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The following quotations were randomly selected from the collections selected below .
- Change, when it comes, cracks everything open.
- Dorothy Allison, O Magazine, January 2004
- Good food ends with good talk.
- Geoffrey Neighor, Northern Exposure, Duets, 1993
- We have to have the money to do the work we want to do, as well as to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Fat commissions are good, but not always easy to come by, and each new painting takes its time. So we need to find every way possible to earn extra income from our work.
- Elizabeth Aston, The True Darcy Spirit, 2006
- The idea of perfect closes your mind to new standards. When you drive hard toward one ideal, you miss opportunities and paths, not to mention hurting your confidence. Believe in your potential and then go out and explore it; don't limit it.
- John Eliot, Ph.D., Reverse Psychology for Success
- I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor, and I'm happy to state I finally won out over it.
- Mary Chase (1887 - 1973), Jimmy Stewart in "Harvey", 1950
- Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.
- Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592), 'De l'experience,' 1580-88
- I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Moon and Sixpence
- How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
- What may be done at any time will be done at no time.
- Scottish Proverb
- The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn't behave that way you would never do anything.
- John Irving (1942 - )
- First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
- Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD)
- Do or do not. There is no try.
- Yoda, 'The Empire Strikes Back'
- Where facts are few, experts are many.
- Donald R. Gannon
- Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel from coast to coast without seeing anything.
- Charles Kuralt
- Committee--a group of men who individually can do nothing but as a group decide that nothing can be done.
- Fred Allen (1894 - 1956)
- A harbor, even if it is a little harbor, is a good thing... It takes something from the world, and has something to give in return.
- Sarah Orne Jewett (1849 - 1909)
- If you do not wish to be prone to anger, do not feed the habit; give it nothing which may tend to its increase.
- Epictetus (55 AD - 135 AD)
- If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names.
- Elaine Gill
- All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
- Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902), Notebooks, 1912
- If I have ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention, than to any other talent.
- Isaac Newton (1642 - 1727)