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THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

Inspirational thoughts, motivational quotes, and wisdom from around the world

A new thought each and every week

Underlying these thoughts are my personal values and my personal philosophy which encompass difference and diversity, fun and friendship, optimism and openness, trust, tolerance and teamwork, creativity, learning and growth, a commitment to reason and critical thinking, an interest in other countries and cultures, and a willingness to embrace change and new experiences.

If you share at least some of these principles, then you should find the following thoughts illuminating and, on occasions, hopefully even inspiring. One of my friends once called my circulation of Thought For The Week "a web of wisdom".



What is Roger thinking?


  1. "There appears to be a positive correlation between an atmosphere of 'human playfulness' (otherwise known as humour) in the workplace and the improvement of 'innovative activity and creativity'."

    "Observer Business Section", 18 April 1999

  2. "Here on the edge of the twenty-first century, a fundamental new rule of business is that the Internet changes everything."

    "Business @ The Speed Of Thought" by Bill Gates (1999)

  3. "In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours: life a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion. Where, then, can man find the power to guide and guard his steps? In one thing and one alone: philosophy."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  4. "In the global marketplace of tomorrow, the successful company will be known for the quality of the employee that it keeps rather than the numbers of workers who are laid-off."

    "From The Telegraph To The Internet" by Morton Bahr

  5. "The first rule in opera is the first rule in life: see to everything yourself."

    "Memories and Memories" by Dame Nellie Melba, Australian operatic soprano (1861-1931)

    Note: Dame Nellie was born Helen Porter Mitchell and took her professional name after her native city of Melbourne; in turn she gave this name to a new dessert called pêche melba.

  6. "I wouldn't like to have lived without ever having disturbed anyone."

    Personal motto of Father Charles Urnick, my American pen-friend of 34 years

  7. "Intelligence is of the essence in warfare - it is what the armies depend upon in their every move…To be reliable, information must be firsthand …There is thus an important relationship between intelligence and timing."

    "The Art Of Warfare" by Sun-tzu

  8. "Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself."

    Mary Schmich, "Chicago Tribune", 1 June 1997 in a piece now known as "the Sunscreen Speech" which has been made into a record by the film director Baz Luhrmann

  9. "Astronomers estimate that there are at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way" ('our' galaxy) and "It is estimated that 100 billion galaxies are in principle visible to our modern instruments."

    "The Future Of Cosmology" by John Gribbin

  10. "A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer."

    Dean Acheson (1893-1971), quoted in "Wall Street Journal", 8 September 1977

  11. "At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes - an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive, and the most ruthlessly sceptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new."

    "The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan

  12. "A life is never ended until all the lives it has touched have ended too."

    Chinese proverb, quoted at funeral of Peter Cotgrove (1929-1999), father of our colleague Nigel, held on 30 June 1999

  13. "When a man has once broken through the paper walls of everyday circumstance, those unsubstantial walls that hold so many of us securely prisoned from the cradle to the grave, he has made a discovery. If the world does not please you, you can change it. Determine to alter it at any price, and you can change it altogether. You may change it into something sinister and angry, to something appalling, but it may be you will change it to something brighter, more agreeable, and at the worst something much more interesting."

    "The History Of Mr. Polly" by H.G. Wells (1910)

  14. "The wealth of the three richest people in the world exceeds the combined GDP of the 48 smallest countries."

    "Guardian", 12 June 1999

  15. "Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left?

    There are still five - because there's a difference between deciding and doing."

    "Five Frogs On A Log" by Mark L Feldman & Michael F Spratt

  16. "The are only two ways to handle tense situations: you can change them, or you can change the way you look at them. There is enlightenment to be had in changing the way you look at things."

    "The Little Book Of Calm" by Paul Wilson (1996)

  17. "Every breath you take contains atoms forged in the blistering furnaces deep inside stars. Every flower you pick contains atoms blasted into space by stellar explosions that blazed brighter than a billion suns. Every book you read contains atoms blown across unimaginable gulfs of space and time by the wind between the stars."

    "The Magic Furnace: The Search For The Origin Of Atoms" by Marcus Chown

  18. "It's no longer about the big beating the small; it's about the fast beating the slow."

    Larry Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems, quoted in "The Economist", 26 June 1999

  19. "Make a point of connecting with someone new every day. And re-acquaint yourself with anyone you have not spoken to for some time by going through your address book."

    "Your Personal Survival Guide To The 21st Century" by Roy Sheppard (1998)

  20. "Life is like that old Spanish saying: 'He who plants the lettuce doesn't always eat the salad'."

    The actor Anthony Quinn in the "Sunday Express", 13 October 1963

  21. "Enthusiastic people are the ones who actually get things done in this world. Enthusiasm is what turns any idea into reality. And enthusiasm is linked closely with happiness."

    "Your Personal Survival Guide To The 21st Century" by Roy Sheppard (1998)

  22. "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."

    Eleanor Roosevelt, speaking to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on 27 March 1958

  23. "There is always a little more toothpaste in the tube. Think about it."

    "Notes From A Big Country" by Bill Bryson

  24. "We shrink from change; yet is there anything that can come into being without it? What does nature hold dearer or more proper to herself? Could you have a hot bath unless the firewood underwent some change? Could you be nourished if the food suffered no change? Is it possible for any useful thing to be achieved without change?"

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  25. "You see things that are and say 'Why?' But I dream of things that never were and say 'Why not?'"

    Writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  26. "We .. live in a world that has seen Superman, in the person of Christopher Reeve, rendered a quadriplegic, and a quadriplegic, in the person of Stephen Hawking, rendered Superman."

    David Beresford, himself a sufferer of Parkinson's disease, writing in the "Observer", 3 October 1999

  27. "There is no activity more intrinsically globalizing than trade, no ideology less interested in nations than capitalism, no challenge to frontiers more audacious than the market."

    "Jihad vs McWorld" by Benjamin R. Barber (1995)

  28. "Two men look out through the same bars;
    One sees the mud and one sees the stars."

    Frederick Langbridge (1849-1923)

  29. "Indulge yourself by being generous - help someone out, perform an act of kindness, offer a compliment. The person who will feel most uplifted by you having done so is …you."

    "The Little Book Of Calm" by Paul Wilson (1996)

  30. "The doers cut a path through the jungle, the managers are behind them sharpening the machetes. The leaders find time to think, climb the nearest tree, and shout 'Wrong jungle!' Find time to climb the trees."

    Peter Maxwell, director of the Leadership Trust, writing in the "Guardian", 6 October 1999

  31. "You've got to search for the hero inside yourself. Search for the secrets you hide. Search for the hero inside yourself - until you find the key to your life."

    Refrain from the song "Search For The Hero" by British pop group M People

  32. "Words open the soul's window to ideas and the discourse of words is how we grope our way to conversation and, when conversation can be stripped of its inequalities and hidden hegemonies, how we eventually become capable of cooperation, of common life with others, and even of justice."

    A defence of the complexity of words against the simple imagery of pictures by Benjamin R. Barber in "Jihad vs McWorld" (1995)

  33. "The only one who got everything done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe."

    "The Mirror", 12 November 1999

  34. "Ask most people which is the dominant language on planet Earth and they will reply that it's either English or Chinese. A good guess, but they would be wrong. Binary is now dominant, with computers and machines having more conversations every working day than a sum total of mankind going back to the birth of Eve."

    "Tips For Time Travellers" by Peter Cochrane (1997).

  35. "In spite of illness, in spite of the arch enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable of intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways."

    Comment on ageing by American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

  36. "Creative work will increasingly involve people working in teams which combine members with different skills and backgrounds. These teams are more effective when people can trust fellow team members to play their part. In low-trust organisations, people will tend to hoard knowledge and only share ideas formally through memos and when requested. In high-trust organisations, people are more likely to bestow their knowledge on one another and develop joint understandings of problems and their solutions. Trust and co-operation will be vital to the work cultures of the future."

    "Living On Thin Air" by Charles Leadbeater (1999)

  37. "We are all molded and remolded by those who have loved us and, though that love may pass, we remain, none the less, their work. No love, no friendship can ever cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark upon it forever."

    Francois Mauriac, French novelist (1885-1970)

  38. "To be cheerful about 2000, consider only this. Of the 30 major elections that will be held, 16 will be in countries that 25 years ago were dictatorships."

