Quotations - Volume 7

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  1.  The two hardest things to handle in life are failure and success. — Unknown

  2.  Progress might have been all right once but it has gone on too long. — Ogden Nash (1902-1971)

  3.  I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it. — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  4.  Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt. — Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)

  5.  If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. — Derek Bok (1930- )

  6.  The graveyards are full of indispensible men. — Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)

  7.  If you have a job without aggravations, you don't have a job. — Malcolm Forbes (1919-1990)

  8.  Never miss a good chance to shut up. — Scott Beach's (1931-1996) Grandfather

  9.  The future is much like the present, only longer. — Dan Quisenberry (1953-1998)

  10.  A person can take only so much comforting. — Calvin Trillin (1935- )

  11.  I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don't want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house. — Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

  12.  If you live to the age of a hundred you have it made because very few people die past the age of a hundred. — George Burns (1896-1996)

  13.  I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool. — Katharine Whitehorn (1928- )

  14.  Good breeding consists of concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little with think of other persons. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  15.  Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you. — Missy Dizick

  16.  The trouble with loving is that pets don't last long enough and people last too long. — Unknown

  17.  Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. — Socrates (470-399 BC)

  18.  Enjoy money while you have it. Shrouds don't have pockets. — Virginia Esberg's Grandmother

  19.  Idealism is what precedes experience; cynicism is what follows. — David T. Wolf

  20.  Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all. — Arthur Balfour (1848-1930)

  21.  There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness. — Spanish Proverb

  22.  O Lord, help me to be pure, but not yet. — Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

  23.  Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance. — Plato (427?-348? BC)

  24.  There are two kinds of air travel in the United States, first class and third world. — Bobby Slayton (1955- )

  25.  Nobody ever forgets where he buried the hatchet. — Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

  26.  Television is democracy at its ugliest. — Paddy Chayevsky (1923-1982)

  27.  Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home. — David Frost (1939-2013)

  28.  Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. — Garrison Keillor (1942- )

  29.  You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  30.  The trouble with using experience as a guide is that the final exam often comes first and then the lesson. — Unknown

  31.  Love is blind, and marriage is a real eye-opener. — Unknown

  32.  When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults. — Brian Aldiss (1925- )

  33.  Success isn't permanent, and failure isn't fatal. — Mike Ditka (1939- )

  34.  I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward. — John Mortimer (1923-2009)

  35.  No more good must be attempted than the public can bear. — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  36.  Politics consists of choosing between the disastrous and the unpalatable. — John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

  37.  Baseball is what we were, football is what we have become. — Mary McGrory (1918-2004)

  38.  A committee is a group of important individuals who singly can do nothing but who can together agree that nothing can be done. — Fred Allen (1894-1956)

  39.  There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. — Bill Watterson (1958- )

  40.  Everybody is who he was in high school. — Calvin Trillin (1935- )

  41.  Who overcomes by force hath overcome but half his foe. — John Milton (1608-1674)

  42.  The real index of civilization is when people are kinder than they need to be. — Louis de Bernieres (1954- )

  43.  Your value doesn't decrease based on someone's inability to see your worth. — Stephen Bentley in Herb and Jamaal Cartoon

  44.  No one else sees the world the way you do, so no one else can tell the stories that you have to tell. — Charles de Lint (1951- )

  45.  Contentment is, after all, simply refined indolence. — Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865)

  46.  Many Americans feel that they're under attack. Many blame all Muslims, but some won't blame Islam at all. Both are preposterous and dangerous positions. — David Harsanyi

  47.  Utter disregard for old-fashioned truth is now deeply embedded in contemporary America, largely because it advances a particular agenda. ... Subsequent fact-finding does not seem to dispel these untruths. Instead, what could or should have happened must have happened, given that the noble ends of social justice are thought to justify the means deemed necessary to achieve them. — Victor Davis Hanson (1953- ) in The Fiction of 'Truth'

