One Hit Wonder Quotes

Not every wise man or woman used a thousand letters just to make a point. Some of the smartest people proved that one great quote can be enough to earn a place in history.

Here are all the so-called one hit wonders of The Cite Site.

“Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.”

Adyashanti

“Even God cannot change the past.”

Agathon

“Familiarity breeds contempt, while rarity wins admiration.”

Apuleius

“I praise loudly. I blame softly.”

Catherine the Great

“Dwell in peace in the home of your own being, and the Messenger of Death will not be able to touch you.”

Guru Nanak

“When children play, they exercise their senses, their intellect, their emotions, their imagination—keenly and energetically… To play is to explore, to discover and to experiment. Playing helps children develop ideas and gain experience. It gives them a wealth of knowledge and information about the world in which they live—and about themselves. So to play is also to learn. Play is fun for children. But it’s much more than that—it’s good for them, and it’s necessary… Play gives children the opportunity to develop and use the many talents they were born with.”

Lego

“There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.”

Louis XIV

“The falling drops at last will wear the stone.”

Lucretius

“He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor.”

Menander

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”

Miss Piggy

“Just do it!”

Nike, Inc.

“Everything not saved will be lost.”

Nintendo

“He conquers who endures.”

Persius

“Never reach out your hand unless you're willing to extend an arm.”

Pope Paul VI

“Let each man pass his days in that wherein his skill is greatest.”

Propertius

“Man is the measure of all things.”

Protagoras

“Every man is the architect of his own future.”

Sallust

“Whoever walks with the wise will become wise, but the companion of fools suffers harm.”

Solomon

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.”

Tacitus

“He who lives only to benefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies.”

Tertullianus

“Live well. It is the greatest revenge.”

The Talmud

“I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.”

Xenocrates

“Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.”

Zeuxis

“The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.”

Dean Acheson

“Feed your focus and starve your distractions.”

Gerard Adams

“Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear.”

George Addair

“All television is children's television.”

Richard P. Adler

“If we were to wake up some morning and find that everyone was the same race, creed and color, we would find some other cause for prejudice by noon.”

George Aiken

“Like a lump of clay in the hands of the creator, we are forever being molded by life’s experiences.”

Feyisara Aladese

“My theory is that if you look confident you can pull off anything - even if you have no clue what you're doing.”

Jessica Alba

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

Herm Albright

“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”

F. Matthias Alexander

“The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous.”

Shana Alexander

“It is sad to be an exception. But it's even sadder to be none.”

Peter Altenberg

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot.”

Michael Altshuler

“A good name, like good will, is got by many actions and lost by one.”

Jeffery Amherst

“Death has this much to be said for it:
You don’t have to get out of bed for it.
Wherever you happen to be
They bring it to you—free.”

Kingsley Amis

“Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.”

Wally Amos

“No matter how slow you run, you’re lapping everyone on the couch.”

Davey Anderson

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.”

Greg Anderson

“Our entire life consists ultimately in accepting ourselves as we are.”

Jean Anouilh

“You see a louse on someone else, but not a tick on yourself.”

Gaius Petronius Arbiter

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.”

Lance Armstrong

“Truth sits upon the lips of dying men.”

Matthew Arnold

“Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, Make Me Feel Important. Not only will you succeed in sales, you will succeed in life.”

Mary Kay Ash

“Be open to your dreams, people. Embrace that distant shore. Because our mortal journey is over all too soon.”

David Assael

“Clergymen have much the same in their breeches as other men.”

Elizabeth Aston

“To be capable of steady friendship or lasting love, are the two greatest proofs, not only of goodness of heart, but of strength of mind.”

Paul Aubuchon

“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.”

W. H. Auden

“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Berthold Auerbach

“Public opinion is no more than this: what people think that other people think.”

Alfred Austin

“First keep the peace within yourself, then you can also bring peace to others.”

Thomas à Kempis

“If things go wrong, don’t go with them.”

Roger Babson

“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.”

Lauren Bacall

“The greatest justice in life is that your vision and looks tend to go simultaneously.”

Kevin Bacon

“There is no teaching to compare with example.”

Robert Baden-Powell

“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

Lucille Ball

“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.”

Hosea Ballou

“Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).”

James Baraz

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Carl Bard

“If we have data, let’s look at data. If all we have are opinions, let’s go with mine.”

Jim Barksdale

“Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.”

Matsuo Bashō

“You don't get anything clean without getting something else dirty.”

Cecil Baxter

“Love thy neighbour as yourself, but choose your neighbourhood.”

Louise Beal

“Any transition serious enough to alter your definition of self will require not just small adjustments in your way of living and thinking but a full-on metamorphosis.”

Martha Beck

“Nobody ever died of laughter.”

Max Beerbohm

“Learn the rules, break the rules, make up new rules, break the new rules.”

Marvin Bell

“When you write things down, they sometimes take you places you hadn't planned.”

Melanie Benjamin

“Call no man foe, but never love a stranger.”

Stella Benson

“Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?”

Edgar Bergen

“To be is to be perceived.”

George Berkeley

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils.”

Hector Berlioz

“Mediocre men often have the most acquired knowledge.”

Claude Bernard

“Courage is just fear that has said its prayers.”

Dorothy Bernard

“Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich.”

Sarah Bernhardt

“It is not moral to lie, but you don’t always have to tell the truth.”

Ignaz Bernstein

“We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.”

Aneurin Bevan

“The fact is, sometimes it's hard to walk in a single woman's shoes. That's why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”

Jenny Bicks

“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”

Susan J. Bissonette

“I'm fairly certain that YOLO is just Carpe Diem for stupid people.”

Jack Black

“Science is implausible to untutored human common sense, but that in no way casts doubt on the correctness of well-established scientific findings. Feelings of transcendence are simply that—feelings—and, as such, have no capacity to reveal truths about a world external to the people who have them.”

Russell Blackford

“I've grown to realize the joy that comes from little victories is preferable to the fun that comes from ease and the pursuit of pleasure.”

Lawana Blackwell

“I have the heart of a child. I keep it in a jar on my shelf.”

Robert Bloch

“Striving for success without hard work is like trying to harvest where you haven’t planted.”

