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Professor Daniel Stein's Favorite Quotes

Einstein, Pythagoras and Ziggy TOO! - It's what they say that counts

"An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Eighty percent of success is showing up."
- Woody Allen

“Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it into a fruit salad.”
~Miles Kington
- (This quote thanks to Ken Martinucci)

"When you go in search of honey, you must expect to be stung by bees."
- Joseph Joubert

"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world the master calls a butterfly."
– Richard Bach

"The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled."
- Plutarch


"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."

– Helen Keller

"If you want instant gratification, go suck a lollipop."
- Dr. Philip Mogul

"Before anyone will listen to your idea, you need you make it through the noise in their life."
- Linda Landsman

"Since our Time is reduced to a Standard, and the Bullion of the Day minted out into Hours, the Industrious know how to employ every Piece of Time to a real Advantage in their different Professions: And he that is prodigal of his Hours, is, in Effect, a Squanderer of Money.”
- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard Improved, 1751

"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."
- Margaret Thatcher

"It is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risk everything."
-Plutarch

"Character is long-standing habit."
-Plutarch

"The wildest colts make the best horses."
-Plutarch

"Fate leads him who follows it, and drags him who resist."
-Plutarch

"How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 --and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?"
- Arthur C. Clarke


"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupιry

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
– Marcel Proust

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me."
- Dudley Field Malone

"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards."
- Vernon Saunders Law

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
– e. e. Cummings

"The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds. Think big anyway."
- Kent M. Keith

"A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money."
~ Unknown

"You don't write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say."
- F. Scott Fitzgerald


“Spoon feeding, in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
- E.M. Forster

"Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes, work never begun."
– Christina Rossetti

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

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.”
-Samuel Ullman

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
-Woody Allen

“Well done is better than well said.”
- Benjamin Franklin

"It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers."
- James Thurber

"Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten."
- B. F. Skinner

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
– Anna Quindlen

"I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to be compassionate. It is, after all, to matter: to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all."
– Leo Rosten

"The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards."
~ Anatole France

"Laughter is the closest distance between two people."
– Victor Borge

Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hope that the cow will back up to them."
– Elbert Hubbard

"Whatever you can do, or dream, you can begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it."
~ Goethe

"Teaching is not a profession; it's a passion."
~~ Unknown


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

"I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: Try to please everybody all the time."
– Herbert Bayard Swope

There are men who took first steps down new roads armed with nothing  but their own vision."        
- Ayn Rand,  The Foundainhead

"Just don't give up on trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong."
– Ella Fitzgerald

~"Children need models rather than critics."
- Joseph Joubert

"How can it be, in a world where half the things a man knows at 20 are no longer true at 40 -- and half the things he knows at 40 hadn't been discovered when he was 20?"
- Arthur C. Clarke


"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."

– Annie Dillard

"When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself."
– Sir Alexander Paterson

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
~
Virginia Satir

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise."
~
Colette

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
– Theodore Seuss Giesel

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."
~
Franklin D. Roosevelt

" Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy."
~
Pyotr Tchaikovsky

"Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing."
– George Sheehan

"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
– Steve Jobs

"Put your heart, mind, intellect, and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success."
– Swami Sivananda Saraswati

"If no one ever took risks, Michelangelo would have painted on the Sistine floor."
– Neil Simon

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."
– George Eliot

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
– Sarah Bernhardt

"I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well."
– Diane Ackerman

"Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy."
– Pyotr Tchaikovsky

"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
– Michelangelo

"It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg."
– C. S. Lewis

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be."
-Kurt Vonnegut

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing."
– Albert Einstein

"If you change the way you look at things, the way you look at things changes."
- Dahlia

"Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish."
– Ovid

"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
– Mary Catherine Bateson

"It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life."
– Queen Christina

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
– Pablo Picasso

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it."
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading."
– Lao-Tzu

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

"All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience."
– Henry Miller

"When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge."
– Tuli Kupferberg

"A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval."
– Mark Twain

"Do you think If one prays to G-d and asks to be courageous, G-d would not wave a wand and make it so? Perhaps G-d will provide the opportunity and circumstance for one to act in a courageous manner. Look for your "opportunity" to become that which you seek.

