Friday, 21 September 2018

Discoveries - Quotes

Most new discoveries are suddenly-seen things that were always there. - Susan Langer

New discoveries require us to think differently and approach things differently, to think anew. - Tom Vilsack

No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess. - Isaac Newton

No one ever made a great discovery without the exercise of the imagination. - George Henry Lewes

Often, in great discovery the most important thing is that a certain question is found. - Max Wertheimer

One of the advantages to being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. - A. A. Milne

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. - Henry Ford

Sometimes a clearly defined error is the only way to discover the truth. - Benjamin Wiker

The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice. - Arthur Schopenhauer

The greatest discoveries are usually owing to hints given by others whose names are forgot. - Alban Butler

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, its continents, and the ocean was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel Boorstin

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge. - Daniel J. Boorstin

The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why. - Albert Einstein

The most valuable discoveries have found their origin in the most trivial accidents. - Pliny

The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

We are all humiliated by the sudden discovery of a fact which has existed very comfortably and perhaps been staring at us in private while we have been making up our world entirely without it. - George Eliot

What is there that confers the noblest delight? What is that which swells a man’s breast with pride above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery! - Mark Twain

What people think of as the moment of discovery is really the discovery of the question. - Jonas Salk

The fall of the apple at Newton's feet has often been quoted in proof of the accidental character of some discoveries. But Newton's whole mind had already been devoted for years to the laborious and patient investigation of the subject of gravitation; and the circumstance of the apple falling before his eyes was suddenly apprehended only as genius could apprehend it, and served to flash upon him the brilliant discovery then opening to his sight. - Samuel Smiles

There are, and in our nature there ever must be, a diversity of opinions and affections. Experience seems to teach, that in the society where these are most freely expressed – where men most freely emulate each other in endeavours to promote their favourite views – the greatest discoveries are made, and the greatest actions are performed. - George Oliver

Discoveries are always accidental; and the great use of science is by investigating the nature of the effects produced by any process or contrivance, and of the causes by which they are brought about, to explain the operation and determine the precise value of every new invention. These fixes as it were the latitude and longitude of each discovery, and enables us to place it in that part of the map of human knowledge which it ought to occupy. It likewise enables us to use it in taking bearings and distances, and in shaping our course when we go in search of new discoveries. - Benjamin Graf von Rumford

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Destiny - Quotes

Destiny isn't a matter of chance, but of choice, and what you choose to accept will eventually become yours. - Katia Winter

Destiny, while marching ever in our direction, can be re-routed by the choices we make, by the love we hold onto, and the promises we keep. - Mohinder Suresh

Destiny's powerful hand has made the bed of my future, and it's up to me to lie in it. - Unknown

Every day brings forth a new destiny. - Edward Counsel

For Destiny never swerves, nor yields to men the helm. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am master of my own destiny, and I can make my life anything that I wish it to be. - Roger McDonald

If there is one thing I've learned, it's when destiny calls, you answer the phone! - Hiro Nakamura

If we would see the colour of our future, we must look for it in our present; if we would gaze on the star of our destiny, we must look for it in our hearts. - Canon Farrar

I'm a man who believes in destiny. But it's a destiny of your own choosing. Just because a trail leads one way doesn't mean you can't cut your own path. - Fraser

It is man's destiny to ponder on the riddle of existence. - C.F. Kettering

It just has to be. In time. In place. In spirit. It just has to be. - David Levithan

Know that it's your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny. - Anthony Robbins

Lots of folks confuse bad management with destiny. - Kin Hubbard

Many people believe that destiny is a specific outcome or place of achievement when it is very much about your total processing. In other words, destiny is not just about your "get there" but it is also about your "go through". - Howard L. Bass

No one's born with their destiny stamped on their forehead ... we make the choices to fulfil our destiny. - Naomi Judd

No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made. Destiny is made known silently. - Agnes de Mille

Often the steps we take to avoid destiny lead us to it. - Jonathan Aibel & Glenn Berger

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid. - Goethe

Our destiny can be examined, but it cannot be justified or totally explained. We are simply here. - Iris Murdoch

Serendipity. Look for something, find something else, and realize that what you’ve found is more suited to your needs than what you thought you were looking for. - Lawrence Block

Sometimes, we can't outrun our destiny. - Clark Kent

Sow a character and you reap a destiny. - James Allen

Stand up, be bold. Take the whole responsibility on your shoulder and know that you are the creator of your destiny. All the strength you want is within yourself. Therefore make your own future. - Vivekananda

The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him. - Jan Patocka

To accomplish our destiny, it is not enough to merely guard prudently against road accidents. We must also cover before nightfall the distance assigned to each of us. - Dr. Alexis Carrel

To be always on the move, learning, discovering, unfolding, is your eternal destiny. Living is life's only purpose … To live without self-concern. - Nisargadatta Maharaj

We are all, at our cores, the sum of our fears. To embrace destiny, we must, inevitably, face those fears and conquer them. Whether they come from the familiar... or the unknown. - Mohinder Suresh

We cannot always explain our destiny by referring to our moral worth; we may be cursed and blessed without justice behind either. Not everything which happens to us occurs with reference to something about us. - Seneca

We're all here to do what we're all here to do. - The Oracle

You do not choose your destiny. It chooses you. And those who knew you before Fate took you by the hand cannot understand the depth of the changes inside. - Mohinder Suresh

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Time - Quotes

All time exists. That is the truth.... If the future did not exist now, how could we journey toward it? If the past does not exist still, how could we leave it behind? - Gene Wolfe

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us. - J. R. R. Tolkien

As the old saying goes, a man with one watch always knows what time it is; a man with two watches is never sure. - Daniel J. Levitin

As we speak, cruel time is fleeing. Seize the day, believing as little as possible in tomorrow. - Horace

