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The great thing about getting older is that you don't lose all the other ages you've been.
Madeleine L'Engle

I love you, mom.
Clarence Lackey

Haute Couture should be fun, foolish, and almost unwearable.
Christian Lacroix

All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.
Dalai Lama

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama

I feel that the essence of spiritual practice is your attitude toward others. When you have a pure, sincere motivation, then you have right attitude toward others based on kindness, compassion, love and respect.
Dalai Lama

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe.
Dalai Lama

If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
Dalai Lama

If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one's enemy is the best teacher.
Dalai Lama

It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them.
Dalai Lama

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Dalai Lama

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
Dalai Lama

Media people should have long noses like an elephant to smell out politicians, mayors, prime ministers and businessmen. We need to know the reality, the good and the bad, not just the appearance.
Dalai Lama

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day.
Dalai Lama

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
Dalai Lama

Sleep is the best meditation.
Dalai Lama

Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
Dalai Lama

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Dalai Lama

The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.
Dalai Lama

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
Dalai Lama

There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
Dalai Lama

Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
Dalai Lama

We can live without religion and meditation, but we cannot survive without human affection.
Dalai Lama

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
Dalai Lama

Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
Dalai Lama

Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn't anyone who doesn't appreciate kindness and compassion.
Dalai Lama

With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
Dalai Lama

A child's a plaything for an hour.
Charles Lamb

In the gradual desuetude of old observances, this custom of solemnizing our proper birth-day hath nearly passed away, or is left to children, who reflect nothing at all about the matter, nor understand any thing in it beyond cake and orange.
Charles Lamb

What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.
William Lamb

To me, good health is more than just exercise and diet. It's really a point of view and a mental attitude you have about yourself.
Angela Lansbury

Laozi - See Lao Tzu.

The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
Wayne LaPierre

Deprivation is for me what daffodils were for Wordsworth.
Philip Larkin

Fuck your butt of sack.
Philip Larkin

I can't understand these chaps who go round American universities explaining how they write poems: It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
Philip Larkin

I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any-after all, most people are unhappy, don't you think?
Philip Larkin

Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself.
Philip Larkin

Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms
Inside your head, and people in them, acting.
People you know, yet can't quite name.

Philip Larkin

Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.
Doug Larson

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
Doug Larson

Larry - See Harry V. Quadracci.

Observing your own and your competitor's successes and failures makes your inner business voice more sure and vivid.
Estée Lauder

The more you talk and listen to a bad character the more you lose your dislike for him.
Henry Lawson

Business today is about making decisions amid ambiguity.
Geraldine Laybourne

I've always favoured proposition over opposition.
Jack Layton

LBJ - See Lyndon B. Johnson.

Archibald Alexander Leach - See Cary Grant.

Tune in, turn on, drop out.
Timothy Leary

Why not? Yeah.
Timothy Leary

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
Timothy Leary

I understand, of course, that many people find smoking objectionable. That is their right. I would, I assure you, be the very last to criticize the annoyed. I myself find many - even most - things objectionable. Being offended is the natural consequence of leaving one's home. I do not like aftershave lotion, adults who roller-skate, children who speak French, or anyone who is unduly tan. I do not, however, go around enacting legislation and putting up signs. In private I avoid such people; in public they have the run of the place. I stay at home as much as possible, and so should they. When it is necessary, however, to go out of the house, they must be prepared, as I am, to deal with the unpleasant personal habits of others. That is what public means.
Fran Lebowitz

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

The great leaders are like the best conductors - they reach beyond the notes to reach the magic in the players.
Blaine Lee

The leader who exercises power with honor will work from the inside out, starting with himself.
Blaine Lee

What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances, determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.
Blaine Lee

A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.
Bruce Lee

A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
Bruce Lee

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Bruce Lee

All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.
Bruce Lee

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
Bruce Lee

As you think, so shall you become.
Bruce Lee

Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. To me, the function and duty of a quality human being is the sincere and honest development of one's potential.
Bruce Lee

I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.
Bruce Lee

If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.
Bruce Lee

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Bruce Lee

If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.
Bruce Lee

It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.
Bruce Lee

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.
Bruce Lee

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
Bruce Lee

Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.
Bruce Lee

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.
Bruce Lee

Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
Bruce Lee

Real living is living for others.
Bruce Lee

Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.
Bruce Lee

Take no thought of who is right or wrong or who is better than. Be not for or against.
Bruce Lee

Take things as they are. Punch when you have to punch. Kick when you have to kick.
Bruce Lee

The key to immortality is first to live a life worth remembering.
Bruce Lee

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.
Bruce Lee

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
Bruce Lee

To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
Bruce Lee

You just wait. I'm going to be the biggest Chinese Star in the world.
Bruce Lee

The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Harper Lee

It is well that war is so terrible. We should grow too fond of it.
Robert E. Lee

Now I have finished with all earthly business, and high time too. Yes, yes, my dear child, now comes death.
Franz Lehár

