Quotes on Life
James A. Michener
"Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries."
"A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."
"The man who views the world at 50 the same way he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life."
"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."
"There's a fine line between a hobby and mental illness."
"Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines."
"Happiness is good health and a bad memory."
"You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there."
"You can observe a lot by watching."
"When you come to fork in the road, take it."
"Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future."
"Life is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends."
"You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun."
"Some people think the glass is half full. Others think it is half empty. I think the glass is too big."
"Be slow of tongue and quick of eye."
"Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least."
"I am easily satisfied with the best."
"So little of what might happen does happen."
"History repeats itself. That's one of the things wrong with history."
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity."
"Facts don't disappear just because they're ignored."
"Trouble usually starts out being fun."
"To see yourself as others see you, look closely at your driver's license."
"One mystery of life is why people in a waiting room ask if the empty seat beside you is occupied."
"Happiness isn't a "buy product"."
"Pleasing others is easy. All you have to do is listen and nod your head."
"After all is said and done, more is said than done."
"Take things as they come - if you can handle them that fast."
"Middle age is when you're old enough to know better, but still young enough to keep on doing it."
"Nothing is as frustrating as arguing with someone who knows what he's talking about."
"Many retired people live on a fixed income - fix the TV, fix the car, fix the toilet, fix the ..."
"Old age is always 20 years older than you are."
"Life is just one foolish thing after another, and love is just two foolish things after each other."
W. C. Fields
"Start every day off with a smile and get it over with."
"I feel very old sometimes...I carry on and would not like to die before having emptied a few more buckets of shit on the heads of my fellow men."
Sydney J. Harris
"It's perfectly true that you're only young once, but that's hardly a reason for remaining immature indefinitely."
"When you're preparing to ride off into the sunset, be sure that your saddle is pointing forward."
Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Give us the luxuries of life and we will dispense with the necessities."
"Nothing is as simple as we hope it will be."
"Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book."
"One of the simple but genuine pleasures in life is getting up in the morning and hurrying to a mousetrap you set the night before."
"I have lived to thank God that all my prayers have not been answered."
H. Jackson Brown
"Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get."
"It's all right letting yourself go as long as you can let yourself back."
"Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards."
"Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us everyday."
"Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle."
David Lloyd George
"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."
"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday."
"Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking in a week or two he will feel as good as ever."
W. Somerset Maugham
"It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up."
John Maynard Keynes
"In the long run ... we are all dead."
H. L. Mencken
"The older I grow the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom."
"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation."
Laurence J. Peter
"If you don't know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else."
"Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone."
"In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone's letter."
"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."
"Impermanence, impermanence, impermanence."
Kathleen A. Sutton
"When you can't have what you want, it's time to start wanting what you have."
Dale E. Turner
"We are born with our eyes closed and our mouths open, and we spend our whole lives trying to reverse that mistake of nature."
"If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."
Marilyn Vos Savant
"It is my observation that being beaten is often a temporary condition, that giving up is what makes it permanent."