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QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

JULY, II WEEK, 2011

50 Quotes on Forgiveness

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“Forgiveness is God’s invention for coming to terms with a world in which, despite their best intentions, people are unfair to each other and hurt each other deeply. He began by forgiving us. And he invites us all to forgive each other.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“None of us wants to admit that we hate someone…When we deny our hate we detour around the crisis of forgiveness. We suppress our spite, make adjustments, and make believe we are too good to be hateful. But the truth is that we do not dare to risk admitting the hate we feel because we do not dare to risk forgiving the person we hate.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“We attach our feelings to the moment when we were hurt, endowing it with immortality. And we let it assault us every time it comes to mind. It travels with us, sleeps with us, hovers over us while we make love, and broods over us while we die. Our hate does not even have the decency to die when those we hate die–for it is a parasite sucking OUR blood, not theirs. There is only one remedy for it. [forgiveness]

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“Their pain [the injurer’s pain at having injured you] and your pain create the point and counterpoint for the rhythm of reconciliation. When the beat of their pain is a response to the beat of yours, they have become truthful in their feelings…they have moved a step closer to a truthful reunion.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“…Forgiving is not having to understand. Understanding may come later, in fragments, an insight here and a glimpse there, after forgiving.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“You can forgive someone almost anything. But you cannot tolerate everything…We don’t have to tolerate what people do just because we forgive them for doing it. Forgiving heals us personally. To tolerate everything only hurts us all in the long run.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

 

“The rule is: we cannot really forgive ourselves unless we look at the failure in our past and call it by its right name.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“When we forgive evil we do not excuse it, we do not tolerate it, we do not smother it. We look the evil full in the face, call it what it is, let its horror shock and stun and enrage us, and only then do we forgive it.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“If we say that monsters [people who do terrible evil] are beyond forgiving, we give them a power they should never have…they are given the power to keep their evil alive in the hearts of those who suffered most. We give them power to condemn their victims to live forever with the hurting memory of their painful pasts. We give the monsters the last word.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“With a little time, and a little more insight, we begin to see both ourselves and our enemies in humbler profiles. We are not really as innocent as we felt when we were first hurt. And we do not usually have a gigantic monster to forgive; we have a weak, needy, and somewhat stupid human being. When you see your enemy and yourself in the weakness and silliness of the humanity you share, you will make the miracle of forgiving a little easier.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“We forgive freely or we do not really forgive at all.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“The problem with revenge is that it never gets what it wants; it never evens the score. Fairness never comes. The chain reaction set off by every act of vengeance always takes its unhindered course. It ties both the injured and the injurer to an escalator of pain…Why do family feuds go on and on?…the reason is simple: no two people, no two families, ever weigh pain on the same scale.”

Lewis B. Smedes – Forgive & Forget: Healing the Hurts We Don’t Deserve

“Gandhi was right: if we all live by ‘an eye for an eye’ the whole world will be blind. The only way out is forgiveness.”

Sidney and Suzanne Simon – Forgiveness: How To Make Peace With Your Past And Get On With Your Life”

All the years you have waited for them to “make it up to you” and all the energy you expended trying to make them change (or make them pay) kept the old wounds from healing and gave pain from the past free rein to shape and even damage your life. And still they may not have changed. Nothing you have done has made them change. Indeed, they may never change. Inner peace is found by changing yourself, not the people who hurt you. And you change yourself for yourself, for the joy, serenity, peace of mind, understanding, compassion, laughter, and bright future that you get.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“When you give up vengeance, make sure you are not giving up on justice. The line between the two is faint, unsteady, and fine…Vengeance is our own pleasure of seeing someone who hurt us getting it back and then some. Justice, on the other hand, is secure when someone pays a fair penalty for wronging another even if the injured person takes no pleasure in the transaction. Vengeance is personal satisfaction. Justice is moral accounting…Human forgiveness does not do away with human justice.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“I have discovered that most people who tell me that they cannot forgive a person who wronged them are handicapped by a mistaken understanding of what forgiving is.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“God is the original, master forgiver. Each time we grope our reluctant way through the minor miracle of forgiving, we are imitating his style. I am not at all sure that any of us would have had imagination enough to see the possibilities in this way to heal the wrongs of this life had he not done it first.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“It takes one person to forgive, it takes two people to be reunited.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“A wise judge may let mercy temper justice but may not let mercy undo it.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“Forgiving is an affair strictly between a victim and a victimizer. Everyone else should step aside…The worst wounds I ever felt were the ones people gave to my children. Wrong my kids, you wrong me. And my hurt qualifies me to forgive you. But only for the pain you caused me when you wounded them. My children alone are qualified to forgive you for what you did to them.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“I am certain that people never forgive because they believe they have an obligation to do it or because someone told them to do it. Forgiveness has to come from inside as a desire of the heart. Wanting to is the steam that pushes the forgiving engine.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

 

“Not even God can make something fair out of what is intrinsically unfair. Only one thing can be done. Something must break through the crust of unfairness and create a chance for a new fairness. Only forgiveness can make the breakthrough.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“God invented forgiving as a remedy for a past that not even he could change and not even he could forget. His way of forgiving is the model for our forgiving.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“I worry about fast forgivers. They tend to forgive quickly in order to avoid their pain. Or they forgive fast in order to get an advantage over the people they forgive. And their instant forgiving only makes things worse…People who have been wronged badly and wounded deeply should give themselves time and space before they forgive…There is a right moment to forgive. We cannot predict it in advance; we can only get ourselves ready for it when it arrives…Don’t do it quickly, but don’t wait too long…If we wait too long to forgive, our rage settles in and claims squatter’s rights to our souls.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“Spoken forgiving, no matter how heartfelt, works best when we do not demand the response we want. I mean that when we tell people we forgive them, we must leave them free to respond to our good news however they are inclined. If the response is not what we hoped for, we can go home and enjoy our own healing in private.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“How many times should you forgive your household bruiser? You should not even think about forgiving him. Not yet. Not as long as he has his foot on your neck. Your problem at this point is not forgiving. Your problem is how to get out of his reach. Once you get away from him, you can think about forgiving him.”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“Forgive a wife-slammer if you can. But you don’t have to live with him. Forgive a husband who is abusing your children if you can. But only after you kick him out of the house. And if you can’t get him out, get help. It’s available. In the meantime, don’t let him near the kids, and don’t let anyone tell you that if you forgive him it means you have to stay with him. [There’s an important difference between forgiving a person and tolerating their bad behavior.]”

