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Words of Wisdom and Famous Quotes:


By Theodore Roosevelt:

"Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars but remember to keep your feet on the ground."

"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far."

"Alike for the nation and the individual, the one indispensable requisite is character."

"All daring and courage, all iron endurance of misfortune make for a finer and nobler type of manhood."

"Courage, hard work, self-mastery, and intelligent effort are all essential to successful life."

"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. "

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much or suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."

"It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins, knows the triumph of high achievement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat."


By Edmund Burke:

" The only good thing needed for evil to prosper is for good men to do nothjing."


By Albert Einstein:

Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater."

"I never think of the future -- it comes soon enough."

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

"Truth is what stands the test of experience."

"Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value."

"Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acqired by age eighteen."

"If the facts dont fit the theory, change the facts."

"If A is success in life, the A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x, y is play and z is keeping your mouth shut."

"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value."

"He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice."

"The important thing is not to stop questioning."

"The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it."

"Only two things are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure of the former."

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."

"When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That's relativity."

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

"The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax."

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."

"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."


By Ralph Waldo Emerson:

"People only see what they are prepared to see."

"It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, "Always do what you are afraid to do."

"We aim above the mark to hit the mark."

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us."

"The years teach much which the days never knew."

"If you cannot be free, be as free as you can."

"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."

"The only way to have a friend is to be one."

"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

"Common sense is genius dressed in working clothes."

"It is not length of life, but depth of life."

"Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."

"Men are what their mothers made them."

"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."

"For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."

"The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion."

"How do you measure success? To laugh often, and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best inin others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done; to know even one other life has breathed because you lived this is to have succeeded."

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."


By George Bernard Shaw:

"Advice is like kissing: It costs nothing and it's a pleasant thing to do."

"A man never tells you anything until you contradict him."

"There is no love sincerer than the love of food."

"Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."

"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."

"Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world. Unreasonable people attempt to adapt the world to themselves. All progress, therefore, depends on unreasonable people."

"The golden rule is that there are no golden rules."

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

"Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough."


By Benjamin Franklin:

"He who won't be counseled can't be helped."

"Honour, worthily obtained, is in its nature a personal thing, and incommunicable to any but those who had some share in obtaining it."

"A secret known to three people can be kept — as long as two of them are dead."

"The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."

"Our Constitution is in actual operation. Everything appears to promise that it will last, but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes."

"Fish and houseguests smell after three days."

"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, and half shut afterwards."

"Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of."

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

Beware of the young doctor and the old barber.

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.

Drive thy business or it will drive thee.

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.

Employ thy time well, if thou meanest to get leisure.

He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.

He that lives upon hope will die fasting.

Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade?

If you know how to spend less than you get, you have the philosopher's stone.

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect.

If you wouldst live long, live well, for folly and wickedness shorten life.

If your head is wax, don't walk in the sun.

Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.

Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

There is no kind of dishonesty into which otherwise good people more easily and frequently fall than that of defrauding the government.

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

Well done is better than well said.

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.

You may delay, but time will not.

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
Benjamin Franklin, 'Poor Richard's Almanack,' June 1746

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759

But in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Jean Baptiste Le Roy (1789)

Fish and visitors smell in three days.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1736

To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1737

Wish not so much to live long as to live well.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1738

Creditors have better memories than debtors.
Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac (1758)

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)


By Abraham Lincoln:

"People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."

"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time."

"You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today."

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."

"If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance."


By Henry Ford:

"Don't find fault; find a remedy. "

"You can't build a reputation on what you're going to do."

"Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently."

"Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal."

"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you're right."


By Mark Twain:

"Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. "

"I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."

"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."

"Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed."

"Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to."

"Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear."

"The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

"Don't go around the world saying it owes you something. It owes you nothing. It was here first!"

"You can't depend on your eyes if your imagination is out of focus. "

"It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them."

"Good breeding consists in concealing how much we think of ourselves and how little we think of the other person."

"The man whooes not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect."

"If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything."