  48.  Millennials seem seriously off-kilter, and we made them this way. A generation that has grown up in more affluence and personal freedom than any other in history has been taught to hate the free enterprise wealth-creation process that gave them what they want in the first place. A generation that has been drilled since pre-kindergarten that the highest virtue in life is tolerance has suddenly become the least tolerant in history. — Stephen Moore (1960- )

  49.  Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, they face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they'll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life—the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because musicians are willing to give their entire lives to a moment—to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience's soul. Musicians are beings who have tasted life's nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another's heart. In that instant, they were as close to magic, God, and perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes. — David Ackert (1968- )

  50.  The best theology is probably no theology; just love one another. — Charles M. Schulz (1922-2000)

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  51.  We haven't yet learned how to stay human when assembled in masses. — Lewis Thomas (1913-1993)

  52.  Conservatives are always at a bit of a disadvantage in the theater of mass democracy, because people en masse aren't very bright or sophisticated, and they're vulnerable to cheap, hysterical emotional appeals. Conservative policies require explaining to voters a little bit about supply and demand, incentives, complexity, market operations, etc. A sick child doesn't need to be explained; everybody gets that. — Kevin D. Williamson (1972- )

  53.  If you want a symbolic gesture, don't burn the flag, wash it. — Norman Thomas (1884-1968)

  54.  Americans are funny about taxes: When we complain about them, we don't moan that we are paying too much—we lament that others are paying too little. — Kevin D. Williamson (1972- )

  55.  If we could look into each other's hearts and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care. — Marvin J. Ashton (1915-1994)

  56.  Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. — Confucius (551-479 BC)

  57.  Nothing will work unless you do. — Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  58.  God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. — James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

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

  60.  Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. — Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

  61.  February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March. — J. R. Stockton

  62.  Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. — Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  63.  One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day. Don't clean it up too quickly. — Andy Rooney (1919-2011)

  64.  Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection. — Pindar (c.518-c.438 BC)

  65.  If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance. — Bernard Williams (1929-2003)

  66.  A life without love is like a year without summer. — Swedish Proverb

  67.  It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. — Maud Hart Lovelace (1892-1980) in Betsy-Tacy and Tib

  68.  Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. — Henry James (1843-1916)

  69.  God offers us yearly a necklace of twelve pearls; most men choose the fairest, label it June, and cast the rest away. — Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911)

  70.  The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. — Natalie Babbitt (1932- ) in Tuck Everlasting

  71.  Don't make old people mad. We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off. — Anonymous NY Grandmother

  72.  Don't tax me to death helping the less fortunate. Urge me to do good. And I will. — Anonymous NY Businessman

  73.  If only the sun-drenched celebrities are being noticed and worshiped, then our children are going to have a tough time seeing the value in the shadows, where the thinkers, probers and scientists are keeping society together. — Rita Dove (1952 - )

  74.  The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  75.  Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. — Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

  76.  Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion. — Simon Sinek (1973- )

  77.  You change for two reasons: Either you learn enough that you want to, or you've been hurt enough that you have to. — Unknown

  78.  Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned in disorder by authorities whom we do not control. — Cyril Connolly (1903-1974)

  79.  People forget years and remember moments. — Ann Beattie (1947- )

  80.  You can't see red flags, if you are looking through rose-colored glasses. — Esther Onega (1960- )

  81.  If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat, if your house is on fire, then you've got a problem. Everything else is an inconvenience. Life is inconvenient. Life is lumpy. A lump in the oatmeal, a lump in the throat, and a lump in the breast are not the same kind of lump. One needs to learn the difference. — Robert Fulghum (1937- )

  82.  Let's fast forward and imagine an increasingly plausible future where Confederate memorials are piles of rubble, Confederate bones are interred in landfills, and Confederate flags linger on mainly as fading stickers on a few mud-covered pickup trucks—will America be a better nation? Will a single inner-city school improve? Will we have taken a single meaningful step toward finding a way to responsibly end mass incarceration? Will community and police relations improve, at all? ... Of course not. — David French

  83.  Stupid people can cause problems, but it usually takes brilliant people to create a real catastrophe. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  84.  Feelings trump common sense these days in America. — Lloyd Marcus

  85.  Wisdom has two parts: having a lot to say, and then not saying it. — Stephen Bentley in Herb and Jamaal Cartoon

  86.  Ah! What a divine religion might be found out if charity were really made the principle of it instead of faith. — Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

  87.  There are two kinds of truth: the truth that lights the way and the truth that warms the heart. The first of these is science, and the second is art. Neither is independent of the other or more important than the other. Without art, science would be as useless as a pair of high forceps in the hands of a plumber. Without science, art would become a crude mess of folklore and emotional quackery. The truth of art keeps science from becoming inhuman, and the truth of science keeps art from becoming ridiculous. — Raymond Thornton Chandler (1888-1959)

  88.  Never argue over anything factual. Argue over taste or opinion—but not about something that can be looked up. — William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008)

  89.  Diversity might be better redefined in its most ancient and idealistic sense as differences in opinion and thought rather than just variety in appearance, race, gender, or religion. — Victor Davis Hanson (1953- )

  90.  Whenever possible... it's best to be hopeful for later and happy for now. — Francesco Marciuliano in Sally Forth Cartoon

  91.  One day, you 'll be just a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one. — Unknown

  92.  Loyalty to our ancestors does not include loyalty to their mistakes. — George Santayana (1863-1952)

  93.  Oh what we could be if we stopped carrying the remains of who we were. — Tyler Knott Gregson

  94.  Grief never ends but .... But it changes. It's a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith .... It is the price of love. — Unknown

  95.  The world is full of nice people; if you can't find one, be one. — Unknown

  96.  Some people die at 25 and aren't buried until 75. — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  97.  Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment. I knew that age well; I belonged to it, and labored with it. It deserved well of its country. It was very like the present, but without the experience of the present; and forty years of experience in government is worth a century of book-reading; and this they would say themselves, were they to rise from the dead. I am certainly not an advocate for frequent and untried changes in laws and constitutions. I think moderate imperfections had better be borne with; because, when once known, we accommodate ourselves to them, and find practical means of correcting their ill effects. But I know also, that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy, as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors. — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  98.  Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. — Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  99.  There is nothing in this world that can trouble you more than your own thoughts. — Unknown

  100.  You should sit in nature for 20 minutes a day... Unless you are busy, then you should sit for an hour. — Zen Saying (Paraphrased)

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  101.  Your future depends on many things but mostly on you. — Frank Tyger (1929-2011)

  102.  Facing the truth—that the world visits violence and poverty and discrimination upon people capriciously, with little regard for what they’ve done to deserve it—is much scarier. Because, if there’s no good explanation for why any specific person is suffering, it’s far harder to escape the frightening conclusion that it could easily be you next. — Oliver Burkeman (1975- ) in The Guardian

  103.  Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. — Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  104.  Neither genius, fame, nor love show the greatness of the soul. Only kindness can do that. — Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire (1802-1861)

  105.  There’s not going to be a switch that flips once you become an adult, and suddenly you start acting right. Every decision you make matters. Because once you’re older, you’re going to revert back to the same behavior you have right now. If you have a foundation of rudeness, dishonesty, and not caring, that’s what you’ll fall back on when you’re faced with a challenge. So we need to build a foundation of character. — Unnamed New Yorker

  106.  No two persons ever read the same book. — Edmund Wilson (1895-1972)

  107.  Nothing will stop you from being creative so effectively as the fear of making a mistake. — John Cleese (1939- )

  108.  The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see. — Alexandra K. Trenfor

  109.  A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't. A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does. — Unknown

  110.  A married man can forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing! — Unknown

  111.  Content thyself to be obscurely good. When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, the post of honor is a private station. — Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  112.  Spend the afternoon. You can't take it with you. — Annie Dillard (1945- )

  113.  A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. — Jerry Seinfeld (1954- )

  114.  Make yourself happy without hurting others, then help others be happy without hurting yourself. — Edward Power in My Cage Cartoon

  115.  Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality. — Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-1794)

  116.  None are so empty as those who are full of themselves. — Benjamin Whichcote (1609-1683)

  117.  Make no judgments where you have no compassion. — Anne McCaffrey (1926-2011)

  118.  Never idealize others. They will never live up to your expectations. — Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

  119.  Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution. — Unknown

  120.  I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the rights of the people by the gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations. — James Madison (1751-1836)

  121.  Don't ask me who's influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he's digested, and I've been reading all my life. — Giorgos Seferis (1900-1971)

  122.  Why are the women who make the worst mothers also the ones who are the most fertile? — Unknown

  123.  All of life is a foreign country. — Jack Kerouac (1922-1969)

  124.  The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given the test that teaches you a lesson. — Tom Bodett (1955- )

  125.  The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all. — Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

  126.  A student said to his master: "You teach me fighting, but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?" The master replied: "It is better to be a warrior in a garden than to be a gardener in a war." — Unknown

  127.  Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  128.  I will always remember 2015 as the year America was offended by absolutely everything. — Unknown

  129.  Respect is a two-way street. In decent societies the majority shows respect to the minority. But part of the bargain is that minorities also show respect to the majority. — Jonah Goldberg (1969- ) in The War on Christmas

  130.  Reality does not disappear because we don't see it. It just hits us like a ton of bricks when we least expect it. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  131.  We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. — E. M. Forster (1879-1970)

  132.  Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. — Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)

  133.  When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. — Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

  134.  If serving is below you, then leadership is beyond you. — Jefferson Santos

  135.  Christianity and science are opposed... but only in the same sense as that which my thumb and forefinger are opposed—and between them, I can grasp everything. — Sir William Henry Bragg (1862-1942), Physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate

  136.  Sometimes you can win more friends with your ears than with your mouth. — Stephen Bentley in Herb and Jamaal Cartoon

  137.  Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. — Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

  138.  The Conundrum of Meeting New People: You have to spend time with a person to get to know them well enough to know whether or not you want to spend time with them. — Rina Piccolo in "Tina's Groove" Cartoon

  139.  Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened. — Cora Harvey Armstrong

  140.  I used to look at my dog and think "If you were just a little smarter, you could tell me what you're thinking" and he'd look at me like he was saying "If you were just a little smarter, I wouldn't have to". — Fred Jungclaus

  141.  A dog wags its tail with its heart. — Unknown

  142.  In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows, there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able to bear. — James Thurber (1894-1961)

  143.  If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man. — Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  144.  ....you can see current events in their historical perspective, provided that your passion for the truth prevails over your bias in favor of your own nation. — Leo Szilard (1898-1964)

  145.  History should not be taught through a framework that first (or even materially) considers how a student or citizen feels about that history. Nor should it be taught through the closely related framework of dictating the teaching of [a] particular point of view. Rather, the teaching of history should acknowledge—as much as human beings can—the truth of the past in all its complexity. That complexity can be difficult and painful to process. Yet it can also be revealing and inspiring, with the same set of facts playing on human emotions and knowledge in distinct and often contradictory ways. — David French

  146.  Some people's idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage. — Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  147.  The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. — Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

  148.  [Because of its] own inherent tendencies, democracy tends to lower tastes and passions, to devolve into materialistic preoccupations, and to undercut its own principles by a morally indifferent relativism. Further, democracy left to itself tends to surrender liberty to the passion for security and equality, and thus to end in a new soft despotism, tied down with a thousand silken threads by a benign authority. — Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859)

  149.  We should not be simply fighting evil in the name of good, but struggling against the certainties of people who claim always to know where good and evil are to be found. — Tzvetan Todorov (1939- )

