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Bury your ego. Don't be the star. Be the star maker!
Failure is a learning experience. It can be a gravestone or a stepping stone.
Greed is even more contagious than fear.
When it's time to make a decision about a person or problem ... trust your intuition ... act.
Globalization is an opportunity. Well managed, it will help drive forward efforts to build prosperity and eliminate poverty. Badly managed it will increase the divide between rich and poor.
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.
It is the duty of every good officer to obey any orders given him by his commander-in-chief.
In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.
Brain cells create ideas. Stress kills brain cells. Stress is not a good idea.
You can increase your brain power three to fivefold simply by laughing and having fun before working on a problem.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
What love is, if thou wouldst be taught,
Thy heart must teach alone -
Two souls with but a single thought,
Two hearts that beat as one.
Hello, Condoleezza Rice? You have me to deal with now.
Never measure the height of a mountain, until you have reached the top. Then you will see how low it was.
Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamp-post how it feels about dogs.
In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived.
Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.
No plagiarist can excuse the wrong by showing how much of his work he did not pirate.
I'm not an entrepreneur. I like rules too much and entrepreneurs break rules.
A good team is a great place to be, exciting, stimulating, supportive, successful. A bad team is horrible, a sort of human prison.
The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.
My momma always said, life was like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're gonna get.
Did God who gave us flowers and trees, Also provide the allergies?
Oh, innocent victims of Cupid,
Remember this terse little verse;
To let a fool kiss you is stupid,
To let a kiss fool you is worse.
What is a committee? A group of the unwilling, picked from the unfit, to do the unnecessary.
Accountants are the witch-doctors of the modern world and willing to turn their hands to any kind of magic.
If you want to push something ... you're accused of being aggressive, and that's not supposed to be a good thing for a woman. If you get upset and show it, you're accused of being emotional.
The rooster makes more racket than the hen that lays the egg.
You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everyone dances with the Grim Reaper.
The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers.
Never corner an opponent, and always assist him to save his face ... Avoid self-righteousness like the devil - there is nothing so self-blinding.
Change is an attitude of mind and the place to start is within ourselves.
I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.
Preach! Write! Act! Do any thing, save to lie down and die!
Keeping dreams alive and trying to make them come true is crucial in the watch business. We're in the business of selling emotional products.
The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy.
I'd like my life back.
The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume.
Three things happen when you get to my age. First your memory starts to go ... and I have forgotten the other two.
Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.
Um, you guys said that we, um, did this for the show.
If no thought your mind does visit, make your speech not too explicit.
Losing one glove is certainly painful, but nothing compared to the pain, of losing one, throwing away the other, and finding the first one again.
Man is the animal that draws lines which he himself then stumbles over.
Taking fun as simply fun and earnestness in earnest shows how thoroughly thou none of the two discernest.
God will pardon me, that's his line of work.
The sea has its pearls,
The heavens its stars,
I love you without question,
But my heart, my heart,
My heart has its love.
Sex without love is merely healthy exercise.
An expert is a man who knows some of the worst errors that can be made in the subject in question and who therefore understands how to avoid them.
Most of the information we use now is obtained free ... and there is no way of knowing anymore whether the information on which we base our own information for distribution is true or false. But that doesn't seem to matter; all that matters is that the information comes from a reputable source.
People in the company are almost never fired ... they are encouraged to retire early or are eased aside into hollow, insignificant positions with fake functions and no authority where they are sheepish and unhappy for as long as they remain.
People in the Market Research Department ... are not expected to change reality but merely to find it if they can and suggest ingenious ways of disguising it ... converting whole truths into half truths and half truths into whole ones.
There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind ... Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to; but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth.
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit this year's fashions.
The stately homes of England!
How beautiful they stand.
In modern war ... you will die like a dog for no good reason.
Man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
Never confuse movement with action.
Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime.
All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.
All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked. And probably the words are so bland.
Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
Even Castles made of sand, fall into the sea, eventually.
Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts.
Excuse me while I kiss the sky.
I don't have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might've unintentionally hurt somebody else or something.
I got a pet monkey called Charlie Chan.
I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
I just hate to be in one corner. I hate to be put as only a guitar player, or either only as a songwriter, or only as a tap dancer. I like to move around.
I try to use my music to move these people to act.
I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.
I was trying to do too many things at the same time, which is my nature. But I was enjoying it, and I still do enjoy it.
I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out.
I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.
I'm the one that has to die when it's time for me to die, so let me live my life, the way I want to.
I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.
If I'm free, it's because I'm always running.
If it was up to me, there wouldn't be no such thing as the establishment.
Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
It all has to come from inside, though, I guess.
It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead your made for life.
It's funny the way most people love the dead. Once you are dead, you are made for life.
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
Music is a safe kind of high.
Music is my religion.
Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music.
My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.
My nature just changes.
Rock is so much fun. That's what it's all about - filling up the chest cavities and empty kneecaps and elbows.
See, that's nothing but blues, that's all I'm singing about. It's today's blues.
