Friday, December 19, 2003

Collected Quotes

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. - Greek proverb

When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been murderers and tyrants, and for a time they can seem invincible. But in the end they always fall. Think of it, always. - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi 1869-1948

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. - Abraham Lincoln

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers. - Mignon McLaughlin

I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made. - Franklin D. Roosevelt

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. - George Bernard Shaw, writer, Nobel laureate, 1856-1950

It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt. - John Philpot Curran: Speech upon the Right of Election, 1790.

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right. - Confucius

A blessing:
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet,
enough trials to make you strong,
enough sorrow to keep you human,
enough hope to make you happy.

Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. - Charles Kingsley

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. - W.T. Purkiser

If the only prayer you say in your whole life is "Thank you," that would suffice. - Meister Eckhart

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues. - Cicero

Joy is the simplest form of gratitude. - Karl Barth

Fear of trouble, present and future, often blinds us to the numerous small blessings we enjoy, silencing our prayers of praise and thanksgiving.