Favorite and Memorable Quotes

From Friends and Family that i cherish, and by Some of the Greatest Minds,

Some That are no longer with us and Some that Are Still Living.


Most of the Quotes came from;


"Quotes of the Day"


  0. There is no doubt that the first requirement for a composer is to be dead.

      Arthur Honegger (1892 - 1955)


  1. The real problem is not whether machines think but whether men do.

      B. F. Skinner (1904 - 1990)


  2. You're never too old to become younger.

      Mae West (1892 - 1980)


  3. A poem is never finished, only abandoned.

      Paul Valery (1871 - 1945)


  4. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.

      It is the source of all true art and science.

      Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)


  5. Many would be cowards if they had courage enough.

      Thomas Fuller (1608 - 1661)


  6. An ignorant person is one who doesn't know what you have just found out.

      Will Rogers (1879 - 1935)


  7. There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.

       Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), "Of Beauty"


  8. The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof,

       a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

       Paul Valery (1871 - 1945), 1895


  9. I know that you believe that you understood what you think I said,

      but I am not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant.

      Robert McCloskey, State Department spokesman (attributed)


 10. A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things.

       Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)


 11. The only people who find what they are looking for in life are the fault finders.

        Foster's Law


 12. People that are really very weird can get into sensitive positions and have a tremendous impact on history.

       Dan Quayle (1947 - )


 13. Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.

       Woody Allen (1935 - )


 14. The great thing about democracy is that it gives every voter a chance to do something stupid.

        Art Spander


 15. Sometimes the appropriate response to reality is to go insane.

        Philip K. Dick (1928 - 1982), Valis


 16. Those who welcome death have only tried it from the ears up.

        Wilson Mizner (1876 - 1933)


 17. You must first have a lot of patience to learn to have patience.

        Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 - 1966), "Unkempt Thoughts"


 18. Where humor is concerned there are no standards - no one can say what is good or bad,

       although you can be sure that everyone will.

       John Kenneth Galbraith (1908 - 2006)


 19. Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

       Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849), "Eleonora"


 20. If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.

       G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)


 21. The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

        e e cummings (1894 - 1962)


 22. I dream, therefore I become.

       Cheryl Renée Grossman


 23. Some things have to be believed to be seen.

        Ralph Hodgson, on ESP


 24. What other dungeon is so dark as one's own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one's self!

       Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804 - 1864)


 25. A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

       Herm Albright


 26. It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others.

       John Andrew Holmes


 27. Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.

        Mark Twain


 28. There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating: people who know absolutely everything,

       and people who know absolutely nothing.

       Oscar Wilde


 29. If You don't Risk Anything You Risk Even More.

       Erica Jong


 30. Things are only impossible until they're not.

        Jean-Luc Picard ('Star Trek: The Next Generation')


 31. There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.

        Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)


 32. No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.

        Thomas Mann (1875 - 1955)


 33. Glory is Fleeting, but Obscurity is Forever.

        Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)


 34. As I grow older, I regret to say that a detestable habit of thinking seems to be getting a hold of me.

        H. Rider Haggard (1856 - 1925)


 35.  A little Inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of Explanation.



 36. It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.

       Judith Martin


 37. The prime purpose of eloquence is to keep other people from talking.

        Louis Vermeil


 38. I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

       Pablo Picasso


 39. A man's silence is wonderful to listen to.

       Thomas Hardy


 40. I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.

       Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking 


 41. What others think of us would be of little moment did it not, when known,

        so deeply tinge what we think of ourselves.

        Paul Valery


 42. Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions

       which differ from the prejudices of their social environment.

       Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.

       Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)


 43. There is nothing worse than aggressive stupidity.

        Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)


 44. A censor is a man who knows more than he thinks you ought to.

        Granville Hicks (1901 - 1982)


 45. Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live, it is asking others to live as one wishes to live.

        Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)


 46. When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of, he always declares that it is his duty.

        George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Caesar and Cleopatra (1901) Act III


 47. They certainly give very strange names to diseases.



 48. The very purpose of existence is to reconcile the glowing opinion we have

        of ourselves with the appalling things that other people think about us.

        Quentin Crisp


 49. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.



 50. Of those who say nothing, few are silent.

        Thomas Neill


 51. It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.

       Margaret Bonnano


 52. There is no greater importance in all the world like knowing you are right

        and that the wave of the world is wrong, yet the wave crashes upon you.

        Norman Mailer


 53. We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others.

        Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)


 54. Don't worry if you're a kleptomaniac, you can always take something for it.



 55. A little learning is a dangerous thing but a lot of ignorance is just as bad.

        Bob Edwards


 56. The ability to focus attention on important things is a defining characteristic of intelligence.

        Robert J. Shiller, Irrational Exuberance


 57. Let us live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.

        Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)


 58. One man that has a mind and knows it can always beat ten men

        who haven't and don't.

        George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "The Apple Cart" (1930), Act 1


 59. Where facts are few, Experts are many.

        Donald R. Gannon


 60. The Mind of a Bigot is like the Pupil of the Eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.

        Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.


 61. I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living,

       It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.

