A whole mess o’quotes..

“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, or a hell of heaven.”

Milton, Paradise Lost

“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 better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the 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 or defeat.”

Theodore Roosevelt, from an address called “Citizenship in a Republic” given at the Sorbonne, April 23, 1910.

“There are far too many smart, educated, talented people operating at quarter speed, unsure of their place in the world, contributing far too little to the productive engine of modern civilization. There are far too many people who look like they have their act together but have yet to make an impact. You know who you are.”

Po Bronson, What Should I Do With My Life?

“And finally the moment came when I pushed aside what I had done and started to begin again with the announcement that Jupiter himself had never existed; that man was alone in a world in which no voices were heard than his own, a world neither friendly nor unfriendly save he made it so…

How terrifying and glorious the role of man if, indeed, without guidance and without consolation he must create from his own vitals the meaning for his existence and write the rules whereby he lives…”

Julius Caesar, in Thornton Wilder’s novel The Ides of March

“I will act AS IF what I do makes a difference.”

William James

“You cannot find yourself, only create yourself.”

Anne B. Sekel

“Mental health is the process of trading one set of problems for a more interesting set of problems.”

Nathaniel Brandon

“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”

Albert Camus

“Integrity has no need of rules.”

Albert Camus

“I can’t promise that I’ll do it, and I can’t even promise that I’ll try. But I’ll try to try.”

Bart Simpson

“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

Mary Oliver, “The Summer Day”

“Your work is to discover your work
and then to give yourself to it
with all your heart.”

The Dhammapada

“We are never living, but only hoping to live; and, looking forward always to being happy, it is inevitable that we are never so.”

Blaise Pascal

“Men are disturbed, not by things that happen, but by their opinion of things that happen.”


“If you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Winston Churchill

“What was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself—life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose?”

Willa Cather


2 thoughts on “A whole mess o’quotes..

  1. Wow! Lots of great food for thought. I sense a new album with an andyconnellian score to famous quotes. AFAIK, no one has ever done that!

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