Sayings and Quotes

There are many sayings heard over the years that can be very interesting and/or funny.
This page is dedicated to sayings and quotes that Maury comes across as he travels
the world and surfs the Web. Some are just for fun.

Maury's favorite quote: "Luck favors the prepared mind" — Louis Pasteur —
Saying or Quote Source
"You never get a second chance to make a good impression" — Will Rogers —
"The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine." — Abraham Lincoln —
"If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving isn't for you/" — Steven Wright —
"Fredom's just another word for nothing to lose." — Kris Kristofferson —
"I'm a grown man running against a 6-year-old"
About running for reelection in 2024
 — President Joe Biden —
"My password is the last eight digits of pi" — Seen on a T shirt —
“The present is a past factory” — Steven Wright —
"Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back." — Carl Sagan —
“Love has no gender - compassion has no religion”  — Abhijit Naskar —
"The twisted tree lives its life, while the straight tree ends up in boards"  — Chinese Proverb —
"Little league baseball is a good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets." — Yogi Berra —
"You can tell a lot about someone by what makes them laugh." — Maurice Lambert —
"We learn from history that we do not learn from history." — Friedrich Hegel —
"What has 4 letters, Occasionally has 12 letters,
Always has 6 letters, But never has 5 letters."
— Unkown —
"I never lose. I either win or I learn." — Nelson Mandela —
"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." — Benjamin Franklin —
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." — Mark Twain —
"Learn to listen. Opportunity sometimes knocks very softly." — H. Jackson Brown Jr. —
"Be who you are and say what you feel because
those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
— Dr. Suess —
"We have to force people to want to participate."
Heard during a class about how to empower employees.
— Saul Gold —
"You can't control what people think about you,
but you CAN control what you give them to think about."
— Unknown —
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and graditude,
then animals are better off than a lot of humans."
 — James Herriot  —
"One of the key problems today is that politics is such a disgrace,
good people don't go into government."
 — Donald Trump  —
"The vote is the most powerfull nonviolent tool we have."  — John Lewis —
"You have to accept the fact that sometimes you are the pigeon,
and sometimes you are the statue."
 — Claude Chabol  —
"When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep.
Not screaming like all the passengers in his car."
 — Will Rogers —
"If you want more of something, subsidize it. If you want less of something, tax it."  — Ronald Reagan —
"It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone,
but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone. "
 — Andy Rooney —
"The older I get, the better I used to be."  — Lee Trevino —
"The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened."  — Mark Twain —
"Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain."  — Henry Ford —
"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself."  — Albert Einstein —
"Many people die at twenty five and aren't buied until they are seventy five."  — Benjamin Franklin —
"Nothing in this world is permanant, not even our troubles. "  — Buddha  —
"For good or for ill, the estate of the family will most assuredly
predetermine the estate of the rest of the culture."
 — Patrick Henry —
"The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it; it will defend itself."  — St. Augustine —
"All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust." — Peter Pan —
"Do what you can with what you have where you are." — Teddy Roosevelt —
"Do everything with a good heart and expect nothing in return,
and you will never be disappointed."
— Barbara Lowe —
"Maybe if we tell people the brain is an app, they'll use it." — Danny Glover —
"Never memorize something that you can look up." — Albert Einstein —
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy,
not on fighting the old, but on building the new."
— Socrates —
"And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make." — Sir Paul McCartney —
"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory"  — Dr. Seuss —
 "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way"  — Mark Twain —
“ It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” — Sir Edmund Hillary —
"I feel sorry for the people who don't drink, because when they
get up in the morning, it's as good as they'll feel all day."
— W. C. Fields —
"I hate it when people confuse education with intelligence,
you can have a bachelor's degree and still be an idot."
— Elon Musk —
"You have not lived today until you have done something
for someone who can never repay you."
— John Bunyan —
"It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people
who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance."
— Thomas Sowell —
"Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress no matter how slow." — Plato —
"Compassion for animals is intimately connected with goodness of character, and it may
be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
— Arthur Schopenhauer —
"You don't become a failure until you're satisfied with being one." — Chinese proverb —
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." — J.A. Shield —
"Tears...are not the mark of weakness, but of Power.
They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love."
— Washington Irving —
"To be original you don't have to be first. You just have to be different and better." — Adam Grant —
Coming together is a Beginning. Keeping together is Progress. Working together is Success
— Henry Ford —
"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living.
The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
— Mark Twain —
"If outside validation is your only source of nourishment,
you will be hungry for the rest of your life."
— Unknown —
"I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and
not be questioned about their motives"
— Ralph Waldo Emerson —
"There's an old saying that victory has a hundred fathers and defeat is an orphan" — John F. Kennedy —
"Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than
simply being a good husband and father"
— Frank Abagnale —
"Catch Me If You Can"
"Aging is like climbing a mountain. The higher you get, the more tired you become,
but your view becomes much more extensive."
— Ingmar Bergman —
"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders,
but they have never failed to imitate them"
— James Baldwin —
“Complaining about a problem without posing a solution is called whining.” —Teddy Roosevelt —
"Why birding is better than American politics: on a bird, the right wing and the left wing
work together to lift up the center."
— Kenn Kaufman —
"Think how stupid the average person is and realise half of them are stupider than that." — George Carlin —
"Over 90% of what we worry about never happens" — Unknown —
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else." — Margaret Mead —
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing." — Walt Disney —
"If you're going through hell, keep going" — Winston Churhill —
"Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear" — George Addair—
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are
tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson —
"Ehhhh, that's good enough." — Mediocrates—
"He who laughs at himself never runs out of things to laugh at." — Epictetus —
"Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error." — Marcus Tullius Cicero —
"Sometines people don’t want to hear the truth
because they don’t want their illusions destroyed."
— Friedrich Nietzsche —
"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." — Kahlil Gibran —
"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." — George Bernard Shaw —
"A child is your legacy. What better thing can you do in life than put a
really good person in the world who's going to make it a better place."
— Alexis Stewart —
"We do not inherit the land from our ancesters, we borrow it from our children" — Navajo Proverb —
"I would rather have questions that can't be answered
than answers which can't be questioned."
— Richard Freyman —
"When people give you feedback, look for grains of truth
before you dismiss the whole conversation."
— Mellody Hobson —
"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." — Voltaire —
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." — Aristotle —
“It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near
impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.”
— Bill Murray —
"You have to accept the fact that sometimes you are the pigeon,
and sometimes you are the statue."
— Claude Chabol —
"Life isn't fair, but it's still good." — Ragina Brett —
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." — Aldous Huxley —
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"To abolish mask-wearing laws in some States while the rest of the Nation keeps theirs
is like designating a peeing section of a swimming pool."
— Neil deGrasse Tyson —
"The problem with the world is that intelligent people have doubts,
while the stupid ones are full of confidence."
— Charles Bukowski —
"It's the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey." — Unknown —
"He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument." — Chines Proverb —
"The world without string is chaos." – From the movie "Mousehunt" — Rudolf Smuntz —
"Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I'm possible!" — Audrey Hepburn —
"No man is above the law and no man is below it;
nor do we ask any man's permission when we require him to obey it"
— Theodore Roosevelt —
If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something! — Franklin D. Roosevelt —
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past" — Thomas Jefferson —
"Do not think for a minute that because you are who you are,
you cannot be who you imagine yourself to be?"
— Jedidah Isler —
"Most members of a cult don't know they are in one" — Maurice Lambert —
"Sometimes you don't need words to make you feel better.
You just need the nearness of your dog."
— Natalie Lloyd —
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts" — Daniel Moynihan —
"If you are not content today, there is nothing you can buy this weekend to change that" — Joshua Becker —
"Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear." — Socrates —
"We have come to live in a society based on insults, on lies and on things that just aren't true. It creates an environment where deranged people feel empowered." — Colin Powell —
"If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed.
The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes darkness"
— Victor Hugo —
Les Miserables
"It is unreasonable to try to reason with an unreasonable person." — Unknown —
"Complex problems cannot be solved with simple minded solutions" — Anonymous —
"If you need violence to enforce your ideas, your ideas are worthless." — Anonymous —
"Look for the helpers. There will always be helpers." — Mr. Rogers —
"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." — Bill Nye —
"Stop whining and find something to do." — Violet Crawley —
"The only national emergency is that our president is an idiot."
Said about Donald Trump
— Ann Coulter —
Conservative media pundit
"Believe in yourself, even when no one else will." — Sasquatch —
"Everyone in life has a purpose, even if it’s to serve as a bad example." — Carroll Bryant —
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not
the same river and he's not the same man."
— Heraclitus —
"Some men see things as they are, and ask why.
I dream of things that never were, and ask why not."
— Robert Kennedy—
"Nothing tastes as good as thin feels" Sign above weighing scale
"A son is a son until he takes a wife, but a daughter is a daughter for the rest of your life." — Emily Giffin —
"When a toxic person can no longer control you, they will try to control how others see you. The misinformation will feel unfair, but stay above it, trusting that other people will eventually see the truth, just like you did." — Jill Blakeway —
”The most damaging phrase in the language is ’We've always done it this way.” — Rear Admiral Grace
Murray Hopper —
"Love the earth as you would love yourself." — John Denver —
"In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a 'failed experiment.'
Any test that yields valid data is a valid test."
