This list of quotes is by no means exhaustive but contains a lot of wisdom
that I, with various degrees of success, endeavour to apply to my life.
There is no significance in their order.


When a trout rising to a fly gets hooked on a line and finds himself unable to swim about freely,
he begins with a fight which results in struggles and splashes and sometimes escape.
Often, of course, the situation is too tough for him.

In the same way the human being struggles with his environment and with the hooks that catch him.
Sometimes he masters his difficulties; sometimes they are too much for him.
His struggles are all the world sees and it naturally misunderstands them.

It is hard for a free fish to understand what is happening to a hooked one.
-- Karl Menniger


We are all angels, born with only one wing.
To truly fly we must embrace another.

- Luciano de Crescenzo

Your own safety is at stake when your neighbour's house is in flames.
- Horace

What is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

- Hemmingway

All sunshine makes a desert.
- Arabian Proverb

I have never been hurt by anything I didn't say.
- Calvin Coolidge.

The first pancake is always lumpy.
- Unknown

Use the talents you possess,
for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except the best.

- Henry Van Dyke.

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
- Bernard Berenson

Everyone thinks of changing the world,
but no one thinks of changing himself.

- Leo Tolstoy

There are very few monsters that warrant the fear we have of them.
- Andre Gide

How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.
- Annie Dillard

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead

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

- Albert Einstein

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It often shows an excellent command of language to say nothing.
- Karol Newlin

A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.
- Unknown

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
- Bertrand Russell

The highest reward for a man's toil
is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.

- John Ruskin

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
- Seneca

The greatest discovery of my generation is that
a human being can alter his life by altering his attltudes of mind.

- William James

If you are distressed by anything external,
the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it;
and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.

- Marcus Aurelius

I once complained to my father that
I didn't seem to be able to do things the same way other people did.
Dad's advice? "Margo, don't be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.

- Margo Kaufman

Freedom is the right to be wrong, not the right to do wrong.
- John G. Riefenbaker

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

You have to decide at the end of the day if you can live with yourself.
- Princess Anne

Do not condemn the judgment of another because it differs from your own.
You may both be wrong.

- Dandemis

The value of the average conversation could be enormously improved
by the constant use of four simple words: "I do not know."

- Andre Maurois

Dream as if you'll live forever.
Live as if you'll die today.

- James Dean

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

- Hugh Downs

You live longer once you realize that
any time spent being unhappy is wasted.

- Ruth E. Renkl

Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
- Gladys Browyn Stern

In three words I can sum up everything
I've learned about life: It goes on.

- Robert Frost

People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

Pain is inevitable.
Suffering is optional.

- Anonymous

If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make,
who would you call and what would you say?
And why are you waiting?

- Stephen Levine

He who angers you conquers you.
- Elizabeth Kenny

You will never find time for anything.
If you want time you must make it.

- Charles Buxton

The more I traveled, the more I realized that
fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.

- Shirley MacLaine

Beware of allowing a tactless word, a rebuttal, a rejection to obliterate the whole sky.
- Confucius

Little by little time goes by;
short if you sing, long if you sigh.

- Anonymous

Ask yourself this question:
“Will this matter a year from now?”

- Richard Carlson

No matter how thin you slice it there are always two sides.
- Unknown

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.

- H. Jackson Browne

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap,
but by the seeds you plant.

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Those who give you a serpent when you ask for a fish,
may have nothing but serpents to give.
It is then generosity on their part.

- Kahlil Gibran

You cannot judge any man beyond your knowledge of him,
and how small is your knowledge.

- Kahlil Gibran

If you break your neck, if you have nothing to eat,
if your house is on fire - then you got a problem.
Everything else is inconvenience.

- Robert Fulghum

Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.
- Christian Furchtegott Gellert

It is better to suffer wrong than to do it,
and happier to be sometimes cheated than not to trust.

- Samuel Johnson

One should count each day a separate life.
- Marcus Arelius

The funny thing about regret is that
it's better to regret something you have done
than to regret something you haven't.

- Gibby Hayes

They may forget what you said,
but they will never forget how you made them feel.

- Carl W. Buechner

Be the change that you want to see in the world.
- M. K. Gandhi

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy
you must have somebody to divide it with.

- Mark Twain

He who asks is a fool for five minutes,
but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.

- Chinese proverb

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

You will find that silence or very gentle words
are the most exquisite revenge for insult.

- Judge Hall

I shall allow no man to belittle my soul by making me hate him.
- Booker T. Washington

I have never met a man so ignorant
that I couldn't learn something from him.

- Galileo Galilei

When a friend is in trouble,
don't annoy him by asking if there is any thing you can do.
Think up something appropriate and do it.

- E. W. Howe

Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with.
His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine.

- Henry S. Haskins

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker.
Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy.
Speak your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the stigma of conformity.
And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.

- Thomas J. Watson

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.
- Grace Murray Hopper

You feel the way you do right now because of the thoughts you are thinking at this moment.
- David Burns

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

- Henry David Thoreau

You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.

- Evan Esar

I never saw an ugly thing in my life:
for let the form of an object be what it may - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

- John Constable

We are what we repeatedly do.
- Aristotle

Let tears flow of their own accord:
their flowing is not inconsistent with inward peace and harmony.

- Seneca

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

- James Lane Allen

I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection.
Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God's business.

- Michael J. Fox

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
- Confucius

Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.
- Robert J. Sawyer

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile,
a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

- Leo Buscaglia

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

- Dalai Lama

Why should I fear death?
If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not.
Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do?

- Epicurus

I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.
- Gandhi

God Himself, sir, does not propose to judge a man until his life is over.
Why should you and I?

- Samuel Johnson

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
- William Arthur Ward

Stress is an ignorant state.
It believes that everything is an emergency.
Nothing is that important.

- Natalie Goldberg

What people in the world think of you is really none of your business.
- Martha Graham

When you hate, the only one that suffers is you
because most of the people you hate don't know it and the rest don't care.

- Medgar Evans

Smile! It will please your friends and infuriate your enemies.
- Lee Kennedy.