David Bly

“While farmers generally allow one rooster for ten hens, ten men are scarcely sufficient to service one woman.”

Giovanni Boccaccio

“In school you're taught a lesson, then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson.”

Tom Bodett

“Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.”

Paul Boese

“I think people don't place a high enough value on how much they are nurtured by doing whatever it is that totally absorbs them.”

Jean Shinoda Bolen

“Map out your future, but do it in pencil.”

Jon Bon Jovi

“Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.”

Jorge Luis Borges

“In the Garden of Eden Eve showed more courage than Adam. When the serpent offered the forbidden fruit. She knew that there was something better than paradise.”

Cesare Borgia

“Time isn’t a commodity, something you pass around like a cake. Time is the substance of life. When anyone asks you to give your time, they’re really asking for a chunk of your life.”

Antoinette Bosco

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties. You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself to meet them.”

Phyllis Bottome

“A great work is made out of a combination of obedience and liberty.”

Nadia Boulanger

“When all else is lost, the future still remains.”

Christian Nestell Bovee

“Love is an obsessive delusion that is cured by marriage.”

Karl Bowman

“What makes a river so restful to people is that it doesn’t have any doubt – it is sure to get where it is going, and it doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”

Hal Boyle

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”

Anne Bradstreet

“Let me not seem to have lived in vain. ”

Tycho Brahe

“In every man, there is a sleeping giant. When the giant awakes, miracles happen.”

Max Brand

“Act as if it were impossible to fail.”

Dorothea Brande

“Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.”

Bertolt Brecht

“Someday is not a day of the week.”

Denise Brennan-Nelson

“If at first you don't succeed, remove all evidence you tried.”

David Brent

“Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.”

Robert Bresson

“Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you.”

David Brinkley

“It's important to begin a search on a full stomach.”

Henry Bromel

“I look like the kind of guy who has a bottle of beer in my hand.”

Charles Bronson

“As I get older, I've learned to listen to people rather than accuse them of things.”

Po Bronson

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs.”

Charlotte Brontë

“Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.”

Adele Brookman

“Sometimes you just need to run away just to see who will come after you.”

Lisa Brooks

“Money doesn't always bring happiness. People with ten million dollars are no happier than people with nine million dollars.”

Hobart Brown

“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”

Rita Mae Brown

“Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”

Giordano Bruno

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved”

William Jennings Bryan

“Winning isn't everything, but it beats anything in second place.”

William C. Bryant

“An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support.”

John Buchan

“True friends are those who really know you but love you anyway.”

Edna Buchanan

“People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.”

Leo J. Burke

“Opposites attract. If two people just alike get married, one of you is unnecessary.”

Larry Burkett

“Win hearts, and you have all men's hands and purses.”

William Cecil Burleigh

“One of the brain's most prominent skills is the ability to ignore anything that becomes too predictable, no matter how important it may be.”

Dean Burnett

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood... Make big plans, aim high in hope and work.”

Daniel H. Burnham

“A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on”

William S. Burroughs

“Men in general are quick to believe that which they wish to be true.”

Julius Caesar

“Sex is like air, it’s not important unless you aren’t getting any.”

John Callahan

“History does not always repeat itself. Sometimes it just yells, 'Can't you remember anything I told you?' and lets fly with a club.”

John W. Campbell

“It takes years to become an overnight success.”

Eddie Cantor

“You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.”

Al Capone

“The brain may take advice, but not the heart, and love having no geography, knows no boundaries: weight and sink it deep, no matter, it will rise and find the surface.”

Truman Capote

“Marriage functions best when both partners remain somewhat unmarried.”

Claudia Cardinale

“The key to a good life is this: If you’re not going to talk about something during the last hour of your life, then don’t make it a top priority during your lifetime.”

Richard Carlson

“I think the problem is that geography, like far too many things, is presented as dry and dull and boring by people who must have personally found it that way. I don't think it has to be... We don't use the word 'educational' anywhere on any of our products. The term translates into 'boring' in kidspeak. I prefer 'explorational'.”

Doug Carlston

“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”

Amy Carmichael

“Jokes are strange things. If you sing a song and nobody likes it then it’s still a song. If you put on a play and everyone walks out in disgust then it’s still a play. But if you tell a joke and nobody laughs then it’s just a sentence.”

Jimmy Carr

“To progress again, man must remake himself. And he cannot remake himself without suffering. For he is both the marble and the sculptor. In order to uncover his true visage he must shatter his own substance with heavy blows of his hammer.”

Alexis Carrel

“It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Lewis Carroll

“The cowards never start and the weak die along the way.”

Kit Carson

“If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in you will interest other people.”

Rachel Carson

“Be the flame, not the moth.”

Giacomo Casanova

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”

Willa Cather

“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.”

Paul Cézanne

“The value of Dhamma isn’t to be found in books. Those are just the external appearances of Dhamma; they’re not the realization of Dhamma as a personal experience. If you realize the Dhamma, you realize your own mind. You see the truth there. When the truth becomes apparent it cuts off the stream of delusion.”

Ajahn Chah

“The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone.”

Oswald Chambers

“The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.”

Nicolas Chamfort

“All virtue lies in individual action, in inward energy, in self-determination. There is no moral worth in being swept away by a crowd even toward the best objective.”

William Henry Channing

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Stephen Chbosky

“Sometimes the lies you tell are less frightening than the loneliness you might feel if you stopped telling them.”

Brock Clarke

“Every man is the architect of his own fortune.”

Appius Claudius Caecus

“War is a series of catastrophes that results in a victory.”

Georges Clemenceau

“Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.”

Mark A. Clement

“It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence.”

William Kingdon Clifford

“Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

Chuck Close

“I believe in luck: how else can you explain the success of those you dislike?”

Jean Cocteau

“There aren't reasons why you like this song or this piece of music, or don't like it. It's just, it's either right or wrong, you know?”

Ethan Coen

“It is not a bad idea to get in the habit of writing down one's thoughts. It saves one having to bother anyone else with them.”

Isabel Colegate

“Luck is what you have left over after you give 100 percent.”

Langston Coleman

“If you want to achieve greatness stop asking for permission.”

Eddie Colla

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.”

