Thanks to impermanence, everything is possible. Thich Nhat Hanh

Classics and musings


Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pour them all out just as they are, chaff and grain together, and a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.

George Eliot


Death belongs to life as birth does. The walk is in the raising of the foot as in the laying of it down.

Tagore, Stray Birds CCLXVII


Ten Principles of Craft

Robert Fripp

  1. Act from principle

  2. Begin where you are

  3. Define your aim simply, clearly and briefly

  4. Establish the possible and move gradually toward the impossible.

  5. Honour necessity

  6. Honour sufficiency

  7. Offer no violence

  8. Suffer cheerfully

  9. Take out work seriously, but not solemnly.

  10. Without commitment, all rules change


To laugh often and much,

To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,

To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,

To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others,

To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition,

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived,

This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door, that we do not see the one that has opened for us.

Helen Keller


One of the biggest challenges to a relationship is learning how to say, 'I disagree with you' while still holding hands.

Alexandra Penney

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

First attributed to Al-Anon/12-Step Program, October 1981


It is a particularly gruesome characteristic of politicians the world over that, in order to legitimise their own prejudices and self-interest, they place them in the mouth of some shadowy collective constituent. Thus, they lobby the cause of those who pay them in the guise of voicing the fears of those who vote for them.

Ben Elton, This Other Eden

For those who know, no explanation is necessary; for those who do not, no explanation will suffice.



You never do anything that works out the first time, unless you're doing something that's already been done.

Amy Dean

When the uncertain experiencing of reality is dawning upon me here, with the every thought of fear and terror or awe for all set aside, may I recognise whatever appears as the reflection of my own consciousness . . . may I not fear the bands of wrathful deities my own thought forms.

The Tibetan Book of the Dead

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong — because someday in life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, s/he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centres of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

Robert Kennedy from his speech at University of Capetown, South Africa on June 6, 1966

True measure

. . . the gross national product includes air pollution and advertising for cigarettes, and ambulances to clear our highway carnage. It counts special locks for our doors, and jails for the people who break them. The gross national product includes the destruction of the redwoods, and the death of Lake Superior. It grows with the production of napalm and missiles and nuclear warheads . . . and includes the broadcasting of television programs that glorify violence to sell goods to our country. And if the gross national product includes all this, there is much that it does not comprehend. It does not allow for the health of our families, the quality of their education or the joy of their play. It is indifferent to the decency of our factories and the safety of our streets alike. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of public officials . . . the gross national product measures neither our wit nor our courage, neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country. It measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.

Robert Kennedy


Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.

Winston Churchill


Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts.

William Bruce Cameron


The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.



The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.

Albert Einstein

The truth is that enlightenment is neither remote nor unattainable. It is closer than your skin and more immediate than your next breath. If we wonder why so few seem able to find that which can never be lost, we might recall the child who was looking in the light for a coin he dropped in the dark because "the light is better over there." Humanity has spent ages looking in the light for a coin that awaits for us not in the light nor in the dark, but beyond all oppsites.

Jed McKenna

What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us. And when we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen. 

Henry David Thoreau


If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people together to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.

Antoine de Saint-Exupery


A person asked Buddha: "Are you a God?" Buddha replied, "No." To which Buddha was asked, "Are you an angel?" Again, the reply was no. To which Buddha was asked, "Then what are you?" Buddha answered, "I am awake."

If we understand the mechanisms and motives of the group mind, it is now possible to control and regiment the masses according to our will without their knowing it. In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind.

Edward Bernays, Propaganda, 1924


Ten lessons from Noah's Ark

  1. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark

  2. Stay Fit. When you’re 600 years old someone may ask you to do something really big.

  3. Don't listen to critics. Just do what has to be done.

  4. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

  5. Speed isn't always an advantage; cheetahs were on board, but so were the snails.

  6. Don't forget that we're all in the same boat.

  7. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic was built by professionals.

  8. When you're stressed, float awhile.

  9. Don't miss the boat.

  10. No matter how bleak it looks, keep your eye out for a rainbow.

Alan B Warner


The one who pursues revenge should dig two graves.

Chinese proverb


It's better to be defeated on principle than to win on lies.

Arthur Caldwell


A lie gets halfway around the world before truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Winston Churchill

We are born soft and supple,

dead we are stiff and hard.

Therefore, whomever is stiff and inflexible 

is a disciple of death.

Whomever soft and yielding, a disciple of life.

No. 76, Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu


It takes a constant effort of mind to avoid the abundance that life offers naturally.

Stuart Wilde


  • To realise the value of ten years: Ask a newly divorced couple.

  • To realise the value of four years: Ask a graduate.

  • To realise the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

  • To realise the value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

  • To realise the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

  • To realise the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

  • To realise the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

  • To realise the value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

  • To realise the value of one second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.

  • To realise the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have.​


How to stop time: kiss

How to travel in time: read

How to escape time: music

How to feel time: write

How to release time: breathe


If I never came back it wouldn't be a tragedy, because a tragedy would be someone who dies at 80 and had spent 80 years not being satisfied. I was out there doing what I wanted.

