Wise Words

  • "Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime." -- Mark Twain

  • "All say, How hard it is that we have to die -- a strange complaint to come from the mouths of people who have had to live."
    -- Mark Twain

  • "Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been."
    -- Mark Twain

  • "As the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never produce good fruit."
    -- Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)

  • "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."
    -- Gandhi

  • The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
    -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
    -- Arthur C. Clarke, author

  • "The first wealth is health."
    - Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "The Conduct of Life" 1860, 'Power'

  • "Rich honesty dwells like a miser, sir, in a poor house; as your pearl in a foul oyster."
    -- William Shakespeare (1564-1616), "As You Like It" 1596-1600, act I, sc. IV

  • "Each of us bears his own Hell."
    -- Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro], 70-19 B.C.

  • "Force is not a remedy."
    -- John Bright, speech at Birmingham (November 16, 1880)

  • "Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books, for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen."
    -- Maimonides

  • "Keep them occupied, keep them busy; keep them playing on the football field, on the basketball court; keep them in our shops, our crafts, our hobby clubs. This is how you can develop good boys and girls and help eliminate so-called juvenile delinquency."
    -- Father Flanagan's Boys Town Axiom

  • "Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure."
    -- Henry David Thoreau, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," Walden, 96

  • "How novel and original must be each new mans view of the universe -- for though the world is so old -- & so many books have been written -- each object appears wholly undescribed to our experience -- each field of thought wholly unexplored -- The whole world is an America -- a New World."
    -- Henry David Thoreau, 2 April 1852, Journal 4:421

  • "My eye is educated to discover anything on the ground, as chestnuts, etc. It is probably wholesomer to look at the ground much than at the heavens."
    -- Henry David Thoreau, 24 October 1857, Journal X: 125

  • "If there had been a censorship of the press in Rome we should have had today neither Horace nor Juvenal, nor the philosophical writings of Cicero."
    -- Voltaire

  • "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."
    -- Voltaire

  • "The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist (1803-1882)

  • "Most of the stone a nation hammers goes toward its tomb only. It buries itself alive. As for the Pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs."
    -- Henry David Thoreau, "Economy," Walden, 58

  • "The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."
    -- Albert Einstein

  • "Our task must be to free ourselves from the prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty..."
    -- Albert Einstein

  • "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
    -- Albert Einstein

  • "The true value of a human being can be found in degrees to which he has attained liberation from the self."
    -- Albert Einstein

  • "The pictures you create in your head often turn into the reality you hold in your hand."
    ~ Allan Hanson

  • "It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped."
    ~ Anthony Robbins

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