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Saadi, Moslith Eddin
  • A traveller without observation is a bird without wings.

Sabah, Joe

  • You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Sachs, T.

  • Wallets are the fabricated items into which we put our fabricated money, which most people believe to be their possession of the realest value.

Sackville, Thomas

  • The summer's beauty yields to winter's blasts. (The Mirror for Magistrates)

Sackville-West, Vita

  • April, the angel of the months, the young
    love of the year. ("Spring" The Garden)

  • Autumn in felted slipper shuffles on,
    Muted yet fiery.--Vita Sackville-West ("Autumn" The Garden)


  • It is wrong to follow the advice of an adversary; nevertheless, it is right to hear it, that you may do the contrary, and this is the essence of good policy. (Gulistan)

  • A little and a little, collected together, becomes a great deal; the heap in the barn consists of single grains, and drop and drop make the inundation.

  • A little beauty is preferable to much wealth. (Gulistan)

  • To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.

Safian, Lousi A.

  • You can't tell a book by its movie. (the Book of Updated Proverbs )

Safransky, Sy

  • After forty years, with whatever authority comes from lived experience, I can say: You, too, can create something. You can nurture it and watch it grow. (in "Beginner's Mind" by Gillian Kendal in The Sun January 2014)

  • In my more lucid moments I know that God is right here, right now; that God is the luminous mystery at the heart of creation and that God is here in the joys and sorrows of the world. And I try to see God in everything and treat all life with reverence. (in "Beginner's Mind" by Gillian Kendal in The Sun January 2014)

Sagan, Carl

  • The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous. (Broca's Brain)

  • But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright Brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

  • Except for children (who don't know enough not to ask the important questions), few of us spend time wondering why nature is the way it is. (Introduction to A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking)

  • The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries.

  • How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, "This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?" Instead they say, "No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way."

  • I am often amazed at how much more capability and enthusiasm for science there is among elementary school youngsters than among college students. (Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science)

  • Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.

  • In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. New! as of 04/01/17

  • The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species. (Cosmos)

  • One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for 1,000 years. To read is to voyage through time.

  • Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge. (Broca's Brain: Reflections on the Romance of Science)

  • Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. (The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark)

  • We've arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements ... profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

Sahib, The Siri Singh

  • There is no liberation without labor...and there is no freedom which is free.

Saint Ambrose

  • No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.

Saint Anthony of Padua

  • We are formed by environment and grace, by politics and prayer, by church and conscience. All God's creatures conspire to teach us as well. We stumble. We stutter. We rise. We are lifted. (Saint Anthony of Padua, ed. by Jack Wintz)

Saint Augustine

  • Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.

  • Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.

  • Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.

  • He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.

  • Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.

  • Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues; hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. (in "Humility" Spiritual Diary: Selected Sayings and Examples of Saints)

  • People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.

  • Patience is the companion of wisdom.

  • A thing is not necessarily true because badly uttered, nor false because spoken magnificently.

  • When we read a book, our most essential trait - imagination - is given the opportunity to soar.

  • The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only one page.

Saint Basil

  • If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one poor, no one in misery.

  • Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man's fortune.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

  • Death is the gate of life.

  • Ingratitude is the soul's enemy... Ingratitude is a burning wind that dries up the source of love, the dew of mercy, the streams of grace. (" Concerning the Flowers and Apples: Sermon 51 on The Song of Songs")

  • You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books. Stones and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters.

  • Your actions in passing, pass not away, for every good work is a grain of seed for eternal life.

Saint Catherine of Sienna

  • If you are what you should be, then you will set the world on fire.

Saint Clement of Alexandria

  • If you do not hope, you will not find what is beyond your hopes.

Saint Columba

  • Alone with none but thee, my God
    I journey on my way.
    What need I fear, when thou art near
    O king of night and day?
    More safe am I within thy hand
    Than if a host did round me stand.

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de

  • A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

  • He who bears in his heart a cathedral to be built is already victorious. He who seeks to become sexton of a finished cathedral is already defeated. (Flight to Arras)

  • He who would travel happily must travel light. (Wind, Sand, and Stars)

  • If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

  • It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.

  • It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

  • Love does not consist of gazing at one another, but in looking outward in the same direction.

  • Neither intelligence nor judgment are creative. If a sculptor is nothing but science and intelligence, his hands will have no talent. (Flight to Arras)

  • The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate. (Flight to Arras)

  • A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

  • A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born.

  • True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

  • When you give yourself, you receive more than you give.

Saint Francis de Sales

  • Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.

  • True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

Saint Francis of Assisi

  • For it is in giving that we receive.

  • It is in pardoning that we are pardoned.

  • No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves.

  • Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

  • We have been called to heal wounds, To unite what has fallen apart, And to bring home those who have lost their way.

Saint Isaac of Ninevah (7th Century Bishop of Assyria)

  • Conquer evil people by gentle kindness, and make zealous people wonder at your goodness. Put the lover of legality to shame by your compassion.

Saint John Chrysistom

  • The desire to rule is the mother of all heresies.

Saint Maximus the Confessor

  • In all our actions, God considers the intention: whether we act for Him or for some other motive.

Saint Teresa of Avila

  • Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.

Saint Teresa of Lisieux

  • If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty, and the fields would no longer be decked, out with little wildflowers.

  • Let us look at our own faults, and not other people's. We ought not to insist on everyone following in our footsteps, nor to take upon ourselves to give instructions in spirituality when, perhaps, we do not even know what it is.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

  • God has need for our worship. It is we who need to show our gratitude for what we have received.

  • To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin.

  • Wonder is the desire for knowledge.

Sainte-Marie, Buffy

  • You have to leave room in life to dream.

Sakharov, Andrie (Dr.)

  • You always need to make ideals clear to yourself. You always have to be aware of them, even if there is no direct path to their realization. Were there no ideals, there would be no hope whatsoever. Then everything would be hopelessness, darkness--a blind alley.

Salanter, Yisroel

  • Most men worry about their own bellies and other people's souls, when we all ought to be worried about our own souls and other people's bellies.

Sale, Roger

  • Seattle is a soft city, made up of soft light and hills and water and growing things an a sense that nature is truly accommodating. ... There is no day in the year when it is too hot or too cold to work or get around, and few days when one cannot be outside, in a boat, walking, playing golf or tennis or going fishing. ... Seattle's colors are gray and green. (Seattle Past to Present)

Saline, Carol

  • Sisters function as safety nets in a chaotic world simply by being there for each other.

Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David)

  • I don't know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn't make you happy. (Franny and Zooey)

Sallay, Shirley

  • Christmas now surrounds us,
    Happiness is everywhere
    Our hands are busy with many tasks
    As carols fill the air. ("Just a Few Mintues")


  • The glory that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.

Samples, Tara

  • Forgiveness is not a momentary impulse achieved, or a chosen denial of reality. Forgiveness is often not reconciliation. Forgiveness is the hard way to freedom. ("Are Christians Supposed to Forgive Abusers?")

Samuel, Herbert

  • A library is thought in cold storage.

Sanborn, Mark

  • A commitment without a goal is like a trip without a map: odds are you wonít get where you want to be. ( Fred 2.0)

  • The difference between obstacles and opportunity is your outlook. ( Up, Down, or Sideways)

  • Donít just collect good quotes, put them into action. ( Up, Down, or Sideways)

  • Faith, family and friends are not the desserts that follow the big meal of success; they are the success. ( Up, Down, or Sideways)

  • Fame is what we get in life, but true greatness is based on what we give in life. (You Donít Need a Title to be a Leader)

  • Great education like great business always begins with relationship. ( Fred 2.0)

  • The greatest challenge we face as human beings is acting on what we know. We donít lack for knowing, we lack for doing. ( Up, Down, or Sideways)

  • Leaders donít just tell a better story; they make the story better. (Fred 2.0)

Sanchez, Oscar Arias

  • Peace is not a matter of prizes or trophies. It is not the product of a victory or command. It has no finishing line, no final deadline, no fixed definition of achievement. Peace is a never-ending process, the work of many decisions by many people in many countries. It is an attitude, a way of life, a way of solving problems and resolving conflicts. It cannot be forced on the smallest nation or enforced by the largest. It cannot ignore our differences or overlook our common interests. It requires us to work and live together. (from his Nobel Lecture)

Sand, George

  • The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.

  • One is happy as a result of one's own efforts--once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness--simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.

  • Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world.

  • Time is always wanting to me, and I cannot meet with a single day when I am nut hurried along, driven to by wits'-end by urgent work, business to attent do or some service to render.

  • Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one's talent, to one's affections, and one's inner happiness.

  • The whole secret of the study of nature lies in learning how to use one's eyes.

  • Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.

Sandburg, Carl

  • Let the gentle bush dig its root deep and spread upward to split the boulder.

  • Nothing happens unless first a dream.

  • Tell him to be a fool every so often / And to have no shame over having been a fool / Yet learning something over every folly. (The People, Yes)

  • Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.

  • Valor is a gift. Those having it never know for sure whether they have it until the test comes.

Sandlin, Mark

  • Justice is not a passive pursuit. The moral arc will not bend without encouragement. And we are the only encouragement it has left. Letís get to it. ("A Minister From Thom Tillisí State Tells Us What To Expect After The Election Results")

Sands, Bill

  • Do more than you're supposed to do and you can have or be or do anything you want.

Sandwell, Bernard Keble

  • I am what the librarians have made me with a little assistance from a professor of Greek and a few poets.

Sanger, Margaret

  • Enthusiasm is a divine possession.

  • Some lives drift here and there like reeds in a stream, depending on changing currents for their activity. Others are like swimmers knowing the depth of the water. Each stroke helps them onward to a definite objective.

Santayana, George

  • Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.

  • There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval. The dark background which death supplies brings out the tender colors of life in all their purity.

  • To condemn spontaneous and delightful occupations because they are useless for self-preservation shows an uncritical prizing of life irrespective of the content (The Sense of Beauty)

  • To the art of working well a civilized race would add that art of playing well. (Little Essays)

  • The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it.

  • We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, knowing that once it was all that was humanly possible.

Santos Peter

  • The spiritual freedom we seek cannot be found by grasping at, retreating to, or protecting our perceived safe spaces. Our freedom lies in remaining open continuously, not only to Life's changes but also to the Divine Light within us and others.

Sapirstein, Milton R.

  • Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance. (Paradoxes of Everyday Life)


  • From all the offspring of the earth and heaven love is the most precious. (fragment)

Sarandon, Susan

  • I look forward to being older, when what you look like becomes less and less an issue and what you are is the point.

