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Mabie, Hamilton Wright
  • Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.

  • Don't be afraid of opposition. Remember, a kite rises against--not with--the wind.

  • The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best.

  • Nothing is lost upon a person who is bent upon growth; nothing is wasted on one who is always preparing for his work and life by keeping eyes, mind, and heart open to nature, men, books, experience. Such a man finds ministries to his education on all sides; everything cooperates with his passion for growth.

MacArthur, Douglas (General)

  • I realize that advice is worth what it costs--that is, nothing.

  • Nobody grows old by merely living a number of years. People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul.

  • There is no security on this Earth; there is only opportunity.

  • A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.

  • You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear as young as your hope, as old as your despair.

Macaulay, Rose

  • Each wrong act brings with it its own anesthetic, dulling the conscience and blinding it against further light, and sometimes for years. (Letters to a Friend)

  • Only one hour in the normal day is more pleasurable than the hours spent in bed with a book before going to sleep, and that is the hour spent in bed with a book after being called in the morning.

Macaulay, Thomas B.

  • The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

MacCartney, Kevin

  • As I emerge from the forested Cape Alava Trail into the open expanse of the magnificent Ozette wilderness coast [87 miles east of Port Angeles, WA], I am always struck with a sense of awe at the beauty of the soaring eagles overhead, the deer grazing in the grass by the edge of the beach, and the islands and seastacks silhouetted by clouds rolling across gray skies in the distance. (in Olympic National Park newsletter, July 1-Sept. 7, 1992)

Macdonald, Elinor

  • The spiritual life is the way of walking with God instead of walking alone.

  • Too often we visit the well of divine abundance with a teacup instead of a bucket.

Macdonald, George

  • Beauty and sadness always go together.
    Nature thought beauty too rich to go forth
    Upon the earth without a meet alloy.

  • Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life.

  • God chooses that men should be tried, but let a man beware of tempting his neighbor.

  • Man finds it hard to get what he wants, because he does not want the best; God finds it hard to give, because He would give the best, and man will not take it.

  • A perfect faith would lift us absolutely above fear. (Sir Gibbie)

  • There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve. (The Marquis of Lossie)

  • To be trusted is a greater accomplishment than to be loved.

  • Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness, the cultivation of which is now fearfully neglected.

Macdonald, Gordon

  • There is a quality of life out there on that edge that tugs at our souls and calls from us a better quality of person. ... And if I may say it this way: when we go to such places and give away everything we have, we like ourselves better.

MacDonald, Roger (Dr.)

  • A child's job is to test her boundaries, a parent's is to see that she survives the test. (A County Doctor's Casebook)

MacGinley, Phyllis

  • Those wearing Tolerance for a label
    Call other views intolerable. ("In Praise of Diversity" The Love Letters of Phyllis McGinley)

Machado, Antonio

  • The afternoon is bright,
    with spring in the air,
    a mild March afternoon,with the breath of April stirring... (Selected Poems) New! as of 04/01/17

Machiavelli, Niccolo

  • It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new one.

  • There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct or more uncertain in its success than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.

  • Where the willingness is great, the difficulties cannot be great.

Mackenzie, Gordon

  • It's hard for corporations to understand that creativity is not just about succeeding. It's about experimenting and discovering. (Orbiting the Giant Hairball : A Corporate Fool's Guide to Surviving with Grace)

  • Our creative genius is the fountainhead of originality. It fires our compulsion to evolve. It inspires us to challenge norms. Creative genius is about flying to new heights on untested wings. It is about the danger of crashing.

  • You have a masterpiece inside you, you know. One unlike any that ahs ever been created, or ever will be. If you go to your grave without painting your masterpiece, it will not get painted. No one else can paint it. Only you.

Mackin, Anne

  • Libraries have always seemed magical to me. You walk into a library and suddenly you have access to the greatest thoughts and words from every period of human history. Hours of discovery await you.

MacLaine, Shirley

  • I realized that if what we call human nature can be changed, then absolutely anything is possible. And from that moment, my life changed.

  • The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

MacLeish, Archibald

  • The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.

  • What is more important in a library than anything else - than everything else - is the fact that it exists.

Macphail, Agnes

  • Do not rely completely on any other human being, however dear. We meet all life's greatest tests alone.

Maden, Judith

  • Doubt not to reap, if thou can't bear to plough.

Maeditere, Janice

  • Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.

Maeterlinck, Maurice

  • An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it.

  • It is from reason that justice springs, but goodness is born of wisdom. (Wisdom and Desiny)

Magee, William Connor

  • The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

Magid, Barry

  • Aristotle said that in order for people to become virtuous, we need role models — others who have developed their capacities for courage, self-control, wisdom, and justice. (Tricycle)

Magida, Arthur J.

  • Questions took people on quests; occasionally, questions actually led to answers. (Opening the Doors of Wonder)

Maguire, Mairead Corrigan

  • Perhaps the greatest contribution that those of us who come from a Christian tradition can make is to throw out the old just-war theory, embrace the nonviolence of Jesus, refuse to kill one another, and truly follow his commandment to "love our enemies." ("Gandhi and the Ancient Wisdom of Nonviolence" in Peace is the Way, ed. by Wink)

Maharaj, Nisagadatta

  • The mind is but a set of mental habits, ways of thinking and feeling, and to change they must be brought to the surface and examined. ... Just resolve and persevere, the rest will take care of itself.

Mahfouz, Naguib

  • You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.

Mahler, Gustav

  • Spring won't let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.

  • With the coming of spring, I am calm again.

Mahoney, David (Jr.)

  • Don't waste your time trying to control the uncontrollable, or trying to solve the unsolvable, or think about what could have been. Instead, think about what you can control and solve the problem you can solve with the wisdom you have gained from both your victories and your defeats in the past.

  • You'll never have all the information you need to make a decision. If you did, it would be a foregone conclusion, not a decision.


  • Hold firmly to your word.

Mainwaring, William L.

  • Oregon is blessed with a coastline of scenic beauty and variety unmatched on this continent. It's a delightful place, where the Pacific surge washes and sometimes pounds the western edge of our continent. It's a land of storms and sunburns, of wharves and lighthouses, of salt air and fading paint. It's a perfect place for the human psyche to unwind, for workaday tensions to be washed away by the rhythmic cadence of the surf. (Exploring the Oregon Coast)

Mairs, Nancy

  • To view your life as blessed does not require you to deny your pain. It simply demands a more complicated vision, one in which a condition or event is not either good or bad but is, rather, both good and bad, not sequentially, but simultaneously.

Maistre, Joseph Marie de

  • To know how to wait is the great secret of success.

Makeba, Mariam

  • There are three things I was born with in this world, and there are three things I will have until the day I die-hope, determination, and song.

Malamud, Bernard

  • Without heroes, we're all plain people and don't know how far we can go. (The Natural)

Malinowski, Bronislaw

  • An order given in battle, an instruction issued by the master of a sailing ship, a cry for help, are as powerful in modifying the course of events as any other bodily act...You utter a vow or forge a signature and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman or prison.

Malley, Jemma

  • The only tests worth passing are the ones we set ourselves. (The Resistance)

Mallott, Jef

  • Did you know you can go to the hardware store and just buy that yellow "caution" tape? I’d like to know where to get some "Oh, live a little" tape. ("Frazz," December 13, 2013)

Maloo, Mae

  • The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.

Malraux, Andre

  • Be careful - with quotations you can damn anything.

Maltz, Maxwell

  • Get into the habit of laughing; too many of us have forgotten how to laugh. As people grow older, they sometimes forget that they ever laughed. It is a part of their childhood that they can no longer remember.

  • Often the difference between a successful man and a failure is not one's better abilities or idea, but the courage that one has to bet on his ideas, to take a calculated risk--and to act.

  • People who say life is not worthwhile are really saying that they themselves have no personal goals which are worthwhile... Get yourself a goal worth working for. Better still, get yourself a project... Always have something ahead of you to "look forward to"--to work for and to hope for.

  • Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is, in this case, always tomorrow--after you have done your best to achieve success today.

  • We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.

Mandela, Nelson

  • A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.

  • I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. (Long Walk to Freedom: Autobiography of Nelson Mandela)

  • If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

  • No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

  • One effect of sustained conflict is to narrow our vision of what is possible.

  • Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.

  • There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

  • There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

  • To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Mandino, Og

  • Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.

  • The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each but in the amount of intelligent work. Many of those who fail most ignominiously do enough to achieve grand success but they labor haphazardly at whatever they are assigned, building up with one hand to tear down with the other. They do not grasp circumstances and change them into opportunities. They have no faculty for turning honest defeats into telling victories. With ability enough and ample time, the major ingredients of success, they are forever throwing back and forth an empty shuttle and the real web of their life is never woven.

  • I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.

  • In truth, the only difference between those who have failed and those who have succeeded lies in the difference of their habits. Good habits are the key to all success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which precedes all others, is--"I will form good habits and become their slaves." (The Greatest Salesman in the World)

  • It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality.

  • Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats. Yet, each struggle, each defeat, sharpens your skills and strengths, your courage and your endurance, your ability and your confidence and thus each obstacle is a comrade-in-arms forcing you to become better or quit. Each rebuff is an opportunity to move forward. Turn away from them, avoid them, and you throw away your future.

  • The only certain means to excellence is to render more and better service than is expected of you, no matter what your task may be.

  • The only certain measure of success is to render more and better service than is expected of you.

Mankiller, Wilma (Chief)

  • My ability to survive personal crises is really a mark of the character of my people. Individually and collectively, we must react with a tenacity that allows us again and again to bounce back from adversity.

Mann, Horace

  • Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.

  • It is well to think well; it is divine to act well.

  • Jails and prisons are the complement of schools; so many less as you have of the latter, so many more you must have of the former.

  • Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.

  • Seek not greatness, but seek truth and you will find both.

  • The teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.

Mann, Louis L.

  • What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him.

Mann, Thomas

  • It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.

  • People's behavior makes sense if you think about it in terms of their goals, needs and motives. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • Solitude gives birth to the original in us.

  • Time has no divisions to mark its passage.. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. (The Magic Mountain)

Mannes, Marya

  • Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow
    The faucets leak, and learn to leave them so. ("Controverse" But Will It Sell?)

  • The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth. (More in Anger)

  • Until we know what motivates the hearts and minds of men we can understand nothing outside ourselves, nor will we ever reach fulfillment as that greatest miracle of all, the human being. (More in Anger)

  • You cannot throw words like heroism and sacrifice and nobility and honor away without abandoning the qualities they express. (More in Anger)

Manning, Brennan

  • Humble men and women do not have a low opinion of themselves; they have no opinion of themselves, because they so rarely think about themselves. The heart of humility lies in undivided attention to God and a de-selfing of our plans, projects, ambitions and soul. Humility is an indifference to our own well-being and a carefree disregard of the image we present. No longer concerned with appearing to be good, we can move freely in the mystery of who we really are, aware of the sovereignty of God and of our absolute insufficiency and yet moved by a spirit of radical self-acceptance without self-concern.

  • The spirit of domination through force is irreconcilable with obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Christians have only one master. Following him is incompatible with any state of servitude to any other Jesus couched his teachings in language that any twelve-year-old can understand He said unequivocally blessed are those who make peace, not war. The issue of the production, possession, and use of nuclear weapons must be discussed in terms of our Christian identity, not in terms of national security, the Iraqi threat, or safeguarding our standard of living. The arms race is not a political football but a deeply spiritual matter Mass murder in the name of democracy or patriotism is the idolatry of the nation-stare. The prophetic task and pastoral obligation of the church of Jesus Christ-a people called together, set apart, and consecrated to the worship of God-is to proclaim God's peace and love in the actual situation of our broken and tormented world. (The Signature of Jesus)

  • With a strong affirmation of our goodness and a gentle understanding of our weakness, God is loving us--you and me--this moment, just as we are and not as we should be. (Ruthless Trust)

Mansfield, Katherine

  • Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would be different.

  • I want to be all that I am capable of becoming.

  • Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all.

  • Make it a rule of life never to regret and never to look back. Regret is an appalling waste of energy, you can't build on it; it's only good for wallowing in.

  • The pleasure of all reading is doubled when one lives with another who shares the same books.

  • Risk! Risk anything! Care no more for the opinions of others, for those voices. Do the hardest thing on earth for you. Act for yourself. Face the truth.

  • When we can begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves.

Manske, Fred A. (Jr.)

  • The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability.

Maraboli, Steve

  • Become the leader of your life. Lead yourself to where you want to be. Breathe life back into your ambitions, your desires, your goals, your relationships. (Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

  • Forget yesterday - it has already forgotten you. Don't sweat tomorrow - you haven't even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift - today. (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

  • How would your life be different if... You stopped worrying about things you can’t control and started focusing on the things you can? Let today be the day…You free yourself from fruitless worry, seize the day and take effective action on things you can change. (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

  • Live your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering. (Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

  • One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say, "I love you", "I'm sorry", "I appreciate you", "I'm proud of you" ... whatever you're feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it ... cause a smile today for someone else ... and give plenty of hugs.

  • Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature. (Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

  • Protect your enthusiasm from the negativity and fear of others. Never decide to do nothing just because you can only do little. Do what you can. You would be surprised at what "little" acts have done for our world. (Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

  • Set the standard! Stop expecting others to show you love, acceptance, commitment, & respect when you don't even show that to yourself. (Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

  • Simplify your life. You don't grow spiritual, you shrink spiritual. (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

  • Sometimes life knocks you on your ass... get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them. (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

  • Want to keep Christ in Christmas? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, forgive the guilty, welcome the unwanted, care for the ill, love your enemies, and do unto others as you would have done unto you. (Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience)

  • When you establish a destination by defining what you want, then take physical action by making choices that move you towards that destination, the possibility for success is limitless and arrival at the destination is inevitable. (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

  • When you find yourself in need of spiritual nourishment, it is in the opportunities to serve others that you will find the abundance you seek. (Life, the Truth, and Being Free)

Marceau, Marcel

  • Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us all without words?

Marchant, E. C.

  • Make big plans, but change your plans as time changes.

  • To succeed in business, be daring, be original, be first.

Marcus Aurelius

  • Everything that happens happens as it should, and if you observe carefully, you will find this to be so.

  • The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.

  • The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

  • Let not your mind run on what you lack as much as on what you have already.

  • Never esteem anything as of advantage to you that will make you break your word or lose your self-respect.

  • Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

  • Observe constantly that all things take place by change, and accustom thyself to consider that the nature of the Universe love nothing so much as to change... The Universe is change.

  • Our life is what our thoughts make it.

  • The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.

  • Such as are your habitual thoughts, such also will be the character of your mind; for the soul is dyed by the thoughts.

  • Take full account of the excellencies which you possess, and in gratitude remember how you would hanker after them, if you had them not.

  • This is moral perfection: to live each day as though it were the last; to be tranquil, sincere.

  • Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.

  • We ought to do good to others as simply as a horse runs, or a bee makes honey, or a vine bears grapes season after season without thinking of the grapes it has borne.

Marden, Orison Swett

  • All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.

  • But how shall I get ideas? Keep your wits open! Observe! Observe! Study! Study! But above all, Think! Think! And when a noble image is indelibly impressed upon the mind --Act!--Orison Swett Marden

  • The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.

  • The greatest thing a man can do in this world is to make the most possible out of the stuff that has been given to him.

  • If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could.

  • It is those who have this imperative demand for the best in their natures, and who will accept nothing short of it, that hold the banners of progress, that set the standards, the ideals, for others.

  • Let us open up our natures, throw wide the doors of our hearts and let in the sunshine of good will and kindness.

  • Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world.

  • Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.

  • There is no medicine like hope, no incentives so great, and no tonics so powerful as the expectation of something better tomorrow.

  • The Universe is one great kindergarten for man. Everything that exists has brought with it its own peculiar lesson. The mountain teaches stability and grandeur; the ocean immensity and change. Forests, lakes, and rivers, clouds and winds, stars and flowers, stupendous glaciers and crystal snowflakes, - every form of animate or inanimate existence, leaves its impress upon the soul of man. Even the bee and ant have brought their little lessons of industry and economy.

  • We fail to see that we can control our destiny; make ourselves do whatever is possible; make ourselves become whatever we long to be.

  • What we do for a living does not matter as much as how we do it.

  • Work, love and play are the great balance wheels of man's being.

  • You cannot measure a man by his failures. You must know what use he makes of them. What did they mean to him. What did he get out of them.

Margolius, Hans

  • Only in quiet waters do thing mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Marie Antoinette

  • There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.

Marie de France

  • The fool shouts loudly, thinking to impress the world. (Medieval Fables of Marie de France)

Marion, Isaac

  • You should always be taking pictures, if not with a camera then with your mind. Memories you capture on purpose are always more vivid than the ones you pick up by accident. (Warm Bodies)

Mariott, J. Willard

  • Good timber does not grow with ease;
    the stronger the wind, the stronger the trees.

Maris, Roger

  • You hit home runs not by chance but by preparation.

Maritain, Jacques

  • Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy. (Reflectinons on America)

Markham, Beryl

  • No human pursuit achieves dignity until it can be called work. (West with the Night)

Markham, Edwin

  • He drew a circle that shut me out Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout But love and I had the wit to win; We drew a circle that took him in.

