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"Golden Real Estate Quotes" -- David Walker's collection of thoughts and quotes about Real Estate, Homes, Land, Money, and Other Things. Sorted with no rhyme or reason. Date showed is when the quote was first on this website.

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"The aim of a joke is not to degrade the human being, but to remind him that he is already degraded." - George Orwell



March 2020

"The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot." - Salvador Dali

"Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained." - Nathaniel Hawthorne

"He is like to be mistaken who makes choice of a covetous man for a friend, or relieth upon the reed of narrow and poltroon friendship. Pitiful things are only to be found in the cottages of such breasts; but bright thoughts, clear deeds, constancy, fidelity, bounty and generous honesty are the gems of noble minds, wherein (to derogate from none) the true, heroic English gentleman hath no peer." - Sir Thomas Browne

"Faith, in order to be genuine and of any real value, must be the offspring of that divine love which Jesus manifested when He prayed for His enemies on the cross." - Hosea Ballou

"The difference between rising at five and seven o'clock in the morning, for the space of forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to ten additional years to a man's life." - Philip Doddridge

"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing." - James Brown

"Many men have been capable of doing a wise thing, more a cunning thing, but very few a generous thing." - Alexander Pope

"Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush. - Francis Bacon

"Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth, And thus do we of wisdom and of reach, With windlasses and with assays of bias, By indirections find directions out. - William Shakespeare

"Abstractness, sometimes hurled as a reproach at mathematics, is its chief glory and its surest title to practical usefulness. It is also the source of such beauty as may spring from mathematics." - Eric Temple Bell

"We are ruined, not by what we really want, but by what we think we do; therefore never go abroad in search of your wants; if they be real wants, they will come home in search of you; for he that buys what he does not want, will soon want what he cannot buy." - Charles Caleb Colton

"A cucumber should be well sliced, and dressed with pepper and vinegar, and then thrown out, as good for nothing." - Samuel Johnson

"I'm just trying to make a smudge on the collective unconscious". - David Letterman

"Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new impositions, any bungler can add to the old; but to is altogether wise to have no other bounds to your impositions than the patience of those who are to bear them?" - Edmund Burke

"When you stop talking, you've lost your customer." - Estee Lauder

"My heart leaps when I behold A rainbow in the sky!" - William Wordsworth

"A chord, stronger or weaker, is snapped asunder in every parting, and Time's busy fingers are not practised in re splicing broken ties. Meet again you may; will it be in the same way? with the same sympathies? with the same sentiments? Will the souls, hurrying on in diverse paths, unite once more, as if the interval had been a dream? Rarely, rarely." - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

"I never was on the dull, tame shore, But I loved the great sea more and more." - Barry Cornwall

"He who closes his ears to the views of others shows little confidence in the integrity of his own views." - William Congreve

"As in the greater world for man, so in the little world of man,--as in the outward riches of the one, so in the inner treasures of the other, many possess much, and enjoy but little; many have much, and use but little; others use much, and but little well. I shall not so much endeavor to have much wherewithal to do as to do much with that little I have. It shall not so much grieve me that I am a poor treasurer, as joy me if I had been a good steward. I could wish I had more to use well, but more wish well to use that I have. If he were so blamed that employed not one talent well, what would become of me if I had ten and abused them?" - Arthur Warwick

"Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs". - Charles Andre Joseph de Gaulle

"Up from the sea, the wild north wind is blowing Under the sky's gray arch; Smiling I watch the shaken elm boughs, knowing It is the wind of March." - William Wordsworth

February 2020

"There are four kinds of people, three of which are to be avoided and the fourth cultivated: those who don't know that they don't know; those who know that they don't know; those who don't know that they know; and those who know that they know." - Rendering of an Arab proverb

"There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away." - Henry Ward Beecher

"The ideals that have lighted my way and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty and Truth." - Albert Einstein

"Give a child the habit of sacredly regarding the truth--of carefully respecting the property of others--of scrupulously abstaining from all acts of improvidence which can involve him in distress, and he will just as likely think of rushing into the element in which he cannot breathe, as of lying or cheating or stealing." - Lord Henry Peter Brougham

