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Love truth and fear not —
Do good and be happy.
~Simeon Carter (1824–1911), Poems and Aphorisms: A Woodman's Musings, 1893


Shall I spend my life pushing a boulder uphill so that once uphill I will have a boulder to sit on while lamenting my life? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2021


Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be. ~Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ, c.1420


You've got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you're not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice. ~Steven D. Woodhull (U.S. geologist, b.1976), "Tuition," 1999


I don't want to talk about [our Lord's] divinity. I'd rather talk about his humanity... how he lived his life here on earth — his kindness, his tolerance. Listen, here's what I think. We can't go around measuring our goodness by what we don't do, by what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think we've got to measure goodness by what we embrace, what we create, and who we include. ~Robert Nelson Jacobs, Chocolat, 2000, based on the novel by Joanne Harris, 1999[Spoken by the character Père Henri. –tg]


In what you say of another, apply the test of kindness, necessity and truth, and let nothing pass your lips without a 2/3 majority. ~Liz Armbruster


Give thanks for what you are now, and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. ~Fernanda Miramontes-Landeros, November 2009 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


If you surrender to the wind you can ride it. ~Toni Morrison, quoted in Laura B. Randolph, "The Magic of Toni Morrison," Ebony, July 1988


Never miss an opportunity to make others happy, even if you have to leave them alone in order to do it. ~Author unknown


Do not confuse your vested interests with ethics. Do not identify the enemies of your privilege with the enemies of humanity. ~Max Lerner, "Politics and the Connective Tissue," 1945


Laziness will cause you pain. ~Vee Arnis Jitsu School of Self-Defense


I think owning your burdens is half the battle. ~Scrubs, "My Catalyst," 2004, written by Bill Lawrence  [S3, E12, J.D.]


Think not because the chrysalis struggles that it is in need of you. Oh! I pray you, stay your eager hands, lest you despoil its silver wings. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Prayer, 1904


Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty. ~Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse: Dune, 1985 (The Coda)


One neglect makes ten regrets. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


A refusal to face reality allows it to stab you in the back. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, lumpenbangenpiano.com


Always when judging
Who people are,
Remember to footnote
The words "So far."
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


People cannot go wrong, if you don't let them. They cannot go right, unless you let them. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" — a reason to devote an occasional day to breaking everything. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


I have not been afraid of excess: excess on occasion is exhilarating. It prevents moderation from acquiring the deadening effect of a habit. ~W. Somerset Maugham, The Summing Up, 1938


The secret to happiness in your work is to find a job in which your neurosis is constructive. ~Jeanne LaMont, M.D.


I saw that he was dying. All the strength had left him. And I said Moe, "What will I do without you?" And he gathered up all the energy he could and he said, "Take the love you have for me and spread it around. In love spread around, there beauty is found." ~Shirley L. Hyman, Ph.D. (1913–2016), from 2014 video produced by Brandon Stanton for Humans of New York, www.humansofnewyork.com


"...Tell me how you have kept the joy
      Still burning in your eyes."
Then, like an old-time orator,
      Impressively he rose.
"I make the most of all that comes
      And the least of all that goes."
The jingling rhythm of his words
      Echoed as old songs do;
Yet this had kept his eyes alight
      Till he was ninety-two.
~Sara Teasdale, "The Philosopher," 1916


If I had my life to live over, I'd have fewer meetings and more rendezvous. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Every one should keep a mental waste-paper basket and the older he grows the more things he will consign to it — torn up to irrecoverable tatters. ~Samuel Butler, quoted in The Note-Books of Samuel Butler, selections arranged and edited by Henry Festing Jones, 1918


Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


Toss your dashed hopes not into a trash bin but into a drawer where you are likely to rummage some bright morning. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself. ~Elbert Hubbard


Strive strenuously; live gently. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, as reprinted in Poor Richard Jr's Almanack, 1906


Keep on going ahead; let others look for footprints. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Every man ought to be above his position in the sense of being more than his position. To be king and nothing more, judge and nothing more, tallowe-handler and nothing more, is to allow the accident to swallow up the essence, and prove a miserable failure when measured by the true standard of human worth. A wise man would scorn to be like the tower of Pisa, leaning everlastingly one way; and as each special occupation has its own tendencies to narrowness, exclusiveness, and misconception, one continuous object of education should be to give scope and elbow-room in other directions. When governments, or societies, with imperial rescripts, acts of parliament, or conventionalities, hedge men round with directions and prohibitions, we rejoice in the brave spirits who manfully do what they are told not to do; and part of everybody's education should be a training to resist the slavery by which custom is always trying to enthrall the world. ~Henry James Slack (1818–1896), The Philosophy of Progress in Human Affairs, "Chapter XIII: Education," 1860