Markoe, Merril

  • It's just like magic. When you live by yourself, all your annoying habits are gone!

Marmion, Joseph

  • Joy is the echo of God's life within us.

Maron, Margaret

  • Every time we start thinking we're the center of the universe, the universe turns around and says with a slightly distracted air, "I'm sorry. What'd you say your name was again?"

Marquis, Don

  • An idea is not responsible for the people who believe in it.

  • Of middle age the best that can be said is that a middle-aged person has likely learned how to have a little fun in spite of his troubles.

Marsala, Vicki

  • The truth comes out in jokes.

Marshall, Christopher D.

  • The New Testament looks beyond retribution to a vision of justice that is finally satisfied only by the defeat of evil and the healing of its victims, by the restoration of peace and the renewal of hope — a justice that manifests God's redemptive work of making all things new.

Marshall, Helen Lowrie

  • The merry family gatherings--
    The old, the very young;
    The strangely lovely way they
    Harmonize in carols sung.

    For Christmas is tradition time--
    Traditions that recall
    The precious memories down the years,
    The sameness of them all.

Marshall, Peter

  • It is better to fail in a cause that will ultimately succeed than to succeed in a cause that will ultimately fail.

  • Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen.

  • May we not "spend" Christmas or "observe" Christmas, but rather "keep" it.

  • When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.

Marston, Ralph

  • Don't lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it a reality.

  • The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.

  • Learn from others, but don't allow them to do your thinking for you. That's your job. And your reward.

  • You can have a real and powerful effect on the quality of your life by the things you tell yourself each moment. Choose to encourage yourself. Choose to be a positive influence in your own life.

  • You don't need anyone else's permission to be happy. Your life is magnificent not because someone says it is, but because you choose to see it as such.

Marteleur, Amanda

  • No peace on earth without people of good will.

Marti, Jose

  • Habit creates the appearance of justice; progress has no greater enemy than habit.


  • Tomorrow's life is too late. Live today.

Martin, Courtney E.

  • It is our families that shape us from the very beginning, but it is our friends that truly define us down the road. They are the ones we get to invite into our lives. ("In Praise of Chosen Family")

Martin, F. W.

  • The creative process takes its own course. If it did otherwise, it would not be creative. (Experiment in Depth)

Martin, George R. R.

  • Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what's on the other side? (A Game of Thrones)

Martin, Hugh and Ralph Blane

  • Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
    Let your heart be light
    From now on,
    our troubles will be out of sight
    Have yourself a merry little Christmas,
    Make the Yule-tide gay,
    From now on,
    our troubles will be miles away. ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas")

Martin, James

  • From my first hike I learned that the Cascades [mountains] deserve their name. The sound of falling water rings everywhere. It murmurs in the forest and roars down cliffs. Tiny rivulets trace eccentric paths on the surface of glaciers, plunging into crevasses and joining one another to become torrents carrying powdered rock to the Pacific. The range harbors tremendous quantities of water in its glaciers, icecaps, and snowfields. When the warmth of summer arrives, the frozen reservoir releases its stores and the mountains sing. (North Cascades Crest: Notes and Images from America's Alps)

Martin, Judith S.

  • Honesty has come to mean the privilege of insulting you to your face without expecting redress.

  • It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

  • When a society abandons its ideals just because most people can't live up to them, behavior gets very ugly indeed. (Miss Manner's Guide to Rearing Perfect Children)

Martin, Mary

  • We should try to hold on to the Christmas spirit, not just one day a year, but all 365.

Martin, Robert

  • Taking an interest in what others are thinking and doing is often a much more powerful form of encouragement than praise.

Martin, Steve

  • Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. (Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life)

  • Whenever I hear someone died of natural causes, I think, "Wait a minute. I have that." (on Twitter, 10/24/15)

Marx, Eleanor

  • By the time your life is finished, you will have learned just enough to begin it well.

Marx, Groucho

  • Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

  • I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.

Maskin, J. Robert

  • One of life's gifts is that each of us, no matter how tired and downtrodden, finds reasons for thankfulness.

Maslow, Abraham

  • The great lesson is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbors, friends, and family, in one's backyard. (Religions, Values, and Peak Experiences)

  • If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

  • A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.

  • The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important.

Mason, John L.

  • As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.

  • While an original is always hard to find, he is easy to recognize.


  • Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

Massillon, Jean-Baptiste

  • Health and good humor are to the human body like sunshine to vegetation.

Masterman, J. C.

  • We can learn from experience if we are ready to adapt that experience to changed conditions. (The Double-Cross System in the War of 1939-1945)

Mather, William

  • Friends, books, a cheerful heart, and conscience clear are the most choice companions we have here.

Matheson, George

  • We conquer--not in any brilliant fashion--we conquer by continuing.

Mathewman, Lisle de Vaux

  • Words may be mere wind, but then so is a tornado.

Mathews, William

  • It cannot be too often repeated that it is not helps, but obstacles, not facilities, but difficulties that make men.

Matthews, Andrew

  • Nature always takes her time. Great oaks don't become great overnight. They also lose a lot of leaves, branches and bark in the process of becoming great.

Matthews, Emily

  • From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another
    The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other.

Matisse, Henri

  • What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter ... a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue.

Matshushita, Konosuke

  • No matter how deep a study you make ... you really don’t know what’s going to happen until you do it.

Maugham, W. Somerset

  • The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit.

  • Anyone can tell the truth, but only very few of us can make epigrams. (A Winter's Notebook)

  • The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic and self-complacent is erroneous; o the contrary it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant and kind.

  • Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to popular belief, is more powerful in the mature than the young

  • It's a funny thing about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the best you very often get it.

  • Perfection has one grave defect: it is apt to be dull.

  • There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

  • To bear failure with courage is the best proof of character that anyone can give... You will find that people forget the failures of others very quickly... My last piece of advice is not to let anyone see your mortification, but whatever you fancy people are saying about you to go on with your ordinary life as though nothing unpleasant had happened to you.

  • The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. (Great Novelists and Their Works)

Maurois, Andre

  • The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

Maxwell, Florida Scott

  • Age puzzles me. I thought it was a quiet time. My seventies were interesting and fairly serene, but my eighties are passionate. I grow more intense as I age.

  • Life does not accommodate you, it shatters you... Every seed destroys its container or else there would be no fruition.

  • No matter how old a mother is she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

  • You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours. When you truly possess all that you have been and done, which may take some time, you are fierce with reality.

Maxwell, John C.

  • Adversity is an opportunity for self-discovery.--John C. Maxwell ( Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works. (Developing the Leader Within You)

  • Do you value people who won't benefit you or only those who might contribute in some way to your success? Great team players truly value others as people, and they know and relate to what others value.

  • Encouragement is the oxygen of the soul.

  • Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left? ... Five. Why? Because there’s a difference between deciding and doing! (The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth)

  • A great leader's courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.

  • The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up. (Developing the Leader Within You)

  • The greatest mistake we make is living in constant fear that we will make one.

  • Hope sings when all melodies are gone. ( Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • I define self-control, in the beginning of life, as the choice of achieving what I really want by doing things I really don't want to do. Once this becomes a habit, discipline becomes the choice of achieving what I really want by doing the very things I now want to do! I really believe that a disciplined life becomes a joy--but only after we have worked hard to practice it.

  • If you are not moving forward, the world is passing you by. (Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • It’s easier to go from failure to success than it is to go from excuses to success. (Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.

  • Leadership is not a right--it is a responsibility.

  • Losses are inevitable, but excuses are optional. (Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • Most people don’t lead their lives. They accept their lives. (25 Ways to Win with People)

  • Never open a can of worms unless you plan to go fishing. ( Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • People are most likely to change when they:
    - hurt enough that they have to;
    - learn enough that they want to;
    - receive enough that they are able to.

  • People may hear your words, but they feel your attitude.

  • The pessimist complains about the wind.
    The optimist expects it to change.
    The leader adjusts the sails. (Developing the Leader Within You)

  • Remember, it’s the finish, not the start, that counts the most in life. (Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up.

  • Responsibility is the most important ability that a person can possess. (Sometimes you Win - Sometimes you Learn)

  • There’s a difference between listening passively and listening aggressively. To listen with your heart, you have to listen actively.

  • We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those years will have. We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. We cannot control life's difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the atmosphere of our minds. Too often we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can ... our attitude. (Developing the Leader Within You)

  • We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it's a continuing choice. (Developing the Leader Within You)

  • The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it. (Developing the Leader Within You)

  • A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.

Maxwell, Neal A.

  • Discouragement is not the absence of adequacy but the absence of courage.

May, Rilla

  • Toe: A part of the foot used to find furniture in the dark.