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“Forgiving does not usually happen at once. It is a process, sometimes a long one, especially when it comes to wounds gouged deep. And we must expect some lapses…some people seem to manage to finish off forgiving in one swoop of the heart. But when they do, you can bet they are forgiving flesh wounds. Deeper cuts take more time and can use a second coat.”

 

Lewis B. Smedes – The Art of Forgiving: When You Need To Forgive And Don’t Know How

“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.”

Beverly Flanigan – Forgiving The Unforgivable: Overcoming the Legacy of Intimate Wounds

“Forgiveness has nothing to do with forgetting…A wounded person cannot–indeed, should not–think that a faded memory can provide an expiation of the past. To forgive, one must remember the past, put it into perspective, and move beyond it. Without remembrance, no wound can be transcended.”

Beverly Flanigan – Forgiving The Unforgivable: Overcoming the Legacy of Intimate Wounds”

A [seemingly] unforgivable injury is a profound and irreversible assault on the fundamental belief system of the person who has been injured…It is not the battering but what happens to a battered woman’s beliefs as a result of the battering that makes [the injury seemingly so] unforgivable…[the most serious] injuries separate people from the very ideas they once believed were true–beliefs about themselves, the world, other people, good and bad, right and wrong, the future, and even the validity of the history they have shared with the person who hurt them…The forgiving process is one in which both morality and meaning are defined and redefined until the world again makes sense [to the person injured].”

Beverly Flanigan – Forgiving The Unforgivable: Overcoming the Legacy of Intimate Wounds

“Forgiveness is a rebirth of hope, a reorganization of thought, and a reconstruction of dreams. Once forgiving begins, dreams can be rebuilt. When forgiving is complete, meaning has been extracted from the worst of experiences and used to create a new set of moral rules and a new interpretation of life’s events.”

Beverly Flanigan – Forgiving The Unforgivable: Overcoming the Legacy of Intimate Wounds

“In a way, forgiving is only for the brave. It is for those people who are willing to confront their pain, accept themselves as permanently changed, and make difficult choices. Countless individuals are satisfied to go on resenting and hating people who wrong them. They stew in their own inner poisons and even contaminate those around them. Forgivers, on the other hand, are not content to be stuck in a quagmire. They reject the possibility that the rest of their lives will be determined by the unjust and injurious acts of another person.”

Gordon Dalbey – Letter to the Editor, The Christian Century (November 20-7, 1991)

“The Risen Christ proclaimed not that we ‘have to forgive,’ but rather, that at last we CAN forgive–and thereby free ourselves from consuming bitterness and the offender from our binding condemnation. This process requires genuine human anger and grief, plus–and here is the awful cost of such freedom–a humble willingness to see the offender as God sees that person, in all his or her terrible brokenness and need for God’s saving power. I would never tell another, ‘You have to forgive.’ But my uncomfortable duty as a Christian is to confess the truth, so lethal to our self-centered human nature: ‘Jesus, who suffered your sin unto his own death, calls you likewise to forgive, so that God’s purposes may be accomplished in both you and your offender.”

Lewis Smedes – Forgiveness: The Power To Change The Past (article, Christianity Today, January 7, 1983)

“Vengeance is having a videotape planted in your soul that cannot be turned off. It plays the painful scene over and over again inside your mind…And each time it plays you feel the clap of pain again…Forgiving turns off the videotape of pained memory Forgiving sets you free.”

Lewis Smedes – Forgiveness: The Power To Change The Past (article, Christianity Today, January 7, 1983)

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”

Philip Yancey – The Unnatural Act (article, Christianity Today, April 8, 1991)

“Forgiveness is the only way to break the cycle of blame–and pain–in a relationship…It does not settle all questions of blame and justice and fairness…But it does allow relationships to start over. In that way, said Solzhenitsyn, we differ from all animals. It is not our capacity to think that makes us different, but our capacity to repent, and to forgive.”

Old Chinese Proverb –

“The one who pursues revenge should dig two graves.”

Allen C. Guelzo – Fear Of Forgiving (article, Christianity Today, February 8, 1993)

“It is possible to have pardon without forgiveness–a murderer can be pardoned by the governor, but that does not mean the victim’s family has forgiven him. And there can be forgiveness without pardon. In 1986, Michael Saward, a well-known Anglican evangelical, answered the door of his London vicarage. The three men who stood in his doorway pounded Saward over the head with a cricket bat, fracturing his skull. Then they broke into the vicarage, raped Saward’s daughter, and beat up her boyfriend. The three were quickly arrested, and in a television interview shortly afterward, a badly battered Saward touched the British nation by publicly forgiving his assailants. But when the men were sentenced to prison terms of three to five years, Saward frankly criticized the sentences as too lenient.”

Robert D. Enright et alia – Must a Christian Require Repentance Before Forgiving? [Luke 17:3] (article, Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 1990)

“It is potentially dangerous if pastoral counselors insist on a client’s withholding forgiveness until the other repents. We can easily imagine a devastated client who is trapped in bitterness or even hatred because of the legalistic requirement that the other must repent. The client’s psychological well-being is now dependent on the other’s response.”

 

George Herbert –

“He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven.”

Lance Morrow – (article, Time Magazine, January 9, 1984)

“Not to forgive is to be imprisoned by the past, by old grievances that do not permit life to proceed with new business. Not to forgive is to yield oneself to another’s control…to be locked into a sequence of act and response, of outrage and revenge, tit for tat, escalating always. The present is endlessly overwhelmed and devoured by the past. Forgiveness frees the forgiver. It extracts the forgiver from someone else’s nightmare.”