When you jump at conclusions, be sure they are there. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


1. Don't be afraid to say No.
2. Don't be afraid to say Yes.
~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017, professorsunwolf.com


Young men, be masters of yourselves. The world needs you. ~James E. Shepard (1875–1947), quoted in Mitchell Davis, One Hundred Choice Quotations by Prominent Men and Women of the Negro Race, 1917


Just remember, there's a right way and a wrong way to do everything and the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way. ~M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter


If you don't understand the cause of the problem — your solution will become part of it. ~Dr. Idel Dreimer, lumpenbangenpiano.com


Begin, not from an imaginary past, to which you can never go back; not from an imaginary future which you have not reached. Begin from the present, with all its treasury of good—ay, and with all its treasury of evil. And, keeping the pathway unbroken from the past to the future, lead on to life, to larger life... upward, upward. ~Lyman Abbott, "Out of the Past," sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899


All you need are these: certainty of judgment in the present moment;
action for the common good in the present moment;
and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.
~Marcus Aurelius (121–180 A.D.), Meditations, IX:6, a new translation by Stephen Hanselman, in The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, 2016


Don't look where you fall, but where you slipped. ~African proverb


When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. ~Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Practical life teaches us that people may differ and that both may be wrong: it also teaches us that people may differ and both be right. Anchor yourself fast in the latter faith, or the former will sweep your heart away. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


All things by immortal power,
Near or far,
Hiddenly
To each other are linkèd are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star...
~Francis Thompson (1859–1907), "The Mistress of Vision," c.1897


The things one most tries to hide are often the things most easily seen. ~Sleepy Hollow, "For the Triumph of Evil," 2013, teleplay by Jose Molina  [S1, E3, Ichabod Crane to Abbie Mills]


Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy. ~Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)


When someone demands blind obedience, you'd be a fool not to peek. ~Jim Fiebig, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1981


The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice that which we are for what we could become. ~Charles Du Bos, Approximations, 1922, translated from French


Enthusiasm is not measured by megaphones. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1904, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment...
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all — to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
~William Shakespeare, Hamlet, c.1600  [I, 3, Polonius]  [Love this about Polonius, by Francesco Lo Piccolo: "While he is a blowhard, and he does spout aphorisms that were, even in the sixteenth century, clichés, his clichés constitute sound advice and his observations prove themselves prophetic." He is also described as self-assured, cynical, self-centered, a flatterer, long-winded, sly, devious, false, shrewd, immoral, a sermoniser, meddling, political, arrogant, despicable, vain, hypocritical, manipulative, verbose, insincere, self-absorbed, a windbag, and a rambler of wisdom. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Smart people do stupid things, but they don't do them again to make sure. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


You must make your own life, amongst the living — and whether you meet fair winds or foul, find your own way to harbor in the end. ~Philip Dunne & Joseph Mankiewicz, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, 1947, spoken by the character Captain Daniel Gregg, film based on a 1945 novel by R. A. Dick (Josephine Leslie, 1898–1979)


Never trust the sense of a man who cannot talk nonsense. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885


The incurable ills are the imaginary ills. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


B hopeful, B happy, B cheerful, B kind,
B busy of body, B modest of mind,
B earnest, B truthful, B firm and B fair...
B watchful, B ready, B open, B frank,
B manly to all men, whatever B their rank;
B just and B generous, B honest, B wise...
B temperate, B steadfast, to anger B slow.
B thoughtful, B thankful, whate'er may B tide...
B pleasant, B patient, B fervent to all,
B best if you can, but B humble withal.
B prompt and B dutiful, still B polite;
B reverent, B quiet, and B sure and B right...
B grateful, B cautious of those who B tray.
B tender, B loving, B good and B nign,
B loved thou shalt B, and all else B thine.
~"A Swarm of Bees," The British Bee Journal, and Bee Keeper's Adviser, 1882


Let your strongest muscle be the will. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


When you mark a letter "Please Burn This," mail it in the fireplace. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Fortitude is the mean between fear and rashness. ~Proverb