    "The World In 2000", published by "The Economist"

  39. "Our feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, loss of hope and so forth are in fact related to all phenomena. If we do not adopt the right outlook, it is possible that anything and everything could cause us frustration. Yet phenomena are part of reality and we are subject to the laws of existence. So this leaves us only one option: to change our own attitude. By bringing about a change in our outlook towards things and events, all phenomena can become friends or sources of happiness, instead of becoming enemies or sources of frustration."

    "The Dalai Lama's Book Of Wisdom" (1999)

  40. "Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the framework in which they were created."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  41. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
    I took the one less travelled by.
    And that has made all the difference."

    Extract from "The Road Not Taken", a poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

  42. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

    Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

  43. "There is an emerging consensus about what the knowledge-creating company of the future will look like. It will be good at learning and unlearning. It will be open to new ideas from a diverse network of contacts, but able to integrate them smoothly, with the financial, production and marketing skills needed to make money from them. Staff will have a large measure of autonomy to try and fail. Employees will be encouraged to challenge the status quo. Open communication and information-sharing with customers, staff and suppliers will encourage a flow of ideas. Teamwork and flexibility will be taken for granted."

    "Living On Thin Air" by Charles Leadbeater (1999)

  44. "Never assume, as assume makes an ass out of u and me."

    "The Mirror", 7 February 2000

  45. "By 2020, we will have synthetic intelligent life forms sharing our planet and they may even have legal rights. They will catch up with human intelligence before then in overall terms, though there will still be a few things left that only humans can do. Most new knowledge will be developed by synthetic intelligence and we will have to accept that we just do not understand some of it, while accepting the resultant benefits."

    "Technology Timeline - Towards Life In 2020" by BT futurologist Ian Pearson in "BT Technology Journal", No 1 2000

  46. "This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author, poet & philosopher (1803 - 1882)

  47. "There is therefore no function in society which is peculiar to woman as woman or man as man; natural abilities are similarly distributed in each sex and it is natural for woman to share all occupations with men."

    "The Republic" by Plato (427-347 BC)

  48. "Academics have now confirmed what many of us have long believed: that positive thinking leads to a longer and healthier life."

    "The Observer Magazine", 12 March 2000

  49. "The Web must allow equal access to those in different economic and political situations; those who have physical or cognitive disabilities; those of different cultures; and those who use different languages with different characters that read in different directions across a page."

    "Weaving The Web" by the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee (1999)

  50. "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


  51. "When you would have a cordial for your spirits, think of the good qualities of your friends."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  52. "My country is the world and my religion is to do good."

    "The Rights Of Man" by Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

  53. "Most smiles are started by another smile."

    Anonymous

  54. "Truth will prevail."

    Czech religious reformer Jan Hus (c. 1370-1415), as quoted on his statue in the Old Town Square in Prague

  55. "Some men die in shrapnel
    Some go down in flames
    Most men perish inch by inch
    Playing little games."

    "Business Beyond the Box" by John O'Keeffe (1999)

  56. "The one important thing that I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous."

    Ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991)

  57. "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited."

    Plutarch, priest at the Delphic Oracle (c.45-125 AD)

  58. "You're either part of the solution or part of the problem."

    American political activist Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998)

  59. "We tend to measure life by too one-sided a standard: its length rather than its greatness; we think more of extending life than of filling it."

    Founder-President of Czechoslovakia Tomas Masaryk (1850-1937)

  60. "There is good evidence that how long you sleep seems to be the most important indicator of how long you'll live."

    "The Promise Of Sleep " by William C. Dement with Christopher Vaughan

  61. "Most people don't take the time to think. I made an international reputation for myself by deciding to think twice a week."

    Writer and thinker George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  62. "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

    "Business Beyond the Box" by John O'Keeffe (1999)

  63. "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

    Novelist Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

  64. "Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds."

    Buddha

  65. "There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person."

    "Heretics" by G.K. Chesterton (1905)

  66. "Life is made up of giving and getting and forgiving and forgetting."

    Anonymous

  67. "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."

    Brazilian archbishop, Dom Helder Camara (1909-1999)

  68. "To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing - here is the perfection of character."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  69. "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."

    Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  70. "The 21st century corporation must adapt itself to management via the Web. It must be predicated on constant change, not stability; organized around networks, not rigid hierarchies; built on shifting partnerships and alliances, not self-sufficiency; and constructed on technological advantages, not bricks and mortar.". "Management By Web" by John A Byrne in "The 21st Century Corporation" supplement to European edition of "Business Week", 21-28 August 2000

  71. "Many people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do."

    Philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  72. "If we work upon marble it will perish; if on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, and imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of our fellow man, we will engrave on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity."

    Noah Webster (1758-1843), author of the first American dictionary

  73. "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  74. "We are made of stardust. Every atom of every element in your body except for hydrogen has been manufactured inside stars, scattered across the universe in great stellar explosions and recycled to become part of you."

    "Stardust" by John Gribbin (2000)

  75. "The humane do not worry; the wise are not perplexed; and the courageous do not feel fear."

    "The Analects" by Confucius (551-479 BC)

  76. "More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to."

    "Mother Tongue" by Bill Bryson (1990)

  77. "One who loses money, loses much; one who loses a friend, loses much more; one who loses faith, loses all."

    Anonymous

  78. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

    Martin Luther King, writing in a letter from jail in Birmingham, Alabama, USA on 16 April 1963

  79. "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."

    Philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  80. "It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

    "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1945)

  81. "One does not worry about the fact that other people do not appreciate one. One worries about not appreciating other people."

    "The Analects" by Confucius (551-479 BC)

  82. "Women have become terribly important to me. Not that I understand them. I just like the tangible comfort they give me and their different point of view."

    British actor Peter O'Toole

  83. "I believe that a lot of our striving after the symbols and levers of success is due to a basic insecurity, a need to prove ourselves. That done, grown up at last, we are free to stop pretending."

    Charles Handy in "Masters Of The Wired World", edited by Anne Leer (1999)

  84. "The trouble with the rat-race is that, even if you win, you're still a rat."

    American comedienne Lily Tomlin

  85. "Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."

    Yoda in the film "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

  86. "Even a little gift may be vast with loving kindness."

    Theocritus, Greek poet prominent around 270 BC

  87. "If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk; happy for a long time, fall in love; happy for ever, take up gardening."

    British playwright and comedian Arthur Smith

  88. "True fulfilment is, I believe, vicarious. We get our deepest satisfaction from the fulfilment, growth and happiness of others. It takes time, often a lifetime, to realize this."

    Charles Handy in "Masters Of The Wired World", edited by Anne Leer (1999)

  89. "We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half."

    English suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)

  90. "Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask a question and you're a fool for the rest of your life."

    Anonymous

  91. "I don't think you can change the world by smashing up McDonald's - but I do believe that you can change the world by organising a trade union in McDonald's."

    British singer & songwriter Billy Bragg

  92. "Today we know that the greatest danger is not the evil among those who are evil, but the silence of those who are good."

    Opening remarks of the Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson at the Stockholm International Forum on Combating Intolerance, 29 January 2001

  93. "The only thing that does not change is that everything changes."

    "Watching The Tree To Catch The Hare" by Adeline Yen Mah (2000)

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

    Anonymous

  95. "The mind is like an umbrella - it only works when it is open."

    Scientist Sir James Jeans (1877-1946)

  96. "Once you embrace unpleasant news not as a negative but as evidence of a need for change, you aren't defeated by it. You're learning from it."

    "Business @ The Speed Of Thought" by Bill Gates (1999)

  97. "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."

    Francois-Marie Arouet, called Voltaire (1694-1778)

  98. "Comment is free, but facts are sacred."

    C.P. Scott (1846-1932), former editor of the "Guardian"

  99. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  100. "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

    Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)


  101. "The most subversive people are those who ask questions."

    "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder (1991)

  102. "No government can now rely on the ignorance of its population to sustain it. We are richer as citizens thanks to the expansion of modern media."

    "A New Future For Communications", UK Government White Paper, December 2000

  103. "Discovery consists of seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought."

    Hungarian scientist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)

  104. "All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty."

    American evangelist Billy Graham

  105. "It is not things in themselves that trouble us but our opinion of things."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 -c. AD 100)

  106. "A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence."

    Scottish philosopher David Hulme (1711-1776)

  107. "Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger."

    Franklin P Jones

  108. "Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."

    American comedian George Burns

  109. "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."

    Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  110. "The most important moment in your life is this one - right now. Truly it's the only moment that you have. All other moments are either over and are now just a memory or they are yet to be - a mere speculative thought about some future moment."

    "Slowing Down To The Speed Of Life" by Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (1997)

  111. "I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them."

    Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1634-1677)

  112. "Anger is only one letter short of danger."

    Anonymous

  113. "Thinking is skilled work. It is not true that we are naturally endowed with the ability to think clearly and logically - without learning how or without practising."

    "Logic For The Millions" by Alfred Mander (1947)

  114. "It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than 1000 years as a sheep."

    Tibetan proverb, quoted by the husband of mountaineer Alison Hargreaves after her death on the mountain K2

  115. "First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me."

    German pastor Martin Niemöller, speaking in 1945

  116. "The holes in your Swiss cheese are somebody else's Swiss cheese."

    Melvin Fishman, "Times Higher Education Supplement" (1982)

  117. "I find myself increasingly shocked at the unthinking and automatic rubbishing of men which is now so part of our culture that it is hardly even noticed."

    Feminist author Doris Lessing speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 13 August 2001

  118. "You cannot milk a cow with your hands in your pockets."

    Russian proverb

  119. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."

    Italian Renaissance artist Buonarroti Michelangelo (1475-1564)

  120. "You would think the fury of aerial bombardment
    Would rouse God to relent; the infinite spaces
    Are still silent. He looks on shock-pried faces.
    History, even, does not know what is meant."

    Extract from the poem "The Fury Of Aerial Bombardment" by the American Second World War poet Richard Eberhart

  121. "All of us were born for one another."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  122. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    Martin Luther King in "Strength To Love" (1963)

  123. "This is a moment to seize. The kaleidoscope has been shaken. The pieces are in flux. Soon they will settle again. Before they do, let us reorder this world around us."

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair addressing the Labour Party Conference on 2 October 2001

  124. "If McWorld in its most elemental negative form is a kind of animal greed - one that is achieved by an aggressive and irresistible energy, Jihad in its most elemental negative form is a kind of animal fear propelled by anxiety in the face of uncertainty and relieved by self-sacrificing zealotry - an escape out of history."

    "Jihad vs McWorld: How Globalisation And Tribalism Are Reshaping The World" by Benjamin R. Barber (1995)

  125. "There are no facts, only interpretations."

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) in "Nachlass"

  126. "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it."

    Karl Marx in "Theses On Feuerbach" (1845)

  127. "I wanted to change the world - but I found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself."

    English novelist Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  128. "Much research suggests that the language most likely to dominate the Internet in future years will be Chinese."

    Henry Manisty of Reuters speaking at a Sino-UK High Level Business Seminar on Communications held in Beijing on 5-6 November 2001

  129. "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individual. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity."

    French chemist Marie Curie (1867-1934)

  130. "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  131. "At each moment of life, you are at a fork in the road and you will choose which direction to take."

    "Slowing Down To The Speed Of Life" by Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (1997)

  132. "Hold fast to dreams,
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird,
    That cannot fly."

    Langston Hughes (1902 -1967) US poet, writer, editor

  133. "The discipline of writing something down is the first step towards making it happen."

    Lee Iacocca, former Chief Executive of the Chrysler Corporation

  134. "Learn to love change. If you appreciate that as much good comes from change as bad, you will avoid the concerns that many people seem to have about it. Relax and be open to change when it visits."

    "The Little Book of Calm" by Paul Wilson (1996)

  135. "Democratic and responsible trade unionism is the most powerful force for democracy and social justice around the world."

    British Foreign Office Minister Denis MacShane, January 2002

  136. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

    Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  137. "Now and then the workers are victorious, but only for a time. The real fruit of their battles lies, not in the immediate result, but in the ever-expanding union of the workers. This union is helped by the improved means of communication that are created by modern industry and that place the workers of different localities in contact with one another."

    "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1847)

  138. "Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday."

    Anonymous

  139. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author, poet & philosopher (1803 - 1882)

  140. "Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem, in my opinion, to characterise our age."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) in "Out Of My Later Life" (1950)

  141. "Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain't as sweet."

    The actor Jason Lee in his role as Brian Shelby in the film "Vanilla Sky" (2002)

  142. "Discard hard and fast rules. Victory is the only thing that matters and this cannot be achieved by adhering to conventional canons."

    "The Art Of Warfare" by Sun-tzu (500 BC)

  143. "The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you."

    'King of the blues' B B King

  144. "That which does not defeat me makes me stronger."

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  145. "Life is just one damned thing after another."

    American writer and editor Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

  146. "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  147. "Think, think, think. It will hurt like hell at first, but you'll get used to it."

    British politician Barbara Castle (1911-2002)

  148. "There's not much use in trying", said Alice. "One can't believe impossible things". "I dare say that you haven't had much practice", said the Queen. "Why sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

    Alice In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll (1865)

  149. "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author, poet & philosopher (1803 -1882)

  150. "The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible."

    "The Seven Pillars Of Wisdom" by T.E. Lawrence (1926)


  151. "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!"

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  152. "There was a time I used to reject those who were not of my faith. Now my heart has grown capable of taking on many forms: a pasture for gazelles, a convent for Christians, a temple for idols, a Kaaba* for the pilgrim, a table for the Torah, a book of the Koran. My religion is love - whichever the route love's caravan shall take, that path shall be the path of my faith."

    *The most sacred Muslim shrine, to be found in Mecca

    Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240)

  153. "Education ends with death. Or after, according to your beliefs."

    Peter Ustinov - British citizen, resident in Switzerland, part Russian, German, French and Italian, actor, author, playwright and producer

  154. "Confusion is the beginning of wisdom."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  155. "Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  156. "What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?"

    The poem "Leisure" by William Henry Davies (1870-1940)

  157. "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

    Martin Luther King, speech in St. Louis, Missouri, 22 March 1964

  158. "The wisest men follow their own direction and listen to no prophet guiding them."

    Greek philosopher Euripides (480-406 BC)

  159. "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily."

    Sally Koch

  160. "If we do not change direction, we may end up at the point at which we are heading."

    Old Chinese proverb

  161. "If at first an idea doesn't seem crazy, then there is no hope for it."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  162. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in "Hamlet"

  163. "It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."

    English novelist Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

  164. "They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  165. "Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."

    Martin Luther King (1929-1968)

  166. "The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."

    British statesman Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

  167. "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) in "Historical Review of Pennsylvania" (1759)

  168. "Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."

    English novelist and writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  169. "Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical disguise."

    "Exhaust The Little Moment" by Gwendolyn Brooks (1949)

  170. "Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  171. "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  172. "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about."

    "The Picture Of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde (1890)

  173. "Politics is what we create by what we do, what we hope for and what we dare to imagine."

    American senator Paul Wellstone (1944-2002)

  174. "I am in the world to change the world."

    German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)

  175. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

    "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho (1988)

  176. "He who does not ask a question learns nothing."

    Swahili proverb

  177. "Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."

    Samuel Ullman (1840-1924)

  178. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  179. "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten."

    "Business @ The Speed of Thought" by Bill Gates (1999)

  180. "If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thought your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same …"

    Extract from the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

  181. "You make a choice or set a goal and let people know about it. Then just getting started leads to the discovery of internal resources that help us to go further than we ever thought we could."

    "Nothing Is Impossible" by Christopher Reeve (2002)

  182. "It is not our abilities that truly define us - it is the choices we make."

    "Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets" by J K Rowling (1998)

  183. "When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that, when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying."

    Anonymous

  184. "Brevity is the sister of talent."

    Russian writer Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

  185. "If all the world valued food and merriment above mountains of treasure, the earth would be a happier place."

    "The Hobbit" by J R R Tolkien (1937)

  186. "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing."

    Welsh novelist Raymond Williams (1921-1989)

  187. "If you no got smile on you face, no use open shop".

    Jamaican proverb

  188. "Don't agonize, organize."

    American civil rights activist Florynce Kennedy (1916-2001)

  189. "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion."

    Abraham Lincoln in 1860

  190. "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again."

    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) in speech entitled "Citizenship in a Republic", delivered in Paris in 1910

  191. "You have to take chances for peace, just as you must take chances in war."

    One-time American Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (1888-1959)

  192. "Critical thinking should centre not on answering questions but on questioning answers."

