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Addison Joseph (1672-1719. English essayist, poet, and dramatist)

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.

There is nothing that makes its way more directly to the soul than beauty.

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them.

Better to die ten thousand deaths than wound my honor.
    
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.

The fear of death often proves mortal, and sets people on methods to save their Lives, which infallibly destroy them.

That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?

There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady's head-dress.

A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.

Aeschylus (BC 525-BC 456. Greek dramatist)

When a match has equal partners then I fear not.

Memory is the mother of all wisdom.

The reward of suffering is experience.     

And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.     

It is easy when we are in prosperity to give advice to the afflicted.     

There is no sickness worse for me than words that to be kind must lie.

It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.

When a man's willing and eager the god's join in.

Death is softer by far than tyranny.     

When one is willing and eager, the Gods join in.

Allen James (1864-1912 British-born American essayist)

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.     

For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?     

Whether you be man or woman you will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results.     

Mind is the Master--power that molds and makes, and Man is Mind, and ever more he takes the Tool of Thought, and shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills--He thinks in secret and it comes to pass; Environment is but his looking-glass.

To put away aimlessness and weakness, and to begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment; who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.     

All that you accomplish or fail to accomplish with your life is the direct result of your thoughts.

Our life is what our thoughts make it. A man will find that as he alters his thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards him.     

Circumstances do not make the man, they reveal him.     

Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall one day be; your ideal is the prophecy of what you shall at last unveil.


Allen Woody (1935-?. American director, actor and comedian)

Sex alleviates tension. Love causes it.

I was nauseous and tingly all over. I was either in love or I had smallpox.

I don't believe in an after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

I'm not afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens.

Sex is the most fun you can have without laughing.

I think being funny is not anyone's first choice.

A relationship, I think, is like a shark, you know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.

Eighty percent of success is showing up.

Why does man kill? He kills for food. And not only food: frequently there must be a beverage.

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

Arnold Matthew (1822-1888. British poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools)

Protestantism has the method of Jesus with His secret too much left out of mind; Catholicism has His secret with His method too much left out of mind; neither has His unerring balance, His intuition, His sweet reasonableness. But both have hold of a great truth, and get from it a great power.

This strange disease of modern life, with its sick hurry, its divided aims.

With close-lipped Patience for our only friend, Sad Patience, too near neighbor to Despair.

The true meaning of religion is thus, not simply morality, but morality touched by emotion.

Resolve to be thyself: and know, that he who finds himself, loses his misery. - Arnold, Matthew

The working-class is now issuing from its hiding-place to assert an Englishman's heaven-born privilege of doing as he likes, and is beginning to perplex us by marching where it likes, meeting where it likes, bawling what it likes, breaking what it likes.

Our society distributes itself into Barbarians, Philistines and Populace; and America is just ourselves with the Barbarians quite left out, and the Populace nearly.
Bald as the bare mountain tops are bald, with a baldness full of grandeur.

If experience has established any one thing in this world, it has established this: that it is well for any great class and description of men in society to be able to say for itself what it wants, and not to have other classes, the so-called educated and intelligent classes, acting for it as its proctors, and supposed to understand its wants and to provide for them. A class of men may often itself not either fully understand its wants, or adequately express them; but it has a nearer interest and a more sure diligence in the matter than any of its proctors, and therefore a better chance of success.

Home of lost causes, and forsaken beliefs, and unpopular names, and impossible loyalties!


Auden W. H. (1907-1973. English-born poet and man of letters)

Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator, but among those whom I love, I can: all of them make me laugh.

Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society has to take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness; it is the one crime in which society has a direct interest.

To pray is to pay attention to something or someone other than oneself. Whenever a man so concentrates his attention -- on a landscape, a poem, a geometrical problem, an idol, or the True God -- that he completely forgets his own ego and desires, he is praying. The primary task of the schoolteacher is to teach children, in a secular context, the technique of prayer.

We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know.

A professor is one who talks in someone else's sleep.