Sarkis, Stephanie

  • Remember, you don't forgive someone for his or her sake - you forgive them for your sake.

Sarma, Lakshmana

  • Grace is not something special; it is really universal; it is the only power for good there is, and all alike participate in its goodnessÖ

Sarnoff, David

  • Freedom is the oxygen without which science cannot breathe.

  • Whatever course you have chosen for yourself, it will not be a chore but an adventure if you bring to it a sense of the glory of striving, if your sights are set far above the merely secure and mediocre.

Saroyan, William

  • Christmas is sights, especially the sights of Christmas reflected in the eyes of a child.

  • Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success, you know.

Sarton, May

  • Each day, and the living of it, has to be a conscious creation in which discipline and order are relieved with some play and some pure foolishness.

  • For art is order, but it is born out of the chaos of life. (May Sarton: Excerpts from a Life)

  • I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward. (May Sarton: Excerpts from a Life)

  • I would like to believe when I die that I have given myself away like a tree that sows seed every spring and never counts the loss, because it is not loss, it is adding to future life. It is the tree's way of being. Strongly rooted perhaps, but spilling out its treasure on the wind.

  • In a total work, the failures have their not unimportant place.

  • It is sometimes the most fragile things that have the power to endure and become sources of strength. (May Sarton: Excerpts from a Life)

  • Joy, happiness ... we do not question. They are beyond question, maybe. A matter of being. But pain forces us to think, and to make connections ... to discover what has been happening to cause it. And, curiously enough, pain draws us to other human beings in a significant way, whereas joy or happiness to some extent, isolates.

  • One does not "find oneself" by pursuing one's self, but on the contrary by pursuing something else and learning through discipline or routine ... who one is and wants to be.

  • One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being.

  • One thing is certain, and I have always known it--they joys of my life have nothing to do with age.

  • Solitude is the salt of personhood. It brings out the authentic flavor of every experience.

  • There is a wilder solitude in winter
    When every sense is pricked alive and keen. ("The House in Winter" A Private Mythology)

  • There is only one real deprivation, I decided this morning, and that is not to be able to give one's gifts to those one loves most. (Journal of a Solitude)

Sartre, Jean Paul

  • If you're lonely when you're alone then you're in bad company.

  • Man is not the sum of what he has already, but rather the sum of what he does not yet have, of what he could have. ("Temporalite" Situations)

Sasso, Mike

  • Originality is the best form of rebellion. (Being Human)

Sasso, Sandy (Rabbi)

  • When we talk about spirituality, we talk about what we share. I think when we talk about religion, we talk about how we are different in expressing that spirituality. (Speaking of Faith interview, April 4. 2008)

Sathya Sai Baba

  • Life is best spent in alleviating pain, assuaging distress, and promoting peace and joy. The service of man is more valuable than what you call "service to God." God has no need of your service. Please man, you please God.

Satir, Virginia

  • Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible--the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nuturing family.

  • Once a human being has arrived on this earth, communication is the largest single factor determining what kinds of relationships he makes with others and what happens to him in the world about him. (Peoplemaking)

Sauer, Erich

  • The direction of a man's thought is always the decisive factor in his personality. His whole outer life will be determined by the inward inclination of his mind.

Savant, Marilyn Vos, see, Vos Savant, Marilyn Mach

Saville, George

  • Hope is generally a wrong guide, though it is good company along the way.

Sawyer, Charles

  • Of all the forces that make for a better world, none is so indispensable, none so powerful, as hope. Without hope people are only half alive. With hope they dream and think and work.

Sawyer, Diane

  • The dream is not the destination but the journey.

Saxton, Samuel

  • Pessimism, cynicism, skepticism: these are the first barriers to peace. We must resist the temptation to feel powerless. ... We must look for the goodness in people, and trust that it still exists even when we canít see it. ("Midnight in Nazareth")

Sayers, Dorothy L.

  • The English language has a deceptive air of simplicity; so have some little frocks; but they are both not the kind of thing you can run up in half an hour with a machine.

  • Every time a man expects, as he says, his money to work for him, he is expecting other people to work for him. ("The Other Six Deadly Sins" Creed or Chaos?)

  • The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it. (Gaudy Night)

  • A human being must have occupation, of he or she is not to become a nuisance to the world. ("Are Woman Human?" Unpopular Opinions)

  • I always have a quotation for everything--it saves original thinking. (Have His Carcass)

  • The library, with its tall bays and overhanging gallery, looked east and was already rather dark. Harriet found it restful. (Busman's Honeymoon)

  • There is a universal moral law, as distinct from a moral code, which consists of certain statements of fact about the nature of man, and by behaving in conformity with which, man may enjoy his true freedom. (The Mind of the Maker)

Scalise, Christina

  • Clutter is the physical manifestation of unmade decisions fueled by procrastination. (Organize Your Life and More)

Schaar, John

  • The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.

Schaef, Anne Wilson

  • I realize that humor isn't for everyone. It's only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.

  • Obstacles often are not personal attacks; they are muscle builders.

  • Self-confidence is so relaxing. There is no strain or stress when one is self-confident. Our lack of self-confidence comes from trying to be someone we aren't.

Schaefer, Charles

  • We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything than when we are playing.

Schelske, Marc Alan

  • We ... get to choose the attitude we live with. We get to choose the way we treat the people around us. We get to choose how we spend our time. All those things add up to who we become.

Schiller, Johann Christoph

  • A merely fallen enemy may rise again, but the reconciled one is truly vanquished.

Schirra, Walter M. (Jr.)

  • You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.

Schlegel, Friedrich von

  • In actual life every great enterprise begins with and takes its first forward step in faith.

Schleeds, Melvin

  • Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting.

Schlesinger, Andrea Batista

  • What we need to acknowledge, now more than ever, is that we do not know everything. We cannot know everything. Knowledge changes.... The only thing we can count on to see us through an uncertain future is our ability to ask questions. (the Death of "Why?")

Schlessinger, Laura

  • Because you're able to do it and because you have the right to do it doesn't mean it's right to do it.

  • Don't worry so much about your self-esteem. Worry more about your character. Integrity is its own reward.

  • The reward for doing right is mostly an internal phenomenon: self-respect, dignity, integrity, and self-esteem.

  • Self-esteem must be earned! When you dare to dream, dare to follow that dream, dare to suffer through the pain, sacrifice, self-doubts, and friction from the world, you will genuinely impress yourself.

  • This is all you have. This is not a dry run. This is your life. If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won't get it back later.

  • Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage.

  • We can be negative and cynical or we can be charged and hot wired to find a way through it, over it, around it under it.

  • When you're the victim of the behavior, it's black and white; when you're the perpetrator, there are a million shades of gray.

Schlomann, Lynda

  • Christmas is cold, and warmth,
    Forgiveness, and tender smiles;
    A handclasp firm, a letter flying
    Across the snowy miles. ("Christmas")

Schmidt, Helmut

  • It must be born in mind that the tragedy of life doesnít lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isnít a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity to not dream. It is not a disgrace not to reach the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure but low aim is sin!

Schopenhauer, Arthur

  • Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.

  • Every person takes the limits for their own field of vision for the limits of the world.

  • To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.

Schriener, Olive

  • A child sees everything, looks straight at it, examines it, without any preconceived idea; most people, after they are about eleven or twelve, quite lose this power, they see everything through a few preconceived ideas which hang like a veil between them and the outer world. (The Letters of Olive Schreiner)

  • Everything has two sides--the outside that is ridiculous, and the inside that is solemn.

  • No good work is ever done while the heart is hot and anxious and fretted.

  • Ones real deathless wealth is all the beautiful souls one has seen and spiritually touched. (Letters of Olive Scheiner)

  • The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off ... you will see the scar there still.

Schuller, H. Robert

  • Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.

  • Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only God can count the number of apples in a seed.

  • As we grow as unique persons, we learn to respect the uniqueness of others.

  • Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.

  • Commit yourself to a dream... Nobody who tries to do something great but fails is a total failure. Why? Because he can always rest assured that he succeeded in life's most important battle--he defeated the fear of trying.

  • Faith is affirming success before it comes. Faith is making claims to victory before it is achieved.

  • Grace is God's love in action for those who don't deserve it.

  • If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been.

  • Impossible situations can become possible miracles.

  • It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.

  • Let your imagination release your imprisoned possibilities.

  • The only place where your dream becomes impossible is in your own thinking.

  • Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.

  • What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?

  • The world of tomorrow belongs to the person who has the vision for today

  • Yes, you can be a dreamer and a doer too, if you will remove one word from your vocabulary: impossible.

  • You can often measure a person by the size of his dream.

Schultz, Garnett Ann

  • Let us keep Christmas beautiful
    Without a thought of greed,
    That it might live forevermore
    To fill our every need,

    That it shall not be just a day,
    But last a lifetime through,
    The miracle of Christmastime
    That brings God close to you.

  • May Christmas bring you happiness,
    A song to fill your heart
    With all the blessings large and small
    The season doth impart. ("My Christmas Wish")

  • May Christmas lend a special charm
    To all you chance to do.
    And may the season light your way
    To hopes and dreams anew. ("My Christmas Wish")

  • There's a beauty when it's Christmas,
    All the world is different then;
    There's no place for petty hatred
    In the hearts and minds of men.
    That is why my heart is happy
    And my mind can hold a dream,
    For I keep a part of Christmas
    With its peace and joy supreme- ("I Keep a Part of Christmas")

  • You will find the road to Christmas
    Where your hopes and dreams come true,
    And your heart will know the magic
    That the season brings to you., ("The Road to Christmas")

Schultz, Will

  • Joy comes from using your potential.

Schutz, Peter

  • A bad decision well implemented is better than a brilliant decision not well implemented.

Schulz, Charles

  • All you really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. (via Lucy Van Pelt)

  • Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life. (in "Peanuts" 1952)

  • Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.

  • Lucy: Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown. At this time of year I think we should put aside all our differernces, and try to be kind.
    Charlie Brown: Why does it have to be for just this time of year? Why can't it be all year round?
    Lucy: What are you, some kind of fanatic or something? (Peanuts)

  • Lucy: You learn more when you lose.
    Charlie Brown: Well then I must be the smartest person in world! (Peanuts Treasury)

Schumann-Heink, Ernestine

  • Know what you want to do - then do it. Make straight for your goal and go undefeated in spirit to the end.