May, Rollo

  • The essence of being human is that, in the brief moment we exist on this spinning planet, we can love some persons and some things, in spite of the fact that time and death will ultimately claim us all. (The Courage to Create)

  • Freedom is man's capacity to take a hand in his own development. It is our capacity to mold ourselves.

  • The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it's not without doubt but in spite of doubt.

  • What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience? (The Courage to Create)

Mayer, Bob

  • People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours. (on Twitter 7/14/11)

Mayo, Sp4

  • I went to Vietnam to wage war,
    in order that there would be peace,
    but there was no peace,
    only much death and sorrow.
    And I only hope that from the knowledge
    of those who have returned,
    those who will return,
    and those who will not return,
    that there will never be a war in our own country. (Chu Lai, South Viet Nam, Dec 1970)

Mays, Benjamin E.

  • It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy of life lies in having no goal to reach.

McAfee, Mildred

  • If you have a great ambition, take as big a step as possible in the direction of fulfilling it. The step may only be a tiny one, but trust that it may be the largest one possible for now.

McBride, Alfred

  • What is important is not great deeds, but to do everyday tasks with great love for God and neighbor.- (Christ Our Compass: Making Moral Choices)

McBroom, Manda

  • It's the heart afraid of breaking that never learns to dance.
    It's the dream afraid of waking that never takes the chance.
    It's the one who won't be taken, who cannot seem to give,
    and the soul afraid of dyin' that never learns to live. ("The Rose")

McCall, Tom

  • Oregon is an inspiration. Whether you come to it, or are born to it, you become entranced by our state’s beauty, the opportunity she affords, and the independent spirit of her citizens. (Address to the 1973 Legislature)

McCarry, Charles

  • Do you know what makes a man a genius? The ability to see the obvious.

McCarthy, Mary

  • We are the hero of our own story.

McCarthy, R. C.

  • Different people must contend with different trials, but adversities in some shape or other come to everyone.

McCartney, Bill

  • If you want to take the meaning of the word integrity and reduce it to its simplest terms, you'd conclude that a man of integrity is a promise keeper. When he gives you his word. You can take it to the bank. His word is good. (Your Achievement Ezine - Issue No. 155)

McCaulay, Rose

  • Age has extremely little to do with anything that matters. The difference between one age and other is, as a rule, enormously exaggerated. (Dangerous Ages)

McClaren, Brian D.

  • Where others used their gods to defend an unjust status quo, Jesus believed in the God of justice and liberation. Where others saw a worthless slave, an exploitable asset, a damnable sinner, a disgusting outsider, Jesus saw someone to set free. (We Make the Road by Walking)

McClellan, Ernst B.

  • The spirit of this season
    Is old, yet ever new;
    May it be yours on Christmas
    And last the new year through. ("The Spirit if This Season")

Mcclellan, Foster C.

  • Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.n

McClendon, Carl

  • The good that Martin Luther King Jr. did remains undiminished ... He was great precisely because, like other heroes, he did not allow human weakness to deter him from doing great works.

McClintock, Barbara

  • I've just been so interested in what I was doing [genetic research] that I never thought of stopping.

McCloskey, Robert

  • I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

McConville, Brigid

  • Sisters are connected throughout their lives by a special bond--whether they try to ignore it or not. For better or for worse, sisters remain sisters, until death do them part. (in Sisters: Love and Conflict Within The Lifelong Bond)

McCourt, Malachy

  • Resentment is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die.

McCracken, Robert J.

  • The world is not perishing for the want of clever or talented, or well-meaning men. It is perishing for the want of men of courage and resolution.

McCullers, Carson

  • The mind is like a richly woven tapestry in which the colors are distilled from the experiences of the senses, and the design drawn from the convolutions of the intellect.

McDougall, George F.

  • Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God.

McElyea, Jane

  • Genius lies not in thinking of ideas, but in the ability to execute the ideas.

McEnroe, John

  • The important thing is to learn a lesson every time you lose. Life is a learning process and you have to try to learn what's best for you. Let me tell you, life is not fun when you're banging your head against a brick wall all the time.

McEntyre, Marilyn Chandler

  • To read well is to prepare oneself to live wisely, kindly and wittily.

McGhee, Alison

  • You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.

McGill, Ormond

  • You search for God, and seek to find Him here. Or you seek to find Him there. Why need you to look in the corners of the room when He entirely fills the room?

McGraw, Tim

  • We all take different paths in life, but no matter where we go, we take a little of each other everywhere.

McHugh, Joe

  • Spend time to remember and appreciate the people in your life who, despite it all, kept you hopeful as you encountered situations of evil, suffering, and sadness. (Startled by God: Wisdom from Unexpected Place)

McIntosh, Kenneth

  • We live in a world where God reveals the miracle of grace in sky and leaf and stone. Even the tiny droplets of water in a rainbow color the world with their message of God’s faithfulness. (Water From an Ancient Well: Celtic Spirituality for Modern Life)

McIntyre, Peter T.

  • Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong.

McIntyre, Reba

  • To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone- (Comfort From a Country Quilt)

McKain, Robert J.

  • A major part of successful living lies in the ability to put first things first. Indeed the reason most major goals are not achieved is that we spend our time doing second things first.

McKay, David O.

  • Let us realize that:
    the privilege to work is a gift,
    the power to work is a blessing,
    the love of work is success!

  • True Christianity is love in action.

Mckeown, Greg

  • If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.

Mckeun, Rod

  • The gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasurable that it is almost an injustice to accept them.

McKibben, Bill

  • There is no ideal Christmas; only the one Christmas you decide to make as a reflection of your values, desires, affections, traditions. (Hundred Dollar Holiday)

McKibben, Frank

  • This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.

McKinnon, Dan

  • Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.

McLaren, Brian

  • About the book of Job: If it were today, God might be asking "How does DNA carry traits? How are instincts passed on in animals? How does consciousness arise in the human body and brain, and what is consciousness? What is dark matter? How did the big bang happen? Why does the speed of light appear to be absolute? Is cold fusion possible? How do you program a TV remote control?" (A New Kind of Christianity)

McLaughlin, Mignon

  • Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.

  • Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway. (The Neurotic's Notebook)

  • Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

  • It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.

  • Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers. (The Neurotic's Notebook)

  • Most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the directions.

  • No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why. (The Second Neurotic's Notebook)

  • Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we're going to show. (The Second Neurotic's Notebook)

  • A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

  • The three horrors of modern life - talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.

  • What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

McLellan, Vern

  • The trouble with being a parent is that by the time we're experienced, we're unemployed.

McLendon, Sibul

  • Break the anger habit. It is a waste of valuable energy to rail against adverse events. Stuff happens. Get over it and move on. ("Do You Have a Solid Foundation?" in The Power to Endure)

McMahon, Tim

  • Yes, risk-taking is inherently failure-prone. Otherwise, it would be called sure-thing taking.

McMurty, Larry

  • If you wait, all that happens is that you get older.

McNally, David

  • What is life?
    Life is a gift ... accept it
    Life is an adventure ... dare it
    Life is a mystery ... unfold it
    Life is a game ... play it
    Life is a struggle ... face it
    Life is beauty ... praise it
    Life is a puzzle ... solve it
    Life is opportunity ... take it
    Life is sorrowful ... experience it
    Life is a song ... sing it
    Life is a goal ... achieve it
    Life is a mission ... fulfill it" (Taken from Even Eagles Need a Push)

Mcpherson, Rene

  • You just keep pushing. You just keep pushing. I made every mistake that could be made. But I just kept pushing.

McSmith, Dwight

  • There are 3 stages in a man's life: "My Daddy can whip you Daddy." "Aw, Dad, you don't know anything." "My father used to say...".

McWade, Meredith

  • Mr. Shanley's kindness put me at ease and gave me the confidence to learn. His encouragement helped me to relax and, in turn, excel academically. He's the one I will always remember because he's the one who seemed to care. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

McWilliams, Peter

  • When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on Earth. So what the hell, leap!

Mead, Margaret

  • As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate lovingly, our own.

  • I must admit that I personally measure success in terms of the contributions an individual makes to her or his fellow human beings. (Redbook Nov. 1978)

  • I was brought up to believe that the only thing worth doing was to add to the sum of accurate information in the world.

  • I was wise enough to never grow up while fooling most people into believing I had.

  • It may be necessary temporarily to accept a lesser evil, but one must never label a necessary evil as good. (Redbook, 1978)

  • Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

  • One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.

  • Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.

  • Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.

  • We are now at a point where we must educate our children in what no one knew yesterday, and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.

  • What we lack is not so much leisure to do as time to reflect and time to feel. What we seldom "take" is time to experience the things that have happened, the things that are happening, the things that are still ahead of us.