Carol Luebering – Finding A Way To Forgive (article, CareNotes)

“You can’t forgive what you refuse to remember, any more than you can seek treatment for a disease whose symptoms you have yet to notice.”

Carol Luebering – Finding A Way To Forgive (article, CareNotes)

“Let’s get one thing straight: Forgiving is not something you do for someone else. It is not even something you do because you SHOULD, according to the standards of religious belief or human decency. Forgiving is something that you do for yourself. It is one way of becoming the person you were created to be–and fulfilling God’s dream of you is the only way to true wholeness and happiness. You NEED to forgive so that you can move forward with life. An unforgiven injury binds you to a time and place someone else has chosen; it holds you trapped in a past moment and in old feelings.”

Carol Luebering – Finding A Way To Forgive (article, CareNotes)

“Ask for divine help in your struggle to forgive. The God of the Judeo-Christian tradition has an ancient reputation for compassion and mercy. Try praying FOR your enemy. Don’t just ask for a change in that person’s heart or behavior; really pray FOR him or her. You may find it hard to find words for such a prayer, but words are not necessary to the God who knows your mind and heart. Just stand before God with that person at your side, and let God’s love wash over both of you until it penetrates your heart.”

Joan Borysenko – Forgiveness: A Bold Choice For A Peaceful Heart (in Preface to this book by Robin Casarjian)

“Forgiveness entails the authentic acceptance of our own worthiness as human beings, the understanding that mistakes are opportunities for growth, awareness and the cultivation of compassion, and the realization that the extension of love to ourselves and others is the glue that holds the universe together. Forgiveness…is not a set of behaviors, but an attitude.”

Robin Casarjian – Forgiveness: A Bold Choice For A Peaceful Heart

 

 

“Sometimes forgiving was easy for me; sometimes forgiving was a very bold choice. Whatever kind of choice it was, it always led me to a more peaceful heart. It always left me happier and free to move on to create healthier relationships with others and with myself.”

Robin Casarjian – Forgiveness: A Bold Choice For A Peaceful Heart

“Sometimes choices are made in the name of forgiveness while what is occurring isn’t forgiveness at all. It is important not to confuse being forgiving with denying your own feelings, needs, and desires. Forgiving doesn’t mean being passive and staying in a job or a relationship that clearly doesn’t work for you or is abusive. It is important that you are clear about your boundaries. What is acceptable for you? If you are willing to allow unacceptable behavior again and again in the name of ‘forgiveness,’ you are more than likely using ‘forgiveness’ as an excuse not to take responsibility for taking care of yourself or as a way to avoid making changes.”

Robin Casarjian – Forgiveness: A Bold Choice For A Peaceful Heart

“Don’t allow your self-forgiveness to be contingent upon somebody else’s readiness or willingness to forgive you. They may get something out of holding on to anger that they aren’t ready to let go of. They may be too frightened or wounded to let go of their anger. Feeling angry may be an important part of their healing process at this time. Allow others to be where they are. Respect their right to feel the way they feel.”

 

 

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Inspiring Educational Quotations for Students

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

JULY I WEEK, 2011

Inspiring Educational Quotations for Students from the Famous and not so Famous

Abraham Lincoln:

Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

 

Epictetus:

It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

 

Anne Frank:

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.

 

Albert Einstein:

It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.

 

Albert Einstein:

It is, in fact, nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.

 

Booker T. Washington:

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

 

Richard C Miller:

Even if at first you do succeed, you still have to work hard to stay there.

 

Anthony Robbins:

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of you life. If you don’t, life controls you.

 

Paul J. Meyer:

The only honest measure of your success is what you are doing compared to your true potential

 

Barbara Hershey:

We measure success and depth by length of time, but it is possible to have a deep relationship that doesn’t always stay the same.

 

Anonymous:

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.

 

Anonymous:

Only very foolish people are convinced that they are never wrong. Confess often!

 

Anonymous:

Loud does not always mean right. Quiet does not always mean fearful.

 

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QUOTES ON EDUCATION

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

JUNE IV WEEK, 2011

QUOTES ON EDUCATION

 

Quote: Education is not the piling on of learning, information, data, facts, skills, or abilities–that’s training or instruction–but is rather a making visible what is hidden as a seed…
To be educated, a person doesn’t have to know much or be informed, but he or she does have to have been exposed vulnerably to the transformative events of an engaged human life…
One of the greatest problems of our time is that many are schooled but few are educated.
Author: Thomas Moore
Source: The Education of the Heart by Thomas Moore

 

Quote: …even without success, creative persons find joy in a job well done. Learning for its own sake is rewarding…
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Source: Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

 

Quote: …if the next generation is to face the future with zest and self-confidence, we must educate them to be original as well as competent.
Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Source: Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

 

Quote: One must learn by doing the thing, for though you think you know it, you have no certainty until you try.
Author: Aristotle
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations : 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life

 

Quote: The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
Author: Aristotle
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations : 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life

 

Quote: Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Author: Aristotle
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations : 14,266 Thoughts on the Business of Life

 

Quote: Practice is the best instruction of them all.
Author: Publilius Syrus
Source: Body, Mind and Spirit

 

Quote: Fear is the instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source: The Book of Positive Quotations

 

Quote: Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.
Author: Mark Twain
Source: Jump Start Your Brain by Doug Hall

 

Quote: If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.
Author: Thomas Watson, Sr., founder of IBM
Source: Wake-Up Calls : You Don’t Have to Sleepwalk Through Your Life, Love, or Career! by Eric Allenbaugh

 

Quote: We can get over being poor, but it takes longer to get over being ignorant.
Author: Jane Sequichie Hifler
Source: A Cherokee Feast of Days: Daily Meditations by Joyce Sequichie Hifler

 

Quote: Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Author: Sir Richard Steele
Source: Alexandra Stoddard’s Book of Days by Alexandra Stoddard

 

Quote: Knowledge is the food of the soul.
Author: Plato
Source: Alexandra Stoddard’s Book of Days by Alexandra Stoddard

 

