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I Ching
  • Everything proceeds as if of its own accord, and this can all too easily tempt us to relax and let things take their course without troubling over details. Such indifference is the root of all evil.

  • No good ending can be expected in the absence of the right beginning. It is too late.

  • Perseverance alone does not assure success. No amount of stalking will lead to game in a field that has none.

Iaccoca, Lee

  • Any supervisor worth his salt would rather deal with people who attempt too much than with those who try too little.

  • I have found that being honest is the best technique I can use. Right up front, tell people what you're trying to accomplish and what you're willing to sacrifice to accomplish it.

  • In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.

  • You can use the fanciest computers to gather the numbers, but in the end you have to set a timetable and act.

Icke, David

  • The best way of removing negativity is to laugh and be joyous.

  • Infinite love is the only truth. Everything else is illusion.

  • We fear the past, present and future. We fear the unknown, we fear not having enough, losing what we have, not having what we want. We fear what will become of us and those that we care for. We fear what others think of us and what they don't think of us. We fear, fear, fear and therefore we are controllable through the manipulation of all that we fear.

Ildan, Mehmet Murat

  • In deep waters, you encounter only the wise and the brave; in shallow waters, the ignorant and the coward!

  • There is nothing more beautiful than living a simple life in this complex universe!

  • A very wise quote is a spectacular waterfall! When you see it, you feel its power!

  • Wherever there are birds, there is hope.

Iles, George R.

  • A century ago astronomers, geologists, chemists, physicists, each had an island of his own, separate and distinct from that of every other student of Nature; the whole field of research was then an archipelago of unconnected units. To-day all the provinces of study have risen together to form a continent without either a ferry or a bridge.

  • Nothing cools so fast as undue enthusiasm. Water that has boiled freezes sooner than any other.

  • The spirit of Christmas can be so wonderfully wrapped up in our hearts, and our way of life, that it is readily manifested by our love and prayers; thus can we make more certain peace on earth to men of good will.

Ince, Robin

  • I have spent a reasonable percentage of my life in libraries - I like the hush.

  • The library houses thousands of imaginations, thoughts of the living and the dead. A good day in the library means you see the world differently when you depart.

Inge, William Ralph (Dean)

  • No Christian can be a pessimist, for Christianity is a system of radical optimism.

  • True faith is belief in the reality of absolute values. ("Confessio Fidei" Outspoken Essays: Second Series)

  • What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

  • Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.

Ingelow, Jean

  • A healthy hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.

  • I wish, and I wish that the spring would go faster,
    Nor long summer bide so late;
    And I could grow on like the foxglove and aster,
    For some things are ill to wait.

Ingersoll, Robert G. (Green)

  • The greatest test of courage on earth is to bear defeat without losing heart.

  • Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

  • My creed is that:
    Happiness is the only good.
    The place to he happy is here.
    The time to be happy is now.
    The way to be happy is to make others so.

  • The superior man is the providence of the inferior. He is eyes for the blind, strength for the weak, and a shield for the defenseless. He stands erect by bending above the fallen. He rises by lifting others.

  • The triumph of justice is the only peace.

Ingram, Chip

  • Character is always more caught than taught. (Effective Parenting in a Defective World)

  • Most of us learn to trust, not because weíre noble, brave, or godly, and certainly not because we have it together, but when we donít have any other choice. (Finding God When You Need Him Most)

  • There is a time to take a stand and there is a time to take your leave.

  • Total commitment is about being wise and smart, not necessarily being noble or virtuous. Itís not so much about self-denial but about logic and common sense. Itís not so much about what you lose; itís about what you gain. (True Spirituality: Becoming a Romans 12 Christian)

Ingram, Paul

  • A moment's thought shows that man's feeling of isolation has no foundation, biologically or sociologically. We grow out of the Universe, we are an expression of it. The iron in our blood comes from the high temperature fusion of stars. We constantly interact with our environment. The force of gravity keeps our feet upon the earth and has a vital effect upon our metabolism. The air we breathe comes form the seas and the leaves, and the sun allows the process to take place. Society gives us all that makes us human: our culture, our symbols, our concepts and our values. Without society, the notion of the individual would have no meaning.

