The future

Published Sunday, August 28, 2016 @ 9:17 AM EDT
Aug 28 2016

The future ain't what it used to be.
-Yogi Berra

The future always looks good in the golden land because no one remembers the past.
-Joan Didion

The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order.
-Alvin Toffler

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

The future depends on assumptions and assumptions are just stuff you make up. No sense in knocking yourself out.
-Scott Adams

The future destiny of the child is always the work of his mother. Let France have good mothers, and she will have good sons.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

The future does not belong to those who are content with today, apathetic towards common problems and their fellow man alike, timid and fearful in the face of new ideas and bold projects.
-Robert F. Kennedy

The future doesn't belong to the fainthearted. It belongs to the brave.
-Ronald Reagan

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
-George F. Will

The future has an ancient heart.
-Carlo Levi

The future holds little hope for any government where the present holds no hope for the people.
-Lyndon B. Johnson

The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed.
-William Gibson

The future is better than the past. Despite the crepehangers, romanticists, and anti-intellectuals, the world steadily grows better because the human mind, applying itself to environment, makes it better. With hands...with tools...with horse sense and science and engineering.
-Robert A. Heinlein

The future is dark, the present burdensome. Only the past, dead and buried, bears contemplation.
-Geoffrey Elton

The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur. God lurks in the gaps.
-Jorge Luis Borges

The future is no more uncertain than the present.
-Walt Whitman

The future is not google-able.
-William Gibson

The future is not in the hands of fate but in ours.
-Jules Jusserand

The future is not laid out on a track. It is something that we can decide, and to the extent that we do not violate any known laws of the universe, we can probably make it work the way that we want to.
-Alan Kay

The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make.
-James Cameron

The future is unwritten. Cyberspace is the funhouse mirror of our own society, reflects our values and our faults, sometimes in terrifying exaggerations. It doesn't matter who you are today, if you don't show up in that mirror you are just not going to matter very much. Our kids have to show up in the mirror.
-Bruce Sterling

The future is usually just like the past- right up to the moment when it isn't.
-George F. Will

The future will be better tomorrow.
-Dan Quayle

The future will belong to those who have passion and are willing to work hard to make our country better.
-Paul Wellstone

The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines. The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-Paul Wellstone

The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
-John Sladek

The future, wave or no wave, seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done.
-E.B. White

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The present

Published Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ 11:31 AM EDT
Aug 27 2016

A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half-remembered glory.
-John Steinbeck

A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.
-Oliver Goldsmith

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
-Albert Einstein

After all, the wrong is done. It is past and cannot be changed. We have only the present and the future upon which to move forward.
-Leo Buscaglia

At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any technical feat that cannot be achieved- if it can be achieved at all- within the next few hundred years.
-Arthur C. Clarke

Enjoy the present, bid defiance to the future, laugh at all those reasonable beings who exercise their reason to avoid the misfortunes which they fear, destroying at the same time the pleasure that they might enjoy.
-Giovanni Casanova

Eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
-Marcus Aurelius

Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.
-Louis L'Amour

For most people, the present is enough like the future to be pretty scary.
-William Gibson

History is always the interpretation of the present.
-George Herbert Mead

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
-E.L. Doctorow

If the present is really all we have, then the present lasts forever.
-Anne Lamott

The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time.
-Will Durant

Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.
-Christopher Paolini

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson... you find the present tense and the past perfect.
-Robert Orben

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
-Abraham Maslow

The present enshrines the past- and in the past all history has been made by men.
-Simone de Beauvoir

The present is never our goal, the past and present are our means; the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so.
-Blaise Pascal

The sole thing of which any man can be deprived is the present; since this is all he owns.
-Marcus Aurelius

There are two systems, the past and the future. The present is only a painful transition.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to eternal life.
-P.D. James

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
-R.D. Laing

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The Past

Published Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 11:18 AM EDT
Aug 26 2016

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
-A. Whitney Brown

The past after all is only another name for someone else's present.
-David McCullough

The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.
-Finley Peter Dunne

The past beats inside me like a second heart.
-John Banville

The past can only be known, not changed. The future can only be changed, not known.
-Steward Brand

The past has a terror and fascination and a beauty beyond almost anything else.
-Pauline Kael

