Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
—George Orwell (English Novelist, Essayist, Journalist)
Living a connected life leads one to take a different view. Life is less a quest than a quilt. We find meaning, love, and prosperity through the process of stitching together our bold attempts to help others find their own way in their lives. The relationships we weave become an exquisite and endless pattern.
—Keith Ferrazzi (American Author)
The more you think you know, the more closed-minded you’ll be.
—Ray Dalio (American Investor)
No one ever won a chess game by betting on each move. Sometimes you have to move backward to get a step forward.
—Amar Bose (American Entrepreneur)
There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.
—Ronald Reagan (American Head of State)
Don’t be sad, don’t be angry, if life deceives you! Submit to your grief; your time for joy will come, believe me.
—Alexander Pushkin (National Poet of Russia)
In the study of one’s personal language and self-talk it can be observed that what one thinks and talks about to himself tends to become the deciding influences in his life. For what the mind attends to, the mind considers.
—Sidney Madwed (American Poet, Author, Public Speaker)
Tragedy isn’t getting something or failing to get it, it’s losing something you already have.
—Euripides (Ancient Greek Dramatist)
There should be neither a women’s movement blaming men, nor a men’s movement blaming women, but a gender liberation movement freeing both sexes from the rigid roles of the past toward more flexible roles for their future.
—Warren Farrell (American Educator, Activist)
The past is the one thing we are not prisoners of. We can do with the past exactly what we wish. What we can’t do is to change its consequences.
—John Berger (English Art Critic, Essayist, Novelist)
It is not the language of painters but the language of nature which one should listen to the feeling for the things themselves, for reality, is more important than the feeling for pictures.
—Vincent van Gogh (Dutch Painter)
Success in business does not depend upon genius. Any young man of ordinary intelligence who is normally sound and not afraid to work should succeed in spite of obstacles and handicaps if he plays the game fairly and keeps everlastingly at it.
—James Cash Penney (American Entrepreneur)
Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.
—C. S. Lewis (Irish-born British Children’s Books Writer)
Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
—Heinrich Heine (German Poet, Writer)
Most “necessary evils” are far more evil than necessary.
—Richard Branson (British Entrepreneur)
Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are.
—John B. Sheerin (American Catholic Columnist, Editor)