THE INNER COMMONPLACE

QUOTATIONS FROM A LIFETIME OF COLLECTION AND REFLECTION
TITLE        QUOTATION                                  AUTHOR    SOURCE    SUBJECT  
COULDA. WOULDA. SH
46
Coulda. Woulda. Shoulda. Didna..
Anon
Atlantic Monthly
Regrets
IF YOU SIT DOWN AT
47
If you sit down at a poker table, and you don't see a sucker, get up. You're the sucker.
Anon
Unknown
Gambling
ANYTHING THE MIND C
48
Anything the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
Anon
Unknown
Achievement
IF SOMEONE WOULD HA
49
If someone would have told me that I would be Pope one day, I would have studied harder.
Pope John Paul I
Unknown
Achievement
POTENTIAL IS A FREN
50
Potential is a french word which means you ain't worth a damn yet.
Jeff Van Note
Atlanta Falcons football player
Achievement
WHEN IT IS DARK ENO
96
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
Anon
Unknown
Hope
HOUSEGUESTS ARE LIK
97
Houseguests are like fish. After three days they begin to stink.
Anon
Unknown
Guests
NEVER BE WORRIED WH
98
Never be worried when your guests are going to be seated. Be worried when they will stand up to leave.
Russian proverb
Unknown
Guests
AS A MAN IS SO HE S
99
As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its Powers.
William Blake
Unknown
Human Nature
MY FATHER TOLD ME S
100
My father told me something I've never forgotten. You've got two forces in life that control everything. Just two. The Profit Motive and Human Values. Sometimes they run together, but mostly it's war. Pick your side early, my father said, and stick with it. And by the way, my father said, remember this: the Profit Motive always wins.
William Boyd
The New Confessions
Human Nature
TO SUCCEED THE MOST
1
To succeed, the most important thing is not to know that you can do something, but to NOT know that you can't.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Success
CE QUI SE CONCOIT B
2
Ce qui se concoit bien, s'annonce clairement.
Anon
Alex Kidney
Planning
EVEN A STOPPED CLOC
3
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.
Rudyard Kipling
The TIMES
Ability
MOTIVATION IS WHAT
560
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Unknown
DEP
Motivation
LISTEN TO THE MUSTN
5
Listen to the mustn'ts. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me�.Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
Shel Silverstein
Unknown
Achievement
A WITTY SAYING PROV
6
A witty saying proves nothing.
Voltaire
Unknown
Wit
MOST MEN HAVE TWIN
7
Most men have twin gods: Mammon and Mammaries.
Victor Lewis-Smith
Evening Standard
Men
MAN CAN BE KIND. MA
8
Man can be kind. Mankind cannot.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Man
IN LIFE THERE ARE T
9
In life there are two types of people who rise to the top: cream and pond scum.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Life
LIFE MUST BE REMEMB
10
Life must be remembered backwards but lived forwards.
Kirkegard
Unknown
Life
LIFE IS WHAT HAPPEN
11
Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans.
John Lennon
quoted by David Mellor in the House of commons
Life
MIDWAY ON OUR LIFE'
12
Midway on our life's journey I found myself in dark woods.
Dante
The Inferno
Life
NEVER EAT AT A PLAC
13
Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never play cards with a man named Doc. Never have an affair with someone who has more problems than you do.
Nelson Ahlgren
International Herald Tribune
Life
SO MUCH OF LIFE IS
14
So much of life is will.
Scott Turow
Unknown
Life
START SMALL. THINK
15
Start small. Think Big. Aim for perfect; get good. Think of others. Be yourself.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Philosophy of Life
THE DIFFERENCE IN L
16
The difference in life between I guess and I know Is one that can twist mind and gut For rarely's the answer a clear Yes or No But those maddening words: Maybe, but...�
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Life
THE HARDEST LESSON
17
The hardest lesson in life to learn Is which bridge to cross and which to burn.
David Russell
Unknown
Life
THE GREATEST TEMPTA
18
The greatest temptation in life is to settle for too little.
Thomas Merton
Unknown
Life
THE WORLD EXISTS.IT
19
The world exists.It is not yourself. Plunge in it for healing, blessed exhaustion, and the risk of warmth.
Reynolds Price
Forward to a collection of short stories.
Life
THIS IS DEDICATED T
20
This is dedicated to those who are growing, those who are getting by, and those who are hanging on for dear life.
