Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.

  • Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against the truth.

Hybels, Bill

  • Dignity does not float down from heaven; it cannot be purchased nor manufactured. It is a reward reserved for those who labor with diligence. (Christians in the Workplace)

  • Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment. (Christians in the Workplace)

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