Quotes

I wonder if we could love passionately, if ecstasy would be possible at all, if we knew we’d never die.

—Abraham Maslow

 

“Where is wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”

—T.S Eliot

 

The mind learns by doing. The heart learns by trying.

—Unknown

 

Take what you want, said God, and pay for it.

—Spanish Proverb

 

Sex without love leaves the body cold. Love without sex leaves the soul empty.

—Linda Goodman

 

Don’t judge a man by what he has. Judge a man by what he gives.

—Unknown

 

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp, otherwise what’s Heaven for?

—Robert Browning

 

Genius begins great works. Labor alone finishes them.

—Unknown

 

“What we are aiming at when we fall in love is a very strange paradox. The paradox consists of the fact, that when we fall in love, we are seeking to re-find all or some of the people who we were attached as children. On the other hand, we ask our beloved to correct all of the wrongs that these early parents or siblings inflicted upon us. Love contains in it the contradiction; the attempt to return to the past and the attempt to undo the past”

—From the film, Crimes and Misdemeanors

 

“Perhaps the most one can say is that the normal artist at his easel goes from his normality out to the edges of his personality and approaches madness. Meanwhile, the psychotic artist goes from his craziness out to the edges of his personality and approaches the normal. They come from different directions, but they meet in a no man’s land we call art.”

—Unknown

 

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

—Emerson

 

Science is the remedy to feeling at odds with employees over getting more work out of them.

—Taylor

 

two shall be born…the whole wide world apart

and speak in different tongues…and have no thought

each, of the other’s being…and no heed

and these same two

o’er unknown seas, to unknown lands, shall cross

escaping wreck, defying death

and all unconsciously

shape each act, and bend each wandering step

to this one end…

that one day, out of darkness

they must meet

and read Life’s meaning in each other’s eyes

and these same two

along some narrow way of Life shall walk

so nearly side by side

that should one turn, ever so little space

to left…or right

their needs must be acknowledged, face to face

and yet…

with wistful eyes, that never meet

and groping hands that never clasp

with lips, calling in vain, to ears that never hear

they seek each other all their weary days

and die unsatisfied

…and this is Fate

—unknown

 

Until a person can say deeply and honestly, “I am what am I am today because of the choices I made yesterday,” that person cannot say, “I choose otherwise.”

—Stephen R. Covey

 

You have to be very careful if you don’t know where you’re going, because you might not get there.

—Yogi Berra

 

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

—John Ruskin

 

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.

—Alexander Smith

 

The deepest hunger of the human soul is to be understood. The deepest hunger of the human body is for air. If you can listen to another person, in depth, until they feel understood, it’s the equivalent of giving them air.

—Stephen R. Covey

 

For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation.

—Rainer Maria Rilke

 

If you trap the moment before it’s ripe,

The tears of repentance

you’ll certainly wipe;

But if once you let the ripe moment go

You can never wipe off the tears of woe.

—William Blake 1791

 

You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.

—Quentin Crisp

 

Next to a circus there ain’t nothing that packs up and tears out faster than the Christmas spirit.

-Kin Hubbard

 

If you can find something everyone agrees on, it’s wrong.

-Mo Udall

 

An idea isn’t responsible for the people who believe in it.

-Don Marquis

 

Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.

-George Bernard Shaw

 

A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.

-George Bernard Shaw

 

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be,

-Paul Valery

 

Human war has been the most successful of our cultural traditions.

-Robert Ardrey

 

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.

-Mark Twain

 

Men have a much better time of it than women; for one thing they marry later; for another thing they die earlier

-H.L. Mencken

 

Lying is a way of taking personal responsibility for reality.

-Garrison Keillor

 

Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.

-Alfred Hitchcock

 

Government is too big and important to be left to the politicians.

-Chester Bowles

 

Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.

-H.L. Mencken

 

If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.

-Schopenhauer

 

The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

-Lily Tomlin

 

Ours is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it.

-Don Marquis

 

You can have what you want or what you need, but not both.

-Unknown

 

The cause of almost all relationship difficulties is rooted in conflicting or ambiguous expectations around roles and goals. Whether you are dealing with the question of who does what at work, how you communicate with your daughter when you tell her to clean her room. or who feeds the fish and takes out the garbage, you can be certain that unclear expectations will lead to misunderstanding, disappointment, and withdrawals of trust.

Communication is primarily a function of trust, not of technique. When the trust is high, communication is easy, it’s effortless. it’s instantaneous, and it’s effective-it works. But when the trust is low and the Emotional Bank Account is overdrawn, communication is exhausting, it’s terribly time-consuming, and it’s like walking around a minefield.

-Steven Covey

 

“Listening to your heart, finding out who you are, is not

simple. It takes time for the chatter to quiet down. In

the silence of “not doing” we begin to know what we feel.

If we listen and hear what is being offered, then anything

in life can be our guide…Listen.”

-Unknown

 

“I’m not who I was twenty years ago and I won’t be who I am now in the next twenty years.”

-FM2030 (From Optimism 1)

 

“Conventional names define a person by his past.”

-FM2030 (From Optimism 1)

 

“There’s far less mystery to human behavior than there are problems.”

-Anonymous

 

“House guests are like fish. After two days they start to smell.”

-Unknown

 

“If you want to sell something to everybody, make sure it has a big bust line.”

-Unknown Advertising Executive

 

“Life is a game. You’re either playing yours or you’re playing somebody else’s.”

– Michael Bailey

 

“If you want to know where the country is heading. Look at the Congressman.”

-Michael Bailey

 

“There’s no such state as formless. Some boundaries are further away, but they are always there.”

-Michael Bailey

 

“I like lesbians. They’re like really cool men.”

-Michael Bailey

 

“Problems cannot be solved by the same consciousness that created them”

-Albert Einstein

 

“Men are made both fools and heroes by women.”

-Michael Bailey

 

“Money is like sex. You think of nothing else if you don’t have it.”

-James Baldwin

 

“Be kind, because everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

-Plato

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