Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.

Dorothy Sarnoff

It's important that someone celebrate our existence... People are the only mirror we have to see ourselves in. The domain of all meaning. All virtue, all evil, are contained only in people. There is none in the universe at large. Solitary confinement is a punishment in every human culture.

Lois McMaster Bujold, "Mirror Dance", 1994

The excellence of a gift lies in its appropriateness rather than in its value.

Charles Dudley Warner, 'Eleventh Study,' Backlog Studies, 1873

Fear not those who argue but those who dodge.

Marie Ebner von Eschenbach, Aphorisms, 1905

A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.

Patricia Neal

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

George Eliot

Shut out all of your past except that which will help you with your tomorrows.

Sir William Osler

People seldom become famous for what they say until after they are famous for what they've done.

Cullen Hightower

Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.

Tallulah Bankhead

Let us have a care not to disclose our hearts to those who shut up theirs against us.

Francis Beaumont

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

Helen Keller

Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage.

Babylonian Talmud, tractate Gittin

He deserves Paradise who makes his companions laugh.


A smiling face is half the meal.

Latvian Proverb

Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.

Author Unknown

The words 'I am...' are potent words; be careful what you hitch them to. The thing you're claiming has a way of reaching back and claiming you.

A. L. Kitselman

Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.


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'

Happiness lies for those who cry, those who hurt, those who have searched, and those who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of people who have touched their lives. Love begins with a smile, grows with a kiss and ends with a tear. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past, you can't go on well in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

Author Unknown

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines - so they should go as far as possible from home to build their first buildings.

Frank Lloyd Wright, New York Times Magazine, October 4, 1953

Magnificent promises are always to be suspected.

Theodore Parker

Giving someone all your love is never an assurance that they'll love you back! Don't expect love in return; just wait for it to grow in their heart but if it doesn't, be content it grew in yours. It takes only a minute to get a crush on someone, an hour to like someone, and a day to love someone, but it takes a lifetime to forget someone.

Author Unknown

It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives.

Author Unknown

I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say.

Calvin Coolidge

Change your thoughts and you change your world.

Norman Vincent Peale

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.

Mahatma Gandhi, 'Satyagraha Leaflet No. 13,' May 3, 1919

In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts.

Peter McWilliams

Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.

Napoleon Bonaparte

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it.

Charles Caleb Colton, Lacon, 1825

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

Amelia Burr

Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.

Lord Chesterfield

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Higher Laws, 1854

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security 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 exposure.

Helen Keller

A person that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.

Dwight D. Eisenhower, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953

Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself...True happiness is born of self-reliance.

The laws of Manu

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.

H. L. Hunt

When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.

Sir Winston Churchill

If you reveal your secrets to the wind you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

Kahlil Gibran

Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.

Michel de Montaigne, 'De l'experience,' 1580-88

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.

John Henry Cardinal Newman

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

Clare Booth Luce, in Reader's Digest, 1979

Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.


you must approach each man by the right door.

Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.


Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, First Series: Prudence, 1841

You better live your best and act your best and think your best today, for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow.

Harriet Martineau

It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped on link at a time.

Sir Winston Churchill

Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person.

Dr. David M. Burns


Don't make use of another's mouth unless it has been lent to you.

Belgian Proverb

We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.

Lynn Hall, Where Have All the Tigers Gone?, 1989

While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]? ...While you do not know life, how can you know about death?

Confucius, The Confucian Analects, bk. 11:11

Anger is a signal, and one worth listening to.

Harriet Lerner, The Dance of Anger, 1985

Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.

Samuel Johnson

This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out!

Hortense Calisher

When things are at their worst I find something always happens.

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