Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding
arguments for going on believing as we already do.
James Harvey Robinson (The Mind in the Making)
Blessed are they who have nothing to say and who
cannot be persuaded to say it.
James Russell Lowell
You cannot get ahead while you are getting even.
Rep. Dick Armey
If it's stupid, but it works, it's not stupid.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
That you may retain your self-respect, it is better to
displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know
William J.H. Boetcker
The books that the world calls immoral are the books
that show the world its own shame.
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities,
but in the expert's mind there are few.
Do not believe in anything simply because you have
heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it
is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in
anything simply because it is found written in your
religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on
the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not
believe in traditions because they have been handed
down for many generations. But after observation and
analysis, when you find that anything agrees with
reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one
and all, then accept it and live up to it.
I have learned throughout my life as a composer
chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false
assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom
Reputation is in itself only a farthing candle, of a
wavering and uncertain flame, and easily blown out,
but it is the light by which the world looks for and
James Russell Lowell
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be
Life is like music; it must be composed by ear,
feeling, and instinct, not by rule.
One sign of maturity is the ability to be comfortable
with people who are not like us.
Virgil A. Kraft
You probably wouldn't worry about what people think of
you if you could know how seldom they do.
Education would be much more effective if its purpose
was to ensure that by the time they leave school every
boy and girl should know how much they do not know,
and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it.
Sir William Haley
Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have.
Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made
up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too
infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny
successes, the big ones don't really mean anything.
Most people would succeed in small things if they were
not troubled with great ambitions.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Try a thing you haven't done three times. Once, to get
over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do
it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like
it or not.
Virgil Thomson (advice given at age 93)
When you blame others, you give up your power to
Dr. Robert Anthony
Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in
Expedients are for the hour; principles for the ages.
Henry Ward Beecher
Nothing dries sooner than tears.
Many a man's tongue has broken his nose.
A tart temper never mellows with age; and a sharp tongue is the only edged tool that grows keener with constant use.
A wise man may look ridiculous in the company of fools.
known authors as stated
(hopefully these are all actually attributed to the correct authors)
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