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  5. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.
  6. Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
  7. Each one of them is Jesus in disguise.
  8. Even the rich are hungry for love, for being cared for, for being wanted, for having someone to call their own.
  9. I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
  10. I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.
  11. I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
  12. I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?
  13. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
  14. If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
  15. If you judge people, you have no time to love them.
  16. If you want a love message to be heard, it has got to be sent out. To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
  17. Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
  18. Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
  19. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.
  20. Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
  21. Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.
  22. Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go.
  23. Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
  24. Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
  25. Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.
  26. Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.
  27. Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
  28. Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
  29. Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
  30. One of the greatest diseases is to be nobody to anybody.
  31. Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.
  32. Peace begins with a smile.
  33. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
  34. The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
  35. The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
  36. The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
  37. The miracle is not that we do this work, but that we are happy to do it.
  38. There are no great things, only small things with great love. Happy are those.
  39. There is always the danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the love and the devotion come in – that we do it to God, to Christ, and that’s why we try to do it as beautifully as possible.
  40. There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
  41. We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.
  42. We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.
  43. We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
  44. We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
  45. Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.
  46. A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave.
  47. A man is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he becomes.
  48. A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act.
  49. A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
  50. A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
  51. A policy is a temporary creed liable to be changed, but while it holds good it has got to be pursued with apostolic zeal.
  52. A principle is the expression of perfection, and as imperfect beings like us cannot practise perfection, we devise every moment limits of its compromise in practice.
  53. A religion that takes no account of practical affairs and does not help to solve them is no religion.
  54. A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
  55. A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness.
  56. A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident.
  57. Action expresses priorities.
  58. Action is no less necessary than thought to the instinctive tendencies of the human frame.
  59. All compromise is based on give and take, but there can be no give and take on fundamentals. Any compromise on mere fundamentals is a surrender. For it is all give and no take.
  60. All the religions of the world, while they may differ in other respects, unitedly proclaim that nothing lives in this world but Truth.
  61. Always aim at complete harmony of thought and word and deed. Always aim at purifying your thoughts and everything will be well.
  62. Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.
  63. An error does not become truth by reason of multiplied propagation, nor does truth become error because nobody sees it.
  64. An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.
  65. An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.
  66. An unjust law is itself a species of violence. Arrest for its breach is more so.
  67. Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
  68. Anger is the enemy of non-violence and pride is a monster that swallows it up.
  69. Are creeds such simple things like the clothes which a man can change at will and put on at will? Creeds are such for which people live for ages and ages.
  70. As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.
  71. Be the change you want to see in the world.
  72. Before the throne of the Almighty, man will be judged not by his acts but by his intentions. For God alone reads our hearts.
  73. But for my faith in God, I should have been a raving maniac.
  74. Capital as such is not evil; it is its wrong use that is evil. Capital in some form or other will always be needed.
  75. Commonsense is the realised sense of proportion.
  76. Confession of errors is like a broom which sweeps away the dirt and leaves the surface brighter and clearer. I feel stronger for confession.
  77. Constant development is the law of life, and a man who always tries to maintain his dogmas in order to appear consistent drives himself into a false position.
  78. Culture of the mind must be subservient to the heart.
  79. Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
  80. Each one prays to God according to his own light.
  81. Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is the truth.
  82. Every formula of every religion has in this age of reason, to submit to the acid test of reason and universal assent.
  83. Everyone who wills can hear the inner voice. It is within everyone.
  84. Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
  85. Faith… must be enforced by reason… when faith becomes blind it dies.
  86. Fear has its use but cowardice has none.
  87. Fear of death makes us devoid both of valour and religion. For want of valour is want of religious faith.
  88. First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
  89. For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
  90. Freedom is never dear at any price. It is the breath of life. What would a man not pay for living?
  91. Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.
  92. Gentleness, self-sacrifice and generosity are the exclusive possession of no one race or religion.
  93. Glory lies in the attempt to reach one’s goal and not in reaching it.
  94. God is, even though the whole world deny him. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
  95. God sometimes does try to the uttermost those whom he wishes to bless.
  96. God, as Truth, has been for me a treasure beyond price. May He be so to every one of us.
  97. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
  98. Hate the sin, love the sinner.
  99. Healthy discontent is the prelude to progress.
  100. Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress.
  101. Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
  102. I am prepared to die, but there is no cause for which I am prepared to kill.
  103. I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.
  104. I believe in the fundamental truth of all great religions of the world.
  105. I believe that a man is the strongest soldier for daring to die unarmed.
  106. I claim that human mind or human society is not divided into watertight compartments called social, political and religious. All act and react upon one another.
  107. I claim to be a simple individual liable to err like any other fellow mortal. I own, however, that I have humility enough to confess my errors and to retrace my steps.
  108. I do all the evil I can before I learn to shun it? Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
  109. I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following.
  110. I have also seen children successfully surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
  111. I have nothing new to teach the world. Truth and Non-violence are as old as the hills. All I have done is to try experiments in both on as vast a scale as I could.
  112. I have worshipped woman as the living embodiment of the spirit of service and sacrifice.
  113. I know, to banish anger altogether from one’s breast is a difficult task. It cannot be achieved through pure personal effort. It can be done only by God’s grace.
  114. I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.
  115. I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others.
  116. I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
  117. I reject any religious doctrine that does not appeal to reason and is in conflict with morality.
  118. I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people.
  119. I will far rather see the race of man extinct than that we should become less than beasts by making the noblest of God’s creation, woman, the object of our lust.
  120. I would heartily welcome the union of East and West provided it is not based on brute force.
  121. If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
  122. If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.
  123. If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
  124. If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
  125. Imitation is the sincerest flattery.
  126. In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
  127. In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
  128. In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
  129. In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.
  130. Increase of material comforts, it may be generally laid down, does not in any way whatsoever conduce to moral growth.
  131. Infinite striving to be the best is man’s duty; it is its own reward. Everything else is in God’s hands.
  132. Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being.
  133. Intolerance betrays want of faith in one’s cause.
  134. Intolerance is itself a form of violence and an obstacle to the growth of a true democratic spirit.
  135. Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
  136. It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings.
  137. It is any day better to stand erect with a broken and bandaged head then to crawl on one’s belly, in order to be able to save one’s head.
  138. It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
  139. It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.
  140. It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
  141. It is my own firm belief that the strength of the soul grows in proportion as you subdue the flesh.
  142. It is the quality of our work which will please God and not the quantity.
  143. It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
  144. Just as a man would not cherish living in a body other than his own, so do nations not like to live under other nations, however noble and great the latter may be.