Days, months, years fly away, and irrecoverably sink in the abyss of time. - Jean de la Bruyere

Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone. - Alan Lightman

For though time may seem to drag slowly on, before you will know it, time will be gone. - Martha Lavinia Hoffman

How very near us stand the two vast gulfs of time, the past and the future, in which all things disappear. - Marcus Aurelius

In reality, killing time is only the name for another of the multifarious ways by which Time kills us. - Osbert Sitwell

Indifferent to the affairs of men, time runs out, precise, heedless, exact, and immutable in rhythm. - Erwin Sylvanus

It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It's not about how much time you have, it's about what you choose to do with it. - Rebecca Wilson

Know the true nature of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. - Lord Chesterfield

Man's most prudent counsellor is time. - Publilius Syrus

Men have contrived instruments to measure the motion of time, but they have no scales to weigh, no figures to compute, no words to describe its value. - John Thornton

Much may be done in those little shreds and patches of time which every day produces, and which most men throw away, but which nevertheless will make at the end of it, no small deduction from the life of man. - Charles Caleb Colton

My favourite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we all have is time. - Steve Jobs

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely. - Auguste Rodin

O time, arrest your flight! and you, propitious hours, arrest your course! Let us savour the fleeting delights of our most beautiful days! - Alphonse de Lamartine

On the human imagination, events produce the effects of time. Thus, he who has travelled far and seen much, is apt to fancy that he has lived long; and the history that most abounds in important incidents, soonest assumes the aspect of antiquity. - James Fenimore Cooper

One day you will hear the sound of time rustling as it slips through your fingers like sand. - Sergei Lukyanenko

One must work with time and not again it. - Ursula K. Le Guin

One who daily puts the finishing touches on his life is never in want of time. - Seneca

Only time conquers time and its burdens. - Dean Koontz

Our time is brief, and it will pass no matter what we do. So let us have purpose in spending it. Let us spend it so that our time matters to each of us, and matters to all those whose lives we touch. - Philip Zimbardo

Our time's the most precious thing we've got to offer folks, and the worst thing a body can do is to take it away from us. - Charles de Lint

Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence – neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish – it is an imponderably valuable gift. - Maya Angelou

The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you're the pilot. - Ben Willis

The days are such a repetition of each other that they sometimes seem very long, but when one pauses and looks back one starts at the accumulation of departed time, and deplores the swiftness of the seasons. - Robert Grant

The end we know not; but we wander on, down the regretful wilderness of time. - Henry Abbey

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Thoughts - Quotes

A great thought begins by seeing something differently, with a shift of the mind’s eye. - Albert Einstein

A man of action forced into a state of thought is unhappy until he can get out of it. - John Galsworthy

A person is limited only by the thoughts that he chooses. - James Allen

A profound thought is in a constant state of becoming; it adopts the experience of a life and assumes its shape. - Albert Camus

All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts. - James Allen

All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

An action is the perfection and publication of thought. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

An artist carrying a thought from his mind into expression is like a child bearing a bucket brimming with water from the well to the house – part of the content is spilled. - Austin O’Malley

Anything great that has been accomplished in the history of humanity has started with one small thought. We all have those thoughts; few people do anything with theirs, however. What do you intend to do with yours? - Ernie J. Zelinski

As but a swift glance is enough to catch the glory of a great landscape, or only a little lingering is necessary to observe many peculiar beauties in it, so but a brief turn of the mind to sublime thoughts will give us their light and power. - James Vila Blake

As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them. - James Allen

Be careful of your thoughts, they may become words at any moment. - Iara Gassen

Call one thought, and another will follow. - Edward Counsel

Choose your thoughts carefully. Keep what brings you peace, release what brings you suffering. And know that happiness is just a thought a way. - Nishan Panwar

Clearness is the ornament of deep thought. - Luc de Clapiers

Every great movement starts with a simple thought in the mind. It begins with a little step forward. Never discount what you are doing right now and call it small – as long as you are moving forward. - Janette Green

Every real thought on every real subject knocks the wind out of somebody or other. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

Every thought is a seed which inevitably will bear fruit of its own kind. - Walter Matthews

Every thought pretends that it matters so much. It wants to draw your attention in completely. Here is a new spiritual practice for you: don’t take your thoughts too seriously. - Eckhart Tolle

Every wheatfield of human thought after a while becomes filled with cockle; then the husbandmen destroy the grain with the cockle and plant anew. - Austin O’Malley

Great thoughts in crude, unshapely verse set forth lose half their preciousness, and ever must, unless the diamond with its own rich dust be cut and polished, it seems little worth. - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Guard your roving thoughts with a jealous care, for speech is but the dealer of thoughts, and every fool can plainly read in your words what is the hour of your thoughts. - Alfred, Lord Tennyson

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress. - Anwar Sadat

He who influences the thought of his times influences all the times that follow. He has made his impress on eternity. - Elbert Hubbard

If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. - Roald Dahl

If I supply you a thought you may remember it and you may not. But if I can make you think a thought for yourself, I have indeed added to your stature. - Elbert Hubbard

If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. - Charles Caleb Colton

If we were all on trial for our thoughts, we would all be hanged. - Margaret Atwood

If what we think now is different from what we thought then, we can take it for granted that what we think in a year will be different again. - Doris Lessing

If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely. - Roald Dahl

If you strike upon a thought that baffles you, break off from that entanglement and try another, so shall your wits be fresh to start again. - Aristophanes

It has been proven now scientifically that, an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought. - Michael Beckwith

It is in our own mind and not in exterior objects that we perceive most things; fools know scarcely anything because they are empty, and their heart is narrow; but great souls find in themselves a number of exterior things; they have no need to read or to travel or to listen or to work to discover the highest truths; they have only to delve into themselves and search, if we may say so, their own thoughts. - Luc de Clapiers

