“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

Steve Jobs

“Being well adjusted to a sick society is no mark of good health.”


“But, and I’m going to get a little personal here, that’s the essence of life, isn’t it? Sometimes you go through things that seem huge at the time like a mysterious glowing cloud devouring your entire community. While they’re happening they feel like the only thing that matters, and you can hardly imagine that there’s a world out there that might have anything else going on. And then the Glow Cloud moves on. And you move on. And the event is behind you. And you may find that, as time passes, you remember it less and less. Or absolutely not at all, in my case. And you are left with nothing but a powerful wonder at the fleeting nature of even the most important things in life – and the faint but pretty smell of vanilla.“

Night Vale

“And what might seem to be a serious of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”

Lemony Snicket

“The way I see it, everybody’s just one hard decision away from having a whole different life.”

Charlie Coats

“You don’t make waves, you ride them.”

Sam Healy

“We tend to fight the next war in the same way we fought the last one. We are prisoners of our own experience…… It’s very, very difficult to expel ignorance if you retain arrogance.”

Sam Wilson

“The thing is, life forces you to keep on living. It just does. And joy returns. Whether you think you deserve it or not.”


“No man can sincerely try to help someone without helping himself.”


“Maybe love is how you understand infinity. When your love has no limits, when it goes on forever. Maybe that feels like infinity.”

Hannah Baker

“You fool yourself into thinking that by keeping things hidden, it makes it easier for you to get by…”

Zach Dempsey

“Unexamined experiences don’t produce the rich insights that come from reflection and analysis.”

Author Unknown

James Baldwin

“Coming together is a beginning.  Keeping together is progress.  Working together is success.”

Henry Ford

“No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first…”

Terry Pratchett

“When the prison doors are opened, the real dragon will fly out.”

Ho Chi Minh

“There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.”

Eric Hoffer

“It doesn’t take a lot of strength to hang on, it takes a lot of strength to let go.”

J. C. Watts

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.”

Winston Churchill

“It is more important to know what sort of person has a disease than to know what sort of disease a person has.”


“Illusion is needed to disguise the emptiness within.”

Arthur Erickson

“I am sure that God keeps no one waiting unless He sees that it is good for him to wait.”

C. S. Lewis

“To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.”

Bill Waterson

“Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions. Learn in the days of ease and comfort so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them.”

Eric Liddell

“We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the Reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the Apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ, and our principals, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents.”

C. H. Spurgeon

“Why, if species have descended from other species by fine gradations, do we not everywhere see innumerable transitional forms? But, as by this theory innumerable transitional forms must have existed, why do we not find them embedded in countless numbers in the crust of the earth? … Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against my theory. “

Charles Darwin, The Origin of Species

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear.”

Rosa Parks

“Education costs money. But then so does ignorance.”

Sir Claus Moser

“We cannot despair of humanity since we ourselves are human beings.”

Albert Einstein

“If voting made any difference, they wouldn’t let us do it.”

Mark Twain

“Fear is pain arriving from the anticipation of evil.”


“Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.”

Satchel Paige

“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

Alfred Hitchcock

“The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.”

Frank Clark

“Death is not the greatest loss in life.  The greatest loss is what dies inside of us, when we live.”

Norman Cousins

“Who knows where inspiration comes from. Perhaps it arises from desperation. Perhaps it comes from the flukes of the universe, the kindness of the muses. ”

Amy Tan

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”

Ronald Regan

“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”

Sir Edmund Hillary

“If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.”

Yogi Berra

“Powerful indeed is the empire of habit.”

Publilius Syrus

“Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life.  It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate thoughtful conversation with yourself.”

Robin S. Sharma

“We collect secrets over the years, hide behind them, depend on them, like aces up our sleeve.  We think we have to protect the people we love from the truth, but the truth isn’t the poison, it’s the cure…”

Mike Franks

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

Francis of Assisi

“Beauty exists not in what is seen and remembered, but in what is felt and never forgotten.”

Johnathan Jena

“Things start out as hopes and end up as habits.”

Lillian Hellman

“Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.”

Napoleon Hill

“To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.”

Chinese Fortune Cookie

“And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

Stephen King

“We are all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.”

Tennessee Williams

“It is alleged by men of loose principles, or defective views of the subject, that religion and morality are not necessary or important qualifications for political stations. But the Scriptures teach a different doctrine. They direct that rulers should be men who rule in the fear of God, able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness.”

Noah Webster

“There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything. And the wrong way is to keep trying to make everybody else do it the right way.”

Col. Sherman Potter

“Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.”

Alan Watts

“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge.  It requires no accountability, no understanding.  The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world.  It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.”

Bill Bullard

“Peace begins when expectation ends.”

