quote 1. to repeat (a passage, phrase, etc.) from a book, speech, or the like, as by way of authority, illustration, etc. 2. to repeat words from (a book, author, etc.). 3. to use a brief excerpt from. 4. to cite, offer, or bring forward as evidence or support (Webster's, p 1588).
quotation, citation, reference; exemplification, instance, example, case, case in point, particular, item, illustration, demonstration; cross reference; repetition, reproduction, duplication; recurrence, reincarnation, rebirth, renewal, echo; imitate, imitation, repeat word for word or verbatim, parrot, repeat like a broken record; copy; plagiarism (Chapman, p 381, 57).
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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
But, for those who are unwilling to accept our words, quotes authenticate what we do or think we know. - Doug
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Positive Atheism's Big List of Quotations - "Discussing the history, ethics and philosophy of atheism promotes liberty, responsibility and peace of mind." Well, looking from the outside at that which many hold as truth helps add depth to one's own understanding and belief system. That said, this site clearly shows a pointed view from the outside. If you dare, check out the Positive Atheism's Big List of Scary Quotes.
Quotes for Teachers - A collection of quotes intended to speak to teachers...dah, but these are universal to learning for both the teacher and student.
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Epictetus (c.55-c.135 CE), The Enchiridion (135 CE)
We found the following references after being inspired by Admiral James Stockdale's speech: "Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior", delivered at the Great Hall, King's College, London, November 15, 1993. We selected Admiral Stockdale's speech to begin a series of seminars for our humanities program that addresses the ongoing theme, "How are we to live?"
The Internet Classics Archive - MIT - The Enchiridion - By Epictetus - Written 135 A.C.E. - Translated by Elizabeth Carter - http://classics.mit.edu/Epictetus/epicench.html
World Civilizations - Washington State University - Roman Philosophy - Epictetus - The Enchiridion - http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/ROME/EPICT.HTM
1. Some things are within our power and some things are beyond our power. Those things within our power include opinions, goals, desires, and aversions, in other words, whatever affairs belong to us. Those things beyond our power include our bodies, property, reputation, and public office, that is, whatever does not properly belong to us. Those things within our power are naturally free, unlimited, and unhindered; however, those things beyond our power are naturally dependent, weak, and foreign to us. Therefore, remember that if you ascribe freedom to things that are naturally dependent and take for yourself what belongs to others (such as your reputation), you will face obstacles, you will be full of regrets and unfulfilled wishes, and you will continually blame both the gods and men. But if you take for your own only that which properly is your own and regard what belongs to others as belonging to others, then you will never be coerced or restricted, you will not find fault with others, you will not blame others, and you will do nothing unwillingly; you cannot be hurt, you will have no enemies, you will suffer no harm. . . .
2. Keep in mind that desire always demands the attainment of that which you desire, and aversion demands the avoidance of that which you shun; everyone who fails to attain the object they desire are disappointed; everyone who acquires the object they shun are miserable. If you shun only those things which you can control, you will never acquire what you are averse to; but if you try to avoid sickness, or death, or poverty, you will eventually be miserable. Cease trying to avoid those things you have no power over, and apply your effort to those undesirable things which are in your power. For the present, restrain your desire. If you desire anything not within your power, you are sure to be disappointed . .
5. Humans are disturbed not by things, but by the views which they take of things. Thus death is not a terrible thing, or it would have appeared so to Socrates; rather, our notions of death are terrifying. Therefore, when we are blocked or troubled or grieved, let us never blame it on others but rather blame it on ourselves, that is, our own views. Ignorant people blame others for their own misfortunes; those people partially wise learn to blame themselves; the truly wise need not blame either themselves or others.
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8. Ask not that events should happen as you wish them to happen, but simply wish events to happen as they do happen, and you will be well.
17. Keep in mind that you are merely an actor in a play which the Author has chosen. If the play is short, then it's short; if the play is long, then it's long. If the Author chooses that you play a beggar, or a cripple, or a king, or a subject, your job is to act the part well. This is your only business-act your part well-for choosing what part you play belongs to another.
43. Everything can be said to have two handles; one by which you can bear the thing, and one by which you cannot. If, say, your brother commits some unjust act against you, do not grasp the affair by the handle of his injustice, for you can't bear it that way; rather grasp it by the opposite handle, that is, that he is your brother and has been raised up with you; thus you will grasp the affair in such a way that you can bear it.
44. These arguments are logically absurd: "I'm richer than you, therefore I'm better." "I'm more eloquent than you, therefore I'm better." The only logical arguments that can be made in these cases are: "I'm richer than you, therefore I have more property." "I'm more eloquent than you, therefore my speaking style is better than yours." Remember, you are neither property nor a speaking style.
50. Whatever principles you have decided on, abide by those principles as if they were laws, as if you would commit a sin against the gods by transgressing them. Forget all about the things people might say about you, for these things don't concern you. Why hold off demanding of yourself the most noble improvements? . . . You are no longer a child, but an adult. If you're negligent and lazy, adding delay to delay, excuse to excuse, and always waiting for tomorrow to get around to bettering yourself, you will accomplish nothing, as if asleep your entire life. Now is the time to decide to live as a full and grown person. Whatever appears to be the best to you, make that an inviolable law. . . . Though you are not yet a Socrates, always seek to be a Socrates. - Translated from the Greek by Richard Hooker - ©1993, Richard Hooker
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With regard to whatever objects give you delight, are useful, or are deeply loved, remember to tell yourself of what general nature they are, beginning from the most insignificant things. If, for example, you are fond of a specific ceramic cup, remind yourself that it is only ceramic cups in general of which you are fond. Then, if it breaks, you will not be disturbed. If you kiss your child, or your wife, say that you only kiss things which are human, and thus you will not be disturbed if either of them dies. - http://philosophyquotes.com/archives/20000621.shtml
Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength. - Frances de Sales
...my strength lies solely in my tenacity. - Louis Pasteur
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. H. Jackson Brown
I had been talking with a dear friend about watching someone give less than a whole-heartedly effort in a sport and wondering how they could be so disengaged. I loved sports, especially baseball. How could they not love to play baseball?
Within several days, I sat with the subject of my confusion playing a game of say the line from a movie or play and stump your opponents. I sat there wondering why I felt so disengaged. The person who had shown little interest in baseball, played the word game as if it were their greatest delight. Not only did they know the lines, they said or sang them with enthusiasm and glee.
The next day I found myself pondering the irony of the two situations, hence the quote above and the next question, why do we look at people based on our interests and abilities and not on their interests and abilities?
As a teacher I find myself looking at a student who appears disengaged and thinking that they have an issue. They may, but the real issue lies with me.
I do my best to look at each student as an individual with likes and dislikes, knowledge, abilities, skills, potential, and areas where they simply can't perform.
My renewed goal, beyond teaching the content, find my students doing something well and then nurture their interests. In a line from Mr. Holland's Opus, Principal Jacobs tells Glenn Holland, "A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those minds a compass so that that knowledge doesn't go to waste."
As my 91 year old mother said last night, "I learn something new every day." I hope to walk in her footsteps all the days of my life.
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It is well to give when asked, but it is better to give unasked, through understanding. - Khalil Gibran - The Prophet
To develop understanding, you have to practice looking at all living things with the eyes of compassion. - Thich Nhat Hanh, thank you Therese An
War is the lowest form of communication...it is an argument over property and power. - unknown, courtesy of JJ
The term "mensch" literally means a "person" or "man," but it represents a moral ideal for all people, men and women alike. . . . It means being sensitive to other people's needs and seeking out ways to help them. It is acquired by living close to family and extending one's sense of obligation beyond the family to the broader community. In the Jewish culture of Eastern Europe where the term arose, to call someone a mensch was the highest compliment that could be given. - Rabbi Neil Kurshan
We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors....but they all exist very nicely in the same box. - unknown
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength To Love, 1963.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. - Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (1928- )
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not attempt to do a thing unless you are sure of yourself; but do not relinquish it simply because someone else is not sure of you. - Stewart E. White
It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye that we may always advance toward it, though we know it can never be reached. - Samuel Johnson
A person who sees quality and feels about it as he works is a person who cares. A person who cares about what he sees and does is a person who's bound to have some characteristic of quality. - Pirsig, R.M, 1990
It is no use saying we are doing our best - you have got to succeed in doing what is necessary. - Winston Churchill
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A man's errors are his portals of discovery. - James Joyce
It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare. - Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. - Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948)
Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding. - Gandhi
Anger, if not restrained, is frequently more hurtful to us than the injury that provokes it. - Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)
You can't hold a man down without staying down with him. - Booker T. Washington
History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives. - Abba Eban
Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say? - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-) [Bluebeard, 1987]
Man is man because he is free to operate within the framework of his destiny. He is free to deliberate, to make decisions, and to choose between alternatives. He is distinguished from animals by his freedom to do evil or to do good and to walk the high road of beauty or tread the low road of ugly degeneracy. - Martin Luther King, Jr., The Measures of Man, 1959.