Schurz, Carl

  • Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you reach your destiny.

Schutz, Susan Polis

  • Don't compare yourself to anyone. Be happy to be the wonder unique, very special person that you are.

  • Go beyond yourself and reach out to other people with a sincere love, respect, caring, and understanding of their needs.

  • Sometimes you think that you need to be perfect, that you cannot make mistakes ... realize you are a human being - like everyone else capable of reaching great potential but not capable of being perfect.

  • We have a choice: to spend a lot of time fighting for what we know is right, or to just accept what we know is wrong. We must stand up for our rights and for the rights of others, even if most people say we can't win.

Schutz, Will

  • Everyone is responsible and no one is to blame.

Schwab, Charles M.

  • Everyone's got it in him, if he'll only make up his mind and stick at it. None of us is born with a stop-valve on his powers or with a set limit to his capacities, There's no limit possible to the expansion of each one of us.

  • I consider my ability to arouse enthusiasm among men the greatest asset I possess. The way to develop the best that is in a man is by appreciation and encouragement.

  • Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will live.

  • A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.

Schwartz, David Joseph

  • All great achievements require time.

  • Do what you fear and fear disappears.

  • How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking.

  • The success combination in business is: Do what you do better...and: Do more of what you do...

  • Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success.

  • To fight fear, act. To increase fear--wait, put off postpone.

Schwartz, Morrie

  • The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.

Schwartz, Robert L.

  • The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and an actualizer... He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen.

Schwartz, Tony

  • Let go of certainty. The opposite isn't uncertainty. It's openness, curiosity and a willingness to embrace paradox, rather than choose up sides.

Schwartzkopf, H. Norman (General)

  • Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.

  • The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it.

Schwarzenegger, Arnold

  • The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.

  • Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

  • What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else? (Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story)

Schweitzer, Albert

  • As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.

  • Be faithful to your love and you mill be recompensed beyond measure.

  • By having a reverence for life, we enter into a spiritual relation with the world... By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.

  • Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

  • Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.

  • Example is not the main thing in influencing others--it's the only thing.

  • Humanitarianism consists in never sacrificing a human being to a purpose.

  • I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.

  • If you truly desire happiness, seek and learn how to serve.

  • In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.

  • It is not enough merely to exist. It's not enough to say, "I'm earning enough to support my family. I do my work well. I'm a good father, husband, churchgoer." That's all very well. But you must do something more. Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. Even if it's a little thing, do something for those who need help, something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.

  • Let me give you a definition of ethics: It is good to maintain and further life; it is bad to damage and destroy life. ("Religion and Modern Civilization" Christian Century, November 28, 1934)

  • Man has lost the capacity to foresee and to forestall. He will end by destroying the earth. (in Albert Schweitzer, ed. by Brabazon)

  • The only ones who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight... The truly wise person is color- blind.

  • Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.

  • The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo. When we have a choice, we must avoid bringing torment and injury into the life of another, even the lowliest creature...

  • Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now--always.

Schindt, Angela

  • While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

Scolese, Peter

  • Integrity is not a 90 percent thing, not a 95 percent thing; either you have it or you donít.

Scott, Loretta (Dr.)

  • We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

Scott, Sarah

  • Curiosity is one of those insatiable passions that grow by gratification. (A Description of Millenium Hall)

Scott, Walter (Sir)

  • Commend me to sterling honesty though clad in rags.

  • The pith of conversation does not consist in exhibiting your own superior knowledge on matters of small consequence, but in enlarging, improving and correcting the information you possess by the authority of others.

  • True love's the gift which God hath given,
    To man alone beneath the heaven.
    The silver link, the silver tie, which heart to heart, and mind to mind,
    In body and in soul can find.

Scully-O'Grady, Lisa

  • Through you I learned how great life can be, how the simple things in life are really the most important and how you treat other people is really all that matters.

Seabury, David

  • Don't follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.

Seats, Delores

  • Inquisitiveness and strength make me want to rise above my valley-bound brothers. I must reach the summit to see the truth.

Secker, Thomas

  • To pray against temptation, and yet rush into occasions, is to thrust your fingers into the fire, and then pray they might not be burnt.

Seeger, Pete

  • Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.

  • The key to the future of the world is finding the hopeful stories and letting them be known.

Segarra, Aracell

  • Why worry? Look at all the things we have and be happy.

Seidel, George J.

  • The ability to relate and to connect, sometimes in odd and yet striking fashion, lies at the very heart of any creative use of the mind, no matter in what field or discipline.

Seitz, Nick

  • The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it's opposition.

Selby, Hubert (Jr.)

  • Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done. (Requiem for a Dream)

Seldon, John

  • Abundance consists not so much in material possessions, but in an uncovetous spirit.

Selfrigde, Harry Gordon

  • The boss depends upon authority; the leader on good will.
    The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.
    The boss says "I"; the leader says "we."
    The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.
    The boss says "go"; the leader says "let's go."

Seligman, Kathy

  • You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try.

Seligman, Martin

  • Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last twenty years is that individuals can choose the way they think. (Learned Optimism)


  • The best ideas are common property. ("On Old Age," Moral Letters to Lucilius)

  • The best way to do good to ourselves is to do it to others; the right way to gather is to scatter.

  • The deep waters of time will flow over us: only a few people of genius will lift a head above the surface, and though doomed eventually to pass into the same silence, will fight against oblivion and for a long time hold their own. (Letters to Lucilius)

  • Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.

  • Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.

  • Fire is the test of gold; adversity, of strong men.

  • The great blessings of mankind are within us, and within our reach; but we shut our eyes and, like people in the dark, fall short of the very thing we search for without finding it.

  • A great fortune is a great slavery.

  • He robs present ills of their power who has perceived their coming beforehand. ("On consolation to Marcius" Moral Essays)

  • He that does good to another does good also to himself.

  • He who is brave is free.

  • He who receives a benefit with gratitude repays the first installment of his debt.

  • I shall never be ashamed to quote a bad author if what he says is good. ("On Tranquility of Mind" Moral Essays)

  • If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, any wind is the right wind.

  • It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that things are difficult.

  • It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.

  • It takes the whole of life to learn how to live, and - even more surprising - it takes the whole of life to learn how to die. (De Brevitate Vitae)

  • The mind should be allowed some relaxation, that it may return to its work all the better for the rest. New! as of 04/01/17

  • No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. You must live for others if you wish to live for yourself.

  • Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is to be expecting evil before it comes.

  • The path of precept is long, that of example short and effectual.

  • The pressure of adversity does not affect the mind of the brave man... It is more powerful than external circumstances.

  • The real compensation of a right action is inherent in having performed it.

  • Shall I tell you what the real evil is? To cringe to the things that are called evils, to surrender to them our freedom, in defiance of which we ought to face any suffering.

  • There is no evil that does not offer inducements. Avarice promises money; luxury, a varied assortment of pleasure; ambition, a purple robe and applause. Vices tempt you by the rewards which they offer.

  • This is the law of benefits between men; the one ought to forget at once what he has given, and the other ought never to forget what he has received.

  • True happiness is ... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

  • We become wiser by adversity; prosperity destroys our appreciation of the right.

  • We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

  • Whatever one of us blames in another, each one will find in his own heart.

  • Where fear is, happiness is not.

  • You must know for which harbor you are headed if you are to catch the right wind to take you there.

Seneschal, Jasper Siegel

  • Perhaps the most powerful and appealing aspect of another's words, however, is simply their convenience. Whether distilled in the briefest apothegm, or spread out across some voluminous tome, the thought is ready-made, the heavy lifting done. (Citations: A Brief Anthology)

Senn, John Petit

  • Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.

Seredy, Kate

  • I make money using my brains and lose money listening to my heart. But in the long run my books balance pretty well. (The Singing Tree)

Serling, Rod

  • It may be said with a degree of assurance that not everything that meets the eye is as it appears.

Seton, Anya

  • It is seldom in life that one knows that a coming event is to be of crucial importance. (The Turquoise)

Setter, Maurice

  • Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.

Setterfield, Diane

  • I have always been a reader. I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. (The Thirteenth Tale)

Seuss, Dr.

  • Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.

  • I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

  • "Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas - perhaps - means a little bit more." (How The Grinch Stole Christmas)

  • The more that you read, the more things you will know.
    The more you learn, the more places you'll go.

  • Oh, the places you'll go! (Oh, the Places You'll Go)

  • Think left and think right and think low and think high.
    Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.

  • Today you are You,
    that is truer than true.
    There is no one alive
    who is Youer than You.

  • Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
    nothing is going to get better. It's not.

Sevareid, Eric

  • As long as we know in our hearts what Christmas ought to be, Christmas is.

  • Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we're here for something else besides ourselves.

  • Tenacity is a pretty fair substitute for bravery, and the best form of tenacity I know is expressed in a Danish fur trapper's principle" "The next mile is the only one a person really has to make."

Sewell, Anna

  • There is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham.

Sexton, Anne

  • The ground has on its clothes.
    The trees poke out of sheets
    and each branch wears the sock of God. ("Snow" The Awful Rowing Toward God)

  • I am younger each year at the first snow. (Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters)

  • It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. ("All God's Children Need Radios" in Ms.)

Seymour, Charles

  • Think wrongly if you please, but in all cases, think for yourself.

Seymour, Jane

  • If you want something badly enough, make an attempt. If you want to paint, get a brush and do it. If you want to sing, sing. A lot of people get scared. They're afraid to fail. Take that word out of your vocabulary. You don't "fail." You've "tried your best."

Shadyac, Tom

  • You can't sow an apple seed and expect to get an avocado tree. The consequences of your life are sown in what you do and how you behave.

Shafer, Paul D.

  • The most important single influence in the life of a person is another person... who is worthy of emulation.

Shaftsbury, Anthony

  • Giving advice is sometimes only showing our wisdom at the expense of others.

Shakespeare, William

  • At Christmas I no more desire a rose,
    Than wish a snow in May's new-fangled shows;
    But like of each thing that in season grows.

  • Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. (Twelfth Night)

  • Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
    Thou are not so unkind
    As man's ingratitude.

  • How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a naughty world. (The Merchant of Venice)

  • How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees? (Othello)

  • In winter's tedious nights sit by the fire
    With good old folks, and let them tell thee tales
    Of woeful ages, long ago betidÖ (Richard II)

  • Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none.

  • No legacy is so rich as honesty.

  • Our doubts are traitors; and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.

  • A proper man, as one shall see in a summer's day. (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

  • The quality of mercy is not strained;
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath. It is twice blessed--
    It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.

  • Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
    Thou are more lovely and more temperateÖ ("Sonnet 18")

  • Striving to be better, oft we mar what's well.

  • The summer's flower is to the summer sweet,
    Though to itself it only live and die. ("Sonnet 94")

  • Sweet mercy is nobility's true badge.

  • Time's glory is to command contending kings, to unmask falsehood, and bring truth to light. (The Rape of Lucrece)

  • 'Tis not enough to help the feeble up, but to support them after.

  • Use every man after his desert, and who should scape whipping?

  • We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

Shamir, Ilan

  • Embrace with joy the changing seasons. For each yields its own abundance. The Energy and Birth of Spring. The Growth and Contentment of Summer. The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall. The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter. (Advice From a Tree

Shanker, Albert

  • School disruption comes from those children who have given up hope. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)


  • The conscience interprets life honestly and realistically. The same cannot be said about the ego.

  • There is a criterion by which you can ascertain whether or not your work on earth is over. The criterion is: Are you still alive? If you are, there is still more work for you to do.

Shapiro, David A., see Leider, Richard J.

Shapiro, Rami

  • The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves determine the quality of the selves we imagine we are. The stories we tell about others determine the quality of our relationships with them. (Hasidic Tales: Annotated and Explained()

Sharma, Robin S.

  • No matter how big a house you have or how slick a car you drive, the only thing you can take with you at the end of your life is your conscience. (The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari)

Shaw, Anna Howard

  • I have everything in the world that is necessary to happiness--good faith, good friends, and all the work I can possibly do.

Shaw, George Bernard

  • All great truths begin as blasphemies.

  • The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.

  • I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.

  • If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an idea and I have an idea and we exchange these ideas, then each of us will have two ideas.

  • Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

  • Independence? That's middle class blasphemy. We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.

  • Liberty means responsibility.

  • Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

  • Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

  • A miracle is an event which creates faith. Frauds deceive. An event which creates faith does not deceive; therefore it is not a fraud, but a miracle.

  • Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles. (preface to Androcles and the Lion)

  • People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.

  • The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them, make them.

  • The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.

  • Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

  • Religion is a great force - the only real motive force in the world; but you must get at a man through his own religion, not through yours.

  • The secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure is occupation.

  • This is the true joy in life--being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a might one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

  • To withhold deserved praise lest it should make its object conceited is as dishonest as to withhold payment of a just debt lest your creditor should spend the money badly.

  • We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

  • The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that's the essence of inhumanity. (The Devil's Disciple)

  • You see things; and you say, "Why?" But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?"

Shaw, Henry Wheeler (aka Josh Billings)

  • About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

  • Advice is like castor oil, easy enough to give but dreadful uneasy to take.

  • Advice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves.( The Complete Works of Josh Billings)

  • As scarce as truth is, the supply has always been in excess of the demand.

  • Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there.

  • Habits are like the wrinkles on a man's brow; if you will smooth out the one, I will smooth out the other.

  • I have lived in this world just long enough to look carefully the second time into things that I am most certain of the first time.

  • Nature is a kind mother. She couldn't well afford to make us perfect, so she made us blind to our failings.

  • Reason often makes mistakes, but conscience never does.

  • There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.

  • There is nothing so easy to learn as experience and nothing so hard to apply.

  • Words are often seen hunting for an idea, but ideas are never seen hunting for words.

Shea, Fred

  • Take life one day at a time, and make each day better than the last.

Sheard, Virginia

  • Keep thou thy dreams Ė the tissue of all wings
    Is woven in them; from dreams are made
    The precious and imperishable things,
    Whose loveliness lives in, and does not fade.

Shearer, Lloyd

  • Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. There will be times in your life when you will have been all of these. (Walter Scott's Personality Parade)

Shedd, John A.

  • Opportunities are seldom labeled.

  • When there is an original sound in the world, it makes a hundred echoes.

Sheehy, Gail

  • Ah, mastery ... what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills ... and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing.

  • Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.

  • If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are to really living.

  • To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.

Sheen, Fulton J. (Bishop)

  • Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.

  • Every man rejoices twice when he has a partner in his joy. He who shares tears with us wipes them away. He divides them in two, and he who laughs with us makes the joy double.

  • Joy is the happiness of love--love aware of its own inner happiness. Pleasure comes from without, and joy comes from within, and it is, therefore, within reach of everyone in the world.

  • Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness. It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let our minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.

  • Our personal dispositions are as windowpanes through which we see the world either as rosy or dull. The way we color the glasses we wear is the way the world seems to us.

  • Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is "timing;" it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.

  • There are no planes in the spiritual life; we are either going uphill or coming down.


  • Those who think they know it all are very annoying to those who do. ("Sheetz's Rumination" in 1,001 Logical Laws comp. by Peers)

Sheffield, John

  • Of all those arts in which the wise excel, Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well. (Essay on Poetry)

Sheffield, William

  • A good judge doesn't know the strength of the plaintiff's case until he's heard the defense.

Sheikh, Aishabella

  • Christmas was definitely the best thing ever, even better than pizza. But instead of all her favorite toppings, Amitola was surrounded by all her favorite people. (Jungle Princess)

Sheldon, Sidney

  • Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving out quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

  • Ah, woe is me! Winter is come and gone,
    But grief returns with the revolving year. (Adonis)

  • ...my dreams were all my own; I accounted for them to nobody; they were my refuge when annoyed--my dearest pleasure when free.

  • Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. (Frankenstein)

  • Till women are more rationally educated, the progress in human virtue and improvement in knowledge must receive continual check. (A Vindication of the rights of Women)

Shelley, Percy Bysshe

  • As summer winds that creep from flower to flower. ("Hymn to Intellectual Beauty.")

  • Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.

  • The soul's joy lies in doing.

  • To suffer woes which hope thinks infinite;
    To forgive wrongs darker than death or night
    To defy power, which seems omnipotent;
    To love, and bear; to hope till hope creates
    From its own wreck the thing it contemplates
    Neither to change, nor falter, nor repent;
    This, like thy glory, Titan, it to be
    Good, great and joyous, beautiful and free;
    This alone is life, you, empire and victory. (Prometheus Unbound)

  • The trumpet of prophecy! O wind,
    If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind? (Ode to the West Wind)

Shem, Israel Ball

  • The world is full of wonders and miracles but man takes his little hand and covers his eyes and sees nothing.

Shenandoah, Leon (Chief)

  • Everything is laid out for you. Your path is straight ahead of you. Sometimes itís invisible but itís there. You may not know where itís going, but you have to follow that path. Itís the path to the Creator. Itís the only path there is.

Shephard, Sam

  • Listening is essential in writing and it takes a lot of practice. It's not just listening with the ear, but it's that inner sort of listening. It's like listening to yourself think when you're driving long distances through the night, or listening to yourself play an instrument.

Sher, Barbara

  • Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. Thinking about swimming isn't much like actually getting in the water.

  • "Doing your own thing" is a generous act. Being gifted creates obligations, which means you owe the world your best effort at the work you love. You too are a natural resource.

  • "Now" is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.

  • We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music.

Sheridan, Richard

  • Our memories are independent of our wills. It is not so easy to forget. (The Rivals)

Sheridan, Sara

  • They should be taking bonuses from bankers, not library books from schoolchildren. What kind of society are we building?

Sherifdeen, Mo

  • If you've never been to Klamath [Falls] before, prepare to be stunned. The serene landscape here is dominated by the brilliant blue expanse of the Upper Klamath Lake (the Northwest's largest natural lake), which forms a tranquil backdrop to the mosaic lush marshes, aromatic sagebrush, old growth forests, juniper woodlands and stunning mountain views. ("Birding in Klamath Falls," Travel Oregon Blog, 7/6/2007)

Sherman, William Tecumseh

  • It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation.

Shinn, Florence Scovel

  • Every great work, every big accomplishment, has been brought into manifestation through holding to the vision, and often just before the big achievement, comes apparent failure and discouragement.

  • The game of life is the game of boomerangs. Our thoughts, deeds, and words return to us sooner or later, with astounding accuracy.

  • Giving opens the way for receiving.

  • If one asks for success and prepares for failure, he will get the situation he has prepared for.

Shinn, George

  • Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.

Shirley, John

  • Weekends are a bit like rainbows; they look good from a distance but disappear when you get up close to them.

Shore, John

  • So how do we solve this ancient problem? How can we not just tolerate someone who believes differently than we do, but actually respect them for those beliefs? Because nothing less than that will do. It canít. Simply tolerating someone who believes differently than we do isnít enough. "Accepting" them isnít enough. Having true and abiding peace with them means loving them. And that means respecting them. Because love without respect isnít real love at all. Itís at best condescending patronization. (" Getting Past the Hollowness of ĎReligious Toleranceí", Christian Spirituality, Aug. 2, 2012)

Short, Brenda

  • Do not ask for fulfillment in all your life, but for patience to accept frustration.
    Do not ask for perfection in all you do, but for the wisdom not to repeat mistakes.
    Do not ask for more, before saying "Thank You" for what you have already received.

Short, Solomon

  • The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.

Shoup, David M. (General)

  • The galleries are full of critics. They play no ball, they fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down in the arena are the doers. They make mistakes because they try many things. The man who makes no mistakes lacks boldness and the spirit of adventure. He is the one who never tries anything. His is the brake on the wheel of progress. And yet it cannot be truly said he makes no mistakes, because his biggest mistake is the very fact that he tries nothing, does nothing, except criticize those who do things.

Showalter, Gena

  • Giving up is the only sure way to fail.

Shows, John

  • Some say love is blind while others say there is love at first sight. For those who say love is blind, I say open your eyes and take in the endless possibilities of beauty and compassion. For those who believe in love at first sight, take time to close your eyes, look into your heart, and find out whose face it is that you see.

Siddiqui, Mona

  • Against the call to worship, pilgrims will not know whether the person kneeling next to them is a friend or a foe. Wars create deep wounds and praying to God is the easy bit. Reaching out to one another in the spirit of trust and unity will need far more courage. (Thought for the Day,, Sept. 30, 2014)

  • Any faith ... which only sees itself as either victim or dominant, will not grow, but collapse under the weight of its own delusions. (Thought for the Day, September 23, 2015)

Sidey, Hugh

  • A sense of humor ... is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.

