Famous Quotes for Deep Thought, Humor and General Fun

“A healthy person has a thousand wishes, a sick person only one.” – Indian proverb

“One of the great things about time is how it applies pressure on you to carry out your story.” – Cliff Flamer

“Just because you are seeing divine light, experiencing waves of bliss, or conversing with Gods and Goddesses is no reason not to know your zip code.” — Ram Dass

“Man is the only animal for whom his own existence is a problem which he has to solve and from which he cannot escape.” — Erich Fromm

“My experience is what I agree to attend to.” – William James

“It’s far better to work on the wizard than to find a wand.” – Anon.

“Money can’t buy you happiness. But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.” – Spike Milligan

“It’s becoming a defining hour of humanity, where we either take back our attention or risk becoming emotionally addicted to our technology, to devices that somehow, though they have neither soul nor intent, control us more than we control them. Humankind is fast becoming a slave to its own tools. Hours of the day seep away checking in, updating, and swiping, to what end? It’s as we are adrift in a digital stream we never consciously chose to wade into. And we are starting to drown. No sooner do we set out on a meaningful task than we feel compelled to look at something irrelevant.” – Brendon Burchard

“Creating wealth is much more fun than spending it.” – Mike Dooley (Don’t tell this to the Real Housewives of OC)

“Accept the present moment and find the perfection that is deeper than any form and untouched by time.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Only if you resist what happens are you at the mercy of what happens, and the world will determine your happiness and unhappiness.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Keeping one’s attitude positive, especially when the world conspires to make us mad, is one of the great accomplishments of life.” – Brendon Burchard

“Leave aside that telling people you’re virtuous isn’t a virtue, it’s self-promotion. Virtue signalling is not virtue. Virtue signalling is, quite possibly, our commonest vice.” – Norman Doidge

“If you’re not willing to be a fool, then you can’t be a master.” – Jordan Peterson

“The great eagle’s nest is built of single sticks carefully placed.” – P. King Dunn

“Follow your blisters.” – Joseph Campbell

“That which you most need will be found where you least want to look.”

“A winner is someone who never lets losing stop them.”

“It’s better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.”

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” ― Thomas Edison

“The children are our future,’ which is true, but they said that when I was a child. Then I grew up. I was like ‘here I am!’ They were like, ‘Now it’s the other kids.’ …I know a Ponzi scheme when I see one…” – Norm MacDonald

“No sympathy for the devil; keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride…and if it occasionally gets a little heavier than what you had in mind, well…maybe chalk it up to forced consciousness expansion: Tune in, freak out, get beaten.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” -Lao Tzu

“Never compromise a dream. Always compromise on how it will come true.” – The Universe (Mike Dooley)

“Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” ― Chuck Klosterman

“Everything you can imagine is real.” – Pablo Picasso

“An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret to remaining young.” – Oscar Wilde

“One day, you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” – Paulo Coelho

“You cannot control how you feel, but you can always choose how you act.” – Mel Robbins

“If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s.” – C.G. Jung

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau

“A meaningful life can be extremely satisfying even in the midst of hardship, whereas a meaningless life is a terrible ordeal no matter how comfortable it is.” – Yuval Harari, Sapiens

“Free yourself from the shackles of an oppressive reality. What’s real to you is what you imagine and what you feel. If you manage your illusions wisely, you might get what you want, but you won’t necessarily understand why it worked.”  ― Scott Adams, How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

“Are you not ashamed that you give your attention to acquiring as much money as possible, and similarly with reputation and honor, and give no attention or thought to truth and understanding and the perfection of your soul?” – Socrates

“Do not seek the truth; only cease to cherish opinions.” – Seng-ts’an

“Everything in the world is about sex except sex. Sex is about power.” – Oscar Wilde

“Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” – Jerzy Gregorek

“I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and beheld that service was joy.” – Tagore

“We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” – Seneca

“For happiness, how little suffices for happiness! . . . the least thing precisely, the gentlest thing, the lightest thing, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a wisk, an eye glance – little maketh up the best happiness. Be still.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Here in the rich world, the only widespread form of slavery is the economic type.” – Mr. Money Moustache

