Quotes and Poems

Dr. Seuss – Troubles
I learned there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead, others come from behind.
But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see.
Now all my troubles are going to have trouble with me.

Jewish Proverb (burden, shoulders)
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.

Malcolm S Forbes
(when things are bad…)
When things are bad we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.

Mary Engelbreit
If you don’t like something, change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.

In over your head… (unknown)
If you’re in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

stumbling blocks/stepping stones (unknown)
The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.

William Shakespeare (guilt)
So full of artless jealousy is guilt. It spills itself in fearing to be spilt. (Hamlet)

Oscar Wilde (Life)
Life is far too important a thing to ever talk seriously about. (Lady Windermere’s Fan)

Franz Kafka (meaning of life)
The meaning of life is that it stops.

Emily Dickinson (Saying nothing…)
Saying nothing… sometimes says the most.

Hope is the thing with feathers…
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.

– Emily Dickinson

William Shakespeare (words)
Words, words, mere words, no matter the heart.

William Shakespeare (don’t wanna answer)
I am not bound to please thee with my answer.

Time and the hour…
Time and the hour run through the roughest day.

– William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (keep my secret)
‘Tis in my memory locked, and you yourself shall keep the key of it.

(Ophelia from Hamlet)

(unknown) moving on…
Moving on is simple, it’s what you leave behind that makes it so difficult.

Soren Kierkegaard
Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.

Latin phrase: hold out, be strong
Perfer obdura

Latin phrase: what is said is done
dictum factum

Latin phrase: sweeter after difficulties
dulcius ex asperis

Ralph Waldo Emerson (truth and lies)
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

Mark Hodder (life, fair)
Life is fickle, the fair man doesn’t invariably win.

Franz Kafka (existence)
By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.

John Burroughs (not enough time)
I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

Winston Churchill (courage…)
Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

W. Clement Stone (living with integrity)
Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity.

Benjamin Frranklin (owning faults)
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.

William James (common sense and a sense of humor…)
Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.

Allen Klein (humor and pain)
Humor does not diminish the pain – it makes the space around it get bigger.

Hans Christian Andersen (music)
Where words fail, music speaks.

Theodore Roosevelt (right, wrong, and nothing)
In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

William Shakespeare (honesty)
No legacy is so rich as honesty.

William Shakespeare (love is not love…)
Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.

Winston Churchill (past and future)
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see.

Einstein (imagination vs. knowledge)
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Gideon quote about hurting each other
Finding new ways to hurt each other is what we’re good at.

William Shakespeare (remarkable)
Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.

Carl Jung (torturers)
The healthy man does not torture others. Generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers. (a.k.a. hurt people hurt people)

Playwright Eugene Ionesco
Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

Sir Peter Ustinov
Unfortunately, a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.

Albert Pine (What we do for ourselves…)
What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.

Sir Francis Bacon (light and dark)
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.

Voltaire (French philosopher)
There are some that only implore words for the purposes of disguising their thoughts.

Francois La Rochefoucauld (scars)
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind.

Latin phrase: folie a deux
Meaning: the bond that exists between the two people who bring out the worst in each other

Kahlil Gibran (philosopher)
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.

Oscar Wilde
Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.

T.S. Elliott
Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow.

Milan Jundera (shame)
The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but that this humiliation is seen by everyone.

Azar Nafisi
You get a strange feeling when you’re about to leave a place, I told him, like you’ll not only miss the people you love but you’ll miss the person you are now at this time and this place, because you’ll never be this way ever again.

Tags: