"Dwell not on the past. Use it to illustrate a point, then leave it behind. Nothing really matters except what you do now in this instant of time. From this moment onwards you can be an entirely different person, filled with love and understanding, ready with an outstretched hand, uplifted and positive in every thought and deed."
"Men willingly believe what they wish."
"My favorite piece of music is the one we hear all the time if we are quiet."
"Nothing more than nothing can be said."
"Each something is a celebration of the nothing that supports it."
"If there are questions then, of course, there are answers, but the final answer makes the questions seem absurd."
"The first question I ask when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful? And very shortly you discover that there is no reason."
"In an utter emptiness anything can take place."
"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself."
"It is better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies."
"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."
"People say that what we're all seeking is a meaning for life... I think that what we're really seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have some resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we can actually feel the rapture of being alive."
"There is no frontier between being and appearing."
"The absurd is clear reason recognizing its limits."
"I shall tell you a great secret, my friend. Do not wait for the last judgement, it takes place every day."
"Live to the point of tears."
"From the evening breeze to this hand on my shoulder, everything has its truth."
"Our reason has driven all away. Alone at last, we end up by ruling over a desert."
"All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning."
"Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal."
"Friendship isn't a big thing- it's a million little things."
"In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer."
"Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so."
"Silence is as deep as Eternity; speech as shallow as Time."
"Don't be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves."
"Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves."
"You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime."
"If only the people who worry about their liabilities would think about the riches they do possess, hey would stop worrying. Would you sell both your eyes for a million dollars... or your legs... or your hands... or your hearing? Add up what you do have, and you'll find that you won't sell them for all the gold in the world. The best things in life are yours, if you can appreciate yourself."
John le Carre
"Life was to be a search, or nothing! But it was the fear that it was nothing that drove me forward. Every encounter was an encounter with myself."
George Washington Carver
"Education, in the broadest of truest sense, will make an individual seek to help all people, regardless of race, regardless of color, regardless of condition."
"I look at life as a gift of God. Now that he wants it back I have no right to complain."
"I'd been busy, busy, so busy, preparing for life, while life floated by me, quiet and swift as a regatta."
"The most important thing in music is what is not the notes."
"The most perfect technique is that which is not noticed at all."
Herbert N. Casson
"Every winner has scars."
John L. Casti
"Reality is a wave function traveling both backward and forward in time."
"Where there is great love, there are always miracles."
Miguel de Cervantes
"No man is born wise."
"Tell me what company you keep, and I'll tell you what you are."
"Right now a moment of time is fleeting by. Capture its reality in paint! To do that we must put all else out of our minds. We must become that moment."
"The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution."
"We live in a rainbow of chaos."
"At some point your heart will tell itself what to do."
Sebastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort
"Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality."
William Henry Channing
"To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion; to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common- this is my symphony."
"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict."
Edwin Hubbel Chapin
"Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."
"A day without laughter is a day wasted."
"In the end, everything is a gag."
"What can be seductive about the eternal nothing is that the finest day is indifferently this one or any other like it."
"He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never remember it."
Long Chen Pa
"Since everything is but an apparition, perfect in being what it is, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst into laughter."
"One sees great things from the valley, only small things from the peak."
"There is only one thing certain and that is that nothing is certain."
"Where does a wise man kick a pebble? On the beach. Where does a wise man hide a leaf? In the forest."
"Nothing is certain by uncertainty."
"Angels fly because they take themselves lightly."
"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly understood; an inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered."
"There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect."
"You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it."
"Every act of will is an act of self-limitation. To desire action is to desire limitation. In that sense, every act is an act of self-sacrifice. When you choose anything, you reject everything else."
"Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf is better than a whole loaf."
"Don't ask if I've ceased wanting anything- we all know the simile of the drifting clouds. Excess wouldn't fit the precepts: take what comes and you're never in doubt."
"And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow."
Tao Te Ching
"The more you know the less you understand."
"Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves."
"Somehow, in the process of trying to deny that things are always changing, we lose our sense of the sacredness of life. We tend to forget that we are part of the natural scheme of things."
"If we knew that tonight we were going to go blind, we would take a longing, last real look at every blade of grass, every cloud formation, every speck of dust, every rainbow, raindrop- everything."
Ching Ning Chu
"Acquire the courage to believe in yourself. Many of the things that you have been taught were at one time the radical ideas of individuals who had the courage to believe what their own hearts and minds told them was true, rather than accept the common beliefs of their day."
Jennie Jerome Churchill
"Life is not always what one wants it to be, but to make the best of it as it is, is the only way of being happy."
"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see."
"This is no time for ease and comfort. It is the time to dare and endure."
"Out of intense complexities intense simplicities emerge."
"It is better to be making the news than taking it; to be an actor rather than a critic."
"Whatever happens in accordance with nature should be accounted good."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
"History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity."
"Friendship renders prosperity more brilliant, while it lightens adversity by sharing it and making its burden common."
"If only every man would make proper use of his strength and do his utmost, he needs never regret his limited ability."
Arthur C. Clarke
"The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to go beyond them into the impossible."
"Say not always what you know, but always know what you say."
"You're either part of the solution or part of the problem."
"All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it."
"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."
"One must never be in haste to end a day. There are too few of them in a lifetime."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions-the little, soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heart-felt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling."
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
"Look for a long time at what pleases you, and a longer time at what pains you."
"Find a way to my heart, and I will always be with you."
Charles Caleb Colton
"Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass, before they can enter into the temple of truth."
"He that has never suffered extreme adversity knows not the full extent of his own depravation."
James B. Conant
"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks out his head."
"None of us is as smart as all of us."
"The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
"I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability."
"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."
"Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it."
"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
"Silence is a friend who will never betray."
"All wisdom is rooted in learning to call things by the right name. When things are properly identified, they fall into natural categories and understanding becomes orderly."
"If you know, say you know. If you don't know, say you don't know."
"By three methods may we learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is bitterest."
"If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?"
"Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without."
"To know that you know, and to know that you don't know- that is real wisdom."
"Defer not till tomorrow to be wise, tomorrow's sun to thee may never rise."
"Life is a maze in which we take the wrong turning before we have learned to walk."
"We are all serving a life sentence in the dungeon of the self."
"I don't like work- no man does- but I like what is in work- the chance to find yourself."
"Without music, life is like a journey through a desert."
Russell H. Conwell
"Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them."
"There is no labor a person does that is undignified; if they do it right."
"It's taken me all my life to understand that it is not necessary to understand everything."
"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live."
"Nothing is more powerful than an individual acting out of his conscience, thus helping to bring the collective conscience to life."
"Life is an adventure in forgiveness."
Stephen R. Covey
"Seek first to understand and then to be understood."
"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground."
"There are no limits on how much the heart can love, the mind can imagine, or the human being can achieve."
Luciano de Crescenzo
"We are each an angel with only one wing. And we can only fly while embracing each other."
"Your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize. Your words are the greatest power you have. The words you choose and their use establish the life you experience."
St. John of the Cross
"If you would seek to know everything; then do not seek to know anything."
Ispwo Mukika Crowfoot
"What is life? It is a flash of a firefly in the night. It is a breath of a buffalo in the winter time. It is the little shadow that runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset."
E. E. Cummings
"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter."
"To be nobody but yourself -- in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else -- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."
"It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are."
"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done."
"Love isn't blind, it just only sees what matters."
Cyrus H.K. Curtis
"There are two kinds of men who never amount to much -- those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else."
George William Curtis
"Age is a matter of feeling, not of years."
Billy Ray Cyrus
"All gave some, some gave all."