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- )

  248.  Being a gentleman is not a part-time job. — Tory Burch (1966- )

  249.  The price of inaction is far greater than the cost of making a mistake. — Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)

  250.  To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives—the good as well as the bad, the moments of joy as well as the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections—that requires hard spiritual work. Still, we are only truly grateful people when we can say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment. As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fullness of our beings as a gift of God to be grateful for. Let's not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God. — Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)

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  251.  You know what makes me sick to my stomach? When I hear grown people say that kids have changed. Kids haven't changed. Kids don't know anything about anything. We've changed as adults. We demand less of kids. We expect less of kids. We make their lives easier instead of preparing them for what life is truly about. We're the ones that have changed. To blame kids is a cop out. — Frank Martin (1966- )

  252.  By the time you understand grownups, you're one of them. — "Dennis the Menace" Cartoon

  253.  Patience is also a form of action. — Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

  254.  It is hard enough to prove something that happened; how do you disprove something that did not happen? — Robert Oscar Lopez (1971- )

  255.  Never make a woman mad. They can remember stuff that hasn't even happened yet. — Unknown

  256.  From now on any successful life must include serving others. — George H. W. Bush (1924- )

  257.  The only thing one can give an artist is leisure in which to work. To give an artist leisure is actually to take part in his creation. — Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

  258.  Every critic today should beware of presentism: judging people from 50, 100, or 500 years ago base on 2017's fragile sensitivities. Put another way, come 2217, some things taken for granted now will make savages of today's sophisticates. — Deroy Murdock (1963- )

  259.  History is not offensive. It is history. History is not a tool of oppression. It is history. It is the record of what was. It remembers what was best about us—as well as what was worst. People who seek to erase our cultural memories make war on us as surely as any terrorist does. — E. M. Cadwaladr

  260.  History has many dramatic examples of the rise and fall of peoples and nations, for a wide range of known and unknown reasons. What history does not have is what is so often assumed as a norm today, equality of group achievements at a given point in time. ..... Yet today we have bean counters in Washington turning out statistics that are solemnly presented in courts of law to claim that, if the numbers are not more or less the same for everybody, that proves that somebody did somebody else wrong. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  261.  Life is mostly froth and bubble, / Two things stand like stone, / Kindness in another's trouble, / Courage in your own. — Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-1870)

  262.  Don't be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value. — Arthur Miller (1915-2005)

  263.  It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy. — George H. Lorimer (1867-1937)

  264.  As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. — Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

  265.  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)

  266.  There is always more goodness in the world than there appears to be, because goodness is of its very nature modest and retiring. — Evelyn Beatrice Hall (1868-1956)

  267.  The trouble with being punctual is that there is nobody there to appreciate it. — Unknown

  268.  I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it. — Edith Sitwell (1887-1964)

  269.  If he does not fight, it is not because he rejects all fighting as futile, but because he has finished his fights. He has overcome all dissensions between himself and the world and is now at rest... We shall have wars and soldiers so long as the brute in us is untamed. — Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975)

  270.  Every time you clean something, you just make something else dirty. — Internet Humor

  271.  Your future self is watching you right now through memories. — Internet Humor

  272.  The heart of a mother is a deep abyss, at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. — Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

  273.  Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  274.  If thine enemy wrong thee, buy each of his children a drum. — African Proverb

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

  276.  For a long time we have gone along with some well-tested principles of conduct: that it was better to tell the truth than falsehoods; that a half-truth was no truth at all; that duties were older than and as fundamental as rights; that, as Justice Holmes put it, the mode by which the inevitable came to pass was effort; that to perpetuate a harm was always wrong, no matter how many joined in it, but to perpetuate it on a weaker person was particularly detestable ... Our institutions are founded on the assumption that most people will follow these principles most of the time because they want to, and the institutions work pretty well when this assumption is true. — Dean Acheson (1893-1971)

  277.  If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. — Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

  278.  If there be sorrow / let it be / for things undone / undreamed / unrealized unattained / to these add one: / Love withheld ... / restrained. — Mari Evans (Jul 1919-2017)

  279.  It seems that never have so many known so little about so much. — Brad Lena

  280.  People are always yapping about diversity—they mean diversity in skin color and ancestry. They don't give a rat's behind about diversity of thought or diversity of opinion, which is just weird in my opinion. — Jay Nordlinger (1963- )

  281.  Gardens will be the peaceful haven we all need. — Paul Tukey (1961- )

  282.  No matter how many mistakes you have made, how slow the progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying! — Unknown