Jesse Martin, modern-day adventurer,

after sailing solo around the world, aged 18

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.


The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

Herman Goering

Experience is not what happens to you; it is what you do with what happens to you.

Aldous Huxley


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.

Henry Ford

Instructions for life in the new millennium from the Dalai Lama

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.

  3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, respect for others, responsibility for all your actions.

  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

  6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.

  7. When you realise you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

  8. Spend some time alone everyday.

  9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.

  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

  11. Live a good, honourable life. Then, when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.

  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation.

  14. Don't bring up the past.

  15. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.

  16. Be gentle with the earth.

  17. Once a year, go somewhere you've never been before.

  18. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

  19. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

  20. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

Three things you can't recover:

The moment after it's missed

The word after it's said

The time after it's wasted or lost



Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.

Albert Einstein


Many of life's failures are people who did not realise how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas Edison

Message to the newborn

Be free, be strong, be yourself, be lucky, be proud to be a boy or a girl, be loved and loving. Live among flowers, surrounded by free-flowing waters, live in the sun's warmth, breathing clean air, nourished by moonlight and starlight, know that you are welcome, that you are a precious gift to us, be blessed.



We live here and now. Everything before and in other places is past. Mostly forgotten. What could, what should be done with all the time that lies ahead of us, open and unshaped, feather-light in its freedom and lead-heavy in its uncertainty? Is it a wish? Dream-like and nostalgic, to stand once again at that point in life and be able to take a completely different direction than the one that has made us who we are?

Pascal Mercier, 'Night Train to Lisbon'

The first step in liquidating a people is to erase their memory. Destroy their books, their culture, their history. Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long that nation

will begin to forget what it is and what it was . . . The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.

Milan Kundera


The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau, 'Walden'


Project management for work that matters by Seth

  1. Resist the ad hoc. Announce that this is a project, and that it matters enough to be treated as one.

  2. The project needs a leader, a person who takes responsibility as opposed to waiting for it to be given.

  3. Write it down. All of it. Everything that people expect, everything that people promise.

  4. Send a note confirming that you wrote it down, specifically what you heard, what it will cost and when they will have it or when they promised it.

  5. Show your work. Show us your estimates and your procedures and most of all, the work you're going to share with the public before you ship it.

  6. Keep a log, a notebook, a history of what you've done and how. You'll need it for the next project.

  7. Source control matters. Don't change things while people are reviewing them, because then we both have to do it twice.

  8. Slack is your friend. Slack is cheaper, faster and more satisfying than wishful thinking. Your project will never go as well as you expect, and might take longer than you fear.

  9. Identify and obsess about the critical path. If the longest part of the project takes less time than you planned, the entire project will take less time than you planned.

  10. Wrap it up. When you're done, take the time to identify what worked and what didn't, and help the entire team get stronger for next time.


A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.

Greek proverb


A wonderful fact to reflect upon is that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.

Charles Dickens


You may not think about politics but politics thinks about you.

Aung San Suu Kyi


When I was a child, my mother said to me, 'If you become a soldier, you'll be a general. If you become a monk, you'll end up as the pope.' Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso.

Pablo Picasso


To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.

Winston Churchill


The Eight Blunders

Cause of all violence in the world

  1. Wealth without work

  2. Pleasure without conscience

  3. Knowledge without character

  4. Commerce without morality

  5. Science without humanity

  6. Worship without sacrifice

  7. Politics without principles

  8. Rights without responsibilities

Mahatma Gandhi

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things.

John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed (1774–1845)


Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.

Winston Churchill

We, the unwilling, led by the unqualified, have been doing so much with so little for so long, that we are now expected to do everything, with nothing, forever.

Konstantin Josef Jireček

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.

George Bernard Shaw


There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.

Michel de Montaigne


The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.

William Stekel


If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.



I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

Maya Angelou

A riot is the language of the unheard.

Martin Luther King Jnr


Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due.

William Ralph Inge


People wait for the Big Moment, the Great Event and forget that happiness comes from building steadily on the small daily things of life. People wait for that special moment to express love and forget that love springs from thoughtfulness practised every day. People wait — but waiting is future and now is always the time.

Meher Baba

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn. 

Alvin Toffler

Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.

Groucho Marx


You never change something by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.

Buckminster Fuller


If you can . . .

If you can start the day without coffee

If you can be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,

If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles,

If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,

If you can understand when loved ones are too busy to give you time,

If you can overlook when people take things out on you when through no fault of your own, something goes wrong,

If you can take criticism and blame without resentment,

If you can face the world without lies and deceit,

If you can ease tension without medical help,

If you can relax without alcohol,

If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,

Then, you are probably the family dog.


A few paraprosdokians

Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them, apparently.)


  1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

  2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you . . . but it's still on my list.

  3. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

  4. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

  5. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

  6. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify . . ." I always write "a doctor”.