  145. Justice that love gives is a surrender, justice that law gives is a punishment.
  146. Let everyone try and find that as a result of daily prayer he adds something new to his life, something with which nothing can be compared.
  147. Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom.
  148. Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
  149. Man becomes great exactly in the degree in which he works for the welfare of his fellow-men.
  150. Man can never be a woman’s equal in the spirit of selfless service with which nature has endowed her.
  151. Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.
  152. Man lives freely only by his readiness to die, if need be, at the hands of his brother, never by killing him.
  153. Man should forget his anger before he lies down to sleep.
  154. Man’s nature is not essentially evil. Brute nature has been know to yield to the influence of love. You must never despair of human nature.
  155. Measures must always in a progressive society be held superior to men, who are after all imperfect instruments, working for their fulfilment.
  156. Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.
  157. Morality is contraband in war.
  158. Morality is the basis of things and truth is the substance of all morality.
  159. Morality which depends upon the helplessness of a man or woman has not much to recommend it. Morality is rooted in the purity of our hearts.
  160. My life is my message.
  161. My religion is based on truth and non-violence. Truth is my God. Non-violence is the means of realising Him.
  162. Nearly everything you do is of no importance, but it is important that you do it.
  163. No culture can live if it attempts to be exclusive.
  164. Nobody can hurt me without my permission.
  165. Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
  166. Non-violence and truth are inseparable and presuppose one another.
  167. Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
  168. Non-violence is the article of faith.
  169. Nonviolence is the first article of my faith. It is also the last article of my creed.
  170. Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man.
  171. Non-violence requires a double faith, faith in God and also faith in man.
  172. Non-violence, which is the quality of the heart, cannot come by an appeal to the brain.
  173. One’s own religion is after all a matter between oneself and one’s Maker and no one else’s.
  174. Only he can take great resolves who has indomitable faith in God and has fear of God.
  175. Peace is its own reward.
  176. Poverty is the worst form of violence.
  177. Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
  178. Prayer is a confession of one’s own unworthiness and weakness.
  179. Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.
  180. Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
  181. Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.
  182. Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.
  183. Purity of personal life is the one indispensable condition for building up a sound education.
  184. Religion is a matter of the heart. No physical inconvenience can warrant abandonment of one’s own religion.
  185. Religion is more than life. Remember that his own religion is the truest to every man even if it stands low in the scales of philosophical comparison.
  186. Rights that do not flow from duty well performed are not worth having.
  187. Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
  188. Self-respect knows no considerations.
  189. Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
  190. Spiritual relationship is far more precious than physical. Physical relationship divorced from spiritual is body without soul.
  191. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
  192. That service is the noblest which is rendered for its own sake.
  193. The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
  194. The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problem.
  195. The essence of all religions is one. Only their approaches are different.
  196. The good man is the friend of all living things.
  197. The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
  198. The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.
  199. The law of sacrifice is uniform throughout the world. To be effective it demands the sacrifice of the bravest and the most spotless.
  200. The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly. The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
  201. The moment there is suspicion about a person’s motives, everything he does becomes tainted.
  202. The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within.
  203. The pursuit of truth does not permit violence on one’s opponent.
  204. The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
  205. The spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms. It requires change of heart.
  206. The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
  207. There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
  208. There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supercedes all other courts.
  209. There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed.
  210. There is an orderliness in the universe, there is an unalterable law governing everything and every being that exists or lives. It is no blind law; for no blind law can govern the conduct of living beings.
  211. There is more to life than increasing its speed.
  212. There is no principle worth the name if it is not wholly good.
  213. There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
  214. Those who know how to think need no teachers.
  215. Those who say religion has nothing to do with politics do not know what religion is.
  216. Though we may know Him by a thousand names, He is one and the same to us all.
  217. To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
  218. To deprive a man of his natural liberty and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life is worse then starving the body; it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
  219. To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
  220. Truth is by nature self-evident. As soon as you remove the cobwebs of ignorance that surround it, it shines clear.
  221. Truth never damages a cause that is just.
  222. Truth stands, even if there be no public support. It is self-sustained.
  223. Unwearied ceaseless effort is the price that must be paid for turning faith into a rich infallible experience.
  224. Violent means will give violent freedom. That would be a menace to the world and to India herself.
  225. Violent men have not been known in history to die to a man. They die up to a point.
  226. We do not need to proselytise either by our speech or by our writing. We can only do so really with our lives. Let our lives be open books for all to study.
  227. We may have our private opinions but why should they be a bar to the meeting of hearts?
  228. We may never be strong enough to be entirely nonviolent in thought, word and deed. But we must keep nonviolence as our goal and make strong progress towards it.
  229. We should meet abuse by forbearance. Human nature is so constituted that if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
  230. We win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.
  231. What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?
  232. What do I think of Western civilization? I think it would be a very good idea.
  233. What is a man if he is not a thief who openly charges as much as he can for the goods he sells?
  234. What is true of the individual will be tomorrow true of the whole nation if individuals will but refuse to lose heart and hope.
  235. Whatever you do may seem insignificant to you, but it is most important that you do it.
  236. When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.
  237. When restraint and courtesy are added to strength, the latter becomes irresistible.
  238. Where love is, there God is also.
  239. Where there is love there is life.
  240. You can chain me, you can torture me, you can even destroy this body, but you will never imprison my mind.
  241. You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
  242. You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
  243. A man should look for what is, and not for what he thinks should be.
  244. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.
  245. A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?
  246. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
  247. All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree.
  248. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.
  249. All these primary impulses, not easily described in words, are the springs of man’s actions.
  250. An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.
  251. Anger dwells only in the bosom of fools.
  252. Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.
  253. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
  254. Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.
  255. Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.
  256. As far as I’m concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
  257. As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.
  258. Before God we are all equally wise – and equally foolish.
  259. Coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.
  260. Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
  261. Concern for man and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.
  262. Confusion of goals and perfection of means seems, in my opinion, to characterize our age.
  263. Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.
  264. Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
  265. Everyone should be respected as an individual, but no one idolized.
  266. Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.
  267. Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.
  268. Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
  269. Force always attracts men of low morality.
  270. God always takes the simplest way.
  271. God does not play dice.
  272. God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean.
  273. Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love.
  274. Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.
  275. He who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.
  276. He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, since for him the spinal cord would suffice.
  277. Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism – how passionately I hate them!
  278. Human beings must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it.
  279. I am a deeply religious nonbeliever – this is a somewhat new kind of religion.
  280. I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.
  281. I am not only a pacifist but a militant pacifist. I am willing to fight for peace. Nothing will end war unless the people themselves refuse to go to war.
