What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.
If you don't have any fight in you, you might as well be dead.
I have a respect for manners as such, they are a way of dealing with people you don't agree with or like.
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place.
Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
You know, be able to do something great in your life, you're gonna have to realize your failures. You're gonna have to embrace them and figure out how to overcome it.
A great artist is always before his time or behind it.
The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
To have the truth in your possession you can be found guilty, sentenced to death.
A good photograph is knowing where to stand.
What is earnest is not always true on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.
Avoid popularity if you would have peace.
Life is a series of collisions with the future it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.
It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.
Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.
Everyone who understands the nature of God rightly necessarily knows that God is to be believed and hoped in, that he is to be loved and called upon, and to be heard in all things.
A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.
The will to work of everyone in the country is the best guarantee of national survival.
It is better to have loved and lost than never to have lost at all.
Men who have a pierced ear are better prepared for marriage - they've experienced pain and bought jewelry.
Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people.
Give whatever you are doing and whoever you are with the gift of your attention.
I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.
Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so.
If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween.
An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
Men often take their imagination for their heart and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.
I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
Art is the proper task of life.
Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
Her angel's face, As the great eye of heaven shined bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place.
Every time you don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a sense of spiritual deadness.
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy.
The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
I have spent many years of my life in opposition, and I rather like the role.
Don't wish me happiness - I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor - I will need them all.
For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.
Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth.
We are going to have peace even if we have to fight for it.
Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.
Always do good to others. Be selfless. Mentally remove everything and be free. This is divine life. This is the direct way to Moksha or salvation.
I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
Presents don't really mean much to me. I don't want to sound mawkish, but - it was the realization that I have a great many people in my life who really love me, and who I really love.
The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only pain we obey.
My recollection of a hundred lovely lakes has given me blessed release from care and worry and the troubled thinking of our modern day. It has been a return to the primitive and the peaceful.
It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
Dear God, Please send to me the spirit of Your peace. Then send, dear Lord, the spirit of peace from me to all the world. Amen.
Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
America believes in education: the average professor earns more money in a year than a professional athlete earns in a whole week.
Christ rode on an ass, but now asses ride on Christ.
A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.
Film will only became an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.
There is great beauty in going through life without anxiety or fear. Half our fears are baseless, and the other half discreditable.
Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.
I don't think we're going to save anything if we go around talking about saving plants and animals only. We've got to translate that into what's in it for us.
Every gift which is given, even though is be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.
The man who has done his level best... is a success, even though the world may write him down a failure.
There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with.
We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.
In my definition of consciousness, consciousness is the same thing as life. What wisdom traditions also call spirit.
There can be hope only for a society which acts as one big family, not as many separate ones.
We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.
The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds, as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding, and as it strengthens virtue.
Try, try, try, and keep on trying is the rule that must be followed to become an expert in anything.
We should declare war on North Vietnam. We could pave the whole country and put parking strips on it, and still be home by Christmas.
An inexhaustible good nature is one of the most precious gifts of heaven, spreading itself like oil over the troubled sea of thought, and keeping the mind smooth and equable in the roughest weather.
What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.
The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.
The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.
There is little premium in poetry in a world that thinks of Pound and Whitman as a weight and a sampler, not an Ezra, a Walt, a thing of beauty, a joy forever.
Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
There is no arguing with the pretenders to a divine knowledge and to a divine mission. They are possessed with the sin of pride, they have yielded to the perennial temptation.
I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day.
In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.
A taste for truth at any cost is a passion which spares nothing.
Education is the transmission of civilization.
Between men and women there is no friendship possible. There is passion, enmity, worship, love, but no friendship.
Life is half spent before we know what it is.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
A conservative is a man with two perfectly good legs who, however, has never learned how to walk forward.
Money and success don't change people they merely amplify what is already there.
Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.
If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
Conjugal love, or the friendship of spouses, can persist even after sexual desires have weakened, withered, and disappeared.
Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes.
What we have to do, what at any rate it is our duty to do, is to revive the old art of Lying.
Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepare to be surprised.
The quickest way of ending a war is to lose it.
Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.
Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
By any reasonable measure of achievement, the faith of the Enlightenment thinkers in science was justified.
To tell the truth is to become beautiful, to begin to love yourself, value yourself. And that's political, in its most profound way.
