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I have kept a journal of my favorite quotes for many years now. Heres a chunk...



Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world. Few really ask. On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown the answers they have already shaped in their own minds - justifications, confirmations, forms of consolation without which they cannot go on. To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind.


- Rice


"Man is made or unmade by himself. In the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself. He also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace."


~William James


Science is answers that must always be questioned.


Philosophy is questions that may never be answered.


Religion is answers that must never be questioned.


Politics is answers that lobbyists pay for.


- unknown


Knowledge is knowing the candle flame is hot.


Wisdom is knowing not to stick your finger in it...


- Chief Wannadubie


It is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and resolve all doubt.


- Abe Lincoln


It is a great misfortune to have neither the wit to speak well, nor the judgement to remain silent.


- La Bruyere


The empty vessel makes the greatest sound.


- Shakespeare


Men often make in wrath what they lack in reason.


- Alger


Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.


- V. Hugo


I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension.


- Disraeli


He who believes in nobody knows that he himself is not to be trusted.


- Averbach


I don't know the secret to success, but the key to failure is to try and please everyone.


- Bill Cosby

By your own thoughts you make or mar your life, your world your universe.


- Allen


For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.


- Proverbs 23:7


A man is tommorow what he thinks today.




You will find either your best friend or your worst enemy in yourself.


- Unknown


Most of us can, if we choose, make this world either a palace or a prison.


- Lord Averbury


When we have learned to control our thoughts, our sympathies and our emotions, it will be an easy matter to control our circumstances.


- unknown


Whether you think you can, or think you can't, you are right.


- Henry Ford


Sow a thought and you reap an act.

Sow an act and you reap a habit.

Sow a habit and you reap a character.

Sow a character and you reap a destiny.


- unknown


We see with our mind

not with our eye


So many crawl

so few fly


Because they fail to See

and so fail to see


All that they are

and all they could be


Understanding everything

realizing nothing


Can you see past duality

and reach for totality?


Realizing Nothing

understanding Everything.


- buddabubba


The wind at midnight

Blowing faintly in the tree

Echoes in my mind.




Iron rusts from disuse.

Stagnant water loses it purity.

Even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.


- Da Vinci


Success or failure

Triumph or defeat

are not 'out there'

They are right between you ears.


- Zig Ziglar


Absorb what is useful

Reject what is useless

Add what is essentially your own.


- Bruce Lee


To think you know something is a perfect barrier to learning.




Believe those who are seeking the Truth.

Doubt those who find it.


- Andre Gide


The master said: "In vain I have looked for a single person capable of seeing his own faults and bringing the charge home against himself"



Who does evil and is afraid of letting it be known has still a seed of good in his evil.


Who does good and is anxious for it to be known has still a seed of evil in his good.

- unknown


The more we study, the more we discover our ignorance.


- Shelly


Imagination is more important than knowledge.


- Albert Einstein


Let he that would move the World,

first move himself.


- Socrates


Everyone thinks of changing humanity

and no one thinks of changing himself.


- Leo Tolstoy


I beg you, do not be unchangable.

Do not believe that you alone can be right.

The man who thinks that,

The man who maintains that only he

has the power to reason correctly,

the gift to speak, the soul,

a man like that, when you know him,

turns out empty.


- Sophocles


Success in life is a matter not so much of talent or opportunity as of perseverance.


- C.W. Windle


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistance.

Talent will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not. The world is full of educated derilicts.

Persistance and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.


- Coolidge


He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.


- Goethe


In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins. Not through strength, but perseverance.


- unknown


Theres a difference between interest and commitment.

When you are interested in something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.


- Art Turock


It is only through labor and prayerful efforts, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.


- Roosevelt


Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


- unknown


There have always been hard times. There have always been wars and troubles - famine, disease and such, and some are born with money, some with none. In the end, it is up to the man what he becomes, and none of those other things matter.

It is character that counts.


- Louis L'amour


If you stand up and are counted, you may get yourself knocked down. But remember this - a man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man flattened by conformity stays down for good.


- T.J. Watson


I do the very best I know how, the very best I can, and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what is said against me won't amount to anything.


- Lincoln


The span of a mans life, that is nothing.

But what a man makes of that span, that is something.

A man must make his own meaning for life, meaning is not automatically given to life.


- Chaim Potock


As I grow older, I pay less attention to what people say.

I just watch what they do...


- Andrew Carnegie


Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.


- Lincoln


I do not know anyone who has gotten to the top without hard work. That is thge recipe.


-Margeret Thatcher


The difference between a truly successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.


- Vince Lombardi


Security is mostly a 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.


- Helen Keller


Persistence overcomes resistance.


- unknown

A vast number of clergymen and laymen are perfectly satisfied. They have no doubts. They believe as their fathers and mothers did. The "scheme of salvation" suits them

because they are satisfied that they are embraced within its terms. They give themselves no trouble. They believe because they do not understand. They have no doubts because they do not think. They regard doubt as a thorn in the pillow of orthodox slumber.Their souls are asleep, and they hate only those who disturb their dreams.


- unknown


I do not feel obliged to believe that same God who endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect had intended for us to forego their use.




I find every sect, as far as reason will help them, make use of it gladly; and where it fails them, they cry out, it is a matter of faith, and above reason.


-John Locke


Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.


- Bertrand Russell


I believe I found the missing link between animal and civilized man. It is us.


- Konrad Lorenz


The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is reason. I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.


- Thomas Paine


To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature,and it remains premature today.


- Isaac Asimov


Once there was a time when all people believed in God and the church ruled. This time is called the Dark Ages.


- Richard Lederer


To recognize that nature has neither a preference for our species nor a bias against it takes only a little courage


- James Randi


In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.


- Robert G. Ingersoll


Those who invalidate reason ought seriously to consider whether they argue with reason or withour reason. If they argue with reason, then they establish the very principle they are laboring to dethrone. But if they argue without reason (which, in order to be consistent with themselves they must do), then they are out of reach of rational conviction, nor do they deserve a rational argument.


- Ethan Allen


If a man is to be called as a streetsweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say "Here lived a great streetsweeper who did his job well".


- Martin Luther King, Jr.


Few things are impossible to diligence and skill.


- S. Johnson


Impossible is a word only to be found in the dictionary of fools.


- Napolean


With most people, doubt about one thing is simply blind belief in another.


- G.C. Lichtenburg


We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it, and stop there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again, and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore...


- Mark Twain

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