Best Quotes About Gin

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new at all. -Abraham Lincoln

Films have degenerated to their original operation as carnival amusement – they offer not drama but thrills. -David Mamet

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it. -Laurence J. Peter

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit. -Ansel Adams

Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up. -James Baldwin

At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone. -Jean de la Bruyere

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. -David Bailey

He has the deed half done who has made a beginning. -Horace

In creating, the only hard thing is to begin: a grass blade's no easier to make than an oak. -James Russell Lowell

Don't let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was. -Richard L. Evans

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. -Edmund Burke

Live out of your imagination, not your history. -Stephen Covey

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all. -Anatole France

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. -W. Somerset Maugham

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. -Oscar Wilde

I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. -H. L. Mencken

Our mind is capable of passing beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it. Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin. -Hermann Hesse

Wisdom begins in wonder. -Socrates

Woman begins by resisting a man's advances and ends by blocking his retreat. -Oscar Wilde

We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing. -R. D. Laing

The moment a man talks to his fellows he begins to lie. -Hilaire Belloc

The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: It's a girl. -Shirley Chisholm

What we call the beginning is often the end. And to make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from. -T. S. Eliot

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills? -Khalil Gibran

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. -James Russell Lowell

All great truths begin as blasphemies. -George Bernard Shaw

Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. -William Feather

Few people at the beginning of the nineteenth century needed an adman to tell them what they wanted. -John Kenneth Galbraith

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods. -H. L. Mencken

It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper. -Rod Serling

I don't like food that's too carefully arranged; it makes me think that the chef is spending too much time arranging and not enough time cooking. If I wanted a picture I'd buy a painting. -Andy Rooney

I'm undaunted in my quest to amuse myself by constantly changing my hair. -Hillary Clinton

Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. -Marshall McLuhan

I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea. -H. G. Wells

The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass. -Martin Mull

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life. -Simone Weil

We idolized the Beatles, except for those of us who idolized the Rolling Stones, who in those days still had many of their original teeth. -Dave Barry

Drinking makes such fools of people, and people are such fools to begin with that it's compounding a felony. -Robert Benchley

Microsoft is engaging in unlawful predatory practices that go well beyond the scope of fair competition. -Orrin Hatch

The modern Little Red Riding Hood, reared on singing commercials, has no objection to being eaten by the wolf. -Marshall McLuhan

Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I avoid clients for whom advertising is only a marginal factor in their marketing mix. They have an awkward tendency to raid their advertising appropriations whenever they need cash for other purposes. -David Ogilvy

The secret of all effective originality in advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships. -Leo Burnett

In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative, original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. -David Ogilvy

I begin by taking. I shall find scholars later to demonstrate my perfect right. -Frederick the Great

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. -Oscar Wilde

The instinct of nearly all societies is to lock up anybody who is truly free. First, society begins by trying to beat you up. If this fails, they try to poison you. If this fails too, the finish by loading honors on your head. -Jean Cocteau

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. -Doug Larson

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination. -Charles de Gaulle

The American Revolution was a beginning, not a consummation. -Woodrow Wilson

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. -George Santayana

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. -Samuel Johnson

Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast. -Joe Garagiola

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed. -Henry Ford

When you are through changing, you are through. -Bruce Barton

The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old. -Jean Kerr

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on. -Richard P. Feynman

The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. -Sydney J. Harris

Cowardice… is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. -Ernest Hemingway

Some people are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. -Henry Van Dyke

I am accustomed to sleep and in my dreams to imagine the same things that lunatics imagine when awake. -Rene Descartes

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. -Aldo Leopold

Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again. -Andre Gide

Faith is spiritualized imagination. -Henry Ward Beecher

Not only is women's work never done, the definition keeps changing. -Bill Copeland

Gardens are not made by singing 'Oh, how beautiful,' and sitting in the shade. -Rudyard Kipling

The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place, and common interest produces common security. -Thomas Paine

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. -Immanuel Kant

I imagine one of the reasons people cling to their hates so stubbornly is because they sense, once hate is gone, they will be forced to deal with pain. -James Baldwin

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. -Leo Tolstoy

Improvement begins with I. -Arnold H. Glasow

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened. -Peter L. Berger

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future. -Jessamyn West

History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies. -Alexis de Tocqueville

I imagine that yes is the only living thing. -e. e. cummings

The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to 'create' rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting. -William J. Brennan, Jr.

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions. -Ambrose Bierce

I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. -Ursula K. Le Guin

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see. -Duane Michals

It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. -Noel Coward

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. -Og Mandino

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it. You and you alone make me feel that I am alive. Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough. -George Edward Moore

We are not the same persons this year as last; nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person. -W. Somerset Maugham

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. -Voltaire

Almost no one is foolish enough to imagine that he automatically deserves great success in any field of activity; yet almost everyone believes that he automatically deserves success in marriage. -Sydney J. Harris

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. -Josh Billings

The only time a woman really succeeds in changing a man is when he is a baby. -Natalie Wood

Each act is virgin, even the repeated ones. -Rene Char

Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop. -Lewis Carroll

If a man will begin with certainties, he shall end in doubts, but if he will content to begin with doubts, he shall end in certainties. -Francis Bacon

To believe with certainty we must begin with doubting. -Stanislaus I

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. -Marianne Moore

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose, and wants to be a poet. So he begins every line with a capital letter, and keeps on writing prose. -Samuel McChord Crothers

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom. -Robert Frost

When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. -Clarence Darrow

Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct. -Thomas Jefferson

Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted. -Fred Allen

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author? -Philip Gilbert Hamerton

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. -John Lennon

Few people have the imagination for reality. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Everything you can imagine is real. -Pablo Picasso

This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof. -Neil Gaiman

If I had been the Virgin Mary, I would have said 'No.' -Margaret Smith

Science does not know its debt to imagination. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. -John Dewey

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. -Henry David Thoreau

Nature abhors a virgin – a frozen asset. -Clare Boothe Luce

Virginity can be lost by a thought. -St. Jerome

Peace begins with a smile. -Mother Teresa

Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today. -Herman Wouk

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'. -Dan Rather

Technology is the knack of so arranging the world that we don't have to experience it. -Max Frisch

Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in while, or the light won't come in. -Alan Alda

A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order. -Jean-Luc Godard

I slept with faith and found a corpse in my arms on awakening; I drank and danced all night with doubt and found her a virgin in the morning. -Aleister Crowley

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination. -Christopher Isherwood

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe. -Anatole France

It's hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty. -George Burns

Wisdom begins at the end. -Daniel Webster

If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones. -Don Herold

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Some men storm imaginary Alps all their lives, and die in the foothills cursing difficulties which do not exist. -E. W. Howe

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it. -Harold Acton

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. -Sylvia Plath

The two most engaging powers of an author are to make new things familiar, familiar things new. -William Makepeace Thackeray

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind. -Bertrand Russell

Think where man's glory most begins and ends, and say my glory was I had such friends. -William Butler Yeats

I have a huge, active imagination, and I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman. -Claire Danes

Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark. -Annie Dillard

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. -Albert Einstein

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices. -William James

Metaphors are dangerous. Love begins with a metaphor. Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory. -Milan Kundera

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. -C. S. Lewis

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather that it shall never have a beginning. -John Henry Newman

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. -Plato

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close. -John Ruskin

Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures-in this century as in others our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It's a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own art. When you don't have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness. A devastating possibility when finally time is your own. -Julian Schnabel

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted, but beholds it as something unfathomably mysterious, thought begins. -Albert Schweitzer

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. -Henry David Thoreau

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. -Voltaire

Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work. -Gustave Flaubert

Conversation about the weather is the last refuge of the unimaginative. -Oscar Wilde

Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. -H. L. Mencken

Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. -John Kenneth Galbraith

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it. -William Arthur Ward

Kindness is the beginning of cruelty. -Frank Herbert

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. -H. L. Mencken

Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge. -Khalil Gibran

To suspect your own mortality is to know the beginning of terror, to learn irrefutably that you are mortal is to know the end of terror. -Frank Herbert

Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book. -Edward Gibbon

In this outward and physical ceremony we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say: 'We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles.' -Jimmy Carter

How nice the human voice is when it isn't singing. -Rudolf Bing

A good heavy book holds you down. It's an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic. -Roy Blount, Jr.