Quote: Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and rootpuller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: That which we do not call education is more precious than that which we call so.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: If a man’s eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power that resides in him is new in Nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: All intellectual improvement arises from leisure.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: Alexandra Stoddard’s Book of Days by Alexandra Stoddard

 

Quote: It is by studying little things that we attain the great knowledge of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: The Book of Positive Quotations

 

Quote: He that teaches us anything which we knew not before is undoubtedly to be reverenced as a master.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: Ignorance, when voluntary, is criminal, and a man may be properly charged with that evil which he neglected or refused to learn how to prevent.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: A desire of knowledge is the natural feeling of mankind; and every human being whose mind is not debauched will be willing to give all that he has to get knowledge.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: He that reads and grows no wiser seldom suspects his own deficiency, but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

 

 

Quote: Knowledge is more than equivalent to force.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

 

Quote: Knowledge is of two kinds: we know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

 

Quote: A man ought to read just as his inclination leads him; for what he reads as a task will do him little good.
Author: Samuel Johnson
Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations

 

Quote: I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Source: Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

 

Quote: How could youths better learn to live than by once trying the experiment of living? Methinks this would educate their minds as much as mathematics.
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Source: Walden, or Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

 

Quote: Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Source: Light from Many Lamps by Lillian Eichler Watson (Editor)

 

Quote: Whenever words fly up at me from a printed page as I read, I intercept them instantly, knowing they are for me. I turn them over carefully in my mind and cling to them hard.
Author: David Grayson
Source: Light from Many Lamps by Lillian Eichler Watson (Editor)

 

Quote: If I can line up the people who, back through the ages, have gone at life in ways I greatly admire, then I can feel their strength supporting me, all their standards and values pointing the way in which I am to go.
Author: Bonaro W. Overstreet
Source: Light from Many Lamps by Lillian Eichler Watson (Editor)

 

Quote: What! Wouldst thou have a serpent sting thee twice?
Author: William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)
Source: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

 

Quote: Those things that hurt, instruct.
Author: Ben Franklin
Source: The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values and Spiritual Growth by M. Scott Peck

 

Quote: Moorings and anchors come in handy in life; moral anchors and moorings have never been more necessary.
Author: William J. Bennett
Source: Introduction to The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, edited by William J. Bennett

 

Quote: …the formation of character in young people is educationally a different task from, and a prior task to, the discussion of the great, difficult, ethical controversies of the day. First things first. And planting the ideas of virtue, of good traits in the young, comes first. In the moral life, as in life itself, we take one step at a time. Every field has its complexities and controversies. And so does ethics. And every field has its basics. So too with values.
Author: William J. Bennett
Source: Introduction to The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, edited by William J. Bennett

 

Quote: People of good character are not all going to come down on the same side of difficult political and social issues. Good people–people of character and moral literacy–can be conservative, and good people can be liberal. We must not permit our disputes over thorny political questions to obscure the obligation we have to offer instruction to all our young people in the area in which we have, as a society, reached a consensus: namely, on the importance of good character, and on some of its pervasive particulars.
Author: William J. Bennett
Source: Introduction to The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, edited by William J. Bennett

 

Quote: …if we are willing to abandon our usual coercive tactics and approach our problems sideways and kitty-corner we stand a good chance of finding our way through some interesting gates.
Author: Eloise Ristad
Source: A Soprano on Her Head Right-Side-Up Reflections on Life and Other Performances by Eloise Ristad

 

Quote: The frontiers are not east or west, north or south, but wherever a man fronts a fact.
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Source: The Book of Positive Quotations

 

Quote: For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously.
Author: William J. Bennett
Source: The Book of Virtues: A Treasury of Great Moral Stories, edited by William J. Bennett

 

Quote: If I accept you as you are, I will make you worse; however if I treat you as though you are what you are capable of becoming, I help you become that.
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: The young man of native ability, (with) the will to work and good personality will, in the long run, get the equivalent of a college education in the tasks he will set for himself. If he has ability and determination, he will find ways to learn and to get ahead.
Author: Edward G. Seubert
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
Author: Baruch Spinoza
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: Each thought that is welcomed and recorded is a nest egg, by the side of which more will be laid.
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: The truth that makes men free is for the most part the truth which men prefer not to hear.
Author: Herbert Agar, in A Time for Greatness
Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations

 

Quote: Wisdom is the principal thing;
Therefore get wisdom.
And in all your getting, get understanding.
Author: Solomon (Proverbs 4:7)
Source: Holy Bible

 

Quote: Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
Author: Colin Powell
Source: You Can Make It Happen: A Nine-Step Plan for Success by Stedman Graham

 

Quote: The highest result of education is tolerance.
Author: Helen Keller
Source: Power Quotes by Daniel B. Baker

 

Quote: Sharing is the essence of teaching. It is, I have come to believe, the essence of civilization…Without it, the imagination is but the echo of the self, trapped in a soundproof chamber, reverberating upon itself until it is spent in exhaustion or futility.
Author: Bill Moyers
Source: A World of Ideas: Conversations with Thoughtful Men and Women about American Life Today and the Ideas Shaping our Future by Bill Moyers

 

Quote: Beauty can’t amuse you, but brainwork–reading, writing, thinking–can.
Author: Helen Gurley Brown
Source: Treasury of Women’s Quotations compiled and edited by Carolyn Warner.

 

Quote: I am still learning.
Author: Michelangelo
Source: The Vein of Gold : A Journey to Your Creative Heart by Julia Cameron

 

Quote: I was never tired of listening to his wisdom or imparting my own.
Author: Winston Churchill
Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations

 

Quote: It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations.
Author: Winston Churchill
Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Quotations

 

Quote: The important point about problem solving is not that some people are better at it than others. Instead, the important point is that problem solving can be learned. It frequently isn’t learned because it isn’t taught.
Author: John D. Bransford and Barry S. Stein
Source: The Ideal Problem Solver: A Guide for Improving Thinking, Learning, and Creativity by John D. Bransford and Barry S. Stein

 

Quote: To every answer you can find a new question.
Author: Yiddish proverb
Source: The Prentice-Hall Encyclopedia of World Proverbs

 

Quote: We learn by doing.
Author: Aristotle
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

Quote: The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

Quote: The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
Author: George Santayana
Source: Franklin Day Planner, July 1, 1993

 

Quote: Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.
Author: John Adams, from Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law
Source: Our Sacred Honor: Words of Advice from the Founders in Stories, Letters, Poems, and Speeches, edited by William J. Bennett

 

Quote: Mistakes are the portals of discovery.
Author: James Joyce
Source: Franklin Seasons Planner, September 15, 1993.

