Moses' Collection of Quotations
Purpose, Quality Use of Time, Planning, Passion, Making a difference, Making the Most of Life, Work
"A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark." Chinese Proverb
"A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds." Francis Bacon,, Baron Verulam and Viscount St. Albans (1561–1626), English statesman and philosopher
"Always go to the bathroom when you have a chance." King George V, (George Frederick Ernest Albert; 3 June 1865 – 20 January 1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936
"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it." Patrick Jake "P. J." O'Rourke (born November 14, 1947) is an American political satirist and journalist.
"An empty pot makes the loudest noise." Kenyan Proverb
"And how many years were you burning the candle at both ends and calling for more wax?" Timothy Kavanagh, a charater in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon
"Be the change you want to see in the world." Mahatma Gandi, 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India
"Believe in the power of the individual to make a difference in this world." Vera Federman, survivor of Auschwitz and Allendorf-Buchenwald camps
"But what if I fail of my purpose here
It is but to keep the nerves at a strain,
To dry one's eyes and laugh at a fall,
And, baffled, get up and begin again."
Robert Browning, (1812–89), English poet
"Care enough for a result, and you will almost certainly attain it." William James (January 11, 1842 – August 26, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist who was also trained as a physician.
"Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart." Ancient Indian proverb
"Chance favors the prepared mind." Louis Pasteur, (December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895) was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of `vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.
"Change the World - Begin with yourself!" Mahatma Gandi, 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India
"Complacency is more dangerous than hatred. Be aware of what is happening around you, and do something about it." Arnold Klein, survivor of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Magdeburg Camps
"Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can."
John Wesley, (1703–91), English preacher and cofounder of Methodism.
"Either you run the day, or the day runs you." Jim Rohn, (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker.
"Even though large tracts of Europe and many old and famous States have fallen or may fall into the grip of the Gestapo and all the odious apparatus of Nazi rule, we shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old." Winston Churchill, (1874–1965), British statesman; prime minister 1940–45 and 1951–55
"Every morning in Africa a gazelle wakens and knows it has to run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakens and knows it must outrun the swiftest gazelle or it will starve to death. It matters not whether you're a lion or a gazelle, when the sun comes up you'd better be ready to run!" Herb Caen, (April 3, 1916 – February 2, 1997) was a San Francisco journalist whose daily column of local goings-on and insider gossip, social and political happenings, painful puns and offbeat anecdotes—"a continuous love letter to San Francisco"—appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle for almost sixty years
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Theodore Roosevelt, (1858–1919), 26th president of the US 1901–09; nicknamed Teddy Roosevelt
"Following the initial shock, however, came something altogether unexpected; their yawning indifference." 3rd person in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good byJan Karon
"Gather ye rosebuds while ye may. Old time it is a-flying." Robert Herrick (baptised 24 August 1591 – buried 15 October 1674)was a 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric. He is best known for Hesperides, a book of poems. This includes the carpe diem poem "To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time", with the first line "Gather ye rosebuds while ye may".
"God created the whole world in six days. A lot can happen in a week." Bubbe Rosefelt, a character in Munich Signature by Bodie Thoene - Bodie (born 1951) and Brock Thoene (born 1952; pronounced Tay-nee) are an American husband-and-wife duo of authors. They are the authors of more than 65 works of historical fiction. Eight of their books have won Gold Medallion Awards. Over 35 million copies of their books have been sold in more than 20 languages.
"He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself." Michel de Montaigne, (1533–92), French essayist; full name Michel Eyquem de Montaigne. Widely regarded as the originator of the modern essay
"He who goes out of his house in search of happiness runs after a shadow". Cicero (106–43 bc), Roman statesman, orator, and writer; full name Marcus Tullius Cicero. He established a model for Latin prose.
"He who has a 'why' to live for can bear almost any 'how.' "Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar whose work has exerted a profound influence on Western philosophy and modern intellectual history.
"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world." William Shakespeare, (1564–1616), English playwright
"However little television you watch, watch less." David McCullough, born July 7, 1933) is an American author, narrator, historian, and lecturer.
"I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions." Stephen Covey, (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker
"I fear that Christians who venture to stand on earth on only one leg will stand in heaven on only one leg too." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906–45), German Lutheran theologian and pastor
"I have always held firmly to the thought that each one of us can do a little to bring some portion of misery to an end." Albert Schweitzer, (1875–1965), German theologian, musician, and medical missionary
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." Leonardo da Vinci, (1452–1519), Italian painter, scientist, and engineer
"I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle . . . If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that's what will give you hope." Jane Goodall, (1934–), English zoologist
"I reflected that I had as yet done but little, very little indeed, to further the happiness of the human race, or to advance the information of the succeeding generation." Meriwether Lewis, (1774–1809), US explorer. Together with William Clark, he led an expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase (1804–06).