The best scientist is open to experience and begins with romance – the idea that anything is possible. -Ray Bradbury

Those of Manhattan are the brokers on Wall Street and they talk of people who went to the same colleges; those from Queens are margin clerks in the back offices and they speak of friends who live in the same neighborhood. -Jimmy Breslin

The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles. -Anatole Broyard

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house. -Maria Callas

Older women are like aging strudels – the crust may not be so lovely, but the filling has come at last into its own. -Robert Farrar Capon

I got this idea of doing a really serious big work-it would be precisely like a novel, with a single difference: Every word of it would be true from beginning to end. -Truman Capote

The experience of democracy is like the experience of life itself-always changing, infinite in its variety, sometimes turbulent and all the more valuable for having been tested by adversity. -Jimmy Carter

As long as the plots keep arriving from outer space, I'll go on with my virgins. -Barbara Cartland

When the war of the giants is over the wars of the pygmies will begin. -Winston Churchill

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen, and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down. -John Ciardi

He was an innovator, an experimenter, a missionary in bringing the gospel of good cooking to the home table. -Craig Claiborne

Every artist undresses his subject, whether human or still life. It is his business to find essences in surfaces, and what more attractive and challenging surface than the skin around a soul? -Richard Corliss

Japan is a great nation. It should begin to act like one. -John C. Danforth

Wave after wave of love flooded the stage and washed over me, the beginning of the one great durable romance of my life. -Bette Davis

If you're hanging around with nothing to do and the zoo is closed, come over to the Senate. You'll get the same kind of feeling and you won't have to pay. -Bob Dole

The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedoms. -William O. Douglas

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. -Jean Dubuffet

The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike. -Ralph Ellison

He took pride in belonging to the world's most exclusive club: the United States Senate. -Margaret Truman

You can imagine my embarrassment when I killed the wrong guy. -Joe Valachi

Those 40 or 50 national correspondents who had followed Kennedy since the beginning of his electoral exertions into the November days had become more than a press corps – they had become his friends and, some of them, his most devoted admirers. -Theodore White

Man is not an end but a beginning. We are at the beginning of the second week. We are children of the eighth day. -Thornton Wilder

I think on-stage nudity is disgusting, shameful and damaging to all things American. But if I were 22 with a great body, it would be artistic, tasteful, patriotic and a progressive religious experience. -Shelley Winters

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will. -George Bernard Shaw

Humor is the most engaging cowardice. -Robert Frost

Polling is merely an instrument for gauging public opinion. When a president or any other leader pays attention to poll results, he is, in effect, paying attention to the views of the people. Any other interpretation is nonsense. -George Gallup

Literature boils with the madcap careers of writers brought to the edge by the demands of living on their nerves, wringing out their memories and their nightmares to extract meaning, truth, beauty. -Herbert Gold

The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image. -Doris Kearns Goodwin

Architecture begins where engineering ends. -Walter Gropius

Charity in the theater begins and ends with those who have a play opening within a week of one's own. -Moss Hart

If any foreign minister begins to defend to the death a 'peace conference', you can be sure his government has already placed its orders for new battleships and airplanes. -Joseph Stalin

He has not yet become an elder statesman, though his foreign policy credentials are considerable, but he is certainly our ancient mariner, forever tugging at our sleeve to let him tell his tale of what really happened. -Ronald Steel

If you believe, as the Greeks did, that man is at the mercy of the gods, then you write tragedy. The end is inevitable from the beginning. But if you believe that man can solve his own problems and is at nobody's mercy, then you will probably write melodrama. -Lillian Hellman

Just the minute the FBI begins making recommendations on what should be done with its information, it becomes a Gestapo. -J. Edgar Hoover

A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination. -Ada Louise Huxtable

The council now beginning rises in the Church like the daybreak, a forerunner of most splendid light. -Pope John XXIII

I looked on child rearing not only as a work of love and duty but as a profession that was fully as interesting and challenging as any honorable profession in the world and one that demanded the best that I could bring to it. -Rose Kennedy

The fireworks begin today. Each diploma is a lighted match. Each one of you is a fuse. -Ed Koch

Yes, hell exists. It is not a fairy tale. One indeed burns there. This hell is not at the end of life. It is here. At the beginning. Hell is what the infant must experience before he gets to us. -Frederick Leboyer

As you begin your tour of the United States, you may as well know that one American national trait which irritates many Americans and must be convenient for our critics is that we relentlessly advertise our imperfections. -Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

I've been in on the beginning, the rise, peak, collapse and end of the talking picture. -Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together. -Jacques Maritain

You study, you learn, but you guard the original naivete. It has to be within you, as desire for drink is within the drunkard or love is within the lover. -Henri Matisse

I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake. -Mary McCarthy

I think of art, at its most significant, as a DEW line, a Distant Early Warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it. -Marshall McLuhan

A man only becomes wise when he begins to calculate the approximate depth of his ignorance. -Gian Carlo Menotti

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination. -James A. Michener

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There it begins. -Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Where choice begins, Paradise ends, innocence ends, for what is Paradise but the absence of any need to choose this action? -Arthur Miller

Life is 440 horsepower in a 2-cylinder engine. -Henry Miller

Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins. -V. S. Naipaul

There is no longer a way out of our present situation except by forging a road toward our objective, violently and by force, over a sea of blood and under a horizon blazing with fire. -Gamal Abdel Nasser

Sometimes in the dark of night I begin to think. And I wonder if Lee started all this violence. -Marina Oswald

A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations. -Russell Page

A coalition of groups is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him. -Gerald R. Ford

I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned. -Gerald R. Ford

Judging is a lonely job in which a man is, as near as may be, an island entire. -Abe Fortas

Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market. -Robert Frost

Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints. -Alfred Hitchcock

The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination. -Richard Hofstadter

To be able to write a play a man must be sensitive, imaginative, naive, gullible, passionate; he must be something of an imbecile, something of a poet, something of a liar, something of a damn fool. -Robert E. Sherwood

Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper the photographer begins with the finished product. -Edward Steichen

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable. -Louis Kahn

The beginning of a plot is the prompting of desire. -Christopher Lehmann-Haupt

More than any other in Western Europe, Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people. -Joseph Lelyveld

October is a fine and dangerous season in America. a wonderful time to begin anything at all. You go to college, and every course in the catalogue looks wonderful. -Thomas Merton

As the blessings of health and fortune have a beginning, so they must also find an end. Everything rises but to fall, and increases but to decay. -Sallust

Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven. -Lao Tzu

Doubt begins only at the last frontiers of what is possible. -Ambrose Bierce

All experience is an arch wherethrough gleams that untravelled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. -Joseph Joubert

Laughter is not a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is the best ending for one. -Henry Ward Beecher

Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. -George Washington

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly. -T. S. Eliot

Labour was the first price, the original purchase – money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased. -Adam Smith

Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity. -Voltaire

Let us not forget that the cultivation of the earth is the most important labor of man. When tillage begins, other arts will follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of civilization. -Daniel Webster

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts. -Adam Smith

The educated Southerner has no use for an 'r', except at the beginning of a word. -Mark Twain

Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The beginning is the most important part of the work. -Plato

In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

He was a wise man who originated the idea of God. -Euripides

Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet – the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies. -Michel de Montaigne

There are certain books in the world which every searcher for truth must know: the Bible, the Critique of Pure Reason, the Origin of Species, and Karl Marx's Capital. -Al Capp

There is a woman at the beginning of all great things. -Alan Bleasdale

No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. -Alfred North Whitehead

Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed. -Arthur Schopenhauer

So many fail because they don't get started – they don't go. They don't overcome inertia. They don't begin. -Ben Stein

No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful? -Bertrand Russell

Anger begins with folly, and ends with repentance. -Pythagoras

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood? -Buddha

In a dark time, the eye begins to see. -Cavett Robert

Preparation for old age should begin not later than one's teens. A life which is empty of purpose until 65 will not suddenly become filled on retirement. -Dwight L. Moody

The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness. -Edward Gibbon

We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. -Barbara De Angelis

Begin to free yourself at once by doing all that is possible with the means you have, and as you proceed in this spirit the way will open for you to do more. -Georges Clemenceau

You will never win if you never begin. -Helen Rowland

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. -Henry David Thoreau

Accept everything about yourself – I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end – no apologies, no regrets. -Henry Kissinger

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute! Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Only engage, and then the mind grows heated. Begin, and then the work will be completed. -Jean Anouilh

You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it. -Jessamyn West

Begin – to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished. -Marcus Aurelius

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. -Marcus Aurelius

A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. -Maurice Chevalier

It's the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen. -Muhammad Ali

With renunciation life begins. -Amelia Barr

We will not know unless we begin. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives. -Robert Collier

What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry. -Salman Rushdie

When ambition ends, happiness begins. -Thomas Merton

Whenever a man's friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old. -Victor Hugo

Begin to be now what you will be hereafter. -William James

Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. -William James

To begin, begin. -William Wordsworth

Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over gain, and you will grow stronger until have accomplished a purpose – not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember. -Ben Stein

All difficult things have their origin in that which is easy, and great things in that which is small. -Lao Tzu

The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy. -John Galsworthy

A hard beginning maketh a good ending. -John Heywood

It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything. I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning. -Rainer Maria Rilke

So never lose an opportunity of urging a practical beginning, however small, for it is wonderful how often in such matters the mustard-seed germinates and roots itself. -Florence Nightingale

The ultimate wisdom which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls faith rather than reason. -Hal Borland

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. -Jorge Luis Borges

In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof. -John Kenneth Galbraith

We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. -Jimmy Carter

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. -C. S. Lewis

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. -Herman Melville

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. -Arthur Koestler

Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. -Jim Rohn

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. -Gloria Steinem

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice. -Arnold J. Toynbee

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary. -Warren Bennis

Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. -Henry Ford

A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else. -John Burroughs

Faith begins where Reason sinks exhausted. -Albert Pike

I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun. -Charles R. Swindoll

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one. -Oscar Wilde

It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit. -Noel Coward

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. -Saint Augustine

Imagination is the eye of the soul. -Joseph Joubert

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. -Albert Einstein

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Judging from the main portions of the history of the world, so far, justice is always in jeopardy. -Walt Whitman

Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live. -Dorothy Thompson

When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die. -Eleanor Roosevelt

The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves, and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only the reflection of ourselves we find in them. -Thomas Merton

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. -Mother Teresa

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. -Josh Billings

Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves. -Jean Guitton

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with. -Thomas Carlyle

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes. -Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. -Voltaire

Whenever you trace the origin of a skill or practices which played a crucial role in the ascent of man, we usually reach the realm of play. -Eric Hoffer

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success. -Edward Everett Hale

The questions which one asks oneself begin, at least, to illuminate the world, and become one's key to the experience of others. -James Baldwin

People in their handlings of affairs often fail when they are about to succeed. If one remains as careful at the end as he was at the beginning, there will be no failure. -Lao Tzu

People like to imagine that because all our mechanical equipment moves so much faster, that we are thinking faster, too. -Christopher Morley

To begin to think with purpose, is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who only recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. -James Allen

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. -Brenda Ueland

Looking back, I imagine I was always writing. Twaddle it was too. But better far write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all. -Katherine Mansfield

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there. -Clare Boothe Luce

When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones. -Peter De Vries

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. -Bertrand Russell

The real Antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity. -Eric Hoffer

Almost all of our relationships begin and most of them continue as forms of mutual exploitation, a mental or physical barter, to be terminated when one or both parties run out of goods. -W. H. Auden

Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing. -Dave Barry

The challenges of change are always hard. It is important that we begin to unpack those challenges that confront this nation and realize that we each have a role that requires us to change and become more responsible for shaping our own future. -Hillary Clinton

Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up. -Anne Lamott

Ideals are an imaginative understanding of that which is desirable in that which is possible. -Walter Lippmann

Imagination is not something apart and hermetic, not a way of leaving reality behind; it is a way of engaging reality. -Irving Howe

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. -John Stuart Mill

Originality implies being bold enough to go beyond accepted norms. -Anthony Storr

The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. -W. Somerset Maugham

Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of. -John Stuart Mill

Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. -Oscar Wilde

All our knowledge begins with the senses, proceeds then to the understanding, and ends with reason. There is nothing higher than reason. -Immanuel Kant

The most happy marriage I can picture or imagine to myself would be the union of a deaf man to a blind woman. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. -Douglas Adams

Scientists dream about doing great things. Engineers do them. -James A. Michener

My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging. -Hank Aaron

What is now proved was once only imagined. -William Blake

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. -Thomas A. Edison

Now, in reality, the world have paid too great a compliment to critics, and have imagined them to be men of much greater profundity then they really are. -Henry Fielding

The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand. -Frank Herbert

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope. -Ursula K. Le Guin

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. -Carl Jung

Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, 'Just watch!' -Bill Bradley

You've gotta be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for? -Bernadette Peters

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. -Mahatma Gandhi

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman. -Honore de Balzac

A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say it just begins to live that day. -Emily Dickinson

Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have Immortal longings in me. -William Shakespeare

The time to stop a revolution is at the beginning, not the end. -Adlai Stevenson I

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who posses it; and this I know, my lords: that where law ends, tyranny begins. -William Pitt

Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. -Theodore Isaac Rubin

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. -Cecil Beaton

There are no original ideas. There are only original people. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers. -Lewis Thomas

Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems. -Scott Adams

A lot of people are singing about how screwed up the world is, and I don't think that everybody wants to hear about that all the time. -Mariah Carey

I have always had strong maternal instincts. Even when I was still a child I cut out pictures of prams from newspapers and imagined the feeling of pushing my own pram through fresh winter snow and seeing the wheels' tracks behind me in the snow. -Agnetha Faltskog

There is a danger of changing too much in the search for perfection. -Agnetha Faltskog

I hated singing. I wanted to be an actress. But I don't think I'd have made it any other way. -Barbra Streisand

Singing songs like 'The Man I Love' or 'Porgy' is no more work than sitting down and eating Chinese roast duck, and I love roast duck. -Billie Holiday

I'm the original take-orders girl. -Judy Garland

I'm a virgin and I brought up all my children to be the same. -Shirley Bassey

Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out. -Natalie Goldberg

Solitude is strength; to depend on the presence of the crowd is weakness. The man who needs a mob to nerve him is much more alone than he imagines. -Paul Brunton

An idea is salvation by imagination. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Every great architect is – necessarily – a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age. -Frank Lloyd Wright

It's a huge change for your body. You don't even want to look in the mirror after you've had a baby, because your stomach is just hanging there like a Shar-Pei. -Cindy Crawford

Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men, or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression. -Eleanor Roosevelt

I don't believe in the after life, although I am bringing a change of underwear. -Woody Allen

I spent many years laughing at Harry Secombe's singing until somebody told me that it wasn't a joke. -Spike Milligan

The only imaginative fiction being written today is income tax returns. -Herman Wouk

The secret of a good sermon is to have a good beginning and a good ending, then having the two as close together as possible. -George Burns

Ava Gardner was the most beautiful woman in the world, and it's wonderful that she didn't cut up her face. She addressed aging by picking up her chin and receiving the light in a better way. And she looked like a woman. She never tried to look like a girl. -Sharon Stone

I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine. -Spike Milligan

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings. Not all things are blest, but the seeds of all things are blest. The blessing is in the seed. -Muriel Rukeyser

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. -Demosthenes

After Leaving Las Vegas I did assume that things would get a lot easier than they've been. But it's just been a mirror of the way my career's been from the beginning, so for it to have changed would have been strange. My career has never been perfect. -Elisabeth Shue

My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing. -Jennifer Lopez

My skin is hard when it comes to my music. But with my movies, I'm still a virgin in a lot of ways. I'm not used to being shot down for no reason. -Will Smith

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life. -Daniel J. Boorstin

Because of my crazy work schedule, I have become something of a master at changing my clothes while driving. The men driving next to me love it. -Vanessa Marcil

People equate sexy with promiscuous. They think that because I'm shaped this way, I must be scandalous – like running around and bringing men into my hotel room. But it's just the opposite. -Jennifer Lopez

Many people worry so much about managing their careers, but rarely spend half that much energy managing their LIVES. I want to make my life, not just my job, the best it can be. The rest will work itself out. -Reese Witherspoon

Acting allows me to tell a lot of stories, you know start at the beginning, finish at the end, and tell everything in between. Modelling is just an image. -Cameron Diaz

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination. -Arthur Wing Pinero

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. -Arthur Koestler

The salesman knows nothing of what he is selling save that he is charging a great deal too much for it. -Oscar Wilde

I simply haven't the nerve to imagine a being, a force, a cause which keeps the planets revolving in their orbits and then suddenly stops in order to give me a bicycle with three speeds. -Quentin Crisp

You change your life by changing your heart. -Max Lucado

In dreams begins responsibility. -William Butler Yeats

Bush reiterated his stand to conservatives opposing his decision on stem cell research. He said today he believes life begins at conception and ends at execution. -Jay Leno

A mere forty years ago, beach volleyball was just beginning. No bureaucrat would have invented it, and that's what freedom is all about. -Newt Gingrich

Where the state begins, individual liberty ceases, and vice versa. -Mikhail Bakunin

Realizing that our actions, feelings and behaviour are the result of our own images and beliefs gives us the level that psychology has always needed for changing personality. -Maxwell Maltz

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. -Albert Einstein

You must capture and keep the heart of the original and supremely able man before his brain can do its best. -Andrew Carnegie

I can't imagine a person becoming a success who doesn't give this game of life everything he's got. -Walter Cronkite

The time to take counsel of your fears is before you make an important battle decision. That's the time to listen to every fear you can imagine! When you have collected all the facts and fears and made your decision, turn off all your fears and go ahead! -George S. Patton

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found. -Calvin Trillin

There are three principles in a man's being and life, the principle of thought, the principle of speech, and the principle of action. The origin of all conflict between me and my fellow-men is that I do not say what I mean and I don't do what I say. -Martin Buber

If we are to survive, we must have ideas, vision, and courage. These things are rarely produced by committees. Everything that matters in our intellectual and moral life begins with an individual confronting his own mind and conscience in a room by himself. -Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. -Ellen DeGeneres

Nothing is as irritating as the fellow who chats pleasantly while he's overcharging you. -Kin Hubbard

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact. -William Shakespeare

You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. -Mark Twain

Great ideas originate in the muscles. -Thomas A. Edison

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. -Joseph Addison

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. -Carl Sagan

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. -L. Frank Baum

Russia is a part of European culture. Therefore, it is with difficulty that I imagine NATO as an enemy. -Vladimir Putin

If our language, our programs, our creations are not strongly present in the new media, the young generation of our country will be economically and culturally marginalized. -Jacques Chirac

I think George W. Bush has a warm, engaging personality. But, you know, the presidency is more than just a popularity contest. -Al Gore

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. -Harry S Truman

The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. -Walt Disney

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world. -Walt Disney

The only thing better than singing is more singing. -Ella Fitzgerald

I really don't think life is about the I-could-have-beens. Life is only about the I-tried-to-do. I don't mind the failure but I can't imagine that I'd forgive myself if I didn't try. -Nikki Giovanni

Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries. -Bill Cosby

Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality. -Beatrix Potter

Having imagination it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that if you were unimaginative would take you only a minute. -Franklin Pierce Adams

The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art. -Leonardo da Vinci

Some minds seem almost to create themselves, springing up under every disadvantage and working their solitary but irresistible way through a thousand obstacles. -Washington Irving

Asking is the beginning of receiving. Make sure you don't go to the ocean with a teaspoon. At least take a bucket so the kids won't laugh at you. -Jim Rohn

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I begin with an idea and then it becomes something else. -Pablo Picasso

A book is good company. It is full of conversation without loquacity. It comes to your longing with full instruction, but pursues you never. -Henry Ward Beecher

I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense. -Harold Kushner

Rich men's houses are seldom beautiful, rarely comfortable, and never original. It is a constant source of surprise to people of moderate means to observe how little a big fortune contributes to Beauty. -Margot Asquith

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. -Thomas Carlyle

Ideas can be life-changing. Sometimes all you need to open the door is just one more good idea. -Jim Rohn

I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. -Albert Schweitzer

Ideas came with explosive immediacy, like an instant birth. Human thought is like a monstrous pendulum; it keeps swinging from one extreme to the other. -Eugene Field

To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. -Bertrand Russell

Many a time from a bad beginning great friendships have sprung up. -Terence

My heart is like a singing bird. -Christina Rossetti

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education. -John Ruskin

A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable. -H. L. Mencken

I once knew a chap who had a system of just hanging the baby on the clothes line to dry and he was greatly admired by his fellow citizens for having discovered a wonderful innovation on changing a diaper. -Damon Runyon

Just as appetite comes by eating, so work brings inspiration, if inspiration is not discernible at the beginning. -Igor Stravinsky

My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed! -Anne Sullivan

When words leave off, music begins. -Heinrich Heine

Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused. -Baruch Spinoza

The very essence of literature is the war between emotion and intellect, between life and death. When literature becomes too intellectual – when it begins to ignore the passions, the emotions – it becomes sterile, silly, and actually without substance. -Isaac Bashevis Singer

Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day – like writing a poem or saying a prayer. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

I work from awkwardness. By that I mean I don't like to arrange things. If I stand in front of something, instead of arranging it, I arrange myself. -Diane Arbus

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. -Man Ray

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Prayer begins where human capacity ends. -Marian Anderson

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings. -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

My education was the liberty I had to read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out. -Dylan Thomas

Whenever man begins to doubt himself, he does something so stupid that he is reassured. -Stanislaw Jerzy Lec

Eternity is not something that begins after you're dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Every human being, of whatever origin, of whatever station, deserves respect. We must each respect others even as we respect ourselves. -U Thant

Sit in reverie and watch the changing color of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public. -Epictetus

Great cultural changes begin in affectation and end in routine. -Jacques Barzun

Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity. -Thomas Merton

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. -Toni Morrison

More than an end to war, we want an end to the beginning of all wars – yes, an end to this brutal, inhuman and thoroughly impractical method of settling the differences between governments. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand. -Jose Ortega y Gasset

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive. -Henry David Thoreau

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about. -W. H. Auden

Virginia Woolf said that writers must be androgynous. I'll go a step further. You must be bisexual. -Rita Mae Brown

An influential member of parliament has not only to pay much money to become such, and to give time and labour, he has also to sacrifice his mind too – at least all the characteristics part of it that which is original and most his own. -Walter Bagehot

In politics, what begins in fear usually ends in failure. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

There are few things more amusing in the world of politics than watching moderate Republicans charging to the right in pursuit of greater glory. -Mario Cuomo

We also learn that this country and the Western world have no monopoly of goodness and truth and scholarship, we begin to appreciate the ingredients that are indispensable to making a better world. In a life of learning that is, perhaps, the greatest lesson of all. -John Hope Franklin

There is a woman at the beginning of all great things. -Alphonse de Lamartine

People say New Yorkers can't get along. Not true. I saw two New Yorkers, complete strangers, sharing a cab. One guy took the tires and the radio; the other guy took the engine. -David Letterman

It is what you do from now on that will either move our civilization forward a few tiny steps, or else… begin to march us steadily backward. -Patrick Stewart

Crafts make us feel rooted, give us a sense of belonging and connect us with our history. Our ancestors used to create these crafts out of necessity, and now we do them for fun, to make money and to express ourselves. -Phyllis George

A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art. -Paul Cezanne

Charity should begin at home, but should not stay there. -Phillips Brooks

It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control. -Oprah Winfrey

Creativity – like human life itself – begins in darkness. -Julia Cameron

It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

For those who seek to understand it, death is a highly creative force. The highest spiritual values of life can originate from the thought and study of death. -Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Disease generally begins that equality which death completes. -Samuel Johnson

The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls. -Elizabeth Cady Stanton

It has always surprised me how little attention philosophers have paid to humor, since it is a more significant process of mind than reason. Reason can only sort out perceptions, but the humor process is involved in changing them. -Edward de Bono

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures. -John F. Kennedy

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. -John Lennon

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. -Samuel Johnson

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you're swinging. -Duke Snider

In politics, being ridiculous is more damaging than being extreme. -Roy Hattersley

We may not imagine how our lives could be more frustrating and complex – but Congress can. -Cullen Hightower

When we are sick, we want an uncommon doctor; when we have a construction job to do, we want an uncommon engineer, and when we are at war, we want an uncommon general. It is only when we get into politics that we are satisfied with the common man. -Herbert Hoover

All of us might wish at times that we lived in a more tranquil world, but we don't. And if our times are difficult and perplexing, so are they challenging and filled with opportunity. -Robert Kennedy

Every people should be originators of their own destiny. -Martin Delany

Every man is the architect of his own life. He builds it just the way he wants it. However, after he has built what he wants, he sometimes decides that he doesn't like what he has built and looks for someone or something to blame instead of changing himself. -Sydney Madwed

I look out the window sometimes to seek the color of the shadows and the different greens in the trees, but when I get ready to paint I just close my eyes and imagine a scene. -Grandma Moses

Sooner or later, I need to begin to do what any candidate does in a presidential race; I need to begin to win. -Lamar Alexander

A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in. -H. L. Mencken

From the beginning of our history the country has been afflicted with compromise. It is by compromise that human rights have been abandoned. -Charles Sumner

We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly. -Voltaire

Visit with your predecessors from previous Administrations. They know the ropes and can help you see around some corners. Try to make original mistakes, rather than needlessly repeating theirs. -Donald Rumsfeld

Be precise. A lack of precision is dangerous when the margin of error is small. -Donald Rumsfeld

Enjoy your time in public service. It may well be one of the most interesting and challenging times of your life. -Donald Rumsfeld

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? -Leonardo da Vinci

Man lives by imagination. -Havelock Ellis

Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable. -James Baldwin

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. -Benjamin Disraeli

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth. -Jean Giraudoux

Capitalist production, therefore, develops technology, and the combining together of various processes into a social whole, only by sapping the original sources of all wealth – the soil and the labourer. -Karl Marx

The voice of the people has been said to be the voice of God; and, however generally this maxim has been quoted and believed, it is not true to fact. The people are turbulent and changing, they seldom judge or determine right. -Alexander Hamilton

All I know is what the words know, and dead things, and that makes a handsome little sum, with a beginning and a middle and an end, as in the well-built phrase and the long sonata of the dead. -Samuel Beckett

On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings. -Erma Bombeck

Until you walk a mile in another man's moccasins you can't imagine the smell. -Robert Byrne

The best way to make a silk purse from a sow's ear is to begin with a silk sow. The same is true of money. -Norman Ralph Augustine

When I sell liquor, it's called bootlegging; when my patrons serve it on Lake Shore Drive, it's called hospitality. -Al Capone

In hell there is no other punishment than to begin over and over again the tasks left unfinished in your lifetime. -Andre Gide

Originality is undetected plagiarism. -William Inge

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. -Lao Tzu

Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met. -Fran Lebowitz

Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable. -Bruce Lee

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery. -Horace Mann

It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf. -H. L. Mencken

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. -Blaise Pascal

Music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance… poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music. -Ezra Pound

Caesar was a man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. -George Bernard Shaw

There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. -George Bernard Shaw

It is my supposition that the Universe in not only queerer than we imagine, is queerer than we can imagine. -John B. S. Haldane

One has to look out for engineers – they begin with sewing machines and end up with the atomic bomb. -Marcel Pagnol

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership. -Colin Powell

I shall proceed from the simple to the complex. But in war more than in any other subject we must begin by looking at the nature of the whole; for here more than elsewhere the part and the whole must always be thought of together. -Carl von Clausewitz

Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. -Stephen Covey

We live in an age that is driven by information. Technological breakthroughs… are changing the face of war and how we prepare for war. -William J. Perry

