More Favorite Quotes about Life

Individuality

“Know thyself.” Socrates

“When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” Ralph Ellison

“Follow your bliss.” Joseph Campbell

“To give up your individuality is to annihilate yourself.” Robert Ingersoll

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion. . . .” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nothing is so tiresome to one’s self, as well as so odious to others, as disguise and affectation.” Benjamin Franklin

“In proportion to the development of his individuality, each person becomes more valuable to himself, and is therefore capable of being more valuable to others. . . .” John Stuart Mill

“Why should we be in such a desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” Henry David Thoreau

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost

“This above all, to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.” Shakespeare

Jealousy

“There is, so far as I know, no way of dealing with envy except to make the lives of the envious happier and fuller, and to encourage in youth the idea of collective enterprises rather than competition. . . . Still, it must be admitted that a residuum of envy is likely to remain. There are many instances in history of generals so jealous of each other that they preferred defeat to enhancement of the other’s reputation. Two politicians of the same party, or two artists of the same school, are almost sure to be jealous of each other. In such cases, there seems nothing to be done except to arrange, so far as possible, that each competitor shall be unable to injure the other and shall only be able to win by superior merit. . . . Where envy is unavoidable it must be used as a stimulus to one’s own efforts, not to the thwarting of the efforts of rivals.” Bertrand Russell

“There is no limit to what can be accomplished when no one cares who gets the credit.” John Wooden

Justice

“Justice will not come . . . until those who are not injured are as indignant as those who are.” Thucydides

“Pardoning the Bad, is injuring the Good.” Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Maxims

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Equal justice under law is not just a caption on the facade of the Supreme Court building. . . . It is fundamental that justice should be the same, in substance and availability, without regard to economic status.” Justice Lewis Powell Jr.

“The common sense of mankind demands that law shall not stop with the punishment of petty crimes by little people. It must also reach men who possess themselves of great power.” Justice Robert Jackson

“Justice demands that all laws shall be made, not for man, or for woman, but for mankind, and that the same legal protection be afforded to the one sex as to the other.” Betsey M. Cowles

“A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity.” Ralph Nader

“It is not by great acts but by small failures that freedom dies. . . . Justice and liberty die quietly, because men first learn to ignore injustice and then no longer recognize it.” Charles Morgan Jr.

Leadership

“Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means.” Albert Einstein

“Treat a man as he is and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he can and should be and he will become as he can and should be.” Johann Goethe

“I decide on the basis of conscience. A genuine leader doesn’t reflect consensus, he molds consensus.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” John F. Kennedy

“A politician thinks of the next election and a statesman thinks of the next generation.” James Freeman Clarke

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” Gen. George Patton

“Those renowned generals [Alexander and Caesar] received more faithful service, and performed greater actions by means of the love their soldiers bore them, than they could possibly have done, if instead of being beloved and respected they had been hated and feared by those they commanded.” Benjamin Franklin

“A Lincolnesque leader is confident enough to be humble – to not feel the need to bluster or dominate, but to be sufficiently sure of one’s own judgment and self-worth to really listen and not be threatened by contrary advice.” Evan Thomas and Richard Wolffe

“Ancient wisdom offers . . . a simple yet profound formula to guide everyone who leads, anyone who aspires to leadership: ‘Do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.'” Wayne Dosick

“As we become civilized we are governed less by persons and more by principles. . . . The best of all leaders is the man who teaches people to lead themselves.” Robert Ingersoll

“A leader is best
When people barely know he exists.
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him.
Worse when they despise him. . . .
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled,
They will say, ‘We did this ourselves.'” Lao-Tse

Liberty

“A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement.” Thomas Jefferson

“I am for . . . each individual doing just as he chooses in all matters which concern nobody else.” Abraham Lincoln

“So long as we do not harm others we should be free to think, speak, act, and live as we see fit, without molestation from individuals, law, or government. . . .” John Stuart Mill

“Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign. . . . The only purpose for which government may rightfully exercise power . . . over anyone is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant.” John Stuart Mill

