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.

Inspirational Quotations #666

The great difference between those who succeed and those who fail does not consist in the amount of work done by each but in the amount of intelligent work. Many of those who fail most ignominiously do enough to achieve grand success but they labor haphazardly at whatever they are assigned, building up with one hand to tear down with the other. They do not grasp circumstances and change them into opportunities. They have no faculty for turning honest defeats into telling victories. With ability enough and ample time, the major ingredients of success, they are forever throwing back and forth an empty shuttle and the real web of their life is never woven.
Og Mandino

You don’t become enormously successful without encountering and overcoming a number of extremely challenging problems.
Mark Victor Hansen

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

No man or woman can be strong, gentle, pure, and good, without the world being better for it and without someone being helped and comforted by the very existence of that goodness.
Phillips Brooks

If you expect nothing, you’re apt to be surprised. You’ll get it.
Malcolm Forbes

Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much.
Marcel Proust

The dignity of man is vindicated as much by the thinker and poet as by the statesman and soldier.
James Bryant Conant

Inspirational Quotations by E. M. Forster (#665)

Inspirational Quotations by E. M. Forster

Today marks the birthday of E. M. Forster (1879–1970,) an influential British novelist and short story-writer.

Forster published Where Angels Fear to Tread (1905), The Longest Journey (1907,) and A Room with a View (1908.) He hit literary success with his fourth novel, Howards End (1910,) about the class system in England as exposed through the pursuits of three families.

'A Passage to India' by E. M. Forster (ISBN 0156711427) During World War I, Forster worked for the Red Cross in Egypt and traveled all over the world. During a visit to India, he was inspired to write his masterpiece A Passage to India (1924.) Set during the British colonial rule in India, this best-selling, much-debated novel is about a young British schoolteacher who imagines being sexually assaulted by an Indian-Muslim doctor. She accuses him of attempted rape, but later retracts her charges. Considered one of the great novels of the 20th century, A Passage to India exposed the undercurrent of conflict and prejudice between the British and Indian cultures.

After publishing five novels before age 40, Forster never published any other novels during his lifetime. He subsequently wrote numerous short stories.

Forster wrote his sixth and last novel on the eve of the First World War and considered it among his best writing, but did not want it to be published in his lifetime because of its homosexual themes. Maurice (1971) was published posthumously to great renown.

Inspirational Quotations by E. M. Forster

Creative writers are always greater than the causes that they represent.
E. M. Forster

Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.
E. M. Forster

Works of art, in my opinion, are the only objects in the material universe to possess internal order, and that is why, though I don’t believe that only art matters, I do believe in Art for Art’s sake.
E. M. Forster

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship.
E. M. Forster

Lord I disbelieve—help thou my unbelief.
E. M. Forster

I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves.
E. M. Forster

There lies at the back of every creed something terrible and hard for which the worshipper may one day be required to suffer.
E. M. Forster

One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life.
E. M. Forster

Death destroys a man, the idea of Death saves him.
E. M. Forster

Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
E. M. Forster

One always tends to overpraise a long book, because one has got through it.
E. M. Forster

Art for art’s sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden… it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity.
E. M. Forster

Beauty ought to look a little surprised: it is the emotion that best suits her face. The beauty who does not look surprised, who accepts her position as her due—she reminds us too much of a prima donna.
E. M. Forster

I have only got down on to paper, really, three types of people: the person I think I am, the people who irritate me, and the people I’d like to be.
E. M. Forster

Inspirational Quotations by Carlos Castaneda (#664)

Carlos Castaneda, American Anthropologist Today marks the birthday of Carlos Castaneda (1925–1998,) a controversial American New Age icon. His 12 books sold 8 million copies in 17 languages before his death, and even more since.

Castaneda gained rapid celebrity during graduate school after his The Teachings of Don Juan (1968) became a best-seller in the late sixties. This and his other books describe the mystical drug-stimulated escapades he claimed he had with his mentor Don Juan, a Yaqui Indian sorcerer whom Castaneda supposedly met in 1960 while studying medicinal plants used by American Indians.

Castaneda’s writings are as mysterious as the details of his life and death. Though records proved that he was born in Peru, he claimed he was born in Brazil. Despite his fame and notoriety, he refused to be photographed, tape-recorded, or interviewed. His death was disclosed only after two months.

Citing contradictions, factual discrepancies, and the fact that Don Juan could never be traced, critics argue that Castaneda’s books are works of fiction and not based on anthropological fieldwork.