  7. I used to be indecisive, but now I’m not so sure.

  8. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

  9. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

  10. When I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.

  11. The pleasure was all yours.

  12. These are my principles, and if you don't like them, I have others.

  13. I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn't work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

  14. Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

  15. Some cause happiness wherever they go. Others whenever they go.

  16. If at first you don't succeed, so much for skydiving.

  17. If you lend someone one $20 and never see them again, it was probably worth it.

  18. Sometimes you meet someone and you know from the first moment that you want to spend the rest of your whole life without them.

  19. Hold on to that thought . . . and take it somewhere else.

  20. Take my advice, I don't heed it.

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.

US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, five-star general who led Allied forces to victory in World War II, in a 1953 speech


We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both.

Louis D. Brandeis


Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.

Eleanor Roosevelt


I don't know what I may seem to the world. But as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore and diverting myself now and then in finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than the ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

Isaac Newton

Cowardice asks the question: is it safe?

Expediency asks the question: is it politic?

Vanity asks the question: is it popular?

But conscience asks the question: is it right?

And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.

Martin Luther King Jr

Circus dogs jump when the trainer cracks his whip, but the really well-trained dog is the one that turns his somersault when there is no whip.

George Orwell

Steven Wright classics

  1. I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  2. Borrow money from pessimists, they don't expect it back.

  3. Half the people you know are below average.

  4. 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

  5. 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

  6. A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

  7. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

  8. If you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain.

  9. All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand.

  10. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

  11. I almost had a psychic girlfriend . . . But she left me before we met.

  12. OK, so what's the speed of dark?

  13. How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

  14. If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.

  15. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

  16. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

  17. Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

  18. Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

  19. I intend to live forever . . . So far, so good.

  20. If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

  21. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

  22. What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

  23. A mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."

  24. Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?

  25. If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

  26. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

  27. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

  28. The hardness of the butter is inversely proportional to the softness of the bread.

  29. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

  30. The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

  31. The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

  32. The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

  33. Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have any film.

  34. I went to a restaurant that serves ’Breakfast At Any Time’. So I ordered French toast during the Renaissance.

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When government fears the people, there is liberty.

Thomas Jefferson

Summer friends melt away like summer snows, but winter friends are friends forever.

George R R Martin’s grandmother

The brutal humour of W.C. Fields

  1. I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally.

  2. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.

  3. It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.

  4. If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit.

  5. A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.

  6. Horse sense is the thing a horse has that keeps it from betting on people.

  7. It is funnier to bend things than to break them.

  8. Remember, a dead fish can float downstream, but it takes a live one to swim upstream.

  9. You can fool some of the people some of the time — and that’s enough to make a decent living.


The story has been told. If it was bad, it was my fault, because I am the storyteller. But if it was good, it belongs to everybody.

The Swahili storytellers


The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

George Eliot, Middlemarch

The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.

John Schaar

You have to imagine yourself as not somebody very special, but somebody very ordinary. If you imagine yourself as somebody really normal and if it makes you laugh, it's going to make everybody laugh. If you think of yourself as something very special, you'll end up a pedant and a bore. If you start thinking about what's funny, you won't be funny, actually. It's like walking. How do you walk? If you start thinking about it, you'll trip.

Carl Reiner, actor/director, on writing comedy

When we walk to the edge of the all the light we have and then step into the darkness of the unknown, we must believe one of two thing will happen: there will be something solid for us to stand on, or we will be taught to fly.

Patrick Overton, in The Leaning Tree

The carbon inside you could have existed in any number of creatures or natural disasters before finding you. That particular atom residing somewhere above your left eyebrow? It could well have been a sooth riverbed pebble before deciding to call you home. You are rock and wave and the peeling bark of trees, you are ladybirds and the smell of a garden after the rain.

Ella Frances Sanders

I didn't climb the tree because I was angry at  corporations and government; I climbed the tree because when I fell in love with the redwoods, I fell in love with the world. My feelings of connection drive me, not my anger and feelings of being disconnected.

Julia Butterfly Hill, who once spent two years living in a redwood tree, her goal being to save it from being cut down by a logging company

I do not know what I am to the world, but to myself, I am but a small boy, playing on the seashore, searching for an ever more perfect pebble or seashell, while before me lies the great ocean of truth.

Sir Isaac Newton

On work

Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work.

Chuck Close


Show up, show up, show up, and after a while the muse shows up, too.

Isabel Allende 


A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.

E. B. White


A self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood.


I want to beg you, as much as I can, dear sir, to be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke in a 1903 letter to his protégé, the 19-year-old cadet and budding poet Franz Xaver Kappus

Your preparation for the real world is not in the answers you’ve learned, but in the questions you’ve learned how to ask yourself.

Calvin and Hobbes (comic strip) creator Bill Watterson

The lesson that life constantly enforces is 'Look underfoot.' You are always nearer to the true sources of your power than you think. The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are. Don't despise your own place and hour. Every place is the centre of the world. 

John Burroughs

The great lessons from the true mystics, from the Zen monks, is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one's daily life, in one's neighbours, friends, and family, in one's backyard, and that travel may be a flight from confronting the sacred. To be looking everywhere for miracles is a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.