"I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Stephen Greillet born Étienne de Grellet du Mabillier in Limoges, the son of a counsellor of King Louis XVI; Impressed by the writings of William Penn, George Fox, and Quaker beliefs, in 1796 Grellet joined the Society of Friends. He became involved in extensive missionary work across North America and most of the countries of Europe, in prisons and hospitals, and was respectfully granted meetings with many rulers and dignitaries, including Pope Pius VII, Czar Alexander I, and the Kings of Spain and Prussia. He encouraged many reforms in educational policies and in hospital and prison conditions.
"I will act as if I do make a difference." William James, (1842–1910), US psychologist and philosopher
"I would rather die of passion than of boredom." Vincent van Gogh, (1853–90), Dutch painter; full name Vincent Willem Van Gogh. He is best known for his post-impressionist work.
"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six sharpening my axe." Abraham Lincoln, (1809–65), 16th president of the US 1861–65
"If not me, then who?" Motto of the Travis Manion Foundation
"If the wind will not serve, take to the oars." Latin Proverb
"If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should not grow old." 20th USA President James A. Garfield
"If you are already walking on thin ice, you might as well dance." Gil Atkinson
"If you do not know where you are going, you will end up somewhere else." Laurence J. Peter, (September 16, 1919 – January 12, 1990) was a Canadian educator and "hierarchiologist", best known to the general public for the formulation of the Peter Principle (Shared by Nancy Bollero Caslick)
"If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a closed room with a mosquito." Democratic Republic of the Congo/African Proverb
"If you practice it gets easier." Reverend Tim Kavanagh, a character in Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon
"In future, to live for mankind, as I have heretofore lived for myself." Meriwether Lewis, Lewis, Meriwether (1774–1809), US explorer. Together with William Clark, he led an expedition to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase (1804–06).
In "the whole of world history there is always only one really significant hour - the present . . . if you want to find eternity, you must serve the times." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906–45), German Lutheran theologian and pastor. He was an active opponent of Nazism and was involved in the German resistance movement. Arrested in 1943, he was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp and later executed.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt, (1858–1919), 26th president of the US 1901–09; nicknamed Teddy Roosevelt
"It's important to make all the good memories we can while we can. Then when the bitter things happen, there will be enough sweet memories to absorb the shock and put a coating of love around the shrapnel blunting its sharp edges." Unknown
"I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life." Maya Angelou, (1928–), US novelist and poet; born Marguerite Ann Johnson
"I’ve spent too much time inside a church for my own needs and I’ve spent far too little time being the church for someone else’s. God doesn’t ask us to confine ourselves to out Christian bubbles or holy huddles, and Jesus didn’t show us how to be a comfy pew-warmer or a bunch of lazy pew-potatoes. God gave us life, which is an adventure to be lived, a time to make a difference, and hopefully becomes a legacy of love to be left for others. Jesus died to show us how we should love God and how we should love others. Jesus showed us how to find life, live life, love life, and also how we could add to, contribute, change, save, or even lay our own lives down for the life of another."Justin Wren, author or Fight for the Forgotten
"It wasn't luck that made them fly; it was hard work and common sense; they put their whole heart and soul and all their energy into an idea and they had the faith." John Thomas Daniels, Jr. (July 31, 1873 – January 31, 1948) was the amateur photographer who took the photograph of the Wright brothers' first flight on December 17, 1903.
"Keep a clear eye toward life's end. Do not forget your purpose and destiny as God's Creature. What you are in His sight is what you are and nothing more. Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take nothing you have received . . . but only what you have given; a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage." St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1181–1226), Italian monk; founder of the Franciscan order 1209; born Giovanni di Bernardone.
"Let us then be up and doing with a heart for any fate." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator.
"Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement." Anna Marie Quindlen, (born July 8, 1953) is an American, journalist, and opinion columnist
"Life is short. Life is uncertain. But we know that we have today. And we have each other. I believe that for each of us, there is a place on the front lines." Eric Greitens in The Heart and the Fist
"Light tomorrow with today." Elizabeth Barrett Browning, (1806–61), English poet
"Live deep instead of fast." Henry Seidel Canby (September 6, 1878 – April 5, 1961) was a critic, editor, and Yale University professor.
"Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (February 27, 1807 – March 24, 1882) was an American poet and educator whose works include "Paul Revere's Ride", The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.
