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Sunday, March 29, 2015

March 2015 Quotations (60)

"The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry."
~~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt [1882-1945]

"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
~~ marketing expert E. Joseph Cossman [1918-2002]

"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no use being a damn fool about it."
~~ W.C. Fields [1880-1946]

"A retentive memory may be a good thing, but the ability to forget is the true token of greatness."
~~ Elbert Hubbard [1856-1915]

"I wish life was not so short . . . languages take such a time, and so do all the things [that] one wants to know about."
~~ J.R.R. Tolkien [1892-1973]

"Those who prefer their English sloppy have only themselves to thank if the advertisement writer uses his mastery of the vocabulary and syntax to mislead their weak minds."
~~ Dorothy L. Sayers [1893-1957]

"I always invented to obtain money to go on inventing."
~~ Thomas Alva Edison [1847-1931]

"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."
~~ J.K. Rowling

"I am by nature a dealer in words, and words are the most powerful drug known to humanity."
~~ Rudyard Kipling [1865-1936]

"The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong."
~~ Laura Ingalls Wilder [1867-1957]

"Intellectually I know that America is no better than any other country; emotionally I know [that] she is better than every other country."
~~ Sinclair Lewis [1885-1951]

"Heroes are not great statues framed against a red sky. They are people who say: This is my community, and it is my responsibility to make it better."
~~ Louis 'Studs' Terkel [1912-2008] Page

"To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived."
~~ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1859-1930]

"Love is the strange bewilderment which overtakes one person on account of another person."
~~ James Thurber [1894-1961] & E.B. White [1899-1985]

"The best of our fiction is by novelists who allow that it is as good as they can give, and the worst by novelists who maintain that they could do much better if only the public would let them."
~~ J.M. Barrie [1860-1937]

"Chance is the playground of fools."
~~ Capt. Francis Newcombe [1878-1956]

"Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is more important than the judgment we pass on ourselves."
~~ Nathaniel Branden [1930-2014]

"Only a great mind that is overthrown yields tragedy."
~~ Jacques Barzun [1907-2012]

"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

"Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in art: the thing you cannot explain."
~~ Georges Braque [1882-1963]

"Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”
~~ Benjamin Disraeli [1804-81], in the novel 'Coningsby' [1844]

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserve and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists . . . it is real . . . it is possible . . . it’s yours."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82], in "Atlas Shrugged" [1957 novel]

"Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
~~ Samuel Beckett [1906-89], in 'Worstward Ho' [1984]

"There’s only one real sin, and that is to persuade oneself that the second-best is anything but the second-best."
~~ Doris Lessing [1919-2013], in 'The Golden Notebook' [1962]

"To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget."
~~ Arundhati Roy, in 'The Cost of Living' [1999]

"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night."
~~ Edgar Allan Poe [1809-49], in 'Eleonora' (1841)

"Human history is in essence a history of ideas."
~~ H.G. Wells [1866-1946] in 'The Outline of History' [1920]

"It has been said, 'The West has to be seen to be believed'. But it has to be believed to be seen.”
~~ Kiowa poet N. Scott Momaday

"Freedom of speech and opinion is non-negotiable."
~~ Anonymous cyber collective video, 2015

"The reason that Republicans are not seen as leaders in America is that it is tough to lead when you are moving backwards."
~~ G.E. Nordell

"SHUT UP – in the name of free speech!"
~~ cartoonist Jen Sorensen

"If a businessman makes a mistake, he suffers the consequences. If a bureaucrat makes a mistake, you suffer the consequences."
~~ Ayn Rand [1905-82]

"The only thing standing between me and total happiness is reality."
~~ Brandon B.

"I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it ceased to be one."
~~ Mark Twain [1835-1910]

"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged."
~~ Cardinal Richelieu [1585-1642]

"In this world, hate has never yet dispelled hate. Only love can dispel hate."
~~ Gautama Buddha [5th Century BCE]

"You see, in our century we've learned not to fear words."
~~ character Lt. Uhura, on 'Star Trek' TV series

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts."
~~ Mahatma Gandhi [1869-1948]

"My worst nightmare is being stuck somewhere with nothing to read."
~~ Barbara Kingsolver

"The goal of storytelling should be to make stories as ubiquitous as music."
~~ Malcolm Gladwell

"I still wake up so jazzed that I don’t have to go to school."
~~ Sarah Silverman

"If the problem is digital, the solution is analog!!"
~~ Anonymous

"You will note that the Bill of Rights is now apparently a Bill of Concerns."
~~ Charles Pierce, in Esquire Magazine Feb 2014

"The only thing harder than speaking truth to power is speaking truth to stupid."
~~ TV producer Aaron Sorkin

“Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."
~~ Harry S. Truman [1884-1972]

"My folks came to the U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood, and became an alien."
~~ Leonard Nimoy [1931-2015]

"You want to lose all of your customers? Lie to one of them."
~~ Bartolo Aglialoro [1909-89]

"Sean Hannity is probably the most loathsome dude at Fox News. Everything is presented in as devious a manner as it could possibly be presented."
~~ Jon Stewart

"Beware lest in your anxiety to avoid war you obtain a master."
~~ Ancient Greek orator Demosthenes [384–322 B.C.E.]

"The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"The thing about [independent films] is that you know everybody's there for the right reasons."
~~ Oscar-winning actor J.K. Simmons

"Movies are like people; you either trust them or you don't."
~~ director Bennett Miller

"If you can't fly, then run. If you can't run then walk. If you can't walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
~~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [1929-68]

"Often in life, the most important question [that] we can ask ourselves is: Do we really have the problem [that] we think we have?"
~~ Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink

"We will never have a perfect world, but it's not romantic or naïve to work toward a better one."
~~ Steven Pinker

"Strategy is often in the things [that] you decide not to do."
~~ Anonymous

"You gotta be a beast - that's the only way [that] they'll respect you."
~~ rocker Nicki Minaj

"A mistake repeated more than once is a decision."
~~ Paulo Coelho

"I figure if a girl wants to be a legend, she should just go ahead and be one."
~~ Martha 'Calamity Jane' Cannary [1852-1903]

"Twenty years from now if there is some obscure trivial pursuit question, I am confident [that] I will be the answer."
~~ Sen. Ted Cruz

{each set of posted quotations are then posted at the Working Minds website, alphabetical by author}

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