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  1. The best cure for worry, depression, melancholy, brooding, is to go deliberately forth and try to lift with one's sympathy the gloom of somebody else. — Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

  2. In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth—teaching others. — Ibn Gabirol, poet and philosopher (c. 1022-1058)

  3. Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. — Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

  4. The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears. — John Vance Cheney (1848-1922)

  5. A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. — Sarah Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

  6. Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. — English Proverb

  7. A book is a garden carried in the pocket. — Chinese Proverb

  8. When you re-read a classic, you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in yourself than there was before. — Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999)

  9. Power lasts ten years; influence a hundred. — Korean Proverb

  10. There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with. — George Santayana (1863-1952)

  11. There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man. — Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  12. Everyone is a genius at least once a year. — Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

  13. Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. — Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

  14. A word has its use, or, like a man, it will soon have a grave. — Edwin Arlington Robinson (1869-1935)

  15. There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed. — The Buddha (5th century BCE)

  16. Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose; if you belittle yourself, you are believed; if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved. — Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

  17. If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? — Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-2008)

  18. Every man in the world is better than someone else. And not as good as someone else. — William Saroyan (1908-1981)

  19. Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. — Lao Tzu (6th century BCE)

  20. When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity. — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  21. It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good. — Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

  22. One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. — Rita Mae Brown (1944- )

  23. Even for our enemies in misery—there should be tears in our eyes. — Chaudhary Charan Singh (1902-1987)

  24. The road uphill and the road downhill are one and the same. — Heraclitus (535-475 BCE)

  25. When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

  26. Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. — Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

  27. Have patience! In time, even grass becomes milk. — Chaudhary Charan Singh (1902-1987)

  28. Once we're gone, others will walk through the boxes and try to figure out why we needed this, or laugh at why we needed that, or nod their heads and say: "Bless her heart, who would have thought." — Noah benShea

  29. You can have it fast, cheap or accurate. Pick two. — Old Printer's Axiom

  30. The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, and familiar things new. — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  31. A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs—jolted by every pebble in the road. — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  32. A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935)

  33. Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. — Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

  34. Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. — Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991)

  35. If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much. — Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929-1994)

  36. Laws are the spider's webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape. — Solon (638-558 BCE)

  37. Minds, like bodies, will often fall into a pimpled, ill-conditioned state from mere excess of comfort. — Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  38. The man who is a pessimist before forty-eight knows too much; if he is an optimist after it, he knows too little. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  39. Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter. — African Proverb

  40. Life is a long lesson in humility. — James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

  41. Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open. — Unknown

  42. In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: they must be fit for it; they must not do too much of it; and they must have a sense of success in it. — John Ruskin (1819-1900)

  43. You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. — Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

  44. Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears. — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121-180)

  45. Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him. — Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

  46. The greatest masterpiece in literature is only a dictionary out of order. — Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

  47. To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind. — Theophile Gautier (1811-1872)

  48. In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences. — Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

  49. In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds. — Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899)

  50. The wastebasket is a writer's best friend. — Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991)

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  51. Man's life does not commence in the womb and never ends in the grave. — Charan Singh (1902-1987)

  52. By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest. — Confucius (551-479 BCE)

  53. Other evils there are that may come... Yet it is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule. — J. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973) in The Return of the King

  54. I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. — Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  55. Suffering is everywhere. Don't ever think it isn't. So are miracles. Don't ever think they aren't. — Jewel Kilcher (1974- )

  56. Language is the apparel in which your thoughts parade in public. Never clothe them in vulgar and shoddy attire. — George W. Crane (1901-1995)

  57. Words form the thread on which we string our experiences. — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  58. Clay is moulded to make a vessel, but the utility of the vessel lies in the space where there is nothing. Thus, taking advantage of what is, we recognize the utility of what is not. — Lao Tzu (6th century BC)

  59. To resist the frigidity of old age one must combine the body, the mind and the heart—and to keep them in parallel vigor one must exercise, study and love. — Charles Victor de Bonstetten (1745-1832)

  60. Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out—it's the grain of sand in your shoe. — Robert W. Service (1874-1958)

  61. We are all born originals—why is it so many of us die copies? — Edward Young (1681-1765)

  62. Often you must turn your stylus to erase, if you hope to write anything worth a second reading. — Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 BCE)

  63. There is, nevertheless, a certain respect and a general duty of humanity that ties us, not only to beasts that have life and sense, but even to trees and plants. — Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

  64. It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "try to be a little kinder." — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  65. Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing. — Margaret Chittenden

  66. He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise. — Voltaire (1694-1778)

  67. Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon. — Susan Ertz (1894-1985)

  68. The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. — Henry Miller (1891-1980)

  69. The opposite of love is not hate but indifference. — Noah benShea

  70. Simplicity doesn't mean to live in misery and poverty. You have what you need, and you don't want to have what you don't need. — Charan Singh (1902-1987)

  71. Every word was once a poem. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  72. Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts. — Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

  73. All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; and Third, it is accepted as self-evident. — Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

  74. The highest form of worship is simply to be happy. — Hindu Proverb

  75. The business of any artist—and we are all artists of life— is to give form to the will of God. Everyone needs to ask how he or she can make a container to hold the splendor of God within life. It is up to each of us to create this form. — Robert A. Johnson

  76. The heart breaks and breaks and lives by breaking. — Stanley Kunitz (1905-2006)

  77. And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. — Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  78. Luck never gives; it only lends. — Swedish Proverb

  79. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self. — Aristotle (384-322 BCE)

  80. Never confuse motion with action. — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  81. What a man says drunk he has thought sober. — Flemish Proverb

  82. One kind word can warm three winter months. — Japanese Proverb

  83. Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. — James Matthew Barrie (1860-1937)

  84. A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book. — Irish proverb

  85. Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. — Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915)

  86. Our stories are the road maps of our lives. They reveal and define us. — Edward Grinnan

  87. I believe in God, only I spell it Nature. — Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

  88. All the world's a stage and most of us are desperately unrehearsed. — Sean O'Casey (1880-1964)

  89. Dictionary : The raw material of possible poems and histories. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  90. Think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people. — William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

  91. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  92. A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines. — Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959)

  93. If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. — Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BCE)

  94. In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. — Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

  95. You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  96. Dictionary: The universe in alphabetical order. — Anatole France (1844-1924)

  97. What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? — Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

  98. Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  99. Patriotism is often an arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles. — George Jean Nathan (1882-1958)

  100. Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

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  101. Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else. — Unknown

  102. Those who write clearly have readers, those who write obscurely have commentators. — Albert Camus (1913-1960)

  103. So many gods, so many creeds, So many paths that wind and wind, While just the art of being kind is all the sad world needs. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919)

  104. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  105. God Himself, sir, does not propose to judge a man until his life is over. Why should you and I? — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  106. My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed. — Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

  107. Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self. — Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

  108. The mind commands the body and the body obeys. The mind commands itself and finds resistance. — St. Augustine (354-430)

  109. There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write. — William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

  110. Dictionaries are like watches: the worst is better than none, and the best cannot be expected to go quite true. — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  111. Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well. — Josh Billings (1818-1885)

  112. The radio is nothing but a conduit through which pre-fabricated din can flow into our homes. And this din goes far deeper, of course, than the eardrums. It penetrates the mind, filling it with a babble of distractions, blasts of corybantic or sentimental music, continually repeated doses of drama that bring no catharsis, but usually create a craving for daily or even hourly emotional enemas. — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) On Silence, 1946

  113. Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water bath is to the body. — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935)

  114. An eye for an eye leaves everyone blind. — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

  115. A Russian LAN gone awry is a nyetwork. — Quoted by Pedro Diaz

  116. Words are timeless. You should utter them or write them with a knowledge of their timelessness. — Kahlil Gibran (1887-1931)

  117. What we get doesn't usually change us. What we give often does. — Elizabeth Foss

  118. Picture makers have forgotten that we don't want to see life as it is. We want to see life as it ought to be. People want to come out of the theater feeling like they've just had a bath, not like they need one. — Dale Robertson (1923- )

  119. I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own powers. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful. — John Ruskin (1819-1900)

  120. God has no religion. — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

  121. The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

  122. People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea , at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering. — Saint Augustine (354-430)

  123. Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is.... impossible. — Richard Bach (1936- )

  124. Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. — Confucius (551-479 BC)

  125. Art is a house that tries to be haunted. — Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)

  126. A man does not show his greatness by being at one extremity, but rather by touching both at once. — Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

  127. Not all those that wander are lost. — J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

  128. There is an old saying: In history nothing is true but the names and dates. In fiction everything is true but the names and dates. — Quoted by Edmond Scotch

  129. A poem is never finished, only abandoned. — Paul Valery (1871-1945)

  130. Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it's being done to him or by him. — Frank A. Clark (1911-1991)

  131. The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out. — Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800-1859)

  132. A man's conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn't do—but it does not keep him from doing it. — Frank A. Clark (1911-1991)

  133. Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it. — Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592)

  134. Coincidences are spiritual puns. — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

  135. Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. — Hal Borland (1900-1978)

  136. Nature never did betray the heart that loved her. — William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

  137. Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  138. If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated. — Voltaire (1694-1778)

  139. All good conversations eventually lead to friendship. — God, as quoted by Neale Donald Walsch (1943- ) in Conversations with God, Book 3

  140. For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding: it is the deepest part of autobiography. — Robert Penn Warren (1905-1989)

  141. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. — Carl Jung (1875-1961)

  142. We don't understand life any better at forty than at twenty, but we know it and admit it. — Jules Renard (1864-1910)

  143. A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. — Greek Proverb

  144. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. — e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

  145. Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due. — William R. Inge (1860-1954)

  146. Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. — Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931)

  147. 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 (1452-1519)

  148. The memory of joy is no longer joy; the memory of pain is pain still. — Lord Byron (1788-1824)

  149. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned. — The Buddha (563-483 BC)

  150. Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do? — Epicurus (341-270 BC)

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  151. If the gods listened to the prayers of men, all humankind would quickly perish since they constantly pray for many evils to befall one another. — Epicurus (341-270 BC)

  152. The most effective information management tool on Earth is still the human librarian, and probably will be for years to come. — Uche Ogbuji (1972- )

  153. If a man spends enough time in a library, he may actually change his mind. I have seen it happen. — Roger Rosenblatt (1940- )

  154. Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  155. The Indian was closer to Nature than we are... His attitude was reverential... an expression of the holy things of his life... Now what can we do to help repair the damage that the white man has done? Most of it is irreparable. — Cyrus E. Dallin (1861-1944)

  156.  When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. But my faculties are decaying now, and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  157.  Se non è vero, è ben travato. If it's not true, it ought to be. — Italian Saying

  158.  When your heart speaks, take good notes. — Judith Campbell

  159.  God tries you. Some things are good. Some things are bad. All of them are trials. — Muhammad Ali (1942- )

  160.  There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  161.  The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think. — Edwin Schlossberg (1945- )

  162.  To be well informed, one must read quickly a great number of merely instructive books. To be cultivated, one must read slowly and with a lingering appreciation the comparatively few books that have been written by men who lived, thought, and felt with style. — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  163.  The fact is that genius is grotesquely overrated. Most "geniuses" are just talented people who get up really early in the morning. — Joel Achenbach (1960- )

  164.  It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars. — Garrison Keillor (1942- )

  165.  Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both. — John Andrew Holmes (1874-1936?)

  166.  A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled. — Barnett Cocks (1907-1989)

  167.  If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry. — Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

  168.  The higher we soar the smaller we appear to those who cannot fly. — Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  169.  I have never been contained except I made the prison. — Mari Evans (1923- )

  170.  Who, being loved, is poor? — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  171.  The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  172.  The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  173.  A painting is never finished—it simply stops in interesting places. — Paul Gardner

  174.  A proverb is a short sentence based on long experience. — Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

  175.  Greatness does not consist in receiving honors but in deserving them. — Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  176.  Sitting in the library is a lot better than sitting on the Internet. If you go into the library, you have to take apart a topic and you become sort of an expert. Sitting on the Internet you don't actually learn anything. — Daniel Davis (1984- )

  177.  I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library. — Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

  178.  We only have the happiness we have given. — Édouard Pailleron (1834-1899)

  179.  A book is a version of the world. If you do not like it, ignore it; or offer your own version in return. — Salman Rushdie (1947- )

  180.  If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity. — Italian Proverb

  181.  The truth is rarely pure, and never simple. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  182.  You only have to improve a person to ruin him. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  183.  Nearly all men die of their medicines, not of their diseases. — Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673)

  184.  During the Internet age, we've forgotten that professional librarians know how to find information better than anyone—especially better than computer programmers. — John Dvorak (1952- )

  185.  I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose—words in their best order; poetry, —the best words in their best order.—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

  186.  To the question whether I am a pessimist or an optimist, I answer that my knowledge is pessimistic, but my willing and hoping are optimistic. — Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

  187.  We have been taught to believe that what is beautiful need not be useful and what is useful cannot be beautiful. I want to show that what is useful can also be beautiful. — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

  188.  To believe in progress does not mean believing that any progress has yet been made. — Franz Kafka (1883-1924)

  189.  There are two kinds of fool. One says, "This is old, and therefore good." And one says, "This is new, and therefore better." — John Brunner (1934-1995)

  190.  Where all men think alike, no one thinks very much. — Walter Lippmann (1889-1974)

  191.  My library was dukedom large enough. — William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in The Tempest

  192.  Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart. — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  193.  To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart. — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  194.  God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. — J. G. Holland (1819-1881)

  195.  What I regret about the follies of youth is not having committed them but not being able to do so again. — Pierre Benoit (1886-1962)

  196.  Tell the truth every now and then so that they believe you when you lie. — Jules Renard (1864-1910)

  197.  Easy reading is damned hard writing. — Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

  198.  Words are things; and a small drop of ink falling like dew upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. — George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

  199.  To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious. — Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

  200.  It is unjust to provoke a man and then to complain he is a satyr if the provocation succeeds. — Stephen Maturin [character] — Patrick O'Brian (1914-2000) in Post Captain

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  201.  Love is eternal while it lasts. — Henri de Régnier (1864-1936)

  202.  The public good consists of a great number of private evils. — Anatole France (1844-1924)

  203.  Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  204.  Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  205.  The lights of stars that were extinguished ages ago still reach us. So it is with great men who died centuries ago, but still reach us with the radiation of their personalities. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

  206.  God never occurs to you in person but always in action. — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

  207.  A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. — Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

  208.  You become a writer by writing. It is a yoga. — R. K. Narayan (1906-2001)

  209.  Praise, like gold and diamonds, owes its value to its scarcity. — Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

  210.  No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction. — Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

  211.  Attitudes are more important than facts. — Karl Menninger (1893-1990)

  212.  People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the center of attention. — Unknown

  213.  When a thing is funny, search it carefully for a hidden truth. — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  214.  You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  215.  Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young. — Charles Augustin Sainte-Beuve (1804-1869)

  216.  His mother had often said, When you choose an action, you choose the consequences of that action. She had emphasized the corollary of this axiom even more vehemently: when you desired a consequence you had damned well better take the action that would create it. — Lois McMaster Bujold (1949- )

  217.  Do you love me because I'm beautiful, or am I beautiful because you love me? — Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)

  218.  An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. — Spanish Proverb

  219.  Him that I love, I wish to be free—even from me. — Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001)

  220.  We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

  221.  Words are the soul's ambassadors, who go / Abroad upon her errands to and fro. — James Howell (1594-1666)

  222.  Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. — Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

  223.  The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven? — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

  224.  Faith and love are apt to be spasmodic in the best of minds. Men and women live on the brink of mysteries and harmonies into which they never enter and with their hand on the doorlatch they die outside. — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

  225.  Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects. — Arnold Glasow (1905-1998)

  226.  If somebody makes me laugh, I'm his slave for life. — Bette Midler (1945- )

  227.  What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul. — Yiddish Proverb

  228.  Laughter is the shortest distance between two people. — Victor Borge (1909-2000)

  229.  Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm. — Steven Wright (1955- )

  230.  Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  231.  In this world there are only two tragedies: one is not getting what one wants, the other is getting it. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  232.  It's good to slowly come to the realization that you understand nothing. — Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949)

  233.  You have reached the pinnacle of success as soon as you become uninterested in money, compliments, or publicity. — Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

  234.  The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit. — Moliere [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673)

  235.  When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. — John Muir (1838-1914)

  236.  Danger and delight grow on one stalk. — English Proverb

  237.  One may have a blazing hearth in one's soul, and yet no one ever comes to sit by it. — Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  238.  If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. — Rachel Carson (1907-1964)

  239.  Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. — Carrie Fisher (1956- )

  240.  Frankly speaking, you sometimes have to get annoyed to make things work well. — Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  241.  Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. — Oscar Levant (1906-1972)

  242.  I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forget their use. — Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

  243.  The body is a house of many windows: there we all sit, showing ourselves and crying on the passers-by to come and love us. — Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  244.  A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company. — Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948)

  245.  Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance. — Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

  246.  When you have to make a choice and don't make it, that is in itself a choice. — William James (1842-1910)

  247.  A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life. — Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

  248.  The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials. — Chinese Proverb

  249.  The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of his behind. — Donald Rumsfeld (1932- )

  250.  It takes everyone to make a happy day. — Marcy Rumsfeld

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  251.  The worst mistake is to have the best ladder and the wrong wall. — Donald Rumsfeld (1932- )

  252.  The better part of one's life consists of friendship. — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  253.  Marriage is like mushrooms: we notice too late if they are good or bad. — Woody Allen (1935- )

  254.  The root cause of diffusing mass ignorance is the fact that all know how to read and write. — Peter de Vries (1910-1993)

  255.  Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught. — Oscar Wilde. (1854-1900)

  256.  It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them admittance than to control them after they have been admitted. — Lucius Annaeus Seneca (c.1 BC-65 AD)

  257.  It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward. — Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898)

  258.  One of my favorite stories recently is about a Native American grandfather talking to his young grandson. He tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, greed and hatred. "Which wolf will win, grandfather?" asks the young boy. "Whichever one I feed," is the reply. — Unknown

  259.  Men have become the tools of their tools. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  260.  Happiness is a marvellous thing: the more you give, the more you are left with. — Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

  261.  The big difference between sex for money and sex for free is sex for money costs less. — Brendan Francis Behan (1923-1964)

  262.  War is all about the massacre of men who don't know each other, for the benefit of men who know each other but will not massacre each other. — Paul Valéry (1871-1945)

  263.  Ignorance is the greatest source of happiness. — Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837)

  264.  Research into illness has progressed so much that it is almost impossible to find someone who is completely healthy. — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  265.  Melancholy is the happiness of being sad. — Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

  266.  True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it. — Karl Popper (1902-1994)

  267.  Never does the human soul appear so strong as when it forgoes revenge, and dares to forgive an injury. — E. H. Chapin (1814-1880)

  268.  A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives the rose. — Chinese Proverb

  269.  To know how to hide one's ability is great skill. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  270.  Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  271.  Self-esteem is the reputation we acquire with ourselves. — Nathaniel Branden (1930- )

  272.  Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind. — James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

  273.  Any fine morning, a power saw can fell a tree that took a thousand years to grow. — Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980)

  274.  Courtship to marriage, as a very witty prologue to a very dull play. — William Congreve (1670-1729)

  275.  Never bear more than one trouble at a time. Some people bear three kinds—all they have had, all they have now, and all they expect to have. — Edward Everett Hale (1822-1909)

  276.  Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man, but they don't bite everybody. — Stanislaw Jerzy Lec (1909-1966)

  277.  Discoveries are of no help to the Third World, they just compound the existing injustice. — Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932-2007)

  278.  Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger. — Franklin P. Jones (1908-1980)

  279.  You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive. — James Baldwin (1924-1987)

  280.  If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  281.  Of course, it's possible to love a human being—if you don't know them too well. — Charles Bukowski (1920-1994)

  282.  I don't need time. What I need is a deadline. — Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

  283.  A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good. — Steven Wright (1955- )

  284.  Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it. — Steven Wright (1955- )

  285.  Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity. — Hanlon's Razor

  286.  Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop. — Ovid [Publius Ovidius Naso] (43 BC - 17/18 AD)

  287.  Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

  288.  Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  289.  Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. — Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)

  290.  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. — Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

  291.  The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good. — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  292.  What we fear comes to pass more speedily than what we hope. — Publilius Syrus (fl. 1st Century BC)

  293.  There is no passion in which the ego reigns so strongly as being in love; one is always more prepared to sacrifice the tranquility of the person being loved than to lose one's own. — François de la Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  294.  The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  295.  We despise all reverences and all objects of reverence which are outside the pale of our list of sacred things. And yet, with strange inconsistency, we are shocked when other people despise and defile the things which are holy to us. — Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910)

  296.  This is the first age that's paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic, since we may not have one. — Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008)

  297.  Science is one thing, wisdom is another. Science is an edged tool, with which men play like children, and cut their own fingers. — Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944)

  298.  How To Compose An Overture: Wait until the evening before Opening Night. Nothing primes inspiration more than necessity, whether it be the presence of a copyist waiting for your work or the prodding of an impresario tearing his hair. In my time, all the impresarios of Italy were bald at 30. — Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

  299.  A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life. — Unknown

  300.  I cannot live with someone who can't live without me. — Nadine Gordimer (1923- )

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  301.  One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done. — Marie Curie (1867-1934)

  302.  People won't let you live the way you want to, but if you're strong enough, at least you don't have to live the way they want you to. — Andrew H. Vachss (1942- )

  303.  Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. — Sir Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  304.  Yes we are three times richer than our grandparents. But are we three times happier? — Tony Blair (1953- )

  305.  There is always a right way; there is always a wrong way. The wrong way always seems more reasonable. — George Moore (1811-1870)

  306.  If a master can't do without his slave, which of the two is a free man? — Albert Camus (1913-1960)

  307.  If you want friendship, gentleness and poetry to cross your path through life, take them with you. — Georges Duhamel (1884-1966)

  308.  Our conscience is no defence against our sins. However, it unfortunately denies us the pleasure of enjoying them. — Salvador de Madariaga (1886-1978)

  309.  Perfect love is rare indeed—for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain. — Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

  310.  Moral certainty is always a sign of cultural inferiority. The more uncivilized the man, the surer he is that he knows precisely what is right and what is wrong. All human progress, even in morals, has been the work of men who have doubted the current moral values, not of men who have whooped them up and tried to enforce them. The truly civilized man is always skeptical and tolerant, in this field as in all others. His culture is based on "I am not too sure." — H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

  311.  A single rose can be my garden... a single friend, my world. — Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

  312.  We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones. — Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  313.  The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange. — G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

  314.  Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly. — Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)

  315.  Those of us who live Simon-pure lives don't like to admit it, but most of us turn out pretty well only because we were born with the advantage of a normal home life and a reasonably happy childhood. — Bill Hughes in Why I Oppose the Death Penalty, Oakland (CA) Post

  316.  Am I not destroying my enemies when I make friends of them? — Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  317.  A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people. — Thomas Mann (1875-1955)

  318.  Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge: fitter to bruise than polish. — Anne Bradstreet (c.1612-1672)

  319.  An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field. — Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

  320.  The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone. — Ashley Montagu (1905-1999)

  321.  Impiety, n. Your irreverence toward my deity. — Ambrose Bierce (1842-1913) in The Devil's Dictionary

  322.  No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place. — Zen aphorism

  323.  A woman is a present that chooses you. — Georges Brassens (1921-1981)

  324.  Faithfulness is the art of committing adultery only with one's mind. — Décoly

  325.  The young delude themselves about their future; the old folks about their past. — Décoly

  326.  The great tragedy of science—the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. — Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895)

