I’m a quote kind of guy. I love a good quotation because they can often sum up the essence of a truth in just a few words or sentences, much more so than a lengthy statement or even a speech. In the interests of pith, here are some of my favorite snippets of wisdom.
“There’s no limit to what can be accomplished if you don’t care who takes credit for it.” – Ronald Reagan
“Do you want to do or be?” – Col. John Boyd, USAF
“A Republican is the guy who, when your car has a flat tire by the side of the road passes you by, even though he knows how to fix it. A Democrat is the guy who stops to help, but doesn’t know how to fix a tire.” – Dave Barry.
“The difference between a politician and a statesman is that a politician thinks of the next election and a statesman of the next generation.” – James Freeman Clarke
“Ninety percent of baseball is 50 percent mental.” – Yogi Berra.
“You have to play this game [football] like somebody just hit your mother with a 2×4.” – Dan Birdwell
Love and Marriage
“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you … I could walk through my garden forever.” – Albert Tennyson.
“It’s not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” –- Friedrich Nietzche.
“However little some may think of common newspapers, they appear the Ark of God for the safety of the people.” – Pennsylvania Gazette.
“The indispensible requirement for a good newspaperman – as eager to tell a lie as the truth.” – Norman Mailer.
“You’re no more fit to go forth and serve than the man in the moon. You’re just a bunch of ignorant kids full of the devil.” – Clarence Darrow, at a high school commencement.
“A human being is not, in any proper sense, a human being until he is educated.” – Horace Mann.
“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves.” – Mary Shelley.
“Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men as to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton.
“When you lose your ability to laugh, you lose your ability to think straight.” – Jerome Lawrence.
“This is what you should do: love the earth and the sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men … re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss what insults your very soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem.” – Walt Whitman.
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