Category: Quotes

Quotes on romance

| May 19, 2016 | Reply

Perhaps it is because I’ve been in the throes of romance for the past 10 months, a relationship that keeps getting better and better, but I’ve been struggling to find words to describe or express my feelings to my beloved. That is why I set out to find some well-crafted quotes on romance, quotes new to me. I found some that are most excellent:

“Romance is thinking about your significant other, when you are supposed to be thinking about something else.”
― Nicholas Sparks

“A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: First Part

“The very essence of romance is uncertainty.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

“When love is not madness it is not love.”
― Pedro Calderón de la Barca

“Every great love starts with a great story…”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

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Quotes on dangers of materialism

| May 5, 2016 | 1 Reply

I offer these quotes as a hypocrite who strives to live less in the world of things.  I found many of these on a site called Tentmaker.

It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly. –Thoreau 

Any so-called material thing that you want is merely a symbol: you want it not for itself, but because it will content your spirit for the moment. –Mark Twain

An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. –Pliny the Younger

Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.— Thoreau

Possessions are usually diminished by possession. –Nietzsche

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. –Charlie Chaplin

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. –Thoreau

The man who pets a lion may tame it, but the man who coddles the body makes it ravenous.– John Climacus

The most terrible thing about materialism, even more terrible than its proneness to violence, is its boredom, from which sex, alcohol, drugs, all devices for putting out the accusing light of reason and suppressing the unrealizable aspirations of love, offer a prospect of deliverance. –Malcolm Muggeridge

All earthly joy begins pleasantly, but at the end it gnaws and kills. –Thomas a’Kempis

You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. –Charles Haddon Spurgeon 

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s need, but not every man’s greed.–Mahatma Gandhi 

Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought of as poor.—Robert Mallett

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. –Jim Elliot

The be-all and end-all of life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world. — B. C. Forbes

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.–D. Elton Trueblood 

Learn to live a life of honest poverty, if you must, and turn to more important matters than transporting gold to your grave. – Credenda

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest. — Thoreau

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More of my favorite quotes

| January 28, 2015 | Reply

It’s been awhile, but here is another batch of some of my favorite quotes. To see all of them, follow this link.

“Christianity: Because you’re so awful you made God kill himself.”
Anon on Facebook

“The notion that a radical is one who hates his country is naïve and usually idiotic. He is, more likely, one who likes his country more than the rest of us, and is thus more disturbed than the rest of us when he sees it debauched. He is not a bad citizen turning to crime; he is a good citizen driven to despair.”
H. L. Mencken

“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”
Albert Einstein

“When you get to be our age, you all of a sudden realize that you are being ruled by people you went to high school with,” noted the late novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. “You all of a sudden catch on that life is nothing but high school.”

“I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not the hate them, but to understand them.”
Baruch Spinoza, Tractatus Politicus, 1676.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”
Robert Swann

“When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.”
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900).

“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order, to efficiency of operation, to scientific advancement and the like”.
Justice William O. Douglas:

“Once the government can demand of a publisher the names of the purchasers of his publication, the free press as we know it disappears. Then the spectre of a government agent will look over the shoulder of everyone who reads. … Fear of criticism goes with every person into the bookstall. The subtle, imponderable pressures of the orthodox lay hold. Some will fear to read what is unpopular, what the powers-that-be dislike. … fear will take the place of freedom in the libraries, book stores, and homes in the land.”
Justice William O. Douglas:

“It’s just an accident that we happen to be on earth, enjoying our silly little moments, distracting ourselves as often as possible so we don’t have to really face up to the fact that, you know, we’re just temporary people with a very short time in a universe that will eventually be completely gone. And everything that you value, whether it’s Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone. The earth will be gone. The sun will be gone. There’ll be nothing. The best you can do to get through life is distraction. Love works as a distraction. And work works as a distraction. You can distract yourself a billion different ways. But the key is to distract yourself. A guy will say, “Well, I make my luck.” And the same guy walks down the street and a piano that’s been hoisted drops on his head. The truth of the matter is your life is very much out of your control.”
Woody Allen

“The second half of a man’s life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.”
Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 – 1881)

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
Ernest Hemingway, author and journalist, Nobel laureate (1899-1961)

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
Galileo Galilei

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Quotes by Pema Chodron

| October 30, 2014 | Reply

A friend recently suggested Pema Chödrön as an insightful writer on issues of mindfulness and self-awareness. I was not disappointed. Here are some of my favorites:

“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. ”

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”

“Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth”

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”

“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.”

“A further sign of health is that we don’t become undone by fear and trembling, but we take it as a message that it’s time to stop struggling and look directly at what’s threatening us. ”

“The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. . . Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. . . Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves.”

