Quotes to Uplift your Life

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If you can’t learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.

— Brilliant, Ashleigh


Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds.

— Cervantes


Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster children into strength and athletic proportion.

— Bryant, William Cullen

Adversity is the first path to truth.

— Byron, Lord


I was always an early riser. Happy the man who is! Every morning day comes to him with a virgin’s love, full of bloom and freshness. The youth of nature is contagious, like the gladness of a happy child.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert

If you live to the age of a hundred, you have it made because very very few people die past the age of a hundred.

— Burns, George

I’m at that age now where just putting my cigar in its holder is a thrill.

— Burns, George

Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.

— Carlyle, Thomas


The very fact of its finding itself in agreement with other minds perturbs it, so that it hunts for points of divergence, feeling the urgent need to make it clear that at least it reached the same conclusions by a different route.

— Butterfield, Herbert


Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage, or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb, with great labor, and incessant anxiety, but never reach the top.

— Burton, Robert


Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.

— Butler, Samuel


An angry man opens his mouth and shuts his eyes.

— Cato the Elder


Animals feed; man eats. Only the man of intellect and judgment knows how to eat.

— Brillat, Antheime

All animals but men know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it -and they do enjoy it as much as man and other circumstances will allow it.

— Butler, Samuel


I had always loved beautiful and artistic things, though before leav

— Albani, Emma


So for a good old-gentlemanly vi

— Byron, Lord


There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.

— Aldrich, Thomas B.


The beautiful seems right by force of beauty, and the feeble wrong because of weakness.

— Browning, Elizabeth B.

In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert

Beauty’s tears are lovelier than her smile.

— Campbell. Thomas

Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.

— Camus, Albert

Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away

— Cernuda, Luis


One who never turned his back but marched breast forward, never doubted clouds would break, Never dreamed, though right were worsted, wrong would triumph, Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake.

— Browning, Robert


Master books, but do not let them master you. – Read to live, not live to read.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert


There is no bore like a clever bore.

— Butler, Samuel


The whole business of your life overwhelms you when you live alone. One?s stupefied by it. To get rid of it you try to daub some of it off on to people who come to see you, and they hate that. To be alone trains one for death.

— C?line, Louis-Ferdinand


Chance happens to all, but to turn chance to account is the gift of few.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert


One of my favorite philosophical tenets is that people will agree with you only if they already agree with you. You do not change people’s minds.

— Zappa, Frank

Technological change defines the horizon of our material world as it shapes the limiting conditions of what is possible and what is barely imaginable. It erodes … assumptions about the nature of our reality, the ?pattern? in which we dwell, and lays open new choices.

— Zuboff, Shoshana

Weep not that the world changes – did it keep a stable, changeless state, it were a cause indeed to weep.

— Bryant, William Cullen

We are restless because of incessant change, but we would be frightened if change were stopped.

— Bryson, Lyman Lloyd

Everything changes, nothing remains without change.

— Buddha

All progress is based upon the universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

— Butler, Samuel

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.

— Carter, Jimmy

When it is not necessary to change, it is necessary not to change.

— Cary, Lucius


Be good, be kind, be humane, and charitable; love your fellows; console the afflicted; pardon those who have done you wrong.

— Zoroaster


Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell


It takes vision and courage to create-it takes faith and courage to prove.

— Young, Owen D.

“I’m very brave generally,” he went on in a low voice: “only today I happen to have a headache.”

— Carroll, Lewis


Before God manifested Himself, when all things were still hidden in Him… He began by forming an imperceptible point; that was His own thought. With this thought He then began to construct a mysterious and holy form… the Universe.

— Zohar


The avocation of assessing the failures of better men can be turned into a comfortable livelihood, providing you back it up with a Ph.D.

— Algren, Nelson


There are five things which no one is able to accomplish in this world: first, to cease growing old when he is growing old; second, to cease being sick; third, to cease dying; fourth, to deny dissolution when there is dissolution; fifth, to deny non-being.

— Buddha

Death, so called, is a thing which makes men weep, And yet a third of life is passed in sleep.

— Byron, Lord


Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.

— Bowen, Elizabeth

Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.

— Bryan, William Jennings

There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

— Camus, Albert


Diligence is the mother of good fortune.

— Cervantes


A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake as by never repeating it.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell


When you doubt, abstain.

— Zoroaster


I had a dream, which was not all a dream.