  150.  No greater mistake can be made than to think that our institutions are fixed or may not be changed for the worse. .... Increasing prosperity tends to breed indifference and to corrupt moral soundness. Glaring inequalities in condition create discontent and strain the democratic relation. The vicious are the willing, and the ignorant are unconscious instruments of political artifice. Selfishness and demagoguery take advantage of liberty. The selfish hand constantly seeks to control government, and every increase of governmental power, even to meet just needs, furnishes opportunity for abuse and stimulates the effort to bend it to improper uses. .... The peril of this nation is not in any foreign foe! We, the people, are its power, its peril, and its hope! — Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1948)

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  151.  All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

  152.  In the cellars of the night, when the mind starts moving around old trunks of bad times, the pain of this and the shame of that, the memory of a small boldness is a hand to hold. — John Leonard (1939-2008)

  153.  Men are not against you; they are merely for themselves. — Gene Fowler (1890-1960)

  154.  Be happy with what you have while working for what you want. — Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  155.  No one heals himself by wounding another. — St. Ambrose [Aurelius Ambrosius] (337-397)

  156.  Experience is always paid for in mistakes. — L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (1943- ) in Heritage of Cyador

  157.  It is hard for loneliness to gaze on happiness. — Robin Hobb (1952- ) in Blood of Dragons

  158.  You must first get the ghetto mindset out of the people before you can truly take them out of the ghetto. — Lloyd Marcus

  159.  Turning from one's dreams is a greater death than failing to reach them. A far worse death... for one experiences it each day anew. — L. E. Modesitt, Jr. (1943- ) in Magi'i of Cyador

  160.  Just because we don't understand doesn't mean that the explanation doesn't exist. — Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007) in A Wrinkle in Time

  161.  Everyone has a compelling story. An autobiography is one of the greatest gifts you can leave. Everyone should write one. — Dennis Prager (1948- ) in "On the Death of My Father"

  162.  Our shouting is louder than our actions,
    Our swords are taller than us,
    This is our tragedy.
    In short
    We wear the cape of civilization
    But our souls live in the stone age. — Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998)

  163.  Too many Americans believe in the possibility of a free lunch. Politicians exploit that gullibility. The unpleasant task of a good economist is to teach that fundamental principle: One cannot get something for nothing. — Walter E. Williams (1936- )

  164.  Understanding a person does not mean condoning; it only means that one does not accuse him as if one were God or a judge placed above him. — Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

  165.  Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again. — Sarah Ban Breathnach (1947- )

  166.  Conscience is a man's compass, and though the needle sometimes deviates, though one often perceives irregularities when directing one's course by it, one must still try to follow its direction. — Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  167.  With all the heated and bitter debates between those who believe in heredity and those who believe in environment as explanations of group differences in outcomes, both seem to ignore the possibility that some groups just do not want to do the same things as other groups. ... Groups differ from other groups all over the world, for all sorts of reasons, ranging from geography to demography, history and culture. There is not much we can do about geography and nothing we can do about the past. But we can stop looking for villains every time we see differences. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  168.  If dogs don't go to heaven, I want to go where they go. — Quoted by Burt Prelutsky (1940- )

  169.  Everywhere is within walking distance, if you have the time. — Steven Wright (1955- )

  170.  I tell the kids, somebody's gotta win, somebody's gotta lose. Just don't fight about it. Just try to get better. — Yogi Berra (1925-2015)

  171.  Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you'll be criticized anyway. — Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  172.  Aspire to inspire before you expire. — Unknown

  173.  I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies. — Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

  174.  The wrong answer is the right answer in search of a different question. — Bruce Mau (1959- ) in An Incomplete Manifesto for Growth

  175.  Do not commit the error, common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind, you have failed. — Jan de Hartog (1914-2002)

  176.  Some people are so poor, all they have is money. — Graffiti

  177.  Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining. — Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

  178.  Leave it to opportunist politicians to use trumped-up accusations to divide people into us vs. them. — Anu Garg (1967- )

  179.  If God had intended us to fly, he would have made it easier to get to the airport. — Jonathan Winters (1925-2013)

  180.  No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. — Ann Landers [Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer] (1918-2002)