“The more pleasures a man captures, the more masters he will have to serve.” – Seneca (on Hedonism)

“The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” – Aldous Huxley

“Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness.” – Allen Ginsberg

“Never underestimate the importance of having someone in your life who makes you want to be a better person.” – Dauvoire

“The Truth upholds the fragrant Earth and makes the living water wet. Truth makes fire burn and the air move, makes the sun shine and all life grow. A hidden truth supports everything. Find it and win.” – Ramayana

“Curving back upon My own Nature, I create again and again.” – Bhagavad-Gita 9.8

“Fear is freedom! Subjugation is liberation! Contradiction is truth! Those are the facts of this world! And you will all surrender to them, you pigs in human clothing!” – Satsuki

“It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into.” – Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Oscar Wilde

“When you are unconscious, you are being thought by the collective mind.” – Eckhart Tolle

We judge the mystical experience not by its veracity, which is unknowable, but by its fruits: does it turn someone’s life in a positive direction? – William James (paraphrased)

“By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.” – Oscar Wilde

“In the age of Google and instant answers, the most compelling, fascinating thing is the human that can think on its feet (sans phone) and create story from recalled detail.” – Sperry R. Darden

“. . the monosyllable of the clock is Loss, loss, loss, unless you devote your heart to its opposition.” – Tennessee Williams – The Catastrophe of Success

“Time is one of the most powerful influences on our thoughts, feelings, and actions, yet we are usually totally unaware of the effect of time in our lives.” – Philip Zimbardo – The Time Paradox

“Don’t try to make sense of it all, just go.” – Rebelution (Comfort Zone)

“I believe in coyotes and time as an abstract.” – R.E.M.

“The ego of the academy is blinding.” – Sperry R. Darden

“There is no life that is not ultimately frustrating.” – Eckhart Tolle

“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and the inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended directly and unconditionally, by Mind Large – this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone.” – Aldous Huxley – The Doors of Perception

“Art is 99 percent robbery.” – Anon

“By avoiding the process of creating and only consuming, you’re denying the world your gifts.” – Jason Zook

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” – Tacitus

“The ego wants to want more than it wants to have. And so the shallow satisfaction of having is always replaced by more wanting.” – Eckhart Tolle

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Time and Space is where you chase things you pretend you don’t have – love, friends, and abundance – while worrying about things you pretend you do have – problems, challenges, and issues. Until one day, you happen to notice the prophetic powers of pretending.” – Mike Dooley

“Thought began to take over and obscured the simple yet profound joy of connectedness with being.” – Eckhart Tolle

“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison

“People don’t ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion . . . ” – Robert Keith Leavitt

“For the ego to survive, it must make time – past and future – more important than the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Imagination is its own form of courage.” – House of Cards

“Everyone has access to really cool and really stupid information, media, education, stuff. . It’s now more important than ever to train your attention and embrace only good.” – Sperry R. Darden

“Spilling a full beer you paid for is the adult equivalent of letting go of a balloon.” – unknown

“PINCH: Life isn’t as serious as your mind makes it out to be.”

“Creative joy takes an artist’s desperation. Place original work on the canvas of indifference and wait patiently.” – Anonymous

“The fullness of life is only accessible in the present moment.” – Eckhart Tolle

“What you encounter at your destination once you get there depends on the quality of this one step. Another way of putting it: What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now.” – Eckhart Tolle

“When the basis for your actions is inner alignment with the present moment, your actions become empowered by the intelligence of Life itself.” – Eckhart Tolle

“A short attention span makes all of your perceptions and relationships shallow and unsatisfying.” – Eckhart Tolle

“As long as the ego runs your life, there are two ways of being unhappy. Not getting what you want. Getting what you want.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Having mastered the atom and the machinery of death that is modern warfare, the mere fact that we are alive now reveals a vast preference toward life and virtue.” – Brendon Burchard

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Struggle is a cherished consequence of higher actions. . the necessary effort of heroism and cultural advancement.” – Brendon Burchard

“Only our actions shall speak to who we are and what we really desire.” – Brendon Burchard

“Those that struggle with honor for mighty ends are not pitied but admired.” – Brendon Burchard