We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love, 1963.
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Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice. Justice at its best is love correcting everything that stands against love. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.
Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. I speak as a child of God and brother to the suffering poor of Vietnam [or substitute Vietnam with the crusade of the month]. I speak for those whose land is being laid waste, whose homes are being destroyed, whose culture is being subverted. I speak for the poor in America who are paying the double price of smashed hopes at home and death and corruption in Vietnam [or substitute Vietnam with the crusade of the month]. I speak as a citizen of the world, for the world as it stands aghast at the path we have taken. I speak as an American to the leaders of my own nation. The great initiative in this war is ours. The initiative to stop it must be ours. - Martin Luther King, Jr., The Trumpet of Conscience, 1967.
Nonviolence is the answer to the crucial political and moral questions of our time: the need for man to overcome oppression and violence without resorting to oppression and violence. Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden, December 11, 1964.
Man was born into barbarism when killing his fellow man was a normal condition of existence. He became endowed with a conscience. And he has now reached the day when violence toward another human being must become as abhorrent as eating another's flesh. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Why We Can't Wait, 1963.
The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967.
It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me, and I think that's pretty important. - Martin Luther King, Jr., Wall Street Journal, November 13, 1962
The longest journey is the journey inward. - Dag Hammarskjold
There is only one journey. Going inside yourself. - Rainer Maria Rilke
If we go down into ourselves we find that we possess exactly what we desire. - Simone Weil
If you do not go within, you go without. - Neale Donald Walsch
The externals are simply so many props; everything we need is within us. - Etty Hillesum
All you need is deep within you waiting to unfold an reveal itself. All you have to do is be still and take time to seek for what is within, and you will surely find it. - Eileen Caddy
There is a spiritual realm that is available to all who find its many entrances. - James Melvin Washington
No great spiritual event befalls those who do not summon it. - Elbert Hubbard
Spirituality is an inner fire, a mystical sustenance that feeds our souls. The mystical journey drives us into ourselves, to a sacred flame at our center. The purpose of life's experiences is to develop the eyes by which we see this inner flame, and our capacity to live its mystery. In its presence, we are warmed and ignited. When too far from the blaze, we are cold and spiritually lifeless. We are less than human without that heat. Our connection to our center is life itself. - Marianne Williamson
He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. - Friedrich Nietzsche
To be ordinary is not a choice: It is the usual freedom of men without visions. - Thomas Merton
Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness. - Shakti Gawain
Follow your bliss. - Joseph Campbell
Be sensitive to reality. Your total being -- body, mind, and heart -- is sensitive to...everything about you. - Krishnamurti
Spirituality, our relationship with reality. - Chandra Patel
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves...Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps, then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. - Rainer Maria Rilke
The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning...For by doubting we come to inquiry, and by inquiry we arrive at truth. - Peter Abelard
If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts; but if he will be content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. - Francis Bacon
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. - Attributed to Steven Jobs
Old friend, Ixnay said, grief is like the wake ..behind a boat. It starts out as a huge wave .that follows close behind you and is big enough to swamp and drown you if you suddenly stop moving forward. But if you do keep moving, the big wake will eventually dissipate. And after a long enough time, the waters of your life get calm again, and that is when the memories of those who have left begin to shine as bright and as enduring as the stars above - A Salty Piece of Land - Jimmy Buffet - In honor of Thomas Edmund Wright, 1951-2005
We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. - unknown
The impossible can always be broken down into possibilities. - unknown
...the belief in a thing makes it happen. - Frank Lloyd Wright
If you think you can, you can...- Henry Ford
To fly, we have to have resistance. - Maya Lin
Things do not change, we change. - Henry David Thoreau
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. John Quincy Adams
The art of progress: preserve order amid change, preserve change amid order. - Alfred Whitehead
Our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius
There is no security. Only opportunity. - Douglas MacAurthur
Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties. - Erich Fromm
Don't be afraid to go out on a limb. That's where you find the fruit. H Jackson Browne
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. - F D Roosevelt
Dreams are necessary to life. Anais Nin
There is nothing like a dream to create the future. - Victor Hugo
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful then the risk it took to blossom. - Anais Nin
I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. - Pearl S. Buck
Life is a progress, and not a station. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
We know what we are, but know not what we may be. - William Shakespeare
They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself. - Andy Warhol
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. - Anne Frank
... while we flatter ourselves that things remain the same, they are changing under our very eyes from year to year, from day to day. - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. - Epictetus
Some men see things as they are and say, "Why?" I dream of things that never were and say, "Why not?" frequently attributed to Robert F. (Bobby) Kennedy, who used it in a speech which his brother, Edward F. (Teddy) Kennedy quoted at RFK's funeral. - George Bernard Shaw
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. - Henri Bergson
Things do not change, we change. - Henry David Thoreau
You cannot step twice into the same river, for other waters are continually flowing in. ca. 500 BCE - Heraclitus
Just because everything is different doesn't mean that everything has changed. - Irene Peter
The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning. - Ivy Baker Priest
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John F. Kennedy
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy
The universe is transformation; our life is what our thoughts make it. - Marcus Aurelius
If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time. - Marian Wright Edelman
To be nobody-but-yourself in a world which is doing its
night and day, to make you everybody else,
means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can
and never stop fighting. - E.E. Cummings
Humanity - Interacting with people in ways that show acceptance and understanding of multiple perspectives, not merely your own.
Thoughtfulness - Interacting with people in ways that show care in the use of constructive and helpful language, both verbal and nonverbal, as well as knowing when to or not to continue the interaction.
Strength - Interacting with people in ways that show clarity and conviction through humane and thoughtful deeds even during times of stress.
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out.- Bishop Martin Niemaller, German Protestant Theologian, Thank you - Mike Acheatel
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Here is one to chew on....
Do the right thing because it is right. - Immanuel Kant
Now the tricky part is what is "Right "....Our actions are morally worthy when we do the right thing because it is right and not for the benefit we derive from it. The internal commands that Kant envisioned us obeying are called categorical imperatives.
How do we know what these commands are? Easy, said Kant: When faced with a moral problem, simply visualize what it would be like if everyone in the same situation acted exactly as you intend to act. In other words if you could, you would arrange for everyone to do as you are doing, then what you are doing is morally correct.
A very interesting (and also controversial) aspect of Kant's belief is the notion that to be truly moral the right action must be motivated by the right intent. T.S. Eliot incorporated Kant in his poetic warning: "The last temptation is the greatest treason:/To do the right deed for the wrong reason."
....in keeping with the wisdom of the Talmud, which teaches that "He who gives alms in secret is greater than Moses." - These quotes are from "Aristole would have liked Oprah" by Ethel Diamond 1999. - Researched by Scott McKinstry
Lead your life so you won't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. - Unknown
I cannot and will not cut my conscience to fit the fashion of the time. - Lillian Hellman
I think our culture doesn't recognize passion, because real passion has the power to disrupt boundaries. - Bell Hooks
Truth is not determined by majority vote. - Doug Gwyn
If a million people believe a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing. - Anatole France.
Courage is acting because it is the right thing to do; without consideration of the consequences. - Mecayah, An Unknown Wizard
Real charity doesn't care if it's tax-deductible or not. - Dan Bennett
The dignity we seek in dying is not to be found in our final weeks, days or moments but in the way we live and how we are seen by those people whose lives we affect. - Dr. Sherwin Nuland
Your decisions say a lot about what's important to you and what kind of person you are. - Nicole Shuemr...for some reason I can't verify the source of this quote, so if you have any information that would help...please let me know.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream .not only plan, but also believe. - Anatole France
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work. - Thomas Edison
Everything starts as somebody's daydream. - Larry Niven
This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy. - Susan Polis Schutz
The doctors told me I would never walk, but my mother told me I would, so I believed my mother. - Wilma Rudolph, childhood polio victim and Olympic track star
There is no end to the opening up that is possible for a human being. - Charlotte Joko Beck
Where there is great love there are always miracles. - Willa Cather
But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. - Arthur C. Clarke
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. - Edgar Allan Poe
Hitch your wagon to a star. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit. My three [great teachers] did not tell - they catalyzed a burning desire to know. Under their influence, the horizons sprung wide and fear went away and the unknown became knowable. But most important of all, the truth, that dangerous stuff, became beautiful and very precious. - John Steinbeck
Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of today. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear, it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its soul.- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Reading is a gymnasium for the imagination where people can work out, get ready for the shocks of existence. For me, the intimate teachers have not only taught me how to make things, they have represented some qualities of mind and mindfulness that I would like to have. - Robert Hass
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain
The face of all the world is changed, I think Since first I heard the footsteps of thy soul. - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
The measure of a person's life is the well spending of it, not the length. - Plutarch
A wave of your hand can change the universe - Tali Nadav (SDJA - 2004)
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts... - Henry David Thoreau, Walden, ch. 2, "Where I lived, and what I lived for"
I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear... - Henry David Thoreau, Walden, ch. 2, "Where I lived, and what I lived for"
I would rather be ashes than dust!