Toni Childs
Album Cover
Life
THIS IS ONE OF THOS
21
This is one of those days when you feel like a spitvalve on the trombone of life.
Carl Hiaasen
Double Whammy
Life
WE DO NOT SEE THING
22
We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.
Anais Nin
Unknown
Perspective
WITHOUT PURPOSE THE
23
Without purpose there is no meaning. Without meaning there is no hope. Without hope there is no struggle. Without struggle there can be no betterment.
Bill Bradley
Paraphrased from a speech quoted in Harpers
Hope
YESTERDAY'S DEAD AN
24
Yesterday's dead and tomorrow's blind. So I live one day at a time.
Anon
Country Music song
Life
YOU'VE LED US TO CO
25
You've led us to cool waters From which we drink and draw peace of mind You've given us a bountiful harvest From which we eat and draw strength You've made us a strong family From which we draw our past and our future You've guided us away from the temptation of evil From which we draw our comfort and our salvation. For these and all the other blessings of this life we give thanks in your name.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Thanks
THE SPIRIT IS LIKE
26
The spirit is like the blowing of the wind; you can hear its noise but you have no idea from whence it came nor where it is heading.
John:2:25
Bible
Life
YOU HAVE TWO EARS A
27
You have two ears and a mouth. They should be used in roughly those proportions.
Anon
Unknown
Listening
I HAVE LOVED HOURS
28
I have loved hours at sea, grey cities The fragile secret of a flower Music, the making of a poem That gave me heaven for an hour First stars above a snowy hill, Voices of people kindly and wise And the great look of love, long hidden, Found at last in meeting eyes.
Sara Teasdale
Poem
Love
MANY A MAN HAS FALL
29
Many a man has fallen in love in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it.
Maurice Chevalier
Unknown
Love
PEOPLE FALL IN LOVE
30
People fall in love at the moments in life when they are most terrorised by possibilities.
Adam Phillips
Unknown
Love
I DO NOT KNOW HOW T
31
I do not know how the Third World War will be fought, but I do know how the Fourth will: with sticks and stones.
Albert Einstein
Article in Harper's Magazine
War
IT WOULD BE A SAD S
32
It would be a sad situation if the wrapper were better than the meat wrapped inside.
Albert Einstein
Harper's Magazine
Appearances
THE MOST DIFFICULT
33
The most difficult secret for a man to keep is his own opinion of himself.
Maurice Pagnol
Unknown
Self
IF A MAN TALKS IN T
34
If a man talks in the forest,/And no woman hears him�./Is he still wrong?
Scott DeLucia
Unknown
Men and Women
STRENGTHENING CHARA
35
Strengthening character is like making a cup of tea. The longer you are in hot water, the stronger you become.
Pat Cash
TV Interview
Character
ALWAYS LOOK OUT FOR
36
Always look out for the downside because the upside takes care of itself.
Sir James Goldsmith
The Independent
Life
WHEN YOUR TIME COME
37
When your time comes to pass on some day The only things you can keep Are what you gave away.
Harvey Penick
The little Red Book
Charity
THIS IS A DELIGHTFU
38
This is a delightful party, but it is best to dance near the door.
Michael Harkins
International Herald Tribune
The Stock Market
COMPANIES SHOULD TH
39
Companies should think less about the cost of their employees and more about the value of the people they invest in.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
People
A MAN ALWAYS HAS TW
40
A man always has two reasons for what he does--a good reason and the real reason.
J.P.Morgan
Unknown
Men
A POT ON THE BOIL A
41
A pot on the boil all the time will soon run dry.
Old proverb
Unknown
Effort
HE DOESN'T KNOW THE
42
He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades, and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words.
Bobby Bowden
Press Conference
Football Players
MARRY FOR MONEY AND
43
Marry for money, and you'll spend the rest of your life earning it.
A mother's advice
Unknown
Marriage
THERE ARE PLENTY OF
44
There are plenty of fish in the ocean, but look out for the sharks.
A mother's advice
Unknown
The Opposite Sex
FIRST YOU SINK INTO
45
First you sink into his arms; later you'll find your arms in his sink.
Anon
Unknown
Marriage
WHERE PEOPLE GO POL
146
Where people go, politics follow.
