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Quotes August 21, 2019

Being a successful person is not necessarily defined by what you have achieved, but by what you have overcome.
Fannie Flagg,
writer
 
 
 
 
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Walter Bagehot,
journalist, businessman
 
 
 
 
In actual fact, contemplation is not a form of inactivity but an exercise.
Antoni Tapies,
artist, art theorist
 
 
 
 
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Victor Frankl,
neurologist, psychologist who founded logotherapy
 
 
 
 
The mystery of life isn’t a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.
Frank Herbert,
writer
 
 
 
 
You are neither right nor wrong because people agree with you.
Benjamin Graham,
economist, investor, professor
 
 
 
 
Certainty is a closing of the mind. To create something new you must have doubt.
Milton Glaser,
graphic designer
 
 
 
 
Water at a distance does not put out a fire near at hand.
Stefano Guazzo,
writer

 
 
 
 
A champion is someone who gets up when he can’t.
Jack Dempsey,
professional heavyweight boxer

Quotes August 20, 2019

Courtesy of Gretchen Rubin

 
 
“We are interested in others, when they are interested in us.”
Publius Syrus
 
 
“To be driven by our appetites alone is slavery, while to obey a law that we have imposed on ourselves is freedom.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract
 
 
“The bird a nest, the spider a web, man friendship.”
William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
 
 
“Is life so wretched? Isn’t it rather your hands which are too small, your vision which is muddied? You are the one who must grow up.”
Dag Hammarskjold, Markings
 
 
“To live is so startling, it leaves but little room for other occupations.”
Emily Dickinson, letter
 
 
“To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.”
Winston Churchill, “Hobbies”
 
 
“There is a myth, sometimes widespread, that a person need only do inner work…that a man is entirely responsible for his own problems; and that to cure himself, he need only change himself…The fact is, a person is so formed by his surroundings, that his state of harmony depends entirely on his harmony with his surroundings.”
Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building
 
 
“The desire of being believed, the desire of persuading, of leading, and directing other people, seems to be one of the strongest of all our natural desires.”
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments
 
 
“Experience, contrary to popular belief, is mostly imagination.”
Ruth Benedict

Quotes August 19, 2019

“So, never be afraid. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion, against injustice and lying and greed. If you, not just you in this room tonight, but in all the thousands of other rooms like this one about the world today and tomorrow and next week, will do this, not as a class or classes, but as individuals, men and women, you will change the earth.”
William Faulkner
 
 
 
 
“There are two means of refuge from the misery of life — music and cats.”
Albert Schweitzer
 
 
 
 
“The trouble is if you don’t spend your life yourself, other people spend it for you.”
Peter Shaffer, Five Finger Exercise
 
 
 
 
“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

“A purpose of human life, no matter who is controlling it, is to love whoever is around to be loved.”
Kurt Vonnegut
 
 
 
 
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
George Bernard Shaw
 
 
 
 
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
Emily Dickinson
 
 
 
 
“Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.”
Albert Camus
 
 
 
 
“One cannot conceive of objectivity without subjectivity.”

“Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence;… to alienate humans from their own decision making is to change them into objects.”

“If the structure does not permit dialogue the structure must be changed.”

“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.”
Paulo Freire
 
 
 
 
“Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.”
Stephen King
 
 
 
 
“If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”
E.B. White
 
 
 
 
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Marie Curie
 
 
 
 
“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
Anne Frank
 
 
 
 
“We’re all human, aren’t we? Every human life is worth the same, and worth saving.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
 
 
 
 
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
Isaac Asimov
 
 
 
 
“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
Dr. Seuss
 
 
 
 
“Laughter is poison to fear.”
George R.R. Martin
 
 
 
 
“Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends.”
Shirley Maclaine
 
 
 
 
“If it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.”
Leo Tolstoy
 
 
 
 
“When politicians start talking about large groups of their fellow Americans as ‘enemies,’ it’s time for a quiet stir of alertness. Polarizing people is a good way to win an election, and also a good way to wreck a country.”

