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Inspirational thoughts, motivational quotes, and wisdom from around the world

A new thought each and every week

Underlying these thoughts are my personal values and my personal philosophy which encompass difference and diversity, fun and friendship, optimism and openness, trust, tolerance and teamwork, creativity, learning and growth, a commitment to reason and critical thinking, an interest in other countries and cultures, and a willingness to embrace change and new experiences.

If you share at least some of these principles, then you should find the following thoughts illuminating and, on occasions, hopefully even inspiring. One of my friends once called my circulation of Thought For The Week "a web of wisdom".

What is Roger thinking?

  1. "There appears to be a positive correlation between an atmosphere of 'human playfulness' (otherwise known as humour) in the workplace and the improvement of 'innovative activity and creativity'."

    "Observer Business Section", 18 April 1999

  2. "Here on the edge of the twenty-first century, a fundamental new rule of business is that the Internet changes everything."

    "Business @ The Speed Of Thought" by Bill Gates (1999)

  3. "In the life of a man, his time is but a moment, his being an incessant flux, his senses a dim rushlight, his body a prey of worms, his soul an unquiet eddy, his fortune dark, and his fame doubtful. In short, all that is of the body is as coursing waters, all that is of the soul as dreams and vapours: life a warfare, a brief sojourning in an alien land; and after repute, oblivion. Where, then, can man find the power to guide and guard his steps? In one thing and one alone: philosophy."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  4. "In the global marketplace of tomorrow, the successful company will be known for the quality of the employee that it keeps rather than the numbers of workers who are laid-off."

    "From The Telegraph To The Internet" by Morton Bahr

  5. "The first rule in opera is the first rule in life: see to everything yourself."

    "Memories and Memories" by Dame Nellie Melba, Australian operatic soprano (1861-1931)

    Note: Dame Nellie was born Helen Porter Mitchell and took her professional name after her native city of Melbourne; in turn she gave this name to a new dessert called pêche melba.

  6. "I wouldn't like to have lived without ever having disturbed anyone."

    Personal motto of Father Charles Urnick, my American pen-friend of 34 years

  7. "Intelligence is of the essence in warfare - it is what the armies depend upon in their every move. To be reliable, information must be firsthand. There is thus an important relationship between intelligence and timing."

    "The Art Of Warfare" by Sun-tzu

  8. "Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself."

    Mary Schmich, "Chicago Tribune", 1 June 1997 in a piece now known as "the Sunscreen Speech" which has been made into a record by the film director Baz Luhrmann

  9. "Astronomers estimate that there are at least 100 billion stars in the Milky Way" ('our' galaxy) and "It is estimated that 100 billion galaxies are in principle visible to our modern instruments."

    "The Future Of Cosmology" by John Gribbin

  10. "A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer."

    Dean Acheson (1893-1971), quoted in "Wall Street Journal", 8 September 1977

  11. "At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes - an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive, and the most ruthlessly sceptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new."

    "The Demon-Haunted World" by Carl Sagan

  12. "A life is never ended until all the lives it has touched have ended too."

    Chinese proverb, quoted at funeral of Peter Cotgrove (1929-1999), father of our colleague Nigel, held on 30 June 1999

  13. "When a man has once broken through the paper walls of everyday circumstance, those unsubstantial walls that hold so many of us securely prisoned from the cradle to the grave, he has made a discovery. If the world does not please you, you can change it. Determine to alter it at any price, and you can change it altogether. You may change it into something sinister and angry, to something appalling, but it may be you will change it to something brighter, more agreeable, and at the worst something much more interesting."

    "The History Of Mr. Polly" by H.G. Wells (1910)

  14. "The wealth of the three richest people in the world exceeds the combined GDP of the 48 smallest countries."

    "Guardian", 12 June 1999

  15. "Five frogs are sitting on a log. Four decide to jump off. How many are left?

    There are still five - because there's a difference between deciding and doing."

    "Five Frogs On A Log" by Mark L Feldman & Michael F Spratt

  16. "The are only two ways to handle tense situations: you can change them, or you can change the way you look at them. There is enlightenment to be had in changing the way you look at things."

    "The Little Book Of Calm" by Paul Wilson (1996)

  17. "Every breath you take contains atoms forged in the blistering furnaces deep inside stars. Every flower you pick contains atoms blasted into space by stellar explosions that blazed brighter than a billion suns. Every book you read contains atoms blown across unimaginable gulfs of space and time by the wind between the stars."

    "The Magic Furnace: The Search For The Origin Of Atoms" by Marcus Chown

  18. "It's no longer about the big beating the small; it's about the fast beating the slow."

    Larry Carter, Chief Executive Officer of Cisco Systems, quoted in "The Economist", 26 June 1999

  19. "Make a point of connecting with someone new every day. And re-acquaint yourself with anyone you have not spoken to for some time by going through your address book."

    "Your Personal Survival Guide To The 21st Century" by Roy Sheppard (1998)

  20. "Life is like that old Spanish saying: 'He who plants the lettuce doesn't always eat the salad'."

    The actor Anthony Quinn in the "Sunday Express", 13 October 1963

  21. "Enthusiastic people are the ones who actually get things done in this world. Enthusiasm is what turns any idea into reality. And enthusiasm is linked closely with happiness."

    "Your Personal Survival Guide To The 21st Century" by Roy Sheppard (1998)

  22. "Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere."

    Eleanor Roosevelt, speaking to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights on 27 March 1958

  23. "There is always a little more toothpaste in the tube. Think about it."

    "Notes From A Big Country" by Bill Bryson

  24. "We shrink from change; yet is there anything that can come into being without it? What does nature hold dearer or more proper to herself? Could you have a hot bath unless the firewood underwent some change? Could you be nourished if the food suffered no change? Is it possible for any useful thing to be achieved without change?"

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  25. "You see things that are and say 'Why?' But I dream of things that never were and say 'Why not?'"

    Writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  26. "We .. live in a world that has seen Superman, in the person of Christopher Reeve, rendered a quadriplegic, and a quadriplegic, in the person of Stephen Hawking, rendered Superman."

    David Beresford, himself a sufferer of Parkinson's disease, writing in the "Observer", 3 October 1999

  27. "There is no activity more intrinsically globalizing than trade, no ideology less interested in nations than capitalism, no challenge to frontiers more audacious than the market."

    "Jihad vs McWorld" by Benjamin R. Barber (1995)

  28. "Two men look out through the same bars;
    One sees the mud and one sees the stars."

    Frederick Langbridge (1849-1923)

  29. "Indulge yourself by being generous - help someone out, perform an act of kindness, offer a compliment. The person who will feel most uplifted by you having done so is you."

    "The Little Book Of Calm" by Paul Wilson (1996)

  30. "The doers cut a path through the jungle, the managers are behind them sharpening the machetes. The leaders find time to think, climb the nearest tree, and shout 'Wrong jungle!' Find time to climb the trees."

    Peter Maxwell, director of the Leadership Trust, writing in the "Guardian", 6 October 1999

  31. "You've got to search for the hero inside yourself. Search for the secrets you hide. Search for the hero inside yourself - until you find the key to your life."

    Refrain from the song "Search For The Hero" by British pop group M People

  32. "Words open the soul's window to ideas and the discourse of words is how we grope our way to conversation and, when conversation can be stripped of its inequalities and hidden hegemonies, how we eventually become capable of cooperation, of common life with others, and even of justice."

    A defence of the complexity of words against the simple imagery of pictures by Benjamin R. Barber in "Jihad vs McWorld" (1995)

  33. "The only one who got everything done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe."

    "The Mirror", 12 November 1999

  34. "Ask most people which is the dominant language on planet Earth and they will reply that it's either English or Chinese. A good guess, but they would be wrong. Binary is now dominant, with computers and machines having more conversations every working day than a sum total of mankind going back to the birth of Eve."

    "Tips For Time Travellers" by Peter Cochrane (1997).

  35. "In spite of illness, in spite of the arch enemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable of intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways."

    Comment on ageing by American novelist Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

  36. "Creative work will increasingly involve people working in teams which combine members with different skills and backgrounds. These teams are more effective when people can trust fellow team members to play their part. In low-trust organisations, people will tend to hoard knowledge and only share ideas formally through memos and when requested. In high-trust organisations, people are more likely to bestow their knowledge on one another and develop joint understandings of problems and their solutions. Trust and co-operation will be vital to the work cultures of the future."

    "Living On Thin Air" by Charles Leadbeater (1999)

  37. "We are all moulded and remoulded by those who have loved us and, though that love may pass, we remain, none the less, their work. No love, no friendship can ever cross the path of our destiny without leaving some mark upon it forever."

    Francois Mauriac, French novelist (1885-1970)

  38. "To be cheerful about 2000, consider only this. Of the 30 major elections that will be held, 16 will be in countries that 25 years ago were dictatorships."

    "The World In 2000", published by "The Economist"

  39. "Our feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, loss of hope and so forth are in fact related to all phenomena. If we do not adopt the right outlook, it is possible that anything and everything could cause us frustration. Yet phenomena are part of reality and we are subject to the laws of existence. So this leaves us only one option: to change our own attitude. By bringing about a change in our outlook towards things and events, all phenomena can become friends or sources of happiness, instead of becoming enemies or sources of frustration."

    "The Dalai Lama's Book Of Wisdom" (1999)

  40. "Problems cannot be solved by thinking within the framework in which they were created."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  41. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I -
    I took the one less travelled by.
    And that has made all the difference."

    Extract from "The Road Not Taken", a poem by Robert Frost (1874-1963)

  42. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has."

    Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

  43. "There is an emerging consensus about what the knowledge-creating company of the future will look like. It will be good at learning and unlearning. It will be open to new ideas from a diverse network of contacts, but able to integrate them smoothly, with the financial, production and marketing skills needed to make money from them. Staff will have a large measure of autonomy to try and fail. Employees will be encouraged to challenge the status quo. Open communication and information-sharing with customers, staff and suppliers will encourage a flow of ideas. Teamwork and flexibility will be taken for granted."

    "Living On Thin Air" by Charles Leadbeater (1999)

  44. "Never assume, as assume makes an ass out of u and me."

    "The Mirror", 7 February 2000

  45. "By 2020, we will have synthetic intelligent life forms sharing our planet and they may even have legal rights. They will catch up with human intelligence before then in overall terms, though there will still be a few things left that only humans can do. Most new knowledge will be developed by synthetic intelligence and we will have to accept that we just do not understand some of it, while accepting the resultant benefits."

    "Technology Timeline - Towards Life In 2020" by BT futurologist Ian Pearson in "BT Technology Journal", No 1 2000

  46. "This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author, poet & philosopher (1803 - 1882)

  47. "There is therefore no function in society which is peculiar to woman as woman or man as man; natural abilities are similarly distributed in each sex and it is natural for woman to share all occupations with men."

    "The Republic" by Plato (427-347 BC)

  48. "Academics have now confirmed what many of us have long believed: that positive thinking leads to a longer and healthier life."

    "The Observer Magazine", 12 March 2000

  49. "The Web must allow equal access to those in different economic and political situations; those who have physical or cognitive disabilities; those of different cultures; and those who use different languages with different characters that read in different directions across a page."

    "Weaving The Web" by the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee (1999)

  50. "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  51. "When you would have a cordial for your spirits, think of the good qualities of your friends."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  52. "My country is the world and my religion is to do good."

    "The Rights Of Man" by Thomas Paine (1737-1809)

  53. "Most smiles are started by another smile."


  54. "Truth will prevail."

    Czech religious reformer Jan Hus (c. 1370-1415), as quoted on his statue in the Old Town Square in Prague

  55. "Some men die in shrapnel
    Some go down in flames
    Most men perish inch by inch
    Playing little games."

    "Business Beyond the Box" by John O'Keeffe (1999)

  56. "The one important thing that I have learned over the years is the difference between taking one's work seriously and taking one's self seriously. The first is imperative and the second is disastrous."

    Ballet dancer Margot Fonteyn (1919-1991)

  57. "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be ignited."

    Plutarch, priest at the Delphic Oracle (c.45-125 AD)

  58. "You're either part of the solution or part of the problem."

    American political activist Eldridge Cleaver (1935-1998)

  59. "We tend to measure life by too one-sided a standard: its length rather than its greatness; we think more of extending life than of filling it."

    Founder-President of Czechoslovakia Tomas Masaryk (1850-1937)

  60. "There is good evidence that how long you sleep seems to be the most important indicator of how long you'll live."

    "The Promise Of Sleep " by William C. Dement with Christopher Vaughan

  61. "Most people don't take the time to think. I made an international reputation for myself by deciding to think twice a week."

    Writer and thinker George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  62. "The purpose of life is a life of purpose."

    "Business Beyond the Box" by John O'Keeffe (1999)

  63. "We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about."

    Novelist Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

  64. "Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds."


  65. "There is no such thing on earth as an uninteresting subject; the only thing that can exist is an uninterested person."

    "Heretics" by G.K. Chesterton (1905)

  66. "Life is made up of giving and getting and forgiving and forgetting."


  67. "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist."

    Brazilian archbishop, Dom Helder Camara (1909-1999)

  68. "To live each day as though one's last, never flustered, never apathetic, never attitudinizing - here is the perfection of character."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  69. "Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome."

    Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  70. "The 21st century corporation must adapt itself to management via the Web. It must be predicated on constant change, not stability; organized around networks, not rigid hierarchies; built on shifting partnerships and alliances, not self-sufficiency; and constructed on technological advantages, not bricks and mortar.". "Management By Web" by John A Byrne in "The 21st Century Corporation" supplement to European edition of "Business Week", 21-28 August 2000

  71. "Many people would die sooner than think; in fact, they do."

    Philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  72. "If we work upon marble it will perish; if on brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds, and imbue them with principles, with the just fear of God and love of our fellow man, we will engrave on those tablets something that will brighten all eternity."

    Noah Webster (1758-1843), author of the first American dictionary

  73. "He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  74. "We are made of stardust. Every atom of every element in your body except for hydrogen has been manufactured inside stars, scattered across the universe in great stellar explosions and recycled to become part of you."

    "Stardust" by John Gribbin (2000)

  75. "The humane do not worry; the wise are not perplexed; and the courageous do not feel fear."

    "The Analects" by Confucius (551-479 BC)

  76. "More than 300 million people in the world speak English and the rest, it sometimes seems, try to."

    "Mother Tongue" by Bill Bryson (1990)

  77. "One who loses money, loses much; one who loses a friend, loses much more; one who loses faith, loses all."


  78. "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

    Martin Luther King, writing in a letter from jail in Birmingham, Alabama, USA on 16 April 1963

  79. "Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind."

    Philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  80. "It is only with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."

    "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1945)

  81. "One does not worry about the fact that other people do not appreciate one. One worries about not appreciating other people."

    "The Analects" by Confucius (551-479 BC)

  82. "Women have become terribly important to me. Not that I understand them. I just like the tangible comfort they give me and their different point of view."

    British actor Peter O'Toole

  83. "I believe that a lot of our striving after the symbols and levers of success is due to a basic insecurity, a need to prove ourselves. That done, grown up at last, we are free to stop pretending."

    Charles Handy in "Masters Of The Wired World", edited by Anne Leer (1999)

  84. "The trouble with the rat-race is that, even if you win, you're still a rat."

    American comedienne Lily Tomlin

  85. "Do, or do not. There is no 'try'."

    Yoda in the film "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

  86. "Even a little gift may be vast with loving kindness."