Bruce Sterling
Unknown
Politics
THE LINE BETWEEN HU
147
The line between hunger and anger is a thin line.
John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath
Poverty
WHOM THE GODS WOULD
148
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad with power.
Anon
Unknown
Power
IN A WORLD WHERE NO
149
In a world where nobody is sure of anything, impertinence rules.
Anon
Unknown
Power
PUTTING OUT A NEWSP
150
Putting out a newspaper without promotion is like winking at a girl in the dark: well-intentioned but ineffective.
William Randolph Hearst
Unknown
Promotion
YOU MUST BE IMPATIE
51
You must be impatient enough to get the job done, and patient enough to do it right the first time.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Achievement
AFTER ALL IS SAID A
52
After all is said and done, a lot more will be said than done.
David Mullins
The Federal Reserve news
Achievement
ENTRE LES PAROLES E
53
Entre les paroles et l'action il y a quinze kilometres et dix ans.
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Haitian Taxi Driver
Action
IT IS A WISE MAN WH
54
It is a wise man who sets his goals high; it is a fool who dreams of things he cannot have.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Ambition
EVERY ACT OF CREATI
55
Every act of creation is above all an act of destruction.
Pablo Picasso
Unknown
Art
ADVERSITY IS A TEMP
56
Adversity is a temporary thing; a good attitude lasts a lifetime.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Attitude
IF YOU'VE GOT YOURS
57
If you've got yourself into a hole, you'd better stop digging.
John Harvey Jones
Unknown
Bad Situations
PUT ALL YOUR WOOD B
58
Put all your wood behind one arrowhead.
Scott McNeally
President of Sun Microsystems
Commitment
ONLY IN THE RATRACE
59
Only in the ratrace of the arena can the heart learn to beat.
Rainer Rilke
Unknown
Competition
IT IS BEST TO WIN W
60
It is best to win without fighting.
Sun Tzu
Unknown
Conflict
A PLAN IS ONLY VALI
61
A plan is only valid until your opponent makes his first move.
Count Molke
Unknown
Conflict
THERE AIN'T NOTHING
62
There ain't nothing in the middle of the road except yellow lines and dead armadillos.
Jim Hightower
Texas Senator
Conservatism
NEVER WRITE A WORD
63
Never write a word unless the not writing of it drives you crazy.
F.Scott Fitzgerald
Unknown
Creativity
IF YOUR EFFORTS ARE
64
If your efforts are criticized, you must have done something worthwhile.
Anon
Unknown
Criticism
ANY JACK*** CAN KIC
65
Any jack*** can kick down a barn; it takes a carpenter to build one.
Sam Rayburn
US Senator
Criticism
ON A FINE DAY THE E
66
On a fine day the English climate is like looking up a chimney; on a foul day, it is like looking down one.
Anon
Unknown
England
LE CIEL EST TROP BA
67
Le ciel est trop bas dans ce pays.
Jean the French restaurant owner
Le Provence, Kew
England
THERE ARE ONLY TWO
68
There are only two things I don't like about her: her face.
Anon
Unknown
Liars
I CAN'T BELIEVE OUT
69
I can't believe out of 100 million sperm yours was the quickest.
Steven Pearl
Unknown
Insults
WHAT HE LACKS IN IN
70
What he lacks in intelligence, he makes up for in stupidity.
Anon
Unknown
Stupidity
IF YOU SEE A SNAKE
71
If you see a snake, just kill it. Don't appoint a committee on snakes.
Ross Perot
Unknown
Committees
THERE IS NO SUCH TH
72
There is no such thing as a small enemy.
Anon
Unknown
Enemies
A SUNNY DAY IN ENGL
73
A sunny day in England is rarer than rocking horse manure.
Anon
Unknown
England
A SONG FOR ENGLAND
74
A Song for England An'a so de rain a-fall/An'a so de snow a'rain/An'a so the fog a-fall/An'a so the sun a-fail/An'so the seasons mix/An'so de bag of tricks/But a so me understand/De misery o'de Englishman.
Andrew Salker
Unknown
England
A MAN CUT OFF FROM
75
A man cut off from his family has lost the staff of life.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Family
DO YOU THINK YOU CA
76
Do you think you can change the universe and improve upon it? I do not think it can be done. The universe is sacred. You cannot improve upon it. If you try to change it, you will ruin it. If you try to hold it, you will lose it. So sometimes one is ahead and sometimes behind. Sometimes one is weak and sometimes strong. Sometimes breathing comes easily, and sometimes it is difficult. Therefore the sage avoids extremes, excesses, and complacency.