Sidney, Philip (Sir)

  • "Fool!" said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart and write." (Astrophel and Stella)

Sidgwick, Henry

  • We think so because other people think so,
    Or because--or because--after all, we do think so,
    Or because, we were told so, and we must think so,
    Or because we once thought so, and think we still think so,
    Or because having thought so, we think we will think so.

Siegel, Bernie S.

  • In the face of uncertainty, there is nothing wrong with hope.

Sigourney, Lynda H.

  • The true order of learning should be: first, what is necessary; second, what is useful; and third, what is ornamental. To reverse this arrangement is like beginning to build at the top of the edifice.

Silesius, Angelus

  • Do not seek God
    in outer space--
    Your heart is the only place
    in which to meet Him
    face to face.

Silf, Margaret

  • Prayer that works is prayer that makes a difference, contemplation that turns into action, on behalf of peace and justice in a troubled and unjust world system. Prayer is energy, the energy of love and transformative power. It is given to us to use for the good of all creation. In prayer God gives us the fuel of life, and asks us to live it.

Sills, Beverly

  • Art is the signature of civilizations. (Interview, 1985)

  • I had found a kind of serenity, a new maturity... I didn't feel better or stronger than anyone else but it seemed no longer important whether everyone loved me or not--more important now was for me to love them. Feeling that way turns your whole life around; living becomes the act of giving.

  • I've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.

  • There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.

  • There is a growing strength in women, but it's in the forehead, not in the forearm.

  • You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.

Silone, Ignazio

  • Spiritual life and secure life do not go together; to save oneself on must struggle and take risks.

Silver, Spencer

  • If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this.

Silverman, Erica

  • Libraries and librarians do what they do so quietly and efficiently that it's easy to take them for granted. But we do so at our peril. If we don't safeguard them, we will wake up one day and realize that we've lost something very, very precious, essential to democracy, to literacy, to our quality of life. A world without libraries is unthinkable.

Silverstein, Shel

  • All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
    Layin' in the sun,
    Talkin' bout the things They woulda-coulda-shoulda done...
    But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
    All ran away and hid
    From one little did.

  • Listen to the mustn'ts, child.
    Listen to the don'ts.
    Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts.
    Listen to the never haves,
    Then listen close to me...
    Anything can happen, child.
    Anything can be.

Silvestri Alan, see, Ballard, Glen

Simmel, Georg

  • He is educated who knows where to find out what he doesn't know. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Simmons, Charles

  • Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.

Simmons, S. H.

  • Kindness is never wasted. If it has no effect on the recipient, at least it benefits the bestower.

Simon, Neil

  • Don't listen to those who say, "It's not done that way." Maybe it's not, but maybe you will. Don't listen to those who say, "You're taking too big a chance." Michelangelo would have painted the Sistine floor, and it would surely be rubbed out by today. Most importantly, don't listen when the little voice of fear inside of you rears its ugly head and says, "They're all smarter than you out there. They're more talented, they're taller, blonder, prettier, luckier and have connections..." I firmly believe that if you follow a path that interests you, not to the exclusion of love, sensitivity, and cooperation with others, but with the strength of conviction that you can move others by your own efforts, and do not make success or failure the criteria by which you live, the chances are you'll be a person worthy of your own respect.

Simons, Menno

  • True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace.

Simonton, O. Carl

  • Goals are simply tools to focus your energy in positive directions, these can be changed as your priorities change, new one added, and others dropped.

Simpson, Alan

  • If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity,nothing else matters.

Simpson, E. L.

  • Getting an idea should be like sitting down on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.

Sinek, Simon

  • Confidence is believing in yourself. Arrogance is telling others youíre better than they are. Confidence inspires. Arrogance destroys.

  • The most important thing to do before you die is live.

Sinetar, Marsha

  • The human way of growing is unique; it has no rules, and can occur in many ways.

  • To find in ourselves what makes life worth living is risky business, for it means that once we know we must seek it. It also means that without it the life will be valueless.

  • You may feel like dwelling on your limits or your fears. Don't do it. A perfect prescription for a squandered, unfulfilled life is to accommodate self-defeating feelings while undercutting your finest, most productive ones.

Singer, Isaac Bashevis

  • Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression.

  • Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life.

  • Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.

  • Our knowledge is a little island in a great ocean of non-knowledge. (interview by Burgin New York Times Magazine December 3, 1978)

  • What nature delivers to us is never stale. Because what nature creates has eternity in it.

Sister Gervais

  • That's what's wrong with the world--people don't compliment other people enough. They would change the world if they did. (in What is a Calling? by Novak)

Sitting Bull

  • Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.

  • Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.

Sitwell, Edith (Dame)

  • I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of goldfish.

  • I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.

  • Why not be oneself? That is the whole secret of a successful appearance. If one is a greyhound why try to look like a Pekinese?

  • Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.


  • Faith is the belief in the unknown. Faith heals, faith creates, faith works wonders, faith moves mountains.

  • There is something good in all seeming failures. You are not to see that now. Time will reveal it. Be patient.

Skedman, Edward C.

  • Originality consists not only in doing things differently, but also is "doing things Better." (Victorian Poets)

Skinner, B. F.

  • Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.

  • The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do. (Contingencies of Reinforcement)

Skinner, Matthew L.

  • Exploring Jesus' concern for the poor and excluded reminds us of the close connections among wealth, health and social acceptability. Chronic illness, disability and poverty typically go hand-in-hand. Also, human wholeness is not easily divided into separate categories, as if economic, psychological and physical wellness operate in isolation from each other. Acts of healing and empowerment always carry political, religious and social significance. ("Mark 1:40-45: The Inconvenient Truth About Taking Care of the Poor")

Sladek, John

  • The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.

Sloma, Richard

  • Never try to solve all the problems at once ó make them line up for you one-by-one.

Smalley, Dave E.

  • The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaptation, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions.

Smeltzer, Ruth

  • You have not lived a perfect day, even though you have earned your money, unless you have done something for someone who will never be able to repay you.

Smigler, Scott

  • A true leader is hated by most, and respected by all. A follower is liked by all, and respected by none.

Smiles, Samuel

  • Commonplace though it may appear, this doing of one's duty embodies the highest ideal of life and character. There may be nothing heroic about it; but the common lot of men is not heroic.

  • Hope...is the companion of power, and the mother of success; for who so hopes has within him the gift of miracles.

  • An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.

  • It is a mistake to suppose that men succeed through success; they much oftener succeed through failures. Precept, study, advice, and example could never have taught them so well as failure has done.

  • It is possible that the scrupulously honest man may not grow rich so fast as the unscrupulous and dishonest one; but the success will be of a truer kind, earned without fraud or injustice. And even though a man should for a time be unsuccessful, still he must be honest: better lose all and save character. For character is itself a fortune...

  • It will generally be found that men who are constantly lamenting their ill luck are only reaping the consequences of their own neglect, mismanagement, and improvidence, or want of application.

  • Life will always be to a large extent what we ourselves make it.

  • Lost wealth may be replaced by industry, lost knowledge by study, lost health by temperance or medicine, but lost time is gone forever.

  • Practical wisdom is only to be learned in the school of experience. Precepts and instruction are useful so far as they go, but, without the discipline of real life, they remain of the nature of theory only.

  • The spirit of self-help is the root of all genuine growth in the individual. (Self-Help)

  • There are many persons of whom it may be said that they have no other possession in the world but their character, and yet they stand as firmly upon it as any crowned king.

  • Time is of no account with great thoughts. They are as fresh today as when they first passed through their author's minds ages ago.

  • To set a lofty example is the richest bequest a man can leave behind.

  • We learn wisdom from failure much more than from success. We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

  • We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.

Smiley, Jane

  • In my experience there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reason or principles contain it or stand against it. (Ordinary Love)

Smith, Adam

  • On the road from the City of Skepticism, I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity. (Powers of Mind, 1975)

  • That wealth and greatness are often regarded with the respect and admiration which are due only to wisdom and virtue; and that the contempt, of which vice and folly are the only proper objects, is most often unjustly bestowed upon poverty and weakness, has been the complaint of moralists in all ages. (The Theory of Moral Sentiments)

Smith, Ali

  • Outside the leaves on the trees constricted slightly; they were the deep done green of the beginning of autumn. It was a Sunday in September. (The Whole Story and Other Stories)

Smith, Alexander

  • I go into my library and all history unrolls before me. (Dreamthorp)

  • To be occasionally quoted is the only fame I hope for. (Dreamthorp)

Smith, Andrew

  • Logan: A little patience goes a long way.
    Doctor: Yes. But so much patience goes absolutely nowhere. (Full Circle)

Smith, Betty

  • Look at everthing as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.

  • Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words! (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn)

Smith, Dodie

  • The family--that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.

  • I don't like the sound of all the lists he's making--it's like taking too many notes at school; you feel you've achieved something when you haven't. (I Capture the Castle)

  • I have found that sitting in a place where you have never sat before can be inspiring.

Smith, Elinor

  • It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.

Smith, Elizabeth Elton

  • Habit, you know, blunts the moral sense.

  • Temptation almost always assails us at the point where we thought no defense necessary. (Three Eras of Woman's Life)

Smith, Elizabeth Elizabeth Oakes

  • Faith is the subtle chain which binds us to the infinite.

Smith, Frank

  • The best teachers are the best storytellers. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Smith, Hannah Whitall

  • Cheerfulness brings sunshine to the soul and drives away the shadows of anxiety.

  • The mother eagle teachers her little ones to fly by making their nest so uncomfortable that they are forced to leave it and commit themselves to the unknown world of air outside. An just so does our God to us.

  • The true secret of giving advice is, after you have honestly given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.

Smith, Houston

  • Water is patient; it can stagnate and let itself be coated with scum if need be. It is as gentle as the morning's dew. It is non-confrontational, even respectful, in circumventing the rocks in a stream. It makes room for everything that enters its pools. It accommodates by assuming the shape of any vessel it is poured into. And it is humble, seeking always the lowest level. Yet along with - or rather because of these adaptive, yielding properties, it is ultimately irresistible; it carves canyons out of stone. (his introduction to Tao Te Ching)

Smith, Kate

  • Silver bells, silver bells,
    It's Christmas time in the city.
    Ring-a-ling, hear them ring,
    soon it will be Christmas day. ("Silver Bells")

Smith, Lillian

  • To believe in something to yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives; it is the only way we can leave the future open.

Smith, Liz

  • Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you intend to do.

Smith, Logan Pearsall

  • Denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood.

  • Eat with the rich, but go play with the poor, who are capable of joy.

