Inspirational Quotations #704

If we judge ourselves only by our aspirations and everyone else only by their conduct, we shall soon reach a very false conclusion.
Calvin Coolidge

It is indolence… Indolence and love of ease; a want of all laudable ambition, of taste for good company, or of inclination to take the trouble of being agreeable, which make men clergymen. A clergyman has nothing to do but be slovenly and selfish; read the newspaper, watch the weather, and quarrel with his wife. His curate does all the work and the business of his own life is to dine.
Jane Austen

There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace.
Woodrow Wilson

Most people have been brainwashed into believing that their job is to copyedit the world, not to design it.
Seth Godin

How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.
G. K. Chesterton

Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.
Rollo May

When a king asked Euclid, whether he could not explain his art to him in a more compendious manner, he was answered, that there was no royal way to geometry. Other things may be seized by might, or purchased with money, but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.
Samuel Johnson

It takes vision and courage to create; it takes faith and courage to prove.
Owen D. Young

I believe that we are solely responsible for our choices, and we have to accept the consequences of every deed, word, and thought throughout our lifetime.
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary. We must not permit anything to stand between us and the book that could change our lives.
Jim Rohn

The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. It grasps nothing; it refuses nothing. It receives, but does not keep.
Laozi

Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.
Swami Vivekananda

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
Albert Einstein

Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.
Andrew Grove

Inspirational Quotations #703

Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.
Edward Gibbon

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.
Nelson Mandela

Economy is the art of making the most of life. The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
George Bernard Shaw

A man’s value to the community primarily depends on how far his feelings, thoughts, and actions are directed towards promoting the good of his fellows.
Albert Einstein

I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
John Ruskin

All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insolvable. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.
Carl Jung

Doubt is uncomfortable, certainty is ridiculous.
Voltaire

No one can be a great thinker who does not recognize that as a thinker it is his first duty to follow his intellect to whatever conclusions it may lead.
John Stuart Mill

No man is happy unless he believes he is.
Publilius Syrus

Though men pride themselves on their great actions, often they are not the result of any great design, but of chance.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
Swami Vivekananda

If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
Billy Graham

Life, we learn too late, is in the living, in the tissue of every day and hour.
Stephen Leacock

The greatest obstacle to being heroic is the doubt whether one may not be going to prove one’s self a fool; the truest heroism is, to resist the doubt; and the profoundest wisdom, to know when it ought to be resisted, and when to be obeyed.
Nathaniel Hawthorne

Inspirational Quotations #702

The greedy man is incontinent with a whole world set before him.
Sa’Di (Musharrif Od-Din Muslih Od-Din)

One’s true character is most transparent when placed in a position of power.
Anonymous

There is a proper balance between not asking enough of oneself and asking or expecting too much.
May Sarton

It’s easy to have principles when you’re rich. The important thing is to have principles when you’re poor.
Ray Kroc

Life is what we make it, and the world is what we make it. The eyes of the cheerful and of the melancholy man are fixed upon the same creation; but very different are the aspects which it bears to them.
Albert Pike

Many of us spend our lives searching for success when it is usually so close that we can reach out and touch it.
Russell Conwell

Better is a handful of quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.
The Holy Bible

A friend is a person who knows all about you but likes you anyway.
Unknown

The highest form of Grace is silence.
Swami Chinmayananda

If you’ve been beaten up in Rounds 1-9, it’s hard to come out for Round 10.
Marty Nemko

Every organization should tolerate rebels who tell the emperor he has no clothes.
Colin Powell

Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.
Alan Watts

We have a tendency to romanticize independence. Most business literature still views autonomy as a virtue, as though communication, teamwork, and cooperation were lesser values.
Keith Ferrazzi

If you believe that you can damage, then believe that you can fix.
Nachman of Breslov

A wise man in the company of those who are ignorant, has been compared to a beautiful girl in the company of blind men.
Sa’Di (Musharrif Od-Din Muslih Od-Din)

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward.
Maxwell Maltz

Inspirational Quotations #701

For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.
Viktor Frankl

Trouble shared is trouble halved.
Dorothy L. Sayers

A good conversationalist is not one who remembers what was said, but says what someone wants to remember.
John Mason Brown

The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
Thich Nhat Hanh

What I cannot create, I do not understand.
Richard Feynman

Sometimes the best deals are the ones you don’t make.
Bill Veeck

As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
Clarence Darrow

Love has a way of finding you when you stop seeking it and start being it.
Mastin Kipp