“Dear God & Universe, You show me benign things. I make them good or bad and craft my experience.” – Anonymous

“Ours has become a world where a tragic number of people have become more fascinated by materialism and the lives of distant narcissists than by their own life experience.” – Brendon Burchard

“Perhaps the most severe requirement of the good life is to have the constancy of mind to maintain joy and gratitude even amid hardship, pain, and injustice.” – Brendon Burchard

“There’s no app for a bourbon buzz on a cool day in a warm, dark bar.” – Gone Girl

“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Mistake: “Gauging one’s worth by what one possesses rather than who one is.” – Michael Paterniti (The Telling Room)

“Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.” – Eric Hoffer

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” ― Charles Bukowski

“Anyone ever lost in the wild knows that nature wants you dead.” – David Mamet




“The tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.” – Oscar Wilde

“Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure. ” – Amos Bronson Alcott

“Reality is a unified whole, but thought cuts it up into fragments.” – Eckhart Tolle

quote quotes“The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.” — John Burroughs


“The reward for conformity is that everyone likes you but yourself.” – Rita Mae Brown

“Let me first do some great thing that shall be told among men hereafter.” Homer, The Illiad

“My first editor once told me that whenever you think you see malice or conspiracy, you’re probably just seeing incompetence.” – Mike Elgan

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” – Hanlon’s Razor (Robert J. Hanlon)

“In the end, everything will work out. And if it doesn’t then it’s not the end yet.”

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman

“If you lack the will to start, you’re already finished.” – unknown

“The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

“Bacon is the Chuck Norris of food. There’s no reviewing it. It’s bacon. It reviews you. Now go.” – Anon

“People of accomplishment rarely sit back and let things happen to them. They go out and happen to things.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

“Netflix did it right and focused on all the things that have replaced the dumb, raw numbers of the Nielsen world — they embraced targeted marketing and ‘brand’ as a virtue higher than ratings.” – Kevin Spaceyfamous-quotes-image

“Every day you don’t practice you’re one day further from getting good.” – Anon

“Advertising will only accelerate what was going to happen anyway.” – Anon

“People will give you their time if you give them something valuable in exchange for it.” – Anon

“If you think you’re tops, you won’t do much climbing.” — Arnold H. Glasgow

“Courting failure is the only way to advance.” – Philip Dunn

“People who are obsessed with appearance are the ones most likely to be fooled by it.” – Anon

“The best way to get approval is to not need it.” – Hugh MacLeod

“Just beat my record for most consecutive days without dying.” -Bill Murray

“Your generosity is more important than your perfection.” – Seth Godin

“Holding back is so close to stealing.” – Neil Young

“Politics is the art of achieving prestige and power without merit.” – P.J. O’Rourke

“Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.” – Nicolas Chamfort

“A pound of pluck is worth a ton of luck.” – James Garfield (but then someone shot him)

“Great marketing only makes a bad product fail faster.” – David Ogilvy

“So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.” – Teddy Roosevelt

“Expectation is the root of all heartache.” —William Shakespeare

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more than you learn, the more places you’ll go.” ~ Dr. Seuss

‎”Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” ~ Muhammad Ali

“More than any other time in history, mankind faces a crossroads. One path leads to despair and utter hopelessness. The other, to total extinction. Let us pray we have the wisdom to choose correctly.” – Woody Allen

“A bore is a person who opens his mouth and puts his feats in it.” Henry Ford

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.” -William James

“I think people place too much emphasis on their careers. I wish we could all live in the mountains.” ~ Bill Murray, Groundhog Day

“In brief, sir, study what you most affect.” Shakespeare

“Down to Gehenna, or up to the Throne, He travels the fastest who travels alone.” – Rudyard Kipling

“It takes a long time to grow young.” – Pablo Picasso

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” – Mary Engelbreit

“God is a verb.” – Buckminster Fuller

“Search others for their virtues.” Benjamin Franklin

“And ah for a man to arise in me, That the man I am may cease to be!” – Tennyson

“Many things grow in the garden that were never sown there.” – Thomas Fuller

“Everyone wants to be a part of a miracle. I turned a corner. She’s a part of it. People helping people. It’s powerful stuff.”

