Tuesday, December 22, 2015


The beginning of morality is to see the world as it is.
- Carl Sagan

We live only to discover beauty. All else is a form of waiting.
- Kahlil Gibran

It’s the lies that undo us. It’s the lies we think we need to survive. When was the last time you told the truth?
- Carrie, Homeland

Confucius once said: “our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do”. Scholars believe he was referring to roller coasters.
- Anonymous

I would request that my body in death be buried, not cremated so that the energy content contained within in gets returned to the earth, so that flora and fauna can dine upon it just as I’ve dined upon flora and fauna throughout my life.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson

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.
- President John F. Kennedy

The American, by nature, is optimistic. He is experimental, an inventor and a builder who builds best when called upon to build greatly.
- President John F. Kennedy

Ask not what your country can do for you; but what you can do for your country.
- President John F. Kennedy

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
- President John F. Kennedy

It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.
- President John F. Kennedy

The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic toward common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of bold projects and new ideas. Rather, it will belong to those who can blend passion, reason and courage in a personal commitment to the great enterprises and ideals of American society.
- President John F. Kennedy

Some people see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not?
- President John F. Kennedy

A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
- President John F. Kennedy

Time stays long enough for anyone who will use it. 
- Leonardo da Vinci

Learning acquired in youth arrests the evil of old age; and if you understand that old age has wisdom for its food, you will so conduct yourself in youth that your old age will not lack for nourishment.
- Leonardo da Vinci

He who does not punish evil commands it to be done.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings... 
- Leonardo da Vinci

Just as eating contrary to the inclination is injurious to the health, so study without desire sports the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? 
- Leonardo da Vinci

Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind. 
- Leonardo da Vinci

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Life well spent is long.
- Leonardo da Vinci

In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.
- Leonardo da Vinci

To go places and do things that have never been done before - that's what living is all about.
- Michael Collins

It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative.
- Michael Collins

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand. 
- Neil Armstrong

I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution. 
- Wernher von Braun 

It is difficult to say what is impossible. The dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow. 
- Robert H. Goddard

Where there is an open mind, there will always be a frontier.
- Charles F. Kettering

Boiled down to one sentence, my message is the unboundedness of life and the unboundedness of human destiny.
- Freeman Dyson

Without seeking, truth cannot be known at all. It can neither be declared from pulpits, nor set down in articles, nor in any wise prepared and sold in packages ready for use. Truth must be ground for every man by itself out of its husk, with such help as he can get, indeed, but not without stern labor of his own.
- John Ruskin

Taking a new step... is what people fear most. 
- Dostoyevski

Freedom lies in being bold. 
- Robert Frost

The highest and best form of efficiency is the spontaneous cooperation of a free people. 
- President Woodrow Wilson

I had the ambition to not only go farther than man had gone before, but to go as far as it was possible to go. 
- Captain Cook

It's better to light a candle then to curse the darkness.
- Carl Sagan

A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. 
- Albert Einstein 

A perfection of means, and confusion of aims, seems to be our main problem. 
- Albert Einstein

All of us who are concerned for peace and triumph of reason and justice must be keenly aware how small an influence reason and honest good will exert upon events in the political field. 
- Albert Einstein

Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves. 
- Albert Einstein 

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. 
- Albert Einstein

Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance. 
- Albert Einstein

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. 
- Albert Einstein

Love is a better teacher than duty. 
- Albert Einstein

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. 
- Albert Einstein

It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.
- Albert Einstein

Things should be made as simple as possible, but not any simpler.
- Albert Einstein

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
- Albert Einstein

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value. 
- Albert Einstein 

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the life-long attempt to acquire it. 
- Albert Einstein 

Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom. 
- Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.
It is the source of all true art and science.
He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
- Albert Einstein

