Quotes

“Great talkers are little doers.”
—Benjamin Franklin (& Dutch Proverb)

“Anger manages everything badly.”
—Publius Papinius Statius (Roman poet)

“Those who follow the crowd are quickly lost in it.”
—anonymous

“Persistent people begin their success where others end in failure.”
—Edward Eggleston, American historian and novelist

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
—Lao-Tzu, a philosopher and poet of ancient China (father of Taoism)

“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.”
—Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, known by his stage name Molière, a French playwright and actor

“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
—Socrates (sometimes incorrectly attributed to Plato)

“It would be an inconvenient rule if nothing could be done until everything can be done.”
—Winston Churchill

“Where one door shuts another opens.”
—Miguel de Cervantes

“There is a better way for everything. Find it.”
—Thomas Edison

“I praise loudly, I blame softly.”
—Catherine II (the Great) of Russia

“If people speak ill of you, live so that no one will believe them.”
—Plato, a philosopher and mathematician in Classical Greece, and the founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world

“Thank not those faithful who praise all your words and actions, but those who kindly reprove your faults.”
—Plato

“Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.”
—Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, dramatist, and in one work humorist.

“Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.”
—John Herschel, an English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, and experimental photographer, who also did valuable botanical work

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
—Aristotle

“There’s no disloyalty in honesty.”
—Mike Murphy

“May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.”
—Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Those who would bring great things to pass must rise early.”
—Matthew Henry, a Welsh-born or British Non-Conformist minister and author

Albert Einstein view on atheism. He said:
“I’m not an atheist and I don’t think I can call myself a pantheist. We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangements of the books, but doesn’t know what it is. That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even the most intelligent human being toward God.”

“Drop the question of what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that Fate allows you.”
—Quintus Horatius Flaccus, known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus

“Better to be despised for anxious apprehensions, than to be ruined by too confident a security.”
—Edmund Burke, Irish orator, philosopher, & politician

“The only people who never fail are those who never try.”
—Ilka Chase

“Debt is the worst poverty.”
—Thomas Fuller

“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.”
—Jonathan Kozol

“If you wish your merit to be known, acknowledge that of other people.”
—Oriental Proverb

“He that is taught by himself has a fool for a master.”
—Ben Johnson

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
—Henry Ford

“If is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”
—André Paul Guillaume Gide, a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1947

“The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love.”
—Hubert Humprey

“We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.”
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”
—Helen Keller

“To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.”
—Plutarch

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”
—Aristotle

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but if is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”
—Helen Keller

“The secret of life is not to do what you like, but to like what you do.”
—American Proverb

“Perish discretion when it interferes with duty.”
—Hannah More

“The defect of equality is that we only desire it with our superiors.”
—Henry Becque

“There is the greatest practical benefit in making a few failures early in life.”
—Thomas Henry Huxley

“Poverty is hard, but debt is horrible.”
—Charles H. Spurgeon

“It is easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it.”
—Benjamin Franklin

“The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is of all things most shameful and vile.”
—Plato

“He who finds pleasure in vice and pain in virtue, is still novice in both.”
—Chinese Proverb

“It’s no good saying one thing and thinking another.”
—Catherine Cookson

“It is wrong to sorrow without ceasing.”
—Homer

“No one chases evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness.”
—Mary Wellstonecraft

“The greatest remedy for anger is delay.”
—Lucius Anneaus Seneca

“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”
—Rodin

“Discretion in speech is more than eloquence.”
—Francis Bacon

“Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never and opportunity.”
—Kahlil Gibran

“It is not enough to have a good mind. The main thing is to use it well.”
—Rene Descartes

“It is better to be roughly right than precisely wrong.”
—John Maynard Keynes

“The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinions.”
—James Russell Lowell

“Too many cooks may spoil the broth, but it only takes one to burn it.”
—Julia Child

“We can have more or less success in our lives, but in the end, it all comes down to who we are as people. I don’t like false pretences. I choose to be open and treat everyone equally. It takes so little to be kind.”
—Novak Djokovic

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
—Winston Churchill

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
—Winston Churchill

“While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.”
—Gerald W. Grumet

“Las personas inteligentes son capaces de simplificar lo complejo; los tontos, en cambio, suelen complicar lo sencillo.”
—Gerald W. Grumet

“Taming the Bureaucrat”
Gerald W. Grumet, M.D. is a psychiatrist in Rochester, NY who found himself increasingly ensnarled in paperwork as the era of Managed Care began to take hold in the 1980’s. Minor bookkeeping chores which had previously taken minutes began to consume hours. While most physicians use professional billing clerks to interact with health insurers, Grumet put himself on the front lines, doing his own clerical chores in search for answers. His research led him to conclude that the central problem of bureaucracy is the rigid or obsessional personalities that form the functional core of advanced societies.

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
—Calvin Coolidge

“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.”
—Edward R. Murrow

“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are his delight” (Proverbs 12:22).

”Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”
—Carl Bard

“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.”
—Desiderius Erasmus

“The first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean, by humility, doubt of his own power….[But really] great men have a curious feeling that greatness is not in them, but through them…And they see something Divine in every other man…,and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.”
—John Ruskin, English Author

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”
—Marcus Tullius Cicero

“In a global economy, knowledge may be a company’s greatest competitive advantage.”
—Larry Prusak and Thomas Davenport, “Working Knowledge”