"Golf: a good walk spoiled."

"A lie can go halfway around the world before the truth even has its shoes on."



It's better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

Money can't buy happiness. But it makes misery easier to live with.

The trouble with doing something right the first time is that nobody appreciates how difficult it was.

Experience is something you don't get until just after you needed it.

When you meet others, say only part of what you intend. never give the whole thing at once. < zen wisdom >

Help others and you'll help yourself.

Give your weat to the baker (expert in baking bread) even if she/he eats half of it. <an Arabic wisdom verse >

If you think you know everything then -that's the proof that- you don't know enough. < me >

Health brings money, money doesn't bring health. < Arabic wisdom >

Have the fearless attitude of a hero & the loving heart of a child < zen wisdom >

The heart’s message cannot b delivered in words < zen wisdom >

To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind < zen wisdom >

When an opportunity comes do not let it pass by, yet always think twice bfore acting < zen wisdom >

A person may appear a fool & yet not be one; s/he may only be guarding his wisdom carefully < zen wisdom >

If you believe there is a God out there, then, be thankful to her/him/it.< me 1998>

There is a hidden power in prayer that we don't understand yet, there are many theories, they say that prayer does have a positive effect on other human beings. <me 1998>

Money, comes and goes, health doesnt.< Arabic/Palestinian>

Be a scientist always.< me 2000>

Be observant always. < me 2000>

Know yourself, be honest with yourself. Do you dare to? <me 1999>

Always wonder. < discovery channel! 2002>

You have 2 ears, 2 eyes, 1 mouth.. speak less, listen more, and see deep. < me 1999>

The world doesnt revolve around you, neither around your group, culture, country, it doesnt revolve arround all humans. <me 1999>

Nothing comes easily. "wala shi begee be el sahil" < Arabic/Palestinian verse >

Nothing is for free.

If you knew that we share one planet and that we are a one human race, if i told you intelligent life exists in other places, how would you look at your human brothers then? < me >

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place < zen wisdom >

If you believe the invisible, and Do the Uncomfortable, you can surely Achieve the Impossible

The tighter u squeeze, the less u have < zen >

If u love, love openly < zen >

You can't wake a person who is pretending to be asleep < zen >

When the cup is full, no more can b poured - when ur full of your opinions, no more wisdom can enter < zen >

Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble < zen >

There are 3 essentials to leadership: humanity, clarity & courage < zen >

The moon cannot be stolen < zen >

Receive a guest with the same attitude u have when alone < zen >

Gain is the edge of loss. loss is the heart of gain < zen >

A penny saved is a penny earned

I want to know what really is, regardless of how I prefer things to be. < Charles Tart, Psychologist >

The best way to understanding is a few good examples. < Isaac Newton >

Out of site out of heart/mind.

Distance makes the heart go founder.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

Be careful what you wish, you might get it.

Always wonder.

Knowledge is power.

Unity is power

Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.

Communication is to a relationship what breathing is to maintain life. Virginia stir

Be other-oriented, thats focusing on otehrs rather than on your own needs.

Once a word goes out of your mouth, you can never swallow it again. < Russian proverb >

Human communication is a transaction - mutually interactive.

There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's youir own self. < Aldous Huxley >

People only see what they are prepared to see. < Ralph Waldo Emerson >

The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward, and we want to sit in their radius. < Karl Menninger >

Words can destroy. What we call each other ultimately becomes what we think of each other.

What you are speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. < Ralph Waldo emerson >

Outside noisy, inside empty. < chinese proverb >

You can hardly make a friend in a year, but you can lose one in an hour. < Chinese proverb >

Love isn't only something you feel. It is something you do. < David Wilkerson >

Love issn't something that we have its something that we do!

Actions speak louder than words.

