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Mankind

"The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism."
  • Norman Vincent Beale
"We know that man(kind) was created, not with an instinct for his own degradation, but imbued with the desire and the power for improvement to which, perchance, there may be no limit short of perfection even here in this life upon earth."
  • Andrew Carnegie
"When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion."
  • Dale Carnegie
"The man is only half himself — the other half is his expression."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."
  • William Faulkner, Nobel Prize acceptance speech, Stockholm, Sweden (December 10, 1950).
"I was reading about how countless species are being pushed toward extinction by man's destruction of forests... Sometimes I think that the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us."
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. That is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
  • Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's Calendar
"Man is the only animal that blushes.  Or needs to."
  • Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar
"I hate mankind, for I consider myself one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am."
  • Samuel Johnson
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the glory of God within us.  It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."
  • Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech.
"Such is the nature of men, that howsoever they may acknowledge many others to be more witty, or more eloquent, or more learned; yet they will hardly believe there be many so wise as themselves."
  • Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679), from Leviathan, pt. 1, ch. 13 (1651).
"Sometimes I think we're alone in the universe.  Sometimes I think we're not.  In both cases the thought is equally shocking."
  • Arthur C. Clarke, science-fiction author.
"I am a man: nothing human is alien to me."
  • Publius Terentius Afer, The Self-Tormenter
"Why does man kill? He kills for food. But, often times there must also be a beverage involved."
  • Woody Allen

 

"Other men live to eat, while I eat to live."
  • Socrates
"The human animal differs from the lesser primates in his passion for lists of 'Ten Best'."
  • H. Allen Smith
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation."
  • Henry David Thoreau
"There is not a more mean, stupid, dastardly, pitiless, selfish, spiteful, envious, ungrateful animal than the public."
  • William Carew Hazlitt, Table Talk
"Adults are obsolete children."
  • Theodore Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss
"Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion and knowledge."
  • Plato, Philosopher

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Marriage

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"Like many other men, I felt that marriage was like going to a restaurant.  You ordered what you wanted, but when you looked over at the guy next to you, you wish you had ordered that instead."
  • Leslie Nielsen in Clarence Darrow - A One Man Show

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Math

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"Half this game is ninety percent mental."
  • Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Danny Ozark
"By the time they had diminished from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect Hungry."
"Omnia apud me mathematica fiunt." (With me everything turns into mathematics.)
  • Rene Descartes
"Do not worry about your troubles in mathematics.  I can assure you that mine are still greater."
  • Albert Einstein

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Memories

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"You can close your eyes to reality but not to memories."
  • Stanislaw J. Lem
"We all carry snapshots of our loved ones in the wallet of our mind's eye.  Grandparents, long lost, are bright-eyed and strong.  Parents are wise and caring, children smiling and maybe slightly mischievous.  We do not see — we do not allow ourselves to dwell on — their frailties and flaws."
"If you will want to remember me, then I will live forever"
  • Homer
"A slip of the Foot you may soon recover, But a slip of the Tongue you may never get over."
"Better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad." 
  • Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894)

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Men

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"If a man is standing in the middle of a forest, and he says something, and there's no woman around to hear him, is he still wrong?"
  • Andrew Blendermann
"God gave us a penis and a brain, but not enough blood to use both at the same time."
  • Robin Williams

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Money

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"When a banker jumps out of a window, jump after him — that's where the money is."
  • Robespierre
"A billion here, a billion there... sooner or later it adds up to real money."
  • Everett Dirksen
"Money is like an arm or a leg — use it or lose it."
  • Henry Ford, Interview (8 November 1931)

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Morality

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"Morality is not an imposition removed from life and reason; it is a compendium of the minimum of sacrifices necessary for man to live in company with other men, without suffering too much or causing others to suffer."
  • Gina Lombroso, The Tragedies of Progress (1931).
"We are as near to heaven by sea as by land."
  • Sir Humphrey Gilbert, before his death at sea (1583)

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Motivation

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"Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones."
  • Charles Caleb Colton, English cleric, sportsman, and wine merchant (c. 1780 - 1832).
"Only positive consequences encourage good future performances."
"Motivation will almost always beat mere talent."
  • Norman R. Augustine, President Martin Marietta Corp. (1987).
"The difference between the possible and the impossible lies in a person's determination."
  • Tommy Lasorda
"Ability may get you to the top. but it take character to keep you there."
  • John Wooden
"We know how rough the road will be, how heavy here the load will be, we know about the barricades that wait along the track, but we have set our soul ahead upon a certain goal ahead and nothing left from hell to sky shall ever turn us back."
  • Vince Lombardi
"The expectations of life depend upon diligence;  the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools."
  • Confucius, Chinese philosopher and teacher (c. 551 - c. 479 BC).
"I have not yet begun to fight."
  • John Paul Jones, battle at sea (September 1779).
"The man who wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee."
  • H. E. Jansen
"Here's motivation for you not to puke: I didn't keep the toilet seat too clean."
  • Randy Yu
"(John Glenn's return to space) has probably done more for the senior citizens in this country than Viagra."
  • Gene Cernan, former Apollo astronaut and last man on the moon.
"To those of you who received honors, awards and distinctions, I say, well done. And to the C students, I say, you too can be president of the United States."
  • President George W. Bush to Yale's graduates (21 May 2001).

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News

"When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news."
  • John B. Bogart
"The one function that TV news performs very well is that, when there is no news, we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were."
  • David Brinkley, American TV journalist

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Opportunity

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"... the only way to have is to give, the only way to keep is to share and the only thing worth finding is opportunity."
"There is no security on Earth, there is only opportunity."
  • Douglas MacArthur (1955)
"If you see a bandwagon, it's too late."
  • Sir James Goldsmith
"Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them."
  • Ann Landers (1979)
"If opportunity knocks, answer the door."
  • M. Arbour
"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
  • Milton Berle
"Send SOS, it's the new call, and it may be your last chance to use it."
  • Harold Bride, Marconi Telegraph Operator, RMS Titanic
"Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time."
  • Longfellow, "A Psalm of Life"
"In every enterprise consider where you would come out."
  • Publilius Syrus, Roman writer (c. 42 BC)
"You're only young once, but you can be immature forever."
  • Larry Andersen

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The Optimist

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"Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities - always see them, for they're always there."
  • Norman Vincent Peale
"Keep your face to the sunshine and you can not see the shadows."
  • Helen Keller
"Contrary to the cliché, genuinely nice guys most often finish first or very near it."
  • Malcolm S. Forbes

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