To divorce literature, science and the arts from the crafts, the industries and the professions is unthinkable. The dreamer needs the doer, the artist needs the artisan, the poet needs the planner, the scholar needs the statesman. The man with the telescopic eye, who sees so clearly the things of to-morrow, but trips over the threshold of to-day, needs the social myopic whose condition results from too close and too prolonged contact with the minute work of the world... The so-called practical men need theory, and the theorists need practise. The workers need uplift and the apostles of culture need contact with the earth. The people's university must meet all the needs of all the people. ~F. F. Wesbrook, 1913


If you keep rephrasing the question, it gradually becomes the answer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


...time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married, 1912  [Thank you, Garson O'Toole! quoteinvestigator.com —tg]


...Love all, trust a few,
Do wrong to none...
~William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well, c.1602  [I, 1, Countess]


And if it's proud to have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts... she is proud. ~Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865


...we are human beings who can never be born enough...
~Ken Sekaquaptewa and Candy St. Jacques, Sahuaro, 1970, yearbook of the Associated Students of Arizona State University


Ever ask yourself what you would do if you had tomorrow to live over again? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


We have a choice every day — to act on yesterday's good intentions or get an early start on tomorrow's regrets. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


As for me, I always assumed growing up happened automatically as you got older, but it's really something you have to choose to do. ~Scrubs, "My Inconvenient Truth," 2007, written by Debra Fordham  [S7, E3, J.D.]


The only way you may correct the bad things in your past is to add better things to your future. ~Shiloh Morrison


So often our greatest triumph is a willing surrender. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


The saddest five words in the English language are:  I wish I would have. ~Ray M. Smythe, So You Decided To Teach, 2011


If you have to do it every day, for God's sake learn to do it well. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


Every man is the architect of his own destiny, but the trouble is we don't pay enough attention to the fire-escapes. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Avoid membership in a body of persons pledged to only one side of anything. ~Henry Stanley Haskins, "Religion and Dogma," Meditations in Wall Street, 1940


Dare to be imperfect and one day there will tug at your sleeve a soulmate. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Ability never amounts to much until it acquires two more letters — stability. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


You will receive the same vibration that you emit. ~Kim Russo


It's better to fight for something than against something. ~Author unknown


Strength will grow from the heart, blossom as results, and wither in others' hearts as seeds. ~Mikhael Dominico, September 2010 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


Life itself is a mixture of power and form, and will not bear the least excess of either. To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


In cases of doubtful morality we usually ask ourselves if there is any harm in doing this; it might be better to ask, is there any harm in letting it alone. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


Think of your faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep. ~Chinese proverb


Facts and figures are not the whole story. ~Terri Guillemets, "Âme et les yeux," 1998


Every wise man has a parachute of prudence attached to his balloon of enthusiasm. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


A prayer today that cooler heads may prevail — and warmer hearts. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2021


Never get so busy that you forget to feed your unicorn. ~Katrina Mayer, @katrinamayer, Instagram post, 2018


Do not fall before you are pushed. ~English proverb


Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known.  ~Garrison Keillor


May you always find exactly the right words to put bullies in their place — and enough strength in your knees to walk out with dignity. ~Pam Brown, To Someone Special, Wishing You Happiness, 2008, helenexley.com


Life isn't fair, at least on the micro level. Deal with it. But don't deal with it by making it more unfair to others. ~David C. Hill, hill-kleerup.org/blog


It is said that not all who wander are lost, which has always struck me as not getting the most out of wandering. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If you must choose between a falsehood and a rudeness, choose the rudeness; if the choice lies between a falsehood and cruelty, choose the falsehood. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


Ruts are not made by the wheels of Destiny, but by the cart of Care... ~Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander (c.1890–1953), "The One-Way Mind," in The New Zealand Railways Magazine, 1931 June 1st


Spencer Reid:  I'm afraid of losing you. And it's not just because I love you. It's because I don't think I know who I am in this world if I'm not your son, if I'm not protecting you... It's who I am.
Diana Reid:  No, no, you're so much more than that.
Spencer:  But it's how I see myself. And it's not something that I've done consciously — it just is...
Diana:  Well, who we are in the world changes — it's part of life.
Spencer:  And intellectually, I know that. And I know I should move on — but I don't know how. I feel stuck...
Diana:  You can't spend the rest of your life waiting... You have to move forward.
Spencer:  How?
Diana:  You just do it... You're an adult now.
Spencer:  What does that mean?
Diana:  Whatever you want it to mean. You get to choose. Come on, you can do this — it's time.
Spencer:  I know.
~Criminal Minds, "Awakenings," 2020, written by Stephanie Sengupta [S15, E2]


