Her new bark is worse than ten times her old bite.
—James Russell Lowell (American Poet, Critic)
If a snake bites your neighbor, you too are in danger.
The only practical way yet discovered by the world for curing its ills is to forget about them.
—Ben Hecht (American Screenwriter)
The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
—Anita Brookner (English Novelist, Art Historian)
Whenever you feel ‘short’ or in ‘need’ of something, give what you want first and it will come back in buckets. That is true for money, a smile, love, friendship. I know it is often the last thing a person may want to do, but it has always worked for me. I just trust that the principle of reciprocity is true, and I give what I want.
—Robert Kiyosaki (American Businessperson)
The bees can abide no drones amongst them; but as soon as they begin to be idle, they kill them.
—Plato (Ancient Greek Philosopher)
Don’t be a slave to style. Don’t take more from the world than you’re willing to give back. And learn to undo the perceptions—so heavily promoted by the media—that shopping is a form of therapy and that a purchase is nothing but a victory or a gain.
—Thanissaro Bhikkhu (American Buddhist Monk)
Just understand your mind: how it works, how attachment and desire arise, how ignorance arises, where emotions come from. It is sufficient to know the nature of all that; just that gives so much happiness and peace.
—Lama Thubten Yeshe (Tibetan Buddhist Teacher)
Strength just comes in one brand – you. Stand up at sunrise and meet what they send you and keep your hair combed.
—Reynolds Price (American Novelist)
If you don’t get a kick out of the job you’re doing you’d better hunt for another one.
—Samuel M. Vauclain (American Industrialist)
Who is so deafe or so blinde as is hee that wilfully will neither heare nor see?
A man is well equipped for all the real necessities of life if he trusts his senses, and so cultivates them that they remain worthy of being trusted.
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Poet)