    "The Changing Nature And Uses Of Media Literacy" by Sonia Livingstone (2003)

  193. "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."

    "Nothing Is Impossible" by Christopher Reeve (2002)

  194. "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."

    Dalai Lama

  195. "Don't say you don't have enough time. You have the same number of hours per day as Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."

    "Life's Little Instruction Book" by H. Jackson Brown Jr (1991)

  196. "No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it."

    "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho (1988)

  197. "Make new friends
    but keep the old.
    One is silver
    and the other is gold."

    Anonymous

  198. "It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end."

    "The Left Hand Of Darkness" by Ursula Le Guin (1969)

  199. "Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else."

    American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  200. "Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

    French-Italian-Polish poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)


  201. "If the earth's life were seen as a single day, human beings proper would only appear in the last second before midnight."

    "The No Nonsense Guide To World History" by Chris Brazier (2001)

  202. "Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil - the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be."

    William George Jordan

  203. "We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly, angrily."

    American actress Celeste Holm

  204. "Your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone and never in your power again."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  205. "A new broom sweeps clean, but an old one knows all the corners."

    Jamaican proverb

  206. "Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up."

    Reverend Jesse Jackson

  207. "If we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable."

    German politician Petra Kelly (1947-1992)

  208. "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."

    American essayist Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985)

  209. "There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable. Wisdom is knowing not to include it in a fruit salad."

    Anonymous

  210. "Rest satisfied with doing well and leave others to talk of you as they will."

    Greek mathematician Pythagoras (c.569 BC - c.475 BC)

  211. "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

    American actress Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003)

  212. "A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road."

    American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  213. "Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases."

    Swahili proverb

  214. "The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles but misguided men".

    Martin Luther King in "Strength To Love" (1963)

  215. "The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement."

    British former boxer Chris Eubank

  216. "The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind."

    Polish-born mathematician and humanist Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974)

  217. "Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you. Do not feel you have to follow is someone else's footsteps."

    Eileen Caddy in "Footprints On The Path"

  218. "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing".

    American President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  219. "He who awaits much can expect little."

    Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  220. "Success is a journey, not a destination - half the fun is getting there."

    American author and consultant Gita Bellin

  221. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

    Irish writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  222. "Ask yourself this daily question: 'How would the person I'd like to be ... do the things I'm about to do?'"

    American speaker and author Jim Cathcart

  223. "You can blame people who knock things over in the dark, or you can begin to light candles. You're only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing."

    American author and environmentalist Paul Hawken

  224. "It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?"

    English poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)

  225. "Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (c.550-c.478 BC)

  226. "When everyone agrees, someone is not thinking."

    Second World War U.S. General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

  227. "No good act performed in the world ever dies. Science tells us that no atom of matter can ever be destroyed, that no force once started ever ends; it merely passes through a multiplicity of ever-changing phases. Every good deed done to others is a great force that starts an unending pulsation through time and eternity. We may not know it, we may never hear a word of gratitude or recognition, but it will all come back to us in some form as naturally, as perfectly, as inevitably, as echo answers to sound."

    William George Jordan

  228. "This is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way."

    Author Doris Lessing

  229. "Hope is an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced and it is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. It is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed."

    "Seeds of Hope" by Vaclav Havel

  230. "Not all those who wander are lost."

    "The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring" by J R R Tolkien

  231. "There is no guarantee of reaching a goal at a certain time, but there is a guarantee of never attaining goals that are never set."

    "Even Eagles Need A Push" by David McNally (1991)

  232. "Dream as though you'll live for ever; live as though you'll die today."

    Actor James Dean (1931-1955)

  233. "The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?"

    Spanish cellist Pablo Casals (1876-1973

  234. "Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

    Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (1960)

  235. "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  236. "Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye".

    Novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)

  237. "People will not always remember what you said. People will not always remember what you did. But people will always remember how you made them feel".

    Anonymous

  238. "Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."

    Second World War U.S. General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

  239. "Believe, no pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  240. "Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor."

    H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  241. "The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity."

    John F Kennedy speaking in Indianapolis on 12 April 1959

  242. "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."

    American writer and editor Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

  243. "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival".

    British author C S Lewis (1898-1963)

  244. "The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't."

    American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  245. "In every field of endeavour, there are the timid and there are the tigers. Go on. Be a tiger."

    Accenture advertisement

  246. "All rising to a great place is by a winding stair."

    British philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  247. "Squeeze the past like a sponge, smell the present like a rose, and send a kiss to the future."

    Arabic proverb

  248. "It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  249. "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."

    Second World War General George S Patton (1885-1945)

  250. "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

    American author, poet & philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


  251. "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  252. "Every time we say 'I must do something' it takes an incredible amount of energy. Far more than physically doing it."

    American author and consultant Gita Bellin

  253. "Simply seek happiness and you are not likely to find it. Seek to create and love without regard to your happiness and you are likely to be happy much of the time."

    American psychiatrist Dr M Scott Peck (1936-2005)

  254. "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  255. "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

    Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

  256. "Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less."

    American business consultant Dr Kenneth Blanchard

  257. "Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  258. "We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time."

    T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) in "Little Gidding V"

  259. "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  260. "If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out."

    Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  261. "A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

    Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

  262. "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

    American writer Tom Robbins

  263. "Sow a thought, reap a deed; sow a deed, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a lifestyle; sow a lifestyle, reap a destiny."

    Charles Reed

  264. "You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."

    Anonymous

  265. "Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

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

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  267. "If you are going through hell, keep going."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  268. "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

    French writer André Gide (1869-1951)

  269. "Music is medicine to man."

    Inscription on bell number 4, St Mary's Church, Harrow-on-the-Hill, England

  270. "In this media-drenched, data-rich, channel-surfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts."

    "In Praise Of Slow" by Carl Honoré (2004)

  271. "A friend is a present you give yourself."

    British novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  272. "We have to be all those difficult things like cheerful and kind and curious and brave and patient; and we've got to study and think, and work hard, all of us, in all our different worlds."

    The last page of the 1,300-page "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000)

  273. "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  274. "The spirit of Ubuntu* - that profound African sense that we are human beings only through the humanity of other human beings - is not a parochial phenomenon, but has added globally to our common search for a better world."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

    *Note: Ubuntu is an ancient African concept meaning "kindness towards human beings" or "humanity to others" or "I am what I am because of who we all are".

  275. "Much madness is divinest sense
    To a discerning eye;
    Much sense the starkest madness."

    Opening lines from poem by Emily Dickenson (1830-1886)

  276. "We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more."

    Former US President Bill Clinton at the opening of his presidential library on 18 November 2004

  277. "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  278. "Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

    Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961)

  279. "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever."

    Opening line of the poem "Endymion" by John Keats (1795-1821)

  280. "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  281. "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  282. "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

    Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

  283. "The cruellest lies are often told in silence."

    American politician and diplomat Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

  284. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."

    Saint Augustine (354-430 AD)

  285. "The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown."

    Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875 -1961)

  286. "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  287. "Without music, life would be a mistake."

    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche in "The Twilight Of The Idols" (1889)

  288. "Money is like manure - it should be spread around."

    Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude

  289. "The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour."

    Sir James Hopwood Jeans (1877-1946)

  290. "Better light a candle than curse the darkness."

    Chinese proverb

  291. "The totality of life, known as the biosphere to scientists and creation to theologians, is a membrane of organisms wrapped around Earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a space shuttle, yet so internally complex that most species composing it remain undiscovered."

    "The Future Of Life" by E.O. Wilson (2002)

  292. "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way."

    Anonymous

  293. "We have in our hands the power and obligation - never given to any other generation at any other time in human history - to banish ignorance and poverty from the earth."

    British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown

  294. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

    The actor Will Smith in his role as Alex Hitchens in the film "Hitch" (2005)

  295. "Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  296. "We are different so that we know our need of one another, for no one is ultimately self-sufficient. A completely self-sufficient person would be sub-human."

    South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  297. "Freedom for the pike is death to the minnow."

    Philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997)

  298. "Everything changes. We plant trees for those born later."

    Opening and closing words of the poem "Everything Changes" by Cicely Herbert

  299. "We ought not to be ashamed of applauding the truth, nor appropriating the truth, from whatever source it may come, even if it be from remote races and nations alien to us."

    Arab philosopher Al-Kindi (801-873)

  300. "Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela


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

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  302. "An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold."

    Chinese proverb

  303. "We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. When we are no longer able to change a situation…we are challenged to change ourselves."