— Byron, Lord


Whatever the number of a man’s friends, there will be times in his life when he has one too few; but if he has only one enemy, he is lucky indeed if he has not one too many.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert


Enthusiasm is the inspiration of everything great. Without it no man is to be feared, and with it none despised.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell


Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

— Buddha


Much that we call evil is really good in disguises; and we should not quarrel rashly with adversities not yet understood, nor overlook the mercies often bound up in them.

— Browne, Thomas


You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.

— Camus, Albert


If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn?t it?

— Buchman, Sydney


The tragedy of life is not that man loses but that he almost wins.

— Broun, Heywood

There are five things which no one is able to accomplish in this world: first, to cease growing old when he is growing old; second, to cease being sick; third, to cease dying; fourth, to deny dissolution when there is dissolution; fifth, to deny non-being.

— Buddha


Fame – a few words upon a tombstone, and the truth of those not to be depended on.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell

The world, indeed, is like a dream and the treasures of the world are an alluring mirage! Like the apparent distances in a picture, things have no reality in themselves, but they are like heat haze.

— Buddha

O Fame! if I e’er took delight in thy praises, ‘Twas less for the sake of thy high-sounding phrases, Than to see the bright eyes of the dear one discover The thought that I was not unworthy to love her.

— Byron, Lord

Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.

— Chamfort, Sebastian


A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

— Bowring, John


There is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.

— Camus, Albert


Good men have the fewest fears. He has but one great fear who fears to do wrong; he has a thousand who has overcome it.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell


This is not a contest between persons. The humblest citizen in all the land, when clad in the armor of a righteous cause, is stronger than all the hosts of error. I come to you in defense of a cause as holy as the cause of liberty – the cause of humanity.

— Bryan, William Jennings

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.

— Burke, Edmund


Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.

— Carlyle, Thomas


Tomorrow is a satire on today, And shows its weakness.

— Young, Edward


The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.

— Burke, Edmund


Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.

— Camus, Albert

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

— Chambers, Allan K.


To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

— Buddha


God cannot alter the past, that is why he is obliged to connive at the existence of historians.

— Butler, Samuel


I do not mind lying, but I hate inaccuracy.

— Butler, Samuel

The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.

— Butler, Samuel

Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.

— Butler, Samuel

And, after all, what is a lie? ‘Tis but the truth in a masquerade.

— Byron, Lord


Man is, properly speaking, based upon hope, he has no other possession but hope; this world of his is emphatically the place of hope.

— Carlyle, Thomas


Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.

— Carlyle, Thomas


A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn; it can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a frown on the right man’s brow.

— Brower, Charles


To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.

— Buddha

Society is now one polished horde, Formed of two mighty tribes, the Bores and the Bored.

— Byron, Lord


No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.

— Cather, Willa


In social institutions, the whole is always less than the sum of its parts. There will never be a state as good as its people, or a church worthy of its congregation, or a university equal to its faculty and students.

— Abbey, Edward

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

— LeGuin, Ursula


And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

— Lincoln, Abraham

The bridges you cross before you come to them are over rivers that aren’t there.

— Brown, Gene

Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.

— Buscaglia, Leo

Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.

— Buscaglia, Leo

Don’t go through life, grow through life.

— Butterworth, Eric

Follow Your Bliss.

— Campbell, Joseph

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings.

— Carter Jr., Hodding


Mind unemployed is mind unenjoyed.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell

An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself.

— Camus, Albert


Every soul is subject to the trial of Transmigration…An individual does not know that he is called for assessment before entering this World as well as after leaving it. He does not know how many transformations and esoteric trials he has to pass through…and that souls revolve like a stone shot from a sling.

— Zohar


He who is only just is cruel. Who on earth could live were all judged justly?

— Byron, Lord


Kindness is a language the dumb canspeak and the deaf can hear and understand.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell


Two stones build two houses, three stones build six houses, four build twenty-four houses, five build one hundred and twenty houses, six build seven hundred and twenty houses and seven build five thousand and forty houses. From thence further go and reckon what the mouth cannot express and the ear cannot hear.

— Yezirah, Sepher


When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy, And the dimpling stream runs laughing by; When the air does laugh with our merry wit, And the green hill laughs with the noise of it.

— Byron, Lord

Laughter is one of the very privileges of reason, being confined to the human species.

— Carlyle, Thomas

Laugh at your friends, and if your friends are sore; So much the better, you may laugh the more.

— Casanova, Giovanni G.


How good is man’s life, the mere living! How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy!