Abraham H. Maslow

That which is not slightly distorted lacks sensible appeal, from which it follows that irregularity — that is to say, the unexpected, surprise and astonishment — is an essential part and characteristic of beauty.

Charles Baudelaire

TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

FEAR = Fantasised Expectation Appearing Real

or Face Everything And Recover

Politicians are a lot like diapers [nappies]. They should be changed frequently and for the same reason.

John Wallner

Privacy is the foundation of all other rights. Arguing that you don't care about privacy because you have nothing to hide, is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.

Edward Snowden

The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.

Alexandra K. Trenfor

One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious.

Carl Jung

The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply.


Looking at life from a different perspective makes you realise that it's not the deer that's crossing the road, it's the road that is crossing the forest.


He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is a an artist.

St Francis of Assisi

No matter how sophisticated and complex and powerful our institutions, we are still exactly as dependent on the earth as the earthworm.

Wendell Berry

You should sit in nature for twenty minutes a day . . . unless you're busy, in which case you should sit for an hour.

Zen saying

It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out, it's the pebble in your shoe.

Muhammad Ali

Keep you face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you.

Walt Whitman

The more you give up who you are to be liked by other people, the more you become a product of what everyone else wants, and not who you’re supposed to be.


I don't care that they stole my idea. I care that they don't have any of their own.

Nikola Tesla

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Feeling the need to be busy all the time is a trauma response and fear-based distraction from what you'd be forced to acknowledge and feel if you slowed down.


The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man reads nothing but newspapers.

Thomas Jefferson

Managing stress

Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

It may be that your purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

Since the early bird gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.

We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are pointy, some are worn down, some have odd names, they are all different colours, but they all have to live in the same box.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


Signs spotted

In a toilet of a London office:


In a laundromat:


In a the basement of a London store:


In an office:


In an office:


Outside a secondhand shop:


In a health food store front window:


In a wildlife safari park:


During a conference:


In a farmer's field:


On a leaflet:


On a repair shop door:


People who really want to make a difference in the world usually do it, in one way or another. And I've noticed something about people who make a difference in the world. They hold the unshakeable conviction that individuals are extremely important, that every life matters. They get excited over one smile. They are willing to feed one stomach, educate one mind, and treat one wound. They aren't determined to revolutionise the world all at once,; they're satisfied with small changes. Over time, though, the small changes add up. Sometimes they even transform cities and nations and, yes, the world.

Beth Clark


Though free to think and act, we are held together, like the stars in the firmament, with ties inseparable. These ties cannot be seen, but we can feel them. For ages this idea has been proclaimed in the consummately wise teachings of religion, probably not alone as a means of ensuring peace and harmony among men, but as a deeply founded truth. The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one.

Nikola Tesla

The hallmark of an open mind is not letting your ideas become your identity.

If you define yourself by your opinions, questioning them is a threat to your identity. If you see yourself as a curious person or a lifelong learner, changing your mind is a moment of growth.

Adam Grant

Short ’n’ sweet


To know and not to do, is in fact not to know.

Stephen R. Covey


A ship in port is safe, but that isn’t what ships are for.

Grace Hooper


If you can do it, then why do it.

Gertrude Stein


Minds are like parachutes — they work best when they’re open.



Some people don't have much to say, but you have to listen a long time to find out.

Mark Twain

The earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

After the ship has sunk, everyone knows how it might have been saved.

Italian proverb


Our faults irritate us most when we see them in others.

Pennsylvanian Dutch proverb

Nice thing about mistakes they don't have to be permanent.

Thomas Edison

When we stop learning and merely act from the knowledge we have accumulated, disorder comes.

J. Krishnamurti


War is wrong, why fight it?



Don’t tell me this is a difficult problem. If it weren’t difficult, it wouldn’t be a problem.

Ed Koch


The past is history, the future a mystery, and this moment a gift. That's why this moment is called 'the present'.

Numerous claimants

A mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimension.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


Success has many parents, failure is an orphan.



If there was only one way of doing something, there’d only be one person in the world.



The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The anatomy of hate is possible to understand, but indifference . . .

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor

To put the bounty and the health of our land, our only commonwealth, into the hands of people who do not live on it and share its fate will always be an error. For whatever determines the fortune of the land determines also the fortune of the people. If history teaches anything, it teaches that.

Wendell Berry

Travellers are people who never know where they are going, whereas tourists are those who never know where they've been.


If we do not know what port we are steering for, no wind is favourable.



It is not a sign of good health to be well adjusted to a sick society.

J. Krishnamurti

If you put your head in the sand, it'll turn to dust.


If you love what you do, you'll never work another day in your life.


United we bargain, divided we beg.


If a person becomes too rich without sharing, like an over-ripe fruit, he or she will fall.



Live never to be ashamed if anything you do or say is published anywhere around the world — even if what is published isn't true.

Richard Bach

We are confronted by insurmountable opportunities.


In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

George Orwell


Those who see all beings in themselves, and their own selves in all beings, lose all fear.

Starhawk, 'The Fifth Sacred Thing'


We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill


Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.

