On life

  1. “The hardest thing in life is to know which bridge to cross, and which to burn.” — David Russell
  2. “Be as you wish to seem.” — Socrates
  3. “Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.” — Jean de La Bruyère
  4. “For of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!‘” — John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller
  5. “Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” — Dr. Seuss
  6. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” — Socrates
  7. “Change is the only constant in life.” — Heraclitus
  8. “Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  9. “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four
  10. “It is easy to be wise after the event.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, The Complete Sherlock Holmes
  11. “Life is hard, but it’s harder if you’re stupid.” — John Wayne, The Sands of Iwo Jima, 1949
  12. “One word frees us of all the weight and pain in life. That word is love.” — Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus
  13. “Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.” — Virginia Woolf
  14. “Sucking at something is the first step to becoming sorta good at something.” — Jake the Dog, Adventure Time
  15. “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard
  16. “If you want to lead the orchestra you must turn your back to the crowd.” — Islwyn Jeneins, 27 Pier Street, Rhymney, Mon.
  17. “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I’ve ever known.” — Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters
  18. “I used to think the worst thing in life was to end up all alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel all alone.” — Robin Williams, World’s Greatest Dad
  19. “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  20. “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” — Seneca
  21. “How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
  22. “I never wonder to see men wicked, but I often wonder to see them not ashamed.” — Jonathan Swift
  23. “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” — Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

On people

  1. “We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their actions.” — Dwight Morrow
  2. “Give people a second chance, but not a third.” — H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  3. “Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, The Valley of Fear
  4. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
  5. “Look for three qualities: integrity, intelligence, and energy. And if they don’t have the first, the other two will kill you.” — Unknown, from Warren Buffett at the Business School of Columbia University, 1993
  6. “Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” –Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack
  7. “I have seen too much not to know that the impression of a woman may be more valuable than the conclusion of an analytical reasoner.” — Arthur Conan Doyle, A Scandal in Bohemia
  8. Often a person with a clear conscience merely has a poor memory.
  9. “Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you.” — Spanish Proverb

On work

  1. “A good plan violently executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.” — George S. Patton
  2. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln
  3. “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” — T. E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom
  4. “Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — Calvin Coolidge
  5. “It is the mark of an educated person to search for the same kind of clarity in each topic to the extent that the nature of the matter accepts it.” — Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics