Quote Monger

“Horseman, passing by!

My poems and translations are interwoven with life.
Don’t pass judgment on my soul
before you read them all.” – Vehbi Taşar – Under Rumi’s Dome

“I think a man’s duty is to find out where the truth is or, if he cannot, at least to take the best possible human doctrine and the hardest to disprove, and to ride on this like a raft over the waters of life.” – Plato

“Whenever I found out anything remarkable, I have thought it my duty to put down my discovery on paper, so that all ingenious people might be informed thereof.” – Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

“Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future.” – John Ruskin

“Ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it towards others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will be in our troubled world.” – Etty Hilsum

“I tell you that as long as I can conceive something better than myself I cannot be easy unless I am striving to bring it in to existence or clearing the way for it.” – George Bernard Shaw

“I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future; because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.”

– Noam Chomsky

“If this me is not I, then who am I?
If I am not the one who speaks, then
who does?
If this me is only a robe then
who is the one I am covering?” – Rumi

“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”

“Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” – Thomas Jefferson

“You suppose you are the trouble,
But you are the cure.
You suppose that you are the lock on the door,
But you are the key that opens it.
It’s too bad that you want to be someone else.
You don’t see your own face, your own beauty..
Yet, no face is more beautiful than yours.” – Rumi

“The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” – Mark Caine

“Time is precious…but truth is more precious than time.”


“Get to know two things about a man – how he earns his money and how be spends it – and you have the clue to his character, for you have a searchlight that shows up the innermost recesses of his soul. You know all you need to know about his standards, his motives, his driving desires, and his real religion.” – Robert J. McCracken

“Everything you do is based on the choices you make. It is not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame. You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make, period.” – Elements of Your Life

“I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod.” – Winston Churchill

“Let there be no compulsion in [living]. Truth has been made clear from error. Whoever rejects false [occupations] and believes in [Love] has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that never breaks. And [Light] hears and knows all things.” – Adapted from Islam’s Way, Sûrah al-Baqarah: 256

“May the bridges I burn light the way.”

“Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.” – Honoré de Balzac

“I shall die here. Every inch of me will perish.
Every inch but one. An inch…

It is small, and it is fragile; and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away.

We must never let them take it from us.

I hope that, whoever you are, you escape this place. I hope that the world turns and things get better. But I hope most of all that you understand that even though I will never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you.

With all my heart, I love you.” – V for Vendetta

“Who is wise? He who learns from all people.” – The Talmud
“As it is said, ‘From all those who taught me I gained understanding.'” – Psalms 119:99

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.” – Albert Einstein

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. It is the funniest joke in the world.” – George Bernard Shaw

“When people get immersed in a culture with strong new memes, it tends to be a sink-or-swim proposition. Either you change your mind, succumbing to peer pressure and adopting the new memes as your own, or you struggle with the extremely uncomfortable feeling of being surrounded by people who think you’re crazy or inadequate. The fact that you probably think the same about them is little consolation.” -RICHARD BRODIE, Virus of the Mind

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates

“The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.” – Descartes

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.” – John Muir

“When you get the blanket thing, you can relax, because everything you could ever want or be, you already have and are.” – I ♥ Huckabees

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect.” – Mark Twain

“If we do not change direction, we may end up where we are heading.” – Lao Tzu

“By changing nothing, nothing changes.” – Tony Robbins

‎”There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

‎”If you want to make enemies, try to change something.” – Woodrow Wilson

“If you want to make peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” – Moshe Dayan

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

‎”After living with their dysfunctional behavior for so many years (a sunk cost if ever there was one), people become invested in defending their dysfunctions rather than changing them.” – Marshall Goldsmith

“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.” – Rumi

‎”Who is strong? He who conquers his passions.” – The Talmud

“As it is said, ‘Better is one slow to anger than a strong man, and better one who rules over his spirit than a conqueror of a city.'” – Proverbs 16:32

“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.” – Confucius

‎”One key to successful leadership is continuous personal change. Personal change is a reflection of our inner growth and empowerment.” – Robert E. Quinn

“Who is rich? He who is satisfied with his portion.” – The Talmud

“As it is said: ‘When you eat the toil of your hands you are fortunate and it is good for you.’ – Psalms 128:2

“Who, being loved, is poor?” – Oscar Wilde

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” – Tony Robbins

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shalll make you free.” – John 8:32

“The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“EVERYTHING is self-evident.” – Descartes (Emphasis mine.)

“Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.” – Paul Tounier

“…you cannot produce trust, just as you cannot “do” humility. It either is or is not. Trust is the fruit of a relationship in which you know you are loved. Because you do not know that I love you, you _cannot_ trust me.” Wm. Paul Young – The Shack

“Our greatest battle is that with our own mind.” – Jameson Frank

“Patience is not sitting and waiting, it is foreseeing. It is looking at the thorn and seeing the rose, looking at the night and seeing the day. Lovers are patient and know that the moon needs time to become full.” – Shams Tabrizi

“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.” – Thomas Carlyle

“True Love is the balance between complete knowledge and total acceptance.” – M. Macias Marin

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Love is the ark appointed for the righteous,
Which annuls the danger and provides a way of escape.
Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.
Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment intuition.” – Rumi

“A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The only way to have a friend, is to be one.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One ought to hold on to one’s heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“They spoil every romance by trying to make it last forever.” – Oscar Wilde

“Who is honored? He who honors others.” – The Talmud

“As it is said, ‘For those who honor Me will I honor.'” – I Samuel 2:30

“A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.” – Robert Hall

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.” – Thomas Jefferson

“The secret of living a life of excellence is merely a matter of thinking thoughts of excellence. Really, it’s a matter of programming our minds with the kind of information that will set us free.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“The friendships which last are those wherein each friend respects the other’s dignity to the point of not really wanting anything from him.” – Cyril Connelly

“One cannot conceive anything so strange and so implausible that it has not already been said by one philosopher or another.” – Descartes

“Absence weakens mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind blows out candles and kindles fires.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

“It’s only forever; not long at all.” – David Bowie

“Men stumble over truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened.” – Winston Churchill

“The merit of originality is not novelty – it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself – not for another.” – Thomas Carlyle

“Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen?” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful..” – Agnes De Mille‎”

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.” – T.S. Elliot

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.” – Oscar Wilde

“The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.” – Christian Friedrich Hebbel

“Society exists only as a mental concept; in the real world there are only individuals.” – Oscar Wilde

“Character contributes to beauty; It fortifies a woman as her youth fades. A mode of conduct, a standard of courage, discipline, fortitude, and integrity can do a great deal to make a woman more beautiful. ” – Jacqueline Bisset

“I am indeed amazed when I consider how weak my mind is and how prone to error!” – Descartes

“A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it; and nothing true.” – Socrates

“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” – William Wordsworth

“At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato

“Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not.” – Samuel Jackson

‎”There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion
That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble
Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret,
Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, ALL things.” – Descartes (Emphasis mine.)

“An honest man is always a child.” – Socrates

“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.” – Jesse Jackson

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” -John Lennon

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time – for that is the stuff life is made of.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Take a course in good water and air; and in the eternal youth of Nature you may renew your own. Go quietly, alone; no harm will befall you.” – John Muir

“The engine of life is linkage.
Everything is linked.

Nothing is self-sufficient.
Water and air are inseparable,

united IN life,
and FOR our life on Earth.

Sharing is everything.”

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“Schools and schoolmasters, as we know them today, are not popular as places of education and teachers, but rather prisons and turnkeys in which children are kept to prevent them disturbing and chaperoning their parents.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Reason is the substance of the universe. The design of the world is absolutely rational.” – Christian Friedrich Hebbel

“I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect.” – Oscar Wilde

“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.” – Charles R. Swindoll

“What you can become you [already are.]” – Christian Friedrich Hebbel

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our Attitudes.” – Charles W. Swindoll

“Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus: one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.” – François de la Rochefoucauld

“Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be.” – George Sheehan

“Why do you stay in prison
when the door is so wide open?
Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking.
Live in silence.” – Rumi

“Nothing is so aggravating as calmness.” – Oscar Wilde


“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size.

But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.

I say:
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman –


Phenomenal woman…
That’s me. 😉

I walk into a room,
Just as cool as you please.

And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees~

I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.

I’m a woman ~ Phenomenally~

Phenomenal woman?

That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.

They try so much
But they can’t touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.

I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.

I’m a woman.


Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed;
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman, phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman?
That’s ME.”

– Maya Angelou


“The best way to create an ideal society is to create an ideal individual. To do so, each must be solid and considerate; with each creature being of his own unique design.” – MM Marin

‎“She lacks the indefinable charm of weakness.” – Oscar Wilde

“Too fair to worship, too divine to love.” – Christian Friedrich Hebbel

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

“He who cannot give anything away cannot feel anything either.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“The purest space of
love is born
when the heart is left
..and trusting that,
in its openness
it shall not be found discarded.” – MM Marin

“Surface-thetics often mask intrinsic purposes.” – MM Marin

“If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.” – Oscar Wilde

“Julie’s not a penguin; she’s a lioness! D=
Don’t try to mate a lioness with a penguin.. Ever! O_O

Have you ever /seen/ a mammal and a bird mate? O.o

I’ve never even HEARD of that.. O_o” – Dinner for Schmucks

“Cuddle consciously. Hug tighter, hold longer, and breathe deeper. Life is short, my friends.” – Mercedes Macias Marin

“If there’s a will, then YES!” – Mercedes Macias Marin

“I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.” – Oscar Wilde

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer.” – Winston Churchill

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.” – Oscar Wilde

“The wisdom of the wise
and the experience of ages may be
preserved by quotation.” – Benjamin Disraeli

“As for me: all I know is that I know nothing.” – Socrates

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