The whole science of life — Avoid sowing the seeds of regret. ~Charles Searle, Look Here!, 1885


The surest proof that a preventive measure is working is that you're starting to think it was unnecessary. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2020  #MaskUp


We must go to the middle of a child's bunch of cherries to be sure of finding perfect fruit. The outer circles will show unripened halves, stabs of the robin's bill, and rain-cracks, so soon does the ambition of quantity deaden the nice conscience of quality. ~James Russell Lowell (1819–1891), "Nationality in Literature"


If I make of myself nothing, I shall expect not more than nothing's proper place and portion. ~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), My Little Book of Life, 1912


The road to failure is full of ruts. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1906, George Horace Lorimer, editor


When "Why not do it?" barely outweighs "Why do it?" — don't do it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


Sometimes you just have to bow to the absurd. ~Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Up the Long Ladder," Jean-Luc Picard, Stardate 42823.2


An important corollary to the Golden Rule is to leave others be as you would have them leave you be. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


No useful man has time to go back and rub out his unfortunate foot prints. ~Author unknown, from Dallas-Galveston News, c.1894


Live and Let Live, is the Rule of Common Justice, but if People will be Troublesome on the One hand, the Obligation is Discharg'd on the other. ~"A Flea and a Man," Fables of Æsop and other Eminent Mythologists: with Morals and Reflexions by Sir Roger L'Estrange, Kt., 1692


Don't just prioritize your schedule, schedule your priorities. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995, collegiate-empowerment.org


Half the failures in life arise from pulling in the horse as he is leaping. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Everybody likes to hear it straight from the boss, even if you are going to get fired. ~Will Rogers (1879–1935)


It's illegal to bore people. ~Mo Siegel  [I saw this quote in 2003 on a sign at Celestial Seasonings in Boulder, Colorado. Siegel is one of the company's founders. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


A man must have something to cling to. Without that he is as a pea vine sprawling in search of a trellis.... I was all asprawl, clinging to Beauty, which is a very restless trellis. ~E.B. White (1899–1985)  [a little altered —ღ t.g.]


The best helping hand you will ever find is at the end of your own arm. ~Author unknown, c. 1940s


Put your future in good hands — your own. ~Mark Victor Hansen, Future Diary, 1980


Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak. Sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. ~Author unknown


There is great power in letting go, and there is great freedom in moving on. ~Author unknown


Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise. ~Author unknown


Beware of letting your comforts become means of pain; nor make yourself miserable for the sake of being happy. ~William Benton Clulow, Horæ Otiosæ, 1833, and Aphorisms and Reflections, 1843


Life is like riding a bicycle; we can keep from falling if we keep moving. Only a few trick-riders can stand still and not tumble. ~Author Unknown, c.1922


Courage is fire, bullying is smoke. ~Proverb


Wake up, do your best, sleep, repeat. ~Thingsweforget.blogspot.com, 2011


Work hard, enrobe yourself in velvet hope, and rule your world! ~Terri Guillemets


What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963


Strength will carry you through no matter how deep the valley... surrender to your strength. ~Gunda Fijnje-Nolan, September 2010 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter, @quotegarden


For all your days prepare,
And meet them ever alike:
When you are the anvil, bear—
When you are the hammer, strike.
~Edwin Markham, "Preparedness," Gates of Paradise and Other Poems, 1920


In spite of everything, keep sparkling. ~Dr. SunWolf, tweet, 2017, professorsunwolf.com


Let go or be dragged. ~Author unknown


...it takes something more than preponderance of numbers to win a battle... ~Burton E. Stevenson, A Guide to Biography for Young Readers: American — Men of Action, "Chapter VII: Great Soldiers," 1909


The only thing I need to take personally is my person. ~Karen Casey & Martha Vanceburg


Never force talent; let talent force you. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


The problem I find with material possessions is that their eyes don't light up when you walk through the front door. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2021


In Time of Shipwreck make it still your Aim
To Save; let others wrangle Whom to Blame.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Perils," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