  282. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
  283. I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.
  284. I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.
  285. I do not believe in the God of theology who rewards good and punishes evil.
  286. I do not believe that civilization will be wiped out in a war fought with the atomic bomb. Perhaps two-thirds of the people of the earth will be killed.
  287. I have just got a new theory of eternity.
  288. I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.
  289. I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.
  290. I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
  291. I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.
  292. I shall never believe that God plays dice with the world.
  293. I think and think for months and years. Ninety-nine times, the conclusion is false. The hundredth time I am right.
  294. I used to go away for weeks in a state of confusion.
  295. I very rarely think in words at all. A thought comes, and I may try to express it in words afterwards.
  296. I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share; it is time to go. I will do it elegantly.
  297. I want to know all Gods thoughts; all the rest are just details.
  298. If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.
  299. If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
  300. If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts.
  301. If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
  302. If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.
  303. If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
  304. Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
  305. Imagination is more important than knowledge.
  306. In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.
  307. In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
  308. Information is not knowledge.
  309. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
  310. Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death.
  311. Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them.
  312. Isn’t it strange that I who have written only unpopular books should be such a popular fellow?
  313. It gives me great pleasure indeed to see the stubbornness of an incorrigible nonconformist warmly acclaimed.
  314. It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.
  315. It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.
  316. It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder.
  317. It is only to the individual that a soul is given.
  318. It is strange to be known so universally and yet to be so lonely.
  319. It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
  320. It should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid.
  321. It stands to the everlasting credit of science that by acting on the human mind it has overcome man’s insecurity before himself and before nature.
  322. It was the experience of mystery – even if mixed with fear – that engendered religion.
  323. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
  324. Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.
  325. Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be.
  326. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
  327. Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.
  328. Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
  329. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
  330. Love is a better teacher than duty.
  331. Memory is deceptive because it is colored by today’s events.
  332. Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God.
  333. Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
  334. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.
  335. Mozart’s music is so pure and beautiful that I see it as a reflection of the inner beauty of the universe.
  336. My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.
  337. Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.
  338. Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
  339. Never lose a holy curiosity.
  340. No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong.
  341. No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
  342. Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.
  343. Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature.
  344. Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.
  345. One may say the eternal mystery of the world is its comprehensibility.
  346. One strength of the communist system of the East is that it has some of the character of a religion and inspires the emotions of a religion.
  347. Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.
  348. Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.
  349. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
  350. Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.
  351. People love chopping wood. In this activity one immediately sees results.
  352. Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.
  353. Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.
  354. Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute.
  355. Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.
  356. Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
  357. Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one’s living at it.
  358. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
  359. Small is the number of people who see with their eyes and think with their minds.
  360. Solitude is painful when one is young, but delightful when one is more mature.
  361. Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing.
  362. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.
  363. Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal.
  364. That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.
  365. The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.
  366. The devil has put a penalty on all things we enjoy in life. Either we suffer in health or we suffer in soul or we get fat.
  367. The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
  368. The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
  369. The environment is everything that isn’t me.
  370. The faster you go, the shorter you are.
  371. The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.
  372. The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
  373. The grand aim of all science is to cover the greatest number of empirical facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
  374. The hardest thing to understand in the world is the income tax.
  375. The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule.
  376. The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
  377. The man of science is a poor philosopher.
  378. The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind.
  379. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.
  380. The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.
  381. The only real valuable thing is intuition.
  382. The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.
  383. The only source of knowledge is experience.
  384. The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education.
  385. The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
  386. The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.
  387. The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one.
  388. The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
  389. The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
  390. The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.
  391. The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive.
  392. The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
  393. The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.
  394. There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
  395. There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there.
  396. There could be no fairer destiny for any physical theory than that it should point the way to a more comprehensive theory in which it lives on as a limiting case.
  397. There is no logical way to the discovery of these elemental laws. There is only the way of intuition, which is helped by a feeling for the order lying behind the appearance.
  398. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
  399. To the Master’s honor all must turn, each in its track, without a sound, forever tracing Newton’s ground.
  400. Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
  401. True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.
  402. True religion is real living; living with all one’s soul, with all one’s goodness and righteousness.
  403. Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.
  404. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.
  405. We cannot despair of humanity, since we ourselves are human beings.
  406. We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.
  407. We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
  408. We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.
  409. We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.
  410. We still do not know one thousandth of one percent of what nature has revealed to us.
  411. Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.
  412. When the solution is simple, God is answering.
  413. When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.
  414. Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
  415. Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
  416. Without deep reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people.
  417. You ask me if I keep a notebook to record my great ideas. I’ve only ever had one.
  418. You can never solve a problem on the level on which it was created.
  419. You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.
  420. You can’t blame gravity for falling in love.
  421. You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
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  423. ‘The Lorax’ book was intended to be propaganda.
  424. You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.
  425. You’re in pretty good shape for the shape you are in.
  426. You make ’em, I amuse ’em.
  427. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
  428. You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.
  429. Whenever things go a bit sour in a job I’m doing, I always tell myself, ‘You can do better than this.’
  430. When at last we are sure, You’ve been properly pilled, Then a few paper forms, Must be properly filled. So that you and your heirs, May be properly billed.
  431. Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
  432. Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!
  433. Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
  434. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So. . . get on your way.
  435. Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
  436. The problem with writing a book in verse is, to be successful, it has to sound like you knocked it off on a rainy Friday afternoon. It has to sound easy. When you can do it, it helps tremendously because it’s a thing that forces kids to read on. You have this unconsummated feeling if you stop.
  437. The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
  438. The main problem with writing in verse is, if your fourth line doesn’t come out right, you’ve got to throw four lines away and figure out a whole new way to attack the problem. So the mortality rate is terrific.
  439. Step with care and great tact, and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act.
  440. Sometimes, when I see my granddaughters make small discoveries of their own, I wish I were a child.
  441. Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
  442. Preachers in pulpits talked about what a great message is in the book. No matter what you do, somebody always imputes meaning into your books.
  443. Only you can control your future.
  444. Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn’t come from a store.
  445. I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I’ve brought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
  446. I was saving the name of ‘Geisel’ for the Great American Novel.
  447. I stay out of politics because if I begin thinking too much about politics, I’ll probably… drop writing children’s books and become a political cartoonist again.
  448. I start drawing, and eventually the characters involve themselves in a situation. Then in the end, I go back and try to cut out most of the preachments.
  449. I meant what I said and I said what I meant.
  450. I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.
  451. I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
  452. I am not a consecutive writer.
  453. How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?
  454. Hollywood is not suited for me, and I am not suited for it.
  455. Fun is good.
  456. From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
  457. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
  458. Every once in a while, I get mad. ‘The Lorax’ came out of my being angry. The ecology books I’d read were dull… In ‘The Lorax,’ I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might.
  459. Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.
  460. Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.
  461. Adults are obsolete children.
  462. Adults are just outdated children.
  463. A person’s a person, no matter how small.
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  468. A man should never neglect his family for business.
  469. All cartoon characters and fables must be exaggeration, caricatures. It is the very nature of fantasy and fable.
  470. All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
  471. All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
  472. Animation can explain whatever the mind of man can conceive. This facility makes it the most versatile and explicit means of communication yet devised for quick mass appreciation.
  473. Animation is different from other parts. Its language is the language of caricature. Our most difficult job was to develop the cartoon’s unnatural but seemingly natural anatomy for humans and animals.
  474. Animation offers a medium of story telling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere in the world.
  475. Crowded classrooms and half-day sessions are a tragic waste of our greatest national resource – the minds of our children.
  476. Disneyland is a show.
  477. Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
  478. Disneyland is the star, everything else is in the supporting role.
  479. Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
  480. I always like to look on the optimistic side of life, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.
  481. I am not influenced by the techniques or fashions of any other motion picture company.
  482. I believe in being an innovator.
  483. I do not like to repeat successes, I like to go on to other things.
  484. I don’t like formal gardens. I like wild nature. It’s just the wilderness instinct in me, I guess.
  485. I have been up against tough competition all my life. I wouldn’t know how to get along without it.
  486. I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous.
  487. I love Mickey Mouse more than any woman I have ever known.
  488. I never called my work an ‘art’. It’s part of show business, the business of building entertainment.
  489. I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.
  490. I started, actually, to make my first animated cartoon in 1920. Of course, they were very crude things then and I used sort of little puppet things.
  491. I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters – to make them personalities.
  492. I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
  493. If you can dream it, you can do it.
  494. It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.
  495. It’s no secret that we were sticking just about every nickel we had on the chance that people would really be interested in something totally new and unique in the field of entertainment.
  496. I’d say it’s been my biggest problem all my life… it’s money. It takes a lot of money to make these dreams come true.
  497. Laughter is America’s most important export.
  498. Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.
  499. Mickey Mouse popped out of my mind onto a drawing pad 20 years ago on a train ride from Manhattan to Hollywood at a time when business fortunes of my brother Roy and myself were at lowest ebb and disaster seemed right around the corner.
  500. Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.
  501. Of all of our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.
  502. Of all the things I’ve done, the most vital is coordinating those who work with me and aiming their efforts at a certain goal.
  503. Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings.
  504. People still think of me as a cartoonist, but the only thing I lift a pen or pencil for these days is to sign a contract, a check, or an autograph.
  505. The more you like yourself, the less you are like anyone else, which makes you unique.
  506. The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.
  507. There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure Island.
  508. There’s nothing funnier than the human animal.
  509. Times and conditions change so rapidly that we must keep our aim constantly focused on the future.
  510. We allow no geniuses around our Studio.
  511. We are not trying to entertain the critics. I’ll take my chances with the public.
  512. We believed in our idea – a family park where parents and children could have fun- together.
  513. We did it Disneyland, in the knowledge that most of the people I talked to thought it would be a financial disaster – closed and forgotten within the first year.
  514. We have created characters and animated them in the dimension of depth, revealing through them to our perturbed world that the things we have in common far outnumber and outweigh those that divide us.
  515. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
  516. When people laugh at Mickey Mouse, it’s because he’s so human; and that is the secret of his popularity.
  517. When you believe in a thing, believe in it all the way, implicitly and unquestionable.
  518. When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
  519. Whenever I go on a ride, I’m always thinking of what’s wrong with the thing and how it can be improved.
  520. You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
  521. You can’t just let nature run wild.
  522. You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.
  523. You reach a point where you don’t work for money.
  524. You’re dead if you aim only for kids. Adults are only kids grown up, anyway.
  525. A constitution is the arrangement of magistracies in a state.
  526. A friend to all is a friend to none.
  527. A great city is not to be confounded with a populous one.
  528. A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
  529. A statement is persuasive and credible either because it is directly self-evident or because it appears to be proved from other statements that are so.
  530. A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end.
  531. A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
  532. All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.
  533. All men by nature desire knowledge.
  534. All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.
  535. All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
  536. Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.
  537. At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst.
  538. Bad men are full of repentance.
  539. Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
  540. Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.
  541. Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
  542. But if nothing but soul, or in soul mind, is qualified to count, it is impossible for there to be time unless there is soul, but only that of which time is an attribute, i.e. if change can exist without soul.
  543. Change in all things is sweet.
  544. Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion.
  545. Courage is a mean with regard to fear and confidence.
  546. Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.
  547. Democracy arises out of the notion that those who are equal in any respect are equal in all respects; because men are equally free, they claim to be absolutely equal.
  548. Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.
  549. Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
  550. Dignity does not consist in possessing honors, but in deserving them.
  551. Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity.
  552. Education is the best provision for old age.
  553. Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.
  554. Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and choice, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.
  555. Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
  556. Excellence, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean, relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it.
  557. Fear is pain arising from the anticipation of evil.
  558. For as the eyes of bats are to the blaze of day, so is the reason in our soul to the things which are by nature most evident of all.
  559. For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
  560. For though we love both the truth and our friends, piety requires us to honor the truth first.
  561. Friendship is essentially a partnership.
  562. Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
  563. Happiness depends upon ourselves.
  564. He who can be, and therefore is, another’s, and he who participates in reason enough to apprehend, but not to have, is a slave by nature.
  565. He who hath many friends hath none.
  566. He who is to be a good ruler must have first been ruled.
  567. He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
  568. Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
  569. Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
  570. Hope is a waking dream.
  571. I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
  572. I have gained this from philosophy: that I do without being commanded what others do only from fear of the law.
  573. If liberty and equality, as is thought by some, are chiefly to be found in democracy, they will be best attained when all persons alike share in government to the utmost.
  574. If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
  575. In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
  576. In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.
  577. In constructing the plot and working it out with the proper diction, the poet should place the scene, as far as possible, before his eyes. In this way, seeing everything with the utmost vividness, as if he were a spectator of the action, he will discover what is in keeping with it, and be most unlikely to overlook inconsistencies.
  578. In making a speech one must study three points: first, the means of producing persuasion; second, the language; third the proper arrangement of the various parts of the speech.
  579. In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.
  580. Inferiors revolt in order that they may be equal, and equals that they may be superior. Such is the state of mind which creates revolutions.
  581. It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
  582. It is best to rise from life as from a banquet, neither thirsty nor drunken.
  583. It is clearly better that property should be private, but the use of it common; and the special business of the legislator is to create in men this benevolent disposition.
  584. It is just that we should be grateful, not only to those with whose views we may agree, but also to those who have expressed more superficial views; for these also contributed something, by developing before us the powers of thought.
  585. It is not once nor twice but times without number that the same ideas make their appearance in the world.
  586. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
  587. It is unbecoming for young men to utter maxims.
  588. Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy.
  589. Long-lived persons have one or two lines which extend through the whole hand; short-lived persons have two lines not extending through the whole hand.
  590. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.
  591. Man is by nature a political animal.
  592. Man is the only animal capable of reasoning, though many others possess the faculty of memory and instruction in common with him.
  593. Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.
  594. Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
  595. Men create gods after their own image, not only with regard to their form but with regard to their mode of life.
  596. Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.
  597. Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.
  598. Most people would rather give than get affection.
  599. Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
  600. My best friend is the man who in wishing me well wishes it for my sake.
  601. Nature does nothing in vain.
  602. No excellent soul is exempt from a mixture of madness.
  603. No notice is taken of a little evil, but when it increases it strikes the eye.
  604. No one loves the man whom he fears.
  605. No one would choose a friendless existence on condition of having all the other things in the world.
  606. Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
  607. Our judgments when we are pleased and friendly are not the same as when we are pained and hostile.
  608. Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other qua good, and they are good in themselves.
  609. Personal beauty is a greater recommendation than any letter of reference.
  610. Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible. We believe good men more fully and more readily than others: this is true generally whatever the question is, and absolutely true where exact certainty is impossible and opinions are divided.
  611. Persuasion is clearly a sort of demonstration, since we are most fully persuaded when we consider a thing to have been demonstrated.
  612. Piety requires us to honor truth above our friends.
  613. Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
  614. Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.
  615. Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
  616. Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
  617. Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbable possibilities.
  618. Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
  619. Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
  620. Rhetoric may be defined as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This is not a function of any other art.
  621. Some animals are cunning and evil-disposed, as the fox; others, as the dog, are fierce, friendly, and fawning. Some are gentle and easily tamed, as the elephant; some are susceptible of shame, and watchful, as the goose. Some are jealous and fond of ornament, as the peacock.
  622. Some animals utter a loud cry. Some are silent, and others have a voice, which in some cases may be expressed by a word; in others, it cannot. There are also noisy animals and silent animals, musical and unmusical kinds, but they are mostly noisy about the breeding season.
  623. Some kinds of animals burrow in the ground; others do not. Some animals are nocturnal, as the owl and the bat; others use the hours of daylight. There are tame animals and wild animals. Man and the mule are always tame; the leopard and the wolf are invariably wild, and others, as the elephant, are easily tamed.
  624. Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
  625. Temperance is a mean with regard to pleasures.
  626. The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
  627. The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
  628. The beginning of reform is not so much to equalize property as to train the noble sort of natures not to desire more, and to prevent the lower from getting more.
  629. The duty of rhetoric is to deal with such matters as we deliberate upon without arts or systems to guide us, in the hearing of persons who cannot take in at a glance a complicated argument or follow a long chain of reasoning.
  630. The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.
  631. The end of labor is to gain leisure.
  632. The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
  633. The eyes of some persons are large, others small, and others of a moderate size; the last-mentioned are the best. And some eyes are projecting, some deep-set, and some moderate, and those which are deep-set have the most acute vision in all animals; the middle position is a sign of the best disposition.
  634. The generality of men are naturally apt to be swayed by fear rather than reverence, and to refrain from evil rather because of the punishment that it brings than because of its own foulness.
  635. The gods too are fond of a joke.
  636. The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
  637. The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.
  638. The law is reason, free from passion.
  639. The least initial deviation from the truth is multiplied later a thousandfold.
  640. The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
  641. The most perfect political community is one in which the middle class is in control, and outnumbers both of the other classes.
  642. The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.
  643. The poet, being an imitator like a painter or any other artist, must of necessity imitate one of three objects – things as they were or are, things as they are said or thought to be, or things as they ought to be. The vehicle of expression is language – either current terms or, it may be, rare words or metaphors.
  644. The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
  645. The secret to humor is surprise.
  646. The soul never thinks without a picture.
  647. The state comes into existence for the sake of life and continues to exist for the sake of good life.
  648. The true and the approximately true are apprehended by the same faculty; it may also be noted that men have a sufficient natural instinct for what is true, and usually do arrive at the truth. Hence the man who makes a good guess at truth is likely to make a good guess at probabilities.
  649. The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
  650. The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
  651. The whole is more than the sum of its parts.
  652. The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life – knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.
  653. The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.
  654. The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
  655. There is no great genius without some touch of madness.
  656. There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
  657. Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.
  658. Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.
  659. Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
  660. Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
  661. Thou wilt find rest from vain fancies if thou doest every act in life as though it were thy last.
  662. To attain any assured knowledge about the soul is one of the most difficult things in the world.
  663. To run away from trouble is a form of cowardice and, while it is true that the suicide braves death, he does it not for some noble object but to escape some ill.
  664. We are not angry with people we fear or respect, as long as we fear or respect them; you cannot be afraid of a person and also at the same time angry with him.
  665. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
  666. We become just by performing just action, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave action.
  667. We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not in figures on a dial. We should count time by heart throbs. He most lives who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best.
  668. We make war that we may live in peace.
  669. We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.
  670. We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
  671. Well begun is half done.
  672. What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
  673. What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
  674. Whether if soul did not exist time would exist or not, is a question that may fairly be asked; for if there cannot be someone to count there cannot be anything that can be counted, so that evidently there cannot be number; for number is either what has been, or what can be, counted.
  675. Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.
  676. Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.
  677. Wit is educated insolence.
  678. Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.
  679. You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.
  680. Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
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  694. You think the world was shocked when Nixon resigned? Wait till I whup George Foreman’s behind.
  695. You can’t keep your mind on fighting when you’re thinking about a woman. You can’t keep your concentration. You feel like sleeping all the time.
  696. White people just don’t want their slaves to be free. That’s the whole thing.
  697. When you can whip any man in the world, you never know peace.
  698. When I won the Golden Gloves in 1960, that made me realize I had a chance. And when I won at the Olympics, that sealed it: I was the champ.
