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October 16, 2008

This is a collection of quotes that I saw somewhere and liked – enough for me to want to read them over and over again and remind myself of what’s important. Enough for me to want to share them with others. Some inspire me. Some guide me. Some teach me. Some are just funny. And some echo my thoughts.

This is a dynamic post – I’ll keep updating it as I come across something I like.

Did you ever have the feeling you wanted to go? And still had the feeling you wanted to stay? — Al Pacino as Colonel Slade in Scent of a Woman

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” –Carl Jung

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” — Robert A. Heinlein

” Conversations have three levels : people, incidents and ideas. The lowest form of conversation is about people. When we go up one rung we reach incidents which have a slightly larger spectrum than talking about people. But the conversation which really matters is when we talk about ideas, because they are universal and live beyond time and space.” — Javed Akhtar

‘Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.’ — Albert Einstein

“The artist’s job is to make people care about your obsessions and see them and experience them as their own.” — Martin Scorsese

It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have. — James A. Baldwin

We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders. — G.K. Chesterton

Because things are the way they are, things will not stay the way they are. — Bertolt Brecht

Be faithful to that which exists within yourself. — Andrew Gide

“Somewhere along the line people have been fooled into believing that life is supposed to be easy. I often work 12+ hour days, and there are weeks when I work 7 days. I perform my own workout at the crack of dawn. Do I enjoy waking up at 4AM? Not really, but I get it done. I have a wife and son, with another on the way next month. I also have dogs, house work, work in the yard, etc. I’m beyond busy. Oh well, that’s life. I won’t cry about it and feel bad for myself. I won’t rush to the local fast food restaurant. I cook much of my food ahead of time. I make time. I find a way. Most people aren’t trying to make time. They aren’t making an effort. We need to stop making excuses for others. People need to stop feeling bad for themselves. Life is tough. That’s a fact. There are good times and bad times. There are action takers and action fakers. There are ultra busy professionals who make time for fitness, while others don’t. We all have options, and we all make our own decisions. If someone has made poor decisions, I won’t sugarcoat it and console them with more excuses.”

– Ross Enamait

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice – that is, until we have stopped saying ‘It got lost,’ and say, ‘I lost it.’

-Sydney J. Harris, journalist (1917-1986)

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of being selfish, and having ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone may destroy overnight. Build anyway,. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give the world the best you’ve got anyway. You see, in the final analysis, it is all between you and God…It was never between you and them anyway.

-Anonymous

Money is neither my god nor my devil. It is a form of energy that tends to make us more of who we already are, whether it’s greedy or loving.

– Dan Millman

“Hath not a man eyes? Hath not a man hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a woman is? If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?”

– Shakespeare (adapted)

Jawab-e jaahilan baa sad khamoshi ast.

– Persian phrase, roughly translated to: “The response to ignorance is silence.”

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. – Vince Lombardi

You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. – John Wooden

“I don’t deserve this award. But I’ve got arthritis and I don’t deserve that, either.” – Jack Benny”

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. – Oscar Wilde

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The ordinary acts we practise every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest. – Thomas Moore

You’re alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act. – Barbara Hall

God helps those who help themselves.
Wilson Mizner – “God help those who do not help themselves.”

Any fool can criticize, condemn, or complain – and most fools do. – Dale Carnegie

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how
close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

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

“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 got 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.” -Alfred D. Souza

“One man has enthusiasm for 30 minutes, another for 30 days,
but it is the man who has it for 30 years who makes a success
of his life.” -Edward B. Butler

“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be
perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less
than perfect conditions. So what. Get started now. With each
step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and
more skilled, more and more self-confident and more and more
successful.” -Mark Victor Hansen

Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself.Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly start remedying them—every day begin the task anew. -St. Francis de Sales

In full heart there is room for everything, and in an empty heart there is room for nothing. -Antonio Porchia

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller

Shared joy is double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow. -Swedish proverb

“…When we long for life without…difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure.” – Peter Marshall

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