As a rule, only the poor are generous. Rich people can always find excellent reasons for not handing over twenty thousand francs to a relative. - Honore de Balzac

"Facts are facts and will not disappear on account of your likes." - Jawaharlal Nehru

"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving." - Albert Einstein

"A girl can wait for the right man to come along but in the meantime that still doesn't mean she can't have a wonderful time with all the wrong ones." - Cher

"Capitalism is the legitimate racket of the ruling class. - Alphonse (Al) Capone

"A critic once characterized baseball as six minutes of action crammed into two-and-one-half hours." - Ray Fitzgerald

"Creditors have better memories than debtors; and creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times. - Benjamin Franklin

"Abundance changes the value of things." - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

"The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in harmonious relationship." - Andrew Carnegie

"But if - We have such another victory, we are undone." - attributed to Pyrrhus," - Pyrrhus lost 3,500 men at the battle of Asculum in 279 BC

"If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time insight into and understanding of many things." - Vincent van Gogh

"Men want to be reminded, who do not want to be taught; because those original ideas of rectitude to which the mind is compelled to assent when they are proposed, are not always as present to us as they ought to be." - Edmund Burke

"The waters of salvation, welling forth from the mercy-seat above, have descended in copious floods to refresh and bless the earth. And will you refuse to drink of the river of life which flows full and free before you, proffering health and gladness to your famished soul, because you cannot discover every thing pertaining to its source, far, far away in the recesses of the Eternal Mind?" - George Barton Ide

"We will never be an advanced civilization as long as rain showers can delay the launching of a space rocket." - George Carlin

"There is no such thing as preaching patience into people unless the sermon is so long that they have to practice it while they hear. No man can learn patience except by going out into the hurly-burly world, and taking life just as it blows. Patience is but lying to and riding out the gale." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Good Americans when they die go to Paris. - attributed to Thomas Gold Appleton, by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"You will know you're old when you cease to be amazed. - Noel Coward, said to Glenn Ford

"As a general thing, an individual who is neat in his person is neat in his morals." - Henry Wheeler Shaw

"As in the greater world for man, so in the little world of man,--as in the outward riches of the one, so in the inner treasures of the other, many possess much, and enjoy but little; many have much, and use but little; others use much, and but little well. I shall not so much endeavor to have much wherewithal to do as to do much with that little I have. It shall not so much grieve me that I am a poor treasurer, as joy me if I had been a good steward. I could wish I had more to use well, but more wish well to use that I have. If he were so blamed that employed not one talent well, what would become of me if I had ten and abused them?" - Arthur Warwick

"A day without laughter is a day wasted." - Charlie Chaplin

"Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge." - Matthew Arnold

"A jury is a group of twelve people of average ignorance." - Herbert Spencer

January 2020

"You will know you're old when you cease to be amazed. - Noel Coward, said to Glenn Ford

"There is no slight danger from general ignorance; and the only choice which Providence has graciously left to a vicious government is either to fall by the people, if they are suffered to become enlightened, or with them, if they are kept enslaved and ignorant." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"The sunshine of life is made up of very little beams, that are bright all the time." - Conrad Potter Aiken

"If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need." - Cicero

"Let us never forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. Man may be civilized in some degree without great progress in manufactures and with little commerce with his distant neighbors. But without the cultivation of the earth, he is, in all countries, a savage. Until he gives up the chase and fixes himself in some place, and seeks a living from the earth, he is a roaming barbarian. When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization." - Daniel Webster

"To the family that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to." - Dodie Smith

"Their best and most wholesome feeding is upon one dish and no more and the same plaine and simple: for surely this hudling of many meats one upon another of divers tastes is pestiferous. But sundrie sauces are more dangerous than that." - Pliny the Elder

"The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing." - James Brown

"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." - Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929 - 1968)

"Capital is reckless of the health or length of life of the laborer, unless under compulsion from society." - Karl Marx

"In football the object is to march into enemy territory and cross his goal. In baseball the object is to go home." - George Carlin