    "Man's Search For Meaning" by Viktor E Frankl (1997)

  304. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952)

  305. "Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous."

    "The Analects" by Confucious (551-479 BC)

  306. "Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky."

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  307. "Who struggles can fail. Who doesn't struggle has already failed."

    German playwright Berthold Brecht (1898-1956)

  308. "I don't feel the least humble before the vastness of the heavens. The stars may be large, but they cannot think or love".

    "Foundations Of Mathematics And Other Logical Essays" by F.P. Ramsey (1931)

  309. "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

    Chinese proverb

  310. "There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal triumph if you have the iron will and the necessary skill."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  311. "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies."

    Anonymous

  312. "Why do we fall? So that we might better learn to pick ourselves up."

    Line of dialogue from the film "Batman Begins" (2005)

  313. "The sleep of reason brings forth monsters."

    "How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered The World" by Francis Wheen (2004)

  314. "When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of troubles in his life, most of which had never happened."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  315. "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"

    English writer Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot (1819-1880)

  316. "Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself."

    Hopi proverb

  317. "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  318. "Some people take no mental exercise apart from jumping to conclusions".

    Harold Acton (1904-1994)

  319. "Women are half the world's people who do two-thirds of the world's work. They earn a tenth of the world's income and own a hundredth of the world's property."

    WomenAid International

  320. "When a finger points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger."

    Chinese proverb

  321. "We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  322. "I keep six honest serving-men
    (They taught me all I knew);
    Their names are What and Why and When
    And How and Where and Who."

    "The Elephant's Child" by Rudyard Kipling

  323. "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."

    Chinese proverb

  324. "All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time."

    "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" by Mitch Albom (2003)

  325. "In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  326. "Those of us enjoying freedom and with our basic needs met, have a moral obligation to engage in compassionate activism on behalf of those who have no freedom, who have no voice, whose situation is precarious, whose lives are in crisis."

    Pida Ripley, Founder of WomenAid International

  327. "You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person."

    Anonymous

  328. "Mother Earth is not a resource; she is an heirloom."

    Yurok artist David Ipinia

  329. "An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  330. "The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men."

    English writer Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot (1819-1880)

  331. "The person who says it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

    Chinese proverb

  332. "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone."

    British nurse Edith Cavell (1865-1915)

  333. "Good advice is better than gold."

    Czech proverb

  334. "When the facts change, I change my mind."

    British economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

  335. "The real voyage of discovery begins not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

    French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

  336. "God gave man two ears but only one mouth that he might hear twice as much as he speaks."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c.55-c.135 AD)

  337. "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."

    Anonymous

  338. "It's never too late to be who you might have been."

    English writer Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot (1819-1880)

  339. "Lost time never returns."

    Czech proverb

  340. "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the the few who are rich."

    Inaugural address of President John F Kennedy (1917-1963), 20 January 1961

  341. "An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind."

    British social scientist Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

  342. "To utter pleasant words without practising them is like a fine flower without fragrance."

    "The Teaching Of Buddha"

  343. "The key to success is to risk thinking unconventional thoughts."

    British inventor Trevor Baylis

  344. "Always wear a smile. The gift of life will then be yours to give."

    Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810)

  345. "You have to find what's good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now."

    "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom (1997)

  346. "I look forward to seeing more and more people willing to resist the direction the world is moving in: a direction where our personal experiences are irrelevant, that we are defective, that our communities are not important, that we are powerless, that the future is determined, and that the highest level of humanity is expressed through what we choose to buy at the mall."

    American Rachel Corrie (1979-2003), killed while working as a volunteer in Gaza

  347. "Thinking is not entertainment but an obligation."

    Russian science fiction authors Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky and Boris Natanovich Strugatsky

  348. "Love is the only rational act."

    Poet and teacher Stephen Levine

  349. "Data, data everywhere, but never time to think."

    Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics

  350. "Happy thoughts are half your health."

    Czech proverb


  351. "A problem well stated is a problem half solved."

    American business executive Charles Kettering (1876-1958)

  352. "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."

    Dutch protector of Jews from the Holocaust Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

  353. "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best is now."

    Chinese proverb

  354. "Do what gives you a buzz."

    British inventor Trevor Baylis

  355. "We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."

    American writer, poet, actress Maya Angelou

  356. "You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship."

    "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom (1997)

  357. "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'."

    Writer Mary Anne Radmacher

  358. "Have patience. All things change in due time. Wishing cannot bring autumn glory or cause winter to cease."

    The Cherokee Ginaly-li

  359. "Love each other or perish."

    British poet W H Auden (1907-1973)

  360. "He who laughs, lasts."

    Writer Mary Pettibone Poole

  361. "Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  362. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  363. "People who care about other people are on average happier than those who are more preoccupied with themselves."

    "Happiness" by Richard Layard (2005)

  364. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  365. "Of all forms of caution, caution in love is the most fatal to true happiness."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in "Conquest Of Happiness", 1930

  366. "I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become."

    American television talk show host Oprah Winfrey

  367. "There is no such thing as 'too late' in life."

    "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom (1997)

  368. "We live in an age of unprecedented change."

    Adam to Eve

  369. "Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as in knowing what to do next."

    American President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)

  370. "If you sow the seed of good, it will grow into seven ears and then yield seven hundred good deeds."

    Uzbek founder of Sufic Islam Khazreti Mohammed Bakhauddin Nakhshbandi (1318-1389)

  371. "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves."

    American writer Edna Buchanan

  372. "No one is useless in the world who lightens the burdens of another."

    English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  373. "Only dead fish swim with the tide."

    British inventor Trevor Baylis

  374. "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."

    Chinese proverb

  375. "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory."

    American consultant Dr. W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993)

  376. "There are four things that hold back human progress: ignorance, stupidity, committees and accountants."

    British civil servant Sir Charles James Lyall (1845-1920)

  377. "Wonder is the beginning of wisdom."

    Greek proverb

  378. "Live out of your imagination, not your history."

    American educator Stephen Covey

  379. "It is from ignorance and greed that the world of delusion is born and the vast complexity of coordinating causes exists within the mind and nowhere else."

    "The Teaching Of Buddha"

  380. "A kind word warms for three winters."

    Chinese proverb

  381. "A bad word whispered will echo a hundred miles."

    Chinese proverb

  382. "The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) - from a written list given to his departing grandson Arun in October 1947

  383. "Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  384. "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

    Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)

  385. "Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life."

    Inaugural address of President John F Kennedy (1917-1963), 20 January 1961

  386. "Not to know is bad, but not to wish to know is worse."

    West African proverb

  387. "Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of our daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  388. "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."

    American scientist James Bryant Conant (1893-1978)

  389. "A half truth is a whole lie."

    Yiddish proverb

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

    American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947)

  391. "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 -c. AD 100)

  392. "A ship is safe in harbour, but that's not what ships are for."

    Theologian William Shedd

  393. "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  394. "The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."

    American science fiction writer Frank Herbert (1920-1986)

  395. "Our true nationality is mankind."

    British novelist H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

  396. "The most beautiful thing under the sun is being under the sun."

    German novelist Christa Wolf

  397. "Of all the things that wisdom provides to help one live one's life in happiness, the greatest by far is friendship."

    Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC)

  398. "Commandment Number One of any truly civilized society is this: let people be different."

    American writer David Grayson (1870-1946)

  399. "To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon."

    Chinese proverb

  400. "Life is the greatest bargain - we get it for nothing."

    Yiddish proverb


  401. "The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet, going around a nuclear fireball ninety million miles away and think this is normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be."

    British writer Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

  402. "We are the hero of our own story."

    Novelist Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)

  403. "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."

    American General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

  404. "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."

    Franco-Swiss philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

  405. “Those who stand for nothing, will fall for anything.”

    American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

  406. "Recognition is the greatest motivator."

    Gerard C. Eakedale

  407. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

    American poet Maya Angelou

  408. "A person is a person through other people."

    Setswana proverb

  409. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

    French author Anatole France (1844-1924)

  410. "By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  411. "All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter."

    Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  412. "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

    American chemist Linus Pauling (1901-1994), the only person who has won two undivided Nobel Prizes

  413. "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  414. "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in."

    American actor Alan Alda

  415. "Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have."

    British novelist H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

  416. "The range of sizes, distances or speeds with which our imaginations are comfortable is a tiny band, set in the midst of a gigantic range of the possible, from the scale of quantum strangeness at the smaller end to the scale of Einsteinian cosmology at the larger".

