Best Quotes Database

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Alphabetial by author's last names

A

George M. Adams

There is no such thing as a self made man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
John Adams - Inscribed on the mantel of the white house dining room. Nov. MDCCC. from a letter written by John Adams.

I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house and all that shall here after inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Konrad Ademauer

The one sure way to conciliate a tiger is to allow oneself to be devoured .

  • Education
  • Conflict
William Alger

We give advice by the bucketful and take it by the grain.

  • education
  • character
Danielle Allen

… the world has never built a multiethnic democracy in which no particular ethnic group is in the majority and where political equality, social equality, and economies that empower all have been achieved.

  • Politics
  • Democracy
  • Government
  • Equality
Fred Allen

Advertising is 85% confusion and 15% commission.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Muhammad Ali

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Hames Altucher

Honesty is the fastest way to prevent a mistake from turning into a failure.

  • Education
  • Honesty
  • Philosophy
Maya Angelou

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
H. F. Amiel

Doing easily what others find difficult is talent; doing what is impossible for talent is genius.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Anonymous

Proverbs and quotes

  • 4 eyes see more than 2.
  • Anticipation is the greatest joy.
  • A rumor is about as hard to unspread as butter.
  • Do you know why lighting never strikes twice in the same place? It doesn't have to.
  • To wonder is to begin to understand.
  • People believe only what they want to believe.
  • Knowledge brings the responsibility of choice.
  • Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas.
  • The absent are always in the wrong.
  • A thinking person realizes that the right way and the easiest way are not always the same.
  • When you start to sling mud, you're loosing ground.
  • Gossip is telling more then you heard.
  • Courtesy: Good manners may in seven words be found: Forget yourself and think of those around.
  • When life hands you a lemon make lemonade.
  • You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.
  • In sleep we are all equal.
  • Even a clock is right twice a day.
  • While there's life there's hope.
  • A aleck is a fellow who thinks he knows as much as you know you do.
  • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes us happy.
  • There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
  • I sometimes talk when I should not. So before I do I ll try to stop.
  • A horse must be broke before he'll work. So must some people.
  • The greatest kindness we can offer each other is the truth.
  • Accept me as I am so I may learn what I can become.
  • Beware of those who fall at your feet they maybe reaching for the corner of the rug.
  • Life is like a fire; it begins in smoke, and ends in ashes.
  • One who is ruled by emotions often stumbles before reaching the goal.
  • A person could get along just fine without money if other people weren't so crazy about it.
  • A word to the wise is sufficient.
  • A thinking person is guided by the facts no matter how unreal they may be.
  • A thinking person learns from the mistakes of others without rejoicing in their mistakes.
  • Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
  • Experience is the fools best teacher; the wise do not need it.
  • Isn't it strange how much we've got to know, before we know how little we know?
  • It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes us happy.
  • What was valid yesterday might well be obsolete tomorrow.
  • One who is merely clever feels he has nothing to learn from others.
  • When you dream, dream big.
  • Thirty days hath November, April, June and September; February hath twenty-eight alone and all the rest have thirty-one.
  • Caution human beings here, handle with care.
  • Home is where the heart is.
  • Each dawn is a new beginning.
  • Everything in the world can be borne except a series of beautiful days.
  • If only the people who say they feel fine would let their faces know.
  • If you run after two hares you will catch neither.
  • Old age is not for sissies.
  • The early bird catches the worm.
  • They can because they think they can.
  • A thinking person realizes that the right way and the easiest are not always the same.
  • A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger. Proverbs 15:1
  • A wise son maketh a glad father. Proverbs 10:1
  • For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. Isaih 55:8
  • Greater love havth no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
  • He that is not with me is against me. Luke 11:23
  • It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 21:35
  • Don't worry about getting old. When you stop getting old you're dead.
  • Character
  • Conflict
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Antisthenes

We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not sured by another running mad also.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Aristonymus

Life is a theater in which the worst people often have the best seats.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Aristotle
  • The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
  • Cooperation
  • Synergy
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Anger

B

Francis Bacon

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.