 

Quote: The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. To dig for treasures shows not only impatience and greed, but lack of faith. Patience, patience, patience, is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach–waiting for a gift from the sea.
Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Source: Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

Quote: Better to ask than to go astray.
Author: Italian proverb
Source: The Prentice-Hall Encyclopedia of World Proverbs

 

Quote: He who is ashamed of asking is ashamed of learning.
Author: Danish proverb
Source: The Prentice-Hall Encyclopedia of World Proverbs

 

Quote: We grow too soon old and too late smart.
Author: Pennsylvania Dutch saying
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

Quote: Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge.
Author: Matthew Arnold
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: Where there is no vision, the people perish.
Author: King Solomon
Source: Proverbs 29:18

 

Quote: A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth…

Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits, which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers an fruits of right, useful, and pure thoughts. By pursuing this process, a man sooner or later discovers that he is the master gardener of his soul, the director of his life. He also reveals, within himself, the laws of thought, and understands, with ever-increasing accuracy, how the thought-forces and mind-elements operate in shaping his character, circumstances, and destiny.

Author: James Allen
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

Quote: The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
Author: Alvin Toffler
Source: Lessons from the Art of Juggling; How to Achieve Your Full Potential in Business, Learning and Life by Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan

 

Quote: Many people assume that mental and physical abilities necessarily decline with age, that we are, after age twenty-five, losing significant brain capacity on a daily basis.
In reality, the average brain is capable of improving with age.
Author: Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan
Source: Lessons from the Art of Juggling; How to Achieve Your Full Potential in Business, Learning and Life by Michael Gelb and Tony Buzan

 

Quote: Only the strongest egos escape the trap of perfectionism. To solve problems successfully, you must believe you can, must feel capable enough to improvise. Yet too many adults have been schooled away from their ability to experiment freely.
Author: Marsha Sinetar
Source: To Build the Life You Want, Create the Work You Love: The Spiritual Dimension of Entrepreneuring by Marsha Sinetar

 

Quote: How can we remember our ingnorance, which our growth requires, when we are using our knowledge all the time?
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

Quote: Only the educated are free.
Author: Epicetus
Source: Alexandra Stoddard’s Book of Days by Alexandra Stoddard

 

Quote: It is better to ask some of the questions than know all of the answers.
Author: James Thurber
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

Quote: It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

 

 

Quote: Do not fail
To learn from
The pure voice of an
Ever-flowing mountain stream
Splashing over the rocks.
Author: Morihei Ueshiba
Source: The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba

 

Quote: The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts.
Author: Timothy Dwight
Source: Light from Many Lamps by Lillian Eichler Watson (Editor)

 

Quote: Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.
Author: Aristotle
Source: Light from Many Lamps by Lillian Eichler Watson (Editor)

 

Quote: The highest, most varied and lasting pleasures are those of the mind.
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Source: Light from Many Lamps by Lillian Eichler Watson (Editor)

 

Quote: Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge maong the people.
Author: John Adams
Source: Power Quotes by Daniel B. Baker

 

Quote: Enlighten the people generally, and tyranny and oppressions of the body and mind will vanish like the evil spirits at the dawn of the day.
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Source: Power Quotes compiled by Daniel Baker

 

Quote: Nothing is unthinkable, nothing impossible to the balanced person, provided it comes out of the needs of life and is dedicated to life’s further development.
Author: Lewis Mumford
Source: The Forbes Book of Business Quotations

 

Quote: One of the most basic issues we face in our lives is the feeling of failure or guilt. I come froma minority group, families where F stood for feedback or flow and not failure. F’s on a test meant a failed test and not a failure as a human being. F’s helped me find my place in the universe because the family attitude was, “It was meant to be.” And now we would see what good would come of this event.
Author: Bernie S. Siegel, MD
Source: Love, Medicine & Miracles: Lessons Learned About Self-Healing from a Surgeon’s Experience with Exceptional Patients by Bernie S. Siegel, MD

 

Quote: Old places and old persons in their turn, when spirit dwells in them, have an intrinsic vitality of which youth is incapable, precisely, the balance and wisdom that come from long perspectives and broad foundations.
Author: George Santayana
Source: Webster’s New World Dictionary of Quotations

 

Quote: Taking charge of your own learning is a part of taking charge of your life, which is the sine qua non in becoming an integrated person.
Author: Warren Bennis
Source: On Becoming a Leader by Warren G. Bennis

 

Quote: I’ve never been afraid to admit when I’ve made a mistake. It nearly drives me nuts sometimes, making mistakes. I keep telling myself I should be perfect, but that isn’t what we’re here for. Perfection isn’t an option for us; perfection is death, Micko. We’re here to learn and change, and that means making mistakes.
Author: spoken by William Pierce, a character in the novella Heads by Greg Bear
Source: Heads by Greg Bear

 

Quote: If you want to get the best out of a man, you must look for the best that is in him.
Author: Bernard Haldane
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

Quote: Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing.
Author: Arnold H. Glasow
Source: Words for All Occasions by Glenn van Ekeren

 

Quote: Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.
Author: Robert Frost
Source: Franklin Day Planner, December 6, 1993

 

Quote: A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.
Author: Edgar Watson Howe
Source: Webster’s New World Dictionary of Quotations

 

Quote: ..for some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid pieces of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet you or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. They are full of the things that you don’t get in real life–wonderful, lyrical language, for instance. And quality of attention: we may notice amazing details during the course of a day but we rarely let ourselves stop and really pay attention. An author makes you notice, makes you pay attention, and this is a great gift. My gratitude for good writing is unboundec; I’m grateful for it the way I’m grateful for the ocean.
Author: Anne Lamott
Source: Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