"The actor is in, the capacity of a steward to every living muse, and of an executor to every departed one: the poet digs up the ore; he sifts it from the dross, refines and purifies it for the mint; the actor sets the stamp upon it, and makes it, current in the world." - Richard Cumberland, Bishop of Peterborough

"Janus was invoked at the commencement of most actions; even in the worship of the other gods the votary began by offering wine and incense to Janus. The first month in the year was named from him; and under the title of Matutinus he was regarded as the opener of the day. Hence he had charge of the gates of Heaven, and hence, too, all gates, Januoe, were called after him, and supposed to be under his care. Hence, perhaps, it was, that he was represented with a staff and key, and that he was named the Opener (Patulcius), and the Shutter (Clusius)." - Mary Ann Dwight

December 2019

"I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that l could bring to it." - Rose Kennedy

"The sea drowns out humanity and time. It has no sympathy with either, for it belongs to eternity; and of that it sings its monotonous song forever and ever." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

"A good name will wear out; a bad one may be turned; a nickname lasts forever." - Johann Georg von Zimmermann

"Men's need to dominate women may be based in their own sense of marginality or emptiness; we do not know its root, and men are making no effort to discover it." - Marilyn French

"If there is a meaning in life at all, then there must be a meaning in suffering. Suffering is an ineradicable part of life, even as fate and death. Without suffering and death, human life cannot be complete." - Viktor Emil Frank"

"Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law and without justice. If he finds himself an individual who cannot live in society, or who pretends he has need of only his own resources do not consider him as a member of humanity; he is a savage beast or a god." - Aristotle

"Our leisure is the time the Devil seizes upon to make us work for him; and the only way we can avoid conscription into his ranks is to keep all our leisure moments profitably employed." - James Ellis

"If you wish at once to do nothing and be respectable nowadays, the best pretext is to be at work on some profound study." - Sir Leslie Stephen

"Knowledge is not a shop for profit or sale, but a rich storehouse for the glory of the Creator, and the relief of men's estate." - Francis Bacon

"It is very questionable, in my mind, how far we have the right to judge one of another, since there is born within every man the germs of both virtue and vice. The development of one or the other is contingent upon circumstances." - Hosea Ballou

"People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. When in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening." - David Brinkley

"There is a property in the horizon which no man has, but he whose eyes can integrate all the parts,--that is, the poet. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A fine lady; by which term I wish to express the result of that perfect education in taste and manner, down to every gesture, which heaven forbid that I, professing to be a poet, should undervalue. It is beautiful, and therefore I welcome it in the name of the author of all beauty. I value it so highly that I would fain see it extend not merely from Belgravia to the tradesman's villa, but thence, as I believe it one day will, to the laborer's hovel and the needlewoman's garret. " - Charles Kingsley

"Plain-dealing is a jewel, and he that useth it shall die a beggar." - Henry Porter

"Shout now! The months with loud acclaim, Take up the cry and send it forth; May breathing sweet her Spring perfumes, November thundering from the North. With hands upraised, as with one voice, They join their notes in grand accord; Hail to December! say they all, It gave to Earth our Christ the Lord!" - J.K. Hoyt

November 2019

"To be nameless in worthy deeds, exceeds an infamous history." - Sir Thomas Browne

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are." - Marcus Aurelius

"What is the disposition which makes men rejoice in good bargains? There are few people who will not be benefited by pondering over the morals of shopping." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Man is born for action; he ought to do something. Work, at each step, awakens a sleeping force and roots out error. Who does nothing, knows nothing. Rise! to work! If thy knowledge is real, employ it; wrestle with nature; test the strength of thy theories; see if they will support the trial; act!" - Saint Aloysius Gonzaga

"The dead leaves their rich mosaics Of olive and gold and brown Had laid on the rain-wet pavements, Through all the embowered town." - Samuel Longfellow, November

October 2019

"We may scatter the seeds of courtesy and kindness around us at so little expense. Some of them will inevitably fall on good ground, and grow up into benevolence in the minds of others: and all of them will bear fruit of happiness in the bosom whence they spring." - Jeremy Bentham