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” – Mark Twain

“Every government interference in the economy consists of giving an unearned benefit, extorted by force, to some men at the expense of others.” – Ayn Rand

“I rate enthusiasm even above professional skill.” — Edward Appleton, Physicist

“The most valuable thing that money can buy you is the freedom to spend your time as you see fit.” – Michael Masterson

“Early morning hath gold in its mouth.” – Benjamin Franklin

“What is now proved was once only imagin’d” -William Blake.

“There’s no secret about success. Did you ever know a successful man who didn’t tell you about it?”  – Kin Hubbard

“The only completely consistent people are the dead.” – Aldous Huxley

“What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.” – W.H. Davies

“The underlying fear (and perhaps loathing) of child rearing is that we’re teaching them to be adults.” – PD

“The things that matter most are not things.” – Art Buchwald

“When I die, I hope to go to Heaven, whatever the Hell that is.” – Ayn Rand

“There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.” – Ayn Rand

“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.” – Ayn Rand

“The purpose of morality is to teach you, not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live.” – Ayn Rand

“The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.” – Ayn Rand

“Run for your life from any man who tells you that money is evil. That sentence is the leper’s bell of an approaching looter.” – Ayn Rand

“So you think that money is the root of all evil. Have you ever asked what is the root of all money?”- Ayn Rand

“Lack of money is the root of all evil.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” – Ayn Rand

“Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.” – Ayn Rand

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

“Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” – Alan Watts

“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.” – Alan Watts

“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.” – Alan Watts

“The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.” – Alan Watts

“In good times, people want to advertise; in bad times, they have to.” – Bruce Barton, former Chairman of BBDO

“Pay no attention to the critics. Don’t even ignore them.” – Samuel Goldwyn

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  – St. Francis of Assisi

“Sometimes you have to be lucky, but I always say that to be lucky, you have to fight for it.” – Jonas Hiller (Anaheim Ducks goaltender)

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde

“Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don’t unravel.” -Author Unknown

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”  – G.B. Stern

“For all my dreams, I am what I do.” David Reynolds

“Advertising arguments should only be settled by testing, not arguments around a conference table.” – Claude Hopkins

“In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress.” – John Adams

“I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” – Winston Churchill

“A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” – George Bernard Shaw

“A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which  debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” – G Gordon Liddy

“Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.” –  James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

“Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.” – Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” – P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

“Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. ” – Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” – Ronald Reagan (1986)

“I don’t make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.” – Will Rogers

“If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!”  – P.J. O’Rourke

“In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.”  – Voltaire (1764)

“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!” – Pericles (430 B.C.)

“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.”  – Mark Twain (1866 )

“Talk is cheap…except when Congress does it.” Anon

“The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.” – Ronald Reagan

“The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.” – Winston Churchill

” The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.” – Mark Twain

” The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.” – Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

“There is no distinctly native American criminal class…save Congress.” – Mark Twain

“What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.” – Edward Langley, Artist (1928 – 1995)

“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat myself.” – Mark Twain

“If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed.”  – Mark Twain

“To get what you never had, you must do what you have never done.”  – anon

“Nothing is stronger than habit.” – Ovid

The End Result + Action = Hows + Manifestation – Mike Dooley

“Humor is just another defense against the universe.” -Mel Brooks

“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

“To mistrust science and deny the validity of the scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You’d better go look for work as a plant or wild animal.” – P. J. O’Rourke

“Do what you do best, and outsource the rest.” – Peter Drucker

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” – Leonard Bernstein

“If money is your hope for independence you will never have it. The only real security that a man will have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.” – Henry Ford

“A man is whatever room he is in.” – Japanese saying

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

“He that lives upon hope will die fasting.” – Benjamin Franklin

“He that is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Optimism can make you look stupid, but cynicism always makes you look cynical.” – Calum Fisher

“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The desire for safety stands against every great and noble enterprise.” – Tacitus (Roman philosopher)

“Quality requires your Presence.” – Eckhart Tolle

“Adversity reveals character.” – Curt Kovacs

“Never hope more than you work.” – Rita Mae Brown

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.” – W. Somerset Maugham

“Find a subject you care about and which you in your heart feel others should care about. It is this genuine caring, and not your games with language, which will be the most compelling and seductive element in your style.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“A person is not old until regrets take the place of dreams.” John Barrymore

“In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous.” – Aristotle

“If you are going through hell, keep going.” Winston Churchill

“He who throws mud only loses ground.” – Fat Albert

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” – Alvin Toffler

“Sell your presence and purchase bewilderment.” – Rumi

“An undefined problem has an indefinite number of solutions.” – Robert Humphrey

“It’s not so hard to get rich as it is to know when you have gotten rich.” – Josh Billings

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Appollinaire

“If you really want something in life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they’re about to announce the lottery numbers.” – Homer Simpson

“To alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems!” – Homer Simpson

“I’m not normally a religious man, but if you’re up there, save me, Superman!” – Homer Simpson

“Trying is the first step towards failure.” – Homer Simpson

“OK brain. You don’t like me, and I don’t like you, but let’s get through this thing and then I can continue killing you with beer.” – H Simpson

“I am a camera through which God creates and witnesses his world.”

“Don’t give advice. Dumb people don’t take it, and smart people don’t need it.” – Anon.

“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” – Thomas Paine

“Little tiny dreams, Phil, require little tiny thoughts and little tiny steps. Great big dreams require great big thoughts and little tiny steps.” – Mike Dooley

“As a chef, it’s my job not mess things up.” ?

The world is presenting wonders by the minute. It’s your job to notice them. Witness them.

“In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully eqipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

“If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would ever get done.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.” – Aristotle

“Action without thought is mindlessness, and thought without action is hypocritical.” – Ayn Rand

“Don’t Pursue Happiness – Create It.” – fortune cookie

“I don’t think there’s anything to be afraid of. Failure brings great rewards — in the life of an artist.” – Quentin Tarantino

“Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” – Yeats

“When it’s a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.” – Voltaire

“The man on top of the mountain did not fall there.” – Unknown

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – A. Einstein

“Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.” – Margaret Thatcher

“The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter. The moment it arises, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.” — Mark Twain

“Think of fear as a 2-year-old child who doesn’t want to go grocery shopping with you. Because you must buy groceries, you’ll just have to take the two year old with you. Fear is no different. In other words, acknowledge that fear exists but don’t let it keep you from doing important tasks.” – Jack Canfield

“Today is a one time deal. Offer expires at midnight.” – Mike Dooley

“The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.” – Joseph Campbell

“True wealth is not what you have, it’s what you’re left with with when all you have is gone.” – James Ray

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Call on God, but row away from the rocks.” – Hunter S. Thompson

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

“The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the dominance of outward conditions.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

“The one and only thing over which you have complete and total control is how you focus your own mind. Luckily, this determines everything else.” – Napoleon Hill.

“The fool who persists in his folly becomes wise.” – Robert Blake

“Create Like a God. Command Like a King. Work Like a Slave.” – Constantin Brancusi (sculptor)

Begin living like you’ve never lived before.

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain

“There are three ways to get something done: Do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.” – Montana Crane

“The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.” – Werner Erhard

“Success is moving from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”- Winston Churchill

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” – Gen. George Patton

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpots

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” – Admiral Hyman Rickover (U.S. Navy)

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

“Circumstance has no value. It is how one relates to the situation that has value. All the meaning resides in the personal relationship to a phenomenon, what it means to you.” – Chris McCandless

“The happiness of those who want to be popular depends on others; the happiness of those who seek pleasure fluctuates with moods outside their control; but the happiness of the wise grows out of their own free acts.” – Marcus Aurelius

“There is no inside or outside for him. He reflects whatever appears, without judgement, whether it is a flower or a heap of garbage, a criminal or a saint. Whatever happens is alright. He treats his own anger or grief just as he would treat an angry or grieving child: with compassion.” – Tao Te Ching

“The sky holds sun, moon, stars, clouds, rain, snow or pure azure. Because it doesn’t care which of these appear, it has room for them all.” – Tao Te Ching

“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Not my will but thine be done.”