— Browning, Robert

Life is a quarry, out of which we are to mold and chisel and complete a character.

— Butler, Samuel

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

— Carlyle, Thomas


In science, read, by preference, the newest works; in literature, the oldest. The classic literature is always modern.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert


It is ever the invisible that is the object of our profoundest worship. With the lover it is not the seen but the unseen that he muses upon.

— Bovee, Christian Nestell

When you love someone all your saved-up wishes start coming out.

— Bowen, Elizabeth

Love is a great beautifier.

— Alcott, Louisa May

Whoso loves Believes the impossible.

— Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

If thou must love me, let it be for nought<

— Browning, Elizabeth Barrett

Love is energy of life.

— Browning, Robert

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert

‘Tis sweet to know there is an eye will mark our coming, and look brighter when we come.

— Byron, Lord

Yes, Love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire.

— Byron, Lord

Let none think to fly the danger for soon or late love is his own avenger.

— Byron, Lord

‘Tis said of love that it sometimes goes, sometimes flies; runs with one, walks gravely with another; turns a third into ice, and sets a fourth in a flame: it wounds one, another it kills: like lightning it begins and ends in the same moment: it makes that fort yield at night which it besieged but in the morning; for there is no force able to resist it.

— Cervantes, Miguel de


I have great hopes that we shall love each other all our lives as much as if we had never married at all.

— Byron, Lord

People marry through a variety of other reasons, and with varying results; but to marry for love is to invite inevitable tragedy.

— Cabell, James Branch

When people get married because they think it’s a long-time love affair, they’ll be divorced very soon, because all love affairs end in disappointment. But marriage is a recognition of a spiritual identity.

— Campbell, Joseph

When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.

— Campbell, Joseph


Though one sits in meditation in a particular place, the Self in him can exercise its influence far away. Though still, it moves everywhere…The Self cannot be known by anyone who desists not from unrighteous ways, controls not his senses, stills not his mind, and practices not meditation.

— Yen, Lu


Misery assails riches, as lightning does the highest towers; or as a tree that is heavy laden with fruit breaks its own boughs, so riches destroy the virtue of their possessor.

— Burton, Richard E.


Who hears music, feels his solitude peopled at once.

— Browning, Robert


Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will.

— Carlyle, Thomas


World’s use is cold, world’s love is vain, world’s cruelty is bitter bane; but is not the fruit of pain.

— Browning, Elizabeth B.


Fare thee well! and if for ever, Still for ever, fare thee well.

— Byron, Lord


The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers – these are the masters of victory.

— Burke, Edmund


Neutrality is at times a graver sin than belligerence.

— Brandeis, Louis D.


Power intoxicates men. It is never voluntarily surrendered. It must be taken from them.

— Byrnes, James F.


All progress is based upon a universal innate desire of every organism to live beyond its income.

— Butler, Samuel


The prophet and the martyr do not see the hooting throng. Their eyes are fixed on the eternities.

— Cardozo, Benjamin N.


If a man’s mind becomes pure, his surroundings will also become pure.

— Buddha


A soul without reflection, like a pile Without inhabitant, to ruin runs.

— Young, Edward

Let no sleep fall upon thy eyes till thou hast thrice re- viewed the transactions of the past day. Where have I turn-ed aside from rectitude? What have I been doing? What haveI left undone, which I ought to have done? Begin thus from the first act, and proceed; and, in conclusion, at the ill which thou hast done, be troubled, and rejoice for the good.

— Buddha


When you make the sacrifice in marriage, you’re sacrificing not to each other but to unity in a relationship.

— Campbell, Joseph


That which exists through itself is called The Eternal. The Eternal has neither name nor shape. It is the one essence, the one primal spirit. Essence and life cannot be seen. They are contained in the light of heaven. The light of heaven cannot be seen. It is contained in the two eyes.

— Yen, Lu

God is the universal substance in existing things. He comprises all things. He is the fountain of all being. In Him exists everything that is.

— Bruno, Giordano

It is hard to say whether the doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery.

— Burke, Edmund

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity.

— Burke, Edmund


If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go.

— Burroughs, John


Selfishness is the only real atheism; aspiration, unselfishness, the only real religion.

— Zangwill, Israel


Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men’s imperfections, and conceal your own.

— Zeno

There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do.

— Alfieri, Vittorio

Under all speech that is good for anything there lies a silence that is better, Silence is deep as Eternity; speech is shallow as Time.

