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Updated: March 5, 2019

To do two things at once is to do neither. – Publilius Syrus

The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes, and like people in the dark, we fall foul on the very thing we search for, without finding it. – Seneca the Younger

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. – Bertrand Russell

To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old. – Oliver Wendell Holmes

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is fear. – Mahatma Gandhi

I don’t understand why when we destroy something created by man we call it vandalism, but when we destroy something created by nature we call it progress. – Ed Begley, Jr.

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. – Mark Twain

Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right. – Joel Osteen

Truth often suffers more by the heat of its defenders than the arguments of its opposers. – William Penn

No tree, it is said, can grow to heaven unless its roots reach down to hell. – Carl Jung

The art of living well and the art of dying well are one. – Epicurus

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. – Socrates

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. – Socrates

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. – Socrates

Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance. – Plato

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. – Plato

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal. – Aristotle

Jealousy is both reasonable and belongs to reasonable men, while envy is base and belongs to the base, for the one makes himself get good things by jealousy, while the other does not allow his neighbour to have them through envy. – Aristotle

A friend to all is a friend to none. – Aristotle

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. – Aristotle

If you are lonely when you’re alone, you are in bad company. – Jean-Paul Sartre

There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck. – Jean-Paul Sartre

Once you hear the details of victory, it is hard to distinguish it from a defeat. – Jean-Paul Sartre

When you look into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The changes in our life must come from the impossibility to live otherwise than according to the demands of our conscience not from our mental resolution to try a new form of life. – Leo Tolstoy

Many are stubborn in pursuit of the path they have chosen, few in pursuit of the goal. – Friedrich Nietzsche

The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking. – Martin Heidegger

Every man is born as many men and dies as a single one. – Martin Heidegger

Genuine tragedies in the world are not conflicts between right and wrong. They are conflicts between two rights. – Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

You can have religion with spirituality. You can also have religion without spirituality. – Eckhart Tolle

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. – Buddha

I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means—except by getting off his back. – Leo Tolstoy

To say that a work of art is good, but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it. – Leo Tolstoy

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some lose all mind and become soul: insane. Some lose all soul and become mind: intellectual. Some lose both and become: accepted. – Charles Bukowski


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“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”
― Tom Hiddleston

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”
― Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children




“According to Aristophanes in Plato's The Banquet, in the ancient world of legend there were three types of people.
In ancient times people weren't simply male or female, but one of three types : male/male, male/female or female/female. In other words, each person was made out of the components of two people. Everyone was happy with this arrangment and never really gave it much thought. But then God took a knife and cut everyone in half, right down the middle. So after that the world was divided just into male and female, the upshot being that people spend their time running around trying to locate their missing half.”
― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore


“If love is blind, then maybe a blind person that loves has a greater understanding of it.”
― Criss Jami, Salomé: In Every Inch In Every Mile


“But I've strayed so far from normal now, I'll never find my way back. And the truth is, I no longer want to.”
― Alyson Noel, Saving Zoë

“He lingered at the door, and said, 'The Lion wants courage, the Tin Man a heart, and the Scarecrow brains. Dorothy wants to go home. What do you want?'...
She couldn't say forgiveness, not to Liir. She started to say 'a soldier,' to make fun of his mooning affections over the guys in uniform. But realizing even as she said it that he would be hurt, she caught herself halfway, and in the end what came out of her mouth surprised them both.
She said, 'A soul-'
He blinked at her.”
― Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

“Here was a new generation, shouting the old cries, learning the old creeds, through a revery of long days and nights; destined finally to go out into that dirty gray turmoil to follow love and pride; a new generation dedicated more than the last to the fear of poverty and the worship of success; grown up to find all Gods dead, all wars fought, all faiths in man shaken...”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald




“While we may judge things as good or bad, karma doesn't. It's a simple case of like gets like, the ultimate balancing act, nothing more, nothing less. And if you're deteremined to fix every situation you deem as bad, or difficult, or somehow unsavory, then you rob the person of their own chance to fix it, learn from it, or even grow from it. Some things, no matter how painful, happen for a reason. A reason you or I may not be able to grasp at first sight, not without knowing a person's entire life story—their cumulative past. And to just barge in and interfere, no matter how well-intentioned, would be akin to robbing them of their journey. Something that's better not done.”
― Alyson Noel, Shadowland

