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

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 a sculpture, translated by Stephen Mitchell

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 – and we drew a circle that took him in!
~Edwin Markham

There is a great man who makes

There is a great man who makes every man feel small.  But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.  ~G.K. Chesterton

The barrenest of all mortals is the

The barrenest of all mortals is the sentimentalist.  ~Thomas Carlyle, Sir Walter Scott, in London and Westminster Review, 12 November 1838BMC

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 the devil.
~William Shakespeare, Richard III, 1593LCD

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.  ~Chester Bowles, New Republic, 22 July 1946LCD

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, Table Talk, 1822LCD

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 to make himself heard.  ~Ellen GlasgowCUL

There is a kind way of assisting

There is a kind way of assisting our fellow-creatures which is enough to break their hearts while it saves their outer envelope.  ~Joseph ConradCUL

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 type that most often writes about himself.  ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938LCD

The soul becomes dyed with the color

The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.  ~Marcus Aurelius AntoniusA soul is dyed the color of its leisure thoughts. ~William Ralph Inge, ClV

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 we are inclined to suppose.  ~Mary Todd Lincoln

It is often wonderful how putting down

It is often wonderful how putting down on paper a clear statement of a case helps one to see, not perhaps the way out, but the way in.  ~Arthur Christopher Benson

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.  ~Lord Byron, Don Juan, 1819

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 by Richard HowardGPA

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 that you’re generally better off sticking with what you know.  And the third is that sometimes your best investments are the ones you don’t make.  ~Donald Trump

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 Russell Lowell, Democracy and Other Addresses, 1887LCD

I do not know what may appear

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, while the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.  ~Isaac Newton, quoted in Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man, 1973QSCI

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

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 try again.  At the worst, so long as you don’t do it the same way twice, you will eventually use up all the wrong ways of doing it and thus the next try will be the right one.  ~George F. Nordenhold

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.  The mystic cords of memory will swell when again touched as surely they will be by the better angels of our nature.  ~Abraham Lincoln

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 of trifles in relation to thy comings and goings.  I am not very wise: my moods are quite attainable: and I respect thy genius: it is to me as yet unfathomed; yet dare I not presume in thee a perfect intelligence of me, and so [T]hou art to me a delicious torment.  Thine ever, or never.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Friendship"

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 laid far back.  ~Wendell Phillips, Address, Anti-Slavery Society, 1852LCD

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 human life is to be respected.  Nature, in her indifference, makes no distinction between good and evil.  ~Anatole France

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 Charles F. Aked and Edmund Burke, among others but no author has yet been confirmed as the originatorquoteinvestigator.com/2010/12/17/meretricious (Thanks, Garson O’Toole of quoteinvestigator.com!)

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 all their reward systems don’t try to make it posthumous.  ~Gloria Steinem

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 Atomism

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 Reality, 1986LCD

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 to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.  ~Dawna Markova

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