Quote Collection


Quote Collection

There are quite a few quotation web sites available.  I often use them to confirm a specific quote that I’ve heard.  Here’s a collection of  favorite quotes.  They’re not in a highly presentable format, but I thought I’d share them anyway.

Quotes – Money

A man’s treatment of money is the most decisive test of his character — how he makes it and how he spends it. – James Moffatt
A too constant preoccupation with money may seem to indicate the lack of a proper sense of moral values, but let those who have always had money be without it for a while, and they will soon discover how quickly it becomes their chief concern.- Moss Hart
A tragedy is marrying a man for love and finding out he has no money. – Cindy Garner
A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart. – Jonathan Swift
Advertising may be described as the science of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it. – Stephen Leacock
Don’t stay in bed….unless you can make money in bed. – George Burns
Friendship is like money, easier made than kept. – Samuel Butler
He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money. – Benjamin Franklin
How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can be corrected, but time is gone forever.- David Norris
I have enough money to last me a lifetime, unless I buy something. – Jackie Mason
I heard a man say that brigands demand your money or your life, whereas women require both. – Samuel Butler
If money be not thy servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.- Francis Bacon
If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor — poor in happiness, poor in all that makes life worth living. – Herbert N. Casson
If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.- Henry Ford
If women didn’t exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning. – Aristotle Onassis
If you can count your money, you don’t have a billion dollars. – J. Paul Getty
Money is flat and meant to be piled up. – Scottish Proverb
Money is indeed the most important thing in the world; and all the sound and successful personal and national morality should have this fact for its basis.- George Bernard Shaw
Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way.- Benjamin Franklin
Money often costs too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Money, it turned out, was exactly like sex, you thought of nothing else if you didn’t have it and thought of other things if you did.- James Baldwin
Nobel Prize money is a lifebelt thrown to a swimmer who has already reached the shore in safety. – George Bernard Shaw
Only sick music makes money today. – Friedrich Nietzsche
People who cannot make love make money. – James Baldwin
Physics isn’t a religion. If it were, we’d have a much easier time raising money. – Leon Lederman
So far as business and money are concerned, a country gains nothing by a successful war, even though that war involves the acquisition of immense new provinces.- Havelock Ellis
The only thing I like about rich people is their money. – Lady Nancy Astor
The seven deadly sins … Food, clothing, firing, rent, taxes, respectability and children. Nothing can lift those seven milestones from man’s neck but money; and the spirit cannot soar until the milestones are lifted.- George Bernard Shaw
There is nothing in Socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure. – Will Durant
Very few people are ambitious in the sense of having a specific image of what they want to achieve. Most people’s sights are only toward the next run, the next increment of money.- Judith M. Bardwick
When a fellow says it ain’t the money but the principle of the thing, it’s the money. – Kin Hubbard