— Carlyle, Thomas


By all means use some time to be alone.

— Young, Edward


All souls must undergo transmigration and the souls of men revolve like a stone which is thrown from a sling, so many turns before the final release…Only those who have not completed their perfection must suffer the wheel of rebirth by being reborn into another human body.

— Zohar


Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.

— Buddha


Alas! while the body stands so broad and brawny, must the soul lie blinded, dwarfed, stupefied, almost annihilated? Alas! this was, too, a breath of God, bestowed in heaven, but on earth never to be unfolded!

— Carlyle, Thomas


There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the makeup of our character and our thoughts, as well as our success.

— Adams, George Matthew

Too low they build who build below the skies.

— Young, Edward

In Fame’s temple there is always a niche to be found for rich dunces, importunate scoundrels or successful butchers of the human race.

— Zimmerman

The success of any venture will be helped by prayer, even in the wrong denomination.

— Boyle, Charles P.

Success can be insured only by devising a defense against the contingency plan.

— Boyle, Charles P.

Why be a man when you can be a success?

— Brecht, Bertold

At some time in the life cycle of virtually every organization, its ability to succeed in spite of itself runs out.

— Brien, Richard H.

If at first you don’t succeed you’re running about average.

— Alderson, M.H.

First must give place to last, because last must have his time to come; but last gives place to nothing, for there is not another to succeed.

— Bunyan

He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below.

— Byron, Lord

The men who succeed are the efficient few. They are the few who have the ambition and will power to develop themselves.

— Casson, Herbert N.


Temptation is the fire that brings up the scum of the heart.

— Boston, Thomas


If the thoughts are absolutely tranquil the heavenly heart can be seen. The heavenly heart lies between sun and moon (i.e. between the two eyes). It is the home of the inner light. To make light circulate is the deepest and most wonderful secret. The light is easy to move, but difficult to fix. If it is made to circulate long enought, then it crystallizes itself; that is the natural spirit body…

— Yen, Lu

True thoughts have duration in themselves. If the thoughts endure, the seed is enduring; if the seed endures, the energy endures; if the energy endures, then will the spirit endure. The spirit is thought; thought is the heart; the heart is the fire; the fire is the Elixir.

— Yen, Lu

Think, and be careful what thou art within; For there is sin in the desire of sin; Think, and be thankful, in a different case; For there is grace in the desire of grace.

— Byrom, John

The power of Thought, the magic of the Mind!

— Byron, Lord


Truth makes on the ocean of nature no one track of light; every eye, looking on, finds its own.

— Bulwer-Lytton, Edward Robert


Hearing, seeing and understanding each other, humanity from one end of the earth to the other now lives simultaneously, omnipresent like a god thanks to its own creative ability. And, thanks to its victory over space and time, it would now be splendidly united for all time, if it were not confused again and again by that fatal delusion which causes humankind to keep on destroying this grandiose unity and to destroy itself with the same resources which gave it power over the elements.

— Zweig, Stefan


To understand a holy unity, examine the flame rising from a candle. We see at first two kinds of light, one glistening white and one blue or black. The white light is above and rises in a straight line, the blue or black light is beneath and appears to be the source of the white; yet the two lights are so closely united they form one single flame. But the source formed by the blue or black light is, in turn, attached to the wick under it. The white light never changes, it always remains white; but several shades are distinguishable in the lower light. Moreover, the lower light moves in two opposite directions; above, it is connected to the white light, and below, it is attached to the burning matter; this matter continually consumes itself and rises toward the upper light. It is thus that all that is, reunites with the one unity.

— Zohar

All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.

— Buddha


Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

— Buddha

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.

— Cervantes


The eye sees what it brings the power to see.

— Carlyle, Thomas


The tenor’s voice is spoilt by affectation, And for the bass, the beast can only bellow; In fact, he had no singing education, An ignorant, noteless, timeless, tuneless fellow.

— Byron, Lord


In war there is no prize for runner-up.

— Bradley, Omar


Worldly wealth is the Devil’s bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun.

— Burton, Robert

O gold! I still prefer thee unto paper which makes bank credit like a bank of vapour.

— Byron, Lord


The same words conceal and declare the thoughts of men.

— Cato, Dionysius


The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green

— Carlyle, Thomas


The entire lower world was created in the likeness of the higher world. All that exists in the higher world appears like an image in this lower world; yet all this is but One.

— Zohar


The pen is the tongue of the mind.

— Cervantes