quotes, quips & truisms

Like most people, I enjoy those stories, anecdotes, witty quotes, quips and truisms about everyday life we relate to in one way or another.    You know…the observations about things and experiences that Jerry Sienfeld became famous for like his take on matrimony; “If I’m the best man, why is she marrying him?”    Those little ditties – profound and not so much – that tickle our funny bone and provoke our thoughts.  They tilt our perspective; sometimes to the point of tipping our motivation to change ourselves and/or our circumstances.    However whether they do or not is up to you.  My intention is simply to share some of my favorites with no expectations other than to ENJOY!

Dreams and Success

Map out your future, but do it in pencil.”  Jon Bon Jovi

“It may be those who do most, dream most.” – Stephen Leacock

“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

“Life is like music; it must be composed by ear, feeling, and instinct, not by rule.”  Samuel Butler

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.”   Sir Winston Churchill

 “People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning.”   Lao-Tzu

“”Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  St. Francis of Assisi

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”  Alexander Graham Bell

“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”  Friedrich Nietzsche




“Laughter is the closest distance between two people.” – Victor Borge

“Leadership is like beauty, hard to describe but we know it when we see it” – Anonymous

“The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right place, but to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” – Lady Dorothy Nevill



“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.”  Mark Twain

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” George Orwell

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Albert Einstein

 “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This I conceive to be the chemical function of humor: to change the character of our thought.”  Lin Yutang

 “All that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.”  – James Allen 

Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”  – Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.

 “I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody.” – Lily Tomlin

 – Helen Keller

“Security is a superstition–it does not exist in nature. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.”

“No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land, or opened a new doorway for the human spirit.” – Helen Keller


Hope and Grace

“When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one really appreciates everything one does have.”  Stephen Hawking

“Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.”  Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don’t give up.”  Anne Lamott

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”  Isak Denison 



“It takes courage to grow up and turn out to be who you really are.”  E. E. Cummings

“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”  Grace Murray Hopper

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.”  Mark Twain

“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”  – T.S. Eliot

“Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.”  Erica Jong

“We have to fight them daily, like fleas, those many small worries about the morrow, for they sap our energies.” – Etty Hillesum

There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, ‘We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.  – Jim Collins



 Whether you are a quote aficionado or not, a good source for quotes and the like is  Wikiquote .


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