Sometimes you want to give up the guitar, you'll hate the guitar. But if you stick with it, you're gonna be rewarded.
The reflection of the world is blues, that's where that part of the music is at. Then you got this other kind of music that's tryin' to come around.
The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.
To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we're trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean?
We have time, there's no big rush.
When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.
When I die, just keep playing the records.
When I played God Bless The Queen, I was wondering if they was gonna dig us, then quite naturally I'd go on and try to get it together.
When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
When things get too heavy, just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
When we go to play, you flip around and flash around and everything, and then they're not gonna see nothin' but what their eyes see. Forget about their ears.
White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high.
You don't have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don't have to keep flashing those words all the time.
You have to forget about what other people say, when you're supposed to die, or when you're supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things.
You have to give people something to dream on.
You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.
All is lost. Monks, monks, monks!
Turn up the lights, I don't want to go home in the dark.
I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.
The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.
I don't think that work ever really destroyed anybody. I think that lack of work destroys them a hell of a lot more.
I like a nice cup of tea in the morning,
For to start the day, you see,
And at half-past eleven
Well, my idea of Heaven
Is a nice cup of tea:
I like a nice cup of tea with me dinner
And a nice cup of tea with me tea,
And when it's time for bed
There's a lot to be said
For a nice cup of tea.
Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.
Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
War makes thieves and peace hangs them.
A man is known by the silence he keeps.
A man must love a thing very much if he not only practices it without any hope of fame and money, but even... without any hope of doing it well.
A rolling stone gathers no moss, but it gains a certain polish.
A woman's mind is cleaner than a man's; she changes it more often.
Age, like distance lends a double charm.
Cat: a pygmy lion who loves mice, hates dogs, and patronizes human beings.
Darling: the popular form of address used in speaking to a member of the opposite sex whose name you cannot at the moment remember.
Manuscript: something submitted in haste and returned at leisure.
Many are called but few get up.
Modesty: the gentle art of enhancing your charm by pretending not to be aware of it.
Only the young die good.
Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you.
The Irish gave the bagpipes to the Scots as a joke, but the Scots haven't seen the joke yet.
There is always room at the top - after the investigation.
There is no time like the pleasant.
What is my loftiest ambition? I've always wanted to throw an egg into an electric fan.
When I go abroad I always sail from Boston because it is such a pleasant place to get away from.
In peace, children inter their parents; war violates the order of nature and causes parents to inter their children.
A humorist is a person who feels bad, but who feels good about it.
Don't ever slam a door, you might want to go back.
Golf may be a hussy, but I love her.
If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones.
It is a good thing that life is not as serious as it seems to a waiter.
It takes a lot of things to prove you are smart, but only one thing to prove you are ignorant.
Man is the only animal that plays poker.
Moralizing and morals are two entirely different things and are always found in entirely different people.
Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.
The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.
The brighter you are, the more you have to learn.
There is more sophistication and less sense in New York than anywhere else on the globe.
There is nobody so irritating as somebody with less intelligence and more sense than we have.
There's one thing about baldness, it's neat.
Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.
Why resist temptation? There will always be more.
Work is the greatest thing in the world, so we should always save some of it for tomorrow.
I am innocent, innocent, innocent. Make no mistake about this. I owe society nothing. I am an innocent man and something very wrong is taking place tonight.
Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score;
Then to that twenty, add a hundred more:
A thousand to that hundred: so kiss on,
To make that thousand up a million.
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let's kiss afresh, as when we first begun.
I can charge a man's battery and then recharge it again. But it is only when he has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
It is only when a person has his own generator that we can talk about motivation. He then needs no outside stimulation. He wants to do it.
The market has no morality.
There are those who never stretch out the hand for fear it will be bitten. But those who never stretch out the hand will never feel it clasped in friendship.
A long line of cases shows that it is not merely of some importance, but is of fundamental importance that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done.
Others appear frozen in the headlights - aware of the likely impact, yet paralysed by the fear of major transformations.
When I started out, people were afraid of parish priests. Now they're afraid of newspaper editors.
Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.
The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.
War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man.
What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.
People do not decide to become extraordinary. They decide to accomplish extraordinary things.
Well, we knocked the bastard off.
Being in jail is by far the hardest thing I have ever done. During the past several days, I have had a lot of time to think and I believe that I am learning and growing from this experience ... I would hope going forward that the public and the media will focus on more important things like the men and women serving our country in Iraq and other places around the world.
I'll see you at the debates, bitches.
For extreme illnesses, extreme treatments are most fitting.
Life is short, [the] art long, opportunity fleeting, experience deceptive, judgment difficult.
Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease.
If this is justice, I am a banana.
I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.
The victor will never be asked if he told the truth.
I am about to take my last voyage, a great leap in the dark.
Success is power; because it maketh reputation of wisdom, or good fortune; which makes men either fear him or rely on him.
I find that a man is as old as his work. If his work keeps him from moving forward, he will look forward with the work.
That which does not work is not true.
An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
In a time of drastic change, it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.
Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.