    Theocritus, Greek poet prominent around 270 BC

  87. "If you want to be happy for a short time, get drunk; happy for a long time, fall in love; happy for ever, take up gardening."

    British playwright and comedian Arthur Smith

  88. "True fulfilment is, I believe, vicarious. We get our deepest satisfaction from the fulfilment, growth and happiness of others. It takes time, often a lifetime, to realize this."

    Charles Handy in "Masters Of The Wired World", edited by Anne Leer (1999)

  89. "We have to free half of the human race, the women, so that they can help to free the other half."

    English suffragette, Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928)

  90. "Ask a question and you're a fool for three minutes; do not ask a question and you're a fool for the rest of your life."


  91. "I don't think you can change the world by smashing up McDonald's - but I do believe that you can change the world by organising a trade union in McDonald's."

    British singer & songwriter Billy Bragg

  92. "Today we know that the greatest danger is not the evil among those who are evil, but the silence of those who are good."

    Opening remarks of the Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson at the Stockholm International Forum on Combating Intolerance, 29 January 2001

  93. "The only thing that does not change is that everything changes."

    "Watching The Tree To Catch The Hare" by Adeline Yen Mah (2000)

  94. "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."


  95. "The mind is like an umbrella - it only works when it is open."

    Scientist Sir James Jeans (1877-1946)

  96. "Once you embrace unpleasant news not as a negative but as evidence of a need for change, you aren't defeated by it. You're learning from it."

    "Business @ The Speed Of Thought" by Bill Gates (1999)

  97. "Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."

    Francois-Marie Arouet, called Voltaire (1694-1778)

  98. "Comment is free, but facts are sacred."

    C.P. Scott (1846-1932), former editor of the "Guardian"

  99. "Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  100. "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

    Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

  101. "The most subversive people are those who ask questions."

    "Sophie's World" by Jostein Gaarder (1991)

  102. "No government can now rely on the ignorance of its population to sustain it. We are richer as citizens thanks to the expansion of modern media."

    "A New Future For Communications", UK Government White Paper, December 2000

  103. "Discovery consists of seeing what everyone else has seen and thinking what no one else has thought."

    Hungarian scientist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (1893-1986)

  104. "All the masterpieces of art contain both light and shadow. A happy life is not one filled with only sunshine, but one which uses both light and shadow to produce beauty."

    American evangelist Billy Graham

  105. "It is not things in themselves that trouble us but our opinion of things."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 -c. AD 100)

  106. "A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence."

    Scottish philosopher David Hulme (1711-1776)

  107. "Honest criticism is hard to take, particularly from a relative, a friend, an acquaintance or a stranger."

    Franklin P Jones

  108. "Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair."

    American comedian George Burns

  109. "Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little."

    Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  110. "The most important moment in your life is this one - right now. Truly it's the only moment that you have. All other moments are either over and are now just a memory or they are yet to be - a mere speculative thought about some future moment."

    "Slowing Down To The Speed Of Life" by Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (1997)

  111. "I have made a ceaseless effort not to ridicule, not to bewail, not to scorn human actions, but to understand them."

    Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza (1634-1677)

  112. "Anger is only one letter short of danger."


  113. "Thinking is skilled work. It is not true that we are naturally endowed with the ability to think clearly and logically - without learning how or without practising."

    "Logic For The Millions" by Alfred Mander (1947)

  114. "It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than 1000 years as a sheep."

    Tibetan proverb, quoted by the husband of mountaineer Alison Hargreaves after her death on the mountain K2

  115. "First they came for the socialists and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me."

    German pastor Martin Niemöller, speaking in 1945

  116. "The holes in your Swiss cheese are somebody else's Swiss cheese."

    Melvin Fishman, "Times Higher Education Supplement" (1982)

  117. "I find myself increasingly shocked at the unthinking and automatic rubbishing of men which is now so part of our culture that it is hardly even noticed."

    Feminist author Doris Lessing speaking at the Edinburgh Book Festival on 13 August 2001

  118. "You cannot milk a cow with your hands in your pockets."

    Russian proverb

  119. "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."

    Italian Renaissance artist Buonarroti Michelangelo (1475-1564)

  120. "You would think the fury of aerial bombardment
    Would rouse God to relent; the infinite spaces
    Are still silent. He looks on shock-pried faces.
    History, even, does not know what is meant."

    Extract from the poem "The Fury Of Aerial Bombardment" by the American Second World War poet Richard Eberhart

  121. "All of us were born for one another."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  122. "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

    Martin Luther King in "Strength To Love" (1963)

  123. "This is a moment to seize. The kaleidoscope has been shaken. The pieces are in flux. Soon they will settle again. Before they do, let us reorder this world around us."

    British Prime Minister Tony Blair addressing the Labour Party Conference on 2 October 2001

  124. "If McWorld in its most elemental negative form is a kind of animal greed - one that is achieved by an aggressive and irresistible energy, Jihad in its most elemental negative form is a kind of animal fear propelled by anxiety in the face of uncertainty and relieved by self-sacrificing zealotry - an escape out of history."

    "Jihad vs McWorld: How Globalisation And Tribalism Are Reshaping The World" by Benjamin R. Barber (1995)

  125. "There are no facts, only interpretations."

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) in "Nachlass"

  126. "The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it."

    Karl Marx in "Theses On Feuerbach" (1845)

  127. "I wanted to change the world - but I found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself."

    English novelist Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  128. "Much research suggests that the language most likely to dominate the Internet in future years will be Chinese."

    Henry Manisty of Reuters speaking at a Sino-UK High Level Business Seminar on Communications held in Beijing on 5-6 November 2001

  129. "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individual. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity."

    French chemist Marie Curie (1867-1934)

  130. "Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it's called the present."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  131. "At each moment of life, you are at a fork in the road and you will choose which direction to take."

    "Slowing Down To The Speed Of Life" by Richard Carlson & Joseph Bailey (1997)

  132. "Hold fast to dreams,
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird,
    That cannot fly."

    Langston Hughes (1902 -1967) US poet, writer, editor

  133. "The discipline of writing something down is the first step towards making it happen."

    Lee Iacocca, former Chief Executive of the Chrysler Corporation

  134. "Learn to love change. If you appreciate that as much good comes from change as bad, you will avoid the concerns that many people seem to have about it. Relax and be open to change when it visits."

    "The Little Book of Calm" by Paul Wilson (1996)

  135. "Democratic and responsible trade unionism is the most powerful force for democracy and social justice around the world."

    British Foreign Office Minister Denis MacShane, January 2002

  136. "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

    Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  137. "Now and then the workers are victorious, but only for a time. The real fruit of their battles lies, not in the immediate result, but in the ever-expanding union of the workers. This union is helped by the improved means of communication that are created by modern industry and that place the workers of different localities in contact with one another."

    "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx & Frederick Engels (1847)

  138. "Today is the tomorrow that you worried about yesterday."


  139. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author, poet & philosopher (1803 - 1882)

  140. "Perfection of means and confusion of goals seem, in my opinion, to characterise our age."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) in "Out Of My Later Life" (1950)

  141. "Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain't as sweet."

    The actor Jason Lee in his role as Brian Shelby in the film "Vanilla Sky" (2002)

  142. "Discard hard and fast rules. Victory is the only thing that matters and this cannot be achieved by adhering to conventional canons."

    "The Art Of Warfare" by Sun-tzu (500 BC)

  143. "The beautiful thing about learning is that nobody can take it away from you."

    'King of the blues' B B King

  144. "That which does not defeat me makes me stronger."

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  145. "Life is just one damned thing after another."

    American writer and editor Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

  146. "Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  147. "Think, think, think. It will hurt like hell at first, but you'll get used to it."

    British politician Barbara Castle (1911-2002)

  148. "There's not much use in trying", said Alice. "One can't believe impossible things". "I dare say that you haven't had much practice", said the Queen. "Why sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."

    Alice In Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll (1865)

  149. "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author, poet & philosopher (1803 -1882)

  150. "The dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible."

    "The Seven Pillars Of Wisdom" by T.E. Lawrence (1926)

  151. "Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and endless plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issue from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!"

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  152. "There was a time I used to reject those who were not of my faith. Now my heart has grown capable of taking on many forms: a pasture for gazelles, a convent for Christians, a temple for idols, a Kaaba* for the pilgrim, a table for the Torah, a book of the Koran. My religion is love - whichever the route love's caravan shall take, that path shall be the path of my faith."

    *The most sacred Muslim shrine, to be found in Mecca

    Muhyiddin Ibn 'Arabi (1165-1240)

  153. "Education ends with death. Or after, according to your beliefs."

    Peter Ustinov - British citizen, resident in Switzerland, part Russian, German, French and Italian, actor, author, playwright and producer

  154. "Confusion is the beginning of wisdom."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  155. "Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  156. "What is this life if, full of care,
    We have no time to stand and stare?"

    The poem "Leisure" by William Henry Davies (1870-1940)

  157. "We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."

    Martin Luther King, speech in St. Louis, Missouri, 22 March 1964

  158. "The wisest men follow their own direction and listen to no prophet guiding them."

    Greek philosopher Euripides (480-406 BC)

  159. "Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us daily."

    Sally Koch

  160. "If we do not change direction, we may end up at the point at which we are heading."

    Old Chinese proverb

  161. "If at first an idea doesn't seem crazy, then there is no hope for it."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  162. "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in "Hamlet"

  163. "It is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top."

    English novelist Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

  164. "They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  165. "Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right."

    Martin Luther King (1929-1968)

  166. "The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own."

    British statesman Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

  167. "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) in "Historical Review of Pennsylvania" (1759)

  168. "Experience is not what happens to a man; it is what a man does with what happens to him."

    English novelist and writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  169. "Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical disguise."

    "Exhaust The Little Moment" by Gwendolyn Brooks (1949)

  170. "Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  171. "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  172. "There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about."

    "The Picture Of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde (1890)

  173. "Politics is what we create by what we do, what we hope for and what we dare to imagine."

    American senator Paul Wellstone (1944-2002)

  174. "I am in the world to change the world."

    German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945)

  175. "There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure."

    "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho (1988)

  176. "He who does not ask a question learns nothing."

    Swahili proverb

  177. "Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."

    Samuel Ullman (1840-1924)

  178. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be?"

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  179. "We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten."

    "Business @ The Speed of Thought" by Bill Gates (1999)

  180. "If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
    If you can think - and not make thought your aim;
    If you can meet with triumph and disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same …"

    Extract from the poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

  181. "You make a choice or set a goal and let people know about it. Then just getting started leads to the discovery of internal resources that help us to go further than we ever thought we could."

    "Nothing Is Impossible" by Christopher Reeve (2002)

  182. "It is not our abilities that truly define us - it is the choices we make."

    "Harry Potter And The Chamber of Secrets" by J K Rowling (1998)

  183. "When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that, when you die, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying."


  184. "Brevity is the sister of talent."

    Russian writer Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

  185. "If all the world valued food and merriment above mountains of treasure, the earth would be a happier place."

    "The Hobbit" by J R R Tolkien (1937)

  186. "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing."

    Welsh novelist Raymond Williams (1921-1989)

  187. "If you no got smile on you face, no use open shop".

    Jamaican proverb

  188. "Don't agonize, organize."

    American civil rights activist Florynce Kennedy (1916-2001)

  189. "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion."

    Abraham Lincoln in 1860

  190. "It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again."

    Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) in speech entitled "Citizenship in a Republic", delivered in Paris in 1910

  191. "You have to take chances for peace, just as you must take chances in war."

    One-time American Secretary of State John Foster Dulles (1888-1959)

  192. "Critical thinking should centre not on answering questions but on questioning answers."

    "The Changing Nature And Uses Of Media Literacy" by Sonia Livingstone (2003)

  193. "So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable."

    "Nothing Is Impossible" by Christopher Reeve (2002)

  194. "Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them."

    Dalai Lama

  195. "Don't say you don't have enough time. You have the same number of hours per day as Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson and Albert Einstein."

    "Life's Little Instruction Book" by H. Jackson Brown Jr (1991)

  196. "No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn't know it."

    "The Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho (1988)

  197. "Make new friends
    but keep the old.
    One is silver
    and the other is gold."


  198. "It is good to have an end to journey towards, but it is the journey that matters in the end."

    "The Left Hand Of Darkness" by Ursula Le Guin (1969)

  199. "Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else."

    American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  200. "Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."

    French-Italian-Polish poet Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

  201. "If the earth's life were seen as a single day, human beings proper would only appear in the last second before midnight."

    "The No Nonsense Guide To World History" by Chris Brazier (2001)

  202. "Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil - the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be."

    William George Jordan

  203. "We live by encouragement and die without it - slowly, sadly, angrily."

    American actress Celeste Holm

  204. "Your time has a limit set to it. Use it, then to advance your enlightenment; or it will be gone and never in your power again."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  205. "A new broom sweeps clean, but an old one knows all the corners."

    Jamaican proverb

  206. "Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up."

    Reverend Jesse Jackson

  207. "If we don't do the impossible, we shall be faced with the unthinkable."

    German politician Petra Kelly (1947-1992)

  208. "I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve (or save) the world and a desire to enjoy (or savor) the world. This makes it hard to plan the day."

    American essayist Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985)

  209. "There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit not a vegetable. Wisdom is knowing not to include it in a fruit salad."


  210. "Rest satisfied with doing well and leave others to talk of you as they will."

    Greek mathematician Pythagoras (c.569 BC - c.475 BC)

  211. "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

    American actress Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003)

  212. "A person without a sense of humour is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road."

    American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  213. "Wealth, if you use it, comes to an end; learning, if you use it, increases."

    Swahili proverb

  214. "The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles but misguided men".

    Martin Luther King in "Strength To Love" (1963)

  215. "The biggest room in the world is the room for improvement."

    British former boxer Chris Eubank

  216. "The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind."

    Polish-born mathematician and humanist Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974)

  217. "Never be afraid to tread the path alone. Know which is your path and follow it wherever it may lead you. Do not feel you have to follow is someone else's footsteps."

    Eileen Caddy in "Footprints On The Path"

  218. "A little rebellion now and then is a good thing".

    American President Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

  219. "He who awaits much can expect little."

    Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  220. "Success is a journey, not a destination - half the fun is getting there."

    American author and consultant Gita Bellin

  221. "Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."

    Irish writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  222. "Ask yourself this daily question: 'How would the person I'd like to be ... do the things I'm about to do?'"

    American speaker and author Jim Cathcart

  223. "You can blame people who knock things over in the dark, or you can begin to light candles. You're only at fault if you know about the problem and choose to do nothing."

    American author and environmentalist Paul Hawken

  224. "It is necessary to write, if the days are not to slip emptily by. How else, indeed, to clap the net over the butterfly of the moment?"

    English poet and novelist Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962)

  225. "Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (c.550-c.478 BC)

  226. "When everyone agrees, someone is not thinking."

    Second World War U.S. General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

  227. "No good act performed in the world ever dies. Science tells us that no atom of matter can ever be destroyed, that no force once started ever ends; it merely passes through a multiplicity of ever-changing phases. Every good deed done to others is a great force that starts an unending pulsation through time and eternity. We may not know it, we may never hear a word of gratitude or recognition, but it will all come back to us in some form as naturally, as perfectly, as inevitably, as echo answers to sound."

    William George Jordan

  228. "This is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way."

    Author Doris Lessing

  229. "Hope is an orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced and it is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. It is an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed."