  181.  The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. — Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  182.  It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. — Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  183.  We as Americans should and need to stop being afraid of offending someone, and teach real and true history. — John Massoud (1964- )

  184.  When you see something beautiful in someone, tell them. It may take seconds to say, but for them it could last a lifetime. — Unknown

  185.  Some days you will be the light for others, and some days you will need some light from them. As long as there is light, there is hope, and there is a way. — Jennifer Gayle

  186.  The color of truth is grey. — Andre Gide (1869-1951)

  187.  Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. — Alan Alexander Milne (1882-1956)

  188.  Every time an old man dies, it is as if a library burns down. — African Proverb

  189.  The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem. — Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

  190.  Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. — Johnathan Swift (1667-1745)

  191.  One should always be wary about imposing the mores of the present on the past. — Mark Steyn (1959- ) in "A Song for the Season"

  192.  We have come to a point where it is loyalty to resist, and treason to submit. — Carl Schurz (1829-1906)

  193.  Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind. — Unknown

  194.  I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. — E. B. White (1899-1985)

  195.  One of the hardest things you will ever have to do is to grieve the loss of a person who is still alive. — Unknown

  196.  If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener. — Chinese Proverb

  197.  To garden is to let optimism get the better of judgment. — Eleanor Perenyi (1918-2009)

  198.  Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder. — Rumi [Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi] (1207-1273)

  199.  We have a politics right now that is based on making enemies, and making people afraid. — Michael Wear (1988- )

  200.  Unfairness is a great motivator... to work hard for things to be unfair in your favor. — Hector D. Cantu (1961- ) in Baldo Cartoon

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  201.  Authoritarians insist upon being obeyed but otherwise leave people alone; totalitarians not only require obedience but also demand that people think the way they think. — Richard Winchester paraphrasing Tom Nichols (1960- )

  202.  Remember always that the primary blame for any criminal or wrongful act lies with the perpetrator and his or her confederates. It is extraordinary to see the extent to which ideologues will fixate on any given crime (or suspected crime) and immediately blame it on entire segments of American society, thus taking an individual crime and turning it into a group indictment. — David French (1969- )

  203.  You want to know the difference between a master and a beginner? The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried. — Unknown

  204.  One cannot be deeply responsive to the world without being saddened very often. — Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

  205.  Beware of the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world. — Ben Okri (1959- )

  206.  The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  207.  The best fighter is never angry. — Lao Tzu (604-531 BC)

  208.  Nature's laws affirm instead of prohibit. If you violate her laws, you are your own prosecuting attorney, judge, jury, and hangman. — Luther Burbank (1849-1926)

  209.  The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny—it is the light that guides your way. — Heraclitus (535-475 BC)

  210.  Two things only a man cannot hide, that he is drunk and that he is in love. — Antiphanes (c.408-334 BC)

  211.  Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don't want. — Abraham Hicks, i.e. Esther Weaver (1948- )

  212.  It is dangerous to confuse vengeance with justice — Hua Mulan, legendary Chinese woman warrior (~500 AD)

  213.  You are somebody's reason to smile. — Unknown

  214.  Where words leave off, music begins. — Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)

  215.  No one loves the warrior until the enemy is at the gate. — Stephen A. Janke in Poems from a Soldier: Vietnam 1970-71

  216.  Joy is the best makeup. — Anne Lamott (1954- )

  217.  The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. — William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

  218.  The tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do. — James, 3:5

  219.  Every time I get my car washed, there are birds who see it and say "How nice! They've cleaned the toilet!" — Unknown, quoted by Paul Richards

  220.  Being respectful and accepting loss when your team doesn't win—essential for the functioning of any electoral representative democracy and a fundamental lesson every child used to learn through playing competitive sports—has been destroyed by the left and appears no longer relevant for many in today's millennial generation. ... ...the virtues of the American story and its animating ideas... have always been workable because they revolve around freedom that ties rights to responsibilities, the creative power of free markets and the benefits of a Constitution that mitigates government abuse through separation of powers while also ensuring stability through the rule of law. — Scott S. Powell (1965- )