Inman, Robert

  • When everything is lost, anything is possible. (Captain Saturday)

Innes, Jocasta

  • Ever since the first shaggy hunter outlined a running deer with a stick dipped in wood ash or puddle clay or blood, paint has served a vastly more significant and creative purpose--as a vehicle for the human imagination, a creator of illusions, the modest but endlessly pliable means of fixing a glimpse of loveliness for posterity. The true originators in this field have always been the great artists. But close behind these masters of illusion came the masters of the applied arts--designers, architects, decorators, legions of craftsmen whose vocation was to reflect contemporary standards of beauty and harmony.

Ionesco, Eugene

  • Childhood is the world of miracle and wonder; as if creation rose, bathed in the light, out of the darkness, utterly new and fresh and astonishing. The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.

  • You can only predict things after they have happened.

Irion, Mary Jean

  • Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.

  • Then let me go to nature as I came from nature to the great cycles of creativity that I have dimly, so dimly, understood... ("Then Let Me Go to Nature")

Iron, Ralph

  • The large white snow-flakes as they flutter down, softly, one by one, whisper soothingly "Rest, poor heart, rest." It is as though our mother soothes our hair, and we are comforted. (The Story of an African Farm)

Irons, Jeremy

  • No, I don't believe in hard work. If something is hard, leave it. Let it come to you. Let it happen.

  • So the better my partner or my opposition, however you like to think about it, the better my game.

  • We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they're called memories. Some take us forward, they're called dreams.

  • What I try to do as an actor is constantly find that, find ways to risk, find opportunities to fall on my face if it's going to be worth it, and then maybe I'll surprise myself.

Ironside, H. A. (Henry Allen)

  • We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.

Irving, John

  • If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.

  • If you don't feel that you are possibly on the edge of humiliating yourself, of losing control of the whole thing, then probably what you are doing isn't very vital. If you don't feel like you are writing somewhat over your head, why do it? If you don't have some doubt of your authority to tell this story, then you are not trying to tell enough.

  • There are few things as seemingly untouched by the real world as a child asleep.

Irving, Washington

  • Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.

  • A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through allÖ

  • How easy it is for one benevolent being to diffuse pleasure around him, and how truly is a kind heart a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity to freshen into smiles.

  • A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

  • Of all the old festivals, however, that of Christmas awakens the strongest and most heartfelt associations. There is a tone of solemn and sacred feeling that blends with our conviviality, and lifts the sprit to a state of hallowed and elevated enjoyment. (Christmas)

  • When friends grow cold, and the converse of intimates languishes into vapid civility and commonplace, books only continue the unaltered countenance of happier days, and cheer us with that true friendship which never deceived hope nor deserted sorrow.

Irwin, Ben

  • Most of us spend our lives as if we had another one in the bank.

Isaac of Syria

  • The man with a heart cannot think about or see creatures without his eyes filling up with tears because of the immense compassion which seizes his heart.


  • If all who are engaged in the profession of education were willing to state the facts instead of making greater promises than they can possibly fulfill, they would not be in such bad repute with the lay-public.

Iyengar, B. K. S.

  • The hardness of a diamond is part of its usefulness, but its true value is in the light that shines through it. (Light on Life)

  • Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.

  • There is no progress toward ultimate freedom without transformation, and this is the key issue in all lives. (Light on Life)

Iyer, Pico

  • Not many years ago, it was access to information and movement that seemed our greatest luxury; nowadays itís often freedom from information, the chance to sit still, that feels like the ultimate prize. Stillness is not just an indulgence for those with enough resources Ė itís a necessity for anyone who wishes to gather less visible resources. (The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere)

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