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Laughter

"...laughter is the sole excess that is wholesome."
"Lady, when you lose your power to laugh, you lose your power to think straight."
"The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed."
  • Sebastien-Roch Nicholas Chamfort, French writer (1741 - 1794).

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Leadership

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"The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been."
  • Alan Ashely-Pitt
"Square your shoulders to the world, be not the kind to quit.  It's not the load the breaks you, it's  the way you carry it."
  • Source Unknown
"From time to time, life as a leader can look hopeless.  After taking a hard look in the mirror at your leadership, you may be overwhelmed by the focus on what's needed.  To help you, consider a man who lived through this:
  • Failed in business in '31
  • Defeated for legislature in '32
  • Again failed in business in '34
  • Sweetheart died in '35
  • Had a nervous breakdown in '36
  • Defeated in election in '38
  • Defeated for congress in '43
  • Defeated for Congress in '46
  • Defeated for Congress in '48
  • Defeated for Senate in '55
  • Defeated for Vice-President in '56
  • Defeated for Senate in '58
  • Elected President in '60

This man was Abraham Lincoln."

"He has half the deed done, who has made a beginning."
  • Horace (65- 8 BC)
"Small is the number of them that see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts."
  • Albert Einstein
"Any man of achievement does more things than are necessary, and he keeps doing them."
  • Charles J. Hruska, Jr.
"Throughout the centuries, there where men who took their first step down new roads armed with nothing but their own vision."
  • Ayn Rand
"The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.  The sure-thing boat never gets far from the shore."
  • Dale Carnegie
"Example is not the main thing in influencing others.  It is the only thing."
  • Albert Schweitzer
"A radical is a man with both feet planted firmly in the air."
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
"Give me a lever long enough, a place to stand, and I shall move the world."
  • Archimedes
"Give to us clear vision that we may that we may know where to stand and what to stand for — because unless we stand for something, we shall fall for anything."
  • Peter Marshall, Senate chaplain (18 April 1947).
"One man with courage makes a majority."
  • Andrew Jackson
"The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it."
  • Theodore Roosevelt
"There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader."
  • Alexandre Ledru-Rollin, one of the leaders of the February Revolution of 1848 in France

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Lies

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"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies, and statistics."
  • Benjamin Disraeli, English Prime Minister and novelist (1804 - 1881).
"I don't want to tell you any half-truths unless they're completely accurate."
  • Dennis Rappaport, boxing manager, explaining his silence regarding boxer Thomas Hearns.

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Life

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"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about its width and depth."
  • Shira Tehrani
"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives."
  • Jackie Robinson
"We learn the rope of life by untying its knots."
  • Jean Toomer, Definitions and Aphorisms (1931).
"All life is an experiment."
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Former US Supreme Court Justice (1919).
"Life is a romantic business. It is painting a picture, not doing a sum."
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., letter to Oswald Ryan (5 June 1911).
"Life can only be understood backward but it must be lived forward."
  • Kirkgaard
"Life is like an overlong drama through which we sit being nagged by the vague memories of having read the reviews."
"Life is what happens to you when you're making other plans."
  • John Lennon
"Most people have a full measure of life; and most people just watch it slowly drip away. But if you can summon it all up at one time, in one place, you can accomplish something glorious."
  • Juan Sanches Villa-Lobos Ramirez
"A hundred times a day I remind myself that my life depends on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give, in the measure as I have received, and and still receiving."
  • Albert Einstein

"Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? Is it because we're not the person involved?"

  • Mark Twain
"Life is too important to be taken seriously."
  • Oscar Wilde
"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another — it's the same damn thing over and over."
  • Edna St. Vincent Millay
"I am what I chose to be. I have always been what I have chosen, though not always what I've pleased." 
  • Miles Naismith, Memory
"Dream as if you'll live forever, live as if you'll die today."
  • James Dean
"I hope life isn't one big joke, because I don't get it."
  • Jack Handy, Deep Thoughts
"Life's a forge, I say!  Face the pounding; don't fear the proving; and you'll stand well against any hammer and anvil!"
"Life may have no meaning. Or even worse, it may have a meaning of which I disapprove."
  • Ashleigh Brilliant
"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."
  • Mark Twain
"Man is born to live, not to prepare for life."
  • Boris Pasternak (1890 - 1960)
"You don't get to choose how you're going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you're going to live. Now."
  • Joan Baez, American singer
"One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon — instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today."
  • Dale Carnegie (1888 - 1955).

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Logic

"If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail."
  • Abraham Maslow
"God gave us a penis and a brain, but not enough blood to use both at the same time."
  • Robin Williams
"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs."
  • Henry Ford
"When you have eliminated the impossible, that which remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
"Contrariwise," continued Tweedledee, "if it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic."
"Well, for those who like that sort of thing I should think that it is just about the sort of thing they would like."
  • Abraham Lincoln, former U.S. President
"I am not a vegetarian because I love animals; I am a vegetarian because I hate plants."
  • A. Whitney Brown

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Love

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"To love is to admire with the heart; to admire is to love with the mind."
  • Theophile Gautier
"The joy of late love is like green firewood when set aflame, for the longer the wait in lighting, the greater heat it yields and the longer its force lasts."
"If love was mathematical, you'd understand the sum to the heart's equation: where one and one makes one ... and lonely equals me minus you."
  • Anonymous
"Love is like lightning: no one knows where it will strike until it has struck."
  • Henri Lacordaire
"The salvation of man is through love and in love."
  • Victor E. Frankl
"Love is not consolation.  It is light."
  • Nietzche
"Hatred is love without all the facts."
  • Richard Bach
"The three ingredients of a successful union between two.. .humor, commitment & undying love."
  • Bill Cosby
"Ah — love — the walks over soft grass, the smiles over candlelight, the fights over just about everything else...."
  • Max Headroom (Matt Frewer), Max Headroom
"We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it."
  • John Lennon

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Luck

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There's some luck involved in getting exactly what you want.

"You know, Hobbes, sometimes even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help."
"I wasn't lucky.  I deserved it!"
  • Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of England.
"Why my luck is no greater than yours or any man's.  You need only sharpen your eyes to see your luck when it comes, and sharpen your wits to see what falls into your hands."
"I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?"

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