Inspirational Quotations #714

By nature man hates change; seldom will he quit his old home till it has actually fallen around his ears.
Thomas Carlyle

You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
Benjamin Franklin

Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember, the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.
Zig Ziglar

History is not the story of heroes entirely. It is often the story of cruelty and injustice and shortsightedness. There are monsters, there is evil, there is betrayal. That’s why people should read Shakespeare and Dickens as well as history — they will find the best, the worst, the height of noble attainment and the depths of depravity.
David McCullough

No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.
Mignon McLaughlin

The only real failure in life is one not learned from.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.
Harry S. Truman

The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
Albert Einstein

Conflict is inevitable, but combat is optional.
Max Lucado

Let every dawn of the morning be to you as the beginning of life. And let every setting of the sun be to you as its close. Then let everyone of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others; some good strength of knowledge gained for yourself.
John Ruskin

Your faith is what you believe, not what you know.
John Lancaster Spalding

Do what you feel in your heart to be right—for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Whenever I hear people talking about liberal ideas, I am always astounded that men should love to fool themselves with empty sounds. An idea should never be liberal; it must be vigorous, positive, and without loose ends so that it may fulfill its divine mission and be productive. The proper place for liberality is in the realm of the emotions.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Inspirational Quotations #713

The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.
Orison Swett Marden

Among well-bred people a mutual deference is affected, contempt for others is disguised; authority concealed; attention given to each in his turn; and an easy stream of conversation maintained without vehemence, without interruption, without eagerness for victory, and without any airs of superiority.
David Hume

A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.
Henrik Ibsen

When we speak evil of others, we generally condemn ourselves.
Publilius Syrus

In order to be a leader a man must have followers. And to have followers, a man must have their confidence. Hence, the supreme quality for a leader is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office. If a man’s associates find him guilty of being phony, if they find that he lacks forthright integrity, he will fail. His teachings and actions must square with each other. The first great need, therefore is integrity and high purpose.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

You’ll never succeed in idealizing hard work. Before you can dig mother earth you’ve got to take off your ideal jacket. The harder a man works, at brute labor, the thinner becomes his idealism, the darker his mind.
D. H. Lawrence

The road to success is not to be run upon by seven-leagued boots. Step by step, little by little, bit by bit—that is the way to wealth, that is the way to wisdom, that is the way to glory. Pounds are the sons, not of pounds, but of pence.
Charles Buxton

The great difficulty is first to win a reputation; the next to keep it while you live; and the next to preserve it after you die, when affection and interest are over, and nothing but sterling excellence can preserve your name. Never suffer youth to be an excuse for inadequacy, nor age and fame to be an excuse for indolence.
Benjamin Haydon

Inspirational Quotations #712

A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.
James Joyce

Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.
Leo Rosten

When a management team with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact.
Warren Buffett

Do not talk about your greatness; you are really, in essential nature, no great than those around you.
Wallace Wattles

Habits are formed by the repetition of particular acts. They are strengthened by an increase in the number of repeated acts. Habits are also weakened or broken, and contrary habits are formed by the repetition of contrary acts.
Mortimer J. Adler

The virtuous man is driven by responsibility; the non-virtuous man is driven by profit.
Confucius

Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self command.
Henri Frederic Amiel

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Winston Churchill

Marriage! Nothing else demands so much from a man!
Henrik Ibsen

A man has to live with himself, and he should see to it that he always has good company.
Charles Evans Hughes

If you can tell me who your heroes are, I can tell you how you’re going to turn out in life.
Warren Buffett

In perpetrating a revolution, there are two requirements: someone or something to revolt against and someone to actually show up and do the revolting. Dress is usually casual and both parties may be flexible about time and place, but if either faction fails to attend, the whole enterprise is likely to come off badly.
Woody Allen

The soul refuses limits and always affirms an optimism, never a pessimism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
Swami Vivekananda

The lion who breaks the enemy’s ranks is a minor hero compared to the lion who overcomes himself.
Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

Thoughts come into our minds by avenues which we never left open, and thoughts go out of our minds through avenues which we never voluntarily opened.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inspirational Quotations #711

Treasure the memories of past misfortunes; they constitute our bank of fortitude.
Eric Hoffer

