Inspirational Quotations #676

The wicked is in the power of his passion; the righteous keeps passion in his power.
The Talmud

Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not supermen. Success does not require a superintellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success isn’t based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do. Never—yes, never—sell yourself short.
David J. Schwartz

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, ‘It all depends on me’.
Andre Gide

If you touch pitch, it will stick to your fingers; even so, if you associate with evil companions, you will acquire their vices.
The Talmud

He who hardens his heart with pride softens his brain with the same.
The Talmud

The busy have no time for tears.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Byron)

No accurate thinker will judge another person by that which the other person’s enemies say about him.
Napoleon Hill

A truer image of the world, I think, is obtained by picturing things as entering into the stream of time from an eternal world outside, than from a view which regards time as the devouring tyrant of all that is.
Bertrand A. Russell

Forbidden fruit tastes the sweetest.
Common Proverb

Wisdom increases with years; and so does folly.
The Talmud

Inspirational Quotations by Earl Nightingale (#675)

Inspirational Quotations by Earl Nightingale, American Motivational Speaker

Today marks the birthday of Earl Nightingale (1921–89,) American radio personality and motivational speaker and author. This “Dean of Personal Development” authored The Strangest Secret, widely admired as a great motivational work.

Nightingale was the writer and commentator of the popular syndicated radio show Our Changing World. He penned and recorded over 7,000 radio programs and 250 audio programs on motivation, personality development, and leading a meaningful life.

'The Strangest Secret' by Earl Nightingale (ISBN 1603865578) In 1950, Nightingale read Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich (1937) and was inspired by the adage “we become what we think about.” This was the foundation of his tape-record and his book The Strangest Secret (1956,) which sold millions of copies. Nightingale defined success as “the progressive realization of a worthy ideal. If a man is working toward a predetermined goal and knows where he’s going, that man is a success. If he’s not doing that, he’s a failure. And there you have the trouble today; it’s conformity—people acting like everyone without knowing why, without knowing where they’re going.”

Inspirational Quotations by Earl Nightingale

Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use.
Earl Nightingale

Whenever we’re afraid, it’s because we don’t know enough. If we understood enough, we would never be afraid.
Earl Nightingale

The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else. Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!
Earl Nightingale

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.
Earl Nightingale

Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
Earl Nightingale

Success is simply a matter of luck. Ask any failure.
Earl Nightingale

Your problem is to bridge the gap which exists between where you are now and the goal you intend to reach.
Earl Nightingale

The big thing is that you know what you want.
Earl Nightingale

Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.
Earl Nightingale

For a person to build a rich and rewarding life for himself, there are certain qualities and bits of knowledge that he needs to acquire. There are also things, harmful attitudes, superstitions, and emotions that he needs to chip away. A person needs to chip away everything that doesn’t look like the person he or she most wants to become.
Earl Nightingale

We will receive not what we idly wish for but what we justly earn. Our rewards will always be in exact proportion to our service.
Earl Nightingale

We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.
Earl Nightingale

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before we changed.
Earl Nightingale

Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.
Earl Nightingale

All you have to do is know where you’re going. The answers will come to you of their own accord.
Earl Nightingale

Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away.
Earl Nightingale

Our attitude toward life determines life’s attitude towards us.
Earl Nightingale

Inspirational Quotations #674

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
Alfred Hitchcock

If you want to succeed you should strike out on new paths, rather than travel the worn paths of accepted success.
John D. Rockefeller

Doing is better than saying.
Common Proverb

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don’t come home at night.
Margaret Mead

The first step is to fill your life with a positive faith that will help you through anything. The second is to begin where you are.
Norman Vincent Peale

The righteous need no monuments. Their deeds are their monuments.
The Talmud

To accept excuse shows a good disposition.
The Talmud

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.
Colin Powell

There are two good things in life—freedom of thought and freedom of action.
W. Somerset Maugham

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
Henry David Thoreau

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
Ayn Rand

Inspirational Quotations by Victor Hugo (#673)

Inspirational Quotations by Victor Hugo

Today marks the birthday of Victor Hugo (1802–1885,) one of France’s greatest poets. Hugo also wrote such celebrated novels as Notre-Dame de Paris and Les Misarables.