    "Seeds of Hope" by Vaclav Havel

  230. "Not all those who wander are lost."

    "The Lord Of The Rings: Fellowship Of The Ring" by J R R Tolkien

  231. "There is no guarantee of reaching a goal at a certain time, but there is a guarantee of never attaining goals that are never set."

    "Even Eagles Need A Push" by David McNally (1991)

  232. "Dream as though you'll live for ever; live as though you'll die today."

    Actor James Dean (1931-1955)

  233. "The love of one's country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?"

    Spanish cellist Pablo Casals (1876-1973

  234. "Before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

    Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (1960)

  235. "Imagination is more important than knowledge."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  236. "Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose - a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye".

    Novelist Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797-1851)

  237. "People will not always remember what you said. People will not always remember what you did. But people will always remember how you made them feel".


  238. "Don't tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results."

    Second World War U.S. General George S. Patton (1885-1945)

  239. "Believe, no pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  240. "Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor."

    H. Jackson Brown Jr.

  241. "The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity."

    John F Kennedy speaking in Indianapolis on 12 April 1959

  242. "The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one."

    American writer and editor Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

  243. "Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art. It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival".

    British author C S Lewis (1898-1963)

  244. "The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't."

    American clergyman Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)

  245. "In every field of endeavour, there are the timid and there are the tigers. Go on. Be a tiger."

    Accenture advertisement

  246. "All rising to a great place is by a winding stair."

    British philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  247. "Squeeze the past like a sponge, smell the present like a rose, and send a kiss to the future."

    Arabic proverb

  248. "It is harder to crack a prejudice than an atom."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  249. "A good plan, violently executed now, is better than a perfect plan next week."

    Second World War General George S Patton (1885-1945)

  250. "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

    American author, poet & philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  251. "Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  252. "Every time we say 'I must do something' it takes an incredible amount of energy. Far more than physically doing it."

    American author and consultant Gita Bellin

  253. "Simply seek happiness and you are not likely to find it. Seek to create and love without regard to your happiness and you are likely to be happy much of the time."

    American psychiatrist Dr M Scott Peck (1936-2005)

  254. "The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time."

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  255. "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

    Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

  256. "Humility does not mean you think less of yourself. It means you think of yourself less."

    American business consultant Dr Kenneth Blanchard

  257. "Perhaps it is better to be irresponsible and right than to be responsible and wrong."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  258. "We shall not cease from exploration
    And the end of all our exploring
    Will be to arrive where we started
    And know the place for the first time."

    T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) in "Little Gidding V"

  259. "Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  260. "If things do not turn out as we wish, we should wish for them as they turn out."

    Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  261. "A man should never be ashamed to own he has been wrong, which is but saying, that he is wiser today than he was yesterday."

    Alexander Pope (1688-1744)

  262. "It's never too late to have a happy childhood."

    American writer Tom Robbins

  263. "Sow a thought, reap a deed; sow a deed, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a lifestyle; sow a lifestyle, reap a destiny."

    Charles Reed

  264. "You cannot plough a field by turning it over in your mind."


  265. "Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  266. "We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are."

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  267. "If you are going through hell, keep going."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  268. "Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."

    French writer André Gide (1869-1951)

  269. "Music is medicine to man."

    Inscription on bell number 4, St Mary's Church, Harrow-on-the-Hill, England

  270. "In this media-drenched, data-rich, channel-surfing, computer-gaming age, we have lost the art of doing nothing, of shutting out the background noise and distractions, of slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts."

    "In Praise Of Slow" by Carl Honoré (2004)

  271. "A friend is a present you give yourself."

    British novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  272. "We have to be all those difficult things like cheerful and kind and curious and brave and patient; and we've got to study and think, and work hard, all of us, in all our different worlds."

    The last page of the 1,300-page "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman (1995-2000)

  273. "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  274. "The spirit of Ubuntu* - that profound African sense that we are human beings only through the humanity of other human beings - is not a parochial phenomenon, but has added globally to our common search for a better world."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

    *Note: Ubuntu is an ancient African concept meaning "kindness towards human beings" or "humanity to others" or "I am what I am because of who we all are".

  275. "Much madness is divinest sense
    To a discerning eye;
    Much sense the starkest madness."

    Opening lines from poem by Emily Dickenson (1830-1886)

  276. "We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more."

    Former US President Bill Clinton at the opening of his presidential library on 18 November 2004

  277. "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  278. "Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

    Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961)

  279. "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever."

    Opening line of the poem "Endymion" by John Keats (1795-1821)

  280. "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  281. "Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born."

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  282. "When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us."

    Scottish inventor Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922)

  283. "The cruellest lies are often told in silence."

    American politician and diplomat Adlai Stevenson (1900-1965)

  284. "The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page."

    Saint Augustine (354-430 AD)

  285. "The greatest and most important problems of life are all fundamentally insoluble. They can never be solved but only outgrown."

    Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875 -1961)

  286. "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  287. "Without music, life would be a mistake."

    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche in "The Twilight Of The Idols" (1889)

  288. "Money is like manure - it should be spread around."

    Artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude

  289. "The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour."

    Sir James Hopwood Jeans (1877-1946)

  290. "Better light a candle than curse the darkness."

    Chinese proverb

  291. "The totality of life, known as the biosphere to scientists and creation to theologians, is a membrane of organisms wrapped around Earth so thin that it cannot be seen edgewise from a space shuttle, yet so internally complex that most species composing it remain undiscovered."

    "The Future Of Life" by E.O. Wilson (2002)

  292. "The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way."


  293. "We have in our hands the power and obligation - never given to any other generation at any other time in human history - to banish ignorance and poverty from the earth."

    British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown

  294. "Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

    The actor Will Smith in his role as Alex Hitchens in the film "Hitch" (2005)

  295. "Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  296. "We are different so that we know our need of one another, for no one is ultimately self-sufficient. A completely self-sufficient person would be sub-human."

    South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu

  297. "Freedom for the pike is death to the minnow."

    Philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin (1909-1997)

  298. "Everything changes. We plant trees for those born later."

    Opening and closing words of the poem "Everything Changes" by Cicely Herbert

  299. "We ought not to be ashamed of applauding the truth, nor appropriating the truth, from whatever source it may come, even if it be from remote races and nations alien to us."

    Arab philosopher Al-Kindi (801-873)

  300. "Man's goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  301. "You must be the change you wish to see in the world."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  302. "An inch of time is an inch of gold, but you can't buy that inch of time with an inch of gold."

    Chinese proverb

  303. "We must never forget that we may also find meaning in life even when confronted with a hopeless situation, when facing a fate that cannot be changed. When we are no longer able to change a situation…we are challenged to change ourselves."

    "Man's Search For Meaning" by Viktor E Frankl (1946)

  304. "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

    Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952)

  305. "Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous."

    "The Analects" by Confucious (551-479 BC)

  306. "Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky."

    Writer Anais Nin (1903-1977)

  307. "Who struggles can fail. Who doesn't struggle has already failed."

    German playwright Berthold Brecht (1898-1956)

  308. "I don't feel the least humble before the vastness of the heavens. The stars may be large, but they cannot think or love".

    "Foundations Of Mathematics And Other Logical Essays" by F.P. Ramsey (1931)

  309. "The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones."

    Chinese proverb

  310. "There are few misfortunes in this world that you cannot turn into a personal triumph if you have the iron will and the necessary skill."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  311. "If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies."


  312. "Why do we fall? So that we might better learn to pick ourselves up."

    Line of dialogue from the film "Batman Begins" (2005)

  313. "The sleep of reason brings forth monsters."

    "How Mumbo-Jumbo Conquered The World" by Francis Wheen (2004)

  314. "When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of troubles in his life, most of which had never happened."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  315. "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?"

    English writer Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot (1819-1880)

  316. "Lose your temper and you lose a friend; lie and you lose yourself."

    Hopi proverb

  317. "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  318. "Some people take no mental exercise apart from jumping to conclusions".

    Harold Acton (1904-1994)

  319. "Women are half the world's people who do two-thirds of the world's work. They earn a tenth of the world's income and own a hundredth of the world's property."

    WomenAid International

  320. "When a finger points at the moon, the fool looks at the finger."

    Chinese proverb

  321. "We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  322. "I keep six honest serving-men
    (They taught me all I knew);
    Their names are What and Why and When
    And How and Where and Who."

    "The Elephant's Child" by Rudyard Kipling

  323. "If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."

    Chinese proverb

  324. "All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time."

    "The Five People You Meet In Heaven" by Mitch Albom (2003)

  325. "In this very real world, good doesn't drive out evil. Evil doesn't drive out good. But the energetic displaces the passive."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  326. "Those of us enjoying freedom and with our basic needs met, have a moral obligation to engage in compassionate activism on behalf of those who have no freedom, who have no voice, whose situation is precarious, whose lives are in crisis."

    Pida Ripley, Founder of WomenAid International

  327. "You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person."


  328. "Mother Earth is not a resource; she is an heirloom."

    Yurok artist David Ipinia

  329. "An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  330. "The important work of moving the world forward does not wait to be done by perfect men."

    English writer Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot (1819-1880)

  331. "The person who says it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it."

    Chinese proverb

  332. "Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone."

    British nurse Edith Cavell (1865-1915)

  333. "Good advice is better than gold."

    Czech proverb

  334. "When the facts change, I change my mind."

    British economist John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

  335. "The real voyage of discovery begins not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

    French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

  336. "God gave man two ears but only one mouth that he might hear twice as much as he speaks."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c.55-c.135 AD)

  337. "Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."


  338. "It's never too late to be who you might have been."

    English writer Mary Ann Evans aka George Eliot (1819-1880)

  339. "Lost time never returns."

    Czech proverb

  340. "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the the few who are rich."

    Inaugural address of President John F Kennedy (1917-1963), 20 January 1961

  341. "An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind."

    British social scientist Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)

  342. "To utter pleasant words without practising them is like a fine flower without fragrance."

    "The Teaching Of Buddha"

  343. "The key to success is to risk thinking unconventional thoughts."

    British inventor Trevor Baylis

  344. "Always wear a smile. The gift of life will then be yours to give."

    Rabbi Nachman of Breslov (1772-1810)

  345. "You have to find what's good and true and beautiful in your life as it is now."

    "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom (1997)

  346. "I look forward to seeing more and more people willing to resist the direction the world is moving in: a direction where our personal experiences are irrelevant, that we are defective, that our communities are not important, that we are powerless, that the future is determined, and that the highest level of humanity is expressed through what we choose to buy at the mall."

    American Rachel Corrie (1979-2003), killed while working as a volunteer in Gaza

  347. "Thinking is not entertainment but an obligation."

    Russian science fiction authors Arkady Natanovich Strugatsky and Boris Natanovich Strugatsky

  348. "Love is the only rational act."

    Poet and teacher Stephen Levine

  349. "Data, data everywhere, but never time to think."

    Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics

  350. "Happy thoughts are half your health."

    Czech proverb

  351. "A problem well stated is a problem half solved."

    American business executive Charles Kettering (1876-1958)

  352. "Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength."

    Dutch protector of Jews from the Holocaust Corrie ten Boom (1892-1983)

  353. "The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best is now."

    Chinese proverb

  354. "Do what gives you a buzz."

    British inventor Trevor Baylis

  355. "We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color."

    American writer, poet, actress Maya Angelou

  356. "You can't substitute material things for love or for gentleness or for tenderness or for a sense of comradeship."

    "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom (1997)

  357. "Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'."

    Writer Mary Anne Radmacher

  358. "Have patience. All things change in due time. Wishing cannot bring autumn glory or cause winter to cease."

    The Cherokee Ginaly-li

  359. "Love each other or perish."

    British poet W H Auden (1907-1973)

  360. "He who laughs, lasts."

    Writer Mary Pettibone Poole

  361. "Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  362. "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  363. "People who care about other people are on average happier than those who are more preoccupied with themselves."

    "Happiness" by Richard Layard (2005)

  364. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  365. "Of all forms of caution, caution in love is the most fatal to true happiness."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in "Conquest Of Happiness", 1930

  366. "I know for sure that what we dwell on is what we become."

    American television talk show host Oprah Winfrey

  367. "There is no such thing as 'too late' in life."

    "Tuesdays With Morrie" by Mitch Albom (1997)

  368. "We live in an age of unprecedented change."

    Adam to Eve

  369. "Wisdom consists not so much in knowing what to do in the ultimate as in knowing what to do next."

    American President Herbert Hoover (1874-1964)

  370. "If you sow the seed of good, it will grow into seven ears and then yield seven hundred good deeds."

    Uzbek founder of Sufic Islam Khazreti Mohammed Bakhauddin Nakhshbandi (1318-1389)

  371. "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves."

    American writer Edna Buchanan

  372. "No one is useless in the world who lightens the burdens of another."

    English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  373. "Only dead fish swim with the tide."

    British inventor Trevor Baylis

  374. "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."

    Chinese proverb

  375. "It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory."

    American consultant Dr. W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993)

  376. "There are four things that hold back human progress: ignorance, stupidity, committees and accountants."

    British civil servant Sir Charles James Lyall (1845-1920)

  377. "Wonder is the beginning of wisdom."

    Greek proverb

  378. "Live out of your imagination, not your history."

    American educator Stephen Covey

  379. "It is from ignorance and greed that the world of delusion is born and the vast complexity of coordinating causes exists within the mind and nowhere else."

    "The Teaching Of Buddha"

  380. "A kind word warms for three winters."

    Chinese proverb

  381. "A bad word whispered will echo a hundred miles."

    Chinese proverb

  382. "The seven blunders that human society commits and cause all the violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, and politics without principles."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) - from a written list given to his departing grandson Arun in October 1947

  383. "Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  384. "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

    Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)

  385. "Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life."

    Inaugural address of President John F Kennedy (1917-1963), 20 January 1961

  386. "Not to know is bad, but not to wish to know is worse."

    West African proverb

  387. "Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of our daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men - above all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  388. "Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."

    American scientist James Bryant Conant (1893-1978)

  389. "A half truth is a whole lie."

    Yiddish proverb

  390. "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're probably right."

    American industrialist Henry Ford (1863-1947)

  391. "He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 -c. AD 100)

  392. "A ship is safe in harbour, but that's not what ships are for."

    Theologian William Shedd

  393. "Remember, no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  394. "The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience."

    American science fiction writer Frank Herbert (1920-1986)

  395. "Our true nationality is mankind."

    British novelist H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

  396. "The most beautiful thing under the sun is being under the sun."

    German novelist Christa Wolf

  397. "Of all the things that wisdom provides to help one live one's life in happiness, the greatest by far is friendship."

    Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC)

  398. "Commandment Number One of any truly civilized society is this: let people be different."

    American writer David Grayson (1870-1946)

  399. "To attract good fortune, spend a new coin on an old friend, share an old pleasure with a new friend, and lift up the heart of a true friend by writing his name on the wings of a dragon."

    Chinese proverb

  400. "Life is the greatest bargain - we get it for nothing."

    Yiddish proverb

  401. "The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas-covered planet, going around a nuclear fireball ninety million miles away and think this is normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be."

    British writer Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

  402. "We are the hero of our own story."

    Novelist Mary McCarthy (1912-1989)

  403. "The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."

    American General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

  404. "Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."

    Franco-Swiss philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

  405. “Those who stand for nothing, will fall for anything.”

    American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)

  406. "Recognition is the greatest motivator."

    Gerard C. Eakedale

  407. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

    American poet Maya Angelou

  408. "A person is a person through other people."