"There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Idleness is the badge of the gentry, the bane of body and mind, the nurse of naughtiness, the stepmother of discipline, the chief author of all mischief, one of the seven deadly sins, the cushion upon which the devil chiefly reposes, and a great cause not only of melancholy, but of many other diseases; for the mind is naturally active, and, if it is not occupied about some honest business, it rushes into mischief or sinks into melancholy." - Robert Burton

"Harmonious words render ordinary ideas acceptable; less ordinary, pleasant; novel and ingenious ones, delightful. As pictures and statues, and living beauty, too, show better by music-light, so is poetry irradiated, vivified, glorified', and raised into immortal life by harmony." - Walter Savage Landor

"The wild force of genius has often been fated by Nature to be finally overcome by quiet strength. The volcano sends up its red bolt with terrific force, as if it would strike the stars; but the calm, resistless hand of gravitation seizes it and brings it to the earth." - Peter Bayne

"You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." - P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum

In an age remarkable for good reasoning and bad conduct, for sound rules and corrupt manners when virtue fills our heads, but vice our hearts; when those who would fain persuade us that they are quite sure of heaven, appear in no greater hurry to go there than other folks, but put on the livery of the best master only to serve the worst;--in an age when modesty herself is more ashamed of detection than delinquency; when independence of principle consists in having no principle on which to depend; and free thinking, not in thinking freely, but in being free from thinking; in an age when patriots will hold anything except their tongues; keep anything except their word; and lose nothing patiently Except their character:--to improve such an age must be difficult; to instruct it dangerous; and he stands no chance of amending it who cannot at the same time amuse it." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters." - Albert Einstein

"Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush." - Francis Bacon

"Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction." - Adlai E. Stevenson

"Where the willingness is great the difficulties cannot be great." - Niccolo Machiavelli

"It must be a peace without victory. . . . Victory would mean peace forced upon the loser; a victor's terms imposed upon the vanquished. It would be accepted in humiliation, under duress, at an intolerable sacrifice, and would leave a sting, a resentment, a bitter memory upon which terms of peace would rest, not permanently, but only as upon quicksand. Only a peace between equals can last: only a peace, the very principle of which is equality, and a common participation in a common benefit." - Thomas Woodrow Wilson

"To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance." - Buddha (Gautama Buddha)

"Talent is something, but tact is everything. Talent is serious, sober, grave, and respectable; tact is all that, and more, too. It is not a seventh sense, but is the life of all the five. It is the open eye, the quick ear, the judging taste, the keen smell, and the lively touch; it is the interpreter of all riddles, the surmounter of all difficulties, the remover of all obstacles." - William Pitt Scargill

"In teaching man, experimental science results in lessening his pride more and more by proving to him every day that primary causes, like the objective reality of things, will be hidden from him forever and that he can only know relations." - Claude Bernard

"For after all the best thing one can do when it is raining, is to let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"A woman questions the man who loves exactly as a judge questions a criminal. This being so, a flash of the eye, a mere word, an inflection of the voice or a moment's hesitation suffice to expose the fact, betrayal or crime he is attempting to conceal." - Honore de Balzac

"The first merit of pictures is the effect which they can produce upon the mind; and the first step of a sensible man should be to receive involuntary effects from them. Pleasure and inspiration first, analysis afterward." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Five things are requisite to a good officer--ability, clean hands, despatch, patience, and impartiality." - William Penn

"It is very true that I have said that I considered Napoleon's presence in the field equal to forty thousand men in the balance. This is a very loose way of talking; but the idea is a very different one from that of his presence at a battle being equal to a reinforcement of forty thousand men." - Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

"October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming--October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors." - Henry Ward Beecher

September 2019

"The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"There is always something new out of Libya." - Aristotle

"It is a blessed thing that in every age some one has had individuality enough and courage enough to stand by his own convictions,--some one who had the grandeur to say his say. I believe it was Magellan who said, "The church says the earth is is flat; but I have seen its shadow on the moon, and I have more confidence even in a shadow than in the church." On the prow of of his ship were disobedience, defiance, scorn, and success." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Future lawyers should be more aware that law is not a system of abstract logic, but the web of arrangements, rooted in history but also in hopes, for promoting to a maximum the full use of a nation's resources and talents." - Justice Felix Frankfurter