“Challenge a person's beliefs, and you challenge his dignity, standing, and power. And when those beliefs are based on nothing but faith, they are chronically fragile. No one gets upset about the belief that rocks fall down as opposed to up, because all sane people can see it with their own eyes. Not so for the belief that babies are born with original sin or that God exists in three persons or that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man after Muhammad. When people organize their lives around these beliefs, and then learn of other people who seem to be doing just fine without them--or worse, who credibly rebut them--they are in danger of looking like fools. Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.”
― Steven Pinker, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined

“You're stressing too much about what might be. Do something to take your mind off thinking about what might never happen.”
― Simone Elkeles, Leaving Paradise

“What work do I have to do then?" said Will, but went on at once, "No, on second thought, don't tell me. I shall decide what I do. If you say my work is fighting, or healing, or exploring, or whatever you might say, I'll always be thinking about it. And if I do end up doing that, I'll be resentful because it'll feel as if I didn't have a choice, and if I don't do it, I'll feel guilty because I should. Whatever I do, I will choose it, no one else.”
― Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

“Poor God, how often He is blamed for all the suffering in the
world. It’s like praising Satan for allowing all the good that happens.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,


“Socrates: Have you noticed on our journey how often the citizens of this new land remind each other it is a free country?
Plato: I have, and think it odd they do this.
Socrates: How so, Plato?
Plato: It is like reminding a baker he is a baker, or a sculptor he is a
sculptor.
Socrates: You mean to say if someone is convinced of their trade, they have
no need to be reminded.
Plato: That is correct.
Socrates: I agree. If these citizens were convinced of their freedom, they would not need reminders.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly,


“At school, new ideas are thrust at you every day. Out in the world, you'll have to find your inner motivation to seek for new ideas on your own.”
― Bill Watterson

“If we were to one day encounter a form of life more powerful and intelligent than our own, and it regarded us as we regard fish, what would be our argument against being eaten?”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

“Plants are more courageous than almost all human beings: an orange tree would rather die than produce lemons, whereas instead of dying the average person would rather be someone they are not.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana




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63 Growth Quotes

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In this posting you will find my selection of the very best 60 quotes, from nearly a decade of collecting them. They range from the profound to the intriguing to the just plain funny.

One way or the other, you’ll surely find many of them to be thought-provoking and entertaining.

This selection is, of course, based solely on my personal taste (and even that varies largely from day to day according to my mood). You are welcome to browse the entire collection and look for your own favorite ones or contribute new quotes from your own personal collection.

Wisdom Quotes

1. You can do anything, but not everything.

—David Allen


2. Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


3. The richest man is not he who has the most, but he who needs the least.

—Unknown Author


4. You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.

—Wayne Gretzky


5. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.

—Ambrose Redmoon


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

—Gandhi


7. When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean.

—Lin-Chi


8. The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.

—A. A. Milne


9. To the man who only has a hammer, everything he encounters begins to look like a nail.

—Abraham Maslow


10. We are what we repeatedly do; excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

—Aristotle


11. A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.

—Baltasar Gracian


12. Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.

—Basho


13. Watch your thoughts; they become words.
Watch your words; they become actions.
Watch your actions; they become habits.
Watch your habits; they become character.
Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.

—Lao-Tze


14. Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.

—Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


15. What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.

—John Ruskin


16. The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands but seeing with new eyes.

—Marcel Proust


17. Work like you don’t need money, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like no one’s watching

—Unknown Author


18. Try a thing you haven’t done three times. Once, to get over the fear of doing it. Twice, to learn how to do it. And a third time, to figure out whether you like it or not.

—Virgil Garnett Thomson


19. Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

—Will Rogers


20. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

—Zig Ziglar


Funny Quotes

21. Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.

—John Wilmot


22. What the world needs is more geniuses with humility, there are so few of us left.

—Oscar Levant


23. Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.

—Oscar Wilde


24. I’ve gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller’s parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.

—New York City detective


25. When you go into court you are putting your fate into the hands of twelve people who weren’t smart enough to get out of jury duty.

—Norm Crosby


26. Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.

—Kurt Vonnegut


27. Just the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.

—Carl Sagan


28. My pessimism extends to the point of even suspecting the sincerity of the pessimists.

—Jean Rostand


29. Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.

—Lily Tomlin


30. I quit therapy because my analyst was trying to help me behind my back.

—Richard Lewis


31. We’ve heard that a million monkeys at a million keyboards could produce the complete works of Shakespeare; now, thanks to the Internet, we know that is not true.

