Here's some miscellaneous quotes I've collected over the years, in no particular order:
One doesn’t discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time. --André Gide I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving. --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours...If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. --Henry David Thoreau Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble. --Ralph Waldo Emerson Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. --Will Rogers If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right, you'll probably never do much of anything. --Win Borden You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle. --Paulo Coelho To get profit without risk, experience without danger and reward without work is as impossible as it is to live without being born. --A.P. Gouthey If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will avoid one hundred days of sorrow. --Chinese Proverb Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake. --Paramahansa Yogananda Life isn't a matter of milestones, but of moments. --Rose Kennedy The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. --Charles Du Bos Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. --John Robert Wooden A man's [or woman's] friendships are one of the best measures of his [or her] worth. --Charles Darwin What is important is not that there are uncontrollable events in our lives, but how we respond to them. --Hyrum W. Smith We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. --Winston Churchill It's all right to hold a conversation, but you should let go of it now and then. --Richard Armour The only thing I am afraid of is fear. --The Duke of Wellington Hope is a risk that must be run. --Georges Bernanos When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity. --John F. Kennedy The easiest person to deceive is one's own self. --Edward Bulwer-Lytton I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. --Louisa May Alcott The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it's the same problem you had last year. --John Foster Dulles People who cannot find time for recreation are obliged sooner or later to find time for illness. --John Wanamaker What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. --Oliver Wendell Holmes One who looks for a friend without faults will have none. --Hasidic Saying The progression of emancipation of any class usually, if not always, takes place through the efforts of individuals of that class. --Harriet Martineau It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not. --André Gide For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them. --Aristotle He who chooses the beginning of a road chooses the place it leads to. It is the means that determines the end. --Harry Emerson Fosdick Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue. --John Herschel The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions. --James Russell Lowell To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life. --Robert Louis Stevenson The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. --Martha Washington There is more to life than increasing its speed. --Mahatma Gandhi I would not attack the faith of a heathen without being sure I had a better one to put in its place. --Harriet Beecher Stowe To love one’s self is the beginning of a lifelong romance. --Oscar Wilde When you have nothing to say, say nothing. --Charles Caleb Colton One meets his destiny often in the road he takes to avoid it. --French Proverb What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing. --Oscar Wilde Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are. --John Wooden Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped. --African Proverb It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis. --Margaret Bonnano Don’t expect perfect products unless you are willing to pay for perfection. --Robert Siegmeister Failures are divided into two classes----those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought. --John Charles Salak Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes. --Tori Amos It is the experience of living that is important, not searching for meaning. We bring meaning by how we love the world. --Bernie S. Siegel If one does not keep pace with their companions, perhaps it is because they hear a different drummer. Let them step to the music which they hear, however measured or far away. --Thoureau When the flower blooms, the bees come uninvited --Ramakrishna Look to this day For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision, But today, well lived, Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness And every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well, therefore, to this day. --Sanskrit Proverb Real glory springs from the silent conquest of ourselves. --Joseph P. Thompson Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity. --Edwin Hubbel Chapin A "No," uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a "Yes," merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble. --Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question. --Eugene Ionesco When you take charge of your life, there is no longer [a] need to ask permission of other people or society at large. When you ask permission, you give someone veto power over your life. --Geoffery F. Abert I cannot always control what goes on outside. But I can always control what goes on inside. --Wayne W. Dyer True life is lived when tiny changes occur. --Leo Tolstoy Awaken your sense, your intuition, your desires. Awaken the parts of yourself that have been sleeping. Life is a dream, and to live it, your must be awake. --Rachel Snyder Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. --Henry David Thoreau Change your life today. Don't gamble on the future, act now, without delay. --Simone de Beauvoir The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. --Gloria Anzaldua
Here's some quotes that I like, by women:
If high heels were so wonderful, men would still be wearing them. --Sue Grafton A male gynecologist is like an auto mechanic who never owned a car. --Carrie Snow Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry with your girlfriends. --Laurie Kuslansky My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being, hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. --Erma Bombeck The phrase "working mother" is redundant. --Jane Sellman Thirty-five is when you finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart. --Caryn Leschen The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. --Helen Hayes (at 73) I refuse to think of them as chin hairs. I think of them as stray eyebrows. --Janette Barber I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once. --Jennifer Unlimited If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning. --Catherine [?] When I was young, I was put in a school for retarded kids for two years before they realized I actually had a hearing loss. And they called ME slow! --Kathy Buckley I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb ... and I'm also not blonde. --Dolly Parton I'm not going to vacuum 'til Sears makes one you can ride on. --Roseanne Barr When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. --Elayne Boosler I have yet to hear a man ask for advice on how to combine marriage and a career. --Gloria Steinem Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission. --Eleanor Roosevelt A good friend is like a good bra: Hard to find, supportive, comfortable, pulls you up when you are down ,and is always close to your heart. --Unknown
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