I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze
than it should be stilled by dry rot.
I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me
in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet.
The proper function of man is to live,
not to exist.
I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them.
I shall use my time. - Jack London
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The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company..a church..a home.
The remarkable thing is, we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...I'm convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it! - Anonymous
And everywhere the frocks of summer torn, the long look back to see where choice is born, as summer grass sways to the scythe's design. - Derek Walcott, "A Lesson for This Sunday" - Thank you - Rachel Felber
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. - Eleanor Roosevelt - Thank you - Sarah Feld
Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn. - Mahatma Gandhi
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. - James Dean
Enthusiasm is the All in All.- William Blake
Right now a moment of time is passing by!... We must become that moment. - Paul Cézanne
Existence begins in every instant. - Nietzsche
Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today. - Lord Chesterfield
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that's the stuff life is made of. - Benjamin Franklin
And now let us welcome the New Year Full of things that have never been. - Rainier Maria Rilke
If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place. - Rainier Maria Rilke
Experience is not what happens to us, rather it is what we do with what happens to us. - Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk dying.
To hope is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing. Has nothing. Is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, and live.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave; he has forfeited freedom. Only a person who risks is free. - unknown
Whatever you are, be a good one. - Abraham Lincoln
Life must be lived forward, but understood backward. - Kierkegaard
What is past is prologue. - William Shakespeare
History is the "know thyself" of humanity -- the self-consciousness of mankind. - Droysen
The function of the historian is neither to love the past nor to emancipate himself from the past, but to master and understand it as the key to the understanding of the present. - E. H. Carr
No single man makes history. History cannot be seen just as one cannot see grass growing. - Boris Pasternak
In historic events, the so-called great men are labels giving names to events, and like labels they have but the smallest connection with the event itself. Every act of theirs, which appears to them an act of their own will, is in an historical sense involuntary and is related to the whole course of history and predestined from eternity. - Leo Tolstoi
The first glance at History convinces us that the actions of men proceed from their needs, their passions, their characters and talents; and impresses us with the belief that such needs, passions and interests are the sole spring of actions. - Georg Hegel
History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with the pale gleams the passion of the former days. What is the worth of all this? The only guide to a man is his conscience; the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations; but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor. - Sir Winston Churchill
Study the past, if you would divine the future. - Confucius, Analects
Comment: Here we have another frequently invoked argument for the usefulness of history. In fact, history never repeats itself, but as Confucius realized, the only possible foundation for any intelligent prediction of the future is a sound understanding of the processes that have shaped the world throughout history.
History is an argument without end. - Peter Geyl
It is not the literal past, the "facts" of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.- Brian Friel
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Genuine historical knowledge requires nobility of character, a profound understanding of human existence -- not detachment and objectivity. - Friedrich Nietzsche
History is a people's memory, and without memory man is demoted to the lower animals. - Malcolm X
A nation which does not know what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. - Woodrow Wilson
History does not repeat itself except in the minds of those who do not know history. - Khalil Gibran
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. - Santayana
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue always a child. - Cicero
History is Philosophy teaching by examples. - Thucydides
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. - George Orwell
source of the above quotes: http://www.unf.edu/~clifford/craft/what.htm
History is like life, life is history. - Ewa Domanska
There is nothing so powerful as truth and often nothing as strange. - Daniel Webster
History repeats itself. - Thucydides
Whether or not history repeats itself, historians repeat each other. - Max Beerbohm and Herbert Asquith
Our past has gone into history. - President William McKinley
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. - Napoleon Bonaparte
I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind - Antoine de Saint Exupery (There should be an acute accent over the second 'e' in Exupery) - Thank you - Dominic Brown
The world is an evil place to live in. Not for those who do evil, but for those who sit back and allow evil to occur. - Albert Einstein - Thank you - Sarah Feld
A free society is one where it is safe to be unpopular. - Adlai Ewing Stevenson
The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy; the best weapon of a democracy is openness. - Edvard Teller, American physicist, b. Hungary (1908-)
Freedom is when the people can speak, democracy is when the government listens. - Alastair Farrugia
Intellectual freedom is the only guarantee of a scientific - democratic approach to politics, economic development, and culture. - Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov, Soviet nuclear physicist and human-rights advocate (1921-1989)
It is a paradox that every dictator has climbed to power on the ladder of free speech. Immediately on attaining power each dictator has suppressed all free speech except his own. - Herbert Clark Hoover, 31st President of the United States (1874-1964)
A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves. - Henry de Jouvenel, French statesman and journalist (1876-1935)
'Democracy,' in the United States rhetoric refers to a system of governance in which elite elements based in the business community control the state by virtue of their dominance of the private society, while the population observes quietly. So understood, democracy is a system of elite decision and public ratification, as in the United States itself. Correspondingly, popular involvement in the formation of public policy is considered a serious threat. It is not a step towards democracy; rather it constitutes a 'crisis of democracy' that must be overcome. - Noam Chomsky, noted American dissident and professor at MIT in On Power and Ideology (1987)
Thus corporations finally claimed the full rights enjoyed by individual citizens while being exempted from many of the responsibilities and liabilities of citizenship. Furthermore, in being guaranteed the same right to free speech as individual citizens, they achieved, in the words of Paul Hawken, 'precisely what the Bill of Rights was intended to prevent: domination of public thought and discourse.' The subsequent claim by corporations that they have the same right as any individual to influence the government in their own interest pits the individual citizen against the vast financial and communications resources of the corporation and mocks the constitutional intent that all citizens have an equal voice in the political debates surrounding important issues. - David C. Korten, in When Corporations Rule the World
Where the law of the majority ceases to be acknowledged, there government ends; the law of the strongest takes its place, and life and property are his who can take them. - Thomas Jefferson to Annapolis Citizens, 1809
Is uniformity of opinion desirable? No more than of face and stature. - Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Va., 1782
Difference of opinion leads to enquiry, and enquiry to truth; and I am sure we both value too much the freedom of opinion sanctioned by our Constitution, not to cherish its exercise even where in opposition to ourselves. - Thomas Jefferson to Mr. Wendover, 1815
Bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal laws must protect, and to violate would be oppression. - Thomas Jefferson: 1st Inaugural, 1801
Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions -- it only guarantees equality of opportunity - Irving Kristol
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment - Robert Hutchins
Despotism does not cease to be despotism because it is elective. Nor does despotism become agreeable because the Despots belong to our own kindred. To make it subject to election is no guarantee against despotism. The real guarantee against despotism is to confront it with the possibility of its dethronement, of its being laid low, of its being superseded by a rival party. - Bhimrao Ramji AMBEDKAR Indian statesman and social reformer (1891-1956)
Leadership is often not a matter of deciding to lead, but rather, of being so moved by an issue or a cause in which we cannot imagine not being involved. - Dr. Daniel Gordis
Leadership happens at every level of the organization and no one can shirk from this responsibility. - Jerry Junkins
Empowerment: recognizing that people already have power through their knowledge, experience, and motivation, and then creating an environment that encourages letting that power out. - Katzenbach & Smith
The group will not prosper if the leader grabs the lion's share of the credit for the good work that has been done. - Lao Tzu
Truly great leaders spend as much time collecting and acting upon feedback as they do providing it. - Alexander Lucia
The quality of mercy is not strain'd,
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes:
'Tis mightiest in the mightiest: it becomes 
The throned monarch better than his crown;
His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
The attribute to awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
But mercy is above this sceptred sway; 
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
It is an attribute to God himself;
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice.