I may be justifying my pockets of chaos, but I will always choose people over perfection and the heart over task and tidy. ~Betsy Cañas Garmon, @wildthyme, tweet, 2009, betsygarmon.com


What are the facts... and to how many decimal places?... Get the facts! ~Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)


Do you want to be handsome? I'll tell you how. First, look well to your health. Eat regularly and simply, and take proper rest. Go to bed early. Be sure to go to bed with clean teeth. Breathe fresh air. Take regular baths. More than all else, in order to look well you must wake up the mind and soul. Think pleasant and noble thoughts. Talk with people who know something. Be often in the company of those who know more than you do. Arouse your spiritual nature; sometimes a plain face is really glorified with the love of God and of man which shines through it. Lastly, keep a strong and vigorous body by taking plenty of wholesome outdoor exercise, and do all the good you can. Why not begin to grow handsome today? ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "How to Be Handsome," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905  [Paraphrased. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]


Don't be afraid to Dig Down. Things worth having are rarely found upon the surface. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Don'ts for Bachelors and Old Maids, 1908


Do not repair another man's fence until you have seen to your own. ~Masai proverb, quoted in A.C. Hollis, The Masai: Their Language and Folklore, 1905


The most valuable lesson man has learned from his dog is to kick a few blades of grass over it and move on. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


You want to run out in front, prepare to be tripped from behind. ~S.A. Sachs


Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses... ~Oscar Wilde


Stay quiet; refuse nothing; flowers grow only because they tranquilly allow the sun's rays to reach them. You must do the same. ~Barbara Juliane, baroness von Krüdener (1764–1824) to Germaine de Staël, quoted in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël, 1958


The opposite of education is not ignorance but indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference. Because of indifference, one dies before one actually dies. ~Elie Wiesel, 1986


The hardest thing to remember, looking back, is what you were waiting for. ~Robert Brault, 2017, rbrault.blogspot.com


He who burns his bridges better be a darn good swimmer. ~Author unknown


All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
~J. R. R. Tolkien


Never trouble another for what you can do yourself. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1825


I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.... In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. ~Henry David Thoreau


Don't do what you sincerely don't want to do. Never confuse movement with action. ~Ernest Hemingway, advice to Marlene Dietrich, quoted by A. E. Hotchner


A philosopher runs on ahead of his troubles, while a foolish man lags behind in the shadow of his difficulties. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Every day is conquerable by its hours, and every hour by its minutes. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


For you have to work out your own problems,
And have to work hard every day;
You have got to hold on to the real thing;
Believe me, there's no other way!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "An Old Man's Advice to a Boy," 1940s


Use your energy for good and it will be replenished with more good energy, use you energy for bad and your energy will be drained. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2009


It is good each day to remind yourself of what you most cherish in life and ask yourself what you did today to cherish it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Avoid the luxury that becomes a necessity. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


It is wisest, at times, to do nothing and explain it by saying nothing. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com, 2018


A bunny who waits for endless time and perfect conditions may never begin to hop.  ღ  The tastiest part of the carrot grows in darkness underground.  ღ  Let us give something, however small, for a small carrot is not small to the bunny who has none. ~Krista Lester, tweets from @BunnyBuddhism, www.bunnybuddhism.com


...whatever you do, do it well, and then it will not be trumpery. ~George Mogridge (1787–1854), "On the Trumpery Bag," Old Humphrey's Observations, 1841


Why chase a hopeless dream? I dunno, maybe for the dream, maybe for the chase, maybe to meet another hopeless dreamer. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Things sweet to taste prove in digestion sour. ~William Shakespeare, Richard II, c.1595  [I, 3, John of Gaunt]


Be true to your word and your work and your friend... ~John Boyle O'Reilly, "Rules of the Road"


Lend, by your imperfections, self-esteem to others, and you will be invited everywhere. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Prize your health; prize your word; prize your reason! ~Elbert Hubbard, "Can You Afford It?", Cosmopolitan, May 1913


If one reads the ancients only, one is sure of always remaining modern. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882


Never put off until to-morrow what you can do to-day is a pretty good rule, but it does not include saying unkind things and winding eight-day clocks. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor


It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? ~Henry David Thoreau, letter to H.G.O. Blake, 1857


There are as many ways of expression as there are moments in a day. ~Rose Wilder Lane, letter to Dorothy Thompson, 1928, edited by William V. Holtz