  • How can they say my life is not a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?

Smith, Margaret Chase

  • Freedom unexercised may become freedom forfeited.

  • The key to security is public information.

  • When people keep telling you that you can't do a thing, you kind of like to try it.

Smith, Minnie Richard

  • Diamonds are only chunks of coal,
    That stuck to their jobs, you see. ("Stick to Your Job")

Smith, Patty

  • If I write about the past as I simultaneously dwell in the present, am I still in real time? Perhaps there is no past or future, only the perpetual present that contains this trinity of memory. (M Train)

Smith, Roy L.

  • The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man.

  • Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.

Smith, Sidney

  • It is the calling of great men, not so much to preach new truths, as to rescue from oblivion those old truths which it is our wisdom to remember and our weakness to forget.

Smith, Stephen W.

  • When practiced, Sabbath-keeping is an active protest against a culture that is always on, always available and always looking for something else to do. (Inside Job: Doing the Work Within the Work)

Smith, Sydney

  • It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can.

  • Life is fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness.

  • No furniture is so charming as books.

  • We know nothing of tomorrow, our business is to be good and happy today.

  • Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed.

Smith, Zadie

  • The very reason I write is so that I might not sleepwalk through my entire life.

Smollett, Tobias G.

  • Who bravely dares must sometimes risk a fall.

Snicket, Lemony

  • It is easy to decide on what is wrong to wear to a party, such as deep-sea diving equipment or a pair of large pillows, but deciding what is right is much trickier. (The Slippery Slope)

  • There is no easy way to train an apprentice. My two tools are example and nagging. (Who Could That Be at This Hour?)

Snyder, Zilpha Keatley

  • It's such a wonderful feeling to watch a child discover that reading is a marvelous adventure rather than a chore.

Sobol, Thomas

  • Young people need to be needed, they need opportunities to show love, courage, sacrifice. They need to be part of a cause that is larger than their individual appetites. They need to believe in something. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

Sobran, Joseph

  • Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized.

Sockman, Ralph W.

  • Christmas renews our youth by stirring our wonder. The capacity for wonder has been called our most pregnant human faculty, for in it are born our art, our science, our religion.

  • Good habits, which bring our lower passions and appetites under automatic control, leave our natures free to explore the larger experiences of life. Too many of us divide and dissipate our energies in debating actions which should be taken for granted.

  • The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.

  • Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as true strength.

  • The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.

  • True humility is intelligent self respect which keeps us from thinking too highly or too meanly of ourselves. ...it makes us modest by reminding us how far we have come short of what we can be. (Arkansas Methodist)

Socrates, see Plato

Solle, Dorothee

  • If my hands are fully occupied in holding on to something, I can neither give nor receive.

  • What is important is not what someone is but what he is waiting for. Not the events of life but its possibilities. (The Truth Is Concrete)


  • In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend.

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr

  • If only it were all so simple! If only there were evil people somewhere committing evil deeds, an it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart?

  • It's a universal law - intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas truly profound education breeds humility.

Sonnenberg, Frank

  • Trust is like blood pressure. It's silent, vital to good health, and if abused it can be deadly.

Sontag, Susan

  • Books are funny little portable pieces of thought.

  • It's a pleasure to share one's memories. Everything remembered is dear, endearing, touching, precious. At least the past is safe--though we didn't know it at the time. We know it now because it's in the past, because we have survived.

  • The only interesting answers are those that destroy the questions.


  • Ignorant men do not know what good they hold in their hands until they've flung it away. (Ajax)

  • No enemy is worse than bad advice.

  • Rather fail with honor than succeed by fraud.

Sorenson, Theodore

  • Consistently wise decisions can only be made by those whose wisdom is constantly challenged. (Decision-Making in the White House)

Soros, George

  • Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.

Sotomayor, Sonia

  • What drive[s] me arises from a different kind of aspiration: the desire to do for others, to help make things right for them.

Souferian, Shadi

  • If one could only learn to appreciate the little things...
    A song that takes you away, for there are those who cannot hear.
    The beauty of a sunset, for there are those who cannot see.
    The warmth and safety of your home, for there are those who are homeless.
    Time spent with good friends for there are those who are lonely.
    A walk along the beach for there are those who cannot walk.
    The little things are what life is all about.
    Search your soul and learn to appreciate.

South, Robert

  • Wonder is from surprise, and surprise stops with experience.

Southey, Robert

  • If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams--the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.

  • Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain.

  • What blockheads are those wise persons, who think it necessary that a child should comprehend everything it reads.

Souza, Alfred D.

  • For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin--real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.

Spalding, George Lnacaster

  • Life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live.

Spear, Grace

  • The more we give of anything, the more we shall get back.

Spector, Robert

  • It's hard not to fall in love with Seattle on a beautiful summer's day. (Amazon.com: Get Big Fast)

Spencer, Herbert

  • Music must take rank as the highest of the fine arts - as the one which, more than any other, ministers to human welfare. (Essays on Education)

  • There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance--that principle is contempt prior to investigation.

  • The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.

Spender, Dale

  • Openly questioning the way the world works and challenging the power of the powerful is not an activity customarily rewarded. (Women of Ideas and What Men Have Done to Them)

Spender, Stephen

  • I think of those who were truly great. The names of those who in their lives fought for life, Who wore at their hearts the fire's center.

Spillane, Mickey

  • If you're a singer you lose your voice. A baseball player loses his arm. A writer gets more knowledge, and if he's good, the older he gets, the better he writes.

Spindel, Lawrence

  • Not every challenge has to be dealt with on Monday. That's what Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are for!

Spinelli, Jerry

  • Live today. Not yesterday. Not tomorrow. Just today. Inhabit your moments. Donít rent them out to tomorrow. (Love, Stargirl)

Spinoza, Benedict (Baruch)

  • One and the same thing can at the same time be good, bad, and indifferent, e.g., music is good to the melancholy, bad to those who mourn, and neither good nor bad to the deaf.

  • To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.

Spinrad, Leonard & Thelma

  • "How will I ever get into the Metropolitan Museum of Art?" the aspiring young artist asked a great teacher. "You can either take the Fifth Avenue bus to 81st Street," said the teacher, "or work hard, be inspired, wait 20 years, and have them come to you."

Spolin, Viola

  • First teach a person to develop to the point of his limitation and then-pfft!-break the limitation.

Spong, John Shelby (Bishop)

  • The book of Jonah remains in the Bible to this day to counter human attempts to say that the love of God is bounded by the limits of any human beingís love or by any religionís inability to be inclusive. (Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World)

  • Every institution places its ultimate weight on preserving its own life. That is why the Church emphasizes loving God over loving one's neighbor.... The push for justice on the other hand might be at the center of the Gospel but it also attacks the balance of power in the society. Since the rich always exploit the poor, to give the poor power, dignity and humanity makes them less pliable, less cooperative. (" Bishop Spong Q&A on loving thy neighbor," 7/20/2005)

  • God is not a Christian, God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu, or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through my tradition, but I don't think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me to God.

  • The great biblical tradition says that loving God and loving one's neighbor are not two separate actions but two sides of the same action. It was the prophet Amos who bore witness to the fact that divine worship is nothing but human justice being offered to God and human justice is nothing but divine worship being lived out. (" Bishop Spong Q&A on loving thy neighbor," 7/20/2005)

  • I do assert that one prepares for eternity not by being religious and keeping the rules, but by living fully, loving wastefully, and daring to be all that each of us has the capacity to be. (Why Christianity Must Change or Die)

  • I ... look at Jesus and see a humanity open to all that God is--open to life, open to love and open to being. (Jesus for the Non Religious)

  • Jesus' power is the power of human wholeness that ultimately opens, invites and enables human beings to step beyond defense lines where incomplete humanity always hides in order to experience full humanity. (Jesus for the Non Religious)

  • Moral judgment is not life-giving; love that transcends the boundaries of judgment as Jesus' love did, is. (Jesus for the Non Religious)

  • No one is whole when acting out of fear. Fear causes people to diminish the worth and dignity of another when that other is judged to be somehow impure or inferior by reason of oneís very being over which there is no human control. (Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World)

  • One does not please God with acts of worship. The only sacrifice that God values is the offering of lives lived in justice, mercy and humility. (Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World)

  • The pathway into divinity is through humanity. The pathway into eternity is through time. (Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World)

  • True religion is not about possessing the truth. No religion does that. It is rather an invitation into a journey that leads one toward the mystery of God. Idolatry is religion pretending that it has all the answers. ("Q&A on The Parliament of the World's Religions," Sept. 5, 2007)

  • The ultimate purpose of human life is to love in the face of hatred, to forgive in the place of pain, to live in the face of death. (Re-Claiming the Bible for a Non-Religious World)

Springer, Cecile M.

  • Above all, challenge yourself. You may well surprise yourself at what strengths you have, what you can accomplish.

  • To act intelligently and effectively, we still must have a plan. To the proverb which says, "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step", I would add the words "and a road map"

Springsteen, Bruce

  • Remember, nobody wins unless everybody wins. (in Glory Days: Bruce Springsteen in the 1980s by Marsh)

Spurgeon, Charles

  • Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened.

  • Giving is true having.

  • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

Squire, Roger J.

  • A wise person truly said, "It ought to be as impossible to forget that there is a Christian in the house as it is to forget that there is a ten-year-old boy in it." (Church Management)

St. James, Elaine

  • Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it.

St. Lawrence, Susan

  • When your physical environment is in alignment with your aspiration, success becomes the norm.

Stael, Madame de (Anne-Louise-Germaine)

  • I believe that happiness consists in having a destiny in keeping with our abilities. Our desires are things of the moment, often harmful even to ourselves; but our abilities are permanent, and their demands never cease.

  • Love is the emblem of eternity; it confounds all notions of time; effaces all memory of beginning, all fear of an end.

  • The more we know the better we forgive. Whoever feels deeply, feels for all who live.

  • Sow good services; sweet remenbrances will grow from them.

  • The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.

Stallone, Sylvester

  • I believe there's an inner power that makes winners or losers. And the winners are the ones who really listen to the truth of their hearts.

Stamp, Josiah

  • It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities.

Standiford, Natalie

  • "Youíre a big sister?" I was shocked. She seemed so good-natured and compassionate.

Stanfield, Jana

  • I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good I can do.

Stanhope, Philip, see, Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope (Earl of)

Stanislaw, Leszcyznski

  • Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.

Stanley, Andy

  • We rob ourselves when we make decisions in the moment with no thought of how those decisions will impact our futures.