“Remember, a real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided.” – Tony Robbins

“The man who is truly good and wise will bear with dignity whatever fortune sends, and will always make the best of his circumstances.” – Aristotle

“We go where our deepest desires take us.” – Deepak Chopra

“..There is still an overwhelming social compulsion – an insanity of consensus, if you will – to get rich from life rather than live richly, to “do well” in the world instead of living well. And in spite of the fact that America is famous for its unhappy rich people, most of us remain convinced that just a little more money will set life right. In this way, the messianic metaphor of modern life becomes the lottery – that outside chance that the right odds will come together to liberate us from financial worries once and for all.” – Rolf Potts – Vagabonding

“I not only use all the brains that I have, but all that I can borrow.” – Woodrow Wilson

“One does not accumulate but eliminate. It is not daily increase but daily decrease. The height of cultivation always runs to simplicity.” – Bruce Lee

“The less you know, the better you are at what you do know.” – Kendall Penwid

“Life has no other discipline to impose, if we would but realize it, than to accept life unquestioningly. Everything… we deny, denigrate or despise, serves to defeat us in the end. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with an open mind. Every moment is golden for him who has the vision to realize it as such.” – Henry Miller

“If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn’t have an opportunity.”  – Bob Parsons

Make buying from you a pleasure.

Make seeing you a pleasure.

Make hearing your voice on the phone a pleasure.

Make everything about being with you a pleasure.

Make a difference in your world. In the moment.

We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves.

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Find out what you want. That’s the hard part. Getting there is easy.

Big Sack = Big Purse (Bolsa & Broad Streets)

Joy is your birthright.

It’s so perfect here. Do whatever you have to do to keep it that way.

“Do whatever you have to do to keep things perfect in the moment. Just don’t try.” – Phil Dunn

“Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.” – George Scialabra

“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I might not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” – Native American Proverb

“Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.” – Aristotle

“I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If A is success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” – Albert Einstein

“I believe God is managing affairs and that He doesn’t need any advice from me. With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. So what is there to worry about?” – Henry Ford

“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.” – Carl Jung

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris

“Think of the small as large.”

“Men are disturbed not by things but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things.” – Epictetus

“You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear.” – Sammy Davis Jr.

“They muddy the water, to make it seem deep.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“What we call failure is not the falling down but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

“Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” – Henry David Thoreau

“This is the true joy of life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one… the being a force of Nature, instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

Play and  Pretend to Work

“I didn’t have all the expectations and the publicity. It probably made me work harder and learn more. It was a blessing in disguise.” – Dustin Penner – NHL Hockey Player (Anaheim Ducks) – on not being a stand-out talent

“If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.” – Anonymous

“The inability to forget is far more devastating than the inability to remember.” – Mark Twain

“For those that will fight for it …FREEDOM… has a flavor the protected shall never know”. – Anonymous

“If you have a talent, spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke.” – Brendan Francis

“Nothing so liberalizes a man and expands the kindly instincts that nature put in him as travel and contact with many kinds of people.” – Mark Twain, 1867

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nor is it of much Importance to us to know the Manner in which Nature executes her laws; ’tis enough to know the Laws themselves.” – Ben Franklin

“Intelligence is like four-wheel drive .. it just gets you stuck in more remote places.” – Garrison Keillor

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” – Jack Kerouac

“Information is the oxygen of the modern age. It seeps through the walls topped by barbed wire, it wafts across the electrified borders.” – Ronald Reagan

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picaso

“Whatever you can do, or dream, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic and power in it. Begin it now.” – Goethe

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

“Bloom where you’re planted.” – Anon.

“Be bold in your caring, and be bold in your dreaming.” – George H.W. Bush

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Teddy Roosevelt

“No pressure, no diamonds.” – Thomas Carlyle

“The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances.” – Thelonius Monk

“He who has never failed is he who has never tried.” – Anon.

“Reality is causal.” – Ayn Rand

“An idea is a feat of association.” – Robert Frost

“If you want to feel good, be rational.” – Ayn Rand

“Work like you don’t need the money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.” – Satchel Paige

“The function of abundance is not to possess things but to use them and gather experiences.” – Stuart Wilde

“When you come right down to it, the secret to having it all is loving it all.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers

“The best things in life must come by effort from within, not by gifts from the outside.” – Fred Corson

“Arouse in the other person an eager want.” – Dale Carnegie

“Doing is better than not doing, and if you do something badly you’ll learn to do it better.” – Twyla Tharp

“Be a producer, not a consumer.” – Phil Dunn

“Right now, the world is new.” – Phil Dunn

“It is so. It cannot be otherwise.” – Zen saying

“If you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.” – Kahlil Gibran

“I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent man, careful of his earnings, and strictly honest who complained of bad luck.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“Practice beats talent when talent doesn’t practice.” – Anon.

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens

“Annuit coeptis” – Providence has favored our undertakings.

“Daily ingredients: Family, friends, exercise, sun, work, music” – Phil Dunn

“Your ideas are your dogs. Love them, and give them your attention when they beg for it.” – Phil Dunn

“Lack of time is the new poverty.” – Anon.

“The best work never was and never will be done for money.” – John Ruskin

“No monkey mind.” – Anon.

“Action follows desire.” – Napoleon Hill

“A part of all I earn is mine to keep.” – Anon.

“This is true in everyday life as it is in battle: we are given one life and the decision is ours whether to wait for circumstances to make up our mind, or whether to act and, in acting, to live.” – Omar Bradley

“If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life.” – Albert Camus

“Core selling ideas: Who are you? What are you doing? Who are you helping? How are you different?”

– Anon.

“Nothing is more beautiful than something unusual.”

– Phil Dunn

“It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. The great man or woman is the one who never steps outside his or her specialty or foolishly dissipates his or her individuality.”

– Og Mandino

“Giving up the illusion that you can predict the future is a very liberating moment. All you can do is give yourself the capacity to respond… the creation of that capacity is the purpose of strategy.”

– Lord John Browne

“Make promises. List benefits. Create attractive images.”

– Marketing mantra

“Outcome only improves when you ignore it and attend to the nitty gritty.”

– Attentional Control in Tennis

“I greet the new sun with the confidence that this will be the best day of my life.”

– Anon./Phil Dunn

“Focus on the desired result.”

– Anon.

“When you reach for the stars, you may not quite get one, but you won’t come up with a handful of mud either.”

– Leo Burnett

“If you don’t know where you’re going, every road leads there.”

– Tao saying

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do… So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

– Mark Twain

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”

– Socrates

“Out of the strain of the Doing. Into the peace of the Done.”

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“The lack of plodding forward – not the lack of the ability to dream – is what makes a failure of the otherwise great human beings in this world.”

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“If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

– Abe Lincoln

“Drop the question of what tomorrow may bring, and count as profit every day that Fate allows you.”

– Horace

“Naturalness: You do not have to force yourself to drink water when you are thirsty; you are glad to drink water.  Not Naturalness: When your mind is entangled in some other idea, someone else’s idea, and you are not independent, not yourself, not natural.”

– Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind

“By placing a lot of emotion into having, you heighten not having (and make yourself poorer).”

– Stuart Wilde

“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasury.”

– Alexander Tyler

“You must have – in your heart – a commitment to customer service that goes beyond good sense and the desire for profits. It must be deep, and it must be strong, and must endure.”

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– Zen Japanese quality control philosophy

“Have one breakthrough every day. It’s possible. Look for it.”

– Phil Dunn

“The secret to success is to subjugate your ego and serve others.”

– Stuart Wilde

“Those who attain to any excellence commonly spend life in some single pursuit, for excellence is not often gained from easier terms.”

– Samuel Johnson

“All you have shall some day be given. Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors.”

– Kahlil Gibran

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a nice and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming… “Wow, what a ride!”

– Source unknown

“If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative.”

– David Ogilvy

“The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.”

– David Ogilvy

“All men should strive to learn, before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.”

– James Thurber

“The feeling of happiness I had this morning – the kind that is good while you are working and gives you energy when you stop – comes only when:

1. You believe your work is meaningful.

And …

2. You work at a relatively high level of competency.”

— Make into one of your own