Although Castaneda’s writings were not intended to be self-help books, his followers enthusiastically interpreted them as offering a practical philosophy of living and a set of life-improvement practices.

Inspirational Quotations by Carlos Castaneda

It doesn’t matter how one was brought up. What determines the way one does anything is personal power.
Carlos Castaneda

The only thing we all have in common is that we play tricks in order to force ourselves to abandon the quest. The counter-measure is to persist in spite of all the barriers and disappointments.
Carlos Castaneda

Learn to see, and then you’ll know that there is no end to the new worlds of our vision.
Carlos Castaneda

The world is incomprehensible. We won’t ever understand it; we won’t ever unravel its secrets. Thus we must treat the world as it is: a sheer mystery.
Carlos Castaneda

We hardly ever realize that we can cut anything out of our lives, anytime, in the blink of an eye.
Carlos Castaneda

Nothing in this world is a gift. Whatever must be learned must be learned the hard way.
Carlos Castaneda

When a man has fulfilled all four of these requisites—to be wide awake, to have fear, respect, and absolute assurance—there are no mistakes for which he will have to account; under such conditions his actions lose the blundering quality of the acts of a fool. If such a man fails, or suffers a defeat, he will have lost only a battle, and there will be no pitiful regrets over that.
Carlos Castaneda

All paths are the same: they lead nowhere. However, a path without a heart is never enjoyable. On the other hand, a path with heart is easy—it does not make a warrior work at liking it; it makes for a joyful journey; as long as a man follows it, he is one with it.
Carlos Castaneda

An average man is too concerned with liking people or with being liked himself. A warrior likes, that’s all. He likes whatever or whomever he wants, for the hell of it.
Carlos Castaneda

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.
Carlos Castaneda

We talk to ourselves incessantly about our world. In fact we maintain our world with our internal talk. And whenever we finish talking to ourselves about ourselves and our world, the world is always as it should be. We renew it, we rekindle it with life, we uphold it with our internal talk. Not only that, but we also choose our paths as we talk to ourselves. Thus we repeat the same choices over and over until the day we die, because we keep on repeating the same internal talk over and over until the day we die. A warrior is aware of this and strives to stop his internal talk.
Carlos Castaneda

No person is important enough to make me angry.
Carlos Castaneda

Inspirational Quotations #663

Every man is two men; one is awake in the darkness, the other asleep in the light.
Khalil Gibran

War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow men.
Napoleon Hill

Make not the sauce till you have caught the fish.
Common Proverb

There is much suffering in the world—physical, material, mental. The suffering of some can be blamed on the greed of others. The material and physical suffering is suffering from hunger, from homelessness, from all kinds of diseases. But the greatest suffering is being lonely, feeling unloved, having no one. I have come more and more to realize that it is being unwanted that is the worst disease that any human being can ever experience.
Mother Teresa

My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
Michel de Montaigne

A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man’s mind.
Leonardo da Vinci

The sooner you make your first five thousand mistakes the sooner you will be able to correct them.
Kimon Nicolaides

The merit of charitable works is in proportion to the grace with which they are practiced.
The Talmud

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus

Anything that we have to learn we learn by the actual doing of it… we become just by performing just acts, temperate by performing temperate ones, brave by performing brave ones.
Aristotle

Inspirational Quotations #662

It’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.
Warren Buffett

What you cannot see in the world is far more powerful than anything you can see.
T. Harv Eker

Court not the critic’s smile nor dread his frown.
Walter Scott

Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates

A person should set his goals as early as he can and devote all his energy and talent to getting there. With enough effort, he may achieve it. Or he may find something that is even more rewarding. But in the end, no matter what the outcome, he will know he has been alive.
Walt Disney

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
Cicero

Revenge is the abject pleasure of an abject mind.
Juvenal

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.
Galileo Galilei

Man is generally led the way which he is inclined to go.
The Talmud

The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
Albert Einstein

The jests of the rich are ever successful.
Oliver Goldsmith

Hold your neighbor’s honor as sacred as your own.
The Talmud

Three things produce love: culture of mind, modesty, and meekness.
The Talmud

He gives little who gives with a frown; he gives much who gives little with a smile.
The Talmud

It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.
John Ruskin

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Inspirational Quotations by Thomas Carlyle (#661)

Inspirational Quotations by Thomas Carlyle

Today marks the birthday of Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881,) the great-yet-controversial Scottish historian, philosopher, and essayist from the Victorian era.