Mecchi, Irene, Johnathan Roberts, and Linda Woolverton

  • Never run away from the past, face it and learn from it. (The Lion King)

Medawar, Charles

  • Librarians are almost always very helpful and often almost absurdly knowledgeable. Their skills are probably very underestimated and largely underemployed.

Medawar, Peter

  • I cannot give any scientist of any age better advice than this: the intensity of a conviction that a hypothesis is true has no bearing over whether it is true or not.

Medwed, Sydney

  • To be healthy, wealthy, happy and successful in any and all areas of your life you need to be aware that you need to think healthy, wealthy, and happy and successful thoughts twenty-four hours a day and cancel all negative, destructive, fearful and unhappy thoughts. These two types of thought cannot coexist if you want to share in the abundance that surrounds us all.

Megiveron, Gene E.

  • To stand still is to lose,
    To move is to gain,
    To change is to grow.

Meir, Golda

  • I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it regardless of the possible outcome.

  • A leader who doesn't hesitate before he sends his nation into battle is not fit to be a leader.

  • Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart, don't know how to laugh either.

Mejia, Michael A.

  • Love is not limited by convenience; it is the inconvenient times that make you realize how much you are truly loved.

Melberg, M.

  • The idea of always playing it safe, never venturing out of our comfort zone, & refusing to broaden the borders of our experience is stultifying.

Melbourne, William Lamb

  • Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it. (in The Young Melbourne by Cecil)

Melchert, Harold V.

  • Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.

  • One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

Melcher, Frederic

  • Book Week brings us together to talk about books and reading and, out of our knowledge and love of books, to put the cause of children's reading squarely before the whole community and, community by community, across the whole nation. For a great nation is a reading nation.

Meldrum, A. B. (Dr.)

  • Bear in mind, if you are going to amount to anything, that your success does not depend upon the brilliancy and the impetuosity with which you take hold, but upon the everlasting and sanctified bulldoggedness with which you hang on after you have taken hold.

Melenson, Julie

  • It's better to be thought of as a fool and to surprise people once in a while then to be thought of as a brain and to let people down when they need you the most.

Mello, Anthony de

  • The shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story. (One Minute Wisdom)

  • The spiritual quest is a journey without distance. You travel from where you are right now to where you have always been. From ignorance to recognition.

  • These things will destroy the human race:
    politics without principle,
    progress without compassion,
    wealth without work,
    learning without silence,
    religion without fearlessness
    and worship without awareness.

  • To a disciple who was forever complaining about others the Master said, "If it is peace you want, seek to change yourself, not other people. It is easier to protect your feet with slippers than to carpet the whole of the earth."

Meltzer, David

  • Death teaches us to live; it gives us a boundary to map our living within. Death's hammer breaks through the mirror separating us from light.

Melville, Herman

  • It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

  • It is not down on any map; true places never are. (Moby-Dick; or, The Whale)


  • Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart.

  • If you know that a thing is unrighteous, then use all dispatch in putting an end to it--why wait till next year?

  • Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.

  • The sole concern of learning is to seek one's original heart.

Mencken, H. L.

  • [Conscience is] the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking. (A Mencken Chrestomathy)

  • For every complex problem, there is a solution that is simple, neat, and wrong.

  • Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what sting is justice.

  • A man who knows a subject thoroughly, a man so soaked in it that he eats it, sleeps it and dreams it- this man can always teach it with success, no matter how little he knows of technical pedagogy. (Prejudices: Third Series)

  • There are some people who read too much: The bibliobibuli. I know some who are constantly drunk on books, as others are drunk on whiskey or religion. They wander through this most diverting and stimulating of worlds in a haze, seeing nothing and hearing nothing.

  • There is always an easy solution to every human problem - neat, plausible, and wrong.

  • We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.

Menninger, Karl

  • Love cures people - both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

Mercier, Desire-Joseph

  • We must not only give what we have; we must also give what we are.

Merrell, Susan Scarf

  • Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long.

Merton, Thomas

  • Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity.

  • Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

  • The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them.

  • The first step toward finding God, Who is Truth, is to discover the truth about myself: and if I have been in error, this first step to truth is the discovery of my error.

  • Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.

  • In the spiritual life there is no such thing as an indifference to love or hate.

  • Let me seek, then, the gift of silence, and poverty, and solitude, where everything I touch is turned into a prayer: where the sky is my prayer, the birds are my prayer, the wind in the trees is my prayer, for God is all in all. (Thoughts In Solitude)

  • A life is either all spiritual or not spiritual at all. No man can serve two masters. Your life is shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.

  • Others can give you a name or a number, but they can never tell you who you really are. That is something you yourself can only discover from within. (No Man an Island)

  • Peace is not something you must hope for in the future. Rather, it is a deepening of the present, and unless you look for it in the present you will never find it.

  • Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. (No Man is an Island)

  • Self-conquest is really self-surrender. Yet before we can surrender ourselves we must become ourselves. For no one can give up what he does not possess.

  • To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is itself to succumb to the violence of our times.

  • What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous...

  • When I pray for peace, I pray not only that the enemies of my own country may cease to want war, but above all that my own country will cease to do the things that make war inevitable.

  • When we are alone on a starlit night, when by chance we see the migrating birds in autumn descending on a grove of junipers to rest and eat; when we see children in a moment when they are really children, when we know love in our own hearts; or when, like the Japanese poet, Basho, we hear an old frog land in a quiet pond with a solitary splash--at such times the wawakening, the turning inside out of all values, the "newness", the emptiness and the purity of vision that make themselves evident, all these provide a glimpse of the cosmic dance.

  • When we are strong, we are always much greater than the things that happen to us. (No Man Is an Island)

  • You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.

Metcalf, James J.

  • God bless you with the courage to
    Pursue each noble quest
    And grant this golden Yule will be
    By far your happiest. ("This Christmas Day")

Metraux, Rhonda see, Mead, Margaret

Metternich, Clemens Wenzel Lothar, Furst von

  • It is useless to close the gates against ideas; they overleap them.

Metych, Michelle

  • If you aren't happy, you aren't really living. People say you should judge whether or not you're alive by whether or not you're breathing, but I disagree with that. I think, in order to judge if you are truly alive, you must look at the moments in your life that have taken your breath away. (Beloit Daily News November 21, 2001)

Meyer, Bill

  • Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious.

Meyer, Joyce

  • A #2 pencil and a dream can take you anywhere.

  • Patience is not just about waiting for something… it’s about how you wait, or your attitude while waiting.

Meyer, Paul J.

  • Consider every mistake you do make as an asset.

Meyer, Stephanie

  • Perhaps there could be no joy on this planet without an equal weight of pain to balance it out on some unknown scale. (The Host)

Meynell, Esther

  • Books, to the reading child, are so much more than books--they are dreams and knowledge, they are a future, and a past.

Michaelson, Jay

  • All relaxation does is allow the truth to be felt. The mind is cleared, like a dirty window wiped clean, and the magnitude of what we might ordinarily take for granted inspires tears. (Evolving Dharma: Meditation, Buddhism, and the Next Generation of Enlightenment)

Michaud, Ellen

  • During the holiday season, the entire world seems in harmony: Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, Buddhists remember the enlightenment of Siddhartha, Jews recall the miraculous temple lamp that burned for eight days, Muslims welcome the new year… (" The 12 Blessings of Christmas")


  • The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

  • I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

  • Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.

  • Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.

Michener, James

  • Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

  • The permanent temptation of life is to confuse dreams with reality. The permanent defeat of life comes when dreams are surrendered to reality.

Michnik, Adam

  • Start doing the things you think should be done, and start being what you think society should become. Do you believe in free speech? Then speak freely. Do you love the truth? Then tell it. Do you believe in an open society? Then act in the open. Do you believe in a decent and humane society? Then behave decently and humanely.

The Midrash

  • Birth and death are like ships: why do we rejoice over a ship setting out on a journey when we know not the she may encounter on the seas? We should rejoice when the ship returns safely to the port.

  • Many candles can be kindled from one candle without dimminishing it.

Mikes, George

  • Jokes are better than war. Even the most aggressive jokes are better than the least aggressive wars. Even the longest jokes are better than the shortest wars.

Milgram, Stanley

  • The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.

Milikan, Robert

  • Cultivate the habit of attention and try to gain opportunities to hear wise men and women talk. Indifference and inattention are the two most dangerous monsters that your ever meet. Interest and attention will insure to you an education.

Milius, John

  • A man's got to know his limitations. (Magnum Force)

Milk, Harvey

  • It takes no compromise to give people their rights...it takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no political deal to give people freedom. It takes no survey to remove repression.

Mill, John Stuart

  • All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.