  283.  Kind words are the music of the world. — Unknown

  284.  Always laugh when you can. It is cheaper than medicine. — George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788-1824)

  285.  If you long for a mind at rest and a heart that cannot harden, go find a gate that opens wide into a secret garden. — Unknown

  286.  Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. — Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

  287.  We're all so desperate to be understood, we forget to be understanding. — Unknown

  288.  Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing. — John Erskine (1879-1951)

  289.  Decency is possible only in a society that has not been corrupted so deeply that the truth no longer matters. — James Lewis (1953- )

  290.  Politicians tend to think in short-run terms, if only because elections are held in the short run. Therefore, there is always a temptation to do reckless and short-sighted things to get over some current problem, even if that creates far worse problems in the long run. — Thomas Sowell (1930- ) in "Cyprus: Can It Happen Here?"

  291.  All mushrooms are edible, but some only once in a lifetime. — Croatian Proverb

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

  293.  During the day, you can count on finding three kinds of people in a park—a park anywhere in the world, I mean: children (with their minders); the elderly; and vagrants. — Jay Nordlinger (1963- )

  294.  Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, "Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?" Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, "We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay." — Charles M. Schultz (1922-2000) in Peanuts

  295.  There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. — Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

  296.  Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. — Lao Tzu (d. 533 BC)

  297.  If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give. — George MacDonald (1824-1905)

  298.  Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  299.  In the South "Honey" can be a term of endearment or a dire warning. — Unknown

  300.  North is a direction—The South is a lifestyle. — Unknown

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  301.  There's no such thing as being too Southern. — Louis Grizzard (1946-1994)

  302.  But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold. — Oliver Wendell Holmes (1841-1935)

  303.  For the beauty of the rose we also water the thorns. — African Proverb

  304.  Schaeffer's First Law of the Digital Age: The Global Digital Infrastructure (GDI) connects all human life on the planet into a single, giant, metastasizing organism throbbing with incredible potential for advancing human good, expanding knowledge exponentially, invading our lives with unimaginable malice and evil, and transforming unsuspecting users into helpless and obedient cyborgs. — Pem Schaeffer

  305.  Schaeffer's Second Law of the Digital Age: Each breakthrough in utility deriving from advances in the Global Digital Domain is accompanied by equal or greater vulnerabilities and potential detriments to quality of life. Anything that can do amazingly great things for you can almost always do terribly awful things to you as well. — Pem Schaeffer

  306.  Schaeffer's Third Law of the Digital Age: It's impossible to make or enforce laws to guard the people against the dangers of global digital power and impossible to prevent exponential growth in this power. (Abridged) — Pem Schaeffer

  307.  Half the harm that is done in the world is due to people who want to feel important. They don't mean to do harm—but the harm does not interest them. Or they do not see it, or they justify it because they are absorbed in the endless struggle to think well of themselves. — T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  308.  Our educational system may not teach students much math or science, but students learn from gutless academic administrators that mob rule is the way to get what you want—and to silence those who disagree with you. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  309.  Historians of the future, when they look back on our times, may be completely baffled when trying to understand how Western civilization welcomed vast numbers of people hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization, people who had been taught that they have a right to kill those who do not share their beliefs. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  310.  Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right. — Laurens van der Post (1906-1996)

  311.  Some people have told me that I compose in a musical language of the past and that this is not allowed in the 21st century. In the past, it was possible to compose beautiful melodies and beautiful music, but today, they say, I'm not allowed to compose like this because I need to discover the complexity of the modern world, and the point of music is to show the complexity of the world. Well, let me tell you a huge secret: I already know that the world is complex and can be very ugly. But I think that these people have just got a little bit confused! If the world is so ugly, then what's the point of making it even uglier with ugly music? — Alma Deutscher (2005- )

  312.  The older you get, the more you realize that principle plays just a small role in politics. Ethics are strictly situational. They depend on what jersey you're wearing. They depend on which way the wind is blowing. — Jay Nordlinger (1963- )

  313.  The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate. It is focused attention. — Unknown

  314.  Being taught to avoid talking about politics and religion has led to a lack of understanding of politics and religion. What we should have been taught was how to have a civil conversation about a difficult topic. — Ryan Fournier

  315.  The general malaise that has beset the U.S., like a thick gray fog of discontent, has robbed the country of a robust defense of civic duty. The average American, it seems, is too distracted or burned out to take interest in the larger challenge of defining the public good. So it's been left to the crazies, whose combined lack of volume control and employment make them perfect activists. — Taylor Lewis