It's the thought that counts. - Proverb

Let no one rule your mind or body. Take special care that your thoughts remain unfettered. One may be a free man and yet be bound tighter than a slave. - Christopher Paolini

Look sharply after your thoughts. They come unlooked for, like a new bird seen in your trees, and, if you turn to your usual task, disappear. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to paint the canvas of our lives. - Louise Hay

Monday, 17 September 2018


Beware the person with nothing to lose. - Italian Proverb

A loan though old is not a gift. - Hungarian Proverb

Little pitchers have big ears. - John Heywood

Better to be safe than sorry. - Samuel Lover

To rush into explanations is always a sign of weakness. - Agatha Christie

Falling is easier than rising. - Irish Proverb

Dragons beget dragons. - Chinese Proverb

The girl who can't dance says the band can't play. - Yiddish Proverb

Don't take any wooden nickels. - American Proverb

It's six of one, half dozen of another. - Unknown

A fair exchange is no robbery. - Scottish Proverb

Beware the door with too many keys. - Portuguese Proverb

Buyer beware. -  Latin Proverb "Caveat emptor"

Two heads are better than one. - Polish Proverb

The archer that shoots ill has a lie ready. - Spanish Proverb

Get mad, then get over it. - Colin Powell

Accidents will happen. - George Colman

By labour, fire is got out of a stone. - Dutch Proverb

You are what you eat. - German Proverb

Clouds gather before a storm. - Unknown

Parting is such sweet sorrow. - William Shakespeare

A year's care; a minute's ruin. - Tagalog Proverb

He that pays the piper, calls the tune. - Unknown

Get out of harm’s way. - Miguel de Cervantes

Brains are better than brawn. - Unknown

Two heads are better than one. - John Heywood

A good lather is half the shave. - William Hone

Great spenders are bad lenders. - Ben Franklin

Little leaks sink the ship. - Ben Franklin

Another day, another dollar. - Unknown

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Love - Quotes

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. - Charles Schulz

True love is the soul’s recognition of its counterpoint in another. - Owen Wilson

For those who love, time is eternity. - Henry Van Dyke

Love grows more tremendously full, swift, poignant, as the years multiply. - Zane Grey

Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river. - Malagasy Proverb

Love is the compass of life. - Peckeroy

Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

A heart that loves is always young. - Greek Proverb

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit. - Peter Ustinov

Nothing in this world was more difficult than love. - Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

There is no remedy for love but to love more. - Henry David Thoreau

True love is selfless. It is prepared to sacrifice. - Sadhu Vaswani

We love the things we love for what they are. - Robert Frost

It is best to be off with the old love before you are on with the new. - Danish Proverb

We are most alive when we're in love. - John Updike

Where there is love there is life. - Mahatma Gandhi

Love and money should properly have nothing to do with each other. - John Saul

Love enters a man through his eyes, a woman through her ears. - Polish Proverb

Love endeth like the chianti flask, its drops are bitter. - Gelett Burgess

Love cannot be cured by herbs. - Roman Proverb

More on Love Here, and the book The Light of Love

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Quote Worthy

Learn to sit back and observe. Not everything needs a reaction. - Unknown

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. - Ralph Waldo Emreson

Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy. - Saadi

The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity. - Lord Byron

Don’t worry about getting it right. Just get it started. - Marie Forleo

A pure hand needs no glove to cover it. - Nathaniel Hawthorne

When you come to a roadblock, take a detour. - Mary Kay Ash

You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat. - Joel Osteen

Odd thing about death ... it reaffirms life. - Rita Mae Brown

The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore. - Unknown

No joy is possible without some peace. - Thich Nhat Hanh

Purity is the diamond of the soul. - Edward Counsel

I shut my eyes in order to see. - Paul Gauguin

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy on

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Depression - Quotes

According to a recent study, depression is described as being the disease most destructive to humankind, largely because of the devastation it wreaks on our lives.... Yes, we could set up our minds to ignore our feelings and barricade ourselves from the winds and dust of the brain pattern. And we could become like robots, refusing to consider the passion and joys that could be ours. But then, we also might as well be dead. - Frank Lawlis

And I felt like my heart had been so thoroughly and irreparably broken that there could be no real joy again, that at best there might eventually be a little contentment. Everyone wanted me to get help and rejoin life, pick up the pieces and move on, and I tried to, I wanted to, but I just had to lie in the mud with my arms wrapped around myself, eyes closed, grieving, until I didn’t have to anymore. - Anne Lamott

I didn’t want my picture taken because I was going to cry. I didn’t know why I was going to cry, but I knew that if anybody spoke to me or looked at me too closely the tears would fly out of my eyes and the sobs would fly out of my throat and I’d cry for a week. I could feel the tears brimming and sloshing in me like water in a glass that is unsteady and too full. - Sylvia Plath

I don’t want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can’t even see it, something that’s drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead. - Margaret Atwood

If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do. - Stephen Fry

In depression this faith in deliverance, in ultimate restoration, is absent. The pain is unrelenting, and what makes the condition intolerable is the foreknowledge that no remedy will come – not in a day, an hour, a month, or a minute. If there is mild relief, one knows that it is only temporary; more pain will follow. It is hopelessness even more than pain that crushes the soul. - William Styron

In the lives of the saddest of us, there are bright days like this, when we feel as if we could take the great world in our arms and kiss it. Then come the gloomy hours, when the fire will neither burn on our hearths nor in our hearts; and all without and within is dismal, cold, and dark. Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Temptation - Quotes

As a man purifies his heart, temptation ceases, for when a certain unlawful desire has been taken out of the heart, the object which formerly appealed to it can no longer do so, but becomes dead and powerless, for there is nothing left in the heart that can respond to it. - James Allen