Bringing democratic control to the conduct of foreign policy requires a struggle merely to force the issue onto the public agenda. -Eric Alterman

Education, like neurosis, begins at home. -Milton Sapirstein

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. -Nadine Gordimer

Let the great world spin for ever down the ringing grooves of change. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. -Oscar Wilde

People before the public live an imagined life in the thought of others, and flourish or feel faint as their self outside themselves grows bright or dwindles in that mirror. -Logan Pearsall Smith

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted. -George Santayana

When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination. -Ellen Key

I imagine, therefore I belong and am free. -Lawrence Durrell

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination. -John Keats

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it. -Ursula K. Le Guin

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind. -Wallace Stevens

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it. -Simone Weil

A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars. -Henry David Thoreau

Family love is messy, clinging, and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper. -P. J. O'Rourke

All the soarings of my mind begin in my blood. -Rainer Maria Rilke

If a man has money, it is usually a sign, too, that he knows how to take care of it; don't imagine his money is easy to get simply because he has plenty of it. -E. W. Howe

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself. -William Blake

Time has no divisions to mark its passage, there is never a thunder-storm or blare of trumpets to announce the beginning of a new month or year. Even when a new century begins it is only we mortals who ring bells and fire off pistols. -Thomas Mann

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. -Henry David Thoreau

One certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to be enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine. I only know if once mine gets out, I'll have a bit of a tussle before I let it get in again to that of any other. -Lord Byron

What is a television apparatus to man, who has only to shut his eyes to see the most inaccessible regions of the seen and the never seen, who has only to imagine in order to pierce through walls and cause all the planetary Baghdads of his dreams to rise from the dust. -Salvador Dali

There was no 'before' the beginning of our universe, because once upon a time there was no time. -John D. Barrow

My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work. -Sparky Anderson

You give us the pitching some of these clubs have and no one could touch us, but God has a way of not arranging that, because it's not as much fun. -Sparky Anderson

Friendships are forgotten when the game begins. -Alvin Dark

Some people asked me if I would be interested in managing the A's. I said a definite no thank you. At night, that place is a graveyard with lights. -Whitey Herzog

I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it. -Tommy Lasorda

Managing can be more discouraging than playing, especially when you're losing because when you're a player, there are at least individual goals you can shoot for. When you're a manager all the worries of the team become your worries. -Al Lopez

In playing or managing, the game of ball is only fun for me when I'm out in front and winning. I don't give a hill of beans for the rest of the game. -John McGraw

Managing is getting paid for home runs that someone else hits. -Casey Stengel

The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven't made up their minds. -Casey Stengel

There are three secrets to managing. The first secret is have patience. The second is be patient. And the third most important secret is patience. -Chuck Tanner

A boy cannot begin playing ball too early. I might almost say that while he is still creeping on all fours he should have a bouncing rubber ball. -Christy Mathewson

My feeling is that when you're managing a baseball team, you have to pick the right people to play and then pray a lot. -Robin Roberts

In the beginning I used to make one terrible play a game. Then I got so I'd make one a week and finally I'd pull a bad one about once a month. Now, I'm trying to keep it down to one a season. -Lou Gehrig

I've always swung the same way. The difference is when I swing and miss, people say, 'He's swinging for the fences.' But when I swing and make contact people say, 'That's a nice swing.' But there's no difference, it's the same swing. -Sammy Sosa

I won't be happy until we have every boy in America between the ages of six and sixteen wearing a glove and swinging a bat. -Babe Ruth

I do wish I could tell you my age but it's impossible. It keeps changing all the time. -Greer Garson

We peruse one ideal, that of bringing people together in peace, irrespective of race, religion and political convictions, for the benefit of mankind. -Juan Antonio Samaranch

I think any girl who comes to Hollywood with sex symbol or bombshell hanging over her has a rough road. -Kim Basinger

Everything is changing. People are taking their comedians seriously and the politicians as a joke. -Will Rogers

He who would begun has half done. Dare to be wise; begin. -Horace

If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself. -Rollo May

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. -C. S. Lewis

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. -Joseph Conrad

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop. -H. L. Mencken

U2 is an original species… there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone. -Bono

Where knowledge ends, religion begins. -Benjamin Disraeli

A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works. -William Morris

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding. -Isaac Newton

The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. -Erma Bombeck

First law on holes – when you're in one, stop digging! -Denis Healey

Several hard-core Star Wars fans who had tickets for the first showing actually said that when the movie finally began, they started crying. Mainly because they realized that it's 22 years later, and they still haven't lost their virginity. -Conan O'Brien

In West Virginia yesterday, a man was arrested for stealing several blow-up dolls. Reportedly, police didn't have any trouble catching the man because he was completely out of breath. -Conan O'Brien

I knew Doris Day before she was a virgin. -Oscar Levant

An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original. -Jean Cocteau

Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it, light it so that it produces the same effect of youth and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally, and you have done a poet's job. The rest is literature. -Jean Cocteau

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. -Charlie Chaplin

A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge. -Thomas Carlyle

When the game is over it is really just beginning. -Jerry Kramer

It is even more damaging for a minister to say foolish things than to do them. -Jean Francois Paul de Gondi

Today we voted as Democrats and Republicans. Tomorrow we begin again as New Yorkers. -Hillary Clinton

Men, like nails, lose their usefulness when they lose their direction and begin to bend. -Walter Savage Landor

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. -Charles Morgan

This melancholy London – I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually. One feels them passing like a whiff of air. -William Butler Yeats

I'd love to do a character with a wife, a nice little house, a couple of kids, a dog, maybe a bit of singing, and no guns and no killing, but nobody offers me those kind of parts. -Christopher Walken

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. -Anais Nin

One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet. -Joseph Joubert

We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams. -Les Brown

No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing. -Benjamin Franklin

I should have no objection to go over the same life from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have, of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first. -Benjamin Franklin

I urge the Iraqi leadership for sake of its own people… to seize this opportunity and thereby begin to end the isolation and suffering of the Iraqi people. -Kofi Annan

Love is a symbol of eternity. It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. -Madame de Stael

Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

It is difficult to know at what moment love begins; it is less difficult to know that it has begun. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

War will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums and smaller adrenal glands. -H. L. Mencken

My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. -William Tecumseh Sherman

Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don't understand the language that you're singing in, they still know good music when they hear it. -Lou Rawls

Education begins at home. You can't blame the school for not putting into your child what you don't put into him. -Geoffrey Holder

I am amazed at radio DJ's today. I am firmly convinced that AM on my radio stands for Absolute Moron. I will not begin to tell you what FM stands for. -Jasper Carrott

One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It's queer how ready people always are with advice in any real or imaginary emergency, and no matter how many times experience has shown them to be wrong, they continue to set forth their opinions, as if they had received them from the Almighty! -Anne Sullivan

Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar. -Nnamdi Azikiwe

I had a Christian upbringing – it was all about sin and guilt. I was very happy just kissing people. I was like the make-out queen – not even second base. -Mira Sorvino

The number of guests at dinner should not be less than the number of the Graces nor exceed that of the Muses, i.e., it should begin with three and stop at nine. -Marcus Terentius Varro

I'm not bragging but my movies have grossed well over a billion dollars. -Steve Guttenberg

While we are making up our minds as to when we shall begin, the opportunity is lost. -Quintilian

Whilst we deliberate how to begin a thing, it grows too late to begin it. -Quintilian

Everything that has a beginning comes to an end. -Quintilian

Now even the American command is under siege. We are hitting it from the north, east, south and west. We chase them here and they chase us there. But at the end we are the people who are laying siege to them. And it is not them who are besieging us. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Imagine, a September 11 with weapons of mass destruction. It's not 3,000. It's tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children. -Donald Rumsfeld

Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters. -Margaret Halsey

The act of longing for something will always be more intense than the requiting of it. -Gail Godwin

Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk. -Elizabeth Bowen

I often think that a slightly exposed shoulder emerging from a long satin nightgown packs more sex than two naked bodies in bed. -Bette Davis

I'd like to say from the beginning that the 12 years I've been coming here, I've met unfailing courtesy and cooperation, courtesy from your people and cooperation from the Ministry of Information. -Peter Arnett

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art. -Khalil Gibran

It is nothing new or original to say that golf is played one stroke at a time. But it took me many years to realize it. -Bobby Jones

Motherhood: All love begins and ends there. -Robert Browning

There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for. -Saul Bellow

It is right that he too should have his little chronicle, his memories, his reason, and be able to recognize the good in the bad, the bad in the worst, and so grow gently old down all the unchanging days, and die one day like any other day, only shorter. -Samuel Beckett

I write about myself with the same pencil and in the same exercise book as about him. It is no longer I, but another whose life is just beginning. -Samuel Beckett

To be a gourmet you must start early, as you must begin riding early to be a good horseman. You must live in France, your father must have been a gourmet. Nothing in life must interest you but your stomach. -Ludwig Bemelmans

If you want to know the taste of a pear, you must change the pear by eating it yourself. If you want to know the theory and methods of revolution, you must take part in revolution. All genuine knowledge originates in direct experience. -Mao Zedong