“I love liberty. . . . By physical liberty I mean the right to do anything which does not interfere with the happiness of another. By intellectual liberty I mean the right to think right and the right to think wrong.” Robert Ingersoll

“By a free country, I mean a country where people are allowed, so long as they do not hurt their neighbors, to do as they like. I do not mean a country where six men may make five men do exactly as they like.” Robert Cecil

“Despotism has so often been established in the name of liberty that experience should warn us to judge parties by their practices rather than their preachings.” Raymond Aron

“Those who won our independence . . . valued liberty both as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” Justice Louis Brandeis

“The makers of our Constitution . . . conferred, as against the government, the right to be let alone – the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.” Justice Louis Brandeis

“I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes. . . . Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it.” Judge Learned Hand

“Don’t put no constrictions on da people. Leave ’em ta hell alone.” Jimmy Durante

“Live and let live, be and let be,
Hear and let hear, see and let see. . . .
Live and let live and remember this line:
‘Your bus’ness is your bus’ness and my bus’ness is mine.'” Cole Porter

Loyalty

“I believe that there is something far nobler than loyalty to any particular man. Loyalty to the truth as we perceive it – loyalty to our duty as we know it – loyalty to the ideals of our brain and heart – is, to my mind, far greater and far nobler than loyalty to the life of any particular man or God. . . .” Robert Ingersoll

“Sometimes party loyalty asks too much.” John F. Kennedy

Luck and Preparation

“Not a man alive has so much luck that he can play with it.” William Butler Yeats

“A man would be a fool to take his luck for granted.” Gary Hart

“Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom.” Edmund Burke

“Luck does indeed favor the well prepared.” James Alan Fox and Jack Levin

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Seneca

“I will study and prepare and perhaps my chance will come.” Abraham Lincoln

“The readiness is all.” Shakespeare

Management

“Here’s what management is about: Pick good people and set the right priorities.” Lee Iacocca

“You basically get what you reward. If you want to achieve the goals and reflect the values in your mission statement, then you need to align the reward system with these goals and values.” Stephen R. Covey

“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” William James

“The way to develop the best that is in a person is by appreciation and encouragement.” Charles Schwab

“There is nothing else that so kills the ambitions of a person as criticisms from superiors. I never criticize anyone. I believe in giving a person incentive to work. So I am anxious to praise but loath to find fault. . . . I have yet to find a person, however great or exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than he would ever do under a spirit of criticism.” Charles Schwab

“[Good managers] know that people have ‘good’ sides and ‘bad’ sides and that the secret of good management is in magnifying the former and toning down the latter.” Ha-Joon Chang

“When top executives get huge pay hikes at the same time as middle-level and hourly workers lose their jobs and retirement savings, or have to accept negligible pay raises and cuts in health and pension benefits, company morale plummets. I hear it all the time from employees: This company, they say, is being run only for the benefit of the people at the top. So why should we put in extra effort, commit extra hours, take on extra responsibilities? We’ll do the minimum, even cut corners. This is often the death knell of a company.” Robert Reich

“Nothing is more deadly to achievement than the belief that effort will not be rewarded, that the world is a bleak and discriminatory place in which only the predatory and the specially preferred can get ahead.” George Gilder

“A variety of studies establish the inextricable link between the wages, benefits, and conditions of a job and the quality of the service provided.” Beth Shulman

“Good wages are pro business, since they reduce turnover, increase morale, produce better-skilled employees, and improve productivity.” Jim Hightower

“It’s the same in the office, the lab, the factory. Employees and coworkers are more productive, more loyal – satisfied and happy – when they are treated fairly, decently, and with dignity than when they are used and taken for granted, when they feel like no more than a tiny cog in a giant corporate wheel.” Wayne Dosick

“We need to take a hard look at new business ownership models in the country. To my mind, we need to significantly expand employee ownership. . . . Study after study has shown that employee ownership increases employment, increases productivity, increases sales, and increases wages in the United States. . . . The workers . . . become more motivated, absenteeism goes down, worker productivity goes up, and people stay on the job for a longer period of time.” Bernie Sanders