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
- Albert Einstein

Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.
- Albert Einstein

One should guard against inculcating a young man {or woman} with the idea that success is the aim of life, for a successful man normally receives from his peers an incomparably greater portion than the services he has been able to render them deserve. The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving. The most important motive for study at school, at the university, and in life is the pleasure of working and thereby obtaining results which will serve the community. The most important task for our educators is to awaken and encourage these psychological forces in a young man {or woman}. Such a basis alone can lead to the joy of possessing one of the most precious assets in the world - knowledge or artistic skill.
- Albert Einstein

We all know, from what we experience with and within ourselves, that our conscious acts spring from our desires and our fears. Intuition tells us that that is true also of our fellows and of the higher animals. We all try to escape pain and death, while we seek what is pleasant. We are all ruled in what we do by impulses; and these impulses are so organized that our actions in general serve for our self preservation and that of the race. Hunger, love, pain, fear are some of those inner forces which rule the individual's instinct for self preservation. At the same time, as social beings, we are moved in the relations with our fellow beings by such feelings as sympathy, pride, hate, need for power, pity, and so on. All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man's actions. All such action would cease if those powerful elemental forces were to cease stirring within us. Though our conduct seems so very different from that of the higher animals, the primary instincts are much aloke in them and in us. The most evident difference springs from the important part which is played in man by a relatively strong power of imagination and by the capacity to think, aided as it is by language and other symbolical devices. Thought is the organizing factor in man, intersected between the causal primary instincts and the resulting actions. In that way imagination and intelligence enter into our existence in the part of servants of the primary instincts. But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts.
- Albert Einstein

Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty.
- Albert Einstein

Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. THAT'S relativity.
- Albert Einstein

Relativity teaches us the connection between the different descriptions of one and the same reality.
- Albert Einstein

Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs. 
- Albert Einstein

People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live...[We] never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born. 
- Albert Einstein

I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander. 
- Isaac Asimov

It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. 
- Isaac Asimov

Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. 
- Isaac Asimov

Those people who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do. 
- Isaac Asimov

If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is, infinite.
- William Blake

You are not expected to complete the work in your lifetime. Nor must you refuse to do your unique part.
- Talmud

Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
- Robert Hunter “Scarlet Begonias”

You are dust.
- Genesis

We know where we’re going cause we know where we’re from.
- Bob Marley “Exodus”

There is no vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end.
- James Hutton “Theory of the Earth”, 1785

We’ve come a long way, we’ve come a long way and we never even left L.A.
- Michelle Shocked

Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away. 
- Philip K. Dick

Many people are shrinking from the future and from participation in the movement toward a new, expanded reality. And, like homesick travelers abroad, they are focusing their anxieties on home. The reasons are not far to seek. We are at a turning point in human history... We could turn our attention to the problems that going to the moon certainly will not solve ... But I think this would be fatal to our future... A society that no longer moves forward does not merely stagnate; it begins to die.
- Margaret Mead

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

Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. 
- Helen Keller 

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. 
- Helen Keller 

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope or confidence. 
- Helen Keller 

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. 
- Helen Keller 

One cannot consent to creep when one has an impulse to soar. 
- Helen Keller

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. 
- Helen Keller

The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.  
- Helen Keller

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. 
- Helen Keller

It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.
- Helen Keller

In dreams begins responsibility. 
- William Butler Yeats

All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake in the morning to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they dream their dreams with open eyes, and make them come true. 
- T.E. Lawrence 

I had a dream, and it landed right here in my hand.
- Robert R. Toth

Dreams do not vanish, so long as people do not abandon them. 
- Phantom F. Harlock 

Sometimes dreams alter the course of an entire life. 
- Judith Duerk 

Think impossible and dreams get discarded, projects get abandoned, and hope for wellness is torpedoed. But let someone yell the words it’s possible, and resources we hadn't been aware of come rushing in to assist us in our quest. 
- Greg Anderson 

When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old. 
- Bill Clinton

To fulfill a dream, to be allowed to sweat over lonely labor, to be given a chance to create, are the meat and potatoes of life. The money is the gravy. 
- Bette Davis 