    Setswana proverb

  409. "To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe."

    French author Anatole France (1844-1924)

  410. "By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  411. "All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter."

    Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

  412. "The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

    American chemist Linus Pauling (1901-1994), the only person who has won two undivided Nobel Prizes

  413. "Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  414. "Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in."

    American actor Alan Alda

  415. "Some people bear three kinds of trouble - the ones they've had, the ones they have, and the ones they expect to have."

    British novelist H. G. Wells (1866-1946)

  416. "The range of sizes, distances or speeds with which our imaginations are comfortable is a tiny band, set in the midst of a gigantic range of the possible, from the scale of quantum strangeness at the smaller end to the scale of Einsteinian cosmology at the larger".

    Richard Dawkins in "The God Delusion" (2006)

  417. "In complete darkness we are all the same. It is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us. Don't let your eyes deceive you."

    American singer Janet Jackson

  418. "It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it."

    French moralist Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

  419. "Life is like a pen, you can cross something out but you can never erase it."


  420. "An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  421. "Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object."

    German writer Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)

  422. "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  423. "Man is a credulous animal and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) in "Unpopular Essays", 1950

  424. "A stumble may prevent a fall."

    English proverb

  425. "Make all you can; save all you can; give all you can."

    John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism

  426. "To teach is to learn twice."

    French moralist Joseph Joubert (1754-1824)

  427. "Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  428. "You can always learn something from somebody."

    Rafael Benitez, manager of Liverpool Football Club

  429. "For to be free is not to merely cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  430. "Happiness and laughter - that's what it's all about, isn't it?"

    Peggy Clark, aged 84, having just married James Mason, aged 93, to make them Britain's oldest newly-weds on 19 November 2007

  431. "The great mistakes are made when we feel we are beyond questioning."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  432. "The sleep of reason breeds monsters."

    Spanish painter Francisco de Goya (1746-1828)

  433. "Everything that ever happens in life has an end as well as a beginning."

    Tonga proverb

  434. "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow; don't walk behind me, I may not lead; walk beside me, and just be my friend."

    French writer Albert Camus (1913-1960)

  435. "What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They are but trifles to be sure, but the good they do is inconceivable."

    English writer Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  436. "Dreams, dreams, without dreams man is a bird without wings."

    Sergei Korolev (1907-1966), the Soviet chief designer behind the Sputnik and Vostok programmes

  437. "Always be a little kinder than necessary."

    Chinese fortune cookie

  438. "If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else."

    African-American educator Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

  439. "Those who are at war with others are not at peace with themselves."

    English writer William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

  440. "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others."

    Ancient Greek statesman Pericles (c. 495-429 BC)

  441. "You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time."

    American writer Charles Bukowski (1920-1994) Pericles (495-429 BC)

  442. "If you stand for something, you will always find some people for you and some against you. If you stand for nothing, you will find nobody against you, and nobody for you."

    American advertising guru William Bernbach (1911-1982)

  443. "If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counsellor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius."

    English writer Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  444. "I can live for two months on a good compliment."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  445. "Even after all this time
    The sun never says to the earth,
    'You owe me'.
    Look what happens with a love like that...
    it lights the whole sky."

    Hafez of Shiraz, Persian Sufi poet c 1350 AD

  446. "If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind."

    American Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  447. "No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."

    Ancient Greek philosopher Aesop (620-560 BC)

  448. "You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails."

    Yiddish proverb

  449. "The greatest prize that life has to offer is the chance to do hard work that is worth doing."

    American President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

  450. "Be true to your work, your word, and your friend."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  451. "One-fifth of the people are against everything all of the time."

    American politician Robert F Kennedy (1925-1968)

  452. "The ideals which have lighted me on my way and time after time given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been truth, goodness, and beauty. The ordinary objects of human endeavour - property, outward success, luxury - have always seemed to me contemptible."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  453. "Remember - a statue has never been set up in honour of a critic."

    Finnish composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957)

  454. "If it is not right, do not do it; if it is not true, do not say it."

    "Meditations" by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  455. "To live for only some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top."

    Robert Pirsig in "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" (1974)

  456. "Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral."

    Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997)

  457. "The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love."

    Clergyman William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)

  458. "Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat."

    American President Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

  459. "Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth."

    British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

  460. "Create all the happiness you are able to create; remove all the misery you are able to remove. Every day will allow you to add something to the pleasure of others, and to diminish something of their pains."

    English philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

  461. "You cannot stop the birds of sorrow from landing on your shoulder, but you can prevent them nesting in your hair."

    Chinese proverb

  462. "We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better."

    British author J.K. Rowling in an address at Harvard, 5 June 2008

  463. "Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  464. "The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances."

    Wife of US President, Martha Washington (1731-1802)

  465. "As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters."

    Roman writer Marcus Annaeus Seneca (54 BC – c. 39 AD)

  466. "Nothing worthwhile was ever accomplished without the will to start, the enthusiasm to continue and, regardless of temporary obstacles, the persistence to complete."

    American businessman Waite Phillips (1883-1964)

  467. "Though force can protect in emergency, only justice, fairness, consideration and cooperation can finally lead men to the dawn of eternal peace."

    Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. general and American president (1890-1969)

  468. "The difficult is what takes a little time; the impossible is what takes a little longer."

    Nobel Peace Prize winner Norwegian Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1922)

  469. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts."

    American politician Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003)

  470. "Ever tried? Ever failed? No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."

    Irish writer Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

  471. "Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."

    South African religious leader Desmond Tutu

  472. "You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  473. "If you have made mistakes, even serious mistakes, you can make a new start whenever you choose. For the thing we call failure is not the falling but the staying down."

    Canadian actress Mary Pickford (1892-1979)

  474. "Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime."

    American writer Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

  475. "In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."

    British writer George Orwell (1903-1950)

  476. "If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  477. "To be avoided at all costs is the solace of opinion without the pain of thought."

    Clergyman William Sloane Coffin (1924-2006)

  478. "I don't mind if my future is long or short, as long as I'm doing the right thing."

    Henry Allingham, First World War veteran and Britain's oldest person (born 6 June 1896)

  479. "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  480. "We judge others by their behaviour, but ourselves by our intentions."

    American educator Stephen Covey

  481. "After six years without seeing one, I love just seeing a smile - every smile I see gives me hope."

    French-Columbian politician Ingrid Betancourt who was held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC) from 2002-2008

  482. "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  483. "It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others."

    John Andrew Holmes

  484. "For every grain of enjoyment you sow in the bosom of another, you shall find a harvest in your own bosom; while every sorrow which you pluck out from the thoughts and feelings of a fellow creature shall be replaced by beautiful peace and joy in the sanctuary of your soul."

    English philosopher Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

  485. "Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole."

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  486. "If we choose to focus our awareness and energy on those things and people that bring us pleasure and satisfaction, we have a very good chance of being happy in a world full of unhappiness."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  487. "Do whatever you can, with whatever you have been given, in the time you have, wherever you are."

    Nkosi Johnston - a South African boy who died aged 12 of HIV/AIDS on 1 June 2001 in a speech to the 13th International Aids Conference in Durban the year before

  488. "I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that."

    British writer, broadcaster and medical doctor Ben Goldacre

  489. "It's a rare gift to understand that your life is wondrous and that it won't last for ever."

    "The Cellist Of Sarajevo" by Steven Galloway (2008)

  490. "We are not what we think or what we say or what we feel. We are what we do."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  491. "The unexamined life is not worth living."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  492. "You will never truly know yourself, or the strength of your relationships, until both have been tested by adversity. Such knowledge is a true gift, for all that it is painfully won."

    British author J.K. Rowling in an address at Harvard, 5 June 2008

  493. "I can give you a six-word formula for success: 'Think things through - then follow through'."

    American fighter ace and businessman Edward Rickenbacker (1890-1973)

  494. "Life is a gamble in which we don't get to deal the cards, but are nevertheless obligated to play them to the best of our ability."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  495. "The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  496. "It is never too late to give up your prejudices."

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  497. "I don't understand why people are scared of difference because difference is what makes life interesting."

    British singer Jarvis Cocker

  498. "A crank is a small engine that causes revolutions."

    Irish suffragist Frank Sheehy-Skeffington (1878-1916)

  499. "People often tell me that motivation doesn't last, and I tell them that bathing doesn't either. That's why I recommend it daily."

    American motivational speaker Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar

  500. "The three components of happiness are something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  501. "You cannot open a book without learning something."

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  502. "Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."

    American actor Will Rogers (1879-1935)

  503. "When someone hurts us, we should write it down in sand, where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone, where no wind can ever erase it."


  504. "The process of learning consists not so much in accumulating answers as in figuring out how to formulate the right questions."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  505. "The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  506. "Under certain circumstances, there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea."

    American writer Henry James (1843-1916)

  507. "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader."

    America's sixth President John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

  508. "What happens to us is not nearly as important as the attitude we adopt in response."

    "Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart" by Gordon Livingston MD (2004)

  509. "You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it."

    American comedian and actor Robin Williams

  510. "Does't thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff that life is made of."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  511. "A man's errors are his portals of discovery."

    Irish novelist James Joyce (1882-1941)

  512. "Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure."

    Jewish proverb

  513. "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  514. "As a culture, we seem to have trouble distinguishing science from pseudoscience, history from pseudohistory, and sense from nonsense."

    "Why People Believe Weird Things" by Michael Shermer (1997)

  515. "The clock of time is wound but once
    And no man has the power
    To tell you when his hands will stop
    At late or early hour.
    Now is the only time you own.
    Live, love, toil with a will.
    Place no faith in tomorrow
    For the clock may then be still."

    Sign in Botanical Gardens, Durban, South Africa

  516. "The challenge of modernity is to live without illusions and without becoming disillusioned."

    Italian writer Antonio Gramsci (1891- 1937)

  517. "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  518. "Too many of us believe the world is to be discovered, rather than a product of our own construction and thus to be invented."

    "Counter Clockwise" by Ellen J Langer (2009)

  519. "We are reformers in spring and summer, in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservatives at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism is negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  520. "Every closed eye is not sleeping and every open eye is not seeing."

    American comedian Bill Cosby

  521. "Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world."

    Irish writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  522. "I am an optimist. It does not seem to be much use being anything else."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  523. "Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."

    Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

  524. "Search for knowledge from the cradle to the grave."

    The prophet Mohammed (c.570-632)

  525. "Whenever two people meet, there are really six people present. There is each man as he sees himself, each man as the other person sees him, and each man as he really is."

    American psychologist William James (1842-1910)

  526. "Well done is better than well said."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  527. "If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change."

    "The Leopard" by Giuseppe Tomasi Di Lampedusa (1958)

  528. "I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again."

    English statesman William Penn (1644-1718)

  529. "To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  530. "A goal without a plan is just a wish."

    French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

  531. "Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  532. "Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget."

    G. Randolf

  533. "Everything passes away - suffering, pain, blood, hunger, pestilence. The sword will pass away too, but the stars will still remain when the shadows of our presence and our deeds have vanished from the earth. There is no man who does not know that. Why, then, will we not turn our eyes towards the stars? Why?"

    Russian novelist Mikhail Bulgakov in "The White Guard"

  534. "When one door of happiness closes another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  535. "Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go."

    American poet T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  536. "Science goes out in search of greater truth (if it has to use the word truth at all) rather than the truth."

    "You Are Here" by Christopher Potter (2009)

  537. "Friendship doubles our joy and divides our grief."

    Swedish proverb

  538. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get."

    American writer Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

  539. "It's only those who do nothing who make no mistakes."

    British novelist Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

  540. "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain."

    American singer-songwriter Vivian Greene

  541. "Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body."

    English essayist Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

  542. "The hefty price for accepting information uncritically is that we go through life unaware that what we've accepted as impossible may in fact be quite possible."

    "Counter Clockwise" by Ellen J Langer (2009)

  543. "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  544. "Describe the challenges by all means, but don't confuse analysis with action. The one must lead to the other if it is to be useful to people."

    British Labour Party leader Michael Foot (1913-2010)

  545. "Time is what we want most, but what we use worst."

    English statesman William Penn (1644-1718)

  546. "We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in "Hamlet"

  547. "Common sense is the genius of humanity."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  548. "An exaggeration is a truth that has lost its temper."

    Lebanese-born writer Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

  549. "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."

    American motivational speaker Michael Altshuler

  550. "All I ask for in life is a soft bed and a library card. Everything else is extra."

    American socialist Leon Malkin (1911-2009)

  551. "There is more to life than increasing its speed."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  552. "Diligence is the mother of good luck."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  553. "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference."

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  554. "There is a wisdom in knowing when to resist, when to persist, and when to desist."

    "From Mud To Miracles" blog by my friend Jennifer Crokaert

  555. "It is in the character of growth that we should learn from both pleasant and unpleasant experiences."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  556. "It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old; they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

    Columbian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  557. "Be like a tree; people throw stones at it but it throws down fruits at them."

    Arabic saying

  558. "No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main."

    English poet John Donne (1572-1631)

  559. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks".

    Scout in "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee (1960)

  560. "The suffering of the people of any single country affects all of us no matter where we find ourselves."

    South African anti-apartheid activist and President Nelson Mandela

  561. "I keep my friends as misers do their treasure because, of all things granted to us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship."

    Italian writer Pietro Aretino (1492-1556)

  562. "All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking."

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

  563. "Keep calm and carry on."

    Poster produced by the British Government's Ministry of Information on the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939

  564. "Life is too short and precious for us to pass through it without leaving a few footprints behind us."

    "The Silent Traveller In Oxford" by Chiang Yee (1944)

  565. "It's a little embarrassing that, after 45 years of research and study, the best advice I can give to people is to be a little kinder to each other."

    English novelist and writer Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

  566. "The first hurdle is the people who will not accept the change that's already happened."

    American writer Joss Whedon

  567. "Gifts make friends and friends make gifts."

    Social anthropologist Marshall Sahlins

  568. "Nothing wondrous can come in this world unless it rests on the shoulders of kindness".

    "The Lacuna" by Barbara Kingsolver (2009)

  569. "There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it is going to be a butterfly."

    American architect Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

  570. "Every experience in life, everything with which we have come in contact in life, is a chisel which has been cutting away at our life statue, moulding, modifying, shaping it. We are part of all we have met. Everything we have seen, heard, felt, or thought has had its hand in moulding us, shaping us."

    American author Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

  571. "Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle."

    Greek philosopher Plato (427-347 BC)

  572. "In times of change, learners will inherit the earth while the learned will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."

    American writer and philosopher Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

  573. "The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."

    Senator Edward Kennedy at the 1980 Democratic National Convention

  574. "The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness."

    English poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

  575. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever."

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  576. "Nobody has the power to make you miserable - it's an inside job."


  577. "Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way."

    American civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  578. "Do not judge your neighbour until you walk two moons in his moccasins."

    Native American proverb from the Northern Cheyenne

  579. "To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."

    Philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  580. "Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant."

    British novelist Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

  581. "Hope is not a feeling or a mood or a personality type. Hope is a choice."

    "The Great Awakening" by Jim Wallis (2007)

  582. "The greatest strength is gentleness."

    Native American proverb from the Iroquois

  583. "What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature."

    Francois-Marie Arouet, called Voltaire (1694-778)

  584. "Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  585. "Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  586. "Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."


  587. "I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring."

    Liz Armbruster

  588. "Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children."

    Lebanese-born writer Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

  589. "We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion."

