A List of Random Quotes

These quotes are things I picked up from various sources and for various reasons and at different times in my life. All mean something to me… I hope they may for you too.

Key Things

  • LOVE = “life’s only valid expression.” – (Robert Richardson, “Time”, movie 2020). Every emotion is either an expression of love or a perversion of it. There is only love.
  • The shadow of a dog never bit anyone – (Kenneth Copeland). Patience and passage of time do more than strength & fury – (Unknown). Submit to pressure from peers and you move down to their level – (Unknown). If you move with the crowd, you’ll get no further than the crow – (Unknown). When 40 million people believe in a dumb idea,it’s still a dumb ide – (Unknown). Simply swiming with the tide leaves you nowher – (Unknown). When a boy or girl thrust their small hand into yours, it may be smeared with chocolate ice cream, or grimy from patting a dog. There may be a wart under the right thumb and a bandage around the little finger. But the important thing about their hand is, that it is the hand that one day will be holding a bible or a revolver…. play a piano or spin a gambling wheel… gently dress a lepers wound or tremble uncontrolled by an alcoholic mind.. right now that hand is yours… – It asks for help and guidance – (Unknown). Admonish your friends privately, but praise them openly – (Syrus). Grasp all, lose all – (Proverb). What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing – (Aristotle). No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues – (Bertrand Russell). A hedge between keeps friendships green – (Proverb). If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles one would hardly see anybody – (Agatha Christie). Ugly facts are a challenge to beautify them – (Henry Haskins). Dreaming permits each and every one of us to be quietly & safely insane every night of our lives – (William Denient). You’re either part of the solution or part of the problem – (Eldridge Cleaver). It is always brave to say what everyone thinks – (Georges Duhamel). Pleasure may come of ullusion, but happiness can come only of reality – (Sebastian Chamfort). We are made wise not by the recollections of our past, but by the responsibilities of our future – (George Bernard Shaw). You grow up the day you have the first real laugh – at yourself – (Ethel Barrymore). Musicians don’t retire; they stop when there’s no more music in them – (Louis Armstrong). Habit is a great deadener – (Samuel Beckett). Two half-truths do not make a truth, and two half-cultures do not make a culture – (Arthur Koestler). The world has enough for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed – (Mahatma Gandhi). Doth not even nature itself teach you – (1 Cor. 11:14). People that seems so glorious are all show, underneath they’re like anybody else – (Euripides). It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinately the most important – (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle). A really intelligent man feels what other men only know – (Baron de Montesquieu). The biggest waste of water in the country by far is when you spend half a pint & flush two gallons – (Proince Phillip). Death destroys a man – the idea of death saves him – (E M Forster). Nothing happens to any man that he is not formed by nature to bear – (Marcus Aurelius). Flattery is all right so long as you don’t inhale – (Adlai Stevenson). It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confident knowledge they will help us – (Epicurus). The future is made of the same stuff as the present – (Simone Weil). Hurry! I never hurry! I have no time to hurry – (Igor Stravinsky). Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed – (Francis Bacon). When people are free to do as they please they usually imitate each other – (Hoffer). Be so true to thyself, as thou be not false to others – (Francis Bacon). In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments – there are consequences – (Robert Ingersoll). The heart has it’s reasons which reason does not know – (Blaise Pascal). Plenty makes me poor – (Ovid). One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done – (Marie Curie). A good scare is worth more than good advice – (Proverb). The point is that nobody likes having salt rubbed into their wounds, even if it is the salt of the earth – (Rebecca West). Clothes are inevitable. They are nothing less than the furniture of the mind made visible – (James Laver). Talent develops in quiet places, character in the full current of human life – (Goethe). I’m not interested in the bloody system!! Why has he no food? Why is he starvin to death? – (Bob Geldof). We have first raised a dust and then complain we cannot see – (Bishop Berkeley). Love me little love me long – (Marlowe). All mankind loves a lover – (Emerson). O love the beautiful and brief – (Schiller). Love understands love; it needs no talk – (L.R.Havergal). Soon or late love is its own sweet avenger – (Byron). Love sought is good but given unsought is better – (Shakespeare). He whom love guards is well guarded – (Voltaire). Love has made its best interpreter a sigh – (Byron). Love gives itself but is not bought – (Longfellow). They do not love who do not show their love – (Shakespeare). Platonic love is platonic nonsense – (Richardson). Man, while he loves is never quite depraved – (Lamb). Love lieth deep love dwells not in depths – (Tennyson). Why is it so difficult to love wisely so easy to love too well – (Miss M.E.Braddon). There’s nothing so sweet in life as love’s young dream – (Moore). Love, one time, layeth burdens another time giveth wings – (Sir P.Sydney) Friendship often ends in love but love in friendship, never – (Colton) Successful love takes a load off our hearts and puts it on our shoulders – (Bovee). Love that hath nothing but beauty to keep it in good health is short lived – (Erasmus). Love is like the measles all the worse when it comes late in life – (Jerrold). Love hath never known a law beyond it’s own sweet will – (Whittier). In love as in war a fortress that parleys is half taken – (Margueritta de Valois). It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all – (Tennyson). Love never dies of starvation but often of indigestion – (de Lenclos). Love is the occupation of the idle man, the amusement of the busy one, the shipwreck of a Sovereign – (Napoleon). Just becasue a mouse is in the biscuit barrel, doesn’t make it a biscuit – (Unknown). To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men – (Abraham Lincoln). It is not the purpose of the sun’s shinning to cast shadows, but when the sun shines, shadows are inevitable. (ref. John 12:47) Much the same as fire – desire is an excellent servant, and a terrible master – (Unknown). Transfiguration, broadly defined means ‘making things shine because of love’ – (Adrian Plass; View from a bouncy castle). Love is friendship set to music – (Unknown). Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present – (Elliott; Passion and Purity). Sin is indeed essentially human – but we CAN escape. The gutter is not our inescapable home – only our choice can make it that – (Youth; the endangered species). The purpose of learning and teaching is to assist each person to live as they were created to live in order to become what the Creator destined â them to be – (Unknown). Teaching is the fine art of imparting knowledge without possesing it – (Unknown). Vilest deeds, like prison weeds, bloom well in prison air; it’s only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there – (Unknown). When in Rome, do as John the Baptist did -(Unknown). It is possible to be so defiled by this world that your own mother and father would not want to know you, but God will always believe in your ability to pull yourself out of the mire – (Bob Dylan; Emmy awards, 1991). What you believe about your identity is what is going to make the difference. You will live out whatever you believe to be your true self, your true identity. – (Bill Gillham; Lifetime Guarantee, p90) Human knowledge must be understood to be loved, but divine knowledge must be loved to be understood – (Pascal). Unless that which is above you controls that which is within you, then that which is around you will – (Unknown). There are basically two kinds of art. Art you use as a tranquilizer to escape. And enduring art which is the kind that focuses reality for us in a way that brings illumination – (‘Tell’ Magazine). Music can either enrich our lives and our experience of it, or act as a tranquilizer to help us escape from life’s questions – (‘Tell’ Magazine). Oftentimes the powers of darkness win us with honest truths; Merest trifles to betray us in deepest consequence! – (Shakespere; Macbeth). God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world – (C.S. Lewis). The world seems to be crumbling and yet people are eating and drinking and living unaturally as though there were no right and wrong, as though their lives will never end – (Larry Norman; Cover notes, ‘In Another Land’). Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other – (John Adams). Of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labour to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens – (George Washington). Before any man can be considered as a member of civil society, he must be considered a subject of the Governor of the Universe – (James Madison). In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity – (Albert Einstein). It seems to me that the effort I make to instruct myself has no result but the increasing discovery of my own ignorance -(Rene’ Descartes). The thirst for equality can express itself either as a desire to draw everyone down to one’s level, or to raise oneself and everyone else up – (Friedrich Nietzsche). I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts; the rest are details – (Albert Einstein). The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living – (Henri Poincare’). Genius may have its limitations but stupidity is not thus handicapped – (Elbert Hubbard). The most profitless things to manufacture are excuses – (B. C. Forbes). It takes courage to attempt the impossible. What would we think of Moses today if when it was time to part the red sea, he had said “Why don’t you guys go build a bridge?” – (Anonymous). A goal is a dream with a deadline – (Anonymous). The real problem is not whether machines think, but whether men do – (B. F. Skinner). The only way to discover the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible – (Arthur Clarke). What is Mind? – No matter. But… What is Matter? Never mind – – (Anonymous). The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man – (George Bernard Shaw). You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it – (G. K. Chesterton). The old men ask for more time; the young waste it. And the philosopher simply smiles, knowing there is none there – (R. S. Thomas). Ask not what’s inside your head but what your head’s inside of – (William Mace). Why should a group of simple, stable compounds of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen struggle for billions of years to organize themselves into a professor of chemistry? – (Robert Pirsig). We can do no great things; only small things with great love – (Mother Teresa). Don’t ask me to sing like a caged pet canary when I’m burning for freedom not just sanctuary – (Rick Elias). There was a fisher named Fisher who fished for some fish in a fissure. Till a fish with a grin, pulled the fisher man in. Now they’re fishing the fissure for Fisher. Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything – (George Bernard Shaw). An honest man’s pillow is his peace of mind – (John Cougar Mellencamp [Scarecrow 1985]).
  • You are young and you are the future so suck it up and tuff it out and be the best you can – (John Cougar Mellencamp [Scarecrow 1985]).
  • Between a laugh and a tear, a smile in the mirror as you walk by, between a laugh and a tear and that’s as good as it can get for us, and there ain’t no reason to stop tryin’ – (John Cougar Mellencamp [Scarecrow 1985]).
  • Accessibility is about accommodating characteristics a person cannot change by providing options (Joe Clark [Author “Building Accessible Websites”, 2002]).

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