Quotes – General

“You become effective by being selective.” – Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life
“I have yet to find a man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism.” – Charles Schwab
“Managers are people who do things right, while leaders are people who do the right things.” – unknown
“The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.” – Plato
“Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.” – Will Rogers
“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” – Mark Twain
“Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.” – Jonathan Kozol
“Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.” – Lord Chesterfield
“Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – only equality of opportunity.” – Irving Kristol
“No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.” – Voltaire
“Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do.” – Dale Carnegie
“We never become truly spiritual by sitting down and wishing to become so. You must undertake something so great that you cannot accomplish it unaided.” – Phillips Brooks
“Let us live as people who are prepared to die, and die as people who are prepared to live.” – James S. Stewart
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
“The heart must be kept tender and pliable; otherwise agnosticism converts to skepticism… for apologetics is aimed at persuading doubters, not at refuting the defiant. He who demands a kind of proof that the nature of the case renders impossible, is determined that no possible evidence shall convince him.” – Edward John Carnell
“The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.” – Brian Tracy
“I prepare and someday my chance will come.” – Abraham Lincoln
“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napolean Hill
“Everyone wants to win, but not everyone is willing to prepare to win.” – Bob Knight
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – Henry David Thoreau
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” – Henry Ford
“If I was given eight hours to chop down a tree. I would spend seven hours sharpening my ax.” – Abraham Lincoln
“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill
“I cannot discover that anyone knows enough to say definitely what is and what is not possible.” – Henry Ford
“Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. that’s not the place to become discouraged.” – Thomas A Edison
“What great thing would you attempt if you knew you couldn’t fail?” – Dr. Robert Schuller
“What we can or cannot do, what we consider possible or impossible, is rarely a function of our true capability. It is more likely a function of our beliefs about who we are.” – Anthony Robbins
“Every new day begins with possibilities. It’s up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.” – Ronald Reagan
“Even a thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities – always see them, for they’re always there.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.” – Harry Truman
“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” – Dr. Robert Schuller
“Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“Nobody ever drowned himself in sweat.” – Harry Oliver
“The value of life cannot be estimated.” – Friederich Nietzsche
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.” – Albert Einstein
“As government grows, liberty decreases.” – Thomas Jefferson
“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.” – George Washington
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” – Thomas Jefferson
“Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams
“Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have…” Thomas Jefferson
“Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan
“It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Research is the process of going up alleys to see if they are blind.” – Marston Bates
“The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.” – Richard Bach
“Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance, or a stranger.” – Franklin P. Jones
“The truth is more important than the facts.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
“Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life.” – Immanuel Kant
“Don’t knock the weather. If it didn’t change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn’t start a conversation.” – Kin Hubbard
“Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.” – E. Joseph Crossman
“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” – Samuel Johnson
“It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” – Jim Elliot
“He who thinks by the inch and talks by the yard deserves to be kicked by the foot.” – Anonymous
“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy
“We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty. When the loyal opposition dies, I think the soul of America dies with it.” – Edward R. Murrow
“Blessed is the man who, having nothing to stay, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact.” – George Eliot
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Ben Franklin
“People don’t ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts.” – Robert Keith Leavitt
“A human being has a natural desire to have more of a good thing than he needs.” – Mark Twain
“We are all designed for a specific purpose; we all have something for which each of us, and each of us alone, is responsible.” – Naomi Stephan
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Teresa
“Politics is perhaps the only profession for which no preparation is thought necessary.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
“The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.” – Dudley Moore
“When two men in business always agree, one of them is unnecessary.” – William Wrigley Jr
“If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf.” – Thomas Fuller
“I don’t hire people who have to be told to be nice. I hire nice people.” – Leona Helmsly
“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.” – Frank Crane
“Speak when you are angry–and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” – Laurence J. Peter
“I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.” – Henny Youngman
“This thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” – Henry Ford
“If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.” – Vince Lombardi
“A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.” – Wilson Mizner
“The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare.” – Juma Ikangaa, course record holder in the NYC marathon
“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what you want them to achieve, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” – George Patton
“Select a few people to be particularly kind to today, those you were a little harsh with yesterday.” – Norman Vincent Peale
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead
“Kites rise highest against the wind – not with it.” – Winston Churchill
“But it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” – Oscar Wilde
“When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck before you crush him.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Things may come to those who wait. But only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
“I will speak ill of no man, and speak all the good I know of everybody.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
“Whatever is begun in anger ends in shame.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” – Mary Kay Ash
“Program testing can be used to show the presence of bugs, but never to show their absence.” – Edsger W. Dijkstra
“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
“Sweat plus sacrifice equals success.” – Charlie Finley
“Continuous excellent effort, not maximum strength or superior IQ, is the key to unlocking your potential as an achiever.” – Greg Werner (Strength & Conditioning Coach)
“Character is what you are in the dark.” – D.L. Moody
“Don’t tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.” – George S. Patton (1885 – 1945)
“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” – Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)
“Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.” – Barry Switzer (1937 – )
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb
“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” – Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.” – Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as “making a life.” – Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.” – Maya Angelou
“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 some things back.” “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” – Maya Angelou
“I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.” “I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.” “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” – Maya Angelou
“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.” – Maya Angelou
“Education… has produced a vast population able to read but unable to distinguish what is worth reading.” – G. M. Trevelyan (1876 – 1962), English Social History (1942)
“If you wish to forget something on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.” – Edgar Allan Poe
“The unforgivable crime is soft hitting. Do not hit at all if it can be avoided; but never hit softly.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.” – Abraham Maslow
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” – Charlotte Bronte
“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great. Weak men wait for opportunities; great men make them.” – Orison Swett Marden
“Identify your problems, but give your power and energy to solutions.” – Anthony Robbins
“Living is a risky business. If we spent half as much time learning how to take risks as we spend avoiding them, we wouldn’t have nearly so much to fear in life.” – E. Paul Torrance
“The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn’t being said.” – Peter F. Drucker
“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” – Doug Larson
“There are seldom, if ever, any hopeless situations, but there are many people who lose hope in the face of some situations.” – Zig Ziglar
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” – Mark Twain
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
“Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.” – Jim Rohn
“Hard work is the accumulation of the easy things you didn’t do when you should have.” – John C. Maxwell
“It’s easier to go from failure to success than from excuses to success.” – John C. Maxwell
“We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin’ thinkin’ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.” – Zig Ziglar
“Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.” – Robert Frost (1874 – 1963)
“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
“The keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.” – Sophocles (496 BC – 406 BC)
“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862), “Walden”, 1854
“Success always occurs in private, and failure in full view.” – Anonymous
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” – Thomas Alva Edison
“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm.” – Sir Winston Churchill
“The way to succeed is to double your error rate.” – Thomas J. Watson
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Sir Winston Churchill
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“Water is the only drink for a wise man.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“…that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” – C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963), from Mere Christianity
“It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it.” – Joseph Joubert
“It is better to eat twinkies with good friends than to eat broccoli alone.” – John Ortberg, from Everybody’s Normal Till You Get To Know Them
”Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States when men were free.” – Ronald Reagan
“Who you are is speaking so loudly that I can’t hear what you’re saying.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke
“You cannot slander human nature; it is worse than words can paint it.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon (English preacher, 1834 – 1892)
“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.” – Daniel Patrick Moynihan, American sociologist and US Senator (D-NY) (1927-2003)