Marva Collins

“Gold is worshipped in all climates, without a single temple, and by all classes, without a single hypocrite.”

Caleb C. Colton

“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

James Bryant Conant

“Do just once what others say you can't do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”

James R. Cook

“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

Bill Copeland

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

Elvis Costello

“When you're skating on thin ice you may as well tap dance.”

Bryce Courtenay

“Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”

Norman Cousins

“The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.”

Robert R. Coveyou

“Tips are for waiters.”

Jim Cramer

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”

Walter Cronkite

“A man who wants to lead an orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.”

James Crook

“When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.”

Norm Crosby

“Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.”

Cameron Crowe

“You cannot live your life looking at yourself from someone else's point of view.”

Penélope Cruz

“Fake it 'til you become it.”

Amy Cuddy

“It is better to wear out than to rust out.”

Richard Cumberland

“The star is the person everyone else wants to be friends with.”

Whitney Cummings

“The best way to get the right answer on the Internet is not to ask a question; it's to post the wrong answer.”

Ward Cunningham

“Frugality without creativity is deprivation.”

Amy Dacyczyn

“Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.”

Elizabeth David

“Your grades in school, your scores on the SAT, mean less for life success than your capacity to co-operate, your ability to regulate your emotions, your capacity to delay your gratification, and your capacity to focus your attention.”

Richard Davidson

“We must make the best of those ills which cannot be avoided.”

Clarence Day

“The really frightening thing about middle age is that you know you'll grow out of it.”

Doris Day

“I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.”

Dorothy Day

“Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.”

Simone de Beauvoir

“Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.”

Jules de Gaultier

“Instinct is the nose of the mind.”

Delphine de Girardin

“The more passions and desires one has, the more ways one has of being happy.”

Catherine Charlotte de Gramont

“Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.”

Ninon de l'Enclos

“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.”

Pierre-Marc-Gaston de Lévis

“It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.”

Joseph de Maistre

“Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.”

Peter de Vries

“There is in gardens a plant which one ought to leave dry, although most people water it. It is the weed called envy.”

Cosimo de' Medici

“Too much knowing is misery.”

Lorenzo de' Medici

“Put up with it and you will get more of it.”

Lynne Deal

“I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

Jimmy Dean

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life”

Charles Dederich

“Artists who seek perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything.”

Eugène Delacroix

“Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.”

Jacques Delille

“The road leading to a goal does not separate you from the destination; it is essentially a part of it.”

Charles DeLint

“Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at.”

Jimmy Demaret

“Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.”

William Dement

“Most of us serve our ideals by fits and starts. The person who makes a success of living is the one who sees his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

Cecil B. DeMille

“My priority in life has been freedom. I have arranged my consumption habits and financial life around the goal of giving myself the freedom to do whatever I want with my day. I treasure never having to work on anything that I don’t want to. I now live from passive investments as a private investor. I spend my time only on projects and activities that I feel enthusiastic about.”

Jake Desyllas

“An ungrateful man is like a hog under a tree eating acorns, but never looking up to see where they come from.”

Timothy Dexter

“Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.”

Edsger W. Dijkstra

“A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.”

Phyllis Diller

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

Roy O. Disney

“If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.”

Jack Dixon

“When it comes clear that no-one else shares your level of passion, you are where you belong.”

Plácido Domingo

“A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don't have a J.O.B.”

Fats Domino

“If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.”

Norman Douglas

“It’s okay to look back at the past. Just don’t stare.”

Benjamin Dover

“When nothing is sure, everything is possible.”

Margaret Drabble

“He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.”

William Drummond

“None are so busy as the fool and knave.”

John Dryden

“The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”

Charles Du Bos

“Writers should be read, but neither seen nor heard.”

Daphne du Maurier

“The artist performs only one part of the creative process. The onlooker completes it, and it is the onlooker who has the last word.”

Marcel Duchamp

“The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.”

Finley Peter Dunne

“If you don't stand for something you will fall for anything.”

Gordon A. Eadie

“Right actions for the future are the best apologies for wrong ones in the past.”

Tryon Edwards

“Rational arguments don't usually work on religious people. Otherwise, there wouldn't be religious people.”

Doris Egan

“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”

Edward Eggleston

“As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list.”

John Eliot

“All people want is someone to listen.”

Hugh Elliott

“The dread of doing a task uses up more time and energy than doing the task itself.”

Rita Emmett

“Of the seven deadly sins, only envy is no fun at all.”

Joseph Epstein

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece.”

Ludwig Erhard

“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.”

Milton Erickson

“It's not a nice thing to send a penis to a woman. It's disrespectful.”

Janet Evanovich

“The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.”

Frederick William Faber

“Death comes to all. But great achievements raise a monument which shall endure until the sun grows old.”

George Fabricius

“We were happily married for eight months. Unfortunately, we were married for four and a half years.”

Nick Faldo

“If you go in for argument, take care of your temper. Your logic, if you have any, will take care of itself.”

Joseph Farrell

“So much attention is paid to which funds are at the head of the pack today that most people lose sight of the fact that, over longer time periods, index funds beat the vast majority of their actively managed peers.”

Paul B. Farrell

“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

William Faulkner

“Christ died for our sins. Dare we make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?”

Jules Feiffer

“Until you know that life is interesting - and find it so - you haven't found your soul.”

Geoffrey Fisher

“I wonder how many people don’t get the one they want, but end up with the one they’re supposed to be with.”

Fannie Flag

“Whenever I hear, 'It can't be done,' I know I'm close to success.”

Michael Flatley

“The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it.”

Will Foley

“No horse gets anywhere until he is harnessed. No stream or gas drives anything until it is confined. No Niagara is ever turned into light and power until it is tunneled. No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.”

Harry Emerson Fosdick

“We are who people think we are.”

David Foster

“Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.”

Jodie Foster

“Love is that micro-moment of warmth and connection that you share with another living being.”

Barbara Frederickson

“Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light?”

Maurice Freehill

“It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.”

Betty Friedan

“The scientific name for an animal that doesn't either run from or fight its enemies is lunch.”

Michael Friedman

“The human body is an incredible machine, but most people only get out of that machine what their mind allows them to.”

Rich Froning

“The television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living room by people you wouldn't have in your home.”