    Richard Dawkins in "The God Delusion" (2006)

  417. "In complete darkness we are all the same. It is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us. Don't let your eyes deceive you."

    American singer Janet Jackson

  418. "It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it."

    French moralist Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

  419. "Life is like a pen, you can cross something out but you can never erase it."

    Anonymous

  420. "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  421. "Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object."

    German writer Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

  422. "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  423. "Man is a credulous animal and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in "Unpopular Essays", 1950

  424. "A stumble may prevent a fall."

    English proverb

  425. "Make all you can; save all you can; give all you can."

    John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism

  426. "To teach is to learn twice."

    French moralist Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

  427. "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  428. "You can always learn something from somebody."

    Rafael Benitez, manager of Liverpool Football Club

  429. "For to be free is not to merely cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  430. "Happiness and laughter - that's what it's all about, isn't it?"

    Peggy Clark, aged 84, having just married James Mason, aged 93, to make them Britain's oldest newly-weds on 19 November 2007

  431. "The great mistakes are made when we feel we are beyond questioning."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  432. "The sleep of reason breeds monsters."

    Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

  433. "Everything that ever happens in life has an end as well as a beginning."

    Tonga proverb

  434. "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walk beside me, and just be my friend."

    French writer Albert Camus (1913-1960)

  435. "What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles to be sure, but the good they do is inconceivable."

    English writer Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  436. "Dreams, dreams, without dreams man is a bird without wings."

    Sergei Korolev (1907-1966), the Soviet chief designer behind the Sputnik and Vostok programmes

  437. "Always be a little kinder than necessary."

    Chinese fortune cookie

  438. "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

    African-American educator Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

  439. "Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves."

    English writer William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

  440. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."

    Ancient Greek statesman Pericles (c. 495-429 BC)

  441. "You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time."

    American writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) Pericles (495-429 BC)

  442. "If you stand for something, you will always find some people for you and some against you. If you stand for nothing, you will find nobody against you, and nobody for you."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  443. "If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counsellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius."

    English writer Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  444. "I can live for two months on a good compliment."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  445. "Even after all this time
    The sun never says to the earth,
    'You owe me'.
    Look what happens with a love like that...
    it lights the whole sky."

    Hafez of Shiraz, Persian Sufi poet c 1350 AD

  446. "If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind."

    American Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  447. "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."

    Ancient Greek philosopher Aesop (620-560 BC)

  448. "You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails."

    Yiddish proverb

  449. "The greatest prize that life has to offer is the chance to do hard work that is worth doing."

    American President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

  450. "Be true to your work, your word, and your friend."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)


  451. "One-fifth of the people are against everything all of the time."

    American politician Robert F Kennedy (1925-1968)

  452. "The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been truth, goodness, and beauty. The ordinary objects of human endeavour - property, outward success, luxury - have always seemed to me contemptible."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  453. "Remember - a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic."

    Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

  454. "If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  455. "To live for only some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top."

    Robert Pirsig in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (1974)

  456. "Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."

    Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997)

  457. "The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love."

    Clergyman William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)

  458. "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

    American President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

  459. "Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth."

    British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

  460. "Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you to add something to the pleasure of others, and to diminish something of their pains."

    English philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

  461. "You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from landing on your shoulder, but you can prevent them nesting in your hair."

    Chinese proverb

  462. "We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."

    British author J.K. Rowling in an address at Harvard, 5 June 2008

  463. "Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  464. "The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances."

    Wife of US President, Martha Washington (1731-1802)

  465. "As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters."

    Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger (c. 4 BC - c. AD 65)

  466. "Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without the will to start, the enthusiasm to continue and, regardless of temporary obstacles, the persistence to complete."

    American businessman Waite Phillips (1883-1964)

  467. "Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace."

    Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and American president (1890-1969)

  468. "The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer."

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1922)

  469. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts."

    American politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003)

  470. "Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

    Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

  471. "Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

    South African religious leader Desmond Tutu

  472. "You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  473. "If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you can make a new start whenever you choose. For the thing we call failure is not the falling but the staying down."

    Canadian actress Mary Pickford (1892-1979)

  474. "Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime."

    American writer Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

  475. "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

    British writer George Orwell (1903-1950)

  476. "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  477. "To be avoided at all costs is the solace of opinion without the pain of thought."

    Clergyman William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)

  478. "I don't mind if my future is long or short, as long as I'm doing the right thing."

    Henry Allingham, First World War veteran and Britain's oldest person (born 6 June 1896)

  479. "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  480. "We judge others by their behaviour, but ourselves by our intentions."

    American educator Stephen Covey

  481. "After six years without seeing one, I love just seeing a smile - every smile I see gives me hope."

    French-Columbian politician Ingrid Betancourt who was held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) from 2002-2008

  482. "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  483. "It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others."

    John Andrew Holmes

  484. "For every grain of enjoyment you sow in the bosom of another, you shall find a harvest in your own bosom; while every sorrow which you pluck out from the thoughts and feelings of a fellow creature shall be replaced by beautiful peace and joy in the sanctuary of your soul."

    English philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

  485. "Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole."

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  486. "If we choose to focus our awareness and energy on those things and people that bring us pleasure and satisfaction, we have a very good chance of being happy in a world full of unhappiness."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  487. "Do whatever you can, with whatever you have been given, in the time you have, wherever you are."

    Nkosi Johnston - a South African boy who died aged 12 of HIV/AIDS on 1 June 2001 in a speech to the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban the year before

  488. "I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that."

    British writer, broadcaster and medical doctor Ben Goldacre

  489. "It's a rare gift to understand that your life is wondrous and that it won't last for ever."

    "The Cellist Of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway (2008)

  490. "We are not what we think or what we say or what we feel. We are what we do."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  491. "The unexamined life is not worth living."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  492. "You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won."

    British author J.K. Rowling in an address at Harvard, 5 June 2008

  493. "I can give you a six-word formula for success: 'Think things through - then follow through'."

    American fighter ace and businessman Edward Rickenbacker (1890-1973)

  494. "Life is a gamble in which we don't get to deal the cards, but are nevertheless obligated to play them to the best of our ability."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  495. "The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  496. "It is never too late to give up your prejudices."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  497. "I don't understand why people are scared of difference because difference is what makes life interesting."

    British singer Jarvis Cocker

  498. "A crank is a small engine that causes revolutions."

    Irish suffragist Frank Sheehy-Skeffington (1878-1916)

  499. "People often tell me that motivation doesn't last, and I tell them that bathing doesn't either. That's why I recommend it daily."

    American motivational speaker Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar

  500. "The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)


  501. "You cannot open a book without learning something."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  502. "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

    American actor Will Rogers (1879-1935)

  503. "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone, where no wind can ever erase it."

    Anonymous

  504. "The process of learning consists not so much in accumulating answers as in figuring out how to formulate the right questions."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  505. "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  506. "Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

    British writer Henry James (1843-1916)

  507. "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

    America's sixth President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

  508. "What happens to us is not nearly as important as the attitude we adopt in response."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  509. "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

    American comedian and actor Robin Williams

  510. "Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  511. "A man's errors are his portals of discovery."

    Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941)

  512. "Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure."

    Jewish proverb

  513. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  514. "As a culture, we seem to have trouble distinguishing science from pseudoscience, history from pseudohistory, and sense from nonsense."

    "Why People Believe Weird Things" by Michael Shermer (1997)

  515. "The clock of time is wound but once
    And no man has the power
    To tell you when his hands will stop
    At late or early hour.
    Now is the only time you own.
    Live, love, toil with a will.
    Place no faith in tomorrow
    For the clock may then be still."

    Sign in Botanical Gardens, Durban, South Africa

  516. "The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned."

    Italian writer Antonio Gramsci (1891- 1937)

  517. "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  518. "Too many of us believe the world is to be discovered, rather than a product of our own construction and thus to be invented."

    "Counter Clockwise" by Ellen J Langer (2009)

  519. "We are reformers in spring and summer, in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservatives at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism is negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  520. "Every closed eye is not sleeping and every open eye is not seeing."

    American comedian Bill Cosby

  521. "Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."

    Irish writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  522. "I am an optimist. It does not seem to be much use being anything else."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  523. "Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."

    Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

  524. "Search for knowledge from the cradle to the grave."

