Misc1 Quotes SMS Collection

There is a sort of man who

There is a sort of man who pays no attention to his good actions, but is tormented by his bad ones.  This is the

A bird does not sing because it

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  ~Chinese Proverb

To speak ill of others is a

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves.  ~Will and Ariel Durant

Doubt is not a pleasant state of

Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.  ~Voltaire to Frederick the Great, 1767LCD

Every problem contains within itself the seeds

Every problem contains within itself the seeds of its own solution.  ~Edward Somers

My mother said to me 34if you

My mother said to me, "If you become a soldier, you’ll be a general, if you become a monk you’ll end up as the

We understand nature by resisting it gaston

We understand nature by resisting it.  ~Gaston Bachelard, La Formation de l’esprit scientifique, 1938LCD

One of the advantages being disorderly is

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.  ~A.A. Milne

Ruin and recovery are both from within

Ruin and recovery are both from within.  ~Epictetus

Some defeats are more triumphant than victories

Some defeats [are] more triumphant than victories.  ~Montaigne, Essays, 1588LCD

The present age for all its cosmopolitan

The present age, for all its cosmopolitan hustle, is curiously suburban in spirit.  ~Norman DouglasCUL

I have little confidence in any enterprise

I have little confidence in any enterprise or business or investment that promises dividends only after the death of the stockholders.  ~Robert G. Ingersoll

The right to be heard does not

The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.  ~Hubert Humphrey, speech, Madison, Wisconsin, 23 August 1965LCD

To conquer oneself is a greater task

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.  ~BuddhaCUL

The most important thing in communication is

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t being said.  ~Author Unknown

No matter how big and tough a

No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step towards solution.  Do something.  Then

We are not enemies but friends must

We are not enemies, but friends.  We must not be enemies.  Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. 

Thou art to me a delicious torment

DEAR FRIEND: If I was sure of thee, sure of thy capacity, sure to match my mood with thine, I should never think again

The chief characteristics of the liberal attitude

The chief characteristics of the [liberal] attitude are human sympathy, a receptivity to change, and a scientific willingness to follow reason rather than faith. 

We learn geology the morning after earthquake

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, 1860LCD

Revolutions are not made they come a

Revolutions are not made: they come.  A revolution is as natural as an oak tree.  It comes out of the past; its foundations are

It is almost impossible systematically to constitute

It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law.  Nature has no principles.  She furnishes us with no reason to believe that

Many are saved from sin by being

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN

No man is truly great who only

No man is truly great who is great only in his own lifetime.  The test of greatness is the page of history.  ~William Hazlitt,

Tact is the art of making a

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.  ~Howard W. Newton

The only thing necessary for the triumph

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  ~Various wordings of this quotation are attributed to

It is an incredible con job when

It is an incredible con job when you think of it, to believe something now in exchange for life after death.  Even corporations with

Much unhappiness results from our inability to

Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us.  ~W.N. Rieger

Preach not to others what they should

Preach not to others what they should eat, but eat as becomes you and be silent.  ~EpictetusETW

No man thoroughly understands a truth until

No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

With what a leaden and retarding weight

With what a leaden and retarding weight Does expectation load the wing of time! ~William MasonQSO

Most people like hard work particularly when

Most people like hard work.  Particularly when they are paying for it.  ~Franklin P. Jones

I am convinced the longer live that

I am convinced, the longer I live, that life and its blessings are not so entirely unjustly distributed as when we are suffering greatly

The first requisite for immortality is death

The first requisite for immortality is death.  ~Stanislaw J. Lec

Everything is vague to a degree you

Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize until you have tried to make it precise.  ~Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical

To live is in itself a value

To live is in itself a value judgment.  To breathe is to judge.  ~Albert Camus, The Rebel, 1951LCD

The real hero is always a by

The real hero is always a hero by mistake; he dreams of being an honest coward like everybody else.  ~Umberto Eco, Travels in Hyper

I identify more with people who ask

I identify more with people who ask each day for divine guidance than people equipped with a divine guidance system.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

The best things in life arent things

The best things in life aren’t things.  ~Art Buchwald

There is no good in arguing with

There is no good in arguing with the inevitable.  The only argument available with an east wind is to put on your overcoat.  ~James

I will not die an unlived life

I will not die an unlived life…. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes

And thus i clothe my naked villainy

And thus I clothe my naked villainy With odd old ends stolen forth of Holy Writ And seem a saint when most I play

Some people skate to the puck i

Some people skate to the puck.  I skate to where the puck is going to be.  ~Wayne Gretzky

My heart is a lonely hunter that

My heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.  ~William Sharp, The Lonely Hunter

We are wide eyed in contemplating the possibility

We are wide-eyed in contemplating the possibility that life may exist elsewhere in the universe, but we wear blinders when contemplating the possibilities of

Novelties please less than they impress byron

Novelties please less than they impress.  ~Byron, Don Juan, 1824LCD

There is only one thing about which

There is only one thing about which I am certain, and that is that there is very little about which one can be certain. 

