Favorite Quotes

The funny thing about quotes, proverbs and the like is that you can find an absolute corker to prove your point only to find another corker which says the exact opposite and completely cancels out the first. But we all like to think we’re right and are only too happy to forget the second bit. So quotes, proverbs and the like don’t prove that I’m right but they give me comfort that there were and still are others out there who share the same beliefs. Here’s a few that I like:

  1. When a man moves away from nature, his heart becomes hard. (Lakota)
  2. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. (Einstein)
  3. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler. (Einstein)
  4. Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men. (Douglas Bader)
  5. It is always enough for one’s need but never enough for one’s greed. (Ghandi)
  6. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall (Confucius)
  7. Adventure is a sign of incompetence. (Vilhjalmur Stefansson)
  8. The greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. He who risks nothing, has nothing, does nothing, is nothing. (Leo F. Buscaglia)
  9. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.” (Goethe)
  10. To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can fight; and never stop fighting. (E.E Cummings)
  11. If all the year were playing holidays; To sport would be as tedious as to work. (William Shakespeare ‘The First Part of King Henry the IV’)
  12. There are old climbers and there are bold climbers, but no old, bold climbers. (Source unknown)
  13. When the Dalai Lama was asked what surprised him most about man: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die; and then dies having never really lived.”
  14. It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust, sweat and blood; who knows great enthusiam, great devotion and the triumph of achievement and who, at the worst, if  he fails, at least fails while doing greatly – so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat. (Theodore Roosevelt)
  15. “Once touched by discovery or understanding of any kind, you are one step further on an irreversible journey of change. If you want to be a happy, functioning citizen sharing their same values, make sure your journey is no longer than theirs. If you dare venture further in your journey, you will enter a lonely space of minority thinking in a world ruled by majority thinking, juxtaposed with a huge dose of irony by a deep seated desire for acceptance. Be careful. There is no going back.” (ME)



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