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Advice

  • "Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't." (Erica Jong)
  • "Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example." (François VI Duke (duc) de La Rochefoucauld, 1616-80)

Ambition

  • "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp. Or what's a heaven for?" (Robert Browning)
  • "Hitch your wagon to a star." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "I have not yet begun to fight!" (John Paul Jones)
  • "I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish." (Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1475-1564)
  • "If you haven't turned rebel by twenty you've got no heart; if you haven't turned establishment by thirty you've got no brains!" (Kevin Spacey)
  • "It is never to late to be what you might have been." (George Eliot)
  • "Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great." (Mark Twain)
  • "My dad always used to tell me that if they challenge you to an after-school fight, tell them you won't wait--you can kick their ass right now." (Cameron Diaz)
  • "Oh, that. I just do that for the extra money, and to satisfy my male need to kill and win." (Charlie Sheen)
  • "Only those who attempt the absurd achieve the impossible." (Anonymous)

Birth

  • "When we are born we cry that we are come to this great stage of fools." (William Shakespeare)

Common Sense

  • "Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic!'" (Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass)
  • "A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men." (Roald Dahl)
  • "Common sense and education are highly compatible; in fact, neither is worth much without the other." (Donald G. Smith)
  • "Furious activity is no substitute for understanding." (H. H. Williams)
  • "It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question." (Eugene Ionesco)
  • "Le sens commun n'est pas si commun. [Common sense is not so common.]" (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire, 1694-1778)
  • "Learn from the mistakes of others--you can never live long enough to make them all yourself." (John Luther)
  • "The key to wisdom is knowing all the right questions." (John A. Simone Jr.)
  • "There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience." (Archibald McLeish)
  • "To make a living, craftiness is better than learnedness." (Pierre-Augustin de Beaumarchais)

Death

  • "All natural goods perish. Riches take wings; fame is a breath; love is a cheat; youth and health and pleasure vanish." (William James)
  • "At the end of the game the king and the pawn go back in the same box." (Italian Proverb)
  • "Dear World, I am leaving because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool. Good luck." (George Sanders)
  • "Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily." (Napoleon Bonaparte)
  • "Death is one of the few things that can be done as easily lying down. The difference between sex and death is that with death you can do it alone and no one is going to make fun of you." (Woody Allen)
  • "Death where is thy sting? Love, where is thy glory?" (William Shakespeare)
  • "Do not go gentle into that good night. Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light." (Dylan Thomas)
  • "Friends applaud, the comedy is over." (Ludwig Van Beethoven)
  • "I don't want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying." (Woody Allen)
  • "I want to die like my grandfather; peacefully in my sleep. Not screaming like his passengers." (Anonymous)

Doubt

  • "The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize." (Robert Hughes)
  • "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." (Bertrand Arthur William Russell, 1872-1970)

Dreams / Dreamers

  • "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream." (Edgar Allen Poe)
  • "Dream as if you'll live forever; live as if you'll die tomorrow." (James Dean)
  • "Dreams are the touchstones of our personality." (Henry David Thoreau)
  • "I don't use drugs, my dreams are frightening enough." (M. C. Escher)
  • "Some look at things that are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?" (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of the dream." (Eleanor Roosevelt)
  • "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." (Edgar Allen Poe)
  • "Those who hear not the music think the dancers mad." (Anonymous)
  • "We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." (Oscar Wilde)
  • "Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching." (Satchel Paige)

Discipline

  • "Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishments." (Anonymous)
  • "I never resist temptation, because I have found that things that are bad for me do not tempt me." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "The act of policing is, in order to punish less often, to punish more severely." (Napoleon Bonaparte)

Emotions

  • "The intellect is always fooled by the heart." (François VI Duke (duc) de La Rochefoucauld, 1616-80)

Excess

  • "Less is more." (Robert Browning)
  • "Excess of everything is bad." (Jyoti Khatter)
  • "The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom." (William Blake)

Experience

  • "Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills." (Minna Antrim)
  • "We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it - and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again - and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore." (Mark Twain)

Expectations

  • "Do not do unto others as you expect they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is like expecting a bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian." (Dennis Wholey)
  • "The only man who behaved sensibly was my tailor; he took my measurement anew every time he saw me, while all the rest went on with their old measurements and expected them to fit me." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Expression

  • "Beauty without expression is boring." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Education

