Poetry is life distilled.
—Gwendolyn Brooks (American Poet, Educator)
When your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
—Henry J. Kaiser (American Industrialist)
Don’t abuse your friends and expect them to consider it criticism.
—Elizabeth Taylor (American Actress)
You must take life the way it comes at you and make the best of it.
—Yann Martel (Canadian Novelist)
He travels best that knows when to return.
—Thomas Middleton (English Dramatist)
It’s essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself.
—Barbara Sher (American Career Coach)
Problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.
—Hugh Miller (Scottish Geologist, Writer)
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.
—Jawaharlal Nehru (Indian Head of State)
Water is the one substance from which the earth can conceal nothing; it sucks out its innermost secrets and brings them to our very lips.
—Jean Giraudoux (French Novelist, Playwright)
Living in an age of extraordinary events and revolutions, I have learned, from thence this truth, which I desire might be communicated to posterity: that all is vanity which is not honest, and that there is no solid wisdom but in real piety.
—John Evelyn (English Restoration Diarist)
In a way, this diversity is very exciting, but one has at some point to ask: are these real beginnings, or so many false starts?
—Juliet Mitchell (British Feminist, Writer)
Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.
—Richard Rorty (American Philosopher)
There is no Truth. There is only the truth within each moment.
—Ramana Maharshi (Indian Hindu Mystic)
The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.
—Nancy Mitford (English Novelist, Biographer)
Nothing that is really good and God-like dies.
—Ernst Moritz Arndt (German Writer)
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
—L. P. Hartley (British Writer, Critic)
One thing I never want to be accused of is not working.
—Don Shula (American Football Coach)