Thursday, July 19, 2007

Soul Searching 2

Beware of the person of one book.
-Saint Thomas Aquinas

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
-Saint Thomas Aquinas

All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits, committed to our trust on this condition, that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.
-John Calvin

For there is no one so great or mighty that he can avoid the misery that will rise up against him when he resists and strives against God.
-John Calvin

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
-John Calvin

Sincerity is like travelling on a plain, beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey's end than by-ways, in which men often lose themselves.
-John Tillotson

The crafty person is always in danger; and when they think they walk in the dark, all their pretences are transparent.
-John Tillotson

A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.
-Robert Burton

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labour, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.
-Robert Burton

Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
-O. Henry

Write what you like; there is no other rule.
-O. Henry

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
-John Ruskin

Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.
-John Ruskin

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Often we have no time for our friends but all the time in the world for our enemies.
-Leon Uris

Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to no good.
-P. G. Wodehouse

Beware of the man who does not return your blow: he neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.
-George Bernard Shaw

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.
-George Bernard Shaw

Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?
-Thomas Jefferson

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.
-Thomas Jefferson

I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have.
-Thomas Jefferson

Friday, July 13, 2007



The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
-Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Teaching is not a lost art, but the regard for it is a lost tradition.
-Jacques Barzun

To learn without thinking is fruitless;
to think without learning is dangerous.
-Confucius - Lun Yu Chp. 2

Past scholars studied to improve themselves;
Today's scholars study to impress others.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
-Albert Einstein

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
-Albert Einstein

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.
-Martin Luther (1483-1546) German priest and scholar.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you will be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow, the act of self-giving is a personal power-releasing factor.
- Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993) American Preacher, Writer

A foolish man may be known by six things: Anger without cause, speech without profit, change without progress, inquiry without object, putting trust in a stranger, and mistaking foes for friends.

A secret is like a dove: when it leaves my hand it takes wing.

Better a handful of dry dates and content therewith than to own the Gate of Peacocks and be kicked in the eye by a broody camel.
-Arabian Proverb

Better a hundred enemies outside the house than one inside.
-Arabian Proverb

Seek counsel of him who makes you weep, and not of him who makes you laugh.
-Arabian Proverb

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.
-Carl G. Jung

In all chaos there is a cosmos, in all disorder a secret order.
-Carl G. Jung

The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.
-Carl Rogers

Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.
-Pearl S. Buck

Inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that is where I renew my springs that never dry up.
-Pearl S. Buck

If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own.
-Charlotte Bronte

Let your performance do the thinking.
-Charlotte Bronte

A warrior of light who trusts too much in his intelligence will end up underestimating the power of his opponent.
-Paulo Coelho

The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions.
-Paulo Coelho

The spirit of human endevour

The spirit of human endevour

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
-William Ellery Channing

Pray that your loneliness may spur you into finding something to live for, great enough to die for.
-Dag Hammerskjold

In thought, faith
In word, wisdom
In deed, courage
In life, service
- unknown

Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration.
-Thomas A Edison

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
-Abraham Lincoln

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
-Albert Einstein

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy
-William Shakespeare

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
-Theodore Roosevelt

Winners never quit and quitters never win.

If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.
-Kurt Lewin

I am a strong believer in luck and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
-Benjamin Franklin

People forget how fast you did a job - but they remember how well you did it.
-Howard Newton

Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.

Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
-Edith Sitwell

Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure.
-Norman Vincent Peale

If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.
-Henry Ford

Do something everyday that you don't want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
-Mark Twain

Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.
-Samuel Beckett

A quiet tongue shows a wise head.

A scholar's ink lasts longer than a martyr's blood.

A bad wound heals but a bad word doesn't.

A broken hand works, but not a broken heart.

Do little things now; so shall big things come to thee by and by asking to be done.

Thinking is the essence of wisdom.

Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.

The infinite is in the finite of every instant.


Over the years I have collected many quotes for myself. I am putting them for the world to read now. I hope the reader will like them.

For writers and editors

Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass. ~Anton Chekhov

Easy reading is damn hard writing. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

Write down the thoughts of the moment. Those that come unsought for are commonly the most valuable. ~Francis Bacon

If I don't write to empty my mind, I go mad. ~Lord Byron

Writing is a struggle against silence. ~Carlos Fuentes

An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff. ~Adlai Stevenson, as quoted in You Said a Mouthful edited by Ronald D. Fuchs

Most editors are failed writers - but so are most writers. ~T.S. Eliot

No author dislikes to be edited as much as he dislikes not to be published. ~Russell Lynes

A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order. ~Jean Luc Godard

Loafing is the most productive part of a writer's life. ~James Norman Hall

by Rudyard Kipling.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster.
And treat those two impostors just the same
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!

My first book was rejected nine times. It turned out to be a best seller, Battle Cry in 1953.
-Leon Uris

Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare.
-George Bernard Shaw