  327.  To confront a person with his own shadow is to show him his own light. — Carl G. Jung (1875-1961)

  328.  I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone. — Bjarne Stroustrup (1950- )

  329.  Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by hitting back. — Piet Hein (1905-1996)

  330.  Say oh wise man how you have come to such knowledge? Because I was never ashamed to confess my ignorance and ask others. — Johann Gottfried Von Herder (1744-1803)

  331.  We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words. — Anna Sewell (1820-1878)

  332.  No, no, you're not thinking, you're just being logical. — Niels Bohr (1885-1962)

  333.  The charm, one might say the genius, of memory is that it is choosy, chancy and temperamental; it rejects the edifying cathedral and indelibly photographs the small boy outside, chewing a hunk of melon in the dust. — Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973)

  334.  The fetters imposed on liberty at home have ever been forged out of the weapons provided for defence against real, pretended, or imaginary dangers from abroad. — James Madison (1751-1836)

  335.  All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. — James Thurber (1894-1961)

  336.  If you wish to savour your good qualities, commit a sin from time to time. — Ugo Ojetti (1871-1946)

  337.  The easiest person to deceive is one's self. — Edward Bulwer Lytton (1803-1873)

  338.  We are all amateurs, life is too short for us to be anything else. — Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

  339.  Science can tell us how things work, but it is not equipped to tell us what they mean. — HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales (1948- ) in Harmony: a New Way of Looking at Our World

  340.  Every man is as God made him, and often worse. — Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

  341.  Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  342.  The chains of wedlock are so heavy that it takes two to carry them; sometimes three. — Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

  343.  Thinking is the hardest work there is. — Henry Ford (1863-1947)

  344.  You are never too old to be what you might have been. — George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880)

  345.  My feeling is that there is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others, and comforting those who are sad. — Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)

  346.  To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  347.  I like not only to be loved, but to be told that I am loved; the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. — George Eliot [Mary Ann Evans] (1819-1880)

  348.  Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it. — Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

  349.  People change and forget to tell each other. — Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)

  350.  A true measure of your worth includes all the benefits others have gained from your successes. — Cullen Hightower (1923- )

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  351.  To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure. — J. K. Rowling (1965- ) in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  352.  You've always had a destiny. As for it being here... Here is no more than where you happen to be standing at the moment. — Robin Hobb (1952- ) in Fool's Errand

  353.  There really is a freedom that comes from having not so many choices. — Jill Fredston, quoting an unnamed friend

  354.  Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day. — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  355.  A book is a story for the mind. A song is a story for the soul. — Eric Pio

  356.  Dalton's records, carefully preserved for a century, were destroyed during the World War II bombing of Manchester. It is not only the living who are killed in war. — Isaac Asimov (1920-1992)

  357.  He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. — Confucius (551-479 BC)

  358.  A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight. — Robertson Davies (1913-1995)

  359.  Assumptions are the termites of relationships. — Henry Winkler (1945- )

  360.  If you believe the doctors, nothing is wholesome; if you believe the theologians, nothing is innocent; if you believe the military, nothing is safe. — Robert Arthur Talbot Gascoyne-Cecil, Lord Salisbury (1830-1903)

  361.  There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind. — Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

  362.  Life takes up too much of a person's time. — Stanislaw Jerzy Lec (1909-1966)

  363.  Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. — Japanese Proverb

  364.  Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. — Stanley Horowitz

  365.  The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible. — Richard M. DeVos (1955- )

  366.  Women should use make-up to accentuate their most attractive feature. After the age of 25 or thereabouts, personality becomes an increasingly more attractive feature. — Hazel Bishop (1906-1998)

  367.  It's easier to disintegrate an atom than a prejudice. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  368.  My future starts when I wake up every morning... Every day I find something creative to do with my life. — Miles Davis (1926-1991)

  369.  If we make peaceful revolution impossible, we make violent revolution inevitable. — John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

  370.  Heaven gives its glimpses only to those / Not in position to look too close. — Robert Frost (1874-1963)

  371.  Youth is the first victim of war—the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him. — Boudewijn I (1930-1993) King of Belgium

  372.  Since the day of my birth, my death began its walk. It is walking toward me, without hurrying. — Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

  373.  Men fear death as children fear to go into the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other. — Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  374.  I do not believe that any man fears to be dead, but only the stroke of death. — Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  375.  Everybody's talking about people breaking into houses but there are more people in the world who want to break out of houses. — Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)

  376.  Life is an adventure in forgiveness. — Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

  377.  Brasington's Ninth Law: A carelessly planned project takes three times longer to complete than expected; a carefully planned one will take only twice as long.

  378.  Efficiency is intelligent laziness. — Attrib. David Dunham

  379.  Intellectuals solve problems: geniuses prevent them. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  380.  Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. — William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  381.  One can pay back the loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind. — Malayan Proverb

  382.  Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. — Socrates (c.469-399 BC)

  383.  Every increased possession loads us with new weariness. — John Ruskin (1819-1900)

  384.  Presents, I often say, endear absents. — Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

  385.  A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  386.  When nations grow old, the arts grow cold and commerce settles on every tree. — William Blake (1757-1827)

  387.  God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh. — Voltaire [François-Marie Arouet ] (1694-1778)

  388.  One is not born a woman, one becomes a woman. — Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

  389.  You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  390.  Humankind cannot stand very much reality. — T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  391.  Doing no evil is very good. But doing no good is very bad. — Alberto Hurtado (1901-1952)

  392.  A poet understands Nature better than a scientist. — Novalis [Georg Friedrich Philipp von Hardenburg] (1772-1801)

  393.  To most men, experience is like the stern lights of a ship, which illumine only the track it has passed. — Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)

  394.  We probably wouldn't worry about what people think of us if we could know how seldom they do. — Olin Miller

  395.  Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it. — Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

  396.  The great American tragedy is that we do not remember our history. The tragedy of the rest of the world is that it can't forget a single moment or grievance of its history. — Marylaine Block in Hard Copy from April 30, 2004 NeatNew and ExLibris Web Page

  397.  What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give. — P. D. James (1920- )

  398.  Don't wait for the right opportunity: create it. — George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  399.  Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. — Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

  400.  Like art, religion is an attempt to construct meaning in the face of the relentless pain and injustice of life. — Karen Armstrong (1944- ) in The Case for God

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  401.  The greatest of all the things that wisdom provides to make life sublimely happy is undoubtedly the possession of friendship. — Epicurus (341-270 BC)

  402.  Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. — Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727)

  403.  The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. — Carl Jung (1875-1961)

  404.  Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power. — Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

  405.  There is no one, no matter how wise he is, who has not in his youth said things or done things that are so unpleasant to recall in later life that he would expunge them entirely from his memory if that were possible. — Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

  406.  If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain. — Emile Herzog [André Maurois] (1885-1967)

  407.  Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind. — Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

  408.  Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; Some blunders and absurdities crept in; Forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  409.  There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. — 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (1935- )

  410.  A bit beyond perception's reach
    I sometimes believe I see
    that life is two locked boxes
    each containing the other's key. — Piet Hein (1905-1996)

  411.  Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  412.  A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me. — Jean Genet (1910-1986)

  413.  It is rare that a piece, once it has been completed, becomes better through revision; usually it gets worse. — Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

  414.  Another aspect of this art which is extremely vital and demands great emphasis, is privacy. It should be unthinkable of attempting to compose unless you are sure you will not be interrupted or disturbed. The Muse is a very jealous entity, and she will fly away on the slightest provocation. — Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

  415.  Why fear death? It is the most beautiful adventure in life. — Charles Frohman (1856-1915)

  416.  It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor. — Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

  417.  People are more willing to sympathize with unhappiness than happiness. — Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

  418.  The world is a looking glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. — William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)

  419.  Those who wish to sing always find a song. — Swedish Proverb

  420.  Writing autobiographically is a little like performing surgery on yourself without anesthesia. — Edward Grinnan

  421.  The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves. — Plato (c.428-c.348 BC)

  422.  Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. — Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980)

  423.  The quarrels of lovers are like summer storms. Everything is more beautiful when they have passed. — Suzanne Necker [Suzanne Curchod] (1737-1794)

  424.  Life is like a library owned by an author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him. — Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969)

  425.  There is no surer way to misread any document than to read it literally. — Learned Hand (1872-1961)

  426.  Marriage: a book of which the first chapter is written in poetry and the remaining chapters written in prose. — John Beverley Nichols (1898-1983)

  427.  When you put something good into the world, something good comes back to you. — Merle Shain (1935-1989) from The Heart That We Broke Long Ago

  428.  The heart is a museum, filled with the exhibits of a lifetime's loves. — Diane Ackerman (1948- )

  429.  Amazing things can be accomplished when no one seeks the credit. — Joe Paterno (1926- )

  430.  When you travel, remember that a foreign country is not designed to make you comfortable. It is designed to make its own people comfortable. — Clifton Paul Fadiman (1904-1999)

  431.  An actor is a sincere liar. — Albert Camus (1913-1960)

  432.  Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than going to the garage makes you a car. — Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)

  433.  America is a country that doesn't know where it is going but is determined to set a speed record getting there. — Laurence J. Peter (1919-1990)

  434.  The wealth of the poor is represented by their children, that of the rich by their parents. — Massimo Troisi (1953-1994)

  435.  You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame. — Erica Jong (1942- )

  436.  Did you know that the worldwide food shortage that threatens up to five hundred million children could be alleviated at the cost of only one day, only ONE day, of modern warfare. — Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)

  437.  Words, like eyeglasses, obscure everything they do not make clear. — Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

  438.  The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  439.  Only librarians like to search, everyone else likes to find. — Roy Tennant