    American writer Max de Pree

  590. "Fellowship is heaven, and lack of fellowship is hell; fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death; and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them."

    English designer and writer William Morris (1834-1896)

  591. "The things you really need are few and easy to come by; but the things you can imagine you need are infinite, and you will never be satisfied."

    Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC)

  592. "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  593. "There is one way of attaining what we may term, if not utter, at least mortal happiness; it is by a sincere and unrelaxing activity for the happiness of others."

    English writer Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)

  594. "Those who have one foot in the canoe and one foot in the boat are going to fall in the river."

    Native American proverb from the Tuscarora

  595. "Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."

    American psychologist William James (1842-1910)

  596. "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."

    Lebanese-born writer Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)

  597. "An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  598. "Just because you're breathing doesn't mean you're alive."

    Strapline for the documentary movie "TT3D: Closer To The Edge"

  599. "A goal without a plan is a dream and dreams fade when we awake."

    Jannie Williams

  600. "The older you get, the more you realise that kindness is synonymous with happiness."

    American actor Lionel Barrymore (1878-1954)

  601. "If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

    The Dalai Lama

  602. "Live more. Give more. Forgive more."

    British film producer Trudie Styler

  603. "Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."

    American comedienne Gilda Radner (1946-1989)

  604. "Remember a real decision is measured by the fact that you've taken new action; if there's no action, you haven't truly decided."

    American motivator Anthony Robbins

  605. "Sandwich every bit of criticism between two thick layers of praise."

    American businesswoman Mary Kay Ash (1915-2001)

  606. "Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it."

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  607. "Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."

    Ruth Ann Schabacker

  608. "The fool wonders; the wise man asks."

    British statesman Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

  609. "To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future."

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  610. "Wisdom begins in wonder."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  611. "We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have."

    German inventor Frederich Koenig (1774-1833)

  612. "The most important thing in communication is to hear what isn't being said."

    American management consultant Peter Drucker (1909-2005)

  613. "The earth is not given to us by our parents; it is lent to us by our children."

    Kenyan proverb

  614. "The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences."

    Franco-Swiss philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

  615. "A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other."

    English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870) in "A Tale Of Two Cities" (1859)

  616. "Learn all you can from the mistakes of others. You won't have time to make them all yourself."

    American bridge player Alfred Sheinwold (1912-1997)

  617. "Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance."


  618. "Do not fear to open the doors that lie between what is known and what is unknown."

    American self-development writer Wayne Dyer

  619. "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention."

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  620. "He is richest who is content with the least, for contentment is the wealth of nature."

    Greek philosopher Socrates (469-399 BC)

  621. "What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us."

    American writer Albert Pike (1809-1891)

  622. "Everybody likes a compliment."

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  623. "It isn't our position, but our disposition, that makes us happy."


  624. "Anything worth doing is going to be difficult."

    100 year old Fauja Singh who in October 2011 became the oldest person in the world to run a full-length marathon

  625. "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  626. "Doubting everything or believing everything are two equally convenient solutions, both of which save us from thinking."

    French mathematician & philosopher Henri Poincaré (1854-1912)

  627. "Two things you should never be angry at: what you can help and what you cannot help."

    English writer Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

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

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  629. "You can't think your way into a new way of living; you have to live your way into a new way of thinking."

    American self-development writer Wayne Dyer

  630. "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little."

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  631. "There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 –c. AD 100)

  632. "I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity."

    American actress and comedian Gilda Radner (1946-1989)

  633. "Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence."

    Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC)

  634. "How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

    Diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929-1945)

  635. “Poverty is the worst form of violence.”

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  636. "Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars."

    American educator Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)

  637. "The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged."

    Burmese democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi

  638. All who would win joy must share it; happiness was born a twin."

    British poet Lord Byron (1788-1824)

  639. "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen, nineteen, six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds, nought, and six, result misery".

    Mr Micawber in "David Copperfield" by Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  640. "Liberty produces wealth, and wealth destroys liberty."

    "Wealth Against Commonwealth" by Henry Demarest Lloyd (1894)

  641. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

    Greek-Jewish philosopher Philo (20 BC - 50 AD)

  642. "Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not alright, then it is not the end."

    Line from the film "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" (2012)

  643. "The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren't there."

    American basketball player Gene Brown

  644. "A kind word can warm three winter months."

    Japanese proverb

  645. "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

    American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  646. "A kind word is like a Spring day."

    Russian proverb

  647. "Without inspiration the best powers of the mind remain dormant. There is a fuel in us which needs to be ignited with sparks."

    German philosopher Johann Gottfried von Herder (1744-1803)

  648. "Approximately half of the world's one hundred largest economic entities are now corporations".

    "Consent Of The Networked" by Rebecca MacKinnon (2012)

  649. "If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough."

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

  650. "A human being is a part of the whole, called by us 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  651. "Wise sayings often fall on barren ground, but a kind word is never thrown away."

    English writer Sir Arthur Helps (1813-1875)

  652. "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

    American novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962)

  653. "There's nothing simpler than looking at the goodness in other people. The difficult part is to tell them what you see."

    The opening lines to John Mooney's 2005 children's story "A Wonderful Story"

  654. "Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt."

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in “Measure For Measure”

  655. "Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself."

    American novelist William Faulkner (1897-1962)

  656. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

    American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  657. "Man is a knot, a web, a mesh into which relationships are tied. Only those relationships matter."

    French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

  658. "One who knows how to show and to accept kindness will be a friend better than any possession."

    Greek playwright Sophocles (497-406 BC)

  659. "You will find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others?"

    American women's rights activist Lydia M Child (1802-1880)

  660. "There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up."

    American poet John Albert Holmes (1904-1962)

  661. "Since there is nothing so well worth having as friends, never lose a chance to make them."

    Italian writer Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540)

  662. “To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded."

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  663. “Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.”

    French writer André Gide (1869-1951)

  664. "Happiness is not a destination; it is a way of life."

    Sign in shop window in the town of Porvoo in Finland

  665. "Thoughts lead on to purposes; purposes go forth in action; actions form habits; habits decide character; and character fixes our destiny."

    American theologian Tyron Edwards (1809-1894)

  666. "Though we all have the fear and the seeds of anger within us, we must learn not to water those seeds and instead nourish our positive qualities – those of compassion, understanding, and loving kindness."

    Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

  667. "Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious."

    Professor Stephen Hawking, speaking at the Opening Ceremony of the London Paralympic Games, 29 August 2012

  668. "The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with the thoughts of other men."

    American educational reformer John Dewey (1859-1952)

  669. "In any controversy, the instant we feel angry, we have already ceased striving for truth, and begun striving for ourselves."

    Scottish writer Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

  670. "Let us be of good cheer, remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen."

    American poet James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

  671. "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn."

    American futurist Alvin Toffler

  672. "You will never 'find' time for anything. If you want time, you must make it."

    English philanthropist Charles Buxton (1823-1871)

  673. "As I try and understand how life works - and why some people cope better than others with adversity - I come back to something to do with saying yes to life, which is love of life, however inadequate, and love for the self, however found."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  674. "Hatred is never overcome by hatred, but only by readiness to love; this is an eternal law."

    The Buddha in “The Dhammapada”

  675. "You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness."

    "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" by Jonathan Safran Foer (2005)

  676. "A faithful friend is the medicine of life."


  677. "The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others."

    Madame de Maintenon (1635- 1719)

  678. "We always think the thing we need to transform everything - the miracle - is elsewhere, but often it is right next to us. Sometimes it is us, ourselves."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  679. "We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same."

    Peruvian-American author Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998)

  680. "All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action."

    American poet James Russell Lowell (1819-1891)

  681. "If you don't develop a strategy of your own, you become a part of someone else's strategy."

    American futurist Alvin Toffler

  682. "It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually".

    American psychiatrist Dr M Scott Peck (1936-2005)

  683. "Kindness, I've discovered, is everything in life."

    American author Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991)

  684. "The whole of life is about another chance and, while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  685. "The tragedy of life doesn't lie in not reaching your goals. The tragedy lies in having no goals to reach."

    American social activist Benjamin Mays (1894-1984)

  686. "Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life."

    American futurist Alvin Toffler

  687. "The greatest happiness in the world is to make others happy."

    American botanist Luther Burbank (1849-1926)

  688. "We must act; we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect."

    President Barack Obama’s second inauguration speech, 22 January 2013

  689. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  690. "When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion."

    American writer Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)

  691. "I wish to propose a doctrine which may, I fear, appear wildly paradoxical and subversive. The doctrine in question is this: that it is undesirable to believe a proposition when there is no ground whatever for supposing it true."

    Opening lines of essay entitled "On The Value Of Scepticism" (1928) by philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  692. "What is 'no'? Either you have asked the wrong question or you have asked the wrong person. Find a way to get the 'yes'."

    "Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?" by Jeanette Winterson (2011)

  693. "When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won't come up with a handful of mud either."

    American advertising executive Leo Burnett (1891-1971)

  694. “Normal is a cycle on the washing machine. There is no such thing when it comes to human beings.”

    British television presenter Trisha Goddard

  695. "People often say motivation doesn't last. But neither does bathing. That's why we recommend it daily."

    American motivational speaker Hilary Hinton 'Zig' Ziglar (1926- 2012)

  696. "Everything has been thought of before, but the problem is to think of it again."

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  697. “Ask questions. Be curious.”

    American singer (William Adams)

  698. “Read in order to live.”

    French writer Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)

  699. “We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.”

    American business executive Charles F Kettering (1876-1958)

  700. “One smile can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life.”


  701. "Every two days we create as much digital content as we did from the dawn of civilization until 2003 - that's about five exabytes* of information, with only two billion people out of a possible seven billion online."

    * 1 EB = 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 B = 10 to the power of 18 bytes

    "The New Digital Age" by Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen (2013)

  702. "The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails."

    American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  703. “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”

    Maori proverb

  704. "Irrigators channel waters;
    Fletchers straighten arrows;
    Carpenters shape wood;
    The wise master themselves."

    The Buddha (Dhammapada 80)

  705. “Restlessness and discontent are the necessities of progress.”

    American inventor Thomas Edison (1837-1931)

  706. “Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me a truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.”

    Native American proverb

  707. “A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

    American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  708. "One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world."

    16 year old Malala Yousafzai addressing the United National Youth Assembly, 12 July 2013

  709. "There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can’t control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone."

    “Meditations” by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  710. “Use you head, but follow your heart.”

    Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, UK

  711. “The Internet is among the few things humans have built that they don’t truly understand.”

    “The New Digital Age” by Eric Schmidt & Jared Cohen (2013)

  712. "Knowing others is wisdom;
    Knowing the self is enlightenment;
    Mastering others requires force;
    Mastering the self needs strength."

    Sixth century BC Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu in the “Tao Te Ching”

  713. “How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.”

    “Your Song” by British singer Elton John (lyrics by Bernie Taupin)

  714. “It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived. Let's scatter the good things”.

    American Helen Walton (1919-2007), at one point the richest woman in the world

  715. “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

    Theodor Seuss Geisel (1904-1991)

  716. “The education system is based on a framework from the 17th and 18th century that says we should play for the first five years of life, then learn, then work, then rest and then die. I believe we should be able to do all those things all the time."

    German-born computer scientist and Google Vice-President Sebastian Thun

  717. “Today is a most unusual day, because we have never lived it before; we will never live it again; it is the only day we have.”

    American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  718. "A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else."

    American naturalist John Burroughs (1837–1921)

  719. “There is nothing permanent except change.”

    Greek philosopher Heraclitus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE)

  720. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  721. "Feelings are like children. You don't want to let them drive the car but you don't want to shut them in the trunk either."

    Line of dialogue from the film "Thanks For Sharing" (2013)

  722. “The secret of happiness is something to do.”

    American naturalist John Burroughs (1837 –1921)

  723. “Reading is a basic tool in living a good life.”

    American philosopher and educator Mortimer J Adler (1902-2001)

  724. “We should never stop exploring, never stop thinking like kids, looking for awe and wonder.”

    British former headmaster Richard Gerver

  725. “Life is a struggle, but not a warfare.”

    American naturalist John Burroughs (1837 –1921)

  726. “Behold the turtle: he makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

    President of Harvard University James Bryant Conant (1893-1978)

  727. “We have enough people who tell it like it is. Now we could use a few who tell it like it can be.”

    American writer Robert Orben

  728. “Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”

    Scottish writer James M Barrie (1860-1937)

  729. “A fundamental concern for others in our individual and community lives would go a long way in making the world the better place we so passionately dreamt of.”

    Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

  730. "There are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism, when our voices must be heard."

    Barack Obama speaking at Nelson Mandela memorial ceremony, 10 December 2013

  731. “Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

    American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)

  732. “Life is like a storybook. If you refuse to turn the page to the next chapter, you will never be able to move forward.”

    Canadian writer Byron Pulsifer

  733. “So many people didn’t achieve what they could because no one believed in them or gave them a chance.”

    British film director Steve McQueen

  734. "If you're not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you're determined to learn, no one can stop you."


  735. "Setting an example is not the main means of influencing others, it is the only means."

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  736. “Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

    British statesman Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773)

  737. "Even if the cock does not crow, the sun will rise."

    Ndebele proverb

  738. “Truth exists; only lies are invented.”

    French artist George Braque (1882-1963)

  739. “Life is beautiful, love is beautiful, nature and music are beautiful. Everything we experience is a gift, a present we should cherish and pass on to those we love.”

    Alice Herz-Sommer, the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor who died this week aged 110

  740. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  741. “Tough times never last, but tough people do.”

    American motivational speaker Robert H Schuller

  742. "You never know what people you meet each day are going through. No one has an ordinary life."

    British actress Imogen Poots talking about her role in the film "A Long Way Down" (2014)

  743. “Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.”

    American author Margaret Lee Runback (1905-1956)

  744. “We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped”.

    American educator Lyman Lloyd Bryson (1888-1959)

  745. “Give what you have. To someone else, it may be better than you dare to think.”

    American educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

  746. “If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.”

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  747. "We build too many walls and not enough bridges."

    British scientist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

  748. "Once water has been spilled, it cannot be scooped back up."

    Swahili proverb

  749. “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  750. “Life isn’t a matter of milestones but of moments.”

    American philanthropist Rose Kennedy (1890-1995)

  751. “The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”

    American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson

  752. “The key to the future of the world is finding the optimistic stories and letting them be known.”

    American singer-songwriter Pete Seeger (1919-2014)

  753. “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.”

    American author and poet Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  754. “Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool, a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.”

    Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916)

  755. “Let your hopes not your hurts shape your future.”

    American motivational speaker Robert H Schuller

  756. “Two words that pay a multitude of dividends are uncommon to some; the most simple of expressions serves to make each recipient valued as a person; the two words are ‘thank you’ which when extended and expressed often say more about the giver than any other two words in the English language."

    Canadian writer Byron Pulsifer

  757. “Worry is interest paid on trouble before it is due.”

    British writer William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

  758. “A smile is a curve that can set a lot of things straight.“

    Danish musician Victor Borge (1909-2000)

  759. “All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

    French philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

  760. "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream."

    British writer C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)

  761. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

    American author and poet Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  762. “I have loved and been loved; all the rest is background music.”

    Quoted by Hillary Clinton in her memoirs “Hard Choices” (2014)

  763. “Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”

    Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

  764. “Everyone, at some time in their life, must choose whether to stay with a ready-made world that may be safe but which is limiting, or to push forward, often past the frontiers of commonsense, into a personal space, unknown and untried.”