- Dan Stein- paraphrase from the movie Evan Almighty

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
– Anna Quindlen

"I don't think I am getting smarter, I just think I am tired of making the same mistakes over and over!"
- Stephen Herman

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
–  John Lennon

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

"Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway."
– Mary Kay Ash

"I can't give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: Try to please everybody all the time."
– Herbert Bayard Swope

“What the teacher is, is more important than what he teachers”
- Karl Menningervv  

"I have always believed that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value."
– Hermann Hesse

"We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies."
– Etty Hillesum
 

"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time."
– St. Francis De Sales

"A bad habit never disappears miraculously; it's an undo-it-yourself project."
– Abigail Van Buren

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens."
– Carl Jung

"All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail."
– Dorothea Brande

"The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment."
– Lady Dorothy Nevill

"The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart."
– Mencius

"Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use."
– Ruth Gordon

"Parties who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of the field in hope that the cow will back up to them."
– Elbert Hubbard

"When we can begin to take our failures nonseriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves."
– Katherine Mansfield

"It is easier to fight for one's principles than to live up to them."
– Alfred Adler

"Your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be."
– Raymond Charles Barker

"Don't carry a grudge. While you're carrying a grudge, the other guy's out dancing."
– Buddy Hackett

"Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be."
– Grandma Moses

"Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together."
– Vincent van Gogh

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself."
– Harvey Fierstein

"Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule."
– Samuel Butler

"Make voyages! -- Attempt them! -- there's nothing else…"
– Tennessee Williams

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
– William C. Durant

"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine."
– Morris West

“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.”
- Plato

"In all affairs it's a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted."
– Bertrand Russell

"When you cannot make up your mind between two evenly balanced courses of action, choose the bolder."
– William Joseph Slim

"Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."
– Peter Drucker

"You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result."
– Mahatma Gandhi

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

"Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even."
– Muhammad Ali

"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
– Beverly Sills

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
– Eleanor Roosevelt

"Be happy. It's one way of being wise."
– Colette

"Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose direction and begin to bend."
– Walter Savage Landor

"All that is necessary to break the spell of inertia and frustration is this: Act as if it were impossible to fail."
– Dorothea Brande

"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
– Virginia Satir

"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It  takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
 
– Albert Einstein

"Map out your future, but do it in pencil."
– Jon Bon Jovi

"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this — you haven't."
– Thomas Edison

"Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

"To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom."
– Bertrand Russell

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

"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm."
– Sir Winston Churchill

"Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it.…Success is shy — it won't come out while you're watching."
~
Tennessee Williams

"Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best."
– Marva Collins

“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

After one look at this planet any visitor from outer space would say "I want to see the manager."
- William S. Burroughs

"The future is here. It's just not widely distributed yet."
- William Gibson

"I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time."
– Anna Freud

"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits."
– Thomas A. Edison

"Think like a man of action, act like a man of ."
– Henri-Louis Bergson

"The tragedy in life doesn't lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach."
– Benjamin Mays

"It is good to act as if. It is even better to grow to the point where it is no longer an act."
– Charles Caleb Colton

"A man can do only what he can do. But if he does that each day he can sleep at night and do it again the next day."
– Albert Schweitzer

"If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters."
– Abigail Van Buren

"It is the heart always that sees before the head can see."
– Thomas Carlyle

"If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security."
– Gail Sheehy

"Why should I deem myself to be a chisel when I could be the artist?"
– Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

"Good teaching is also about style. Should good teaching be entertaining? You bet! Does this mean that it lacks in substance? Not a chance! Effective teaching is not about being locked with both hands glued to a podium or having your eyes fixated on a slide projector while you drone on. Good teachers work the room and every student in it. They realize that they are the conductors and the class is the orchestra. All students play different instruments and at varying proficiencies".
-
Richard Leblanc, York University, Ontario

"The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather in a lack of will."
– Vincent Lombardi

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."
- Albert Einstein

"Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth."
– Benjamin Disraeli

"Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind."
– Henry James

"Luck is the by-product of busting your fanny."
– Don Sutton

"A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself."
– Alexandre Dumas

"Inspiration usually comes during work, rather than before it."
– Madeleine L'Engle

"Become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid."
– Lady Bird Johnson

"Action is the antidote to despair."
– Joan Baez

"Hope is not a dream, but a way of making dreams become reality."
– Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens

"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end."
– Ursula K. Le Guin

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."
– Linus Pauling

"Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat."
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Facing it — always facing it — that's the way to get through. Face it!"
– Joseph Conrad

"Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do."
– Kathleen Winsor

"Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozey, and don't be afraid to hit the ball."
– Billie Jean King

"Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same."
– Lois McMaster Bujold

"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn."
– Mary Catherine Bateson

"No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit."
– Helen Keller

"If people only knew how hard I work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all."
– Michelangelo

"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone."
– Orison Swett Marden

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
– Marcel Proust

"You miss 100% of the shots you never take."
– Wayne Gretsky

"Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible."
– St. Francis of Assisi

"Life only demands from you the strength you possess. Only one feat is possible — not to have run away."
– Dag Hammarskjold

"Life begets life. Energy creates energy. It is by spending oneself that one becomes rich."
– Sarah Bernhardt

"It is good to act as if. It is even better to grow to the point where it is no longer an act."
– Charles Caleb Colton

"It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be."
– Anatole France

"Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work — and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't."
– Lucille Ball

"A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work."
– John Lubbock

"Take calculated risks. That is quite different from being rash."
– George S. Patton

"When you get into a tight place and it seems that you can't go on, hold on — for that's just the place and the time that the tide will turn."
– Harriet Beecher Stowe

"Do not fear mistakes, there are none."
– Miles Davis

"Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."
– Aldous Huxley

"The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on."
– Julia Alvarez

"Life is not a dress rehearsal."
- Rose Tremain

"What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity. In the end there are no certain answers."
– Matina Horner

"The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you."
– Brendan Behan

"Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there."
– Josh Billings

"We taste and feel and see the truth. We do not reason ourselves into it."
– William Butler Yeats

"I have an irrepressible desire to live till I can be assured that the world is a little better for my having lived in it."
– Abraham Lincoln

"A person who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
– Albert Einstein

"It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be."
– Anatole France

"In this age, which believes that there is a short cut to everything, the greatest lesson to be learned is that the most difficult way is, in the long run, the easiest."
– Henry Miller

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."
– Albert Einstein

"Ride on! Rough-shod if need be, smooth-shod if that will do, but ride on! Ride on over all obstacles, and win the race!"
– Charles Dickens

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."
– Truman Capote

"You can't hit a home run unless you step up to the plate. You can't catch a fish unless you put your line in the water. You can't reach your goals if you don't try."
-Kathy Seligman

"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
– John Ruskin

"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it."
– John Ruskin

"It may be those who do most, dream most."
– Stephen Leacock


"If we wait for the moment when everything is ready, we shall never begin."
– Ivan Turgenev
 

"We arrive at the truth, not by the reason only, but also by the heart."
– Blaise Pascal


"Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you."
– Dr. Wayne Dyer

"When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure."
– Peter Marshall

 "I always wondered why somebody doesn't do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody."
– Lily Tomlin

"Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself."
– Erich Fromm

"We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success."
– Henry David Thoreau

"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette aka Colette
 

"To play it safe is not to play."
– Robert Altman

"Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or by the handle."
– James Russell Lowell

"A university professor set an examination question in which he asked what is the difference between ignorance and apathy. The professor had to give an A+ to a student who answered: I don't know and I don't care."
- Richard Pratt

"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
– John Muir
 

"A mistake is simply another way of doing things."
– Katharine Graham
 

"We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."
– Marian Wright Edelman
 

"My father used to say to me, 'Whenever you get into a jam, whenever you get into a crisis or an emergency…become the calmest person in the room and you'll be able to figure your way out of it.'"
– Rudolph Giuliani

'Don't go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.'
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it."
 – Pablo Picasso

"In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes."
– John Ruskin

"None will improve your lot if you yourself do not."
– Bertolt Brecht

"The trouble with resisting temptation is that it may never happen again"
-
Korman

Spend sufficient time confirming the need and the need will disappear.
- Murphy

"One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."
– Sigmund Freud

"If no one uses it, there's a reason."
- Murphy

"Man's biggest mistake is to believe that he's working for someone else."
-Nashua Cavalier

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it."
- David Henry Thoreau

"This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time."
-Fight Club (movie)

"How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?"
- Anonymous

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."
– Carlos Castaneda

"5 out of every 4 Americans has trouble with fractions."
- Anonymous

"There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow."
– Orison Swett Marden

"Time is the best teacher...unfortunately, it eventually kills all its students."
- Anonymous

 "I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow."
– Julia Cameron

 "There are two ways of exerting one's strength: one is pushing down, the other is pulling up."
– Booker T. Washington

"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything."
– William Connor Magee

"The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world."
– Bertie Charles Forbes

"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."
– Audre Lord

"The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no valleys to traverse."
– Helen Keller

 "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

"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight."
– Helen Keller

"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."
– Isak Dinesen

 "Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence."
– Helen Keller

 "If you treat an individual as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be."
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Many wise words are spoken in jest, but they don't compare with the number of stupid words spoken in earnest."
- Sam Levinson

"Even if the majority agrees on an idiotic idea, it is still an idiotic idea."
- Sam Levinson

"War is better at abolishing nations than nations are at abolishing wars."
- Sam Levinson

 "The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark."
– Michelangelo Buonarroti

"Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."
– Samuel Johnson

 "To think is easy. To act is difficult. To act as one thinks is the most difficult."
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning."
– Lao-Tzu

"The best things in life are not things."
- Anonymous

"Many things which cannot be overcome when they are together yield themselves up when taken little by little."
– Plutarch

"If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters."
– Abigail Van Buren

 "Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him."
– Aldous Huxley

 "Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be."
– Grandma Moses

"It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan."
– Eleanor Roosevelt

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep  moving."
– Albert Einstein  

When his wife asked him to change clothes to meet the German  Ambassador, he said "If they want to see me, here I am. If they want  to see my clothes, open my closet and show them my suits."  
– Albert Einstein

"In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock."
– Thomas Jefferson

 

"When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself."
– Isak Dinesen

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them.
– Albert Einstein

"Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy."
– Pyotr Tchaikovsky

"The only difference between me and a madman is that I am not mad." 
 — Salvador Dali

The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax.
 
– Albert Einstein
  
You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails.
 
– Anonymous

 "Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is.… It's your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best."
– Sir Laurence Olivier

 "Discontent is the first step in progress. No one knows what is in him till he tries, and many would never try if they were not forced to."
– Basil Maturin

 "Don't let other people tell you what you want."
– Pat Riley

"It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life."
– Queen Christina

 "Once the 'what' is decided, the 'how' always follows. We must not make the 'how' an excuse for not facing and accepting the 'what.'"
– Pearl S. Buck
 

"Choices are the hinges of destiny."
– Pythagoras

"The world stands aside to let anyone pass who knows where he is going."
– David Starr Jordan

"Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak"
- Anonymous

 "Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level."
– Dr. Joyce Brothers

"You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses."
— Ziggy

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

 "Worry is like a rocking chair — it gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
— Dorothy Galyean, Author of "Grandmas Little Books"

 "If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won't, you most assuredly won't. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad."
— Denis Waitley, Motivational Speaker and Author

 "Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities — always see them, for they're always there."
— Norman Vincent Peale

 "We cannot choose how many years we will live, but we can choose how much life those years will have. We cannot control the beauty of our face, but we can control the expression on it. We cannot control life’s difficult moments but we can choose to make life less difficult. We cannot control the negative atmosphere of the world, but we can control the atmosphere of our minds. Too often, we try to choose and control things we cannot. Too seldom we choose to control what we can … our attitude.
 
—
John Maxwell (Developing the Leader Within You)"

"We cannot do everything at once but we can do something at once."
– Calvin Coolidge
 

"Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else."
– Judy Garland
 

"The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart."
– Mencius
The ancient Chinese sage Mencius is seen as a philosophical heir to Confucius. He lived in China during 4 B.C. He believed that people are born good but are influenced by society to be otherwise and that our goal in life should be to return to that innate moral sense. The Book of Mencius, his account of conversations with Chinese rulers, has become one of the central works of Confucian thought.

 "Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life's coming attractions"
— Albert Einstein
 

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

"I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes."
– Sara Teasdale

"Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit."
– e. e. cummings

"I'm not afraid of dying - I just don't want to be there when it  happens!"
— Woody Allen 

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
– William C. Durant

  
"Imagination is more important than knowledge." 
Sign hanging in Einstein's office at Princeton. 
  
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." 

— Albert Einstein
  

  
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used  when we created them."    
— Albert Einstein 
  
"Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he  learned in school."
 
— Albert Einstein 
  
"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe."
 
