Random Quotes

Martial, full name Marcus Valarius Martialis

There is no glory in outstripping donkeys.

Henry Ward Beecher

Mirthfulness is in the mind, and you cannot get it out. It is the blessed spirit that God has sent in the mind to dust it, to enliven its dark places, and to drive asceticism, like a foul fiend, out at the back door. It is just as good in its placed as conscience or veneration. Praying can o more be made a substitute for smiling than smiling can for praying.

Yiddish Proverbs

The soldiers fight, and the kings are heroes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter; and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits, which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.

Harvey Mackay

Forget about those who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would most likely be worth it.

Robertson Davies

What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.

John Steinbeck

I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.

Saul Bellow

When one turns against himself, nor others and mean nothing to him.

Sivananda, formally Swami Sivananda Saraswati, born Kuppuswami

We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.

Alain de Botton

Getting to the top has an unfortunate tendency to persuade people that the system is OK after all.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Humility is the first of the virtues - for other people.

E. B. White, fully Elwyn Brooks White

Advertisers are the interpreters of our dreams ? Joseph interpreting for Pharaoh. Like the movies, they infect the routine futility of our days with purposeful adventure. Their weapons are our weaknesses: fear, ambition, illness, pride, selfishness, desire, ignorance. And these weapons must be kept as bright as a sword.

Eric Schmidt, fully Eric Emerson Schmidt

If you think about YouTube, YouTube is a 'searching the world's videos' problem, right? They all have to be there, but how do you find them? What I guess I'm trying to say is that search is still the killer app.

Book of Li, aka Book of Rites or Record of Rites or Classic Rites

Always in everything let there be reverence; with the deportment grave as when one is thinking (deeply), and with speech composed and definite. This will make the people tranquil. Pride should not be allowed to grow; the desires should not be indulged; the will should not be gratified to the full; pleasure should not be carried to excess.

Leslie T. Chang

[A] simple narrative equating Western demand and Chinese suffering is appealing ? but it's also inaccurate and disrespectful.

Fulton Sheen, fully Archbishop Fulton John Sheen

Love of God thus becomes the dominant passion of life; like every other worth-while love, it demands and inspires sacrifice. But love of God and man, as an ideal, has lately been replaced by the new ideal of tolerance which inspires no sacrifice. Why should any human being in the world be merely tolerated? What man has ever made a sacrifice in the name of tolerance? It leads men, instead, to express their own egotism in a book or a lecture that patronizes the downtrodden group. One of the cruelest things that can happen to a human being is to be tolerated. Never once did Our Lord say, “Tolerate your enemies!” But He did say, “Love your enemies; do good to them that hate you.” Such love can be achieved only if we deliberately curb our fallen nature’s animosities.

Francis Bacon

We cannot too often think, that there is a never sleeping eye that reads the heart, and registers our thoughts.

Thomas Moore

To lose a friend is to suffer the loss of worlds, and to be lacking in friendship altogether is to be cut off, in a deeply felt way, from a richly self-defining way of being in the world.

Simone de Beauvoir, fully Simone-Ernestine-Lucie-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir

What an odd thing a diary is: the things you omit are more important than those you put in.

Vance Havner

A soft and sheltered Christianity, afraid to be lean and lone, unwilling to face the storms and brave the heights, will end up fat and foul in the cages of conformity.

Mortimer J. Adler, fully Mortimer Jerome Adler

Looking back on my life since I left home, I count myself unusually fortunate that, during more than fifty years of earning a living, almost all the work I have elected to do has consisted of tasks that I would gladly have taken on even if I had had an independent income. If leisure work, as opposed to drudgery, comprises all those activities in which one would engage for reasons of intrinsic reward and without need of extrinsic compensation, then most of my paid employments have been largely leisure pursuits?. In between the extremes of subsistence work that is drudgery and leisure work for which one is paid, there lies a spectrum of occupations in which both aspects of work are found in varying degrees of admixture. My good fortune has been that I have had the opportunity to choose the occupations of my life so that they would be predominantly filled with leisure [pursuits].

Orison Swett Marden

It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well.

Shoghí Effendi, fully Shoghí Effendí Rabbání

Divine Truth is relative and that is why we are enjoined to constantly refer the seeker to the Word itself--and why any explanations we make to ease the journey of the soul of any individual must be based on the Word--and the Word alone.

William Shakespeare

The path is smooth that leadeth on to danger.

Olive Schreiner

We all enter the world little plastic beings, with so much natural force, perhaps, but for the rest ? blank; and the world tells us what we are to be, and shapes us by the ends it sets before us. To you it says ? Work; and to us it says ? Seem! To you it says ? As you approximate to man's highest ideal of God, as your arm is strong and your knowledge great, and the power to labor is with you, so you shall gain all that human heart desires. To us it says ? Strength shall not help you, nor knowledge, nor labor. You shall gain what men gain, but by other means. And so the world makes men and women.