Mohammed Ali


You cannot say you are sorry you stole my pen if you continue to retain possession of it.

Desmond Tutu, on reconciliation and forgiveness

A good example has twice the value of good advice.



Improvement begins with I.

Arnold Glasow

An eye for an eye will make the world go blind.

Mahatma Gandhi


For those who know, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not, no explanation will suffice.


When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.

Ethiopian proverb


If you get too close to people, you can catch their dreams, er I mean, germs.

Preston Tucker


Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit.

Edward R. Murrow


Real generosity is doing something for someone who'll never find out who it was.

Frank A. Clark


The true meaning of generosity is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.

Nelson Henderson


You can't be brave if you've only had wonderful things happen to you.

Mary Tyler Moore


The cheapest facelift? A smile.

Life does not cease to be funny when people die, any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.

George Bernard Shaw


A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.

Old English proverb


You don't feel the bullet you've just dodged.


Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up.

Jesse Jackson

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Winston Churchill


The heart has reasons that reason knows nothing of.

Blaise Pascal

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.

Abraham Lincoln

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt


No wise man ever wished to be younger.

Jonathan Swift


Politicians are the same everywhere: they promise to build a bridge even when there’s no river.

Nikita Khrushchev


Money can’t buy friends, but it can get you a better class of enemy.

Spike Milligan


Bless you for your jealousy; it is a sign of empathy.

Yoko Ono


Your reputation is none of your business.

Wayne Dyer


When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

Jimi Hendrix


Don’t ever take down a fence until you know why it was put up.

Robert Frost


If someone betrays you once, it’s their fault. If they do it twice, it’s your fault.



Principles only mean something when we stick by them when they are inconvenient.

The Contender (movie)


To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Waiting for the moment when the moment has been waiting all the time.

Jon Anderson

Magic is the art of changing consciousness at will.



Cogs in the machine go round in circles, wear out and get replaced.

Waking the Dead


Believe those who are seeking the truth; doubt those who find it.

André Gide

Art that doesn't attempt the impossible, isn't performing its function.

William Butler Yeats

Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.

Alfred Hitchcock

We make more money selling the advice than following it.

Steve Forbes

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Samuel Johnson


Expect the unexpected or you won't find it.


Giving money and power to the government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

P J O'Rourke

Poor people have access to the courts in the same sense that Christians had access to the lions

Judge Earl Johnson Jr

History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamour of the bad people but the appalling silence of the good people.

Martin Luther King Jnr

The problem with success is you become what you detest.

Jesus Jones


If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you have always got.

Anthony Robbins


No one knows enough to be a pessimist.

Wayne Dyer

Be yourself: there's nobody better qualified.



If you follow the herd, you'll end up stepping in shit.

Wayne Dyer

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.



It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.

Andre Gide


It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot


It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

Agnes Repplier

People need to know what you stand for, and what you won't stand for.



The ends don't justify the means. The means shape the ends. You become what you do.


We who have no time for our health today, may have no health for a time tomorrow.


Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world — that is the myth of the Atomic Age — as in being able to remake ourselves. 

Mahatma Gandhi

Gambling is the only business where dissatisfied customers keep coming back for more.


He who joyfully marches in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake since for him the spinal cord would suffice.

Albert Einstein

If you have come here to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.

Lilla Watson, Aboriginal educator/activist

Possess yourself — somebody else will.

The Fixx


It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville


To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.

Theodore H. White


Live as if to die tomorrow. Learn as if to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi

If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.

General George S. Patton, Jr


The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

Bertrand Russell


Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.

George Bernard Shaw


All the flowers on a tree do not produce fruit.

Wolof people saying


When the monkey cannot reach the ripe banana, he says it’s sour.

Bambara people saying


He who is unable to dance says the yard is stony.

Kenyan proverb


In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.

Ellen Goodman


The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

Mahatma Gandhi


Our job is to become more and more of what we are. The growth of a poet seems to be related to his or her becoming less and less embarrassed about more and more.

Marvin Bell, poet


The safest nuclear reactor in the world is the one that hasn’t been built.



You’ve got to declare yourself openly, otherwise, you’ll stay right where you are.

Carry on Cruising


Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.

H. G. Wells


I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.

John Cage


[Why be] always on the move, but going nowhere fast?

Billie, Boardwalk Empire (TV show)


If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember what you said.

Mark Twain


After the chess match, the King and the pawn go into the same box.

Italian proverb


Fame is the mask that eats away the face

John Updike

When asked by a British reporter what he thought about western civilisation, Mahatma Gandhi replied: "I think it would be a good idea".


Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it’s useless.

Thomas Edison


We didn’t all come over on the same ship, but we’re all in the same boat.

Bernard M. Baruch


Acting is the easiest thing in the world, just don't get caught doing it.

Spencer Tracy, on the challenge of acting


The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

Marcel Proust


Don’t go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


I imagine God is weary being called down on both sides of an argument.

Cold Mountain (movie)


The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.

Mark Twain


The moment you realise you are in the moment takes you out of the moment



Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.