    British author Jeannette Winterson

  765. “A woman is like a tea bag. You never know how strong she is until she’s in hot water.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  766. "There's only one rule that I know of - God damn it, you've got to be kind."

    American writer Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

  767. “History is a weapon. Nothing is inevitable. Everything is possible.”

    Mural by Carrie Reichardt at the entrance to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (2014)

  768. “Power to the people. Art is not a mirror to reflect the world. Rather it is a hammer with which to shape it."

    Mural by Carrie Reichardt at the entrance to London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (2014)

  769. "Language does have the power to change reality. Therefore, treat your words as the mighty instruments they are - to heal, to bring into being, to nurture, to cherish, to bless, to forgive."

    American author Daphne Rose Kingma

  770. "He who has a why to live for, can endure almost any how."

    Austrian Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl (1905-1997)

  771. “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.”

    Four-term American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

  772. “Questioning authority is never easy … but almost always necessary.”

    Malaysian friends Sartha Rajoo & Mandeep Kaur Pram Singh

  773. “Comment is free, but facts are sacred.”

    “Guardian” newspaper editor C. P. Snow (1905-1980)

  774. "The trouble with most folks isn’t so much their ignorance, as knowing so many things that ain’t so."

    American humorist Josh Billing (1818-1885)

  775. "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."

    American author and poet Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  776. "Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness."

    South African religious leader Desmond Tutu

  777. "They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything."

    American cartoonist Bill Keane (1922-2011)

  778. “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.”

    Four-term American President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945)

  779. “When a scientist says something is possible, they’re probably underestimating how long it will take. But, if they say it’s impossible, they’re probably wrong.”

    American Nobel Prize-winning chemist Richard Smalley (1943-2005), often called ‘the father of nanotechnology’

  780. “You can’t control everything. Sometimes you just need to relax and have faith that things will work out. Let go a little and just let life happen.”

    American author Kody Keplinger

  781. “Every day may not be good ... but there's something good in every day.”

    American writer Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911)

  782. “Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word.”

    Former Prime Minister of Sweden Göran Persson

  783. “You only have to know one thing: you can learn anything.”

    Motto of the online learning resource the Khan Academy

  784. "Every time you spend money, you're casting a vote for the kind of world you want."

    American author and educator Anna Lappé

  785. “The weariest nights, the longest days, sooner or later must perforce come to an end.”

    British novelist Baroness Orczy (1865-1947)

  786. “I'd rather be a hammer than a nail.”

    Lyrics by Simon & Garfunkel

  787. “If you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

    “The Twits” by Roald Dahl

  788. "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance."

    Former President of Harvard University Derek Bok

  789. "A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”

    American actor Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

  790. “The biggest defect we human beings have is our short-sightedness. We don't see what we could be. We should be looking at our potential, stretching ourselves into everything we can become."

    “Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom (1997)

  791. “The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in 10 minutes after the big picture has started and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”

    British writer Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) in “Moving Pictures”

  792. “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.“

    American writer James Baldwin (1924-1987)

  793. “The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  794. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

    American architect Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983)

  795. “The presence of those seeking the truth is infinitely to be preferred to the presence of those who think they’ve found it.”

    British writer Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) in “Monstrous Regiment”

  796. “Even bad books are books and therefore sacred.”

    German writer Gunter Grass (1927-2015)

  797. “I believe in the diversity of the human condition. The best thing about the world is the amount of worlds it has.”

    Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano (1940-2015)

  798. “It is justice, not charity, that is wanting in the world.”

    English social philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

  799. “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  800. “Goodness is about what you do. Not who you pray to.”

    British writer Terry Pratchett (1948-2015) in “Snuff”

  801. "Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening."

    Tom Goodwin, senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Havas Media.

  802. "There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is ... which wolf wins? The one you feed."

    Dialogue from the film "Tomorrowland" (2015)

  803. "You can't keep blaming yourself. Just blame yourself once, and move on."

    Homer Simpson

  804. “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  805. “The key to a happy life is to accept you are never actually in control.”

    Dialogue from the film "Jurassic World" (2015)

  806. “The job of a citizen is to keep his mouth open.”

    German writer Guünter Grass (1927-2015)

  807. “We should always be open-minded, but the only good reason to believe that something exists is if there is real evidence that it does.”

    Richard Dawkins in “The Magic Of Reality” (2011)

  808. “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don't know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”

    Diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929-1945)

  809. “I do not look at the world in terms of black and white – and I find people who do rather scary. I think it’s all shades of grey.”

    British writer E.L. James, author of “Fifty Shades Of Grey”

  810. “Things do not happen. Things are made to happen.”

    President John F Kennedy (1917-1963)

  811. “The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.”

    American author Marvin Phillips

  812. “I see life as being attacked by a bear. You can run or play dead or make yourself bigger.”

    American actress and comedian Amy Poehler

  813. “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.”

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  814. “Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that, even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”

    American writer Kurt Vonnegut, (1922-2007)

  815. “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”

    Diarist and Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929-1945)

  816. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

    President John F Kennedy (1917-1963)

  817. “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

    Buddha (563-483 BC)

  818. “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”

    Roman poet Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)

  819. “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”

    American self development writer Wayne Dyer (1940-2015)

  820. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

    American author and poet Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

  821. "I’m never gonna put boundaries on myself ever again. I’m never gonna say I can’t do it. I’m never gonna say ‘maybe’. I’m never gonna say, ‘I don’t think I can.’ I can and I will."

    Nadiya Hussain, winner of the "Great British Bake Off", 7 October 2015

  822. “Love is something, if you give it away, you end up having more.”

    Grandparents’ Day, Montessori Learning Centre, Nairobi, Kenya, 16 October 2015

  823. “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what clearly lies at hand.”

    British historian and essayist Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

  824. “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth.”

    President John F Kennedy (1917-1963)

  825. “Here’s the thing. None of us get out of life alive. So be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities that you have.”

    Jake Bailey, 18 year old New Zealand schoolboy and cancer sufferer in a school valedictory speech, November 2015

  826. “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

    “Meditations” by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  827. "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear."

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  828. “I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain.”

    American writer James Baldwin (1924-1987) in “The Fire Next Time”

  829. “Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination.”

    Mae Jemison, the first African-American astronaut

  830. "Helping other people is a drug so dangerous that there is no cure, short of total abstention."

    English novelist, poet, essayist and biographer Penelope Fitzgerald (1916-2000)

  831. “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.”

    American writer Herman Melville (1819-1891)

  832. “I think we can disagree without impugning other people’s motives or being disagreeable.”

    President Barack Obama, January 2016 (announcing executive orders on gun control)

  833. "When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realize that the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

    American civil-rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

  834. “Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.”

    Mae Jemison, the first African-American astronaut

  835. “If you always give, you will always have.”

    Chinese proverb

  836. "Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold."

    American novelist Zelda Fitzgerald (1900-1948)

  837. "I refuse to just sit here. I will make a change."

    Sign on a bench in Uhuru Park, Nairobi, Kenya

  838. "Happiness may be as simple as prioritising experiences over possessions, relationships over achievements, and time over money."

    Oliver Burkeman, ""Guardian" newspaper, 5 March 2016

  839. "Life is like a sandwich; you have to fill it with the best ingredients."

    Sign in "Incanto" Deli, Harrow-on-the-Hill, London

  840. “Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.”

    American paediatrician Dr Benjamin Spock (1903-1998)

  841. "Real life is messy. We all have limitations. We all make mistakes. Which means, hey, glass half full, we all have a lot in common. And the more we try to understand one another, the more exceptional each of us will be. But we have to try. So no matter what kind of person you are, I implore you: Try. Try to make the world a better place. Look inside yourself and recognize that change starts with you."

    The closing words of the animated movie "Zootropolis" (2016)

  842. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  843. “I consider myself a runner and I run my ragged race, but then I’m passing on to the next person. Hopefully they are running in the right direction and not the wrong direction, and hopefully they don’t drop the baton – and then they go and they pass it on to somebody else.”

    President Barack Obama, London, 23 April 2016

  844. “Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.”

    American writer Margaret Wheatley

  845. “Earth laughs in flowers.”

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  846. “The world today, with all its pain and all its sorrow, is more just, more democratic, more free, more tolerant, healthier, wealthier, better educated, more empathetic than ever before. If you didn’t know, ahead of time, what your social status would be, what your race was, what your gender was or sexual orientation was, what country you were living in, and you asked what moment in human history would you like to be born, you’d choose right now”.

    President Barack Obama, BBC series “Inside Obama’s White House” (2016)

  847. “The river never drinks its own water. The tree never tastes its own fruit. The field never consumes its own harvest. They selflessly strive for the well-being of all those around them.”

    Indian proverb

  848. “My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.”

    American self development writer Wayne W Dyer (1940-2015)

  849. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  850. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

    American boxer and political activist Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)

  851. “We each have two lives and the second begins when we realise we have only one.”


  852. “You are free to do whatever you like. You need only face the consequences.”

    American psychotherapist Sheldon Kopp (1929-1999)

  853. “We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.”

    American writer Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)

  854. “There are no solutions; there are only trade-offs.”

    American economist Thomas Sowell

  855. "Hope is an embrace of the unknown and the unknowable, an alternative to the certainty of both optimists and pessimists. Optimists think it will all be fine without our involvement; pessimists adopt the opposite position; both excuse themselves from acting. It is the belief that what we do matters, even though how and when it may matter, who and what it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand."

    American writer Rebecca Solnit

  856. “Man is many things, but he is not rational.”

    Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

  857. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

    African proverb

  858. “What life means to us is determined, not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.”

    American writer Lewis L. Dunnington

  859. “There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.”

    Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana (1863-1952)

  860. “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

    American author Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  861. "You’re probably happier in life if you can forget things.”

    American film director Woody Allen

  862. “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

    American baseball manager Lawrence Peter "Yogi" Berra (1925-2015)

  863. “Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don't have any problems, you don't get any seeds.”

    American author Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  864. "Be realistic. Plan for a miracle."

    Indian spiritual leader Osho

  865. “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment.”

    American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

  866. “It is of practical value to learn to like yourself. Since you must spend so much time with yourself, you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.”

    American author Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  867. “Before you assume, read the facts. Before you judge, understand why. Before you speak, think.”

    American teacher Shaana Niessen

  868. "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change."

    English naturalist Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

  869. “You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”

    English politician and reformer William Wilberforce (1759-1833)

  870. "It's never wrong to do the right thing.”

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  871. “Promise me you’ll remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think.”

    “Winnie The Pooh” by A.A. Milne (1882-1956)

  872. "A statement endowed with five factors is well-spoken, not ill-spoken. It is blameless and unfaulted by knowledgeable people. Which five? It is spoken at the right time. It is spoken truthfully. It is spoken with gentleness. It is spoken with beneficial intention. It is spoken with a mind of good-will."

    The Buddha (Vaca Sutta) (AN5.198)

  873. “The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.”

    American-Canadian writer William Gibson

  874. “Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have.”

    American author Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993)

  875. “It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power.”

    English politician and reformer William Wilberforce (1759-1833)

  876. “There is one almost surefire way to be happier: spend more time with people you like.”

    "Happiness By Design” by Paul Dolan (2014)

  877. “There is never an excuse not to speak up for what you think is right.”

    British politician Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960)

  878. “Grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

    Alcoholics Anonymous affirmation

  879. “Nothing is quite as important as you think it is while you’re thinking about it.”

    Happiness By Design” by Paul Dolan (2014)

  880. "The only thing that is the end of the world is the end of the world, and so you get knocked down, you brush yourself off and you get back to work.”

    President Barack Obama at his final White House press conference, 18 January 2017

  881. “Those who are high in the personality trait ‘openness to new experiences’ report being more satisfied with their lives and experience more positive emotions.”

    Happiness By Design” by Paul Dolan (2014)

  882. "We're on this planet for such a short period of time. Let's do something to make the world a little bit better for those that follow."

    Scottish motor neurone disease campaigner Gordon Aikman (1985-2017)

  883. “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.”

    French writer André Gide (1869-1951)

  884. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”

    Nelson Mandela (1918- 2013)

  885. “Studies show that smiling can cause happiness as well as be a consequence of it because the conscious decision to smile unconsciously makes you happier as a result.”

    "Happiness By Design” by Paul Dolan (2014)

  886. “Behave as if everything you do matters, because you have no idea which thing might."

    American writer Gloria Steinem

  887. “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes ... including you.”

    Anne Lamott, British Mindfulness Academy

  888. "You should regard money as fuel for what you really want to do, not as a goal in and of itself. Money is like gas in the car — you need to pay attention or you’ll end up on the side of the road — but a well-lived life is not a tour of gas stations.”

    Tim O'Reilly, commencement address at the UC Berkeley School of Information (2006)

  889. “Everything changes: when good things happen, savour it; and, when bad things happen, hang in there.”

    Scottish singer Sheena Easton

  890. “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship."

    American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

  891. “Whether you see joy as a discipline, an act of defiance, a luxury or a necessity, it is something everyone deserves."

    Facebook chief operating officer and widow Sheryl Sandberg

  892. "A man's life is not made up of the things that happened, but by his memory of them and the way in which he remembers."

    “Where My Heart Used To Beat” by Sebastian Faulks (2015)

  893. “If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

  894. “We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”

    American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888)

  895. “There are two kinds of fool. One says, ‘This is old, therefore it is good.’ And one says, ‘This is new, therefore it is better.’"

    English author William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)

  896. “It is a wonderful thing to live in a world where so many people are nice to children. It would be even better if we lived in one where we were a little nicer to the childlike sides of one another.”

    “The Course Of Love” by Alain de Botton (2016)

  897. "Fear is temporary; regret is forever."


  898. “It takes more courage to examine the dark corners of your own soul than it does for a soldier to fight on a battlefield.”

    Irish poet W. B. Yeats (1865-1939)

  899. “Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends whom we choose.”

    Chinese proverb

  900. “The past exists only in our memory, the future only in our plans. The present is our only reality.”

    American writer and philosopher Robert M Pirsig (1928-2017)

  901. “Question the belief that time is a commodity, to spend, squander or save. In truth, it’s non-transferable, it’s your only medium to be alive in. So why give it away?”

    British writer Catherine Blyth

  902. “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

    Dutch theologian Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

  903. “In separateness lies the world’s great misery; in compassion lies the world’s true strength.”

    Buddha (563-483 BC)

  904. “A kind word is like a spring day.”

    Russian proverb

  905. “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”

    American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963)

  906. “The mind is its own place and in itself can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”

    English writer John Milton (1608-1674) in “Paradise Lost”

  907. “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

    American writer Robert Brault

  908. “The hard truth is that all people love poorly. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour, increasingly.”

    Dutch theologian Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

  909. “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

    William Shakespeare (1564-1616) in “All’s Well That End’s Well”

  910. “The curiosity to learn, to discover, to look over the next hill, the desire to taste the apple: these are the things that make us human."

    Italian scientist Carlo Rovelli in “Reality Is Not What It Seems” (2016)

  911. “The world can be a horrible, cruel place and at the same time it can be wonderful and abundant. These are both truths. There is a not a half-way point – there is only choosing which truth to put in your personal foreground.”

    American academic Lee Ross

  912. “Compassion is the basis of all morality.”

    German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)

  913. “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  914. “Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to places where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken.”

    Dutch theologian Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932-1996)

  915. “It is impossible to walk rapidly and be unhappy.”

    Dr Howard Murphy

  916. “If it’s a good idea, go ahead and do it. It’s much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.”

