Baltasar Gracian

True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.

Pope Paul VI

All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today.

Samuel Ullman

Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.

Zayn Malik

There comes a day when you realize turning the page is the best feeling in the world, because you realize there is so much more to the book than the page you were stuck on.

Les Brown

Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.

George S. Patton

“\The test of success is not what you do when you are on top. Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.

Bob Marley

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.

Bruce Lee

If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of.

C. S. Lewis

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

Robert Brault

Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.

Khalil Gibran

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.

William S. Burroughs

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


Life is 5% what happens to you and 95% how you react to it.

Tupac Shakur

I want to grow. I want to be better. You Grow. We all grow. We're made to grow.You either evolve or you disappear.

Dale Carnegie

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving.

Lawrence J. Peter

Speak when you're angry, and you'll make the best speech you'll ever regret.

James Leo Herlihy

Be yourself. No one can ever tell you you're doing it wrong.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

Mother Teresa

We can cure physical diesases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.

Greg Anderson

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.

Soren Kierkegaard

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe in what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

Edgar Watson Howe

If 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.

Charles M. Schultz

Just remember, when you're over the hill, you pick up speed.

Rita Mae Brown

Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.


Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

Jon Blais

The meaning of life is to live life.

Jim Rohn

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Saint Teresa of Avila

Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.

David Sedaris

I haven't the slightest idea how to change people, but I still keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.

Margaret Mitchell

Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect.

Wayne Dyer

Self-worth comes from one thing – thinking that you are worthy.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

Melody Beattie

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.

Samuel Butler

Life is like playing a violin in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.

Jim Morrison

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

Eckhart Tolle

Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry — all forms of fear — are cause by too much future, and not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Eleanor Roosevelt

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die.

Leo Tolstoy

If you make it a habit not to blame others, you will feel the growth of the ability to love in your soul, and you will see the growth of goodness in your life

Margaret Lee Runbeck

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

Andy Warhol

They always say that times changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.

Jeff Taylor

The beaten path is the safest, but the traffic's terrible.

Johnny Depp


Oscar Wilde

Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong.

Bertrand Russell

One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

George Bernard Shaw

.A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

Bertrand Russell

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.


Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.

Mark Twain

1. A recipe for contentment

"Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life."

2. True wisdom

"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."

3. Reading habits

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them."

4. Success

"To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence."

5. Bravery

 "It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare."

6. Procrastination

 "Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."

7. Progress

"Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen."

8. Risk-taking

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

9. Good editing

"A successful book is not made of what is in it, but what is left out of it."

10. Life

"Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."

(thank you, Sherry, for pointing these out to me!)


Man is free at the moment he wishes to be.

Bob Dylan

When you ain't got nothin', you got nothin' to lose.

William Ewart Gladstone

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.

Seth Godin

There aren’t shortcuts.

Merely direct paths.

Most people don’t take them, because they frighten us.

Things that look like shortcuts are usually detours disguised as less work.


The gap between where you are and where you want to be is called frustration. Frustration is eliminated by education and action.

Muhammad Ali

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Steve Jobs

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.

I think we're having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we're always trying to do better.

I want to put a ding in the universe.

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

It is piracy, not overt online music stores, which is our main competitor.

It took us three years to build the NeXT computer. If we'd given customers what they said they wanted, we'd have built a computer they'd have been happy with a year after we spoke to them - not something they'd want now.

Pretty much, Apple and Dell are the only ones in this industry making money. They make it by being Wal-Mart. We make it by innovation.

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

The people who are doing the work are the moving force behind the Macintosh. My job is to create a space for them, to clear out the rest of the organization and keep it at bay.

To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines.

You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.

Thomas Paine

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.

Julia Cameron

Each of us has an inner dream that we can unfold if we will just have the courage to admit what it is. And the faith to trust our own admission. The admitting is often very difficult.

Geneen Roth

"No act of love is ever wasted".


Manifest plainness
Embrace simplicity
Reduce selfishness 
Have few desires


What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.

Anwar al-Sadat

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.

Mahatma Gandhi

The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems.
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
All my actions have their rise in my inalienable love of mankind.
I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ.
Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
As long as you derive inner help and comfort from anything, keep it.
Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.
Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.

Dale Carnegie

One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon-instead of enjoying the roses blooming outside our windows today.

Nora Roberts

If you don't go after what you want, you'll never have it. If you don't ask, the answer is always no. If you don't step forward, you're always in the same place.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

Albert Einstein

‎Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another, but above all try something.

Sophia Loren

You have to be born a sex symbol. You don't become one. If you're born with it, you'll have it even when you're 100 years old.

G. K. Chesterton

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.

Deepak Chopra

The worst thing anyone can say about you contains some truth about them.

John F. Kennedy

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Robert Ringer

People say they love truth, but in reality they want to believe that which they love is true.

Mahatma Gandhi

Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Mae West

Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution.

William Feather

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

Ed Cunningham

"Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer."

Ralph Nader

Addiction should never be treated as a crime. It has to be treated as a health problem. We do not send alcoholics to jail in this country. Over 500,000 people are in our jails who are nonviolent drug users.

John Wooden

Nothing will work unless you do.

Mother Teresa

We can cure physical diesases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love.

Freya Stark

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

Mark Twain

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

Franklin Jones

Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.

Samuel Johnson

The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Janis Joplin

Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.

Jack Handey

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.

Sid Vicious

I'll die before I'm 25, and when I do I'll have lived the way I wanted to.

Robert Pirsig

The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.

Author Unknown

Every morning you are handed 24 golden hours. They are one of the few things in this world that you get free of charge. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn't buy an extra hour. What will you do with this priceless treasure?

Anwar al-Sadat

He who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality.

Basil Maturin

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

Orison Marden

Most of our obstacles would melt away if instead of cowering before them, we should make up our minds to walk boldly through them.

Henry Ward Beecher

Tears are often the telescope by which men see far into heaven.

Anne Lamott

Trying to reason with an addict was like trying to blow out a lightbulb.
--From Imperfect Birds: A Novel

Billy Wilder

Trust your own instinct. Your mistakes might as well be your own instead of someone else's.

Pearl S. Buck

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

Dr. Joyce Brothers

Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level.

A. J. Cronin

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.