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Miscellaneous Quotations
1998


"Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 P.M. on some idle Tuesday."
---Mary Schmich

"Don't waste time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind."
---Mary Schmich

"It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves."
---Henry David Thoreau

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away."
---Henry David Thoreau

"If I could be anything in the world I would want to be a teardrop because I would be born in your eyes, live on your cheeks, and die on your lips."
---Unknown

"Work hard to create in your children a good self-image. It's the most important thing you can do to insure their success."
---Unknown

"Sometimes no matter how much faith we have, we lose people. But you never forget them. And sometime it's those memories that give us faith to go on."
---Early Edition, CBS

Life is like an onion: you peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep."
---Carl Sandburg

"Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all."
---Alfred, Lord Tennyson

"Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he's only trying on one face after another till he finds his own."
---Logan Pearsall Smith

"If you judge others you will have no time to love them."
---Mother Teresa

"Losing someone when you're young is the greatest pain anyone can face."
---Amory Blaine

"Too often are we so preoccupied with the destination, we forget the journey."
---Unknown

"He that conceals his grief finds no remedy for it."
---Turkish Proverb

"He who wants the rose must respect the thorn."
---Persian Proverb

"Times change and we change with them."
---Latin Proverb

"The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted."
---Mother Teresa

"Doubt whom you will, but never yourself."
---Christian Nestell Bovee

"Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul; the blue-prints of your ultimate achievements."
---Napolean Hill

"Nobody raises his reputation by lowering others."
---Unknown

"No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched."
---George Jean Nathan

"A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep."
---Cinderella

"Life is full of ups and downs. The trick is to enjoy the ups and have courage during the downs."
---Unknown

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
---James M. Barrie

"If you only laugh, things don't come so hard. If you laugh at it, the trouble will not seem so real."
---John T. Faris

"Never complain about growing old because so many never get the chance!"
---Unknown

"When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even third rank."
---Cicero

"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained."
---Arthur Somers Roche

"We are too hasty to believe every evil report. Many an innocent person has been injured by a tale that was without foundation. It is a serious matter to do an injustice to a fellow man by a report that we spread. The first thing, the least thing that one can do before he passes on a story that has come to him, is to stop long enough to ask if it is true."
---Unknown

"Sometimes it seems we are locked inside our own prison, and our only crime is how much we hate ourselves."
---My So-Called Life

"Each of us is given a pocketful of time to spend however we may. We use what we will. We waste what we will. But we can never get back a day."
---Roger Wilcox

"Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don't."
---Oskar Shindler

"Hate ain't any good. It just tears us apart. Only the haters lose."
---Roy Smith

"Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it."
---Albert Smith

If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If not, it was never meant to be."
---Unknown

"I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
---Lucille Ball

"Stand straight, walk proud, have a little faith."
---Garth Brooks

"It's kinda fun to do the impossible."
---Walt Disney

"Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm."
---Unknown

"Truth has no special time of its own. Its time is now--always."
---Albert Schweitzer

"Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some person ever reads."
---William J. Toms

"Great minds don't think alike, for that is why they are great."
---Derek Weidl

"Stand up for what is right even if you are standing alone."
---Unknown

"He who angers you conquers you."
---Elizabeth Kenny

"Even God cannot change the past."
---Agathon

"The mind can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven."
---John Milton

"The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor the man perfected without trials."
---Chinese Proverb

"Happiness often sneaks in through an open door you didn't know you left open."
---Unknown

"Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, and don't put up with people who are reckless with yours."
---Mary Schmich

"Honesty is something you can't wear out."
---Waylon Jennings

"It is books that are a key to the wide world; if you can't do anything else, read all that you can."
---Jane Hamilton

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives."
---C.S. Lewis

"Fear and hope are alike underneath."
---Richard Ford

"Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved."
---Barbara Johnson

"History, although often made up of the few acts of the great, is more often shaped by many acts of the small."
---Mark Yost

"We can learn much from wise words, little from wisecracks, and less from wise guys."
---William Arthur Ward

"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation."
---Plato

"It is better to ask some of the questions than to know all the answers."
---James Thurber

"Values are not trendy items that are casually turned in."
---Ellen Goodman

"What you see and hear depends a good deal on where you are standing; it also depends on what kind of a person you are."
---C.S. Lewis

"Youth is a religion from which one always ends up being converted."
---Andre Malaux

"Treat others as you want them to treat you because what goes around comes around."
---Unknown

"Do noble things, not dream them all day long."
---Charles Kingsley

"He who can take advice is sometimes superior to him who can give it."
---Karl von Knebel

"Waste not fresh tears over old griefs."
---Euripides

"Be able to be alone. Lose not the advantage of solitude."
---Sir Thomas Browne

"When we cannot bear to be alone, it means we do not properly value the only companion we will have from birth to death--ourselves."
---Eda LeShan

"Lack of something to feel important about is almost the greatest tragedy a man may have."
---Arthur E. Morgan

"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh--at yourself."
---Ethel Barrymore

"You don't stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing."
---Michael Pritchard

"It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused."
---Marcel Proust

"Sometimes, if we're lucky, an eraser will do the trick, and we can rub it across the page, wipe away the dust, and all that's left of our careless mess is a hardly noticeable smudge. One of the toughest lessons to learn is that life doesn't come with erasers. You can't make something that has happened, not happen."
---Ina Hughs

"It doesn't take much to spread a rumor, but once you do, you can never completely undo the wrong."
---Unknown

"When it comes down to it, we all just want to be loved."
---Jamie Yellin

"When you break your word, you break the one thing that cannot be mended."
---Unknown

"Waiting is worse than knowing. Grief rends the heart cleanly, that it may begin to heal; waiting shreds the spirit."
---Morgan Llywelyn

"Pain nourishes courage. You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you."
---Mary Tyler Moore

"If you only had one phone call to make before you die, who would you call? what would you say? and why are you waiting?"
---Unknown

"When a deep injury is done to us, we never recover until we forgive."
---Alan Paton

"One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything before you go to bed."
---Ann Landers

"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
---Japanese Proverb

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
---Colette

"I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain."
---James Baldwin

"If you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed."
---The Wedded Unmother

"It's a bittersweet symphony, that's life."
---The Verve ---as sung in the Nike commercial

"If you take too long in deciding what to do with your life, you'll find you've done it."
---Pam Shaw

"I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate."
---George Burns

"Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will break our hearts."
---Robert Fulghum

"To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it."
---John Churton Collins

"Never regret anything you have done with a sincere affection; nothing is lost that is born of the heart."
---Basil Rathbone

"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
---Havelock Ellis

"Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."
---Henry Van Dyke

"If you get excited about something, it's totally okay to show it."
---Jenna Elfman

"Enjoy who you are. Don't hate yourself for what you aren't."
---Heather Graham

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."
---Dolly Parton

"The first step in solving a problem is to tell someone about it."
---John Peter Flynn

"It's hard to detect good luck--it looks so much like something you've earned."
---Frank A. Clark

"I have seen the sea when it is stormy and wild; when it is quiet and serene; when it is dark and moody. And in all its moods, I see myself."
---Martin Buxbaum

"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why."
---National Enquirer

"You cannot teach people anything. You can only help them discover it within themselves."
---Galileo

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened."
---Helen Keller

"I would like to be allowed to admire a man's opinion as I would his dog without being expected to take it home with me."
---Frank A. Clark

"You're born and you die, and you make a lot of mistakes in between."
---Joey (Katie Holmes), Dawson's Creek

"There is no right way to do a wrong thing."
---Barbara Wagner

"Dream as if you'll live forever, and live as if you'll die tomorrow."
---James Dean


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