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Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

Scott Adams

Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe. You can't take a taxi.

Alan Alda

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety.

Isaac Asimov

You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it come true. You may have to work for it, however.

Richard Bach

The constitutions of most of our states assert that all power is inherent in the people.

Thomas Jefferson

Can a blue man sing the whites?

Algis Juodikis

The mere absence of war is not peace.

John F. Kennedy

This problem, too, will look simple after it is solved.

Charles Franklin Kettering

I wish I'd drunk more champagne. [last words]

John Maynard Keynes

Learn to pause...or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

Don King

Freedom has always been an expensive thing.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Education can be defined as working with people, young and old, to prepare them to live in the future. The future may be bright. The future may be grey. But, most importantly we must insure that there will be a future.

Willard J. Jacobson

Man's mind stretched by a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

Thomas Jefferson

Go ahead and do the impossible. It's worth the look on the faces of those who said you couldn't.

Walter Bagehot

Any good history book is mainly just a long list of mistakes, complete with names and dates. It's very embarrassing.

A. Whitney Brown

Winning isn't everything, but losing isn't anything.

Charlie Brown

People who are resting on their laurels are wearing them on the wrong end.

Malcolm Kushner

It had never occurred to me before that music and thinking are so much alike. In fact you could say music is another way of thinking, or maybe thinking is another kind of music.

Ursula K. Le Guin

Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.

Frank Leahy

I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.

Abraham Lincoln

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Art Linkletter

It is the greatest shot of adrenaline to be doing what you have wanted to do so badly. You almost feel like you could fly without the plane.

Charles Lindbergh

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.

Ernest Newman

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves, and, under a just God cannot long retain it.

Abraham Lincoln

The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

Henry Kissinger

I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton

Slaying sacred cows makes great steaks.

Dick Nicolosi

Work expands to fill the time available for its completion.

C. Northcote Parkinson

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every act of creation is first of all an act of destruction.

Pablo Picasso

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

William Plomer

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.

Will Rogers

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt

Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve... You only need a heart full of grace... A soul generated by love. 

Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have seen the agony of mothers and wives. I hate war.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

The hardest thing to learn in life is which bridge to cross and which to burn.

David Russell

I have realized that my real self is a greater entity than any possible post or title.

Anwar Sadat

Life is like an onion; you peel off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep.

Carl Sandburg

I could not at any age be content to take my place in a corner by the fireside and simply look on. 

Eleanor Roosevelt

Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.

Marlene Savant

He who walks in the middle of the road gets hit from both sides.

George P. Schultz

An optimist is a person who sees a green light everywhere, while a pessimist sees only the red stoplight.... The truly wise person is colorblind.

Albert Schweitzer

Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.

Pete Seeger

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

George Bernard Shaw

To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in awhile.

Henry Wheeler Shaw

We can't leave the haphazard to chance.

N.F. Simpson

How can they say my life isn't a success? Have I not for more than sixty years got enough to eat and escaped being eaten?

Logan Pearsall Smith

Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.

John Steinbeck

The nice thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.

Andrew S. Tanenbaum

Unless life is lived for others, it is not worthwhile.

Mother Teresa

I think that maybe if women and children were in charge we would get somewhere.

James Thurber

Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain.

Lily Tomlin

We think too small. Like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view. .

Mao Tse-Tung

My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.

Mark Twain

There is no defense or security for any of us except in the highest intelligence and development of all.

Booker T. Washington

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.

Elie Wiesel

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Oscar Wilde

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his client to plant vines.

Frank Lloyd Wright

A guidance counselor who has made a fetish of security, or who has unwittingly surrendered his thinking to economic determinism, may steer a youth away from his dream of becoming a poet, an artist, a musician or any other of thousands of things, because it offers no security, it does not pay well, there are no vacancies, it has no "future".

Henry M. Wriston

Nothing happens unless first a dream.

Carl Sandburg

A man with a new idea is a crank, until the idea succeeds.

Mark Twain

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea when it is the only one you have.

Emile Chartier

Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason.

Oscar Wilde

Expenditure rises to meet income.

C. Northcote Parkinson

Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.

Alan Alda

I sometimes wonder if the manufacturers of foolproof items keep a fool or two on their payroll to test things.

Alan Coren

The price of greatness is responsibility.

Winston Churchill

Memorable Quotes

You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.

Walt Disney

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

Albert Einstein

A problem is a chance for you to do your best.

Duke Ellington

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What concerns me is not the way things are, but rather the way people think things are.


When someone demands blind obedience, you'd be a fool not to peek.

Jim Fiebig

Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.

Henry Ford

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's car.

Larry Hagman

My definition of a redundancy is an air-bag in a politician's car.

Larry Hagman

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There's nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.

Alfred Hitchcock

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

Albert Einstein

The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.

Elbert Hubbard

In seeking wisdom, the first step is silence, the second listening, the third remembering, the fourth practicing, the fifth--teaching others.

Ibn Gabirol, poet and philosopher (c.1022-1058)

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

William James
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Patience serves as a protection against wrongs as clothes do against cold. For if you put on more clothes as the cold increases, it will have no power to hurt you. So in like manner you must grow in patience when you meet with great wrongs, and they will then be powerless to vex your mind.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because it is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die. And it is youth who must inherit the tribulation, the sorrow, and the triumphs that are the aftermath of war.

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