Known for his incisive critique of British society, Carlyle was one of the most significant thinkers of the nineteenth century. However, since the early 1900s, his work has been censured for his belief that powerful, heroic individuals can transform the course of humanity and for his veneration of the Germanic spirit—both of which invigorated Nazi ideologues.

Carlyle studied and translated German literature in his early years. Some of his earliest writings describe a polarity between the “sacrificial seriousness” of the German culture and the “superficial, pleasure-seeking” British culture. In Signs of the Times (1829), he described the chasm between the material advancements of the machine age and the soulless mediocrity of “modern man.”

Carlyle’s first truly successful book was the three-volume The French Revolution (1837.) Legend has it that after months of hard work, Carlyle lent his completed manuscript of the first volume to his friend, the political philosopher John Stuart Mill. A friend of Mill read the manuscript and left the pages in an untidy heap at his home. Mill’s maid mistook it for trash and threw it in the fire. Carlyle refused to let the loss get him down and rewrote it after finishing the second and third volumes. The French Revolution became one of his most respected works and is considered a reliable account of the early course of the Revolution. Charles Dickens referred to it while writing his A Tale of Two Cities (1859.)

At the core of Carlyle’s political philosophy was his attribution of all historical progress solely to mighty heroes who served as role models for how people should live. He wrote, “No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.” He expounded these beliefs in The French Revolution, On Heroes and Hero Worship (1841), and History of Frederick the Great (1858–1865, 6 volumes.) These books profoundly influenced German and Italian fascism and painted Carlyle as a progenitor of the concept of totalitarian regimes.

Inspirational Quotations by Thomas Carlyle

The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong.
Thomas Carlyle

In every man’s writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded.
Thomas Carlyle

Only the person of worth can recognize the worth in others.
Thomas Carlyle

Nothing is more terrible than activity without insight.
Thomas Carlyle

Of all acts of man repentance is the most divine. The greatest of all faults is to be conscious of none.
Thomas Carlyle

A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune’s inequality exhibits under this sun.
Thomas Carlyle

Our grand business undoubtedly is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Thomas Carlyle

The wealth of man is the number of things which he loves and blesses, which he is loved and blessed by.
Thomas Carlyle

The man who cannot laugh is not only fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils, but his whole life is already a treason and a stratagem.
Thomas Carlyle

No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
Thomas Carlyle

We are firm believers in the maxim that for all right judgment of any man or thing it is useful, nay, essential, to see his good qualities before pronouncing on his bad.
Thomas Carlyle

A man’s honest, earnest opinion is the most precious of all he possesses: let him communicate this, if he is to communicate anything.
Thomas Carlyle

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment.
Thomas Carlyle

The great law of culture is: Let each become all that he was created capable of being.
Thomas Carlyle

A well-written Life is almost as rare as a well-spent one.
Thomas Carlyle

All greatness is unconscious, or it is little and naught.
Thomas Carlyle

All work, even cotton spinning, is noble; work is alone noble … A life of ease is not for any man, nor for any god.
Thomas Carlyle

Obstructions are never wanting: the very things that were once indispensable furtherances become obstructions; and need to be shaken off, and left behind us,—a business often of enormous difficulty.
Thomas Carlyle

All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads, and sows itself anew.
Thomas Carlyle

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with.
Thomas Carlyle

What you see, yet can not see over, is as good as infinite.
Thomas Carlyle

No nobler feeling than this of admiration for one higher than himself dwells in the breast of man. It is to this hour, and at all hours, the vivifying influence in man’s life.
Thomas Carlyle

The first duty of man is to conquer fear; he must get rid of it, he cannot act till then.
Thomas Carlyle

Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man; but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.
Thomas Carlyle

Today is not yesterday. We ourselves change. How can our works and thoughts, if they are always to be the fittest, continue always the same? Change, indeed, is painful, yet ever needful; and if memory has its force and worth, so also has hope.
Thomas Carlyle

The depth of our despair measures what capability and height of claim we have to hope.
Thomas Carlyle

There is endless merit in a man’s knowing when to have done.
Thomas Carlyle

Everywhere in life the true question is, not what we have gained, but what we do.
Thomas Carlyle

Experience is the best of schoolmasters, only the school fees are heavy.
Thomas Carlyle

