my quote of the moment: "if you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness." ~julie-jeanne-eleonore de lespinasse

quotes of the past

*these are the older my quote of the moment that i have used at the top of my page. if any are misquoted or attributed to the wrong person, or if you have any suggestions of quotes for me to use, please let me know in the comments section.*

"and she said there must be better songs to sing than this. and i thought 'yeah, that's what i'm trying to so, isn't it? sing a better song'." ~educating rita

"always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." ~oscar wilde

"i don't think of all the misery, but of all the beauty that still remains." ~anne frank

"one of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." ~a. a. milne

"reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." ~philip k. dick

"it is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere." ~agnes depalier

"it's your world, and you can do whatever you want with it." ~bob ross

"it's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life." ~sister elizabeth kenny

"before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. that way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes."

"from what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life." ~arthur ashe

"i have decided to stick with love. hate is too great a burden to bear." ~martin luther king, jr.

"clothes make the man. naked people have little or no influence on society." ~mark twain

"there is only one difference between a madman and me. i am not mad." ~salvador dali

"the real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment." ~dorothy nevill

"we rarely think people have good sense unless they agree with us." ~francois de la rochefoucauld

"there is always some madness in love. but there is also always some reason in madness." ~friedrich nietzsche

"the more i study religions the more i am convinced that man never worshipped anything but himself." ~sir richard francis burton

"you can either hold yourself up to the unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them and concentrate on being happy with yourself as you are." ~jeph jacques

"we may go to the moon, but that's not very far. the greatest distance we have to cover still lies within us." ~charles de gaulle

"in case you're worried about what's going to become of the younger generation, it's going to grow up and start worrying about the younger generation." ~roger allen

"treasure the love you have received above all. it will survive long after your gold and good health have vanished." ~og mandino

"the only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren't any space aliens. we can't be the best that creation has to offer. i pray we're not all there is. if so, we're in big trouble." ~ellen degeneres

"two wrongs don't make a right, but they make a good excuse." ~thomas szasz

"most people are other people. their thoughts are someone elses opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation." ~oscar wilde

"discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought." ~albert szent-gyorgyi

"i'm sick of following my dreams. i'm just going to ask them where they're going and hook up with them later." ~mitch hedberg

"be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself- and thus make yourself indispensable." ~andre gide

"don't worry about the world coming to an end today. it's already tomorrow in australia." ~charles m. schulz

"what we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. the only consequence is what we do." ~john ruskin

"your theory is crazy, but it's not crazy enough to be true." ~niels bohr

"there ain't no free lunches in this country. and don't go spending your whole life commiserating that you got raw deals. you've got to say, 'i think that if i keep working at this and want it bad enought i can have it.'" ~lee iacocca

"beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." ~miss piggy

"our american values are not luxuries, but necessities - not the salt in our bread, but the bread itself." ~jimmy carter

"like anyone else, there are days i feel beautiful and days i don't, and when i don't, i do something about it." ~cheryl tiegs

"time flies like an arrow. fruit flies like a banana." ~groucho marx

"battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you." ~friedrich nietzsche

"our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~martin luther king jr.

"passion makes the world go round. love just makes it a safer place." ~ice t

"every composer knows the anguish and despair occasioned by forgetting ideas which one had no time to write down." ~hector berlioz

"in america, history never dies - it's reborn as 'tourism'." ~joyce carol oates

"correct me if i'm wrong, but hasn't the fine line between sanity and madness gotten finer?" ~george price

"success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. you must set yourself on fire." ~reggie leach

"i have nothing to say, and i am saying it, and that is poetry." ~john cage

"don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time." ~rabbinical saying

"you have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through." ~rosalynn carter

"the only real stumbling block is fear of failure. in cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude." ~julia child

"before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it." ~francois de la rochefoucauld

"life is just one damned thing after another" ~elbert hubbard

"it is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life." ~queen christina

 "i've often been told that you only can do what you know how to do well, and that's be you, be what you're like, be like yourself." ~"whistling in the dark" by they might be giants

 "what you risk reveals what you value." ~jeanette winterson

 "there is nothing like dream to create the future. utopia to-day, flesh and blood tomorrow." ~victor hugo

 "the past with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be." ~lillian hellman

 "now that i've relinquished my fantasies of all the people i wish i could be, and stopped feeling guilty about [them], i have more time for the things that i truly enjoy." ~gretchen rubin

 "the three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work, and stick-to-it-iv-ness...." ~thomas edison

"life is easier than you'd think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, and bear the intolerable." ~kathleen norris

"just another freak, in the freak kingdom." ~fear and loathing in las vegas

"the greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance - it is the illusion of knowledge." ~daniel j. boorstin

"cats regard people as warmblooded furniture." ~jacquelyn mitchard

"'what's brunch?' 'you'd love it, it's not quite breakfast, it's not quite lunch, but it comes with a slice of cantaloupe at the end.'" ~the simpsons

"if you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people." ~virginia woolf

"think of life as a giant, fat cat you're in charge of. sometimes you can control it, but other times, it's going to do what it wants and you have to roll with it. and sometimes you can do everything - everything you're s'posed to do - and it'll still shred all the things you hold dear... the only thing you can really do with life is rub its belly and prepare for the worst." ~randy k. milholland

"when people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other." ~eric hoffer

"speak properly, and in as few words as you can, but always plainly; for the end of speech is not ostentation, but to be understood." ~william penn

"i love being married. it's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life." ~rita rudner

"a computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing." ~emo philips

"could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change in attitude." ~katherine mansfield

