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  • “Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever” (Napolean).

  • “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall” (Confucius).

  • “Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life” (Proverbs 16:31).

  • “Avoid shame but do not seek glory—nothing so expensive as glory” (Sydney Smith).

  • “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another...” (II Corinthians 3:18).

  • “The deed is everything, the glory naught” (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe).


  • "Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another" (John Dewey).

  • "Without some goals and some efforts to reach it, no man can live" (John Dewey).


  • “God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you’” (Billy Graham).

  • “God may be subtle, but he isn’t plain mean” (Albert Einstein).

  • “God is dead! God remains dead! And we have killed him!” (Friedrich Nietzsche).

  • “God is our fortress” (Shakespeare).

  • “The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man” (G. K. Chesterton).

  • “God always strives together with those who strive” (Aeschylus).

  • “God Almighty hates a quitter” (Samuel Fessenden).

  • “God and Country are an unbeatable team; they break all records for oppression and bloodshed” (Luis Bunuel).

  • “God gave man a mouth to receive bread, hands to feed it, and his hand has a right to carry bread to his mouth without controversy” (Abraham Lincoln).

  • “God cannot be seen: he is too bright for sight; nor grasped: he is too pure for touch; nor measured: for he is beyond all sense, infinite, measureless, his dimension known to himself alone” (Felix Minucius).


  • “It was once said that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life – the sick, the needy and the handicapped” (Hubert H. Humphrey).

  • “All government is an ugly necessity” (G. K. Chesterton).

  • “Every country has the government it deserves” (Joseph Marie de Maistre).

  • “Our whole constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men’s minds” (Thurgood Marshall).

  • “By definition, a government has no conscience; sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more” (Albert Camus).

  • “For every action there is an equal and opposite government program” (Bob Wells).

  • “Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else” (Frederic Bastiat).


  • “You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of” (Albert Camus).

  • “Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see a bird that has the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses” (Dale Carnegie).

  • “Happiness is peace after strife, the overcoming of difficulties, the feeling of security and well-being. The only really happy folk are married women and single men” (H. L. Mencken).

  • “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be” (Abraham Lincoln).

  • “Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values” (Ayn Rand).

  • “Happy is he who forgets (ignores?) what cannot be changed” (Mark Twain).

  • “Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment” (George Santayana).

  • “Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length” (Robert Frost).


  • “True heroism is remarkable sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost” (Arthur Ashe).

  • “A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer” (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

  • “Troubled times produce heroes” (Chinese Proverb).

  • “Fighting is like champagne. It goes to the heads of cowards as quickly as of heroes. Any fool can be brave on a battlefield when it’s be brave or else be killed” (Margaret Mitchell).

  • “Athletes are American princes and the locker room is their castle. Some of them behave in princely fashion, become legitimate heroes to us all. And some are jerks” (Anna Quindlen).

  • “Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes” (Benjamin Disraeli).

  • “I think of a hero as someone who understands the degree of responsibility that comes with his freedom” (Bob Dylan).

  • “There is a hate layer of opinion and emotion in America. There will be other McCarthys to come who will be hailed as its heroes” (Max Lerner).


  • “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).

  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning” (Albert Einstein).

  • “Hope is the most sensitive part of a poor wretch’s soul; whoever raises it only to torment him is behaving like the executioners in Hell who, they say, incessantly renew old wounds and concentrate their attention on that area of it that is already lacerated” (Marquis de Sade).

  • “Hope is a waking dream” (Aristotle).

  • “He that lives upon hope will die fasting” (Benjamin Franklin).

  • “’Hope’ is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tunes without the words— And never stops—at all—“ (Emily Dickenson).

  • “Hope is a pathological belief in the occurrence of the impossible” (H. L. Mencken).

  • “Hope is a bad thing. It means that you are not what you want to be. It means that part of you is dead, if not all of you. It means that you entertain illusions. It’s a sort of spiritual clap, I should say” (Henry Miller).

  • “Hope springs eternal in the human breast: Man never Is, but always To be blest…” (Alexander Pope).


  • “O, beware, my lord of jealousy! / It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock / The meat it feeds on” (Shakespeare).