The past has meaning as it lights up the present, and the future as it makes the present richer and more profound.
-Rollo May

The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
-L.P. Hartley

The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.
-Thomas Holcroft

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.
-Stephen Ambrose

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.
-Max Beerbohm

The past is always a rebuke to the present.
-Robert Penn Warren

The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.
-James Thurber

The past is gone; the present is confusing; and the future scares the hell out of me.
-David L. Stein

The past is just something that's over.
-Christopher Isherwood

The past is never dead. It's not even past.
-William Faulkner

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
-Jessamyn West

The past is so reliable, so delightful and the best place to live.
-Barry Humphries

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
-Cyril Connolly

The past is what makes now like now makes tomorrow.
-Stanley R. Delaney

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.
-Harold Pinter

The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.
-Felix Adler

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Life is like...

Published Thursday, August 25, 2016 @ 9:04 PM EDT
Aug 25 2016

A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. Live long and prosper.
-Leonard Nimoy

Life is like a 10 speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. (In the comic strip Peanuts).
-Charles M. Schulz

Life is like a B-grade movie. You don't want to leave in the middle of it, but you don't want to see it again.
-Ted Turner

Life is like a beautiful melody, only the lyrics are messed up.
-Variously attributed

Life is like a buffet; it's not good but there's plenty of it.
-Variously attributed

Life is like a camel; you can make it do anything except back up.
-Marcelene Cox

Life is like a cobweb, not an organization chart.
-H. Ross Perot

Life is like a corn maze. Sometimes you just sit down in the middle of it and burst into tears.
-Ted Travelstead

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

Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
-Jawaharlal Nehru

Life is like a hot bath. It feels good while you're in it, but the longer you stay, the more wrinkled you get.
-Jim Davis

Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.
-Charles A. Lindbergh

Life is like a library owned by the author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.
-Harry Emerson Fosdick

Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.
-Andy Rooney

Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it depends upon what you put into it.
-Tom Lehrer

Life is like an analogy.
-Variously attributed

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.
-Carl Sandburg

Life is like an oven. It burns my buns. (From the comic strip Maxine).
-John Wagner

Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.
-Joseph Campbell

Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
-Samuel Butler (Novelist, 1835-1902)

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.
-Albert Einstein

Life is like writing with a pen. You can cross out your past but you can't erase it.
-E.B. White

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Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016 @ 2:27 PM EDT
Aug 24 2016

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

A conclusion is simply the place where someone decided to stop thinking.
-Variously attributed

A good listener is usually thinking about something else.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard

A king can stand people's fighting, but he can't last long if people start thinking.
-Will Rogers

A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right.
-Thomas Paine

A lot of people I know believe in positive thinking, and so do I. I believe everything positively stinks.
-Lew Col

A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels.
-Albert Einstein

All thinking men are atheists.
-Ernest Hemingway

An ethic isn't a fact you can look up. It's a way of thinking.
-Theodore Sturgeon

An expert is a man who has stopped thinking- he knows!
-Frank Lloyd Wright

And that's when I know it's over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it's the end.
-Junot Diaz

Are we thinking here, or is this just so much pointing and clicking?
-Variously attributed

As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big.
-Donald Trump

At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all.
-Ann Landers

Balance your thoughts with action. If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
-Bruce Lee

Brother, you can't go to jail for what you're thinking,.
-Frank Loesser

Clear thinking requires courage rather than intelligence.
-Thomas Szasz

Determine to do some thinking for yourself. Don't live entirely upon the thoughts of others. Don't be an automaton.
-James Cash Penney

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.
-Malcolm S. Forbes

Doubt is not always a sign that a man is wrong; it may be a sign that he is thinking.
-Oswald Chambers

Faith means making a virtue out of not thinking. It's nothing to brag about.
-Bill Maher

Fundamentalism is terrifying because it is based purely on emotion, rather than intelligence. It prevents followers from thinking as individuals and about the good of the world.
-Tenzin Gyatso (The 14th Dalai Lama)

I always have a quotation for everything- it saves original thinking.
-Dorothy L. Sayers

I can't concentrate when I'm thinking.
-Yogi Berra

I suspect our human 'thinking processes' often 'break down,' but you rarely notice anything's wrong, because your systems so quickly switch you to think in different ways, while the systems that failed are repaired or replaced.
-Marvin Minsky

I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state appointed psychiatrist is our 'friend.'.
-Jack Handey

I was going to buy a copy of 'The Power of Positive Thinking,' and then I thought: what the hell good would that do?
-Ronnie Shakes

I was thinking that we all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.
-Peter De Vries

I'll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there's evidence of any thinking going on inside it.
-Terry Pratchett

I'm a firm believer in anxiety and the power of negative thinking.
-Gertrude Berg

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
-George S. Patton, Jr.