In his twenties, Victor Hugo wrote the French Romantic novel Notre-Dame de Paris (1831, Eng. trans. The Hunchback of Notre Dame.) Set in fifteenth century Paris, it tells a touching story of a gypsy girl named Esmeralda and a deformed and deaf bell-ringer named Quasimodo who loves her. The success of the book in France catapulted Hugo into great renown. He used his celebrity to criticize the autocratic regime of Napoleon III and encourage the French to revolt.

Napoleon III declared Hugo an enemy of the state. In 1851, just before soldiers arrived to arrest him at home, Hugo managed to flee the country in disguise. He lived in exile in Guernsey (an island in the English Channel) and wrote Les Chatiments (1853, Eng. trans. Castigations,) a volume of aggressive invectives against the emperor.

'Les Miserables' by Victor Hugo (ISBN 045141943X) It was also during his exile that Hugo wrote most of his magnum opus Les Misarables (1865.) Considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, Les Misarables is a profound saga of the endless battle between good and evil. It focuses on Jean Valjean, a poor peasant sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister and her kids. Hugo’s dominant themes of personal transformation, human rights, broken dreams, love, sacrifice, revolution, and redemption made Les Misarables instantly popular upon release. In the preface to the book, Hugo wrote,

So long as there shall exist, by virtue of law and custom, decrees of damnation pronounced by society, artificially creating hells amid the civilization of earth, and adding the element of human fate to divine destiny; so long as the three great problems of the century—the degradation of man through pauperism, the corruption of woman through hunger, the crippling of children through lack of light—are unsolved; so long as social asphyxia is possible in any part of the world;—in other words, and with a still wider significance, so long as ignorance and poverty exist on earth, books of the nature of Les Mis?rables cannot fail to be of use.

By the time Hugo died in Paris at age 83, he was a national hero. Two million mourners joined his funeral procession from the Arc de Triomphe to the Panth?on, where he is buried.

Inspirational Quotations by Victor Hugo

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
Victor Hugo

One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
Victor Hugo

Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields which have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.
Victor Hugo

Solitude either develops the mental powers, or renders men dull and vicious.
Victor Hugo

The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
Victor Hugo

He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Victor Hugo

If suffer we must, let’s suffer on the heights.
Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather loved in spite of ourselves.
Victor Hugo

Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
Victor Hugo

Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?
Victor Hugo

There exists, at the bottom of all abasement and misfortune, a last extreme which rebels and joins battle with the forces of law and respectability in a desperate struggle, waged partly by cunning and partly by violence, at once sick and ferocious, in which it attacks the prevailing social order with the pin-pricks of vice and the hammer-blows of crime.
Victor Hugo

I’d rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.
Victor Hugo

Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
Victor Hugo

He who every morning plans the transactions of the day and follows out that plan carries a thread that will guide him through the labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is a like a ray of life which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.
Victor Hugo

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
Victor Hugo

Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.
Victor Hugo

God created the flirt as soon as he made the fool.
Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Victor Hugo

So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of woman by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.
Victor Hugo

Friend is sometimes a word devoid of meaning; enemy, never.
Victor Hugo

People do not lack strength; they lack will.
Victor Hugo

A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
Victor Hugo

Adversity makes men; good fortune makes monsters.
Victor Hugo

A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
Victor Hugo

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes—and the stars through his soul.
Victor Hugo

Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.
Victor Hugo

It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
Victor Hugo

There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
Victor Hugo

The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.
Victor Hugo

From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.
Victor Hugo

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Victor Hugo

Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
Victor Hugo

My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
Victor Hugo

Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.
Victor Hugo

When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
Victor Hugo

Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.
Victor Hugo

Have no fear of robbers or murderers. They are external dangers, petty dangers. We should fear ourselves. Prejudices are the real robbers; vices the real murders. The great dangers are within us. Why worry about what threatens our heads or purses? Let us think instead of what threatens our souls.
Victor Hugo

