I  Quotes

I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona.
It says: "Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest." I think that is the
greatest epitaph a man can have - when he gives everything that is in him to do
the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I
have tried to do. --Harry S. Truman

I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not excuse; I will not retreat a
single inch; and I will be heard. --William Lloyd Garrison

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live,
it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up
when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. Life is no 'brief candle' to
me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for a moment, and I
want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future
generations. --George Bernard Shaw

I am only one, but still I am one; I cannot do everything, but still I can do
something; I will not refuse to do the something I can do. --Helen Keller

I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do... --
Eleanor Roosevelt

I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not
because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because
he has a soul, a spirit capable of kindness and compassion. --William

I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in
reality. --Martin Luther King, Jr.

I believed what I was told and not what my own eyes saw. --Margaret Drabble

I can honestly say that I was never affected by the question of the success of an
undertaking. If I felt it was the right thing to do, I was for it, regardless of the
possible outcome. --Golda Meir (prime minister of Israel)

I do the very best I know how - the very best I can: and I mean to keep on doing
so until the end. --Abraham Lincoln

I do want to say a few things to the graduates ... I ask you to give to your
children a better world than we gave to you. I ask you to temper your striving
for material success, for the glitter of things, with the drive to overcome the
injustice and misery that still stalk our nation and our planet ... Be steadfast, be
strong, be of good cheer. --Vernon E. Jordan, Jr.

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones
among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how
to serve. --Albert Schweitzer

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance
and meaning. --Pablo Casals

I have a dream.... --Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have found that a large percentage of the population operates under a
dangerous illusion - the illusion that the world's problems are too big and too
complex for one individual to make a difference. But I believe one person can
make a difference. My dad always told me, 'We're here to inspire each other, to
bring out the best in each other, and the only way we can do that is to care
about each other.' --Ray Gatchalian (fire fighter & film maker)

I have learned silence from the talkative; tolerance from the intolerant and
kindness from the unkind. I should not be ungrateful to those teachers. --
Kahlil Gibran

I have learned this at least by my experiment: that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has
imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. --Henry
David Thoreau

I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I
have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and
faith. --Mahatma Gandhi

I hear an almost inaudible but pervasive discontent with the price we pay for
our current materialism. And I hear a fluttering of hope that there might be
more to life than bread and circuses. --Bill Moyers

I hold myself to be incapable of hating any being on earth. By a long course of
prayerful discipline, I have ceased for over forty years to hate anybody. I know
this is a big claim. Nevertheless, I make it in all humility. --Mahatma Gandhi

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are
really good at heart. --Anne Frank

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't
trust me so much. --Mother Teresa

I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I
live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. --George Bernard Shaw

I was made to work; if you are equally industrious, you will be equally
successful. --Johann Sebastian Bach

I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy. --Marie Curie

I will act as if what I do makes a difference. --William James

I will tell you what to hate. Hate hypocrisy; hate can't, hate intolerance,
oppression, injustice. --F.W. Robertson

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find that the harder I work, the more I have
of it. --Thomas Jefferson

Ideals are like stars: you will not succeed in touching them with your hands, but
like the seafaring man on the ocean desert of waters, you choose them as your
guides, and following them, you reach your destiny. --Carl Schurz

Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave, or they are
no better than dreams. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a rich man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known
how he employs it. --Socrates

If any man wishes to write in a clear style, let him be first clear in his thoughts;
and if any would write in a noble style, let him first possess a noble soul. --

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so
wonderful after all. --Michelangelo

If the only prayer you say in your whole life is 'thank you,' that would suffice.
--Meister Eckhart

If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.
--Abraham Maslow

If the point is sharp, and the arrow is swift, it can pierce through the dust no
matter how thick. --Bob Dylan

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are
rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and
moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience
in a room by himself. --Arthur Schlesinger ('The Decline of Heroes')

If we want to make something really superb of this planet, there is nothing
whatever that can stop us. --Shepherd Mead

If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself,
but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.
--Marcus Aurelius (121-180)

If you aspire to anything better than politics, expect no cooperation from men.
They will not further anything good. You must prevail of your own force, as a
plant springs and grows by its own vitality. --Henry David Thoreau

If you bring forth what is inside you, what you bring forth will save you. If you
don't bring forth what is inside you, what you don't bring forth will destroy you.