Knowledge dwells in heads replete with thoughts of other men; wisdom, in minds attentive to their own.
William Cowper

If deeply based in wisdom, even anger is allowed.
Hans Taeger

Experience isn’t interesting until it begins to repeat itself—in fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
Elizabeth Bowen

Man can believe the impossible, but can never believe the improbable.
Oscar Wilde

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.
D. H. Lawrence

We cannot avoid using power, cannot escape the compulsion to afflict the world, so let us, cautious in diction and mighty in contradiction, love powerfully.
Martin Buber

Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
George William Curtis

Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
Albert Einstein

Skepticism becomes the mark and even the pose of the educated mind. It is no longer directed against this and that article of the older creeds but is rather a bias against any kind of far-reaching ideas, and a denial of systematic participation on the part of such ideas in the intelligent direction of affairs.
John Dewey

The purpose of human life is to serve and show compassion and the will to help others.
Albert Schweitzer

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer.
Robert Louis Stevenson

Image is what people think we are; integrity is what we really are.
John C. Maxwell

We are happier in many ways when we are old than when we were young. The young sow wild oats. The old grow sage.
Winston Churchill

Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong only because he has remained silent.
Winston Churchill

For you and me, today is all we have; tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality.
Louis L’amour

Friends and acquaintances are the surest passport to fortune.
Arthur Schopenhauer

What is man but his passion?
Robert Penn Warren

Nobody holds a good opinion of a man who has a low opinion of himself.
Anthony Trollope

Inspirational Quotations #710

Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
Andre Gide

We set up harsh and unkind rules against ourselves. No one is born without faults. That man is best who has fewest.
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
Benjamin Franklin

Earning trust is not easy, nor is it cheap, nor does it happen quickly. Earning trust is hard and demanding work. Trust comes only with genuine effort, never with a lick and a promise.
Max Depree

Study the past, if you would define the future.
Confucius

When you introduce a moral lesson, let it be brief.
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Wisdom is not in words; Wisdom is meaning within words.
Khalil Gibran

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.
Elvis Presley

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
John F. Kennedy

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future.
Swami Sivananda

He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances.
David Hume

The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision—whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.
Richard Nixon

A mantra to cure procrastinators: It needn’t be perfect; it needn’t be fun; it just has to get done.
Marty Nemko

Inspirational Quotations #709

Education is the transmission of civilization.
William C. Durant

There are but two roads that lead to an important goal and to the doing of great things: strength and perseverance. Strength is the lot of but a few privileged men; but austere perseverance, harsh and continuous, may be employed by the smallest of us and rarely fails of its purpose, for its silent power grows irresistibly greater with time.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike you, do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

The winner persistently programs his pluses; the loser mournfully magnifies his minuses.
William Arthur Ward

Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.
William C. Durant

Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

People with clear, written goals, accomplish far more in a shorter period of time than people without them could ever imagine.
Brian Tracy

The wisdom of nations lies in their proverbs, which are brief and pithy. Collect and learn them; they are notable measures of directions for human life; you have much in little; they save time in speaking; and upon occasion may be the fullest and safest answers.
William Penn

If you give people tools, [and they use] their natural ability and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.
Bill Gates

Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults—a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.
William Wordsworth

Great minds are to make others great. Their superiority is to be used, not to break the multitude to intellectual vassalage, not to establish over them a spiritual tyranny, but to rouse them from lethargy, and to aid them to judge for themselves.
William Ellery Channing

Learn a little here and a little there, and you will increase in knowledge.
The Talmud

Inspirational Quotations #708

We may affirm absolutely that nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

You can always tell a real friend; when you’ve made a fool of yourself he doesn’t feel you’ve done a permanent job.
Laurence J. Peter

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.
John Dewey

When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.
Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)

One of the reasons mature people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
John W. Gardner

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

A budget tells us what we can’t afford, but it doesn’t keep us from buying it.
William Feather

Time is the wisest of all counselors.
Plutarch

Probably no man ever had a friend he did not dislike a little; we are all so constituted by nature that no one can possibly entirely approve of us.
E. W. Howe

The critical opinions of a writer should always be taken with a large grain of salt. For the most part, they are manifestations of his debate with himself as to what he should do next and what he should avoid.
W. H. Auden