"In rivers the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes: so with time present." - Leonardo da Vinci

"There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away." - Henry Ward Beecher

"Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power." - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

"One should go to sleep as homesick passengers do, saying, "Perhaps in the morning we shall see the shore." - Henry Ward Beecher

"True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to Him who made us, and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and the duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle." - Hugh Blair

"Fraud and deceit are ever in a hurry. Take time for all things. Great haste makes great waste." - Benjamin Franklin

"A garden, sir, wherein all rainbowed flowers were heaped together. - Charles Kingsley

"Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish." - Thurgood Marshall

"The waters deluge man with rain, oppress him with hail, and drown him with inundations; the air rushes in storms, prepares the tempest, or lights up the volcano; but the earth, gentle and indulgent, ever subservient to the wants of man, spreads his walks with flowers and his table with plenty; returns with interest every good committed to her care, and though she produces the poison, she still supplies the antidote; though constantly teased more to furnish the luxuries of man than his necessities, yet, even to the last, she continues her kind indulgence, and when life is over she piously covers his remains in her bosom." - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

"I wish that I could marshall all the young to an appreciation of the fact that you have an earnest work in life and your amusements and recreations are only to help you along in that work." - Thomas De Witt Talmage

"The dynamo of our economic system is self-interest which may range from mere petty greed to admirable types of self-expression." - Justice Felix Frankfurter

"The first (barbers) that entered Italy came out of Sicily and it was in the 454 yeare after the foundation of Rome. Brought in they were by P. Ticinius Mena as Verra doth report for before that time they never cut their hair. The first that was shaven every day was Scipio Africanus, and after cometh Augustus the Emperor who evermore used the razor." - Pliny the Elder (Caius Plinius Secundus)

"The morrow was a bright September morn;
The earth was beautiful as if new-born;
There was that nameless splendor everywhere,
That wild exhilaration in the air,
Which makes the passers in the city street
Congratulate each other as they meet."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

August 2019

"The blindness of men is the most dangerous effect of their pride; it seems to nourish and augment it; it deprives them of knowledge of remedies which can solace their miseries and can cure their faults." - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

"Congress, the press, and the bureaucracy too often focus on how much money or effort is spent, rather than whether the money or effort actually achieves the announced goal." - Donald Rumsfeld

"A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time; but that happeneth rarely. Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second; for there is a youth in thoughts as well as in ages; and yet the invention of young men is more lively than that of old, and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely." - Francis Bacon

"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. "The best of all ways to lengthen our days" is not, as Mr. Thomas Moore has it, "to steal a few hours from night, my love;" but, with leave be it spoken, to walk steadily and with a purpose. The wandering man knows of certain ancients, far gone in years, who have staved off infirmities and dissolution by earnest walking,--hale fellows close upon eighty and ninety, but brisk as boys." - Charles Dickens

"It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues." - Abraham Lincoln

"How often do we sigh for opportunities of doing good, whilst we neglect the openings of Providence in little things, which would frequently lead to the accomplishment of most important usefulness! Dr. Johnson used to say, "He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do any." Good is done by degrees. However small in proportion the benefits which follow individual attempts to do good, a great deal may thus be accomplished by perseverance, even in the midst of discouragements and disappointments." - George Crabbe

"The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing." - Jean Baptiste Colbert

"At the best, sarcasms, bitter irony, scathing wit, are a sort of swordplay of the mind. You pink your adversary, and he is forthwith dead; and then you deserve to be hung for it." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"It is not the reading of many books which is necessary to make a man wise or good, but the well-reading of a few, could he be sure to have the best. And it is not possible to read over many on the same subject without a great deal of loss of precious time." - Richard Baxter

"There's no place like home." - Movie Quote, The Wizard Of Oz

"Beware of parting! The true sadness is not in the pain of the parting; it is in the when and the how you are to meet again with the face about to vanish from your view." - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"And for the support of this declaration, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor." - Thomas Jefferson

