My Favorite Quotes

These quotes have been gathered from written and oral sources;
while some are mine, most belong to far more enlightened souls.....

If you make friends with a donkey, expect to be kicked.

I do not wish to be overwhelmed; I long to be amazed.

It's hard enough to be yourself --- why be someone else? -- Loretta Lynn

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. -- David Viscott

"Stay" is a charming word in a friend's vocabulary - Louisa May Alcott

The ostentation of our love, which, left unshown, is often left unloved.

He does not love who does not show his love.

They do not love that do not show their love.

A book must be an axe to break the frozen sea within us - Franz Kafka

Learning and expanding the mental landscape is the real fountain of youth.

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.

Change is the only constant.

My love would not bind you nor my needs hold you.

Love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.

I'd trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday, holding your body close to mine...

Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow, whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die.

Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.

Lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part.

Life is a series of failures, highlighted by moments of desperation.

A healthy life leads to dignified death.

A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me.

Tears magnify the heart.

An atheist believes only in disbelief.

Uncertainty is the only certainty.

Treat yourself at least as well as you treat other people.

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride!

Living singly in a double occupancy world.

A part of winning is learning how to lose gracefully.

Pleasure fades while misery lingers.

Creatures with large hearts impress me more than those with large wallets.

Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.

Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured, and little to be enjoyed.

Loneliness is the number one heart killer.

A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction.

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.

The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.

Always do right -- this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

The difficult is done at once, the impossible takes a little longer.

We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own, which is the chief reason so few are offended by it.

Life is a series of unfortunate events.

All life is pain.

Life is a moment of uncertainty, followed by
the death of optimism and hope.

Love is tragedy -- all love, the acts
of unselfish deeds, lead only to tragedy and loneliness.

Tragedy is the untimely ejection of hope
and optimism into despair and non-existence.

I am moved by fancies that are curled
Around these Images, and cling:
The notion of some infinitely gentle
Infinitely suffering thing.
Wipe your hand across your mouth, and laugh;
The worlds revolve like ancient women
Gathering fuel in vacant lots.

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.

When all think alike, no one is thinking very much.

If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

It is the mark of an educated mind to
be able to entertain a thought without
accepting it.

Half the work that is done in this world is to make things appear what they are not.

My wants are modest, needs are few.

It's your funeral.

Knock yourself out.

It's a horse race.

Be nice to the people on your way up because it's the same people you see on your way down.

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less until he eventually knows everything about nothing.

The shoemaker's children go barefoot.

I felt bad because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.

Life's a bitch, then you die.

It's your life, live it.

I'm a victim of circumstance.

Use condoms, the anti-virus software.

What goes up, must always come down.

It's six of these or half-dozen of the others.


Borrow in haste; repent in leisure.

Keep it simple stupid.

Don't cry over spilled milk.

You can't have your cake and eat it too.

A man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.

If you think the way you have always thought and do what you have always done, you will get the results you have always gotten.

Be humble, for the worst thing in the world is of the same stuff as you; be confident, for the stars are of the same stuff as you.

The future belongs to those who believe in dreams.

The destruction of the old gives birth to the new. Creativity is first of all an act of destruction.

Creative ideas come to the intuitive person who can face up to the insecurity of looking beyond the obvious.

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities; in the expert's mind there are few.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

Within the problem is the solution to the problem.

There are two ways of spreading light: be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

Look for the second right answer.

Gems are found by sifting through tons of useless rocks.

Think outside the box.

Every adversity carries with it the seed of an equivalent or greater benefit.

Life is about moving; it's about change. And when things stop doing that
they're dead.

Change can occur only after the pain of realizing that current behavior can no longer be tolerated.

Personal identification with any concept, belief, convention, or attitude will create a powerful barrier to change.

Never think you know it all. Though others may flatter you, retain the courage to say, "I am ignorant." Never be proud.

Life is an error-making and error-correcting process.

Am I a man dreaming I'm a butterfly, or a butterfly dreaming that I am a man?

What you believe determines what you pay attention to.

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It always comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

You will always move in the direction of your thoughts.

Imagery is the language of the subconscious.

The subconscious mind cannot tell the difference between a real or an imagined experience.

Judge thyself with the judgement of sincerity, and thou will judge others with the judgement of charity.

You may derive thoughts from others; your way of thinking, the mold in which your thoughts are cast must be your own.

Only crazy people hear voices.

No pain; no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right --- for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.

Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.

Time and space cease to exist in the subconscious.

For the subconscious, past, present and future exist in continuum.

Mind moves matter.

Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.

Do not remove a fly from your friend's forehead with a hatchet.

Riches are an accumulation of cash and things of no value to anyone. Wealth is freedom of mobility and freedom of choice. May you all be wealthy.

What you are thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.

Familiarity breeds contempt.

I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.

Genius is eternal patience.

One is never more on trial than in a moment of excessive good fortune.

The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom.

Beauty is energy.

Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.

I was born with no knowledge of the past;
I shall die with no knowledge of the future.

The ultimate measure of a man
is not where he stands in times of
comfort and convenience,
but where he stands in times of
challenge and controversy.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by  the moments that take our breath away.