A man has generally the good or ill qualities which he attributes to mankind.
William Shenstone

Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
Albert Einstein

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
Swami Sivananda

I have feelings too. I am still human. All I want is to be loved, for myself and for my talent.
Marilyn Monroe

Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: “What is my truest intention?” Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it’s right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.
Oprah Winfrey

Inspirational Quotations #707

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and the highest responsibility anyone could have.
Lee Iacocca

History teaches us that the great revolutions aren’t started by people who are utterly down and out, without hope and vision. They take place when people begin to live a little better—and when they see how much yet remains to be achieved.
Hubert Humphrey

Faith is kept alive in us, and gathers strength, more from practice than from speculations.
Joseph Addison

Just as you have the instinctive natural desire to be happy and overcome suffering, so do all sentient beings; just as you have the right to fulfill this innate aspiration, so do all sentient beings. So on what exact grounds do you discriminate?
The 14th Dalai Lama

It is said an eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him with the words, ‘And this, too, shall pass away.’ How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction!
Abraham Lincoln

When the thief has no opportunity to steal he considers himself an honest man.
The Talmud

Women, like men, ought to have their youth so glutted with freedom they hate the very idea of freedom.
Vita Sackville-West

It is vanity to desire a long life and to take no heed of a good life.
Thomas A Kempis

When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical.
Anonymous

When I was young I was amazed at Plutarch’s statement that the elder Cato began at the age of eighty to learn Greek. I am amazed no longer. Old age is ready to undertake tasks that youth shirked because they would take too long.
W. Somerset Maugham

Success is a matter of understanding and religiously practicing specific, simple habits that always lead to success.
Robert Ringer

Inspirational Quotations #706

If we put the emphasis upon the right things, if we live the life that is worth while and then fail, we will survive all disasters, we will out-live all misfortune. We should be so well balanced and symmetrical, that nothing which could ever happen could throw us off our center, so that no matter what misfortune should overtake us, there would still be a whole magnificent man or woman left after being stripped of everything else.
Orison Swett Marden

A little neglect may breed great mischief. For want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe, the horse was lost; and for want of a horse, the rider was lost; being overtaken, and slain by the enemy. All for want of care about a horse-shoe nail.
Benjamin Franklin

In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity.
Leo Tolstoy

Faith is a function of the heart. It must be enforced by reason. The two are not antagonistic as some think. The more intense one’s faith is, the more it whet’s one’s reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.
Albert Einstein

The underdog often starts the fight, and occasionally the upper dog deserves to win.
E. W. Howe

To live in the presence of great truths and eternal laws, to be led by permanent ideals—that is what keeps a man patient when the world ignores him, and calm and unspoiled when the world praises him.
Honore de Balzac

The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.
Jim Bishop

Knowledge cultivates your seeds and does not sow in you seeds.
Khalil Gibran

The truth is found when men are free to pursue it.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Inspirational Quotations #705

Experience is the only prophecy of wise men.
Alphonse de Lamartine

Science is nothing but trained and organized common sense, differing from the latter only as a veteran may from a raw recruit, and its methods differ from those of common sense, only as the guardsman’s cut and thrust differ from the manner in which a savage wields his club.
Thomas Henry Huxley

I am searching for that which every man seeks—peace and rest.
Dante Alighieri

We are born to action; and whatever is capable of suggesting and guiding action has power over us from the first.
Charles Cooley

Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Waste no more time talking about great souls and how they should be. Become one yourself!
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.
William Shakespeare

The minute a man ceases to grow, no matter what his years, that minute he begins to be old.
William James

It isn’t for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for the long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
William Ralph Inge

The average man never really thinks from end to end of his life. The mental activity of such people is only a mouthing of cliches.
H. L. Mencken

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

One mustn’t criticize other people on grounds where he can’t stand perpendicular himself.
Mark Twain

We may make mistakes—but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principles.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Censure is often useful, praise often deceitful.
Winston Churchill

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
Mignon McLaughlin

Boredom is the deadliest poison.
William F. Buckley, Jr.

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work, ask him whose?
Don Marquis

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Benjamin Disraeli

Defeat is simply a signal to press onward.
Helen Keller

The money men make lives after them.
Samuel Butler