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Observational Quotes

The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.

[Albert Einstein]

If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn’t thinking.


Nobody realizes that people expend tremendous amounts of energy merely to be normal.

[Albert Camus]

It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool, then open it, and remove all doubt.

[Mark Twain]

People accept the reality of the world with which they are presented.

[The Truman Show]

No one escapes life alive.

"There's many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. "

[Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964)]

"Brain: an apparatus with which we think we think."

[Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"]

We all agree that your theory is crazy, but is it crazy enough?"

[Niels Bohr (1885-1962)]

"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. "

[Albert Einstein (1879-1955)]

"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important. "

[Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)]

Life must be understood backwards, but… it must be lived forwards.

[Soren Kierkegaard]

Respect… is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique."

[Annie Gottlieb]

Where is the life we have lost in living?

[T.S. Eliot]

Death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind toward some final resolution, some clear meaning, which perhaps it never finds.

[I Never Sang for my Father]

You have to make your own fun.


Love people and use things. Don’t use people and love things.

Self control is knowing you can, but deciding you won’t.

The greatest need is not to do things but to believe things.

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.

When the pride comes then disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Advice may be free, but the one who is able to give it is wealthy indeed.

Loneliness is the only thing God said wasn't good.

The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese!

This world was not inherited from our ancestors, but borrowed from our children.

If you expect respect, be the first to show it.

A smile increases your face value.

Worry is the misuse of the human imagination.

Living is the only thing worth dying for. [and this was done for us]

The only difference between falling and failing is whether or not you choose to get up.

Poverty is a problem, but money isn't the answer.

A good reputation is built in years and lost in minutes.

The person who knows everything has a lot to learn.

Wise people may not know all the answers, but they know how to find them.

Great minds discuss ideas;

Average minds discuss events;

Small minds discuss people.

We like someone because…

We love someone although…

"My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine – everybody drinks water."

[Mark Twain]

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

[Source Unknown]

What the American people don’t know makes them who they are.

[Tommy Boy]

We don’t know a millionth of one percent of anything.

[Thomas Edison]

It’s not fair, thank God.

[Brendan Blowers]

When you consider how well basic appliances work its amazing that anyone ever gets on an airplane.

[Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)]

Let us weigh the gain and the loss of wagering that God [exists]. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is.


There are only three kinds of persons; those who serve God, having found Him; others who are occupied in seeking Him, not having found Him; while the remainder live without seeking Him and without finding Him. The first are reasonable and happy, the last are foolish and unhappy; those between are unhappy and unreasonable.


It is good to be tired and wearied by the vain search after true good, that we may stretch out our arms to the Redeemer. Jesus Christ is the end of all and the center to which all tends. Whoever knows Him knows the reason of everything.


Why do bad things happen to good people? When everything goes perfect, who needs God?


Doctoring is not only to delay death, but also to improve the quality of life.

[Patch Adams]

The narrower a man’s mind, the broader his statement.

He whose heart is in the smallest degree set upon goodness will dislike no one.

Who we are is most accurately defined by what our goals are and by what means we go about achieving them.

[Brendan Blowers]

If you think you’ve become wise, you already haven’t.

[Scott Stargel]

The core of wisdom is the ability to discern right from wrong.

[Scott Stargel]

Wisdom is shown by how you serve others.

[Scott Stargel]

Neither despise nor oppose what thou dost not understand.

[William Penn]

We are all equally different.

Footprints in the sands of time are never made by sitting down.

Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.

[Thomas Jones ]

Double lives take half as long.

Reality as we know it is someone else’s dream. When they wake up- we’ll disappear.

Wilson- Home Improvement


From Where’s God when it Hurts?

Thank God for inventing pain. I don’t think he could have done a better job.

[Dr. Paul Brand, tried to invent a pain system for those without feeling]

Pain is the gift nobody wants.

[Philip Yancey]

Happiness recedes from those that pursue her.

[Philip Yancey]

God’s will is for you to be whole in body, mind, and spirit- maybe not in this life, though.

There’s something unique about having only God to lean on in times of trial.

People don’t wear their hearts on their sleeve.

When you need help all you have to do is grab the hem of Jesus’ garment.

600 years ago everyone knew the earth was round. 100 years ago people knew flight was impossible. 50 years ago people knew space travel would never happen. And five minutes ago you knew we were alone in the universe. Who can tell what we’ll know tomorrow?


