Some Favorite Quotes


I’m a sucker for a good quote.  I collect them from greeting cards, magnets, calendars, advertisements, conversations or wherever I can find them.

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Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. F. P. Jones

Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.  Bertrand Russell

It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.  Annie Sullivan

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.  Anne Frank

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny …’ Isaac Asimov

A conclusion is simply the place where someone got tired of thinking. Arthur Block

I believe you are your work.  Don’t trade the stuff of your life-time-for nothing more than dollars.  That’s a rotten bargain.  Rita Mae Brown, Author

Goals are dreams with deadlines.  Diana Scharf Hunt, Author

There is no such thing as expecting too much.  Susan Cheever, Author

It takes twenty years of hard work to become an overnight success.  Diana Rankin, Psychic

The idea of strictly minding our own business is moldy rubbish.  Who could be so selfish? Myrtle Barker, Reporter

When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all.    Dr. Joyce Brothers.

I think I’ll work all my life.  When you’re having fun, why stop having fun? Helen Thomas, White House Bureau Chief

When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? Eleanor Roosevelt

These are not book, lumps of lifeless paper, but minds alive on the shelves.  Gilbert Highet

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.  H. L. Mencken

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.  Carl Sagan

Just saying ‘no’ prevents teenage pregnancy the way ‘Have a nice day’ cures chronic depression.  Faye Wattleton

“I like living.  I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.  Agatha Christie

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.  Freya Stark

If thine enemy offend thee, give his child a drum.  Fran Lebowitz

Most people spend their lives going to bed when they are not sleepy and getting up when they are.  Cindy Adams

You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon.  The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.  Ethel Barrymore

Change is an easy panacea.  It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there.  Elizabeth Clarke Dunn

Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.  Mary Lou Cook

Trust yourself.  You know more than you think you do.  Dr. Spock

Dreams come a size too big so that we may grow into them.  Josie Bisset