    The prophet Mohammed (c.570-632)

  525. "Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is."

    American psychologist William James (1842-1910)

  526. "Well done is better than well said."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  527. "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."

    "The Leopard" by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa (1958)

  528. "I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."

    English statesman William Penn (1644-1718)

  529. "To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  530. "A goal without a plan is just a wish."

    French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

  531. "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  532. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

    G. Randolf

  533. "Everything passes away - suffering, pain, blood, hunger, pestilence. The sword will pass away too, but the stars will still remain when the shadows of our presence and our deeds have vanished from the earth. There is no man who does not know that. Why, then, will we not turn our eyes towards the stars? Why?"

    Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov in "The White Guard"

  534. "When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  535. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."

    American poet T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  536. "Science goes out in search of greater truth (if it has to use the word truth at all) rather than the truth."

    "You Are Here" by Christopher Potter (2009)

  537. "Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief."

    Swedish proverb

  538. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."

    American writer Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

  539. "It's only those who do nothing who make no mistakes."

    British novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

  540. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain."

    Anonymous

  541. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

    English essayist Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  542. "The hefty price for accepting information uncritically is that we go through life unaware that what we've accepted as impossible may in fact be quite possible."

    "Counter Clockwise" by Ellen J Langer (2009)

  543. "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  544. "Describe the challenges by all means, but don't confuse analysis with action. The one must lead to the other if it is to be useful to people."

    British Labour Party leader Michael Foot (1913-2010)

  545. "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

    English statesman William Penn (1644-1718)

  546. "We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in "Hamlet"

  547. "Common sense is the genius of humanity."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  548. "An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper."

    Lebanese-born writer Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

  549. "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."

    American motivational speaker Michael Altshuler

  550. "All I ask for in life is a soft bed and a library card. Everything else is extra."

    American socialist Leon Malkin (1911-2009)


  551. "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  552. "Diligence is the mother of good luck."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  553. "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  554. "There is a wisdom in knowing when to resist, when to persist, and when to desist."

    "From Mud To Miracles" blog by my friend Jennifer Crokaert

  555. "It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  556. "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

    Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  557. "Be like a tree; people throw stones at it but it throws down fruits at them."

    Arabic saying

  558. "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

    English poet John Donne (1572-1631)

  559. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks".

    Scout in "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (1960)

  560. "The suffering of the people of any single country affects all of us no matter where we find ourselves."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  561. "I keep my friends as misers do their treasure because, of all things granted to us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."

    Italian writer Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

  562. "All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking."

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

  563. "Keep calm and carry on."

    Poster produced by the British Government's Ministry of Information on the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939

  564. "Life is too short and precious for us to pass through it without leaving a few footprints behind us."

    "The Silent Traveller In Oxford" by Chiang Yee (1944)

  565. "It's a little embarrassing that, after 45 years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other."

    English novelist and writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  566. "The first hurdle is the people who will not accept the change that's already happened."

    American writer Joss Whedon

  567. "Gifts make friends and friends make gifts."

    Social anthropologist Marshall Sahlins

  568. "Nothing wondrous can come in this world unless it rests on the shoulders of kindness".

    "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver (2009)

  569. "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly."

    American architect Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

  570. "Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, moulding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in moulding us, shaping us."

    American author Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

  571. "Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle."

    Greek philosopher Plato (427-347 BC)

  572. "In times of change, learners will inherit the earth while the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."

    American writer and philosopher Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

  573. "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

    Senator Edward Kennedy at the 1980 Democratic National Convention

  574. "The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness."

    English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

  575. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  576. "Nobody has the power to make you miserable - it's an inside job."

    Adyashanti

  577. "Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

    American civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  578. "Do not judge your neighbour until you walk two moons in his moccasins."

    Native American proverb from the Northern Cheyenne

  579. "To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."

    Philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  580. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant."

    British novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  581. "Hope is not a feeling or a mood or a personality type. Hope is a choice."

    "The Great Awakening" by Jim Wallis (2007)

  582. "The greatest strength is gentleness."

    Native American proverb from the Iroquois

  583. "What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature."

    Francois-Marie Arouet, called Voltaire (1694-778)

  584. "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  585. "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  586. "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

    Buddha

  587. "I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring."

    Liz Armbruster

  588. "Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children."

    Lebanese-born writer Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

  589. "We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."

    American writer Max de Pree

  590. "Fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell; fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death; and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them."

    English designer and writer William Morris (1834-1896)

  591. "The things you really need are few and easy to come by; but the things you can imagine you need are infinite, and you will never be satisfied."

    Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC)

  592. "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  593. "There is one way of attaining what we may term, if not utter, at least mortal happiness; it is by a sincere and unrelaxing activity for the happiness of others."

    English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

  594. "Those who have one foot in the canoe and one foot in the boat are going to fall in the river."

    Native American proverb from the Tuscarora

  595. "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

    American psychologist William James (1842-1910)

  596. "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."

    Lebanese-born writer Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

  597. "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  598. "Just because you're breathing doesn't mean you're alive."

    Strapline for the documentary movie "TT3D: Closer To The Edge"

  599. "A goal without a plan is a dream and dreams fade when we awake."

    Jannie Williams

  600. "The older you get, the more you realise that kindness is synonymous with happiness."

    American actor Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954)


  601. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

    The Dalai Lama

  602. "Live more. Give more. Forgive more."

    British film producer Trudie Styler

  603. "Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."

    American comedienne Gilda Radner (1946-1989)

  604. "Remember a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action; if there's no action, you haven't truly decided."

    American motivator Anthony Robbins

  605. "Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise."

    American businesswoman Mary Kay Ash (1915-2001)

  606. "Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  607. "Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."

    Ruth Ann Schabacker

  608. "The fool wonders; the wise man asks."

    British statesman Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

  609. "To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  610. "Wisdom begins in wonder."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  611. "We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."

    German inventor Frederich Koenig (1774-1833)

  612. "The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."

    American management consultant Peter Drucker (1909-2005)

  613. "The earth is not given to us by our parents; it is lent to us by our children."

    Kenyan proverb

  614. "The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences."

    Franco-Swiss philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

  615. "A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."

    English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) in "A Tale Of Two Cities" (1859)

  616. "Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself."

    American bridge player Alfred Sheinwold (1912-1997)

  617. "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance."

    Anonymous

  618. "Do not fear to open the doors that lie between what is known and what is unknown."

    American self-development writer Wayne Dyer

  619. "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  620. "He is richest who is content with the least, for contentment is the wealth of nature."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  621. "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us."

    American writer Albert Pike (1809-1891)

  622. "Everybody likes a compliment."

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  623. "It isn't our position, but our disposition, that makes us happy."

    Anonymous

  624. "Anything worth doing is going to be difficult."

    100 year old Fauja Singh who in October 2011 became the oldest person in the world to run a full-length marathon

  625. "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  626. "Doubting everything or believing everything are two equally convenient solutions, both of which save us from thinking."

    French mathematician & philosopher Henri Poincaré (1854-1912)

  627. "Two things you should never be angry at: what you can help and what you cannot help."

    English writer Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

  628. "It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  629. "You can't think your way into a new way of living; you have to live your way into a new way of thinking."

    American self-development writer Wayne Dyer

  630. "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  631. "There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 –c. AD 100)

  632. "I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."

    American actress and comedian Gilda Radner (1946-1989)

  633. "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."

    Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  634. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

    Diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929-1945)

  635. “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  636. "Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

    American educator Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)

  637. "The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged."

    Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi

  638. All who would win joy must share it; happiness was born a twin."

    British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824)

  639. "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen, nineteen, six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds, nought, and six, result misery".

    Mr Micawber in "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  640. "Liberty produces wealth, and wealth destroys liberty."

    "Wealth Against Commonwealth" by Henry Demarest Lloyd (1894)

  641. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

    Greek-Jewish philosopher Philo (20 BC - 50 AD)

  642. "Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not alright, then it is not the end."

    Line from the film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2012)

  643. "The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there."

    American basketball player Gene Brown

  644. "A kind word can warm three winter months."

    Japanese proverb

  645. "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

    American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  646. "A kind word is like a Spring day."

    Russian proverb

  647. "Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."

    German philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803)

  648. "Approximately half of the world's one hundred largest economic entities are now corporations".

    "Consent Of The Networked" by Rebecca MacKinnon (2012)

  649. "If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

  650. "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)


  651. "Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away."

