Random Quotes

Sathya Sai Baba, fully Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Surrendering the fruit of action to the Lord is real sacrifice.

Paul Collier, fully Sir Paul Collier

Sachs? work suggested that being landlocked clipped around half a percentage point off the growth rate. The standard slick response to Jeff?s concerns was to point to Switzerland, Austria, or Luxembourg ? or, in Africa, to Botswana, for a long time the fastest-growing country in the world. It is true that being landlocked does not necessarily condemn a country either to poverty or to slow growth, but 38 percent of the people living in bottom-billion societies are in countries that are landlocked ? and, as you will see, it is overwhelmingly an African problem.

Joseph Addison

Allegories, when well chosen, are like so many tracks of light in a discourse, that make everything about them clear and beautiful.

Paulo Coelho

There are four obstacles. First: we are told from childhood onward that everything we want to do is impossible. The second obstacle: love. We know what we want to do, but are afraid of hurting those around us by abandoning everything in order to pursue our dream. The third obstacle: fear of the defeats we will meet on the path. The fourth obstacle: the fear of realizing the dream for which we fought all our lives.

Italian Proverbs

Like father, like son.

Anne Lamott

You celebrate what works and you take tender care of what doesn?t, with lotion, polish, and kindness.

Anandamayi Ma, fully Sri Anandamayi Ma, also Anandamayee Ma or Anandamoyi Ma

If you just place yourself under the protection of a Guru, then the path which is most suitable for you will by itself open up to you.

Sun Tzu or Sunzi

If we know that our own men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the enemy is not open to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory. If we know that the enemy is open to attack, but are unaware that our own men are not in a condition to attack, we have gone only halfway towards victory. If we know that the enemy is open to attack, and also know that our men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware that the nature of the ground makes fighting impracticable, we have still gone only halfway towards victory.

Mexican Proverbs

Hell must be in bad condition when even the devil stays out.

Swahili Proverbs

Along silence followed by mighty noise.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

She was aware that Clifford, in his youth, had possessed a cultivated taste for music, and a considerable degree of skill in its practice. It was difficult, however, to conceive of his retaining an accomplishment to which daily exercise is so essential, in the measure indicated by the sweet, airy, and delicate, though most melancholy strain, that now stole upon her ear. Nor was it less marvelous that the long-silent instrument should be capable of so much melody. Hepzibah involuntarily thought of the ghostly harmonies, prelusive of death in the family, which were attributed to the legendary Alice. But it was, perhaps, proof of the agency of other than spiritual fingers, that, after a few touches, the chords seemed to snap asunder with their own vibrations, and the music ceased.

Mikhail Gorbachev, fully Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev

Reagan was a statesman who, despite all disagreements that existed between our countries at the time, displayed foresight and determination to meet our proposals halfway and change our relations for the better, stop the nuclear race, start scrapping nuclear weapons, and arrange normal relations between our countries.

Frank Herbert, formally Franklin Patrick Herbert, Jr.

The Brain had begun its career in logics as a pragmatic atheist. Now doubts began to creep into its computations, and it classified doubt as an emotion.

Pablo Antonio Cuadra

Let us be clear: censorship is cowardice… It masks corruption. It is a school of torture: its teaches, and accustoms one to the use of force against an idea, to submit thought to an alien “other.” But worst still, censorship destroys criticism, which is the essential ingredient of culture.

Henri Poincaré, fully Jules Henri Poincaré

Hypotheses are what we lack the least.

Steven Levitt

The same thing happens if health care is distributed in a similar fashion: people consume more of it than if they were charged the sticker price. This means the worried well crowd out the truly sick, wait times increase for everyone, and a massive share of the costs go to the final months of elderly patients? lives, often without much real advantage.

Hosea Ballou

Duty itself is supreme delight when love is the inducement and labor. By such a principle the ignorant are enlightened, the hard-hearted softened, the disobedient reformed, and the faithful encouraged.

Louisa May Alcott

If you feel your value lies in being merely decorative, I fear that someday you might find yourself believing that?s all that you really are. Time erodes all such beauty, but what it cannot diminish is the wonderful workings of your mind: Your humor, your kindness, and your moral courage. These are the things I cherish so in you. I so wish I could give my girls a more just world. But I know you?ll make it a better place.

George Sand, pen name for Amandine Lucte Aurore Dupin, Baronne Dudevant

Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.

Philip Larkin, fully Philip Arthur Larkin

It's funny: one starts off thinking one is shrinkingly sensitive and intelligent and always one down and all the rest of it: then at thirty one finds one is a great clumping brute, incapable of appreciating anything finer than a kiss or a kick, roaring our one's hypocrisies at the top of one's voice, thick skinned as a rhino. At least I do.

Ovid, formally Publius Ovidius Naso

What is without periods of rest will not endure.

English Proverbs

Much ado about nothing.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Two watches to observe without choice, to see yourself as you are without any movement of desire or change, which is an extremely arduous thing to do.

Octavio Paz, born Octavio Paz Lozano

Only now have I understood that there was a secret relationship between what I have called my expulsion from the present and the writing of poetry. Poetry is in love with the instant and seeks to relive it in the poem, thus separating it from sequential time and turning it into a fixed present. But at that time I wrote without wondering why I was doing it. I was searching for the gateway to the present: I wanted to belong to my time and to my century. A little later this obsession became a fixed idea: I wanted to be a modern poet. My search for modernity had begun.

Scottish Proverbs

He's fond o barter that niffers wi Auld Nick.