If I had a dollar for every time I thought about you, I would start thinking about you.
-Bill Murray

If I look confused it's because I'm thinking.
-Samuel Goldwyn

If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.
-George Orwell

If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
-Lyndon B. Johnson

If you make people think they're thinking, they'll love you; but if you really make them think, they'll hate you.
-Don Marquis

If you're too smart it can limit you because you spend so much time thinking that you don't do anything.
-John Malkovich

Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.
-Jonas Salk

Keep on thinking. Keep your thinking close to the ground, where it belongs. Don't ever trade your liberty for another man's offer to do your thinking and make your mistakes for you.
-Poul Anderson

Limitations are inspiring: they lead to thinking, so I don't mind them.
-Mike Nichols

May God prevent us from becoming 'right-thinking men'- that is to say, men who agree perfectly with their own police.
-Thomas Merton

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
-Don Marquis

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
-Joseph Joubert

Most of the mistakes in thinking are inadequacies of perception rather than mistakes of logic.
-Edward de Bono

No one is thinking about you. They're thinking about themselves, just like you.
-Helen Fielding

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
-Voltaire (François Marie Arouet)

One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act impulsively without thinking.
-Margaret Chase Smith

Originality consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people.
-J. Fitzjames Stephen

People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true. It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.
-Brooks Atkinson

People who develop the habit of thinking of themselves as world citizens are fulfilling the first requirement of sanity in our time.
-Norman Cousins

Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
-Iris Murdoch

Pride is therefore pleasure arising from a man's thinking too highly of himself.
-Benedict Spinoza

Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it is thinking that makes what we read ours.
-John Locke

Reading without thinking is nothing, for a book is less important for what it says than for what it makes you think.
-Louis L'Amour

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness.
-James Thurber

Sometimes it feels like I'm thinking against the wind.
-Mortimer J. Adler

The concept of logical thinking is selection and this is brought about by the processes of acceptance and rejection. Rejection is the basis of logical thinking.
-Edward de Bono

The conventional view serves to protect us from the painful job of thinking.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

The country that draws a broad line between its fighting men and its thinking men will find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.
-William F. Butler

The emblem of a philosophy is not that it contains a set of specific thoughts, but that it generates a way of thinking.
-Stanley R. Delaney

The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
-Matthew Arnold

The man who does not do his own thinking is a slave, and is a traitor to himself and to his fellow-men.
-Robert G. Ingersoll

The minute you get a religion you stop thinking. Believe in one thing too much and you have no room for new ideas.
-Ray Bradbury

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.
-Alice Walker

The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.
-Martin Heidegger

The only real radicalism in our time will come as it always has, from people who insist on thinking for themselves and who reject party-mindedness.
-Christopher Hitchens

The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to raise people's hopes.
-Freeman Dyson

The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs no matter how deeply rooted in tradition and surrounded by a halo.
-Albert Schweitzer

The thinking mind is best controlled by the imagination.
-Carson McCullers

The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.
-A.A. Milne

The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
-Albert Einstein

There are no dangerous thoughts; thinking itself is dangerous.
-Hannah Arendt

There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
-G.C. Lichtenberg

There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.
-William Shakespeare

Thinking is a momentary dismissal of irrelevancies.
-Buckminster Fuller

Thinking is difficult, that's why most people judge.
-Carl Jung

Thinking is hard work, which is why you don't see many people doing it.
-Sue Grafton

Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It's self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can't try to do things. You simply must do things.
-Ray Bradbury

Thinking is what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
-William James

Thinking makes man great.
-Blaise Pascal

To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is necessary to follow, in order to lead.
-William Hazlitt