  440.  Odd that Americans, who despise 'people of color,' should be so eager to let the sun bake them as black as possible. — Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

  441.  People of faith admit in theory that God is utterly transcendent, but they seem sometimes to assume that they know exactly who "he" is and what he thinks, loves and expects. — Karen Armstrong (1944- ) in The Case for God

  442.  You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. — Ruth E. Renkl

  443.  If you're going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  444.  If ignorance is bliss, where are all the blissful people? — Unknown

  445.  Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. — Erica Jong (1942- )

  446.  Never ruin an apology with an excuse. — Kimberly Johnson (1971- )

  447.  I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. — Mother Teresa [Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu] (1910-1997)

  448.  Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. — Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

  449.  No man is ever old enough to know better. — Holbrook Jackson (1874-1948)

  450.  One of the great joys of being a librarian is that it is the last refuge of the renaissance person—everything you have ever read or learned or picked up is likely to come in handy. — GraceAnne DeCandido

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  451.  A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. — Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

  452.  Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. — Unknown

  453.  Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance. — Unknown

  454.  Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. — Socrates (c.469-399 BC)

  455.  Write with nouns and verbs, not with adjectives and adverbs. The adjective hasn't been built that can pull a weak or inaccurate noun out of a tight place. — William Strunk (1869-1946) and E. B. White (1899-1985)

  456.  After all, it's your relationships with other people that give value to life. — Wilhelm von Humboldt (1767-1835)

  457.  A tragic indicator of the values of our civilization is that there's no business like war business. — Douglas Mattern (1933- )

  458.  Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude. — Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

  459.  The memories that we have of one another, even when we are in love, are not the same. — Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

  460.  Every man has a task in life and it is never the one he would have chosen. — Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

  461.  Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  462.  The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  463.  You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. — Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

  464.  Misunderstanding is the most frequent form of communication between people. — Peter Benary (1931- )

  465.  To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer. — Saadi, poet (1184-1283)

  466.  Love is like war; easy to begin but very hard to stop. — H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

  467.  Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. — Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  468.  To kill time is not murder, it's suicide. — William James (1842-1910)

  469.  It is surprising what a man can do when he has to, and how little most men will do when they don't have to. — Walter Linn

  470.  The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes—ah, that is where the art resides. — Artur Schnabel (1882-1951)

  471.  Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. — Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  472.  Television's perfect. You turn a few knobs, a few of those mechanical adjustments at which the higher apes are so proficient, and lean back and drain your mind of all thought. And there you are watching the bubbles in the primeval ooze. You don't have to concentrate. You don't have to react. You don't have to remember. You don't miss your brain because you don't need it. Your heart and liver and lungs continue to function normally. Apart from that, all is peace and quiet. You are in the man's nirvana. And if some poor nasty-minded person comes along and says you look like a fly on a can of garbage, pay him no mind. He probably hasn't got the price of a television set. — Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959)

  473.  A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. — Anatole France (1844-1924)

  474.  We have just enough religion to make us hate but not enough to make us love one another. — Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

  475.  One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter. — James Earl Jones (1931- )

  476.  We heal from the inside out, otherwise, there is an empty space inside. — Roger Mellott

  477.  The future is purchased by the present. — Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  478.  How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend. — William Rotsler (1926-1997)

  479.  The cause of freedom is not the cause of a race or a sect, a party or a class—it is the cause of human kind, the very birthright of humanity. — Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964)

  480.  He who spends time regretting the past loses the present and risks the future. — Quevedo [Francisco de Quevedo y Villegas] (1580-1645)

  481.  Man reaches the threshold of each stage of life as a novice. — Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-1794)

  482.  In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich. — Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  483.  The more I study religions, the more I am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself. — Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890)

  484.  Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first. — Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)

  485.  Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. — Chinese Proverb

  486.  Experience is a comb which nature gives to men when they are bald. — Chinese Proverb

  487.  To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another. — Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716)

  488.  Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within. — Miquel de Cervantes (1547-1616)

  489.  For each of us, the past has the greatest attraction because it's the only thing we know and truly love. — Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975)

  490.  Most people would rather die than think. — Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  491.  A thing long expected takes the form of the unexpected when at last it comes. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  492.  The only devils in this world are those running around in our own hearts, and that is where all our battles should be fought. — Mahatma Gandhi (1969-1948)

  493.  When two elephants fight it is the grass that gets trampled. — African Proverb

  494.  One must be drenched in words, literally soaked in them, to have the right ones form themselves into the proper patterns at the right moment. — Hart Crane (1899-1932)

  495.  A Friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  496.  Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved. — Marcus Antonius (83-30 BC)

  497.  Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

  498.  Nobody can be just like me. Even I have trouble. — Unknown

  499.  I never have enough time to do the things I want to do 'cuz of the things I have to do. — Bill Watterson (1958- ) in Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon

  500.  The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Try this for a week and you will be surprised. — Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

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