The realhavesare they who can acquire freedom, self-confidence, and even riches without depriving others of them. They acquire all of these by developing and applying their potentialities. On the other hand, the realhave notsare they who cannot have aught except by depriving others of it. They can feel free only by diminishing the freedom of others, self-confident by spreading fear and dependence among others, and rich by making others poor.
Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
I believe in compulsory cannibalism. If people were forced to eat what they killed there would be no more war.
There's no such thing as interacting in society without it being a political act, the most fearsome of which is war. But all other acts are political, too. Even if you say, 'I don't believe in politics', you've just acted. You've acted for the status quo.
Oh, to be seventy again!
The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.
Old age is fifteen years older than I am.
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.
The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving: To reach the port of heaven, we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it - but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor.
In youth and beauty, wisdom is but rare!
To me success can only be achieved through repeated failure and introspection. In fact, success represents 1 per cent of your work which results from the 99 per cent that is called failure.
Good-morrow to the golden morning!
Good-morrow to the world's delight!
I've come to bless thy life's beginning,
That hath made my own so bright!
I love thee - I love thee,
'Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine,
Love, thou art every day my Valentine!
So mayst thou live, dear! many years,
In all the bliss that life endears,
Not without smiles, nor yet from tears
Too strictly kept:
When first thy infant littleness
I folded in my fond caress,
The greatest proof of happiness
Was this - I wept.
About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
Economic depression cannot be cured by legislative action or executive pronouncement. Economic wounds must be healed by the action of the cells of the economic body - the producers and consumers themselves.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.
I don't feel old. I don't feel anything till noon. That's when it's time for my nap.
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
My father told me all about the birds and the bees, the liar - I went steady with a woodpecker till I was twenty-one.
You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
We all worry about the population explosion, but we don't worry about it at the right time.
Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.
While we're talking, envious time is fleeing; seize the day, put no trust in the future.
Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course.
Cheers hearten a man. But jeers are just as essential. They help maintain his sense of balance and proportion.
A man has his clothes made to fit him; a woman makes herself fit her clothes.
The world is full of people giving good advice to others, but I have thought we should all be better off if we would advise ourselves more, and others less. If I could take the good advice I am capable of giving, I should have no occasion to accept it from others.
In the not too distant future the notion of the annual pay increase must become as exceptional as it was novel a generation ago.
Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support, and opens the way to wealth, honor, and happiness.
A committee is a thing which takes a week to do what one good man can do in an hour.
A failure is a man who has blundered, but is not able to cash in the experience.
Do not take life too seriously; you will never get out of it alive.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
If we cannot be powerful and happy and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves.
If your religion does not change you, then you should change your religion.
It is a fine thing to have ability, but the ability to discover ability in others is the true test.
Never explain - your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.
Young women with ambitions should be very crafty and cautious, lest mayhap they be caught in the soft, silken mesh of a happy marriage, and go down to oblivion, dead to the world.
Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.
Distant relatives are the best kind, and the further the better.
Nobody ever fergits where he buried a hatchet.
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
He never wants anything but what's right and fair; only when you come to settle what's right and fair, it's everything that he wants and nothing that you want. And that's his idea of a compromise.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
I see black light.
Life is the flower for which love is the honey.
When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
When two souls, which have sought each other for however long in the throng, have finally found each other...there is then established for ever between them a union, fiery and pure as they themselves are, a union which begins on earth and continues for ever in heaven...This is the love which you inspire in me.
A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow real poverty.
A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence.
Beauty is no quality in things themselves: It exists merely in the mind which contemplates them; and each mind perceives a different beauty.
But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.
Character is the result of a system of stereotyped principals.
Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad.
I cannot but bless the memory of Julius Caesar, for the great esteem he expressed for fat men, and his aversion to lean ones.
No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle, unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavours to establish.
Nothing appears more surprising to those who consider human affairs with a philosophical eye, than the ease with which the many are governed by the few.
Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions.
The best taxes are such as are levied upon consumptions, especially those of luxury ... They seem, in some measure, voluntary; since a man may chuse how far he will use the commodity which is taxed.
To be a philosophical Skeptic is the first and most essential step towards being a sound, believing Christian.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
I am a perfect glutton of books.
I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy.
Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.
I bear witness that there is no god but God and I testify that Mohammed is the Messenger of god. I bear witness that there is no god but God and I testify that Mohammed...
Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes.
A million million spermatozoa,
All of them alive;
Out of their cataclysm but one poor Noah
Dare hope to survive.
And among that billion minus one
Might have chanced to be
Shakespeare, another Newton, a new Donne -
But the One was Me.
An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting to think about than sex.
At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.
Beauty for some provides escape,
Who gain a happiness in eyeing
The gorgeous buttocks of the ape
Or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.
Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him.
The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self.
Only man is not content to leave things as they are but must always be changing them, and when he has done so, is seldom satisfied at the result.
I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.
Make up your mind to act decidedly and take the consequences. No good is ever done in this world by hesitation.
The chess board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call the laws of nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, just, and patient. But we also know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.