Tradition is an explanation for acting without thinking.
-Grace McGarvie

Unreason and anti-intellectualism abominate thought. Thinking implies disagreement; and disagreement implies nonconformity; and nonconformity implies heresy; and heresy implies disloyalty- so, obviously, thinking must be stopped. But shouting is not a substitute for thinking and reason is not the subversion but the salvation of freedom.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

We always plan too much and always think too little.
-Joseph A. Schumpeter

We are addicted to our thoughts. We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking.
-Santosh Kalwar

We need to get back to reasoning and thinking things through. The future generation is being brought up in greed and without a true understanding of civics. There is no more emphasis on knowledge and time. As a society we need to process ideas and understand what certain principles are based upon.
-Richard Dreyfuss

We're living longer, and thinking shorter.
-Esther Dyson

What the fool cannot learn he laughs at, thinking that by his laughter he shows superiority instead of latent idiocy.
-Marie Corelli

When people talk of the freedom of writing, speaking or thinking I cannot choose but laugh. No such thing ever existed. No such thing now exists; but I hope it will exist. But it must be hundreds of years after you and I shall write and speak no more.
-John Adams

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Published Tuesday, August 23, 2016 @ 8:46 PM EDT
Aug 23 2016

Education and democracy have the same goal: the fullest possible development of human capabilities.
-Paul Wellstone

Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.
-John Locke

Education can give you a skill, but a liberal education can give you dignity.
-Ellen Key

Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.
-John Ruskin

Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.
-David Suzuki

Education has for its object the formation of character. To curb restive propensities, to awaken dormant sentiments, to strengthen the perceptions, and cultivate the tastes, to encourage this feeling and repress that, so as finally to develop the child into a man of well proportioned and harmonious nature- this is alike the aim of parent and teacher.
-Herbert Spencer

Education is a condition of imposed ignorance!
-Noam Chomsky

Education is a method whereby one acquires a higher grade of prejudices.
-Laurence J. Peter

Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.
-Will Durant

Education is a state-controlled manufactory of echoes.
-Norman Douglas

Education is a weapon, whose effect depends on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
-Josef Stalin

Education is a wonderful thing. If you couldn't sign your name you'd have to pay cash.
-Rita Mae Brown

Education is an admirable thing. But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.
-Oscar Wilde

Education is experience, and the essence of experience is self-reliance.
-T.H. White

Education is hanging around until you've caught on.
-Robert Frost

Education is learning to grow, learning what to grow toward, learning what is good and bad, learning what is desirable and undesirable, learning what to choose and what not to choose.
-Abraham Maslow

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.
-Daniel J. Boorstin

Education is not a problem. Education is an opportunity.
-Lyndon B. Johnson

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.
-John Dewey

Education is one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and freedom of thought.
-Bertrand Russell

Education is one thing and instruction, however worthy, necessary and incidentally or monetarily educative, another.
-Kingsley Amis

Education is our only political safety. Outside of this ark all is deluge.
-Horace Mann

Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today.
-Malcolm X

Education is preeminently a matter of quality, not amount.
-Henry Ford

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
-G.K. Chesterton

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
-Robert Frost

Education is the acquisition of the art of the utilisation of knowledge.
-Alfred North Whitehead

Education is the best provision for old age.

Education is the inculcation of the incomprehensible into the indifferent by the incompetent.
-John Maynard Keynes

Education is the mother of leadership.
-Wendell Willkie

Education is the process of throwing false pearls before real swine.
-Irwin Erdman

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
-Variously attributed

Education is when you read the fine print. Experience is what you get if you don't.
-Pete Seeger

Education makes people easy to lead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave.
-Henry Peter Brougham

Education makes us more stupid than the brutes. A thousand voices call to us on every hand, but our ears are stopped with wisdom.
-Jean Giraudoux

Education remains the key to both economic and political empowerment.
-Barbara Jordan

Education seems to be in America the only commodity of which the customer tries to get as little as he can for his money.
-Max Leon Forman

Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
-Malcolm S. Forbes

Education, like neurosis, begins at home.
-Milton R. Sapirstein

Education, n. That which discloses to the wise and disguises from the foolish their lack of understanding.
-Ambrose Bierce

Education, the last hope of the liberal in all periods.
-Edmund Wilson

Education, then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men- the balance-wheel of the social machinery.
-Horace Mann

Education, therefore, is a process of living and not a preparation for future living.
-John Dewey

