Quotes

A Peripatetic Peruser's Collection of Eclectic Quotes

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

The road to success is always under construction.

Great minds discuss ideas.  Average minds discuss events.  Small minds discuss people.

A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.


The worst solitude is to be destitute of sincere friendship.

Where there is love there is life.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

If the people will lead, eventually the leaders will follow.

Sometimes you put up walls not to keep others out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.

Hard work never killed anyone, but why take a chance?

Where are we going, and why am I in this hand basket?

When in danger, or in doubt, run in circles, scream and shout!

Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.
  ~ Elizabeth Taylor

To plant a garden is to believe in the future.

The difference between being involved and being committed is like a ham and egg breakfast: The chicken was involved; the pig was committed.

May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.

A good horse is never a bad color.

A wise old owl sat on an oak.
The more he saw the less he spoke.
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why aren't we like that wise old bird?

A dog is one of the remaining reasons why some people can be persuaded to go for a walk.

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

There is only one smartest dog in the world, and every boy has it.

Where liberty dwells, there is my country.
  ~ Benjamin Franklin

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Unattended children will be given an espresso and a free puppy.

A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.

The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

A life with love will have some thorns, but a life without love will have no roses.

As for butter versus margarine, I trust cows more than chemists.

Rainbows apologize for angry skies.

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world.

Every dog has its day, but the nights belong to the cats.

Cats are connoisseurs of comfort.

A dog can express more with his tail in minutes than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.

Give a boy a dog and you've furnished him a playmate.

No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich.

Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot little puppies.

When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween!

A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation.

Autumn is the hush before winter.

Forever on Thanksgiving Day the heart will find the pathway home.

Shopping: The fine art of acquiring things you don't need with money you don't have.

The color of springtime is in the flowers; the color of winter is in the imagination.

Snowflakes are kisses from heaven.

At Christmas, all roads lead home.

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.

To the old, long life and treasure; to the young, all health and pleasure.

What the New Year brings to you depends a great deal on what you bring to the New Year.

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every New Year find you a better person.

Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

Take care of the earth and she will take care of you.

A home without books is like a body without a soul.

A leader leads by example, whether he intends to or not.

The cuckoo is a lazy bird,
She never builds a nest.
She keeps herself busy
By singing to the rest.

If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.

No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap.

A best friend is like a four leaf clover -- hard to find and lucky to have.

Nature abhors a vacuum.  And so do I.

We are fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

GOOD: Finding Easter eggs on Easter Sunday.  BAD: Finding Easter eggs at Thanksgiving.

People who complain about paying their income tax can be divided into two types: men and women.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed.

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.
  ~ Carl Sandburg

Earth laughs in flowers.

Doubtless God could have made a better berry (than the strawberry), but doubtless God never did.

Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.

Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.

Ideas, like large rivers, never have just one source.

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time.

What my mother believed about cooking is that, if you worked hard and prospered, someone else would do it for you.
  ~ Nora Ephron

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.

Anyone can have a child, but it takes someone special to be a parent.

Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese.

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

That money talks, I'll not deny.  I heard it once -- it said "good-bye".

Grandparents are the footsteps to the future generations.

Modern technology owes ecology an apology.

If I could be half the person my dog is, I would be twice the human I am.

Keep your fears to yourself, but share your courage with others.

A good mystery keeps you up on Saturday night.  A bad mystery puts you to sleep on Sunday afternoon.  Either way, you come out ahead.

Leave the bullying to bulls.  Become human.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

When witches go riding, and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, "'Tis near Halloween!"

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who do not vote.

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

There is one day that is ours.  Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American.
  ~ O. Henry

I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.
  ~ Abraham Lincoln

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand!

Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
  ~ Will Rogers

A house without a dog is like a garden without flowers.

If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs that I have known will go to Heaven, and very, very few persons.
  ~ James Thurber

We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.
  ~ Immanuel Kant

There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog.
  ~ Konrad Lorenz

A house is not a home without a dog.

Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet.

Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.

Always laugh when you can -- it is cheap medicine.

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

Time you enjoy wasting is not time wasted.

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow, and may trouble avoid you wherever you go!

How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean.
  ~Arthur C. Clarke

The first day of spring and the first spring day are two different things -- the difference between them is sometimes as great as a month!

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.

A perfect cherry blossom is a rare thing -- you can spend your whole life looking for one, and it will not be a wasted life.

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.

Animals possess a soul and men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren.
  ~Pope John Paul II

God could not be everywhere, so He created mothers.

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.
 ~Helen Keller

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.

The red and white and starry blue is freedom's shield and hope.
 ~John Philip Sousa

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

Liberty is the breath of life to nations.

Riding: The art of keeping a horse between you and the ground.

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.
 ~Winston Churchill

Horses lend us the wings we lack.

To ride a horse is to ride the sky.

When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself.
 ~Oscar Wilde

All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it.
 ~Samuel Butler

Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen.

I have always held that most dogs are good ... Some dogs, of course, are better than others.  Dalmatians, naturally, as everyone knows, are best.
 ~Eugene O'Neill, from "The Last Will and Testament of Silverdene Emblem O'Neill"

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living, but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
 ~John D. Rockefeller

Housework can kill you if done right.
 ~Erma Bombeck

There's so much pollution in the air that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all.

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world ... is his dog.
 ~George Graham Vest, from "Tribute to the Dog"

Summer makes be drowsy.  Autumn makes me sing.  Winter's pretty lousy, but I hate Spring.
 ~Dorothy Parker

What a detective story is about is not murder but the restoration of order.
 ~P. D. James

Destroying rainforest for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.
 ~E. O. Wilson

Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
 ~Benjamin Franklin

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"

November's sky is chill and drear, November's leaf is red and sear.
 ~Sir Walter Scott

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.

Autumn carries more gold in its pocket than all the other seasons.

November comes and November goes, with the last red berries and the first white snows.

Listen with ears of tolerance. See with eyes of compassion.  Speak with the language of love.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.
 ~Nelson Mandela

The best gift around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.

An optimist stays up to see the new year in.  A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.

If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.
 ~Charles Lindbergh

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
 ~Roger Ebert

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
 ~Abraham Lincoln

A horse is poetry in motion.

The groundhog is like most prophets; it delivers its predictions and then disappears.

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to capture your heart.

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights.  That is the way of a whole human being.
 ~Abraham Lincoln

To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.
 ~W. Somerset Maugham

A human being's name is a principle component of his person, perhaps a piece of his soul.
 ~Sigmund Freud

Procrastination is the thief of time.
 ~Charles Dickens

All you need is love.  But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.
 ~Charles M. Schulz

My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.
 ~Erma Bombeck

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.

As children, small creatures endlessly fascinate us; as adults, we can protect them so as to inspire future children.

It is not what we have that will make us a great nation; it is the way in which we use it.
 ~Theodore Roosevelt

In an underdeveloped country, don't drink the water; in a developed country, don't breathe the air.

A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done.

A true friend reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.
 ~Thomas Jefferson

Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.

There is hopeful symbolism in the fact that flags do not fly in a vacuum.
 ~Arthur C. Clarke

Being a great father is like shaving.  No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it!

I'm glad it's finally hot enough to complain about how hot it is!

Ice cream is happiness condensed.

A vacation is having nothing to do and all day to do it in.

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.
 ~Lewis Carroll

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance.
 ~Orville Wright

A man may smile and bid you hail,
Yet wish you to the devil;
But when a good dog wags his tail,
You know he's on the level.

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
 ~Vince Lombardi

By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer's best of weather and autumn's best of cheer.

Happiness is a warm puppy.
 ~Charles Schulz

Astronomy compels the soul to look upward and leads us from this world to another.
 ~Plato

A good friend will help you move, but a true friend will help you move a body.