 

Quote: Reason does not work instinctively, but requires trial, practice, and instruction in order to gradually progress from one level of insight to another.
Author: Immanuel Kant
Source: Thoughts on Leadership: A Treasury of Quotations compiled by William D. Hitt

 

Quote: The struggle of the mind to keep itself free from every sort of bondage–to remain curious, open, unsatiated in all its relations with nature–is tenfold more difficult than the cultivation of a stable, satisfying point of view, but a thousandfold more precious.
Author: Gardner Murphy
Source: Thoughts on Leadership: A Treasury of Quotations compiled by William D. Hitt

 

Quote: Reason is like an open secret that can become known to anyone at any time; it is the quiet space into which everyone can enter through his own thought.
Author: Karl Jaspers
Source: Thoughts on Leadership: A Treasury of Quotations compiled by William D. Hitt

 

Quote: Accumulate learning by study, understand what you learn by questioning.
Author: Mingjiao, Jiufeng Annals
Source: Zen Lessons: The Art of Leadership by Thomas Cleary (Translator)

 

Quote: All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have as an equal opportunity to develop our talents.
Author: John F. Kennedy
Source: Power Quotes by Daniel B. Baker

 

Quote: The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts.
Author: William Lyon Phelps
Source: The Book of Positive Quotations by John Cook

 

Quote: The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
Author: Mark Twain
Source: 1911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said by Robert Byrne

 

Quote: As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreciate lovingly, our own.
Author: Margaret Mead
Source: Treasury of Women’s Quotations compiled and edited by Carolyn Warner

 

Quote: I have learned silence from the talkative, tolerance from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet strange, I am on grateful to those teachers.
Author: Kahlil Gibran
Source: Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

 

 

 

Quote: If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Source: Alexandra Stoddard’s Book of Days by Alexandra Stoddard

 

Quote: Man’s creative struggle, his search for wisdom and truth, is a love story.
Author: Iris Murdoch
Source: The Spirit of Loving compiled by Emily Hilburn Sell

 

Quote: I learn by going where I have to go.
Author: Theodore Roethke
Source: The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron

 

Quote: If you are aware of your weaknesses and are constantly learning, your potential is virtually limitless. You can build something that will be a legacy.
Author: Jay Sidhu
Source: ‘A Leader’s Journey’ by Pamela Kruger, Fast Company Magazine, June 1999

 

Quote: …conflict is the primary engine of creativity and innovation. People don’t learn by staring into a mirror; people learn by encountering difference.
Author: Ronald Heifetz
Source: The Leader of the Future by William C. Taylor. Fast Company Magazine, June 1999

 

Quote: I have taken all knowledge to be my province.
Author: Francis Bacon
Source: Cassell Companion to Quotations

 

Quote: For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned it is the season of the harvest.
Author: The Talmud
Source: Webster’s New World Dictionary of Quotations

 

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Failure Quotes: Failure Leads to Success

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

MAY I WEEK, 2011

Failure Quotes: Failure Leads to Success

Failure Quotes to help you deal with failure and continue on to success

“The better a man is, the more mistakes he will make, for the more new things he will try. I would never promote to a top-level job a man who was not making mistakes…otherwise he is sure to be mediocre.”
– Peter Druker

“One?s best success comes after his greatest disappointments.”
–Henry Ward Beecher

“He is foolish to blame the sea who is shipwrecked twice.”
— Publilius Syrus

“Everyone has his burden. What counts is how you carry it.”
–Merle Miller

“Don?t be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can?t cross a chasm in two small jumps.”
— David Lloyd George

“Learn to see in another?s calamity the ills that you should avoid.”
–Thomas Jefferson

“A man’s doubts and fears are his worst enemies.”
– William Wrigley Jr.

“Laziness is a secret ingredient that goes into failure. But It’s only kept a secret from the person who fails.”
-Robert Half

“In some attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” Longinus

Remember, you only have to succeed the last time.
Brian Tracy

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” Henry Ford

“Failures are divided into two classes – those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.” John Charles Salak

“Many of life’s failures are men who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Anonymous

“I think everyone should experience defeat at least once during their career. You learn a lot from it.” Lou Holtz

Incorrect assumptionslie at the root of every failure.Have the courage to test your assumption.
Brian Tracy

“When you are down on your back, if you can look up, you can get up.” Les Brown

“Success is not permanent. The same is also true of failure.”Dell Crossword

“In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.”Anonymous

“It is wise to keep in mind that no success or failure is necessarily final.”Anonymous

“One great source of failure is found in a lack of concentration of purpose. There will be adverse winds in every voyage, but the able seaman firmly resists their influence, while he takes advantage of every favorable breeze to speed him on his course.
So in our aims and pursuits we shall find much to counteract them, much to draw our attention from them, and, unless we are armed with a steadfast purpose, that can subordinate the lesser to the greater, that can repel hindrances, resist attractions, and bend circumstances to our will, our efforts will not be crowned with success.”Anonymous

“Success always occurs in private and failure in full public view.”Anonymous

“The only real failure in life is the failure to try.”Anonymous

“The two hardest things to handle in life are failure & success.”Anonymous

“Yesterday’s failures are today’s seeds
That must be diligently planted to be able to abundantly harvest
Tomorrow’s success.”
Anonymous

“Your failures won’t hurt you until you start blaming them on others.”Anonymous

“Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.”Roger Ward BaBson

“There are no failures ? only feedback.”R. Bandler

“Failure is the path of least resistance.”Sir James Matthew Barrie

“Women punish themselves for the failure to conform.”Sandra Bartky

“When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones?which open for us.”Alexander Graham Bell

It is not failure itself that holds you back;it is the fear of failure that paralyzes you.
Brian Tracy

“If at first you don?t succeed, think how many people you?ve made happy.”H. Duane Black

“Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of a life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”Louis E. Boone

“A minute?s success pays the failure for years.”Robert Browning

“I’d rather be a failure in something that I love than a success in something that I hate.”
George Burns

