Friday, January 11, 2013

Inspirational Quotes

     I received a very large book a few days ago.  It is Bartlett's Familiar Quotations; the 18th edition.  In it is over several thousand quotations ranging from Edward Abbey to Stefan Zweig.  Who those two people are I actually have no idea.  But the first half of this book contains the quotations, including verses from the Bible, and the second half is the appendix and index.  And since receiving it, I have browsed almost every page.  Well, not almost every page, but I've read through quite a few.  And I'd like to share some of those quotes; they're rather inspirational and perhaps, life changing.


"Great men are not always wise." --The Holy Bible: Job - Psalm 32:9

"It is not fit that men should be compared with Gods." --Catullus

"To be loved, be lovable." --Orid

"Things are not always what they seem." --Phaedrus

"Time discovers truth." --Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, 
And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere." --Ali ibn-Abi-Talib

"Patience is more worthy than miracle-working." --Margery Kempe

"All we know is still infinitely less than all that still remains unknown." --William Harvey

"True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen." --Francois, Duc de La Rochefoucauld

"Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear." --Benedict Spinoza

"Art is something which lies in the slender margin between the real and the unreal." --Chikamatsu Monzaemon

"After a storm comes a calm." --Matthew Henry

"Once a woman has given you her heart you can never get rid of the rest of her." --Sir John Vanbrugh

"Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards." --Benjamin Franklin

"If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone.  A man, sir, should keep his friendship in a constant repair." --Samuel Johnson

"We don't call a man mad who believes that he eats God, but we do the one who says he is Jesus Christ." --Claude Adrien Helvetius

"He who dares not offend cannot be honest." --Thomas Paine

"If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace." --Lord John Russell

"Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.  It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." --Henry David Thoreau

"So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper the contrast between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent." --Henry George

"There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it.  Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second." --Logan Pearsall Smith

"On September 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives.  More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive.  In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked 'What God do you pray to?' 'What beliefs do you hold?'" --Michael Bloomberg