Enjoying things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.
Thomas Carlyle

All human things do require to have an ideal in them; to have some soul in them.
Thomas Carlyle

Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.
Thomas Carlyle

Man is a tool-using animal…Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.
Thomas Carlyle

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
Thomas Carlyle

The man of Humor sees common life, even mean life, under the new light of sportfulness and love; whatever has existence has a charm for him. Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
Thomas Carlyle

A great man shows his greatness by the way he treats little men.
Thomas Carlyle

There are depths in man that go to the lowest hell, and heights that reach the highest heaven, for are not both heaven and hell made out of him, everlasting miracle and mystery that he is.
Thomas Carlyle

Tell a person they are brave and you help them become so.
Thomas Carlyle

With stupidity and sound digestion man may front much.
Thomas Carlyle

No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offense.
Thomas Carlyle

Adversity is the diamond dust Heaven polishes its jewels with.
Thomas Carlyle

Misery which, through long ages, had no spokesman, no helper, will now be its own helper and speak for itself.
Thomas Carlyle

Men do less than they ought, unless they do all that they can.
Thomas Carlyle

Man’s unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.
Thomas Carlyle

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something. The strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything.
Thomas Carlyle

Inspirational Quotations by Bruce Lee (#660)

Inspirational Quotations by Bruce Lee

Today marks the birthday of Bruce Lee (1940–73,) the influential martial artist and pop culture icon. This American-born film actor helped popularize martial arts movies in the 1970s and influenced numerous Hollywood action heroes.

Lee was born Lee Jun-fan in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but grew up in Hong Kong. When he returned to America in his early twenties, Lee developed a new martial arts technique called “jeet kune do” by blending traditional kung fu, fencing, boxing, and Eastern philosophy. He taught martial arts and performed minor roles in TV and film.

In 1971, Lee moved back to Hong Kong and immediately starred in two films that broke box-office records: Tang shan da xiong (1971, The Big Boss in Hong Kong/ Fists of Fury in USA) and Jing wu men (1972, Fist of Fury/ The Chinese Connection.)

Lee produced, directed, wrote, and starred in his next film, Meng long guo jiang (1972, The Way of the Dragon/ Return of the Dragon.) Lee’s subsequent film Enter the Dragon (1973) became a worldwide hit and thrust him into international super-stardom. Unfortunately, Lee died a sudden and mysterious death six days before the film’s Hong Kong release. An unfinished film called Game of Death (1978) was compiled with stand-ins and paper cutouts of Lee’s face.

Over the decades, Lee’s action performances, onscreen humor, and dramatic sensibility in his five films cultivated a huge following. Lee became a prominent pop culture icon of the 20th century.

Inspirational Quotations by Bruce Lee

To hell with circumstances; I create opportunities.
Bruce Lee

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

As long as we separate this ‘oneness’ into two, we won’t achieve realization.
Bruce Lee

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

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

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

One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always run to simplicity.
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

Ideas are the beginning of all achievement.
Bruce Lee

I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.
Bruce Lee

Flow in the living moment.—We are always in a process of becoming and nothing is fixed. Have no rigid system in you, and you’ll be flexible to change with the ever changing. Open yourself and flow, my friend. Flow in the total openness of the living moment. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo.
Bruce Lee

Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless—like water. Now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup, you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle, you put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Bruce Lee

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

Let the spirit out—Discard all thoughts of reward, all hopes of praise and fears of blame, all awareness of one’s bodily self. And, finally closing the avenues of sense perception, let the spirit out, as it will.
Bruce Lee

Inspirational Quotations #659

Get mad, then get over it.
Colin Powell

A pat on the back is only a few vertebrae removed from a kick in the pants, but is miles ahead in results.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In the final analysis, the questions of why bad things happen to good people transmutes itself into some very different questions, no longer asking why something happened, but asking how we will respond, what we intend to do now that it happened.
Harold Kushner

The simplest things are often the truest.
Richard Bach

You must have the devil in you to succeed in the arts.
Voltaire

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
John F. Kennedy

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
Socrates

It is the function of art to renew our perception. What we are familiar with we cease to see. The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.
Anais Nin

One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.
Albert Schweitzer

Do the things you know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.
George Macdonald

Better no ear at all than one that listeneth to evil.
The Talmud

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.
Honore de Balzac

The excesses of love soon pass, but its insufficiencies torment us forever.
Mignon McLaughlin