Education... has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.
-G.M. Trevelyan

Education: the path from cocky ignorance to miserable uncertainty.
-Mark Twain

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Published Monday, August 22, 2016 @ 4:45 PM EDT
Aug 22 2016

Wisdom and good governance require more than the consistent application of abstract principles.
-Theodore Dalrymple

Wisdom and understanding can only become the possession of individual men by travelling the old road of observation, attention, perseverance, and industry.
-Samuel Smiles

Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too self-ful to seek other than itself.
-Kahlil Gibran

Wisdom comes by disillusionment.
-George Santayana

Wisdom comes not from reason but from love.
-André Gide

Wisdom consists of the anticipation of consequences.
-Norman Cousins

Wisdom demands a new orientation of science and technology towards the organic, the gentle, the non-violent, the elegant and beautiful.
-E.F. Schumacher

Wisdom doesn't necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.
-Tom Wilson

Wisdom is a kind of knowledge. It is knowledge of the nature, career, and consequences of human values.
-Sidney Hook

Wisdom is essential in a president, the appearance of wisdom will do in a candidate.
-Eric Sevareid

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

Wisdom is not acquired save as the result of investigation.
-Sara Teasdale

Wisdom is oft-times nearer when we stoop

Than when we soar.
-William Wordsworth

Wisdom is the power to put our time and our knowledge to the proper use.
-Thomas J. Watson

Wisdom is the quality that keeps you from getting into situations where you need it.
-Doug Larson

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you'd have preferred to talk.
-Doug Larson

Wisdom is the strength of the weak.
-Joseph Joubert

Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.
-Cullen Hightower

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
-Felix Frankfurter

Wisdom we know is the knowledge of good and evil, not the strength to choose between the two.
-John Cheever

Wisdom... is knowing what you have to accept.
-Wallace Stegner

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Quotes of the day: William Lyon Phelps

Published Sunday, August 21, 2016 @ 6:56 PM EDT
Aug 21 2016

William Lyon Phelps (January 2, 1865 – August 21, 1943) was an American author, critic and scholar. He taught the first American university course on the modern novel. He was a well-known speaker who drew large crowds. He had a radio show, wrote a daily syndicated newspaper column, lectured frequently, and published numerous popular books and articles. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices.

A cat pours his body on the floor like water. It is restful just to see him.

A student never forgets an encouraging private word, when it is given with sincere respect and admiration.

A well-ordered life is like climbing a tower; the view halfway up is better than the view from the base, and it steadily becomes finer as the horizon expands.

At a certain age, people's minds close up and they live off their intellectual fat.

Every household should contain a cat, not only for decorative and domestic values, but because the cat in quiescence is medicinal to irritable, tense, tortured men and women.

Honesty is not necessarily the best policy. The best policy would be to acquire a reputation for honesty and then to cheat at the psychological moment.

I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.

If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.

If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow.

If I were running the world, I would have it rain only between 2 and 5 a.m. Anyone who was out then ought to get wet.

If you develop the absolute sense of certainty that powerful beliefs provide, then you can get yourself to accomplish virtually anything, including those things that other people are certain are impossible.

Nature makes boys and girls lovely to look upon so they can be tolerated until they acquire some sense.

Never try to outsmart a woman, unless you are another woman.

One of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.

The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.

The expression 'as right as rain' must have been invented by an Englishman.

The fear of life is the favorite disease of the 20th century.

The final test of a gentleman is his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.

The greatest of all the arts is the art of living together!

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.

The kind of happiness that stays with you is the happiness that springs from inward thoughts and emotions.

There is a strange reluctance on the part of most people to admit they enjoy life.

There is never much trouble in any family where the children hope someday to resemble their parents.

This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.

Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation- what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.

Whenever it is possible, a boy should choose some occupation which he should do even if he did not need the money.

You can be deprived of your money, your job and your home by someone else, but remember that no one can ever take away your honor.

You can learn more about human nature by reading the Bible than by living in New York.