  699. What keeps me going is goals.
  700. We who follow the teachings of Elijah Muhammad don’t want to be forced to integrate. Integration is wrong. We don’t want to live with the white man; that’s all.
  701. Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.
  702. To make America the greatest is my goal, so I beat the Russian and I beat the Pole. And for the U.S.A. won the medal of gold. The Greeks said, ‘You’re better than the Cassius of old.’
  703. To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich.
  704. There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.
  705. There are more pleasant things to do than beat up people.
  706. The word ‘Islam’ means ‘peace.’ The word ‘Muslim’ means ‘one who surrenders to God.’ But the press makes us seem like haters.
  707. The white man is destroying the world.
  708. The only thing that matters is submitting to the will of God.
  709. The name Muhammad is the most common name in the world. In all the countries around the world – Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon – there are more Muhammads than anything else. When I joined the Nation of Islam and became a Muslim, they gave me the most famous name because I was the champ.
  710. The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.
  711. The man who has no imagination has no wings.
  712. The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.
  713. The fact is, I was never too bright in school. I ain’t ashamed of it, though. I mean, how much do school principals make a month?
  714. The Nation of Islam’s main focus was teaching black pride and self-awareness. Why should we keep trying to force ourselves into white restaurants and schools when white people didn’t want us? Why not clean up our own neighborhoods and schools instead of trying to move out of them and into white people’s neighborhoods?
  715. Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists.
  716. Superman don’t need no seat belt.
  717. Sonny Liston is nothing. The man can’t talk. The man can’t fight. The man needs talking lessons. The man needs boxing lessons. And since he’s gonna fight me, he needs falling lessons.
  718. Silence is golden when you can’t think of a good answer.
  719. Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
  720. Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.
  721. People don’t realize what they had till it’s gone. Like President Kennedy, there was no one like him, the Beatles, and my man Elvis Presley. I was the Elvis of boxing.
  722. Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
  723. Old age is just a record of one’s whole life.
  724. No one knows what to say in the loser’s locker room.
  725. No intelligent black man or black woman in his or her right black mind wants white boys and white girls coming to their homes to marry their black sons and daughters.
  726. No boxer in the history of boxing has had Parkinson’s. There’s no injury in my brain that suggests that the illness came from boxing.
  727. Never put your money against Cassius Clay, for you will never have a lucky day.
  728. My way of joking is to tell the truth. That’s the funniest joke in the world.
  729. My trainer don’t tell me nothing between rounds. I don’t allow him to. I fight the fight. All I want to know is did I win the round. It’s too late for advice.
  730. My toughest fight was with my first wife.
  731. My principles are more important than the money or my title.
  732. My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.
  733. My lectures, based on Islamic teachings, were on various subjects. Some of the titles were, ‘The Intoxication of Life,’ ‘The Purpose of Life,’ ‘The Real Cause of Man’s Distress,’ ‘The Journey to the Goal in Life,’ and, one of my favorites, ‘The Heart of Man.’ They contained important insights that spoke to something deep inside me.
  734. Life is so, so short. Bible says it’s like a vapor.
  735. Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don’t let yourself believe it will happen to you.
  736. Joe Frazier is so ugly that when he cries, the tears turn around and go down the back of his head.
  737. Joe Frazier got hit more than me – and he doesn’t have Parkinson’s.
  738. It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.
  739. It’s not bragging if you can back it up.
  740. It’s lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.
  741. It’s just a job. Grass grows, birds fly, waves pound the sand. I beat people up.
  742. It’s in my blood to be around people while I was training.
  743. It’s hard to be humble, when you’re as great as I am.
  744. It will be a killer, and a chiller, and a thriller, when I get the gorilla in Manila.
  745. It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
  746. If you lose a big fight, it will worry you all of your life. It will plague you – until you get your revenge.
  747. If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.
  748. If they can make penicillin out of mouldy bread, they can sure make something out of you.
  749. If I said I would knock out Sonny Liston in 1 minute and 49 seconds of the first round, that would hurt the gate.
  750. I’ve seen George Foreman shadow boxing, and the shadow won.
  751. I’ve made my share of mistakes along the way, but if I have changed even one life for the better, I haven’t lived in vain.
  752. I’ve been everywhere in the world, seen everything, had everything a man can have.
  753. I’m the most recognized and loved man that ever lived cuz there weren’t no satellites when Jesus and Moses were around, so people far away in the villages didn’t know about them.
  754. I’m the greatest thing that ever lived! I’m the king of the world! I’m a bad man. I’m the prettiest thing that ever lived.
  755. I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.
  756. I’m not the greatest; I’m the double greatest. Not only do I knock ’em out, I pick the round.
  757. I’m no leader; I’m a little humble follower.
  758. I’m more at home with my log cabins than I am in my house in Cherry Hill.
  759. I’m just hoping that people understand that Islam is peace and not violence.
  760. I’ll beat him so bad he’ll need a shoehorn to put his hat on.
  761. I would say things like ‘I am the greatest! I’m pretty! If you talk jive, you’ll drop in five! I float like a butterfly, sting like a bee! I’m pretty!’ When white people heard me talking like this, some said, ‘That black man talks too much. He’s bragging.’
  762. I wish people would love everybody else the way they love me. It would be a better world.
  763. I wanted to use my fame and this face that everyone knows so well to help uplift and inspire people around the world.
  764. I used to tease Joe Louis by reminding him that I was the greatest of all time. But Joe Louis was the greatest heavyweight fighter ever.
  765. I should be a postage stamp, because that’s the only way I’ll ever get licked. I’m beautiful. I’m fast. I’m so mean I make medicine sick. I can’t possibly be beat.
  766. I shook up the world, I shook up the world.
  767. I said I was ‘The Greatest,’ I never said I was the smartest!
  768. I never thought of losing, but now that it’ s happened, the only thing is to do it right. That’s my obligation to all the people who believe in me. We all have to take defeats in life.
  769. I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want.
  770. I know I got it made while the masses of black people are catchin’ hell, but as long as they ain’t free, I ain’t free.
  771. I have been so great in boxing they had to create an image like Rocky, a white image on the screen, to counteract my image in the ring. America has to have its white images, no matter where it gets them. Jesus, Wonder Woman, Tarzan and Rocky.
  772. I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’
  773. I had to prove you could be a new kind of black man. I had to show the world.
  774. I had a good time boxing. I enjoyed it – and I may come back.
  775. I got no quarrel with them Vietcong.
  776. I give thanks to God and to all the people in the U.K. who have supported me over the years.
  777. I figured that if I said it enough, I would convince the world that I really was the greatest.
  778. I figure I’ll be champ for about ten years and then I’ll let my brother take over – like the Kennedys down in Washington.