Lao Tse
Tao Te Ching
Fate
INVICTUS OUT OF TH
77
INVICTUS Out of the night which covers me Black as the pit from pole to pole I thank whatever gods may be For mine unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of curcumstance I have not winced, nor cried aloud Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed Beyond this vale of wrath and tears Looms but the horror of the shade And yet the menace of the years Finds, and shall find, me unafraid It matters not how straight the gate How charged with punishments the scroll I am the Master of my fate I am the captain of my soul.
William Ernest Henley
Invictus
Fate
L'HOMME PROPOSE ET
78
L'homme propose, et Dieu dispose.
French proverb
Unknown
Fate
MAN IS PARTIAL; FAT
79
Man is partial; Fate is not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unknown
Fate
IN A WORLD WHERE NO
80
In a world where normal can turn to strange, the only constant thing is change.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Change
WE ARE NOT PERMITTE
81
We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny; but what we put into it is ours.
Dag Hammerskjold
Unknown
Fate
WHAT CANNOT BE AVOI
82
What cannot be avoided, must be welcomed.
William Boyd
Brazzaville Beach
Fate
WANT TO MAKE GOD LA
83
Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans for the future.
Woody Allen
Unknown
Fate
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL
84
The most beautiful idea on the face of the earth is the belief the child has that his father knows everything.
Jack Kerouac
The Town and the City
Fathers
FICTION ACTS AS A S
85
Fiction acts as a sluice; it's the waste matter from one's mind.
Jonathan Meades
Unknown
Fiction
TRUTH IS STRANGER T
86
Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn't.
Mark Twain
Unknown
Fiction
THERE IS NOTHING SA
87
There is nothing sadder than the child whose happy home has been made desolate by the foolishness of adults.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Folly
DEL AGUA MANSA DIOS
88
Del agua mansa Dios me libre Del agua brava me librare yo. From still waters God deliver me From rough waters I can save myself.
Anon
Unknown
God
TO BE WITHOUT GOD I
89
To be without God is to lose man's great source of consolation and coherence.
Peggy Noonan
Forbes Magazine
God
YOU ARE NEVER DEDIC
90
You are never dedicated to something you have complete confidence in.
Robert Pirsig
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Belief
THE WORDS RANG SO T
91
The words rang so true: What is good about goodbye? What is fair about farewell?
Ann Rowe
Neo Labos Dance Project
Goodbyes
I DON'T MAKE JOKES.
92
I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.
Will Rogers
Unknown
Government
DON'T CALL YOURSELF
93
Don't call yourself happy until you are propped up dead in dry shoes and socks.
Reynolds Price
The Tongues of Angels
Happiness
HE WHO CATCHETH JOY
94
He who catcheth joy as it flies Learns to live in eternity's sunrise But he who doth bend to himself a joy Doth the winged life destroy.
William Blake
Unknown
Happiness
HE WHO LIVES ON HOP
95
He who lives on hope will die f****
Benjamin Franklin
Poor Richard's Almanac
Hope
IF YOUR HORSE DIES
196
If your horse dies, we suggest you dismount.
Pete Petersen
Unknown
Failure
THE PASSIONS OF THE
197
The passions of the young are the vices of the old.
Joseph Joubert
Unknown
Youth
WE WERE HIRING PEOP
198
We were hiring people to read reports of the people who had been hired to write reports.
Jack Welch
Chairman of GE
Inefficiency
THERE IS A FINE LIN
199
There is a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore looking like an idiot.
Steven Wright
Unknown
Fishing
CA NE SERT A RIEN D
200
Ca ne sert a rien de tirer sur une ambulance.
French General
Unknown
Insensitivity
NO MATTER WHAT ANYO
101
No matter what anyone says, what the excuse or explanation, whatever a person does in the end is what he intended to do all along.
Cus D'Amato
Unknown
Human Nature
OUT OF THE CROOKED
102
Out of the crooked timber of humanity No straight thing was ever made.
Immanuel Kant
Unknown
Human Nature
PEOPLE WHO ARE BORN
103
People who are born round don't die square.