If you done it, it ain't bragging. -Unknown

There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. -Denis Waitley

You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization. -Denis Waitley

Every philosophy is tinged with the coloring of some secret imaginative background, which never emerges explicitly into its train of reasoning. -Alfred North Whitehead

Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. -Virginia Woolf

It is curious how instinctively one protects the image of oneself from idolatry or any other handling that could make it ridiculous, or too unlike the original to be believed any longer. -Virginia Woolf

Nothing can have as its destination anything other than its origin. The contrary idea, the idea of progress, is poison. -Simone Weil

We must prefer real hell to an imaginary paradise. -Simone Weil

One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights. -Simone Weil

The poison of skepticism becomes, like alcoholism, tuberculosis, and some other diseases, much more virulent in a hitherto virgin soil. -Simone Weil

Biologically the species is the accumulation of the experiments of all its successful individuals since the beginning. -H. G. Wells

There is nothing in machinery, there is nothing in embankments and railways and iron bridges and engineering devices to oblige them to be ugly. Ugliness is the measure of imperfection. -H. G. Wells

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry. -Raoul Vaneigem

To fall into a habit is to begin to cease to be. -Miguel de Unamuno

Learning is the beginning of wealth. Learning is the beginning of health. Learning is the beginning of spirituality. Searching and learning is where the miracle process all begins. -Jim Rohn

We get paid for bringing value to the market place. -Jim Rohn

A clever, imaginative, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds. -Percy Ross

Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. -Philip Roth

The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Although modesty is natural to man, it is not natural to children. Modesty only begins with the knowledge of evil. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Wedding: the point at which a man stops toasting a woman and begins roasting her. -Helen Rowland

Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense. -Helen Rowland

Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade. -John Ruskin

Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them. -John Ruskin

Men don't and can't live by exchanging articles, but by producing them. They don't live by trade, but by work. Give up that foolish and vain title of Trades Unions; and take that of laborers Unions. -John Ruskin

History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap. -Ronald Reagan

To begin with, you must realize that any idea accepted by the brain is automatically transformed into an action of some sort. It may take seconds or minutes or longer – but ideas always produce a reaction of some sort. -Scott Reed

Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life. -Tony Robbins

The truth is that we can learn to condition our minds, bodies, and emotions to link pain or pleasure to whatever we choose. By changing what we link pain and pleasure to, we will instantly change our behaviors. -Tony Robbins

A body of work such as Pasteur's is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in. -Jean Rostand

It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him. -Jean Rostand

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence – beginning with one's own. -Henry Adams

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination – everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell. -John Adams

Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts. -Henri Frederic Amiel

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender. -Henri Frederic Amiel

To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song. -Henri Frederic Amiel

The drama of life begins with a wail and ends with a sigh. -Minna Antrim

Irregularity and want of method are only supportable in men of great learning or genius, who are often too full to be exact, and therefore they choose to throw down their pearls in heaps before the reader, rather than be at the pains of stringing them. -Joseph Addison

The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer. -Saint Augustine

Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility. -Saint Augustine

No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny. -Hannah Arendt

It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. -Marcus Aurelius

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. -Albert Einstein

The beginning of an acquaintance whether with persons or things is to get a definite outline of our ignorance. -George Eliot

The only failure one should fear, is not hugging to the purpose they see as best. -George Eliot

You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl. -George Eliot

The knower and the known are one. Simple people imagine that they should see God as if he stood there and they here. This is not so. God and I, we are one in knowledge. -Meister Eckhart

I'm afraid for all those who'll have the bread snatched from their mouths by these machines. What business has science and capitalism got, bringing all these new inventions into the works, before society has produced a generation educated up to using them! -Henrik Ibsen

It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations. -Walter Bagehot

We are beginning to wonder whether a servant girl hasn't the best of it after all. She knows how the salad tastes without the dressing, and she knows how life's lived before it gets to the parlor door. -Djuna Barnes

The tears of the world are a constant quality. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh. -Samuel Beckett

Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience. -Elizabeth Bowen

It is living and ceasing to live that are imaginary solutions. Existence is elsewhere. -Andre Breton

Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved. -Jacob Bronowski

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do. -Jacob Bronowski

To place oneself in the position of God is painful: being God is equivalent to being tortured. For being God means that one is in harmony with all that is, including the worst. The existence of the worst evils is unimaginable unless God willed them. -Georges Bataille

The essence of morality is a questioning about morality; and the decisive move of human life is to use ceaselessly all light to look for the origin of the opposition between good and evil. -Georges Bataille

Each of us is incomplete compared to someone else – an animal's incomplete compared to a person… and a person compared to God, who is complete only to be imaginary. -Georges Bataille

Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up. -Max Beerbohm

It is well, when judging a friend, to remember that he is judging you with the same godlike and superior impartiality. -Arnold Bennett

Black magic operates most effectively in preconscious, marginal areas. Casual curses are the most effective. -William S. Burroughs

There is no original truth, only original error. -Gaston Bachelard

Man is an imagining being. -Gaston Bachelard

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books. -Gaston Bachelard

There is a 'sanctity' involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it. -James Baldwin

The paradox of education is precisely this – that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated. -James Baldwin

You know, it's not the world that was my oppressor, because what the world does to you, if the world does it to you long enough and effectively enough, you begin to do to yourself. -James Baldwin

The question of sexual dominance can exist only in the nightmare of that soul which has armed itself, totally, against the possibility of the changing motion of conquest and surrender, which is love. -James Baldwin

When one begins to live by habit and by quotation, one has begun to stop living. -James Baldwin

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. -Henry Ward Beecher

It is precisely the purpose of the public opinion generated by the press to make the public incapable of judging, to insinuate into it the attitude of someone irresponsible, uninformed. -Walter Benjamin

Autobiography begins with a sense of being alone. It is an orphan form. -John Berger

The human imagination… has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open. -John Berger

Every harlot was a virgin once. -William Blake

Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise… specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine. -Allan Bloom

Imagination rules the world. -Napoleon Bonaparte

The human race is governed by its imagination. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Charity But how shall we expect charity towards others, when we are uncharitable to ourselves? Charity begins at home, is the voice of the world; yet is every man his greatest enemy, and, as it were, his own executioner. -Thomas Browne

What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born. -Pearl S. Buck

A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying. -John Burroughs

The beginning of atonement is the sense of its necessity. -Lord Byron

Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does. -John Kenneth Galbraith

The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor. -John Kenneth Galbraith

How easy it is to judge rightly after one sees what evil comes from judging wrongly! -Elizabeth Gaskell

A rich rogue nowadays is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine. -John Gay

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need. -Jerry Gillies

He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Begin with another's to end with your own. -Baltasar Gracian

The beginning of wisdom is to desire it. -Solomon Ibn Gabirol

What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country, when he plants a tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches. -Jean Genet

It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking to it that one overcomes it; often it is by working on the one next to it. Some things and some people have to be approached obliquely, at an angle. -Andre Gide

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. -Vincent Van Gogh

Without the element of uncertainty, the bringing off of even, the greatest business triumph would be dull, routine, and eminently unsatisfying. -J. Paul Getty

No great idea in its beginning can ever be within the law. How can it be within the law? The law is stationary. The law is fixed. The law is a chariot wheel which binds us all regardless of conditions or place or time. -Emma Goldman

It is the greatest mistake to think that man is always one and the same. A man is never the same for long. He is continually changing. He seldom remains the same even for half an hour. -George Gurdjieff

In properly organized groups no faith is required; what is required is simply a little trust and even that only for a little while, for the sooner a man begins to verify all he hears the better it is for him. -George Gurdjieff

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder. -Lao Tzu

Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance. -Jean de La Fontaine

Private property was the original source of freedom. It still is its main ballpark. -Walter Lippmann

Greatly begin. Though thou have time, but for a line, be that sublime. Not failure, but low aim is crime. -James Russell Lowell

You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be. -Johann Kaspar Lavater

When you're finished changing, you're finished. -Benjamin Franklin

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. -Benjamin Franklin

Where the law ends tyranny begins. -Henry Fielding

Men are more moral than they think and far more immoral than they can imagine. -Sigmund Freud

Education is hanging around until you've caught on. -Robert Frost

The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom… in a clarification of life – not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion. -Robert Frost

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. -Robert Fulghum

The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives. -Marilyn Ferguson

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

Charity begins at home, but should not end there. -Thomas Fuller

Man is wise and constantly in quest of more wisdom; but the ultimate wisdom, which deals with beginnings, remains locked in a seed. There it lies, the simplest fact of the universe and at the same time the one which calls forth faith rather than reason. -Hal Borland

A first sign of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. -Franz Kafka

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future. -Charles Kettering

In the final analysis, a drawing simply is no longer a drawing, no matter how self-sufficient its execution may be. It is a symbol, and the more profoundly the imaginary lines of projection meet higher dimensions, the better. -Paul Klee

The worst state of affairs is when science begins to concern itself with art. -Paul Klee

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies. -Karl Kraus

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience. -Immanuel Kant

My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk. -John Keats

Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth – look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment. -Soren Kierkegaard