David Frost

“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”

James A. Froude

“To be human means to be constantly in the grip of opposing emotions, to daily reconcile apparently conflicting tensions. I want this, but I need that. I cherish this, but I adore its opposite, too.”

Stephen Fry

“To truly esteem oneself means that one must be capable of feeling shame or self-disgust when one does not live up to a certain standard.”

Francis Fukuyama

“The grass is not, in fact, always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.”

Robert Fulghum

“It’s easier to act your way into a new way of thinking than to think your way into a new way of acting.”

Millard Fuller

“What can you say about a society that says God is dead and Elvis is alive?”

France Gall

“Men who leave their mark on the world are very often those who, being gifted and full of nervous power, are at the same time haunted and driven by a dominant idea, and are therefore within a measurable distance of insanity.”

Francis Galton

“Where facts are few, experts are many.”

Donald R. Gannon

“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.”

Judy Garland

“I don't know why people hire architects and then tell them what to do.”

Frank Gehry

“There is no greater mistake than to try to leap an abyss in two jumps.”

David Lloyd George

“The whole world is an illusion, however you must treat the illusion as if it is real.”

Bahavad Ghita

“Anonymity is the truest expression of altruism.”

Eric Gibson

“If you ran into an asshole in the morning you ran into an asshole. If you run into assholes all day, you're the asshole.”

Raylan Givens

“It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.”

Nikolai Gogol

“A doctor saves lives — It's up to people to create lives that are worth saving.”

Phil Gold

“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.”

Natalie Goldberg

“When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And it'll become like a wildfire.”

Whoopi Goldberg

“A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.”

Arthur Golden

“Genius is creative, but not predictive.”

Tom Goldenberg

“The bigger you are, the better your opportunity is going to be.”

Wes Golladay

“Treat employees like they make a difference, and they will.”

Jim Goodnight

“The impossible is often the untried.”

Jim Goodwin

“I never lie because I don't fear anyone. You only lie when you're afraid.”

John Gotti

“It's so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.”

Annie Gottlier

“We pass through this world but once.”

Stephen Jay Gould

“Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.”

Billy Graham

“Perfectionism is often an excuse for procrastination.”

Paul Graham

“You can have anything you want if you want it desperately enough. You must want it with an inner exuberance that erupts through the skin and joins the energy that created the world.”

Sheila Graham

“Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.”

Robert Graves

“Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.”

Farrah Gray

“I appreciate people who are civil, whether they mean it or not. I think: Be civil. Do not cherish your opinion over my feelings. There's a vanity to candor that isn't really worth it. Be kind.”

Richard Greenberg

“Time is the currency of everyone’s life.”

Joel Greenblatt

“Astrology's roots lie in an ancient world-view which perceived the universe as a single living organism, animated by divine order and intelligence.”

Liz Greene

“Hard choices, easy life.
Easy choices, hard life.”

Jerzy Gregorek

“You can do as much as you think you can,
But you’ll never accomplish more;
If you’re afraid of yourself, young man,
There’s little for you in store.
For failure comes from the inside first,
It’s there if we only knew it,
And you can win, though you face the worst,
If you feel that you’re going to do it.”

Edgar A. Guest

“Meditation is not about anybody telling you what you should believe or experience. Meditation is the process of looking within yourself, of strengthening the connection to your deepest sense of self, of finding the essence of yourself within yourself and realizing that essence as the essence of the greater self that pervades all people and all things, the universal self.”

Dada Gunamuktananda

“Finding and living our Soul Purpose is the process of looking beyond our desires to see what people around us want and then providing it for them in such a way that it also provides us with the highest levels of joy and fulfillment.”

Garrett Gunderson

“There is no plan. There is no actual grand narrative. Think about what may happen later, but live, learn, and act in the now. Look into the dark corners that narratives want to forget and that make you uncomfortable. Don't ignore the truth just because it doesn't agree with the world you want, because it's the world you're going to get.”

Vinay Gupta

“Any woman who thinks the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is aiming about 10 inches too high.”

Adrienne E. Gusof

“Do it now. It is not safe to leave a generous feeling to the cooling influences of the world.”

Thomas Guthrie

“If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don’t, raise your standards.”

Violet Haberdasher

“You're alive. Do something. The directive in life, the moral imperative was so uncomplicated. It could be expressed in single words, not complete sentences. It sounded like this: Look. Listen. Choose. Act.”

Barbara Hall

“We did not change as we grew older; we just became more clearly ourselves.”

Lynn Hall

“A compliment is a gift, not to be thrown away carelessly, unless you want to hurt the giver.”

Eleanor Hamilton

“Everyone has complicated lives, but the more you can simplify it and make it work for you, the better it is going to be.”

Lewis Hamilton

“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.”

Scott Hamilton

“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”

Dag Hammarskjöld

“Don’t be afraid your life will end. Be afraid that it will never begin.”

Grace Hansen

“You create your opportunities by asking for them.”

Patti Hansen

“And you ask “what if I fall?” Oh but my darling, what if you fly?”

Erin Hanson

“It is not worth an intelligent man's time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.”

G. H. Hardy

“The opposite of addiction is connection.”

Johann Hari

“What people think of you is none of your business.”

Amy Hatvany

“By perceiving ourselves as part of the river, we take responsibility for the river as a whole.”

Václav Havel

“The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.”

Bob Hawke

“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.”

Timber Hawkeye

“You can't please all of the people all of the time, and last night all of those people came to my show.”

Mitch Hedberg

“No matter what side of the argument you are on, you always find people on your side that you wish were on the other.”

Jascha Heifetz

“An important personal quality for a teacher is that he care about humanity. If he doesn’t, he is taking his pay illegally.”

Edward C. Helwick

“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”

Nelson Henderson

“21st century kids are being taught by 20th century adults using 19th century curriculum and techniques on an 18th century calendar!”

Tom Hierck

“Humor is a rubber sword - it allows you to make a point without drawing blood.”