If man doesn't learn to treat the oceans and the rainforest with respect, man will become extinct.
 ~Peter Benchley

Civilized nations build libraries; lands that have lost their soul close them down.

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen; voices whisper in the trees "Tonight is Halloween!"

Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.
 ~Roald Dahl

What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?
 ~Jean Jacques Rousseau

A house without books is like a room without windows.

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.

What good is the warmth of summer without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.

A bird sitting on a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking, because its trust is not on the branch, but on its wings.

Christmas is, of course, the time to be home -- in heart as well as body.

The bad news is time flies.  The good news is you're the pilot.

Learn from yesterday.  Live for today.  Hope for tomorrow.
 ~Albert Einstein

A diet is the penalty we pay for exceeding the feed limit.

Be happy, and a reason will come along.

Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.

Someone who loves you truly will never let you go whatever the situation may be.

Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.

No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.
 ~Roger Ebert

Procrastination is opportunity's assassin.

Instead of Daylight Saving Time, we just need to shorten the workday so we don't need to get up while it's dark.

Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife, are in fact plans to protect man.
 ~Stewart Udall

I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o'er vales and hills, when all at once I saw a crowd, a host of golden daffodils...
 ~William Wordsworth

Individually, we are one drop.  Together, we are an ocean.
 ~Ryunosuke Satoro

A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.

Whatever the cost of our libraries, the cost is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
 ~Walter Cronkite

I love being married.  It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
 ~Rita Rudner

Let us read and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.
~Voltaire

Saving an animal won't change the world, but for that animal the world changes forever.

A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go.

Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to let go.

Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.

Love is a four-legged word.

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, our nation evermore.
 ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.

This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.
 ~Theodore Roosevelt

Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.

Horses make a landscape look beautiful.
 ~Alice Walker

A vacation trip is one-third pleasure, fondly remembered, and two-thirds aggravation, entirely forgotten.

If you have gained the trust of a horse, you have won a friend for life.

More than at any other time, when I hold a beloved book in my hand my limitations fall from me, my spirit is free.
 ~Helen Keller

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
 ~Mark Twain

I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
 ~Thomas Jefferson

I read cookbooks the same way I read science fiction.  I get to the end and I think, "Well, that's not going to happen."

Whoever said that diamonds are a girl's best friend never owned a dog."

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.
 ~Emily Brontё

You can't get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.
 ~C. S. Lewis

Reading gives us some placed to go when we have to stay where we are.
 ~Mason Cooley

Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we cannot eat money.
 ~Cree proverb

There is something haunting in the light of the moon; it has all the dispassionateness of a disembodied soul, and something of its inconceivable mystery.
 ~Joseph Conrad

Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day.

Knowledge is having the right answer.  Intelligence is asking the right question.

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
 ~Honoré de Balzac

Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.

It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'.
 ~Bing Crosby

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- give off the greatest glow of happiness.
 ~Bob Hope

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire; it is the time for home.
 ~Edith Sitwell

Here's wishing you more happiness than all my words can tell, not just alone for New Year's Eve but for all the year as well.

Kindness is like snow -- it beautifies everything it covers.

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
 ~Aristotle

Promise me you'll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think.
 ~A. A. Milne

My heart to you is given:
Oh please give yours to me;
We'll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
 ~Frederick Saunders

Example, whether it be good or bad, has a powerful influence.
 ~George Washington

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.
 ~John Muir

March come in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.

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

A good farmer is nothing more nor less than a handy man with a sense of humus.
 ~E. B. White

Spring translates earth's happiness into colorful flowers.

Easter is the only time of the year when it is perfectly safe to put all of your eggs in one basket.

As we grow up, we realize it is less important to have lots of friends and more important to have real ones.

I'm sure the universe is full of intelligent life.  It's just been too intelligent to come here.
 ~Arthur C. Clarke

Thank God for dirty dishes,
They have a tale to tell;
While others may go hungry,
We're eating very well.