Poeple usually think of their lovers as also being their best friends, but romantic, loving relationships differ in quality from frienships. < page 329 Interpersonal communication by Beebe & Redmond >

Women make greater distinctions between loving and liking than do men. < page 329 Interpersonal communication by Beebe & Redmond >

Say it, I'll forget. Demonstrate it, I may recall. But if I'm involved, I'll understand. < Chinese proverb >

It is not enough to have a good mind; the main thing is to use it well. < Ren'e Descartes >

The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers. < Richard Hamming >

The important thing is not to stop questioning. < Albert Einestein >

The future belongs to those who belive in the beauty of their dreams. < Eleanor Roosvelt >

Most things are neither black nor white, most of the time things are in some shade of grey. < me >

Learn from everything. everything is a learning expireince. < me >

"Life is no straight and easy corridor along which
we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages,
through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now
and again checked in a blind alley.
But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us,
not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of,
but one that will ultimately prove good for us." <A.J. Cronin >

I made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter. Pascal,Provinvial Letters XVI

great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss people.

A wise man knows his ignorance, a fool thinks he knows everything. ~C. Simmons

Learn from other people's mistakes. Life is too short to make them all yourself. ~I don't know

"He who is not ready today, will be less so tomorrow."------ Ovid
"A man's true wealth is the good that he does in the world."----- Bendixline
"A wise man knows his ingnorance; a fool thinks he knows everything."----- C. Simmons

"It is our attitude not aptitude that detemines our altitude in life

if talking/word were made of silver, then not talking is made from gold.


"Life is like riding a bicycle, you don't fall off unless you plan to stop pedaling." -Claude Pepper
"May all your troubles last as long as your New Year's resolutions." -Joey Adams
"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." -Margaret Thatcher
"The word impossible is not in my dictionary." -Napoleon Bonaparte
"Champions keep playing until they get it right." -Billie Jean King
"It's a funny thing about life: If you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it." -W. Somerset Maugham
"Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use." -Ruth Gordon
"When one door shuts, another opens." -Miguel De Cervantes
"Miracles happen to those who believe in them." -Bernard Berenson
"If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you're right." -Mary Kay Ash
"Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny." -Kin Hubbard
"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides." -David Viscott, M.D.
"I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate." -George Burns
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going." -Beverly Sills
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." -Mother Teresa
"Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" -Robin Williams
"Children have more needs of models than critics." -Carolyn Coats
"You can't put a price tag on love, but you can on all it's accessories." -Melanie Clark
"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length." -Robert Frost
"The best way to win an argument is to begin by being right." -Jill Ruckelshaus
"Manana" is often the busiest day of the week." -Spanish proverb
"To see what is in front of one's nose requires a constant struggle." -George Orwell
"Winners never quit and quitters never win." -Vince Lombardi
"The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts the moment you get up and doesn't stop until you get into the office." -Robert Frost
"Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said couldn't be done." -Sam Ewing
"The future has a way of arriving unannounced." -George F. Will
"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get." H. Jackson Brown
"Often the best way to win is to forget to keep score." -Marianne Espinosa Murphey
"The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it." -Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
"I always prefer to believe the best of everybody- it saves so much time." -Rudyard Kipling
"The nice thing about egotists is that they don't talk about other people." -Lucille S. Harper
"If a window of opportunity appears, don't pull down the shade." -Tom Peters
"My father always told me, "Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life." -Jim Fox
"While an original is hard to find, he is easy to recognize." -John L. Mason
"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must first set yourself on fire." -Fred Shero
"Experience is the name everyone gives his mistakes." -Elbert Hubbard
"Life wasn't meant to be EASY - Nor was it meant to be this BLOODY hard" Hi there, Colin Bayes from Australia, could be related, but this Notable Quote came from Australian Prime Minister "Malcolm Fraser"
If, we, as parents fail to do our most important job, we are responsible for adding to the immense liability with which society is already plagued. That job is raising responsible and self sufficient citizens. -Kathy Bayes
Stepping into the unknown is not something to be fearful or afraid
of but rather a chance and a opportunity to step into your future!


