The freethinking of one age is the common sense of the next.
Matthew Arnold, 'God and the Bible,' 1875
One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.
Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. It comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.
There is no shortage of good days. It is good lives that are hard to come by.
Annie Dillard, 'The Writing Life'
When all is said and done, the weather and love are the two elements about which one can never be sure.
Alice Hoffman, 'Here on Earth'
We turn not older with years, but newer every day.
In attempts to improve your character, know what is in your power and what is beyond it.
There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality; that it makes things happen.
Houses are built to live in, not to look on; therefore, let use be preferred before uniformity, except where both may be had.
Sir Francis Bacon, Essays: Of Building, 1623
Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Men are born with two eyes, but only one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say.
Charles Caleb Colton
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.
True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.
When you are not physically starving, you have the luxury to realize psychic and emotional starvation.
I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries, and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
Joseph Addison, 'The Spectator'
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
D. H. Lawrence
You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once.
Oprah Winfrey, quoted by Susan Litwin in 'TV Guide'
The only factor becoming scarce in a world of abundance is human attention.
Kevin Kelly, in 'Wired'
Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738
It has all been very interesting.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, last words, 1762
True friendship never ends.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.
Sir Winston Churchill
Do not protect yourself by a fence, but rather by your friends.
Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how we can turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.
You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.
A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954
Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on.
William S. Burroughs
Better to get up late and be wide awake than to get up early and be asleep all day.
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have to be patient and wait for them to self destruct. It never fails.
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
While one person hesitates because he feels inferior, the other is busy making mistakes and becoming superior.
Henry C. Link
Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
Doubt whom you will, but never yourself.
You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other; make time for each other in your family.
Mother Teresa, in her Nobel lecture
Mistrust the man who finds everything good, the man who finds everything evil and still more the man who is indifferent to everything.
Johann K. Lavater
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.
The only cure for grief is action.
George Henry Lewes
Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau
[Advice is] what you ask for when you already know the answer but wish you didn't.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
A full cup must be carried steadily.
Whoever does not love his work cannot hope that it will please others.
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
Charles F. Kettering
Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Never do anything when you are in a temper, for you will do everything wrong.
Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it.
At a dinner party one should eat wisely but not too well, and talk well but not too wisely.
W. Somerset Maugham
Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.