Quotes – Business

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” – Dale Carnegie
“Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.” – Henry Ford
“Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
Quotes – Communication
“If I went back to college again, I’d concentrate on two areas: learning to write and to speak before an audience. Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.” – Gerald Ford
“If we can eliminate violent, filthy, gutter language, we will solve ninety percent of the violence problems in America, but we see violent sports on TV, we hear violent language. This creates a violent, angry society. Watch your language is more than just a cute little sentence; it’s a very significant one.” – Zig Ziglar, Inspiring Words of Encouragement podcast, “Children are what they hear”, 3/5/2010
“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.” – Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

Quotes – Politics

“The term social justice has been completely perverted and hijacked by progressives. … It doesn’t simply mean help the poor to them. It does to some people and maybe your church. But be very careful when you see those words, because you have to know who you’re dealing with. Are you dealing with somebody who believes it’s just coming from the heart, or are you dealing with a progressive? … Here is my definition of social justice: it is forced redistribution, keyword forced, redistribution of wealth with a hostility towards individual property under the guise of charity and/or justice. It is forced redistribution of wealth, with a guise.” – Glenn Beck, 3/2010
“One of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine. It’s very easy to disguise a medical program as a humanitarian project. Most people are a little reluctant to oppose anything that suggests medical care for people who possibly can’t afford it.” – Ronald Reagan, 1961
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” – Thomas Jefferson
“The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery.” – Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965), Prime Minister of England
“The people who cast the vote decide nothing. The people who count the vote decide everything.” – Joseph Stalin
“When a citizen gives his vote to a man of known immorality, he abuses his civic responsibility; he not only sacrifices his own responsibility; he sacrifices not only his own interest, but that of his neighbor; he betrays the interest of his country.” – Noah Webster
“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” – Karl Marx, Father of Communism, Author of the ‘Communist Manifesto’
“The propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” – George Washington, First Inaugural Address, Apr. 30, 1789
“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual – or at least that he ought not so to do; but rather he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” – Samuel Adams (1722-1803), Writings in the Boston Gazette, April 16, 1781. Samuel Adams was known as the “Father of the American Revolution.” He instigated the Boston Tea Party, was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, called for the first Continental Congress, and served as a member of Congress until 1781.

Quotes – Religion

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure if we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of men that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), US Founding Father, drafted the Declaration of Independence, 3rd US President
“My object in life is to dethrone God and destroy capitalism.” – Karl Marx (author of Communist Manifesto)
“Duty is ours. Results are God’s.” – John Quincy Adams

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