Cus D'Amato
Unknown
Human Nature
THERE IS NO MAN SO
104
There is no man so dangerous as a disillusioned idealist.
Goethe
Unknown
Human Nature
THREE CAN KEEP A SE
105
Three can keep a secret if two are dead.
Samuel Johnson
Unknown
Human Nature
WHAT LIES BEHIND US
106
What lies behind us, and what lies before us Are tiny matters compared with what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unknown
Human Nature
GOOD BETTER BEST NE
107
Good Better Best Never let it rest Until your good is better and your better best.
Mrs. Finnegan
Jamie Fee's 7th Grade Teacher
Improvement
IN THE MIDDLE OF TH
108
In the middle of the desert, an oasis. In the middle of a sentence, a verb. In an ocean of conformity, an island of rebellion.
J.Peterman
Catalogue
Individuality
THE MILLS OF GOD GR
109
The mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine.
Anon
Unknown
Justice
SAVOUR KINDNESS BEC
110
Savour kindness, because cruelty is always possible later.
Jamie Fee
Letter
Kindness
A LEADER TELLS PEOP
111
A leader tells people not where they want to go, but where they ought to go.
Edmund Burke
Unknown
Leadership
ON NE REGNE SUR LES
112
On ne regne sur les ames que par le calme.
Winston Churchill
History of WWII Vol 4
Leadership
ONE MAN WITH COURAG
113
One man with courage is a majority.
Andrew Jackson
Unknown
Leadership
PAIN IS THE ART ENT
114
Pain is the art entering the apprentice.
French proverb
Unknown
Learning
A RUT IS ONLY A GRA
115
A rut is only a grave with the ends knocked out.
Texan proverb
Unknown
Life
ALL THINGS IN LIFE
116
All things in life are purchased at the price of experience.
Peter Ackroyd
Unknown
Life
AS YOU RAMBLE ON TH
117
As you ramble on through life, brother Whatever be your goal Keep your eye upon the doughnut And not upon the hole.
William Safire
Unknown
Life
DID YOU KNOW THAT I
118
Did you know that IF are the two middle letters in LIFE?
Dennis Hopper
Apocalypse Now
Life
I LONG FOR SCENES W
119
I long for scenes where man has never trod A place where woman never smiled or wept There to abide with my creator God And sleep as I in childhood sweetly slept Untroubling and untroubled where I lie The grass below-above the vaulted sky.
John Clare
Unknown
God
I LEARN IN MY LIFE
120
I learn in my life you are going very slowly up and can go very fast down.
Petr Korda
Unknown
Life
I'M TIRED JOEY-BOY
121
I'm tired Joey-boy While you're out with the sheep My life is so troubled That I can't get to sleep I would walk myself out But the streets are so dark I shall wait til the morning And walk in the park Cause life is so simple When one is at home And I'm never complaining Where there's work to be done Oh I'm tired Joey-boy Of the makings of men I would like to be cheerful again Ambition will take you and ride you too far And conservatism bring you to boredom once more Sit down by the river and watch the stream flow Recall all the dreams that you once used to know Things you've forgotten that took you away To pastures not greener but meaner Love that is simple is all that I need I've no time for schism or lovers of greed Go up to the mount then Go up to the glen Where silence will touch you And heartbreak will mend.
Van Morrison
I'm tired Joey-Boy
Life
THE HEART HAS REASO
122
The heart has reason that reason knows nothing of.
Pascal
Unknown
Love
THE HONEY GOES WHEN
123
The honey goes when the money goes.
Ann Brady
Unknown
Love
THE LOVE WE HOLD BA
124
The love we hold back in this life is the pain we carry into the next.
