Friday, February 22, 2013

More Quotations from my Email signatures

“A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” ~  Herm Albright

A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him. ~ David Brink

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I realize that patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone. ~ Edith Cavell, nurse and humanitarian (1865-1915)

"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative.” ~ John Stuart Mill

Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. ~ Elbert Hubbard, author, editor, printer (1856-1915)

"You will find when you look back upon your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love." ~ Henry Drummond (1851-1897):

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance” ~ Derek Bok

"The one who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. Those who walk alone are likely to find themselves in places no one has ever been before." ~ Albert Einstein

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man’s oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

"The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity." ~ André Gide

“With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” ~ Steven Weinberg

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." ~ Groucho Marx

Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” ~ Ernest Hemmingway

“Change your opinions, keep to your principals. Change your leaves, keep intact your roots”. ~ Victor Hugo

"Educate and inform the whole mass of the people... They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too. ~ Marcus Aurelius

“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority.
The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority.
The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.” ~ A.A. Milne

“A quotation is a handy thing to have about, saving one the trouble of thinking for oneself.” ~ Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)

“My country right or wrong,” G.K. Chesterton once wrote, is on the same level as “My mother, drunk or sober.”

The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise. ~ Alden Nowlan, poet, novelist, and playwright (1933-1983)

“The public will believe anything, so long as it is not founded on truth”. ~ Dame Edith Sitwell

“I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it”. ~ Dame Edith Sitwell, English biographer, critic, novelist, & poet (1887 - 1964)

"When men can speak in liberty, you can bet they won’t act," ~ Charles Ingersoll to Alexis de Tocqueville

“A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living”. ~ Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

When our parents were first driven out of Paradise, Adam is believed to have said to Eve “My dear, we live in an age of transition" ~ W.R. Inge, Dean of St Paul’s.

Truth, like gold, is to be obtained not by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold. ~ Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910)

Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. ~ Mark Twain

"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good." ~ H. L. Mencken

This world is a comedy to those that think, a tragedy to those that feel. ~ Horace Walpole

The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well. ~ Horace Walpole

Flatter me, and I may not believe you. Criticize me, and I may not like you. Ignore me, and I may not forgive you. Encourage me, and I will not forget you. ~ William Arthur Ward, college administrator, writer (1921-1994)

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ~ John Wooden, 1910-2010, Basketball coach

The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team. ~ John Wooden 1910-2010 Basketball coach

We stand today at a crossroads: One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other leads to total extinction. Let us hope we have the wisdom to make the right choice. ~ Woody Allen


  1. and I ask myself: Why didn't I say that?
    the Ol'Buzzard

    1. As James Whistler said to Oscar Wilde, "You will, Oscar, You will."

  2. Love your new photo. Did you have a face lift or something? :-)

    Think one of my favorites was the last quote from that brilliant failure Woody Allen.

  3. I always appreciate the quotes you sport. You must do research to find them, do you? And you must have a database or a plain ol' list of them so you can rotate through. Maybe it's like changing from winter clothes to spring.

    1. People send me quotes; my brother Stan, my friend Bob are two faithfuls. I steal whenever I see one I like; the last one from Lyn Fenwick, some from Red Williams. Outlook allows one to build up a number of signatures and set defaults or click on one I want to use. I had about thirty signatures so it was time to thin them out.


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