From the Merchant of Venice Act IV scene 1 - William Shakespeare
Thank you - Dominic Brown
A leader is someone who holds a vision and courageously implements that vision in such a way that it resonates with the souls of people. - Richard Barrett - Author of Liberating the Corporate Soul
A true measure of a leader's greatness is how big they make others feel. - Jeff Korbman
Leadership is influencing others to do the right thing. - Tim Clark
Leaders create a space where others trust that they can make mistakes, take risks, and take their own leadership to contribute in line with the organization's vision, thus the organization becomes a community of caring leaders. - DeborahVW@aol.com
The courage to challenge others to their maximum potential while extending feelings of confidence, loyalty, respect concurrently as you convey your philosophy. - Dario M. Muzina
A leader is someone who has the courage to give power away and the ability to reinvent their role in pursuit of implementing a vision. - Simon Buckingham
Leadership means living life through a path others choose to follow. Leadership carries with it civic duty for responsible behaviors. - Wendy Wooflet@aol.com
A leader is one who is best when people barely know he exists. - Witter Bynner
Your job gives you authority. Your behavior give you respect. - Irwin Federman, CEO Monolithic Memories
Fear of humanity breeds inhumanity. Doug
You haven't made them equal. You made them the same. - Kurt Vonnegut - Harrison Bergeron
For an act to be moral the intention must be based on compassion, not duty. We do something because we want to do it, because we feel we have to do it, not because we ought to do it. And even if our efforts fail - or we never even get to implement them - we are still moral because our motivation was based on compassion. - Schopenhauer
Nothing shocks our moral feelings so deeply as cruelty does. We can forgive every other crime, but not cruelty. The reason for this is that it is the very opposite of compassion. - Schopenhauer
By emphasizing the intention behind a deed rather than the result, Schopenhauer taught that a moral life is inextricably tied to our character. To live a moral life, we must do more than execute good deeds. He believed we must cultivate the trait that distinguishes us from other animals - compassion.
If a man intends to perform a good deed but is prevented from doing so, he is to be treated as though he has done it. - Talmud
The whole value of a benevolent deed lies in the love that inspires it. - Talmud
Source of the above: Aristotle would have liked Oprah....by Ethel Diamond....1999. Courtesy of Julia and Scott McKinstry
Against School -- How public education cripples our kids, and why -- by John Taylor Gatto
...Once you understand the logic behind modern schooling, its tricks and traps are fairly easy to avoid. School trains children to be employees and consumers; teach your own to be leaders and adventurers. School trains children to obey reflexively; teach your own to think critically and independently. Well-schooled kids have a low threshold for boredom; help your own to develop an inner life so that they'll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology--all the stuff schoolteachers know well enough to avoid. Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company, to conduct inner dialogues. Well-schooled people are conditioned to dread being alone, and they seek constant companionship through the TV, the computer, the cell phone, and through shallow friendships quickly acquired and quickly abandoned. Your children should have a more meaningful life, and they can.
...Don't let your own [children] have their childhoods extended, not even for a day. If David Farragut could take command of a captured British warship as a preteen, if Thomas Edison could publish a broadsheet at the age of twelve, if Ben Franklin could apprentice himself to a printer at the same age (then put himself through a course of study that would choke a Yale senior today), there's no telling what your own kids could do. After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I've concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven't yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves. (Harper's Magazine, Sept 2003, p. 38)
Gatto tends to make even me look idealistic, that said I think his suggestions to help our children grow into contributing whole individuals holds great merit. I feel fortunate to have worked under the leadership of a principal, Dr. Jeffrey Davis, who embraces the positive aspects of this piece. Under his vision, I have worked with teachers who encourage leadership and independence, challenging intellectual stimulation and exploration, and a nurturing perspective that looks at the student as a human being. I have no doubt that Gatto's experiences have validity, but a shift has taken place in education and, at least in my world, students have the opportunity to receive the tools and insight to seek their own paths.
Intelligence is not the ability to store information, but to know where to find it. - Albert Einstein
Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. - Albert Einstein
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. - Albert Einstein
It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer. - Albert Einstein
It is only the ignorant who despise education. - Publius Syrus
Take heed...lest you forget the things which your eyes have seen, and...teach them to your children and to your children's children. - Deuteronomy, 4:9 - seen at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. - Albert Einstein - Courtesy of Julia and Scott McKinstry
Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats
Intelligence without ambition is like a bird without wings. - C. Archie Danielson
Words are a lens to focus one's mind. - Ayn Rand
If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. - Chinese Proverb
I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand.
A mind that is stretched to a new idea never returns to its original dimension. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
Teaching is the art of assisting discovery. - Mark van Doren
Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. - T.H. Huxley - Thank you - Ilan Levin
Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. - B.F. Skinner - Thank you - Ilan Levin
It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated. - Alec Bourne - Thank you - Ilan Levin
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. - Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) - Thank you - Ilan Levin
Why are we embarrassed by silence? What comfort do we find in all the noise?
Sometimes you cannot believe what you see, you have to believe what you fell. And if you are ever going to have other people trust you, you must feel that you can trust them, too - even when you're in the dark.
Do you take care of others or take care of your "inner child"? Return to traditional values or reject tradition as useless? Seek success or seek simplicity? Just say no or just do it?
Once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.
Without love, we are birds with broken wings.
Love is how you stay alive.
Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
Every new beginning comes from some other beginnings end.
I try to say good-by and I choke
try to walk away and stumble
though I try to hide it,
its clear my world crumbles when you are not near.
I say I love you and time will show I love you.
The first duty of love -- listen. Paul Tillich
Who, being loved, is poor? - Oscar Wilde
The more I know you, the more I love you.
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. - Voltaire
Love, friendship set on fire - David Viscott
To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides. - David Viscott
The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved, loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. - Victor Hugo
Love conquers all. - Virgil
If I know what love is, it is because of you. - Herman Hesse
The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works, is the family. - Lee Iacocca
Forgiveness is letting go of all hope of a better past. - Annie Lamont
How do I know you if I don't see you. - IDA, my grandmother
When you put your hand out to others -- the possibilities are endless. - Mike Acheatel (SDJA - 2004)
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out. - Thank you - Rachel Felber
Friendship is one mind in two bodies. - Mencius - Thank you - Rachel Felber
I'll lean on you and you lean on me and we'll be okay. - dave mathews band - Thank you - Rachel Felber
Everyone hears what you say. Friends listen to what you say. Best friends listen to what you don't say. - Thank you - Rachel Felber
A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words. - unknown - Thank you - Rachel Felber
A relationship is like two trees. Each must be planted apart. Each must have air to breath. Each must have room to allow the roots and branches to grow; receiving nutrition and sunlight. Each must also, share those common elements. Protecting each from the harshness of life. Reveling in the growth of the other. - Unknown author, but passed on to me by my mother.
A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others. - The Wizard of Oz - Thank you - Sarah Feld
Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. - Charles Dickens - Thank you - Sarah Feld
You will find as you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love. - Henry Drummond - Thank you - Sarah Feld
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The heart has its reasons which reason does not know. - Blasé Pascal - Thank you - Julia and Scott
The root letters of the tzedakkah translate as "justice" or "righteousness." By giving to those in need, we help to right a wrong and thus share responsibility for creation. - Rabbi Jon Adland
Proven Ways to Get Along Better With EVERYONE
Check, rather than hurt,
Hurt, rather than maim,
Maim, rather than kill...
For all life is precious,
Nor can it ever be replaced.
- Charles Matera
Grandparents and Grandchildren,
Together they create a chain of love
Linking the past,
With the future.
The chain may lengthen,
But it will never part.
- Author Unknown.
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There's no art/to find the mind's construction in the face. - Shakespeare (Macbeth - i.4.l.13-14)
Look like th' innocent flower, But be the serpent under't. -
Shakespeare (Macbeth - i.6.l.76-78)
(used in the context of the presidential debates...hummm)
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. - Robert Fulghum
Love each other or perish - Auden
Love is the only rational act. - Levine
Feelings are everywhere--be gentle. - J. Masai
I don't have to attend every argument I'm invited to. - Author Unknown
And Saint Francis said to the almond tree: Sister, speak to me of love. And the almond tree blossomed. - Kazantzakis
You must look into people as well as at them. - Lord Chesterfield
If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully. - Khalil Gibran
When someone does something good, Applaud! You will make two people happy. - Samuel Goldwyn
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. - Ernest Hemingway
When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it. - E. W. Howe
When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes. - Victor Hugo
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Do not mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone else. Judge everyone and everything for yourself. - Henry James
Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results. - George Patton
Each friend represents a world in us, a world not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born. - Anais Nin
Some there are that torment themselves
afresh with the memory of what is past;
others, again, afflict themselves with the
apprehension of evils to come: and very
ridiculously both -- for the one does not now
concern us, and the other not yet...One
should count each day a separate life. - Seneca
There are two types of people--those who come into a room and say, "Well, here I am!" and those who come in and say, "Ah, there you are." - Frederick L Collins
If you would persuade, you must appeal to the interest rather than intellect. - Benjamin Franklin
Think where man's glory most begins and ends. And say my glory was I had such friends. - William Butler Yeats
Minds are like parachutes. They won't work unless they are open. - Anon
Help thy brother's boat across, and lo! Thine own has reached the shore. - Hindu Proverb
Reputation continues to be made by many acts and lost by one. - Anon
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. - Benjamin Disraeli
Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress. - Gandhi
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness. - William Arthur Ward
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone. - Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gossip is when you hear something you like about someone you don't. - Earl Wilson
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. - Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
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It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
No one acts or experiences in a vacuum...- R.D. Lang
There is no distance too far between friends, for friendship gives wings to the heart. - Kathy Kay Benudiz
Your worst humiliation is only someone else's momentary entertainment. - Karen Crockett
Unfaithfulness in the keeping of an appointment is an act of clear dishonesty. You may as well borrow a person's money as his time. - Horace Mann
The more talking and thinking, The farther from the truth. - Seng-ts'an
If you want the truth to stand clear before you, never be for or against. - Seng-ts'an
One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it. - Knute K. Rockne
If you can do something about it, why worry? If you can't do something about it, why worry? - Old Indian Proverb
Everything that is faced will not change, but nothing will change unless it is faced. - James Baldwin
It is never wise to seek or wish for another's misfortune. If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang. - Charley Reese
Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude.
Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness.
Thankfulness may consist merely of words.
Gratitude is shown in acts. - David O. McKay
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy
How wonderful it would be if we could help our children and grandchildren to learn thanksgiving at an early age. Thanksgiving opens the doors. It changes a child's personality. A child is resentful, negative, or thankful. Thankful children want to give, they radiate happiness, they draw people. - Sir John Templeton
To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude. - Albert Schweitzer
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. - Theodore Roosevelt
Gratitude is the sign of noble souls. - Aesop, "Androcles," Fables
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie
To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. - Johannes A. Gaertner
Gratitude is the heart's memory. - French Proverb
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. - Cicero -
Lord, for the erring thought
Not into evil wrought:
Lord, for the wicked will
Betrayed and baffled still:
For the heart from itself kept,
Our thanksgiving accept.
Thanksgiving. - William Dean Howells. 1837
From too much love of living,
From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
Whatever gods may be
That no man lives forever,
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
Winds somewhere safe to sea.
The Garden of Proserpine.- Algernon Charles Swinburne. 18371909
All the above courtesy of Julia and Scott McKinstry - yup, Melissa's parents.
Learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many of the pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art. The best you can do is make art you care about -- and lots of it! (p. 6)
Quitting is fundamentally different from stopping. The latter happens all of the time. Quitting happens once. Quitting means not starting again -- and art is all about starting again. (p. 10)
Artists don't get down to work until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working. - Stephen DeStaebler, (p. 9)
Vision is always ahead of execution, knowledge of materials is your contact with reality, and uncertainty is a virtue. (p. 15)
He [Designer Charles Eames] complained that he devoted one percent of his energy to conceiving a design -- and the remaining ninety-nine percent to holding onto it as a project runs its course. (p. 16)
...the piece of art which seems so profoundly right in its finished state may earlier have been only inches or seconds away from total collapse. (p. 19)
Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-pervasive companion to you desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding. (p. 21)
When you act out of fear, your fears come true. (p. 23)
You make good work by (among other things) making lots of work that isn't very good, and gradually weeding out the parts that aren't good, the parts that aren't yours. It's called feedback, and it's the most direct route to learning about your own vision. It's also called doing your work. After all, someone has to do your work, and you're the closest person around. (p. 26)
For every artist who has developed a mature vision with grace and speed, countless others have laboriously nurtured their art through fertile periods and dry spells, through false starts and breakaway bursts, through successive and significant changes or direction, medium, and subject matter. Talent may get someone off the starting blocks faster, but without a sense of direction or a goal to strive for, it won't count for much. Their world is filled with people who are given great natural gifts, sometimes conspicuously flashy gifts, yet never produce anything. And when that happens the world soon ceases to care whether they are talented. (p. 27)
The seed for your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. (p. 31)
...expectations provide a means to merge imagination with calculation. But it's a delicate balance -- lean too far one way and your head fills with unworkable fantasies, too far the other and you spend you life generating "To Do' lists. (p. 35)
Your work tells you about your working methods, your discipline, your strengths and weaknesses, your habitual gestures, your willingness to embrace....The lessons you are meant to learn are in your work. To see them, you need only look at the work clearly -- without judgment, without need or fear, without wishes or hopes. Without emotional expectations. Ask your work what it needs, not what you need. Then set aside your fears and listen, the way a good parent listens to a child. (p. 36)
Ben Shahn rather wryly commented, "It may be a point of great pride to have a Van Gogh on the living room wall, but the prospect of having Van Gogh himself in the living room would put a great many devoted art lovers to rout." (p. 40)
...far greater danger is not that the artist will fail to learn anything from the past, but will fail to teach anything new to the future. (p. 44)
When your horse dies, get off. (p. 45)
Naive passion, which promotes work done in ignorance of obstacles, becomes -- with courage -- informed passion, which promotes work done in full acceptance of those obstacles. (p. 50)
...artmaking...that wonderful condition in which the work seems to make itself and the artist serves only as guide or mediator, allowing all things to be possible. (p. 51)
...the art you can make is irrevocably bound to the times and places of your life. (p. 52)
Decisive works of art participate directly in the fabric of history surrounding their maker. Simply put, you have to be there. (p. 52)
One of the best kept secrets of artmaking is that new ideas come into play far less frequently than practical ideas -- ideas that can be re-used for a thousand variations, supplying the framework for a whole body of work rather than a single piece. (p. 56)
...when you watch your work unfold day by day, piece by piece, there's not escaping cause and effect. Simply put, what you did got you here, and if you apply the same methods again you will likely get the same result again. [Refers to being stuck as well as highly productive states.] (p. 57)
Your tools do more than just influence the appearance of the resulting art -- they basically set limits upon what you can say with an art piece. (p. 58)
...the younger artist tends to experiment with a large and varied range of tools and materials, while the veteran artist tends to employ a small and specific set... In time, exploration gives way to expression. (p. 59)
For most artists, making good art depends upon making lots of art, and any device that carries the first brushstroke to the next blank canvas has tangible, practical value. (p. 61)
A piece of art is the surface expression of a life lived within productive patterns. (p. 61)
Spontaneity is an infinite number of rehearsed possibilities. - Peter Drucker
What signs fail to express, their application shows. What signs slur over, their application says clearly. - Ludwig Wittgenstein (prop. 3.262) - Thank you - David Felber
The important thing is not to stop questioning. - Albert Einstein
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. - Rainer Maria Rilke
You must do the thing you think you cannot do. - Eleanor Roosevelt
You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi
And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything you risk even more. - Erica Jong
Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. - John Steinbeck
The essence of genius is knowing what to overlook. - William James (1842 - 1920), Psychologist and philosopher
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. - Thomas Carlyle
Let the nothingness into yer shots. - Golf in the Kingdom
The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything. - E. J. Phelps
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. - Mark Twain
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes. - Mahatma Gandhi
He who hesitates is not only lost, but miles from the next exit. - Unknown
If an elderly but distinguished scientist says that something is possible he is almost certainly right, but if he says that it is impossible he is very probably wrong. - Arthur C. Clarke
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. - Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi
Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt
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To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour. - William Blake
Flexibility is the essence of intelligence. Chaos makes learning possible. - Gabrielle Rico
Everything the same; everything distinct. - Zen proverb
All truths wait in all things. - Walt Whitman
I shut my eyes in order to see. - Paul Gauguin
Man's main task in life is to give birth to himself. - Erich Fromm
Little minds are interested in the extraordinary; great minds in the commonplace. - Elbert Hubbard
Men know how to read printed books; they do not know how to read the unprinted ones. They can play on a stringed harp, but not on a stringless one. Applying themselves to the superficial instead of the profound, how should they understand music or poetry? - Kojisei
Every exit is an entry somewhere else. - Tom Stoppard
A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees. - William Blake
Either I will find a way or I will make one. - Sir Po Sidney
People value the memories things trigger, keep objects to spread the signifying beyond the orders of the moment. - Greg Keith
What you see is not half as important as showing you what I want you to see - Bayushi Kachiko
There are myriads of forms and hundreds of grasses throughout the entire earth, yet each grass and each form itself is the entire earth. - Dogen
If you try to aim for it, you are turning away from it. - Zen Master
The perfect man employs his mind as a mirror. - Chuang-tzu
A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within. - Eudora Welty
Nobody sees a flower--really--it is so small it takes time--we haven't time--and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. - Georgia O'Keeffe
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Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realize the unity of all things. - Dogen
The whole world is a door of liberation, but people are unwilling to enter it. - Hui-wu
Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown. - Claude Bernard
The secret of seeing things as they are is to take off our colored spectacles. That being-as-it-is, with nothing extraordinary about it, nothing wonderful, is the great wonder. The ability to see things normally is no small thing; to be really normal is unusual. In that normality begins to bubble up inspiration. - Master Sessan
Use what talents you possess: The woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. - Henry Van Dyke
Only plain things have real taste. - Zen saying
Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out your horn - Charlie Parker
The most important thing in music is what is not the notes. - Pablo Casals
If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. - old calendar with a saying a day.
