some of my favorite quotes

not in any particular order
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"A ship in harbor is safe, but that's not what ships are built for."

~ John A. Shedd

"If you wanted to, you would."

~ John Servidio

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't… you're right."

~ Henry Ford

"It always seems impossible until it's done."

~ Nelson Mandela

"If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse."

~ Jim Rohn

"Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate."

~ C.G. Jung

"There is no remedy for love, but to love more."

~ Henry David Thoreau

"I crave a love so deep, the ocean would be jealous."

~ Pablo Neruda

"I don't hate people. I just feel better when they aren't around."

~ Charles Bukowski

"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."

~ Wayne Gretsky

"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you."

~ Lewis B. Smedes

"We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are."

~ Anais Nin

"You can't do it unless you imagine it."

~ George Lucas

"Action is the foundational key to all success."

~ Pablo Picasso

"Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."

~ Wayne W. Dyer

"Things do not happen. Things are made to happen."

~ John F. Kennedy

"Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame."

~ Benjamin Franklin

"If you can change your mind, you can change your life."

~ William James

"I have had recurring nightmares
That I was loved for who I am.
And missed the opportunity
To be a better man. "

~ Muse (Hoodoo)

"Hang in there. It is astonishing how short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen."

~ Frances Hodgson Burnett

"Comparison is the thief of joy."

~ Theodore Roosevelt

"The most effective way to do it is to do it."

~ Amelia Earhart

"You can't have it all at once."

~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."

~ Aldous Huxley

"Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty."

~ Tacitus

"Nothing is more permanent than a temporary solution."

~ Russian Proverb

"If you find yourself in a hole… stop digging."

~ The First Law of Holes

"Find out where the line is drawn, and cross it deliberately."

~ George Carlin

"A mistake repeated more than once is a decision."

~ Paulo Coelho

"I demolish my bridges behind me...then there is no choice but to move forward."

~ Fridtjof Nansen

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."

~ Desmond Tutu

"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent."

~ Edmund Burke

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others’?"

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at"

~ Tina Fey

"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence."

~ Charles Bukowski

"A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch but on its own wings."

~ Unknown

"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change."

~ Max Planck

"You may always have a second chance; for this thing we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down."

~ Mary Pickford

"We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us."

~ Jospeh Campbell

"What you do is more important than what you say."

~ Mark Twain (paraphrased)

"The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it,
but in the end, there it is."

~ Winston Churchill

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle."

~ James Keller


"Go to the actual place and see the actual thing and you shall learn the actual truth."

~ Japanese Proverb

"Who lies for you, will lie against you."

~ Bosnian Proverb

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

~ Hanlon's razor

"The things you own end up owning you. It's only after you lose everything that you're free to do anything."

~ Chuck Palahniuk ('Fight Club')

"Normal is an illusion. What is normal for the spider is chaos for the fly."

~ Charles Addams

"Don't surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn't true anymore."

~ Cheryl Strayed

"When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

~ Sherlock Holmes (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

"You must be the change you want to see in the world."

~ (Not) Gandhi

"Everything in moderation... including moderation."

~ Julia Child

"To whom much is given, much is expected."

~ John F. Kennedy

"The most expensive thing you will ever do is spend time with the wrong people."

~ Anonymous

"Only those who risk going too far, can find out how far one can go."

~ T.S. Elliot

"It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important."

~ Arthur Conan Doyle

"It takes a great deal of courage to stand up to your enemies, but even more to stand up to your friends."

~ J.K. Rowling

"The best way out is always through."

~ Robert Frost

"Tell me what company thou keepest, and I'll tell thee what thou art."

~ Miguel de Cervantes

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."

~ Winston S. Churchill

"Wherever you go, there you are."

~ Buckaroo Bonzai

"Assumptions are the termites of relationships."

~ Henry Winkler

"Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?"

~ George Carlin

"If you hit a wrong note, the next note determines if it’s good or bad."

~ Miles Davis

"We owe almost all our knowledge not to those who have agreed, but to those who have differed."

~ Charles Caleb Colton

"They don't think it be like it is, but it do."

~ Oscar Gamble

"Less but better."

~ Dieter Rams

"I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time."

~ Blaise Pascal

"Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character."

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win."

~ Mohandas Gandhi

"If you're not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you're determined to learn, no one can stop you."

~ Zig Ziglar

"Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

~ Eleanor Roosevelt

"Pettiness and tit-for-tats, the poor upbringing of trashy brats."

~ Anon

"You can tell a lot about someone by the people he or she admires."

~ Ken Segall

"If you would attain greatness, think no little thoughts."

~ Anonymous

"Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends, fads and popular opinion."

~ Jack Kerouac

"Mediocrity is excellent to the eyes of mediocre people."

~ Joseph Joubert

"Each of us is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts."

~ James R. Schlesinger

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."

~ George Eliot

"I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you."

~ Friedrich Nietzsche

"If you marry a woman who cheated on her husband, you're married to a woman who cheats on her husband."

~ Ann Landers

"It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb."

~ Anon

"The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them."

~ Ernest Hemingway

"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be."

~ Wayne Gretzky

"Take your broken heart, make it into art."

~ Carrie Fisher

"We will encourage you to develop the three great virtues of a programmer: laziness, impatience, and hubris."

~ Larry Wall

"Live life like you're gonna die. Because you're gonna."

~ William Shatner

"You've got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."

~ Yogi Berra

"Profanity is the verbal crutch of the ignorant mother fucker."

~ Anon

"I realize I use the word 'fuck' a lot, and I'd apologize for that, but I don't give a shit."

~ Lewis Black

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."

~ Ernest Hemingway

"You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are, and change the ending."

~ C.S. Lewis

"Always make new mistakes."

~ Esther Dyson

"One believes things because one has been conditioned to believe them."

~ Aldous Huxley