    American Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (1906-1992)

  917. “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.”

    British philosopher Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

  918. “Never stop asking questions. Complacency is the death of society.”

    British designer Terence Conran

  919. “Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, it is the parent of all other virtues.”

    Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

  920. “A friend should spare himself no earthly trouble bearing a friend’s load.
    He should give heart for heart; unroll his love as both bridge and road.”

    Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli (1172-1216)

  921. “The good idea comes when you are walking your dog or in the shower or resting. And waking up from sleep.”

    Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the hit musical “Hamilton”

  922. "Lead by example with hope, not fear.”

    Former American First Lady Michelle Obama

  923. “Enjoy yourself as much as you can without doing any damage to other people.”

    100 year old British author Diana Athill

  924. “It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”

    British author J K Rowling

  925. “Nothing is just. Everything leads to something else."

    American singer and actor Jennifer Hudson

  926. “What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have."

    Oprah Winfrey speaking at the 2018 Golden Globes Awards

  927. "Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it."

    Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

  928. “When social change begins it cannot be reversed, you cannot un-educate a person who has learned to read, you can not humiliate the person who feels pride, and you can not oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”

    American labour leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez (1927-1993)

  929. “Enjoy when you can and endure when you must.“

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  930. "Enthusiasm is the greatest asset in the world. Its potential value far surpasses money and power and influence.”

    American author Augustine "Og" Mandino (I923-1996)

  931. "There is no bad weather, only bad clothing."

    Norwegian proverb

  932. "All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that."

    Spanish philosopher Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

  933. “It would not be much of a universe if it wasn’t home to the people you love."

    British scientist Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

  934. “Life is all about phases. If you hang in there and do the work, you will get out the other side. You’ll survive."

    British singer Paloma Faith

  935. “What you do makes a difference and you have to decide what difference you want to make.”

    British anthropologist Dr Jane Goodall

  936. “Here is a shocker: The world has made spectacular progress in every single measure of human well-being. Here is a second shocker: Almost no one knows about it.”

    “Enlightenment Now” by Steven Pinker (2018)

  937. “As we care about more of humanity, we’re apt to mistake the harms around us for signs of how low the world has sunk rather than how high our standards have risen.”

    “Enlightenment Now” by Steven Pinker (2018)

  938. “Essentially there is only love. Whatever it may be.”

    Spanish artist Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

  939. "Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives."

    American psychologist William James (1842-1910)

  940. “We are not in a post-truth era. Mendacity, truth-shading, conspiracy theories, extraordinary popular delusions, and the madness of crowds are as old as our species, but so is the conviction that some ideas are right and some are wrong."

    “Enlightenment Now” by Steven Pinker (2018)

  941. "Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness."

    American writer James Thurber (1894-1961)

  942. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

    “Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling (1999)

  943. “Writing always gives us control over the things we can’t control in our lives.”

    American writer Roxanne Gay

  944. “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  945. “Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder.”

    Persian Sunni Muslim poet Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

  946. “The best and the most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  947. “What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book and a cup of coffee?”

    British novelist Anthony Trollope (1815-1862)

  948. “We always have to believe in what is possible in life and not be hindered by history or expectations.”

    England football manager Gareth Southgate

  949. “Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  950. “Reading and writing are the most nourishing forms of meditation anyone has so far found."

    American writer Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

  951. “Life is waiting for you. You might be stuck here for a while, but the world isn’t going anywhere. Hang on in there if you can. Life is always worth it.”

    “Reasons To Stay Alive “ by Matt Haig (2015)

  952. “Opportunities multiply as they are seized; they die when neglected. Life is a long line of opportunities."

    John Wicker

  953. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
    Is just to love and be loved in return.”

    Lyrics from “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole

  954. “Poverty does not destroy virtue nor wealth bestow it.”

    Colombian proverb

  955. “Are we controlled by our thoughts, or are we controlling our thoughts?”

    American teacher Raymond Holliwell (1900-1986)

  956. "To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  957. “Kindness is a super power”.

    British teacher and author Adrian Bethune

  958. “When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive; to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

    “Meditations” by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  959. “And you can always, always, give kindness.”

    Dutch Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929-1945)

  960. “Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.”

    American Dr Benjamin Spock (1903-1998)

  961. “Be thankful for what you have and you will end up with more.”

    American television talk show host Oprah Winfrey

  962. “The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway.”

    Henry Boye

  963. “The purpose of life is to give life meaning.”

    Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl

  964. “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

    Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962)

  965. "A gentle word opens an iron gate."

    Bulgarian proverb

  966. “The things I used to worry about are now the things I love about myself and make me who I am.”

    South Sudan-born supermodel Alek Wek

  967. “To be successful, you don't have to do extraordinary things. Just do ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

    American motivational speaker Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

  968. “We are in a major epidemic of distraction, we never have to be bored again, we never have to wait for anything, but that is making us lose ourselves.”

    British author Matt Haig

  969. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”

    American motivational speaker Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

  970. “For the first time in human history, starvation kills fewer people than obesity; plagues kill fewer people than old age; and violence kills fewer people than accidents.”

    Author and historian Yuval Noah Harari in “The World In 2019”

  971. "I would much rather fail gloriously than not venture, not try.”

    American chef, author & television personality Anthony Bourdain (1956-2018)

  972. “Life is not just the passing of time. Life is the collection of experiences and their intensity.”

    American motivational speaker Jim Rohn (1930-2009)

  973. “What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realised it sooner.”

    French writer Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954)

  974. “Like your body, your mind also gets tired, so refresh it by wise sayings."

    4th Islamic caliph Hazrat Ali (599-661 AD)

  975. “Begin doing what you want to do now. We are not living in eternity. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand and melting like a snowflake.”

    British philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

  976. “We do not remember days; we remember moments.”

    Italian writer Cesare Pavese (1908-1950)

  977. “Perspective is everything when you are experiencing the challenges of life.”

    American disability activist Joni Eareckson Tada

  978. “When you judge another, you don’t define them, you define yourself.”

    American self-help author Wayne W. Dyer (1940-2015)

  979. “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

    Chinese philosopher Confucius (551-479 BC)

  980. “The noblest art is that of making others happy."

    American showman P T Barnum (1810-1891)

  981. “Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  982. “You only live once - but if you work it right, once is enough.”

    American singer Joe E. Lewis (1902-1971)

  983. “I believe in an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.”

    Publisher of the “New York Times” Arthur Hays Sulzberger (1891-1968)

  984. “It’s good to think when you walk, but it’s even better not to."

    Norwegian explorer Erling Kagge

  985. “Everything that you think is set - whether it’s history or a relationship - you redefine the whole time.”

    British television presenter Emily Maitlis

  986. “The sun shines alike on roses and dung, on everything we see.
    You, alike to the greatest and the lowly, merciful should be.”

    Georgian poet Shota Rustaveli (1172-1216)

  987. “Everything I do and say with anyone makes a difference.”

    American author and consultant Gita Bellin

  988. “Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.”

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  989. “It won’t always be like this. It’s going to get better.”

    Murdered Northern Ireland journalist Lyra McKee (1990-2019) in a letter to her younger self

  990. “I love company, chat, a laugh, a glass, and even a song.”

    American statesman Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

  991. “No one is too small to make a difference.”

    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg

  992. “We are eventually sustained by who we love, not by what we achieve."

    British television reviewer Tim Adams writing about the programme “63 Up"

  993. “What a grand thing, to be loved. What a grander thing still, to love.”

    French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

  994. “The choice you’ll never know is the choice you’ll never make.”

    American communications expert Nicholas Johnson

  995. “Thou shalt not be a victim, thou shalt not be a perpetrator, but, above all, thou shalt not be a bystander.”

    Jewish historian Yehuda Bauer

  996. “Toleration is the best religion.”

    French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

  997. “Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man."

    Anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978)

  998. “Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”

    French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

  999. “Becoming is never giving up on the idea that there’s more growing to be done.”

    Michelle Obama in her memoirs “Becoming”

  1000. “Do we settle for the world as it is or do we work for the world as it should be?”

    Barack Obama as quoted by Michelle Obama in her memoirs “Becoming”

  1001. “There is freedom waiting for you,
    On the breezes of the sky,
    And you ask 'What if I fall?'
    Oh but my darling,
    What if you fly?”

    Australian poet Erin Hanson

  1002. “Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways that we are the same.”

    Michelle Obama in her memoirs “Becoming”

  1003. “When we are standing on our truth, we are on the strongest soil of all.”

    My friend Jennifer Crokaert

  1004. "There is no substitute for touch. To be alive is to crave it."

    “Fear Of Dying” by Erica Jong (2015)

  1005. “When they go low, we go high.”

    Michelle Obama as quoted in her memoirs “Becoming”

  1006. "There are two things a person should never be angry at: what they can help and what they cannot.”

    Greek philosopher Plato (427-347 BC)

  1007. "Young people can run fast but old people know the way.”

    Mascitelli And Partners

  1008. “All you can find is progress not perfection."

    British actress and activist Jameela Jamil

  1009. "Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.”

    American author Sue Patton Thoele

  1010. “There is no rewind button for life.”

    Korean American artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006)

  1011. "As you go through life, you discover so many forms of love - passionate, compassionate, familial, friendship. Love is hard to describe but it’s wonderful.”

    English actress Dame Julie Andrews

  1012. “I am pieces of all the places I have been and the people I have loved. I’ve been stitched together by song lyrics, book quotes, adventure, late night conversations, moonlight, and the smell of coffee.”

    American author Brooke Hampton

  1013. “Have a care for what you put out in the world and then let the world do what it will.“

    British actress Felicity Jones

  1014. “Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

    Writer Carl Bad

  1015. “Considering the fact that we're all laced with flaws, idiosyncrasies, and vulnerabilities, wouldn't it be wise and kind to adopt an attitude of gentleness in relating to each other?”

    American author Sue Patton Thoele

  1016. “Women hold up half the sky.”

    Chinese leader Mao Zedong (1893-1976)

  1017. "To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson, American author, poet & philosopher (1803-1882)

  1018. “It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.”

     Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

  1019. “The key to success, the key to happiness, is opening your mind and your heart to love.”

    American singer/songwriter John Legend

  1020. “The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.”

    American actress Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993)

  1021. "Our differences are a source of admiration, surprise, discomfort, misunderstanding, ridicule, caricature and, yes, love.”

    European Commission Executive Vice-President Frans Timmermans

  1022. “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”

    American country singer Dolly Parton

  1023. “One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.”

    Charles Dodgson, aka Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

  1024. “You can cut all the flowers, but you can’t stop spring from coming.”

    Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973)

  1025. “A bird sitting in a tree is not afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not in the branch, but in her own wings.”


  1026. “There is only one thing better than making a new friend and that is keeping an old one.”

    Lexicographer Elmer G Leterman (1897-1982)

  1027. “What you think about yourself is much more important than what others think of you.”

    Roman writer Marcus Annaeus Seneca (54 BC – c. 39 AD)

  1028. “We are all a little broken. But last time I checked, broken crayons still colour the same.”

    Former American football player Trent Shelton

  1029. “Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero.”
    [“Seize the day trusting as little as possible in the next one.”]

    Roman poet Horace (65 BC - 8 BC)

  1030. “Hope and patience are two sovereign remedies for all, the surest reposals, the softest cushions to lean on in adversity."

    English scholar Robert Burton (1577-1640)

  1031. "Life’s like a cream bun, you know – you want to have as much as you can.”

    English actress Miriam Margoyles

  1032. “I’ll have plenty of time to rest when I die, but this eventuality is not yet part of my plans."

    “Love In The Time Of Cholera” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1981)

  1033. “Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.”

    Writer George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

  1034. "Whatever comes out of these gates, we've got a better chance of survival if we work together."

    Maximus in the film “Gladiator” (2000)

  1035. "Everybody is half dead. Everybody avoids everybody. All over the place, in most situations, most all the time. I know, I'm one of those everybodies, and to me it is terrible. And so all I'm trying to do all the time is just open people up so they can feel themselves and let themselves be open to somebody else. That is all. That's it."

    American singer Nina Simone (1933-2003)

  1036. “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov aka Lenin (1870-1924)

  1037. “There can be no return to normal because normal was the problem in the first place.”

    Graffiti in Hong Kong (2020) ,p>

  1038. “Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  1039. “Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles. It takes away today’s peace.”

    Randy Armstrong

  1040. “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)

  1041. “Man's dearest possession is life. It is given to him but once, and he must live it so as to feel no torturing regrets for wasted years, never know the burning shame of a mean and petty past; so live that, dying, he might say: all my life, all my strength were given to the finest cause in all the world - the fight for the Liberation of Mankind.”

    Soviet writer Nikolai Ostrovsky (1904-1936)

  1042. “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”

    Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)

  1043. “Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

    Norman MacEwan

  1044. “We need leaders not in love with money but in love with justice. Not in love with publicity but in love with humanity.”

    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968)

  1045. “An idea doesn’t exist unless you do something about it. Thought has no real living meaning unless it’s followed by action of some kind.”

    Welsh stained glass artist John Petts (1914-1991)

  1046. “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

    English poet Robert Browning (1812-1889)

  1047. “You have to believe in happiness or happiness never comes.”

    American poet Douglas Malloch (1877-1938)

  1048. “Respect science, respect nature, respect each other.”

    American environmental innovator Hal Harvey

  1049. “Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty, not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

    English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  1050. "Our minds, souls, and hearts cannot rest until freedom and justice exist for all the people."

    American civil rights activist John Lewis (1940-2020)

  1051. "In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy."

    American clergyman Karl Reiland 

  1052. “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.”

    American author Henry James (1843-1916)

  1053. "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."

    French writer Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

  1054. "A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are blessed, and for whom you are grateful."

    American writer William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

  1055. “Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.”

    American writer Rachel Marie Martin

  1056. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

    American educator Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998)

  1057. "The white, cis, male hetero-patriarchy, it's all being deconstructed right now."

    American cellist and singer Kelsey Lu who is a queer, black woman 

  1058. “The world is changed by your example not by your opinion.”

    Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho

  1059. "Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."

    Former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

  1060. “To make a difference in someone’s life, you don’t have to be brilliant, rich, beautiful or perfect. You just have to care.”  

    American author Mandy Hale

  1061. “When you have exhausted all the possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.”

    American inventor Thomas Edison (1837-1931)

  1062. “Life is not a problem to be solved but a mystery to be experienced.”

    French philosopher Gabriel Marcel (1889-1973)

  1063. "I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday."


  1064. "Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while, a great wind carries me across the sky."

    Saying of the Native American Obijwe

  1065. “Never apologize for showing your feelings. When you do, you are apologizing for the truth.”

    American writer José N. Harris

  1066. “One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.”

    African-American civil rights activist Dick Gregory (1932-2017)

  1067. “Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Everyday, I walk myself into a state of well-being & walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it. But by sitting still, & the more one sits still, the closer one comes to feeling ill. Thus if one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right.”

    Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

  1068. "Life is like a camera. Focus on what's important. Capture the good times. Develop from the negatives. And, if things don't work out, take another shot."


  1069. "To succeed in this world, we will have to learn to manage diversity and gain strength from it, rather than feel threatened by it."

    "Ten Lessons For a Post-Pandemic World" by Fareed Zakaria (2020)

  1070. “I’ve always believed that things will get better. The sun will shine again, the birds will sing, and we’ll all have a lovely day tomorrow.”

    100 year old British fundraiser Captain Tom Moore

  1071. “Imagine you’re 90 on a park bench. What matters?”