"Lord, let me live until I die." Will Rogers, (1879–1935), US humorist and actor; full name William Penn Adair Rogers. A vaudeville headliner with his rope twirling and homespun humor from 1905, he wrote a syndicated column for The New York Times 1922–35. He died in a plane crash with aviator Wiley Post in Alaska.
"Make your life a mission - not an intermission." Arnold Henry Glasgow, (1905 - 1998) An American businessman and humorist.
"Never say that you have no time. On the whole it is those who are busiest who can make time for yet more, and those who have more leisure time who refuse to do something when asked. What we lack is not time, but heart." Fr. Henri Boulad, a Melkite (Greek Catholic) priest, member of the Jesuit order
that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." James Baldwin, (1924–87), US writer and civil rights activist; full name James Arthur Baldwin
"Of course a man should fight for victims, but if he ceases caring for anything outside that, what's the use of his fighting?" Jean Tarrou in Albert Camus's The Plague
"One day at a time - that is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering." Ida Scott Taylor - This was one of at least 98 pseudonyms that Frances Jane Crosby, better known as Fanny Crosby, used in writing hymns. She was born March 24, 1820 and died February 12, 1915. She was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. She wrote over 8000 hymns and gospel songs and was blind since about 6 months old.
"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), German poet, playwright, novelist, philosopher, and scientist.
"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests." John Stuart Mill, (1806–73), English philosopher and economist. He is best known for his political and moral works.
"One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure." William A. Feather, (August 25, 1889 - January 7, 1981) was an American publisher and author, based in Cleveland, Ohio.
"One who condones evils is just as guilty as the one who perpetrates it." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement
"Our days are identical suitcases - all the same size - but some people can pack more into them than others." John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership.
"Passionate people give their best in excess." John 12:3
"Passionate people leave a great fragrance behind." John 12:3
“So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.” Jorge Luis Borges, (1899–1986), Argentine poet, short-story writer, and essayist
"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never, ever the same." Flavia Weedn, a prolific award-winning artist and illustrator
"The firefly only shines when on the wing. So it is with us - when we stop, we darken." Miss Sadie Baxter telling what Miss Lureen liked to say in At Home in Mitford, a book in the Mitford Series by Jan Karon
"The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feelings." Samuel Taylor Coleridge(21 October 1772 – 25 July 1834) was an English poet, literary critic and philosopher who, with his friend William Wordsworth, was a founder of the Romantic Movement in England and a member of the Lake Poets.
"The life you are leading is due to the choices you have made." Unknown
"The people I admire have "purpose, heart, balance, gratitude, joy . . . They follow a brighter light than the glimmer of their own candle; they are part of something beautiful." Anne Lamott, (born April 10, 1954) is an American novelist and non-fiction writer
"The place you are in needs you today." Katharine Logan (Information needed about who Katharine Logan is.)
"The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker." Helen Keller, (1880–1968), US writer, social reformer, and academic
"There comes a moment when you have to stop revving up the car and shove it into gear." David Mahoney (Which David Mahoney?)
"There is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of one small candle." Spanish proverb
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Dr. Seuss, Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and illustrator best known for authoring popular children's books under the pen name Dr. Seuss. This quote if from The Lorax>.
"We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it." William Osler, (July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital
"We cannot become who we are meant to be by remaining who we are." Author unknown
"We must erase indifference from our society. You cannot be indifferent. If you are, you allow the small forces of evil to win." Benjamin Meed, survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto
"We're always getting ready to live, but never living." Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965), British statesman; prime minister 1940–45 and 1951–55; full name Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill. A consistent opponent of appeasement during the 1930s, he replaced Neville Chamberlain as British prime minister in 1940 and led Britain throughout World War II.
"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles, c. 495 – 429 BC) was arguably the most prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age— specifically the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars.
"With God's help, I want to be something like grace to him." Father Timothy Kavanagh, a character in Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good by Jan Karon
"Work is much more fun than fun." Noel Coward, (1899–1973), English playwright, actor, and composer; full name Sir Noël Pierce Coward
"You are the author of your own life story." Unknown
"You can't build a reputation on things you are going to do." Henry Ford, (1863–1947), US automobile manufacturer.
"You Christians are glad when someone else does what you know must be done, but it seems that somehow you are unwilling to get your own hands dirty and do it." Dietrich Bonhoeffer, (1906–45), German Lutheran theologian and pastor. He was an active opponent of Nazism and was involved in the German resistance movement. Arrested in 1943, he was sent to Buchenwald concentration camp and later executed.
"You can make a difference in your world!" Unknown
"You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully your choices can come from a deep sense of you you are."Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers) - Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner, and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001). The program was marked by its slow pace and its host's calm manner.
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