Do you really think ... that it is weakness that yields to temptation? I tell you that there are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength and courage, to yield to. To stake all one's life on a single moment, to risk everything on one throw, whether the stake be power or pleasure, I care not – there is no weakness in that. - Oscar Wilde

For as men in battle are continually in the way of shot, so we, in this world, are ever within the reach of Temptation. - William Penn

For every man there exists a bait which he cannot resist swallowing. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Good habits result from resisting temptation. - Ancient Proverb

It is a most fearful fact to think of, that in every heart there is some secret spring that would be weak at the touch of temptation, and that is liable to be assailed. Fearful, and yet salutary to think of; for the thought may serve to keep our moral nature braced. It warns us that we can never stand at ease, or lie down in this field of life, without sentinels of watchfulness and campfires of prayer. - E. H. Chapin

Many a dangerous temptation comes to us in fine gay colours that are but skin-deep. - Matthew Henry

No man knows what he will do till the right temptation comes. - Henry Ward Beecher

Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values and witnesses. - Franklin P. Jones

Some temptations come to the industrious, but all temptations attack the idle. - Charles H. Spurgeon

Temptation cannot exist without the concurrence of inclination and opportunity. - E. H. Chapin

Temptation is the feeling we get when encountered by an opportunity to do what we innately know we shouldn't. - Steve Maraboli

Temptation likes best those who think they have a natural immunity, for it may laugh all the harder when they succumb. - Catherynne M. Valente

Temptations are a file which rub off much of the rust of our self-confidence. - Francois Fenelon

Temptations are as thick as the leaves of the forest, and no one can be out of the reach of temptation unless he is dead. The great thing is to make people intelligent enough and strong enough, not to keep away from temptation, but to resist it. - Robert G. Ingersoll

Temptations are enemies outside the castle seeking entrance. If there be no false retainer within who holds treacherous parley, there can scarcely be even an offer. - Henry Ward Beecher

The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once. - Francis H. Bradley

The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods. - Thomas Merton

The higher the hill, the stronger the wind: so the loftier the life, the stronger the enemy's temptations. - John Wycliffe

The most formidable attribute of temptation is its increasing power, its accelerating ratio of velocity. Every act of repetition increases power, diminishes resistance. It is like the letting out of waters – where a drop can go, a river can go. Whoever yields to temptation, subjects himself to the law of falling bodies. - Horace Mann

To go into temptation to find how strong you are, is as wise as to go before a mirror, with closed eyes, to find how you look when asleep. - Ivan Panin

We find many things, to which the prohibition of them constitutes the only temptation. - William Hazlitt

We usually know what we can do, but temptation shows us who we are. - Thomas Kempis

Without temptation the soul cannot grow. - James Allen

Monday, 10 September 2018


I cannot guarantee the accuracy of all the points.

There are upwards of 61,000 people in the air over the United States of America at any time on any given day. This is due to the U.S. having the largest number of airports worldwide accounting for roughly 1/3 of the world's total airports. 

There is more fresh water under the earth's surface than there is above it. 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada was the first city in the world with a computerized traffic signal system. 

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise. 

What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?

When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight. 

Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. 

You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping. 

Your brain uses 40% of the oxygen that enters your bloodstream. 

Your eyes are always the same size from birth but your nose and ears never stop growing. 

Your left lung is smaller than your right lung to make room for your heart. 

Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself. 

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals. 

More Trivia Here

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Life - Quotes

Take life as it comes. - Unknown

The best things in life are free. - B.G. DeSilva

So precious life is! Even to the old, the hours are as a miser's coins! - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Activity does not necessarily mean life. - Philip K. Dick

Life unshared has scarce a charm. - C. B. Langston

The only way to change our lives is by changing our minds. - Ross Cooper

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. - Anna Quindlen

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. - Robert Byrne

It’s only life. We all get through it. - Dean Koontz

Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not. - Unknown

Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us. - Steven Tyler

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. - Bruce Lee

A good life keeps off wrinkles. - Spanish Proverb

Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life. - Seneca

The very meaninglessness of life forces man to create his own meaning. - Stanley Kubrick

Life calls the tune, we dance. - John Galsworthy

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. - Walter Bagehot

The basis of life is freedom. - Abraham Hicks

Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work. - Horace

Life has a way of setting things in order and leaving them be. Very tidy, is life. - Jean Anouilh

More on Life Here, and the book The Mystery of Life - a collection of quotes on and pertaining to life.

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Quote Worthy

Ever loved someone so much, you would do anything for them? Yeah, well, make that someone yourself and do whatever the hell you want. - Harvey Specter

We don’t develop courage by beign happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficutlt times and challenging adversity. - Barbara de Angelis

The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history. - George Orwell

In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The universe only makes sense when we have someone to share our feelings with. - Paulo Coelho

We never really know what stupidity is until we have experimented on ourselves. - Paul Gauguin

The best way to move forward is to let go of what’s holding you back. - Unknown

Not all storms come to disrupt your life, some come to clear your path. - Unknown

Serenity is not freedom from the storm. It is peace within the storm. - Unknown

Be so busy improving yourself that you have no time to criticize others. - Unknown

An ounce of doing things is worth a pound of theorizing. - Wallace D. Wattles

The essence of being human is that one does not seek perfection. - George Orwell

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy

Friday, 7 September 2018

Desire - Quotes

Our Desires snort and press forward like giddy stallions, but our Means creep sulkily along like snails. - Abraham Miller

Some desire is necessary to keep life in motion, and he whose real wants are supplied must admit those of fancy. - Samuel Johnson

That's the funny thing about knowing you can't have something. It makes you desperate. - Stephenie Meyer

The central fire is desire, and all the powers of our being are given us to see, to fight for, and to win the object of our desire. Quench that fire and man turns to ashes. - Basil W. Maturin

