Archived Quotes from January 2016

We need to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. ~~ Gen. Omar Bradley


 Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people. ~~ Garrison Keillor


 Our dilemma is that we hate change and love it at the same time; what we really want is for things to remain the same but get better. ~~ Sydney J. Harris


 I don't think the enemy is going to conquer America with atom bombs or missiles.  I think they are just going to buy America or steal America and sell it back to them. ~~ Bob Dylan


May you have the hindsight to know where you've been, the foresight to know where you're going and the insight to know when you're going too far. ~~ Traditional Irish Toast


He who tells a lie is not sensible how great a task he undertakes; for he must be forced to invent twenty more to maintain one. ~~ Alexander Pope


A time has come in our history when what is known has little connection with what is done. ~~ Jennifer Stone


Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ~~ Lao-Tse


The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind. ~~ A. E. Housman 


 A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding. ~~ Marshall McLuhan


One knows what one has lost, but not what one may find. ~~ George Sand [The Haunted Pool]


 Dance as if no one is watching
Love as you've never been loved
Sing as though no one is listening
Live as if heaven is on earth

 ~~ Irish Prayer


 I was raised to sense what someone wanted me to be and be that kind of person.  It took me a long time not to judge myself through someone else's eyes. ~~ Sally Field


 Politics will eventually be replaced by imagery.  The politician will be only too happy to abdicate in favor of his image, because the image will be much more powerful than he could ever be. ~~ Marshall McLuhan


Conduct [is] the ultimate test of the worth of a belief. ~~ Theodore Roosevelt 


 I can understand the things that afflict mankind, but I often marvel at those which console. ~~ Anne-Sophie Swetchine


 Be it true or false, what is said about men often has as much influence upon their lives, and especially upon their destinies, as what they do. ~~ Victor Hugo 


The anticipation of change is often more upsetting than change itself, and a bit more candor would make the future a little less frightening. ~~ Robert J. Samuelson


 Between believing a thing and thinking you KNOW is only a small step and quickly taken. ~~ Mark Twain


 When you feel in your gut what you are and then dynamically pursue it -- don't back down and don't give up -- then you're going to mystify a lot of folks. ~~ Bob Dylan


 People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of innocence long after that innocence is dead turns himself into a monster. ~~ James Baldwin


 The reliability of the person giving you the facts is as important as the facts themselves.  Keep in mind that facts are seldom facts, but what people think are facts, heavily tinged with assumptions. ~~ Harold Geneen


A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. ~~ H. L. Mencken


We don't know who we are until we see what we can do. ~~ Martha Grimes


 Would that there were an award for people who come to understand the concept of enough.  Good enough.  Successful enough.  Thin enough.  Rich enough.  Socially responsible enough.  When you have self-respect you have enough. ~~ Gail Sheehy


Mastery is not something that strikes in an instant, like a thunderbolt, but a gathering power that moves steadily through time, like weather. ~~ John Gardner


We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from our past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience. ~~ George Washington


The true definition of a snob is one who craves for what separates men rather than for what unites them. ~~ John Buchan


Memory is a complicated thing, a relative to truth, but not its twin. ~~ Barbara Kingsolver


It's in our biology to trust what we see with our eyes.  This makes living in a carefully edited, overproduced, and photoshopped world very dangerous. ~~ Brene Brown


Many people believe that cynicism requires courage.  Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice.  It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage--however often we are hurt as a result of it. ~~ Eric Jong