Over the decades, I occasionally have come across quotes that were striking in their originality and wisdom as to how to look at the world and conduct oneself. I have not seen most of them anywhere else. You might enjoy perusing the collection.

The time to make up your mind about people is never.

My ear is still listening for everything that is going on beneath the surface.
Mike Nichols


An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.


What I do know is that we’ve all got our hidden currents, no matter how wide and friendly the river seems. Start casting deep enough and who knows what you’ll dredge up.
Charles De Lint
Someplace To Be Flying


Although neither God nor moral absolutes can be logically proved, we must live as though they could be.
David S. Reynolds
describing a key point in the philosophy of William James
New York Times Book Review 3/15/98


Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

No man is justified in doing evil on the ground of expediency.
Teddy Roosevelt

The whole collection runs to 17 pages and can be viewed/downloaded as a pdf by clicking this link: quotes

You can like or comment on any article.

Ground rules for comments 

I strongly welcome comments, but  ask you to abide by the principle, “Always respect the person, never respect the idea.”  A thoughtful analysis of why the views  I present are wrong helps all of us get closer to discerning what is true, but civility must rule.



Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *