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Yalow, Rosalyn S.
  • The excitement of learning separates youth from old age. As long as you're learning you're not old.

Yamada, Kobi

  • Every life comes with a story ... and a possibility for a great adventure.

  • Every now and then bite off more than you can chew.

Yancy, Philip

  • ...God's visit to earth took place in an animal shelter with no attendants present and nowhere to lay the newborn king but a feed trough. ... For just an instant the sky grew luminous with angels, yet who saw the spectacle? Illiterate hirelings who watched the flocks of others, "nobodies" who failed to leave their names... ("The Glory of Humility" in Christmas Stories for the Heart)

Yeats, William Butler

  • Education is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire.

  • Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

  • The Light of Lights
    Looks always on the motive, not the deed,
    The Shadow of Shadows on the deed alone.

  • Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed up on the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.
    Surely some revelation is at hand. ("The Second Coming" Robartes and the Dancer)

  • Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people.

  • The years like great black oxen tread the world,
    And God, the herdsman goads them on behind,
    And I am broken by their passing feet.

Yeltsin, Boris

  • It is especially important to encourage unorthodox thinking when the situation is critical: At such moments every new word and fresh thought is more precious than gold. Indeed, people must not be deprived of the right to think their own thoughts.

Yentsen, Arthur E.

  • It is true that if we look after others, God will look after us--and do a lot better job of it than we can.


  • Do or do not. There is no try.

Yogananda, Paramahansa

  • The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.

York, Christina

  • Writers tell lies for a living. But we try to layer in enough truth that you believe everything we tell you.

York, Esther Baldwin

  • Giving is a joy if we do it in the right spirit. It all depends on whether we think of it as "What can I spare?" or as "What can I share?"

Yoshida, Kenko

  • To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations--such is a pleasure beyond compare.

Young, Deward

  • Think naught a trifle, though it small appear;
    Small sands the mountain, moments made the year,
    And trifles life.

Young, Edward

  • We are all born originals--why is it so many of us die copies?

Young, Eva

  • To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.

Young, F. M.

  • It isn't the incompetent who destroys an organization. The incompetent never gets in a position to destroy it. It is those who have achieved something and want to rest upon their achievements who are forever clogging things up.

Young, Margaret

  • Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

Young, Vash

  • There is no finer sensations in life that which comes with victory over one's self... Go forward to a goal of inward achievement, brushing aside all your old internal enemies as you advance.

Young, Whitney M.

  • Support the strong, give courage to the timid, remind the indifferent, and warn the opposed.

Youngblood, Jack

  • You learnt that, whatever you are doing in life, obstacles don't matter very much. Pain or other circumstances can be there, but if you want to do a job bad enough, you'll find a way to get it done.

Yourcenar, Marguerite

  • A book may lie dormant for fifty years or for two thousand years in a forgotten corner of a library, only to reveal, upon being opened, the marvels or the abysses that it contains, or the line that seems to have been written for me alone. In this respect the writer is not different from any other human being: whatever we say or do can have far-reaching consequences. (With Open Eyes)

  • Everything that we do affects our fate for better or for worse. The circumstances into which we are born also exert a tremendous influence; we come into the world with debits and credits for which we are not responsible already posted to our account: this teaches us humility. (With Open Eyes)

Yousafzai, malala

  • Let us pick up our books and pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution.

Yutang, Lin, see Lin Yutang

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