  221.  No one heals himself by wounding another. — St. Ambrose [Aurelius Ambrosius] (c.340-397)

  222.  Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason. — Henry Fielding (1707-1754)

  223.  Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven't time, and to see takes time—like to have a friend takes time. — Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986)

  224.  All problems have histories, and the wisest route to a successful solution to nearly any problem begins with understanding its history. — David McCullough (1933- )

  225.  Music... furnishes a delightful recreation for the hours of respite from the cares of the day, and lasts us through life. — Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  226.  Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. — Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  227.  He who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. — St Basil of Caesarea (330-379)

  228.  It pleases me to take amateur photographs of my garden, and it pleases my garden to make my photographs look professional. — Robert Brault

  229.  The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value. — Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)

  230.  There is a beauty in discovery. There is mathematics in music, a kinship of science and poetry in the description of nature, and exquisite form in a molecule. Attempts to place different disciplines in different camps are revealed as artificial in the face of the unity of knowledge. All literate men are sustained by the philosopher, the historian, the political analyst, the economist, the scientist, the poet, the artisan and the musician. — Glenn T. Seaborg (1912-1999)

  231.  More and more Americans today are becoming Stoic dropouts. They are not illiberal, and certainly not reactionaries, racists, xenophobes, or homophobes. They're simply exhausted by our frenzied culture. They don't like lectures from the privileged and the wealthy on the pitfalls of privilege and wealth. In response, they don't hike out to monasteries, fall into fetal positions, or write Meditations. Instead, they have checked out mentally from American popular entertainment, sports, and the progressive cultural project in general. — Victor Davis Hanson (1953- ) in "Monasteries of the Mind"

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

  233.  Don't worry about avoiding temptation. As you grow older, it will avoid you. — Winston S. Churchill (1874-1965)

  234.  Music is what feelings sound like. — Unknown

  235.  The mind replays what the heart can't delete. — Unknown

  236.  Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision. — Unknown

  237.  You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope. — Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

  238.  When administrators look upon students simply as paying customers who must be kept happy, they lose sight of the very point of higher education, where struggling for knowledge and self-improvement is a complex undertaking. Losing enrolled students from time to time is the price of keeping academic standards high. That loss includes the possibility that some might leave because they feel "unsafe" with controversial ideas swirling around... Educational leaders must explain to students that civilization depends on freedom of speech. We need everyone's willingness to listen to and rationally respond to different views. Leaders must take every opportunity to reinforce the message that thinking based on evidence and controversy is the normal currency of academic training. Shouting down speakers is not. — Antony Dnes in "We Must Reverse the Infantilization of Higher Education"

  239.  Government can force people to be equal, or it can allow people to be free. Government cannot do both. — Paul Dueweke

  240.  As we learned from the Mohammed cartoon controversy some years back, people who demand your respect are often really asking for your obedience to their control. ....they have learned to use their grievances to justify claims of absolute moral truth, in order to impose totalitarian control on the world around them.... — Mario Loyola in "Training Tyrants at Yale"

  241.  Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something. — Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

  242.  The hardest thing about any political campaign is how to win without proving that you are unworthy of winning. — Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

  243.  Our shouting is louder than our actions, / Our swords are taller than us, / This is our tragedy. / In short / We wear the cape of civilization / But our souls live in the stone age. — Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998)

  244.  There is an urge and rage in people to destroy, to kill, to murder, and until all mankind, without exception, undergoes a great change, wars will be waged, everything that has been built up, cultivated and grown, will be destroyed and disfigured, after which mankind will have to begin all over again. — Anne Frank (1929-1945)

  245.  All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be, I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at Sunday School. These are the things I learned. These are the things you already know: Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. — Robert Fulghum (1937- )

  246.  The capacity to produce social chaos is the last resort of desperate people. — Cornel West (1953- )

  247.  I want to walk through life instead of being dragged through it. — Alanis Morissette (1974- )

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