Follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads, or you shall learn nothing.
Thomas Henry Huxley
The great end of life is not knowledge but action.
Thomas Henry Huxley
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Every man is more than just himself; he also represents the unique, the very special and always significant and remarkable point at which the world's phenomena intersect, only once in this way, and never again.
If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home when trouble arrives, you can only win.
The one thing that separates winners from losers is, winners take action!
Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
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.
Acknowledge that you failed, draw your lessons from it, and use it to your advantage to make sure it never happens again.
Are great things ever done smoothly ? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.
I can't believe it. Right here where we live -- right here in St. Louis.
Esther Smith, Meet Me In St. Louis (1944)
Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead, his eyes are closed.
In a great romance, each person basically plays a part that the other really likes.
Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming.
You see, Francois, marriage is a beautiful mistake which two people make together. But with you, Francois, I think it would be a mistake.
Mariette Colet, Trouble In Paradise (1932)
Attitudes are contagious. Make yours worth catching.
What hump ?
Igor, Young Frankenstein (1974)
Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.
Seduce my mind and you can have my body, find my soul and I'm yours forever.
Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. It is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment.
The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.
Robert Louis Stevenson
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.
This life is a hard fact, work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine, no matter, the soul is stronger. I have seen in life those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step, those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace, and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.
The fastest way to pass your own expectation is to add passion to your labor.
Don't look back - forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience - then alone can great deeds be accomplished.
Growth in personality occurs as a consequence of meeting conflicts and impasses head on, and reconciling them. Interpersonal conflicts and impasses constitute problems which require solutions so that a satisfying relationship may be maintained. Whenever a person encounters a problem in his everyday living, he is obliged to vary his behavior until he discovers some mode of responding which is successful in achieving a solution.
Conflict itself is, of course, a sign of relative health as you would know if you ever met really apathetic people, really hopeless people, people who have given up hoping, striving, and coping.
Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It's a miracle, and the dance, is a celebration of that miracle.
Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.
Norman Vincent Peale
If you don't learn from your mistakes, there's no sense making them.
You don't understand ! I could've had class. I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.
Terry Malloy, On The Waterfront (1954)
You talkin to me ?
Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver (1976)
I won't be ignored, Dan !
Alex Forrest, Fatal Attraction (1987)
Not he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.
Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
Be Here Now.
Love reminds you that nothing else matters.
Love is like war, easy to begin but hard to end.
When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.
Wealth belongs to the person who enjoys it and not to the one who keeps it.
You must consider the bottom line, but make it integrity before profits.
A ship is safe in harbor, but thats not what ships are for.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost, that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau
The worst part of life is waiting. The best part of life is having someone worth waiting for.
You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success -- or are they holding you back ?
W. Clement Stone
All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.
Henry David Thoreau
I'd like to make her look a little more attractive. How far can you pull back ?
Rita, Cameraman (1982)
This world will always continue to be a mixture of good and evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to love even the wrongdoer.
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
To God, there is no zero. I still exist.
Scott Carey, The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Never discourage anyonewho continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Our lives improve only when we take chances - and the first and most difficult risk we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do.
Roses are red, Violets are blue, I'm schizophrenic, and so am I.
The best way to escape from a problem is to solve it.
If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.
When one door closes another opens, but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
Alexander Graham Bell
The more you venture to live greatly, the more you will find within you what it takes to get on top of things and stay there.
Norman Vincent Peale
Live life to the fullest.
Robert Louis Stevenson
He must have a truly romantic nature, for he weeps when there is nothing at all to weep about.
Life is the movie you see through your own eyes. It makes little difference what's happening out there. It's how you take it that counts.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not, the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word freedom , justice , honor , duty , mercy , hope.
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
The word courage comes from the same stem as the French word coeur, meaning ''heart''. Thus just as one's heart, by pumping blood to one's arms, legs, and brain enables all the other physical organs to function, so courage makes possible all the psychological virtues. Without courage other values whither away into mere facsimiles of virtue.
Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.
When you arrive at your future, will you blame your past ?
This is as true in everyday life as it is in battle we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act, and in acting, to live.
General Omar Bradley
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Marilyn Vos Savant
Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.
The Wizard of Oz
I'm not here just to make a living, I'm here to make a difference.
He who stops being better stops being good.
A little knowledge that acts is worth infinitely more than much knowledge that is idle.
Get into a line that you will find to be a deep personal interest, something you really enjoy spending twelve to fifteen hours a day working at, and the rest of the time thinking about.
The real leader has no need to lead, he is content to point the way.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.
Alvy Singer, Annie Hall (1977)
No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed We hold these truths to be self-evident , that all men are created equal.
Martin Luther King Jr.
I have seen too much of the vanity of human affairs, to expect felicity from the splendid scenes of public life.
If you didn't know me, would you think I was a stranger ?
To love a person is to learn the song that is in their heart, and to sing it to them when they have forgotten.
There are never enough I Love You's.
There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives.
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
Love thy neighbour as thyself.
Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always.
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
If you're not sure where you're going, you'll probably end up somewhere else.
Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress.
Nicholas Murray Butler
You're gonna have to learn your cliches. You're gonna have to study them, you're gonna have to learn them, you're gonna have to know them. They're your friends. Write this down: "We gotta play 'em one day at a time."
Living, love and death are one thing, not divisive, not separated, not divorced, not in the field of time but it is completely a living, moving thing, indivisible. And that is immortal.
The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty.
Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be.
If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.