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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Journal, February 11, 1840
- There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.
- George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Man and Superman" (1903), act 4
- It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready to change and others are not.
- James Gordon, M.D.
- Never have children, only grandchildren.
- Gore Vidal (1925 - )
- The great god Ra whose shrine once covered acres
Is filler now for crossword-puzzle makers.
- Keith Preston
- I was going to buy a copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, and then I thought: What the hell good would that do?
- Ronnie Shakes
- Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.
- Herman Melville (1819 - 1891)
- You have to allow a certain amount of time in which you are doing nothing in order to have things occur to you, to let your mind think.
- Mortimer Adler
- Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
- Sir Arthur Eddington (1882 - 1944)
- The reason we all like to think so well of others is that we are all afraid for ourselves. The basis of optimism is sheer terror.
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900), The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1891
- A smile is the shortest distance between two people.
- Victor Borge (1909 - 2000)
- If you're trying to take a roomful of people by surprise, it's a lot easier to hit your targets if you don't yell going through the door.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, "The Warrior's Apprentice", 1986
- Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
- Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)
- Nobody will believe in you unless you believe in yourself.
- Liberace (1919 - 1987)
- I never trust people's assertions, I always judge of them by their actions.
- Ann Radcliffe (1764 - 1823), The Mysteries of Udolpho, 1764
- If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.
- Anna Quindlen (1953 - )
- There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other.
- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, 1997
- You can't base your life on the past or the present. You have to tell me about your future.
- Chuck Palahniuk (1962 - ), Invisible Monsters, 1999
- I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
- Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865), speech in Washington D.C., 1865
- No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
- Henry Adams (1838 - 1918)