    English writer Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875)

  652. "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

    American novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962)

  653. "There's nothing simpler than looking at the goodness in other people. The difficult part is to tell them what you see."

    The opening lines to John Mooney's 2005 children's story "A Wonderful Story"

  654. "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in “Measure For Measure”

  655. "Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."

    American novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962)

  656. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

    American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  657. "Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter."

    French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

  658. "One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession."

    Greek playwright Sophocles (497-406 BC)

  659. "You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others?"

    American women's rights activist Lydia M Child (1802-1880)

  660. "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

    American poet John Albert Holmes (1904-1962)

  661. "Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them."

    Italian writer Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540)

  662. “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  663. “Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.”

    French writer André Gide (1869-1951)

  664. "Happiness is not a destination; it is a way of life."

    Sign in shop window in the town of Porvoo in Finland

  665. "Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny."

    American theologian Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

  666. "Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities – those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness."

    Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

  667. "Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."

    Professor Stephen Hawking, speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic Games, 29 August 2012

  668. "The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men."

    American educational reformer John Dewey (1859-1952)

  669. "In any controversy, the instant we feel angry, we have already ceased striving for truth, and begun striving for ourselves."

    Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

  670. "Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen."

    American poet James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

  671. "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."

    American futurist Alvin Toffler

  672. "You will never 'find' time for anything. If you want time, you must make it."

    English philanthropist Charles Buxton (1823-1871)

  673. "As I try and understand how life works - and why some people cope better than others with adversity - I come back to something to do with saying yes to life, which is love of life, however inadequate, and love for the self, however found."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  674. "Hatred is never overcome by hatred, but only by readiness to love; this is an eternal law."

    The Buddha in “The Dhammapada”

  675. "You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness."

    "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer (2005)

  676. "A faithful friend is the medicine of life."

    Apocrypha

  677. "The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others."

    Madame de Maintenon (1635- 1719)

  678. "We always think the thing we need to transform everything - the miracle - is elsewhere, but often it is right next to us. Sometimes it is us, ourselves."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  679. "We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."

    Peruvian-American author Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998)

  680. "All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action."

    American poet James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

  681. "If you don't develop a strategy of your own, you become a part of someone else's strategy."

    American futurist Alvin Toffler

  682. "It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually".

    American psychiatrist Dr M Scott Peck (1936-2005)

  683. "Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life."

    American author Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991)

  684. "The whole of life is about another chance and, while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  685. "The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach."

    American social activist Benjamin Mays (1894-1984)

  686. "Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life."

    American futurist Alvin Toffler

  687. "The greatest happiness in the world is to make others happy."

    American botanist Luther Burbank (1849-1926)

  688. "We must act; we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect."

    President Barack Obama’s second inauguration speech, 22 January 2013

  689. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  690. "When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion."

    American writer Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

  691. "I wish to propose a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true."

    Opening lines of essay entitled "On The Value Of Scepticism" (1928) by philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  692. "What is 'no'? Either you have asked the wrong question or you have asked the wrong person. Find a way to get the 'yes'."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  693. "When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."

    American advertising executive Leo Burnett (1891-1971)

  694. “Normal is a cycle on the washing machine. There is no such thing when it comes to human beings.”

    British television presenter Trisha Goddard

  695. "People often say motivation doesn't last. But neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily."

    American motivational speaker Hilary Hinton 'Zig' Ziglar (1926- 2012)

  696. "Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  697. “Ask questions. Be curious.”

    American singer Will.i.am (William Adams)

  698. “Read in order to live.”

    French writer Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

  699. “We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.”

    American business executive Charles F Kettering (1876-1958)

  700. “One smile can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life.”

    Anonymous


  701. "Every two days we create as much digital content as we did from the dawn of civilization until 2003 - that's about five exabytes* of information, with only two billion people out of a possible seven billion online."

    * 1 EB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 B = 10 to the power of 18 bytes

    "The New Digital Age" by Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen (2013)

  702. "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."

    American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  703. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”

    Maori proverb

  704. "Irrigators channel waters;
    Fletchers straighten arrows;
    Carpenters shape wood;
    The wise master themselves."

    The Buddha (Dhammapada 80)

  705. “Restlessness and discontent are the necessities of progress.”

    American inventor Thomas Edison (1837-1931)

  706. “Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”

    Native American proverb

  707. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

    American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  708. "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."

    16 year old Malala Yousafzai addressing the United National Youth Assembly, 12 July 2013

  709. "There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone."

    “Meditations” by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  710. “Use you head, but follow your heart.”

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, UK

  711. “The Internet is among the few things humans have built that they don’t truly understand.”

    “The New Digital Age” by Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen (2013)

  712. "Knowing others is wisdom;
    Knowing the self is enlightenment;
    Mastering others requires force;
    Mastering the self needs strength."

    Sixth century BC Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu in the “Tao Te Ching”

  713. “How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”

    “Your Song” by British singer Elton John (lyrics by Bernie Taupin)

  714. “It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Let's scatter the good things”.

    American Helen Walton (1919-2007), at one point the richest woman in the world

  715. “Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them.”

    Italian statesman Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540)

  716. “The education system is based on a framework from the 17th and 18th century that says we should play for the first five years of life, then learn, then work, then rest and then die. I believe we should be able to do all those things all the time."

    German-born computer scientist and Google Vice-President Sebastian Thun

  717. “Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

    American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  718. "A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."

    American naturalist John Burroughs (1837–1921)

  719. “There is nothing permanent except change.”

    Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE)

  720. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  721. "Feelings are like children. You don't want to let them drive the car but you don't want to shut them in the trunk either."

    Line of dialogue from the film "Thanks For Sharing" (2013)

  722. “The secret of happiness is something to do.”

    American naturalist John Burroughs (1837 –1921)

  723. “Reading is a basic tool in living a good life.”

    American philosopher and educator Mortimer J Adler (1902-2001)

  724. “We should never stop exploring, never stop thinking like kids, looking for awe and wonder.”

    British former headmaster Richard Gerver

  725. “Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.”

    American naturalist John Burroughs (1837 –1921)

  726. “Behold the turtle: he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

    President of Harvard University James Bryant Conant (1893-1978)

  727. “We have enough people who tell it like it is. Now we could use a few who tell it like it can be.”

    American writer Robert Orben

  728. “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

    Scottish writer James M Barrie (1860-1937)

  729. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

    Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

  730. "There are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism, when our voices must be heard."

    Barack Obama speaking at Nelson Mandela memorial ceremony, 10 December 2013

  731. “Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

    American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

  732. “Life is like a storybook. If you refuse to turn the page to the next chapter, you will never be able to move forward.”

    Canadian writer Byron Pulsifer

  733. “So many people didn’t achieve what they could because no one believed in them or gave them a chance.”

    British film director Steve McQueen

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

    Anonymous

  735. "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  736. “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

    British statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

  737. "Even if the cock does not crow, the sun will rise."

    Ndebele proverb

  738. “Truth exists; only lies are invented.”

    French artist George Braque (1882-1963)

  739. “Life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.”

    Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor who died this week aged 110

  740. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  741. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

    American motivational speaker Robert H Schuller

  742. "You never know what people you meet each day are going through. No one has an ordinary life."

    British actress Imogen Poots talking about her role in the film "A Long Way Down" (2014)

  743. “Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.”

    American author Margaret Lee Runback (1905-1956)

  744. “We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped”.

    American educator Lyman Lloyd Bryson (1888-1959)

  745. “Give what you have. To someone else, it may be better than you dare to think.”

    American educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

  746. “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  747. "We build too many walls and not enough bridges."

    British scientist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

  748. "Once water has been spilled, it cannot be scooped back up."

    Swahili proverb

  749. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  750. “Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments.”

    American philanthropist Rose Kennedy (1890-1995)


  751. “The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”

    American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

  752. “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”

    American singer-songwriter Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

  753. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

    American author and poet Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  754. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”

    Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916)

  755. “Let your hopes not your hurts shape your future.”

    American motivational speaker Robert H Schuller

  756. “Two words that pay a multitude of dividends are uncommon to some; the most simple of expressions serves to make each recipient valued as a person; the two words are ‘thank you’ which when extended and expressed often say more about the giver than any other two words in the English language."

    Canadian writer Byron Pulsifer

  757. “Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.”

    British writer William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

  758. “A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight.“

    Danish musician Victor Borge (1909-2000)

    Last updated 13 July 2014


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