My favorite quotations are provided simply to add a little perspective and maybe a little motivation to your day.


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An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that only exists as an idea.

— Buddha

He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.

— Heraclitus (c.540 - c.475 BC)

Whether you think you can or think you can't—you are right.

— Henry Ford

What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?

— Vincent Van Gogh

Man improves himself as he follows his path; if he stands still, waiting to improve before he makes a decision, he'll never move.

— Paulo Coelho

When the mighty chains of darkness had me on the ropes, everyone said quit now, that's when I found hope.

— Graham Parker

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Love, and do what you like.

— Saint Augustine

I like the dreams for the future better than the history of the past.

— Thomas Jefferson

Everything always works out for the best in the end. If it hasn't worked out, it's not the end.

— Anonymous

Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.

— Dale Carnegie

The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man's determination.

— Tommy Lasorda

If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.

— Yogi Berra

Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

— William Jennings Bryant

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.

— Thomas Edison

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.

— Winston Churchill

The race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running.

— Anonymous

Kindness is wisdom.

— Philip James Bailey

The true lover of knowledge naturally strives for truth, and is not content with common opinion, but soars with undimmed and unwearied passion till he grasps the essential nature of things.

— Plato

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end in life.

— Baruch Spinoza

Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.

— Auguste Rodin

Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and of true progress.

— Nicholas Murray Butler

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.

— John Quincy Adams

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.

— Albert von Szent-Gyorgyi

If we do not try, we will not know.

— Ayya Khema

It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

— Helen Walton

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to it.

— Jonathan Winters

Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

— Mahatma Gandhi

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

— George Bernard Shaw

Every man is the architect of his own fortune.

— Sallust

I'm an idealist. I don't know where I'm going but I'm on the way.

— Carl Sandburg

Our only security is our ability to change.

— John Lilly

Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?

— Thich Nhat Hanh

It ain't bragging if you can do it.

— Dizzy Dean

The wise man sets no high value on a thing simply because it is hard to get.

— Tao te Ching

Enlightenment, or true happiness, is not a transcendental state. It is a condition of broad wisdom, boundless energy, and good fortune, wherein we each shape our own destiny, find fulfillment in daily activities, and come to understand our ultimate purpose in life.

— Josei Toda

The fool who knows he is a fool is for that very reason wise. The fool who thinks himself wise is the greatest fool of all.

— Shakymuni

The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.

— Carl Jung

The marble not yet carved can hold the form of every thought the greatest artist ever has.

— Michelangelo

Every man is the architect of his own future.

— Gaius Crispus

The greatest glory in living lies not in ever falling, but in rising every time we fall.

— Nelson Mandela

If you are not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.

— Lou Whitaker

Live fully in every moment and you will come to every day without regrets.

— Dr. Carl Hammershlag

O for a muse of fire, that would ascend, the brightest heaven of invention.

— William Shakespeare

This is the art of courage: to see things as they are and still believe that the victory lies not with those who avoid the bad, but those who taste, in living awareness, every drop of the good.

— Victoria Lincoln

Give me some music; music, moody food of us that trade in love.

— William Shakespeare

The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village.

— Marshall McLuhan

There is nothing that cannot happen today.

— Mark Twain

Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.

— Albert Einstein

Do not fear mistakes. There are none.

— Miles Davis

I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.

— Hillel

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

— TS Eliot

Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.

— JC Watts

First thought, best thought.

— Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Do not look for the truth. Only cease to cherish opinions.

— Sengstan

The poetic and the veridical, the proven and the improvable, the heart and the brain like charged particles of opposing polarity exert their pulls in different directions. Where they are brought together the result is incandescence.

— Thomas Lewis

Knowing that anger makes me ugly, I smile instead. I return to myself and meditate on love.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Time present and time past are both perhaps present in time future; and time future contained in time past. If all time is eternally present, all time is unredeemable.

— TS Eliot

An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.

— Benjamin Disraeli

If in your mind it was possible to take a year's sabbatical from work to reassess your life, what would you do and where would you go?

— David Whyte

A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.

— George Bernard Shaw

Progress is the life-style of man.