Means and Ends

“You can’t get to a pleasant place to be at unless you use pleasant methods to get there. When you are dealing with a human society the means is fully as important as the end.” Clarence Darrow

“We will never have peace in the world until men everywhere recognize that ends are not cut off from means, because the means represent the ideal in the making, and the end in process, and ultimately you can’t reach good ends through evil means, because the means represent the seed and the end represents the tree.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“Act as if the maxim on which you act were to become, through your will, a universal law.” Immanuel Kant

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mohandas Gandhi

Memory

“Memory is the miser of the mind; forgetfulness the spendthrift.” Robert Ingersoll

“I am anxious to give away information, for it is only by giving it away that you can keep it. When you have told it, you remember it. It is with information as it is with liberty, the only way to be dead sure of it is to give it to other people.” Robert Ingersoll

“I’ve always subscribed to an old Chinese proverb that the palest ink is better than the best memory.” Vincent Bugliosi

Mistakes

“When Theodore Roosevelt was in the White House, he confessed that if he could be right 75 percent of the time, he would reach the highest measure of his expectation. . . . If that was the highest rating that one of the most distinguished men of the twentieth century could hope to obtain, what about you and me?” Dale Carnegie

“Even Johannes Kepler, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Gregor Mendel, and Albert Einstein made serious mistakes. But the scientific enterprise arranges things so that teamwork prevails: What one of us, even the most brilliant among us, misses, another of us, even someone much less celebrated and capable, may detect and rectify.” Carl Sagan

“We are all full of weakness and errors, let us mutually pardon each other our follies – it is the first law of nature.” Voltaire

“We all take leave of our senses, from time to time. . . .” Bryan A. Garner

“There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.” Aristotle

“The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. This literally turns a failure into a success.” Stephen R. Covey

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Thomas Edison

“Success is failure analyzed. Success is staying power.” Ed Koupal

“Mistakes are a necessary artistic experience in the process of creating a great work.” Alexei Tolstoy

“Creativity requires the freedom to fail.” Moby

“It is common sense to take a method and try it; if it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“A perfect character might be attended with the inconvenience of being envied and hated; and . . . a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.” Benjamin Franklin

Moderation

“Let him know how to choose the mean and avoid the extremes on either side, as far as possible. . . . For this is the way of happiness.” Plato

“The golden rule is moderation in all things.” Terence

“Keep the golden mean between saying too much and too little.” Publilius Syrus

Money

“Money, like any other force such as electricity, is amoral and can be used for either good or evil.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“The first duty of man is to support himself – to see to it that he does not become a burden. His next duty is to help others if he has a surplus, and if he really believes they deserve to be helped.” Robert Ingersoll

“All should be taught that the highest ambition is to be happy, and to add to the well-being of others; that place and power are not necessary to success; that the desire to acquire great wealth is a kind of insanity. They should be taught that it is a waste of energy, a waste of thought, a waste of life, to acquire what you do not need and what you do not really use for the benefit of yourself or others.” Robert Ingersoll

“The worst enslaving trait of all is greed. I rail against the substitution of money for worth. The idea that the endless accumulation of dead money can furnish a meaningful life to sold-out souls is the supreme lie offered by the system of free enterprise.” Gerry Spence

“This disposition to admire, and almost to worship, the rich and the powerful . . . is, at the same time, the greatest and most universal cause of the corruption of our moral sentiments.” Adam Smith

“It is preoccupation with possession, more than anything else, that prevents men from living freely and nobly.” Bertrand Russell

“Millions of men give all their energies, as well as their very souls, for the acquisition of gold. And this will continue as long as society is ignorant enough and hypocritical enough to hold in high esteem the man of wealth without the slightest regard to the character of the man. . . . In judging of the rich, two things should be considered: How did they get it, and what are they doing with it? Was it honestly acquired? Is it being used for the benefit of mankind?” Robert Ingersoll

“I don’t like mansions. They depress me. In fact, I even feel sorry for a rich husband and wife living in a forty-room mansion. They’re obviously searching for something they don’t have, such as happiness or the respect of others.” Vincent Bugliosi

