Unattributed quotes are either from anonymous sources, or I don't know where they came from. If you know any of my attributions to be wrong, please mail me with what you believe to be the correct attribution and your source. Also, if you have a quote you think I might like to add, send it on!
* Life is lived at the boundaries of our comfort zones.
* The beauty of the world has two edges, one of laughter, one of anguish, cutting the heart asunder. (Virginia Woolf)
* Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it. (Tallulah Bankhead)
* Will you please start thinking that this is a good time now?
* One should carefully observe which way her heart draws her, and then choose that way with all her strength.
* If you're going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.
* I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours. (Stephen Roberts)
* Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions. (Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.)
* Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
* Sex is a sacrament, not a prison. While monogamy can be a beautiful, even sacred bond, it might not be the agreement that best suits everyone. Our thinking that monogamy is inherently a nobler arrangement than any other has created a nation of hypocrites. (Marianne Williamson)
* Although human beings are 90% (?) water, we cannot adapt to fit many spaces as most liquids can; we are, in fact, contained in a shape already that constrains that ability. Thus our abilities to fit in are limited. (MEW)
* If I love you, is that your concern? (Goethe)
* If you can't return a favor, pass it on. (Louise Brown)
* Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it - even if I have said it - unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense. (Buddha)
* Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. (Margaret Young)
* Too many activities, and people, and things. Too many worthy activities, valuable things, and interesting people. For it is not merely the trivial which clutters our lives but the important as well.
* When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently.
* Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer. (Ed Cunningham)
* Dance like no one is watching, Love like you'll never be hurt, Sing like no one is listening, Live like it's heaven on earth. (William Purkey)
* To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
* 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)
* The penalty of success is to be bored by the people who used to snub you. (Lady Astor)
* If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record.
* Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. (Camus)
* There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. (Elie Wiesel)
* Only those who attempt the absurd...will achieve the impossible. I think ...I think it's in my basement...Let me go upstairs and check. (Escher)
* Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams. (Mary Ellen Kelly)
* Keep in mind always the present you are creating. It should be the future you want. (Alice Walker)
* To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love, or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. Are you getting this down? (Woody Allen)
* Life IS pain. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. (Westley, The Princess Bride)
* The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts. (Bertrand Russell)
* Moral indignation in most cases is, 2% moral, 48% indignation, and 50% envy. (Vittorio De Sica)
* Don't ever become a pessimist, Ira; a pessimist is correct oftener than an optimist, but an optimist has more fun--and neither can stop the march of events. (Robert Heinlein)
* If God had meant for us to be naked, we'd have been born that way. (Mark Twain)* Water invented humans as a way to get around.
* All the good things in life are immoral, illegal or heavily taxed. (Oscar Wilde)
* We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousant fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. (Melville)
* It would be good to be in a perpetual state of leave-taking, never to go nor to stay, but to remain suspended in that golden emotion of love and longing; to be missed without being gone; to be loved without satiety. How beautiful one is and how desirable; for in a few moments, one will have ceased to exist. (John Steinbeck)
* Never let a problem to be solved become more important than the person to be loved. (Barbara Johnson)
* We cannot tell the precise moment when friendship is formed. As in filling a vessel drop by drop, there is at last one drop which makes it run over. So in a series of kindnesses there is, at last, one which makes the heart run over. (James Boswell)
* Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much the heart can hold. (Zelda Fitzgerald)
* Don't take life too seriously. You'll never get out alive. (Bugs Bunny)
* Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. (John Muir)
* Nearly all men can stand adveristy, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. (Abraham Lincoln)
* I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing, therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. (Stephan Grellet)
* There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. (Albert Einstein)
* Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth. (Muhammad Ali)
* The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. (Harriet Beecher Stowe)
* Computers are useless. They can only give you answers. (Picasso)
* The odd thing is, whatever you've been stingy about is something you never use anyway. It's like life itself ... spend it -- spend it because you have it. (Penelope Gilliatt)
* Life is a whim of several billion cells to be you for a while.
* If a person spreads an unkind rumor about me, I must live so that no one will believe it.
* The first sign of a nervous breakdown is when you start thinking your work is terribly important. (Milo Bloom)
* Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish. (Michelangelo)
* the most wasted of all days is the one without laughter (ee cummings)
* Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both. (Alice Blackwell)
* Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary. (Mark Twain)
* The highest compliment one can be paid by another human being is to be told: 'Because of what you are, you are essential to my happiness'. (Nathaniel Branden)
* The direct use of force is so poor a solution to the problems of limited resources that it is commonly employed only by small children and great nations. (David Friedman)
* There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it! (Mary Wilson Little)
* Sex is not the answer. Sex is the question. "Yes" is the answer. (Swami X)
* Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life. (Sophia Loren)
* I just see my life as a series of really interesting mistakes. (Susan Sarandon)
* Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. (Sarah Bernhardt)
* The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. (Ivy Baker Priest)
* When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. (John Muir)
* If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself
* The most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or touched -- they are felt by the human heart. (Helen Keller)
* Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear--not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward it is not a compliment to say it is brave; it is merely a loose misapplication of the word. (Mark Twain)
* There are only two truly infinite things, the universe and stupidity. And I am unsure about the universe. (Einstein)
* T he world has achieved brilliance without conscience... Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. (Omar Bradley)
* Government wants to control your language because that's how you control thought. Which is basically the game they're in. (George Carlin)
* If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. (Juan Ramon Jimenez)
* I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against. I'm a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole. (Malcolm X)
* No one feels another's grief, no one can understand another's joy. People imagine that they can reach one another. In reality, they only pass each other by. (Franz Schubert)
* Laws that restrict speech are an abomination for a simple reason. They're like a poison gas; they seem to be a good weapon to vanquish your enemy, but the wind has a way of shifting. (Ira Glasser)
* A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. (Emerson)
* I'm the mad cosmic ... And while the stars and the waves have something to say, it's through my mouth they'll say it. (Vicente Huidoboro)
* I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. (Thomas Watson, Chairman of IBM, 1943)
* 640K ought to be enough for anybody. (Bill Gates, in 1981)
* Consider the six days of Genesis as a figure of speech for what has in fact been 4 billion years. On this scale, one day equals something like six hundred and sixty-six million years, and thus, all day Monday and until Tuesday noon, creation was busy getting the world going. Life began Tuesday noon, and the beautiful organic wholeness of it developed over the next four days. At 4 pm Saturday, the big reptiles came on. Five hours later, when the redwoods appeared, there were no more big reptiles. At three minutes before midnight on the last day, man appeared. At one-fourth of a second before midnight, Christ arrived. At one-fortieth of a second before midnight, the Industrial Revolution began. We are surrounded with people who think that what we have been doing for that one-fortieth of a second can go on indefinitely. They are considered normal, but they are stark raving mad. (David Brower)
* Insofar as I may be heard by anything, which may or may not care what I say, I ask, if it matters, that you be forgiven for anything you may have done or failed to do which requires forgiveness. Conversely, if not forgiveness but something else may be required to insure any possible benefit for which you may be eligible after the destruction of your body, I ask that this, whatever it may be, be granted or withheld, as the case may be, in such a manner as to insure your receiving said benefit. I ask this in my capacity as your elected intermediary between yourself and that which may not be yourself, but which may have an interest in the matter of your receiving as much as it is possible for you to receive of this thing, and which may in some way be influenced by this ceremony. Amen. (Roger Zelazny)
Read between the lines
words are another dimension of silence