Inspirational Quotations #547

Among the sentiments of most powerful operation upon the human heart, and most highly honorable to the human character, are those of veneration for our forefathers and of love for our posterity.
* John Quincy Adams

By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.
* Nikos Kazantzakis

Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for with ardor and diligence.
* Abigail Adams

This is all you have. This is not a dry run. This is your life. If you want to fritter it away with your fears, then you will fritter it away, but you won’t get it back later.
* Laura Schlessinger

Unhappy is the man who is not so much dissatisfied with what he has as with what the other fellow possesses.
* Chauncey Depew

If I could choose what of all things would be at the same time the most delightful and useful to me, I should prefer a firm religious belief to every other blessing; for this makes life a discipline of goodness; creates new hopes when all earthly ones vanish; throws over the decay of existence the most gorgeous of all lights; awakens life even in death; makes even torture and shame the ladder of ascent to paradise; and far above all combinations of earthly hopes, calls up the most delightful visions of the future, the security of everlasting joys, where the sensualist and the skeptic view only gloom, decay, annihilation, and despair.
* Humphry Davy

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Inspirational Quotations #546

I … know what I do, and am unmoved by men’s blame, or their praise either.
* Robert Browning

This world is a dream within a dream; and as we grow older, each step is an awakening. The youth awakes, as he thinks, from childhood; the full-grown man despises the pursuits of youth as visionary; and the old man looks on manhood as a feverish dream. Death the last sleep? No! It is the last and final awakening!
* Walter Scott

The wonderful thing about books is that they allow us to enter imaginatively into someone else’s life. And when we do that, we learn to sympathize with other people. But the real surprise is that we also learn truths about ourselves, about our own lives that somehow we hadn’t been able to see before.
* Katherine Paterson

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.
* Stephen King

Genius is an infinite capacity for taking life by the scruff of the neck.
* Katharine Hepburn

So much to do, so little done, such things to be.
* Alfred, Lord Tennyson

My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.
* Edward Gibbon

The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world’s greatest events are not produced, they happen.
* Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Manners easily and rapidly mature into morals.
* Horace Mann

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Inspirational Quotations #545

Clinging to the past is the problem. Embracing change is the answer.
* Gloria Steinem

When you publish a book, it’s the world’s book. The world edits it.
* Philip Roth

In the great mass of our people there are plenty individuals of intelligence from among whom leadership can be recruited.
* Herbert Hoover

Decide which is the line of conduct that presents the fewest drawbacks and then follow it out as being the best one, because one never finds anything perfectly pure and unmixed, or exempt from danger.
* Niccolo Machiavelli

Books are a guide in youth, and an entertainment for age. They support us under solitude, and keep us from becoming a burden to ourselves. They help us to forget the crossness of men and things, compose our cares and our passions, and lay our disappointments asleep. When we are weary of the living, we may repair to the dead, who have nothing of peevishness, pride, or design in their conversation.
* Jeremy Collier

When I hear somebody sigh, “Life is hard,” I am always tempted to ask, “Compared to what?”
* Sydney J. Harris

Do not hover always on the surface of things, nor take up suddenly with mere appearances; but penetrate into the depth of matters, as far as your time and circumstances allow, especially in those things which relate to your profession.
* Isaac Watts

Speak of the moderns without contempt, and of the ancients without idolatry.
* Earl of Chesterfield

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Inspirational Quotations #544

Every man is valued in this world as he shows by his conduct that he wishes to be valued.
* Jean de La Bruyere

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
* Honore de Balzac

Part of being a winner is knowing when enough is enough. Sometimes you have to give up the fight and walk away, and move on to something that’s more productive.
* Donald Trump

Continuous, unflagging effort, persistence and determination will win. Let not the man be discouraged who has these.
* James Whitcomb Riley

Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.
* Margaret Mead

The good days weren’t really so good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.
* Billy Joel

There are three stages in a person’s life, birth, their life and death. They are not conscious of birth submit to death and forget to live.
* Jean de La Bruyere

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
* Edward Gibbon

He is rich whose income is more than his expenses; and he is poor whose expenses exceed his income.
* Jean de La Bruyere

It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.
* Niccolo Machiavelli

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.
* Hubert Humphrey

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Inspirational Quotations #543

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
* Ingrid Bergman

Shape your heart to front the hour, but dream not that the hours will last.
* Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Rational free spirits are the light brigade who go on ahead and reconnoiter the ground which the heavy brigade of the orthodox will eventually occupy.
* Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Everyone has talent at twenty-five. The difficulty is to have it at fifty.
* Edgar Degas

Intellectuals can tell themselves anything, sell themselves any bill of goods, which is why they were so often patsies for the ruling classes in nineteenth-century France and England, or twentieth-century Russia and America.
* Lillian Hellman

I have known what the enjoyments and advantages of this life are, and what are the more refined pleasures which learning and intellectual power can bestow; and with all the experience that more than three-score years can give, I now, on the eve of my departure, declare to you, that health is a great blessing; competence obtained by honorable industry is a great blessing; and a great blessing it is, to have kind, faithful, and loving friends and relatives; but that the greatest of all blessings, as it is the most ennobling of all privileges, is to be indeed a Christian.
* Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The men who have done big things are those who were not afraid to attempt big things, who were not afraid to risk failure in order to gain success.
* B. C. Forbes

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Inspirational Quotations #542

Adversity is the first path to truth: He who hath proved war, storm or woman’s rage, whether his winters be eighteen or eighty, has won the experience which is deem’d so weighty.
* Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

The drying up a single tear has more of honest fame, than shedding seas of gore.
* Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.
* C. S. Lewis

Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together.
* Pearl S. Buck

That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it.
* Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.
* Margaret Mead

You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do certain things—to compete. You can be just an ordinary chap, sufficiently motivated to reach challenging goals.
* Edmund Hillary

Mistakes are often the best teachers.
* James Anthony Froude

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality—the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
* A. C. Benson

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Inspirational Quotations #541

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.
* Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Are you doing the kind of work you were built for, so that you can expect to be able to do very large amounts of that kind and thrive under it? Or are you doing a kind of which you can do comparatively little?
* B. C. Forbes

Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.
* Bruce Lee

Therefore the skilful leader subdues the enemy’s troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying siege to them; he overthrows their kingdom without lengthy operations in the field.
* Sun Tzu

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions.
* Alfred, Lord Tennyson

A human being is only interesting if he’s in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it. You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it.
* Barbra Streisand

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
* Jean de La Bruyere

There are only two ways of getting on in the world; by one’s own industry, or by the stupidity of others.
* Jean de La Bruyere

When a noble life has prepared old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
* Anne Louise Germaine de Stael

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Inspirational Quotations #540

Death teaches us to live; it gives us a boundary to map our living within. Death’s hammer breaks through the mirror separating us from light.
* David Seltzer

We conquer by continuing.
* George Matheson

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.
* Don Marquis

As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
* Jean de La Bruyere

You can hold yourself back from the sufferings of the world, that is something you are free to do and it accords with your nature, but perhaps this very holding back is the one suffering you could avoid.
* Franz Kafka

The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead—big possibilities. Like the song says, “We’ve just begun.”
* Bruce Lee

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.
* Horace Mann

People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least.
* Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, “I was wrong.”
* Sydney J. Harris

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Inspirational Quotations #539

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover you have wings.
* Helen Hayes

The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortunes, but its fears.
* A. C. Benson

Age is not important unless you’re a cheese.
* Helen Hayes

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
* Robert Brault

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
* John Lennon

Suffering is the sole origin of consciousness.
* Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
* Frank Lloyd Wright

Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can.
* Lowell Thomas

When I’m not thank’d at all, I’m thank’d enough. I’ve done my duty, and I’ve done no more.
* Henry Fielding

I am blackly bored when they are at large and at work; but somehow I am still more blackly bored when they are shut up in Holloway and we are deprived of them.
* Henry James

Often do the spirits of great events stride on before the events, and in today already walks tomorrow.
* Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason and imagination, rarely or never.
* Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Inspirational Quotations #538

Out of difficulties grow miracles.
* Jean de La Bruyere

A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
* Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

No padlock, bolts, or bars can secure a maiden so well as her own reserve.
* Miguel de Cervantes

Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.
* Henry Adams

No rock so hard but that a little wave may beat admission in a thousand years.
* Alfred, Lord Tennyson

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
* John Lennon

Sleep hath its own world, and a wide realm of wild reality. And dreams in their development have breath, and tears, and tortures, and the touch of joy.
* Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion.
* B. C. Forbes

Affectation is an awkward and forced imitation of what should be genuine and easy, wanting the beauty that accompanies what is natural.
* John Locke

A liberated woman is one who has sex before marriage and a job after.
* Gloria Steinem

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.
* Niccolo Machiavelli

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