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Favorite Quotes

A collection of thoughts

I see a quote that inspires, uplifts, strikes a chord, or I like for no particular reason.

"In the universe, there are things that are known and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors."

—William Blake


“I’ve already done enough for this long story: I wrote it … I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors. If they have something to say, they will sooner or later find readers.”

—Elena Ferrante


“Sometimes when we go to a place where no one knows us, we become who we really are.”



"Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means."

—Ronald Reagan

"Choose your friends with caution; plan your future with purpose, and frame your life with faith."

—Thomas S. Monson

“Without readers, writers would have no context; no audience; no voice. But that doesn’t mean we’re employees, writing books to order.” —Joanne Harris

“What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?…I avow my faith that we are marching towards better days. Humanity will not be cast down. We are going on swinging bravely forward along the grand high road and already behind the distant mountains is the promise of the sun.” -Winston S. Churchill (Dundee, Scotland, on 10 October 1908)

"Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: 'We the People.' 'We the People' tell the government what to do; it doesn't tell us. 'We the People' are the driver; the government is the car. And we decide where it should go, and by what route, and how fast. Almost all the world's constitutions are documents in which governments tell the people what their privileges are. Our Constitution is a document in which 'We the People' tell the government what it is allowed to do. 'We the People' are free."

—Ronald Reagan (farewell speech)

"We've got to do a better job of getting across that America is freedom -- freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of enterprise. And freedom is special and rare. It's fragile; it needs protection. So, we've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important . . . If we forget what we did, we won't know who we are. I'm warning of an eradication of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit. Let's start with some basics: more attention to American history and a greater emphasis on civic ritual."

—Ronald Reagan (farewell speech)

“Good fences make good neighbors.”

—Robert Frost

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

—Used by Nelson Mandela in his 1994 inaugural speech 

 "However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion."
—George Washington | Farewell Address | Saturday, September 17, 1796 

“Adventure: The pursuit of life."

—Daniel Roy Wiarda


"Each time a man stands up for an idea, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

—Robert F. Kennedy Cape Town, South Africa, June 6, 1966



"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."

—George Bernard Shaw



"I decided that adventure was the best way to learn . . ."

—Lloyd Alexander 



"Every man dies—not ever man really lives."

—William Ross Wallace



"You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming."

—Jim Rohn



"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil, is for good men to do nothing."

—Edmund Burke



"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."




 "Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose."

—Tom Krause



"Don't hesitate to try the's in the landscape of the unknown that often the greatest treasures lie ."

—Rosemary Gladstar



"Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass." 

—Anton Chekhov



"In the perception of the smallest is the secret of a clear vision; in the guarding of the weakest is the secret of all strength."

—Lao Tse



"Between the world of men and make believe, I can be found."

—Dan Fogelberg



"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

—Eleanor Roosevelt



"By being people of action, at least we have the hope to leave this world and its people better than we found it."

—Andy Jones



"Chance favors the prepared mind."

—Louis Pasteur


 "The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of these United States are covenants we have made not only with ourselves, but with all mankind. Our founding documents proclaim to the world that freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few. It is the universal right of all God's children."
— Ronald Reagan 

"Dreams aren't easy. They come true, not free."



"It is harder to conceal ignorance than to acquire knowledge."

—Arnold H. Glasow



"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

—Albert Einstein



"I live my life as I deem appropriate and fitting; I offer no apologies, no explanations."

—Aaron Burr



 "If you don't want it bad enough to risk losing it - you don't want it bad enough."

—Tom Krause



"Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot exist."

—Edmund Burke



"If you wisely invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life."

—Frank Lloyd Wright



"Changes can come from the power of many, but only when the many come together to form that which is invincible...the Power of One."



"As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret, are the things you didn't do." 



"The only tyrant I accept in this world is the still voice within." 



"Average people look for ways of getting away with it;

successful people look for ways of getting on with it."

—Jim Rohn



"Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk."

—Doug Larsen



“A sound head, an honest heart, and an humble spirit are the three best guides through time and to eternity”

—Sir Walter Scott



"What is the point of all of this? To destroy a man who seeks the truth or to destroy the truth so no man can seek it?"

—Annabeth Gish as Monica Reyes 



"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

—Thomas Jefferson



“He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.”

—Thomas Paine, Dissertations on First Principles of Government



“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”

—Harry Truman



“A popular government, without popular information, or the mean of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

—James Madison



"Under the law of nature, all men are born free, every one comes into the world with a right to his own person, which includes the liberty of moving and using it at his own will. This is what is called personal liberty, and is given him by the author of nature, because necessary for his own sustenance."

—Thomas Jefferson



“Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt”

—Samuel Adams



"A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation."

—Thomas Paine, Rights of Man, 1792



"Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer."

—Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776



“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”

—John Muir



“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”

—John Muir



“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

—Jane Goodall



"Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

—Benjamin Franklin



"It's not tyranny we desire; it's a just, limited, federal government."

—Alexander Hamilton

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