Monday, May 4, 2009

I Love Quotes

In no particular order, and definitely not a comprehensive list:
(sorry it's so long - take it in small doses if necessary)

A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. After all, you find out the strength of the German army by fighting against it, not by giving in. You find out the strength of a wind by trying to walk against it, not by lying down. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who never yielded to temptation, is also the only man who knows to the full what temptation means - the only complete realist.
- C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
- George Santayana
(who also said, "Those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it." That was hanging on my 7th grade history teacher's wall and I've never forgotten it.)

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
- Martha Washington

When you have got an elephant by the hind leg and he is trying to run away, it's best to let him run.
- Abraham Lincoln

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
- Robert Frost

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
- Cicero

I expect to pass through this world but once, any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
- Ettiene de Grellet

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- The Dalai Lama

There is no duty more obligatory than the repayment of kindness.

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
-Benjamin Franklin

Do all the good you can, by all the mans you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.
- John Wesley

Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.
-William James

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
-Winston Churchill

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
-William James

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.
-Abraham Lincoln
(can you tell I really like him?)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
- Mahatma Gandhi

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak, courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
- Winston Churchill

We must be willing to get rid of the life we planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.
-Joseph Campbell

People do not like to think. If one thinks, one must reach conclusions. Conclusions are not always pleasant.
- Helen Keller

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
- Henry David Thoreau

Anyone who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.
- Charles Darwin

To sit back hoping that someday, someway, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the crocodile, hoping he will eat you last - but eat you he will.
- Ronald Reagan

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e e cummings

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
- Helen Keller

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.
- Kay Yow

If you are going to walk on thin ice, you might as well dance.

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
- Will Rogers

Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.
- Will Rogers

We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.
- Maxwell Maltz

Blame no one. Expect nothing. Do something.
- unknown

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
- Helen Keller

Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
- Benjamin Franklin

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.
- Thomas Edison

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.
- Morrie Schwartz

I think all of these have been featured on my "quote of the week" wall at work. Unfortunately I don't really change it every week so it's really a quote of the month... or longer. Oops.


Genevieve Beck said...

Love this list. I think your blog will become a new resource for me now. :)

faith said...

some very good ones. thanks for sharing.