       Which is what I do, And that enables you to laugh at life's realities.

       Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)


 62. An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous.

        Henry Ford (1863 - 1947)


 63. Language is the source of misunderstandings.

       Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900 - 1944)


 64. It is hard enough to remember my opinions, without also remembering my reasons for them!

       Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)


 65. It is bad luck to be superstitious.

       Andrew W. Mathis


 66. A kleptomaniac is a person who helps himself because he can't help himself.

        Henry Morgan


 67. We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential.

        Hence the fact that many inventions had their birth as toys.

        Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983)


 68. A lifetime is more than sufficiently long for people to get what there is of it wrong.

        Piet Hein


 69. There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes.

        Doctor Who


 70. Talent hits a target no one else can hit, Genius hits a target no one else can see.

        Arthur Schopenhauer


 71. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing i know.

        Ernest Hemingway


 72. I'll see it when i believe it.

       Judy C. Nelson (November 4, 1942 - April 1, 2009) My Mother


 73. Never try to tell everything you know. It may take too short a time.

        Norman Ford


 74. It's not a matter of whether or not someone's watching over you. It's Just a question of their intentions.

       Randy K. Milholland


 75. To err is human--and to blame it on a computer is even more so.

        Robert Orben


 76. Life is an unbroken succession of false situations.

       Thornton Wilder


 77. Technology is dominated by two types of people:

        Those who understand what they do not manage, and those who manage what they do not understand.

        Putt's Law


 78. When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

        Marquis de la Grange (1639 - 1692)


 79. We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress

        except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

        Tom Stoppard (1937 -  ) Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead


 80. Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he is supposed to be doing at the moment.

        Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)


 81. When ideas fail, words come in very handy.

        Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)


 82. Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

        Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)


 83. The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.

        Henry Kissinger (1923 -  )


 84. I do not know which makes a man more conservative--to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past.

       John Maynard Keynes (1883 - 1946), The End of Laissez-faire (1926) Ch. 1


 85. Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

       Dr. Joyce Brothers (1928 -  )


 86. Since you are like no other being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.

        Brenda Ueland


 87. The only difference between a rut and a grave... is in their dimensions.

        Ellen Glasglow


 88. If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.

       Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)


 89. The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.



 90. Your true value depends entirely on what you are compared with.

        Bob Wells


 91. We are generally the better persuaded by the reasons we discover ourselves than by those given to us by others.

        Blaise Pascal


 92. The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously.

        Hubert H. Humphrey


 93. The truth is rarely pure and never simple.

        Oscar Wilde


 94. All programmers are playwrights and all computers are lousy actors.



 95. Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.

        Iris Murdoch


 96. It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.

       Harry S. Truman


 97. These days an income is something you can't live without-- or within.

        Tom Wilson


 98. There must be more to life than having everything.

        Maurice Sendak


 99. The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.

        Walter Bagehot (1826 - 1877)


100. Nobody talks so constantly about God as those who insist that there is no God.

         Heywood Broun (1888 - 1939)


101.  In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

         Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 - 1968)


102. The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

         Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)


103. Abortion is advocated only by persons who have themselves been born.

         Ronald Reagan (1911 - 2004)


104. I don't necessarily agree with everything I say.

        Marshall McLuhan (1911 - 1980)


105. Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success - yours or his.

         Franklin P. Jones Saturday Evening Post, November 29, 1953


106. The best defense against the atom bomb is not to be there when it goes off.



107. A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned to walk forward.

         Franklin D. Roosevelt


108. Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself.

         A. H. Weiler


109. If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?

         Harry Shearer


110. Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.

         Robert Heinlein


111. Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.

         Leonardo da Vinci


112. It is a very sad thing that nowadays there is so little useless information

        Oscar Wilde


113. To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.

         Peter McWilliams


114. When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.

         William Hazlitt


115. To die for an idea; it is unquestionably noble.

         But how much nobler it would be if men died for ideas that were true!

         H. L. Mencken (1880 - 1956)


116. Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else.

         James M. Barrie


117. The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending,

         then having the two as close together as possible.

         George Burns (1896 - 1996)


118. It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said,

         'Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one at the end of your arm.'

         Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980)


119. You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers

         John J. Plomp


120. When you're through changing, you're through.

         Bruce Barton


121. If at first you don't succeed, find out if the loser gets anything.

         Bill Lyon


122. The only way to entertain some folks is to listen to them.

         Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)


123. If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.

         Abraham Maslow (1908 - 1970)


124. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

         Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)


125. We need never be ashamed of our tears.

         Charles Dickens, David Copperfield, 1849


126. You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

         Mark Twain, (1835 - 1910), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court


127. The fact that man knows right from wrong proves his intellectual superiority to other creatures;

         but the fact that he can do wrong proves his moral inferiority to any creature that cannot.

         Mark Twain (1835 - 1910), What Is Man? (1906)


128. If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable - what then?

        George Orwell (1903 - 1950), 1984


129. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

        George Orwell (1903 - 1950), "1984", first sentence


130. When i was a child, i spoke as a child, i understood as a child, i thought as a child;

         But when i became a man, i put childish things away.