  316.  The First Amendment takes for granted a nation that implicitly supports it. Laws don't matter when the larger society ignores them. As Scott Alexander writes, "Having free speech laws on the books is a necessary precondition, but it's useless in the absence of social norms that support it." — Taylor Lewis

  317.  History is a great teacher when you listen. Sadly, liberals are more attuned to their gut feelings than the struggles of their forebearers. — Taylor Lewis

  318.  Colleges and even high schools and elementary schools incessantly indoctrinate the kids with politically correct ideology at the core of which is: identity. You're either a victim (female, non-white, non-hetero) or you're an oppressor. If you're the former, feel aggrieved (that's an order!) and "entitled" to compensation and preference; if you're the latter, you're guilty—and obliged to feel that way. — Jay Nordlinger (1963- ), quoting an unnamed college professor

  319.  A woman accusing a man of sexual harassment is like dropping a nuclear bomb on his head. It is impossible for a man to defend himself without a majority thinking he is guilty. — Lloyd Marcus

  320.  Music: incredibly easy to understand on a basic level, but profoundly difficult to speak with any fluency. — Ron Wasserman (1961- )

  321.  Fear prophets and those prepared to die for the truth, for as a rule they make many others die with them, often before them, at times instead of them. — Umberto Eco (1932-2016)

  322.  A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. — Billy Graham (1918-2018)

  323.  Life is like a flute. It may have many holes and emptiness. But if you work on it carefully, it can play magical melodies. — Unknown

  324.  Trees are a poem the earth writes across the sky. Humanity cuts them down for paper so we may record our emptiness. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

  325.  If you understand everything, you must be misinformed. — Japanese Proverb

  326.  In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. — Margaret Atwood (1939- )

  327.  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)

  328.  God has given us two hands, one to receive and the other to give with. — Billy Graham (1918-2018)

  329.  It's best to give while your hand is still warm. — Philip Roth (1933- )

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

  331.  True religion is the life we lead, not the creed we profess. — Louis Nizer (1902-1994)

  332.  Men are divided in opinion as to the facts. And even granting the facts, they explain them in different ways. — Edwin Abbott Abbott (1838-1926)

  333.  You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions. — Naguib Mahfouz (1911-2006)

  334.  I shall live badly if I do not write, and I shall write badly if I do not live. — Francoise Sagan (1935-2004)

  335.  Love, however, is very materially assisted by a warm and active imagination: which has a long memory, and will thrive, for a considerable time, on very slight and sparing food. — Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  336.  The ultimate sense of security will be when we come to recognize that we are all part of one human race. Our primary allegiance is to the human race and not to one particular color or border. I think the sooner we renounce the sanctity of these many identities and try to identify ourselves with the human race the sooner we will get a better world and a safer world. — Mohamed ElBaradei (1942- )

  337.  The longest day must have its close—the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning. An eternal, inexorable lapse of moments is ever hurrying the day of the evil to an eternal night, and the night of the just to an eternal day. — Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)

  338.  A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading it. — William Styron (1925-2006)

  339.  If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology. — E. O. Wilson (1929- )

  340.  Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. — John Wesley (1703-1791)

  341.  There is nothing more dangerous than a government of the many controlled by the few. — Lawrence Lessig (1961- )

  342.  Sadness is but a wall between two gardens. — Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)

  343.  To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged. — Norman Mailer (1923-2007)

  344.  What if dogs destroy shoes because we always put them on before leaving? — Unknown

  345.  He looks as though he's been weaned on a pickle. — Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884-1980)

  346.  To govern is always to choose among disadvantages. — Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970)

  347.  I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It's not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone. — Robin Williams (1951-2014)

  348.  Life has a way of bringing you the same test over and over again until you pass it. — Unknown

  349.  I can be thankful that I have what I need, and for the realization that I don't need the things that I don't have. — Paul Richards (1938- )

  350.  Our imagination is meant for bigger things than fear. This week, try to replace worry with wonder. — Unknown

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  351.  When you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities. — Unknown

  352.  A conservative is one who admires radicals centuries after they're dead. — Leo Rosten (1908-1997)

  353.  I wasn't born pessimistic. I'm a convert. — Edward Power in My Cage Comic Strip

  354.  Please don't speak unless you can improve on the silence. — Jenny Campbell in Flo and Friends Cartoon Strip

  355.  What is the difference between "I like you" and "I love you"? When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily. One who understands this, understands life. — The Buddha