  779. I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I’m so mean I make medicine sick.
  780. I don’t have to be what you want me to be.
  781. I didn’t want to submit to the army and then, on the day of judgment, have God say to me, ‘Why did you do that?’ This life is a trial, and you realize that what you do is going to be written down for Judgment Day.
  782. I calculate that I took 20,000 punches, but I earned millions and kept a lot of it. I may talk slow, but my mind is OK.
  783. I believe in the religion of Islam. I believe in Allah and peace.
  784. I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.
  785. I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I’m in a world of my own.
  786. I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others.
  787. I always bring out the best in men I fight, but Joe Frazier, I’ll tell the world right now, brings out the best in me. I’m gonna tell ya, that’s one helluva man, and God bless him.
  788. He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.
  789. Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.
  790. God tries you in certain, certain ways. Some people are rich, and they believe in God. They lose the money, things get hard, they get weak and quit going to church. Quit serving God like they did.
  791. Go up in an airplane. Go high enough, and it’s like we don’t even exist.
  792. Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.
  793. Frazier is so ugly that he should donate his face to the U.S. Bureau of Wild Life.
  794. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
  795. Ever since I first came here in 1963 to fight Henry Cooper, I have loved the people of England.
  796. Don’t feel sorry for me.
  797. Cassius Clay is a name that white people gave to my slave master. Now that I am free, that I don’t belong anymore to anyone, that I’m not a slave anymore, I gave back their white name, and I chose a beautiful African one.
  798. Boxing is a lot of white men watching two black men beat each other up.
  799. At home I am a nice guy: but I don’t want the world to know. Humble people, I’ve found, don’t get very far.
  800. Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome.
  801. America is the greatest country in the world.
  802. Allah’s the Arabic term for God. Stand up for God, fight for God, work for God and do the right thing, and go the right way, things will end up in your corner.
  803. All of us are so mixed. My great-grandfather was white.
  804. All black Americans have slave names. They have white names; names that the slave master has given to them.
  805. Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right – when he knocks you down, you’ll sleep for the night; and when you lie on the floor and the ref counts to ten, hope and pray that you never meet me again.
  806. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are.
  807. A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he’ll never crow. I have seen the light and I’m crowing.
  808. A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life.
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  814. You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.
  815. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
  816. You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, ‘I’m a representative.’
  817. You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’
  818. You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
  819. Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication.
  820. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
  821. Won’t it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.
  822. While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to man.
  823. While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
  824. Whenever something went wrong when I was young – if I had a pimple or if my hair broke – my mom would say, ‘Sister mine, I’m going to make you some soup.’ And I really thought the soup would make my pimple go away or my hair stronger.
  825. Whenever I’m around some who is modest, I think, ‘Run like hell and all of fire.’ You don’t want modesty, you want humility.
  826. Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, ‘Children’s Letters to God.’ You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, ‘Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.’
  827. When younger writers and poets, musicians and painters are weakened by a stemming of funds, they come to me saddened, not as full of dreams and excitement and ideas. I am then weakened and diminished, and made less rich.
  828. When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one – it’s the first blow in a suicidal movement. I see the neglect in cities around the country, in poor white children in West Virginia and Virginia and Kentucky – in the big cities, too, for that matter.
  829. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
  830. When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, ‘Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.’
  831. When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess.
  832. When I was 8 years old I became a mute and was a mute until I was 13, and I thought of my whole body as an ear, so I can go into a crowd and sit still and absorb all sound. That talent or ability has lasted and served me until today.
  833. When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon – all served with black beans and rice. It’s festive but different.
  834. Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
  835. What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.
  836. What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and needs me.
  837. We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.
  838. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
  839. We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!
  840. We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.
  841. We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men… We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.
  842. We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
  843. Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It’s very clear.
  844. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
  845. To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That’s what Norman Mailer did. That’s what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that’s what I do – that’s what I mean to do.
  846. Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, ‘I’m not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.’ Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, ‘Yes, I deserve it.’
  847. Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything.
  848. Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the ‘leaders’ must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.
  849. There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.
  850. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
  851. There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
  852. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  853. There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
  854. The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.
  855. The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.
  856. The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama’s entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly.
  857. The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
  858. The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.
  859. The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtues consistently.
  860. The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
  861. The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.
  862. The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.
  863. The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.
  864. The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.
  865. The language of all the interpretations, the translations, of the Judaic Bible and the Christian Bible, is musical, just wonderful. I read the Bible to myself; I’ll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.
  866. The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
  867. The hope, the hope that lives in the breast of the black American, is just so tremendous that it overwhelms me sometimes.
  868. The first decade of the twentieth century was not a great time to be born black and poor and female in St. Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents. Later she would grow up and be called beautiful. As a grown woman she would be known as the butter-colored lady with the blowback hair.
  869. The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
  870. The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.
  871. The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
  872. That’s the biggest gift I can give anybody: ‘Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you’re doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.’
  873. Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that’s all. So we direct our values to material things.
  874. Some critics will write ‘ is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
  875. Shakespeare – I was very influenced – still am – by Shakespeare. I couldn’t believe that a white man in the 16th century could so know my heart.
  876. Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
  877. Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
  878. Politicians must set their aims for the high ground and according to our various leanings, Democratic, Republican, Independent, we will follow. Politicians must be told if they continue to sink into the mud of obscenity, they will proceed alone.
  879. Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
  880. Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright’s pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.
  881. One of the wonderful things about Oprah: She teaches you to keep on stepping.
  882. One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can’t swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it’s what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance.
  883. One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
  884. Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses.
  885. On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there’s no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden.
  886. Of course, there are those critics – New York critics as a rule – who say, ‘Well, has a new book out and of course it’s good but then she’s a natural writer.’ Those are the ones I want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language.
  887. Nothing will work unless you do.
  888. Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.
  889. My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
  890. My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God – I thank God every time I think of it – I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.
  891. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
  892. My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
  893. My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.
  894. My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.
  895. My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
  896. My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.
  897. Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
  898. Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
  899. Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don’t grow up.
  900. Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.
  901. Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age.
  902. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
  903. Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
  904. Living in a state of terror was new to many white people in America, but black people have been living in a state of terror in this country for more than 400 years.
  905. Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I’ll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, ‘I’d like to write about that.’ Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.
  906. Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’
  907. Life loves the liver of it.
  908. It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.
  909. It’s still scary every time I go back to the past. Each morning, my heart catches. When I get there, I remember how the light was, where the draft was coming from, what odors were in the air. When I write, I get all the weeping out.