Stanley, Tim

  • Sometimes in life we can focus exclusively on ends and underestimate the value of means. ... But even if we fail to attain our goal, the process of trying to get there can in itself be redemptive. ("Thought for the Day," March 1, 2016)

  • Success is ideal but failure is not unexpected. What matters is that I try to be the best I can. ("Thought for the Day," March 1, 2016)

Stanton, Elizabeth Cady

  • The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others.

  • Love is the vital essence that pervades and permeates, from the center to the circumference, the graduating circles of all thought and action. Love is the talisman of human weal and woe--the open sesame to every soul.

  • Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.

  • Nothing strengthens the judgment and quickens the conscience like individual responsibility.

  • There is a solitude which each and every one of us has always carried within. More inaccessible than the ice cold mountains, more profound than the midnight sea: the solitude of self.

  • Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon. (The Woman's Bible)

Stapleton, Ruth Carter

  • Christmas is most truly Christmas when we celebrate it by giving the light of love to those who need it most.

  • Time is passing. Each day is a glorious opportunity to live and enjoy. Today I will let the past die - all the undone things, all the misjudged things... Today, there are new pleasures, new challenges, new magic.

Starbuck, Edwin Diller

  • A musician may suddenly reach a point at which pleasure in the technique of art entirely falls away, and in some moment of inspiration, he becomes the instrument through which music is played. (The Psychology of Religion)


  • Life demands honesty, the ability to face, admit, and express oneself.

  • To choose is also to begin. (Dreaming the Dark)

Stark, Freya

  • Christmas ... is not an eternal event at all, but a piece of one's home that one carries in one's heart... ("The Wise Men" Time and Tide)

  • Curiosity is the one thing invincible in Nature. (Over the Rum of the World by Morehead)

  • Every victory of man over man has in itself a taste of defeat.... There is no essential difference between the various human groups, creatures whose bones and brains and members are the same; and every damage we do there is a form of mutilation, as if the fingers of the left hand were to be cut off by the right.

  • Few are the giants of the soul who actually feel that the human race is their family circle. (Ionia)

  • On the whole, age comes more gently to those who have some doorway into an abstract world-art, or philosophy, or learning-regions where the years are scarcely noticed and the young and old can meet in a pale truthful light.

  • There can be no happiness if the things we believe are different from the things we do.

Statler Brothers (Harold Reid, Phil Balsley, Jimmy Fortune, Dan Reid)

  • Money is the reward, but if it ever becomes the goal, you will lose sight of your dream and do things that make no one happy. (in Success Secrets of Super Achievers by Stovall)

Staubach, Roger

  • Confidence comes from hours and days and weeks and years of constant work and dedication.

Stebbing, L. Susan

  • We come to think of an idealist as one who seeks to realize what is not in fact realizable. But, it is necessary to insist, to have ideals is not the same as to have impracticable ideals, however often it may be the case that our ideals are impracticable. (Ideals and Illusions)

Steele, Richard (Sir)

  • Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • The world will never be in any manner of order or tranquility until men are firmly convinced that conscience, honor and credit are all in one interestÖ

Stein, Ben

  • The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

  • The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

  • It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated...it is finished when it surrenders.

  • There is no sudden leap into the stratosphere... There is only advancing step by step, slowly and tortuously, up the pyramid towards your goals....

  • You can do what you think you can do and you cannot do what you think you cannot.

Stein, Garth

  • There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose. (The Art of Racing in the Rain)

Stein, Gertrude

  • Considering how dangerous everything is, nothing is really very frightening.

  • Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.

  • Everybody knows if you are too careful you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.

  • Everyone gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. (Gertrude Stein by Sprigge)

  • It is inevitable when one has a great need of something, one finds it. What you need you attract like a lover.

  • It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.

  • Silent gratitude isn't very much to anyone.

Steinbeck, John

  • I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit...

  • I have lost all sense of home, having moved about so much. It means to me now--only that place where the books are kept. (Steinbeck: a Life in Letters)

  • Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.

  • It is the nature of man to rise to greatness if greatness is expected of him.

  • The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It's not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time. (Travels with Charley: In Search of America)

  • What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness. (Travels with Charley: In Search of America)

Steinberg, Leigh

  • Never underestimate the capacity of another human being to have exactly the same shortcomings you have. (America West)

Steinberg, Saul

  • The life of the creative man is lead, directed and controlled by boredom.. Avoiding boredom is one of our most important purposes.

Steinburg, Alisa

  • Being an idealist is not being a simpleton; without idealists there would be no optimism and without optimism there would be no courage to achieve advances that so-called realists would have you believe could never come to fruition.

Steinem, Gloria

  • The act of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters.

  • Clinging to the past is the problem. Embracing change is the answer.

  • The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day.

  • I believe a unique core self is born into every human being; the result of millennia of environment and heredity combined in an unpredictable way that could never happen before or again. ("A Balance Between Nature and Nuture" in This I Believe ed. by Allison and Gediman)

  • It is more rewarding to watch money change the world than watch it accumulate.

  • It's clear that most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.

  • The moment we find the reason behind an emotion ... the wall is breached, and the positive memories it has kept from us return too. That's why it pays to ask those painful questions. The answers can set you free.

  • We teach what we need to learn. (Revelation From Within)

  • Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

  • Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age.

Steiner, George

  • Language can only deal meaningfully with a special, restricted segment of reality. The rest, and it is presumably the much larger part, is silence.

Steinmetz, Charles Proteus

  • There are no foolish questions, and no man becomes a fool until he has stopped asking questions.

Stella, Lady Reading

  • The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.

Stephens, James

  • Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.

  • Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying what you think yourself.

Stern, Ellen Sue

  • Things that don't get better get worse. (The Indispensable Woman)

Stern, Gil

  • Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.

Sternberg, Robert

  • Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.

Stern, Laurence

  • Only the brave know how to forgive.... A coward never ... it's not in his nature. (Sermons)

  • People who are always taking care of their health are like misers, who are hoarding up a treasure which they have never spirit enough to enjoy.

Stevens, Cat

  • Take your time, think a lot,
    Think of everything you've got.
    For you will still be here tomorrow
    But your dreams may not.

Stevenson, Adlai

  • A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular.

  • A hypocrite is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump and make a speech for conservation.

  • Some people approach every problem with an open mouth.

Stevenson, John

  • Many people have the ambition to succeed; they may even have a special aptitude for their job. And yet they do not move ahead. Why? Perhaps they think that since they can master the job, there is no need to master themselves.

Stevenson, Robert Louis

  • All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.

  • The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things of life.

  • The cruelest lies are often told in silence.

  • The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish.

  • Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.

  • Don't write merely to be understood. Write so that you cannot possibly be misunderstood.

  • For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ("Cheylard and Luc" Travels with a Donkey)

  • If a man loves the labour of his trade, apart from any question of success or fame, the gods have called him.

  • In each of us, two natures are at war Ė the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose Ė what we want most to be we are.

  • In winter I get up at night
    And dress by yellow candle-light.
    In summer, quite the other way,--
    I have to go to bed by day.
    I have to go to bed and see
    The birds still hopping on the tree,
    Or hear the grown-up people's feet
    Still going past me in the street. (A Child's Garden of Verses)

  • Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

  • Our business in this world is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.

  • The person who has stopped being thankful has fallen asleep in life.

  • Quiet minds can't be perplexed or frightened, but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.

  • Sing a song of seasons!
    Something bright in all!
    Flowers in the Summer,
    Fires in the Fall. (Autumn Fires)

  • Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences.

  • There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

  • There is nothing but God's grace. We walk upon it; we breathe it; we live and die by it.

  • The world has no room for cowards. We must all be ready somehow to toil, to suffer, to die. And yours is not the less noble because no drum beats before you when you go out into your daily battlefields, and no crowds shout about your coming when you return from your daily victory or defeat.

Stewart, Lindsey

  • When a man won't listen to his conscience, it's usually because he doesn't want advice from a total stranger.

Stoddard, Alexandra

  • Mothers, across cultures, are at the emotional center of the home and, collectively, of the world. They are channels of loving energy, the primary nurturers of all human beings. Mothers are quintessential people.

Stojanovic, Dejan

  • The most complicated skill is to be simple.

Stoll, Clifford

  • Data isn't information, any more than fifty tons of cement is a skyscraper. (in Silicon Snake Oil: Second Thoughts on the Information Highway)

Stone, Conway

  • The Dreamers Prayer: Lord, maker of desires and dreams, hold me close to the heart of thy spirit so that by the grace of thy almighty hand I will be able to fulfill the reason you placed me here on this earth by following and accomplishing my dreams.

  • Dreaming is not an accident. It is not a wistful idea you hope will come true. Dreaming is not the stuff of long-haired hippies wistfully running along a beach. No! Dreaming is a sophisticated tool used by the elite of our society to make themselves and this world a better place. People like Millard Fuller, founder of Habitat for Humanity, Warren Buffet, Col. Sanders and Walt Disney all started with a dream. The dreams started small, but like the trickle of water that eventually formed the great Grand Canyon, Dreams are powerful!

  • Every dreamer works in violent disagreement with their times.

  • If reality can destroy dreams, then dreams can destroy reality.

  • Inside each of us are thoughts and beliefs that hinder our dreams from coming true.

  • They may kill the dreamers, like they did Kennedy, King, Ghandi and Lincoln. But I am convinced that as long as you and I follow our God-given dreams, they will never kill the dream. -- Conway Stone The only hope we have is for Anonymous Americans to get in touch with their beliefs and values and follow their God-given dreams.

  • We must nurture our dreams like we would a child. They are God-given and just as precious. Without ambition how would a child learn to ride a bicycle, play an instrument or whistle? We deny the spirit of God when we as adults settle for less than our dreams!

Stone, W. Clement

  • There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

  • Truth will always be truth, regardless of lack of understanding, disbelief or ignorance.

  • Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.

  • You can always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.

Stone, Willie

  • Vision without a task is only a dream. A task without a vision is but drudgery. But vision with a task is a dream fulfilled.

Stopes, Marie

  • You can take no credit for beauty at sixteen. But if you are beautiful at sixty, it will be your soul's own doing.

Stoppard, Tom

  • Every exit is an entry somewhere else. (Rosencrantz & Guldenstern Are Dead)

Storr, Anthony

  • Originality implies being bold enough to go beyond accepted norms. (Solitude: A Return to the Self)

Stout, Juanita Kidd

  • A person educated in mind and not in morals is a menace to society.

Stout, Ruth

  • There is a privacy about it which no other season gives you. In spring, summer and fall people sort of have an open season on each other; only in the winter, in the country, can you have longer, quiet stretches when you can savor belonging to yourself. New! as of 04/01/17

Stovell, Jim

  • Integrity is doing the right thing, even if nobody is watching.

  • You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins. (Success Secrets of Super Achievers)

Stowe, Harriet Beecher

  • In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.

  • When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.

Straczynski, J. Michael

  • At its heartmeat core, writing is about exploring the questions of your heart on the assumption that what intrigues you, what inflames or amuses or ennobles you, will have the same effect on someone else. It's about taking chances, and taking risks, and pushing yourself to be honest in the issues that present themselves. (email 9/1/2000)

  • Never follow somebody else's path; it doesn't work the same way twice for anyone...the path follows you and rolls up behind you as you walk, forcing the next person to find their own way.

  • No dictator, no invader, can hold an imprisoned population by force of arms forever. There is no greater power in the universe than the need for freedom. Against that power, governments and tyrants and armies cannot stand. The Centauri learned this lesson once. We will teach it to them again. Though it take a thousand years, we will be free. ("The Long Twilight Struggle" Babylon 5)

  • On the internet, inside information is currency, and there will always be counterfeiters among us. (on the 'Net 11/20/99)

  • People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.

  • The quality of our thoughts is bordered on all sides by our facility with language.

  • Take care, don't fight, and remember: if you do not choose to lead, you will forever be led by others. Find what scares you, and do it. And you can make a difference, if you choose to do so.

Strait, C. Neil

  • Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.

Strand, Robert J.

  • We rate ability in people by what they finish, not by what they begin! (Moments for Marvelous Mothers)

Strange, John Stephen

  • Facts don't lie - not if you've got enough of 'em. (Silent Witnesses)

Straub, Gerard Thomas

  • Kindness refreshes and restores the tired and broken. (When Did I See You Hungry?)

Stravinsky, Igor

  • The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead. ("Subject: Music" New York Times Magazine, 9/27/64)

Streep, Meryl

  • Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.

Street, Picabo

  • Adversity creates heroes.

Strehlow, Liz

  • Make the best of today, for there is no tomorrow until after today.

Streightiff, Walt

  • There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

Streisand, Barbra

  • Men are allowed to have passion and commitment for their work ... a woman is allowed that feeling for a man, but not her work. (People Magazine, May 31, 1993)

  • Why does a woman work ten years to change a man's habits and then complain that he's not the man she married?

Strider, Errol

  • Often we seek to grow or change ourselves by adjusting the external aspects of our lives. ... We all too often forget that permanent or real change only comes when the center of our being, our inner drives ad motivations, undergoes transformation.

Strieby, Matt

  • Klamath Falls sits on a precarious wall that divides breathtaking panoramas and bleak landscapes of economic misery. When I'm in Klamath Falls, it looks to me like time stopped in 1960 and the entire town was covered by a numbing frost of hard times, hard luck and hard living. Ghosts from an all-American town still lurk in the shadows of long-empty downtown storefronts; faded yellow siding on a house hints at sunnier times. All of this sits paradoxically in the middle of some of the most hauntingly beautiful open sky country in the West. It is this country that redeems the town, and when I leave the basin, I know I've left God's country behind.

Strode, Muriel

  • Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Strunk, William (Jr.)

  • Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts.

Struven, Mildred White

  • A clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go though the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.

Stuart, Janet Erskine

  • The great thing and the hard thing is to stick to thing when you have outlived the first interest and not yet the second which comes with a sort of mastery. (Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart)

Suchocki, Marjorie Hewitt

  • Beauty is at the heart of God, and the beauty that we see ó and even create ó is like the trailing wake from God's hand across the ocean of the universe. This is why, in attending to beauty, we become open to the mystery of God.

Sue, Marsha Petrie

  • Are you in control of your time so you can live your life as a human being? Or is time controlling you so you have become a human doing? Are you do busy doing this and that for other people but never have time for yourself? (The CEO of You)

  • Every day is a new beginning. Treat it that way. Stay away from what might have been, and look at what can be. (The CEO of You)

  • Non-participation gives us hardening of the attitude. Life goes on, and if we do not participate, life still goes on. If a negative attitude is not getting us where we want to go, then why not change the attitude? Reshaping attitudes is possible. Awareness is the key initial step. (The CEO of You)

Suenens, L. J.

  • Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.

Sugarman, Joseph

  • Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem a turned it into an opportunity.

Sullivan, Anne

  • Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose--not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember.

  • My heart is singing for joy this morning. A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed!

  • People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.

Sullivan, Deirdre

  • In my humdrum life, the daily battle hasn't been good versus evil. It's hardly so epic. Most days, my real battle is doing good versus doing nothing. ("Always Go to the Funeral" in This I Believe ed. by Allison and Gediman)

Sullivan, Ed

  • If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure. It transcends all barriers.

Sullivan, Gregory L.

  • The excellence is in the details.

Sumner, Charles

  • The true grandeur of humanity is in moral elevation, sustained, enlightened, and decorated by the intellect of man.

Sumner, Graham

  • Hunger, love, vanity, and fear. There are four great motives of human action. (Folkways: A Study of the Sociological Importance of Usages, Manners, Customs, Mores, and Morals)

Sunday, Billy

  • More men fail through lack of purpose than lack of talent.

Sunshine, Linda

  • If sisters were free to express how they really feel, parents would hear this: "Give me all the attention and all the toys and send Rebecca to live with Grandma." ("Mom Loves me Best" (And Other Lies You Told Your Sister))

  • If you don't understand how a woman could both lover her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.

  • More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you've been bad and good.

  • Your sister is the only creature on earth who shares your heritage, history, environment, DNA, bone structure, and contempt for stupid Aunt Gertie. ("Mom Loves me Best" (And Other Lies You Told Your Sister))


  • To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.

Suttner, Bertha von

  • After the verb "to love" Ė "to help" is the most beautiful verb in the world.

Sutton, C.

  • "If you ask, what is the first step in the way of truth? I answer humility," saith St. Austin. "If you ask, what is the second? I say humility. If you ask, what is the third? I answer the same - humility."

Sutton, Kathleen A.

  • When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have.

Suu Kyi, Aung San

  • To live the full life, one must have the courage to bear the responsibility of the needs of others - one must want to bear this responsibility. (Freedom from Fear)


  • Giving is the secret of abundance.

Suyin, Han

  • All humans are frightened of their own solitude. But only in solitude can we learn to know ourselves, learn to handle our own eternal aloneness.

Suzuki, David

  • The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if a forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin, not resources; or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity -- then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus is the challenge, to look at the world from a different perspective.

Suzuki, Shunryu

  • In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.

  • The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.

Swaim, Alice M.

  • Courage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow.

Swami Brahmanada

  • In truth, to attain to interior peace, one must be willing to pass through the contrary to peace. Such is the teaching of the Sages.

Swedenborg, Emanuel

  • True charity is the desire to be useful to others with no thought of recompense.

Sweeney, Paul

  • True success is overcoming the fear of being unsuccessful.

Sweet, Leonard

  • The essence of leadership is relationship; influencing people to achieve things together that can't be achieved alone. (Summoned to Lead)

  • Leadership is the art of the future. (Summoned to Lead)

  • The true leader makes each team member twice the person they were before. (Summoned to Lead)

Sweetland, Ben

  • Success is a journey, not a destination.

  • We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own.

Swetchine Anne-Sophie (Madame)

  • Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.

  • To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others.

  • We are rich only through what we give.

Swift, Jonathan

  • Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.

  • A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.

Swift, Taylor

  • I love the scents of winter! For me, it's all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce.

Swinburne, Algernon Charles

  • For winter's rains and ruins are over...
    And in Green under wood and cover
    Blossum by blossom the spring begins. (Atalanta in Calydon)

  • Swallow, my sister, O sister swallow,
    How can thine heart be full of the spring?
    A thousand summers are over and dead. ("Itylus")

Swindoll, Charles R.

  • Alleged "impossibilities" are opportunities for our capacities to be stretched. (Living Above the Level of Mediocrity)

  • Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.

  • Cultivate you own capabilities, your own style. Appreciate the members of your family for who they are, even though their outlook or style may be miles different from yours. Rabbits don't fly. Eagles don't swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don't have feathers. Stop comparing. There's plenty of room in the forest.

  • The happiest people I know are the ones who have learned how to hold everything loosely and have given the worrisome stress-filled fearful details of their lives into Godís keeping.

  • I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun.

  • If you're running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time. If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time. If you're trying to master a new language, try it won word at a time. There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you'll find that no job is all that intimidating.

    All it takes is discipline--daily discipline, not annual discipline.

  • Life is ten percent what happens to me and ninety percent how I react to it. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)

  • People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life's circumstances to push them down and hold them under.

  • The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.

  • The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it's a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.

  • When I think of vision, I have in mind the ability to see above and beyond the majority.

  • When you have vision it affects your attitude. Your attitude is optimistic rather than pessimistic. (Living Above the Level of Mediocrity)

  • With vision there is no room to be frightened., No reason for intimidation. It's time to march forward! Let's be confident and positive! (Living Above the Level of Mediocrity)

  • Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitudes toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I become that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

Syckow, Ruth

  • The cold spurred her ambition. When frost came, you had to decide things. ("A Great Mollie" A Ruth Suckow Omnibus)

Syrius, Publius

  • It is only the ignorant who despise education. (Moral Sayings)

  • Trust, like the soul, never returns, once it is gone.

Szasz, Thomas

  • Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.

  • A child becomes an adult when he realises that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.

  • An individual is the end product of the decisions he has made. He who fails to make decisions, for the consequences of which he is responsible, is not a person. The ego, the self, the personality--call it what you will--comes into being and grows through the process of making responsible decisions.

  • Man cannot survive without air, water and sleep. Next in importance comes food. And close on its heels, solitude.

  • Self-respect is to the soul as oxygen is to the body. Deprive a person of oxygen, and you kill his body; deprive him of self-respect and you kill his spirit. ("Social Relations" in The Second Sin)

  • Knowledge is gained by learning; trust by doubt; skill by practice; and love by love.

Szent-Gyorgi, Albert

  • A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.

  • Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen, and thinking what nobody has thought. (in The Scientist Speculates ed. by Good)

Szollose, Brad

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