The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order. - Alfred North Whitehead
It is harder to see than it is to express. The whole value of art rests in the artist's ability to see well into what is before him. ... The model will serve equally for a Rembrandt drawing or for anybody's magazine cover. A genius is one who can see. The others can often 'draw' remarkably well. ... Those who get their technique first, expecting sight to come to them later, get a technique of a very ready-made order. - Robert Henri in The Art Spirit, 1923
May I repeat what I told you here: treat nature by means of the cylinder, the sphere, the cone, everything brought into proper perspective so that each side of an object or a plane is directed towards a central point. Lines parallel to the horizon give breadth ... lines perpendicular to this horizon give depth. But nature for us men is more depth than surface, whence the need to introduce into our light vibrations, represented by the reds and yellows, a sufficient amount of blueness to give the feel of air. - Paul Cézanne to Emile Bernard, 15 April 1904
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My choice of colors does not rest on any scientific theory; it is based on observation, on feeling, on the experience of my sensibility. Inspired by certain pages of Delacroix, an artist like Signac is preoccupied with complementary colors, and the theoretical knowledge of them will lead him to use a certain tone in a certain place. But I simply try to put down colors which render my sensation. - Henri Matisse in Notes of a Painter, published in La Grande Revue, 1908
A distinction is made between painters who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Personally, I think neither of these methods must be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Both may be used in turn by the same individual, either because he needs contact with objects in order to receive sensations that will excite his creative facility, or because his sensations are already organized. Henri Matisse in Notes of a Painter, published in La Grande Revue, 1908
Those who work in a preconceived style, deliberately turning their backs on nature, miss the truth. An artist must recognize, when he is reasoning, that his picture is an artifice; but when he is painting, he should feel that he has copied nature. And even when he departs from nature, he must do it with the conviction that it is only to interpret her more fully. - Henri Matisse in Notes of a Painter, published in La Grande Revue, 1908
What moves men of genius, or rather, what inspires their work, is not new ideas, but their obsession with the idea that what has already been said is still not enough. - Eugene Delacroix in his Journal, 15 May 1824
We are not here to do what has already been done. - unknown
I have little interest in teaching you what I know. I wish to stimulate you to tell me what you know. - beats me, but I like it
Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They made their language. You make yours. All the past can help you. - Robert Henri in The Art Spirit, 1923
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it. - Alan Saporta
The other meaning of crisis is opportunity. - annon
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One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. - Nietzche
Big Ideas are so hard to recognize, so fragile, so easy to kill. Don't forget that, all of you who don't have them. - John Elliot, Jr.
If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor. - Albert Einstein
If you have an important point to make, don't try to be subtle or clever. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once. Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time-a tremendous whack. - Winston Churchill
What is required is sight and insight - then you might add one more: excite. - Robert Frost
Every task involves constraint,
Solve the thing without complaint.
There are magic links and chains
Forged to loose our rigid brains.
Structures, strictures, though they bind
Strangely liberate the mind.
- James Falen
That is the secret of poetry. We consume ourselves in the beloved woman, we consume ourselves in the idea we believe, we burn in the landscape we are moved by. - Milan Kundera, from The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (p 199)
Love can never be laughable. Love has nothing in common with laughter. - Milan Kundera
Yes, I realize you don't know what I'm talking about, because beauty vanished long ago. It vanished under the surface of noise-the noise of words, the noise of cars, the noise of music-we live in constantly. It has been drowned like Atlantis. All that remains is the word, whose meaning becomes less intelligible with every passing year. - Milan Kundera from The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (p 145)
Graphomania: (a mania for writing books) inevitably takes on
epidemic proportions when a society develops to the point of creating
three basic conditions.
(1) and elevated level of general well being, which allows people to devote themselves to useless activities;
(2) A high degree of social atomization and, as a consequence, a general isolation of individuals;
(3) The absence of dramatic social changes in the nations internal life.
(From this point of view, it seems to me symptomatic that in France, where practically nothing happens, the percentage of writers is twenty-one times higher than in Israel.) - Milan Kundera - Courtesy of Meari after a month in Prague studying photography
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Literature forms a single body of knowledge, yet its voices are intricately and unenlargeably individual. - Martin Amis
I hope I shall be able to confide in you completely, as I have never been able to do in anyone before, and I hope that you will be a great support and comfort to me. - Diary, First entry - Anne Frank, 12 June, 1942
I want to go on living even after my death! And, therefore, I am grateful...this possibility of developing myself and my writing, of expressing all that is in me. - Diary - Anne Frank, 4 April 1944
My pen is not only my entrance to the world; it is also my escape route. - Rachel Felber (SDJA - 2004)
My pen is both my weapon and my defense; my dreams and my nightmares; my friend and my enemy. - Rachel Felber (SDJA - 2004)
My pen is a bridge from my thoughts and experiences to the open universe. Feel free to cross; there is no toll. - Rachel Felber (SDJA - 2004)
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It's okay to be frustrated. This is the first step: confusion, frustration, and some anger. Even with the directions you still feel uncomfortable about tackling this assignment. Now is the time to experiment. Mistakes are okay. Just try..." - Gray Bradshaw
Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen. - Willa Cather
I know a poem is finished when I can't find another word to cut.- Bobbi Katz
I try to leave out the parts that people skip. - Elmore Leonard
One can never be alone enough when one writes -- there can never be enough silence around when one writes -- even night is not night enough. - Franz Kafka
If you have a minimum of talent, but you sit at that typewriter long enough, something will emerge. All I had was this burning desire to be a writer and all these emotions. - Robert Cormier
I will write myself into well-being. - Nancy Mair
Writing stories has given me the power to change things I could not change as a child. I can make boys into doctors. I can make fathers stop drinking. I can make mothers stay. - Cynthia Rylant
My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. - Dylan Thomas
Don't say the old lady screamed. Bring her on and let her scream. - Mark Twain
Literature is no one's private ground, literature is common ground; let us trespass freely and fearlessly and find our way for ourselves. - Virginia Woolf
Form follows function. - Louis Henri Sullivan, "Lippincott's Magazine", March 1896
Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context -- a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan. - Eliel Saarinen, "Time", July 2, 1956
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. - Antoine de St. Exupery
The following are taken from the book named above
by Betty Edwards.
See http://www.drawright.com/ for more information about related materials.