  • If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.

  • Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest. (On Liberty)

  • The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.

  • Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of... They are more in need of originality, the less they are conscious of the want. (On Liberty)

  • There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.

Millar, Susanne

  • If animals play, this is because play is useful in the struggle for survival; because play practices and so perfects the skills needed in adult life.

Millay, Edna St. Vincent

  • I am glad that I paid so little attention to good advice; had I abided by it I might have been saved from some of my most valuable mistakes.

  • I only know that summer sang in me
    A little while, that in me sings no more. (The Harp Weaver and Other Poems)

  • My candle burns at both ends;
    It will not last the night;
    But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -
    It gives a lovely light.

  • My heart is warm with the friend I make,
    And better friends I'll not be knowing;
    Yet there isn't a train I wouldn't take,
    No matter where it's going. ("Travel" Second April)

  • Not Truth, but Faith, it is
    That keeps the world alive. {"Interim" Renascence)

  • The soul can split the sky in two
    And let the face of God shine through.("Renascence")

  • Without music I should wish to die.

Miller, Arthur

  • The job is to ask questions--it always was--and to ask them as inexorably as I can. And to face the absence of precise answers with a certain humility.

Miller, Dennis

  • Xenophobia doesn't benefit anybody unless you're playing high-stakes Scrabble.

Miller, Donald

  • I once listened to an Indian on television say that God was in the wind and the water, and I wondered at how beautiful that was because it meant you could swim in Him or have Him brush your face in a breeze. (Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality)

Miller, Erynn

  • It takes a lot of time, understanding, and trust to gain a close friendship with someone. My friends are my most precious asset.

Miller, Harlan

  • I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month. (Better Homes and Gardens)

  • The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round--kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves. (Better Homes and Gardens)

  • Probably the reason we al go so haywire at Christmas time with the endless unrestrained and often silly buying of gifts is that we don't quite know how to put our love into words. (Better Homes and Gardens)

Miller, Henry

  • All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without benefit of experience. ("The Absolute Collective" The Wisdom of the Heart)

  • By receiving from others, by letting them help you, you really aid them to become bigger, more generous, more magnanimous. You do them a service... (Letter to Anais Nin)

  • The moment one gives a close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world unto itself.

  • The one thing we can never get enough of is love. And the one thing we never give enough is love.

  • One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.

  • The real leader has no need to lead--he is content to point the way. (The Wisdom of the Heart)

  • True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself. (The Time of Assassins)

  • Whatever there be of progress in life comes not through adaptation but through daring... ("Reflections on Writing" The Wisdom of the Heart)

Miller, Joaquin

  • All honor to him who shall win the prize,'
    The world has cried for a thousand years;
    But to him who tries and fails and dies,
    I give great honor and glory and tears.

Miller, John H.

  • Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.

Miller, John W.

  • Humility, or poverty of spirit, is not a matter of thinking low thoughts about ourselves. It is not a matter of groveling in the dust. It is simply a matter of knowing ourselves as we really are. And when we see ourselves as we really are, we will see that we are poor. (The Christian Way)

Miller, Laura

  • Writers would be warm, loyal, and otherwise terrific people--if only they'd stop writing. (from a salon.com review of the movie Finding Forrester)

Miller, R. Combe

  • Fairest of the months!
    Ripe summer's queen
    The hey-day of the year
    With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
    Sweet August doth appear.

Miller, Samuel Howard

  • It is the rare person who, looking back over his life and seeing what he has done to it, hasn't sighed for a chance to redeem what he has cheaply used or carelessly ruined. If only somehow, somewhere, there was a way to live again the days we have darkened with our blind haste - the innumerable occasions when our indifference trod on all the pearls of God's graciousness; the times when our pride, or our fear, or our meanness poured the acid of contempt over the fair countenance of another's soul! If this grace were ours, how we would leap to the chance! (The Life of the Soul)

Miller, William R.

  • There cannot be a sense of abundance or the experience of prosperity without appreciation. You cannot find beauty unless you appreciate beauty. You cannot find friendship unless you appreciate others. You cannot find love unless you appreciate loving and being loved. If you wish abundance, appreciate life.

Millnew, Harry

  • All progress occurs because people dare to be different.

Mills, J. Patrick

  • The fool's mind wanders, the wise mind wonders.

Mills, Joan

  • Christmas is the keeping-place for memories of our innocence.

Mills, Joy

  • There are two kinds of people in the world: the Givers and the Takers.
    The difference between the two is that the Takers eat well,
    and the Givers sleep well at night.

Milne, A. A.

  • I did know once, only I've sort of forgotten. (Winnie-the-Pooh)

  • "I wonder what Piglet is doing," thought Pooh.
    "I wish I were there to be doing it, too." (Winnie-the-Pooh)

  • If the English language had been properly organized ... then there would be a word which meant both "he" and "she," and I could write, "If John or Mary comes heesh will want to play tennis," which would save a lot of trouble. (The Christopher Robin Birthday Book)

  • If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.

  • Never forget me, because if I thought you would, I'd never leave.

  • Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

  • One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

  • Organizating is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up.

  • Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. (Winnie-the-Pooh)

  • Poetry and Hums aren't things which you get, they're things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you. (Winnie the Pooh)

  • [A] quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself, always a laborious business. (If I May)

  • Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. (Winnie-the-Pooh)

  • When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it. (The House at Pooh Corner)

  • You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

Milton, John

  • And pomp, and feast, and revelry,
    With mask, and antique pageantry,
    Such sights as youthful poets dream
    On summer eves by haunted stream. ("L'Allegro")

  • Assuredly we bring not innocence not the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary. (Aeropagitica)

  • Books are not dead things but do contain a potency of life ... as active as that soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a fial the purest extraction of that living intellect that bred them.

  • Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows. (Paradise Lost)

  • He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king.

  • None can love freedom heartily but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.

  • Oft times nothing profits more
    Than self-esteem, grounded on just and right

  • What is strength without a double share of wisdom? (Samson Agonistes)

Mingus, Charles

  • Creativity is more than just being different. Anybody can play weird--that's easy. What's hard is to be as simple as Bach. Making the simple complicated is commonplace--making the complicated simple, awesomely simple--that's creativity. (To Reveal the Creator)

  • Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity.

Minnelli, Liza

  • Reality is something you rise above.

Minnigh, Leo D.

  • Let your thoughts meander towards a sea of ideas.

Miss Piggy

  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.

Mistral, Garbriela

  • Love beauty; it is the shadow of God on the universe.

  • Love that stammers, that stutters, is apt to be the love that loves best.

Mitchell, Maria

  • We have a hunger of the mind which asks for knowledge of all around us, and the more we gain, the more is our desire; the more we see, the more we are capable of seeing. (in Maria Mitchell by Kendall)

Mitchell, Ruby Lee

  • Carol singing, church bells ringing,
    Once more Christmastime is here.
    Children laughing, grownups beaming,
    Hearts are warm with Christmas cheer. ("It's Christmas Time")

Mitchell, S. Weir

  • Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.

Mitford, Mary Russell

  • Does it not appear to you versatility is the true and rare characteristic of that rare thing called genius--versatility and playfulness? In my mind they are both essential. (in The Life of Mary Russell Mitford by L'Estrange)

Mizner, Wilson

  • A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while, he knows something.

  • I can usually judge a fellow by what he laughs at.

  • I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.

Mock, Barbara

  • Gardening grows the spirit.

Moffat, Steven

  • People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually, from a nonlinear, non-subjective viewpoint, it's more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey... stuff. ("Blink")

  • The universe is big, it's vast and complicated, and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles. ("The Pandorica Opens")

  • We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? ("The Big Bang")

Moffitt, Debra

  • Living a spiritual life may not be easy. It demands total authenticity. It brings you to dance to a unique song that only you can hear fully, and sometimes you dance alone because no others can hear the music. (Garden of Bliss: Cultivating the Inner Landscape for Self-Discovery)


  • God is beautiful and He loves beauty.

  • Patience is the key to contentment.

  • Riches are not from abundance of worldly goods, but from a contented mind.

  • Seek knowledge from cradle to the grave. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil.

Molano, Alfredo

  • The true end of a war is the rebirth of life; the right to die peacefully in your own bed. The true end of war is the end of fear; the true end of war is the return of laughter.


  • The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it.

  • It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do.

  • Our minds need relaxation and give way
    Unless we mix with work a little play. (The School for Husbands)

Molte, Helmuth Johannes Ludwig, Graf von

  • First ponder, then dare.

Monet, Angela

  • Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.

Monroe, Myles (Dr.)

  • Each of us is the sum total of the decisions we make each day.

Montagu, Mary Wortley (Lady)

  • I sometimes give myself admirable advice, but I am incapable of taking it.

