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My Favorite Quotes Collection:
“I do not fear death. I had been dead for billions and billions of years before I was born, and had not suffered the slightest inconvenience from it.” – Mark Twain
“The word “tip” stands for “to insure promptness.”So when should you give it? Up front, of course. Sophisticated people don’t take chances on poor service, they insure good service.” – Jim Rohn
“I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they do their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change.” – Jim Rohn
“Never begin the day until it is finished on paper.” – Jim Rohn
“Life asks us to make measurable progress in reasonable time. That’s why they make those fourth grade chairs so small.” – Jim Rohn
“I do not fear failure. I only fear the “slowing up” of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, “Keep going, someone must be on top, why not you?” – General George S. Patton
“Opportunities multiply as they are seized.” – Sun Tzu
“Lack of time is actually lack of priorities.” & “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of mental laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. – Timothy Ferriss
“Success, recognition, and conformity are the bywords of the modern world where everyone seems to crave the anesthetizing security of being identified with the majority.” – MLK
Circumstance does not change responsibility
“For everything you want in life, there is a price you must pay, in full and in advance. Decide what you really want and then determine the price you’ll have to pay to achieve it. Remember, to achieve something you’ve never achieved before — you must do something you have never done before”
“Good is not enough when excellence is available.”
“Comfort is an illusion. A false security bred from familiar things and familiar ways. It narrows the mind. Weakens the body. And robs the soul of spirit and determination. Comfort is neither welcome nor tolerated here.”
“Failure is only temporary, but quiting, that is forever.”
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.”
– The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, by Robin Sharma
“I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.”
“The brain is a wonderful organ;
it starts the moment you get up in the morning
and does not stop until you get to the office.”
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past
I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert / Litany against Fear from the Bene Gesserit rite
I wanted to change the world.
But I have found that the only thing
one can be sure of changing is oneself.
Instead of giving a politician the keys to the city,
it might be better to change the locks.
“In the absence of clearly-defined goals,
we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia
until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”
Excuses are lies we tell to ourselves, so keep them to yourself. No one else cares.
“So this is how liberty dies, to the sound of thunderous applause.”
Padme / Star Wars, Episode 3
”How can anyone expect to possess co-ordination in active work when his muscles have never worked together in groups?”
Earle Liederman, 1924
“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.”
Lois McMaster Bujold
Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”
“Does thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.
Some people get lost in thought because it’s such unfamiliar territory
“The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”
What these people do not get is that winning is the only thing that really matters in this life. Wins and P.R.’s count, every other goal is gay.
Nobody succeeds beyond his or her wildest expectations unless he or she begins with some wild expectations
Just remember, somewhere, a little Chinese girl is warming up with your max…
“Civilize the mind but make savage the body.”
Mao Se Tung
“Inferior equipment begets superiors results.”
The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.
“Some people say the grass is always greener on the other side. I say be the gardener. Water it. Feed it. Make your own grass grow.
I make the grass greener wherever I am.
I’m the gardener.”
“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.”
“Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.”
Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.
I can picture in my mind a world without war, a world without hate. And I can picture us attacking that world, because they’d never expect it.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Beware the fury of a patient man
When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.
You do not really understand something unless you can explain it to your grandmother.
Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake.
The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.
Better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute. That’s relativity.
If you’re going through hell, keep going.
I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.
History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.
Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
It is by the fortune of God that, in this country, we have three benefits: freedom of speech, freedom of thought, and the wisdom never to use either.
When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.
The difference between fiction and reality is that fiction has to make sense.
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a manner that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.
None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Last week I stated that this woman was the ugliest woman I had ever seen. I have since been visited by her sister and now wish to withdraw that statement.
An intellectual is someone who has found something more interesting than sex.
I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.
I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.
There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.
If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.
History is a set of lies agreed upon.
Genius may have its limitations, but stupidity is not thus handicapped.
Life isn’t about the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away.
When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
… when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what’s right.
My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.
God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.
I haven’t reported my missing credit card to the police because whoever stole it is spending less than my wife.
Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.
I wish there was a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence. There’s a knob called ‘brightness’, but it doesn’t work.
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.
One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.
Democracy substitutes election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.
George Bernard Shaw
Anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.
No diet will remove all the fat from your body because the brain is entirely fat. Without a brain you might look good, but all you could do is run for public office.
It has been my observation that most people get ahead during the time that others waste.
All we need is a voluntary, free-spirited, open-ended program of procreative racial deconstruction. Everybody just keep fuckin’ everybody ’til they’re all the same color.
Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 ft/sec, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter.
I became a policeman because I wanted to be in a business where the customer is always wrong.
What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we open and shut our eyes!
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier
How do you write woman so well? – I think of a man and I take away reason and accountability.
When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
P. J. O’Rourke
I once heard two ladies going on and on about the pains of childbirth and how men don’t seem to know what real pain is. I asked if either of them ever got themselves caught in a zipper.
We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong.
The nice part about being a pessimist is that you are constantly being either proven right or pleasantly surprised.
George F. Will
I’m tired of all this nonsense about beauty being only skin-deep. That’s deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?
“to gain that which is worth having it may be necessary to give up everything else”
Many a false step was made by standing still.
Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
Yoda / Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Ever since evolution stopped working, ever since man first called itself civilized, it has been a much more brutal creature than the animals I call friend, the most savage beast on the planet. Just because we kill with guns and words rather than fangs and teeth does not make us more civilized, it just means we have rules and laws to justify our brutality.
Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it.
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw
Competence, like truth, beauty and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.
Laurence J. Peter
Speak the truth, but leave immediately after.
When you’ve tasted excess, everything else tastes bland…
The best way out is always through.
“You’re dealing with people who are suiciding slowly. You’ve got to get to the bottom of what is psychologically motivating them to self-destruct.”
“There’s no finish line. That’s a big pill for people to swallow, Every single day for the rest of your life, you are going to have to make better food choices, and move around a bit more.”
I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.
I hate mankind, for I think myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
“The first thing to do about an obstacle is simply to stand up to it and not complain about it or whine under it but forthrightly attack it. Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have. Just stand up to it, that’s all, and don’t give way under it, and it will finally break. You will break it. Something has to break and it won’t be you, it will be the obstacle.”
“If I can’t get through a trouble, I try to go around it, and if I can’t go around it, I try to get under it, and if I can’t get under it, I try to go over it, and if I can’t go over it, I just plow right through it.”
“Never give in. Never give in, never, never, never…”
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
Thomas A. Edison
“Half of being smart is knowing what you’re dumb at.”
If you are going to think anyway, you might as well think big!
Most people are to busy earning a living to make any money.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
And shepherds we shall be, for thee my Lord for thee, Power hath descended forth from thy hand, that our feet may swiftly carry out thy command, we shall flow a river forth to thee, and teeming with souls shall it ever be. In nomine patris, et filii, et spiritus sancti.
Connor, Murphy / Boondock Saints
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
“I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man’s doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.”
If nobody spoke unless he had something to say, the human race would very soon lose the use of speech.
W. Somerset Maugham
Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.
We don’t see things as they are. We see things as we are.
Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance to his instincts, he will accept it even on the slightest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.
The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.
The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don’t have to waste your time voting.
I hear: I forget / I see: I remember / I do: I understand
One dog barks at something. And a hundred dogs bark at the sound.
There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.
The skill of writing is to create a context in which other people can think.
If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.
America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.
God has no religion.
Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.
I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.
I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.
Heroism consists of hanging on one minute longer.
You probably wouldn’t worry about what people think of you if you could know how seldom they do.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.
Peter F. Drucker
When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards!
Failure to plan ahead on your part does not create an emergency on my part.
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Millions long for immortality who do not know what to do with themselves on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.
You’ve achieved success in your field when you don’t know whether what you’re doing is work or play.
Abs are made in the kitchen, strength is made in the gym.
what are you willing to give up
how much are you willing to change
= teachability index
If you want things in your life to change,
you are going to have to change things in your life!
If you don’t use what you learn, you will stop learning
To know and not to do is not to know
Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god. – Jean Rostand, Thoughts of a Biologist (1939)
I am Ripper… Tearer… Slasher… Gouger. I am the Teeth in the Darkness, the Talons in the Night. Mine is Strength… and Lust… and Power! I AM BEOWULF!