— Victor Hugo

Change is one thing, progress is another. 'Change' is scientific; 'progress' is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

— Bertrand Russell

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction of being loved for yourself, or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.

— Victor Hugo

What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.

— Mary Pickford

And here I sit so patiently waiting to find out what price, you have to pay to get out of going through all these things twice.

— Bob Dylan

They got a name for the winners in the world; I want a name when I lose.

— Steely Dan (Donald Fagen & Walter Becker)

If you're going through hell, keep going!

— Winston Churchill

In every man's writings, the character of the writer must lie recorded.

— Thomas Carlyle

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away.

— Tommy Lasorda

If you meet the Buddha in the lane, feed him the ball.

— Phil Jackson

Be the change your wish to see in the world.

— Gandhi

Living on the road my friend, was going to keep you free and clean; Now you wear your skin like iron, your breath's as hard as kerosene.

— Townes Van Zandt

Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.

— Leroy Satchel Paige

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

— Collette

The heart, like the mind, has a memory. And in it are kept the most precious keepsakes.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

— Mark Twain

One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.

— Nietzsche

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.

— Henry Miller  

In the space between past and future, having and losing, knowing and not knowing, lies an opportunity for growth and revelation.

— Francesca Fremantle

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.

— GK Chesterton

Whatever you do or dream you can do — begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.

— Goethe

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

— Marcel Proust

Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you'll help them to become what they are capable of becoming.

— Goethe

Love what you do.

— George Hasslein, FAIA

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

Peace is more important than all justice; and peace was not made for the sake of justice, but justice for the sake of peace.

— Martin Luther

May you live in safety, be healthy, be happy, and live at ease.

— Buddhist Metta (Prayer)

We are not given any promises that, because of our noble intentions, everything will be okay. We learn that what truly heals is gratitude and tenderness. We [need] to transform our minds and actions for the sake of other people and for the future of the world.

— Pema Chodron

Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.

— Helen Keller

Memory is a child walking along the seashore. You never can tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.

— Pierce Harris

Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.

— John F. Kennedy

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that there was within me an invincible summer.

— Albert Camus

Be a light unto yourself, a refuge unto yourself.

— Buddha

Proceed as the path allows.

— Quaker proverb

One of the sweet and expectable aspects of life afloat is the perpetual present moment one lives in and a perception that time is nothing more than the current, an eternal flowing back to the sea.

— William Least Heat-Moon

Whatever you are, be a good one.

— Abraham Lincoln

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

— Albert Einstein

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.

— Ernest Hemingway

So within, without.

— Susan Shippey

In a world of noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline and peace. In such places love can blossom.

— Thomas Merton

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can blossom like a flower, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Faster, faster, faster ─ until the thrill of speed overcomes the fear of death.

— Hunter S. Thompson

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do, you apologize for the truth.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.

— Scott Adams

Life is what happens to you while you are making other plans.

— Sylvia Boorstein

Happiness often sneaks through a door you didn't know you left open.

— John Barrymore

As they say in Texas, The only thing in the middle of the road is a yellow line and a dead armadillo.

— Anonymous

I joked about every prominent man in my lifetime, but I never met one I didn't like.

— Will Rogers

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

— John Cleese

You have to do stuff that average people don't understand, because those are the only good things.

— Andy Warhol

There is no limit what a man can do or where he can go, if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.

— Robert Woodruff

Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

— Sir Laurence Olivier

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great an honorable courses with sure hope and trust in itself.

— Cicero

The beautiful is a phenomenon which is never apparent of itself, but which is reflected in a thousand different works of the creator.

— Goethe

The computer can't tell you the emotional story. It can give you the exact mathematical design, but what's missing are the eyebrows.

— Frank Zappa

If you find yourself angry at someone, try walking a mile in their shoes then you'll be a mile away from them, and you'll have their shoes.

— Anonymous

Things worthwhile generally just don't happen. Luck is a fact, but it should not be a factor. Good luck is what is left over after intelligence and efforts have combined at their best. Luck is the residue of design.

— Branch Rickey

This website is dedicated to the memory of my father, Jesse Warren Park, Jr. (1916-1997), a kind and gentle man with an unquenchable curiosity for the science of the mind, who taught me to always explore and share the world of new ideas.


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