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

Slavery is so intolerable a condition that the slave can hardly escape deluding himself into thinking that he is choosing to obey his master's commands when, in fact, he is obliged to. Most slaves of habit suffer from this delusion and so do some writers, enslaved by an all too ''personal'' style.

Like everything which is not the involuntary result of fleeting emotion but the creation of time and will, any marriage, happy or unhappy, is infinitely more interesting than any romance, however passionate.

Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our own table.

The ear tends to be lazy, craves the familiar and is shocked by the unexpected; the eye, on the other hand, tends to be impatient, craves the novel and is bored by repetition.


Austen Jane (1775-1817. English novelist)

An engaged woman is always more agreeable than a disengaged. She is satisfied with herself. Her cares are over, and she feels that she may exert all her powers of pleasing without suspicion. All is safe with a lady engaged; no harm can be done.

But there certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as there are of pretty woman to deserve them.

Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.

Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

Surprises are foolish things. The pleasure is not enhanced and the inconvenience is often considerable.

What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance.

In nine cases out of ten, a woman had better show more affection than she feels.

You mistake me, my dear. I have a high respect for your nerves. They are my old friends. I have heard you mention them with consideration these twenty years at least.

To look almost pretty is an acquisition of higher delight to a girl who has been looking plain for the first fifteen years of her life than a beauty from her cradle can ever receive.


Bacon Francis (1561-1626. British statesman and philosopher)

The best part of beauty is that which no picture can express.

Nakedness is uncomely, as well in mind as body, and it addeth no small reverence to men's manners and actions if they be not altogether open. Therefore set it down: That a habit of secrecy is both politic and moral.

Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.

The worst solitude is to have no real friendships.

I would live to study, and not study to live.

Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age, and old men's nurses.

There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying.

In every great time there is some one idea at work which is more powerful than any other, and which shapes the events of the time and determines their ultimate issues.

Some books are to be tasted; others to be swallowed; and some few to be chewed and digested.

It is natural to die as to be born.


Baldwin James (1924-1987. African-American novelist, short story writer and essayist)

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

The American ideal, after all, is that everyone should be as much alike as possible.

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now.

Be careful what you set your heart upon, for it will surely be yours.

When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.

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.

If you're treated a certain way you become a certain kind of person. If certain things are described to you as being real they're real for you whether they're real or not.

Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

We take our shape, it is true, within and against that cage of reality bequeathed us at our birth; and yet is precisely through our dependence on this reality that we are most endlessly betrayed.

People can cry much easier than they can change.


Balzac  Honore de (1799-1850. French novelist)

A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.

A mother who is really a mother is never free.

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.

Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.


Churchill Winston (1874-1965. British politician and prime minister of the United Kingdom)

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Any 20 year-old who isn't a liberal doesn't have a heart, and any 40 year-old who isn't a conservative doesn't have a brain.

I am ready to meet my maker, but whether my maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.

Socialism is like a dream. Sooner or later you wake up to reality.

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others.

I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.

Always remember, a cat looks down on man, a dog looks up to man, but a pig will look man right in the eye and see his equal.

When the eagles are silent the parrots begin to jabber.


Cicero Marcus Tulius (106-43 BC. Writer, politician and great roman orator)

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.

The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.

The wise are instructed by reason, average minds by experience, the stupid by necessity and the brute by instinct.

Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

A room without books is like a body without a soul.

A man of courage is also full of faith.

When you are aspiring to the highest place, it is honorable to reach the second or even the third rank.

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

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.

What sweetness is left in life, if you take away friendship? Robbing life of friendship is like robbing the world of the sun. A true friend is more to be esteemed than kinsfolk.


Disraeli Benjamin (1804-1881. British politician and author who was twice prime minister)

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth.

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.

We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.

The secret of success is consistency of purpose.

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.


Einstein Albert (1879-1955. German-Swiss-U.S. scientist)

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.

All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge.

If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.

Anyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.

The ideas that have lighted my way and, time after time, have given me new courage to face life cheerfully have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.