Mary Hirsch

“Creativity always comes as a surprise to us; therefore we can never count on it and we dare not believe in it until it has happened. In other words, we would not consciously engage upon tasks whose success clearly requires that creativity be forthcoming. Hence, the only way in which we can bring our creative resources fully into play is by misjudging the nature of the task, by presenting it to ourselves as more routine, simple, undemanding of genuine creativity than it will turn out to be. Or, put differently: since we necessarily underestimate our creativity, it is desirable that we underestimate to a roughly similar extent the difficulties of the tasks we face so as to be tricked by these two offsetting underestimates into undertaking tasks that we can, but otherwise would not dare, tackle. The principle is important enough to deserve a name: since we are apparently on the trail here of some sort of invisible or hidden hand that beneficially hides difficulties from us, I propose the Hiding Hand.”

Albert O. Hirschman

“The work that you do when procrastinating is probably the work that you should be doing for the rest of your life.”

Jessica Hische

“I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few.”

Adolf Hitler

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”

John Holmes

“When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.”

Richard Hooker

“About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.”

Herbert Hoover

“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don't need it.”

Bob Hope

“For visions come not to polluted eyes.”

Mary Howitt

“When the enemy attacks you, it means you are on the right road.”

Enver Hoxha

“Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards.”

Fred Hoyle

“Confidence is the prize given to the mediocre.”

Robert Hughes

“Get pleasure out of life... as much as you can. Nobody ever died from pleasure.”

Sol Hurok

“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”

John Irving

“You've got to take some chances and know when you're beat and know how to get certain advantages.”

Phil Ivey

“One man with courage makes a majority.”

Andrew Jackson

“Never look down on anybody unless you're helping him up.”

Jesse Jackson

“People buy a chair, and they don't really care who designed it.”

Arne Jacobsen

“What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.”

P. D. James

“You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much.”

Tove Jansson

“The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public.”

George Jessel

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”

Jimmy Johnson

“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”

Lyndon B. Johnson

“Money is the opposite of the weather. Nobody talks about it, but everybody does something about it.”

Rebecca Johnson

“Ours is the age that is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.”

H. Mumford Jones

“There are two types of people in this world: those who resist change in favor of nostalgia and those who move with the times and create a better future.”

Phil M. Jones

“The constant façade of order hides the wilderness that is craving to seep out and teach us that life wasn’t created to be what we think it is. Beyond words we must experience the wilderness to be taught what cannot be otherwise known.”

Serene Jones

“Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.”

Ben Jonson

“We're still not where we're going, but we're not where we were.”

Natasha Josefowitz

“When you work for other people you'll find... that they do know what's best for them, and for the company. And you should listen to them and be respectful, but they don't know what's best for you.”

Mike Judge

“When you stop complaining, you start looking for solutions.”

Noah Kagan

“I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.”

Frida Kahlo

“The whole point of being an artist is to have no agenda. To say, you know, I don't know what I am going to do tomorrow, I don't know what it's going to look like, and I'm going to have a go at it.”

Anish Kapoor

“Life is a great big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.”

Danny Kaye

“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.”

John Keating

“Work hard. Don’t quit. Be appreciative, be thankful, be grateful, be respectful. Also, never whine, never complain. And always, for crying out loud, keep a sense of humor.”

Michael Keaton

“Remove every barrier you can to fandom. A fan will be an evangelist for your work.”

Dave Kellett

“Fail faster. Succeed sooner.”

David M. Kelley

“Every burden is a blessing.”

Walt Kelly

“Don't sacrifice your political convictions for the convenience of the hour.”

Edward M. Kennedy

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.”

Robert F. Kennedy

“It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.”

Elizabeth Kenny

“Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”

Nikita Khrushchev

“Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.”

Victor Kiam

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

B.B. King

“Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

Greg King

“I don't wear a watch. How do I know my time? I find that someone will always tell me.”

Michael Patrick King

“There's no use doing a kindness if you do it a day too late.”

Charles Kingsley

“Profitable business is producing something that other people want so badly that they’ll part with their hard-earned cash in exchange for it, with the necessary added condition that you have created this product and found customers at a low cost in your time/effort/resources.”

Jack Kinsella

“Tell the truth or someone will tell it for you. ”

Stephanie Klein

“We're headed toward a two-tiered society -- a society that's destroying opportunities for the disadvantaged and creating welfare for the rich.”

David Koch

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”

Friedrich Koenig

“I do not want to die... until I have faithfully made the most of my talent and cultivated the seed that was placed in me until the last small twig has grown.”

Käthe Kollwitz

“Life is not about how fast you run or how high you climb but how well you bounce.”

vivian Komori

“When life hands us a beutiful bouquet of flowers we stare at it in cautious expectation of a bee.”

Dean Koontz

“Inexperience is an asset. Embrace it.”

Wendy Kopp

“The trouble with opportunity is, it never announces when it comes. It's only after it's gone, you'd realize that you missed it.”

Uday Kotak

“Behavioral economics tells us that people often focus too much on the wrong things, and tend to focus on aspects of the job that are salient. So, for example, the pay is salient, especially the starting pay.”

Alan Krueger

“Life is about making an impact, not making an income.”

Kevin Kruse

“Nature takes no account of even the most reasonable of human excuses.”

Joseph Wood Krutch

“In most pursuits, one's self is one of the biggest hurdles to get over. You can't pursue something and be committed to it if you're apologizing for it at every party.”

Lisa Kudrow

“A good beginning makes a good end.”

Louis L'Amour

“It takes too much energy to be against something unless it's really important.”

Madeleine L'Engle

“Intuition isn't the enemy, but the ally, of reason.”

John Kord Lagemann

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.”

Karen Lamb

“If the world seems cold to you, kindle fires to warm it.”

Lucy Larcom

“Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog.”

Doug Larson

“A creator is a scientist, an artist, and a businessperson in one.”

Sahil Lavingia

“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.”

Frank Leahy

“I cannot trust a man to control others if he cannot control himself.”

Robert. E. Lee

“Comics are like boobs. They look great on a computer but I'd rather hold one in my hand.”

Stan Lee

“We live in the best of all possible worlds.”

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“No matter how successful you get, always send the elevator back down.”

Jack Lemmon

“If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”

Elmore Leonard

“A successful business is either loved or needed.”

Ted Leonsis

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.”

Dave Levin

“This is your world, shape it or someone else will.”

Gary Lew

“The only cure for grief is action.”