One definition of a creative person is someone who can process in new ways information directly at hand--the ordinary sensory data available to all of us. A writer uses words, a musician notes, an artist visual perceptions, and all need some knowledge of the techniques of their crafts. But a creative individual intuitively sees possibilities for transforming ordinary data into a new creation, transcendent over the mere raw materials. Betty Edwards
Learning to draw is really a matter of learning to see--to see correctly--and that means a good deal more than merely looking with the eye. - Kimon Nicolaides - The Natural Way to Draw, 1941
The painter draws with his eyes, not with his hands. Whatever he sees, if he sees it clear, he can put down. The putting of it down requires, perhaps, much care and labor, but no more muscular agility than it takes for him to write his name. Seeing clear is the important thing. - Maurice Grosser - The Painter's Eye, 1951
I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle. - Frederick Franck - The Zen of Seeing, 1973
To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large--this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone. - Aludous Huxley - The Doors of Perception, 1954
When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He becomes interesting to other people. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding. Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it and shows there are still more pages possible. - Robert Henri, The Art Spirit, 1923
Parallel ways of knowing
Every creative act involves...a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of accepted belief. - Arthur Koestler - The Sleepwalkers, 1959
Approaching forty, I had a singular dream in which I almost grasped the meaning and understood the nature of what it is that wastes in wasted time. - Cyril Connolly - The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle of Palinuris, 1945
The object of painting a picture is not to make a picture--however unreasonable that may sound...The object, which is back of every true work of art, is the attainment of a state of being, a state of high functioning, a more than ordinary moment of existence. [The picture] is but a by-product of the state, a trace, the footprint of the state. - Robert Henri - The Art Spirit, 1923
By the time the child can draw more than a scribble, by age three or four years, an already well-formed body of conceptual knowledge formulated in language dominates his memory and controls his graphic work....Drawings are graphic accounts of essentially verbal processes. As an essentially verbal education gains control, the child abandons his graphic efforts and relies almost entirely on words. Language has first spoilt drawing and then swallowed it up completely. - Karl Buhler, 1930
Merely to see, therefore, is not enough. It is necessary to have a fresh, vivid, physical contact with the object you draw through as many of the senses as possible--and especially through the sense of touch. - Kimon Nicolaides - The Natural Way to Draw, 1941
Expression to my way of thinking does not consist of the passion mirrored upon a human face or betrayed by a violent gesture. The whole arrangement of my picture is expressive. The place occupied by the figures of objects, the empty spaces around them, the proportions, everything plays a part. - Henri Matisse - "Notes d'un peintre," 1908
You can never have the use of the inside of a cup without the outside. The inside and the outside go together. They're one. - Alan Watts
By the combination of lines and colors, under the pretext of some motif taken from nature, I create symphonies and harmonies that represent nothing absolutely real in the ordinary sense of the word but are intended to give rise to thoughts as music does. - Paul Gauguin - Thank you - Ariel Diamond
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. - Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)
It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. - Pablo Picasso
What one does is what counts and not what one had the intention of doing. - Pablo Picasso
I do not seek. I find. - Pablo Picasso
Good taste is the enemy of creativity. - Pablo Picasso
The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do. - Pablo Picasso
Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Pablo Picasso
Everything you can imagine is real. - Pablo Picasso
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something. Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. - Pablo Picasso
Everyone wants to understand painting. Why is there no attempt to understand the song of the birds? - Pablo Picasso
There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun. - Pablo Picasso
Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses; we read fine things but never feel them to the full until we have gone the same steps as the author. - John Keats
and can i have a page of my own
to look back on and laugh about? - Meari Keating
The first virtue of a painting is to be a feast for the eyes. - Delacroix
A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. - Paul Cézanne
A painting is good not because it looks like something, but because it feels like something. - Phil Dike
There are two men inside the artist, the poet and the craftsman. One is born a poet. One becomes a craftsman... - Emile Zola to Cézanne, 16 April, 1860
What is drawing? How does one come to it? It is working through an invisible iron wall that seems to stand between what one feels and what one can do. How is one to get through that wall -- since pounding at it is of no use? In my opinion one has to undermine that wall, filing through it steadily and patiently. - Vincent Van Gogh to his brother Theo, 22 October 1882
Every good picture leaves the painter eager to start again, unsatisfied, inspired by the rich mine in which he is working, hoping for more energy, more vitality, more time -- condemned to painting for life. - John Sloan in Gist of Art, 1939
A little bit of confidence in yourself and work. Don't ever forget your art, sic itur ad astra. [trans: thus one reaches the stars] - Paul Cézanne to Louis Aurenche, 10 March 1902
Don't worry about the rejections. Everybody that's good has gone through it. Don't let it matter if your works are not 'accepted' at once. The better or more personal you are the less likely they are of acceptance. Just remember that the object of painting pictures in not simply to get them in exhibitions. It is all very fine to have your pictures hung, but you are painting for yourself, not for the jury. I had many years of rejections. - Robert Henri in The Art Spirit, 1923
Art is a fruit that grows in man, like a fruit on a plant, or a child in its mother's womb. - Jean Arp
The first mistake of Art is to assume that it's serious. - Lester Bangs
Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. - Daniel Barenboim
The essence of all art is to have pleasure in giving pleasure - Mikhail Baryshnikov
What is art but a way of seeing? - Thomas Berger
Fine art, that exists for itself alone, is art in a final state of impotence. If nobody, including the artist, acknowledges art as a means of knowing the world, then art is relegated to a kind of rumpus room of the mind and the irresponsibility of the artist and the irrelevance of art to actual living becomes part and parcel of the practice of art. - Angela Carter
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Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other. - Neal Cassady
When I judge art, I take my painting and put it next to a God made object like a tree or flower. If it clashes, it is not art. - Marc Chagall
The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep. - Gilbert K. Chesterton
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse. - Winston Churchill
Progressive art can assist people to learn not only about the objective forces at work in the society in which they live, but also about the intensely social character of their interior lives. Ultimately, it can propel people toward social emancipation. - Angela Y. Davis
Feminist art is not some tiny creek running off the great river of real art. It is not some crack in an otherwise flawless stone. It is, quite spectacularly I think, art which is not based on the subjugation of one half of the species. It is art which will take the great human themes --love, death, heroism, suffering, history itself --and render them fully human. It may also, though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme, one as great and as rich as those others --should we call it "joy"? - Andrea Dworkin
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it. - Ernst Fischer
Fortunately art is a community effort --a small but select community living in a spiritualized world endeavoring to interpret the wars and the solitudes of the flesh. - Allen Ginsberg
I see little of more importance to the future of our country and of civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist. If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. - John F. Kennedy
In art, one idea is as good as another. If one takes the idea of trembling, for instance, all of a sudden most art starts to tremble. Michelangelo starts to tremble. El Greco starts to tremble. All the Impressionists start to tremble. - Willem De Kooning
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The more minimal the art, the more maximum the explanation. - Hilton Kramer
Art is the objectification of feeling. - Suzanne K. Langer
Making social comment is an artificial place for an artist to start from. If an artist is touched by some social condition, what the artist creates will reflect that, but you can't force it. - Bella Lewitzky
There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted. - Henri Matisse
Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen. - Marshall McLuhan
A man paints with his brains and not with his hands. - Michelangelo
Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life. - Henry Miller
Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. - William Morris
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. - Pablo Picasso
Art is too serious to be taken seriously. - Ad Reinhardt
I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need. [when asked how he managed to make his remarkable statues.] - Auguste Rodin
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry. - John Ruskin
The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart. - Robert Schumann
Great art is never produced for its own sake. It is too difficult to be worth the effort. - George Bernard Shaw
Art is the signature of civilizations. - Beverly Sills
Contrary to popular belief an artist is never ahead of his time, but most people are far behind theirs. - Edward Varese
The art of creation is older than the art of killing. - Andrei Voznesensky
An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along. - Evelyn Waugh
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Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts: to construct and to refrain from destruction. - Simone Weil
Is there not an art, a music, and a stream of words that shalt be life, the acknowledged voice of life? - William Wordsworth
If life were organized, there would be no need for art. - Andre' Gide
Art is a way of lending the random, messy business of life a sense of order and harmony and form. - The New York Times
To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage. - Georgia O'Keeffe
Things should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. - Albert Einstein
It is in the contrast of light and dark that design happens. - Helen Van Wyk
Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
An artist is paid for his vision, not his reporting. - Tom Lynch
Success is not the place at which one arrives but rather...the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey. - Alex Noble, courtesy of JJ
I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself. - Mikhail Baryshnikov
You don't have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great. - Joe Sabah, Professional speaker
If there is no struggle there can be no progress. - Frederick Douglass
Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is. - Zig Ziglar
It takes less time to do things right that to explain why you did it wrong. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed. - Booker T. Washington
You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it. - Charles Buxton
Writing only leads to more writing. - Collette
I want to assure you with all earnestness, that no writing is a waste of time, no creative work were the feelings, the imagination, the intelligence must work. With every sentence you write, you have learned something. It has done you good. It has stretched your understanding. - Brenda Ueland
The beginning of learning is silence; then comes hearing; then writing; then success. - Japanese Proverb
Between saying and doing many a pair of shoes is worn out. - Italian Proverb
Education is not received. It is achieved. - Author Unknown
Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense." - Dr. Thomas Arnold Bennett
You can't build a reputation on what you intend to do. - Liz Smith
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The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try nothing and succeed. - Lloyd Jones
Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. - Thomas Edison
Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path you will find you have crossed the mountain. - Unknown
It takes a long time to understand nothing. - Edward Dahlberg
We learn something by doing it. There is no other way. - John Holt
Great Faith. Great Doubt. Great Effort. - The Three Qualities Necessary for Training - Anon
There is no beginning to practice or end to enlightenment, and there is no beginning to enlightenment or end to practice. - Dogen
Zen teaching says that it is better to practice a little than to talk a lot. - Muso Kokushi
It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring. - Spanish proverb
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill
Only those who have the patience to do simple things perfectly ever acquire the skill to do difficult things easily. - Unknown
Luck is the residue of design. - Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers
So that you can do something
By which you can earn something
And honestly possess something.
- Currier & Ives Collection (circa 1860) Heritage Plantation of Sandwich America
The shortest answer is doing. - George Herbert
If there is no wind, row. - Latin Proverb
There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there. - Indira Gandhi
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Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. - Aristotle [384-322 B.C.]
It is hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed. In this life we get nothing, save by effort. - Teddy Roosevelt
Performance will continue to outsell Promise. - Anon
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden
The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. - Dolly Parton
A painting of a rice cake does not satisfy hunger. - Ancient saying
If you wait until you can do everything for everybody, instead of something for somebody, you'll end up not doing anything for anybody. - Malcolm Bane
Discipline is remembering what you want. - David Campbell
The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. - John Burroughs
Obstacles are those terrible things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. - Jan Claire US Gymnastics Federation
No member of a rowing team is ever praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge
A vaincre sans peril, on triumphe sans glorie. (When there is no peril in the fight, there is no glory in the triumph.) - Pierre Corneille Le Cid, 1636
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Attributed to Steven Jobs
If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however, if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I will not allow the attitude as a barrier to accept laziness
You may be whatever you resolve to be.
