Thoughtful Quotes page 118
The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can't lick 'em, join 'em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else.Ursula Kroeber Le Guin
Life is like a flower. It can die and wilt at any time, but with a little tender love and care, it will bloom for what seems like forever.Elizabeth Sanders
When I open my eyes, I can only sigh, for what I see is contrary to my creed; and I must despise the world for not perceiving that music is a higher revelation than any wisdom or philosophy. It is the wine that inspires new creations, and I am the Bacchus, who presses out this wine for men, and makes them spiritually drunk; when they are sober they bring to shore all kinds of things which they have caught. God is nearer to me than to others. I approach him without fear, I have always known him. Neither am I anxious about my music, which no adverse fate can overtake, and which will free him who understands it from the misery which afflicts others.Ludwig von Beethoven
Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.General Omar Bradley
Those who wish to sing will always find a song.Celtic Proverb
People too weak to follow their own dreams Will always find a way to discourage yours.
Who indeed knows the secret of the earthly pilgrimage? Who knows for what we live, and struggle and die? Who knows what keeps us living and struggling, while all things break about us?Alan Paton – Cry, The Beloved Country
The ranks of the stars move in progression, the sun and the moon shine in turn, the four seasons succeed each other in good order, the yin and yang go through their great transformations, and the wind and the rain pass over the whole land. All things obtain what is congenial to them and come to life, receive what is nourishing to them and come to completion. One does not see this process taking place, but sees only the results. Thus it is called godlike. All men understand that the process has reached completion, but none understands the formless forces that bring it about.Xunzi (c. 296 -c. 236 B.C.)
The supreme gift you can give a friend is laughter, to be a fool is noble. But, do not confuse being a fool with being an idot.James Dean Baxter
Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.Madonna
The more things change, the more they stay the same. I’m not sure who the first person was who said that. Probably Shakespeare. Or maybe Sting. But at the moment, it’s the sentence that best explains my tragic flaw: my inability to change. I don’t think I’m alone in this. The more I get to know other people, the more I realize it’s kind of everyone’s flaw. Staying exactly the same as long as possible, standing perfectly still… It feels better somehow. And if you are suffering, at least the pain is familiar. Because if you took the leap of faith, went outside the box, did something unexpected… Who knows what other pain might be waiting out there. Chances are it could be even worse. So you maintain the status quo. Choose the road already traveled and it doesn’t seem that bad. Not as far as flaws go. You’re not killing anyone… Except maybe yourself a little. When we finally do chage, I don’t think it happens like an earthquake or an explosion, where all of a sudden we’re like this different person. I think it’s smaller than that. The kind of thing most people wouldn’t even notice unless they looked at us really, really close. Which, thank God, they never do. But you notice it. Inside you that change feels like a world of difference. And you hope this is it. This is the person you get to be forever… that you’ll never have to change again.Everwood
Winning builds character, losing strengthens it.Tristan Davies
Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility. In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility.Michael Korda
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.Albert Einstein
Excellence is the result of caring more than others think is wise, risking more than others think is safe, dDreaming more than others think is practical, and expecting more than others think is possible.
Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.Thomas Edison
Why is it that the people who fight first for thier country, are the people who have the least to fight for?Michael Moore
Those who dance are called insane by those who don't hear the music.
Eddie Vedder (originally Henri Bergson)
There is no sorrow like the memory of love and the knowledge that it is gone forever.Marion Z Bradley – The Mists Of Avalon
Anything with the power to make you laugh over thirty years later isn’t a waste of time. I think something like that is very close to immortality.Stephen King – Hearts In Atlantis
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