General Quotations

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.

…in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty. — Phil Ochs (1940-1976)

Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Life is eternal;
and love is immortal;
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. — Rossiter Worthington Raymond (1840-1918)

Nothing great was ever achieved by being realistic. — (E. P.)

I find it harder and harder every day to live up to my blue china. — Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Remember: you are utterly unique… just like everybody else.

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
— John Andrew Holmer

I’d rather have one rose and a kind word from a friend while I’m here than a whole truckload when I’m gone.

Wherever you go, there you are.

Too much of a good thing is wonderful. — Mae West (1893-1980)

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

“Ah. There’s the trick: to find the way  — whether forwards or back — to what we long to be.” — Rose Tremain, Music and Silence

The stuff of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made. — Groucho Marx (1890-1977)

I find television to be very educating. Every time someone turns on the set, I go in the other room and read a book. –- Groucho Marx

Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man’s growth without destroying his roots. — Frank A. Clark, writer (1911-)

There are sad moments of life that you can only sustain with alcohol.
— R.A. (anonymous, for his own protection)

Money can’t buy you friends, but it can buy you a better class of enemy. — Spike Milligan (1918-2002)

How do I know what I think until I hear what I’ve said?!

It is better to have done something than to have been someone. — Claude Monet (1840-1926)

The fact that no-one understands you doesn’t make you an artist.

A written word is the choicest of relics. It is something at once more intimate with us and more universal than any other work of art. It is the work of art nearest to life itself. It may be translated into every language, and not only be read but actually breathed from all human lips… to be carved out of breath itself. The symbol of an ancient man’s thought becomes a modern man’s speech. — Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), Walden

Nobody leaves home without baggage; it all depends how you carry it. — M.W.

He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star. — William Blake (1757-1827)

There is nothing more complete than a broken heart, and no louder scream than silence. — Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, ‘Der Kotzker’ (1787-1859)