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become
it. --William Arthur Ward

If you can't win, make the fellow ahead of you break the record. --Anonymous

If you cannot lift the load off another's back, do not walk away. Try to lighten
it. --Frank Tyger

If you don't run your own life, somebody else will. --John Atkinson

If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can't accomplish it. You
have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow
through. --Rosalyn Carter

If you greatly desire something, have the guts to stake everything on obtaining
it. --Brendan Francis

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where
they should be. Now put the foundations under them. --Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air; your work need not be lost; that is where
they should be. Now put the foundations under them. --Henry David Thoreau

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. --Margaret Fuller

If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, there is always another
chance for you. And supposing you have tried and failed again and again, you
may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is
not the falling down, but the staying down. --Mary Pickford

If you know that a thing is unrighteous, then use all dispatch in putting an end
to it - why wait till next year? --Mencius

If you live for love you spread kindness and compassion everywhere you go.
When you stop believing in your heart you are but a sterile vessel wandering in
the wilderness. --Francis Hegmeyer

If you only care enough for a result, you will almost certainly attain it. --
William James

If you shut your door to all errors, truth will be shut out. --Rabindranath

If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will
take care of itself. --Woodrow Wilson

If you think you can win, you can win. Faith is necessary to victory. --
William Hazlitt

If you treat people right they will treat you right - ninety percent of the time. --
Franklin D. Roosevelt

If you want a man to resolve upon following your advice, speak to him kindly.
--Jean Guilbert

If you want a quality, act as if you already had it. Try the 'as if' technique. --
William James

If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full
measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other. --Carl Schurz

If you want to get the best out of a man, you must look for the best that is in
him. --Bernard Haldane

If you want to persuade people, show the immediate relevance and value of
what you're saying in terms of meeting their needs and desires ... Successful
collaborative negotiation lies in finding out what the other side really wants and
showing them a way to get it, while you get what you want. --Herb Cohen

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience
your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.
--Joseph Addison

If you would be loved, love and be lovable. --Benjamin Franklin

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe
what they see. --Henry David Thoreau

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. --
Benjamin Franklin

If you would thoroughly know anything, teach it to others. --Tryon Edwards

Image creates desire. You will want what you imagine. --J.G. Gallimore

In a free world, if it is to remain free, we must maintain, with our lives if need
be, but surely by our lives, the opportunity for a man to learn anything. --J.
Robert Oppenheimer

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me,
shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough
walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine
see it. --Michelangelo

In Germany, they came first for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because
I wasn't a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a Jew. They came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up
because I wasn't a trade unionist. They cam for the Catholics, and I didn't
speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time
no one was left to speak up. --Martin Niemoeller (prominent German

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments - there are consequences.
--Robert G. Ingersoll

In nothing do men approach so nearly to the gods as in doing good to men. --
Marcus Cicero

In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he
is superior. --Francis Bacon

In the heating and air conditioning trade, the point on the thermostat in which
neither heating nor cooling must operate is called 'The Comfort Zone.' It is also
known as 'The Dead Zone.' --Russell Bishop

In the last analysis it is our conception of death which decides our answers to
all the questions that life puts to use. --Dag Hammarskjold

In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail
immediately, you had better aim at something high. --Henry David Thoreau

In the midst of all the doubts which we have discussed for four thousand years
in for thousand ways, the safest course is to do nothing against one's
conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death. --

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an
inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. --Martin
Luther King

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and
slavery? Forbid it! Almighty God! I know not what course others may take,
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! -- Patrick Henry (American
Revolutionary War)

Is not the core of nature in the heart of man? --Goethe

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and
try another. But above all, try something. --Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is easier to exclude harmful passions than to rule them, and to deny them
admittance than to control them after they have been admitted. --Seneca

It is good to have an end to journey towards; but it is the journey that matters,
in the end. --Ursala K. LeGuin

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. --Sally Kempton

It is important not to accept unnecessary limits in our lives. The most severe
limit is most often the one we place on ourselves by not striving for greatness.
It is irresponsible not to attempt to use our talent, ability, and opportunities to
benefit others. --President Carter (USA)

It is no profit to have learned well, if you neglect to do well. --Publilisu Syrus

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are you busy
about? --Henry David Thoreau

It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself. --Eleanor

It is not the man who sits by his fireside reading his evening paper, and saying
how bad are politics and politicians, who will ever do anything to save us; it is
the man who goes out into the rough hurly-burly of the caucus, the primary,
and the political meeting, and there faces his fellows on equal terms. --
Theodore Roosevelt

It is not titles that honor men, but men who honor titles. --Machiavelli

It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us
happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and
then for ourselves. --Helen Keller

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely
try to help another without helping himself. --Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is possible to be different and still be right. There can be two - or more -
answers to the same question, and all can be right. --Anne Wilson Schaef

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little.
Do what you can. --Sidney Smith

It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can do only a little.
Do what you can. --Sydney Smith

It is those times when we least deserve a hug and support that we need it the
most. --Glennis Weatherall

It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned
into. --Jonathan Swift

It is when humor restores proportion that our blind eye is opened. --Lorraine

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. --Pablo Picasso

It is your work in life that is the ultimate seduction. --Pablo Picasso

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem. --
G.K. Chesterson

It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities,
but its own talents. --Eric Hoffer

It's important to know that words don't move mountains. Work, exacting work
moves mountains. --Danilo Dolci

It's motive alone that gives character to the actions of men. --Jean de la

It's not enough to say, 'I'm earning enough to live and support my family. I do
my work well. I'm a good father. I'm a good churchgoer.' That's all very well,

It's the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps
away all obstacles. --Claude M. Bristol