The Athenians, alarmed at the internal decay of their Republic, asked Demosthenes what to do. His reply: Do not do what you are doing now.
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Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
To solve any problem, here are three questions to ask yourself : First, what could I do ? Second, what could I read ? And third, who could I ask ?
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success.
Henry Ward Beecher
Sooner or later the truth comes to light.
Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go, go !
Ethel Thayer, On Golden Pond (1981)
I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it.
You become what you think about.
Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
Every cloud has a silver lining.
Success is never ending, failure is never final.
Dr. Robert Schuller
Use what talent you possess, the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dyke
Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible - the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.
Thank god, it is over, that I have seen it and am able to tell it to the world.
Because ideas have to be original only with regard to their adaptation to the problem at hand, I am always extremely interested in how others have used used them.
Marriage is a door which looks out upon a beautiful view. As that door is opened and the horizon unfolds before you, know that nothing is sweeter than the warmth of one hand within another.
Talent is formed in solitude, character in the bustle of the world.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Education is not filling a bucket, but lighting a fire.
When fate hands us a lemon, let's try to make a lemonade.
Love is the flower of life, and blossoms unexpectedly and without law, and must be plucked where it is found, and enjoyed for the brief hour of its duration.
That first peak is the best place to pause and look back, to see if you took the easiest route, to learn the lessons from the first climb. And it is the best place to examine the terrain ahead, to change your plans and goals, to take a deep breath and begin climbing again.
Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
Rick Blaine, Casablanca (1942)
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
Abigail Van Buren
if you can't lift the corners, let the middle sag.
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
Nicholas Murray Butler
The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
Do you want a leg or a breast ?
Frances Stevens, To Catch A Thief (1955)
All men dream, but unequally. Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds awake the next day to find that their dreams were just vanity. But those who dream during the day with their eyes wide open are dangerous men , they act out their dreams to make them reality.
Thomas Edward Lawrence
The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realizing that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
There is a great man who makes every man feels small. But the real great man is the man who makes every man feel great.
G. K. Chesterton
Patience and the mulberry leaf becomes a silk gown.
Do what you love and the money will follow
The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it. The grass is greenest where it is watered. When crossing over fences, carry water with you and tend the grass wherever you may be.
Time is the great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all of it's students.
Never give an order that can't be obeyed.
General Douglas MacArthur
For those who have seen the Earth from space, and for the hundreds and perhaps thousands more who will, the experience most certainly changes your perspective. The things that we share in our world are far more valuable than those which divide us.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
He who praises another enriches himself far more than he does the one praised. To praise is an investment in happiness. The poorest human being has something to give that the richest could not buy.
George Matthew Adams
To establish true self-esteem we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the failures and the negatives in our lives.
A man is not old until regrets start taking place of dreams.
The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.
The hero is no braver than the ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am your father.
Darth Vader, Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
By asking the question " How can I afford it ? " your brain is put to work.
Robert T. Kiyosaki
The United States, and other advanced nations, will someday be able to produce instruments of death so terrible the world will be in abject terror of itself and its ability to end civilization... . Such war-making weapons should be developed - but only for purposes of discovery and experimentation
Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people.
The more you seek security, the less of it you have. But the more you seek opportunity, the more likely it is that you will achieve the security that you desire.
Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be.
No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.
In real love you want the other person's good. In romantic love you want the other person.
These go to eleven.
Nigel Tufnel, This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human body, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
We are made for loving. If we don't love, we will be like plants without water.
Only those who are absolutely their true selves in this world can have pervading influence.
If I'm ever on a life-support system I choose to be unplugged, but not until Im down to a size eight!
I believe that it is better to learn from the diverse people around us than to try in vain to emulate them, better to be a teacher than a role model. As strong as my legs are, it is my mind that has made me a champion.
We come to love not by finding a perfect person, but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly.
Love is a decision not an emotion or feeling, that if made from the heart will outlast anything.
The foundation my parents laid down with our faith continues to be my core.
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
The potential of the average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good.
I'd like to make her look a little more attractive. How far can you pull back ?
Rita, Cameraman (1982)
Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow , Learn as if you were to live forever.
Never say more than is necessary.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
To laugh often and love much, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self, this is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Anonymity is your friend. Hmmm.. If someone adds an item to this list without knowing who "Larry" is... Is this still a list of Larryisms?
Life without love is like a tree. Without blossom and fruit.
You cannot antagonize and influence at the same time.
Only after you challenge your biases and stereotypes -- what Francis Bacon called the 'idols which beset men's minds' --can you help others do the same.
It is impossible to repent of love. The sin of love does not exist.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A peace that comes from fear and not from the heart is the opposite of peace.
Levi ben Gershon
To know oneself is to study oneself in action with another person.
The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice.
The only guide to man is his conscience , the only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions. It is very imprudent to walk through life without this shield, because we are so often mocked by the failure of our hopes and the upsetting of our calculations, but with this shield, however the fates may play, we march always in the ranks of honor.
The purpose of life is not to be happy but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
A real friend is one who walks in when the rest of the world walks out.
Failure doesn't mean you are a failure, it just means you haven't succeeded yet.
Robert H. Schuller
Years from now, when you talk about this, and you will, be kind.
Laura Reynolds, Tea And Sympathy (1956)
Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is nightmare.
Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal, nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
E. Joseph Cossman
Do we not all agree to call rapid thought and noble impulse by the name of inspiration ?
The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so, but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To understand your parents love you must raise children yourself.
I'll be taking these huggies and whatever cash you got.
H. I. McDunnough, Raising Arizona (1987)
Mama says, Stupid is as stupid does.
Young Forrest Gump, Forrest Gump (1994)
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have, if we didn't spend half of our time wishing.
Sometimes, all you need to invent something is a good imagination and a pile of junk.
When I hear somebody sigh, life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, compared to what ?
If you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
Mohandas Gandhi, Gandhi (1982)
Each work has to pass through these stages - ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.