Archive for the 'Sobering Quotes' Category

“Once, when my feet were bare…” Sadi, The Gulistan

“Once, when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged his mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience.” Sadi, […]

“Imagination was given to man…” Horace Walpole

“Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.” Horace Walpole

“Education is a companion which…” Joseph Addison

“Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate, no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament. It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what […]

“Life is not divided into semesters…” Bill Gates

“Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself.” Bill Gates

“Whatever you are…” Abraham Lincoln

“Whatever you are, be a good one.” Abraham Lincoln

“The person who gets the farthest…” Dale Carnegie

“The person who gets the farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The sure-thing boat never gets far from shore.” Dale Carnegie

“Nobody gets to live life…” Ann Landers

“Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.” Ann Landers

“Go for it now…” Wayne Dyer

“Go for it now. The future is promised to no one.” Wayne Dyer

“Where we have strong emotions…” Carl Sagan

“Where we have strong emotions, we’re liable to fool ourselves.” Carl Sagan

“I have often depended on…” Adrienne E. Gusoff

“I have often depended on the blindness of strangers.” Adrienne E. Gusoff

“No one who cannot rejoice…” Donald Foster

“No one who cannot rejoice in the discovery of his own mistakes deserves to be called a scholar.” Donald Foster

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than…” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

“Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (Sherlock Holmes) Valley of Fear

“Loving people live in a…” Wayne Dyer

“Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. But it’s the same world. How come?” Wayne Dyer

“Most human beings have an…” Aldous Huxley

“Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” Aldous Huxley

“All human situations have their…” Benjamin Franklin

“All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.” Benjamin Franklin

“All that is necessary for…” Edmund Burke

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of…” Anonymous

“Enjoy life. There’s plenty of time to be dead.” Anonymous

“You must learn from the…” Sam Levenson

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” Sam Levenson

“Real knowledge is to know…” Confucius

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.” Confucius

“The significance of man is…” Carl Becker

“The significance of man is that he is insignificant and is aware of it.” Carl Becker

“Any fool can criticize, condemn…” Dale Carnegie

“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” Dale Carnegie

“Trying to determine what is…” Ben Hecht

“Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.” Ben Hecht

“Only two things are infinite…” Albert Einstein

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” Albert Einstein

“The mind of a bigot…” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

“The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract.” Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

“The world is governed more…” Daniel Webster

“The world is governed more by appearances than realities, so that it is fully as necessary to seem to know something as to know it.” Daniel Webster

“It is even harder for…” H. L. Mencken

“It is even harder for the average ape to believe that he has descended from man.” H. L. Mencken

“Worry is a thin stream…” Anonymous

“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Anonymous

“I am an old man…” Mark Twain

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them have never happened.” Mark Twain

“Time is the coin of…” Carl Sandburg

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg

“Thou should’st eat to live…” Cicero

“Thou should’st eat to live; not live to eat.” Cicero

“Men of ill judgement…” Sophocles

“Men of ill judgement often ignore the good that lies within their hands.” Sophocles

“Man can climb…” George Bernard Shaw

“Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.”   George Bernard Shaw

“If you want to know…” Dorothy Parker

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” Dorothy Parker

“We don’t see things…” Anais Nin

“We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” Anais Nin

“There’s so much pollution…” Robert Orben

“There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.” Robert Orben

“The smaller the mind…” Aesop

“The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.” Aesop

“Man is the only animal…” William Hazlitt

“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps, for he is the only animal that is struck with the difference between what things are and what they ought to be.” William Hazlitt

“The truth does not change…” Flannery O’Connor

“The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” Flannery O’Connor

“There are many who…” Cyril Connolly

“There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.” Cyril Connolly

“Man is equally incapable…” Blaise Pascal

“Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges and the infinity in which he is engulfed.” Blaise Pascal

“Egotism is the anesthetic…” Frank Leahy

“Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” Frank Leahy

“If God did not exist…” Voltaire

“If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.” Voltaire

“He had discovered a great…” Mark Twain

“He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it – namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.” Mark Twain, in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

“What can you say about…” Irv Kupcinet

“What can you say about a society that says that God is dead and Elvis is alive?” Irv Kupcinet

“Never look down on…” Jesse Jackson

“Never look down on a person unless you are helping him up.” Jesse Jackson

“Even if you’re on the…” Will Rogers

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

“Happiness is not achieved…” Aldous Huxley

“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” Aldous Huxley

“When they discover the…” Bernard Bailey

“When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it.” Bernard Bailey

“The future depends on…” Mahatma Gandhi

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” Mahatma Gandhi

“We become what we…” Wayne Dyer

“We become what we think about all day long. The question is, what do you think about?” Wayne Dyer