Quotation Saturday

Mamacita says:  Welcome back to Quotation Saturday, where I post the words of those who “say it” far better than I can.

1.  Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportioned to my skill to deal with it.  Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better.  –Mark Van Doren

2.  The strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.  –George Eliot

3.  A bad manner spoils everything, even reason and justice; a good one supplies everything, gilds a “No,” sweetens truth, and adds a touch of beauty to old age itself.  –Baltasar Gracian

4.  The main part of intellectual education is not the acquisition of facts but learning how to make facts live.  –Oliver Wendell Holmes

5.  He who receives a benefit should never forget it; he who bestrows should never remember it.  –Pierre Charron

6.  Wholes are made of parts – and every part of a good organization has a vital function.  –Robert L. DeBruyn

7.  The basic test of freedom is perhaps less in what we are free to do than in what we are free not to do.  –Eric Hoffer

8.  Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.  –Christopher Fry

9.  People everywhere enjoy believing things that they know are not true.  It spares them the ordeal of thinking for themselves and taking responsibility for what they know.  –Brooks Atkinson

10.  If you think about what you ought to do for other people, your character will take care of itself.  –Woodrow Wilson

11.  You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.  –Frank Crane

12.  If you avoid duty, you avoid action.  The world demands results.  –George W. Goethals

13.  The mind is a strange machine which can combine the materials offered to it in the most astonishing way.  –Bertrand Russell

14.  Outward appearance, be it fine or poor, speaks long before our first word.  –Anonymous

15.  Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.  –Robert Ingersoll

16.  Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.  –Henry Ford

17.  Words use us as much as we use words.  –Laurence J. Peter

18.  Native ability without education is like a tree without fruit.  –Aristippus

19.  The man who, in a fit of melancholy, kills himself today, would have wished to live had he waited a week.  –Voltaire

20.  Each excellent thing, once learned, serves for a measure of all other knowledge.  –Sir P. Sidney

21.  What you want to be eventually, that you must be every day; and by and by the quality of your deeds will get down into your soul.  –Frank Crane

22.  Make use of time; let not advantage slip.  –Shakespeare

23.  Excellence is not an act, but a habit.  –Aristotle

24.  That is the happiest conversation where there is no competition, no vanity, but a calm quiet interchange of sentiments.  –Samuel Johnson

25.  Where fear is, happiness is not.  –Seneca

26.  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  –Emerson

27. Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.  –George Washington Carver

28.  What is a cynic?  A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.  –Oscar Wilde

29.  Do not be afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.  –Chinese proverb

30.  The best things and best people rise out of their separateness. . . . –Robert Frost

31.  Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.  –William Butler Yeats

32.  Leadership is action, not position.  –Donald McGannon

33.  Joint undertakings stand a better chance when they benefit both sides.  –Euripides

34.  The man who can own up to his error is greater than he who merely knows how to avoid making it.  –Cardinal De Retz

35.  Progress is a nice word.  But change is its motivator, and change has its enemies.  –JFK

37.  Don’t expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong.  –Calvin Coolidge

38.  No man can have society upon his own terms.  If he seeks it, he must serve it, too.  –Emerson

39.  Time is a file that wears and makes no noise.  –English proverb

40.  The means prepare the end, and the end is what the means have made it.  –John Morley

41.  Making terms with reality, with things as they are, is full-time business for the child.  –Milton R. Sapirstein

42.  The schools of the country are its future in miniature.  –Tehyi Hsieh

43.  The very essence of all power to influence lies in getting the other person to participate.  –Harry A. Overstreet

44.  It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.  –Charles Dudley Warner

45.  Advice is not disliked because it is advice, but because so few people know how to give it.  –Leigh Hunt

46.  Civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof.  –JFK

47.  It isn’t that they can’t see the solution.  It is that they can’t see the problem.  –G.K. Chesterton

48.  Authority is no stronger than the man who wields it.  –Dolores E. McGuire

49.  All children wear the sign:  “I want to be important NOW.”  Many of our juvenile delinquency problems arise because nobody reads the sign.  –Dan Pursuit

50.  The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing in the right place but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.  –Lady Dorothy Nevill

See what I mean?  Other people know how to SAY IT.  If anybody ever quoted me, I would probably dissolve in a puddle of happiness.


Quotation Saturday — 4 Comments

  1. A quote I know you will appreciate: “My mom gave me this 9 mil for my 13th birthday. Yeah… I’ll never forget what she wrote on the card, ‘Jesus loves winners’. That’s why no matter what I do, I aim to win.”

    I know it isn’t serious but we all need some Drop Dead Gorgeous in our lives. =)

  2. A quote I know you will appreciate: “My mom gave me this 9 mil for my 13th birthday. Yeah… I’ll never forget what she wrote on the card, ‘Jesus loves winners’. That’s why no matter what I do, I aim to win.”

    I know it isn’t serious but we all need some Drop Dead Gorgeous in our lives. =)

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