Richard Dreyfus
Always (movie)
Love
THIS KISS WHICH NE'
125
This kiss which ne'er these lips shall pass Endures as proof that dreams may last These lines which keep us both apart Draw boundaries round a yearning heart These feelings mix with cold deceit Sweet fear and longing when we meet This badge of loyalty I wear Protects us both from love unfair This chasm which I'll never cross Prevents us taking gain or loss These stairs will never take me higher Than here - this purgatory of desire.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Desire
TONIGHT I CAN WRITE
126
Tonight I can write the saddest lines Write for example: "The night is shattered and blue stars shiver in the distance. The night wind revolves in the sky and sings Tonight I can write the saddest lines I loved her, and sometimes she loved me too. / Esta noche puedo escribir los versos mas tristes Escribir por ejemplo: La noche esta estrellada y tiritan azules los astros a la lejos. Puedo escribir los versos m�s tristes esta noche. Escribir, por ejemplo: "La noche est� estrellada, y tiritan, azules, los astros, a lo lejos." El viento de la noche gira en el cielo y canta. Puedo escribir los versos m�s tristes esta noche. Yo la quise, y a veces ella tambi_n me quiso. En las noches como esta la tuve entre mis brazos. La bes_ tantas veces bajo el cielo infinito. Ella me quiso, a veces yo tambi_n la quer�a. C�mo no haber amado sus grandes ojos fijos. Puedo escribir los versos m�s tristes esta noche. Pensar que no la tengo. Sentir que la he perdido. Oir la noche inmensa, m�s inmensa sin ella. Y el verso cae al alma como al pasto el roc�o. Qu_ importa que mi amor no pudiera guardarla. La noche esta estrellada y ella no est� conmigo. Eso es todo. A lo lejos alguien canta. A lo lejos. Mi alma no se contenta con haberla perdido. Como para acercarla mi mirada la busca. Mi coraz�n la busca, y ella no est� conmigo. La misma noche que hace blanquear los mismos �rboles. Nosotros, los de entonces, ya no somos los mismos. Ya no la quiero, es cierto, pero cu�nto la quise. Mi voz buscaba el viento para tocar su o�do. De otro. Ser� de otro. Como antes de mis besos. Su voz, su cuerpo claro. Sus ojos infinitos. Ya no la quiero, es cierto, pero tal vez la quiero. Es tan corto el amor, y es tan largo el olvido. Porque en noches como esta la tuve entre mis brazos, mi alma no se contenta con haberla perdido. Aunque este sea el ultimo dolor que ella me causa, y estos sean los ultimos versos que yo le escribo.
Pablo Neruda
Unknown
Love
WHEN THE MONEY GOES
127
When the money goes, love flies out the window.
Ruth Hanson
Tom Pyle
Love
IT IS NECESSARY TO
128
It is necessary to be reasonable in one's madness.
Skier about to go down Everest
Unknown
Daring
FIENT DU CHIEN ET M
129
Fient du chien et marc d'argent; Ils seront tout un au jour du jugement. (A dog's t*** and a silver coin will be the same on the judgement day)
Benjamin Franklin
Poor Richard's Almanac
Materialism
IF I OWN A COW IT M
130
If I own a cow, it milks me.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unknown
Materialism
LIFE IS NOT ABOUT A
131
Life is not about addition but multiplication. And if you multiply one hundred expensive things times the zero that's inside of you, you still end up with zero.
Mariko Fujiwara
FORTUNE magazine
Materialism
SIMPLIFYSIMPLIFYSI�
132
Simplify,simplify,simplify.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unknown
Materialism
MEMORIES ARE OUR SO
133
Memories are our souvenirs from a lifetime of forgetfulness.
Eric Hansen
Motoring with Muhammed
Memories
A MAN'S REAL POSSES
134
A man's real possession is his memory. In nothing else is he rich, in nothing else is he poor.
Alexander Smith
Unknown
Memories
A MAN'S MIND IS LIK
135
A man's mind is like a fourteen room house. In his bedroom he's with his intelligent wife, in the living room he's on the floor with some bare-***** girl, in the library he's paying his taxes, in the garden he's growing his tomatoes, and down in the basement he's thinking of ways to blow the whole place up.
Arthur Miller
Unknown
Men
SO FEW MEN HAVE EYE
136
So few men have eyes for anything except the profit margin and is the lawn mowed.
Alan Gurganus
Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
Men
YOU DON'T GET WHAT
137
You don't get what you deserve. You get what you negotiate.
Nigel Bennett
Oral
Merit
A MAN WITH A BRIEFC
138
A man with a briefcase can steal a lot more than a man with a gun.
Don Henley
The End of the Innocence (album)
Money
MONEY IS A GOOD SER
139
Money is a good servant or a harsh master.
A rabbi
Unknown
Money
MONEY IS LIKE SLEEP
140
Money is like sleep. You don't need six hours or seven hours or eight hours. All you need is five minutes more.
Nigel Bennett
Himself
Money
WHEN THE HORSE DIES
141
When the horse dies in the street, the oats no longer pass through to the sparrows.
