Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you're a man, you take it.

Malcolm X, Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

Get pleasure out of much as you can. Nobody ever died from pleasure.

Sol Hurok

Houses are built to live in, more than to look on; therefore let us be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.

Sir Francis Bacon

There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.

Michel de Montaigne

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

Japanese Proverb

Good habits result from resisting temptation.

Ancient Proverb

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today.

F. D. Roosevelt, message for Jefferson Day, April 13, 1945

Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present.

            W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915

Love God and trust your feelings. Be loyal to them. Don't betray them.

Robert C. Pollock

True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.

William Penn

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance.

Samuel Johnson

Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy.

Jim Hightower, the New York Times, March 9, 1986

An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo, 'Histoire d'un crime,' 1852

Know how to ask. There is nothing more difficult for some people, nor for others, easier.

Baltasar Gracian

Best friends are the siblings God forgot to give us.

Author unknown

Great minds discuss ideas;
Average minds discuss events;
 Small minds discuss people.

Author unknown

We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Things are only impossible until they're not.

Jean-Luc Picard, 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'

Dive into the sea of thought, and find there pearls beyond price.

Moses Ibn Ezra, Shirat Yisrael

A great preservative against angry and mutinous thoughts, and all impatience and quarreling, is to have some great business and interest in your mind, which, like a sponge shall suck up your attention and keep you from brooding over what displeases you.

Joseph Rickaby

Don't frown, you never know who is falling in love with your smile.

Author unknown

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

Helen Keller

 He who loses money, loses much;
 He, who loses a friend, loses much more;
 He, who loses faith, loses all.

Author unknown

Never read a book through merely because you have begun it.

John Witherspoon

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.

Bertolt Brecht, the Mother, 1932

To repeat what others have said, requires education; to challenge it, requires brains.

Mary Pettibone Poole, A Glass Eye at a Keyhole, 1938

Actions speak louder than words.

Author unknown

Some people make the world special by just being in it.

Author unknown

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.


Beautiful young people are accidents of nature,
 But beautiful old people are works of art.

Author unknown

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.


Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter.

Oliver Goldsmith

Life is like a river.

Let it carry you,
not knowing where
it will take you,
and you will journey
to amazing places;

Or, stay on the shore,
knowing for sure

where you will be,
and you will go nowhere.

Author unknown

Living on Earth is expensive, but it does include a free trip around the sun every year.

Author unknown

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy

Norman Vincent Peale

Well done is better than well said.

Benjamin Franklin

Broadly speaking, the short words are the best, and the old words best of all.

Sir Winston Churchill

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

Mark Twain

It's choice - not chance - that determines your destiny.

Jean Nidetch

You have to recognize when the right place and the right time fuse and take advantage of that opportunity. There are plenty of opportunities out there. You can't sit back and wait.

Ellen Metcalf

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

Benjamin Disraeli

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.


An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way

Charles Bukowsky

Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle.

Phillips Brooks

It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow.

Robert H. Goddard

Promote yourself, but do not demote another.

Israel Salanter

When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have.

Kathleen A. Sutton

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world. You impoverish yourself if you forget this errand.

Woodrow Wilson

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Chinese Proverb

Be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble.

Frank Tyger


Assert your right to make a few mistakes. If people can't accept your imperfections, that's their fault.

Dr. David M. Burns

Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with them.

Author: Unknown

Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.

Henri Bergson

A full cup must be carried steadily.

English Proverb