“I prefer someone who burns the flag and then wraps themselves up in the Constitution over someone who burns the Constitution and then wraps themselves up in the flag.”
Molly Ivins
 
 
 
 
“You do not notice changes in what is always before you.”
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
 
 
 
 
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.”
George Bernard Shaw
 
 
 
 
“To be furious, is to be frighted out of fear.”
William Shakespeare
 
 
 
 
“Ignorance is the parent of fear.”
Herman Melville
 
 
 
 
“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.”
Gandhi
 
 
 
 
So then there was the Greek, Socrates, he was great… He invented questioning. Before Socrates, no questioning. Everyone sort of went, ”Yeah, I suppose so.”
Eddie Izzard
 
 
 
 
“Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.”

“It is lamentable, that to be a good patriot one must become the enemy of the rest of mankind.”
Voltaire

 
 
 
 
“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”
Abigail Van Buren

Quotes August 18, 2019

Courtesy of Claudia Hall Christian Everyday Kindness

 
 
“Death is inevitable. But living a life we are proud of? That is something we can actually control.”
Claire Wineland
 
 
 
 
Feeling helpless? World a little too crazy? Try being kind. “A kind act can sometimes be as powerful as a sword.”
Rick Riodan
 
 
 
 
“To shine your brightest light is to be who you truly are.”
Ray T Bennett
 
 
 
 
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
Steve Maraboli
 
 
 
 
There is no them. There is only us. Be kind to all.
 
 
 
 
Welcome the strawberries of summer and all of the human and mechanical hands that has brought them from the hot field and into your hands. May kindness shower you.
 
 
 
 
Stuck? Kindness will take you everywhere you want to go. Kindness to another will give you energy. Kindness to yourself will give you energy to move past your stuck place. Kindness is the fuel that will being you the life you want. Be kind.
 
 
 
 
Be kind because bees need flowers and flowers need bees. Kindness marks the interaction between them.
 
 
 
 
So it’s happened — some mess. It’s likely your fault, but maybe it’s the other guys. Who knows. It’s just a mess. Be kind — to yourself, the guy you hit, and whoever comes to referee.
 
 
 
 
You are the star of your own life. Shine bright. Be kind.
 
 
 
 
It takes time for a tomato to ripen. It also takes time for you to grow into yourself. As hard as it is to fathom, it takes those jerks to grow up too. Be patient. Be kind.
 
 
 
 
No matter how dark it feels, remember that there is always kind light shining down on you. Share your kindness.
 
 
 
 
Breathe in. Breathe out. Be kind.
 
 
 
 
Phew. It’s been a long week and another is just around the corner. Sometimes, you need to get yourself a little something and take a breath. Be kind to you.

Quotes August 17, 2019

Courtesy of A Joke A Day

 
 

I ordered a chicken and an egg on Amazon.

I’ll let you know.
Danny Jackson
 
 
 
 

What do you get when you cross a parrot with a centipede?

A walkie-talkie.
Harry Finkelstein
 
 
 
 
A young lady visited a computer dating service and requested, “I’m looking for a spouse. Can you please help me to find a suitable one?”

The matchmaker said, “What exactly are you looking for?”

“Well, let me see. Needs to be good looking, polite, humorous, sporty, knowledgeable, good at singing and dancing. Willing to accompany me the whole day at home during my leisure hour if I don’t go out. Be able to tell me interesting stories when I need a companion for conversation and be silent when I want to rest.”

The matchmaker entered the information into the computer and, in a matter of moments, handed the results to the woman: “Buy a television.”
HENNE
 
 
 
 
Seeing his shares plummet on a black morning during the recession, the boss called to his secretary, “Get my broker, Miss Wilks!”

”Certainly, sir. Stock or pawn?”
D-Gellybean
 
 
 
 

Son to dad: “Dad, why don’t you buy me a car?”