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
Sa’Di (Musharrif Od-Din Muslih Od-Din)

It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated… it is finished when it surrenders.
Ben Stein

In all your gettings, get wisdom.
Anonymous

Appreciative words are the most powerful force for good on earth!
George W. Crane

Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.
Martin Amis

What a grand thing it is to be clever and have common sense.
Terence

There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
Nelson Mandela

He who is aware of his folly is wise.
Yiddish Proverb

To be a critic is easier than to be an author.
Hebrew Proverb

You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.
Zig Ziglar

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Vince Lombardi

A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.
Fred Allen

Inspirational Quotations #700

Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.
Vince Lombardi

There are compensations for growing older. One is the realization that to be sporting isn’t at all necessary. It is a great relief to reach this stage of wisdom.
Cornelia Otis Skinner

Good as it is to inherit a library, it is better to collect one.
Augustine Birrell

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.
George William Curtis

He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me,–in those who do not harbour such thoughts hatred will cease.
The Dhammapada

Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.
Groucho Marx

Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.
Hosea Ballou

All paths are present, always… and we can but choose among them.
Jacqueline Carey

Spirituality is neither the privilege of the poor nor the luxury of the rich. It is the choice of the wise man.
Swami Chinmayananda

Be tough where you must be, kind where you can be.
Marty Nemko

Those who think they know everything will learn nothing.
Roger McDonald

You can never get enough of the things you don’t need, because the things you don’t need can never satisfy.
Marvin J. Ashton

Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.
Hyman G. Rickover

That is true wisdom, to know how to alter one’s mind when occasion demands it.
Terence

A man must be obedient to the promptings of his innermost heart.
Robertson Davies

Man is the creature of circumstances.
Robert Owen

The guilty think all talk is of themselves.
Geoffrey Chaucer

Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.
Agatha Christie

The more specific and measurable your goal, the more quickly you will be able to identify, locate, create, and implement the use of the necessary resources for its achievement.
Charles J. Givens

Inspirational Quotations #699

When you think you can nail someone with your argument, take a breath & see if you can phrase it as a face-saving question.
Marty Nemko

Self-understanding, like happiness, is never fully achieved. It’s an on-going pursuit and sometimes excessive explicit focus hurts the cause.
Ben Casnocha

He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.
Persian Proverb

Is any man free except the one who can pass his life as he pleases?
Persius

Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.
Richard Feynman

If we divine a discrepancy between a man’s words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.
Charles Cooley

The laughter of girls is, and ever was, among the delightful sounds of earth.
Thomas de Quincey

Where your heart is, there your heart be.
The Holy Bible

The desire for more and more wealth is dangerous. Cultivate the good sense to give up your desires. Wealth is the result of past deeds. Therefore be content with what you have.
Adi Shankaracharya

Look before you leap.
Common Proverb

The rich add riches to riches; the poor add years to years.
Chinese Proverb

Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.
Zhuangzi

The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
Vince Lombardi

Every man who has become great owes his achievement to incessant toil.
Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya

Suffering cheerfully endured, ceases to be|suffering and is transmuted into an ineffable joy.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

By correcting our mistakes, we get wisdom. By defending our faults, we betray an unsound mind.
Buddhist Teaching

The tests of life are not meant to break you, but to make you.
Norman Vincent Peale

We never make a decision. When the time is right, the decision makes itself.
Byron Katie

The true battlefield is within.
Mohandas K. Gandhi

Inspirational Quotations #698

What ever purifies the heart also fortifies it.
Hugh Blair

You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition.
James Agee

Children should be led into the right paths, not by severity, but by persuasion.
Terence

Wisdom too often never comes, and so one ought not to reject it merely because it comes late.
Felix Frankfurter

Who will not mercy unto others show, how can he mercy ever hope to have?
Edmund Spenser

No one person can possibly combine all the elements supposed to make up what everyone means by friendship.
Francis Marion Crawford

Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is.
Vince Lombardi

New ideas are one of the most overrated concepts of our time. Most of the important ideas that we live with aren’t new at all.
Andy Rooney

Often you just have to rely on your intuition.
Bill Gates

Humans seek happiness as an end in itself, not as a means to something else.
Aristotle