C.S. Lewis


Don’t criticise what you can’t understand. You have never walked in that man's shoes.

Elvis Presley


Would you believe in what you believe in if you were the only one who believed it?

Kanye West


A sense of humour is common sense dancing.

Clive James


Comparison is the thief of joy.

Theodore Roosevelt


Abilities wither under faultfinding, blossom under encouragement.

Donald A Laird


The brightest colour crayon isn’t always the sharpest in the box. Many things are bright but that doesn’t mean they're sharp.



If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

African proverb


The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

Stephen McCranie


Only the dead have seen the end of war.



Forgive others, not because they deserve forgiveness, but because you deserve peace.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie


Some people die at twenty-five and aren’t buried until seventy-five.

Benjamin Franklin

The sun dries without prejudice the clothes of the rich and poor alike.

Mahatma Gandhi


Life becomes easier when you accept the apology you never got.

Robert Bault


A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.



Pay attention to the cracks, because that’s where the light gets in.

Leonard Cohen


Intelligence is not what one knows . . . but what one does when one does not know.

Jean Piaget


There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to Truth: not going all the way and not starting.

The Buddha


Appeasement is the hope that the alligator will eat you last.

Winston Churchill


Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

Benjamin Franklin


What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.

Christopher Hitchens


Character is simply habit long continued.



Where words fail, music speaks.

Hans Christian Andersen


Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Arthur C Clarke


War happens when politicians fail.

Jesse Ventura


To forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.

Chinese proverb


Those who never change their minds, never change anything.

Winston Churchill


To go after what you want in life, you have to silence the critics, starting with the biggest one: you.

Regina Brett


I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Chinese proverb


History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme.

Mark Twain


Society is like a stew. If you don't keep it stirred up, you get a lot of scum on top.

Edward Abbey


The job of a newspaper is to comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.

Finley Peter Dunne


Legal partner to admin assistant, caught talking to another staff member in the toilets: ’’Haven't you got work to do?’’ Admin assistant: ’’Oh yes, but this is what I do best.’’

from The Ally McBeal Show (TV show)


Too many people spend money they haven't earned, to buy things they don’t want (or need) to impress people they don’t like (or really know).

adapted from Will Rogers


If you think you are too small to make a difference, then you have never been in bed with a mosquito.

Betty Reese


Go the extra mile. It's never crowded.



Gambling is the only business where dissatisfied customers keep coming back for more.



Here’s a test to see if your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.

Richard Bach


Death can’t stop love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

The Princess Bride (movie)


People who have nothing to worry about are usually on their way to the cemetery.

Moonlighting (TV show)


Always love your enemies. Nothing annoys them as much.

Oscar Wilde


Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will never begin.

Grace Hansen


If your horse dies, get off.


W C Fields: ’’I wonder what kind of woman you are?’’

Mae West: ’’I'm sorry I don't give out free samples.’’

from My Little Chickadees (movie)


I never forget a face, but in your case, I'll make an exception.

Groucho Marx


Look, you can’t keep on blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, then move on.

Homer Simpson


You can do anything when you’re famous. That’s why famous people are so dumb.

Jarvis Cocker, Pulp


Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.


The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

Simone Weil

If you have one foot in the past and one foot in the future, you’ll shit all over the present.

Queer As Folk (TV show, US version)


The more faithfully you listen to the voice within you, the better you hear what is sounding outside of you. 

Dag Hammarskjold

Do what you know is right, but try not to get caught.

Ashleigh Brilliant


Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourself.



A committee is a cul-de-sac to which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled.

John A Lincoln


Always remember you’re unique . . . just like everyone else



The fastest way to succeed is to look as if you're playing by somebody else’s rules, while quietly playing by your own.

Michael Konda


Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday.

Don Marquis


Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.

Oscar Wilde


If people don’t know what you're doing, they won't know what you’re doing wrong.

episode Open Government, Yes, Minister (TV show)


Trying is the first step toward failure.

Homer Simpson


The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, and to have the two as close together as possible.

George Burns


The best thing about always being honest is you never have to remember what you’ve said.



When ’i’ is replaced by ’we’, ’illness’ becomes ’wellness’.



People know the price of everything but the value of nothing.

Oscar Wilde


Kill one man and you’re a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror.

Jean Rostand


As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind: Every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.

John Glenn, astronaut


A true friend is one who stabs you in the front.

Oscar Wilde


Life isn’t fair, it’s just fairer than death.

The Princess Bride (movie)


If you can’t explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.

Albert Einstein


Some people die at twenty-five, and aren't buried until they're seventy-five.

Benjamin Franklin


Officer to motorist: ’’This is a one-way street.’’

Motorist: ’’Well, I'm only going one way.’’


That’s the thing with doctors: the only time the public's safe is when they're on the golf course.


Why size does matter: You can sit on top of a mountain, but you can’t sit on pinhead.


It’s better to keep your mouth shut and give the impression you’re stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.

Rami Belson


There are three types of people in this world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened.

Mary Kay Ash


Don’t do something permanently stupid just because you are temporarily upset.