The desire that is satisfied is not a great desire, nor has the shoulder used all its might that an unbreakable gate has never strained. - William Butler Yeats

The natural wants are few, and easily gratified: it is only those which are artificial that perplex us by their multiplicity. - Christian Nestell Bovee

The strongest of all psychic forces in the world is unsatisfied desire. - John Cowper Powys

The very urge to get rid of desire is still desire, is it not? - Jiddu Krishnamurti

There is in every one of us, even those who seem to be most moderate, a type of desire that is terrible, wild, and lawless. - Plato

There is no fulfilment that is not made sweeter for the prolonging of desire. - Jacqueline Carey

Things desired are oftentimes of less value than our present possessions. - Edward Counsel

Those who restrain desire do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained. - William Blake

'Tis easier to suppress the first Desire, than to satisfy all that follow it. - Benjamin Franklin

'Tis much easier to suppress a first desire, than to satisfy all those that follow it. - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

To be desired by those who are themselves highly desirable is in itself an aphrodisiac. - Tobsha Learner

We cannot be free of nagging desires through suppression. This is like trying to keep a rubber boat beneath the water. But we remove compulsive desires altogether by understanding their nature. - Vernon Howard

We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes. - Marcel Proust

We should not desire the impossible. - Leonardo da Vinci

When it comes to desiring, we are all experts. If there were an Olympics of desiring, we would all make the team. - William Braxton Irvine

When we have the means to pay for what we desire, what we get is not so much what is best, as what is costliest. - Christian Nestell Bovee

While we desire, we do not enjoy; and with enjoyment desire ceases. - William Hazlitt

You had better return home and make a net, than go down to the river and desire to get the fishes. - Chinese Proverb

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Democracy - Quotes

Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage. - H. L. Mencken

Democracy is the only system that persists in asking the powers that be whether they are the powers that ought to be. - Sydney J. Harris

Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. - E. B. White

Democracy is the road to socialism. - Karl Marx

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote! - Benjamin Franklin

Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers. - Aristotle

Democracy means government by discussion, but it is only effective if you can stop people talking. - Clement Atlee

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for the people. - Oscar Wilde

Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions. When there is no sharing of power, no rule of law, no accountability, there is abuse, corruption, subjugation and indignation. - Atifete Jahjaga

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. - James Bovard

Democracy works when people claim it as their own. - Bill Moyers

Democracy, like liberty, justice and other social and political rights, is not "given", it is earned through courage, resolution and sacrifice. - Aung San Suu Kyi

Democracy… while it lasts is more bloody than either aristocracy or monarchy. Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There is never a democracy that did not commit suicide. - John Adams

Democracy's worst fault is that its leaders are likely to reflect the faults and virtues of their constituents. - Robert A. Heinlein

Democratic institutions form a system of quarantine for tyrannical desires. - Friedrich Nietzsche

Democrats are children of the Enlightenment. They believe in the perfectibility of humanity. They revere systems even more than they do results. - Paul Begala

Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty. - Plato

If in a democratic country nothing can be permanently achieved save through the masses of the people, it will be impossible to establish a higher political life than the people themselves crave. - Jane Addams

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Talent - Quotes

Any human anywhere will blossom in a hundred unexpected talents and capacities simply by being given the opportunity to do so. - Doris Lessing

Because many talents are first identified and nurtured in childhood, it can be difficult to determine whether talent is innate, can be acquired through extensive practice or can only be acquired in the presence of the developing brain. - Francesca Happe & Uta Frith

Brevity is the sister of talent. - Anton Chekhov

Genius, without talent, is a wild, and beautiful, and erratic meteor; talent, without genius, is a steady light, which lasts long, but never throws a flood of radiance upon earth or sky. - Unknown

Great talent finds happiness in execution. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

However you make your living is where your talent lies. - Ernest Hemingway

I believe in talent. I know you're not supposed to believe in that anymore because you're supposed to believe if you just work hard you can do anything. That's how you succeed, maybe. But talent is something you're born with. You cannot acquire it by working hard, and you cannot lose it by lying around either. - Fran Lebowitz

If you’re young and talented, it’s like you have wings. - Haruki Murakami

It always seemed to me a sort of clever stupidity only to have one sort of talent – almost like a carrier pigeon. - George Eliot

It is a great talent for a ruler to use the talents of men as though he possessed them. - Duke of Tsin

It takes little talent to see what is under one’s nose, but a good deal of it to know in what direction to point that organ. - W. H. Auden

Many times we take our talents for granted. We think because we can do something well, anyone can. Often that's not true. How can you tell when you're overlooking a skill or talent? Listen to what others say. Your strengths will capture the attention of others and draw them to you. On the other hand, when you're working in areas of weakness, few people will show interest. If others are continually praising you in a particular area, start developing it. - John C. Maxwell

Men of genius are the worst possible models for men of talent. - Murray D. Edwards

Not he deserves praise that has talents, but he that uses them. - Ivan Panin

Nothing in the world is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. - Unknown

Nothing is more inspiring than a person with seemingly mediocre talent rising against the odds to become a champion by way of hard work, effort, and perseverance toward their goals. - Zig Ziglar

People in their right minds never take pride in their talents. - Harper Lee

Sure, the home-field is an advantage – but so is having a lot of talent. - Dan Marino

Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see. - Arthur Schopenhauer

Talent is a dreadfully cheap commodity, cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work. - Stephen King

Talent is a dull knife that will cut nothing unless it is wielded with great force. - Stephen King

Talent is a tenant in the house owned by genius. - Austin O’Malley

Talent is never enough. With few exceptions the best players are the hardest workers. - Magic Johnson

Talent is never static. It's always growing or dying. - Stephen King

Talent is nothing but a prolonged period of attention and a shortened period of mental assimilation. - Konstantin Stanislavsky