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Published Saturday, August 20, 2016 @ 7:05 PM EDT
Aug 20 2016

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.
-William Arthur Ward

Don't expect praise without envy, until you're dead.
-Joan Rivers

Envy among other ingredients has a mixture of the love of justice in it. We are more angry at undeserved than at deserved good-fortune.
-William Hazlitt

Envy has the ugliness of a trapped rat that has gnawed its own foot in its effort to escape.
-Angus Wilson

Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.
-Harold Coffin

Envy is the basis of democracy.
-Bertrand Russell

Envy is the central fact of American life.
-Gore Vidal

Envy, jealousy, ambition, any kind of greed are passions; love is an action, the practice of human power, which can be practiced only in freedom and never as a result of compulsion.
-Erich Fromm

Every other sin hath some pleasure annexed to it, or will admit of an excuse; envy alone wants both. Other sins last but for awhile; the gut may be satisfied, anger remits, hatred hath an end, envy never ceaseth.
-Robert Burton

Five enemies of peace inhabit with us- avarice, ambition, envy, anger, and pride; if these were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.

I have no respect for the passion of equality, which seems to me merely idealizing envy- I don't disparage envy but I don't accept it as legitimately my master.
-Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.
-Charley Reese

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

Like Satan, envy doesn't want us to know it exists.
-Christopher Manion

Malice and envy are but two branches growing out of the same bitter root. Self-love and evil-speaking are the fruit they hear. Malice is properly the procuring or wishing another's evil; envy, the repining at his good. And these vent themselves by evil-speaking.
-Robert Leighton

Never envy a man his lady. Behind it all lays a living hell.
-Charles Bukowski

The envious will die, but envy never.
-Molière (Jean-Baptiste Poquelin)

The spirit of envy can destroy; it can never build.
-Margaret Thatcher

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as 'moral indignation,' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
-Erich Fromm

Unjust criticism is often a disguised compliment. It often means that you have aroused jealousy and envy. Remember that no one ever kicks a dead dog.
-Dale Carnegie

Worth begets in base minds, envy; in great souls, emulation.
-Henry Fielding

Categories: Envy

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Published Friday, August 19, 2016 @ 7:03 PM EDT
Aug 19 2016

Beauty and folly are generally companions.
-Baltasar Gracián

Beauty and folly are old companions.
-Benjamin Franklin

Beauty and ugliness disappear equally under the wrinkles of age; one is lost in them, the other hidden.
-John Petit Senn

Beauty can be as isolating as genius, or deformity. I have always been aware of a relationship between madness and beauty.
-Richard Avedon

Beauty can pierce one like pain.
-Thomas Mann

Beauty can't amuse you, but brainwork- reading, writing, thinking- can.
-Helen Gurley Brown

Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
-Jean Rostand

Beauty is a flower,
Which wrinkles will devour.
-Thomas Nash

Beauty is boring because it is predictable.
-Umberto Eco

Beauty is composed of an eternal, invariable element whose quantity is extremely difficult to determine, and a relative element which might be, either by turns or all at once, period, fashion, moral, passion.
-Jean-Luc Godard

Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
-Variously attributed

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
-Jim Henson

Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.
-Augustine of Hippo (St. Augustine)

Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
-David Hume

Beauty is not a means, not a way of furthering a thing in the world. It is a result; it belongs to ordering, to form, to aftereffect.
-Eudora Welty

Beauty is only skin deep, and the world is full of thin-skinned people.
-Richard Armour

Beauty is only skin deep, but it's a valuable asset if you're poor or haven't any sense.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard

Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes to the bone.
-Arthur Benoni Evans

Beauty is that which is simultaneously attractive and sublime.
-Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Beauty is the first present nature gives to woman and the first it takes away.
-George Brossin Mere

Beauty is the lover's gift.
-William Congreve

Beauty is the purgation of superfluities.

Beauty is the result of a highly mysterious relationship between mathematics, nature, and our minds.
-Chuck Hoberman

Beauty isn't worth thinking about; what's important is your mind. You don't want a fifty-dollar haircut on a fifty-cent head.
-Garrison Keillor

Beauty will be convulsive or not at all.
-André Breton

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty without wit offers nothing but the enjoyment of its material charms, whilst witty ugliness captivates by the charms of the mind, and at last fulfils all the desires of the man it has captivated.
-Giovanni Casanova

Beauty's of a fading nature
Has a season and is gone!
-Robert Burns

Beauty, more than bitterness, makes the heart break.
-Sara Teasdale

Categories: Beauty

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