A man who can smile when things go wrong has found someone to blame it on.

Yeck Brothers

Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams, Who looks inside, awakens.

Carl Jung


Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.

The Princess Bride (movie)

You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.

Will Rogers


Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go.

Oscar Wilde


Live every day like it’s your last and someday you'll be right.

Woody Allen from Café Society (movie)


Loyalty to a petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul.

Mark Twain

These are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others.

Groucho Marx


Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.

George Bernhard Shaw


Enlightenment is understanding that there is nowhere to go, nothing to do, and nobody you have to be except exactly who you're being right now.

Neale Donald Walsch

Better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie.

Russian proverb


If you're going to do something tonight that you'll be sorry for tomorrow morning, sleep late.

Henry Youngman


Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.

Cyril Connolly


A free society is a place where it's safe to be unpopular.

Adlai E. Stevenson Jr


There is not enough darkness in all the world to put out the light of even one small candle. 

Robert Alden

You can't fake listening. It shows.

Raquel Welch


It started off badly, tapered off in the middle, and the less said about the end the better. Other than that it was excellent.

Blackadder, from TV series, reviewing something or other!


Seduction is the art of selling something the other party isn't even sure they want.

Pocket Listing (movie)


Seduction is manipulation disguised as romance.

Retort, same movie

I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy; my reality is just different from yours. 

Lewis Carroll


The root of all evil will die if not watered.



Golf is a good walk spoiled.

Mark Twain


When you don’t get what you want, you get something better — experience.


What they call you is up to them. What you answer to is up to you.


Give others a second chance to make a first impression.


There’s a time for everything but not always at the same time.


Only you can determine your worth.


When things fall apart, they could actually be falling into place.


Not everything that counts can be counted.

Don’t confuse your work with your worth.


Just because someone isn’t on your path doesn’t mean they’re lost.


No one can drain you without your permission.

Power is an inside job.


Don’t die with your music in you.


Nothing you want is upstream, so stop struggling.


You make a living by what you get; you make a life by what you give.

a collection from Regina Brett


If you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy.

Alvin Toffler


The future hurts. But only once. Denying it stings forever.

Billions (TV series) season 3, episode 4


Take care of your memories, because you can't relive them.

Bob Dylan


Billionaires paying millionaires to tell the middle class to blame the poor.

a line from The Grinning Barretts' song Plutocrass on the mainstream media 


Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.

Bob Kerrey


Want to know what God thinks of money? Look at the people he gave it to.

Dorothy Parker


I have noticed that even people who claim everything is predetermined and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.

Stephen Hawking


Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.

Will Ferrell


Never follow someone else's path; unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path, then by all means, you should follow that.

Ellen DeGeneres


The trouble with some women is that they get all excited about nothing, and then they marry him.



I'm a troubleshooter. Whenever there's trouble, they shoot me.

Lindsay Rundle


Being honest may not get you a lot of friends but it’ll always get you the right ones.

John Lennon


To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

Wallace Notestein

When a thief kisses you, count your teeth.

Yiddish proverb

You cannot waken someone who pretends to be asleep.

Edward Snowden

Failure is the line of least persistence.

Stephanie Martino

When you listen to a political speech, it is like shooting at a target, you must allow for the wind.

Hugh Allen

A gift shop is a place where you can see all the things you hope your friends won't send you for Christmas.

Jack Woolsey

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.

Alice Walker

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving.

George Eliot

The media won't connect the dots. The dots give them a job.

Maj. Danny Sjurzen (ret.)

Leadership is not a title. Leadership is seeing something that needs doing, and doing it.

Rachael Robertson

Here is a test to determine whether your mission on Earth is finished. If you're still alive, it isn't.


The only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about.

Oscar Wilde

Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.

Gary Snyder


Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. 

Pablo Picasso

The plural of anecdote is not data.

Marc Bekoff

Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

If con is the opposite of pro, then isn’t Congress the opposite of progress?

Jon Stewart

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Mark Twain


The only difference between reality and fiction is that fiction needs to be credible.

Mark Twain

Apologies are a bore. What we want is an explanation.

Christopher Hitchens 

An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.

Edward Gibbon

What we learn from history is that no one learns from history.

Otto von Bismarck

You don't have to attend every argument to which you're invited.


If you don't pick a day to relax, your body will pick one for you.


It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Bigfoot is sometimes confused with Sasquatch. Yeti never complains.


All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without order, nothing can exist. Without chaos, nothing can evolve.

Oscar Wilde

If I am to be insulted, I must first value your opinion.


Rather fail with honour than succeed by fraud.


What do you call someone who knows it's all going to shit, but still thinks things will turn out okay? An apocaloptimist.


When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.

Ayurvedic proverb

If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise, we do not believe in it all.

Noam Chomsky

I have learned that every mortal will taste death, but only some will taste life.


There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.

Don Miguel Ruiz

You can tell a lot about a person by the things they run from and the person they run to.

Chloe Frayne

Those who dare not offend cannot be honest.

Thomas Paine

I prefer liberty with danger than peace with slavery.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There are only two industries that call their customers 'users': illegal drugs and software.