Inspirational Quotations #672

We cannot change anything unless we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
Carl Jung

The tragedy is that so many have ambition and so few have ability.
William Feather

The man who is prepared has his battle half fought.
Miguel de Cervantes

Thoughts are the shadows of our feelings—always darker, emptier and simpler.
Friedrich Nietzsche

You cannot run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
Common Proverb

If thy associates be insane, be thou sensible.
The Talmud

Men must be governed by God or they will be ruled by tyrants.
William Penn

So difficult it is to show the various meanings and imperfections of words when we have nothing else but words to do it with.
John Locke

Every failure, obstacle or hardship is an opportunity in disguise. Success in many cases is failure turned inside out. The greatest pollution problem we face today is negativity. Eliminate the negative attitude and believe you can do anything. Replace ‘if I can, I hope, maybe’ with ‘I can, I will, I must.’
Mary Kay Ash

What can’t be cured, must be endured.
Common Proverb

History never looks like history when you are living through it.
John W. Gardner

The more we study the more we discover our ignorance.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Principles have no real force except when one is well-fed.
Mark Twain

Chance usually favors the prudent man.
Joseph Joubert

Lend only that which you can afford to lose.
Common Proverb

Inspirational Quotations by Abraham Lincoln (#671)

Inspirational Quotations by Abraham Lincoln

Today marks the birthday of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), one of the most recognized political leaders of all time.

Not much is known about the early life of the 16th President of the United States. Lincoln was born in a log cabin to a poor family, lost his mother at nine, completed just one year of traditional schooling, spent his youth in Indiana, and did manual labor until he was 21.

Lincoln pursued self-education by reading books on grammar and rhetoric and joined a debate society. At age 27, after years of private study of law, he obtained a license to practice and eventually became one of Illinois’s ablest lawyers. Lincoln also worked his way through the Illinois State Legislature and got elected to the US House of Representatives. He gained popularity for his down-to-earth wit, integrity, and opposition to the institution of slavery.

'A. Lincoln: A Biography' by Ronald C. White (ISBN 0812975707) Lincoln’s leadership during the Civil War held the country together through the worst moral, constitutional, and political crisis in its history. Amidst the War, at his second inauguration, Lincoln addressed the nation with his famous words, “With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds … .” John Wilkes Booth, an actor who had heard Lincoln speak at his second inauguration, fatally shot him just six weeks later at Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.

Lincoln is arguably the most admired President of the United States. He was famous for his compassionate nature, gentle spirit, and great oratory. His iconic 1863 Gettysburg Address is revered for its reaffirmation of a major founding principle of the United States: that all humans are born equal. To this day, this speech remains a model of ideological rhetoric and oratorical simplicity:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal … We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Inspirational Quotations by Abraham Lincoln

There’s no honorable way to kill, no gentle way to destroy. There is nothing good in war. Except its ending.
Abraham Lincoln

I shall try to correct errors when shown to be errors; and I shall adopt new views so fast as they shall appear to be true views.
Abraham Lincoln

A man watches his pear tree day after day, impatient for the ripening of the fruit. Let him attempt to force the process, and he may spoil both fruit and tree. But let him patiently wait, and the ripe fruit at length falls into his lap.
Abraham Lincoln

He who makes an assertion without knowing whether it is true or false, is guilty of falsehood; and the accidental truth of the assertion, does not justify or excuse him.
Abraham Lincoln

In times like the present men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and in eternity.
Abraham Lincoln

Everybody likes a compliment.
Abraham Lincoln

I must study the plain physical facts of the case, ascertain what is possible, and learn what appears to be wise and right.
Abraham Lincoln

Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.
Abraham Lincoln

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.
Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps a man’s character was like a tree, and his reputation like its shadow; the shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Abraham Lincoln

You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
Abraham Lincoln

I know of nothing so pleasant to the mind, as the discovery of anything which is at once new and valuable—nothing which so lightens and sweetens toil, as the hopeful pursuit of such discovery.
Abraham Lincoln