But work a year and sleep an hour,
     and sleep a night and sing a day,
And take a little wine and love,
     and when you feel religious—pray.
~Frederic Ridgely Torrence, The House of a Hundred Lights: A Psalm of Experience After Reading a Couplet of Bidpai, 1899


Focus on doing good within your reach. ~Terri Guillemets, "Your life," 2006


Being loved by all is little fun
Unless you're also loved by one.
~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Do not sacrifice a large good for a little evil. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


In the end the reason for anything is inseparable from the reason for everything. ~Robert Brault, 2012, rbrault.blogspot.com


The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. ~Author unknown


Occasionally it's good to devote a day to something in your life that's perfect but needs a little attention to stay that way. ~Robert Brault, 2017, rbrault.blogspot.com


Don't despise empiric truth. Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof. ~Martin H. Fischer (1879–1962)


Is bread the better for kneading? so is the heart. Knead it then by spiritual exercises; or God must knead it by afflictions. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Trust not a Water strange to you
Nor sign a Paper not read through.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Caution," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


The best way to predict your future is to create it. ~Author unknown, variant of "The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented" by Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future, 1963, and "The best way to predict the future is to invent it" by Alan Kay, 1982  [Thanks, Garson O'Toole of quoteinvestigator.com! —tg]


You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. ~Irish proverb


Beware of a man of one book. ~English proverb


Aspire to a lower level of harm. ~Terri Guillemets


You cannot be anything if you want to be everything. But if you are content to be something, you may by analogy be many things. ~Israel Zangwill, The Principle of Nationalities, 1917


Usually, when you can't overcome the obstacles in your path, it's not your path. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Do not be someone looking for [insert]. Be [insert] looking for someone.
Suggestions for [insert]:
—love
—friendship
—understanding
—appreciation
—tolerance
—a helping hand
—a leg up
—an answer
~Robert Brault, "You Be The Aphorist," rbrault.blogspot.com


Leaves are light, and useless, and idle, and wavering, and changeable; they even dance; and yet God in his wisdom has made them a part of oaks. And in so doing he has given us a lesson, not to deny the stout-heartedness within because we see the lightsomeness without. ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827


Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours. ~Swedish proverb


You cannot corner the devil by argument; he will jump over your head or between your feet. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897


Before you "go up in the air" be sure to choose a soft spot. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1907, George Horace Lorimer, editor


When you lose, don't lose the lesson. ~Author unknown


...what counts can't be counted. ~Author unknown, c.1956 quoted in Political science in the United States of America: a trend report, UNESCO, see also "...not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" by William Bruce Cameron, 1963, commonly attributed to Albert Einstein as "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted."  [quoteinvestigator.com]


Follow the seasons. Follow your heart. Lead by example. Lead with love, alongside simplicity and courage, embracing duty, shunning fear. ~Terri Guillemets


Dig the well before you are thirsty. ~Chinese proverb


Wish for nothing so much that you forget to make it come true. ~Jeb Dickerson, @JebDickerson


Anything can happen; this is the very rule of this universe! The best defence against this rule is this: Don't panic! ~Mehmet Murat ildan


Be kind to everyone on the way up; you'll meet the same people on the way down. ~Wilson Mizner


I plowed "Perhaps," I planted "If" therein.
And sadly harvested "It Might Have Been."
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Slackness," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root... ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden, 1854


When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995, collegiate-empowerment.org


Sometimes the only way to take a really good look at yourself is through someone else's eyes. ~Scrubs, "My Nickname," 2001, written by Bill Lawrence  [S1, E10, J.D.]


When you throw dirt, you lose ground. ~Texan proverb


Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go. ~Author unknown


It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time. ~Author unknown


The best things in life are not only free, they require less assembly. ~Robert Brault, 2012, rbrault.blogspot.com


That Hour was never thrown away,
Which, spent in Planning, saved a Day.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Doing," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance"


Nourish your body with good food. Nourish your mind with good books. Nourish your soul with good friends. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book, 1995, collegiate-empowerment.org


Remedy it or welcome it: a wise man's only two choices. ~Terri Guillemets


To know the road ahead, ask those coming back. ~Chinese proverb


God is good, but never dance in a small boat. ~Irish saying


Where you find quality, you will find a craftsman, not a quality-control expert. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Rub her feet. ~Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)


Don't ever tell anybody anything. ~J. D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, 1951



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