Every one has a gift for something, even if it is the gift of being a good friend.
Marian Anderson

The essence of life is finding something you really love and then making the daily experience worthwhile.
Denis Waitley

A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but hes not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning a ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe.
Georges Clemenceau

The martyr sacrifices themselves entirely in vain. Or rather not in vain; for they make the selfish more selfish, the lazy more lazy, the narrow narrower.
Florence Nightingale

Conscience serves us especially to judge of the actions of others.
Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

Occasionally, a man must rise above principles.
Warren Buffett

All you have shall some day be given; therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.
Khalil Gibran

The fool knows after he’s suffered.
Hesiod

You are remembered for the rules you break.
Douglas MacArthur

Inspirational Quotations #697

It matters not what a person is born, but who they choose to be.
J. K. Rowling

The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.
Baruch Spinoza

Anger itself does more harm than the condition which aroused anger.
David O. McKay

When nothing is sure, everything is possible.
Margaret Drabble

Better to stumble with the toe than with the tongue.
African Proverb

So much of writing is not writing the sentences themselves but organizing the sentences and paragraphs in a way that makes sense.
Ben Casnocha

A statesman should follow public opinion as a coachman follows his horses; having firm hold on the reins, and guiding them.
Julius Charles Hare

Those wearing tolerance for a label call other views intolerable.
Phyllis McGinley

What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way.
Abraham Lincoln

Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.
Ramana Maharshi

The measure of our rationality determines the degree of vividness with which we appreciate the needs of other life, the extent to which we become conscious of the real character of our own motives and impulses, the ability to harmonize conflicting impulses in our own life and in society, and the capacity to choose adequate means for approved ends.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Life is brief–a flash of lightning, a snap of eternity’s fingers.
Dan Millman

You can never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Buckminster Fuller

There is no man in any rank who is always at liberty to act as he would incline. In some quarter or other he is limited by circumstances.
Hugh Blair

Inspirational Quotations #696

Irrigators guide the water. Fletchers shape the arrow shaft. Carpenters shape the wood. The wise control themselves.
The Dhammapada

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
Meryl Streep

Those who are formed to win general admiration are seldom calculated to bestow individual happiness.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington

It is much easier to ride a horse in the direction it’s going.
Abraham Lincoln

We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world. We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about ‘unthinkable things’ because when things become unthinkable, thinking stops and action becomes mindless.
J. William Fulbright

The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.
E. E. Cummings

The things we fear most in organizations — fluctuations, disturbances, imbalances — are the primary sources of creativity.
Margaret J. Wheatley

People universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works. Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes travel the around the world looking for it. … Once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
Elizabeth Gilbert

Let no man ever look for what is pleasant, or what is unpleasant. Not to see what is pleasant is pain, and it is pain to see what is unpleasant.
The Dhammapada

An insult is either sustained or destroyed, not by the disposition of those who insult, but by the disposition of those who bear it.
John Chrysostom

Inspirational Quotations #695

It takes a great man to make a good listener.
Arthur Helps

When you say that you agree to a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.
Otto von Bismarck

There is no destiny beyond and above ourselves; we are ourselves the architects of our future.
Swami Chinmayananda

Every dog has his day.
Common Proverb

We must interpret a bad temper as a sign of inferiority.
Alfred Adler

The question is not to know the meaning of life, but what meaning I can give to my life.
The 14th Dalai Lama

The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.
Ray Kroc

They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge.
Thomas Brackett Reed

Pity the leader caught between unloving critics and uncritical lovers.
John W. Gardner

Bad salespeople talk your ear off. Good salespeople know to shut up and listen.
Ben Casnocha

Like breeds like.
Common Proverb

If we spend the time we waste in sighing for the perfect golden fruit in fulfilling the conditions of its growth, happiness will come, must come. It is guaranteed in the very laws of the universe. If it involves some chastening and renunciation, well, the fruit will be all the sweeter for this touch of holiness.
Helen Keller

Ignorance is a prolonged infancy, only deprived of its charm.
Stanislas de Boufflers

There is no great achievement that is not the result of patient working and waiting.
Josiah Gilbert Holland

Socrates said he was not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Plutarch

Nothing should be prized more highly than the value of each day.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Close scrutiny will show that most “crisis situations” are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.
Maxwell Maltz

No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, either by argument or emotional appeal.
Marilyn Ferguson