Edward Tufte

A lie doesn't become truth, wrong doesn't become right and evil doesn't become good, just because it's accepted by the majority.

Rick Warren

Those who tell the stories rule the world.

Hopi proverb

Thinking is difficult. That's why most people judge.

Carl Jung

Those who do not know the torment of the unknown cannot have the joy of discovery.

Claude Bernard

Clutter is nothing more than postposed decisions.


Our entire universe is probably in a tiny glass jar somewhere placed on a shelf in an alien child's room as a science project that scored a C-.


Crisis doesn't create character. It reveals it.


A good friend is like a four-leaf clover: Hard to find and lucky to have.

Irish proverb

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything.

Irish proverb

If you name me, you negate me. By giving me a name, a label, you negate all the other things I could possibly be.

Sören Kikegaard

Never argue with someone whose TV is bigger than their bookshelf.

Emilia Clarke

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in the lie.

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

In politics, not happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.

Franklin D Roosevelt

If it's important enough to you, you will find a way. If it's not, you will find a excuse.


Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

William Morris, The Beauty of Life 1880

It takes nothing to join the crowd. It takes everything to stand alone.

Hans F. Hansen

For the seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out, and everything changes. To someone who don't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.

Cynthia Occelli

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.



There is no happiness if the things we believe in are different to the things we do.

Albert Camus

I'm only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.

John Wayne

The forest was shrinking but the trees kept voting for the axe, for the axe was clever and convinced the trees that because its handle was made of wood, it was one of them.

Turkish proverb

I AM. Two of the most powerful words. Because what you put after them, shapes your reality.


In the very end, civilisations perish because they listen to their politicians and not their poets.

Jonas Mekas

It all seems impossible until it's done.

Nelson Mandela

Once a country is conditioned to liars, it takes generations to get the truth back.

Gore Vidal

I have certain rules I live by. My first rule: I don't believe anything the government tells me. Nothing. Zero.

George Carlin

If you wish to understand the Universe, think in terms of frequency and vibration.

Nikola Tesla

The simple step of a courageous individual is not to take part in a lie.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The only difference between an ordeal and an adventure is your attitude.


Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

James Baldwin

The most powerful form is civil disobedience is to resist the temptation to hate. 


There are some people who could hear you speak a thousand words and still not understand you. And there are others who will understand without you even speaking a word.


Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.

Bob Marley

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Normality is a paved road: it's comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow there.

Vincent van Gogh

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.

Joseph Campbell

When I react, I become a reflection of their perception instead of a projection of my truth,


You don't need to return to older versions of yourself to satisfy people who aren't ready to see how you've grown.


There will always be shit tons going on. You will likely always have too many grownup things to get done. I don't care. Don't you dare let a single day go by without doing something you love. Life is too damn short to live days without magic.

Brooke Hampton

The oppressor would not be so strong if he did not have accomplices among the oppressed.

Simone de Beauvoir

The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get 22.

 Dashiell Hammett

Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.


As soon as we free ourselves from the mirage of hurrying time, we are alive again, as in childhood, to the ecstasies of ordinary life.

 Alan Watts

A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves.

 Edward R Murrow

The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he's in prison.

 Fyodor Dostoevsky

If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you.

 Oscar Wilde

Men do not learn much from the lessons of history and that is the most important lesson of history.

 Aldous Huxley

Be like a tree, and let the dead leaves drop . . .


The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.

 Tibetan proverb

The nature of ignorance is to separate, to isolate, to create discrimination and differences, so that finally we cannot communicate as a harmonious whole. These differences we create appear as fighting, anger, hatred, and war.

 Katagiri Roshi

Characterise people by their actions and you will never be fooled by the words.


I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.

 Margaret Thatcher

Never forget you have every right to question any individual, system, movement, or group that only tolerates you when you think and behave exactly as they do.

 Africa Brooke

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The technique of infamy is start two lies at once and get people arguing heatedly over which is the truth.

Ezra Pound

Information is just bits of data. Knowledge is putting them together. Wisdom is transcending them.

Ram Dass

You can be a good person with a kind heart and still say no.

Lori Deschene

It is very easy to conform to what your society or parents and teachers tell you. That is a safe and easy way of existing, but that is not living. To live is to find out for yourself what is true.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Do not speak badly of yourself, for the warrior within hears your words and is lessened by them.

David Gemmell

Open up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.

Terrence McKenna

The 'belonging' gained from following the crowd is not belonging. It is performative self-abandonment.

Emma Zeck

Sometimes the greatest test is how you quietly handle those who so boldly mishandled you.

Morgan Richard Olivier

How strange that nature does not knock, and yet does not intrude.

Emily Dickinson

Be patient with yourself . . . Nothing in nature blooms all year round.


I wish people came with a thirty-second trailer, so I could see what I'm getting myself into.


Our common folly is to believe everything in creation is destined for our service.


People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health. And are treated by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.

Wendell Berry

Drop all illusion there has ever been anything outside of you that can save you.

Lorie Ladd