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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~Edmund Burke

Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.
~Franklin D. Roosevelt

To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness. ~Edgar Allan Poe

Then join hand in hand,
Brave Americans all,
By uniting we stand,
By dividing we fall.
~John Dickinson

Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is. ~Ernest Hemingway

A sense of duty is useful in work but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation. ~Bertrand Russell

The preservation of the means of knowledge among the lowest ranks is of more importance to the public than all the property of all the rich men in the country. ~John Adams
(Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765)

Only the guy who isn’t rowing has time to rock the boat.
~Jean-Paul Sartre

Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. ~Chinese Proverb

We cannot change anything until we accept it. Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses. ~Carl Jung

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. ~Edith Wharton

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance. ~Bruce Barton

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. ~Charles R. Swindoll

The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.
~Marcus Aurelius

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.
de Stael

Toleration is the greatest gift of the mind; it requires the same effort of the brain that it takes to balance oneself on a bicycle.
~Helen Keller

The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking spaces. ~Will Rogers

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. ~Rumi

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ~Winston Churchill

Life engenders life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich. ~Sarah Bernhardt

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our duty, as men and women, is to proceed as if limits to our ability did not exist. We are collaborators in creation.
~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Success is a moving target. ~Darlene Foster

There’s no trick to being a humorist when you have the whole government working for you. ~Will Rogers

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. ~Maya Angelou

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. ~Marcus Aurelius

The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acquire it.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1678)

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. ~Benjamin Franklin

The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth. ~Albert Einstein

Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. ~ Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

With love you don’t bargain. There, the choice is not yours. Love is a mirror, it reflects only your essence, if you have the courage to look in its face.  ~Rumi

Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses. ~Lao Tzo

He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
~Joseph Addison

When a thing is funny, look for hidden truth.
~George Bernard Shaw

The man who begins to say it can’t be done is often interrupted by somebody else doing it.
~quote generally attributed to Confucius, George Bernard Shaw, or Elbert Hubbard

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. ~Henry Ford

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits. ~Albert Einstein

Your friends will believe in your potential, your enemies will make you live up to it. ~Tim Fargo

We usually get what we anticipate. ~Claude Bristol

Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care.
~Jerry Cantrell

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~Mahatma Gandhi

It is not more surprising to be born twice than once; everything in nature is resurrection. ~Voltaire

My time has not yet come either; some are born posthumously. ~Friedrich Nietzche

The law of floatation was not discovered by contemplating the sinking of things. ~Thomas Troward

The Divine “is everywhere, in every direction, in every space, without exception.” ~Kamla K. Kapur

If our votes mattered, they wouldn’t let us do it. ~Mark Twain

Your mind is a powerful thing. When you filter it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change. ~Buddha

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature. ~St. Augustine

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~Aristotle

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.  ~Cicero

Compassion is not religious business, it is human business.  It is not  luxury,  it is essential for our own peace and mental stability.  It is essential for human survival. ~Dalai Lama

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.
~Dalai Lama
(The enemy may be one’s own fear…)

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop

Forgiveness is mental floss!  Build the capacity to forgive slowly – start with little unkind acts, otherwise you’ll sabotage yourself.  When we forgive, we forgive the actor, not the action.
~Steven & Ondrea Levine

I add my breath to your breath
That our lives may be long on this earth
That the lives of our people may be long
May the Mother bless you with life
May your life path be fulfilled
~Keresan Prayer~

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Nelson Mandella

She finally understood the vision.  She must walk alone.  Everything she had lived through had prepared her for this journey.  And she was not afraid.  For the first time, Ayla felt the strength of her own spirit. ~Jean Auel, Clan of the Cave Bear

For LIGHT, I go directly to the source of light, not to any of the reflections. ~Peace Pilgrim

We are healed by a suffering only by experiencing it to the full.
~Marcel Proust

If women could move mountains…  They wouldn’t!  What’s the point?  Mountains look great just where they are!
~Jane Evershed, Power of Women card series

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty.  To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
~Bertrand Russell

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror.  I can take the next thing that comes along.”  You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

On no subject are our ideas more warped and pitiable than on death.  Let children walk with nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life, and that the grave has no victory, for it never fights.  All is divine harmony.  ~John Muir

Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand.  ~Hippocrates

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
~William Jennings Bryan

…the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. ~W. H. Murray

Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. ~Norman Cousins

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Nietzsche

Courage is the price that life exacts
for granting peace.  The soul that
Knows it not, knows no release
From little things; knows not the
livid loneliness of fear, Nor mountain
heights where bitter joy can hear
The sound of wings.
~Amelia Earhart

Independence?  That’s middle-class blasphemy.  We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth.
~George Bernard Shaw

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. ~Abraham Lincoln

It is the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive.
~C.W. Leadbeater

Humor is a prelude to faith and
Laughter is the beginning of prayer.
~Reinhold Niebuhr

Some of my best friends are children. ~J.D. Salinger

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. ~Sophocles 406 B.C.

Until one has loved an animal, part of their soul remains unawakened. ~Anatole France

Dear God, Help me believe the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is. ~John McGrann

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments.
~Jim Rohn

Humor is something that thrives between man’s aspirations and his limitations.  There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth. ~Victor Hugo

Creativity can solve almost any problem.  The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything. ~George Lois

We are not to fear the strangeness we feel.  The future must enter into us long before it happens. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Life is no brief candle to me.  It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
~George Bernard Shaw

If a free society can’t help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. ~John F. Kennedy, Inaugural Address

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country…corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. ~President Abraham Lincoln, November 21, 1884 

We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.
~Kenji Miyazawa

This is the final test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him. ~William Lyon Phelps

Stay out of the “Why” and enter the “What.”  “Why” is a circuitous mental process that often confounds.  When we enter the “What” and explore the qualities (color, texture, etc.) of feelings we discover there, the “Why” will present itself…

If at first you don’t succeed, you’re running about average.

The problem with setting a good example for our children is that it can take all the fun out of our own middle age.  Discern wisely!

If you stay in one place long enough, the world will come to you; it doesn’t have a choice…

Death is an end to life, as waking is an end to sleep…

Our souls do not keep time; they merely record growth…

We are all angels with one wing; we can fly only by embracing each other…

Turn judgment into compassion.  Turn greed into generosity.  Turn ignorance into wisdom.  Turn hate into forgiveness.  Hate is more toxic than any chemical; it works from the inside out.

Indigenous Peoples’ Prophecy:  When the Mother Earth is sick and the animals dying, there will come a tribe of peoples from all cultures who believe in deeds, not words, and they will restore the Mother Earth to her former beauty.  This Tribe will be called The Warriors of the Rainbow.

Fear heralds growth.  B-r-e-a-t-h-e.  Expand.  Welcome the experience.


22 thoughts on “Quotes”

    1. Hi Tina,

      I agree with D. Wallace Peach! Given that you have fed me a healthful dose of your choice quotes, I would like to reciprocate in kind and share with you my most favourite quotes published in a special post at

      The post also contains a very detailed and logical discussion on various issues regarding quotations, including the cognitive and social influences on decision making in relation to interpreting and using quotations.

      Please enjoy!

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Your post is absolutely awesome, SoundEagle! I will have to read in sections, as I’m afraid fatigue has caught up with me at the moment. Thank you for the link, and for visiting and commenting. The light of your soul shines through ❤

        Liked by 1 person

Namaste, my friends ❤ Tina

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