  • Education
  • Literacy
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Philip James Bailey

It is not how long we live but how well we live.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Mikhail Bakhtin

To live inside a lie is to become the tool of someone else.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Truth
David Barash

The relationship between Steve Jobs and useless humanities programs such as calligraphy should not be ignored.

  • Liberal
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
James Barrie

I am not young enough to know everything.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Melody Beattie

Gratitude [perspective] makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Wendell Berry
  • Earth is what we all have in common. Until we don’t!
  • To damage the earth is to damage your children.
  • Every time you buy organic you are persuading more farmers to grow organic.
    Earth is what we all have in common.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Environment
  • Politics
Henry Ward Beecher

I don t like these cold, precise, perfect people, who, in order not to speak wrong, never speak at all, and in order not to do wrong never do anything.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Josh Billings

Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
William Blake

A truth told with a bad intent beats all he lies you can invent.

  • Character
G. D. Boardman

Let us not say that every man is the architect of his own fortune; but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Ability is of little account with out opportunity.
  • Imagination rules the world.
  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Daniel J. Boorstin

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Phyllis Bottome

There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties, or you alter yourself to meet them.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Problem Solving
George Box

Essentially, all models are wrong, some are useful.

  • Science
  • Models
  • Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
Preston Bradley

I've never met a person, I don't care what his condition, in whom I could not see possibilities. I don't care how much a man may consider himself a failure, I believe in him, for he can change the thing that is wrong in his life any time he is ready and prepared to do it. Whenever he develops the desire, he can take away from his life the thing that is defeating it. The capacity for reformation and change lives within.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
L.L. Bryson

We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.

  • education
  • character
Steuart Britt

Doing business without advertising is like winking at a girl in the dark. You know what you are doing, but know one else does.

  • Advertising
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Buddha

We are what we think. All that we are arise with our thoughts,. With our thoughts, we make the world.

  • Self
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Robert Burns

Man's inhumanity to man makes countless thousands mourn.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • History
  • Philosophy
Ralph Butler

Advertising promotes that discontent which makes people strive to improve their economic status.

  • Advertising
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Samuel Butler
  • A hen is only an eggs way of making another egg.
  • Truth generally is kindness, but where the two diverge and collide, kindness should override truth.
  • Truth generally is kindness, but where the two diverge and collide, kindness should override truth.
  • The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
  • He that waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.
  • Life is one long process of getting tired.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Truth
Henry Burton

Have you had a kindness shown? Pass it on.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
H. W. Byles

Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Some people go through life creaking.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor

C

Donald T. Campbell
  • Achievement tests may well be valuable indicators of general school achievement under conditions of normal teaching aimed at general competence. But when test scores become the goal of the teaching process, they both lose their value as indicators of educational status and distort the educational process in undesirable ways.
  • Any metric used to determine social decision making will become corrupted by people who want to affect those decisions. Campbell’s Law. Testing assessment politics social
  • Conflict
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Social
  • Motivation
  • Testing
  • Assessment
  • Politics
Lord Chesterfiels
  • Advice is seldom welcome, and those who need it the most like it the least.
  • You must look into people as well as at them.
  • Conflict
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Art
  • Motivation
Gilbert Chesterton
  • Art, like morality, consist in drawing the line somewhere.
  • Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
  • People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
  • Morality
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Art
Chinese Proverb

Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Pema Chodron

Fear is the natural reaction of moving closer to the truth.

  • Education
  • Fear
  • Truth
  • Philosophy
Robert Coller

The great successful men of the world have used their imaginations, they think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit, but steadily building, steadily building.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Noam Chomsky

First question is: As individuals what can we do? - the answer is: practically nothing! What could be done and always has been done in history is by people who are organized. The labor movement, civil rights movement, women’s movement, anti-war movement, environmental movement. These can do things. And that’s one of the reasons why powerful systems are so intent on atomizing people.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Change
  • Group cooperation
James Bryant Conant

Behold the turtle only makes progress when he sticks his neck out.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Confucius
  • The superior man understands what is right; the inferior nan understands what will sell.
  • Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
  • We should feel sorrow but not sink under its oppression.
  • Education
  • Learning
  • Philosophy
  • Right
  • Advertising
  • Propaganda
Winston Churchill
  • My education was interrupted only by my schooling.
  • If we open a quarrel between the past and the present; we shall find that we have lost the future.
  • The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
  • The Stone Age may return on the gleaming wings of science, and what might bring immeasurable material blessings upon mankind, may even bring about its total destruction.
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • History
  • Politics
  • Science
  • Atomic bomb
Carlo Azeglio Ciampi

The education of peoples is a necessary precondition to peace.

  • Education
  • Peace
Henry Clay

I would rather be right then be president.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Marcelence Cox

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet; there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.

  • Character
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Tre Cool - Green Day Band member

I never completed high school and I am very rich and very successful.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor

D

William H. Davies

What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.

  • Art
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
St. Francis De Sales

Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Eugene Debs

Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.

  • Education
  • History
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
John Dewey

Complete adaptation to environment means death.  The essential point is all response is the desire to control environment.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Benjamin Disraeli
  • It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
  • What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
  • I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. (Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.)
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Frederick Douglas

Where there is no struggle there is no progress.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
John Dryden

Beware the fury of the patient man

  • Conflict
  • Character
  • Philosophy
Elizabeth Duckworth

Knowing the right answer requires no decisions, carries no risks, and makes no demands. it is automatic, it is thoughtless.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Clarke Dunn

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

  • Character
  • Philosophy

E

Thomas Edison
  • We don t know one millionth of one per cent about anything.
  • Geniuses 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.
  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Information
Robert C. Edwards

You are only what you are when no one is looking.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Information
Albert Einstein
  • As long as there are sovereign nations possessing great power, war is inevitable.
  • I am enough of an artist to draw freely upoon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
  • It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
  • Information is not knowledge.
  • Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
  • The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
  • You are only what you are when no one is looking. Information is not knowledge.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Information
  • Reality
Milton S. Eisenhower
  • Disregard for human beings is the 1st qualification of a dictator.
  • I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Politics
Pliny the Elder

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
George Eliot

Nothing is so good as it seems before hand.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Where there is no vision the people perish.
  • The only way to have a friend is be one.
  • Do not follow where the path leads. Rather, go where there is no path and leave a trail.
  • Within, I do not find wrinkles and used heart, but unspent youth.
  • Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you. - Make yourself necessary to somebody.
  • Make yourself necessary to somebody.
  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Epicurus

Nothing is enough for the man to whom enough is too little.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy

F

W. C. Fields
  • When you first get up in the morning smile, and get it over with.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Henry Ford
  • Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
  • The highest use of capital is not to make more money, but to make money do more for the betterment of life.
  • A dollar invested in a bank will earn five cents each year. A dollar invested in a good book will completely change a life.
  • The question Who ought to be boss is like asking Who ought to be the tenor in a quartet? Obviously, the man who can sing tenor.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Ben Franklin
  • Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.
  • What ever begins in anger ends in shame.
  • We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall hand separately.
  • There are three faithful friends- an old wife, and old dog and ready money.
  • An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.
  • Up sluggard and waste not life; in the grave will be sleeping enough.
  • A little neglect may bread mischief; for want of a the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, and for want of a horse the rider was lost.
  • Success has ruined many a  man.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Milton Friedman

Social responsibility of business is to increase profits.

  • Character
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
Robert Friedman

Character is not made in a crisis it is only exhibited.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Robert Frost

Two roads diverged into the woods, and I - I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Problem solving
Buckminster Fuller

Development is programmable; discovery is not.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Thomas Fuller

Praise makes good men better and bad men worse.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Motivation

G

Giuseppe Garibaldi

Give me the ready hand, rather than the ready tongue.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Jose Ortega y Gasset

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.

  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Ellen Glasgow

All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

If you treat an individual as he is, he will stay as he is; but if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Daniel Goleman

If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationship, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.

  • Emotions
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Isaac Goldberg

Diplomacy is to do and say the nastiest thing in the nicest way.

