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The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.
Finley Peter Dunne
I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected President but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
Arthur C. Clarke
I personally think we developed language because of our deep need to complain.
Magnetism, as you recall from physics class, is a powerful force that causes certain items to be attracted to refrigerators.
One reason why I don't drink is because I wish to know when I am having a good time.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.
Thomas A. Edison
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records.
William Arthur Ward
I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators.
Gerald R. Ford
Most of the things we decide are not what we know to be the best. We say yes, merely because we are driven into a corner and must say something.
People generally quarrel because they cannot argue.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
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.
I'd rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are; because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star. I'd rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far; for a might have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.
How much more grievous are the consequences of anger than the causes of it.
And while the law of competition may be sometimes hard for the individual, it is best for the race, because it ensures the survival of the fittest in every department.
They consider me to have sharp and penetrating vision because I see them through the mesh of a sieve.
The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy: neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
John W. Gardner
What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
Having been unpopular in high school is not just cause for book publications.
The most important things to say are those which often I did not think necessary for me to say - because they were too obvious.
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blind-folded fear.
He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.
A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
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