I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards.
Abraham Lincoln

To believe in the things you can see and touch is no belief at all; but to believe in the unseen is a triumph and a blessing.
Abraham Lincoln

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

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
Abraham Lincoln

Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?
Abraham Lincoln

When I do good I feel good, when I do bad I feel bad, and that’s my religion.
Abraham Lincoln

No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty.
Abraham Lincoln

Every blade of grass is a study; and to produce two, where there was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure.
Abraham Lincoln

When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.
Abraham Lincoln

With the catching ends the pleasures of the chase.
Abraham Lincoln

We hope all danger may be overcome; but to conclude that no danger may ever arise would itself be extremely dangerous.
Abraham Lincoln

The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.
Abraham Lincoln

Wanting to work is so rare a merit that it should be encouraged.
Abraham Lincoln

Every man is proud of what he does well; and no man is proud of what he does not do well. With the former, his heart is in his work; and he will do twice as much of it with less fatigue. The latter performs a little imperfectly, looks at it in disgust, turns from it, and imagines himself exceedingly tired. The little he has done, comes to nothing, for want of finishing.
Abraham Lincoln

I believe each individual is naturally entitled to do as he pleases with himself and the fruit of his labor, so far as it in no wise interferes with any other man’s rights.
Abraham Lincoln

Inspirational Quotations by Adlai Stevenson (#670)

Inspirational Quotations by Adlai Stevenson Today marks the birthday of Adlai Stevenson II (1900–1965,) American politician and diplomat. Stevenson is renowned for his intellectual disposition, organizational skills, eloquent public speaking, and for advancing liberal ideologies within the Democratic Party.

Stevenson is also remembered for his significant landslide losses to popular war hero Dwight Eisenhower during both the 1952 and the 1956 presidential elections. Prior to the 1960 presidential election, Stevenson lost to Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy as the Democratic Party’s candidate. When Kennedy became President, Stevenson served as the US Ambassador to the United Nations until his death in 1965.

The 1949 “Cat Bill” in Illinois

When Stevenson was Governor of Illinois, the state legislature (supported by a committed group of bird-lovers) passed a bill protecting birds from their predators—notably cats—and declaring that cats roaming unescorted were a public nuisance. Stevenson felt the legislation was an absurd excuse to exterminate cats and have law enforcement deal with felines. He vetoed the bill with the following message:

I cannot agree that it should be the declared public policy of Illinois that a cat visiting a neighbor’s yard or crossing the highways is a public nuisance. It is in the nature of cats to do a certain amount of unescorted roaming. … Also consider the owner’s dilemma: To escort a cat abroad on a leash is against the nature of the cat, and to permit it to venture forth for exercise unattended into a night of new dangers is against the nature of the owner.

We are all interested in protecting certain varieties of birds. That cats destroy some birds, I well know, but I believe this legislation would further but little the worthy cause to which its proponents give such unselfish effort. The problem of cat versus bird is as old as time. If we attempt to resolve it by legislation who knows but what we may be called upon to take sides as well in the age old problems of dog versus cat, bird versus bird, or even bird versus worm. In my opinion, the State of Illinois and its local governing bodies already have enough to do without trying to control feline delinquency.

What do I believe? As an American I believe in generosity, in liberty, in the rights of man. These are social and political faiths that are part of me, as they are, I suppose, part of all of us. Such beliefs are easy to express. But part of me too is my relation to all life, my religion. And this is not so easy to talk about. Religious experience is highly intimate and, for me, ready words are not at hand.
Adlai Stevenson

What a man knows at fifty that he did not know at twenty is for the most part incommunicable.
Adlai Stevenson

Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.
Adlai Stevenson

In youth, everything seems possible; but we reach a point in the middle years when we realize that we are never going to reach all the shining goals we had set for ourselves. And in the end, most of us reconcile ourselves, with what grace we can, to living with our ulcers and arthritis, our sense of partial failure, our less-than-ideal families—and even our politicians!
Adlai Stevenson