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Horace Greenley

I haven't any time to make money, and I don t want any anyhow. Money is more trouble than it's worth.

  • Economics
  • Education
  • Philosophy

H

Thomas Chandler Haliburton

When a man is wrong and won't admit it, he always gets angry.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Lord Hailsham

The best way I know of winning an argument is to start by being in the right.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Stephen Hawking

We are in danger of destroying ourselves by our greed and stupidity. We cannot remain looking inwards at ourselves on a small and increasingly polluted and overcrowded planet.

  • Character
  • Environment
  • Politics
  • Education
  • Philosophy
William Hazlitt

There is many a slip (between) twixt the cup and the lip.

  • Character
  • Conflict resolution
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegal

What experience and history teach is this - that people and government never have learned anything from history, or acted on principles deduced from it.

  • Character
  • Conflict resolution
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Heinrich Heine

The weather cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.

  • Character
  • Conflict resolution
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Patrick Henry

I have but one lamp by which to guide my feet, and that is the lamp of experience.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Heraclitus

There is nothing permanent except change.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
John Heywood proverb collection 1546
  • Two head are better the one.
  • Fair exchange is no robbery.
  • Indeed, a friend is ne-er known till a man have need.
  • One good turn deserves another.
  • You stand in your own light.
  • Leap out of the frying pan into the fire.
  • Haste makes waste.
  • Children learn to creep before they learn to go.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Many hands make work light.
  • Would ye both eat your cake and have your cake? - Would ye both eat your cake and have cake?
  • A man can bring a horse to water, but he can not make him drink.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Hillel

If I am not for myself who will be. But if I am only for myself, what am I.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Adolf Hitler

Knowledge is ruin to my young men.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosoph
  • Politics
Thomas Hoffes

Knowledge is a power.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Ted Hoffman

The mouth is 1% teeth and 99% bad breath

  • Humor
Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • To be able to listen to others in a sympathetic and understanding way is perhaps the most effective mechanism in the world for getting along with people and tying up their friendship for good.
  • The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.
  • If you win brag little, show well, crow gently, - if loose pay up, own up. These are virtues of a sporting man
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Sportsmanship
Bob Homann & Weikart 1992 p. 38

Learning grows out of child's direct actions on materials.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Charles Hole

Deliberate with caution, but act with decision; and yield with graciousness, or oppose with firmness.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Homer

After the event the fool is wise.

  • Education
  • History
  • Philosophy
Bob Hope

If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Herbert Hoover

Children are our most valuable natural resource.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
J. Edgar Hoover

Justice is incidental to law and order.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Ed Howe

You may easily play a joke on a man who likes to argue, agree with him.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Kin Hubbard

Some folks can look so busy doing nothing that they look indispensable.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor

I

Henrik Ibsen

A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Dana William Inge

A nation is a society united by a about its ancestry, and by a common hate of its neighbors.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
Robert G. Ingersoll

Anger blows out the lamp of the mind.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Julius Irving

I like to be able to win without bragging and loose without crying

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor

J

William James
  • Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.
  • To wrestle with a bad feeling only pins our attention on it, where as if we act as if from some better feeling, the bad feeling soon folds its tent and silently steals away.
  • Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequences of any misfortune.
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Responsibility
Joseph Jaubert

To teach is to learn twice.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Thomas Jefferson
  • When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, 100.
  • If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • We live in a world that has narrowed into a neighborhood before it has broadened into a brotherhood.
  • Freedom is not enough.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Percy Johnson

It is the height of absurdity to sow little but weeds in the first half of one's lifetime and expect to harvest a valuable crop in the second half.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Samuel Johnson
  • Life affords no higher pleasure then that of surmounting difficulties, passing from one step of success to another, forming new wishes and seeing them gratified.
  • It never matters how a man dies, but how he lives.
  • He that waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
Sidney Jourard

The worst thing that can happen is that a person doesn't count.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • History
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy

K

Daniel Kahneman
  • Nothing in life is quite as important as you think it is while you’re thinking about it.
  • We’re blind to our blindness. We have very little ideas of how little we know. We’re not designed to know how little we know.
  • Philosophy
  • Motivation
  • Reasoning
Alphonse Karr

Every man has three characters: that which he exhibits, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Lord Kelvin
  • When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have scarcely, in your thoughts advanced to the stage of science.
  • You can only manage what you can measure.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Measurement
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Assessment
John F. Kennedy
  • Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
  • A child mis-educated is a child lost.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Charles F. Kettering

The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.