Not every one of our desires can be immediately gratified. We've got to learn to wait patiently for our dreams to come true, especially on the path we've chosen. But while we wait, we need to prepare symbolically a place for our hopes and dreams. 
- Sarah Ban Breathnach 

Never laugh at anyone's dreams. People who don't have dreams don't have much. 
- Anonymous

We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.
- Woodrow Wilson 

If you talk to your children, you can help them to keep their lives together. If you talk to them skillfully, you can help them to build future dreams. 
- Jim Rohn 

Trust in dreams, for in them is the hidden gate to eternity. 
- Kahill Gibran 

Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so. 
- Belva Davis 

There will always be dreams grander or humbler than your own, but there will never be a dream exactly like your own...for you are unique and more wondrous than you know!
- Linda Staten 

Dream as if you'll live forever... live as if you'll die today.
- James Dean 

Life isn't about what happens to you, it's about how you handle what happens.
- Nicholas Evans

Dad, how do soldiers killing each other solve the world's problems?
- Calvin and Hobbes

Is time the wheel that turns, or the track it leaves behind?
- Kelstar's Riddle

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
- Dale E. Turner 

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now. 
- Goethe

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

All men and women are born, live suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about... We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live. 
- Joseph Epstein 

Let your dream devour your life not your life devour your dream. 
- Anonymous

A man's dreams are an index to his greatness. 
- Zadok Rabinwitz 

Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal. 
- Pamela Vaull Starr 

Dreams are the touchstone of our character. 
- Henry David Thoreau 

Those who lose dreaming are lost. 
- Australian Aboriginal Proverb 

In your heart, keep one still secret spot where dreams may go and be sheltered so they may thrive and grow. 
- Louise Driscoll 

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. 
- Orison Swett Marden 

Keep some souvenirs of your past, or how will you ever prove it wasn't all a dream? 
- Ashleigh Brilliant 

Dreams are wishes cast upon stars, so catch a shining one ~ take your friend's hand~ and hold on forever. 
- Traci Brown 

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. 
- Dr. Laura Schlesinger 

Hold fast to dreams for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
- Langston Hughes

Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it. 
- Mark Twain 

Courage is not the lack of fear. It is acting in spite of it. 
- Mark Twain 

America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens. Every child must be taught these principles. Every citizen must uphold them. And every immigrant, by embracing these ideals, makes our country more, not less, American. 
- George W. Bush 

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve. 
- George W. Bush Address to the US after hijack attacks on the US World Trade Centers and Pentagon, September 11, 2001 

Man's mind once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimension.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. 
- Thomas Alva Edison 

The biggest difficulty with mankind today is that our knowledge has increased so much faster than our wisdom 
- Frank Whitmore 

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own. 
- Benjamin Disraeli 

Great things are only possible with outrageous requests. 
- Thea Alexander 

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

To be great is to be misunderstood 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only passions, great passions, can elevate the soul to great things. 
- Denis Diderot 

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on Earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
- Jimmy Carter

People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light within.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
- Voltaire

Most of us have had moments in childhood when we touched the divine presence. We did not think it extraordinary because it wasn't; it was just a beautiful moment filled with love. In those simple moments our hearts were alive, and we saw the poignant beauty of life vividly with wonder and appreciation.
- David McArthur and Bruce McArthur

When we react to life from the head without joining forces with the heart, it can lead us into childish, inelegant behavior that we don't respect in ourselves. If we get the head in sync with the heart first, we have the power of their teamwork working for us and we can make the changes we know we need to make.
- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Look at life as an energy economy game. Each day, ask yourself, Are my energy expenditures (actions, reactions, thoughts, and feelings) productive or nonproductive? During the course of my day, have I accumulated more stress or more peace?
- Doc Childre and Howard Martin

Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air. You name them - work, family, health, friends, and spirit - and you're keeping all of these in the air. You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls - family, health, friends, and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged, or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.
- Brian Dyson

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
- Samuel Ullman

... I think the guys who are really controlling their emotions... are going to win; the guy who is controlling his emotions is going to win!
- Tiger Woods

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
- Leo Tolstoy

Nothing is easy to the unwilling.
- Thomas Fuller

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created-created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination.
- John Schaar

There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Hold fast to dreams,
Let them stay with you forever.
Don’t let them die.
You might fly up in the sky
On a silver unicorn’s back,
Dreaming of the ocean,
Listening to the dolphins sing.
Dreams, hold on to them forever.
-Nadia Drake

He that waits upon fortune is never sure of a dinner. 
- Benjamin Franklin

Today the greatest single source of wealth is between your ears. 
- Brian Tracy

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. 
- Kin Hubbard

It's kind of fun to do the impossible. 
- Walt Disney 

There are many fine things which you mean to do some day, under what you think will be more favorable circumstances. But the only time that is yours is the present. 
- Grenville Kleiser 

Time only seems to matter when it's running out. 
- Peter Strup 

Time is a fixed income and, as with any income, the real problem facing most of us is how to live successfully within our daily allotment. 
- Margaret B. Johnstone 

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot. 
- Michael Althsuler 

This time like all times is a very good one if we but know what to do with it 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are 
- Theodore Roosevelt 

Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day to day obstacles of life - facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and in the process, discovering our own unique potential. 
- John Amatt 

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade? 
- Benjamin Franklin 

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow that talent to dark place where it leads. 
- Erica Jong 

All men by nature desire knowledge. 
- Aristotle 

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. 
- Aristotle 

Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them. 
- Aristotle

Hope is a waking dream. 
- Aristotle 

If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. 
- Benjamin Franklin 

Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one. 
- Benjamin Franklin 

Youth is a circumstance you can't do anything about. The trick is to grow up without getting old. 
- Frank Lloyd Wright 

He who neglects learning in his youth loses the past and is dead for the future 
- Euripides 

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. 
- Frank Tyger 

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They're not fond of rules. You can quote them. Disagree with them. Glorify or vilify them. But the only thing you can't do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do. 
- Apple Computer Advertisement

When Nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. 
- Arthur Koestler 

Stop the mindless wishing that things would be different. Rather than wasting time and emotional and spiritual energy in explaining why we don't have what we want, we can start to pursue other ways to get it. 
- Greg Anderson 

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing, then we truly live life. 
- Greg Anderson 

Imagination is the eye of the soul. 
- Joseph Joubert 

Like water, be gentle and strong. Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth, and strong enough to rise up and reshape the world. 
- Brenda Peterson 

Leadership is doing what is right when no one is watching. 
- George Van Valkenburg 

Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny. 
- Frank Outlaw 

Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you. 
- Stewart E. White 

What we see depends mainly on what we look for. 
- Sir John Lubbock 

The human heart feels things the eyes cannot see, and knows what the mind cannot understand. 
- Robert Vallett 

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. 
- Erin Majors 

Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success, for those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles. 
- Sydney Bremer 

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. 
- Robert Louis Stevenson 

I love to race the best people in the world and the fastest people in the world. 
- Michael Phelps

You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get. 
- Michael Phelps

My goal is one Olympic gold medal. Not many people in this world can say, 'I'm an Olympic gold medalist.' 
- Michael Phelps

A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. 
- Christopher Reeve

Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean. 
- Christopher Reeve

Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose. 
- Bill Gates

There is nothing wrong with men possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess men. 
- Billy Graham

The test of a preacher is that his congregation goes away saying, not, 'What a lovely sermon!' but 'I will do something.' 
- Billy Graham

I can accept failure, but I can't accept not trying. 
- Michael Jordan

Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them. 
- William Shakespeare