The sound of tireless voices is the price we pay for the right to hear the music of our own opinions.
Adlai Stevenson

Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.
Adlai Stevenson

Laws are never as effective as habits.
Adlai Stevenson

Peace is the one condition of survival in this nuclear age.
Adlai Stevenson

She would rather light candles than curse the darkness and her glow has warmed the world.
Adlai Stevenson

We have confused the free with the free and easy.
Adlai Stevenson

For my part I believe in the forgiveness of sin and the redemption of ignorance.
Adlai Stevenson

Our strength lies, not alone in our proving grounds and our stockpiles, but in our ideals, our goals, and their universal appeal to all men who are struggling to breathe free.
Adlai Stevenson

My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular.
Adlai Stevenson

If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us. The free mind is not a barking dog, to be tethered on a ten-foot chain.
Adlai Stevenson

Inspirational Quotations by Oprah Winfrey (#669)

Inspirational Quotations by Oprah Winfrey, American Television Personality

Today marks the birthday of Oprah Winfrey (b. 1954,) media personality and philanthropist. She is one of the richest and most influential women in the United States.

Born into poverty, Winfrey ran away from home at age 13 after being subjected to domestic abuse. At 14, she had a son who was born prematurely and died shortly after birth. Winfrey then made education her top priority, worked as a radio reporter while in high school, and studied broadcasting at Tennessee State University.

At age 22, Winfrey co-anchored the evening news in Baltimore. Two years later, she started cohosting a talk-show called “People Are Talking.” In 1983, she moved to Chicago to host a 30-minute morning talk show called “AM Chicago” which was later renamed the “Oprah Winfrey Show” after her ratings skyrocketed. In 1986, her TV show became nationally syndicated and was broadcast in 138 cities. It became the most popular daytime talk show of all time and ended in 2011. In 1996, Winfrey started her televised book club; each book she selected for her club sold more than 500,000 copies.

Besides being a media mogul, Winfrey is also a prominent philanthropist and has donated to various educational and racial causes. She is the primary benefactor of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.

Winfrey publishes O, The Oprah Magazine and has co-authored five books. Her memoir, The Life You Want, is due in 2017.

Inspirational Quotations by Oprah Winfrey

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Oprah Winfrey

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
Oprah Winfrey

I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn’t, I’ll create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.
Oprah Winfrey

Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner’s manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.
Oprah Winfrey

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.
Oprah Winfrey

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.
Oprah Winfrey

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.
Oprah Winfrey

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.
Oprah Winfrey

Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
Oprah Winfrey

I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.
Oprah Winfrey

I believe that you tend to create your own blessings. You have to prepare yourself so that when opportunity comes, you’re ready.
Oprah Winfrey

I believe that every single event in life happens as an opportunity to choose love over fear.
Oprah Winfrey

You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.
Oprah Winfrey

I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.
Oprah Winfrey

If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.
Oprah Winfrey

I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.
Oprah Winfrey

I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.
Oprah Winfrey

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.
Oprah Winfrey

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into a complete person you were intended to be.
Oprah Winfrey

Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.
Oprah Winfrey

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did it or not.
Oprah Winfrey

The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.
Oprah Winfrey

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
Oprah Winfrey

For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.
Oprah Winfrey

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Oprah Winfrey

Inspirational Quotations by Francis Bacon (#668)

Inspirational Quotations by Francis Bacon

Today marks the birthday of Francis Bacon (1561–1626,) the great English natural philosopher, statesman, and pioneer of modern scientific thought. Bacon’s abundant writing spanned scientific methodology, religion, moral philosophy, and judicial administration.

Bacon started his political career at age 23 when he became a Member of Parliament. He opposed Queen Elizabeth I’s tax program, fell out of her favor, and encountered difficulty advancing his career. After James I acceded the throne in 1603, Bacon’s career flourished; he ultimately rose to become the Lord Chancellor, one of Britain’s highest political offices. However, his political career ended in disgrace in 1621 when the British Parliament incriminated him for accepting bribes and banished him from holding public office. James I revoked Bacon’s sentence and allowed him to write in retirement.