John Kenneth Galbraith
Unknown
Money
WE NO LONGER HAVE I
142
We no longer have ideals. We manage only our interests. The consequences of this are self evident.
Bettino Craxi
Himself
Morals
THERE IS NO POINT I
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There is no point in doing anything that is not in your heart's hunger.
Reynolds Price
The Tongue of Angels
Motivation
THE BEE FERTILISES
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The bee fertilises the flower it robs.
Anon
The Bible
Nature
INTO MY HEART AN AI
145
Into my heart an air that kills From yon far country blows What are those blue remembered hills? What farms?What spires are those? This is the land of lost content. I see it shining plain. Those happy highways where I went And cannot come again.
A.E. Houseman
A Shropshire Lad
Youth
HE WHO CHEATS WITH
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He who cheats with an oath acknowledges that he is afraid of his enemy but thinks little of God.
Plutarch
Unknown
Cheating
BILL CLINTON SAYS H
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Bill Clinton says he has created 11 million jobs since he became President. Sure he has. And I have four of them.
A police officer
Gavin Esler-The United States of Anger
Bill Clinton
IT IS NOT GIVEN TO
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It is not given to many Presidents to spend TWO world empires to decline.
Garry Wills
Unknown
Reagan
IT IS NOT THE QUALI
250
It is not the quality of the faith which is important; it is the quality of the doubt.
T.S.Eliot
Unknown
Faith
THERE IS NO POINT I
251
There is no point in voting because no matter what you do, the government gets elected.
Gavin Esler
The United States of Anger
Politics
TELL 'EM WHAT YOUR
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Tell 'em what your going to tell 'em. Tell'em. Then tell'em what you told them.
Anon
Unknown
Pulbic Speaking
PUBLICITY IS LIKE P
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Publicity is like poison; it won't hurt you if you don't swallow it.
Joe Paterno
Press Conference
Publicity
THERE IS HARDLY ANY
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There is hardly any grief that an hour's reading will not dissipate.
Montesquieu
Unknown
Reading
REVENGE IS A DISH B
154
Revenge is a dish best eaten cold.
Paul Theroux
The Happy Islands of Oceania
Revenge
LOOK AT THE SPIRIT
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Look at the spirit there Lying, a dying ember Where words have crushed it out like jackboots. Or a whip, perhaps Twisting pain around a pole Or a taper Gasp! Another day has lit the soul To stumble, down and up, and out To something, Or just to darkness.
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Pain
HYPROCISY IS THE HO
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Hyprocisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
Edmund White
Unknown
Truth
EVERY NOW AND THEN
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Every now and then there comes a time and place where a man has to plant his feet, stand firm, and make a point about who he is and what he believes in-- and kick some ass.
Pat Riley
Miami Heat basketball coach
Values
A LITTLE SLEEP A LI
158
A little sleep, a little slumber A little folding of your hands to rest Then your poverty will come as a robber, And your want like an armed man.
Anon
The Bible
Vigilence
THE COVERS OF THIS
159
The covers of this book are too far apart.
Ambrose Bierce
Unknown
Wordiness
WE LIVE IN A STRANG
160
We live in a strange world which shows very little of itself on the surface.
Robertson Davies
The Manticore
The World
WHEN YOU DO ALL THE
161
When you do all the talking, you only learn what you already know.
Anon
Unknown
Self
IT IS BETTER TO BE
162
It is better to be hated for what you are, than loved for what you are not.
Andre Gide
Unknown
Self
RESIST IN ALL CIRC
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Resist , in all circumstances. Be yourself, at all costs.
Charles de Gaulle
Unknown
Self
SOMETIMES I PLAY TH
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Sometimes I play that I catch up with myself. I run with what I was And with what I will be In the race of what I am. And sometimes I play that I pass myself Then maybe I run in the race of what I'm not. But there's still another race In which I'll play that I am overtaken And that will be the real one.
Jamie Fee
Jamie Fee
Self
THOSE WHO BLOW THEI
165
Those who blow their own horn will soon be playing solo.
Benjamin Franklin
Poor Richard's Almanac
Self
IF YOU WANT TO S***
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If you want to s*** like an elephant, you can't eat like a bird.