  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism [unselfishness] or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.
  • We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
  • It’s a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.
  • Education
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Selfishness
Kurel XI

To forget the good that others do us is not good. To forget that everday the evil done to us is good indeed.

  • Education
  • Conflict
  • Philosophy

L

Stephan B. Leacock

Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.

  • Advertising
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Bruce Lee

Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them.

  • Mistakes
  • Self
  • Education
  • Philosophy
John Lewis

Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make sone noise and get into good trouble, necessary trouble.

  • Politics
  • Racisms
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Richard Lewontin
  • People learn from each other, and that creates a flow of information through time. Hopefully people are better at selecting critical information than evolution.
  • The purpose of gift giving is to create and strengthen social relationships so our loved ones continue to flourish.
  • Politics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Ben Lindsay

Pontius Pilate was the first great censor, and Jesus Christ the first great victim of censorship.

  • Charater
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Abraham Lincoln
  • 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.
  • The lord prefers common looking people. That is reason he makes so many of them.
  • The legitimate object of government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.
  • Charater
  • Education
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Government
  • Politics
Henery W Longfellow

Life is real! Life is earnest! And they grave is not the goal; Dust thou art, to dust returneth, Was not spoken of the soul.

  • Character
  • Philosophy
James E. Lovelock

I would sooner expect a goat to succeed as a gardener as expect humans to become stewards of the Earth.

  • Character
  • Philosophy
  • Environment
  • Gaia
  • Sustainable
John Lubbock
  • A bone to a dog is not a charity, charity is the bone shared with the dog when you are just as hungry as the dog.
  • In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Jack London

In truth, people can generally make time for what they choose to do it is not really the time but the will that is lacking.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy

M

Wangari Maathai
You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.
  • Conservation
  • Environment
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Mark 3:25
If a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
  • Conflict
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
Joseph De. Marstre
Every nation has a government it deserves.
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Maury Maverick
Un-American is simply something that somebody else does not agree to.
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
James V. McConnell
We should reshape our society so that we all would be trained from birth to do what society wants us to do.
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
  • Economics
  • Philosophy
Malabar proverb

Anger is a stone cast into a wasp nest.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Life goes on forever like the gnawing of a mouse.

  • Conflict
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
John Morley
  • You have not convinced a man because, you have silenced him.
  • If we discovered that we had only five minutes left to say all we wanted to say, every phone booth would be occupied by people calling other people to stammer that they loved them. Why wait until the last five minutes.
  • Conflict
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy

N

Isaac Newton

If I have seen further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of Giants.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Science
Robert Nichols

Beauty is its own reward, being a form of peace.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
 Fredrick W. Nietzseh

Beggars should be abolished. It annoys one to give to them & it annoys one not to give to them.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

O

Austikn O Malley

Busy souls have no time to be busybodies.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
P.J. O'Rourke, Parliament of Whores

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics

P

Satchel Page

Don't ever look back something might be gaining on you.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Sam Paterson

Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
John H. Payne

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam, be it ever so humble, there is no place like home.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Jean Piaget

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive, and discoverers.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Learning
  • Psychology
Mrs. Pablo Picasso from Gabay's Copywriters' Compendium: The Definitive Professional Writer's Guide By J. Jonathan Gabay

If my husband would ever meet a woman on the street who looked like the women in his paintings, he would fall over in a dead faint.

  • Art
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Pliny the Elder
  • In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Politics
Plutarch
  • The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.
  • Character is simply habit long continued.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Learning
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Alexander Podrabinek

In essence, propaganda may be unadulterated nonsense but if packaged in an easy-to-understand formula, then a significant number of people will consider this nonsense to be true.