Determine to be something in the world, and you will be something.
"I cannot" never accomplished anything;
"I Will Try" has wrought wonders. - Joel Hawes
The Great Three Things
Three things to be - pure, just and honest
Three things to govern - temper tongue and conduct
Three things to have - courage, affection and gentleness
Three things to love - the wise, the virtuous and the innocent
Three things to commend - thrift, industry and promptness
Three things to despise - cruelty, arrogance and ingratitude
Three things to attain - goodness of heart, integrity of purpose and cheerfulness - Thank you Mom
The arrow belongs not to the archer when it has once left the bow; the word no longer belongs to the speaker when it has once passed his lips. - Heinrich Heine - Thank you Scott
Have you ever noticed there is no running away from a anything? That, sooner or later, the things that you don't want to deal with and try and escape from, or paper over and pretend aren't there, catch up with you -- especially if they have to do with old patterns and fears?
So, if you think your meditation practice is dull, no good, or that the conditions aren't right where you find yourself, and you think that if you were only in a cave in the Himalayas, or an Asian monastery, or on a beach in the tropics, or at a retreat in some natural setting, things would be better, your meditation stronger . . . think again.
So why not let go and admit that you might as well be at home
wherever you are? Right in that moment you touch the core of your
being and invite mindfulness to enter and heal. If you understand
this, then and only then will the cave, the monastery, the beach, the
retreat center, offer their true richness to you. But so will all
other moments and places. - Jon Kabat-Zinn - Wherever you Go,
There You Are - Courtesy of Jeff Kerr, a
former student teaching for the Peace Corps in
Against School -- How public education cripples our kids, and why -- by John Taylor Gatto
...teach your own [children] to be leaders and adventurers.
...teach your own [children] to think critically and independently.
...help your own [children] to develop an inner life so that they'll never be bored. Urge them to take on the serious material, the grown-up material, in history, literature, philosophy, music, art, economics, theology.
...Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company, to conduct inner dialogues. Your children should have a more meaningful life, and they can.
...If David Farragut could take command of a captured British warship as a preteen, if Thomas Edison could publish a broadsheet at the age of twelve, if Ben Franklin could apprentice himself to a printer at the same age (then put himself through a course of study that would choke a Yale senior today), there's no telling what your own kids could do. (Harper's Magazine, Sept 2003, p. 38)
This piece hits the positive points of an otherwise dark essay. For the contextual paragraphs go to Education above.
If you stand out, either because you are exceptionally good or exceptionally bad, you will undergo the scrutiny of your overseers. - Doug
Play to win, observe the rules, and act like a gentleman. - Claire Bee
Where a diamond on your chest and let everyone see it. - Kevin Klink
They that can give up essential liberties to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Benjamin Franklin - Thanks Hank
Appeasement: An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last! - Winston Churchill - Thanks Hank
Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit what I have observed, I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies. - Maya Angelou - Thanks Scott
It is not the goal but the way there that matters, and the harder the way the more worthwhile the journey. - Wilfred Thesiger
If fate means you to lose, give it a good fight anyhow. - William McFee - Thanks Tali
Please don't be discouraged,
Because the blind can't see your beauty.
The deaf can't hear your wisdom.
The insensitive can't appreciate your contributions.
Have courage, strength, and confidence!
It hurts now, but one day soon...
You will savour the sweetness of your successes.
You have permission to alter, amend, or otherwise redefine any or all of these. The point, take charge of your life and decide how you are to live. Number nine, number nine...oh...not the Beatles song, the "commandment".
If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent their growing. - Chanel
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IF - by Rudyard Kipling
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting;
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating;
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make dreams your
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your
Or walk with kings- nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
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It is a very beautiful river. I love it above everything. I have often listened to it, gazed at it, and I have always learned something from it. One can learn much from a river. - Herman Hesse, Siddhartha - Thank you - Rachel Felber
Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. - Jimi Hendrix
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it - Thoreau
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost - Thank you - Julia and Scott
He who bends to himself a Joy Doth the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the Joy as it flies Lives in Eternity's sunrise. - William Blake - Thank you - Julia and Scott
Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana. - Unknown - Thank you - Big Kahuna
What you see is what you are, and what you are is what people see. - Neuriel Shore
When you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. - Mark Twain - Thank you - Alyssa Desind
If we take the world's enduring religions at their best, we discover the distilled wisdom of the human race. - Huston Smith
No one remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself. - Thomas Mann
Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble. - French proverb
Write the bad things that are done to you in sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble. - Arabic Parable - Humm, I guess there is parallel thought in the universe
The hardest battle is to be nobody but yourself in a world that is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else. - e.e. cummings
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter. - e. e. cummings
Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% of how you respond to it. - Author Unknown
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We are the ones we've been waiting for. - Audre Lord
Kindness is the only service that will stand the storm of life and not wash out. It will wear well and be remembered long after the prism of politeness or the complexion of courtesy has faded away. When I am gone, I hope it can be said of me that I plucked a thistle and planted a flower wherever I thought a flower would grow. - Anon.
Today is a new day. Hence,
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. - Cythina Nelms
First, learn the meaning of what you say, and then speak. - Epictetus
The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously. - Hubert Humphrey
Out of sight
Out of mind
Out of work.
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" Work - Family - Health - Friends - Spirit" - This was written by the CEO of Coca-Cola Brian G. Dyson. It was used as Georgia Tech's Commencement Address
Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them - Work - Family - Health - Friends - Spirit, and you're keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls -- family, health, friends and spirit are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.
They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for balance in your life. How?
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Here's what Bill Gates had to say about life to recent high school and college graduates:
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It all comes back to you, you finally get what you deserve - Sublime - Thank you - Matan Darey - quote to accompany Macbeth
Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. - Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr.
There are years that ask questions and years that answer. - Zora Neale Hurston
All existing things are really one. We regard those that are beautiful and rare as valuable, and those that are ugly as foul and rotten. The foul and rotten may come to be transformed into what is rare and valuable, and the rare and valuable into what is foul and rotten. Therefore it is said that one vital energy pervades the world. Consequently, the sage values Oneness. - Chuang-tzu
It wasn't until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say "I don't know". - W. Somerset Maugham
To be upset over what you don't have is to waste what you do have. - Unknown
Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening; no doubt, no awakening. - Zen saying
May you live all the days of your life. - Jonathan Swift
A man does not sin by commission only, but often by omission. - Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD)
The only thing that we can know is that we know nothing and that is the highest flight of human reason. - Leo Tolstoy
What we call human nature in actuality is human habit. - Jewel
If you ask me anything I don't know, I'm not going to answer. - Yogi Berra
A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things. - Herman Melville
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Tao te Ching
If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. - Rush (the band), "Freewill"
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When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything. - Shunryu Suzuki
Only so much do I know, as I have lived. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
And I would answer you...that to prepare the future is only to find the present...For the sole true invention is to decipher the present under its incoherent aspects and its contradictory language...You do not have to foresee the future but to allow it... - Antoine Saint-Exupéry
Before you can beat me (this is the easy part), you have to allow yourself to win. - John Brady
Your treasure house is within: contains all you'll ever need. - Hui-hai
The way is near, but men seek it afar. It is in easy things, but men seek for it in difficult things. - Mencius
Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple. - Barry Switzer
The best things in life are not things. - Anon
Do something wonderful, people may imitate it. - Albert Schweitzer
If you dream the proper dreams, and share the myths with people, they will want to grow up to be like you. - Ray Bradbury
Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. - Harry S. Truman
Philosophical habits of mind do not come quicker through fiber optics. Clear thinking is not aided by better dot resolution. Understanding ourselves and feeling for others does not come with a software upgrade. - Linda Ray Pratt
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. - Eleanor Roosevelt
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If dandelions were hard to grow, they would be most welcome on any lawn. - Andrew V. Mason
The more you know the less you understand. - Tao te Ching
A great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart. - Mencius
Wise men learn more from fools, than fools from the wise. - Real Fortune Cookie
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. - Plato
Being is what it is. - Jean-Paul Sartre
Every now and then, a little learning makes us think we know a lot. -Vaughn Manning
Don't try to be different. Just be good. To be good is different enough. - Arthur Freed.
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins - not through strength but by perseverance. - H. Jackson Brown
Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? That depends a good deal on where you want to get to, said the Cat. - Lewis Carrol
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. - Henry David Thoreau
Yesterday is a canceled check, tomorrow is a promissory note; today is the only cash we have - spend it wisely. - Kay Lyons
Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift-- which is why they call it the present. - Bill Keane
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. - George Eliot, who wasn't really a guy named George Eliot, but a woman named Mary Ann Evans
Perfection is reached, not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away. - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
If a man carries his own lantern, he need not fear darkness. - Hasidic saying
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. - Theodore Roosevelt
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