Do not let one’s tongue outrun one’s sense.
—Chilon of Sparta (Spartan Magistrate)
The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated.
—H. L. Mencken (American Journalist, Literary Critic)
Frank and explicit; that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
—Benjamin Disraeli (British Head of State)
In argument similes are like songs in love; they describe much, but prove nothing.
—Matthew Prior (English Poet, Diplomat)
Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.
—Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (Indian Politician, Diplomat)
The devil tempts all men, but idle men tempt the devil.
Sometimes you are in sync with the times, sometimes you are in advance, sometimes you are late.
—Bernardo Bertolucci (Italian Film Director)
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.
—Georgia O’Keeffe (American Painter)
We are obliged to serve God both outwardly and inwardly. Outward service is expressed in the duties of the members, such as prayer, fasting, almsgiving, learning and teaching the Torah…all of which can be wholly performed by man’s physical body. Inward service, however, is expressed in the duties of the heart, in the heart’s assertion of the unity of God, in belief in him and in his Book, in constant obedience to him and fear of him, in humility before him, love for him and complete reliance upon him, submission to him and abstinence from the things hateful to him.
—Bahya ibn Paquda (Jewish Philosopher)
When you say “no” to most things, you leave room in your life to throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!”
—Derek Sivers (American Entrepreneur)
Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity.
—Zoltan Kodaly (Hungarian Composer)
When there is an original sound in the world, it makes a hundred echoes.
—John Augustus Shedd (American Author)
Success is not measured by the heights one attains, but by the obstacles one overcomes in its attainment.
—Booker T. Washington (African-American Educationist)
As you pray to God for devotion, so also pray that you may not find fault with anyone.
—Ramakrishna Paramahamsa (Indian Hindu Philosopher)