Keat Foo
Paribas Trader
Risk
I THINK THAT AT THI
167
I think that at this moment Maybe nobody in the universe is thinking about me. I am the only one who is thinking me And if I were to die now, Nobody, not even I, would think me. And this is where the abyss begins, As when I go to sleep. I'm my own support and I take it away from me. I help to curtain everything with absence. That may be why, when you think of someone It's like saving them.
Jamie Fee
Jamie Fee
Self
INNER PEACE THER
168
INNER PEACE There's a place at the center that everyone knows At the end of a valley where no one else goes Where the rage of the battle meets the eye of the storm Where the sole thing that matters is substance not form It's a place where the heart and the mind mold as one Where deep thoughts and deep feelings wage a battle hard won O'er frustration and anger and things left undone And the failures of self from which no one can run And in order to reach there and to pick up the fight And to win, not for victory, but for that which is right One must follow a path which is narrow and straight And not waver, nor falter, nor tarry, nor wait And ignoring confusion and man's misguided pride Take the only course open, and that is: DECIDE. 30 March 1994
Eric Pettigrew
DEP
Decision
IF YOU SHOULD BUT D
169
If you should but decide to climb that peak towering to the heavens, you will find there is a pathway to its very summit.
Anon
Shinto shrine
Decision
YOU WILL DO FOOLISH
170
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
Colette
Unknown
Youth
VEN DER PUTZ SHTEHT
171
Ven der putz shteht,licht der sechel in drerd. (Yiddish for When the P**** stands up, the brain gets buried in the ground.)
Nigel Watt
We All Live in a House Called Innocence
Sex
WHAT COMPLICATES LI
172
What complicates life is having to make choices.
Peter Hoeg
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Life
WHEN SOUNDS ARE REP
173
When sounds are repeated often enough, they become silence.
Peter Hoeg
Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow
Silence
NO ONE PLANS TO FAI
174
No one plans to fail, they just fail to plan.
Anon
Unknown
Failure
ALL I KNOW I KNOW I
175
All I know I know is I've got a bottom and it has a crack in it.
Richard Page
Sayings of the Wise One
Knowledge
YOU HAVE A MOTOR MO
176
You have a motor mouth which doesn't engage your brain.
Anon
Unknown
Thoughtlessness
FOR EVERY TROUBLE U
177
For every trouble under the sun/ There be remedy, or there be none/ If there be one, try to find it/ If there be none, never mind it.
Anon
Unknown
Trouble
BE TRUE TO THE DREA
178
Be true to the dreams of your youth.
Herman Melville
Moby Dick
Truth
FOLLOW TRUTH TOO CL
179
Follow truth too close by the heels, it kicks you in the teeth.
Robert Stone
Outerbridge Reach
Truth
HALF A PIECE OF BRE
180
Half a piece of bread is half a piece of bread, but Half the truth is a lie.
Russian proverb
Unknown
Truth
THERE ARE TWO NATUR
181
There are two natural classes of predators in this country; the very poor, by circumstance, and the very rich, by training.
Daniel Keys Moran
Unknown
The Rich
YOU CAN THROW A STI
182
You can throw a stick in the river, but it will not become a fish.
Fatoumata
Guinean Woman
Reality
LIFE IS ON THE WIRE
183
Life is on the wire. All the rest is just waiting.
Karl Wallenda
Tightrope walker
Life
THE DEFINITION OF I
184
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over in the belief that somehow the result will be different.
Anon
Unknown
Insanity
FISHING IS A JERK S
185
Fishing is a jerk standing at one end of the line waiting for another jerk at the other end.
Anon
Unknown
Fishing
L'ARGENT N'A PAS D'
186
L'argent n'a pas d'odeur.
French proverb
Unknown
Money
YOU CAN LEARN EVERY
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You can learn everything in solitude but character.
Stendhal
Unknown
Character
IF YOU ARE GOING TO
188
If you are going to have brain surgery, would you rather hire a brain surgeon, or a proctologist at half price who wants to learn?
Stephen Wolfe
Unknown
Expertise
SHIP ME SOMEWHERE E
189
Ship me somewhere east of Suez Where the best is like the worst Where there are no Ten commandments And a man can raise a thirst.
Rudyard Kipling
Unknown
The Orient
A WOMAN'S GREATEST
190
A woman's greatest weapon is a man's imagination.
Tempest Storm
Unknown
Men/Women