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. 
- William Shakespeare

I am not bound to please thee with my answer. 
- William Shakespeare

Make not your thoughts your prisons.
- William Shakespeare

When I discover who I am, I’ll be free. 
- Ralph Ellison 

When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always be worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad that they have to get better. 
- Malcolm Forbes 

When we accept tough jobs as a challenge and wade into them with joy and enthusiasm, miracles can happen. 
- Arland Gilbert 

When you do not know what you are doing and what you are doing is the best - that is inspiration. 
- Robert Bresson 

When you make a mistake, don't look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. 
- Phyllis Bottome 

When you row another person across the river, you get there yourself. 
- Fortune Cookie 

Wherever you go, go with all your heart. 
- Confucius 

Whoever does not try, does not learn. 
- Jewish Saying 

Wise [persons] learn by others’ mistakes, fools by their own. 
- Henry George Bohn 

You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do. 
- Henry Ford 

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. 
- Henry Ford 

One today is worth two tomorrows. 
- Benjamin Franklin 

Our friends should be companions who inspire us, who help us rise to our best. 
- Joseph B. Wirthlin 

Our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. 
- Confucius 

Our kindness may be the most persuasive argument for that which we believe. 
- Gordon B. Hinckley

We lift ourselves by our thought. We climb upon our vision of ourselves. If you want to enlarge your life, you must first enlarge your thought of it and of yourself. Hold the ideal of yourself as you long to be, always everywhere. 
- Orison Swett Marden

Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own. 
- Robert Collier

All successful people are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
- Brian Tracy

Cherish you visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue prints of your ultimate achievements.
- Napoleon Hill 

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

No man that does not see visions will ever realize any high hope or undertake any high enterprise. 
- Woodrow T. Wilson  

The cities and mansions that people dream of are those in which they finally live.
- Lewis Mumford

Throughout the centuries there were men who took first steps, down new roads, armed with nothing but their own vision. 
- Ayn Rand 

Create a vision and never let the environment, other people's beliefs, or the limits of what has been done in the past shape your decisions. Ignore conventional wisdom.
- Anthony Robbins  

The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to make it. Your successful past will block your visions of the future.
- Joel A. Barker

Your successful past will block your visions of the future. 
- Joel A. Barker

You have to think big to be big.
- Claude M. Bristol  
It takes someone with a vision of the possibilities to attain new levels of experience. Someone with the courage to live his dreams. 
- Les Brown

You don't need an explanation for everything. Recognize that there are such things as miracles - events for which there are no ready explanations. Later knowledge may explain those events quite easily. 
- Harry Browne

All good things are wild and free.
- Henry David Thoreau

Courage is like love; it must have hope to nourish it.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

Ideas are like stars: You will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them, you reach your destiny.
- Carl Schurz

The man who speaks with primordial images speaks with a thousand tongues.
- Carl Jung

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
- Aristotle

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

There is no failure for the man who realizes his power, who never knows when he is beaten; there is no failure for the determined endeavor; the unconquerable will. There is no failure for the man who gets up every time he falls, who rebounds like a rubber ball, who persist when everyone else gives up, who pushes on when everyone else turns back.
- Orison Swett Marden

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of man. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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.
- George Bernard Show

Far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much…in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is weather it is positive or negative.
- W. Clement Stone

Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
- Lou Holtz

True wisdom consists not in seeing what is immediately before our eyes, but in foreseeing what is to come.
- Terence  

Be daring, be different, be impractical; be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imagination vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slave of the ordinary.
- Cecil Beaton

I think there is something more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren’t enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.
- W. Clement Stone

No one keeps his enthusiasm automatically. Enthusiasm must be nourished with new actions, new aspirations, new efforts, new visions.
- Papyrus

It must be borne in mind that the tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach. It isn’t a calamity to die with dreams unfulfilled, but it is a calamity not to dream. It is not a disaster to be unable to capture your idea, but it is disaster to have no idea to capture. It is not a disgrace not to reach for the stars, but it is a disgrace to have no stars to reach for. Not failure, but low aim is a sin.
- Dr. Benjamin E. Mayes 