    Amanda Mackenzie, CEO of Business In The Community

  1072. “You, exactly as you are, are worthy of all the love, kindness and joy in the world.”

    American singer Tina Turner

  1073. “And now let us welcome the new year, full of things that never were.”

    Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)

  1074. “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”

    English novelist Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

  1075. “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

    French writer Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

  1076. “I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness because it shows me the stars.”

    American author Augustine "Og" Mandino (I923-1996) 

  1077. “For there is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.”

    “The Hill We Climb” by American poet Amanda Gorman (2021)

  1078. “Whatever you do won't be enough ... Try anyway.”

    Barack Obama in "A Promised Land" (2020) 

  1079. “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on Earth.”

    American boxer Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) 

  1080. "There, but for the grace of God. or the accident of birth, or the mystery of fate, go I."

    American political philosopher Michael Sandel

  1081. “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

    American author, poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

  1082. “It’s your road and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.”

    Persian Sunni Muslim poet Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)

  1083. “When all is said and done, more is said than done.”

    American football coach Lou Holtz

  1084. “Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question.”

    “21 Lessons For The 21st Century” by Yuval Noah Harari (2018)

  1085. “Life is one long suspense novel. We don’t know what’s going to happen to us tomorrow, two hours from now, a week from now.”

    American author of suspense novels Dean Koontz

  1086. “The manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.”

    American statesman Dean Acheson (1893-1971)

  1087. “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.”

    Sixth century BC Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu

  1088. “Be the curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy.”

    American blogger Leo Babauta

  1089. "Climate change will not have a vaccine."

    David, Remnick, editor of the "New Yorker" magazine

  1090. “The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure much.”

    English writer William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

  1091. "Talking to yourself can be useful. And writing means being overheard."

    British author Zadie Smith in "Intimations" (2020)

  1092. “Success comes from curiosity, concentration, perseverance and self-criticism.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  1093. “Life isn’t simply made of the things we do, but the things we don’t do too. And every moment of our life is a kind of turning.”

    Matt Haig in “The Midnight Library” (2020)

  1094. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968)

  1095. “Never underestimate the big importance of small things.“

    Matt Haig in “The Midnight Library” (2020)

  1096. “Life gets better when you give, just for fun.”

    Canadia sportsman Maxime Lagacé

  1097. “You don’t have to understand life. You just have to live it.”

    Matt Haig in “The Midnight Library” (2020)

  1098. “A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers.”

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  1099. “Expecting is the greatest impediment to living. In anticipation of tomorrow, it loses today.”

    Roman writer Marcus Annaeus Seneca  (54 BC – c. 39 AD)

  1100. “Angry people want you to see how powerful they are. Loving people want you to see how powerful you are.”

    Chief Red Eagle aka Henry Perley (1885-1972)

  1101. “I look upon every day to be lost in which I do not make a new acquaintance.”

    English writer Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  1102. “If I could get every Earthling to do one circle of the Earth, I think things would run a little differently.”

    American astronaut Karen Nyberg

  1103. “To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man’s life.”

    American poet T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

  1104. “Life has no pleasure higher or nobler than that of friendship.”

    English writer Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  1105. “Wherever you are, be totally there.”

    Eckhart Tolle

  1106. “There’s simply no way to understand the human world without stories.”

    "The Science Of Storytelling" by Will Storr" (2019)

  1107. “Life is a storm that will test you unceasingly. Don’t wait for calm waters that may not arrive. Derive purpose from resilience. Learn to sail the raging sea.”

    “Meditations” by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  1108. “Preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”

    American cosmologist Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

  1109. "Plans are useless. Planning is indispensable."

    US general and President Dwight D Eisenhower (1890-1969)

  1110. “We are quick to forget that just being alive is an extraordinary piece of good luck, a remote event, a chance occurrence of monstrous proportions.”

    Lebanese-American writer Nicholas Nassim Taleb

  1111. “The person who asks questions is more helpful than the person who offers advice.”

    American writer James Clear

  1112. “Life is change that yearns for stability”.

    “The Cultural Animal” by Professor Roy Baumeister (2005)

  1113. “If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself left alone. A man should keep his friendship in constant repair.”

    English writer Dr Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

  1114. “Once you learn patience, your options suddenly expand.”

    American author Robert Greene

  1115. “Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  1116. “To be richer, happier, and freer, all you need to do is want less.”

    Francine Jay

  1117. "It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning."

    American military and political leader Colin Powell (1937-2021)

  1118. “Easy paths, crowded destinations.”

    American entrepreneur Scott Belsky

  1119. "Music is not just the icing on the cake. It's the cake itself. It's human life."

    British pianist Stephen Hough

  1120. “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

    American President Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

  1121. "After a game of chess, the king and the pawn go into the same box."

    Old Italian proverb

  1122. “What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone.”

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  1123. "The worst thing would be to look back and think of all the things that one could have tried and could have done and think - why didn’t I do that?”

    British singer David Bowie (1947-2016)

  1124. “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”

    South African archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021)

  1125. "Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen."

    American television host Conan O’Brien

  1126. “Keep only the items that spark joy.”

    Japanese author Marie Kondo

  1127. “A work of art must make life more enjoyable or endurable.”

    American film director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999)

  1128. “The idea that you are successful because you are smart and hardworking is pernicious and wrong, because it means everyone who is unsuccessful is stupid and lazy.”

    Minouche Shafik, Egyptian Director of the London School of Economics

  1129. “We have to stop assuming that we can meet global challenges with nation state-only solutions.”

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in “Seven Ways To Change The World” (2021)

  1130. “If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee that there is no hope.”

    American political activist Noam Chomsky

  1131. “The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water moulds itself to the pitcher.”

    Zen proverb

  1132. “Nothing is better able to dispel prejudices than familiarity with many peoples of disparate customs, laws and opinions.”

    Swiss traveller, scientist and philosopher Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777)

  1133. “Objections without objectives incite fury. Objections with objectives force change.”

    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in “Seven Ways To Change The World” (2021)

  1134. “We need hope. We can’t do anything without optimism."

    American political activist Angela Davis

  1135. “As long as you feel pain, you’re still alive. As long as you make mistakes, you’re still human. And as long as you keep trying, there’s still hope.”

    American writer Susan Gale

  1136. “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”

    British statesman Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

  1137. “You can’t really begin to appreciate life until it has knocked you down a few times. You can’t really begin to appreciate love until your heart has been broken. And you can’t really begin to appreciate happiness until you've known sadness.”

    American writer Susan Gale

  1138. “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.”

    American writer Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)

  1139. “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

    American writer and editor Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915)

  1140. “Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.”

    American writer Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)

  1141. “Don’t demand or expect that events happen as you would wish them to. Accept events as they actually happen. That way peace is possible."

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 –c. AD 100)

  1142. “The longer you have to wait for something, the more you will appreciate it when it finally arrives. The harder you have to fight for something, the more priceless it will become once you achieve it. And the more pain you have to endure on your journey, the sweeter the arrival at your destination.”

    American writer Susan Gale

  1143. “Life has no meaning. Each of us has meaning and we bring it to life. It is a waste to be asking the question when you are the answer.”

    American writer Joseph Campbell (1904-1987)

  1144. “It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  1145. “I’ve looked at life from both sides now
    From win and lose and still somehow
    It’s life’s illusions I recall
    I really don’t know life at all.”

    “Both Sides Now” by American singer Joni Mitchell

  1146. “Kindness gives birth to kindness.”

    Greek playwright Sophocles (496-405 BC)

  1147. “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-state version of somebody else.”

    American actress and singer Judy Garland (1922-1969)

  1148. “The world belongs to the energetic.”

    American author, poet & philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

  1149. "We don't need to be saved - we need to be seen."

    "Hearticulations" by Jeff Brown (2020)

  1150. “We should know what our convictions are and stand for them."

    Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875 –1961)

  1151. “You must trust and believe in people or life becomes impossible.”

    Russian playwright Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

  1152. “The greatness of humanity is not in being human, but in being humane.”

    Indian political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

  1153. “The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle - which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.”

    English journalist and author Storm Jameson (1891-1986)

  1154. “The world doesn’t need more talking. It needs more listening.”

    Canadian sportsman Maxime Lagacé

  1155. “Instead of presents, give presence.”

    American blogger Leo Babauta

  1156. "We cannot hold a torch to light another's path without brightening our own."

    American author and psychologist Ben Sweetland

  1157. “Enthusiasm is the most important thing in life.”

    American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983)

  1158. "Most people focus too much on what’s going to happen next, and not enough on what’s happening now."

    American author Marianne Williamson

  1159. "I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list."

    American writer Susan Sontag (1933-2004)

  1160. “Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”

    Roman writer Marcus Annaeus Seneca  (54 BC – c. 39 AD)

  1161. “There is nothing in life but refraining from hurting others and comforting those that are sad.”

    South African author Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)

  1162. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."

    The Dalai Lama

  1163. “Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some other object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way.”

    English philosopher John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

  1164. “What then should we strive for? Not happiness or an ideal life, but to find sufficient meaning in the world that we are glad to be alive and to cope with grace when life is hard. We won’t achieve perfection, but our lives may be good enough.“

    Kieran Setiya, professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  1165. “To understand is to forgive, even oneself.”

    American journalist Alexander Chase

  1166. “Absence of occupation is not rest.
    A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.”

    English poet William Cowper (1731-1800)

  1167. “I always prefer to believe the best of everybody; it saves so much trouble.”

    English writer Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

  1168. “The point is not to be known for your good deeds, but to do a little something for someone else to make the world a slightly nicer place in that moment.”

    British ‘stealth angel of good deeds’Marilyn Devonish

  1169. “The awakened and knowing say: body am I entirely, and nothing more; and soul is only the name for something about the body.”

    German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

  1170. “Every time I pick up a history book, I feel better about the present day.”

    American writer Malcolm Gladwell 

  1171. “We might feel that we are responsible for fixing our friends’ problems and removing their pain, but often what they need is for somebody just to be there with them.”

    Canadian clinical psychologist Miriam Kirmayer

  1172. “A very small shift in direction can lead to a very meaningful change in destination.”

    American writer James Clear

  1173. “The big, surprising takeaway is how much having warm connections with other people predicts how long you stay healthy, how long your brain will stay sharp.”

    American professor Robert Waldinger, leader of the world's longest-running study of happiness

  1174. “You can be kind but strong, empathetic but decisive, optimistic but focused.”

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

  1175. “Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”

    Canadian-American economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006)

  1176. "No culture has a monopoly on wisdom, no culture embodies all the great values, and therefore each culture has a great deal to learn from others, through dialogue."

    British political theorist Bhikhu Parekh

  1177. “Work is the grand cure of all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind.”

    Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

  1178. "While it is important to remain open-minded to new ideas and other points of view, we shouldn't be so open-minded that our brains fall out."

    Jim Al-Khalili in "The Joy Of Science" (2022)

  1179. “Three things in life: your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.”

    Indian-American entrepreneur Naval Ravikant

  1180. “If there is no struggle. there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation are men who want crops without plowing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”

    American social reformer Frederick Douglass (1817-1895)

  1181. “All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, to make it possible”.

    “The Seven Pillars Of Wisdom” by T.E. Lawrence (1926)

  1182. “The laughs you get for being cruel are false, born of relief that they are not a target and the hope they can delay becoming one. The sneers you'll get for being kind are false too, born of discomfort and the hope no one will notice they don't measure up. Choose kindness." 

    Former Australian diplomat Dmitry Grozoubinski

  1183. “We are not born for ourselves alone.”

    Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC)

  1184. “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

    Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

  1185. “Loneliness is to be avoided; solitude is to be sought.”

    American actor Tom Hanks

  1186. “Knowing what to leave out is just as important as knowing what to focus on.“

    American business magnate Warren Buffett

  1187. “Living our life deeply and with happiness, having time to care for our loved ones – this is another kind of success, another kind of power, and it is much more important.”

    Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh

  1188. “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.”

    Jamaican musician Bob Marley (1945-1981)

  1189. “Be tolerant with others and strict with yourself.”

    “Meditations” by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  1190. “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”


  1191. “The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and to have it found out by accident.”

    English essayist Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

  1192. "No pressure, no diamonds."

    Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

  1193. “Clarity is the key to life. I’ve tried to cultivate habits of mind where I get rid of everything extraneous and ask: What is this about? Who is it for? Is it important?”

    British actor Simon Callow

  1194. “My friends have made the story of my life.”

    Blind activist Helen Keller (1880-1968)

  1195. “The important thing is this: to be able to sacrifice at any moment what we are for what we could become.”

    British naturalist Charle Dubois (1658-1740)

  1196. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.”


  1197. “People change and forget to tell each other."

    American writer Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)

  1198. “He has the most who is content with the least.”

    Greek philosopher Diogenes (404-323 BC)

  1199. “Life is a mountain. Your goal is to find your path, not to reach the top."

    Canadian Maxime Lagrace

  1200. “To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often.”

    English theologian John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

  1201. “Life moves on and so should we.”

    American writer Spencer Johnson (1938-2017)

  1202. “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.”

    “Meditations” by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-180)

  1203. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.”

    American singer & songwriter Gerard Way

  1204. “My greatest skill has been to want little.”

    American author Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

  1205. “The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.”

    Jules Verne in “Around The World In Eighty Days” (1872)

  1206. “A good recipe for happiness seems to be food, family and friends.”

    Mieke Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark

  1207. “What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?”

    Franco-Swiss philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)

  1208. “Order, tranquillity, good connection with family and friends, contact with nature, emotional stability, no worries, no regrets, lots of positivity and staying away from toxic people.”

    Advice on longevity from Spanish Maria Branyas aged 116

  1209. “All I really want to do in life is know that I’ve given it everything I can. Regardless of the outcome, I’ve stayed true to who I am.”

    England football team’s goalkeeper Mary Earps

  1210. “What we know is a drop. What we don’t know is an ocean.”

    British scientist Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)

  1211. “We rise by lifting others.”

    American orator Robert G Ingersoll (1833-1899)

  1212. “Everything positive begins with the quality of the relationships in our lives.”

    “Observer” columnist Yvonne Roberts

  1213. “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

    Scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

  1214. “I have chosen to be happy because it is good for my health.”

    Francois-Marie Arouet, called Voltaire (1694-1778)

  1215. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr., American civil-rights leader (1929-1968)

  1216. “Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.”

    Buddha (563-483 BC)

  1217. “To change your life, you need to change your priorities.”

    American novelist, journalist and humorist Mark Twain (1835-1910)

  1218. “Give to every human being every right that you claim for yourself.”

    American orator Robert G Ingersoll (1833-1899)

  1219. “Everyone wants a better life: very few of us want to be better people.”

    British author Alain de Botton

  1220. “Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation."

    Scottish writer Alasdair Gray (1934-2019)

  1221. “Work needs rest and rest takes work. We need to allow ourself to rest, to nap, to enjoy, to deliberately switch on to joy and nourishment and the stuff that actually fills the tank.”

    British professor of health psychologist Vincent Deary

  1222. “I’ve always been excited about getting older. I love getting wiser and having more experience.”

    American actress Tracy Ellis Ross

  1223. “Seek not the good in external things; seek it in yourself.”

    Greek philosopher Epictetus (c. AD 60 – c. AD 100)

  1224. “Tell me what is it you plan to do with your one, wild and precious life?”

    American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019)

  1225. “Write it all down. Think in ink.”

    British political strategist Alastair Campbell

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