posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 09:44 PM
Ah one of my favoritest things quotes. Sorry for the over doing.
"All men are interdependent. Every nation is an heir of a vast treasury of ideas and labor to which both the living and the dead of all nations have
contributed. Whether we realize it or not, each of us lives eternally 'in the red.' We are everlasting debtors to known and unknown men and women.
We arise in the morning, we go into the bathroom where we reach for a sponge which is provided for us by a Pacific Islander. We reach for soap that is
created for us by a European. Then at the table we drink coffee which is provided for us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West
African. Before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half of the world."
— Martin Luther King, Jr.; American clergyman and reformer, Nobel Prize 1964
"If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves."
— Thomas A. Edison, American inventor
"You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."
— Eleanor Roosevelt, American humanitarian and diplomat
"Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle."
— Michelangelo Buonarotti, Florentine painter, sculptor, architect and poet
Note: also cited as an Italian (Milanese) proverb
"The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited."
— Plutarch, Greek philosopher and biographer
"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this—you haven't."
— Source unknown
“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
I would rather live in a world where my life is surrounded by mystery than live in a world so small that my mind could comprehend it."
— Harry Emerson Fosdick, clergyman, author
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge
— James Madison, fourth U.S. president (1809-17)
"It is no measure of health to be sane in an insane society."
"Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain."
— Lily Tomlin, American actress and comedian
"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will."
— George Bernard Shaw, Irish dramatist, novelist and critic
"Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first it is ridiculed, in the second it is opposed, in the third it is
regarded as self evident."
— Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher
"Life is the only game in which the object of the game is to learn the rules."
— Ashleigh Brilliant, writer, columnist and cartoonist
"The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future
less resolved than it will be."
— Marcel Pagnol, French dramatist and moviemaker
"No one has a finer command of language than the person who keeps his mouth shut."
— Sam Rayburn, U.S. politician
“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of
— Lyn Yutang, Chinese writer and editor
"There are two ways of exerting one's strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up."
— Booker T. Washington, American educator
Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
— Abraham Lincoln, 16th U. S. President
"Never work just for money or for power. They won't save your soul or help you sleep at night."
— Marian Wright Edelman, lawyer, educator, activist, reformer, children's advocate
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
— William Butler Yeats, Irish prose writer, dramatist and poet; Nobelist
"The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none."
— Thomas Carlyle, Scottish author
“The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.”
— Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, Polish writer, poet
"Errors of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it."
— Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. president, author of the Declaration of Independence
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
— Dr. Carl Sagan, American astronomer, writer and scientist
"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule it."
— H. L. Mencken, American journalist, satirist, social critic
"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are
gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."
— Marya Sklodowska (Marie Curie), Polish scientist, Nobelist
“If suffering brings wisdom, I would wish to be less wise.”
— William Butler Yeats, Irish dramatist and poet; Nobelist
Thomas Adams wrote: "He who demands mercy and shows none burns the bridges over which he himself must later pass."