“We all know that men in moderate circumstances can have just as comfortable houses as the richest, just as comfortable clothing, just as good food. They can see just as fine paintings, just as marvelous statues, and they can hear just as good music. They can attend the same theaters and the same operas. They can enjoy the same sunshine, and above all, can love and be loved just as well as kings and millionaires.” Robert Ingersoll

“An honest, sensible, humane man, . . . laboring to do good rather than be rich, to be useful rather than make a show, living in modest simplicity . . . is really the most respectable man in society, [and] makes himself and all about him most happy.” John Adams

“I have not sought during my life to amass wealth and to adorn my body, but I have sought to adorn my soul with the jewels of wisdom, patience, and above all with a love of liberty.” Socrates

Morality

“To treat others ethically is to act out of concern for their happiness and suffering.” Sam Harris

“Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.” Confucius

“Give every other human being every right you claim for yourself.” Robert Ingersoll

“A man is not moral because he is obedient through fear or ignorance. Morality lives in the realm of perceived obligation. . . .” Robert Ingersoll

“It cannot be said too often that actions are good or bad in the light of consequences, and that a clear perception of consequences would control actions. That which increases the sum of human happiness is moral; and that which diminishes the sum of human happiness is immoral. . . . Blind, unreasoning obedience is the enemy of morality.” Robert Ingersoll

“The ideas of right and wrong change with the experience of the race, and this change is wrought by the gradual ascertaining of consequences – of results.” Robert Ingersoll

“The highest ethical duty is often to discard the outmoded ethics of the past.” Corliss Lamont

“Overemphasis on the sex aspect of morality has led to a neglect of its other aspects and a narrowing of its range.” Corliss Lamont

“Modern technology has conveniently provided a measuring stick by which you can determine whether or not you are conducting your business in an acceptable, ethical way. . . . You can ask yourself: How will I feel if my business dealings today are secretly recorded on a hidden video camera, and appear on this evening’s television newscast for all to see?” Wayne Dosick

“When you choose wrong because it suits you right now, the message you give others is that when it suits you, you may likely do wrong again. You become a threat and liability to others. That’s a pragmatic reason, outside of pride in morality, not to do wrong.” Laura Schlessinger

“Integrity, honesty, and honor may not give immediate rewards or gratification, and they can be life-threatening (for example, being a whistle-blower or turning state’s evidence). The absence of integrity, honesty, and honor do not always bring punishment or scorn, and can be life-aggrandizing (connivers and cheats often gain power and wealth). Therefore, morality must be its own reward.” Laura Schlessinger

“The reward for doing right is mostly an internal phenomenon: self-respect, dignity, integrity, and self-esteem. . . . Not doing right may have momentary payoffs but will wreak havoc with your self-esteem, respect from others, and quality of life.” Laura Schlessinger

“Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
The thief doth fear each bush an officer.” Shakespeare

“The most important human endeavor is the striving for morality in our actions. Our inner balance, and even our very existence depends on it. Only morality in our actions can give beauty and dignity to our lives.” Albert Einstein

Music and Art

“Music was born of love. Had there never been any human affection, there never could have been uttered a strain of music.” Robert Ingersoll

“Language is not subtle enough, tender enough, to express all that we feel; and when language fails, the highest and deepest longings are translated into music. Music is the sunshine – the climate – of the soul, and it floods the heart with a perfect June.” Robert Ingersoll

“There is more real devotional feeling summoned from the temple of the mind by great music than by any sermon ever delivered.” Robert Ingersoll

“Being surrounded by artistic and musical beauty soothes the soul, bringing both quiet calm and creative inspiration. . . .” Wayne Dosick

“The best music is essentially there to provide you something to face the world with.” Bruce Springsteen

“Artists are prophets. They define the meaning of our lives and point the way.” Anthony V. Bouza

“The arts often realize human truths well before other branches of human endeavor.” Chris Hedges

“Art that teaches us, moves us, challenges us to think about the human condition in new ways, is often shocking and disturbing. It is intended to be.” Philip D. Harvey

“It is as we respond to the understandings and feelings inherent in . . . art that we acquire much of our truth, much of our nobility and grace, and much of our pleasure.” Ursula Goodenough