         1 Corinthians 13:11


131. Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

         George Carlin (1937 - 2008)


132. There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.

         George Carlin (1937 - 2008)


133. It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

        Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)


134. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

         Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)


135. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

        Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC), The Confucian Analects


136. Imagination is more important than knowledge...

        Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)


137. It is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely way to reach a goal

         is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goal beyond it.

        Arnold Toynbee


138. Speech is conveniently located midway between thought and action, where it often substitutes for both.

         John Andrew Holmes


139. Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

        Jules de Gaultier


140. The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.

         James Branch Cabell


141. The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.

         Solomon Short


142. Sanity is a madness put to good use.

         George Santayana


143. Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

         Ambrose Bierce


144.  If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.

          Lyndon B. Johnson (1908 - 1973)


145. Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

         Will Durant


146. Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

         Albert Camus


147. It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated.

         Alec Bourne


148. A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down.

         Robert Benchley (1889 - 1945)


149. Posterity is as likely to be wrong as anyone else.

         Heywood Broun (1888 - 1939), Sitting on the World, 1924


150. He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

         Chinese Proverb


151. It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.

         William Black


152. No wise man ever wished to be younger.

         Jonathan Swift


153. Confusion is always the most honest response.

         Marty Indik


154. The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

         Arthur Koestler


155. As long as people will accept crap, it will be financially profitable to dispense it.

         Dick Cavett


156. Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God's final word on where your lips end.

        Jerry Seinfeld (1954 -  )


157. Windows is not a virus. A virus does something!



158. If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

         Isaac Asimov


159.Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.

        Abraham Lincoln


160. Absorb what is useful, discard what is not, add what is uniquely your own.



161. In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.

         Andre Maurois


162. An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

         Friedrich Engels (1820 - 1895)


163. It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.

         Malcolm Forbes


164. Silence is golden but duct tape is silver.



165. He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.

         Richard Brinsley Sheridan


166. I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

         Noel Coward


167. Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

         Albert Camus


168. The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.

         Nicholas Butler


169. The English language was carefully, carefully cobbled together by three blind dudes and a German dictionary.

         Dave Kellett


170. Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don't need to be done.

         Andy Rooney


171. Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

         Bernard Berenson


172. If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough.

         Mario Andretti


173. I hope that while so many people are out smelling the flowers, someone is taking the time to plant some.

         Herbert Rappaport


174. None are so busy as the fool and knave.

         John Dryden


175. When we remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.

         Mark Twain


176. The squeaking wheel doesn't always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced.

         Vic Gold


177. Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.

         Sidney J. Harris


178. The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time,

         and still retain the ability to function.

         F. Scott Fitzgerald


179. Any man who goes to a big city deserves what happens to him.

         Horace Vandergelder, Hello Dolly!, 1969


180. Don't ever start a Lie, Because You will never be able to Finish it.

         Mamie Nelson (1914-1999)


181. Human beings are perhaps never more frightening than when they are convinced beyond doubt that they are right.

         Laurens Van der Post


182. Remember, my sentimental friend... that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.

         The Great and Powerful Oz, Wizard of Oz, 1939


183. An intellectual is a man who takes more words than necessary to tell more than he knows.

         Dwight D. Eisenhower


184. Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

         Oscar Wilde


185. Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

         Don Marquis


186. What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

         John Ruskin


187. The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.

         Havelock Ellis


188. There is an evil tendency underlying all our technology - the tendency to do what is reasonable even when it isn't any good.

         Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance


189. No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.

         Henry Adams (1838-1918)


190. The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

         Albert Einstein (1879-1955), (attributed)


191. One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.

         A. A. Milne (1882-1956)


192. A satirist is a man who discovers unpleasant things about himself and then says them about other people.

         Peter McArthur


193. It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.

         James Thurber (1894-1961)


194. If you cannot convince them, confuse them.

         Harry S. Truman (1884-1972)


195. If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

         Mark Twain (1835-1910)


196. You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.

         Olin Miller


197. There is always a Stick to stir up the Shit.

         David S. Nelson (02.09.1965 -  )


198. I'm not a child, but my heart still can dream.

        Michael Buble, (From the Christmas Song, "Grown-Up Christmas List")


199. You can't love anyone until you understand that you can't love everyone.

         Real Live Preacher, RealLiveReacher.com Weblog, October 20, 2003


200. Remember that people are more than just their body weight.

         Dr. Kenneth Ferraro


201. Don't be afraid. Just have faith.

         Mark 5:36


202. Why choose failure when success is an option?

         Jillian Michaels


203. A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.



204. All i have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all i have not seen.



205. There's not much difference between being at the mercy of desire and being a prisoner of hate.

         Found on the Internet, Amazon.com Product Review


206. It's Never too Late to Have a Happy Childhood.

         Tom Robbins (1936 - ) (WikiQuote.com), Berkeley Breathed (1957 - ) (FaceBook.com)


207. Every Fear Hides a Wish.

         David Mamet (11.30.1947 -  )










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