—Robert Wilensky


32. If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just in time to ask questions?

—Scott Adams


33. If the lessons of history teach us anything it is that nobody learns the lessons that history teaches us.

—Anon


34. When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I’m beginning to believe it.

—Clarence Darrow


35. Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.

—Cullen Hightower


36. There are many who dare not kill themselves for fear of what the neighbors will say.

—Cyril Connolly


37. There’s so much comedy on television. Does that cause comedy in the streets?

—Dick Cavett


38. All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.

—H. L. Mencken


39. I don’t mind what Congress does, as long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses.

—Victor Hugo


40. I took a speed reading course and read ‘War and Peace’ in twenty minutes. It involves Russia.

—Woody Allen


Otherwise Intelligent Quotes

41. The person who reads too much and uses his brain too little will fall into lazy habits of thinking.

—Albert Einstein


42. Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.

—André Gide


43. It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

—Aristotle


44. I’d rather live with a good question than a bad answer.

—Aryeh Frimer


45. We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong.

—Bill Vaughan


46. I have made this letter longer than usual because I lack the time to make it shorter.

—Blaise Pascal


47. Don’t ever wrestle with a pig. You’ll both get dirty, but the pig will enjoy it.

—Cale Yarborough


48. An inventor is simply a fellow who doesn’t take his education too seriously.

—Charles F. Kettering


49. Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.

—Christopher Hampton


50. Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.

—Cyril Connolly


51. Never be afraid to laugh at yourself, after all, you could be missing out on the joke of the century.

—Dame Edna Everage


52. I am patient with stupidity but not with those who are proud of it.

—Edith Sitwell


53. Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.

—Ellen Goodman


54. The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

—Ellen Parr


55. Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.

—Erica Jong


56. Some people like my advice so much that they frame it upon the wall instead of using it.

—Gordon R. Dickson


57. The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.

—Lily Tomlin


58. Never ascribe to malice, that which can be explained by incompetence.

—Napoleon (Hanlon’s Razor)


59. Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

—Oscar Wilde


60. When a person can no longer laugh at himself, it is time for others to laugh at him.

—Thomas Szasz


Help! How to Better Manage my Unwieldy Collection of Quotes?

After I first published my favorite quotes collection (along with its companion article 5 Reasons to Collect Favorite Quotes), it grew faster than ever from 400 to over 500 quotes.

Nowadays, I’m much more demanding about which quotes to add to my collection. However — judging from the number of quotes I find on the web on a daily basis — I can only expect it to grow even faster than before.

Years ago, I faced the same situation with my browser bookmarks. Even being extremely conservative about adding them, after years they inevitably started adding up to the point of being unmanageable. Cleaning and categorizing those bookmarks was both time-consuming and inefficient.

The problem was eventually solved not by tidying them up regularly, but by the smart use of tagging and searching technology. Now my bookmarks are online at del.icio.us, tagged and fully searchable — and I still have ways to own the data. (Call me paranoid, but I don’t feel comfortable relying entirely on a third party to hold years of data, no matter how much I like their service.)

Now I feel I need a similar solution for my quotes — having a long flat list isn’t working very well anymore. At first, Quotiki seemed like a perfect fit. Unfortunately, however, there’s currently no way to export my quotes or otherwise retain ownership of the data.

So, here’s the question to my smart readers: How do you think I should go with my quotes collection? Do you have any suggestions of online services I can use and still retain my collection while making it more useful to myself and to others?

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63 Growth Quotes

Let these growth quotes inspire and encourage you to be all that you can be!

  1. Life is all about growth and change. It's not static. It's not about some destination. Bill Burnett; Dave Evans, Designing Your Life
    Life



  2. You must change certain thought processes, actions, and surround yourself with the right people that will encourage your growth, enlightenment, and state of awareness. Curt Hinson, Sleeping Giant No More
    Encouraging



  3. Very early, I knew that the only objective in life was to grow. Margaret Fuller
    Cute Life Quotes



  4. If you put good people in bad systems you get bad results. You have to water the flowers you want to grow. Stephen Covey
    Good



  5. Without disappointment and the teaching it recommends, how will we ever grow as a person? Noaman Kaysingwala, How to handle disappointment in life
    Disappointment



  6. We don't grow old. When we cease to grow, we become old. Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Funny Birthday Quotes



