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Quotes Part Two

The following post is a collection of quotes meant to give you pause and meditate. Hopefully you find some value and inspiration (after all, that is the title of this website).


“All the experts are experts on what was. There is no expert on what will be.”                                                 -David Ben Gurion

“He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask is a fool forever.”                                         -Chinese Proverb

“If you will it, it is no dream.”                                                                                                                                       -Theodor Herzl

“The beginning of wisdom is awe and the beginning of awe is wonder.”                                                           -Abraham Joshua Heschel

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”                                                                                   -Audrey Hepburn

Life Philosophy

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”                                                                                         -Henry David Thoreau

“We rise by lifting others.”                                                                                                                                           -Robert Ingersoll

“You only live once. But if you do right, that’s all you need.”                                                                                 -Mae West

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.”                                                                                                     -Louis D. Brandeis

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”                                                                                                     -Anne Frank

“Talking comes by nature, silence by wisdom.”                                                                                                       -Yiddish Proverb


“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate but that we are powerful beyond measure.”                     -Marianne Williamson

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”                 -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We know what we are, but not what we may be.”                                                                                                 -William Shakespeare

“Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout.”                                                                                             -Morihei Ueshiba

“Better one day as a lion than a hundred as a sheep.”                                                                                           -Italian Proverb


   I want to share a small sampling of my favorite all-time quotations. I want to give my commentary on them and explain why I like them so much but I think it more appropriate for these sayings to stand on their own.

Human Nature:

“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”                                -Eleanor Roosevelt

“Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains.”                                                                                                -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Social Truths:

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”                                              -Evelyn Beatrice Hall (in a biography of Voltaire)

“For from of old, death has been the lot of all men; but a people that                                                                               no longer trusts its rulers is lost indeed.”                                                                                          -Confucius (The Analects)


“When you’re at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.”                                                                            -Theodore Roosevelt

“Not everthing that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”                          -Albert Einstein

“To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.”                                        -Golda Meir