George Henry Lewes

“A successful individual typically sets his next goal somewhat but not too much above his last achievement. In this way he steadily raises his level of aspiration.”

Kurt Lewin

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”

William Mather Lewis

“Organized perception is what art is all about.”

Roy Lichtenstein

“We generate fears while we sit. We overcome them by action.”

Henry Link

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.”

Walter Lippmann

“He who does not desire or fear the uncertain day or capricious fate, is equal to the gods above and loftier than mortals.”

Justus Lipsius

“The most beautiful thing you can wear is confidence.”

Blake Lively

“Good design keeps the user happy, the manufacturer in the black, and the aesthete unoffended.”

Raymond Loewy

“Running away will never make you free.”

Kenny Loggins

“Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.”

George Lois

“Just because there is a problem doesn't mean that we have to solve it, if the cure is going to be more expensive than the original ailment.”

Bjorn Lomborg

“You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”

Jack London

“When things are bad, it's the best time to reinvent yourself.”

George Lopez

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”

Earl Mac Rauch

“The road to Easy Street goes through the sewer.”

John Madden

“Do what you love, love what you do, leave the world a better place and don't pick your nose.”

Jeff Mallett

“There’s always going to be setbacks; there’s always going to be knockdowns. There’s always going to be people telling you, hey you suck.”

Post Malone

“The crux of the matter, is that people don't understand the true nature of money. It is meant to circulate, not be wrapped up in a stocking.”

Guglielmo Marconi

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Joshua J. Marine

“Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open.”

Ralph Marston

“You were born an original. Don't die a copy.”

John Mason

“Fucking two things up at the same time isn't multitasking.”

Dick Masterson

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

André Maurois

“Laugh at yourself first, before anyone else can.”

Elsa Maxwell

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”

Gabriel García Márquez

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument.”

William Gibbs McAdoo

“The road won't always be easy but it will be worth it.”

Cas McCullough

“I firmly believe that one of the hallmarks of a champion – any champion – is the ability to absorb losses and regain confidence immediately.”

John McEnroe

“Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in the one ahead.”

Bill McGlashen

“I do believe that one way to have a destiny is to choose one.”

Melinda McGraw

“Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong.”

Peter McIntyre

“There is absolutely no inevitability as long as there is a willingness to contemplate what is happening.”

Marshall McLuhan

“Test your assumptions ruthlessly. The repercussions of doing what you want are vastly overrated.”

Jonathan Mead

“The human mind treats a new idea the same way the body treats a strange protein; it rejects it.”

Peter Medawar

“Aren't grown up people just little children at heart?”

Adolphe Menjou

“A great marriage is not when the 'perfect couple' comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”

Dave Meurer

“Just because we've been dealt a certain hand, it doesn't mean that we can't choose to rise above - to conquer the boundaries of a destiny that none of us wanted. To try to retain whatever essential humanity we can.”

Stephenie Meyer

“A man who thinks he has a higher purpose can do terrible things, even to those he professes to love.”

Denise Mina

“Not merely an absence of noise, Real Silence begins when a reasonable being withdraws from the noise in order to find peace and order in his inner sanctuary.”

Peter Minard

“Success breeds a disregard of the possibility of failure.”

Hyman Minsky

“The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”

Piet Mondriaan

“Your life will be no better than the plans you make and the action you take. You are the architect and builder of your own life, fortune, and destiny.”

Alfred A. Montapert

“I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the years'.”

Henry Moore

“Loving someone is giving them the power to break your heart, but trusting them not to.”

Julianne Moore

“Take chances, make mistakes. That's how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.”

Mary Tyler Moore

“A pretty face may be enough to catch a man, but it takes character and good nature to hold him.”

Thomas More

“If you're afraid to let someone else see your weakness, take heart: Nobody's perfect. Besides, your attempts to hide your flaws don't work as well as you think they do.”

Julie Morgenstern

“You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.”

John Viscount Morley

“Like Liberty, gold never stays where it is undervalued.”

John Morrill

“Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.”

Doris Mortman

“Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.”

Claus Moser

“A peasant that reads is a prince in waiting.”

Walter Mosley

“The shorter way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.”

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“To say that a man is made up of certain chemical elements is a satisfactory description only for those who intend to use him as a fertilizer.”

Herbert J. Muller

“A certain amount of opposition is a great help to a man. Kites rise against, not with, the wind.”

Lewis Mumford

“The reason there are so few female politicians is that it is too much trouble to put makeup on two faces.”

Maureen Murphy

“My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.”

Vladimir Nabokov

“We are drowning in information but starved for knowledge.”

John Naisbitt

“An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.”

Goi Nasu

“The moment of victory is much too short to live for that and nothing else.”

Martina Navratilova

“Who knew that dog saliva can mend a broken heart?”

Jennifer Neal

“A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.”

Patricia Neal

“The policy of being too cautious is the greatest risk of all.”

Jawaharlal Nehru

“Of those who say nothing, few are silent.”

Thomas Neill

“The best defence against misguided arrogance is a keen sense of humour.”

Kathryn L. Nelson

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

Willie Nelson

“Find the song that only you can sing.”

Lisa Nichols

“Don't listen to her, listen through her.”

Stevie Nicks

“People hate to lose more than they love to win.”

Roy Niederhoffer

“Doing nothing is very hard to do... you never know when you're finished.”

Leslie Nielsen

“The dinosaurs became extinct because they didn’t have a space program. And if we become extinct because we don’t have a space program, it’ll serve us right!”

Larry Niven

“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.”

Richard Nixon

“In the absences of a decent time machine, fiction remains the most sturdy vehicle for visiting other eras.”

Tom Nolan

“Cynicism is not realistic and tough. It's unrealistic and kind of cowardly because it means you don't have to try.”

Peggy Noonan

“Rocks in my path? I keep them all. With them I shall build my castle.”

Nemo Nox

“The more you find out about the world, the more opportunities there are to laugh at it.”

Bill Nye

“Not sharing an opportunity to learn is a cardinal sin.”

Paul H. O’Neill

“Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”

Anthony G. Oettinger

“Know thyself.”

Thales of Miletus

“The explanation requiring the fewest assumptions is most likely to be correct.”

William of Ockham

“Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.”

Lane Olinghouse

“If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.”

