What are the best quotes you have ever come across?

What are the best quotes you have ever come across?

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We succeeded in taking that picture [of Earth from deep space], and, if you look at it, you see a dot.

That’s here. That’s home. That’s us.

On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every hopeful child, every mother and father, every inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every superstar, every supreme leader, every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there on a mote of dust, suspended in a sunbeam.

The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.  Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and in triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of the dot on scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner of the dot. How frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our  imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity — in all this vastness — there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.

It’s been said that astronomy is a humbling, and I might add, acharacter-building experience.  To my mind, there is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.
To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly and compassionately with one another and to preserve and cherish that pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.

Carl Sagan in reference to Earth as viewed from 4 billion miles away.


The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe.
We are like a little child entering a huge library.
The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues.
The child knows that someone must have written these books.
It does not know who or how.
It does not understand the languages in which they are written.
But the child notes a definite plan in the arrangement of the books 
– a mysterious order which it does not comprehend, but only dimly suspects. 

— Albert Einstein

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Life has no meaning.
Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life.
It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.

— Joseph Campbell

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Life isn’t about finding yourself.
Life is about creating yourself.

— George Bernard Shaw

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I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.

— Bill Cosby

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One day your whole life will flashback in front of your eyes just like a movie,
make sure it’s worth watching.

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Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. 
Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

— Rumi

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Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence
— Aristotle

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Climb mountains not so the world can see you,
but so you can see the world.

— George Bernard Shaw

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If wealth is the secret to happiness,
then the rich should be dancing on the streets…
But only poor kids do that.

If power ensures security,
then officials should walk unguarded…
But those who live simply, sleep soundly.

If beauty and fame bring ideal relationships,
then celebrities should have the best marriages…

So Live simply. Walk humbly. Love genuinely..!

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I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.

– Mark Twain

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A ship is always safe at the shore – but that is NOT what it is built for.

— Albert Einstein

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If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

— Bear Grylls

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The cure for boredom is curiosity.
There is no cure for curiosity.

–Ellen Parr

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That is what it is. We can’t change it.
We just have to decide how we’ll respond.
We cannot change the cards we are dealt,
just how we play the hand.

  — Randy Pausch

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Who controls the past, controls the future:
who controls the present,
controls the past  

  — George Orwell

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Responsibility to yourself means
refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you;
it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts;
hence, grappling with hard work.

Love your Job and you won’t have to work a single day!

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“The fundamental cause of trouble in the world is
that the stupid are cocksure
while the intelligent are full of doubt.”

    – Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

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“Only two things are infinite,
the universe and human stupidity,
and I’m not sure about the former.”

    – Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

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“You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid
the consequences of avoiding reality.”

    – Ayn Rand (1905-1982)

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“When one person suffers from a delusion it is called insanity;
when many people suffer from a delusion it is called religion.”

    – Robert Pirsig (1948-)

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“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who
has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect
has intended us to forgo their use.”

    – Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)

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“I sit on a man’s back choking him and making him carry me,
and yet assure myself and others that i am sorry for him
and wish to lighten his load by all means possible…
except by getting off his back.”

– Leo Tolstoy

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“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”

– Emma Goldman

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“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. “

– Edmund Burke

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“The full use of your powers along lines of excellence.” 

   – definition of  “happiness”
by John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

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 PS What’s the Baby Elephant Principle?

Basically it’s the idea that an elephant that is tied to a stake as it’s growing up will think that it can’t move even when it most definitely can. Want the full gist?

baby_elephantTo restrain a baby elephant, circus trainers must chain it to a huge stake driven into the ground. When the baby grows into an adult, however, it is many times smarter and stronger. What trainers must then drive into the ground is just a tiny tent peg.

The baby had tried everything to break free. It had strained with all its might, pulling in every conceivable way, hour after hour, day after day. The huge stake refused to budge. So, rather than mindlessly keep trying to do the impossible, it did what at the time was the intelligent thing: it gave up trying.

The baby grew into a powerful beast. Convinced by bitter experience that whenever it is tethered there is no point trying to resist, it never bothered to determine whether anything had changed. So it suffers indignities, even though, if only it could grasp the fact, it could easily rip up the peg and trample those who sought to dominate it.


As an adult, it finds itself bound not by a stake but by a powerful psychological force.

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Please submit your favorite quote to this collection.



    Let me guess intensive care just don’t tell the opposition how hospitals can heal wholistic union for love of life.

  2. Han says

    I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures. – Lao Tzu

    Man is born free and is everywhere in chains. – Rousseau

    The intelligent want self-control; children want candy – Mevlana Rumi

    We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see. – Taoist Proverb

    We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves. – George M. Adams

    Weak eyes are fondest of glittering objects. – Thomas Carlyle

    Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them. – Ogden Nash

    Immature love says: ‘I love you because I need you.’
    Mature love says: ‘I need you because I love you.’ – Erich Fromm

    Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde

    There are different kinds of love, but they all have one goal: Possession. – Pablo Picasso

    Life is so very difficult. How can we be anything but kind. – The Buddha

    While seeking revenge, dig two graves – one for yourself. – Doug Horton

    Do not deceive others, because the people who can get fooled are those who believe in you. – author unknown

    When your inner world comes into order, your outer world will come into order. – I Ching

    Governments never learn. Only people learn. – Milton Friedman

    Life is a balance of holding on and letting go. – Rumi

    In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go? – Gautama Buddha

    If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer

    The church is near but the road is icy; the tavern is far but I will walk carefully. – Russian proverb

    If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished? – Rumi

    A petty thief is put in jail. A great brigand becomes a ruler of a Nation. – Zhuangzi

  3. Han says

    I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question. – Harun Yahya

    Love truth, but pardon error. – Voltaire

    Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves – or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth. – Ayn Rand

    “Only when the last tree has died.
    and the last river been poisoned.
    and the last fish been caught.
    will we realize we cannot eat money”.
    – Cree Indian Proverb

    Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. – Oscar Wilde

    If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good. – Ajahn Chah

  4. Joseph says

    No nation ought to pas it’s entrance examination into civilization so long as it has a itch for war or possess slums. Field Marshall Lord Wavell

  5. Prince Igor Dragoon says

    A blessed region
    A celestial season
    A realm where magic rules
    And outlaws reason
    Not really a quote but from Coleridge’s poem “A Man from Porlock”

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