"i always wanted a happy ending... now i've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it without knowing what's going to happen next. delicious ambiguity." ~gilda radner

"for it is mutual trust, even more than mutual interest that holds human associations together. our friends seldom profit us but they make us feel safe... marriage is a scheme to accomplish exactly the same end." ~h. l. mencken

"nothing in this world is permanent, and we're foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we're still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. if change is the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy." ~w. somerset maugham

"to look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it the more fit for its prime function of looking forward." ~margaret fairless barber

"when i was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in the world. my hope still is to leave the world a little bit better for my having been here. it's a wonderful life and i love." ~jim henson

"the only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it." ~oscar wilde

"it seems to me that people have vast potential. most people can do extraordinary things if they have the confidence or take the risks. yet most people don't. they sit in front of the telly and treat life as if it goes on forever." ~philip adams

"a bird does not sing because it has an answer. it sings because it has a song." ~chinese proverb

"i like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells." ~dr. seuss

"there is always some madness in love. but there is also always some reason in madness." ~friedrich nietzsche

"before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure you are not, in fact, surrounded by assholes." ~william gibson

"one should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways." ~bertrand russell

"drama is life with the dull bits cut out." ~alfred hitchcock

"progress isn't made by early risers. it's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." ~robert heinlein

"everybody lies, but it doesn't matter because nobody listens." ~nick diamos

"when one admits that nothing is certain one must, i think, also admit that some things are much more nearly certain than others." ~bertrand russell

"nothing is impossible. some things are just less likely than others." ~jonathan winters

"the best laid schemes of mice and men / go often askew" ~translation of robert burns poem "to a mouse"

"don't judge somebody until you've walked a mile in their shoes. then judge them, because then you're a mile away and you have their shoes." ~anonymous

"enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another." ~marquis de condorcet

"enough organization, enough lists and we think we can control the uncontrollable." ~john mankiewicz

"while grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. you must wait till it be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it." ~samuel johnson

 "the nine most terrifying words in the english language are, 'i'm from the government and i'm here to help.'" ~ronald reagan

"my theory is that all of scottish cuisine is based on a dare." ~mike myers

"people are, if anything, more touchy about being thought silly than they are about being thought unjust." ~e. b. white

"it is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. it saves one having to bother anyone else with them." ~isabel colegate

"don't go around saying the world owes you a living. the world owes you nothing. it was here first." ~mark twain

"tomatoes and oregano make it italian; wine and tarragon make it french. sour cream makes it russian; lemon and cinnamon make it greek. soy sauce makes it chinese; garlic makes it good." ~alice may brock

"i think people that have a brother or sister don't realize how lucky they are. sure, they fight a lot, but to know that there's always somebody there, somebody that's family." ~trey parker and matt stone

"there are people whom one loves immediately and forever. even to know they are alive in the world with one is quite enough." ~nancy spain

"guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness." ~george sand

"the highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is." ~john lancaster spalding

"happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed." ~storm jameson

"those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad." ~norm papernick

"a man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. there is visible labor and there is an invisible labor." ~victor hugo

"always be nice to the people on the way up; because you'll meet the same people on the way down." ~wilson mizner

"many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. well, that is doubtful. so get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date." ~dale carnegie

"never underestimate the determination of a kid who is time rich and cash poor." ~cory doctorow

"education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence." ~robert frost

"in matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." ~thomas jefferson

"the squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. sometimes it gets replaced." ~vic gold

"when you have a dream you've got to grab it and never let go." ~carol burnett

"hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. you wait and watch and work: you don't give up." ~anne lamott

"i may not have gone where i intended to go, but i think i have ended up where i needed to be." ~douglas adams

"don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps." ~david lloyd george

"happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length." ~robert frost

"the more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it." ~bill nye

"happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed." ~storm jameson

"a strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures." ~daniel webster

"the minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for." ~maureen dowd

"more than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. one path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. the other, to total extinction. let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly." ~woody allen

"the universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. it is simply indifferent." ~j. h. holmes

"anything you could ever want or be you already have and are." ~david russell

"worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. if something is wrong, fix it if you can. but train yourself not to worry. worry never fixes anything." ~mary hemingway

"derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us." ~henri matisse

"beware of undertaking too much at the start. be content with quite a little. allow for accidents. allow for human nature, especially your own." ~arnold bennett

"reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." ~philip k. dick

"be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. it isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe." ~robert service

"life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon." ~woody allen

"if you can solve your problem then what is the need of worrying? if you cannot solve it, then what is the use of worrying?" ~shantideva

"destiny is for people who are too lazy to create alternate timelines." ~r. stevens

"we did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves." ~lynn hall

"trouble is part of your life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough." ~dinah shore

"it is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not." ~andre gide

"the highest courage is to dare to appear to be what one is." ~john lancaster spalding

"how we remember, what we remember and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality." ~christina baldwin

"that is what learning is. you suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way." ~doris lessing

"if you want peace, stop fighting. if you want peace of mind, stop fighting with your thoughts." ~peter mcwilliams

"never deprive someone of hope; it might be all they have." ~h. jackson brown jr.

"you may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try." ~beverly sills

"the weak can never forgive. forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." ~mahatma gandhi

"the moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls." ~elizabeth cady stanton

"stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. this is the ultimate." ~chuang-tzu

"the deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." ~kahil gibran

"there is no wisdom without love." n. sri ram

"it is how people respond to stress that determines whether they will profit from misfortune or be miserable." ~mihaly csikszentmihalyi

"if you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness." ~julie-jeanne-eleonore de lespinasse

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