Words to Live By

A running list of quotes, comments, tag lines, and lyrics that I think are pretty cool…

  • “I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian…” Anonymous
  • “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint…” Mark Twain
  • “…I’d like to think the best of me is still hidden up my sleeve…” John Mayer
  • “A house without books is like a room without windows.”  Heinrich Mann
  • “Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.”  Michael Levine
  • “I never lose sight of the fact that just being is fun.” Katharine Hepburn
  • “There is certainly no absolute standard of beauty. That precisely is what makes its pursuit so interesting.”    John Kenneth Galbraith
  • “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”
     Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  • “Courtesy should be a continuous action, not something to be turned on and off like a faucet.”  Anonymous
  • “People are afraid of the future, of the unknown. If a man faces up to it, and takes the dare of the future, he can have some control over his destiny. That’s an exciting idea to me, better than waiting with everybody else to see what’s going to happen.”  John H. Glenn
  • “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”   Benjamin Franklin
  • “Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.” John Dewey
  • “The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges.”  Martin Luther King Jr
  • “To be able to move on, one has to learn to forgive not only the person (or people) who have done one wrong but also oneself” Eugenia Tripputi
  • “Envy is the art of counting the other fellow’s blessings instead of your own.” Harold Coffin
  • “Your child will be better prepared to tackle the bumps on the road of life if he has been given the gift of guided independence.”     Jacquie McTaggart
  • “Thus, flexibility, as displayed by water, is a sign of life. Rigidity, its opposite, is an indicator of death.”   Anthony Lawlor
  • “The secret of discipline is motivation. When a man is sufficiently motivated, discipline will take care of itself.”    Sir Alexander Paterson
  • “Do it like the world is watching!”   Danielle LaPorte
  • “The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.”    Confucius
  • “When they’re talking about seasonal here, they aren’t f*****g around.  In fact they don’t talk annoyingly about seasonal here; they just f*****g do it.  One day you’re eating this and you’re eating a lot of it like with every meal; the next it’s gone, replaced by something else.  So that’s what seasonal means around here; Summer around this time you eat this, later you eat that, later you eat another thing.  It’s like right or wrong, you don’t talk about it, you just live by those ideals the best you can…”  Anthony Bourdain – No Reservations Episode ROME
  • “Where there is no wine there is no love.”   Euripides
  • “An apple is an excellent thing — until you have tried a peach.”   George du Maurier
  • “He that can have Patience, can have what he will”  Benjamin Franklin
  • “The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get even less than you settled for.”     Maureen Dowd
  • “A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.”   Harry Truman
  • “The way we communicate with others and with ourselves ultimately determines the quality of our lives”  Anthony Robbins
  • “I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.”   Jonathan Winters
  • “Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”   Bernice Johnson Reagon
  • “For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together.  For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.”  Edwin Way Teale
  • “You think dogs will not be in heaven? I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”  Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”    Winston Churchill
  • “Make use of time, let not advantage slip.”  William Shakespeare
  • “Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others; it is the only means.”  Albert Einstein
  • “We must become the change we want to see in the world.”  Gandhi
  • “We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.”  ~Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764
  • “I am a drinker with writing problems”  Brendan Behan
  • “My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”  Michael Jordan
  • “If you believe you can, you probably can. If you believe you won’t, you most assuredly won’t. Belief is the ignition switch that gets you off the launching pad.” Denis Waitley
  • “It isn’t what they say about you, it’s what they whisper.”  Errol Flynn
  • “Writing is a struggle against silence.”  Carlos Fuentes
  • “Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.”  Mark Twain
  • “The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.”  Leo Rosten
  • “Nothing is more terrible than ignorance in action.”   Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • “The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.” Quentin Crisp
  • “Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers.” Isaac Asimov
  • “Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.”  John Wilmot
  • “Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere” Blaise Pascal
  • “If I’d observed all the rules I’d never have got anywhere.”  Marilyn Monroe
  • “The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.”  Albert Einstein
  • “I’m gonna make a mistake, gonna do it on purpose… I’m gonna fuck it up again, gonna do another detour, unpave my path…” ~ Fiona Apple
  • “People striving for approval from others become phony.” ~ Ichiro S

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