Bacon’s real interests lay in science. He challenged the Aristotelian notion that scientific truth could be reached by means of authoritative argument (wherein knowledgeable people discuss a subject long enough to eventually ascertain the truth.) In his early text, Cogitata et Visa (1607,) Bacon first proposed the idea of inductive reasoning. And in his best-known work, Novum Organum (1620,) Bacon not only advocated observable evidence and rational investigation, but also promoted the dismissal of hypotheses founded on incomplete and insufficient proof. His philosophy, now known as the scientific method, has since been the basis of all experimental science.

Ironically, Bacon’s scientific method ultimately took his life. When journeying in the snow-filled countryside one day, Bacon hit upon the idea of using snow to preserve meat. To test his hypothesis, Bacon purchased a fowl and stuffed it with snow. Later that day, he developed a cold that advanced into pneumonia and killed him.

Inspirational Quotations by Francis Bacon

Truth will sooner come out from error than from confusion.
Francis Bacon

It is a miserable state of mind to have few things to desire and many things to fear.
Francis Bacon

Nothing doth more hurt in a state than that cunning men pass for wise.
Francis Bacon

It is not possible to run a course aright when the goal itself has not been rightly placed.
Francis Bacon

Knowledge itself is power.
Francis Bacon

Friendship increases in visiting friends, but in visiting them seldom.
Francis Bacon

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
Francis Bacon

A wise man will make more opportunities, than he finds.
Francis Bacon

Be angry, but sin not. Let not the sun go down upon your anger. Anger must be limited and confined, both in race and in time.
Francis Bacon

Seek first the virtues of the mind; and other things either will come, or will not be wanted.
Francis Bacon

Money is like muck, not good except it be spread.
Francis Bacon

Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Francis Bacon

Knowledge, that tendeth but to satisfaction, is but as a courtesan, which is for pleasure, and not for fruit or generation.
Francis Bacon

Riches are a good handmaid, but the worst mistress.
Francis Bacon

The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
Francis Bacon

Nothing is terrible except fear itself.
Francis Bacon

It is true that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.
Francis Bacon

Opportunity makes a thief.
Francis Bacon

Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Francis Bacon

For all knowledge and wonder (which is the seed of knowledge) is an impression of pleasure in itself.
Francis Bacon

By far the greatest hindrance and aberration of the human understanding proceeds from the dullness, incompetency, and deceptions of the senses.
Francis Bacon

Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
Francis Bacon

Money makes a good servant, but a bad master.
Francis Bacon

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.
Francis Bacon

The monuments of wit survive the monuments of power.
Francis Bacon

Men in great place are thrice servants; servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame, and servants of business; so that they have no freedom, neither in their persons, in their actions, nor in their times.—It is a strange desire to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self.
Francis Bacon

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper.
Francis Bacon

Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much.
Francis Bacon

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.
Francis Bacon

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.
Francis Bacon

Inspirational Quotations by Martin Luther King, Jr. (#667)

Inspirational Quotations by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Today marks the birthday of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–68,) American leader of the civil rights movement. He was also known for his dedication to ending segregation peacefully and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.

In 1955, when King was only 26 and serving as a priest in Montgomery, Alabama, a seamstress named Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a city bus. King took up her cause and led a year-long Montgomery bus boycott during which his house was bombed and he was assaulted and arrested. In 1957, the Supreme Court ruled that the segregation of buses and public facilities was unconstitutional.

The Montgomery bus boycott put King at the vanguard of the civil rights movement. In 1963, he joined other civil rights leaders at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom where he gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to an audience of 200,000.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. And the Voting Rights Act of 1965 ended voter discrimination in many Southern states.

In 1967, King delivered a speech called “Beyond Vietnam / A Time to Break Silence” denouncing America’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the recruitment of poor and minority soldiers. The next year, King was assassinated at age 39 while standing on the balcony of a Memphis motel. He was preparing to lead a protest rally in solidarity with sanitation workers who were on strike. His death sparked riots in sixty cities.

Since 1986, the third Monday of January is observed annually as a US-federal holiday in his honor.

Inspirational Quotations by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the supreme unifying principle of life.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Discover the element of good in your enemy. And as you seek to hate him, find the center of goodness and place your attention there and you will take a new attitude.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The best way to solve any problem is to remove the cause.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is scarcely anything more tragic in human life than a child who is not wanted. That which should be a blessing becomes a curse for parent and child.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence is immoral because it thrives on hatred rather than love. It destroys community and makes brotherhood impossible.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We are reaching out for the daybreak of freedom and justice and equality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Some things are right and some things are wrong, no matter if everybody is doing the contrary. Some things in this universe are absolute. The God of the universe has made it so. And so long as we adopt this relative attitude toward right and wrong, we’re revolting against the very laws of God himself.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolent resistance is not aimed against oppressors, but against oppression.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

No nation can rise to its full moral maturity so long as it subjects a segment of its citizenry on the basis of race or color.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Non-cooperation with evil is as much a moral obligation as is cooperation with good.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the sure signs of maturity is the ability to rise to the point of self criticism.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keep moving. Let nothing slow you up. Move on with dignity and honor and respectability.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The real problem is that through our scientific genius we’ve made of the world a neighborhood, but through our moral and spiritual genius we’ve failed to make of it a brotherhood.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

When people are self-centered, they are self-centered because they are seeking attention, they want to be admired and this is the way they set out to do it. But in the process, because of their self-centeredness, they are not admired; they are mawkish and people don?t want to be bothered with them. And so the very thing they seek, they never get. And they end up frustrated and unhappy and disillusioned.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The thing that we need in the world today is a group of men and women who will stand up for right and to be opposed to wrong, wherever it is. A group of people who have come to see that some things are wrong, whether they’re never caught up with. And some things are right, whether nobody sees you doing them or not.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Violence ends by defeating itself. It creates bitterness in the survivors and brutality in the destroyers.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Find your sense of importance in something outside of the self. And you are then able to live because you have given your life to something outside and something that is meaningful, objectified. You rise above this self-absorption to something outside. This is the way to go through life with a balance, with the proper perspective because you?ve given yourself to something greater than self. Sometimes it?s friends, sometimes it?s family, sometimes it?s a great cause, it?s a great loyalty, but give yourself to that something and life becomes meaningful.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must massively assert our dignity and worth. We must stand up amidst a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic sense of values.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

When people get caught up with that which is right and they are willing to sacrifice for it, there is no stopping point short of victory.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. No individual or nation can be great if it does not have a concern for “the least of these”.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life at its best is a creative synthesis of opposites in fruitful harmony.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life has its beginning and its maturity comes into being when an individual rises above self to something greater.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is not enough to know that two and two makes four, but we’ve got to know somehow that it’s right to be honest and just with our brothers. It’s not enough to know all about our philosophical and mathematical disciplines, but we’ve got to know the simple disciplines of being honest and loving and just with all humanity. If we don’t learn it, we will destroy ourselves by the misuse of our own powers.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The basic thing about a man is not his specific but his fundamentum.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover these precious values: that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Men often hate each other because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they cannot communicate; they cannot communicate because they are separated.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The richer we have become materially, the poorer we have become morally and spiritually. We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. Indeed, it is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

The time is always right to do what?s right.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

As long as the mind is enslaved, the body can never be free.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is no longer a choice between violence and nonviolence in this world; it’s nonviolence or nonexistence.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I submit to you that if a man has not discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals. They are complementary.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is love that will save our world and our civilization, love even for enemies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is little hope for us until we become tough-minded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

An individual has not begun to live until he can rise above the narrow horizons of his particular individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. And this is one of the big problems of life, that so many people never quite get to the point of rising above self. And so they end up the tragic victims of self-centeredness. They end up the victims of distorted and disrupted personality.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every genuine expression of love grows out of a consistent and total surrender to God.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

In every age and every generation, men have envisioned a promised land.
Martin Luther King, Jr.