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

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About those bad guys . . .

| June 26, 2014 | Reply

You can look the other way once, and it’s no big deal, except it makes it easier for you to compromise the next time, and pretty soon that’s all you’re doing; compromising, because that’s the way you think things are done. You know those guys I busted? You think they were the bad guys? Because they weren’t, they weren’t bad guys, they were just like you and me. Except they compromised… Once.

Jack Bauer, from the opening episode of “24,” Season One.

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More quotes

| April 19, 2014 | Reply
More quotes

I’ve gathered many quotes for DI. This is another batch of my favorite quotes, gathered from a wide variety of sources:

Libertarian: “(noun) One who believes that oppression is best handled by the Private Sector.” (seen on Facebook)

“Maybe this world is another planet’s hell.”
Aldous Huxley

“Music makes one feel so romantic – at least it always gets on one’s nerves – which is the same thing nowadays.”
Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900)

“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.”
H. P. Lovecraft (1890 – 1937), “The Call of Cthulhu”, first line

“We’re developing a new citizenry. One that will be very selective about cereals and automobiles, but won’t be able to think.”
― Rod Serling

“If Satan is God’s enemy . . . why does he punish those who disobey God?”
– From Facebook

“My pain may be the reason for somebody’s laugh. But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody’s pain.”
― Charles Chaplin

“The point of public relations slogans like “Support our troops” is that they don’t mean anything… That’s the whole point of good propaganda.You want to create a slogan that nobody’s going to be against, and everybody’s going to be for.Nobody knows what it means, because it doesn’t mean anything.Its crucial value is that it diverts your attention from a question that does mean something: Do you support our policy? That’s the one you’re not allowed to talk about.”
– Noam Chomsky

“All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptable. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted.”
– Frank Herbert, Chapterhouse Dune, Missionaria Protectiva, US science fiction novelist (1920 – 1986)

“Deregulation: Yes that’s a licence for Corporate Monopoly Rule aided and abetted by Sociopaths in key positions: Government, Law, Security both Police and Military, the Media and in Business.”
– Anon comment on Glenn Greenwald’s website

“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed.”
– Mark Twain.

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
– Eric Hoffer (1902 – 1983)

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

“The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.”
– Ernest Hemingway

The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.
– Patrick Henry

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Some more of my favorite quotes

| March 15, 2014 | 1 Reply

I periodically publish quotes I have collected. Here is the latest batch (and here is my entire collection). Not particular topic this time:

“A boat is safe in the harbor. But this is not the purpose of a boat.”
Paulo Coelho

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
― Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

America’s “culture of death”: “a culture that embraces a soulless free-market idolatry in which the value of everything, including human beings, is determined by the bottom line. … It is a culture of death that prevails on Wall Street, K-Street, Hollywood, and our ever expanding Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex.”
Rich Broderick, journalist who writes for the online Twin Cities Daily Planet

“I prayed for twenty years but received no answer until I prayed with my legs.”
Frederick Douglass

“What is absurd and monstrous about war is that men who have no personal quarrel should be trained to murder one another in cold blood.”
Aldous Huxley

“Whatever you may be sure of, be sure of this-that you are dreadfully like other people.”
James Russell Lowell (1819 – 1891)

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
Voltaire.

Godwins’ Law – the idea that as an online discussion grows longer the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.
anon

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Pablo Picasso

“Education isn’t something you can finish.”
Isaac Asimov

If a thing isn’t worth saying, you sing it.
Pierre Beaumarchais (1732 – 1799)

“Don’t think money does everything or you are going to end up doing everything for money.” Voltaire

“If the only thing keeping you from being a horrible person is your religion, you are already a horrible person.”
Someecards (on Facebook)

“The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in a way that will allow a solution.”
Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

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Thinking at different levels

| February 12, 2014 | Reply

“Problems cannot be solved by the level of awareness that created them.” Albert Einstein

This quote appeals me more than the platitude to think outside the box. It challenges us to reframe problems, which sometimes means there’s actually no problem at all (or the problem might be much worse than we thought). I often think of this quote in terms of our seemingly intractable national problems. Conservation can substantially alleviate the “need” to spew CO2 into the air, but conservation is not part of the Chevron-driven national dialogue. Good schools and decriminalization of drugs are a LOT cheaper than prisons, but politicians fail to connect the dots to those other levels. Ubiquitous applications of this quote, but we so often get trapped on our own cozy level, cozy because that’s what we are used to, and we are so used to it that it seems to be stone foundation rather than something to vigorously question.

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No rest for the weary

| February 6, 2014 | Reply

I found this quote by the Dalai Lama on FB:

Dalai lama

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