“A man may fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.”
John Burroughs

“Men are failures, not because they are stupid, but because they are not sufficiently impassioned.”Struther Burt

“They never fail who die in a great cause.”George Gordon, Lord Byron

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”Truman Capote

“Show me someone content with mediocrity and I’ll show you someone destined for failure.”Johnetta Cole

“I don’t know the key to success but the key to failure is to try to please everyone.”
Bill William Henry Cosby

“If at first you don’t succeed, failure may be your style.”Quentin Crisp

“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time.”
Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The only real failure in life is one not learned from.”Anthony J. D’Angelo

“Defeat never comes to any man until he admits it.”Josephus Daniels

Most people achieved their greatest success one step beyond what looked like their greatest failure.
Brian Tracy

“When you subsidize poverty and failure, you get more of both.”James Dale Davidson

“The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes.”
John Dewey

“What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.”Benjamin Disraeli

“Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully as a distinguished success.”Dowden

“A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night, and in between he does what he wants to do.”Bob Dylan

“Show me a thoroughly satisfied man, and I will show you a failure.”Thomas Alva Edison

“I’m proof against that word failure. I’ve seen behind it. The only failure a man ought to fear is failure of cleaving to the purpose he sees to be best.”George Elliot

“The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words: “I did not have time.”Franklin Field

“Keep these concepts in mind: You’ve failed many times, although you don’t remember. You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim. . . . Don’t worry about failure. My suggestion to each of you: Worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”Sherman Finesilver

“Failure is success if we learn from it.”Malcom S. Forbes

“Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.”Henry Ford

Never consider the possibility of failure;as long as you persist, you will be succesful.
Brian Tracy

“We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure ? all your life.”John W. Gardner

“A shy failure is nobler than an immodest success.”Kahlil Gibran

“Pleasures, riches, honor and joy are sure to have care, disgrace, adversity and affliction in their train. There is no pleasure without pain, no joy without sorrow. O the folly of expecting lasting felicity in a vale of tears, or a paradise in a ruined world.”Gotthold

“We do not know, in most cases, how far social failure and success are due to heredity, and how far to environment. But environment is the easier of the two to improve.”
John Burdone Sanderson Haldane

“But man is not made for defeat. A man can be destroyed but not defeated.”Ernest Hemingway

“Haste in every business brings failure.”Herodotus

“Before success comes in any man’s life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps, some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do.”Napoleon Hill

“No man is ever whipped, until he quits — in his own mind.”Napoleon Hill

“Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.”Napoleon Hill

“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”Napoleon Hill

“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”Napoleon Hill

“Perfectionism is a dangerous state of mind in an imperfect world. The best way is to forget doubts and set about the task in hand. . . . If you are doing your best, you will not have time to worry about failure.”Robert Silliman Hillyer

“There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. The failure is a stranger in his own house.”Eric Hoffer

“When on the brink of complete discouragement, success is discerning that . . . the line between failure and success is so fine that often a single extra effort is all that is needed to bring victory out of defeat.”
Elbert Green Hubbard

“There is no failure except in no longer trying. There is no defeat except from within, no really insurmountable barrier save our own inherent weakness of purpose.”
Frank McKinney ?Kin? Hubbard

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occassions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot . . . and missed. And I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why . . . I succeed.”Michael Jordan

“An inventor fails 999 times, and if he succeeds once, he’s in. He treats his failures simply as practice shots.”
Charles Franklin Kettering

“The difference between a man who faces death for the sake of an idea and an imitator who goes in search of martyrdom is that the former expresses his idea most fully in death while the latter really enjoys the bitterness of failure.”Soren Kierkegaard

“Failure is the foundation of success, and the means by which it is achieved.”Lao Tzu

“As the opportunity grows for unlimited growth and progress, the chances of failure increase. There is no such thing as a program that will provide security and growth and progress with no risk . . . even within the church. As freedom for unrestricted development is enhanced, the possibilities for failure are also increased. The risk factor is great.”Dean L. Larsen

“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”Abraham Lincoln

“The probability that we may fail in struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just”Abraham Lincoln

Failure is a prerequisite for great success.If you want to succeed faster,double your rate of failure.
Brian Tracy

“The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.”Abraham Lincoln

“In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.”
Vince Lombardi

“Because a fellow has failed once or twice, or a dozen times, you don’t want to set him down as a failure till he’s dead or loses his courage ? and that’s the same thing.”George Horace Lorimer

“The common idea that success spoils people by making them vain, egotistic, and self-complacent is erroneous; on the contrary, it makes them, for the most part, humble, tolerant, and kind. Failure makes people cruel and bitter.”William Somerset Maugham

“If at first you don?t succeed, failure may be your thing.”Warren Miller

“How far high failure overleaps the bounds of low success.”Sir Lewis Morris

“There are few pains so grievous as to have seen, divined, or experienced how an exceptional man has missed his way and deteriorated.”William Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Never fight an inanimate object.”P.J. O’Rourke

“Remember the two benefits of failure. First, if you do fail, you learn what doesn’t work; and second, the failure gives you the opportunity to try a new approach.”Roger Von Oech

“In this game that we’re playing, we can’t win. Some kinds of failure are better than other kinds, that’s all.”George Orwell

“What we call failure is not the falling down, but the staying down.”Mary Pickford

“I’ve lived to bury my desires,
And see my dreams corrode with rust;
Now all that’s left are fruitless fires
That burn my empty heart to dust.”
Alexander Sergeievich Pushkin

“If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.”Dan Quayle

“You’ll come back, because yours is an error of knowledge, not a moral failure, not an act of surrender to evil, but only the last act of being victim to your own virtue. We’ll wait for you and when you come back, you will have discovered that there need never be any conflict among your desires, nor so tragic a clash of values as the one you’ve borne so well.”Ayn Rand

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.”Anthony (Tony) Robbins

“Failure is not a single, cataclysmic event. You don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.”Jim Rohn

“Failures are divided into two classes ? those who thought and never did, and those?who did and never thought.”John Charles Salak

“Winning isn’t everything, It’s the only thing.”Red Sanders

“Success is never ending: failure is never final.”Robert H. Schuller

“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don?t try.”Beverly Sills

“It is not enough to succeed. Others must fail.”Gore Vidal

“When you are down and out something always turns up ? and it’s usually the noses of your friends.”Orson Welles

“The saddest failures in life are those that come from not putting forth the power and will to succeed.”Edwin Percy Welles

“I would rather lose in a cause that I know some day will triumph than to triumph in a cause that I know some day will fail.”Wendell Lewis Wilkie

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.”George E. Woodberry

“No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home.” Benjamin Disraeli

“No one can defeat us unless we first defeat ourselves.” Dwight Eisenhower

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Derek Bok

“It is not the great temptations that ruin us; it is the little ones.” John W. DeForest

“The problem with most failing businesses is not that their owners don?t know enough about finance, marketing, management, and operations — they don?t, but those things are easy enough to learn — but that they spend their time and energy defending what they think they know. My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren?t so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more.” Michael Gerber

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK – THINKING

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

APRIL IV WEEK, 2011

Quotations about Thinking

 

No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.  ~Voltaire

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.  ~Edmund Burke

Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.  ~Carl G. Jung

Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.  ~Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun

No matter where you go or what you do, you live your entire life within the confines of your head.  ~Terry Josephson

You and I are not what we eat; we are what we think.  ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?  ~Winnie the Pooh

People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use.  ~Soren Kierkegaard

Too often we… enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.  ~John F. Kennedy

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.  ~Will Durant

Begin challenging your own assumptions.  Your assumptions are your windows on the world.  Scrub them off every once in awhile, or the light won’t come in.  ~Alan Alda

I like to think of thoughts as living blossoms borne by the human tree.  ~James Douglas

The forceps of our minds are clumsy things and crush the truth a little in the course of taking hold of it.  ~H.G. Wells

Our minds are lazier than our bodies.  ~François, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Maxims, 1678

Invest a few moments in thinking.  It will pay good interest.  ~Author Unknown

Some people get lost in thought because it’s such unfamiliar territory.  ~G. Behn

Thinking is like loving and dying.  Each of us must do it for himself.  ~Josiah Royce

It is well for people who think, to change their minds occasionally in order to keep them clean.  ~Luther Burbank

Physiological response to thinking and to pain is the same; and man is not given to hurting himself.  ~Martin H. Fischer

We spend our days in deliberating, and we end them without coming to any resolve.  ~L’Estrange

Our job is not to make up anybody’s mind, but to open minds and to make the agony of the decision-making so intense you can escape only by thinking.  ~Author Unknown

Thinking in its lower grades is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.  ~Havelock Ellis, The Dance of Life, 1923

The average man never really thinks from end to end of his life.  The mental activity of such people is only a mouthing of clichés.  ~H.L. Mencken, Prejudices, 1925

Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once a week.  ~George Bernard Shaw

…the thoughtful excitement of lonely rambles, of gardening, and of other like occupations, where the mind has leisure to must during the healthful activity of the body, with the fresh and wakeful breezes blowing round it…  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Belief is when someone else does the thinking.  ~Buckminster Fuller, 1972

Irons rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.  ~Leonardo da Vinci, Notebooks, 1508

A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man.  But they don’t bite everybody.  ~Stanislaw Lec, Unkempt Thoughts, 1962

Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.  ~G.C. Lichtenberg

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.  ~Albert Einstein

Brain, n.  An apparatus with which we think that we think.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary

At a certain age some people’s minds close up; they live on their intellectual fat.  ~William Lyon Phelps

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

No amount of energy will take the place of thought.  A strenuous life with its eyes shut is a kind of wild insanity.  ~Henry Van Dyke

Tell your friends not to think aloud
Until they swallow.
~Nickelback, “Leader of Men,” The State

Believing is easier than thinking.  Hence so many more believers than thinkers.  ~Bruce Calvert

A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought.  There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor  ~Victor Hugo

Sometimes I think and other times I am.  ~Paul Valéry, Variété: Cantiques spirituels, 1924

Few minds wear out; more rust out.  ~Christian N. Bovee

Opinion is that exercise of the human will which helps us to make a decision without information.  ~John Erskine

Some people do not become thinkers simply because their memories are too good.  ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Men can live without air a few minutes, without water for about two weeks, without food for about two months – and without a new thought for years on end.  ~Kent Ruth

The thoughts that come often unsought, and, as it were, drop into the mind, are commonly the most valuable of any we have.  ~John Locke, 16 May 1699

Men who borrow their opinions can never repay their debts.  ~George Savile, Marquess de Halifax, Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections

A lawyer’s brief will be brief, before a freethinker thinks freely.  ~Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare, Guesses at Truth, by Two Brothers, 1827

Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action.  Twice would have been quite enough.  ~Confucius, Analects

Impartial observers from other planets would consider ours an utterly bizarre enclave if it were populated by birds, defined as flying animals, that nevertheless rarely or never actually flew.  They would also be perplexed if they encountered in our seas, lakes, rivers, and ponds, creatures defined as swimmers that never did any swimming.  But they would be even more surprised to encounter a species defined as a thinking animal if, in fact, the creature very rarely indulged in actual thinking.  ~Steve Allen

What luck for rulers, that men do not think.  ~Adolph Hitler

Doubt is not a pleasant state of mind, but certainty is absurd.  ~Voltaire, 1767

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death.  Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit.  Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid.  Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.  ~Bertrand Russell

[Thinking is] what a great many people think they are doing when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.  ~William James

For those who do not think, it is best at least to rearrange their prejudices once in a while.  ~Luther Burbank

How wonderful that we have met with a paradox.  Now we have some hope of making progress.  ~Niels Bohr

You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind.  ~Author Unknown

He who will not reason is a bigot; he who cannot is a fool; and he who dares not is a slave.  ~William Drummond, Academical Questions

Ours is the age which is proud of machines that think and suspicious of men who try to.  ~Howard Mumford Jones

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