Cannibals prefer those who have no spines.
Stanislaw Lem

Do not trust people. They are capable of greatness.
Stanislaw Lem

All we are saying is give peace a chance.
John Lennon

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
John Lennon

Yes, I am.
John Lennon

I have offended God and mankind because my work did not reach the quality it should have.
Leonardo da Vinci

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
Leonardo da Vinci

The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion.
Doris Lessing

I once said cynically of a politician, He'll double-cross that bridge when he comes to it.
Oscar Levant

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.
Oscar Levant

Don't watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.
Sam Levenson

Insanity is hereditary; you can get it from your children.
Sam Levenson

The simplest toy, on which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.
Sam Levenson

The conduct of successful business merely consists in doing things in a very simple way, doing them regularly, and never neglecting to do them.
William Lever

The man who whispers down a well
About the goods he has to sell
Will not make as many dollars
As the man who climbs the tree and hollers!

William Lever

We sometimes take for granted the freedom and power of independent thought and action. And only after it's been compromised, do we fully realize how fundamental it is to the pursuit of economic opportunity.
Arthur Levitt

A powerful new idea can kick around unused in a company for years, not because its merits are not recognized, but because nobody has assumed the responsibility for converting it from words to action.
Theodore Levitt

Creativity is thinking new things. Innovation is doing new things.
Theodore Levitt

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.
Kurt Lewin

How incessant and great are the ills with which a prolonged old age is replete.
C. S. Lewis

No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing. At other times it feels like being mildly drunk, or concussed. There is a sort of invisible blanket between the world and me. I find it hard to take in what anyone says. Or perhaps, hard to want to take it in.
C. S. Lewis

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
C. S. Lewis

Term, holidays, term, holidays, till we leave school, and then work, work, work till we die.
C. S. Lewis

People will buy anything that is one to a customer.
Sinclair Lewis

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.
Sinclair Lewis

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Abraham Lincoln

His argument is as thin as the homeopathic soup that was made by boiling the shadow of a pigeon that had been starved to death.
Abraham Lincoln

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Abraham Lincoln

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

If you once forfeit the confidence of your fellow citizens, you can never regain their respect and esteem. It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all of the time; but you can't fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln

In regards to this great Book (the Bible), I have but to say it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this Book. But for it we could not know right from wrong. All things most desirable for man's welfare, here and hereafter, are found portrayed in it.
Abraham Lincoln

It has been said of the world's history hitherto that might makes right. It is for us and for our time to reverse the maxim, and to say that right makes might.
Abraham Lincoln

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln

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

No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.
Abraham Lincoln

Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute.
Abraham Lincoln

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
Abraham Lincoln

They won't think anything about it.
Abraham Lincoln

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.
Walter Lippmann

The genius of a good leader is to leave behind him a situation which common sense, without the grace of genius, can deal with successfully.
Walter Lippmann

Malcolm Little - See Malcolm X.

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Most people would succeed in small things, if they were not troubled by great ambitions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight,
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

When you ask one friend to dine,
Give him your best wine!
When you ask two,
The second best will do!

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You're fired! No other words can so easily and succinctly reduce a confident, self-assured executive to an insecure, groveling shred of his former self.
Frank P. Louchheim

Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?
Louis XIV

I die innocent of all the crimes laid to my charge; I Pardon those who have occasioned my death; and I pray to God that the blood you are going to shed may never be visited on France.
Louis XVI

A King should die standing.
Louis XVIII

I am a Queen, but I have not the power to move my arms.
Louise

When I appear in public, people expect me to neigh, grind my teeth, paw the ground, and swish my tail.
Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise

Blessed are they who have nothing to say, and who cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell

Maiden, when such a soul as thine is born, the morning-stars their ancient music make.
James Russell Lowell

Sincerity is impossible unless it pervades the whole being, and the pretense of it saps the very foundation of character.
James Russell Lowell

Íñigo López de Loyola - See Ignatius.

Octavio Paz Lozano - See Octavio Paz.

The trouble with marriage is that, while every woman is at heart a mother, every man is at heart a bachelor.
E. V. Lucas

Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
Henry Luce

He was the consummate politician. He didn't lie, neither did he tell the truth.
John Lundberg

Anyone who says we're in a recession, or heading into one - especially the worst one since the Great Depression - is making up his own private definition of recession.
Donald Luskin

It is a characteristic of committee discussions and decisions that every member has a vivid recollection of them and that every member's recollection differs violently from every other member's recollection.
Jonathan Lynn

In business a reputation for keeping absolutely to the letter and spirit of an agreement, even when it is unfavorable, is the most precious of assets, although it is not entered in the balance sheet.
Oliver Lyttelton