Aristotle Onassis

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.”

James Oppenheim

“We are all functioning at a small fraction of our capacity to live life fully in its total meaning of loving, caring, creating, and adventuring. Consequently, the actualizing of our potential can become the most exciting adventure of our lifetime.”

Herbert A. Otto

“The man who has nothing to boast of but his illustrious ancestry is like the potato - the best part under ground.”

Thomas Overbury

“To want to be what one can be is purpose in life.”

Cynthia Ozick

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.”

Marcel Pagnol

“What do I mean by concentration? I mean focusing totally on the business at hand and commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.”

Arnold Palmer

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imagination, our possibilities become limitless.”

Jamie Paolinetti

“Anybody can be a heart specialist. The only requirement is loving somebody.”

Angie Papadakis

“Begin with the end in mind.”

Jay Papasan

“If you don't make a mistake, you're not trying hard enough.”

Charlie Parker

“Procrastination is like credit card, it's a lot of fun until you get the bill.”

Christopher Parker

“Don’t cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won’t let you see the stars.”

Violeta Parra

“Turn your passion into possibilities.”

Henry Patterson

“Winners lose more than losers. They win and lose more than losers, because they stay in the game.”

Terry Paulson

“To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success.”

Anna Pavlova

“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”

Joseph Chilton Pearce

“I phoned my dad to tell him I had stopped smoking. He called me a quitter.”

Steven Pearl

“It takes a great man to give sound advice tactfully, but a greater to accept it graciously.”

Logan Pearsall Smith

“Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun.”

Evita Perón

“I am not in this world to live up to other people's expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.”

Fritz Perls

“You have a choice. It may not be a choice you like, but it is still a choice.”

Michelle Pfeiffer

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”

Eden Phillpotts

“Let some holy ambition invade our souls, so that, dissatisfied with mediocrity, we shall eagerly desire the highest things and shall toil with all our strength to obtain them, since we may if we wish.”

Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

“When one person suffers from a delusion, it is called insanity. When many people suffer from a delusion it is called a religion.”

Robert M. Pirsig

“How helpless we are, like netted birds, when we are caught by desire!”

Belva Plain

“In everything the middle course is best. All things in excess bring trouble to men.”

Titus Maccius Plautus

“The moments that make life worth living are when things are at their worst and you find a way to laugh.”

Amy Poehler

“If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and drained by the busyness of life with too many demands, you need to stop in your tracks and do an attitude adjustment, or more specifically a “gratitude adjustment.”

Zoey Arielle Poulsen

“There is no monument dedicated to the memory of a committee.”

Lester J. Pourciau

“If you want to make your dreams come true, the first thing you have to do is wake up.”

J. M. Power

“To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.”

J. B. Priestley

“When deeds speak, words are nothing.”

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.”

Robert Quillen

“The future is much like the present, only longer.”

Dan Quisenberry

“Data beats emotions.”

Sean Rad

“I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.”

Gilda Radner

“The world itself is but a large prison, out of which some are daily led to execution.”

Walter Raleigh

“Your best shot at happiness, self-worth and personal satisfaction - the things that constitute real success - is not in earning as much as you can but in performing as well as you can something that you consider worthwhile.”

William Raspberry

“A bird is safe in its nest - but that is not what its wings are made for.”

Amit Ray

“Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap a character. Sow a character and you reap a destiny.”

Charles Reade

“You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.”

Ruth E. Renkl

“Life is full of surprises and and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your next adventure-do it well, enjoy it-and then, not now, think about what comes next.”

Condoleezza Rice

“Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't.”

Jerry Rice

“Risk is what’s left when you think you’ve thought of everything.”

Carl Richards

“A gold standard is the ideal monetary system for those who create wealth through ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and hard work. Gold standards are disfavored by those who do not create wealth but instead seek to extract wealth from others through inflation, inside information, and market manipulation.”

James Rickards

“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

Jacob Riis

“I have no methods; all I do is accept people as they are.”

Joan Rivers

“Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business.”

Tom Robbins

“f you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

Nora Roberts

“Some think it's holding on that makes one strong; sometimes it's letting go.”

Sylvia Robinson

“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you're not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.”

David Rockefeller

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”

Auguste Rodin

“There's no such thing as a self-made man. I've had much help and have found that if you're willing to work, many people are willing to help you.”

O. Wayne Rollins

“There are no statues built to those who lived lives of mediocrity, and on the tomb of no heroes will you find the words, he played it safe.”

John Romaniello

“The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.”

Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“Do not be fooled into believing that because a man is rich he is necessarily smart. There is ample proof to the contrary.”

Julius Rosenwald

“When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing.”

Joseph Roux

“You will never win if you never begin.”

Helen Rowland

“Every successful person I know has humility at their core. When you become more secure in yourself and who you are, you become more humble.”

David Rubenstein

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”

Arthur Rubinstein

“In Hollywood a marriage is a success if it outlasts milk.”

Rita Rudner

“The most beautiful make-up of a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”

Yves Saint-Laurent

“Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.”

William Saroyan

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

Vidal Sassoon

“Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

Allen Saunders

“The great advantage about telling the truth is that nobody ever believes it.”

Dorothy L. Sayers

“Goals are dreams with deadlines.”

Diana Scharf Hunt

“Peace is when time doesn't matter as it passes by.”

Maria Schell

“One can remain eternally young if, each day, one grows rich by marvellous moments.”

Romy Schneider

“For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.”

J. William Schopf

“An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.”

Ernst F. Schumacher

“The capitalist achievement does not typically consist in providing more silk stockings for queens but in bringing them within reach of factory girls.”

Joseph Schumpeter

“If you would not step into the harlot's house, do not go by the harlot's door.”

Thomas Secker

“The truth is that the only education is self-education. Teachers can impart information and make suggestions, but they are like sign-posts—they can only by example and precept point out the way. A sign-post is of no earthly use unless the person who consults it wants to go somewhere.”

Robert Shafer

“A ship in harbor is safe - but that is not what ships are built for.”

John A. Shedd

“Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.”