  • No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.

  • There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.

Montaigne, Michel de

  • Ambition and curiosity are the two scourges of the soul: the latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything; the former prevents our leaving anything in doubt or undecided. (Essays, 1580)

  • Habituation puts to sleep the eye of our judgment. ("Of custom" Essays)

  • I do not speak the minds of others except to speak my own mind better. ("Of the Education of Children" Essays)

  • I quote others only the better to express myself.

  • No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.

  • Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.

  • The soul that has no established aim loses itself. ("Of Idleness" Essays)

  • There is a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves. ("Of Repentance" Essays)

Montesquieu, Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brede et de

  • I have never known any distress that an hour's reading did not relieve.

Montessori, Maria

  • The first idea that the child must acquire in order to be actively disciplined is that of the difference between good and evil; and the task of the educator lies in seeing that the child does not confound good with immobility, and evil with activity.

  • The greatest sign of success for a teacher ... is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." (The Absorbent Mind)

Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud)

  • All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer — one of those summers which come seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going — one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends and delightful doing, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world. (Anne's House of Dreams)

  • The body grows slowly and steadily but the soul grows by leaps and bounds. It may come to its full stature in an hour. (Rilla of Ingleside)

  • A good laugh is as good as a prayer sometimes.

  • I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. (Anne of Green Gables)

  • Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?

  • March came in that winter like the meekest and mildest of lambs, bringing days that were crisp and golden and tingling, each followed by a frosty pink twilight which gradually lost itself in an elfland of moonshine. New! as of 04/01/17

Moody, Dwight Lyman

  • I have had more trouble with myself than with any other man I've met.

  • We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining--they just shine.

Moody, Raymond

  • A sense of humor has been linked with longevity. It is a possibility that the mental attitude reflected in a lively sense of humor is an important factor predisposing some people toward long life.

Moody, Roy E.

  • The greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen.

Moon, Susan

  • History’s not what really happened – there’s no such thing. It’s what people remember and tell each other. But it’s good if you don’t go on too long. (This is Getting Old: Zen thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity)

  • It annoys me when people say "Even if you’re old, you can be young at heart!" Hiding inside this well-meaning phrase is a deep cultural assumption that old is bad and young is good. What’s wrong with being old at heart, I’d like to know? Wouldn’t you like to be loved by people whose hearts have practiced loving for a long time?- (This is Getting Old: Zen thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity)

  • An old friendship is like an old tree, with rings and rings of shared eperiences under the outer bark, making the friendship thicker and taller. (This is Getting Old: Zen thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity)

Moore, Dottie

  • Truth is always elusive. I know that I must remain vulnerable, detached from the outcome, and allow my many voices to speak of endless layers of meaning. ... It is this elusiveness of truth that keeps me seeking.

Moore, Garry

  • Christmas is, of course, the time to be home - in heart as well as body.

Moore, George

  • A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

  • The most vigilant self-criticism of course is necessary, but the time comes when the artist must tell himself he is good or he will go under.

Moore, Henry

  • I find in all the artists that I admire most a disturbing element, a distortion, giving evidence of a struggle... In great art, this conflict is hidden, it is unresolved. All that is bursting with energy is disturbing--not perfect.

  • The secret of life is to have a task, something you devote your entire life to, something you bring everything to, every minute of the day for the rest of your life. And the most important thing is, it must be something you cannot possibly do.

Moore, Marianne

  • The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence.

  • Originality is ... a by-product of sincerity. ("Marianne Moore Speaks" in Vogue, 1963)

Moore, Mary Tyler

  • Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

  • You can't be brave if you've had only wonderful things happen to you.

Moore, Rickie

  • Tolerate, change, or be grateful.

Moore, Thomas

  • For many people security is a heavy weight around them that won't let them consider a serious change in direction. (A Life at Work)

  • 'Tis the last rose of summer
    Left blooming alone;
    All her lovely companions
    Are faded and gone. (Irish Melodies)

Moore, Virginia

  • True self-respect, being very different from false pride, leads inevitably to respecting others. (Virginia is a State of Mind)

Moorehead, Bob

  • The paradox of our time in history is that:
    we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers
    wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints
    we spend more, but have less
    we buy more, but enjoy it less.

    We have bigger houses and smaller families
    more conveniences, but less time
    wee have more degrees, but less sense
    more knowledge, but less judgment
    more experts, but more problems
    more medicine, but less wellness.

    We have multiplied our possessions,
    but reduces our values.
    We talk too much, love too seldom, hate too often.
    We learned how to make a living, but not a life.
    We've added years to life, but not life to years.

    We've been all the way to the moon and back,
    but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.
    We've conquered outer space, but not inner space
    we've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul
    we've split the atom, but not our prejudice
    we have higher incomes, but lower morals
    we've become long on quantity, but short on quality.

    These are the times of tall men, and short character
    steep profits, and shallow relationships.
    These are the times of world peace
    but domestic warfare
    more leisure, but less fun
    more kinds of food, but less nutrition.

    These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce
    of fancier houses, but broken homes.
    It is a time when there is much in the show window
    and nothing in the stockroom
    a time when technology can bring this letter to you,
    and a time when you can choose
    either to make a difference--
    or just hit delete. ("The Paradox of Our Time")

Moos, N. H.

  • The only luck or limitations is in your own mind.

Morales, Baltasar Gracián y, see, Gracián y Morales, Baltasar

Moran, Caitlan

  • A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination. ("Libraries: Cathedrals of Our Souls")

  • A library is a hospital for the mind.

More, Hannah

  • Forgiveness is the economy of the heart... Forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits. ("Christianity a Practical Principle" Practical Piety)

Moreno, Rita

  • People tell me I look good these days. I look good because I feel good. I know people who are older than I am who are twenty-five... It's all about attitude. To me, age is just a number.

Morgan, Charles Langbridge

  • The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.

Morgan, Ellen V.

  • Christmas is the time for looking ahead courageously through the gates of the swiftly approaching new year ... of resolving that the coming months will reflect a kinder, more forgiving and less heedless person than mirrored in the past. ("Christmas is the Time")

Morgan, John Pierpont

  • The first step towards getting somewhere is to decide that you are not going to stay where you are.

Morgan, Murray

  • But each [northwest] city remains, to most of its citizens, a great place to live in. Residents of Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver envy their friends who go on trips, but we feel sorry for those who must move away. (The Northwest Corner)

Morgan, Robin

  • Only she who attempts the absurd can achieve the impossible.

  • Your life is the one place you have to spend yourself fully-wild, generous, drastic-in an unrationed profligacy of self ... And in that split second when you understand that you finally are about to die-to uncreate the world no time to do it over no more chances--that instant when you realize your conscious existence is truly flaring nova, won't you want to have used up all-all-the splendor that you are?

Morley, Christopher

  • Blessed is he who has never been tempted; for he knows not the frailty of his rectitude. (Inward Ho!)

  • The enemies of the truth are always awfully nice.

  • If we discovered that we only had five minutes left to say all that we wanted to say, every telephone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them.

  • Lots of times you have to pretend to join a parade in which you're not really interested in order to get where you're going.

  • People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too.

  • Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.

  • When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue--you sell him a whole new life.

Morley, John

  • The best guarantee for justice in public dealings is the participation in their own government of the people most likely to suffer from injustice. (On Compromise)

  • You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. (Rousseau)

Morris, Dale

  • If God has the recipe of life then love is the cake and music is the icing.

Morris, William

  • I am going your way, so let us go hand in hand. You help me and I'll help you. We shall not be here very long ... so let us help one another while we may.

Morrison, John A.

  • Knowledge comes by taking things apart: analysis. But wisdom comes by putting things together.

Morrison, Toni

  • Access to knowledge is the supreme act of truly great civilizations. Of all the institutions that purport to do this, free libraries stand virtually alone in accomplishing this mission.

  • A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double.

Morrissey, Mary Manin

  • Don't wait for something big to occur. Start where you are, with what you have, and that will always lead you into something greater.

  • Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion. Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.

Morrow, Lance

  • Music is the way our memories sing to us across time.

Morrow, Thomas G.

  • If we are the same as we were last year, we are worse, for the spiritual life was meant to grow. (Be Holy: A Catholic's Guide to the Spiritual Life)

Morse, Madeline

  • Let Christmas not become a thing
    Merely of merchant's trafficking,
    Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
    And surface pleasure, but beneath
    The childish glamour, let us find
    Nourishment for heart and mind.
    Let us follow kinder ways
    Through our teeming human maze,
    And help the age of peace to come. (Dairymen's League News)

Mortman, Doris

  • Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.

Morton, Nellie

  • We hear one another into being.

