Quotations

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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of the ages, may be preserved by quotations

Isaac D'Israeli (1766-1848)
English literary critic

Most men are within a finger's breadth of being mad.

Diogenes (c. 412-323 B.C.)
Greek cynic philosopher

All mankind is of one author and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated;
God employs several translators; some pieces are translated by age, some by sickness, some by war, some by justice;
but God's hand is in every translation; and his hand shall bind up all our scattered leaves again for that library where every book shall
Be open to one another.

John Donne (1572-1631)
English writer and poet

We talked of the beauty of the world of God's and of the great mystery of it.
Every blade of grass, every insect, ant, and golden bee, all so amazingly know their path;
though they have not intelligence, they bear witness to the mystery of God and continually accomplish it themselves.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
Russian writer and mystic

As the sea is subject to storm and tempests, so is every man in the world.

John Donne (1572-1631)
English writer and poet

Neither man nor nation can exist without a sublime idea.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
Russian writer and mystic

My life is ending, I know that well, but every day that is left me I feel how my earthly life is in touch with a new infinite, unknown, but approaching life, the nearness of which sets my soul quivering with rapture, my mind glowing, and my heart weeping with joy.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
Russian writer and mystic

I think the devil doesn't exist, but man has created him; he has created him in his own image and likeness.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
Russian writer and mystic

Love will teach us all things: but we must learn how to win love; it is got with difficulty: it is a possession dearly bought with much labour and a long time; for one must love not sometimes only, for a passing moment, but always.
And let not men's sin dishearten thee:
love a man even in his sin, for that love is a likeness of the divine love, and is the summit of love on earth.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)
Russian writer and mystic

Nature is the art of God Eternal.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Italian poet

The intention of God is that all created things should represent the likeness of God, so far as their proper nature will admit it.

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Italian Poet

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest men of past centuries.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650)
French philosopher and mathematician

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers.

Charles W. Eliot (1834-1926)
English Educator

God, whose center is everywhere and his circumference nowhere, cannot be fitted into a diagram.

Empedocles (C. 494-C. 430 B.C.)
Greek philosopher

Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American writer

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship;
it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American essaysist, poet and writer

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.

Epictetus (C. 55-C. 135)
Stoic philosopher

I am always content with what happens, for what God chooses is better than what I choose.

Epictetus (C. 55-C. 135)
Stoic philosopher

It is better to die of hunger, so that you be free from pain and from fear, than to live in plenty and be troubled in mind.

Epictetus (C. 55-C. 135)
Stoic philosopher

Imagination is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein (1879-1951)
German-born American physicist

One thing I have learned in a long life is that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and child-like.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
German-born American physicist

Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science.
Truth is what stands the test of experience.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
German-born American physicist

Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgments of all kinds remain necessary.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
German-born American physicist

Judge a tree from its fruit; not from its leaves.

Euripides (C. 484-406 B.C.)
Greek dramatist

Human misery must somewhere have a stop; There is no wind that always blows a storm.

Euripides (480-406BC)
Greek dramatist

The good and the wise lead quiet lives.

Euripides (C. 484-406 B.C.)
Greek dramatist

Who knows but life be that which men call death, And death what men call life?

Euripides (C. 484-406 B.C.)
Greek dramatist

The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation.

Epicurus (341-270 B.C.)
Greek philosopher

They are most deceived that trust the most in themselves.

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603)
Queen of England

The knowledge of sin is the beginning of salvation.

Epicurus (341-270 B.C.)
Greek philosopher

On writers - It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and piety and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.

William Faulkner (1897-1962)
American writer

Writing is to create out of the materials of the human spirit something which did not exist before.

William Faulkner (1897-1962)
American writer

Religion is an attempt to get control over the sensory world, in which we are placed, by means of the wish-world which we have developed inside us as a result of biological and psychological necessities.

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)
German psychologist and writer

A state of mind that sees God in everything is evidence of growth in grace and a thankful heart.

Charles G. Finney (1792-1875)
U.S. Lawyer and evangelist

It is almost impossible systematically to constitute a natural moral law.
Nature has no principles.
She furnishes us with no reason to believe that human life is to be respected.
Nature, in her indifference makes no distinction between good and evil.

Anatole France (1844-1924)
French writer who was awarded the nobel prize for literature in 1921

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! What you can do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.
Only engage and then the mind grows heated.
Begin, and then the work will be completed.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, dramatist and poet

Everything has been thought of before, the problem is to think of it again.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, dramatist and poet

I am fully convinced that the soul is indestructible and that its activities will continue through eternity.
It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set in night; but it has really gone to diffuse its light elsewhere.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, dramatist and poet

It is easier to perceive error than truth, for error lies on the surface and is easily seen; truth lies in the depth where few are willing to search for it.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, dramatist and poet

Tell me with whom thou art found; and I will tell thee who thou art.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, dramatist and poet

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.
Nothing is so terrible as activity without thought.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
German writer, dramatist and poet

To deny self is to become a nonconformist.
The Bible tells us not to be conformed to this world either physically or intellectually or spiritually.