Youth smiles without any reason. It is one of its chiefest charms.
All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
Music is the art of the prophets and the gift of God.
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
When I chased after money, I never had enough. When I got my life on purpose and focused on giving of myself and everything that arrived into my life, then I was prosperous.
I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches.
Men talk of killing time, while time quietly kills them.
Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.
Many openly show discontentment with their looks, but few with their intelligence. I, however, assure you there are many more plain minds than faces.
My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache, carries with it the Seed of an equivalent or greater Benefit.
Rightly defined philosophy is simply the love of wisdom.
If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: 'President Can't Swim.'
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.
The sun is new each day.
If you want to be loved, be lovable.
It is impossible to predict the time and progress of revolution. It is governed by its own more or less mysterious laws.
There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behaves any of us to find fault with the rest of us.
A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.
Comedy is defiance. It's a snort of contempt in the face of fear and anxiety. And it's the laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.
I remember when the candle shop burned down. Everyone stood around singing 'Happy Birthday.'
I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair.
I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.
Men's ideas are the most direct emanations of their material state.
As soon as I did my first five minutes of stand-up I knew that I would rather be a failure at comedy than a success in marketing.
I experience a period of frightening clarity in those moments when nature is so beautiful. I am no longer sure of myself, and the paintings appear as in a dream.
In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.
Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.
As long as you live, keep learning how to live.
There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
The best work is not what is most difficult for you it is what you do best.
If I love you, what business is it of yours?
It is always the best policy to speak the truth, unless, of course, you are an exceptionally good liar.
Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.
You know they're not going to lose 162 consecutive games.
The most insignificant people are the most apt to sneer at others. They are safe from reprisals. And have no hope of rising in their own self esteem but by lowering their neighbors.
Success is not greedy, as people think, but insignificant. That is why it satisfies nobody.
It is not these well-fed long-haired men that I fear, but the pale and the hungry-looking.
It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.
Decisiveness is a characteristic of high-performing men and women. Almost any decision is better than no decision at all.
Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.
We shall never be able to remove suspicion and fear as potential causes of war until communication is permitted to flow, free and open, across international boundaries.
It's a funny thing about life if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.
The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
Money without brains is always dangerous.
And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade.
It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend.
Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.
I guess rumors are more exciting than the truth.
The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.
Only government can take perfectly good paper, cover it with perfectly good ink and make the combination worthless.
There are two kinds of fools: those who can't change their opinions and those who won't.
My success was not based so much on any great intelligence but on great common sense.
The man who cannot endure to have his errors and shortcomings brought to the surface and made known, but tries to hide them, is unfit to walk the highway of truth.
Eighteen holes of match play will teach you more about your foe than 18 years of dealing with him across a desk.
Misery is the company of lawsuits.
The heart, like the stomach, wants a varied diet.
Law represents the effort of man to organize society governments, the efforts of selfishness to overthrow liberty.
Brave men rejoice in adversity, just as brave soldiers triumph in war.
Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.
Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
Courage easily finds its own eloquence.
The success I have achieved in bodybuilding, motion pictures, and business would not have been possible without the generosity of the American people and the freedom here to pursue your dreams.
The best way in the world to deceive believers is to cloak a message in religious language and declare that it conveys some new insight from God.
There's a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.
The power to wage war is the power to wage war successfully.
It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass.
Further, the dignity of the science itself seems to require that every possible means be explored for the solution of a problem so elegant and so celebrated.
To the man who loves art for its own sake, it is frequently in its least important and lowliest manifestations that the keenest pleasure is to be derived.
Everything happens to everybody sooner or later if there is time enough.
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
In conversation, humor is worth more than wit and easiness more than knowledge.
What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love, truth, virtue, and beauty.
Men do not understand books until they have a certain amount of life, or at any rate no man understands a deep book, until he has seen and lived at least part of its contents.
I have reached the conclusion that those who have physical courage also have moral courage. Physical courage is a great test.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else. You are the one who gets burned.
I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.
The people are the government, administering it by their agents they are the government, the sovereign power.
All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers - we need our faith-based and community partners.
The hours of folly are measured by the clock but of wisdom, no clock can measure.
I don't think about financial success as the measurement of my success.
