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.  ~W. Somerset MaughamCUL

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 sought
And with old woes new wail my dear times’ waste.
~William Shakespeare, Sonnet No. 30LCD

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 easy to say no, even if saying no means death.  ~Jean Anouilh, Antigone, 1942LCD

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 paths of misdirection,
my compass faith in love’s perfection
I missed a million miles of road I should have seen.
~Indigo Girls

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 consisted of crises that seemed intolerable to the people who lived through them.  ~Brooks Atkinson, Once Around the Sun, 1951LCD

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.  ~Elbert HubbardPIH

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

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.  ~Theodor HaeckerCUL

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 au bout du monde, 1932LCD

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 bit by bit until finally they were just living corpses walking around.  If you were perceptive you could see it in their eyes; the fire had gone out… you always knew when you made a decision against life…. The door clicked and you were safe inside – safe and dead.  ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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

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 to obtain for them toys, and then formed other associations to teach them to play with them.  ~John B. GoughQSO

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, but never in heart.  ~Author Unknown

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 my cage; my whole being surges toward the bars.  ~André Gide, Journals, 4 August 1930LCD

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; and if you don’t make it out of wood, you must make it out of words.  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Poet at the Breakfast Table, 1872LCD

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 our glorious principles were wrong.  ~Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart, 1941LCD

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

Many persons wonder why they dont amount

Many persons wonder why they don’t amount to more than they do, have good stuff in them, energetic, persevering, and have ample opportunities.  It is all a case of trimming the useless branches and throwing the whole force of power into the development of something that counts.  ~Walter J. Johnston

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 easy to say no.  ~Jean Anouilh

Its not enough to have a dream

It’s not enough to have a dream,
unless you’re willing to pursue it.
It’s not enough to know what’s right,
unless you’re strong enough to do it.
It’s not enough to learn the truth,
unless you also learn to live it.
It’s not enough to reach for love,
unless you care enough to give it.
~Author Unknown

It is a mistake to imagine that

It is a mistake to imagine that potentially great men are rare.  It is the conditions that permit the promise of greatness to be fulfilled that are rare.  What is so difficult to achieve is the cultural background that permits potential greatness to be converted into actual greatness.  ~Fred Hoyle, Of Man and Galaxies

All that is gold does not glitter

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~J.R.R. Tolkien

I cannot help it in spite

I cannot help it, – in spite of myself, infinity torments me.  ~Alfred de Musset, L’Espoir en DieuNA

It is better to emit a scream

It is better to emit a scream in the shape of a theory than to be entirely insensible to the jars and incongruities of life and take everything as it comes in a forlorn stupidity.  ~Robert Louis Stevenson, "Crabbed Age and Youth," Virginibus Puerisque, 1881LCD

The way my life goes i cant

The way my life goes, I can’t tell if there are pits in my cherries or cherries among my pits, philosophically speaking.  ~Rhann Morgan

The first thing to learn in intercourse

The first thing to learn in intercourse with others is noninterference with their own peculiar ways of being happy, provided those ways do not assume to interfere by violence with ours.  ~William JamesCUL

I think the enemy is here before

I think the enemy is here before us…. I think the enemy is simple selfishness and compulsive greed…. I think he stole our earth from us, destroyed our wealth, and ravaged and despoiled our land.  ~Thomas Wolfe, You Can’t Go Home Again, 1949LCD

Vain the ambition of kings who seek

Vain the ambition of kings
Who seek by trophies and dead things
To leave a living name behind,
And weave but nets to catch the wind.
~John Webster

Only as high i reach can grow

Only as high as I reach can I grow
Only as far as I seek can I go
Only as deep as I look can I see
Only as much as I dream can I be.
~Karen Ravn

God and the devil lose to a

God and the devil lose to a common enemy:  inertia.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN

It is not how busy you are

It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy – the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted.  ~Author Unknown

It is not always by plugging away

It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it.  Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle.  ~André Gide, Journals, 26 October 1924LCD

When we lose our individual independence in

When we lose our individual independence in the corporateness of a mass movement, we find a new freedom – freedom to hate, bully, lie, torture, murder and betray without shame and remorse.  ~Eric Hoffer

The ideals which have lighted my way

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.  ~Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions

Resting is the sort of thing youve

Resting is the sort of thing you’ve got to work up to gradually.  It’s very dangerous to rest all of a sudden.  ~From the movie Topper, 1937

It is difficult to get a man

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.  ~Upton SinclairCUL

We would often be ashamed of our

We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them.  ~Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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 detection of fallacies which do us no harm.  ~Samuel Johnson

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 "[N]ot everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" by William Bruce Cameron, 1963, commonly attributed to Albert Einstein as "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/26/everything-counts-einstein (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

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 pope."  Instead, I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.  ~Pablo Picasso