  356.  There may be moments in friendship, as in love, when silence is beyond words. The faults of our friend may be clear to us, but it is well to seem to shut our eyes to them. Friendship is usually treated by the majority of mankind as a tough and everlasting thing which will survive all manner of bad treatment. But this is an exceedingly great and foolish error; it may die in an hour of a single unwise word; its conditions of existence are that it should be dealt with delicately and tenderly, being as it is a sensitive plant and not a roadside thistle. We must not expect our friend to be above humanity. — Ouida [Maria Louise Ramé] (1839-1908)

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

  358.  If there is such a phenomenon as absolute evil, it consists in treating another human being as a thing. — John Brunner (1934-1995)

  359.  Libraries are theme parks for the mind. — Hector D. Cantu (1961- ) in Baldo Cartoon Strip

  360.  Elitism is the slur directed at merit by mediocrity. — Sydney J. Harris (1917-1986)

  361.  I asked for strength... and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. I asked for wisdom... and God gave me problems to solve. I asked for prosperity... and God gave me brain and brawn to work. I asked for courage... and God gave me danger to overcome. I asked for love... and God gave me troubled people to help. I asked for favors... and God gave me opportunities. I received nothing I wanted... I received everything I needed. — Jane Taylor

  362.  Tears shed for another person are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of a pure heart. — Jose N. Harris

  363.  Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. — Saint Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)

  364.  I've often wondered why God gave me no talent, didn't make me overly bright, didn't make me strong and handsome. I've felt short-changed and cheated. Then I realize that he brought me this far for some unknown reason. I'm still baffled, but ever so thankful for the blessings that he HAS given me. Lord help me to somehow understand, and to know and do your will. I'm thankful to know friends such as you. — Johnny Sowell

  365.  The world is getting too sensitive. Soon I won't be able to make fun of myself without people getting offended. — Unknown

  366.  Why bother? Because right now, there is someone out there with a wound in the exact shape of your words. — Sean Thomas Dougherty (1965- )

  367.  I have no respect for people who deliberately try to be weird to attract attention, but if that's who you honestly are, you shouldn't try to "normalize" yourself. — Alicia Witt (1975- )

  368.  There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it. — Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)

  369.  Those who believe without reason cannot be convinced by reason. — James Randi (1928- )

  370.  The endlessly repeated argument that most Americans are the descendants of immigrants ignores the fact that most Americans are NOT the descendants of ILLEGAL immigrants. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  371.  I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. — James Baldwin (1924-1987)

  372.  Adulthood is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane. — Unknown

  373.  Question: if you mixed vodka with orange juice and milk of magnesia, would you get a phillips screwdriver? — Unknown

  374.  Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph. — Haile Selassie (1892-1975)

  375.  If life had a second edition, how I would correct the proofs. — John Clare (1793-1864)

  376.  People talk about things. Those with great minds talk about abstracts: ideas, concepts, theories, etc. Those with small minds talk about other people. — Paul Richards (1938- )

  377.  The arrogance of the age—maybe every age—is that intellectuals believe, by default, that they're smarter, more moral and more evolved than those who came before them. — David Harsanyi

  378.  Silence may often be misinterpreted, but it's never misquoted. — Unknown

  379.  That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse. — Bill Watterson in Calvin and Hobbes Cartoon Strip

  380.  Imagine you are paddling a canoe downstream. From God's point of view above, he sees the bend in the stream you've already passed. He sees you now, paddling slowly next to the pines on the bank. He sees beyond the bend ahead, where a deer is lapping the tumbling water. You can no longer see what you've passed, nor do you know of the deer just ahead. The stream is time, and while we can only see where we are now, time stretches out in a continuum, one long stream of what has been, what is, and what will be in simultaneous existence. — Susan D. Harris

  381.  At least half of our society's troubles come from know-it-alls, in a world where nobody knows even 10 percent of it all. — Thomas Sowell (1930- )

  382.  Mercy to the guilty is cruelty to the innocent. — Adam Smith (1723-1790)

  383.  An unexciting truth may be eclipsed by a thrilling falsehood. — Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) in Brave New World Revisited

  384.  The dangerous man is the one who has only one idea, because then he'll fight and die for it. — Francis Crick (1916-2004)

  385.  It's far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone. — Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)

  386.  Knowledge is knowing what to say. Wisdom is knowing whether or not to say it. — Unknown

  387.  I have learned, by some experience, that virtue and patriotism, vice and selfishness, are found in all parties, and that they differ less in their motives than in the policies they pursue. — William H. Seward (1801-1872)

  388.  A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side. — Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

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