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                    Quotations that I like (and I keep)


What are dreams for if they are not made to come true?
                                                 by a good old friend

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
                                                  Thomas Huxley

The longer you can look back, the further you can look forward.
                                                 Winston L.S. Churchill

If you think that you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito.
                                                 Anita Roddick

Knowing "why" (an idea) is more important than learning "what" (the fact).
                                                 James D. Watson

If you only do what you know you can do -- you never do very much.
                                                 Tom Krause

There is no such thing on Earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninteresting person.
                                                  G.K. Chesterton

Stressed is just desserts spelled backwards.
                                                 Brian Luke Seaward

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination.
                                                 Tommy Lasorda

He who knows others is wise. He who knows himself is enlightened.
                                                 Lao Tze (道德经)

A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age.
                                                 Robert Frost

You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by friends.
                                                 Joseph Conrad

All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
                                                 George Orwell

Knowledge is proud that he has learned so much; wisdom is humble that he knows no more.
                                                 William Cowper

You're never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you're never as bad as they say when you lose.
                                                 Lou Holtz

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
                                                 Charles A. Beard

Leadership means firmness, not harshness or bullying; understanding, not weakness; justice, not irresponsible freedom; humaneness, not intolerance; generosity, not selfishness; pride, not egotism.
                                                 Gen. Omar Bradley, US Army

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.
                                                 Henry Ford

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
                                                 Eleanor Roosevelt

If we did all the things we were capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.
                                                 Thomas Edison

In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.
                                                  Albert Einstein

I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.
                                                  Henry Ford

If A is success in life, then A equals X plus Y plus Z. Work is X, Y is play and Z is keeping your mouth shut.
                                                  Albert Einstein

"I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process." (being interviewed after invention of the light bulb, at the cost of 2000 experiments)
                                                 Thomas Edison

We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.
                                                 In Calvin & Hobbes

DESIDERATA

Go placid amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence

As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit

If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than youself

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans

Keep interested in your own careers, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery

But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism

Be yourself

Especially, do not feign affection

Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is perennial as the grass

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune

But do not distress youself with imaginings

Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be there

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace with your soul

With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world

Be careful

Strive to be happy......

(It took me 3 years from aged 16 to 18 to fully understand this...... and probably the rest of my human years to do it)