Talent is often mistaken for genius, especially by the man who has it. - Evan Esar

Talent must be viewed as the most indispensable ingredient for success, but success also depends on how that talent is managed. - Allan Schweyer

Talent only gives an imperfect image – the broken glimmer of a countenance. But the features of Genius remain unruffled. - Robert Eldridge Aris Willmott

Talent, for talent's sake, is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Talents, to strike the eye of posterity, should be concentrated: rays powerless while they are scattered, burn in a point. - Robert Eldridge Aris Willmott

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent. - Steve Martin

The best way to get more talents is to improve the talents we have. - Edward Bickersteth

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The possession of superior talent creates more wishes than it gratifies. - Eliza Cook

The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms; very often it does not know what to do with genius. Talent is a docile creature; it bows its head meekly while the world slips the collar over it; it backs into the shafts like a lamb. It draws its load cheerfully, and is patient of the bit and of the whip. But genius is always impatient of its harness; its wild blood makes it hard to train. - Oliver Wendell Holmes

To do easily what is difficult for others is the mark of talent. - Henri-Frédéric Amiel

Unused talents gives you no advantage over someone who has no talent at all. - Mark Twain

We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities but its own talents. - Eric Hoffer

We each after a while have to become reconciled to what it is that our talents and appetites lead us to. - Tobias Wolff

We must despise no sort of talents: they all have their separate duties and uses, all the happiness of man for their object; they all improve, exalt, and gladden life. - Sydney Smith

Well-matured and well-disciplined talent is always sure of a market, provided it exerts itself; but it must not cower at home and expect to be sought for. - Washington Irving

When a man has displayed talent in some particular path, and left all competitors behind him in it, the world are too apt to give him credit for universality of genius, and to anticipate for him success in all that he undertakes. - Charles Caleb Colton

When your camels find no more nourishment, remove to a more fertile spot; and when your talents are not appreciated, seek another country. - Ibn Munir

Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation. - Aristotle

While you have a talent, and time to use it, be diligent. - John Thornton

You have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world – and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfil needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance. - Deepak Chopra

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Tact - Quotes

A tactful man can pull the stinger from a bee without getting stung. - George Horace Lorimer

Cultivate tact for it is the mark of culture ... the lubricant of human relations, softening contacts and minimizing friction. - Baltasar Gracian

I never say the things I really want to. If I did, I'd have no friends. - Chelsea Handler

In the battle of existence, talent is the punch; tact is the clever footwork. - Wilson Mizner

It cannot be denied that tact is a virtue. The sort of person who always manages to blurt out the tactless thing, apparently by accident, is a person full of dislike of his or her fellow creatures. But although tact is a virtue, it is very closely allied to certain vices; the line between tact and hypocrisy is a very narrow one. I think the distinction comes in the motive: when it is kindliness that makes us wish to please, our tact is the right sort; when it is fear of offending, or desire to obtain some advantage by flattery, our tact is apt to be of a less amiable kind. - Bertrand Russell

It is tact that is golden, not silence. - Samuel Butler

Some people mistake weakness for tact. If they are silent when they ought to speak and so feign an agreement they do not feel, they call it being tactful. Cowardice would be a much better name. - Frank Medlicott

Step with care and great tact, and remember that life's a great balancing act. - Dr. Seuss

Tact ... is the unsaid part of what you think.... And there is only one thing more potent – its opposite – the unthought part of what you say. - Henry van Dyke

Tact carries a bunch of curiously-fashioned keys, that open all kinds of doors. - Unknown

Tact is a combination of good temper, ready wit, quickness of perception and ability to take in the exigency of the occasion instantly. - Orison Swett Marden

Tact is giving a person a pat on the back when you feel like giving him a kick in the pants. - Evan Esar

Tact is not a small thing; in the battle of life it is more powerful than a bludgeon. - Arthur Lynch

Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves. - Abraham Lincoln

Tact is the ability to shut your mouth before someone else does it for you. - Evan Esar

Tact is the ability to step on a man's toes without messing up the shine on his shoes. - Harry S. Truman

Tact is the art of building a fire under people without making their blood boil. - Franklin P. Jones

Tact is the art of dressing the bare facts and draping the naked truth. - Evan Esar

Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy. - Howard W. Newton

Tact is the art of thinking twice before saying nothing. - Evan Esar

Tact is the intelligence of the heart. - Unknown

Tact is the oil which lubricates society and prevents its harsh and heterogeneous particles from grating against each other; and in proportion as a person possesses this valuable emollient, so will he go roughly or smoothly through the world. - Charles William Day

Tact swings the door open to success when merit cannot even turn the knob. - A. D. Hard

Tact: to lie about others as you would have them lie about you. - Oliver Herford

The possession of tact makes a man a diplomat; the lack of it makes him a miserable failure, irrespective of other ability. - A. D. Hard

The use of tact is always needful but it is especially necessary when speaking a truth that may strike a sensitive nerve in another. - Robert E. Fisher

Monday, 3 September 2018

Environment - Quotes

People tend to focus on the here and now. The problem is that, once global warming is something that most people can feel in the course of their daily lives, it will be too late to prevent much larger, potentially catastrophic changes. - Elizabeth Kolbert

Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, it's common sense. - Ronald Reagan