  • "Education is a vacine for violence." (Edward James Olmos)
  • "Education is the process of driving a set of prejudices down your throat." (Martin H. Fischer)
  • "Genius without education is like silver in the mine." (Benjamin Franklin)
  • "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." (George Bernard Shaw)
  • "I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand." (Confucius, 551 BC-479)
  • "I never learned from a man who agreed with me." (Robert A. Heinlein)
  • "I respect faith, but doubt is what gives you and education." (Wilson Mizner)
  • "I've never let my school interfere with my education." (Mark Twain)
  • "In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." (Eric Hoffer)
  • "The brighter you are, the more you have to learn." (Don Herold)

Fame

  • "A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become well known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized." (Fred Allen)
  • "Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." (Napoleon Bonaparte)

Family

  • "Every baby needs a lap." (Henry Robin)
  • "I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw my bath toys were a toaster and a radio." (Joan Rivers)
  • "Love begins by taking care of the closest ones--the ones at home." (Mother Teresa)
  • "The birth of every new baby is God's vote of confidence in the future of man." (Imogene Fey)
  • "We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves." (Henry Ward Beecher)

Fear

  • "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "Defeat the fear of death and welcome the death of fear." (G. Gordon Liddy)
  • "Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop." (Usman Asif)
  • "The concerned investment banker is the one who blows the horn on his Mercedes as he drives through a red light." (Anonymous)
  • "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1882 - 1945, 32nd U.S. President)
  • "Twelve magicians and two carnies have been shot dead doing the bullet catch. That's cool enough, but every night when we close our show with that trick and the loaded gun gets pointed in my face, it goes so far beyond cool. All I can think is 12 magicians, two carnies." (Penn Jillette, of Penn & Teller)

Forgiveness

  • "Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future." (Paul Boese)
  • "It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend." (William Blake)
  • "What is tolerance? -- it is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly -- that is the first law of nature." (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire, 1694-1778)

Freedom

  • "Any existence deprived of freedom is a kind of death." (General Michel Aoun)
  • "Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." (Raymonde Uy)
  • "Every now and then say, 'What the fuİk.' 'What the fuİk' gives you freedom. Freedom brings opportunity. Opportunity makes your future." (Curtis Armstrong, Risky Business, 1983)
  • "Give me liberty or give me death." (Patrick Henry)
  • "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." (Emma Lazarus)
  • "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." (Patrick Henry)
  • "He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself." (Thomas Paine)
  • "Humanity has won its battle. Liberty now has a country." (Marquis de Lafayette)
  • "I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations." (James Madison)
  • "I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire, 1694-1778)

Friends

  • "A true friend stabs you in the front." (Oscar Wilde)
  • "A friend is one who knows all about you and still loves you just the same." (Jyoti Khatter)
  • "Each friend represents a world in us; a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only in meeting them that a new world is born." (Anais Nin)
  • "Friends are those people who know the words to the song in your heart and sing them back to you when you have forgotten the words." (Anonymous)
  • "If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair." (Samuel Johnson)
  • "It is far better to be alone, than to be in bad company." (George Washington)
  • "One can do without people but one has need of a friend." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "The only way to have friends is to be one." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • "The proper office of a friend is to side with you when you are wrong. Nearly anybody will side with you when you are right." (Mark Twain)
  • "Think where mans glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends." (William Butler Yeats)
  • "True friends, like diamonds, are precious and rare. False friends, like autumn leaves, are found everywhere." (Anonymous)

Foolishness

  • "Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain." (Johann Christian Friedrich von Schiller, 1759-1805, The Maid of Orleans. Act iii. Sc. 6.)
  • "Anyone who thinks they're important is usually just a pompous moron who can't deal with his or her own pathetic insignificance and the fact that what they do is meaningless and inconsequential..." (William Thomas)
  • "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread." (Alexander Pope)
  • "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever." (Chinese Proverb)
  • "Humans beings can always be relied upon to assert, with vigor, their god-given right to be stupid." (Dean Koontz, Seize the Night)
  • "If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing." (Anatole France)
  • "If you believe everything you read, you better not read." (Japanese Proverb)
  • "In my opinion, the greatest single failure of American education is that students come away unable to distinguish between a symbol and the thing the symbol stands for." (Paul Lutus)
  • "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." (Mark Twain)
  • "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." (Abraham Lincoln, 1809-65)

Guilt

  • "I'm sorry, I sawed off the legs of the Periodic table, I re-elected the president. I did it, it was all my fault...I did many bad things and I am so sorry." (John S. Hall, Verses that Hurt, the poem Sorry)
  • "Miserable man! Oh! most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas." (Herman Melville, Moby Dick)
  • "Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame." (Erica Jong)

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