There are no old people nowadays; they are either ‘wonderful for their age’ or dead.
—Mary Pettibone Poole (American Aphorist)
So that ends my first experience of matrimony, which I always thought a highly over-rated performance.
—Isadora Duncan (American Dancer)
He who has known how to love the land has loved eternity.
—Stefan Zeromski (Polish Novelist)
Let us be careful to distinguish modesty, which is ever amiable, from reserve, which is only prudent. A man is hated sometimes for pride, when it was an excess of humility gave the occasion.
—William Shenstone (English Poet)
The cost of liberty is less than the price of repression.
—W. E. B. Du Bois (American Sociologist, Activist)
Dharma is not upheld by talking about it. Dharma is upheld by living in harmony with it.
The conductor must make it possible to eliminate himself in the music. If the orchestra feels him doing that, then everything will go well.
—Giuseppe Sinopoli (Italian Conductor, Composer)
Think you are weak, think you lack what it takes, think you will lose, think you are second class—think this way and you are doomed to mediocrity.
—David J. Schwartz (American Self-help Author)
The composer does not sit around and wait for an inspiration to walk up and introduce itself… Making music is actually little else than a matter of invention aided and abetted by emotion. In composing we combine what we know of music with what we feel.
—George Gershwin (American Composer)
There’s small Revenge in Words, but Words may be greatly revenged.
—Benjamin Franklin (American Founding Father, Inventor)
The entire global business community is learning to learn together, becoming a learning community.
—Peter Senge (American Management Consultant)
The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give.
—Ellen Glasgow (American Novelist)
Gratitude—the meanest and most sniveling attribute in the world.
—Dorothy Parker (American Humorist, Journalist)
Pray not for lighter burdens, but for stronger backs.
—Theodore Roosevelt (American Head of State)
Never dig up in unbelief what you have sown in faith.
—James Gordon Lindsay (American Pentecostal Pastor)
O grant me, Heaven, a middle state,
Neither too humble nor too great;
More than enough, for nature’s ends,
With something left to treat my friends.
—David Mallet (Scottish Poet, Dramatist)
Sentimentality—that’s what we call the sentiment we don’t share.
—Graham Greene (British Novelist)
There is a wide difference between speaking to deceive, and being silent to be impenetrable.
—Voltaire (French Philosopher, Author)