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Sunday, April 07, 2024

April 2024 Quotations (56)

"Does anybody else think it's significant that 49 percent of the Republican voters who attended the Iowa caucuses voted for someone other than Trump?"
~~ Teresa Hanafin, Boston Globe staff writer

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of a child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm."
~~ Aldous Huxley [1894-1963]

"Without fear there cannot be courage."
~~ Montana author Christopher Paolini

"There are two types of people; those who want to know and those who want to believe."
~~ Friedrich Nietzsche [1844-1900]

"I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances, be more active, show up more often."
~~ motivational speaker Brian Tracy

"To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself."
~~ Thich Nhat Hanh [1926-2022]

"You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger."
~~ Gautama Buddha [5th Century BCE]

"People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don't know is what what they do does."
~~ Michel Foucault [1926-84]

"The highest form of human intelligence is to observe yourself without judgment."
~~ Jiddu Krishnamurti [1895-1986]

"People are always complaining that life's not fair, but that simply isn't true. Life is extraordinarily fair. It's just not centered on you."
~~ Lynn Marie Sager - in "A River Worth Riding" [2011]

"We are born innocent. We are polluted by advice."
~~ Henry David Thoreau [1817-62]

"The wisest are the most annoyed at the loss of time."
~~ Dante Alighieri [1265-1321]

"Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence."
~~ Eleanor Roosevelt [1884-1962]

"Conceit spoils the finest genius."
~~ Louisa May Alcott [1832-88] - in "Little Women" [1868]

"Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them."
~~ pioneer radio evangelist J. Harold Smith [1910-2001]

"All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, until they take root in our personal experience."
~~ {Johann Wolfgang von} Goethe [1749-1832]

"A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal."
~~ cowboy artist Jack Sorenson

"If a book is well written, I always find it too short."
~~ Jane Austen [1775-1817]

"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
~~ George Washington [1732-99]

"I believe that the Laws of Karma do not apply to show business, where good things happens to bad people on a fairly regular basis."
~~ TV producer Chuck Lorre

"At the end of the day, the questions we ask of ourselves determine the type of people that we will become."
~~ Leo Babauta

"Life is the best gift ... the rest is extra."
~~ African proverb

"Great art has always gone to the masses, to their hopes and dreams, for that spark that kindled their souls. The rest, 'the many, all too many' as Nietzsche called mediocrity, have been mere commodities that can be bought with money, cheap glory, or social position."
~~ anarchist Emma Goldman [1869-1940]

"It doesn't matter if the water is cold or warm if you're going to have to wade through it anyway."
~~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin [1881-1955]

"Love is a better master than duty."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"Each time we don't say what we wanna say, we're dying."
~~ Yoko Ono

"Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It's not something you learn in school. But if you haven't learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven't learned anything."
~~ boxing great Muhammad Ali [1942-2016]

"In life there are squares and there are circles, sometimes it's best to be an oblong."
~~ Benny Bellamacina

"Some days I can't get an idea, and I think, 'Man, I'm just washed up,' but it's just a mood."
~~ artist Jean-Michel Basquiat [1960-88]

"If lightning is the anger of the gods, then the gods are concerned mostly about trees."
~~ Chinese philosopher Lao-Tzu [IVth Century BCE]

"[Christmas] is the day when we remind ourselves that [men] can and must live in peace with [their] neighbors and that it is the peacemakers who are truly blessed."
~~ John F. Kennedy [1917-63] - Remarks on Christmas, 17 December 1962

"The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep."
~~ writer E.W. (Edgar Watson) Howe [1853-1937]

"He dares to be a fool, and that is the first step in the direction of wisdom."
~~ author & critic James Gibbons Huneker [1857-1921]

"In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on."
~~ Robert Frost [1874-1963]

"I look at politicians the same way [that] I look at C.B.D. gummies. I know a lot of people believe in them, but I'm not sure they're actually doing anything."
~~ comedian Mark Normand

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
~~ Albert Einstein [1879-1955]

"The deeper you hate the longer you hurt."
~~ Benny Bellamacina

"Let's try to talk intelligent."
~~ character Archie Bunker - on the "All In The Family" CBS-TV show

"Being good to somebody is just like being mean to somebody. Risky. You don't get nothing for it."
~~ Toni Morrison [1931-2019] - in "Sula" [1973 novel]

"Other people’s definitions of you, sometimes they’re more about making themselves feel better. You gotta define yourself."
~~ character Christopher Moltisanti - on "The Sopranos" H.B.O. TV show

"The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
~~ beat poet Jack Kerouac [1922-69] - in "On The Road" [1957 novel]

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it."
~~ Edith Wharton [1862-1937]

"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."
~~ Brasilian author Paulo Coelho - in "The Alchemist" [1988]

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself."
~~ Robert Frost [1874-1963]

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."
~~ Danish existentialist philosopher Søren Kierkegaard [1813-55]

"If these chatbots are supposed to be magical, why are so many of them dumb as rocks?"
~~ reporter Shira Ovide, Washington Post 'Tech Friend' newsletter, 3/2024

"Hollywood is easy to hate, easy to sneer at, easy to lampoon."
~~ Raymond Chandler [1888-1959] - in The Atlantic Magazine in 1945

"The Biden boom is real."
~~ Daily Kos news site [est. 2002], 3/18/2024

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."
~~ British author Charlotte Brontë [1816-55]

"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."
~~ British poet Arthur William Edgar O'Shaughnessy [1844-81]

"The true essence of intellect lies not merely in its possession, but in its judicious application."
~~ Martin Tobias Lithner

"Tell all the truth but tell it slant."
~~ Emily Dickinson [1830-86]

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
~~ William Shakespeare [1564-1616]

"Leaders live by choice, not by accident."
~~ Pastor Mark Gorman of Metairie, Louisiana

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is an absurd one."
~~ French philosopher Voltaire [1694-1778]

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