William H. Sheldon

“As Terence McKenna observed, “Modern science is based on the principle: ‘Give us one free miracle and we’ll explain the rest.’ The one free miracle is the appearance of all the mass and energy in the universe and all the laws that govern it in a single instant from nothing.”4”

Rupert Sheldrake

“If you’re not causing people to raise eyebrows in your industry, I don’t think you’re going to make it big time.”

Marcus Sheridan

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

Robert J. Shiller

“Desire is the most important factor in the success of any athlete.”

Willie Shoemaker

“Pay no attention to what critics say. A statue has never been erected to a critic.”

Jean Sibelius

“In Mexico we have a word for sushi: Bait.”

Jose Simon

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”

Upton Sinclair

“Do what you love and the money will follow.”

Marsha Sinetar

“What one generation finds ridiculous, the next accepts; and the third shudders when it looks back on what the first did.”

Peter Singer

“Today is your own. Tomorrow perchance may never come.”

Swami Sivananda

“The knowledge of Natural-History, being Observation of Matters of Fact, is more certain than most others, and in my slender Opinion, less subject to Mistakes than Reasonings, Hypotheses, and Deductions are; ... These are things we are sure of, so far as our Senses are not fallible; and which, in probability, have been ever since the Creation, and will remain to the End of the World, in the same Condition we now find them.”

Hans Sloane

“To the valiant actions speak alone.”

Tobias Smollett

“You’re supposed to expand your mind to fit the art, you’re not supposed to chop the art down to fit your mind.”

Steven Soderbergh

“If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never take any chances.”

Julia Sorel

“Genuine goodness is threatening to those at the opposite end of the moral spectrum.”

Charles Spencer

“I think everyone is born creative but it can be suppressed by fear.”

Evan Spiegel

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.”

Mark Spitz

“In reality, there is no such thing as an inflation of prices, relative to gold. There is such a thing as a depreciated paper currency.”

Lysander Spooner

“Those who vote decide nothing.
Those who count the vote decide everything.”

Joseph Stalin

“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”

Roger Staubach

“The key to being a good manager is keeping the people who hate me away from those who are still undecided.”

Casey Stengel

“Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”

James Stephens

“Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”

Rex Stout

“The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe

“You don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.”

Meryl Streep

“Nothing is of greater importance than the right early instruction of youth.”

Peter Stuyvesant

“A good rule of thumb for many things in life holds that things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then happen faster than you thought they could.”

Larry Summers

“It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”

Maurice Switzer

“Great products sell themselves.”

Kevin Systrom

“Freedom is not an essential and basic condition for the growth of science; the care and diligence of government authorities are the most important conditions for this development.”

Vasily Tatishchev

“Opportunity is rare, and a wise man will never let it go by him.”

Bayard Taylor

“A bore is a man who, when you ask him how he is, tells you.”

Bert Leston Taylor

“A sailor without a destination cannot hope for a favorable wind.”

Leon Tec

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

Corrie ten Boom

“A good laugh is sunshine in the house.”

William Makepeace Thackeray

“Let your mind alone, and see what happens.”

Virgil Thomson

“Household tasks are easier and quicker when they are done by somebody else.”

James Thorpe

“Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny.”

Paul Tillich

“Never tell a man you can read him through and through; most people prefer to be thought enigmas.”

George Townshend

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.”

Alexandra K. Trenfor

“The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

Calvin Trillin

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Marthe Troly-Curtin

“The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.”

Kilgore Trout

“I've never quite believed that one chance is all I get.”

Anne Tyler

“We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.”

Stewart Udall

“We are most alive when we're in love.”

John Updike

“People who reach the top of the tree are only those who haven't got the qualifications to detain them at the bottom.”

Peter Ustinov

“Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.”

Jeff Valdez

“You’ve got to be willing to lose everything to gain yourself.”

Iyanla Vanzant

“The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself.”

Eddie Vedder

“Someone who has a plan is at least ten steps ahead of the rest.”

Gert Verhulst

“You must be ready to give up even the most attractive ideas when experiment shows them to be wrong.”

Alessandro Volta

“I'm lazy. But it's the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn't like walking or carrying things. ”

Lech Wałęsa

“By the time a man realizes that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

Charles Wadsworth

“Associate with well-mannered persons and your manners will improve. Run around with decent folk and your own decent instincts will be strengthened.”

Stanley Walker

“We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.”

Rick Warren

“Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.”

Russell Warren

“You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That’s a part of it.”

Denzel Washington

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”

James N. Watkins

“Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

Bill Watterson

“Bourgeois society is infected by monomania: the monomania of accounting. For it, the only thing that has value is what can be counted in francs and centimes. It never hesitates to sacrifice human life to figures which look well on paper.”

Simone Weil

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

A. H. Weiler

“I guess you could call it a failure, but I prefer the term learning experience.”

Andy Weir

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”

Morris West

“If you haven’t found something strange during the day, it hasn’t been much of a day.”

John Archibald Wheeler

“Every failure is a step to success.”

William Whewell

“Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time.”

E. B. White

“Less is often more.”

Christoph Martin Wieland

“Progress always involves risks. You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.”

Frederick B. Wilcox

“Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.”

Billy Wilder

“Never let the demands of tomorrow interfere with the pleasures and excitement of today.”

Meredith Willson

“Not doing more than the average is what keeps the average down.”

William Winans

“I have more a writer's personality than I do a performer's personality.”

Jesse Winchester

“If you don’t throw yourself into something, you’ll never know what you could have had.”

Amy Winehouse

“If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it!”

Jonathan Winters

“You suffer a lot more hiding something than if you face up to it.”

Alexander Woo

“You can be pleased with nothing when you are not pleased with yourself.”

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

“The opportunity for brotherhood presents itself every time you meet a human being.”

Jane Wyman

“The only thing that has to be finished by next Tuesday is next Monday.”

Jennifer Yane

“Love the giver more than the gift.”

Brigham Young

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”

Edward Young

“I was raised to face any challenge.”

Louis Zamperini

“The biggest barrier stopping you from getting what you want in life is what you tell yourself about why you can’t have what you want.”

Ernie J. Zelinski

“Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.”

Zhuang Zhou

“I used to be upset by reviews, until I saw who wrote them.”

Rob Zombie

“Quit now, you'll never make it. If you disregard this advice, you'll be halfway there.”

David Zucker