Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.
— Rose Kennedy, mother of President John F. Kennedy (1890-1995)
The younger we are, the more we want to change the world. The older we are, the more we want to change the young.
Why are we surprised when fig trees bear figs?
— Margaret Titzel
A man’s character is his fate.
— Heraclitus, Greek philosopher (c. 540-c. 475 B.C.)
Fear comes from uncertainty. When we are absolutely certain, whether of our worth or worthlessness, we are almost impervious to fear.
— William Congreve, English dramatist (1670-1729)
There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.
— Albert Camus, French existentialist novelist (1913-1960)
Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives.
— Ayn Rand, Russian-American novelist and philosopher (1905-1982)
There’s a hole in the moral ozone and it’s getting bigger.
— Michael Josephson, American ethicist
It is less important to redistribute wealth than it is to redistribute opportunity.
— Arthur Vandenberg, American journalist and senator (1884-1951)
False hope is worse than despair.
— Jonathan Kozol, American journalist and author (b. 1936)
This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
— Theodore Roosevelt, American adventurer and 26th president (1858-1919)
There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.
— A.J. Muste, minister and peace activist (1885-1967)
No wind favors he who has no destined port.
— Michel de Montaigne, French essayist and man of letters (1553-1592)
We drive into the future using only our rear view mirror.
— (Herbert) Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator and media philosopher (1911-1980)
The future enters into us, in order to transform us, long before it happens.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet (1875-1926)
If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
— Carl Jung, Swiss founder of analytical psychology (1875-1961)
With our thoughts we make the world.
— Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama), Indian philosopher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563-c. 483 B.C.)
We are the people our parents warned us about.
— Jimmy Buffett, American songwriter, performer (b. 1946)
Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed.
— John Dewey, American philosopher and education reformer (1859-1952)
Security can only be achieved through constant change, through discarding old ideas that have outlived their usefulness and adapting others to current facts.
— William O. Douglas, American jurist, Supreme Court justice (1898-1980)
The way to be safe is never to be secure.
— Benjamin Franklin, American Founding Father, inventor and statesman (1706-1790)
Security is mostly superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)
Security is a false god; begin making sacrifices to it and you are lost.
— Paul Bowles, American novelist (1910-1999)
The future comes one day at a time.
— Dean Acheson, American secretary of state (1893-1971)
Freedom and constraint are two aspects of the same necessity, the necessity of being the man you are and not another. You are free to be that man, but not another.
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery, French aviator and author (1900-1944)
The good ended happily and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.
— Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish writer (1854-1900), Miss Prism speaking to Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest
No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
— Mary Wollstonecraft, English feminist and writer (1759-1797)
Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)
Welcome everything that comes to you, but do not long for anything else.
— Andre Gide, French author (1869-1951)
If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances, it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.
— Bertrand Russell, British mathematician and philosopher (1872-1970)
Happiness is not the end of life: character is.
— Henry Ward Beecher, American preacher (1813-1887)
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances.
— Martha Washington, American First Lady (1731-1802)
To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy . . . is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, philosopher and poet (1803-1882)
Time, whose tooth gnaws away at everything else, is powerless against truth.
— Thomas Henry Huxley, English biologist and essayist (1825-1895)
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty in their dreams.
— Eleanor Roosevelt, American stateswoman, First Lady (1884-1962)
Ah, but a mans reach should exceed his grasp, Or whats a heaven for?
— Robert Browning, English poet (1812-1889)
Ideals are like stars; you will not succeed in touching them with your hands. But like the seafaring man on the desert of waters, you choose them as your guides, and following them you will reach your destiny.
— Carl Schurz, German-American politician (1829-1906)
There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
— John Ruskin, British critic and author (1819-1900)
Light tomorrow with today.
— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet (1806-1861)
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
— Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910)
Of all the paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path. . . a thing which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do … to find his path and walk in it.
— Thomas Carlyle, Anglo-Scottish historian, author (1795-1881)
It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are — not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within — that you begin to take control.
— Oprah Winfrey, American talk-show host and actor (b. 1954)
Men are not punished for their sins, but by them.
— Elbert Hubbard, American entrepreneur and philosopher (founder of the Roycroft firm) (1856-1915)
Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny.
People pay for what they do, and still more, for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it simply: by the lives they lead.
— Edith Wharton, American novelist (1862-1937), from The Age of Innocence
Luck is a word devoid of sense. Nothing can exist without a cause.
— Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet), French author, wit and philosopher (1694-1778)
Any man will usually get from other men just what he is expecting of them. If he is looking for friendship he will likely receive it. If his attitude is that of indifference, it will beget indifference. And if a man is looking for a fight, he will in all likelihood be accommodated in that.
— John Richelsen
If you keep on saying things are going to be bad, you have a good chance of becoming a prophet.
— Isaac Bashevis Singer, Yiddish-American writer (1904-1991)
Lives of great people remind us we can make our lives sublime and, departing, leave behind footprints in the sand of time.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (1807-1882)
Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
— Walter Lippmann, American journalist, author and public philosopher (1889-1974)
How far would Moses have gone if he had taken a poll in Egypt?
— Harry S. Truman, 33rd American president (1884-1972)
When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.
— Vietnamese saying
A man’s memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
— George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952)
The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
— L. P. Hartley, British novelist (1895-1972)
God looks at the clean hands, not the full ones.
— Publilius Syrus
Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches people by example. If the government becomes the law-breaker, it breeds contempt for law and invites every man to become a law unto himself.
— Louis Brandeis, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (1856-1941)
Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)
When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.
The more you prepare, the luckier you appear.
— Terry Josephson, 20th/21st-century motivational author
The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.
— Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)
You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
— Wayne Gretzky, hockey player
The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had the means, time, influence and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.
— Hamilton Wright Mabee
Treat the world well. It was not given to you by your parents. You are borrowing it from your children.
— Kenyan proverb
You must teach your children that the ground beneath their feet is the ashes of your grandfathers. So that they will respect the land, tell your children that the earth is rich with the lives of our kin. Teach your children what we have taught our children, that the earth is our mother. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth. If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.
— Chief Seattle (1784-1866) of the Duwamish, Suquamish, and allied Native American tribes, in an 1854 letter to President Franklin Pierce
The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour.
— Japanese Proverb
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
— Martin Luther King Jr., American civil rights leader (1929-1968)
All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If people speak or act with evil thoughts, pain follows them. If people speak or act with pure thoughts, happiness follows them, like a shadow that never leaves them.
— Siddhartha Gautama, spiritual teacher and founder of Buddhism (c. 563 – 483 BCE)
Don’t worry about the world coming to an end; it’s already tomorrow in Australia.
— Charles Schultz