"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

[Dwight D. Eisenhower, Inaugural Address, January 20, 1953]

Do not the most moving moments of our lives find us without words?

[Marcel Marceau]

"Furious activity is no substitute for understanding."

[H. H. Williams]

People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in,
their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.

[Elizabeth Kübler-Ross]

I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything,
I still believe that people are really good at heart.

[Anne Frank]

The important thing is not to stop questioning.

[Albert Einstein]

In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: It goes on.

[Robert Frost]

"Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us worthy evidence of the fact."

[George Eliot (1819-1880)]

"The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time."

[Abraham Lincoln]

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.


Fear less, hope more;
Whine less, breathe more;
Talk less, say more;
Hate less, love more;
And all good things are yours.


Every exit is an entrance somewhere else.

[Tom Stoppard]

"Tradition is a guide and not a jailer."

[W. Somerset Maugham]

Our life is frittered away by detail...
Simplify, simplify.


What we do not understand we do not possess.


Today’s unthinkable becomes tomorrow’s thinkable with remarkable speed.

[Francis Schaeffer]

The most wasted day of all is that in which we have not laughed.

[Sebastien Roch Nicholas Chamfort]

Everything has been thought of before... the difficulty is to think of it again.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

[George Santayana]

Life is a tragedy for those who feel and a comedy for those who think.

[Jean de la Bruyere]

Chance favors the prepared mind.

[Louis Pasteur]

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.

[Mark Twain]

The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything.

[Edward Phelps]

Education is the progressive discovery of our ignorance.

[Will Durant]

Such is life.

[Patrick Bickel]

From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.

[Arthur Ashe]

Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size.

[Mark Twain]

The best way to cheer yourself up is to cheer someone else up.

[Mark Twain]

What a man does not understand, he fears, and what he fears he tends to destroy.

The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, in spite of ourselves.

[Victor Hugo]

Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.

[Richard Lovelace]


Most ignorance is vincible ignorance. We don’t know because we don’t want to know.

[Aldous Huxley]

A little is a little only as long as you keep it.

[Dave Harrington]

Relationships don’t thrive because the guilty are punished but because the innocent are merciful.

[Max Lucado]

It is one thing not to know. It’s another to know and not learn.


If there were no falsehood in the world there would be no doubt; if there were no doubt, there would be no inquiry; if no inquiry, no wisdom, no knowledge, no genius.

[Walter Sauage Landor]

Doubt and questioning are normal to any thinking person. It is important, however, to not equate our lack of an answer to a particular question with the nonexistence of an answer.

[Paul Little]

If you want people to think they’re thinking, they’ll love you: but if you really make them think they’ll hate you.

[Don Marquis]

Love is as strong as death! It’s jealousy unyielding as the grave!

[Anon from Melinda Jules]

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.


Art is a human activity having for its purpose the transmission to others of the highest and best feelings to which men have risen.


Not to know what happened before one was born is always to remain a child.


The only real education comes from what is contrary to you.

[Andre Gide]

You cannot be wise without some basis of knowledge, but you may easily acquire knowledge and remain bare of wisdom.

[Alfred North Whitehead]

One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.

[Mark Twain]

Attitudes are more important than facts.

[Dr. Karl Menninger]

To see requires a willingness to see.

[Van Gogh]

There is nothing as powerful as the truth and often nothing as strange.

[Daniel Webster]

The tragedy of the second lie is that it is always easier to tell than then first.

[Max Lucado]

He who marries the spirit of the age soon becomes a widower.

[Dean Inge]

You can say one thing for ignorance: it certainly causes a lot of arguments.


Psychology can teach us to be normal, but we must look elsewhere for the help we need to become human.

[Harold Kushner]

Most of the change we think we see in life is due to truths being in and out of favor.

[Robert Frost]

You may go through life and never have a fight, if you shut-up when you’re wrong, keep quiet when you’re right.


The man who views life at 50 the way he did at 20 has wasted thirty years of his life.

[Muhammad Ali]

Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind.

[Albert Einstein]

You grow up the day you have the first real laugh – at yourself.

[Ethel Barrymore]

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.

[Aldous Huxley]

A real patriot is the fellow who gets a parking ticket and rejoices that the system works.

[Bill Vaughen]

A little consistent wholesome modeling and costly servant-hood are worth millions of true words harshly spoken.

[Ron Sider]

Power without love is reckless and abusive, power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice.

[Martin L. King]

I am a dreamer. Some men see things as they are, and ask why; I dream of things and ask why not?

[George Bernard Shaw]

If a goal is really important to me, I discipline myself in order to achieve it. I decide in advance that practicing to meet the goal is non-negotiable.

[Bill Hybels]

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.

[Joseph Addison]

Whoever wishes to keep a secret must hide the fact that he possesses one.

[Johann Wolfgang Van Goethe]

There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it hardly becomes any of us, to talk about the rest of us.


The greater thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are going.

[Oliver Wendell Holmes]

Leve fit, quod bene ferter, onus - a burden that is cheerfully borne is made light – OVID

The present is the point at which time touches eternity.

[CS Lewis]

Patience is not a passive acceptance of circumstances. It is a courageous perseverance in the face of difficulty.





"War is a series of disasters which result in a winner."

[Georges Clemenceau]

"The wages of sin are unreported."


"The nice thing about being a celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault."

[Henry Kissinger]

"The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated."

[H. L. Mencken]

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."


"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."

[Bertrand Russell, The Philosophy of Logical Atomism]

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it."

[Mahatma Gandhi]

"I think it would be a good idea."

[Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) when asked what he thought of Western civilization]

"Reality is nothing but a collective hunch."

[Lily Tomlin]

"In answer to the question of why it happened, I offer the modest proposal that our Universe is simply one of those things which happen from time to time."

[Edward P. Tryon]

"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."

[Jeff Raskin, interviewed in Doctor Dobb's Journal]

"For every person who wants to teach there are approximately thirty people who don't want to learn."

[W. C. Sellar and R. J. Yeatman]

"The quickest way to end a war is to lose it."

[George Orwell]

"Too many have dispensed with generosity in order to practice charity."

[Albert Camus]

"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man."

[Mark Twain (1835-1910)]

"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."

[Eric Hoffer]

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

[Albert Einstein (1879-1955)]

A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

[Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)]

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

[Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968)]

"Artificial Intelligence is no match for natural stupidity."


"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe."

[Carl Sagan]

"Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."

[John F. Kennedy]

"There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."

[Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)]

"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 (1889-1963)]

"Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together."

[Georg Lichtenberg (1742-1799)]

"Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it"

[David Henry Thoreau (1817-1862)]

"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. "

[Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)]

My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher. "

[Socrates (470-399 B.C.)]

"A little inaccuracy sometimes saves a ton of explanation. "

[H. H. Munro (Saki) (1870-1916)]

"Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. "

[Albert Einstein (1879-1955)]

"When ideas fail, words come in very handy. "

[Goethe (1749-1832)]

"In the end, everything is a gag. "

[Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)]

"The covers of this book are too far apart. "

[Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)]

"Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives. "

[Abba Eban (1915-)]

"The average person thinks he isn't. "

[Father Larry Lorenzoni]

Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

[Albert Einstein (1879-1955)]

If everyone took an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, the whole world would be blind and toothless.

[Fiddler on the Roof]

Nothing gives one a more spuriously good conscience than keeping rules, even if there has been a total absence of all real charity and faith.

[C.S. Lewis]

All men desire peace but very few desire those things that make for peace.

[Thomas Kempis]

Peace is not the absence of struggle by the presence of love.

[Frederick Buechner]

Friendship is not needed like art, philosophy and poetry it has no survival value, rather it gives value to survival.


It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and THEN do your best.

[W. Edwards Deming]

If a million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

[Anatole France [Jacques Anatole Thibault] (1844-1924)]

Whenever you find you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

[Mark Twain [Samuel Langhornne Clemens] (1835-1910)]

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong.

[Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778)]

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all is the person who argues with him.

[Stanislaw Jerszy Lec (1909- )]

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

[Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919)]

Of those who say nothing, few are silent.

[Thomas Neill]

Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.

[Plato (429-347 BC)]

What luck for the rulers that men do not think.

[Adolf Hitler (1889-1945)] -Hmm

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

[H. Jackson Brown]

The purpose of life is a life of purpose.

[Robert Byrne]

"The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it."
[W.M. Lewis]

The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.

[William James]