  7. The transitions in our lives are often the most significant periods of growth. Leaving the womb, leaving home, going to college, one's first job, getting married, . . . these are the moments when we are stretched and challenged in new ways. Edward A. White, Saying Goodbye
    Goodbye



  8. Honor winter's lesson. Despite this time of lifelessness and inactivity, this is still a season of growth. Melody Beattie, Journey to the Heart
    Quotes on Life Lessons



  9. Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it. Andy Rooney
    Mountain



  10. To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it. Kurt Vonnegut
    Practice




  11. Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still. Chinese Proverbs
    Proverbs



  12. How can we grow if we can't acknowledge our own weaknesses? Kristin Neff, Self-Compassion
    Short Inspirational Quotes



  13. Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. Dan Stanford
    Funny



  14. Our world and everything in it continuously grows and evolves. The changing seasons ground us in our understanding of the cycles of renewal. Even the harshest of winters is not permanent. As individuals, each of us changes over time. Barbara Bernard, Birthdays of the Soul
    Time



  15. All of us need to grow continuously in our lives. If you are the same person now that you were a year ago or even a day ago, then you are not growing. Les Brown
    Motivational Quotes



  16. Growth equals change. If you want to get better, you have to keep changing and improving. That means stepping out into new areas. John Maxwell
    Words of Encouragement



  17. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo and withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation. George Washington
    Friendship



  18. Always realize that you can get better. Your best work has not been done yet. Les Brown
    Motivational Quotes for Work



  19. As you grow, you learn, although,
    Sometimes its out of your control.
    Going with it, without feeling unfit,
    Can help you achieve your goal.
    Julie Hebert, Wait For Life To Begin
    Motivational Poems




  20. In difficult times, we're not supposed to quit believing; we're not supposed to quit growing. Joel Osteen
    Determination



  21. An environment of growth where information is shared, personal development is encouraged, and discussions occur to help everyone grow and learn. Byron Pulsifer, Help To Surpass
    Personal Development



  22. ... retirement is a time for personal growth, which becomes the path to greater personal freedom. Mark Evan Chimsky, 65 Things To Do When You Retire
    Retirement



  23. Individuals in a growth mindset don't simply look for challenge, they blossom with it. The greater the challenge, the more they stretch. K. Orient, Empower Yourself
    Challenge



  24. Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning. Benjamin Franklin
    Inspirational



  25. Our consiousness rarely registers the beginning of a growth within us anymore than without us: there have been many circulations of the sap before we detect the smallest sign of the bud. George Eliot
    Poems about Life



  26. Anyone can endeavor to learn something new each day and mark some growth. Wilferd Peterson, The Art of Living Each Day
    Learning



  27. When you judge another individual, a situation, or even yourself, you begin to instantly put limits on your own personal growth. Michael Austin Jacobs, Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life
    Quote of the Day



  28. Doubt increases with inaction. Clarity reveals itself in momentum. Growth comes from progress. For all these reasons, BEGIN. Brendon Burchard
    Doubt



  29. Aversion to failure motivates us to take necessary precautions and to work harder to achieve success. By contrast, intense fear of failure often handicaps us, making us reject failure so vigorously that we cannot take the risks that are necessary for growth. Tal Ben-Shahar, Being Happy
    Failure



  30. Productivity is considered a key source of economic growth and benefit. I would say the key to success. Lorena Katz, Productivity
    Motivational




  31. Life is growth, and growth demands change. Change can be painful yet resisting change is resisting growth. Resisting growth denies you success. Virend Singh; Verusha Singh, The Comfort Zone
    Success



  32. Think of this day like the growth of a tree. Growing stronger and able to face adversity of the winds and storms with the experience that each year brings. Catherine Pulsifer
    Birthday Wishes



  33. While the people with fixed mindsets let their intelligence and talent define them, the growth mindset oriented people know that with hard work and practice, they can be good at anything. Timo Kiander, Work Smarter Not Harder
    Work



  34. You cannot grow unless you are willing to change. And you will not change unless you change something you do every day. John Maxwell, The Maxwell Daily Reader
    Famous



  35. Times of chaos and uncertainty can lead to new doors opening, especially when we are willing and able to look for the growth opportunities in a situation rather than simply being overwhelmed by outside circumstances. Shakti Gawain
    Opportunity



  36. Obstacles can be your launching point to propel you to attain new personal growth, or to gain valuable experiences. Byron Pulsifer, Obstacles: Our Best Motivators
    Quotes to Live By



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