  • Media
  • Education
  • Learning
  • Propaganda
  • Literacy

R

Howard Rankin
  • The essence of wisdom isn’t having a perfect mindset, it’s acknowledging how imperfect the mind is.
  • When emotion replaces reason as a basis of judgment, perception and behavior, any individual, no matter how insane, is empowered to justify any behavior whatsoever. - Truth is sacrificed for animal instincts.
  • You may be worth billions of dollars and can buy whatever you like at the store, but someone has to make the product, ship the product, store the product, and sell you the product. We don’t live in a social vacuum.
  • There’s no such thing as objectivity. You have just got to get as close to it as you can.
  • Words are the message, but emotions energize them.
  • The prime form of communication is emotional manipulation not reason.

Collapse of civilization begins with …
Communication is often people trying to convince others their opinions are superior by making claims with mostly fake connections to facts hyped with sensational emotional outbursts to manipulate thinking.
Discussion filled with immature and maladaptive defensive mechanism without respect of other opinions. Replacing debate with gossip, insult, attack politics, political correctness, false claims, and even slander. All undermining any attempt to open discussion since that might divulge any cognitive bias that supports the status quo.
When emotional manipulation replaces rationality civilization descends into chaos and disaster and collapse. Climate change, environmental degradation, inequality and oligarchy, complexity of society becomes too complex to sustain itself, external disaster (famine, plague); randomness & bad luck; migration.
First to collapse is equity and political will.

  • Wisdom
  • Thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Reality
  • Critical thinking
  • Emotions
  • Communication
Charles Reade

The absent are like children, helpless to defend themselves.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Jean Paul Richter

Repetition is the mother of education.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Will Rogers
  • I never met a man I didn't like.
  • A man only learns in 2 ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Jim Rohn

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

  • Happiness
  • Education
  • Philosophy
F. D. Roosevelt

Whoever seeks to see one race against another seeks to enslave all races.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Teddy Roosevelt
  • I'm only an average man but, by George, I work harder at it than the average man.
  • The first requisite of a good citizen is this republic of ours is that he should be able to pull his own weight.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy

S

Jonas Salk

I feel that the greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
  • Character
Samuel 8:11-18

11 ... And Samuel said ... this will be the manner of the king that shall reign over you:
He will take your sons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots.
12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands, and captains over fifties; and will set them to ear his ground, and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war, and instruments of his chariots.
13 And he will take your daughters to be confectionaries, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
14 And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your oliveyards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants.
15 And he will take the tenth of your seed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers, and to his servants.
16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work.
17 He will take the tenth of your sheep: and ye shall be his servants.
18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Government
George Santayana

A child eduated only at school is an uneducated child.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Sappo

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Johann von Schiller
  • He who has done his best for his own time has done his best for all time.
  • Man is of ordinary things and habit is his nurse.
  • Pain is short and joy is eternal.
  • Who dares nothing, need hope for nothing.
  • World history is the world's court.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Carl Schurz

When right, keep right, when wrong, put right.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Albert Schweitzer
  • You don t live in a world all alone. Your brothers are here too.
  • Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now-always.
  • The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
  • Service
  • Compassion
Sir Walter Scott

Oh what a tangled web we weave when at first we practice to deceive.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
William M. Shakespeare
  • The better part of valour is discretion.
  • Misery acquaint a man with strange bedfellows.
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
George Bernard Shaw
  • Few people think more than two or three times a year; I have made an international reputation for myself by thinking once or twice a week.
  • The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
  • Thinking
  • Communication
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I never could any luster see in eyes that would never look on me.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Lewis B. Smedes

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

  • Forgiveness
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Timothy Snyder
  • Oligarchs … do the opposite of speaking truth to power: they tell lies for power.
  • Democracy: it can be made only by people who want to make it and in the name of values they affirm by taking risks for them.
  • Propagandists take things apart, to peel away the layers of the onion until nothing is left but the tears of others and their own cynical laughter.
  • Conflict
  • Power
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Democracy
  • Propaganda
E. G. Stakman

When man learns to understand and control his own behavior as well as he is learning to understand and control the behavior of crop plants and domestic animals, he may be justified in believing that he has become civilized.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Casey Stengel

Ability is the art of getting credit for all the homeruns somebody else hits. humor sports

  • Humaor
  • Sports
Potter Stewart

Censorship reflects a society's lact of confidence in itself.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Censor
Robert Sweetland
  • You have to learn more to remember less.
  • If you only try to be as good as the next guy, you ll never be better than anyone.
  • A student can understand only what she has been prepared to understand; a teacher can teach only what she knows; and the meeting of the prepared student with the artful teacher is an unforgettable encounter for both.
  • When a critical mass of people believe a myth, it becomes reality. Myths can be dispelled only when a critical mass of people see it as false.
  • Being intelligent is not having some magic formula which one can apply to every problem. It is, rather, having a number of ideas and not being as much in love with one that it cannot be dropped for another.
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Jonathan Swift

There's none so blind as they that won't see.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Publius Syrus

It is better to learn late than never.

  • Education
  • Philosophy

T

Torquato Tassc
  • One is never satisfied with a portrait of a person that one knows.
  • A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Henry David Thoreau

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about?

  • Character
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
Tirukkurl

It is bad to forget the good done to you. But if someone does you a wrong, it is good to forget it that very day.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy
Leo Tolstoy

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Harry S. Truman
  • The responsibilities of the great states is to serve and not to dominate the world.
  • I never give them hell. I just tell the truth and they think it is hell.
  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
Harriet Tubman

Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Mark Twain
  • Don't let schooling interfere with your education.
  • Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
  • Always do right. That will gratify some of the people, and astonish the rest.
  • Thunder is good, thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.
  • All the modern inconveniences.
  • Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run.
  • The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read.
  • The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
  • Civilization is a limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessaries.
  • Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.
  • Conflict resolution
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
  • Charater

U

Samuel Ullman

Whether seventy or sixteen, there is in every being s heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars and the starlike things and thoughts, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what next, and the joy and the game of life.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Peter Ustinov
  • The truth is an ambition which is beyond us.
  • Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Truth
  • Reason
  • Humor

V

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  • Education
  • Philosophy

W

W. R. Wallace

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
William A. Ward

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
Rick Warren

Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.

  • Education'
  • Humility
  • Philosophy
Booker T Washington
  • You can't hold a man down with out staying down with him.
  • We do not want the men of another color for our brothers-in-law but we do want them for our brothers.
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • History
Lillian Eichler Watson

You have two voices, Your outdoor voice is fine, I'd say, For shouting out of doors, at play; but in the house we'd all rejoice if you would use your indoor voice. Your outdoor voice is big and gruff and loudest when your games are rough. Your indoor voice is soft and low when you're indoors, please keep it so.

  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
H. G. Wells
  • History is a race between education and catastrophe.
  • Advertising is legalized lying.
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Advertising
Arthur Wellesley - Duke of Wellington.

My rule always was to do the business of the day in the day.

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
The Sorrows of Young Werthers by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you inquire what the people are like here, I must answer, the same as everywhere.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • History
Edith Wharton

There are two ways of spreading the light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
William Allen White

I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • History
Elbert Whitehead

Positive anything is better than negative nothing.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Philosophy
Oscar Wilde
  • Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much.
  • The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
  • Truth
  • Forgiveness
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Reasoning
Julia Woodruff

Out of the strain of the doing, into the strain of the done.

  • Character
  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Frank Lloyd Wright
  • An idea is salvation by imagination.
  • The physician can buy his mistakes but the architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy
William Wrigley Jr.

When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.

  • Business
  • Conflict
  • Education
  • Philosophy

X y z

William Butler Yeats

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

  • Education
  • Philosophy
  • Humor
Zenophon

The sweetest of all sounds is praise

  • Education
  • Motivation
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Mindfulness is a way of befriending ourselves and our experience.

  • Education
  • Mindfulness
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology

 

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