Interesting quotes about Money:

Riches may enable us to confer favours, but to confer them with propriety and grace requires a something that riches cannot give.
Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832), Lacon, 1825

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.
Charles Dickens (1812 - 1870), David Copperfield, 1849

If all the rich people in the world divided up their money among themselves there wouldn't be enough to go around.
Christina Stead (1903 - 1983), House of All Nations (1938) "Credo"

Endless money forms the sinews of war.
Cicero (106 BC - 43 BC), Philippics

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
Donald Trump (1946 - ), "Trump: Art of the Deal"

If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.
Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

Money is the sinew of love as well as war.
Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734), Gnomologia, 1732

I'm living so far beyond my income that we may almost be said to be living apart.
e e cummings (1894 - 1962)

Save a little money each month and at the end of the year you'll be surprised at how little you have.
Ernest Haskins

My problem lies in reconciling my gross habits with my net income.
Errol Flynn (1909 - 1959)

The rich are the scum of the earth in every country.
G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936), Flying Inn (1914)

Lack of money is the root of all evil.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.
George Eliot (1819 - 1880)

Money frees you from doing things you dislike. Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy.
Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977)

The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)

Make money your god and it will plague you like the devil.
Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754)

Make money, money by fair means if you can, if not, but any means money.
Horace (65 BC - 8 BC), Epistles

If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars.
J. Paul Getty (1892 - 1976)

I have enough money to last me the rest of my life, unless I buy something.
Jackie Mason (1934 - )

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

Nothing amuses me more than the easy manner with which everybody settles the abundance of those who have a great deal less than themselves.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817), Mansfield Park

A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.
Jonathan Swift (1667 - 1745)

Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary.
Julius Rosenwald (1862 - 1932)

Be rich to yourself and poor to your friends.
Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD)

It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty.
Juvenal (55 AD - 127 AD), Satires

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
Katharine Whitehorn

Lack of money is no obstacle. Lack of an idea is an obstacle.
Ken Hakuta

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

The safest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it in your pocket.
Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

He had learned over the years that poor people did not feel so poor when allowed to give occasionally.
Lawana Blackwell, The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, 1998

It is the wretchedness of being rich that you have to live with rich people.
Logan Pearsall Smith (1865 - 1946), Afterthoughts (1931) "In the World"

Riches cover a multitude of woes.
Menander (342 BC - 292 BC), Lady of Andros

No matter how rich you become, how famous or powerful, when you die the size of your funeral will still pretty much depend on the weather.
Michael Pritchard

It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating.
Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Model Millionaire, 1912

Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
Plato (427 BC - 347 BC), The Republic

Money alone sets all the world in motion.
Publilius Syrus (~100 BC), Maxims

Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it.
Rebecca Johnson, in 'Vogue'

Someday I want to be rich. Some people get so rich they lose all respect for humanity. That's how rich I want to be.
Rita Rudner

Finance is the art of passing money from hand to hand until it finally disappears.
Robert W. Sarnoff

It has been said that the love of money is the root of all evil. The want of money is so quite as truly.
Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902), Erewhon (1872)

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.
Senator Everett Dirksen (1896 - 1969)

The art of living easily as to money is to pitch your scale of living one degree below your means.
Sir Henry Taylor

A little wonton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
Sir Thomas More (1478 - 1535), Works

Money: There's nothing in the world so demoralizing as money.
Sophocles (496 BC - 406 BC), Antigone

Money can't buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy.
Spike Milligan

I choose the likely man in preference to the rich man; I want a man without money rather than money without a man.
Themistocles (527 BC - 460 BC), from Plutarch, Lives

Never spend your money before you have it.
Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826)

He had heard people speak contemptuously of money: he wondered if they had ever tried to do without it.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915

Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), 'Of Human Bondage', 1915

Be you in what line of life you may, it will be amongst your misfortunes if you have not time properly to attend to pecuniary [monetary] matters. Want of attention to these matters has impeded the progress of science and of genius itself.
William Cobbett (1763 - 1835)

No one can earn a million dollars honestly.
William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
Woody Allen (1935 - )


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