— Albert Einstein 

"Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best."
– Henry Van Dyke

"Your life becomes the thing you have decided it shall be."
– Raymond Charles Barker

"No great deed, private or public, has ever been undertaken in a bliss of certainty."
– Leon Wieseltier

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
– Andy Warhol

"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."
– Steve Jobs

"Failure seldom stops you. What stops you is the fear of failure."
– Jack Lemmon

"Never regret. If it's good, it's wonderful. If it's bad, it's experience."
– Victoria Holt

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

"A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself."
– Alexandre Dumas

"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
– James Bryant Conant

"It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time."
– Winston Churchill

"The Noah rule: Predicting rain doesn't count; building arks does."
– Warren Buffett

"When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time."
– St. Francis De Sales

"Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody."
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Rate the task above the prize; will not the mind be raised? Fight thine own faults, not the faults of others; will not evil be mended?"
– Confucius

Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

"Success is blocked by concentrating on it and planning for it.…Success is shy — it won't come out while you're watching."
– Tennessee Williams

"The moment of enlightenment is when a person's dreams of possibilities become images of probabilities."
– Vic Braden

"He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying."
– Friedrich Nietzsche

"Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it."
– William C. Durant

People in the "Know" often make mistakes"
Can it be a mistake that "STRESSED" is "DESSERTS" spelled backwards ?

"Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You're crazy." --Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.

"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value." --Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.

"Everything that can be invented has been invented." --Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899.

"Louis Pasteur's theory of germs is ridiculous fiction". --Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872

"If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this." --Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3-M "Post-It" Notepads.

"Professor Goddard does not know the relation between action and reaction and the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react. He seems to lack the basic knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." --1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's revolutionary rocket work.

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet.'" --Apple Computer Inc. founder, Steve Jobs, on attempts to get Atari and H-P interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer.  

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A group of alumni, all highly established in their respective careers, got together for a visit with their old university professor.  The conversation soon turned to complaints about the endless stress of work and life in general.

 

Offering his guests coffee, the professor went into the kitchen and soon returned with a large pot of coffee and an eclectic assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal-some plain, some expensive, some quite exquisite.  Quietly he told them to help themselves to some fresh coffee. 

When each of his former students had a cup of coffee in hand, the old professor quietly cleared his throat and began to patiently address the small gathering.  "You may have noticed that all of the nicer looking cups were taken up first, leaving behind the plainer and cheaper ones.  While it is only natural for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is actually the source of much of your stress-related problems." 

He continued. "Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the coffee.  In fact, the cup merely disguises or dresses up what we drink.  What each of you really wanted was coffee, not a cup, but you instinctively went for the best cups.  Then you began eyeing each other's cups." 

"Now consider this: Life is coffee. Jobs, money, and position in society are merely cups.  They are just tools to shape and contain life, and the type of cup we have does not truly define nor change the quality of the Life we live. Often, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee that God has provided us.  God brews the coffee, but he does not supply the cups.  Enjoy your coffee!" 

The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything. So please remember: Live simply, Love generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly. Leave the rest to God. And remember-the richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.

anonymous

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What Love means to a 4-8 year old.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds,
'What does love mean?'

The answers they got were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.
See what you think:
 

'When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore.
So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'
Rebecca- age 8

 'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.
You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'
Billy - age 4

 'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'
Karl - age 5
 

'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'
Chrissy - age 6

 'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'
Terri - age 4 

'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him,
to make sure the taste is OK.'
Danny - age 7

 'Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more.
My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss'
Emily - age 8 

'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.'
Bobby - age 7 (Wow!)

'If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,'
Nikka - age 6
(we need a few million more Nikka's on this planet)

'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'
Noelle - age 7

 'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'
Tommy - age 6

'During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling.
He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'
Cindy - age 8
 

'My mommy loves me more than anybody
You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'
Clare - age 6 

'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'
Elaine-age 5

 'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'
Chris - age 7

 'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.'
Mary Ann - age 4

'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'
Lauren - age 4

 'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.' (what an image)
Karen - age 7
 

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.'
Mark - age 6

 'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.'
Jessica - age 8
 

And the final one -- Author and lecturer Leo Buscaglia once talked about a contest he was asked to judge.
The purpose of the contest was to find the most caring child.


The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife.
Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there.
When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said,
Nothing, I just helped him cry'

Touro Quotes

  • As Yuiry Says- "Let's play this game for a while"
  • As Ron Says-- "And it goes on and on"
  • Anthony- "Nothing proceeds quickly at Touro"
  • Anthony - "Have loyalty to the person not in the institution"

 

 

– Geroge Carlin (below)

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
 
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but more broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, "I love you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
 

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