— Adam Savage —
"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." — Mark Twain —
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity;
an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
— Winston Churchill —
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world” — Margaret Mead —
"I think that hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding" —Tennessee Williams —
"Hatred corrodes the container it's carried in" — Alan Simpson —
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants" — Sir Isaac Newton —
“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it” — Warren Buffet —
"Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or
present are certain to miss the future."
— John F. Kennedy —
"I was born modest, but it wore off" — Mark Twain —
"Never regret getting older. It's a privilege denied many." — Bernice Madigan —
"Do, or do not, there is no try" — Yoda — Jedi Master
"The Secret to Living Well and Longer is: eat half, walk double,
laugh triple, and love without measure."
— Tibetan Proverb —
"There is no friend as loyal as a book." — Ernest Hemingway —
"May your troubles be less and your blessings be more
and nothing but happiness comes through your door."
— Irish Blessing —
"In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved." — Franklin D. Roosevelt —
" Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." — Confucius —
"Don't be encumbered by history. Go off and do something wonderful." — Robert Noyce —
"Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real." — Jules Verne —
"The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it." — George Orwell —
"All men have the stars...For some they are guides,
for others, no more than little lights in the sky."
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
"Nothing that's good works by itself, just to please you ...
you gotta make the damn thing work."
— Thomas Alva Edison —
"Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing.
You get to choose. "
— Wayne Dryer —
"The purpose of life is a life of purpose." — Robert Byrne —
"There are two rules for success:  1) Never reveal everything you know. " — Roger H. Lincoln —
"You pluck the chicken one feather at a time and the people don't really notice."
About how to allow Fascism take over a country
— Benito Mussolini —
"Train people well enough so they can leave.  Treat them well enough so they don't want to." — Richard Branson —
"This planet can provide for human need, but not for human greed." — Mahatma Ghandi —
"If you remember the 60s, you really weren't there." — Charlie Fleischer —
"Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return." — Leonardo da Vinci —
"You can't negotiate with a tiger while your head is in his mouth." — Winston Churchill —
"However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.
It matters that you don't just give up."
— Stephen Hawking —
"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world."
— Albert Einstein —
"Some people are like clouds. Once they disappear it's a brighter day." — Unknown —
"Selfishness is not living your life as you wish,
it is asking others to live their lives as you wish."
— Oscar Wilde —
"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know,
but if you listen, you may learn something new."
— Dalai Lama —
"Both politicians and diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason" — Ronald Reagan —
"I don't need a staple remover; I have one on each thumb." — Harry Hoppe —
"You can't chose your parents, you can't chose your gender
and you can't chose your president."
— Russian Joke —
"Did you ever get the feeling that the world is a tuxedo
and you are a pair of brown shoes?"
— George Gobel —
Seen on TV with Johnny Carson
"A person has the right to know the significance of the work they do." — Russell Varian —
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke —
"Luck favors the prepared mind" — Louis Pasteur —
"In the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures." — Frank Gehry —
"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves
comes when life seems the most challenging"
— Joseph Campbell —
"We are not makers of history; we are made by history." — Martin Luther King Jr. —
"Been there done that, don't remember." — Senior Citizen T-shirt —
"They know the cost of everything and the value of nothing."
Said after a meeting with President Reagan and Interior Secretary James Watt
— Ansel Adams —
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." — Henry David Thoreau —
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning how to dance in the rain.” — Vivian Greene —
"Why do we park on a driveway and we drive on a parkway?" — Gallagher —
"Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough not to quit" — George Carlin —
“Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” — Jim Morrison —
"Reunite Gondwanaland" — Bumper sticker —
"I'm writing an unauthorized autobiography" — Steven Wright —
"I drink to forget I drink" — Joe E. Lewis —
"You can't have EVERYTHING ... where would you put it?" — Steven Wright —
"People who wonder if the glass if half empty or half full miss the point.
The glass is refillable"
— Seen on a T-shirt —
"You know you are 80 years old when you can remember Pearl Harbor,
but you don't remember what she did."
— Mark Russell —
“A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame,
a little less than his share of the credit.”
— Arnold H. Glasow —
"Whoever is happy will make others happy too" — Mark Twain —
"Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself." — Harrison Ford —
"America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes
that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked."
— David Letterman —
"No man is a failure who has friends" — Mark Twain —
"You have to be odd to be number one," — Dr. Seuss —
"Get your facts first and then you can distort them as much as you please" — Mark Twain —
"A nickel ain't worth a dime anymore" — Yogi Berra —
"Nature is the source of all true knowledge" — Leonardo da Vinci —
"One cannot demand respect, it must be earned" — U.S. Navy
Leadership Manual —
"I intend to live forever. So far, so good." — Steven Wright —
"I sometimes worry about my short attention span, but not for very long." — Herb Cain —
About true love —
"Everybody's looking for what we've found.
Some wait their whole life and it never comes around."
— Keith Urban —
From the song
"Once in a Lifetime"

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