It you’re bored with life-if you don’t get up every morning with a burning desire to do things-you don’t have enough goals.
- Lou Holtz

What you get by reaching your destination is not as important as what you become by reaching your destination.
- Dr. Robert Anthony

You must have short range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.
- Charles C. Noble

Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Patience and tenacity of purpose are worth more than twice their weight in cleverness.
- Thomas Henry Huxley

Flaming enthusiasm, backed by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
- Dale Carnegie

Success…seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.
- Conrad Hilton

You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the failing down, but the staying down.
- Mary Pickford

I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.
- Jimmy Dean

I found that I could find the energy…that I could find the determination to keep on going. I learned that your mind can amaze your body, it you just keep telling yourself, I can do it…I can do it…I can do it!
- Jon Erickson

It seems rather incongruous that in a society of super-sophisticated communications, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.
- Erma Bombeck

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don’t let them put you in that position.
- Leo Buscaglia

It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.
- John Wooden

Intelligence is the capacity to learn. Learning is based on the acquisition of new knowledge about the environment. Memory is its retention.
- Arthur Winter

The man who is too old to learn was probably always too old to learn.
- Henry S. Haskins

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.
- Charles Buxton

Once you have mastered time, you will understand how true it is that most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year-and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade!
- Anthony Robbins

Strategy is better than strength.
- Nigerian Proverb

No person was ever honored for what he received; honor has been the reward for what he gave.
- Calvin Coolidge

When was the last time you did something for the first time?
- Emirates

When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap. 
- Cynthia Heimel

We have to keep trying things we're not sure we can pull off. If we just do the things we know we can do... you don't grow as much. You gotta take those chances on making those big mistakes. 
- Cybill Shepherd

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

We never know the worth of water 'til the well is dry. 
- English Proverb

Intelligence, in diapers, is invisible. And when it matures, out the window it flies. We have to pounce on it earlier. 
- Stanislaw J. Lec

We are all either fools or undiscovered geniuses. 
- Bonnie Lin

A love affair with knowledge will never end in heartbreak. 
- Michael Garrett Marino

We are drowning in information, but starved for knowledge. 
- John Naisbilt

The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. 
- Lady Stella Reading

When a true genius appears in the world you may know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in confederacy against him. 
- Johnathan Swift

Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. 
- Norman R. Augustine

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. 
- Lauren Bacall

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. 
- James Baldwin

It is never too late to be what you might have been. 
- George Eliot

A problem is a chance for you to do your best. 
- Buke Ellington

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. 
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and griefs which we endure help us in our marching onward. 
- Henry Ford

Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. 
- Henry Ford

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do. 
- Henry Ford

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being. 
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. 
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

May the road rise to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. 
- Irish Blessing

Do or do not. There is no try. 
- Yoda, character in the movie The Empire Strikes Back

The tragedy of life is not that man loses, but that he almost wins. 
- Heywood Brown

The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist, even in pain. 
- Lord Byron

What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset. 
- Crowfoot, Blackfoot warrior and orator, 1890

Life is like a dogsled team. If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes. 
- Lewis Grizzard

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. 
- George Bernard Shaw

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present. 
- Roger Babson

Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror. 
- Byrd Baggett

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it more fit for its prime function of looking forward. 
- Margaret Fairless Barber

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. 
- Paul Boese

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. 
- Winston Churchill

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. 
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It's already tomorrow in Australia. 
- Charles Schultz

Your goals, minus your doubts, equal your reality. 
- Ralph Marston

To expect defeat is nine-tenths of defeat itself. 
- Francis Crawford

Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it. 
- Josephus Daniels

Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion's starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don't see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it's not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it's always there - fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge - they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that love actually is all around.
- Love Actually (Prime Minister)

Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk.
- Tony Stark (to Jarvis, before doing a flying test run)

Yeah. I can fly.
- Tony Stark (after testing the suit’s capabilities)

They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it... and it's worked out pretty well so far. I present to you the newest in Stark Industries' Freedom line. Find an excuse to let one of these off the chain, and I personally guarantee, the bad guys won't even wanna come out of their caves. Ladies and gentlemen, for your consideration... the Jericho.
- Tony Stark

No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit. 
- Helen Keller

Dreams are the reality you are afraid to live, reality is the fact that your dreams will probably never come true. You can find the word me in dream, that is because it is up to you to make them come true. 
- Christina Pagliarulo

Those who condemn the supreme certainty of mathematics feed on confusion, and can never silence the contradictions of the sophistical sciences which lead to eternal quackery.
- Leonardo da Vinci

The lover is moved by the thing loved, as the sense is by that which perceives, and it unites with it and they become one and the same thing... when the lover is united with the beloved it finds rest there; when the burden is laid down there it finds rest.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Ask advice of him who governs himself well.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Just as iron rusts from disuse and stagnant water putrefies, or when cold turns to ice, so our intellect wastes unless it is kept in use.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.
- Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

He should avail himself of their resources in such ways as to advance the expression of the spirit in the life of mankind. He should use them so as to afford to every human being the greatest possible opportunity for developing and expressing his distinctively human capacity as an instrument of the spirit, as a centre of sensitive and intelligent awareness of the objective universe, as a centre of love of all lovely things, and of creative action for the spirit.
- Olaf Stapledon

The art of simplicity is a puzzle of complexity.
- Doug Horton

Creative people see Prometheus in a mirror, never Pandora.
- David Brin

Swiftly the brain becomes an enchanted loom, where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern-always a meaningful pattern-though never an abiding one.
- Charles Sherrington

It is easy to overlook this thought that life just is. As humans we are inclined to feel that life must have a point. We have plans and aspirations and desires. We want to take constant advantage of the intoxicating existence we've been endowed with. But what's life to a lichen? Yet its impulse to exist, to be, is every bit as strong as ours-arguably even stronger. If I were told that I had to spend decades being a furry growth on a rock in the woods, I believe I would lose the will to go on. Lichens don't. Like virtually all living things, they will suffer any hardship; endure any insult, for a moment's additions existence. Life, in short just wants to be.
- Bill Bryson

I am pessimistic about the human race because it is too ingenious for its own good. Our approach to nature is to beat it into submission. We would stand a better chance of survival if we accommodated ourselves to this planet and viewed it appreciatively instead of skeptically and dictatorially.
- E.B. White

Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.
- Omar N. Bradley

It is the middle of the night when a glittering theatre of light suddenly appears in front of the Dhaka. Where, moments before there was only darkness, suddenly there are hundreds of columns of light. The sound of helicopters and car horns carry across to the ship on the breeze. There is the scent of rain after it has evaporated from warm streets. This is unmistakably Singapore, the small city-state at the most southern point of the Asiatic mainland. Singapore was built as a centre for world trade by the British over 250 years ago, and today, Singapore has the largest container harbour in the world. This is where the axes of world trade cross paths: from the Far East to Europe, from the Far East to Southeast Asia/the East, and from the Far East to Australia. Everything runs like clockwork here. Within five hours the Dhaka has been unloaded.
- Made on Earth by Wolfgang Korn

Your right to hold an opinion is not being contested. Your expectation that it be taken seriously is.
- Jason Thompson

If you ask a person, “What were you thinking?” you may get an answer that is richer and more revealing of the human condition than any stream of thoughts a novelist could invent. I try to see through people’s faces into their minds and listen through their words into their lives, and what I find there is beyond imagining.
- Richard Preston

The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. We must daily decide whether the threats we face are real, whether the solutions we are offered will do any good, whether the problems we’re told exist are in fact real problems, or non-problems.
- Michael Crichton

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