“I consider art to be the language of the human spirit and, without art, we are all handicapped.” Mimi Brodsky Chenfeld

“There is in all artists a little of the vagabond.” Robert Ingersoll

“The truth is . . . that the great artists of the world are never puritans, and seldom ever ordinarily respectable. No virtuous man – that is, virtuous in the YMCA sense – has ever painted a picture worth looking at, or written a symphony worth hearing, or a book worth reading, and it is highly improbable that the thing has ever been done by a virtuous woman.” H. L. Mencken

“A world turned into a stereotype, a society converted into a regiment, a life translated into a routine, make it difficult for either art or artists to survive. Crush individuality in society and you crush art as well. Nourish the conditions of a free life and you nourish the arts, too.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The moment a city starts to lose its artists, things can fall apart and the city might lose its edge.” David Cameron, former British prime minister

“Research shows empirically that artistic and cultural creativity acts alongside the high-tech industry and business and finance to power economic growth.” Richard Florida

“Practice any art, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.” Kurt Vonnegut

Old Age

“To be happy in old age, it is necessary that we accustom ourselves to objects that can accompany the mind all the way through life, and that we take the rest as good in their day. The mere man of pleasure is miserable in old age, and the mere drudge in business is but little better; whereas natural philosophy, mathematical and mechanical science are a continual source of tranquil pleasure. . . .” Thomas Paine

“Those who knew Benjamin Franklin will recollect that his mind was forever young, his temper ever serene; science, that never grows gray, was always his mistress. He was never without an object, for when we cease to have an object, we become like an invalid in a hospital waiting for death.” Thomas Paine

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” Henry Ford

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.” Sophia Loren

“For as I like a young man in whom there is something of the old, so I like an old man in whom there is something of the young; and he who follows this maxim, in body will possibly be an old man but he will never be an old man in mind.” Cicero

“It is a splendid thing to think that the woman you really love will never grow old to you. Through the wrinkles of time, through the mask of years, if you really love her, you will always see the face you loved and won. And a woman who really loves a man does not see that he grows old; he is not decrepit to her; he does not tremble; he is not old; she always sees the same gallant gentleman who won her hand and heart. I like to think of it in that way; I like to think that love is eternal.” Robert Ingersoll

Peace

“True peace is not merely the absence of tension, but it is the presence of justice.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Perseverance

“The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches. We must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time, and eternally press forward for what is yet to get.” Thomas Jefferson

“The most successful people in the world aren’t usually the brightest. They are the ones who persevere.” Ross Perot

“Winning is often simply getting up off the ground one more time than your opponent.” Vincent Bugliosi

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas Edison

“‘Tis true there is much to be done, . . . but stick to it steadily, and you will see great effects, for constant dropping wears away stones . . . and little strokes fell great oaks, as Poor Richard says. . . .” Benjamin Franklin

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

Play

“Play is not just for kids. It’s actually an essential ingredient of a happy adult life and a natural antidepressant. Recent science shows that the absence of play in adults contributes to depression, and adding it back into our lives not only helps make us happier and more resilient but also positively impacts our brains.” Dr. Elisha Goldstein

Problems

“Obstacles and problems are a part of life. True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice patience, and to learn.” Richard Carlson

“When parents see their children’s problems as opportunities to build the relationship instead of as negative, burdensome irritations, it totally changes the nature of parent-child interaction. Parents become more willing, even excited, about deeply understanding and helping their children. . . . This paradigm is powerful in business as well.” Stephen R. Covey

“Sweet are the uses of adversity.” Shakespeare

“There is no education like adversity.” Benjamin Disraeli

“What doesn’t destroy me makes me stronger.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong in the broken places.” Ernest Hemingway

“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties. Great necessities call out great virtues.” Abigail Adams

“It is difficulties that show what men are.” Epictetus

“What disturbs people’s minds are not events but their judgments on events.” Epictetus

“There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.” Shakespeare

“Even if I am not responsible for my situation, I am responsible for my reaction to it.” Unknown