Spirituality is the awareness that survival is

Spirituality is… the awareness that survival is the savage fight between you and yourself.  ~Author Unknown

The self cannot be escaped but it

The self cannot be escaped, but it can be, with ingenuity and hard work, distracted.  ~Donald Barthelme

When to the sessions of sweet silent

When to the sessions of sweet silent thought I summon up remembrance of things past, I sigh the lack of many a thing I

A fanatic is one who sticks to

A fanatic is one who sticks to his guns whether they’re loaded or not.  ~Franklin P. Jones

To say yes you have to sweat

To say yes, you have to sweat and roll up your sleeves and plunge both hands into life up to the elbows.  It is

For here there is no place that

…for here there is no place that does not see you.  You must change your life.  ~Rainer Maria Rilke, "Archaic Torso of Apollo," about

There i am in my younger days

There I am in my younger days, stargazing, painting picture perfect maps of how my life and love would be not counting the unmarked

Take care of the minutes for hours

Take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.  ~Lord Chesterfield

Jesus accepts you the way are but

Jesus accepts you the way you are, but loves you too much to leave you that way.  ~Lee Venden

One sees clearly only with the heart

One sees clearly only with the heart.  Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French

He drew a circle that shut me

He drew a circle that shut me out – heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But love and I had the wit to win

Children have never been good at listening

Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.  ~James Baldwin

In every age 34the good old days34

In every age "the good old days" were a myth.  No one ever thought they were good at the time.  For every age has

People in distress will sometimes prefer a

People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to a solution that is not.  ~Neil Postman

The age is a vociferous one and

The age is a vociferous one, and no prophet is without honor who is able to strike an attitude and to speak loud enough

Where is hollywood located chiefly between the

Where is Hollywood located?  Chiefly between the ears.  In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.  ~Erica Jong

Your best work always seems to have

Your best work always seems to have been done by someone else.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN

Often we can help each other most

Often we can help each other most by leaving each other alone; at other times we need the hand-grasp and the word of cheer. 

Self pity is a sinkhole from which no

Self-pity is… a sinkhole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink.  ~Elizabeth Elliot

I would rather have men ask why

I would rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one.  ~Marcus Porcius Cato

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow

Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.  ~Dwight D. EisenhowerGCLE

The mind is seldom quickened to very

The mind is seldom quickened to very vigorous operations but by pain, or the dread of pain.  We do not disturb ourselves with the

Thou glorious mirror where the almightys form

Thou glorious mirror, where the Almighty’s form Glasses itself in tempests. ~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage, canto IV, stanza 183; BMC

There is a fine line between dreams

There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it’s up to you to draw it.  ~B. Quilliam

There are few who would not rather

There are few who would not rather be taken in adultery than in provincialism.  ~Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay, 1923LCD

No star is ever lost we once

No star is ever lost we once have seen, We always may be what we might have been. ~Adelaide A. Procter, Legend of ProvenceMCTO

What counts cant be counted author unknown

[W]hat counts can’t be counted.  ~Author unknown, c.1956 quoted in Political science in the United States of America: a trend report, UNESCO, see also

The least of mans original emanation is

The least of man’s original emanation is better than the best of a borrowed thought.  ~Albert Pinkham RyderCUL

A curse on every wish that blurs

A curse on every wish that blurs the sight, paralyzes the tongue, cramps the hand, and prevents the truth being seen, said, and written. 

If a man could have just half

If a man could have just half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.  ~Benjamin Franklin

That which we obtain too easily esteem

That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.  ~Thomas Paine

The minute a phrase becomes current it

The minute a phrase becomes current, it becomes an apology for not thinking accurately to the end of the sentence.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

But words are things and a small

But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which makes thousands, perhaps, millions, think. 

Most people die at the last minute

Most people die at the last minute; others twenty years beforehand, some even earlier.  They are the wretched of the earth.  ~Louis Céline, Voyage

I dont say we all ought to

I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could.  ~Orson WellesCUL

The brighter you are the more have

The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.  ~Don Herold

History is apt to judge harshly those

History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today.  ~Harold MacMillanCUL

Experience taught me a few things one

Experience taught me a few things.  One is to listen to your gut, no matter how good something sounds on paper.  The second is

It is not reason that gives us

It is not reason that gives us our moral orientation, it is sensitivity.  ~Maurice Barreès, La Grande Pitié des églises de France, 1914LCD

People 34died34 all the time parts of

People "died" all the time…. Parts of them died when they made the wrong kinds of decisions – decisions against life.  Sometimes they died

No man likes to have his intelligence

No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.  ~Henry AdamsCUL

The conflict of forces and the struggle

The conflict of forces and the struggle of opposing wills are of the essence of our universe and alone hold it together.  ~Havelock EllisCUL

Society is doing a great deal for

Society is doing a great deal for the workingman, for the lower classes; but it seems to me, sometimes, as if it formed associations

Hate the sin and love sinner mohandas

Hate the sin and love the sinner.  ~Mohandas Gandhi

Men are idolaters and want something to

Men are idolaters and want something to look at and kiss and hug, or throw themselves down before; they always did, they always will;

A part of you has grown in

A part of you has grown in me.  And so you see, it’s you and me together forever and never apart, maybe in distance,

The thing i am most aware of

The thing I am most aware of is my limits.  And this is natural; for I never, or almost never, occupy the middle of

An age is called dark not because

An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.  ~James A. Michener, Space

Beginnings are apt to be shadowy rachel

Beginnings are apt to be shadowy.  ~Rachel Carson

Not to go back is somewhat advance

Not to go back is somewhat to advance And men must walk, at least, before they dance. ~Alexander PopeCCQ

We kill because we are afraid of

We kill because we are afraid of our own shadow, afraid that if we used a little common sense we’d have to admit that

I know of no more encouraging fact

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.  ~Henry David Thoreau