Mosely-Braun, Carol

  • Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.

Moses, Anna Mary Robertson ("Grandma")

  • I look back on my life like a good day's work, it was done, and I am satisfied with it.

  • A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.

Mossa, Mark

  • Everybody thinks they want to be special, but when someone finds out how special he or she really is, often he or she quickly discovers a great desire to be like everybody else. (Already There: Letting God Find You)

  • If you look hard enough, or from another person's vantage point, you might discover the extraordinary in your seemingly ordinary life. (Already There: Letting God Find You)

  • Our Christian community should open us up to those with whom we share this planet all over the world. It should provide us with a means of solidarity, a sense that because we are members of a human family, created by God, we are all connected and even responsible for each other. (Already There: Letting God Find You)

Mother Teresa

  • Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

  • Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.

  • Give of your hands to serve and your hearts to love.

  • I can't help thousands, I can help only the one who stands before me.

  • I have found the paradox that if I love until it hurts, then there is no hurt, but only more love.

  • I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.

  • I prefer you to make mistakes in kindness than work miracles in unkindness.

  • If faith is lacking, it is because there is too much selfishness, too much concern for personal gain. For faith to be true, it has to be generous and loving. Love and faith go together, they complete each other.

  • If I look at the mass, I’ll never act. If I look at the one, I will.

  • If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.

  • If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

  • If you think well of others, you will also speak well of others and to others. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. If your heart is full of love, you will speak of love.

  • In nature we find silence – the trees, flowers, and grass grow in silence. The stars, the moon, and the sun move in silence. Silence of the heart is necessary so you can hear God everywhere—in the closing of a door, in the person who needs you, in the birds that sing, in the flowers, in the animals.

  • In ... silence we find a new energy and a real unity. God's energy becomes our, allowing us to perform things well.

  • It is easy to love the people far away. It is not always easy to love those close to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness and pain of someone unloved in our own home. Bring love into your home for this is where our love for each other must start.

  • Joy is very infectious; therefore, be always full of joy.

  • Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

  • Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.

  • Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them.--So, spread your love everywhere you go.

  • Let us not use bombs and guns to overcome the world. Let us use love and compassion. Peace begins with a smile--smile five times a day to someone you don't really want to smile at all--do it for peace. So let us radiate the peace of God and so light his light.

  • Love is a fruit in season at all times, and in reach of every hand.

  • People throughout the world may look different or have a different religion, education, or position, but they are all the same. They are the people to be loved. They are all hungry for love.

  • Silence gives us a new way of looking at something.

  • Spread love everywhere you go: First of all in your own house...let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.

  • We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.

  • We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature--trees, flowers, grass--grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.

  • We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.

  • We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.

  • What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

  • Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.

  • Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Mott, Lucretia

  • We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.

Mountford, William

  • To commiserate is sometimes more than to give; for money is external to a man's self, but he who bestows compassion communicates his own soul.

Mousa, Faraq

  • Focus should be to encourage and develop creativity in all children without the ultimate goal begin to make all children inventors, but rather to develop a future generation of critical thinkers.

Moustakas, Clark

  • Accept everything about yourself--I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end--no apologies, no regrets.

Moyers, Bill

  • Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don't go hungry, unschooled, or sick without care

  • Faith based charity provides crumbs from the table. Faith based justice offers a place at the table.

  • The printed page conveys information and commitment, and requires active involvement. Television conveys emotion and experience, and it's very limited in what it can do logically. It's an existential experience there and then gone. (In The New York Times,, January 3, 1982)

  • When I learn something new - and it happens every day - I feel a little more at home in this universe, a little more comfortable in the nest.

Mueller, Joan

  • Love within a family is unconditional, and this kind of environment is necessary not only for children but also for adults who need a space of healing from wounds inflicted in the marketplace.

Mueller, Robert

  • No one has ever been able to convince me that optimism is not preferable to pessimism.

Muhammad Ali

  • Children make you want to start life over.

  • It's lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believe in myself.

Muir, John

  • Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.

  • A few minutes ago every tree was excited, bowing to the roaring storm, waving, swirling, tossing their branches in glorious enthusiasm like worship. But though to the outer ear these trees are now silent, their songs never cease.

  • The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.

  • The mountains are fountains of men as well as of rivers, of glaciers, of fertile soil. The great poets, philosophers, prophets, able men whose thought and deeds have moved the world, have come down from the mountains.

  • Nature is always lovely, invincible, glad, whatever is done and suffered by her creatures. All scars she heals, whether in rocks or water or sky or hearts.

  • Of all the fire mountains which like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest.

Mukhejee, Bharati

  • What was the duty of the teacher if not to inspire? ("Buried Lives" The Middleman)

Mull, Brandon

  • Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.

Muller, Robert

  • Decide to forgive: For resentment is negative; resentment is poisoning; resentment diminishes and devours the self.

  • To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.

Muller, Wayne

  • What is at the center of your life? Carefully examine where you spend your attention, your time. Look at your appointment book, your daily schedule... This is what receives your care and attention--an by definition, your love. (How, Then, Shall We Live?)

Mulock, Dinah Maria

  • Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are--chaff and grain together--certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away...

  • The only way to meet affliction is to pass through it solemnly, slowly, with humility and faith, as the Israelites passed through the sea. Then its very wavs of misery will divide, and become to us a wall, on the right side and on the left, until the gulf narrows before our eyes and we land safe on the opposite sore.

Mumford, Lewis

  • It has not been for nothing that the word has remained man's principal toy and tool: without the meanings and values it sustains, all man's other tools would be worthless. (The Transformation of Man)

  • Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it arises out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life's further developments. ("The Way and the Life" The Conduct of Life)

Mundy, Linda

  • Sometimes you need to hang on to someone else's hope, someone else's peace and sanity while yours is under siege. Do it. Courage, hope, faith, sanity, peace...they all come and go. Borrow them from someone else's supply until your own comes back in.

Munger, Thorton T.

  • If I could get the ear of every young man but for one word, it would be this: make the most and best of yourself. There is no tragedy like a wasted life--a life failing of its true end, and turned to a false end.

  • Life is given for wisdom, and yet we are not wise;
    for goodness, and we are not good;
    for overcoming evil, and evil remains;
    for patience and sympathy and love,
    and we are fretful and hard and weak and selfish.
    We are keyed not to attainment,
    but to the struggle toward it.


  • What you keep to yourself you lose, what you give away, you keep forever.

Murakami, Haruki

  • If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

Murdoch, Iris

  • Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

Murdoch, Rupert

  • In motivating people, you've got to engage their minds and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope, by example--and perhaps by excitement, by having productive ideas to make others feel involved.

  • People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.

Murdock, Mike

  • Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.

  • You will only be remembered for two things: the problems you solve or the ones you create. (101 Wisdom Keys)

Murphy, Debra Dean

  • Advent's familiar themes of waiting and hopeful expectation have a different ring this year. ... [H]ow do these admonitions sound — "wait!" "be patient!" — in a context of violence and despair, of deprivation and gross inequality? What does "hopeful expectation" sound like, look like in places where justice has long been delayed, meaning, of course, that justice has been denied? ("Would That You Might Meet Us Doing Right")

Murphy, Joseph

  • Don't fight your problem. Know that there is a solution.

  • Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly.

Murphy, Mariane Espinosa

  • Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score.

Murphy, Thomas P.

  • Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.

Murray, W. H.

  • Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.

Murrow, Edward R.

  • To be persuasive, one must be believable.
    To be believable, we must be credible.
    To be credible, we must be truthful.

Muste, A. J.

  • There is no way to peace, peace is the way.

  • Violence begets violence by whomever used. War is a dirty business and entails the use of degrading means, whoever wages it. ("Pacifism and Class War" in The World Tomorrow, Sept. 1928)

Myer, Paul

  • Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thoughts, and habits can be acquired. An action repeated becomes an attitude realized. (in Developing the Leader Within You by Maxwell)

Myers, Barbara Kimes

  • Story re-orders, sifts through experience, and allows others, young children and adults alike, to hear what we think truly matters. We are constituted by the stories we tell ourselves and others. Thus stories serve an ontological purpose. Story connects us with that which lies beyond ourselves and this process makes us ask questions about the meanings of our lives. It is, in fact, a way we can begin to define what we mean when we use the term "spirituality." (Young Children and Spirituality)

Myers, George

  • God is not nearly as concerned with our getting what we want as He is with our getting him.

Myhrvold, Nathan

  • Most decisions are seat-of-the-pants judgments. You can create a rationale for anything. In the end, most decisions are based on intuition and faith. (in "The Microsoft Provocateur" by Auletta New Yorker)

Myrdal, Jan

  • Travelling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return, But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes. (The Silk Road)

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