Several people have said: 'Well, isn't it a good thing that our industrial progress has produced not just carbon dioxide but sulfur aerosols, which cool us back down?' And I've always said I didn't like the idea of using acid rain to solve global warming, because those aerosols are not only bad for ecosystems when they rain acids into the lakes and streams and soils, but they're also part of the air pollutants which, when we breathe, we know from statistical tests, leads to increased lung and respiratory disease and what we call excess deaths, which sounds very clinical unless somebody in your family happens to be susceptible to that kind of air pollution. Some people want to shove it in the stratosphere – what we call geo-engineering. That, at least wouldn't have health effects. But the aerosol offset is only partial. And even if it would offset the global warming almost completely, it's not going to leave the world's climate unchanged, because there'll be pockets in the world that'll actually be cooler, then other pockets much warmer, so you'll have blobs of warming and blobs of cooling. And that's a change, because our water supplies, our agriculture, and our ecosystems, they live locally, not globally. They don't care about 2 degrees global mean change. They care about what happens in their region. And having regional aerosols offsetting some of the global effects is not going to prevent regions from still being disturbed. And we're still going to have climate disturbance if we try to solve global warming by regional air pollution, to say nothing of the health effects and the environmental effects of that air pollution. - Stephen H. Schneider

The danger is that global warming may become self-sustaining, if it has not done so already. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps reduces the fraction of solar energy reflected back into space, and so increases the temperature further. Climate change may kill off the Amazon and other rain forests, and so eliminate once one of the main ways in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of large quantities of carbon dioxide, trapped as hydrides on the ocean floor. Both these phenomena would increase the greenhouse effect, and so global warming further. We have to reverse global warming urgently, if we still can. - Stephen Hawking

The goal, the urgent necessity, is to reduce global warming pollution in the atmosphere enough to pull us back from the precipice before the changes in earth's ecosystems and weather patterns become so rapid and so vast that we will no longer be able to reverse the catastrophe. - Fred Krupp

The good news is we know what to do. The good news is, we have everything we need now to respond to the challenge of global warming. We have all the technologies we need, more are being developed, and as they become available and become more affordable when produced in scale, they will make it easier to respond. But we should not wait, we cannot wait, we must not wait. - Al Gore

The insistence on complete certainty about the full details of global warming – the most serious threat we have ever faced – is actually an effort to avoid facing the awful, uncomfortable truth: that we must act boldly, decisively, comprehensively, and quickly, even before we know every last detail about the crisis. Those who continue to argue that the appropriate response is merely additional research are simply seeking to camouflage timidity or protect their vested interest in the status quo. - Al Gore

The most important thing about global warming is this. Whether humans are responsible for the bulk of climate change is going to be left to the scientists, but it’s all of our responsibility to leave this planet in better shape for the future generations than we found it. - Mike Huckabee

The notion that you put more CO2 up there and you get a warmer world is not debatable at all. This has been understood for a century now. Global warming is real. The only debatable issue is how warm it will get. That's really the only question. And, yes, it's complicated but everything that we've learned has tended to support the conclusion that the effects will be quite significant. What people ought to know is that there's nothing that's been learned that suggests, "Oh, don't worry about this." - Elizabeth Kolbert

The size of our global warming problem requires a large-scale solution. To meet that challenge, a small group of scientists and entrepreneurs is pursuing what they call geoengineering.... Ideas include seeding the oceans in order to increase algae uptake of CO2, injecting chemicals into the upper atmosphere to cool the poles, blocking sunlight by making clouds more reflective, and stationing heat-deflecting mirrors in space. These schemes, however, are the scientific equivalent of a Hail Mary pass – to be pursued only after all other earth-bound solutions have failed. After all, tinkering with a complex system such as the biosphere can generate unintended consequences, and not necessarily positive ones. - Brian Dumaine

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Love - Quotes

He who would not be idle, let him fall in love. - Roman Proverb

All passions make us commit some faults, love alone makes us ridiculous. - Francios de La Rochefoucauld

Love makes the world go round. - French Proverb

No love without bread and wine. - French Proverb

We are shaped and fashioned by what we love. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Love is a two-way street constantly under construction. - Carroll Bryant

If the thing loved is base, the lover becomes base. - Leonardo da Vinci

Love is like pi - natural, irrational, and very important. - Lisa Hoffman

Love can make a summer fly, or a night seem like a lifetime. - Andrew Lloyd Webber

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. - H. L. Mencken

Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults. - Benjamin Franklin

Love is a better teacher than duty. - Albert Einstein

Not all men are worthy of love. - Sigmund Freud

In love, first please the eye, then win the heart. - Norman MacDonald

The course of true love never did run smooth. - William Shakespeare

Love always involves responsibility, and love always involves sacrifice. - William Barclay

Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself. - Jean Anouilh

Love, and you shall be loved. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home. - Mother Teresa

The only reward for love is the experience of loving. - John LeCarre

Love lives in palaces as well as in thatched huts. - Japanese Proverb

No rose without a thorn, nor love without a rival. - Turkish Proverb

The more one judges, the less one loves. - Honoré de Balzac

Love is an emotion experienced by the many and enjoyed by the few. - Unknown

More on Love Here, and the book The Light of Love

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Quote Worthy

Success and mediocrity are both absolutely predictable because they follow the natural and immutable law of sowing and reaping. Simply stated, if you want to reap more rewards, you must sow more. - Tommy Newberry

There simply is nothing to which we can attach ourselves, no matter how hard we try. In time, things will change and the conditions that produced our current desires will be gone. Why then cling to them now? - Master Hsing Yun

Life is a question which nobody can answer and death is an answer which nobody can question. So, enjoy the question till you get the answer. - Unknown

We have flown the air like birds and swum the sea like fishes, but have yet to learn the simple act of walking the earth like brothers. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Silence and smile are two very powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems. Silence is the way to avoid many problems. - Paulo Coelho

It is those of us who have been broken that become experts at mending. - Steve Maraboli

The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. - Charles Darwin

We have to dream. How else will we make a future that does not yet exist? - Simon Sinek

Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception. - Niccolo Machiavelli

It is what it is. It was what it was. It will be what it will be. don’t stress it. - Unknown