  • “Jealousy is indeed a poor medium to secure love, but it is a secure medium to destroy one’s self-respect. For jealous people, like dope-fiends, stoop to the lowest level and in the end inspire only disgust and loathing” (Emma Goldman).

  • “Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo” (H. G. Wells).

  • “Jealousy, that dragon which slays love under the pretence of keeping it alive” (Havelock T. Ellis).

  • “Jealousy is the fear of comparison” (Max Frisch).

  • “Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love” (Duc De La Rochefoucauld Francois).

  • “Envy grieves. Jealousy rages” (Mason Cooley).


  • “Whether we bring justice to our enemies or our enemies to justice, justice will be done” (George W. Bush).

  • “Justice is incidental to law and order” (J. Edgar Hoover).

  • “Justice resides naturally in people’s hearts” (Chinese Proverb).

  • “Justice prevails over transgression when she comes to the end of the race” (Hesiod).

  • “Justice is simply the advantage of the stronger” (Thrasymachus).

  • “Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns” (Plato).

  • “The doctrine of equality!... But there exists no more poisonous poison: for it seems to be preached by justice itself, while it is the end of justice.... “Equality for equals, inequality for unequals” that would be the true voice of justice: and, what follows from it, “Never make equal what is unequal” (Friedrich Nietzsche).

  • “Justice in the hands of the powerful is merely a governing system like any other. Why call it justice?” (Georges Bernanos).

  • “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” (Martin Luther King, Jr.).


  • “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known” (Carl Sagan).

  • “People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge” (Lao-tzu).

  • “Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge—broad, deep knowledge—is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low” (Helen Keller).

  • “Knowledge is the most democratic source of power” (Alvin Toffler).

  • “’Knowledge for its own sake,” that is the last snare that morality sets: here one gets all tangled up in it once again” (Friedrich Nietzsche).

  • “Knowledge is power” (Francis Bacon).

  • “The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand” (Frank Herbert).

  • “If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them” (Isaac Asimov).

  • “The intellectual knowledge of eternal things pertains to wisdom; the rational knowledge of temporal things, to science” (St. Augustine).


  • “Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand” (Mark Twain).

  • “When people are laughing, they’re generally not killing one another” (Alan Alda).

  • “Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything” (Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.).

  • “Perhaps I know why it is man alone that laughs: He alone suffers so deeply that he had to invent laughter” (Friedrich Nietzsche).

  • “Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot” (Josh Billings).

  • “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter” (e e cummings).

  • “Laugh at yourself first before anyone else can” (Elsa Maxwell).

  • “You cannot be mad at someone who makes you laugh – it’s as simple as that” (Jay Leno).

  • “The laughter of man is more is more terrible than his tears, and takes more forms – hollow, heartless, mirthless, maniacal” (James Thurber).

  • “The sound of laughter is like a vaulted dome of a temple of happiness” (Milan Kundera).

  • “The human race has only one really effective weapon, and that is laughter” (Mark Twain).


  • “Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it” (Marian Anderson).

  • “What counts now is not just what we are against, but what we are for. Who leads us is less important than what leads us – what convictions, what courage, what faith – win or lose. A man doesn’t save a century, or a civilization, but a militant party wedded to a principle can” (Adlai Stevenson).

  • “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other” (John F. Kennedy).

  • “Management is nothing more than motivating people” (Lee Iococca).

  • “The real leader has no need to lead – he is content to point the way” (Henry Miller).

  • “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on” (Walter Lippman).

  • “The art of leadership ... consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention” (Adolph Hitler).


  • “Instead of giving money to found colleges to promote learning, why don't they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as good as the Prohibition one did, why, in five years we would have the smartest race of people on earth” (Will Rogers).

  • “Learning without thinking is labor lost; thinking without learning is dangerous” (Confucius).

  • “Learning is a treasure which accompanies its owner everywhere” (Chinese Proverb).

  • “O this learning what a thing it is!” (Shakespeare).

  • “Health, learning, and virtue will ensure your happiness” (Thomas Jefferson).

  • “The art of leadership ... consists in consolidating the attention of the people against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split up that attention” (David Hume).