The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
 ~Native American proverb

The difference between friends and pets is that friends we allow into our company, while pets we allow into our solitude.

Families are like fudge -- mostly sweet with a few nuts!

We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.

Rivers are roads which move, and carry us whither we desire to go.
 ~Blaise Pascal

Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.
 ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

There are no passengers on Spaceship Earth.  We are all crew.

To survive in peace and harmony, united and strong, we must have one people, one nation, one flag.

If a rabbit defined intelligence the way man does, then the most intelligent animal would be a rabbit, followed by the animal most willing to obey the commands of a rabbit.

When the weather is hot, keep a cool mind.  When the weather is cold, keep a warm heart.
             
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.
 ~Abraham Lincoln

Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.

Credit cards are like snakes -- handle them long enough and one will bite you.
 ~Elizabeth Warren

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
 ~Aristotle

You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a donkey in a hug.

Success in Scrabble means drawing a blank.
 ~Samuel Goldwyn

Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
 ~Friedrich Nietzsche

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
 ~Robert W. Lynd

The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.

Those who roll up their sleeves are rarely in danger of losing their shirts.

If we learn nothing else from this tragedy [9/11/2001], we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.
 ~Sandy Dahl (wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl)

Of all the seasons, autumn offers the most to man and requires the least of him.
             
Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.
 ~Elizabeth Lawrence

Sometimes we put our great treasures in museums.  Other times we take them for walks.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
 ~Albert Einstein

What women want is what men want.  They want respect.
 ~Marilyn vos Savant

My favorite color is October.

May Jack-o-lanterns burning bright, of soft and golden hue, pierce through the future's veil and show what fate now holds for you.

The ballot is stronger than the bullet.
 ~Abraham Lincoln

It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.

A lie can travel halfway around the globe, before the truth can get its shoes on.
 ~Mark Twain

Too many people buy things they don't need with money they don't have to impress people they don't even like.

Cookies are made of butter and love.
 ~Norwegian proverb

The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.
 ~John F. Kennedy

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
 ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
 ~W. T. Ellis

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
 ~Oprah Winfrey

A life directed chiefly towards the fulfillment of personal desires sooner or later always leads to bitter disappointment.
 ~Albert Einstein

Dieting is wishful shrinking!

The power of the people is greater than the people in power.
 ~Wael Ghonim

If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.
 ~George Washington

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
 ~Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.
 ~Charles Darwin

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
 ~Abraham Lincoln

February is merely as long as is needed to pass the time until March.

Springtime is the land awakening.  The March winds are the morning yawn.
 ~Lewis Grizzard

You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight saving time.
 ~Dave Barry

I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in the garden.
 ~ Ruth Stout

It's better to have your nose in a book, than in someone else's business.
 ~Adam Stanley

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.
 ~Hal Borland

Bunnies are cuddly, the large and the small, but I like the chocolate ones best of them all!

The ultimate test of a man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
 ~Gaylord Nelson

Saving an animal won't change the world, but for that animal the world changes forever.

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.
 ~John Ruskin

There is nothing as powerful as a mother's love, and nothing as healing as a child's soul.

You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.
 ~William Faulkner

A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take what you've been taking.

Money will buy you a fine dog, but only love can make it wag its tail.
 ~Richard Elliott Friedman

He who knows others is learned; he who knows himself is wise.
 ~Lao Tzu

Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.
 ~Albert Schweitzer

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.
 ~William Faulkner

Ask me to show you poetry in motion, and I will show you a horse.

If what you have to say is not better than silence, then you should keep silent.
 ~Confucius

Two of life's greatest treasures... friends and ice cream!

A book is a gift you can open again and again.
 ~Garrison Keillor

These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.
 ~Natalie Babbitt

Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.
 ~Carolyn Gold Heilbrun

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
 ~Buddha

Our true nationality is mankind.
 ~H. G. Wells

September tries its best to have us forget summer.
 ~Bernard Williams

Hurricane season brings a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable.
 ~Diane Ackerman