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 hunts on a lonely hill. ~William Sharp, The Lonely Hunter
Novelties please less than they impress. ~Byron, Don Juan, 1824LCD
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
A fanatic is one who sticks to his guns whether they’re loaded or not. ~Franklin P. Jones
The self cannot be escaped, but it can be, with ingenuity and hard work, distracted. ~Donald Barthelme
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 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, 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.
Jesus accepts you the way you are, but loves you too much to leave you that way. ~Lee Venden
Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. ~James Baldwin
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
People in distress will sometimes prefer a problem that is familiar to a solution that is not. ~Neil Postman
Your best work always seems to have been done by someone else. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966CSN
Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God. ~Erica Jong
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
Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field. ~Dwight D. EisenhowerGCLE
I would rather have men ask why I have no statue than why I have one. ~Marcus Porcius Cato
There are few who would not rather be taken in adultery than in provincialism. ~Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay, 1923LCD
There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it’s up to you to draw it. ~B. Quilliam
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
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 the sight, paralyzes the tongue, cramps the hand, and prevents the truth being seen, said, and written. ~Theodor HaeckerCUL
The least of man’s original emanation is better than the best of a borrowed thought. ~Albert Pinkham RyderCUL
That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly. ~Thomas Paine
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
The brighter you are, the more you have to learn. ~Don Herold
I don’t say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if we could. ~Orson WellesCUL
History is apt to judge harshly those who sacrifice tomorrow for today. ~Harold MacMillanCUL
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 our moral orientation, it is sensitivity. ~Maurice Barreès, La Grande Pitié des églises de France, 1914LCD
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 of opposing wills are of the essence of our universe and alone hold it together. ~Havelock EllisCUL
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
Hate the sin and love the sinner. ~Mohandas Gandhi
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 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 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
An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. ~James A. Michener, Space
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
Not to go back is somewhat to advance
And men must walk, at least, before they dance.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor. ~Henry David Thoreau
Every man expects some miracle – either from his mind or from his body or from someone else or from events. ~Paul ValéryCUL
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
Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We should scarcely desire things ardently if we were perfectly acquainted with what we desire. ~Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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
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.
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,
Not all those who wander are lost.
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
If you could eavesdrop on everything said about you, you’d spend most of your time waiting for the subject to come up. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
I cannot help it, – in spite of myself, infinity torments me. ~Alfred de Musset, L’Espoir en DieuNA
Passion and prejudice govern the world, only under the name of reason. ~John Wesley
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
All she keeps inside isn’t on the label. ~Fuel
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
Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving. Make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! ~Amanda Bradley
What a pity that the only way to heaven is in a hearse. ~Stanislaw J. Lec
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 dwell in Possibility
A fairer house than Prose
More numerous of Windows
Superior – for Doors.
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 by trophies and dead things
To leave a living name behind,
And weave but nets to catch the wind.
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.
Eloquence is vehement simplicity. ~Richard CecilCUL
God and the devil lose to a common enemy: inertia. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN
The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well. ~H.T. Leslie
Bear shame and glory with an equal peace and an ever tranquil heart. ~Bhagavad Gita
It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy – the bee is praised, the mosquito is swatted. ~Author Unknown
To have doubted one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
An impossibility does not disturb us until its accomplishment shows what fools we were. ~Henry S. HaskinsCUL
Every man has three characters – that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has. ~Alphonse Karr
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 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
Wandering seemed no more than the happiness of an anxious man. ~Albert Camus
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
An honorable man will not be bullied by a hypothesis. ~Bergen Evans, "A Tale of a Tub," The Natural History of NonsenseNA
Just because you’re not uptight doesn’t mean you’re irresponsible. And vice versa. When will those Conservatives ever learn? ~Carrie Latet
The Lord gives us friends to push us to our potential – and enemies to push us beyond it. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
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 to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. ~Upton SinclairCUL
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We would often be ashamed of our finest actions if the world understood all the motives which produced them. ~Duc de La Rochefoucauld
An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less. ~Nicholas Murray Butler
His designs were strictly honorable, as the phrase is: that is, to rob a lady of her fortune by way of marriage. ~Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, 1749LCD
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument. ~Richard WhatelyETW
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
[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, "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