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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- There are too many people, and too few human beings.
- Robert Zend
- We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired?
- Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)
- The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
- Nicholas Butler (1862 - 1947)
- Famous I don't know about. It's hard to be famous and alive. I just want to play music every day and hear someone say, 'Thanks, that was great, here's some money, same time tomorrow, okay?'
- Terry Pratchett, Soul Music, page 151
- Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.
- Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
- Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
- Colette (1873 - 1954), Chance Acquaintances, 1952
- Energy is eternal delight.
- William Blake (1757 - 1827)
- That all men are equal is a proposition which, at ordinary times, no sane individual has ever given his assent.
- Aldous Huxley (1894 - 1963)
- Why was I born with such contemporaries?
- Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)
- It has been my experience that maximizing income is a helluva lot less important than maximizing passion and fulfillment in your both professionally and personally.
- John Green, Vlogbrothers, Is College Worth It?, 08-21-12
- You ask me why I do not write something....I think one's feelings waste themselves in words, they ought all to be distilled into actions and into actions which bring results.
- Florence Nightingale (1820 - 1910), in Cecil Woodham-Smith, Florence Nightingale, 1951
- We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley (1819 - 1875)
- I respect faith, but doubt is what gets you an education.
- Wilson Mizner (1876 - 1933)
- You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden (1910 - )
- Wisdom is what's left after we've run out of personal opinions.
- Cullen Hightower
- As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955), "Geometry and Experience", January 27, 1921
- Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, "Barrayar", 1991
- I started thinking about little kids putting a cylindrical peg through a circular hole, and how they do it over and over again for months when they figure it out, and how basketball was basically just a slightly more aerobic version of that same exercise.
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, 2012
- The secret of a good life is to have the right loyalties and hold them in the right scale of values.
- Norman Thomas (1884 - 1968)
- The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
- Sydney J. Harris