And ruin'd love when it is built anew,
Grows fairer than at first, more strong, far greater.
-William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Sonnet CXIX
An Englishman is a person who does things because they have been done before.
An American is a person who does things because they haven't been done before.
-Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
Anger makes you smaller, while forgiveness forces you to grow beyond what you were.
-Cherie Carter-Scott, If Love Is a Game, These Are the Rules
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
-Laurence J. Peter (1919 - 1988)
Bureaucrats write memoranda both because they appear to be busy when they are writing and because the memos, once written, immediately become proof that they were busy.
But love is blind and lovers cannot see
The pretty follies that themselves commit;
For if they could, Cupid himself would blush
To see me thus transformed to a boy.
-William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), The Merchant of Venice, Act II Scene 6
Character - the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life - is the source from which self respect springs.
-Joan Didion (1934 - ), Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
-Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
-G. K. Chesterton (1874 - 1936)
Destiny is for people who are too lazy to create alternate timelines.
-R. Stevens, Diesel Sweeties, 10-05-11
Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
-William Jennings Bryan (1860 - 1925)
Difficulties come when you don't pay attention to life's whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you'll get a scream.
-Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ), Stanford Commencement Adress, 2008
Don't be discouraged by a failure. It can be a positive experience. Failure is, in a sense, the highway to success, inasmuch as every discovery of what is false leads us to seek earnestly after what is true, and every fresh experience points out some form of error which we shall afterwards carefully avoid.
-John Keats (1795 - 1821)
Doubt that the stars are fire;
Doubt that the sun doth move;
Doubt truth to be a liar;
But never doubt I love.
-William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Hamlet, Act II, sc. 2
Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes.
-Edgard Varese (1883 - 1965)