Bllly Graham (1918- )
Christian Evangelist

We hurt people by being too busy.
Too busy to notice their needs.
Too busy to drop that note of comfort or encouragement or assurance of love.
Too busy to listen when someone needs talk.
Too busy to care

Bllly Graham (1918- )
Christian Evangelist

I do not feel obliged to believe that that same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Italian astronomer, mathematician and physicist

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him to find it himself

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Italian astronomer, mathematician and physicist

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; for love is sufficient unto love.

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese poet, writer and mystic

Knowledge and understanding are life's faithful companions who will never be untrue to you.
For knowledge is your crown, and understanding your staff;
and when they are with you, you can possess no greater treasures.

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese poet, writer and mystic

Learning is the only wealth tyrants cannot despoil.
Only death can dim the lamp of knowledge that is within you.
The true wealth of a nation lies not in its gold or silver but in its learning, wisdom and in the uprightness of its sons.

Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)
Lebanese poet, writer and mystic

He that loves reading, has everything within his reach.
He has but to desire, and he may possess himself of every species of wisdom to judge and power to perform.

William Godwin (1756-1836)
English Social Philosopher and Political Journalist

He that loves reading, has everything within his reach.
He has but to desire, and he may possess himself of every species of wisdom to judge and power to perform.

William Godwin (1756-1836)
English Social Philosopher and Political Journalist

We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy or sorrow.
They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves.
Whenever I feel my courage wavering I rush to them.
They give me the wisdom of acceptance, the will and resilience to push on.

Helen Hayes (1900-1993)
American actress

Yes, in the poor man's garden grow
Far more than herbs and flowers - Kind thoughts, contentments, peace of mind,
And joy for weary hours.

Mary Howitt (1799-1888)
English Author

All of creation God gives to humankind to use.
If this privilege is misused God's justice permits creation to punish humanity.

Saint Hildegarde Of Bingen (1098-1179)
German Benedictine abbess and visionary mystic

All things are born through strife.

Heraclitus (C. 540-C. 480 B.C.)
Greek philosopher

All we know is still infinitely less than all that still remains unknown.

William Harvey (1578-1657)
English physician

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
English Poet

And this for comfort thou must know:
Times that are ill won't still be so;
Clouds will not ever pour down rain;
A sullen day will clear again.

Robert Herrick (1591-1674)
English Poet

Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
American writer

Every individual has a place to fill in the world and is important in some respect whether he chooses to be so or not.

Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)
American writer

Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.

Heinrich Heine (1797-1856)
German poet

In the morning of life, work; in the midday give counsel; in the evening pray.

Hesiod (Eighth Century B.C.)
Greek poet

Only when we turn thoughtfully toward what has already been thought will we be turned to what must still be thought.

Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)
German philosopher

Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there also is love of humanity.

Hippocrates (460-377 B.C.)
Greek physician of antiquity traditionally regarded as the father of medicine

Rule your mind or it will rule you.

Horace (65-8 B.C.)
Roman poet

Seize the day; trust the morrow as little as possible.

Horace (65-8 B.C.)
Roman poet

When the will is ready, the feet are light.

George Herbert (1593-1633)
English metaphysical poet

Where men are the most sure and arrogant, they are usually the most mistaken.

David Hume (1711-1776)
English philosopher

Injustice, suave, erect, and unconfined,
Sweeps the wide earth, and tramples o'er mankind;
While prayers to heal her wrongs move slow behind.

Homer (C. Eighth Century B.C.)
Greek poet

As the generation of leaves, so is that of men.

Homer (C. Eighth Century B.C.)
Greek poet

Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French poet, dramatist and romantic novelist

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French poet, dramatist and romantic novelist

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world: and that is an idea whose time has come.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885)
French poet, dramatist and romantic novelist

A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)
Norwegian poet and playwright

Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.

Isocrates (436-338 B.C.)
Greek philosopher

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

Eugene Ionesco(1912- )
American writer

It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.

Eugene Ionesco(1912- )
American writer

Count it the greatest sin to prefer life to honor, and for the sake of living to lose what makes life worth living.

Juvenal (C. 60-C. 127)
Roman satiric poet

God does not belong to the class of existing things .not that he has no existence, but that he is above all existing things, nay even above existence itself.

Saint John Of Damascus (C. 700-C. 760)
Theologian

God said, 'Let us make man in our image,' and man said,
'Let us make God in our image.'

Douglas Wllliam Jerrold (1803-1857)
English playwright, journalist and humorist

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast the first stone

Jesus (4 B.C. - 33 A.D.)
Founder of Christianity

The excellence of aphorisms consists in the comprehension of some obvious and useful truth in a few words.

Samuel Johnson(1709-1784 B.C)
English Writer

It is not starvation, not microbes, not cancer, but man himself who is mankind's greatest danger.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)
Swiss psychologist

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)
Swiss psychologist

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth.
The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961)
Swiss psychologist