"A bad neighbor is a misfortune, as much as a good one is a great blessing. - Hesiod

"The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants them to do, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it." - Roosevelt

"Men cannot labor on always. They must have intervals of relaxation. They cannot sleep through these intervals. What are they to do? Why, if they do not work or sleep, they must have recreation. And if they have not recreation from healthful sources, they will be very likely to take it from the poisoned fountains of intemperance. Or, if they have pleasures, which, though innocent, are forbidden by the maxims of public morality, their very pleasures are liable to become poisoned fountains." - Orville Dewey

"Dead is the air, and still! the leaves of the locust and walnut Lazily hand from the boughs, inlaying their intricate outlines Rather on space than the sky,--on a tideless expansion of slumber." - Bayard Taylor, Home Pastorals--August

July 2019

"Paris, like every pretty woman, is subject to inexplicable whims of beauty and ugliness." - Honore de Balzac

"The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty." - Napoleon Hill

"It is proper for every one to consider, in the case of all men, that he who has not been a servant cannot become a praiseworthy master; and it is meet that we should plume ourselves rather on acting the part of a servant properly than that of the master, first, towards the laws, (for in this way we are servants of the gods), and next, towards our elders." - Plato (originally Aristocles)

"By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices modern man has manufactured an abyss of boredom that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations have ever fathomed." - Lewis Mumford

"To learn is a natural pleasure, not confined to philosophers, but common to all men." - Aristotle

"Always try to be a little kinder than necessary." - Sir James Matthew Barrie

"The very first discovery of beauty strikes the mind with an inward joy, and spreads a cheerfulness and delight through all its faculties." - Joseph Addison

June 2019

"It is the month of June, The month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes And pleasant scents the noses." - Nathaniel Parker Willis,

April 2019

"I gazed upon the glorious sky And the green mountains round, And thought that when I came to lie At rest within the ground, 'Twere pleasant, that in flowery June When brooks send up a cheerful tune, And groves a joyous sound, The sexton's hand, my grave to make, The rich, green mountain-turf should break."

"Every tear is answered by a blossom, Every sigh with songs and laughter blent, April-blooms upon the breezes toss them. April knows her own, and is content." - Susan Coolidge

March 2019

"It is curious that some learned dunces, because they can write nonsense in languages that are dead, should despise those that talk sense in language that are living. "To acquire a few tongues," says a French writer, "is the task of a few years, but to be eloquent in one, is the labor of a life." - Charles Caleb Colton

"It is curious that some learned dunces, because they can write nonsense in languages that are dead, should despise those that talk sense in language that are living. "To acquire a few tongues," says a French writer, "is the task of a few years, but to be eloquent in one, is the labor of a life." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Bright April showers will bid again the fresh green leaves expand; and May, light floating in a cloud of flowers, will cause thee to rebloom with magic hand." - George Henry Lewes

"Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge, the wing wherewith we fly to heaven." - William Shakespeare

"What is joy? A sunbeam between two clouds." - Dorothee DeLuzy

"A man never feels more important than when he receives a telegram containing more than ten words. - George Ade

"The institutions of a country depend in great measure on the nature of its soil and situation. Many of the wants of man are awakened car supplied by these circumstances. To these wants, manners, laws, and religion must shape and accommodate themselves. The division of land, and the rights attached to it, alter with the soil; the laws relating to its produce, with its fertility. The manners of its inhabitants are in various ways modified by its position. The religion of a miner is not the same as the faith of a shepherd, nor is the character of the ploughman so war-like as that of the hunter. The observant legislator follows the direction of all these various circumstances. The knowledge of the natural advantages or defects of a country thus form an essential part of political science and history." - Justus Moser

Beware the ides of March. - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
(Soothsayer at I, ii)

The ides of March are come. - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
(Caesar at III, i)

February 2019

The latter end of a fray, and the beginning of a feast, Fits a dull fighter, and a keen guest. - William Shakespeare