Dad: “My dear son, God gave you two legs for what purpose?”

Son: “One leg is for the brake and the other for the accelerator.”
KG Raghunandanan
 
 
 
 
What did the Brit say when he paid 2,000 pounds for his fridge?

“Goodness gracious, that costs a ton!”
Jenmo1
 
 
 
 
An Englishman, a Frenchman, a Spaniard and a German man are watching a street performer. While he’s juggling, the street performer notices that the four have a bad view, so he stands on a crate and asks them, “Can you all see me now?”

The four guys respond to him, “Yes…”

“Oui…”

“Si…”

“Ja!”
ineffable
 
 
 
 
Upon arrival, the lumberjack started to swing at the tree, when the tree suddenly shouted, “Wait! I’m a talking tree!”

The lumberjack grinned and said, “And you will dialogue!”
mcdanijt
 
 
 
 
A gorilla walks into a bar and, to the amazement of the bartender, orders a martini. When the bartender gives the gorilla the martini, he is further surprised to see that the ape is holding a $20 bill.

The bartender takes the $20 bill, then he decides to see just how smart the gorilla is, so he hands the gorilla $1 change. The gorilla quietly sips the martini until the bartender breaks the silence.

“We don’t get too many apes in here,” he says.

The gorilla replies, “At $19 a drink, I’m not surprised.”
wadejagz
 
 
 
 
A penguin walks into a bar. He goes to the counter and asks the bartender, “Have you seen my brother?”

Bartender replies, “I don’t know, what does he look like?”
ERS

Quotes August 16, 2019

The meaning of MARINES: Marines Are Respected Individuals Needed Everywhere Serving OooooRah!
Roger D. Stewart
 
 
 
 
Diplomacy is the art of saying, “Nice Doggy”, until your sniper gets the range.
 
 
 
 
As we all know so well. Each of the services has it’s own acronym… Funny thing is no body knew of one for the Air Force…. until now… A(ny) I(diot) R(eenlisting) For C(ivilian) E(mployment)
Bob
 
 
 
 
When I joined the A.F., I was so gun ho, I wanted to apply for an “In-flight Missile Mechanic”
Jose Hernandez, Jr.
 
 
 
 
The reason the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines bicker amongst themselves is that they don’t speak the same language.
For instance, Take the simple phrase “secure the building”.
The Army will post guards around the place.
The Navy will turn out the lights and lock the doors.
The Marines will kill everybody inside and set up a headquarters.
The Air Force will take out a 5 year lease with an option to buy.
 
 
 
 
Q: What’s the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers?
A: Mechanical engineers build weapons; civil engineers build targets.
 
 
 
 
A trio of old veterans were bragging and jokes about the heroic exploits of their ancestors one afternoon down at the VFW hall.
“My great grandfather, at age 13,” one declared proudly, “was a drummer boy at Shiloh.”
“Mine,” boasts another, “went down with Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn.”
“I’m the only soldier in my family,” confessed vet number three, “but if my great grandfather was living today he’d be the most famous man in the world.” “Really?
What’d he do?” his friends wanted to know.
“Nothing much.
But he would be 165 years old.”

Quotes August 15, 2019

We could never learn to be brave & patient, if there were only joys in the world.
Helen Keller
 
 
 
 
The way we choose to see the world creates the world we see.
Barry Neil Kaufman
 
 
 
 
I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
Booker T. Washington
 
 
 
 
Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
Paulo Coelho
 
 
 
 
Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.
Robert Tew
 
 
 
 
Being rejected from something good just means you were being pointed towards something better.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
If you don’t step forward you will always remain in the same place.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
The strongest people are not those who show strength in front of us, but those who win battles we know nothing about.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be, and then making the best of it.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Instead of complaining about your circumstances, get busy and create some new ones.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
God doesn’t give you the people you want, he gives you the people you need.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
Deal with your problems before they deal with your happiness.
Unknown