“Easy lives make boring people.” Ronda Rousey

Racism

“The idea of a superior or inferior race is a myth that has been completely refuted by anthropological evidence.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Despite research, there is no credible evidence that the races show any differences in the science of their brain function.” Martin L. Gross

“Some racists still reject the plain testimony written in the DNA that all the races are not only human but nearly indistinguishable. . . .” Carl Sagan

Resignation

“A good supply of resignation is of the first importance in providing for the journey of life.” Arthur Schopenhaur

“There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” Epictetus

“When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.” J. Lubbock

“Do the best that can be done and then . . . be resigned.” Robert Ingersoll

“Care is no cure, but rather corrosive,
For things that are not to be remedied.” Shakespeare

“Things without all remedy
Should be without regard: what’s done is done.” Shakespeare

“Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass,
of glory in the flower,
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind.” William Wordsworth

Savings

“Thrift is not some obsolete Victorian notion. . . . It will be the difference between those who prosper and achieve respect and those who become a burden to their children and society.” Peter G. Peterson

“Wealth can only be accumulated by the earnings of industry and the savings of frugality.” John Tyler

“Let frugality and industry be our virtues.” John Adams

“Industry and frugality, as the means of procuring wealth . . . thereby [secures] virtue, it being more difficult for a man in want to act always honestly. . . .” Benjamin Franklin

“[G]aining money by my industry and frugality, I lived very agreeably. . . .” Benjamin Franklin

Science

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of . . . superstition.” Adam Smith

“Science is a systematic method of investigation based on continuous experimentation, observation, and measurement leading to evolving explanations of natural phenomena, explanations which are continuously open to further testing.” Ohio Academy of Science

“Scientific conclusions are always tentative, because the development of better tools, new approaches and new findings may make necessary refinements, changes or even discarding previously held theories and concepts. . . . The result is excitement and exhilaration in open inquiry.” Gerald Larue

“The discovery of how things work is intrinsically rewarding, and developing the practical applications of discoveries is no less so.” Thomas W. Clark

“Has there ever been a religion with the prophetic accuracy and reliability of science? . . . No other human institution comes close.” Carl Sagan

Sports

“Sports is a moral undertaking because it requires of participants, and it schools spectators in the appreciation of, noble things – courage, grace under pressure, sportsmanship.” George Will

“Running track and cross-country turned out to be important to my life. Training hard, not quitting even when you were dead tired, gave me a discipline that has stayed with me for the rest of my life.” Bernie Sanders

“The most important thing is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well.” The Olympic Creed

“The common belief that coaches must be abusive to be successful is a myth. Research shows that if you find a task fun, you’ll perform better. If more coaches took . . . a Golden Rule approach to coaching, treating their players the way they themselves would like to be treated, fewer athletes would drop out of sports in their teens, and more athletes at every level would be happier and more satisfied.” Ralph Nader

“Coaches need training in how to teach fitness as an enjoyable activity. This would be a far cry from torture sessions that athletes endure . . . as a personal test of the athletes’ willingness to endure pain, or as a form of punishment. . . . This approach can make athletes hate fitness training and avoid physical fitness activities after their playing career is over.” Andrew W. Miracle Jr. and C. Roger Rees

“Compulsory sports for those who by temperament or physique do not qualify may be a disaster. . . . The repercussions may be extreme . . . and they may be very long-lasting, even throughout adulthood.” John Money, Ph.D.

Suicide

“No man has a right to leave his wife to fight the battle alone if he is able to help. No man has a right to desert his children if he can possibly be of use. As long as he can add to the comfort of those he loves, as long as he can . . . be of any use, it is his duty to remain.” Robert Ingersoll

“Human life consists in mutual service. No grief, pain, misfortune or ‘broken heart’ is excuse for cutting off one’s life while any power of service remains. But when all usefulness is over, when one is assured of an unavoidable and imminent death, it is the simplest of human rights to choose a quick and easy death in place of a slow and horrible one.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“No man should kill himself as long as he can be of the least use to anybody, and if you cannot find some person that you are willing to do something for, find a good dog and take care of him. You have no idea how much better you will feel.” Robert Ingersoll