Sri Chinmoy

“In Islam, you have to die for Allah.  The God I worship died for me.”

Franklin Graham

“The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.”

Arthur Schopenhauer

“Few things are as daunting yet inviting as the empty page of a notebook.”


“The problem with the world is that the smart people are full of doubt, while the stupid people are full of confidence.”

M. B.

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

Mark Twain

“Think like a man of action, act like a man of thought.”

Henri Bergson

“… purpose, creativity, learning and laughing.  Is that too much to ask?”

T. H. Evans

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch without doing anything.”

Albert Einstein

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

Albert Einstein 

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”

George Bernard Shaw

“Coffee is a language in itself.”

Jackie Chan

“The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” 

Oscar Wilde

“Crocodiles are easy.  They try to kill and eat you.  People are harder.  Sometimes, they pretend to be your friend first.”

Steve Irwin

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.”

Arthur Ashe

“When it comes to life, we spin our own yarn, and where we end up is really, in fact, where we always intended to be.”

Julia Glass

“Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

John F. Kennedy

“I make myself rich, by making my wants few.”


“My precious child, wherever your journey in Life may take you, I pray you’ll always be safe, enjoy the ride, and never forget your way back home.”

Vicki Reece

“No amount of time can erase the memory of a good cat.”

Leo Dworkin

“The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

Marcel Proust

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know.  But if you listen, you may learn something new.”

The Dalai Lama

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves…”

Viktor Frankl

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Dr. Seuss

“If you have to convince someone to stay with you, then they’ve already left…”

Shannon L. Adler

“I don’t mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that’s how it comes out.”

Bill Hicks

“Sometimes I wonder if the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it.”

Mark Twain

“We are all broken, that’s how the light gets in.”

Ernest Hemingway

“The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.”

Ernest Hemingway

“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 which he hears, however measured or far away.”

Henry David Thoreau

“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 which he hears, however measured or far away.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I understood myself only after I destroyed myself.  And only in the process of fixing myself, did I know who I really was.”

Sade Andria Zabala

“We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

Joseph Campbell

“Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it.”

Jean de La Fontaine

“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.”

Benjamin Franklin

“All it takes is a beautiful smile to hide an injured soul and they will never notice how broken you really are.”

Robin Williams

“For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.”

Bo Bennett

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it is for or against.”

Malcom X

“All things truly wicked start from an innocence.”

Ernest Hemmingway

“Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.”

Khalil Gibran

“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.”


“And yet to every bad there is a worse”

Thomas Hardy

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”


“Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.”

Oscar Wilde

“Observation is powerful.  Take a look around.”

Ben Walters

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.”

George Orwell

“I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.”

Meryl Streep

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”

Albert Einstein

“We must deceive them so as not to hurt them, and in that way, we honor them…”

Michael Scott

“I can be a sort of… conversational lubricant!”

Chris Traeger

“Well, they’re white people from Minnesota so hockey, fishing, skiing, sailing and after a few drinks put on a Prince album.  Don’t mention the Green Bay Packers or the state of Iowa, and also…  I have enough frequent flyer miles to get us to Australia tonight!”

Ben Wyatt

“There were moments that I didn’t understand the physical shapes that we were making, but the sensations were amazing.  So I just went with it!”

Chris Traeger

“Today, I’m a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon.  And the Parks Department is a wrinkly old housewife in her early 30s.  I’m about to work a miracle…”

Dwight Schrute

“I can’t make a good soup, can’t do a handstand in a pool. Can’t spell the word lieutenant. There are a lot of cant’s in my life right now.”

Leslie Knope

“I’m good at tolerating pain, I’m bad at math, and…  I’m pretty stupid.”

Leslie Knope

“She’s a grade A bitch.  Every time she laughs, an angel dies.  Even telemarketers avoid her.  Her birth was payback for the sins of man.  But you know the worse thing about her?  She works, for the library…”

Ron Swanson

“You never can tell with bees…”

Winnie the Pooh

“Everything floats down here.”


“If you are not content with what you have, you would not be content if it were doubled.”

C. H. Spurgeon

“Vision without execution is hallucination.”

Thomas Edison

“Politicians and diapers must be changed often and for the same reason.”

Mark Twain

“The most important things are the hardest to say.”

Stephen King

“I could hear my heart beating.  I could hear everyone’s heart.  I could hear the human noise we sat there making, not one of us moving, not even when the room went dark.”

Raymond Carver

“In medieval Europe spies use to pose as lepers and plague victims so they could snoop around without being bothered.  In today’s corporate office posing as IT works the same way.”

Michael Weston

“I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on earth.  Then I ask myself the same question.”

Harun Yahay

“People inspire you, or they drain you.  Pick them wisely.”