Necessity teaches wisdom, while prosperity makes fools. - Wellins Calcott

I am not what you say I am, you are what you say I am. - The Buddha

More Quotes Here - And the book Quote Worthy on

Friday, 31 August 2018

Desire - Quotes

Desire is what leads you through life until the time comes when you desire a higher life. So do not be ashamed that you want so much, yet at the same time do not fool yourself into thinking that what you want today will be enough tomorrow. - Deepak Chopra

Desire, like the atom, is explosive with creative force. - Paul Vernon Buser

Desire: the starting point of all achievement. - Napoleon Hill

Desires are central to the soul's unfolding and should not be dismissed before giving them careful attention. - Thomas Moore

Do not desire what you can't acquire. - Ken Alstad

Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours. - Marcus Aurelius

Everything that is in agreement with our personal desires seems true; everything that is not puts us in a rage. - Andre Maurois

Forbid us something, and that thing we desire; but press it on us hard, and we will flee. - Geoffrey Chaucer

He is fortunate who wants the things he knows he can have. - Lewis F. Korns

How is the anxious soul of man befool'd in his desire, that thinks a hectic fever may be cool'd in flames of fire? - Francis Quarles

If men could regard the events of their lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain. - Andre Maurois

Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power. - Walter Lippmann

In the end there is no desire so deep as the simple desire for companionship. - Graham Greene

It is not poverty which produces sorrow, but desire. - Epictetus

It is of the nature of desire not to be satisfied, and most men live only for the gratification of it. - Aristotle

It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are thoroughly alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger after them. How can we ever be satisfied without them until our feelings are deadened? - George Eliot

Man is the only animal whose desires increase as they are fed; the only animal that is never satisfied. - Henry George

Man's many desires are like the small metal coins he carries about in his pocket. The more he has the more they weight him down. - Satya Sai Baba

Men quickly find a theory that adapts itself to their desires. - Lewis F. Korns

Naked I seek the camp of those who desire nothing. - Horace

Natural desires are within bounds; but unnatural lust is infinite. - Benjamin Whichcote

Our desires cut across one another, and in this confused existence it is rare for happiness to coincide with the desire that clamoured for it. - Marcel Proust

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Criticism - Quotes

A man who can't take a word of criticism hears it the most. - Ken Alstad

Against criticism a man can neither protest nor defend himself; he must act in spite of it, and then criticism will gradually yield to him. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

As a matter of fact, we are none of us above criticism; so let us bear with each other's faults. - L. Frank Baum

Criticism is just someone else’s opinion. Even people who are experts in their fields are sometimes wrong. It is up to you to choose whether to believe some of it, none of it, or all of it. What you think is what counts. - Rodolfo Costa

Criticism is now become mere hangman's work, and meddles only with the faults of authors; nay, the critic is disgusted less with their absurdities than excellence; and you cannot displease him more than in leaving him little room for his malice. - John Dryen

Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself. - Jean de La Bruyere

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. - Winston Churchill

Criticism of others is thus an oblique form of self-commendation. We think we make the picture hang straight on our wall by telling our neighbours that all his pictures are crooked. - Fulton J. Sheen

Criticism very often consists of measuring the learning and the wisdom of others, either by our own ignorance, or by our little technical and pedantic partialities and prejudices. - Horace Smith

I am more afraid of deserving criticism than of receiving it. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If criticism had any real power to harm, the skunk would have been extinct by now. - Fred Allen

In criticism I will be bold, and sternly, absolutely just with friend and foe. From this purpose nothing shall turn me. - Edgar Allan Poe

In literary criticism the critic has no choice but to make over the victim of his attention into something the size and shape of himself. - John Steinbeck

In the creative state a man is taken out of himself. He lets down as it were a bucket into his subconscious, and draws up something which is normally beyond his reach. He mixes this thing with his normal experiences and out of the mixture he makes a work of art. - E. M. Forster

Read as little as possible of literary criticism – such things are either partisan opinions, which have become petrified and meaningless, hardened and empty of life, or else they are just clever word-games, in which one view wins today, and tomorrow the opposite view. Works of art are of an infinite solitude, and no means of approach is so useless as criticism. - Rainer Maria Rilke

The exercise of criticism always destroys, for a time, our sensibility to beauty by leading us to regard the work in relation to certain laws of creation. The eye turns from the charms of nature to fix itself upon the servile dexterity of art. - Alison

The finer house you build the sharper will be the criticism. - Lewis F. Korns

The most accomplished literary work would be reduced to nothing by carping criticism, if the author would listen to all critics and allow everyone to erase the passage which pleases him the least. - Jean de La Bruyere

The pleasure of criticism takes away from us the pleasure of being deeply moved by very fine things. - Jean de La Bruyere

You have one of two choices. Either you can panic and start making frantic attempts to reform under the glare of these awful critical eyes, or you can just say, "The hell with you! I know what I'm doing. If you don't yet, it's because you haven't given me an attentive reading. - Saul Bellow

Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting. - Emmet Fox

Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. - Winston Churchill

Criticism should be a casual conversation. - W.H Auden

Do not seek praise. Seek criticism. - Paul Arden

Don't criticize what you can't understand. - Bob Dylan

I much prefer the sharpest criticism of a single intelligent man to the thoughtless approval of the masses. - Johannes Kepler

It is easier to criticize than to do better. - Swiss Proverb

Nothing is complete and thus nothing is exempt from criticism. - James Luther Adams

Sandwich every bit of criticism between two layers of praise. - Mary Kay Ash

The dread of criticism is the death of genius. - William Gilmore Simms

The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment. - Elbert Hubbard

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things. - Jean de la Bruyere

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. - Norman Vincent Peale

There is no defence against criticism except obscurity. - Joseph Addison

When we judge or criticize another person, it says nothing about that person; it merely says something about our own need to be critical. - Unknown