I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Where I Lived, And What I Lived For, Henry David Thoreau
It is not enough to be good if you have the ability to be better. It is not enough to be very good if you have the ability to be great. -- Alberta Lee Cox
Computers make it easy to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do, don't need to be done. -- Andy Rooney
Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed. -- Corita Kent
A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. -- Francis Bacon
Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother. -- Khalil Gibran
Fear breeds fear. -- Byron Janis
The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him. -- Henry L. Stimson
People who never get carried away should be. -- Malcolm Forbes
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. -- Confucius
Winning isn't everything. Wanting to win is. -- Catfish Hunter
Some folks never exaggerate--they just remember big. -- Audrey Snead
In England, if you commit a crime, the police don't have a gun and you don't have a gun. If you commit a crime, "Stop, or I'll say stop again." -- Robin Williams
A lot of people up North, they think everybody from the South is married to their sister and has seen a UFO. I told them, "I'm just dating my sister and couldn't swear that it wasn't a weather balloon." -- Jeff Foxworthy
Friendship is one mind in two bodies. -- Menclus
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day. -- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness. -- Josh Billings
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. -- Anne Frank Live so that your friends can defend you, but never have to. -- Arnold Glasow
Each day can be one of triumph if you keep up your interests. -- George Matthew Adams
Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it. -- Ovid
Winners are men who have dedicated their whole lives to winning. -- Woody Hayes
No one can build her security on the nobleness of another person. -- Willa Cather
Anyone else ever just feel the fetal position coming on? -- Paula Poundstone
When I tell people I'm a comedian they say, "Oh are you funny?" I say, "No, it's not that kind of comedy." --Betsy Salkind
The true test of character is...how we behave when we don't know what to do. -- John Holt
It takes as much courage to have tried and failed as it does to have tried and succeeded. -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. -- Abraham Lincoln
Whining is anger through a small opening. -- Stuart Smalley
In spite of the cost of loving, it's still popular. -- Kathy Norris
Tell a man he is brave, and you help him to become so. -- Thomas Carlyle
No explanation ever explains the necessity of making one. -- Elbert Hubbard
There's much to be said for challenging fate instead of ducking behind it. -- Diana Trilling
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. -- Erma Bombeck
If you are ashamed to stand by your colors, you had better seek another flag. -- Anonymous
Learn to use ten minutes intelligently. It will pay you huge dividends. -- William A. Irwin
Dullness is a misdemeanor. -- Ethel Wilson
Pain is never permanent. -- Saint Theresa of Avila
Superior people never make long visits." --Marianne Moore
"You have to endure what you can't change." --Marie de France
"Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof." --John Kenneth Galbraith
"Let us train our minds to desire what the situation demands." --Seneca
"Men often say that women change their minds too much. I say they sometimes don't change them enough. I mean changing their state of mind, their attitudes, their outlook, their expectations, their consciousness -- most of all, about themselves and what is possible in their lives." --Julia T. Alvarez
"The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well." --H. T. Leslie
"Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work." --Carl Sandburg
"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?" --Baseball pitcher Satchel Paige
"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese." --Billie Burke
He who knows not and knows not he knows not, he is a fool-shun him. He who knows not and knows he knows not, he is simple-teach him. He who knows and knows not he knows, he is asleep-awaken him. He who knows and knows that he knows, he is wise, follow him --Bruce Lee
"The trouble with being punctual is that there's nobody there to appreciate it." --Franklin P. Jones
"Never let go of the fiery sadness called desire." --Patti Smith
"When trouble comes, wise men take to their work; weak men take to the woods." --Elbert Hubbard
"Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution." --Raymond E. Feist
"There's a mighty big difference between good sound reasons, and reasons that sound good." --Burton Hillis
"Skepticism, like chastity, should not be relinquished too easily." --George Santayana
"Keep away from people who belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." --Mark Twain
"A man who knows not his limitations is of no use to anyone." --W. Edwards Deming
"If you don't know where you are going, how can you expect to get there?" --Basil S. Walsh
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability." --John Wooden
"Concentrate on finding your goal, then concentrate on reaching it." --Col. Michael Friedsman
"It is only when I am doing my work that I feel truly alive." --Federico Fellini
"I don't want people who want to dance, I want people who *have* to dance." --George Balanchine
"My will shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own." --Elaine Maxwell
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." --William Jennings Bryan
"I am the master of my fate; /I am the captain of my soul." --William E. Henley
"Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others." --Robert Louis Stevenson
"Trouble brings experience, and experience brings wisdom." --Anon.
"Money isn't everything, but lack of money isn't anything." --Franklin P. Adams
"Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action . . .." --Theodore Roosevelt (oh, Teddy. How could you . . .)
"Action is the antidote to despair." --Joan Baez
"I've always tried to go a step past wherever other people expected me to end up." --Beverly Sills
"When you're through changing, you're through." --Bruce Barton
"True eloquence consists of saying all that should be said, and that only." --Francois de La Rochefoucald
"If you haven't forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?" --Dolores Huerta
"To understand is to forgive - even oneself." --Alexander Chase
"The moment an individual can accept and forgive himself, even a little, is the moment in which he becomes to some degree lovable." --Eugene Kennedy
"The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing a thing exactly right." --Edward Simmons
"Look twice before you leap." --Charlotte Bronte
"The man who has ceased to learn ought not to be allowed to wander around loose in these dangerous days." --M.M. Coady
Whether you ride it out or work it out, you can overcome bad luck:
"Breaks balance out. The sun don't shine on the same old dog's rear end every day." --Darrell Royal
"The only thing that overcomes hard luck is hard work." --Harry Golden
"Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health." --Michel de Montaigne
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." --Margaret Mead
"So live that you can look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell." --Anon.
"One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say." --Voltaire
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past." --Thomas Jefferson
"The past should be culled like a box of fresh strawberries, rinsed of debris, sweetened judiciously and served in small portions, not very often." --Laura Palmer
"Let the past drift away with the water." --Japanese saying
"Concern should drive us into action and not into depression." --Karen Horney
"True modesty and true pride are much the same thing: both consist in setting a just value on ourselves - neither more nor less." --William Hazlitt
"Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have." --Doris Mortman
"Fashion is what you adopt when you don't know who you are." --Quentin Crisp
"If people don't want to listen to you, what makes you think they want to hear from your sweater?" --Fran Lebowitz
"I base most of my fashion taste on what doesn't itch." --Gilda Radner
To me, an elevator is a coffin on a string. Dangling over an abyss. Remember the plane crash in the Andes? When the survivors ate the dead passengers? I'm not proud of this but when I take an elevator, I bring a knife and fork and pray for fat passengers. -- Carolyn May
"It is prudent to pour the oil of delicate politeness upon the machinery of friendship." --Colette
"The world is like a mirror; frown at it, and it frowns at you. Smile and it smiles, too." --Herbert Samuels
"The true test of character is...how we behave when we don't know what to do." --John Holt
"The imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling, and puttering." --Brenda Ueland
"Not all those who wander are lost." --J.R.R. Tolkien
"No, no, you're not thinking; you're just being logical." --Niels Bohr
Here are some facts and interesting things to include in speeches, either as filler or as a way to launch your speech. (Disclaimer: I haven't checked out the veracity or accuracy of any of these quotes. Buyer beware!)
Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month?
Q. What separates "60 Minutes," on CBS from every other TV show?
A. No theme song.
Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what?
A. Their birthplace.
Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name requested?
Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
A. One thousand
Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers all have in common?
A. All invented by women.
Q. What is the only food that doesn't spoil?
Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year?
A. Father's Day
Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most ironic?
A. He was allergic to carrots.
Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party?
A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.
The Washington Post publishes a yearly contest in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for various words. The following were some of this year's winning entries:
Reasons why the English language is hard to learn:
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat.
We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig. And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham?
If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth beeth? Or, one goose, 2 geese? So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend.
If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat?
Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital?
Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn't a race at all).
That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS TRYING TO LEARN ENGLISH, PITY THEM!
These are from the days when game show responses were spontaneous and not scripted like they are now.
Q: If you're going to make a parachute jump, you should be at least how high?
A: Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.
Q: True or false...a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A: George Gobel: Boy it sure seems that way sometimes...
Q: You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A: Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me awake.
Q: Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A: Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.
Q: Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A: Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.
Q: When you pat a dog on its head he will usually wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A: Paul Lynde: Make him bark.
Q: According to Ann Landers, is there anything! wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A: Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army!
Q: Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A: George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.
Q: Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A: Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?
Q: Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A: Charley Weaver: His feet.
Q: Do female frogs croak?
A: Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.