  • “To raise a son without learning is raising an ass; to raise a daughter without learning is raising a pig” (Chinese Proverb).

  • “Gold has a price, but learning is priceless” (Chinese Proverb).


  • “The advance of liberty is the path to both a safer and better world” (George W. Bush).

  • “Liberty doesn't work as well in practice as it does in speeches” (Will Rogers).

  • “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Lib>berty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!” (Benjamin Franklin).

  • “Liberty is worth paying for…” (Jules Verne).

  • “They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety” (Benjamin Franklin).

  • “Liberty may be endangered by the abuses of liberty as well as by the abuses of power” (James Madison).

  • “Liberty is the air that we Americans breathe. Our Government is based on the belief that people can be both strong and free” (Franklin D. Roosevelt).

  • “For why should my liberty be subject to the judgment of someone else’s conscience?” (I Corinthians 10:29).


  • “Come be with me and be my love, And we will some new pleasures prove Of golden sands, and crystal brooks, With silken lines, and silver hooks” (John Donne).

  • “Love’s way of dealing with us is different from conscience’s way. Conscience commands; love inspires. What we do out of love, we do because we want to do it” (A. J. Toynbee).

  • “Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself. Love possesses not nor would it be possessed; For love is sufficient unto love” (Kahlil Gibran).

  • “Immature love says, ‘I love you because I need you.’ Mature love says, ‘I need you because I love you’” (Erich Fromm).

  • “To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead” (Bertrand Russell).

  • “Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter like unrequited love” (Charles M. Shulz).

  • “Unconditional love is loving your kids for who they are, not for what they do” (Stephanie Martson).

  • “Love is life” (Leo Tolstoy).

  • “Love is a great thing. It is not by chance that in all times and practically among all cultured peoples love in the general sense and the love of a man for his wife are both called love” (Anton Chekhov).

  • “If you would be loved, love and be lovable” (Benjamin Franklin).


  • “The country is the real thing, the substantial thing, the eternal thing, it is the thing to watch over and care for and be loyal to…” (Mark Twain).

  • “My honor is my loyalty” (Heinrich Himmler).

  • “Few white citizens are acquainted with blacks other than those projected by the media and the so—called educational system, which is nothing more than a system of rewards and punishments based upon one’s ability to pledge loyalty oaths to Anglo culture. The media and the educational system’ are the prime sources of racism in the United States” (Ishmael Reed).

  • “There are loyal hearts, there are spirits brave, There are souls that are brave and true; Then give to the world the best you have, And the best will come back to you” (Madeline Bridges.

  • “If the state is at peace and is as well-governed as a human community can be, then the citizen’s loyalty to his country, his services to it in the forms of energy, devotion, and funds, in general coincide with his own vital interests. The fatherland repays his loyalty by giving him safety, justice, and sometimes even freedom. In fulfilling his patriotic duties he is not performing an act of love. Only when the fatherland is in danger does his giving become a sacrifice, his serving a suffering, his loyalty a love” (Johan Huizinga).


  • “Motherhood is the second oldest profession in the world. It never questions age, height, religious preference, health, political affiliation, citizenship, morality, ethnic background, marital status, economic level, convenience, or previous experience” (Erma Bombeck).

  • “We honor motherhood with glowing sentimentality, but we don’t rate it high on the scale of creative occupations” (Leontine Young).

  • “The myth of motherhood as martyrdom has been bred into women, and behavioral scientists have helped embellish the myth with their ideas of correct “feminine” behavior. If women understand that they do not have to ignore their own needs and desires when they become mothers, that to be self-interested is not to be selfish, it will help them to avoid the trap of overattachment” (Grace Baruch).

  • “The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute” (Honore De Balzac).

  • “Combining paid employment with marriage and motherhood creates safeguards for emotional well-being” (Faye J. Crosby).

  • “The most consistent gift and burden of motherhood is advice” (Susan Chira).

  • “Whether outside work is done by choice or not, whether women seek their identity through work, whether women are searching for pleasure or survival through work, the integration of motherhood and the world of work is a source of ambivalence, struggle, and conflict for the great majority of women” (Sara Lawrence Lightfoot).

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