The most cogent reason for restricting the interference of government is the great evil of adding unnecessarily to its power.
There is no limit to the power of loving.
Time makes heroes but dissolves celebrities.
Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance.
Truth is certainly a branch of morality and a very important one to society.
The heights of popularity and patriotism are still the beaten road to power and tyranny.
A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Grief is only the memory of widowed affections.
Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.
The moment you think you understand a great work of art, it's dead for you.
The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands.
No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
No lie ever reaches old age.
But men are men the best sometimes forget.
We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.'
The path to success is to take massive, determined action.
Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can't help but move to it. That's what happens to me. I can't help it.'
We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.
All men profess honesty as long as they can. To believe all men honest would be folly. To believe none so is something worse.
Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.
All women should know how to take care of children. Most of them will have a husband some day.
Friendship is essentially a partnership.
Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.
Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
Humor is something that thrives between man's aspirations and his limitations. There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see, humor is truth.
Our country is now geared to an arms economy bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and an incessant propaganda of fear.
We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems, for conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
We are never so defensless against suffering as when we love.
If you build up the soil with organic material, the plants will do just fine.
I got interested in computers and how they could be enslaved to the megalomaniac impulses of a teenager.
Fishes live in the sea, as men do a-land the great ones eat up the little ones.
Heat cannot be separated from fire, or beauty from The Eternal.
Any government that supports, protects or harbours terrorists is complicit in the murder of the innocent and equally guilty of terrorist crimes.
Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God - the rest will be given.
No change in musical style will survive unless it is accompanied by a change in clothing style. Rock is to dress up to.
He that hopes no good fears no ill.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
Blind faith, no matter how passionately expressed, will not suffice. Science for its part will test relentlessly every assumption about the human condition.
A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.
Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence. This explains why we have so many stupid leaders.
Mothers are the people who love us for no good reason. And those of us who are mothers know it's the most exquisite love of all.
We all agree that pessimism is a mark of superior intellect.
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
The success I have achieved in bodybuilding, motion pictures, and business would not have been possible without the generosity of the American people and the freedom here to pursue your dreams.
What people want, above all, is order.
All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.
Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching.
Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom for himself.
I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.
Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice, and they are also the most protected.
I like to spend time in the past, with the things that have been important to me.
Many a man has finally succeeded only because he has failed after repeated efforts. If he had never met defeat he would never have known any great victory.
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls it tolls for thee.
Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.
I would like to be remembered as a man who had a wonderful time living life, a man who had good friends, fine family - and I don't think I could ask for anything more than that, actually.
I saw as a teacher how, if you take that spark of learning that those children have, and you ignite it, you can take a child from any background to a lifetime of creativity and accomplishment.
Do not weep do not wax indignant. Understand.
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Time destroys the speculation of men, but it confirms nature.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.
There must be a day or two in a man's life when he is the precise age for something important.
You believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves.
Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.
Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.
Doubt grows with knowledge.
If it's very painful for you to criticize your friends - you're safe in doing it. But if you take the slightest pleasure in it, that's the time to hold your tongue.
Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.
In science, as in art, and, as I believe, in every other sphere of human activity, there may be wisdom in a multitude of counsellors, but it is only in one or two of them.
Bad faith likes discourse on friendship and loyalty.
We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
Truth is what works.
Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Fires can't be made with dead embers, nor can enthusiasm be stirred by spiritless men. Enthusiasm in our daily work lightens effort and turns even labor into pleasant tasks.
All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
All the ills of mankind, all the tragic misfortunes that fill the history books, all the political blunders, all the failures of the great leaders have arisen merely from a lack of skill at dancing.
Rebellion without truth is like spring in a bleak, arid desert.
Starting out to make money is the greatest mistake in life. Do what you feel you have a flair for doing, and if you are good enough at it, the money will come.
Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time.
Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they're already asleep.
As long as you have a system that is based on the rational that if you are making money you are thereby making a contribution to society, these financial rogue practices will continue.
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Home is where the heart is.
A short saying often contains much wisdom.
Music is the wine which inspires one to new generative processes, and I am Bacchus who presses out this glorious wine for mankind and makes them spiritually drunken.
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
You can only be as good as you dare to be bad.
The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.
It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for.
The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.