Quotes August 14, 2019

Courtesy of KindSpring.org

Life is full of losses and disappointments, and the art of living is to make of them something that can nourish others.
Deep inside, our integrity sings to us whether we are listening or not. It is a note that only we can hear.
Rachel Naomi Remen
 
 
 
 
Seek out a tree and let it teach you stillness.
Ekhart Tolle
 
 
 
 
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
John Muir
 
 
 
 
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.
Thomas Merton
 
 
 
 
Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.
Brene Brown
 
 
 
 
First we build the tools, then they build us.
Marshall McLuhan
 
 
 
 
This is part of being human, this knowing that we are all part of one another, inextricably involved; and at the same time alone, irrevocably alone.
Madeleine L’Englue
 
 
 
 
We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
In the Light of interbeing, peace and happiness in your daily life means peace and happiness in the world.
Thich Nhat Hanh
 
 
 
 
If sequestered pain made a sound, the atmosphere would be humming all the time.
Stephen Levine

 
 
 
 
Let me fall if I must. The one I will become will catch me.
Baal Shem Tov

 
 
 
 
Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.
Will Smith

 
 
 
 
Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Quotes August 13, 2019

It is our failure to become of our perceived ideal that ultimately defines us and makes us unique. It’s not easy, but if you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention.
Conan O’Brien
 
 
 
 
Life is short. There is no time to leave important words unsaid.
Paulo Coelho,
Brazilian novelist
 
 
 
 
Saying it again for emphasis:
Must never be operated for profit:
1) Healthcare
2) Prisons
3) Education

Those correspond exactly with:
1) Life
2) Liberty
3) The Pursuit of Happiness
Jess Phoenix
 
 
 
 
Never apologize for having high standards. People who really want to be in your life will rise up to meet them.
Ziad K. Abdelnour,
Economic Warfare: Secrets of Wealth Creation in the Age of Welfare Politics
 
 
 
 
Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
Benjamin Franklin
 
 
 
 
What did father use to say? Everything before the word “but” is horse shit.
Jon Snow
 
 
 
 
“Someday, everything will make perfect sense. So for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears, be strong and keep reminding your self that everything happens for a reason.”
John Mayer
 
 
 
 
Anything that is “wrong” with you began as a survival mechanism in childhood.
Dr. Gabor Maté
 
 
 
 
Discipline is doing what needs to be done even though you don’t want to.
Unknown
 
 
 
 
You can’t force a person to show you respect, but you can refuse to be disrespected.
Anonymous
 
 
 
 
If today was perfect there would be no need for tomorrow.
Anonymous

Quotes August 12, 2019

If you’re willing to fail interestingly, you tend to succeed interestingly.
Edward Albee,
playwright
 
 
 
 
Shoulda, coulda, woulda. It’s so easy in the past tense.
Sarah Dessen,
writer
 
 
 
 
One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.
Sir Alexander Fleming,
physician, scientist who discovered penicillin
 
 
 
 
When everything is connected to everything else, for better or for worse, everything matters.
Bruce Mao,
designer
 
 
 
 
Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.
David Lynch,
filmmaker
 
 
 
 
Research is a matter of overcoming obstacles.
Alexander Dalgarno,
physicist, known as the father of molecular astrophysics
 
 
 
 
This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor ever rising.
John Muir,
naturalist, writer, conservationist
 
 
 
 
Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.
Lucy Maud Montgomery,
writer
 
 
 
 
The wise man doesn’t give the right answers, he poses the right questions.
Claude Levi-Strauss,
social anthropologist
LinkedIn
 
 
 
 
A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books.
Andrei Tarkovsky,
filmmaker
 
 
 
 
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.
Andrew Carnegie,
industrialist, business magnate, philanthropist
 
 
 
 
You can’t sit around and wait for somebody to say who you are. You need to write it and paint it and do it.
Faith Ringgold,
artist
 
 
 
 
Generosity is the best investment.
Diane von Furstenberg,
fashion designer