Human Strength

“The great end of life is not knowledge but action.”
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95)
British biologist, championed Darwin’s theory of evolution

Human Strength

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty.
But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people.”

Thomas Davidson, Professor

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”
Duke Ellington

“Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important.”
George Eliot (1819-80)

“Only a weak mind seeks ultimate answers.”
Elayne Boosler

“Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity;
yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage.”

Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917), American journalist

“Teaching kids to count is fine, but teaching them what counts is best.”
Bob Talbert

“People only see what they are prepared to see.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82)
American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist

“Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next.”
Dr. Jonas Salk (b. 1914)
Doctor, discoverer of polio vaccine

“One should be just as careful in choosing one’s pleasures as in avoiding calamities.”
Chinese Proverb

“The course of true love never did run smooth.”
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
English playwright, poet, work considered greatest in English literature

“Being defeated is often a temporary condition.
Giving up is what makes it permanent.”

Marilyn vos Savant

“The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.”
Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German essayist, philosopher, critic

“Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”
Bobby Unser, American NASCAR driver

If we keep doing what we’re doing,
we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.”

Stephen R. Covey (b. 1932), American writer, author

“Nothing can be produced out of nothing.”
Laertius Diogenes (-c. 320 BC), Greek philosopher

“Everyone admits that love is wonderful and necessary,
yet no one agrees on just what it is.”

Diane Ackerman (b. 1948), American-born author, writer

“Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.”
D. A. Battista

“Between the great things we cannot do
and the small things we will not do,
the danger is that we shall do nothing.”

Adolph Monod

“To solve the problems of today, we must focus on tomorrow.”
Erik Nupponen

“Love is what we were born with.
Fear is what we learned here.”

Marianne Williamson

“Everyone has a talent.
What rare is the courage to follow that talent to the dark place where it leads.”

Erica Mann Jong (b. 1942), American novelist, poet, “Fear of Flying”, “Half Lives”

“True love never dies for it is lust that fades away.
Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away.”

Alicia Barnhart

“Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.”
William Adams

“Doubt is often the beginning of wisdom.”
Dr. M. Scott Peck

“Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.”
Samuel Paterson

“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture.
Just get people to stop reading them.”

Ray Douglas Bradbury (b. 1920), American writer of science fiction

“You never have a chance for your luck to operate if you don’t take risks.”

“Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
Robert Anson Heinlein (1907-88)
American writer, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

You can’t change who you are,
but you can surely make the best of it.
And if you’ve got a thought, act on it.”

Emma Bunton

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”

“Don’t be afraid to ask dumb questions.
They’re more easily handled than dumb mistakes.”

William Wister Haines

“When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long.
Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward.
Mistakes are lessons of wisdom.
The past cannot be changed.
The future is yet in your power.”

Hugh White

“He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.”
Dr. Thomas Fuller (1608-61)
English clergyman, writer, “The Church History of Britain”

“Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.”
General Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970)
French general, statesman, President

You don’t always win your battles, but it’s good to know you fought.”
Lauren Bacall

“Friendships are fragile things, and require as much handling as any other fragile and precious thing.”
Randolph Silliman Bourne (1886-1918), American writer

“Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”
George Eliot (1819-80)

“It isn’t the great pleasures that count the most;
it’s making a great deal out of the little ones.”

Jean Webster

“I’m not running, and I’m not walking fast.
I’m going where I need to be.”

Johnny McEntyre

“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing
than to teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.”

E(dward) E(stlin) Cummings (1894-1962), American writer

“All men kill the thing they hate,
unless, of course, it kills them first.”

James Grover Thurber (1894-1961)
American writer, cartoonist, illustrator, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.
In this life we get nothing save by effort.”

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

“If you take care of the small things,
the big things take care of themselves.
You can gain more control over your life by paying closer attention to the little things.”
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (1830-86), American poet

“They may forget what you said,
but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Carl W. Buechner

“The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are,
but in what direction we are moving.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-94), American writer, physician

“Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.”
Glenda Cloud

“Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.”
John Stuart Mill (1806-73)
British philosopher, economist, “Principles of Political Economy”

“Our destiny changes with our thought;
we shall become what we wish to become,
do what we wish to do, when our habitual thought corresponds with our desire.”

Orison Swett Marden

“Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do.”
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778)
French philosopher, writer, “Candide”

“He that does not ask will never get a bargain.”
French Proverb

“Education sows not seeds in you, but makes your seeds grow.”
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931)
Syrian-born American mystic poet, painter, “The Prophet”

“We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.”
Anne Swetchine (1782-1857)

“There are moments when everything goes well;
don’t be frightened, it won’t last.”

Jules Renard (1864-1910)

“Religion, whatever it is, is a man’s total reaction upon life.”
William James (1842-1910)
American psychologist, philosopher, “The Will to Believe”

“One good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.”
Gene Brown

“Nothing shows a man’s character more than what he laughs at.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, scientist, master of poetry, drama and novel

“Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.”
Dr. Dale E. Turner

“If you are still being hurt by an event that happened to you at twelve,
it is the thought that is hurting you now.”

James Hillman

“The price one pays for pursuing a profession, or calling,
is an intimate knowledge of its ugly side.”

James Arthur Baldwin (1924-87), American writer, critic

“The young do not know enough to be prudent,
and therefore they attempt the impossible,
and achieve it, generation after generation.”

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck (1892-1973)
American writer, missionary in China

“The more you seek security, the less of it you have.
But the more you seek opportunity,
the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.”

Brian Tracy

“My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.”
Abraham Lincoln (1809-65), 16th US President, Republican

“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”
Ann Landers, American journalist, editor

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place
but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

Dorothy Nevill

“Nothing is more despicable than respect based on fear.”
Albert Camus (1913-60)
French novelist, essayist, playwright, philosopher

“We can be knowledgable with other men’s knowledge
but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.”

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-92), French essayist

“No one is without knowledge except him who asks no questions.”
West African Saying

“You can swim all day in the Sea of Knowledge and still come out completely dry. Most people do.”
Norman Juster

“Good leaders must first become good servants.”
Robert Greenleaf
Director of Management Research, AT&T

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference.
They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.

Barbara De Angelis

“In dreams and in love there are no impossibilities.”
Janos Arany (1817-82), Hungarian poet

“It is impossible to love and to be wise.”
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626)
English philosopher, essayist, statesman

“A man without ambition is dead.
A man with ambition but no love is dead.
A man with ambition and love for his blessings here on earth is ever so alive.”

Pearl Bailey (1918-90), American singer, actress


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