  910. It’s so tedious writing cookbooks or writing the recipes because I’ve never been much of a measurer. But to write a book, you have to measure everything.
  911. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
  912. It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.
  913. It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
  914. It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.
  915. It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.
  916. Information helps you to see that you’re not alone. That there’s somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who’ve all longed and lost, who’ve all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you’re not really any different from everyone else.
  917. Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.
  918. In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
  919. In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me.
  920. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats – maybe it’s imperative that we encounter the defeats – but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike.
  921. In all my work, I try to say – ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?’
  922. In a magazine, one can get – from cover to cover – 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.
  923. In a long meter hymn, a singer – they call it ‘lays out a line.’ And then the whole church joins in in repeating that line. And they form a wall of harmony so tight, you can’t wedge a pin between it.
  924. If you’re serious, you really understand that it’s important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you’re the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you’re funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.
  925. If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity.
  926. If you will have a person enslaved, the first thing you must do is convince yourself that the person is subhuman. The second thing you have to do is convince your allies so you’ll have some help, and the third and probably unkindest cut of all is to convince that person that he or she is subhuman and deserves it.
  927. If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England – you couldn’t have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things.
  928. If you want what you’re saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody’s life. Your own, first.
  929. If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  930. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
  931. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  932. If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
  933. If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.
  934. If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent.
  935. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
  936. If I’m the people’s poet, then I ought to be in people’s hands – and, I hope, in their heart.
  937. If I walked into the kitchen without washing my hands as a kid, I’d hear a loud ‘A-hem!’ from my mother or grandmother. Now I count on other people to do the same.
  938. I’ve still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, ‘You know, that’s the truth. I wasn’t there, and I wasn’t a six-foot black girl, but that’s the truth.’
  939. I’ve read everything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote; my brother and I memorized whole chapters of ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ and ‘Look Homeward, Angel.’
  940. I’ve never had a dislike for men. I’ve been badly treated by some. But I’ve been loved greatly by some. I married a lot of them.
  941. 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.
  942. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  943. I’ve conducted the Boston Pops! Imagine that! Me! ! I’ve sang and danced at La Scala!
  944. I’ve always written. There’s a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother’s papers were destroyed. I’d written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then.
  945. I’m working at trying to be a Christian, and that’s serious business. It’s like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy – it’s serious business.
  946. I’m very, very serious – I’m serious enough not to take myself too seriously. That means I can be completely wedded to the moment. But when I leave that moment, I want to be completely wedded to the next moment.
  947. I’m not a writer who teaches. I’m a teacher who writes.
  948. I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.
  949. I’m just like you – I want to be a good human being. I’m doing my best, and I’m working at it. And I’m trying to be a Christian. I’m always amazed when people walk up to me and say, ‘I’m a Christian.’ I always think, ‘Already? You’ve already got it?’ I’m working at it. And at my age, I’ll still be working at it at 96.
  950. I’m interested in women’s health because I’m a woman. I’d be a darn fool not to be on my own side.
  951. I’m happy to be a writer – of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn’t a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use.
  952. I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.
  953. I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.
  954. I’m considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I’ve never been bored in my life.
  955. I’m always disappointed when people don’t live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change.
  956. I’m a serious aficionada of country music – Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry. I’ve even written some songs. They haven’t done anything of mine yet. But it’s only a matter of time.
  957. I’m a religious woman. And I feel I have responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I’m even afraid of it – it’s a learned affectation and it’s just stuck on me like decals. Now I pray for humility because that comes from inside out.
  958. I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.
  959. I write some country music. There’s a song called ‘I Hope You Dance.’ Incredible. I was going to write that poem; somebody beat me to it.
  960. I would be stupid not to be on my own side. But I’m a human being, too. And I’m on the side of human beings, rather than on the side of crocodiles.
  961. I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool – and I’m not any of those – to say that I don’t write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues.
  962. I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.
  963. I will not sit in a room with black people when the N word is used. I know it was meant to belittle a person, so I will not sit there and have that poison put on me. Now a black person can say, ‘Oh, you know, I can use this word because I’m black.’
  964. I wasn’t a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know.
  965. I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it’s lasting me very well.
  966. I was married a few times, and one of my husbands was jealous of me writing.
  967. I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life.
  968. I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with ‘Porgy and Bess,’ the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places.
  969. I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine… before she realizes she’s reading.
  970. I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
  971. I think that that’s the wisest thing – to prevent illness before we try to cure something.
  972. I think music is one of the hero/sheroes of the African-American existence.
  973. I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they’ll do wonders. I count on them.
  974. I think I have had so much blessing – I’ve had my brother, who was brilliant – I think my family came closest to making a genius when they made my brother – Bailey was just all of that. He loved me.
  975. I think Clinton, after getting into office and into Washington, was shocked at being bludgeoned. So he spent time trying to be all things to all people – one way guaranteed not to be successful or respected in a lion’s den. You can’t just play around with all those big cats – you’ve got to take somebody on.
  976. I thank God I’m myself and for the life I’m given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.
  977. I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition.
  978. I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English.
  979. I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.
  980. I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings.
  981. I read the Bible to myself; I’ll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.
  982. I promised myself that I would write as well as I can, tell the truth, not to tell everything I know, but to make sure that everything I tell is true, as I understand it. And to use the eloquence which my language affords me.
  983. I never had that feeling that I had to carry the weight of somebody’s ignorance around with me. And that was true for racists who wanted to use the ‘n’ word when talking about me or about my people, or the stupidity of people who really wanted to belittle other folks because they weren’t pretty or they weren’t rich or they weren’t clever.
  984. I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.
  985. I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don’t just want to possess it, it will find you.
  986. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.
  987. I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.
  988. I love the melodies in the Old Testament, how preachers highlight them when they read from the Scripture. But I was influenced forever by the New Testament. I love the Beatitudes, informing us that the meek shall inherit the earth.
  989. I love a Hebrew National hot dog with an ice-cold Corona – no lime. If the phone rings, I won’t answer until I’m done.
  990. I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
  991. I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is.
  992. I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry – writing at writing.
  993. I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings.
  994. I like to have guns around. I don’t like to carry them.
  995. I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous – that is to say, it’s obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do.
  996. I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.
  997. I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.
  998. I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, ‘No. No, I’m finished. Bye.’ And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won’t do that.
  999. I know that I’ve been guided by God. I am obedient.
  1000. I know that I’m not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don’t know how not to.
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