Not just in commerce but in the world of ideas too our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale. Everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid. -Soren Kierkegaard

The tyrant dies and his rule is over, the martyr dies and his rule begins. -Soren Kierkegaard

Happiness is the longing for repetition. -Milan Kundera

The beginning of thought is in disagreement – not only with others but also with ourselves. -Eric Hoffer

Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat. -Eric Hoffer

Begin, be bold and venture to be wise. -Horace

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much. -Zora Neale Hurston

We begin to see, therefore, the importance of selecting our environment with the greatest of care, because environment is the mental feeding ground out of which the food that goes into our minds is extracted. -Napoleon Hill

All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea. -Napoleon Hill

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth. -Napoleon Hill

Ideas are the beginning points of all fortunes. -Napoleon Hill

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Hundreds of thousands of American servicemen and women are deployed across the world in the war on terror. By bringing hope to the oppressed, and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure. -George W. Bush

I'm not willing to say I want to return to private life because I'm too old to begin telling lies now. -Paul O'Neill

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work. -Louis Aragon

By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment. -Dorothea Brande

Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century. -J. G. Ballard

What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years. -Stephen Leacock

Melancholy and sadness are the start of doubt… doubt is the beginning of despair; despair is the cruel beginning of the differing degrees of wickedness. -Comte de Lautreamont

The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man's frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search. -Max Lerner

Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing. -Doris Lessing

Challenging the meaning of life is the truest expression of the state of being human. -Viktor E. Frankl

Never walk away from failure. On the contrary, study it carefully and imaginatively for its hidden assets. -Michael Korda

Success has always been easy to measure. It is the distance between one's origins and one's final achievement. -Michael Korda

I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. -Patrick Henry

Change alone is unchanging. -Heraclitus

If you are ever at a loss to support a flagging conversation, introduce the subject of eating. -Leigh Hunt

We must become acquainted with our emotional household: we must see our feelings as they actually are, not as we assume they are. This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us. -Vernon Howard

Freedom begins as we become conscious of it. -Vernon Howard

We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian. -Lionel Trilling

To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness. -Thomas Traherne

When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old. -Mark Twain

We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art. -Salvador Dali

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning. -John Dewey

So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born. -Edward Dahlberg

Where there is no imagination there is no horror. -Arthur Conan Doyle

A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering. -Freeman Dyson

The assumption must be that those who can see value only in tradition, or versions of it, deny man's ability to adapt to changing circumstances. -Stephen Bayley

We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts. -Ray Bradbury

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. -Alan Lakein

Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect. -Leon Trotsky

To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost. -Barbara W. Tuchman

Hope of ill gain is the beginning of loss. -Democritus

There is as much greatness of mind in acknowledging a good turn, as in doing it. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The imagination is man's power over nature. -Wallace Stevens

If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. -Publilius Syrus

Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man's imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries. -Marquis de Sade

The imagination is the spur of delights… all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise? -Marquis de Sade

Life begins on the other side of despair. -Jean-Paul Sartre

A true knight is fuller of bravery in the midst, than in the beginning of danger. -Philip Sidney

There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine. -Logan Pearsall Smith

No man can ever end with being superior who will not begin with being inferior. -Sydney Smith

Never let a man imagine that he can pursue a good end by evil means, without sinning against his own soul. The evil effect on himself is certain. -Robert Southey

Fire and swords are slow engines of destruction, compared to the tongue of a Gossip. -Richard Steele

Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described – and will be, after our deaths – by each of the family members who believe they know us. -Gloria Steinem

If women are supposed to be less rational and more emotional at the beginning of our menstrual cycle when the female hormone is at its lowest level, then why isn't it logical to say that, in those few days, women behave the most like the way men behave all month long? -Gloria Steinem

Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason. -Laurence Sterne

Toil, feel, think, hope; you will be sure to dream enough before you die, without arranging for it. -John Sterling

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Concerning God, freewill and destiny: Of all that earth has been or yet may be, all that vain men imagine or believe, or hope can paint or suffering may achieve, we descanted. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Winning starts with beginning. -Robert H. Schuller

Enraging liberals is simply one of the more enjoyable side effects of my wisdom. -Rush Limbaugh

A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them. -H. L. Mencken

You are beginning to see that any man to whom you can do favor is your friend, and that you can do a favor to almost anyone. -Mark Caine

There is no doubt: the study of man is just beginning, at the same time that his end is in sight. -Elias Canetti

In every phenomenon the beginning remains always the most notable moment. -Thomas Carlyle

Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding. -Thomas Carlyle

To reform a world, to reform a nation, no wise man will undertake; and all but foolish men know, that the only solid, though a far slower reformation, is what each begins and perfects on himself. -Thomas Carlyle

Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong. -Thomas Carlyle

None speak of the bravery, the might, or the intellect of Jesus; but the devil is always imagined as a being of acute intellect, political cunning, and the fiercest courage. These universal and instinctive tendencies of the human mind reveal much. -Lydia M. Child

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Take the first step, and your mind will mobilize all its forces to your aid. But the first essential is that you begin. Once the battle is startled, all that is within and without you will come to your assistance. -Robert Collier

See the things you want as already yours. Think of them as yours, as belonging to you, as already in your possession. -Robert Collier

Every contrivance of man, every tool, every instrument, every utensil, every article designed for use, of each and every kind, evolved from a very simple beginnings. -Robert Collier

Vision – It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own. -Robert Collier

In an expanding universe, time is on the side of the outcast. Those who once inhabited the suburbs of human contempt find that without changing their address they eventually live in the metropolis. -Quentin Crisp

What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also. -Julius Caesar

The catalogue of forms is endless: until every shape has found its city, new cities will continue to be born. When the forms exhaust their variety and come apart, the end of cities begins. -Italo Calvino

I have always found women difficult. I don't really understand them. To begin with, few women tell the truth. -Barbara Cartland

The scrupulous and the just, the noble, humane, and devoted natures; the unselfish and the intelligent may begin a movement – but it passes away from them. They are not the leaders of a revolution. They are its victims. -Joseph Conrad

The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society. -Charles Horton Cooley

We are ashamed to seem evasive in the presence of a straightforward man, cowardly in the presence of a brave one, gross in the eyes of a refined one, and so on. We always imagine, and in imagining share, the judgments of the other mind. -Charles Horton Cooley

We have no higher life that is really apart from other people. It is by imagining them that our personality is built up; to be without the power of imagining them is to be a low-grade idiot. -Charles Horton Cooley

It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. -James Fenimore Cooper

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination. -e. e. cummings

There is no pain equal to that which two lovers can inflict on one another. This should be made clear to all who contemplate such a union. The avoidance of this pain is the beginning of wisdom, for it is strong enough to contaminate the rest of our lives. -Cyril Connolly

You can free yourself from aging by reinterpreting your body and by grasping the link between belief and biology. -Deepak Chopra

We are not victims of aging, sickness and death. These are part of scenery, not the seer, who is immune to any form of change. This seer is the spirit, the expression of eternal being. -Deepak Chopra

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

People can die of mere imagination. -Geoffrey Chaucer

I do not say a proverb is amiss when aptly and reasonably applied, but to be forever discharging them, right or wrong, hit or miss, renders conversation insipid and vulgar. -Miguel de Cervantes

It is conventional to call 'monster' any blending of dissonant elements. I call 'monster' every original inexhaustible beauty. -Alfred Jarry

The theater, bringing impersonal masks to life, is only for those who are virile enough to create new life: either as a conflict of passions subtler than those we already know, or as a complete new character. -Alfred Jarry

Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values – and witnesses. -Franklin P. Jones

'Tis the common disease of all your musicians that they know no mean, to be entreated, either to begin or end. -Ben Jonson

The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master. -Henry James

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. -William James

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. -William James

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination. -Carl Jung

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable. -Carl Jung

Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess. -Samuel Johnson

The diversity in the faculties of men, from which the rights of property originate, is not less an insuperable obstacle to an uniformity of interests. The protection of these faculties is the first object of government. -James Madison

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination. -Maxwell Maltz

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart. -Horace Mann

The south produced statesmen and soldiers, planters and doctors and lawyers and poets, but certainly no engineers and mechanics. Let Yankees adopt such low callings. -Margaret Mitchell

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

As usual the Liberals offer a mixture of sound and original ideas. Unfortunately none of the sound ideas is original and none of the original ideas is sound. -Harold MacMillan

The Creator has not given you a longing to do that which you have no ability to do. -Orison Swett Marden

Nothing else so destroys the power to stand alone as the habit of leaning upon others. If you lean, you will never be strong or original. Stand alone or bury your ambition to be somebody in the world. -Orison Swett Marden

Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities. -Orison Swett Marden

There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become. -Orison Swett Marden

Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst. -Marcus Valerius Martial

The product of mental labor – science – always stands far below its value, because the labor-time necessary to reproduce it has no relation at all to the labor-time required for its original production. -Karl Marx

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind. -W. Somerset Maugham

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything. -Henry Miller

No problem can be solved until it is reduced to some simple form. The changing of a vague difficulty into a specific, concrete form is a very essential element in thinking. -J. P. Morgan

Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action. -Mother Teresa

The hard necessity of bringing the judge on the bench down into the dock has been the peculiar responsibility of the writer in all ages of man. -Nelson Algren

If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary. -Margaret Atwood

Let's choose today to quench our thirst for the 'good life' we thinks others lead by acknowledging the good that already exists in our lives. We can then offer the universe the gift of our grateful hearts. -Sarah Ban Breathnach

Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who seeks esteem and reverence into contempt. -Henry IV of England

As individuals and as a nation, we now suffer from social narcissism. The beloved Echo of our ancestors, the virgin America, has been abandoned. We have fallen in love with our own image, with images of our making, which turn out to be images of ourselves. -Daniel J. Boorstin

Martyrdom does not end something, it only a beginning. -Indira Gandhi

Managing is like holding a dove in your hand. Squeeze too hard and you kill it, not hard enough and it flies away. -Tommy Lasorda

Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what. -Harper Lee

Youth, what man's age is like to be, doth show; We may our ends by our beginnings know. -John Denham

Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed. -Charles M. Schulz

The will is never free – it is always attached to an object, a purpose. It is simply the engine in the car – it can't steer. -Joyce Cary

That is the consolation of a little mind; you have the fun of changing it without impeding the progress of mankind. -Frank Moore Colby

All stereotypes turn out to be true. This is a horrifying thing about life. All those things you fought against as a youth: you begin to realize they're stereotypes because they're true. -David Cronenberg

A man ceases to be a beginner in any given science and becomes a master in that science when he has learned that he is going to be a beginner all his life. -Robin G. Collingwood

Nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of life. The love of the young for the young, that is the beginning of life. But the love of the old for the old, that is the beginning of things longer. -Jerome K. Jerome

Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with. -Myriam Miedzian

As long as male behavior is taken to be the norm, there can be no serious questioning of male traits and behavior. A norm is by definition a standard for judging; it is not itself subject to judgment. -Myriam Miedzian

When we can begin to take our failures seriously, it means we are ceasing to be afraid of them. It is of immense importance to learn to laugh at ourselves. -Katherine Mansfield

Politics is the enemy of the imagination. -Ian Mcewan

We do not exist for ourselves alone, and it is only when we are fully convinced of this fact that we begin to love ourselves properly and thus also love others. -Thomas Merton

Where annual elections end where slavery begins. -John Quincy Adams

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways. -Stephen Vincent Benet

Only the old are innocent. That is what the Victorians understood, and the Christians. Original sin is a property of the young. The old grow beyond corruption very quickly. -Malcolm Bradbury

The biggest obstacle to professional writing is the necessity for changing a typewriter ribbon. -Robert Benchley

True revolutionaries are like God – they create the world in their own image. Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

If I were a writer, how I would enjoy being told the novel is dead. How liberating to work in the margins, outside a central perception. You are the ghoul of literature. Lovely. -Don DeLillo

I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think. -Anne Sullivan

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost – the lost valleys of the imagination. -Alexander Cockburn

Start early and begin raising the bar throughout the day. -Caitlyn Jenner

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination. -George Jean Nathan

In a world that is constantly changing, there is no one subject or set of subjects that will serve you for the foreseeable future, let alone for the rest of your life. The most important skill to acquire now is learning how to learn. -John Naisbitt

Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good. -Friedrich Nietzsche

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever. -George Orwell

Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise. -George Orwell

We have it in our power to begin the world over again. -Thomas Paine

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels. -Luigi Pirandello

Apparently, the most difficult feat for a Cambridge male is to accept a woman not merely as feeling, not merely as thinking, but as managing a complex, vital interweaving of both. -Sylvia Plath

Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty. -Charles Peguy

Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings. -Octavio Paz

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth. -Camille Paglia

Home interprets heaven. Home is heaven for beginners. -Charles Henry Parkhurst

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load. -Charles Henry Parkhurst

It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative? -Cesare Pavese

Business is not just doing deals; business is having great products, doing great engineering, and providing tremendous service to customers. Finally, business is a cobweb of human relationships. -Ross Perot

What an immense power over the life is the power of possessing distinct aims. The voice, the dress, the look, the very motion of a person, define and alter when he or she begins to live for a reason. -Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. Great ideas surround the world's ignorance and press for admission. -Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero. -Pablo Picasso

The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. -Edgar Allan Poe

Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. -Johnny Unitas

There is a difference between conceit and confidence. Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done. -Johnny Unitas

When Communist U.S.S.R. was a superpower, the world was better off. The right-wing media is trying to marginalize the peace movement. -Janeane Garofalo

Whenever a liberal begins a statement with 'I don't know which is more frightening', you know the answer is going to be pretty clear. -Ann Coulter

Mind is consciousness which has put on limitations. You are originally unlimited and perfect. Later you take on limitations and become the mind. -Ramana Maharshi

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Individually, museums are fine institutions, dedicated to the high values of preservation, education and truth; collectively, their growth in numbers points to the imaginative death of this country. -Robert Hewison

Humility is not my forte, and whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild, harmless, rather engaging little things, not at all like the staring defects in other people's characters. -Margaret Halsey

The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. -Derek Walcott

The crusade against Communism was even more imaginary than the specter of Communism. -A. J. P. Taylor

As we take our places in the General Assembly and at the Council meetings, let us begin all our work in the name of God, for the solution of all our problems is a spiritual one. -Warren R. Austin

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge. -Dante Alighieri

Ladies, just a little more virginity, if you don't mind. -Herbert Beerbohm Tree

In my beginning is my end. -T. S. Eliot

I'd the upbringing a nun would envy. Until I was fifteen I was more familiar with Africa than my own body. -Joe Orton

Television contracts the imagination and radio expands it. -Terry Wogan

An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. -Stephen Fry

From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war. -Margot Asquith

In two decades I've lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet. -Erma Bombeck

Inflation is bringing us true democracy. For the first time in history, luxuries and necessities are selling at the same price. -Robert Orben

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. -John Adams

Your manuscript is both good and original; but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good. -Samuel Johnson

A vegetable garden in the beginning looks so promising and then after all little by little it grows nothing but vegetables, nothing, nothing but vegetables. -Gertrude Stein

A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming. -Jane Fonda

Like a midwife, I make my living bringing new babies into the world, except that mine are new advertising campaigns. -David Ogilvy

We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities… still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin. -Charles Darwin

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. -Francis Bacon

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination. -Sam Levenson

The future is always beginning now. -Mark Strand

Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships. -Ansel Adams

A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew. -Herb Caen

Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home. -Mother Teresa

Religion has caused more harm than any other idea since the beginning of time. There's nothing good I can say about it. People use it as a crutch. -Larry Flynt

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos. -Milan Kundera

The first funeral for Andrew Goodman was at night and it was a lot of work. To begin with they had to kill him. -Jimmy Breslin

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty. -Albert Einstein

Art begins with resistance – at the point where resistance is overcome. No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor. -Andre Gide

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. -Tom Stoppard

Courtrooms contain every symbol of authority that a set designer could imagine. Everyone stands up when you come in. You wear a costume identifying you as, if not quite divine, someone special. -Irving R. Kaufman

Where does discipline end? Where does cruelty begin? Somewhere between these, thousands of children inhabit a voiceless hell. -Francois Mauriac

I never thought of stopping, and I just hated sleeping. I can't imagine having a better life. -Barbara McClintock

The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less. -Arthur Miller

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. -Robert Frost

We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning. -Bret Harte

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. -Confucius

With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere. -C. S. Lewis

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out. -Casey Stengel

Remember tonight… for it is the beginning of always. -Dante Alighieri

Life begins at 40 – but so do fallen arches, rheumatism, faulty eyesight, and the tendency to tell a story to the same person, three or four times. -Helen Rowland

A good beginning makes a good end. -Louis L'Amour

There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga

I'm disappointed in acting as a craft. I want everything to go back to Orson Welles and fake noses and changing your voice. It's become so much about personality. -Spencer Tracy

All great deeds and all great thoughts have a ridiculous beginning. Great works are often born on a street corner or in a restaurant's revolving door. -Albert Camus

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few. -Shunryu Suzuki

Originality is the art of concealing your source. -Franklin P. Jones

Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. -Winston Churchill

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. -Edith Wharton

Force and mind are opposites; morality ends where a gun begins. -Ayn Rand

Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage. -William Shakespeare

A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain. -Robert Frost

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. -Brian Tracy

From quiet homes and first beginning, out to the undiscovered ends, there's nothing worth the wear of winning, but laughter and the love of friends. -Hilaire Belloc

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality. -Judy Garland

Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. -Olivia Newton-John

When the imagination and will power are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception. -Emile Coue

It often happens that I wake up at night and begin to think about a serious problem and decide I must tell the Pope about it. Then I wake up completely and remember that I am the Pope. -Pope John XXIII

I was the kid next door's imaginary friend. -Emo Philips

For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. -Reba McEntire

I find that the very things that I get criticized for, which is usually being different and just doing my own thing and just being original, is the very thing that's making me successful. -Shania Twain

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