"Eccentricity has always abounded when and where the strength of character has abounded; and the amount of eccentricity in a society has been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time." - John Stuart Mill

"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear." - Dave Barry

"Quick is the succession of human events; the cares of to-day are seldom the cares of to-morrow; and when we lie down at night, we may safely say to most of our troubles, "Ye have done your worst; and we shall meet no more" - William Cowper

"No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there's too much fraternizing with the enemy." - Henry Kissinger

"How many cowards wear yet upon their chins the beards of Hercules and frowning Mars!" - William Shakespeare

"The achiever is the only individual who is truly alive." - George Allen

"The art of walking is at once suggestive of the dignity of man. Progressive motion alone implies power, but in almost every other instance it seems a power gained at the expense of self-possession." - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

"Instability of temper ought to be checked when it disposes men to wander from one scheme to another: since such a fickleness cannot but be attended with fatal consequences" - Joseph Addison

'Does a man speak foolishly?--suffer him gladly, for you are wise. Does he speak erroneously?--stop such a man's mouth with sound words that cannot be gainsaid. Does he speak truly?--rejoice in the truth." - Oliver Cromwell

"Everyone lives by selling something, whatever be his right to it." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"Reckless haste makes poor speed." - Benjamin Franklin

"There have been many men who left behind them that which hundreds of years have not worn out. The earth has Socrates and Plato to this day. The world is richer yet by Moses and the old prophets than by the wisest statesmen. We are indebted to the past. We stand in the greatness of ages that are gone rather than in that of our own. But of how many of us shall it be said that, being dead, we yet speak?" - Henry Ward Beecher

January 2019

"You will know you're old when you cease to be amazed." - Noel Coward

"The first principle of contract negotiation is don't remind them of what you did in the past; tell them what you're going to do in the future." - Stan Musial

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter F. Drucker

"The man who cannot laugh is not only fit for treasons, strategems, and spoils, but his whole life is already a treason and a strategem." - Thomas Carlyle

"Sweeter than the stolen kiss Are the granted kisses" - Bayard Taylor

"The joy resulting from the diffusion of blessings to all around us is the purest and sublimest that can ever enter the human mind, and can be conceived only by those who have experienced it. Next to the consolations of divine grace, it is the most sovereign balm to the miseries of life, both in him who is the object of it, and in him who exercises it". - Bishop Beilby Porteus

"The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted" - Aesop

"Health is the greatest of all possessions, and it is a maxim with me that a hale cobbler is a better man than a sick king." - Isaac Bickerstaffe

"The gambling known as business looks with austere disfavor upon the business known as gambling" - Ambrose Bierce

"If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead." - Erma Bombeck

"A life of ease is a difficult pursuit." - William Cowper

"Debt haunts the mind; a conversation about justice troubles it; the sight of a creditor fills it with confusion; even the sanctuary is not a place of refuge. The borrower is servant to the lender. Independence, so essential to the virtues and pleasures of a man, can only be maintained by setting bounds to our desires, and owing no man anything. A habit of boundless expense undermines and destroys the virtues even in the mind where they seem to dwell. It becomes difficult and at last impossible to pay punctually."

"But for us there are moments, O, how solemn, when destiny trembles in the balance, and the preponderance of either scale is by our own choice." - Mark Hopkins

"Beauty is as summer fruits, which are easy to corrupt and cannot last; and for the most part it makes a dissolute youth, and an age a little out of countenance; but if it light well, it makes virtues shine and vice blush. - Francis Bacon

"People have the illusion that all over the world, all the time, all kinds of fantastic things are happening. When in fact, over most of the world, most of the time, nothing is happening."- David Brinkley

"Janus was invoked at the commencement of most actions; even in the worship of the other gods the votary began by offering wine and incense to Janus. The first month in the year was named from him; and under the title of Matutinus he was regarded as the opener of the day. Hence he had charge of the gates of Heaven, and hence, too, all gates, Januoe, were called after him, and supposed to be under his care. Hence, perhaps, it was, that he was represented with a staff and key, and that he was named the Opener (Patulcius), and the Shutter (Clusius)." - Mary Ann Dwight

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