Hans F. Hansen

“Life is hard.  It’s harder if you’re stupid.”

John Wayne

“What are we to do in the face of so much senseless pain?  What else can we do but take what’s seen as meaningless and try to make something meaningful from it.”

Francis Underwood

“I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.”

George Burns

“In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

Bill Cosby

“Don’t become something just because someone else wants you to, or because it’s easy, you won’t be happy.  You have to do what you really, really, really, really want to do, even if it scares the shit out of you.”

Kristen Wiig

“The great thing about taking big chances when you’re younger is you have less to lose, and you don’t know as much.  So you take big swings.”

Amy Poehler

“Tell me about the drug you’re going to use to kill me.  What’s it called, Fakeadeathinol?”

Maj. John Casey

“Courage does not always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“Sometimes the truth speaks from a peaceful place.”

Debra Morgan

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.”

Mark Twain

“You never have to explain the truth.”

Winston Churchill

“Nothing is exactly as it seems.  Nor is it otherwise.”

Nancy Botwin

“Don’t mistake my kindness for weakness.  I am kind to everyone, but when someone is unkind to me, weak is not what you are going to remember about me.”

Al Capone

“There’s no point in consistently worrying about everything. What will happen will happen regardless. So breathe, look on the bright side, have some laughs, fall in love, accept what you can’t change, and carry on. To actually live is courageous.”

from “A Peaceful Warrior”

“If I ever dated Taylor Swift, I would relate everything to orange.  I would give her orange flowers, I would give her orange love letters, I would say “Orange” instead of hello, or love.  Then, if I had to break up with her I would do it with an orange letter inside an orange.  Good luck writing a song about me now Taylor.  Cause everything rhymes with orange…”


“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”


“The great hindrance to worship is not that we are a pleasure-seeking people, but that we are willing to settle for such pitiful pleasures.”

John Piper

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

Maya Anelou

“If the purpose for learning is to score well on a test, we’ve lost sight of the real reason for learning.”

Jeannie Fulbright

“I will not be commanded.  I will not be controlled. And I will not let my future go on, without the help of my soul.”

Greg Holden, “The Lost Boy”

“Just because a nickel fits in a light socket doesn’t mean you’re supposed to put it there.”

Ben Walters

“In order to exercise creativity, freedom of thought is essential.”

The Dalai Lama

“Where’s the kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth shattering kaboom!”

Marvin the Martian

“We don’t know who we are until we’re connected to someone else.”

Tara Knowles

“Marriage is a mosaic that you create with your spouse.  Millions of tiny moments that create your love story.”

Jennifer Smith

“Some people feel the rain.  Others just get wet.”

Bob Marley

“If you value yourself and your core beliefs of what your truth is, you won’t be lining up at Wal-Mart at 5:00.”

Gary Busey, speaking of Black Friday

“I always think there’s a happy ending kid.”

Prof. Harold Hill

“When God pushes you to the edge, trust Him fully, because only two things can happen.  Either He will catch you when you fall, or He will teach you how to fly.”

Author unknown

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.  People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Nelson Mandela

“When the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.”

Author unknown

“Now if things don’t work out the way I projected, I know there is either: something better on the horizon, or a lesson to learn.”

Gabrielle Bernstein

“Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

Steve Jobs

“Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar.”

Bradley Millar

“The goal isn’t getting married, the goal is staying married.”

M. Hammond

“Growth is painful.  Change is painful.  But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.”

Mandy Hale

“Our task is to read things that are not yet on the page.”

Steve Jobs

“Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.”

Author unknown

“Good English, well spoken and well written, will open more doors than a college degree.  Bad English will slam doors that you didn’t know existed.”

William Raspberry

“Women, you are on this earth to be a walking art piece. Beautiful just like a mountain, the ocean. You are that awe inspiring. So the next time you see a man noticing you… staring at you… acknowledge him for noticing the beauty in this world.

Thank him with your eyes, have the presence to look straight at him, nod your head like the queen that you are and receive his gaze, and then watch his whole being shift because with one look, you were just able to unravel all of his shame around enjoying the beauty, sexuality, and femininity of a woman.”

Author unknown

“I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it’s hard to stay mad when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain, and I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry. You will someday.”

Lester Burnham, from “American Beauty”

“Beginnings are usually scary, endings are usually sad, but it’s what’s in the middle that counts. So when you find yourself at the beginning, just give hope a chance to float up. And it will.”

Steven Rogers, from “Hope Floats”

“Victory over all the circumstances of life comes not by might, nor by power, but by a practical confidence in God and by allowing His Spirit to dwell in our hearts and control our actions and emotions. Learn in the days of ease and comfort so that when the days of hardship come you will be fully prepared and equipped to meet them.”

Eric Liddell