Time

“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed.” Peter Drucker

“There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries . . .
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.” Shakespeare

Turning the Other Cheek

“To turn the other cheek is to teach would-be cheats that cheating pays.” Peter Singer

“When struck on one cheek to turn the other, is really joining a conspiracy to secure the triumph of brutality. To agree not to resist evil is to become an accomplice of all injustice.” Robert Ingersoll

“I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings if I can help it. I don’t want anyone unnecessarily humiliated, but I say whatever stands between you and justice must give way. . . . You must do exactly what is right, and let those who have done wrong bear the consequences.” Robert Ingersoll

“For benefits return benefits; for injuries return justice without any admixture of revenge.” Confucius

Unconditional Love

“Love is not love that alters
When it alteration finds. . . .
O, no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.” Shakespeare

“None of us, no, not one, is perfect; and were we to love none who had imperfections, this world would be a desert for our love.” Thomas Jefferson

Unhappiness

“Pointing to another world will never stop vice among us; shedding light over this world can alone help us.” Walt Whitman

“To avoid pain we must know the conditions of health. For the accomplishment of this end we must rely upon investigation instead of faith, upon labor in place of prayer. Most misery is produced by ignorance. Passions sow the seeds of pain.” Robert Ingersoll

“It’s impossible to feel good about yourself if you are doing things that you aren’t proud of. . . . It’s essential that you . . . [do] things you can respect and admire.” Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

“If you want to feel proud of yourself, then do good. Take action that will make you proud. . . . And if you really want to feel proud, then do something to help someone else.” Oseola McCarty

“When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.” Abraham Lincoln

“Work and love – these are the basics. Without them there is neurosis.” Theodor Reik

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Joseph Addison

“All I have to say is, Love one another – that is the height of all philosophy. It is beyond all religions. It is the secret of joy – the fountain of Perpetual Youth – the only rainbow on life’s dark cloud.” Robert Ingersoll

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.” Benjamin Franklin

“If one could only learn to appreciate the little things . . .
A song that takes you away, for there are those who cannot hear.
The beauty of a sunset, for there are those who cannot see.
The warmth and safety of your home, for there are those who are homeless.
Time spent with good friends for there are those who are lonely.
A walk along the beach for there are those who cannot walk.
The little things are what life is all about.
Search your soul and learn to appreciate.” Shadi Souferian

Work

“It is labor that has made the world a fit habitation for the human race.” Robert Ingersoll

“Every human being should be taught that his first duty is to take care of himself, and that to be self-respecting he must be self-supporting. To live on the labor of others, either by force which enslaves, or by cunning which robs, or by borrowing or begging, is wholly dishonorable. Every man should be taught some useful art.” Robert Ingersoll

“I believe that labor is a blessing. It never was and never will be a curse. It is a blessed thing to labor for . . . the ones you love. It is a blessed thing to have an object in life – something to do – something to call into play your best thoughts, to develop your faculties and to make you a man.” Robert Ingersoll

“Being a productive member of society, a contributor to the well-being of our neighbors and our community, gives our lives meaning, dignity, and satisfaction.” Bernie Sanders

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and status and should be undertaken with meticulous excellence.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or doing it better.” John Updike

“When men are employed they are best contented.” Benjamin Franklin

“To business that we love we rise betime
And go to it with delight.” Shakespeare

“The labor we delight in physics [cures] pain.” Shakespeare

“The greatest analgesic, soporific, stimulant, tranquilizer, narcotic, and to some extent even antibiotic – in short, the closest thing to a genuine panacea – known to medical science is work.” Thomas Szasz, M.D.

“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Maxims

“Genius is one per cent inspiration and ninety-nine per cent perspiration.” Thomas Edison

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. . . .” Thomas Paine

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” Albert Einstein

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Mark Twain

“Everyone should be taught the nobility of labor, the heroism and splendor of honest effort. As long as it is considered disgraceful to labor, or aristocratic not to labor, the world will be filled with idleness and crime, and with every possible moral deformity.” Robert Ingersoll

To Life Quotes, part 1