Make sure you have finished speaking before your audience has finished listening.
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.
One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
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.
Nobody can be exactly like me. Sometimes even I have trouble doing it.
Let us have a care not to disclose our hearts to those who shut up theirs against us.
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
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.
Always put yourself in others' shoes. If you feel that it hurts you, it probably hurts the other person, too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say.
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.
Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action has arrived, stop thinking and go in.
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.
Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is my answer to the gap between ideas and action - I will write it out!
When things are at their worst I find something always happens.
W. Somerset Maugham, 'Of Human Bondage', 1915